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.

  • http://www.franticbutfabulous.com/ Heidi/FranticButFab

    Thanks so much for including me! Another great roundup of links, especially the ones about body image and gender representation. Not sure if you’ve already written about it, but the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media does some great stuff in this area; here they are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GDIGM.

    Also: yay, “Call the Midwife”! Chummy is my favorite :)

  • Ginger

    Another important shift in the profession of nursing is the entry of more men into the profession.

  • beautifulmutant

    Sally, what a great voice you have! So warm and friendly! I was just struck by it while watching your Fox segment. It’s just not a characteristic you often consider with regards to favorite bloggers.

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com/ Sally McGraw

      Thank you so much, my dear! And thanks for watching the segment – I have such fun doing those.

  • Aya in Couturgatory

    Wow, thank you so much Sally! I am honored to be recipient of the “Sal bump”, as my friend Louise calls it.

    I can’t wait to check out The Illusionists; I realized some years after I’d been shopping at Trader Joe’s almost exclusively how crazy airbrushed and manipulative magazines by the grocery checkout are. Who knows what sort of far-reaching and unconscious influences they exert?

    Have a lovely time in San Francisco! I just moved out after 9 years and I miss it so much already. Hit me up if you want any recommendations on where to eat. (:

  • http://respecttheshoes.blogspot.com respect_the_shoes

    Haha, love your comment. Thanks so much for the link love!

  • The Budget Babe

    The Illusionists looks fascinating…thanks for including me in your round up too!