The Future of Fashion Schlub

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When I started The Schlub in February 2016, I was SO excited and had so many ideas. What I didn’t realize was how much support I would need from other people (GIANT THANKS TO ALL MY FRIENDS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND NON-PHOTOGRAPHERS ALIKE!!!) to get good blog photos and how much time it really took to create quality content. But I still managed to meet all my goals in Year One – number of followers, regularity of posting, that sort of thing. And in the beginning of 2017 I created new goals…and then dum dum dum DUMMMM….stupid cancer, and the accompanying surgery and treatments and feeling crappy and exhausted all the time…and this year really just became about keeping my head above water. A lot of people would say “don’t worry about the blog, just take of yourself!” But I really needed something else to focus on so I didn’t just lay around feeling lousy and sorry for myself. So I tried my best to keep the blog going. I definitely had some slow spots but I feel I’m back now, at least where I was before. And now I’m feeling ready to grow again.

And I’m asking for *your* help. Yes, Fashion Schlub was started to follow my journey, but I would like it to be *your* journey, too. So if there are things you would like to see or learn about, please let me know. If there are things other bloggers do that you think are fun/interesting/etc, and you’d like to see me do it, too, share that with me.

That’s it. I just wanted to say I know Fashion Schlub was not all that exciting this year, and that going forward I plan to make it better. And thank you to all of you who continue to read and post comments, I appreciate every one of you and the fact that you’re still here!

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Week in Review: Week 86

After my week of feeling cranky, then my week of getting out Every Damn Day…the pendulum swung back to the middle this week and I just had a nice quiet week and enjoyed it.

Peeking. Always peeking.

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This is what I’m currently reading. It hasn’t really grabbed me yet but I read so many good reviews on it that I’m trying to stick it out. I never read “The Jane Austen Book Club.”

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I puppy-sat a couple days this week.

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Last show of summer…

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First show of fall.

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This lil guy found a warm spot in the sun.

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I came home Friday to a leafless tree.

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And now it’s weekend. Continuing to feel a little better every week. Taking it easy today, tomorrow I hopefully have plans with friends. And you??

Bettye xoxo

Cardigans Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Okay, first of all, forgive me as I have selfied. I had no available photographer this week so I figured out I could use a light stand as a tripod workaround. I always lose the little piece on the tripod that attaches the camera to the tripod, rendering said tripod useless. But the hard part of selfies isn’t where to put the camera or how to take the picture from umpteen feet away…it’s how to get yourself in focus!!! So, my apologies in advance for a high percentage of not-quite-in-focus pictures.

That said…I really enjoyed wearing this Karen Kane floral dress from Gwynnie Bee…BUT it was only wearable with a cardi over top. It was a little too clingy to my hip bumps and my tummy on its own…but a cardigan is magic and just glides right over those things and you’d never know there were any problem areas at all!

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Aforementioned hip bumps…not quite as evident in the photo, but trust me, they’re there.

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And tummy…

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But with the cardigan all that just disappears…

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Interestingly, my friend Julia over at When the Girls Rule just posted today about a top she calls “the fixer.” And I think a loose-fitting cardigan falls into the category of “fixer,” as it fixes whatever’s underneath. I’m borrowing your term, Julia, cuz it’s brilliant! 

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So if you have something that seems a little too snug for you in spots, don’t necessarily discount it. If you love it, you can “fix it” with a loose cardigan over top.

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Plus, they’re wonderful for extending your summer wardrobe into the cooler months of fall. I’d had this dress in my Gwynnie Bee closet for some time, and it just arrived now in the middle of October. Layering the cardigan over it made it autumnal!

Speaking of autumnal, just some borrowed scenes from my girlfriend’s front porch…

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What I Wore:

  • Karen Kane floral dress via Gwynnie Bee, 24
  • Old Navy black duster cardigan, 2x
  • Hat from Headcovers Unlimited

Week in Review: Week 85

Well, I’m finally starting to feel a little better…so I can get out a little more and not end up so house-bound and cranky!

It’s so good to have near-by places that I can get to in just a few minutes and see something pretty or just people- or dog-watch. This is a VERY doggy town! Anyway, I caught the local crew team finishing up their practice just before sunset.

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Caleb got to stroll around a bit. It’s harder now to let him off lead as he’s so deaf that he doesn’t hear me call him and he’s so dotty that he forgets to look for me and just wanders off. So it was nice that he was able to have a few minutes of freedom on this deserted spot on the beach.

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Another day we tried to catch sight of the harvest moon as it rose up over the horizon. It’s always a guessing game as to where the best spot will be. I still think this is a good spot but it was so cloudy that the moon didn’t show anywhere til it was high in the sky much later.

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My friend and I went to a lake to try and get some pretty sunset shots but it was a very nothing sky. So we did an Outfit of the Day instead and then went to Denny’s for brinner. Man, do I look tired!

