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DSC_0494_FotordancereduxMaybe if I do a little dance, autumn will get here sooner. That’s how it works, right? Well, I can at least wear what I call my “hurry up fall” outfit. So far it hasn’t worked. Exhibit A:

916foggyclose_FotorreduxThat’s not some fancy filter I added in post-production; that’s straight up humidity on my lens. Don’t even get me started about what happens when I wear my glasses! I do like the Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds commercial effect. It’s somewhat flattering, don’t you think? No?

DSC_0418_FotorclosenofoxeditreduxThat’s better–loud and clear! What I really want to prove with this outfit is pin up style can still work as the temperatures cool off and even when you choose pants instead of skirts. Now, I’m not what you would call a retro purist. While I love polka dots and circle skirts, my jam is adding modern touches to those styles. Besides, my hair game won’t allow for beehives and victory rolls (which would be so much fun to learn how to do, but that’s another blog post).

DSC_0476_FotorwideshotreduxThese teal pants were a great find. Because I’m on the larger side plus sizes, I sometimes feel like I have to pick boring clothes for my bottom half due to the lack of variety on that end of the spectrum. Heck, many plus size retailers usually stop before they get to my size. It bums me out when I see cute clothes at certain places only going up to size 24. That why these pants were a wonderful surprise. You never know what you can find if you look a little bit harder!

DSC_0430_FotorshoeseditreduxI bought these shoes last fall, and they were totally neglected. I’m so glad I found a special outfit for them this year. Oh, and they’re still available and on sale!

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How are you all starting to incorporate fall pieces into your wardrobe? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Thanks for wandering over to my little area of the interwebs. Until next time, stay cool!

Top: Myrtlewood by ModCloth / Pants: Avenue / Shoes: Jessica London / Headscarf: ModCloth (similar in mustard)/ Flower Pin: Maurices / Necklace: Fossil

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imwalkingherereduxI rarely wear heels in public. You know the saying, “practice makes perfect?” Well, I haven’t practiced wearing them very much mainly because with EE width feet, it’s difficult to find pairs of heels that are cute, comfortable, and will allow me to stay balanced while walking. I do wear heels occasionally for pictures on flat surfaces, but gravel is another story. For every picture like the one above, there’s one like this:

likewhoareduxThat was a close one! I did manage to stay on my feet, so no worries. Also, I’m beginning to embrace the rusty farm equipment near my house. It creates a nice atmosphere, don’t ya think?

mediumreduxMy dress is by Hell Bunny. I always giggle when I look the brand up online because auto-correct wants to change it to “He’ll Bunny.” Personally, I would go with “Heck Bunny,” but that’s just me. I’ve seen Hell Bunny dresses many places from Modcloth to Hot Topic; however, this one is from Gwynnie Bee. Full disclosure, the dress is not in perfect condition. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the first GB subscriber to wear it as the polka dots are slightly faded and there are imperfections on the print in inconspicuous places. I know many of you ladies shop at thrift stores, so I looked at the dress from that point of view, and I decided it was a keeper!

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In the spirit of walking on loose gravel in heels–what fashion risks have you taken recently? Thanks for stopping by and helping me find my balance!

Dress: Hell Bunny via Gwynnie Bee / Shoes: Payless / Necklace: Rue 21 / Earrings: Icing

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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!

 

Triple Style Dare!

April 18, 2014 — 10 Comments
Jeans: Torrid//Gingham dress: Modcloth//Top and skirt set: eShakti

Jeans: Torrid//Gingham dress: Modcloth//Top and skirt set: eShakti

Sometimes you just have to do something that scares you. Much of my reason for doing this blog is to expand my fashion horizons and to get out of my comfort zone. Since Super Style Me began, I’ve worn prints and colors I’ve often shied away from, and I’ve revealed parts of myself that I’m often self-conscious about (mainly my arms and knees!). Now it’s your turn to tell me the next stylish chance I should take. Take the poll at the end of the post, and I’ll sport the winner in an upcoming outfit. I’ll leave voting up for a week. Here are the three contenders:

#1: Hole-y Jeans, Batman!

Left: Torrid//Middle: Torrid//Right: Lane Bryant

Left: Torrid//Middle: Torrid//Right: Lane Bryant

 

I used to be a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, but my jeans were and are still usually medium to dark rinse with no distressing whatsoever. I even remember when jeans started showing up with whiskering, I was pretty appalled. I’ve since made peace with it. I feel like I’ve grown in leaps and bounds with body acceptance and self-confidence since embarking on this blogging adventure, but I still feel like I have a way to go. One of my reservations about hole-y jeans is I’ve long wrestled with stigma that plus size, fat, overweight, or whatever you want to call it, equals sloppy, so in recent years I felt like I’ve had to overcompensate by looking extremely put-together. Does anyone else out there have the same worries? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. I know these concerns go against the idea that one should wear what she wants and wear it with confidence, so I’d like to give a pair of these hip jeans a shot.

