This OMCZ challenge is a little funny because if there is any kind of clothing that will keep me in my comfort zone, it is very much so my nightwear. I am the most picky person with what I wear to bed. It can’t be pants because they will get caught up under me as I sleep. I can possibly do a short dress, but I will find myself swaddled like a baby in that too. When I walk around the house in “loungewear”, I do awful things like wear once-expensive basic dresses/sundresses that look like I have beaten them up and that they only would cost $5. For as much as I love to dress up, when I dress down, I dress really down.
So, this challenge made me think about when nightwear is important to me, and honestly I can only remember purposefully buying pajamas around Christmas time every year.
When I was in high school, me and my friends all bought onesies or footie pajamas. We would wear them on band trips or basically just to have a laugh. They became a staple in my Christmas morning look because there was nothing that awakened the Christmas spirit like channeling the child inside myself and making everyone else slightly uncomfortable at the same time.
As I outgrew the onesies, my next holiday pj of choice were the themed pj pants from Old Navy. Every year, all of their sections including plus get holiday print pjs.
(their Halloween styles are out now)
As for nightwear, I’m about as boring as boring gets. Let’s hope the other ladies in the OMCZ challenge take their nightwear a little more creatively:
Becky Brown http://www.doesmyblogmakemelookfat.com
Do you take your nightwear seriously or are you like me and basically have it as the last thing you think about?
It’s been quite awhile (a year!) since I’ve participated in collaborative blogging challenges (I used to be a part of Five Take), and recently I was inspired by a group of bloggers doing themed posts called Outside of My Comfort Zone. Their mission is to push the boundaries they have either adhered to or unknowingly kept and try new things fashion-wise that aid in confidence and body acceptance. I had been following their posts for awhile, but it was Rachel’s post about Fashion Rules that kind of shook me and reminded me that I still have a really hard time getting out of my own comfort zones. I may have different comfort zones than a few years ago, but I still find myself sliding back into old habits (jeans + tshirt has been my jam this summer). I asked these lovely ladies if I could join, and here I am taking on my first post.
This week Rachel chose the theme Stand Out from the Crowd. I think we can all on some level relate to the desire to fit in to a crowd and not draw attention (hello, high school). There’s certain situations where I feel confident to stick out, such as in a classroom, but there are also situations or ways of being that I shrink away from. The one I have the absolute hardest time with is dressing “sexy” (whatever that is). I can go out with friends and they are willing to own their sexual appeal, but not me. I even feel awkward writing about it.
While I will always be a more conservative dresser, I need to work on allowing myself to be and feel sexy, and for me that translated into a well fitted dress and red lips.
This City Chic dress is my kind of sexy. It fits closely up top and flares at the hip, enhancing my natural body shape. I love the white piping. It’s simple, but that’s me. Red lips are always sexy to me. I wore Revlon’s Just Bitten Lip Balm Stain in Romance.
While “sexy” is my Stand Out from the Crowd look, others may have took on that theme completely differently. Check them out below:
Stephanie at Seeing Spots
Leah at Just Me Leah
Mary at Mary’s Big Closet
Becky Brown at Does My Blog Make Me Look Fat
Emma at Meet The Millards
Rachel at A Dress Is for Life
Natalie at A Wheelbarrow Full of Style
Nikki at Natty Nikki
Rebs at Sullen Hearts
Verena at A Plus Size Fashion Obsession
Beka at Beka’s Stuffy Stuff
Vicky at The Curved Opinion
and Rachel at Happyness Magnet (will be back in September)
City Chic Dress, Urban Outfitters heels, eBay clutch
Do you struggle to stand out from the crowd? How so? How would you have taken on this theme?
It’s time to announce the winner of the Lovedrobe giveaway :). To pull a winner, I write down every entry in chronological order on en excel sheet. Everyone gets a number, again in chronological order, for every entry they posted. I then go to random.org, generate a random number, and whoever is next to that number wins the prize.
There were 119 entries in the giveaway:
Which goes to Briana P! Congrats!
Thanks for entering
By the 6th day of FFFWeek, I was on my last ounce of energy and my ankles were humongous. Woo! It was a long week, but so, so fulfilling getting to talk with everyone and meet new people. On the last day, me and Brittany (my friend from home) decided to fit in some touring of NYC before the runway. We first headed to Central Park. We wanted to spend a few hours there, but really only snuck in about an hour before we went to a bus tour. I had really wanted to ride the carousel, so we were off to find it and during our walk we happened upon a baseball game. It was a pretty perfect scene. Made me want to move to New York City ASAP.
We found the carousel, and I was off to have my ride. I thought it’d be more open and you’d get more of a view of the city, but that wasn’t the case. Either way, I had fun. It was a bit of an attempt to overcome my fear. I never let myself ride a carousel when I was younger due to insecurity over my weight–or if I did ride it was only the stationary items on the carousel. Not this time!
After this, we went looking for the road so we could get a cab to our tour spot. I’ll admit that it freaked me out how easily it could be to get lost in the park. It is HUGE and didn’t have many signs. Good thing for map applications on cell phones! We then went on a 3 hour TV/Movie tour that took us to a lot of locations used in movies. It was a nice way to see many parts of the city, and it was hosted by a funny comedian. Good times
Later that night we headed to the Retailer / Boutique Runway. My camera died half way through, so luckily Brittany snapped many good pictures. First, the brands!
