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July 18, 2014

People Watching

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I am not sure if everyone enjoys people watching, but I find it fascinating. I sat on a bench in one of the local Malls just to watch the people and the styles. I was the minority, one of only a few not sporting a tattoo. I saw a women in her thirties push the waist of her skirt down so her tramp stamp was completely visible.
I also watched how people dressed. There were a few women wearing tight spandex pieces showing every bulge and the no no panty line.
Many women who wore shorts should not wear shorts. A few kept tugging at their crotch to pull their shorts down. I do not wear shorts. I have big thighs and in shorts I look like a sausage. I mostly wear skirts and ankle length pants in the summer months. I did not see anyone braless, which was refreshing, although I am not a fan of bra straps on display.
The young and old dressed appropriately and actually looked quite dapper.
Moral of the story, no panty lines, tramp stamps are tacky and keep the bra straps under wraps.

September 9, 2013

Losing Weight for Fashion

INSTYLE AND AUDI WOMAN OF STYLE AWARDS

INSTYLE AND AUDI WOMAN OF STYLE AWARDS (Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer)

Even though I truly enjoy fashion with the new styles popping up every spring and fall, I couldn’t take part because designers consider me invisible. I know that sounds like an oxy moron given the size of my girth, but a short and obese physique hit Marc Jacobs or Carolina Herrera’s  radar.

I honestly wasn’t even considering changing. I had accepted my size and overcame my wish for the newest trends hitting the Malls by accessorizing. During the last ten years I made a nice investment in scarves, necklaces, bracelets, rings, purses, and of course, shoes.

The accessories industry must love the obesity rate in this country, that’s all we can buy. Once the size range hits Women or Plus, elastic waisted skirts and pants replace zippers and buttons. The 5% spandex in “normal” sizes increase tenfold once the double digits hit.

But don’t despair, I’m determined to pick up a Glamour, Marie Claire, Bazaar or In Style magazine one day and know that I will fit into that beautifully tailored Giorgio Armani navy blue dress. I may not have anywhere to actually wear it, but at list I will fit into it.

BTW, I’m down one size, from an 18 WP to a 16 P. A long way from single digits but it’s a start.

Stay tuned…..

September 6, 2013

Designer’s components

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Petite Blythe doll in doll clothes made by Heg...

Petite Blythe doll in doll clothes made by Hegemony77 (Photo credit: Hegemony77 doll clothes)

A fashion designer needs to consider a multitude of components when creating a garment, from the current trends, to what is ‘in vogue’ to the latest pop stars, to hemlines and trouser tightness.

 They attempt to satisfy consumer desire for aesthetically designed clothing; and, because of the time required to bring a garment onto the market, must at times anticipate changing consumer tastes

Fashion designers attempt to design clothes which are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. They must consider who is likely to wear a garment and the situations where it will be worn. They have a wide range and combinations of materials to work with and a range of colors, patterns and styles to choose from.

 Fashion designers attempt to design clothes which are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. They must consider who is likely to wear a garment and the situations where it will be worn. They have a wide range and combinations of materials to work with and a wide range of colors, patterns and styles to choose from.

 Each generation of designers often tend to recycle some fashion elements from previous eras. In addition, colors of the moment may correlate with the season, like the obvious dark brilliant colors for fall or light colors for the hotter months.

September 5, 2013

Fashion and color

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Color picture

Color picture (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

For many cultures, the color of a garment is more meaningful than ‘just a pretty color.’ For example, in the Far East red equates to wealth and prosperity and of course, the standard red, white and blue mean patriotism in America and Christmas colors are red and green and white is for summer.

 Not only is color a cultural phenomenon, colors offer a personal connotation. The way we react to color is influenced by our biological, psychological and social upbringing.

 Some clothes are made specifically for an individual, as in the case of haute couture, which means the buyer has a strong vote in the color and fabric of the garment. Most clothing is designed for the mass market, especially casual and every-day wear, so we don’t get to choose our colors.

 Along with the color scheme of a collection, patterns may be introduced. If color provides a solid foundation about the designer’s collection, patter provides another level of focus.

The garment concept is finished and the color choices have been narrowed down, so the designer turns his/her focus to the fabric choices. Their vision has to complement the design, not over power it. How it drapes, letting the fabric naturally flow.

 The more complicated a design is the more basic the fabric should be. The designer doesn’t use just one type of weave or pattern, paisley, polka dot, stripes, hoops, plaids, hounds tooth, harlequin, tie dye or animal print.

 Once the color, fabric and patterns are decided, the designer has to wait for the material to be manufactured and delivered. At this point, they are probably moving on to another season of ideas.

September 4, 2013

Size is a number

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Herrera Dress, 1-Piece

Herrera Dress, 1-Piece (Photo credit: national museum of american history)

Even though I truly enjoy fashion with the new styles popping up every spring and fall, I couldn’t take part because designers consider me invisible. I know that sounds like an oxymoron given the size of my girth, but a short and obese physique doesn’t hit Marc Jacobs or Carolina Herrera’s radar.

I honestly wasn’t even considering changing. I had accepted my size and overcame my wish for the newest trends hitting the Malls by accessorizing. During the last ten years I made a nice investment in scarves, necklaces, bracelets, rings, purses, and of course, shoes.

