tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-53461867742518364522014-10-29T11:30:14.625-05:00Hems for Her Trendy Plus Size Fashion for WomenDressing for Your Curves is Easier than It SeamsKatie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.comBlogger413125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-40471014717318230602014-10-28T06:00:00.000-05:002014-10-28T06:00:02.087-05:00Fall Essentials with J.Jill Life Stylers<div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 63.0pt; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none; text-indent: -.25in;"><div style="text-align: left;">The ladies at J.Jill offered to send me a few items to spruce up my fall wardrobe WAY back at the end of August. Now, at the end of October, it is finally cool enough down here to get to wear it. I know it's a totally blogger cliche, but fall really is my favorite season. I love the clothes; the candles smell awesome, and apple cider is my drink of choice (not pumpkin spice latte, though it's near the top of the list!)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YHy_WPFTWe0/VEvIiWCB2KI/AAAAAAAAJyE/djoOm-63B7U/s1600/hems%2Bfor%2Bher%2Bjjill%2Bsweater.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YHy_WPFTWe0/VEvIiWCB2KI/AAAAAAAAJyE/djoOm-63B7U/s1600/hems%2Bfor%2Bher%2Bjjill%2Bsweater.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/product/itempage.aspx?&amp;RID=1&amp;item=8L002O&amp;h=M&amp;sk=M&amp;ac=search&amp;q=yorkshire" target="_blank">Yorkshire Pullover- c/o J.Jill</a><br /><a href="http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/product/itempage.aspx?&amp;RID=1&amp;item=8L002P&amp;h=M&amp;sk=M&amp;ac=search" target="_blank">Smooth-Fit Straight Leg Jeans- c/o J.Jill</a><br /><a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=458647967&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Scarf- Old Navy (similar here)</a><br /><a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=434766808&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Booties- Target (similar here)</a></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You can't go wrong with a <a href="http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/product/itempage.aspx?&amp;RID=1&amp;item=8L002P&amp;h=M&amp;sk=M&amp;ac=search" target="_blank">nice pair of jeans</a> and a <a href="http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/product/itempage.aspx?&amp;RID=1&amp;item=8L002O&amp;h=M&amp;sk=M&amp;ac=search&amp;q=yorkshire" target="_blank">super chunky sweater</a>, as far as I am concerned. Throw on a scarf and a cute pair of booties and you are ready for a nighttime football game or a late-night showing of <i>Gone Girl</i>. I'll let you guess which one I talked my husband into taking me to...</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-89AJXHnl4fo/VEvIk1X1ErI/AAAAAAAAJyM/YilFiwhTyYI/s1600/shaker%2Bsweater%2Bj%2Bjill%2Bhems%2Bfor%2Bher.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-89AJXHnl4fo/VEvIk1X1ErI/AAAAAAAAJyM/YilFiwhTyYI/s1600/shaker%2Bsweater%2Bj%2Bjill%2Bhems%2Bfor%2Bher.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I've kinda sworn off buying jeans because we can't wear them to work, but when I read on J.Jill's website about these new <a href="http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/product/itempage.aspx?&amp;RID=1&amp;item=8L002P&amp;h=M&amp;sk=M&amp;ac=search" target="_blank">Smooth-Fit jeans</a>, I couldn't help being intrigued. One of the most unflattering qualities about most jeans are the pockets. They puckered up and poke out, adding extra girth exactly where I don't want it! However, the pockets in these jeans are super deep and then securely sewn into place- giving the front of the jeans a nice, smooth appearance and giving my stomach area just a little extra, well, you know--- a nice, smooth appearance. I will tell you this. If you are a long-legged gal then these jeans will be perfect for you, but if you are a little stumpy like me, you may want to size down to petite or be prepared to cuff or hem them.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><br /></span></div><br /></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-75590233846870022512014-10-14T08:46:00.000-05:002014-10-14T08:46:36.770-05:00Lessons Learned from The Most Magical Place on EarthOctober has descended upon us. Halloween is just around the corner. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are in the hands of everyone, not just cliched fashion bloggers, trust me! I've been pretty quiet around these parts because September just totally kicked my butt. Between my<a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2014/09/catfishing-with-katie.html" target="_blank"> "catfishing" issues </a>and student privacy problems, I was feeling pretty beat down by the blog. Add to that "real" responsibilities, like shaping and molding the minds of the future and chaperoning the sophomore class homecoming float, and I was just too stretched to blog. Not to mention "real-real" responsibilities like raising a child and washing clothes (sometimes) and cooking meals (rarely in September) bearing down on me. Sometimes life just gets to be too much.<br /><br />In the midst of all that, I was also planning a huge surprise trip to Disney for my son and my nephew. I've known about it for months now and have been keeping it a secret. Not an easy thing to do! Every night leading up to the big trip, I was out at the homecoming float site, trying to stay out of the way of twenty super-competitive sophomores.After working all day, followed up by a 3:00 PM- 8:00 PM shift at the float, I collapsed into bed, no energy to do anything other than sleep. I am a super planner and early packer, but I literally found myself throwing clothes haphazardly into a suitcase while Curtis was packing up the back of the van. I've never felt so unprepared for something I've been planning for months. Well, except maybe my wedding, but that's a story for a different blog post!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UDDJhU-0imo/VD0XZS3doKI/AAAAAAAAJxw/toM-Lsyz37o/s1600/disney%2BCollage%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UDDJhU-0imo/VD0XZS3doKI/AAAAAAAAJxw/toM-Lsyz37o/s1600/disney%2BCollage%2B2.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>By most accounts my trip to Disney would have been considered a total disaster. It was unbearably hot and muggy, except on the 4 straight days that it monsooned on us. If I heard one Orlandoan comment that "It never rains this much", I heard one hundred say it, and the control freak in me was, well, freaking out. None of my FastPasses were for good times or we had to cross over the 2,000 miles of park to get to one attraction to the other. Sean sprained his ankle a few days before we left and walked with a limp that slowed us down considerably. I think by the midpoint of the vacation I had finally calmed down (or given up) enough to enjoy the imperfection of it. I finally realized that the 5-year-old and 6-year-old I was bending over backwards to create the "perfect magical experience" for would never know the amount of stress and planning that went into the trip or have the capacity to understand the stress and planning that went into it. They don't know that they missed certain attractions or shows or parades or fireworks or the extra Halloween party that cost almost $70 a person that I just couldn't afford to get, and you know what? They don't care.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3Pj0FNhALRc/VD0XZ6rCePI/AAAAAAAAJxs/9_kUxzN5VnU/s1600/disney%2Bcollage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3Pj0FNhALRc/VD0XZ6rCePI/AAAAAAAAJxs/9_kUxzN5VnU/s1600/disney%2Bcollage.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>They had an absolute blast. I've never seen my son happier, which is a little sad, or maybe that just means we need to move to Disney World? My nephew was thrilled with everything, though he much preferred the "Frozen' sing-along to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. They met so many characters, and because we were celebrating both of their October birthdays and both were wearing big "Happy Birthday" buttons, approximately one million people wished them happy birthday. Y'all, MICKY MOUSE, sang "Happy Birthday" to my child at the Magic Kingdom! I don't know how that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/08/talking-mickey-mouse-disneyland_n_832816.html" target="_blank">slightly creepy, animatronic, speaking costume worked</a>, but I had tears in my eyes as it conversed with my slightly amazed, slightly freaked out child. It was truly one of the most magical moments of my life, maybe not of his life, but definitely in the top ten of mine!<br /><br />I've never actually seen the movie "Frozen", blasphemy I know, but I think I kinda understand the whole "Let It Go" mentality. I may not be able to create frozen castles or anything cool like that with my magical fractal fingertips, but I was able to let go and enjoy the little &nbsp;moments. No matter how imperfect they seemed to ME, it was magical and perfect for them. I learned a lot of lessons from my trip to Disney: always pack EXTRA ponchos, don't play around with those FastPass reservations, expect EVERYTHING to take TWICE as long as you planned, your kids won't like thrill rides or ice cream, and they will want every souvenir they see. But I also learned that a little magic goes a long way and that you are never too old to experience some fairy dust-infused magic. I've learned to appreciate the perfection that can be found in the imperfections of life.<br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Xvx81Te4WNw/VD0XYzTC-6I/AAAAAAAAJxk/IkuEEcogzoU/s1600/10484730_10204101341670146_3366639658858194955_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Xvx81Te4WNw/VD0XYzTC-6I/AAAAAAAAJxk/IkuEEcogzoU/s1600/10484730_10204101341670146_3366639658858194955_n.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-25352936503429456302014-09-04T07:25:00.000-05:002014-09-04T07:25:18.085-05:00Catfishing with Katie<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">A reader/friend emailed me the other day to check to make sure I hadn't fallen off the face of the earth, or stopped blogged, either one being awful, I suppose. Granted, I've fallen behind in my blogging, but I think I'm hopefully in the upswing, and back to it. I'll be honest, I thought about just shutting things down all together, calling it quits, more than once in the past month. You've heard all the usually reasons from other bloggers who have fallen by the wayside--- takes too much time, feel like a sell-out, don't feel inspired,etc.,etc. And in the past three years, I've seen a lot of bloggers bow out, but not for the reason I'm about to give.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'm too famous. Or maybe the problem is I'm not famous enough. Now before you just cuss me and close out of this screen, thinking to yourself, "Katie, has done lost her fool mind for real this time!", hear me out. Read me out, whatever, you know what I mean.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2ivfa59x358/VASRS_UuZcI/AAAAAAAAJw4/mhfChva-xmY/s1600/chiffon%2Bskirt%2Bold%2Bnavy%2Bhems%2Bfor%2Bher.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2ivfa59x358/VASRS_UuZcI/AAAAAAAAJw4/mhfChva-xmY/s1600/chiffon%2Bskirt%2Bold%2Bnavy%2Bhems%2Bfor%2Bher.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;I'm clearly not famous. I make just enough money from blogging that I can occasionally buy myself some new clothes from Old Navy (hence the Old Navy-heavy #OOTD in this post). But I'm not famous enough that Old Navy wants to work with me, even though I do ACTUALLY WEAR their brand, unlike most of the bloggers currently shilling for them. Alas that's a rant for another day, so back to my original point.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I've never been stopped on the streets by a &nbsp;"fan", but apparently I'm all over Pinterest to the point that my students want to mention it during class, while I'm teaching, on a daily basis. This is not something I expected from blogging---this intermixing between my regular day-to-day life and my blogging life, and it is not something I enjoy. Why are my students so obsessed with the fact that I actually do something in my spare time? Again, another day...</div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'm not going to be able to quit my day job and blog full-time ever. But it has recently come to my attention that someone is using my blog photos to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catfish_(film)" target="_blank">catfish people</a> on OKCupid. Until two weeks ago, I really had no idea what OKC was, other than another dating site like Match or Christian Mingle or J-Date or whatever that Wanna Date a Cowboy dating site is. I think it's a step up from that hook up app, Tinder (which I literally had to Google the name of, that's how out of the loop I am), but since I have been married for over ten years and don't use dating sites, I'm not entirely sure. Oh, I'm so simple and naive.</div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Let me start at the beginning. I wake up one Monday morning, and since I am dreading getting out of bed and actually starting my workweek, I am wasting time on my phone. I see that my blog's Facebook page has a new message, so I click over to check it out. &nbsp;Expecting one of my usual FB messages about where to buy cardigans (I know, I own a bunch) or just a general "Hello, I like your blog" (which I love to receive), I'm reading still half-asleep with one eye open and picking crusty eye boogers out of the other one---glamorous I know! Well, here's the message:</div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sAH4bcgTX7A/VASbpPh05iI/AAAAAAAAJxM/K3EB4ZsD6_U/s1600/20140901_110811.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sAH4bcgTX7A/VASbpPh05iI/AAAAAAAAJxM/K3EB4ZsD6_U/s1600/20140901_110811.jpg" height="600" width="640" /></a></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Ummm, awkward?! Feeling pretty wide awake by this point, I debated what to do. Originally, I wasn't going to respond to the message at all. Curtis thought the whole thing was hilarious, but I was (and still am) seething over the fact that someone is using me to try and hook up with other people. And clearly, the whole thing was a ruse because they would never be able to meet face-to-face because they aren't me!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Truthfully, as much as I was creeped out by the whole thing, I felt kinda bad for dudeman. I mean he went through all the trouble to reverse image search my photo and track down my blog and then my Facebook page and then message me. And it was all for naught. After explaining that I do not have (and never will have) an OKCupid account, I asked the guy to give me the profile link, so I could check things out for myself. Sure enough, a photo of me, with a promise of more photos if I "click" with the suitor.