Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Real Me: Day In, Day Out


This month's Ahead of the Curve theme is Everyday Wear.  My plan was to take a picture every day for a month but time got away from me so a week will have to do. It just so happens I was in St. Louis last week so this is also what I packed without even thinking about this blog post so it's very me in my element. Some days I even have wet hair and no make up, not a typical fashion blog post. I am also having a plantar fasciitis/heel spur flare so my footwear options are even more limited at the moment.


On Monday I went out to dinner and a movie, with wet hair no less. The shirt is an Avenue, thrifted a couple of days before, capris from TJ Maxx, Crocs, and a Lia Sophia necklace and bracelet.


On Tuesday I went for a picnic at Forest Park and to the history museum. This Modcloth dress is my favorite one to wear when traveling, especially when I'm somewhere featured in the vintage postcard print (St. Louis is!). The shoes are from Klogs.


On Wednesday I took my son to Magic House, a children's museum. My fantastic Westie skirt was made for me by a friend. My tee is an Ava & Viv from Target, I don't recommend it, after only about four wears it was a pilly mess and I tossed it later that night.


On Thursday I once again headed out the door with wet hair. This is one of my very favorite shirts, it's an old one from Lane Bryant and the jean capris came from TJ Maxx. Soon after this I was enjoying wine and kabobs during a BBQ at a park.


On Friday we headed home via a road trip. Soon after this was taken I was covered in dog puke and hair from one little, very nervous traveling companion. The shirt is from Walmart and has been a staple this summer. The capris are also from Walmart and given their packing and washing ease have also seen a lot of traveling with me. My shoes are from Crocs. This Betsey Johnson bag has been my go-to bag of the summer, it goes with everything, has ample room to stash all my stuff, and has a handy cross-body strap for when I need my hands free shopping and exploring.


This is what I wore to church on Sunday, without make up as I was running late. (My Saturday look was skipped as I stayed in PJs all day after being out of town for two weeks.) The dress is from eShakti and the cropped cardigan is from Old Navy. The shoes are from Klogs (my foot is slowly getting better after wearing my stabilizing boot for a few nights).


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

One Outfit Takes Me Everywhere


This month's Ahead of the Curve theme is Day to Night. How do we take an outfit or an item that works for us during the day and take it out for a night on the town? 


Not only does using items that work during both they day and the evening help us save money and get more bang for our clothing purchase it helps save space as well. I'm currently on a quest to seriously downsize closet and decrease my spending so items that have multiple uses are really appealing to me. Since I don't work in an office setting my more typical day to night requirements are when I'm traveling and needing to save space, demanding multiple uses for the pieces I take with me.


This day outfit can take me traveling, sight-seeing, or shopping. I can also mix and change up all these pieces with other things to create different looks. I have on a simple white tee from Old Navy, a soft and stretchy jersey skirt, a thrifted cardigan, and my trusty Klogs. I paired them with a fun butterfly necklace.


This is my new Betsey Johnson doctor's bag that will definitely see me through many travel days. I love the whimsical but still very functional Betsey Johnson bags.


For the evening I took off the cardigan, tucked in my white tee, and hiked up my skirt for a more high waisted look. I added black wedges, and a beautiful velvet scarf pinned by a vintage brooch. I love traveling with a beautiful scarf as there is so much you can do with it and it takes up almost no space in a carry-on. This look will easily take me out for dinner or drinks, or even a night at the theatre. 


I'm using my Betsey Johnson wallet on a string (strap removed) as my evening clutch. It has a handy front pouch to add my lipstick, mints, and a cell phone. Being able to carry a smaller bag helps to carry the outfit into the night.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

En Plein Air Inspired


This month's Ahead of the Curve theme is Nature's Palette based on Patone's Spring/Summer En Plein Air colors for 2015. Patone's color of the year is Marsala.


What beautiful colors! It was fun to play around with them to create this month's look.



The dress is a super comfortable knit from Modcloth. I'm wearing it in a 2X. I ordered a few dresses in Marsala near the end of the beginning of the year to try on and finally settled on this one as I thought it was the most versatile and could be worn all four seasons (spoiler: I'm planning to use it for another post this fall).



Overall I incorporated some of the greens, blue, yellow, and tan from the En Plein Air palette. Since these are normally not my default color choices it was fun to step outside of my comfort zone.





The shoes are by Klogs. The bag, shrug, and necklace were all purchased on eBay.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Summer Vacation!


This month's Ahead of the Curve topic is summer wear, getting ready for summer. I thought it would be fun to do something a little different, I'm showing what I'm taking on a two week trip. All the essentials in carry ons!

  
Here's what I'm taking with me: six bottoms, six tops, two dresses (one is used mainly as a swim suit cover up), two cardigans, two pairs of shoes, six socks, six pairs of underwear, two bras, two glasses, three headbands, a pair of Jockey slip shorts, a bathing suit, one sun hat, and one scarf.  As you can see I followed a red, black, and polka dot theme so things can mix and match.


Here is the bottom layer of my rolling carry on. Things are rolled between the bars and strapped down. 


I added my hanging toiletries kit that also contains my jewelry and make up.


