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(I used the Rhonna Designs app on my iPhone to make this pic. I used this picture I took from my recent visit to Santa Cruz Boardwalk).

1.  This is my last Friday of summer vacation. 😦  This time next Friday I’ll be at a “Welcome Back” meeting for the start of the new school year for our first teacher workday.  My plan for the day is to spend it the way I’ve spent the entire summer – a combo of fitness and fun.  Fitness: a session on my home elliptical, walking the dogs with my dad, and swimming some laps. Fun: a bit of shopping (just took advantage of Victoria Secret’s most recent email offer), reading poolside, and a possible date later tonight.

2. This week has been a very social one, getting together with lots of friends that I’ve known since high school, which I’ve loved.  That’s one of the huge distinctions between my life now and my life before I lost all the weight.  I was always a social, extroverted person, but I often felt a bit depressed about the way I looked. Not to mention the clothing issue – I always tried to look my best, but nothing ever fit the way it should’ve.  I can’t count the number of times I turned down an invitation or made some excuse just so that I wouldn’t have to deal with all of that.  Now, I have tons of clothes in the closet that look great and make me feel fantastic.  Now, I am happy and excited when someone suggests going out.  I’m actually getting teary-eyed thinking about what a huge switch this is.  Just one more thing to be so grateful for about this new life.

3. I’ve been getting into Instagram a lot this summer, as you can tell by my feed on the right.  I post daily check-ins for my workouts and lots of pics of other things that just strike my fancy.  While I’ve been off, it’s been easy and really fun. This month I’m participating in three different photo-a-day contests, and I’m hoping I can keep up with them once school starts. If you haven’t joined a photo-a-day contest, I righly recommend them…maybe not just three in one month.  Still, the contests are a great way for me to stay focused on fitness, get motivated, and inspire myself and others with all the photos.

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photoand the third is the Active Living Challenge with Fit Approach and Lorna Jane Active.

4. In anticipation of the school year starting in about a week, I spent a good portion of the day yesterday mapping out my school year workout plans in my iCal.  Since I have a morning prep period on my B days (which means I can get to school a bit later than normal) I’m going to fit in early morning fitness classes at the gym several times a week.  The live Insanity class that I tried a few weeks ago is now offered Tuesday mornings at 5:45am, and I’ll be there whenever Tuesday is a B day.  I’m also going to spinning at least once a week at 5:45am.  I’m still undecided about what I’ll do on my A days, when I need to leave my house by 7am.  Towards the end of last year I was waking up at 4:30am to do a morning workout, but that is just SO early.  Although it’s not ideal, I think I may go back to afternoon workouts on A days, because I really did enjoy them and they’re a great way to relieve the stress of the day.

5. 2014-08-07 12.40.49 Kandis, one of the TIUgirls, mentioned a week or two ago that she had started reading Gabrielle Bernstein’s May Cause Miracles.  Who doesn’t want “subtle shifts for radical change and unlimited happiness” right? The reviews and general internet buzz about the book was so positive that I thought I’d give it a try.  Have you read it?  What are your thoughts?  What book are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments.

That’s my Friday Five – I’m off to enjoy some pool time.

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Happy Friday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, full of fun and exciting adventures.

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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 18: Stylin’
Wear it out | What piece of clothing did you wear again and again all through out the year?  Why?  Is it all worn out?  Are you going to replace it or keep wearing it?

The funny thing about this prompt is that now that I’ve been losing weight so steadily and so quickly, none of my clothes last long enough to really wear out.  I have recently purchased sweaters, hoodies, sweats, and jeans to have something that fits, but many of those are getting a bit loose.  For Christmas I’m looking forward to getting some gift cards so that I can replenish my wardrobe a bit more.

But to answer the prompt more directly, I’d say I wear my workout clothes again and again, especially these new pants that I’ve been wearing to run:

maxcontrol They’re Max Compression crops from Old Navy. I love them because even though they’re very form fitting, they’re also very flattering.  And, better still, they hold me in as I’m running.  Now that I’ve lost over 112 pounds, there’s a lot of jiggling going on in my thighs, and these pants make me feel a lot more comfortable.  I definitely wear them all the time, and am actually looking forward to buying another pair soon.

I’m really looking forward to hitting my goal weight so that I can start to buy a true wardrobe that will last for years to come!

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Fashion Files is a recurring, occasional segment on the blog where I write about a new fashion find, add items to my wishlist, or dream about the styles I’ll be able to wear at goal.  I’ve always tried to look my best, no matter my size, and fashion has a huge role in that.  Clothes create first impressions.  Clothes reflect my personality, and affect my confidence. Now that I’m losing weight, the fashion is getting more fun, so join me in my fashion files.

