Monday, July 30, 2012

Everyday Bombshell - Wedding (Coordinator) Wear

topics: plus size fashion, wedding coordinator, Avenue

One of the coolest parts of being temporarily unemployed* is that I've been given the opportunity to do a lot of things that I otherwise might not have.  While job searching, I've been amazed and grateful by the support that I've received from so many people in my life - by way of encouragement, networking opportunities, and offers to earn a few bucks doing odd jobs.  One of those odd jobs?  Wedding coordinator at my church.

My pastor called a few weeks ago and asked me to fill in for the regular coordinator who abruptly vacated her position. So this weekend was my first go at the job.  For the wedding rehearsal, I wanted to wear something comfortable enough to get me through 90 minutes in an un-air conditioned sanctuary.  But also something cute and professional.  Here's what I came up with:

This dress from Avenue fit the criteria perfectly, thanks to the split sleeves that flow open at the shoulder.  Very cool and comfortable.  I'm not thrilled with the self-tie belt that matches the fabric (I usually ditch those straight away in favor of a buckle belt), but I couldn't find quite find a different one in my closet that really worked, either.  So will hunt up a more structured belt and swap that in next time. 

The necklace is from mark, and it's the perfect vertical contrast to those horizontal stripes.

*I accepted a new job on Friday, which is good news on many levels- but for you, it means I will be back to getting dressed in blog-worthy outfits more often!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Everyday Bombshell- What to Wear to Jury Duty

topics: plus size fashion, jury duty, sealed with a kiss designs, lane bryant

It's been a long week of jury duty for me, Bombshells.  I was excited to be called for my civic duty, never having done so before.  But about 2 hours into the process, the excitement was replaced with boredom.  In St. Paul (Ramsey County), we're lucky to have the shortest length of commitment in the state - one week.  But on the flipside of that, we're actually required to spend much of the week sitting at the court least, I have!

Sitting in a juror's room with 100 other strangers requires: comfortable clothes, lots of reading material and earbuds.  The first day, I showed up in an outfit that could be classified as business casual.  I thought it made sense to look professional in case I was called to be part of a jury.  Talk about overdressed!  My fellow jurors were straight up casual - wearing jeans and sneakers and tee shirts.

Day two, I wore a flouncy dress that was a little less businessy...and for day 3, I went for the most comfortable item in my closet:

My Sealed with a Kiss Evangeline maxi dress, paired with a ruffled shrug from Lane Bryant, looked great but felt like pajamas all day long.

My most important accessories were the Jury Handbook and my Nook tablet.

A simple up-do, a headband and a layered medallion necklace (also from LB) completed my "All rise" look for the day.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bombshell Beauty Flashback

topics: plus size fashion, flashback, Mario Badescu, Sealed with a Kiss Designs

I am so incredibly fascinated by these retrospective views at what I wore during this same week a year ago, two years ago.  Do you ever take the time to look back at yourself like this?  It's...fascinating (to me, anyway).  My hair.  The things I loved and wore and may or may not still own.  I feel like a completely different person now than on this date (or roughly thereabouts) in 2011 and 2010.  These pictures conjure up memories, instantly, of what I was doing at these different points in my life.

Also?  It makes for incredibly lazy blogging.  I know.  You want new posts. I want new posts! They're coming.  But trust me, you would not be impressed by what I'm wearing at the moment: Yoga pants rolled up to the knee (because I just gave myself a pedicure) + Dan's old X Men tee shirt + a calming face mask from Mario Badescu.

I loved this skirt, more because it came from the Gap than because it was "me."
I was having a major Gap moment at the time. 

Looking back, there's nothing about this outfit that I love - except the Laura top from SWAK.
The pants, the shoes, the HAIR...just not me.  Although it was me, at one point.  Crazy!

I certainly don't intend for these flashback posts to be all, "Ew look what I liked back then!"  For the most part, they really aren't.  It's more about, again, the nostalgia and the feeling over seeing how I've evolved.   

So tell me - for you, what article of clothing either evokes nostalgia or has you slapping your forehead Homer-Simpson-style?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Everyday Bombshell- Featuring Colorful Green Eyeliner

topics: plus size fashion, colorful eyeliner, Forever 21+

Happy Thursday, Bombshells - hope you're all doing well.  Today has been a full day of working from home: phone interviews, writing and random stuff around the house.  Luckily, I have a reason to get dressed (as in, swap my yoga pants for a real outfit).  I'm going to a much-overdue hair appointment - you know it's bad when Dan suggests I wear a side-part to better hide my grays!

