All Dressed Up & Yadda Yadda Yadda

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 6 resized.jpg

While this would be a great date dress, I just wore it on a visit to The Vanderbilt Mansion on the north shore of Long Island. The day was still a little chilly but the sky and water were so so blue, my friend and I couldn’t resist taking a walk around the grounds and visiting some of the historic indoor sites as well (where, sadly, no photography was allowed).

Could that water BE more blue???

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 1 resized

In 1910 William K. Vanderbilt II (a regular Richie Rich) bought 20 acres on a wooded hill above Northport Bay and commissioned a New York City architecture firm, Warren & Wetmore, to build him a summer house (that’s some summer house!). These are the same two architects who designed the Grand Central Terminal in New York City for William’s great-grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt in in the early 1900s. Over the next 26 years the architects expanded the house into a stunning Spanish-Revival style mansion Vanderbilt called Eagle’s Nest. Over the years, Vanderbilt purchased more land and expanded the estate to 43 acres. One of Long Island’s few remaining Gold Coast mansions, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 5 resized

I love Spanish style architecture. The tile roofs, arched windows and doorways, the wrought ironwork. This place has all of that! I think my rainbow-hued dress complements the style of the estate, don’t you?

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 11 resized

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 10 resized

I’m not sure if this is a boat house or possibly a caretaker’s cottage.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 4 resized

I’m wearing my sparkly black cardigan. The one that, every year, just barely makes it back from the chopping block of my closet clean-out and is hung back up “just in case.” I’m glad it was there in this case. I’d thought I would wear a fine knit black duster with this dress, but the dress is a little shorter than my other dresses and when I put the  long-line duster over it, it looked like a bathrobe! This shorter dress needed the shorter length cardigan. I guess the sparkly cardigan will stay another year.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 9 resized

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 3 resized

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 8 resized

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 2 resized

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 12 resized

The dress is a faux-wrap style with a tulip skirt and elbow-length flutter sleeves. Stretchy and drapey at the same time.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 4.9.18 7 resized

I made a short video showing the dress without the cardigan over it if you wanted a better look.

What I Wore:

  • Catherine by Catherine Malandrino plus size dress, size 3x. Via GwynnieBee and in a straight size here
  • Black flats, Taryn by Taryn Rose
  • Black sequin cardigan, old. Comparable here: plus size here and here; straight size here and here
  • Vintage pendant necklace

I’m linking up with Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and her #SpreadTheKindness link-up party and also Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb and her #IWillWearWhatILike link-upThere are lots of wonderful bloggers linking up there so take a look and maybe you’ll make a new friend!

Thanks to Karen for taking these pictures and trudging up hill and down dale with me after running a 5k earlier that morning! You rock!

This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission if you click on them and/or buy something as a result of clicking that link.

Week in Review: Week 107

I love the charming older homes in my area.

IMG_0548[1]

I was sick for two days and didn’t get out.

IMG_0557[1]

My view from bed.

IMG_0567[1]

IMG_0638[1]

And then we had more snow!

IMG_0593[1]

And had another snow day, which we all love very much.

IMG_0587[1]

IMG_0572[1]

I’ve been looking for an etagere in just the right size since I moved here back in August, and finally found one on CraigsList. Guess I should have emptied my car out before going to pick it up. Fortunately I had some old computer cables in the back to tie the hatch down as it wouldn’t shut with the etagare legs sticking it. AND, fortunately, it was less than two miles from my house so I didn’t have to drive far after picking it up. It’s very hilly around here and I was afraid all my junk would start spilling out the back as I drove uphill!

IMG_0599[1]

In place.

IMG_0604[1]

I got a little neatening trim from Morgan at Posh. Now it looks more like an intentional style vs. growing out bald head.

IMG_0621[1]

Janey in the packing peanuts.

IMG_0632[1]

Shopping for comfortable black flats. I loved these but managed to control myself.

IMG_0642[1]

The final contenders.

IMG_0691

Ooh, pretty! Should I??

IMG_0648[1]

New hair, new shoes, Gwynnie Bee dress – off to a wedding!

IMG_0657[1]

Awww!!!

img_06931.jpg

And today I slept on and off almost all day! Running errands all day yesterday and being out late last night took it’s toll on me and I could just not stay awake so I kept laying back down “for just 5 minutes” and would wake up hours later…until 4:00 this afternoon!!! Gah! I don’t feel ready to start a new work week yet, but…..that’s life.

