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Lovely Links: 2/6/15

Weekly kitty:

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First seen on Instagram. When we’re not available for snuggling, Simon snuggles with himself.

Jeniese wears one of the coolest, classiest matched sets I’ve seen. Ever.

“The Alice Look,” which opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London starting in May, will focus on how Alice in Wonderland’s style has influenced fashion. (Via YLF)

Can it really be that easy? Who What Wear claims that adding a safety pin to your hem will dispel static cling. Yet to test this one, but curious.

Jennifer Garner explains her “baby bump.” Not pregnant, just in possession of a body with a bump that was created by having three children.

The sexualization of women’s sports trickles down even to the layered, snowy ranks of cross-country skiing. As a teenager, I wore makeup, straightened my hair and applied glitter for race day. I was peacocking. I wanted to ski fast, but I needed to look good. Now, in order to gather a greater following for our sport in the US, my teammates and I, among other young professional skiers, have adopted a new mantra: make skiing sexy.”

This DIY hanging hat rack puts my own twine-and-chip-clip system to shame.

Sylvia styles her drape-neck leather top with a white midi skirt. Such a fresh, unexpected combination.

Lilli looks oh so romantic in her blouse and blush sequin skirt.

Millennials aren’t the only ones making waves on Instagram. Here are 15 amazing senior style Instagrammers worth following.

I wonder how old my mother was when she decided she never deserved another nice thing. If I were to peer inside her closet right now, I can guarantee every item was bought on sale, at a discount store, with an additional 20% off coupon—unless it’s a gift, either from me or from one of her daughters-in-law, in which case it is never worn, because it is being saved for some imaginary future special event.”

This post offers a fantastically in-depth breakdown of color theory basics, understanding “coolness” and “warmth,” how shades work, and more. With incredibly helpful illustrations.

Have I mentioned that Steve Madden once again has the ankle boots that I’ve been wearing four to five times per week since August? I have, but have I mentioned it more than 54 times? Probably not. So here you go.

A great multi-pane comic about bodies and judgment.

People used to think that music played on brass instruments caused hair loss. BECAUSE THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. More hair myths in this amusing video.

“We as a country have made ‘fixing our bodies’ our main obsession and we let it consume our life. This happens for most of us whether we choose to acknowledge it or not … So THEN after all of this, when a fat chick – who hasn’t done the work, who hasn’t tried to fix her body, who doesn’t have any interest in the gospel we so zealously believe in – stands up and says: I’M HAPPY! …we freak the f*ck out.”

Looking for a new way to wear your black pieces? Try them with mustard yellow.

The vice dean of Rutgers University School of Law has told students that including commentary on women professors’ attire and style choices is not welcome or acceptable. Which is awesome. Although it would be even more awesome to live in a world where no such mandate would be necessary. (Via Skepchick)

Simple suggestions for trendy ways to wear your skinny and straight leg jeans.

Where do negative stereotypes about feminists come from?

Reader Christina is working on an amazing body image project for teen girls. Find out more here.

Glenda pairs some killer sandals with her denim jacket and an amazing full midi skirt. I’d steal this outfit right off of her if I could.

“There is no shortage of opinions regarding the negative effects of the current copycat culture. However, the seemingly unpopular alternative is how the ability to copy, specifically in fashion, resulted in a broader and richer creative palette from which designers can draw.”

Piperlime will be gone by April, Kate Spade Saturday and C.Wonder stores are all being closed … what’s going on? (Headline contains a big ol’ swear word. Via The Fashion Law)

I used some birthday cash to nab some cute jackets on super sale at Amazon. This perforated pleather one from Bobi is incredibly supple, and this contrast-sleeve style is comfy, cute, and a great deal.

3D “printers” are undeniably mind-blowing, and this Kinematics dress recently acquired by MoMA is a work of art. I wonder if someday we’ll be “printing” our own custom clothes.

I loved this brutally honest, deeply emotional exploration of how women quietly compete with and judge each other. An important reminder that there is not a limited amount of beauty/success/love/goodness in the world, and just because she has some doesn’t mean you can’t, too. (In other words.)

And from the Department of Random: THIS is how you handle yourself when something major goes wrong on live TV.

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Lovely Links: 1/30/15

Weekly Kitty:

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(First seen on Instagram.) Cat palace, procured. Level 5 Cat Lady, ACHIEVED.

I gave myself a crick in the neck nodding emphatically while reading this piece about how short-sighted it is to encourage women to ignore their bodies completely and focus solely on accomplishments, personality, and intelligence. A favorite quote: “Most of the feminism that I’ve run into does tend to bifurcate mind and body in a way that seems unhelpful. You’re supposed to appreciate your body for the things it does for you, rather than realizing that in a very real way your body is you and that all the things your body does are things that you do.” SO IMPORTANT.