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-keMGzhJ88vw/VASRRYZMZ6I/AAAAAAAAJww/Ss5CIqbFoY4/s1600/hems%2Bfor%2Bher%2Bgrowing%2Bout%2Bpixie%2Bcut%2Bshort%2Bbob%2Bplus%2Bsize.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-keMGzhJ88vw/VASRRYZMZ6I/AAAAAAAAJww/Ss5CIqbFoY4/s1600/hems%2Bfor%2Bher%2Bgrowing%2Bout%2Bpixie%2Bcut%2Bshort%2Bbob%2Bplus%2Bsize.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />Now there are people who will say that when you put your life and photos on the internet, then you are fair game to whatever happens with them. I have seen photos of myself on Pinterest with horribly degrading comments. I have dealt with plus size women criticizing my photo's on a plus-size retailer's Facebook page- oh, the irony. I have seen my photos on Tumblers dedicated to the fetishism of &nbsp;plus-sized women. All this abuse and degradation for a couple of new fall items at Old Navy? Hardly seems worth it sometimes.<br /><br />I started my blog as a way to feel better about myself and encourage other women to get out of fashion slumps and dress for the bodies they have. I know first-hand that self-esteem and confidence are slippery slopes and that sometimes something as a simple as a new dress can make a huge difference. That is still the main reason I blog, but it gets harder and harder to justify it with this kind of insidious invasion. It gets harder to enjoy blogging and sharing photos when I worry about where they may end up, you know?<br /><br /><br />I've contacted OKCupid three times asking for something to be done about the profile, but I've yet to receive a response from them. Not that I'm surprised really, but it's frustrating nonetheless. But the fear is, what if this is just the tip of the iceberg? What else is out there that hasn't surfaced yet?<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OicDlmSL40E/VASRTCsQHcI/AAAAAAAAJw8/7N6mYxmt_1Y/s1600/old%2Bnavy%2Bhems%2Bfor%2Bher%2Bchiffon%2Bskirt.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OicDlmSL40E/VASRTCsQHcI/AAAAAAAAJw8/7N6mYxmt_1Y/s1600/old%2Bnavy%2Bhems%2Bfor%2Bher%2Bchiffon%2Bskirt.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Cardigan: Old Navy (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=456183871&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)<br />Camisole: Old Navy (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=451775725&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)<br />Skirt:Old Navy (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=457555216&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)<br />Shoes: Kohl's (Super old, but <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=445307026&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Similar Here</a>)</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com27tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-74418035663047140922014-09-01T10:30:00.000-05:002014-09-01T10:30:15.394-05:00Styling a Short, Layered Bob<div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's been almost two years since I decided to chop off all my hair, and even though<a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2013/04/short-hair-dont-care.html" target="_blank"> I don't regret it for a moment</a>, I got pretty lazy in the spring and summer, so when school started back I found myself with a pretty nice little bob, totally by accident. Instead of cutting it all off, I decided to play around with this length for a while. I've had several requests for photos and info on my current cut, color and styling, and on this Labor Day weekend, I finally got around to posting it.&nbsp;</div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-c-elzO6AIGI/U_SJnnLKCgI/AAAAAAAAJdQ/XHlYOZnqyzA/s1600/1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-c-elzO6AIGI/U_SJnnLKCgI/AAAAAAAAJdQ/XHlYOZnqyzA/s1600/1.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">My <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2013/03/guest-post-hairs-thing.html" target="_blank">best friend Callie is also my hair stylist,</a> which is crazy convenient for me. I trust her explicitly with my hair, and I usually just tell her to do "whatever" when I settle into her chair. I did ask her about dying my hair back dark for the fall and winter. I feel like that's what you are "supposed" to do, right? Light hair and highlights in the summer, dark hair in the winter. I had a lot of really light pieces leftover from my<a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2014/06/feeling-blue.html" target="_blank"> summer fling with blue</a>, and I was concerned--- about what? I'm not sure- looking to cool and carefree for fall I guess. Stupid, I know!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Anyway, so if you are into the color, here's what I've got--- a dark chocolate base with blended caramel and honey highlights. Anyone else hungry? As far as the cut, Callie recommends that you ask for a short, layered bob with lots of texturizing. I will tell you I have really coarse, thick hair with a pretty strong wave (you can see here what it<a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2014/08/ikat-wait-for-school-to-start-back.html" target="_blank"> looks like after air-drying and being slept on</a>), so I can't guarantee that yours will look like mine. Please don't sue me, okay?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'm also not very good at styling my hair. I have gotten better over the years, thanks to the BFF/hair stylist, but I'm still really impatient with the actual styling process. However, Callie says to get this casual, natural look in the photos below, all you have to do is use <a href="http://www.aquage.com/AQUAGEproducts/Styling/UpliftingFoam.aspx" target="_blank">Aquage Uplifting foam </a>at the roots for volume. Then blow dry messy, AKA don't worry about it being all smooth and perfect as you dry it. Use a round brush at the crown for lift and volume. For the record, I own a round brush, but I am too scared of getting it permanently tangled in my hair and having to get it cut out to actually use it,but hey, you go for it! Then I can use a flat iron or curling iron (whichever is easier) to mix in waves and flips. I don't curl each piece in the same direction, mostly because I'm not that skilled, but Callie says that's the right thing to do to make it look natural and carefree, so, yeah, I meant to do that! Then spritz with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=381341851&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Paul Mitchell Stay Strong hair spray</a> for hold.</div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HzI-S_MQ9_A/U_SJnQaei_I/AAAAAAAAJdU/3MJ8H5xRmaw/s1600/2%2Bcollage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HzI-S_MQ9_A/U_SJnQaei_I/AAAAAAAAJdU/3MJ8H5xRmaw/s1600/2%2Bcollage.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Full disclosure- this was the day AFTER Callie styled my hair. I should have<br />taken photos on the original day, but I forgot. I had also just woken from a nap, so the back <br />is really flippy and sticky-outy--- that's official hairstyling terms, BTW.<br />TLDR; I woke up like this ;)</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>P.S. If you have any questions, I know Callie will answer them, so ask here in the comments or head over to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/hemsforher" target="_blank">my Facebook page</a>!Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-80932019607203394852014-08-20T06:33:00.000-05:002014-08-20T06:33:56.125-05:00What Will Your Verse Be?I've actually been sitting on this post since February 2012. I felt like it was too personal too share, too out of the realm of my niche as "plus-size personal style" blogger. But ever since I saw the news of Robin Williams' death last week, I keep coming back to this post. It's not the easiest thing to read, or to write, and there are no cool fashion photos---- just to give you a head's up before you continue.<br /><br />Much has been written in the past week about Williams' suicide and how mental illness, if it doesn't affect you personally, is hurting the people closest to you. Many people have written eloquently on the topic, and I have shared multiple articles on my personal Facebook page. I have seen outpourings of love and affection for a man that many admired, but so few actually knew. It gives me hope that the stigma that has long surrounded depression and other mental illness is lessening, and it has been staggering to see the number of people in my life (both real life and online) who have come forward and announced that they too struggle with the dark side of humanity. Do I have anything new to add to this ongoing conversation? Not necessarily, but sometimes a story just needs to be told.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ujES1BGzfwU/U-wq1-Bv_yI/AAAAAAAAJcw/ORgjteyArIw/s1600/memorable-robin-williams-quotes_that-you-may-contribue-a-verse.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ujES1BGzfwU/U-wq1-Bv_yI/AAAAAAAAJcw/ORgjteyArIw/s1600/memorable-robin-williams-quotes_that-you-may-contribue-a-verse.jpg" height="384" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />It creeps up on me when I least expect it. Like the sun being blotting away from the winter's night sky. It's so subtle, I don't even notice the change. And then suddenly I am alone- cold and in pitch-black darkness. Depression and anxiety belong in the night. They are dark, creepy subjects most people try to ignore or brush off.<br /><br />I can't really determine when this latest wave hit me. For some reason I am usually the last person to notice when I have fallen into a "funk". I think I realized last week that I had been really "tired" lately. I'm always tired- it's a combination of deep-set laziness and slight medical issues. I've already blogged about how much I love naps. But this is always different. It's not the decadence of a midday nap, it's the necessity of crawling into bed as soon as I get home. It's not getting up when the alarm goes off the first time or the fourth time. It's waiting all day to get back under the covers and sleep away the world.<br /><br />I am pretty sure I can pinpoint my first depressive episode to eighth grade. I don't remember much (it was a long time ago!), but I remember missing a ton of days and being so incredibly tired. I struggled off and on for years with depression and anxiety, always too afraid to ask for help. In college the stress of working full-time and going to school full-time finally became too much for me, and after some encouragement from a close friend, I made an appointment with a psychiatrist- one of the scariest AND bravest things I've ever done.<br /><br />And thus began my ten-year journey through<i> medicated </i>depression and anxiety. It's a vicious cycle- I would go on an anti-depressant because I just couldn't survive anymore. Then in a few months when I felt better, I would take myself off of the drug (often with disastrous side effects and withdrawals). A few months later I would begin to feel bad again, and go to the doctor for a different anti-depressant. And so the cycle continued year after year. I have been on nearly every available anti-depressant on the market and can recite the litany of side effects like the commercial voice-overs.<br /><br />To prepare for conception, I again took myself off my anti-depressants. I was wracked with depression and anxiety. I was sick with worry and finally, halfway through my pregnancy, admitted my problem to my OB who immediately put me on, you guessed it, another anti-depressant. I have already blogged about my experiences with post-partum depression and anxiety <a href="http://www.modamamablog.com/2012/01/mamahood-exposed-one-and-done.html" target="_blank">here at ModaMama</a>, and it wasn't a fun experience. Looking back on it seven years after the fact, I can clearly see how those months following Sean's birth, which should have been the happiest of my life, were my darkest moment.<br /><br />In the past three or four years I have continued my cycle of on-med/off-med, until this past May. As I sat at our high school graduation ceremony, I found myself struggling to breathe. I was sweating and nauseated. I was panicking, imagining the humiliation I would experience if I vomited on stage during graduation. The people sitting around me could tell something was wrong. I spent the entire ceremony planning my exit from the stage and desperately willing the time to go by faster.<br /><br />As I recounted the incident to my physician, she gently told me I had experienced a panic attack, and despite the fact that I am an armchair physician and a WedMD hypochondriac, I had never realized I have panic attacks with some regularity. And then she said something that in the past ten-plus years no doctor has ever told me. She told me I was never going to get better. That my anxiety and depression were never going to magically go away, that I would probably need to be on an anti-depressant forever. For some people this may sound like horrible news or &nbsp;discouraging, but this was exactly what I needed to hear. It's not my fault. It's not something I can control or fix on my own.<br /><br />In high school I took a creative writing class, and in that class I expressed for the first time the depths of my pain and sadness. Now we are required by law to report students exhibiting suicidal or self-harming tendencies, but the laws must have been more lax because I just can't believe that I didn't get locked up immediately. I recently tracked down my journal from that class to share with my current creative writing students, and I was shocked at the contents. Yes, there was plenty of super-cheesy, lovey-dovey poems, but the vast majority reflected the inner demons I was battling on a daily basis. In one, dated just ten days after my 16th birthday, I wrote: "I remember the first time I wanted to die/ The gun held against my head/There were no more tears left to cry/ I felt I was better off dead."<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zMFFB28DbIc/U-wq2bAm0CI/AAAAAAAAJc4/rquaQp5MVcs/s1600/PicMonkey%2BCollage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zMFFB28DbIc/U-wq2bAm0CI/AAAAAAAAJc4/rquaQp5MVcs/s1600/PicMonkey%2BCollage.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Original poetry and artwork, my poetry journal from 11th grade and me at 15-years-old</td></tr></tbody></table>I know that this dark side will always be with me, sometimes just under the surface and sometimes pulling me down. I know the fragility of human life and the tragedy of suicide. I have lost people close to me and I have mourned the death of a man, that through his beloved characters of Peter Pan and Genie and Mrs. Doubtfire, was more of a father figure than anything I had in my life at the time. I know what to look for in my own son as he gets older. I know that there is help available if you are able to ask. I know it can get worse. But I also know it can get better.<br /><br />Please know the warning signs of <a href="https://www.save.