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I Blame Pinterest

8 Jul

Sorry I’ve been MIA for longer than usual. I found a new website called Pinterest and it’s been fulfilling my scour-the-internet-for-awesomeness needs. If I lag with my posts again and you find you’re missing me you can always clicky on that button over there on the right and see what I’m up to on the time suck that is Pinterest. (I warn you, it’s addictive.)

I’m going to move to Dallas in about a month in search of fame and fortune and I’m freaking out a little bit. It’s going to be great to live in a big city finally and hopefully get a good job and not have to travel at least three hours if I want to see some form of art that isn’t landscapes, but I’m worried that it’s going to be too hot and the people will be weird and I’m going to miss my family like crazy. I’ve just learned to like Utah and now I’m leaving. Isn’t that the way of things? But it’s going to be good. And exciting. I’m ready to experiment with city living.

Anywho, onto the fashion because this is a fashion blog after all. Maybe you’ve noticed the upswing of button up shirts popularity (seriously they’re everywhere), also brightly colored shorts are hotty hot hot this season and what could be better than bringing those two things together? It feels a little bit like a Gap ad via mid-nineties but I think I’m okay with that. You could wear the shirt tucked in, or with a belt, or just free and flowy.

Outfit total cost = $72

Urban Outfitters Breezy Twill Yoke Blouse

 

Forever 21 Box Braided Belt

J.Crew 9" Chinos

 

Urbanog Bamboo T-Strap Flats

These are the taupe sandals, btw. I don’t like the gold over much but that’s what automatically comes up when you click on the picture.

How do you like them apples?

15 Mar

All right, are you ready?

I am about to impart all of the wisdom that I have picked up as an apple shaped girl. The best thing about carrying your weight on top is that we apple shaped girls have great racks. Call me crass, but there’s no bones about it. We are women and we carry it out front for all to see. As such we have to take care of those girls with a really well structured bra. In my experience Victoria’s Secret and the Cacique bras from Lane Bryant have been the most supportive and comfortable but you have to shop around and see what works best for you. Also, it’s absolutely essential that you get a fitting. Victoria’s Secret and all the high end department stores like Nordstrom have people who are trained to take your measurements and can point you in the right direction for a bra. If you’d feel more comfortable doing it at home click here for a link that will give you instructions for a DIY bra fitting.

So now that you’ve put the girls in their proper place it’s time to think about shirts. It’s tempting when you have a tummy to wear shirts that are loose and flowy (a temptation that I’ve succumbed to many, many times) but this can make you look bigger than you are. Instead look for shirts that either have some sort of darting (little sewn in folds or seams that create curves in a garment) or have a waist line with some gathering so the shirt pulls away from the tummy. Button up shirts can be a great option because they are often cut in such a way that they are very flattering for girls with a tummy and they’re made of a stiffer fabric so they hold their structure well. Plus, button up shirts with a slightly western or “prairie” feel are an emerging trend so if you buy one get ready to be the coolest girl on the block. Here’s an example and an outfit to go with it:

Nordstrom button up

To create even more of a waist try putting a belt over the shirt at the thinnest part of your torso.

Anthropologie Shining Double Strand Belt

You’ll also want to emphasize the thinnest part of you which is your legs. A great way to do this is with a pencil skirt. Remember, if it doesn’t fit properly you can always get it tailored. Just buy it so that it fits the largest part of you and then have the rest of it sized down.

Talbots Triomphe jacquard pencil skirt

Wearing fun socks is very trendy and looks super cute when you’re going with a more classic, preppy look.

Urban Outfitters Pointelle Sock

ModCloth Small College Town Wedge

Another thing to watch out for is shirts that make you look pregnant. You want to find shirts that have either a high natural waist or empire waist and pull away from your stomach, but aren’t so loose that you look like you bought the shirt with a growing tummy in mind. Make sure the fabric just skims your body. Here’s a great shirt that has a high, natural waist and gently gathers without looking tented.

