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Lovely Links: 11/20/15

Weekly Kitty:


Harriet isn’t much of a lap cat, so I insisted on documenting this rare Sunday evening cuddle. See another shot over on Facebook.

Nadine encounters transphobia at the cosmetics counter: “… to someone like me, someone who switches back and forth between their gender presentations of male and female, fine so she thinks I look better as a male. But I began thinking about all the rest of us out there and especially those of us who are choosing to transition. How would someone in that position receive that comment?”

Katie Couric interviewed Hey Gorgeous! founder Aimee Cheshire about the plus size revolution.

A faux fur jacket lends depth and texture to this all-black outfit.

5 Reasons People Label You a ‘Bad Feminist’ and Why They’re Total Bullsh*t (Contains swears)

Somewhat related: Why It’s Not OK To Objectify [New Canadian Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau

On North Nabe, I wrote about the double-edged sword of “figure flattery.”

“Researchers are still a long way from understanding exactly how breasts move during exercise. Standing in the way of designing the best sports bra possible is millennia of stigma, powerful marketing forces, and good old-fashioned physics.”

The Maker’s Collection is a group of locally created gifts, and a portion of the proceeds is given to the American Refugee Committee.

These handmade mismatched crawler earrings are so lovely.

The Barking Dog Shoes team recommends the Abeo Nancy ankle boot as a style with a built-in orthotic. And it’s super cute, too!

The cobalt blue jacket in Shay’s outfit helps makes her cool printed pants stand out.

If you’re a fan of tattoo art and stories, check out Tattoodo.

“As part of her new series Future of Fashion for British Vogue, Alexa Chung goes on a journey to discover why the emphasis on positive body image and diversity is a key component of the fashion industry today and how psychology plays a part in it.”

Now this is wearable tech that excites me: A sleek, stylish necklace that’s actually a pair of headphones. (Via Geek Feminism)

So key, but not something I’d ever been able to articulate this clearly: How to Build Presence in Your Outfits

Reader Ruth pointed me to Fordite – a substance made from automotive paint slag – as a cool and eco-friendly recycled material used to make jewelry.

Jane is totally working her stylish band jacket – so perfect with the distressed jeans.

Are you guilty of girly-shaming?

A giant, sculptural, long pendant named in honor of David Bowie? Sign me up.

From Steph in London, speaking mostly about what she’s witnessing in the UK: “With the sudden surge in plus sized models and bloggers being used in brand campaigns and magazine/online features, it is very easy to spot the common theme among the ladies often featured; white, raven haired, with high cheekbones and often hour glass shaped. While I acknowledge and appreciate brands and companies featuring plus sized women, I cannot help but notice the lack of models and bloggers of ethnic descent who are constantly being left out or side-lined in favour of their Caucasian counterparts.”

On I offered tips on knowing when to save and when to splurge, and rounded up some handmade marketplace alternatives to Etsy.

Jean at Extra Petite plays with proportion by pairing an oversized sweater and flared skirt.

So important: Self-care tips for unpaid/family caregivers

The Curvy Fashionista recommends 25+ places to shop for wide calf boots, including over-the-knee pairs!

This outfit serves as a subtle reminder that you can use nude-to-you socks/knee-highs to keep your ankles from freezing if you want to do cropped/cuffed pants year-round.

At Mad Mimi I talked about the importance of offering useful information to your newsletter readers.

Denimocracy makes their clothes here in the U.S. and I might’ve sprung for these metallic skinnies. Which might also be “pajama jeans.” Are knit jeans pajama jeans? The concept mystifies me a bit.

This is a tough read, but so moving – discusses surgery and sexuality. “But I love my body. I marvel at my scars, even if all I have left is the memory. The speed at which my body heals amazes me. It is the physical counterpart to the speed with which my soul has healed. I may get taken down a lot, and by so many different things, but I’ve never stayed down for long. I bounce back. I am resilience incarnate, literally and spiritually.”

An exploration of how several lingerie brands – primarily Ashley Graham’s line – are fighting back against online body shaming

Pretty sure Melanie’s ruffles, dots, and zigzags outfit represents the best print mix ever worn by humans. Just sayin’.

OK, Ace’s floral velvet blazer and printed tie are pretty darned amazing, too.

On the Fox 9 Buzz, we talked dark florals for winter.

Sometimes I’ve regretted something I got rid of almost as the donation truck was leaving. Other times, the regret sets in a few years later, like when I really needed my old shawl-like scarf to wear to a special event. And my mind is screaming, ‘See? Decluttering is not a good idea! What were you thinking?!!!!'” (Via Recovering Shopaholic)

Dixie looks wonderfully cozy in her floppy hat, chunky cable-knit poncho, and ankle boots.

Mo shows off her bold new hair with a bold blue lip.

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Inspired Outfit: Leather Skirt and Fedora

my midlife fashion

Jane of the blog My Midlife Fashion is the epitome of cool chic in her leather mini and black fedora. Also love the layers and proportions she’s created with her cropped stripe top and long cardigan. Check her original post for details about this inspired outfit!

