Lovely Links: 10/8/10

Certain brands have personalities that can actually change the way some people feel about themselves, according to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (Found this while searching for a photo of a professor who works at my university – she co-authored this study!)

Kasmira, my original over-dyeing inspiration, gives her own tips and advice for dyeing clothing in the washing machine.

Get a load of local designer Joynoelle’s GORGEOUS Spring 2011 lookbook. I swoon!

Marie Claire wants to know if health bloggers are having a negative impact on body image, well-being, and … well, health. Medicinal Marzipan responds.

Convinced that all over-the-knee boots give off a distinctly stripper-ish vibe? Have a peek at this gorgeous outfit and see if it doesn’t change your mind.

Find out how to host a successful clothing swap party.

Did you know that hairspray can take permanent marker stains off your skin? Check out these other unusual uses for common toiletries.

I didn’t have to think twice before buying this print. We are ALL Wonder Women!

Forbes has unveiled its list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Were any of your current heroes selected? (Via The New Professional.)

Wishing that you had less pronounced crow’s feet or slightly firmer upper arms may seem innocuous compared to wholesale self-loathing … but is it? Is wishing your body was slightly different an insidious cycle? 

Check out this short interview with Modcloth CEO Susan Gregg Koger. No one leverages social media quite like Modcloth …

A cautionary tale about buying shoes that are far too big for your feet. We’ve all done it, but few have suffered as Kelly has.

Reader Elizabeth sent me this link about weight classes in running events. And although the concept made me cock my head initially, the article is pretty amazing in its reinforcement of exercise as a practice that benefits human beings of ALL shapes and sizes. “… research shows that people who are overweight or even obese still can be fit. Studies at the Cooper Institute in Dallas have found that it’s better to be fat and fit than thin and sedentary.” Plus there are weight classes in boxing, wrestling, and other sports … why not running? Your thoughts?

Casey’s bird print vintage dress is absolutely divine.

On occasion, Tim Gunn rubs me the wrong way. But his contribution to the “It Gets Better” project? Brave, amazing, valuable, loving, and timely. (Via Yum & Yuk.)

And from the Department of Random, I will shortly be moving to this village for cats. Pack your bags, Husband Mike! (Via Deanna Raybourn) P.S. You MUST watch the video.

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  • orchidsinbuttonholes

    Oh I am so moving to the cat village! Or I now want to live somewhere where I can create my own! Man that video made me smile – thanks for the link (and the others)!

  • Rebekah

    That Wonder Woman print made me happy all over.

  • Megan Mae

    Kitty village! Love the video.

  • Sidewalk Chalk

    I love that Wonder Woman print! I have a WW costume for Halloween and I wish I could wear it all the time 🙂

  • fashion herald

    You totally caught me at OTK boots and stripper vibe! Her boots and outfit are gorgeous!

  • fröken lila

    i found a pair of overknees that go in the same direction as the ones in the outfit you linked to. rough leather in a rusty red tone, chunky heels – you can't get much further away from pretty woman with a pair of overknees. i'll buy them if they are still available next month =)

  • Alterations Needed

    Thanks for the link Sally!

    The Tim Gunn video is great. If you read his new book, "Gun's Golden Rules", he actually gets very personal and talks a bit about his sexuality and his attempted suicide. It's very touching.

  • shakinghandswithtoday

    Oh, I want to go to there! That cat village is lovely. Thanks for making my day brighter by sharing this!

  • Casey

    Aw… thank you so, so much for including my bird dress in this week's links!! 🙂 You totally made my day, Sally! 😀

    ♥ Casey | blog

  • In

    Thanks Sal on the OTK boots. I have been obsessing over them but haven't decided on a pair yet. Just yesterday I stumbled on your Pleaser OTK boots outfit and love that style of boots though it is almost thigh high and seems more difficult to style in a decent manner than just an OTK style. Would love to see other ways you would style those boots for this Fall to get some inspiration.

  • Julia

    Thanks for the link roundup. (This is one of my favorite Friday afternoon/evening activities, reading all those great links).

    I was particularly interested in the health blogger Marie Claire article. I read it and also read each of the featured bloggers rebuttals. But the one part that sticks out the most is the following quote from Marie Claire:

    '"People can dabble in eating-disordered behavior without quite meeting the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder," says Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, medical director of the Eating Disorders Program at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bermudez has seen an uptick in patients with "subthreshold symptoms," who show some eating- or exercise-disordered behavior without having a full-blown illness. The blogs appear "pro-healthy eating," he says, but "the compulsiveness and lack of self-care" they exhibit are worrying.'

    That part struck me the most because once upon a time ago, I was there. On paper I was as healthy as can be – bmi, diet, exercise – but the obsession with "health" was actually incredibly unhealthy and hurting me the most. I couldn't eat a piece of gum without tallying those 5 calories into my daily total. It took over my life – and yet, I was physically fit and getting exactly the correct amount of protein, fat, carbs, fiber, vitamins daily. It's worrying to me to see bloggers (and some friends) out there exhibiting a similar obsession that I recognize. And yet, it wasn't until I "recovered" that I see how unhealthy I was.

    This is a long post, but I do feel quite strongly on this topic. i think it's important to recognize that you don't have to have textbook bulimia or anorexia to have an eating or exercise disorder. I want to do my homework and check up on some of these blogs and compare it to the reported MC article, as well as read some articles on "eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)." I'm no psychologist or specialist, I just know where I've been. It's something I'll be thinking about.

  • marzipan

    xoxoxoxoxxo. so grateful, always. thank you.

  • RETRO REVA

    I so love your "lovely links" and Kasmira is certainly a lovely one for sure 🙂
    Thanks again for spreading the word on stuff we may otherwise miss 🙂