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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:

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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?

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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!

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DSC_1102one_FotoreditreduxHello, fashionable friends! Thanks for joining me again. Today, I’m wearing another retro-fabulous frock from ModCloth. The triangle print looks like a happy quilt, and I love that it has a homemade vibe. The dress even arrived smelling like a fabric store, and can’t we agree that’s a lovely scent? They should bottle that up! Anyway, this dress is from their Bea & Dot line which is always super cute. It’s also, at the time of this post, it’s on sale for 50% off! I did have the reoccurring issue of the dress being too large in the bust and in the straps, but I solved that issue with strategic safety-pinning, much like I did for this Bea & Dot dress from an earlier post, and the cardigan doesn’t hurt either. Once I’ve crossed the style challenge finish line, I plan to make a tutorial of no-sew ways to deal with clothes that don’t quite fit, so stay tuned!

DSC_1118three_FotoreditreduxOnce again, I’m wearing my Dahlia crinoline skirt from eShakti as a petticoat. I’ve worn it this way on day one of the challenge, and here I am wearing it as a skirt. I’m so glad it is available again. They also had it in a pretty bright red, but it mysteriously disappeared from their site. I never get too disheartened when something leaves eShakti because they have a tendency to bring items back. As you can see, I let the crinoline peak out from under the dress because I like the contrast with the dress’ fabric; however, I know many of you like to keep your petticoats out of sight. At eShakti, you can get the skirt customized to be shorter–or longer. This is all I own in the way of a petticoat, but I’ve been investigating my options on eBay where I’ve seen this one that looks promising. I’m waiting to see if they go lower in price.

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DSC_1112two_FotoreditreduxThis is a fun dress to add to my retro collection, and I can’t wait to find new ways to wear it!

Thanks to those of you who shared your boot-shopping tips in the comments of my last post. Now, what do you all know about plus size petticoats? Thank you all for helping me to stay stylish. I learn from the best!

Dress: ModCloth / Underskirt: eShakti / Cardigan: Old Navy (Similar)  / Shoes: Zappos (Similar) / Necklace: Icing (Similar) / Flower pin: Lane Bryant – Similar from Icing

 

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Hi, everyone! It’s been a while, and I missed you all. I hope you didn’t think I abandoned ship on the 30 Day Style Challenge–not when I’m so close to the finish line! Internet out in the sticks is spotty at best, so I’ve been without a reliable WiFi connection for a few days. I’ve still been taking pictures, and I have three new outfits to show you–and a knitting project, too!

Outfit #1: Spring-tober

outfit1collagereduxI’m gonna drop some philosophy; Albert Camus once said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Well, if Camus was talking about South Louisiana, he got it all wrong, or maybe nature here is more literal than existential. Right now we have plenty of actual flowers, as you can see behind me, in full bloom along with green grass, hummingbirds, and the like. Outfit #1 is very much inspired by these “fall” colors, and they *pop* being paired with black.

Sweater: ModCloth (Similar) / Camisole: Walmart / Necklace: Maurices / Skirt: Gwynnie Bee / Shoes: Jessica London

Outfit #2: I Made a Thing!

outfit2collagereduxI wore this outfit over the weekend when the weather got a bit cooler. I decided to transition my favorite spring dress using a new chambray top, tights, some oxfords, and a hand-knit cowl. I’ve been knitting a lot more lately, and I came up with the pattern for the cowl on the fly. For all who are yarnfully inclined, here’s how I made it:

First things first–the yarn I used is Manos del Uruguay’s Maxima in Chrysanthemum. I found it at my local yarn shop, McNeedles, but you can get it online here. I used a 16-inch, size 8 circular needle. Gauge for this project isn’t terribly important, but you do want it to go over your head and be a little slouchy around your neck. I cast on 125 stitches, but you can do more or less as long as you have an odd number. After casting on, place marker and join in round without twisting stitches and work in k1, p1 (seed stitch) for about an inch. When you reach the beginning of the next round, work in stockinette stitch (all knits) until you have enough yarn left to end with one final one-inch band of seed stitch. Bind off in pattern, weave in your ends, and you’re good to go! As you can tell by the picture, I’m wearing the cowl inside out. Any knitted garment can be reversible if you want it to be, *wink!*

Shirt: ModCloth / Dress: ModCloth / Tights: Avenue / Shoes: Jessica London


Outfit #3: When You Go-Go
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Loving ’60s fashion, I’ve wanted to try this ModCloth dress for a while. It’s offered in so many colors, I wasn’t sure which one to pick. One of my work friends has one in sea blue, and I’ve seen Angela from The Passionista wear it on her blog in lavender, and they both look so cute! I went with red because, why not? I also finally got a pair of black knee-high boots that fit! I’ve tried so many places over the last three years, it’s not funny, but these boots from Jessica London are stretchy and fit well over socks and leggings; however, I think I’d be pushing my luck to wear them over jeans or pants. Also, I went up one size larger than what I ordinarily buy from them.
Dress: ModCloth / Leggings: Torrid / Boots: Jessica London
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I hope you all enjoyed my outfit 3-fer today! I always love comments, so let me know what you think. Thanks bunches, and I’ll see ya tomorrow!

