Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mini Update

Just popping in to let you know I'm still alive :P! I've been busy trying to work on school projects, get my schedule for after the holidays figured out, study, get involved with the Deaf Community, etc. It's all been pretty fun, actually! I found a bunch of things I bought for the shop a long time ago, so I'll be posting them in handfuls starting today :D. It's almost Christmas break at school, and I can't wait to focus more on putting together outfits! I'll try to come up with some fun posts in the meantime :) If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them!

Click to visit the shop :)!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Flowerchild Vintage - Columbus, OH

Sorry, I've been too cold/poor/rushed to dress well lately (bad excuses, I know!). But I ventured down to Columbus this past week for the DEAFair at the Expo Center and stopped by a lovely little shop in Short North I thought you guys might be interested in :)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Faith 21 Contest

This has actually been mentioned on another blog already, but I just HAD to re-post and I never do that: It is that wonderful! Faith 21, the plus size branch of Forever 21, is hosting what they're calling a "Most Stylish Gal Search." First prize includes a trip for two to Los Angeles for a photo shoot, and a $500 shopping spree - crazy! Not to mention there is also going to be 2nd and 3rd places. I hope some of you guys enter :D! How cool would it be to know the winner? Just remember you have to be wearing an item from Faith 21.

I've never really been a competitive soul, but I thought, "hey! I'm wearing a Faith 21 product in one of my recent outfit shots...why not!?" Remember? So yep, I entered! I'm not sure exactly how it works yet but I'll keep you updated! I DO know that we should know the winner around December 14th. Wish me luck!?!

Get more info here.

P.S. Just to let you know, they're extending their sizes to 3X - hurray! :)

Winner winner, chicken dinner!

The winner of the Yura Pocky Lover giveaway is comment #18 -- the lovely Gabi! I will be e-mailing you shortly to claim your prize, miss!

Thanks everyone for participating! Now, what should I give away next :)?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Etsy Promotion

Starting today, everything in the shop is 20% off. Also, from now on return customers will receive a 10% discount. Enjoy!

P.S. Don't forget about the Yura Pocky Lover Giveaway, only 5 days left to enter!

P.P.S. I decided what I'm going to be for Halloween & I can't wait to show you my homemade costume this week xD!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fat Love Friday #7 - Always Late!

First up is J of Fatshionable, a Californian blogger on her way to becoming a lawyer. What a classy gal! Her style is absolutely polished and classic. One of her trademarks is mixing the super feminine with tougher pieces, like ruffles and leather, which I LOVE. She seems to invest in high quality items, so seeing her outfits (especially the shoes!) are the things of my shopping fantasies!

She really knows how to flatter her figure, too! Even if you aren't plus-sized, every girl has some feature that isn't the easiest to dress. But her taste and eye for shapes and styles is really just impeccable. I love that she doesn't use too many prints, and instead opts for nice fabrics and texture details. Even her makeup is amazing, she always looks so natural and fresh! And seriously, I want every single pair of shoes she owns! :)

Next is someone you could might call a fat fashion super hero! Gabi of Young, Fat, and Fabulous was one of the first plus size blogs I ever encountered, so she's really had a hand in my blog as far as the confidence it takes to put your outfit photos out there. She's got a great edge to her personal style, which lately is something I've been really inspired by, too! She always adds great rock 'n' roll vibes to her outfits, so they're always current and fashion-forward. I love that she always tries out recent trends, and in fact, she always interprets them so well, I don't think I could ever look back on her photos and find them dated!

She's also very adventerous with layers and accessories too, which I know a lot of people find difficult. Not to mention her hair styles! She's done so many drastic things, but I really love each and every one, I can't even pick a favorite!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Recent finds & a possible outfit . . .

I thrifted a Liz Claiborne plum knit 2 piece set yesterday (I ditched the skirt, it was kind of awful) intending to sell it, but tried it on for kicks. And now I think I'm keeping it...whoops! But now I'm having trouble styling it. Alright now be honest with me - too '80s call girl?