The accessories industry must love the obesity rate in this country, that’s all we can buy. Once the size range hits Women or Plus, elastic-waisted skirts and pants replace zippers and buttons. The 5% spandex in “normal” sizes increase tenfold once the double digits hit.

But don’t despair, I’m determined to pick up a Glamour, Marie Claire, Bazaar or In Style magazine one day and know that I will fit into that beautifully tailored Giorgio Armani navy blue dress. I may not have anywhere to actually wear it, but at list I will fit into it.

September 3, 2013

It is a good thing I’m not a size 6

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Green stripe

Green stripe (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

For once I am thankful for not being super skinny like the models on the runways. I would be out of control when shopping. I like so many things in the stores but the items don’t come in my size or because I am a common size, they are swept up by other shoppers.

I was shopping last week and the woman checking out in front of me was buying the most beautiful dark green lace dress. I made my way out of the line and went to look for the dress. Of course there wasn’t one in my size. This had me thinking about how many times this has happened to me and I asked myself, would I really be out of control if all the clothes I like came in my size.

I am truly limited on my clothing options which is better for my wallet.

If I were 5’8″ I wouldn’t complain though, I would find a way to afford all the beautiful clothes on the racks that don’t work for me.

 

August 4, 2011

Observing My Skinny Co-WorkersA

A few of my co-workers and I went to lunch one day. When we returned from our jaunt, one went to smoke, one of my skinny co-workers took the elevator with me and the bonniest, skinniest of us took the steps.

I made a comment to my skinny co-worker about the skinniest taking the steps, “Why in the world is she taking the steps, she can’t afford to lose any weight, she is so skinny.” My skinny friend replied, “Maybe that is why she is so skinny.”

Well she put me in my place and made me stop and think, is she super skinny because it comes natural to her to take the seven flights instead of the elevator or is it a coincidence she is skinny and exercises?

I know what you are thinking, any excuse I can come up with I will, but I’m really serious. Her face is gaunt, I could wrap my short squatty hand around her wrist and have fingers left over to start wrapping a second time. She only wears pants, no skirts or dresses, but I have to assume her butt bone is so bonny it protrudes out and no I don’t look at her booty!

You might also be thinking why does this bother me so much and here is why:

1. I’m five foot tall she’s probably five foot eight inches

2. I have short legs, short arms and a short torso, she is long, longer and longest.

3. I supposedly have a heart-shaped face, but it’s a full heart for sure. She has a long super skinny cheek bones sucked in face.

I don’t think I’ll ever have to worry about the gaunt look or having a boney butt. I just want her to stop taking the steps!

July 6, 2011

“You look great, have you lost weight?”

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That is what I expected to hear at my July 4 party but I didn’t. No one noticed I’d lost 25 pounds. That’s a sad state of affairs. I’m so heavy no one noticed a whopping 25 pounds. It took me 3 months to lose and 2 months of maintaining.

I still have 55 pounds to go. I’m stuck on the 25 but I really thought those I only see once a year would surely notice, but they didn’t.

One guest looked awesome, she’d lost 60 pounds on Weight Watchers. Another one had the lap band surgery. I could tell she lost weight. She said it was 60 pounds. I’m sure she has at least a 100 more to lose.

I’m not losing this weight for anyone but me, but it would have been nice to get one, “Wow you look great, have you lost weight.” I know what you are thinking, that is almost an insult. Did I not look great when I was 25 pounds heavier?

I’m really tired of the scale not moving. If I can manage to not regain for the 100th time, that will at least help with my motivation to keep trudging along.

June 29, 2011

It’s In My Jeans or Is It Genes?

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When I’m watching television or picking up a magazine, the models and actresses are tall and thin. When I look in the mirror I see short and not so thin, ok fat.

I’m not beating myself up, at least not today, but gosh why couldn’t I have been tall. My brothers use to say I’m not overweight, I’m under short.

I’m the shortest adult member of my family.  I say adult because there are children in my family and yes, I am taller than all the children 10 and under.

So my jeans and my genes are short.

I love my Mom and Dad, but gosh I wish my jeans were longer and my genes were thinner.

June 23, 2011

Hurry Up & Leave — Fat!

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I’m in a hurry to lose this weight. I really love clothes and I want to buy a new wardrobe. I had the full intention of only having a few clothes in my current size and save my money to buy all new clothes once I reach my goal wait. Guess What?–that is not happening in the least. Now that I don’t have to buy Women’s and Plus Size means I have about 90% more options. The Women’s Department at Macy’s has about 1/10 of one floor. The Juniors are about 1/10 and Misses is 7/10 of the first floor.

That leaves me with  a few options. So I shopped and found two Alfani dresses, a couple of Ralph Lauren capris in white and khaki, a  Ralph Lauren black linen skirt, and an ankle length multi color skirt.

I am having so much fun shopping, trying on clothes and of course, buying clothes. Since I’m far from thin or at a normal weight, I still have large arms. Thank goodness for shrugs. I have one in orange, teal, several in white and black.

So how can I speed this painful journey up, get off my butt and exercise more..I’ll let you know how I do….

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