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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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Brace yourselves. Winter is coming. Okay, so I might not be ready to bundle up just yet, as you can tell by my sliver of midriff; however, now is a good time to think about the layers you’ll need as the temps start to cool off. What I’ve noticed, and this is especially true if you wear above a size 24, the earlier you shop for seasonal items, the better. Because the best stuff in those sizes go out of stock so quickly, its best to buy swimsuits early in the spring and winter clothes, like, right now. For this week’s “A Case of the Fridays,” I present to you my favorite cardigans, jackets, and coats.

Cardigans

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Cardis are always handy, even if it’s not super cold outside. They work to cut the chill both indoors and out, whether the perp is a blasting AC or an early fall breeze. I’ve noticed this year’s cardigans are less plain Jane and have interesting little details, such as print, patterns, and pockets. As a knitter, it somewhat pains me that it’s absolutely impossible to make every sweater I need, so when I can at least find one with a little something special in the design, it’s as Martha would say, “a good thing.”

Jackets

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Aside from being practical, I always feel an outfit’s a lot more interesting with a jacket. You can go from business to biker just by switching this layer. In the winter, we tend to wear a lot more jackets than heavy coats here in South Louisiana. They give enough warmth without being overly bulky.

Coats

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Brrr! Baby, when it’s cold outside, you gotta have a coat! Along with being stylish, what I look for in a coat is the ability to be roomy enough to go on over other layers. Often, coats make me feel inhibited, so it’s a bonus to have one that lets you have full range of motion. I’ve noticed a variety of coats available this time of year, from casual to dressy, and like I said earlier, it’s best to order asap so you have your pick of the litter. (Psst…#12 isn’t available yet, but if you follow the link, you can be notified when it is!)

full2reduxHow about you? Have you started shopping for warm weather essentials? Let me know in the comments! As for me, I don’t think it’s too early to sport a little something extra on the outside. Thank you for taking a look at some of my favorite outer layers. Until next time, stay warm!

Torrid: jacket (similar), top, and skirt / Shoes: Keds / Necklace: Forever 21

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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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IMG_1901 copy 2I had some fun with my make-up. Teal eyeliner and bright orange-red lips!

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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!

Maxi-mum Stripes!

April 22, 2014 — 2 Comments

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Black and white stripes! With a pop of color! Again! If it ain’t broke…

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Dress: Torrid, Sandals: Lane Bryant, Necklace: Charming Charlie

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

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

Also, don’t forget to vote in the poll from my last post! I’ll wear your dare! I’ll tally the votes Saturday. Looks like Bare Midriff is winning so far…eeep!

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?

 

 

IMG_1153I’m going through a bit of a “phase” with today’s outfit. This lunar graphic tee with a chiffon back panel from Torrid shows off one of this season’s hottest trends. I’ve seen many tops with sheer, lace, or completely open backs. How do you get the support you need while still daring to bare? You get one of these:

IMG_1087I call it my “chicken bra” because of the way it looks and feels, which honestly is pretty weird. It’s not right for every outfit. You won’t get a lot of lift and shape from it, but if you have to go backless, it’s a good option. It’s adhesive, can be used over and over, and really stays put. I got mine from Target.

IMG_1156I finished off the look by layering two gold necklaces. Yes, I’m a Leo, and now you know because of this sweet necklace from Shop Soul. The geometric statement necklace is from dELiA*s, and the leggings I’m wearing are from Avenue. Now, I’m ready to soak up some moonlight!

Work It!

March 16, 2014 — 18 Comments

IMG_1059Work where? No matter how you bring home the bacon, you can always be on the clock in style. In this week’s Style Study, I’m going to show you three different professional outfits tailored to different workplaces and a quick DIY to reveal your creative side.

Outfit #1: Executive Excellence

IMG_0927You’re the corner-office cutie who’s dressed to impress! This look is great for any workplace with a suit-and-tie dress code or for that all-important interview to you snag the job of your dreams. The power suit doesn’t have to be too matchy-matchy. I paired this plain black blazer with a chevron-striped pencil skirt, both from Lane Bryant, to show that you can mix and match your suit separates to get versatile looks from your business wardrobe. The ruffled top from Cato Fashions adds a pop of coral to brighten up your daily grind.

IMG_0932Chevron earrings from dELiA*s, a Lane Bryant belt, and black patent, pointy-toed heels from Zappos gives the outfit professional polish to show you mean business. Ready for a night out with co-workers? Lose the blazer for a party-perfect evening look.

Outfit #2: People Person

IMG_0988Let’s face it. Heels and short skirts aren’t always practical if you spend all day on your feet. You may be a teacher running to keep up with the kiddos one second and having a parent-teacher conference the next. Or, you may work in retail where you have to look put-together for the public but still have to be comfy enough to spend eight hours without sitting at a desk. This is the outfit for you! This sheer teal top from Torrid layered over a Lane Bryant cami gives the outfit a dressy look without being too fussy. The black slacks, also from Torrid, are casually functional and have a little bit of stretch ensuring that you can keep up with whatever the day throws your way.

IMG_0989I can testify these sensible flats from Zappos with cute knot details have helped me to survive many shifts on the sales floor. I used the same Lane Bryant belt from the first outfit to emphasize the top’s empire waist. The little rose earrings from Charming Charlie compliment the fabric detail of the top as well, and a cute hair bow from Carter’s (Yes, the baby store! I was shopping for my niece, and one thing led to another…) finishes off the outfit.

