Inspired Outfit: Casual Layers


Mattie of the blog Mattieology styles her unstructured trench as a topper in this edgy casual outfit. I’m always a fan of repeating colors for continuity, and she does a fabulous job here with her black and red shoes echoing the print on her tee. Check her original post for details about this inspired outfit!

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Lovely Links: 11/21/14

Weekly Kitten:


Just a normal day at Chez McGraw. Simon has a packing tape moustache, Harriet’s in a box, and my DVD of “Pitch Perfect” is on the dining room table for no reason at all.

Any other locals attending I AM MPLS or its new sister event I AM ST. PAUL? I’ll be there for the former at First Ave on December 4!

The best tall boots for bunions, thanks to the Barking Dog Shoes team.

“So, as weapons go, a tutu carries as much punch as, well, tulle, but being double-bound, double-loud in my style does makes me feel protected. It’s my childish scream into the clockwork street – I AM NOT YOU! DON’T MAKE ME!”

Lots of retailers offer plus sizes on their websites only, but it turns out Old Navy has several other discriminatory practices, including up-charging for plus-sized jeans for women but charging the same price for men regardless of size. (Via Capitol Hill Style)

Lexy looks smokin’ hot in her vintage cropped red suede jacket.

A reminder from Thick Dumpling Skin and Henri Matisse about the loveliness of women’s bodies. No Photoshop necessary. (Not safe for work viewing.)

Calvin Klein used a size 10 model in a recent underwear campaign. This interview with model Myla Dalbesio includes some interesting points about how the modeling industry still harbors some bizarre and unhealthy ideas about size.

Like Aya, I love, love, love thrifting handmade, one-of-a-kind clothes. The dress she nabbed is stunning.

Do check out #feministprincessbride for a marriage of two wonderful things. (A response to this ridiculousness.)

Andrea finds the most amazing designers. This week, painterly clutches from Tiff Manuell.

On the Fox 9 Buzz this week, we talked about making chunky knits work. And I poked fun at The Row.

CUT for EVANS is a collection born from competition between design students from Nottingham Trent and Kingston University. Two winners, Eve Turley and Ellie Northway, won the £1,000 cash prize and the opportunity to have EVANS include their pieces into the capsule collection.

Poodletail sent me this article about uniforms and decision fatigue. Definitely the perfect route for some, but not all.

Currently obsessed with cowl-neck tunics. I bought this one from Target last year and promptly shrunk it. Now it is reserved for lounge/home wear. I shall not shrink my new one! Also ogling this cool exposed-seam cowl tunic.

Such a marvelous mash-up of elements: Leather skinnies, floppy hat, Breton top, and oversized vest. LOVE.

Anjelica Huston interviewed Lauren Hutton. The two have been friends for decades, and chat about modeling, Diana Vreeland, feminism, and more. (Via That’s Not My Age)

Fairly sure mine would turn out clumpy and unwearable, but still intrigued by this DIY glitter pump tutorial.

These 3D-printed dresses will blow your mind. (Curious to see if a better term evolves. “3D printing” doesn’t quite fit since ink is rarely involved.)

How the Internet Talked About Women’s Bodies This Week. Not exactly an uplifting read, but proof that there’s still SO much work to be done.

Bright yellow pumps add a cheeky pop of color to an otherwise neutral mix. Love that sparkly clutch, too.

I laughed out loud several times, startling Harriet: What happens when you finally start wearing the right bra size?

A leopard-print scarf ties together this elegant outfit of camel and black.

I bought this mini set of Tarte Lipsurgence tints and glosses and am having ALL OF THE FUN trying new colors. The matte ones are surprisingly lovely on.

Huge thanks to my friends at Lee Jeans for this fabulous feature on their blog!

Is plus-sized minimalism possible? Allison responds with a resounding, “Yes.”

And from the Department of Random: Eight West Coasters try classic Minnesota foods. HILARIOUSLY.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Faux Leather 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?*

Shevvi requested a few picks for faux leather skirts so here we go:


Charter Club Faux Leather Pencil Skirt – was $79, now $33.99
with code SUPER

I found a number of faux leather pencil skirts that hit far above the knee, and another group that seemed super expensive (like this lovely but spendy Lauren one). This sleek skirt has a versatile knee-brushing length and a fabulously low price. Available in sizes 6 – 16. Ann Taylor has a similar one in 0 -14 including petite and talls that’s 40% off with code PARTY40. And this pull-on pencil comes in sizes XS – 3X.

leather midi skirt

NY Collection Faux-Leather Pleated Midi Skirt – was $60, now $35.99

I still can’t resist a full, pleated skirt – even in faux leather. I’m a little puzzled as to why this is classified as a midi, though I suppose at 26″ long it will hit below the knee for some. It’s fully lined and versatile enough to go from funky casual to dressy night-out. Available in sizes 2 -12. This style lacks pleats, but has the same full shape and is available in sizes 1X – 3X.

cognac faux leather skirt

George Simonton Faux Leather Skirt with Pleat Detail – was $53.50, now $48.72

One of the only good-looking non-black faux leather skirt on the market, from what I can tell. (It comes in black, too, but sold out in many sizes.) It’s got a bit of elastic at the back of the waistband for comfort, and is fully lined. Available in this cognac in sizes 6 -28 and black in 6, 8, 26, and 28.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for faux leather skirts:

  1. QVC – Cute options in colors besides black!
  2. Nordstrom – Great variety of styles and price points. In addition to the one above, I ADORE this pleated midi.
  3. Lord & Taylor – Prices vary wildly, but there are affordable picks like this gorgeous CK pencil skirt.

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