Mini Try-On AND Plus Size Sizing Rant

I never know if all y’all who read the blog actually watch the videos when I share them, so I feel compelled to repeat myself in both so you won’t miss One Sparkling Gem that I have to share. Heaven forbid.

So, as I explain in the 10-minute video below, I recently massacred two of my favorite summer dresses (this one – my heart! – and this one) by washing them oh so carefully…delicate cycle, cold water, no dryer. And still, they shrunk. The Grapes of Wrath dress to the point of being unwearable…and the lavender field dress is wearable but is no longer like wearing magical gossamer wings. Now it’s a little snug in the waist and bust and definitely shorter…so I may not be spinning in it in flower fields anymore. I’m so so sad. And that loss of two of my favorites led me, in some desperation, to the internet. I might have “forgotten” to pay a medical bill this month and bought two dresses from Asos instead. Don’t tell anyone. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

As I also explained in the video, I’m always forgetting how to convert my usual US size to UK size…and when the two dresses I wanted were out of my size American, I took a chance on UK sizing. My long-time fave black dress that I’ve worn 3.2 million times is an Asos UK 28 (US 22). But, it’s a swing dress so a little roomier than a “waist-ed” dress. Both these dresses were available in a UK 24 (which is a US 20, which I KNOW is too small for me but I got confused. BUT WAIT.) so I took a gamble.

Dress 1: ASOS Curve ASOS DESIGN Curve Floral Print Gingham Button Through Sundress

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Ugh. Ha. Nope. Just nope. You can see how charming the dress was on the model (shocker) by clicking the link above. Even the colors in the print seemed more subdued on the website than in person.  But the point is the size. Clearly too small. Way too snug in the sleeves, shoulders, bust and waist. UK 24 (US 20). I would have to go up a size or even two to get this to fit nicely.

So then I tried on Dress 2 ASOS Curve ASOS DESIGN Curve casual midi tea dress. Same size – UK 24 (US 20). Same maker “ASOS DESIGN.”

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And it’s GI-NORMOUS. I realize it has that sort of depression-era slouchiness, but this is far beyond that. This was just huge. You can see it more in the video than in the still shot here. Same size as dress above – UK 24 (US 20). I would have to go DOWN a size…or maybe even TWO to get this to fit nicely.

How are people supposed to shop successfully online when sizing is so inconsistent like this?? Using the “size guide” on retail sites is useless because they put one set of measurements – for all their products, across the board! Both these items, when I checked the size guide, gave the same measurements. Clearly…so clearly…they are not even close to the same measurements!

And I get that this situation is difficult for everybody, but for size categories that are so poorly represented in brick-and-mortar stores, it is especially egregious. I am non-plussed!

Big. Sigh.

So. Moving on. Yesterday I called my local Loft store to ask (again) if they were carrying plus sizes in store yet and I learned that while they still do not technically (yet) carry plus sizes in stores, they do accept returns of plus size items at the stores. So she told me that I was welcome to come in and browse the return rack which had about 80 returned plus size items on it. She also told me they will be stocking plus sizes in stores soon (yay) and I’m on a mailing list for an in-store event in August when they will have an array of plus sizes to try and buy.

So, Loft Plus, one step forward (thank you)….ASOS, one step back. I still love you, ASOS, but you’re going to need to work a little harder to keep me.

I did find a few of the returned items to try on at Loft…

Loft Plus Bar Back Sleeveless Swing Dress, size 24-26. I did like this very much. I love the color – I love non-colors and in-between colors. Colors that are hard for people to identify (is it grey? is it green?). It was a slinky swishy rayon-spandex blend and had an interesting back detail…

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But…it would need something over it (can you say BLACK CARDIGAN…AGAIN???) for work and I’m feeling weary of “the black cardigan over this and the black cardigan over that” right now. I’ve got enough of those already. And it’s no replacement for the lavender filed dress, so…..pass.

I had this LOFT PLUS STRIPED SQUARE NECK TEE, size 24/26, in my online shopping cart during the last sale but I just wasn’t sure about the sleeves. I’m okay in sleeveless. But cap sleeves and little tiny ruffle or flutter sleeves, just don’t work for me (note to self). Plus, snugger in the belly than I like. Oddly, Loft dresses fit me well through the hips and belly…but tops are too snug. Pass.