On the top layer I added the rest of my clothes in a red packing cube, along with my Crocs and glasses.
 but hopefully it will be of interest: 

If you're interested in hearing more about what I packed, what I'm packing for, and how I did it I made my first Youtube Vlog to go along with my post: 


Fair warning the video is long, I called my Crocs clogs, and I say "you know" A LOT but hopefully you will find it helpful.


In my personal carry on I pack only what I need handy for the long day of flying and lay overs. Here is a glimpse into what I put into my personal carry on: neck pillow, large snack bag (I can't eat gluten, or many processed foods so I need to carry my food most places), tube of hand lotion, alcohol wipes, ear plugs, sleeping mask, wipe container, and my small purse. I will add my travel documents, phone chargers, medicine, and supplements. Once I get past security in the airport I always but a coconut or vitamin water.

Here it all is inside my personal bag.

And here is where I admit I am also checking a bag and why:


I think I may have said "you know" a few less times but I angled the camera incorrectly.  Oh well, lesson learned for next time!


Since I lost my luggage once I now only check non-essentials. Here is what I'm checking: my hiking pole, hiking boots, thicker long socks for hiking, an extra pair of shoes, a spare swim suit, a hipster bag, and three bottoms and three tops for sleeping/loungewear. 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Breath of Retro Inspiration

This month's Ahead of the Curve's theme is "A Borrowed Decade". I'm going to be borrowing fashion from a few decades. My first thought with this theme was to just do one of my many 1940s or 1950s inspired dress. However, I really wanted to take a look a the enduring, classic wrap dress of the 1970s. Then I discovered a wrap dress that seemed to be inspired by both. Perfect!

There is some debate as to the precise origins of the wrap dress, Diane Von Furstenberg is often given credit for the jersey sensation of the 1970s, while Vicky Tiel says her designs appeared in films years before. Regardless, the wrap dress has been an enduring style for a least four decades and it is no surprise to me. 


This is a true wrap dress from Vicky Tiel via HSN in a size 2X. I prefer a true wrap dress rather than a faux or mock wrap as I have a smaller waist and mock wraps always gap and bag there on me. I also like the ability to adjust the tie higher or lower for a different effect, as well as the ability to adjust for fluctuations in body size.



This has the traditional stretchy, jersey knit of a true 1970s wrap dress. 


However, this dress also has nods to a more 1940s styling with a wide, ruffle collar; shorter sleeves; and a fuller skirt.


This print is copied from a vintage piece of 1930s material, adding to that retro feel.



I think my green pearls add a fun, fresh, spring time addition to the dress.


I think these heels from Krave by Klogs add a finishing vintage touch to my outfit. While I normally avoid all heels these I'm able to manage as they have a very cushioned footbed and a very sturdy heel. I just love the rosette detail. 


Vicky Tiel will often comment that she has they best cut of all the wrap dresses and I have to agree with her. They are made from French patterns, they are bias cut and have a lovely, graceful ruffle effect on the edge of the skirt. Also, and likely most important, she adds an extra yard of fabric to eliminate any concerns of accidental over exposure. It may be hard to tell from the picture but I'm holding up the top layer of the skirt and as you can see the under layer goes all the way across to my other side. Vicky Tiel really does a wrap dress right!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring is Coming!



This month's Ahead of the Curve theme is the soft colors of spring. While last week we were still in the icy grip of winter this week it does indeed seem like spring is coming. I, for one, cannot wait. I love when the air warms, the trees and grass once again turn green, and we start to see the hint of the flowers beginning to bloom. I have packed away my sparkly, red sweaters and velvets to greet me again next December. I'm embracing and welcoming the new season.


I mentioned keeping my eye on this dress during a blog post last month. Sure enough I was soon sent a promo offer from Torrid so this dress was a the top of my want list. It is stretchy and quite comfortable. I decided I liked a thicker belt with it rather than the skinny belt that came with it. During the summer I will probably keep it lighter and wear it without a belt. I've already decided this is going to be my Easter Sunday dress. I ordered this dress in both a size 2 and a size 3, I'm wearing the size 3.


I actually had a difficult time matching a necklace with this dress, I wanted something more delicate with the lace and once again settled on this piece from Sandie at Zaftig Delights.


This fun, very springy headband was purchased via eBay.



I'm totally wearing this Torrid lace swim suit cover up as a tunic, I think it totally works as a multifunctional piece. I'm wearing it in a size 3. The tank is from Old Navy in an XXL Tall, I've learned to order the talls in Old Navy's straight sizes to get my preferred, low hip fit. My white capri leggings are from Lysse' and are out of my normal comfort zone but I'm looking forward to wearing these throughout this spring and summer.


I find changing my handbag with the season really helps me to refresh my wardrobe for a new season as well. This soft green brings thoughts of spring.


Updating my other accessories with a new season also helps to keep things fresh. This spring/summer feeling necklace was purchased very inexpensively via eBay. It's a trendy necklace and might be outdated next year but with such a little investment it's not really a concern if it only gets worn for a few months.

Check out my fellow Ahead of the Curve bloggers as they look forward to spring.


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