The One Where I Ramble

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Apologies for boring (and blurry!) pictures today. I am photographerless this week so it was just me and the tripod in the park. I feel bad cuz I really love this outfit and it deserves better than these measley pictures, but…it was these or nothing.

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I think that thing over my left shoulder that looks like a piece of truck that was leftover after an accident is art. I’m at an art museum. I enjoy art in theory. I just don’t understand the vast majority of it. I’d like to take a “how to understand art” class. I still haven’t started my first watercolor yet. I don’t really know what to do. I’ve watched gazillions of YouTube videos on beginner watercolor…and it looks so easy. I’m expecting to end up with a soggy piece of brown paper. Art is intimidating.

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That’s why I like photography (just not tripod selfies!). There’s a machine that actually Does the Thing. I just need a vague idea of what I want the finished product to be, and the machine actually does the work. It doesn’t matter if I have a shaky hand or my fingers won’t do what my mind is telling them to do. It’s sort of the same with a computer. I can tell a graphics program to make a certain shape or match a color or create a straight line between two points, and it just does it. I’m grateful for machines that can help me create art.

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Fashion styling is like art. Combining colors and patterns and shapes and textures and selecting the right looks for different settings and moods. I really loved styling models when I used to shoot for my vintage clothing store on ebay. Here’s some pictures from back in the day…

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justine 2


SB 1

shannon driveway 1-tiltshift 2

tara 10



I’m glad I had that fun, cuz it’s not quite as much fun styling myself! I’m so limited by sizing and budget. With models, it was literally like playing with a life size Barbie. I don’t mean to be condescending, they were all bright, lovely girls – one is working at a nonprofit now, one recently passed the bar, one is associate producer of a magazine. They were just so easy to dress! Anyway, I’m rambling….

I’ve had this floral Bobeau top for three summers now and I love it as much as the day I got it. It’s an easy to wear polyester crepe – and while I usually pass on poly, especially in the summer, this is very lightweight and breathable, and skims so nicely over lumps and bumps. It’s no longer available, but I found some comparable items:

B Collection by Bobeau Curvy Lily Pleat-Back Top in plus size

and B Collection by Bobeau Lily Pleated Back Floral Print Tank Top in straight size

The soft oatmeal duster cardigan is the fairer sister to my black Old Navy duster-length cardigan I wear all the time. It’s a very thin, fine knit. Perfect for summertime air conditioned buildings (like my office!). I’m wearing a 2x and they call the color “Palomino.” They are both very versatile items that can be worn all year.

I’m wearing my chestnut espadrilles from Aldo. I got them on clearance at DSW and they’re sold out, but I found these that have sort of the same vibe and are in that same great “goes with everything” chestnut brown tone.



I saw one pair very similar to mine but they were $650 HA HA HA HA HA I wouldn’t do that to you. Trust me, mine were not $650!

Boy, I was all over the place today! I planned to write about something very specific but I got off-track when my pictures weren’t what I hoped and…It Is What It Is!

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19 thoughts on “The One Where I Ramble

  1. I am all for body positivity and for dressing well at any size. But aren’t you tired of not being able to do things that others are able to do, like hiking and long walks on the beach? Not to mention the fact that you are, as my daddy used to say, digging your grave with your teeth! Girlfriend, you are still young enough to reverse this!

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      1. I truly am concerned–it is not about looks, it is about health and feeling better. I fight this battle every day but want to be able to enjoy the life I have been given.

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      1. Thanks Bettye—but it doesn’t come naturally. If I wrote how I think, I’d be here, there and everywhere (which I probably am anyways…ha ha)

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  2. Palomino? Chestnut? You need some pony time! And look at you! You were an instagrammer before there was instagram! Can you imagine how those images would have broken IG back in the day! I’m glad you’re back photographing and you do have a “saleable” skill in photography styling as well as being a photographer. Could be a side hustle? Anyway, you did better than I ever do with a tripod so I’d say it was a success!

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    1. Pony Time is never a bad thing. Speaking of which, when I was in 5th grade I decided my name would be Pony. Pony Rainwater. I signed all my papers at school as Pony Rainwater (with a little stick figure horse after it), and wrote that as my name in all my books. I bet I still have a book somewhere with that. Sadly, no one else really got on board and eventually I became just boring old Bettye again. Meh.

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