Lovely Links: 1/29/16

LOCALS! I will be hosting a fundraiser for the women’s leadership group that I co-chair – Leaders of Today and Tomorrow – at the Uptown John Fluevog store!

There will be raffles, treats, demos, and if you donate to LOTT you get to take home a piece of jewelry from my collection. This is a ticketed event, all proceeds to LOTT – get your tickets here. Don’t delay, it’s a small space so tickets are limited.

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Weekly Kitty:

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Peeking.

A blanket scarf, jeans, and kicks look fabulous for weekend rompings … though my ankles are getting cold just looking at Medge!

Beth is also working the blanket scarf trend, though her outfit is more office than weekend.

“What irks me is the creation and repetition of a new set of rules. You MUST love yourself and your curves. If you do not glory in every part of your body, you are a loser. Body positivity might simply produce another set of regulations, another way for women to fail. At the same time, the focus often remains on physical appearance and seems superficial. Is it really a radical act for me to claim that my body is perfect from the bottom to the top? I don’t think so, but maybe I am not the target audience. I do not hate my body and I never have. Nor do I think it is flawless. I do not believe that I am beautiful. Ever. Is that really a problem?”

I swung by Nordstrom Rack with my mom over the holidays, and was surprised by how many made-in-the-U.S. items I was able to find.

Speaking of, I wish all Fryes were domestically produced, but sadly many are outsourced. Still worth looking, though, as styles like this killer Sabrina Buckle (also here) and most colors of the classic 12R boot are made in the U.S.

Telly mixes black and white prints, leopard, and rich teal in her gorgeously glam outfit.

On About.com, I wrote about prints and patterns that NEVER go out of style, and rounded up a list of the best celebrity-designed clothing lines.

I’m also not the only one who feels like polyester gets a bad rep. Not the fiber of torture it used to be …

Do you have a “standby” outfit that comes to the rescue when your dressing creativity is tapped out?

Proof that a sequined skirt and top with sequin detailing can look superb and surprisingly subdued.

How you treat yourself is so important.

Nadine talks about how cutting her hair just after college pushed her toward cross-dressing.

Long necklaces causing “gap and hook” issues over your bust? This gal has the solution.

Now THAT is a masterful print mix. Joi’s thrift-inspired pattern mix is also inspirational.

With my new shopping practices, I’ve been hitting eBay HARD lately. Even my favorite sustainable shopping resources are failing me in the sweater department, and as we enter deep winter I find myself in need of thick, heavy, cozy, wind-blocking sweaters. eBay has set me up with both Irish and Icelandic knits, all gently used.

I might also be checking The Realreal obsessively for chunky knits. Maybe.

This post and comic break down myths about acne – namely that if you have it, you’re doing something “wrong” – and talks about why judging and shaming people who have acne is misguided.

“Created by Wear Your Voice Magazine, #BeyondBeauty is a campaign that hopes to challenge brands that promote body positivity to include a more diverse range of women in their advertisements. The campaign includes a photo series which features 18 women of all body shapes.”

On Mad Mimi, I talked about when it’s a good idea to redesign your newsletter.

Alison’s arty blazer and windowpane dress make a dynamic duo. Also love Rowan’s polished look with windowpane pants and a cozy turtleneck.

Here are two things that have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

I just plain loved Magdalena’s tribute to David Bowie.

Camel and mauve with silver accents – such a lovely, delicate, and unexpected mix.

I’m pretty sure I stumbled across Artmasters on Pinterest, and when I’m shopping for my imaginary self I ogle their rings. This lab-grown black “diamond” ring is spectacular.

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2 Responses to “Lovely Links: 1/29/16”

  1. Mindy Holahan

    The Marshall’s in Maple Grove had a ton of Irish wool sweaters about a month ago. I haven’t been there since so I don’t know if they still have them—but yay for the Irish wool sweaters! I’ve been wearing mine daily.

    I love these posts each week.