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Sally McGraw
Sally McGraw is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer, blogger, and communications professional. She has contributed writing to local newspapers, magazines, and websites throughout her entire professional life, and is an ongoing style features contributor to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In addition to writing her popular daily style and body image blog Already Pretty, she has published a style guide titled Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress it Well which is available via Amazon. Sally offers personal shopping and style consultation services, both in person for clients living in the Twin Cities and via e-mail for clients worldwide. She firmly believes that style is a tool for self-love that should be accessible to everyone. Including you.

Entries by Sally McGraw

Diversity, Normalcy, and the Real World

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 10:09 AM

Back in October, "Selma" director Ava DuVernay's spoke at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards. She spoke about diversity, but she framed her thoughts in an unusual way: She pointed out that what the media dubs "diversity" is really just "normalization." She said:

Last thing I'll say is I really hate...

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The Slow Drain of Body Negativity

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 2:25 PM

Body image struggles come in many different forms: You may feel self-conscious or inadequate whenever your sister-in-law/substitute spin instructor/childhood pal is around, and relatively fine most other times. You may only worry when your weight fluctuates or you notice a bunch of new wrinkles or you have a big, painful...

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You Have a Body

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 10:52 AM

Nowadays, when I sit down to write about body image I hear a cacophony of passionate and conflicted voices in my head. This is because I read articles on the topic nearly every day, and the current rhetoric is extremely polarized.

Some feel that how you look should hold absolutely...

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If You Want to, You Should Totally Chop Off All Your Hair

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 2:08 PM

Like many, I've got a Pinterest board dedicated to hair and hairstyles. Although I don't personally have enough to braid, I pin braids and updos. I pin textures and colors I'll never have.  And I totally get that Pinterest is...

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Why I Love My Knees

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Can we talk about knees for a moment?

Many years ago, a friend made a passing comment about her "fat knees." I was about 22 at the time and utterly baffled. Previous to that, I'd never met anyone who felt self-conscious about her knees for any reason and figured they...

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Everyone Has Bad Hair Days

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 4:38 PM

My hair is thick, wavy, curly, and extremely stubborn. It wasn't until I shifted from a traditional, sleek pixie to my current, messier 'do that I realized exactly how much my hair DID NOT want to be short, straight, and orderly. At least not all three at once. When I...

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Makeup Is Not a Prerequisite for Career Success

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Over the past few months, I've read several essays linking makeup and professionalism. Written by stylish women working in corporate America, these articles insist that daily makeup application is a must for working women, and that going without it may degrade your image of competence and reliability. They inevitably cite a...

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The Value of Dressing Your "Today Body"

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 6:31 PM

Let's say I have a girlfriend who has been unhappy with her body for ... well, for as long as I've known her. She is one of the most naturally beautiful women I've ever known, and her generous, open, loving personality just serves to amplify the startling physical beauty that...

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Hey Beautiful

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 6:24 PM

When I was in high school, my dear friend Emily would address me by saying, "Hey, beautiful!" It always unnerved me back then, though I would never have been able to articulate why. With my 20-20 hindsight, however, I can quite easily tell you why: I didn't believe I was...

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Snark Sells: Why I Refused to Focus on the Negative on the Red Carpet

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:42 PM

A few weeks ago, one of the major local TV networks asked me to contribute to post-Golden Globes red carpet commentary. It was an amazing opportunity that would've put me in front of an audience I don't normally reach; Even folks who don't care much about fashion often take an interest...

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Bra Politics

(13) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 4:29 PM

Recently, I worked with a client who didn't own a bra. OK, to be fair, she owned several soft, relatively shapeless sports bras, none of which gave her breasts any support or shape. Her goal for the consult was to look more polished and professional, and when I saw how...

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How to Re-route Body Comparisons

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Before we dig in, a very important caveat: To be human is to compare. It is a very rare person who can move through life without comparing her success, relationships, wealth, experiences and -- of course -- body and beauty to those around her. It is an even rarer person...

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Changing Your Body Image Monologue

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 3:10 PM

No one is born hating her body. We learn to hate ourselves as we begin interacting with other people and absorbing messages from the media and participating in society. Eventually, the negativity becomes ingrained and we outgrow outside input, berating ourselves and scorning our own physical forms with little or...

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What We Can Learn From Dressing

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 2:30 PM

Before I became interested in dressing and style, I avoided thinking about my body. At all costs. I didn't look in the mirror if I didn't have to, didn't focus much energy or attention on how my outfits interacted with my figure, and did my utmost to think about anything...

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The Joys and Hazards of Late-Blooming Style

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 7:17 PM

I truly believe that some women are born stylish. Eventually scientists will isolate the gene that bestows the innate ability to accessorize effortlessly, pinpoint the base pair that allows certain women to spot real cashmere at 50 paces. Although some of these women grow up in style-centric homes that add...

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How Body Positivity and Figure Flattery Can Coexist

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2013 | 4:26 PM

I used to utilize so much energy hating my body that I exhausted myself into depression. For years I tried to change my body with diets and exercise, believing that its shape and size were the root of the problem, but I just kept on hating it. When I began...

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Bags, Sunnies and Style Opportunities

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 12:04 PM

Four years ago, I owned one handbag. It was big, black, slouchy and had two magnet-closure pockets on its front. It perfectly suited my use patterns and needs, and I carried it daily.

Two years ago, I owned one pair of sunglasses. They were big, black and had super...

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Lessons From a Clothing Swap

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 5:34 PM

I'm a dedicated thrifter, I pass along my underutilized duds to friends and family on a regular basis, and I consign the vast majority of my shopping blunders. I feel like a clothing recycling pro. And yet this weekend marked the first time I'd ever participated in a...

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Why Color Trends Are the Easiest to Wear

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 12:40 PM

When I first became aware of fashion trends, they were irritatingly fleeting. Back then, you needed to identify a trend, procure the item in question, wear it for the appropriate amount of time (anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months), and then discard it. The discarding step...

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How Privilege Influences Our Perceptions of Style

(54) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 3:37 PM

A while back, Kasmira posted about a What Not to Wear contestant who was called out for her offbeat, off-kilter dressing style. She generated a great discussion about quirky dressing, body size, grooming and other factors that figure into how women are judged on their appearances.

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