Archives for September 2016

4 Flattering Ways to Tuck a Shirt Into Jeans

One of the most common questions I get at work and from friends is how and why I tuck shirts into my jeans. I’ve long felt that shirts without some kind of tuck cut the body in half, and create outfits that aren’t quite as interesting.

I’m excited to get into video as a medium, and in this one I walk through four ways I use to tuck two different kinds of shirts into jeans.

Curvy Girl Styling Leggings for Work

Outfit Details: Leggings (mine are Lululemon “high times” pants, but similar here), Boots (wide calf, and amazing), Vest (old, but this would work as well), Top

I’m the first one to say that as a curvy girl with an ample bottom half, constricting clothing has the potential to just ruin a day. Sitting in jeans through meetings all day long is never my idea of fun, so i’m always looking for ways to be stylish and comfortable, especially in the pants department.

Enter: opaque leggings.


There are a few rules of thumb I try and stick to when wearing leggings, especially in a work environment:

1. Cover the tush and the crotch <-- Absolutely no one at work needs to see the contours of your tush or your camel toe. Cover that ish up.

2. Keep the top half non-constricting <-- Because the item you're wearing on the bottom is tight, keep the top half flowy and looser fitting. This will help create some balance and make it appear like you're wearing real clothing, and not coming straight from the gym.

3. Heels <-- Leggings can be frumpy. Let's be real. Heels will help make the outfit look put together, and give some class to an otherwise inappropriate workday piece.



Tips for Choosing a Wedding Dress Silhouette for Your Body


My dress: top and skirt

From the get go I knew that finding the dress that would most flatter my frame wouldn’t be an easy task, and I knew others would want to know the process I went through. For reference, i’m 5’6, about 190 pounds at this point, with a 36F bust and a short torso. Meaning, my body isn’t a “straight” size, and finding a dress that flattered me was more challenging than I care to admit.


I vowed to try on dresses of every silhouette, style and shape before making my decision; and try on every dress I did. Some were really bad (above), some weren’t so horrendous (below), but there were a few key factors I considered across each style I tried.

1. Did I feel pretty? <-- Above all else, I wanted to feel beautiful on my wedding day, and if trying on a dress didn't produce that feeling, I moved on.

2. Was my chest supported? <-- I have a large chest, and I didn't want to worry about falling out all over the place on my wedding day. If I loved a dress that didn't allow for straps, I seriously thought about how difficult alterations would be to add straps of some kind. Which brings me to my next, most crucial piece of advice.

3. You don’t have to take dresses as they come. <-- With every dress I tried on I considered whether or not I could make simple alterations to it that would make me more comfortable. In my mind that was: a) could I add thin, or thick, straps? b) Could the cups be expanded to really fit my chest? Both of these alterations are relatively minimal, but in the end made a huge difference for me.


When it came down to it these tips were crucial, but not as important as the last one, which I discovered as a result of an amazing sales associate at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in San Francisco (highly recommend, by the way): Think outside the box.


This woman recommended that I try on a two piece dress (!?). Can you believe it? Cue the freakout moment. My immediate response? “I am NOT wearing a crop top to my wedding…” Duh. But nope, wedding dresses these days come in two pieces that allow the bride a bit more customization.

In my case, I purchased a tulle skirt (of the fullness I desired), and a bustier top of a style I loved. This allowed me to wear the skirt at my most flattering, natural waist, instead of the pre-defined waist of a one-piece dress. Score!

This was the top and skirt I ended up with. Absolutely stunning, comfortable for the day, and one that I felt like really flattered my figure.

And now, time for some beautiful wedding photos, courtesy of Carla Boecklin Photography.




Where I’ve Been, and Thoughts of Gratitude


Hello world!

This is my first time writing a post in nearly 2 years, and i’m terrified, excited, and hope you’re all eager to continue to join me on this journey.

I imagine everyone still following along is wondering where i’ve been. Well, since my last post i’ve: met a wonderful boy, moved in with him, had a scary medical experience (more on that below), gotten engaged and married. Phew! It’s been quite the 24 months.

I’d like to start out slow, putting one post in front of the other, seeing how I feel. This is a space i’ve loved for nearly five years, and i’m excited to be back to it, and to you.

But, before that, I want to share some words that I wrote just weeks after the most terrifying medical experience of my young life. Not to scare anyone or garner sympathy, but mostly because I want to remember my mindset and my thinking during that time. The words below are entirely unedited. They were composed during a time of recovery, when all I craved was to create. I never published these words or have shared them with anyone, until now.

I’m back ladies. Let’s do this.

Date: May 29, 2015

Today, I felt the urge to create. To write, to publish, to share and to get my feelings out on paper. Mostly, I felt the strongest urge to come back to this space, to share with you where life has taken me in the last year.

The biggest change is the one i’m currently in. I write now from inside a home, on a Friday at 1030am. I write with a terrible headache, with a stomach full of nerves and fear in my heart. But all the while, a great fullness to be typing and breathing and living.
3 weeks ago I suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage. I woke up in the middle of the night with a head pain unlike any i’d ever experienced. My loving, caring boyfriend rushed me to the ER and life changed forever. I was immediately admitted to the hospital and so began weeks of pain, recovery, doctors and terror. As one that has never so much as suffered from a broken bone, this level of medical intervention was, to say the least, terrifying.
I sit now 2 weeks into recovery, out of the hospital. I am walking, I am talking, I am thinking, I am loving and I am breathing. For all of these things I am eternally grateful. I will work again, I will travel again, I will get my day-to-day life back again, in due time.
For that I am eternally grateful.
For this space, I am grateful.
For the ability to create, I am grateful.
For you, I am grateful.

This space has given me so much in the last 3 years. It’s a place that allows me to feel ownership over something, to share what I wish to share with the world, to grow a passion i’ve always had, to find people like me, to relate. Thank you for that, thank you for being here.

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