Plum sweater dress with gold studs: Thrifted
Extra long black leggings: Target
Black suede shoes: Deena & Ozzy for Urban Outfitters

And here are a couple things I've gotten lately but haven't figured out how to style yet, either. Feel free to make suggestions on what to wear this stuff with, I'm having a "fashion block" or something I guess :P!

Sparkly knit cropped sweater from Forever21.

Velvet floral vest, thrifted.

Bummin' Around

Cleveland Browns sweatshirt: My dad's from the '70s or '80s.
Jeans: DEB, on sale for $9!!! (They actually have an AMAZING selection of plus size jeans. Just ignore all of the terrible plastic-smelling Hoochie Homecoming dresses on the way in :P!)
Moccasins (my favorite!): Minnetonka via Zappos.

Okay, okay, I'll admit...I do have super casual, jeans-and-ratty-sweatshirt days! In fact when I'm at school is usually when I'm dressed this way, because I wake up at 8am and just want to check my e-mail, grab breakfast and go! Fashion is definitely not the first thing I consider on these mornings haha. But hey, at least I'm still wearing vintage :D?

(Another, phew!) Etsy Update

Another batch of things for the shop, mostly dresses. I went thrifting for a minute after school today and I'm kicking myself for not bringing my camera! It's just a Salvos but I had been wanting to review it for awhile now, and I don't go to this one very often because it's a bit out of my way.

I found one thing for me and one for the store, so I'm pretty happy :D! In fact if I have enough time I'll try to show it off in a post tomorrow! Two outfits, actually.

Anyway, just wanted to pop in and show you the new wares, back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Etsy Update

Click the photo to visit!

Yes, finally! Wow, I really procrastinated on this one. But I was having a really productive day so I figured I better get to it while I'm on a roll. I actually had a lot more things than usual, so I did half the items today and then hopefully the rest will go up tomorrow or Thursday.

Anyway, I think on Friday I'll hit up a bunch of thrift stores in Parma and the few old faithfuls around my house and really try to keep adding things to the store. I'm pretty determined to make this my job for now :P!

Little House + ASL?

I have faithfully been watching every episode of Little House on the Prairie lately, all the way up to season 6 so far. I've mentioned before that I'm kind of obsessed! I also think I've said that I'm going to school to be a sign language interpreter...

Imagine my happiness when I found this episode (!!!) :D

Monday, October 19, 2009

Etsy Seller Giveaway!

Awhile back I told you all about my little Japanese street style/kawaii obsession. Well, I gotta confess, I still can't resist anything colorful, miniature, or food related! Which is why I am totally smitten with Yura Pocky Lover, a Singapore-based Etsy shop. It's definitely a one-stop shop for all of your kawaii needs! So I thought I would share the cuteness with you by giving away my favorite item in the shop :D Read on to find out how to enter!

"Kawaii Minnie Mouse Necklace" as seen here.

To enter, just leave a comment here (leave your e-mail if you don't have a blog!) That's it! I will announce the winner (chosen via random.org's random generator) on October 30th, good luck! While you wait, have a look at a few other things that make my heart go pitter patter!

Left to right: 1. Sushi Platter Necklace 2. Perfume Love Necklace 3. Carousel Necklace 4. Cake Slices Necklace

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jeans and a W.I.P.

Here's another outfit I wore last week. The guys who sit behind me in one of my classes declared a "suit day," and after confessing that even though I'm a 22 year old grown woman and I still don't have a proper basic suit, they changed it to just dress up day. So I thought, hell, why not :P! I just realized my eyes are closed in this photo, oops...

