Lovely Links: 1/8/16

Weekly Kitty:

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For those of you following the cat drama over on Facebook, the McGraw felines are back to normal. THANK GOODNESS.

Deborah highlights a few of her favorite over-40 fashion bloggers. Many are my faves, too!

Love Alice’s mix of classic and rocker in this sheath dress and moto outfit.

“For some people, shimmying into shapewear is worth it for the figure-enhancing powers of Spandex, an attitude shared by Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum, who have given Spanx credit for making them look good on the red carpet. Others wear compression clothing to run faster, lift heavier weights or reduce soreness after intense exercise. But, doctors warn, there are real health risks to wearing extra-tight clothing for prolonged periods. ”

Wax print body suit + full midi skirt = stylish drama

Have I mentioned how much I love my new beanie? Casualbox does lots of organic accessories, all very chic.

Glad to know I’m not the only one lagging on outfit posts: Nina shares her Christmas outfit and dang, is it ever cute. Love the tie!

Bustle rounds up 21 noteworthy body positive moments from 2015.

It’s definitely blanket scarf season, but they can be tough to style. This post includes short videos showing 12 ways to tie a blanket scarf.

“On any number of dating apps geared towards LGBTQ people, it’s virtually impossible to escape these simple, stinging phrases: ‘No fats,’ ‘no femmes,’ ‘no blacks,’ ‘no Asians.’ Indeed, the list goes on. For a community that’s no stranger to rejection and overt discrimination, oftentimes the worst behavior comes from an otherwise unthinkable place—within ranks.”

I’m officially obsessed with Pam & Gela, and since the pieces are spendy I’m stalking a few on eBay. (Some are made in the U.S.)

A possible styling solution for oversized button-front shirts

What do you think of Refinery 29’s list of 30 items to donate at the start of the new year? Definitely agree about the ill-fitting, faded, and damaged items, but mud-splattered shoes can be cleaned …

Related: 7 Types of Clothing You Should Get Rid of Immediately – thoughts on this one? (Cheers to Anne for the link!)

On North Nabe, I interviewed Kokoon founder Laine Weinberg.

Mainstream media images of beauty and style promote a narrow vision of what girls and women should look like in order to be stylish and attractive. Typically, the images we see present a very narrow range of body types (ultra-thin) and women are typically gender-conforming in their femininity. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with girls and women who happen to be ultra-thin and gender-conforming, but it’s highly problematic when the same images make up 99% of the women we see in mainstream media. With pressures like these, it can be hard to carve out a path of our own, one that allows us to feel comfortable in our own skin (and hair!).”

10 Ways the Beauty Industry Tells You Being Beautiful Means Being White

Wearing a shirt dress unbuttoned is a great way to cook up a 20’s style look, as Sharon shows us.

On About.com, I wrote about overlooked wardrobe classics, shopping for your dominant season, and getting the best deals at post-Christmas sales.

My hair has entered an unruly portion of its growing-out phase, and I’m employing this DevaCurl pomade to keep it in check. Well, mostly …

Monika makes wearing a scarf with a turtleneck AND super cool driving gloves look easy and chic.

What “dry clean” really means on a care tag

Weight loss resolutions are another instance where amazing people with so much talent, personality, and all that other good stuff, are made to see themselves as some sort of lesser being for literally NO OTHER REASON but their not-thin bodies.”

And from the Department of Random: “Come on, Carl, pose with me!

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3 Responses to “Lovely Links: 1/8/16”

  1. Sewing Faille

    With regard to “dry clean only,” pretty much all silk, wool, linen, and cotton can be machine-washed. The problem is that if it’s not washed and pre-shrunk before it is sewn, it will shrink in the wash. Also, clothing that has some kind of structure to it, like suit jackets, shouldn’t go through the washing machine because the constant pounding will destroy the shaping in the lapels and so forth. Usually I just use regular laundry detergent even for silk and wool, but if you want something gentler, unscented baby shampoo is the best option. At least, this is what I’ve learned from many years of sewing these fabrics.

  2. Monika Faulkner

    Hello, dear Sally…and Happy New Year!! Thank you SO much for including me in your Lovely Links post today; I always say that “I wear what I like”…but it’s still such a lovely compliment to know that someone ELSE likes my outfits, too!! XOXO

    http://www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

  3. Sharon

    Thanks for the mention, Sally! Miss Fisher is very popular in our household ????