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This Week I Love …

Wendy for sitting me down ten years ago and saying, “Kid, you’re gonna do big things.” I admired her tremendously. She barely knew me. This was such a gift.

… Beth for matching my intensity at every turn and for being my professionalism and graciousness role model.

Sarah for being the person in my life who constantly asks, “What’s next for you?” and keeps me thinking about what more I can accomplish.

… JoAnna for inspiring me with her strength and bravery, and for telling me constantly that she admires me for mine.

Bets for being willing to listen to my worries, connect me with anyone in her network, and celebrate all of my triumphs. Even the tiny, internal ones.

Barbara for mentoring me without meaning to and showing me that a Capricorn CAN be self-employed and love it. By doing it herself first.

Katie for her passion and insight, support and affection.

Allie and Sarah for sending me all the good feminist jokes and working right alongside me to empower women.

… Emily and Anne and Hanna and Gaby for knowing my whole sordid history and loving and accepting me anyway.

Tehilah for her marvelously rambly phone messages, sage advice, and unending support. I know for a fact that if I needed her, she would hop the first flight out of JFK and be at my side in mere hours.

… Claire and Maureen and Anita and Christy for asking, “What can we do to help?” And meaning it.

Trinity for making me think hard about my actions and their repercussions, and for her curiosity and kindness and patience.

Annie for showing me that when you’re chasing your dreams, very little else matters. And for making me laugh my ass off.

Christina for her gentle compassion, flexibility, and unending generosity.

Megan for forgiving me even when she probably shouldn’t have.

Liz for hatching big plans with me, swearing fluently with me, commiserating with me, geeking out with me.

Autumn for reminding me that being candid is always a good idea, and that kindred spirits are rare and precious.

Audi for being my polar opposite and mirror image all at once. And for reminding me to RELAX, for God’s sake.

Amy for kicking ass and taking names, for cracking me up on the regular, and for inspiring me with her meticulous plans for world domination.

Letta for being brilliant, hilarious, effusive, and unstoppable.

This week I’m thinking about the women in my life and how essential they are to my happiness and well-being. I am blessed and fortunate to have a large and loving network of women friends who do nothing but support me, encourage me, and lift me up. In a world where the media pits women against each other, focuses on competition instead of collaboration, and manufactures cat-fights to drive ratings and page views, I want to take a moment to say that I love my women friends so much. More than I can ever express in words. We stand together, we work together, and unlike the TV- and movie-depicted women we never steal each others’ boyfriends. Or thunder. Or anything at all.

I started this blog because of my women friends. I realized that I was having the same conversations over and over again about weight and body image and confidence and self-esteem. My friends struggled to feel good about their bodies in a constant and exhausting way, and I wanted to show them that they didn’t need to change themselves. Not ever. And that instead of digging into another crash diet or investing in a round of Botox, they might consider exploring dressing options that highlighted what they already loved about their bodies. And practice some daily acceptance and forgiveness. I had those conversations in person, and they helped me move toward having them in writing and in a space where they might support and validate even more women.

I write and speak and teach to empower all women including the ones I’ve never met, but the people who make that work possible and keep me going when I’m ready to throw in the towel? They’re my women friends. The people who hug me and tell me they’re proud of me and remind me to be grateful. The people whose successes thrill me, whose tragedies crush me, whose new endeavors and adventures fill me with pride and joy. The people who see me often yet are always visibly glad, or see me seldom but welcome me as if not a day has gone by.

The older I get, the more strongly I believe that it’s essential to tell the important people in your life how important they are. Tell the people you love that you love them. I tell these amazing, inspiring women that I love and value them as often as I can to their faces, or to their phones and computers. I probably do it a little more than is strictly necessary, but I’d rather err on the gushy side. If you have women in your life who support and celebrate you, I’d love it if you would take a moment today to reach out and let them know how much you appreciate them.

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This Week I Love …

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… chartreuse.

This greeny-yellow has been an obsession of mine for over a year now. There’s something about the bright, unexpected, sour-tart look of it that just thrills me. And I’m surprised by how versatile chartreuse can be: It pairs well with neutrals like tan and gray, but also with jewel tones like magenta and purple, and even brights like cobalt. A little tough to find at times – I’m still on the hunt for chartreuse pumps – but worth the effort. Here are some chartreuse items I’m lusting after right now:

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Anthropologie Silk Top - $59.95

Mmmm, I can imagine this with slouchy boyfriend jeans and chunky sandals or tucked into a structured navy skirt. Love that it’s got a V-neck for easy necklace wearing, and it sounds like it runs pretty generous, size-wise. Definitely on my wishlist.

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Karen Millen Pleat Lace Skirt
 - $99

I saw this lovely skirt on a fellow blogger – and am now blanking on who it was – and was instantly smitten. The lace is denser toward the hem so there’s a very subtle ombre effect. Plus I’m a fool for a pleated skirt, especially one with a nice, wide waistband. And it’s now 50% off. Tempting!

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ASOS Curve Hammered Crepe Pant – $66.69

Just a basic cropped pant, fabulous for summer, and in a nice rich chartreuse. But the clincher for me? They’re high rise. A rarity for ASOS. And this link will take you to size 14 – 28, but they also come in sizes 1-14 regular and 00 -12 petite.

