Goodbye 2013

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To say the very least, 2013 has been a crazy year. In my non-blog related world i’ve moved across the country, started a new job, made new best friends, been a bridesmaid, visited China, and much more. With this, ThePearShape has grown tremendously! We have pranced around with Hard Tail, posed in swimsuits with Freya, skied in Tahoe with Joules, and gotten fancy with SoleSociety. This blog has brought me so much joy, a creative outlet when times got tough, and lasting friendships in a new and scary city. However, most of all it has brought me readers that have touched my heart every day. Your kind words, support, generosity and love have meant more to me than you could ever know. I can’t wait for all that 2014 will bring and am truly happy to have you on this journey with me.

A look back at some of my favorites from 2013 (2012 look back HERE)…

ted baker

Ted Baker Peplum

rachel zoe

Rachel Zoe Sweater

alice and olivia

Alice and Olivia Floral

zara draped knit

Zara Draped Knit

first pearshape purchase

Pearshape Purchase from Anthropologie

sweater dress

Sweater Dress

pattern mixing

Pattern Mixing

pegged jeans

Pegged Jeans

all blue

All Blue

Wishing you a safe and wonderful New Year! I couldn’t love you all more. <3

Recommendation: WildFox Sweatpants

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I genuinely feel like you all and I are buddies, besties, friends, for lack of a better way of saying it. So, as I recommend the most random of items to my closest girlfriends, I figured I would start doing that here. No in depth review, no crazy photos, just me saying that I own this item and am obsessed with it so you should be too. In this case, the item is the WildFox Sweatpant. Take it from me, they have a thick waistband, are the softest thing in the world, and as Cesar says it make you look “hot.” Winner in my book.

A Shirt That Encapsulates the Theme of This Blog

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Not Photoshopped shirt, Francesca’s Boutique skirt (so old, similar here), SPANX tights, Seychelles boots (new version: obsessed), Sole Society hat, Prada sunglasses

You can’t see it, but this shirt reads: “Not Photo Shopped,” and I love it. I’ve worn it once before on this blog, but i’m pulling it out again just because I feel like if there is one clothing item that encapsulates the theme of what i’m trying to get across when writing ThePearShape, it’s this shirt.

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I started this blog with the intention of showing women how I dress myself. Simple as that. Perhaps provide a bit of fashion inspiration, tips, tricks, and pieces that I felt flattered a pearshaped or curvy figure along the way. I’m elated with where this blog has gone and sincerely can say that i’m proud to have kept it in its original state.

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Every outfit you see is rawly shot by Cesar, sometimes on the roof of our building, or in our front entryway. I edit in Lightroom and don’t even blur out pimples if they come, because I feel like it truly allows you to see me, who I am on a day to day basis.

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I love that my readers have grown with me, created their own community and help each other. I receive countless emails a day from women thanking me for being an inspiration, and while I wouldn’t call myself just that, I so sincerely appreciate every kind word. Women explain to me how while they “wouldn’t dream” of discussing their own body issues on social media or the internet in general, they read my blog for inspiration in the morning, and I couldn’t thank them enough for being silent soldiers on this adventure with me.

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There are going to be a few changes coming to the blog in the next few weeks. Nothing major at all, but I want to keep you guys in the loop as they come. Please know that this blog will not change it’s goal, or message, or content for that matter, but some fun opportunities have arisen that I think will only serve to help the audience of ThePearShape, and I couldn’t be more excited. So thank you for being on this journey with me, and stay tuned!

How To: Pack for Two Weeks in China in a Carry On

packing cubes

Cesar and I leave for China tomorrow and we are so thrilled! We decided early on that we would pack for our entire two week trip in a carry on and a backpack each. We like to travel light and have learned from years of consulting that checking a bag isn’t an option. As a self-proclaimed “fashionista” and two very different climates, I knew this was going to be a challenge.

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We are visiting four cities: Seoul (during a layover), Macau, Hong Kong, and Beijing. Beijing will be chilly during the day and colder at nights, and the others will be hot and humid throughout.

When I start packing I always start with the smaller items: underwear (I always bring at least one per day. the idea of rewashing underwear never appealed), socks, tank tops, and bathing suits.

packing in a carry on

I then move on to tops. I brought 4 colorful, light tank tops that could be mixed and matched over dresses, with skirts or over jeans. I tend to stick with solids so that they can easily be rotated between bottoms.

Packing for China in a carry on

Finally, I moved on to dresses. I knew I wanted to bring my ASOS floral dress from this post. It is amazingly lightweight and a great piece for all-day walking. My Club Monaco maxi dress is so comfortable and good for cooler days. I also brought the J.Crew skirt from this post.

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Finally, I moved on to long sleeve tops. I always bring one lightweight sweater (similar) for layering and decided to add one lightweight blouse for Beijing days.

Packing for 10 days in a carry on

Shoes were the hardest for me to narrow down. I knew I had to sacrifice style and take my tennis shoes. “Cute” walking shoes just don’t cut it for me when it comes to all-day walking, so these were a must. I brought my Tieks for a bit more fashion and sandals for Macau pool days.

packing for 14 days in a carry on

This is everything laid out, excluding two pairs of jeans: my JBrand high waist skinnies and my BDG black skinnies. You’ll notice I didn’t pack any shorts. While I love the idea of shorts, I hate how they look on me and find them terribly uncomfortable, so I left them out. Finally, I brought one piece of costume jewelry that matches everything: this Sole Society necklace.

One last note: these packing cubes are life savers. Really the greatest way to pack and keep organized!

Wish us luck on our flight! Communication might be a bit delayed for the next few weeks but posts will go up regularly.

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