Everybody Everywear: Boots

I will return to my Colorado trip highlights later today, so check back in a few hours! For now I just wanted to get this outfit posted. Interestingly enough this is exact outfit I wore for the highlight post that I will be posting later (minus the necklace as I hadn’t acquired it yet). It’s easy, extremely packable and warm enough for 50-ish degrees. I had a lot of boots to pick from but honestly I haven’t worn these in so long I really just wanted to pull them out. I adore them.

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Red & Gray striped double button cardigan: Avenue (December 2011)
Plain Red long-line tank: Target (July 2011)
Boot leg darkwash jeans: Lane Bryant (October 2012)
Red Dr Martens boots – Holt: 6PM (December 2011)
Silver plated Aspen leaf necklace: Rocky Mtn Natl Park (November 2012)

Boots | Everybody, Everywear

Everybody Everywear: Color Blocking

Not my best color blocking work, but it was comfortable, not too warm and it involves some of my favorite colors. Plus I got to wear my new ring so it’s a win in my book. You will just have to ignore the wind-blown hair which makes it look like I have a mullet. A totally classy mullet of course.

So yesterday I mentioned that my fridge had died over the weekend (they are working on it now) but apparently there is now also a leak from the upstairs apartment in the bathroom! What next?! As if I had nothing better to do on my days off!

And I just realized I wore these exact same earrings last month for Everybody Everywear. Huh. Sorry just one of those days…

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Purple (red-purple) long sleeve button down: Target (February 2012)
Bright blue plain v-neck jersey dress: Just My Size (April 2011)
Fan shaped, multi-pin necklace: Charming Charlies (May 2012)
Swarovski heliotrope crystal earrings: Etsy (May 2012)
Round blue, green, yellow & purple crystal stretch ring: Charming Charlies (June 2012)
Brown gladiator flats: Payless (April 2012)

Color Blocking | Everybody, Everywear

Everybody Everywear: Neon

They say that if you were around the first time for a trend you should not being wearing it the second time. Do you think that is true? Granted I am not doing scrunchies or multiple pairs of scrunched socks but I remember neon the first time. How could I not? It was only 1990-ish. Somewhere there are very unflattering pictures of me in neon with the socks, scrunchies and…gasp…a neon fanny pack. Hey now I was 9 & 10! Be nice!

At any rate I actually really like bright colors, always have. Check my outfit log just for proof of that! The muted tones, even when in style, do nothing for me. Which means of course that regardless of the “not repeating a trend” advice out there I still intend to buy neon.

That said I now know why I was able to pick up this tank for CHEAP (read: $5) at TJ Maxx last week – it clings in all the wrong places! I had to wear shapewear to get it to lay right. And the tank straps are not ideally located so I was showing more bra strap than I prefer (I prefer none!) under that jacket. I still like the cut and it is a very very soft jersey so I will keep it for now. But if it proves ill-suited out it goes! Now the shoes are different matter all together. They make my feet sweat. And I’m pretty sure they are not flattering on me. I bought a new shoe organizer yesterday and last night when restocking I decided to toss a number of shoes from my shoe challenge early. These may end up in that pile as well. I’m doing the same to my closet. I ran out of hangers and that means I am out of space not that I need to buy more hangers (I tried that – it didn’t work – imagine?!). Oh and I intend to update my “current status” on my 1 year challenge later today. I need some inspiration and should probably wear some of the things I don’t normally wear. Except the earrings. Those are from my wedding and I am in utter deep love with them. I may wear them every day this week – and next! – just for the hell of it. :D

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Neon orange & black drapey tank: Carole Little via TJ Maxx (June 2012)
Black denim pocketless capris: Thrifted (July 2009)
Dark wash jean jacket: Lane Bryant (March 2011)
Gladiator cuffed flat sandals: Torrid (June 2010)
Silver metal cuff choker: H&M (May 2012)
Swarovski heliotrope crystal earrings: Etsy (May 2012)

Neon | Everybody, Everywear

Everybody Everywear: Nautical

I own so little nautical type stuff – stripes especially – that I am surprised I could do this challenge this month. But I do have this navy and white striped shirt and that is where this all began. It was rather easy after that. I just wish I had an actual boater straw hat but alas this is the closest thing in my closet. And yes I do believe it is a demi-cloche as the brim is rather short in the back and much less prominent.

The interesting, and infuriating thing, about this skirt is the elastic waist band. That means I can sit it low or high depending on the outfit. However, it means that it creeps too. Sigh. Clothes. Shoes too for that matter. I had to give my new wedding shoes to my sister as I just could not get them to fit, even after taking them to the cobbler. Back to the purple/blue ones. I love them dearly I just hope the straps won’t be a problem!

I’m excited and nervous about the wedding in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. I have a co-worker getting married there tomorrow and while I am definitely excited for her (especially since this is her first time getting married and mine not so much) I am excited for me too. Her being there means I get the low-down on the latest and it reminds me that my/our wedding is closer than ever. And I am having an ever increasingly difficult time trying to stop myself from talking about it! Oy vey. I fail again! I’ve just never been there, I’ve never seen the Grand Canyon (oh we are doing a day trip to the South Rim) and I’ve wanted to get married in Vegas since I was a teen. Yes, really. So I’m excited on three fronts!