Today’s Fashion File is all about outerwear, which may seems strange since it’s July and I won’t be needing a coat for a couple of months.  Still, I know that this is the time of year when you can find the best deals, so when I got the brainstorm last night to hit up a few websites and see what kind of deals were out there, I went with it.

After perusing a few different sites, I ended up on QVC.  I love Isaac Mizrahi’s style, and so I immediately went to his collection. I found two great styles on clearance and easy pay (where you can spread the payments over several months), so buying these two coats was painless for my pocketbook.

The first coat will be my go-to for cold weather.  I adore the style, and plan to pop the collar.  I ordered it in a charcoal grey, which comes with a silver zipper and dark buttons.  I’m showing it to you in the red, because I think it shows the style easier:

wooltrench  The coat is a wool blend, but doesn’t have that traditional scratchy feel of wool, as they were quick to point out in the  video presenting the coat.  I love that it has the belt so that I can accentuate my waist. They also showed it unzipped, which is how Isaac said he’d style it most of the time and save the zipper for the coldest weather.  I think the charcoal grey color I ordered will go with EVERYthing.  I love the style because it goes as well with a dress as it does with jeans, and is just so sophisticated.  The clearance price was $49.86, plus $10.22 shipping.  QVC kills me with how much they charge for shipping, but a great coat like this for $60.08 is still a steal.

In the SF Bay Area, we do get “cold” winters, but more often than that, we’re dealing with rainy days.  I haven’t had a light, easy raincoat, so that was definitely on my shopping list last night, as well.  When I found this coat, I knew it was going to be mine, too.

darkoliveraincoatI love this raincoat because it’s light, making it perfect for rainy days. The anorak style is great, too, because I can synch in the waist.  I think this dark olive color works well throughout the year, and is very versatile.  This rain jacket isn’t as stylish as the other coat, but for is a lot more flattering than many I’ve seen. The price on this coat was what ultimately made me decide to get it – $35.78, plus $7.22, making it $43.  What a great deal.

The other difficult part was deciding what size to order, especially knowing that I’m going down in sizes as the days tick by.  But I figured that both coats have belts that will help accentuate my curves, and at these prices, if they only last half the season, I’ve still gotten great use out of them.  I ordered an 18 in the first coat and an XL in the raincoat, basing both choices on the reviews and the way people commented about their fit.  People who’d purchased the coats said they were both roomy, and since it will be about 2 months before I wear either, I think I’ve made the right choice.  Plus, outerwear should be worn larger than the tops/sweaters I’ll be wearing under it.

Do you need to go outerwear shopping?  What kind of styles are your favorites for keeping warm in cold weather?

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Saturday+Smiles

There’s nothing like waking up really early on a Saturday morning and being outside in the backyard with Sofi. Today is going to be HOT, so I enjoyed the simple pleasure of watering my garden. It’s one of the most peaceful things I do: it gives me time to think, time to live in the moment, and time to nurture my green thumb. I love the way it smells in the backyard after everything is watered, when it’s still shady.

Speaking of the heat, in an effort to try to beat it, Sofi and I have been heading out really early (think 7:15am) to get in a good walk. Thursday I needed to mail a letter, so we hit the pavement and walked to the post office. And since my parents live near there, we decided to pay them an early morning visit and get a quick water break. Then we took the long way home. All told, we walked for 65 minutes and about 3 miles. Today we did another winding, early morning walk. This time it was just meandering around the neighborhood, walking for about 40 minutes, taking the long route around. It’s quiet so early in the morning, and I love being with Sofi as we’re exploring our little piece of the world.

Yesterday I had my post-op appointment (more on that later), and it felt good to hear such good news. One of the best parts was that my blood pressure continues to be normal. Yesterday it was 123/77. I know some charts would show this as above normal, but for me, it’s a great number. I love going to the doctor and not being worried about stepping on the scale or having my blood pressure read.

Dexter-final-season-key-artYou guys know what a TV junkie I am, and one of the things I’m most excited about for this weekend is the season premiere of Dexter. This is going to be the final season, and I can’t wait to see what kind of Big Bad they have in store for us this year.

Today my mom and I are hitting the mall to escape the heat, but also to go shopping. Nothing especially glamorous, but after 56+ lbs, I’m in desperate need of some new panties. And I wouldn’t say no to a couple of new sleeveless tops to take me through this part of the summer. Yesterday I bought a few new sports bras at Target, because I have to double up on my current ones just to get a little bit of support. Retail therapy is so much more fun when I’m finding myself with more options.

