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Allie over at Wardrobe Oxygen published a post in response to some style rules tweeted by More Magazine, and I think every woman needs to read it.  She talks intelligently about why some of the items on the list just don’t make sense anymore and how others are not necessarily hard and fast rules for all.  Trends come and go, and sometimes (as seems the case now), many of them come all at the same time.

I don’t and/or won’t ever try to rock many of these, but not because of a rule; because they are not suitable for my body shape and the look I am going for. Allie’s comments, though, can help you think through whether any of them would work for you.

  • I wore orange today and last thursday.  I’m not about to stop anytime soon.
  • I prefer a capped sleeve to sleeveless – I need the width at the shoulder to balance out my hips, and the cap sleeve provides that while leaving my arms cool and free.
  • I’m keeping all my stripes, thank you.  I love a nice wide stripe, and actually think that wider stripes often look better on plus girls than on straight sized.  YMMV
  • I have several boxy jackets – as long as they are balanced with a narrow pant, they look terrific.
  • I am currently reconsidering my dark-wash jeans only wardrobe, and acid wash is not out of the question.

The point is that you need to look at each of these in terms of your shape.  Find what works for you, what makes YOU feel comfortable and confident, and run with it.  Regardless of what a magazine says.

Happy artificially created (by a medieval pope) end/beginning of the calendar

Happy New Year!  No year-end-wrap-ups, here, and non posts with fancy outfits  that only get worn once per year.  My husband and I tend to stay home and veg on new years eve, kiss each other at midnight, then call it a day.  Frankly, it feels like any Saturday to me.  But it means that tomorrow is my last day off work and then my busy new year starts.  Pictures will recommence on Wednesday, and you’ll get to see all the holiday goodies.  There are a lot of them, to the point where I currently have no real interest in shopping at all (which is REALLY rare).

Anyway, enjoy your evening, and I will see you (and you will see ME) in a couple of days…

**In reference to the pope comment, our current calendar is called the Gregorian Calendar and was implemented by decree of Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.  It is hardly the first calendar and isn’t the only one currently in use.

Gift Exchanges and Gratuitous Dog Pictures!

I took part in the Winter Gift Exchange this past month, and kind of blew it.  The person who was to send me something emailed but it went into my Spam folder.  However the month got away from me on a number of levels, and I never CHECKED my spam folders, so I didn’t see the message until, like, a week ago.  Yes, I suck.  Katie was AMAZING, however, and fired off the most wonderful and thoughtful package, priority mail.

In the signup, we had all been asked to specify things that we liked so that our partners would have a clue about what to get us.  What I said was “I love scarfs and jewelry, but dislike candles and anything that sits on a shelf waiting to be dusted. [The exception to that last part is really grumpy looking owl stuff…the grumpier the owl looks, the more I tend to love it.]” And she NAILED IT.  She sent this lovely black and sparkly silver scarf that will go with more things in my wardrobe than I can possibly count, an owl ring and my absolute favorite, a purple (my favorite color, btw) owl candle.  I absolutely LOVE him because he looks REALLY grumpy; like he’s about to smack someone one of those wings..  LOVE it.

Thank you so much, Katie!  Check out Katie‘s blog at – she has a terrific sense of humor and has already been added to my daily rounds!

I sent a gift to Melissa at – She had the great idea of sharing her etsy wishlist, making it painfully easy for me to find her something appropriate.  As a certified lip blam addict, I sent her a wonderful peppermint flavor from Aquablossom along with a couple of yummie smelling body butters.  If you check out her reveal post you can check out other gifts as well!

Finally, the last part of the gift exchange was a charitable gift as well.  I volunteer year round at the Arizona Animal Welfare League, the largest no-kill shelter in the state, but for this challenge will be taking part in what is called the K-9 Head Start program.  We take dogs who have been at the shelter for a long time and need some additional training and perhaps basic obedience to make them attractive to adopters and work with those dogs for several weeks.  All dogs deserve a good, loving home, and this will help a few more find theirs.

