Lovely Links: 4/30/10 UPDATED

Forget monochrome. Queen Michelle shows us head-to-toe fringe, florals, and lace.

The NYT reports some backlash against nip-tucks and Botox in Hollywood casting agencies these days.

Finsk, you’re breaking my heart with these booties.

I love Jen Larsen with a passion that borders on the obscene. And I cannot WAIT to read her new book, which chronicles her journey through bariatric surgery, massive weight loss, and hard-won self-discovery. But for now, I’ll settle for this interview with her, and discussion of the “skinny dream”.

Hey! You ARE the one that you want. And don’t you forget it. (Via Yum & Yuk.)

Thoughts on the “next-besting” trend in retail?

My girl Lopi responded to this week’s post about monochrome looks by reminding me about this fabulous article on color monogamists … written by the unbearably lovely Joanna Goddard, no less! It’s an oldie, but a goody.

Dang. This video shows 50 uses for Vaseline in 2 minutes. (Oh, get your mind out of the gutter.)

Is sewing a feminist act?

Want proof that Cal and I attended MN Fashion Week events? Here are her photos from the Blacklist Vintage shindig.

Could it be that the Curse of the Good Girl is contributing to workplace inequality?

Jill has done it again: Find out how Valentino’s latest looks compare to jellyfish. Really.

A quick lesson in how to receive a compliment.

Can’t stand the gym? Here are a few fun ways to get active without slogging through 45 minutes on the elliptical.

Several networks took issue with the amount of cleavage being shown in a Lane Bryant lingerie ad. I wonder if they’ve seen the latest round of Vicky’s Secret ads …

A great reminder about self-care from author Jenni Schaefer.

Four dresses to get you through the summer.

One woman takes offense when hipsters don feathers, moccasins, and other indigenous-influenced garb, and sparks quite a conversation with her commentary. (Via Academichic) Further reading here.

I love this description of springtime as an awkward teenager. So true! How do you dress for 35 degree mornings and 70 degree afternoons?

I am having SERIOUS envy over Solanah’s kitty dress.

Do you think that long hair is still considered a marker of “true” or “feminine” beauty? Do you or do you know people who still associate short hair on women with subversion? (Be sure to read the comments for a rousing discussion.)

And from the Department of Random: Sleep Talkin’ Man is almost too funny to be real. “Oh, I could be rummaging around in here for ages, I’m never going to find some zebra ears!” (YOW! Just checked in on the site today and it is lousy with curse words – be warned.)

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  • fleur_delicious

    Sal – WHAT a great roundup!

    Re: short hair, yes, my experience has been that long hair is still a mark of feminine beauty. Do I personally agree with that? Heck no. I shaved my head in 2005 because I was curious what my head looked like under there. It was a darling look – even my boyfriend came round to the look when he realized he liked nuzzling my fuzzy head. But many women and most men (in my experience) are not so open-minded. An older man, a friend of mine, seemed almost in mourning when I chopped the locks I'd been growing for three years (note: growing FOR a donation in memoriam of a woman I cared about who died of cancer). Me, anytime I start feeling like I *can't* cut my hair, I go out and chop it. I refuse to let strands of dead protein have power over me. (Though, as the last woman who cut my hair gently pointed out, the fact that I have very thick and perfectly straight hair, an oval face shape and delicate featres, DOES give me the freedom to do basically pull off any look.)

    fascinated by the discussion of the native trend. I don't wear much of it as I honestly feel a bit too old to indulge in the trend. I don't want to postulate who has "ownership" of this trend, because I find those lines very hard to draw (eg: I'm only 1/16 Cherokee but because I inherited the delicate digestive tract common to plains indian peoples, it's the part of my heritage that receives the most conscious attention in my life), but what I do find striking about both articles you've linked is that so much of the complaint about mass-manufactured trends seems to be rooted in the modes of production that create these trendy objects. I wonder, if those interested in sporting the trend took the time to source materials and learn the techniques to create these items *themselves*, would that make it less offensive?

  • Anonymous

    hmmm. i had a pretty intense relationship with beige for most of my life. starting around 11. it cracked up all my family and friends, esp. because i'm not at all 'beige' in looks or personality. but it's very hard to find colors that go with my coloring, and those that do are so 'girly' (candy pink, robin's egg blue) that i would really attract a lot more male attention than i wanted to deal with when i wore them. so at school, work, on errands, etc. i didn't.

    now i'm 48 so i can wear those colors without such a ruckus. and i don't work outside the home, another factor. now i'm branching out – it's such a thrill. but i try to plan additional colors carefully. the beauty of mono-color dressing is EVERYTHING goes with EVERYTHING else. esp. important in a small wardrobe… i've added blues, some black, taupe, greys, pinks, a little lavender.

    (what does it say about a person when wearing grey or taupe is 'branching out'? do i really want to know?) Great Post and Happy Weekend everybody!! steph

  • Sidewalk Chalk

    You have some of the best roundups!

    As for short hair, I love the low maintenance of having it whenever I chop it off, but sometimes the reactions from friends and family aren't that great. "But, what was wrong with your old hair?" "You looked so pretty before!" One person straight up told me I did not have the face to pull it off. Ugh. People feel like they have some expertise on your looks/ attractiveness because it's an external factor they see everyday, so they say things without a mental filter, the same way they might judge a celebrity's looks. I try not to let it get to me when I want to be experimental with my hair.

    Also, love love the "It's my body" manifesto.

  • Second Skin

    Sal, These link roundups are so well laid out and very nicely planned. I also wanted to point out that after investigating a hefty spike in my readership on April 13, I understood that your post on oversized knits linking to three of my outfits was the source! You have no idea (or maybe you do!) of how links like these provide exposure to blogs that are smaller than yours! It very generous of you to share what you like with your readers and provides a very good example for the rest of us on how to be a very courteous and supportive blogger. You are not just Already Pretty, You are Beautiful. Thank you.

  • Lauren

    Great links today — I loved the Compliment Guide! My boyfriend usually just turns red and stammers when given a compliment by anyone, so this was perfect.

    Also, re: Sleep Talkin' Man, that blog makes my day every morning. The profanity is worth it, especially contrasted with the mild-mannered nature of the talker himself.

  • Kendi Lea

    Sal – This is my favorite part of Fridays! I race home after work and read this post, it's my (cheap) Friday night entertainment. And it pairs well with red wine šŸ™‚

  • Lenā™„reNeverMā™„re

    Thank you Sal!
    Lovely weekend, beautiful!
    xo

  • Lenā™„reNeverMā™„re

    Sal, the Vaseline clip-WOW!
    I'm buying a tube for sure
    šŸ˜‰

  • Nadine

    Sleep Talkin' Man! Oh my lord, THANK YOU! Totally hilarious.

  • heidi adnum

    Loving these links! Thank you šŸ™‚

  • La Historiadora de Moda

    Thanks so much, Sal, for linking to my post about hair! I'm fascinated by the responses you got here, as well as the ones I got on my original post.