Lovely Links: 2/5/16

I will be hosting a fundraiser for the
women’s leadership group that I co-chair
Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
at the Uptown John Fluevog store!

There will be raffles, treats, demos, and if you donate to LOTT you get to take home a piece of jewelry from my collection.

This is a ticketed event, all proceeds to LOTT – get your tickets here. Don’t delay, it’s a small space so tickets are limited.

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Weekly Kitty:


She likes to drape herself over the top level, mostly to taunt Simon from above. (First seen on Instagram)

Chrissy’s slouchy pant-platform bootie outfit is right up my alley.

I contributed some images to Sylvia at 40+ Style’s new course on accessorization, and am excited for it to launch! You can join her free webinar here and then sign up if you’re interested.

“You don’t have to wait until you lose weight to be your best self. If weight loss is important to you, go for it, but stop expecting that your world is going to miraculously change just because you shed some pounds. It won’t. You can change your world, achieve your dreams, and strive for a goal, regardless of your shape and size. Let’s stop pretending that life begins once you’re finally skinny, and begin it now.” (Post discusses dieting)

SO much inspiration in this roundup of stylish DapperQs. I spent an hour poring over Danielle’s outfit posts.

Suzanne encourages everyone to create a style statement, a short phrase that can help your wardrobe and outfits look more cohesive.

On I gave suggestions on where to shop for lingerie (including specialty sizes!) and identified five steps that will make you a more effective shopper.

Never one to shy away from color, Joi creates a marvelous mix of pastels. Mia goes for sunset colors, and looks energized and lovely.

“I don’t think people who shave their legs can’t be feminist. If they want to shave their legs, that’s totally fine with me. The issue for me was that the reason I wanted to shave them again was so clearly rooted in the way I’d been conditioned to view my body. It wasn’t just about liking the way smooth legs felt. It was about fearing that I was unattractive.”

I got talked into this anti-redness serum when I was at Sephora with a gift card burning a hole in my pocket, and I’m glad I tried it out. It’s helped quite a bit with the red patches around my nose, and doesn’t clog my pores!

Dorrie rocks a fabulous feathered necklace and talks about how statement jewelry can totally transform your personal style.

Angie put together a guide to jeans and pants for curvy women. And in this case “curvy” isn’t linked to size, but to shape: Women of any size and weight who are built with larger busts and hips along with smaller waists.

Can women self-objectify?

Wanna keep curled-up-in-a-blanket warm without actually curling up in a blanket? Get yourself a ruana. Bam.

The Curvy Fashionista calls out seven plus size designer collections and collaborations to watch in 2016.

The key to fashion rules is not to follow them, but to have command of them. It’s the difference between dressing for a purpose and dressing with a purpose. And when you dress with purpose, you can stay true to yourself and wear what you love and makes you happy.”

In my Star Tribune column, I talked about how to wear dusters with winter coats, when to donate, and how to make legacy brands look fresh.

Turtlenecks may be divisive, but Sarah is all in. And this winter, so am I. In fact, I’m wearing one as I type this.

One Twitter user is posting pictures of men’s topless selfies alongside their messages telling women to cover up.

I’ve been upgrading my loungewear and bought these slim-fitting moto pants (mine used via eBay) – they are marvelous. Thick but flexible, comfy waistband, and so cute.

Chastity is retro-fabulous in her printed shirtdress and wavy ponytail.

Thoughts on creating nourishing acts of self-trust

Allie weighs in on hem lengths for various styles of pants. (My thoughts here.)

Homage vs. Outright Racism in Fashion: The Case of the Maison Kitsuné Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Argentina-born artist Amalia Ulman created an Instagram persona that moved through three distinct phases as a way of illustrating that femininity is a construction. She didn’t, however, tell anyone it was an art piece until she’d amassed thousands of followers and led them through months of photos and comments.

I’ve started some Pinboards about wardrobe items that challenge me – trench coat, cowboy boots, camel coat – more to come!

“While radical self love made it easier to respect the vulnerability of those closest to me; it did not necessarily extend to those whom I did not know in an intimate way. While it was easy to encourage body positivity in my girls, easy to think only wonderful things about their dress, their body movements, that generosity didn’t extend to other people’s bodies. Every day, I find myself making an internal running dialogue especially about the women around me. I comment on their dress, their bodies, the way they talked.”

Layering an arty crop top over a dress is a great way to create cool, unexpected layers.

And from the Department of Random: Turns out all you need to organize your desk, headphones, knitting, closet, and sink is a bunch of binder clips.

Also: An alternate take on the Most Interesting Man in the World

**Disclosure: Actions you take from the hyperlinks within this blog post may yield commissions for See Already Pretty’s disclosure statement for more details. Sustainable options are either used, handmade, made in the U.S., artisan made in non-sweatshop conditions, or made using sustainable/fair trade practices.

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