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Outfit of the Day: Ladybug


Top and belt: Torrid. Jeggings and cami: Lane Bryant. Shoes: Croft and Barrow (Kohls).

Is it just me, or does every single plus-size top have insane cleavage? I don’t mind breaking the girls out for effect now and then, but really now.

I’m getting used to wearing a cami underneath, though it seems so silly when designers could just…actually design for larger bodies. At least with this outfit I got to add one more pop of red, though!



Outfit of the Day: I Feel Like an Extra in an 80s Movie

Outfit of the Day: I Feel Like an Extra in an 80s Movie

Top: Double Take
Belt: Torrid
Skirt: Kiyonna
Teggings: Redress NYC
Boots: Kelly & Katie
Earrings and bracelet: Sweet Amaranth

Hot pink? Generally not my thing. If it’s too close to my face it washes me out, and I just don’t feel attracted to the neons. So this was a fun change of pace.

The skirt is from Kiyonna. I “borrowed” it through GwynnieBee* — that reminds me, I did a video I need to post here! — so I got to try it out without committing.

The skirt is just as bright as it looks in the photo, but having it on the bottom kept it from being completely overwhelming. The fabric is soft and comfy, and feels well made.

It was a bit loose on me, so I spent a lot of time through the work day adjusting it and tucking it back under the skirt. I probably wouldn’t go a size down, but if I had bought it I’d have had it taken in just a bit.

Outfit of the Day: I Feel Like an Extra in an 80s Movie

Close-up of the earrings – I didn’t have any hot pink earrings, so I whipped up some simple ones that morning. The round bead is vintage moonglow Lucite, and the others are Swarovski crystal.

Outfit of the Day: I Feel Like an Extra in an 80s Movie

Cropped jacket: Lane Bryant

The office I work in is cold and I knew I’d need an extra layer, so here’s how I actually left the house. Which version do you like better?

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Outfit of the Day: Eye Dress (Two Ways)


Dress: Jones New York. Necklace: Torrid. Shoes: Skechers.

You know those pieces of clothing you try on on a whim, but they actually work? This was one of those. It’s the first dress I’ve ever tried with a Really Big Pattern, and I’m actually pretty happy with it.

The dress itself came via Gwynnie Bee, so I didn’t keep it, but it was fun to wear and I got a ton of compliments at the office!

The weather was really changeable while I had it, and one day I wore it was warm and the other cold – so below is the cold-weather version.


Dress: Jones New York. Necklace: Torrid. Shoes: Doc Martens. Tights: We Love Colors.



Outfit of the Day: Best Top Ever


Top: Lane Bryant. Jeans: Torrid. Shoes: Croft and Barrow (Kohls). Necklace: From Lindley with Love.

This top came from a clothing swap and it’s really the best thing ever. It’s cute and flattering and polka-dotted, but also soft and super-comfy!


Here’s a closeup of my necklace. It’s made from vintage glass pearls, iolite and Bali sterling silver.



Outfit of the Day: Testing, 1-2-3


We work-from-home writers have a hard life. That 30-foot commute is awfully challenging, and the workwear is so demanding.

Okay, not so much. *laugh* I do still go into the office one day a week, though, so I was testing out this outfit for that. I wanted to see how the wide belt and blazer fit together, and they actually worked pretty well. What do you think? This is also what I look like with no makeup, by the way.

Blazer: Nygard via Dillards
Top: Igigi
Belt: Torrid
Pants: Lane Bryant



Outfit of the Day: Casual Friday

The upside of working from home four days a week is that it’s awesome. The downside is that you have fewer opportunities to wear fun outfits out of the house.

The obvious solution is to wear my out-of-the-house clothes in the house, but I’m lazy and prefer sweats and T-shirts when I’m working at home. I’ll have to work on that.

At any rate, here’s what I wore for my own little casual Friday last week:


That’s the was-running-around-the-house-and-got-warm version. Here’s the sat-back-down-and-got-cold version:


This was also the day I got in my lovely new scarf from Diana Bastine. It’s made of silk bamboo and it’s gorgeous, warm and snuggly and with this beautiful drape so it looks smaller than it is.


