Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Well hello there! We meet again. Last week I was in bed for three days with a horrible bug, but I got plenty of rest and took care of myself. I had no interest in getting dressed or reaching for beauty products, which is why I didn't blog.

I'm back with an outfit that is the perfect transition to Spring. Aside from the allergy fits that plague me, the season is beautiful here and I welcome it with open arms.

Wearing //
Nordstrom clutch, similar

Can we talk about my new Stella & Dot bracelet?! It feels strange to call it that because it's such a unique piece. A swath of silk chiffon hand embroidered with gold and silver metal. It ties into a beautiful bow and can even be worn as a choker. This is why I love Spring - I can be as girly as I want to be! 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Most women are 5'4 and under, and yet I don't think we are represented well in the fashion industry. Some companies have come around though and I have seen an increase in retailers accommodating petites. For instance, Express now has a selection (albeit limited) of clothing suited for petites. As an avid shopper of the store, I was thrilled to see that section on their website. Other petite friendly retailers include Ann Taylor, Loft, Banana Republic, and ASOS.

However, I am petite AND curvy so oftentimes I struggle to find a good fit. I'm not even talking perfect, just good enough. For reference, I'm 5'2 and currently a size 8. I'm larger on the bottom, but I have big arms so tight sleeves are usually an issue.

I've never considered myself an expert on petite shopping or sizing, because I think any good tailor can solve most of the frustration. My philosophy will always be to wear what you want and what makes you feel confident, regardless of any "rules." I know midi lengths don't flatter my body, but I wore them consistently a couple years ago because they made me feel feminine. Plus, I love a good throwback to different fashionable eras.

These days, I'm sticking to what works best for my body and I think these general tips can help anyone who is also petite but curvy. They aren't rules! Just formulas I use when I don't want to bother to think about what I'm going to wear.

1) Use jackets, blazers, long cardigans etc. to cinch the waist and smooth things over.

* Tip: I wear these spanx boyshorts underneath ALL of my dresses. Nate laughs and calls me a grandmother but if they are good enough for the movie stars, they are good enough for me! Little lumps and bumps are magically gone.

2) Nude shoes elongate your legs, making them appear slimmer.

3) Pointy toe shoes also create a similar effect no matter the color and even if they are flat. As much as I love the classic shape of a round-toe ballet flat (see below), I've discovered that pointy toe flats are more flattering.


4) If you're going to wear a trendy of-the-moment dress that doesn't offer much shape, make sure the accessories are simple and structured. Showing a little skin can't hurt.

5) Skinny denim in a dark wash is your bum and thighs' best friend. I love some distressing, but clean looking jeans are universally flattering. 

* Tip: Dress to enhance the smallest part of you. For me, I like to accentuate my waist and legs. For you, it may be your shoulders and back. Dressing to play up your favorite features is a lot more fun and mentally boosting than dressing to cover up what you don't like.

Favorite jeans here & here
Favorite jacket here
Favorite pumps here 
Favorite nude sandals here

Do you have any tips that you swear by?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I've always been a creature of habit. I like to have a set schedule and routine, otherwise I get overwhelmed. I've always craved stability, something or someone to count on. But every once in awhile, I get this crazy urge to get out, drive the open road and step out of my comfort zone. "Anywhere but here" I tell Nate, when this nomadic feeling washes over me. It symbolizes freedom, youth, simplicity. It shows me that as much as I love "stuff", I really only require a handful of things to be wholly happy.

We have plans to take mini road trips as often as possible for the next few months. We bought an old Jeep Cherokee that hopefully will make these little dreams a reality. On our list: Grand Canyon, Oregon, Utah, Colorado. It would be amazing to go across country, but I'm not sure that's entirely possible this year.

Our trial run was Joshua Tree National Park on Saturday. I did some research before we left, but the park is massive and I knew we wouldn't have enough time to see all of the natural beauty. The rock formations (and climbing them) were our favorite. Nate has a fear of heights but he climbed higher than I could stomach so I was on my own for a bit! I climbed up to a flat bluff, and practiced mindfulness. All I could hear was the wind, and for the first time in months, I was truly present and at peace sitting there by myself. I would definitely recommend visiting if you're a nature lover. I wouldn't even consider myself much of an outdoors person but even I loved every minute of this. There truly is something for everyone.

Sometimes we don't need therapy. We just need to get outside of ourselves. Get off the beaten path.

Barker Dam

Joshua Trees are big!

Overlooking Palm Springs and the mountains (with snow!)

What do you do to clear your head? 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wearing //
H&M cardigan, also similar here 
Asos pumps, similar 

I'm attracted to shades of grey, I always have been. I have a difficult time making a judgement because nothing has ever been black or white for me. This drives the people in my life crazy. Make a choice, pick a side!  It's not that easy, and I admire others who have very strong convictions. It can be something totally trivial, like what restaurant to dine in. Or something on a larger scale like career, marriage, or family. It's all grey matter to me, a shrug of the shoulders, no compass to point me in a straight direction. I just don't know.

 I want to feel passionate about something, a dose of red, if you will. But so far, I'm still living in shades of grey, still questioning and analyzing every move I make.

Nate and I are going on a little road trip to Joshua Tree this weekend, and I'm looking forward to getting away and exploring nature. Whenever I feel foggy, I enjoy the open road and having a little adventure. It's a great way to clear the head! I'm hoping to do a re-cap of our experience next week.

Are you a decisive person? If so, any tips on how I can become more comfortable with making choices?