Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Blog Plan for this Summer...

This has been a BUSY summer, so far! I completed and published my ebook, The Capsule Wardrobe Book: Signature Style Essentials for Plus Size Fashionistas.



My Capsule Wardrobe Challenge & Two Blog Challenges...

I participated in my own capsule wardrobe challenge with dresses and skirts and in two blog challenges, The Ultimate Blog Challenge and the 31 Days Blog Challenge. I had a great time and learned a lot, but often felt like my head was spinning as I went from one blog task to the next.

So I'm ready for a rest! For the remainder of this summer, I will be publishing posts three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays...


Real Momma, Real Style and What I Wore Wednesdays...

Each Monday, I will linkup with Nina at Momma Go Round and share with you what's been happening with my own summer capsule wardrobe and any insights I am gaining about what to wear & what's not that into me. And I will link to that post on Wednesdays for the WIWW weekly extravaganza. Join us and share what you've been wearing!

The Beauty of Different...


Each week, I will be taking a look at the wisdom in this book and sharing it with you. She also has great videos at her blog and I may share some of them with you, as well.

The 3 in 30 Challenge...

As always, each week on Friday, I will take three goals I have chosen for that month and share how I am doing with them. It is never too late to join us and believe me, the weekly accountability really helps!

How's your summer going? (Summer, here I come...)

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"I thought I didn't feel good in my clothes because I was not my ideal weight. I am still not my ideal weight, but since learning how to dress my truth I feel like I look good. I haven’t felt that way for years. And all thanks to this remarkable new way of seeing myself." –Michelle, posting on Carol Tuttle’s Facebook wall.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Capsule Wardrobe Success? Insights from My Summer Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

If you've been reading along, you know that I have created a capsule wardrobe challenge for the month of June that involved only wearing dresses and skirts. My goal was to get clear about what works & what doesn't with my dresses and skirts.

Well, the month is almost over and I am ready to take a look at how it went.

This is the “What I’ve Learned” Post

But first, here's what I wore and how I felt about it...


My Five Favorite Outfits from this Summer Capsule Wardrobe...

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(I know, that's actually six! I couldn't narrow it down to five.)

The Five Outfits I Liked Least from this Summer Capsule Wardrobe Experience...

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My goal was to try to understand what the difference was between what I wore that I liked most and what I wore that I liked least. The questions I asked were about whether the outfits honored my signature style, my dressing your truth type, and my body type.

Signature Style Review

My capsule wardrobe style is natural and casual. Soft fabrics, knitwear, earthy colors, ocean colors, scarves and other accessories that are rustic but rich.

Pure Natural: “The Pure Natural woman chooses a wardrobe that reflects her casual lifestyle. She loves the environment and earth and leans towards natural fibers such as cotton, silk, and linen. She wants her clothes to be soft and comfortable. A soft cozy scarf is her favorite accessory.” –Shari Braendel

The Natural: “Ecological tones: browns, russets, greens, yellow golds and hues from the sea –deep blues and sea-greens and sand…Nothing too fitted, with enough room to layer. The Natural loves to pile on the layers, adding and subtracting as the weather dictates.” –Mary Spillane & Christine Sherlock

Doesn’t that all sound just like me?

My Dresses & Skirts Capsule Wardrobe Collage



But how does my style preference apply to wearing dresses and skirts? Here’s what I’ve learned this month…

I don't like "dressing up!" so even when I have somewhere dressy to go, I am likely to be dressed more casually. And I don’t like anything too cute or too frilly.

For me, feminine has to be casual and natural. Not girly-girl! If my outfit seemed casual enough, for instance, then adding a flower felt okay. But if it already made me feel dressier than I would like, adding a flower in my hair or to my outfit just didn’t work for me.

I think all of my outfits honored my dressing your truth type 2 guidelines, and most were kind to my body type, though some were more in love with me than others. I do think that I prefer some contrast and some of my "leasts" were because I was just wearing brown on brown.

Dresses!...

Going forward, I think I want my capsule wardrobe to have more dresses than skirts. Preferably, long and flowy but without frill.

In the summer, even the shorter ones are okay as long as they don’t have a look that is too formal or structured. My mother’s style is more classic, and one of the things that seemed to happen with the shorter dresses was a kind of dressed-up, go-to-work kind of look that reminds me of her.

What about You?...

For the others of you who have been doing this dresses-and-skirts capsule wardrobe challenge with me, tell me in the comments what you have learned about your own style. 
And if you have been reading along, challenging yourself vicariously, what have you concluded about your signature style?

Video Insights from this Capsule Wardrobe Challenge with Dresses & Skirts...


