Traveling for business is NOT among my favorite activities. First of all, airplanes are uncomfortable for everyone, but especially for those of us who are not petite. Then there is sleeping in strange beds (or rather not sleeping), eating out and therefore finding that a lot of the food doesn’t agree with you, and being surrounded by PEOPLE all day at the conference.*
It doesn’t help when things don’t go as planned. For instance, I had PLANNED to arrive at my hotel, change my clothes and then go to the conference. Of course the room wasn’t ready. So I went in the clothing I had worn to fly, which was neither especially attractive nor actually business casual. (Dark wash jeans, Black shirt, red casually-styled cardigan, sneakers. No jewelry, didn’t dry my hair, etc.) What it WAS was rumpled. So I skipped the pictures.
I did better on Thursday.
- Black boots (Famous Footwear) with birkenstock insoles (which did wonders for my sore feet)
- Black “Jeggings” size 20 or 22 (Lane Bryant)
- Black tank size 18/20 (Avenue, although any would do)
- Purple top size 3X (SWAK Joni)
- Black tie-front bellini/cardigan size 3 (Kiyonna, no longer available)
- Silver and purple necklace (Forever 21)
- Purple and silver bangles (Lane Bryant)
- Orange, Fuscia and Purple Scarf (TJ Maxx)
- Black Coach Willis purse worn crossbody (eBay; no reason to pay full retail on this one!)
I know; REALLY crappy pictures. What can I say; it’s hard enough in a well-lit office, but goes REALLY badly on my cell phone in a poorly lit tiny hotel room.
To get home on Friday, I wore the same pants with a Black SWAK Mia top
and what I refer to as my Arizona Winter coat from J.Jill (2 years ago), which is one step up from a sweatshirt anywhere else. (Its fuzzy and soft, and actually is comparatively warm. Certainly warm enough for AZ, although I was glad that it wasn’t too cold in Denver because otherwise it wouldn’t have been enough.)
I did a little shopping while there and found a pair of Olive Michael Kors work trousers on clearance at TJ Maxx, so that made me pretty happy. You”ll be seeing those soon.
I also visited a couple of small boutiques and tried on a line I hadn’t seen before; Sympli / Sympli Grand
. What was funny was that I came home to a note from the local plus-sized boutique that they were hosting a trunk show for Sympli through today, so I will be taking a run over to try some more things on. The line is CRAZY expensive (150 for a tunic, 200 for a cardigan, 300 for a long dress) but the shapes are neat and the cuts are excellent. It’s all made in Canada, not some sweatshop in indonesia, and out of fabrics that won’t shrink or fade. I may end up getting a piece or two depending on what they still have.
I got home safely, albeit in a middle seat between two very broad-shouldered men, which left my shoulders aching from being rounded in the entire trip. I took a nap, then did a couple of things before going to bed and sleeping for 11 hours straight. I feel MUCH better today. With a high of 64 predicted for today I can also start wearing even more of my winterish clothing. I’ll try to get pictures both at home of what I wear out AND at the boutique of what I try on. I also received my first order from Gwynnie Bee
**, so you may see some of that soon as well!
*I’m actually an introvert; INTJ if you are familiar with the Myers-Briggs categorizations. I can fake friendly and outgoing and perky really well because that is what you DO if you want to be successful in business and academia, but it doesn’t come naturally and takes a lot out of me. By the end of the day at a conference all I want to do is be ALONE!!!!
** If you haven’t heard of it, Gwynnie Bee is a new service that is like Netflix for Clothing. They focus on sizes 14 to 24, with some items either smaller (down to a 10) or larger (28). You pay a monthly fee and get to take out a set number of items for as long as you want; when you are done, return them and they will send you another set from the items you have chosen from their inventory. What is neat i you get to try brands you might not have otherwise tried (Anna Scholz, Carmakoma, Eliza Parker, Karen Kane, Misook, Nyguard, and lots of others) or STYLES you might not otherwise try (peplum, leather, prints, etc) with no commitment; when you are done or if you don’t like the item, just send it back and they will send you something else. They take care of the cleaning and care, so you don’t have to. It isn’t cheap (3 items out at a time costs $79/month, for example), but it can be less expensive than buying things, sending them back, etc. for a new brand or one of the European makers whose shipping takes a long time, so I’m giving it a try.