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I have been having so much fun putting outfits together lately! I know that it’s a combination of liking my fall/winter wardrobe more than my summer one and liking the way the clothes are fitting me. I used to search for baggy tops to wear, but now I’m seeing that when the clothes are bit more form fitting it’s actually much more flattering.

Monday, November 14: I’m not sure if you can tell from this photo or not, but I was miserable on Monday. I had a terrible cold and I felt like crap. I love this sweater, but the jeans are definitely not very flattering. They don’t have any stretch or compression to them at all, so they make me look really dumpy. But they’re uber comfortable, which is why I wore them. After seeing this photo, though, I’m relegating them to the “weekends only” stack.


Sweater: Woman Within; Cami: LB; Jeans: Avenue boyfriend cut; Shoes: Naturalizer

Tuesday, November 15th: I called in sick and definitely didn’t take any photos of myself. Be glad, be very very glad.

Wednesday, November 16th: Back to school and feeling a bit more like myself despite a nagging cough. I love the outfit I wore today because it feels sort of romantic. It took me forever to figure out which top I was going to wear under the cardigan (I tried 3 or 4 other tops on before settling on this one), but I really like the results.


I took this self portrait to show the detail on the collar of the cardi. Beautiful jet black beads.


Cardi: LB (courtesy of SW); Top: Style & Co from Macy


Side view.

Thursday, November 17th: We’re supposed to wear our college “gear” on Thursdays, but I always feel so sloppy when I do. Mostly because I have to buy men’s sizing in the t-shirts and sweatshirts so that they’ll fit me. I cannot wait until I can wear cuter, fitted tops! Since I still wasn’t feeling 100%, I wanted to make sure to dress well. When I dress nicely, I always feel better about myself, no matter how I’m feeling.

I absolutely adore the color of this blouse.  It’s a rich, deep plum shade and it fits in so well with this season.  It’s another one of the many items Scale Warfare gave me.  This top is from Talbot’s and it was so cool to see that they have less conservative clothes.  I think Talbot’s is more of an East Coast store (although we do have them here), and as I’ve said before, I have never thought about shopping there, but now I will.  (Especially once I significantly drop sizes).


I took this one to show a closeup of the roses on the blouse, but I'm not sure if you can see them very well.


Top: Talbot's (from SW); Cardi: Macy's; Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's

Which outfit is your favorite this week?

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This was a really short week for me. 3 1/2 days. I only have two outfits to show, because I wore class sweatshirts the other days, and those are hardly fashionable.

Monday, November 7th: I had this outfit planned out a week in advance, and I loved the way that it looked and felt.  Really comfortable, but really nice, too.


Sweater: Apt. 9 from Kohl's (from ScaleWarfare); Cami: LB; Jeans: Style & Co from Macy's; Shoes: Clarks



Wednesday, November 9th: When I first saw this dress as I pulled it out of the box that Scale Warfare sent it in and I tried it on, I knew exactly how I wanted to style it.  I wanted to make it a funky look, and I think I achieved it.


First, the dress with just the leggings and cami, no sweater.


This picture doesn't show it as well, but I felt very slim from the sideview in this dress.

I absolutely love the way this outfit looks in the photo below.  I think it makes me look slim, hip, and very cool.  It was the way that I envisioned the outfit, and I can’t believe it looked so good.  (Not trying to sound conceited, it’s just that outfits rarely look as good as I hope they might).  I should also mention that this dress was in a size 20, which is much smaller than what I’ve been wearing (22/24).  Now, the cut may have been big, or maybe, just maybe, I’m actually getting a bit smaller.  Or maybe a combo of both.  😉


Sweater: Macy's; Dress: KSL by Karin Stevens (from SW); Leggings: Danskin; Cami: Champion Sports Bra (Target); Shoes: Clarks

This photo is really blurry, but it gives you a bit of a sideview.


One thing that’s been great about doing these OOTD posts is that I can see a true style emerging.  Not every outfit I wear fits into my favorite style, but a few of them do, and I know that I’ll continue that “look” when I’m at my goal weight.  I’ll do a future post (sometime in December) showcasing the outfits that really show my true style.

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Have you heard of Pinterest?  I think I first saw the name Pinterest on an image on Skinny Emmie‘s posts.  I had never heard of it before, and because she’s always ahead of the curve, I knew it must be something cool and interesting.  On the site, Pinterest is described as,

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”

I’ve spent a bit of time on Pinterest this past week, and I have to say that I absolutely love it.  It lets you make as many different boards as you want, each with “pins” of photos/posters/sayings that you want to group together.  I think of it as a virtual vision board, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  So far, I’ve created two boards, but I see myself making lots of others in the future.

One is for “my style,” whatever that may be.  As a plus-sized girl, I make the most of the clothes that I fit into, and I always try to look my best, but I do feel that I don’t have a lot of choice in the style of clothes I wear.  I mean, I can choose the types of things I like and that look best on me, but the field is very narrow.  Once I get to my goal weight (or along the way), I will have so many more choices of fashion opened up to me.  So in the mean time, I want to collect as many inspirational photos and “pin” them to my board as possible.  Currently, I only have two pins on that board – both are of retro-looking dresses.  I am drawn to that style, so I’m sure I’ll eventually incorporate that esthetic into my wardrobe.

The other is titled, “Do Life,” and I’ve included tons of inspirational posters/sayings on it to help keep me motivated while on this weight loss journey.  Here’s a quick look at it, so far:

My "Do Life" board on Pinterest.Click to see it fuller size.

Pinterest is the modern version of clipping photos out of magazines and creating a collage.  I love the creativity and inspiration it offers.  Plus, time spent on Pinterest is time distracting myself from wanting to give in to cravings.  It’s a win-win.  But be warned – it’s addictive and it’s a time suck.  Which can be a blessing or a curse, depending.  If you haven’t checked out Pinterest, I highly recommend it.

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