F*&$ Skinny Jeans: Flares Are BACK!

F*&$ Skinny Jeans: Flares Are BACK!

“What I wear is a reflection of where I am going and how I am feeling. If I’m in a good mood, it’s got to be cashmere and jeans – just something comfy, soft and warm. When I’m down, I might find something that I haven’t worn for a while that was bought for me – or wear a brooch or a pair of shoes that are like old friends.” ~Kim Cattrall (more…)

Quick-hit ways to update your fall/winter wardrobe for 2014 on the cheap

Quick-hit ways to update your fall/winter wardrobe for 2014 on the cheap

It’s that time of year again. You know, time to start getting your fall and winter wardrobe together. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe and save a few bucks, here’s the skinny on fall and winter fashion 2014 and how to update your wardrobe on the cheap. Y’all know I love a good bargain. And you know there are some rules I just can’t follow. 

So let’s get to this. Here are some quick-hit ways you can update your wardrobe this season without killing your budget (or looking outrageously ridiculous). 

Hot item of the season: Plaid scarf! According to my research, plaid scarves are it this season. I picked two up in different colors at a local shop for $6 each. You can spend more, of course, but why? 

Sad news Pack away the flares. Outside of a few adventurous designers, the runways weren’t giving many nods to jeans that are typically flattering to most female bodies. That means no flares or bootcut jeans. Look for something in a skinny jean, boyfriend jeans, straight leg or tapered. In other words, varying styles of the cigarette pants

Good news: Leggings are in, and they are more comfortable than ever. Wear them with Spanx or pick up some that have shapewear built in. I won’t tell. 

Warm and cozy: Sweaters are back–think full-on argyle and its cousins. For me, there will be no bulky sweaters because they make me look like a small house. Therefore I’ll be donning something a little more figure appropriate (with a nod to the style, of course). 

Menswear is here, get used to it: Blazers, collared button-down shirts, menswear-style shoes. Long and loose is where it’s at, according to most designers, but as a short and curvaceous woman, I’ll be breaking that rule too. Instead of big and boxy, I’ll be wearing tailored-style menswear. It makes me look better–and you gotta do what works best for you, regardless of what “they” say!

Other interesting trends of note:

  • Pointy-toed flats with details–I picked up a $10 pair of flats that have a design made of rhinestones on them and they are fabulous. Spent only $10 because they’ll be out within a month or two, I’m sure. 
  • Long gloves or super short gloves
  • Decorated/bedazzled gloves
  • Fur-trimmed coats are back

What other fashion trends are you into this season? 

Your Own Kind of Beautiful: Every Body is Different

Your Own Kind of Beautiful: Every Body is Different

silhouette_of_fashion_girls_148518Being a bit on the short side of normal, I have often had a hard time finding what I call a “body idol,” or someone who represents what my ideal body would look like.

(This is partially because, according to the entertainment industry, I’m at least eight inches too short and probably don’t have enough boobs.)

Love the One You’re With

And since we all know that all the diet changes and exercise in the world can’t make us taller (at least not after we’ve reached our full height potential) or grow us more boobs (at least not without surgical intervention), well…it’s a good thing there are lots of different kinds of beauty.

Your kind of beautiful is probably different than mine and everyone else’s–because really, everyone is different.

And that, my friends, is a very good thing.

So, hey, love your body–right now. Not tomorrow, not next week, not when you lose the weight. Love it RIGHT NOW. It’s the only one you’ve got!

Try Today’s Fit Mission: See Your Ideal Body

 

Your Brand of Beauty

“For, happily, there exists more than one kind of beauty. There is the beauty of infancy, the beauty of youth, the beauty of maturity, and, believe me, ladies and gentlemen, the beauty of age, if you do not spoil it by your own want of judgment. At any age, a woman may be becomingly and pleasingly dressed.” ~Household Words.

Contrary to what society tries to tell us, every body has its own perfect shape, and not every body’s perfect shape looks like a rail-thin porn star with big fake boobs (or whatever body type is in this week). That does not, however, mean that every body can’t be beautiful.

Bodies have different shapes. There are apples, pears and banana shapes. There are endomorphs, ectomorphs and mesomorphs–and any number of other ways to classify different body types.

Real-Life Example: Same Size Jeans, Two Different Bodies

IMG950270So, for example, take my friend and I. In this photo, we are wearing the same size jeans.

As you can see, we are shaped completely differently (and we’re both wearing jeans styles that work best for our bodies–two totally different looks.)

The differences between us?

She’s about 5 inches taller (I was wearing platform shoes in the photo) and has longer, thinner legs–while I’ve got a smaller waist but a fuller butt and shorter legs.

Plus, she weighs approximately 15 pounds less than I do.

(See how I lost 100 pounds, including before photos!)

 

The point is that the numbers don’t really matter when it comes down to it. What matters is how you look and feel.

What do you think? What is your kind of beautiful? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below!

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