Posts Categorized: recommended reading

Lovely Links: 11/6/15

Weekly Kitty:


Contemplative Simon.

What is a “French wardrobe”? Is it real? Is it relevant? Une Femme answers these questions and more.

Ruby Rose co-hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards, and used her first few lines to directly address the audience and gender binaries by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen and everyone in between.”

An exploration of luxury fashion’s use of sensory branding, from BOSS candles to edible Birkin bags

Luciana makes an all-white ensemble look unspeakably elegant. Also love Sheryl’s all white with black accessories.

As of September, several of L.L. Bean’s duck boot styles were already on backorder. Zounds.

On the Goodwill blog, I recommended thriftable styles and items for late fall and early winter.

LOVE this comic: 5 Ways I’ve Learned to Love Myself as I Gain Weight

I’ve moved away from oil cleansing, but my skin still gets uncomfortably dry as the weather cools. The Kiehl’s folks sent me a bottle of this Daily Reviving Concentrate to try, and so far I adore it. No breakouts, serious moisture, and it smells like ginger. Mmmmm, ginger.

Cheryl styles her long navy vest with stripes and sleek ankle boots.

[Actress Mindy] Kaling never set out to become a spokesperson, but simply by being a high-profile Indian-American woman who is not size zero, she has been forced to become one. She tells me about her frequent invitations on to Hollywood panels: ‘When I get invited, I’m often the only woman and I’m often the only person of colour at this event. So if I can’t make it because of my work, I get an enormous amount of pressure to come, because if I’m not there, a minority and a woman will not be represented. That pressure sometimes is a little unfair, because me being included makes other people seem like they’re open-minded and diverse.'”

On I rounded up the best resources for leggings and talked about buying budget-friendly bags that look luxe.

Vale shows off one of the keys to print mixing: Large scale prints work beautifully with small scale ones.

Take a peek at the super-stylish Myrda J petite plus line for fall – through size 24 and made in the U.S.!

Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay shares her perspective on the concept of “diversity,” and suggests an alternate viewpoint.

Related: Diversity is for white people: The big lie behind a well-intended word

Beth rocks a gingham shirt and her increasingly fabulous asymmetric hairstyle. (I know I’m biased, but really – she looks stunning!)

The trapeze silhouette doesn’t generally look great me, but something about the design of this soft, comfy LAMade dress just works. (More of a tunic on me – a bit short.)

At North Nabe I offered some tips and visuals for print mixing basics.

“I don’t feel as though all is right with the world and with myself and that I am finally able to relax and just be me. I wish that I did. I wish that when I dressed as a woman that I finally felt right. That I finally felt at peace with myself, that my outsides finally match with my insides. But I don’t.”

Dressmann’s “Underwear for Perfect Men” campaign echoes the best parts of Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty.

I dream of these amazing Frye boots.

My experimentations in alteration have been more successful on the handbag/leather end of things, but I still loved perusing recent garment rebuilds the Directrice worked on with her tailor.

“Through the years, for better or worse, my height has just become part of who I am. I am short like my mother, who is short like her grandmother. My short stature gives me a lower center of gravity. If I should fall down, I have less of a fall. Yep, there are advantages to being short too!”

Teen Vogue assembled an online shopping guide for plus sized girls.

My current long-sleeved striped shirt is slightly cropped, making it far too breezy for cold weather. So I sprung for this striped top from Fair Indigo and am IN LOVE with it.

On HuffPost I wrote about the slow drain of body negativity.

Steph shows off the sheer panels on her elegant midi dress.

“I used to shop for every event and emotion. Now, when I feel myself getting stressed, tired, sick, frustrated, or bored, I take better care of myself. My body and brain are telling me it’s time to make a change, not that it’s time to go shopping.” (Via Recovering Shopaholic)

Great tips for making oversized styles work on petite frames.

This conscious shopping guide emphasizes not-buying whenever you can, but also breaks down where your money goes when you buy clothing. (Via YLF)

Plus-sized models talk about how they REALLY feel about their bodies in this lovely video.

Leather and lace is such a timeless combination.

“What a novel idea. LOVING MYSELF. Back fat, dimply thighs, stretched-out-had-a-baby-five-years-ago-and-if-you-didn’t-know-it-you-may-think-I-was-pregnant-again-belly, bruised up legs from a bitch of an auto immune disorder, gap that can fit 2 quarters and NOT a whole damn role of quarters-teeth, dark brown skin and all. I had. to love. myself. My WHOLE self.” (Discusses disordered eating)

And from the Department of Random: I missed this one before Halloween hit, but still a very fun read – my dear friend Annie Wilder talks about living in a haunted house. Which she does now. And has for as long as I’ve known her.