Sweater and cami: Lane Bryant
Scarf: Diana Bastine
Necklace: Zebrink on Etsy
Headband: Ulta



Outfit of the Day: Old-Fashioned Christmas Caroling

I haven’t been Christmas caroling since I was a kid, and I’d forgotten how much fun it is! Last Christmas, I went with a whole group and we had a great time. Since they were all trained singers, we had four-part harmony on most of the songs without even using sheet music — it was pretty impressive.


Sweater: Lands End
Skirt: Igigi
Boots: Aerosoles with Boot Bands
Teggings: ReDress NYC
Necklace: Personal collection

This outfit is pretty close to the one I wore to Biltmore House, but with a brown sweater instead of black. (And the skirt does tend to turn with wear, so after a while I end up with the seam right in front.) Again, one of my favorite outfits!

Here’s the outdoor version:

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The coat is also from Lands End, and the scarf was made for me by a friend a long time ago. I also had on a Lane Bryant cami under all that, so I was super warm!



Outfit of the Day: Snow Day

What do you wear for a surprise snow day in October? If you’re like me and you overprepare for trips just in case, lots of layers and some surprisingly-great snow boots.

Here’s what I’m wearing:

Sweater: Lands End
Cami: Lane Bryant 
Jacket: Lands End
Jeans: Lane Bryant
Boots: Jessica London
Scarf: Handmade
Baseball cap: UNC Tarheels
Camera bag: Lowepro

I’m really, really not a cold weather person, and usually I’m shivering and miserable every time I go outside in winter. I’m finally learning to layer, though, and I was pretty proud of being warm for hours and hours outside here.

Back in October, we got out of DC for a long weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. We thought there’d only be flurries, so we were pretty surprised to get to the lodge at the state park and discover the forecast was for five inches of snow.

I had brought tons of warm clothing and my new snow boots just in case, thinking I’d be doing more walking around in cold mud than anything else, but the boy hadn’t even brought a coat. He’s half polar bear, I swear. This was a little too cold even for him, so we went to the nearest Wal-Mart (an hour away, in Maryland) and bought him a cheap jacket. *laugh*

At any rate, the snow was great. It started falling in earnest after we got back to the lodge and snowed all night and the next day. And there was no wind, so it was just absolutely a perfect day to be outside. I’m pretty amateur with my video camera to say the least, but I made another little video just of the beautiful snow.



Outfit of the Day: Biltmore Beauties

We’d been saying we wanted to visit Biltmore House for years and not actually doing it, so in 2011 I bought the tickets before I even got in the car to visit family for Christmas.

Turns out, Christmas Eve day is a great time to go.

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Outfit of the Day: Country Club Christmas Party

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I freely admit these are the worst pictures ever. (And you’re seeing them after I lightened them as much as possible and did some noise reduction. Also, “Cellphones in the Dark” is the name of my next band.)

I just had to show you the dress, though! Normally events at the country club are not exactly our thing, but the boy’s employer had their annual Christmas party at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA. He decided at the last minute he wanted to go, so I frantically ordered several dresses from Igigi, hoping one would fit.

This was my favorite, so I’m really glad it did fit! I felt totally glamorous in it.

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Dress: Leigh Lace Dress, Igigi
Bolero: Taffeta Bolero, Igigi
Shoes: Caparros
Clutch: Marshalls
Jewelry: Personal collection (i.e., no idea where I got it)

The cleavage on this is loooooooow. Seriously low. People here in DC are notoriously proper dressers, and I was one of the few people in the room with any cleavage at all, so I felt kind of awkward about it. I’ve never seen so many high-necked evening gowns in my life. Oh well. I love the dress, though! You can get a much better look at it in this video, where I talk about a bunch of things I ordered from Igigi and go into specifics on how this dress looks and feels.