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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_1102one_FotoreditreduxHello, fashionable friends! Thanks for joining me again. Today, I’m wearing another retro-fabulous frock from ModCloth. The triangle print looks like a happy quilt, and I love that it has a homemade vibe. The dress even arrived smelling like a fabric store, and can’t we agree that’s a lovely scent? They should bottle that up! Anyway, this dress is from their Bea & Dot line which is always super cute. It’s also, at the time of this post, it’s on sale for 50% off! I did have the reoccurring issue of the dress being too large in the bust and in the straps, but I solved that issue with strategic safety-pinning, much like I did for this Bea & Dot dress from an earlier post, and the cardigan doesn’t hurt either. Once I’ve crossed the style challenge finish line, I plan to make a tutorial of no-sew ways to deal with clothes that don’t quite fit, so stay tuned!

DSC_1118three_FotoreditreduxOnce again, I’m wearing my Dahlia crinoline skirt from eShakti as a petticoat. I’ve worn it this way on day one of the challenge, and here I am wearing it as a skirt. I’m so glad it is available again. They also had it in a pretty bright red, but it mysteriously disappeared from their site. I never get too disheartened when something leaves eShakti because they have a tendency to bring items back. As you can see, I let the crinoline peak out from under the dress because I like the contrast with the dress’ fabric; however, I know many of you like to keep your petticoats out of sight. At eShakti, you can get the skirt customized to be shorter–or longer. This is all I own in the way of a petticoat, but I’ve been investigating my options on eBay where I’ve seen this one that looks promising. I’m waiting to see if they go lower in price.

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DSC_1112two_FotoreditreduxThis is a fun dress to add to my retro collection, and I can’t wait to find new ways to wear it!

Thanks to those of you who shared your boot-shopping tips in the comments of my last post. Now, what do you all know about plus size petticoats? Thank you all for helping me to stay stylish. I learn from the best!

Dress: ModCloth / Underskirt: eShakti / Cardigan: Old Navy (Similar)  / Shoes: Zappos (Similar) / Necklace: Icing (Similar) / Flower pin: Lane Bryant – Similar from Icing

 

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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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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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keep1_FotoreditHappy Sunday! I was fully prepared for a cloudy, overcast morning, but much to my surprise it was sunny…and even slightly cool. I’m sure it won’t last all day, but I’m glad the weather was nice for some pre-church pics. I featured this dress in my ModHaul video was psyched to get it on sale. I would have never picked out it as little as a year ago being afraid people wouldn’t take me seriously or think that I wouldn’t know anything about obscure bands and such. Blogging has changed that mindset. Now I know I can wear a Peter Pan color and still geek out about Replacements, Pavement, or whatever band I’m obsessing about. Besides, being taken seriously isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I am who I am, and sometimes you even have to laugh at yourself. keep5_Fotoreditredux keep3_Fotoreditredux missy1_FotorreduxMissy doesn’t like taking pictures. I hope this doesn’t qualify as animal cruelty… keep2_FotorreduxI’m glad I embraced the happiness of this dress, and I can’t wait to transition it to my fall and winter wardrobe. You may just see it again later with some tights and cardigan. Much love to all my readers and Instagram followers who are already experiencing fall weather. How has your fashion sense changed throughout the years? What would you wear now that you wouldn’t before? Leave me a comment! Thanks for reading, and see you tomorrow! Dress: ModCloth (no longer available) / Earrings: FemmeDeBloom / Shoes: Zappos Instagram / Pinterest

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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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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,
eShakti Women’s Dahlia crinoline
, 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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Taylor-made

April 17, 2014 — 7 Comments
Photo on left from Story by Modcloth

Photo on left from Story by Modcloth

It’s difficult to believe Taylor Swift and I would have anything in common. She’s a country-pop songstress, and I’m an alt-rock aficionado who can barely play an instrument. However, I was reading Story by Modcloth, and I came across an article about their And Many More dress from their Myrtlewood line which Taylor wears in Keds‘ Be Brave ad campaign. The dress looks similar to the Like, Oh My Dot! dress that I love and have worn in the blog a couple of times. Also, I must admit Taylor does have great style. If you saw her cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live last week, she was wearing a simple black dress and looked quite lovely. Styling this dress, I decided to go full-Taylor and pair the dress with my Keds and accessorize with a headscarf, also from Modcloth.

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Full disclosure: The fit of this dress isn’t exactly perfect on me. It’s pretty big in the bust. I had the same experience with with the For the Record Books dress that I wore in my previous post. It’s also made by Modcloth, from their Bea & Dot line. I’m a 4X in their sizing and everything fits great on me from the waist down. It’s an easy fix, though. I just pinch about an inch or so of fabric under each arm, safety pin, and I’m good to go.

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It’s great to see such a nice dress in a variety of sizes! Thanks for stopping by! Peace out!

 

Hi! This outfit is my entry in Modcloth’s Twirl Around the World contest. It’s the same dress from this post and most definitely twirl-able!

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Dress: Modcloth, Sweater: Lane Bryant, Shoes: Zappos, Necklace Rue21, Earrings: Forever 21

Naturally Neon

March 16, 2014 — 1 Comment

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Who has a new favorite dress? This girl! I was going to share this dress on an upcoming video I’m planning to make on custom-fit fashion, but I just couldn’t wait! It’s from eShakti, and they make dresses according to your measurements for just about every size from super tiny to size 36. I got three spring dresses from them, and I’m very pleased. They all fit! In fact, I usually stay away from sheath or super form-fitting dresses because the proportions are never right for me with my boobs to hips ratio, but they got it right. The prices are affordable, too, compared to the plus-sized places I usually shop, and I know I’d rather spend my money on something that fits perfectly. I gravitated to this particular dress because with the silhouette and neon green color, it scared me a little bit. I knew I had nothing like it in my closet, so I decided to take a chance. I love the sixties look, and I’m ready to join the Mod Squad!

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