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Navy-blue & white stripped tee: Target (March 2011)
White eyelet A-line knee-length skirt: Sealed With a Kiss Designs (March 2012)
Converse Chucks: DSW (April 2011)
Navy blue scarf: Charming Charlie (May 2012)
Straw demi-cloche with lace trim: Charming Charlie (May 2012)
Large teardrop cutout textured earrings: Charming Charlie (May 2012)

Natilcal: EBEW

Everybody Everywear: Pastel & Being an Introvert

When I posted my Week in Photos yesterday and wrote about the new book I am reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking I got a couple of comments in return. Most notably my best friend from college who I discovered is an INFJ, something I didn’t know before. That explains a lot about our relationship with me being an INTJ.

I’ve been called cold, snobby, elitist, a bitch and argumentative. Definitely argumentative. I’m not. At least I really don’t think I am. There are so many layers and so many more ways to see everything on this planet, every single argument, every single situation, every problem. There are just so many solutions that lots of people do not see, do not think about. And I really have to see all sides of things. It helps me get to the root of whatever I am looking at. It helps me make a decision. Which annoys my fiancé so completely! He sees everything in black and white. I see the value in that but for me knowing there is always more means I have to dig deeper. It’s who I am.

For example our most recent issue. We needed a piece of luggage to check (we never check but the wedding calls for more stuff to be brought on the plane) and a garment bag for our wedding attire things. I found the perfect piece of carry-on luggage for me which includes an optional garment bag section which folds away when not in issue. Perfect for future uses. This suitcase is sweet and solved the garment bag problem easily and I was due for a new piece of carry-on baggage anyway. For the check bag problem I figured that we would buy Brad a new piece of carry-on and use his old carry-on as the check. We avoid checking whenever possible. Hate it! And would likely never need a piece of check luggage in the future. But all he saw was – we need a check piece buy a check piece. He didn’t consider the other options. Lots of people wouldn’t. It’s definitely normal. And there’s nothing wrong with it. But I’m pleased as punch with myself for seeing this solution. And he now has a Cadillac for a his carry-on. A real beauty I can’t wait for us to take on the road after our wedding.

Anyway back to the book and being an introvert (not just my Myers-Briggs). She starts out describing the extremely extrovert business world, business school, advertising, etc. how our culture (the USA’s that is) values extroverts and how introverts have no place. She right. I hate that she is right but we have to be fake extroverts whether we like it or not if we want to get ahead.

I am so not an extrovert. I am almost a true introvert. I spend a great deal of time in my head. I like it in there. I am my own best friend. And I’m not really interested in pretending to be an extrovert. It’s too energy draining. Every night I have to go home and recharge from the day, from all the people, from work. I spend whole days by myself where I don’t have to be “on”. I can’t imagine having to do more. It would kill me.

Which means of course that is what I think about incessantly after a meeting – did I do enough? Did I speak up enough? Did I say the wrong thing? Ad nauseum until I find something else to obsess over. And there will always be something else to obsess over.

Oh and about the outfit – I own so little pastel I am surprised I had this and could participate in Everybody Everywear today.

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Green prairie top: Avenue (June 2008)
Powder Blue cardigan: Lane Bryant (Aug 2010)
Skinny/Slim leg dark wash jeans: Lane Bryant (March 2011)
Pink floral flip flops: Payless (April 2011)
Swallow silver necklace: Thrifted (June 2011)
Teardrop Earrings: Evans UK (Feb 2011)

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Everybody Everywear: Green!

The challenge? Green.

I could have dressed in head-to-toe green. I thought about it. I nearly did it. Green is my fiance’s favorite color. Like FAVORITE FAVORITE color. He lavishes my green eyes with praise. Our bedroom and bathroom are both green. He has only green pens at his desk. He dresses in head-to-toe green often. He has these super bright neon color green athletic shoes that he loves. He loves green. I’m not that wild about it myself. Not at all! But I do like it – it is my second favorite color after red-orange, followed closely by purple or red-purple.

Anyway. Needless to say doing a green challenge wasn’t actually a challenge. I could have done the easy route. I didn’t want to. I wanted to challenge myself. So I did one thing that I love but never do – I colorblocked. It’s a difficult thing for me but since it’s actually been trendy for a while it has been much easier finding plus size clothes that will work. Usually I’m stuck with a lot of neutrals.

And it is super warm today! The high is supposed to be 78. CRAZY! So I knew it was safe to break out these brand new capris I just got on sale last week. What do you think? Did I do okay? I think I should have done something with the bolero/cardigan to emphasis my waist (or worn a belt) since this button down is so boxy. But other than that I am very happy with it!

