Lovely Links: 12/20/13

One of you lovely readers recently asked for tips on wearing boho chic to work, which I WILL tackle … but Alison’s ideas are stellar, too!

I Feel Delicious is posting a series of letters from women to their younger selves. Some very moving, sad, inspiring, and thought-provoking content in there.

Ever wonder about the difference between an overtone and an undertone? This post on understanding color properties explains it all.

I’m swooning over the colors, textures, and layers in this artful outfit.

Lena Dunham interviews Mindy Kaling. Need I say more?

This post offers an interesting perspective on how society views scars and blemishes.

Jean looks so cozy and stylish in her striped, hooded trench.

And speaking of outerwear, Vale styles her on-trend pink wool coat against a base of classic black

I’d be willing to bet that many of you moms will enjoy a trip to 4th Trimester Bodies. (Semi-nudity on there.)

“There are three concepts I want to keep in mind as I continue my self-acceptance journey. (1) Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I don’t have to accept their opinions as my truth. (2) Discussing bodies with others is so boring. There are so many other things to talk about than my body or someone else’s. (3) I want to focus on the feelings and signal my body gives me rather than how my body looks, especially according to popular culture.”

A few bad hair day solutions for those of you who have thinning hair. Though some would work for anyone!

ModernSauce shares her recipe for an easy, natural body scrub. And kindly requests that you don’t start jarring and selling the stuff yourself.

I adore color, but you can never go wrong with a black and white mix.

“As part of the prestigious New Year’s Day Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vivienne Westwood has been chosen to design and curate the costumes for the intermission ballet.”

In light of this week’s rousing conversations about constructive criticism (part 1 and part 2), I found this reflection on dealing with criticism as an artist to be fascinating.

Reminder: The only thing you have to be is a person. So simple, but so hard to remember sometimes.

Two fascinating pieces on the slow death of blogging: R.I.P. The Blog, 1997-2013 and Fashion Blogging is Not Dead. Our Conversations Are. (Some great links in the latter piece, too, including this one to Fatshion Police: How Plus-Size Blogging Left Its Radical Roots Behind.)

Pink toys and clothes weren’t always marketed to little girls only.

Mattie makes flower-print skinny jeans look chic and contemporary.

The path to self-acceptance and body love is really just a series of small successes: passing little tests that bolster your strength, filtering out toxic messages, replacing negatives with positives, resisting old patterns, slipping up and continuing forward, taking good care of yourself. The journey looks different for everyone. For me, it looks like walking away from a grocery store magazine rack on a Friday night, letting Carrie Underwood enjoy her own thighs, and making an earnest effort to appreciate mine.”

This graphic is a great cheat sheet if you’re trying to find glasses frames that balance your natural face shape.

Lisa shares her thoughts and recent revelations about retirement dressing and what it means to her.

The title of this post might just be my favorite piece of fashion advice ever dispensed.

I fell down a Pinterest wormhole and found this post about a woman who was so appalled by the proliferation of thinspiration that she created a board called “Don’t Compare Yourself to Celebrities.”

Like Jessica, I’m a fan of a dressy white blouse and funky black skirt combo for holiday parties.

Sorely tempted by these fun but grown-up Harry Potter-themed tees.

Height Goddess is hoping to change how clothing for tall women is created, focusing on fit instead of just adding length to legs and arms.

In addition to this week’s post about keeping warm at holiday parties, I shared some outfit, fiber, and accessorization tips on the Fox 9 Buzz. (Wearing my gorgeous Jessica Rose layering dress!)

These two leopard prints – in differing sizes and color mixes – work beautifully together.

Not only are women of color typically underrepresented in ads and on the runways, but cosmetics companies tend to produce far more skin products suited to lighter skin tones.

Also: “90% of British women feel body-image anxiety (Guardian 2012) and 50% compare their bodies to people on TV (YMCA). But there are no British statistics currently available about Women of Colour and body image.”

Love these artful layers … and the idea of wearing a fun pendant backwards.

Rookie dishes out tips for making your vintage wardrobe last a lifetime.

“Listen folks. Cellulite is not a ‘problem’. It is not a flaw. Cellulite is a normal function of the way women’s bodies store fat. 80-90% of women have cellulite to some degree. Lean women have cellulite, healthy women have cellulite, vegan women have cellulite, paleo women have cellulite, celebrities have cellulite, body builders have cellulite, bikini models have cellulite, women in isolated cultures who still live a hunter-gatherer lifestyle have cellulite, women with access to unlimited amounts of plastic surgery have cellulite. Most of the women reading this have cellulite. You’re not flawed. You’re normal.” (Via Thick Dumpling Skin)

And from the Department of Random: I miss my friend Miller. I’ve never met her kids, but they sound undeniably fabulous. And quirky. Bless.

Additionally: The Fox and the Hound. IN REAL LIFE.

Finally: Not feeling the holiday spirit? What you need is Amy Poehler forcing you to sing Christmas Carols. On the spot. For a dollar.

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8 Responses to “Lovely Links: 12/20/13”

  1. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    Thanks for the link-love, Sal! And for the reminder that cellulite is not a “flaw”. And for the link to Rookie’s great post on vintage clothes. And all the others, too : >

  2. Lisa

    Thank you Sally, for including me, and for the other great links that will keep me amused and educated this weekend.

  3. Tragic Sandwich

    About 20 years ago, I heard an ad for some anti-cellulite product that began, “94% of women have cellulite.” Sadly for them, my reaction was, “Well, then I’m not going to worry about mine.”

  4. Alison

    I just read links for a hour when I said I would just “check in” on the computer. You always have the best links, Sal! 🙂 I am honored to be one of them!

  5. SusanL

    What a lot of interesting thoughts and images you’ve linked to! Not sure that pendant is backwards though, just an odd camera angle.