****Sorry for the late post! I didn't realize my post didn't go up until one of my followers sent me a private message about it (thanks, you rock!). It seems my scheduled posts get a bit glitchy and I'll make sure to check on them in the morning from here on out.
OOTD: The "I-Forgot-My-Wallet-At-Home-But-Didn't-Realize-It-Until-I-Was-In-Line-with-$100-Worth-of-Groceries" Outfit
I think my title is self-explanatory.
In my final post for this event, I am going to 1). post ALL THE PHOTOS EVER, 2). share the tips that the DYT experts gave us in our Type-specific break out sessions, and 3). share some of my own writing exercises and notes from the event.
For those that missed it, here are the links to Part 1 and Part 2. Everyone in attendance received these prototypes to test out and review, and I decided that video was a much better format than writing this out and taking a ton of photos. I am holding prototypes for new "pattern cards", and I'll talk about those in the video below. For those unfamiliar with the system, Dressing Your Truth is a color system similar to seasonal coloring (with some differences), and I attended an event held by Dressing Your Truth and the creator of the system. I am a Type 4 in the DYT system, which is probably comparable to a "winter" in a seasonal color system. I just wanted to get that out there since I have new followers who found me on youtube first, where I host my videos, and this video in particular definitely needs context to make sense! (The other videos are generally product reviews or "reveals" etc).
We are going to talk about THE DRESS. The hanbok. The statement dress of the evening at the dance party held on the first night of the I Love My Life event. Like so many bold statements, there is a story here, and I need to tell it. I wrote things out on the Lifestyle and Type 4 groups about this dress, but could not bring myself to hit the "post" button. But I'll share it here since this is a space I know I have more control over, that is solely mine.
I was going to post Part 2 of the ILML blog post, but whoa... did you watch the video announcement Carol posted? I did. And I am NOT HAPPY.
She announced that the Dressing Your Truth course can no longer be purchased and wouldn't state why (we get to wait around until Nov. 2nd... why didn't she just wait until Nov. 2nd to make this announcement in the first place?). Secondly, she told us to think about all the people in our lives who would benefit from Dressing Your Truth and energy profiling, like friends, family, etc.
This sounds way too much like they're converting DYT into some direct-sales, bullshit multi-level marketing pyramid scheme nonsense, and if it is, I'm out. ***Edited: a representative from DYT states it will NOT become a multi-level marketing direct sales company. WHEW.
I am wary of whatever this new announcement will be. But I suppose all of us Type 4 women are. The Type 1s are probably excited as all get-out, the Type 2s are uncomfortable with all the unanswered questions, the Type 3s are just impatient and don't want to have to wait, and the Type 4s are wondering why on earth anything needed to change.
I am going to be skeptically optimistic and quietly panicking on the inside.
In order to not bombard you with a post that will keep you scrolling for ages, I am breaking up the posts about the "I Love My Life" event (or ILML for short). This was an event hosted by Carol Tuttle and her team of experts from Dressing Your Truth. The event was held at the Hilton in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, so I had to fly out and book a room and make a mini-vacation of it. This is my second time meeting Carol Tuttle in person, though I have interacted with her a lot online in the Lifestyle group and she recognized me!
For some reason, I always look like an utter train wreck in my photos with her. She looks more radiant and younger than ever and I just look doughy and fat-faced as usual. What the hell?
Good morning! (or afternoon if you're on the East coast of the US)
When you're vertically challenged like I am, paying attention to proportion is so much more important. We don't have that much room to mess up. Even with things like necklines and necklaces. Being petite means that I have a shorter neck, and that is so much less forgiving of mistakes. Don't even get me started on turtlenecks (just say no to all of them!). Here is a chart I found that has been immensely useful to me in knowing which necklines don't require embellishing, and which necklaces to wear with other neckline styles.
While I'm working on my other posts about how boring Portland is and all my outfits I wore to wow Carol Tuttle (ha, just kidding... except not), I wanted to share these tips on layering that were shared in the Type 4 group. The original source is Kettewell Colours which is a seasonal color system. Their "winter" is probably close to Type 4. Granted, not all of these will appeal to Type 4s or to you (I personally hate the "textured layering" look), but it's a good reference as we move into cooler temperatures.
We'll start with probably the "safest" and easiest way to layer, and this is applicable to everyone regardless of type. Wear colors that belong to the same color group, like a dark blue with a lighter blue (for Type 4, a midnight navy with cobalt would work great). It will look unified and cohesive. Having a long layer peeking out at the bottom is what is recommended on the site. As a Type 4, I would probably not wear an outer layer that drapey. I think a slightly oversized wool cardigan would be what I choose instead.
You might have noticed I've been absent. I am not one to beat around the bush, so here it is: I have been frighteningly depressed. I know that depression is something I will likely deal with my whole life, and some days will be worse, some days will be better. I will save my problems for a different post when I have some actual advice on how to get past them, as my problems are not unique to just me.
Anyway, I'm determined to not just sit on the sidelines and be a sack sad of shit. I can't. Too many people depend on me to be here in the present tense. I've been doing the bare minimum, and sometimes not even that, for the past couple of months now. Honestly, it's exhausting to be depressed all the time. I'm doing nothing and yet somehow draining myself.
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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