ProudMary’s Plus Size Fashion Show –  Fashion on the Fringe

This week was super fun for me. I spent a lot of it with Jessica the owner of the perfect online plus size boutique Proud Mary. She held an amazing fashion show and shopping event Friday night at Fringe Salon (this is where I get my hair done BTW – by the amazing Patrick McAfee). 

Seriously I am almost without words about how cool this event was.  It was filled with my people –  gorgeous wonderful fat women 🙂 I honestly have never had such a positive response from walking a runway – everyone was so kind and generous. It was also great that there was so much shopping and this amazing photobooth by GlitterGuts

Above are all the outfits I wore – and they’re all available now at Proud Mary

My nails are by gigi at fringe salon find her on her tumblr thegigijigglesnails and IG @thegigijiggles 

Makeup is by Liz find her on IG @itslizmedaris 

Farmers Market and Striped Maxi Dress

I’ve been a vegetarian for several years now and one of my favorite things about spring is that the farmers markets finally start up again in Chicago and I have access to loads of gorgeous fresh fruit and veg. My favorite market is in Logan Square on sunday mornings.  I usually meet up with a friend or two for coffee at one of the many coffee shops in the area and then head over to buy delicious foods. 

This week I bought a new squash plant and some lettuce and spinach. My lovely pal M bought a giant loaf of sourdough that I wish I had also purchased because I’ve been thinking about it ALL week. That is on my list for this weekend for sure.

I decided to wear this lovely sheer striped maxi from eShakti over some shorts and a cami with my birkenstocks.  It was a perfect choice for the windy but warm weather – I love nothing more than a breeze blowing my maxi dress around me. I feel like I’m conjuring up something fun – hah! 

OUTFIT DETAILS
Sheer Striped Maxi – eShakti – Sz 20
High-Rise shorts – City Chic – Sz 18
Cami – St. Eve – Sz 1X
Braided Belt from Nordstrom
Gold Moon earrings – limited edition top shop
Black Diamond Necklace “Sylvie” – Dana Rebecca
Backpack – gift
Strappy Birkenstocks via zappos, Sz 41
Glasses – SEE Eyewear

Oh where oh where has InTheThickofIt been?

Well first of all, I’m still posting a lot on instagram @inthethickofit and i would LOVE it if you follow me and interact with me there. It’s not just clothes posts – it’s also a lot of my day-to-day and my sweet dogs Scout and Sailor and delicious food I eat. Typical insta, right?

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Oh dear readers of InTheThickofit – it’s been a heck of a year. I just wanted to issue a quick apology for the slowing down of posts in the last 6 months. I am trying to get things together for more MORE MORE!!! but that hasn’t happened as quickly as I’d like. My lovely partner S is my photographer and between my schedule and his, there has been no time to take decent outfit photos. 

Also my weight has fluctuated quite a bit in the recent months and I’ve been finding it difficult to readjust my wardrobe accordingly. Sometimes it’s just hard to admit that life isn’t super easy. But I’m working through it and drinking lots of chai which seems to help a little 🙂

Here’s what’s happening though…I’ve got an amazing little Etsy shop called LastCraft that has just totally blown up.  There’s also my full time day-job that takes up about 12 hours of my weekdays. It’s just busy. 

I do have to say i am completely thankful for my plus size clothing subscription service Gwynnie Bee. It’s been so nice to add items that fit my ever-changing body to my wardrobe, even temporarily. Seriously if you haven’t tried them, you really should (and here’s a code that includes a free month if you’re so inclined). Below is one of my favorite recent purchases from them

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I’ll be hopefully posting more soon – just wanted you all to know I’m thinking of you and missing you lots!

Impromptu Date Night

It’s been a really really busy few weeks. I’ve not had one relaxing night in forever. After seeing a post from Reno Chicago about their $5 pasta night, S and I decided to go on an impromptu date! Just look at those delicious dishes of fresh pea and mint pasta and burrata on toast.