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Loft dress, Old Navy cardigan, Vionics shoes, vintage scarf

Friday night I went to our work event “A Special Night for Our Special Kids” to take pictures for our blog and newsletter. An entire amusement park is closed to the public for the evening and is open to families with children (and adults) with autism. The park is less crowded, quieter, lines are shorter or nonexistsent – all to make a nicer time for these kids for whom noise, crowds, waiting, etc., can be a real challenge.

 

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Saturday I planned a custom tour for myself of Red Hook, Brooklyn. I really needed to get out of Dodge but I still can’t do a lot of walking, so I planned in lots of little stops where I could drive to The Thing, walk just a short distance to The Thing, then go back to the car to do the next thing. It was perfect. Red Hook is a small, quietish, waterfront neighborhood in Brooklyn. There are no subway stops there so there’s less hustle and bustle than other areas.

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There’s a couple good street art areas…

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Some nice gardens…

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A little garden space at Pioneer Works, a multi-cultural space, with plantings to attract wildlife.

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Some very interesting homes. I love how the one shutter on the window is actually the twin towers.

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This was my schlubby outfit of the day. Oofah those pants are horrendous. But so comfortable.

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I got a key lime pie. I’ve never even HAD key lime pie so I’m not sure what possessed me. I just had to have it. It’s very good but too tart to ever be a favorite of mine.

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Views of the Statue of Liberty.

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And great sunset views.

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And yesterday I was exhausted and barely moved! But it was a good exhausted cuz I’d had fun the day before. Today I’m off for Columbus Day and the goal is to get a few more boxes unpacked and things put away and organized. My body is saying NO! NO GOALS! SOFA! But…I’ll try to do SOMETHING productive.

Hope y’all are enjoying the three-day weekend and have a good week ahead.

Bettye xoxo

I’m Feeling a Little…

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Okay, a) lookit my cute boy!

b) I’m feeling a little Sporty Spice in this outfit

c) A little spunky

d) A little…NO EVIDENCE OF CANCER-Y!!!! Yup. Got my scan results back and finally heard the words “no evidence of cancer,” which is what you want to hear at this point. That’s not the same as “cancer free,” they can’t say that yet. Once you’ve gone five years with no evidence of cancer THEN they can declare you cancer free.

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So, yeah. Good news. Funny thing though, I don’t feel like I’m as excited about the news as other people! Honestly, I never felt that this cancer at this time was going to be the end of me. Not in a “I’m such a positive person” way, just in a “in my bones” way. Like when I knew I was going to have a girl when I was pregnant with my daughter. I just KNEW.

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So, the chemo stuff hasn’t worked its way out of my system yet, my blood cell counts are still low so I still don’t have much energy and they have me going back weekly to monitor my bloodwork…but I’M ON WAY TO FEELING BETTER. And I don’t have to have anymore *(*%&(*!! treatments, YAY.

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So Caleb and I are getting out a little more.

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The one-eyed kitty was distracting him.

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And perfect for a little stroll around the neighborhood is this Junarose dress from Alexis Krase at plusBKLYN. I love pairing the blue tie-died dress with the grey thermal knit cardi from Avenue and sneakers.

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Thanks everyone for all your thoughts, prayers and good wishes throughout this year – I appreciate every one of you. And now I just want life to go back to NORMAL!!!

Pictures by my friend Karen.

Til next time….

Weeks in Review: Week 83-84

Hey, cats & kittens! Sup??

I’m sort of over my cranky hump of last week because I’ve been forcing myself to go out, for better or worse. When you don’t feel well for a long time you just sort of get used to staying home…but I had finally hit the wall. So, while my legs are not really any better at carrying me around, I’m making them do it anyway even though it’s a struggle. Eventually I get home and collapse on the bed – for hours. But til then…I’m gettin’ out, baby!

I read “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting & Fishing.” It’s not my usual MO, but I liked it. I liked the characters, it was an easy, fast read…and I’ve already bought something else by her which I will hopefully like as much. I give it a 3.5 out of 5. That’s pretty good for me. I think I’ve given like 3 books a 5 in my adult reading life: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Power of One and All the Light We Cannot See. If you think we have similar book taste you can follow me on Goodreads.

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I puppy-sat two weeks ago. It was a beautiful day but no one wanted to sit outside with me.

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I started taking advantage of the beautiful area I moved to recently.

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Caleb is such a peeker*

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Just another beautiful sunset.

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Finally made it to a beach. It was just in time for the sun to go down, but still…

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I love this picture. Now, this has NOTHING to do with having cancer. But do other people see pictures of themselves and think “I have to tell someone I want this picture in my “life collage” at my funeral?” Maybe that’s just a regional thing where family members put together big photo collages for display at the wake or funeral service. I actually have a folder on my computer where I’ve started putting pictures I want displayed. Hey, that’s the last time I lot of people are going to see me – I’m not leaving THAT up to someone else. I have a *lot* of plans (guidelines?) for my funeral – and this goes WAY back before the cancer.

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Oh, it’s just a dog driving a BMW.

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I can’t resist a good sky.

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See above*

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A good friend made this beautiful bench for me. He’s calling it a bench. I’m using it as a table. It’s so smooth. I keep petting it.

