Lovely Links: 5/15/15

Weekly Kitty:

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Fresh from the kitty aisle at Byerly’s.

Fabulous advice: What to do when you love a certain garment or style, but it just doesn’t love you back

“As tragic as I find it that a healthy woman wearing a bikini in public can still make the news globally I can’t help but applaud her for her words. Being a plus-sized woman in the public eye shouldn’t be an act of bravery, even though I know for a lot of us it is.”

Over on About.com I point out a few wardrobe staples you can buy on the cheap and offer tips on where to shop for blouses.

Darlene experiments with multiple outfits using a darling polka dot sheath dress to see which combinations play up or play down her bust.

It’s been incredibly inspiring to see so many ad campaigns featuring older women … but it’d be even better to see a few including older women of color.

Reminders for the days when you need extra self-care

Oh, how I wish I could take in “Fully Fashioned,” an exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland celebrating 200 years of Pringle of Scotland.

“As I got older, not liking makeup put me in a category. So did not wearing heels or carrying a purse. And in the cases where I did wear a dress or take time with my hair, somehow that meant that I had to defend the fact that I still loved science. At some point it became that I could either be someone who wore field boots or someone who wore dresses. When you find yourself having to defend your position on one side of a divide – boots or dresses – it becomes harder to maintain loyalty to both.”

On the Garage blog, I offered some simple tips to help small businesses build their Pinterest followings.

Caryn Franklin offers some eloquent advice on honing your style and being truly thoughtful about your fashion choices. (Via The Fashion Law)

Things Women Are Tired Of Hearing About Their Bodies

My obsession with Lucky Brand jewelry continues: Currently ogling these mixed-metal studs.

Oh, also, received these amazing chandelier earrings as a gift from my lovely friend Megan and they are the most musical piece of … wearable anything that I own. Clinkity clink clink …

De-cluttering expert Marie Kondo takes a shopping trip to Anthropologie. (Via YLF)

I’ve been a fan of Dana LeBlanc‘s designs for years, and am loving her new designs. This spiky statement necklace is beautifully badass. And! You can use code ALREADYPRETTY to get 10% off!

Here’s a very honest guide to selecting and purchasing new glasses.

“It took me years to understand that the cycle of falling in and out of love with things—with a version of yourself, even—can be a lovely thing, and crucial in helping you figure out who you really are.”

On the Fox 9 Buzz, I offered tips for styling long pendant necklaces.

This graphic will teach you the difference between candy and awning stripes, among others.

And from The Department of Random: Every Question In Every Q&A Session Ever

Also: This week needs to wrap up with some Pallas kitten action. (I’d much rather hear their vocalizations than the Benny Hill theme. They’re totally making the OH MY GOD A BIRD noise. You cat lovers know what I mean.)

Also love this one of tiny Pallas kittens being totally ferocious with their growls, hisses, and Silent Meows. I know I’M scared …

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Summer Pants with Lining

*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?*

Sarah requested a few picks for lined summer pants, so here we go:

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Talbots Heritage Linen-Blend Wide-Leg Pant – was $109, now $81.75
with code MAY25

I do love the look of cropped and ankle pants, but DANG they make me cold! And although a lining is essential on white dress pants for show-through reasons, it can also help keep you warm in a frigid, air-conditioned office. More so if the pant itself is full-length, like this style. The blend is 57% rayon, 43% linen so perhaps not as wrinkle-prone as most. Available in this off-white as well as burgundy, navy, or black in sizes 2 – 20. Also available in petite, plus, and petite plus sizes.

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The Limited Drew Classic Flare Pant – was $79.95, now $54.99

So these 100% linen pants are lined with cotton, and I’ll admit I’ve never experienced that combo before. Could be sticky. But that light, pastel yellow is so lovely and these are a great option if you prefer a lower rise. Available in sizes 0 -16, sold out in 14 and 18. This style isn’t available in yellow, but comes in white and two other pastels in sizes 16 – 28W. The Limited has a few other lined styles in a handful of sizes, including this pretty mint trouser and this drapey trouser in regular, petite, and tall sizes.

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Kasper Straight Leg – $59

I know white, ivory, and cream pants are lovely for summer, but wanted to include a slightly less seasonal and more versatile color like this gray … sadly, this lined pair was just about the only one I could find, and it’s not currently on sale. Macy’s runs discounts every 10 seconds, though, so it might be on sale by tomorrow! This pair is also a polyester blend, so a good alternative for anyone who can’t stand linen. Available in sizes 2 – 18. This similar style is available in sizes 14W – 24W.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for lined summer pants:

  1. Talbots – A handful of options in regular, petite, and plus sizes. These lined cropped pants are fantastic.
  2. Brooks Brothers – Most of their lightweight wools are lined, as are linens. These stone-colored trousers are so classic.
  3. Pendleton – Some lined styles may be a little heavy for summer, but a few will definitely work.

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Already Prettypoll: Photoshop Talk

Earlier this spring, a friend and I had a long conversation about women and the media. First, we lamented the fact that every single article written about a powerful woman described what she was wearing, how she did her hair, and/or the ways in her style and grooming had changed over the course of her career. But eventually we came around to Photoshop.

Some organizations, publications, and countries are fighting hard against photo retouching and the false notions it instills in the observing public. But, as former Marie Claire editor Liz Jones explains, the fashion industry and the media associated with it are NOT on board. They are resistant to body diversity, but they are even more resistant to going Photoshop-free.

And they’re not the only ones. Here’s an excerpt from Tina Fey’s Bossypants.

“Photoshop itself is not evil. Just like Italian salad dressing is not inherently evil, until you rub it all over a desperate young actress and stick her on the cover of Maxim, pretending to pull her panties down. (That ‘thumbs in the panties’ move is the worst. Really? It’s not enough that they got greased up and in their panties for you, Maxim?)

Give it up. Retouching is here to say. Technology doesn’t move backward. No society has ever de-industrialized. Which is why we’ll never turn back from Photoshop – and why the economic collapse of China is going to be the death of us all. Never mind that. Let’s keep being up in arms about this Photoshop business!

I don’t see a future in which we’re all anorexic and suicidal. I do see a future in which we all retouch the bejeezus out of our own pictures at home. Family Christmas cards will just be eyes and nostrils in a snowman border.

At least with Photoshop you don’t really have to alter your body. It’s better than all these disgusting injections and implants. Isn’t it better to have a computer do it to your picture than to have a doctor do it to your face?

I have thus far refused to get any Botox or plastic surgery. (Although I do wear a clear elastic chin strap that I hook around my ears and pin under my day wig.) I can’t be expected to lead the charge on everything. Let me have my Photoshop.”

I was floored when I read this. And a little disappointed. I mean, I get that Fey is just being honest, but it still surprised and saddened me to hear her basically come out in favor of retouching.

And yet as my friend and I discussed the ideal world versus the real world, we couldn’t quite envision a universal ban, either. We didn’t want Photoshop and extreme retouching to stick around, but we agreed that there would have to be some MAJOR changes in global priorities before the program and practice could ever be truly eradicated.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. First, how do you feel about Photoshop and retouching in general? Second, can you imagine a world in which both were banned? Or even used sparingly by only a few organizations? What do you think would have to happen for this to be possible? 

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