Posts from the ‘Fashion’ Category

Fashionable One Piece Swimsuits

An upcoming vacation had me looking at so many swimsuits in stores and online. It was refreshing how many fashionable and fun options there are for one pieces in 2017. Unfortunately I could not find one that fit my super long torso in time for my vacation, but I found great options for people to have more standard body proportions.

Target had so many options. It is also worth mentioning that Target now carries bikinis in D and DD cup sizes. They are a great place to look for affordable swimsuits.

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This was my favorite of the swimsuits I tried on at Target. It was slightly too short for my torso, but otherwise it was great. The mesh panels are just the right amount of revealing. $40.

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This was my second favorite at Target. The back is so pretty in person. The black on black crochet is pretty and not overly bohemian. Unfortunately this back style doesn’t provide tons of support for women with a larger bust. $40.

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High neck swimwear is becoming more and more popular. I love it because I think it looks elegant, it also helps prevent sunburns on the delicate skin. Bright patterns are a must in summer for me.TargetSwim5

Only $40, and it looks similar to some much more expensive options.

Every year Nordstrom has cute one piece swimwear. The bad part for me is I always end up liking very expensive swimsuits that they sell.

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This Robin Piccone swimsuits is my dream suit of the season. At $158 I just couldn’t justify the price tag (last year I only wore a swimsuit 2 times).

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 This Isabella Rose swimsuit is even more stunning in person. i love the romantic floral pattern. At $150 it was also out of my price range.

Anthropologie has a one piece exactly my level of sexy.

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I love everything about it, color, deep plunge, and the mostly open back. This OYE Elvira one piece is $350, so I didn’t  buy it because that’s more than my car payment.

Figleaves is a UK based website that I suggest to all the women I know that are busty. It is one of the few sites to have bikinis for larger cup sizes, and they have some fun one pieces.

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This Seafolly one is my favorite that they are offering this year. For$142 it is spendy, but it is very different from others I have found.

Remember that swimwear like all fashion is all about personal preference. You should wear what makes you comfortable. One pieces can be fun and sexy, they aren’t just for older women. Also this swimsuit season, don’t judge or body shame other women. Everyone should love their body, but many people struggle with that. So if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t; say anything at all. Have fun in the sun.

~Caitlin Malia~

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Going Braless…?

Going braless seemed to be all the rage in 2016. When I first heard about this my immediate thought was, oh God no. My chest size has fluctuated when my weight has fluctuated. At my heaviest weight in college my bra size was 32E or 34 DD/DDD depending on the brand. This added a lot to my hesitation to going with out a bra. However I am now pretty in shape and have a smaller chest (32DD last time I got sized). The supposed health benefit to going braless got my attention in 2016 so I started looking into it more.

As a woman that used to have a large chest I can tell you, wearing absolutely nothing is not comfortable. Going braless and wearing nothing for support if you have a large chest can be truly painful. One time in college I ran down the stairs in my condo in just a t-shirt and shorts because I was excited about a delivery I was getting. I immediately regretted my decision and my chest hurt for 48 hours. If you are above a DD cup going braless and having no support will probably not be enjoyable. But if you are below that size there are some minimal support options that are decent.

Bralettes can be amazing. I was turned onto them in 2012 by a co-worker who has a fuller chest than me, and the Free People brand ones worked for her. I learned it is important that the bralette be very fitted if you want it to give you that little bit of support. The ones with thicker straps or racer backs in my experience provide more support. The ones that have practically string for straps as you might guess, provide zero support.

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This is the most recent bralette I purchased. It is so pretty in person, and a week after I saw it Victoria’s Secret had bralettes 50% off. So I purchased it for $17.25, but the regular price in $34.50 which I think is a tad high. It provides  a little support, enough that I don’t feel naked. It also makes me feel pretty, I’m a sucker for lace and it reminds me of summer.

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=32207052&category=SEARCH+RESULTS

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This long line racer back style provides a surprising amount of support. It’s no traditional bra, but it keeps everything in place and more comfortable. This one is by Out From Under, $20 from Urban outfitters.

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This Free People option is available from Nordstrom for $20, or 2 for $36.

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Seamless sports bras are also a nice option if you don’t want a traditional bra, but also don’t want to go braless. This Zella sports bra is $38 from Nordstrom.

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If you are okay will going braless but don’t want to have to worry about nipping or a nip slip pasties (silicone nipple covers) are a great option. These reusable ones are available from Target for $9.

Apparently going without a conventional bra forces the muscles to develop more, so in theory your boobs are perkier. You have to start it when you are younger to develop the muscle tone, but no article I found gives an exact age.

For me this will not be an everyday thing, but on the occasional day off I will try it out.

If I Lived A Fancy Life

Sometimes I day dream about what it would be like to live a fancy life, where you had reasons and occasions to wear beautiful clothing and make up . If I lived a fancy life  I would definitely buy this dress.

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The dress is part of the Spring/Summer 2017 collection from Michael Costello shown at New York Fashion week

Dreaming About Boots

Fall is my favorite season now that I am an adult. It used to be summer, but  that ended the first time I had to work 5 days in a row of nearly 100 degrees and couldn’t go to a body of water. One of my favorite things about fall is getting to wear all kinds of boots.

Every year I fall in love with a pair of boots, and typically they are so far outside my price range it is comical. This year is no different. The boots I fell in love with this year are by rag & bone.

