Posts Categorized: recommended reading

Lovely Links: 8/29/14

Weekly Kitten:


Open-minded cats don’t limit themselves to PAPER bags.

“The people who say that ‘it’s what’s on the inside that matters’ are wrong. It all matters. We can’t divide our insides from our outsides; we are all the complicated, amazing marriage of the physical and ephemeral. If there wasn’t this body, there wouldn’t be this specific me writing these specific words.”

The Curvy Fashionista suggests five fall plus size fashion trends to thrift. My own recommendations for thriftable fall trends are coming up soon!

Are you a feminist and a graphic designer? Feminist Apparel is seeking designs for new tees. And unlike some similar calls for design, you’ll get both paid AND credited.

A woman’s relation to her body is often hesitant because she simultaneously experiences it as a thing and a capacity, whereas men tend to comprehend their bodies as the originators of motion rather than subject to it.”

I do believe Psyche has found the coolest eyelet dress ever made. And she paired it with zebra sandals because she’s awesome like that.

Labor Day is coming. And there is no need to put away your white jeans. (Unless you want to.)

Another thing you definitely don’t have to do? Wear traditionally figure-flattering clothing every single day of your life.

” … we apply technology to the fashion industry as well — what else would you call rapid prototyping, the rise of online shopping, and Pinterest? But when people talk about bringing technology to fashion, what we often mean is making it so a pair of jeans now needs batteries, and I’m not sure that’s really either a pressing need or an appropriate goal.”

I’ve become a little obsessed with online thrift store Twice and nabbed slouchy leather pants and a super cute metallic sweater over the past few weeks. And they ship to Canada! Rejoice!

Some ideas for cutting fatphobic language out of your life.

Holy moly: DIY new-sew neoprene circle skirt. My mind is officially blown.

Well hello, sassy cherry print dress.

A fascinating exploration of perceived value and beauty bargains.

We live in a culture where it is normal, even expected to be insecure—and where it is normal, even expected to scrutinize other people’s bodies, too. Just walk past a row of tabloid magazines and you’ll see celebrities being called out for being too fat, for being too thin, for getting plastic surgery, for not getting plastic surgery, for being too slow to get their ‘post-baby bodies’ back. No wonder we’re so hard on ourselves.”

V-shaped bib necklaces are incredibly useful if you’re a fan of the V neckline (as I am). Love this one and this one.

Filing away this look as a great way to make full, flippy skirts look a bit more badass. This one, too. Clearly, denim is a factor.

Bestselling author (and all-around amazing human being) Deanna Raybourn talks about how she researches clothing for her historical novels, and the choices she makes about their clothing shapes, fabrics and colors.

Muted tones are calling to me these days, so I loved this palette of neutrals and dusty shades.

How gorgeous is Kileen in her butterfly-print maternity dress?

“I do think the representation of minimalism in fashion — it’s so thin and boring and tall and white. But minimalism can be colorful and fat and disabled and all these valuable other realms of experience too. Right? … We need more critical dismantling of the aesthetics we valorize.”

It can be challenging, but always a good practice to realize that certain garments and looks can be loved and appreciated from afar and don’t need to be owned or re-created in your own closet.

An important message: When it comes to fellow women, you can choose support and connection over competition and alienation.

Always a dynamite combination: Hot pink, vibrant orange, and leopard print.

Fabulous advice for creating a versatile color palette within your wardrobe, including a whopping 36 sample palettes.

Newly smitten with these Lee skinny jeans. The rise is high on me and the washes are classic. And the style comes in petite and plus sizes!

Here’s why virtually every meme you’ll see about “real women” is both wrong and hurtful.

Sarah looks ever so chic in black ankle pants and a printed tee.

Such an important reminder about love and self-love.

“Baldness has a certain power to it. It’s not just freedom from the tyranny of hair products, unexpected rain clouds, and basic men in the street, but a liberation from other people’s notions of ‘womanhood.’

An amazing roundup of non-toxic and/or cruelty-free mascaras.

Many Canadian designers explored androgynous looks for the fall season, and did so with tremendous creativity.

Wow. SO much more politics and angst surrounding the dressing choices of women cyclists than I ever expected.

