Lovely Links: 5/4/12

Before we dig into the links, I’ve got lots of big announcements!

1. If you’re in the Twin Cities area, tune in to Fox 9 news tonight at 9 p.m. to hear me interviewed about Vogue’s new “health initiative.”

2. There are still a few spots in my community ed class for next Tuesday evening! Click for more details.

3. I’m partnering with FinnStyle for a fun event! On June 5, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., swing by FinnStyle for “Pretty in Prints: Summer Marimekko Offerings.” There will be a short fashion preview at 5:15 p.m., then I’ll be on-hand for mini-consultations in case anyone wants advice on which Marimekko pieces work best! This event is free, so come on down. (I’ll post another reminder later this month.)

4. I’ll be at BlogHer in New York this August! I’m speaking on a panel about affiliate marketing on August 4, but hope to roam the conference on the other days. Hope to see some of you there!

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I fell asleep last night with this song in my head, and was reminded that it is one of the great anthems of individuality. (Also filed under “Songs that Will ALWAYS Make Me Cry.”)

Have you ever broken up with a brand of clothing? Did you change, or did the brand shift its design aesthetic? Maybe a bit of both?

This incredibly simple positive body image activity will change your life. Seriously.

Can’t say I’m wild about pastels, but seafoam and pale yellow really do make a lovely pair.

“Simply expressing disgust over what is posted online is missing the point. We should be talking about how we can create a more realistic world for young women and start asking why it is acceptable that an 42% of 1st-3rd graders think they need to lose weight.”

This idea is fascinating to me: The antidote to rampant consumerism isn’t less stuff, it’s ART. Thoughts? (Via Yum & Yuk.)

A patterned pencil skirt is such a fun way to add energy and movement to a structured outfit.

“Regardless of age, if you’re fat, Society, either openly or covertly, wants you to hate yourself thin. Except we can’t hate ourselves thin, at least not in the long term. Sometimes only thing that sticks from years of being hit in the head with the anti-fat hammer until our ears ring with self-hate is…guess what? Self hate.”

Do you have narrow heels? Here’s a great list of cute flats for women with narrow heeled feet.

Summer is on the way, people. Check out these fantastic tips for thrifting your summer wardrobe.

“Feminism is a necessary movement – a life-line even – demanding social, economic and political equality for women. I believe absolutely that achievement of full equality will empower women everywhere and that this empowerment will work towards improving female self worth. But good self esteem also comes from within – from taking good care of ourselves and making positive choices that serve our own best interests even when it is difficult to do so; and as a feminist I’m not necessarily any better at that than anyone else.”

Girl With Curves offers up a few recommendations for maxi dresses that work for curvy women.

I’m always on the lookout for bold new color combinations, and now I’m thinking I’ll have to tackle turquoise, navy, and emerald together. Gorgeous!

“The good news is that once you get to self-acceptance once, it is easier to get back there.  It’s like riding a bike.  You fall off or wobble but you can jump right back on, if you decide to, because there is muscle memory.”

Matchy-matchy: A surprisingly controversial topic. (You all know where I stand, of course.)

So excited to have discovered Frantic Dreams via Yes and Yes! Blogger Franceta is 6’5″, and may provide some inspiration to you tall readers.

Black and denim benefit from a few bold brights.

“Is it really reasonable to describe your body type in fruits and common objects? Is it really that simple? We are all so different. I’m not a fan of labels in general and labels for body shapes are no different. As soon as we start labeling ourselves, we start putting ourselves in boxes.”

Marzipan offers this important reminder: The world won’t celebrate you unless you can celebrate yourself.

I’ll admit that many of the manicure pins I see just intimidate me, but Keith Haring nails? Love.

Franca offers an interesting counterpoint to anti-Photoshop sentiment. “… They filmed the photoshoot and it was still done in a studio, with lots of complicated lighting, and her hair and makeup was being done by an army of professionals … What is more ‘fake’, an unedited but highly set up photo that 20 people have worked on producing, or a naturally lit, spontaneous photo with some spots photoshopped out?

Just say yes to ombre polka dots.

This post serves up another good reminder that language about “real women” hurts more than it helps. (Via Yum & Yuk.)

How do you stay stylish in a conservative office environment? Alison knows.

And from the Department of Random: Otter Race!