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These next two I can’t find on the website, possibly because they were returns that might have been purchased awhile ago and so may no longer be available online.

This sweet little black and white geometric print was right up my alley, but…again, too tight in the belly. Pass.

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And this, I ADORE. It’s either a heavy silk or Tencel, chartreuse (chartreuse is my JAM!!!) band collar utility jacket. They just had the one in a size 20, so too small…and it was a little pricey. I’ll keep watching the site for a possible return and a price markdown because I would love this for fall and spring.

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So that is my little try-on and mini sizing rant. How do you deal with sizing issues?

Watch the video to see the dresses in action.

Thanks for reading and commenting and all the things!

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It’s a Wrap

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Wrap dresses are one of those items you see all the time on lists of Things You Must Have In Your Wardrobe. In reality, YMMV when it comes to these iconic dresses, but they’re definitely worth a try. A true wrap is very flexible when it comes to sizing and fit as you actually “wrap it” only as snugly as you like. The surplice top can be very flattering…or sometimes a little risque, depending on how low they go (or how adept you are at pinning!), and I have always found the skirt to be slimming. And this is from someone who typically wears non-waist-ed swing/trapeze/sack style dresses. But I like renting wrap dresses from Gwynnie Bee to try for awhile and I’m usually pleased.

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Diane Von Furstenburg created the wrap dress in 1974 (I’m so old I actually remember this and her Time magazine cover in the dress) based on a kimono design. She used stretchy knit fabrics in a ton of different fun prints and sales went through the roof! The design has been continued (and copied) to this day and her brand is as strong as ever today (GO #GIRLBOSS!). This one is So Amazing, but if I were to splurge on an actual DFV wrap, it would be the iconic chain print in this sienna color.

I actually had one back in the day. I would have been 15 or 16 here. I can’t recall if it was actually a DVF or just a knock-off but I remember I Had To Have It, even though it was like a whopping $28. I do remember thinking it made my hips look kind of big. Oh, brother!!! 

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Ha ha, nice keeping your eyes open, Bettye! Nice giant corsage, Boyfriend!

This cute stylized floral wrap dress is by London Times. I got it via Gwynnie Bee so it’s not a keeper, but we had a nice visit. I could have dressed it up with pumps or strappy sandals but I prefer “casual-ing things down,” which I did here with white Keds and a denim jacket. It also would have been well-suited to a cropped cardigan because of the defined waist.

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Have you ever tried a wrap dress? Did you like it?

What I’m Wearing:

Special thanks to Robert of Robert Mitchell Photography for the great pictures!

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Week in Review: Week 123

Ooh, Week 123, I like that!

Well, as First-Weeks-Back-to-Work-After-Vacation go, this wasn’t a bad one.

First day back to work I skedaddled right to the beach as soon as I was free. It was a warm afternoon with a breeze and a friend joined me for a beach chat. We discussed the pros and cons of living in your car and ideas for home-based businesses.  Assuming your car is not your home.

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An ice cream shop in town went out of business. Trust me, we are not at a loss for ice cream now, there are several other shops still remaining. But this one was so cute with a carousel horse in the window.

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I got the Filthmobile washed and detailed in preparation for my new side gig as an Uber driver. I’ve taken two fares so far and have not been murdered or car-jacked. It’s all good.

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Janey and the polka dots.

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On Friday the 13th a raven/crow (there’s been some discussion as to which this is) landed on the roof of the building just above me as I headed into work. Then I boosted a Facebook post for an event we’re having and you put in how much you want to spend for the duration of the promotion and for how many days you want to run it…and it came out to $6.66 per day. Fortunately, it is now Sunday the 15th and as I mentioned, I have not been murdered or car-jacked, so…I think I survived the bad omens.

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Getting ready for a photo shoot.

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Saw this sign during the shoot and I couldn’t resist getting one pic with it.

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After the shoot I was so so hot, I drove around the area cooling down before I turned on the Uber app. Saw this little pond. It looked nicer in real life.

