Mini Try-On AND Plus Size Sizing Rant

I never know if all y’all who read the blog actually watch the videos when I share them, so I feel compelled to repeat myself in both so you won’t miss One Sparkling Gem that I have to share. Heaven forbid.

So, as I explain in the 10-minute video below, I recently massacred two of my favorite summer dresses (this one – my heart! – and this one) by washing them oh so carefully…delicate cycle, cold water, no dryer. And still, they shrunk. The Grapes of Wrath dress to the point of being unwearable…and the lavender field dress is wearable but is no longer like wearing magical gossamer wings. Now it’s a little snug in the waist and bust and definitely shorter…so I may not be spinning in it in flower fields anymore. I’m so so sad. And that loss of two of my favorites led me, in some desperation, to the internet. I might have “forgotten” to pay a medical bill this month and bought two dresses from Asos instead. Don’t tell anyone. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

As I also explained in the video, I’m always forgetting how to convert my usual US size to UK size…and when the two dresses I wanted were out of my size American, I took a chance on UK sizing. My long-time fave black dress that I’ve worn 3.2 million times is an Asos UK 28 (US 22). But, it’s a swing dress so a little roomier than a “waist-ed” dress. Both these dresses were available in a UK 24 (which is a US 20, which I KNOW is too small for me but I got confused. BUT WAIT.) so I took a gamble.

Dress 1: ASOS Curve ASOS DESIGN Curve Floral Print Gingham Button Through Sundress

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Ugh. Ha. Nope. Just nope. You can see how charming the dress was on the model (shocker) by clicking the link above. Even the colors in the print seemed more subdued on the website than in person.  But the point is the size. Clearly too small. Way too snug in the sleeves, shoulders, bust and waist. UK 24 (US 20). I would have to go up a size or even two to get this to fit nicely.

So then I tried on Dress 2 ASOS Curve ASOS DESIGN Curve casual midi tea dress. Same size – UK 24 (US 20). Same maker “ASOS DESIGN.”

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And it’s GI-NORMOUS. I realize it has that sort of depression-era slouchiness, but this is far beyond that. This was just huge. You can see it more in the video than in the still shot here. Same size as dress above – UK 24 (US 20). I would have to go DOWN a size…or maybe even TWO to get this to fit nicely.

How are people supposed to shop successfully online when sizing is so inconsistent like this?? Using the “size guide” on retail sites is useless because they put one set of measurements – for all their products, across the board! Both these items, when I checked the size guide, gave the same measurements. Clearly…so clearly…they are not even close to the same measurements!

And I get that this situation is difficult for everybody, but for size categories that are so poorly represented in brick-and-mortar stores, it is especially egregious. I am non-plussed!

Big. Sigh.

So. Moving on. Yesterday I called my local Loft store to ask (again) if they were carrying plus sizes in store yet and I learned that while they still do not technically (yet) carry plus sizes in stores, they do accept returns of plus size items at the stores. So she told me that I was welcome to come in and browse the return rack which had about 80 returned plus size items on it. She also told me they will be stocking plus sizes in stores soon (yay) and I’m on a mailing list for an in-store event in August when they will have an array of plus sizes to try and buy.

So, Loft Plus, one step forward (thank you)….ASOS, one step back. I still love you, ASOS, but you’re going to need to work a little harder to keep me.

I did find a few of the returned items to try on at Loft…

Loft Plus Bar Back Sleeveless Swing Dress, size 24-26. I did like this very much. I love the color – I love non-colors and in-between colors. Colors that are hard for people to identify (is it grey? is it green?). It was a slinky swishy rayon-spandex blend and had an interesting back detail…

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But…it would need something over it (can you say BLACK CARDIGAN…AGAIN???) for work and I’m feeling weary of “the black cardigan over this and the black cardigan over that” right now. I’ve got enough of those already. And it’s no replacement for the lavender filed dress, so…..pass.

I had this LOFT PLUS STRIPED SQUARE NECK TEE, size 24/26, in my online shopping cart during the last sale but I just wasn’t sure about the sleeves. I’m okay in sleeveless. But cap sleeves and little tiny ruffle or flutter sleeves, just don’t work for me (note to self). Plus, snugger in the belly than I like. Oddly, Loft dresses fit me well through the hips and belly…but tops are too snug. Pass.

