Lovely Links: 11/13/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Inspecting their quarry.

What a clever way to fill the open neckline of a dress.

Most of the petite women I know are leery of shopping in the kids’ department, but Kelly points out how useful this tactic can be. Occasionally.

“Although feminism has somehow become somewhat of a dirty word in some parts of society today, there is one demographic which we have complete hope in, in terms of carrying on the feminist baton in the future. We’re talking about teen and tween girls.”

On About.com I wrote about artisan-focused sites that offer alternatives to Etsywhere to shop for holiday party dresses and accessories, and rounded up chic non-leather moto jackets.

Model Tess Holliday says that she doesn’t have a problem with being called a “plus sized” model, and this post declares that focusing on the term “plus” might be missing the point.

Dorrie shows a little shoulder and wears a fabulous pair of speckled black pants in this outfit post.

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Art and Design and School of Graduate Studies is presenting a series of conversations with leaders in sustainable practices for the fashion industry hosted by Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative.

The Curvy Fashionista interviews Project Runway contestant and indie plus size designer Ashley Nell Tipton.

Love Alice’s fun layers and creative accessories in this funky-cozy fall outfit.

This post focuses mainly on “compliments” that follow the basic formula of “you’re ___ for an Asian,” but does a great job of showing how seemingly innocuous comments can have layers of racism.

Recently Amazon launched Amazon Handmade, an Etsy alternative with hundreds of thousands of hand-crafted items. Curious to see how it goes.

Sometimes seldom-worn wardrobe pieces sneak back into heavy rotation. Anyone else love it when that happens?

I’m always a fan of posts that show multiple ways to wear a single item, so I loved Shay’s post showing one dress worn four ways.

“But I wonder, what do we try to get at by looking like each other? By falling in love with the things that we see in excess … and then attempt to own ourselves? Do we want to show the world that we, too, “get it”? That we’re quick on the uptake, aware of what’s in? Is it a matter of self-actualization? Or are we simply getting lazy — cultivating identity using the references before us instead of the ones within us?”

I see Duluth Pack at just about every local fashion event I attend, and routinely lust after their simple, casual satchels. Maybe this will be the year I finally break down and buy one …

Ace merges prep and badassery with a moto, messy bun, sweater vest, and tie.

People are subverting paradigms, poking at dress codes, and perhaps playing with irony as they take part in Formal Fridays. Gotta say I love the concept.

On the Fox 9 Buzz this week, I talked about how to wear head-to-toe black without looking dull.

Thanks to this interview on 40+ Style, I’m totally crushing on Chrissie of Die Edelfabrik.

Gloria Steinem, in a recent interview: “The best thing I’ve ever thought of to say when somebody calls you a bitch is ‘Thank you.’ I mean, it totally disarms them. They don’t know what to do. Marlo Thomas always used to say that for a man to be called aggressive, he had to take over your business, but for a woman to be called aggressive, she had to only put you on hold. It’s just a terrible double standard. We have to call them on it. If you call them on it, it changes people’s heads.”

This layered folded triangle necklace is elegant and badass at the same time.

Gray and berry make such a marvelous combination.

Amaiya Zafar wants to box competitively, and modestly

I never, EVER thought I’d be into premium denim, but since J.Brand manufactures in the U.S. I’ve been stalking their jeans on eBay. And they’re pretty amazing – the mid rise is still a bit low for my taste, but they’re comfy, durable, and truly well-made. I’m still buying ’em used, though. Because they are pricey.

Ela shows off a very 70s outfit, and encourages other plus sized women to have fun with these trendy-again looks.

This author suggests an interesting way to shop less: Pledge to spend no less than $150 on a single item of clothing, the underlying idea being that when you spend more you consider each purchase more carefully. Nice parameters if you can afford ’em, but there are cheaper ways to tinker with this idea, too.

Somewhat related: Alison explains why she doesn’t do “the look for less” posts on her blog.

I’m flabbergasted to hear that anyone would think fat shaming isn’t real. It is. If you need statistics, here they are.

A very eloquent metaphor that connects transitioning to dyeing your hair, and the importance of embracing all of your selves

Love the proportions in Monika’s long cardigan and slouchy trouser outfit.

“Some might say ‘Well that’s exactly why you shouldn’t be a slut!’ Wrong. The decisions that any of us make about our bodies and sexuality should never be based in fear of abuse or judgment. That is what the SlutWalk is all about. And that is why I, former ‘prude,’ Christian married lady who still wears a cover up at the beach, was proud to be on the sidelines, cheering and supporting Rose and all of the walkers who decided that Saturday was a perfect day to use their power, own their stories, and publicly own their right to do both.”

I got a catalog from Celtic & Co. a few weeks back and was delighted to see that their wares are made in Great Britain, often from British fibers. In love with this slouchy knit dress and this Donegal longline cardigan.

And from the Department of Random: Masculinity, Marines, and My Little Pony, an exploration of the “Bronies” phenomenon. Fascinating stuff, and challenging gender norms in unexpected ways.

Additionally: The most brilliant cat food marketing campaign ever? Quite possibly.

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2 Responses to “Lovely Links: 11/13/15”

  1. Monika Faulkner

    Hello there Sally!! I’m a little late to the party – so to speak! – but I wanted to thank you very, very much for including me in your Lovely Links post!! I received quite a few extra visitors to my little blog over the weekend…and it looks like I may have gained a new follower or two, as well!! So generous of you to “share the love!!” XO

    http://www.StyleIsMyPudding.com