Lovely Links: 1/27/12

How do you gauge value of the various pieces in your wardrobe? Use? Cost? Versatility?

This stripy dress is calling to me.

I loved reading Chelsea’s thoughts on the importance of experimentation and risk-taking in personal style.

So excited about The Blind Hem, a newly-launched online magazine that promises to examine fashion and style with honesty and intelligence. They’re already pumping out great content, like this post on how to date vintage clothing.

This list of 10 songs about shoes is going to become a favorite playlist for me, guaranteed.

Lisa amps up a ladylike tweedy blazer with a minty blue skirt. Love it!

You have every right to wear whatever you want, and if someone is so narrow-minded that they need to get on you about it so that the world is easier for them to understand, they might need a reminder that it doesn’t work that way.” (Thanks, Robin)

Virginia shares her thoughts on liking your body when it doesn’t like you back.

Patty shows off her marvelous wide-calf plum leather boots. What a find!

Not sure how I missed this, but Corporette has an ongoing conversation and guide to comfortable heels over on her site. The comment thread is interesting, and I agree with most of Kat’s recommendations. Though I couldn’t give my opinion of Loubs or Choos, having never tried ‘em.

Yet another marvelous tribute to the transformative power of female friendship.

The Style Crone looks so sophisticated in her gorgeous fedora and hot pink gloves.

“She was so well-meaning, so concerned about my looking approachable and pretty, and I know she didn’t mean anything by it. But when she said this, so much rage welled up in me. So much. I made a joke and changed the subject, but all I wanted to do was scream. Loudly.”

Weesha’s candid account of her experiences being the fat daughter is incredibly moving.

Zarna’s hair matches her belt. Because they are both emerald green. Amazing!

College Candy gives us eight pairs of cute cropped pants for under $20 apiece.

My gosh. Someone made an actual, literal clothes horse.

Clothing sizing is completely arbitrary. And don’t you forget it.

And from the Department of Random: I found you a snoring dormouse.

  • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

    Hi folks. No idea why comments were closed on this post … they’re open now. Sorry!

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

    Awwww… thanks for the linkup, Sal!

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

    That dormouse kills me. I keep meaning to record my dogs snoring.

  • http://fashionista-next-door.com Eboni Ife’

    As always, thanks for the awesome roundup!

  • http://ragsagainstthemachine.blogspot.com/ Terri

    the doormouse–precious and too much like someone I know intimately!

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      Me too. ;)

  • http://crazyravens.blogspot.com/ PK

    I always enjoy your lovely links and have discovered some wonderful blog sites through it. Thanks, Sally.

  • merrily row

    One post that made me smile in spite of the foot of snow on this cold January day was the Brown Umbrella’s post on Winter Shorts. Talk about an oxymoron.

    http://www.thebrownumbrella.com/1/post/2012/01/short-days-long-nights-winter-shorts.html

  • Sara

    I love how the dormouse video is followed by links for sleep apnea sites. On my screen anyway.

  • http://www.oranges-and-apples.com/ Franca

    Thank you for including my ‘valuing clothes’ post, Sally! Always an honour!

  • http://stylishthought.com Fajr

    Thanks for the link love, Sally!

  • http://thefashionablebureaucrat.blogspot.com Megan

    That striped dress in link two is amazing.

    Your linky posts are always great – I find lots of new blogs to read.

  • http://www.monkeyobsessions.blogspot alice

    I love that article on female friendship and how being a single woman does not mean there’s something wrong with you. Thanks!

  • http://www.myedit.blogspot.com jentine

    I have watched that dormouse snoring a few times too many… so freaking cute!

  • http://stylecrone.com The Style Crone

    Thank you so much for the lovely link and your sweet generosity.

  • http://sheliesshattered.blogspot.com/ Samantha (GlassCannon)

    Thanks for the link to the “wear what you want” article. Really amazingly written, and it wasn’t until I’d read the whole thing that I realized the author is *15 years old*. Inspiring, and gives me hope for the next generation. I need to print that out so I can tape quotes from it up around my house — on my mirror, on my fridge, next to my car keys — to remind me to be as fearless as her. I could quote every third line and still not cover all the awesomeness in that article, so I’ll settle with just the one *paragraph* that really struck me:

    “Yes, I get a little sad when I remember I’m too neurotic and too sarcastic, and that I choose to be loud or quiet at all the wrong times, to be a Sofia Coppola character, but also too vapid, too easily amused, to be as cool as Daria. But I’m not a Sofia Coppola character, and I’m not Daria, I’m me, and I want to look and act like me. And I’ll define me for myself, and it can be, like, this whole other thing that exists outside of body types and comparisons and references. I just wanna like what I like and do things I enjoy and have solid friends and be too busy experiencing this grand old thing we call life to worry whether I’m allowed to or not.”

  • http://spidersilkstockings.blogspot.com Celynne

    That snoring mouse is too much XD Love the links! It’s fun seeing blogs I now follow because of these link-lists of yours.

  • http://lizmakesthings.com Liz

    Thank you for sharing Alice’s post. I’ve been struggling with what I wanted to say to her since I read it over a week ago and I finally wrote it all down. I posted my comment on her post this morning, and god It was extremely hard to write. I shared her story with a lot of people and I wish that every single person in the world could read it. Thank you for the constant inspiration your blog brings me and for creating such a safe and positive environment to discuss these issues. I am so very grateful.