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These next two I can’t find on the website, possibly because they were returns that might have been purchased awhile ago and so may no longer be available online.

This sweet little black and white geometric print was right up my alley, but…again, too tight in the belly. Pass.

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And this, I ADORE. It’s either a heavy silk or Tencel, chartreuse (chartreuse is my JAM!!!) band collar utility jacket. They just had the one in a size 20, so too small…and it was a little pricey. I’ll keep watching the site for a possible return and a price markdown because I would love this for fall and spring.

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So that is my little try-on and mini sizing rant. How do you deal with sizing issues?

Watch the video to see the dresses in action.

Thanks for reading and commenting and all the things!

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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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Week in Review: Week 122

My vacation week is quickly coming to an end…but I had a very full, fun, productive and anxiety-free week, which I really needed.

I started the week having to say goodbye to my baby…again, boo hoo. Our visits our so short and so far between. I won’t see her again til Thanksgiving, when we’ll both go to my sister’s house in South Carolina.

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Katie and my ex’s King Shepherd, Hunter. I want them both to come stay with me for ever and ever and ever

I had a beach day with my bestie. It’s been a loooong  time since I’ve gone to the beach for realz. Last year was just…no. I almost didn’t go this day due to stupid anxiety, but I powered through and had a great day.

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I didn’t do #ootd this week because, really, this dress below and the bathing suit above were what I wore almost every day. Kept it simple and cool.

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Photographed some plus size items to list on ebay. I’ll post a link to my shop when they’re up.

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I hadn’t planned to go to see fireworks (cuz traffic people walking) but as I was driving around Wednesday afternoon looking for pictures for my @NorthportEveryDay Instagram account I noticed a bunch of cars parked along a road where usually no one parks. Then I noticed people sitting in lawn chairs. Hmm. I quickly googled “fireworks in Northport” and sure enough, there was to be a local fireworks display and the locals knew where to park for the view but to avoid the crowds and traffic. I was in! I always have my beach chair in the car and I had my camera, iced tea and a book cuz I was planning on sitting in the park for sunset…so I just set up camp with the other people and waited for it to get dark. It was nice, no annoying bugs, just charming fireflies, I listened to people chatting, we enjoyed cooling breezes off the Sound, it was a lovely evening.

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waiting…

Ooh! Ahh!

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Of course, afterwards, there was a long line of traffic waiting to get out on the one lane road. I just sat in my car playing Words with Friends til the road was clear 🙂

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The next day, back to the beach. Looks kinda like the desert til you get past the dunes.

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That’s a hard job.

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Friday we went to a lavender farm. You’ll see more pictures in this week’s blog post.

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Chickens.

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Made all the obligatory “out east” stops and took the corresponding pictures – farm stands, beaches, shacks, flowers, gnomes, etc.

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If you look closely you’ll see two osprey on their nest at the top of the tree.
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Miniature-sized models of the North Fork light-houses at Orient Point Beach

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Stopped on the way home for dessert (she had apple crumb pie and I had almond cream pie, yum) and mashed turnips to go, cuz they’re supposed to be the best!

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My daughter used to make fun of the things I brought home from thrift stores (like 60s silver clutch purses) in my ebay days…now she wears them out. Mm-hmm.

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Flags.

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I got myself flowers.

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And that, my friends, was my wonderful vacation week. Now I have to get ready to go to a wake (sadness) and start to prepare for the work week ahead.

Hope you all had a nice week! xoxo

 

What Not to Do

My daughter Katie and I went into Brooklyn this past weekend on the hottest day of the year so far – reaching 100 degrees in the afternoon. She’s been wanting to go to Smorgasburg for some time…we tried to go in LA when we were in California in February, but we just couldn’t fit it in…and besides, the Williamsburg, Brooklyn one is the original one, so in my mind that makes it the best. What is Smorgasburg? It’s a big pop-up food festival every weekend during the milder months in NY, and all-year round in other, more temperate, cities.

I thought it would be fun to do a blog photo shoot while we were there…but clearly I didn’t really think about it at all! Shooting in the midday sun on the hottest day of the year, in an extremely crowded location with no shade? Yeah, that seems brilliant. NOT.