“There is no wrong way to be a body, and there are no wrong bodies. Every body is true, and right.”

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Lovely Links: 8/22/14


How do you style ankle boots? Which style of pant works best with flats? What are the trendiest shoe styles of the season? Join me and Carly Gatzlaff of A La Mode Wardrobe Consulting for all the answers on Sunday, August 24. Details and ticketing information right here.

August 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mall of America Executive Center, Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4

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Local blogger Rita Mehta struggled to find stylish goods made domestically, so she created The American Edit, a blog and agency dedicated to finding and promoting quality goods made here in the U.S.

Another Isabel Toledo/Lane Bryant collaborative collection is now available. YES!

“Maybe she’d craved the beauty of long bones the way I’d craved a delicate turn of wrist. Or maybe she’d coveted the fuller lips or brighter laughs of certain other girls. It’s even possible that other girls, in turn, once wished for my client’s wit or for my own sturdy height. No one escapes those early bruisings where we fail to make a fit.”

An important message about love and self-love.

Hard to believe, but the half-tucked top styling trend is going on three years now.

“It’s so important to have role models like Julia Child that are perfectly imperfect and proud of it. We have to remember that with every single success story comes dozens of stories of failure.”

Over at Rewire, I suggested local shopping resources for the items on travel expert Rick Steves’ packing list.

What’s the best foundation formula for mature skin? Makeup artist Kelly Bilimoria rounds up 11 recommendations.

More options than you might think for retailers who carry small size shoes. This roundup also includes a few picks for small size/wide footbed shoes, too.

This trench, scarf, skinnies, and ankle boots outfit is chic from head to toe.

LOVE this: How to clean thrift store handbags.

“But being a healthier and happier version of myself doesn’t mean I’m not susceptible to feeling low about my body. I’m human. I have lumps and rolls and stretch marks galore. I lose weight and gain weight on a pretty regular basis. And I know very well that other people have similar ‘issues’ with their bodies. Sometimes, though, I can’t shake the lingering feeling that I am not good enough. That people will stop liking me if I gain back some of the weight I lost.”

Anna was thrilled to see an article titled, “Love Your Curves” in Yoga Journal … until she read it and discovered that it contained tips for disguising curves instead of celebrating them.

A few weeks ago, a series of signs were posted in Crown Heights, home to one of the largest chassidic (sect of Orthodox Judaism) communities in New York City, urging non-residents passing through to dress modestly. And then another sign was posted in response.

Love the clean lines and stark contrast in Kellie’s crop top ensemble.

Why should you treat yourself to a head massage? Because it feels amazing AND is great for your lovely locks.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I don’t want skinny jeans to go away. I could’ve sworn they’d entered “classic” status by now …

Darlene sings the praises of Miss Mandalay brand bikinis for women with larger busts. Anyone tried the brand?

Related: Corporette offers some options for blazers that work with larger busts.

This post and the amazing infographic show at the top outline wardrobe maintenance throughout the year, including when to purge and when to hit the sales.

“But even though it was a precursor to the likes of Jezebel and Rookie as a pioneer of youthful pop-feminism, [gURL] is now somewhat forgotten. While Sassy has inspired countless odes (even a book!), golden-age gURL seems to fall into the weird limbo of internet history.”

Allie offers great tips for styling leggings and dresses with maturity and sophistication.

A succinct lesson in gamine style.

Cassandra gives a big thumbs up to SmartGlamour, a company that does made-to-order women’s clothing all made here in the U.S. And SmartGlamour owner Mallorie has started a campaign to encourage women to know their measurements.

Need some ideas for making your conservative workplace outfits sparkle? Here you go.

An interesting take on how to handle your inner critic, and where that voice comes from.

“And clothes. The things we wrap our bodies in naturally affect how we arrange and move them.”

The closet clean-out continues: A few more items over on eBay.

And from the Department of Random: Here are some dogs enjoying popsicles.

Additionally: A Grounded Goth Teen Angrily Renames Household Items

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Lovely Links: 8/15/14

How do you style ankle boots? Which style of pant works best with flats? What are the trendiest shoe styles of the season? Join me and Carly Gatzlaff of A La Mode Wardrobe Consulting for all the answers on Sunday, August 24. Details and ticketing information right here.

