Lovely Links: 2/20/15

Weekly Kitty:

hammock

We unearthed the old cat hammock, intending to Craigslist it. Harriet had other ideas.

“When you think of being body positive, you probably think of loving the parts of your body that society tells you to hate: your thighs, your hips, or your stomach. But would you ever think to include your acne on the list of things to love about yourself? As the body’s largest organ, our skin deserves to be loved just as much as the muscle, fat, and bones it covers.”

For the first time ever, a model with Down Syndrome walked at New York Fashion Week.

A question I’ve often pondered myself: Why is it that some people love clothes but hate interior design, and others vice versa? Since both are rooted in a love of aesthetics and design, you’d think they’d go hand-in-hand for everyone. But they definitely don’t.

Sheila is bold and beautiful in head-to-toe red. Including leather pants.

Costume designers of “Empire,” The Honourable Woman,” and “Jane the Virgin” share insights on how fashion helps drive the stories and personalities of their female leads.

Show me a body part, I’ll show you someone who’s making money by telling women that theirs looks wrong and they need to fix it. Tone it, work it out, tan it, bleach it, tattoo it, lipo it, remove all the hair, lose every bit of jiggle.”

This sweatshirt just might be the softest, comfiest thing I own.

Few of my clients have reported back about their experience with plus-size brand Kiyonna, so I was glad to see that Amanda adores her lace Kiyonna dress.

15 New York women talk about their most wasteful wardrobe purchases. High heels showed up more than once.

Are we finally living in a post-trend universe?

This long but incredibly moving personal essay about self-acceptance, the politics of dieting, and finding personal balance is harsh at times, but a much-needed illustration of how highly thinness is prized in our culture. (Via Yum & Yuk)

On About.com, I gave some tips for avoiding fakes on eBay, and suggested some resources for edgy style staples.

If you like the look of distressed denim but can’t fathom paying for already-ruined jeans, check out this post which compares four DIY denim distressing techniques.

“Authenticity” is a tricky little buzzword these days. Amber puts it under the microscope as she asks, “Are fashion bloggers fake?

Blazing bright accents add energy to a simple jeans-and-tee ensemble.

“If you’ve made it to 50 and still need to consult articles on how to dress appropriately then you are so missing out on one of the best things about being over 50. One of the best things about getting older is realizing that we don’t have to spend our energy worrying what other people think and we get to be comfortable in our own skin with our own freak flags.” (Via YLF)

I get the occasional request for domestically made denim, and was thrilled to see this roundup of made-in-the-U.S. denim brands and resources.

A creative take on layering: Bustiers over button-fronts.

Over on Mad Mimi, I talked about the value of regular features in email newsletters.

Charlotte writes candidly about feeling judged by shopkeepers in stores and the challenges of dressing expressively as a plus-sized woman.

Also refreshingly candid: Liz Jones explains why she quit her job as Editor-in-Chief at “Marie Claire.” She did it because she’s sick of how fashion magazines portray women, and alarmed that her fellow editors have been so resistant to embracing body diversity.

Jonesing for these burgundy coated high-waisted skinnies, doubly so since Nordstrom gives 5% of net profits to organizations that work to empower women and girls.

An interesting little roundup of quotes on the value of dressing up in a dressed-down world.

Tips from Une Femme on scarf storage and care.

Emily explains how she rebelled against being told she was too big, too loud, too different, and too much.

“Self-care means, for me, just checking in with myself in whatever capacity that requires. Sometimes it means just looking in the mirror for an extended period of time and remembering that I am not just a brain. I am a person with a body I have to take care of and acknowledge.”

A delightfully tongue-in-cheek explanation for why famous women are swanning around Fashion Week sans tights.

Pale pink and gray make a sophisticated yet laid-back pairing, and great for adding softness to late winter outfits.

Gender neutral fashion design is on the rise. I, for one, am thrilled by this shift.

Thought-provoking musings on Annie Lennox, Madonna, and “acting your age.”

Love this story of permission, body reclamation, and a hexagonal tattoo.

Sidenote: If you are not aware of Gamergate, here is an upsetting summary from the perspective of one of its most visible victims. (Discusses threats of violence and rape.) I am sickened and terrified by how it is all unfolding, and enraged by the lack of support from law enforcement and website owners. But I feel like Gamergate merits attention and discussion because it serves as an important reminder that misogyny is alive and well, and fostered by online anonymity. I certainly hope that these events have an impact on how online hate and harassment are dealt with in the future.

And since that probably depressed the hell out of you, here’s the hilarious Valentine’s Day edition of Bad Chart Thursday. What exactly WOULD Meat Loaf do for love? A question for the ages.

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  • Susan Ashworth

    Thanks for the link to the piece by the former editor-in-chief of Marie Claire. Very moving.

    • walkercreative

      I agree. This was awesome. Thanks for sharing it Sally!

  • Jess

    The Sara Seinberg article was amazing, exactly what I needed to hear right now. Thank you!

  • Thanks so much for including me! Always an honor to be in the company of these other great sites.

  • Lisa

    I think we are in a post-trend universe – at least trends ruled from the top of the fashion chain. Now, “It” objects, “It” silhouettes will still have their day, but they emerge from a much, much large set of data points:).

    And thank you so much for including me!

  • Dust. Wind. Bun.

    watch out – when you say “GamerGate”, rude men generally appear out of nowhere and attempt to destroy you. You’ve invoked them!

  • Helen Gallagher

    I love, love your blog, however Liz Jones holds some pretty unpleasant views which don’t seem to align with yours.

    She excoriated a young woman who was fired for not wearing makeup.

    She said Rihanna dresses in a way that “invites rape”.

    She stated that “I’d rather be thin than happy or healthy.” and said that all large women were lazy.

    She criticised popular sports pundit Clare Balding over her dress sense.

  • disqus_lkdChzmzjm

    I had a look at the sweatshirt you mentioned, and oh my god! When I went to Califonria (I’m from norway) I randomly walked into an Alternative store, and bought a hoodie from there and I’ve regretted not getting more clothes since. It’s the softest thing I own.

  • Elle berman

    Loved this thought provoking post! I was so thrilled to see the model who also has down’s syndrome. What a happy beauty, There are so many good links here, I will enjoy them this week. AS an > 50 person, yes it is good to be older, and I do feel much less bothered by what others may say.

    and post trend universe? maybe I see it as a hyper trend universe, in that virtually everything is on the runways, ( heavily embellished, to simple cuts, hemlines all over the place, shoes, pointy, and squared, heels high and low—) I love it! The experts can not agree, and who cares anyway!

    XX, Elle

    http://mydailycostume.com/

  • Melanie

    I love that piece about Emily’s rebellion. Right on! Gamergate? – I had no idea. Liz Jones resigns? – I can’t imagine how betrayed she must have felt; it’s hard to believe her colleagues reacted in this way. I laughed at the what-not-to-wear-over 50 article. Michelle speaks the truth. And Sheila, she’s always stylish. There’s so much here, Sally… Thanks again.

  • Mia

    CAT. HAMMOCK.

    Jamie Brewer looks friggin’ fabulous, and that Kiyonna dress is incredible on Amanda Allison. So many stylish, happy-looking folks in your roundup, as per uze. (Yuzh? Yooj? I have no idea how to spell that so it makes sense.)

  • Meg Clement-Couzner

    Another terrifying piece on gamergate and wikipedia https://overland.org.au/2015/02/are-misogynists-running-wikipedia/