Lovely Links: 2/25/11

Hey Twin Cities! You MUST head over to Hell’s Kitchen to check out the newest collection from local designer Samantha Rei of Blasphemina’s Closet. I’ve seen her work, and drooled and drooled and drooled. Plus my girl Kristin did the jewelry for this show!

Simon Doonan rocks. He really does. And his explanation of fashion week shenanigans is an absolute hoot. (Thanks, Amirali!)

I nearly fell out of my chair when I caught sight of this ensemble. Who knew tapestry pants could be so chic?

Citizen Rosebud shares a great list of fashion bloggers over 40. Yes!

Since I’m betting that many of you fall into the self-flagellating-over-achiever category right along with me, please take a look at this post about the merits of dreaming small.

What are YOUR favorite lip care products?

Shopping would have been a distraction, a momentary escape from my reality.  It would have felt so good in the moment, would have been a glimmer of glee — I can think of no other word for it, because it’s not quite happiness, not quite joy, not quite bliss, as those are more profound and soul-rooted than this passing euphoria — but it wouldn’t have changed anything.”

Style Caster posted some amazing photos of their picks for the 50 most stylish New Yorkers. Not the most diverse bunch, but great to see a mix of super-expensive, decidedly affordable, and even thrifted items on these fashionable folks.

Brie has a few choice words for anyone who tells her that there’s something wrong with her because she’s not married. (Via Davinia Hamilton.)

Casey’s video intro to thrifting is absolutely top-notch! (No surprise there, all her vids are fabulous.)

Want to weigh in in advance of the Academy Awards? Stop by the Glam Red Carpet Community on BlogFrog and cast your vote for movie of the year.

Oh, how I wish I could wear blush and nude so gorgeously.

Miss Plumcake give fabulous advice on how to avoid online knockoffs. (Hoping for an addendum that explores eBay …)

Desigual collaborated with Christian Lacroix for FW11 … and the results were MARVELOUS. (Via Fashionably Marketing Me.)

Beverly Golden writes a touching tribute to her 90-year-old mom, who she describes as aging gracefully in a culture that idolizes youth.

How to choose eco-friendly beauty products.

Before spring arrives, I need to squeeze in a few velvet-based outfits.

Echoing much of what was said during last week’s discussion about cosmetic surgery and physical alterations, Kate describes cosmetic surgery as an extreme step toward physical assimilation. And she speaks as someone who has gotten a nose job.

Anyone else a little disappointed by the upcoming Target Go International retrospective? Cute enough, but not a dress among them that makes me jump for joy …

Double polka dots make an outfit doubly fabulous.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that yoga may help some people recover from eating disorders. (Via Yum & Yuk.)

And speaking of, Medicinal Marzipan has a great roundup of resources for the end of NEDA Week.

Olive + teal + yellow + cognac = perfection.

And from the Department of Random: I’m always wary of websites that claim to collect “facts,” but I couldn’t resist this one. Today it is offering facts about Whoopi Goldberg, pancakes, magnesium, toucans, and computers that are powered by poop. (Via Smart, Pretty and Awkward)

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  • helene

    I have grown very fond, ok I am addicted to the chubby sticks from Clinique. They are colored lip balm. The colors are fabulous (I only have two but I want so many more!) and they are as comfortable to wear as lip balms are.

  • I look forward to your link round up every week. It never fails to disappoint!

  • Like the Golden article. It may not always be easy, but I intend to age proudly and unapologetically.

  • Re. the yoga article, I’m very fond of this post by blogger Jared Poore, in which he talks about how yoga and qi gong have helped him manage his mental health. It dates back to 2003 and the original page has since vanished, but the link goes to an archived version.

  • One of your readers just commented me to let me know you posted a link to my +40 blogroll. Thank you! Any +40 blogger who wants to be added to the list is welcome to- just leave your name, blog url and say howdy! -Bella Q
    the Citizen Rosebud

  • I just read Simon Doonan’s reflection on fashion week, and it had me laughing – thanks for that link, and I look forward to reading the rest of these! Thank you, too, for the link to my post, Sal!

  • I like the idea of the collection more so than the execution. But if it fits, I may snatch up one of the J-H dresses. I see so many fashion bloggers rocking pieces from that collection, I wish I hadn’t passed it up.

    And I REALLY wish they would relaunch the Luella leopard-print coat. It was perfect. Sigh. I can’t even find it on eBay.

  • Love your link roundups, Sal!

    I’m not too big a fan of the Target Go! retrospective. After seeing the quality of some of those dresses firsthand, I doubt I’ll spring for any this time around …

    Also I hear ya on the lip care items — I do not have that much makeup, but lip stuff? I just cleaned out my purse and found 12 lipsticks and glosses, ha! Clinique’s glosses are my favorite.

  • As always an inspiring, thought provoking mix.
    Though I was enraged about the selection of the most fashionable New Yorkers: how ‘funny’ that the men come in all shapes and sizes but as for women, they’re all the same. Seriously: size zero, ghostly thin women. Is this really the message we want to encourage?

    • Sal

      I noticed that, too. Ridiculous. But I really was impressed and excited to see these super-stylish folks wearing designer stuff mixed with thrift finds and hand-me-downs from their grandmothers, so I thought it was worth posting.

      • This is a reply to clarify my previous writing: I wasn’t criticizing you for publishing the link and yes some of the styles are incredible and inspiring. I think it’s a good thing you included the link into the mix, it’s just that we need to comment on the good as well as the bad.

  • Thanks for linking to SP&A, Sally! Have a great weekend 🙂

  • As far as lip products go, I go nowhere without my Burt’s Bees pomegranate lip balm. I’m also a huge fan of their tinted balms, though lately I’ve been getting the mini packs of Stila lip glosses- they’re a bit fancier and actually moisturize, unlike most glosses that just end up feeling plasticky after a while. I’m a big fan, and may have gotten them for my sisters for Christmas, because I love them that much.

  • Thank you so much for adding my blog to your list. What a lovely surprise ;))

    XO
    Elena

  • Emily

    Wait, Hells Kitchen, the place I know only for its 90 minute waits for bloody marys and lemon ricotta pancakes, has fashion? That’s cool.

  • Anna

    Lip balm? Anything by Carmex, which was recommended to me by a trumpeter (brass players have to take excellent care of their lips). But I am also fond of Burt’s Bees, either plain or tinted.

  • I’m with you on the Go International revival. Most of the dresses don’t impress me. There are a few I like but nothing to go nuts over.

    Also, Brie’s post about not being married? Fucking fantastic.

  • I’m a bit late, but wanted to say a BIG thank you for including me in the list of links–such an honor! 🙂

    ♥ Casey

  • I feel like I’ve been consistently disappointed by the Target Go International collections. I’m always excited before they are released, and then once they are, nothing really tempts me.

    I’m so flattered that I made your lovely links post Sal. Thank you so much!

  • Thanks for linking to SP&A and Thank you, too, for the link to my post, Sal!