Monday, April 30, 2012

Comfortable and Casual

When the weekend rolls around, the last thing on my mind is dressing up. I just want to be comfortable. And most Sundays I'm in a tee and sweats sans makeup. But since we were going car shopping, I thought I'd dress up a little but still remain casual and comfortable.

When I saw these perfect sea foam green pants on Egyptomaniac's site, I knew I had to have them. They actually are more of a mint color, which is fine with me as mint jean/pants are rather hard to find in my size. I thought the mint trend might be over before I can even find a pair! I've been searching skirts and pants in this color for the past few months. They fit very well (but won't be going in the dryer) and come down to the tops of my feet (as most ankle pants do on me). But now that I have them, I'm not quite sure what to pair them with. I'm sure I'll come up with some other options down the road. I have a few pink tops that will go quite nicely with these, but for now I kept the look simple with a denim shirt from H&M.

I've had these Ash gladiator sandals for a couple of years now. I wanna say I ordered them from Shopbop, but I'm not certain. The unfortunate thing is that this is only the 2nd time I've worn them. The reason being is gladiator sandals are not the most attractive shoe choice for a heavier woman carrying weight in her legs. They cut off the slimmest part of the leg (ankle) so that the leg just looks like a large tree stump. So they stayed in the closet until recently. They also aren't the most comfortable for my feet. I can't wear ballet flats or any shoe that is completely flat because of my plantar fasciattis.

I decided to change up my makeup a bit today as well. Normally, I go for my winged eyeliner and bright lip. Wanted a bit of a smokey look today. But I just don't feel like my normal, happy self with nude lips and dark eyes. It's just not me anymore. I've grown accustomed to my pinup makeup. Creating wings are second nature to me now. And changing up the lipstick is all I have to do for a new look.

{Denim shirt: H&M. Similar here and here and here. | Pants: Talbots. Buy them here. Mint jean option here. Simliar plus size option. | Shoes: Ash. Similar here. Cute metallic ones here and here. | Necklace: J. Crew. Similar here and here. Cute in turquoise here. | Watch: Cartier. Buy it here. | Lipstick: MAC Half 'n Half. Buy it here.}

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Dress Week - Final Look

I planned to wear this Old Navy dress at the end of the week paired with the Zara flower blazer I bought in NYC. However, I was just going to pair it with some plain black shoes or possibly my bright pink Nine West pumps. However, I saw this inspiration photo from J's Everyday Fashion and thought, "Well heck - that works! And I have similar shoes from Payless."

Of course this look is a bit too harlot for work so the shoes only remained on for the pics. I switched to flats, removed the necklace, and threw on a simple black blazer to blend in better at work. Boring. Yawn. Sometimes I wish I worked for a larger company where I can just be comfortable in the clothes I take pics in. For the most part, I'd say 90% of the time, what you see in the pics is exactly what I wore to work that day.

So there won't be any posts from me on Saturday as hubby and I will be car shopping. I've had my Saturn piece of crap Vue for almost three years now and it's been nothing but problems. Cars shouldn't sound like toilets flushing upon acceleration, right? Yet out of the three dealerships I went to, no one can figure that one out. Yesterday, I had wheel barrings replaced. In February it was the brakes and rotors all the way around. I know a lot of people that love their Saturns and drive them into the ground. I wish this were the case for me, but sadly, it must go. When I was 16 years old, I dreamed of owing a BMW one day. My first car was far from anything that luxurious. So when I was 35, I leased an X3 and drove the sh** out of it for two years. When it was time to turn it in (sniff), the economy was in a much worse state than now. I couldn't justify buying a BMW at the time. I wanted something practical and economical. Well my car proved to be neither. And now that the economy seems to be slowing coming around, I'm going after a pre-owned 3-Series.

So that's the plan for Saturday. I'll be sure to show you what I get on Monday. Hope you enjoyed dress week. Have a great weekend!

(Dress: Old Navy. Very similar here and here. Cute in pink here. Will probably buy this one. | Flower Blazer: Zara. | Shoes: Lela Rose Laser Cut Shooties for Payless. Cute ones hereThese are under $100. Comfortable ones for summer. | Watch: Cartier: Buy it here. | Lipstick: Nars Schiap. Buy it here.}

Hubby couldn't resist taking a pic of Miss Woozie being a nice puppy after play fighting with me and trying to bite my nose off. And no, I'm not having a wardrobe malfunction.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dress Week - Look 4

Hey there, ho there, hi there. What's going on there? (all in a Minnesota accent). I thought this was dress week, not skirt week.

I didn't fall off the Dress wagon. I'm still wearing a dress, but I thought I'd be a little creative as I tend to get towards the end of the work week. In fact, I haven't worn this dress as an actual dress when I last featured it a few weeks back. I made it into a tunic. I wonder if I have some kind of internal conflict with this dress and need some dress therapy?

