Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dressed for: Comfy Simplicity

Already Pretty outfit featuring navy Karen Kane dress, watercolor floral scarf, metallic ballet flats. Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote

Scarf – Target (no longer available) – similar colorssimilar pattern
Dress – courtesy Karen Kane
Flats – Hush Puppies (no longer available) – similar
Bag – gift – Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote
Earrings – Swirly Keen courtesy April Kawaoka
Bracelets – Target (no longer available) – similar

I wore this for a shift at Corset, and felt marvelously comfortable all day long in my jersey dress and bronze flats. Next to utility jackets, metallic flats are the item I recommend most to my clients. I veer away from the mirror-shiny ones, but subtle bronzes are amazingly versatile. I’ve had this pair for a couple of years and it never ceases to amaze me how many outfits they complement.

Are you a fan of the metallic flat? Or sandal? Do you stick to golds and bronzes or go for pewters and gunmetals?

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Lovely Links: 5/30/14

CHICAGO UPDATE:
I am able to take clients in Milwaukee or Madison on June 21 and June 25
I have availability on in Chicago and surrounding areas June 22, 23, and 24.
If you’re in the Chicagoland area and interested in working with me, please drop me an e-mail.

Looking for an affordable way to re-vamp your style for spring? Take a peek at my mini-makeover PDF.

On June 28 I’ll be doing a reading and signing at Eat My Words in Northeast Minneapolis! Join me at 2 p.m., won’t you?

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Weekly Kitten:

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I was all, “I’m getting some great shots of the nibblet with my phone!” And then HM swoops in with this one.

Also see Trinknitty’s post featuring both me and a squirming Harriet.

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I could go on and on about how beautiful you are and how you shouldn’t hate how you look in photos. But unless you want to believe it, you won’t. If you DO want to believe it, it really is as simple as making the choice to do so. Loving the way we look – loving our physical selves – is a choice and it is a practice. Nothing has to change in order to make that choice or in order to practice.” (Via Mara Glatzel)

These swimsuits were designed for women with post-mastectomy bodies, and they are stylish, bold, and likely NSFW. (Cheers to HM for this one.)

The Coveted shares six lovely everyday jewelry pieces for sensitive skin, and all under $50 apiece.

Interesting musings on investing in the hidden aspects of your style: Undergarments, PJs, loungewear, socks, and the like.

“Shortly after the [yoga] class began, the teacher chirped out the nail in the coffin for my friend — ‘Gotta get ready for bathing suit season!’ Now, I realize that this statement isn’t that unusual, but my friend is mindful about body image and didn’t want to be in this kind of environment. Bear in mind that no one would mistake the two of us for twins–she’s tall and thin while I’m short and curvy. But that’s the thing about body image, right? It’s coming for all of us, regardless of our size.”

Love Apple Charlotte’s black and white print mix. And the consistently gorgeous locales of her outfit photos!

Fabulous tips from Being Geek Chic for looking your best on camera.

FINALLY: Bike helmets that look like stylish hats.

My lovely friend Imogen of Inside Out Style had a breast reduction six weeks ago. She’s been writing posts about the physical and emotional experience, all of which are insightful and refreshingly honest.

If you ever believed that oxfords were boring, take a peek at this post. So many amazing, colorful, eye-catching pairs.

 

Psyche argues that a black-and-white geometric print blouse is a seasonless staple. And I agree.

Tanesha shares some simple but effective tips for cultivating body confidence, including “spend more time in front of the mirror … naked.” She makes a good argument.

Spolier alert: You already have a bikini body. Thanks to Bust Magazine for the reminder.

Related: How to Get Your Body Caftan-Ready for Summer. (Thanks, T!)

Quite possibly the most heart-warming thrift store story you’ll hear all year, and it’s local! Sixteen girls of East African descent have opened a clothes boutique called Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf in the Cedar-Riverside area that is funded by a number of area businesses and schools.

“I have tried to get better on loving on myself throughout the years. I think the whole idea of loving yourself can seem like too much of an abstract thing but loving ‘on’ myself– and doing things for myself– is something I can implement into daily life.”

Next outfit idea I’m stealing: A blue and white striped top with a pleated yellow skirt. Fun, flirty, and spring-y.

Patti pays tribute to one of her favorite 50+ redheads, Felicia Milewicz, former beauty editor at Glamour.

