30 Day Style Challenge, Day 30!!! – Bad Ballerina

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Woohoo! I made it all the way through Clothe Your Curves’ 30 Day Style Challenge! Before I show you outfit #30, let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?

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And, TADA! Here’s #30!

30Now, we can all agree I have about as much edge as a cupcake, especially in front of my mom’s hanging plants, but I love mixing things that don’t go together, and what could go together less than a tulle skirt and a band t-shirt. I wore this skirt in a more ladylike fashion in outfit #12, but this look feels a little more like me. I think it’s rather appropriate that this is the final outfit of the challenge because I took longer than 30 days and broke many of the rules, but I’m sure Lei-Loni doesn’t mind. Rebel, rebel…      DSC_1464yes_FotoreditreduxLately, Joy Division has been my bedtime music, and no, I don’t have nightmares…anymore.

DSC_1436yes_FotoreditreduxAlso, I hope you all are having an excellent Halloween week! Here’s the obligatory blogger with a pumpkin picture. If only I would have gotten to go to the pumpkin patch this year. I do live near a town that’s really named “Pumpkin Center”…

DSC_1455yes_FotoreditreduxThanks for sticking with me for 30 outfits. It’s been a blast! I have a lot more fun things in store for you all for the rest of this week and throughout November. And, I’ll be playing dress up even after Halloween night, but I’ll explain that later.

DSC_1442yes_FotoreditreduxSo, as a music nerd, I gotta know–what’s your favorite band? Tell me in the comments! Until next time, rock on!

Jacket: Torrid (I got mine 2 years ago, but this one is almost, if not exactly, identical)
T-Shirt: 2nd & Charles
Skirt: Kiyonna via Gwynnie Bee: Style For Miles. Rent Your Wardrobe in Sizes 10-32. First Month: $10 When You Start Now. / Same skirt, different color directly from KiyonnaBoots: Jessica London
Tights: Jessica London

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30 Day Style Challenge, Day 29: My First Time – eBay

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DSC_1432_FotorreduxI’m back, baby! Thank you all for sticking with me while I survived some technical difficulties. I was offline for a few days because I was changing hosts, and hit a few speed bumps along the way. I was quite the nervous wreck while it was all getting sorted out, especially because I at one point thought I lost everything! Yikes! But I didn’t, thankfully, and I had many good friends attempting to keep me calm throughout the whole process. The good part is I learned a lot about computery things, I’m loving WordPress.org, and it feels good to be self-hosted! Plus, my new layout makes me happy!

Can you believe I’m almost done with the 30 Day Style Challenge? Sure, it took me more than 30 days and I’ve broken the no shopping rule more than once, but who’s counting? Well, I guess I am, but nonetheless…

Today, I’m introducing a new type of post. For “My First Time,” I’m shopping places I never have before, and telling you all about my experience. My first post is all about bae…I mean, eBay! Can you believe I’ve never bought anything from eBay before? I’ve used the site often, especially for researching the values of collectables and other fun things at my previous job, but I had never made a purchase. Why? The whole bidding thing scared me. Turns out, I thought it was more complicated than it actually is.

mid reduxI wanted to give eBay a try because I’ve seen so many other bloggers find out-of-stock or discontinued dresses from retro brands, and that’s what I was able to do with my first purchase. I’ve seen this Hell Bunny dress a number of places, namely ModCloth, Hot Topic, and Gwynnie Bee. The problem was I saw it too late. No matter where I looked, it was out of stock, at least in size 4x, in both this purple shade and in blue. When I went on eBay, I wasn’t seeking out this dress in particular, but I was pleased to see it up for bid. In the end, I didn’t get it for super cheap, but I did pay about $23 less than what ModCloth had it listed for when they had it in stock. However, I have heard of people getting Hell Bunny dresses for even lower on sale, though, but that was no longer an option.

When the dress arrived, it was impeccable! Here’s a link to the sold listing on eBay. As you can see the condition is listed as “New Without Tags.” This mean that the dress doesn’t have tags, but it has never been worn. While that can sound a bit fishy, I’ve heard that when dresses go straight to eBay sellers from a warehouse or factory, they often don’t have tags. If someone wore this dress before me, they could have fooled me. It even came out of the packaging perfectly pressed, which never happens.


