For my newer readers, here are the links to my previous boxes if you want to check them out (they'll open in a new tab/window:
Now on to Material World Box #9!
Happy Friday everyone! Quick video (about six and a half minutes) to just show what I got in my latest Material World designer style box (check out the service HERE if buying premium brand clothing for cheap is your thing). As you can see, I'm wearing the outfit from Wednesday in it (that's when the video was recorded), so you can REALLY see how fluorescent that sweater is! LOVE IT.
For my newer readers, here are the links to my previous boxes if you want to check them out (they'll open in a new tab/window:
Now on to Material World Box #9!
I didn't have time to try these things due to my kids' being off school and parent-teacher-conferences (kiiiiilllllll meeeeee). Parent-teacher conferences are the epitome of the "meetings that could have been an email"... but here are some close up photos of the items and the price list.
It's Basic-White-Girl-Blanket-Scarf season!
All I'm missing in this outfit is some nasty, burnt-tasting Starbucks, and the inability to "even".
One of my favorite ways to wear this glorified throw-blanket we pretend is a scarf, is by draping it over my shoulders and belting it. It keeps it in place and my body still has a shape. Being petite, I know I can easily drown in large amounts of fabric and layers, so this is what works for me!
Need a Basic-White-Girl-Blanket-Scarf too? Grab one at Modcloth! Or even better, hit up Poshmark. People have the Modcloth scarves for sale EVERYWHERE, new in package, and for pretty cheap. Paying full price is for suckers.
See you tomorrow!
Hey everyone! This post went up a little later than usual for no other reason than that I just freaking forgot. I'd apologize, but meh. It happens.
This outfit is from Saturday, when I attended my town's local Art and Wine Walk event. You can see I decided to wear the earrings and ring from Rocksbox, and kept my color palette simple, but definitely not boring! I finally got around to altering and hemming these shiny pink pants. They're a metallic knit tweed material, so they actually work really well for cooler weather, but are definitely shiny. They were originally FLARED, like 70s disco flares, so I took them in to be straight leg, and hemmed 4 inches (god I'm short).
Here's my outfit breakdown:
As for my makeup, I get everything really "icy" to go with the whole theme of the pants, since that was the big statement piece here, and the highlighter I use is from the DYT store, and even though it's technically for Type 1s, I steal it anyway (I'm Type 4 in case that's not obvious). The highlighter can be found HERE, and it's called "Golden Glow".
See you tomorrow!
Even though I'm average height for South Korea (my country of birth), I'm considered pretty short by US standards. That makes buying certain styles of clothing a little more challenging, because proportions are KEY to making an outfit work for shorter women.
I absolutely LOVE this midi-length dress I bought from Venus. A lot of their clothing is a little bit sexier and clubbier than I prefer personally, but this dress seemed like the right combination of "covered" while still having some sex appeal. Normally I preach that short women should keep their dresses/skirts at knee length, and that works a pretty universal rule. But you CAN wear a midi-length without looking 4 feet tall, as long as you watch your proportions!
When I wear a midi-length dress, I make sure it's fitted, not loose. Being able to see the shape of my body and legs keeps my body from disappearing underneath the longer length of the fabric, which can end up making you look short and a little juvenile. So keep it fitted. You still want to be able to move in it though. My dress is a stretchy knit.
To create the illusion of a curves (if you're an underweight petite like me), and the illusion of longer legs, belt the dress at your natural waist (i.e. the smallest part). Where that is individual to each person, and what style of belt is up to you. If, like me, you don't have a naturally-cinched in waist and want to fake it, don some shapewear. Again, you still want to be able to move in it though.
I think that when wearing a longer length like a midi, heels are nonnegotiable, but that's up to you. If you wear flats, avoid ankle straps so that your leg and foot have a long continuous line. It will help lengthen your legs without heels. I paired these with a chunkier heel (which will be featured in my video tomorrow), to help match the weight of my chunkier belt (yes, that's a thing I do... skinny heels with skinny belts, chunkier heels with chunkier belts... flats go with either).
Also, when trying on different midi-dresses, look at the length. Where does the end of the dress hit? I think that if it hits right at or slightly above the widest part of your calf, that's the perfect length! Anything longer, and your legs disappear, as does all of your height and stature. Try on different dresses to see which length you personally think you look best in.
And in the case of a turtleneck style dress, I also go for a mock-turtleneck because they're shorter. Regular turtlenecks require a TON more folding down on me because shorter women usually have shorter everything, including necks, and it just ends up being a whole lot of bulk around my neck, and stops being sleek. A mock turtleneck doesn't need to be folded down, and keeps my neck from having tons of extra bulk around it. My neck looks slimmer in a mock-turtleneck, plus I'm more comfortable.
I'm definitely 100% ready for cold weather, in case it weren't obvious!
New video up tomorrow, see you then!
Dressing up pants, and dressing down skirts... those are common themes here in my blog.
