Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sweet Buys!

Border Floral Print Tie-Front Top
A couple of cute buys from my clothing mecca, Torrid!
To the left, lovely flowey, blouse with a charming floral patter and satin bow. I saw this online first and went in store to try it.
I was hooked from the first twirl.
It's a personal preference of mine that I do not expose my arms. Although I am confident in myself, we all have those hangups that get a hold of us every blue moon.
Georgia Peach Foxy Cotton Scoop Cami
Anyways, I'm very pleased with
such a comfy purchase, but since it's see-through, I had to pair it with a cute tank top!

I chose this salmon-coloured cami (above) according to the flower design on the lower half of the blouse. I try to stay as far from white as possible so as not to make my chest appear bigger than it already is.
I'm waiting for the right occasion to wear the two items, perhaps a dinner, or a night outing?
Who knows?! Either way I can't wait!
(Click the pictures to link to the products!)

Monday, March 28, 2011


Women's Plus Linen-Blend Western Tunics (Purple)
Old Navy why must you do this to me?
My go-to store for simple tops, and I saw this a couple of days ago and YES it's online.
This tunic plus black leggings plus my western ankle boots….I'd be so happy…and so would my mother since she likes me better when my butt is covered!
I see a lot of confused commenters. They seemed think they were purchasing a dress. 
This is NOT a dress. Don't expect knee length cuteness. When I held it up, it ended a little toward the middle of my thighs and I'm 5'7"
Click on the picture to link to the product! 

To Be Curvy

Click on picture to see blog post "On the street…Angelika, Milan"

The fashion/photography blog, The Satorialist has the blogosphere abuzz after a interesting choice of words used to describe a female blogger.
A glance at the photos and you see a slim, attractive, fashionable female.
My first thought was "Oh gosh I need those shoes!" (Jeffery Campbell Lita's by the way ^_^)Very beautiful pictures of a very lovely woman.
A glance at his description and you can see why most of the 700+ comments question his idea of shape vs. size.

" I loved that she's a bigger, curvier girl than most of the other bloggers who you see in the press and tend to represent the genre."-Scott Schuman

My First Thought: I understand that "curvy" is a shape, as Schuman argues, however, "bigger??"
So are the normal female bloggers practically invisible?
Now according to his update, many comments have instructed him that the word "normal" is the best term to describe the young woman.
I DEFINITELY do not agree with that, because if something is "normal", then something else is abnormal.
Call it a technicality but that's how I see it.
This woman has curves, but if bigger REALLY is the correct term for her, then the bloggers he's used to seeing must be in terrifying shape.
I understand why many are jumping at his throat because the word "curvy" is usually attributed with a plus -size woman.

"Remember, curvy is a body shape, not a weight." -Scott Schuman

I agree. 
There has always been this feud between plus-size women, and what some designers THINK is a plus-sized woman. His comment seems to come off as "She's big enough, they don't get any bigger than this in my world."
However his intention seemed to be a comparison between what he's used to and a new size.
What it DOES make you think about, again, is the standard in the fashion industry and their idea of what is acceptable. That is the real issue.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Shorts Shorts Shorts!

Oh gosh, there go the SHORTS alerts in my inbox!
Check out Torrid for new tops, shoes, and accessories to go with an old or new pair of shorts!
My personal favourites are the Source of Wisdom rolled tab shorts. (Well anything SOW is pretty much my go-to!) and the henley tops.
You'll notice some blazers as well as tights. Well the idea is that it's still cold, so until then, dress accordingly….with shorts!.
The hardest thing is getting these legs "shorts-ready."
Looking down my legs are pale, and looking outside…there are clouds in the sky.
Oh spring are you really here??
Click the picture above to get linked to Torrid's page!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

T-Shirt Tip: A Little Off The Top!

"Cute Tee!"
A phrase that often passes my lips. Let's face it. Big or small we've always seen that regular tee that looks great….on someone else.
A Big faux pas that many plus-size designers make is that they assume that instead of accentuating the positives, most big girls strive to hide everything under layers or just LOTS of fabric.
There are the flowery dresses, the layered blouses, and the moo moos that just never go away.
And then there are the girly tees. short sleeves, lots of added fabric around the middle, and a crew neck that makes the breast seem bigger than they need to be.
Personally, I'm that big girl who has the big breasts AND wide chest. Plus with my tummy, the added fabric makes me look heavier than I am.
Discovering this set back years ago, I took to buying men's shirts and slitting them down the chest just to give some sort of feminine touch.
My style is changing.

For months now I've been pining for something cuter to go with my boots and skinny jeans, So I took a pair of scissors to most of my shirts and started taking fabric off the top. Sure I've gotten questions and concerns from my mother and even a professor but why must I be condemned to the nun-like grip of a tight neck shirt! I demand girly-ness in my wardrobe! For example, the above "NOT GUILTY" shirt (left) started off as a butch boyish tee (right and it is a 2nd shirt). I can now pair it with a cute necklace and some flats.

This "Great Wave" shirt was given to me by a friend. The shirt is by the brand Loud & Obnoxious.
In searching the site, was I disappointed that their girl sizes ran smaller than my own? Yes but that's just how it is sometimes!
I've had this shirt for a few months and have finally altered it.
I am not a size L but the shirt is. The best part about removing fabric is that the shirt now seems to be the perfect size as it is a roomier up top.
Doing this to my tees has made my life easier clothes-wise as my body type is very difficult to clothe. Being creative when you have limited options does help!