Lovely Links: 7/18/14

I’ve got openings for online and in-person style clients for August.
AND! Launched a new closet clean-out service. Details here.

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Weekly Kitten:

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Love this visual celebration of women sporting long silver or gray hair.

A fabulous and fresh palette of blues, tan, and rust that would translate beautifully into a summery outfit. Design Seeds is a great resource for color inspiration.

This DIY roundup includes minimalist copper bar earrings and a funky knotted neckpiece. And THIS one offers 10 tank top refashions for the dog days of summer.

“My ‘problem area’ has in fact been my greatest teacher in self-love. In forgiving its flaws, over and over and over, I have learned to forgive the actual flaws in myself and in the world. In learning to see its value and appreciate what it does for me, I have learned to see the value in myself even when I feel like there is none to be found.”

The Recovering Shopaholic explores the dark side of style redefinition.

Well. Marvel’s new Thor is a woman. One of the writers states, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe.”

Our resident expert on tall fit and sizing, the marvelous Gracey, offers advice on a fit woe that plagues many tall women: Workarounds for too-short maxi dresses.

In other maxi news, Tanesha looks ravishing in her pleated, colorblocked maxi.

This interview with Alicia of Spashionista is a great read. Alicia has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair much of the time, so she talks about the joys and challenges of being a style lover with a physical challenge. Her blog dropped out of my reader for unknown reasons, but I’m a big fan!

Over on Facebook, I shared my thoughts about the questionable body positivity of Meghan Trainor’s single “All About That Bass.” Great discussion from the community, too.

Mantras, redirects, and general wisdom for those times when you are forced to be in the company of body-shamers.

Here’s a reminder that manufacturing discontent in women is a practice with a long and weird history: The 19th-century health scare that told women to worry about “bicycle face” (Via Skepchick)

I’ve got openings for in-person and online style consults at the end of July and beginning of August! Reach out if you’re interested.

Performance artist Nate Hill has taken the racist, sexist trope of men surrounding themselves with naked or naked-ish women to a new level, saying, “I wear white women [as scarves] for status and power.” Decidedly NSFW.

Locals take note: Lots of fun style-focused events coming up in the Twin Cities.

Chastity of GarnerStyle offers her picks for plus-sized strapless bras.

Absolutely adore Alison’s tips for how to wear wrinkle-prone linen without looking disheveled.

“As a woman, wearing something that is made for a guy is considered cool, edgy, interesting … Men wearing something intended for women is most often seen as being ridiculous and demeaning.”

Tamia pairs her chic black jumpsuit with a printed shrug and adds bold yellow nail polish to finish off the look.

I’m my latest for Huffington Post, I talk about why I love my knees.

This 20-question quiz can help you explore your beauty and body beliefs, and tease out some unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors.

On her blog Unfancy, Caroline picks a 37-piece capsule wardrobe for each season and creates outfits solely from those pieces. Great interview with her here.

The Truth in Advertising Act is gaining slow steam in Congress. This legislation will affect how and when Photoshop can be used in ads, though sadly not in editorial.

The Budget Babe shares ideas for wedding guest outfits for nursing moms.

As an ardent fan of the striped shirt, I loved this little history lesson on Breton tops from Alterations Needed.

All I want is to be able to eat what I want for lunch without comment, to dance in a tight dress without fretting, to be able to love this squishy, funny body I’m in without feeling guilty. I want to be a Happy Fatty, not a Bad Fatty, and just I don’t understand why it’s so important for to some people to try and keep me from that.”

These micro-wedge sandals arrived this week and they are comfy summer footwear embodied, I swear. Never heard of the Bella Vita brand before, but am exploring more options from them now.

Melanie’s up-cycled cropped jacket is stunning. Almost like a removable back-piece and half-sleeves.

Loving the look of t-shirts knotted at the waist. Such a fun way to do casual chic.

Check out these four simple questions that can help you determine your personal wardrobe staples.

“I think about this a lot because it ties well into the idea of a minimalist wardrobe: namely, a closet filled with 100% with clothing you love and wear frequently. I’ve found that the smaller I whittle down my wardrobe, the more preoccupied I become with understanding and crafting the message I’m conveying by what I wear.”

Acclaimed director David Lynch has designed a line of women’s workout clothes. Because hey. He’s David Lynch.

I can get behind nearly every one of these 21 Style Promises Every Woman Should Make To Herself. Well played, Ella Ceron.

And from the Department of Random: Joss Whedon Makes More “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Additionally: A New Supply of Oddly Specific Niche Blogs. My fave? Animals Sitting on Capybaras. Includes bunnies, turtles, lots of monkeys, some capybara mating (natch) and, of course, ducks.

And finally: Don’t even tell me that this isn’t a statue of Ron Swanson.

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    Thanks for sharing, Sal! I always look forward to your lovely links, you grab some of the most interesting things from the web! And interesting discussion regarding Meghan Trainor’s song, at first I was disappointed in that line about skinny bitches, but after she says that even they think they’re fat, and I think that’s an important point in how there’s this constant quest for thin and how we never think we’re enough, even if we are in other people’s eyes. While not my favorite phrase, it did force me to watch the video multiple times and really analyze the lyrics.

  • http://www.diyfatshion.com/ Dani

    Thank you for including me in the roundup, Sal! Tying a shirt at the waist is my new favorite styling trick, especially over dresses. It helps extend my wardrobe and lets me be creative at the same time. :)

  • http://readinginskirts.wordpress.com/ Mia

    That gray hair series really makes me smile. My mom is all gray and silver now, and my uncle has a whole head of snow-white hair. I started getting my first grays at 14, so it was never really connected to age for me–I’m pretty salt-and-pepper now at 25, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes!

    (Also, I neglected to thank you for linking to RiS last month. Shame on me! Your roundups are always great and diverse.)

  • Melanie

    Great article about knees, Sally. I only became aware of my knees as something that could be fretted over last year. Whaaa? It’s like the dreaded elbow discolouration. Whaaa? And just when I think I’ve seen it all, David Lynch comes out with a line of floral workout wear in pastel colours.
    Thanks for the mention! I’m off now to work on my Bicycle Face. Whaaa?

  • http://required2beinspired.blogspot.com Natasha Janzen

    I’m not gonna lie…I kinda like the look of David Lynch’s workout line…haha…very random

    Natasha ~ TashaDelrae

  • DorothyP

    Can’t agree about “sadly, not in editorial.” Many amazing things have been done by photo editors (including Mrs. Vreeland) for artistic impact, just just airbrushing out wrinkles.
    And “bicycle face” wasn’t a scare aimed at women. All riders were said to be at risk, according to an 1895 piece in The Literary Digest.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=Eqk5AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA548#v=onepage&q&f=false