Actually I just wanted to see how versatile these Joe Fresh dresses were. And might I add both this one and the one you all liked so much held up extremely well in the wash. I didn't put them in the dryer (I hardly ever put any of my work clothes in the dryer). Makes me want to go back into the city and see what other delightful offerings they have at the flagship store. Sucks you can't buy from their website. I can't stand when sites tease you with their merchandise and show you the prices, but don't let you buy. Yeah, H&M, I'm talking to you, too.

When Ann Taylor was having their 40% off sale recently, I scooped up this orange top (I have it in black, too, from my trip into the city) that was already on sale. I think I ended up paying about $18 for it. And I'm a sucker for anything orange or pink. Hope neutrals don't come back in style anytime soon.

{Dress: Joe Fresh NYC | Blouse: Ann Taylor | Belt: H&M | Shoes: Nine West Sharina. Buy them here. | Necklace: J. Crew. Lusting after this one and this one. | Watch: Cartier Tank. Buy it here. | Lipstick: Covergirl Hot Passion. Buy it here.}

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dress Week - Look 3

Who the heck invited Old Man Winter back into town? I picked a hell of a week to wear some pretty thin fabrics. At least the rain is gone, only to return on Thursday. But the wind and temps are below average for this time of year. What was I thinking? Oh, yeah. I was thinking that it's almost May and should be warming up by now and that dresses are a pretty safe bet this week. Okay, I'm done ranting.

So out in the backyard I go again (thank you natural lighting) with the wind whipping my hair into a Snookie frenzy and my bare legs shivering in 46 degree weather.

I bought this dress during a Rachel Roy 30% off promotion last month. It's an XL (her stuff runs small in my opinion). Thought I wouldn't be able to wear it until fall (wrong!) with its long sleeves. I like the little tutu detailing across the bottom but thought it was a little too plain. So I jazzed it up with a bright pink belt I got at Urban Outfitters over the holidays while in NYC.

This is also the first time I'm wearing my Lauren Conrad for Kohl's faux leather jacket. I'm not so sure about it. I like the color, it feels like the real thing, but it seems big around the collar. Like there's too much fabric. Hmm. Maybe like my Asos Aertex jacket, it just needs to be worn zipped up.

{Dress: Rachel Roy. Still available here. And similar summer version here. | Jacket: Lauren Conrad. Buy it here. | Shoes: Nine West Andriana. Other colors here. | Belt: Urban Outfitters. Buy it here. Similar here. And here. | Lipstick: MAC Girl About Town. Buy it here.}

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dress Week - Look 2

So it was still too gross and rainy outside for any pictures, so you get to stare at our lovely living room wall. It's hard to take pics in our house as it's a small, older Cape Cod style where the ceilings are low and there's not a lot of length between the choppy rooms. I love our cute, little house but it's definitely not ideal for picture taking with a 50mm lens. So we switched to the kit lens that came with the camera.

Thank goodness we didn't get any of the Nor'easter that hit PA and upstate NY. A foot of snow!!! In late April! I do remember either last year or the year before, we had a late April snow but it didn't stick for long. And of course snow'tober this past year (I was in sunny FL at the time) really made the hubby mad! "It's too early for this crap!" Shovel, shovel, scrape, scrape.

Do you remember this Wildcat Jules dress in J. Crew? Well I couldn't find it in my local mall, so they called around and found a size 12 in a nearby location. Size 12. Yeah, right. So in my "smaller clothes" closet it hung until I lost another 5lbs and could wiggle into it with my new shape wear. Thank goodness it has a little stretch to it and has a slight A-line shape to accomodate my baby-making hips (no, I have no babies; just a puppy). And unlike my Wildcat blouse, the dress has 3/4 length sleeves. I remedied that by having my blouse altered not too long ago as I always hated how long the sleeves were on it. However, I do wish this dress was a tad longer.

When J. Crew was having their extra 40% off sale recently, I scooped up this necklace. I love it. Just the right amount of bling without being obnoxious. And how about that fake bake going on with my legs. Classy.

(Dress: J. Crew | Jacket: Zara | Necklace: J. Crew | Shoes: Nine West. Other colors here. | Lipstick: Besame Cherry Red. Buy it here.}

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Dress Week

So in my last post I said I would do another theme week sometime in May. Well I got to playing around in my closet on Saturday and trying on a few previously too-tight dresses that seem to miraculously fit with some new shape wear. I feel like that's cheating in a way. Just like needing to hoist the girls up, I know it's also necessary to smooth out the lumps and bumps. So why do I feel like it's cheating? Because to fit in some of these dresses, another 3-5 lbs is what I need to drop. But now the shape wear is doing it for me. It's like not having to do the work to drop the weight. Poof! Belly be gone. Poof! Thighs be slimmer. Poof! You're a pimp (sorry... a little SATC humor).

