Lovely Links: 11/11/11

Clickflashwhirr has taken a portrait of herself every day for 4.5 years. Wanna see someone grow out a pixie cut? Here you go:

Fashionflirt, a self-confessed “recovering sweatpants addict” is undertaking an experiment to see if she can make yoga wear look stylish and street-ready.

A DIY I just might tackle: Make a cardigan from a tight-fitting long-sleeved tee. Wheee!

I’ve loved Aesop Rock since the moment I first heard, “None Shall Pass.” This commentary from Kimya Dawson combined with lyrics from his song “No Regrets” makes me love him even more. (The song itself is even more staccato-machine-gun than usual, and not my fave … but oh, those lyrics. Cheers, Q.)

I’ve fallen head over heels for Not Dressed as Lamb. You will, too.

In response to a Salon article about how short-haired women are considered less attractive by many men (HRUMPH), Autumn says, “I’m sure there are plenty of straight men who truly, inherently prefer long hair on women. But in my experience, the bulk of straight men who default to liking long hair on women just like women.”

Weesha should just send me her neon-soled Mary Janes. Right now.

The Ethicist weighs in on appearance, skill level, and broadcasting in response to a reader letter about firing a salesperson based on her nose and tongue piercings. (Thanks, Miss_Tina.)

Looking to try the cable knit trend on a budget? Here are some bargainous recommendations.

Patty in polka dots, mustard, pink, and spectators. Yep, still want to be her.

If you’re battling acne and interested in trying the Clearwave Phototherapy System, check out this offer over at Beauty Bets: You can get a free one, if you’re willing to document results!

I adore this mix of red, black, leopard print and stripes.

Should you belt under or over your cardigan if you’re short-waisted? Imogen has the answer.

Love this advice for furthering your body image journey by learning to manage your internal conversation about body “flaws.”

I’m on the hunt for a pair of skinny printed pants at my local thrift stores, but any of these would do in a pinch.

“It’s natural to dress to impress others, or even at the opposite end of the spectrum, to repel them as an act of mild rebellion. But at the end of the day, you’re the one stuck wearing the clothes. Above all, dress for yourself.”

Lyddie makes leopard legwear look lovely. (Self-confessed alliteration addict, right here.)

Are certain nail colors inappropriate to conservative office environments?

A recently published book asks the question that I answered last week: How much do you weigh? Find out more about this body-positive project and its stigma-shattering goals here.

Elissa explores ideas of body “perfection,” and questions the wisdom of a recent article that reveals a Victoria’s Secret model’s diet and exercise routine, managing to shame both model and reader in the process.

And from the Department of Random: Rowan Kitty’s perspective on self-employed Sal via The Oatmeal. (Not entirely true. She gets LOADS of lap time. But I also get lots of mrow time.)

One more from the DoR: This gave me goosebumps. (Via Pinterest)

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  • don’t you LOVE the murmuration vid? Saw it last week – I, too, get goosebumps each time I watch (kind of fun, that – like a really low key carnival ride!).

    just curious, on the topic of style and body and ageing and change, do you know of any good comparison guides to style through the ages of one’s life? My body is changing. I’m finally losing the last vestiges of girlhood, looking more womanly these days – and feeling a bit awash when it comes to translating looks that I like to a new different frame, you know? Plus, c’mon. I’m in my 30s, I’m starting to feel like I don’t WANT to dress like a 20 something anymore – I feel awkward. But I feel like most editorials, lookbooks, etc. are geared toward a younger body. Ever considered a series on “if your style in your 20s is/was a/b/c, consider x/y/z in your 30s, 40s, 50s”? Or do you know any blogs that investigate this kind of thing?

    (and with that, I’m off to browse Mutton as Lamb, thanks for that timely link!!)

  • ps. When I said I was getting fat to my gyno this week, I was shocked to learn my BMI is in the healthy range. IN fact, it’s at the low end of the healthy range. Proof that those numbers can mean very little – and that I have terrible image issues, geez! I’m so glad she said something. I had no idea. I guess that’s part of adjusting to the new body thing – I guess I did think for a long time that I would always be 5’11 and 127-130lbs. hum.