Incidentally I’m Irish (actually half German, half Irish but I digress since St. Patty’s Day is approaching – I do the German thing in September/October). Matter of fact I was playing around with the Ancestry.com iPad app last night and discovered so many neat things about my ancestors. Granted my maternal mother’s line has already been traced by a great-uncle of mine back to the 1300s in Germany so I know all about them. I was instead following my maternal father’s side and discovered which ancestors it was that hailed from Ireland. My great-great grandmother Jennie actually. Though I don’t know where since all I found was the census record which listed her place of birth and I’m not sure of her maiden name without doing actual research (this was just stuff that popped up after I put in the little information I knew from her headstone). It didn’t take long for me to be enraptured. But then again I always have been. I have some fascinating individuals in my tree and would love to explore them more. Maybe one day.

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Purple (red-purple) long sleeve button down: Target (February 2012)
Green cardigan: Lane Bryant (Aug 2010)
Blue capris: Lane Bryant (March 2012)
Converse Chucks: DSW (April 2011)
Grouped Multichain necklace: Lane Bryant (August 2010)
Hoops: No idea when or where but at least 7 or 8 years old

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Green | Everybody, Everywear

Rant Against the Criticism oh and Everybody Everywear: Pink & Red too

I never go through my stats. Well, hardly ever. I don’t make money on this blog, I don’t get free things from companies nor am I am looking to make this into a career – this is a hobby plain and simple. So I don’t care what my numbers are. I started the blog as a creative outlet and years later I started blogging my outfits to further my creative outlet. It forces me to get dressed some days (I have a lot of days off in a row from my job each week and I don’t always need to leave the house). I also know I’m overweight and I buy nearly all my clothing at common plus size stores. I try to find style in those stores but it’s not easy. Fashion doesn’t exist for plus size so you make do with what you can. Especially in my life. A lot of what I wear isn’t particularly creative or different but I do live in Omaha, Nebraska so I won’t be as fashion forward as say New York or LA.

Now Omaha is a fantastic little town but I am not that cheerleader. Talk to Megan (Princess Lasertron) or Sarah (Fash Flood) for that. I like living here but I still miss living in Colorado 16 years after my family moved to Nebraska – longer than I ever lived in CO. And we definitely are NOT “in the dark” where fashion is concerned. But refer back to the fact I’m plus size. Megan doesn’t even make dresses in my size. Nevermind the average joe on the street looking at you funny for some fashion get-ups (in a sea of work out clothes & sweatpants this happens). And I, personally, don’t live in the fashion realm. I don’t have anything to do with any of that. It’s not my career at all. Sure it’s amazing but again, not for me career-wise. I just have a passing interest in it. My clothes reflect that. I wear what I wear for my life. However boring and normal in the middle of the Midwest it is.

So when I decided to go through my stats and found that I was linked on a talking-shit blog making fun of me it hurt. For the most part the ones talking about me were nice but a few were not. Nowhere near it. Clown shoes were mentioned. Yes I wear a 12/13. Deal with it. I am sure that I am also a foot taller than the ones criticizing my shoe size. It’s called biology (my mother is 5’8″ and my father is 6’6″ – I have a brother who is 6’7″). Yes I am overweight, but even when my BMI was *exactly* what it was supposed to be for my frame and height I wore plus size clothing. It’s how I’m built. Yes, I need to lose weight. But I am in excellent health (seriously my doctors are floored with my numbers including my cholesterol levels and my blood pressure) and this is who I am right now. Part of the reason I started blogging my outfits was to give me courage and convictions about being myself. I have to live with me, no one else does. I have to be happy with who I am.

So you don’t think I dress cute? Move along, don’t stay. You think I’m a “fat pig”? Move along. The only reason you would say something like that is to make yourself feel better. You just want to sit there and make fun of me? MOVE ALONG. Don’t you have something better to do? That truly shows your character now doesn’t it? Remember the old dating adage: “if someone is nice to you but not nice to the waiter they are not a nice person”. It applies to you as well. Mean girls never change and this reflects on you, not me. I’m not saying you have to like me or my style (or lack thereof) or anything else but making fun of me crosses the line. Go and haunt somewhere else. The internet is a big place I’m sure you’ll find somewhere where people can tear you down for your own imperfections.

(ETA: Interestingly enough a local columnist/author wrote an article today about Melissa McCarthy and why she is fabulous – it highlights some things I mentioned here. Great read!)

With that aside this is Everybody Everywear day – Pink and Red. My troubles started with my red boots. It was snowing and cold yesterday (incidentally if I look cold in the photos it’s because I really really was and I haven’t perfected the “blogger not looking cold” look!). I was going to wear the boots regardless. And because it was cold I couldn’t wear certain pink or red pieces – they weren’t warm enough. That messed up my color scheme. I didn’t have a vibrant enough pink to go with the red sweater & boots. In the end I made do. I feel like this outfit is lacking though and I just can’t put my finger on it. I’ll stew about it a bit I guess.

Happy Valentine’s Day BTW!!

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Plain Black long-line tank: Target (July 2011)
Red Paisley Victoria Dress (worn as a shirt): SWAK Designs (March 2011)
Red grandpa cardigan with pockets: Thrifted (December 2011)
Skinny/Slim leg dark wash jeans: Lane Bryant (March 2011)
Red Dr Martens boots – Holt: 6PM (December 2011)
Pink floral gem necklace: Torrid (April 2011)
Large cut-out metal disk earrings: Payless (August 2011)

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Pink + Red | Everybody, Everywear