Archives For September 2014

pic1editreduxGiven my punky past, add the word “core” to the end of most words, and I at least have to check it out. Normcore is a fashion movement that I’ve recently heard about, and it appeared on my radar with Gap’s “Dress Normal” campaign. My first reaction was, “No, YOU dress normal. Your face should dress normal.” Of course I own plenty of basic “normal” clothes, but I’ve never decided to wear them all at once, and lately I feel a bit naked without a statement necklace or some kind of colorful print. This normcore look, while it appears to be relaxed, was quite difficult for me to put together.

closeupeditreduxEven the natural makeup required restraint. I had to hold myself back from grabbing my orange-red lipstick, which would be my “normal” style choice to balance a look with so little color. I couldn’t help but to sneak a novelty print on my scarf, which is surreptitiously covered in hummingbirds, and was the result of a minor freakout of having “no neck accessory!”

pic3editreduxHere’s one without the scarf so you can behold all the grayness of my tank top. While I enjoyed my self-imposed makeunder for the day,  I’m not so sure normcore is a place where I can live forever. Bring on the polka dots!

Have you simplified your look lately? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for sharing a not-so-normal day with me!

Vest: Lane Bryant (No longer available: similar from Torrid) / Skirt: eShakti / Tank Top: Walmart (No longer available: Similar from Lane Bryant) / Scarf: ModCloth (Similar, with owls!) / Shoes: Sperry (Zappos)

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A Friendly Reminder…

September 29, 2014 — 3 Comments

gwynniebeedressesWhat do all these dresses have in common? They all come from Gwynnie Bee! Gwynnie Bee is a great risk-free way for anyone size 10-32 to try out new clothes and to get acquainted with unfamiliar plus size brands. For the cost of a subscription, you can borrow garments and return them regardless of whether you’ve worn them or not, postage paid. And if you love something they send you, you can buy it at a great price!

Gwynnie Bee is ending their 30 day free trial offer tomorrow, September 30th! When I signed up, I used my free trial to become familiar with brands and fit among their selection, and it made my experience much better once my trial was over and I started paying the regular subscription fee.

30 Day Free Trial Limited Time Offer Ends on Sept 30!

pic2reduxAt least this Monday I am, and I’m glad to be back after the weekend! I’ve made no secret that I’m a huge fan of ModCloth. What you may not know is that I haven’t been shopping with them for very long, at least compared to other places. I’ve only known about them for under a year, but in that time, I’ve grown to love their clothes and what they stand for as a company. Take for instance, the skirt I’m wearing which you may have seen earlier in the challenge here. It’s from one of their house brands, Myrtlewood. I love that they’re committed to making their clothes (including their other brand, Bea & Dot) in a range of sizes, all the way up to 4x, and being that size, it means a lot to me.

pic3reduxI’ve never worn a cardigan this way before! Lately, I’ve seen many retro outfits with tucked-in sweaters, and it looks much more pulled together especially with fuller skirts. As I predicted, this chambray skirt is as versatile as a pair of jeans. It goes with everything, either despite or because of the polka dots. I’m looking forward to remixing it again and again on the blog and in real life. While people usually think “dresses” when they shop at ModCloth, I’m always pleased with their selection of separates, both modern and retro.

pic1reduxI’d like to hear from you! Whether it’s a skirt or a special top, what are your go-to separates? Let me know in the comments!

This outfit brightened my day on such a murky morning. At least the gray weather made it possible to wear a sweater without, well, sweating. Thank you for stopping by!

Sweater, Skirt, and Necklace: ModCloth  / Camisole: Lane Bryant (Similar) / Shoes: Jessica London / Belt: Torrid (Similar)

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*I am a ModCloth affiliate, but as all you regular readers know, I would gush about them anyway 🙂

Hello, all! There’s no outfit post today since I was helping my belly dance troupe (and some very strong gentlemen) build a stage for the upcoming Louisiana Renaissance Festival. In case you missed it, here’s a flashback of my post about my favorite wide and extra wide width flats for fall. Hope you enjoy!

