Lovely Links: 8/22/14

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How do you style ankle boots? Which style of pant works best with flats? What are the trendiest shoe styles of the season? Join me and Carly Gatzlaff of A La Mode Wardrobe Consulting for all the answers on Sunday, August 24. Details and ticketing information right here.

August 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mall of America Executive Center, Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4
$30

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Local blogger Rita Mehta struggled to find stylish goods made domestically, so she created The American Edit, a blog and agency dedicated to finding and promoting quality goods made here in the U.S.

Another Isabel Toledo/Lane Bryant collaborative collection is now available. YES!

“Maybe she’d craved the beauty of long bones the way I’d craved a delicate turn of wrist. Or maybe she’d coveted the fuller lips or brighter laughs of certain other girls. It’s even possible that other girls, in turn, once wished for my client’s wit or for my own sturdy height. No one escapes those early bruisings where we fail to make a fit.”

An important message about love and self-love.

Hard to believe, but the half-tucked top styling trend is going on three years now.

“It’s so important to have role models like Julia Child that are perfectly imperfect and proud of it. We have to remember that with every single success story comes dozens of stories of failure.”

Over at Rewire, I suggested local shopping resources for the items on travel expert Rick Steves’ packing list.

What’s the best foundation formula for mature skin? Makeup artist Kelly Bilimoria rounds up 11 recommendations.

More options than you might think for retailers who carry small size shoes. This roundup also includes a few picks for small size/wide footbed shoes, too.

This trench, scarf, skinnies, and ankle boots outfit is chic from head to toe.

LOVE this: How to clean thrift store handbags.

“But being a healthier and happier version of myself doesn’t mean I’m not susceptible to feeling low about my body. I’m human. I have lumps and rolls and stretch marks galore. I lose weight and gain weight on a pretty regular basis. And I know very well that other people have similar ‘issues’ with their bodies. Sometimes, though, I can’t shake the lingering feeling that I am not good enough. That people will stop liking me if I gain back some of the weight I lost.”

Anna was thrilled to see an article titled, “Love Your Curves” in Yoga Journal … until she read it and discovered that it contained tips for disguising curves instead of celebrating them.

A few weeks ago, a series of signs were posted in Crown Heights, home to one of the largest chassidic (sect of Orthodox Judaism) communities in New York City, urging non-residents passing through to dress modestly. And then another sign was posted in response.

Love the clean lines and stark contrast in Kellie’s crop top ensemble.

Why should you treat yourself to a head massage? Because it feels amazing AND is great for your lovely locks.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I don’t want skinny jeans to go away. I could’ve sworn they’d entered “classic” status by now …

Darlene sings the praises of Miss Mandalay brand bikinis for women with larger busts. Anyone tried the brand?

Related: Corporette offers some options for blazers that work with larger busts.

This post and the amazing infographic show at the top outline wardrobe maintenance throughout the year, including when to purge and when to hit the sales.

“But even though it was a precursor to the likes of Jezebel and Rookie as a pioneer of youthful pop-feminism, [gURL] is now somewhat forgotten. While Sassy has inspired countless odes (even a book!), golden-age gURL seems to fall into the weird limbo of internet history.”

Allie offers great tips for styling leggings and dresses with maturity and sophistication.

A succinct lesson in gamine style.

Cassandra gives a big thumbs up to SmartGlamour, a company that does made-to-order women’s clothing all made here in the U.S. And SmartGlamour owner Mallorie has started a campaign to encourage women to know their measurements.

Need some ideas for making your conservative workplace outfits sparkle? Here you go.

An interesting take on how to handle your inner critic, and where that voice comes from.

“And clothes. The things we wrap our bodies in naturally affect how we arrange and move them.”

The closet clean-out continues: A few more items over on eBay.

And from the Department of Random: Here are some dogs enjoying popsicles.

Additionally: A Grounded Goth Teen Angrily Renames Household Items

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  • ballewal

    I know you love skinnies, Sal. But I’m so glad they’re going away. I feel ridiculous in them, assuming I could find ones that even fit. I also think that straight and boot cut styles got skinnier because of the trend. I much prefer a trouser style and feel like retailers dropped them in exchange for skinny jeans. My thighs are rejoicing at the idea of loose pants!

    • ballewal

      Now if retailers could find out a way to make multiple styles of pants and market them, then we’d all be happy. But no.

  • Ginger

    I love those Toledo items. She did the dress/coat that Ms. Obama wore at her first inauguration, which IMO was one of the greatest looks she’s ever worn. The sheath that’s on sale is shown with a cool coat, and it makes me think of that outfit.

  • Thank you for the link, Sal! Have a great weekend!

  • Courtney Landes

    No weekly kitten? 🙁

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  • Pam

    No Harriet photo today? I look forward to them. Your video of Harriet “attacking” that cat figurine is absolutely priceless!

  • Harriet (and Simon) will be back next week!

  • Sally! Thank you so much for including my site in your link round up! I appreciate it! xR

  • Heather Stritzke

    I’ve never been a fan of skinnies but I love straight legs and find both slim straight and a more relaxed straight to be useful. The slimmer ones look far better with tunic length tops and the more relaxed ones look more natural with shorter tops and most t-shirts. For some reason the slimmer versions seem to have lower waists though which drives me crazy. I look much better if the waist hits barely below or at my natural waist. I also wear a wider leg trouser style which is easier to find in a higher waist but I find harder to style and generally requiring a much slimmer top and/or tucking in. I absolutely cannot get behind the whole dressy sweats thing but as it is I’ve never been a fan of wearing yoga pants for anything but lounging and yoga. I’ve given up trying to follow jeans trends though. I look terrible in boot cut jeans but for the longest time that seemed to be all I could find and I stopped wearing jeans entirely except for doing yard work and things like that. If the straight legs go away I’ll probably just give in and conquer my fear of learning to fit and sew my own jeans so that I can still have them.