Lovely Links: 2/10/17

Weekly Kitty:

Box Inspector Harriet will not be deterred by double-boxing or the presence of crinkly packing paper.

In her efforts to be more sustainably-minded, Diane asks, “Can you be a fashion blogger on zero budget?”

Hallie channels French girl chic in her beret, striped top, and pointy oxfords.

Sheela muses on the hidden traps and unexpected trip-ups found along the self-love journey, including fake self-love and discovering that loving yourself doesn’t guarantee being loved back.

Makeup-artist, The WORK editor-in-chief and NOTOBotanics creator Gloria Noto sounds like a fascinating woman.

Joi has got me thinking spring in her denim jacket and flared white skirt.

An aesthetician friend gave me a sample of this Eminence Facial Recovery Oil to help with my severe dry skin, and I am hooked. Smells amazing, all organic, doesn’t cause breakouts, super mild. (And, sadly, quite pricey. But a bottle should last for 6 months or more!)

What It’s Like To Be The Biggest Girl At The Gym

Spring will be here eventually, and my fascination with open-back tops will be rekindled. Might pick up this DIY bow-back sweater tutorial then.

Oooh, looks like several dozen new Prairie Underground pieces are shipping with Amazon Prime now. Including the beloved Long Cloak Hoody.

Wedding season is coming up fast, and this post rounds up some super stylish dress shoes for fussy feet.

Growing up as a Muslim, Nailah Lymus found her creativity within the parameters of the dress code many women of the faith adhere to. Today the Brooklyn native is making a living as a fashion designer for her brand Amirah Creations. She’s also founder and CEO of UNDERWRAPS Agency, the first global Muslim and modest modeling agency. One of her missions is to dispel the myth that modest fashion isn’t fashionable. Besides that, she’s simply living her dreams.”

Kelly take’s Everlane’s slim silk shirt (sustainable!) out for a spin in this marvelously androgynous outfit.

In this month’s Star Tribune column, I answered questions about dressing to suit the local culture, clothes that can take a beating, and combatting static cling.

Mom Creates Feminist Napkin Art Series To Inspire Her Daughter During School Lunches

Danielle wears a turtleneck and jeans with a pinstriped blazer, and absolutely kills it.

This made-in-the-U.S. strap-front tee is right up my alley. This one has the crossed straps in back, but comes in 1X – 3X!

Marianne asks the question, “Should all brands make plus sizes?” and explores the complex forces at work that shape the answer.

In her Black Mirror project, Deddeh Howard re-creates high fashion ads using black models and asks the pointed question, why aren’t big brands doing this themselves? (Via Oh to Be a Muse.)

Cassie wears teal and maroon together – a stellar combination that I don’t think I’ve ever tried myself!

“When we write about our bodies, I believe that we are respecting them. Why? Because we are listening. We are letting our bodies speak and recording their truths. We are honoring them by closely hearing what they have to say.”

This wicked-looking spike necklace was up-cycled from an antique sterling fork tine. Talk about creative re-purposing!

Leave it to Esther Quek to layer a turtleneck, button-front, tie, vest, blazer, scarf, and coat and not look like the little brother from “A Christmas Story.”

LOVED this interview with my dear friend and phenomenally talented jewelry designer, Karin Jacobson:

And from the Department of Random: I’ve got a Tattoos board on Pinterest that I LOVE populating. But what I really love is seeing a gorgeous piece in my feed, popping the artist’s name into the search bar, and seeing hundreds of amazing designs. This week? Rodrigo Souto. Breathtaking work.

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