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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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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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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The ex with baby Katie

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.”

What I Wore This Week

finally managed to remember to take a photo of my outfit of the day every day this week! Woohoo, Star Blogger right here! Ha. I like to keep the bar pretty low for myself at times so I can feel good about even my more meager accomplishments. Self Care Tip #21.

Anyway…

Sunday 6.24.18

A mainly stay-at-home day. I only got dressed because I ran out to pick up breakfast, but I kept it pretty casual and comfy. Not even any make-up. These items are all pretty old. I’m not actually a big fan of this color combo – it’s a little militaristic and dull, but…whatevs. Only the deli folk saw me in it. I could easily elevate it with a black tee and black slides.

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Army green tee from Asos, no longer available, similar here and here in plus sizes…and here and here in straight sizes. Khaki linen blend pants from Jessica London, no longer available, similar here. Footbed slides by Mephisto (LITERALLY 20 years old), no longer available, similar here

Monday 6.25.18

Back to work…but it’s camp week and a little more casual than usual, so this sleeveless boho top from Andree by Unit was perfect. Lightweight rayon, flowy fit – all good. In the picture on Gwynnie Bee I thought the embroidery was red and navy so I thought I might hang onto it for the 4th of July next week, but it was actually red and black, so back it goes after one wear. After reading Jodie Filogomo’s blog post about wearing red, white and blue, I realize I have no outfit right now in that color scheme! My mother is rolling over in her grave.

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Boho top by Andree by Unit, size 24, not available. Similar here and here in plus size and here and here in straight sizes. Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans, size 22W short.

Tuesday 6.26.18

I know this doesn’t look very summery, but the ac in my office is fierce. You need to dress defensively to get through the day. I always have a sweater of some sort to go over whatever else I’m wearing, just in case.

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Green lace-up tunic top by Bobeau, no longer available. Similar here and here in plus sizes and here and here in straight sizes. Black duster cardigan from Old Navy, 3x. Black leggings from Walmart. Cognac espadrilles by Aldo.

Wednesday 6.27.18

One of my summer favorites, the Grapes of Wrath dress. It’s very light and easy breezy.

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Indigo and white rayon dress by Junarose, size 22. No longer available, and to be honest, I can’t find anything like it! Navy cardigan from H&M, size 24, no longer available. Similar here

Thursday 6.28.18

Another “didn’t give it a lot of thought” day. Figures the week I finally manage to take an ootd every day was camp week at work, which is more casual than usual and I run around taking a million pictures so I dress for comfort and for being on my feet a lot. Still, I had to put on clothes, so OOTD! And next week I’m on (wait for it…)  VACATION!!!!  so there will be lots of leggings, bathing suits and nightgowns, ha. I might skip next week as far as ootd and not subject you to that! I promise the next time I do a “what I wore this week” I’ll make it a more interesting week!

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American Rag floral peasant top, no longer available. Comparable here and here in plus sizes and here and here in straight sizes. Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans, size 22w short…and really really old Mephisto slides

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That Time My Daughter Dressed Me

Katie’s home!  For a little while, anyway. I asked her to put together an outfit from my closet. I’ve been looking at the same items for so long I’m no longer “seeing” new combinations, and I was hoping a pair of fresh eyes would come up with something different.

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The first outfit she came up with – white jeans, a white v-neck tee and my green utility “shacket” (ugh) – I put it on, looked in the mirror and said “I look like a hospital orderly.” She was like DAMN! She hadn’t seen it before I said that, but once seeing it she couldn’t unsee it, so we moved to Outfit #2. This very classic black and white combination, which I honestly would not have worn on my own – I would have put a third piece over it – the duster length black cardi – but I liked it.

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She added the two necklaces that have a repeating round pendant theme, but, again, I would never have put them together on my own. I like the trend of multiple length layering necklaces, but I never thought of these two as working well together, but now that I’ve seen them on, I like them together. Thanks, Katie! She kept the earrings simple since the necklaces were so…much? And the cognac slides broke up the simpleness of the black and white.

