Forever 21 Green Galaxy Print

We had some unusually nice weather over the weekend. For me that meant skinny jeans and one of my favorite galaxy print tops. (I have TONS of space-y, galaxy, cosmic-style shirts.) This top is from Forever 21. Yes, my age is closer to 41 but I like a lot of the casual top and tees offered by Forever/Faith 21. My hair looks completely undone here, but what do you think of the outfit?

Galaxy Top:  Forever 21
Grey Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar
Mary Janes:   Nine West
Earrings:  Etsy seller Gianne's Creations  (You can barely see them bit I'll be doing close-ups of these later.)

Ahhh, That's Better. Fall dresses.

After my short romance with all things casual, I'm back in dresses. With fall weather sweeping in, it just feels natural to get back into dressing up and putting on my clothes. What do you think?

Snake Print Dress: A.B. Studio
Boots: Dollhouse
Black Cardigan Tunic: Unbranded
Sunglasses: Vintage
Hoop Earrings: Etsy

What I Wore This Summer

Ultra casual. Grunge-y sport. I don't know what you would call it but I spent the summer experimenting with laid-back style. Trust me, it was truly an experiment since I usually think that today's super-casual/sporty styles don't suit me AT ALL. It always seems to me that my style doesn't translate well to leisure outfits, but this time around I think I managed to find some looks I can live with. I wanted some get up and go ensembles for work and for play that would help me get out of the door. What worked? Hats galore, headbands, tapered jean capris, lip gloss (beware - I'm wearing no other makeup in these pics), cropped blazers for work, brass studs, my standby shoe-boot-wedgie thingees, black, hot pink and edgy jewelry. That said, I'm now ready for more dressy outfits! So stay tuned for more dress up posts after you check out my attempts to dress down over the summer.
A very casual Friday.

Cute print, VERY unflattering cut. I look like I'm 9 months pregnant. lol. But my kid looks cute.

Blue toes, as ever.

I only put on a dressy dress to go out with the hubs. (Pictures and reviews are coming up.)

Asos Leather Peplum Belt Review

A funny thing happened during my blog hiatus. I got caught up on my reading and actually became interested in a couple of new trends that will probably carry over to spring and summer. Here's one I got into pretty late - the peplum trend! I actually like this but not when it's over-done. Of course that didn't stop me from buying a leather peplum belt during a sale at ASOS Curve. It arrived quickly and was well-packaged. But, wow. This was one serious accessory. I wasn't sure about it at first, but it fit great and did NOT make me feel like a dominatrix. So I bit the bullet and wore it to work with one of my vintage dresses and my light velvet coat. I ended up loving it and getting lots of complements. What do you think?

Dress (Vintage)
Boots (Wild DNA)
Jacket (Newport News)
Peplum belt (ASOS Curve)

Now, I'm feeling super-inspired by my bloggy friends at FatGirlsLikeNiceClothesToo and TheCurvyFashionista to create my own peplum belt for the spring. Wish me luck on that! Oh, and forgive the blogger-in-the-bathroom shots. Now that the sun is out I'll be taking snaps a few times a week outside.

Chubby Girl, Skinny Jeans

And, what? Who says non-skinny girls can't wear skinny jeans? I say anyone can wear them if you get a style that fits and flatters. In fact, I've been wearing all flavors of The Rockstar Jeans from Old Navy, which are described by O.N. as "super-skinny". Here are the royal blue ones I wore for casual Friday at work.

Jeans (Old Navy)
Top (Merona/Target)
Geometric graphic scarf (eBay)

Vintage and Other Stuff

We had dress up yesterday at the job so I decided to wear one of the vintage dresses I've collected over the years. For the most part, my outfit ended up looking like some "office rockabilly". (Is that a thing?) All I needed was a silk flower in my hair and some horn-rimmed glasses on the bridge of my nose. But I didn't have either of those so here's what happened.

Dress (Vintage) Blazer (Old Navy) Shoes (Fluevog) Jewelry (Etsy) Handbag (LM Designs) I'm always getting asked about this handbag. I bought it from someone on Livejournal who really needed the money to pay some medical bills, but the tag inside says it's made by LM Designs. I don't know if the company has gone out of business or is still around in some capacity, but I can't seem to find a stitch (no pun intended) of information about it online.

Court Jester

My husband calls me a harlequin when I wear these pants. Don't care. I love 'em. I love 'em so much I wear them with a plain white camp shirt to make sure I set them off. And yes, I wear them to work. Isn't that what casual Friday is for?

Hey, wrinkled-shirt police. Wondering if I own an iron? I do. I just don't know where it is because I don't use it. Because I don't know where it is.

Motto button down shirt
Tripp NYC split leg pants
Doc Martens "flats"

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