When I arrived at my Mother-in-Law's on the Monday before Thanksgiving, I was actually feeling pretty decent about my outfit:
OK, the Oompa-Loompa look is courtesy of Hubby's crappy photography skills. It's hard to get a shot from him that isn't completely blurred, let alone a decent angle! I have yet to get a decent photo of the earrings, so that will have to wait for another day. But here's the buckle, which I adore:
Anyhoo-- I wore the same jeans the next day to do some shopping for my largely house-bound M-I-L, then got a look at my outfit in a full-sized mirror in the Wal-Mart ladies' room:
And I'm not liking what I'm seeing... blurriness and grubby mirror aside. What's really bothering me, like the last pair of jeans I wore (and posted) recently, is the knees:
Boot-cut jeans, unless they are pretty loose, tend to "grab" my knees at the worst spot! Since I've been "big", I've been very self-conscious about my tiny kneecaps "lost in a sea of fat". There is a lot of extra inner knee chub... and I despair. I wear my (very, very few) skirts and dresses just below the knee for that very reason.
Even when I'm slim, I have disproportionately large thighs, including inner knee "chub"... and I've always had the "lap spread" when I sit-- even when my size eight jeans were hanging off me as I was a stressball while finishing law school. A couple of boyfriends, over the years, remarked that they hadn't seen that on other girls... and yet those guys still walk this Earth. As far as I know, anyway. I am a merciful soul.
And now I need to remember to NEVER buy boot-cut pants or jeans again. In life. EVER!!! At least I should be able to avoid buying any more *crossing fingers* or the foreseeable future, as I will have these beauties:
Recently, Lane Bryant came out with the best trouser-cut jeans I've had the pleasure of wearing. Indeed, I also ordered extras in every size (that LB carries) smaller than I'm wearing now once they went on sale for 1/2 off! I know it sounds weird, but I have to snag them while I can... because decent pants-- especially jeans-- are almost as difficult for me to find as a unicorn!
They are actually a bit long, even when I'm wearing high-ish shoes (how weird!) I'm still debating whether I want to have them taken up a little, but I'm trying to avoid all but absolutely necessary tailoring expenses. The waist is a wee bit big on me, but not quite enough to be worth tailoring. The solution: a belt. But regular belts just won't do because, due to my Super-Curves, they stick out oddly in the back:
Regular belt vs. elastic belt... weird, eh? For some pants, a curved belt works nicely. But elastic belts are my "Boo", as my sister says.
Not that I'm going to toss my boot-cut jeans, once they are looser... they will look a bit better. So you may see them again in a few pounds... well, a few more pounds than initially anticipated. What was supposed to be a few days at M-I-L's turned into a week. A week of carbs and gluttony....
So I've set myself back in the weight-loss department. Damage total: +5 lbs. since I left for M-I-L's until December 2nd. Net gain for November: +2 lbs. Not thrilled, but it could be worse... I cheated a good bit even before Carb Fest 2014!
I chose very simple earrings for this pretty basic outfit:
And I'm throwing up this shot, taken on my way home, because I thought it turned out kind of neat. And I love the embroidery on this thermal top:
It cracks me up that the spots on this rest stop mirror look like snow!
Bootcut jeans: Jacklyn Smith "Angel Cut" from Kmart
Black top: via Wal-Mart
Bamboo belt: via Boscov's
Sneakers: Saucony via Facebook "garage sale" group
Twist hoop earrings: Premier Designs
Burgundy top: Dress Barn Woman via Goodwill
You can't really see the blue top and accessories through the blurriness, so I will save that for another day.
FYI: I was doing this entire blog from my Android phone, snatching moments out of my busy life for quick photos. But I hate auto-correct with a purple passion, so now I'm using the computer for most of the work. I am still using my phone for the photos, though. My photo sizes may be erratic, and the quality isn't stellar. I am not a professional blogger, and do not have time for lots of scenic poses with a great camera. I don't even own a great camera! However, I DO appreciate your continued feedback, even in the absence of photographic artistry.
DJ/Radio Producer-turned-Lawyer attempts to dress like a grown-up. Sometimes I comically fail. And I occasionally post fun stuff, like music videos, book-club reviews, or photos of beauty or oddity.