Lovely Links: 3/14/14

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“… treating ‘girly’ things (or, worse yet, the girls and women who enjoy them) as inferior only makes the problem worse. It is just another way of saying that high heels are a reasonable indicator of a woman’s worth – and not only that, but also an indicator that a woman has less worth.”

Related: “Even seemingly mundane choices were seen as statements: Minnesota state Sen. Ellen Anderson was the first woman to wear pants on the Senate floor—in 1993. Hillary Clinton’s uniform of pantsuits (you know, a suit like a man wears, but for a woman) spawned endless think pieces. These wardrobes became the subject of political fascination not because the clothes gave any actual insight into these leaders as individuals, but because they reinforced the fact that they were women first and people second.”

Clearly, this is the best body shape chart ever created. (Via YLF)

Gingham and buffalo plaid make for a simple, sleek print mix. Of course, gingham and florals mix well, too.

This fascinating piece explores actress Lupita Nyong’o’s role in the evolving paradox of black femininity.

Satchel-style bags always tempt me, and I’m drooling over these handmade “fatchels” from Rhodesian of Edinburgh.

Many folks have asked me how I can wear flats and heels in summer with bare feet. Here are five tips for making this look work.

This post about offering unsolicited input and criticism of others’ choices and how this action can veer off into shaming touches on fashion policing, grooming, food choices, and more.

And related to THAT is this comic about the trap of telling women that their dressing choices are anti-feminist. Also pie.

Shey shows off a fabulous neutral mix with a chic black base.

“Self-acceptance doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy dressing up or making yourself up. Self-acceptance and style do not have to be mutually exclusive. If you want both style and self-acceptance in your life, you can navigate those desires in a way that allows you to stay true to you while enjoying the creative expression style allows you, and, as all good things do, it begins with balance.”

Autumn considers a chemical peel. Then doesn’t get one. Then wonders why she considered getting one in the first place.

In response to some online snarking related to bra fitting and sizing, MissShapen composed a smart, levelheaded, and thorough response. Then she assembled THE BRAVENGERS. Love, love, love it. (Not safe for work viewing.)

Here’s a super simple DIY for an infinity symbol necklace. Even I could handle this one, friends. (Via Dollar Store Crafts)

A slightly less simple DIY? Sewing up your very own tulle skirt. Erica’s spotted a pattern with four gorgeous variations. And Patti shows us that tulle skirts can be worn with class at all ages.

Here are a few ridiculous outtakes from a recent outfit photo session.

Jean offers a review of the Limited’s new petite offerings based on her own experiences purchasing and wearing a few staple items.

Nobody rocks a jumpsuit quite like Cyn. Her strapless polka-dotted number is probably my favorite, but I love them all!

When I disclose this disability to men who are not in the medical profession, however, I almost invariably get the exact same response: ‘Well, you don’t look disabled. You’re very pretty.’ Given that most of the men in my social circles are other writers, you would think the existence of a writer who is physically unable to write longhand would merit a mention, that there is something more to discuss here than my aesthetic qualities. You would even think, perhaps, that there’s a smidge of a heroine’s story in there, a narrative of someone who overcomes a serious roadblock in order to pursue her dreams and do what she loves, a protagonist who has a dragon to slay daily. You would think that authors would pick up on this. They don’t.”

Good to know: Monochromatic (one color) dressing is different than achromatic (without color, as in black, white, gray).

This abbreviated history of the power suit is a fun read.

Capitol Hill Style has a series that includes Elected Official (splurge), Hill Staffer (middle), and Paid Intern (budget) options. Love this recent roundup of ankle-strap flats.

The Style Crone is in possession of what just might be the most gorgeous coat ever created by humans.

“While fashion-forward types are coming around to the idea of a man wearing a skirt, it’s generally accepted only if it’s styled in a way that is appropriately masculine: with biker boots, sewn in traditional Scottish plaids, if it maintains a ‘straight’ silhouette (as opposed to A-line), or if it echoes ancient (or folkloric) menswear.”

Loosely related: Yet another commercial illustrating how femininity is “feared and reviled” by men. A succinct and powerful essay accompanies.

In response to the recent Target/Photoshop debacle, the ladies of Beauty Redefined revisit some other retouching disasters and talk about the impact that altered images of women’s bodies have on our collective self-image.

I love that Melanie carries her DeWalt toolbox like an It Bag. What a rock star.

Three of the amazing women I work with in LOTT have launched LOCUS, a meeting ground for people from diverse backgrounds to engage with one another and to examine our common needs and common opportunities. Their first event is coming up on March 27!

Over at Hair Romance they’re discussing whether it’s worth the hassle to seek out a curl specialist to cut your curly hair.

Moto, skinnies, leopard, booties – check, check, check, and check. Love everything about this outfit.

Shopping your own closet sounds great in theory, but how do you do it? Kat shares her tips.

“Many women like me bide their time until their age suits what they have to offer the world. What’s funny is that the arbiters of this society that puts women down for not being young and pretty enough thinks they’re punishing young women who don’t fit the mold by ignoring them early. What they’ve actually done is given them the tools they need to thrive as older women.”

Time magazine thinks Mad Men’s Peggy Olson is TV’s most relatable feminist. So does this mean that some people aren’t secretly wishing Leslie Knope was real AND available for best-friending?

Tanasha’s simple, chic ensemble is making me long to haul out my own boyfriend jeans.

And from the Department of Random: Why does your nose get stuffed up one nostril at a time? You know you’ve always wondered.

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9 Responses to “Lovely Links: 3/14/14”

  1. soeurdelune

    You always have the best articles and links to help me spend a lazy morning!

  2. Jennifer

    OMG, thanks for solving the nostril mystery. I’m being completely sincere. I have actually wondered about that many, many times. Honestly, I wonder about many odd things 🙂

  3. 33

    Thank you Sally for introducing the “fatchels”. I love the Cambrige Satchel Company satchels but the limited space always stops me from getting one. This fatchel idea is brilliant! The width is wide enough to accommodate a good size DSLR camera. I am going to think long and hard to choose 2 colors to get my own fatchel!

  4. jenangelcat

    When I got a dog last year (I am allergic) I spent a good 3 weeks with both nostrils completely stuffed and it was horrible. Flonase totally saved the day in the end.

  5. Beauty Redefined

    We LOVE being featured on your lovely links! You put together the most fantastic compilations of great reads. Thank you, Sally!