NYFW Street Style Trends

I LOVE Fashion Week…and almost more than the runway shows themselves, I love the shows happening out on the streets – the street style looks from guests attending the shows. The “real” fashion is, of course, amazing, but generally unattainable by us common-folk. I love to see what’s being worn out on the streets by the real life fashionistas, and to think about how it could be incorporated into the average wardrobe. So, in looking through hundreds (and hundreds!) of pictures from the past week-ish, I pulled out some that make some points or that I just thought were really lovely. Hope you enjoy my review (I’m feeling a bit like Joan Rivers…but nice!!!).

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1) via Refinery29  /  2) via Refinery29  /  via Vogue
P8 clashing colors
via Man Repeller
page 2 leopard
1) via Popsugar / 2) via The Cut  /  via Vogue
P9 brights
via The Cut
page 3 white shirts
1) via Vogue  /  2) via Refinery29  /  3) via Popsugar
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via InStyle
page 11 green page 2
1) via Man Repeller  /  2) via Man Repeller  /  3) via Pop Sugar  /  4) via Pop Sugar                               /  5) via Man Repeller
page 12 sequins
1) via Pop Sugar  /  2) via Man Repeller
page 13 bathrobe
I know, I know, I said I was going to be nice. But come on!
page 4 pattern mixing
1) via Refinery29  /  2) via Style du Monde
page 5 no explanation
1) via Popsugar  /  2) via Man Repeller  /  3) via Vogue
page 6 sneakers
1) via Popsugar  /  2) via Vogue  /  3) via Popsugar  /  4) via Popsugar  /  5) via Popsugar  /                6) via Popsugar
P7 timeless classics
1) via Popsugar  /  2) via Popsugar  /  3) via Popsugar  /  4) via The Cut
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via In Style  /  Jaime JeTaime blog

There was so much more I could have shared, I could do this Every Darn Day, but there’s just So Much! PS – GREAT BIG GRATEFULNESS KUDOS to all the street photographers being more inclusive this year than I’ve ever seen – plus size gals, transgender, physically disabled, little people, different races and colors – it was pretty awesome. There’s a LOT further to go, but at least we’re moving in a better direction of inclusivity.

Anyway, this was just a little peek into some real life trends appearing during New York Fashion Week. I hope you enjoyed my rundown. What was your favorite? Might you try something new? I hope so! I definitely will!

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This is Not My Birthday Post

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It is my birthday – September 5 – I am FIFTY-EIGHT YEARS OLD. 60 is hurtling towards me – but this is not my birthday post.

Here’s the thing – I had a sweet concept in mind for my birthday post, but I just couldn’t pull it together by myself. I need help. So rather than let the idea go altogether, I’m giving myself a week’s grace period and will try again to post a VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY SPECTACULAR next Wednesday, a week after my birthday. I know, it’s lame, but I’m determined to not give up without a fight.

So this is just a regular old blog post. On my birthday.

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Tuesday was the first day back to work after two weeks of vacation. We all know how THAT feels. So I wanted to make things as easy for myself as possible, so I wore this easy-peasy white blousy plus-size peasant top by Catherine Malandrino. It’s a nice gauzy cotton with just enough colorful embroidery that it’s not a big yawn. It is So Roomy!!! My favorite plus-size Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans were perfect with the top…and while I wore sneakers to work (closed shoes only!) I changed into my Mephisto slides when I got home cuz STILL SUMMER. Still hot. Over 90 here.

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It’s always nice to wear something easy and comfy on a day that you think might be tough. It’s just one little gift you can give yourself. I don’t think we gift ourselves nearly enough, do you??

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And I wanted to share two things with you – to all of you finishing up your vacations and going back to work this week. These are two of my favorite blog posts I wrote back when I was doing my “I Saw a Dragonfly” blog, which was just…my thoughts and photography, etc. One is How to Enjoy the Last Day of Vacation and the other is How to Survive Enjoy the First Day Back to Work. How to Enjoy the Last Day of Vacation REALLY made me miss Caleb. There are so many things I don’t do anymore because I don’t have him to do them with.

