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Don’t let the title of this post freak you out. I’m not ready either; however, shipping deadlines for online orders are creeping up faster than you can say, “Boo!” Here are some retailers that offer plus sizes so you can scare up the perfect costume!

Pinup Girl Clothing

Whether your Halloween style is princess or psycho-billy, Pinup Girl Clothing has you covered. I wore their Jenny dress in their exclusive Steph Buscema designed Snow White print, also offered in a skirt, for a cosplay this past summer. They have an entire fairytale collection as well as dresses and accessories  that’ll make you feel like a ’50s horror movie vixen. They best part, their clothes aren’t really costumes, so if you style them a bit differently, you have something nice to wear for a dressy occasion. Here are some of my favorite Halloween-friendly items from PUG:

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Torrid

First, the bad news. Most of the costumes in Torrid’s Halloween shop are out of stock or close to it. The good news, if you’re looking for anything black or with a skull on it anytime of year, they’re the place to go!  Also, they have a collection inspired by the movie, The Book of Life, so not only will you be ready for Halloween, but you’ll be all set for Day of the Dead, too! Check out my Torrid faves, and can’t we all agree that the “LA” in #8 stands for Louisiana?

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ModCloth

ModCloth can’t be beat if you want to add some retro style to your fright night. They have plenty of spooky finds in their Halloween shop, but if you’re creative, you can spin almost anything they sell into a killer costume. In fact, their blog offers some great tips on how to create your own Halloween “Non-Costume.” I just love their Lucille Ball-inspired look in the post! Also, they have creepy home decor to make your place party ready. To sort of quote The Shining…”Heeeeeere’s ModCloth!”

Those are my lucky 13 Halloween picks. Remember as the big night gets closer, it will be frighteningly difficult to get deliveries on time, so be sure to check shipping policies for wherever you order. Some places are still offering delivery by Halloween with their standard shipping rates, but not for much longer. No matter what, I hope everyone has a spook-tacular night. Trick-or-Treat!

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DSC_1148two_FotoreditreduxNow, this is how I like to dress for fall! “Stretchy” clothes have come a long way since I’ve been a kid. In the old days, things that were stretchy were usually baggy, shapeless, and just for lounging around. Now, stretch blends actually help clothes, like jeans, hold their shape, and dressy even skirts and blazers are being made in higher quality knits. Today’s outfit is my ode to stretchiness. Even the vest has a little bit of give, but the amazing finds here are the skirt and tights. I’m not sure if the skirt’s material would be considered “scuba,” but it’s made of of a swimwear-type material with a bit of sheen. The actual color is a bit darker than in the pictures. The skirt is great in this casual outfit, but I’m looking forward to dressing it up one day.

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DSC_1161five_FotoreditreduxAlso, I’m finally glad I found some good tights! I’ve wasted so much money on ill-fitting hosiery lately, even when ordering carefully according to size charts, which, by the way, are just plain weird. I’m not really sure how someone’s “weight” vs. height can determine fit being that weight is a determination of gravity and not always indicative of the amount of space someone takes up. Wouldn’t hip, waist, or thigh measurements along with height make more sense? Anyway, I finally got these tights from Jessica London along with a few other pairs, and they worked!

My advice for ordering tights is don’t let the sizing scare you. Your hosiery size will be either be a bigger number than you’re accustomed to, or it will be a random-looking letter size. (What’s a size Q?) While clothing sizes vary from shop to shop anyway, hosiery sizes are a different animal because they’re making allowances for stretch both horizontally and vertically. These tights are a 6X. While your friendly neighborhood fashion blogger is getting better at the whole body-positivity thing, I was admittedly a little freaked out. In the end, though, I’m happy that they fit and am currently so over what the number is.

DSC_1154four_FotoreditreduxAs for their design, I think these tights are really cute, but what you might not be able to see (maybe just a little bit in the above picture) because of the length of the skirt is that they’re double patterned. From the foot to just over the knee, they’re lace, but above that, there’s a band of a diamond pattern. In smaller sizes, I’ve seen tights that mimic over the knee socks and my tights have the same idea. I want to try these out with a skirt or dress that’s slightly shorter to show them off a little more.

How about you all? How have you stretched your wardrobe this fall? Let me know in the comments, and thank you for visiting me today!

