In my own skin

I’ve never made weight the center of my blog, and frankly it never will be. But I will admit that I turned away from wearing more form fitting clothes, and this also got me away from a lot of vintage clothes. I felt a little self conscious about wearing anything that was too tight. I’m quite curvy –  but as I get older, I’m growing more comfortable in my own skin. Curves and all. I’m not a model, I’m just a normal woman.

This vintage dress has hung in the farthest corner of my closet for many, many, months. I’ve stared at it quite a few times wondering if it was finally time for it to go. But as I zipped it on, I could remember why I loved it so much to begin with. It now has me dreaming of finding more Mad Men inspired dresses that accentuate my curves.

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

Dress: Vintage thrifted. Heels: Dries van Noten from Nordstrom Rack. Necklace: Forever 21.

Oh, and don’t mind those two photographs of me on the fireplace. I like to call those things that are supposed to be hanging but never seem to make their way to the wall.

  • sartorialsidelines

    As a curvy gal myself let me just say that that dress is really beautiful and I think it looks great on you.  I’ve also noticed that I’m not shying away from form fitting pieces as much. I feel like for me it’s a confidence thing…in that I have more of it now than I ever did when I was younger.

    Courtney ~

    • Eli

      Isn’t it funny how your own perceptions of yourself fluctuate? I think we’re also hyper aware of it because we’re blogging. Thank you for the kind words 🙂

  • Superniknok

    Such a lovely dress!

    The Niknok Style

  • Very cute. I support more Mad Men styles for you. Rock on.

    • Eli

      Aw thanks Kate, hope NY is treating you well

  • christine

    OMG this dress is gorgeous and I’m glad you finally took it out for a twirl because it looks great on you.   They don’t make dresses like this anymore..such detail!! …I am definitely with you on this topic.  Why shy away from certain clothes?! oh hell no. 

    • Eli

      Thank you Christine, they really don’t make clothes like this anymore!! It’s all bandage dresses now 🙁

  • Jenny

    That second picture is just beautiful!

    • Eli

      Thank you 🙂

  • Liz

    Curvy gal here, and I think you look fantastic. <3

    • Eli

      Thank you dear! 🙂

  • Manners and Moxie

    What a great dress and you look beautiful! I love the way you styled it and your backdrop is pef, pictures and all! No matter what out size we all days days where we feel better or worse about ourselves and sometimes acceptance can be a struggle. As someone who’s comfortably into their 30’s now it does get better. I don’t know that I’ll ever say that it’s easy, but it does get easIER 😉


    • Eli

      I’ll be 30 next year – but I look at pictures from when I started blogging and was much thinner wearing MUCH tighter things, I kind of get shocked that I’m in fact looking at myself. Granted I was much younger, was in another career path, and living in Vegas where people dress pretty outrageously. 

      I wonder if when I become a full time librarian soon, I’ll be able to finally have somewhere to work at where I can wear some pretty dresses!

  • wow, that is one stunning dress that YOU look amazing in.
    I hope you don’t ignore it ever again and take it to some fab holiday parties this year.

    • Eli

      Ah, this will totally be my holiday party dress for sure!

  • Gosh, darling, I hate to be the one to have to tell you this, but YOUR CURVES MAKE YOU HOT! I mean holy shit, just look at you!

    Also: Very nice dress.


    • Eli

      Oh man Cammila, you’re totally making me blush!! Thank you 🙂

  • Kristian Satterlee

    You look so gorgeous- curvaceous and sexy yet still classy!

    • Eli

      Thank you dear, so nice of you to say 🙂

  • Sierra Novotny

    you really look incredible! very mad men-esque 🙂


  • damn, you look amazing!

    • Eli

      aw shucks, thank you

  • Santina

    Eli, you look absolutely gorgeous! This dress is stunning and fits you perfectly. Don’t neglect it any longer. It deserves to see the outside of your closet more often! 

    I understand your growing comfort with your body. I tried to fight my body type for most of my 20’s, but I’ve learned to accept it. And not just in terms of my weight but also with my skin. I’ve gone through periods when I didn’t want to expose my skin at all for fear of showing my eczema and the scars left from it. But lately I just don’t care! Es como es. 😉 

    • Eli

      You are totally right Santina, it is what it is. I admire and am constantly inspired by your style and attitude ! 🙂

  • WendyB

    Dress is beautiful. I think everyone looks thinner in more form-fitting clothing!

    • Eli

      You are absolutely right, because when I’m not, people ask me if I’m pregnant :'(

  • Sara San

    That’s such a pretty dress! I love the beads. I’m not very good with accessories, and I’ve always admired how you’re just able to pair accessories with outfits! Fabulous as usual! 😉

    • Eli

      I’m not a big accessories person either though! I have about four pairs of cheap stud earrings I rotate out. My sister gave me this necklace and I wear it seldom, but it looked so right with this outfit. Sometimes I like the idea that my outfit is “cool” enough I don’t have to accessorize it, but most of the times its because I forgot 😀

  • Rachel // Mousevox Vintage

    Ooh la la! What a beautiful dress on such a beautiful lady. It’s funny, as I was going to say how much I like the idea of filling a fireplace with framed photos. Maybe they’re where they’re supposed to be. 🙂

    • Eli

      Thank you Rachel 🙂 We’ve been meaning to hang up these pictures somewhere, and they just fit in the fireplace now hiding things behind them!

  • Eli

    Thank you, can’t wait to find a similar  vintage dress soon!

  • Anamika

    What’s wrong with your weight? Nothing! That’s what a woman should be! rather than those skinny(veryy) models. They don’t look healthy at all! Your dress is gorgeous by the way <3 I love it! 🙂

  • We So Thrifty

    Beautiful! I love the moody hues in your makeup with sea foam accents. It may be early, but this is Holiday to me.