Lovely Links: 2/4/11

Five quick body image fixes, in case you’re feeling simultaneously down-in-the-dumps and overwhelmed.

I am Style-ish gives a lesson in how to walk in heels. (Via The New Professional.)

This meditation on “the last five pounds” and the mentality of almost-there is really inspiring.

Ya know how plotlines with sisters in them inevitably describe one sister as beautiful and the other as “plain”? How dismissive is THAT?

Marzipan gives her thoughts on being a plus-sized girl in a skinny world.

Wanna see neon done right? Click here.

Have you checked in on the BlogFrog Coffee Talk community lately? Please swing by to say, “Hi!”

RK has a scar on her collarbone and has hidden it for years. This week, she took steps toward embracing it by dressing in a top that shows it to the world. Her post on how visible scars tie into style and body image is well worth a read.

Project Body Talk = awesome. (Via Manolo for the Big Girl)

Glamour did a streetstyle feature right here in Minneapolis! I’m so delighted, I’ve almost gotten over the fact that I didn’t make the cut myself. Almost.

The New York Times delves into the world of reproduction vintage clothing, and the women who adore it. (Via Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing – take a peek at her commentary, too.)

If you enjoyed this week’s post on legs, skirts, and footwear but prefer a more precise method of finding flattering lengths, check out this post on calf-to-thigh ratio. (Thanks for the tip, Frankincensy!)

Fear of aging has been rampant among women for decades. But now, it’s hitting the teens.

Apparently the Pantone color of the year is honeysuckle. Although this coral-pink shade makes me look like a cadaver, it’s lovely on others, and College Candy has rounded up eight adorable honeysuckle items for under $20 each.

Average Fantastic asks: What are your favorite inherited features?

Mimi should just give me her vintage crochet/leather panel skirt, don’t you think?

Some perspective on the importance of gratitude.

Candice Bergen and Diane English talk about about “Murphy Brown”‘s impact on women, pop culture, and politics.

The secrets to rocking wide-leg jeans … revealed!

Dara sheds some light on how oppressive self-loathing can be, and urges us all to take positive steps toward alleviating that oppression.

These artfully-draped garments have been haunting my dreams. Especially that sleeveless black dress.YUM.

Jessica Valenti, the founder of Feministing.com is stepping down, and Jill’s tribute to her is really moving.

The First Lady of the U.S. has always fallen under scrutiny for her style choices, but Minh-ha points out that there seems to be an extra large magnifying glass held over Michelle Obama’s fashion preferences.

Don’t think I’ve seen THIS scarf tie before … and I love it!

Loving the looks posted over at Fa(t)shion February – especially this one. Shark dress, shark dress! (Via definatalie, who is participating)

An impassioned call to cast off Hollywood’s impossible body and beauty ideals, and love yourself as you are.

And from the Department of Random: A video love letter to the Twin Cities. Amaaaaaazing.

  • http://modlychic.blogspot.com/ Katy

    Thanks for the scarf shout-out and this great link round-up of the week. Every time I try and tie a square scarf it always comes out looking a little different. But that time it seemed to work.. now hopefully I can recreate the image. – Katy

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  • http://www.dressesandcake.com Kelly

    I’d freak out if I opened my Glamour and saw you! But it *was* you who was quoted about the bacon butter, right?

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      Hahaha, it WAS! Goodness, but I have brain rot. A reader let me know about that earlier this week and I’d already forgotten. Must try to find the issue. Too bad it was a misquote! That restaurant brushes their FRENCH FRIES with bacon fat. And I never said a thing about butter. ;)

      • http://www.DressesAndCake.com Kelly

        Maybe I was remembering wrong….I think the “bacon” part caught my attention the most ;-)

  • http://www.fashionforgiants.blogspot.com Gracey

    Hooray for honeysuckle. I love that color and will probably end up with that scarf. Thanks for the tip, Sal!

  • http://katinkaknits.wordpress.com Lynn

    Thanks for sharing the video of the Twin Cities! Having lived there in the early 80s (when in my early 20s), this little piece made me nostalgic, and it made me wonder how my life would be different if I’d stayed! Mpls/St Paul are truly hidden gems in the midwest (or in the US as a whole). :)

  • http://enbouton.blogspot.com Frankincensy

    Great links as always, and thanks for the credit! :D

  • http://portialawrie.blogspot.com/ Portia

    ALWAYS such brilliant links. I find something I love evry single time you doa post like this.
    Thank you!
    Portia
    xxx

  • http://portialawrie.blogspot.com/ Portia

    That should say “every” and “do a”. Sorry, typing faster than my capabilities!!

  • http://musicishername.blogspot.com Ten

    I read the high heels post and wasn’t totally pleased with it. Mostly just with the line at the end. Some of us don’t have men, some of us don’t want men, and nobody should be wearing uncomfortable and potentially dangerous shoes just to please some dude. I’m sure that’s not the way she meant it but it just gave me a bad taste in my mouth.

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      I also don’t think that’s what she meant, but see your point. Kind of unnecessary and irrelevant.

      • http://www.iamstyle-ish.com tiffany

        You are right, it was just a silly joke that I was trying to make but it was unnecessary. :) It’s just something that my husband and I joke about but I certainly wear heels because it makes me feel good and not to please him.

        Taking it off the post as I see your point.

        Thanks for the feedback and thanks for linking to my post!

  • Kels

    That short is wonderful! I miss Minnesota and the Cities. By the way I really like the link posts, I always find something that I never would have otherwise.

  • Miss T

    The NYT calls $150 to $300 “moderately priced” for a dress. In whose world?! That’s EXPENSIVE. Like 2-weeks’-worth-of-groceries expensive. Also, I’ve found that (real) vintage clothing actually fits me (I’m slim but curvy) whereas the modern reproductions are just as ill fitting and skimpily cut as all the other stuff out there.

  • Teresa

    As a former U alum, now living in STL, thank you so much for the video. I’m missing MN even in February.

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  • http://midwesternmodernmomma.blogspot.com Jen

    Needed those links today-especially the five quick fixes! It was a long week where I felt overwhlemed and sick most of the time. Now that I’m sitting here with a warm cup of tea, some things accomplished, and a lovely weekend ahead of me, life is better.

    The link about teens & aging does not shock me at all-I work at a JHS/HS and hear the girls talk about this in their Life Skills discussion groups! Eeep…can’t figure out how to “talk them down” from that ledge. Wish they understood how beautiful they are right this very moment and how beautiful they’ll be in 20, 30, 40 some years as well!!

  • http://www.stuffjewishgirlslike.com JG

    I always look forward to this post. I am bookmarking the 5 quick body image fixes; I could definitely use a little bit of reflection on those topics.

    Thanks for including me!

  • http://jroselkim.wordpress.com RK

    Project Body Talk sounds so great! And thank you for including me in this wonderful list.

  • STL Mom

    Count me as another one who got nostalgic watching the video. I need to get back to the Twin Cities. Not now — in the summer!

  • http://askewawry.blogspot.com Elizabeth

    Wow, I am quite behind the times! I just discovered that you linked to one of my posts quite a while ago. I love your link round-ups and I find you to be super inspiring, so I’m glad I said something that connected with you!