Top: Lane Bryant / Vest: Lane Bryant (Similar from Torrid) / Skirt: ModCloth / Tights: Jessica London / Boots: Jessica London / Necklace: Maurices

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DSC_1063yes_FotoreditreduxYesterday was a happy day. My Nicolette Mason for ModCloth order showed up at my door, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled! I picked three pieces, two of which I’m wearing in this outfit. Check out this video of Nicolette and her “girl gang” of fashion bloggers modeling some great outfits from the collection. While I’m drooling over the party dresses, I decided to choose pieces that I would wear the most often. And, of course, I had to get this coat.

DSC_1068yes_FotoreditreduxSince I started shopping at ModCloth, my wardrobe is starting to fill up with retro clothing. Before then, retro really wasn’t an option for me because I couldn’t find anything of that style in my size. I’m so glad they along with Pin Up Girl Clothing and Gwynnie Bee carry clothes reminiscent of the ’50s and ’60s , and through my blogging buds of all sizes, I was able to find them. I mean, I’m wearing freakin’ Peter Pan collar, and I think that’s awesome! The detail in the skirt is adorable, too. The design mimics knitted cables. I still say I’m going to knit a skirt myself from this pattern from Knitty, but the one I’m wearing here will hold me over until that happens. Also, the fabric is stretchy and soft, and even though it’s short, the cut doesn’t leave me feeling totally exposed.

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How about you all? Have you worn anything from ModCloth’s Nicolette Mason collection? Let me know in the comments!

This outfit has brought some cuteness into my life. It reminds me a little bit of Clueless, and I’m all for that. Thanks for visiting me today, and I’m outie!

 

Top and Skirt: Nicollette Mason for ModCloth / Socks: Sock Dreams / Shoes: Jessica London

 

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mid1reduxI love when wardrobe pieces can be worn in many ways. While I am a certified clothes horse, getting mileage out of what I have in my closet is a must. When I received this Kiyonna top in my Gwynnie Bee delivery, I thought it was a just cardigan. It has ties, and it’s modeled on Kiyonna’s and Gwynnie Bee’s websites as being tied in the front. However, I noticed little holes in the side seams. At first, I thought maybe it came unsewn a little bit and I needed to fix it with a needle and thread. I then saw that the holes were reenforced, so I knew they were there on purpose for some reason. I decided the cardi was a keeper, bought it from GB, and didn’t give the tiny holes a second thought because they aren’t very noticeable. This morning, I was browsing Kiyonna’s website knowing they offer this cardigan in pink as well with the proceeds supporting the fight against breast cancer (more on that later). I happened to read the customer comments, and found out the little holes on the side were for stringing whichever front tie you’d like through, tie in the back, and *boom* wrap top! Mind blown.

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top: Kiyonna via Gwynnie Bee/pants: Torrid (Similar)/shoes: Jessica London/necklace and earrings: Charming Charlie

The fabric is really nice and super soft, too. We’re still getting temps near 90 degrees in my neck of the woods, and it’s light enough to be comfy on days when I want to be a little bit dressy. As the seasons change, I still feel like it’ll get a lot of wear. Aside from how you tie it, it looks great on its own, over a camisole, or under a blazer. Right now, since I’m job hunting, I’m really thinking about interview attire. Fingers crossed, I’ll get to wear this top for a job interview soon!

I mentioned earlier that this top, called the Sunset Stroll Bellini, is also offered in pink on Kiyonna’s website. All October, they’re giving the proceeds from the sale of this top to a breast cancer charity. Also, if you use both of the hashtags #ShowYourPink and #KiyonnaGives on social media while posting a pic of yourself wearing something pink, they’ll donate $1. I am a Kiyonna affiliate and use redirected affiliate links, but this links directly to the Sunset Stroll Bellini in Pink, so click away for a good cause. I bought mine today, and I can’t wait to wear it!

Also, check out fellow bloggers, Rebecca of The Plus Side of Me and Hailey of Discourse of a Divine Diva, who also have posted about this awesome separate and show even more ways to wear it!

