Archive for February 25, 2013

Olive, Fuchsia, and Black, and a Haircut

IMG_2321Today is a relatively straight forward day at work.  No meetings, so time to catch up on the stuff that didn’t get done last week.  Both work stuff and not work stuff.

Since I have no meetings, I went for a relatively comfortable and easy-going outfit.  Not that it looks bad, of course.

  • Black trousers (Coldwater Creek)
  • Black tee (Cynthia Rowley, purchased at Marshall’s)
  • Olive cardigan (Lord and Taylor, purchased off eBay)
  • Olive and Fuchsia scarf (Marshall’s)
  • Olive bracelet (Julep)
  • Olive and brown bag (Dooney and Bourke, purchased off eBay)

I still love this scarf; it is soft and silky, not heavy, and adds some brightness to the outfit.  I didn’t tie it in any special way primarily because I liked the vertical line it was creating.

Speaking of ebay, I listed some of my purses last night.  My deal with my husband is that when the cupboard gets crowded it’s time to list some before any more arrive.  And since I have 3 in my current Little Black Bag, I figured that meant I needed to clear some space.  Each one listed is either too small or not a good shape for me/the stuff I carry.  If you are interested, take a look.  They all have comparatively low starting prices and competitive Buy It Now prices.

I am planning to get my haircut soon – this week (depending on whether the salon gets back to me on my appointment request for today).  I pinned a bunch of styles, but of course they never look like the pictures once they are on your own head.  The common elements are:

  • Absolutely no shorter than a bit past my shoulders – the hair MUST be at least that long
  • Layered; more so than now
  • Long, side swept bangs (EEP)

If you are looking to avoid work, feel free to flip through the pins and leave your advice/comments below!

Truth Tuesday:  Related to that former comment about a short neck and double chin, every single full length picture of myself that I post on here has a bit of retouching done to minimize the double chin.  I HATE my double chin.  It is the feature I despise the most about myself and the one about which I am most self-conscious.

I have lived with being heavy all my life and never been thin, so I’m mostly comfortable with that, but when I am flipping through the pictures I have taken I am always explicitly looking for the ones in which I can retouch my double chin into submission.  The close ups aren’t a problem, since the camera angle is different and I can see the image before it goes off.  I just wish I could do something similar with the full length pictures.

Linkups: Truth Tuesday,The Only Ten I SeeSTYLELIXIR Style Sessions

Oscar thoughts

As one might expect, there aren’t a LOT of plus-sized ladies at the Oscars.  Still, I would have liked to see plus-sized fashion better represented.

Adele, Oscar’s 2013

She just recently had a baby and her body has recovered well.  The beaded black is lovely and sparkly.  The dress is fitted well and skims her body.  I love the sheer sleeves.  My only negative is that the neckline seems very high for this type of event; I would have liked to see a somewhat lower scoop neck.  Still, this dress was successful.  I LOVE her hair down!

Octavia Spencer – Oscar’s 2013

This dress is also perfectly fitted and quite lovely.  I’m not digging the color, but it suits her skin well enough.  (There is something subversive about a woman of color wearing a dress in what would be considered a “nude” on a white woman.)  This doesn’t make me go wow or want to run out to the designer (Tadashi Shoji), but I think she looks lovely.

Melissa McCarthy, Oscar’s 2013

Melissa, Melissa, Melissa.  WHY???  Where should I start…

  • What’s up with the pompadour?  Not at all flattering.
  • Grey?  GREY?  Even if it weren’t kind of an icky color to start with, it does NOTHING for your skin.
  • This dress does NOTHING for your figure.  In fact, it fits like a badly tailored tent.
  • What’s up with the sleeves?  Tell me those are not creasing like that because they are dolman’s because, frankly that is not a good look on anyone?
  • It looks cheap to me; like the beading was done separately and then sewn on, and I half expect the fabric to be a stretchy knit jersey.
  • At least Adele had sheer sleeves.  This is unrelentingly opaque and dull in color.

My first impression of this dress was as follows:  Melissa looks like a mother of the bride who is particularly embarrassed by her size.  And in the end that really is my biggest problem.  This is the dress of someone who has given up and now believes all the things that people say about fat chicks.

The only person out there who is MORE covered up was Emmanuelle Riva, who is old enough to justify it.  And it isn’t especially attractive on HER either.

In the end, Melissa, you are a BEAUTIFUL woman who managed to make herself look drab, colorless, shapeless and unattractive.  You have looked so much better at previous awards shows:




Oscar’s 2012


Critic’s Choice (ONE OF MY FAVORITES)


2012 Emmys (LOVE this one – #1 in my book)

You have done better, and you can DO better.  We WANT you to do better.  I hate seeing the internet aflame with people hating on your dress.  Embrace who you are and your shape and make the most of it!  Leave the grey tents for … well, frankly no one.