Lovely Links: 8/23/13

Friends, I am exhausted beyond words. For some reason, I have been scrambling to catch up with all of my work obligations since my return from New York, and even now, WEEKS later, still feel overwhelmed and overworked every single day. There have been far too many 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. work days lately. So I’m gonna send you directly to the link roundup today, and be back in the saddle with topical posts on Monday.

Enjoy, and have a lovely weekend!

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Florals and stripes will always be my favorite print mix. Though these two sizes of windowpane print look smashing together, too.

Retouching goes both ways: Some magazines will Photoshop models to look less thin, masking protruding bones, and thereby supporting the myth that extreme thinness is both desirable and healthy. (Images may be triggering.)

Golda has rounded up some moving and inspiring body positive performances, mostly poetry and spoken word.

Now THAT’S what I call rocking a tie. Fabulous hat, too, Melanie.

I gave Target’s new Beauty Concierge program a test run this week. Find out more here.

What’s the difference between a French braid and a Dutch braid? Hair Romance knows.

The New York shows are as dominated by white models as they have been since the late 1990s, roughly at the end of the era of supermodels. Jezebel, a blog that has been tracking the appearance of minorities in fashion shows since the debate erupted, noted that the numbers are hardly encouraging. After a notable increase in 2009 that followed extensive news media coverage, the representation of black models has remained fairly steady until this year, when they accounted for only 6 percent of the looks shown at the last Fashion Week in February (down from 8.1 percent the previous season); 82.7 percent were worn by white models.”

Soft pink, gray, and neon yellow mingle in the print on this pleated maxi skirt. Gorgeous and unexpected.

Hourglassy examines how subtle biases against women can prevent them from moving into leadership positions, citing a Harvard Business Review study and an example from “Two Broke Girls.”

Might I interest you in a little textile porn? Utterly gorgeous images from Swati Kalsi.

Melissa at Bike Pretty offers some options for what to wear underneath your skirt when you’re biking around town.

Amazing: Transform a silky dress into a peplum top with a few strategic safety pins.

Imogen tackles a common question: How to avoid looking frumpy and/or matronly. The secret? Carefully placed volume. (P.S. I grabbed lunch with the lady herself, in person, this week and she is such a kindred spirit. Proof here. Well, proof we met. You’ll have to take my word on the kindred spirit thing.)

So much yes to a simple emerald green frock worn with cobalt blue accessories. What a gorgeous combination!

I watched this video last week and found it intriguing and moving. In it, Kara talks about accepting that she is an ugly person and how irrelevant her looks are to her worth and the value she places on life.

This statement necklace could beat up ALL of my statement necklaces.

Over at the Star Tribune, I offered some tips for visiting the Minnesota State Fair in style and comfort. (Headed there with my parents this weekend!)

Further proof that redheads can look ravishing in red.

“The problem isn’t which beauty ideal we choose – it’s having any beauty ideal at all. No matter what magazines and movies and other media tell us ‘real women’ look like — be it skinny, curvy, muscular, or anything else – most of us will not look that way. How about a culture that says that girls and women are fabulous, no matter what their shape?”

This chart of famous eyewear is such fun to peruse. Can you spot your favorite bespectacled celebs?

I’ll be copying this one for sure: Moto, graphic tee, tulle skirt, and heels. Marvelous juxtaposition of frilly and tough.

Sylvia rounds up her favorite fall/winter trends that are ideal for women over 40. She picked out most of my favorites, and I think these are fabulous for women of all ages.

“A lot of people will try and tell you that a woman should watch how she dresses so she doesn’t tempt you to look at her wrongly. Here is what I will tell you. It is a woman’s responsibility to dress herself in the morning. It is your responsibility to look at her like a human being regardless of what she is wearing.”

Can’t quite believe it, but as I type this I’m wearing boyfriend jeans. Taking tips from Fabulatina about how to style them, for sure. Also love her layered necklaces.

Rosie’s open letter to her body image students on their first day of class makes me wish I were back in school. Well, almost. Maybe if I could just take Rosie’s class …

Love this portrait of style anarchist Nancy Cunard.

And from the Department of Random: The true meaning of ROFL.

Additionally: The Oatmeal is my favorite grammar teacher. This week: The finer points of who vs. whom, starring spiders.

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

    Great reads here, Sally, thanks. And I hope you have a blast at the fair!

  • Monica H

    Sal, I loved the letter to Rosie’s boy image students that you posted. It made me want to take that class too! But then I realized, I already have that in my life. I have Already Pretty! Thank you for all that you do to create a space where we can embrace ourselves and let our own greatness shine. <3

    I hope that you are able to carve out some time to relax and rejuvenate over the weekend!

  • Anna

    Sally, so glad you have the good sense to take R&R when you need it. We’ll be here when you get back.

    • http://www.jauntydame.com Rebekah Jaunty

      Anna is right! Take good care of yourself, Sal.

  • http://www.amidprivilege.com Lisa

    As the mom of a red head, I’m going to chime in and say, “Yes they can!”

  • http://pacificrain.blogspot.com sarah

    ah, a “dutch braid”! We always called them “inverse French braids,” but it’s good to know what they’re actually called =)

    Also, those Swati Kalsi textiles are CRRRRAZY INSPIRING. Makes me want to stitch all over some cloth. =)

    I’ve been DIYing anthro jewelry again, Sal – and made a giant statement necklace yesterday. I’ve got another one in the works, too. Check ‘em out on my blog (the second should be up by midweek next week) if you have time and/or are curious! =)

  • http://www.sheilaephemera.blogspot.com Sheila

    So many awesome links, how do you do it? Thank you so much for the shout-out!

  • Cass

    Glad to see you back.

    On the link to the post about retouching to make models less thin–I think it’s kind of weird for someone who frequently talks about body positivity and acceptance to link to a post which leads with a line about “the aesthetic consequences of extreme thinness” without at least commenting on that. I can’t even imagine you (sadly, I can imagine other bloggers) linking to a post which seriously uses the phrase “the health and aesthetic costs of extreme fatness” and letting it pass without comment. I agree with the majority of the post with respect to an industry which often makes unhealthy demands of its workers, but I think the lede was quite problematic and I’m surprised you didn’t say anything about it when you linked.

    While I certainly do not look like Cameron Diaz, my normal body type is a lot closer to the version of the photo that the blogger thinks shows “aesthetic costs” and which helped inspire the quote “no wonder women yearn to be super-thin when they never see how ugly thin can be” than the version that’s apparently “desirable”, and I wish you had unpacked and discussed that negativity a little if you were going to link to it for the rest of the (very interesting) analysis.

    I very much liked the outfits you linked, though, especially the windowpane pattern-matching fit, and the “textile porn” was lovely.