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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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I made it thirteen days in Clothe Your Curves’ 30 Day Style Challenge! While I did buy a few new things and didn’t completely follow the “shop your closet” aspect of the challenge, I did use some garments that had been buried in the back of my closet for a while. Before I show you lucky #13, check out my first twelve outfits. Follow the links in the captions to see the full outfit posts:

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1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

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7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12

 

Time flies, doesn’t it? And, here’s my outfit for today:

lookingdownreduxIt’s beginning to look a lot like fall even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet. I’ve been reluctant to wear this flower crown because I really want to try making one myself, and it still could happen. I love how this outfit is less matching and more “goes together,” and it’s casual and also a bit girly. The bag has been my everyday purse for a while. My mom calls it my school bag. It makes me feel like I’m a professor at a fancy British university.

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prettyshadowsreduxHere’s the dress without the jacket. I was a little worried about it when I ordered it because it has a high neckline, and I think those make me look like I have a short neck. That’s a weird thing to be insecure about, right? However, I was pleasantly surprised, and the slight scoop does the trick. I’ve seen other bloggers wear this dress in different prints, so I wanted to try it out. I picked this one because its one of the few ModCloth offers in a 4X. I hope they’re able to carry more sizes to the other ones in the future, especially the popsicle print! I would love that for next summer.

walkingreduxThanks for joining me on this little walk through outfits past and present. We’re in the middle of the journey, and that’s what it’s all about!

Dress: ModCloth / Jacket: Torrid (Similar)/ Bag: ModCloth / Shoes: Sperry (Similar) / Flower Crown: American Eagle Outfitters

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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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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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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

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Print mixing–I’ve seen many of my blogger friends do it before, and I tried it out in this previous post. While I’m not anti-matching, I feel having the option to mix it up can give you more versatility if you have a limited, or even not-so-limited, wardrobe. It’s long been my home decorating philosophy if nothing matches then it all goes together. Remember the chairs around Monica’s dinner table on Friends? If a “friend” went all WWF and smashed one of them, she may have lost a cute chair, but she didn’t have to worry that it broke up the set. Monica could just go to a thrift store and pick up a new one in whichever style she wanted. It’s so much fun to bring this idea to fashion. I really like how the polka dots on the chambray skirt are structured and traditional, but the spots on my blouse are just not having any of that. Speaking of the skirt, I feel it will become like a favorite pair of jeans, and I’ll wear it often. The shoes and purse don’t match either; in fact, the only things that match are my necklace and earrings.

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Dots, stripes, floral, or novelty: which prints do you like to mix? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, and don’t be afraid to mix it up!

Top and Skirt: ModCloth / Shoes: Zappos / Necklace and Earrings: Fossil / Purse: Thrifted from Goodwill / Glasses: Ray-Ban

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This past weekend at work, we had our own mini version of Comic-Con, so of course I had to cosplay! You don’t have to ask a magic mirror to figure out who I decided to be. This Pin Up Girl Clothing dress with print by Stephanie Buscema was quite the inspiration for the whole outfit. I love the illustrator’s “atomic” take on the Snow White story. The second most exciting thing about this outfit, for me at least, are the shoes! After looking for what feels like forever, I finally found some red flats! They’re from Jessica London, and with those sweet little bows, were worth the wait. I had to hit up the craft store for everything else! The necklace, pendant, bandana, and even the apple are all from Hobby Lobby.

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So, do you want a bite? (But, seriously, don’t eat that.)

July Modcloth Haul

July 23, 2014 — 4 Comments

When I began this little blogging adventure, I thought I’d be sharing my own static ideas about style and fashion. I had no idea through blogging, shopping new places, and following other bloggers that my style would change, and I couldn’t be happier! While my jeans and leggings aren’t quite a thing of the past, I’m now more often choosing dresses, dresses, and more dresses! Blame it on seeing all of the fabulous dress-wearing ladies on blogs and on Instagram, having a better idea of where cute, retro dresses are available in my size, or trying to deal in the hot Louisiana weather. Needless to say, when Modcloth announced their 50% off sale, I was all about it. I was also notified that many of my wishlist items were part of the sale. It was so nice, I had to order twice! Check out the following video showing all the great clothes I scored for half-price:

The good news is the sale is still going on. The bad news is that certain items are going out of stock or are now only available in certain sizes. Do you recognize a couple of the dresses? It’s because I featured them in my Poppy Picks post. Well, they’re mine now! Hooray!

Here are links to the items I featured on the video:

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Order #1: L-R: ONE// TWO// THREE// FOUR

Order #2: L-R: ONE//TWO//THREE

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I’ve already starting taking outfit pics in some of these garments, and I can’t wait to show them off. I’m also excited about how some of these pieces will transition from summer to fall. I have a million ideas for that romper!

What was the last time you scored big on a great sale? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my video. P.S. There are new and exciting things coming soon to the blog, so stay tuned! See ya next time!

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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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!