Finally, the thing that’s making me smile the most lately is that I’m fitting into tons of smaller clothes! As a girl who loves fashion, and always tried to look my best, no matter what my size, it is fantastic that I’m moving on down the rack. At my heaviest, I was wearing pants in size 28 and tops in size 26. Now I’m wearing size 22 pants and tops in size 18/20. The scale might not be moving quite as quickly as I would hope, but I’m thrilled with the way clothes are looking on me. And the inches are just as important. Here’s a sample of some photos I’ve been posting on IG lately:

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Top: Size 3 from Torrid. I bought this and could never wear it because it was too tight around my hips. Now it flows over them nicely.
Pants: Size 22 Se7ens from Lane Bryant

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I bought this tshirt from SkinnyEmmie.com over a year ago, and it was skin tight. Actually, past that. Now it fits really well, especially after a few alterations. (I had to cut it so it was shorter, I cut the neckline because I don’t really like crew necks, and I cut off the sleeves.

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I bought that blinged-out Giants tank from Bling Circus (Etsy), and it was way too tight just a few months ago. Now it’s form-fitting, but nicely hugs my curves.

I hope you have a wonderful day, full of things that put a smile on your face.

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cb27a03ec5cfce3faf0b87ac16c36de8Time for another great NSV to share with you guys!

With all of my progress in my weight loss, one of the big benefits is that my clothes are getting a lot looser on me.  Over the weekend I wore a shirt that I’d purchased because I loved the print, but never wore because the 18/20 was always just a bit too snug.  It finally fits, and it looked adorable, if I do say so myself.  A couple of pairs of work pants are getting almost too big to wear (slouchy crotch is not a good look on anyone).  That’s especially exciting, because pants are always the last thing to change on me.

So, last night I got home from work and decided it was time to take a shopping trip in the  closet of my guest bedroom.  If you guys remember, my friend Meghann sent me boxes of clothes that had become too big for her once she was  shedding pounds after VSG surgery.  Up to this point, I’d only been able to wear a few of the items that she sent me.  Not anymore!

I was able to pull out 3 blazers, 2  sweaters, and 3 tops, and a dress.  This is perfect timing because I need to supplement my wardrobe now that quite a few of the items in my own closet are getting a bit too large to wear.  It’s so exciting to actually be able to type that last sentence!

I love using clothes to indicate just how much progress I’m making, because it seems more accessible than just a number on a scale. I can visually see how much smaller I’m getting as clothes skim over my hips or no longer tug across my rear.  My bras are getting so big that it’s becoming almost indecent, so I think a trip to a lingerie store is going to be in my near future.

And I still have lots of jeans, pants, and dresses of Meghann’s waiting for me, all ranging in sizes from 22-16. Tinkerbell also said she’d give me some of her clothes once they no longer fit her, so that will help me get through a few more sizes, too.  Anything I can do to stay fashionable and spend as little money as possible is great.

Don’t get me wrong, I love clothes, and I have no problem spending money (well, except for being able to pay for them on a tight budget), but I’d rather not invest in transitional clothing.  Of course I’ll buy a few key pieces at each size as I’m on my way down the scale.  But in terms of a true fashion frenzy, I want to wait until I’m closer to my goal weight and then really spend money on pieces I’ll have for a long time.

For now, I had the best time putting new outfits together with some of my other clothes and a few items I had bought and never been able to wear.  The best part is that I got to play around with fashion without having to spend a dime!  As I wear each of these new outfits, I’ll take photos and include them in future Friday Fashion posts.

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Happy Monday, Everyone! For the first time in three weeks, I’m actually at work on a Monday. Go figure! But since I had to be at school until 9:30pm on Friday night to chaperone a play, only to turn around and be back at 7:15am on Saturday to proctor the SAT, I think taking the last couple of Mondays off was justified. Plus, October is a l-o-n-g month with no holidays, so most teachers take a few days here and there to break it up a bit.

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If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Winning the Lottery

What’s the first thing you would do for yourself if you won 100 million dollars? Note: this question is specifically for you…what would you do for fun after the family and the bills and the obvious stuff was taken care of?

OMG! Kenlie, I am so glad that you posted this fun topic. With budget cuts in an already meager teacher’s salary, I feel like I never have enough money. Just last week, our local ABC station was running a contest to win $49,000 (tied to the Thursday Night Football game the 49ers played). Unfortunately, I didn’t win. But here’s a chance to dream a little bit.

In no particular order….

I’d buy a house for myself. In fact, I might even buy the duplex that my sister and I live in. I don’t need some McMansion, and I abhor moving, so I’d be very comfortable living here for the foreeseable future. It would be nice, though, not to have to worry about rent/mortgage payments.

