Free’n’Easy

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I. Love. This. Kimono. To me it represents freedom, peace, joy, beauty…EASE. Things that have been sort of missing from my life lately. I’ve been so exhausted from treatments that my only time outdoors is pretty much walking from the car to wherever I’m going…and back again later on. I’ve missed beautiful spring evenings and beach sunsets.

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But this day I managed to spin a couple times…and walk in the grass barefoot…and feel a little easy and free.

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Fashion can do that for you. It can transport you, make you feel like a different person or like you’re living a different kind of life. And right now I need some of that.

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Do you have something special you wear when you want to feel better?

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And the good news is, I finished radiation last week…and I’m starting to feel a little more human again. Not SO exhausted all the time. Staying up past 7pm, ha.

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So here’s to feeling free’n’easy…whether in spirit or style.

What I’m Wearing:

  • Johnny Was embroidered kimono via Gwynnie Bee, 3x
  • Charlotte Russe skinny jeans, size 24
  • J Jill linen blend tee, size 24
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What’s Your Style?

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Ever feel confused by what your style is? I do! I feel like there’s such a disconnect between what I LIKE, what feels appropriate to my life/place in the world, and what feels comfortable.

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I LIKE sort of a boho, hippie, Free People, festival, artsy look – lots of long flowy layers, gauzey and lacey and floral. But that never feels right to my LIFE. I work in an office. In a school. And while it’s on the casual side, it’s *business* casual, not hippie casual. And what I feel most *comfortable* in is (true confession) *frumpy* casual. Leggings, jeans, tunics, sneakers. And yes, I’m trying to do better, to BE better, to look better…but I’m finding it difficult to navigate a “look.” Something that satisfies my aesthetic sense, but is also practical in the workplace and my social life. And that I can find in my size (always a challenge) and that I can afford!

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One tool that helps with that is Gwynnie Bee, a “Netflix-style” plus-size clothing rental service. I can try all sorts of different clothing, wear it for as long as I like, see how it fits, not just size-wise, but style-wise.

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This beautiful velvet kimono is by Johnny Was, and I would never in a million years be able to buy it…but I *am* able to rent it and enjoy wearing it for awhile. This item sort of allowed me to be Hippie Boho me for a couple days, which was fun…and then return to Business Casual me. I think being such a dark color it acted well as a gateway item to more hardcore artsy looks in the future. Next time I’ll be a little more daring!

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I let the kimono be the star of the show by wearing it over a simple black dress.

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That day in that outfit was the exact opposite of the bad clothing day I’d had the week before. Isn’t it amazing how much our clothing and appearance can affect our emotions and mood?!

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Do you know what your style is?

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I was fortunate enough that day to be photographed by the amazing Annemarie Bain who has produced shows we all know, like The Maury Povich Show, The Nate Berkus Show, and more. I am in love with these pictures…and am trying to decide if it’s weird to make a large print of ME and hang it on the wall. Is that weird? It’s just that in one picture in particular, she really captured how I want to feel…

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It’s interesting, I have this vintage oil painting that I have always loved…of a woman walking along the seaside, face lifted to the sea breeze. She looks so content and I always thought That is How I Want to Feel – sort of free, unencumbered, just feeling the ocean breeze in my hair. And Annemarie captured that feeling perfectly in this picture, not even knowing about the painting in my home. Kinda cool, right?

What I’m Wearing

  • Johnny Was Domoto Velvet Jacket, 2x
  • Kate Hill black dress
  • Avenue vegan leather boots
  • Black beaded tassle necklace, Walmart ($5!!!)
  • Verdigris earrings, Maurice’s