Archives For April 2014

Triple Style Dare Winner

April 29, 2014 — 1 Comment

You voted in my Triple Style Dare post. So, what’s it gonna be? Distressed denim? Gingham? Bare midriff?

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Dress from eShakti

Dress and photo from eShakti

Bare midriff!!!

Oh, you guys! This is gonna take a lot of guts (haha!), but I am a woman of my word, and if you think I can, it makes me feel much better about our little deal. I picked the above outfit to model in an upcoming post because I felt the skirt would be versatile enough to wear with other tops…when I’m not showing my tummy that is! The outfit will be custom-made to my measurements, so that takes time. Look for the post in about a month or so.

Thanks, Modcloth!

April 29, 2014 — 1 Comment

photo 2Many thanks to Modcloth for naming me a winner in their Spring-Time to Shine Contest! I’ll soon be featured on their site and in their Style Gallery. This was some wonderful news to get this morning, and it’s an honor to be recognized by a company who shows love to ladies of all sizes!

Maxi-mum Stripes!

April 22, 2014 — 2 Comments

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Black and white stripes! With a pop of color! Again! If it ain’t broke…

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Dress: Torrid, Sandals: Lane Bryant, Necklace: Charming Charlie

Jeans: Torrid//Gingham dress: Modcloth//Top and skirt set: eShakti

Jeans: Torrid//Gingham dress: Modcloth//Top and skirt set: eShakti

Also, don’t forget to vote in the poll from my last post! I’ll wear your dare! I’ll tally the votes Saturday. Looks like Bare Midriff is winning so far…eeep!

Triple Style Dare!

April 18, 2014 — 10 Comments
Jeans: Torrid//Gingham dress: Modcloth//Top and skirt set: eShakti

Jeans: Torrid//Gingham dress: Modcloth//Top and skirt set: eShakti

Sometimes you just have to do something that scares you. Much of my reason for doing this blog is to expand my fashion horizons and to get out of my comfort zone. Since Super Style Me began, I’ve worn prints and colors I’ve often shied away from, and I’ve revealed parts of myself that I’m often self-conscious about (mainly my arms and knees!). Now it’s your turn to tell me the next stylish chance I should take. Take the poll at the end of the post, and I’ll sport the winner in an upcoming outfit. I’ll leave voting up for a week. Here are the three contenders:

#1: Hole-y Jeans, Batman!

Left: Torrid//Middle: Torrid//Right: Lane Bryant

Left: Torrid//Middle: Torrid//Right: Lane Bryant

 

I used to be a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, but my jeans were and are still usually medium to dark rinse with no distressing whatsoever. I even remember when jeans started showing up with whiskering, I was pretty appalled. I’ve since made peace with it. I feel like I’ve grown in leaps and bounds with body acceptance and self-confidence since embarking on this blogging adventure, but I still feel like I have a way to go. One of my reservations about hole-y jeans is I’ve long wrestled with stigma that plus size, fat, overweight, or whatever you want to call it, equals sloppy, so in recent years I felt like I’ve had to overcompensate by looking extremely put-together. Does anyone else out there have the same worries? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. I know these concerns go against the idea that one should wear what she wants and wear it with confidence, so I’d like to give a pair of these hip jeans a shot.

#2: Gingham Style

Left: Modcloth//Middle: Modcloth//Right:eShakti

Left: Modcloth//Middle: Modcloth//Right: eShakti

While I live in a rural area, I am definitely a reluctant country girl. However, with my recent interest in retro-inspired dresses, I’ve seen some gingham here and there and wondered if it’s for me. I do own one dark-colored gingham top, and it has been taking a nap in my closet for the last three years. With the garments above, I puzzle over whether they’ll be cute or make me look like a picnic blanket. Heck, the dress in the middle even has fun with that idea. I’ve embraced polka-dots on my clothes, is gingham the next step?

#3: Do You Catch My Midriff?

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Right: eShakti//Middle: Torrid//Left: eShakti

Ok, guys, this one scares me the most. Like I said before, I’m still working on total body acceptance. I haven’t owned a bikini since I was four years old, so my tummy hasn’t seen the light of day for quite sometime. But recently, I’ve seen several psbloggers take the plunge with “fatkinis,” and they look great. Also, the above outfits from eShakti are custom made to size and are high-waisted, so if I had to give a peak of my middle, I feel like this could be the way to do it.

So, there you have ’em! What do you dare me to try?

 

 

Up, Up, and Away!

April 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

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The Air of Adorable dress is pretty popular on Modcloth. There are tons of Style Gallery and product review pictures on their site. I followed a tip from ModStylist Chelsey, and paired it with a bright statement necklace. Mine is from Columbia Street Mercantile.

 

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When life gives you balloons…

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be a balloon mouse!

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Cardigan and Leggings: Torrid; Shoes: Avenue

 

 

Taylor-made

April 17, 2014 — 7 Comments
Photo on left from Story by Modcloth

Photo on left from Story by Modcloth

It’s difficult to believe Taylor Swift and I would have anything in common. She’s a country-pop songstress, and I’m an alt-rock aficionado who can barely play an instrument. However, I was reading Story by Modcloth, and I came across an article about their And Many More dress from their Myrtlewood line which Taylor wears in Keds‘ Be Brave ad campaign. The dress looks similar to the Like, Oh My Dot! dress that I love and have worn in the blog a couple of times. Also, I must admit Taylor does have great style. If you saw her cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live last week, she was wearing a simple black dress and looked quite lovely. Styling this dress, I decided to go full-Taylor and pair the dress with my Keds and accessorize with a headscarf, also from Modcloth.