After paying off my VW Convertible Beetle, I’d buy a few more cars.

First, I’d get a Lexus RX so that I could use it for trips skiing (which I’ve never done, but would love to try) and to cart my bike here and there on the weekends. I like this rich bronze color because it’s so unusual.

I’d also want to buy a 1964 Dodge Dart. My mom had one when I was little, and I loved that car. Plus, it would be such a cool car to drive around in once in a while. (When weather wasn’t a factor).

Moving past cars, I’d purchase tons of clothes from Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, etc. A few items I’d pick up…

Of course I’d buy all sorts of beautiful, ridiculous shoes.


Who am I really kidding? More like this:

I’d also like to buy some signature jewelry from Cartier or Tiffany.

And I’d travel…

It would be so fun to be able to buy anything I want, anytime I want. To go wherever my heart desired, by whatever means I felt like. The security of not worrying about money and being able to enjoy my family and friends until the end of my days. Ahhhhhh….it’s fun to dream, isn’t it?

What would you spend your money on???

Now it’s your turn to share. Don’t forget to go back to Kenlie’s blog to link up in the comments!

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I wanted to make a quick post of the outfit I picked out today. It’s notable only because I wore the sleeveless top without a shrug or sweater covering my arms, which is a big step for me.

My arms are big, but today it was warm and covering them doesn’t hide the fact that they’re big, it just hides them. And why? My arms are firm(ish) and tan (thanks to the swimming) and the top is cut too cute to hide it because of self-consciousness.

Granted, this top is not the most flattering, especially because that band at the bottom accentuates my hips and stomach, but in person the colors are really pretty and very flattering.  The top is so much more fitted than I’ve been wearing, and while it will still look good, and probably better, after losing another 10 lbs, I felt pretty in this top.  I wish the photo was clearer – sorry about that.

I bought that bracelet yesterday at the salon and I absolutely adore it!  it will go with so much, and it can actually convert to a necklace, which is so cool (although it’s sort of a choker, which is not usually a style of necklace that I enjoy).  I love the stacked look of the bracelets! I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of it.

I took the photo of  my face to show you the flower in my hair and my makeup, but it actually revealed something else, too.  I’m a master at the “fat girl photo angle:” hold the camera above your head so that the lens is looking down at you, then move your face so that your double/triple chin appears much smaller.  But I really think this picture is going to be great motivation for me, because my face appears SO much thinner than it usually is.  Looking at this shot is sort of like peeking into the future, seeing  myself in 30 pounds or so lighter.  And I do think that losing weight these first three weeks of summer has helped to “de-puff” face.

Losing this 12.6 pounds has invigorated me and helped me see that while I have a LONG way to go, I need to enjoy each moment of this summer. This is the summer that I change my life for good, so why not dress as if each day is a celebration?

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I’m so excited to share today’s post with you.  A few weeks ago I was contacted by Fresh Produce, who offered to let me choose any piece of clothing on their site to review.  How cool!  I’d never heard of Fresh Produce before, but really liked their tagline: “live life, enjoy color.” They have retail stores throughout the U.S. and are also sold in Nordstrom.

The vibe of the clothes are resort – casual, comfortable, yet put-together.  In the straight sizes, there were tons of clothes that I could see myself wearing in the future – something to look forward to as I lose enough weight to get into size 14 and below.  The plus sizes also offered some cute choices.

I would have usually chosen a top, but I decided to go for something different.  Given that this season is all about colorful pants, and the tagline encouraged me to choose color, I decided to go outside of my comfort zone and get the Getaway Clamdigger pants in a color called Sunrise. It sounded like the perfect pant for spring and summer.

They arrived last week, and I couldn’t wait to try them on and wear them.  I really liked what the company had to say about themselves:

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I also really liked that they had a drawstring waist.  For someone like me who has a much smaller waist in proportion to my hips, the drawstring is the only way to avoid the dreaded “gap.”  I’m not sure if you can tell or not, but the material of the pants was very soft and light, almost like scrubs, and you know how comfy doctors and nurses say those are.  I was excited to get them on and  try them out.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see that the pants looked dressier than I expected.  They were just as comfy as I expected, but they looked like any other pair of pants that I could wear to work. Of course my go-to was to pair them with a black tank and shrug.  I loved that the pants were adjustable.  I’m really short, and I have short legs to top it off, so capris are usually almost the perfect length.  I really appreciated that I could make these even shorter, if I wanted to.  I think I’ll wear them at their shorter length, because it looks more flattering, in my opinion.  (The other way looks more like floods).  Click the collage to see it larger.

