Lovely Links: 6/3/11

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How is it that people feel free to touch tattooed skin without first asking permission? And how is it that this is done to women, almost exclusively? (I’ve totally had this happen. Really. Via FFB)

Elissa muses on the tyranny of the bikini body.

Clothes are NOT for hiding body “flaws,” but tools of self-expression.

Looking to try out the preppy look? Here’s a great list of simple preppy summer staples.

Autumn recaps her month without mirrors, and shares some remarkable insights.

Fabulous tips for keeping white blouses white.

“We’ve reached a stage where cosmetic surgery is so readily available that in certain circles it is expected of women and men to avail themselves of these age-deniers.” (Cheers, Cynthia)

What a fun way to style a maxi skirt!

How to respond when someone asks you, “Do I look fat in this?

Stacy has made a goal of wearing at least one handmade garment or piece of jewelry every day for a month. Rock ON.

Fat stigma is increasing around the world, even in countries where larger bodies have previously been celebrated and despite the fact that creating body shame has never been proven to actually “fight obesity.” (Via Beauty Schooled)

Monochrome blues done right. OK, not just “right,” joyously!

Speaking of monochrome, a wash of gray is so much more fun when it involves sequins.

Exploring the flip side of style-as-self-exploration, Leanne says, “Fashion is so often presented as this wonderful means of self-expression, but it can absolutely be used for less-than-pleasant things, like burying oneself, as well.”

Loved Patty’s analysis of which skirt types work best for her body.

Amazing Twin Cities food writer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl explores diets, starvation, and the crazy things we do to our bodies. (Thanks, Lisa!)

Another great reminder that all women are real women.

Molly (of Smart, Pretty, and Awkward fame) wrote a fabulous piece about the importance of unusual compliments.

What is the recipe for a happy life?

Loved Margarita’s post on body envy and how to get past it. She even ties it into blog envy!

As usual, Tamia looks completely amazing, this time in cropped white jacket and vintage turquoise leather dress.

College Candy and College Fashion are challenging their readers to wear a single item every day for a week. Are you game?

The Body Shop reminds us that there are 3 billion women who don’t look like supermodels, and only eight who do. (Cheers LHdlM)

The Budget Babe gives us six places to shop for cute vegan wedges.

50 reasons that you are beautiful. Yes, you!

And from the Department of Random: Awesome People Hanging Out Together (via Nubby Twiglet)

Bonus DoR entry (via the Naked Redhead). I, too, feel happy of myself:

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  • lindsay

    I don’t like complete strangers asking me about my tattoos – sorry, guy sitting next to me at the graduation ceremony I didn’t even want to go to in the first place.

    I don’t know if it’s a desire to make small talk or people like being “friendly,” but I don’t see it as friendly. I have 3 tattoos in pretty visible spots (wrists and ankle), so I experience some touching but mostly questions.

  • thanks for including my post in your link roundup! you always find the most interesting articles so i’m truly flattered.

  • Awww, thanks for the shout-out, Sal. I was having kind a crappy day, but this has perked me up. 🙂

  • Rebecca

    Just wanted to say that I look forward to your lovely links posts (as well as your other posts) every week!

  • I really look forward to your links lists every Friday — it’s fun and though-provoking reading all weekend.

    So sorry to hear about you experiencing unwanted tattoo touching, Sal. The post on The Alt Librarian was really fascinating and well-researched. I don’t have any tattoos, but definitely would like to in the future, so it kind of brought to light some things other people might do if I had one in a visible area. I thought it was interesting that it brought up the similarities of pregnant women getting unwanted physical attention a lot. Ugh, it just reinforces that women’s bodies shouldn’t be treated as public property.

  • Grace

    I didn’t know tattoo touching happened to other people too! I have a fairly large tattoo on my back. I don’t mind people asking me about it, as long as it’s nice and not judgmental (“you’re such a pretty girl, why would you ever get a tattoo?!”). But I’ve actually been at bars and had strangers touch my tattoo (so I can’t even see them!), and I whirl around ready to hit someone. The negative comments and touching are so inappropriate, I don’t understand why people don’t realize this.

  • Ann

    That bit about people touching tattooed skin is so true! My arms are quite covered in vibrantly colored tattoos and just today I had a virtual stranger pick up my arm to get a closer look at my forearm. I actually don’t mind so much, though. I once had a guy show me his genital piercing in a completely non-sexual context and my impulse was to reach out for it and bring it in for a closer look. I’m glad that I managed to refrain from acting upon my impulse in that situation!

  • Sally, thanks so much for including my post in your round-up!!

    It’s interesting that the tattoo thing reminds me of how people think it’s totally OK to touch a pregnant woman’s belly w/o permission, too. (And even if you get permission, isn’t it weird to touch a stranger’s stomach or maybe that’s just me?) What’s up with that?

    I’m looking forward to reading the other posts. Thanks again!! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  • Thank you for the link love – I hope you had a lovely weekend!

  • Cat

    Zoicks, lady, you pass some awesome traffic a girl’s way! Thanks for the link love – what an honour to be included in a list of links I always look forward to 🙂

  • Lem

    thanks much for featuring one of my posts! 🙂