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Full disclosure: The fit of this dress isn’t exactly perfect on me. It’s pretty big in the bust. I had the same experience with with the For the Record Books dress that I wore in my previous post. It’s also made by Modcloth, from their Bea & Dot line. I’m a 4X in their sizing and everything fits great on me from the waist down. It’s an easy fix, though. I just pinch about an inch or so of fabric under each arm, safety pin, and I’m good to go.

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It’s great to see such a nice dress in a variety of sizes! Thanks for stopping by! Peace out!

 

The legal stuff: I am a sales associate at 2nd and Charles and a long-time employee of Books-A-Million, Inc. While I am doing this post on my own time with no extra compensation and the ideas and thoughts expressed in this post remain my own, they do give me a paycheck. I just thought you guys should know that.

Now, let’s have fun!

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So, someone should tell Justin we have his records…just kidding! Here I am at my home away from home. I work in the Vinyl department of 2nd and Charles in Covington, LA, a magical place for nerds…um, I mean “hobbists,” of all types. Books, music, comics, video games, and tons of other stuff–we got it! However, my little vinyl babies hold a special place in my heart, as you can tell by my dress from Modcloth and my colored, etched copy of Warpaint‘s self-titled double album. And I’m not just flashing the record because it matches the dress, by the way. They are a great band you should definitely check out. “Disco//very” is my jam right now.

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Saturday, April 19th is a super-special day for record stores and a great day to check out your local vinyl retailer. As for us at 2NC Covington, we’re hosting our Get in the Groove event where we’ll have local bands, prizes, and artist, Justin Lacoste, who makes jewelry and other neat things out of records! Check out his Facebook page and all the cool stuff he makes here.

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Speaking of crafting from records, here’s our DIY which I call the Galaxy and Gold Tri-Pick Necklace! Instead of using the vinyl itself, I decided to use the album cover, and I found a winner in our $2 bin:

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I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore. That’s another band. I didn’t just pick this album because “Hold the Line” is awesome (which it is, but that’s beside the point). You know how galaxy print is hot these days? Boom! Toto were truly trailblazers in more ways than one!

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IMG_1400Extreme Glitter Mod Podge!

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Punch out your picks using the Pick Punch. I punched out more than I needed, so I could choose the best ones. Punch a small hole near the top of each one. That’s where you’ll attach your pick to the chain with a jump ring. Before you do that, paint a couple of layers of Mod Podge on each pick. Once they’re dry, measure out a length of gold chain to fit your neck. Evenly space your three picks and use the jump rings attach them to the chain. Add your clasp, and…

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Tada! You’re ready to rock! Quick tip–make sure your record isn’t super valuable or collectable before you craft with it. That would make us vinyl geeks cry.

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We have time for another outfit, right? This headphones t-shirt comes from Lane Bryant, who has been coming out with some great graphic tees lately. Check out this new one I saw today with DJ Kitty! The black maxi-skirt is also from Lane Bryant, and my shoes (if you can see them) are from Vans.

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The actual headphones on my head are Audacity Quilted Rebel Headphones, and I got them from 2NC!

IMG_1476There you have it! Don’t forget to score some great vinyl at your local record store this Saturday, and if you’re in Covington, drop by 2nd and Charles for what’s sure to be a fun day!

 

Thanks to Lei-Loni from the blog, Clothe Your Curves, for naming me her Featured Curves of the Week! Check out her blog because she has awesome style!

This week’s Featured Curves- Meet Becca.

Bye-Bye Boots?

April 8, 2014 — 2 Comments

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With summer not too far away, this might be the last day cool enough to wear my trusty brown boots for a while. Here’s a little outfit to give them a good send-off.

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Boots: Simply Be, Dress: Old Navy, Scarf: Shoeffle’, Glasses: Ray-Ban

Spring Simplicity

April 7, 2014 — 6 Comments

IMG_1342I admit I’m not the best country girl, but, dude…flowers! I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to take pictures today because the forecast called for rain, but luckily all the storms passed last night, and we had a really pretty spring day. If you look really close, you may see some bees, but but they left me alone. I love that with the weather warming up, I get to wear dresses again. I’ve even been wearing them to work, which probably isn’t very practical, but whatever…

IMG_1344This dress is from eShakti, and I love the keyhole neckline so much! I ordered a few dresses from them, and so far, so good. Here’s another one I posted a while back. I find I take more chances when I order from them because I know the fit will be right. For example, I usually have to worry about the bust being too big to get the proper fit for my hips, so I would probably pass on a neckline like this from anywhere else because it wouldn’t lay correctly or be too loose. The same thing for the previously mentioned sheath dress, but since they made the dresses to my measurements, I decided to give it a go. Not too shabby!

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I found this bracelet clutch at Charming Charlie

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And, these flats came from Jessica London.

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