Lovely Links: 8/19/16

Weekly Kitty:

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Simon insists on cuddles, regardless of the dewpoint. (First seen on Instagram.)

Indie shoe designer LyDina Jean offers gorgeous heels in sizes through a women’s 15! Hurrah!

Nicole sports a sexy tie-dyed asymmetric hem dress in this fabulously summery outfit.

Fall will be here before we know it, and if you’d like to freshen up your scarf options poke around Novica for lovely, sustainable scarves and wraps.

Speaking of fall, it’s nearly back-to-school time! This roundup of stylish, comfortable shoes for teachers is super helpful.

“The strength of a woman is unparalleled and society’s definition of beauty often overshadows it… I want to show that not only are we strong, but our differences are exactly what make us beautiful. After all, a rainbow would be pretty boring if it was just one color and size.”

Kim’s unbearably chic take on khaki trousers has me thinking of fall … but Margot’s fabulous take on summer goth reminds me that we’ve got lots more summer ahead of us.

Cyn is so fetching in her simple white jumpsuit.

If you need to update your suiting, Talbots has a phenomenal selection of sizes (regular, petite, plus, petite plus, and a handful of talls) in a variety of styles and fibers.

Beatrix Potter X fashion = five reissued books with very chic covers

I wore bandanas nearly every day in the 6th grade, but haven’t worn them since. Outfits like Danielle’s make me wonder if it’s time to revisit.

Long vests are still on-trend for fall, and this drapey (sustainable!) one from FLAX would look amazing with both casual and dressy outfits.

“I can’t wrap myself in a painting or slip on a beloved song, but with a garment, I can literally climb inside my favorite designs and wear them on my skin. Clothing lets me communicate with other people, often before we’ve spoken a word about my likes, my values and my history. It becomes a part of my most important memories and later helps me retain them.”

In the dog days of summer, outfits like Kristine’s crop top and midi skirt seem ever so perfect.

A tough but touching read on post-partum body image: “I can’t pretend to love the body this has become. I love the child it bore. I am fascinated by everything it did for my baby when she was within and when she came out. I am still amazed by how much weight my knees bore in the last trimester and how heavy a load my arms can bear now. I am in awe of this body. But I don’t love being in it.”

Aarti models a fabulous graphic-emblazoned dress, then hands down a lesson on the importance of intersectional feminism.

This side-tie blazer on Professionally Petite is a great, arty take on an office staple.

I will stalk this pair of made-in-Italy Nara boots until they go on sale in my size … if you’re a 7, snatch them up now for a mere $37!

“Sustainable fashion, according to Vuletich, is really about values. Designers must decide what’s important to themselves and their work before they can conform to the larger standards of the industry. Garment workers carry their own sets of values based upon cultures and traditions that might differ from our own. And consumers must decide what we value and take responsibility for our choices when we shop. It’s not enough to call out brands or blame manufacturers for unethical practices when we ourselves are part of the problem.”

This mix of blues and greens is exquisite. (More color pairing inspiration here!)

5 Reasons Why Ashley Graham’s Latest Body-Positive Campaign is So Important

Several years later, this Yes to Tomatoes acne stick remains one of my most trusted products for keeping cystic zits from growing into painful boils.

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One Response to “Lovely Links: 8/19/16”

  1. Keilexandra

    I’m always excited to hear about indie shoe designers making an extended sizing range… But LyDina Jean’s line only goes down to a size 7, which is disappointing. I wear a size 5 and am often sized out of mainstream shoe brands (as other women wearing a size 11+ can empathize with, I’m sure). I understand that her target audience is the larger-footed woman, but it would be better to make clear in the contextual link text she is NOT making an extended sizing line but a specialized sizing line. To me extended sizing means going beyond 6-10 in both directions, not just one (the same applies to the few petite-sizing shoe lines that I have heard of).