Gracey Wears: The First Blush of Spring

I do not wear a lot of pastels.  I don’t particularly like them nor do I think they are particularly flattering on me.  There are a few exceptions; blush, pink, and peach.  I don’t know why, but those are the only pastels I wear with any regularity.  And I generally wear them around this time of year because they’re so perfect for spring.  Today’s outfit features the first blush of spring:

Fashion for Giants outfit featuring gray Gap flares, blush LOFT tunic & FRAAS polka dot scarf close up Fashion for Giants outfit featuring gray Gap flares, blush LOFT tunic, FRAAS polka dot scarf & Seychelles sandals

I bought this tunic on deep, deep sale at LOFT, but still hesitated in buying it because although I do like blush I wasn’t sure if I’d actually wear it.  But, I think this top is just lovely, especially paired with the polka dot scarf:

Fashion for Giants outfit featuring a FRAAS polka dot scarf & LOFT tunic close up

It’s the perfect outfit for early spring:

Fashion for Giants outfit featuring gray Gap flares, blush LOFT tunic, FRAAS polka dot scarf & Seychelles sandals

Still covered up so I don’t freeze to death when I ride in (I clip my pant legs when I ride in flares) but still spring-like.


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Similar blush blouse (here or here)
Similar Gap jeans
Similar polka dot scarf

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Already Pretty contributor Gracey hails from Fashion for Giants. She’s essentially your average blogger, except that she’s taller than average (six foot) and bigger than average (size 14). She also likes to think that she’s more amusing than average, but that could just be vanity. In addition to being tall and plus-sized (and possibly hilarious), she’s also a thrift store shopper, a vintage lover, an Oregonian, and a bike commuter.

Likes: Gracey likes to shop, to blog, and to terrify her co-workers with brightly colored outfits.

Dislikes: Robot uprisings, too-short skirts, and leggings as pants.

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Dressed for: Rough Transitions

Already Pretty outfit featuring  J.Crew utility jacket, bird print dress, purple tights, John Fluevog Heidi, Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody bag, Song Yee Designs amethyst necklace

Jacket – J.Crew Factory
Dress – courtesy eShakti (no longer available) – similaralso love this one
Tights – Falke (no longer available) – similar
Boots – John Fluevog Heidi (no longer available) – similar
Necklace – courtesy Song Yee Designs
Earrings – gift – similar
Bag - Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody via eBay

Wore this for a VERY busy day working at Corset, and had to lose the jacket for at least part of my shift. Also regretted the tights, but didn’t have time to take them off! Spring transitional weather can be absolutely confounding. I do try to follow my own advice for making seasonal transitions seamless, but when it’s totally freezing in the morning sheer patterned tights just seem ludicrous. And by afternoon I’m melting.

Anyone else fighting with shifting weather? Any sneaky layering tips to share?


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Lovely Links: 4/18/14

Registration is open for my Dress Your Best course on April 21!

I’ll be speaking with Nancy Rosenbaum as part of the Unlikely Entrepreneurs series at CoCo on May 5. Admission is free!

My San Francisco trip is booked and I have availability on May 16, 17, 18, and 20. If you’re in the Bay Area and interested in working with me, please drop me an e-mail.

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Legislation is making its way through Congress that would require any advertising that alters the human body through digital manipulation to be labeled as such.

Dear Lisa, please hand over your trompe l’oeil shirt right away and no one will get hurt. Love, Sally

“The actual beauty industry, the one in which I’m trying to be a major player … actively promotes conformity and self-fear. Our bodies are being micromanaged by men, by women, even by ourselves. Quite often we believe our eyelashes are shockingly short, our lips are problematically thin, and our hair has an unruly attitude (that’s code for curly).” (Cheers, Sarah)

Cool girl fave Alexander Wang will be the next designer to partner with H&M.

Classics always mix well, and I’m just swooning over Ela’s trench, blouse, skinnies, and heels.

These DIY gem-embellished cuffs are totally gorgeous, and super simple to create.

At Rewire I wrote about the evolution of nursing uniforms. Because, ya know, “Call the Midwife.”

More great jean jacket inspiration from Shey, who teamed hers with a full printed skirt and hedgehog brooch!

AND! Pretty Tall Style rounds up her faves for tall denim jackets.

“I have always had this ability to almost will things into my life, just by wanting them hard enough. What this really means is that I’m fortunate, and I know that, but with clothes it has always seemed more like casting spells. If I want something, I get a restless feeling, like heat in my body. Then I go out and find just what I am looking for, almost immediately.”

Fluevog is running their 10 Years of Free Shoes promo again – sign up at a local store, or enter automatically by ordering online.

Aarti looks just radiant in her striped top, skater skirt, and sassy hat.

San Francisco-based startup Thirdlove is trying to revamp the bra-shopping experience by letting women size themselves in the privacy of their homes. Think it’ll work? (Via Nubby Twiglet)

What if you don’t make your body wrong?

Sheila pulls together such a chic, bold print mix with a vibrant pop of yellow.

Can’t believe I didn’t think of this myself: Use a necklace to create a metallic halter for a convertible dress. Totally trying it come summer.

“By photographing people’s personal beauty rituals I attempted to capture this awareness, this intimacy that occurs only when one is forced to examine their own body, the most basic thing that is theirs, and build upon it.”

Love the contrasting print at the collar and cuffs of Heidi’s darling printed button-front.

Over at Huffington Post I wrote about how I don’t believe wearing makeup is a prerequisite for career success.

Emmie shares her plus-sized swimsuit picks for the season, including skirted, one-piece, and two-piece options.

“Is Barbie to blame for giving girls body image issues, or are there larger forces at work? The Doll Project explores the influence of visual culture and societal norms while caricaturing and satirizing unattainable standards of beauty.”

Totally amazed by how fantastic this lavender bomber jacket looks with a flippy full skirt. LOVE.

On the Fox 9 Buzz we talked about making pearls look modern.

Aya looks absolutely smokin’ in her thrifted, printed, full-skirted halter dress.

Tilda Swinton is a style icon and hero of mine. Here are some reasons why Swinton rocks.

Canadian-born musician Rae Spoon describes their style as “grunge prep.” Love everything about both of the subdued-yet-polished outfits featured in this post.

“What I can do is find a way to not be someone who perpetuates the myth of a lesser sex and even find ways to call bullshit on those who insist on reinforcing sexist ideas. And I’m lucky. I’ve been given an opportunity to fight this huge, historically insurmountable equality barrier. I have a daughter. With the help of my wife and all of the other women and men in our lives I get to teach this girl, from the very beginning of her life, that she’s a person first and foremost.”

You can view the first four minutes of the documentary film “The Illusionists” here. It explores how the beauty, fashion, and advertising industries seek to exploit our fears and insecurities to cultivate negative body image and sell products that claim they can “fix” our “flaws.”

With the changes over at Facebook, I’m trying to tweet more tips, ideas, and good reads. Follow me on Twitter, won’t you?

And from the Department of Random: 11 Product Names That Mean Unfortunate Things in Other Languages. Mmm, Pee Cola. (Possibly not safe for work.)

Also: Prance, llama, prance.

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