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Lovely Links: 7/10/15

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I’m so pleased I got Black Mouse in mid-air, even if Ms. Harriet is blurry. (First seen on Instagram)

This video, made by a woman who posts makeup tutorials on YouTube and gets scathing comments about her acne, made me cry. A lot. (Cheers, Elizabeth)

“In accordance to the unwritten rules of ‘weight loss success story,’ I have failed. This is the part where I am ‘supposed’ to start talking about ‘shaping back up’ and share the journey to ‘getting my body back.’ But that wouldn’t honor all the f*#^s I don’t give. I love my body, as is, today.”

Joi rocks a fan-freakin-tastic black and white print mix.

Rachel shares four points of rumination for Asian Americans who are struggling with cultural norms surrounding weight and body image. She also recommends this NPR story from 2011 as a resource.

I’ve been surprised by how unique and versatile the Sam Edelman jewelry line has become. On-trend, too – I’m drooling over these talon ear jackets.

This perplexes me: A recent study shows that using a product in a variety of circumstances and in a variety of ways makes consumers like it less.

The Curvy Fashionista recommends seven plus size activewear brands that are worth exploring.

Who says all black doesn’t work for summer? Rowan’s look is beautifully balanced.

A bit late, but over on the Goodwill blog, I showed some red, white, and blue outfits that won’t make you look like a giant American flag.

In an absolutely marvelous interview with BUST, Laverne Cox says, ” … there’s something almost binary that suggests either you are moving against cis-normative, hetero-normative, imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy, or you’re complicit with it. That kind of binary is really, deeply problematic. I think it’s more complicated.” Among other amazing things. (Via The Closet Feminist)

Here are some simple tips to ensure your jewelry is balanced – and not overwhelming – within your outfits.

On I recommended some shops that take sustainability seriouslywhere to shop for shorts no matter your size or style, and how to shop if you’re headed off to college for the first time this fall.

Fashion activist Bethann Hardison talks about revolutionizing the industry for women of color

“Even assuming anti-ageing products have miracle properties that restore baby’s-bum qualities to your skin (which, SPOILER ALERT, they don’t), it’s up to an individual to decide whether they’re interested in any of that. Why are university students now being marketed a package deal in life-long insecurity at the till?”

Do you have a bikini body? This handy flowchart will let you know for sure.

I’ve professed my love of the Freebird by Steven line before, and some of the styles are on super sale right now.

This SheWired interview with photographer Miki Vargas pointed me to Handsome Revolution Project, a photography series showcasing the mind-blowingly fabulous personal styles of masculine-of-center women, masculine gender-nonconforming people, and trans men alongside their thoughts about gender identity.

Luciana’s pearl-embellished peep-toes are killing me.

Lucky Magazine is kaput. Yoiks.

In my Star Tribune column, I tackled questions about monochromatic looks, getting graphic tees tailored, and more.

If you’re looking for a middle-ground between $5 gas station sunnies and $200 designer ones, try Quay. Designs tend to be oversized and a bit statement-y, but so fun and under $50.

Such a cool tip for shortening a tee without hemming or tucking

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I spoke with the founder of the ARC’s Value Village stylist program about thrifting for summer trends and offered tips for subtle safari-influenced looks.

Brittany was targeted online by fat shamers after her appearance on Dr. Oz, and in response she posted this Fat Girl Job Clarification. (Contains swears.)

This post offers some tiered guidelines for smart ways to add formalwear to your wardrobe.

On Go Daddy Garage, I wrote about the importance of diversified income streams for bloggers.

Ever had anyone snap at you for offering a compliment on their style? Melanie has. (P.S. Melanie, LOVE the farked maxi.)

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Lovely Links: 6/26/15

Weekly Kitty:


Cuddling. (First seen on Instagram)

“And so what if someone who you’re not attracted to is showing off his or her body? Do your eyes burn at the sight of cellulite? Does a muffin top offend you? When someone has overcome her insecurities enough to wear something that shows her love handles, or body acne, or scars, or big thighs, then who are you to tell her to put it away?

What are impossible colors?

Belle weighs in on pairing necklaces and necklines, pointing out that necklace length and volume can serve as a balancing factor.

Eloquii’s cross front maxi tee creates a cool, new silhouette. (Tip of hat to Kellie for the find.)

A great big yes to the white, gray, chartreuse triad. Also loving teal, olive, and dusty orange.

“So far, the side-effects of trusting my gut’s wardrobe knowledge has been a newfound joy in clothing, more acceptance that my tastes/body/life change, new ways to wear old things, and more colours in my wardrobe, which makes me happier.”

Women scientists show how #distractinglysexy they are in response to Sir Tim Hunt’s sexist comments.

Tattoorary has the most amazing temporary tattoos I’ve ever seen. Period.

My skull-print obsession continues, now focused on bags. This Frye tote is tempting, but I’m leaning toward this screen-printed canvas tote.

This method for simplifying your closet sounds intriguing.

Layering a crop top over a summer dress is a great way to mix up your looks. I’ve done this a few times myself this season! You can also pair cropped tops with maxi skirts and jackets for a slightly less covered-up look.

A helpful roundup of stylish and modern organic cotton clothing

On the Fox 9 Buzz, we chatted about how to find your personal perfect pair of sandals. Two pairs I mention that are currently for sale are the Clarks Ranae Estelle and Mephisto Barbara.

“I really would like to make it clear, I am not interested in slowly replacing all of my clothes and items and attempting to live as a woman full time, bit by bit. All I would really like to do is to understand that I need to allow myself to be me. And the ‘real’ me exists somewhere outside of the gender binary; somewhere in that space that makes up the spectrum between both the poles of male and female.”

