This year quite a few of us in my friends group had nothing to do for Easter. And so we decided to get together for a potluck at my friend Jenny’s house. It wasn’t anything fancy, but for me anything is a good excuse to get dressed up. My husband and I got there first, so I used it as an opportunity to take some pictures to share with all of you.
Patricia Maxi Dress from Igigi. Size: 18/20 Height: 5’8″ Shape: Between an Hourglass and a Pear.
Patricia Maxi Dress from Igigi. Size: 18/20 Height: 5’8″ Shape: Between an Hourglass and a Pear.
Patricia Maxi Dress from Igigi on their model. Model Info: Wearing Size 14/16, Height – 6′, Shape – Hourglass
So as you can tell from the captions I was wearing the Patricia Maxi Dress from Igigi. This dress is still available, but only in a size 12. I have to admit that I did not buy directly from IGIGI, but instead did the try it before you buy it program through Gwynnie Bee. This would not normally be my first choice on what to buy from IGIGI, and that is exactly the type of stuff I have been trying to get through Gwynnie Bee. This is only my second time wearing this dress, but I absolutely love it. It is very comfortable and figure flattering. I love the trendy touch with the sheer top and hem. I included both the models sizing and mine so you could see the differences. With it I had on a pair of silver earings that was a gift from my mom. And I was barefoot because we don’t wear shoes in my friend Jenny’s house.
I had a chance to take a couple more pictures before everyone got there, and I wanted to share.
Me and Jenny
Look what was in Jenny’s Easter Basket.
But back to the dress. I see this dress easily going from work to a date night or party. Because of the vibrantly colored print all you need are some simple accessories. How would you style it? Have you had a chance to try this dress?, and if so what did you think of it?
I wanted to take the time to share something personal with all of you. I don’t really want this blog to become about this, but I felt that sharing this may be a good way to connect to all of you, my readers. I also feel a lot of issues in life are created by trying to hide the things society tells us we should be embarrassed or ashamed of, so I try and be very open about things in my life. I am not going to try and educate anyone here, but if after reading you have questions, feel free to ask.
So you may over time begin to notice there may be stretches of days or weeks where I post less here and on Facebook, if you follow me there. I have some prominent health issues in my life that really wreck havoc at times. Its a pretty long list, so I figured I would share the basic ones that create the most problems for me.
I suffer from Fibromyalgia. While there are many components and sub-illnesses involved with fibromyalgia, I think the picture below does a decent job of showing the major symptoms involved.
Most, but not all, of my fibromyalgia symptoms are bigger issues in the winter. So it is far more likely that you will notice absences in the winter months, especially if it is an exceptionally cold winter.
I also have chronic fatigue syndrome. Often, but not always, chronic fatigue can go hand in hand with fibromyalgia. Its pretty common that if someone has one they also have the other. Here is another graphic that is pretty decent at summing up the basics of chronic fatigue.
Chronic fatigue keeps me feeling as though I can not accomplish a lot in a day. I become exhausted very easy, and simple task are so hard.
I also have a ruptured disk at L5/S1. Which in turn causes sciatica. Sciatica is pain and burning sensations radiating from the sciatic nerve, which is pictured below.
There is more, but I don’t want to scare anyone with my list of health issues. The biggest change in my life after all the years of dealing with all this is not being able to be active to the degree I use to be. When I was younger, before my health problems began, I was extremely active. I loved to hike, camp, dance, and travel often. I can’t camp anymore at all, and the other things I am very limited in how and when I can do them. While I was never
Fashion is a great way for me to make myself feel better at times. After having a bought of not being able to do much, it is a relief to get dressed and feel normal as much as possible. This is a bit of a double edged sword though. Since most of my illnesses are considered invisible illnesses people often don’t realize there is anything wrong with me, and inadvertently people say things that can be frustrating or hurtful. In some ways its like being plus size. I mean, as a plus size woman, we often hear things like “your pretty for a big girl”, “you would looks even better when you lose some weight”, or “you know being your weight you will probably have a heart attack”. Similarly when you have an invisible illness you hear “if you would just try this (insert pill, exercise, or product that is the latest craze here) you would feel so much better”, “your just making excuses so you don’t have to (insert activity here)”, or “but you don’t look sick”. No matter where its coming from, most people have good intentions and think they are helping, but of course there are always those few that don’t.
