What I Wore This Week & A Bit of a Chat

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Oh, I am just a mess. I keep trying to start new things and I end up bungling them and throwing them out. This week I was Bound and Determined to do a What I Wore This Week feature If It Killed Me. And in the end, I missed a couple days cuz it was a long weekend so I didn’t actually get dressed two of the days and then the video portion is horrible and dark…AND I forgot to turn the phone sideways (horizontal) to film the video, BUT, in my defense, if you shoot horizontal you do need more space between yourself and the camera to get your whole body in and in the apartment where the mirror is there just ISN’T that space. So bear with me on the vertical NO NO video. Or go watch someone who’s good at this like Lizzie Hadfield from Shot from the Street who is both my fashion AND vlogging idol (she said in a slightly breathy awe-struck fan girl crush kinda way).

So, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to try and do something new/different every day. While I haven’t accomplished this every day, it is always on my radar and when I have the opportunity between choosing something old or new, I’m trying to go with new.

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Charming Northport home from @NorthportEveryDay

One new thing I’m doing is a new Instagram account called Northport Every Day – based on the town where I live. I just started it about a week ago but it’s getting a good following already and it’s causing me to drive down different streets and areas than I usually do to find new and interesting things to photograph.

I ate Turkish food for the first time at a restaurant I’d never been to before. I did not care for it, ha ha. But I don’t mind that. I enjoy the trying.

I went to a new meditation class. I did not care for it, either. In it’s defense, the first place I went to meditation classes in Brooklyn was so so good and set the bar SO high, that other places just never seem as good…and I’ve tried three since I’ve been back on Long Island. I do meditate on my own, sometimes with phone apps. When I remember. But a class is good for a tune-up and inspiration.

(imagine, if you will, a lovely 1800s gothic brick church, black metal fence, lush garden bordering the pathway from the street, twisty tree with a branch reaching out over the path, it’s dusk, the garden lights cast a warm sunsetty glow on the tree, path and arched entrance to the church. Cuz, godammit, I lost that picture! It’s where my first meditation class was and it was so lovely and peaceful and I had a really nice picture of the entrance on my phone, on my Instagram…and I can’t find it anywhere, have been searching all morning so that’s why this is going up so late and NOT first thing in the morning as I had planned and now I’m all aggravated, which is exactly why I need meditation classes!!!!!)

So, maybe not every day but it’s always in my consciousness to look for and try The New Thing.

Anyone else? Resolution updates? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


Resolutions + Plus Size Try-on Haul Video

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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.

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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.
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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.