How I Got the Job OOTD

I’ve had quite a few interviews over the past two weeks. Some were phone interviews and four were face to face interviews.  I wore the same outfit to all of my first interviews, which I’ll show you another time, but this is what I wore to my final interview, after which I got the job!

[Shirt- Calvin Klein from Macy’s ($40, early B-day gift from Mom); Jacket – Torrid (Xmas gift); Pants – Alfani from Macy’s ($55); Shoes- Chinese Laundry (borrowed from Mom); Earrings – Made by Me; Bag – NY&Co ($14); Sunglasses – Target ($13)]

Sorry about the sunglasses but I had to get some quick photos before I changed into my “celebrating that I got the job” outfit and it was so bright outside.  This was my second interview, just a meet and greet with the V.P. of the company, who wanted to talk to me in person before they extended the offer. It’s only a temporary, part time position but I’m super excited about it.  Here is hoping that this leads to something more permanent and full time.

About the outfit, I only had an hour to get ready for this interview, it was sort of a last minute thing, so I threw this together real quick.  Since it was only an informal meeting I wanted to wear something a bit more bright and cheerful so I grabbed this Calvin Klein top that I picked up during my crazy shopping spree last week.  Nothing too fancy really, except the ruched-sleeved blazer from Torrid.  This is particularly good for me because jacket sleeves have a tendency to be too long on me.

The craziest part of this outfit is the bag.  Okay, so the bag isn’t crazy but I did get it suck in a Metro train door the other day. Seriously! I was following this elderly lady into the train and she didn’t move far enough into the Metro and the doors closed on my bag. I had to wrestle it free before the train started moving with all of the other passengers looking on.  When I finally freed it, my fellow passengers cheered me on, which made me feel even worse.  But I got the job!  So I guess sometimes you need to get some purses caught in doors to get things done, or something.


How to Style a Graphic Tee Pt. 3: Desperate Grad Student Edition

I thought I would end my “How to Style A Graphic Tee” week with a less than successful t-shirt styling.  We all have our histories and our fashion mistakes and so I thought I would share a lesson with you. If this were a Henry Fielding novel the title of this chapter would be, “In Which our Heroine Attempts to Wear a T-Shirt with a Jacket and Realizes that a Blazer Cannot Fix Every Fashion Mistake She Makes.” Let’s read along shall we?

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[Tee – Threadless ($10); Jacket – Lane Bryant (Bought forever ago); Jeans – Talbots ($25); Heels – Merona/Target ($30)]

I fell in love with this “Vampire Hunter” shirt from Threadless right away.  I hunted it for a few weeks until they has a $10 tee sale and then I snatched it right up!  When I was in graduate school I would wear this tee all the time during exam week when I was basically living in the library.  You see, as a graduate student I had an open cubby in the library where I could work on my research and store my library books so I wouldn’t have to drag them to and from my apartment day after day.  During exams and the few weeks prior, undergraduates would flock to the library for crazy cram sessions.  Everyday I would have to shoo an undergrad out of my cubby and I began to think of them as pesky vampires (the analogy really didn’t make any sense, since I was the pale one with bags under my eyes who hadn’t seen the sun in a few days.)

So, during one of these crazy, sleep deprived days in the library I realized that I had to lead an exam review session for the students that I T.A.ed.  Thus this outfit was born. I had this jacket stuffed in the locker of my cubby so I threw it on over my Vampire Hunter shirt and buttoned it up all the way. Unfortunately, this arrangement left the pliers visible still.  Luckily, my own group of undergraduate-vampires were too exam-crazed to notice.  I, however, ran into countless Professors and fellow Grad Students in my brief hiatus from the library, and when they cast appraising eyes over my outfit, I was forced to apologize for my outfit and explain about the forgotten review session.

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The Infamous Pliers.