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&amp;page_id=A806E240-95E6-44BB-C2D6C47399E9EFDB&amp;r=1&amp;CFID=13702406&amp;CFTOKEN=a4b5566666adbd66-7F69C5CE-C29E-8C0B-03FBCB86C08BF11B" target="_blank">depression</a> and <a href="https://www.save.org/index.cfm?page_id=705F4071-99A7-F3F5-E2A64A5A8BEAADD8&amp;r=1&amp;CFID=13702406&amp;CFTOKEN=a4b5566666adbd66-7F69C5CE-C29E-8C0B-03FBCB86C08BF11B" target="_blank">suicide</a>. Please don't be afraid to speak up if you need help or if you think someone else needs help. Too many people have complained that the media and others have glamorized Robin Williams' death and made suicide mainstream or cool. I don't see that at all. I see that through his tragic death we've all been able to open up about a topic that is too often ignored or trivialized. However, I do want to end with probably the most touching tribute to Williams I've seen. Have a tissue handy because if you haven't already seen it, you will probably tear up.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="https://ytimg.googleusercontent.com/vi/6csfDT5ovps/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/6csfDT5ovps&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/6csfDT5ovps&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div><br />Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com17tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-85724612837649561782014-08-18T06:00:00.000-05:002014-08-17T17:42:53.580-05:00Celebrating Teachers with Style<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">There are two types of companies I love more than any other- a company that celebrates ALL women (not just cookie-cutter models) and a company that celebrates teachers. And when I heard what Foxcroft did this summer, I knew I had to share with you. I teamed up with Foxcroft in the spring (see my posts <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2014/02/button-down-foxcroft.html" target="_blank">here</a> and<a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2014/02/not-so-boring-button-down-and-giveaway.html" target="_blank"> here </a>and <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2014/03/mabel-or-edith-maybe-ethel.html" target="_blank">here</a>) and loved the shirt I received, but they've really outdone themselves this time.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">This summer they chose twenty deserving public school teachers from Brooklyn and gave them head-to-toe makeovers. Teaming up with L'Appartement Salon and&nbsp;celebrity hairstylist, Laurent Dufourg, Foxcroft celebrated teachers at&nbsp;&nbsp;P.S. 31 Brooklyn, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, recognizing all teachers for their hard work and devotion to their communities.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IoSjkInrsDE/U-lua2LSRPI/AAAAAAAAJcI/I6xBIPLtDm4/s1600/Foxcroft+Style+Stars+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IoSjkInrsDE/U-lua2LSRPI/AAAAAAAAJcI/I6xBIPLtDm4/s1600/Foxcroft+Style+Stars+3.jpg" height="425" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I just finished my third day of school today, leaving home at 6:30 AM and getting back at 5:30 PM. I feel physically beaten up and mentally exhausted. While teaching is rewarding, many people gloss over how truly challenging it is every day to get up in front of a captive, yet usually disengaged and uninterested, audience and try to spark a fire within them.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;Some days I'm so excited, I feel like Leonardo Dicaprio crowing "I'm the king of the world".&nbsp;<span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;Some days I am so discouraged, I hide under the covers in the morning and whine like a petulant child, "You can't make me go!"</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TKOcCfDQYMM/U-lxLtEEc6I/AAAAAAAAJcc/FnGuX-CbDEQ/s1600/enhanced-buzz-4633-1369063061-0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TKOcCfDQYMM/U-lxLtEEc6I/AAAAAAAAJcc/FnGuX-CbDEQ/s1600/enhanced-buzz-4633-1369063061-0.jpg" height="319" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">This morning. Seriously.</td></tr></tbody></table></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">So if you are a teacher, I thank you for your hard work and dedication. I know many times it feels fruitless and thankless. If you know a teacher, I promise that right now, they could use some encouragement. The first few weeks of school are tough, really tough, so reach out and let them know you are thinking about and rooting for them to have the best year ever!</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">Foxcroft is helping to make one of my readers experience what it's like to be</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #1e1e1e; font-family: inherit; line-height: 19.5px;">&nbsp;a</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #1e1e1e; font-family: inherit; line-height: 19.5px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.foxcroftcollection.com/style-stars-2014" style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit; line-height: 19.5px;" target="_blank">Foxcroft Style Star</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #1e1e1e; font-family: inherit; line-height: 19.5px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #1e1e1e; font-family: inherit; line-height: 19.5px;">! Please visit</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #1e1e1e; font-family: inherit; line-height: 19.5px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.foxcroftcollection.com/steal-their-style.html" style="-webkit-transition: all 0.1s ease-in-out; background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #2457bd; font-family: inherit; line-height: 19.5px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; transition: all 0.1s ease-in-out; vertical-align: baseline;" target="_blank">Foxcroft Collection</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #1e1e1e; font-family: inherit; line-height: 19.5px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #1e1e1e; font-family: inherit; line-height: 19.5px;">and in the comments below let me know your favorite blouse. One Hems for Her reader will win the blouse in the style and size of her choice!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">For more photos and some great giveaways, check out <a href="https://www.facebook.com/foxcroftcollection/photos/a.302385106494545.68333.141111955955195/749423405124044/?type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">Foxcroft's Facebook page!</a></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2s3rHc1SZOU/U-ludMYP7gI/AAAAAAAAJcQ/L7dZZ0tpG70/s1600/Foxcroft+Style+Stars2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2s3rHc1SZOU/U-ludMYP7gI/AAAAAAAAJcQ/L7dZZ0tpG70/s1600/Foxcroft+Style+Stars2.jpg" height="425" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><em style="border: 0px; color: #1e1e1e; line-height: 19.5px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Giveaway ends August 31, 2014. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA only, and winner will be chosen at random. You must have a valid email address in your Disqus profile/signed in with a valid email address or else include it in your comment to be eligible. No need to provide size, if you are the winner we will contact you for details.&nbsp; If winner doesn’t reply to winning email within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.&nbsp; Good luck!</em></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-62015149317070567702014-08-08T17:22:00.000-05:002014-08-08T17:22:06.219-05:00Ikat Wait for School to Start Back<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: white; clear: both; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22.399999618530273px; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"></div><div id="lws_0" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22.399999618530273px; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><div class="linkwithin_outer" style="border: 0px; clear: both; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"><div class="linkwithin_inner" id="linkwithin_inner" style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; width: 358px;"></div></div></div><br /><div id="yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1394235099945_21338" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: white; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22.399999618530273px; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by J.Jill. As a member of the J.Jill Life Stylers, I received a dress</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-style: italic;">&nbsp;for review. All opinions are my own, as always.</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">If I look tired in these photos, there's a good reason--- school started back yesterday and I am really dragging. I've been going full-speed since Monday, and I really feel like I am about to drop. I'm trying to juggle all this stuff at once, and not doing it successfully. Each year I get so stressed out when school starts back; I feel like I'm starting my first day of high school over and over again, like Bill Murray in <i><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkW_ZkMtmlQ" target="_blank">Groundhog's Day</a>. </i>It's really ironic because I hated high school so much, and sometimes I wonder why I torture myself by going back!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aD-2bUZhuSY/U-QTudMLFtI/AAAAAAAAJbk/D-Ei1Et_3rA/s1600/hems+for+her+close+up+j+jill+ikat+dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aD-2bUZhuSY/U-QTudMLFtI/AAAAAAAAJbk/D-Ei1Et_3rA/s1600/hems+for+her+close+up+j+jill+ikat+dress.jpg" height="386" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />Yet, I go back again, every single time! Naturally my favorite part of going back to school is finding the perfect outfit for the occasion, and when J.Jill contacted me and offered me a piece from <a href="http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/product/itempage.aspx?&amp;RID=1&amp;item=VL069U&amp;h=M&amp;sk=M&amp;ac=search" target="_blank">their Ikat collection</a>, I couldn't resist this breezy linen dress. There's something so classic about black and white, and the Ikat pattern &nbsp;was different then anything else I own. I paired it with a bright turquoise cardigan to keep me warm in our sub-zero lunch room, but by the time I took photos after school, the temperature was nearly 100 degrees, so that cardigan didn't make the pics!<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jL9TamCDTLg/U-QTvzMbn_I/AAAAAAAAJbw/h9B67xPsUPY/s1600/hems+for+her+j.jill+ikat.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jL9TamCDTLg/U-QTvzMbn_I/AAAAAAAAJbw/h9B67xPsUPY/s1600/hems+for+her+j.jill+ikat.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dress= c/o J.Jill, currently unavailable, other printed linen dresses <a href="http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/product/itempage.aspx?&amp;RID=1&amp;rPFID=10&amp;item=OJ009K&amp;h=M&amp;sk=M" target="_blank">here&nbsp;</a>, <a href="http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/product/itempage.aspx?&amp;RID=1&amp;item=OJ012G&amp;h=M&amp;sk=M&amp;ac=search" target="_blank">here</a>, and <a href="http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/product/itempage.aspx?&amp;RID=1&amp;item=OJ012H&amp;h=M&amp;sk=M&amp;ac=search" target="_blank">here</a><br />Wedge Sandals- Kohl's(old, <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=399509964&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">similar here</a>)<br />Necklace- Premier Designs (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=441414260&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Similar here</a>)</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cKck7v20zTI/U-QTtw9-PBI/AAAAAAAAJbg/XDFmDQpfUpI/s1600/ikat+dress+close+up+j.jill.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cKck7v20zTI/U-QTtw9-PBI/AAAAAAAAJbg/XDFmDQpfUpI/s1600/ikat+dress+close+up+j.jill.jpg" height="458" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Here's hoping I can continue to be all smiles next week, as I get to know this new crop of students and navigate my way through my new creative writing class. Hopefully, I won't fall asleep at 7 o'clock anymore, passing out from pure exhaustion!<br /><div><br /></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-36845122457264030882014-07-24T10:23:00.000-05:002014-07-24T10:23:03.836-05:00Life's a BeachIn a few days I will FINALLY have my toes in the sand- the moment I've been waiting for all summer. I technically bought this top to be used as a swimsuit cover-up at the beach, that's how Forever 21 categorized it even, but I've worn it several times as a cardigan of sorts. It's easily my favorite piece in my wardrobe right now because it can so easily be dressed up or down depending on where I'm going.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-34QqXP_xvn4/U8k5CuDnCbI/AAAAAAAAJbI/laV8aD_uorY/s1600/hems+for+her+kimono+top+forever+21.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-34QqXP_xvn4/U8k5CuDnCbI/AAAAAAAAJbI/laV8aD_uorY/s1600/hems+for+her+kimono+top+forever+21.jpg" height="552" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />The bad news is... I know some of you might really love this kimono top, but it's no longer available at Forever 21. There are some different patterns, but this one has disappeared. Don't be mad at me, PLEASE! I strongly recommend you picking up this piece if you like the available pattern! It's under $16, and I am wearing it two or three times a week. On this particular afternoon, we headed over to a friend's house for dinner. I paired my trusty Old Navy cut-offs with some wedge sandals (which are now over 3 years old and probably nearing retirement) to dress it up a little bit. The fabric is super light and gauzy, and anytime I wear it out, I get lots of compliments.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CxHLrTZPiSM/U8k5DSHcr2I/AAAAAAAAJbU/0sdzl54LqPk/s1600/kimono+top+forever+21.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CxHLrTZPiSM/U8k5DSHcr2I/AAAAAAAAJbU/0sdzl54LqPk/s1600/kimono+top+forever+21.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Kimono Top- Forever 21+ (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=455003382&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Current Style Available</a>)<br />TankTop- Target (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=446618036&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">similar here</a>)<br />Denim Cut-offs- Old Navy (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=449001958&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)<br />Shoes- Kohl's (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=451583463&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">similar here</a>)</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />Like I said, this particular style is sold out as of right now, but I've included below a few of my favorites in similar colors. I will be packing tomorrow, so no post, but I hope you all have a great weekend! I will check in from the beach on <a href="http://www.instagram.com/hemsforher" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, but we purposely chose a condo with no wi-fi to disconnect and unplug. Sean's addiction to the iPad is going to be most affected, and he's already grumbling about me wasting a week of his summer vacation on the "boring beach!" Wish me luck!