I have two closets upstairs. Tiny miney moe closets. One of which holds smaller clothes I try on from time to time to see if I've dropped enough weight to fit into certain dresses or pants. I've done this since the beginning of my weight loss journey almost one year ago. It keeps me motivated. J. Crew doesn't make those cute patterned pants in sizes larger than a 14. And when you're curvy with a poochy tummy, it takes work to make them fit. Part of me wants to buy Spanx Power Panties just so I can get to the finish line faster. My honest angel self says to do the work and put down that glazed croissant donut I allow myself to have once a month. But they're sooo good! Put it down! But it's calling me. It practically fell into my cart begging me to take it home. Put it down. But...there's Spanx that fixes all!

But I digress. So why another theme week so soon? Uhhh, cause I'm the boss of this domain and I do what I want. Yes, I'm kidding. I actually enjoyed a l'orange theme week and frankly just started picking stuff on Saturday that all happened to be dresses. So to kick things off...

I bring you dress #1. I ordered this Gap dress months ago when it went on sale. I ordered it in my usual size 14. Gap clothes seem to run a bit big in my opinion, just like Old Navy does. And while the top fit fine (almost too big now), the bottom wasn't happening. But with the shape wear (I prefer slips to bike shorts cause I want to let things breathe if you know what I mean), the dress now fits. It's a tad short for my comfort level, but hubby says it works.

And why the indoor shots you ask? Mother Nature. Rain, rain, rain forces fashion bloggers indoors where you struggle with light and filters and lenses. So this is my basement (the picture hides the electrical box - pretty classy, eh?). Maybe tomorrow I'll show you my living room if the rain stays around, which it looks like it might.

{Dress: Gap | Jacket: Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's | Shoes: Nine West. Other colors here. | Necklace: Old Navy | Lipstick: MAC Rebel. Buy it here.}
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

A L'Orange - FIN!

So I hoped you enjoyed a l'orange theme week. I probably have 2-3 more weeks worth of orange in my clothing arsinal. However, I'll wear those outfits sparingly. I'm already thinking of my next theme week, which I'll try to do sometime in May. A lot of you seemed to like the conservative orange striped dress I wore in this post rather than the wild out-there hi-lo tank from this post. So I'll keep that in mind when I do May's theme week.

My tastes are all over the place when it comes to fashion. I don't think that's a bad thing. Some things will be instant hits and others won't. I think that's a part of fashion blogging. Also seeing things in the mirror vs. seeing them in pictures makes you realize what really works and what needs to be returned, recycled, or maybe just rethought. There are times when I think age is just a number. I don't feel 40. Far from it, actually. But I have to respect the changes my body has gone through over time and dress to flatter the body I'm in now. In 10 years, I'm sure there will be things that I wore in my 40s that I can no longer pull of in my 50s. It doesn't mean I won't stop trying to get away with more youthful items. Sometimes they'll work and other times, they won't. We all have to wear clothing (unless you belong to a nudist camp). Hopefully, this blog shows you what works and what doesn't and you can take inspiration from it and incorporate a bit of it into your own wardrobes.

Have a great weekend!

{Shirt: Old Navy (recent) | Shorts: Old Navy. Buy them here. Cute distressed version here. | Hat: Urban Outfitters. Buy it here. | Shoes: Keds (old)}

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Friday, April 20, 2012

A L'Orange Look 5

Since it's the end of the work week, I thought I'd change things up with this orange look. Go for something edgier that you might wear on a Friday or Saturday night to a bar or concert. I love this hi-lo tank top from Asos. But deciding what to wear with it was challenging. It's sheer so I needed something underneath. A lot of hi-lo tanks are paired with shorts. But what if your thighs are chunky and full of cottage cheese? The only solution for me was leather or faux leather pants. Like these INC pants I got off eBay for under $20! Of course now that I'm thinking of it, a straight maxi or pencil skirt would also work. Hmmm. I think I just discovered how I can incorporate it into my work wardrobe.

Although I wouldn't wear this to work as is (and nor did I), this would make for a lovely eye-catching conversation piece at a dimly lit hip restaurant, such as a Tapas bar with a big 'ol glass of red. If I were younger, I'd wear it to an alternative/goth dance club as I sway in isolation and let my skirt "sail" to Awolnation. Yep, that's right. I'm an alternative/goth girl at heart. You won't find any Phish or Wilco in this girl's playlist.

{Tank: Asos. Buy it here. | Jacket: INC (Macy's - recent) | Pants: INC (ebay) | Tee: J. Crew Factory. | Shoes: Nine West Andriana | Watch: Cartier | Lipstick: Nars Heat Wave}
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