Coming Out of Hiding

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Last week was a stressful one for me…and when I get hit with stress/anxiety overload, I do what I gotta do, and then I hide out. In bed, in a book, in a movie. So I worked…and I hid. Hence, no “Week in Review” as there was nothing to review. I have crossed the stressful bridge, however, and can now move on…and am trying to make up for a little lost time. All this by way of explaining that I Went Out on a Monday Night, ha ha. I’m such a wild child!

A girlfriend and I were headed to an art exhibit that another friend had some photos in. Anytime we go to an area we do not frequent often, we hit Google up for what interesting/weird/good things there are to do/see/eat there. This time we found a little place called Costa Nova Waffles so we headed there for a little snack before the art exhibit.

OH. MY. GOODNESS. The shop was teeny tiny, just enough space for a few stools along a side wall and the front window. The decor was beachy and fresh in an aqua and white color scheme. The two girls working there were darling and answered all our questions and let us taste things before selecting. What it IS, is…a cross between a crepe and a waffle filled with yummy goodness. So they pour a crepe-like batter into a large round waffle iron and press it so when they’re done they’re thin and a cross between soft and crispy. They spread on your choice of filling while it’s still warm, then add any mix-ins – like fruit, chocolate chips, marshmallows, twix, etc. – before folding into a pie-piece shape and slide it into a brown bag for easy handling. I went with the traditional Portugese egg custard, which was very nice and just the right amount of sweet. I kept mine pure and didn’t add any mix-ins. Next time I’m going for the Speculous cookie butter. It was such a nice light crispy snack. I definitely recommend trying them if you get a chance.

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It was almost springlike, but so windy walking around the town! When will it end??? 

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dressed for spring, even though Mother Nature was not quite on board. This white embroidered peasant blouse by Vintage America Blues was this week’s Gwynnie Bee rental. It was a very light and floaty viscose rayon which was a welcome change from 17 layers of sweaters. It partnered easily with medium wash skinny jeans and a denim jacket (doesn’t everything??). It is available in both straight sizes (here) and plus sizes (here). I’d like to just point out that the “pale pink” flowers you see online are actually more of a muted day-glow peachy-pink. Just sayin’.

Then we headed over to the art exhibit.

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And to my delight one of my friend Amy’s photographs won an Honorable Mention award. She’d submitted these really beautiful portraits. I think she uses lighting really well. You can see more of her work here.

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She’s actually photographed me for the blog a couple times…here, here and here.

Do you ever feel the need to just hide out from life for awhile? Or do you deal with “weeks from hell” in another way…?

Thanks to my friend Linda for taking these pictures.

What I Wore:

  • Vintage America Blues embroidered peasant blouse, size 3x. If you like this look, you might also like these: Plus size option; straight size option
  • Denim jacket, no longer available. Comparable plus size option here; straight size option here.
  • Charlotte Russe Refuge cropped skinny jeans, size 22 here. Straight size option here.
  • Light grey New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam Arishi Running Sneakers here

I’m linking up today with Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and her #IWillWearWhatILike link-up party!

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Yes, Virginia, Denim DOES Go with Everything!

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I met up with some girlfriends Sunday for a late lunch (because we hadn’t eaten enough in the city the day before!) and since I didn’t actually wear green on Saturday, I figured I’d give a nod to St. Patrick’s Day and wear this green and navy plaid dress from Old Navy. I typically wear this dress under a black duster-length knit cardigan but that can look a little teacher/librarian-ish, which is fine for work, but…not so much for fun.

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So I added The Thing That Can Go Over ALL The Things, a denim jacket, and poof, it’s a look. The mustard gold scarf just brought in a pop of color. I would have preferred to wear white trainers but…I don’t own them yet, so I was back in my off-road flats.

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Seriously, what can a denim jacket NOT go over? Pink prom dress, check. Champagne silk slip dress, check. Tulle skirt, jeans with white tee, black leggings and trainers, check check check. Floral sundresses, checked suit trousers, leather mini skirt – I DEFY you to find an outfit that is not darling topped with a denim jacket.

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Yeah, I was a little overly optimistic with the bare legs as we’re not quite out of the winter woods yet (note snow on ground. newsflash: more snow tonight and tomorrow. maybe I should trade in my denim jacket for a snowsuit). But I’m a little weary of jeans all day every day for ever and ever and thought a dress would be nice. And reaching my feet to put on tights?? Out of the Question.

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Do you have one item in your wardrobe that you feel goes with everything else in your closet??

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What I Wore:

I’m linking up this week with Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and her #SpreadtheKindness link-up. Be sure to check out the other bloggers linking up there!

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A Little New Year’s Fine Tuning

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First post of 2018. Well, yesterday’s Week in Review was first but that was supposed to go up over the weekend, I’m just running on delay right now…this is the first intentional post of 2018.

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And still, before I speak to resolutions/goals/etc for the new year, I want to talk about something that hit me last week. While this blog is newish (ha ha, almost 2 years old and it still feels new to me), I’ve been blogging for quite a long time. There were blogs about the town where I lived, a blog about the house I lived in, which morphed into the first Brooklyn apartment (the blog, not the house); a blog about the Brooklyn neighborhood I lived in; a blog about my vintage clothing business on ebay,  which turned into a personal photography/thoughts/feelings/hopes/dreams sort of blog. There was an updated professional photography blog. There was one I did with my daughter when she was living far away from me (I can’t put my finger on a link to that one right now). Suffice it to say there have been many blogs. But my personal favorite is Once I Saw a Dragonfly, which is the “hopes dreams feelings” one.

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I’d sort of forgotten about it and came across it last week while looking for something else. And I started reading the old posts. And I couldn’t stop til I’d read them all. They didn’t feel to me like something I had written, but I found them charming and touching. And I long to create something that lovely again.

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So, while Fashion Schlub will of course remain fashion based, I plan to share more of myself in that way I was once able to in Once I Saw a Dragonfly. I hope this is alright with you. It really won’t be that different than it is now…and maybe that time has passed and my voice is just different now. I will also share more of my personal photography, sometimes within an outfit post, sometimes in a separate post if something seems worthy. I used to so love photography…but some of the passion faded when I started doing it professionally and *my* vision was no longer the priority. I hope to find my vision again.

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Because here’s the thing about blogs, for me: my favorite ones are not necessarily about one topic or another. I might wind up up on a new blog because of the topic: fashion, photography, cooking, gardening, whatever. But I’ll keep coming back because of the writer’s voice. Because something in their words or experiences resonates with me. Because they invite me into their life. Because they end up feeling like a friend. Because they DO become a friend.

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That’s the sort of blog I want Fashion Schlub to be. A place where friends come.

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Okay, enough mushy stuff! The new year has me feeling very sentimental and emotional.

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About the outfit! Once again, the magic invisible dress. The much sought-after denim jacket – FINALLY!!! A loaner leopard scarf from a friend (Hi, Mochi!). My cozy lined footless tights combined with a pair of thin silk sock liners (it seemed really cold the day we shot this – now that temps have been below 20 for over a week, that day seems positively balmy!). A super easy, comfy outfit that can be worn to work, on a date, or on a girls’ night. A perfect look to start the new year in.

What I Wore:

  • Black sleeveless Asos Curve dress, size 22. Old, similar here.
  • Plus size denim jacket, size 3x. Sold out, similar here.

I’m linking-up with Emma Peach’s Style with a Smile link up. Be sure to visit and check out her amazing black lace New Year’s Eve dress (WOWZA!!!) as well as the other lovelies who are linked up there!