Archives For A Case of the Fridays

Don’t let the title of this post freak you out. I’m not ready either; however, shipping deadlines for online orders are creeping up faster than you can say, “Boo!” Here are some retailers that offer plus sizes so you can scare up the perfect costume!

Pinup Girl Clothing

Whether your Halloween style is princess or psycho-billy, Pinup Girl Clothing has you covered. I wore their Jenny dress in their exclusive Steph Buscema designed Snow White print, also offered in a skirt, for a cosplay this past summer. They have an entire fairytale collection as well as dresses and accessories  that’ll make you feel like a ’50s horror movie vixen. They best part, their clothes aren’t really costumes, so if you style them a bit differently, you have something nice to wear for a dressy occasion. Here are some of my favorite Halloween-friendly items from PUG:

1 / 2 / 3 / 4

1 / 2 / 3 / 4

 

Torrid

First, the bad news. Most of the costumes in Torrid’s Halloween shop are out of stock or close to it. The good news, if you’re looking for anything black or with a skull on it anytime of year, they’re the place to go!  Also, they have a collection inspired by the movie, The Book of Life, so not only will you be ready for Halloween, but you’ll be all set for Day of the Dead, too! Check out my Torrid faves, and can’t we all agree that the “LA” in #8 stands for Louisiana?

5 / 6 / 7 / 8

5 / 6 / 7 / 8

 

ModCloth

ModCloth can’t be beat if you want to add some retro style to your fright night. They have plenty of spooky finds in their Halloween shop, but if you’re creative, you can spin almost anything they sell into a killer costume. In fact, their blog offers some great tips on how to create your own Halloween “Non-Costume.” I just love their Lucille Ball-inspired look in the post! Also, they have creepy home decor to make your place party ready. To sort of quote The Shining…”Heeeeeere’s ModCloth!”

Those are my lucky 13 Halloween picks. Remember as the big night gets closer, it will be frighteningly difficult to get deliveries on time, so be sure to check shipping policies for wherever you order. Some places are still offering delivery by Halloween with their standard shipping rates, but not for much longer. No matter what, I hope everyone has a spook-tacular night. Trick-or-Treat!

IMG_3381

 

Advertisements

fulleditreduxcrop

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.

Cardigans

1 / 2 / 3

1 / 2 / 3

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

jackets

4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

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

wintercoats

9 / 10 / 11 / 12

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

Follow me on Instagram: @superstylemeblog

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!

JESSICA LONDON

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 never fit my feet in a million years. Many of the styles I’ve bought from Jessica London have come pretty close to looking like B.A.I.T.s, and are very complimentary to my ’50s and ’60s-inspired dresses. Is retro not your thing? They have an excellent variety of styles, a vast majority in up to a WW width. I’ve always been quite pleased with their Comfortview brand. Here are some more of my favorite flats and wedges from Jessica London:

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

ZAPPOS

Zappos was always my go to for utilitarian shoes. When I needed a plain-Jane black flat, I went to Zappos. Now, I’m glad to say, they’ve been stocking a variety of fashionably unique shoes while still being the place to go for basics. Also, their customer service is amazing, and I’m always impressed with how quickly their products land on my doorstep. Sometimes I think they ship them before I place my order! Here are the best extra-wide flats from Zappos:

7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12

7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12

SIMPLY BE This British company is new on my radar, and they offer they best variety of widths out of the bunch in E, EEE, and some in EEEEE. I know we’re talking flats here, but also check out their wide-calf boots. While some retailers just say their boots are wide-calf and leave it at that, Simply Be offers many in different calf circumferences and are specific with the measurements of each. Anyway, back to flats and a few tips for shopping Simple Be’s shoe department. While they don’t carry a size 12, I usually order a 11EEE and it runs a bit big for me. It hasn’t been overly big enough for me to size down, but if you are a 12, give an 11 a shot as it might work for you. If you’re shopping online, they list each shoe at each width as a separate item, so if you see a shoe you like and it’s not the correct width, either keep looking or search by the name of the shoe. Here are some fabulous flats from Simply Be, linking to the EEE width:

13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18

13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18

There you have it! I’m happy to see the variety and choices for what’s available this season, and I hope this post helped you out if you have problems finding the correct fit like I did. Now, I’m ready to strut my stuff in my fancy flats! DSC_0643_Fotorfulleditredux What are your favorite places to shop for wide and extra wide width shoes? Help a girl out, and let me know in the comments! Dress: Cherry Velvet via Gwynnie Bee / Belt: Lane Bryant / Leggings: Torrid / Necklace: PacSun (old, spray painted by me) / Shoes: Jessica London

