Influencer is Not a Bad Word!

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So, last week, one of my co-workers (I’ll call her C) said to me how much she was enjoying my blog and that it had influenced her to pay more attention to looking good and dressing in more than just casual jeans all the time. I was really moved by this – like wow, I’m really an “influencer,” in the best sense of the word! Not to make the moment about me (ha ha, though that is my special gift!) but it really made me feel good.

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C said she was travelling to visit family out of state and bought some new clothes – dresses – to wear on her trip. Her sister complimented her on how nice she looked and said she should dress that way more often, which I’m sure made C feel really good. And it made me feel good to know she felt good! It was a big warm fuzzy circle of looking good and feeling good!

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And that’s a huge part of why I do this – and I’m sure many other bloggers as well. It’s my way of saying you can make a big impact with how you look and feel (yes, you!) with really not a lot of effort. You just have to Do It!

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I spent many years thinking…I’m too fat, I’m too old, I don’t have any sense of style, boo hoo hoo. But finally I just decided to do it anyway. To make the effort to dress better anyway. Even If I was fat and old and bleh. And you know what? I feel so much better now. I look better. I’m still fat and old, ha ha. But…it’s better. And if *I* can do it, anyone can.

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And onto today’s outfit. Sorry to be back in the white jeans again (!) two outfit posts in a row but I got this adorable top from Gwynnie Bee and while it would also look nice over black or blue jeans (or even the green jeans on my list!), I thought it would look best over the white jeans.

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I do love this top from Loft Plus. Loft’s new plus size line really has a lot of nice items. I haven’t quite worked out the fit yet on some things. I’ve regained weight in my stomach since last year when I lost some, so a lot of things are being snugger around my belly. I do want to make a plan about that before long. Just so I can find clothes to fit!

Anyway, this top is a very nice lightweight rayon fabric, in a businessy blue and white oxford-like stripe…but then with some feminine embroidery on the chest and amazing bell sleeves. And – do you have any idea how much I love a tab/band collar?? A LOT. I love them a LOT.

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It was just a little cool and windy this day (and the next day – 82 degrees!) so the green Tencel jacket came back out. But it was so nice to finally be able to wear something that felt springy…and not be freezing!!! 

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And…just to make my photographer Who Shall Remain Nameless happy…I will share a photo she took using her own creative director skills….

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Thanks for shooting, PWSRN! You did a great job!

What I’m Wearing

  • Loft Mosaic Striped Bell Sleeve Blouse, size 26. In plus size here, and in regular and petite sizes here.
  • Picket Fence White Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda tapered jeans, size 22W Short. Plus size here.
  • Green Tencel jacket from Ava&Viv/Target, size 3x, no longer available. Similar plus size here and straight size here and here.
  • New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi Lightweight Running Shoe in light grey here

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22 thoughts on “Influencer is Not a Bad Word!

  1. Of course you influence people – even me, and I’m almost too old to be influenced 🙂 Love the top, especially love the neck/collar. And of course, the white jeans. You really do inspire me! I really do have a shopping list now of what I could add to my closet – and that’s a new thing for me.

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    1. Ooh I’m so excited you made a list! I keep thinking of going one step further and making a photo album in my phone of each item in my wardrobe so I have it with me when I’m shopping cuz sometimes I forget the details about what I’m trying to match/complement with. Have I gone off the deep end, ha ha? I think there’s actually an app for that.

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  2. Your photographer did a great job! I love the last photo! This top fits you so well and is perfect for this season. I love your story of your co-worker being inspired by you. I know there are lots of other women who are inspired who remain in the shadows of your blog. Keep doing what you’re doing my friend!

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  3. Yes! YES! This is exactly it! How wonderful that your positivity in style spilled over onto your friend. And her positivity will spilled over onto other people. This is the great thing about good vibes. Way to go!! I feel the same way sometimes. You look fantastic!

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  4. Bettye, I’m trying to be more mindful about what I buy for my wardrobe. You’ve given me some great tips for choosing clothes. Thanks!

    You are a super duper influencer! 😀😀😀

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  5. This is a lovely look and so perfect for spring! I adore the blue and white striped top and it looks incredible with white jeans. I love wearing my white jeans often, too. 🙂 It does feel really nice when someone shares they want to up their style game because of us, doesn’t it? Hope you have a wonderful week, Bettye. Still hoping you will join my linkup soon as co-host. 😉

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  6. I very much agree with this blog post. The word influencer is a bit confusing. But I think having a positive influence on other people is a wonderful thing. That is clearly what you are accomplishing. I am so glad that you are feeling positive about yourself and your look. That is essential to well-being. Yes to warm fuzzy fashion! And cheers to you Bettye!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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  7. I think you look super, love your cute blouse. I totally agree it’s nice to give others inspiration, and I have a couple of friends who jest “my blogger friend told me …..” lol. It makes me feel very proud. x Jacqui Mummabstylish.
    Please do join my #chicandstylish #linkup every Thursday. x

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