Lovely Links: 5/11/12

Here’s a pretty fabulous post from a pretty fabulous woman who decided to stop shaving her legs, pits, and everything else. (Cheers, Ellinoora!)

This packing advice for warm weather travel is spot-on. Also consummate traveler Audi shares what she packed for her recent trip to Europe. Learn from the master, my friends.

This masterful monochrome pattern mix includes pops of yellow and red. Who could ask for anything more?

Tell us about girls who make robots and cars and bridges. Girls who build rockets, girls who can make and build and invent — girls who have grand adventures, but who can still go dancing, and still braid their hair, and still wear pink. Tell us about you. I know you’re out there.”

Denim jacket, graphic tee, bright skirt, wedge sandals – a marvelous formula for warm-weather style.

Loved this interview with 62-year-old style icon and vintage devotee Tziporah Salmon. A true original.

Rosie shares some snippets from her body image class participants, and they are fabulous. I especially loved this one: “… no matter what the ideal standard of beauty is, it is going to be impossible for everyone to reach it and we shouldn’t try because the world would be a boring place if we all looked the same.” Check out part 2 as well.

Megan Mae rocks a pair of bold printed pants, and garners several compliments in the process.

Ash launches her Beautiful Bodies series by interviewing … herself! She describes the series as, “… a series of interviews with fashion and lifestyle bloggers on their body image, experiences with body image, and dressing for their bodies.” (I’ll be participating soon!)

My latest StarTribune article shows some fun ways to use and repurpose your jewelry.

No idea how The Body Image Project eluded me for so long, but cheers to Weesha for the reminder.

Curvy Girl Chic shares her picks for covetable wide width sandals.

Did you know that it’s almost BIKINI SEASON??!?!?@???^!!?? Caitlin has a few choice words for the mags and manufacturers who make us all feel anxious and inadequate about ourselves for the sake of swimwear.

I’ll definitely be stealing this nautical look, right down to the headscarf!

Summer is on its way, and that means challenging times for office workers. This post shares a wealth of information on professional dressing during the hot summer months.

Lest you think that all outfit bloggers nail it the first time, Lisa has collected these funny and adorable outfit outtakes from her fellow bloggers.

This star-print flared-skirt dress is killing me. WITH ITS GORGEOUSNESS.

“In an ironic twist, Hijab-wearing Muslim women are falling prey to the same thing their choice of garb ostensibly protects them from: a relentless bombar of distorted female body images.” (Cheers, Allison)

A roundup of clothing brands and resources that cater to women with large busts? Hurrah! I’d only heard of a few of these myself, and am excited to explore the rest.

Did you know that the ever-hilarious Natalie Dee recently launched a makeup and beauty product blog? Oh yeah. Brutal honesty ahoy.

“In that moment, I got it. I finally realized, felt, really got how much time I spent thinking about how great everyone else looks … My life was being wasted comparing myself to everyone I wasn’t!”

This creative gal has posted 21 ways to style a chambray shirt. So much inspiration in there. Also peek at her red jeans and green jeans projects.

What’s your biggest mirror challenge?

Bigger breasts are by definition seen to be in need of holding up, in danger of escaping. Which has nothing to do with what is happening in reality. Some people (at all sizes) want lots of extra support, and some (like me) don’t need it and would prefer something that does a bit of holding up, but doesn’t build a restrictive military structure around your chest and also, you know, looks pretty.”

Check out this fabulous tribute to the ever-stylish and ever-lovable Angela Lansbury.

Bordo describes the contemporary thin, toned ideal as a repudiation of a more voluptuous, feminine form. Toned women are powerful women, who suggest ‘willpower, energy, and control’ over their desires. To be jiggly or ‘wiggly,’ she says, is to be ‘unacceptable;’ such body parts are loose, lazy, and over-sexed, at least in our culture’s stereotypes about women’s bodies.”

Head over to the Strong, Sexy & Stylish blog to read an interview with one of my personal style icons, Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen.

Autumn reacts to Vogue’s recent announcement about models, weight, age, and body image saying, “To herald Vogue as a game-changing ambassador of healthy body image is to forget that fashion photography is specifically designed to elicit a response—yearning—within us, and few things in our culture inspire yearning like thinness.”