Instagram / Pinterest

full

I only have one favorite Friday pick, but it’s totally worth having the spotlight. Recently, ModCloth announced their #FASHIONTRUTH campaign where they pledged offer clothes in a full range of sizes and use models that are representative of their customers, presented in a realistic way. To see co-founder Susan Koger speak about their commitment, view the video here. Since the campaign was announced, many bloggers have contributed their own #FASHIONTRUTH. Here’s mine:

I remember shopping at Lane Bryant for the first time in seventh grade. My mom bought me a brightly striped ribbed t-shirt and matching purple knee-length shorts. I had been “fat” since age 8, and I knew I was because many of the other kids told me. From that time until the time I found that LB outfit, I didn’t have so much as a pair of jeans resembling anything my friends wore. When I wore my new get-up to school, one of the other kids, a guy, in fact, commented, “You’re wearing Union Bay.” Most of the kids in my class wore Union Bay. I told him I wasn’t, but he didn’t believe me. I felt like I somehow accomplished a small victory.

midredux

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not preaching conformity, but for the first time I felt like I had the option to conform. We all should have the choice to conform or to stand out as we please. Look at me in this post; I’m a grown woman wearing a dinosaur dress. Nuff said. I spent most of my teen years shopping almost exclusively at Lane Bryant (and sometimes Avenue and Ashley Stewart). I was finding great basics and stylish clothes like I never had before; however, the drawback was with such a limited amount of plus size retailers, there was no variety. Basically, if LB didn’t have what I wanted one season, it was safe to say no one else did either. Things have definitely gotten much better.

fullredux

I know I look like the farthest thing from a punk, but a while back I read the book Our Band Could Be Your Life profiling the punk and alternative rock scene of the ’80s. The title of the book quotes Mike Watt of the Minutemen. The statement signifies a DIY work ethic that the band brought to their music. Now, I can’t say that I’m totally DIY save for crafting a few accessories here and there, and I obviously didn’t sew the clothes on my back or cobble my shoes. The punk scene arose because many young people felt underrepresented; and it was revolutionary because a person could learn three chords on a guitar, gather a few friends, and start a band. Fashion bloggers have their own three C’s: cameras, clothes, and computers. If you’re sick of seeing clothes on models that don’t even look like themselves in real life or hearing fashion commentary from those who chastise people resembling you, take those three things and represent yourself. I guarantee you’ll find like-minded real people from all walks of life.

full2redux

That’s my #FASHIONTRUTH. What’s yours?

Dress: ModCloth (No longer available)/ Belt: Lane Bryant / Shoes: Zappos / Necklace and Earring Set: Delia’s

Yep. It’s my birthday! I have no big plans for today other than to take it easy, which is a-okay with me. I tend to do all of my partying on so-called ordinary days, and it’s usually impromptu and for no reason at all. I might eat cake, though. Haha, “might”–that’s funny. Anyhoo, here are some things that currently put me in a celebratory mood:

Fashion

 

Susan Gregg Koger of Modcloth and Fashion Blogger, Nicolette Mason (picture from nicolettemason.com)

Susan Gregg Koger of ModCloth and Fashion Blogger, Nicolette Mason
(picture from nicolettemason.com)

I know they announced this a while back, but I’m so stoked about the ModCloth/Nicolette Mason collab, I can’t wait until Rocktober! Go to Nicolette’s blog to see all of the cute dresses, skirts, and tops–and you gotta check out the pink trench coat! Go look now! C’mon…I’ll wait.

.

Cool! You’re back! Neat, right?

Beauty

thebeautydepartment.com-confetti-liner

You can’t have a birthday without a little confetti! Just when I was getting the hang of the cat-eye, the Beauty Department steps it up with this tutorial. Maybe it’s the perfect excuse to try those colorful Lime Crime liners I’ve been eye-ing.

Fragrance

Coach Poppy Blossom coach.com

Coach Poppy Blossom
coach.com

I’ve made no secrets that poppies are my jam. Why not smell like a poppy? Coach’s Poppy fragrances are lovely in every incarnation. I got a bottle as a Christmas gift, and I’m still in love.

Books

To be honest, I was unaware of Nasty Gal before I started blogging. When I saw this book cover popping up here and there all over Instagram, I was #curious. I’m in the middle of reading #GIRLBOSS right now, and so far it’s #AWESOME! Sophia, a once self-professed “crust punk,” built her own fashion empire with some vintage clothes, hard work, and street smarts. Part motivational, part cautionary tale, this book proves you don’t have to be perfect to be successful. Like it or not, birthdays are reflective, and lately I’m finding myself at a crossroads in the best way possible. After going through a some not-so-fun years, following my gut to pursue blogging has been a wonderful education that I’ve been able to bring into other aspects of my life, including doing some fun stuff at my day job where I’m dabbling more and more in social media and marketing–which I would have been pretty ill-informed about had I not messed up at previous jobs only try it again for Super Style Me. It seems strange to call someone even younger than I am wise, but Sophia is that and more. Her story and advice help me feel I’m going in the right direction with this new venture. There’s much to learn, but that’s okay. I’ll figure it out just as she did. And, every bad experience, bad decision, and bad day just bring you one step closer to something much, much better.