Sylvia is stunning in this edgy monochrome outfit.

Your sweater is pilling. Do you use a sweater stone or sweater comb to get it back in shape? (I’ll admit to using a sweater shaver myself.)

I got a sample of this Hourglass Liquid Lipstick a few months back, and just ponied up for a full-size tube. It is POTENT, so I dab on a couple of drops and then blend. It has better staying power than any lip stain I’ve encountered thus far.

Cyn’s moto-detail jeans are so, SO cool, and the perfect mate for her floaty floral top.

In a recent interview about her childhood and her Image Award-nominated show ‘black-ish,’ Tracee Ellis Ross said, “Women are asked to put forward, to a certain extent, a mask. And for black women, that has taken on greater significance, because the standard of beauty has not necessarily had the space for different definitions of beauty. I’m trying to find my own version of what makes me feel beautiful. On ‘black-ish,’ there’s a lot that has to be done working around my hair, in terms of scheduling.”

Over on About.com I gave a few tips for deciding if a fashion trend is right for you.

A new group that formed to provide a place for young girls of color to connect and support each other, Oakland’s Radical Brownies earn “Radical Beauty” and “LGBT Ally” badges, study how Disney princesses define girls’ image of beauty, and talk about how that can affect self-image.

Gracey offers her thoughts on the best legging styles and brands for tall women. And she’s a fan, so she knows her stuff.

Related: K.Line swears by Hue’s denim leggings. She, too, knows her stuff and is a very discerning consumer.

This Sherlock-inspired outfit is fabulous. I love all of it, but the coat is especially amazing.

Assa shares some resources for designers who offer African print clothes in plus sizes, and reminisces about her childhood in Mali.

“Some feminist scholars refuse to portray naked female bodies, arguing that the sexualization and objectification of those bodies is inevitable. Others continue to experiment, searching for unique representational strategies. I, for one, insist that it is possible to resignify the naked female body, starting with my own body.” (Not safe for work viewing, art and photographic nudes)

Buying multiples of items you love is a much-lauded wardrobe-building technique … but it can backfire, as Grechen points out.

My own color preferences may have changed, but I still adore bright, bold combos like cobalt, yellow, and pink as worn together in this vibrant outfit.

Sarah talks about her experience living with Androgenetic Alopecia, saying, “Having no hair does not define who I am.” (Via Hair Romance)

The concept behind The Ugly Ducklings is intriguing. Feeling confident, valued, and understood is challenging for young women, as is remembering that your journey is what shapes you.  A little fuzzy on what the organization is actually DOING, though. Anyone else heard of it?

Writer Alice Gregory explains why a simple personal uniform makes her feel serene.

Uniqlo’s SPRZ NY collection is calling to me with a marvelous selection of Keith Haring graphic tees and sweatshirts.

On the importance of changing systems from the inside out: “I think my bro-ness largely contributed to my ability to reach my male privileged residents. The ideologies that my corporeality signified gave me a presumed rapport with them, allowing me to infiltrate their spaces, thus granting me the perfect opportunity to subvert those ideologies from the inside. To broaden the implications because of what my body signifies, I can go back home to Philly and be on the block spittin’ some bell hooks or Sara Ahmed to other Black dudes and be listened to because of the capital that I carry through my embodiment. Thus my bro-ness, while inimical in, say, a space containing older, white, second wave feminist women, is subversive and anti-patriarchal in a space containing Black Nationalists and hip-hop heads in North Philly precisely because I am granted access to that space.”

In honor of Australia Day, Imogen shares a pictorial dictionary of some of the most commonly used Australian clothing terminology. Budgie smugglers. Hee.

Forest green accents make this elegant taupe coat look even more sophisticated.

LPC and Une Femme collaborated on posts in which they explored their denim experiments, favorites, and styled yet to be tried.

“These women demonstrate that abiding by the Jewish law of modesty need not translate to dowdy, unflattering, ill-fitting clothing. Modest dressing can be beautiful, attractive, and, most importantly, fashionable. My modesty does not prevent me from buying fashion-forward clothing. On the contrary, it is the reason I have a unique sense of style.

Fascinating: What does a designer collaboration need to accomplish to be considered successful?

Corin and Carrie explain the Riot Grrrl movement in 20 seconds.

Focusing on the two essential purging questions – Is it useful? Does it bring you joy? – Lady Smaggle suggests five items that are likely lurking in your closet and should really be chucked right out.

