Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Here’s our roundup of the best that ladyblogland had to offer.

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Badass Ladies of History: Wallis Simpson

So let it be known that Wallis is not a Badass Lady in the same vein as Amelia Earhart or Eleanor Roosevelt or Josephine Baker (though she may have known Jo! They both hung out in Paris during the 30s so it’s highly likely they crossed paths) or other women who actively campaigned for equality and progress. No, Wallis is badass because she lived bravely and openly despite being cast as the Jezebel archetype–a woman scorned, reviled, and hated (by an entire country, no less) for engaging in “mannish” behavior such as divorcing, having affairs, and being “ambitious.” Read More Badass Ladies of History: Wallis Simpson

Polyvore Outfits for Icons: Jackie, Frida, Josephine, & Patti

You would think that trying to create Polyvore homages to four widely recognized fashion icons would be simple, but I found the difficulty of pinning down and adequately expressing each woman’s style increased in direct proportion to how plainly they dressed. For example, Josephine Baker’s flapper-ware was a snap to pull together. Patti Smith’s proto-punk look? Not so much. Read More Polyvore Outfits for Icons: Jackie, Frida, Josephine, & Patti