Lovely Links: 10/14/11

OK, I know some of the high-powered fashion bloggers can seem a bit remote, but Susie Bubble is NOT one of them. I challenge you to watch this, and then tell me you don’t want to hang out with her and gab about shoes and knitwear and see-through biker jackets.

Does your actual appearance line up with what you see in the mirror? Are you sure?

Shen’s mix of zebra prints and earth tones is ever so classy.

“Yes, it’s important for our kids to hear messages of acceptance and positive comments from us. But it’s also important that they hear us speak kindly about ourselves and others.”

Loved this interview with Ari Seth Cohen about the upcoming Advanced Style book.

For some reason, Urban Outfitters thinks it’s cute/funny/stylish/appropriate to churn out and sell “Navajo Hipster Panties” alongside dozens of other supposedly Native-inspired items. Sasha Houston Brown has some thoughts to share on this matter.

Nubby explains how her feet ended up on a book cover. In a pair of elf shoes.

Alison shares encouraging and useful advice on how to make time for personal style, even if you feel like you can’t squeeze one more second out of each day.

Perhaps this warning should be posted on all mirrors.

The most recent Everybody Everywear challenge was to wear something you’d made. Check out these ladies in their amazing DIY projects.

Stay-at-home mom Rachel shares her practical tips for maintaining a “comfortably dressy” personal style that’s also kid-friendly. (Thanks, Bubu!)

Never, never forget that female friends are FABULOUS.

This post on the mathematics of flattering necklines is a bit complex, but well worth a read. (Via You Look Fab)

“A new study from Ohio State University confirms a truth universally acknowledged: The key deciding factor in your body image isn’t your BMI or your waist size – it’s how you think other people feel about your body.” This post also has some overlap with my post from earlier this week about self-consciousness and projection.

Still giggling at Anthroparodie.

You’ll never guess who MAC has picked as their next celeb spokeswoman. And so I’ll tell you: It’s Miss Piggy. (Via The Beheld)

Since makeup mostly mystifies me, I’m digging Beauty Shy, a new blog that aims to help gals like me pick and apply cosmetics without feeling overwhelmed.

College Candy offers up 10 coat alternatives to the North Face standby.

On the evolution of streetstyle photography: “… a 50-year-old Asian man wearing a Paul Smith suit, a denim jacket, a mink stole, a Louis Vuitton backpack, Air Force Ones, and shutter shades — WHERE IS HE GOING? Does he work at an accounting firm run by Kanye West and a 10-year-old girl? Is he late for an appointment with Willy Wonka at the World Bank?”

Did you know that most mall stores put the newest – and often most expensive items – just inside the entrance and to the right? More fascinating retail secrets in this article.

Pretty sure this comic is an accurate portrayal of typical social reactions to makeup-wearing. Sadly. (Cheers, Sophie.)

“The message is: you are suddenly beautiful when you get confident, because inner beauty is the only beauty that matters. Or because your inner beauty magically becomes outer beauty. So just do that. I think I’d rather feel good than look good, but I’m not sure that feeling good really changes the way I look.”

Here are four more fabulous ways to craft menswear-inspired looks.

Curious about the high-low/mullet skirt look but unwilling to shell out for a trendy new version? Here’s a super simple DIY for transforming a thrifted maxi into a high-low skirt.

And from the Department of Random: If this “Princess Bride” cast reunion photo doesn’t make you happy, I don’t know what will.

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15 Responses to “Lovely Links: 10/14/11”

  1. Tara

    I stopped into Urban Outfitters today to pick up some jeggings and was embarrassed by the faux Native American merchandise packing the store. This has been happening for a couple of years now, and not just at UO. I’m shocked that a non-Native American would wear this stuff and think nothing of it. Ugh. Seriously, UO, I love many things about your store, but this is NOT one of them. Enough already.

  2. Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy

    Sally, you always have a great round-up, but today’s especially fills me with surprise and delight. Thrilled to see Rachel here, I loved that post! Necklines on graph paper? Love. And was it you that tweeted Anthroparodie earlier this week? Love (and giggles!)

    Now I’m off to watch Susie Bubble!

  3. Megan Mae

    I learned about that mall-madness secrets when working in a mall. Now I know how to best navigate when shopping. I don’t even stop to look at the front. Although, sometimes you have to watch. They’ll mix in full price racks staggered in with sale or deeply discounted and when you get to the register that item may not be on sale.

    Great Round up!

  4. Carolyn

    Sally, I don’t know if you’ve found this one before, but I think it’d be up your alley. It’s written by Mindy Kaling from “The Office” and it’s not so much personal style as it is her take on trends and products and the anecdotes associated with them. But it is quite hilarious and well-written.

  5. Allie

    Aw thanks for the link love Sal. I always look forward to your link roundup, you find the most amazing things on the web – funny, inspiring, educational, and so you!

  6. Jen

    I love the Princess Bride! And you just scored a thousand nerd points for posting that link. And I still wouldn’t kick Cary Elwes out of bed for eating crackers. Ahem, just sayin’.

    Also, I would love your ideas on cultural appropriation and fashion. I haven’t had time to look through that link, but I’ve read a lot of fashion bloggers post about other “native” inspired lines. I have to admit, I wear feather earrings, headbands, necklaces, and use seed beads and feathers in jewelry I make. I’ve even worn some dreamcatcher earrings I made myself. I’m like 1/32 Cherokee, but it doesn’t show in my looks (my mom and brother on the other hand, have slightly darker skin tone and prominent native noses). And I do like a lot of Aztec inspired prints. But I would never wear a headress or other specific costuming piece. Where do we draw the line between being inspired by native designs and falsely wearing their culture?

  7. Linda W

    Thanks for the EBEW love again this month. Weren’t some of those DIYs amazing? People never cease me amaze me with their creativity!

  8. A.

    i’m always appalled by companies like urban when they appropriate another culture’s traditions and market them as a trend. my family is a minuscule fraction native american and it hurts me to see my heritage be treated as a fashion accessory. i was also disgusted to see that f21 was selling “african tribal” inspired prints earlier in the year. the cultural appropriation trend needs to stop. it’s offensive and cheapens the culture’s history.

    with that said, i found the “7 secrets” article very interesting, especially the part about most people being right-handed and therefore the tendency for people to start at the right-hand of the store. i’m right-handed but almost always start my shopping on the left-hand side of the store. the only time i don’t do this is when the store is divided male-female or the right-hand merchandise isn’t clothing related. however, i do fall victim to the messy clearance rack diversion. however, i often walk out of a store empty-handed if the clearance is messy, so the store losses out on that trick.