Lovely Links: 9/5/14

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Author Emily Spivak has interviewed artists and Holocaust survivors, writers and renegades, hip-hop legends and public radio personalities about their “wearable personal histories” in her book Worn Stories. (Cheers, Garrett!)

If you love the look of distressed denim but can’t imagine paying a bunch of money for raggedy jeans, thrift up a pair and consult this distressed denim DIY.

Two gorgeous and decidedly different maxi looks that caught my eye this week: Katha in her lush blue maxi dress and Maria in her silk button-front and flowy skirt.

“Let’s be clear: In the big picture of ultimate reality, what you wear neither defines who you are as a person nor determines your value as a human being,” says Darlene Price, author of ‘Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results.’ “However, in the temporal realm of mere mortals, fair or not, people judge us by the way we look and that includes the way we dress.”

Here is a post that I could’ve written myself addressing the celebrities who swear off feminism while simultaneously proving they have no idea what feminism actually is.

Like Gracey, I’m starting to lose patience with my summery clothes. She offers a chic and classic late-summer outfit despite her stated weariness.

It’s still true: Why BMI is a Big Fat Scam. (Via Curvy Yoga)

I’ve seen loads of matched sets over the summer, and love how Nashelly styled hers. Simple and elegant.

I love my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments, but was delighted to find that the MUCH cheaper Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters are just as moisturizing and gorgeous.

This post offers some tips for knowing when it makes sense to buy multiples of the same clothing item. I agree with the first two, but waver on the third. You?

“If you love to wear flats, then stop arguing against them, and wear them! If you love hot pink, wear it! If you can live in sweats, and you’re happy with that, then go with it! This isn’t about being someone else, or that woman who owns all of ‘The Ten Things Every Woman Must Own’ (even though she doesn’t wear half of them) – this is about making your life better by having fewer, better, more meaningful things.”

Speaking of, I’ve culled out many, many pairs of heels over the summer, but these Clarks Wessex Wyverns made the cut.  Honestly the comfiest heels I own.

Tanesha has declared citron to be her power color. And she certainly looks smashing in it.

Practical, helpful tips on choosing glasses frames that work with your face shape and coloring.

Trends can be daunting, but they become more manageable when you take them less literally. Patti shares some tweaks she’ll make to currently trendy looks to make them more wearable.

Here’s an interesting way to force yourself to wear underutilized closet items, and then evaluate them for keeping/donation. (Via Recovering Shopaholic)

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I offered some tips for making your black pants outfits look a bit more cohesive.

“I think that the reason some women can look great in clothing that’s not conventionally flattering isn’t because they’re a size 0 or were born with some recessive Style Gene. I think it’s because they choose items that are an organic expression of themselves.”

And from the Department of Random: Contagious yawning. It happens to wolves, too.

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9 Responses to “Lovely Links: 9/5/14”

  1. Texas Aggie Mom

    Loved your clip on styling black pants – it really helps to have the visual examples, and I got a few new ideas on what might work better in my own wardrobe. I’d love details on the sweater you’re wearing in that clip – it looks like the kind of thing I would wear multiple times each week, and looks fantastic on you! Can’t wait to catch up on all these links over the weekend – that’s my favorite guilty pleasure on Saturday mornings over a leisurely breakfast!

  2. ballewal

    I love the article you linked to about feminism. I’m also glad that powerful, famous women like Beyonce are embracing their feminism because it gives people a better example of what feminism really is (for instance, feminism is not hating men). I want as many women as possible to join know and understand feminism for what it really is.

  3. Brenda

    Regarding buying multiples – I found an amazing wool knit fabric last year and made a jacket that I really adored. I was afraid to wear it – what if something happened?? So, I went and bought more fabric (which is moth-proofed in a drawer) and now love wearing my jacket. Buying fabric is like buying clothes – you may or may not find it again. So, yeah, I can get behind buying multiples of “hard to find” items.

  4. jan.4987

    Multiples of the same item: I think the third point is only applicable if the item also fits somehow into one of the previous two points. Say if it’s a variation on a warderobe staple and you have lots of that staple already but really *really* love this new one-of-a-kind item.

    Your cats are so cute it almost makes me cry. It’s been lovely watching the little one grow.

  5. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle

    Thanks so much for the link, Sally! I am loving the pics of Harriet as she grows – two sweetie cats there! xo

  6. Ginger

    I like to have multiples of items, but I find that if I buy two things, say two t-shirts, that I usually don’t get the same amount of wear out of them. I will buy multiples if I already own one and like it, but buying two untested things at the same time doesn’t work so well for me.

    That said, owning multiples of an item can stretch your wardrobe. A black wool skirt and a black cotton skirt can help a jacket span two seasons.

  7. Maria On Point

    Thanks for the shout out Sally, maxi skirts have been very popular in my closet this season, xo

  8. Heidi/FranticButFab

    Thank you so much for linking to me! The third example of buying two is definitely more of a rarity, but Brenda’s comment below is the kind of thing I was thinking of–if it’s a clothing unicorn, buying two means you’re more likely to wear them because you know you have backup. And commenter Ginger has a great point about using multiples to stretch your wardrobe.