Lovely Links: 2/26/16

Weekly Kitty:

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Because she must.

Cher looks chic and cozy in her knitted poncho.

“What this all comes down to is cultivating a sense of self-love. When you love yourself, you best believe you’ll dress yourself accordingly.”

Luciana looks positively dapper in her cape blazer and brimmed hat.

“In this performance of ‘In My Skin’ at the 2015 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival, Sha’Condria ‘iCon’ Sibley speaks of for all of us who are tired of our makeup being equated with vanity or self-hate. iCon has struggled with acne, eczema, hyper pigmentation, and more – and she’s not ashamed to count makeup as one of her powerful tools for survival.” (Contains swears)

SheFinds asks: Are fancy hangers worth it? I finally bought velvet-covered ones myself, and although they create a wonderfully uniform-looking closet, they’re far bulkier than the wire dry cleaner ones I’ve used my entire life … my closet looks fuller, not emptier!

Sheryl’s classy crop top and slouchy pant outfit is making me long for spring. LOVE those heels, too.

Angie’s post on challenging your environmental norm with your personal style was a fascinating read.

I remember being told that Southern women would sleep with cotton gloves on over their moisturizing creams to keep their hands hydrated, and I remember scoffing. And then when my nails began to crack and my hands began to itch no matter how much I slathered on during the day, I bought these and tried it. Works like a charm, friends.

Anett looks ever so chic in her long vest and bold purple pencil skirt.

Love these tips on how to use neutrals as a pop of color.

On About.com I called out pieces to buy that fight the frump and suggested stores to shop for personality pieces.

So tempted by this skull and tassel bag charm/keyring

Sobering, surprising, and upsetting: ” … a majority of returned items never make it back to retailers’ shelves. Instead, the items wind their way through liquidators, wholesalers and resellers, many of the purchases ending up in landfills. According to some estimates, as much as two million tons of returned items — most of it undamaged merchandise — are thrown away each year, enough to fill over 200,000 garbage trucks.”

An embellished sweatshirt is the perfect partner for a fringed skirt. Although plaid flannel looks pretty rockin’, too.

Imogen asks you to take a long, hard look at how your clothes make you feel.

Lar and Cath at AsianCajuns are both reevaluating and revamping their personal styles. Lar’s post on her process could be helpful to anyone considering similar changes.

“Casual” Fat Shaming: An Open Letter Demanding More From Our Media

I bought a pair of these Lysse faux leather leggings on eBay, and they are DYNAMITE. High-waisted, comfy, heavy but not constricting, just about perfect for my needs. They come in plus sizes, too!

On Mad Mimi I talked about making sure your newsletter has a real purpose.

Creating meaningful categories of self-care

Patti toughens up a simple dress and classic pearls with a marvelous leather vest. Also love Joanna’s amazing quilted and studded duster.

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  • Thanks for the shout out, Sally! I used to live in Waukesha, WI, and several times visited my friend in St Paul. Great place to live (and visit), maybe because of all the funny Norwegian hanging about. Haha!

  • PS: Your cat is just adorable!

  • Thanks for the mention, Sal! That cat in a box makes me so happy. xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

  • Courtney L.

    If it fits, she sits!

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

  • crtfly

    I’m not going to comment on which hangers are better for clothes. Although I will say wire hangers are very useful for other applications. They can be used for DIY and craft projects of all sorts. In a pinch, wire hangers can be used for non-critical welding.

    Thanks for the link about returned items. This whole ugly consumerism monster we have created is a major issue effecting the entire planet and all its life forms.

    Chris

  • Thanks so much for the link Sally – great list here – lots of inspirational and thought provoking reading.

  • Joanna Theplussizeblog

    Thank you very much for linking! Your blog is lovely! Kisses from Germany!