Watch Good Day Sacramento tomorrow morning for their first ever plus size fashion show I’m coordinating!

Sooooo excited to be coordinating tomorrow’s first ever plus size thrifted fashion show on Good Day Sacramento. Stay tuned for the 9 am AND 10 am hour for the different looks I’ve come up with. AmieSarahSeanna, and Nancy you girls are going to rock it and inspire so many women tomorrow! If you don’t have a TV you can stream it live at :http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/good-day-sacramento-live/

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Spread your wings and fly…

Could you imagine what it would be like if you were surrounded by a swarm of butterflies? Image To feel completely overwhelmed by the presence of such magical little creatures. I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to admiring the butterfly. Anytime I’m in my backyard and a Monarch butterfly graces me with its presence, I am instantly filled with a sense of light and joy. What is it about this magical creature that captivates so many of us? For me, it’s the ballerina like ways of floating through the sky like a tiny little dancer in the wind. It’s for the exquisite coat of arms that it carries with it everywhere; always fashionable and always admired. 

Image                  When I found this Diane Von Furstenberg dress at the thrift store last year (Freestyle, $25) it was literally love at first site. Graphic prints are fun, but this print meant so much more to me. I have a very fond admiration for the butterfly and the elephant, so to find a dress with butterflies all over it made me a very very happy girl. 

It’s the kind of dress when you put it on allows you to free yourself of all the toxins that had been plaguing you in life. It allows you to open your wings and rise above to a sense of calm and contentment. As silly as it sounds, there are some dresses that I have, which evoke a kind of wonderful power over me when I wear them. This DVF butterfly dress is one of them and does allow me to spread my wings and fly with confidence, style, and happiness…

 

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When opposites attract…

I like my colors the opposite just as much as I like my men the opposite of me. I’m a Taurus and have a tendency to like Scorpios! I just can’t help it, they’re so much fun! Just like the color play with this orange dress and blue accessories were.

Recently I have been re-falling in love with the work of Piet Mondrian and the simple use of bold colors and lines. I particularly loved his use of red-orange and blue together.Image Though opposite on the color wheel, orange and blue are complimentary colors and go, in my opinion, fabulously together! In fact, orange and blue are my two favorite colors. And I’m not just biased because I’m Dutch, Piet Mondrian is Dutch, and the colors of Holland are orange and blue ;)

I was so inspired by Mondrian that I wanted to somehow mimic one of his paintings. I took my red-orange Ann Taylor dress and paired it with blue vintage accessories, shoes, AND makeup. Here’s a big tip girls: Wet & Wild is frickin’ awesome and has amazing cobalt blue liquid liner and gorgeous orangey lipstick. And for a mere $1.99, you can pretty much afford to try all the different colors they offer. 

When opposites attract, it can be electrifying – make a statement!

‘Art isn’t about following the rules. It’s about breaking them.’ ~ David Sedaris

Outfit:

Ann Taylor dress, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, $13

Necklace, Goodwill, $3

Ring, Goodwill, $2.50

Vintage blue suede heels, Crossroads, $7

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Black and white pattern play

Tick tock tick tock, the minutes are coming to a close this evening. I have committed myself to a new fitness regime, also known as yoga. I took the plunge and got the unlimited monthly pass and have made it a goal of mine to do 90 classes in 90 days. I’ve needed a new fitness challenge in my life and my fallback, running, hasn’t been working for me as of late. I suppose it’s the social and spiritual aspect of the practice that I enjoy and, well, the great exercise. Soooo, long story short: I have to be up at 5:45 am to make my 6:15 am class in the morning, so tonight’s post will be short and sweet. Wish me luck getting up! 

I’m a HUGE fan of color, but I’m also a big big fan of graphic black and white patterns. Black and white can be so versatile, classy, and plain sexy. It’s the perfect pattern to play up with all your fun colorful accessories! The dress I have on in the picture below is a Liz Claiborne dress from Thrift Town that was hand dyed in India. The fabric is just stunning and the shape of the dress perfectly classy and elegant. I had fun with these photos and loved the juxtaposition of the black and white dress with the black and white checkered wall just lying around in my back yard. See! Inspiration everywhere! 

The classy and elegant dress was turned up a notch with the amazing Ferragamo shoes I also found at Thrift Town. I mean, how cute are they? Can’t beat a pair of beautiful Italian shoes, especially at $24.99! (they retail for well over $400 new!)

