What I Wore This Week

 

Leather Jacket, striped shirt, grey jeans, and fedora

White Blouse, leather leggings, Adidas

Leather jacket, oversized camel sweater, black pants, mules

oversized striped sweater, camel coat, leather leggings, Adidas

Outfit 1 – Leather Jacket | Striped shirt • Everlane | Grey Jeans • H&M | Fedora | Booties • Ecco | Purse • Botkier |
Outfit 2 – White Blouse | Faux Leather Leggings | Adidas | Purse • Botkier |
Outfit 3 – Oversized Camel Sweater | Leather Jacket | Black Pants | Slides • Steve Madden | Botkier Purse |
Outfit 4 – Camel Coat | Striped Sweater | Faux Leather Leggings | Adidas | Botkier Purse |


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I started a tentative new series on Saturday to get more posts out per week. I see people pumping out a post er day mon-fri  and I think “how do they do it?” so I am going to try to get at least one more out. In that post I talked about how I have looked for a comparable Gucci Brixton or Jordaan dupe to add to my shoe collection. A nice classic leather loafer that will be timeless. The style that I kept going back to was by Sam Edelman but I was having issues on finding a way to affordably get it in Canada. If I bought from the U.S. the exchange rate, shipping costs, and duty fees would get to a point that I might as well pop over to the mall and get the Gucci pair (a slight exaggeration but buying from the U.S. increased the cost to make it not worthwhile. At all). So I Google searched within Canada and weirdly enough I found a pair on The Shopping Channel. So bizarre right? Now in 4 equal payments they will be mine (and this is where I would insert a laughing emoji). I seriously hope they fit though, everywhere says they fit true to size so I should be good.

This weekend I was working on the Halloween craft for Merle’s costume. It was a lot harder than I first thought and involved a panic trip to Walmart on Saturday night to try to find another ball of the yarn I was using. After a lot of digging I found one ball left thankfully. I hope to get a sort of DIY post up for it some time this week after I finish the last few touches….and you know, if it turns out. If not I’ll pretend it didn’t happen ;)

A cold front blew in tonight (Sunday) and Tom has the patio door wide open so I am freezing my ass off. I think it’s only supposed to last a day or two before getting back to warmer temps which I hope sticks for Halloween so we can trick or treating in comfort. I remember a million years ago (2003 ish) there was a freak heat wave and Halloween night was like, 30°C so it was super awesome being able to wear my skimpy ladybug costume and not freeze. I fell asleep half standing up still in my costume propped against my bed. That was a fun night even though I felt like hell the next day.

It’s funny how long you can remember a brutal hangover isn’t it?


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What I Wore This week

Oversized cardigan, Fedora, and Frye Engineer boots

Black silk blouse, leather jacket, and skinny jeans

Zara checked skirt

white blouse, trench, boyfriend jeans, and converse

Oversized cardigan, white t-shirt, and Adidas

Oversized striped sweater, boyfriend jeans, and Adidas

Outfit 1 – Black sweater | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Grey Jeans | Frye Boots | Fedora |
Outfit 2 – Leather Jacket | Black Blouse | Jeans | Boots | Purse |
Outfit 3 – Skirt • Zara | Camisole | Adidas |
Outfit 4 – White Blouse | Boyfriend Jeans | Trench | Converse | Purse |
Outfit 5 – Oversized Cardigan | White T-shirt | Jeans | Adidas | Purse |
Outfit 6 – Striped Oversized Sweater | Boyfriend jeans | Adidas | Purse |


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Today is a holiday because it is the Canadian Thanksgiving (even though we celebrated yesterday), so I am trying to spend the day getting some things done that I have procrastinated on. First I want to make Roo’s Star Wars duvet, and secondly I have a crafting project that will add the finishing touch to Merle’s Halloween costume, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a lot harder than I first thought.

Last week I went through the girls’ closet to see get rid of stuff and see if they need anything for winter. I think they are pretty good (except they both need socks and underwear) and Merle needed some new leggings in the next size up. So we headed to Zara because they have them for a good price and they always have really cute prints and designs. While we were there I got sidetracked looking at stuff for me and came across the skirt that I used in my Los Angeles Work and Weekend Capsule. In that post I mentioned how I was totally in love with it and could visualize a million ways to wear it, but when I looked for it online it was sold out in my size. Lo and behold my store had one left in my size and when I tried it on the love was still there. So a new skirt has been added to my wardrobe which works because I don’t really have a lot of skirts (two that fit, and one of those is borderline too small).

This is totally embarrassing to admit but I had a laundry basket in my bedroom with clothes that needed to be put away for like……3 months. Yep. Well, I finally got that shit folded and put away this weekend. Just in time to do 5 more loads of laundry and have another few baskets to put away. The feeling of accomplishment lasts for literally one second before you realize that it’s like Sisyphus and the boulder…..It’s a never-ending cycle.