#2: Gingham Style

Left: Modcloth//Middle: Modcloth//Right:eShakti

Left: Modcloth//Middle: Modcloth//Right: eShakti

While I live in a rural area, I am definitely a reluctant country girl. However, with my recent interest in retro-inspired dresses, I’ve seen some gingham here and there and wondered if it’s for me. I do own one dark-colored gingham top, and it has been taking a nap in my closet for the last three years. With the garments above, I puzzle over whether they’ll be cute or make me look like a picnic blanket. Heck, the dress in the middle even has fun with that idea. I’ve embraced polka-dots on my clothes, is gingham the next step?

#3: Do You Catch My Midriff?

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Right: eShakti//Middle: Torrid//Left: eShakti

Ok, guys, this one scares me the most. Like I said before, I’m still working on total body acceptance. I haven’t owned a bikini since I was four years old, so my tummy hasn’t seen the light of day for quite sometime. But recently, I’ve seen several psbloggers take the plunge with “fatkinis,” and they look great. Also, the above outfits from eShakti are custom made to size and are high-waisted, so if I had to give a peak of my middle, I feel like this could be the way to do it.

So, there you have ’em! What do you dare me to try?

 

 

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Yes, this is a picture of a potato. No, this hasn’t turned into a cooking blog. You wouldn’t want to take my advice in cooking anyway. Keep reading to find out how potatoes play an important part in this week’s DIY.

But first, I was browsing on Pinterest not so long ago, and I came across this:

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These are Pantone’s hottest colors for spring. (The pin I found links to here.) Just who are these Pantone people? They’re the go-to people for standardizing colors, especially in the printing industry. Here’s some more info about them on Wikipedia. Fashion folks follow Pantone, too. Pantone declares a hot color for every year, and this year’s hot hue is the Radiant Orchid shade seen in the above picture, and I’m also a fan of 2013’s color, Emerald. As you can see in the spring palette, there’s a good mix of neutrals, brights, and pastels.

In this week’s Style Study, I decided to put together three outfits using these spring colors (or as close as I could get). Unfortunately most of the pieces are from years past, so I could only provide direct links to a few of them. The good news is you probably already have some of these colors in your closet, too.

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In the first look, I was super stoked to find that I had this maxi skirt from Cato Fashions with three of the spring colors on it: cayenne, sand, and hemlock. I pulled up the top of the skirt and used this belt from Torrid to make an instant dress. I played up the cayenne shade with the cardigan from Old Navy, the bracelet also from Cato, and the earrings from Charming Charlie. The pearl necklace is from Charming Charlie as well and the flats are from Zappos.

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Since purples are prominent in this group of colors, I used a purple tube dress from Ross as a foundation for the second outfit. On top of it, I tied this blouse from Old Navy in a sand snake print. I added some accessories in freesia, hemlock, cayenne, and placid blue (The ring is from Lane Bryant, the earrings are from Target, and the necklace is from Fossil). I finished the outfit with some beige shoes from TOMS.

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In the final outfit, I went for a casual look. Dark rinse denim goes with any color palette, as do these straight-leg jeans from Lane Bryant. The top in paloma is also from LB. The dazzling blue shoes from Avenue dazzle a bit more with the studs near the toes. As for the accessories, the freesia earrings are from Charming Charlie, the celosia orange ring I believe is from Torrid (but I got it some time ago), and I used the same cayenne bracelet from Cato.

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 The triangle tote brings us to our friend, the potato, and to our DIY. Potatoes can be used for art projects! Who knew? Cut them up, and they make great stamps. I found this tutorial on Pinterest, and it was extremely helpful. I got the blank canvas tote from Michaels.

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When working with potato stamps, use simple shapes—for example: triangles, hearts, squares, and crosses. Anything too detailed will look too blurry. Put a sheet of wax paper flat inside of the tote so that the paint doesn’t bleed through to the other side.

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Also, I chose to apply the paint to the potatoes with a foam brush as opposed to dipping the stamps directly in the paint. I felt that it made the edges crisper (and we all love crispy potatoes!). When stamping on fabric, remember that not all acrylic paints will survive in the washing machine without adding a textile medium. You can usually find them by the paints at the craft store. Luckily, I used Martha Stewart’s satin paints (also from Michaels) that are made for a variety of surfaces, including fabric. The colors I picked were purple yam, blue sky, wet cement, marmalade, love bird, and chamomile. I also used beetle black to make the other colors pop.

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It really is as simple as it looks. Let it dry, and you’re ready to go!

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I had so much fun putting these outfits together. The Pantone colors encouraged me to take some chances pairing pieces that I never imagined would go together. Now, go do it! Raid your own closet, and mix it up!

Aye Poppy!

March 1, 2014 — 4 Comments

IMG_0684Top: Lane Bryant, Belt: Lane Bryant, Skirt: Modcloth, Shoes: Zappos, Jewelry: Charming Charlie