Lovely Links: 6/26/15

Weekly Kitty:


Cuddling. (First seen on Instagram)

“And so what if someone who you’re not attracted to is showing off his or her body? Do your eyes burn at the sight of cellulite? Does a muffin top offend you? When someone has overcome her insecurities enough to wear something that shows her love handles, or body acne, or scars, or big thighs, then who are you to tell her to put it away?

What are impossible colors?

Belle weighs in on pairing necklaces and necklines, pointing out that necklace length and volume can serve as a balancing factor.

Eloquii’s cross front maxi tee creates a cool, new silhouette. (Tip of hat to Kellie for the find.)

A great big yes to the white, gray, chartreuse triad. Also loving teal, olive, and dusty orange.

“So far, the side-effects of trusting my gut’s wardrobe knowledge has been a newfound joy in clothing, more acceptance that my tastes/body/life change, new ways to wear old things, and more colours in my wardrobe, which makes me happier.”

Women scientists show how #distractinglysexy they are in response to Sir Tim Hunt’s sexist comments.

Tattoorary has the most amazing temporary tattoos I’ve ever seen. Period.

My skull-print obsession continues, now focused on bags. This Frye tote is tempting, but I’m leaning toward this screen-printed canvas tote.

This method for simplifying your closet sounds intriguing.

Layering a crop top over a summer dress is a great way to mix up your looks. I’ve done this a few times myself this season! You can also pair cropped tops with maxi skirts and jackets for a slightly less covered-up look.

A helpful roundup of stylish and modern organic cotton clothing

On the Fox 9 Buzz, we chatted about how to find your personal perfect pair of sandals. Two pairs I mention that are currently for sale are the Clarks Ranae Estelle and Mephisto Barbara.

“I really would like to make it clear, I am not interested in slowly replacing all of my clothes and items and attempting to live as a woman full time, bit by bit. All I would really like to do is to understand that I need to allow myself to be me. And the ‘real’ me exists somewhere outside of the gender binary; somewhere in that space that makes up the spectrum between both the poles of male and female.”

A counterpoint to the recent glorification of decluttering 

In this post, activist Christina Verzijl delves into the roots of her own body insecurities, and describes how they inspired her to create Body Project 4 High Schools (BP4HS).

If you’re gonna let your bra show through, picking an eye-catching design is key. Luciana’s is a stunner.

So do-able: A quick DIY for converting regular ballet flats into lace-ups

Getting groped by strangers is scary, infuriating, and awful in every way. And another example of how women’s bodies are seen and treated as public property by many.

If you’ve got a beloved scarf that’s just too voluminous, it can be thinned. Kelly uses Fray Check, a product I’d never heard of that sounds positively miraculous.

Deborah is fast becoming my layering idol. She does such a fantastic job of creating organic mixes of asymmetric pieces.

Two great posts on going gray: Cindy offers practical tips for making the switch and caring for gray hair, and Susan recaps her year of growing her gray hair out and shares some emotional revelations. (both via Inside Out Style)

These simple guidelines for selecting a job interview outfit make sense, especially the tip about trying your outfit on the night before. A must!

Dorrie layers on the black and white pieces, adding stellar accents with her striped clutch and sculptural heels.

Lane Bryant continues to step up its game, this time by collaborating with Christian Siriano.

More proof that bra fittings are important … but inconsistent: A reporter got fitted for bras at six different stores, and chronicled the results.

Vests are fantastic pieces to add to your summer wardrobe, since they add interest without making you overheat. Love how Ashley has styled hers, with a wide-brim hat and ankle boots.

How does Colette Patterns find truly diverse models for it’s shoots? Seamwork editor Sarai explains. (Cheers, Sewing Faille!)

On I suggested some times when it makes more sense to shop at department stores than individual stores, and offered tips for buying sandals that are both comfy and flattering.

And from the Department of Random: This post perfectly describes my relationship with cherries.

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9 Responses to “Lovely Links: 6/26/15”

  1. Sewing Faille

    Fray Check *is* magic. It’s like a very thin glue that soaks into fibers and prevents unraveling. A few notes:

    (1) You should always put something (plastic bags, wax paper, etc.) down on your work surface to keep the Fray Check from getting on your work surface and then drying, or, worse, gluing your project to your work surface.

    (2) Fray Check stiffens the edge of the fabric like glue, so go for the lightest application you can get away with.

    (3) If your fabric is very prone to fraying, you can put Fray Check down along the line you intend to cut, wait for it to dry, and then cut along the line of dried Fray Check. I usually follow up with more Fray Check along the cut edges.

    (4) Fray Checked edges can be scratchy, so you might not want to use it in an area that’s going to constantly rub up against your skin.

    • Rebekah Jaunty

      I’m here to second points 2 and 4: twice I’ve been heavyhanded with Fray Check and lived to regret it!

  2. Cindy Hattersley

    Hi Sally

    Thank you so much for including my post about going gray in this fabulous roundup. I can’t wait to explore all of these fabulous links! Cindy

  3. marsha_calhoun

    Re: bra fittings: “I am very quickly learning that bras might be a lot like pants — just because two of them are the same size doesn’t mean that they will fit the same.” Can you help me understand how bra fittings (which I used to think involved finding out your one, true size) differ from just trying on whatever might work and using the process of elimination to select the particular bra in the particular brand that fits your body?

    • Sally McGraw

      I can give you my perspective, Marsha! I’ve learned that what feels comfortable to me and looks acceptable to my eye isn’t what actually, technically fits me the way a supportive bra is supposed to fit. Or it might be fine for now, but when you buy bras you typically need them a little snug so that when they begin to give you’re still getting support. So having a fitting – in an ideal world, anyway – pairs you up with a fit expert who can show you a variety of styles that work for your size and shape. Since different bra styles do different things to your figure, getting input can help take out some of that guesswork.

      Would love other input, too! Any thoughts?

    • what not

      One of the most clarifying moments of my fashion life was being fitted at a lingerie boutique, because the fitter described not just my size but also *where* I carry my breast tissue. I’m small chested and have always hated bras, because most feel awful and I never could understand why, given that they seemed to be a basic part of most women’s wardrobes and it wasn’t a support issue.

      The fitter showed me that I have shallow breasts with a wide root and less tissue near my sternum, which rules out anything that doesn’t plunge in the front and most other bras besides. That freed me to make some other bra choices (like light bikini tops, mostly just to cover nipples) instead of feeling like I had to keep trying to fit all those bras made for someone else.

      Now I recognize that it’s as much the shape as the size of breasts that determines bra choices, and that the sea of bras out there might be too much to wade through without a good understanding of one’s body. For some, a fitter can help them get there.

      • Dust. Wind. Bun.

        This is so important, where you carry your tissue. I’m at the other end of the size spectrum and even after having 3 professional fittings (that were all good, I just didn’t know how to extrapolate from their recommendations at the time), I didn’t start being able to pick new styles/brands until I understood my shape and distribution as well as my size. (Top-heavy, so I need extra support to reduce the sag effect, and extremely close-set, so I’ve got cleavage for days whether I want it or not, and most anything that isn’t a plunge front won’t fit because there’s not enough space in there for the center gore to sit on. If this sounds like you, friends, let me know and I can make recommendations! Yes, I am a weird bra evangelist. It’s kinda my thing.)

        It just goes to show what Sally always says – the most important part is knowing your body, is knowing YOU.

  4. Mia

    Hey, look at that! What a great crowd to be included in. I’m in love with Deborah’s cocoon cardigan. I’d love to get one for myself now that my cocoon-ish dolman-sleeved teal one has bit the dust.