I’ve been working on a blog photography post for a future blog, and today’s post could easily be used as the “what not to do” example, ha. But still, we gave it our best shot, for better or worse, so…

Oh, speaking of what not to do…I just created a blog page with things TO do – called “How-To Lessons,” and it’s full of links to blog posts that contain lessons on how to do things like style one dress three ways or how to create a clothing shopping list or how to have a closet filled with only things you love and wear. The page is here https://fashionschlub.com/how-to/  or you can find it anytime on my home page under “How To Lessons.” 

Thank goodness for sunglasses!

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Red paisley kimono from Steve Madden, no longer available, comparable here and here. White v-neck tee by Universal Threads/Target, size 4x. Skinny jeans from Charlotte Russe, size 22. White Keds from DSW.

As I said, it was very crowded, and what was so fun to me, was how many people were clearly shooting their blogs, vlogs or Instagrams! Here these three are setting up their “fruity drink” shot with the city skyline behind. Out here on the Island I rarely see or hear of or run across other bloggers, let alone see them shooting! I wish there was more of a blogging community on the Island like there is in the city and the outer boroughs – it would be so much more fun! Thank goodness for the bloggy friends I’ve made online!

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ps – I bet Katie’s shot came out better than theirs!

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I know you’re going – crowded? It doesn’t look crowded to me!

Wait for it….

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Nice shadows on my face from the sun straight overhead (more “what not to do”).

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I thought this would be nice for my 4th of July red, white and blue look but…it’s just not working for me. Plus, as light as it was, an extra layer is not what I needed to be wearing that day. The second we were done shooting I pulled it off.

There’s all sorts of food at Smorgasburg.

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My favorite was my pineapple, raspberry, agave juice in a pineapple shell. I think it saved me from heatstroke. Literally. Look how red-faced I am!

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The crew seemed pretty happy to be chopping thousands of pineapples all day.

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Food puns.

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It was very sticky!!! But so yummy.

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So, we survived, we had some interesting things to eat, but boy was I happy to get back in my car in the air conditioning afterwards!

Thanks, Katie, for shooting under very difficult conditions – you did a great job!

What I’m Wearing:

I’m linking up today with the Ageless Style Linkup and Style with a Smile. Go check out the other bloggers who also link-up, you might find a new favorite!

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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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Influencer is Not a Bad Word!

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So, last week, one of my co-workers (I’ll call her C) said to me how much she was enjoying my blog and that it had influenced her to pay more attention to looking good and dressing in more than just casual jeans all the time. I was really moved by this – like wow, I’m really an “influencer,” in the best sense of the word! Not to make the moment about me (ha ha, though that is my special gift!) but it really made me feel good.

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C said she was travelling to visit family out of state and bought some new clothes – dresses – to wear on her trip. Her sister complimented her on how nice she looked and said she should dress that way more often, which I’m sure made C feel really good. And it made me feel good to know she felt good! It was a big warm fuzzy circle of looking good and feeling good!

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And that’s a huge part of why I do this – and I’m sure many other bloggers as well. It’s my way of saying you can make a big impact with how you look and feel (yes, you!) with really not a lot of effort. You just have to Do It!

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I spent many years thinking…I’m too fat, I’m too old, I don’t have any sense of style, boo hoo hoo. But finally I just decided to do it anyway. To make the effort to dress better anyway. Even If I was fat and old and bleh. And you know what? I feel so much better now. I look better. I’m still fat and old, ha ha. But…it’s better. And if *I* can do it, anyone can.

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And onto today’s outfit. Sorry to be back in the white jeans again (!) two outfit posts in a row but I got this adorable top from Gwynnie Bee and while it would also look nice over black or blue jeans (or even the green jeans on my list!), I thought it would look best over the white jeans.

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I do love this top from Loft Plus. Loft’s new plus size line really has a lot of nice items. I haven’t quite worked out the fit yet on some things. I’ve regained weight in my stomach since last year when I lost some, so a lot of things are being snugger around my belly. I do want to make a plan about that before long. Just so I can find clothes to fit!

Anyway, this top is a very nice lightweight rayon fabric, in a businessy blue and white oxford-like stripe…but then with some feminine embroidery on the chest and amazing bell sleeves. And – do you have any idea how much I love a tab/band collar?? A LOT. I love them a LOT.

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It was just a little cool and windy this day (and the next day – 82 degrees!) so the green Tencel jacket came back out. But it was so nice to finally be able to wear something that felt springy…and not be freezing!!! 

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And…just to make my photographer Who Shall Remain Nameless happy…I will share a photo she took using her own creative director skills….