“Tara Erraught is a young Irish mezzo-soprano. Over the weekend, she made her debut as Octavian in the Glyndebourne production of Strauss’ gender-bending comic opera ‘Der Rosenkavalier.’ This was viewed immediately by a bunch of male British critics as an occasion to comment on Erraught’s appearance.”

On this’ week’s Fox 9 Buzz segment we chatted about how to style your graphic tees. Love how Grown and Curvy Woman wore hers with a striped blazer and cobalt jeans.

Such a marvelous monochrome outfit of pale tones, and notice how it draws the eye to Jen’s flowing dark locks and bold red lips.

I’m as surprised as you: Aerie has a surprisingly wide variety of cute panties in various nude skin tones. Emily points out that they run through XXL, though sizing runs super small, from what I can tell.

Burberry’s newest face is Neelam Gill, a British woman of Indian descent.

“Sitting there on the couch with my friends, I suddenly realized that I had no idea how to be ‘a girl.’ More than that, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be one.”

Cortnie’s skirt-like culottes look ever so perfect with a white top and bold yellow clutch.

Why is Melissa A. Fabello a body image activist? She’ll give you 50 compelling reasons right here, including, “Because companies are co-opting the language of body-positivity a la ‘real’ women in order to sell us products – and it’s working because the market is that desperate to have someone tell us that we’re normal.” (Contains swears.) Text with supporting links here.

Pink gingham can be awfully sweet, so Stephanie pairs hers with a bold, bright pendant necklace.

I’m madly in love with my leopard print Chuck Taylors. The spots are velvety!

A lovely quote about self-care from the incomparable Maya Angelou, who passed this week.

The microtrend of acne cream selfies has further convinced me that I am completely out of touch. And slightly OK with that.

No one does super-chic black and gold quite like Yen.

The ladies at Curvy Fashionista give a big thumbs up to eShakti’s petite plus offerings, and show some killer outfits using new and recent pieces.

Summer of Dresses is back! Play along, won’t you?

This post highlights five amazing projects fighting back against the body-related pressures placed on new moms. (Images are gals in bikinis and many links NSFW)

And from the Department of Random: Father’s Day is right around the corner. Get your dad a subscription to Dad Magazine. (The Toast has a Dads category, and you can cruise through past issues there.)

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Long White Skirts

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Anna requested a few picks for long white skirts, so here we go:

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Karen Kane Long Godet Skirt – was $99, now $74.95

I seriously considered ordering this one for myself since it looks like the perfect swingy, cool, white skirt for summer. It’s lined, but all all in lightweight cotton voile. I’d love this with a chambray shirt and tan sandals. Not cheap, but made in the U.S. and Karen Kane quality. Available in sizes XS – XL. This linen skirt has a similar look in sizes 1X – 3X.

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JM Collection Pull-On A-Line Linen Skirt – was $59, now $44.99

If the micropleats don’t send you, try this flowy godet skirt instead. It’s linen, so expect some wrinkling, but will be cool and breezy all summer long. Available in sizes S – XL. For a slimmer fit in white linen try this subtly fluted maxi. This long white linen skirt isn’t on sale but comes in petites and plus 1X – 4X. And this one in 0X – 5X petites!

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Calvin Klein Pinktuck Maxi Polyester Chiffon Skirt – was $129.50, now $104.99

Well, you sure can pay a bunch of money for your long, white skirt if you want to. I have a very similar skirt in ivory and absolutely love it. Won’t wrinkle as much as its linen friends but still has that wonderfully diaphanous white maxi skirt feel. Pair this with a floaty blouse and light heels for a romantic evening out. Available in sizes XS – XL. This ivory pleated midi is available in 14- 18.

There are also gobs of tiered white maxis in plus sizes including this gauze one and this lined cotton one.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for long white skirts:

  1. eBay – Thousands of white skirts, both new and used, in a huge variety of sizes and styles.
  2. Macy’s – A range of lengths and styles, including this fun patchwork eyelet skirt.
  3. Old Navy – Some are certainly short, but a nice variety of white skirts including the one linked to above.
  4. And, of course, THRIFT STORES! White can be tough to thrift because of the dinge factor, but worth a look. And there’s always bleach! (thethriftshopper.com can help you locate stores near you.)

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