LINK LOVE with a TWIST, March 28, 2011

LINK LOVE with a TWIST, March 28, 2011

This edition of LINK LOVE covers a wide range of subjects ranging from labor issues to female empowerment to sex to the Ukulele!  Our submissions include a moving tribute to the late Elizabeth Taylor, musings on self-photography, some killer vintage Persol sunglasses, and a red maxi dress perfect for Mexico.  Read on for all this and more!


bangs and a bun – Music & Porn: This post left and impression on not one but two of our Link Love participants.  Faye of Fuyume decided to nominate the post because “[it’s] about sex in music videos and how its representative of society’s obsession with sex and its effect on today’s youth.”  Her thoughts were seconded by Mrs B of Mrs Bossa Does the Do.

Be Fabulous Daily – This day in history:  This was a last minute submission by Terri of Rags Against the Machine that came to me with a simple message.  “Please, please, please include this post by Cynthia at Be Fabulous Daily. Very important!!!” said Terri.  Terri was right.  Cynthia’s post focus on labor issues and she makes a lot of points that will leave your mind reeling.

A Butterfly by Day – What if we all just loved who we are:  Bella of The Citizen Rosebud came across this incredible post via Mis PapelicosFacebook page. “Yeah, it’s a scene stealer,” says Bella. “The blog is called Butterfly by Day, and the article is a calling out to the self-critique, and societal critique of women’s bodies. I am guilty of self-body loathing. This is my wake-up call.”

By Anika – Friend Friday: Fashionable Feminism/ Unapologetic Chic:  There has been a lot of buzz around the blogosphere lately about feminism and how it relates to fashion.  My first submission for the week comes from a powerhouse of a blogger who consistently impresses me with her beauty, talent and wisdom.  Not only did I love Anika’s approach to the debate, she managed to sum up my thoughts in one succinct sentence: “when fashion and empowerment come together it is a case of unapologetic chic.”

Dramatic Personae – Disenchanted:  Many bloggers, myself included, tackle the subject of blogger burnout at some point in time.  Ashe’s approach here, however, was different from what I typically see on the blogosphere.   I decided to share her words here because not only does she speak of her disenchantment with her blog, she speaks about the steps she has taken to overcome it.  She shares the lessons she has learned while illustrating how easy it can be to lose focus of the things that are the most important to us.

Forelsket – Uke|Affairs: The Way I am & Hope for the Hopeless:  This is the first Link Love submission by the lovely Jenmarie of SHE and Sprinkled Dreams.  “Britta of Forelsket has recently started to share with her readers her superb skills with the Ukulele, oh and did I mention she also sings?  The combination of the two is just lovely,” says Jenmarie. “She is very talented and obviously quite confident in front of the camera. You’d never guess that she just started playing!”

Full Time Fabulous – vintage persols baby: This post is the perfect testament to why Kristy Eléna is a blogger everyone should be following.  What’s the recipe for a great fashion blogger? Fabulous style?  Check.  Talent? Check.   Undeniable beauty? Check.  But Kristy goes beyond that with her posts.  She infuses her writing with wit and humor while offering her readers a glimpse into her life. While living in Milan she shared that part of her world with us.  Now, in NYC, she does the same.  She consistently shows, as she does here, that she is a true cosmopolitan woman.

The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower – Brontë, Godard and the Art of Self-Portraits: This was one of the best posts I read last week because of its sheer honesty.  Here Casee broaches the subject of self-photography and how she is challenging herself to include more original images on her blog.  It is a wonderful post about her struggles with and growing acceptance of herself as a photographer and a blogger.  Plus, even as a novice, her photography is already amazing!

Mrs Bossa Does the Do – Friend Friday: Wearing Your Beliefs on Your Sleeve:  Jessica of This Girls Vintage decided to nominate a post by Link Love regular Mrs Bossa Does the Do.  “I… really enjoyed her answers to the feminist based questions we had in the [Fashion Beauty Friend Friday group] this week!” said Jessica.

northwest is best – The language of fashion: Speaking of Mrs Bossa Does the Do, in addition to seconding Faye’s nomination above, Mrs. B. had one of her own this week.  “Fancy something a lot scathing, and a little bit cheeky?” said Mrs. B. “Northwest is Best’s post on the language of fashion – and her handmade anti-fashion zine – entertained me yesterday, and gave me plenty to think about when it comes to the messages of women’s mags.”