Even though I have one kid that eats everything, one that eats nothing, and a husband that has recently decided to cut out all carbs, I was able to throw together a halfway decent Thanksgiving dinner. I hope my fellow Canadians had a great holiday.

Now I just need to work on the grown up tablescapes. It’s not quite the same serving dishes off of Hello Kitty plates ;)



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Plus Size Capsule for Fall 30 Outfit Options

Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Options 1-15 via livelovesara #plussize #capsulewardrobe #plussizecapsulewardrobe
White T-shirt • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • Torrid | Striped Shirt • Lands’ End | Black Tunic • H&M | Blue Blouse • Nordstrom | White Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango | Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Animal Print Cardigan • Simply Be | Statement Jacket • Simply Be | Leather Jacket • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Dress • Simply Be | Trench Coat • Mango | Reversible Scarf • Nordstrom | Grey Scarf• Farfetch | Black Hat • H&M | Knit Hat • Sole Society | Obi Belt • Eloquii | Black Purse • Madewell | Chelsea Boot • DSW | Burgundy Flat • Nordstrom | Sneakers • Adidas | Black Loafers • Steve Madden | Blue Purse • Maje |


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On Wednesday day Merle and I got stuck in the rain so badly. I knew it was going to rain but I thought I had timed it better. We had some things to pick up at the mall and I figured we would get there and get home before it started, but we got sidetracked in Zara. I went to find her some leggings because they always have cute prints for 8-$10 a piece, and while we were there several things caught my eye that I will talk about later ;) Anyway I lost track of time and had to speed shop to get the things we actually came for and when we went out you could tell it had rained. I thought maybe it passed and we were in the clear but as soon as we set out the sky opened up. We hid in alcoves, doorways, and under trees in between downpours but were soaked anyway. The bag for my new purchases got so wet they started to tear and I had to tuck them under all of my groceries which got drenched too. After we got back to the condo every surface had things draped or laying across it to dry. It hasn’t rained in a long time and was crazy. The whole way home Merle was laughing like a maniac, she thought it was great.

Also on Wednesday I post a Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe for Fall. The premise was a neutral palette with lots of black, mostly pants, and a cool edgy vibe. I hope I accomplished that, and so you can see what my vision was I put together a months worth of outfits from the pieces (which are located 15 at the top and 15 at the bottom). I tried to show the versatility by pattern mixing and layering and there were many more outfits that I could have made but it was getting late when I was working on it and my concentration was fading.

This capsule will easily transition from fall, to winter, to springs, and even pieces in to summer (with a few seasonal changes here and there like a winter coat, a summery dress or skirt, and sandals). It’s very versatile, and although it leans towards casual, there are also options for dressier looks in there. I noted in the original post that the pieces are very easy to replicate with items from your own wardrobe if you choose to use this as a guide.

I hope you can find some ideas from these pieces and if I inspire you to try a combination that you’ve never tried or something out of your comfort zone than I have succeeded in my intent. I hope you all have a great weekend. It’s Thanksgiving here this weekend and I have no idea what I’m making :) 

Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Options 16-30 via livelovesara #plussize #capsulewardrobe #plussizecapsulewardrobe
White T-shirt • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • Torrid | Striped Shirt • Lands’ End | Black Tunic • H&M | Blue Blouse • Nordstrom | White Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango | Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Animal Print Cardigan • Simply Be | Statement Jacket • Simply Be | Leather Jacket • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Dress • Simply Be | Trench Coat • Mango | Reversible Scarf • Nordstrom | Grey Scarf• Farfetch | Black Hat • H&M | Knit Hat • Sole Society | Obi Belt • Eloquii | Black Purse • Madewell | Chelsea Boot • DSW | Burgundy Flat • Nordstrom | Sneakers • Adidas | Black Loafers • Steve Madden | Blue Purse • Maje |


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Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe via livelovesara #plussize #capsulewardrobe #capsule

White T-shirt • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • Torrid | Striped Shirt • Lands’ End | Black Tunic • H&M | Blue Blouse • Nordstrom | White Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango | Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Animal Print Cardigan • Simply Be | Statement Jacket • Simply Be | Leather Jacket • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Dress • Simply Be | Trench Coat • Mango | Reversible Scarf • Nordstrom | Grey Scarf• Farfetch | Black Hat • H&M | Knit Hat • Sole Society | Obi Belt • Eloquii | Black Purse • Madewell | Chelsea Boot • DSW | Burgundy Flat • Nordstrom | Sneakers • Adidas | Black Loafers • Steve Madden | Blue Purse • Maje |


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I don’t just get requests for packing lists, I also get them for capsule wardrobe ideas. This week I have a fall capsule wardrobe in plus size. The requirements for the list are black, grey, neutrals, black denim, leather, and military/modern for someone who predominantly wears pants and likes a little edgier look. These are some ideas and suggestions to spruce up the wardrobe for fall. I actually find that this mirrors my style a lot, so it was fun hunting for the pieces.