A counterpoint to the recent glorification of decluttering 

In this post, activist Christina Verzijl delves into the roots of her own body insecurities, and describes how they inspired her to create Body Project 4 High Schools (BP4HS).

If you’re gonna let your bra show through, picking an eye-catching design is key. Luciana’s is a stunner.

So do-able: A quick DIY for converting regular ballet flats into lace-ups

Getting groped by strangers is scary, infuriating, and awful in every way. And another example of how women’s bodies are seen and treated as public property by many.

If you’ve got a beloved scarf that’s just too voluminous, it can be thinned. Kelly uses Fray Check, a product I’d never heard of that sounds positively miraculous.

Deborah is fast becoming my layering idol. She does such a fantastic job of creating organic mixes of asymmetric pieces.

Two great posts on going gray: Cindy offers practical tips for making the switch and caring for gray hair, and Susan recaps her year of growing her gray hair out and shares some emotional revelations. (both via Inside Out Style)

These simple guidelines for selecting a job interview outfit make sense, especially the tip about trying your outfit on the night before. A must!

Dorrie layers on the black and white pieces, adding stellar accents with her striped clutch and sculptural heels.

Lane Bryant continues to step up its game, this time by collaborating with Christian Siriano.

More proof that bra fittings are important … but inconsistent: A reporter got fitted for bras at six different stores, and chronicled the results.

Vests are fantastic pieces to add to your summer wardrobe, since they add interest without making you overheat. Love how Ashley has styled hers, with a wide-brim hat and ankle boots.

How does Colette Patterns find truly diverse models for it’s shoots? Seamwork editor Sarai explains. (Cheers, Sewing Faille!)

On I suggested some times when it makes more sense to shop at department stores than individual stores, and offered tips for buying sandals that are both comfy and flattering.

And from the Department of Random: This post perfectly describes my relationship with cherries.

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Lovely Links: 6/19/15

Weekly Kitty:


13-year-old Simon has only just figured out how to get to the top of our second carpeted cat turret. However, 1-year-old Harriet is reigning queen, as you can see.

“Body positivity is being accepted, to an extent, but before we get too big for our boots, we are reminded that our body acceptance is monitored. Whether the privileged male admits it or not, society is standardising fatness … two ‘categories’ of fatness have materialised in the media, appropriated (once more) with male ideology in mind: the good fatty and the bad fatty.”

Polka dots and windowpane make such a pleasing print mix.

Sewists, I feel you will love Pattern Behavior Cartoons. They certainly cracked me up. More here.

Hourglassy’s Busty and the Beach series will explore swim options for women with large breasts, including detailed reviews.

Love how Chioma used a chunky chain necklace to enhance her halter-neck midi dress.

Angie offers some great, concrete suggestions for the third or “completer” outfit piece.

Like me, you will probably want to kiss Geraldine full on the mouth (or at least take her out for a cheeseburger) after reading Things in Women’s Magazines That Make Me Stabby. Geraldine, when you hit Minneapolis, call me. Cheeseburgers. My treat. We’ll see about the kissing.

Emerald green and blush pink make a fresh, unexpected combination.

Pia issues a rallying cry for truly inclusive, collaborative, radical body-positive activism. (With swears and some nude photos. Both of which I love.)

Not sure I agree completely with the findings, but this graphic showing which brands tend to run big or small in sizing is certainly interesting. Thoughts on their results?

On the Fox 9 Buzz, gave some tips for summer layering and keeping warm in blasting A/C.

“Joseph Matthews, Lecturer in Health at Worcester University, comments that ‘by classifying someone as underweight or obese, you’re not instigating lifestyle change, you’re attaching stigma and judgement. Change in health behaviours stem from empowerment. Unfortunately classifying an individual on the BMI scale can have the opposite effect.’” (Discusses disordered eating, includes photos of women in their undies.)

Cheryl is an absolute knockout in her blush pink matched set.

On Mad Mimi, I offered some guiding questions for folks who are considering hiring ghostwriters for their newsletters.

Four questions that might help clarify the concept of thin privilege

Marvelously mod lines on Greetje’s cool colorblocked sheath dress. (Plus her pup and gorgeous shots of Amsterdam)

Fascinating: Brown paper bags – think messengers and totes – that are tear-resistant and durable enough to be washed

Is the colorful suit making a comeback?

From a post titled Soldier or Slut? Body Shaming in the Military: “I see myself as a smart, professional, and strong woman, and I will not conform to other people’s perceptions of where my body belongs amongst my clothes. If a shirt fits well, I will not be slut shamed. If pants fit correctly, I will not be slut shamed. I am no longer standing for it. I will not bow down to the will of others. It is not my problem if a man or woman is uncomfortable with my body.”

Dolly Singh collaborated with engineers, astronauts, and rocket scientists to build a better high heel. (Via Capitol Hill Style)

Six plus-sized bloggers style the same darling cat-print blouse

Just reading the reviews of the film “The True Cost” has made me decide to never again shop at H&M. Anyone seen it yet?

Debbie is refreshingly honest in her post about turning to shopping as a respite from loneliness.

Looking for a bold and colorful outfit formula? Beth proves that hot pink, turquoise, and leopard print look fantastic together. And a slightly less bold but unexpected grouping from Lizzy includes black, yellow, and leopard.

Penny in Yo’ Pants is a little gizmo that allows cyclists to turn skirts into shorts in an instant. Super cool.

Woman Lifts Weights, Continues Being a Woman

On I highlighted 10 sexy sandals for summer, and rounded up mall brands that stars love.

A capsule wardrobe won’t fix your closet, and it surely won’t fix your life. But the process of paring down your wardrobe may bring up a lot of emotions and other issues in your life and help you realize and understand those issues.”

And from the Department of Random: Apparently a Great Pyrenees was elected mayor of Cormorant, MN. I don’t know what to feel.

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