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Sequins to brighten up a chilly Wednesday

IMG_1820Getting up and getting going this morning wasn’t that easy;  it was below freezing, there was frost on the cars and the bushes (some of which are looking pretty dead) and my bed was nice and warm.  So when I did get going, I decided I wanted something bright and sparkly to warm things up.

I originally bought the tank set (and yes, it was sold as a set) for a funeral; the black under-tank has the copper sequins around the bottom and I just didn’t wear that layer for the funeral, but I loved the colors and the feel of the fabrics so I had to have the set.  (I wore the tank with a black cardigan and black trousers.  I admit I’m kind of old school when it comes to funerals; That tank was a LOT of color for me under the circumstances.)

Since then I’ve been looking for excuses to wear the set; the colors are lovely, the design is very me, and copper is actually a metal that I adore.

  • Black trousers (Coldwater Creek, after christmas sale for 70% off total)
  • Tank set (Calvin Klein, purchased at Macy’s at least 2 years ago)
  • Rust cardigan (Coldwater Creek, last year’s end of season sales)
  • Black flats (Joseph Seibel)
  • Copper Cuff (the little boutique across the street)
  • Necklace (Coldwater Creek, old)

The cardigan is new, although I’ve had it in the closet for a while and forgotten about it.  I need to go through and re-fold all my cardigans (you should never hang a sweater) so that I can see more clearly what I have.

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I failed to change out my purse this morning, so I am still carrying the Brahmin.  However this picture lets you see the necklace and the color of the cardigan more clearly.

While I’m still not wearing makeup (ok, a little concealer), I have been enjoying playing with lip colors lately.  I now have three of the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments: Plum, Passion and Rose.  This is the Passion, which is the closest they have to a true red, and my favorite new color.  It’s strong without being overpoweringly red.

Yesterday’s shopping trip was a complete failure, which is pretty rare for me and that Marshall’s.  I usually find great stuff there, and I would be fibbing if I said I didn’t find some good stuff; just nothing quite right.  For instance they had some Kate Spade bags for $199, but the only one I would have wanted was in colors that just weren’t what I wanted.

m98U4yJgym49Gt8Ki1EvPdwI also found a gorgeous Cynthia Rowley hinge-top satchel that was just the right size and shape, but the COMPLETELY wrong color for me; a pastel teal that just doesn’t work with my wardrobe.  I had to work to walk away from that one, since I kept trying to convince myself that I could wear it with other stuff if I just had a scarf that pulled it together, but I couldn’t summon up a mental picture of the overall outfit; I’m just not a pastel kind of girl.

Clothing-wise was similar.  They had some NYDJ (Not Your Daughters Jeans) in my size, but the rise on them was extremely high and would have been uncomfortable to wear for any time.

I am currently consoling myself with the knowledge that I have two gorgeous bags coming from flash sale sites at excellent prices.  I also have been picking up a few pieces of clothing that I can’t QUITE wear yet (it’s too cold still) but which will be terrific once the weather warms up.  I wasn’t looking for anything specific, so it’s not a big deal that I didn’t find anything!

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Knowing what works for you, and Thursday Threads!

One of the things I did when I started this blog was subscribe to a BOATLOAD of other people’s fashion blogs. I started reading them to get ideas, and in the process discovered that I do, in fact, have something of a personal style.

Still, I like to try new things. So tonight I went to Lane Bryant (mostly to pick up some underwear) and tried a few things on. In the process I confirmed for myself a few things:

  • I don’t like the way I look in a pencil skirt.  I know other girls love them, even a lot of plus-sized girls do.  I’m not one of those.  (And the ankle socks aren’t helping *grin*)
  • Even a really blousy peplum-style top seems to catch me at just the wrong place.  I need to stick with empire waists instead.
  • Drape neck tops are touchy; they can be lovely, or they can look like they are pulling across your chest, despite being loose around.
  • It’s hard to take a decent picture in a dressing room *shrug*
Just because it looks amazing on someone else doesn’t mean it will look good on me.  And there is nothing whatsoever wrong with that.