The moral of this story? A jacket does not hide all sins, and does not an outfit make.  My Vampire Hunter tee is too dark and busy to pair well with these trouser jeans and the brown jacket.  Instead, I should have mixed up the outfit with a pair of khaki shorts or a lighter skirt. Then I could have played up the “hunter” aspect by donning boots and chunky, metallic bracelets to give the look of bracers.  So second moral of the story? Always learn from your mistakes! (For instance, always send yourself multiple reminders about exam review sessions…)

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Something like this maybe?

Full Bodied Fashion - How to Style A Graphic Tee

Full Bodied Fashion - How to Style a Graphic Tee

How about you? What is your biggest fashion mistake? How did you learn from it?

How to Style A Graphic Tee Pt 2

Do you ever have one of those days when you really want to wear a pencil skirt and nothing else will do?  Even when you’ve already decided to spend the week styling Graphic Tees.   On those days you create something slightly weird but rather fantastic.  (But its okay, Kendi did it too!)

[Tee – Teefury ($10); Skirt – Torrid ($17); Flats – BCBG ($40); Sweater – Banana Republic Factory ($25); Ring – Ruche (gift from Bot)]

I’m a bit embarrassed by how much I’ve been wearing this Torrid pencil skirt lately.  There is something about pencil skirts that is just really comforting to me. Everything is all locked in, fully covered and yet I feel extra classy and pretty in them, which was why I wanted to play with the juxtaposition of this Zombie Nouveau tee with the structured skirt. At first, I thought this outfit would be a little bit of a stunt. I figured someone would mention the fact that I was wearing a fancy skirt and a zombie shirt.  But then I looked in the mirror and fell in love with this outfit.  The polka-dot skirt already has a sense of whimsy so the zombie shirt is less of a surprise and the cardigan, which is also spotted, just completes the outfit.

Originally I had planned to wear a black blazer with this outfit, but I was too excited to wear this chartreuse cardigan, one of my recent purchases from a Banana Republic Factory Store.  At first, my friend Jess and I could not decide if we loved it or hated it.  Well, that is not totally true, I was in love right away, but when I held it up she made this face that said she thought it was hideous.  But she has a great eye and suggested I try it with navy, and when I tried it on with this dark purple and navy top we both made goo-goo eyes and fell in love. Plus, it is a perfect zombie color!

What do you guys think? Do you mix causal and professional pieces?

How to Style a Graphic Tee Pt. 1

My closet is full of graphic tee shirts. I absolutely love them. I think it is a hold over from high school and college when my outfits mostly consisted of throwing on a pair of jeans or corduroys and a band tee shirt.  Now a days I have fewer band shirts but a ton of other graphic tees. I collect some from my favorite fandoms (Firefly, Game of Thrones, etc) most of which I get from TeeFury, as well as just fun tees from Threadless. So I figured for the next few posts I would display different ways to style a graphic Tee. This first look is a more polished version of what I wore in high school, for lack of a better term we’re going to call it “High School Hipster” style.


[Shirt – Panic! At the Disco (gift); Jeans – Old Navy ($25); Cardigan – Gap ($20); Oxfords – Miz Mooz ($50); Owl necklace – Forever 21 ($10?); Locket -Made by Me; Purse – Marc by Marc Jacobs (gift from Bot); Belt – from Lane Bryant Dress]

So you cannot tell from any of these outfit photos but that is a Panic! at the Disco shirt under that boyfriend cardigan.  It was a gift form a coworker who went to see them a few months ago. I was obsessed with Panic! in college so really, this shirt works well with the nostalgia look I’ve got going on here.  So the cuffed jeans are a must, I always wore my jeans cuffed in high school, partly because I’m short and I never wanted to hem them and partly because I honestly thought that cuffed jeans were super hipster cool. That is the reason I got these glasses, even though they are not a style that works well with my astigmatism (and because of that I rarely wear them now, mostly I use contacts.)  The combination of this boyfriend cardigan, owl necklace, and the oxfords really work to complete the outfit with a sort of nerdy vibe, which I like.

