Lovely Links: 9/30/16

Weekly Kitty:

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No, we didn’t adopt a hairless. WE WENT TO A CAT SHOW. More images on Instagram.

Locals! I’m gonna try to make it to this event myself, if I can: “Measured is a gallery show that offers a sneak peek into a designer’s creative process, from the first sketches to the final stitches. We’re removing the runway element to focus on design and craftsmanship, and we’re taking you with us. Prepare to be immersed! (Or at least look at pretty things.)” The opening event is at Soo VAC on October 1 starting at 6 p.m. And it’s free! (Cheers to Danae for the tip about this event.)

Over at The Riveter, I interviewed three women – including the director of operations at Wrapunzel and My Therapist Told Me to Write a Fashion Blog blogger Malky – about the dressing practices of observant Jewish women.

Eco Warrior Princess rounds up 14 ethically made bag and wallet brands. (I’d add Cuyana and Novica to this list.)

The Accidental Icon pairs an arty sheer cardigan with classic Levis for a superb outfit.

Queer Fashion Week began on Wednesday in Oakland!

Holy moly. Custom dress-maker eShakti now offers custom jeans. With rise and inseam options, and waists through 70″.

Each time someone finds me inspiring, it is because of the perception I’ve overcome so many obstacles with my heavy burden of belly and body. It is as if my success should not have been given to me, but rather I aggressively stole it back. I am stronger for being a thief of my destiny. ”

I adored Joi’s marvelous mashup of layers and neutral tones. A great way to balance warm temps with seasonal style urges.

5 Ways To Make Peace With A Body You Don’t Love

You just can’t beat a graphic tee-pencil skirt outfit for casual-dressy balance.

Prairie Underground has rolled out some gorgeous dusty jewel tones for the fall lineup of Long Cloak Hoodies.

“… discussions of cultural appropriation go beyond simple hard and fast rules of who can or can’t do something. Perhaps, paying closer attention to why certain cultural elements become commodified and appropriated offers a helpful framework.”

Crystal’s long lace trench coat has me drooling in envy …

Four funky ways to transition your summer sheath dresses into fall outfits.

“Twelve years after the end of apartheid, black students at Pretoria High School for Girls in Pretoria, South Africa, were told to chemically straighten their hair.”

I bought a tiny vat of Cadillac Oil Tanned Leather Conditioner years ago, and it is THE BEST. A pair of Fryes that looked black on eBay (and were described as black) looked dusty gray to me, but I was terrified of ruining them with polish. A quick, generous coat of this conditioner and they look dark, and feel amazing.

Are women currently buying fewer new clothing items because we’re just plain bored by what’s out there? Your thoughts?

I adore the print mix in this double-breasted suit ensemble.

Speaking of interesting black flats, Kirsten raves about this darling pair from Cobb Hill, which has a removable insole.

“…if we’ve learned nothing else from the past several years of big sparkly celebrity feminism, it’s that no matter how many you-go-girl platitudes or slogan t-shirts or expensive perfumes crafted to telegraph that “strong young women are a force to be reckoned with” we share and wear, the transformational feminism that’s required to really change the world is not going to happen in the marketplace.”

10 Tiny Steps to Help You Create a Tiny Wardrobe. (Great for aspiring-but-struggling minimalists!)

I know I gush about Eloquii pretty often, but damn, I love their designs. This asymmetric-detail jumpsuit is unbearably cool.

13 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Hairdressers

SO smitten with Grown and Curvy Woman’s pleated leather skirt, patched denim jacket, and chunky platform shoe outfit.

“I argue that one of the reasons Botox is so appealing to women is because the wrinkles that Botox is designed to ‘fix,’ those disconcerting creases between our brows, are precisely those lines that we use to express negative emotions: angry, bitchy, irritated.”

Lace is my current obsession, and this made-in-the-U.S. black lace top is calling my name.

8 Things That Happened to my Body After I Stopped Shaving

A recent pin about social expectations that really resonated with me. (More like this on my Body Positive board.)

“In a new study, people said they’d be less likely to hire women at the high end of the healthy weight range in a customer-facing job than they would an overweight man.”

I loved seeing this from long-time body-positivity blogger Margarita: Is Self-Love a Bunch of Feel-Good Crap? (I don’t think so personally, but I know some do. And it’s important to examine issues from multiple perspectives, including the ones opposing your own.)

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4 Responses to “Lovely Links: 9/30/16”

  1. Carelia

    Thanks so much Sally for including my outfit in your Lovely Links post. It’s always an honor to be acknowledged by stylish ladies like yourself.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Carelia

  2. Rebekah Jaunty

    “Are women currently buying fewer new clothing items because we’re just plain bored by what’s out there? Your thoughts?”

    I can’t speak for anyone else, but most of the current fashions feel insanely boring to me. So plain, so minimalist! A few people make them look great, but they’re not me at all. I often find myself “waiting out” trends.

  3. crtfly

    Don’t owners of hairless cats worry about skin cancer? I certainly would. Poor cats.

    Chris