 

Valentine’s Day Shopping

As I was reminded in the RED VELVET HEART BOX aisle at CVS the other day, Valentine’s Day is not far off. And people can piss and moan all they want about it being a fake holiday, I don’t care. I love *every* holiday. I want to decorate for it and dress for it and plan a special meal for it and send out cards for it and give gifts for it. I just love holidays. I love any day that sets itself off from all the other days that just start to run together…get up go to work buy the groceries walk the dog make the dinner watch tv go to bed lather rinse repeat. I love the SPECIAL days.

SO, I will be needing a Valentine’s Day Outfit. I’ll be away that week (surprise trip ahead, woohoo!) so I have to plan early. Hence, this post. I thought we could do a little window shopping together…maybe you’ll even find something for yourself…it’ll be just like we’re girlfriends at the mall together.

My first stop was at CowCow. Remember The Christmas Dress? That was from CowCow. They have every style of clothing imaginable, in umpteen sizes (including plus sizes up to 5x (which they call xxxxx-large), in every graphic conceivable. So I just knew they’d have some good Valentine’s dresses.

Hart’s Long Sleeve Skater Dress from CowCow (sizes xs through xxx-large). This is just a fun graphic dress. It’s long-sleeved so you could wear it on its own or under a black or grey cardi or blazer.

cowcow1

Chocolate Pink Hearts Gift Wrap Reversible Skater Dress also from CowCow (size xs through xxx-large). I love pink and brown together! I would totally wear this with my oversized pink chenille cardigan and blush pink slip-on sneakers (that I’m actually still searching for)!

cowcow2

Then I hit Nordstrom.com where there were TONS of things in their plus size section, but I narrowed it down to a few favorites.

If I was going out to a fancy, romantic dinner, I’d love a dress like this. An easy loose shift style in a feminine color…and the ruffled sleeves are short enough to not fall into my fancy soup.

Tahari Bell Sleeve Ruffle Shift Dress • Tahari • $138

nordstrom 1

If I was going out for Galentine’s drinks with my girls, this would be amazing. Over a white tee and under a denim jacket. With those same blush slip-on sneakers I’ve yet to find.

ELVI Nude Sequin Slipdress • $85

nordstrom 2

This dress would be perfect if I was making dinner at home for a special guy.

Soprano Tie Front Lace Dress • Soprano • $55

nordstrom 3

And if it was a casual rom-com movie night at home with (chocolate drizzled caramel) popcorn, this would be so cozy for curling up on the sofa.

Caslon(R) Chenille Poncho • Caslon • $66.33

nordstrom 4

 

What do you think? I’m not sure what I’ll be doing on Valentine’s Day because, as I said, I’ll be away…so it’s sort of hard to pick what to bring to wear. I think last year I was stuck in a snowstorm in Maine!

Which do you like??

Just so you know, some of the links above are affiliate links, which means if you click on or buy something, I will make a small commission.

My 10 Favorite Outfits of 2017

AKA It Was Too Cold Last Week to Get a New Outfit Photographed (if I’m being honest) So Let Me Recycle Some from Last Year. In my defense there WAS a snow bombogenesis cyclone, or whatever they ended up calling it. Translation: there was a lot of snow, a LOT of wind, and temperatures in the single digits all week. I thought I would be able to make some new outfits out of the items from last week’s winter haul, but in reality I sent everything back except one thing – that’s a conversation for another day. So, blah blah blah, I have nothing new to post this week. But I do like taking a look back over the past year and revisiting my outfits, sharing with you what worked or didn’t work for me. So. That’s what I’m gonna do!

#10 – Old Navy striped dress with Charlotte Russe tencel button-down and my beloved Superga velcro sneakers. I love an easy outfit. I love stripes. I love this tencel blouse over just about anything. Win win win.

ootd 9.12.17 resized

#9 – Hey look, the tencel button-down again! This time with a grey long sleeved tee from Avenue and this amazing Lucky Brand cardigan (rented from Gwynnie Bee), over Charlotte Russe cropped skinny jeans. I love the concept of layering, and it looks so great on slim straight bodies. I have a hard time making it work right, or look right to me, on ME. Still, this was a good attempt.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 11.28.17 4 resized

#8 – This time I’m repeating the Charlotte Russe skinny jeans…now with a white linen blend tee from J. Jill and a dreamy Johnny Was kimono rented via Gwynnie Bee. This kimono was so so pretty.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger johnny was kimono 5.27.17 5 resized

