Lovely Links: 3/30/12

Local Twin Cities folks, get your butts over to the Karin Jacobson sample sale this weekend! You know you want a new cocktail ring …

I found these tips for how to recognize quality construction in trousers to be fascinating and helpful.

If you’re a teen or have a beloved teen in your life who struggles with body image, be sure to check out Medicinal Marzipan’s Teen Week programming.

Kendra’s printed dress gives her the perfect excuse to mix black with bold brights.

The ties between fashion/retail and reality TV are becoming stronger with each passing season, it seems.

Navy blue polka dots with sunny yellow accents? Yes, please.

My Strong, Sexy & Stylish cohort Karen interviewed the amazing Anna of Curvy Yoga!

Or, if you prefer your polka dots in black and white, you may have those instead. (And a hilarious drawing of Sarah by her 4-year-old niece. Featuring anatomy!)

“No matter what your size, there are people telling you to love yourself.
No matter what your size, there are people shaming your body.
No matter what your size, your feelings and body are being manipulated, challenged, and threatened by other people’s own insecurities.”

Just when I thought Rocquelle’s hair couldn’t get any more amazing, she does this.

Imogen highlights 10 costly shopping mistakes to avoid. Word.

Since I have mixed feelings about shape wear myself, I thoroughly enjoyed Elissa’s open letter to SPANX.

Check out the amazing story of the gown that Jenny Carroll wore to the Nobel Prize ceremony in honor of her father-in-law’s work. I loved this quote from her: “My two girls are always faced with the false dichotomy of you can be beautiful or you can be smart,” she says. “You can be all. The dress can be beautiful and tell a story. You can be beautiful and tell a story.”

Quick reminder: Gracey is hilarious.

Why do we want to look tan in the first place? A multitude of reasons, many of them tied to class, luxury, and status. (I try to embrace my paleness as best I can.)

I loved these 18 great quotes about body image. Unsurprisingly.

Did you know you can freeze your jeans to help keep them clean? Check out nine other cool clothing tips from Lifehacker right here. (Via YLF)

Weesha is absolutely radiant in a coral blazer and floral dress. Floral and coral! Clearly meant to be together.

Check out the roundup of ethical fashion and thrifting-related links toward the end of this post. Well, check out the whole post, of course, but I found the links particularly fascinating!

Charlie’s belted coat, hot pink blouse, and zebra-print belt all have me drooling.

I shared some tidbits about how my husband and I manage our finances over at the Frisky.

Since I know you folks are always on the lookout for good vegan options, gotta give a shout-out to Neuaura for some seriously sweet shoes. This pair of Melia sandals just might end up in my collection.

If you’re craving colorful skinnies for spring and summer, consider DIYing a pair! (My post on over-dyeing here.)

If last week’s link to MyClothingHelper piqued your interest, good news: The company is offering 20% off to Already Pretty readers! Click here to get the discount.

And from the Department of Random: I give you Downton Arby’s.

  • Miss T

    About the women’s pants not having the details of men’s pants: Reaching back to my clothing design classes on this, “tailoring” or “tailored” is distinct from “dressmaker” details. Women’s clothing is for the most part, constructed using dressmaker details, to varying or lesser degrees of quality. This *can* include taped or otherwise finished seams — or not — and other details. The high end of dressmaking is “couture”. Then there’s tailoring, for men and women. Tailoring traditionally refers to suiting, for men or women. Tailoring involves different techniques than dressmaking (even if the dressmaking involves pants — i.e., not all pants are tailored). I took a semester-long course in tailoring, during which we made suits mostly by hand, in the traditionally tailoring methods, which involves things like shaping wool, steaming/pressing techniques, linings, seam finishes, lapels, cuffs, interfacings, and other suiting-specific areas. The only seams sewn on the machine were the long side seams. Even the sleeves were put in by hand. When a man buys a $3K designer suit, much of it is hand tailored. Our instructor told us that suits (for men or women) used to be a relatively expensive, and relatively rare expenditure. Most folks had 1 or 2 suits, and that was it. Therefore, the suits were constructed to enable a LIFETIME of alterations, with generous seam allowances to be taken in or out (for men or women) numerous times over 20+ years. Taping the seams helps to maintain the integrity of seams if they are going to be manipulated many times. But, really, if you don’t plan on having the garment altered numerous times over a lifetime — and I don’t think most people do this anymore — then there is no reason for the seams in trousers, men’s or women’s, to be taped. That being said, price is definitely a factor in all this. If a suit goes for $1,000 or more — men’s or women’s — one would expect impeccable tailoring details. For off the rack stuff, even designer, well, not so much. People don’t expect it or demand it, and women certainly don’t demand it, so the manufacturers aren’t going to give it to us unless it’s a VERY expensive garment. These are generalizations, of course; there’s always the occasional extremely well-tailored women’s garment for a reasonable price.