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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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 🙂

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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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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DSC_0710_FotorballerinaeditreduxSo maybe I’m not quite a ballerina, but I did wear heels…in grass! That takes coordination. The colors in this outfit are my favorite I’ve worn so far in the challenge. You know how people wear neutrals and add “pops” of color? Well, I feel like I’m wearing color with pops of black and white.

DSC_0714_FotorcropThe skirt is by Kiyonna from Gwynnie Bee and it took a couple of tries to make it work. I originally closeted a 5X, and it was extremely big. This one is a 4X, and it’s still kind of big in the waist, so I could have gone even smaller. Being the size I am, I habitually just go with the largest size most retailers offer, but I should have remembered to size down from my past experiences with Kiyonna since I do order from them often for dressy occasions. My advice, they make beautiful and elegant clothes, but measure yourself and check out the sizing chart before you order since you may need a smaller size than you usually get from other brands.

DSC_0703_FotorcloseupeditreduxThe candy colors in the necklace make me happy. The yellow beads look like lemon drops!

DSC_0712_FotorlookingdownreduxThis outfit added a lot of color to my Saturday. What colors do you wear to brighten your mood? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, keep it bright!

Skirt: Kiyonna for Gwynnie Bee / Top: Lane Bryant / Necklace: Maurices (bought in store)/ Earrings: FemmeDeBloom on Etsy / Shoes: Zappos

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DSC_0565_FotorfullskirteditreduxI’ve been itching to wear this Pinup Girl Clothing skirt in an outfit photo for a while! I’ve seen so many bloggers rock their Jenny skirts and dresses in their signature harlequin prints, and I wanted to join the fun! I chose the turquoise print, even though the white colorway also caught my eye; however, that one was only available up to 2X when I ordered (Plus size-ier, please?). I’m happy with my choice, though. I’ve had good experience with Jenny, as you can see from the dress I wore in this earlier post.

DSC_0592_FotormededitreduxI’ve had this jewel embellished top for a few years. Because my weight fluctuates, there were times it fit me like a tunic, but now it fits me like this. You have to adapt, right? I did get the this top from PUG in the same print as the skirt. It’s a bit small, tight in the arms and hips, but too big and low-cut in the bust. I kept it still. It has a zipper I can loosen in the back; I plan to wear it tucked in to the skirt and use fashion tape to fix everything up top. Together, the matching top and skirt look like a shirt dress which is way cute. The fabrics used in PUG’s house brands are high quality, but they can also be a bit heavy for warm days. I think I’ll wear both pieces together once the weather cools of.

DSC_0562_FotorfaceeditreduxOf course I had to add some retro makeup and earrings!

DSC_0598_FotorlasteditreduxLook at my shoes! They’re kitten heels, so I’m still standing! I bought them to be a bridesmaid in a wedding that has yet to happen. I was disappointed when the ankle straps were too small. At least they are removable, but since the shoes are a bit loose in the heels, I couldn’t do without anything around my ankles. In place of the straps, I used ribbon which worked out great! Now, I’m thinking how cute different types of ribbon would look with various outfits. Can you imagine wider polka dot ribbon tied in the back near the heel? Oh, the possibilities! Extra points if you can spot the doxie photo-bomb in the above picture!

How about you all? Have you ever had to adapt a certain item of clothing to “make it work?” Comment to tell me all about your fashion tips and tricks that would make Tim Gunn proud!

Thanks for reading, and stay stylin’!

Top: Lane Bryant (old) / Skirt: Pin Up Couture by Pin Up Girl Clothing / Belt: Lane Bryant / Shoes: Simply Be / Earrings: 2nd and Charles

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DSC_0540_Fotorfullredux Fashion inspiration can come from so many places: street style, nature, and, of course, celebrities! In my new series, “You’re a Star,” I pick celebs and build outfits around their signature styles, adding my own special twists. Keep in mind, I use the term “celebrity” quite broadly: anyone from mega-stars, living legends, cult classic icons, musicians, comedians, fictional characters, and I may even throw a guy or two into the mix. You can probably guess from the title whose style I’m stealing today:

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photo from Wikipedia

That’s right – it’s Ms. Audrey Hepburn! You may be wondering, “What’s with all the neon and animal print? Audrey never wore that.” The fun thing about celebrity style is you can start with a signature piece and add your own pizazz from there.

DSC_0534_FotormediumshotreduxWhen most people think of the classic star, they remember her little black dress a la Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I feel this LBD fits the bill, with a little something extra with the angular neckline.

DSC_0527_FotorglittereyereduxI also kept Audrey’s iconic cat eye, but the twist is a little bit of glitter eyeshadow just below my eyebrows. In case you’re wondering, the shadow is Urban Decay’s Moondust in Stargazer. I keep the sparkle going with luxe rhinestone cluster earrings.

DSC_0556_FotorfeetreduxThe animal prints on the bag and sandals are unexpected and, dare I say, ’80s influenced. Today is pretty gray, and I wanted to wear something to brighten things up.

DSC_0548_Fotorfull2reduxStar style often motivates me try something new when I’ve been stuck wearing the same old, same old. Which celebrities do you think have great fashion sense? Is there anyone whose style you’d like for me to try in an upcoming “You’re a Star?” Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by, superstars!

Dress: eShakti (similar in navy, customized to be sleeveless) / Shoes: Torrid / Clutch: Charming Charlie / Earrings: ModCloth

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