This is an elevated look from what I would have worn in high school. For starters, I only wore Chuck Taylors in high school, (and I still wear them today because, lets be honest, they are awesome) but there is something about a pair of really nice leather oxfords that takes this look up a notch.  Secondly, the band shirt is an element of the outfit, but not the statement piece. I’m not trying to show off a band I like but rather creating an outfit with the pieces in my wardrobe.  Finally, my Marc Jacobs purse adds a pop of color and a touch of designer which none of my thrifted/hipster outfits from school had. Overall, I think the purse does not work as well with the outfit but I didn’t feel like moving everything between bags before I took pictures.

How about you guys? Are you obsessed with graphic tees too? How do you wear them?

A Bit of Blog Housekeeping

I am never sure how much of my present life to share here with you, my wonderful readers, since a lot of it is rather boring.  However, there have been some changes in my life recently that will effect this space so it seemed like a good time to share.  Bot, my husband, is getting a promotion that will lead us away from the great state of Virginia this summer, but only a few hours north to Maryland.  Also, I’ve left my job as a Coffee-Princess-Barista-Extraordinaire and I am currently looking for a new career.  What does this mean for “Full Bodied Fashion”?  Well, I’m going to be doing some housekeeping around here and the style of my outfits might change from the casual to a bit more professional as I look for a job in an office environment. It also means that my budget is going to be a bit more flexible and, for at least the next few weeks, I will probably be shopping and spending a lot more than normal.  For now though, I hope that it will mean that I have more time to post here.

I mentioned the shopping right?  Well, I’ve done a lot of shopping lately. In theory, all of this shopping is to create a more career oriented wardrobe. I have a few blazers and suit jackets and some professional bottoms but had very few nice looking blouses and tops.  Thus, I started shopping.  At first it was innocent: I was shopping for an interview outfit and I had a list (black dress pants, pantyhose, black pumps and a nice top) and then it spiraled.  By the end of my week of shopping adventures, I had bought 13 tops, a cardigan, a pencil skirt, a pair of dress pants, a faux-wrap dress and a fabulous pair of black pumps.  I’ve been wearing quite a few of these recently for job interviews but I haven’t gotten any pictures of those outfits.  Hopefully, I’ll capture a few of these new pieces in outfits this week.

What do you guys think? Are you interested in interview outfits? Are you looking for career changes too?

Hearts and Dots: A Tale of Two Prints

I distinctly remember my first foray into mixing prints.  I was in middle school and reading a whole bunch of teen magazines, all of which seemed to tell me that mixing prints was okay.  They would have whole spreads of girls wearing plaid skirts with off print tops and maybe even a loose tie over a non collared shirt. It was totally crazy and I was in love with it. Well love makes you do stupid things. Like convince your mom to buy you the two most ridiculous print shirts you can find at your local Fashion Bug and wear them together over a pair of hippie daisy embroidered jeans.  It was not pretty, beyond not pretty, it was horrifying and I was convinced that everyone in the entire middle school was laughing at me.  I spent the majority of my remaining middle school years in over-sized men’s jeans and band tee shirts and I never wore either of those shirts again.

[Shirt – City Chic ($13); Skirt – Torrid ($17); Flats – BCBG ($40); Purse – Marshalls ($20ish); Headband – NY&Co; Necklace – Made by Me]

After that experience, you would probably excuse me from ever trying this “Mixing Prints” trend but so many of my fellow bloggers are trying it and I was feeling particularly daring last week.  I decided to keep it pretty simple, my favorite City Chic top which has been featured on this blog multiple times before and my polka-dot pencil skirt from Torrid.  I really think this works. The prints are so simple and the black hearts echo the black body of the skirt.   The hearts and dots are spaced somewhat similarly so its almost as if the hearts melt into dots on the bottom of the outfit.

Really, its not a very daring mix at all.  Yet, I walked around all day with my head held high, because I had conquered my fear of mixing prints.  I had risen above my horrifying middle school memory.  Also, I absolutely love both of these pieces and putting them together made me feel like I could climb mountains or jump over boulders, well, fashion related mountains and boulders.

This is my fashion superhero pose! Apparently during this shoot I either look really angry or really pissed off in all of the photos, oh well.