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The full retail price of these boots is $495.

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I love the grey color, and for some reason I am drawn to suede shoes. Maybe some day I will win the lottery and be able to afford these boots.

Ties- The Underloved Accessory

Men’s accessories are not talked about enough. They can make a man’s outfit more individualized, and look much better. Living in Oregon has made me really appreciate men’s ties, because unfortunately lots of men are opposed to them.

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I pulled this image of Andre 3000 from Pintrest because he has very bold style, and he is one of my only celebrity crushes. His tie choice here is bold, but the pattern is a different enough size from the pattern on his shirt that it works.

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I pulled this from the GQ website, the article was best shirt and tie combos of the week. This entire combo looks great, and it shows how good it looks when your tie and pocket square perfectly match.

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People seem to be afraid of patterned ties, don’t be. This black floral one is from tie bar. They offer a huge selection and at reasonable prices, most I found (including the above) are $19.

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Emerald green is my favorite color, so unsurprisingly I love it as a tie color. This option from Tie Bar is only $19.

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This is the perfect alternative to a novelty neck tie, especially in our technology obsessed society. The circuit board tie above is $39. Scatterbrained Ties is an Etsy shop with very unique and beautiful ties.

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Paisley is seen as old fashioned by many, but I love it. In a world of people that want to blend in with the crowd this pattern will stand out. This John W. Nordstrom tie would go great with a charcoal suit.

Ties are a great way to have fun with men’s fashion.They make a man look better, and more put together. I hope some day they become vastly popular again.

Saving Money When You Are A Shopaholic

Money is a very taboo subject in the United States. It is important to talk about sometimes even if it makes people uncomfortable. A friend of mine asked me to write a post about saving, so hopefully others find this helpful as well.

I love to shop and even though I have self control now, I am a shopaholic. I mostly window shop now, but in my early 20’s I spent far too much. In spite of this I have always been a saver. Ever since I was a kid I have had a savings account. As an adult I have two savings account (one is strictly travel). Last year I put 10% of my income into my personal savings accounts, I have my retirement savings taken directly out of my paycheck. I like the feeling of safety that comes with having money in savings.

If you constantly feel tempted to shop and spend money here area few tips.

1.) Evaluate your wardrobe

Knowing exactly what is in your closet can help you shop less.  Ask yourself when you are about to buy something “Do I really need this? Do I have something similar already?” Some people might argue about needing clothes, a certain amount is necessary for work and everyday life. Another reason to evaluate your closet is if you have too much or things you have not worn in a long time you can sell it at a resale shop. Normally that wont make you much, but it is nice to have extra pocket money.

2.) Make a list with a budget

It is important to set spending limits on your wardrobe. When I realize there are things missing from my wardrobe I make a list of the items and next to them write the maximum price I will pay for it. I also limit myself to one article of clothing or pair of shoes per paycheck, unless its a special occasion like a holiday or tax return season.

3.) Don’t go places with shopping temptation

Not spending money on clothing and accessories is so much easier if they are not right in front of you. Avoid places you know will tempt you, like pedestrian shopping districts or malls. Also try not to look at websites that tempt you to online shop. I used to have Revolve Clothing, Nordstrom, Shopbop, Sports Authority, and Victoria’s Secret on browser so I wouldn’t even have to type anything to go to their sites. Once I got serious about saving and paying off college I deleted them and removed them from my bookmarked pages as well.

4.) Save money every month before bills

This tip can make the biggest difference. I know so many people who spend excessively the first 3 or 4 days after they get paid because there is extra in their bank account. To avoid doing that I started the practice of transferring money to my savings account the moment my paycheck was in my account. The amount you save varies of course, but if you put it in savings before you pay anything else you won’t miss it as much.

5.) Set a 24 hour rule

If you a re shopping and unsure of an item, don’t buy it. Wait on it for 24 hours. If you are still thinking about and want that item 24 hours later, it is probably worth getting.  Often times however, after 24 hours I don’t feel like I need the item or anything would be missing from my life without it.

Saving money is a very personal thing, but if you area shopaholic like me this tips could help you save money. Saving money with a purpose always makes it easier, so have a goal in mind. Paying off my student loan is a constant thought, and the bachelor’s degree on my wall reminds me. I also have pictures of places around the world I want to go, so it encourages me to save. Hopefully this helps some of you save money and reach new financial goals.

Portland Fashion NXT

Sometimes I am a bit scattered. I think all adults are, but I openly admit it.

In October I went to Portland Fashion NXT with a dear friend from college. It takes place the week after Portland Fashion Week. It was super fun and I was very impressed with the show. This past week I found where I had saved the pictures from the show. Sorry they are so behind.

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The Mayor of Portland and his wife gave the opening speech. They were very cute, and she is incredibly stylish.

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This was the first designer, and my favorite, of the show. All the designers the first night of the show were from China. It was the second year of an exchange with Portland Fashion.

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The theme of the collection of m favorite designer was peonies. These are my favorite flowers. I even have a tattoo of a red peony on my ribs.

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The collection was very cohesive.

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This middle garment was my favorite. This model was also my favorite. She had the best walk, and is breath-takingly beautiful. I found this picture on her istagram @modeltiffanysade

The final collection was all high quality cashmere garments. Every single thing looked cozy and warm, yet fashionable.

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This was my favorite piece from that collection. It is what I imagine somebody would wear in a ski cabin/chalet.