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by Ashley on April 29, 2011

Found via Poochie--who made this delightful thing!?

What is it about 20-Somethings? at the New York Times.  A 10 page read about this new phase of development is an awesome & intriguing read.

Khloe Can’t Keep Up with the Kardashians’ Body Standards:  How can I not love a body image post that writes like “You know, like Kim’s oversexualized, Venus-of-Hottentot rear does—the one that everyone’s padding their bony tushes to imitate.”

What I Owe: The Financial Exploitation of Models Tells of model Jenna Sauers experiences with debt and money management in her modeling efforts.  It’s really surprising to read, especially compared to her childhood years of modeling…

Blogging Against Adversity on Independent Fashion Bloggers:  I love seeing this kind of honesty, inspiration, and frankness in fashion blogging.

In homage to the late Lee Alexander McQueen, I created a ‘scoliodress’. I attached raw silk ‘vertebrae’ to the back of a plain black dress, fitted exactly to the x-ray shape of my twisted spine. I published photos of the dress on my blog, alongside an explanation.

My hand trembled slightly as I clicked on the ‘post’ button, but it felt extraordinarily cathartic. I hardly had time to read the comments before I was whisked off, with a bag full of comfortable clothing and books, ready to be prepped for surgery.

And related: Cultivating Body Gratitude in the Face of Illness at Already Pretty:

What happens when your body has “betrayed” you by being ill? I really struggle with this. I often read that you should love your body for what it is able to DO rather than what it looks like (a sentiment that I agree with) but how can you do this if you are chronically unwell? I suspect that the answer lies in cultivating kindness towards oneself, whatever the situation, but it’s sooooo difficult.

The stunning Beautifully Invisible has shared Retail Therapy: A Few Tips for Saving which I can wholeheartedly get behind!  From sites like Groupon to Last Call and the new Refinery 29, she’s laying out all her cards on how to score great deals.  It inspires me to want to share my own shopping tricks!

Why I Stopped Reading Fashion Blogs by super blogger, Grechen.  The comments section is pretty damned amazing, too.

The battle of ultra-thin models and our sanity at Dressful.  As Herve Leger jumps on the bandwagon of saying “Enough with the super skinny models,” questions about how thinness is judged, along with artistic freedom of designers.

In Which We Talk About Uncomfortable Things at Yes and Yes:

It’s a little like watching someone cutting herself. Like watching a diabetic, like my husband, eat a bucketful of maple syrup. Except maybe if someone was sitting there with a knife, slicing their own arm open, we could say something.

We don’t say anything to each other anyway. We walk past homeless people on the street. It becomes easier and easier, the longer you live in the city. Someone is crying on the subway, but it feels too awkward to ask if they are OK.

And for a little non-fashion! City of Shadows from How to be a Retronaut. Creepy! Eerie! Yet deliciously pretty.


DWJ April 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Were you asking who made that gif image? From Me to You – her Tumblr site is AH-MAZING!

Ashe April 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

YES! Thank you! I’m going to have to look her up– when Poochie posted in it on Shoe Daydreams, I was like, UH-MAZING.

For Those About To Shop April 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm

You tricky thing! I thought I was going buggy from lack of sleep. I was up at 5 am to attend a damn wedding :)

Ashe April 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

The picture?!

Lyn April 29, 2011 at 11:28 am

For the pic up there, that would be by Jamie over at From Me To You (
I love the gif images she creates. They are magical.

Ashe April 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thanks, boo! Can’t wait to check her out :)

Sally April 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

Thank you for the shout-out, beautiful Ashe! You rock the party, as always.

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