In The Capsule Wardrobe Book, I talk at length about developing your own signature style and how to honor both your dressing your truth type and your body type as you do so.

As always on Wednesdays, I am linking up with the lovely Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday. But I am also linking up on Friday with Momma Made it Look Easy for her weekly "share your awesome" extravaganza!

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I help plus-sized women who don't feel beautiful in their clothes discover their perfect style & create a closet filled with clothes they love that love them back!

"I thought I didn't feel good in my clothes because I was not my ideal weight. I am still not my ideal weight, but since learning how to dress my truth I feel like I look good. I haven’t felt that way for years. And all thanks to this remarkable new way of seeing myself." –Michelle, posting on Carol Tuttle’s Facebook wall.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Living True to Who You Are: Are You a Dressing Your Truth Type 4?

What's Your Dressing Your Truth Type

If you're not sure, read on to see if you might be a dressing your truth type 4...

This blog post is the last in a series about living true to your dressing your truth type. The first post in the series is about the power of being a dressing your truth type 1 and you can find it here. The second post, about the dressing your truth type 2, is here. Last week's post was about the power of being a dressing your truth type 3.

Dressing Your Truth Type 4

"Today, I talk about the power of the Type 4, one of 4 Types in my Energy Profiling system. With a constant, still, bold, reflective nature, the Type 4’s natural power offers something the world needs right now, something that blesses us all. Do you know what it is?" ~~Carol Tuttle





Are You a Dressing Your Truth Type 4?

What did you think as you listened to the description of the dressing your truth type 4? Does it sound like anyone you know?

My mother is a dressing your truth type 4, as many of you may know already, and as I was growing up, I tried awfully hard to be just like her because she presented this authoritative image that seemed so right. I couldn't imagine that it was okay to be different until I was much older, and even then, it felt more like rebellion than being my own person.

Taking the dressing your truth online course clarified for me once and for all that I am meant to be a dressing your truth type 2, not a carbon copy of my mother. This system really sets you free to be exactly who you are!


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I help plus-sized women who don't feel beautiful in their clothes discover their perfect style & create a closet filled with clothes they love that love them back!

"I thought I didn't feel good in my clothes because I was not my ideal weight. I am still not my ideal weight, but since learning how to dress my truth I feel like I look good. I haven’t felt that way for years. And all thanks to this remarkable new way of seeing myself." –Michelle, posting on Carol Tuttle’s Facebook wall.
Monday, June 27, 2011

Shake It Up, Baby!



Not as Much of My Capsule Wardrobe this Week...

Last week, my son participated in Vacation Bible School at our church. One of my friends from church, who adores him, came to pick him up every afternoon and brought him home afterward, tired but full of stories about what had happened that night.

It was weird to be at home without him, but wonderful not to worry about making too much noise, as I do when he’s asleep.

But basically, I stayed home all week except for their performance Friday night and the recap during church on Sunday.

Capsule Wardrobe Outfits for the Past Week

So I have three outfits from my dresses-and-skirts summer capsule wardrobe challenge to show you: what I wore to the performance and what I wore to church on Sunday, but also how I altered one of the outfits just for going to the store.

Here’s what I wore for errands on Friday…




Grey tank dress from Lands End
Brown lace cardigan from Roamans
Grey flats from Lands End

But I changed it up a little for the performance on Friday night so it would be a bit more dressy. It was a wonderful show, by the way. He was SO cute!



Grey tank dress from Lands End
Charcoal grey cardigan from Jessica London
Grey tie-dyed shoes from Toms








And then, here’s what I wore to church on Sunday...





NEW coral dress from J. Jill
Brown lace cardigan from Roamans
Brown buckle shoes from Payless (I think)

I love what they do during the service. It’s a slideshow of memories from the week, so we get to see what we missed during each day. But what always moves me is the joy on their faces!
They also perform several of the songs from the Friday night performance. Here's a video from the service yesterday where you can see my son singing and dancing his heart out.



How was your week?

As always, I am linking up with Nina at Momma Go Round for Real Momma, Real Style and also am linking up today with the Haute Hog...

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"I thought I didn't feel good in my clothes because I was not my ideal weight. I am still not my ideal weight, but since learning how to dress my truth I feel like I look good. I haven’t felt that way for years. And all thanks to this remarkable new way of seeing myself." –Michelle, posting on Carol Tuttle’s Facebook wall.
Friday, June 24, 2011

The 3 in 30 Challenge: June Goals - How did you do this month?











My Goals for June...

Well, we have reached the home stretch! Less than a week left and the next time we blog for this challenge, we'll be in a brand new month.

