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Thursday Threads: It’s all about proportion

Photo on 3-6-13 at 11.16 AM #2Before I get to this weeks Thursday Threads, I want to talk a little about proportion.  I love my long, drape front cardigans, but looking at the pictures of late I have not been overwhelmed by how they looked.  The length tends to make my (already short) legs look shorter, while making my torso look disproportionately long.

So when I saw a cardigan in a green (similar to a long, drapey one I already have but in a lighter knit and more traditional cut) at Lane Bryant (on clearance), I grabbed it. The result is that my legs appear longer and my body is more evenly split.

I’m still not entirely sure about this shape, since cardigans like this invariably shows off the fact that my hips are my widest part; I could easily button it at the top, but would have to pull a bit to button it at the bottom, which is a look I’m not wild about.  Still, I like the way this outfit came together.

These shoes are really cute; black patent toe cap, leopard print everywhere else.  But I don’t wear them very often for one simple reason; they have NO arch support.  If anyone, anywhere happens to know of any ballet flats with arch support, PLEASE leave me a note in the comments.

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d2318_darlene_k_sideThe purse (in the background and at right) is the Darlene, from Melie Bianco.  I have fallen head over heels for her entire product line.  It’s all vegan (no leather), stylish, fun, often has amazing colors and runs around $100/bag.  That’s a price I can deal with.  You’ll be seeing another one of hers very soon that is much funkier, but I picked this one explicitly because it goes with EVERYTHING, is plenty large enough and has a shoulder strap that can be lengthened to work as a cross-body.  This, for me, is the ultimate neutral bag.

I’m also still very happy with what my hair is doing.  One of these mornings I will blow it dry and hit it with the curling iron, but that was not going to be today; today was a “wake up 45 minutes late and rush out the door with my hair still wet” kind of day.

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Playing against type

Photo on 3-5-13 at 12.29 PMOne of the things this blog has helped me with is to realize that I actually do have a style; I like strong colors, geometric patterns, high contrast designs, straight hair.  So today’s outfit is definitely against type.  Soft colors, floral, and I even let my hair go a little curly today.  But I love the colors and the cardi is super soft and comfy, so I keep wearing it anyway.

  • Olive and purple cardigan (J.Jill, old)
  • Purple tank (J.Jill, old)
  • Olive cargo pants (Lane Bryant, old)
  • Olive suede hobo bag (Dooney and Burke, purchased off ebay)
  • Khaki Larissa sandals  (Earthies)

41-O93h6yeLThis is also the first morning in a LONG time where I forgot to even put on a necklace.  I was dealing with the shoes.  They have 5 separate buckles that you can adjust to make them fit your feet correctly, and this is the first time I had worn them, so it took some fiddling to get the the buckles all adjusted correctly.  I picked these up in black and tan off ebay last fall because, since they are earthies and highly customizable, I know they would be good for my feet.  I’m very excited that it’s finally warm enough to wear them.

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As I mentioned last week, I went and got a haircut.  Not a bit change in style, but the hair dresser gave me a neat piece of advice.  To amp up the waves a bit, put a little mousse in and, while my hair is wet, just twist it into lots of small to mid-sized twists.  This is the result.  Obviously not the big curls I would get with a curling iron, but I like the effect.

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The problem with impulse buys…

IMG_2570I was walking through Target about a week ago and spotted this gorgeous bright pink and white polka dot scarf.  I threw it in my basket and went about the rest of my shopping. What I DIDN’T realize until I tried to wear it this morning is that the thing is ENORMOUS!!  Like, babushka huge.  I have comforters that are smaller.  So styling it proved kind of challenging for me.  I didn’t want a big knot of fabric sitting on top of my chest, so I ended up using a stretchy ring to hold it together.   It still draped over my shoulders and down my back, not to mention reaching nearly to my knees.  I may take the fabric to a friend who has a serger and have her cut it into a few long narrow scarves for me and a half dozen of my friends 🙂

  • Black skinny jeans (Coldwater Creek)
  • Black shark bite cardigan (purchased at Marshall’s)
  • Pink tank (that you can’t see, Lane Bryant)
  • Pink polka dot scarf (Target 53×53 – wow)
  • Owl ring (Charming Charlies
  • Pink and Green Bracelets (Little Black Bag)
  • Black Sandals (Merrill, old)
  • Black and white bag (Kate Spade, on clearance)

I swear, I didn’t start this blog just to try to trim my closet but that appears to be the result.  For example, these sandals look like crap; they are way beaten on, and while they were ok when hidden under wide leg trousers, they don’t look good with skinnies.  Time for them to be replaced I think.

