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Lovely Links: 12/5/14

Weekly Kitten:


Harriet in the bedroom garbage can. Blurry, but hilarious.
(Do you see her lynx ears? DO YOU SEE THEM??!?!)

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This post on developing positive body image within your family offers helpful, gentle tips for re-routing negativity. (Cheers, Gloria)

A rich yellow cable knit and pleated leather skirt make a marvelous, unexpected pairing.

A new breed of high-performance wool clothing is creeping into the market, and folks who live in cold weather climates (like, I don’t know, ME) have some wonderful woolens to look forward to. (Via YLF)

These pumps may be wildly impractical, but they’re still gorgeous.

How many times have I told myself that I would be kinder to myself, more loving, happier, finally relax, when … the lump disappeared from my nose, when I weighed X, when I was skinny, when my cellulite went away, when I got X award, when I became someone important, when I could afford X, when I traveled to X, when I could fit in these pants, when, when, when… And then I’d be happy.”

Kileen is still rocking amazing looks at 31 weeks pregnant, including this cozy blanket scarf and jeans outfit.

Great tips for finding warm, waterproof boots for fussy feet.

Defining the well-fed woman.

“Some people question the power of words, perhaps disguising it all as a joke, a carless remark, or a ‘helpful’ comment. But bodies remember so much, even when the mind forgets, don’t they? I know mine does, and it keeps letting me know.”

Over on Mad Mimi, I offered bloggers some tips on monetizing email newsletters in helpful, non-sleazy ways.

A simple black maxi dress with tan and cognac accents can be utterly stunning.

Thrilled to see that the gr.Dano folks have teamed up with Shoptiques and have their latest offerings available online – including the tunic from this week’s outfit post.

The designer of “normal Barbie” Lammily dolls is now producing stickers for the toys that include stretch marks, freckles, scars, acne, and tattoos. Many little girls love dolls that look like themselves or their family members, and adding features like these may make that even easier.

Australian TV host Karl Stefanovic wore the same suit on air every day for a YEAR and no one noticed. He did it to call out the dressing double standard applied to his co-host, Lisa Wilkinson.

“There are more women in the 50+ bracket than ever before and it’s abundantly clear that they have felt let down by the fashion industry.” (Via 40+ Style)

Some interesting scholarly input on normcore right here.

Matisse is such an underrated shoe brand. I love nearly all of their boots, but am just drooling over these studded ankle boots. Can’t justify the price, but also ogling these asymmetric ankle boots.

How do you balance a desire for novelty and variety in your wardrobe with a desire to shop less? (Via Recovering Shopaholic)

Not too long ago, Beverly moved from the West Coast to the Midwest. These outfits prove that a warm climate girl can learn to layer like a pro.

This roundup of glam plus size holiday dresses includes some gorgeous picks. Igigi is always a great resource, too.

Think of a size label as a very vague guide to a kind of approximation of how large or small a garment is. That’s it. It has no value, particularly nothing to do with what kind of person you are, and I know that you are fabulous.”

Can a new app help fight counterfeit fashion?

Natalie wears what is quite possibly the coolest, sexiest jumpsuit/playsuit/one-piece ever created.

Why it doesn’t make sense to call ourselves ugly.

Lindy West describes what it’s like to be a plus sized woman engaged to a thin man.

What does a “one size fits all” garment look like on a variety of body shapes and sizes? Answers in this post. (Thanks, Beth!)

This recent study on the motivations for and responses to the French burqua ban reveals some fascinating findings.

And from the Department of Random: Michelle MacLaren has signed on to develop and direct a Wonder Woman movie. FINALLY!!!!

Additionally: This week I remembered that I have a “liked” section to my Pinterest account where I put all my random, off-topic stuff. So many funnies in there. Including this seasonally appropriate one.

Also: Tassie devil populations are recovering. HURRAH!!!!

Finally: My new password

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Lovely Links: 11/21/14

Weekly Kitten:


Just a normal day at Chez McGraw. Simon has a packing tape moustache, Harriet’s in a box, and my DVD of “Pitch Perfect” is on the dining room table for no reason at all.

Any other locals attending I AM MPLS or its new sister event I AM ST. PAUL? I’ll be there for the former at First Ave on December 4!

The best tall boots for bunions, thanks to the Barking Dog Shoes team.

“So, as weapons go, a tutu carries as much punch as, well, tulle, but being double-bound, double-loud in my style does makes me feel protected. It’s my childish scream into the clockwork street – I AM NOT YOU! DON’T MAKE ME!”