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Wish I’d had my camera, the phone camera was not my friend while shooting these snowy egrets.

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Always looking for photo opps and interesting future photo shoot locations.

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They may not look like much now, but I see a blue photo background, a black one and a pretty terra cotta one.

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Oh! Almost got through the day without paying homage to the Very Important #NationalIceCreamDay !

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Went to the park at the end of the day to see this…

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…and this 🙂

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And that was my week. Pretty anti-climactic after last week, but…..you know, life. Already have a couple beach afternoons planned this week as rain this morning kept me from going today. Got anything fun planned for the week ahead?

What I Wore This Week

It was back to work this week so I actually wore clothes, not just nightgowns and bathing suits (lucky for you).

Day 1: On Sunday I went to a wake so was more “dressed” than I’d been all vacation.

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Loft Plus dress, size 24, old. Similar here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. Old Navy plus size duster cardigan, size 2x. Similar here in straight size. Taryn Rose comfiest shoes ever. This style no longer available, similar here.

Day 2: First day back to work outfit of the day. I went for easy dressing and fit to ease back into work. If I look a little mussed and creased it’s cuz I went to the beach after work and rolled the dress up into my bag while I was in my bathing suit.

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Old Navy plus size dress, size 24. This style no longer available, similar here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. Avenue crochet cardi, old. Similar here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. Lil’ white Keds

Day 3: It was hotter again today, but it’s always cool in my office so my summer work outfits almost always include a cardigan.

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Sheragano dress, size 22. Still available in other colors. Old Navy plus size duster length cardi – same as the black one above, just in “palomino.” Size 2x. 

Day 4: And then there was The Lazy Outfit of the Day. I got up early early to drive a friend to the airport before work and I just wanted easy peasy clothes. And sneakers Just in Case.

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New Look plus size striped tee, size 3x, old. Comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans, size 22W short. 

Day 5:  I hadn’t intended to wear stripes two days in a row! I switched my Thursday and Friday outfits this morning when I realized how pleasant it was out – opting to wear the cardigan outfit today and the lighter outfit tomorrow. That’s why it’s nice to have the week’s outfits all planned out and hung up together – I can do last minute switches very easily, just grab another day’s hanger and I’m ready. I put all the items for each day on one hanger when I plan out the week – pants, dress, cardi, etc. Now if I could just stop accidentally hitting some key that deletes half my post, I’d be golden!

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Old Navy striped tee dress, old. Comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. Old Navy open-front duster length cardigan, size 2x, also in straight size here. Keds sneakers.

I put together a short video about the outfits where you can see them more “in action.” Pretty exciting stuff!

Hope y’all had a nice week and have a nice weekend ahead planned for yourself!

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Old & New Faves

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For years I’ve been hearing about a lavender farm, oh…70 miles east of me on the north fork of Long Island. I just never got myself there…but finally on my vacation last week I learned that my girlfriend had also never been and wanted to go, so Girls Day Out! I now have a new favorite place. I’m actually not a big fan of lavender scent, but being among the blooming plants the scent was Just Perfect. Maybe next time I’ll even plan to coordinate my outfit with the lavender (duh. bad, bad blogger).

It was actually supposed to be a coolish rainy day with thunderstorms and flash floods. But we decided to tempt fate and go anyway.

Here I am in the downpour. If you look very, very closely you can just make out some raindrops in front of the tree green, but…downpour? Not so much.

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I am wearing my super duper favorite dress by Junarose that I got last spring from plus BKLYN. I’m never quite sure if it’s a leafy print or feathers…but it’s in a lovely colorway of faded aqua, pale pink, soft sulfer yellow, and a darker greyish purple. The fabric is so lightweight…you hardly even feel it on you, it just sorts floats along with you. And for cotton it has a nice drape, it’s not fluffy or poofy or stiff and crisp. Sadly, it is long gone from stores but if I were to try to replace it (impossible, but), I might go with something like this…

Lucky Brand Plus Printed Flutter-Sleeve Dress

I realize it doesn’t look the same, but it shares some of the best elements of my Junarose dress: muted colors, loose drapey fit, shortish flutter sleeves. It has the same sort of ease to it.