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

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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!

pic2reduxAt least this Monday I am, and I’m glad to be back after the weekend! I’ve made no secret that I’m a huge fan of ModCloth. What you may not know is that I haven’t been shopping with them for very long, at least compared to other places. I’ve only known about them for under a year, but in that time, I’ve grown to love their clothes and what they stand for as a company. Take for instance, the skirt I’m wearing which you may have seen earlier in the challenge here. It’s from one of their house brands, Myrtlewood. I love that they’re committed to making their clothes (including their other brand, Bea & Dot) in a range of sizes, all the way up to 4x, and being that size, it means a lot to me.

pic3reduxI’ve never worn a cardigan this way before! Lately, I’ve seen many retro outfits with tucked-in sweaters, and it looks much more pulled together especially with fuller skirts. As I predicted, this chambray skirt is as versatile as a pair of jeans. It goes with everything, either despite or because of the polka dots. I’m looking forward to remixing it again and again on the blog and in real life. While people usually think “dresses” when they shop at ModCloth, I’m always pleased with their selection of separates, both modern and retro.

pic1reduxI’d like to hear from you! Whether it’s a skirt or a special top, what are your go-to separates? Let me know in the comments!

This outfit brightened my day on such a murky morning. At least the gray weather made it possible to wear a sweater without, well, sweating. Thank you for stopping by!

Sweater, Skirt, and Necklace: ModCloth  / Camisole: Lane Bryant (Similar) / Shoes: Jessica London / Belt: Torrid (Similar)

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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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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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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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Yep. It’s my birthday! I have no big plans for today other than to take it easy, which is a-okay with me. I tend to do all of my partying on so-called ordinary days, and it’s usually impromptu and for no reason at all. I might eat cake, though. Haha, “might”–that’s funny. Anyhoo, here are some things that currently put me in a celebratory mood:

Fashion

 

Susan Gregg Koger of Modcloth and Fashion Blogger, Nicolette Mason (picture from nicolettemason.com)

Susan Gregg Koger of ModCloth and Fashion Blogger, Nicolette Mason
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I know they announced this a while back, but I’m so stoked about the ModCloth/Nicolette Mason collab, I can’t wait until Rocktober! Go to Nicolette’s blog to see all of the cute dresses, skirts, and tops–and you gotta check out the pink trench coat! Go look now! C’mon…I’ll wait.

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Cool! You’re back! Neat, right?

Beauty

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You can’t have a birthday without a little confetti! Just when I was getting the hang of the cat-eye, the Beauty Department steps it up with this tutorial. Maybe it’s the perfect excuse to try those colorful Lime Crime liners I’ve been eye-ing.

Fragrance

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I’ve made no secrets that poppies are my jam. Why not smell like a poppy? Coach’s Poppy fragrances are lovely in every incarnation. I got a bottle as a Christmas gift, and I’m still in love.

Books

To be honest, I was unaware of Nasty Gal before I started blogging. When I saw this book cover popping up here and there all over Instagram, I was #curious. I’m in the middle of reading #GIRLBOSS right now, and so far it’s #AWESOME! Sophia, a once self-professed “crust punk,” built her own fashion empire with some vintage clothes, hard work, and street smarts. Part motivational, part cautionary tale, this book proves you don’t have to be perfect to be successful. Like it or not, birthdays are reflective, and lately I’m finding myself at a crossroads in the best way possible. After going through a some not-so-fun years, following my gut to pursue blogging has been a wonderful education that I’ve been able to bring into other aspects of my life, including doing some fun stuff at my day job where I’m dabbling more and more in social media and marketing–which I would have been pretty ill-informed about had I not messed up at previous jobs only try it again for Super Style Me. It seems strange to call someone even younger than I am wise, but Sophia is that and more. Her story and advice help me feel I’m going in the right direction with this new venture. There’s much to learn, but that’s okay. I’ll figure it out just as she did. And, every bad experience, bad decision, and bad day just bring you one step closer to something much, much better.

Music

I included this album on my birthday favorites because it contains so many hidden “presents,” but don’t take it from me–here’s a video from Jack to tell you all about it:

So cool! Here’s my own low-quality video of the locked groove and angel hologram. Yes, the angel is upside-down. She’s break-dancing:

P.S. The music is actually good! You didn’t think they’d put in all these bells and whistles and forget about the songs? If you did, you don’t know Jack 😉

 

And this:

I’m so glad this is back in stock today and in my size, but, really, dinosaur print on my birthday? That’s not nice, ModCloth!

 

Thanks to you all for stopping by! Celebrate anything you want today!