Monday, September 22, 2014

Weight loss and Fall fashion!

Hello, dear readers. I am sorry it's been so long. I just wasn't really into fashion for most of the spring/summer season, since I was busy trying to lose weight and didn't feel like trying to dress up a body that would soon be going down a size or two. I finally bit the bullet and joined Weight Watchers Online in May. It's my 2nd time on WW and I know that it works for me. I've lost 20 pounds since joining up this time. This is not an endorsement - different weight loss methods work for different people. For now, this is right for me.

My goal at the moment is to get down to a size 16/XL. I do not want to get to the point with WW where I feel like I am starving (and believe me, I got there last time). I can't do much exercising because I have fibromyalgia and it makes my whole body hurt. Some days I can walk around, and when I can, I do...but other days, not so much.

Anyway, I've gone from a 2X to a 1X, and from a 20 (or sometimes 22) to an 18. This makes me very, very happy. I still have not gone down a bra size, but that's OK for now because I am not looking forward to having to buy new bras!

Having gone down a size has brought me back into shopping mode, because I don't seem to have enough clothing from the last time I was this size. Actually, that's not quite true. I have plenty of warm Winter sweaters that still fit, which is great because those can get expensive. But it's Autumn now, and I want to wear long-sleeved shirts or less bulky sweaters.

I will have to do a shoes and accessories post soon, because I have been kind of obsessed with shoes and socks lately. At the moment, though, I want to share the results of an amazing retail therapy session at Burlington Coat Factory with you.

Sorry about the picture quality (or lack thereof). Anyway, this is a sweater by Design History. I bought it in these colors; and another in navy, black, and white; and another in a gray pattern. I love it. I plan to wear the heck out of it. Also, it's machine wash and dry! Hooray!

This blue top is by Cha Cha Vente. I almost didn't try it on because I was worried that it would be too long and the hemline wouldn't be flattering, but I am so glad I did because I really like it!

And, last but not least:

Here's that same hemline again, this time in a sweater by Joseph A. Sadly, this one has to be laid flat to dry. It's a really pretty color, though - prettier than the picture suggests. It looks better without the shirt underneath, but I wanted to try it that way when I got home so that's what you get a picture of. (Yeah, ouch, I ended that sentence with a preposition. Sorry.)

I haven't been following the latest trends much, so I'm a little out of the loop. Horizontal stripes are still VERY "in" - that much I can tell. I'm also liking the deep, rich colors that I've been seeing in the stores, and I'm glad to see a lot of gray since I love the color gray.

Anyone know what that hemline is called? Is it a handkerchief hemline, or is that something else?

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I did my nails!

Hi there! It's been a while. I haven't been feeling particularly fashion-y lately. I've been pretty much living in this sweater from Lands' End in various colors, and cords from Lands' End as well (I swear they are not sponsoring this blog in any way!). You can choose your own inseam for the cords, which is extremely helpful. They're not made for Plus Petites, but they fit OK.

One thing I have been excited about is nail polish. I managed to grab an Essie Holiday Kit while they were in stores.

I just did my nails with the basic red in the set (2nd from the right), Forever Yummy.

It's a little darker than I'd expected, but it's growing on me. I don't know why I've been wanting red nails lately - I don't usually go for red - but why not?

Also managed to get my hands on the Essie Winter 2013 Collection.Great colors. So far, I've only tried the light blue (Parka Perfect). Actually, it looked blue in the bottle, but it's really more gray. I wasn't so happy with it by itself, so I put a coat of clear sparkly polish over it and that was much better.

I'm getting sort of excited for the Peter Pilotto for Target collaboration coming out on February 9. You can find the lookbook here. I don't know if any of it is really my style, and I won't know until I see it in person. It's very bold.

I will certainly be selling items from it in my eBay store, so if you don't have a Target near you or if there's a certain item you just can't get your hands on, check it out after the launch! If there's anything specific you'd like me to try to get for you, please comment here or send a message to me via eBay. (Of course, I can't charge the same price as Target does, or I'd go (more) broke. But I'm reasonable.)

In the meantime, I've still got some great Phillip Lim stuff left, gorgeous plus size Daniel Rainn shirts, and Nick & Nora pajamas in size XL.