<br /><br /><br /><br /><iframe height="705px" seamless="" src="//shopsensewidget.shopstyle.com/#/?options=%7B%22columns%22%3A%224%22%2C%22rows%22%3A%223%22%2C%22showBrand%22%3Atrue%2C%22showInfo%22%3Afalse%2C%22showPrice%22%3Atrue%2C%22size%22%3A200%2C%22pid%22%3A%22uid8016-9048996-41%22%2C%22productIds%22%3A%5B453754126%2C451836839%2C455003382%2C455003413%2C452153533%2C453754897%2C450846065%2C441345247%2C455783058%2C453753121%2C451759905%2C450456942%2C449683548%2C454126273%2C449945561%2C453663999%5D%7D" style="border: 0;" width="920px"></iframe>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-54054495346958368852014-07-11T07:00:00.000-05:002014-07-11T07:00:07.193-05:00Dresses with Built in A/C- Why Didn't I Think of That?I really intended to blog more this summer. Really. But I've discovered that most days I don't even get out of my pajamas, much less put on a bra and real clothes. Then you have the heat and humidity to contend with. And the sun! I see lots of women making fun of bloggers for looking down at their feet in photos, but what you quickly realize is that if you try to look at a camera in the blazing sun, all of your photos end up squinty and goofy (see below for an example). So me staring pensively at my feet is what you get this time!<br /><div><br /></div><div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mfT2DHgbCMM/U7Dk8caLKMI/AAAAAAAAJa4/MaG6r0N250E/s1600/forever+21+plus+old+glam+fit+and+flare+dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mfT2DHgbCMM/U7Dk8caLKMI/AAAAAAAAJa4/MaG6r0N250E/s1600/forever+21+plus+old+glam+fit+and+flare+dress.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dress: Forever 21+ (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=447633173&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)<br />Sandals- Kohl's (Old, <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=450912892&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Similar Here</a>)<br />Purse- Old Navy (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=453123583&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Colors Available Here</a>)</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Nearly two weeks ago, Curtis and I decided to go see a matinee showing of&nbsp;<i>Jersey Boys</i>. Early afternoon movies are the only ones I can handle any more---- teenagers acting like fools in public just makes me ragey, I guess because I'm closer to 80 years old than 16 anymore!!) &nbsp;That being said, I'm fairly certain no teenagers would have been at any showing of <i>Jersey Boys</i>. But in order to get photos of my great new dress, I guess I had to go to a daytime movie. It was just meant to be! This was also the last time in two weeks I have had on make-up or been in high heels. I had nearly forgotten how to walk in any thing other than flip-flops! I know, first world teacher problems, right?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uV9D__yBWXY/U7Dk5n5tAvI/AAAAAAAAJaw/iHDWyKjIJQo/s1600/back+of+forever+21+fit+and+flare+dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uV9D__yBWXY/U7Dk5n5tAvI/AAAAAAAAJaw/iHDWyKjIJQo/s1600/back+of+forever+21+fit+and+flare+dress.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />Like I mentioned in my <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2014/06/brands-i-buy-forever-21.html" target="_blank">last post</a>, Forever 21 is one of my go-tos for cheap summertime pieces. This dress is a little too revealing for the classroom, but perfect for a sweet movie date. I loved the little cut-out in the back. It was like built in A/C for my back fat, and who couldn't use that in the summer!?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-R_OVG8iUgvE/U7Dk5Qc4SqI/AAAAAAAAJao/mk2ua6XTaSk/s1600/fit+and+flare+dress+forever+21+old+glam.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-R_OVG8iUgvE/U7Dk5Qc4SqI/AAAAAAAAJao/mk2ua6XTaSk/s1600/fit+and+flare+dress+forever+21+old+glam.jpg" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />Below are some of my favorite "A/C" dresses from Forever 21. They all have cute prints and edgy cut-outs in the back. Even better Forever 21 is currently having a big 30% off sale, so what are you waiting for?<br /><br /></div><iframe frameborder="0" height="690" scrolling="no" seamless="seamless" src="https://social.popsugar.com/shopsense/slider?w=550&amp;h=230&amp;r=3&amp;ids=447633173%2C454438219%2C454338078%2C453428258%2C452655040&amp;color=9c6eb01385baf107eece59e4fd451a0f%2Cec52a326e0f77ff17b07fa8e113d94c8%2C74cee02a535d88ce3cc93984c3244569%2Cc2149ee6a0abe1728b09efa4556d65c6%2Cc6444e4a37ef9b21a214359b733973f3&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" style="background: #fff; margin: 0 auto;" width="550"></iframe><br /><div id="details" style="line-height: 16px; margin: 10px auto 20px; padding: 10px; width: 570px;"></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-82860112391180371312014-06-26T10:23:00.001-05:002014-06-26T10:27:04.934-05:00Brands I Buy: Forever 21+Lulu grabbed up my favorite sunglasses the other day and chewed on them. It was only a few seconds, but she wore those suckers out. Luckily, it was a pair of cheapos from Forever 21, so I wasn't totally devastated. In fact it was a good excuse to do a little shopping! (Sidenote: Does anyone ever need a good excuse to go shopping?!)<br /><br />I don't shop very often at Forever 21, mostly because the clothes there are clearly marketed for a younger crowd and are often too casual for the workplace. However, over the years I have gotten a few casual summer pieces from their plus-size line, including this <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2013/07/are-we-having-fun-yet.html" target="_blank">great maxi dress</a>, this fun <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2013/06/7-x-7-7-pieces-7-ways.html" target="_blank">tank top</a>, this <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2013/05/kindergarten-blues-and-floral-dress.html" target="_blank">floral dress</a>, and this<a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2012/08/the-sunday-scramble.html" target="_blank"> lemon-print tank</a>. Forever 21 is a great way for me to add a couple of casual pieces to my summer wardrobe without spending a lot of money on something that may not be acceptable for work wear.<br /><br />This time around I grabbed up another pair of <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=447241655&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">sunglasses</a> along with this<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=447633173&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank"> sweet dress</a> with a peek-a-boo back cut-out (but still plenty of coverage for a real bra!). I also got this super cute<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=447539475&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank"> Forget-Me-Not swimsuit</a> and a cover-up (which apparently is no longer available, so I'm not even going to show you how frigginn' cute it is), as well as another <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=453642279&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">elephant-print tank.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;We are headed to the beach next month, and I know all these pieces will definitely get packed up.<br /><br />Remember, if you click on or scroll over the pictures below you can get price and buying info! So tell me, do you ever shop at Forever 21 or do you avoid it?<br /><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="460" scrolling="no" seamless="seamless" src="https://social.popsugar.com/shopsense/slider?w=550&amp;h=230&amp;r=2&amp;ids=447241655%2C447539475%2C447633173%2C453642279&amp;color=15bae94396861b9d59e5f7459453f037%2C99ecbc9d2379ee58cfebfc5f859fdffb%2C9c6eb01385baf107eece59e4fd451a0f%2C776e34d80a26cd1d10eba5336978b947&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" style="background: #fff; margin: 0 auto;" width="550"></iframe><br /><div id="details" style="line-height: 16px; margin: 10px auto 20px; padding: 10px; width: 570px;"></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-65858728071462961532014-06-11T06:00:00.000-05:002014-06-11T06:00:09.258-05:00Taking Stock: June Edition<div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Stolen from <a href="http://sometimessweet.blogspot.com/2014/05/taking-stock.html" target="_blank">Sometimes Sweet</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Making</i>:Plans for a few small (and cheap) getaways during this all-too-short summer break. It's hard to coordinate schedules with Sean and my family, and someone to watch Lulu, but I need a couple of days with my toes in the sand!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Cooking:</i>
 Tons of healthy food as I try to continue on my no-sugar (well, low-sugar) journey to health. More on that later this week!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Drinking:</i>
 water. A veritable butt-ton of water. Sometimes I get crazy and throw a bag of tea in there or some fresh fruits and herbs (here's my favorite recipe!, but it's all water, all the way. Cutting soft drinks out of my life was hard, and I still try a sip now and then,but it was so worth it!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Reading:
</i>&nbsp;I am so excited to be teaching a Creative Writing course next year at school, and I bought a ton of books for YA writers, as well as prompts for writing and Stephen King's epic and awesome memoir On Writing. I've read it twice before, but it's still so great to read. And while it has way too much cursing to use as required reading for the class, I know I will use anecdotes and his advice extensively.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Wanting:</i>
 To take a nap. It's rainy here right now, and that always makes me tired!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Looking:</i>
 at Lulu humping one of Sean's stuffed animals! This is a fairly recent activity as my little lady reaches adolescence and I guess it will be curbed (maybe?!) when we get her spayed next month.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Playing:</i>
 A ton of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6U2xp0R7lY" target="_blank">Castle Clearout on Mario Party 9</a>. Sean and I have a deal- we play a party round and then I get to feed my Castle Clearout addiction. It's not as bad as some people's dependency of Candy Crush, but it's bad enough that I KNOW I don't need Candy Crush on my phone.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Wasting:
 </i>Lots of time. I make myself a daily to-do list so I don't just fall down the internet rabbit hole, but it's so tempting to spend all day reading blogs and finding recipes and stalking social media....</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Sewing:</i>
 <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_5dE81WV8k" target="_blank">The Seeds of Love</a> (Ha!!! Puns!)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Enjoying:</i>
 Not having to get ready for work every day! I love staying in my pajamas all day. No fixing my hair. No putting on make-up. It's wonderful!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Waiting:</i>
 For the premiere of Girl Meets World. I loved Boy Meets World, so I am way more excited than I really should be about this incarnation. I'm really hopeful that Sean will get into it, too!<span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Wondering:
 </i>If Sean's end-of-season soccer party and trophy presentation is going to get rained out today!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Loving:</i>&nbsp;
The Cosby Show on repeats on TVLand</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Hoping:</i>
 I can cheat and eat a Little Debbie cake soon. We were talking about them at lunch and now it's all I can think about!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Marveling:
</i>&nbsp;At how much Sean has learned this year at school. He graduated from kindergarten 2 weeks ago, and he has grown so much. He is reading like a champ, which makes me so happy! He is obsessed with Harry Potter and we just started the 4th book, The Order of the Phoenix. We usually read every night before bed.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Needing:</i>
 The motivation to take more blog photos. It's so tough this time of the year: 1. because as I've already mentioned, I don't have to pretty up for work, and 2. it's so hot and sticky- it's really tough to want to put on a lot of clothes and go outside</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Smelling:</i>
 Wet dog. It's raining, but Lulu's doing great with her house training, so it's outside we go, even in the pouring rain! Wish I had something more glamorous for you!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Wearing:</i>
 An old black and white striped dress from Eloquii (seen here)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>Opening:</i>
 My latest<a href="http://www.zulily.com/invite/kfrost266" target="_blank"> Zulily </a>shipment. Am I the only person totally obsessed with their deals??!!! My most recent purchase is actually a Father's Day gift for Curtis, but I am expecting an herb grinder any day now!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #666666; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><i>
