Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, I'm spending the holiday in Chicago with Dan, my parents, Grandma Ruth, my brother Eric, his wife Katie and their two fantastically funny children. We're going to Chicago's version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade before digging into turkey at Eric & Katie's dining room table. I hope you're spending the holiday with people you love and that you have a chance to think about what you're grateful for. Here are just a few of the things for which I'm thanking my lucky stars this year:

* My family and friends - all of them, across the country, those I see often and those I see infrequently. .

* Kate Spade - her shoes and accessories are the physical embodiment of what I think my spirit looks like.

* You! Yep, you. Thanks for reading Bombshell Beauty. I really appreciate it.

* All the designers who work hard to create pretty plus size clothing. Hit or miss, I appreciate the effort.

* Cupcake Chardonnay. I'll never turn down a glass of this delicious wine.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Great Coat Reveal

Last week, I asked you to guess which of these four fabulous coats I bought.

And the winner was...

The Rosemary Blue Ruffle coat from Old Navy. I love this style. The ruffles and oversized buttons have a fun 60's feel, while the saturated blue shade is gorgeous. I will say that I had to add a hidden button right at my navel to keep it closed. The coat was designed to swing open under the bust...I have no idea why; who wants to get a blast of winter wind right up the front of her coat?? But the hidden closure solved that problem. And now it's perfect.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Everyday Bombshell

Today's outfit features a few of my favorite pieces. It's always fun when your favorites come together, right? The ponte skirt's pattern is so versatile; it's a black and gray pattern that kind of morphs to compliment most any color I pair with it. See how it kind of looks blue-ish? So great.

The Outfit:
Gray sweatshirt blazer- Gap
Teal ruffle tank - Sealed with a Kiss Designs
Ponte knit skirt- Lane Bryant
Tights - Target
Ballet flats -
Mary pendant - Patina Stores
Close2YourHeart necklace

Monday, November 22, 2010

What to Wear - Thanksgiving Celebration

For as many ways as there are to cook a turkey, there are as many ways to celebrate our national day of Thanksgiving. Whether your gathering is traditional or more eclectic, here's an outfit idea perfect for your holiday.

Traditional -
Pairs perfectly with a golden brown turkey, gold-rimmed china, and a nice Sauvignon Blanc.

Casual -
Less focus on the food, more focus on the fun. May include an impromptu game of croquet in the backyard.

Eclectic -
Turkducken, anyone? Every detail is thoughtful yet funky. No to stuffiness, yes to champagne!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Everyday Bombshell

First and foremost, thank you so much for all the well wishes yesterday. I read each and every comment, and it always means a lot to me that you guys take the time to let me know what you're thinking!

Lately, I've been layering blazers over everything. I really like the way a structured jackets adds a bit of polish to loose layers underneath. It's hard to tell from a distance, but I'm mixing patterns in this outfit: the stripes of the tunic and the black plaid within the jacket. I had to show my earrings, too - they're my anniversary gift from Dan. Yes, they feature a squirrel holding a nut. When we first fell in love he would tell me, "I love you like a squirrel loves a nut." Hence...squirrel jewelry. I love it.

The Outfit
Squirrel/Nut earrings - Patina
Striped tunic - Old Navy
Plaid jacket - Old Navy
Leggings - Gap Body
Pin - some random accessories store at Rosedale Mall
Satin sash - Target
Slouchy boots - Payless

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Bit of Schmalz & Sentimentality

Today, Dan and I are celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary. We were musing the other night that four years doesn't seem like very long, yet it feels like we've been together forever. In a good way, not in a "Gads! Four years seems like a lifetime!" kind of way. In any case, it's been four years and I can honestly say that I'm even happier today than I was on this date back in 2006. And because I'm crazy sentimental, I thought it'd be fun to look back at snapshots of Dan and I taken on each of our anniversaries.

Of course we have to start out with the wedding picture. You've seen this one before, but it's my favorite:

Our first anniversary was spent in a cute little MN town called Redwing. We stayed at the St. James Hotel, though I think this picture was taken at a restaurant called Oar 'dourves. It was a nautical-inspired appetizer kind of place. I'd been sick for a long time leading up to our anniversary, which might explain the big comfy sweater. I did love that sweater:

On our second anniversary, Dan and I went to a fantastic neighborhood restaurant just up the street from our apartment. It's the most unpretentious French restaurant you'll ever set foot in, called Meritage. I bought this red dress from Ann Taylor during a trip to Las Vegas two months previous. What ever happened to that great beaded necklace, from Mark? Must find it...

Last year, I distinctly remember thinking that I wanted to buy a sexy dress to be worn especially out to dinner that night. I raced around at the last second, finding nothing, before drifting into a New York & Co (having never purchased anything there before in my life) and spotting this pink knit dress on sale for less than $20. Sold! I also broke out what appears to be major bling, but is actually the vintage necklace I wore on our wedding day. It was Grandma Kappy's and I thought, "Hell, if I can't wear it on my anniversary once in a while it's going to languish in my jewelry box for the rest of my life."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Boots for Every Foot...and Every Fit

Bombshell Beauty reader Elaine asked for a post on boots. She described her style as laid back and easy-going, which got me thinking: there really is a boot out there for every size foot, and every style to fit a Bombshell Beauty’s look.

Generally speaking, there are three main types of boots: heeled, flat and functional.

Heeled boots are a great swap for pumps. They’ll elongate the leg and lend a “dressier” feel to any outfit, from jeans and a tee shirt to a little black dress.

Flat boots are more casual than their heeled sisters. They’re a perfect fit for casual jeans or leggings; and add a really chic counterpoint to a dress or skirt.

And finally, functional boots. Living in St. Paul, where snow coats the ground from November until March, a pair of functional boots is essential. There’s no point in slogging through slush and ice in high heels or even cute flats – instead, pick up a pair of boots designed to handle the elements. I’m certainly not above carrying my shoes with me and swapping my boots out for them once I arrive at my destination.