Or this one…

NIC+ZOE Plus Nights In Mojave Abstract-Print Dress

Same here – at first glance you wouldn’t think this similar to my dress at all – but the busy print hides lumps and bumps like my dress, the easy fit through the body makes it comfortable for moving or sitting, the long flutter sleeve doesn’t need a sweater over to cover bare shoulders at work, and the print is sort of different. It’s a lightweight rayon vs. cotton but the attributes are the same – it’s light and nicely drapey.


That’s how you “replace” a favorite item. Don’t try and match it perfectly, you may never find anything exactly like it again. But consider what your favorite elements are and try to find those, even though the actual item may look totally different.

Now, I plan to wear this dress til it falls off my body in tattered shreds, so you can expect to see it on the blog at least once a year (like here from last year).

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I wore my comfy trainers cuz I knew we’d be walking a lot, my turquoise drop earrings from a handcrafted fair in Brooklyn years ago, and carried my hooded jacket in case of flash floods. Ahem.

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Thanks to my photographer friend Who Shall Remain Nameless (you remember her from here and here, among others).

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Week in Review: Week 122

My vacation week is quickly coming to an end…but I had a very full, fun, productive and anxiety-free week, which I really needed.

I started the week having to say goodbye to my baby…again, boo hoo. Our visits our so short and so far between. I won’t see her again til Thanksgiving, when we’ll both go to my sister’s house in South Carolina.

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Katie and my ex’s King Shepherd, Hunter. I want them both to come stay with me for ever and ever and ever

I had a beach day with my bestie. It’s been a loooong  time since I’ve gone to the beach for realz. Last year was just…no. I almost didn’t go this day due to stupid anxiety, but I powered through and had a great day.

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I didn’t do #ootd this week because, really, this dress below and the bathing suit above were what I wore almost every day. Kept it simple and cool.

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Photographed some plus size items to list on ebay. I’ll post a link to my shop when they’re up.

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I hadn’t planned to go to see fireworks (cuz traffic people walking) but as I was driving around Wednesday afternoon looking for pictures for my @NorthportEveryDay Instagram account I noticed a bunch of cars parked along a road where usually no one parks. Then I noticed people sitting in lawn chairs. Hmm. I quickly googled “fireworks in Northport” and sure enough, there was to be a local fireworks display and the locals knew where to park for the view but to avoid the crowds and traffic. I was in! I always have my beach chair in the car and I had my camera, iced tea and a book cuz I was planning on sitting in the park for sunset…so I just set up camp with the other people and waited for it to get dark. It was nice, no annoying bugs, just charming fireflies, I listened to people chatting, we enjoyed cooling breezes off the Sound, it was a lovely evening.

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waiting…

Ooh! Ahh!

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Of course, afterwards, there was a long line of traffic waiting to get out on the one lane road. I just sat in my car playing Words with Friends til the road was clear 🙂

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The next day, back to the beach. Looks kinda like the desert til you get past the dunes.

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That’s a hard job.

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Friday we went to a lavender farm. You’ll see more pictures in this week’s blog post.

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Chickens.

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Made all the obligatory “out east” stops and took the corresponding pictures – farm stands, beaches, shacks, flowers, gnomes, etc.

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If you look closely you’ll see two osprey on their nest at the top of the tree.
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Miniature-sized models of the North Fork light-houses at Orient Point Beach

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Stopped on the way home for dessert (she had apple crumb pie and I had almond cream pie, yum) and mashed turnips to go, cuz they’re supposed to be the best!

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My daughter used to make fun of the things I brought home from thrift stores (like 60s silver clutch purses) in my ebay days…now she wears them out. Mm-hmm.

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Flags.

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I got myself flowers.

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And that, my friends, was my wonderful vacation week. Now I have to get ready to go to a wake (sadness) and start to prepare for the work week ahead.

Hope you all had a nice week! xoxo

 

Keepin’ It Cool: Dressing for Hot Weather

After the debaucle of last weekend’s photo shoot in the sweltering heat, I am now really  on the hunt for some cooler summer options. I think because actual summer took so long to get here I kind of thought I could make it through July and August with what I already had, but…live and learn! 

