Monthly Archives: June 2014

Dressed for: Lightweights

Already Pretty outfit featuring Gudrun Sjoden tunic, clamdiggers, orange pumps, J.W. Hulme tote

Tunic – Gudrun Sjödén
Jeans – Gap, cropped by me (no longer available) – similar
Pumps – Easy Spirit via Opitz – similar
Bracelets – various – similar look
Earrings – Bijoux De L’Au Dela Jewelrysimilar
Bag – J.W. Hulme (no longer available) – similar look

We haven’t hit the true dog days of summer just yet, which means I want lightweight layers but still opt for some coverage. These cropped-by-me jeans have been a warm weather standby for years, but the airy printed tunic is a new addition. Leave it to Gudrun to create such a lively, unique print in a wonderfully summery cotton.

Have you hit truly hot weather already? (I know some of you have!) What are your dressing work-arounds? Or do you just succumb and wear the fewest, lightest layer you can?


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Lovely Links: 6/27/14

The June 28 event at Eat My Words IS CANCELLED. Info on rescheduling when I have it!

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Weekly Kitten:


Angie of You Look Fab shares her top 10 style tips from the past eight years of blogging, and many years of stylist work before that!

Do you have a go-to outfit that you can just “throw on” and feel fabulous?

Power to the Older Ladies, courtesy singer-songwriter Donnalou Stevens. (Via Suzanne Carillo)

Thanks to Dressed Her Days Vintage for including me in this fascinating read that explores why bloggers pose in certain ways.

For me and many others, Zumba is about and feeling good about our bodies as they are rather than about altering them to fit in (pun intended). Students can shake and twist and roll as much or as little as they are comfortable with, and I always hope that if they are comfortable enough to give it their all, they feel confidence, pride, and love for their bodies.”

Yoiks. Check out the seven deadliest fashion trends of all time. (Via Skepchick)

Grechen really is the master of chic, minimalist layering.

“Understanding the myths that we’ve been taught about women and appearance makes it easier to be critical when we are exposed to yet another false idea or image. It makes it easier, though still difficult, to begin rejecting these ideas and to see ourselves and other women in a less judgmental light.”

Wondering how to style cascading and waterfall-front layers? This post shows 13 outfits and different ways to style a cascading vest that create interesting silhouettes.

I’m currently a bit obsessed with draped chain earrings. My own are from Corset, but I’ve also been eyeing these gorgeous gold ones and this splurge-worthy Alexis Bittar pair.

Or if you prefer chain drops, check out Gracey’s, paired with a vintage top and adorable speckled flats.

As if we needed a reason NOT to create body-image related Internet hoaxes: The “Bikini Bridge” thing has taken off. And gained steam with eating disorder-related hashtags.

No time to blow dry? Check out these seven easy hairstyle tutorials for wet hair.

Although I do use a store-bought product for mascara, grapeseed oil removes all other makeup for me. Check out these five all-natural makeup removers and see if one might work for you.

Bonus outfit over on Facebook this week, featuring Elvis.

Gifted writer and body image blogger Kate Fridkis is going to shut down Eat the Damn Cake. Her views on how important beauty really is have shifted, and she wants to move on. Hope she’ll continue contributing to the conversation, as hers is an insightful and valuable voice.

Ela looks classically chic in her floral swing dress and patent pumps.

I’ve recently had two makeup artists tell me to smile and apply at the apples then swirl back, but also liked this visual guide to blush application from The Beauty Department.

Love, love, LOVE Anna’s suggestions for talking about body image issues with friends and family.

I spotted these flat sandals with a funky studded footbed while in Chicago, and promptly added them to my wishlist.

“The simple fact is that unless you go around introducing yourself as such, ‘Hello, my name is Glenda and I’m 48,’ no one will really know just how old you are. Here is another fact, not all 48 year old women are cut from the same cloth. We each have our own style, essence, lifestyle, body types, etc, etc. So why on earth should we allow age to shackle us into some type of grid that tells us YES on one side and NO on the other?

A fascinating exploration of aging, anatomy, breast shapes, and sag probability by my girl K.Line.

Try styling your super-long skinny belt in a pretzel knot. Will likely work best with very supple belts.

Recently activist and author Mikki Kendall created the #NotJustHello hashtag to talk about how women experience street harassment. Geek Feminism added this wiki page due to the high level of “I can’t believe that happens” responses, mostly by men.

Chastity is absolutely radiant in her printed dress and retro updo.

“Your clothes should flatter your personal architecture, not what current fashion may dictate. Fashion is a tool in your style toolbox, nothing more.”

If you missed out on Kjerstin’s excellent book, Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall when it was released, you can nab a paperback copy on July 1!

Holy cats, Beth has THE COOLEST vintage wicker handbag I’ve ever seen. I would totally carry Harriet around in that.

Kerry Washington has contributed to design ideas for a line of clothes for The Limited inspired by her Scandal character, Olivia Pope. And we all squeeeeeeed in delight.

And from the Department of Random: Baby Leon discovers his eyebrows.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Wide-strap Maxi Dresses

*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?*

Alison requested a few picks for maxi dresses that can be worn with a regular bra, so here we go:

asos maxi dress

Blue Vanilla Cowl Neck Maxi Dress – was $85.74, now $53.35

Alison specifically asked for no stripes, but I’m hoping this abstract black-and-white print isn’t too stripy-looking for her taste! I feel like this dress could use a belt at the waistline, either in black or a punchy contrasting color. But it’s got wide straps, a cool cowl neckline, and high back to cover your bra. Available in sizes XS – L. Also love this geometric B&W print maxi with asymmetric skirt detailing. Here’s a similar style in sizes 14W – 24W.

mod o doc orange maxi dress

Mod-o-doc Shirred Crossover Hi-Low Dress – was $130, now $64.99

This neckline might be a little revealing for some folks, but is still well above plunge levels and ever so pretty. Straps are nice and wide and the dress features a high back as well. This could dress down with a jean jacket and gladiators, or dress up with a bib necklace and heels. Available in sizes XS – XL in orange, and S in black for $39.99. Here’s a similar style in six colors in sizes 1X – 3X.

alternative apparel hibya dress

Alternative Apparel Hibya Dress – was $112, now $61.99

I love this option because it features plenty of coverage up top and a loose, comfortable shape but also has that fun side slit. It looks fairly high here, but could certainly be stitched shut an inch or two if it feels too revealing. This black version is only available in XS – M, but there are two styles of an understated tie-dye print in XS, S, and L here and XS – L here in blue tie-dye. This dress has a similar shape and slit in sizes 1X – 3X.

melrose cap sleeve maxi dress

Melrose Cap Sleeve Maxi Dress – was $100, now $74.99

I’m sticking this one at the end because it’s sold out in many sizes, but SO elegant. Spendy for a JC Penney find, but incredibly versatile: Wear it with flat sandals and a rugged cuff for day, then switch to heels and dressy jewelry for evening. I’m drooling over this dress. Seriously. Available in sizes 6 – 14. Also love this ruched coral maxi dress from the same designer. (This dress is a similar color and also features cap sleeves in sizes 16W – 30W and petites S – XXL and regular XS – XXL. Not as unique or graceful, but still a good option.)


Other not-currently-on-sale resources for wide-strap maxi dresses:

  1. Karen Kane – A few thin straps in there, but most maxi dresses will accommodate a regular bra with no showage. And they do plus versions of many dresses, too.
  2. Old Navy – Alongside strapless and spaghetti strap styles, ON has many that will cover bras like this cute high-low hem dress.
  3. Land’s End – Just a handful of styles, but all strap-covering. Love the tulip hem on this one.

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