Lovely Links: 6/26/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Cuddling. (First seen on Instagram)

“And so what if someone who you’re not attracted to is showing off his or her body? Do your eyes burn at the sight of cellulite? Does a muffin top offend you? When someone has overcome her insecurities enough to wear something that shows her love handles, or body acne, or scars, or big thighs, then who are you to tell her to put it away?

What are impossible colors?

Belle weighs in on pairing necklaces and necklines, pointing out that necklace length and volume can serve as a balancing factor.

Eloquii’s cross front maxi tee creates a cool, new silhouette. (Tip of hat to Kellie for the find.)

A great big yes to the white, gray, chartreuse triad. Also loving teal, olive, and dusty orange.

“So far, the side-effects of trusting my gut’s wardrobe knowledge has been a newfound joy in clothing, more acceptance that my tastes/body/life change, new ways to wear old things, and more colours in my wardrobe, which makes me happier.”

Women scientists show how #distractinglysexy they are in response to Sir Tim Hunt’s sexist comments.

Tattoorary has the most amazing temporary tattoos I’ve ever seen. Period.

My skull-print obsession continues, now focused on bags. This Frye tote is tempting, but I’m leaning toward this screen-printed canvas tote.

This method for simplifying your closet sounds intriguing.

Layering a crop top over a summer dress is a great way to mix up your looks. I’ve done this a few times myself this season! You can also pair cropped tops with maxi skirts and jackets for a slightly less covered-up look.

A helpful roundup of stylish and modern organic cotton clothing

On the Fox 9 Buzz, we chatted about how to find your personal perfect pair of sandals. Two pairs I mention that are currently for sale are the Clarks Ranae Estelle and Mephisto Barbara.

“I really would like to make it clear, I am not interested in slowly replacing all of my clothes and items and attempting to live as a woman full time, bit by bit. All I would really like to do is to understand that I need to allow myself to be me. And the ‘real’ me exists somewhere outside of the gender binary; somewhere in that space that makes up the spectrum between both the poles of male and female.”

A counterpoint to the recent glorification of decluttering 

In this post, activist Christina Verzijl delves into the roots of her own body insecurities, and describes how they inspired her to create Body Project 4 High Schools (BP4HS).

If you’re gonna let your bra show through, picking an eye-catching design is key. Luciana’s is a stunner.

So do-able: A quick DIY for converting regular ballet flats into lace-ups

Getting groped by strangers is scary, infuriating, and awful in every way. And another example of how women’s bodies are seen and treated as public property by many.

If you’ve got a beloved scarf that’s just too voluminous, it can be thinned. Kelly uses Fray Check, a product I’d never heard of that sounds positively miraculous.

Deborah is fast becoming my layering idol. She does such a fantastic job of creating organic mixes of asymmetric pieces.

Two great posts on going gray: Cindy offers practical tips for making the switch and caring for gray hair, and Susan recaps her year of growing her gray hair out and shares some emotional revelations. (both via Inside Out Style)

These simple guidelines for selecting a job interview outfit make sense, especially the tip about trying your outfit on the night before. A must!

Dorrie layers on the black and white pieces, adding stellar accents with her striped clutch and sculptural heels.

Lane Bryant continues to step up its game, this time by collaborating with Christian Siriano.

More proof that bra fittings are important … but inconsistent: A reporter got fitted for bras at six different stores, and chronicled the results.

Vests are fantastic pieces to add to your summer wardrobe, since they add interest without making you overheat. Love how Ashley has styled hers, with a wide-brim hat and ankle boots.

How does Colette Patterns find truly diverse models for it’s shoots? Seamwork editor Sarai explains. (Cheers, Sewing Faille!)

On About.com I suggested some times when it makes more sense to shop at department stores than individual stores, and offered tips for buying sandals that are both comfy and flattering.

And from the Department of Random: This post perfectly describes my relationship with cherries.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Zip-top Tote Bags

*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?*

Betsy requested a few picks for classic tote bags that zip, so here we go:

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Halogen Leather Tote – was $168, now $83.98

I find totes to be SO much easier to manage if they’ve got optional shoulder straps in addition to their handles, so this one caught my eye. Plus the solid black zip pocket you see in front is a removable pouch – how cool is THAT? This tote is nice and roomy at 12.5″ x 11.5″ x 4.5″, and if this version feels too flashy it also comes in black leather with a snakeskin pouch. Like the snakeskin print but want faux leather? This Echo tote also has a zipper top.

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olivia + joy Zip Zoom Tote – was $98, now $23.99

If you need something that’s bright, easy to clean, lightweight, and vegan-friendly, this nylon tote will be right up your alley. Another roomy option at 13″ x 7″ x 15″, and loaded with organizational pockets. Also available in neon pink, coral, green, navy, turquoise, or tan. The olivia + joy line has some other cute, casual totes, too.

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Piel Tablet Shoulder Bag/Cross Body – was $340, now $220.99

Still a splurge, even on sale, but this leather tote is pretty much perfect for work use. It’s got a padded tablet compartment, four large pockets, and a 12″ x 11″ x 4.5″ capacity. Sleek and classic, but utilitarian. Also comes in saddle or chocolate leather. And you can get an extra 15% off when you sign up for eBags’ emails, bringing the price down to $187.84. Or nab it at Amazon for $185.60.

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Fossil Preston – was $218, now $152.99

At 12″ x 2.5″ x 11″ – but with the ability to expand to 3.5″ wide – this soft tote has plenty of room for your essentials. The design is pared-down, but if you opt for a bold color like this cobalt it’ll be anything but dull. Also comes in red, coral, pale blue, black/print, and classic tan.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for zip-top tote bags:

  1. eBags – Everything from designer leather to washable nylon.
  2. Amazon – Thousands of options at all price points. This cobalt leather tote is classic.
  3. Nordstrom – A great choice for more upscale totes like this gorgeous Kate Spade Cedar Street Tote.

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Already Prettypoll: Body Positive Art and Media

I try to keep my mind as open as possible, see things from as many vantage points as I can, and constantly absorb new information about what body positivity means to various people. But I’m still just me, limited by my perspective and privilege, geography and upbringing, limited views and limited understanding. So instead of creating a list of my own, I want to turn this one over to you all. Directly:

What do you consider to be body positive movies? Television shows? Songs or musicians? How about books or magazines? Visual art or visual artists? Plays or poetry? Please share any of your favorite body positive art and media in the comments.

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