Lovely Links: 6/29/12

A few quick administrative notes:

Green Mountain at Fox Run has generously extended the 20% discount through July 31. If you’re interested in using it, just call 1-800-448-8106 and mention that you heard about the discount here at Already Pretty. (Not to be combined with any other offers.)

I was lucky enough to be Twitterviewed this week! Check out the full transcript over at Minnesota Monthly.

On Saturday, July 7, I’ll be on Shop Girls on 107.1! Tune in around 11:30 a.m. to hear the interview.

Don’t forget to swing by the forums! Share a favorite nail product. Chime in with a resource for tall clothing. Or start a conversation about the new Already Pretty book!

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Take a peek behind the scenes of Mad Men. You know you want to.

A breezy neon maxi skirt provides a marvelous way to marry two fun summer trends.

Maybe there is something fundamentally superficial and frivolous about loving clothes, but here’s the thing: I love clothes, I do. I love the feel of crisp, out-of-the-wash linen, and I love the bounce of a well-cut circle-skirt. I love the way a light-as-air silk top feels against my skin. I could be embarrassed about that, and I could try to talk about clothes as essentially functional, utilitarian items that we have to wear in our daily lives. That’s not what it’s about for me though. It’s not about creating an identity with the help of clothes either, and it’s not about following fashion. To be honest, I don’t know what it’s about. Fun? Hedonism? But you know what, I don’t really care. It is what it is, and that’s enough for me.”

Angie explains how she learned to love her laugh lines.

I do adore mustard and maroon. Especially in a whimsical print mix.

Terri posits that regular thrifting can change how you look at and understand clothing. I agree. I am MUCH better at eyeballing fit and flattery thanks to my years of poring over the thrift racks.

Rocquelle is a knockout in her printed skirt and sky-high silver platform sandals.

What exactly ARE compliments? Autumn explores some recent research into how compliments work and how they differ depending on the giver and recipient. Part 2 is here.

Kasmira shares some of her favorite updos. ALL of them look amazing!

This Real Simple article titled The Modern Guide to Aging Gracefully has a fair number of “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts,” but I still dig the message: Outdated rules about women, aging, and grooming practices are dying off, new guidelines are emerging. And they’re far more flexible.

Can lipstick be used as concealer? Apparently so.

“The instinct to hide myself away is still there, but gradually I’ve become much better at taking a healthy, loving approach to my body. However, bikinis still bring out that old familiar sense of panic, that old crawling, blushing ballet class shame.” (Language NSFW)

I truly adored this piece about the anxiety that often accompanies having small breasts, by the late Nora Ephron. (Via Wendy Brandes)

Great tips for the care and feeding of white shirts.

When the heat hits, a printed sheath dress and bold accessories make for a great ensemble.

“You don’t get to decide that people with certain physical traits don’t get to exist, no matter how distasteful you may find them. And despite popular belief, you cannot presume to know a person’s behaviour based solely on their weight.”

Pattern-mixing maven Kara does dots on dots.

There are some really fascinating and unexpected tips in this post on how to define a short waist.

“Feminists come in many forms, and whatever Liz Jones would have you believe, they manifest as make-up artists and clean-faced hippies, high-heeled vegan lesbian photographers with blue eyeliner and barristers with foot fetishes who have never so much as hidden a blemish with concealer. Feminism has never and will never be about make-up. We are never betrayed by people who join our cause and believe in equality between the sexes. A glittery tube of strawberry lip gloss should never be an insurmountable barrier between us.”

And from the Department of Random: The world’s most accurate pie chart.

Another from the DoR: Is it humid today?

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  • Laurel

    The Nora Ephron link doesn’t seem to lead to an article.

    • Sal

      Hmm. Works fine for me. There may be an ad at the beginning that you can skip. Otherwise, search for “A Few Words About Breasts Esquire”

  • The trick to use lipstick as concealer is genius! I’m a pinkie and I can never find concealer in my color.

  • Thanks for the lovely link Sal!

  • poodletail

    Thanks for the “Everyday Beauty” recommendation. I want to spend some serious time reading all Zuzu’s Petals’ back posts.

  • missjulied

    If the Real Simple article is about aging gracefully, why are they using all pictures of young women? Booo!

  • Thank you! And isn’t Zuzu’s Petals great?

  • Thanks for the link love, lovely Sally! May we one day frolic amongst the wardrobe racks of Mad Men together. xo