Also: Why do we get goosebumps?

**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: 10/30/15

Weekly Kitty:


Simon enjoys time in the basket, too. (First seen on Instagram)

Locals: St. Kate’s and the Tilsner Artists’ Co-op are partnering to showcase student fashion designs inspired by African fabrics and offer attendees the chance to purchase local and African art. Tickets available here.

This roundup of covetable fall pieces features sustainable designers – a few I hadn’t heard of!

Speaking of, LISSA the Shop has a 20% off sale on Neon Buddha and Pure Handknit right now – just use code PURE20 for the discount. I’ve got this Neon Buddha car coat in heavy rotation – outfit post to come soon!

On, I talked about ways to determine an annual clothing budget and offered tips for buying secondhand shoes.

A reminder about cultural appropriation and sensitivity around Halloween

Ela highlights Ernsting’s Family Special, a line that creates the same garments in regular and plus sizes, and shows how she and her Office Wife style a few of the pieces.

Making peace with my belly is still a work in progress (as self-compassion is anyways, it’s not somewhere we succeed and get to never to struggle again…it’s ebb and flow) but by inviting myself into the frame and sending myself love…sideways…the change is happening.”

Kileen shows off a super chic matched set and trendy knotted belt.

I interviewed super talented jewelry designer Karin Jacobson over on North Nabe, where she talked about the local jewelry “scene,” trends she loves, and being a one-woman business.

Sweater care and storage tips from an expert

Perhaps that’s why the nudity is so empowering to me. It’s reclaiming my own autonomy. Being powerful and vulnerable at once. You can’t take shots at me that I won’t receive. You can’t take power from me even if I’m standing before you vulnerable and raw. I carry my power everywhere I go.”

Patti offers tips for transitioning to silver if you have longer hair.

Love this sophisticated palette of dusty jewel tones.

Sarah is thrilled by Rick Owens’ recent comments about plus size fashion. So much yes to Rick Owens designs above size 14!

Online shop Moorea Seal offers accessories made in the U.S.A., and even has a section highlighting jewelry for sensitive skin.

“But it turns out no matter how insanely accomplished or famous you become, you will still be subjected to the innocuous-sounding but ever-so-pernicious ‘why don’t you smile?‘ interjection from those who feel entitled to make demands of women. [Tennis pro Serena] Williams’ retort was her attempt at dismantling that sense of entitlement”

If you’re hoping to make your shopping decisions more sustainable but not sure where to start, think fibers, says Grechen.

How female coders are shaping the future of fashion (Via Geek Feminism)

E rounds up her favorite pregnancy outfits, and every single one of them is creative, contemporary, and stylish.

What happens when you get your period in space?

“What I realize every single day in connecting with women from all over the world, is that we all strive to make connections with other people, but we miss the most important one: connecting with ourselves. If we can recognize beauty in others, why is it so hard to see beauty in ourselves?” (Disordered eating discussed)

This twist braid updo is effortlessly elegant.

On Mad Mimi, I wrote about why email marketing is far from dead.

There is more than one way to have an athlete’s body, and no “right” way to have an athlete’s body. ESPN’s body issue is a great reminder. (Includes nude photos)

Imogen explains why she loves being an over-40 style blogger, and how writing about her insights and experiences has changed her life for the better.

Karen Kane continues to churn out gorgeous prints this season, including this geometric-watercolor hybrid.

“Let’s get something out of the way: I do happen to think strong is sexy. Super sexy. I just don’t think it’s the new sexy. Or that you are required to be strong in order to be sexy. Or that sexy is the point of strong.”

A lighthearted nudge for anyone who has ever been curious about wearing wigs from a veteran wig-wearer. And whether you wear wigs to mix up your look or for health/hair loss reasons, I’ve also heard great things about Sunny’s.

Diesel certainly has come a long way in their ad campaigns. Latest laudable move: Gender neutrality.

Over at Wardrobe Oxygen, Alison tries and reviews Le Tote, a clothing and accessory rental service.

“This isn’t the time for a lecture about why expressions like ‘confined to a wheelchair’ and ‘wheelchair-bound’ are outdated, insulting, and generally just plain inaccurate. But I will say this: using a wheelchair has never made me feel restricted. The barriers and obstacles of the able-bodied world have often made me feel restricted, but to me, the wheelchair itself represents freedom.”

Amazon is now carrying Prairie Underground!