I think taking an item and wearing it in a less common way will always be a little more current and modern than constantly wearing it the same, classic way. And once you see how many ways you can dress up or dress down your items, you realize that you need far fewer items in your closet than you think! Downsizing is freeing!
Because I'm short, proportions are always key for me, and the PERFECT pencil skirt is one that hits at the smallest part of your waist, and then right at your knee, especially if you are petite (and petite as in height, not as in thin, because you can be plus size and petite, and you'll still want a pencil skirt that fits that way).
Here's what I wore:
I'm still chores-ing my way through my neverending staycation (next: repairing flooring, fuuuuuuuun), so I'll see you tomorrow!
With the amount of new readers that are here, I wanted to share one of my older videos about how to change up how you your basic black pencil skirt, with things you probably already own. Far too often, I see people wearing them exactly as expected: in a very corporate/business get up. Pencil skirts are so much more versatile than that. (And even more so if you step away from black!) And no, you don't have to be 5ft-nothing, and a size 0 to wear any of the things I feature in my videos by the way, though if you ARE short, I recommend high-waisted pencil skirts that hit right at the knee, not above, but you can get away with slightly below the knee, but not much. If you're apple-shaped or just built a little thicker in the waist and think that pencil skirts won't flatter you, 1). you're wrong, and 2). you can always opt for some waist-cinching shapewear if you really want to create the illusion of a waspy little waist (but really, you don't have to).
I'll have a new video up tomorrow (spoiler alert: I'm trying on a bunch of designer clothes, some of it more ridiculous than others... "Ebenezer Scrooge" came to mind with one of the tops). See you later!
The weather is a little bit cooler today (and drizzly) out here in Seattle land, so my petite outfit of the day includes a warmer top (but not overly warm, it's still 52 degrees after all). Mock turtlenecks are great for us short women because we tend to have shorter necks. I find that a mock neck hits me right below the chin, but a regular turtleneck needs to be folded about 187 times over to fit, and then it's just way too much fabric.
I find that the best way to make sure something like a mock-turtleneck stays flattering on my shorter frame is to make sure it's tight and fitted. I don't think big, baggy turtlenecks look good on anyone as a general rule, but especially not petite women.
Here's my outfit breakdown on this dreary Pacific Northwest Tuesday:
That's right, I'm wearing my thick chunky cardigan in May, because we are hitting summer temperatures this week in the Seattle area, and that only means one thing: overzealous air conditioning, because I married a 230 lb, 6 foot hairy guy, and then I stupidly forked over the $8500 to install A/C in this place (because, yeah, that's not a standard part of houses out here, not even brand new houses, and yes, that's how much that costs, and why on earth does ANYONE live out here?!). I BROUGHT THIS ON MYSELF.
So now I get to just bundle up indoors since my husband likes to set the temperature to "sub-arctic".
On an unrelated note, I own 17 cardigans.
My ethnic group (East Asian) isn't exactly known for their curviness. We are shorter, smaller-framed, and thinner than the average American woman by a wide margin. That, combined with a low body-fat percentage and active lifestyle, and well... I'm not exactly lugging around big puppies here. (And small, thin East Asian women like me who have big floppy titties? They definitely bought them in Gangnam. South Koreans are FAMOUS for their plastic surgery, and all the other East Asians are following suit, which is actually gross and sad in my opinion, but that's a debate for a different day).
In the US, more is more and bigger is better. And at one point, I viewed my flat chest as a flaw akin to a birth defect (I am a little bit dramatic). But if I HAD gone under the knife, I'd be undoing it now. I would never give up my small boobs! And here are all the reasons why!
1. I can shop in the Girls/Children's Section for cute swim tops.
Not only does it save money, but it gives me so many more style options than is available in the Women's Section of stores. Also, women's swimsuits are often just... plain, boring, matronly. Even in smaller sizes.
Teen/Girls swimsuits tend to be a little more colorful, trendy, and fun. And cost waaaaaay less. And being small, I don't need the 3-inch wide straps, the built-in-spanx, or underwire in my swimsuit. Which brings me to my next point...
If you only buy one pair of shoes this year, buy these:
And by "these", I mean a PERFECT PAIR OF SKIN-TONE PUMPS (or flats).
These are your matches-with-everything, can be dressed up OR down, perfect neutral. After all, what's more neutral than your literal skin color?
Hey everyone, I am back, my power and internet are back, and my life is back on track, even though the kids have now started "mid-winter break" (why is that even a thing???), and have gone to school literally for only 2 partial days this entire month so far, YAAAAAAAY. I mean, if I were a kid, I would feel like I won the lottery for not having to attend school for 2 weeks, AND being to snowed in to go to the dentist or doctors' appointments (for some reason, they were ALL scheduled for the beginning of February, including my own surgery). The kids are winning at life right now, and meanwhile, I'm wondering if snorting cocaine is REALLY that bad (just kidding of course... this weird "smart coffee" I'm drinking I'm pretty sure already contains cocaine).