Okay, not going to get all sad again. I did enough of that over vacation. I *am* going to apologize for the lack of photo quantity and diversity. It was a selfie day AND very very hot. And mosquitoes. I’m in a bit of a photo slump. I have ideas galore but not currently the means with which to execute them. Bear with me, I’ll get it figured out eventually.

What I Wore:

Photos by me.

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The Anti-Shopping List / Plus Size Try-On Haul

We all know how to make a shopping list. It’s a list of things we need or want. Simple. Want to bake a cake? Make a shopping list: eggs, flour, sugar, cocoa, butter, etc. What’s maybe NOT so obvious is an “anti” shopping list – things NOT to buy. You know, those things that keep ending up in your wardrobe cuz you thought you wanted or needed them, but you FORGOT that a, b or c. You forgot that you already HAVE two light-blue tencel sleeveless summer dresses in your closet. You forgot, as much as you coveted that white denim jacket, that you MUST have a jacket with pockets. You forgot that wearing a sheer top means you must wear a cami underneath and YOU HATE CAMIS. You forgot that fixed seams at your waist aren’t doing you any favors. You forgot to measure the arm hole on that sleeveless top to make sure your whole bra won’t be showing. You forgot to do the “sit test” in that button-front blouse and now, seated at your desk at work, it is gaping open at the bust and the v-neck is falling so low that your whole cleavage is showing. Grr.

It’s easy to fall deep in love with a beautiful item…and to overlook the little things that will make it end up on THAT side of your closet again – that side where things go that you never wear.

So I have an “anti-shopping” list. I keep it right on my phone with the regular “want/need” lists, so I don’t get love-is-blind-ed by that perfect color/cut/pattern and overlook the detail(s) that will render it unwearable once I get it home. Some of the things on the list are obvious to me because I kept forgetting and making the same wardrobe mistakes over and over. But to be really thorough, I actually went item by item in my closet and noted what downfall (if any) each item had…so I knew to try and avoid that again in the future.

This is my list. Yours will be different: anti-shopping list

Now, these are just rules – not a life and death credo – and sometimes rules are meant to be broken (ha ha). But I like to be reminded of the rule before handing over my hard-earned money to be really really sure there’s a good reason for breaking it.

And My Number One Rule of Shopping: Just Because You Like It Doesn’t Mean You Have to Own It. I think that’s what causes a lot of us to bring home way too many things – clothing, home dec, etc., and then it goes unused, unworn…and just causes clutter and then stress when we realize There’s Too Much Stuff!!!  

I hope you consider making your own Anti-Shopping List so your wardrobe stops ending up with mistakes in it!

And now…I went shopping! Ha. I’ve been buying some “heading into fall” items and some basic “wear all year” items over the past month and just letting them pile up so I could do one big haul video. I’ll share links to the items below and in the description box of the video itself. And hey, video production quality much better – yay! I tried out a new camera and the lighting situation is so much better and there’s not that constant annoying sound of the lens motor maintaining focus. If you watch, let me know what you thought!

What I’m Keeping:

What I’m Returning:

I’m still on the fence about the burnt orange boho top from Venus.com. Thoughts?

I’m linking up today with Shelbee at her Link-Up on the Edge

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It Couldn’t Be Easier

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Look familiar? I’ve worn (and shown!) this dress exactly 3,289 times (Give or take. Let’s just say it has long surpassed the 30th wearing!). It’s the infamous “invisible” black swing dress from asos. They almost always have some variation of it – right now they have a long-sleeved turtleneck version here.

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The point is, I have worn it A Lot. If you’ve been following me for awhile you’ve seen it here, where I wore it to work everyday for a week to see if anyone noticed or cared (they didn’t); here, where I showed how to take a summer dress and wear it all year-round; here and I’m sure in many “what I wore this week” posts. I bought it in 2015 so it’s 3+ years old. I’ve worn it under cardigans, kimonos, vests, a denim jacket, an unbuttoned chambray blouse, and this day under a Tencel utility jacket. Suffice it to say I’ve gotten my money’s worth!

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On this day we were headed into Brooklyn for the day, looking for a thing I’d seen on Instagram, a cute little Mondrian-style greenhouse. I knew the approximate location, but reckoned there’d probably be a lot of walking to find it exactly. I wanted to do a photo shoot (cuz Brooklyn) and started to “dress up,” but then said nope, that’s not what I would really wear when traipsing around who knows where, on a cool and sprinkly day.

