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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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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

Up, Up, and Away!

April 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

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The Air of Adorable dress is pretty popular on Modcloth. There are tons of Style Gallery and product review pictures on their site. I followed a tip from ModStylist Chelsey, and paired it with a bright statement necklace. Mine is from Columbia Street Mercantile.

 

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When life gives you balloons…

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be a balloon mouse!

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Cardigan and Leggings: Torrid; Shoes: Avenue

 

 

Bye-Bye Boots?

April 8, 2014 — 2 Comments

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With summer not too far away, this might be the last day cool enough to wear my trusty brown boots for a while. Here’s a little outfit to give them a good send-off.

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Boots: Simply Be, Dress: Old Navy, Scarf: Shoeffle’, Glasses: Ray-Ban

…and ever.

March 16, 2014 — 2 Comments

This top is very Joan Jett meets The Sandlot, n’est pas?

IMG_1054Top: Old Navy, Skirt: Lane Bryant, Sandals: Torrid, Necklace and Earrings: Columbia Street Mercantile, Bracelet: Cato Fashions

 

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Check out these cute rings! I found them at Shop Soul in downtown Covington, LA. It was my first time visiting there, and I love all their funky jewelry, cool artwork, and NOLA inspired clothes and had a great time meeting Rey! Here’s where she posts on Instagram. I’ll definitely be back for seconds!

I hate to admit it, but I don’t shop local too often, at least not as much as I should. My little shopping trip yesterday got me thinking about why, and I think many plus sized peeps can relate. I got frustrated not being able to find anything in my size whether it was clothing or jewelry. Sure, the stuff at local stores was cute and unique, but I couldn’t wear any of it, so I stuck with shopping at the chain stores. But with being a crafter, a DIYer, and an indie music fan, I still feel pulled to things down home and outside of the mass market.

These rings are a good example of how a little imagination, ingenuity, creativity, or whatever you want to call it, can help you to walk into any store, plus size or not, and feel like you can still find something just for you. Knuckle rings are very on-trend lately, so here is how I plan to wear them:

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 See? The trick is to think of things a bit outside of their intended use. This is great tip for thrifting, too. Find a too-small t-shirt? Turn it into an infinity scarf or into a tote bag if you want to show off the design. Got a stretchy bracelet with not quite enough stretch to make it around your wrist? Turn it into a sparkly hair tie! Thinking this makes your one-of-a-kind finds even more special because you’re wearing them your way. Another thing to remember is that local and smaller retailers know the plus-size market is growing more and more valuable, so always keep your eyes open. You never know who will be adding more sizes to their selection. Also, local shops often work with artists and designers who are willing to make custom and commissioned pieces. Ask if these creative people have an Etsy shop or a business card. Until next time, stay stylin’!