  • http://closetconfections.com Closet Confections

    Another great roundup as always! Have a great weekend. :-)

  • http://mcphersonbonilla.blogspot.com/ Eden

    I’ve come to look forward to your Lovely Links. Thanks for another great compilation.

    I really liked your article about the finances. My husband and I have a very unique way of dealing with our money. It probably wouldn’t work for most, but it’s right for us… and that’s what matters.

    Love the B&W polkadot dress.

    And the Downton Arby’s clip totally made my afternoon. That was emailed off to a list of fellow fans who also share the same ridiculous sense of humor.

  • Frenchie

    Loved your article on finances with your husband. My husband was the one who suggested we keep our money separate when we married 19 years ago. I hesitated, we discussed, but I agreed. Boy, am I glad I did! Like you, I love shoes. I don’t need to run a purchase by him. I’m thrifty (again, like you) so I’m good with my money, and I like the independence of spending what and when I want. I recommend others keep their finances separate, especially if both partners work.

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

    Thanks for including my story!

  • http://notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.com/ Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    Imogen wrote: “Buying because it’s on sale, not because you need it” – thanks Imogen (and Sal) – if I can conquer this one, I will be rolling in the dough : >

  • http://fashionforgiants.blogspot.com Gracey at Fashion for Giants

    Another fabulous list – loved the Finance article and Weesha’s floral and coral.

    And thanks so much for including me again!

    Gracey

  • http://www.femininebravery.com/ Charlie, Feminine Bravery

    Thank you Sally for including me in your links! :)

  • Anne

    Thanks for the links Sally. I loved Downton Arby’s. I predict it will go viral in my ‘hood!

  • Cathy

    Lots to have fun with here. The anatomy drawing was prime. I always love it when you include Gracey, because I read her blog for 1) her smile, 2) her writing, and 3) her outfits.

    And yes, I did know that you could keep jeans clean by freezing them. I traveled from the San Francisco Bay Area to Joplin, Missouri last fall to participate in some house-building via Habitat for Humanity, and I worked with a retired building inspector from Kentucky who not only told me about freezing jeans but sent me a picture of such when he got back home!

  • http://asiancajuns.com AsianCajuns Lar

    Thanks for including my link, Sal! I love your link round-ups!

  • http://Www.considermelovely.com Rocquelle

    This has to be my favorite roundup each week, and I’m always honored to be included!!

  • http://pockyandanne.etsy.com Anne

    I liked the piece about your finances with your husband. My boyfriend and I are currently doing the same thing and I really, really like it. My ex husband and I had joint accounts and it was awful! We fought about money CONSTANTLY, he would berate me if he saw that I spent $20 at Target but didn’t understand my anger when he bought a $300 car part without consulting me first (and then we’d have nothing left over for groceries until next paycheck). It definitely contributed to us splitting up. I know pooling money works for some couples but I’m much happier with separate accounts.
    Also loved the list of quotes about body image :)

  • http://the-beheld.com Autumn

    Ha! Downton Arby’s!

    Thank you for including my tan piece in this roundup. I’m currently in Texas and am having to remind myself to not give in to the temptation of a “base tan.” I know better! Ugh.