Lovely Links: 12/17/10

Both Angie from You Look Fab and Jessica from Average Fantastic challenge the popular catchphrase, “real women have curves,” pointing out that ALL women are real. I agree completely.

I am indescribably excited about Threads 4 Thought, an affordable, sustainable, and beautifully designed alternative to evil American Apparel. Woo! Will let you know my thoughts after ordering. (Thanks for the tip, Bridget!)

Fabulous advice on how to wear, care for, and find the right fragrance.

Only WendyB could write a post that covers the politics of lipstick, symbolism in fashion, and the power inherent in co-opting specifically male titles and make it feel seamless.

If you’re an online sample sale junkie, MyNines will make you squeal with delight.

“When we try to mold our bodies into something they’re not, we lose ourselves.”

Gorgeous gals in floor-length skirts.

This post is a bit of a treatise, but well worth reading. Its author was active in the Fat Acceptance movement for years, still supports many of the movement’s core beliefs – primarily that all people should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of size – but many have deemed her an FA traitor for intentionally losing weight to alleviate debilitating knee pain. (Thanks for the link, Kat.)

Terra shares some fabulous tips for looking taller while wearing flats.

College Candy has named me one of their top 7 fashion blogs! And, despite a slightly incongruous comment about flat boots, I’m honored. And in good company.

This roundup of the best DIY trends of 2010 makes me wanna get craftyyyyyy.

UBS has declared in its new dress code that its female employees should use fancy moisturizers and apply perfume after a hot shower. Furthermore, “Light makeup consisting of foundation, mascara and discreet lipstick … will enhance your personality.” Still hoping this turns out to be a joke. (Cheers Trina and Tiia!)

Some great tips on how to wear an ID badge and carry a Blackberry stylishly.

More thoughts on the value and vulnerability of being naked.

The No Mirror Project is an interesting and entertaining read. Do you think you could go five days without looking in a mirror?

Just what the heck IS pre-fall, anyway?

Although I’m pretty jazzed by the concept of the forthcoming TV show “Thrift America,” should constantly-showered-with-designer-freebies It-Girl Alexa Chung really be the hostess? Dear PBS, I am available as an understudy! I’m just sayin’.

How to wear sparkle during the day. Fun!

I loved reading JoAnn’s sartorial resolutions for 2010. Did you make any? Will you make any for 2011?

And from the Department of Random: This week, my mom introduced me to the concept of Paraprosdokian sentences. Current favorite, “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

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  • Frankincensy

    I like hearing challenges to “real women have curves”, but when bloggers restate the old canard, “it would never be acceptable to comment on a larger person’s size/eating habits!”, it’s massively frustrating and disappointing to me. I’m only 21, I’ve been thin all my life, and I’m still awestruck when someone denies that heavier people get body-shaming comments.

  • Yesssss! Threads 4 Thought! I wish they made crew neck t-shirts for women! But I’m THRILLED to have an alternative! Sweet Sal…you’re awesome. Thanks for pointing them out!

  • Another great round of links! I’ve been checking them out for the last hour or so.

    That UBS dress code is really something else – your link linked to the whole 44-page (!) document in French, which I can read. Among the gems:
    -if you wear glasses with metal frames, your metal jewelry must match them
    -shirts must be washed and ironed after each wear
    -the uniform necktie must be professionally cleaned and ironed; employees must not wash or iron it themselves
    -underwear must be of good quality, microfibre is suggested, cotton is discouraged, no visible panty line ever. (I’m no fan of a VPL, but I really wouldn’t want to be in any job where my boss was allowed to tell me to change my underwear.)

    I think I might do a whole blog post on this – lots to sink the teeth into. Thanks for posting that link!

    • Sal

      Wow. Underwear fiber choice. Wow.

    • Anonymous

      Wow… And here i was worried because my personality needs foundation, and that a hot shower will make my skin condition worse (and heaven forfend, fancy moisturizers just snowball THAT)… and what I really should be worried about is that i’m wearing the wrong fabric underwear. Note to self: do not apply for job at UBS. i wonder what else it says.

  • Thanks for the love!

  • I agree! Lots to sink our teeth into. Thanks for the shout out, Sally. I knew this topic would be close to your heart.

  • I see threads 4 thoughts at TJ Maxx all the time and I’ve always wanted to try them out..I might have to go get some now!

  • Erin

    I gotta wonder how you put eyeliner on without looking in a mirror. Unless the challenge is not to wear such detail-oriented makeup for 5 days. In which case, no thanks! 🙂

  • Thanks for the link love, friend!

    And holy cow — UBS’ dress code? I’m baffled by the advice to male employees to never dye their hair because “artificial color contrasts excessively with the actual age of your skin.” Yeesh.

  • Kat

    I wouldn’t last 5 minutes trying to follow that UBS dress code.

    I’ve seen Threads 4 Thought around and was extremely surprised at the reasonable prices for what they were (though I don’t need to be spending anything on t-shirts right now, so I haven’t yet–they seem pretty soft though; definitely a future purchase).

  • Gina

    Thank your mother for the link to those paraprosdokian sentences; what a great laugh to end my day with!

  • Janice

    Sal, watch this clip on Alexa Chung finding vintage clothes. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T47b5AMHWM

  • I am so loving the craft links and I may have to buy myself an ID holder. I hate my lanyard.

  • Thank you so much for the shout Sal!! 🙂

  • Thanks so much for the shout out to my fragrance article, Sal! Congrats on being named one of the top fashion blogs! They have very good taste. 🙂

    Love the UBS recommendations. I totally agree that my makeup enhances my personality. Now I just need to start spritzing my perfume on after a hot shower. Just don’t store it in the bathroom, beauties. 😉