Lovely Links: 7/13/12

A few quick notes:

Twin Cities residents can now purchase
Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress it Well
at:

I Like You in Minneapolis
Garrison Keillor’s Common Good Books in St. Paul

In case you missed the post earlier today,
there are updates to the Kindle/iPad version now.
(Nook edition still forthcoming – hang in there!)

If you missed my appearance on Shop Girls on 107.1, click here to have a listen.

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Got a vintage scarf that you love but just never seem to wear? Frame it.

Seven women were photographed by a professional fashion photographer without make-up, in just their underwear and a tank top, as they speak about their personal experiences with body image and media. The results are truly moving. (Via Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall)

Totally digging local Minneapolis blogger Erin of Denim and Ink. How gorgeous are her printed pants?

Over at The Frisky I wrote about how my friendships with other women have evolved over time.

As a failed sewist myself, I doubt I’ll ever put this to use, but am just floored by the concept: Make This Look grabs currently-on-sale dresses and garments and matches them up with uncannily similar sewing patterns. The blogger even goes the extra mile and styles an entire outfit with shoes, bag, and jewelry!

Proving that burgundy goes with just about everything, Patience wears a lovely yellow lace frock with her wine-colored platforms.

” … aside from the monster oversight in underrepresenting and misrepresenting older women, mainstream media knows exactly what it is doing when it comes to that huge, money-packing demographic. Excellent business decision #1: Convince women their value entirely depends on their appearance, and that aging is the worst thing that could happen to their appearance.”

This article about the challenges of advocating for the Health at Every Size movement offers some great alternatives to trying to convince adamant people that weight-based discrimination is wrong, including being a body positive role model and focusing on hard facts.

I’m still swooning over this ensemble of color blocked mint, purple, and magenta. And if you just can’t get enough color blocking, check out the submission to the Everybody, Everywear color blocking challenge.

“When I think about how unkind I have been with my thoughts toward my body while it has simultaneously been so kind to my soul with all that it has allowed me to accomplish, I am humbled. I wish to not ever be that unkind to the vessel that I’ve been given to enjoy and experience this life again.”

If you tall gals are looking for some stylish inspiration, check out Thirty-five Inch Inseam. Funky style with a retro flair.

With the Olympics just around the corner, more and more sports-related stories are cropping up. Reader Monica recommended this PBS documentary titled “Strong!” which chronicles the life and career of Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth. Anyone seen it?

How do you feel about uniforms and signature styles? Do you have one yourself?

A clutch covered with delicate fabric roses adds a gorgeous pop of color to this stately black outfit.

Hourglassy explores historic and recent depictions of breasts as weapons, and mulls how controversial breasts and breast exposure have become.

This cowl-necked, striped maxi dress looks so durned COZY.

Looking for 24 adorable ways to style gingham? Here you go.

“The past few weeks have driven home a point I danced around last time but could never get to the heart of: The mirror is a reflection of how we feel, not how we look.”

Once summer really hits, there’s nothing quite like a Little White Dress to make you feel cool, fresh, and pulled-together. Just add a few colorful touches.

Amazing local cosmetic house The Elixery has teamed up with amazing local artist Dessa for a custom lip color. GORGEOUS.

“Whether Jimmy Choos, Pumas or Toms, shoes let us stand out as individuals while fitting into similarly shod social groups. The complex relationship between the social and the personal is why it’s so hard to tell much about a shoe’s owner from a photograph alone — and why shoes are so interesting.” (Via The Beheld)

And from the Department of Random: How to fix anything.

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  • Hi Sal, thanks for the feature on my yellow lace dress.I am humbled and really appreciate it. I am glad you love that dress also, one of my favorites.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend.

    Patience

  • Thanks so much for introducing us to 35 Inch Inseam; Rebecca is just lovely!

  • Thank you for all the fabulous links. I’ve found some new blogs to subscribe to.

  • Kristin

    Oh, please don’t ruin your vintage scarves by putting them in embroidery hoops!

    • Sal

      Hmmm. Even if they’re already stained or torn in certain places? Even if they were purchased for $0.25 at the thrift store? Even if doing so brightens your home? Not sure how this is any different from repurposing any other item or garment that’s not getting used in its current state …

  • Brenda Marks

    Re. your Frisky post (where I couldn’t figure out how to post a comment). . . I definitely appreciate your thoughts and experiences. My view of friendship has undergone major revisions as an adult! I frequently feel like this is an area of life where the ground is unsteady, but I don’t hear others talking about it. Therefore, I thought I was just weird!

  • Thanks for the link, Sal!

  • Thanks so much for linking me! <3 So happy you like the clutch–it was a steal at $5 on sale at H&M! 😀

    xo Allison