#7 – Hey, guess what I’m wearing again? The Charlotte Russe skinny jeans and the linen blend tee from J. Jill. This time with a lightweight cardigan from Torrid. And my Supergas. First day wearing them. And I fell on a hill and almost rolled into the pond in them!

fashion schlub plus size fashion over 50 blogger bettye rainwater 4.20.17 1 resized

#6 – Ah, the much-loved (and much-worn!) magic black (or maybe it’s black magic!) swing dress from Asos…with the much sought-after denim jacket from JC Penneys, a borrowed leopard scarf, my Gorjana hoop earrings from Nordstrom, with lined footless tights from Maurice’s and black booties from Avenue. Super comfy and can go just about anywhere.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size blogger (2)

#5 – Another Old Navy jersey knit dress with the ochre chenille cardigan from Target that I am UB-SESSED with. The color is amazing, it’s super soft and cozy…and the length is perfect for dresses or pants. Same tights and boots as above.  Vintage Echo scarf that belonged to my mother. Thanks, Mommy!

RMPS0430

#4 – A super cute botanical print top by Junarose from PlusBKLYN under olive green fleece cardigan from Rainbow, black leggings by Faded Glory from Walmart, with my comfiest sneakers from Adidas.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater long island plus size fashion blogger 11.12.17 3 blogsized

#3 – Uh-huh. I wore a dress that looks like vintage Christmas wrapping paper. I’m a real bad-ass. Come on – how cute is it?? The dress is from Cow Cow, the black cardi is Old Navy…tights and booties same as above.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 12.17.17 7 resized

#2 – Nothing dramatic here, but a solid pulled together look that I’ll wear a gazillion times. Old Navy striped jersey knit dress (yes, I have a lot of them!), Old Navy cardigan, golden mustard scarf from TJ Maxx, otk boots from Avenue.

Fashion Schlub Bettye Rainwater plus size fashion blogger20171202_0006

And my #1 Favorite Outfit of 2017 is this amazing bird print dress by Junarose, from PlusBKLYN. I know this isn’t much of an “outfit,” it’s just a stand-alone dress. But that’s what makes it So Perfect!

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size over 50 blogger 7.10.17 1 resized

I’m sure you noticed there’s a lot of repetition among my favorite outfits. I’m grateful to have so many pieces I like enough to wear repeatedly! I feel like I’ve chosen well when something gets a lot of wear.

I’m not putting links to the items cuz they’re all old and out of stock (well, the two Junarose items might still be available on the PlusBKLYN site – they were still there the last time I browsed there). But they’re mostly such basic items, each of the mentioned sites probably has something extremely similar.

Thanks for taking the little walk down memory lane with me!

xoxo

Resolutions + Plus Size Try-on Haul Video

day 4

I’m still working on my resolutions for the new year. I’m not usually a hard-and-fast resolution sorta gal; I usually pick a fun thing I want to challenge myself to do more of – like drink more or wear more jewelry, ha ha. But after 2017 I do sort of feel like I need to get some things in order. I need to get PREPARED. That’s one of the resolutions, but I’m still fine-tuning (that seems to be a recurrent theme of the new year also) it and most of them…but the one I’m certain of is…to pamper myself.

girly dreams 2

To have flowers in the house, go for mani-pedis and foot massages and get my hair done when I have hair again. Have a facial. Not just pampering, but being kind and gentle with myself. Last year was a hard year. It was painful and exhausting and took a lot out of me. I need to feed myself and care for myself and build my mind and heart back up. Get a comfortable sofa so I can relax and read and enjoy looking out the window. Ask friends for help when things are too hard. Eat good food. Be Good to my body. Nourish it, stretch it, exercise it. Rest it. If I need to sleep all day once in a while, do that without feeling guilty. Make my home more pleasing. Empty the corners of boxes and piles of stuff. Create lovely vignettes to enjoy when I come home. Live in silence when I want, live in music when I want. Just be good to myself.
my morning 10
I’m still working out the technicalities on this one, but one year (I think 2011) I did “Do Something New Every Week,” and that was really a good one but it was more Big Picture things, like “do a 5k,” “get reiki.” etc. I think this year I might do a “Try Something New Every Day” resolution. I know that sounds imposing but they can be Very Small Things: go to a new bagel shop, turn down a different street when driving home, make a new recipe, try on a pair of shoes you wouldn’t normally try. It’s just the point of keeping your mind open to new and untried things rather than being comfortable and settled in routine.
That’s it for resolutions for now…and onto something NEW and exciting that got its start in 2017 but just went live in 2018 – and that is that my new blog-friend Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style shared Fashion Schlub as one of her “Styled By…” posts! I’ve been reading such nice comments from her regular readers, I’m so grateful to her! Be sure to take a look at her blog – she has such an adventurous and fun fashion sense – I think you’ll really enjoy her blog – AND she’s a sweetheart, to boot!