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This bunny comes to the front yard every day.

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My friend Johnna and I went to a “doggy brunch” this morning. Cute concept but it was a little rough on Caleb. I brought a little rug for him to lay on but it was so busy he couldn’t really settle in. Getting up and down is hard for him these days so it can take him awhile to decide to lay down. Johnna’s 5-month-old Italian Mastiff , Shine, was *such* a good boy! He’s all velvety and loose-skinned and sweet.

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And that’s that! I plan on continuing to get out as much as possible. I have to start getting a LITTLE fit again so everything is not SO hard for me.

Have a good week, yo!

 

I’m Cranky, but…

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I’ve been feeling very cranky this week. Everything is pissing me off: my keyboard, the mouse, the dog, the bug that keeps buzzing in my ear at night, the return of heat and humidity, this %&(&^!! acne. And more.

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In trying to figure out what the REAL issue is…I think it’s the waste of this entire year to stupid cancer and the accompanying surgery and treatments. I’ve felt crappy for too long, I’ve been stuck inside and sedentary for too long, I’ve missed out on doing fun things with friends and Caleb…and myself.

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So, treatments are over. I certainly don’t FEEL better yet…but I’m trying to force myself out a little more. A teeny tiny walk with the dog. Sitting in my chair at the beach at sunset. Having ice cream with a friend in town. Easy things but…IT’S GETTING ME OUT OF THE DAMN HOUSE!!!

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So, as the title said, I’m cranky, but…I’ve tried to keep things as easy for myself as possible this year (well, except for moving, ha ha – that was not ideal timing but it’s done). A dress like this helps. The Sharagano dress is a drapey chambray (I think it feels like a Tencel blend) and SO easy peasy to wear. It’s a loose swirly tent-fit and hardly wrinkles. I rented it through Gwynnie Bee and when the sale price went to SIXTEEN DOLLARS I snatched it right up. I love this spicey orangey rust color and it goes well with several of my duster length cardigans so I can wear it well into the autumn.

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And oh yeah, POCKETS.

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So, yes, I’m cranky, but…things are GOING to get better. Each week a little more of the chemo poison will leave my body and I’ll start feeling better and better. I’ll be able to start living MY life again…not CANCER’S life. Stupid cancer.

Soon I’ll be spending less time laying in bed and more time watching sunsets.

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Pictures taken by my friend Karen. Thanks!

Week in Review: Week 82

Another pretty quiet week. I didn’t do much, BUT, I did do an apartment update video so you can see what I’ve been up to in the past 3 weeks (not much, ha!). The video is at the end.

I won a $100 on a birthday scratch-off! Yay. This replaced the money I spent the day I had the tire blowout: Used Tire + New Valve came to exactly $100, so.

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Met some friends for dinner, but first we went to the lake for some pictures…and I actually got to see a little bit of a sunset.

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The Fried Who Shall Remain Nameless took an Outfit of the Day pic for me and I got a little silly.

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Jane.

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Yesterday I had my last chemo treatment, woohoo! I’ve got horrible chemo acne right now, so that’s lovely. But the dr said I should start feeling normal again in 5-6 weeks so I’m really really looking forward to that!

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And that was my week. But if you’re interested in an apartment update, here’s a little video for you…

Have a good week, y’all!

Bettye xoxo

Transitioning….

Transitioning from summer to fall…transitioning to my new hood….so many ch-ch-ch-changes going on!

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There’s certainly no shortage of lovely scenery around here for shooting…this is a park and marina a half mile from the apartment. It’s *really* nice at sunset.

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This dress is from a special collection by Ann Taylor Loft via Gwynnie Bee. No, Loft does not typically do plus sizes (sadface). But I was able to rent a couple pieces from the collection through Gwynnie Bee, and I really love this dress. It’s a blue/grey paisley print jersey knit sleeveless swing dress (MY FAVORITE!!!). And by just adding a lightweight black longline cardigan over top, I could extend the outfit well into the cooler temps of fall.

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I haven’t done much exploring in the area yet but yesterday after the shoot I did drive around just a little bit and found the yacht club which also had a lovely view.

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It’s a very “walky” and “doggy” area. Parks, many restaurants, etc. welcome dogs and that’s so nice.

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The paint. Not really wet.

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I look forward to feeling better SOON and being able to walk around more and bringing Caleb with me.

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What I Wore:

Week in Review: Week 81

It was a quiet week for me…in a good way.

Tuesday was my birthday and my lovely office-mates got me oodles of goodies!

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I got a bunch of emails from 1969.

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Caleb enjoying his new view.

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I’m enjoying my new view, too.

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Nature dancing on my wall.

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Wig shopping.

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After pouring spoiled milk over the last bowl of cereal I had to improvise breakfast.

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What I’m reading now. Janey loves when we stay in bed all day.

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Thinking good thoughts for all the people in the world being hit hard by weather these past weeks…hoping they all get the help they so desperately need…grateful (selfishly?) that my loved ones are safe. Hoping for an easier week ahead for everyone.

Bettye