Lovely Links: 12/16/16

Weekly Kitty:

So FLEXIBLE.

Carcel is a sustainable brand designed in Copenhagen and made by incarcerated women. In this Vice article, founder Veronica D’Souza explains how the initiative helps break the cycle of poverty that leads to high female incarceration rates.

anOther speaks to renowned hair artist Cyndia Harvey about “This Hair Of Mine,” a film that celebrates black hair and its heritage.

This fair trade + organic wrap/ballerina sweater looks equally comfy and versatile.

A structured belt is the perfect foil to a drapey top in this all-black outfit.

Kudos to Clementine Daily for doing a “three ways to wear it”-style post using women of varying sizes and ages. They all look amazing!

Try a Little Tenderness: 3 Ways Being Tender is a Political Act

Crystal shows off a fabulous frock that includes a built-in print mix.

“Yes, feminists have body issues, too. As a feminist, how do I navigate my critical position as someone who resists the idea of diets and fitness as regime while also being someone who does both of those things? … For me, feminism, and my process in learning and growing as a feminist, has offered me multiple frameworks to renegotiate my own practices of self-care and unpack my tense relationships around food, fitness, and my body.”

So excited to hear that Anna Guest-Jelley has a new book coming out titled Curvy Yoga®: Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day! Pre-ordered my copy already.

Speaking of books, Into Mind rounds up 12 thoughtful books about style, ethical fashion, and building a better, simpler wardrobe

Ever the rule-breaker, Joi is rocking pastels and tulle well into the winter months! Maryam is favoring gorgeous light colors, too.

This fit-and-flare made-in-the-U.S. lace dress would be ideal for holiday parties, but also fab to dress down for weekend nights out.

When a five-year-old calls her fat at the dinner table, Kimberly gives an incredibly thoughtful and constructive response. In this post, she also muses on the anatomy of put-downs.

Lisa shares a few simple tips for making colorful tights work within your outfits. (My thoughts on the topic here!)

Anyone else tempted to buy cosmetics gift sets for themselves? I adore my Bite lip glosses, so this set of lip crayons is awfully tempting …

Self-confessed color fiend Melanie makes it clear that she can still work her styling magic on clothes “the colour of porridge.”

Meanwhile, Kellie indulges in an outfit of marvelously bright colors, arguing against minimalism and matching.

Just stumbled across the brand Vanity Room at Nordstrom Rack this week – made in the U.S., super affordable and includes plus AND petite sizes!

I’ve evolved from thinking my arm hair was extremely ugly, to enjoying all my hair, whether it be on my arms, legs or anywhere else. It means I’m alive. I’m human and I’m constantly changing. That’s completely fine with me.”

The Barking Dog Shoes team has assembled a “happy, healthy feet” gift guide that includes darling socks and gift-worthy tools to help recipients cope with foot pain.

If you struggle with separates and creating proportions that please your eye, read this post! Imogen’s Three Rules of Horizontal Lines. SO HELPFUL.

Melanie’s cropped sweater and long suede skirt are the height of elegance.

Lissa is offering 20% off all Neon Buddha, a marvelously arty sustainable brand – use code NEON20 at checkout.

“I learned that I cannot carve the love into my body, like a heart on a tree. I cannot stuff the love into my body like chocolate cake on a random Tuesday afternoon. I cannot fuck the love into my body, like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. I cannot drink the love into my body, although a slow gin fizz on a hot, sweaty night almost made me believe I could. A man cannot beat the love into my body, though Lord knows many have tried. And I cannot pray the love into my body because, well, it is already there. It has been there from day one. From Queen Nefertiti to Henrietta Lacks, to Ann Nelson and Celestina Rosario to my very own mother.”

This made-in-the-U.S. marbled canvas tote is calling to me.

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  • Darra

    Enjoyed reading the “a 5-year-old called me fat” entry. Very thoughtful.

    • Wasn’t that amazing? I expected it to be pretty good, but wow.

  • I have most definitely bought holiday beauty kits for myself! I have also bought several different kits and taken them apart to mix and match products as gifts for my sisters and friends. Kits are a great way to try new products.