So I’ve been on the online hunt for some hot-weather-friendly items and I’m primarily looking at loose-fitting, linen, cotton, rayon, Tencel (lyocel) and blended fabric clothing. A side note about rayon, I feel it’s underappreciated as a “cool” fabric as it is man-made. But sometimes man does something right! And while it is, indeed, “man made,” it is made from natural fibers and can be just as breathable and cool to wear as cotton or linen.

Also consider the weave of fabrics – while knitted fabrics are stretchy and comfortable they’re not not as breathable as a woven fabric that allows air to circulate easily, helping to keep you cool. Like when my father used to let us turn on the attic fan on the hottest days and there was a whoosh of air movement and relief.

So let the search begin!

Old Navy Crochet-Sleeve Shift Dress: This loose shift style dress is a linen, cotton, rayon blend so has the best of all keeping-cool worlds. Plus the open-weave crochet sleeves will allow extra air to get to your arms while still keeping them covered for the office, etc. It comes in black and this army green color, which I love for summer with some cognac slides and a straw bag. It comes in both plus and straight size.

Forever 21 Linen-Blend Maxi Dress: This rayon-linen blend sleeveless plus size dress is so easy to wear in the summer and can be worn loose or easily “structured up” with the self-tie. It comes in natural, soft rust (shown), olive and a vibrant mustard. It also comes in both plus and straight size. I would wear this with some wedge espadrilles for a Mediterranean vacation look!

 Caslon Multi Stripe Woven Maxi Dress: Summery striped rayon, cotton, linen bland maxi dress would be darling with a natural straw tote and little white sneakers! Also available in straight and petite sizes!

Vince Camuto Plus Sleeveless Linen Henley: This pale ice blue plus size linen top would be perfect for work or evenings out over white or black linen trousers.

B Collection by Bobeau Plus Size Fiona Woven Blouse Women’s Blouse: 100% rayon geometric print blouse. I’ve had this one in my Shopatgr for awhile, waiting for the price to come down. I’d love to wear this over khaki linen pants or some Tencel “jeans.”

H&M Linen-blend Shirt: comes in light blue and would work, buttoned up, as a top over pants or a skirt…or unbuttoned as a “jacket” over a dress or a tee when in air conditioning.

Vince Camuto Wide Leg Linen Pants: ahh. I feel cooler just looking at these! Pockets and elastic drawstring waist. I’d love either of the two blue tops above over these. They come in straight size as well.

Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Ankle Pants: Elastic drawstring waist, pockets…blah blah blah THIS COLOR…LOVE. Why do the more expensive brands have The Best Colors??  Very similar style in straight size here

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Thanks for doing a little window (monitor??) shopping with me. I’ve got one of these items in my shopping cart already…hopefully I can swing another, too…It’s Hot Out There!!!

What do you like to wear on the hottest of hot days??

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What Not to Do

My daughter Katie and I went into Brooklyn this past weekend on the hottest day of the year so far – reaching 100 degrees in the afternoon. She’s been wanting to go to Smorgasburg for some time…we tried to go in LA when we were in California in February, but we just couldn’t fit it in…and besides, the Williamsburg, Brooklyn one is the original one, so in my mind that makes it the best. What is Smorgasburg? It’s a big pop-up food festival every weekend during the milder months in NY, and all-year round in other, more temperate, cities.

I thought it would be fun to do a blog photo shoot while we were there…but clearly I didn’t really think about it at all! Shooting in the midday sun on the hottest day of the year, in an extremely crowded location with no shade? Yeah, that seems brilliant. NOT.

I’ve been working on a blog photography post for a future blog, and today’s post could easily be used as the “what not to do” example, ha. But still, we gave it our best shot, for better or worse, so…

Oh, speaking of what not to do…I just created a blog page with things TO do – called “How-To Lessons,” and it’s full of links to blog posts that contain lessons on how to do things like style one dress three ways or how to create a clothing shopping list or how to have a closet filled with only things you love and wear. The page is here https://fashionschlub.com/how-to/  or you can find it anytime on my home page under “How To Lessons.” 

