Lovely Links: 8/12/11

Ever wondered why celebs look amazing in EVERYTHING? Nope, it’s not the personal trainers. Nope, it’s not that they have naturally slim or proportionate bodies. It’s that celebrities tailor everything they buy. Including tees, jeans, and flippin’ camisoles. Clinton Kelly says so, and I’m inclined to believe him, and I loved how this post’s author dealt with this tidbit of news.

Tina’s take on a chambray shirt and yellow skirt is simply marvelous. Aaaaaand making me wish I owned a yellow skirt.

A quick reminder that thin and healthy are not synonymous. Not always.

This post on the links between fashion and feminism is thought-provoking and well worth a read. Be sure to check the comments, too, for further explanation and elaboration. (Via The Beheld)

A coworker pointed me to the All Thrifty States project last week. Such a fabulous resource! Check the tips section for some marvelous thrifting insight.

What could be more marvelously summery than a pink floral-print skirt?

Heidi shares her thoughts on still being “cute” at age 25, and explores the pros and cons with frank frustration.

I am officially in love with both Tia and Mia of Reading in Skirts. Seriously, when was the last time you saw personal style bloggers have THAT much fun posing for their photos?

Fabulous insight and advice on the perks and pitfalls of blogger-brand partnerships and product placements from a gal who knows the score.

Fajr wears her fedora with such élan. I wonder if I should investigate one for myself …

Anyone else stymied by the evolution of tampon ads? That industry just can’t seem to get it right.

I will soon be calling Kerri to BEG her for instructions on how she tied her scarf in this glorious pattern-mixed outfit.

Want a little more insight into the events surrounding my big hairstyle change-up? I wrote a piece for The Frisky about my experience of getting a secret haircut.

An expert hacker shares the basics of how to DIY.

Nahida of the Fatal Feminist shares her thoughts on Islam, modesty, feminism, and beauty. (Via The Beheld)

Camille’s summery layers are pitch perfect.

“Common wisdom and cultural and etymological research shows that the prevalent objection to female as a noun is because it’s a term used to generically describe the egg-producing party of any species, not just our giganto-cranium intelligent species that includes, you know, women.”

It’s possible that I’d trade my cats for these cobalt sandals. OK, not really, but you catch my drift.

 Floral print dress + raspberry red lips = ravishing Jen.

Seeing the phrase “loving my body almost killed me” float around the Internet all week caused me to break out in hives.  This response calmed me down a bit, as did this one and its associated list of related posts.

Kimberly has tips for apple-shaped women who want to try wearing belts. Yes!

These futuristic fashion innovations are amazing … and a wee bit scary in some cases.

Corporette and her opinionated readership weigh in on leather at the office. Is it too racy? Can it be done tastefully?

And from the Department of Random: An oldie, but a goodie. I wish I knew what these guys were nattering on about …

  • Anna

    Another little insight into the use of “female” as a noun: medical publishing in general frowns on it. Physician-authors regularly use it anyway (“the patient group included 17 males and 22 females”). We, the humble anonymous members of the medical usage police, regularly change it back (“17 men and 22 women”) (that is, if they were all 18 or over; if not, we make other adjustments). Of course, this is one of the many, many aspects of medical publishing that enables so many of us to earn a steady income, so who’s complaining?

    Just thought you might enjoy this glance into another corner of the world world.

  • Dee

    The video is so cute — be sure to watch the one after that “translates” the kitty talk — had me laughing hysterically!

  • http://readinginskirts.wordpress.com Mia

    Sal, I always love your link roundups, and I’m thrilled that you included me and Tia in this latest one! We’re huge fans of yours (who isn’t?) and it means so much!

    I’m really enjoying your post about your secret haircut–I’m glad neither of my parents got cranky when I decided to go short and stay there.

  • http://making50fabulous.blogspot.com/ making50fabulous

    Thank you for including me in your lovely links on my 50th birthday. I’ll consider this another present. :)

  • http://brightsidedweller.blogspot.com/ Chelsea S.

    Mia & Tia are my new faves! And I want to learn to sew so I can tailor all my clothes. Gotta freaking do it already!