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DSC_0637_2_Fotordancydanceredux It’s Friday, and my happy feet have returned!  It’s gotta be the shoes. As much as I love clothes, I have never been a “shoe horse.” The reason–these big ‘ol 11WW feet are tough to fit. When your feet are wide, not to mention extra wide, a good pair of shoes is hard to find and a cute pair of shoes even harder. Luckily, through trial and error, I have found a few places offering fashionable footwear in W, WW (EE), EEE, and EEEEE widths, and what better way to get your feet wet than with checking out the best flats for fall!

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First, the shoes I’m wearing. Very Dorothy, don’t ya think? Jessica London has been my absolute favorite place to find shoes. Since I began blogging, I’ve been envious of other retro-inspired ladies wearing B.A.I.T. footwear knowing their shoes would…

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Brace yourselves. Winter is coming. Okay, so I might not be ready to bundle up just yet, as you can tell by my sliver of midriff; however, now is a good time to think about the layers you’ll need as the temps start to cool off. What I’ve noticed, and this is especially true if you wear above a size 24, the earlier you shop for seasonal items, the better. Because the best stuff in those sizes go out of stock so quickly, its best to buy swimsuits early in the spring and winter clothes, like, right now. For this week’s “A Case of the Fridays,” I present to you my favorite cardigans, jackets, and coats.

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Cardis are always handy, even if it’s not super cold outside. They work to cut the chill both indoors and out, whether the perp is a blasting AC or an early fall breeze. I’ve noticed this year’s cardigans are less plain Jane and have interesting little details, such as print, patterns, and pockets. As a knitter, it somewhat pains me that it’s absolutely impossible to make every sweater I need, so when I can at least find one with a little something special in the design, it’s as Martha would say, “a good thing.”

Jackets

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Aside from being practical, I always feel an outfit’s a lot more interesting with a jacket. You can go from business to biker just by switching this layer. In the winter, we tend to wear a lot more jackets than heavy coats here in South Louisiana. They give enough warmth without being overly bulky.

Coats

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Brrr! Baby, when it’s cold outside, you gotta have a coat! Along with being stylish, what I look for in a coat is the ability to be roomy enough to go on over other layers. Often, coats make me feel inhibited, so it’s a bonus to have one that lets you have full range of motion. I’ve noticed a variety of coats available this time of year, from casual to dressy, and like I said earlier, it’s best to order asap so you have your pick of the litter. (Psst…#12 isn’t available yet, but if you follow the link, you can be notified when it is!)

full2reduxHow about you? Have you started shopping for warm weather essentials? Let me know in the comments! As for me, I don’t think it’s too early to sport a little something extra on the outside. Thank you for taking a look at some of my favorite outer layers. Until next time, stay warm!

Torrid: jacket (similar), top, and skirt / Shoes: Keds / Necklace: Forever 21

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full2editreduxMy new hairdo definitely inspired today’s outfit. I’m feeling a little ’60s, but as always I try to put a modern spin on my retro looks. I resurrected one of the tops I wore earlier in the challenge, this time wearing it untucked and swingy over some slim, stretchy pants.

closeupeditredux’60s mod has always been a fashion inspiration for me. I remember one school spirit day when we had the choice to dress either from the ’50s or ’60s. There were plenty of girls in poodle skirts as well as flower children, but I was the only one in an a-line dress and black Mary Janes. My inverted bob haircut always seems to reappear every couple of years when long hair gets to be bothersome. Lately, other decades have happily worked their way into my style, but ’60s style always feels just right!

full1editreduxThank you for time traveling with me today! Which decade most influences your style? Let me know in the comments!

