Lovely Links: 5/8/15

Weekly Kitty:

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First seen on Instagram: New Harriet hangout spot. (My dad made this table. Isn’t he talented?)

This DIY tutorial for a leather illusion knot bracelet looks fairly simple, and the end result is such a cool piece.

Reader Sarah loves this utility jacket from Caslon, and I agree that it looks just about perfect.

In other utility news, Sandee looks smokin’ hot in her olive green shirtdress.

“Was there anything offensive about that little flippy American Apparel skirt? No, but I looked exactly like what I was – a fresh graduate that hadn’t quite understood how to go from ‘student’ to ‘super awesome and professional adult.’ I didn’t understand that it didn’t matter whether I thought my outfit was appropriate – it was also about what other people, whom I was meeting for the first time, sometimes under antagonistic circumstances, thought.”

A great way to deal with post-purchase regret? Repurpose and refashion. Marlen took a jacket and turned it into a blouse!

Also love how Maria used a badass belt with her blazer to give it a little more edge.

Luxury plus size line Mei Smith offers sleek, minimalist styles in sizes 12 – 24.

Cathy’s Chic at Every Age series is such fun – see how four women aged 20s to 50s styled head-to-toe white looks.

Wow. The Met Gala banned social media.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I chatted with Jason about trendy gingham.

I so hope these Clarks sandals are as comfy as they are cute … this pair went straight back, BTW, in case anyone remembers me mentioning them.

“We’ve fallen into a pattern of harshly critiquing ourselves and our bodies when we’re in those dressing rooms. As someone who is still working toward accepting her body and fighting against our body-snarking culture, it’s difficult for me to find enjoyment in this activity.”

Thought-provoking: Could thinking of your clothing as being akin to furniture or artwork – chosen carefully, kept for an extremely long period of time – change how you shop and build your wardrobe?

Here are 10 ways to update and repurpose your old sunglasses.

Sick of the same old ponytails and buns for day-two hair? Here are some fun hairstyle suggestions for ladies who don’t shampoo every day. (Some are a little obvious like the “sleek ponytail,” but a few cute and easy updos are mixed in.)

I love everything in this soft, starch-free corporate capsule wardrobe.

On About.com, I offered shoe-shopping tips and suggestions for brands that carry classic style staples.

“I might not be able to carry photo albums or keepsakes around when I move, but I will have these tattoos—weightless reminders of who I have been and what I have seen. When I’m 65, those reminders will fade, wrinkle, and change just like the rest of me. Asking me to regret them or fear what they might look like is asking me to regret being a woman and having a body that changes with time.”

The virtues of large scarves

A great reminder that our bodies are always changing, so acceptance can never be a static thing.

Six equally fabulous ways to style a long pixie

A recent study has uncovered evidence that dressing more formally impacts your thinking processes … in a good way.

Iris Apfel, subject of a new documentary, sounds off on her life, her unique style, and what she thinks is wrong with fashion today.

Love the message here: Self-love is active, and can’t stem solely from the input of others.

You go, The Queen.

And from the Department of Random: Watermelon-eating techniques of large animals. My lifelong fear of snapping turtles is CONFIRMED. (Via Skepchick)

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7 Responses to “Lovely Links: 5/8/15”

  1. That's Not My Age

    Thank you for linking, Sally. Have a fantastic weekend!

  2. Courtney L.

    Love the watermelon video. Some of them are really scary. I loved how the hippos (which are very scary creatures), were like, “Food goes here, please.”

  3. Natalie

    Please let us know what you think about the comfort of those Clark sandals you linked to — I’m considering them myself. THanks!

  4. Genevieve

    Great list as usual, and tell your dad his table is beautiful!

  5. Maria Jose Abad

    Thanks for the shoutout Sally, enjoy the rest of your week!

  6. Monica H

    By far, my biggest wardrobe conundrum remains “what to wear to work.” How do I balance my personal sense of style with the perception that other people have? I seem to still vascillate a lot these days, sometimes wearing suits (way too formal for my office) and jeans and tennis shoes other days. And don’t even get me started on the issue of wanting to look attractive but not “too sexy,” whatever that means. I really feel caught. My workplace is mostly made up of male engineers who wear some variation of jeans/khakis and a polo shirt daily. I haven’t really found any good advice for addressing these issues, but I guess it’s comforting in a way to know other women have the same problems!

  7. Shawna McComber

    Both Harriet and your Dad-made table are gorgeous! I loved reading that Iris Apfel doesn’t get dressed up like a fashionista every day. I am sure she still has her personal style going for her when she wears jeans but it’s good to get that little dose of reality-some days are for jeans and running around getting things done.