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Outfit Details: Jacket: Old Navy; Striped Tee: Walmart; Jeans: Old Navy; Shoes: Blowfish

So after a week long break, I’ve caught up on sleep, worked, wrote, and (in general) got a lot done. I’m also feeling refreshed and ready to throw myself back into my blog. Sometimes I just need some “me” time to recharge, so the week off really helped.

So far, these are the only pants in my closet that fit like they’re supposed to (and they’re still a little large). I recently checked my measurements and it’s no wonder that none of my pants are fitting because I’ve lost over 2 inches at my waist and hips. Unfortunately, the shopping ban is still in effect so I’ll be wearing dresses and skirts much more frequently from now on. I’ve also become disturbingly fond of this army jacket, and so I’m planning to throw it over everything for the next week or so (be warned).

I wore this to a work training thing for CPR/AED. However, when I got there it was cancelled! I would have been more irritated, but that just meant I got to go home and catch the East Coast showing of Game of Thrones.

These white flats get so much wear in my life, that I wish I had them in multiple colors. They’re just so comfortable! I tend to choose them over all other shoes, especially if I know I’ll be active or standing for long periods of time.

Also, I switched foundations last week! After repurchasing my Clinique foundation, I discovered it seemed darker and it just wasn’t matching my skin tone properly anymore. So after begrudgingly going to a friend’s Mary Kay party, I was surprised that they had a foundation shade that matched my skin (I had to get the palest one, ha!). For $20 (my two weeks pittance of an allowance from my shopping ban) I decided it was worth it to try it out. So far, I’m really liking it.

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FBFF: Outfit Planning

This Friday, Katy of Modlychic has some questions about how we plan our outfits.

So on to outfit planning, or as I like to call it: “What am I wearing today?” or the various incarnations like “I don’t have anything to wear!” “Why is my closet empty?” and “I hate all my clothing.” (These are all direct quotes that have exited my mouth at one time or another.)

Planned vs Unplanned

1. How do you go about picking your outfit for the day? (Do you lay stuff out the night before? Do you plan a whole week’s worth of looks Sunday night? Do you wing it every morning?)

I tend to vacillate between planned outfits and spur-of-the-moment (aka “winging it”) outfits. I’ve found that the planned outfits almost always turn out better and I do have a little notebook of possible outfit combinations that I can flip through if I’m feeling particularly uninspired. However, I can’t always do planned outfits–sometimes the weather thwarts me or I’m just not feeling the combination I was the night before. Oftentimes, if I purchase a new item then I’ll have to immediately wear it–so I’ll skip my planned outfits and bump the new item ahead.

2. Do you try stuff on and then take pics to see how it looks, like Cher in Clueless?

Yes. I actually have outfit pictures that I’ve taken that will not ever be used because I ended up despising the outfit after taking a peek at the pictures. I’ve found that photographing an outfit you can really see whether or not it is actually working for you (oftentimes in ways you won’t if you’re just looking in a mirror).

3. And are you consistent in your planning or lack thereof, or is your planning limited to special events?

As mentioned above, I am horrendously inconsistent. I try to get at least one planned outfit in a week, but oftentimes I get obsessed with inspired by an item in my closet and just decide to work around that. Or I start running late and just throw on the items that are closest to me.

4. Do you have a way of keeping track of which outfits you wore when?

Not really. I probably should, but I have a pretty good memory so I try to just avoid wearing something I can remember wearing before. I’m probably going to have to start keep track of them eventually, but it’s a project that I haven’t undertaken yet (kind of like going back and tagging all my blog posts). That isn’t to say I don’t rewear the same outfits on days I don’t take pictures (of course I do!), because some outfits are just too good to wear only once.

5. How do you come up with new clothing combinations? (An app? Computer program? Trial and error?)

New clothing combinations are usually trial and error. Often I’ll be playing around with my closet and come up with something I like. I also will think about my wardrobe and write down different combinations I want to try. Oftentimes it’s just the base: top/bottoms and then I just add shoes/accessories on from there. I find that writing them down helps me remember the outfits later when I’m staring at my closet going “why don’t have anything to wear?”

Week Off

After the last two days of not posting, sleeping for 18 straight hours, and a feeling of overwhelming exhaustion, I have admitted to myself that I need a week off.

Working my job has left my completely tired, along with Round 2 of the Game On Diet and lack of sleep–I honestly just haven’t had motivation to get dressed for anything other than work in the week.

So I’m taking the rest of the week off, catching up on sleep and hopefully creating a small backlog of outfit posts. I will resume posting regularly on Monday, April 30th.

FBFF: Thinspo

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For Fashion Beauty Friend Friday, Katy Rose decided to have a look at a trend on Pinterest: thinspiration boards (thinspo for short). Some of these boards are fitness related, but obviously others aren’t.  She mentioned she would love to read everyone’s thoughts on these boards.