Probably my favorite read of the week: How Hillary Clinton finally got people to stop nattering on about her clothes and makeup. That woman. She gives me hope. (Via Checks and Spots)

Coming in a close second, this post on the challenges of discussing important and sensitive issues such as race, sexuality, beauty, prejudice, and gender. (Via The Beheld)

And from the Department of Random: Like many, I’ve enjoyed a little BBC Sherlock now and then. So this photo showing an epic typo of actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s name made me guffaw. That’s FRUMIOUS to you, sonny.

Also from the DoR: Last night, HM and I attended the live movie theater broadcast of a special episode of This American Life. (They’re doing encores on Tuesday!) Did anyone else go? It was absolutely magical. And I am once again reminded that a good 30% of the artists, writers, and comedians I adore were first shown to me by TAL. New favorite: Monica Bill Barnes & Company. I couldn’t find a vid of a complete piece (which makes sense), but here are excerpts.

  • http://www.mischiefmydear.com Ashe @ Ash in Fashion

    Thank you for sharing my interview, sweetness!
    And boy this is a good roundup– I loved the link on hijab & body image and on Hillary Clinton. It’s so wonderful to see the progression she’s had as a woman in power and the inspiration it leads for the rest of us.

  • vampfan30

    heh, the ” epic tyo ” of Ben’s name was actually done on purpose for giggles….apparently, the Sherlock fandom had rubbed off on one of the writers. We do that sometimes. :)
    Also, these links are great, needed some of this this week.

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      Hah! Still hilarious. I’m kind of amazed that the Washington Post allowed such a thing!

  • http://www.meganmaedaily.com/ Megan Mae

    Another excellent link round up! Super excited to be included (especially in a round up including Mr. Cumberbatch ^_~ ) Thanks so much Sally. Already reading away at the articles.

  • http://notdressedaslamb.com Catherine @ Not Dressed As Lamb

    Thanks SO much for featuring my nautical look, Sal – I’m so flattered you liked it!! I haven’t had a chance to read the other lovely links yet as I’ve just seen this before my bedtime (UK time)… they will be on my weekend blog reading list!

    Have a lovely weekend :))

    Catherine x
    http://www.notdressedaslamb.com

    I’m hosting a fabulous ReVintage Jewellery giveaway, do check it out!
    http://www.notdressedaslamb.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/giveaway-revintage-jewellery.html

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

    Thanks for the love! I adore the chambray shirt project. And Hillary Clinton – she is my role model for just about everything.

  • http://ohsaraho.blogspot.com Sarah

    I also attended a This American Life Screening! And now I keep wanting to find an excuse to say “Hey Taylor, I really love your voice.”

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      I know! “Excuse me … I’m sorry to bother you …” Hilarious.

  • http://findingmykd.blogspot.com/ Bridget

    Glad to see the brooch trick is still making the rounds, in the local paper, no less! :)

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      Yes! Your idea is inspiring women all over the Twin Cities. ;)

  • Leanna

    I was at the TAL, taping, too. The Monica Bill Barnes dances were my absolute favorite, among many wonderful things. Thanks, as always, for your blogs. I read them religiously and especially enjoy Lovely Links — I learn so much!

  • Copy Czarina

    I just had to say how extraordinary Tziporah Salomon is (and if I ever had to appear on the red carpet, I’d hire her immediately).

  • Pranita

    Fantastic links Sal, thanks!!!

  • http://monkeyobsessions.blogspot.com alice

    Wow I just loved the Girls and Robots post over at GeekFeminism; it was so inspiring and fun to read through all the comments. I’m a bioengineer by training and hope to establish an academic research career. During my PhD (2005-2010) there were three female professors in the department (out of around 25). It’s crazy to me how few women, outside of biology, stay in academic science. The sexes are pretty evenly split at all levels (undergrad, grad, postdoc) until you get to the faculty level and then suddenly poof! all the women are gone.

  • Charlotte

    I emailed you a request for larger bust clothing the other day (thanks for the reply!) so I am *very* excited about that particular link.

    Looks like a great round-up, can’t wait to read it later.

  • sue

    And I thought those two week periods where I didn’t shave my legs were just me being lazy..nope! It was a movement for feminism! Ahhh lovely. I will definitely continue to shave though (except when I’m just being lazy). I think it’s more attractive. Though I don’t think I ever really notice if other women shave, too busy worrying about myself.

