Lovely Links: 1/7/11

Whoa. Epic links post this week, friends …

Jentine’s guide to thrifting for quality garments is so spot-on, I wish I’d written it myself.

Heads up! Big Fluevog sale! (I’ll admit it: I caved and bought these in purple. Because we all know I’m running critically low on boots.)

Sara’s series on the nuts and bolts of blogging is AH-MAZING. Learn how to organize and store images, edit images in Picnik, and edit images in Photoshop.

IvaMessy gives tips on how to reduce your hair print.

Do you agree with Huffington Post’s list of the Top 10 Craziest Moments in Body Image in 2010?

These side-by-side comparisons of vintage posters and Sartorialist street style photos thrills my inner color nerd. (Via A Cup of Jo.)

I KNEW it! Love is good for your body. (Via College Candy)

Brand new blogger Gracey is six feet tall and plus-sized. And she’s a KNOCKOUT! Peek in on her blog, Fashion for Giants.

On a related note, Tall Girl Blogging talks about her relationship with style and her body, and how blogging transformed her self-image. (Via The Cohabitating Closet’s Anne, who shares her thoughts, too.)

I’ve been dreaming of an outfit of head-to-toe winter whites for weeks … perhaps I’ll pick up a few of these affordable pieces.

Why are these women laughing alone with salad? Marketers know. (Via Feministe.)

With the close of 2010, Sydne completed a project in which she picked six items for each calendar month and made herself wear at least one every day. Awesomesauce.

Gertie asks: Is it possible that there’s a connection between our current body image crisis and the fact that women have traded their girdles for the gym?

Style Underdog ‘s sock tops are brilliant. And easy enough that even I could make a pair myself!

Do those predictive algorithms that Amazon.com uses to “recommend” possible purchases ever creep you out? Sometimes I wonder if they’re ingenious or insidious.

Makeup expiration dates explained.

Smart, Pretty and Awkward is simply brilliant. Three tips per day on how to be clever, stylish, and graceful throughout your life. (Via Fashionably Marketing Me)

Last week, French model Isabelle Caro’s family announced her death at age 28 following a 15-year battle with anorexia. And the fashion world has kept mum. The hell? As this article points out, when Ana Carolina Reston died in 2006, the industry promised sweeping changes. What’s different this time? And where ARE those sweeping changes?

Sonja shares her best makeup, skin care and wellness tips of 2010.

As Minh-Ha points out, the camera work on these videos is nauseating, but hit play and look away: Cornel West’s comments on clothing, style, substance, and uniforms is compelling and fascinating.

Head over heels for these rings.

DKNY does it again with a mind-blowing set of perfectly paired bright colors.

Why do women constantly apologize for things that don’t merit apology? Cynthia’s word for the year is “unapologetic,” and she explains quite eloquently why it’s an important concept to ponder. (Cheers, Jorde.)

“I am not unattractive because my proportions don’t all play together like sweetest of best kindergarten friends. I’m beautiful because there is beauty all over my body.”

Ahhh, vanity sizing. Gotta love it.

Miss Vinyl Ahoy shares eight simple rules for pattern mixing, all of which make sense … yet I still fear this technique! (Via Dramatis Personae.)

Amazing Kristophine got engaged. She wanted a diamond-free engagement ring for personal and ideological and political reasons. And she expects to take a lot of flak for her decision.

And finally, Jenny posted this quote and it moved me so much I had to post it right here myself so I can find it again and again like a touchstone:

If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.

Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that they’re unconscious. They are default settings.

…The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.

From David Foster Wallace’s commencement address to Kenyon College grads, 2005

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  • There have been quite a few truly fantastic posts recently – I think the new year gave us all a chance to recharge our creative minds – so I’m really honored that mine are among your picks. Thank you for the link! And since some of these are new to me, thank you for steering me toward them, too.

    Have a great weekend, Sal!

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  • Iva

    WOW!!! thank you so much for all of these fabulous links! Today is my birthday…and you completely made my day with including me in in this beautiful round-up with all these other phenomenal posts!! thank you so much!

  • Donna

    Thanks for all the links! Read several posts and will return for more…you are a fountain of information, Miss Sal.

  • Mental boot twins! I pondered getting the EXACT SAME BOOTS this morning!

    • Sal

      Aren’t they AMAZING? I’ve been waiting for them to go on sale for months and months …

    • I did get the exact same pair of boots, in purple. We would have been boot triplets. I was hoping they’d arrive today, but the Fluevog elves move slowly.

      • Sal

        Do they EVER. Eesh.

  • Ann V

    Thanks for the Fashion for Giants tip! As a fellow giant, this is nice to see. Also, isn’t it interesting that you can be pretty svelte and still be “plus sized” if you’re tall enough?

    • Miss T

      You can also be chucked into the “plus sized” category if you are a D cup (but with otherwise-average measurements).

  • Thanks for the mention, Sal! And on the make-up expiration date article, wow, I had no idea there was so much to it!

  • Miss T

    Re: trading-girdle-for-the-gym, this is very apparent from looking at many of the vintage clothes on Etsy: typical measurements of a dress are 42″ bust and 30″ waist! Clearly, one can only achieve those measurement (together on the same body, I mean!) by way of foundations (either a padded bra for a very tiny woman or a waist cincher for a large-busted woman).

  • Rad

    Thanks so much for the DFW quote. As someone who probably spends too much time thinking about my intellectual capacities, I can certainly attest to how easy it is to worship and fail at this.

  • Thanks for including me in this lovely line-up Sal! I can’t wait to check out the other links 🙂

  • LQ

    omg LOVE the pattern-mixing link.Thanks.

  • Thank you so much for including me in your Lovely Links, Sal! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate it and how much I appreciate your blog. Thank you!!

    Gracey

  • Hello Sal, I’ve been reading your blog for ages and enjoying every minute of it, thank you. Today, I just had to comment. What a truly fab post, with so many juicy, informative, thoughtful, fashionable links to choose from I’m not really sure where to start 🙂 OK, I do know, I’ll start with looking at the shoe links. I can’t help myself.

  • thank you! happy weekend!

  • Oh Sally, I love DFW so much and I should commit that quote to memory for those moments when my self-perception and self-worth get really ugly. Thanks for the great links as always & thank you for linking my post!

    xx

  • I absolutely love these posts. You say you fear pattern mixing (I do too) but I see you have a very subtle pattern on your purple tights that you mixed with a floral dress in your weekend roundup post! It looks great.

  • Molly

    Thank you so much for mentioning Smart Pretty and Awkward! I really appreciate it, and you have a fantastic blog.

    xo
    Molly from SP&A

  • Thanks for linking me! I almost bought those same Fluevog boots in brown… they are stunning! I managed to resist, but my husband bought two pairs of Fluevogs for himself… There are times when the Apparel Diet is just killing me!