I managed to sneak off to Houston Texas this weekend and the warm weather allowed me to get a chance to finally wear this great plus size spaghetti strap Asos Curve floral print dress and my new King Onye INVICTUS pearl and bullet bracelet.
The weather was so nice on Saturday in Houston and I spent most of my time outdoors exploring some of the new shops and restaurants, including the new Southside Espresso. Of course I couldn’t help myself from hitting up old favorites like Buffalo Exchange and Vinal Edge
This stretch knit dress from Asos Curve is so comfortable and true to size (with a little stretch). Of course you know by now that I’m addicted to my denim jacket from the Gap - this one is like my second skin. And I’m sure that this new pearl and chain bracelet is going to be my go-to accessory this year. It’s great because it really can be dressed up or down.
Of course it’s not a trip to houston without a visit to get some bubble tea and drive around to scope out the new mural art (like this wiener dog!)
Floral swing dress - ASOS CURVE, Sz 16
Denim Jacket - Gap, Sz XL
Tights - Target, Sz 1X
Necklace - gift
Pearl and Bullet Bracelet - King Onye INVICTUS collection
Glasses and Sunglasses - SEE Eyewear
Topshop Leopard Muppet Sweater and my day off
When I saw this fuzzy sweater at topshop, I gasped out loud. It reminded me so much of sweaters I loved from my teenage years in the 90s, and it was just so cool and weird. I am always wary about falling in love with clothes at topshop because it is one of those places that doesn’t really carry any traditional plus size lines. But a lot of their clothing is stretchy or “oversized” which makes it worth it to try things on. I have to thank Nicolette Mason for turning me on to even bothering to look at their clothes. So I tried on and fell in love with this fuzzy pink/green/black leopard print sweater.
Today being a day off for me, I decided to wear my new sweater to get my hair cut by the always-amazing Patrick at Fringe Salon (use my name - Amanda Stilwell or blog name as a referral when you book your appointment with Patrick and get us both a discount!). I also popped in my favorite corner diner for my usual order of cheese omelet, hashbrowns and pancakes and a mug of coffee. and since the salon is across the street from Wormhole Coffee, I also popped in for a hot chocolate before my haircut. What a lovely day to myself. And NEW HAIR!!!
The bottom photo is of me and S and a friend of ours (S is wearing a necklace from Tarnish also!). I’m wearing the same outfit and I just love this photo of us.
Leopard Print sweater - Topshop - Sz L
Faux leather skater skirt - Forever 21+ - Sz 14
Fleece-lined Teggings - ReDress - One Size (these are the new reformulated ones that stay up and are SO WARM!)
Black boots - Dr. Martens - Sz 11
Earrings - Tarnish (So excited - we’ll have a Tarnish item in the march giveaway!)
Gold and black wrap Bracelet - Forever 21
Frosty Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Gold studded black Bag - H&M
It’s too cold for anything other than giant sweaters and big earrings. Here are some selfies in my new office to prove that I still exist :)
Escape to Los Angeles
readers, this winter in chicago has just been BRUTAL. I haven’t been able to get an outfit post in weeks because it’s just been so cold and so snowy and terrible. Needless to say - I am VERY ready for spring and spring clothes. But I got a sneak peek of spring weather this weekend with a fast trip to Los Angeles to visit my sister.
Before leaving, I dropped into Nordstrom Rack to see if I could find something to wear in the 60-70 degree temps. I found this adorable sheer button-front sundress on sale for $8! Perfect - and perfectly paired with leggings, doc martens and my jean jacket. I wore this on my trip to my favorite perfume shop, lucky scent (scent bar). I had so much fun at the Scent Bar - I tried many different scents and took home quite a few samples. I had to buy a full bottle of Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin - it’s my new go-to.
I just love the fresh food in LA. I enjoyed some amazing oysters at Water Grill in Santa Monica with some dear friends and also got the most flavorful satsumas at the farmers market. DELICIOUS!
Sheer sundress - Mimi Chica size 2X (from Nordstrom Rack)
Jean Jacket - GAP size XL
Leggings - Forever 21+ size 1X
Doc Martens - Nordstrom Rack
Short necklace - gift
Long Necklace - Forever 21
Quill earrings - Etsy
Glasses - SEE eyewear
Librarian Witch Looks for a Winter Day
Some days call for a dark wintery look infused with vintage. I found this great plus size skirt at Knee Deep Vintage when I was in Pilsen a few weeks ago shopping with my friend HL. Knee Deep has an amazing collection of curated vintage clothing, but I love them so much for carrying lots of plus size pieces. The owner is super friendly and loves helping find the perfect outfit. I ended up with a great vintage slip and a cute sparkly vintage sweater as well. Absolutely make sure you stop by and check them out - as well as so many other great vintage shops in Pilsen. I probably need to make a neighborhood guide soon!
Of course a winter look could not be complete without some decent boots and a thick pair of tights - it’s just too cold in Chicago otherwise.
Vintage Wool Coat - Thrifted
Black floral skirt - thrifted from Knee Deep Vintage
Sheer White Shirt - Forever 21+, Sz 2X
Cranberry tights - Merona, Sz 2X
Boots - Topshop
Belt - H&M (men’s section)
Earrings - Tarnish
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Necklace - Forever 21