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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7 Responses to “Lovely Links: 10/23/15”

  1. That's Not My Age

    Thanks for the lovely linkage, Sally. This is a long shot but I’m going to be in NYC in November talking at a symposium and signing books (details on That’s Not My Age), would be amazing if you could make it! Also, I would love to send you a copy of Style Forever, let me know what’s best way to go about it. Thanks so much, Alyson

  2. Courtney Gold

    I <3 everlane! I transitioned to a uniform this year and their tees and tanks are perfect for the simple black top and denim look I sport now on a daily basis. I bought 3 of their heavyweight tees in black… I love the fit! Plus their standards and ethics really make me feel good about my purchases.

    • Bike Pretty

      I am so tired of the Everlane domestic-production-washing. The quality is crap and their products are made in factories abroad ( from their own website), just like a lot of the other brands on the list that Sally linked to.

      I have to say that their marketing is second-to-none. They learned a lot from the mistakes and terrible sexism of American Apparel, which is still a company that actually produces domestically.

  3. Charlotte Peck

    Lovely Links are always one of my highlights of Friday. Thanks!

  4. Heather Harrell

    I don’t get people who say that grey shoes are hard to style. I wear them with Black, Navy, red, other greys, etc all the time. The other day I wore a pewter a-line dress with mid grey belt and pumps and a light grey cardigan

  5. BartSkipner

    Does thrift store shopping really save money, in the long run? Or is it a quick fix?

  6. Lady of Style

    Thank you so much for the feature, Sally! This week I am especially pleased to be amongst your lovely lnks with Alyson of Thats Not My Age as I had the utmost pleasure of meeting her in London last week! I will write more about this fantastic 40+ blogger meet up on my blog next week!
    Annette | Lady of Style