What do you guys think? Do you get a particular thrill from conquering a fashion fear or trying a new trend?

New Blue Shirt – Two Ways

The moment I put on this Old Navy Blue sleeveless top I knew it was coming home with me. I tried to put it down, walk away but I could not resist.  You might not have noticed but I have seriously curtailed my shopping this year.  Well my purchasing, at least. This blue shirt (and its purple twin which also came home with me) were the second purchase I made this year at all.  (My first was the pair of $13 cat-eyed sunglasses I wore in this post.)  All in call I’ve spent around $53 on fashion thus far, this year and considering that we are a quarter of the way through the year, I’m going to call that a victory.

[Shirt – Old Navy ($20); Jeans – Torrid ($45); Flats – Urban Outfitters ($9); Necklace- Made by Me]

This is how I imagined wearing this shirt when I picked it up at the store.  It is so lightweight and silky feeling, the perfect shirt for summer. I absolutely love it.  It does make me think how cyclical fashion is though. I’m pretty sure that my mom had a shirt very similar to this in the early 90s (only in real silk) and I made fun of her for wearing it.  I hated the silly breast pockets and the way she tucked it into skirts and pants.  Which leads me to the second outfit.

[Shirt – Old Navy ($20); Skirt – Old Navy ($30, last summer); Heels – Target ($30); Necklace and Bracelet – Grandmother’s Costume Jewelry; Earrings – Ten Thousand Villages ($10)

This outfit is kind of shapeless.  Yet, I still think I like it.  The weather in Virginia in the last week has been absolutely crazy, getting into 80s° F.  When it gets unexpectedly hot in the middle of March, the only thing that one can do is wear the most summer clothes possible in anticipation of the bright shiny days to come. Bot pointed out that this outfit is very Greek colored, which is true. It reminds me of the beautiful colors of the Greek Islands.  I actually bought this skirt last summer to replace my favorite white a-line skirt which I practically wore to pieces the summer I visited Greece.

I think this shirt has a bright (yep, that’s a pun) future in my summer wardrobe. I see this shirt with a pair of green pants (which I am still determined to find) and belted over some of my strapless sundresses. What do you think? Do you have a summer “uniform” planed?

Spring is Here – OOTD

It has been one of those weeks where the schedule at the coffee shop breaks down (this time due to a coworker in the ER) so my schedule has been changing daily, sometimes hourly.  Which means that when both Bot and I had Wednesday off and no one had called me to cover a shift by 10am we decided to throw on some clothes and head OUT.  Where did we go? To get coffee of course but at a different store.

[Tank – Torrid ($8); Sweater – Target (bought forever ago); Jeans – Torrid, Source of Wisdom ($54.50); Heels- Target ($30); Bag – Marshalls ($25ish)]

This is one of those adventure outfits, made up of things that I don’t particularly like from my closet (these skinny jeans and tank top) paired with some of my favorites (this sweater and my nude wedges).  These skinnies are not my favorite, they are the Torrid Source of Wisdom Black Skinny Jeans as opposed to my much preferred Tripp NYC ones.  If I had not, in typical Mel fashion, not gotten around to returning my too large Tripp NYC black skinnies until WAY after the return time frame I would not own these.  After a not so pleasant customer service experience, I picked up these jeans and headed home. When I got home that day and tried them on, I knew right away that I didn’t (and still don’t) like the way they fit.  For skinny jeans they are not quite skinny enough in the leg and calf for me and they sort of bunch around my knees in a weird way.  But there was no way that I was driving another hour and a half to the Torrid store to return another pair of black skinny jeans so I decided to suck it up and keep them.  They now function as slightly nicer “lay around the house” pants and I would have worn my Tripp Skinnies for this excursion except they were in the wash.  The moral of this story is don’t be like me, if you don’t like something or it doesn’t fit, return it right away! Even if you have to pay for return shipping or drive a ways back to the store, it will be worth it in the end.

