It’s a Wrap

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Wrap dresses are one of those items you see all the time on lists of Things You Must Have In Your Wardrobe. In reality, YMMV when it comes to these iconic dresses, but they’re definitely worth a try. A true wrap is very flexible when it comes to sizing and fit as you actually “wrap it” only as snugly as you like. The surplice top can be very flattering…or sometimes a little risque, depending on how low they go (or how adept you are at pinning!), and I have always found the skirt to be slimming. And this is from someone who typically wears non-waist-ed swing/trapeze/sack style dresses. But I like renting wrap dresses from Gwynnie Bee to try for awhile and I’m usually pleased.

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Diane Von Furstenburg created the wrap dress in 1974 (I’m so old I actually remember this and her Time magazine cover in the dress) based on a kimono design. She used stretchy knit fabrics in a ton of different fun prints and sales went through the roof! The design has been continued (and copied) to this day and her brand is as strong as ever today (GO #GIRLBOSS!). This one is So Amazing, but if I were to splurge on an actual DFV wrap, it would be the iconic chain print in this sienna color.

I actually had one back in the day. I would have been 15 or 16 here. I can’t recall if it was actually a DVF or just a knock-off but I remember I Had To Have It, even though it was like a whopping $28. I do remember thinking it made my hips look kind of big. Oh, brother!!! 

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Ha ha, nice keeping your eyes open, Bettye! Nice giant corsage, Boyfriend!

This cute stylized floral wrap dress is by London Times. I got it via Gwynnie Bee so it’s not a keeper, but we had a nice visit. I could have dressed it up with pumps or strappy sandals but I prefer “casual-ing things down,” which I did here with white Keds and a denim jacket. It also would have been well-suited to a cropped cardigan because of the defined waist.

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Have you ever tried a wrap dress? Did you like it?

What I’m Wearing:

Special thanks to Robert of Robert Mitchell Photography for the great pictures!

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Week in Review: Week 123

Ooh, Week 123, I like that!

Well, as First-Weeks-Back-to-Work-After-Vacation go, this wasn’t a bad one.

First day back to work I skedaddled right to the beach as soon as I was free. It was a warm afternoon with a breeze and a friend joined me for a beach chat. We discussed the pros and cons of living in your car and ideas for home-based businesses.  Assuming your car is not your home.

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An ice cream shop in town went out of business. Trust me, we are not at a loss for ice cream now, there are several other shops still remaining. But this one was so cute with a carousel horse in the window.

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I got the Filthmobile washed and detailed in preparation for my new side gig as an Uber driver. I’ve taken two fares so far and have not been murdered or car-jacked. It’s all good.

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Janey and the polka dots.

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On Friday the 13th a raven/crow (there’s been some discussion as to which this is) landed on the roof of the building just above me as I headed into work. Then I boosted a Facebook post for an event we’re having and you put in how much you want to spend for the duration of the promotion and for how many days you want to run it…and it came out to $6.66 per day. Fortunately, it is now Sunday the 15th and as I mentioned, I have not been murdered or car-jacked, so…I think I survived the bad omens.

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Getting ready for a photo shoot.

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Saw this sign during the shoot and I couldn’t resist getting one pic with it.

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After the shoot I was so so hot, I drove around the area cooling down before I turned on the Uber app. Saw this little pond. It looked nicer in real life.

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Wish I’d had my camera, the phone camera was not my friend while shooting these snowy egrets.

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Always looking for photo opps and interesting future photo shoot locations.

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They may not look like much now, but I see a blue photo background, a black one and a pretty terra cotta one.

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Oh! Almost got through the day without paying homage to the Very Important #NationalIceCreamDay !

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Went to the park at the end of the day to see this…

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…and this 🙂

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And that was my week. Pretty anti-climactic after last week, but…..you know, life. Already have a couple beach afternoons planned this week as rain this morning kept me from going today. Got anything fun planned for the week ahead?

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).

I’m linking up today with Emma Peach’s Style with a Smile link-up – go check out all the bloggers who have joined in!

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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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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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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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We All Make Mistakes

Right??

As cheap careful as I am, sometimes I end up making purchases I regret.  I try not to make impulse purchases and I try to stick to my lists of things I truly need in my wardrobe. But…I’m human (sigh) and sometimes I get it wrong. But hopefully I can take some lessons away from my mistakes…and maybe they can help you, too.

So, this blouse I really loved when I first bought it. But when I finally tried wearing it, it just wasn’t good. I tried it on over all my pants and it’s just too short. My “low” belly shows, my rounded thighs show…and while I’m not ashamed of them, it just looks nicer when something skims over them hiding them from view.

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Melrose & Market floral shirt, size 3x

The Lesson: Don’t get so caught up in a color or print or style that you overlook fit.

This next top was an in-person impulse item. The colors and print grabbed me. I liked the bell sleeves. And it was very inexpensive (like $11.99 at Rainbow Shops). So I didn’t pay enough attention to the too-revealing neckline. It’s too much cleavage for work…and the whole top is too frou-frou for going out with friends. So I’ve worn it One Time since I bought it last fall.

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Floral top, no longer available. Comparable here in plus size and here in straight size.

The Lesson: Similar to #1, don’t get so caught up on color and print and price that you buy something you really have no place to wear.

I apologize for my wacky white balance here – the middle picture is actually the correct color. I just did the latest Photoshop update and there was a new color option and “vivid color” looked really nice when viewed in Photoshop, but is way too yellow anywhere else.

Here I bought a dress that’s really the same dress as one I already one. I’ve had the light blue Tencel “nightgown” Old Navy dress (far right) for two years and still love it. Last year I bought the Style & Co light blue Tencel dress when I rented it from Gwynnie Bee and I really liked it. But really, they’re the same dress. Light blue, sleeveless, lightweight Tencel dresses. They’re interchangeable. But because I really like the Old Navy dress better, when I feel like wearing a lightweight light blue dress, I always reach for the Old Navy dress. So the Style & Co dress is really underutilized and I’m not getting my money’s worth out of it. Not that it was a lot, I think it was marked down to $15 but that’s not the point. I don’t like having unnecessary clothes hanging in my closet.

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Dresses no longer available. Similar styles here in plus size and here in straight size.

The Lesson: Don’t keep buying the same thing over and over.

This one is not a purchase, it just arrived in today’s mail from Gwynnie Bee. It’s too small, but besides that, it really is not a good style for me. It’s too much. Of everything. I’m already a lot just on my own. To add multiple colors and patterns and crinkle fabric and bell sleeves and lacey ties…it’s too much. It’s cute on other people, but it just feels like too much for me.

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Vintage America Blues top, size 3x. Comparable here in plus size and here in straight size.

The Lesson: Remember what works well on your body and don’t buy everything you “like.” You can like things without having to own them. Buy things you feel good in. There’s a difference.

So, I’ll continue to try to be mindful when purchasing. Hope my mistakes can help you make less of your own!

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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.

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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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