OOTD: Blue and white and tree-print all over

plus size blue and white tree print dress

Dress: Loveappella via clothing swap, shoes: Clark’s, purse: LeSportSac via eBay, necklace: Forever 21, bracelets: Deb, earrings: Faces

plus size outfit blue and white tree print dress

I got this dress at an impromptu mini-clothing swap that a friend held recently. She’s moving into a new house, so she decided to give away some of her old clothes to anyone who wanted to come over.

When I first saw the dress in a pile, I thought it looked just like another dress I already have, so I didn’t even bother trying it on. But after one of my friends tried it on and found it didn’t quite work for her, I decided to give it a try, and I’m so glad I did. I don’t usually love dark blue, and I’m not a big fan of high-low hemlines, but this dress is so much more than the sum of its parts. I love how it looks on me, and it’s super-comfortable–a great basic summer dress. Continue reading

Fantasy outfit: floral and tulle with an edge

Floral and tulle with an edge

I’m a little obsessed with the particular floral pattern of that sweater. I’d seen it around on various straight sized pieces, so I was super-excited to find that Boohoo’s new plus size line uses it on not one, but three items of clothing. The dress, which is my favorite, only goes up to a UK 20/US 16, though. And the sweater goes up to UK 24/US 20, but is sold out in that size. Boooo. I’m really sick of plus size lines with such limited sizing.

#FatshionFebruary, day 18: forbidden, adorable love

What’s cuter than a narwhal and a unicorn in love? Nothing that I know of.

shirt: TeeTurtle (present from Steve), narwhal figurine: Shana Logic (present from me to Steve), skirt: made by a friend (two small unicorn skirts that I bought at the Buffalo Exchange, sewn together), flip-flops: Old Navy, hair bow: Crown and Glory, necklace: So Good

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#FatshionFebruary, day 4: mermaid casual

Some days you just feel like a mermaid, you know?

Top: thrifted, pants and earrings: Target, necklace: present from a friend, hairclip: Crown & Glory

I love how accessories can add a touch of glamour and whimsy to an otherwise plain outfit. It’s something I need to do, to maintain my sense of self and sparkle when I’m dressed for practicality.

It’s so interesting how different people experience getting dressed differently. The other day, I was talking about clothing with a friend, who mentioned that she loves jobs that require uniforms because when she’s wearing one, she knows exactly what role she is supposed to play. For me, it’s the opposite: I just don’t feel comfortable if I’m not expressing my creativity through my clothes or accessories, even in small ways. It brightens my day and makes the world kinder to me.

This top is one of my favorite recent thrifting finds. It’s versatile and pretty and I love how it fits me. I’ll try to get some better pictures of it when I’m not at work!  Continue reading

OOTD: Blue, yellow, and floral (aka I miss business casual)

One of the hard things about my current mailroom job–aside from the sheer physical exhaustion–is that I don’t get to dress up. I’m on my feet all day, and the packages are not particularly clean, so I have to wear clothing that’s easy to move around in and that I don’t mind getting stained. This leaves me with a fairly small set of options.

It might seem like such a little thing, but I really miss the everyday, low-level dressing-up that comes with the office jobs I’ve had.

This outfit is from my last office temp job, in the registrar’s office at a university. It was near a lovely park that was perfect for taking outfit pictures on my lunch break.

Tank top and cardigan: Lane Bryant, skirt: vendor at a dance festival, shoes: Naot, necklace: So Good, earrings: CoupCoup Designs (aka my college friend Emily), hair flower: vendor at a local arts festival

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Book review and matching OOTD: Hot & Heavy

How awesome is Steve? He got me Virgie Tovar’s new anthology, Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, & Fashion, for Hanukkah!

Dress: Sealed With a Kiss Designs, leggings: American Apparel, shoes: Naot, bangles: Torrid and Deb, necklace: I Am Joolienn, earrings and headband: So Good

The dress is sort of a Hanukkah present to myself. I’d been eyeing it for a long time, and couldn’t resist when it went on sale half-off for Black Friday.

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OOTD: Peacock dress in a rooftop garden

How was everyone’s weekend (long weekend, if you’re in the US like me and didn’t have to work)?  I had a lovely time going to the Boston Harbor Islands yesterday.  The water was freezing cold, but I went swimming anyway, and had fun. Aside from the water temperature, the weather was perfect. And I always enjoy the chance to ride a ferry.

Also, I saw a picture on Facebook crediting unions with bringing us sick leave, child labor laws, weekends, and safer working conditions. But I read it is “Unicorns Built That.” I kind of want to live in a world where unicorns build weekends.

Now, onto the OOTD! Remember that fantastic peacock-print dress I posted about a while back? It finally went on sale, and now I have one to call my own. I’m proud as–well–a peacock of it. 😉

I took these pictures on my lunch break in a lovely rooftop garden near my current temp job.

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Betsey Johnson: a love/hate relationship

If I could spend my entire life in frothy party dresses, I would.

That’s why I both love and hate Betsey Johnson. Love, because she made incredibly gorgeous, glamorous, femme-tastic clothing. Hate, because she made it only up to a size 12. And at ridiculously expensive prices.

When I first visited a Betsey Johnson store, on a trip to New York last year, I was struck by how I felt simultaneously at home and left out. I had stepped into a magical pink world full of floral print and tulle–a world that, unlike most stores, reflected my style. A world of color and pattern and unabashed girliness. But at the same time, it was a world that excluded me.

…I kind of want to live here.

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