Jeans: Dickies, from Torrid
Black cardigan: Kohl's
Oversize white shirt: Faith21 (I bought this in 2X because my woven stuff ALWAYS shrinks, plus I wanted it to be baggy/long to possibly wear with leggings?)
What I've been referring to as the "temple necklace": Forever21
Liz Claiborne bag: Thrifted

The next outfit is more of a work in progress...Help me decide how to finish it? :D

Dress: Thrifted
Tights: Walmart, I think.
Heels: Thrifted
Fringe bag of my dreams: H&M

SO...this dress. I actually love it, but it DOES border on matronly/drapes you had in 1985. I think this outfit is O.K. by itself, but I'm thinking about adding a fur vest to give it some more youthful vibes. Like this one:

, $24.80. (They have EVERYTHING, don't they?)

Yay, nay? Any other suggestions...???

P.S. I actually wear jeans 95% of the time when I'm at school and such, so it's weird that they don't show up here more often! I think I'm going to do more of an "everyday/super casual" post sometime this week if you're curious, so stay tuned!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Going Out!

So sorry to have disappeared for awhile there! But, good news! I quit the job I hated and now I'm looking for a new one, and thus more time for blogging and school and such :D. So basically, I have a million ideas for new posts. The first thing I wanted to do was show you two outfits I've worn while I was away :)

Romper: Traded with Claire of Mamushka Marie. THANK YOU, I adore this :D!
Tights: Walmart...maybe?
Ballet flats: Some department store, years ago.
Little black bag: Thrifted
Cameo necklace: Gift from Bettie a few years ago.

I wore this a few weeks ago to visit Bettie in Akron and drink beer and play charades all night. Fun!

Leopard dress: Thrifted
Dotted tights: Nordstrom's (they have these in plus size for $10 there!)
Buckle booties: Thrifted
Little black bag: Liz Claiborne, thrifted
Black cloth belt: Thrifted

One of my favorite outfits ever I think! I wore this last weekend to Columbus to see Gil Mantera's Party Dream.

I'm actually pretty obsessed with these boots, I wear them with 90% of my outfits these days. They're super comfy, too! I also wore a black cardigan with both of these that isn't pictured. It's pretty chilly these days so I think I'm in the market for a new black coat, too!

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well :). Things to come: Etsy seller giveaway, the shop update I keep putting off, recent finds, two new outfits, and more!

P.S. I don't know if you can tell, but I've also found a nice red lipstick I was looking so hard for. It's a nice soft, non-scary red by MAC called Hot Tahiti. I'm so happy to have found the dotted tights in my size, too :)!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

ASL Music Videos

Are you guys digging these ASL posts? I hope there's at least a mild interest, even if you don't sign or anything! I promise some outfit posts coming up soon. And yes...that Etsy update I promised like 23983047 weeks ago :O Sorry! But for now...enjoy? Maybe :D? These are some of my favorite songs signed in either ASL or Pidgin (Contact, whatever :P). There are a LOT, so I won't feel bad if you don't watch them all haha.

Is anyone else unbearably charmed right now!? And this guy is only minoring in ASL, wow!

Her stuff is always awesome, she has a ton on her channel if you want to see more.

A CODA (Child Of a Deaf Adult) comedian. I saw him live a few months ago - hilarious :D!

Another CODA. I love her facial expressions.

Her signing is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. She's very ASL too, which I love.

This guy gets SO into it lol I like his style, too!

This is one of the first videos I found. He dances and signs!

This guy is pretty famous in the interpreting world, too. He does some crazy stuff (obviously)!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Birthday Wishlist

Wow, I guess it's that time! My 22nd birthday is October 13th, and looking at the calendar today I realized it's already less than two weeks away. Woah! It actually falls on a weekday, so I decided to do something fun the weekend before to celebrate. Next weekend, Bettie and I are going to take a little trip down to Columbus for the Gil Mantera show and (hopefully) some thrifting adventures. I'm kind of thinking about gifting myself one of these treasures to wear for the occasion!

Left: Vintage '80s slouchy shell cardigan, $30 from Retro Lane on Etsy.
Right: Oversize burnt orange '80s sweater, $44.99 from Persephone Vintage on Etsy.

Studded bucket bag, $35 from Bajue Boutique on Etsy.

