Lovely Links: 3/31/17

Weekly Kitty:

All boxes need inspecting, including HM’s rackmount case.

Punk, Pretty, and Powerful: A History of Fashion Through the Color Pink

Speaking of pink, Chioma looks radiant in a blush pink turtleneck and gold pleated skirt.

Earlier this month, Nike launched a hijab collection for female Muslim athletes. Hoda responds by offering some Muslim-owned and sweatshop-free alternatives.

“Do you find yourself constantly searching and striving, and still feeling empty? Do you find yourself chasing a specific number on the scale, and you can’t really remember why? Do you find yourself powering through a cold, an illness? Do you find yourself feeling sapped and spent? Or feeling guilty for leading a slower life or for wanting to? And questioning whether it’s OK?”

Giulia’s chic ensemble is making be want to bust out my own over-the-knee boots again.

Eddie Huang Gets Real About Male Body Anxiety (Also, Being an Underwear Model)

If girls are constantly told, by society as a whole, that they are not pretty enough, not thin enough, not good enough, then all I can do is my best to combat those messages within the household. So I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking of what small actions would’ve made my own upbringing a safer space for my fat body, and contributed to a better understanding of the importance and beauty of body diversity overall.”

I will always be a sucker for labradorite, and these handmade minimalist drop earrings are calling to me.

3 Ways to Soothe the Guilt of Practicing Self-Care

There’s a new comfort-meets-style brand in the game, L’Amour des Pieds, and Kirsten is loving their chic designs!

Annette pairs a favorite black leather jacket with an arty pair of sash-tie pants.

Levi’s and Google have announced that their concept of a smart jean jacket that responds to a wearer’s touch is finally a reality.

Online styling/monthly fashion subscription service Stitch Fix is now offering clothes in plus sizes, with a group of plus size style bloggers sitting on a Curvy Style Council to guide them.

The Beyond Classically Beautiful team assembled this post on laser hair removal tips for women with dark skin.

A response to the show “Revenge Body”: “My issue here is simply that the title of the show and its premise seems to suggest that turning our bodies into a physical display of retaliation is a helpful way to cope when life becomes messy.”

Imogen addresses a common style question: How many items do you need in your wardrobe? (Her answer isn’t cut-and-dried, but still helpful!)

Bill Cunningham’s Trademark Bicycle and Jacket Join the New-York Historical Society

Rochelle’s rose-embellished moto jacket is making me green with envy.

Now is a great time to stock up on tights! Express makes some of my favorite affordable, hard-wearing tights and they’re buy one, get one 50% off right now. For a sustainable option, try PACT tights.

In other hosiery news, Vim & Vigr makes super cute patterned compression socks!

“I’m a wholehearted supporter of the self-image revolution underway. Celebrating more diverse bodies is unequivocally a good thing, one that’s leading us (if not quickly or drastically enough) toward a more inclusive, empowering definition of beauty. But while it sounds delightful to ooze self-confidence at any size and shape and look, it’s also unrealistic to expect that of ourselves 100% of the time — and the ‘love your body’ rhetoric doesn’t always account for that. ”

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