Feeling:</i>&nbsp;Not to "vague-blog" (I really hate when people do that), but there are several people close to me, weighing heavily on my mind. And not necessarily in a good way!</div><div><br /></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-40328127695022501242014-06-10T07:00:00.000-05:002014-06-10T07:00:02.521-05:00Feeling BlueI'm pretty sure that I already have a blog post titled "Feeling Blue" somewhere in the archives, but If the shoe fits, I will wear it again. I love being a teacher, and there are many perks to the job, including said summer break, but it is stressful and time-consuming. Every summer I like to do a little something to break lose, to physically disconnect myself from the school year.<br /><br />A coupe of years ago I decided to put some&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2012/06/tunesday-tuesday-song-of-purple-summer.html" target="_blank">purple chunks in my hair</a>; last year I <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2013/06/this-dress-cost-8-about-same-as-my.html" target="_blank">chopped it super-short</a>; this time around I decided to try out more hair dye. Growing out my pixie is a long, boring process, and many times I have just wanted to say "Chop it all off! It's not worth it!" I also get really bored with it, so getting <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2013/03/guest-post-hairs-thing.html" target="_blank">my stylist/BFF</a> to throw some blue and green in there was just what I needed to feel fresh and fun for summer!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vfFj6WDgdgU/U5ZwZHeaUEI/AAAAAAAAJZA/Dw2a1cfq6O0/s1600/blue.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vfFj6WDgdgU/U5ZwZHeaUEI/AAAAAAAAJZA/Dw2a1cfq6O0/s1600/blue.jpg" height="427" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rvG5D6v8DgA/U5ZwWSWl9TI/AAAAAAAAJY4/a-9yNLo26q4/s1600/blue+5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rvG5D6v8DgA/U5ZwWSWl9TI/AAAAAAAAJY4/a-9yNLo26q4/s1600/blue+5.jpg" height="604" width="640" /></a></div><br />Summer is always a hard time for me to be motivated to blog because I have no "real" reason to get dressed, fix my hair, out on make-up, you know- normal things that the rest of you are still doing every day. It's really easy for my to stay in pajamas on shorts and a t-shirt all day, so blogging will probably be sporadic. I have a few recipes to share with you, a health update, school-related news, my views on burlesque, and probably more blue hair. If that's okay with you, it's okay with me. If it's not okay with you, well.... I guess we are both in trouble!Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-2859403153660323312014-05-29T07:00:00.000-05:002014-06-26T10:27:36.179-05:00Brands I Buy: Target- Summer EditionYesterday I went grocery shopping with <a href="http://www.instagram.com/hemsforher" target="_blank">one of my friends and her precious son</a>. We went under the guise of "grocery shopping" because that sounded better to our husbands than saying we were going to spend a lot of money at Target. See, you gotta be smart!<br /><br />&nbsp;As a teacher, I don't get many chances to dress down, so I take full advantage of the casual nature of summertime. I've already told you that I am living in my <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=444146359&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Old Navy denim shorts</a>, but I thought I would share with you some of my favorite casual pieces from Target as well!<br /><br />Like always, scrolling over or clicking on the photos below will give you shopping details!<br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="230" scrolling="no" seamless="seamless" src="https://social.popsugar.com/shopsense/slider?w=600&amp;h=230&amp;r=1&amp;ids=443971457%2C445789562%2C450832151&amp;color=1cc67de80c87da49fc23406621b29e37%2Cb125d6747a730244828c1c4238ea4e97%2C6d3b1b17c1cbbb563eb6d442a3ffa2c8&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" style="background: #fff; margin: 0 auto;" width="600"></iframe><br /><div id="details" style="line-height: 16px; margin: 10px auto 20px; padding: 10px; width: 620px;"></div><iframe frameborder="0" height="230" scrolling="no" seamless="seamless" src="https://social.popsugar.com/shopsense/slider?w=600&amp;h=230&amp;r=1&amp;ids=443208217%2C447478834%2C450479626&amp;color=fa5ea7cca74757d69af68bd8f7267997%2C843942dff22293003a2be56de769bc8c%2C586c6f8dde3c4096f599e37524e15ff8&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" style="background: #fff; margin: 0 auto;" width="600"></iframe><br /><div id="details" style="line-height: 16px; margin: 10px auto 20px; padding: 10px; width: 620px;"></div><iframe frameborder="0" height="230" scrolling="no" seamless="seamless" src="https://social.popsugar.com/shopsense/slider?w=600&amp;h=230&amp;r=1&amp;ids=446589382%2C443892478%2C451766364&amp;color=62e8776561c6799d99a5191d53cfd779%2Cb7db5e6bfd93bd28336a72a06574d819%2Cec59f6ada92a447f01a00695d8c0ebe2&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" style="background: #fff; margin: 0 auto;" width="600"></iframe><br /><div id="details" style="line-height: 16px; margin: 10px auto 20px; padding: 10px; width: 620px;"></div><div id="details" style="line-height: 16px; margin: 10px auto 20px; padding: 10px; width: 620px;">In case I feel the need to dress up at any point during the summer, Target had several dresses that struck my fancy. I require that any dress I wear during the summer MUST be sleeveless and flowy, but apparently this summer I am also requiring STRIPES! Every dress I looked at was striped! It wasn't on purpose I swear. Technically I already have three striped dresses and couldn't possible need anymore, but I have most definitely added two of the following dresses to my own summer wardrobe... Oops!</div><iframe frameborder="0" height="460" scrolling="no" seamless="seamless" src="https://social.popsugar.com/shopsense/slider?w=550&amp;h=230&amp;r=2&amp;ids=450425342%2C451564063%2C446236611%2C450425408&amp;color=f90244af88884cd1fbe65dbda5668345%2C7995a3ecf1756670cc5f0b83911b7c54%2Cba8a02843a192c12c9d81d62dda21d44%2C9472160ed637cd4484f86cad8b16dd5b&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" style="background: #fff; margin: 0 auto;" width="550"></iframe><br /><div id="details" style="line-height: 16px; margin: 10px auto 20px; padding: 10px; width: 570px;"></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-50876006589213344592014-05-27T07:00:00.000-05:002014-05-27T07:00:05.835-05:00Family Vacation 2014Whew! I know I'm not the only one who needs a vacation AFTER my vacation, right? This month has been a whirlwind of healthy-eating, soccer-playing, kindergarten-graduation, and general end-of-schooling, so when my mother-in-law suggested we all convene in the mountains of Tennessee for a short family vacation, we jumped at the chance. Being a half-day drive from Gatlinburg and the Great Smokey Mountains, we have made this trip quite often, but it's always an enjoyable one!<br /><br />Our first priority, at least according to Sean, was finding a couple of go-kart tracks so he could live out his Mario-Kart fantasies. True story- I am hell on wheels in real life, and I have multiple speeding tickets to prove it, but I am a big chicken when it comes to go-karts. Luckily, the family "needed" someone to take pictures, so I was happy to oblige. I don't think Sean's ever been happier! I've got to find a go-kart track closer to home!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-D_qO0YMZByU/U4PnUh89ZiI/AAAAAAAAJR0/a2kXohUUt28/s1600/PicMonkey+Collage1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-D_qO0YMZByU/U4PnUh89ZiI/AAAAAAAAJR0/a2kXohUUt28/s1600/PicMonkey+Collage1.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />Later in the afternoon, we headed out to the <a href="http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/" target="_blank">Aquarium of the Smokies</a> for more family fun. Unfortunately, Sean seemed to think he was still of the tracks and FLEW through the exhibits, so I have no photos of him in there, but here are some of my favorite pics Curtis managed to capture.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ODlPpSJ4sWM/U4PncZ8omjI/AAAAAAAAJR8/Gc7G7HMdRWI/s1600/PicMonkey+Collage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ODlPpSJ4sWM/U4PncZ8omjI/AAAAAAAAJR8/Gc7G7HMdRWI/s1600/PicMonkey+Collage.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />After dinner that night, we headed into the "Holler" for some moonshine tasting (and maybe buying!). <a href="http://olesmoky.com/" target="_blank">The Ole Smokey Moonshine Distillery </a>was a TON of fun. Unfortunately, it was so crowded it was impossible to get good photos. We were crammed elbow-to-elbow at the tasting table, but it was totally worth it. We sampled all THIRTEEN available flavors, and our awesome moonshiner Frank threw in a couple of extra "shots" as well. There are some photos of the debauchery on my<a href="http://www.instagram.com/hemsforher" target="_blank"> Instagram feed </a>and I think the multiple distilleries that have opened recently are a great addition to downtown Gatlinburg. But maybe that's just the lush in me.<br /><br />Later this week, I will share a little more from our trip. Truth be told, I didn't do any "fashion shoots" because I lived in the same pair of <a href="http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=958573002&amp;vid=8&amp;tid=onsp1r&amp;kwid=1&amp;ap=14" target="_blank">distressed denim shorts</a> and t-shirts all weekend long. &nbsp;However, I can't recommend these denim shorts from Old Navy enough. They were the perfect length, perfectly broken in, all that good stuff. If I can find them on sale again, I will definitely snatch up another pair! Click on any photo below for shopping info!<br /><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="690" scrolling="no" seamless="seamless" src="https://social.popsugar.com/shopsense/slider?w=550&amp;h=230&amp;r=3&amp;ids=443913053%2C445272189%2C444146359%2C446481299%2C325027163%2C447241655&amp;color=9c7ded69ae0ca1752eb41a4ad8a68771%2C210dd6e963ff1b22391b79fcef09bb24%2C65ca1a6bcb335168192ece6e116ff08a%2Cc8268e230e04db2d6fd636d526e937c4%2C5bb89a5fb95a1122a93040d70ce4c93a%2C15bae94396861b9d59e5f7459453f037&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" style="background: #fff; margin: 0 auto;" width="550"></iframe><br /><div id="details" style="line-height: 16px; margin: 10px auto 20px; padding: 10px; width: 570px;"></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>So what are YOU doing this summer!??</b></span></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-89397158399903261092014-05-06T06:00:00.000-05:002014-06-26T10:32:47.730-05:00Weekend Wear: Maxi Dress & Aztec Scarf<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I learned two things this weekend. One: I should wear sunglasses in my photos more often. They hide a multitude of sins, including this weird, growing-out length of my hair currently, and the fact that I didn't wear any eye make-up Saturday. We were at the soccer field for one of Sean's games, and every time I'm out there, my eyes water so bad, I end up crying all of it off. So this Saturday I just decided to not bother. But I like the glasses look. I feel like a movie star, very glamorous ;)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zK6FggMeIXg/U2ZDYaMNYhI/AAAAAAAAJRg/uEuAmUmkvaY/s1600/hems+fro+her+maxi+dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zK6FggMeIXg/U2ZDYaMNYhI/AAAAAAAAJRg/uEuAmUmkvaY/s1600/hems+fro+her+maxi+dress.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />I also learned that I CANNOT flip pancakes. Whatever magic you need, whatever combination of perfect heat, perfect batter, perfect spatula, I am missing it. I tried to surprise Curtis with pumpkin and banana pancakes for breakfast Sunday morning, and &nbsp;it was a total disaster. He came into a smoke-filled kitchen with me cursing the world and Lulu loudly whining for a bite. I was so frustrated! All I did was make a huge mess of the kitchen! The pancakes tasted fine, but they sure were homely.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ulBhsn_wE08/U2ZDYKpUKEI/AAAAAAAAJRc/0nuPr2-RzZQ/s1600/springtime+maxi+dress+hems+for+her.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ulBhsn_wE08/U2ZDYKpUKEI/AAAAAAAAJRc/0nuPr2-RzZQ/s1600/springtime+maxi+dress+hems+for+her.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dress- Old Navy, last year (Similar <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=445325133&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=444409424&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">here</a>, and <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=443877459&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">here</a>)<br />Scarf- Zulily (Similar <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=449787796&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=446761259&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">here)</a><br />Glasses- Forever 21 (Buy <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=447241655&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">here)</a><br />Purse- Old Navy (Available colors <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=447078396&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">here</a>)<br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></td></tr></tbody></table>In hindsight, I realize it really didn't matter what the pancakes looked like. They were cooked and filling and yummy. No one was there to see that they didn't look fluffy and picture-perfect. They weren't documented on Instagram for everyone to envy, but you know what? They still got the job done. Same thing with not wearing eye make-up. Nobody cared. Nobody noticed. But I was still self-conscious about not being presentable.Lately I have found that I am being especially tough on myself, and it's something I'm working on.<br /><div><br /></div><div><br /></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-20404745387776441962014-04-30T06:00:00.000-05:002014-06-26T10:32:47.649-05:00Winter to Spring<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>My absence from blogging has lead me to nearly missing spring altogether. Here it only feels spring-like for about two weeks before the weather transitions into sweltry summer. The last time I wore this dress it was still cool, so I paired it with boots and a chunky belt. This time around, I lightened up the overall look with a soft cardigan and neutral wedges.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YVZ4jAAeP2M/U2A-8JEpaNI/AAAAAAAAJRM/2bHqyt7GUtA/s1600/hems+for+her+lands+end+floral+dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YVZ4jAAeP2M/U2A-8JEpaNI/AAAAAAAAJRM/2bHqyt7GUtA/s1600/hems+for+her+lands+end+floral+dress.jpg" height="640" width="500" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dress: Lands End (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=381868765&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)<br />Cardigan- Modcloth (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=298694770&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)<br />Shoes- Kohl's (<a href="http://popsu.gr/suGi" target="_blank">Similar Here</a>)<br /><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This dress (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=381868765&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">still available from Lands End and under $15!</a>) is on heavy rotation. I <i>try</i> not to wear it every week, but I <i>may</i> not be successful! I love the various shades in the pattern. Depending on what I pair it with, it can be rose pink or shrimpy-coral and just about any pink and peach shade in-between. The <a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?urllink=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.modcloth.com%2Fshop%2Fcardigans%2Fcharter-school-cardigan-in-rose&amp;u=595441&amp;m=43745&amp;b=417942&amp;afftrack=961293622" target="_blank">cardigan was my first ever purchase from Modcloth</a> and I am pleased with it. While the color is supposed to be "rose", I definitely think it is leaning towards the peach end of the scale. Either way it matches perfectly! This cardigan comes in about 30 colors and some colors go up to a size <a href="http://www.modcloth.com/shop/search?keyword=charter#?size=4X&amp;category=all-categories&amp;keyword=charter&amp;sort=relevance&amp;page=1" target="_blank">4X</a>, so if you are looking for a specific shade, it's definitely worth checking out!