Photo from ModCloth

I also bought the above Myrtlewood by ModCloth skirt from an eBay seller. This skirt, too, is no longer available from ModCloth; however, if I had caught it before it went out of stock, I would have payed slightly less than I did on eBay. This wasn’t an item up for bid, but rather for sale at a set price, and the seller had a few of the same skirt in stock. If you look at the listing, you see that it’s $15, but shipping is $10. Now, if you look at the lowest sale price on ModCloth before they no longer carried it, it sold at 70% off for $20.99. Had I put this skirt on my wishlist at ModCloth, I would have been notified when it was on sale or low in stock and saved a couple dollars, especially since I would have likely bought it with something else on sale and gotten free shipping on a $50+ order. While the condition was listed as “New Without Tags,” the skirt actually arrived sealed in a ModCloth “Stylish Surprise” package! Since the seller also had more than one of the skirt available, I’m sure the person was able to obtain inventory from ModCloth in some form or fashion.

DSC_1399_FotorreduxAnother thing to remember about eBay is you win some, you lose some on items up for bid. There were a couple auctions where the bids went higher than I was willing to pay, and I just had channel my inner Elsa and let it go. One cool thing about eBay is they have an automatic bidding function where you can enter the highest price you’re willing to bid, and they’ll automatically bid for you up to that price until time runs out. That’s what I did with the Hell Bunny dress, and success!

DSC_1426_FotorreduxsgNow, I have a couple of questions for you. Have you ever scored a great find on eBay? Also, are there any retailers you’d like for me to check out for “My First Time?” Let me know in the comments! Remember, I’m partial to places that offer sizes above 24 and shoes in extra wide widths. I’m so glad this dress and I were finally united in the best possible way. Also, I’m planning to do a “shop my closet” sale early next year, and checking out eBay gave me a lot of great info about being a good seller. Thanks for reading, and if you ever see this Bernie Dexter dress in 4X on eBay…holla at your girl!

Dress: Hell Bunny from eBay / Necklace and Earring Set: Charming Charlie / Shoes: Torrid(old, similar from Jessica London)


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30 Day Style Challenge, Day 28: It’s So Stretchy!

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DSC_1148two_FotoreditreduxNow, this is how I like to dress for fall! “Stretchy” clothes have come a long way since I’ve been a kid. In the old days, things that were stretchy were usually baggy, shapeless, and just for lounging around. Now, stretch blends actually help clothes, like jeans, hold their shape, and dressy even skirts and blazers are being made in higher quality knits. Today’s outfit is my ode to stretchiness. Even the vest has a little bit of give, but the amazing finds here are the skirt and tights. I’m not sure if the skirt’s material would be considered “scuba,” but it’s made of of a swimwear-type material with a bit of sheen. The actual color is a bit darker than in the pictures. The skirt is great in this casual outfit, but I’m looking forward to dressing it up one day.


DSC_1161five_FotoreditreduxAlso, I’m finally glad I found some good tights! I’ve wasted so much money on ill-fitting hosiery lately, even when ordering carefully according to size charts, which, by the way, are just plain weird. I’m not really sure how someone’s “weight” vs. height can determine fit being that weight is a determination of gravity and not always indicative of the amount of space someone takes up. Wouldn’t hip, waist, or thigh measurements along with height make more sense? Anyway, I finally got these tights from Jessica London along with a few other pairs, and they worked!

My advice for ordering tights is don’t let the sizing scare you. Your hosiery size will be either be a bigger number than you’re accustomed to, or it will be a random-looking letter size. (What’s a size Q?) While clothing sizes vary from shop to shop anyway, hosiery sizes are a different animal because they’re making allowances for stretch both horizontally and vertically. These tights are a 6X. While your friendly neighborhood fashion blogger is getting better at the whole body-positivity thing, I was admittedly a little freaked out. In the end, though, I’m happy that they fit and am currently so over what the number is.

DSC_1154four_FotoreditreduxAs for their design, I think these tights are really cute, but what you might not be able to see (maybe just a little bit in the above picture) because of the length of the skirt is that they’re double patterned. From the foot to just over the knee, they’re lace, but above that, there’s a band of a diamond pattern. In smaller sizes, I’ve seen tights that mimic over the knee socks and my tights have the same idea. I want to try these out with a skirt or dress that’s slightly shorter to show them off a little more.

How about you all? How have you stretched your wardrobe this fall? Let me know in the comments, and thank you for visiting me today!

Top: Lane Bryant / Vest: Lane Bryant (Similar from Torrid) / Skirt: ModCloth / Tights: Jessica London / Boots: Jessica London / Necklace: Maurices

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