Last week I decided to go out and sing some karaoke as I love to do. I don’t do it nearly enough though. I often go with a boob top when going out, to steal a phrase from “Must Love Dogs”. Luckily I had recently bought a fun Nicki Minaj top from Kmart for a great price.
Tyra would hate this no neck shot.
So I built the outfit around that. I added some kick ass 80s throwback jeans from DOTS (RIP) and I had to go with my old Barbie necklace on this one. I mean, it’s the obvious choice. It’s Nicki Minaj for Pete’s sake.
Obviously the lighting on my staircase sucks but I had to have a pic that includes my shoes. That’s just who I am.
Yeah, you can see my top and necklace in this photo but the main point here is to show you a panic attack. This is my face during a panic attack. Yeah, anticipating hatred by strangers can be scary. Luckily that didn’t happen that night. The fact that there is a 50/50 chance of that happening blows though (I make up my own statistics).
I had a decent, not great time. I sang two songs so I did accomplish that, which was why I went. I sang One Piece at a Time by Johnny Cash and later My Favorite Mistake by Sheryl Crow.
On the way home I took a selfie with this giant Ten Commandments in front a of a local church because I find it ridiculous when sober and hilarious when drunk, atheist up in here. (I know, this is an awful angle for my face, but I don’t care, it’s still makes me chuckle. )
My absolute favorite/the only gay bar in my town has theme parties. They usually include performances by some fun drag queens and a drink special. A bit different from the pajama parties I had as a young girl. Well this past January they had a Pajama Party. Of course, I had to go, despite the snow.
In our current world this is probably extremely unusual but I’ve never went anywhere in my pajama pants. I’m not a department store shopper who goes like that. It’s not a slight, it’s just not me. So this was new, for me.
In deciding what to wear I almost immediately decided not to wear a full on two piece pajama set. I guessed that not many would be participating. Plus I wanted to be current and ya know the thing to do these days is a tank & pj pants. That’s what I did, with my spin.
I dug out some old/rarely worn hot pink pjs from the now closing Dots (goddamn I feel old) to pair with my James Deen tank. I was originally gonna include an alternate tank below in the Get the Look section but you probably already own one. Plus if you don’t know who James Deen is, get schooled. The info’s right on this site.
I have thick, curly, dry hair. There isn’t all that much you can do with it. Usually it’s just put a ton of product(s) in it and then leave it down. Not that night though. All of the sudden I thought of putting it up in curlers like people do when they are curling their hair over night. I don’t own any as I don’t need them. So I borrowed these super cute leopard print ones from a family member. Yes, it is supposed to look intentionally messy.
Ah, now there was a theme emerging-hot pink with leopard print accents. I was given a few costume jewelry rings from my sis on Christmas so I found the big leopard one and voila. Yeah, I also wore my Abbey Dawn leopard print boots from JustFab(affiliate link) and my daily Lulu by Lulu Guinness bag (both are no longer for sale). However I’d totally go with the little clutch below, if you’re into clutches. It’s fun.
Then I topped my often makeup free face with a ton of pink makeup. It had the side effect of making me appear younger, a win/win really. It was both over the top and flattering.
How was my night? Okay. Not many dressed up, as I expected. The friendly bartender thanked me for dressing up. I think a couple of girls said they liked my hair and pants. One guy did show up in a full on red onesie, which rocked! Most of my stories are just me and this one is no exception. I tried to rope a student from school into stopping by but she declined. The show was fun, as always. There was a sad group of people there celebrating a chick’s 21st birthday. While she was very nice, she was also trash drunk. This was a light drinking night for me and I just tried to step out of the way as she fell all over the place. Luckily there were couches, which you know helps when drunk people are falling/climbing all over the place. Also, I was worried she might hurl.
I didn’t stay all that long but hey, I love dressing up & watching the shows so whatever.
Recently the newest designer collaboration for Target hit shelves, 3.1 Phillip Lim. I’m not going to act like I’m in the know on this line. I simply am not. However after reading others’ blogs on the subject I had to peruse the pieces for myself. There were quite a few that caught my eye online. Luckily for me my small town rarely completely sells out of anything edgy, which means that by the time I strolled in today I was still able to check out many of the items in person.
Our local Target had both the animal print dress and skirt, which were my favorite online picks, so I knew I had to try them on. On impulse I also tried on a tiger tee and a floral dress. There were also thin, somewhat dressy tanks, sequin applique tops, shells and sweaters available, none of which interested me. The black bags in both medium and large sizes were on display as well. I like them but I bought myself a nice bag a few months ago and it’s still in excellent condition. Plus they were a bit pricey for something that don’t scream ME. For instance, my current bag has pops of hot pink throughout.
To give you an idea of sizing I typically wear a size 10-12 pant, 38C bra and a large in Junior’s (which of course varies by brand and if a line is actually Misses instead).
This dress has been in my online cart since I first saw it but I was not taken with it IRL. I did not realize that it had a very prominent ruching down one side of it. I don’t find this flattering to my body. I tried it on in a large, which fit, I would say that it’s true to size. It is 57% cotton, 38% rayon and 5% spandex. I think it looks better on me in the photos than in real life but I would not have been comfortable wearing it. I fp think that it’s at a great price point of $29.99.
Yes, I do like these random pieces styled together. (You can’t tell from the above photos but the print of the skirt actually features a beautiful blue around the spots, not black, as it seems).
I’m a shirt addict so when I saw this tee I had to try it on. I later found out that it’s part of the men’s collection, which makes perfect sense because as I was trying it on I though, “awesome, this is super comfy and flattering like a men’s tee”. It’s just a black tee with a graphic print so it shouldn’t be anything special but once I had it on I had to have it. It’s soft (100% cotton) and fun. There was only one of these in my store, a size medium. This is typically the size men’s graphic tee that I buy when I want a flattering but somewhat looser fit. I can tell that I definitely could have worn this in a small as well.
The skirt? Well the leopard print seems to pop so much better on it than on the dress. I’m guessing that this is due to the fabric (polyester). They only had this skirt in a 4, 8 and 14. So I tried on the 14. I found it true to size. If I had a choice I would have went with it in a 12, the size I often wear bottoms in. As you can see in the photo where I have the tee pulled up, this skirt is high waisted, which I’m not crazy about as someone with a low waist to hip ratio (i.e. I often feel like I have no waist). Although the skirt feels like it’s made well the particular one that I had in my hand already had a loose thread (just putting that out there). Due to the waist, the fact that I don’t often wear skirts and I’m trying to save money I eventually passed on this skirt. Okay, I did have it in my cart while shopping for other essentials in the store but I finally, regretfully put it back. This skirt also comes in a navy blue but I’m all about the animal print.
I saw one of these dresses hanging on the rack and impulsively decided to try it on. It didn’t really seem like my style but I thought, why not? It turns out that on the hanger it’s not visually interesting while on your body, it’s exactly the opposite. Unfortunately this was only left in an XL. It definitely fits true to size so I would need a large in this. It was too loose in the waist. If you can find this in your size snap it up quickly. The asymmetrical skirt combined with the shirt dress front and an Asian floral print is so unique. It’s 63% cotton, 33% nylon and 4% spandex. The detailed construction and extraordinary style make it worth the $39.99 price tag. I kind of wish I would have bought it anyway and just added a belt.
Yes, Xtina is flippin hot in the latest issue of Maxim but more importantly, what is she wearing? As a curvy bleach blonde I would love to replicate that look. So check out her October 2013 spread below with links to the actual styles and similar styles that you can buy today.