August 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mall of America Executive Center, Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4

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Weekly Kitten:


Pretty soon this is gonna become “Weekly Small Cat.”

“Is the idea that breasts are inherently sexual, even when the women in possession of them aren’t trying to do anything of the sort, and that their display must therefore be regulated?”

Psyche looks so sharp in her bold red blazer and skinny jeans.

Simple tips – that focus on leg elongation – for pairing flat footwear and dresses.

I’ve taken shoes to my leather experts to get dyed, but never tried treating them myself. Sheila shows us how she took a pair of olive green shoes and dyed them a gorgeous bright pink herself. A great experiment, since the pair in question had been brutally attacked by a vengeful cat and were already somewhat damaged. Always wise to try new repurposing/altering techniques on items you won’t sob over if the technique backfires.

“Nobody is addressing the fact that so many women wake up in the morning, look at themselves in the mirror, and, out of habit, attack what they see.”

So. Do we really need a “Swash” machine? (Via YLF)

If you’re wearing the same wardrobe items over and over again, playing around with these three questions can help you identify what you love about them and what works.

Florals are classic, but botanicals? Somehow edgy and soft all at once.

For anyone who’s ever been instructed to “Smile!” by a total stranger on the street, behold: Smile Bitch Training Camp. (Contains swears. Obviously.)

“I need to overcome my need for perfection and understand that THERE IS NO SUCH THING as the perfect wardrobe; I’m not going to do exercises to determine how to create it, and then get down to an ideal number of items.”

I’m slowly cooking up a new direction for my personal style, and stashing my inspiration here.

On a related note, I’ve been mining the Eileen Fisher site for images and somehow completely missed The Fisher Project, an EF offshoot that’s a bit edgier. These slouchy silk pants are from that line, and dang, they’re beautiful.

“I’m fat. I’ll always be fat, even if I’m in control of my fatness and you can’t see it. It’s still there. No matter how strictly I have dieted the best I’ve ever achieved is a VERY curvy size 12. I literally have no idea what it feels like to be skinny.”

On the Fox 9 Buzz, Alix and I chatted about working metallic clothes and accessories into your outfits.

Greetje sports matching orange accents with such chic.

Yes. Sunscreen. Every single day.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is opening yet another cool concept store, gina + will, in Dinkytown.

Think neutrals are dull? Think again. This post offers several techniques for making neutral mix outfits interesting and chic.

Every Friday, the Curvy Fashionista highlights a plus-sized style blogger. I’ve found some fabulous reads through her recommendations!

On the importance of a quality headshot for professional women: “You’ve worked damn hard to get where you are, you should stand proud, not hide behind a company logo or an unprofessional blurry photo from your sister’s wedding or your summer beach vacation. I don’t care if you see clothing as just a way to stay warm and not arrested for indecent exposure and fashion to be frivolous … when you hide from the world while your male counterparts are proudly visible, I can’t abide. You’re doing no favors to yourself, your company, or your fellow woman.” YEP.

Good question: Why are the media so obsessed with female scientists’ appearance?

My monthly Star Tribune column launched this week! Read the first one here, and please send in your questions for next month.

Tanasha’s outfit of preppy classics is perfect for late summer.

After an extensive makeup lesson earlier this week, I sprung for this Tightline Cake Liner. Turns out that for my eye shape, tightlining is the way to go.

“Essentially, two of the avenues best suited to protect fashion tell us that offensive material is unacceptable. And yet offensive and/or derogatory content is pretty prevalent in fashion. From ads to designs to logos, there’s no shortage of offensive material to go around. Why is it that when the laws make it clear that offending content won’t be tolerated and history has told us that people will react, brands still rely on said content?”

Here’s a smart little quiz you can administer to yourself when you are trapped in a dressing room, stricken with indecision.

Recommended this vintage-y knit dress to not one, but two clients this week alone.

And from the Department of Random: I’ve probably watched this 687 times since HM first showed it to me last weekend. I believe it is the best moment ever caught on film ever in the history of forever.

Of course, taking a close second:

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