Howdy! A Portland, OR native, I currently reside in the northern San Diego County area as a freelance writer. When I'm not sipping coffee, soaking up some rays and writing or playing guitar you can find me at the hot yoga studio.
It's always good to shop in the right stores with the right attitude.
Be yourself, if it is a style that works for you, then it is good to go with that.
It's great if you see the tops you like, but then you have to ask yourself is it one that you will be able to keep up with and still look good in 10 years.
Do you really want to look back and remember that you spent your last paycheck on a dress that's already loose in the boobs and looks a mess because your boobs have dropped in size?
I would like to talk about being proud of your body and if you haven't lost a lot of weight then the main goal is to be confident in your own skin.
If you feel good in your own body then you will exude that confidence.
It's hard enough being a size 18 - 20 but then imagines adding on weight and then it feels that much more restricting.
Don't let what you are wearing make you feel rubbish about yourself.
The same goes for the length of skirts, trousers, and tops.
This doesn't mean you can't wear skirts shorter than your knees, because most certainly you can.
What I would suggest is that it's better to keep it as short as a couple of inches above your knee to start with so you don't feel too exposed.
If you keep it high on your knee, as you get older it will become more of a hindrance and you won't want to put it on because you are not feeling comfortable with how it fits.
When you get older you will look good in this shape and if you wear shorter skirts then you can still look good at your age.
But I would say always be mindful of the comfort of the fabric.
When you are a size 22 you will probably be conscious that you are wearing a skirt that is a little too short but will it be so bad to show your legs?
You have to remember that most younger women will go for shorter skirts than you, and also be aware that the way you feel and the way you feel about yourself is your own decision and no - one else's.
It's not like you are supposed to conform to everyday fashion anymore.
Keep some clothes for work and some for events like weddings and dress codes, and you can choose what fits your mood and what you feel comfortable in.
I would say a good option would be wearing a t-shirt and leggings on workdays and a dress or tunic/shirt for the other days.
Having said that, I did wear trousers to work one day and I felt so good in them.
The only downside was that I could not help but notice how many of my colleagues were going on about me "looking nice" in my trousers!
If you wear a lot of denim, I would not have this problem because there is a lot more stretch in the denim, but if you have a lot of jersey knits then you have to be really careful with it.
You should also avoid wearing floral or anorak-like prints with denim.
On the other hand, when it comes to dresses, it is best to wear them in bright colors.
You don't want to be caught in a dull dress.
If it's cold, it's cold.
A white dress and silver and gold are great.
I would also stick to a pattern, but not a full-on print, as this is not a good choice for a summery dress.
So, stay cool girls!
This time last year, my main concern was my job and whether I was about to lose it.
I had no idea about blogging, I had no idea about anything.
I was new to the world, I had started my first job in nine years and I was terrified.
I was a hard worker and a dedicated employee.
This worked for me.
It made me happy.
I also liked my job but it was hard.
There were difficult days but I found ways to manage the difficult days without it affecting my mood and work performance.
Looking back, I did well for someone with a whole new aspect of my life entering my life.
I was very, very afraid.
I still am.
There is a very real possibility that in a couple of weeks, I could be in the same position I was in last year.
I could be back in the same job, working on the same things, getting the same salary, without a clue as to what I am doing and what I am doing it for.
I think I fear not knowing.
At the moment I am on holiday.
As I write this, I am on holiday.
When I have finished writing this I will still be on holiday.
I have been on holiday for two months already and only had one week off work, so now I am on holiday for another two months.
I am very lucky.
But I do not know how long this holiday is going to last.
I could still be back at work next year.
And I know that this year I am trying to find my way around the world.
And next year I am going to try and find my way around the world AND a job.
The fear that I will not find a job in time scares me most of all.
It is something I try and push out of my mind by reminding myself that we are two months into this and anything is possible, even that I will have found a job before I go back to work.
But I know deep down, that this is not true.
That we have a long way to go.
I am aware that it is time to start doing some marketing to try and sell myself.
It is time to start saying no to things that are not of interest to me.
This is new for me.
I am so used to just jumping in and doing it all, I forget that I need to consider others, even if they are my friends.
This is also a very new idea for me.
I am so used to being brave.
Brave at work, brave at school, brave when I do things.
This is a big step for me.
I think it is a step that is right for me to take.
I am also scared that if I change, other people will change and not like the new me.
I have done very little marketing.
A few blog posts, a couple of tweets.