My earring preferences are shifting. Instead of studs and big necklaces I’m doing big earrings and long pendants. These beauties from Lockhart Wrks are a new fave: Big and bold but super lightweight. And I’m still deciding if I can carry off these huge, bling-y chandelier earrings.

Worn Through recommends these academic studies and writings exploring the intersection of fashion and age.

Recently, the BBC program Woman’s Hour interviewed Rivkie Baum, creator a plus size fashion magazine called SLiNK. Alongside a weight-loss expert. So they could have a discussion about whether making stylish clothes in plus sizes “normalizes obesity.”

A hilarious riff on the concept of “cost per use.”

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Lovely Links: 1/23/15

Weekly Kitty:

The Wall Street Journal investigates the glut of sleeveless dresses in the dead of winter, and finds out why designers shy away from sleeved versions.

Joi’s colorful, fun look was thrifted for $15. Including everything.

The Budget Babe shares some chic and affordable storage solutions for your wardrobe and home.

“Like everyone else, lesbians grow up with impossible airbrushed/Photoshopped standards of beauty created by the media, and these images work themselves deep into our minds long before we know we shouldn’t buy into them.”

Two simple steps to prevent wardrobe orphans? Yes, please!

Shainna explains why she believes plus-sized women should shop the Lilly Pulitzer for Target line, even if the pieces are only available online. And it sounds like they’re moving toward more inclusive sizing in stores wit the Ava & Viv line.

Five reasons why gendered products are a problem.

A great reminder that it’s more valuable to comment on the things people do as opposed to the things people are. Along with this great advice: “… when you find yourself thinking something negative about your body, just say to yourself, ‘I’m thinking a negative thought about my body.’ After your 14th time of doing that in one day, it begins to get boring, and you realize that you’re just harping on a theme.”

I love the look of moto detailing, especially on comfy pieces like these Sun & Shadow moto leggings. And I finally found the replacements for my dying glitter leggings: These subtly sparkly leggings, also by Hue.

Melanie’s thrifted-and-drawn-upon items always amaze me, and these white platform boots embellished with her amazing drawings are no exception.

What could be more fun than finding a new garment that reminds you of a beloved one from childhood?

Over on About.com, I offered some tips for avoiding buyer’s remorse.

Leopard print, burgundy, and lime green look smashing together, as Megan proves.

Such a fantastic, in-depth post on the tension between wanting to accept your body as it is and feeling a desire to change it. Melanie also highlights some ad campaigns that offer antagonistic, cooperative, and agonistic approaches to body image, including the amazing Sport England campaign This Girl Can.

I adore the phrase Old Lady Revolution. Count me in.

Blazer cape. Pretty cool hybrid, if you ask me.

“We get it. Long, dark, thick lashes look fab. But we gotta talk about the reasons so many women feel so compelled to spend their money and time on those potions and procedures. And why zero men do. And why ads like this target us at every turn. And how much money these companies are making off of our desire to look like these unreal images. (Hint: it’s in the billions.)”

How often should you REALLY wash your bra? Not as often as you might think.

Chivalry: A subtle form of “benevolent sexism.”

Although this post focuses on wearing black if you have low or medium contrast, Imogen has also tackled wearing black if you have light coloring and adding color to black.

On the Mad Mimi blog, I wrote about the importance of tone in newsletter communications.

Proof that neutrals needn’t be boring: This fabulous outfit of black and white prints and varied textures.

Here’s what happens when a male Buzzfeed writer wears makeup for a week.

Stylebook, an app that lets you easily catalog and view everything in your closet, sounds pretty brilliant. Not Cher’s closet in “Clueless” brilliant, but close.

“We’re told that selfies are narcissistic, frivolous cries for help. But it doesn’t feel frivolous to bear witness to my body on a particular day of a transitory existence. It feels good!”

I got these Dolce Vita ankle boots on deep discount but um … these Trouvé ones look almost identical and are going for far, far less.

Apparently, there’s a fast fashion/teen retailer cage match going on.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I talked about the obi belt resurgence and tricks for styling them.

Since they mystify me, I’m delighted that the Politesse tackled dress code definitions.

Cassandra is taking part in the Unconditional Body Beautiful project, along with 20 other bloggers. Her first post about her body image history is honest and inspiring.

Clothing is only the book jacket to your life novel. Choosing clothing that fits and flatters not just your figure but your lifestyle and personality help better represent your novel and may attract more interested readers, but they don’t affect the plot or the outcome.”

And from the Department of Random: 10 Words You Might Not Know Are Portmanteaux

Also: Parents Talk to Their Kids About the Birds and the Bees for the First Time. Vangina, vagina, how do you say it? (Via Making Mighteor. Prolly don’t want to watch this one at work, either.)

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