Monday, August 27, 2012

Everyday Bombshell- NEW from LucieLu

One of my all-time favorite plus size brands, LucieLu, sent me a few fun items to wear and share with you guys.  I'd intended to debut this one on my next Twin Cities Live segment, but between my producer's maternity leave and my new job, the dates for that have become a little sketchy.  Basically, I didn't want to wait.

Ignore the fact that my hair looks weird, here. 

I was thrilled to receive this dress because its a relaunch of one of my first (and favorite) LucieLu dresses from a couple years ago.  Here's the original version, paired with leggings a blazer:

Ooooh, bangs!  No, bad Sara.  Don't get bangs again. 

So anyway - the new version has some updates like a longer length and pockets which, come on.  Love pockets. Great addition.  I checked the LucieLu website and it doesn't look like this new dress has launched quite yet.  But when it does, I'll let you know.   In the meantime, LucieLu's huge summer sale is still going strong - up to 75% off.  So check that out.    I scored this dress and love the heck out of it. 

Check out that lace detail.  It's so pretty!   

Ugh, these shoes.  Let me tell you about these shoes...

My feet are huge.  You guys know this.  You also know that I'm one of the only plus size women in the world (probably) who doesn't like shoes.  They're so hard to fit.  But I was really jazzed for a really long time about shoes from the Comfortview brand by Jessica London.  They were stylish, affordable and fit my big sled feet.  Well, they WERE all of these things. 

Lately, the shoes I've ordered from Comfortview have been inconsistently sized - way too big (like this pair) or way too small (like a few I'll be giving to my mom the next time I see her).  I was able to wear this pair of ultra-cute sandals from my apartment to the parking garage, from my office parking garage to my desk...and then they were done.  Couldn't handle them literally slipping off my feet.  So I had to swap them for another pair of Comfortview shoes...that were so uncomfortable last week I kicked them off under the desk and slipped on a pair of flats that were in my purse. 

No flats in the purse today.  So I had to swap the uncomfortable shoes for another pair of uncomfortable shoes.  Stupid shoes.  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Everyday Bombshell- A Unisex Outfit

topics: plus size fashion, eShakti

I'm not necessarily saying my outfit today is something to be worn by either male or female.  Although I have plenty of cross-dressing/transgender readers that I know and love - and whom I hope would love to wear this dress.  No, the real point is that I received compliments across the board - from males and females - on my outfit.

 This dress is a custom-order piece from eShakti...although I did not customize it myself.  No, my good friend Stephanie did so - and it didn't fit when it arrived.  I've actually heard that from a lot of people; that the customized versions of eShakti's dresses fit worse than the standard sizes.  However - it fit me perfectly.  Which should be crazy because Stephanie has an amazing figure, with much larger breasts and a booty I would hurt someone for.  She's also 6" shorter than I am.  So.  Yeah.

Clearly, I cannot get enough of those damn animal print ballet flats.  Get used to it.  I love them.

The Outfit:
Black ruffly dress- eShakti, via Stephanie
Merona glass bracelets- Red Envelope
Amethyst necklace- Grandma Kappy's
Animal print ballet flats - Nordstrom Rack

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Everyday Bombshell- Back to Workwear

topics: plus size fashion, workwear, talbots

After a 3 month vacation from employment, I officially re-entered the corporate workforce on Monday.  My first day on the new job was exciting on several levels.

  1. Full time employment is a good thing
  2. I was able to break out all of the corporate-y outfits that have languished in my closet since leaving the old job
  3. New co-workers haven't seen any of my it's like everything is new
Here's what I wore for my first day on the job:

The muted watercolor print jazzes up the structured style of this dress from Talbots.  I contemplated breaking out a pair of new black strappy pumps, but decided to play it safe with a pair of flats.  Tomorrow, I'm going for a pair of fun shoes.

Mixed metals provided a tough-girl counterpoint to the girly-girl vibe of the dress.  

The Outfit:
Watercolor dress- Talbots
Mixed metal necklace - c/o Lane Bryant
Black leather belt- Gap Outlet
Ballet flats- Payless

Monday, August 13, 2012

Everyday Bombshell- Easy, Twisty Hairstyle

topics: plus size fashion, easy up-do

Have you guys seen this dress yet?  I'm not sure if you have...(yes, I could scroll back through my blog page, but that seems like a lot of effort at the moment).

I bought it from Avenue at the beginning of the summer, then it languished in my closet unworn for several weeks.  The bodice area gaped, big time, and it took me a while to sew it together.  It's since become one of my favorite sundresses to throw on and go.

Also, as promised in the title- an easy twisty hairstyle.  I saw someone in my apartment building style her hair this way and thought it looked incredibly cute.  To recreate, part your hair on one side.  Gather your hair at the nape of your neck into a ponytail.  Then split that ponytail into three individual tails - one behind each ear and the last at the base of your neck.  Secure each ponytail with an elastic band.  Then twist each ponytail into a coil - make it as precise or as messy as you like.  Secure each coil with a couple bobby pins - and voila!  Done.

