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Lovely Links: 10/10/14

Weekly Kitten:


Do you see that little baby kitten tongue? DO YOU SEE IT??!?

Another great peek into a wardrobe transition: Kasmira moved from Cincinnati to Sacramento a while back and discusses the style and lifestyle changes she experienced while making the change to a very new climate.

Psyche looks so sharp in her black and white suit and printed scarf.

I was once obsessed with working towards an identity through clothes; now I’m obsessed with letting them go so I can build myself into something new. And so I am here, going through them, throwing years into trash bags to sell or barter off.”

All of my patterned shoe experiments have ended in failure, yet I’m still mesmerized by the colorful designs of Fanm Mom.

I’m not the only one feeling head-to-toe black these days: Callie is a cool girl extraordinaire in here moto and ankle boots.

Still chronicling her fascinating style journey, Grechen tackles the question “What is minimalism?” I loved how open-ended her conclusions were.

Wow. Chain-link braid. Wow.

Thanks to Amy at RedEye Remix for talking with me on the air last Saturday. Or really Sunday. It was 12:30 a.m. Hear the interview here. I was mostly coherent …

“… we have to consider the politics of feminism with the conscious knowledge of how capitalism intersects with race. When [Chanel] one of the largest luxury brands in the world chooses to co-opt feminist sloganeering without so much as alluding to the historical and contemporary contributions of women of color, they’re contributing to the erasure of those voices.”

Related: The Riveter celebrates a handful of other recent feminist-fashion collisions.

Darlene would like to see less talk about how awful/hilarious it is to be in possession of a large bust, and more talk about how to dress for and feel fabulous about being in possession of a large bust. Her blog is a great place to start.

On the Fox 9 Buzz this week we talked about wearing and balancing high-waisted pants.

 A tour of jewelry organization practices. Both do-able and hilarious options are showcased.

A relatable, enjoyable read: An Open Love Letter to My Hair.

Rejoice! The Nicolette Mason for ModCloth collection is here! 11 fun pieces in sizes XS – 4X.

Like me, Lisa has felt her style shifting and is dressing more for her actual self than her imaginary self. And she looks super classy.

Bleargh. DC Comics has licensed some t-shirt designs that are ridiculously insulting to women.

Lili is retro fabulous in her cropped cardigan and bouffant ‘do.

I’ll be teaching my community ed class on the basics of figure flattery on October 27 – would love to see you there!

More tips for styling your denim skirt in stylish, contemporary ways. (My thoughts on the topic here.)

Maren struts her minimalist stuff in an outfit of bold colors and arty shapes.

And from the Department of Random: “Watching Supernatural with My Sister.” (HM and I are fairly recent converts to this show, but we love it so much we’re re-watching a few seasons leading up to the new ones currently on Netflix.

Additionally: Pigeons Make Funny Hats

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Lovely Links: 10/3/14

Weekly Kitten:


Husband Mike‘s shirts have ALL the good smells.

Terms for larger sizes keep piling up. ‘When I started, they called them ‘mama sizes,’’ Boos said—an expression still used by some Chinese manufacturers. Then came ‘women’s’ sizes, followed by ‘full-figured,’ which was popularized by lingerie sellers. The more assertive ‘plus’ arrived in the past decade. Lately, it has been losing traction to ‘curvy,’ though some people think that favors an hourglass physique. An alternative movement has long pushed to reclaim the word ‘fat.’ ‘It’s a big controversy,’ [Full Figured Fashion Week creator Alexandra] Boos told me. ‘We haven’t landed on the word that pleases everybody, and, frankly, I don’t know if we ever will.'”

Here’s a simple tutorial for a twisted side bun. Looks quick and easy as well as elegant.

I don’t generally like rompers, but holy cats, Sandra looks amazing in hers.

Would never have thought of it myself, but love this palette of toffee, tomato, white, and burgundy.

Linda Fargo, senior vice president at Bergdorf Goodman, is a style icon for many. Probably because she’s absolutely radiant.

Huge thanks to my girl High Plains Thrifter for giving me a shout-out in her recent post about closet clean-outs!

Another great style juxtaposition: A floaty heart-print blouse and distressed boyfriend jeans.

40+ Style gives us a little teaser for the Advanced Style movie.

This post explores four common shopping fallacies – including social proof and sunk costs – and gives some tips on how to avoid them.

“Physical symptoms are typically the most urgent symptoms, and a healthy mind requires a healthy body — a body no longer abused by bingeing, purging, or starvation. Yet the time lapse between restoring weight and coming to peace with that restoration can be incredibly, achingly long.” (Discusses disordered eating)

Love the watercolor-y abstract print on Vale’s darling skater dress.

This week’s Fox 9 Buzz segment tackled oversized scarves. Thanks to Ross for being a great model!

In her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Waston has launched the #HEFORSHE campaign, which asks all men to join the conversation about modern feminism, and help create real and lasting change.

Also see this counterpoint to the outpouring of support for Watson’s speech and #HEFORSHE.

Allie thoughtfully assembles a capsule wardrobe for a fluctuating figure.

“So if you’re feeling like crap about your body, then you’re feeling like crap about your body. That’s OK. It’s something to acknowledge, accept and feel — instead of beating yourself up for beating yourself up.”

Rochelle is a knockout in her body-con plaid top and skirt.

Another reminder to wear sunscreen. Every day. No exceptions. (I use this one daily.)

