We unearthed the old cat hammock, intending to Craigslist it. Harriet had other ideas.
“When you think of being body positive, you probably think of loving the parts of your body that society tells you to hate: your thighs, your hips, or your stomach. But would you ever think to include your acne on the list of things to love about yourself? As the body’s largest organ, our skin deserves to be loved just as much as the muscle, fat, and bones it covers.”
For the first time ever, a model with Down Syndrome walked at New York Fashion Week.
A question I’ve often pondered myself: Why is it that some people love clothes but hate interior design, and others vice versa? Since both are rooted in a love of aesthetics and design, you’d think they’d go hand-in-hand for everyone. But they definitely don’t.
Sheila is bold and beautiful in head-to-toe red. Including leather pants.
Costume designers of “Empire,” The Honourable Woman,” and “Jane the Virgin” share insights on how fashion helps drive the stories and personalities of their female leads.
“Show me a body part, I’ll show you someone who’s making money by telling women that theirs looks wrong and they need to fix it. Tone it, work it out, tan it, bleach it, tattoo it, lipo it, remove all the hair, lose every bit of jiggle.”
This sweatshirt just might be the softest, comfiest thing I own.
Few of my clients have reported back about their experience with plus-size brand Kiyonna, so I was glad to see that Amanda adores her lace Kiyonna dress.
15 New York women talk about their most wasteful wardrobe purchases. High heels showed up more than once.
Are we finally living in a post-trend universe?
This long but incredibly moving personal essay about self-acceptance, the politics of dieting, and finding personal balance is harsh at times, but a much-needed illustration of how highly thinness is prized in our culture. (Via Yum & Yuk)
If you like the look of distressed denim but can’t fathom paying for already-ruined jeans, check out this post which compares four DIY denim distressing techniques.
“Authenticity” is a tricky little buzzword these days. Amber puts it under the microscope as she asks, “Are fashion bloggers fake?”
Blazing bright accents add energy to a simple jeans-and-tee ensemble.
“If you’ve made it to 50 and still need to consult articles on how to dress appropriately then you are so missing out on one of the best things about being over 50. One of the best things about getting older is realizing that we don’t have to spend our energy worrying what other people think and we get to be comfortable in our own skin with our own freak flags.” (Via YLF)
I get the occasional request for domestically made denim, and was thrilled to see this roundup of made-in-the-U.S. denim brands and resources.
A creative take on layering: Bustiers over button-fronts.
Over on Mad Mimi, I talked about the value of regular features in email newsletters.
Charlotte writes candidly about feeling judged by shopkeepers in stores and the challenges of dressing expressively as a plus-sized woman.
Also refreshingly candid: Liz Jones explains why she quit her job as Editor-in-Chief at “Marie Claire.” She did it because she’s sick of how fashion magazines portray women, and alarmed that her fellow editors have been so resistant to embracing body diversity.
Jonesing for these burgundy coated high-waisted skinnies, doubly so since Nordstrom gives 5% of net profits to organizations that work to empower women and girls.
An interesting little roundup of quotes on the value of dressing up in a dressed-down world.
Tips from Une Femme on scarf storage and care.
Emily explains how she rebelled against being told she was too big, too loud, too different, and too much.
“Self-care means, for me, just checking in with myself in whatever capacity that requires. Sometimes it means just looking in the mirror for an extended period of time and remembering that I am not just a brain. I am a person with a body I have to take care of and acknowledge.”
A delightfully tongue-in-cheek explanation for why famous women are swanning around Fashion Week sans tights.
Pale pink and gray make a sophisticated yet laid-back pairing, and great for adding softness to late winter outfits.
Gender neutral fashion design is on the rise. I, for one, am thrilled by this shift.
Thought-provoking musings on Annie Lennox, Madonna, and “acting your age.”
Love this story of permission, body reclamation, and a hexagonal tattoo.
Sidenote: If you are not aware of Gamergate, here is an upsetting summary from the perspective of one of its most visible victims. (Discusses threats of violence and rape.) I am sickened and terrified by how it is all unfolding, and enraged by the lack of support from law enforcement and website owners. But I feel like Gamergate merits attention and discussion because it serves as an important reminder that misogyny is alive and well, and fostered by online anonymity. I certainly hope that these events have an impact on how online hate and harassment are dealt with in the future.
And since that probably depressed the hell out of you, here’s the hilarious Valentine’s Day edition of Bad Chart Thursday. What exactly WOULD Meat Loaf do for love? A question for the ages.
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