ModCloth A Bushel and a Dress

I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t think bigger girls or apple shaped girls can pull off skinny jeans but I don’t think that’s right. It’s true that if you’re not careful you can end up looking like humpty dumpty but I think if you wear a long shirt (or short dress) that hits at the mid to upper thigh then you can get away with it. (Like the shirt above.) But if you’re like me then you probably have a hard time finding jeans that fit. There are companies that do custom made jeans but they can be pricey. Jeggings are a pretty good option because they have a lot of stretch. And you can always try companies like Lane Bryant and Levi’s that have different fit options. The important thing is to try stuff on and see what works for you, and again you can always get them tailored.

Also, white jeans are fun right now but can look a little bit like you’re trying too hard to be a Gossip Girl so try rolling them up a few times in a sort of messy way, not a clean cuff, so they look beachy and modern.

Levi's Slight Curve White Jeans

As far as cardigans go, in my opinion the cardigans that are made of thicker fabric or have too many folds or lots of ruffles can ad girth that you don’t have. Also, if you’re not careful they can make you look boxy. My advice is to wear thin sweaters that hit no lower than mid hip or if they’re longer they need to have a sloped hem rather than a rectangular one. For example:

J Crew Cadabra Cardigan

Urban Outfitters Aztec Print Lace Up

Jackets are the best structural pieces you can have in your wardrobe (and by now you should know that I’m all about structure!) but you need to be careful about the cut. Look for jackets that are cut for a womanly shape, rather than being menswear inspired, and preferably find jackets with a strong shoulder. Why? Because strong shoulders can trick the eye into thinking that your waist is smaller than it is. By strong I mean it has a detail that will make your shoulders look bigger and straighter, like a particularly stiff seam or some kind of gathering. Also, if you can find shirts with strong shoulders then that’s awesome too, but please avoid shoulder pads unless you want to look like a linebacker.

Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Maximilian Leather Blazer

For an apple shaped girl, finding pants and jeans can be its own special kind of torture so consider wearing more skirts and dresses on an everyday basis. They’re a great way to show off your awesome legs and they can be super comfortable. The principles for finding a great dress are the same as finding a great shirt: Look for extra seams and darting or a waist that hits you at your natural waist or higher, it needs to pull away from your tummy without being too loose (so as to avoid the pregnancy look), and try to find pieces with a strong shoulder if you can.

ModCloth Sketching Memories Dress

Urban Outfitters Over the Knee Pointelle Cuff Sock

Steve Madden Hitchike Boot

Steve Madden Hitchike Boot

Here’s a fun fact for you, did you know that during the Northern and Italian Renaissance period it was actually fashionable to look pregnant? In this portrait by Van Eyck the bride to be is holding her dress in a way that makes her look like she’s got a baby bump. Maybe someday the tides will turn and that dreaded pregnancy question will become a compliment rather than an insult.

Van Eyck the Arnolfini Marriage

I actually found something I hate more than housework

17 Nov

So you know that job that I’ve been complaining about for the last few months? The one that made certain I never had a good night’s sleep and caused me to endure daily verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of a bunch of teenagers? Yeah I finally quit. So now I’m unemployed and broke. Right before Christmas.

Way to be smart, Me.

In my defense there comes a point where the vortex of never ending darkness and exhaustion gives you so much anxiety that you snap at the slightest provocation and that’s an extremely volatile situation when you’re dealing with people whose one coping mechanism is uncontrollable hostility.

Really the worst part of this whole deal is that I’m moving again. This is my fourth move in eight months and I will most likely be moving again soon. Where to I don’t know. When I don’t know. My life is one giant question mark. My current strategy is to leave as much stuff in my car as possible. It’s so ghetto but I just can’t stand the idea of carting all my stuff out just to put it back in again a few weeks later.

You know those days when the house is wrecked and you think to yourself, maybe it would just be easier to move? Yeah, trust me, it’s not. Moving is the worst.

