Remix: Uniqlo Heattech

I have some older pictures to show here that are of fairer weather and it feels strange sharing them when it’s so cold and rainy! I haven’t been able to take any outfit photos because of the weather and my go-to backyard spot has been in remodel mode until last week!

But as the last outfit shows, and the inspiration of my remix posts, my small collection of Uniqlo Heattech tops have been in heavy rotation to save me from the rain and cold. They’re great for layering because they’re so thin, but still warm enough! I just *sigh* wish it wasn’t made in China. So I keep wearing the ones I bought a long time ago. I’ll have to replace them second hand soon.

Per usual with these remix posts, click on the image to see the original post

Black top with navy pants – shouldn’t work together but it does! I need new navy pants cause those don’t fit me anymore.
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With a yellow wool skirt! I really want to wear this again but always feel a little self conscious with such a mini-mini skirt.
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Black top and green skirt, a favorite outfit combo as you’ll see
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2016 moments

2016 could not have exited one second sooner for me. I was done with it. Good riddance. It’s kind of a bummer that we all collectively gave up on 2016, but oh well, I’m looking forward to 2017 just like everyone else!

I’ve been in a weird space with the blog this last year – I’m finding it difficult to balance a lot of my time (does it ever get easier?!) but I’m proud to still have this blog as a one woman show not compromising my style for the sake of others, exploring photography and passion for technology, falling in love with museums all over, and continuing to champion for Made in the USA & sustainable fashion.

Here are 12 outfits that were my monthly favorites! I’ll consider this a remix post, and per usual, click on the image to see the original post!

January
I liked this outfit! But I’ve since both sold this dress and donated the shoes back to the thrift store. In spite of liking it, I think I couldn’t figure out how to wear both of these things more. Plus, the shoes were sadly uncomfortable.
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February
This post was about how to wear summery dresses in the winter. Which I anticipate I’ll be doing a lot again in the next few months!
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March
I loved this dress and outfit!! This Kate Spade dress feels so elegant. I’m sad I can’t wear it anymore because it’s too big!! It was already big when I wore it, so when I really began to work out, it was just way too big to wear at all!
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April
My tried and true cashmere sweater has been in steady rotation these last few months. This is my first foray into breaking away from wearing JBrand skinny jeans towards loose fitting vintage Levi’s!
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May
The weather finally warms up!! I liked that the outfit (top & pants) were all made in the USA!
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June
I loved this month because I went to NYC!! (I’m dying to go back.) But slim on the blogging for me. Unfortunately, I went through a very heavy emotional period in my life beginning at the end of the previous month. This bright and cute Marimekko top has now found a new home with a friend who wears more funky stuff than me!
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July
I felt scared to wear this dress for a long time – the plunge is LOW, but you know what?! F*@$ it!! The confidence I gained from wearing it, outweighed the fear.
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August
This year, I started to break some of my own style rules – I don’t think I would have been caught dead wearing trainers and a dress/skirt EVER before. But I did it, and I survived. Who knew it would look good and I would be so comfy?! What else have I been missing out on?!!
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September
I don’t wear this Bart Simpson sweater as much as I should!! I’m going to bring it back now!
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October
I picked up this little black APC dress with hesitation because it’s a little more modern (and short) for my tastes, but I love wearing it now!!
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November
I didn’t post much this month because I got distracted by lots of things in my life – but my favorite post was revisiting this outfit 4 years later and 30 pounds lighter!!
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December
I somehow successfully managed to NOT post any outfits on my blog for December?! How’d that happen…cause I clearly wore clothes for 31 days 😉 Even though the previous post was worn in December. That’s how far behind I am in posting!! But I showed this one to my Instagram account.

This last month has been a whirlwind for me of getting back in touch with friends, doubling-down at work, overloading on thrifting, expanding my photography, staying motivated to work-out in spite of the bad weather, visiting more museums at any free moment, and exploring new parts of San Francisco. Which I did a better job of documenting on Instagram!! Especially with the Stories feature! I never used or understood how/why to use Snapchat. So now I see the allure. I’ve been sharing funny books, my thrifting expeditions, more interesting but not as photogenic San Francisco homes, music I’m listening to on my workouts, etc! Follow me!!

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I want to be connected here more on this, my 11th year of blogging!!

Before and After

I had someone again ask me the other day, “What’s your secret?” I never know how to respond to these questions. People always assume I’ve been thin my whole life, better yet, they assume everything and anything. That’s where I’ve learned to mind my own business about other people’s bodies over the years – but I know people are inevitably curious and like to ask questions. There is no secret to losing and maintaining weight.

Almost four years ago, I was tired of being inactive, having gut problems, and being asked if I was pregnant by strangers (it messes with your head!!) And I decided to take charge of how I was eating so I could relieve stomach issues. Losing weight was just the side product. By eliminating most bread from my diet, I was able to lose weight. But after a very difficult beginning of the year, I decided 2016 was the year I was going to learn how to run and finally get fit. I run and go to the gym between 3-4 times and week. It’s crazy how at first there seemed to be no changes in my body, the changes actually were in my brain! The feeling of exercising felt like nothing else and it did good for my mental health. And all of a sudden in the last two months, my body has taken a drastic change where I can finally see all the hard work. There is tone and definition. And I’m like, is this really  me??!!

I ran across this old picture of myself from 2012 and I had to do a double take. I loved wearing this dress, but the cut across my midsection ALWAYS made me feel so self conscious. It honestly barely fit and probably shouldn’t have been wearing it. But I did.
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This outfit had been in the back of my mind – I thought to myself, I could still wear it! I still have all these pieces. So I dug them out, and rocked this outfit again. But now I have to wear a belt. In fact, the belt itself is another story – it was given to me by a coworker in a pinch and it never fit. It’s plastic (so no stretch to it) and I could only wear it on the last hole. And through this journey, I’ve been able to belt it smaller and smaller. So much, that I’ve now put three extra holes in it! That’s what shocks me the most sometimes.

I guess this story is about finding comfort in yourself no matter what size!

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I’m happy in my skin no matter what size!

I did also want to share that I’ve been told that Shopbop (one of my widget sponsors!) is having a huge tiered sale right before the holidays. I always advocate for them because they support and showcase many of the Made in USA brands that I support! The sale runs this Tuesday through next Tuesday. Head on over here to get more details about the sale.

Remix: Vince Nina flats

I simply love these Vince shoes! They have been my literal go-to shoe for the last few years because you just slip them right on and run out the door! The grey color has also proved itself to be beautifully versatile and necessary for my wardrobe.

Find affordable options HERE.

Per usual with these Remix posts, click on the image to see the original post.

With a little blue dress
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Still loving this cute bright outfit!
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With white denim
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And then holy cow, with white denim previously!
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