Thank goodness for sunglasses!

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Red paisley kimono from Steve Madden, no longer available, comparable here and here. White v-neck tee by Universal Threads/Target, size 4x. Skinny jeans from Charlotte Russe, size 22. White Keds from DSW.

As I said, it was very crowded, and what was so fun to me, was how many people were clearly shooting their blogs, vlogs or Instagrams! Here these three are setting up their “fruity drink” shot with the city skyline behind. Out here on the Island I rarely see or hear of or run across other bloggers, let alone see them shooting! I wish there was more of a blogging community on the Island like there is in the city and the outer boroughs – it would be so much more fun! Thank goodness for the bloggy friends I’ve made online!

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ps – I bet Katie’s shot came out better than theirs!

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I know you’re going – crowded? It doesn’t look crowded to me!

Wait for it….

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Nice shadows on my face from the sun straight overhead (more “what not to do”).

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I thought this would be nice for my 4th of July red, white and blue look but…it’s just not working for me. Plus, as light as it was, an extra layer is not what I needed to be wearing that day. The second we were done shooting I pulled it off.

There’s all sorts of food at Smorgasburg.

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My favorite was my pineapple, raspberry, agave juice in a pineapple shell. I think it saved me from heatstroke. Literally. Look how red-faced I am!

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The crew seemed pretty happy to be chopping thousands of pineapples all day.

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Food puns.

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It was very sticky!!! But so yummy.

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So, we survived, we had some interesting things to eat, but boy was I happy to get back in my car in the air conditioning afterwards!

Thanks, Katie, for shooting under very difficult conditions – you did a great job!

What I’m Wearing:

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Week in Review: Week 121

It’s Sunday evening, I’m inside with the ac on as it was a very hot day…I can see the sky is looking beautiful down towards the harbor but I don’t have it in me to drive the 5 minutes to see it. I was going to try and shoot an outfit tonight by myself but…not happening. Summer comes and I just go to hell in a handbasket. Now that’s an odd expression! Okay, the week.

First of all, it was camp week at work, which means only a handful of our usual kids were there and many unfamiliar kids were there instead, for a week of…well, let me just show you. I can’t share the pictures here but I can give you the link to the camp week blog post I did -> Camp NSSA 2018

Monday night I saw the Mr. Roger’s movie “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” Very endearing. Sad that he’s gone.

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Tuesday I had dinner with friends…

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Then we went to a little nearby beach for a short walk and sunset.

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Wednesday was National Sunglasses Day…

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And I found this little peekaboo view of the harbor through someone’s yard.

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I watched the sunset and a g’boy sat near me doing the same.

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Thursday night I was pooped and came home and just crashed on the sofa in the ac. For hours. It was delightful.

I bought half a pie.

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I made it through the work week to Friday…and now I’m on VACATION!!!

Saturday, Katie and I drove into Brooklyn for Smorgasburg. We tried to do a photo shoot and it was ridiculous. There were so many people, it was so so hot, I was dripping and red faced and about to keel over. It’s like the worst photo shoot ever, ha. So, you have that to look forward to on Wednesday.

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On our way to dropping Katie off at her friend’s apartment in the city we drove alongside protesters against Trump’s immigration policies marching across the Brooklyn Bridge. All we could do in the moment was honk, thumbs up and WOOHOO them in support. Thanks to Katie for the video.

It Was Very Hot.

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It took me THREE HOURS to drive home cuz Long Island.

Today I did work in the morning (was uncharacteristically productive) then went to the ex’s for his daughter’s graduation party. It’s too hot for me to be out among the people anymore. I can be 1) in the air conditioning or 2) at the beach. Those are my options til like mid-September. See ya then 🙂

OH! I totally forgot to include my 1 Second Every Day video in yesterday’s Month in Review post, so it’s going right here.

Hope y’all have a nice week!

 

A Sentence a Day – June 2018

A Sentence a Day

Last month was so dismal I thought I’d give this another try. It’s hard to sum up the many components of a day in a single sentence – I might change it up a bit in July. I have a good friend who, when asking me how something was, rather than just saying, “how was it?” will ask, “what was the best part and what was the worst part?” and I now think of most experiences in this way. So I might do “Best/Worst” of the days in July…as concisely as possible.

