Lovely Links: 7/12/13

I’m working with sustainable style company Article 23 to give away a DARLING cross-back top! We’ve only got one and it’s size 8. If you’re a North American resident and a size 8, click here to comment on Article 23’s Facebook page to enter the drawing! Ends July 17.

A few months ago, I did a style consult for the gorgeous and unspeakably talented Alexandra Franzen. She wrote about what she learned from her experience working with me right here!

I’ll be speaking at the Maple Grove Library on Monday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m.! Come hear me talk about style, self-image, and dressing your best.

Have you picked up your copy of Thirty Pretty Projects yet?

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This simple, lacy drop-waist frock is amazingly elegant.

“It was the first day in a year I’d gone without eyeliner. Even my mom was so used to seeing me made up she’d confused my bare skin for exhaustion.”

This post illustrates different ways to lace up your shoes depending on the comfort, fit, and pain issues you might be dealing with.

Here’s what Melanie does with beige pants. Amazing!

Many of you have likely seen this video of Dustin Hoffman talking about his experience filming Tootsie and how it relates to socially sanctioned ideas of beauty … but perhaps you’d like another look. (Thanks to all who sent this along to me.)

The panels on this printed dress make for such a fabulous design.

“So what is the solution? As mentioned before: it is to make ‘the combination of contrasting bodies as ubiquitous as the socially accepted ideal.’ We need MORE pictures showing ‘inclusivity’ of all body types. Together. Positively. Forever. And ever. Amen.”

A chambray and denim mashup makes for a classic-cool summer ensemble.

Last week, I was confronted with sizeism at the mall while shopping with a client. Find out what I did about it here.

“I realised that my previous refusal to engage with what I saw as unnecessary and excessive grooming was a luxury afforded to me by the fact that as a healthy 27 year old woman of average looks, height and weight, I didn’t need to do much to look all right. But when my hair fell out, I certainly wasn’t above painting eyebrows on my face or donning a synthetic wig. I never left the house without them. I didn’t always want to wear the wig. So why didn’t I…well…simply, not? Because I was afraid of people reacting to my ugliness, that’s why.”

Ever wondered how to wash your hair in space? Of course you have.

A pair of drapey, harem-inspired pants are chic and comfortable, even in horrifyingly hot weather.

This article titled “Singing the Lesbian Blues in 1920s Harlem” is a fascinating read, and also provides some truly fabulous images of iconic women singers in tails, tophats, and dapper fedoras.

Reminder: Joss Whedon is still fighting the good fight.

It makes people very uncomfortable if you describe yourself as being ‘ugly.’ Social mores seem to dictate that they must respond in a Pavlovian way with, ‘No, you’re beautiful.’ And it gets awkward.”

Fascinating commentary on male entitlement and the pregnant female body. (Via The Beheld)

This author examines sex-positivity in theory and practice, and asks some touchy questions about how this movement might be harming people.

And from the Department of Random: Fabulous local blog Heavy Table shows us what’s in Prince’s fridge. With illustrations. Hint: Yak milk.

Additionally: Here’s what happens when a bug joins us for outfit photos.

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7 Responses to “Lovely Links: 7/12/13”

  1. Emma

    I love your Lovely Links! Always something thought-provoking.

  2. Marsha Calhoun

    I can’t tell you how pleased I was to read your beautifully phrased letter to Banana Republic, J.Crew, et al., regarding their failure to provide clothes to try on in the size of the average woman. Coincidentally, yesterday I had every intention of purchasing a black blazer at my local Banana Republic outlet, but (of course), the largest size they had was 12, and of course, I need a 14. I spent my money elsewhere. Now I need to tell them about it, and I will – thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Alexandra Franzen

    Muah! Thanks for featuring my recap in your round-up.

    Such a pleasure to work with you.

    I hear your voice echoing in my head, every time I get dressed! (It’s a good thing. 😉

  4. Leah

    I could relate to Dustin Hoffmann’s disappointment at being physically unable to be beautiful enough. I’ve often wished I had been born a man because I’m not a beautiful enough woman to get noticed. It’s like I feel like that’s part of what it is to be a woman–being beautiful–consequently I fall short of being a woman. Don’t know if that makes sense. But I guess it’s also true for men. They might have interesting personalities but feel frustrated at not being noticed.

  5. Cassie

    Thanks so much for the link to the article about Joss Whedon! Great to see a man who really gets it! It doesn’t hurt that he’s a genius writer!


  6. Amy

    Yes, Joss Whedon is amazing. If you haven’t seen the t.v. show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Netflix is immediately! It is SO smart and so feminist. And Firefly doesn’t have a huge cult following for nothing. It’s brilliant.