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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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I only have one favorite Friday pick, but it’s totally worth having the spotlight. Recently, ModCloth announced their #FASHIONTRUTH campaign where they pledged offer clothes in a full range of sizes and use models that are representative of their customers, presented in a realistic way. To see co-founder Susan Koger speak about their commitment, view the video here. Since the campaign was announced, many bloggers have contributed their own #FASHIONTRUTH. Here’s mine:

I remember shopping at Lane Bryant for the first time in seventh grade. My mom bought me a brightly striped ribbed t-shirt and matching purple knee-length shorts. I had been “fat” since age 8, and I knew I was because many of the other kids told me. From that time until the time I found that LB outfit, I didn’t have so much as a pair of jeans resembling anything my friends wore. When I wore my new get-up to school, one of the other kids, a guy, in fact, commented, “You’re wearing Union Bay.” Most of the kids in my class wore Union Bay. I told him I wasn’t, but he didn’t believe me. I felt like I somehow accomplished a small victory.

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Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not preaching conformity, but for the first time I felt like I had the option to conform. We all should have the choice to conform or to stand out as we please. Look at me in this post; I’m a grown woman wearing a dinosaur dress. Nuff said. I spent most of my teen years shopping almost exclusively at Lane Bryant (and sometimes Avenue and Ashley Stewart). I was finding great basics and stylish clothes like I never had before; however, the drawback was with such a limited amount of plus size retailers, there was no variety. Basically, if LB didn’t have what I wanted one season, it was safe to say no one else did either. Things have definitely gotten much better.

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I know I look like the farthest thing from a punk, but a while back I read the book Our Band Could Be Your Life profiling the punk and alternative rock scene of the ’80s. The title of the book quotes Mike Watt of the Minutemen. The statement signifies a DIY work ethic that the band brought to their music. Now, I can’t say that I’m totally DIY save for crafting a few accessories here and there, and I obviously didn’t sew the clothes on my back or cobble my shoes. The punk scene arose because many young people felt underrepresented; and it was revolutionary because a person could learn three chords on a guitar, gather a few friends, and start a band. Fashion bloggers have their own three C’s: cameras, clothes, and computers. If you’re sick of seeing clothes on models that don’t even look like themselves in real life or hearing fashion commentary from those who chastise people resembling you, take those three things and represent yourself. I guarantee you’ll find like-minded real people from all walks of life.

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That’s my #FASHIONTRUTH. What’s yours?

Dress: ModCloth (No longer available)/ Belt: Lane Bryant / Shoes: Zappos / Necklace and Earring Set: Delia’s

 

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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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