June 2018

6.1 Missed the first day and have No Recollection of what went on. Ha, an auspicious beginning.

6.2 A good day “outside my box,” driving, lunching and garden touring out east with a friend.

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6.3 Dinner outside on a bar’s back patio with friend then a little blog photo shoot in a colorful alleyway.

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6.4 Sat in the park and watched the sun set over the harbor to try and…get calm.

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6.5 Spoke with the ex to wish him a happy birthday.

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6.6 Major uncharacteristic anxiety attack tonight over the thought of driving into the city tomorrow night to see my niece who’s just in NY for a few days.

6.7 As expected, I am having FOMO and guilt from not going to meet my niece in the city last night, but at least I’m having it from my desk at work and not broken down on the side of the road in the city.

6.8 This is always the nicest workday of the year – volunteering at a shady beachside rest stop for a 100-mile bike ride for autism – was pleasantly surprised to see my bff there – then saw Book Club alone after work.

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6.9 I had a quiet day relaxing at home, paying bills and WOOHOO making the final payment on my car (patting self on back)!!!

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6.10 Went with my girlfriend to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden on Staten Island and found it much more charming than I’d imagined…until we got caught in the rain…AND barely avoided an accident on the Verrazano Bridge while headed home, EEK.

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6.11 While I’d been a little sore throaty for several days, I woke up during the night with a raging throat and a fever so stayed home from work to sleep and rest up.

6.12 Some daytime anxiety…still not feeling great but still got to work.

6.13 Pass.

6.14 Still not feeling great but trying to make it to the weekend when I can take it easy and rest up…but DID manage to get to the thrift store for a Thrifting Thursday blog post!

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6.15 DECISIONS, DECISIONS! I really wanted to rest up this weekend but some friends are planning a trip up north to AN ALPACA FARM!!!

6.16 I’m so weak – could not resist the lure of the alpaca and I’m glad I went, it was such a nice day!

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6.17 Pass 😦

6.18 Had dinner with a friend I haven’t seen in over a year and we had a nice catch-up over dinner and sitting at the park by the harbor.

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6.19 Got a short summer haircut, did a photo shoot at a shady park and then had great dinner with friends, SO YUM!!!

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6.20 Caught up with friends at Beach Hut for the first time this year – was good timing as a major SAD was coming on, so it was good to be out with people I like.

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6.21 First day of summer, woot woot – AND my first evening all week with no plans, which I needed…so went down to the park with a book and an iced tea and relaxed til the color was gone from the sky.

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6.22 Last day of school year, teachers all abuzz with vacation plans, but I’ll still be there next week with my girls in the front office for camp week – BUT got to see MY BABY tonight, so yay!!!

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6.23 A quiet day alone at home, just relaxed, read, watched movies – nice.

6.24 Passed on Fun with Friends so I could do blog-related work, feeling good about how productive I was and now I can enjoy my evenings during the week ahead without feeling like I’m behind the 8-ball (I never really understood that expression).

6.25 First day of camp week was fine, quiet…got a lot of my own work done without the usual interruptions and am grateful for that…and saw the Fred Rogers movie, which was very endearing.

6.26 Work was fine, went out to dinner with friends, then to a small local beach for a short sunset walk.

6.27 Feet are hurting from all the running around getting camp pictures this week, there isn’t enough ibuprofen in the world.

6.28 Camp week at work is going well, my stress level is low, which is a much-needed relief, and there was a delightful thunder/rainstorm in the evening.

6.29 VACATION!!! ‘Nuff said.

6.30 Got to spend the last day of June with my baby in the Sahara Brooklyn – 100 degrees (!!!) but we had yummy snacks and fruity drinks at Smorgasburg.

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And June is a WRAP!

I link-up my “sentence-a-day” posts with Jodie over at Jodie’s Touch of Style, and you can too! I’ve also linked-up with A Boomer Girl’s Guide, a blog I just started following. She says “Join me as I contemplate getting older while staying healthy, happy and having the life that fits me right now.”