 

And this week’s weekly vlog is a plus size winter try-on haul showing clothes from Old Navy, Woman Within and Charlotte Russe. Take a look and let me know what you think – I think my videoing and editing skills are getting a little better!

All photography by me.

A Little New Year’s Fine Tuning

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size blogger (1)

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.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size blogger (5)

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.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size blogger (8)

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.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size blogger (7)

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.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size blogger (3)

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.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size blogger (4)

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

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size blogger (2)

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

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size blogger (6)

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!

Gratitude

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 12.20.17 3 resized

I’m sure I’ve done gratitude posts before. That’s okay. You can’t have too much gratitude.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 12.20.17 1 resized

This Christmas, I’m grateful for my health. It was a rough year but I made it to the end feeling better than I did at the beginning.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 12.20.17 6 resized

I’m still having some issues (not related to the cancer) but I’m grateful I have a job with good insurance and I’ll try and get these things sorted out after the holidays.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus sixe fashion blogger 12.20.17 2 resized

I’m SO so grateful that some new drugs have helped Caleb considerably this week. I’m grateful for my ex and his new family and that they have been so helpful in getting Caleb the help he needs.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 12.20.17 5 resized

I’m grateful that my daughter is able to come home for the holidays so we can spend some time together.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 12.20.17 7 resized

I’m grateful that I have a new place to live, that I love.  I love the apartment, the town, everything about being here.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 12.20.17 4 resized

I’m so grateful that someone I thought I’d lost, is back in my life.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 12.20.17 8 resized

I’m grateful for the people who take the time in their busy lives to read my little blog and to comment and chat a bit. I’m so thankful for every one of you!

What I Wore:

  • BB Dakota Plaid Rainer dress, size 3x, via Gwynnie Bee. Old.
  • Black recycled wool collarless coat from Old Navy, size 3x. Old. Similar here
  • Black and white polka dot blouse by Who What Wear, from Target. Size 3x, old.
  • Black stretch-back wide width over-the-knee boots from Avenue. Old. Similar here.

I’m linking up today with Thursday Fashion Files at Curly Crafty Mom. And also Catherine’s Saturday Share Link-up on Not Dressed as Lamb. Be sure to check out both their websites and the other linked-up ladies – maybe you’ll find a new favorite blogger or make a new friend!

IS Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery??

So, a couple weeks back, Julia at When the Girls Rule posted a photo on her Instagram of this look…

Untitled-1

…and I commented that I liked it so much that I was going to steal it (and she said she was waiting to see it). And I did!

Fashion Schlub Bettye Rainwater plus size fashion blogger20171202_0001

I didn’t have a wine scarf or a gold bag…but I DID have a gold scarf, so I improvised there. But otherwise, I was able to pretty well replicate the look that I liked so much on her, with clothes from my own closet, with my own spin. I was inspired by her outfit.

Fashion Schlub Bettye Rainwater plus size fashion blogger20171202_0002

I think sometimes in fashion (and blogging…and photography…and really any creative endeavor) there is a fine line between inspiration and imitation. If I’d gone out and bought the same dress and bag and scarf and created an exact duplicate of her outfit, that’s imitation…and these days I don’t know that most people are all that flattered by that (imitation may not be the sincerest form of flattery) imitation. In fact, in most applications, direct imitation is a form of copyright infringement! It would be pretty hard to prove anyone guilty of that in retail fashion, I mean, all the stores sell all the same things, eventually you’re going to have some pretty similar outfits out there, purely coincidentally….but you get the point.

Fashion Schlub Bettye Rainwater plus size fashion blogger20171202_0011

While it’s nice to look to others for inspiration (and to copy someone for fun, as I did here), it’s best to use your own creativity–don’t just copy someone else’s look, create your own! Do you!!!

Fashion Schlub Bettye Rainwater plus size fashion blogger20171202_0010

This is a favorite easy-to-wear dress from Old Navy, in it’s second winter with me. It goes with a lot of other items in my closet. The black duster cardigan is also from Old Navy, but this current season and still available – it’s a fine knit, so very lightweight. With pockets!

