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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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fullhaton2_FotorreduxCheck out the title of this post–I don’t think there’s a better way to describe this skirt. It’s the same one from Day 1 of the challenge. Sometimes it’s a petticoat, others it’s the star of the show. The skirt isn’t the only garment I’m wearing today that can do double duty. See my top? It’s really a dress. The bottom half is a no-fuss, a-line silhouette, perfect for layering without adding too much extra bulk. Who wants that under a skirt that already super full? You just might see this rest of this dress in all of its streamlined glory in a future outfit post.

medshotkeep_FotorreduxI’m also wearing a hat because I’m a classy lady.

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What are the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, stay classy, fashionistas!

Skirt: eShakti / Dress: Cherry Velvet via Gwynnie Bee /Necklace: ModCloth / Hat: Calvin Klein from Ross / Shoes: Jessica London

 

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Well, look who’s back! I know it’s been a while, but I hope you like what you see. Check out my site’s new look! My good friend, fellow belly dancer, and future roomie, Kristi designed the title banner above as well as some nice business cards and graphics to use on social media. If you’re looking for a graphic designer, she’s your girl! Check out her work on her Facebook page. I’ll also be taking some (hopefully) better pictures with my new DSLR camera. I’m still learning how to use it, and I’m waiting for my Dummies book to arrive, so hang in there with me while I figure it all out. I’ve also updated my About and Where to Shop pages, so take a look at those for some extra info.

What’s been going on since I last posted? I decided to resign my job at 2nd and Charles. The main reason was money out was exceeding money in with work expenses, and I want to pursue work more aligned with my education and experience in writing, PR, and broadcasting–something in the marketing field, perhaps, though I’m open to other things. I live in a rural area and the commute on a retail salary was a bit much in fuel and other costs, but I will miss seeing my friends, former co-workers, and of course, the records and books, on a daily basis. It’s been a great nine years with Books-A-Million, Inc.

 

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In sadder news, I lost a buddy of mine. Our oldest family dog, Scooter passed due to cancer. He showed up at my parents house as a very small puppy while I was still living in San Antonio, and I moved home shortly after. He had a happy eleven years living in the country, and I’ll miss him bunches.

 

Photo from pandoriumbellydance.com

Photo from pandoriumbellydance.com

I’ve been gearing up for my first Renaissance faire as a belly dancer! My friend and teacher, Jacquie (above in burgundy, Kristi is on the right in green) runs Pandorium Belly Dance, and has been teaching me all kinds of cool dance moves and neat tricks, such as balancing a scimitar (sword) on my head and learning to play the zils (finger cymbals). All the dancers have been practicing really hard for the faire in November. Look forward to more Ren Faire inspired posts, and if you want to find out more about all the happenings at the Louisiana Renaissance Faire, check out their webpage here.

 

0909StyleGalleryIt’s outfit time! I’ve decided to join my blogging buddy, Lei-Loni of Clothe Your Curves, in her 30 Day Style Challenge. She’s on day 15, which means she’s halfway there! While she’s challenging herself to do posts using only what’s currently in her closet, I’ve decided to simply to do an outfit post everyday because I’m only human and can’t resist picking up something new for that long; however, I do anticipate using mostly what I already own “because unemployment.” I’m happy I’m taking the challenge this time of year because of how I hope the weather will change in my neck of the woods. It still feels like summer here in Louisiana, but on day thirty it will be mid-October, and we should be seeing and feeling autumn. I think it will be neat to see how my wardrobe will transition to cooler temperatures day-by-day. I can’t wait for cardigan weather!

skirt edit2I’ve been itching to do an outfit post in this dress ever since I made my ModHaul video. It is a Bernie Dexter, and a while back I almost pulled a Cher Horowitz since I’m new to the world of retro-style dresses and said “he” is such a great designer. Turns out Bernie is a she, a gorgeous pin up model, and she makes some great dresses! Unfortunately, most of what I find by Bernie only goes up to size 2XL, but I was super lucky to find this one from ModCloth in 4X on sale before it went away. As you all know, I love a poppy print! I hesitate to call my under-skirt,
eShakti Women’s Dahlia crinoline
, a petticoat because it actually is meant to be a tulle skirt on its own. (Shoes: Zappos; Bracelet: Cato Fashions)

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Do you want to see how some other fashionistas rocked this dress? Check out my “Great Gals Dress Alike” board on Pinterest. Also, I’ll be pinning similar items to the ones I’m wearing if they’re no longer available. Thank you for stopping by! I look forward to fun things here at Super Style Me and in my life, and I’d love for you all to join me for the ride!