Outfit #3: Creative Comfort

IMG_1053Ever want to show up to work in your sweats? Some people are really this lucky, especially artists, designers, and writers. If you’re one of these folks working either from home or from a dressed-down workplace, you can still look polished without taking too much energy away from your creative endeavors. Pastel and pretty, this graphically inspired Lane Bryant sweatshirt layers effortlessly over an Old Navy mandarin collar shirt. Stretchy, skinny jeans from Torrid are comfortable for a long day sitting in front of a computer but are polished enough for if you actually run into another human being.

IMG_1052The accessories pull from the pastel palette of the rest of the outfit. You’ll swear these mint flats from Simply Be are your favorite slippers, and the earrings? Well, that’s our DIY project, and you can make them in no time!

IMG_0843The how-to on how to make the earrings can be found here, and she even gives a few different designs you can pick from. As for me, I started off with a pair of big, gold hoops from Charming Charlie that were beginning to tarnish and not look so great. Picking the embroidery thread, I chose colors found in the sweatshirt going with shimmery mint green and pink and a solid black. Full disclaimer, the shimmery thread was a bit more difficult two work with because the strands wanted to separate more so than with the black thread, but I made it work, and here’s the end result!

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Hopefully no one has a case of the Mondays with these outfits! Until next time, work hard, play harder!

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…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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March 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

IMG_0752Top: Lane Bryant, Leggings: Torrid, Shoes: Zappos, Earrings: dELiA*s

 

In this week’s Style Study we’ll take a little trip to France. Okay, maybe it’s my backyard. But close your eyes. Can’t you just see the Eiffel Tower? Okay. Now open your eyes or you’ll miss this week’s outfit and the two DIYs that add a certain je ne sais quoi to the whole thing.

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The inspiration for this outfit came from wanting to add a pop of color to a neutral pattern. While any neutral print would work with a pop of color, I often gravitate to black and white stripes.  Seriously, check out last week’s Style Study. Right now this pattern is simultaneously trendy and classic, as I’m seeing it everywhere, like in this top from Modcloth, but I also have striped shirts I still wear from seasons ago. Along with the stripes, these pants from Torrid give the outfit a bit of ooh la la. I’m fairly tall, so the length hits me right above the ankle, which makes them a great for Spring.

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The shoes! I was so psyched to find these on Zappos, especially since I’m very hard to fit. I was originally looking for red heels, but seeing them changed my mind.

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The first DIY is this beret, or Gretel Tam as the pattern calls it. I believe that a tam is more Scottish than French, but it has the right vibe for the outfit. I found the pattern in Stitch ‘n Bitch: Superstar Knitting, but the designer also has it available for purchase on Ravelry. This is a tougher pattern, especially for me. I always call it the most difficult thing I ever knit and finished (compared to the projects on which I’ve given up). Remember though, there’s always a way to get something similar if this pattern isn’t for you. Beret/tam knitting patterns are readily available at all skill levels, or you could even find one to crochet or to sew out of a felt fabric. When all else fails, you can probably find a cute one online. In case you’re curious, the yarn I used was Stitch Nation’s Full O’ Sheep in Passionfruit, designed by the author of Stitch ‘N Bitch. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued, and I have seen some listings for it on eBay, but any single-ply, worsted weight wool should work just fine. Remember to check your gauge!

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This brings me to the next project, and I used the same yarn to make the felt ball beads since I wanted it to match the hat. There are several tutorials and cute projects to make with felt balls on Pinterest (P.S. You can also get them ready-made here). While I found this particular tutorial helpful, I ended up using my own method to felt the yarn. The most important thing to remember, no matter what method you use, is that the yarn must be 100% animal fiber, preferably wool. No acrylic blends!

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First I wound mini balls of yarn. Above there’s six, but you only need four. Remember, what you start with will be slightly larger than the size of the finished ball. I then filled a sink with warm water and about a tablespoon of shampoo. Keep the shampoo handy, as it will help with the felting process. Next put the yarn ball in the sudsy water and begin to roll it in your hands like a ball of dough. You will start to see the “stringiness” disappear. Keep going until it’s completely solid and you see no more strands. If you need extra help getting it to felt, add a dab of shampoo in your hand and continue the process. If you see any bumps, weird spots, or excess fuzziness, it’s okay to trim them away once the yarn begins to cling together. When you’re finished, rinse it off and let it dry. Repeat with the other yarn balls. It will take a couple of days for them to be dry enough to make the necklace.

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Assembling the necklace is super easy. You’ll need the felt balls, black embroidery floss, a sturdy and sharp sewing needle, a jewelry clasp, some black beads, and a pendant. I got mine from Hobby Lobby, in store. Being a New Orleans girl, I love the fleur del lis!  I also needed ajump ring to make the pendant face the correct way, but you may not need it depending on the direction of the hole. Using the needle and the embroidery floss (don’t separate the threads), alternate stringing the black beads and the felt balls, stringing the pendant when you’re halfway done. To add the clasp, I simply tied a knot on either end, trimmed the excess floss, and used a little clear nail polish to make sure the ends don’t come undone, and voila! You’re good to go!

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Have fun experimenting with patterns and color, and see what little extras you can whip up to make your outfit special. Until next time, au revoir!