Playing Dress Up

I was never a girly girl growing up and never bothered to explore the wonderful world of accessorizing. I gravitated towards jeans, baggy t-shirts and ponytails. Well, that is until college when I wore PJs everywhere...then there was my 20's where I lived in yoga pants and flip flops....so there was some progress I suppose. Well attending a bazillion social events and making friends with fashion bloggers has changed all that. About all I know about fashion is that I'm short so I have to dress for my height, cute shoes hurt, and I should always have a black dress. I've made some progress on my own, but I had the pleasure of meeting stylist and blogger, Beth Muecke to  help spice up my bland wardrobe.

Beth not only shows off her unique style in her blog BethleLife, she is also a contributor to Houstonia where she has an awesome segment on all the ways to wear a little black dress. Beth met me at my favorite store, Express in Memorial City Mall. We had a 90 min consultation where I explained my lack of stylish insight, and the new look I am going for.   We walked around the store to see what sparked my interest, and then after I got a few must haves, Beth went to work designing an entire outfit around my finds.  

 I totally appreciated her eye for design, and pulling me out of my narrow fashion comfort zone. I typically wouldn't have worn the outfit that you see on the far left, since I'm a busty girl with a belly, but it was helpful to have an outsider's perspective. She also found me the gray jacket that you see on the far right pic, which is now my new best friend. 

 These are just a few of my new looks I'm trying on after our style session. I realize that I love, love, love A-line skirts, jackets, accent necklaces, and playing with patterns. For the average fashionista it might not seem like much, but when half your closest is fitness attire and the other half is ill-fitting office attire, looks like these are kinda miraculous. 

Jacket, t-shirt, necklace and pants are from Express. Purse is from an Ebay Store.

Jacket, t-shirt, necklace and pants are from Express. Purse is from an Ebay Store.

Jacket, shirt, necklace and earrings from Express. Skirt and heels from Banana Republic.

Jacket, shirt, necklace and earrings from Express. Skirt and heels from Banana Republic.

Shirt and skirt from Express

Shirt and skirt from Express

I had a great time with Beth, learned a lot, and found a great deal of confidence in how best to dress for my body and my taste.  No more baggy shirts and flip flops for me....although I do reserve the right to occasionally wear the sweatpants I've owned for the past 6 years. We got  a thing going, and I just can't give them up now. Next I suppose I should tackle the wonderful world of makeup and facial contouring. Another day perhaps, for now I'm having fun playing dress up.