Wide Calf Boots Y’all!

How excited am I to finally find a pair of knee-high boots that REALLY fit my calves? BEYOND THRILLED. These beautiful leather boots are from Ted & Muffy – a UK boot brand that offers CUSTOM calf sizes on their boots. Additionally they offer sizing up to US 12 and wide shoe widths as well. I am so excited to see so many options for folks of all sizes. 

It’s been so long since I’ve had a pair of wide calf boots that was big enough to wear OVER a pair of jeans, that I just had to try this Demeter Boot with a pair of skinny jeans. Weekends are made for a casual look of skinny jeans, boots and an oversized top. But this style of boot could be dressed up quite well too – I love the versatility. 

Dip Hem Black Top – City Chic – L (special sizing)
Skinny Jegging Jeans – Torrid – 18 – available here
Parka – Old Navy
Demeter Boots – Ted & Muffy – available here
Black/White Bag – Rebecca Minkoff
Glasses – SEE Eyewear

Products provided by Ted & Muffy. All opinions are my own.

Pop Art and a Polkadot Dress

Happy 2016 friends!  I started the year off with a BANG! with a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s POP ART show. I’m in love with so many of the artists in the exhibit but I especially love the intense graphics all over the exterior of the building advertising the show.  Just look at the geometric red bars and the newly redesigned MCA font – perfection!

I felt right at home in my very graphic outfit of this polka-dot Carmakoma sweater dress (they are one of my favorite plus size brands) and black/white Rebecca Minkoff purse. I have been absolutely lusting after this plus size sweater dress for a year and it finally went on sale via Gwynnie Bee so I snatched it up.  Other reviewers complained that it was sack-like and see-through but neither of those things seem like downsides to me.  I love the tunic shape and bold print and I just paired it with leggings and a cami so it doesn’t matter if it’s sheer.

I’m still trying to grow my hair out as you can see, but it’s getting longer! I’m really looking forward to some fun styling this year once I get some overall length. 

My goals this year aren’t quite solidified yet, but I’m getting there. I hope to have up a post once I have some downtime in Los Angeles next week.

Carmakoma Polkadot Dress – Sz L (this is special sizing – Sz L = US Size 20)
Leggings – Lysse – Sz XL (I’m in LOVE with these wide-waistband leggings)
Cami – St Eve – Sz XL
Necklace – Forever 21
Booties – Lucky Brand
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

Oh look I got dressed and hung out with my favorite femme and went to an actual party. I haven’t done that in ages. Nothing like gossiping with a small gaggle of femmes in a bar. Seriously. 

It’s busy season for me my loves – I’m deep in the weeds of small business holiday shopping for my little shop LastCraft

I am hoping for lots more outfit posts in early next year and perhaps a few small holiday party posts. There are SO many good plus size holiday party dresses available this year. My favorites so far are from Eloquii (seen above). Any favorites you can share?

For those that are interested, I’ll be doing a few upcoming markets in the Chicago area – I’d love to see y’all! We’ve got some amazing new totebags and enamel pins! 
Show of Hands – Nov 20-22 at Architectural Artifacts
Renegade Holiday Show – Dec 5&6 at Bridgeport Art Center

Outfit Details (on me – on right)

Black Body-Con Dress – Dorothy Perkins sz 20
Petite Black Leather Harness – Zana Bayne
Porcupine Earrings – Etsy
Glasses – SEE Eyewear

Summer Days in Los Angeles

My birthday is smack dab in the middle of the summer and when I was a kid, I just hated the fact that all my friends were away on vacation when my big day came around. It made for a lot of family filled birthday events – I guess it helps that I have FOUR siblings.

Keeping with the family theme for birthdays this year, I planned a trip to visit my sister in L.A. Usually when I visit, I stay on the west side (UCLA area) and stay with her and my lovely nieces and nephew.  This time, I still spent lots of time with her, but S and I wanted to check out some stuff in other parts of L.A. We booked a gorgeous little airbnb in Silverlake – our hosts had two sweet pitbulls and a lovely patio area for us to hang out on. We spent a lot of time between Silverlake and hollywood.

Our trip was so fantastic – I want to share my favorites with you!

The best coffee in Silverlake was Dinosaur coffee by far – they had delicious almond milk lattes for S and I am an iced coffee or iced mocha girl and all were perfection. The pastries were also just to die for – the strawberry croissant just took me to a new level. I also loved my rice bowl from Sqirl – a hearty and filling breakfast at this hip brunch spot.

Of course no trip to LA is complete without a visit to Lucky Scent’s Scent Bar where I sampled lots of delicious perfumes and bought Kilian’s Imperial Tea which smells like sticking your nose into a big glass of iced tea (and it was my wedding day scent!) – perfect for a summer night.

There was record shopping at Amoeba Records and browsing for tchotchkes at Wacko/Soap Plant. My favorite dinner of the entire trip was the vegan mexican food at Gracias Madre. The patio was perfect and the food was unbelievably good (and with a hot queer chef to top that off!)

I also experienced the largest Forever 21 plus size section I’ve ever been in while at the Ontario Mills Mall – I highly recommend a trip if you’re anywhere in the area.