  • http://missmarymax.wordpress.com Mary

    Thanks so much for including my post; I’m in great company! (On that note, I seriously can’t figure out which makes me prouder, being included among so many great bloggers or being in such close proximity to adorable, chatty kitty-cats.) ;) ::scampers off to read the links she doesn’t recognize::

  • http://readinginskirts.wordpress.com Tia

    Because if Mia says thank you, I surely also have to say thank you as well. _>

  • Miss T

    Very interesting about the celebrities tailoring everything. I was a clothing and textile design major in college, and from age 10 to age 25, I made ALL my clothes. And made them to fit me perfectly. I never, EVER, had any thoughts about negative body image until my late twenties, when a full time job (in an unrelated field) left me with no time to sew, so I bought everything off the rack. Of course, I do still alter all my clothes to fit, but yeah, that size number on the tag has really upset me at times. I guess the good thing is that I was spared the turmoil during high school, when the body image thing can get really out of control.

  • http://pacificrain.blogspot.com sarah

    love your link roundups, Sal – thanks! You really do find GOOD, interesting things to read!

    I laughed at the leather skirt business. My, oh, my what would they think of my styling question about the harness? ;)

    and you know, as enlightened as my husband is, he, too, still *prefers* me with long hair, though he says it’s cute like this and he likes to see me happy with myself and enjoying dressing again now that it’s short. I always feel that if I keep my hair too long (length) for too long (a period of time), that I start to lose my sense of self, too aware that I’m just playing to society’s beauty standards and suffocating the beat of my own, short-haired drum. But at least I don’t have the parent pressure – my dad has always been crazy about Audrey Hepburn with her pixie cut; I got major parental props on the crop, which somehow is very reassuring. =)

  • Emmi

    Yay, my first comment! I love your link roundups! I was glad to see the article on thin and healthy not always being synonymous. This is something I get to talk about a lot, because I have the lovely distinction of living in fear of cachexia due to Crohn’s disease. Cachexia is defined as weight loss that cannot be reversed nutritionally – i.e., no matter how much you eat, your body cannibalizes itself instead. It’s horrifying. And when it happened to me, I lost over 60lbs in about 22 days. Yikes! Thank goodness I was fat before it happened, or my doctors say I would’ve been toast (ha, food pun). No, but seriously, I would’ve died. Being fat quite literally saved my life while we were trying to figure out what disease I had.

    Thanks to amazing doctors and effective medication, I am healthier today than I have ever been before. However, my Crohn’s disease is nasty – and just because it’s managed today doesn’t mean it will stay that way tomorrow. Any day I could wake up to find my body eating itself again, and next time we might not be so lucky to get things under control so quickly. And so I have my doctors’ blessings to be fat. Talk about feeling like you live in a mirror universe. If I become thin and have a Crohn’s flare, I’ll be done for. Fat is fine by me, thankyouverymuch!

    I’m not glad to have this disease, but the silver lining shines pretty brightly for me. It has made me comfortable with and grateful for my lumpy, societally-despised body. My life expectancy is somewhat shorter than most, so I don’t let myself have time for bad moods or lousy situations or crappy people. I buy and wear clothes I love, and have little care for what others think of me. I am fat, I am healthy and I am alive!

    Sal, I love your blog. I love the blogs I have found because you linked to them. You have really helped me find my sense of fashion, and wearing clothes I feel good in makes a hugely positive impact on my mood and my life. Thank you so much for all of this.

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      Emmi, my goodness, what an amazing story. Thank you for sharing it with us, my dear. Sending much love your way!

  • http://wendybrandes.com/blog/ WendyB

    I’ll tailor anything that needs it too. Jeans almost always. I’ve done t-shirts in the past!

  • Shaye

    I’ve studied the photos of that scarf ensemble and here’s how I think it was tied:

    1. Start with a HUGE square scarf. The one I used was 36″ and still too small.

    2. Fold in half the long way, leaving you with a huge triangle.

    3. Drape one of the short ends around your neck, so that the smaller angle hangs down the right side. You want this end to dangle as far as possible while still being able to take the subsequent steps.

    4. Tie a knot using the long dangling end and the double-layered right angle end of the scarf. Pinch the doubled end so that you have a good 4-5″ to work with. Bring the doubled end over to meet the long dangling end, and tie a knot there, at a level a little below your collar bone, so that the doubled ends are angled upward. (If you look at this photo up close, you can see that there are actually three ends there.)

    4. Bring the second pointy end straight up, around the outside of the first pointy end, and tie a square knot as close as possible to the first knot. You will have to fidget with the knots to get them to lay right.

