Dressed for: Doing it Anyway

Already Pretty outfit featuring blue printed Karen Kane Dress, navy pumps, navy blue handbag

Dress – courtesy Karen Kane
Shoes – gift – similar
Bracelet – thrifted – similar weight/look
Earrings – courtesy Bionic Unicorn
Bag – eBay – more blue leather bags

Recently, we talked about learning to love what you hate about your body; Cultivating some affection for that one feature you wish would just vanish can shift your overall body image toward the positive. For years, I struggled with my belly, wished it ill, lamented its presence. I still dress to downplay it virtually every day, but its existence doesn’t cause me the constant stress that it once did. read more

Dressed for: Very Special Satchels

Already Pretty outfit featuring blue cardigan, Marimekko dress, Corso Como Del, Rhodesian of Edinburgh satchel

Cardigan – thrifted – similar
Dress – local store now out of biz – similar color/scaleMarimekko at BR
Pumps – Corso Como Del
Bracelets – Goldy + Macsimilar look
Earrings – Midtown Global Marketsimilar
Satchel – two-tone Clio courtesy Rhodesian of Edinburgh

It’s a two-fer today, friends. Having been out of town for nearly a week, I’m behind on outfits. Our trees are nearly in full leaf and we’ve already mowed once, but it’ll look like early spring in my photos for a while yet! This is frequently my Easter dress for a day at the in-laws but I wore it instead to illustrate how diverse florals can look for one of my weekly Fox 9 Morning Show appearances a few weeks back. Not all florals are ditsy! And although most of the Banana Republic Marimekko stuff is black and white, this dress was made from a brighter Marimekko print. read more

Dressed for: Fresh Flowers

Already Pretty outfit featuring red cardigan, floral print midi skirt, cognac wedges, navy blue handbag, tagua nut necklace

Cardigan – thrifted – similar
Tank – Benneton (no longer available) – similar
Belt – from a pair of shorts – similar
Skirt – courtesy Mode-sty
Shoes – Royan courtesy ECCO
Necklace – Veronica Riley Martens
Earrings – Bibelot – similar
Bag – eBay

I’ve written about locally owned and run website Mode-sty on the blog here and for the Star Tribune, and am always happy to promote what Zahra is doing. So I was tickled when she offered to send me an item from her spring offerings. This lively floral midi skirt is right up my alley, and allowed me to wear red, white, and blue together without feeling overly flag-like. Also loved working in this necklace from Veronica Riley Martens, whose work I’ve admired for years and years. (Proof here.) Finally nabbed my own piece, albeit a small one, and had fun working it into this mix. read more