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Thanks for shooting, PWSRN! You did a great job!

What I’m Wearing

  • Loft Mosaic Striped Bell Sleeve Blouse, size 26. In plus size here, and in regular and petite sizes here.
  • Picket Fence White Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda tapered jeans, size 22W Short. Plus size here.
  • Green Tencel jacket from Ava&Viv/Target, size 3x, no longer available. Similar plus size here and straight size here and here.
  • New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi Lightweight Running Shoe in light grey here

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Month in Review: April

Wow, I feel like April really flew by! We started the month still in snow and we’re finishing it up with a sunshiny day in the 60s. As this was a very work-busy week for me I don’t have much to share in Week in Review, so I’m going to do Month in Review again like last month and will resume WiR next week, when hopefully I will have something a little more interesting to share!

First I will say THANK YOU to all you lovely people who have been reading and following and commenting on my little blog…thanks to y’all, April was my most viewed month to-date, beating out the previous winner, August 2017, when my head-shaving post (see it here) was so widely shared and viewed. I’ve made such nice connections and friends…and have met some kindred spirits with interests beyond fashion. For someone like me who is naturally pretty introverted and what I call “a bad meeter,” it’s been such a nice way to connect with people without all the usual “in person” social anxieties. But that’s a story for another day (okay, Julia??).

All that said, my most viewed post in April was All Dressed Up & Yadda Yadda Yadda where I wore a colorful dress and sparkly cardigan…for no special reason. Sometimes you just gotta, you know??

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My personal favorite outfit in April was this colorful Russian doll looking peasant top over white jeans…maybe because it felt spring…and the temperatures finally felt the same! How sick is everyone getting of talking and hearing about The Winter That Would Not End?!?

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Favorite Blogger Looks

My top three favorite blogger looks in April were:

Jenna Marie of Sincerely Jenna Marie has the casual-yet-modern look nailed with a basic white tee, faded blue denim and comfy sandals…but it’s the extra touch of the scarf tied on the bag that elevates this to me.

How cozy does Cheryl of Cheryl Shops look in this pretty pretty pink duster-length cardigan?? I love a basic white jeans + tee + cardigan look and this one is just dreamy. Not to mention that round straw tote!

(The last one did not respond in time to my email asking permission to share her photo here so I’m just including the link to the outfit and I hope you’ll go look!)

And the outlier of the bunch for me, this metallic pleated skirt with gorgeous teal blue sweater on Daniella of LellaVictoria. This look is so extra with all the metallics (those boots tho!) and yet so relaxed at the same time. Like, “Oh, do I look amazing?? I hadn’t noticed!”

Favorite Books

I did not do as much reading in April as I had been – my day job and blog work have been leaving me exhausted by 9pm most nights and if I try to read at that point I fall asleep within minutes. So I only read the one, but it was really really good. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads and I give Very Few 5-star ratings.

It’s the emotional story of a Jewish family living in Poland during World War II, how they each have different experiences over the span of a decade. I don’t want to tell the ending, but it was a very moving, well-told story that I highly recommend – based on the experiences of the author’s own family.

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Hopefully I will have more time for reading in May!

Favorite Movies

I *did* make time to go to a couple movies in April. I am subscribed to MoviePass, an app where for a sum below the price of going to ONE movie, you can go to a different movie EVERY DAY (this is not a sponsored post, I just really like the app). My favorite was “Outside In” with Edie Falco and Jay DuPlass. It was a quiet story about nice people – as a young adult he had taken the rap for a shooting and spent 20 years in prison. One of his high school teachers maintained a correspondence with him all that time and really advocated for his early parole. Once released his new life is difficult and their friendship is challenged. And that’s all I’ll say. But it’s well-acted, nice story. (click image for trailer)

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Favorite Products

A favorite product I bought this month, and this is a little embarrassing (!), but I can get stinky feet (probably cuz I don’t wear socks. i hate socks.) and I’ve tried all kinds of sprays and powders over the years and nothing has ever done a really great, long-lasting job, BUT…after reading a ton of reviews on the internet, I finally invested a whopping $12.95 on a shoe deodorizer/foot odor eliminator from Amazon. I spray it in my sneakers 1-2 times a week and it has greatly improved the situation. If I really stick my nose into the shoe, I can still slightly smell the foot odor…but the scent of the spray really masks the foot smell from a reasonable distance away (most people would not be sticking their noses into your shoes). And then the whole apartment has this nice lemon verbena/mint/eucalyptus scent that is both refreshing and energizing. Oh, I also sprayed it on my car seats when Caleb had a bit of a messy accident back there (don’t judge, he’s an old man) and the poop smell was gone the next day!

