Lovely Links: 11/18/11

Want my secret recipe for three-ingredient guacamole? Better check out this feature on Go Chic or Go Home.

There’s still time to enter the Eileen Fisher giveaway!

Elissa reflects on how far she’s come two years after being discharged from an inpatient treatment center for anorexia and bulimia.

Dolman-sleeved blouse with abstract bird print? Marvelously dramatic, Lisa!

“Perhaps I never hated my body because I come from a long line of strong Nordic women who I picture catching their own dinner with thread and a sewing needle in the middle of a Scandinavian lake. Or maybe because I was raised by a feminist who loved her own body and never had any self hate talk for me to pick up on. My body propelled me through water, allowed me to march, run and so I’ve always been proud of how my body treated me.” (Cheers, Mindy)

Check out these 20 stunning Little Black Dresses for plus-sized women.

When she was 17 years old, Zooey Deschanel wrote to Vogue, encouraging them to expand their portrayal of the “spectrum of beauty.” (Via For Those About to Shop)

The Frisky has highlighted 11 women TV characters that show some chutzpah. Do you agree with their picks?

Vanessa is a total bombshell in her printed dress and leopard belt.

Modern Mrs. Darcy shares five things she adores about online shopping, and a few tips she wishes she’d learned sooner.

Style Odyssey’s head-to-toe black ensemble is avant-garde, sexy, and utterly unique all at once.

Great suggestions for five stylish and comfortable shoe styles for women with plantar fasciitis.

The quirky and enviable wardrobe of heiress Daphne Guinness is currently on display at the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum. If you go, please send photos! (Via This is CorpGoth)

This mix of brights and black is bold, fun, and marvelously chic. Also intentional!

This roundup of budget-friendly corduroy pieces has so many adorable options.

Tall plus-sized women, rejoice! Reader Sarah has let me know that The Limited’s new line Eloquii works marvelously for plus-sized figures who are on the tall side. (She’s 5’9″.)

How do you handle it when someone asks when your baby is due … and you’re not pregnant?

And from the Department of Random: I can’t embed this, but it’s worth the click-through. One of my favorite scenes in movie history set to one of my favorite songs of all time.

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  • Thanks for the link love back to my post about my body love at Aiming Low!

    (who is Mindy?)

    • Sal

      Haha, she’s the reader who e-mailed me your link!

  • About your Frye boots…I want a pair of my own, but a big hesitation is the fear that they’ll cut me at the widest part of my thigh. I’m not afraid they’ll be tight, but rather I’m afraid they’ll make my thighs look huge. Any advice?

    • Sal

      Elspeth, do you mean calf (not thigh)? They do hit me at the widest part of my calf, so often I’ll mitigate that by wearing them with a color of tights/leggings/pants that minimizes contrast. You might try ordering from Zappos or somewhere with a great return policy to see what you think. Then you can hunt for bargains elsewhere! (That’s assuming nowhere near you sells Fryes.)

      • Hahaha, yes. I mean calf, not thigh. Whoops!
        I can’t find anywhere around me that sells Fryes, but I’ll keep hunting. It’s reassuring to know there are ways to avoid the wide-calf issue. I’ve been drooling over them for too long to let that get in my way. I think it’s time to start a get-Elspeth-a-pair-of-Fryes fund! I’ll be sure take your advice in getting them through a company with a good return policy.

        Thanks! 🙂

  • OH MY GOD! Thank you for the article on babies being due, but not being pregnant. I’ve had people asking me that question since I was 16, and have been working on my own version for of the topic for awhile… it’s great to see others address it.

  • Tara

    I have another trick for keeping guac from going brown – add orange juice! I used to use lime or lemon juice in mine, but one day I was out and added a little OJ instead. For some reason, the acid in the orange works better than that in the lemon/lime and keeps it good looking for days. It adds a nice little taste too. I also add a splash of tequila, but that’s just for flavor, not for the browning issue. Mmmmm…guacamole!

    • Sal

      Oh my gosh, Tara. TOTALLY trying that.

      • Guac n Roll! Thanks for linking up, lady.

        In terms of browning, another tip is to store the guacamole in an airtight container. Before you seal it up lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on the guac and make sure to press it down a little. This will prevent/slow down the oxidation process. 🙂

  • Oh my this is such a great list!! I must try out your guac recipe, and it’s sad that years after Zoey Decshanel wrote that letter, not much has changed in terms of ideals represented in Vogue.

  • I am going to see Daphne Guiness’ exhibit, AND, Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels on December 3!

    • Sal

      Ach, you lucky duck!

  • AnnR

    Sal – Do you ever shop at Forever 21?
    I see that dolman sleeved blouse came from F21. I like to walk into the store and it appeals to my hunter-gatherer roots, but I find it overwhelming. Yet they have so many prints and cute stuff!

    How about a tutorial about how to find something cute like that bird blouse there?

  • conbrio

    One more plus-sized LBD – I think it’s elegant and fresh and different, and am planning get it for holiday parties this season: http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/adrianna-papell-rosette-applique-dress-plus/3124382?origin=category&resultback=2360

  • I’m delighted and honored to be included in such a great links list! Thanks so much, Sal!

    And I knew I liked you….that guac recipe looks fabulous!! Silly me, I do a similar thing, but I always use mild-ish salsa + cayenne pepper for the heat. I never thought to go straight for the habanero salsa goodness. I’ll be remedying that straightaway!