Wearing Mini Skirts as a Pearshaped Woman + My Tips and Tricks

Nordstrom sweater, J.Crew chambray shirt, H&M skirt (similar), SPANX tights, Steve Madden boots

The body part that I am (by far) most self conscious about are my legs. As a swimmer in high school and regular Insanity workout participant, I do everything I can to tone my lower half. But even with rigorous exercise, my body was made as it was and I happen to have thick legs that don’t lend themselves well to mini skirts. However, as a firm believer that with confidence, and a few basic additions I can make any clothing item work, I show how I wear mini skirts as a pearshaped, thick-legged woman.

Most women have discovered tights, but few women have realized the glorious power that are SPANX tights. The brand is generally known for its shape wear  but they also boast a fairly extensive line of control-top tights that come equipped with “leg shaping technology,” effectively slimming the upper portion of thighs and hips. These have become my secret weapon for Winter months when I want to get the most wear out of my shorter dresses, but still want to feel tight, pulled together, and slim.

The particular tight that I chose was very opaque, which makes me feel more comfortable bearing more leg. Coupled with chunky layers up top to balance the thinness of the bottom, I was completely at ease in this outfit and can now sport a trend I thought was always out of my reach: the micro mini.

A Magical Thanksgiving in the Big Apple

Macy’s coat (similar in beautiful colors), Target scarf (similar) and shirt, Banana Republic jeans, Tory Burch sunglasses

This Thanksgiving my boyfriend and I decided to get away. We both live across the country from our families and because of work schedules and flight costs, weren’t able to make it home for the weekend. Instead of staying home alone in our cozy apartment in Charlotte, we made a spontaneous decision to fly to New York to celebrate with the crowds. We had an absolutely amazing time walking the entire city, eating at some amazing restaurants, watching the parade and shopping black Friday in SoHo.

My brother and his fiancé were so gracious to let us stay at their stunning Chelsea apartment for the weekend. One of the best features of the building is a rooftop 360 degree view of Manhattan that could take your breath away.

One of my favorite things to do every time I visit New York is stroll through Central Park. On this particular day the sun was shining, the leaves were beautiful Fall colors and people were out playing through the trees. It was magical to walk hand in hand with my love and enjoy that Thanksgiving day together.

And of course, an obligatory stop by the Thanksgiving day parade complete with Pokemon and Kungfoo Panda characters to enjoy.

Our last stop was the Brooklyn Flea Market. I have been wanting to visit this must-see attraction for years and never found the time to venture into that part of the city early enough to enjoy it. At this time of year the market is held indoors at what used to be a stunning bank. The columns inside and the low yellow glow of the lights and candles made it so warm and comfortable to walk and browse. I ended up picking up a beautiful gold necklace that I can’t wait to debut in a post soon.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours couldn’t have been more perfect.

Casual Winter Uniform w/ Leopard and Plaid + My Thanksgiving Plans

J.Crew sweater (similar), Banana Republic vest, Target belt (similar), J.Crew leggings, Sketchers boots (similar), Target bag (doubles as a cross body!) (similar)

This Thanksgiving will be different than all of the others. My boyfriend and I live across the country from our families (mine in California, his in Nevada), and so instead of spending the holiday flying or in our little apartment in Charlotte, we will be taking a mini trip to New York! Instead of turkey and stuffing i’m looking forward to enjoying the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, shopping in SoHo on Black Friday (i’m searching for a new coat), and eating at some of my favorite spots.

My Winter wardrobe as of late has been leggings and boots with comfy sweaters to battle the cold. For a weekend traipsing around Manhattan I can’t think of any better uniform to continue.

Have a wonderful (and safe) Thanksgiving!

Winter White Sweater & Teal Corduroy

H&M blazer (old, similar), ASOS sweater, Banana Republic jeans, Sperry Top Sider shoes, Vintage necklace


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