  • http://www.alterationsneeded.com Alterations Needed

    I love that link about celebrities tailoring everything they buy! It’s such a shame that the last few generations have no experience with clothing that actually fits. I’ll be sharing that link as well. :)

  • http://chalkdustandboots.blogspot.com/ Chalkdust and Boots

    I love what you wrote about the secret haircut! When I cut off all of my hair in March, my husband knew I was getting a haircut, but he hadn’t realized I was planning to go so short, although he’d met me when I had short hair before. He pouted for a couple of days, but did acknowledge on the first or second day that it looked good: the surprise just got to him. Now that I’m thinking of growing it again for a host of reasons (but am still undecided)? He’s DEVASTATED. So…yeah. I just thought you’d get a kick out of that. :)

  • http://thefatalfeminist.blogspot.com Nahida

    Thank you so much for including me in your link roundup! Especially since I’ve discovered your site through it. What an incredibly beautiful cause–everyone should love themselves!

  • Becky

    Lots of good links this week. I found the article about futuristic style very fascinating (though those dresses that paint themselves were a bit strange).

    I have to comment about the ‘secret hair cut’ article you wrote. First of all, it’s too bad that you felt you had to cut your hair in secret like that. It’s your hair to style however you want. That said, I think that there are many reasons that many men AND women prefer longer hair. The first is a biological one, that I’m sure you know: hair denotes the health of a person. The shinier the hair, the more luster, the healthier the person. These traits more easily noticed in longer hair (between 4 inches or longer).

    Some other reasons are cultural: long hair has long been associated with wealth (the rich have the time and resources to maintain it), youth, order, strength, nature and divine beauty. In some cultures, long hair was a sign of respect towards parents, family and/or a higher power.

    As for current ideas concerning hair length, some men and women prefer long hair because there are some stereotypes that go with hair length. One concerning short hair is what my mom calls the ‘shark lady’ hair cut. The short bob cut that makes a women look very severe and harsh. Another is the ‘butch’ stereotype. Judging by stereotype is unfair, obviously, but I think a lot of people make criticisms because they fear someone they like or think are attractive will become these if they change.

    Some people also just prefer long or short hair. Everyone has different things they think are cute, pretty and attractive. I think your husband was just worried that you might accidentally trade a hair cut he liked and thought made you look good for one that was less flattering.

    I hate when people tell me to cut my waist length hair. I tried it short (chin length) in high school, but it was too fly away and in my face. I have also chosen to wear my hair long for cultural reasons.

    Ultimately, it’s your hair and YOU should be happy with it first and foremost.

  • http://www.gritandglamour.com GRIT & GLAMOUR

    Thanks much for your kind words and for including me in your list, Sally! Will I see you at IFB Con?

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      Ahhh, sadly no. Can’t make it this year.

  • Erin

    Sally, the scarf on Headlines and Hemlines is really simple to tie. Take a large square silk scarf, fold it into a triangle, and fold it repeatedly longwise so that you have a thin, long line. Fold it in half so that there’s a loop on one side where it is folded, and two loose ends on the other side. Put it around your neck, then pull one of the loose ends through the loop. Knot the loose ends, and adjust it to your taste. Voilà!

    I like the Texere Silk scarf tying guide a lot (google it and you’ll find it, don’t want to put a link to avoid getting marked as spam). It has instructions for a bunch of different tying styles.

  • SamiJ

    http://www.mybodygallery.com/

    A good site that shows that shows different shapes and different sizes — even at the same weight. And anyone can upload their pix and become part of the database!

  • http://www.tminus-tplus.com Tina

    Thanks for the shout out! I have to give all the credit to the stylist in the original photo. But it made me very happy that I own a yellow skirt!

  • Bekka

    Just a note that I always LOVE your link roundups. Inspiration and thinky thoughts and new ideas, hooray!

  • http://the-beheld.com Autumn

    It’s been fascinating to read the responses to Jessica Weiner’s piece. I worked on that issue of Glamour and when I read the piece I had a hard time actually copy editing it, already anticipating the juicy responses that I knew my online buddies would come up with. (I liked the piece in many ways but shared the general concerns that it brought up.)

    Thank you for linking to Nahida’s awesome piece and also to the Feministe post on “female”!

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