Posts Categorized: style

This Week I Love …

… STRIPES. Oh stripes, I am head-over-heels for you.

I follow trends and love ’em, but seldom have I felt so drawn to an of-the-moment look. I’ve mentioned recently that I pretty much want to wear stripes every day, and have to keep myself from doing so. Forcibly. Also have to prevent myself from buying up and thrifting every striped item I see – recent acquisitions include a button-detail boatneck from Value Village, this blazer, and this dress. This fun and versatile print just seems to go with everything, and adds a fun graphic element to any outfit. read more

One Bold Move

still beautiful

In 2010, I entered a contest. The charge was to explain in 500 words or less one bold action that could make the world truly value the diversity of female bodies. I didn’t win (obviously), but I am still proud of my entry. And should I ever have the power and means to implement it on my own, you can bet your ass I’ll do it.

For the record, I don’t think this is the ONLY bold move, the BEST bold move, or even an ESSENTIAL bold move to changing perceptions surrounding female bodies. But it is one that I feel I could personally spearhead, and one that I think could have tremendous impact. On the surface, it oversimplifies some important issues, but it also pries them open for examination and discussion. Or could, anyway. read more

Reader Request: Perfectly Polished

how to look polished

Reader A. e-mailed me this conundrum:

You know how some women seem to always look fresh and pretty and manicured and wrinkle free….. well, that would not be me. Even when I try really hard, I can’t seem to pull off the “polished” look and it is so discouraging. Last weekend, I went to Nordstrom and decided to not wear the usual Alaskan attire of athletic pants and puffy coat—I put on simple black tights, a cute black corduroy Boden skirt, and a white tee. Simple. I felt pretty good when I left the house. An hour later, trying on some clothes in the dressing room, I was appalled at how shabby I looked!! Hair was frizzy and flat, the black tights and skirt felt too thick and overpowering for the bright sunny day that we were having, and the corduroy skirt looked old even though I only wore it 3-4 times! read more