In Part 1 of this series, we talked about the key wardrobe pieces for leg lengthening, and did a little fashion math involving sneakers. Today I want to focus on the leg-lengthening miracle flat: the nude ballet.
The whole over-sized shapeless dress thing is so hard to get right. Despite the obviously fabulous pooch-hiding abilities, these dress/top hybrids are often unflattering everywhere else. The one? NAILS IT. The fabric is gauzy and sheer (so it's a little sexy - especially in the nude color), and it has a tie-back waist so you can reign in the volume.
This is Free People's current version of my hardest working post-partum top. Would be perfect over a nursing cami (or shaper cami) for new mamas. It's a surprisingly silhouette: I love mine over flare denim, cut-offs, maxi skirts, and long slim shorts.
This is the least embellished one of the bunch, but the gorgeous colors (sea green or peach) and stunning swing back make it seriously special. (The model in the peach one makes me want to wear this cage-back bra instead of a black bikini top.)
I don't typically do sleeves on the beach, but I'd make an exception for this one. Love how this looks like pretty little vintage blouse. Equally good with destroyed denim for everyday or menswear trousers for an unexpected work look.
Love the combo of stripes, crochet and....rope? I'd pair this top with light pink lipstick and a baseball hat. Crazy good for hiding a stomach pooch, and the back is stunning. (Smaller busted nursing mamas would probably be able to pull down this top if you really, really wanted to.)
We had the most amazing Saturday. It was our long-anticipated day date (aka my Christmas and Valentine's Day present). And while I had visions of waltzing around the city in something wildly glamorous...Saturday was a mushpot of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. So instead, I wore this:
We started at the Art Museum, where we - get this - wandered leisurely. I read some of plaques hanging on the wall. I KNOW!!
And afterwards, we strolled around downtown. Held hands. Got coffee at our fav, La Colombe.
(I'm all about the cuffs these days.)
Of course, I posed a little. Wearing two jackets like all the other fashion bloggers.
But aren't these sexy jeans? Even with the combat-ish boots. (Grace, you asked about these boots and so I hopped right to it you #shoppingenabler More later.)
I swapped the combat boots out for heels before our dinner reservations at Vetri. In hindsight, that was a mistake. Mike had booked us a six course dinner at 6PM, with tickets to see Ballet X at 8PM. By 7:45, we were only on course four. By 7:56PM, Mike signed the check, and by 7:59PM we were running - no, SPRINTING - like the crazy people we are. (Thankfully I can still run in heels.) And at 8:00PM sharp? We were busting through the doors of the Wilma Theater.
It was a tough call (stay/go?) but wow. We made the right decision. Ballet X was mindblowing. It was exciting and funny and sexy - Mike didn't even fall asleep!! (The man always falls asleep at ballets.) We'll be going again....with, I think, the boys. The Wilma theater is such an intimate setting that you can hear the sound of their shoes squeaking on the stage, hear the dancers breathing, and see the subtle expressions on their faces. And I love how it was such a departure from traditional ballet, but with all of the rigor. It was like Balanchine-meets-hiphop-meets-threestooges. (OK, maybe not exactly that last part. But close.) And tix were only $35.
After, we went back to Vetri (sheepishly) to collect our entrees and dessert.
Philly, thanks for a beautiful day and an amazing night. You are one seriously cool city. I can't wait (hint, hint Mike) to do this again.
Whoa. The number of layers I'm wearing is ridiculous. But the thought of putting on my puffer coat - yet again - is starting to affect my mental stability. I had to get creative. In the name of health, you guys. HEALTH.
In case my sexy little Bradamant bodysuit wasn't enough (and it is one of Mike's favs) I found a total sex-kitten wig. For under $50. It's from a line of wigs called Forever Young, and the line is aptly named. They focus on young, sexy styles, and the wigs are crazy cheap (for medically necessary wigs, not costume wigs). The one I'm wearing is Edge Savvy, and I'll be taking it into Shannon for a bang trim. Ha! Isn't that funny? Taking my wigs in for trims...man. Add that to the loooong list of Things I Never Thought I'd Say.
So tomorrow (Wednesday) is my third chemo treatment. Which means....after Wednesday, I'll only have ONE TREATMENT LEFT. Crazy, right? So, to celebrate, we're doing a little Bradamant giveaway. And by "little" I mean THREE. We'll have THREE winners. (Oooo...one for each chemo. OMG - I'm so macabre and dramatic these days.)
Let's just go with three lucky winners, and leave it at that. :)
Each winner will be able to chose one Bradamant bodysuit. But what to choose, what to choose?
...but I remember being really impressed with the versatility of the Pirette.
Of course, there's always this gorgeousness, called The Warrior:
Which will you choose?
How To Enter:
You get one entry for liking Bradamant on Facebook, and one entry for signing up to recieve emails about Bradamant sales and new releases. (Scroll to the very bottom of the Bradamant website - the sign up box is on the left.)
Then, let me know in the comments below how you've entered and...done! I'll announce the three winners in a week.
Ok, Mamas. First things first. Wanna see my new boobs?
Their perkiness is beyond my wildest dreams. I may never need a bra again! I mean YES - the shirt is strategically covering a whole mess of bandages and scars and my one remaining nipple is sorta facing the wrong direction....but all of that is fixable in time. Pretty cleavage for the win!
And after this awful, horrible month...I really needed a win.
Now - onto the next announcement!
I am honored to introduce Bradamant, a new line of bodyshirts.
This is our monthly series called How We Wear It, where *we* show all of the different ways to rock a wardrobe basic. And by "we" I mean...all y'all. If there was One. Thing. our readers have communicated again and again, it's this: You want to see a wide range of body types represented here on ANMJ.
So. I'll show you how I've been styling my old standbys, and so will Cam. And then, dear readers, we want to hear from YOU. You can play along via our Linky party at the bottom (you can sign up at the bottom of this article or on Cam's page), you can send us an email (send it to either Cam or me), upload a pic to ANMJ's Facebook page, or use Instagram with the hashtag: #howwewearit or #anmj. As reader pics come in, I'll be keeping this page up-to-date.
With a Peplum Top
(wearing: shirt - c/o Lucky Brand, I'm wearing a size M....shorts - hacked off an old pair of these... shoes - similar)
Mamas! Tamar is closing her shop in one week, and everything has been marked down one final time. If there was something you wanted (previously featured here, here or here) now's the time to shop. I also wanted to show you a few warm-weather pieces from TMRDNL that I've been WAITING to wear. So happy that the sun is finally starting to show it's face....