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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.

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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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Well, look who’s back! I know it’s been a while, but I hope you like what you see. Check out my site’s new look! My good friend, fellow belly dancer, and future roomie, Kristi designed the title banner above as well as some nice business cards and graphics to use on social media. If you’re looking for a graphic designer, she’s your girl! Check out her work on her Facebook page. I’ll also be taking some (hopefully) better pictures with my new DSLR camera. I’m still learning how to use it, and I’m waiting for my Dummies book to arrive, so hang in there with me while I figure it all out. I’ve also updated my About and Where to Shop pages, so take a look at those for some extra info.

What’s been going on since I last posted? I decided to resign my job at 2nd and Charles. The main reason was money out was exceeding money in with work expenses, and I want to pursue work more aligned with my education and experience in writing, PR, and broadcasting–something in the marketing field, perhaps, though I’m open to other things. I live in a rural area and the commute on a retail salary was a bit much in fuel and other costs, but I will miss seeing my friends, former co-workers, and of course, the records and books, on a daily basis. It’s been a great nine years with Books-A-Million, Inc.

 

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In sadder news, I lost a buddy of mine. Our oldest family dog, Scooter passed due to cancer. He showed up at my parents house as a very small puppy while I was still living in San Antonio, and I moved home shortly after. He had a happy eleven years living in the country, and I’ll miss him bunches.

 

Photo from pandoriumbellydance.com

Photo from pandoriumbellydance.com

I’ve been gearing up for my first Renaissance faire as a belly dancer! My friend and teacher, Jacquie (above in burgundy, Kristi is on the right in green) runs Pandorium Belly Dance, and has been teaching me all kinds of cool dance moves and neat tricks, such as balancing a scimitar (sword) on my head and learning to play the zils (finger cymbals). All the dancers have been practicing really hard for the faire in November. Look forward to more Ren Faire inspired posts, and if you want to find out more about all the happenings at the Louisiana Renaissance Faire, check out their webpage here.

 

0909StyleGalleryIt’s outfit time! I’ve decided to join my blogging buddy, Lei-Loni of Clothe Your Curves, in her 30 Day Style Challenge. She’s on day 15, which means she’s halfway there! While she’s challenging herself to do posts using only what’s currently in her closet, I’ve decided to simply to do an outfit post everyday because I’m only human and can’t resist picking up something new for that long; however, I do anticipate using mostly what I already own “because unemployment.” I’m happy I’m taking the challenge this time of year because of how I hope the weather will change in my neck of the woods. It still feels like summer here in Louisiana, but on day thirty it will be mid-October, and we should be seeing and feeling autumn. I think it will be neat to see how my wardrobe will transition to cooler temperatures day-by-day. I can’t wait for cardigan weather!

skirt edit2I’ve been itching to do an outfit post in this dress ever since I made my ModHaul video. It is a Bernie Dexter, and a while back I almost pulled a Cher Horowitz since I’m new to the world of retro-style dresses and said “he” is such a great designer. Turns out Bernie is a she, a gorgeous pin up model, and she makes some great dresses! Unfortunately, most of what I find by Bernie only goes up to size 2XL, but I was super lucky to find this one from ModCloth in 4X on sale before it went away. As you all know, I love a poppy print! I hesitate to call my under-skirt,
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, a petticoat because it actually is meant to be a tulle skirt on its own. (Shoes: Zappos; Bracelet: Cato Fashions)

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Do you want to see how some other fashionistas rocked this dress? Check out my “Great Gals Dress Alike” board on Pinterest. Also, I’ll be pinning similar items to the ones I’m wearing if they’re no longer available. Thank you for stopping by! I look forward to fun things here at Super Style Me and in my life, and I’d love for you all to join me for the ride!

What are you all most excited about for fall fashion? Leave me a comment!

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While Angela of The Passionista Blog enjoys some fun in the sun on her summer vacation, she’s asked a few of her fellow blogging buddies, including yours truly, to do guest posts. Check out my post which includes my blogging inspirations and all the deets about this outfit! While you’re there, check out and follow the other Passionista-appoved style mavens who are holding down the fort!

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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Dare to Bare!

May 27, 2014 — 10 Comments

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You dared; I bared! Well, just a little bit. In my Triple Style Dare post, I asked you which fashion-forward trend I should try, and you picked bare midriff! And, to show I’m a woman of my word, here’s the outfit with a little missin’ in the middle:

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This eShakti top and skirt set arrived just in time for some Memorial Day pics, and the weather felt every bit like a summer day. Please excuse me if I glow a bit more in outfit photos over the next few months–the heat in Louisiana is pretty brutal. Anyway, since eShakti allows you to tweek certain aspects of their clothes when you order, I decided to add a cap sleeve to the top; however, while I do like the custom fit of the outfit, I don’t think I’ll be wearing the top much. Because it isn’t fitted under the bust, I show a lot more than my midriff when I raise my arms, if you know what I mean–so, no high-fives, okay?  I do anticipate wearing the navy skirt often as it goes with many things in my closet, and it was main reason I decided to buy this particular outfit.