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20 Responses to “Lovely Links: 5/4/12”

      • Sal

        OK, all fixed. Hope this version doesn’t disappear. Can’t seem to figure out where the original is living …

  1. Pashteit

    Thank you for featuring me and my ombre skirt! It’s my favorite and I’m so glad to hear that people share my taste ^-^

  2. Becky

    I loved the post about counteracting consumerism with art. It’s probably why on May Day, while there were anti-capitalism marches going on in my city, I stayed home and learned to crochet instead.

    • Aris Merquoni

      I loved that one, too! The one thing I always hate about the thought of “Live with only 100 things” challenges and such is that I decorate my home with my stuff. I have picture frames and old Geiger counters and trinkets that I don’t WANT to get rid of, even to “simplify my life!”

  3. Aziraphale

    That article about art as an antidote to rampant consumerism really hit home with me. I’ve been mulling that topic around in my mind for about a year now, after reading somewhere (newspaper article, maybe? I wish I could provide a citation) that 100 years ago, most people only owned 100 or fewer personal “things” in their lifetime. Things were proportionally more expensive, which meant each item was valued, and thus well looked-after. With the advent of mass production, items tended to become cheaper and thus less valuable…so we have more stuff, and value it less. Perhaps if we did look at each item we own as “art”, or at least as a beautifully crafted object, we’d attach more value to them, and help break the cycle of more-cheaper-more-cheaper.

    One thing I can’t help but notice is that items made out of natural materials, like wool, metal, wood, leather and so on, tend to age better, or at least more beautifully, than their plastic or otherwise man-made counterparts. I don’t mean they necessarily hold up better — plastic is an amazing substance that has enabled things like, say, health care leap forward — but in terms of beauty, the natural materials tend to still look nice with age, whereas the manmade ones do not. (I’m sure there are exceptions). For example, a well-crafted wooden or metal object develops an appealing patina with age. Leather boots or coats can look great despite (or perhaps because of?) being a little beat-up. Items made with natural materials, and especially handmade ones, often cost more to make — but I’m starting to think that’s a fair trade. I’m a big fan of beautiful things. Lasting beauty in an object makes me value it more, and in turn makes me less likely to want to go out and buy a new one to replace it (or add to a collection). And I really like the idea of properly taking care of the items you have.

    • Jeanne

      What you’re talking about dovetails with the Japanese idea of wabi-sabi, which means a whole bunch of interconnected things, but some aspects are the idea that worn, imperfect things have beauty, and that we resonate emotionally to naturally materials.

    • Sal

      Yikes. It was working yesterday! Thanks – link in post changed now, too.

  4. Miss T

    Regarding breaking up with a clothing line, I have the opposite problem — just when I find a line that suits me in every way, it’s gone! It’s like losing a friend. I think the market’s insatiable desire for change drives this turnover and perhaps this is a fact of life in our times, but it’s regrettable.

  5. Ruth

    Just to say that I read nearly all the things you link to on Lovely Links day and really, really appreciate this feature! You’re providing wonderful resources, and I never would have stumbled across the vast majority of these things on my own. Many thanks!

  6. Becca

    Thank you for the shout out!

    And you’re going to be at BlogHer? MAN, I was >< this close to deciding to go, and then, due to budgetary constraints, had to choose between BlogHer and a friend-vacation to Vegas. Vegas won – but that was before I knew BlogHer was being McGrawed. 🙂

    Regrets… I've had a few…

  7. Cass

    Obviously our society handles body image in a very screwed up way, but it’s worth noting that part (not all, part, as obviously eating disorders, low self-esteem, body dismorphism, and other issues are pervasive as well) of the reason why 40% of young children may think they need to lose weight is that approximately a third of children are now overweight or obese. In some minorities, the number is quite close to 40%.

    In the individual sense, everyone should feel comfortable in their body. No one should ever have to be ridiculed or shamed over how they look regardless of whether they’re healthy; everyone should get to love who they are. And size is not everything or close to everything when it comes to health.

    But from an epidemiological standpoint, childhood obesity is a serious problem. Obesity raises the risks of many lifetime medical issues, which cost both the individual and the general health system, and childhood obesity is even more insidious in terms of long term health risks and establishment of behavioral patterns. Finding a way to balance self-love and mental health with both the prevention and management of eating disorders and the prevention and management of childhood obesity and obesity-related health issues is a difficult tightrope to walk, and it’s one we as a society don’t walk very well at all right now. But the problem swing both ways, and I thought the article you linked to was especially thoughtless of that fact. If you’re going to throw such a shocking figure out there, I think there’s a responsibility to supply *both* sides of the context, not just the one that feeds into the one interpretation you’re going for.