In college, I was a Women’s Studies minor, so topics like these are ones are my bread and butter! I could probably write a series of posts all about the problematic ways our society’s culture harms women (this being just one of them).  So here it goes:

Obviously, I am into fitness. I mean, last friday I wrote a post about how I changed my life through exercise just this year. I think fitness is important and that everyone should be getting regular exercise and eating healthy.

However, I do not think the aim of fitness should be becoming supermodel skinny. The bodies we see in magazines and on tv are not attainable by the majority of the population. I think it is something like only 2% of the people in the world can achieve that body. Genetics play a large part in how our bodies look–you cannot change your bone structure no matter how much you exercise.

Unfortunately, our culture strongly equates beauty with thinness. “You’d be so pretty if you just dropped a bit of weight” is something people have said to my friends, family, etc. This is engrained in us from a very young age– look at cartoons and Disney movies! The villain is oftentimes fat (check this nice comprehensive list). Of course Disney also has a whole host of other problems, but they do reflect our culture’s views.  Not only is it visible in cartoons, but also in Hollywood. The leading lady in almost every Hollywood movie is thin (and white and young), whereas men do not have the same requirements.

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Then there is the other end of the spectrum–where people point at a curvy actress or model and start to throw around words like “Curvy is so much prettier/better than the skinny!” Aside from the obviously problematic way that this involves shaming women who are skinny naturally, the truth is that oftentimes those super curvy bodies are just as unattainable. Most of the times the plus size images we see are woman who still have the basic hourglass shape. Two of the most popular plus sizes I’ve seen thrown about tend to be Christina Hendricks and Crystal Renn (Marilyn Monroe is another popular one)–obviously they are both beautiful curvy women but they do fit our societal standards of beauty. They both hold their weight in areas that tend to be desired (chest, butt) as opposed to areas (arms, stomach, etc) that tend to be viewed as bad by our society. All of the above listed women also have the desired hourglass shape.

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 Then there are ads like the one shown above. Ads that promote unhealthy foods while showing skinny women eating them. You’ve probably seen or heard people say things like “I hate it when girls order a salad, I want a girl that eats a burger” or something similar. Women who watch their weight are looked down upon. In our culture, we aren’t supposed to watch what we eat. We are supposed to be skinny without trying. 

Now, back to the main topic at hand: thinspiration boards.  These boards are holding up the body ideal that has been pushed onto women from our society and culture. Fitness is an admirable goal, however you cannot compare your body with someone else’s body. Different weights, heights, bone structures all mean that it is likely that your body will not look like that person’s. I do think there is a difference between pinning a set of six pack abs as inspirational as opposed to a dangerously skinny or anorexic person. I think there is a fine line between something that is inspiring and something that is damaging–and I’m not going to be the person to draw that line, because only the person with a thinspiration board will be able to say whether or not it is damaging to their psyche.

However, some additional information: thinspiration communities often house a lot of pro-anorexia thoughts (hopefully I don’t need to say just how dangerous and sad that is). Anorexia and thinspiration frequently do go hand in hand, which is another thing I find particularly worrisome with the thinspiration trend.

Half Tuck

Outfit Details: Earrings: Yochi, via Ideeli.com; Shirt: American Eagle; Shorts: Target; Shoes: Kmart.

I’m still in denial that it isn’t summer yet. I will wear my summer clothes! To be fair, with Washington anytime it makes it over sixty degrees it is shorts weather. Bright colors also make me feel like it is sunnier than it actually is.

I decided to try the half-tuck today. I think I like it (when I’m not irritated that it’s unsymmetrical). It gives off that effortless casual vibe, but I’m not sure I pull it off well enough.

So the reason today’s outfit post is ridiculously late is because a friend of mine wanted to expand her portfolio and I was her model. She stuffed me in some of her super fun clothing (like corsets!) she’s made and I wore it out and about while she snapped shots of it.

Shopping in the kid’s shoe section yields some amazing finds–especially shoe wise. My favorite pairs of sandals are ones that were not made for adults.

In Daylights, In Sunsets, In Midnights, In Cups of Coffee

Outfit Details: Jacket (old): Lucky; Striped Top: Hang Ten, borrowed; Cami (old): Gap; Jeans: Per Se, via Ross; Shoes: Blowfish, gift.

One of my friends lives right up the road from me. We tend to hang out a ton, and always talk about eventually living together. We’ve suggested that we could live in one room and the other room could be a gigantic closet. Or we could just use the living room as a gigantic closet. So recently I was like “hey, why don’t we swap clothes?” and so we went and dug through each other’s closets and borrowed pieces.

Now that I haven’t been shopping (see: shopping ban of doom), I’ve had to get creative! I get to shop her closet, and she got to shop mine. This orange top was just one piece I borrowed–the back of it is amazing!

