I am a firm believer in the show me don't tell me approach to believability. But I also run a blog where I tell people lots of things. Well this shirt DOES NOT PHOTOGRAPH WELL.
Remember about two years ago I said I was making a conscious effort to only buy things I love? No more sales, just because or likes. Only loves. This causes me to shop a lot less and sometimes not for months on end. I had gotten rid a bunch of my summer staples last year and hadn't really replaced any because I didn't love anything I was seeing in stores. I went into Forever 21 for the first time in months this weekend and ended up with a bunch of really great all cotton stuff. I got this one shirt in particular that just made me feel hot. I felt so cute I sashayed (sp?) out of the dressing room and Dave even agreed it was a total winner. It is nothing like anything I own. It is very loose fitted, off the shoulder and slouchy fit and all over navy blue animal print. And I felt great and awesome in it until this.
I think I can say with confidence I do not look like that in real life. I worked very hard for 4 years to maintain the exact same size. No, that is the shirt. OH MAN.
Let me show you.
I am no skinny minnie with a flat stomach but I am much smaller than that awful photo. see.
Maybe I am saying it for myself, maybe I just wanted to show other ladies just because you don't look good in a photo doesn't mean you don't look good. It is just one angle, one second.Don't let one photo define you. I know I have fallen into that. Seen one bad photo and let it send me into an emotional spiral.
Because then you can just take another photo and actually like what you see.
I also got this ridiculous hoodie cape.
Practical? no. Awesome? yes.
Hoodie, earrings and shirt Forever 21
Cami Forever 21 2009
Skirt Esprit 2002 (same one from Thursday)
Shoes Born 2010 free from TJMaxx
Necklaces Mark by Avon 2007
Bangles mix from H&M 2003 and Forever 21 2009
Chopstick not sure....oh oh it came in a set of dishes but I have only ever used it in my hair.
For my hair I did the Lazy Girl Updo from Kasmira. My hair has really gotten too long for most good hair styles.
I had a huge tail coming out of the top that didn't look very nice so I tucked it back in on itself and used lot of pins.
I have to say this is one of the easiest hairstyles. I highly recommend it for very hot days and humid days like we are having today. Looks more polished than a pony and it is much less frizz prone.
For makeup I did shimmery soft coppers and peaches with dark plum mascara and liner. Lips are just a shimmery peach.
This weekend was our first weekend home alone since we moved in. We finally had a chance to work on unpacking the rest of our stuff. We made really good progress but we still aren't done. I did a lot of organizing of somethings as I put them away. I also stopped up on books for the next week and for vacation.
Nothing but beach reads!
Oh and we had a fantastic dinner last night that was so easy it seemed wrong.
Trader Joes Shredded BBQ chicken, frozen balsamic onions with gouda on a bun with parm potatoes.
The onions and chicken were microwave! Dude. They weren't bad for you either. Not much there is. If you ate a 1/3rd of the chicken in the package it was 3 points. I had 1/6 (see above) I love Trader Joes. Living near one changed my life. Seriously. I can COOK. Microwave stuff that doesn't taste gross and isn't bad for you. That is my kind of cooking! (Dave is the cook in our house. This I can manage though!)
The photo didn't turn out well but I made dessert too. I asked Dave what he wanted for dessert for his birthday since I hadn't made him anything yet. He wanted brownies with Andies candies in it. So I made those from a Trader Joes Mix and I made a small batch of Molasses ginger ice cream in the tiny maker. Half and Half, cream, sugar, vanilla, glob molasses and I chopped from dark chocolate ginger. Put in mixer for 12 minutes then pop in freezer to solidify more. I have to test some dairy free recipes because I had an instant headache after eating it. I knew it tasted too wonderful. Yup still allergic to dairy.