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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

Try Again

June 2, 2014 — 2 Comments

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Does this dress look familiar? I’ve worn it on the blog before, as a skirt, here. Kinda blah, right? Honestly this convertible dress/skirt from Kiyonna has been sort of a problem child from the get-go. I originally ordered it a size bigger, but had to send it back. My waist is obviously much bigger than my bust, so it worked as a skirt, but as a dress, not so much. The problem didn’t completely resolve itself with the smaller size, but I was able to make it work by pinning it to my bra. I love the above outfit much more than my first go-round which goes to show some pieces of clothes deserve another chance!

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I have been in the market for a denim vest for a couple of years now, and until I came across this one from Lane Bryant, I had a tough time finding one I liked. I decided to dress up this casual outfit with gold accessories, like this fox necklace and earring set from Fossil and this vintage brooch from Femme DeBloom’s Etsy shop.

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Even my shoes are gold, and I love the bling on the heel! They’re from Jessica London.

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I took these pictures last week right before we had tons and tons of rain. There’s still stormy weather in the forecast. Looks like I gotta get more creative with taking indoor outfit picks! Thanks for stopping by!

 

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When the lovely people at Modcloth gave me a gift card for their Spring-Time to Shine contest, I knew exactly which dress from my wishlist I wanted to buy with it! I’m new to the glasses club, only having worn them for a couple of years now, and I feel like the Clear as Day Off dress is the perfect way to make a spectacle of myself (haha). I kept this outfit simple, only adding a Lane Bryant belt and some black flats from Zappos. I feel like I’m channeling my inner Enid from Ghost World.

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Now is a good time to mention two of my new Pinterest boards! On my Oh, So Close! board, I pin similar items to the ones I wear on the blog that are no longer available. Also, I have my Great Gals Dress Alike board where I search the web for fashionistas who are wearing some of the same things I wear here. Check out all of my boards to see what I’m obsessing about on a daily basis. As always, thanks for stopping by!

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Make Me A Mixtape

May 19, 2014 — 3 Comments

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Top: Lane Bryant//Skirt: H&M//Flats: Simply Be//Earrings: Modcloth//Necklace: Jaeci @ Shop Soul

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May 8, 2014 — 5 Comments

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I didn’t get a lot of good full-outfit photos of this dress mainly because my bra strap kept making an appearance. If you’re good at Where’s Waldo?, you may even spot it a few times…

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IMG_1901 copy 2I had some fun with my make-up. Teal eyeliner and bright orange-red lips!

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I got these shoes from Torrid a few years ago. I haven’t worn them much, but they’re so cute that I can’t part with them. Maybe they were waiting for this dress…

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This Lane Bryant dress was one of my first attempts of wearing white, and I love the summery look! Also, another Where’s Waldo challenge–can you spot the farm equipment in the background? See ya next time!

Maxi-mum Stripes!

April 22, 2014 — 2 Comments

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Black and white stripes! With a pop of color! Again! If it ain’t broke…

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Dress: Torrid, Sandals: Lane Bryant, Necklace: Charming Charlie

Jeans: Torrid//Gingham dress: Modcloth//Top and skirt set: eShakti

Jeans: Torrid//Gingham dress: Modcloth//Top and skirt set: eShakti

Also, don’t forget to vote in the poll from my last post! I’ll wear your dare! I’ll tally the votes Saturday. Looks like Bare Midriff is winning so far…eeep!

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?

 

 

The legal stuff: I am a sales associate at 2nd and Charles and a long-time employee of Books-A-Million, Inc. While I am doing this post on my own time with no extra compensation and the ideas and thoughts expressed in this post remain my own, they do give me a paycheck. I just thought you guys should know that.

Now, let’s have fun!

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So, someone should tell Justin we have his records…just kidding! Here I am at my home away from home. I work in the Vinyl department of 2nd and Charles in Covington, LA, a magical place for nerds…um, I mean “hobbists,” of all types. Books, music, comics, video games, and tons of other stuff–we got it! However, my little vinyl babies hold a special place in my heart, as you can tell by my dress from Modcloth and my colored, etched copy of Warpaint‘s self-titled double album. And I’m not just flashing the record because it matches the dress, by the way. They are a great band you should definitely check out. “Disco//very” is my jam right now.

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Saturday, April 19th is a super-special day for record stores and a great day to check out your local vinyl retailer. As for us at 2NC Covington, we’re hosting our Get in the Groove event where we’ll have local bands, prizes, and artist, Justin Lacoste, who makes jewelry and other neat things out of records! Check out his Facebook page and all the cool stuff he makes here.

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Speaking of crafting from records, here’s our DIY which I call the Galaxy and Gold Tri-Pick Necklace! Instead of using the vinyl itself, I decided to use the album cover, and I found a winner in our $2 bin:

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I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore. That’s another band. I didn’t just pick this album because “Hold the Line” is awesome (which it is, but that’s beside the point). You know how galaxy print is hot these days? Boom! Toto were truly trailblazers in more ways than one!

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Punch out your picks using the Pick Punch. I punched out more than I needed, so I could choose the best ones. Punch a small hole near the top of each one. That’s where you’ll attach your pick to the chain with a jump ring. Before you do that, paint a couple of layers of Mod Podge on each pick. Once they’re dry, measure out a length of gold chain to fit your neck. Evenly space your three picks and use the jump rings attach them to the chain. Add your clasp, and…

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Tada! You’re ready to rock! Quick tip–make sure your record isn’t super valuable or collectable before you craft with it. That would make us vinyl geeks cry.

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We have time for another outfit, right? This headphones t-shirt comes from Lane Bryant, who has been coming out with some great graphic tees lately. Check out this new one I saw today with DJ Kitty! The black maxi-skirt is also from Lane Bryant, and my shoes (if you can see them) are from Vans.

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The actual headphones on my head are Audacity Quilted Rebel Headphones, and I got them from 2NC!

IMG_1476There you have it! Don’t forget to score some great vinyl at your local record store this Saturday, and if you’re in Covington, drop by 2nd and Charles for what’s sure to be a fun day!