Lovely Links: 10/9/15

Weekly Kitty:


First seen on Instagram: We basically bought the basket for her anyway

I’m thrilled to be a part of the new Twin Cities-focused site North Nabe! You can read my first post here.

Since I’m concentrating on used clothes more than ever, I was excited to learn about eBay Bucks, which allows you to earn cash back on qualifying purchases. If you’re a frequent eBay user, it’s worth signing up!

Related: This post focuses somewhat on Rick Owens, but also offers some great tips for spotting counterfeit designer goods on eBay.

On I investigated shopping resources for workout clothes and compared online styling services like Stitch Fix to working with a stylist in person.

Love the laid-back look of these meticulously crafted fall transitional outfits.

And speaking of, this post breaks down five types of transitional season dressers. I’m probably closest to the Strictly by the Calendar dresser myself.

Last week I learned about IZ Collection, a designer line for wheelchair users. From the company website: “We believe wheelchair users should have access to the same styles and trends everyone else has, without ever having to compromise comfort. Our clothing has signature cuts and styles to fit a seated body shape, falling and draping naturally without interfering with wheelchair mechanics. We use top-quality fabrics that look beautiful and feel luxurious.”

Alice shows off the layered crop top trend in this stellar print-mixed outfit.

I had similar thoughts when I heard Carly Fiorina respond to the “Trump said you’re ugly” question at the second debate. Well played, Carly.

Two great takes on a green pleated midi skirt: Simple with a khaki shirt, and eclectic with sneaks and a printed duster.

MAC is working with luminous plus-sized model Luzmaria Vargas on a new campaign.

Spectacular bargain of the week: This 100% cashmere tunic dress, made in the U.S.A., on sale from $227 to $91.

Badassery: Nailed

“I need Viola Davis now. I need to see her talking, moving, embodying lives and existing within the frame because I also believe that it is crucial and important that a Black child sees themselves on screen. I’ll go as far as to say that it is criminal and irresponsible to ask a child to go the movies, this ordinary, culturally and socially important activity, without providing a substantial, complex reflection of herself.”

Kelly reviews Cobbler Concierge, an online shoe repair service.

Check out these photos from Verge, an entirely queer fashion show that took place toward the end of New York Fashion Week, showcasing the broad range of queer style, models and fashion.

I fell in love with Phryne Fisher’s amazing style while writing this post on “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” for TPT. This post shows how to create some Phryne-inspired looks in plus sizes.

On the Fox 9 Buzz I offered tips for making leather clothing a bit less edgy and more office-friendly.

Essential tips for choosing your traveling footwear

I’m tired of being mistaken for pregnant because I am overweight. More more importantly, I’m tired of the implication that my body is not normal. There are so many women like me. You just don’t see us on the television screen. I’m ready for that to change.”

Pairing her watercolor dress and drapey leather vest was an inspired choice on Beth’s part.

Show some respect for the brave.

“I tell my husband, I’m writing an essay about what it’s like to be a person who is older and plain married to a person who is younger and beautiful. About what it’s like to be married to someone who doesn’t find my body sexy. Part of me wants him to say, Don’t be ridiculous, you are beautiful and of course I think you’re sexy but instead he says, I love you. ”

Topping my Off-limits Lust List (not sustainably made) is this spectacular Catharine Malandrino keyhole dress. Seriously, so sexy. And with sleeves!

Hayley gives fashion “rules” a very eloquent verbal middle finger in this post.

“So, if you aren’t ready to check out completely, still considering yourself a consumer, but want to be a more conscious one, what can you do? There is no PERFECT. Literally every decision you make, and every product you buy will have some impact, no matter how small. Our only option is to try and mitigate that and make better buying decisions going forward.”

Love Lisa’s advice: When trying out a new silhouette or look, keep the rest of your outfit as minimal as possible.

This crystal gyroscope necklace is calling to me.

And from the Department of Random: Why the Curiosity Rover is Forbidden From Collecting Water on Mars

**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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5 Responses to “Lovely Links: 10/9/15”

  1. Lisa

    Thank you for the mention! And this essay is amazing, brave and heartbreaking. I’m writing an essay about what it’s like to be a person who is
    older and plain married to a person who is younger and beautiful.

  2. BartSkipner

    Lisa always looks great, and I think it’s because she really picks very high-quality, well-made pieces.

  3. Amita Basu

    I like your article on North Nabe Sally. The site looks nice, too. But the links are a bit finicky — I had to click twice on each link, both the category links in the banner on top, and the links to specific articles. Perhaps you folks are looking into that already.

  4. Elizabeth Reid

    Sally, I found the Sarah Einstein article a couple of days ago and find that I am still deeply disturbed. It broke my heart, brought up some of my deepest insecurities, and simultaneously made me furious. Any thoughts on how to work through this from a body positive perspective?

    • Sally McGraw

      Hi Elizabeth. It was definitely a tough read, but an important one, too, I think. The messages we get about sexuality within marriages/relationships are pretty narrow in focus, hetero-normative, and representative of only a very small portion of actual experiences. Rachel Hills’ new book The Sex Myth is a great read, and explores how much sex we think others are having and how much sex we’re actually having in real life. Might be worth checking out.

      In terms of digesting the article and casting it in a body positive light, I’m not quite sure how. To me, the meat of the story was that Sarah’s marriage felt good, solid, and important to her despite the sexual dynamic she shares with her husband. Clearly it’s not 100% fabulous for her or she wouldn’t have written the article, and she did express sadness and anxiety over it, but she emphasized that that fact her husband didn’t find her sexually attractive wasn’t a deal-breaker for either of them. Perhaps the body-positive under-layer is that relying on a partner to reinforce your belief that your body is beautiful has its hazards. I think many people – myself included – do it anyway, but ensuring that ALL of your body confidence isn’t riding on your partner’s opinion is both healthy and wise. Not terribly uplifting, I know.

      I’m sorry the article was so upsetting for you, and totally understand why. I hope this helps a bit.