Lots of retailers offer plus sizes on their websites only, but it turns out Old Navy has several other discriminatory practices, including up-charging for plus-sized jeans for women but charging the same price for men regardless of size. (Via Capitol Hill Style)

Lexy looks smokin’ hot in her vintage cropped red suede jacket.

A reminder from Thick Dumpling Skin and Henri Matisse about the loveliness of women’s bodies. No Photoshop necessary. (Not safe for work viewing.)

Calvin Klein used a size 10 model in a recent underwear campaign. This interview with model Myla Dalbesio includes some interesting points about how the modeling industry still harbors some bizarre and unhealthy ideas about size.

Like Aya, I love, love, love thrifting handmade, one-of-a-kind clothes. The dress she nabbed is stunning.

Do check out #feministprincessbride for a marriage of two wonderful things. (A response to this ridiculousness.)

Andrea finds the most amazing designers. This week, painterly clutches from Tiff Manuell.

On the Fox 9 Buzz this week, we talked about making chunky knits work. And I poked fun at The Row.

CUT for EVANS is a collection born from competition between design students from Nottingham Trent and Kingston University. Two winners, Eve Turley and Ellie Northway, won the £1,000 cash prize and the opportunity to have EVANS include their pieces into the capsule collection.

Poodletail sent me this article about uniforms and decision fatigue. Definitely the perfect route for some, but not all.

Currently obsessed with cowl-neck tunics. I bought this one from Target last year and promptly shrunk it. Now it is reserved for lounge/home wear. I shall not shrink my new one! Also ogling this cool exposed-seam cowl tunic.

Such a marvelous mash-up of elements: Leather skinnies, floppy hat, Breton top, and oversized vest. LOVE.

Anjelica Huston interviewed Lauren Hutton. The two have been friends for decades, and chat about modeling, Diana Vreeland, feminism, and more. (Via That’s Not My Age)

Fairly sure mine would turn out clumpy and unwearable, but still intrigued by this DIY glitter pump tutorial.

These 3D-printed dresses will blow your mind. (Curious to see if a better term evolves. “3D printing” doesn’t quite fit since ink is rarely involved.)

How the Internet Talked About Women’s Bodies This Week. Not exactly an uplifting read, but proof that there’s still SO much work to be done.

Bright yellow pumps add a cheeky pop of color to an otherwise neutral mix. Love that sparkly clutch, too.

I laughed out loud several times, startling Harriet: What happens when you finally start wearing the right bra size?

A leopard-print scarf ties together this elegant outfit of camel and black.

I bought this mini set of Tarte Lipsurgence tints and glosses and am having ALL OF THE FUN trying new colors. The matte ones are surprisingly lovely on.

Huge thanks to my friends at Lee Jeans for this fabulous feature on their blog!

Is plus-sized minimalism possible? Allison responds with a resounding, “Yes.”

And from the Department of Random: Eight West Coasters try classic Minnesota foods. HILARIOUSLY.

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Lovely Links: 11/7/14

Weekly Kitten



“’It felt like it was the right time to look at the rise of women in contemporary power roles, and how they view and use fashion to facilitate their place in the world,’ said Donna Loveday, a co-curator, describing the show as one of the most ambitious the [Design Museum in London] has done.” (Cheers, Lisa)

Just like the Budget Babe team, I’m loving the glut of two-tone black and brown bags currently on the market.

Important and often-overlooked point: Try to assemble your outfits in natural light, at least partially. Things can look great under the dim bulbs, and clashy out in the sun.

Reader Sewing Faille pointed me to a series of posts in which three professional photographers discuss photographing each other, and the discomfort inherent in entrusting your image to someone else. Sara’s perspective, Zack’s perspective, Bernard’s perspective.

Wonderful and gentle advice for curbing comparisons between your style/figure and the styles/figures of others.

“Ms. Kondo’s decluttering theories are unique, and can be reduced to two basic tenets: Discard everything that does not ‘spark joy,’ after thanking the objects that are getting the heave-ho for their service; and do not buy organizing equipment — your home already has all the storage you need.” (Cheers, HM)

Gonna have to try pairing a leopard-print scarf and military jacket myself sometime soon.

Fabulous reader LeAnn wrote a column about body acceptance, mountain climbing, and shifts in self-talk. (She swears a bunch. And I love her for it.)

Have I mentioned lately how much I adore the DevaCurl line of products? I used them even when I was straightening my hair because they’re so amazing for my wavy texture. I use No Poo and One Condition, then a mix of the serum and pomade to style.

Beyonce + Topshop = Athletic streetwear line that’s sure to sell out in seconds.

How do I actually listen to my body?

Ashley looks Boho fabulous in a floaty maxi dress and fringed handbag.