Alright Ms Short and Sweet must hit the hay now, but remember my fun fashionistas: If you are ever in a stump on what to wear or wanting to add a fun new piece to your wardrobe; look no further than an amazing black and white print. Simple, elegant, chic, classy, sexy, bold, dramatic, shall I go on?…

Outfit: 

Liz Claiborne dress, Thrift Town, $15 (new with tags on)

Hair piece given to me by a sweet antique dealer at the Sac Antique Faire

Necklace, co – worker made

Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, Thrift Town, $24.99

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Believe in something bigger…

Image                  …Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. God of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth…

I’m not a religious person, but I find absolute comfort in Ganesh. A little back story… 3 1/2 years ago I was going through some TOUGH stuff and went over to my friend Jenna’s house to visit with her mother. Her mother was/is a spiritual healer and had just acquired a crystal light bed from Brazil. You lay on the bed and she adjusted the crystals above you to match up with all of your chakras. And if you believed in it or not, you asked the spirits or what ever you want to call them/it to help heal what ever ailment was bothering you at the time. I was in such a bad place physically and emotionally that I was willing to believe and ask for healing. She turned the lights on, which then radiated through the crystals. She placed a towel over my eyes and said that I might feel things or see things and to just remain calm and relaxed. Crazy right?! Well, with the towel over my eyes I laid back and began to relax. As I laid there, I opened my eyes through the towel to then see an elephant type figure on the wall. This image was foreign to me, I had no clue what it was. I took the towel off my face and the elephant figure was no longer there. I thought maybe it had just been something I visualized in my head and proceeded to put the towel back on my eyes. After another minute or so, with the towel on my face, I saw it again. There wasn’t a sense of fright from this, but rather a sense of calm and comfort. After Jenna’s mom came back into the room I told her what I had experienced and she smiled and said that the vision I saw was was Ganesh, the Remover of Obstacles.

For a girl that had a million obstacles preventing her from getting healthy again, it was enough for me to believe that maybe I do have something greater than myself watching over me. Two days after that I went to a yoga studio in SF and there stood Ganesh in the door way. Might sound crazy, but the deity brings me immense comfort in times when all seems to be failing me or even when all things are going well.

Believing in something bigger can be in the form of a deity like Ganesh, or just believing that if you keep working hard the Universe will reward you in the end. Once I made a decision all those years ago to change the course of my life, the energy/Universe started to show itself in the most beautiful and profound of ways. Things I had only dreamt of started to become realities .

In the hardest of times I have to believe and have faith that everything is going to work out. Bumps along the road just add character and empower me to rise above and be a better person because of it. If your dreams and goals are scaring you, believe in something bigger!!! Believe that you are fully capable of accomplishing anything.

I started believing in my love for fashion and being creative again when I decided to turn my life around. I’d like to think that maybe Ganesh is all around protecting me and guiding me towards the brighter light of things. Each day that goes by, I feel more and more blessed and grateful for all that has happened.

90% contentment 8% joy 2% gratitude…

Fashion is my medicine and allows me to be free and creative and for that I am supremely grateful.

This weekend, I had the opportunity to revisit the crystal light bed and the things I asked the spirits to help me with this time are very different from the past. I realize that I’ve grown a lot from 3 1/2 years ago and that all the ailments that had been bothering me then have been healed. I didn’t see Ganesh this time, but I did feel an overwhelming sense of calm and peace after.

It was a lovely weekend filled with love, yoga, friendship, gratitude, and a whole lot of zen going on. I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend…

Fun outfit post and vignettes of this weekend:

Thrifted 60’s outfit, both from Freestyle ($5 and $5)

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All that glitters is not gold sometimes…

90% contentment, 8% joy, 2% gratitude…

Living in contentment, joy, and gratitude is what I aim for every morning when I get up. But, not every morning do I achieve this and sometimes the Richter scale is sent askew and I’m thrown off balance to a land of vertigo. This weekend I found myself more in line with resentment, jealousy, and anger. Not a good place to be at all for me.

I just spent the last 2 hours writing a really heart felt blog post to have it magically disappear. I take this as a sign from God. (Ganesh perhaps?) to shorten the post. Short and sweet it is…

Ladies if you had a bad weekend like me, I feel you. All that glitters is not gold and things are painful to experience sometimes.

To be short and sweet: If I’ve learned anything at all, it’s to find something you absolutely love with all your heart, soul, and might. My clothes are my love. It is plain and simply my art, what drives me to be creative and free. When I’m feeling the downest of the down, I turn to my clothes and let them speak to me. And you know what? They bring me back to life and make me feel whole again always. Find something that makes you feel whole, I guarantee it will save your life and empower you to be the best woman – the woman you were always meant to be…

I woke up Sunday a little blue, but I quickly took that melancholy state of mind to a creative happy place. A little fashion shoot always cures the bluesy heart for me. I say phewy to the achy heart and hello to something that brings contentment, joy, and gratitude – thank you clothes for bringing out the best in me.

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Outfits:

Top to bottowm:

Hat, SPCA thrift, $8 – Crop top, Freestyle Clothing, $12 – Express jeans, Freestyle Clothing, $10 – Leopard belt, Sei Bella Boutique, $10 – Steve Madden heels, Freestyle Clothing, $15

Hat, Goodwill, $3 – J.Crew dress, Freestyle Clothing, $7 – DVF jacket, Freestyle Clothing, $13 – Necklace, Goodwill, $3 – Bebe boots, Freestyle Clothing, $14