  • http://www.hopebordeaux.com Hope

    Thanks so much for linking to my Adios Barbie post about bralessness & Susan Bordo!
    Best,
    Hope

  • http://www.practicalparalegalism.com Practical Paralegalism Career Dressing

    Oh, man, the mutilation of my TV boyfriend’s name has me both gobsmacked and giggling.

  • http://dollyclackett.blogspot.com Roisin

    Hi Sally, thanks so much for the shout-out – that dress is a beauty, isn’t it?! x

  • Meghan

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and over the last month something has really stuck out. I really can’t quite follow the line of thinking on your blog where in one post you talk about how to dress for your figure, how to look good, etc., but in others you try to empower women by trying to shun what the media has told us to be. You ARE the media, and you’re telling us how to dress in order that we look good enough for society. You can’t have both sides.

    This came to a head today when you have all of these links to fashion blogs side by side with links to articles on female empowerment (no shaving!!), like always. But among all of those articles you posted the Hilary Clinton article wherein the author holds Clinton in such high esteem because she basically says “eff that” to the establishment of fashion and make up. Good for her. I love it. It just doesn’t fit on a blog where you talk about what you wear everyday. Make up your mind.

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      Here’s how the Lovely Links work: I post links to thought-provoking and interesting articles I’ve found over the course of the week. Many of them clash with things I’ve said or linked to in the past because I am constantly mulling and reevaluating what I think and feel about these important topics myself. Does that come off as hypocritical? That’s fine by me. Any human being who claims to be completely free of hypocrisy is kidding herself. Plenty of what I think and feel – both on and off this blog – could be considered hypocritical by others, and I’m comfortable with that.

      I want this to be a space where conversation happens. I do not write about rigid style rules and tell people how they must dress and insist that there’s one right way. And I certainly don’t reinforce the idea that women must “look good enough for society.” Whenever I write about traditional figure flattery – often at the request of my own readers, who are genuinely interested in the topic – I do so with caveats. Mainly that none of my figure flattery advice posts should be considered gospel, and I fully expect everyone to read them with a grain of salt. Style “rules” are merely guidelines, no matter who is dispensing them. I trust readers to use their judgment. And I trust them to take what applies to them, discard the rest, and assume positive intent.

      This blog is about the intersection of body image and style. Some posts will lean more in one direction than the other, obviously, but my overall interest is to show where the two overlap. Some aspects of personal style aren’t 100% harmonious with the quest to cultivate positive body image, and vice versa. I think that’s just fine. It’s not my intention to be eternally consistent or singularly focused. It’s my intention to be exploratory of two topics that have some fascinating and beneficial common ground.

      I don’t see the options as either style or empowerment. I refuse to accept that I am “not allowed” to praise Hillary for shunning fashion yet be interested in fashion myself. There is no one right way to be a strong woman. I won’t choose sides or make up my mind because that would mean I have stopped thinking critically about the issues that mean the most to me.

  • Meghan

    Sal, thank you for your thoughtful response.

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      You bet. Thank you for coming forward with your concerns. If you’re feeling that way, others may be, too, so I’ll definitely post some explanation with this week’s links.

  • http://www.curvygirlchic.com CurvyGirlChic

    Thank you for including my post on wide width sandals!! :D <3 <3

  • http://www.richandheathersmith.com heather smith

    Sal, I just wanted to thank you for including my little projects (green/red jeans, and chambray shirt) in your post! It’s been lovely to “meet” you through your site and I appreciate being included in your line-up though I certainly do not consider myself to be a fashion blogger nor overly creative! Your words are very kind! Many blessings to you!

  • http://the-beheld.com Autumn

    Thank you for the link to my Vogue post! And for the other links as well–that Hillary piece is indeed fantastic.

  • fruitbat

    Thanks so much for including women who don’t shave! I just started waxing my pits this summer – which I find effective, but still somewhere on the same spectrum of corsets and foot-bindng (the spectrum of we cause ourselves pain to look good). It’s sent me into a super-cranky consideration of why the HECK we have to shave AT ALL. Believe me if I had such polite ampit hair as the picture at the top of that article, I’d totally stop too!!!

    Anyway I loved hearing that voice. So thanks.

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