But on to the video! My latest Stitch Fix box! (Price list of what they sent me will be below the video, just click on "Read More").
Ever look at a photo and think, "Jesus Christ I look short!" (Probably not if you're average height or tall). But this is one of those photos. I look stumpy. My head looks giant compared to my body. I look like a child that strangely needs an eye serum.
I know I'm guilty of saying things like, "Short/Petite women should wear this, not that", and perpetuating some "rules" regarding what a person can or can't wear.
But, I also know that those rules CAN be broken, based on the individual. When I make statements that sound like "rules", really, they are just guidelines that are safe, and then once you know what does or doesn't work for you, you can figure out how to break some of the rules, or make certain problematic styles work for you.
Example: the full-length duster cardigan.
Pencil skirts are never going out of fashion in our lifetime, and yet for being such a versatile piece, people insist on wearing them in the most expected way possible: with a blouse, or a button-up shirt. Yawn. Zzzzzz. Super boring, corporate, and entirely expected.
Here are a few other items you probably already own that also work well when paired with a pencil skirt! The pencil skirt is a wardrobe staple for a reason. I chose plain black, but if you venture out into other styles of pencil skirt, you'll open up so much more variety and take your whole look to a different, very not-boring, level. (I put some examples below the video). This video is about 14 minutes long, FYI.
Who doesn't love a good deal?
With so many sites like Rosewholesale, Wish, and Dresslily (that are often all owned by the same parent company), offering up stylish and super cheap clothing, it can be tempting to start loading up your online cart!
But... should you?
Alright, I'm going to get a little bit opinionated here (big surprise): You PROBABLY shouldn't, especially if you're not Asian.
I might offend some of you in this post. If you are sensitive, you might want to just stop reading right now, and just NOT order from cheap Chinese clothing sites, and call it a day. If you click "read more" below, you don't get to be all uppity about anything I say afterwards. No, seriously, you don't. In fact, I have closed the ability to comment on this post, so you'll just have to be offended elsewhere.
Without further ado, I'll explain why these sites are awful, but first, why the people who buy from and then COMPLAIN about these sites are even MORE awful.
It's still August technically, but jacket-and-hoodie-weather is already upon us here in Seattle.
This video is all about the outwear pieces you'll need to transition into the cooler weather (assuming you live in a place that actually has seasons, as opposed to like, Florida or something).
I'll see everyone back on Monday! I'll be posting from the road next week as I am once again traveling but this is domestic travel so the time zones shouldn't throw me off too badly. Here's to hoping I have decent hotel wi-fi though so I'm not tethering off my phone for 4 days!
I assume most of you know that I'm on a year-long shopping ban (#NoBuy365), with few exceptions. I can replace NECESSARY items that have worn out. Like I only have one pair of rain boots for example, and my daughter melted them on a camping trip. Yes, MELTED them. Her foot was too close to the metal fire pit, and the boots are rubber, and now they're shmargled, gloopy, misshapen trash. Since I live in the Seattle area, where it rains 47 months out of the year, I do need a replacement, so I can buy a new pair. But that's basically it. Stuff like that.
All other fashion-related purchases must be from NOT my bank account. For example, store credit and gift cards. When I get gift cards from sponsors, Christmas, my birthday, or from winning something, I set it aside for a rainy day.
Well, all of #NoBuy365 has been a rainy day. I have had to be REALLY creative with how I use my gift cards and store credit to maximize my purchasing power (and by store credit, I don't mean a line of credit with a store; I mean referral credits or credits earned from consigning). I am sure this would have been really really difficult if I did not have a hefty stash of gift cards at my disposal. And honestly, I'm proud of myself that I didn't even use all of them for clothing purchases. I bought my kids some of their school supplies and electronics with my Amazon gift cards, for example. I did blow through every single pre-paid Visa though, in a frightening manner. I was drunk with purchasing power. It was glorious. But now I need to survive until February somehow, when I'm finally done with this year-long challenge (I started it on my birthday, and will end it on my birthday... hey, that probably means more gift cards!)
But anyway, I'm going to share how I snagged these two shirts for nearly free! (the remainder paid with the last dregs of my Express gift card, FYI, but that remainder was less than $5).
How do YOU measure up?
By which I mean, do you even KNOW what your measurements are, REALLY? When was the last time you measured yourself?
Here are the reasons why I think you should know your measurements, retake them regularly, and which measurements matter more than others when it comes to making sure things are going to fit.
Just a quick heads up that there will not be a post on Monday, but I'll be back on Tuesday!
Hey everyone, I know this video is going up a little bit later than I normally put it up (even for Friday, where it does take me longer to upload, so posts on Friday generally don't go live until the afternoon). But this is late even for me, and I can go ahead and insert all the usual whining about internet problems and how much my provider sucks, but who cares, let's move on!
In the video I'll cover everything from shoes being too large, to holes in your clothing, to hiding that "boob gap" in your button-up shirt!
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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