Lovely Links: 2/4/12

A massage therapy student shares eight things she’s learned from 50 naked people. (Cheers, Annette!)

Oh, how I love navy and magenta worn together.

Caitlin wants to know if the scale has replaced the glass ceiling. And she remains so insightful and hilarious that I shall coin a new term for her: Insightfularious.

A few months ago Beauty Bets told me, in no uncertain terms, that Cetaphil is bad news. I’ve been doing oil cleansers ever since! (Post forthcoming.)

Peeking into Nubby’s shoe closet made me SALIVATE.

“… more and more, we seem to equate the idea of people appearing without cosmetics with ‘bravery’ – when it’s actually just making a slightly less socially advantageous choice than usual.”

Here’s a quick reminder that incredibly chic, incredibly famous celebs wear bright tights, too.

How fun is this criss-crossed and belted leopard cardigan? And so perfect with the tailored skirt and slouchy boots.

Actress Laura Linney shares some down-to-earth thoughts on aging.

“In fictional characters—cartoons, icons, heroines, Muppets—we see women who are literally constructions, and when these characters catch on, it’s an opportunity to see what constructions of femininity our culture responds to. What can we learn from the Langwideres, Dorothys, and Glindas about our ideas of femininity?”

Such a marvelous mix of muted tones and neutrals in this chic, sleek ensemble.

A fabulous reminder that it’s usually not possible to love your body completely and fully all of the time. And that’s just fine.

Quick reminder: Iggy Pop is awesome. And he looks great in a dress.

A recent YA novel examines a question that I brought up a while back: If we were all identically, physically beautiful, wouldn’t we all long to be different, unique, and “flawed”? This review explores other issues that surface in Scott Westerfield’s Uglies.

Psyche puts together three stellar outfits featuring her bright orange blazer.

This essay on moving beyond beauty is interesting and inspiring. I especially loved this tidbit; “Even if other people want to tell you it’s not; it’s your personal expression, not theirs. It’s your body and you get to decide how you want to dress it.” (Via The Beheld)

The gals at Broke & Beautiful put my recent Insomniac Sale Picks post to shame with an amazing array of colorful pant styles available in sizes from 1 to 38. I bow to the queens.

How do you spice up an outfit of dark neutrals? Just add a brilliant yellow cardigan.

Loved these tips on how to give your body sincere compliments.

Kelly shares some fantastic tips for faking fit on clothing that isn’t quite right.

Learning to love yourself regardless of your size is one of the most crucial and beneficial gifts that a person can give themselves. The ripple effects of learning to experience self love will touch every part of your life, improving and lightening the load of your heart with every step.”

This marvelous mix of of warm, autumnal tones just plain works.

Expert thrifter Casey shares a few of her tips for making your thrift excursion fun and successful.

And from the Department of Random: What do muralists do in winter?

One more from the DoR: I embrace my weaknesses and call them uniquenesses.

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15 Responses to “Lovely Links: 2/4/12”

  1. Kelly

    I agree that Cetaphil is not a goonproduct, but man oh man, I want to create a service announcement about what ‘chemical’ means. It does not mean ‘unnatural’ or ‘dangerous’. Water is a chemical! Stop using that word as a proxy for ‘scary-sounding thing I don’t like’!

    Sorry Sal, this isn’t directed at you! I just get twitchy about this. Words mean things!

  2. Casey

    Great links this week! I really liked the piece by Caitlin–lots of food for thought. The article on Cetaphil was a real wake-up too. I’ve always had trouble using Cetaphil (my skin just doesn’t like it), and it was a huge “duh” moment when I read that. 😉 Also: can I just say I hate when you post beautifully organized and laid out closets like Nubby’s?! I get so jealous! hehe. Fantastic–one day I hope to have some really great storage for all my shoes and purses (and cardigans–my other “obsession” that is taking over my closet!)

    Thanks too for including the link to my thrifting piece! 🙂 *blushes*

  3. Rachel W.

    Oh, Cetaphil– you never claimed to be ‘natural,’ just gentle, right. Nothing else I’ve ever tried, from oil cleansing to Dove to my mother-in-law’s handmade olive oil soap with only naturally-occuring fragrances– has ever kept my skin so nice. Guess I’m sticking with chemicals.

  4. Kimi

    Whaaaaaat? Cetaphil has always been amazing to my skin. AMAZING. I’m torn now. On one hand, I love Cetaphil and everything it does for my skin. On the other hand, I don’t want to get cancer.

    I guess I just answered my own conundrum.

  5. Pamela

    Huh – I used to get horrible, itchy, dry skin on my body, and when I talked to the doctor, he told me to use Cetaphil as my body wash and Lubriderm as a lotion (I use cold cream for my face). And really, my skin is so happy now! No more dry patches and itchiness. It works for me, but maybe I’m in the minority?

    (as a side note, when my dad went to the doctor for the same thing, he wasn’t told to purchase new beauty products. He was told instead that he had a “rare genetic condition” that he could treat with benadryl when then itching was too bad. Granted, maybe he does have a condition like that, but I couldn’t help but think there was some gender stereotyping going on there…)

  6. Caitlin

    So many great links, so honored to be part of them! (And also “insighfularious” – I love it. Thank you. 🙂 ) Now I have a lot of reading to delve into!

    P.S. I also agree that Iggy Pop is teh awesome, and he wins the universe for both the quote and for rocking that dress.

  7. Molly

    I started washing my face with honey a few weeks ago after someone here mentioned it! My skin’s still a little dry from this winter, but not a single pimple since. Who needs Cetaphil?

  8. Michelle

    I totally disagree with the reasoning behind “Why Cetaphil is the Devil.” Given that there’s no scientific consensus on whether paraben use in cosmetics is actually harmful, it’s not ok to use shaky “science” as a reason to put down a product. If anything, the evidence right now is learning towards parabens having no role in causing cancer in humans. People should just try Cetaphil (or any product) out for themselves, keep using it if it works for them, and toss it if it doesn’t.

  9. Emi at Project Swatch

    Cetaphil might be a bad product – I don’t know – but that post recommends the Yes to Cucumbers cloths, and those destroy my skin. So I don’t know. I’m looking forward to your oil cleansing post, though!

    Right now my skin care routine is using jojoba oil to remove my makeup, and then usually just rinsing with water. I wonder if that’s pretty similar to oil cleansing, as it happens. I do use Cetaphil occasionally though – maybe once a week or so.

  10. Autumn

    A belated thank you for including me in this roundup!

    I’ve been meaning to read “Uglies” for a while now but I’m also oddly resistant to it for some reason. Maybe I’m afraid I’m an Ugly!