Lovely Links: 12/16/11

This post details how to build a functional, chic, versatile professional wardrobe for $200 or less. AMAZING.

Turns out, citron, burgundy, and black look sophisticated and chic together.

“Communication is clearly functional. And fashion/ style can help us communicate. It can communicate things about our work, our subculture, our economic class, our sexuality, our age, our gender, our mood, etc… and how we feel about all of these things.” (Cheers, Aris.)

Hopping a plane to Helsinki so I can steal this skirt from this gal.

“I wasn’t crying because I didn’t feel pretty, not exactly; I was crying because I felt foolish for having thought that a turquoise dress and a curling iron would be enough to make me pretty, and for having such a specific result in mind, one I’d learned in a flash wasn’t going to happen. I cried because I knew I was smart—every girl in that gymnasium knew she was smart, that’s why we were there—but I didn’t know if I would ever be pretty.”

Many experts recommend photographing outfits as a way of judging their success. But, as this post points out, sometimes outfits that feel amazing photograph poorly. So, how do you know which is right what you see or what the camera has captured?

Stacy’s plaid circle skirt is incredibly fun and festive. And she’s styled it beautifully!

College Candy offers some tips for making sequins chic this holiday season.

Some may consider it “over sharing,” but Caitlin points out that sites full of photos of boobs, bellies, and other typically-taboo body parts can help many women feel less critical of their own parts.

This asymmetric sweater tunic is calling my name.

Are you taking up residence inside your own skin? Or, are you permitting others (loved ones, peers, multi-national corporations, and the like) tell you how to feel about yourself?”

This mix of warm brown, bright pink, black, and leopard accents absolutely blew my mind.

Artist Cathy Cooper describes her style as “baroque hobo,” and she has the most gorgeous long gray hair in the universe. I mean it.

Sing it, Feminist Ryan Gosling.

Need another reason to love Margaret Cho? “To be beautiful is actually to be aware of yourself as art, and to frame your art in a way that is unique to yourself and easy to yourself and fun to yourself.” (Via The Beheld)

And from the Department of Random: Foxes playing on a trampoline. (Those high jumps are a behavior used in hunting.)

  • http://lifeisfullofbeautiful.blogspot.com/ Victoria

    Just want to let you know that I really enjoy reading your blog in 2011. You have a happy holiday!

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      Thank you, my dear!

  • http://www.gray-skies.blogspot.com/ Stacey

    You’re so sweet to mention my outfit! And I’m glad you linked to Catherine @ Not Dressed as Lamb – she’s such a sweetheart, and that outfit you linked to is killer!

  • http://notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.com/ Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    1. I will race you to Helsinki for that skirt.
    2. Cathy Cooper is gorgeous!
    3. What’s cuter than bounding foxes? Nothing : >

  • http://unusualform.blogspot.com Kara @ Unusual Form

    Thank you for including me in your Lovely Links!

  • http://inprofessorialfashion.blogspot.com/ Dorky Medievalist

    Even better (as far as I’m concerned) is Medieval History Ryan Gosling: http://medievalhistorianryangosling.tumblr.com/

  • Anat

    Sal, I would be interested in hearing your point of view – would you give up on an outfit you loved if you found out the outfits shots were “eh”?

    I am assuming it could be possible that the camera creates some visual warping, so that the 2D image will really be not as good as the live view.

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      Nope. It’s always disheartening when an outfit looks worse in photos than in person, but I try not to let it completely color my view. I think about Ani’s lyric, “It took me too long to realize that I don’t take good pictures cuz I have the kind of beauty that moves.” She’s talking about herself, of course, not clothes. But I think movement and dimension can really affect some outfits. And I’d hate to toss something just because it didn’t photograph well.

  • SGP_Teri

    Margaret Cho has said some incredibly vile things about other women. I cringe when I see her held up as a role model, for she certainly is not one in word and deed.

  • http://the-beheld.com Autumn

    Love that Ani lyric you quoted above, both in application to outfit photos and just in general. I’d like to think I have the kind of beauty that moves too!

    Thank you for linking to my post, Sally. If only I’d known then that there was a girl just on the other side of the state border who was sympathetic!

  • Lorena

    I always, always look forward to these posts …. you are a genius finding good reads :)