So for now I’m spending my days filling out endless job applications, hanging out with my nieces and nephews, feeling like a huge mooch and trying to decide what the heck I’m going to do with my life. Wish me luck.

This week’s outfit is one last desperate attempt to cling to fall. Also, I’m finally on board with jeggings. For some reason I thought all jeggings were just leggings with jean style stitching. I’m happy to be wrong. Anyway, I’m in love with this outfit. Hopefully you’ll love it too. Outfit total cost = $86

J. Crew Traversa Cardigan

Mossimo Jegging

Alternative Apparel Heathered Crew Tee

Sugar Women's Smokin Cat Wool Plaid Flat

 

Omnivores are people too dang it

31 Jul

I have a confession to make.

Those of you who know me know that I have been an environmentalist from the time I was a small child. Spending my early years in California with the huge influence of the Sierra Club and witnessing the effects of gross air pollution first hand had a profound effect on me. Those of you who know me also know not to get me started on the subject because I won’t stop until you agree with me and become an environmentalist too. (That or you just curl up into a ball with your fingers in your ears, crying for respite. In which case I will take pity on you and change the subject to feminism. Mwahaha.) I can even get staunch republicans who don’t believe in global warming to agree that pollution is bad and cap and trade could actually be good for our economy. Maybe I really should be a lawyer.

Anyway, back to my confession. My big secret is that as much as I love the environment I am not super concerned about animals. That’s not to say that I don’t believe in protecting endangered species. (Except prairie dogs. Prairie dogs can suck on antifreeze and whither away for all I care. But that’s a Cedarian thing.) I like polar bears and dolphins and I recognize the necessity for Amazonian tree frogs to stay alive because eco systems are fragile and bla dee blee bloo. But as far as poor little cows having souls and deserving to not be eaten and PETA’s recent campaign to anthropomorphize fish so that people won’t eat them either, I say – screw you, man! I’m an omnivore! And guess what? So are you! (okay, anthropomorphize is the wrong word but there isn’t a better one. Click the link, you’ll see what I mean. It’s pretty hilarious.)

Seriously, don’t feed me garbage about soy replacing meat because it also replaces my healthy cells with cancerous ones and don’t tell me that egg plant can taste like steak because unless you’re Harry Potter it never will.

The reason I’m going into all this is because I’ve recently become a tad obsessed with leather boots and I don’t care that cows had to die to make people’s feet look good. So what if cows have big brown eyes with crazy long eye lashes and cute little ears that look so soft. No, okay, seriously. I’m not switching sides. Goooo Meat! (But the cute baby cows! *whimper*)

Yes, back to my love of boots. Especially boots that are inspired by the early twentieth century and modern military. (Sorry but no construction or hiking boots for me.) The boots I love the mostest, though, are the ones I can find in second hand stores that are beat up and worn and gloriously distressed. The thing about shopping vintage is that it’s hard. It’s rare to find something you really love and even more rare to find something you love that fits. This got me thinking, why not find a way to distress your own boots? What if you could buy new boots and then make them look vintage, taking all stress out of the equation? Thank goodness for websites like eHow and about, because I actually found several guides on how to distress your own leather. Hoodihoooo!

Here’s my favorite oneĀ http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5935431_distress-leather-boots.html and make sure you read down where she talks about tips and warnings. They seem important. If I ever manage to save enough money to get some awesome boots I will definitely try this out and post pictures.

On to this week’s outfit. It’s a guy’s outfit (Brady – :P) inspired by my favorite show So You Think You Can Dance. Twitch and Kent did a stepping routine and their outfits were so incredibly cool. Who would have thought that preppy and military can go so well together? Here’s a pic.

Cat, Kent and Twitch

They just look so masculine yet still stylish that I had to replicate it. Also, it has boots! Yay!

Outfit total cost = $103

AE Letterman's Cardigan

Old Navy Tee

Dickies Original 874 work pants

Army Surplus Boots