May 15

Time to reinvent

The roof door
I would give a lot to get onto the roof of our building. In (almost) a year of living here, this is the first time I’ve seen it cracked open, beckoning with sliver of light. It’s like an invitation to push through and see what is on the other side. Sadly, someone was working outside and I couldn’t take a peek.

This moment felt similar to where we are right now. Dreaming and moving forward, as we get ready for bigger and better things. Like preparing for another move! Decluttering and organizing are on the brain. Nothing is safe!

Plus size maxi dress and lace crop top

Dress – Ashley Stewart (old)
Lace crop top – Torrid
Sandals – Birkenstocks
Bracelets – Margaret Elizabeth

Plus size maxi dress and lace crop top

My style has changed a lot over the last seven years (this blog is five – time flies!). I’ve pushed my boundaries of fashion and comfort over and over again, and bought clothing to achieve that. Unfortunately, I have kept a lot of it.

There were ~10 small moving boxes from Home Depot, filled with clothes, sitting in our storage unit. Another one with shoes, another with belts and a giant box of coats that I’ve rarely needed since moving to Texas. Some items I meant to keep, others were destined to be swapped, sold or donated.

I moved a bunch of it from California and into this place, our second apartment in Texas. But not again! Please, not again.

Plus size maxi dress and lace crop top

It’s time to reinvent. My style has changed drastically and I’ve spent the last two years making more conscious decisions about how I spend money. I’m trying to be as ruthless as possible – clothes are clothes – but it’s hard. The amount of stuff with tags is embarrassing y’all.

The idea of starting fresh is tempting… but costly, and unlikely.

Since this is a plus size fashion blog… I snagged this lace crop top from Torrid to add another layer of interest to my outfits this summer, without getting too hot or adding bulk with a cardigan. High temperatures and humidity is not a combination to mess with! They didn’t have my usual size in stock, so I took a chance on a size two and was pleasantly surprised. Plus, the fabric quality/cut was much better than I expected.

With the current state of plus size fashion (and a decent budget), would you be able to get rid of everything and start fresh?

Nov 14

Last days of summer

The last days of summer in Houston are absolutely amazing. Not too hot, not too cool but just right! I’m not Goldilocks… but it’s pretty great.

Last days of summer

Top: Pretty Cami from SWAK, 3x
Skirt: Lulu Chiffon Skirt from SWAK, 4x
Cardigan: Old Navy, XXL
Shoes: Clarks, “Valley Moon”, in bronze/black
Bangle/earrings: Margaret Elizabeth

Last days of summer
After buying this skirt in coral and wearing it all spring/summer, I went back for it in white. It was a little disappointing that the quality wasn’t as good as the first, but hey – you win some, you lose some.

It’s time to pack up my summer wardrobe and pull out the winter wear. Cold weather is finally in my grasp – boots, sweaters and coats, oh my!

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Oct 14

OOTD: Wishing for fall

Houston has two seasons, hot & hotter – with a side of never ending humidity. Maybe dressing for fall will bring cooler temperatures? Pretty please? It’s doubtful but I gave it a try!

The weather says it should be 68 degrees on November first – I’ll take it! (And back up to the 80’s next week – ha.)

OOTD: Waiting for fall

Top: ASOS, 24
Cardigan: Torrid, 4
Jeans: Evans, 28
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell for BFT, size 11
Necklace/earrings: Charming Charlie

OOTD: Waiting for fall

My “Yay, I did it!” face?

Back in July we traded our suburban apartment for a downtown loft. It’s pretty rad. These giant windows and the exposed brick make my heart sing. What’s not to love? I guess I could do with another closet or two… but I’ll have to settle for less “stuff”.

May 14

Orange you glad

Things have been quiet around the blog, but life has been busy otherwise. More about that soon! Houston summers aren’t exactly fashion friendly but I’ve got to (re)start somewhere!

Orange you glad

Dress: eShakti, size 28
Cardigan: Old Navy, XXL
Teggings: in navy, from Re/Dress
Shoes: Steve Madden, via Barefoot Tess, size 11
Earrings/bracelet: gifts from family, sterling silver/turquoise

Orange you glad

Orange you glad

What better to embrace summer than fun, bright prints? Not that you could tell from today – a balmy 60°F. Houston likes to keep you on your toes.

This is the “Her fifties” dress from eShakti. The style works great for my body but they do not believe in pre-shrunk cottons. That’s a rant for another day…

If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, you can check out my Instagram!

(Brilliant title credit goes to Allison!)