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From Sweats to Dressed: Stocking up my wardrobe for the summer

April 24, 2017

I live in sweats! Let me say that again…I LIVE IN SWEATS! It’s comfy, I can eat what I want without any tightening of the stomach and I can move around easier just in case you know…I gotta run from a bear or something. This summer however I can’t stay in sweats due to the fact that I have three conferences to attend. I am a speaker at Mom 2.0 in May, I am going to BlogHer in June, and I am going to a photography conference in July. I would love to be in my sweats but there is a time and a place for everything and this summer I have to up my wardrobe. So how does a girl go from sweats to dressed…….its hard.

First I need to change up my colors…..I wear a lot of black, grey, and light grey…..lol I am very seldom in color. I am kind of scared of color because you just never know what may look good on me. Not all colors look good on everyone. So I know I have to update my colors. I am going to start with a little purple….start small with something a little pastel and then go from there. I like to pick colors that I don’t have in my closet. I have a lot of burgundy (my favorite color) but that is kind of winterish so I know I need to go a little brighter for the summer. Give myself some pop!

Second I need to get some jewelry…..now I love a good statement piece. It can make an entire outfit go from drab to fab real quick. I actually like jewelry and that is not such a pain to pick out and wear.

Third…..I need some cute shoes. I will not wear heels….I repeat I will not wear heels. A good flat I will do. I normally stick to the basic colors of brown and black but this year I am going to add a little color in the shoe department.

For the summer I like shorts. I actually love my legs more than anything on my body so I always show those off the most. I am a big girl and I am not comfortable showing off my arms so I always wear a jacket/sweater to cover them up. I like lose shirts because you know….my tummy lol. So I shop with all those in mind when I go to stores.

I am a big girl! So I love to shop at Lane Bryant! The one thing I love about Lane Bryant is the fact that you will get good quality clothing. I hate cheap clothes or things that will tear and ruin in the wash so quickly. Lane Bryant has never ever let me down! Since I have to dress for Mom 2.0 I decided to see what I could find to wear….I carried my stylist with me (shout out to Mimi for the advice and video)

You can find the video here! Make sure you subscribe to my channel

In the video I tried on a skirt. I haven’t worn a skirt in about 8 years so I was a little nervous but I think I will lay off of skirts and dresses for now and stick to what works for me. When it comes to fashion here are my tips

  • Wear what makes you comfortable don’t wear anything that makes you feel out of place
  • Don’t worry about what others say. Dress for you and only you
  • You don’t have to follow the trend or do what everyone else is doing. Fashion is about making a statement that doesn’t fit the norm
  • Shop at places that have quality clothing. You will pay more but I promise you it will last a lifetime
  • Don’t be afraid of color and start small. I started with purple but by the end of the shopping trip you see that I bought that bright jacket
  • Mix and match pieces and make sure you have shoes for each one
  • Try on your clothes…I know this one is the hardest for me to but some outfits don’t fit the same as others
  • Carry someone with you if you are unsure about what works

My daughter and I had a blast trying on clothes and we can’t wait to show you the final look it may or may not be in the video lol

This post was sponsored by Lane Bryant. All opinions are my own! 

 

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    Robin Rue
    April 24, 2017 at 11:44 am

    It looks like you picked some really cute stuff. My mom always shopped at Lane Bryant and they have some seriously cute stuff there.

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    Alli Smith
    April 24, 2017 at 11:48 am

    When I’m working from home, I live in yoga pants and t-shirts. And black is a recurring theme when it comes to my clothing. I do love color and I always try to add a pop of color to my outfits. Yes to buying quality clothing. Quality clothing may cost more, but they do last much longer. Love seeing your shopping experience!

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    Kim
    April 24, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I use to love dressing but I’ve found that the bigger I’ve gotten the more uncomfortable I’ve become so I live in leggings and a t shirt. I did recently buy some really cute clothes that don’t fit! There is a method to my madness…I plan to fit in them soon (I hope). I love that you’re taking your time and finding what works for you. I’m sure you will look great. You always do!

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    Nellie
    April 24, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Omg I love the video!! The white blazer, pink blazer (with the blue inside top) and the graphic pa at were my fave!! You did good!

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    Kemkem
    April 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Love this! I’m a big Lane Bryant fan. I also live in gym pants when l’m home. Definitely the most comfortable way to go. I tend to love the blacks and grey too. I need more color as well :-).