The zipper up the back has got to be the coolest part of this shirt. I left it unzipped so the cami could peek out. I love the look of mint (okay, the cami might be more pastel blue) and orange together.

Title taken from this song from RENT

Stripes on Stripes

Outfit Details: Cardigan: Target; Dress: Target; Shoes: Blowfish, gift. Ring: gift.

When I pulled out this dress, I kind of wondered what I was going to pair it with. I’d already paired it with my jean jacket and I really liked that combo. So I hunted through my cardigan drawer and found this striped cardigan that I haven’t worn in awhile.  I really like the stripes on stripes look, I think it’s pretty fun.

Funny thing: when I buy something I can usually imagine 5-10 possible ways to remix it in my wardrobe. As soon as I wear the item once, I seem to forget all the other ways I planned to wear it. I’ve actually started to write down different outfit combos in a mini notebook so I can remember all the good ideas i’ve had!

This little sapphire and yellow gold ring was my mother’s before she gave it to me for my high school graduation. Instead of a class ring, I got this pretty little thing instead!

 

Yesterday

Outfit Details: Purple Tank: Forever 21; Knit Floral Tank: Romy; Cardigan: Target; Jeans: Current/Eliott; Shoes: Blowfish, gift.

Wore this out to coffee this morning. The morning started out rainy and drizzly but thankfully, the sun came out! Of course, the typically overcast sky disappeared right before I took pictures.

This outfit is likely very similar to something I’ve posted in the past. I kind of just threw on whatever this morning to make it out the door. I’m not at my most intelligent (or thoughtful) before I’ve had my morning coffee.

Obviously, this is a pretty late outfit post because I didn’t get dressed yesterday. I ended up spending the day on Pottermore which has finally opened to everyone! I got sorted into Slytherin. If anyone else is on there, you can add me! My name is WillowScale15047.

This knit tank is gorgeous, but it is the worst in regards to actually staying in good condition. I ended up pulling threads twice in two minutes this morning! I’m always reminded why I never owned any knits before this year when I wear this shirt.

 

FBFF: Fitness

Today’s Fashion Beauty Friend Friday, hosted by the ever wonderful Katy Rose is on fitness.  She mentioned how the Boston Marathon is this Monday. While this race is THE race in the US, obviously we all have fitness goals we are working towards.

So what does fitness mean to me? You may remember the post I did awhile back about the Game On Diet.

Then (Feb 2011) vs Now (April 2012)

Over the course of my college years, I became more and more unhealthy. My eating habits were terrible, and exercise was pretty much non-existent (aside from walking to the bus stop). I gained around 15-20 lbs.

Once I moved away from Bellingham, I promised myself that this would change.  I did eat healthier, because I could afford it. However, I didn’t exercise.

For Christmas, I asked for a gym membership (which I got). And I began to work out–infrequently. When the Game On Diet happened in February, it gave me a kick start into my fitness goals.

Over the course of a month, I started to look forward to my daily 30 minute runs. Eating healthy wasn’t hard, and I enjoyed the structure of the meal plan. Portion control was so much easier when I measured based on my hand. I lose 8 lbs and had fun doing so.

left – August 2011, right – April 2012

When the diet ended, I kept working out. 3 day a week, I was getting my treadmill and running. I stayed on the meal plan. I kept the weight off, and kept losing weight. This month, I’ve just started the Game On Diet for the second time.

Of course, fitness doesn’t just mean weight loss. Ever since I’ve started exercising, I have felt better about myself. I know I’m taking care of my body, and giving it what it needs.  admit, I look forward to my daily runs. I love having the “me” time where I can use exercise as my therapy. I have more energy and my body feels like it is running so much more smoothly the more I keep it up.

Of course, It’s also nice to be able to fit back in those old clothes from high school. 🙂

Nothing Figured Out

Outfit Details: Jacket: JPG for Target, via Ebay; Shirt: Target; Jeans: Ross; Boots: Bandolino, via Macy’s.

So it seems my summer inspiration post was a little premature. Right after I posted it, we go back to the rainy dreary weather that Washington is known for. I’m hoping for another sunny day soon, since I really want to go kayaking.

Though I was excited to wear this jacket out and about. I’ve made it my goal to work this into my wardrobe more often. Especially since I’ve given up my strange fear of getting it wet (don’t ask).

In other news, I wore this out to lunch. My friend, Erin, suggested this place called Hop Jacks that has amazing drinks that are actually made in ice (as seen here). We plan to go back again later this week (or next week).

Afterwards, I ended up crashing since I woke up at 4 to get to work. Coffee almost has no effect on me anymore!

Haven’t worn these boots in awhile, but i enjoyed pulling them out again. They’re like the equivalent of chocolate cake, the best kind of comfort food only in stylish shoe form.