Links à la Mode: IFB Weekly Roundup, April 14

Operation #Uplift

Edited by Vahni of Grit & Glamour

Oh no. It’s The-Coveted-gate all over again. As much as I wish I could start this week’s roundup with a glowing review of positivity, the sad truth is that the blogosphere is rife with accusations of trademark infringement, side-eye, competition, and bitchiness. Ladies and gents, it is time for this to stop.

I’ll never understand why people feel the need to tear others down, or pass another’s content—or identity—off as their own. Blogging dynamo Cece of LoveBrownSugar noted this week that she’s had enough of the side-eye in fashion, and frankly, so have I. Last week, Cece issued an #Uplift Challenge: Find at least one female you don’t know personally and tell her something that makes her feel beautiful. Don’t get “#Uplift”? Be sure to read Beautifully Invisible‘s post—a Twitterless blogger is like Lady Gaga without a mic!

As you explore this week’s list and head into the weekend, I leave you with this thought: “Women with wings,” Sacramento, of Mis Papelicos, wrote, “use their wings not only to fly, but to cuddle, to shelter, to back, to push and to hug.” What are you using your wings for?

Links à la Mode: April 14th

  • Aquí: Thrifty Threads: Six unique ways to wear a vintage silk scarf.
  • Beautifully Invisible: 10 Things about your blog that drive me crazy.
  • BonBon Rose Girls: An interview with Kimberly Hendrix, the eco-conscious designer of k. hendrix.
  • Consume or Consumed: A detailed account of being fitted by Intimacy bra fit specialists.
  • Designed by Ann: What (not) to wear when going shopping.
  • Dress With Courage: Anorexia, competition, and the quest for blogger win.
  • FashionablyNumb: A tribute to the queen of bohemian chic, Anna Sui.
  • Fashioned By Love: The colour of joy, sunshine, and daffodils—there’s the right shade of yellow for everyone.
  • Grit & Glamour: What V Wore: On the {Bur}berry last day.
  • IFB: Coveted Media Intern Search
  • LoveBrownSugar: Stilettos & Side Eyes: The UPLIFT Challenge—insights on the reasons we choose to “compete” instead of cooperate.
  • Mis Papelicos: One year blogging and women with wings.
  • Notes from a Stylist: Ever wondered what a Scotsman wears under his kilt? Kiefer Sutherland and Chris Noth bare all at the Dressed to Kilt show.
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go: Plus size gorgeous—catwalk curves and City Chic.
  • Shoeperwoman: A warning to all bloggers: A first-hand account of when someone tries to take your brand/trademark.
  • StyleLab: Why Blogs are like dogs and other advice on blogging.
  • Styling You: Why I need three styling irons. Truly.
  • The StyleCave: Long live McQueen.
  • The Style Confessions: 10 reasons to love fashion blogs.
  • The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe: Our right to wear the trousers—and why we shouldn’t take it for granted.
  • This Girl’s Vintage: Getting that vintage dress to fit you perfectly: its all about the undergarment.


Shopbop Dresses: Black, Sundresses, Wrap, Print, Cocktail, White, Work, Jersey, by Lanston, Tucker, Shoshanna, Parker, & Obakki

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  1. Thank you for being an angel and spreading your beauty , your wisdom and your wings to improve our lives and the blogosphere.
    Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    MIl besos, corazón.

  2. A great selection, Vahni, and a very enjoyable Sunday morning spent reading them. I’m shocked at Shoeperwoman’s case, I’m seriously debating starting tweeting thanks to Beautifully Invisible and so on, many posts to make me think. Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Madeline! This is great feedback, and I appreciate it. And yes, you should get tweeting, not just for your blog, but because it is fun and you make new friends.

  3. The fact that this is happening is so sad, but unfortunately not suprising. I have not had anyone be rude to me (though I have given them much material to work with!) but I have discovered by happenstance some of my work used as others work twice on two different blogs. I just left a comment that in a way signaled that I was on to them. Yes, it can be seen as flattery…but it is STEALING, there is no doubt about that. I love the idea of encouraging kindness and encouragment…it makes the world go round!

  4. It is very crushing to know that stealing, ide-eye, competition, and bitchiness, etc happens within the blogging community & so often, there’s no excuse!! That was wonderful of Cece to do the #Uplift hastag. Thanks for including the beautiful quote by Sacramento. I can’t wait to finish reading this amazing list. -xxoo

  5. Oh, I think it is so awful that this sort of thing goes on. I can’t understand why girls are bitchy towards each other. Crikey, we’ve got enough to deal with in life without turning on each other. Whenever I go out shopping, I always make it a point to comment to at least one female shopper that I like something of what they’re wearing (genuinely, of course, not just for the sake of it!). You can see that they are always so chuffed that someone has made the effort to say something as, let’s face it, we do normally tend to think we look pretty decent when we go out the door!

  6. This is yet again another wonderful post!!! We just need to stay focus and not worry about they’re opinion or thoughts. That doesn’t mean they’re right. If anything, it should make us stronger to keep going because evidentally that person(s) who is being rude, cares enough to waste they’re time to be nasty towards others.

    Everytime I’m shopping or out with girlfriends and notice something someone else has or is wearing, I always compliment them, and not only because I choose to, but because they may see me as a girl who is starring or trying to start something. They may get the wrong impression.

    I think this post was very useful and I’m glad you posted this, so I can pass it along. It’s unfortunate that it happens, but it does, and it cannot bring us down. We need to keep our heads up and shine!

    Well done V!! I’m checking out Love Brown Sugar now!

    P.S. Congrats on the Links a la Mode feature!


  7. Some people have no life or inspiration, haven’t they? I have some girls going really nasty in some girls that I photograph. I just stay focus!
    Great wrap up V.
    Lee x

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