Lovely Links: 5/9/14

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Weekly kitten: Oh that LITTLE FACE.


Darryle Pollack’s TED talk about beauty, perfection, and self-image is well worth watching. (Via 40+ Style)

So why do we end up wearing outfits that are almost identical to those of our coworkers? Cosmic? Coincidence? A little of both?

I always love reading Rosie’s letters to her body image students on the last day of class.

I blame Cyn for this: Bought this jumpsuit a few weeks ago and absolutely adore it. Post to come!

“’Taken together, these results suggest that women are likely wearing cosmetics to appeal to the mistaken preferences of others,’ Jones and Kramer wrote in the study, forthcoming from the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. ‘These mistaken preferences seem more tied to the perceived expectancies of men, and, to a lesser degree, of women.’”

Words can hardly express how much I love this oversized striped top paired with skinny white jeans.

Just had a reader request for flats with arch support and drew a blank. Luckily Barking Dog Shoes shared five great pairs of supportive flat shoes.

The NYT says oversized is the next big thing. (Pun intended.) Article also contains Darwinian references for bonus points.

Do women over 50 make good tomboys? Also check out the article that prompted these marvelous musings, summarizing a study about how women’s confidence plummets around age 51.

White makes a perfect backdrop for Shainna’s bold yellow blazer.

I’ve tried and loved several of these beauty hacks. Do a little more digging before tackling any of them, but loads of great ideas in there.

“But there is a salve, an elixir to the poison of the –isms that target our bodies and souls. That healing medicine is self-love. Love, redefined as self-love, has the power to manifest dreams, to heal broken spirits, to rejuvenate fatigued bodies. And when self-love is expressed through self-care, miracles can happen.”

A quick lesson in how the scale of prints, accessories, and garments can affect your looks. Imogen also lists out some of her other helpful posts on this topic.

Merrick and Melissa give us six ways to make slouchy or track pants look less pajama-like.

This cheat sheet for assessing the quality of garments is incredible. More detail in Part 1 and Part 2.

I’ll always love the way cobalt blue looks against a bold black and white print.

Shalini reviews “high heels.” Like, all of them.

In other shoe news, these snail/spaghetti/lucite shoes scare the living daylights outta me.

Thanks so much to Pam at Over 50 Feeling 40 for including me in her fabulous I Matter feature!

“But intrinsically speaking, do I get some reward for my beauty work? I’m not sure. There are parts of my beauty/grooming routine that I actively dislike—I dread shaving my legs, for example, but do it nearly every day because I like the feeling of having smooth legs … The face stuff isn’t so bad, but I can’t say I derive pleasure from the act of putting on makeup, any more than I derive pleasure from brushing my teeth. If the ‘Find something you love to do, and keep doing it’ maxim applied to beauty work, I’d be one of those Grace Coddington-like souls who wears no makeup whatsoever except bright red lipstick.”

Funny, sad, and true: Silly Things About Women’s Clothing or Why Can’t the Clothing Industry Understand Female Bodies?

Highland Fashionista pairs a flame orange top with turquoise jewelry and skinnies to great effect. Also love Wendy’s flame orange skirt and citron top.

Actionable tips for making self-care a priority.

Amusing suggestions and gorgeous visuals in this Mad Men Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

“Minimalism doesn’t say, ‘Buying a heap of stuff is killing the world!.’ Minimalism says, ‘Buying a heap of stuff doesn’t seem to make you feel the way you want to feel. Wanna try something else?‘ We’re pretty focused on the benefits to the individual person around here, and it looks like it’s working.”

The Curvy Fashionista rounds up her favorite retailers that hit the “in-betweenie” sizes of 10-16.

This week on the Fox 9 Buzz, we chatted about florals. For spring. Groundbreaking, I know. Also here’s the gorgeous floral skirt from Mode-sty that I showed in the segment.

And from the Department of Random: This video of lynxes vocalizing made Harriet VERY uneasy.

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11 Responses to “Lovely Links: 5/9/14”

  1. Crazy Style Love

    Okay, I’m right there with you on the obsession for that oversized striped top with white skinnies! Thank you so very much for sharing my outfit! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    xo Jenny

  2. Barking Dog Shoes

    Thanks, Sal, for linking to my post about flats with arch support! xxoo

  3. marshacwp

    I always look forward to Lovely Links. Great job pulling these together, as usual!

  4. crtfly


    Those shoes. They are meant as sculpture and a comment on our society, not as real shoes that someone would buy and wear. Right? Otherwise I am more confused about fashion than I usually am.


    • Sally McGraw

      Chris, I’m sure you’re right about the snail shoes. They look extremely unwearable. But even as art, they kinda wig me out!

      Thanks so much for your kind words about my segments! I actually love being on camera, so fingers crossed that your wish for me comes true. Thanks for your support, my dear. Truly.

  5. whorange

    Thank you for the love, pretty lady! I raise my cocktail to you! xo

  6. Emma -

    Honored as always :)! I always enjoy seeing what you put together. Anuschka’s quality posts are fabulous, and when I read this:

    “10. Jackets with no space in the shoulders whatsoever so you have to buy
    up a few sizes just so you can move your arms. Yes, because ladies are
    always dainty and shouldn’t have an actual skeletal structure.”

    in ‘Why Can’t the Clothing Industry understand Female Bodies?’ I was like, YES! This is me Every. Time. I love my broad shoulders until they actually need to fit into a garment 😛