Lovely Links: 1/13/12

We’ve still got some tickets left for the first Strong, Sexy & Stylish event in St. Paul on 1/25 – buy yours here!

Also, quick FYI: I listed three pairs of boots on eBay this morning. They just weren’t getting enough lovin’! Frye Engineer 8R, John Fluevog Red Cowgirls, John Fluevog mid-calf pick stitch boots.

Autumn explores diversity casting in commercial vs. high-end markets, saying, “Modeling is about visibility, so to have an under-visible group represented is outstanding—for all the cries about the lack of casting diversity in ethnicity and body size, you only rarely hear about the need for models with varying levels of ability.”

Loving the look of bright pants, and these red trousers are no exception.

I’ve been experimenting with oil cleansing, and this article on the oil cleansing method is making me think I should tweak my blend. (Cheers to Bethany who left this link in a comment!)

If you’re curious about pattern mixing but not sure where to start, this post on four patterns for easy mixing makes a great primer.

I may be a self-proclaimed Champion of Color, but Lisa-Bisa puts me to shame.

Marvelous advice on how to walk in high heels … and when not to.

Even with that advice, you’d probably have a tough time walking in these particular heels. But gosh, they’re pretty.

Marzipan shares the gut-wrenching story of how she began grieving the loss of her body fantasy.

Don’t forget: Those sheath dresses that are languishing in your closet due to their sleeveless/summery nature can pose as pencil skirts if layered properly!

Kelly shares a trick to pairing button-front shirts and pullover sweaters. BRILLIANT!

This post is making me consider purchasing the book Pantone: The 20th Century in Color. It includes images of art, fashion, and decor representative of particular palettes that were popular during each decade.

College Candy offers up eight adorable textured pieces for under $20 each.

As this video’s creator states, “This commercial isn’t real, neither are society’s standards of beauty.”

This Barking Dog Shoes post highlights stylish shoes for size 12 wide feet, but many of the offerings are available in smaller sizes, too.

This mix of pastels, lace, and black accessories is the perfect blend of ladylike and edgy.

“And so that is my mental trick when I am paralyzed in front of the mirror and just need to get out of the house. I remind myself that no one cares as much as I do – no one is looking me up and down the way that I do. No one knows that I changed mascaras, foundation, blush, hair brushes, because no one studies me the way that I study me.”

This elegant black, white, and gray ensemble looks marvelously modern.

If your skin is misbehaving in the dry, cold weather, check out these recommendations for 10 moisturizers for parched winter skin.

A little reminder that your body is the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

And from the Department of Random: HANDS OFF MY CORN.

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14 Responses to “Lovely Links: 1/13/12”

  1. Eden

    Thanks for the OCM link. I occasionally mix EVOO with brown sugar to exfoliate… but it hadn’t occured to me to use it as a daily cleanser. Now to find castor oil….

  2. callie

    I’ve tried a number of oil-based cleansing routines – you know what has rocked my face? Dr. Bronner’s Almond Organic Liquid Soap mixed with… baking soda. For real, very gentle scrubbing action, mitigated by the: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Natural Almond Fragrance, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
    ** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin

    It smells *delicious*, and all the oils leave your face soft enough not to need additional moisturizing in the morning, though I do smooth on the tiniest bit of organic almond oil around my eyes after washing my face at night. I just splash my face with warm water several times, mix a couple of tablespoons of baking soda with the Dr. Bronner’s to form a smooth paste, gently massage my face with the mixture, then rinse well.

    Seriously, my skin has been looking great with this routine. 🙂

  3. Lisa Bisa

    You are definitely a gem! Thank you for noticing my brighly coloured pants! (well how could any not..they’re so bright!) It’s people like you that truly make the world go round:) Also thanks for leading me to the diversity article. It was a great read and an interesting perspective.

  4. Autumn

    Thank you for linking to my post on diversity casting!

    Love the oil-cleansing. I don’t actually cleanse with oil (I just use water) but I do moisturize with coconut oil and have been LOVING it. I do occasionally get the random pimple so I want to play with different kinds of oil (I’ve heard good things about argan oil) but honestly even that is worth it. I love the way my skin feels afterward–like the article says, it feels like my own skin. And now I want to try mixing Dr. Bronners with baking soda!

  5. A-Dubs

    thanks for this great list, Sal. How have I not heard about the OCM before now?! Also, lots of other great reading here, and Teddy is breaking my heart with his little cries about keeping his corn.

  6. Erika A

    Woohoo, Oil Cleansing! I actually have made several blends (and keep the single oils around as well) and use them on different days depending what my skin needs. I love it and if I keep up a good routine my face looks great. I was down in Pasadena for Christmas and the air there was filthy. At the end of the day when I cleaned with oil I could actually WATCH the dirt in my pores come to the surface. It was…astonishing. And also kind of gross. 😀

  7. Psyche

    Thanks for the link love! I appreciate the other posts too. I’ve started experimenting with the oil cleansing method because of my extremely dry skin. I’ve had great success with jojoba oil.