Lovely Links: 3/4/11

New research suggests that “…giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health.”

This post on belting, corsets, and their cultural implications is a fascinating read.

Apparently, my wish is her command: Miss Plumcake follows up last week’s post on shopping smart with this guide to spotting knockoffs on eBay.

We’ve got Oscar recaps and rehashes galore over at the Glam/BlogFrog Red Carpet Community.

Remember, weight ain’t nothin’ but a numba.

Check out this comprehensive post on how to clean your thrifted goodies. (Via High Plains Thrifter.)

This post offers an explanation for why 50s vintage dresses often don’t fit modern women, and some alternative suggestions.

Barely on Earth dons a butterfly-print dress and cowgirl boots to head to the rodeo. LOVE.

Lady Smaggle explains why aging isn’t scary.

I was asked to talk a bit about vintage shopping for GalTime – check out the interview!

Definatalie’s summary and roundup of findings and reflections on Fa(t)shion February is insightful and astute.

The newly-formed “Sustainable Apparel Coalition” promises to give consumers “… a much more detailed view into the supply of fabrics, zippers, dyes, threads, buttons and grommets that come together to form the clothing they buy, as well as what impact the creation of that clothing has on both people and the planet.” (Via No Signposts in the Sea)

College Candy picks out nine adorable pieces from the latest L.L. Bean offerings.

Care to share some of your favorite websites for buying clothing?

Fabienne looked so lovely in her rosette belt and lavender tunic, I actually gasped when I saw her photo.

It’s a lot of reading, but well worth your time: 26 bloggers wrote about their favorite feminist fashion icons this week.

Sea of Ghosts shows us how a biker jacket and floaty dress can be perfect companions.

My post about uses for fashion tape got picked up by BlogHer! Sweeeeet.

Even magazines that are supposed to focus on overall health have started harping on weight loss. And in really tricky, guilt-focused ways. Margarita explains this insidious trend.

Marzipan just introduced me to Caroline Rothstein, and I’m in love. Listen to her poem “Fat” here.

Although I didn’t know how to care for it as a kid, I never fought my curly hair or tried to straighten or wrangle it in any way. But I know many women who’ve suppressed their curls for years, so I loved reading Ami’s story about embracing her inner curly girl.

Trashy Diva is beginning to make and stock dresses up to size 24. WOO HOO!

Not sure how I missed this, but Minh-Ha has started a new blog called Of Another Fashion. Tagline: “An alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color.” Crikey, Minh-Ha rocks.

Spring is coming, and that means my alter ego will soon shift from rocker back to cowgirl. Here are some great ideas for cowgirl boot-based outfits.

And from the Department of Random: First position is HARD. (Via Yum & Yuk.)

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  • That little ballerina just gave me the best belly laugh! What a sweetheart. And thanks for including the Feminist Fashion Icon links – I spent the morning reading them and loved how inspired I felt and how much I learned.

  • The FFB Fem-Fash icon was such a lovely read. A lot of reading but really good!
    Enter to Win My Shabby Apple Dress Give-Away- the Citizen Rosebud

  • I saw Sea of Ghosts’ floaty dress/leather jacket combo too, and am busy trying to think of how I can approximate it.

  • Nadine

    That little girl’s perseverance is AWESOME. (I’m a ballet teacher.)

  • Thanks for including my post in your links list this week, Sal! I truly appreciate it!

  • Thanks for linking to my blog- I couldnt figure out where all the new traffic came from!
    Also- I love the favorite feminist fashion icons list AND Ami’s story about embracing the inner curly girl!

  • Jackie

    I see you have already posted your links for this week so I will post this in the comments instead of emailing you. A friend of mine just posted this link on Facebook and I thought it would be a good read for most of your readers and yourself. It is a different view on the bodies and gender roles etc in the movie Black Swan.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tiffany-tsai/seduce-me-female-bodies-i_b_830254.html

    Thanks guys; hope you find it as interesting as I did!
    ~Jackie

  • hahahaha. Oh, that little girl just struck my heart. I was that little girl in tap class – and I was handed over to my mom with the admonition that I was obviously not ready to commit to paying proper attention. In tap class. In the small town YWCA.
    And I was three years old.

  • I can’t decide which of your regular features are my favorite!

  • Natalie

    I LOVE the little ballerina. It’s a great reminder that things we view as simple now were once very, very difficult. Which means the things we are having a hard time with now will, soon, become deceptively simple, and we won’t remember why we once thought they were so hard.

  • What a lovely surprise! Thank you Sally for including my post amongst all of these excellent stories.

    xo

  • Aw that poor little ballerina! We’ve all been there but I just want to give her a hug!

  • I love Barely on Earth’s look. And one of my work colleagues sent me that video – it’s the cutest. I love the teacher and how “it’s OK if your shoes aren’t doing it”. What a perfect way to encourage and not lay any blame. It’s all about your shoes, not you 🙂

  • Thank you for introducing us to the Of Another Fashion blog. Its so refreshing and inspiring to see beautiful pictures of women of color. I’m now going through photo albums to find pictures of my mother, grandmothers, and great aunts to share!

  • Valerie B.

    Wow, I’m really enjoying Of Another Fashion. Thanks Sal, you do such nice work compiling interesting links on your Friday feature, I have come to look forward to it every week.

  • Thanks for including my post, there’s so many great links here!