The ruffle sleeve is one of my favorites, so the fact that it’s trending right now is great for me. I have a black ruffle sleeve top from about 10 years ago that I bought from The Gap and I can’t get rid of it because I love it so much. At the time, it was a rare find. These days there are so many great options in both tops and dresses, and I’m taking full advantage!
Dress – Michel Studio via Addition Elle Shoes – Sam Edelman via Nordstrom
The black and white polka dot dress seems to be a staple in my wardrobe. I always have one. I think if I were rich, I’d have a collection of about 20 because I’m always drawn to them. I really liked this one’s retro neckline. And I love to pair it with my red mary jane pumps and a red lip. It’s a little bit saucy.
This is an exciting post because I think the word “fatkini” has had it’s day, and now all the fat girls are just wearing regular old bikinis like everyone else 🙂 All hail fat women in bikinis! Here’s my recent acquisition that I wore on holiday.
Bikini – Swimsuits for All Cover up – Cactus via Addition Elle Sunnies – Michael Kors
I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions. I feel like if I want to change something or make a new goal, I’ll just do it, that day, not wait for Jan. 1. But there is something special about starting a new year – a year that’s never been lived before and will never be lived again.
I recently took a trip to Seattle and stopped at the outlet mall along the way. It was super fun for this fashion lover! So many great stores, and so many great sales. Here are some of my finds.
Sweater – Forever 21+ Top (underneath sweater) – Sejour via Nordstrom Jacket – Roz and Ali via Dress Barn Jeans – William Rast via Addition Elle Boots – Micheal Kors
As long as I can remember, I’ve always thought of myself as “big”. By the time I was 10 or 11 years old, I’d already hit my adult height of 5’4”, which felt so much taller than my peers. I hated being tall – taller than my friends, taller than the boys. As we all know, standing out in any way, particularly when we’re young, feels scary and alienating. I was never teased about my height, but it bothered me. It didn’t help that I was also fat, of course. I was big times two. As an adult, my height is actually on the lower end of average for a woman, so I’m no longer considered tall and haven’t been for most of my life. I still feel big though, because of my body type. The truth is I love the idea of being small. Little. Tiny. Any time I feel that way, I feel happy, delicate, feminine…I hate to say it, but probably more beautiful too. I think what I feel most is precious. Not precious as in pretentious, but precious as in valuable. Because I was bigger than most kids, I was never described as cute, adorable, precious. I wanted to be precious.
When I found this oversized Adirondack chair at Safeway…..well, I think you know why I hopped right in.
This is my first pair of ripped jeans. The trend never got me in the 80’s or 90’s, but I’m getting ripped now. My dad loves to ask “Can’t you afford a pair of jeans without holes in them??” I love him.
Top – Ricki’s Jeans – Love & Legend via Addition Elle Shoes – Ugg
Usually I think Ugg shoes are pretty ugg, but these are my favorite wedges EVER.
Cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are very trendy right now. I have to say, I find the off-the-shoulder style kind of uncomfortable because you have to keep pulling down the shoulders. That said, I’ve only really tried one top, so I should probably do more research before drawing any conclusions. I find the cold shoulder style more comfortable and really like this top.
Top – Michel Studio via Addition Elle (I think) Pants – Ricki’s Shoes – Marks and Spencer Bag – Michael Kors
I’ve talked about this before, but I like to try out different shapes and silhouettes even though my go-to is the fit and flare. I really liked the shape of this dress when I saw it online. I thought it was interesting, pretty, and oddly flattering, despite adding extra volume to the hips. The print made me happy too.
Dress – City Chic via Nordstrom.com Belt – Ricki’s Boots – Franco Sarto via… can’t remember – sorry!