Lovely Links: 7/25/14

I’m partnering with fellow stylist Carly Gaztlaff of A La Mode Wardrobe Consulting for
a shoe-focused workshop on August 24! We’ll be talking about how to choose shoes for your outfits and figure-flattery priorities. Details and ticketing information right here.

August 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mall of America Executive Center, Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4

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Weekly Kitten:


That’s my girl.

Nordstrom hired Jillian Mercado – the same amazing model that Diesel used in their spring campaign. She and her wheelchair are featured in the Nordstrom July catalog. Found this article via The Closet Feminist’s Fashion x Ability Pinterest board.

Mood lipstick. My inner child is overjoyed that this exists.

In other throwback news, it looks like scrunchies are coming back. I will admit to being relieved that I have too little hair to consider whether or not to try this trend on its second time around.

Nothing like a fabulous, floral, retro-influenced dress to make a gal feel sassy in the summer heat.

“While videos by women celebrating female strength and diverse forms of beauty are important, Legend’s video is a fantastic first step in breaking down the uninformed stereotype of feminism as a female-only goal to bring men down … Legend’s adoption of a feminist agenda as a straight man clues other men into the ways they can understand and associate with the cause.”

And a thoughtful counterpoint to that perspective here from Arianna Rebolini.

I seriously love Sheila for creating a series of posts titled, “Shoes My Husband Hates.”

Nars’s Sheer Matte Foundation in Siberia gets rave reviews from many pale girls, but Amber gives it a big thumbs down. She also links to her older post on foundations that work for pale complexions.

Since I was wearing my pair when I read it, I feel I must point you to Angie’s list of four reasons to love boyfriend jeans.

Here’s why Esquire stating that the modern-day 42-year-old woman is WAY hotter than the 42-year-old woman of days gone by isn’t all that comforting. Or helpful.

Amanda asserts her right to bare arms. (I agree!)

Stripes, leopard, and a red full skirt. You can imagine how I swooned over this outfit.

I’ve got openings for online and in-person style clients for August. AND! Launched a new closet clean-out service. Details here.

It seems an African woman, or woman of African heritage, can only be one, never in between – either exotic, or not. The July Vogue presentation reinforces that idea while perpetuating the notion that the value of a woman of color is based on her outward appearance and nationality.”

Lisa alters the proportions on her dropwaist dress by tying a blouse at her natural waist. BRILLIANT.

The Curvy Fashionista offers five observations about plus size fashion, most of which are optimistic. And she created a graphic to be shared with the various vendors who aren’t yet paying attention to the plus size community.

“You don’t need someone else to tell you how to take care of your body. Your body will tell you. But, you have to be open to receiving the information – even when it differs from your plans. The more that you listen to the wisdom dwelling in your skin, the more at home you will feel and the louder that voice will become.”

The Bloggess explains feminism passionately and succinctly. Well, aside from the shark and bee analogies. Which are hilarious.

This interview with makeup artist Nick Barose was fascinating to me. In it, he talks about why red carpet makeup looks odd in real life and kinda rails against contouring makeup for everyday use.

Leaders of Today and Tomorrrow (LOTT), the leadership program that I co-chair, is recruiting mentors and fellows! We’d love to have you!

An interesting piece on why the recently coined term “fatkini” and the style of suit it describes might actually be a little counterproductive. English is at the bottom. (Cheers, Maria!)

Racked compared jean sizing from 25 mall and mainstream retailers. Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of variation.

Goodness, Khatu looks amazing in her sequin shorts. Love the whole outfit.

After a man she was dating told her that her wrinkles and stretch marks turned him off - bluntly and callously – Robin made a concerted effort to see and love her 59-year-old body.

“But what I would want the little girl waiting in line to do, what I would want us all to do, is internalize it. Know, without anyone having to tell us, without any hesitation, that we ARE beautiful. As we are. We are so much more too. We are capable and insightful and delightful, but it’s okay to know that we are beautiful. Beautiful is a soul thing.”

