Lovely Links: 6/13/14

CHICAGO UPDATE:
I am able to take clients in Milwaukee or Madison on June 21 and June 25
I have availability on in Chicago and surrounding areas June 22, 23, and 24.
If you’re in the Chicagoland area and interested in working with me, please drop me an e-mail.

On June 28 I’ll be doing a reading and signing at Eat My Words in Northeast Minneapolis! Join me at 2 p.m., won’t you?

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Weekly Kitten:

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A little mid-afternoon spooning and grooming.

The world of comics is fascinating and renowned to be lousy with sexism. Which makes this examination of why the character She-Hulk actually has some feminist leanings all the more fascinating. (Cheers, Sewing Faille!)

This article explains why alpha sizing (small, medium, large vs. numerical) may be great for retailers, but not as helpful for shoppers. (Via YLF)

A glorious tribute to Solange Knowles, whose personal style is colorful, bold, and truly original.

Such a fun and unexpected mix of colors: Black, blush, and red on the gorgeous Ashley Rose.

Thanks to Danielle Dowling for interviewing me for her Making Magic Happen series!

If you’re still a little intimidated by the world of online shopping, take a peek at this post offering solid advice for making online shopping a snap.

“I don’t think anyone’s self image is perfect all the time, and improvements are not perfectly linear. There’s going to be ups and downs in your journey, especially as you go through big life changes, like falling in love, having a baby, getting fired from a job, etc. During your journey, don’t put pressure on yourself to never, ever think a negative thought about your body – focus instead on how you cope with those thoughts and how easily you can let them go. Remember – as with so many things in life – the goal of developing body confidence is PROGRESS, not perfection.”

Audrey’s accessories are stellar, from her cheeky yellow hat and satchel to her side-tied belt and multi-colored Mary Janes.

Patti shares a photo essay that illustrates the many reasons she loves secondhand shopping. And, in many cases, finds it more rewarding than buying new.

My latest piece for the Huffington Post provides a gentle reminder that everyone has bad hair days. Really. Everyone.

Loved reading these 25 points that Rosie does her best to impress upon her body image students each semester.

File under “Gorgeous Gals in Fabulous Frocks”: Psyche in her tomato red shift and Jean in her floral fit-and-flare.

“… by shopping local places, we vote ‘yes’ on the neighborhoods we love and frequent. By shopping at small businesses, we vote ‘yes’ on supporting small artisans, entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and consultants. By shopping for ethically-produced and ecologically-friendly clothing, accessories, and goods, we vote ‘yes’ on these practices.”

Let’s geek out, shall we? How Tolkien Characters Would Introduce Themselves in a Matriarchal Society.

This guide to analyzing garment quality is outstanding, and uses a thrifted wool coat as its example. Check the comments, too, for some great reader-submitted suggestions.

Summer brings out my inner cowgirl, so I’m swooning over Katha’s denim jacket, ditsy floral, and boots ensemble.

After tearing up my feet walking around SF, I was thinking I’d better stick to sneaks and socks in the future. But maybe I just need some of Angie’s standby, Bodyglide.

My most recent article for the StarTribune is an interview with the founders of Kidizen, an app that allows you to sell and buy kids clothes on consignment quickly and easily.

Hilarious and unexpected clothing tags. Always wash your butt! (Via Yes and Yes)

Typically, we dudes have a hellacious time confronting our role in sexism. We defensively backpedal all over ourselves, mewling like this is the sort of conversation that only happens among overly sensitive types worthy of oh-so-manly mockery, or mistakenly write off ‘sexism’ as something bigger than all of us—I, personally, am not the one refusing to pay women equally, after all!—when it’s actually all around us in not only obvious ways (like unequal pay), but in tougher-to-spot, more insidious ways, too.”

Never one to shy away from color, Thamarr pulls out the vibrant yellow from her multicolored dress and highlights it in her accessories.

Remixing inspiration galore in this post offering four ways to wear a classic navy sheath dress.

Imogen created a video that shows quite clearly how various top lengths impact your overall silhouette.

Boyfriend jeans and strappy sandals are a great warm-weather pairing.

This week on the Fox 9 Buzz, I offered some tips for wearing scarves in the summertime.

Here’s an innovative new way to cover your dark under-eye circles. Hee hee.

Additional giggles: Western Art History: 500 Years of Women Ignoring Men

Not so sure about the leg warmers suggestion, but these other tips for dressing professionally in a frigid, air-conditioned office are helpful. My own thoughts on the subject here.

“I’ve been blogging about food for 5 years, today. One thing I’ve learned on this journey is that there is no ‘common standard’ when it comes to diet. Between all the chefs, farmers, recovering anorexics, actors, food writers, and all that are in between who I talk to on a regular basis – nobody does it the same. And every body is vastly different. And the way we all feel about our bodies changes, daily, depending on what we eat. AND THERE IS NO NORMAL. So why give that word power?”

As someone who is unwilling to be a “fashion omnivore,” Rebecca outlines the challenges of seeking items that fit her needs and criteria.

And from the Department of Random: Relatively new news to me, Fleetwood Mac was a blues band before Stevie and Lindsey came on the scene. This is a super-slowed-down cover of an early song, done beautifully by Billy Gibbons. (AKA Angela’s dad.)

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  • Alison Griffith

    What a lovely collection of interesting, encouraging, thought-provoking goodness! And cute cats! This wonderful collection you have curated so thoughtfully just made my day many times brighter. Thanks, Sally!

  • Ginger

    Interesting comments about garment quality.
    I’m glad to find that it’s not just me who suspects that upper arm ease has become a skimping point.

  • Patti_NotDeadYetStyle

    Thanks so much for the shout-out, Sal. And thanks for the kitty pics, what’s cuter than *two* sweetie cats? xo

  • Texas Aggie Mom

    I am so NOT a cat person, but I absolutely love the kitty pics! So glad they are growing to love each other. It’s always a pleasure to start my weekend by working my way through your links. That may sound lame to those who have more exciting plans for Friday evenings, but it’s the perfect way to relax after a long, busy week when I’m on people overload. Thanks for another great roundup!

  • Your cats are so adorable, I can’t get over it! And thank you for the shout-out. Awesome collection of links, as always. 🙂