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Lovely Links: 7/31/15

Weekly Kitty:



Instagram decided to ban, block, delete the hashtag #curvy … and then realized that was an absurd thing to do.

“You shouldn’t feel pressured to colour your greying hair if you don’t want to. Just like you shouldn’t feel pressured to stop dyeing your hair if you prefer sporting a colour other than your own. Personal style is exactly that: Personal. And thanks to modern fashion, grey and colour are now both equally viable options.”

AP contributor Cassie is offering 20% off everything in her Etsy store for two weeks! Use code 300WOO to get the discount.

Color analysis has evolved beyond the seasonal designations of the 80s … but why? And how?

Related (and possibly contrary): Does Outfit Colour Advice from the 80s Hold Up?

On, I offered simple tips to shop stylishly and locally and what to buy in the late summer sales.

My new style crush: Stephanie from FAIIINT.

I’ve found that grays are tough to mix and match due to varied undertones, but metallics – pewters and silvers – are great subs. With that in mind, I finally bought these subtly metallic VanEli booties after stalking them for nearly a year.

What is heteronormativity? It’s a whole lotta things, including things many people think of as normal and innocuous.

Anti-flatulence jeans. Discuss.

In my Star Tribune column, I talked about wristwatch styles, dress layering, and tips for women who are hard on their clothes.

The incomparable Lindy West explores a lot in her piece on being an unabashedly fat, unspeakably happy bride: “There’s an awkward three-way tension between wedding culture and feminism and fat acceptance – because of what ‘acceptance’ demands of women in our culture, a lot of fat activism takes the form of fat women trying to ‘prove’ that they can wear the trappings of male fantasy and traditional gender roles just as well as thin women. Fat women can be pretty. Fat women can get married. Fat women can ‘get’ conventionally attractive husbands. But how is that constructive?”

The new Gudrun Sjödén fall line is up on the website now, and it is GORGEOUS.

I think it’s possible that Freddie is the happiest style blogger on the planet. What a smile!

This stunning ankle-length asymmetric top/dress is killing me.

I finally watched The True Cost last week, and it was sobering and life-changing … but unsatisfying in some way. This article about the myth of ethical consumption gets at some of my underlying worries. And Grechen wrote about curbing the urge to get rid of things you already own from fast fashion companies in the name of sustainability.

25 ways to dress like a tech employee

Every human has scars, whether there are emotional and physical – they are part of our story and we should be proud of them.”

Kelly demonstrates how to use a hole punch like this one to add new holes to a leather belt.

Hollister now joins the ranks of brands that fabricated backstories to make their products more appealing.

I have a couple of BeckSondergaard scarves, and ADORE them. Bluefly has a few at 60% off or more.

An argument for posting “bad” selfies as an act of self-love and acceptance

“’Sneaker collecting, done by many men, is [described] in the tradition of other male collecting, like baseball cards and fine wines. It’s about having every single one in every single model. Female buying is “emotional”; male buying is posited as rational.'”

Kellie rounds up some Taylor Swift-inspired looks for plus-sized women.

Anyone else obsessing over waxed canvas? Most excited about the waxed canvas bags from 48North, a local company!

Rowan artfully layers asymmetric pieces in this summery outfit.

Kareem Abdul-Jabar on body-shaming black women athletes: “Some of the body shaming of athletic black women is definitely a racist rejection of black women’s bodies that don’t conform to the traditional body shapes of white athletes and dancers. No one questions the beauty of black actresses such as Kerry Washington (Scandal) or Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) because they fit the lithe image perpetuated by women’s fashion magazines. The body shaming of Williams and Copeland is partly because they don’t fit the Western ideal of femininity. But another cause is our disrespectful ideal of the feminine body in general.”

And from the Department of Random: The Subtle Genius of Minionese

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Lovely Links: 7/24/15

Weekly Kitty:


So stylish.

