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The Liebster Award


Wow, I got nominated for The Liebster award by Jessica from Product Hoochie.

It makes me blush and so excited and still in awe that people I don’t know read my blog!!

I’m stealing this bit directly from her blog, since she already did all the work of writing up the info on it:

So what is the Liebster Blog Award?

It’s an award that was reputedly started in Germany in order to give smaller bloggers recognition for their hard work. You receive this award from a fellow blogger that feels your blog is both worthy & important to them.

The rules are:

1. Post eleven facts about yourself
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated
3. Choose eleven people to give this award to (with fewer than 200 followers) and link them in your post
4. Go to their page and tell them
5. Remember, no tag backs

YARGH  (Oh, this is mine, I didn’t copy yargh from her….durr)

Post eleven facts about yourself

1.  I want to travel to Lake Geneva to see the statue of Freddie Mercury from Queen.  Totally serious.

2.  Favorite food might quite possibly be pickles.  Not sweet pickles, those are gross.

3.  For the past 3 years, I’ve been trying to read at least 100 books a year.  Might not make it this year, I’m only at 86 right now.

4.  I used to want to grow up to look exactly like Olivia Newton-John in Grease.  As good girl Sandy!  Although, if I could get my hair to do what she does at the end, that would be incredible.

5.  I’m 38 and still don’t know how to apply  makeup correctly.

6.  I currently have a Donny Osmond mouse pad at work, a gift from one of my brothers.

7.  When I was little, I had a GROUP of imaginary friends.  It was a group of boys and a group of girls, and they were always fighting, so I had to mediate.  What would a psychiatrist say about that?

8.  Whenever I see someone crawling into their bed on tv or in a movie, I get jealous, because it always looks SO comfy.

9.  Professions I seriously thought about before the age of 18 – teacher, social worker for autistic children, a nun, librarian, rock star, veterinarian

10.  I really really like jigsaw puzzles

11.  I could drink coffee all through the day and have no problem sleeping

Answer the questions the tagger has set for you (from Product Hoochie)

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I felt I had a lot to say about plus-size fashion at the time.  I thought I had some honest opinions that I hadn’t read in other places.  Since then, my blog has gone in different directions, which I’m fine with.

2. What is your “day job”?

I do administrative work for a construction division at the City of Seattle.

3. What is your least favorite current fashion trend?

This is a hard one.  Maybe those annoying fur vests?  They remind me of Sonny Bono.  Not cute

4. What is the one thing you do that other people think is fantastic?

Gosh, I’m not sure.  I think I listen really well and I give good advice.

5. What was your biggest adventure?

Nothing amazing, I lead a pretty boring life.  But when I got divorced and took a new job, it seemed like I became a different person.

6. What is your favorite cosmetic product?

Lipstick, usually red

7. What perfume do you like most?

L’Occitane Lemon Verbena

8. Who is your favorite person?

I can’t do it!  I don’t know!  Seriously, with my awesome mom and dad, and my great brothers, how could I choose?

9. What is your favorite book?

It’s a toss-up between Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.D. Lewis.

10. What product would you love to try but you think it is too expensive?

Any of those expensive creams to get rid of the dark circles under my eyes.  Or the treatment for my front tooth (I cracked it when I was 10, and the replacement part is brown, so I don’t usually smile with my mouth open.  It’s considered a cosmetic treatment and will cost about $1000 to fix, so I’m trying to save up for it.)

11. What beauty product do you think would change the world?

Anything that could  make people think they are beautiful just as they are.

My 11 blog nominees (I can’t tag Product Hoochie, otherwise I would!) (I think they all have less than 200 followers, if not, I apologize!)

1. Juanita Tortilla – I met her blog through the swap, and I love it.  She’s super creative

2. Ellomennopee – good gosh her blog is adorable

3.  Curvy Elvie – she is so honest on her blog, I love that

4. My Daily Beauty Blog – a curvy gal sharing awesome and affordable finds

5. Fatshion on a Budget – she makes the cutest stuff for herself, and totally rocks her outfits

6.  Return to Sender – This girl is funny

7. An old story – she is so creative and fun

8. Falala Mele – I just adore her blog

9. French Toast is Vegan – smart, insightful, and gorgeous

10. Pashteit – she makes it all look so easy and effortless

11.  Wasted Fashion – love her blog, and she always has such great comments for my posts.  So supportive!

Create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated

1. If you could dress only in fashions from one decade, which one would it be?

2. If you had to create a whole new blog, what would you write about?

3. What is your favorite book and movie?

4. If you had to participate in a food eating contest, which food would you choose?

5. Why do you blog?

6. What is one thing you do every day, no matter what?

7. Do you inspire others? If so, how?

8. What always makes you laugh?

9. Is there a trend you love but are afraid to try?

10. If you take a trip in the next 6 months, where would you go?

11.  What is your dream profession?


Trend yourself


I’ve worn this dress in a previous post, it’s my 1970’s and/or school marm dress.