The way media treats female breasts supports the notion that women’s bodies do not belong to ourselves, but to the public. If an actor shows her breasts in a movie, she’ll be asked a million questions about it. If a guy is half-naked, it’s not a big deal, it’s funny, it might not even be brought up.” (Describes surgery)

Related: “I was ashamed that I’d offended somebody or a lot of somebodies at my office and made a woman that was practically a stranger utter the phrase ‘low cut tops.’ I was ashamed because I’d forgotten something I knew before I could put it into words: as a woman, your body is merely on loan to you from the public gaze.” (Discusses disordered eating)

I, too, have heard rumblings that straight-legs are the new skinnies. We shall see.

Lovely Lauren at AsianCajuns turned me on to We Make It Last, a digital magazine about sustainable clothing and style.

Most of us want to feel better about our bodies, but so much advice is nebulous and vague. This post offers a five-step game plan for improving body image that includes awareness, reflection, and active change.

The Barking Dog Shoes team rounds up shoe options for those who suffer from top-of-foot pain.

I thrifted a pair of slouchy leather pants a while back. and am still exploring how to style them. Kela’s slouchy faux-leather pants look amazing with her simple black sweater and printed heels.

“Beyonce, as powerful and secure in her position as she is, isn’t taking a lot of personal risk with ‘Feminist’ in lights. But it’s because she’s secure enough to make that step that others might be inspired to overcome their own reservations. What Annie Lennox* dismisses (nay, criticizes vehemently) as feminism lite, tokenism, self-promotion, is also a woman’s way of embodying feminism to a crowd of screaming girls who admire and want to emulate her — possibly right down to her 20-foot-tall sense of pride in her feminist identity.

Time offers another summary of the bizarre history of women’s clothing sizing practices. A nice reminder that, especially today, sizes are incredibly arbitrary.

Rust orange and cobalt. What a marvelously unexpected color combo.

Painter Aleah Chapin is exhibiting her huge, amazingly realistic paintings showing nude women in many stages of life and aging at The Flowers Gallery in London.  In this article, she and some of her portrait subjects talk about the challenges and body image-fueled fears that accompany the creation such a body of work. (Not safe for work viewing, nudity. Cheers for the link, Kim)

I’ve seen a number of zipper-embellished sweaters lately, but I think Khatu’s is my favorite. And I love how she paired it with polka dot pumps.

Very true: Hourglass-shaped figures are all we see in plus-sized models. Even though the majority of women lack those curves and tend to be more rectangular in shape.

I’ve recommended this long, irregular links necklace to about a dozen clients this year, and now it’s on super sale!

Short-waisted and wondering how to belt? Great guidelines here that still respect your figure-flattery priorities.

Sandra looks smashing in her flirty plaid dress and tall boots. Love that bow clutch, too!

“Much of the criticism around casual dress is gendered: Mark Zuckerberg gets gentle joshing, at most, for his sartorial quirks, but could Marissa Mayer get away with a hoodie and shower shoes? And notice how often the ‘casual dressing at school’ panic is inevitably centered around girls? There’s a reason that women dressing casually threatens the status quo — it’s subversive and the ultimate sign of not caring.”

Apparently, there’s a debate raging over woman vs. female as modifiers.

A moto jacket and floral dress make for a foolproof juxtaposition outfit.

Must-have lists can feel so stifling. Natalie rebels by showing her alternatives to the “classic trench” and “black blazer.”

Charlotte Rampling, Tilda Swinton, and Jessica Lange are now joined by Helen Mirren in the club of over-50 women fronting major cosmetics campaigns.

In other barrier-busting news, transgender model Lea T is Redken’s newest brand muse.

AP contributor Cassie has just launched a new line of jewelry called The Enthusiasts celebrating personal passions, and is donating 10% of her profits to associated charities. Rock!

A cute way to do ankle boots and cuffed jeans with socks. My solution? Pull your socks up, cuff low so the cuff juts against the top of the ankle boot, no one is the wiser. Unless you sit down and cross your legs. See my suggestions on this week’s Fox 9 Buzz segment on ankle boots.

“Look in the mirror and see what’s actually there. Not a comparison to some nonexistent ideal. Look at what’s there. Your flaws make you beautiful. Your dark circles make you beautiful. Once you can see how gorgeous your flaws are, you will be transformed into something much more magical than a pretty princess, holding her breath forever. You will be FORMIDABLE.”

And from the Department of Random: Benedict Cumberbatch can’t say “penguins.”

Additionally: Lacy is taking a calligraphy class. Her contenders for quotes to transcribe cracked me up.

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