Over on I explained how private online sales (Gilt, Ideel) really work, talked about brands that cater to older women that younger gals should check out, and highlighted some stylish companies that take sustainability seriously.

Bored with your wardrobe options? Estelle shows how creating names/personas for your outfits can add a little zest. Hers include “Björk’s sad assistant” and “rabbit-filled sack.”

How your makeup bag changes with age

Just looking at these towering carved skull heels from Safa Sahin makes my feet ache … but … but SKULLS!

Kendra shows us how to do quick, easy, and super pretty Goddess twists.

“What if we shifted our thinking and stopped suggesting that wanting to understand our visual identity isn’t an attempt to bathe oneself in egomaniacal glory and instead viewed it as a tool for which we can better understand our existence as humans? What if we stopped believing that wanting to see oneself wasn’t born out of narcissism but instead out of a deep need to connect to our being? And what if we challenged ourselves to view the very act of taking selfies as a step towards self love and acceptance?”

I interviewed Joy McBrien, founder of Fair Anita, for The Riveter. Her story is fascinating, but please be aware that sexual violence is discussed.

Saddlebag-style handbags are big this season, and this minimalist one from LeDonne looks just about perfect to me.

An interesting argument against “compassionate capitalism”

A new take on fashion as art: Australian designer Tiff Manuell uses strips of painted canvas to construct handbags and necklaces.

Sleek faux leather leggings and a sharp blazer balance out a ruffled blouse in Beth’s stellar outfit.

Three great but difficult reads from The Toast: Retail Therapy, Weight (disordered eating discussed), and How I Learned to Love My Skin Colour

In “Body As the Sky,” Lydia Havens ruminates eloquently on the pains of being asked if you’ve always been “like this.” Meaning fat.

On the Mad Mimi blog, I recommended shifting your editorial calendar for the summer.

A woman runner explains to a man runner why being “complimented” by strangers while she’s out on a run makes her terrified and furious.

Related: If catcalls were cheeseburgers (Not safe for work viewing)

Sandra’s custom skirt features a bold, colorful print and she styled it with simple black accents. Stellar.

And this is why we love Allie: How to shop for jumpsuits that fit, flatter, and let you pee

In a quest for classy-looking shiny gold earrings I found this elegant pair from T Tahari.

Love this reminder that all women should feel free to go sleeveless in summer … AND that opting for sleeves is completely fine, too, and not a signal of low self-esteem.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I demonstrated some easy ways to repurpose your jewelry.

In Cuba, a performance artist named Susana Delahante is organizing beauty pageants for black and mixed race black women with natural hair to promote a collective sense of pride in Cuba’s African heritage. (Via Rookie)

Wendy Brandes’ new Punk Platinum collection is as gorgeous as it is fun.

Celebrity facialist Kate Somerville shaves her face at least once per week. So do I. This article provides a handful of perspectives on this practice, though all of them are decidedly pro and some women definitely feel that removing body hair is a wholly unnecessary practice.

Chambray, magenta, and olive make a marvelous trio.

I’ve got high-top sneakers on the brain, and am loving this Khrio pair and this classic Adidas pair.

10 DIY bag tutorials that go beyond basic totes

And for more DIY fun, here’s a list of eight refashioning ideas including a few no-sew ones.

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Lovely Links: 7/17/15

Weekly Kitty:



“I suppose ‘What does your tattoo mean?’ seems like a good ice-breaker—at least it’s more original than asking how the week’s been just to break the silence. ‘It means I have a tattoo’ seems like a perfectly good response to me, as does ‘What does your receding hairline mean?’ … Americans have been trained to assume that every tattoo has a story—a story we’re invited, simply by having seen a glimpse of someone’s body art, to hear.”

Greyscale Goods is the first personal shopping service to blend expert styling with a gender-neutral approach to deliver a shopping experience that is sensitive to the styling needs of those whose style is not as simply defined as masculine or feminine. FANTASTIC. (Cheers, Allison!)

