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Lovely Links: 5/8/15

Weekly Kitty:


First seen on Instagram: New Harriet hangout spot. (My dad made this table. Isn’t he talented?)

This DIY tutorial for a leather illusion knot bracelet looks fairly simple, and the end result is such a cool piece.

Reader Sarah loves this utility jacket from Caslon, and I agree that it looks just about perfect.

In other utility news, Sandee looks smokin’ hot in her olive green shirtdress.

“Was there anything offensive about that little flippy American Apparel skirt? No, but I looked exactly like what I was – a fresh graduate that hadn’t quite understood how to go from ‘student’ to ‘super awesome and professional adult.’ I didn’t understand that it didn’t matter whether I thought my outfit was appropriate – it was also about what other people, whom I was meeting for the first time, sometimes under antagonistic circumstances, thought.”

A great way to deal with post-purchase regret? Repurpose and refashion. Marlen took a jacket and turned it into a blouse!

Also love how Maria used a badass belt with her blazer to give it a little more edge.

Luxury plus size line Mei Smith offers sleek, minimalist styles in sizes 12 – 24.

Cathy’s Chic at Every Age series is such fun – see how four women aged 20s to 50s styled head-to-toe white looks.

Wow. The Met Gala banned social media.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I chatted with Jason about trendy gingham.

I so hope these Clarks sandals are as comfy as they are cute … this pair went straight back, BTW, in case anyone remembers me mentioning them.

“We’ve fallen into a pattern of harshly critiquing ourselves and our bodies when we’re in those dressing rooms. As someone who is still working toward accepting her body and fighting against our body-snarking culture, it’s difficult for me to find enjoyment in this activity.”

Thought-provoking: Could thinking of your clothing as being akin to furniture or artwork – chosen carefully, kept for an extremely long period of time – change how you shop and build your wardrobe?

Here are 10 ways to update and repurpose your old sunglasses.

Sick of the same old ponytails and buns for day-two hair? Here are some fun hairstyle suggestions for ladies who don’t shampoo every day. (Some are a little obvious like the “sleek ponytail,” but a few cute and easy updos are mixed in.)

I love everything in this soft, starch-free corporate capsule wardrobe.

On, I offered shoe-shopping tips and suggestions for brands that carry classic style staples.

“I might not be able to carry photo albums or keepsakes around when I move, but I will have these tattoos—weightless reminders of who I have been and what I have seen. When I’m 65, those reminders will fade, wrinkle, and change just like the rest of me. Asking me to regret them or fear what they might look like is asking me to regret being a woman and having a body that changes with time.”

The virtues of large scarves

A great reminder that our bodies are always changing, so acceptance can never be a static thing.

Six equally fabulous ways to style a long pixie

A recent study has uncovered evidence that dressing more formally impacts your thinking processes … in a good way.

Iris Apfel, subject of a new documentary, sounds off on her life, her unique style, and what she thinks is wrong with fashion today.

Love the message here: Self-love is active, and can’t stem solely from the input of others.

You go, The Queen.

And from the Department of Random: Watermelon-eating techniques of large animals. My lifelong fear of snapping turtles is CONFIRMED. (Via Skepchick)

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Lovely Links: 5/1/15

Weekly Kitty:


The kitchen counter is where snacks comes from. All good kitties know this.

Scarlett Johansson very rightly pushed back when she did her interviews for the first Avengers movie, since her male costars got substantive questions and she got asked about her diet and grooming. Here Cosmo UK turns the tables and asks Mark Ruffalo about his favorite red carpet poses, and Scarlett about her stunts and favorite aspects of her character.

Locals, the St. Kate’s Noir Katwalk show is going to be amazing – get more info here.

My current favorite earrings, now cheaper than when I bought them.

The best way to keep high heels from hurting you feet? Wear flats instead. However, if you’re looking for some tips for keeping high heel pain to a minimum, this infographic round up has some basics.

More fascinating coverage of women in style-oriented professions who opt for simple personal uniforms

“Cholas are more than Latina sidekicks for Lana Del Rey or concepts for Fergie’s music video. The chola aesthetic was first forged by the marginalized Mexican American youths of Southern California. It embodies the remarkable strength and creative independence it takes to survive in a society where your social mobility has been thwarted by racism.”

This piece on adult – and specifically hormonally triggered – acne is pretty darned comprehensive.

I’m fascinated by the current fashionability of fringe, and will admit to buying this slightly kooky fringed skirt. Kinda love all of the T Party fringe designs. They’re incredibly soft and comfortable.

Need a little self-image pick-me-up or dose of support? Anna’s Curvy Love Notes might be just the thing. (No curves necessary to enjoy!)

“Each encounter, every day, is a part of my style. Each message I communicate with my dress, as well as my words, are a part of my style. Yet, it is important to note, style is just as much about our insides as what we wear and our home décor on the outside”

Bridgette offers tips for creating a capsule outfit by outfit.

Now this is unusual: Yvon Chouinard, the founder of outdoor clothing brand Patagonia, is urging his customers not to buy new Patagonia goods, but to reuse and recycle them as much as possible instead. (Via YLF)

Just THRILLED to see Butchbaby – a line of maternity clothes for genderqueer parents – getting a nice big spread in The Cut.

“Sometimes I feel like I speak two languages: girl talk and adult woman talk. The latter might (and often does) include boys, clothes, grooming, and gynecology, but also encompasses books, current events, random existential fears, and the ins and outs of a new project at work. Girl talk, on the other hand, remains confined to the world of Mean Girls: it consists of nail polish, statement necklaces, OkCupid, and new exercise plans. It is the teen girl’s idea of what women talk about.”

