Lovely Links: 7/24/15

Weekly Kitty:

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So stylish.

Over on About.com I explained how private online sales (Gilt, Ideel) really work, talked about brands that cater to older women that younger gals should check out, and highlighted some stylish companies that take sustainability seriously.

Bored with your wardrobe options? Estelle shows how creating names/personas for your outfits can add a little zest. Hers include “Björk’s sad assistant” and “rabbit-filled sack.”

How your makeup bag changes with age

Just looking at these towering carved skull heels from Safa Sahin makes my feet ache … but … but SKULLS!

Kendra shows us how to do quick, easy, and super pretty Goddess twists.

“What if we shifted our thinking and stopped suggesting that wanting to understand our visual identity isn’t an attempt to bathe oneself in egomaniacal glory and instead viewed it as a tool for which we can better understand our existence as humans? What if we stopped believing that wanting to see oneself wasn’t born out of narcissism but instead out of a deep need to connect to our being? And what if we challenged ourselves to view the very act of taking selfies as a step towards self love and acceptance?”

I interviewed Joy McBrien, founder of Fair Anita, for The Riveter. Her story is fascinating, but please be aware that sexual violence is discussed.

Saddlebag-style handbags are big this season, and this minimalist one from LeDonne looks just about perfect to me.

An interesting argument against “compassionate capitalism”

A new take on fashion as art: Australian designer Tiff Manuell uses strips of painted canvas to construct handbags and necklaces.

Sleek faux leather leggings and a sharp blazer balance out a ruffled blouse in Beth’s stellar outfit.

Three great but difficult reads from The Toast: Retail Therapy, Weight (disordered eating discussed), and How I Learned to Love My Skin Colour

In “Body As the Sky,” Lydia Havens ruminates eloquently on the pains of being asked if you’ve always been “like this.” Meaning fat.

On the Mad Mimi blog, I recommended shifting your editorial calendar for the summer.

A woman runner explains to a man runner why being “complimented” by strangers while she’s out on a run makes her terrified and furious.

Related: If catcalls were cheeseburgers (Not safe for work viewing)

Sandra’s custom skirt features a bold, colorful print and she styled it with simple black accents. Stellar.

And this is why we love Allie: How to shop for jumpsuits that fit, flatter, and let you pee

In a quest for classy-looking shiny gold earrings I found this elegant pair from T Tahari.

Love this reminder that all women should feel free to go sleeveless in summer … AND that opting for sleeves is completely fine, too, and not a signal of low self-esteem.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I demonstrated some easy ways to repurpose your jewelry.

In Cuba, a performance artist named Susana Delahante is organizing beauty pageants for black and mixed race black women with natural hair to promote a collective sense of pride in Cuba’s African heritage. (Via Rookie)

Wendy Brandes’ new Punk Platinum collection is as gorgeous as it is fun.

Celebrity facialist Kate Somerville shaves her face at least once per week. So do I. This article provides a handful of perspectives on this practice, though all of them are decidedly pro and some women definitely feel that removing body hair is a wholly unnecessary practice.

Chambray, magenta, and olive make a marvelous trio.

I’ve got high-top sneakers on the brain, and am loving this Khrio pair and this classic Adidas pair.

10 DIY bag tutorials that go beyond basic totes

And for more DIY fun, here’s a list of eight refashioning ideas including a few no-sew ones.

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4 Responses to “Lovely Links: 7/24/15”

    • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

      So I just read the piece on compassionate capitalism and I think “interesting take” is correct. I find it a bit ridiculous, it’s as though a brand has to decide between being Mother Theresa, or as someone shared in the comments, Gordon Gekko. Brands like TOMS have brought to light issues in poverty-stricken areas, have provided for those areas and shown other brands it’s possible to be charitable and still be profitable. I think how a decade ago such philanthropy in retail was hardly existent, and while now it may be trendy, it’s still providing good.