Fashion Schlub Bettye Rainwater plus size fashion blogger20171202_0004

The scarf and crossbody bag are from TJ Maxx, last season. The over-the-knee boots are from Avenue, two winters ago. I’m really getting my money’s worth out of all these things!

Fashion Schlub Bettye Rainwater plus size fashion blogger20171202_0009

I wore my new Gorjana G Ring hoop earrings from Nordstrom. I have been coveting these exact earrings for a lonnng time – well over a year, maybe even two. I first saw them on Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper and loved the movement the hoops had – you know how hoops are usually sort of still and fixed in place on your ear? Because these hoops are hanging on the S-hook thingie that goes through your ear, there’s a lot of movement and I really like that. I never ever buy myself nice jewelry but I’ve been watching these for a long time and they finally went on sale on Black Friday and I snatched those babies right up!

Fashion Schlub Bettye Rainwater plus size fashion blogger20171202_0005

I shot with a new photographer this day, I’m really happy with the pictures – what do you think?

Fashion Schlub Bettye Rainwater plus size fashion blogger20171202_0008

Fashion Schlub Bettye Rainwater plus size fashion blogger20171202_0003

Fashion Schlub Bettye Rainwater plus size fashion blogger20171202_0007

Also, I’m still doing Vlogmas every day on my YouTube channel. I realized today from trying to film “the interesting parts of my day,” that most days do not have interesting parts! Not this time of year, anyway. In spring summer fall I get out a lot more and it would be much more fun to watch. Today the big excitement was scraping ice off the windshield, Caleb making new friends at the park, and new packages in the mail. But…hey, I’m giving it a shot. Stick around, maybe something good will happen eventually!

Photography by Robert Mitchell Photography.

ANNND…I’m linking up with the #IWillWearWhatILike linkup on Not Dressed as Lamb. Definitely take a look at the other bloggers sharing things – you might might find a new favorite!

What I’m Wearing:

  • Old Navy striped dress, sold out. Comparable here and in straight size here
  • Old Navy black duster cardi, size 3x, here. Comparable in straight size here
  • Gold scarf, similar here
  • Black crossbody bag, no longer available. Similar here and here.
  • Black wide-calf boots, no longer available. Similar here.

This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission if you click on them and/or buy something as a result of clicking that link.

It’s Almost December!

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 11.20.17 7 resized

So! I have been toying with the idea of doing another 30-day challenge in January – which is challenging myself to wear a different outfit every day in January, but now I’m thinking that, instead, maybe I’ll do Vlogmas (vlogging every day in December leading up to Christmas)! I’m SO not prepared for that, but I’m a big believer in just jumping in first and figuring it out later…and vlogging Every Single Day will help me get up-to-speed on All Things Vloggy pretty darn quick!

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 11.20.17 2 resized

It could be awful..for me AND you, ha! But I think I’m going to give it a go…if I can’t do it, I can’t do it…but I’ll certainly give it the old college try. They’ll be short, maybe 5-10 minutes a day, more or less. So…I know you’re excited, ha ha! If you want to witness this, just subscribe to my Fashion Schlub YouTube channel.

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 11.20.17 5 resized

That aside, this is another day of tripod/remote shutter selfies. On this day, a man walked his dog up to where I was shooting and proceeded to ask questions about what I was doing, including “would you like to take a picture with Miss Wiggles?” Uh, OF COURSE!!!

fashion schlub bettye rainwater plus size fashion blogger 11.20.17 6 resized

Then a town worker truck pulled up, and they knew one another, so THAT guy got out of the truck and started asking me questions about what I was doing…and then they both stood there watching me. AWKWARD. Suffice it to say I didn’t get too many pictures that day. And they’re really not doing this outfit justice, because I LOVE this potato sacky dress from ASOS Curve (their plus size section) and faux leather jacket by Chelsea & Theodore via Gwynnie Bee…and I loved them together. But I didn’t get to check my car window reflection between shots so my wig was wacky and the jacket was askew and my tights are dirty. But that’s real life, so. There ya go.

Speaking of Real Life, I’ve just uploaded another video, “Switching Out My Plus Size Wardrobe from Summer to Winter: Part 2,” wherein I get all my cold weather clothes out of storage, cull through them to decide what stays and what goes, and add the “stayers” into my closet. It’s scintillating stuff, be sure to watch.

What I Wore:

* Asos Navy Ripple Stitch Dress, size 22
* Chelsea & Theodore Taupe Drape Front Faux Leather Jacket, via Gwynnie Bee, size 2x

Today I’m linking up with A Labour of Life and her Labour of Fashion link-up party!