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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:

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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 About.com 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

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Lovely Links: 1/29/16

LOCALS! 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:

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Peeking.

A blanket scarf, jeans, and kicks look fabulous for weekend rompings … though my ankles are getting cold just looking at Medge!

Beth is also working the blanket scarf trend, though her outfit is more office than weekend.

“What irks me is the creation and repetition of a new set of rules. You MUST love yourself and your curves. If you do not glory in every part of your body, you are a loser. Body positivity might simply produce another set of regulations, another way for women to fail. At the same time, the focus often remains on physical appearance and seems superficial. Is it really a radical act for me to claim that my body is perfect from the bottom to the top? I don’t think so, but maybe I am not the target audience. I do not hate my body and I never have. Nor do I think it is flawless. I do not believe that I am beautiful. Ever. Is that really a problem?”

I swung by Nordstrom Rack with my mom over the holidays, and was surprised by how many made-in-the-U.S. items I was able to find.

Speaking of, I wish all Fryes were domestically produced, but sadly many are outsourced. Still worth looking, though, as styles like this killer Sabrina Buckle (also here) and most colors of the classic 12R boot are made in the U.S.

Telly mixes black and white prints, leopard, and rich teal in her gorgeously glam outfit.

On About.com, I wrote about prints and patterns that NEVER go out of style, and rounded up a list of the best celebrity-designed clothing lines.

I’m also not the only one who feels like polyester gets a bad rep. Not the fiber of torture it used to be …

Do you have a “standby” outfit that comes to the rescue when your dressing creativity is tapped out?

Proof that a sequined skirt and top with sequin detailing can look superb and surprisingly subdued.

How you treat yourself is so important.

Nadine talks about how cutting her hair just after college pushed her toward cross-dressing.

Long necklaces causing “gap and hook” issues over your bust? This gal has the solution.

Now THAT is a masterful print mix. Joi’s thrift-inspired pattern mix is also inspirational.

With my new shopping practices, I’ve been hitting eBay HARD lately. Even my favorite sustainable shopping resources are failing me in the sweater department, and as we enter deep winter I find myself in need of thick, heavy, cozy, wind-blocking sweaters. eBay has set me up with both Irish and Icelandic knits, all gently used.

I might also be checking The Realreal obsessively for chunky knits. Maybe.

This post and comic break down myths about acne – namely that if you have it, you’re doing something “wrong” – and talks about why judging and shaming people who have acne is misguided.

“Created by Wear Your Voice Magazine, #BeyondBeauty is a campaign that hopes to challenge brands that promote body positivity to include a more diverse range of women in their advertisements. The campaign includes a photo series which features 18 women of all body shapes.”

On Mad Mimi, I talked about when it’s a good idea to redesign your newsletter.

Alison’s arty blazer and windowpane dress make a dynamic duo. Also love Rowan’s polished look with windowpane pants and a cozy turtleneck.

Here are two things that have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

I just plain loved Magdalena’s tribute to David Bowie.

Camel and mauve with silver accents – such a lovely, delicate, and unexpected mix.

I’m pretty sure I stumbled across Artmasters on Pinterest, and when I’m shopping for my imaginary self I ogle their rings. This lab-grown black “diamond” ring is spectacular.

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Lovely Links: 1/22/16

Weekly Kitty:

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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 About.com 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.”

**Disclosure: Actions you take from the hyperlinks within this blog post may yield commissions for alreadypretty.com. 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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