What are you all most excited about for fall fashion? Leave me a comment!

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Dare to Bare!

May 27, 2014 — 10 Comments

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You dared; I bared! Well, just a little bit. In my Triple Style Dare post, I asked you which fashion-forward trend I should try, and you picked bare midriff! And, to show I’m a woman of my word, here’s the outfit with a little missin’ in the middle:

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This eShakti top and skirt set arrived just in time for some Memorial Day pics, and the weather felt every bit like a summer day. Please excuse me if I glow a bit more in outfit photos over the next few months–the heat in Louisiana is pretty brutal. Anyway, since eShakti allows you to tweek certain aspects of their clothes when you order, I decided to add a cap sleeve to the top; however, while I do like the custom fit of the outfit, I don’t think I’ll be wearing the top much. Because it isn’t fitted under the bust, I show a lot more than my midriff when I raise my arms, if you know what I mean–so, no high-fives, okay?  I do anticipate wearing the navy skirt often as it goes with many things in my closet, and it was main reason I decided to buy this particular outfit.

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I love the rose tones in the necklace and earrings from Charming Charlie. A chunky statement necklace is perfect for such a simple neckline. I decided on neutral flats from Zappos because I didn’t want the shoes to compete with the rest of the look.

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So, I guess I’m not a chicken! Maybe I’ll actually show my belly at my belly dance performance next week…stay tuned!

 

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May 14, 2014 — 2 Comments

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Dress: eShakti (Different color; customized to be sleeveless)//Bracelet: Charming Charlie//Necklace and Earring Set: Charming Charlie//Sandals: Torrid (old)

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When I saw this dress on eShakti, it reminded me of one of my favorite fashion lines from my teen years, X-Girl. Being an indie/alt-rock music lover, of course I loved the style of the brand co-founded by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and the fact that it was the sister company of X-Large, often sported by the Beastie Boys. Here’s more information about X-Girl in an article from Teen Vogue, including a vintage clip from House of Style at an X-Girl fashion show–P.S. Sophia Coppola and Spike Jonze make a cameo appearance. I totally coveted the turquoise and lime green ringer dress in the video! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to fit in their clothes back then, but twenty years later, I feel like I got the next best thing with this a-line dress–customized to my measurements , and I even specified for them to add a cap sleeve. I can’t wait for X-Girl to make their comeback for a whole new generation to rock their style!

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What’s more ’90s than a pair of Vans? If this picture looks unnatural, it’s because I don’t do running…

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IMG_1829Love these anatomical heart earrings from Australian-designer, Jumbly-Umph! They have great tattoo-inspired jewelry and accessories. I found them locally in Covington, LA at Shop Soul. Rey always has such cool and eclectic stuff!

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Of course, since I’m in the ’90s mood, I had to include the obligatory high school portrait pose of leaning against a tree for no apparent reason. Peace out from the Class of ’97!

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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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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.

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?

 

 

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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Naturally Neon

March 16, 2014 — 1 Comment

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Who has a new favorite dress? This girl! I was going to share this dress on an upcoming video I’m planning to make on custom-fit fashion, but I just couldn’t wait! It’s from eShakti, and they make dresses according to your measurements for just about every size from super tiny to size 36. I got three spring dresses from them, and I’m very pleased. They all fit! In fact, I usually stay away from sheath or super form-fitting dresses because the proportions are never right for me with my boobs to hips ratio, but they got it right. The prices are affordable, too, compared to the plus-sized places I usually shop, and I know I’d rather spend my money on something that fits perfectly. I gravitated to this particular dress because with the silhouette and neon green color, it scared me a little bit. I knew I had nothing like it in my closet, so I decided to take a chance. I love the sixties look, and I’m ready to join the Mod Squad!

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