My weekends have been so busy lately (my life actually has been crazy!). I feel like I can’t really ever get caught up on all the things i have going on.
While out last night visiting the super cool Space Oddities shop and dropping off some new LastCraft candles and tarot decks for them, I had an amazing tarot reading by Sarah Lorraine aka esoteriaofone. One of the biggest take-aways for me from the reading was that I need to CHILL. So part of this weekend is me just taking some time for myself to refocus.
What do you like to do to engage in self-care? I like to turn off my electronic devices, read, take baths (I’m obsessed with LUSH products) and just sit and think. I have a lot to think about with my 35th birthday in a week and my wedding in about a month!
I’ve been very thankful for my Gwynnie Bee account lately as it provides me with lots of pretty clothes without me having to deal with finding the time for shopping. This gorgeous geometric print dress is so much fun to wear on a summer day. It’s a little on the short side, and I would wear leggings with it if I were out for the day. If you’re not a member of gwynnie bee yet - really I can’t recommend it more highly! It’s free the first month and they keep adding more and more unique brands. Feel free to use my link to join if you’ve been on the fence, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
V-neck Kristen Miles Dress - Size 3x (this dress runs very small IMHO, check the size chart) via Gwynnie Bee
Black Wedges - Deena & Ozzy via Urban Outfitters
Earrings - Thrifted
Necklace - made by a friend
Quartz Ring - Stone And Honey
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
A sprinkle saturday
Can you believe this gorgeous plus size maxi from the pure energy collection at Target? It’s such a great piece for summer. The lining stops at the knee, so the dress feels so breezy floating around your legs as you walk. My two best pals and I went bra shopping in the suburbs of Chicago. We ventured out to amazing bra shop called Tina’s Closet. Tina, the owner fits every single customer. And not only does she do a great job of fitting, she also customizes bras as needed. The stock is overwhelmingly great. She has bras stacked up to the ceiling and she picks everything out. My friend L is in between band sizes, and her bras are all getting taken in - and it’s only a $5 additional charge! She also has a great selection of plus size (and straight size) swimwear. I bought a perfect Wacoal strapless and a demi-cup t-shirt bra by panache. Highly recommend the experience if you’re anywhere in the chicago area.
Before shopping though, I stopped by gaslight coffee and got this absolutely perfect sprinkle donut and a big glass of citron green iced tea. YUM!!!
Print Maxi Dress - Pure Energy from Target - Sz 1X
Rose Quartz Necklace - LovelyMusings
Black wood earrings - local shop
tiny diamond necklace - dana rebecca
Silver sandals - comfortview
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Pushing the boundaries - Being Plus Size in 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
I’m always excited to find out about budget-friendly designer lines. While these lines are more accessible to the wallet, they’re still not designed for a plus size body. Straight size XL is the largest size the designer lines for Target go to. Not exactly pushing boundaries. But I don’t mind a challenge - which is to say, I’m not bound by sizes and if something is stretchy, I like to play with the shape on my frame. It doesn’t always work, but it’s nice to see what comes of fabrics. I also know this option is super limited - or rather not available to all plus size folks. But still, a good reminder to not feel completely limited by the number that’s listed on a garment (anyone who thrifts knows this rule!!!)
The new 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection is lovely. The materials used included a lot of polyester silky fabrics and non-stretch, which gave me a worry that I wouldn’t be able to find anything to stretch over my curves. When I came across this lovely animal print stretch dress I gasped. It reminded me of something Peg Bundy or Divine would wear. Especially when on a plus size body.
I went on a walk with my sweet pups and wore my new dress. I paired it with sheer black stockings, my stompy vince camuto boots and my new H&M waxed denim moto jacket. I feel super great in this dress - a great score, right?
3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Animal Print dress - XL
Waxed Denim Moto Jacket from H&M - 18
Sheer black tights - Hanes
Black boots - Vince Camuto
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Short blonde hair and glasses
I chopped a little more of my hair this weekend - so I can let it grow out while I’m traveling later this month and not have to worry about upkeep and cuts. It has a lot of versatility - i liked “peacocking” it today.
Just some silly photobooth pics for now - I’ll be posting more of my usual photos later. Hope you like them!
Check out the August edition of Redbook magazine for a blurb about me wearing glasses!
And there’s also a piece about fellow plus size blogger Nadia aboulhosn