The Outfit:
Blue tiered sundress- Avenue
Striped cropped cardigan- Forever 21+
Pendant necklace- Entourage (store in Athens, GA)
Leopard ballet flats - Tesori

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Everyday Bombshell- Lunch Date

topics: plus size fashion, talbots, sealed with a kiss, new shoes

I had lunch yesterday with an old work friend, someone I've not seen in over a year.  You have friends like that, don't you?  Whom you see sporadically but it's always like picking up where you left off once you get together?  That's what this particular lunch was all about.  I met up with Alicia at one of my favorite restaurants - Salut.  Over brie and fries with bernaise sauce, we caught up on one another's lives.

Alicia is working for a very cool boutique here in the Twin Cities- it's called Corset Boutique & Personal Styling Services.  After hearing her tell me all about what they do, I'm excited to partner with them on some fun things in the coming months.  More to come on that!  In the meantime, here's what I wore to lunch.

How many times have you seen this blue Essential Short Skirt, almost always worn as a tube dress?  Sooo many times.  In the time that I've owned it, this piece has become a warm-weather go-to.  So much so that it's time to officially retire it from my wardrobe.  For its last outing, I paired it with a pale blue cardigan from Talbots.  

A chocolate pearl necklace and new leopard print flats round out the look.  Perfect for a casual afternoon of lunching and window shopping.

The Outfit:
Blue Essential Short Skirt- c/o Sealed with a Kiss Designs
Light blue cardi - Talbots
Jewel-buckle belt - Gap Outlet
Chocolate pearl necklace- Arthur's Jewelers
Flats- Tesori (via Nordstrom Rack)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What's Your Shoe Story?

You know you've got one...and the Sole Sisters want to hear it!  Award-winning filmmaker Cynthia Salzman is collecting women's stories, as told through their experiences with shoes, in order to build a community of sharing - both online and eventually in a film.   You can participate by going to the Sole Sisters website, reading other women's stories and sharing your own.  Your story could, potentially, be chosen as one that is featuring in the final film project.  Pretty cool.

I've spent quite a bit of time on the Sole Sisters website, reading through all the stories that have been collected so far.  Some of them are funny, some of then are sad, some bittersweet - but they all really capture the journey of women, in general.  It's amazing what a great unifier shoes can be!  I hope to see some of your stories on the site in the coming weeks - it's easy to submit.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Graphics credit:

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Everyday Bombshell- At the MN Fringe Festival

As you guys know, I've kept myself very busy over the past few months while on vacation from the workforce (jury duty, a little bit of traveling, Twin Cities Live, networking).  One of the most recent (and random) things I've done is stage manage a play for the MN Fringe Festival.

A friend asked me to help her out with some of the technical aspects of producing a play, and I couldn't pass up the chance to actually put my B.A in Theater to good use, I agreed.  I spend my time in the lighting and sound booth during our performances, calling cues and generally making sure everything goes as planned.  This is what I wore to our show on Monday evening.

I was trying to find something to wear with my new Missoni-print flats.  I love pink and blue together, so decided to go with my fuschia Forever 21+ dress.  And hey!  My nails even match. 

You guys know that I'm not exactly a whiz at creating fun hairstyles, but I've really gotten into Youtube hair tutorials by the Luxy sisters.  So this was my attempt at recreating their "Romantic Summer Hairstyle."

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

SWAK Summer Style Games

Are you guys playing the SWAK Summer Style Games?  I have - here's what my Pinterest Board looks like after two rounds:

If you want to play, it's not too late to get started.  Jump on Pinterest and create a board called SWAK Summer Style Games.  You'll get updates either via Facebook (if you Like SWAK) or via email (if you subscribe to their emails - this is how I keep up with the style games, because I get lazy on FB).

Go to the SWAK Summer Style Games main page on Pinterest, check out the outfit contenders and pin your pick.  Tag #SWAKDesigns to your pin, too.

By the end of the game, you'll have 5 outfits pinned and you'll be entered to win a mini wardrobe (comprised of the outfits you chose), or one of the winning event styles. Heck, everyone who finishes the competition gets 5 SWAK bucks - so you really can't lose.

I'll admit that I'm not really playing to win the prizes...I just love anything with a tie in to the Olympics!

Everyday Bombshell - To the Max(i Skirt)

topics: plus size fashion, maxi skirts, sealed with a kiss

I know, I know...I'm wearing another maxi skirt.  And this, after I declared myself on Facebook officially over the whole maxi skirt trend just a couple days ago.  What can I say?  I'm a fashion flip-flopper.

For a lunch date with a friend, I tucked my animal print tank top into an accordion-pleat maxi skirt.  Purple belt added a dash of color, sparkly beaded necklace added some glamour - good to go!

The Outfit:
Britney Tank - c/o Sealed with a Kiss
Pleated maxi skirt- Bobeau (given to me by my friend, Stephanie)
Purple belt- Merona, Target
Bauble necklace- mark.
Flip flops - Avenue