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Lovely Links: 1/22/16

Weekly Kitty:


First seen on Instagram

Jane pairs a tweedy top with a leather midi skirt – love the results.

This video shows how plastic bottles are recycled into textiles (via YLF).

Blogger and designer Rommy creates handbags, headbands, and bowties that look remarkably like sugary treats. Donut purse, anyone?

Stephanie is ever so elegant in her pale gray maxi dress. Also looking Goddess-like: Beck in black and jewels.

Kjerstin addresses the complex question, “How can you love and accept your body if you’re also trying to change it?

“The New York Consumer Affairs Board recently conducted a study titled ‘From Cradle to Cane: The Cost of Being a Female Consumer’ that tells us something we all kind of already knew from browsing the CVS and Rite Aid razors: women’s products cost more than similar products for men.”

Anh styles her ruana with understated elegance.

Don’t mind me, I’ll just be sitting over here lusting after this Prairie Underground dress.

Brilliant: How to Groom Without Grooming Products

On I shared info on some of spring’s best designer collaborations and talked about when to consider replacing your clothes.

Love the details on Rochelle’s bodycon bordeaux dress – that drape back is stellar.

Fabulous local designer Samantha Rei is opening a studio in the North Loop, and holding a sample sale/open house this weekend!

“Slenderness is part of the beauty standard for most cultures. But part of the reason the pressure to be thin in East Asian culture is so suffocating is because it’s assumed to be a natural given. Terms like ‘Asian-metabolism’ and ‘Asian skinny genes’ point toward the expectation that being slender comes effortlessly (and biologically) for people of Chinese, Taiwan, Japanese, Korean descent.” (Disordered eating discussed)

Katha mixes red, black, and a happy houndstooth dress into this fun winter outfit.

Now that’s a world I’d like to see.

I worked with designer Jenni to create a mixed metal version of her Cone Spiked Necklace. We both loved the results. A lot.

An (Abridged) History of Red Lipstick (This is my favorite – in shade 44.)

Totally stealing this idea: Olive jacket, white pants, and black shoes and top to bracket and complete the look. Fantastic.

On GoDaddy, I wrote about what the “exposure” pitch means to freelancers.

“… being on a diet is like being in a bad relationship. Diets lure you in with the promise of great things. Diets are unkind and tell you that you’re lazy, ugly, and have no self-control, but you don’t notice, because diets disguise this unkindness as care for you and your well-being. Diets cause you to withdraw from other aspects of your life, such as spending time with friends and family … But, perhaps most significantly, diets are scary to give up, because the idea of being without them is terrifying.”

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Lovely Links: 1/15/16

Weekly Kitty:


She likes to be as high up as possible. Like “within a foot of the ceiling” high.

Loved this video. Period.

The Best Part of Life by Glennon Doyle Melton from SALT Project on Vimeo.

Margot rounds up 16 body positive ladies to follow on Instagram.

Looking to add a new color to your wardrobe palette? Angie tells you how to do it seamlessly.

For years I felt ashamed for having a body. Embarrassed to have big boobs. Embarrassed to be anything but tiny and perfect. Embarrassed to be anything bigger than a dainty wisp of air. I felt like taking up physical space in this world made me both vulnerable and too powerful.”

As an Upper Midwest resident living in a drafty old bungalow, here’s what I’ve learned about slippers: They’re useless to me unless they cover my ankles. Sweater-knit Muk Luks are always a safe bet, though I’m partial to fuzzy styles myself.

A plaid jumpsuit with lapels? Sounds odd, but looks amazing on Ranti.

The New York Times inches toward adopting gender-neutral pronouns and courtesy titles.

One of my holiday gifts to myself was this Giles & Brother railroad spike cuff. I’ve wanted one for years, and was thrilled to see that the gunmetal version is made in the U.S.

The details of this belted blazer outfit make it marvelous: Scrunched sleeves, bracelet and watch, cuffed jeans.

An answer to the question: What has feminism accomplished?

“MIT’s the Climate CoLab and NIKE, Inc. have teamed up in a new initiative that seeks novel and well thought-out ideas on how to engage industries, designers, product creators and the public in valuing, demanding and adopting lower impact materials.” Submit proposals here by 1/29. (Cheers, Sara)

Aarti combines olive, rust, and cognac in this simple, chic outfit. LOVE those ankle boots!

If you suffer from Closet Full of Clothes But Nothing to Wear Syndrome, this list of five steps you can take to create a decision-free wardrobe might help. (“Decision-free” might be a bit strong, but it’ll certainly help you simplify.)

Ace shows off a magnificent blazer in a bold print mix.

Ordinarily, anything given the label “swing jacket” makes me run for my life … but I tried this Fair Indigo organic swing jacket for kicks, and it’s a great layering piece worn closed.

Katherine’s studded shoes tie together her blush blouse and black full skirt, creating a modern-retro vibe.

