Inspired Outfit: Moody Blues

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Assa of the blog My Curves & Curls shows us her mastery of color with this mix of blues. It’s nearly monochrome, but the neon sandals and lush lip color add some wonderfully complementary accents. Check her original post for details about this inspired outfit!

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Lovely Links: 3/20/15

Weekly Kitty:

simonasleep

Watching me work out in the living room EXHAUSTS Simon Kitty.

Considering some spring closet cleaning? Here’s your playlist: Goodbye To All That: Music To Throw Out Clothing To

Infographics can feel a bit contrived, but I was pleasantly surprised by this interesting and helpful infographic on self-compassion and how to practice it.

“… underlying the premises of these essays is the assumption that all of womankind, when confronted by a woman with visible pregnancy abs or a digitally-smoothed mons pubis, will fall to the ground in paroxysms of self-hatred before marching en masse to the gym/the wine aisle/the plastic surgeon to fix this problem we didn’t even know we had.”

Tiffany’s sequin star mini skirt looks utterly perfect with black tights and a chic slogan sweater.

I’ve overdyed bunches of clothes in my time, but never considered using overdying to tweak the color of a garment ever so slightly. Brilliant.

Your body is an ocean. (Via Yum & Yuk)

These Julian Hakes squiggle shoes blow my mind. I could break my leg in under 4 seconds trying to walk around in them … but they’re still mesmerizing to behold.

The straight leg is the jean and trouser cut of the moment. This post outlines straight leg variations and how to style them.

Why being told that you “look like a lesbian” isn’t an insult.

Thanks to fellow About.com style writer Lisa Koivu for interviewing me for the Budget Style channel!

Speaking of, I’ve posted about where to shop for wedding guest dresses, online tools for tracking sales and markdowns, and resources for artist-designed graphic tees.

Marlen’s super creative outfit illustrates some techniques for spring transitional outfit assembly.

Three great fashion documentaries are now streaming on Netflix, including the charming “Bill Cunningham New York.”

“… fat talk is not a harmless social-bonding ritual. According to an analysis of several studies that my colleagues and I published in 2012 in the Psychology of Women Quarterly, fat talk was linked with body shame, body dissatisfaction and eating-disordered behavior. Fat talk does not motivate women to make healthier choices or take care of their bodies; in fact, the feelings of shame it brings about tend to encourage the opposite.” (Cheers, Lisa)

Allie offers her picks for well-made, office-friendly ankle pants.

I bit the bullet and ordered these studded, angular ankle boots. I have the feeling they’ll be better in theory than practice, but we shall see.

Tips for using Pinterest to build better outfits

Kelly’s zip-pocket jeans and burgundy hat are both so very covetable.

I find body shape guides to have extremely limited use, but this author asserts they are actively harmful. She also believes that all figure-flattery advice is shaming, either overtly or covertly. Here’s why I disagree.

Two utterly amazing outfits from Sandra: Windowpane suit with citron and purple, and also polka dot skirt with burgundy and white. Love them both so much!

Transgender teen Jazz Jennings is the new face of Clean & Clear

Grechen highlights some barre and yoga-wear brands whose garments are made in the U.S.A.

We use this appreciative comments/compliments exercise in the final LOTT workshop. It’s always emotionally rewarding for the fellows.

Gingham and an African print skirt with red accents? Yes please.

Piperlime will be going dark soon, and they’re adding new items to their sale section every day. I’m hoping they clear out their Frye stock eventually.

Last week Selfridges launched their Agender collection, with brands, garments, and merchandising meant to reflect gender-neutral dressing preferences.

Related: Will genderless/unisex fashion become a durable commercial reality? (Via The Fashion Law)

Actress Tatiana Maslany describes how she’s seen the “strong women” mandate in entertainment writing get warped. And if you’re not already watching “Orphan Black,” get on it. Right now.

This simple beaded chevron necklace is the perfect middle layer to a three-necklace grouping.

What would happen if we let fat people be happy? Probably not the worldwide catastrophe often imagined and outlined in sizeist rhetoric.

An extremely detailed guide to spotting counterfeit designer bags. Interesting facts about manufacturing and branding processes, even if you’re never going to pony up for a Birkin.

Lisa uses sparkly cluster earrings as lapel pins. Because she’s a genius.

And from the Department of Random: Good luck, Satan!

Also: I don’t even care that this is a commercial for phones that shows absolutely no phones. I want to watch that rock hyrax riding that tortoise over and over again. Also baby rhino and sheep. Also all of it. (Song is from Disney’s “Robin Hood,” in case you didn’t recognize it. And to get even randomer, there is a scene in that movie that features the University of Wisconsin fight song. This is a fact that remains in my brain, making less room for algebra.)

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Stylish Casual Pants

*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?*

Diane requested a few picks for stylish casual pants (that aren’t jeans), so here we go:

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Gap Tencel Jogger Pant – was $59.95, now $31.50
with code WOW

You all know I love a slouchy pant, and Gap is hitting it out of the park with their offerings. This version is machine-washable tencel and cropped, so ideal for warm spring and summer days. Available in this steel blue as well as khaki or black in sizes XS – XXL. Size availability varies by color. Also available in petite and tall sizes. For an even more casual look, try these cargo joggers. I own them in olive and absolutely adore them. This style is a little slouchier, but so chic and available in sizes 12 – 32.

prana corduroy pant

Prana Trinity Corduroy Pant – was $159, now $109

Cords are always a great alternative to denim, especially if you like colorful pants. This slim-fit, low-rise pair comes in this burgundy as well as washed red, teal, mustard, and a pretty paisley print in sizes 0 – 14. Size availability varies by color. A few more size/color combos on Amazon, too. This straight-leg cord style is available in nine amazing colors in sizes 14W – 26W. For more colorful non-corduroy pant options in regular, petite, and plus sizes, check Talbots.

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Old Navy Pixie Ankle Pant – was $34.94, now $25

Windowpane print is very on-trend right now, and these would look super cute with a graphic tee, denim jacket, and flats. Not a fan of this print? This stretchy cotton style comes in solid red, gray, black, white, tan, and navy as well as 11 other darling prints including florals, pindots, and geometrics. Available in sizes 0 – 20. Size availability varies by color. Also in petite, tall, and plus sizes. Prefer full-length? This Boden slim trouser comes in great colors and prints.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for stylish casual pants:

  1. Gap – Worth repeating! Love their track pants, colorful chinos, and interesting shapes.
  2. NYDJ – I actually think their pants are far better than their jeans. Love the zipper pockets on this pair.
  3. Boden – Everything from drapey dressy to printed and cropped.

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