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Wgxrl1lNlBk/U2A-5lixS-I/AAAAAAAAJRI/htHtCdN3zDw/s1600/hems+for+her+winter+to+spring+lands+end+floral+dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Wgxrl1lNlBk/U2A-5lixS-I/AAAAAAAAJRI/htHtCdN3zDw/s1600/hems+for+her+winter+to+spring+lands+end+floral+dress.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #f9cb9c; font-size: x-large;"><b>Floral Dresses for YOU!</b></span></div><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="460" scrolling="no" seamless="seamless" src="https://social.popsugar.com/shopsense/slider?w=550&amp;h=230&amp;r=2&amp;ids=446510032%2C446047903%2C448940931%2C449999220&amp;color=6f9251aacbce5e0f868782a3bdf1cdb4%2C5ff5d382d38f092aa791cc189d7b4245%2C47470a91ebdec57bdd262af504628749%2Cd01ed997f87c4f5e2c9e1446660f1a47&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" style="background: #fff; margin: 0 auto;" width="550"></iframe><br /><div id="details" style="line-height: 16px; margin: 10px auto 20px; padding: 10px; width: 570px;"><a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse/teen-girls-dresses/Charter-Club" style="color: #999999; font-size: 11px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Charter Club Teen Girls' Dresses"> Charter Club Teen Girls' Dresses</a> · <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse/evening-dresses/Tahari-by-Arthur-S.-Levine" style="color: #999999; font-size: 11px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Tahari by Arthur S. Levine Evening Dresses"> Tahari by Arthur S. Levine Evening Dresses</a> · <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse/teen-girls-dresses/Macys-US" style="color: #999999; font-size: 11px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Macy's Teen Girls' Dresses"> Macy's Teen Girls' Dresses</a></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-80681958138271453622014-04-23T06:00:00.000-05:002014-04-23T06:00:00.885-05:00Sugar Rush: My 10 Day Sugar DetoxSo, I hinted about it and overloaded Instagram with humble-brag pics, but I finally had the chance to sit down and reflect on my 10 day sugar detox. I always feel weird writing about weight and diets on a blog that celebrates women at all sizes, and in particular, my own plus-size body. I am not offering medical advice or judging you and what you eat in anyway, let's just make that clear! I think that you can be healthy and not be 100 pounds, but I AM NOT healthy. It's embarrassing to realize and admit that, but it's true and important to the story of me.<br /><br />I've written before about being skinny and getting fat; it's a common struggle for many women. I've lost weight- with Weight Watchers back in 2005 and with Curves in 2012, but in recent months, all if my bad habits had crept back into my life. Three or more full calorie Coca-colas a day. Fast food nearly every day, and as disgusting as this is, there were literally days where I ate fast food for all three meals. I was diagnosed with insulin resistance (pre-diabetes) in 2011, but didn't feel the need to make any lifestyle changes, well, at least not any healthy lifestyle changes. I knew something had to give. After a terrible February appointment with my gynecologist left me feeling very fat-shamed and in tears, I sought out a second opinion. I've always had SUPER low energy, as a well as a few other healthy issues, but I just refused to believe that borderline high blood sugar could be wreaking such havoc on my body. In retrospect, I realize that sounds like someone deep in denial, and with all due respect to my gynecologist, I know that I wasn't taking care of myself the way I should (even if she was super bitchy in the way she said it to me!).<br /><br />I found a wonderful, kind, caring doctor who focuses on integrative and holistic medicine and after a slew of tests we discovered I had multiple issues compounding my blood sugar problem, including food intolerance,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/adrenal-fatigue-is-it-real" target="_blank">Adrenal Fatigue</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/" target="_blank">Wilson's Thyroid Syndrome,</a>&nbsp;and a genetic mutation called&nbsp;<a href="http://mthfr.net/mthfr-basics-from-dr-erlich/2012/03/01/" target="_blank">MTHFR</a>. All of these things are wearing my body down, and I'm not helping with all the crap I am putting into my body. She recommended a pretty strict diet, not because of the blood sugar actually, but the MTHFR doesn't allow my body to process man-made folate (A.K.A folic acid, which is in TONS of "fortified" foods like bread and cereals). So I sought out a diet that I hoped could change my life.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-j76gxA3k_IU/U1cisurSVEI/AAAAAAAAJQ0/orUqNarOwFk/s1600/ec7bb9933f9a4e3e5f3a7f72fc1d1854.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-j76gxA3k_IU/U1cisurSVEI/AAAAAAAAJQ0/orUqNarOwFk/s1600/ec7bb9933f9a4e3e5f3a7f72fc1d1854.jpg" height="400" width="258" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">Don't let that sweet smile deceive you!</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Years ago, I got into a nasty online Pinterest war with a woman who took great offense to aparticular pin that said something like, "Your body's not a trash can, stop putting trash in it." I feel like this is a great adage to live buy, not unlike the old, "You are what you eat" saying. Y'all, I was eating crap. ALL THE TIME. Not an occasional treat- Cokes, fast food, bread, sweets- these were staples of my daily diet. I ran across&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Sugar-Solution-10-Day-Detox-ebook/dp/B00CO7FIOU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1398127972&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=10+day+detox+diet" target="_blank">Dr. Mark Hyman's book The 10 Day Detox Diet</a>, and even though he takes a real tough love approach to it, I knew this was what I needed to kick my butt into gear.<br /><br />This diet is not for the faint of heart, that's for sure. For 10 days we cut out ALL sugars- natural and man-made, with the exception of a half-cup of berries in a breakfast smoothie. We also eliminated all gluten (and gluten-free products) and all dairy. Dr. Hyman says to focus on what you CAN eat instead of obsessing over what you CAN'T have, but I spent the first three days in mourning over the fact that I will never again drink another Coca-cola. That's not normal. But it showed me how real my food issues are. I used to (secretly, of course) totally judge and laugh at people who would say they were emotional eaters or food addicts, but within days, it was clear that I had some major food hang-ups.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td><img src="http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/images_made/system_content/uploads/recipe_photos/Dr_Hymans_Whole_Food_Protein_Shake_625_417_84auto_s_c1.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">Image from&nbsp;<a href="http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/">healthyblenderrecipes.com</a><br />My mornings started with this shake, chick full of nuts, seeds, and other<br />good for you food. I missed chewing!</td></tr></tbody></table>My actual detox, or withdrawal as I like to call them, symptoms weren't awful. I had a caffeine headache on day three and some pretty gross bathroom visits, but physically I felt fine. However, emotionally I was a wreck. I know of at least THREE times I was brought to tears over food and wanting food and not being able to have food. Again, not normal. I was VERY irritable, moreso than usual, no matter what my husband says! I was mean and grumpy and by day 8, I was totally 100% over it. I broke down and ordered a pizza. I had a couple of slices, and I swear I felt so much better. It truly gave me the resolve to continue and again helped me realize the power food has over me. It always comforted me in knowing I can have the things that I'm not supposed to have, in moderation and occasional. You probably aren't surprised to hear me say (see me write?) that the pizza didn't even taste good! And the few sips of soda I've sneaked have been equally disappointing.<br /><br />The diet does require A LOT of prep work and grocery shopping. Curtis balked at the money we were spending but I had to keep reminding him that we were getting a week's worth of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and leftovers. We actually saved money. It's pretty straight-forward and easy to follow. You are given two 10-day menus- one is considered Basic and the other is called Adventure. The Adventure calls for more exotic ingredients, many of which weren't found in my podunk town, so we stuck with the basic diet. Each day was fairly similar: thick, fatty breakfast shake, salad or soup with protein at lunch, and a dinner heavy in leafy green vegetables and lean protein. I did get sick of not chewing for breakfast and it felt like we eat fish EVERY night, but the recipes were fairly easily to follow and most were pretty good. I had a few misses but all in all I felt like we ate well and I was rarely hungry. Snacks were almonds or vegetable dips that I never got around to making (hummus is a no-no because no beans/peas/etc. were allowed on the detox either).<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="shutterstock_148819088" src="http://www.mamaandbabylove.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/shutterstock_148819088-728x483.jpg" height="424" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="640" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">Image from&nbsp;<a href="http://mamaandbabylove.com/">mamaandbabylove.com</a><br />Each night is supposed to end with a detox bath.<br />I wish my tub looked like this one!</td></tr></tbody></table>So did it work? Well, I haven't had a chance to get any blood work done, hopefully later this week I can answer that for you, but I did lose 15 pounds. Now, of course, if I go right back to my crappy eating habits the weight will come back, but that's some impressive and healthy weight-loss. Dr. Hyman realizes that detractors will argue that it's unhealthy and of course you will lose weight cutting out huge portions of one's daily diet. But look at what I cut out- dairy and gluten and sugar. Yes, these things are delicious, but they are also poisoning my body. About two-thirds of the book is actually research and an explanation of how addictive sugar is and how bad it is for you. I think my favorite part was the chapter that focused on "10 common myths keeping us fat and sick". Like I said, there will be people who disagree with Dr. Hyman's thoughts and methods, but I thought his thinking and science was solid.<br /><br />Even though I did cheat, I haven't given up. This Monday we actually started&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/21-Day-Sugar-Detox-Cravings-Naturally-ebook/dp/B00G9GRWQE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1398128010&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=21+day+sugar+detox" target="_blank">Diane Sanfilippo's super-famous 21 Day Sugar Detox</a>. Her detox is much more lenient and allows for apples and bananas (green, but still, it will be a luxury!) I look forward to updating you in about a month as my journey continues!<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td><img src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81tGYbGyKML.jpg" height="400" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="328" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px;">Here's what's next! Wish me luck!</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div>If you have any questions about the 10 Day Detox Diet, just ask in the comments! I will gladly answer as truthfully as I can!!</div><div><br /></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com45tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-78112063531651834772014-04-22T06:00:00.000-05:002014-06-26T10:32:47.716-05:00Sunday's BestSo, I always thought people who dressed there animals up in real clothes were super lame, but then I got a dog, and I seriously can't help myself. It's like a compulsion! That being said I swear I didn't buy matching dresses for myself and Lulu.They were purchased months apart and just happened to match perfectly for Easter. And that's the true story! Could we be any cuter??<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ETKUzjiiZ8M/U1SI2SrHVYI/AAAAAAAAJQg/WU2xcwOuRyU/s1600/mommy+and+lulu+-+Copy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ETKUzjiiZ8M/U1SI2SrHVYI/AAAAAAAAJQg/WU2xcwOuRyU/s1600/mommy+and+lulu+-+Copy.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br /><br />Y'all, look at her! She's adorable!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QkvXcGkzOJE/U1SIzFsVxaI/AAAAAAAAJQU/ZVatA_GN5Y0/s1600/ballerina+lulu+-+Copy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QkvXcGkzOJE/U1SIzFsVxaI/AAAAAAAAJQU/ZVatA_GN5Y0/s1600/ballerina+lulu+-+Copy.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vKgClcsFcoM/U1SI19479fI/AAAAAAAAJQk/vWZTI9a1tlU/s1600/lulu+finds+a+friend+-+Copy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vKgClcsFcoM/U1SI19479fI/AAAAAAAAJQk/vWZTI9a1tlU/s1600/lulu+finds+a+friend+-+Copy.jpg" height="600" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />Lulu's dress is from the<a href="http://www.petsmart.com/dog/clothes-shoes/martha-stewart-pets-metallic-star-dress-zid36-22641/cat-36-catid-100011?var_id=36-22641&amp;_t=pfm%3Dcategory%26pfmvalue%3Dfaceted" target="_blank"> Martha Stewart line at PetSmart</a>. As for mine, I bought it <a href="http://www.eshakti.com/Product/CL0030647/Claudine-dress" target="_blank">from Eshakti</a>, several months back during their "Buy 2, Get 1" sales. I love the modest neckline (no Sunday cleavage), the wrap-around tie in the front, and the pockets- perfect for Easter egg hunts!<br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lsgpJXpn3HY/U1SIzXRZG0I/AAAAAAAAJQM/4GGW4c0LNEo/s1600/easter+best+-+Copy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lsgpJXpn3HY/U1SIzXRZG0I/AAAAAAAAJQM/4GGW4c0LNEo/s1600/easter+best+-+Copy.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.eshakti.com/Product/CL0030647/Claudine-dress" target="_blank">Dress: Eshakit- This color isn't available but many others are, and there's a big 30% off sale going on right now!</a></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;">Despite the fact that I am still in the midst of a pretty intense sugar detox (more on that later this week), I did get a little "Holly Homemaker" and make <a href="http://www.gingersnapsblog.com/2014/04/recipe-carrot-berries.html" target="_blank">these precious carrot berries from the wonderful Ginger Snaps blog</a>. I was very impressed with myself and wanted to make sure the event was documented. Full disclosure: I did eat ONE carrot berry and it was delicious!