I should have taken a better picture of the actual design.


Dress – Torrid / Belt – Target / Boots, leggings, fur collar – Lane Bryant

I am aware of the double chin, thank you very much.  While experimenting with a new place to take the pics, I’ve also been inspired to try new “poses.”  And here is photographic evidence of how truly awkward I am!


I like this location, the only problem is getting home before it’s completely dark.  I don’t photograph well with a flash, my eyes get much too red.  Also, the porch light is right on the edge of these pics, so there is always interference from that.  Perhaps I can just get permission to leave work early for the next few months to take pictures?


I LOVE this collar.  This was me at work all day.  I just realized that I’m also following the oxblood trend!  Let me explain how trends and I work together – we don’t.  If I happen to be following any current trend, it’s totally a fluke.  If I like something, I like it because of what it is, not because it’s a trend.  If it happens to be a trend, ok, that’s fine, but I’m going to wear what I like when I want.

For example, I love all the animal prints that are so hot right now.  And I will get some of them because I just like them.  And I’ll keep wearing them after they aren’t trendy.  I love it when an item or look that I adore is popular so I have more chances to adopt it and find it, but not so worried if it’s trendy or not.  Most likely why I’ll never be a famous anything.


In fact, I’ll usually wear something that was trendy a few years ago just to prove a point.  What that point might be, I’m not sure.  But I’m happy with my choices.



It was just a fluke that this collar happened to be oxblood, which is all over the place lately.  And I adore that color, so I’ll try snatch up all the cheapy items in this color as I can.  And I’ll wear them FOR YEARS.  Years, I tell you!

I call this pose “About to fall over.”  You like?


Too lazy to title this


I’m lazy.  I admit it.

I didn’t even want to do this post because I’m lazy.

Actually, I mostly didn’t want to write it because I do NOT like these pictures.  It’s dark when I get home now, and I’m still not ok with the location.  I think I need to go back to the bathroom at work for photos.

Dress, leggings, hair pin – Torrid / Boots, belt – Lane Bryant / Necklace – random store in Snohomish

And I have a weird expression in every single picture.  It’s really not how I normally look.  OR IS IT?

Anyway, back to me being lazy.

I have 4 bags of clothes to take the consignment shop, but I’m too lazy to iron them all.  I did go to the consignment shop this weekend, and almost didn’t take ANY of the bags, because I’m lazy.  But I managed to get one bag ready, and actually ironed about 4 things.  Why not do all of it?  LAZY.  Even though I KNEW I was going,  I almost didn’t take the bag that was actually ready.

Sweater – Goodwill (not sure what brand it is)

Oh, and this sweater? Love this sweater, it’s my Freddie Krueger sweater.  And I’ve worn it numerous times but it’s never made it into this blog because the pictures always look really weird.  And I’ve been too lazy to actually style it correctly.

My necklace – isn’t it pretty?  It was a birthday present from Steven.

My hairpin.  I used to wear cute stuff in my hair all the time, but I’ve gotten TOO LAZY to do it lately.  And it’s all jumbled mess in the bedroom too, because I’m too lazy to sort it all out and find anything that will actually complement my outfits.

Yesterday was Veteran’s day, and I had the day off of work.  I spent it doing laundry and dealing with a horrendous migraine.  Why did I spend all day doing laundry?  Because we had no clean clothes, because I’ve been too lazy to do a load a laundry.

Hey look, I finally finished my bracelet!!  It’s the byzantine design.

Why did it take so long, you ask?  Well, I was too lazy to get the tools I needed to finish it, and then once I actually had them, too lazy to just finish the darn thing.  But now it’s done, and it’s pretty!

I have a gazillion to-do lists started, and I’m just too darn lazy to get them finished.  I have lost any sort of momentum I might have ever had in life.

I also want to write a post about the holidays, and how I feel about them, but…ha, you already know.  I’m lazy!

Oh, I did get partnered up for the Christmas Swop!  Yay!  And I SHOULD have done the shopping for it this past 3-day weekend, but I was too lazy to it!  I get to send to Juanita Tortilla!  So much fun!  And I get to receive from Georgina at pretty when you smile.  Love that blog name.  I’ll post more when it’s all started.

Here’s what I’m currently reading.

