Lovely Links: 2/5/16

I will be hosting a fundraiser for the
women’s leadership group that I co-chair
Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
at the Uptown John Fluevog store!

There will be raffles, treats, demos, and if you donate to LOTT you get to take home a piece of jewelry from my collection.

This is a ticketed event, all proceeds to LOTT – get your tickets here. Don’t delay, it’s a small space so tickets are limited.

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Weekly Kitty:

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She likes to drape herself over the top level, mostly to taunt Simon from above. (First seen on Instagram)

Chrissy’s slouchy pant-platform bootie outfit is right up my alley.

I contributed some images to Sylvia at 40+ Style’s new course on accessorization, and am excited for it to launch! You can join her free webinar here and then sign up if you’re interested.

“You don’t have to wait until you lose weight to be your best self. If weight loss is important to you, go for it, but stop expecting that your world is going to miraculously change just because you shed some pounds. It won’t. You can change your world, achieve your dreams, and strive for a goal, regardless of your shape and size. Let’s stop pretending that life begins once you’re finally skinny, and begin it now.” (Post discusses dieting)

SO much inspiration in this roundup of stylish DapperQs. I spent an hour poring over Danielle’s outfit posts.

Suzanne encourages everyone to create a style statement, a short phrase that can help your wardrobe and outfits look more cohesive.

On About.com I gave suggestions on where to shop for lingerie (including specialty sizes!) and identified five steps that will make you a more effective shopper.

Never one to shy away from color, Joi creates a marvelous mix of pastels. Mia goes for sunset colors, and looks energized and lovely.

“I don’t think people who shave their legs can’t be feminist. If they want to shave their legs, that’s totally fine with me. The issue for me was that the reason I wanted to shave them again was so clearly rooted in the way I’d been conditioned to view my body. It wasn’t just about liking the way smooth legs felt. It was about fearing that I was unattractive.”

I got talked into this anti-redness serum when I was at Sephora with a gift card burning a hole in my pocket, and I’m glad I tried it out. It’s helped quite a bit with the red patches around my nose, and doesn’t clog my pores!

Dorrie rocks a fabulous feathered necklace and talks about how statement jewelry can totally transform your personal style.

Angie put together a guide to jeans and pants for curvy women. And in this case “curvy” isn’t linked to size, but to shape: Women of any size and weight who are built with larger busts and hips along with smaller waists.

Can women self-objectify?

Wanna keep curled-up-in-a-blanket warm without actually curling up in a blanket? Get yourself a ruana. Bam.

The Curvy Fashionista calls out seven plus size designer collections and collaborations to watch in 2016.

The key to fashion rules is not to follow them, but to have command of them. It’s the difference between dressing for a purpose and dressing with a purpose. And when you dress with purpose, you can stay true to yourself and wear what you love and makes you happy.”

In my Star Tribune column, I talked about how to wear dusters with winter coats, when to donate, and how to make legacy brands look fresh.

Turtlenecks may be divisive, but Sarah is all in. And this winter, so am I. In fact, I’m wearing one as I type this.

One Twitter user is posting pictures of men’s topless selfies alongside their messages telling women to cover up.

I’ve been upgrading my loungewear and bought these slim-fitting moto pants (mine used via eBay) – they are marvelous. Thick but flexible, comfy waistband, and so cute.

Chastity is retro-fabulous in her printed shirtdress and wavy ponytail.

Thoughts on creating nourishing acts of self-trust

Allie weighs in on hem lengths for various styles of pants. (My thoughts here.)

Homage vs. Outright Racism in Fashion: The Case of the Maison Kitsuné Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Argentina-born artist Amalia Ulman created an Instagram persona that moved through three distinct phases as a way of illustrating that femininity is a construction. She didn’t, however, tell anyone it was an art piece until she’d amassed thousands of followers and led them through months of photos and comments.

I’ve started some Pinboards about wardrobe items that challenge me – trench coat, cowboy boots, camel coat – more to come!

“While radical self love made it easier to respect the vulnerability of those closest to me; it did not necessarily extend to those whom I did not know in an intimate way. While it was easy to encourage body positivity in my girls, easy to think only wonderful things about their dress, their body movements, that generosity didn’t extend to other people’s bodies. Every day, I find myself making an internal running dialogue especially about the women around me. I comment on their dress, their bodies, the way they talked.”

Layering an arty crop top over a dress is a great way to create cool, unexpected layers.

And from the Department of Random: Turns out all you need to organize your desk, headphones, knitting, closet, and sink is a bunch of binder clips.

Also: An alternate take on the Most Interesting Man in the World

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Chic Petite Raincoats

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Amelia requested a few picks for chic petite raincoats, so here we go:

 

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Eddie Bauer Petite Mackenzie Trench – was $179, now $107.40

This is a very simple raincoat, but sleek and fitted with great lines. The fabric has a tweedy finish for a more luxe design and is totally waterproof. My own raincoat is from Eddie Bauer and I adore it – it’s lightweight and flattering and super versatile. This one comes in navy shown here, as well as mushroom or dark gray in petite sizes S – XL. Size availability varies by color. Also available in regular, tall, and plus sizes. If you need something longer or heavier weight, try this insulated trench.

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Land’s End Petite Coastal Rain Parka – was $109, now $81.75
with code SWEET and pin 4801

If you’re looking for something more eye-catching, this pretty floral should do the trick! Also guaranteed waterproof with sealed seams, and features a hood and full lining. Available in petite sizes XS – XL. Also available in regular and plus sizes. If you prefer something plainer but brighter, this LE raincoat comes in hot pink.

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Petite Towne by London Fog Belted Trench Raincoat – was $200, now $105
with code SWEET15

Oh, how I love a trench with an A-line shape. This coat is only water resistant, but should be just fine for anything short of a downpour. It’s fully lined and features that fabulous double collar. Available in this tan as well as black in petite sizes XS – L. Size availability varies by color. Also available in regular sizes, and this trench is available in sizes 12 – 28.

Sustainable resources for chic petite raincoats:

  1. eBay – Oh gang, most of the sustainable brands aren’t doing petite sizes just yet, so it’ll be the fallbacks tonight. eBay has both cute and classic options gently used.
  2. Etsy – Lots of vintage trenches and a few shorter styles.
  3. Eileen Fisher – Just a couple of styles, but check back in spring. Peek at Nordstrom’s selection, too.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for chic petite raincoats:

  1. Eddie Bauer – More cute styles in addition to the one shown above, including this jewel-toned rain parka.
  2. Nordstrom – Nordstrom generally excels at both outerwear and petites, though selection is a little thin right now. Check back in a few weeks as more options are likely to appear.
  3. L.L. Bean – Many of Bean’s petite waterproof coats are parkas, but lighter options like this colorful trench are mixed in, too.

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Dressed for: First Curls

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Jacket – eBaysimilarsustainable
Striped top – Fair Indigo
Jeans – H&M (no longer available) – similarsustainable
Ankle boots – courtesy Antelope (on sale right now!)
Earrings – Old Navy (no longer available) – similar/sustainable
Bag – J.W. Hulme

Have I shared photos of what I want my hair to look like eventually? I can’t remember – this and this are a couple of the front-runners. Jaimie and I weren’t sure if we’d be working with waves in the end or if actual curls would show up. They’re coming in sporadically, but I’ve finally got at least one big curl up front. Just a few more inches …

The folks at Antelope sent me these fabulous ankle boots to try, and they’re just as comfy and fun to wear as my other Antelope pairs. You can’t see it here, but they’ve got a cute snap closure at the ankle that gives them a wonderfully slim profile.

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