Whenever someone throws out the “items you’d save from a house fire” question, my Frye Vera Slouch boots end up in my top five. And it’s cool enough now that I’m living in them once more.

Here’s a series of steps for hand-washing sweaters that are labeled “dry clean only.” (My caveat? If it’s super delicate or embellished or you’d cry a river of tears if you ruined it? Consider dry cleaning. It is safest to follow care instructions.)

Gracey’s open-weave sweater and polka dot skirt look like each others’ negatives. Pretty darned cool.

“I don’t like the message of a school telling someone that the clothes they put on their own bodies made them a problem for the whole school they attend, so much so that they need to go home, or cover up. So much so that they need to feel shame. Shame disrupts learning more than skirts. I promise.”

A look at licensing, copying, supply chain, and quality issues in discount and outlet stores. Once upon a time you might’ve been getting off-season Gap clothes at the Gap outlet. No more.

Houndstooth, stripes, and Chuck Taylors. Yes to all.

Few people get excited about basics, but making sure your wardrobe basics are versatile but interesting is a great practice.

Cyn pairs her leather-panel sheath dress with shiny gold pumps. Gorgeous.

College-age readers: Thoughts on this list of tips for seeding a professional wardrobe while still at university?

A dear friend once told me that most of what happens on the high fashion runways is theater, spectacle, performance more than a showcase of recent work. Sounds like that is being taken to extremes in some cases: Why the last thing you may notice at a fashion show these days is the clothes. (via The Fashion Law)

Sounds like Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl touches on identity, self-esteem, the importance of positive reinforcement, and many other universal themes.

Must recreate Sarah’s outfit of mixed plaids, ankle boots, and a sporty pullover.

Seasoned globetrotter that she is, I trust Une Femme to dish out helpful, practical advice on packing smart and traveling in style.

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Lovely Links: 9/26/14

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Now I know why there’s so much cathair on my washcloths.

So this article has a few interesting points about aging and visibility, although it’s not exactly warm or body positive. Notice, though, that the title is “Being 40 has totally changed how I feel about how I look” yet the URL reflects “Being 40 means it’s finally OK to be ugly.” Talk about clickbait … (Thanks to Tehilah for the link)

A more refreshing take from the ever-lovely Emma Thompson: “Isn’t 50 the new 35? Can I just say, very loudly, bollocks. People wanting to be 35 when they’re 50 makes me think: why? Why don’t you be 50 and be good at that?

So impressed by Annette’s artful layers. Love how those ruffles just peek out from the blazer.

Barking Dog Shoes has compiled a comfortable AND stylish tall boot guide. And they know their boots.

Related: Garnerstyle rounds up her current favorite wide calf boots.

Kinda brilliant: BandShellz are bracelets that create a cute and colorful way to tote a hair tie around.

I’m beginning to work on a project about style and body image for teen girls, so this post about how social media impact the self-esteem of young women really hit home.

Love how Bianca styled her knit moto and track pants.

“After agonizing over the matter and consulting and commiserating with other butch women, I’ve come to realize that butchness doesn’t need to be understood as ‘masculinity’ at all. Its form and substance don’t have to be defined by its opposition to femininity.”

Always a touching and revealing topic: What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

Like me, Psyche is a big fan of the slouchy pant. She’s styled hers so beautifully with a long pendant and denim jacket.

“You ARE that person, but you are not that BODY. You are YOU and you are beautiful, no matter what your body looks like. Honor your soul and the body that houses it by dressing it in clothes that fit now.”

Not sure I’ll ever attempt it myself, but I love the elegant, intriguing look created by a pendant necklace worn in the dip of an open-backed dress or top.

Evans put on the first plus size show during London Fashion Week, and the looks were stunning.

The Closet Feminist praises seven feminist fashion icons, then adds another seven for good measure.

Currently lusting after this metallic handbag bag from Boden. Before purchasing, must win Powerball. Or consign a bunch more stuff.

An intriguing poem about mirrors from Yoko Ono.

In this month’s Star Tribune column, I talked visible bra straps, clothing care instructions and more.

Dark florals are big for fall, and Zahra crafted an edgy, artistic outfit around her floral skirt.

“Recently, model Andreja Pejic publicly transitioned at the height of her career as an in-demand, androgynous male model, crossing unprecedented territory.”

Having finally admitted that my moto jeans are ridiculously uncomfortable, I’m pondering these moto leggings. With a black tunic and boots? Eh? Eh?

I may not be wearing them much myself these days, but I’ll always be a sucker for a retro-styled full skirt.

Over on Facebook, reader Darlene shared a recent discovery about making men’s button-front shirts work for women.

Always secretly believed this. Thrilled to have it confirmed: “[Wonder Woman] was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard. A press release explained, “ ‘Wonder Woman’ was conceived by Dr. Marston to set up a standard among children and young people of strong, free, courageous womanhood; to combat the idea that women are inferior to men, and to inspire girls to self-confidence and achievement in athletics, occupations and professions monopolized by men” because “the only hope for civilization is the greater freedom, development and equality of women in all fields of human activity.” Marston put it this way: “Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”

Allie shares her thoughts on which styles of shoes work best with ankle-length pants.

An enjoyable and informative read on the myth of dry cleaning.

Anyone else excited about the Olivia Pope-inspired Scandal/Express collection?

Emma shares her final designs from this semester, explaining “I wanted to make something that was clearly not traditionally masculine, but was powerful all the same.”

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