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tyiZq9_s-iM/U1SI0bWdPFI/AAAAAAAAJQc/96UASlSJyXo/s1600/berry+carrots+-+Copy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tyiZq9_s-iM/U1SI0bWdPFI/AAAAAAAAJQc/96UASlSJyXo/s1600/berry+carrots+-+Copy.jpg" height="640" width="560" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-47284170589140045072014-04-11T07:41:00.001-05:002014-06-26T10:32:47.676-05:00"Tank" You Very MuchThis black lace tank top has been hanging out in my closet for a couple of months now. It was a thrift shop find from my mother-in-law, but I wasn't sure how to wear it. However, Audrey from <a href="http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2014/01/favorites-of-2013-lace-tank-remix.html" target="_blank">Putting Me Together is always showing me so many cute ways to wear lace tanks</a>, I knew I didn't want to get rid of it! &nbsp;This weekend I am definitely pairing it with a pair of skinny jeans for Sean's soccer game!<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NjiWF7CGkjo/U0c4wYKUCHI/AAAAAAAAJPo/aeTu-fR6oXo/s1600/hems+for+her+j.jill+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NjiWF7CGkjo/U0c4wYKUCHI/AAAAAAAAJPo/aeTu-fR6oXo/s1600/hems+for+her+j.jill+2.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Tank Top- Thrifted (<a href="http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=443134859&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41&amp;utm_medium=widget&amp;amp;utm_source=Product+Link" target="_blank">Similar Here</a>)<br />Ankle Pants- c/o J.Jill (<a href="http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/product/itempage.aspx?BID=464436711&amp;rPFID=550&amp;item=KM043T&amp;h=M&amp;sk=M" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)<br />Shoes- Forever 21 (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=443292169&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>I'm short on words today- things have been super hectic around here- I'm talking soccer five of the past seven days, and a crazy detox diet, and a dog who's scared to poop outside. I feel like I'm way busier than I probably am, but&nbsp; it's still taking it's toll on me. I'm so relieved it's Friday!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EjLsDFuRcpE/U0c4yMl7dHI/AAAAAAAAJP4/fGxRAYMji3E/s1600/lace+tank+top+hems+for+her.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EjLsDFuRcpE/U0c4yMl7dHI/AAAAAAAAJP4/fGxRAYMji3E/s1600/lace+tank+top+hems+for+her.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>If you are looking for your own tank top for an upcoming weekend, look no further. Click on any of the pictures below to get price and size details!! Happy weekend!<br /><br /><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="810" scrolling="no" seamless="seamless" src="https://social.popsugar.com/shopsense/slider?w=780&amp;h=270&amp;r=3&amp;ids=446349712%2C331368337%2C443134859%2C442262047%2C298215362%2C440439806%2C445990610%2C448119140%2C444038250&amp;color=f106e0339298f8cbe4d3b8cb7c7ed6d5%2C901764737e7bc1313d59c8afd704375f%2C16952c046f853a4269282e835452ef5e%2Cda9cd07bcd2decf710fe33fc82b0817d%2Ce25ef0aaa03a46e13a87005ae07cb7ed%2Cdead437662157adb9962cf6325f0082b%2C3e5814cca000e1fb80049985ebef6a5f%2C1222862228bb63518e813580ff5c1a4a%2C593429d47f6aa5ea068bc964c0fc86cf&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" style="background: #fff; margin: 0 auto;" width="780"></iframe><br /><div id="details" style="line-height: 16px; margin: 10px auto 20px; padding: 10px; width: 800px;"><a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse/plus-size-tops/Arizona" style="color: #999999; font-size: 11px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Arizona Plus Tops"> Arizona Plus Tops</a> · <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse/plus-size-tops/Karen-Kane" style="color: #999999; font-size: 11px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Karen Kane Plus Tops"> Karen Kane Plus Tops</a> · <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse/plus-size-tops/Asos" style="color: #999999; font-size: 11px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Asos Plus Tops"> Asos Plus Tops</a></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-32302989791279464242014-04-04T06:00:00.000-05:002014-04-04T06:00:10.652-05:00Give It Away Now!<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CbG0BZwN7ZA/Uzs8RH9dV3I/AAAAAAAAJOs/b7KC-O28jOI/s1600/asos+slefie+top+hems+for+her.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CbG0BZwN7ZA/Uzs8RH9dV3I/AAAAAAAAJOs/b7KC-O28jOI/s1600/asos+slefie+top+hems+for+her.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a>Just stopping by for a quick hello today! I am currently baby-stepping my sophomores through a research paper and I swear it is the most physically exhausting thing I do all year! I don't have time for an outfit post today, but I do have time for some giveaways :) There's always time for giveaways, right?<br /><br />First up we've got a $25 gift card for ASOS! Lulu and I are partial to the French bulldog t-shirt, but we will let you choose any piece you want.<br /><br /><br />The winner is..... Nancy C. Be on the look out for an email from me :)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d_0ZVuEW5DE/Uz3eKeh8qHI/AAAAAAAAJO8/cDwKxjR7BUo/s1600/315535_652135729179_2000527923_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d_0ZVuEW5DE/Uz3eKeh8qHI/AAAAAAAAJO8/cDwKxjR7BUo/s1600/315535_652135729179_2000527923_n.jpg" height="400" style="cursor: move;" width="300" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Me and my BFF Callie</td></tr></tbody></table>And finally, WAY back in February, I did a True Blue Friendship giveaway with the ladies at J.Jill. While, it's been a long time coming (they had lots of winners to choose from participating blogs and so many wonderful stories to read through), I promise for one lucky lady and her best friend, it was worth the wait!<br /><br /><br />&nbsp;Our winners are Brynn and Andria, and here is Brynn's winning entry:<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #3f4549; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21px;"><b>My true blue friend is Andria. We've known each other our whole lives, actually - her parents are my godparents, and her family lives right next door to my grandma. We have celebrated every birthday together, every Christmas, and nearly every 4th of July. We live about an hour away from each other right now, but we make it a point to see each other every week. We laugh, we cry, we vent, we snuggle, we play games, we sing songs...it's pretty much the most perfect friendship I have ever had, and will ever have!</b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #3f4549; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21px;"><b></b></span><br /><span style="color: #3f4549; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21px;"><b></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #3f4549; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21px;">How sweet is that?? Congrats ladies and I hope you all get some awesome new spring time clothes!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-56002501066150295852014-03-31T06:00:00.000-05:002014-06-26T10:28:23.671-05:00Peer Pressure PantsPeer pressure got the best of me, and I broke down and bought my own pair of Pixie pants from Old Navy. So much for staying strong, I guess. <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2014/03/old-navy-pixie-pants-review.html" target="_blank">Stephanie did a great job reviewing the pants</a>, and I don't have much to add. I do think they have the potential to be universally flattering for MOST body types, but like the <a href="http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=920323072&amp;tid=onsp1r&amp;kwid=1&amp;ap=14" target="_blank">Rockstar skinny jeans</a>, they require trying on and messing around with the sizes. Some women may feel more comfortable sizing up, and because these pants are a thick, stretchy material, sizing up is easy and won't result in baggy butts or saggy crotches.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aWATG06ZxvQ/Uzizi5qVH4I/AAAAAAAAJOM/LbHJElciLeI/s1600/old+navy+pixie+pants+hems+for+her.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aWATG06ZxvQ/Uzizi5qVH4I/AAAAAAAAJOM/LbHJElciLeI/s1600/old+navy+pixie+pants+hems+for+her.jpg" height="640" width="536" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I disagree with reviews claiming that the pants are too thin- that's just not true. In fact, I would say that thickness-wise, they are very similar to <a href="http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=920323072&amp;tid=onsp1r&amp;kwid=1&amp;ap=14" target="_blank">the Rockstars</a>. It definitely feels like you are wearing a substantial pair of pants. That little 5% spandex addition, while it's not a miracle worker, did help me feel nice and tucked it, no muffin top action going on. I probably wouldn't pay full-price for the Pixie pants, right at $35, but when they go on sale for less than $25, I definitely think you will be getting your money's worth out of them.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aQSZavb2kts/UzizjJAIrRI/AAAAAAAAJOU/iORh380gF0U/s1600/old+navy+hems+for+her+pixie+pants.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aQSZavb2kts/UzizjJAIrRI/AAAAAAAAJOU/iORh380gF0U/s1600/old+navy+hems+for+her+pixie+pants.jpg" height="640" width="462" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Pixie Pants- Old Navy (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=428967158&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)<br />Black Tee- Old Navy (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=434475681&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Similar Here</a>)<br />Yellow Cardigan- &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;(<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=382173448&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Similar Here</a>)<br />D'Orsay flats- Forever 21 <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=443292169&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">(Buy Here)</a></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I also like the versatility of the pants. Like Stephanie showed us, they can easily be dressed up or down. I usually shy away from graphic designs, but I thought this black-and-white option could be paired with tons of colors and different tops. I'm glad I branched out. I wore these on a laid-back weekend lunch and movie outing (I accidentally fell asleep during <i>Muppets Most Wanted</i>, but totally cried just watching the trailer for the <a href="http://youtu.be/nasLuiP-1E0" target="_blank">upcoming <i>Annie</i> remake</a>!), but I would feel equally comfortable in them at work.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IlWFU_svYHU/Uzizf6xVcsI/AAAAAAAAJOA/9IiNqC8JjU8/s1600/forever+21+d%2527orsay+flats+hems+for+her.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IlWFU_svYHU/Uzizf6xVcsI/AAAAAAAAJOA/9IiNqC8JjU8/s1600/forever+21+d%2527orsay+flats+hems+for+her.jpg" height="353" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'm also loving these <a href="http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&amp;Category=whatsnew_shoes&amp;ProductID=2000076449&amp;VariantID=&amp;ir_clickid=wPTzgCUyiXt6XZbxFyTekXHyUkTT7QXlwTq9WQ0&amp;ir_cid=1873&amp;ir_affid=57486&amp;utm_source=affiliatetraction&amp;utm_medium=ir" target="_blank">D'Orsay flats from Forever 21</a>. I been looking for a new pair of black flats for a while now. My others has seen better days, and then Lulu finished them off for me in a chewing frenzy. I liked the cute cut-out details of these, but I am having to get used to the pointy toe length. I feel a little like I'm wearing clown shoes!&nbsp;</div><br />Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-42284339353785710412014-03-28T07:35:00.000-05:002014-06-26T10:32:47.663-05:00Gathering Nectar: Land's End Floral Flare Dress<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">You all know that saying about March- "In like a lion, out like a lamb"- well, my March is trying it's best to hold on to that lion! This is spring break week, and the weather has been less than cooperative. We've seen a fair amount of rain, temps dropping below freezing on multiple days, and I am beginning to question (while I type this up and listen to the pouring rain) where my spring is and when does it intend to arrive, soft and gentle like a lamb.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">On one of our sunny days earlier this week, I wore this dress from Land's End (<a href="http://www.landsend.com/products/womens-original-pattern-cotton-v-neck-flare-dress/id_238090" target="_blank">on sale for $14.97!</a>), while Sean and Lulu frolicked in the backyard. Well, Lulu, frolicked. Sean kinda rampaged, but you know how boys are! At some point I look around and spy both of them chomping on dandelions growing wild in the yard. I expect it of a dog, but Sean??! I asked him, "Whatcha doin'? Does that taste good?",trying not to laugh at him.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">He, matter of factly, responded, "I'm getting out the nectar." Guess I need to show him some photos of honeysuckle because I feel pretty certain he wasn't getting and nectar out of those dandelions!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Off topic, but important--- I FINALLY got the information for the <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2014/02/true-blue-friendship-and-blue-jeans.html" target="_blank">True Blue friendship contest</a> back in February (sooooo sorry it took the PR company so long), and I can FINALLY give away the TWO $100 promo codes to J.Jill, BUT I forgot to tell all of my lovely entries to leave an email address, so I can contact you if you are the winner. So if you entered back in February, PLEASE comment below (<a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2014/02/true-blue-friendship-and-blue-jeans.html" target="_blank">or click here to comment on your original entry</a>) and leave me your email address! Thanks!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FlEAESWe1VE/UzT1GqQMeaI/AAAAAAAAJNk/qaqfrV243Y4/s1600/hems+for+her+lands+end+dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FlEAESWe1VE/UzT1GqQMeaI/AAAAAAAAJNk/qaqfrV243Y4/s1600/hems+for+her+lands+end+dress.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E6jt4B6gQvE/UzT1Fdgc26I/AAAAAAAAJNc/rHlM0sec4Iw/s1600/hems+for+her+lands+end.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E6jt4B6gQvE/UzT1Fdgc26I/AAAAAAAAJNc/rHlM0sec4Iw/s1600/hems+for+her+lands+end.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dress- Land's End (<a href="http://www.landsend.com/products/womens-original-pattern-cotton-v-neck-flare-dress/id_238090" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>, only $15!!)