Top: Modcloth / Pants: Torrid (similar) / Camisole: Walmart / Shoes: Zappos (Similar) / Earrings: Charming Charlie / Necklace: Origami Owl

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fulleditreduxYay! I’m halfway though the style challenge! My blogging buddy, Lei-Loni at Clothe Your Curves, finished her 30 days. Go to her blog to check out all her smokin’ hot outfits!

closeeditreduxThis necklace is a bit Gatsby, don’t you think? I’ve seen and worn many statement necklaces, but never any in this particular color combo. I like it with this blue lace dress; however, I’d like to try it with a scoop neck top and jeans. Future outfit post!

full2reduxAs for this outfit, whether it’s the necklace, the shoes, or the belt, the details really make such a simple dress pop. What are your favorite accessories to add interest to your outfits? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks to you all, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Dress: SWAK from Gwynnie Bee / Necklace: Maurices / Shoes: Zappos (similar) / Belt: Lane Bryant

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fulledit2reduxHello, everyone! I’m sorry I missed you yesterday, but now I have clear sinuses, un-puffy eyes, and a new haircut, and I’m ready to rock it! I brought back an old favorite for today’s outfit – my much loved poppy circle skirt (Psst! It’s on sale!). I always use it as an excuse not to match. This time I paired it with a turquoise top and a necklace that has absolutely none of the same colors as the skirt. When nothing matches, it all matches, right?

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This morning really felt like the beginning of fall, which I hope marks some new beginnings in my life. I thought I would be bored out of my mind being an unemployed person (hopefully only temporarily), but I’ve been busier than ever putting together new opportunities for this blog, looking for a new job, and, of course, a lot of dancing. I don’t know if in the near future I’ll be gainfully employed, working for myself, or a little bit of both, but I’m excited to see where it all goes!

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As readers, I do want to formally let you all know that I’ve recently added affiliate banners and links to my sidebar and within my posts. I assure you I wouldn’t align myself with any company or store that I wouldn’t shop at myself, and all the clothes and products I wear and display or any collaboration I may do in the future are all of my choosing as they always have been. As much as I want this blog to provide me with some income, I also want to make you all aware of brands and retailers you might not already be familiar with so you know all the options you have for your wardrobe. You’ll still see many pieces of clothing and accessories from merchants with which I have no affiliation that I just happen to dig, and I hope you all do, too. I also hope that you all stick with me through this even if you never click on an affiliate link because from the beginning I’ve wanted this blog to be a resource for those of us who feel limited as to where we can shop.

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Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow with outfit #15! Woohoo! Almost halfway there!

Top: Myrtlewood from ModCloth / Skirt: Bea & Dot from ModCloth / Necklace: Columbia Street Mercantile (local shop) / Shoes: Jessica London

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I’ll Be Back!

September 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Hello, there! A case of the sniffles has me feeling and looking not so photogenic today. I’ll be back tomorrow with look #14 of the 30 Day Style Challenge–and a new haircut! In the meantime, take a look at my last post for all the outfits so far in the challenge. Thanks for reading, and stay stylin’!

I made it thirteen days in Clothe Your Curves’ 30 Day Style Challenge! While I did buy a few new things and didn’t completely follow the “shop your closet” aspect of the challenge, I did use some garments that had been buried in the back of my closet for a while. Before I show you lucky #13, check out my first twelve outfits. Follow the links in the captions to see the full outfit posts:

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Time flies, doesn’t it? And, here’s my outfit for today:

lookingdownreduxIt’s beginning to look a lot like fall even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet. I’ve been reluctant to wear this flower crown because I really want to try making one myself, and it still could happen. I love how this outfit is less matching and more “goes together,” and it’s casual and also a bit girly. The bag has been my everyday purse for a while. My mom calls it my school bag. It makes me feel like I’m a professor at a fancy British university.

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prettyshadowsreduxHere’s the dress without the jacket. I was a little worried about it when I ordered it because it has a high neckline, and I think those make me look like I have a short neck. That’s a weird thing to be insecure about, right? However, I was pleasantly surprised, and the slight scoop does the trick. I’ve seen other bloggers wear this dress in different prints, so I wanted to try it out. I picked this one because its one of the few ModCloth offers in a 4X. I hope they’re able to carry more sizes to the other ones in the future, especially the popsicle print! I would love that for next summer.

walkingreduxThanks for joining me on this little walk through outfits past and present. We’re in the middle of the journey, and that’s what it’s all about!

Dress: ModCloth / Jacket: Torrid (Similar)/ Bag: ModCloth / Shoes: Sperry (Similar) / Flower Crown: American Eagle Outfitters

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