There are a lot of options for plus size fashion today and many popular retailers have a plus size section like they do a petites and/or tall. Mango has Violeta by Mango, H&M has H&M+, there are:

And that is just to name a few. I tried to pull some pieces from several of these to give a variety. Most of these pieces can easily be mirrored from your own wardrobe since most of us have at least one white tee, a graphic tee, a variety of sweaters, denim, and favourite footwear there shouldn’t be any issues finding pieces that work. I think that pulling together a variety of shirts, sweaters, and pants that can easily be replicated is important to make it attainable.

Although she doesn’t wear dresses it thought including one for “just in case” would be okay. Everything is kept in the neutral tones with an addition of some blue, and leopard (which I consider a neutral anyway). For jackets I have a statement jacket that’s the military feel to it, a leather jacket for edge, and a trench because incorporating classic pieces makes your wardrobe timeless. Accessories should be simple like scarves, hats for the season, at least one belt (I love the statement obi best) and whatever jewelry you wear regularly. A couple of purses easily round out the selections, and that is it. This should work well for taking you through fall and every piece will transition to winter, and then to spring with the addition of a winter jacket (unless you live in a non winter jacket place in the world).

It is a capsule that includes 18 items of clothing, plus shoes, and accessories. 30 days worth of outfits from these pieces can be found in this post.

*note: the ivory cardigan is from Zara and while it is not technically plus size it is a very oversized fit that will work on many people. It’s a great piece that I am contemplating going down to get tomorrow ;) 

 

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What I Wore This Week

T-shirt dress, band jacket, and Adidas

Blazer, band tee, black pants, and converse

Mustard chunky knit Cardigan, distressed jeans, and camisole

Oversized Sweater, distressed jeans, and frye boots

Oversized Cardigan, black sweater, grey jeans, and Adidas

Outfit 1 – T-shirt dress | Band jacket • old (similar) | Adidas | Purse • Urban Outfitters | Watch • Daniel Wellington |
Outfit 2 – Led Zeppelin T-shirt • H&M | Blazer • H&M old | Black Pants | Converse | Purse • Botkier |
Outfit 3 – Yellow Cardigan • Zara | Camisole • H&M | Jeans |
Merle’s outfit –  Headband • H&M | Yellow Sunnies • Amazon |
Outfit 4 – Oversized Sweater • Zara | Jeans | Boots • Frye Engineer | Purse • vintage (similar) |
Outfit 5 –  Oversized cardigan • Zara | Jeans • H&M | Black Sweater • Mango | Adidas | Purse • Botkier |


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This weekend coming up is the Canadian Thanksgiving. It seems ridiculously early this year even though it always around this time give or take an week or so. That probably means that I should get my dinner plan ready right? I have no idea what to make. One kid eats most things, one barely eats anything, and a husband that is one a perpetual diet that doesn’t involve anything probably other than turkey and vegetables. Any ideas? ;)

I should christen Sunday as “Headache Day” now because it never seems to fail every Sunday I have a headache of some kind. Usually I can catch it before it gets bad but today I can feel it creeping into migraine territory. Not a way that I want to start the new week.

I bought a cardigan from Zara a few weeks back (up in the last photo). I used my birthday gift cards that I was saving for autumn clothes to come in and I am in love with it. I am living in it so much that I want to get another colour. I just hate justifying the cost of something when there are birthday’s and Christmas coming up. Both girls’ birthdays, and Tom’s are within a month of Christmas (two at the end of November and one in the middle of December) and it’s a stupid expensive time of year.

Speaking of Christmas and birthdays, while I’m about 60-70% done. I thought that I would get this for Merle for her Birthday and then some of the smaller, extra pieces (like furniture, rooms, and an ambulance) to finish up her Christmas gifts. She has been talking about it forever (she’s obsessed with doctors and all things medical) and this is actually the best price than I have seen for so far. She really likes the Calico Critters too but they are so expensive, even thought they are ridiculously cute. And while I know Christmas and birthdays are not all about getting gifts, her birthday is so close to Christmas she gets the inevitable birthday/christmas combo gift from most people. I am so not trying to be ungrateful (although I know it sounds like it), but she is getting old enough now to notice that her sister gets both so we very much emphasize on keeping the two separate for her at home.

Can you believe it’s already October? It feels like summer vacation just ended.

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