You are welcome here. No matter how you look, what you’re wearing, or why you’re wearing it. No matter what you look like, or wish you looked like, or wish you didn’t look like. No matter where you shop, or don’t shop, or how much you spend. No matter how much you weigh, or how many wrinkles you have, or how big your feet or boobs or upper arms are. No matter how hard you struggle to feel amazing about your body and your style and your self.

No matter where you are in your journey to self-love and accepting your own beauty, you are welcome here. Always.

Image courtesy ganesha.isis.

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33 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. Ellie Di

    *snugs!* This was so great to find in my Reader this morning; what a wonderful thought. I think we don't hear this kind of thing often enough, leading folks to feel left out when they're really not. Thank you for reminding us all that we're welcome in this space (and elsewhere!).

  2. Lauren

    This post made me feel warm and fuzzeh inside. Thanks Sal! <3

    PS. My boyfriend says he loves your sense of style.

  3. Between Laundry Days

    This is a lovely post, of course, and the most delightful picture! Great start to the day.

  4. ashe mischief

    This is so perfect and beautiful. I've half a mind to repost it. If only people felt that way everywhere and people welcomed them as such.

  5. Carrie

    and this is why I start my day by reading Already Pretty, even before coffee! Sal, you rock!!

  6. bubu

    Wow, on a rainy yucky day in Boston near the end of a very stressful week on all fronts, this was a wonderful message to find before I dove into my work day. truly a gift – thank you!

  7. Jessica

    Thank you, Sal! For making your readers feel welcome, for helping to give me that daily dose of confidence, for helping women everywhere to see that no matter what size, shape, color, financial status, age, (etc, etc) that they are truly special just the way they are. <3

  8. Krys

    Thank you, Sal! I've been reading your blog for quite some time, and haven't commented until now. This post just shows what a beautiful person you are. Thank you.

    It also made me want to share a YouTube video that Jenny, the bloggess, shared on another blog. It's from a poetry slam, and it's called "Pretty". I believe you will identify with it, as will your readers. It made me cry at the end.

    Here's the link:

  9. Make Do Style

    Oh how nice xx

    Plus I've done a Boden post today – a nice one!! xx

  10. Sal

    Krys: Thank YOU, lady! And I posted that video in Lovely Links just last week. Brilliant.

  11. bubu

    โ€œIf you are a dreamer,come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!โ€– Shel Silverstein
    (your post inspired me to share this as well, my favorite silverstein poem…)

  12. Shoe

    I love your blog… I love that there is so much love and acceptance here and it's just great to read that. It really stands out from a sea of blogs that emphasise a very specific kind of beauty.



  13. Anonymous

    Thank You! I am 70 and still I can find myself caught up in self doubt. Less and less at this age, but it still does creep in from time to time. However, I am healthy, loved and no one has the right to ask for more than that! Peg

  14. Jennifer

    How did I only just discover your blog?! (Insert ironic comment to self…) I adore your writing and personal sense of style thus far and look forward to reading more.

  15. jilly

    Such an sweet thing stumble on when I'm having one of those days where I overslept, threw on the first things I could find, and just feeling blegh. Thanks!

  16. lisa w.

    That's the nicest thing I've read all day. No, all week and maybe all month. Thank you!

  17. maggiemarch

    What a wonderful little post and such positive energy – love it!

  18. orchidsinbuttonholes

    I always feel this way whenever I visit your blog, but reading it made me that much more happy being here. Thank you!

  19. QuiteLight

    You brought a little lump to my throat. Apparently I needed to hear this!