- Sally of Already Pretty takes on the sometimes controversial issue of feeling and dressing Sexy in the Workplace, and I think she does an amazing job of breaking down the issue, including looking at the semantics of “sexy”
- Gala Darling’s list of 100 Ways You Can Start Loving Yourself Right Now is uplifting and inspiring. Posts like this should be required reading for everyone.
- I’ve officially fallen in love with the delightful whimsy of the jewelry in Mu Joyas etsy shop. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I love this necklace.
- Struggles of a Creative Mind looks at the weight debate and asks the question, “What makes someone pretty?“
- The lovely ladies of Academichic have been showing us some amazing new ways to use scarves. I love how E. wore her scarf as a “top” in this outfit.
- A Typical Atypical is working on plans for a magazine on low fashion called Basse Mode, which will feature real women in real outfits, like the blogosphere. Check out her post and help her get started by filling out the survey. I think this could revolutionize the fashion magazine world.
- Bird on Your Shirt posted a lovely tutorial on making your own reversible fabric obi belt. I’m so going to try this!
- Chicken Soup for the Dorky soul gives some tips on the art of the interview. This is a good read for anybody planning on interviewing someone else for a blog post.
- Wicked Whimsy went on an internet diet. I think this is something that all of us could use at one point or another to clear our heads and catch up on non-internet projects.
- Sarah Von of Yes and Yes came up with a tutorial for a new hairstyle she’s calling the Faux Mo. I wonder if it would work for short hair as well?
- What I Wore Today offers a fantastic tutorial for taking indoor outfit photos. I’m lucky enough to be able to take mine outside most days, but having these tips on hand can make indoor photos turn out a lot better.
- The current debate about blog ethics regarding sponsorship and advertising is fascinating to me, especially since I am now beginning to accept sponsorships (which I will always disclose). Jesse Anne O gives a reader’s perspective on the issue, Wendy B talks about her view on the issue after participating in the Independent Fashion Bloggers Evolving Influence Ethics Panel.
I generally tend to be about five days behind in posting outfits. This helps to keep putting posts together from being too stressful, because I don’t have to worry if there simply isn’t time to take a picture of an outfit one day. Thus, this is actually what I wore on Valentine’s Day.
To be honest, I don’t really take the holiday too seriously. My first job was working for Hallmark Cards, so I’m a bit disillusioned at the commercialization and pressure that tends to come with Valentine’s Day. My boyfriend and I kept it simple. He gave me some chocolate, and we relaxed and watched movies and cooked a really tasty dinner of mashed potatoes and gravy with turkey and brocolli. This outfit was the perfect compliment to a low-stress, relaxing day, and the floral pattern kept it a bit romantic.
When I picked up this blouse off the sale rack at Anthropologie last week, it was mostly on a whim, because I was attracted to the pattern. I didn’t really expect to get it, since I have so many sleeveless patterned blouses. But now, I absolutely love it, and I think it’s going to become a wardrobe staple for me in the coming months. It’s funny how you sometimes find your favorite items when you least expect to.
What’s one of your favorite wardrobe items that you stumbled onto without really looking for?
Quote: Anatole Over Paris, by Eve Titus