I picked this mini dress from Forever 21+ because the vibrant pattern pretty much wears itself.  No need to do a lot of accessorizing.  This is plus size dressing at its very easiest.  The dress features a built-in tie belt, which normally I hate.  But this one actually hits me at the waist, so it's a keeper.  Because the dress is so short, I usually go with demure flats instead of heels or strappy sandals.  Keeps the look casual, instead of tarty.

And for that colorful green eye makeup...I like bright, fun makeup as much as the next 13 year old.  However, I'm 32 so a literal interpretation of green eye makeup requires a little scaling down.  I created the look by blending Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Beach Bronze all over my lower lid; then I smudged a little bit of it under my lash line.

I lined my top lashes with a creamy brown eyeliner pencil - but for the lower lashline, I reached for my NYX Slide On pencil in Tropical Green. A little lining, some smudging and voila!  An age-appropriate, colorful eye look.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bombshell Beauty Flashback

While perusing my closet this morning( feeling a little uninspired by its contents) I wondered aloud, "What was I wearing on this date last year?"  So I pulled up my blog and scrolled through my posts from this week in 2011 and 2010.  Here are the plus size outfits that I was wearing on the same date - July 13th:

 2011: I wore the hell out of that Gloria dress by Sealed with a Kiss!
2010: Ohhh, I loved that striped tee from Kohls. 

You know what?  I don't own any of the pieces that comprise these outfits anymore.  Not because I'm a plus size fashion blogger who cycles through clothes like crazy,  but because I wore each of them until they literally fell apart.  Except for the black high waisted skirt from 2010; that, I sold on eBay to raise money for my trip to Guatemala.  Wonder what I'll be wearing next year...How often do you retire clothes from your closet? 

topics: plus size fashion, plus size dresses, plus size skirts

Friday, July 13, 2012

Melt-Proof Summer Makeup

I put together another segment for Twin Cities Live yesterday - the topic?  How to transition into summer makeup.  With temperatures this summer consistently scorching, makeup has to be easy or else it's not going on my face.  I shared three of my current favorite products with TCL viewers:

I absolutely love the dress I wore for the segment.  I picked up last week from Avenue during their 4th of July sale.  The cut of the color blocked panels is so flattering.  

I wore minimal accessories to keep the eye traveling vertically.
Makes me look taller, I think!
I sported a simple barrette by Goody and my
Cute Little Birdie Ring*

The shoes are also new; they're from Jessica London.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Custom Stained Glass Jewelry - Review

Hello Bombshells!  Long time no blog, huh?  I've been on vacation for the past few weeks - first a trip to Nebraska to spend time with Grandma Ruth; then a week in a cabin on Ten Mile Lake with Dan.  It was rejuvenating and wonderful - and I'm sooo ready to get back into the swing of life.  What better way to ease back into regular chats with you guys than to tell you about a really cool jewelry designer whose creations were what I wore, non-stop, on my vacation?

Tyler Stained Glass Creations is the work of Mary, an entrepreneur who's built a business out of her love for crafting and a talent for working with stained glass.  I love supporting small business owners who take a leap and put themselves out there for the love of what they do.  And the fact that Mary's jewelry is unique AND affordable?  Perfect.

Mary sent me* three items - two were pieces I chose and the last was a complete surprise.

These were the two pieces I chose, and Mary encouraged me to customize them by picking any color of stained glass that I wanted.  She can use any color of stained glass that a customer wants, which is a really fun way to personalize a piece.  I went with orange for the leaf pendant & stuck with the turquoise (as shown) for the ring.  And for my surprise piece?  Mary sent:

Yes...$5.  Let me tell you - the quality of the jewelry is great, especially considering the extremely affordable prices.  I like the fact that every piece looks substantial, but is actually very lightweight.  For example, these earrings look like they would weigh a ton but are light as (uhm...) feathers.  No damage to your piercings from these babies!

I really like the pieces I've tried from Tyler Stained Glass Creations - and I already have a list of pieces that I plan to purchase for upcoming birthdays and Christmas for the women in my life.  And I'll show you in the coming weeks which outfits I've been accessorizing with my new jewelry.  

*The jewelry was provided to me, compliments of Tyler Stained Glass Creations.  The opinions are my own and are uninfluenced. 

Topics: bombshell beauty, plus size, tyler stained glass creations, custom jewelry