I absolutely adore Freddie Mercury and Queen.  I went to see Hungarian Rhapsody last month with my brother Joe, and it’s amazing how much of a performer he truly was.  It’s a film about Queen performing a concert in Budapest.  As soon as Freddie was on stage it was remarkable.  And the whole band performed like magic.  So sad I never got to see them actually perform.  This book makes me sad, but that’s ok.  I wish it was actually better written.  It’s kind of choppy and jumps all over the place, but it has lots of great info and some fabulous photos.

And I know I had more lazy incidences, but I can’t remember them.  I should have written them down.

An extra coating please and thank you


Oh so very happy with the election results….Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Ref 74 here in Washington State.  YAY!!!

Well, onto other issues, namely my outfit!

Boots – Lane Bryant / Leggings – Torrid / Shirt – Mossimo (via Consignment Shop) / Coat – Style&Co (via Consignment)

Back in the day, I SO wanted a coat like this.  I mean, I really really wanted it, seemed like every girl I went to school with had something similar.  But I had my coat for the year, and couldn’t really justify asking my parents for a new one.  My parents worked hard, and made sure we wore trendy stuff as much as possible, and made sure we were able to pick out what we wanted whenever possible.  So I certainly was never lacking or felt like I didn’t measure up.  But I never did get my coat.  Of course, I never even mentioned it to my parents, I would have felt guilty!

Amazing how getting something you wanted 25 years ago can STILL make you happy.


And this tunic/dress – this thing did not fit me very well a few months ago.  It was a bit too tight and would constantly ride up on me, and would be stretched in the chestal area and so I just couldn’t wear it.  And now look!!  Woohoo!!

Had another monthly check-in at Swedish Weight Loss services today, and my total weight loss is 26.3 so far, which was a major shock.  That’s 7 pounds since the last check-in.  Mostly surprised because I got sick last month and gained some weight back, then had to lose it again, and it just seems like the weight loss is slower.  But it was an awesome surprise, and it’s nice when clothes fit me better.

I’m also feeling better. I’m not so sluggish throughout the day and I have a bit more energy.  I still can’t really tell that I’ve lost weight, but I’m finally getting some clothes that fit differently.  I’m very proud of myself for not giving up, and even though I still make bad choices sometimes, it’s not every day, and for the most part, I’m consistent.

If any foolio tries to tell you that weight loss is easy, they are full of it.  Don’t believe them.  It sucks.  It’s hard and makes you feel like crap, and you doubt yourself and feel ugly and worthless and that you can’t accomplish anything.  You can go from feeling elated to being depressed in just a few moments.  That’s why loving yourself ALL THE TIME is important.  Self-esteem is important in every aspect of your life, whether you are trying to lose weight or be creative or just trying to get through the day-to-day of your life.  Love yourself, and don’t doubt your abilities.

Be healthy, be happy

Can we give a shoutout to the consignment stores?  I love Two Big Blondes and for these reasons – they sell plus size, they change their stock constantly, and they aren’t rude to customers.  I have a consignment store in my neighborhood, much closer than 2BB, but I never go there because I get treated so poorly.  Their plus-size selection is one rack, and they do NOT like to help the bigger customers (I’m talking to you Funky Janes!!!)

And the other consignment stores in the neighborhood are ok, but again, their selection is way too small, it’s not even worth it.  They are much more polite though.  In fact, when I actually bought an item at this consignment store, the clerk said “Oh, I hope that you’ll be back, especially now that you found ‘your section’ ”  These last 2 words were said in a stage whisper.  I am assuming she meant the not so popular plus-sizes.  I just laughed, while my mom was insulted for me.  The woman didn’t know any better, she thought she was being polite.

Funny story about the coat – I went to a “bag sale” at 2BB.  Have you ever done this?  I was lucky to get out with all of my fingers.  You pay $5 for a garbage bag, and whatever you can put into it, you keep.  The women there are crazy!  I had no time to actually look at sizes or try things on, so I just grabbed stuff as I saw it.  I’m sure if there had been curtains hanging there, I would have ended up with those.  I actually got some great stuff for not really knowing what I was grabbing, this coat being one such item.

Me trying to be cute – does NOT come across in this goofy picture

Too poor for Old Navy


I have a good job, and make a decent paycheck, but can’t afford to buy expensive clothes.  Seriously, Lane Bryant is starting to get too expensive for me.  I also can’t justify paying $40 for a t-shirt.  That’s why places like Old Navy used to be a great place for me.