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This is also the new haircut, and it appears that I need some more practice styling it.  The product I use made my roots look greasy.  However overall I like it.  I can’t wait to see it a little curly.

I had a really good talk with my boss today about a number of things.  It’s amazing (and a little sad) how much that improves my mood.  I was walking on air for much of the rest of the day due to just a few positive words about my performance.  It reminds me that I owe the people who report to me (and for that matter the people I work with) those types of cudos on a regular basis as well.  It’s a little thing that can drastically improve a person’s day.

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A brief note about the short life and quick demise of Eloquii

One of the reasons I started this blog was because if you aren’t either under a size 18 or under 30, it can be hard to find nice, stylish but work-appropriate clothing.  So it makes me sad that yet another option is going away:

A Special Message to our Fans

For more than a year, eloquii has served you by delivering quality, must-have fashion in sizes that highlight your confident curves. In return, you have given us great feedback about how we can better serve you.

We look forward to offering you new fashion at www.eloquii.com through the summer. However, after a year’s test at market, we have decided to phase out eloquii and we have begun discussions with others who have expressed an interest in the future of the brand and/or its products.

Thank you so much for your support and for your feedback as we developed and refined eloquii over the last year. We recognize that eloquii plays an important role in our fans’ lives and look forward to better serving our clients in the future.

If you blinked, you might have missed Eloquii. They appeared about a year ago, brought out by The Limited group, to fill the niche of work clothing for plus sizes (similar to the niche that the Limited serves in straight sizes).  They carried up to a 22/24, and much of it was quite nice.  I have a number of pieces in my closet.

But it would have been really easy to miss them.  They should fire the advertising agency they were using, assuming they were using one.  Personally, I

  • NEVER saw a single advertisement (and frankly, I watch a LOT of TV)
  • Never heard a radio ad
  • Never saw a banner ad
  • Never saw an ad in a magazine
  • Never saw them reach out or partner with a blogger
  • Never saw a sign that they were at any of the plus fashion events
  • Didn’t even see press releases (despite substantial google alerts on things related to plus sized clothing).

I’ve heard recently that apparently they had a small section (20 items, which frankly isn’t worth the time, but still) in about 5 Limited stores.  Never knew, and I pay attention to these things.

It’s no wonder the brand didn’t perform.  They missed opportunities to advertise at pretty much every price point, from nearly free working with bloggers to prime time TV and major magazines.

Of course, if the brand were perfect that might have been able to overcome this lack of advertising, but my experience was that they were having some growing pains during their first year.  Inconsistent sizing caused me to send back about half the things I purchased, and the fact that they really only had 3 sizes (14/16, 18/20, 22/24) meant that there were no chances for someone on the top end of that to go up a size to fix the issue.

But up until this message came out I assumed these were growing pains.  Apparently not.  So, goodbye to Eloquii.  We hardly even knew you.

BTW, If you like their stuff, the word is that they are going to still be running for a few more months.  My understanding is that they have summer items ready to go, but will be phasing out after that.  So grab it now, and express your disappointment in the way this has gone down. It can’t hurt.

Look, a bird!

IMG_2519If you’ve ever taken the Myers Briggs personality index*, you may have run across the Myers Briggs prayers.  These are custom prayers for each type.  I’m an INTJ, so my prayer is “Lord keep me open to others’ ideas, WRONG though they may be.”  *blush*  It’s almost TOO accurate.  One of my oldest and dearest friends is an ENFP, whose prayer is “God,help me to keep my mind on one th-Look a bird-ing at a time.”  This top made me think about her and this prayer this morning.

  • Red and bird-print peplum top (Simply Be)
  • Black cardigan (Alfani, purchased at Macys a while ago)
  • Grey jeans (Coldwater Creek, although I don’t see any available in grey)
  • Red leather wrap bracelet (can’t recall)
  • Red and silver steampunk necklace (my Artist friend)
  • Black and white bag (Kate Spade, on clearance)
  • Naot Retro shoes (Zappos)

This is the first peplum top I’ve found that fits me well, in part because it comes in two different lengths so you can get one that matches your proportions better.  If it weren’t still so stinking cold in the morning I would show it without the cardi, but we aren’t quite out of winter YET here.

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Closeup of the jewelry.  The birds are kind of abstract, which I like, but also makes them difficult to photograph.

*The Myers Briggs is just one of many personality tests I’ve looked at over the years.  I’m both the kind of person who is curious AND the type who loves this kind of stuff.  What is interesting is that, for me, the MBTI has been far and away the most accurate test I’ve taken.  YMMV.

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