Not Too Fancy

First I just wanted to say how saddened I was to hear the news today (6.5.18) of Kate Spade. We never ever truly know what is going on in the heart or mind or life of another…and even seemingly successful or happy people can be carrying heavy burdens that can just become too much to bear. So to take a lesson away from this, as cliched as it might sound, be nice to everyone you meet because you just don’t know what pain they might be dealing with.


And onto today’s post…

My friend and I went to dinner last night in a popular nearby town. Lots of restaurants and people out on the street. I like busy areas. We went into a bar/restaurant that has been in business since 1912 that my friend remembered as having a 2-headed sheep on display. How could we miss that?? Sadly, the bartender told us it was not a 2-headed sheep but a 2-headed cat (just as good?) and it had not been there, but at a nearby bar that was no longer in existence. So much disappointment. BUT, we had a nice dinner and catch-up…and saw this fun mural in the alley next to the bar, so did a little photoshoot in my “regular” clothes.

I’m not fancy. I like pretty things…but not really on my body.

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I mostly prefer more basic clothing items. Not so much trendy.

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I wonder sometimes if the blog doesn’t show enough “trendy” items. I read a lot of blogs that do, and they’re fun to look at, like a fashion magazine. But when it comes to spending my money on clothing, I usually opt for an item that is going to look current for a long time. I do have fun with Gwynnie Bee and renting items that are unlike things I would normally buy and I guess that fills my need for “fancy.”

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My hope for the blog is that other women who feel “regular,” will see that they don’t have to be fancy to look nice or modern.

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This is a very utilitarian outfit, but it’s one of my favorites right now. It’s easy to wear, it’s comfortable, nothing is high maintenance, and it looks current. And it’s so easy to change up – I could swap out the green utility jacket for a denim jacket or black cardigan. I could change the stripe top to a white, grey, black or blush pink tee. Instead of the dark wash jeans I could wear white or black denim or faded skinnies. Or pink jeans (I’ve got my eye on a pair)! So many options with these very basic pieces!

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I don’t know that I’ve ever shown these jeans on the blog, though they’re my very favorite every day pair. They’re the Gloria Vanderbilt “Amanda” tapered jean. I’ve been wearing Gloria Vanderbilts for years and years (#notsponsored). It’s probably the first stretch jean I ever tried when I was looking for plus size jeans so long ago…and I’ve been a fan ever since. My white jeans (here) are also GV Amanda. They come in lots of washes and different colors – I used to have a coral pair (fun!).

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Thanks for the pictures, Linda!

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22 thoughts on “Not Too Fancy

  1. Miracles appear in the strangest of places
    Fancy meeting you here
    The last time I saw you
    Was just out of Houston
    Sit down let me buy you a beer
    Your presence is welcome
    With me and my friend here
    This is a hangout of mine
    We come here quite often
    And listen to music
    Partaking of yesterday’s wine
    You give the appearance
    Of one widely traveled
    I’ll bet you’ve seen
    Things in your time
    So sit down beside me
    And tell me your story
    If you think
    You’ll like yesterday’s wine

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  2. Well, that was strange. I wrote a comment and it said it couldn’t post it. (and it was long, dang it). So I tried the testing one and of course that went through. I’ll never remember everything I said in the first comment that is in cyberspace now. But here goes: First I do think you look modern for a couple of reasons. One…everything fits marvelously!
    And second—the striped shirt, the utility jacket and the espadrilles are all very on trend!!!
    Your preface is SO true!! Kindness is the only way to go!!

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    1. I wonder if stripes will ever go “out of style.” Remember a couple years ago when everyone was all about CHEVRON stripes and now they are like GONE. When I was a kid and my mother would dress me in stripes I always felt geeky.


  3. Ahhh, Gloria Vanderbilt jeans – about the only ones I wear anymore. They fit my body when others don’t. You look great! Love that jacket – I need one that can be worn with anything – maybe I’ll add that to my list. I’m trying really, really hard to adhere to your shopping advice.

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  4. It’s so nice to see a plus size woman in a casual outfit. I like seeing all the fancied-up plus size folks on their blogs, too, but I fear it sets a precedent that plus size women must always be all dressed up, accessorized and made up to the nines to be attractive. I think we can still look cute in our jeans and tees and comfy shoes!

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    1. “It’s so nice to see a plus size woman in a casual outfit.” I love this comment. Listen, everyone gets to dress exactly as they like (myself included!) but I know it’s hard to not feel like you’re looking “less than” when you see so many people really dressing up every day. As a blogger, I’m just concerned that my outfit posts might be a little boring cuz I don’t have a huge wardrobe with many outfit changes and the newest, latest and greatest. Can’t have that!


  5. So, your tshirt and jeans are only $8!!! How can they even make clothes that inexpensively? Never mind. I already know. It’s not a happy story.
    Anyway, I think if trendy isn’t your style than you shouldn’t put it out there. Everything they say in this “influencer profession” is to be authentic and I think the younger influencers have trendy and inauthentic all buttoned up! I like this outfit on you. It seems natural and flattering and like something I would wear.
    So, the mural. “ode to white men”? or the beginning of a joke “35 white guys walk into a bar…”? I was afraid you were going to show us the two headed cat so I’m glad it wasn’t found. Good to see you out and about!

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    1. I don’t understand the $8 t-shirt and jeans comment..?? The striped Target tee was $7.99 but I paid between $40-50 for the jeans.

      Yeah, the mural. Ha. I was gonna say something like “I want to introduce you to 200 of my dearest friends,” but I wasn’t feeling very funny that night. Not that that’s that funny, ha.


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