Now don’t get me wrong, This top is adorable, I wouldn’t have bought it if it were not, even at $8.  It is just the shape of it that drives me crazy.  The tank is basically a tube top with adjustable spaghetti straps added on, and even a bra-like lining, as if a girl with a chest big enough to fill out this shirt would go bra-less, come on Torrid, lets get real.  My qualms are that I have to wear a strapless bra to wear this shirt and I hate, hate, HATE strapless bras.  I have yet to find one that is supportive and doesn’t just smush everything down and out of place, completely ruining my shape.  The one I’m wearing here is the Multi-Way Strapless Bra by Cacique but I had to size down a cup size to get it to work even this well.

Then again, after all that complaining, I think this outfit looks really nice. I think I’ll try to recreate it another time with my other skinnies and see if I like it even more.

Why I Never Wear Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Growing up as an Irish American, I have always kinda hated St. Patrick’s Day.  You see, I grew up in a middle to upper class predominately Caucasian area, where (other than the one guy whose family had recently emigrated from the Emerald Isle) my red hair was as Irish as the area got.  Which basically meant that St. Patrick’s day was an excuse for everyone to dress up in green from head to toe, throw a bunch of glitter on their faces and mercilessly pinch people who forgot (or, like me, refused) to wear green.  It is not that I didn’t like wearing the color green, on the contrary, I loved it! I wore green all of the time, it was my signature color and I hated that the rest of the world only seemed to catch on to its awesomeness one day of the year.  Lucky for the rest of the world, I’ve mellowed as I’ve grown up and no longer yell at people that it is “unlucky for the Irish to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.”*  Instead, I have taken to drinking a good beer and probably a shot of whiskey and eating a few potatoes while toasting my Irish American ancestors.

So in honor of this celebration of my ancestors I suggest you get yourself something green and not one of those cheap “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirts but something beautiful that you will treasure.  The following are my favorite green things at the moment.

This green pencil skirt by Eloquii is absolutely fantastic.  The classic tailored look tames down the bright green color for those who are still afraid of it.  Pair it with neutrals like a classic white button down or a tan sweater.  Or better yet, take inspiration from Jessica of Surely Sonsy because she rocks the teal version of this skirt.

This Kiyonna Sweetheart Knit Wrap Dress has been on my lust list since last year but it has only recently come back in stock in Kelly Green, aka the color of my dreams.  I’m pretty sure that this dress is going to make its way into my closet this year.  I think I’ll curl my hair and wear it with my nude wedges.

I’ve been searching for a great pair of green jeans for a while, well, ever since the Asos Curve green skinny jeans sold out before I realized that, yes, I really do need a pair of green pants in my life.  I’ve been contemplating these Fire Plus Green Skinny jeans for the past few weeks.  The color of green just looks very different between the two promotional photos of the pants.  I wonder which image is more true to color?

What about you? What are your favorite green pieces this season? And how are you spending your St. Patrick’s day?

*I have no idea where I got this information, I tried to figure it out by googling but only found hilarity about fairies stealing babies who wear green.  If you feel like following me down the rabbit hole read this and this.  This is the most interesting article I found but has nothing to do with the color green but rather the prevalence (or lack there of) of “Irish Need Not Apply” signs.

How Would You Style It?

Stefanie Bezaire just launched her new Spring 2012 line and in honor of this I decided to try and restyle my Stefanie V Neck dress.

[Dress – Stefanie Bezaire ($267); Belt – Lane Bryant (came with a dress); Tights – We Love Colors (gift from MIL); Boots – Old Navy ($15)

This dress is way out of my normal price range, beware the sticker shock.  I saved my tips for over two months last year and bought it as a splurge for myself.  Since then, I’ve never been quite sure about the dress though.  I think I like the way this is styled.  The belt echos the color of the boots and the pop of the cranberry tights gives it a little something extra.  I also really like the contrast of the girly dress and the cowboy-ish boots.  But I am still not quite sure about this outfit or the dress in general.  Maybe it doesn’t fit just quite right or maybe its all in my imagination but it never looks the way I want it to, the way I picture it looking in my head.

What do you think? Should I keep trying?  How would you guys style this dress?