Lovely Links: 7/29/11

You lovely sewists may have already seen this, but just in case you haven’t: BurdaStyle has put together an amazing set of resources on clothing fit, tailoring, pattern altering, and other ways to make sure your clothes fit you well. (Thanks, Wendy!)

Stop hating parts of your body that don’t even exist. A fabulously fresh perspective.

This multicolored, striped sundress is simply fabulous. Made even more so considering that it’s thrifted Marc Jacobs!

Liz got targeted by a subway rider purporting to offer help to those suffering from eating disorders. Problem is, Liz isn’t suffering from an eating disorder and the experience wounded her. Assumptions: Dangerous beasties.

Check out this zoot skirt suit. So fun!

“… every time you define nude as ‘Caucasian,’ you’re telling a whole lot of people that their naked skin is mistaken. Is wrong.”

Susie’s interview about the state of fashion blogging is honest and insightful.

How do you reconcile your desire to acquire stylish new items and your urge to do right by planet earth? No easy answer to that one, but I love this post’s candid ruminations.

Marvelous tips for spicing up your workwear with colors.

E of the soon-to-be-defunct blog Academichic (sniffle!) shares her principles for maternity and nursing wear. Loved these tips!

Never enough animal print. At least, not in my book.

Amy Pershing, clinical director for The Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, MI, explains in no uncertain terms that the Health at Every Size Movement does NOT exist to give people “permission to be fat.” (Much like me, the very use of the word “permission” enrages her.)

V’s halter-neck maxi dress is amazing, and she rocks the hell out of it.

Someday, I will overcome my pattern mixing fears. This amazing post will help. (Cheers, LizY!)

The Modern Mrs. Darcy discusses a female bonding ritual we can do without: Body bashing.

“The leading force behind cosmetics use isn’t how well the products work, it’s our emotional response to them.” Autumn mulls the study that drew this conclusion, and adds a few insights of her own.

In other cosmetics news, several ads have been banned in the U.K. for excessive airbrushing.

Looking for some fun weekend DIYs? Here are seven easy style projects, some of which don’t even require a needle and thread!

I love platform shoes. But I also love this open letter to platform shoes, which highlights their seeming monopoly in the current shoe market.

Forever Amber’s post on professional blogging really resonated with me.

More great tips for cultivating self-love and reverence every day.

Emily’s candid post about behaviors she engages that make her feel like a bad feminist provides some great food for thought. They’re all beauty, body, and self-image related.

The dangers of comparative compliments. Word.

I’ve been thinking a lot about hair – for reasons that will become apparent next week – so this post on whether or not curly hair can appear professional caught my eye. Frustrating that such discussions still crop up at all, as many commenters pointed out.

And finally, just as I feared I would, I’ve gotten completely sucked into the world of Pinterest. Oh, the endless hours I now spend pinning and repinning …

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  • I love the striped sundress post! Thanks for these links 🙂

  • Funny you should pick the topic that I’ve been all over this week. It infuriates me to no end to have someone tell me to straighten my naturally curly hair. I am a professional because of how I think and what I am able to do. How my hair curls has nothing to do with my abilities. It is just how it goes, and it saddens me to even think that this conversation takes place. Aren’t we beyond worrying about our hair?

    • Miss T

      I work in an extremely professional, conservative environment. I have a high-level position. I am over 50. I also just got my LONG (mid-back) hair PERMED about a month ago. Happiest I’ve been in about 5 years (i.e., the LAST time I got a perm). I can’t even imagine how/why someone would be judged by the curliness (or straightness) of their hair. Mind boggling.

  • I’ve been complaining about “nude” since 2008! http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2008/12/just-call-it-beige/

  • Oh WOW that experience that Liz had on the subway freaks me out–what her “interventionist” was pushing seems nearly fetishistic in its assumptions about eating disorders and the women who are afflicted with them. (Ironically, it seems he started his weirdo campaign against EDs after becoming obsessed with perfecting his own body. He more than anyone should understand how complex and not diagnosable by sight EDs are.)

    Word on the “can curly hair be professional?” question. I remember when that Glamour editor said on a panel that dreadlocks were unprofessional–though certainly curly hair isn’t as ethnically specific as dreadlocks, it speaks to one aspect of that particular episode. (And since there are ethnic connotations sometimes to white women with curly hair, at least here in New York where people joke about their “Jewfros,” it’s not like white women are exempt from the questions this provokes.)

    And thank you for including my post about the reasons why we wear cosmetics!

  • I’ve checked out Pinterest and I’m afraid I can see myself spending way too many hours playing around with images … sigh, not enough hours in the day! Have a great weekend Sal:)) xo

  • I love your Lovely Links roundups! Thanks for including Dollar Store Crafts & also for giving me so many fun things to look at! I totally want a Zoot Skirt Suit now.

  • Thank you once again for including my post on comparative compliments, Sal — I’ve spent a whole relaxing Saturday morning perusing the rest of the links. Such wonderful stuff!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • What wonderful links this week! I have always used the term “nude” as a color without a second thought. I will cease immediately. (That was an excellent post!)

    Also, love the thoughtful comparative compliments post. And I wish I had the skills to do more with the burda information, but I still enjoy perusing–even if I don’t have the skills to fit and tailor myself.

    Thanks so much for including me on your list!