I admit it: I'm THAT person. You know, that person who buys all the pinteresting gadgets because they're cute and over-advertised (*shooting some side-eye at the rubber-band-holding bracelet I bought*). It should come as no surprise that I bought a Quip toothbrush, in rose gold of course (I know I'm supposed to choose silver because I'm Type 4, but the silver one looked cheap). The Quip starts at $25, but if you want one with a metal handle, it's $45. The metal ones feel heavier which makes them feel more expensive in my opinion, so I chose the best-looking metal one, which was rose gold/copper. The replacement heads are $5. I bought it in January, shortly before heading off to Europe for a month, so I used it for a while. And because I have dental appointments every 3 months, I was able to directly compare the difference between brushing with my Quip versus a Sonicare, at my most recent check-up. Here is my video review!
At long last, I am saying adieu to a skirt that I know is not right for me and is never going to be right for me: this Michael Kors leopard print pencil skirt. This is only the 3rd or 4th time I've ever worn it, and it is in the "to sell" bin.
Thrifty Thursday OOTD: If Somebody Says You're Wearing Too Many Sequins, You Don't Need Them In Your Life
Vox Box Sneak Peek: "My Balls Have Never Felt So Moisturized" and Other Things That Probably Shouldn't Be Put In The Review
Well well well... look what came in the mail yesterday! Yet another Vox Box from Influenster! If you're not familiar with who they are, they send out boxes of free items to people in exchange for product reviews (I have their badge on my sidebar if you want to click on it and join; you're not guaranteed a box, but the more active you are on social media, the better your chances. I believe this is my 7th, maybe 8th Vox Box). I will be reviewing the #poppyvoxbox in more detail, and want some time to possible do a video (not sure yet; I have a lot in my queue). But in the meantime, here's a sneak peek...
It's spring (or so I hear, since it's still barely 50 degrees out here), and that means dresses. That's how I do spring. As we all know, Kate Spade is one of my favorite (and affordable) designers, so I own a lot of her clothing. This is an older dress, and I actually ordered it a couple sizes larger because I wanted the length to be longer. The waist wasn't as tight as I wanted, so I threw a belt on.
***Petite Fashion Tip: If an item is too large, belt it! That usually fixes it but only if it's not several sizes too large.
Hi, I decided to do a video product review, so you can see for yourself whether or not this lip color is truly "kiss proof" like it claims! The color is called "Skinny Dipping" and this is a relatively inexpensive product that you can pick up at your local Target. I usually use Younique's lip stain, but the price tag on that is a bit hefty, so I wanted to see if there were more affordable options that would also stay put!
Some people manage to look really chic in oversized shirts, but there is something all wrong with this. It's not fitted enough, not oversized enough, not *something* enough. The color is right (the flower necklace is not), but the top is just too flowy for me I think, and the floral pants just add another layer of soft/romantic/feminine and it makes it just all wrong for me. I am not a soft flowy feminine type. This just doesn't jive with my 'kick-down-the-door-and-take-no-prisoners' attitude. (I do wear the floral pants, but I am very careful with what I wear with it, to not veer into girly-froo-froo territory).
You know how I mentioned that I'm on a lot of designers'/stores' mailing lists and rewards clubs for the discount codes? 3 days ago, White House House Black Market sent out a $25 store credit, with no minimum purchase, via email. I admit that even though the store is probably as Type 4 as can be, I think I've only ever purchased one item (a cardigan). I do find some of the styles a bit too matronly for me, but I used the $25 store credit to buy some basics: a long-sleeve layering tee (since I destroyed mine in Europe), and a skin-tone camisole. Things like that bring me no joy to fork over actual money for, but after the $25 credit, AND free shipping, I paid a mere $1.62. Actually, if we want to be technical, I paid $1.58 because I use Ebates (a browser plug in) to get an additional percentage back off my order (Ebates is awesome and I've already received nearly a $100 in cash-back rewards put into my PayPal account from them, because online shopping is what I DO, girls). Granted, this was a very small order, so I earned $0.04 back which is a bit laughable. But hey, on actual, normal purchases, I get up to 10% back. It's great to be able to stack deals on deals.
I don't have a real OOTD. I'm basically just wearing the bare minimum clothing required to not be legally indecent. I have been indulging in some much-needed pampering with the kids (hence the intertubes and kiddie pool), and some adult pampering as well (sauna and hot tub). I have recently had a lot of extra responsibilities thrown on my shoulders, and the stress of a never-ending, over-scheduled, to-do list is getting to me. Just to put it into perspective, I don't even get into the shower until about midnight. That's how busy I am right now. So mindlessly spinning around in giant floaty is exactly what I need. And also a shower. (Dry shampoo can do only oh-so-much)
That's right, you get TWO posts today! (Because let's be honest, you probably don't care about my running outfits or how many god-awful miles I dragged myself through). The yellow wool sweater is back, and I STILL find cowl necks annoying. But it's wool and it's the only way I know how to keep warm without having to wear a big bulky (totally not Spring-ish) jacket, so I pulled it out. It's yellow, and it looks great with navy-and-white-stripes.