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    Jaime Nicole
    April 24, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I love Lane Bryant! I love that I can get workout clothes, casual clothes, work clothes, and great accessories all in one place!

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    candy
    April 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I enjoy the pops of color and flowers showing up this year. I enjoy neutrals but you can always add color with shoes, accessories, purses, jewelry etc.

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    Jeanette
    April 24, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    You got some great stuff there! It was up to me I think I would stay in my pajamas all day but I do know that times I do need to get dressed LOL. I just bought a couple of nice shirts for myself for summer.

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    lisa
    April 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I am a leggings girl. I live in my leggings until summer then I go straight to shorts. The only time I get dressed up is for church on Sundays!

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    Christy Maurer
    April 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I always dress for comfort! I can’t see being uncomfortable for fashion’s sake when there are so many cute comfy clothes!

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    Jenn
    April 24, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Nice! I really need to spend some time shopping for the summer before it gets here.

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    Sarah Bailey
    April 24, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I am so with you on wear what makes you comfortable and what makes you happy, not what you think you should wear.

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    Alisha
    April 24, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Loved the top you had on in the beginning and the items you tried on! Can’t wait to see the final looks!

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    Whitney
    April 24, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Can’t wait to see what you purchased! When I’m home working, comfort is the key. When I need to go out, then I will look presentable.

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    Claudia Krusch
    April 24, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I love these pieces. I am excited to go shopping for summer this weekend.

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    Mimi Green
    April 24, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    The older I get the more I go for the comfy and cute look. I’m not as committed to my towering stilettos as I used to be.

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    robincharmagne
    April 25, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Totally agree it doesn’t matter how cute the outfit is if you are not comfortable. Lane Bryant is a favorite and they have good sales.

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    Miles L.
    April 25, 2017 at 1:50 am

    I love to read your tips about choosing clothes. It’s true that sometimes we are too scared of what people would think.

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    Bella
    April 25, 2017 at 2:24 am

    I totally understand loving sweats & comfy clothes! It looks like you picked out some great new pieces! Love the shade of pink!

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    Jacqui S
    April 25, 2017 at 2:49 am

    My last few jobs I was lucky and was able to go in casual dressed. Jeans, sneaks and all that jazz. I’ve been laid off and if I can’t get my business started, I don’t think I’m going to be lucky enough to find another company that will let me dress casual!

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    Tina Butler
    April 25, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Great video! it was so cute and you picked some really good colors and choices. I love the peach and the pin stripes.

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    David Elliott
    April 25, 2017 at 3:14 am

    That’s very cool that you found a place to get clothes that make you feel good about who you are and fit you well. They need to have more stores with clothes that are made for all sizes of women and not only runway models.

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    My Teen Guide
    April 25, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I dress for comfort. Whatever my mood would be for the day will show in the clothes I wear. Usually I am a tshirt/blouse and jeans kind of woman. But I can also dress up really sassy and it all depends on the occasion. Happy you found some place where you can get great summer clothing.

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    LaShawn
    April 25, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I’m so glad to see you in color!! I love the pink and white blazer!! We get so lazy working from home! I’m so glad you got CLOTHES! LOL

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    Paula Schuck
    April 25, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    That makes total sense. It doesn’t matter how adorable the outfit is if you are uncomfortable or don’t feel confident in it. It looks like you picked some really cute pieces.

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    Dawn McAlexander
    April 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I have always been the one to dress for comfort. I am not big on dressing up. I like to be comfortable, even when I am on a date. I like what you have picked out here, with comfort in mind.

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    Kiwi
    April 26, 2017 at 9:27 am

    You just reminded me I need to get my summer wardrobe together ASAP. My mom shops at Lane Bryant and she also need to stock on her summer items as she is going on a cruise in a few months!

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    Michelle Thames
    April 26, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I need to go summer shopping. I am starting to get the itch now!! I like dressing up and also being comfortable.

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    Lauren R. Gay
    April 26, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Yes for the pop of color!! Don’t be afraid of the color. You picked some very cute pieces.

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    Bree Davis
    April 27, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Go you for stepping out and trying something you haven’t done in years! I love that you involved your daughter too.

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    Kasi
    May 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    The skirt looked great on you! Cute video, it’s fun to stock up for new seasons!

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