People so often speak before thinking. All those people who think that my health is because of my weight are so wrong. My weight is because of my illness. There are so many reasons why anyone could gain weight. And none of them are anyone’s business but your own. All those test the doctors always like to run when you are overweight, because they are so sure you are going to have diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. I had to go through so many doctors before I found one that got it. My test always come back well within normal range, sometimes better than my very skinny doctor.
If any of you are dealing with some of the same types of issues, I would love to hear your experiences. Post a comment below, or post on Facebook.
Wanted to do a quick review of another dress I tried through the Gwynnie Bee service. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of me in it this time, but I am sharing a pic of the dress. This time it was the Emma maxi dress in jade print from SWAK Designs.
Emma Maxi Dress
First let me say that I do love SWAK, but their clothing is very hit or miss for me with the sizing. With this dress the waist and hips fit me very well. (I am between an hourglass and an apple shape.) However the arm holes and bust were huge on me. The bust constantly gapped open. But the biggest issue for me was the length. I am 5’8″ tall (relatively tall), yet it was still dragging the floor. I had to either walk holding the skirt up or get tripped by it. The top fabric was great, very soft. However the skirt portion was an odd fabric that reminded me of polyesters from the 70’s and early 80’s. Overall this dress is just not for me.
I for a little while have been using Gwynnie Bee. If you don’t know what Gwynnie Bee is, “Gwynnie Bee is a monthly subscription service for size 10-32. You pay a flat monthly subscription fee for access to a collection of over 1000 styles. The subscription also covers unlimited free shipping and exchanges.” When you sign up, you get your first month free, so you really can make sure you like the service before paying for it. In addition, members get a special service of trying and then buying it for a discounted price.
Today I wanted to share some pictures with you of a really great dress before I send it back. I know you are probably thinking, if its a great dress why aren’t you keeping it, and really I would love to but I just don’t have the extra money right now.
Yes my head is cut out of the picture. The sun was so bright and right on my face it made it blurry and distracted from the dress. Anyway, back to the topic at hand.
The dress is from Style & Co. I paired it with a black shrug I had in my closet. I got it at Lane Bryants a few years ago. And my flip flops are the Cate Sandal from Flojos. (They really are the only brand of flip flops I will wear) That is Flojos, not like Flo Jo the runner, but its pronounce flo ho (Its the Spanish word for laid back). But I will post more about them later.
The dress, in my opinion is way prettier in person than in pictures. And it is extremely comfortable. Also, it makes the girls look really great.
I had a girls lunch date with one of my besties (I have three) Jenny. We decide to go to lunch near Jenny’s work in Frankfort, Ky. The Sage Garden Café and Wilson Nurseries are connected, not only because of the owners but also the use of the fresh garden produce in the cafe. I love restaurants that use locally grown. When we pulled up, it was a little surprising and a lot funny to see this:
Humungo fork and spoon in front of the Sage Garden Cafe
That is right a giant fork and spoon in a planter. After seeing this I expected the décor to be super kitchy, but it was more tasteful. And the food was delish, almost as good as spending time with my bestie. Portions were huge too.
Three side special. Yumm!
We also had some of their Raspberry Lemon Chiffon Cake.
Jenny says its healthy cake because it has a raspberry on top. Its fruit!!!
Yep that’s my friend Jenny. She is the awesome artist that created my logo for the blog. Jenny, you will see over time, usually has a funky, hippy vibe going on with her clothes. All of my friends have a very different vibe from me. So what did I wear:
An up close of my cheese smile.
Color Block Cowl Neck Sweater: Derek Heart Plus
Snake Print Leggings: Fashion Bug
Earrings: The Icing
You will be seeing a lot of the glasses over time. I do have contacts, but I only wear them for special occasions. My glasses are just more comfortable and easier to see through. I hope leggings stay in style for a long time, I really love pairing up leggings with a long sweater or top. Its an easy way to look chic when you want to be comfortable and not overly dressed up. I threw my hair up in a bun, another easy chic look for me since I have really long, thick hair. Its pretty hard to manage, and buns work well for me.