OH! Also I chopped off my hair! Fat girl pixie cut and silver toned 🙂

Gray hooded dress – 2x – Forever 21+
Necklace – Forever 21
Glasses – SEE eyewear
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

White/Black shirt – 3x – Forever 21+
Black skinny jeans – 18 – Torrid
Silver sandals – Sam Edelman
Glasses – SEE eyewear
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

A few more photos from our honeymoon – see main post here

INTHETHICKOFIT – My Favorite Outfits of 2014

2014 was a pretty huge year for me.  I did a lot of PR work here and I got married in September and my side gig LastCraft took off (and was featured on the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Onion AV Club).

These were some of the most popular posts on my blog in the past year, and they also happen to be some of my favorite outfits

Thanks everyone for such an amazing year. What good things are in store for 2015?

Photo 1 – Librarian Witch

Photo 2 – When Old is New

Photo 3 – Siouxsie Sioux Shirt aka Old Goth

Photo 4 – Weekend Geometry

Photo 5 – Queer Femme Wedding

Photo 6 – My wedding!

Photo 7 – Nicolette Mason for ModCloth Suit

Thanksgiving Week

What a delight to have a few days away from work and to spend time with S and our baby dogs and our friends. We hosted a delicious vegetarian Thanksgiving feast and had so many beautiful friends over to our home. And after two days of cooking, I was totally pooped.  So on Saturday, S and I decided to get out of the house and do a little bit of shopping and running around the neighborhood.

I couldn’t be bothered to get too dressed up as I am still full from all the thanksgiving food and leftovers. But this casual outfit features my new pair of favorite boots and I wanted to share with you all.

Check out my instagram for lots of photos of my friends and shopping!

Sweater – Nordstrom Rack, 2x
Jeans – Style & Co skinnies, 16W
Ankle booties – Sam Edelman Lucca boot (via Nordstrom Rack)
Necklace – Forever 21
Glasses – SEE Eyewear
Scarf – Target (ltd. edition last year)
Stripe coat – vintage
Gloves – H&M (2 years ago)

A Day at the MoCA

A few months ago, I found out that the punk-inspired Michael Clark Dance Company was going to be doing a performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.  SO EXCITING! Of course I had to wear a slightly punk-inspired outfit to attend, so I pulled on my favorite Dr. Martens and a baby-doll dress perfect for a fall day.

It was a fantastic show – sensual and weird and the costumes were so fashion-inspired and odd in the best way.  I couldn’t recommend it more highly.  Plus dance is such an intense art, the first performance included makeup intended to sweat off the dancers in streams down their faces.  It was so perfect.

Play Fleur Keeps Dress – ModCloth – 2x (I was in between sizes and glad to size up to keep a more flowy babydoll effect)
Gray Tights – Target – 1x/2x
Dr. Martens Boots
Stripe Socks – H&M (I love the black/gray/white pattern sock packs they put out each autumn for men – I scoop them up every year)
Jean Jacket – GAP
Railroad Tie Necklace – Chicago-based Redbud Jewelry
Glasses – SEE Eyewear

Nicolette Mason for Modcloth

How adorable is my lovely friend Nicolette Mason’s collection for ModCloth? I mean – cute trend-forward and vintage-inspired pieces in straight and plus sizes – what more could you ask for?

I immediately snatched up the Take Charm Jacket and coordinating Intrepid Attitude Pants.  This jacket is such amazing quality – I’ve honestly never been so impressed by an item from ModCloth.  The knit material is stretchy but also fully lined. The pants are also amazing – stretchy in all the right places, narrow modern cut legs.

This great suit can be worn to work but also works as a great going out set with some pumps and flashy jewelry. I highly recommend it.

And sorry about my short absence – I just crashed hard after the wedding and I’ve been dealing with some health stuff. Check out my day-to-day goings on at instagram

Take Charm Jacket – Modcloth – Sz 2X
Intrepid Attitude Pants – Modcloth – Sz 2X
Cat shirt – Forever 21 – Sz 2X
Bronze-tip Oxfords – Clarks UK
Quartz Bracelet – Moonshine Divine Company
Glasses – SEE Eyewear
Hair by Patrick at Fringe Salon (Chicago)

Almost Wedding Photos

Some of y’all may know that I’m getting married in Houston this weekend – omg! I’m really excited to share little bits of that day with everyone, but wanted to show off this cool pre-wedding  shoot that we did.  S and I wanted stark/graphic outfits to go along with the amazing public art in Houston. I added pops of color like the belt and bracelet. These photos by RS Photography turned out perfectly!

Black/White Dress – Dorothy Perkins – US Size 18 (then tailored to my waist)
Teal Belt – ASOS
Necklace – Vince Camuto via nordstrom rack
Black Shoes – Chromatic Gallerie
Bracelet – unknown brand via nordstrom rack
Glasses – SEE Eyewear (both pair)
My hair by the amazing Patrick at Fringe Salon

S is wearing a shirt from nordstrom rack, tailored suiting shorts, tall socks, creepers and ray ban sunglasses