These $130 Sweats make my Butt look Weird…

Marin County. May 2017.

So, I’m going to show you how I wear sweatpants.  I style them in a way that represents my style: imperfect, funky & disheveled . When I wear them, I use a lot of accessories to balance out how unflattering they are to a women’s body.

You guys have heard me wonder out loud, “how the hell did I pay $130 for these sweats?” – but considering they serve as sleep wear and day wear, I got a pretty good deal on these bad boys..

I have so much going on here, let’s begin with the labels

Leg Warmers: Target, Flats: Chanel, Sweats: Free City https://freecitysupershop.com, Bag: Urban Zen https://www.urbanzen.com (Donna Karan’s Urban Zen), Denim shirt (cut unevenly by me): Holding Horses, Personalized Door Knockers: https://melodyehsani.com Top: Adidas, Sunglasses: Made Well (they already broke!)

Donna Karan’s Urban Zen is the designers website bringing together her favorite things – The items are carefully sourced, made ethically and usually go toward supporting a worthwhile cause. This bag is enormous  – it fits my laptop, camera etc.. it was a gift for my mother, but after someone nearly tripped on the fringe, she mailed it back to me.

So let’s talk. I’m always half way between just working out and going to get my kids from school. Often, I question the point of showering and getting dressed at all, when the people I see are usually sitting at a coffee shop staring into their laptops. Sometimes, I miss the challenge of living someplace where everyones style game is on point – because then I want to step it up.

I love being comfortable. Believe me, I wear these sweats to sleep and in public. Here’s how I make them look less doubty.. I wear this to spinning class, I just throw my flats in the locker and switch to the spinning shoes. Yoga and spinning are perfect workouts for people who hate ugly sneakers…. like me!!

My butt looks terrible in these sweats. I’m posting this angle to explain that for me, at least, comfort is sometimes more important.. I know, shocking.

Told you the bag is huge!! Good thing about being short, is you can get away with wearing ridiculously big bags- It wasn’t the Olsen twins who started that trend – but I’ll make the reference.

Leg warmers are accessories for your feet and legs, they can take a simple look, and make it funky or make you feel like you are ready to dance on stage.

And that’s my dorky face..

 

 

Haute Halloween. Decades in Costumes.

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Araceli. Fairfax, California. Halloween 2015.

I wish it was Halloween every day, or Burning Man mentality every day. Some days I want to drape myself in gold chains, and look like a 1980’s rapper. Let’s be honest, every day I want to drape myself in gold chains, and dress like a 1980’s rapper.  Why don’t I?

Maybe it’s because of the confusion that dressing a certain way is to get attention, when for me it’s all about being creative. Putting together clothing and accessories, is a way for me to be artistic daily – so the next time you see me with my gold pointy nails and other ridiculously large gold accessories – just know this is another day of me executing my creativity.

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I love how as adults we like to dress up for Halloween, but in clothing worn during a specific era. Araceli is dressed in her favorite Flashdance 1980’s look. Leg warmers and off the shoulder grey sweatshirt. A lot of us love that film, Jennifer Lopez made a video replicating the famous audition scene (and I can write a thesis paper on the influence of a welding/stripper/professional dancer on me).

When Araceli leaves the welding plant, she teaches yoga at Marin Power Yoga, an amazing studio with Spinning and TRX. Unfortunately for me, I kicked Jamie, the owner in the face after an overenthusiastic “Airplane” pose. Jamie is currently undergoing nose re-construction surgery.  I keep telling him in Yoga, it’s all about positive thinking, as he has taught me – and basically he should be thanking me, for his new nose.

Obviously, I’m trying to be funny here, but if you want a booty that looks good in a high waisted 1980’s leotard like my gorgeous subject above, and you live in this part of the world, contact Marin Power Yoga immediatelyhttp://marinpoweryoga.com

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Barb. San Rafael, California. Halloween 2015.

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Barb spends a lot of time designing sets and creating amazing holiday visuals. She is the lead designer behind The Christmas House, a local favorite in Marin, at The West End Nursery, http://www.westendnursery.com.

Barb has a lot of costumes from her styling days, and what is annoying for me – is I can’t fit into any of them – it seems they are only made for “leggy models”. But I can appreciate from afar, and here is an amazing Gold Lame jumpsuit paired with a serious cwig. Her look seems like the early 80’s, when disco was reaching its end.

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It’s so fun playing dress up. When people are in costume, something magical happens. We let go of the person we think we are – we experiment and step outside of our comfort zone.

Meanwhile, if I had the genetics of Barb,  I’d be pulling off gold lame jumpsuits every day. We all know how jumpsuits look on the short and curvy…