Lovely Links: 11/20/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Harriet isn’t much of a lap cat, so I insisted on documenting this rare Sunday evening cuddle. See another shot over on Facebook.

Nadine encounters transphobia at the cosmetics counter: “… to someone like me, someone who switches back and forth between their gender presentations of male and female, fine so she thinks I look better as a male. But I began thinking about all the rest of us out there and especially those of us who are choosing to transition. How would someone in that position receive that comment?”

Katie Couric interviewed Hey Gorgeous! founder Aimee Cheshire about the plus size revolution.

A faux fur jacket lends depth and texture to this all-black outfit.

5 Reasons People Label You a ‘Bad Feminist’ and Why They’re Total Bullsh*t (Contains swears)

Somewhat related: Why It’s Not OK To Objectify [New Canadian Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau

On North Nabe, I wrote about the double-edged sword of “figure flattery.”

“Researchers are still a long way from understanding exactly how breasts move during exercise. Standing in the way of designing the best sports bra possible is millennia of stigma, powerful marketing forces, and good old-fashioned physics.”

The Maker’s Collection is a group of locally created gifts, and a portion of the proceeds is given to the American Refugee Committee.

These handmade mismatched crawler earrings are so lovely.

The Barking Dog Shoes team recommends the Abeo Nancy ankle boot as a style with a built-in orthotic. And it’s super cute, too!

The cobalt blue jacket in Shay’s outfit helps makes her cool printed pants stand out.

If you’re a fan of tattoo art and stories, check out Tattoodo.

“As part of her new series Future of Fashion for British Vogue, Alexa Chung goes on a journey to discover why the emphasis on positive body image and diversity is a key component of the fashion industry today and how psychology plays a part in it.”

Now this is wearable tech that excites me: A sleek, stylish necklace that’s actually a pair of headphones. (Via Geek Feminism)

So key, but not something I’d ever been able to articulate this clearly: How to Build Presence in Your Outfits

Reader Ruth pointed me to Fordite – a substance made from automotive paint slag – as a cool and eco-friendly recycled material used to make jewelry.

Jane is totally working her stylish band jacket – so perfect with the distressed jeans.

Are you guilty of girly-shaming?

A giant, sculptural, long pendant named in honor of David Bowie? Sign me up.

From Steph in London, speaking mostly about what she’s witnessing in the UK: “With the sudden surge in plus sized models and bloggers being used in brand campaigns and magazine/online features, it is very easy to spot the common theme among the ladies often featured; white, raven haired, with high cheekbones and often hour glass shaped. While I acknowledge and appreciate brands and companies featuring plus sized women, I cannot help but notice the lack of models and bloggers of ethnic descent who are constantly being left out or side-lined in favour of their Caucasian counterparts.”

On About.com I offered tips on knowing when to save and when to splurge, and rounded up some handmade marketplace alternatives to Etsy.

Jean at Extra Petite plays with proportion by pairing an oversized sweater and flared skirt.

So important: Self-care tips for unpaid/family caregivers

The Curvy Fashionista recommends 25+ places to shop for wide calf boots, including over-the-knee pairs!

This outfit serves as a subtle reminder that you can use nude-to-you socks/knee-highs to keep your ankles from freezing if you want to do cropped/cuffed pants year-round.

At Mad Mimi I talked about the importance of offering useful information to your newsletter readers.

Denimocracy makes their clothes here in the U.S. and I might’ve sprung for these metallic skinnies. Which might also be “pajama jeans.” Are knit jeans pajama jeans? The concept mystifies me a bit.

This is a tough read, but so moving – discusses surgery and sexuality. “But I love my body. I marvel at my scars, even if all I have left is the memory. The speed at which my body heals amazes me. It is the physical counterpart to the speed with which my soul has healed. I may get taken down a lot, and by so many different things, but I’ve never stayed down for long. I bounce back. I am resilience incarnate, literally and spiritually.”

An exploration of how several lingerie brands – primarily Ashley Graham’s line – are fighting back against online body shaming

Pretty sure Melanie’s ruffles, dots, and zigzags outfit represents the best print mix ever worn by humans. Just sayin’.

OK, Ace’s floral velvet blazer and printed tie are pretty darned amazing, too.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, we talked dark florals for winter.

Sometimes I’ve regretted something I got rid of almost as the donation truck was leaving. Other times, the regret sets in a few years later, like when I really needed my old shawl-like scarf to wear to a special event. And my mind is screaming, ‘See? Decluttering is not a good idea! What were you thinking?!!!!'” (Via Recovering Shopaholic)

Dixie looks wonderfully cozy in her floppy hat, chunky cable-knit poncho, and ankle boots.

Mo shows off her bold new hair with a bold blue lip.

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3 Responses to “Lovely Links: 11/20/15”

  1. Tutti

    I love these posts! They provide my favorite Saturday morning reading over weekend coffee (the best kind!) If you’re ever in Portland, OR, I’d love to get you a coffee!

    What slippers are you wearing in that picture? They look warm!

  2. Melanie

    I’m always a fan of your Lovely Links, Sally.
    Thanks too for the shout-out this week.