Lovely Links: 2/14/14


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“I have learned to love myself deep over the years … I love myself enough to know that platonic relationships are just as significant as sexual ones. I love myself enough to wait for what’s right instead of settling for what’s wrong. And I love myself enough to know that being single is not a failure. And, being single in some ways, is as much a choice as being in a relationship. And I love myself enough not to let anyone shame me into feeling like a failure or loser because I don’t have a partner on February 14.”

The Budget Babe gives her honest review of the Peter Pilotto for Target itemsAnyone jump on that train last weekend?

If you love the look of head-to-toe white but hesitate to try it, check out these tips for feeling fab in white skirts, jeans, and trousers.

Thinking of a spring closet clean-out or makeover? My book can help!

The fact is, I love being older. I love this feeling of wholeness that’s deepening with every new year. I feel rooted in who I am, and while I still get tossed around on hormonal tidal waves, at my core I know myself. I know what I’m capable of. I know my worth. ” (Via Medicinal Marzipan)

Lilli does dots and florals in a way that looks fun, funky, and fresh.

Also, never enough florals and leather, if you ask me. I adore those wicked heels!

Reader Christina pointed me toward this board on The Straight Dope titled Ask the Transsexual Woman. It’s a fascinating, searingly honest read and I’m glad this woman chose to open the board to questions.

As someone who struggles to make choices that feel truly sustainable, I loved this beginner’s guide to eco-conscious shopping.

Holy cats, this microdot jumpsuit is gorgeous.

“For many of us — probably more like most of us — overwhelm is a real part of our days. And when we’re super stressed, frustrated, worried or feeling helpless, we may take it out on our bodies.”

Teal and gold look so sophisticated with this muted zebra print coat.

Loads of inspiration in this slideshow showing 17 fun outfits featuring graphic tees. And Moody Girl gives us one more!

Also loving these three ways to style a mustard yellow skirt. Mine is an absolute closet staple, and I’m totally lifting some of these ideas.

We’re starting to see some high-profile campaigns featuring models over 50 and even over 60, and about damned time.

“The National Eating Disorder Information Center paid to put up a creative ad/trash can. It reads ‘Shed your weight problem here’ and encourages passers-by to dispose of their fashion magazines.”

A printed silk blouse and bold red pencil skirt make for a fabulous Valentine’s outfit.

Get a peek at my newish haircut over on Facebook.

This interview with Punk Style author Monica Sklar is a fascinating read. I especially loved her top three misconceptions about punk.

“This is not an issue of self-esteem. This is not me feeling ugly. (And not pretty is not the same as ugly, for the record.) Complimenting my beauty feels like being praised for my fluent German, or for being a llama. It feels viscerally wrong, but also factually inaccurate.” (Via Yum & Yuk)

Leopard, leather, and print-mixed scarf. Yes to all.

Something many of us need to know right now: How to remove salt stains from your boots.

A belt that was created through scanning and 3D printing. Finished product here. Whoa. (Cheers, Bridget!)

I love, love, love the look of distressed boyfriend jeans and simple heels.

This list of 50 fixes for apparel you never thought you’d wear again blew my mind.

There’s even a theory that luxury goods have inelastic pricing. In standard elastic pricing, the lower the price the more demand. Inelastic pricing means that the higher you price a luxury good the more people will want it. Sturdy Gals think that’s dumb and show-offy. But we do believe the right question is: ‘How much do I desire this good, and how often after the purchase, and how strongly, will I experience the satiation of said desire?'”

I dragged some of my lovely coworkers and a gorgeous client from Corset onto my Fox 9 segment this week to model some layered necklace looks!

Marie speaks openly and honestly about safe spaces, choices, and watching our words when it comes to opinions about the style choices of others, especially women of size.

And from the Department of Random: Waldo really needs to lay off those late-night drinking binges.

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10 Responses to “Lovely Links: 2/14/14”

  1. Annabeth

    I love the styling of the graphic Ts so much. If you have an open Insomnia slot, I would love to see some sources for cute graphic Ts that aren’t (a) expensive or (b) childish/overly casual.

  2. Bridget

    Always glad to send over links about technology improving fashion and fit for women! 🙂

    bonus that they’re MIT grads! go MIT!

  3. Vildy

    WoW what an edgy new hairstyle for you. Watched the necklace tv clip and it plays so nicely against the warm resonant timbre of your speaking voice.

  4. TexasAggieMom

    I always enjoy your weekly roundup of links and look forward to taking time to read them all over the weekend. I did jump on the Peter Pilotto train last weekend, although somewhat unintentionally. I had seen an inexpensive black and white top graphic print top suggested in Real Simple magazine and decided it would be an economical way to update my basic black pantsuit. (See it here: I didn’t realize it was a “thing” until I got on and found that apparently the world was waiting impatiently for this new “Tar-jay Designer Collection.” (An oxymoron if ever there was one.) I did order that top with no problems – apparently the more trendy pieces were the ones being fought over. I haven’t received it yet, so I can’t weigh in on quality, but a younger friend at work has already indicated that she will buy it from me if I don’t like it. I did really enjoy the post you referenced though, and may decide to purchase the blue and black color-blocked sweater she modeled. I would feel ridiculous in most of the pieces featured in that collection. Your book and this site are helping me overcome my awkwardness with color and prints, but it’s still a challenge for me to incorporate them into my wardrobe – baby steps!.

    • TexasAggieMom

      UPDATE on theTarget Pilotto top, which was waiting on my doorstep when I arrived tonight: Definitely not a keeper; the cut is odd, the fabric color and pattern would be much better suited to a swimsuit, and the actual fabric is a cheap polyester that doesn’t really drape at all. Not at all how it looked when I saw it in Real Simple, but nothing ventured, nothing gained! I can say I took part in a fashion trend, even if unintentionally.

  5. A.B.

    I drooled over the new Target designer collaboration but true to form they don’t offer larger than an XL. Which makes me all kinds of sad and ragey at the same time.

    I love those graphic tee outfits! Faved that, not my style per se but it gives me a good starting point.

  6. Sue

    My jaw dropped at the piece “Hello, Handsome: On Never Being Beautiful”.

    While am not LBGT, I have gone through my entire life knowing that I am not beautiful. When I was a child, the other children took greats pains to remind me of this. (Actually, several took it upon themselves to remind me, daily, that I’m ugly). To this day, I look in the mirror and I see “ugly”.

    Now, I have been told that I am Pretty, Cute, Beautiful, Hot, and so on. Every time someone does that, I want to call them out for lying. Objectively, I can look at myself and see that I can pull off Cute, Hot, and sometimes even Pretty. But I am not, nor will I ever be, Beautiful. But in my heart, all I see when I look in the mirror is Ugly.

    I told this story once, to my father and my husband. My husband’s jaw dropped. He had no idea I felt this way.

    I continued with my story. Despite all of this, I am ok with who I am. Even when I was a child, I knew I had something else, other than beauty. I was smart. No matter what the other kids said about my outer appearance, I had brains. And to me, that’s what mattered. Beauty fades. Technically, so can intelligence, but that happens a lot later in life.

    I just wish people would stop placing such importance on appearance. It’s ok to not be beautiful. Telling little girls that everything will be ok when they grow up and become beautiful is doing them a disservice. Our worth is so much more than that.

    I’ve never admitted this out lout to anyone other than my father and my husband. Thanks for including that link.