  • Eva

    I laughed at the nail colors article. I am an attorney and I do dress fairly conservatively at work but I always wear dark nail polish.

    Right now? Deborah Lippmann’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

  • Gillian

    I don’t think the pierced woman was fired–she was a candidate who wasn’t hired. Not that it isn’t still questionable, but I don’t see it as being as bad.

    • Sal

      Ahh, that could be. “Eliminated” tripped me up.

  • Cat vs. internet – every cat keeper in the world is nodding her head to that one! I’m in love with Not Dressed as Lamb.

  • Mia

    I’m interested in the Ethicist Q&A–a few months ago, I was given permission by my work to dye my hair pink, and then after I did so, the permission was rescinded, and I was asked to dye my hair back or risk being moved. Since I work at the front desk of our office, I can understand that somewhat, but it still discouraged me that upper management took such a firm position on it, considering we’re part of a university. The personal assumptions that some people make about unconventional looks make it hard to want to get to know those people, or to want to work for them. I’m at my natural color now and don’t mind it too much, but it’s more the strength of the objection and its prejudicial roots that irk me. (Neatly groomed pink hair makes me look like a hoodlum? Um, okay.)

  • There is always so much loveliness in this series!

  • Jen

    I love the murmuration of starlings (and being a word-nerd, I love that it’s called a murmuration)! It always makes me catch my breath when I see birds doing that. It makes me think of schools of fish, but in the sky.

  • Wow Sally…. how stoked am I that you’ve mentioned Not Dressed As Lamb? Thank you SO much, what an amazing compliment, I’m so glad you like it! I’m following you now, I’m working my way through your articles and everything else, I love what I’ve read so far.

    You’ve totally made my day, I was having a rubbish Friday (it’s been raining ALL day here and I had a constant banging headache). All better now thanks to you! (Oh and check out my new post I’ve just put on the blog, I’m really proud of the photos, today’s an important day in the UK)

    Catherine x

  • Yay! The cardi DIY was just what I needed… I thought about that for a long time already but never had the guts to do it! Thanks for linking! 😀

  • The article (and comments on the article) on body piercings really bothered me. Most people without body piercings assume that they are easily removed and replaced, just like non-cartilage ear piercings. That’s not how it works. I have a conch ear piercing and a small nostril stud, and I never, ever change them out except by a professional piercer because it requires special equipment and would be dangerous to attempt on my own. That, and the fact that my piercings are also sentimental, means that I would have to (very, VERY begrudgingly) turn down a job offer if the condition was that I had to remove them. As much as I would hate to make that decision, I’m not willing to make a permanent change to my outward appearance – to something that has become part of my identity – for the sake of a job that may well be temporary.

    • pope suburban

      Not only that, but to call someone stupid for having piercings or tattoos? I’m not stupid, you’re not stupid, Sal’s not stupid, my numerous college-educated friends are not stupid. I admit I thought long and hard about placement and jewelry before I made any moves, but I haven’t lost any jobs over it or even been reprimanded. In fact, a lot of older co-workers like my earrings! I always dress and act professionally, and that is what gets me in the door and what keeps me at my desk– which is exactly what should. No one cares about my nail polish, either. The level of negativity the people in the comments were leveling my way (however indirectly) was totally unnecessary and untrue. If I thought their good opinions were something I wanted, I’d have been crushed. Happily, I don’t, and I can look to a lot of very savvy, creative role models to back me up.

  • Mistie

    I love Aesop Rock!

  • Thank you for the linkage! I know you’ll believe me when I tell you how much I wanted to cut my hair while writing that post.

    Interesting question about the nail color (I’ve been in magazines so long that I can’t imagine what a conservative dress code would be. One of my colleagues wore a dress literally made out of ribbons, knowwhatimean?).