Lovely Links: 3/25/16

Weekly Kitty:

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Looks like he’s howling. But really, Simon just opens his mouth whenever he’s play-aggravated.

With this outfit, Alice shows how prints and patterns can be tied together with a single unifying element – in this case, everything except her skirt includes a bit of black.

Loved reading this interview with amazing plus-sized cosplayer Brichibi.

If my body is only worthy of love if I alter it to meet whatever arbitrary standards I — or the people and things around me — have set, can I call my love genuine? Is it capitalism from which the loathing is born? Media? Misogyny? What is the origin of these feelings? Are these feelings wrong?”

Crystal is making me long for summer in her flirty striped top and laser-cut skirt.

Clothes: A Butch Stories Comic

I’ve tried these dress shields and this undershirt-y thing to keep my dry cleanables safe from stink. Both work, though the undershirt is comfier.

An older article, but still fascinating: How I Did It: Eileen Fisher

When we ask for more, such as larger sizes in physical stores, visible women of color who are also fat, or accessible clothing for handicapable bodies, we often are treated like we are asking for far too much. There’s that one mid-size white model featured in an online clothing campaign and that is supposed to blanket all of our needs, but it fails to combat many of the negative and incorrect stereotypes that little-to-no representation continue to influence.”

Ranti makes wearing wide-leg crops and a cape look easy and elegant.

Imogen shares simple ways to determine how to choose the right belt for your outfit.

Ya know how sometimes you come across a new-to-you style blog, and love absolutely every outfit you see to bits? That’s how I feel about Trendy Curvy. Kristine is a genius.

On Mad Mimi, I wrote about the pros and cons of email list sign-up incentives.

Mustard and burgundy make great accents for a black-and-white outfit.

“Nude drawings and scantily clad magazine covers may seem innocent, but nudity and clothedness have long symbolized power dynamics. The imbalance of public nudity makes ‘women’s bodies vulnerable while men’s are protected,’ Naomi Wolf explains in The Beauty Myth.”

These simple hammered brass earrings would be so versatile.

Another thought-provoking comic about body image from Robot Hugs.

Kirsten gives the Dansko Lulu two thumbs up, even for folks who need orthotics.

Angie fills us in on the spring trends she’s watching including … wait for it … MATCHY-MATCHY. (P.S. Pretty sure my very first exposure to this term was via Natalie Dee.)

Environmental champ Livia Firth has created an eco-friendly fashion line for Marks & Spencer.

On About.com I rounded up brands that cater to big-busted women and shopping options for active women and busy moms.

Queen Latifah, Freida Pinto, Ziyi Zhang, and other Hollywood heavy-hitters have joined forces to create create a non-profit production company designed to amplify women’s stories.

“Fashion is a priority for me. It’s my industry. It’s what I love to do and how I spend much of my time and thought. So the challenge to myself is simply to do it better. Think twice before I grab that $5 skirt from H&M or any other fast fashion store. Invest in quality. Support local artists, businesses, and thrift stores. Buy what I love and not just what’s cheap. Educate instead of ignore. Ask questions. Research. Research. Research.”

Dana’s stripy graphic tee and denim jacket make for a perfectly laid-back weekend outfit.

Tips for minimizing the look of roots/regrowth. Although I still feel like visible roots are surprisingly “trendy.”

Marianne rounds up her favorite plus-sized sassy graphic tees.

I love everything about Greetje’s red blazer, striped shirt, and textured leggings outfit. Might just have to copy that one!

“Oprah is one of the most accomplished, admired, able people in the world. She has an Oscar to keep all her Emmy Awards company. She creates magic for other people and herself on the regular. So if Oprah can’t do permanent lifelong weight loss, maybe it can’t be done. Oprah is also crazy rich. If Oprah can’t buy permanent lifelong weight loss, maybe it can’t be bought. And that sucks. But it is also incredibly freeing if you, like me, have thought about your weight so many times throughout every day of your life that it becomes as maddening and distracting as if you’d stowed a beating telltale heart beneath your floorboards.”

The Spring closet clear-out continues – selling my gray Frye 12Rs, metallic coated jeans, silk Equipment blouse, and slouch ankle boots!

This cozy flannel cardigan has been a life-saver on cold spring mornings in the home office.

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2 Responses to “Lovely Links: 3/25/16”

  1. Anamarie

    Holy crap. I literally quoted a version of the Oprah quote to my doctor. I basically said, Oprah has all the money in the world to hire trainers, chefs and people to keep her on track. Yet she can’t keep whatever weight off. How is an ordinary person supposed to succeed? My Dr. had no answer.

  2. PaperCat

    I’ve been reading your blog for around seven years now. I find the READ MORE cut to be not to my taste (I prefer the full post format, not following links for further content), and will not be reading further. Best wishes with the blog in future