Lovely Links: 2/22/13

Would love to see you at this event TOMORROW, where I’ll be speaking about the intersection of style and body image!

Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress it Well:
A lecture and Q&A by author and blogger Sally McGraw

February 23
2 – 3:30 p.m.
St. Frances Cabrini Church, 1500 Franklin Ave SE, Minneapolis
$20 at the door ($10 for ASG members before Feb. 12, $15 after)
Sponsored by the Minneapolis/St.Paul Chapter of the American Sewing Guild
Huge thanks to the ASG for making this possible!

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Also coming up, a reading and book signing at Subtext: A Bookstore in St. Paul!
I’ll be speaking about my personal style journey, read an excerpt, answer questions,
and sign books.

March 27
7 p.m.
Subtext, 165 Western Ave N., St. Paul

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Finally, a  few quick travel updates: My Boston trip for September is cancelled,
but I’ll be in …

Chicago – February 25 – 28 (firm)
New York – June 20 -24 (not yet confirmed)
San Francisco – May 7-10 (firm)

If you’d like to book a closet consult or personal shopping, please e-mail me!

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Pretty darned excited about the upcoming launch of Kate Spade Saturday, a lower-priced line by the beloved designer.

Pink stripes, pink skinny jeans, and fabulous body image. That’s Rocquelle for ya.

“Every time I take a step to do what feels good rather than follow the ‘shoulds,’ I contract. It is not. easy. But then I remember that everytime I follow through on that step, I expand. I make more space for self-care, trust and exactly what I need.”

Gracey’s thighs have a few choice words for the designers of double-slit skirts.

In other thigh-related news: “The obsession with the thigh gap is an example of the way the biological realities of our bodies have become totally divorced from the aesthetic ideals against which they are held. It’s not even a matter of form versus function. In this case, obsession with form – the thigh gap – obliterates function – the thigh’s ability to do what thighs do.” (Also see the post on Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty that inspired Caitlin.)

Of all the marvelously quirky prints I’ve seen this week, this glasses-print dress takes the cake.

Update: We are still gendering everything. Including sprinkles.

Hourglassy may call her link roundup, “Full-Coverage Reading Roundup for D Cups and Up,” but there are fascinating articles for all in there, including this one on how the objectification of women ties into street harassment, and this one on fairy bramothering.

A bright pink blazer and dark floral dress look utterly fabulous together.

Here’s a great reminder that style advice should be taken with a grain of salt, especially if it instructs you to do everything in your power to make your figure appear to be something it is not.

Phoebe contends that “it is outright impossible to be fashion-beautiful and male-gaze-beautiful at the same time.” Thoughts?

This post offers some stellar advice on how to talk to loved ones about health and weight in a sensitive, informed, and loving way.

Boyfriend jeans look so wrong on me, but ever so right on Cheryl.

These tiny acts of revolution really can make the world more accepting of different body sizes and shapes.

If our ability to feel positively about ourselves is predicated by how we feel about other people and their choices, then we are always vulnerable to how we feel in a moment, what we see at any given time, who we are with at the moment of judgment, etc. And none of that is rooted in our authenticity, truth, and depth. At the end of the day, you actually do not feel better about yourself when you say, ‘At least I am not that much of a train wreck.’ You actually feel like, ‘All I have going for me is that I haven’t done that … yet.'”

Yet more inspiration for styling and wearing military jackets. (My recent post here.)

Such a fabulous solution for necklace storage.

I am officially enthralled with The Reconstructionists, a site that describes itself as “a collaboration between illustrator Lisa Congdon and writer Maria Popova, is a yearlong celebration of remarkable women — beloved artists, writers, and scientists, as well as notable unsung heroes — who have changed the way we define ourselves as a culture and live our lives as individuals of any gender.” Highlighted this week: Betty Friedan, Frida Kahlo, and Temple Grandin. AWESOMENESS.

Don’t forget to peek in on the Wear Color blog for color pairing and color wearing inspiration.Key for those of us facing down months of gray, cold days.

I know I link to a dots/stripes pattern mix just about every week, but oh my gosh look how amazing Lexy looks.

As a lifelong devotee of all things Marimekko, I loved this peek into the company’s history.

Gabi has had it up to here with boys telling her that she shouldn’t wear her hair curly. What IS it with anti-curl bias? Gah!

Pearl accents add style and class to just about any outfit. Love them in this vintage-y mix.

What does self-care really mean? What does it look like? Mara and Tamarisk are exploring these questions at The Perfectly Imperfect Project, and contributors include the lovely Danielle Dowling!

Tips on how to minimize trouser whiskering? So much YES.

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10 Responses to “Lovely Links: 2/22/13”

  1. Anamarie

    Awesome links! RE: anti-curl bias – A few weeks ago, a woman in the elevator told me how beautiful my hair is – then proceeded to tell me that her hair used to be like mine, but as a lawyer she thought it was really unprofessional so now she has it chemically straightened. I raised my eyebrows at her, smiled and said, “I’m a lawyer too!” The look on her face was priceless. I went back and forth in my mind all day, wondering if I should get my hair cut (never straightening it!) and decided HELL NO. My hair is neat, professional, and I love it!

  2. Gracey at Fashion for Giants

    I read in a fashion magazine (I can’t recall which) that curly hair was a no and so were big smiles. Needless to say I chose to ignore that section of the magazine, but I do find it interesting that there is a bias against curly hair. It’s just so weird.

    Also, my thighs want to thank you for the shout out.

  3. Shanticka

    I’m with Gracey about the double slit skirts!! My thighs need to do a rant about the middle slit skirt! lol!

    Thank you so much for the shout out!

  4. JB

    Boo for your Boston trip being canceled! I hope you are able to reschedule it – let us know!

  5. Carol

    Sally, will you be speaking publicly when you’re in San Fran? Would love to come (and bring friends)!!

    • Sally

      Carol, you’re the sweetest! Sadly, in just the past few days the majority of my SF clients have cancelled, and since I’m doing so much other traveling this year, I might have to skip the SF trip. But I will keep you and everyone posted, I promise!