Lovely Links: July 22, 2011

Wow, Internet. You did an amazing job of creating thought-provoking content this week! Jumbo link list coming up …

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Though it’s been seven years since I had enough hair to do it myself, I adored this beehive hairdo tutorial. Loofah! Brilliant!

Krystal explores the role of privilege in the beauty industry. (Via The Beheld)

I’m thrilled to be contributing to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Your Voices section. Most posts will be repurposed from Already Pretty content – like this one – but I hope to contribute original pieces, too. I’ll let you know when I do!

It’s official: I need a purple polka-dotted sheath dress.

A woman’s desire to look and feel sexy isn’t as simple as patriarchal pressure or self-objectification. Not always.

On a related note, this post explores and asks questions about gender roles, slut shaming, and why people conflate dressing femme with expressing sexual desire.

A quick history of Converse sneaks. Are you a fan?

I absolutely loved these tips for dressing well and maintaining your style standards as as self-employed or work-from-home woman.

Newly enamored of Frocks and Frou Frou. Such varied style, but completely and perfectly unified. (Via Yes and Yes)

As part of her truly fabulous Portmanteau Week, Autumn explores the origins, uses, and implications of what has become a shame- and judgement-laden term: Cankles. She also does an amazing job of illuminating the purpose of portmanteaus in modern language.

Virginia speaks frankly and openly about pressures and desires to change your body, and Decoding Dress responds with a brilliant post that illuminates how you can love something and still feel dissatisfied with it. I’m blown away by both posts.

A former colleague of mine gave me a shout-out on the Lerner company blog – thanks, Domenica!

Talented clothing designer Stacy Lomman is in need of funding to create and show her Spring 2012 line, and has launched a Kickstarter campaign. Every little bit helps!

The Budget Babe shares six great tips for wearing yellow.

Elissa started hating her un-flat stomach in the 4th grade, and shares with admirable candor her feelings about accepting her natural body shape.

I found One Woman’s Style Evolution through a Twitter connection this week, and am blown away by her creative, chic, fashion-forward looks.

Eight great pairs of wedges for under $20 apiece. Summer shoe sales are in full effect, my friends!

Super Kawaii Mama is surprised to hear that nylons are making a comeback because she, for one, never stopped wearing them.

I seriously considered going pixie when I saw my stylist this past weekend, but chickened out. Fear of the growing-out phase. But this post from Hairdresser on Fire about learning to love the awkward, growing-out phase of a haircut is making me rethink …

Pattern mixing is a bit less intimidating when you’re working with an all black-and-white palette. Lisa shows us how it’s done.

“I wanted to challenge my own conditioning today, to wear a dress with beautiful detailing on my body and challenge that notion that only certain types of garments are appropriate for certain types of bodies.”

Twin Cities thrifters, take note! Value Village will be having a 50% off sale tomorrow, July 23.

Shini wore a plaid flannel shirt as a skirt and tied the arms in a bow around her waist. And it looked awesome. No, seriously, I’m in awe.

On the idea of “strong female characters,” media critic Carina Chocano asserts that they “… reinforce the unspoken idea that in order for a female character to be worth identifying with, she should really try to rein in the gross girly stuff. This implies that unless a female character is ‘strong,’ she is not interesting or worth identifying with.” (Via Dramatis Personae)

And from the Department of Random: Couldn’t we all have predicted that Oscar would make a fabulous MCA? (Cheers, Gaby.)

Sesame Street breaks it down from Wonderful Creative on Vimeo.

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  • don’t fear the scissors, Sal! There are so many cute shags, mullets, etc. out there – if you have a good stylist, just think of it as growing through about five or six different haircuts on your way between pixie and long hair. I chopped mine in mid june and am now faced with the decision: trim it back into that cut, or start planning the next style? Most likely I’ll go with the latter, because I like to keep moving!

  • Sal, thanks so much for linking to Decoding Dress! I’ve learned so much and grown so much from the wisdom that you share — you made my day today! Thank you for all you do and have a *wonderful* weekend!

  • Thank you so much for the mention. And what a wonderful and thorough list you compiled đŸ™‚ Love it!

  • What a great reading list, Sal, from the sublime to the completely practical (hello $20 wedges) to the purely fun (hello, Oscar!).

  • bluemoose

    Am currently rewatching all the previous seasons of The Guild (it’s on YouTube and Hulu) a web-based TV show (is that right? Regardless…). Felicia Day is fantastic as the so-not-“strong” Syd/Codex who has her moments of strength when she needs them. Sort of. Love it. New season starts Monday!

  • Sal, thank you so much for the mention. I will go read all these links – and love the idea of reading about privilege in the beauty business. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Great round-up, Sal đŸ™‚

  • Yay! Thanks for including Stacy!

  • Veronica

    I found Krystal’s post interesting and thought-provoking, though I admit I’m a little surprised she didn’t touch more some of the race politics that wind up in fashion. The beauty industry isn’t simply framed around class privilege but also racial privilege, as well. Caucasian beauty standards still dominate the market, and there’s a lot to be said as to how it’s impacted non-white, particularly black, women and their self-perception. Albeit, Krystal herself is white, so I understand any hesitation she might have felt to delve into an experience she can’t speak for.

    Other than that nitpick, this was a great series of reads. Thank you for the round up!

  • Veronica

    Ah, having linked to another post, I just realized that I have misspoken – Krystal is, in fact, not predominantly Caucasian. I have quite literally put the ass in assumption, and I apologize for that mistake.

    • Veronica- Thanks so much for your response to my post. You are correct- I did not delve into the racial power dynamics of the beauty industry in this post. Since it was part of the FFB and the theme was social class, I tried to keep my response narrow. I was going to link you to my post on the ‘going native’ fashion trend where I do touch on race and the beauty/fashion industry (http://powerfemme.blogspot.com/2011/06/ffb-im-indian-princessa-look-at-going.html), but it seems that you have already read it. I am part Native, but I am predominately White- and socially speaking, I “read” White. Regardless, I don’t shy away from conversations of race and I plan on initiating more of them on my blog. Thanks again for your thoughts!

  • I’m always super stoked to see my humble bits on the web included in your fabulous round ups! Thank you so much for including me and linking to such great posts.

  • After realizing I had a plethora of page views generated from this site, I finally found the source! Thanks so much for including my link!