From a short interview with makeup artist Pat McGrath: “My mother was a keen follower of all things related to fashion and beauty. … Her obsession with cosmetics came from a combination of thrift and the lack of available makeup for dark skin, which fueled her creativity. Back then, we might find one shadow color per month that worked with our pigmentation.” SJP also weighs in on the subject of transformation.

On I gave tips for finding pants that fit, and suggested spring trends you can buy and wear right now.

What does it mean to love yourself unconditionally?

Kellie layers blacks up top, and finishes her elegant ensemble with dark mauve suede booties.

When my stylist was on maternity leave, I worked with another fellow at my salon and he got me hooked on Oribe’s Supershine Moisturizing Cream. The stuff is breathtakingly expensive, though, so I’ve been buying brand new via eBay. It’s possibly the only product in the universe that can make my super thick, coarse hair feel soft.

A camel leather coat and leopard heels bring out the best in a simple black jumpsuit.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I talked about ways to make your summer clothes work in winter.

“Yes, in the year 2015 a living legend like Carrie Fisher – author, playwright, screenwriter and actor extraordinaire, as well as a brutally funny human being who has been unashamed and unabashed about her flaws and struggles – is still being told she isn’t good enough because of how she looks. Ah, to be a woman in the modern era. Or anytime, really.”

And from the Department of Random: If you love links (and since you’ve read this far I imagine you do), sign up for the Yum & Yuk Tiny Letter email. Trust me. Such great reading material.

Also: I can’t believe he’s gone.

**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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Lovely Links: 1/8/16

Weekly Kitty:


For those of you following the cat drama over on Facebook, the McGraw felines are back to normal. THANK GOODNESS.

Deborah highlights a few of her favorite over-40 fashion bloggers. Many are my faves, too!

Love Alice’s mix of classic and rocker in this sheath dress and moto outfit.

“For some people, shimmying into shapewear is worth it for the figure-enhancing powers of Spandex, an attitude shared by Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum, who have given Spanx credit for making them look good on the red carpet. Others wear compression clothing to run faster, lift heavier weights or reduce soreness after intense exercise. But, doctors warn, there are real health risks to wearing extra-tight clothing for prolonged periods. ”

Wax print body suit + full midi skirt = stylish drama

Have I mentioned how much I love my new beanie? Casualbox does lots of organic accessories, all very chic.

Glad to know I’m not the only one lagging on outfit posts: Nina shares her Christmas outfit and dang, is it ever cute. Love the tie!

Bustle rounds up 21 noteworthy body positive moments from 2015.

It’s definitely blanket scarf season, but they can be tough to style. This post includes short videos showing 12 ways to tie a blanket scarf.

“On any number of dating apps geared towards LGBTQ people, it’s virtually impossible to escape these simple, stinging phrases: ‘No fats,’ ‘no femmes,’ ‘no blacks,’ ‘no Asians.’ Indeed, the list goes on. For a community that’s no stranger to rejection and overt discrimination, oftentimes the worst behavior comes from an otherwise unthinkable place—within ranks.”

I’m officially obsessed with Pam & Gela, and since the pieces are spendy I’m stalking a few on eBay. (Some are made in the U.S.)

A possible styling solution for oversized button-front shirts

What do you think of Refinery 29’s list of 30 items to donate at the start of the new year? Definitely agree about the ill-fitting, faded, and damaged items, but mud-splattered shoes can be cleaned …

Related: 7 Types of Clothing You Should Get Rid of Immediately – thoughts on this one? (Cheers to Anne for the link!)

On North Nabe, I interviewed Kokoon founder Laine Weinberg.

Mainstream media images of beauty and style promote a narrow vision of what girls and women should look like in order to be stylish and attractive. Typically, the images we see present a very narrow range of body types (ultra-thin) and women are typically gender-conforming in their femininity. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with girls and women who happen to be ultra-thin and gender-conforming, but it’s highly problematic when the same images make up 99% of the women we see in mainstream media. With pressures like these, it can be hard to carve out a path of our own, one that allows us to feel comfortable in our own skin (and hair!).”

10 Ways the Beauty Industry Tells You Being Beautiful Means Being White

Wearing a shirt dress unbuttoned is a great way to cook up a 20’s style look, as Sharon shows us.

On, I wrote about overlooked wardrobe classics, shopping for your dominant season, and getting the best deals at post-Christmas sales.

My hair has entered an unruly portion of its growing-out phase, and I’m employing this DevaCurl pomade to keep it in check. Well, mostly …

Monika makes wearing a scarf with a turtleneck AND super cool driving gloves look easy and chic.

What “dry clean” really means on a care tag

Weight loss resolutions are another instance where amazing people with so much talent, personality, and all that other good stuff, are made to see themselves as some sort of lesser being for literally NO OTHER REASON but their not-thin bodies.”

And from the Department of Random: “Come on, Carl, pose with me!

**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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