<br />Sweater- Kohl's (<a href="http://popsu.gr/rmlJ" target="_blank">Similar Here</a>,<a href="http://popsu.gr/rmlL" target="_blank"> Here</a>, and <a href="http://popsu.gr/rmlN" target="_blank">Here</a>)<br />Boots- Old Navy (Similar <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=394329526&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Here</a>, <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=355838521&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Here</a>, and <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=439970333&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Here</a>)<br />Belt- Cato's (Similar <a href="http://popsu.gr/rmns" target="_blank">Here</a>)</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-13677884370321277262014-03-24T08:21:00.000-05:002014-06-26T10:32:47.634-05:00Anchors AwayI'm not someone who usually cares much about brands and name-dropping. <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2011/12/little-red-hiding-hood.html" target="_blank">Growing up without a lot of money</a>, the only time I got name brand clothing was if it happened to be at the thrift store or on the clearance rack of my local TJMaxx. Some things are important to people, and some things are not. For me, I'm fine wearing Old Navy instead of Gap and Wal-Mart instead of Banana Republic. Maybe if I were to magically drop 50 pounds and could actually fit into all those fancy brands, I might completely change my mind, but for now I'm fine with what I've got to work with.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bhq_JmO37v8/UzAtjQ1KPRI/AAAAAAAAJNA/zNsvky98TOo/s1600/hems+fir+her+old+navy+anchors.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bhq_JmO37v8/UzAtjQ1KPRI/AAAAAAAAJNA/zNsvky98TOo/s1600/hems+fir+her+old+navy+anchors.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Denim Jacket- Old Navy (<a href="http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=271234405&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41&amp;utm_medium=widget&amp;amp;utm_source=Product+Link" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)<br />Anchor T-Shirt Dress- Old Navy (<a href="http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=440483978&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41&amp;utm_medium=widget&amp;amp;utm_source=Product+Link" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)<br />White Moccasins- Minnetonka <a href="http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=436766819&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41&amp;utm_medium=widget&amp;amp;utm_source=Product+Link" target="_blank">(Buy Here</a>)<br />Anchor Bracelet- Kate Spade (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=441133650&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Buy Here</a>)</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />The only brand I ever feel sad that I can't wear is Kate Spade. The aesthetic she has built is very appealing to me- I love the prints and patterns and silhouettes. It makes me thankful in a way that I am too fat for her clothes, because I sure as heck can't afford them! But I feel in love with her Anchor bracelet months ago and pinned it on my <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/hemsforher/spring-and-summer-wardrobe/" target="_blank">Spring and Summer Wardrobe</a> board to pine after because I'm not going to spend nearly $70 on a bracelet. Momma's wallet just don't work that way!<br /><br />But did you know that Pinterest will send you an email if a pin of yours (pinned from a company's website, of course) goes on sale? How cool is that? So when Pinterest informed me that the bracelet was on sale, I searched for a promo code (hint: ALWAYS look for a promo code before buying online) and the bracelet was mine for a little over $30! This is the first "status" type item I've ever owned. It came in the fancy box, which Sean promptly turned into a mushroom for his Mario toy reenactments! I was worried that It may not fit my fat wrist, but it curves perfectly like it was just meant to be mine. I am in love.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-r09xe-Hx36c/UzAtktKIGyI/AAAAAAAAJM8/NJcUlt5XZmg/s1600/kate+spade+hems+for+her+anchor+bracelet.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-r09xe-Hx36c/UzAtktKIGyI/AAAAAAAAJM8/NJcUlt5XZmg/s1600/kate+spade+hems+for+her+anchor+bracelet.jpg" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />I am happy that the nautical theme seems to be hanging around again this year because this is the perfect accessory. &nbsp;I wore this outfit Saturday for lunch and grocery shopping. I love all the pieces together- I felt ready to go out on the yacht or something. OK, maybe not quite ready for the yacht, but Target instead of Wal-Mart? I can totally do that! Happy Monday and Anchors Away!<br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yctA60nPafU/UzAtjDwvGQI/AAAAAAAAJNE/1NMP498Tm68/s1600/hems+for+her+anchor+dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yctA60nPafU/UzAtjDwvGQI/AAAAAAAAJNE/1NMP498Tm68/s1600/hems+for+her+anchor+dress.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br /></div>&nbsp; Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-30982591773132006932014-03-21T06:00:00.000-05:002014-06-26T10:28:43.334-05:00Old Navy Pixie Pants Review<div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1395364049620_2637" style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif;"><div class="yiv7041223131MsoNormal" id="yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1395364049620_2636" style="padding: 0px;"><div style="font-size: 13px;"></div><b>Last week I had a ton of questions about the Old Navy Pixie Pants, and since I actually don't own a pair, I asked my sister-in-law to write up a review for us! After reading her post and seeing how cute the pants were, I've actually already ordered<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=447078423&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank"> my own pair</a>! So without further ado- here's Stephanie!</b><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0B0WfZq7M_w/UyubcgzgoeI/AAAAAAAAJMM/vwKbcYOApw0/s1600/steph.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0B0WfZq7M_w/UyubcgzgoeI/AAAAAAAAJMM/vwKbcYOApw0/s1600/steph.jpg" height="203" width="320" /></a>Hey y’all! I’m Katie’s sister-in-law, Stephanie. I’ve been in a few pictures on here before, but most recently I drove her to south Alabama to pick up her sweet new puppy! Anyways, Katie wanted me to drop in and tell you about my latest obsession, Old Navy’s new<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=447078423&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank"> Pixie pants</a>! I love that Old Navy denim comes in so many different shapes…I’ve been wearing<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=429206676&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank"> the Sweetheart</a> (“for curvier shapes with a defined waist”) for years. Since I’m a Sweetheart devotee, I was nervous to try the new Pixie pant. They claim to be for all shapes and sizes, but so do the <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=443295906&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Rockstar jeans</a> and those fit terribly no matter how much I size up!<br /><br />&nbsp;I have never felt that I was a “plus-size” girl, because I’m blessed with height to stretch it all out, but since I’m not a stick-figure teenager anymore it can be hard to find pants that aren’t low-rise or too tight in the butt or too big in the waist. I am the definition of pear-shaped!! I’m super open, so I’ll just say I’m 5’9”, and a size 14/16. I’m all hips, butt, and legs!! I’ve lost 20 lbs since New Year’s (yay!), so I’ve been wanting new pants even though my size hasn’t really changed. I have been looking for the perfect pair of ankle pants that can transition from work (I’m a librarian) and be comfy/casual for going out after work.<br /><div style="font-size: 13px;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="font-size: 13px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dzMTZ3iSMa4/UyubdOyQDVI/AAAAAAAAJMQ/c2n5uRdaAJA/s1600/5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dzMTZ3iSMa4/UyubdOyQDVI/AAAAAAAAJMQ/c2n5uRdaAJA/s1600/5.jpg" height="640" width="614" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">V-Neck Tees- <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=340192086&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Target</a><br />Scarf- Gift (<a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=447058078&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">similar here</a>)<br />Pants- <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=438320310&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Old Navy</a></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="font-size: 13px;"><br /></div>I bought a navy pair of Pixie pants on a whim and I can’t even tell you how amazing they made me feel! They run true to size, I bought 14 long. They are available in 3 lengths and up to size 20! First off, they aren’t denim! They’re a soft, comfy cotton (Don’t put them in the dryer! I learned that the hard way!). The first thing I noticed was how flattering they are. I don’t get the waist gap, they’ve got enough stretch for comfort but not so much they sag by the end of the day, and best of all, my butt looks AMAZING in them! It looks like I do squats or something (which I most definitely don’t!)!! They’re also really practical, because they look nice enough for business-casual if you dress them up, but can also be worn with a t-shirt for hanging out around the house or going to a baseball game! I can’t say enough great things about the Pixie! I have never felt so great in a pair of pants! They were on sale recently and I now own 5 pairs! So do yourself a favor and at least go try a pair on. If you’re anything like me, you’ll buy ‘em on the spot and never look back!</div><div><br /><br /><b>Here are some of Stephanie's favorite Pixie looks, and I have to say, I'm a believer! I can't wait to try mine out!</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rMcNFowy200/UyubdvZ_hfI/AAAAAAAAJMg/CrDPIKAbeJ8/s1600/hems+for+her+old+navy+pixie+pants.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rMcNFowy200/UyubdvZ_hfI/AAAAAAAAJMg/CrDPIKAbeJ8/s1600/hems+for+her+old+navy+pixie+pants.jpg" height="324" width="640" /></a></div><div style="font-size: 13px;"><br /></div><div style="font-size: 13px;">Outfit Details:</div><div style="font-size: 13px;">Outfit 1: Top- <a href="https://www.tuskwearcollection.com/products/677" target="_blank">TuskWear</a>, <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=438320310&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Red Pixie Pants</a></div><div style="font-size: 13px;">Outfit 2- <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=443185650&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Old Navy button-up</a>, <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=438320310&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">blue Pixie Pants</a></div><div style="font-size: 13px;">Outfit 3- <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=438320310&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Target floral moto jacket</a>, <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=438320310&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">black Pixie Pants</a></div><div style="font-size: 13px;">Outfit 4- <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=446589302&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">Target embroidered kimono</a>, <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=438320310&amp;pid=uid8016-9048996-41" target="_blank">navy Pixie Pants</a></div></div></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com15tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5346186774251836452.post-86434095263340386142014-03-19T06:47:00.000-05:002014-03-19T06:47:33.492-05:00What to Wear: Plus-Size AND PetiteReader Michelle contacted me over the weekend. She is feeling pretty discouraged because of some recent weight gain. Like many of us, she is struggling with motivation, but she knows that looking good will also make her feel better about herself. Finally like many women, Michelle finds it hard to relate to the statuesque plus size models because she's petite and not as hourglass-proportioned.<br /><br />Michelle wants some help finding clothes that make her feel her best. Who can't relate to that? Last summer I wrote a guide to <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2013/07/hems-for-hers-guide-to-personal-style.html?m=1" target="_blank">Personal Style and Plus-Size Shopping</a>. It's a nice basic primer for anyone looking to add to their wardrobe, and you can read it <a href="http://www.hemsforher.com/2013/07/hems-for-hers-guide-to-personal-style.html?m=1" target="_blank">here</a>. Being 5'6" (I actually tower over both my parents!), I don't struggle with the plight of the "petite plus" crowd, but I've found some resources to help all of you!<br /><br />Several &nbsp;major retailers, including <a href="http://www.talbots.com/online/browse/category_landing_horizontal.jsp?rootCategory=cat70014&amp;id=cat70014&amp;section=Regular" target="_blank">Talbots</a>, <a href="http://www.landsend.com/shop/womens-pants-crops-petite-plus/-/N-fy5Zfow" target="_blank">Land's End</a>, <a href="http://catherines.lanebryant.com/collections/petite-shop/4613c20266/index.cat" target="_blank">Catherine's</a> carry petite plus sizes. You will probably have to shop online for these specialized sizes, but sometimes that hassle is totally worth it. One of &nbsp;my favorite bloggers, Alison from Wardrobe Oxygen is petite and Curvy, and she is a veritable wealth of inspiration and resources for the plus-size AND petite. Here's a great post about <a href="http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/2013/05/ask-allie-when-youre-not-shaped-like.html" target="_blank">buying clothes when you aren't shaped like a mannequin</a> that may be helpful.<br /><br />The Curvy Fashionista just posted<a href="http://thecurvyfashionista.com/2013/03/petite-and-plus-size-8-places-to-shop-and-a-few-tips/" target="_blank"> 8 Places to Shop if You are Petite and Plus Size</a>. She also recently posted <a href="http://thecurvyfashionista.com/2014/03/7-petite-plus-fashion-rules-break-now/" target="_blank">7 Petite Plus-Size Rules to Break</a> for some added inspiration!<br /><br />Finally, this blog post from The Haute Curvy Woman is over two years old, but the tips and advice for overcoming<a href="http://www.hautecurvywoman.com/7/post/2012/03/the-perils-of-being-a-plus-size-petite.html" target="_blank"> The Challenges of Being a Plus-Size Petite Woman</a>&nbsp;are timeless!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">Readers, do you have any advice or bloggers for Michelle to check out?!?</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>Also, I'm thinking about making this a regular (or semi-regular) post because I get lots of questions in emails that I think the answers would benefit many. What do you think?</b></span></div>Katie Frosthttps://plus.google.com/117840883554726887549noreply@blogger.com17