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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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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 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:

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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:

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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:

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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

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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

imwalkingherereduxI rarely wear heels in public. You know the saying, “practice makes perfect?” Well, I haven’t practiced wearing them very much mainly because with EE width feet, it’s difficult to find pairs of heels that are cute, comfortable, and will allow me to stay balanced while walking. I do wear heels occasionally for pictures on flat surfaces, but gravel is another story. For every picture like the one above, there’s one like this:

likewhoareduxThat was a close one! I did manage to stay on my feet, so no worries. Also, I’m beginning to embrace the rusty farm equipment near my house. It creates a nice atmosphere, don’t ya think?

mediumreduxMy dress is by Hell Bunny. I always giggle when I look the brand up online because auto-correct wants to change it to “He’ll Bunny.” Personally, I would go with “Heck Bunny,” but that’s just me. I’ve seen Hell Bunny dresses many places from Modcloth to Hot Topic; however, this one is from Gwynnie Bee. Full disclosure, the dress is not in perfect condition. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the first GB subscriber to wear it as the polka dots are slightly faded and there are imperfections on the print in inconspicuous places. I know many of you ladies shop at thrift stores, so I looked at the dress from that point of view, and I decided it was a keeper!

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In the spirit of walking on loose gravel in heels–what fashion risks have you taken recently? Thanks for stopping by and helping me find my balance!

Dress: Hell Bunny via Gwynnie Bee / Shoes: Payless / Necklace: Rue 21 / Earrings: Icing

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Poppy Picks!

June 19, 2014 — 1 Comment

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Am I celebrating my birthday a bit too early? The poppy is the flower for those of us born in August, and being an August baby myself, lately I’ve been gravitating toward poppy prints. I have great memories of my mom planting poppies for me as a kid–she also planted daffodils for my sister, born in March. This isn’t the first time I’ve worn poppies on the blog, and I keep finding more and more great poppy pieces! Not crazy about poppies? Remember this is a blog about developing your own personal style, and poppies just happen to be my thing. Think about your own favorite things when picking out clothes and accessories. Do you like astronomy? How about a dress in a galaxy print! Got a cute kitten at home? Try some cat-eye sunnies! You see what I mean! Nonetheless, I hope you like my poppy picks from around the web.

First, the outfit of the day:

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This is another fun Lucie Lu dress from Gwynnie Bee! I hoped that they would send me this one, and I’m so glad it worked. My sandals are from Torrid, and they’re a couple of years old. I had a tough time accessorizing this outfit, though, so I kept it simple…

 

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I decided to keep the accessories birthday-themed with both of my necklaces featuring my zodiac sign. Go LEO! The script necklace is from Shop Soul, and the constellation necklace is from Charming Charlie.

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Remember this outfit? This poppy skirt is still available at Modcloth! Here’s the original post for the rest of the outfit’s details.

 

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Of course we can’t talk about poppies without mentioning this classic Marimekko print. You can find on tons of fashion and home items in different colorways. You can even buy the fabric here!

Here are some sweet retro-inspired poppy print dresses:

–and this skirt!

Of course you need a purse! I’ve ordered from Queen Bee Creations a few times. Their bags are cute and durable!

I’ve also featured more of my poppy favorites on Pinterest including lots of amazing jewelry and artwork from Etsy sellers. I hope you enjoy! As for me, I’m off to see the wizard!

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Not too long ago, I posted an article about taking a break from shopping for a couple of months. That didn’t happen. I have, however, been more careful with my spending which was the goal in the first place, so…yay! I mentioned in that article trying out Gwynnie Bee. The best thing to compare them to is the snail mail version of Netflix, but instead of sending you DVDs, you get articles of clothing (ranging from sizes 10 – 32) from items you put in your virtual closet. You can wear what they send you until you’re bored with it and send it back, or if you love what you get, you can buy it at an extremely reduced price. The number of garments you have out at a time depends on which subscription plan you have, and right now they’re offering a free 30-day trial. I’m in the middle of my 2 garments at a time trial, to which they added and extra week because of reorganizing going on at their distribution center.

These were the first two dresses they sent me:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They didn’t work out. They looked cute on the site, but there were definite quality issues with both dresses. On the first one, the lining flipped out at the neck, and the shawl collar and drawstring belt on the second one looked sloppy. The material on both were not so great either, so they both went back. I was wondering if I should continue with the trial. The first two dresses were the same brand; however, I had experience with some of the other brands that GB offers, like Kiyonna, and knew that they are high-quality. I proceeded by removing all of the Spruce & Sage dresses from my closet, and I’ve had much better luck since!

IMG_2579I’ve actually bought three of the dresses they sent me, all by Lucie Lu, and the prices were great–especially since I’m still in the trial period. I will continue with the paid membership. I’m glad that if something doesn’t work, I can send it back, or if I love it, it can be mine!

Dress: Lucie Lu via Gwynnie Bee//Necklace: Charming Charlie//Shoes: Zappos