And the main sponsor of the week, Sonsi
styled by Reah Norman
Before, during, and after the runway, I got some shots with some of the lovely people I was able to hang out with during the week, such as Jen who owns and designs Seraphim.
Brittany and Jen
Me and Brittany
I wore a City Chic dress with an Eloquii belt.
Jenny from Babblings of a Mommy
the Evans team
Sam of Curvy Sam
Somehow I missed getting pictures of the remainder of the night. We were exhausted, so Brittany and I just headed to a nearby restaurant with Olivia and her fiance Ben, and new friends Nadine and Emily. It was the perfect intimate ending to a full week.
I’d like to say thank you to Marie Denee and Gwen DeVoe for inviting me to be a part of the Fashion Front. It was truly a gift and an inspiring experience.
Which retailer/boutique’s looks did you enjoy the most?
A couple of weeks ago, the lovely Beth at Lovedrobe.com reached out to me to see if I’d like to review an item. I had definitely heard and seen the brand before, but had never bought from them because I thought they only went to a UK26 (US22). I was very wrong! When I went to the website, I saw many items up to a UK30/32 (US 26/28), so I agreed right away and they sent over a piece for me to try.
Looking at their site, I loved a lot of the items they carried. Lovedrobe incorporates different fabrics, patterns, colors, and details into their styles that make clothing items special. If I were to go on a spending spree, this is what I’d pick up:
For the review, I asked for a dress that was definitely outside of my comfort zone. It’s shorter and sassier than I usually go for, but I love clothing that allows me to express different aspects of myself or try new things.
I received the Koko Coral and Stone Geometric Pattern Dress in a UK 30/32. This dress is in a non-stretchy material, and I found the sleeves slightly tight. This isn’t unexpected, as I have bigger arms compared to my top/size, but it’s something to be aware of if you also are shaped that way. I loved the houndstooth pattern in coral. I often associate houndstooth with fall and winter, and this piece with the coloring is a perfect summer addition and can carry through to the fall. The top is quite fitted through the bust and waist, which I love. This part fit perfectly and I had plenty of room in the back and bust to move around.
The length is shorter than I usually go for. If I were to bend over, it’s possible that I’d show things that I’d rather not show. Granted, I have a big behind, so someone smaller there would not have the same issue. I recommend leggings/shorts, opaque tights if you also find it a bit short. I added a orangish-coralish belt and some casual bracelets for a simple, no-fuss summer look.
If the pattern is a little much for you, then a cardigan or jacket would be a perfect addition. I basically only wear jean jackets in the summer because it’s so easy to add to almost every look, so I wanted to show you that as well. I tried the dress with a jean vest, and that’s a cute look too. There’s plenty of room to play around with styling this piece.
And now to the best thing! Lovedrobe.com really wanted to also give away a piece to a reader and give you all a discount code to use during purchases through the remainder of July! You can receive 15% off of your purchase with the code PLUSSIDE (this code is now working!). They’ve recently put a lot of good items on sale, so there are some major sales to be had!
For the giveaway, one lucky entrant will win a dress of their choice from Lovedrobe. I love this giveaway because you can pick an item that is in your style and size range. This giveaway runs from today until 7/31 at 11:59pm EST. To enter, you must do the “leave a comment” entry, but all other entry methods are optional and earn extra entries. Best of luck, and I’m excited to hear which piece you would pick if you won!
1. (Mandatory to win) Visit Lovedrobe.com and select a dress that you would possibly pick if you won the giveaway. Come back here and leave a comment telling us what you’d pick!
2. Follow @_lovedrobe_ and @theplussideofme on Twitter and tweet the following: “Fingers crossed! Just entered to win a @_lovedrobe_ dress from @theplussideofme http://theplussideofme.com/2013/07/20/lovedrobe-review-and-giveaway/” Comment here with your twitter name.
3. Like Lovedrobe on Facebook and comment here with your Facebook name (name can be shortened in comment).
Giveaway ends on 7/31 at 11:59pm EST.
Don’t forget! You can receive 15% off of your purchase with the code PLUSSIDE at lovedrobe.com (this code is now working!).
*The dress shown was gifted to me by lovedrobe.com. The opinions expressed are my own.
One of the biggest events of FFFWeek is the Indie Designer Showcase. I think everyone is excited to learn about up and coming designers and to see fashion that is more unique than the typical retailer. I arrived a little early and had a chance to talk a bit with the Fashion Front members and see what everyone was wearing in the audience.
Cassandra and Stephanie of Daily Venus Diva
Brittany and Olivia joking around
After chatting for a bit, it was time for the show to begin. I had a good seat, but I kept getting heads/cell phones in my shots, so I took two pictures from each and am linking the photos to a fellow blogger’s posts that have better shots of the looks. The names will take you to the designer site and the pictures will take you to more FFFWeek shots. In no particular order:
Youtheary Khmer by Theary Sim
After the show, we headed outside, snapped a few pictures, and chatted some more. The venue is on a closed road, so there was plenty of space to talk further with the people who attended the event and see what everyone was wearing.
Brittany and I
Brittany and Olivia (with an awesome Sonsi gift bag)