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ASOS HANSEL Wedges – $76.22

Fun, bright, summery, and with that chunky platform the incline won’t feel so severe. These guys look like suede, but they’re textile so vegan-friendly! Did you notice this is the second pick from ASOS? They’ve got lots of fun offerings in chartreuse right now including jumpsuits, dresses, and these marvelous pointy-toe pumps.

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Alberta Di Canio Handbag - $137

What a gorgeous shape. This color verges on kiwi/apple green a bit, but it’s still in the family. And at 7″ x 11″ x 15″ it’s nice and roomy. Chartreuse can be a very bright, bold color but in a bag with this classic design, it seems more subdued and wearable. Use code HAPPYOOX to get an addtional 20% off through June 19.

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Banana Republic Factory Cardigan – $38.49

I didn’t know you could shop the BR Factory stores online until I stumbled across this cardigan. It’s a lightweight linen blend, so even though it’s long it should still work for warmer temps. Love it with white and gray, as shown here.

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Kristin Cavallari Copertina Pump – $129.95

Now THESE pumps actually are suede, and a gorgeous rich chartreuse suede at that. D’Orsay detailing is very trendy right now but also eternally elegant, so these will have an of-the-moment feel, but staying power, too. Not a fan of monster wedges or heels? Check out these darling flats in a golden chartreuse.

Do you wear chartreuse? What other colors do you mix with this yellow-green shade? It can be a tricky color to wear – anyone love it, but keep it away from your complexion? Any of these citron and chartreuse items tickle your fancy?

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This Week I Love …

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… watercolor prints.

My two favorite styles of print are opposite from one another: I love a great black and white geometric, but I also swoon over blurry, abstract, organic watercolor prints. And the latter just seems like such a natural choice for the warm, lazy days of summer. Here are some gorgeous watercolor print items that have caught my eye:

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Land’s End Slub Jersey Floral Art Tee$29

I’ve been ogling this tee for MONTHS, since I just love the rich colors and simple design. It would be so fun with shorts for summer wear, but will also pair nicely with sweaters and slacks for fall and winter. And, as always with LE, it comes in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes.

Kate Spade Merit Pencil Skirt

Kate Spade Marit Pencil Skirt - $147.20

Such elegant muted tones. Many of which do horrible things to my own complexion, but could certainly be worn away from my face in a skirt. Also love the little pops of turquoise, which would make a teal blouse or sweater look marvelous with this pencil skirt. Size 10 available. More sizes available here for $184.99. Kate Spade also did this print in a mixed media top and pointed-toe pumps.

old navy watercolor scarf
Old Navy Watercolor Print Scarf
$11.97

Get a load of those lush blue chrysanthemums. This 50″ x 50″ square scarf will look gorgeous with greens and blues but also pair perfectly with magenta, purple, and tan. A great bet for lightweight summer scarf wearing. Also love this watercolor floral scarf from Vince Camuto, in pink/orange, blue/green, and ivory/tan variations.

watercolor plus size skinny jean

Levi’s Plus Size Legging$47.99

Not for the shy and retiring, to be sure, but imagine these with an untucked white tee and jean jacket. Or rolled-sleeve chambray shirt. A gorgeous print, perfectly summery, and great for statement-making. In sizes 16W – 24W.

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Ivy & Blu Multi Color Dot Print Dress$148

Although many watercolors are florals, some are more abstract like this multicolor dot print. With so much white it might be harder to transition this dress to fall or winter wear, but it will brighten up your spring and summer, to be sure. This frock is on the short side at 34.5″ inches in length which may make it ideal for petites or long-waisted figures. In sizes 0 – 16.

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Jones New York Petite Cowl Neck Blouse$24.99

And even more abstract but still watercolor-y in nature is this drapey sleeveless top. In addition to being floral, many watercolor prints also feature pale, washed-out colors but this print shows how rich, bold shades can be utilized, too. Only 14P left, and such a bargain! For the flip side, check out this high-contrast watercolor floral from J.Crew – sleeveless silk for $98, and comes in petites and talls.

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Steven Anibell$109

“Edgy” and “watercolor” don’t often go hand-in-hand, but with these sandals you can have both. Just add a white tee, distressed boyfriend jeans, and a chunky necklace for a killer summer outfit. Or pair with a Little Black Dress for a night on the town. In US sizes 6 – 10. Couldn’t find many flats but these watercolor rose print ballet flats are cute.

She's Something Else Dress

Modcloth She’s Something Else Dress$157.99

Wouldn’t have expected a longer hemline at Modcloth, but this one runs between 38″ and 42″ in length. That’s a pretty deep V, but could be worked around with a zippy yellow camisole or a few quick stitches to bring the neckline up a bit. I love the idea of pulling the gray from this pattern for a handbag or shoes, but it would also pair well with bold red or a saturated pastel. In sizes 2 – 14.  Modcloth has many other watercolor print dresses and clothes, including several in plus sizes.

Are you a watercolor print aficionado? Any other sources to check? (I expected to find a few at Anthropologie, but struck out.) Do you love watercolor florals or prefer the abstracts?

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