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Red and Purple

I was cruising around the ASOS site and stumbled on this gorgeous red fit-and-flare jacket.  Of course, I don’t NEED a wool coat here in Arizona, so there is no real sense in buying it.  Of course, that is what Polyvore is for!

Red and Purple
Sheer tank / Peplum coat / Plus size jeans / KORS Michael Kors michael kors boots / Brahmin animal print handbag / Valentino black jewelry / River Island leopard scarve, $21

Spread the Polish Swap

I love playing with nail polish.  One of my favorite things is playing around with new colors.  Admittedly, I usually give myself pedicures more often than manicures, but any excuse to do something once and having it look cute for a week is something I am all over.

Anyway, I joined the “Spread the Polish”Sqap and was assigned Carly from Lipgloss and Crayons.  (Funny story:  She emailed with the title of ” Polish Swap Partner”.  I was having a REALLY long day, so what I read was “Polish (as in from Poland) Partner Swap”, and was trying to figure out why someone would want my cranky old husband 🙂 )  I told her I loved sparkly polishes, which are also PERFECT for this time of year!

I sent Carly a box containing an Opi Polish, a Sally Hanson magnetic polish, and a few of the mini polishes that come in those little 4-packs.  [I love those things, btw…. I have a shoe-box full of them.  They let me try new colors without feeling guilty that I have a full bottle that I’ve used twice.  Ulta, Opi, and Sephora all have them, usually to show off their newest colors, although the only ones available online are the Sephora sets.]

A couple of days later, a box shows up containing the polish set above!  The New Black: Innovations in Color: Glimmer Twins.  This set includes two versions of silver polish; one that is shimmering, while the other that goes further to glittery.  I promptly put the shimmery silver on first, then added the glitter layer over the top.  As you can see above, the result is a wonderful sparkly color that is perfect for a night out.  (You know, like the weekend coming up!)

I then tried the glitter version over a darker purple/brown color and am loving the result!  I also tried using the silver shimmering polish as a type of french tip, but my hand wasn’t steady enough.  Perhaps with a set of those templates that create a clean edge….

Thanks Carly!  This has been fun!


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Gwynnie Bee Item 2 and Browns

Today’s outfit features the 2nd item from my Gwynnie Bee order, The Igigi Sakura Cardigan in Multi.  It’s soft, cozy and I love the colors.  It comes with a belt which, after playing with, didn’t get worn; apparently my figure is a little too apple and not hourglass enough to make it work.  It just made my butt look REALLY big.

  • Igigi Sakura Cardigan in Multi; via Gwynnie Bee
  • Rust tank, Marshalls
  • Brown Knit Jeans, Coldwater Creek (which I appear to need a size smaller…)
  • Olive and Camo Sperry Top-siders, previously worn here
  • Gold bracelet, gift
  • Necklace, can’t recall where I got it
  • Glasses: (prescription eyeglasses at a killer enough price that I got a pair of sunglasses the last time I ordered!)

I am seriously considering ordering this and want your opinion;

  • Great enough looking to own?
  • Just OK?
  • Too specific (ie hard to style with other things)?
  • Nice but I should save my money for another purse?  Or something else I suppose…

Of course speaking of other purses, one of my issues this morning was that I didn’t appear to HAVE a purse that matched or coordinated.  The new one I posted about yesterday is bright green (and also not here yet), and I had been thinking about the need for a nice dark brown purse.  I found this and ordered it:

This is the Fossil Vintage Revival Flap in Giraffe, and I am head over heels in love with this bag!  It’s a great size, gorgeous design, has some swagger to it without being colorful and was, by the time I was done, 36% off.  It is neutral enough to go with anything in the browns, but still fun, which is exactly what I wanted to find!

I may need to do something about my growing purse fetish soon…. Wait until you see the funky one I picked up on ebay today.

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