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One might think this color is limiting, but when I looked through my closet, I saw that I had quite a few options that would work well, including these…

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I’d love to get a denim shirt/light jacket to wear with a white top/tank, because I think that would be great together, too.

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The price was more than I usually pay for pants, but they are so comfortable and versatile that I think I'd buy them again in other colors.

Speaking of other colors, they’re available in a TON of choices, including

I’d love to get them in Tortoise Shell and Oyster, among others.  They look great in Black and White, as well.

Overall, I’d say that if you’re looking for something to liven up your spring and summer wardrobe, you should check out Fresh Produce and infuse some color into your days.

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Plus size capri pants: http://freshproduceclothes.com/fp/plus-size-capris Vacation clothes for women:http://freshproduceclothes.com/fp/vacation-clothes Capri pant sets: http://freshproduceclothes.com/fp/capri-pant Fresh Produce now ships to over 200 countries, so women outside the U.S. can enjoy the colorful styles, too.

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 28: Pay It Forward

Describe a random act of kindness that you benefited from in 2011. How will you pay it forward in 2012? Contributed by Bella (hey, that’s me again!!)

I’m really honored that in the month of December, 3 of my prompts were chosen for #WEverb11. 

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When I first came up with this prompt, I knew exactly how I would answer it.  I received many small acts of kindness throughout the year, but the one that really stands out in my mind is when Scale Warfare and BeautyJunkie824 both gave me their now-too-big clothes within a few days of each other. You see, both of them have had WLS and both of them have lost major weight over 70 and 80 lbs, respectively.

You can read the details of their kindness here, but here’s a shot of the clothes all spilled over my bed as I was trying them on:

Over the past couple of months, I’ve really been able to ameliorate my wardrobe with these clothes, which has been so nice.  I’m not stuck wearing the same old thing – I have all these new pieces that I can mix into my existing wardrobe and come up with fun combinations.  You can see how I’ve been putting it all together in my OOTW (Outfits of the Week) posts.

And I have another two boxes of clothes in my closet just waiting for me, once I can fit into some smaller sizes.  They’re really going to be a lifesaver as I lose weight and I start to shrink pretty quickly.  Because even though I’m going to be tempted, I don’t want to put too much money into clothes as I’m still losing.  I want to wait and “break the bank” on clothes once I reach goal.

These clothes are more than just a beautiful act of friendship from two very generous people.  They represent hard work, determination, and the ability to achieve a goal.  They’re a daily reminder that if I stick to my plan, I can reach the same success.

In 2012, I will pay it forward by donating my current wardrobe (once it’s too big) to someone else.  Whether that’s to my local donation center or to someone I meet through this blog remains to be seen.  Perhaps a bit of both.

Having clothes that make you feel good is really so important.  Some people might consider it superficial, but I don’t.  I think taking time and paying attention to how you present yourself to the world helps you carry yourself with more confidence.  And with that confidence, you can do anything.  At least I know I can.

How will you pay it forward in 2012?

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 21: Ripple
The butterfly effect posits that a small change can ripple across whole ecosystems. Who do you credit for the small action that made all the difference in your life this year? Contributed by Zak.

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This one was difficult for me to answer because I see many small actions that made a difference in my life, but if I have to choose just one thing, I guess it would be my OOTW posts.

It seems silly that posting about the week’s clothing choices on Friday would make such a big difference in my life, but hear me out.  I started to take more time to put outfits together this year, especially when school started – I carefully selected my accessories, styled my hair, and put on my makeup.  I’d always tried to look my best in these areas, but this year, something was different.

I took up the challenge of putting together really thoughtful outfits and something incredible happened along the way – I inspired myself to keep up with my weight loss, because I wanted to see myself look even better in that dress, or to be able to have that top glide over my hips instead of get stuck on them.  I saw my face getting slimmer as the weeks went by, and I was re-inspired to continue my efforts. If I was tempted to eat something that wasn’t on my plan, I tried to ask myself how it would affect that photo I was going to take tomorrow morning.

And the most important thing was that by looking at the photos and seeing the clothes on me the way the world sees them, I started to develop more of a sense of my personal style.  I’m still working on it, but I have started to recognize the clothes that are “me” and the clothes that aren’t.  And I’m not going to buy clothes that aren’t, just because they fit.  I really want to make sure that as I buy new clothes (in smaller sizes!), I only select things that exhibit my own fashion sense and style.

They say clothes don’t make the (wo)man, but I’d have to argue that this year, clothes made all the difference.

What was your “ripple” this year?

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