Lovely Links: 7/11/14

On the evening of July 24 I’ll be at Bella Boutique in South Minneapolis
for a free event! Join me to learn how to incorporate
various types and styles of jewelry into your own outfits.
Attendees will receive 15% off fashion accessories in the boutique during the event!

Complete Your Outfits with Jewelry

July 24
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Bella Boutique, 3100 50th St W., Minneapolis

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Weekly Kitten:


There is only one place in the house that they’ll cuddle like this and it is on the seat of my office chair. Which is also the only place in the house where I really need to sit. My solution? Use HM’s office chair. I never have the heart to kick them out.

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An amazing poem about size, acceptance, and judgement. (Via Adios Barbie)

Dollar Store Crafts rounds up 10 ways to upgrade your shades for summer. The polka dot makeover is my fave.

Slightly more advanced: Merrick shows us how to transform a pair of printed PJ pants into trendy track pants.

Valérie looks utterly smashing in her digital patchwork print maxi dress.

This series of body-positive drawings and accompanying text by Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti are utterly inspiring. I hope the images will be available as prints for purchase someday, and have stashed most of them in my Body Positive Pinterest board until then.

Great tips for making classic basics like tees, jeans, and jackets feel timeless but also fresh.

“Bosses across the country constantly tell their employees to ‘act professionally’ without a second thought. Wear a garment that represents your non-Western culture to work? Your boss may tell you it’s unprofessional. Wear your hair in braids or dreadlocks instead of straightened? That’s probably unprofessional too. Wear shoes that are slightly scuffed because you can’t yet afford new ones? People may not think you’re being professional either.”

This outfit is right up my alley, from the quirky printed dress and fun blazer to classic heels and chunky necklace.

A fabulous perspective on how we conceptualize ourselves: Your body is not your art, it is your paintbrush (via Smart, Pretty, & Awkward)

I could relate to ALL of these curly hair issues, and loved the proffered solutions.

“I truly believe that the plus size movement has been built by the grassroots efforts of women of color. The majority of U.S. plus size bloggers are African American and Latina and two major movements in the plus size community, Full Figured Fashion Week and Plus Model Magazine, were both founded by women of color.”

Related: The Curvy Fashionista rounds up eight great plus-focused magazines.

My two favorite black-and-white outfits of the week: Jen in tulle and GACW in leather.

Will be keeping my eyes peeled for a screening of the documentary “Raising Ms. President” here in the Twin Cities. Anyone seen it yet?

“Because a triple zero is an impossible goal for most women, critics are labeling this trend as ‘horrifying.’ Disturbing. Concerning. Cataclysmic. And I get that. But aren’t all of societies messages that cause you to hate your body horrifying, disastrous, and cataclysmic? They all take a negative toll on our psyche, body, and life. What I’m trying to say is: the ‘Triple Zero’ phenomenon is just another trend that highlights the extreme inferiority that our society peddles for profit. ”

Maybe it’s time to let go of “perfect” and revel in your today-body.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I offered tips for layering and accessorizing maxi dresses … and a way to “build” your own!

Great for a giggle: DIY beauty suggestions that utilize items you already have. In your garage.

I’m wearing my comfy flat Bass sandals into the ground and in the market for a second pair. These metallic Clarks are in the running, as are these Nautralizers.

This all-white outfit is stunning. And a suit-like look I would totally love to wear.

From a great piece titled, “Girls On Top – Who Really Benefits from Sexuality, Identity and Branding in Pop Music?”: “For contemporary artists, there are a stream of expectations, many of which are difficult to reconcile with the love of making music. In fact, the industry is riddled with a need to satisfy an audience’s expectations of how pop stars should look.”

Wendy is calling it: Big hoops will be the next big thing in jewelry. She has proof.

Just plain love this: Your Female Characters Are So Strong

The printed accents on Audrey’s cobalt dress make it such a memorable piece.

“It is often said that ‘Washington is Hollywood for ugly people,’ but the adage is only half true. Women are not allowed to be ugly people because women—and nowhere more than in such women’s magazines that reduce female political leaders to their supposed fashion and lifestyle choices—are not really allowed to be people at all.” (Via Capitol Hill Style, love Belle’s commentary on this link, too.)

And from the Department of Random: I’m a sucker for stuff like this. 12 Wonderfully Quirky Words with No English Equivalent. List includes “uffda,” commonly heard here in MN and irritatingly butchered by the cast of the otherwise stunning FX series “Fargo.” (I forgive them. Mostly.)

Additionally: I had lunch with my dear friend Annie Wilder this week and made one of the only actual recipes I use in my life, this lemon-oregano couscous salad. I made a double batch. You should all come over and have some because a double batch is WAY too much.

And finally: Blame Sarah for this one.

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6 Responses to “Lovely Links: 7/11/14”

  1. MoABai

    The Trololo cat had me guffawing! As always, your Lovely Links provide a great mix of information. Need to go find a good tulle skirt …

  2. Une femme

    They’re such angels when they’re sleeping, aren’t they? 😉 Thanks for including me in the link up!

  3. Shawna McComber

    Awww, I can’t disturb a sleeping kitty either, even if that kitty was a totaly demon who disturbed me in my sleep!

    I’ve just read the article about size 000 and what struck me is that there will always be people aiming to be as skinny as they can possibly get because they think that’s what they should do or that it will make them happy, and it doesn’t matter what the number of the size is. When I was a teenager I had a 24 inch waist and I wore something like a size 7/8. It was not the smallest women’s size available, that was something like 5/6 and very very rarely you saw a 4. I had a tiny friend who wore 4 and she was about half my height so this seemed logical to me. How is a woman of my generation longing to be a 4 or a 6, which surely some did when they were perfectly healthy 10s or 12s, any different from someone now longing to be a 0 or 00 or even 000. As wacky as a size zero is how can there be no size?) It means nothing, it’s just an assigned number to a scale of clothing sizes and some people will always yearn to be the smallest size they can possibly starve themselves into. I don’t see how things have changed any, other than what we call the sizes. I’m not saying it’s good, but why do we even have to fixate on this idea of the zero? Why were there not articles being written thirty years ago saying ‘oh how unrealistic it is to make size 4!” Because it’s not unrealistic. People who need that size do exist. The problem, the fact that some women are convinced they can never be thin enough, is not related to the numbers.