(First seen on Instagram.) Cat palace, procured. Level 5 Cat Lady, ACHIEVED.
I gave myself a crick in the neck nodding emphatically while reading this piece about how short-sighted it is to encourage women to ignore their bodies completely and focus solely on accomplishments, personality, and intelligence. A favorite quote: “Most of the feminism that I’ve run into does tend to bifurcate mind and body in a way that seems unhelpful. You’re supposed to appreciate your body for the things it does for you, rather than realizing that in a very real way your body is you and that all the things your body does are things that you do.” SO IMPORTANT.
Sylvia is stunning in this edgy monochrome outfit.
I got a sample of this Hourglass Liquid Lipstick a few months back, and just ponied up for a full-size tube. It is POTENT, so I dab on a couple of drops and then blend. It has better staying power than any lip stain I’ve encountered thus far.
Cyn’s moto-detail jeans are so, SO cool, and the perfect mate for her floaty floral top.
In a recent interview about her childhood and her Image Award-nominated show ‘black-ish,’ Tracee Ellis Ross said, “Women are asked to put forward, to a certain extent, a mask. And for black women, that has taken on greater significance, because the standard of beauty has not necessarily had the space for different definitions of beauty. I’m trying to find my own version of what makes me feel beautiful. On ‘black-ish,’ there’s a lot that has to be done working around my hair, in terms of scheduling.”
Over on About.com I gave a few tips for deciding if a fashion trend is right for you.
A new group that formed to provide a place for young girls of color to connect and support each other, Oakland’s Radical Brownies earn “Radical Beauty” and “LGBT Ally” badges, study how Disney princesses define girls’ image of beauty, and talk about how that can affect self-image.
Gracey offers her thoughts on the best legging styles and brands for tall women. And she’s a fan, so she knows her stuff.
Related: K.Line swears by Hue’s denim leggings. She, too, knows her stuff and is a very discerning consumer.
This Sherlock-inspired outfit is fabulous. I love all of it, but the coat is especially amazing.
Assa shares some resources for designers who offer African print clothes in plus sizes, and reminisces about her childhood in Mali.
“Some feminist scholars refuse to portray naked female bodies, arguing that the sexualization and objectification of those bodies is inevitable. Others continue to experiment, searching for unique representational strategies. I, for one, insist that it is possible to resignify the naked female body, starting with my own body.” (Not safe for work viewing, art and photographic nudes)
Buying multiples of items you love is a much-lauded wardrobe-building technique … but it can backfire, as Grechen points out.
My own color preferences may have changed, but I still adore bright, bold combos like cobalt, yellow, and pink as worn together in this vibrant outfit.
The concept behind The Ugly Ducklings is intriguing. Feeling confident, valued, and understood is challenging for young women, as is remembering that your journey is what shapes you. A little fuzzy on what the organization is actually DOING, though. Anyone else heard of it?
Writer Alice Gregory explains why a simple personal uniform makes her feel serene.
Uniqlo’s SPRZ NY collection is calling to me with a marvelous selection of Keith Haring graphic tees and sweatshirts.
On the importance of changing systems from the inside out: “I think my bro-ness largely contributed to my ability to reach my male privileged residents. The ideologies that my corporeality signified gave me a presumed rapport with them, allowing me to infiltrate their spaces, thus granting me the perfect opportunity to subvert those ideologies from the inside. To broaden the implications because of what my body signifies, I can go back home to Philly and be on the block spittin’ some bell hooks or Sara Ahmed to other Black dudes and be listened to because of the capital that I carry through my embodiment. Thus my bro-ness, while inimical in, say, a space containing older, white, second wave feminist women, is subversive and anti-patriarchal in a space containing Black Nationalists and hip-hop heads in North Philly precisely because I am granted access to that space.”
In honor of Australia Day, Imogen shares a pictorial dictionary of some of the most commonly used Australian clothing terminology. Budgie smugglers. Hee.
Forest green accents make this elegant taupe coat look even more sophisticated.
“These women demonstrate that abiding by the Jewish law of modesty need not translate to dowdy, unflattering, ill-fitting clothing. Modest dressing can be beautiful, attractive, and, most importantly, fashionable. My modesty does not prevent me from buying fashion-forward clothing. On the contrary, it is the reason I have a unique sense of style.”
Focusing on the two essential purging questions – Is it useful? Does it bring you joy? – Lady Smaggle suggests five items that are likely lurking in your closet and should really be chucked right out.
My earring preferences are shifting. Instead of studs and big necklaces I’m doing big earrings and long pendants. These beauties from Lockhart Wrks are a new fave: Big and bold but super lightweight. And I’m still deciding if I can carry off these huge, bling-y chandelier earrings.
Worn Through recommends these academic studies and writings exploring the intersection of fashion and age.
Recently, the BBC program Woman’s Hour interviewed Rivkie Baum, creator a plus size fashion magazine called SLiNK. Alongside a weight-loss expert. So they could have a discussion about whether making stylish clothes in plus sizes “normalizes obesity.”
A hilarious riff on the concept of “cost per use.”
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