These 10 Pinterest boards offer loads of plus-size fashion inspiration, and some also lead to fantastic blogs. (I have a plus style board, too, but tend to pin plus and non-plus outfits and styles all over the place.)

It’s possible that this is the coolest ring ever created by humankind.

“If you look yourself in the eye in the mirror and you say ‘you are beautiful’ your brain thinks you are talking to someone else. Change it to ‘I am beautiful.’ Then your brain knows you are talking to yourself.”

I still haven’t figured out the sneakers and dresses look for myself, but dang if Kasmira doesn’t look fantastic in this trendy combo. Also reluctant to do overalls the second time around, but Sheryl makes hers look incredibly sexy.

Tips for buying cowboy boots

Elna Baker talks about her body image after losing 110 pounds and being left with lots of extra skin, saying, “I think there is this idea out there that you either love and accept your body, or you’re trying to fix it. I am in neither camp. Or, maybe I’m in both simultaneously. I try to accept myself, but I struggle.”

I received this necklace on Tuesday and gave a shout-out to Etsy vendor Jeweletto on Facebook. A great resource for curated necklace collections, ideal for layering, and many including eight or more pieces (including some vintage) for $45 or less.

When you’re buried in negative body thoughts, perhaps you could try these body-positive practices.

There are definitely pros and cons to online shopping. Angie shares her two cents on both.

The thing about heels is, they have always been about power and privilege. Even when they were co-opted by pornography in the 1850s and co-opted again by Hollywood in the 1900s, they were always about power. It’s just that the source of that power got a little twisted”

Related: Science Weighs In on High Heels

I can’t remember how I found The Rosenrot, but I’m a little obsessed with Gracia’s dark but adventurous aesthetic. This outfit took my breath away.

“I’m begging these officers of the body police: This summer, make yourself uncomfortable. Take a good look around you and soak in the cellulite, bacne, arm flab, and whatever else that surrounds you until these imperfections don’t scare you anymore. If, after that, you still can’t handle the existence of real, imperfect human beings, then feel free to hide in your basement and watch Netflix until cold weather returns. We’ll be out here having fun.”

On GoDaddy Garage, I wrote about blogging freebies and the importance of disclosure.

A professor in Waipu, New Zealand, is using garment construction techniques and pricing policies to keep her math students engaged.  (Cheers, Garrett!)

Love this badass look for late summer and transitional.

NPR’s Jacki Lyden has created a podcast (outside of NPR) about fashion as a lens through which to examine culture and society. Sounds fascinating.

A study has been released positing that fashion counterfeiters actually benefit the industry because they drive big designers to innovate and set the genuine article apart from the knockoffs.

Allison’s head-to-toe white look is pretty without being fussy.

A young woman describes what it’s like for her to be working to recover from an eating disorder during Ramadan

In a post explaining her “deviant” and “defiant” necklace designs, Cassie says, “All these unspoken, invisible walls, trying to hem women into a tiny little box of ‘acceptable.’ Acceptably sized, acceptably quiet, acceptably sexual, and acceptably small. Well balls to that.”

This collarless jacket from Boden is high on my fall wishlist.

Marvelous matchiness in this outfit: A scarf and pumps in the same print!

Mirrors do not tell us the truth about how others see us. They show us a backwards, two dimensional version of the world which we must interpret using our own eyes. And our eyes are not objective observers of our image; our brain is not an objective observer of our life. Looking to a mirror to discover how you look, is more or less like asking your brain if you are sane. The organ cannot diagnose itself.”

On I offered tips for finding your perfect handbag and a list of brands that cater to younger women but that can work well for stylish older gals, too. I’ll be doing the reverse – brands that target older women but can work for younger gals – shortly!

I’m absolutely certain I can’t do this, but I’ll admire from afar: How to downsize your handbag

And from the Department of Random: Scientists explain exactly why honey badger don’t give a sh*t.

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