Lovely Links: 8/21/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Simon and his human. First seen on Instagram

Have you checked out Melissa McCarthy’s Seven7 line yet? There are some incredibly original pieces in there. A few are also available at Nordstrom.

Anyone else going to the Riveter-sponsored book event on Monday with Rachel Hills and Kate Harding? I’ll be there!

On About.com, I highlighted some resources for buying tunics and suggested a few fall accessories that will update your look.

“In many ways, it’s great that women are no longer restricted to nineteenth-century ankle-length skirts, but do we just keep pushing toward a world with no boundary of what’s acceptable to show? Will women always be encouraged to become more and more naked for others’ regular judgment?

How to wear white jeans without being a a stain magnet

The Washington Post illustrates the absurdity of women’s clothing sizes with a couple of simple charts.

Joi shows us a vibrant print mix with pops of summery turquoise.

I am dreading the end of summer and the onset of cold weather … but at least cooler temps will allow me to wear this fun, flattering, unbearably chic Neon Buddha Zip Car Jacket from Lissa the Shop. Quite possibly the coolest piece of clothing I currently own.

What a fun way to style cropped, summery kick flares.

“Men can pay women compliments. People can appreciate things about others and let them know. This kind of interaction does not come from moving vehicles, isn’t shouted, and doesn’t make anyone feel unsafe.”

Phenomenally talented “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany talks about her experiences with sexism in Hollywood and how she pushes back by leaving her lady moustache in tact.

A great breakdown of what fat shaming is and why it’s harmful and misguided

I own the small version of this handmade waxed canvas messenger bag, and can say for certain that this sale price is a GREAT deal.

“Having an older woman in a fashion campaign is the new having an overweight pop star appear in your fashion show, which was a very popular schtick about five years ago. It doesn’t mean the fashion industry actually thinks older women, or bigger women, are attractive, a point underscored by the fact that all the models on the runway are still themselves notably young and thin.” (Via YLF)

Design Crush rounds up some sleek, modern, and decidedly arty backpacks. This post pointed me to Accompany, a site full of artisan-made fair trade styles.

I adore everything about Allison’s outfit, from the hat to the tasseled loafers to the Bambi clutch.

14 outlet stores you can shop online – including Desigual! I had no idea! (The link doesn’t work – access the Desigual outlet through the dropdowns at the top.)

“Studies have shown that around age 10 girls begin to decrease their assertiveness in the classroom. It’s important to note that this behavior does not occur in a vacuum. A lack of role models, gender bias exhibited by adults, media messages and the hypersexualization and pinkification of girlhood greatly impact a girl’s sense of self and agency.”

I tried out the Born Crown Sabrina this week, and it is a dream to wear – soft, comfortable, and a sturdy walkable heel.

On Mad Mimi, I talked about ways to make your online writing voice quirky and fun.

Amber mixes dot prints artfully in this retro summer ensemble.

I totally love Smart Girls at the Party, but will admit to being a little perplexed by the site’s new series Experimenting with Megan Amram. Absurdist satire about STEM … aimed at tween girls? I’m all for critiquing the rampant sexism in the sciences, but wonder if this is the most effective way to do that.

I so wish I could’ve attended the Rosie Rally.

The print on Kellie’s skirt is simultaneously bright and watercolor-y. Love it with that pale blue slouchy top.

Accepting an unhealthy body means that there is no such thing as an ideal anymore. I don’t bother comparing myself to models and actresses or even that fashionable woman walking down the street. Those people are like aliens, and in a way my decline has removed many of the body image pressures of my youth.”

These gray cropped jeans are a new favorite – comfy, cute, versatile, and made in the U.S.

Carmen Miranda was a fascinating woman.

In my Star Tribune column, I answered questions about print mixing, wedding attire, and bodycon clothing.

If you love black but worry about wearing it in the summer heat, take a page from The Directrice’s book and do black silk. Or try an outfit like this with a column of black and a floaty olive third piece.

And from the Department of Random: I don’t even care if this is staged. A man tortures his sister with endless lip synching on a 7-hour car ride. Including Enya. And Alanis. And Sisqo.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Beige Low Heels

*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?*

Amy requested a few picks for beige low heels, so here we go:

 

trotters penelope nude heel

Trotters Penelope – was $140, now $45.99 – $139.95

This is definitely my top pick of the night: Classic almond toe, versatile taupe-y tan, and tapered heel. That heel is 2.5″, by the way, but with a 0.5″ hidden platform, it’ll feel like 2″. Available in U.S. sizes 5 – 12, including 2A and C/D widths. Also in black, black patent, black suede, navy, navy suede, taupe suede, tobacco, blush, merlot, and merlot suede.

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Naturalizer Stella – was $159, now $109

Tan and beige heels in non-patent finishes are extremely hard to find, so I wanted to include this both for its matte finish and because a darker beige suits many skin tones. This is more of a round toe with a chunky 2″ heel and classy little hardware detail. Available in U.S. sizes 4.5 – 12, including AA and C widths. Also available in navy. If you can do a slightly taller heel and want a matte finish, I can personally recommend Clarks Tempt Appeal, though they’re not currently on sale.

nude metallic pumps

Aerosoles Red Hot – was $79.95, now $29.10 – $67.96

For a slightly jazzier beige, try a subtle metallic like these Aerosoles. That tiny snake print alternates between taupe and pale bronze for a lovely finish. 2.25″ heel and marvelously cushioned footbed. If you’re not a fan of the metallic, these also come in light tan patent, tan leather, and mink leather as well as black, navy, burgundy, leopard print and several other shades. Available in U.S. sizes 5 – 12, including C/D widths.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for beige low heels:

  1. Cole Haan – A company that focuses on classics and does low beige pumps consistently. Also check Amazon.
  2. Nine West – Also a reliable source for classics. If you like a pointed toe, this pair is perfection.
  3. Zappos – Great variety, including widths.

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Dressed for: Black and Brass

Already Pretty outfit featuring knit moto jacket, asymmetric top, skinny jeans, black ankle boots, bucket bag

Jacket – CAbi (no longer available) – similar
Asymmetric tank – courtesy Karen Kane
Jeans – courtesy Karen Kane
Boots – Steve Madden Winola (no longer available) – similar – in black
Bag – Madewell via Shopbop
Earrings – nea
Bracelet – Lucky Brand (no longer available) – similar

Every time I put on gold-toned jewelry I chuckle a little to myself. I was adamantly against anything gold for YEARS, and couldn’t even bring myself to buy shoes or bags with gold-toned hardware. Times have changed, and so have my weird self-imposed rules. I’m still not a huge fan of shiny gold, but I’ve come to love the look of antiqued brass. And it’s such a subtly warming touch for black outfits.

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