Lumi Outdoors Extra Strength Odor Eliminator

Monthly Mash-Up

I’ve been enjoying an app called 1 Second Every Day where you post a picture or video to it daily (or catch up whenever you want, it doesn’t judge) and at the end of the month (or week or year or whatever time frame you select) it “mashes” them together as one-second clips that are savable and sharable. I’ve been posting them on Instagram but they fit into the Month in Review theme here, so…

And that is all there is for April! Week in Review will be back next Monday….

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Springtime Plus Size Try-on Haul

So, spring shopping has begun. Well, spring trying-on and buying-and-returning has begun. I only need (want) a couple new clothing items to round out my warm weather wardrobe:

  • cropped/ankle length white jeans
  • a couple pairs of colored pants that aren’t jeans
  • some tops that are a little nicer than just tee shirts – like button downs and tunics
  • 1-2 lightweight knit sweaters
  • a dress. I don’t NEED another summer dress but I saw this dress in the Ellos catalog and I can’t get it out of my head. I need to at least try it on.

Boy, when I make it into a list it seems like more than I was thinking. But in reality I know I’ll never find all these things to fit, so…the list will narrow as I go along.

Last weekend I stopped into my local Avenue store and tried on a few things. I was pretty firm with my black and white palette. I feel like I start out every season with black and white, then just add in a few colors later on.

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These were supposed to be ankle length but I’m short and my legs are short, so. And the cuff wasn’t sewn-in or anything so it was just going to come right down and then the pants are too long. I’ve tried cuffing jeans and I’m just not good at that sort of thing. They’re crooked, they don’t stay up, etc. I need the manufacturer to do it for me and put in a couple nice stitches!

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Avenue White Washed Rolled Ankle Jean size 22

Since the ankle length was too long, I tried on the capris thinking they might just go to my ankle. But they’re just weird. They’re not as neat as a true skinny jean would be but they’re too tight for a straight leg…and the bottom had like a kick flare. Which is not flattering on my short thick legs.

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Avenue Washed Capri Jean in White size 22

So I went up a size and it was no better.

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Avenue Washed Capri Jean in White size 24

I tried a pair of wide-leg pants in a black and white geometric…but my legs are so thick that “wide leg” fits me like a tapered cut! If the waist wasn’t pulled up all the way to my bra I might have bought them!

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Avenue Dot Relaxed Pull-on Pant size 22

Then, always the search for white tee/tank/tunic SOMETHING WHITE. Sigh. This should not be so hard.

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Avenue Reversible Tank size 22/24

And, just because it was white and on sale…I tried this ruffly blouse on. It wasn’t bad but I don’t really have a need for that, so…back it went. Back it all went.

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Avenue Choker Cascading Ruffle Neck Blouse size 22/24

I’d been excited to try a couple things from Loft’s new plus size collection. The items were nice but the fit was just a little off. I will definitely try something else from there because I really like the styles and when they go on sale the prices are not unreasonable.

Loft Items:

Not much luck on this first go-round!

What do you have on your spring wish list??

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The Best Laid Plans….

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…ha ha, I feel like I’ve written at least 3 posts with this title! I could also call it “The Joke’s On Me: What Happens When You Thought You Bought One Thing, But You Really Bought the Other Thing.”

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So, I was going to call this post “Springifying a Winter Dress.” Some time ago, even before the California trip, I went shopping for a springy scarf to take this wintery dress from drab to fab. I had a really lovely scarf in my cart…pale pinks and buttery yellows and robin’s egg blue…and just enough grey and black to tie in the grey dress and black cardigan (that I was going to style for this post). But at some point I picked up this other scarf and apparently bought IT and not the original one. I brought it home, never took it out of the bag, didn’t want to wear it til after I’d photographed it for the blog cuz, well, I’m a spiller. Sad but true. So imagine my surprise when this weekend I finally pulled it out of the blog to do the pictures…and it was not the lovely pastel scarf I’d thought I bought…but this neutral-toned one with…CACTI on it. No bluebirds of happiness, no pink blossoms. Cacti. I mean, it’s a very nice scarf. It feels delicious. It works very nicely with this other outfit. But nothing is being springified here today, folks.

