Lovely Links: 1/16/15

Weekly Kitty:


With the subzero windchills, we’ve been busting out the big guns, coat-wise. Little kitty, big down coat.

Legendary costume designer Ruth Carter talks about the importance of clothes in displaying socioeconomic differences, rebellious spirit, and style in the movie “Selma.”

Sarah Rae shows us three stellar looks from Missguided, a UK company that stocks regular and plus sized on-trend clothes.

Yet more great shoe options for folks with plantar fasciitis from the Barking Dog Shoes team.

When I work with style consult clients, price paid can be a stumbling block for letting go of unworn or ill-fitting items. This post explains how paying once for something is enough, and there’s no need to keep on paying with time, attention, emotion, and more.

Yes, yes, YES to Alison’s winter style and layering tips.

Target’s next designer collaboration will be with Lily Pulitzer, and the 250-item capsule will include plus sizes. However, they’ll only be available online.

Selfridges Bright Old Things campaign celebrates the ‘retirement renaissance.’ Thirteen creatives aged between 40 and 82 (who have all experienced some kind of artistic epiphany), will each be taking over one of the store’s window displays.”

This gray denim moto jacket was an early birthday gift to myself, and it is SO well made and comfy.

Bold color blocking is a great way to battle the gloom of frigid temperatures and cloudy skies. Or just piling on bright colors and lively patterns.

Love these tips for understanding how and when to break style rules and guidelines, since they’re based on each person as an individual.

Related: This list of six fashion rules you should ignore to save money includes some pretty obvious ones, but they all serve as good reminders.

Gracie gives LOFT line Lou & Grey the thumbs up for tall gals, even though the line doesn’t actually sell tall sizes.

“The goal of this photo series, ‘Selfie Centered,’ is to demonstrate my own self empowerment, depict the female condition, and promote women artists from a plethora of art movements who have been oppressed by patriarchal standards.” (Contains nudity)

Yet more proof that retail sizing is totally arbitrary.

Husband Mike sent along this infographic explaining the difference between a slob outfit and a fancy outfit … for guys. Overall, he agrees with this assessment.

Grechen has launched a series in which she will provide ethically-produced, sustainable, eco-friendlier, made in the US, heritage, or otherwise interesting brands and alternatives to popular mass-produced products. Her first offering: Minimalist leather totes.

Natalie’s asymmetric black dress is chic beyond chic.

Think short hair can’t be versatile? Think again: Here are nine sassy ways to style a bob.

Moving musings on taking up space, acting small, and constant apologies.

Joan Didion responds to the celebratory uproar caused by her Céline ad campaign appearance.

AP reader and now author Fiona Price has written a new take on the Rapunzel story aimed at young adult readers. She says, “I describe the journey of a young woman striving to find her own path in between the radical 1970s feminism of the grandmother who raised and home-schooled her and the glamorous, image-obsessed fashion model mother who abandoned her as a baby. In a sense, it’s a feminist story packaged for a generation that’s rejected feminism, which is upfront about both the media stereotype of the humourless hairy man-hater and the perilous power of being an attractive young woman in a sexist society.” Learn more right here!

OK, Jessica, now I’m lusting after a collarless leather jacket with a peplum. So fun!

Five great lessons from travel wardrobes that can be applied to home wardrobes.

Over at I talked about avoiding buyer’s remorse, and suggested the best brands of high-rise jeans.

And from the Department of Random: Wolves seem to be a recurring theme in my life right now. I am reading Wolf in White Van by Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle. It is dark, sad, and fairly disturbing but very well done. Book available here:

Just saw the film of “Into the Woods” for the SECOND time yesterday, and will probably do a third with my girlfriends sometime soon. The wolf scene isn’t pivotal, but it’s certainly memorable. And I found the movie mesmerizing and marvelous from start to finish. Skillful singing, gorgeous special effects, and Sondheim’s thought-provoking lyrics.

I got a stray urge to hear “Peter and the Wolf” over the weekend. (Maybe it’s all those “Mozart in the Jungle” episodes?) As a kid, I played my “Peter and the Wolf” LP into the ground. I sampled a few versions, and am now LOVING this version, narrated by the ever-amazing David Bowie.

And finally: Not wolfy, but close.

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5 Responses to “Lovely Links: 1/16/15”

  1. Anamarie

    I love that jacket!! I’m trying to resist, but I may cave and get one. What I like about denim jackets is that you can roll up the sleeves – I prefer 3/4 sleeve length- and I like to do the jcrew sleeve roll.

    I had a Peter and the Wolf vinyl (!) album narrated by Dudley Moore!! I listened to it so many times on my denim covered portable record player. Great memory, thanks Sally! 🙂

  2. Asher Sadik

    I am always fascinated (and a little bewildered) at how many women will say, “Retail sizing is arbitrary!” and then also say, “So many women wear the wrong bra size.” As if somehow that one garment is sized according to some absolute standard! As if those fittings are somehow portable from brand to brand, style to style, year to year. What do you think is up with that? It’s so visibly counter-logical.

  3. Victoria Young

    I have an AMAZING Peter and the Wolf done by Gavin Friday – he’s fabulous!