Lovely Links: 4/6/12

The fab folks over at Stylelist have launched an amazing project, and they need your support. Essentially, if you swing by and leave a comment on this post saying something positive about your own body, HuffPo will donate $1 to Girls Inc., an organization that promotes self-esteem and leadership skills for young girls. Please, go! Comment! And spread the word!

Nothing like a bold floral dress and sparkly shoes to brighten your day.

I’ve got loads of them from my thrift excursions, so I’m always looking for new ways to style and wear square silk scarves. (Via Nubby Twiglet)

Men don’t talk about body image as much as women, but they think about it. Plenty.

Allie is radiant in a red and turquoise mix. Love that vibrant clutch, too!

“The more something is re-blogged, the more ubiquitous it becomes, and the more likely it is to become part of the standard of taste. Or: popularity equals exposure.”

Have you ever thought about how Facebook use is affecting your relationship with your body? This article explores several related ideas.

SO fascinating: This NYT article explains enclothed cognition, the effects of clothing on cognitive processes. (Cheers, Cynthia)

“I remember looking forward to the end of the century so I could see the 20th century laid out in a row of 10 clearly defined figures, but of course by the time that happened, I was old enough to realize that the 1990s didn’t fit the formula. There was no single silhouette that somehow contained the essence of the decade.”

I learned everything I know about dress/skirt layering from Audi.

I’ve got a piece over at The Frisky this week about why I’ve stopped using a scale.

It’s true: The media just LOVES to pit women against each other, over issues both real and imagined. (Here is the article referenced, both via The Beheld.)

I was delighted to contribute a few ideas to this article on budget style for active moms for Minnesota Parent.

Crushing so hard on Faintly Masculine, where Ariel shows us a gorgeous array of her marvelous, menswear-inspired looks. This one is a particular fave.

Imogen shares a few tips for flattering full upper arms. Love the tip about cap sleeves.

You can hardly go wrong with red, white, and black. Especially if the red is in the form of a sharp blazer.

College Candy serves up eight adorable florals for springy celebrations.

“… We get a glimpse of the aging process in the stark daylight. And there’s nothing inherently bad about it. It is reality. If we’re lucky, we get older. No one is immune.”

Sound advice for identifying counterfeit handbags at the thrift store.

Unsurprisingly, the NudePhotoRevolutionaries calendar has caused quite an uproar. Participant Greta Christina responds to one critic with tremendous passion and anger, saying, “And yet the women passing these judgments, the women demanding that other women make complicated choices about their bodies based on someone else’s rigid ideology, never seem to say to themselves, ‘You should never shame other women about their consensual choices with their bodies — we live in a culture of relentless slut-shaming, in which women are not seen as having physical and sexual agency, and these judgments contribute to it.'”

Jessica breaks several style “rules,” extremely stylishly.

This roundup of quotes from Maya Angelou has so much truthy goodness in it.

And from the Department of Random: Did you know that right here in Minnesota it’s illegal to sleep naked, drive a truck with dirty tires, or cross state lines with a duck on your head? More of this at (“Dumb” is relative, of course, but most of these are undeniably goofy. Cheers to the Stuff You Should Know podcast for alerting me to this gem.)

Another from the DoR: I’ve heard the original version of this song a billion times and am yet to tire of it. This cover is mind-blowing.

  • Ashe @ Ash in Fashion

    Thank you for sharing Thomas’s guest post, mamacita! I love getting insight in to the male psyche.

  • Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    I love dumblaws! Thanks for the mention, and for the link to your excellent article about the scale. Bravo to you for that!

  • Allie

    I was wondering why I got a bunch of new comments on this outfit post! Thank you so much for linking to me, you always scour the ‘net for the best pieces out there and I am honored to be on your list!

  • Gracey at Fashion for Giants

    I loved that outfit of Allie’s so I’m so happy you included her this week!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Sal!

  • Aziraphale

    Oh! I just saw that cover of Somebody That I Used to Know for the first time last week. It’s so good that my eight-year-old asked to watch it three times in a row!

  • Anat

    I also stopped weighing myself years ago, and my weight has stayed quite stable, even decreasing slightly. I know that if I do suddenly gain weight, I will notice this quite quickly by the fit of my clothes.

    My reasons were much the same as yours – I felt that this dependency on the scales was making me miserable, and to no good us. I wasn’t benefiting anything, but ruining my mood and my confidence.

    When people ask me if I’ve lost weight (which they often do for some reason), I tell them that I have no idea, but I think I’m more or less the same as usual!

  • Angela

    That Gotye cover is amazing! Thank you for sharing that. I don’t typically like sad songs, but I’m kind of obsessed with this one.

  • STL Mom

    I love that video!

  • lynn

    I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve listened to that song since reading your post this weekend!