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I gave some tips for wearing animal prints.

AND! I spoke with Channel 12 about shopping subscription services like Stitch Fix and Gwynnie Bee.

This made me cry. Love this interview with Colbie, too.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Pull-on Summer Skirts

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Laura requested a few picks for casual, pull-on summer skirts, so here we go:

lands end sport knit skirt

Land’s End Sport Knit Skirt - was $35, now $14.97 (select colors)

As always, Land’s End wins for size diversity: This comfy pull-on knit skirt comes in six colors in regular, plus, petite, and tall sizes. The regular sizes are 27″ long which will be below the knee for many, but it would be a cinch to hem if that’s longer than you’d like. Available in this pink, cobalt blue, and eggplant on sale and  charcoal, navy, and black at full price. White is available in petite, tall, and plus sizes. Size availability varies by color.

life is good skirt

Life is Good Scout Skirt - was $52, now $36.99

If you prefer something shorter and sportier, this little nylon knit skirt is a great option. Machine washable, of course, and would pair perfectly with a cheeky graphic tee or Available in sizes XS – XXL (equivalent to size 20). This skirt lacks the pockets and drawstring, but is a similar cut and shape and available in petite, tall, and plus sizes.


Gap Tulip Skirt - was $49.95, now $29.99 (select colors)

I adore the shape of this skirt: Breezy and light, but covered and comfy. Plus pockets! Would work equally well at the beach, playground with the kiddos, or a casual night out. Available in this navy and black as well as royal blue at full price in sizes XS – XXL. Including some petite and tall sizes. Size availability varies by color. This similar skirt is available in sizes 0X – 3X.

allen allen tiered skirt

Allen Allen Slub Tiered Skirt - was $58, now $16.99

Still a great casual option, but fun and eye-catching. I could see this with a floral button-front and cowboy boots as well as simple knit tops and sandals. Available in this gray as well as black and oatmeal heather in sizes XS – XL. Size availability varies by color. This similar skirt is available in sizes 1X – 3X.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for casual, pull-on summer skirts:

  1. Land’s End - As evidenced above! Lots of durable, versatile pull-on options.
  2. Athleta – Most of the upscale athleticwear brands will offer some pull-on skirts. Love this jersey high-low one from Athleta.
  3. Old Navy - Some are mighty short, but longer options are available like this fold-over skirt in five colors.
  4. And, of course, THRIFT STORES! A great resource since most mall brands are zip-up. I’ve got several cute pull-on, elasticized skirts that I’ve thrifted over the years. ( can help you locate stores near you.)

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Dressed for: A Break in the Clouds

Already Pretty outfit featuring white cardigan, black and white print dress, tan belt, Corso Como Del heels, statement necklace

Cardigan – LOFT courtesy Twice
Dress – courtesy Karen Kane (no longer available) – similar-ish
Belt – from a pair of shorts – similar look
Heels – Corso Como Del
Necklace - Zara via eBay - similar look
Bracelets – Max & Chloe
Earrings – HSokol

Wore this on a day when we had alternating bouts of lovely sunshine and torrential rain, and this photo was taken during a quick break between downpours. Had I known I’d be risking a drenching every time I went outside, I might’ve worn a little less white. Serves me right for not checking the forecast. Like virtually all Minnesotans, I monitor the weather religiously during the winter months. But during our woefully brief summer, I often forget because, hey, what’s the worst that could happen? Heat? Wind? A little rain? We do get the occasional tornado but for the most part it’s calm, clear, and nothing that means I have to pile on the layers or add an extra half-hour to my drive time. My laxness means I sometimes wear white on rainy days. Good thing I remembered my nude underthings and spent most of my day inside.

My guess is that those of you who live in punishing heat and humidity are my opposite: More likely to check the weather during summer than winter. Am I right? Heat stroke and frostbite may be two sides of the same coin …


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