Finally, speaking of dogs, you all deserve pictures of the two most pampered, spoiled rotten dogs on the planet; mine.

This is Zoe, our 6 year old Rottweiler.  We adopted her from a local rescue group after she was found living on a golf course at somewhere around 6-9 months old.  It took a lot of work, but she is now a lap dog and sweet as can be.  Seriously.  Here is a picture of my 16 month old god-daughter hand feeding her from last week:

Esme loved Zoe; Zoe would her the “human puppy” around the house, and every once in a while Zoe would knock her over and Esme would laugh and try to bark at her.

And this is my baby, Simon.  He’s 2.5 years old, a German Shephard Corgi mix.

(It’s easier to see the corgi mix when he is standing up and you can see just how short his legs are in proportion to the rest of him.)  Simon is the sweetest, gentlest, most devoted dog I’ve ever had.  He follows me everywhere, and stealthily managed to figure out how to sleep on the bed between my husband and I.  (This occasionally results in achy backs, though, if he gets turned around funny.)

Articles you shouldn’t miss

In the last day or so I’ve come across 2 articles that I think every woman needs to read:

Allison at Wardrobe Oxygen reminds us all to “Lighten Up… It’s Only Clothes” and I think that is a really important point.  If you wear a color that isn’t optimal for you, no one will be injured.  If you wear a mini-skirt after 40, the space station won’t crash back to earth.  Clothing is supposed to be fun, and that means sometimes we try things that DON’T work out the way we had hoped.  So what?  Relax.  If you are happy, then the outfit is fine.

Angie at You Look Fab talks about the styles seen at Spring 2013 Fashion Week.  While I don’t tend to follow those things TOO closely, it’s useful to keep up on what is coming at the high end so that you know how much wear you are likely to get out of new pieces.  For example, she notes that color blocking is still all the rage, which means a new color-blocked piece will see lots of wear without looking dated.  The same goes for leather, sheers and structured handbags or clutches.  All are likely to be wearable without looking dated for at least another year, so go ahead and invest in a more expensive piece that you love.  At the same time, maxi-length skirts are becoming less popular, so now is NOT the time to buy an expensive piece.  You can still wear what you have, but the focus should be on other hemlines OR on hemming the pieces you love.

I realize that to some extent these two articles contradict each other – lighten up but don’t look dated are slightly conflicting messages.  But if you truly love a dated piece, you can work it into a current outfit by surrounding it with items that are more up-to-date.  However if your outfit looks catwalk perfect but you hate it, it won’t look good.  So take each with a grain of salt, but give them both a read!

Articles not to miss

If you haven’t noticed, I love black.  So it was both gratifying and useful that Wardrobe Oxygen did a great post today on why she promotes black for wardrobe staples.  You might agree or disagree, but she captured all of my reasons and put some of the fuzzier ones into words!

Already Pretty has a timely article on boot shaft height that was really an eye-opener for me.  Granted, having wide calves limits the number of choices I have, but I guarantee after reading through the article that I will think differently going forward when I try boots on!  Once I find the right height, zappos has the ability to filter boots based on both height AND shaft circumference!

40+ Style has been doing a great series on editing your closet (something that almost everyone needs to do).  Her latest article was on how to decide whether to keep or donate a garment that might help you make the hard decisions when the time goes.

Finally, Not Dead Yet Style posts a few quick and easy things you can do to give your look a pick-me-up.  One was “Lift your bra-straps” and this one is a BIG deal for us big-chested girls.  Your boobs should sit halfway between your shoulder and your elbow.  The BAND should be doing most of the heavy lifting, but the shoulders need to be sitting correctly as well.  It makes a WORLD of difference in how you look.

I would add one more tip to hers: STAND UP STRAIGHT.  I see so many women slouching, when you can easily look better and thinner by just improving your posture.  Shoulders back, ladies.  It really helps.