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I love the rose tones in the necklace and earrings from Charming Charlie. A chunky statement necklace is perfect for such a simple neckline. I decided on neutral flats from Zappos because I didn’t want the shoes to compete with the rest of the look.

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So, I guess I’m not a chicken! Maybe I’ll actually show my belly at my belly dance performance next week…stay tuned!

 

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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Check it out! This may look like your run-of-the-mill closet, but guess what–it’s organized! At least a couple of times a year I do this. I sort my clothes according to type: pants, tops, skirts, dresses, etc. It gets a little more specific than that, but mostly it involves putting like-items together in my own self-imposed categories. It helps me figure out what needs to stay, what needs to go, and how I can mix and match the keepers in new ways. Before you think I’m a complete neat freak, after a couple of weeks I usually get lazy and hang things up anywhere. Still, it gives me a good baseline to work from, and I usually uncover things I haven’t worn in a while that make it back into my everyday wardrobe.

This was my first time organizing my closet since I’ve started blogging, and let me tell you, it was an eye-opener. Now, I know I’ve been buying a lot of clothes lately, but there’s something about seeing all of those little darlin’s lined up on hangers that can really make a girl have a real “come to Jesus” moment. I know Carrie Bradshaw (to paraphrase) likes her money hanging in her closet right where she can see it, but Carrie wasn’t living out of a bedroom in her parents’ house working a retail job. I can blame blogging, but really it’s just another scapegoat to rationalize an out-of-control shopping habit. Sure, in the moment I click “Checkout,” I think, At least I’ll wear it in the blog, but really, for the last few months, it was just fun to get new things. While I don’t have a boyfriend-boyfriend, clothes became my “boyfriend” while I also have been gettin’ some on the side with records, make-up, accessories, knitting, Instagram, and belly dancing. Basically, I just need to stop being so slutty. Not that any of these interests are bad, but I definitely need to slow my roll in a few areas of my life.

That’s why I’m taking a two month plus break from shopping–clothes, jewelry, and make-up, as well as dialing back in other areas as well. These are the conditions:

1- From today through July 31 – No new clothes, no new make-up, no new jewelry or accessories, no new shoes, and no new belly dancing costume pieces. After my current orders come in, no more ’til August, and only then if I need it.

2- The only exception to #1 is Gwynnie Bee. I recently started a two-garment-out-at-a-time free trial, and I’m not sure how it will go since I don’t know how the sizing runs on many of many of the brands they carry, but I will allow myself to buy something from them if I like what they send me, but that’s it.

3- No new yarn, no CDs, no iTunes. I have tons of yarn already, and I haven’t even listened to all the music I own. I am allowed to buy two new records per paycheck. I am only human.

But what about the blog!? The blog will be just fine. I actually think my over-shopping has been taking me farther away from my initial mission and reason for starting Super Style Me in the first place which is developing a personal style through many means–shopping for new things only being one of them. Notice that I haven’t had a DIY project posted in a while? Exactly. I lost my way even this early in the game. Also, I want to learn more about the business end of blogging, but I’ve been a little afraid of moving forward. It’s an easy cycle to fall into to get dressed up, take some pictures, and post an outfit every few days; however, doing that and only that over and over is keeping me from growing this little venture into what it truly can be.

That being said, I still have many things I’ve bought in the last few weeks that haven’t made it on the blog yet, so I have potential outfit posts for weeks. Also, I love it when bloggers repeat garments in inventive ways. Rebecca, The Clothes Horse is one of the first fashion blogs I’ve followed, and in her Sunday Remix, she shows how certain pieces reappear in her daily outfits even after years of blogging. I believe this very concept is great for everyone, and it could work well for the plus-size community because we unfortunately don’t always have the variety of clothing as standard sizes do. Why not show multiple ways to wear the same thing? I’ve also been taking a look at the One Suitcase Series on Outfit Posts. While this advice is meant more for what to wear while traveling, I think there are many good takeaways for mixing and matching your wardrobe for seasonal and lifestyle purposes.

Hopefully, my little shopping break will help me re-imagine my closet and my blog. Sometimes when faced with limitations, we become our most creative selves, and money can’t buy that! Thanks for sticking with me while I figure it all out. I promise, it will be fun!

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May 14, 2014 — 2 Comments

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Dress: eShakti (Different color; customized to be sleeveless)//Bracelet: Charming Charlie//Necklace and Earring Set: Charming Charlie//Sandals: Torrid (old)

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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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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!