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Sigh. I’ll have to springify another time.

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But this outfit can speak to Third Pieces and especially the value of pulling at least one printed item into the mix.

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The grey dress and taupe cardigan are fine together. But the pair on their own is a little bland. Add a third piece, a printed third piece, and now you’ve got yourself some interest. I like to tie in the two colors already present in the outfit and introduce one or two more – in this case, sort of an apricotty gold and few touches of a grey blue. These colors that aren’t already present in the base outfit bring in a little more interest, and the scarf (or sweater or bag or whatever) designer has already done the work for you of knowing what colors will work well together. Now you can play off that in other outfits. You know the scarf will also work with grey blue and that soft gold color so you can create other outfits using those colors.

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PS: Big earrings are fun when you have super short hair.

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Speaking of super short hair, it’s growing in like crazy! But it’s at a weird sort of “non-style” length, and I feel like you can get away with that less easily than you can with long hair. So I think I’m going to get it shaped a bit this week…probably take the sides and back down a bit while continuing to let the top and front grow. I really miss bangs. I also need to figure out what products to use for this new hair. AND….what do I do about my definitely brown eyebrows?? They’re very pale but they’re definitely a different tone than my hair. So…what to do?? I’m in uncharted territory.

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What I Wore:

  • Grey dress: Old Navy, old, similar here or here
  • Taupe cardigan, old, similar here or here
  • Silk scarf, similar here or here

Today I’m linking up with Catherine at http://www.notdressedaslamb.com for her #IWillWearWhatILike link-up party! Check out the other bloggers who link up there and  find some inspo or make a new friend!

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Styling Four Plus Size Looks from One Blazer!

I have been dying to add a longline blazer to my wardrobe since I started following Lizzie Hadfield of Shot from the Street a couple years ago…and now I also drool over the outfits of Emma Hill for the same reason. They’ve both got this super cool, minimal, slightly-masculine-tailoring-but-in-a-very-chic-way thing down. They make it look effortless. Us mere mortals have to work at it a bit more…and on a round plus size body, that lean minimal look never looks quite right. But I just keep plugging away and one of these days I’ll get it! In the meantime I’m coming up with some outfits I’m pretty happy with – and this Karen Kane soft structure blazer has starred in several of them.

First I created an office look, with a black and white polka dot blouse and black cropped trousers with black loafers. I don’t know what was up with my face!

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Polka-dot blouse from Who What Wear/Target, no longer available. Similar here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size / Black cropped Harper trousers from Old Navy 

Adding the Third Piece of the blazer pulled the outfit together and made it more office appropriate. And, yay, face back to normal!

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Karen Kane Open Tweed Blazer, size 3x, no longer available. Comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. 

The second look is very casual, maybe weekending with the girls or running errands.

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Striped cold-shoulder top from Rainbow Shops, size 3x. No longer available. Comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. 

Take it up a notch with blazer and scarf!

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The third look is a little more artsy, starting with a solid black base layer…(ooh, there’s That Face again!).

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Black Joan Vass Plus Tunic, size 3x. No longer available, comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. Black denim skinnies from Charlotte Russe, size 22. Booties from Avenue, no longer available. Comparable here and here. (old)/Turquoise Necklace: Vintage. Comparable here.

Dress it up a bit with the blazer over top!

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And lastly, another very casual look, but this time in pastels and white (GASP! WHITE JEANS IN FEBRUARY?!? WHAT IS SHE THINKING?? I’m thinking I can wear white denim whenever the heck I want).

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Pink long sleeve tee from Old Navy, size 4x. No longer available, comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. White denim Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans, size 22W short. 

And a blazer makes it a little less casual and a little more polished…even though it’s still basically an outfit with jeans and trainers!

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Do you have one piece that can complete many different outfits?

There’s a little video if you want to see all the outfits in action (and hear me blather on about one thing or another). If you watch and like the video I’d really appreciate if you’d give it a thumbs up on YouTube.

I’m linking up today with Emma at Style Splash and her Style With a Smile Link-up! Make sure you check out her blog and the other lovelies linking up there this week! I’ve made many new bloggy friends through link-ups…you might, too!

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