I used to shop at Old Navy all the time. I could always find great jeans there and I could afford the items and loved that they had cute plus size clothing.  Then they stopped carrying plus size in the actual store, and decided to have it online only.  I actually wrote a letter to them about this, and just got “we are sorry, but this is in our best interests.  Enjoy shopping online only fatty, we don’t want you actually in the store” response.

Since then, my Old Navy shopping has decreased dramatically.  I might go into the store once or twice a year, and maybe peruse the website about 6 times a year.  This is a big decrease, considering I used to go a couple of times a month and always spend money there.  I have bought a few items from them this year, but mostly basic stuff, like some shoes and sweats.

I seriously hate ordering online, it’s a hassle and 9 times out of 10, the items never fit me right.  But sometimes I’ll do it if the item looks exceptionally cute or is a really good price.  But here’s another kicker with Old Navy…you can’t take returns from online orders to the store to get a refund, you actually have to mail them back.  What the what?

Read this post.  So, not only is there already the hassle of ordering online items from Old Navy, but I’ll pay more because of the shipping & handling, AND for the plus size items.   And although it’s still pretty cheap, it just hurts my sense of fairness to pay all these extra costs to actually be inconvenienced, because that’s what it feels like.  I feel like I’m paying Old Navy to make me feel like shit.


So dated


Dress – Angie (from consignment) / Boots, leggings – Lane Bryant / Flower pin – made by my friend Brenna

This dress reminds me of something Winona Ryder would have worn in the 90s.  All I needed to complete the look – a black choker necklace, hair wraps, and my black Doc Martens.  (And do you think I could actually find a decent picture of her wearing anything similar?  Apparently I have no real concept of 90s fashion…I TOLD you I was numb during the 90s.)  BUT after writing this post, I saw this blog post and it totally shows what I’m talking about!!  VINDICATED

Not what I was going for, meh

This is another find at the consignment shop, Two Big Blondes.  Brand name is Angie, which I know absolutely nothing about, except that you can’t even access their website unless you are a current customer.  Apparently I totally scored on this dress.

I totally love the pattern and draw string neckline.  The tiny little silver parts on the end of the ties jingle all day long, so I couldn’t sneak up at anyone at work if I wanted to. I don’t sneak up on people at work, but it’s nice to have the option.

And these boots!!!  They fit!  And you are saying “Of course they fit, why would you buy items that don’t fit?”  Well, Miss Attitude, if you must know – months ago I ordered a bunch of boots from Lane Bryant. I was too lazy to go shopping physically, and even though I hate online shopping, I figured I could return whatever didn’t fit.  All 3 pairs didn’t fit, but it took me another 2 months to get ready to return them. I decided to return these ones, and keep the other ones, because I could use the Boot Bands on those.  I tried these on one last time though, and they zipped further than they had before, so I said “F*ck it, I’ll keep them.”  And today they zipped all the way up!

It’s exciting!  It’s seriously hard to find wide calf boots that fit, are cute, and not totally expensive.  It has made me sad on numerous occasions.

Also, in this previous post, I tried to talk about promoting a healthy love of one’s self, while also justifying losing weight.  I’m not sure I did a good job of it.  WORDS ARE HARD.  But the gorgeous gal over at French Toast is Vegan totally nailed it in this post.

These are the days


Sweater – swap with friend Deb / Skinny jeans – Torrid / Scarf – Target / Boots – Payless

Today’s outfit LOOKS plain and simple, but I was SO happy in it all day long.

That sweater is super duper comfy.

And I didn’t feel like it was boring or plain, I actually felt confident and happy in it.


I realize it’s hard to see any details, and that I have nothing of great insight to write about tonight.

I know it’s kind of boring,  but some days are like that.  Please continue to read my blog though, some days are better than others!


I was tired today and just threw on some clothes, and it turned out better than usual when I flounder to get dressed half asleep, in the dark.

I met up with some former coworkers last night, and it was so awesome.  We are all working in different jobs now, so it’s nice to meet up every once in a while and complain about our old common employer.


Ok, why the heck are all my pictures so blurry lately?

Good gosh, that’s annoying!

Random picture of how my hair looked after I had it twisted up all day.  It was pretty much flat within a couple of hours.  Cute for about 10 minutes!

Listening to my iPod today, “These Are the Days’ by The 10,000 Maniacs came on.  Remember the last post where I said I was a bit lost in the 90s?  Well, one thing that kept me grounded was music, and I listened to that song and that cd ALL THE TIME in that decade.  Hearing it today made me slightly melancholy.  It always made me so happy when I was younger, and I’d feel so hopeful.  I am still hopeful, just 20 years older now, so my perspective is a bit different.  It’s a good song though.