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Black and white is such a classic color combo, but I think any solid color over white works – navy, grey, red, pink, etc. I can’t wait for the fall to wear my favorite grey turtleneck over the white jeans…yes, I will wear my white jeans after Labor Day!

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It was a good exercise to let someone else style me. Do you ever let someone else “dress you”??

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What I’m Wearing:

Thanks to Katie for the styling and the photos!

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Week in Review: Week 120

Busy Busy Busy. Work was busy, evenings were busy. Busy so busy. Whoa. And yet, sadly, not a lot of pictures to show for it. OH WELL.

Monday I had dinner with an old friend. We ate outside on the patio and it was NINE MILLION DEGREES I am not exaggerating. After dinner we went down to the park by the harbor and a pre-storm wind-picked up, which was lovely. We just sat on a bench and chatted and caught up. Nice.

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Tuesday I got my hair cut pretty short for summer.

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Then we did a photo shoot outdoors at a museum, you can see it in its entirety here. It was another hot day but we were able to find shady spots to shoot in.

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Pink top by Andree Unit, similar vibe here and here in plus size, here and here in straight sizes. Super comfy cognac slides by Steve Madden

Wednesday I met some friends at Beach Hut, this is a franchise of beach-front spots that serve food, drinks and have live music every night throughout the summer season. You can sit in their dining area if you want to order their food or you can just plunk your chair down in the sand with your own refreshments and still hear the music. So it’s a nice low-cost summer option and we do this pretty often. Last year they got in trouble for tax evasion and this year the franchise is back with new owners and a new name but they’ll always be Beach Huts to me.

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Uhm, okay.

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I’ve been cleaning my car out for a long time now…there was a LOT of stuff in there. I’m finally down to the last of the Stuff That Shouldn’t Be There (as opposed to things like jumper cables, beach chair, water bottles, etc), and once it’s all emptied out I’ll get it super-duper cleaned at the car wash…in preparation for my new endeavor – I’m going to be an Uber driver, woohoo. Ha. I’m stalling a bit cuz I’m a little nervous but I think it will be a good way to bring in some additional cash on my own timetable.

Anyway, this week I found these items. I just don’t know how some things wind up in there! My daughter’s high school graduation program from nine years ago (note: she graduated on the day Michael Jackson died) and…

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…this weird little hot dog cookbook ?!? Ha. If you’re a hot dog lover, I saw this article online this week about spiralizing hot dogs.

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Friday was the last day of Secret Friend (aka Secret Santa) Week at work and I got my final gift (Starbucks gift card!) and found out who my secret friend was, whee!

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Another great surprise that day was a little chipmunk waiting for me on my steps when I got home!

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AND…getting to see MY BABY!!! She’s in NY for a little bit and we did a quick blog photo shoot (here’s a sneak peek) AND…

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…sat on the beach with spiked slurpees and watched the cloudy sunset.

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And I’m trying, ONCE AGAIN, to do Outfit of the Day every day. Even on casual days when I’m not really “dressing,” I’m just throwing on clothes to leave the building. Like today. I’m just running out to pick up breakfast then I’ll probably be home the rest of the day. I’m opting to skip the Fun Things with Friends (FOMO much?) to do some much-needed blog and apartment work. The day we went to the alpaca farm I had really intended to stay home and get work done, but…alpacas. So…if I get it all done today, I can play all the coming week without guilt. 

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Army green tee from Asos, no longer available, similar here and here in plus sizes…and here and here in straight sizes. Khaki linen blend pants from Jessica London, no longer available, similar here. Footbed slides by Mephisto (LITERALLY 20 years old), no longer available, similar here

And now it’s Sunday evening, time for some dinner, picking out my outfits for the week, then maybe a movie before bed. And tomorrow we start all over again!

What are you up to this first full week of summer??

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Happy 1st Day of Summer

FINALLY. I feel like it was just snowing a few weeks ago…and now it’s officially SUMMER. Do you have your summer wardrobe all sorted out? I mostly do…I have my warm-weather wardrobe staples, so now it’s time for a wild card or two!