Music

I included this album on my birthday favorites because it contains so many hidden “presents,” but don’t take it from me–here’s a video from Jack to tell you all about it:

So cool! Here’s my own low-quality video of the locked groove and angel hologram. Yes, the angel is upside-down. She’s break-dancing:

P.S. The music is actually good! You didn’t think they’d put in all these bells and whistles and forget about the songs? If you did, you don’t know Jack 😉

 

And this:

I’m so glad this is back in stock today and in my size, but, really, dinosaur print on my birthday? That’s not nice, ModCloth!

 

Thanks to you all for stopping by! Celebrate anything you want today!

DSC_0773

Hi, there! Today I decided to keep my Friday feature short and sweet by introducing you to a favorite blogger of mine. Angela, also known as the Passionista, is an Ohio-based, Vespa-riding fashion student. She showcases cute casual and dressy outfits as well as practical beauty tips–like how does one stylishly deal with “helmet hair.” Her last post even has a cool t-shirt DIY that I’m definitely going to have to try! We’ve become blogging buddies through Instagram, and I’ve had a great time getting to know her and seeing all the wonderful outfits she puts together.

You can see all of Angela’s adventures here at The Passionista, and check out my guest post there starting next Monday!

Welcome to something new on Super Style Me! In “A Case of the Fridays,” I’ll feature what I’m into nowadays whether it be fashion, beauty, or entertainment-related. I’ve seen many-a-blogger do Friday favorites, and I’m joining the club! I’ll provide the links here, but also check out my Pinterest and YouTube channel for all that tickles my Friday fancy!

Fashion

Although we’re still in the dead-middle of summer in South Louisiana, fashion-wise I’m fast-forwarding to fall. While things are improving by leaps and bounds for plus size fashion, there are still garments I have a difficult time finding, namely coats and heavier jackets. My big mistake is I wait too long. I’m learning I have to act fast on season-specific items (swimwear also falls into this category) to get something I like and not have to make do with the frumpy leftovers. I love the above Myrtlewood trench by Modcloth, and I know I’m going to have to order it soon to make sure I get one!

 

Jenny, Jenny!

 

I recently ordered a Jenny dress and skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing, and I’m in love! The fit is perfect, and I’m wearing the dress in a novelty print to do a cosplay at work tomorrow. Because of the price and high-quality, Jenny is clearly an investment piece which is why I’m considering ordering one dress in a solid color in order to get a lot of wear out of it. Maybe they’ll make one soon in red…(hint! hint!)

Beauty

Chocolate eyeshadow. I could stop there, right? This sweet-smelling Too Faced palette actually contains cocoa powder. It is surprisingly versatile, too. It’s full of neutral colors with a touch of purple. I got it a couple of months ago, and I find myself wearing it everyday.

 

Blogs

Flock Together: These ladies take swapping clothes with friends to the next level. Everyone in the group has their own individual fashion blog, and by the magic of the postal service, they trade clothes cross-country so you get several takes on the same garment. Ingenious idea! I’d love to develop a plus sized version of this…any takers? I included no pics of this blog because I want you to go to there already!

 

Books

Hey! It’s that guy! You know, Ryan from The Office. If you’ve been wondering what he’s been doing since, check out this collection of stories. Some are funny, some are heart-felt, and many are both. Newsflash: he’s smart. Like, Harvard smart–probably because he went there. I must admit, I didn’t actually “read” this one. I listened to it on audiobook during a long road trip to South Carolina. I do recommend listening to humorous books, especially when they’re read by the author, because it feels like sharing stories and laughing with a good friend. Thanks for keeping me company, dude!

 

Television

Later…with Jools Holland

Ever wanted to get your favorite bands and musicians and put them together in one room? This BBC show does just that! Each show has a line-up to rival any summer music festival. I always wonder how they do it. They’ll have someone legendary like Paul McCartney, then a hip group like Vampire Weekend, followed by an up-and-comer like Little Dragon. I always go all fangirl when I watch it. And, as you see in the above video with Jack White, Jools, who was a member of the British band Squeeze (one of my ’80s faves), plays a little bit, too. Catch Later…with Jools Holland in ‘Merica on the Palladia channel.

 

Music

St. Vincent: I think I’m late to realizing how awesome she is. She has several albums out already, and her new self-titled one is the first I’ve heard. She’s even made an album with David Byrne that I need to check out. Time to catch up!

 

Phantogram: This is one of my favorite new bands! Their second album, Voices, came out not too long ago, but this is a track from their first one.

 

I hope my picks put you in a Friday kind of mood! If you’d like to share some of your favorite things, leave me a comment!

See ya later!