A heartbreaking poem about beauty and self-image

Sarah is open and honest about her experience participating in and witnessing Lane Bryant’s #plusisequal campaign.

And from the Department of Random: As amused as I was by the Onion’s “Sick Man Slowly Becoming Enthroned In Used Tissues,” I DID IT FIRST.

**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: 10/23/15

Weekly Kitty:

post workout harriet

I make Harriet chase her favorite toy until she’s wiped out. This is her post-workout pose.

Locals! Join LOTT, the Riveter, and Clockwork Active Media for an evening of discussion about women in tech, centered around the new book Lean Out. Buy tickets here, where you can also order the book at 40% off for pickup at the event.

Also! Sisterhood Boutique – a secondhand shop developed by young east African women who live in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood who use the experience to learn about running a business – is hosting a fashion show on October 28. Totally worth checking out!

On, I wrote about brands that we might think are made in the U.S. but aren’t, and talked about how to create a clothing budget that works for you.

Tips for shoppers who can’t quite get excited about thrifting

Anna Scholz continues to create some of the most sophisticated-yet-trendy plus size designs on the market, including this houndstooth blouse. So perfect with the faux leather midi.

Trinity pointed me to this post listing ethical shoe companies, many of which I need to add to my own list!

Lots of goodness in this roundup of body positive mantras.

On a recent organizational kick, I bought these clear acrylic mini drawers for my makeup. Super helpful in my storage-scarce bathroom.

On the importance of letting other people define their bodies on their own terms

“In short, I don’t want to be ageless on the outside. But I would love to feel ageless on the inside, to connect to a state of self-awareness and self-care that transcends ephemeral things like wrinkles and receding hairlines and sees only the beauty of the love we each (and all) carry within.”

Related: Alyson shines a spotlight on two of her gray-haired heroines.

Gray shoes can be tricky to style, but Angie shares some helpful advice. If, like me, you get hung up on gray undertones, try metallic pewter finishes which tend to be a little more versatile.

An interesting take on the painted women of NYC

Six ways comparison and jealousy are stealing your self-love

“I wrote an article on Smaggle many, many moons ago that I deleted quite recently. It was about how everyone thought I was a feminist and I wasn’t sure I agreed. I definitely supported the concept and ideals of feminism (obviously), I just didn’t really relate to the word ‘feminist’. You know what? I was dead bloody wrong. I am a feminist, I always have been and I always will be. Back then I just didn’t really understand the word or what it truly represented. I was wrong and I take it back. I am a feminist.”

SUCH helpful tips for finding a good tailor

This short documentary by Sally Tran touches on some of the many layers of the expression of identity through hair, in this case for a group of queer Asian Pacific Islander-identified people.

What really happens if you drink 96 ounces of water every day? (Via Smart, Pretty & Awkward)

Yogi Jessamyn Stanley talks about Instagram, yoga bodies, and self-acceptance as activism.

Erica’s asymmetric wrap skirt is to die for.

I discovered shoe brand Sbicca in my quest for shoes that are made in the U.S., and although some styles are imported, others like these fab fringed booties are domestically produced.

“At a crucial origin of the modern fashion industry, at the moment when individuals first became willing to travel long distances to have their clothing made by a designer with an international reputation, couture was neither exclusively nor even primarily a man’s game. It could be argued that fashion became an industry in large part because female designers decided it was time to take a leading role in the production of high-fashion garments. At that founding moment, couturières rather than couturiers dictated the rules of fashion.” (Via YLF)

An in-depth look at one woman’s decision to build and wear her fall capsule wardrobe

Well worth watching: I’m Fat, but I’m Not …

In my Star Tribune column I answered questions about vegan leather, Boho for older gals, and post-partum transitional style.

Annette wears her leather leggings and white button-front with a cozy knit poncho, and looks marvelously edgy.

I parted with several striped tops in recent purges for fit or style reasons, selling them on consignment to new homes. Now I find myself with one left, and it’s cropped and linen. Will likely end up with this sustainable Everlane Heavyweight Tee in the near future.

Tips for making that trendy skinny scarf look chic

Still love, love, loving the long vest. Maren styles hers effortlessly.

I keep reading about these Peter Thomas Roth acne dots, but have yet to try them. The idea is that they cover the zit and help prevent spread of infection AND provide a more even surface for applying cover-up. Sounds ingenious.

Remember: My choices are not a commentary on yours

“Reese Fischer, a junior creative writing student at the school who helped organize the protest, said she doesn’t oppose the dress code. But, based on her experience, faculty members enforce the dress code more strictly against girls than boys, and against heavy-set girls than smaller girls, she said.”

**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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