Here's how I did...

(1) Publish My Ebook: Decide on a title once & for all, finalize the illustrations/pictures, and publish it.

DONE!! And since then, I have created a Squidoo lens introducing it: The Capsule Wardrobe Book.

I also have added a free excerpt from the book to The Capsule Wardrobe Book book page. It's a cute little widget you can use that actually has side-by-side pages that turn as you read.

And I've already had a couple of sales! :)

(2) Dresses & Skirts Challenge: I'm doing the dresses and skirts challenge this month so my goal is to wear no pants all month. I'll blog about it, of course, and let you guys know how it goes.

I have made it through the whole month, so far, without wearing pants! I have missed them and am looking forward to wearing them again, but I learned a lot about how I feel about my dresses and skirts. I've been documenting it in two places...

My Capsule Wardrobe Challenge blog posts for What I Wore Wednesday...

The Dresses & Skirts Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Begins
New Capsule Wardrobe Challenge
A Summer Capsule Wardrobe
Capsule Wardrobe with Dresses & Skirts

My Dresses & Skirts Capsule Wardrobe Squidoo lens...

(3) Optimize My Blog: I'm taking the 31 Days Blog Challenge again and am hoping to increase traffic and maybe even Google and Alexa ranks.

Well, two out of three is good, right? :)

I have participated in some of the challenge but just have had difficulty finding the time to participate fully. Maybe next time! On the other hand, I have been doing other things to improve the blog (SEO optimization, etc) and my stats have improved, so that's good!

How did you do with your goals this month?
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"I thought I didn't feel good in my clothes because I was not my ideal weight. I am still not my ideal weight, but since learning how to dress my truth I feel like I look good. I haven’t felt that way for years. And all thanks to this remarkable new way of seeing myself." –Michelle, posting on Carol Tuttle’s Facebook wall.
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Living True to Who You Are: Are You a Dressing Your Truth Type 3?

What's Your Dressing Your Truth Type

Read on to find out if you might be a dressing your truth type 3...

This blog post is the third in a series about living true to your dressing your truth type. The first post in the series is about the power of being a dressing your truth type 1 and you can find it here. The second post, about the dressing your truth type 2, is here.

Dressing Your Truth Type 3

"With a determined, active, dynamic nature, the Type 3’s natural power offers something the world needs right now, something that blesses us all. Do you know what it is?"~~Carol Tuttle





Are You a Dressing Your Truth Type 3?

What did you think about the power of the dressing your truth type 3? Did it remind you of anyone you know? Although my family does not have anyone who is a dressing your truth type 3, I think I have some type three energy as part of my secondary influence (close tie with type 1).

And I have met some wonderful type 3 women in the dressing your truth forum and I agree with this affirmation of who they are.


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I help plus-sized women who don't feel beautiful in their clothes discover their perfect style & create a closet filled with clothes they love that love them back!

"I thought I didn't feel good in my clothes because I was not my ideal weight. I am still not my ideal weight, but since learning how to dress my truth I feel like I look good. I haven’t felt that way for years. And all thanks to this remarkable new way of seeing myself." –Michelle, posting on Carol Tuttle’s Facebook wall.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Capsule Wardrobe with Dresses & Skirts: My Favorites, So Far

I'm linking up this week's capsule wardrobe extravaganza with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday...

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What I've Worn Since Last Week: Still Dresses & Skirts for My Capsule Wardrobe...

The most interesting thing that happened last week was my birthday. My son and my mom and I went out to lunch and had a great afternoon. Most of the other times I was just running errands, going to the grocery store, taking out the trash or walking to the mailbox.


The exciting life of a write-at-home mom! Not the capsule wardrobe you might expect :).









Favorite Summer Capsule Wardrobe Outfits, So Far...

I am still feeling very dressed up for a quick trip to the health food store or an afternoon at home. So most of what I am wearing this month, I am likely to reserve for more special occasions like church or going to the movies.

That becomes ever more clear as this month continues. But I think I am also discovering a preference for dresses over skirts. The dresses have more flow, feel more comfortable and feel more feminine, without being too overdone.





I think the other thing I am noticing about my style preference is that I prefer casual to cute and though I enjoy adding a flower here and there, my favorite outfits have less frill. Still putting it all together, but getting there as I pay close attention to what feels right and what does not.

A couple of new dresses came in last week, though, and I'll be interested to see what they add to the equation. Stay tuned! :)

Want to add your pictures of dresses or skirts? Here's the linky thing...


How are you feeling about your capsule wardrobe this summer? Are you still in love with what you're wearing?

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