Lovely Links: 3/23/12

Just a quick reminder that the Strong, Sexy & Stylish podcast is going strong! If you haven’t checked it out yet, give it a try – and spread the word! (Subscribe here via iTunes.)

This mix of neutral stripes and orange accents is undeniably chic.

Advertising- and model-related legislation is always controversial, and I’m curious to see what will happen once this new Israeli law requiring models to have an 18.5 or higher BMI takes hold.

Katie explains how years of “shouldn’t wear that” advice finally fell away when a friend showed her how to trust her own beauty.

Wonder how to do maternity wear as a confirmed vintage lover? Check out Mandi’s blog – she’s 13 weeks along!

And on a slightly related note, The Freelancer is still performing burlesque at 26 weeks. ROCK.

“The whole world is full of people who say ‘chunky.’ I am chunky. I am chunky and beautiful. And even if you don’t think I’m chunky—I want to be able to be chunky. I want to be able to gain more weight without having to feel ugly.”

Cyn looks radiant in a cobalt blouse and cheeky yellow flats.

What I should’ve done in the procrastinatory haze that overtook me on Thursday: Made a funky bracelet from some of my old rings. Among other things.

What is it about hair that holds so much power? It’s responsible for a huge part of the way we view ourselves, and our feelings about ourselves, at any given time. It’s a physical manifestation of our internal reinventions; an outward sign that things, they are a-changin’. Or maybe it’s just that in a world of chaos where you don’t feel like you have a grip on anything, your hair is something that you think you have total control over.”

Here are some great, simple tips for hosting a successful garage sale.

An Alberta-based researcher is studying how experiences in public changing rooms affect women’s emotions and self-esteem. (Via The Beheld)

Audrey proves, once again, that a patterned scarf is a fabulous piece for tying an outfit together.

So many of the widely held beliefs about eating disorders are just myths.

Printed dresses can be incredibly versatile, as this post showcasing 13 ways to style a printed dress proves!

One could certainly track such things manually, but I’m intrigued by My Clothing Helper. It’s a gizmo that helps you monitor what you wear most, when you wear it, and how quickly it needs laundering. (Cheers, Allison, for alerting me to this.)

Ez turns a gorgeous art print into an equally gorgeous outfit. Skills!

Desigual is now selling shoes. I’m done for.

“There’s a whole body of work devoted to studying the psychosocial effects of scoliosis, particularly in adolescents, but it boils down to this: Something about your body is ‘wrong,’ and chances are it’s not something you ever thought was a problem, and you really can’t do much of anything about it. Wearing a brace may or may not have an impact on patients’ body image, but there’s evidence supporting a correlation between scoliosis and body image, regardless of treatment.”

Imogen’s post on how to understand the various elements of a print is incredibly helpful.

I never got into Star Trek, but this post about legendary actress Nichelle Nichols moved me. Did you know that MLK was her biggest fan? Take a peek to find out more.

My, my. Don’t these leopard-print skinny jeans look amazing when paired with platform heels?

I’m still daydreaming about fox, cat, and bird print dresses, and Stephanie’s gorgeous navy blue barn swallow-printed dress isn’t helping.

Corporette shares some great picks for raincoats and lightweight jackets.

So enamored of The Fashionable Bureaucrat‘s unique and funky style. This outfit is a recent fave.

And from the Department of Random: Here’s a little Maru medley to kick off the weekend.

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12 Responses to “Lovely Links: 3/23/12”

  1. pope suburban

    Okay, I have to ask: did anyone else immediately think of Cher’s robotic closet from Clueless when they saw the blurb about My Clothing Helper? Because I did, and I admit I was bummed when I realized that no, I couldn’t download a massive computerized wardrobe machine from the internet. My inner twelve year-old is still pining for that thing, it seems– but who wouldn’t ?!

  2. Rocquelle

    So many awesome links! I really enjoyed The Freelancer’s post on performing burlesque at 26 weeks!!

  3. Debbie

    At first I was intrigued by My Clothing Helper, as I thought it could be a great tool for myself and my clients. But then I went to the website and learned that it costs $9.99 for 7 tags! I must have at least 200 items of clothing in my closet. I would go broke buying enough of their tags to track the wear of my items of clothing! I think I’d rather use the money for shopping 🙂

    I actually DO track how often I wear the items in my closet. I use the paper price tags which are on string. I hang one on each hanger and put an X on the tag each time I wear something. I did this for the entire year last year and learned A TON about what I wear the most. This has helped me to shop smarter – and the box of tags probably only cost $5 max.

    I think the idea for My Clothing Helper is great, don’t get me wrong. But it just isn’t cost effective. That’s my 2 cents…

    Thanks, Sal, for your wonderful blog! I enjoy all of your posts, but always love the Lovely Links on Friday. I’ve found some great blogs and resources that way. Have a great weekend!

    • GoldfishGirl

      I love this idea! I’m going to have to give it a go. Thanks Debbie.

  4. Debbie

    Oh, and Maru is SO adorable! I watched the video twice AND showed it to my husband. Loved it!

  5. Kimbercrafts

    Thank you so much for linking to my garage sale post! I enjoyed clicking through to the lovely inspirational posts you’ve collected here. I especially love Economy of Style’s post about remixing a printed dress!

  6. Tricia

    thanks for the link, Sal! And I’m sure you saw my tweet? when i first saw desigual shoes i had to tweet at you! 🙂