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So, on went the easy black dress, a light hooded jacket and Keds sneakers with Vionic arch support inserts, and off we went! I know this outfit is not exactly the stuff of great fashion blogs, but it’s real. And it couldn’t be easier.

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Speaking of “the stuff of fashion blogs,” it’s so fun going into Brooklyn or Queens or the city because you actually see girls dressing the way you see in blogs. As opposed to (yawn) Long Island where they look like the product of a giant conglomerate of shopping malls, churning out the same stores, the same clothes, creating the same looks. I know, I know, look who’s talking, Miss Worn the Same Black Dress Times 27,000 times. But it’s a nice change of scenery.

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Here is the story of the little colored glass house. And now it has ended up in this nice little community garden…but it seems they’re not sure if it will stay there.

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Do you have one item that you’ve worn again and again and again with many different items to change the look?

What I Wore:

Thanks, Linda, for the pictures!

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White Plus Size Dresses for Summer

I recently had a little convo on someone’s blog about my love for summery white dresses in my youth…

(Ugh, my computer is flashing obnoxious messages at me – I’d written this post in advance and had intended to put pictures of my two favorite white dresses from my youth right here….but now I can’t access the computer at all and I’m just finishing this up and scheduling it from my phone, so the pictures are not happening.)

It’s been a long time, though, as I just felt a white dress wasn’t right for my size or shape. White has so many rules around it…”darker colors are more slimming,” light colors jump out at you, seeming larger, versus dark colors which tend to recede…BUT…I’m starting to feel the pull, in spite of those things. Maybe it was Anna’s white dress + black moto jacket look that pulled me back over to the bright side.

So I’ve started looking around online to see if I could find something that might feel right…something easy, not too precious…that I could wear to work with a little cardi and white sneakers or out in the evening dressed up with a pretty sandal.

White dresses can be a little challenging to get just right, so here are a couple guidelines for buying and styling:

  • We’ve discussed quality of fabric before, especially for summer…and I think fabric quality is even more important with white. Check to make sure it’s either lined…or heavy enough material that it’s not see through (unless that’s the look you’re going for). Again, unless you’re going for That Look, keep your ‘wares neutral-toned so they’re not visible under the dress. People sometimes think white is the best color for undergarments under white clothing, but what you see then is the contrast against white bra and skin-toned skin. If your bra is skin-toned, there’s no contrast line and it’s creates a more invisible undergarment look.
  • Like a black dress, a white dress is like a blank canvas and almost anything goes! Black, naturals, neutrals, pastels, hot colors, cool colors…there are limitless ways to style a white dress. Not just as far as bags and shoes, but also jewelry, scarves, jackets, belts.

Here are some white summer dresses I’m liking, that aren’t too fancy/dressy or bodycon (read: tight-fitting):

Women’s Plus Size Eyelet Wrap Dress Ivory from Target

Sharagano Sleeveless Lace Shift Dress (Plus Size) Nordstrom Rack

Calvin Klein Plus Size Cotton Eyelet Trapeze Dress Macy*s

Ny Collection Plus Size Crochet-Trim A-Line Dress Macy*s

White Linen Scoop Neck Dress Zulilly

Inset Crochet A-Line Dress Avenue 

Linen Sleeveless Slip-on Dress Vivid LinenLinen Sleeveless Slip-on Dress

A LWD (Little White Dress) can be just as classic as the LBD. I personally would love to wear it with natural colored accessories…or orange!  How fun for summer, right?? My only concern is SPILLING. I’m the worst. When I eat out I eat like a baby, keeping a napkin hovering under my fork in case I spill. And I still get food on myself! Am I the only one with this problem? I swear I’m going to design an adult bib to take out with me. Why are people only given bibs with lobster? Other things are messy…and stain more than lobster and butter!

Sigh.

Do you love a white dress as much as I do??

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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?

I’m linking-up today with Shelbee on the EdgeStyle with a Splash and
Nancy’s Fashion Style. Be sure to pay them a visit and peruse through all the bloggers linking up and maybe find a new favorite!

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).

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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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