Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Outfit of the Day Round Up

Modcloth Dress, Croc shoes

Catherine's top, Woman Within capris, Klog shoes

Torrid dress, Old Navy cardigan

Torrid dress, Walmart belt, Croc sandals
George top, Roaman's capris, Croc sandals

ASOS Curve dress, SWAK leggings, Croc sandals

Simply Be dress, SWAK leggings, Croc sandals

Burlington Coat Factory dress, Klog sandals

Modcloth dress, Klog sandals

TeeFury Firefly/Doctor Who tee, Torrid jeggings, Klog sandals

Old Navy top, One Stop Plus capris, Klog shoes

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Fat Girl Checks In With Gingham

 This month's Ahead of the Curve blogging theme is Gingham and Polka Dots.  But really, it turned into Gingham vs. Polka Dots.  One peek into my clothing vault would tell you I'm normally all about the dots so I can't really put forth a case for gingham OVER polka dots.  However, I like to challenge myself in the monthly Ahead of the Curve posts so I went on the hunt to find something within my style and budget in gingham.

 My search ended on eBay with this Torrid black and white gingham shirt.  It has just enough of a retro vibe to make me happy, along with some essential stretch.  The cropped jeans are also from Torrid.   The shoes are Klogs wedges.

 The belt was bought secondhand through a Facebook selling group.  I wish I had the name of the brand, I would buy ten of them.

 The chiffon scarf came from a thrift store and the glasses are from Zenni Optical.

 The necklace is from Crypt of Curiosities.

 Gratuitous selfie.

 Even more gratuitous Diva Dog picture.
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Outfit Roundup

It's time for another outfit roundup.  What's The Fat Girl on a budget wearing?
Venezia via eBay tunic, OSP knit capris.

Torrid shirt and cami, OSP capris.

Modcloth Sudoku dress, Torrid capri leggings.

Simply Be dress, Torrid cardigan, SWAK capri leggings.

Modcloth dress, Old Navy cardigan.
SWAK dress, Lucie Lu shrug.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 2014 Spending

July was the first month of my personal challenge to keep my annual spending at $1,200.   My goal isn't necessarily to keep my spending to $100 a month but I wanted to at least try to come close to that my first month.  It wasn't easy and I needed to return some things to stay within my limit.  Did I do it?  Just barely.

More importantly, what did I buy?

Bathing suit via eBay, new, $30 shipped.
Modcloth Sudoku dress, $23 shipped.

SWAK leopard print skirt via Facebook resale group, gently used, $16 shipped.

Torrid cheetah print dress via Facebook resale group, gently used, $14 shipped.

Torrid purple lace top via Facebook resale group, gently used, $13 shipped.

Modcloth red velvet headband via eBay, gently used, $2 shipped (best deal of the month).

I certainly spent far less time shopping and browsing this month.  However, old habits die hard and I've already preshopped for most of my August allotment.  The challenge has definitely made me more selective and thoughtful about each and every purchase, which is a good thing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Fat Girl Stays Cool in the Summer Heat

This month's Ahead of the Curve theme is Bare for Summer.  This was a little bit of a struggle for me as I'm actually a pretty modest dresser by default.  I've never worn bikinis, not even when I was average sized.

Up until last summer I wouldn't even wear sleeveless garments but living in a hotter area made me reconsider my stance.  For me, wearing this baby doll cami from Torrid was pretty brave.
Shoulders and back are on display in the summer heat!  The capri pants are also from Torrid.

For the first time in over twenty years I also purchased a strapless bra.  Finding something to accommodate a 40HH was not easy and I tried several brands but finally settled on one from Elomi.  Since the top had straps I opted to wear the clear straps with it but the bra is pretty supportive even without straps.  It's opened up a would new world of wardrobe options I had formally excluded.
So get out there, enjoy the summer, and be confident and comfortable no matter what your size!
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Outfit of the Day Round-Up

SWAK dress, Old Navy cardigan, Klog shoes.

Torrid dress, Klog shoes.

Venezia shirt, Torrid cropped jeggings, Klog shoes.

Venezia top, Torrid leggings.

City Chic top, Torrid crops.

Modcloth dress, Old Navy cardigan, Klog shoes.

What I actually wore most of the week poolside.  Junonia suit, hat via Amazon.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Fat Girl Goes on a Budget

I'm a planner by nature and generally follow a budget and try to save money where I can, including clothing, but I've never been good about restricting my clothing purchases.  If I like something I frequently buy it in several colors.  It's really only the one major area of my life that feels slightly out of control.  Starting July 1st I've decided to challenge myself over the next year and try to spend only $1,200 on my personal clothing, accessories, and shoes.  I don't really know what I normally spend annually on clothing but I'm sure it's well over that.   This challenge feels very New Year's Resolutionish so starting it in July might be odd but following arbitrary rules isn't for me anyway.

I'm starting off with a larger than average wardrobe so I know I have an advantage, that's why I decided to go with $1,200 rather than $1,700+.  If things remained constant I could buy nothing over the next year and probably be fine but that's not the challenge; it's can I stick to a modest budget and keep up with the trends I want to, get what I need, and include things for the Ahead of the Curve blogging collective?

The only out I'm leaving myself is if my size changes two sizes or more I will likely have to up my budget to closer to $1,800 but if it does I'm planning to sell my former clothing to cover the $600 difference.

Once a month I'm planning to show what I spent and on what.  Everything, even if I fail or overspend.

I will likely also include more outfits of day selfies, or at least weekly or monthly highlights.  Can I still dress well on a budget?  Follow along with me and see how it goes!

To make this even more interesting my fellow Ahead of the Curve blogger Harper Valley has decided to take the challenge with me.  Somehow us doing it together makes it less daunting and more fun!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Inside The Fat Girl's Thrift Store Trip

Inspired by June's Ahead of the Curve thrifting theme I decided to pop into a local Goodwill for the first time since moving into a new area. 

I was pleased to see the plus sizes were separated from the straight sizes, not all Goodwills do this and it makes it so much easier to shop.  I found a decent selection of items to try on.






In the end I decided to pass on all of them as they really didn't fit my style and I have a general rule when I'm out shopping: I must like what I'm trying on as much or more than the outfit I came in for me to consider purchasing it.  Since I was wearing my new, $14.98 Calvin Klien bargain dress from my previous post nothing made the cut.

However, I didn't leave empty handed:
I got a great little, unused travel wallet/purse for my upcoming travels and a laptop sleeve for my daughter.  Extra bonus: it was 50% purses and luggage day so I got both of these for $4!
If you missed the bloggers from Ahead of the Curve posts on plus size thrifting you can look for those here.