Etienne Aigner tapestry bag, $38.50 from The Pudding Store Vintage on Etsy.

Indigo jeggings, $35 from Dorothy Perkins.

Dotted tights, $16 from Topshop. Anyone know where I can find these in plus size? And preferably in black...

Baccarat heels, $39.99 from Modcloth. (I think I need to face my heel fear and try some out!)

I'm trying not to do a TON of online shopping, since I am soon to be jobless (hurray for quitting the evil corporation!), but I'm so in love with these things! I tried to keep this list in my price range, even though I wanted to go crazy with an expensive "fantasy list." :P And mostly, to be honest, I am quite content with thrifted goods!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fat Love Friday #6

I have two beautiful ladies for you today! Both of them are coincidentally not from the U.S., too. Exciting, no? As I'm sure you may have noticed lately, often times I am torn between vintage and modern outfits. These gals are perfect examples of what I am for when I try more modern looks :)! I hope you enjoy their outfits as much as I do.

First we have French beauty, Sakina of Saks in the City (clever, too, right?! :P). Her style is very ladylike, sophisticated, and tailored. Her outfits are always perfectly accessorized. Even her more casual outfits seem elegant the way she adds jewelry and layers. Not only that, but she's another one with a knack for fit! Because she's so good at choosing clothes that fit perfectly, she always looks like a million bucks!

I also really admire the way she interprets trends. For instance, I am IN LOVE with the way she wears blazers! Trying out trendy looks can sometimes be difficult, unsuccessful, and ultimately a waste of money if you aren't careful. But I truly feel that her looks are timeless!

Unfortunately she and I don't share this trait, but I also think she photographs extremely well and wish I could pose as nicely and naturally as she does :P!

And now we have Val! The gorgeous Belgian blogger of Blog To Be Alive. Her style is feminine, yet edgy, and all around glamorous. I love that she takes risks with loud prints, maxi dresses, sequins, etc. Because she pulls them all off effortlessly. The maxi dress she's wearing in the photo really just stuck with me. She looks like a goddess, doesn't she!?

I also love that she wears heels so often. I am honestly stunned - I don't know how she does it! I think the heels add just the right amount of sexy to her outfits. Ah, if only I knew how to walk in them...Another thing I love about her outfits is that she isn't afraid of color, and often wears some of the lovliest color combos I've seen!

And seriously, how amazing is her hair? I'm so tempted to grow mine out now haha. Anyway, if you get a chance, do visit their blogs! All of the entries are translated into English, so there should be no problems there, and there are PLENTY more photos to put into your inspiration folder :P!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Shoe vote!

My best friend is kind of obsessed with shoes (and yes, that is a link to her new blog - do visit!). She has millions. Gets really excited about them and whatnot (what? You do :P!). I realized...me, not so much. I have a tendency to never splurge on them. In fact, I can be rather cheap! And I can't help but be practical! I'm a flats/sneaker/boots kind of gal I guess. Heels? No thanks. In fact, I kind of look on them more as art - something to be admired, but actually worn...? Here are some of my recent favorites from my closet:

(Left to right) Top row: Thrifted, Minnetonkas via Zappos, Target, thrifted.

Bottom row: Some mall store, thrifted, H&M, BC Footwear via Zappos, thrifted.

So I gave the whole "buy shoes that cost more than $20" thing a whirl (the black t-straps and Minnetonka mocs, most recently)...and I am officially in a shoe phase (in case you missed what I was hinting at: it's all Bettie's fault!). Over the last few paychecks I have actually bought myself a few decent pairs of shoes. And now I need more. Haha. Which is where you come in, friends! Which ones should join my little shoe family next?

1. BC Footwear Stormy Weather Leather Jazz Ankle Boot, $69.95

2. Kimchi & Blue Heeled Oxford, $58.00

3. Deena & Ozzy for UO Essential Heel, $48.00

4. BC Footwear Carpool Fringe Flat, $39.95.