Lovely Links: 5/22/15

Weekly Kitty:

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The love affair with Black Mouse continues. (First seen on Instagram)

Capsule wardrobes are all the rage, so it was especially interesting to read this post discussing six reasons a capsule wardrobe might not work for you. (Via YLF)

Loved this interview with Dorrie of Senior Style Bible – she’s an incredibly stylish 80-year-old woman who started her blog to address ageism. Totally added her to my reader.

How to accept compliments and handle praise

On the Goodwill blog, I talked about prints and patterns that you can always thrift.

Laura looks so elegant in her boldly printed maxi dress.

If you’re in NYC this weekend, swing by the Soho Gudrun Sjödén shop on Saturday, 5/23, to meet the designer in person! I’d love to know if she’s as earthy and fun as she seems in print, so do report back if you go.

What would happen if we treated male politicians like we treat female politicians?

Rebel Wilson will be designing a holiday capsule collection for Torrid!

And in other celebrity style news, Reese Witherspoon has launched Draper James, a company that offers clothes, jewelry, gifts, and products for the home, many with a Southern twist.

Husband Mike is currently reading my friend Traci’s book, Secrets From the Eating Lab, and keeps relaying mind-blowing bits of data. Can’t wait to dig in myself.

“I’ve found myself at an interesting place while watching the backlash to diets like the Whole 30 unfold. I’m not following the diet, but I have before. I’m not adhering to the principles, but I haven’t completely abandoned them as useless. I feel like I’m in a middle ground between two very set warring camps, ducking down in a foxhole while hand-crafted, gluten-free pizza crusts made of cauliflower and bottles of Roundup get lobbed over my head.”

Also of interest, The Fat Nutritionist’s thoughts on The Whole 30, referenced in Michelle’s post.

On Mad Mimi, I wrote about verbal pitfalls – like slang, acronyms, and jargon – in email newsletters.

Joi looks positively radiant in her turquoise pussybow blouse and flirty floral skirt.

This comic brings up some important points about the criticisms women may face if they have breast reduction surgery.

Sylvia read Diane Von Furstenberg’s memoir and saw her speak recently, and shares her thoughts on the designer’s amazing life and career path.

I love your selfies because I love seeing you feel good about yourself. I love how your face glows when you look like a million bucks and you know it. I love when you celebrate yourself. You deserve to be celebrated.”

I love the idea of applying the five love languages – generally used in romantic relationships – to your relationship with your own body.

Lar talks about how her experience dealing with endometriosis led her to … the gym.

Related: Four ways to make sure you’re exercising out of self-love, not self-hate

If you think skirt suits are dull, you haven’t seen Mattie’s.

On About.com, I wrote about mall brands that stars love to wear and tips for shopping while you travel.

I am perpetually on the hunt for necklaces that fit perfectly into V-shaped necklines. This smallish silver bib looks perfect.

Queer photographer Meg Allen didn’t see the images of masculine women she wanted and needed around her, so she took it upon herself to produce them. And her photo series BUTCH is varied and striking and inspirational.

Queen Michelle is an icon of creative badassery, and has been doing some spectacular flat lays recently.

Ten body-positive tips for plus-sized brides-to-be

This outfit shows how bright primaries work beautifully together when done up in classic shapes.

15 of the Queen’s best tiaras. Because tiaras.

If you check out this week’s Fox 9 Buzz segment on trends from the 80s and 90s that are hot again now, you’ll get to see me attempt a fauxhawk. And wear one giant earring, Madonna-Lucky-Star-style.

In a post about the counterproductive nature of style and body comparisons, Imogen says, “As I always tell my clients, dress your portrait first, as so many women when they dress are more concerned about their butt/hips/thighs/stomach/arms/boobs/etc. than their communication centre, their face. Yet when I communicate with you, I’m not spending my time speaking to your thighs, I’m looking in your eyes, and if you dress that area first, adding some detail to keep my attention there, I’m not even going to notice what you perceive as a flaw.”

This pie chart breaks down the contents of most women’s magazines pretty accurately, I’d say.

Citron, cobalt, and blazing white make this tennis-inspired outfit bold and perfectly summery. Also love white and baby blue on Tanasha and white and blush on Nashelly.

Next stop on the H&M collab train: Balmain.

This satellite gyroscope necklace is downright magnificent.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: White Blazers

*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?*

Alyson requested a few picks for white blazers, so here we go:

 

alfani white blazer

Alfani Textured Zip-Pocket Blazer – was $79.50, now $43.99
with code HOORAY

Such a perfect warm-weather jacket: 3/4-sleeves, cute exposed zip pockets, and a sleek collarless cut. And with the 20% off coupon code, it’s quite a bargain. Available in sizes 4 – 16. A few petite sizes also available. This similar style is available in sizes 14W – 24W.

jcrew linen blazer

J.Crew Regent Blazer in Linen – was $178, now $133.50
with code SUMMERLOVE

A slightly longer shape with a notched stand collar and simple single button, this linen blazer is a great take on the standard blazer style. Cuff the sleeves for a supremely summery look. Fully lined. Available in sizes 000 – 16 (sold out in 14), and in nine lovely colors in addition to white. Also available in petite and tall sizes. This similar style is available in sizes 12W – 28W. J.Crew also has this cotton/rayon suiting blazer in bright white with a two-button stance. Equally lovely.

Want linen but in a shorter length? Boden has you covered.

talbots white blazer

Talbots White Cotton Pique Jacket – was $169, now $101.40
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And for the classic blazer shape and style, this crisp white cotton version can’t be beat. Fully lined so your sleeves won’t bunch up when layering, and magically machine-washable. Available in sizes 2- 20, as well as petite, plus, and petite plus sizes. Don’t want white? This blazer style also comes in hot pink, baby blue, red, or navy in the same size ranges.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for white blazers:

  1. Nordstrom – Great options at all price points. This drape-front blazer is so elegant.
  2. Amazon – Thousands of options in all sizes. This long-lapel jacket is such an interesting shape.
  3. Talbots – Lots of options from linen to cotton. Most available in regular, plus, and petite.

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Dressed for: Mixed Neutrals, Mixed Metals

Already Pretty outfit featuring Karen Kane asymmetric tunic, Karen Kane zuma jeans, ankle boots, layered chain necklace, handmade leather bag

Tunic – courtesy Karen Kane (no longer available in this color) – tank version
Jeans – Zuma courtesy Karen Kane (no longer available in this color) – similar
Boots – Clarks (no longer available) – similar
Necklaces – thrifted – similar look
Bracelet – Seasons on St. Croix Gallerysimilar
Earrings – gift – similar
Bag – Stick Dog Leather

Ahhh, two of my favorites in one outfit: Mixed neutrals and mixed metals. Throw in a little asymmetry, and I’m happy as can be. This tunic is sold out in black on the Karen Kane site, but there are still a few left at Zappos and the plus size version at 6pm. It’s a mid-weight knit that’s ideal for transitional weather, which is what we’re still having these days. Not complaining, though: 50 degrees is my temperature sweet spot.

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