Oh bless you, Allie: Tips for looking professional when you feel like crap.

I remember these Nike ads, do you? Selling Sneakers with Feminist Poetry: An Interview with Janet Champ

These mostly cotton no-show socks with heel grip strips are the answers to my no-show sock prayers.

From a writer whose secret style icon is The Beast from Disney’s Beauty & the Beast. “The Beast’s inability to enter the world in his current form provides interesting commentary on feeling trapped inside your own body—when you know who you are inside but the world can’t see it, or you aren’t allowed to express it due to forces beyond yourself.”

Also via Rookie, and link is to Playboy so open with care: Actress Laverne Cox posed for a beautiful nude portrait for Allure magazine, which met with some super ugly backlash from writer Meghan Murphy (among others). In response to Murphy’s piece, Playboy magazine published an article titled “Laverne Cox Gets Naked, Exposes Radical Feminist Exclusionism.” In the piece, the writer Noah Berlatsky quotes Shaadi Devereaux and Zoe Samudzi to analyze why black trans women are so often subject to abuse and vilification by a certain strand of feminism.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I offered three ways to give your classic white t-shirts a little pizazz.

A simple flowchart detailing ways to make your closet more sustainable without buying a thing

And from Amy Schumer:
(the one that posted originally wasn’t the one I was thinking of …)

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Lovely Links: 4/24/15

Weekly Kitty:


Harriet has been living with us for a full year now! Here she right after we brought her home.
P.S. I probably need to pick up a copy of How to Speak Cat. Author interview here.

Would love to see any of you Twin Cities folks at the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow event on May 11!

A University of Maryland student talks about what it’s like to have to explain your religion, your culture, and your hijab constantly.

Joi has cooked up some amazing outfits within the confines of her pastel wardrobe capsule.

This breakdown of the various dichotomies that comprise the social expectations surrounding how women dress is spot-on. Talk about damned if you do, damned if you don’t …

Prints galore in this roundup of petite plus dresses for spring. Also love the choices in this collection of spring flats in U.S. sizes 10 and up.

(Disordered eating discussed.) “No one understood the prison I was in that made me look the way I did. No one knew that with every ‘You look so skinny,’ meant as a compliment, I was further entrapped. That was where my self-worth rested, and as long as I was told I was thin and beautiful, I was worth something.”

Maybe it’s time we redefine the strong female character.

This post introduced me to some smaller lines dedicated to ethical manufacturing practices, and also gave a shout-out to Minneapolis-based Hackwith.

Artist Hank Willis Thomas takes ads and strips away the text to examine the pictures and what they say about society. He has done this before with African-Americans in advertising, and now he’s repeating that project and the focus is women.

How much fun is this outfit of double dots?

I stalked this sandal for most of last summer, and now that it’s less than $25 I finally sprung for a pair. The honey color is relatively close to my skin tone, so the wide, high straps don’t look too funky. And they are fantastically comfortable!

This post on the myth of guaranteed happiness after weight loss is honest and moving. (Cheers, Texas Aggie Mom)

“And that’s been the question surrounding the Campaign for Real Beauty basically from the outset: Is being beautiful something we really want to emphasize above all things? In a society where women and girls really are evaluated on our beauty for things completely looks-unrelated, is telling a girl, ‘Your looks don’t matter as long as you love yourself’ really realistic? And how do we address matters of beauty when the concept is both subjective and largely defined by arbitrary, exclusive societal standards?”

Imogen loves the teal/turquoise hybrid that is Biscay Bay, one of Pantone’s favorite colors of the season, and offers some gorgeous options for color pairings.

“A Ballerina’s Tale” debuts this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, and tells the story of Misty Copeland, who is 32, African-American, curvier than many of her peers, and poised to become the American Ballet Theater’s principal dancer. She also advocates for diversity of body types and skin colors within her profession.

In this month’s Star Tribune column, I talked about belting dresses and how to wear prints without letting them wear you.

Modcloth interviews stand-up comedian Rye Silverman about her comedy icons, love of quirky style, and the most irritating questions she gets about being a transgendered person.

Cool Gal Blue is looking to collaborate with plus-sized bloggers on new clothing collections, and aims to really listen to customer feedback.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I showed off some gorgeous fringed items for spring!

Julie speaks openly about how having “Asian eyes” has affected her self-image, and discusses how this feature has exotified and marginalized her throughout her life.

Karlie Kloss really puts the “super” in “supermodel.” On top of her kookie, she’s now started a scholarship program that will grant free tuition for 20 girls to Flatiron Pre-College Academy’s Introduction to Software Engineering course.

I’m not the only style blogger posting weekly pet photos. Beth’s outfits are always stellar but her pup steals the spotlight on occasion in her Fridays with Oscar series.

Teen girls love Michael Kors bags. A whole lot.

I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews for this pedicure foot file tool. Definitely on my wishlist.

Alison responds to “Just who do you think you are?” by explaining that she posts outfit photos so that other 40+, petite, cusp-sized women can see someone just like themselves feeling stylish and proud and fabulous. (Love you, Allie.)

A great big yes to inside-out congruency.

“Miriam Baker is giving full-busted women the edge when it comes to choosing for themselves whether to follow certain rules. When you can’t try a style because it won’t fit around your chest, you can’t analyze whether a style will work for you. But if a line of clothing is specifically constructed to fit you, you’re more likely to take risks and try something new just because you can.”

This article takes a look at how social media is driving binge culture and fast fashion. (Via The Fashion Law)

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