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Lovely Links: 11/13/15

Weekly Kitty:


Inspecting their quarry.

What a clever way to fill the open neckline of a dress.

Most of the petite women I know are leery of shopping in the kids’ department, but Kelly points out how useful this tactic can be. Occasionally.

“Although feminism has somehow become somewhat of a dirty word in some parts of society today, there is one demographic which we have complete hope in, in terms of carrying on the feminist baton in the future. We’re talking about teen and tween girls.”

On I wrote about artisan-focused sites that offer alternatives to Etsywhere to shop for holiday party dresses and accessories, and rounded up chic non-leather moto jackets.

Model Tess Holliday says that she doesn’t have a problem with being called a “plus sized” model, and this post declares that focusing on the term “plus” might be missing the point.

Dorrie shows a little shoulder and wears a fabulous pair of speckled black pants in this outfit post.

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Art and Design and School of Graduate Studies is presenting a series of conversations with leaders in sustainable practices for the fashion industry hosted by Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative.

The Curvy Fashionista interviews Project Runway contestant and indie plus size designer Ashley Nell Tipton.

Love Alice’s fun layers and creative accessories in this funky-cozy fall outfit.

This post focuses mainly on “compliments” that follow the basic formula of “you’re ___ for an Asian,” but does a great job of showing how seemingly innocuous comments can have layers of racism.

Recently Amazon launched Amazon Handmade, an Etsy alternative with hundreds of thousands of hand-crafted items. Curious to see how it goes.

Sometimes seldom-worn wardrobe pieces sneak back into heavy rotation. Anyone else love it when that happens?

I’m always a fan of posts that show multiple ways to wear a single item, so I loved Shay’s post showing one dress worn four ways.

“But I wonder, what do we try to get at by looking like each other? By falling in love with the things that we see in excess … and then attempt to own ourselves? Do we want to show the world that we, too, “get it”? That we’re quick on the uptake, aware of what’s in? Is it a matter of self-actualization? Or are we simply getting lazy — cultivating identity using the references before us instead of the ones within us?”

I see Duluth Pack at just about every local fashion event I attend, and routinely lust after their simple, casual satchels. Maybe this will be the year I finally break down and buy one …

Ace merges prep and badassery with a moto, messy bun, sweater vest, and tie.

People are subverting paradigms, poking at dress codes, and perhaps playing with irony as they take part in Formal Fridays. Gotta say I love the concept.

On the Fox 9 Buzz this week, I talked about how to wear head-to-toe black without looking dull.

Thanks to this interview on 40+ Style, I’m totally crushing on Chrissie of Die Edelfabrik.

Gloria Steinem, in a recent interview: “The best thing I’ve ever thought of to say when somebody calls you a bitch is ‘Thank you.’ I mean, it totally disarms them. They don’t know what to do. Marlo Thomas always used to say that for a man to be called aggressive, he had to take over your business, but for a woman to be called aggressive, she had to only put you on hold. It’s just a terrible double standard. We have to call them on it. If you call them on it, it changes people’s heads.”

This layered folded triangle necklace is elegant and badass at the same time.

Gray and berry make such a marvelous combination.

Amaiya Zafar wants to box competitively, and modestly

I never, EVER thought I’d be into premium denim, but since J.Brand manufactures in the U.S. I’ve been stalking their jeans on eBay. And they’re pretty amazing – the mid rise is still a bit low for my taste, but they’re comfy, durable, and truly well-made. I’m still buying ’em used, though. Because they are pricey.

Ela shows off a very 70s outfit, and encourages other plus sized women to have fun with these trendy-again looks.

This author suggests an interesting way to shop less: Pledge to spend no less than $150 on a single item of clothing, the underlying idea being that when you spend more you consider each purchase more carefully. Nice parameters if you can afford ’em, but there are cheaper ways to tinker with this idea, too.

Somewhat related: Alison explains why she doesn’t do “the look for less” posts on her blog.

I’m flabbergasted to hear that anyone would think fat shaming isn’t real. It is. If you need statistics, here they are.

A very eloquent metaphor that connects transitioning to dyeing your hair, and the importance of embracing all of your selves

Love the proportions in Monika’s long cardigan and slouchy trouser outfit.

“Some might say ‘Well that’s exactly why you shouldn’t be a slut!’ Wrong. The decisions that any of us make about our bodies and sexuality should never be based in fear of abuse or judgment. That is what the SlutWalk is all about. And that is why I, former ‘prude,’ Christian married lady who still wears a cover up at the beach, was proud to be on the sidelines, cheering and supporting Rose and all of the walkers who decided that Saturday was a perfect day to use their power, own their stories, and publicly own their right to do both.”

I got a catalog from Celtic & Co. a few weeks back and was delighted to see that their wares are made in Great Britain, often from British fibers. In love with this slouchy knit dress and this Donegal longline cardigan.

And from the Department of Random: Masculinity, Marines, and My Little Pony, an exploration of the “Bronies” phenomenon. Fascinating stuff, and challenging gender norms in unexpected ways.

Additionally: The most brilliant cat food marketing campaign ever? Quite possibly.

**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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