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Building a Capsule Wardrobe
birch woods
Hey folks,

It's me again!  This week I've been prepping my capsule wadrobe for fall. - A capsule wardrobe is a planned set of seasonal clothes (usually 30-37 pieces per season), that helps you focus on your personal style, not overspending, wearing all of what you own regularly, and getting rid of clothes that don't fit or work well for you.  In the end there's less fuss when you get dressed each day because things work well together, you can experiment more knowing things will pair well together.  It also clears out space if like me you end up with more than you wear and also hold on to things that don't fit.

In my latest blog post I explain more about my process for putting my fall capsule together as well as look at what worked and what didn't in my summer capsule.  You can check that out here - http://lydiadickson.blogspot.com/2015/08/making-my-second-capsule-wardrobe.html

Here's a sample shot from my planning sheets:

Also if any of you want to check it out there's a site called Thred Up which allows you to sell your clothes on consignment.  They send you a postage paid bag to fill and you get credit for whatever they accept (which is probably going to be more than average for plus sized clothing because it's in high demand), and then there's the shop where you can buy, and use your credit if you've sold items.  I'm sending a bunch off so in a couple weeks there will be a nice influx of items in sizes 16-20 and 6.5-7.5 shoes if all goes well.  If you're interested you can use my link and get $20 off your first purchase http://www.thredup.com/r/SY7WLZ

And OOTD and What's in my Bag
birch woods
Hey everyone there's a new OOTD on my blog and I thought I'd have some fun and share a list of what I carry in my bag.  http://lydiadickson.blogspot.com/2015/08/what-has-it-got-in-its-pocketses.html

What do you folks like to carry in your bag/pockets?

woven dresses?
gus gus
hi fats!

i have relocated to hot climes and my unifom of jersey dresses has proven too hot. so, i'm looking for places i can acquire woven cotton dresses (or linen, i guess), which tends to be harder than it sounds. i'm a 26US in wovens, i think. eshakti, obviously, but do any of you have any ideas?

i would also be interested in buying used woven dresses, potentially, as we are broke and new is expensive - messaqge me a picture or point me to your exchange post if you have something in my size!

Becoming a Seattle Fat!
Hi all! I'm moving to Seattle at the end of September and would love any insight into shopping or fun activities for fats there.

Back Again
birch woods
Hey everyone, I'm back with another blog with OOTDs and some thoughts on fast fashion and shopping ethically as a plus sized person.  I'm compiling a list of various ethical and/or sustainable plus sized clothing brands too.  So if you folks know of any let me know and I'll add them to the list.  Also there's some final bits of my Gwynnie Bee review.  Here's the blog post - http://lydiadickson.blogspot.com/2015/08/thoughts-on-fast-fashion.html

And here's one of my recent outfits (more on my blog!):

Kimono - ASOS, top - City Chic, Necklace - Amber Goulet (friend of mine with a marvelous Etsy shop!), Shorts - Lane Bryant, and Sandals - Modcloth.
My measurements are as follows 49in bust, 43in waist, and 54in hips.  Mostly I fit into around sizes 20-24 wearing a smaller size on top than on bottom.

Thanks for reading!

Letting my husband dress me
birch woods
Hi folks,
I figured I'd try letting my husband dress me for our latest date night so I could both see what he picked/likes and teach him a bit about how to put together outfits.  The result wasn't too bad I think:

Top from Macy's, Necklace by Suzanne Love Jewelry (Raleigh, NC local who can be found on Etsy), Bag from Target, Skirt from Torrid, and shows from Toms

I included it along with a couple more oufits I wore to the family reunion last weekend in my latest blog post, which you can find here - http://lydiadickson.blogspot.com/2015/08/blue-moon-fashion.html

There's also some travel photography since we drove from North Carolina to Georgia and back.  Thanks for looking!

Hair color and blog post
birch woods
Hey everyone....sorry if I'm dominating a bit around here.  If it gets to be too much please let me know!  I just want to be sure I share with you all because I've been part of the community here for a really long time, and you all have inspired me through my journey to the point I'm at now where I'm including fashion and such in my blog.

So I went from reddish hair and blond bangs to mermaid hair this week.  I'm super excited about it!  And I wanted to share my process on my blog.  Here is a before and after shot, which in between shots and more on my blog - http://lydiadickson.blogspot.com/2015/07/fashion-friday.html as well as a couple OOTDs.

Thanks for reading and feel free to suggest new ways for me to style my capsule wardobe as you check out my outfits!
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birch woods
Hi everyone!
I've started photographing my OOTDs now that I'm blogging about my capsule wardobe.  I thought I'd share one of the outfits here, there are two more on my blog, plus some of this weeks experience with trying out Gwynnie Bee.  You can find it here: http://lydiadickson.blogspot.com/2015/07/summer-fun-and-fashion.html  Thanks!

Top Anthropologie, Skirt Catos, Sandals Modcloth. 49in bust, 43in waist, 54in hips and typically size 20 on top and 22 on bottom.

Capsule Wardrobes
birch woods
Hey folks!

Over the past few months I've been hearing more and more about capsule wardrobes and it inspired me to create one of my own.  I've been blogging about the process and would love to hear what you all think.  Have any of you made one?  Also if you have ideas for styling summer clothes in cute ways that won't make a person overheat I'd be interested in checking them out too!

For reference I wear about a size 20 on top and 22 on bottom, with 49in bust - 43in waist - 54in hips.

Without further ado here's a link http://lydiadickson.blogspot.com/2015/07/more-capsule.html

And a teaser picture of part of my collection too!

Thanks for reading!

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A Use: Christmas Define Naughty
One other question.

So I recently bought this shirt that is mostly backless. However, I don't have a bra that doesn't show with it.

Are there any good plus-size backless bras.

The only one I can really find via Google is this one: http://www.barenecessities.com/fashion-forms-go-bare-ultimate-boost-backless-strapless-bra-16540_product.htm?pf_id=FashionForms16540&search=

Not sure if I quite trust adhesive for my DDs. Has anyone had any luck with these? I seem to recall they used to make ones with just plastic, see-through backs. Do they still make those?


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