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pic1editreduxGiven my punky past, add the word “core” to the end of most words, and I at least have to check it out. Normcore is a fashion movement that I’ve recently heard about, and it appeared on my radar with Gap’s “Dress Normal” campaign. My first reaction was, “No, YOU dress normal. Your face should dress normal.” Of course I own plenty of basic “normal” clothes, but I’ve never decided to wear them all at once, and lately I feel a bit naked without a statement necklace or some kind of colorful print. This normcore look, while it appears to be relaxed, was quite difficult for me to put together.

closeupeditreduxEven the natural makeup required restraint. I had to hold myself back from grabbing my orange-red lipstick, which would be my “normal” style choice to balance a look with so little color. I couldn’t help but to sneak a novelty print on my scarf, which is surreptitiously covered in hummingbirds, and was the result of a minor freakout of having “no neck accessory!”

pic3editreduxHere’s one without the scarf so you can behold all the grayness of my tank top. While I enjoyed my self-imposed makeunder for the day,  I’m not so sure normcore is a place where I can live forever. Bring on the polka dots!

Have you simplified your look lately? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for sharing a not-so-normal day with me!

Vest: Lane Bryant (No longer available: similar from Torrid) / Skirt: eShakti / Tank Top: Walmart (No longer available: Similar from Lane Bryant) / Scarf: ModCloth (Similar, with owls!) / Shoes: Sperry (Zappos)

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September 29, 2014 — 3 Comments

gwynniebeedressesWhat do all these dresses have in common? They all come from Gwynnie Bee! Gwynnie Bee is a great risk-free way for anyone size 10-32 to try out new clothes and to get acquainted with unfamiliar plus size brands. For the cost of a subscription, you can borrow garments and return them regardless of whether you’ve worn them or not, postage paid. And if you love something they send you, you can buy it at a great price!

Gwynnie Bee is ending their 30 day free trial offer tomorrow, September 30th! When I signed up, I used my free trial to become familiar with brands and fit among their selection, and it made my experience much better once my trial was over and I started paying the regular subscription fee.

30 Day Free Trial Limited Time Offer Ends on Sept 30!

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 am a ModCloth affiliate, but as all you regular readers know, I would gush about them anyway 🙂

full2editreduxMy new hairdo definitely inspired today’s outfit. I’m feeling a little ’60s, but as always I try to put a modern spin on my retro looks. I resurrected one of the tops I wore earlier in the challenge, this time wearing it untucked and swingy over some slim, stretchy pants.

closeupeditredux’60s mod has always been a fashion inspiration for me. I remember one school spirit day when we had the choice to dress either from the ’50s or ’60s. There were plenty of girls in poodle skirts as well as flower children, but I was the only one in an a-line dress and black Mary Janes. My inverted bob haircut always seems to reappear every couple of years when long hair gets to be bothersome. Lately, other decades have happily worked their way into my style, but ’60s style always feels just right!

full1editreduxThank you for time traveling with me today! Which decade most influences your style? Let me know in the comments!

Top: Modcloth / Pants: Torrid (similar) / Camisole: Walmart / Shoes: Zappos (Similar) / Earrings: Charming Charlie / Necklace: Origami Owl

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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_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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Holy alarm clock, Batman! I recently figured out the best time to take outfit pics is early in the morning. That’s when the light is best, and the heat and, ahem, sweat is not as much of an issue. I’m not an early bird by any stretch of the imagination, having to bounce between early and late shifts at my last job, but it felt great yesterday to wake up and get so much accomplished even before lunch time, I think I may just make this a lasting habit.

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I bought this dress back in the spring, and I never did a proper outfit post wearing it, although I’ve worn it out and about several times. It’s so stretchy! I picked my necklace and shoes based on the color of the contrast stitching in the dress. I love the way the coral tones match.

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Thanks for stopping by! Now I’m ready to tackle the rest of my day. See you all next time–same bat time, same bat channel!

Dress: eShakti (no longer available) / Shoes: Jessica London / Necklace: Versona Accessories

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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!

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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.)

Welcome to something new on Super Style Me! In “A Case of the Fridays,” I’ll feature what I’m into nowadays whether it be fashion, beauty, or entertainment-related. I’ve seen many-a-blogger do Friday favorites, and I’m joining the club! I’ll provide the links here, but also check out my Pinterest and YouTube channel for all that tickles my Friday fancy!

Fashion

Although we’re still in the dead-middle of summer in South Louisiana, fashion-wise I’m fast-forwarding to fall. While things are improving by leaps and bounds for plus size fashion, there are still garments I have a difficult time finding, namely coats and heavier jackets. My big mistake is I wait too long. I’m learning I have to act fast on season-specific items (swimwear also falls into this category) to get something I like and not have to make do with the frumpy leftovers. I love the above Myrtlewood trench by Modcloth, and I know I’m going to have to order it soon to make sure I get one!

 

Jenny, Jenny!

 

I recently ordered a Jenny dress and skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing, and I’m in love! The fit is perfect, and I’m wearing the dress in a novelty print to do a cosplay at work tomorrow. Because of the price and high-quality, Jenny is clearly an investment piece which is why I’m considering ordering one dress in a solid color in order to get a lot of wear out of it. Maybe they’ll make one soon in red…(hint! hint!)

Beauty

Chocolate eyeshadow. I could stop there, right? This sweet-smelling Too Faced palette actually contains cocoa powder. It is surprisingly versatile, too. It’s full of neutral colors with a touch of purple. I got it a couple of months ago, and I find myself wearing it everyday.

 

Blogs

Flock Together: These ladies take swapping clothes with friends to the next level. Everyone in the group has their own individual fashion blog, and by the magic of the postal service, they trade clothes cross-country so you get several takes on the same garment. Ingenious idea! I’d love to develop a plus sized version of this…any takers? I included no pics of this blog because I want you to go to there already!

 

Books

Hey! It’s that guy! You know, Ryan from The Office. If you’ve been wondering what he’s been doing since, check out this collection of stories. Some are funny, some are heart-felt, and many are both. Newsflash: he’s smart. Like, Harvard smart–probably because he went there. I must admit, I didn’t actually “read” this one. I listened to it on audiobook during a long road trip to South Carolina. I do recommend listening to humorous books, especially when they’re read by the author, because it feels like sharing stories and laughing with a good friend. Thanks for keeping me company, dude!

 

Television

Later…with Jools Holland

Ever wanted to get your favorite bands and musicians and put them together in one room? This BBC show does just that! Each show has a line-up to rival any summer music festival. I always wonder how they do it. They’ll have someone legendary like Paul McCartney, then a hip group like Vampire Weekend, followed by an up-and-comer like Little Dragon. I always go all fangirl when I watch it. And, as you see in the above video with Jack White, Jools, who was a member of the British band Squeeze (one of my ’80s faves), plays a little bit, too. Catch Later…with Jools Holland in ‘Merica on the Palladia channel.

 

Music

St. Vincent: I think I’m late to realizing how awesome she is. She has several albums out already, and her new self-titled one is the first I’ve heard. She’s even made an album with David Byrne that I need to check out. Time to catch up!

 

Phantogram: This is one of my favorite new bands! Their second album, Voices, came out not too long ago, but this is a track from their first one.

 

I hope my picks put you in a Friday kind of mood! If you’d like to share some of your favorite things, leave me a comment!

See ya later!