I had just a few minutes to change – and it’s still been quite cold. I wore a sleeveless sheer cream top with a denim shirt and then a light faux-leather jacket from city chic on top.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Quilted Jacket – City Chic (M)
Sheer top with buttons – Forever 21+ (3X)
Denim shirt – Forever 21+ (2X)
Black Jeans – Target Pure Energy (16)
Suede Booties – Sam Edelman 

Transitional Stripes

The moment I saw this Mixed Stripe Dress from Eloquii, I knew I had to have it. I love the “sack” shape of it – but it is not so bag-like that it is frumpy. It’s a perfect dress to wear from spring to summer as the material is light and easy but it pairs well with leggings and a jacket. The minimalist shape and pattern are just a great addition to my spring wardrobe. 

I spent the day shopping for new glasses (I can’t wait to share those with you in a few weeks) and just walking around downtown with S. We shared an amazing cinnamon roll and iced coffee (YUM!) and also popped into LUSH to get my favorite spring bath bubble bar Ultraviolet. Are any of my readers LUSH fans? What are your favorites? 

OUTFIT DETAILS
Mixed Stripe Dress – Eloquii – Size 18/20 (TBH, i probably would have been fine in the 14/16, but I really doesn’t matter too much with a dress this shape)
Waxed Denim Jacket – H&M+
Necklace – Forever 21
Earrings – gift
Leggings – Spanx – Size XL
Leather Backpack – gift (via etsy)
Glasses – SEE Eyewear
Oxford metallic-tip shoes – Clarks UK

Sheerest of the sheer

Do any of my readers know the classic Garbage song “Queer?” It was one of my favorites as a teenager and I got it stuck in my head for the title of this post. Hah! 

This absolutely beautiful plus size button-up maxi dress from Proud Mary is so sheer and airy. I’m obsessed with it.  I plan on wearing it with shorts and a tank top and my dr. martens later in the season when it warms up a bit. It can also be worn over a slipdress. On this cool spring day, I paired it with leggings, my quilted leather jacket and some ankle boots.  I love how “Stevie Nicks” it feels – I just wanted to spin around in it.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Plus size Sheer Floral Maxi Dress – Sz 3X – Proud Mary – available here
Leggings – Spanx “All the way” – Sz XL
Quilted faux-leather jacket – Sz M – City Chic (they have unusual sizing!)
Ankle Boots – Sam Edelman
Moon Earrings – Topshop (limited edition)
Necklace – Forever 21
Glasses – SEE Eyewear

Also you can see a little bit of my new thistle tattoo from stephanie at butterfat studios. It’s not finished yet, but I’m so in love – can’t wait to share more of it with y’all later this spring.

The dress was provided by Proud Mary for my review. The thoughts expressed here are my own.

Lace for spring, how groundbreaking!

Lace is about as floraly as I tend to get – and now that it’s finally warm enough in Chicago that I don’t have to wear a heavy coat constantly, well it’s time for this lace skirt.

I bought this skirt last year at Nordstrom Rack. I found it in the straight size section and figured I could probably wear it since it had an elastic waist. Well, I’ve gained a bit of weight since last year and what do you know, it STILL fits. I’m not sure what the intended fit shape is supposed to be, but I think it works as it is on me. Proof that it’s worth investigating straight size sections in any store!

Paired with some short booties and my always-present denim jacket, well here you go – a decent spring outfit. 

What are you wearing for spring? 

OUTFIT DETAILS
Lace Skirt – Nordstrom Rack, Sz XL
Sheer button-up shirt – Forever 21, Sz 2X
Denim Jacket – GAP, Sz XL
Sam Edelman suede booties
Necklace – gift

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

Bowie Is

This weekend S and I headed to the Museum of Contemporary Art to check out the David Bowie exhibit. I thought my new tall wedge dr. martens caitlin boots were a perfect thing to wear to see glam-god bowie. 

Sadly we couldn’t take any photos in the show – but it’s totally worth checking out. I especially loved the room with the klaus nomi/ SNL performance costume and a lot of the more “gender bending” costumes. 

It was a wonderful sunday – and I threw in some photos of S looking adorable in his weird long tunic hoodie.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Les Femme Sweatshirt – Nicolette Mason for Modcloth – Sz 2X
Vegan Leather Skirt – Forever 21 – Sz 14
Leggings – Spanx Sz XL
Caitlin Wedge Boots – Dr Martens
Glasses – SEE Eyewear

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!

OUTFIT DETAILS
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)