You didn't think you'd escape a shameless running post, did you? Sorrynotsorry, but I'm going to talk about my annoying sport of choice! I ran 14 miles on Sunday, and realized that my "easy pace" (meaning I can comfortably speak and hold a conversation) is faster than my fastest half-marathon race finish (which is 13.1 miles). I decided to see what might have contributed to such an easy, but fast (for me) run.
Dying clothing can be very hit-or-miss. Because I wear very bold saturated colors most of the time, it can be especially hard to use dye to modify clothing whose styles I love, but the color is all wrong. Getting that bold Type 4 color can be difficult, but it's not impossible! I chose to dye this Elizabeth and Clarke top (it's "the March") that is unfortunately gray and brown. It's a lightweight long-sleeve top and even though it's a bit basic, I loved the fit, and the elbow patches.
This post is coming later in the day, because I wanted to actually post what I wore for Easter, ON Easter. Well, not that I actually attended Easter services or anything. Pffft, we all know I don't do that. I DID eat way too many deviled eggs though, does that count?
One of the things that sucks about fashion is the woefully inconsistent sizing, partially due to "vanity sizing" where clothing manufacturers intentionally make their sizes larger, so that women who are normally a size 8 suddenly find that they are in a size 6 instead, and even though that's a cheap marketing trick, it works. Women WANT that tag number to be smaller, even if it's just a lie being told to get more money. This leads to a secondary problem of sizes varying wildly between brands though. So here's what I do: I actually do in fact read reviews of how items fit, and read literal measurements of garments and/or size charts. If a lot of reviews are women bitching about how they had to return the item because it was way too small, I snatch it up. I know that the XS is a TRUE XS, and will fit me pretty well (or at least better than some bullshit vanity-sized XS that fits more like a Small or even a Medium).
And that's how I ended up with this dress that fits me like a glove! (Thanks to everyone who left an honest review!)
Something the Dressing Your Truth Type 4 Facebook group has started doing is a monthly video challenge in addition to the weekly fashion challenges. I've actually been wanting to do a closet tour post for a while, so I decided this was a good time to just go for it and wing it. The most challenging part was keeping the video short enough, so if it feels a bit rushed, it's because I didn't want to go over 3 minutes by much. But it's a small space, so really I think you get the right feel for what I'm working with here!
OOTD: Cheese Accessories and How 'White Power' Memes Ruined My Ability to Get Things Properly Tailored
....aaaaand this post is late. So, it turns out that trying to tether off your husband's phone for wifi in the middle of the forest is not a very effective way to blog (I'm camping, and it's exactly as awful as I imagined). The kids think it's great because they get to set things on fire and pee outside, and I've been sleeping in a puddle in the tent for two nights and I swear to baby jesus I am going to commit a crime. I would never survive in the wild. I'll just curl up into a ball and wait for raccoons to eat me. *picnic table flip*
This week's challenge in the Type 4 Facebook group was to "twin a friend". Basically, mimic someone's style. I decided to dress in the style of one of the few 4/2 women who posts regularly in the group, especially because I know they're the least likely to participate and speak up. It was my way of being inclusive to the quieter members.
The maxi skirt is actually a dress I throw a tank top and cardigan over, because I don't actually own a maxi skirt (which probably surprises no one... I have OPINIONS about maxi skirts. Bold opinions). The tank top has lace on the bottom (it's shapewear, Spanx... I also don't own lace... wow, I just don't gravitate toward T2/S2 fashion styles AT ALL), and then I put on a scarf (Hermes). The person I twinned doesn't wear make-up at all for religious reasons, so neither did I, and she always wears her hair up.
Everyone guessed who I was dressing in the style of, so I guess that means I did a good job of nailing her conservative 4/2 vibe! You can see that this style doesn't really suit me personally though. And I'm not sure she would personally pair orange and turquoise together! But if you need proof that this is not my secondary, here you go!
(Speaking of secondaries, the debate is still on, regarding whether I am a secondary 1 or a secondary 3, so make sure to vote! I love seeing them roll in! HERE is the post to go directly do it! The poll is open until the end of the month, and then I'll post results!)
This is the reason why I only ever did the Daily Look subscription box ONCE, and only once.
I had requested something to wear to an art gala where I was considering donating a painting, and put that in my notes to the stylist. I knew I should have been worried when the stylist emailed me and asked if I was okay with sequins. I mean yeah, as a general rule, I am okay with things that sparkle... within reason. I didn't realize that when she said "sequins", she meant "Elton John sequins".
First off, I don't dislike crop tops but the shape and style lines of that one was just really unflattering and weird. It looks like it's trying to be some sort of miniature vest.
And the skirt with the giant slit? I mean, the top is already revealing because it's a crop top; you don't need to add more sexy with a giant slit. That makes it tawdry. Sexy top OR sexy bottom, NOT BOTH.
Then vomit sequins all over the thing, and you've got something that looks like a costume or stage wear. This was really bad. (Also, it weighed a ton).
They sent me a lot of other unwearable items as well, half of which didn't fit me at all, and I was just glad I wasn't charged the styling fee for any of it. Sorry Daily Look, but your service is not for me.
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
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