Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Spending Challenge

August was my second month of trying to stick to an annual $1,200 clothing budget.  For the second month I came just under $100 for the month.  I do find myself doing less internet window shopping so that helped to keep temptation at bay.  My biggest expense of the month was a fantastic sale at Modcloth plus $20 off my first in app purchase. 

Torrid gingham shirt purchased August's Ahead of the Curve post for $13.40 shipped via eBay.  It needed a good soak in Borax to get it smelling fresh but it's a cute shirt I'll wear again and again.  See my previous post to see it on me.

Peach sweater via eBay for $15 shipped.  I just have a weakness for this color, I always have.

Modcloth cardigan $17 on sale.  I'm not looking forward to the end of summer weather but at least I will have this to console me.

One of the three Modcloth dress I got for $53 total.

Second Modcloth dress.  I wore this in my previous outfit round up post if you want to see it on me.

Third of the three Modcloth dress for $53.

After two months I'm on track to spend $1,200 on clothing for the year and I got some pretty good bargains I love.

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.