November Grey – Spanish Lullaby:  This nomination, by Tanvi of The Fabulous Life of Not-so-Rich and Infamous, had me packing my bags for Mexico as soon as I read it!  “[November Grey’s] posts are always a treat with her gorgeous face and impeccable style but this one takes us away to Mexico (or like they say it Meh-hee-Ko),” said Tanvi. “Nothing shouts summer like a bright red Maxi, Hat and Blue feather earrings. Sometimes you need inspiration in the form of pictures and her’s are worth a thousand words.” – Mother Courage: Remembering Elizabeth Taylor:  There were many tributes dedicated to the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor last week, but I agree with Casee Marie of The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower that this was one of the best.  “This touching piece by Andrew Budgell of was written especially for, a tribute site dedicated to Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and classic cinema,” said Casee. “I thought it was a beautiful remembrance of Elizabeth Taylor, the woman behind the icon, and the things she accomplished in her life, all in the words of someone who truly and passionately admires her legacy.”


Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their favorite post of the week!

If you would like to submit a post for inclusion in the next edition of Link Love with a TWIST, please do so here.

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  • Arash Mazinani March 30, 2011, 2:42 PM

    Loving links love with a twist always puts me onto great articles.

  • Terri March 30, 2011, 2:39 PM

    Thank you for including Cynthia’s post!

  • Britta March 29, 2011, 11:01 PM

    I’m stunned, mouth wide open! Thanks JEN, for submitting my uke covers to Link Love. Wow! And I’m totally shy, lol! The confidence is what happens after 45 mins of taping 🙂 Thanks so much!

  • kristy March 28, 2011, 9:05 PM

    i am SO honored to be included in Link Love with a twist!!! thank you so much B! =) going to share this now!!!

    • Beautifully Invisible March 29, 2011, 4:33 PM

      The pleasure was all mine Kristy – been meaning to include you for some time, and this post was perfect!

  • Kendra March 28, 2011, 7:05 PM

    Wow, thanks for including my Viv and Larry site. I agree, I thought Andy’s words about Liz Taylor were really touching. I’ll have to check out the rest of the links <3

    • Beautifully Invisible March 29, 2011, 4:33 PM

      Thanks for visiting Kendra! I was happy to include your link. It was certainly one of the best tributes i had read last week – very touching!

  • Casee Marie March 28, 2011, 4:14 PM

    B, I can’t tell you how surprised I was to see my post up there. When I saw your Tweet including me in the names featured I thought, Featured?! She must mean because I submitted a post or something. It was really the furthest thing from my mind that my post would be included. That post was beyond spontaneous; I had given it no real previous thought, I had no expectations for it. And yet the response it got turned right around and knocked me clear off my feet. I had no idea that candid Casee would resonate with so many people – or anyone at all.

    So just…thank you very much. That’s really all I can say. (:

    • Beautifully Invisible March 28, 2011, 4:52 PM

      Completely my pleasure.

      I think you under-estimate the power of candid Casee 🙂 People not only relate to what you say, but also how you say it. A post like this – one that is just real resonates with everyone. Your honesty, strength and unmistakable growth as a blogger resonates with everyone.

      And I just adore you, as always. 🙂

  • Ashe Mischief March 28, 2011, 2:42 PM

    Thank you so much for including my post, dear! I’m happy to know that it resonated with so many people…. even if I wouldn’t wish that feeling on anyone!


    • Beautifully Invisible March 28, 2011, 3:47 PM

      It was my pleasure Ashe. I loved your honesty in the post and the fact that you really emphasized how important it is for everyone to keep their priorities straight. Sometimes it’s easy to push friends and such aside when we are so passionate about something. Your post is a nice reminder of that.

  • Bella Q March 28, 2011, 1:30 PM

    I will need to come back and READ EVERY POST- this week looks stellar!
    This series is much needed, because as much as I love hawking myself, I love reading the best of the best of what my blogging community has to offer and there is nothing like peer recognition to feel like you’re doing something right. xo. Bella Q
    the Citizen Rosebud

    • Beautifully Invisible March 28, 2011, 3:49 PM

      Thank you so much Bella! People like you are what keep this series going – thank you for participating, both as someone who regularly nominates other bloggers AND as someone who consistently produces stellar content that garners nominations. Recognizing people like YOU are what this series was created to do.

  • Anika March 28, 2011, 1:24 PM

    Sweetheart, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart! I am really moved and honored by your kind works. I am so happy for everyone whose posts are included, such wonderful bloggers of substance and grace. like your self. I feel so blessed to be a part of this blogging community, which impacts me every day. I have been feeling shy about my blogging lately, so I take your words to heart and will continue on. Also, I really need to get organized so I can submit posts to you.

    Big hugs to you and all you friends out there.

    x Anika

    • Anika March 28, 2011, 1:26 PM

      Ps, I am sorry for the typos, half my screen is black! lol <3

    • Beautifully Invisible March 28, 2011, 3:55 PM

      Hi Anika, thank you so much for the lovely comment. I meant every word that I said! Please don’t ever feel shy about your blogging – you have one of the strongest and most authentic voices of any of the bloggers out there today and I always look forward to your posts. You – and your views on life, fashion and femininity – are an inspiration every day!

      I look forward to seeing some of your future picks for this series – I know they will be great ones!