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As much as we may plan to have a our closet filled with items that mix and match for optimal “outfitting,” it’s fun to have a couple items that are just fun, even if they’re just a one-hit-wonder.

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This top is like that for me. It really doesn’t mix and match with anything in my closet – it goes over white jeans or blue jeans. Period. But I feel like I’m wearing an outfit-and-a-half when I wear it, it’s Just That Fun!

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It’s swishy, swirly, lightweight and PINK. Not my usual M.O. But it’s good when you want to feel summery and festive.

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This is a Gwynnie Bee rental item. GB is great for those outlier items that add a little dash to your usual wardrobe without having to add another item to your closet…or your credit card bill. This is not a sponsored post, I just have so much fun with my Gwynnie Bee subscription, I want to share it! If you use my link here, you can get a one-month free trial! AND Gwynnie Bee now carries straight sizes, too!

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This top is Andree by Unit “Sharkbite Hem Embroidered Coral Top.” Such a fancy name!

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If you’re not a GB-er, you can find similar items here and here in plus sizes…and here and here in straight sizes.

I’m also wearing my beloved skinny jeans from Charlotte Russe, chestnut tan slides by Steve Madden, and sunnies by A New Day at Target.

What’s your favorite fun fashion splurge for summer??

Thanks to my buddy Linda for the great pictures!

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Thrifting Thursday

I could have called this post “The One Where I’m Not Wearing Pants,” but…I thought that  might attract the wrong sort of attention.

I revisited Savers again today. I tried to really have an open mind as I looked through the racks….but. But I have a very limited color palette (which is a fancy way of saying I’m picky), so my eyes slide past a LOT of “no’s” before they’re able to slow down at a maybe. I did manage to find a couple things to bring into the fitting room…and one item actually came home with me (woohoo), in addition to two books that are on my “want to read” list.

First, this was my outfit of the day. A dress. Which will help you understand the “no pants” comment in a moment.

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Sleeveless Patterned Swing Dress by Loft, comparable here in plus size and here in straight size

Ah. No pants! Ha. Anyway, my love of striped tops made me bring this into the fitting room even though it’s only a 2x. Not surprisingly, it’s way too tight. I am not a tight-fitting clothes gal.

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This I tried on just for the color and stripiness of it (it’s a sickness). The fit was not good. I wouldn’t have gotten it anyway with the flowery decal things. I find embellishments like that very dating. In five years the striped top will still look fine, but the morning glories will be so twenty-teens.

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I can’t even show you the next two on cuz I had no pants AND no tee shirt underneath. But a few weeks ago I was standing in line behind a woman wearing black trainers, black leggings, a long-sleeved tunic-length grey tee with a red and grey plaid button-down shirt tied around her waist. That look could be messy…but she made it into perfect athleisure chic and I haven’t been able to get the look out of my mind. Now, I can’t tie anything around my waist (I’ve always said plus size designers should make a shirt with crazy extra-extra-long sleeves just so big-tummied girls can tie them around their waists!) but I can wear something unbuttoned over a tee and maybe get the same look. This lilac color is not in my usual palette, but I like the soft navy stripes and I have navy leggings…AND it’s a very lightweight drapey fabric, which I like.

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I tried this top for the same reason as the one above but this one did not pass the fabric test. Also very lightweight, but in a floaty sheer cottony way, as opposed to the rayon drapey way of the lilac shirt above. For me, drapey: yes, floaty: no.

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So this is what came home with me. I’ve got a vacation week coming up and I plan to spend many days on the beach and am stockpiling books in preparation. Plus, look how nicely color coordinated everything is!

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tried to buy this Dalmatian candle for my niece but, shockingly, she was not interested. I know she will live to regret that.

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And that is the extent of this week’s thrifting adventure. I wish I could have the good luck of Maggie of Thriftshop Fashionista, she finds super cute things All The Time!!!

Hope everyone has something nice planned for the weekend!

xoxo Bettye

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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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.

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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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