Archives For fall

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!

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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.

Cardigans

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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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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_0494_FotordancereduxMaybe if I do a little dance, autumn will get here sooner. That’s how it works, right? Well, I can at least wear what I call my “hurry up fall” outfit. So far it hasn’t worked. Exhibit A:

916foggyclose_FotorreduxThat’s not some fancy filter I added in post-production; that’s straight up humidity on my lens. Don’t even get me started about what happens when I wear my glasses! I do like the Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds commercial effect. It’s somewhat flattering, don’t you think? No?

DSC_0418_FotorclosenofoxeditreduxThat’s better–loud and clear! What I really want to prove with this outfit is pin up style can still work as the temperatures cool off and even when you choose pants instead of skirts. Now, I’m not what you would call a retro purist. While I love polka dots and circle skirts, my jam is adding modern touches to those styles. Besides, my hair game won’t allow for beehives and victory rolls (which would be so much fun to learn how to do, but that’s another blog post).

DSC_0476_FotorwideshotreduxThese teal pants were a great find. Because I’m on the larger side plus sizes, I sometimes feel like I have to pick boring clothes for my bottom half due to the lack of variety on that end of the spectrum. Heck, many plus size retailers usually stop before they get to my size. It bums me out when I see cute clothes at certain places only going up to size 24. That why these pants were a wonderful surprise. You never know what you can find if you look a little bit harder!

DSC_0430_FotorshoeseditreduxI bought these shoes last fall, and they were totally neglected. I’m so glad I found a special outfit for them this year. Oh, and they’re still available and on sale!

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How are you all starting to incorporate fall pieces into your wardrobe? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Thanks for wandering over to my little area of the interwebs. Until next time, stay cool!

Top: Myrtlewood by ModCloth / Pants: Avenue / Shoes: Jessica London / Headscarf: ModCloth (similar in mustard)/ Flower Pin: Maurices / Necklace: Fossil

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