Lovely Links: 9/27/13

LOTT is recruiting for fellows! Do you know a Twin Cities woman who could use some help developing her leadership skills? Please send her our way.

I will be appearing on the Fox 9 Morning Show at 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday this month in a new segment called Trendy or Timeless! You can view this week’s segment on statement necklaces right here.

Registration is open for community ed classes! My Dressing Your Best class will take place on November 4 in Cottage Grove and November 13 in Champlin.

It’s almost Giant Steps time again! Join us for an amazing day of discussion about creativity and business.

My book is now on sale at Bachman’s gift shops! And, as always, you can pick up a copy at I Like YouCommon Good Books, and Subtext: A Bookstore as well as online.

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I FINALLY found a necklace that looks just like my long silver chain, a piece that many of you have mentioned coveting!

Melissa of Bike Pretty shares some key tips for bike commuting in style.

Two harmful myths examined: The myth of the effortlessly perfect girl and the myth of the eating actress.

Swooning over slouchy pants these days, so I adore this printed pant ensemble.

“I’m sorry because every time you ate something you ‘shouldn’t’ or ate more than you ‘should,’ I talked about ‘getting back on the bandwagon.’ I cringe now every time someone uses that phrase. When did the way we eat become a bandwagon? When did everyone stop eating and become professional dieters?

This denim and leopard capsule wardrobe is chock full o’ goodness.

It is Weight Stigma Awareness Week this week. Lots of good commentary and insight on various blogs in response.

In the mood for a blast from the past? Here are 15 fashion items people were rocking back in 1983. (Sidenote: HM and I watched Footloose – made in 1984 – over the weekend. I’d never seen it. I am surprised as hell to report that it held up remarkably well and didn’t seem horrifyingly dated! I mean, it’s not Oscar material, but who can resist watching young, young KB angry dance? Oh, you wanted the original? Here you go.)

Uh oh. TJ Maxx is now online. Better lock up my wallet …

Ten amazing and radical art exhibits that celebrate women’s bodies. Some images may be disturbing and not safe for work, but so many fascinating and compelling ideas put forth.

Lisa looks so sharp in her cream-colored knit moto. Love those bright pumps, too.

“In no way do I have anything against flat stomachs or people who have them. I accept all body types. I just wish that the media would also accept all body types, particularly by portraying females with stomachs that aren’t flat— because believe it or not, if you look around, the majority of women do not have flat stomachs. And that is not a crime.”

So this is horrifying: Someone created a photo editing plugin called “beautify,” and one of the sub-options is “skin whitening.” Because white = beautiful? GAH. A thousand times NO.

I’m a sucker for a graphic tee and pencil skirt combo.

The ever-amazing Trystan of This is CorpGoth is going to share some of her story with us next month, but for now here is what a strong, brave, amazing woman undergoing chemo looks like. Shaved head, super cool wig, gorgeous smile.

I love the idea of a man attempting to verbally harass a woman on the street turning into a mountain of Lisa Frank stickers. If only.

Denim pinafore. ROCK.

I got SUPER gussied up for the Galleria Edina’s Flights of Fashion event last Friday. See me in fancy hair, makeup, and gobs of tulle right here.

Dreaming of boots, but drooling over these architectural sandals that hit the runway recently.

More drool for these printed leather clutches and pouches. (Gotta watch my drooling …)

Fabulous suggestions for making summery pieces work for fall. (My own transitional season thoughts here and here.)

“Despite living in a culture that places such ridiculous importance on youth and beauty, turning 40 no longer signifies the end of your juicy years; in many ways it feels like just the beginning. Yet every time someone tells me I don’t look forty — which is always appreciated! I’m as vain and insecure as the next person — I still wonder what is forty supposed to look like? ”

Nothing like a tough moto to balance out the brightness of a neon floral sheath dress.

Rosie shares the high points of her class on body image and the media, explaining exactly why we’re force-fed unrealistic images of women.

On a related note, here are 18 ads that changed how we think about women. (via Weesha)

A love letter to cobblers. Because someone who can revive your shoes deserves some serious kudos.

And from the Department of Random: Only slightly bigger than a bread box.

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7 Responses to “Lovely Links: 9/27/13”

  1. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    good reads, as always. love the denim and leopard capsule by FBF! And Ack, TJMaxx is one of my favorite stores and only distance keeps us apart. No more. Have a great weekend, xo

  2. Emily McIntyre

    *Great* article on the myth of effortless beauty and of eating actresses. Haven’t we all dealt with that awful dichotomy between the image and the reality?


  3. Tragic Sandwich

    I love the links about how we think we should look.

    I don’t wear makeup. This is my face, and it looks fine. I am not a supermodel, but I’m not a troll, either–and if I wore makeup, I still wouldn’t look like a supermodel.

    I don’t have a philosophical objection to makeup. I just don’t have the time or energy to apply it–and I’m talking tinted moisturizer, blush, and lipstick/balm. I really don’t have the time. And I do think that my imperfect face is just fine.

  4. Krysta

    Loved the post on biking! This week I started trying to bike regularly again. Nowhere near biking to work (a 2 mile round-trip through the nearby county park leaves me exhausted and with muscles that need hot water to be loosened up), but at least I’m getting better!

  5. No fear of fashion

    That was fun, to hear you speak and see you. Totally what I imagined you would be like. And, like the women who interviewed you, I very much like the necklace you were wearing. And the big yellow one. I am a necklace kind-a-person. Love them.

  6. AlsoTracy

    “Because white = beautiful? GAH. A thousand times NO.”
    Wrong. White is beautiful when that is your natural skin color. The message we need to be sending to women is that they are beautiful and worthy and should be taking care of themselves, including their skin. We tell white women to “get some sun” (i.e. wrinkles, blotches, and skin cancer in their 40s and beyond) just as we tell darker skinned women that they need to be lighter. And very little sun is needed to make Vitamin D, so unless you live in a cave, you probably have plenty.