I make Harriet chase her favorite toy until she’s wiped out. This is her post-workout pose.
Locals! Join LOTT, the Riveter, and Clockwork Active Media for an evening of discussion about women in tech, centered around the new book Lean Out. Buy tickets here, where you can also order the book at 40% off for pickup at the event.
Also! Sisterhood Boutique – a secondhand shop developed by young east African women who live in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood who use the experience to learn about running a business – is hosting a fashion show on October 28. Totally worth checking out!
On About.com, I wrote about brands that we might think are made in the U.S. but aren’t, and talked about how to create a clothing budget that works for you.
Anna Scholz continues to create some of the most sophisticated-yet-trendy plus size designs on the market, including this houndstooth blouse. So perfect with the faux leather midi.
Lots of goodness in this roundup of body positive mantras.
On a recent organizational kick, I bought these clear acrylic mini drawers for my makeup. Super helpful in my storage-scarce bathroom.
On the importance of letting other people define their bodies on their own terms
“In short, I don’t want to be ageless on the outside. But I would love to feel ageless on the inside, to connect to a state of self-awareness and self-care that transcends ephemeral things like wrinkles and receding hairlines and sees only the beauty of the love we each (and all) carry within.”
Related: Alyson shines a spotlight on two of her gray-haired heroines.
An interesting take on the painted women of NYC
“I wrote an article on Smaggle many, many moons ago that I deleted quite recently. It was about how everyone thought I was a feminist and I wasn’t sure I agreed. I definitely supported the concept and ideals of feminism (obviously), I just didn’t really relate to the word ‘feminist’. You know what? I was dead bloody wrong. I am a feminist, I always have been and I always will be. Back then I just didn’t really understand the word or what it truly represented. I was wrong and I take it back. I am a feminist.”
SUCH helpful tips for finding a good tailor
This short documentary by Sally Tran touches on some of the many layers of the expression of identity through hair, in this case for a group of queer Asian Pacific Islander-identified people.
Yogi Jessamyn Stanley talks about Instagram, yoga bodies, and self-acceptance as activism.
Erica’s asymmetric wrap skirt is to die for.
“At a crucial origin of the modern fashion industry, at the moment when individuals first became willing to travel long distances to have their clothing made by a designer with an international reputation, couture was neither exclusively nor even primarily a man’s game. It could be argued that fashion became an industry in large part because female designers decided it was time to take a leading role in the production of high-fashion garments. At that founding moment, couturières rather than couturiers dictated the rules of fashion.” (Via YLF)
An in-depth look at one woman’s decision to build and wear her fall capsule wardrobe
Well worth watching: I’m Fat, but I’m Not …
In my Star Tribune column I answered questions about vegan leather, Boho for older gals, and post-partum transitional style.
Annette wears her leather leggings and white button-front with a cozy knit poncho, and looks marvelously edgy.
I parted with several striped tops in recent purges for fit or style reasons, selling them on consignment to new homes. Now I find myself with one left, and it’s cropped and linen. Will likely end up with this sustainable Everlane Heavyweight Tee in the near future.
Still love, love, loving the long vest. Maren styles hers effortlessly.
I keep reading about these Peter Thomas Roth acne dots, but have yet to try them. The idea is that they cover the zit and help prevent spread of infection AND provide a more even surface for applying cover-up. Sounds ingenious.
Remember: My choices are not a commentary on yours
“Reese Fischer, a junior creative writing student at the school who helped organize the protest, said she doesn’t oppose the dress code. But, based on her experience, faculty members enforce the dress code more strictly against girls than boys, and against heavy-set girls than smaller girls, she said.”
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