And lo-ove will rule the stars

I know it’s late again today, but holy conference calls about pointless bullshit, Batman.  Today’s was a baby lawyer on the other side who used the word “entitled” a lot.  There were a great many rude gestures and mouthed “BULLSHITS.”  Today’s bullshit rating was 12/10, because seriously, this kid had zero clue but was trying to sound important.  I bet his paralegal hates him.  He sounds like the kind of person who wants you to fax, email, and certified mail everything, and who would ask you 7 times if you finished something that wasn’t due for another three weeks even though you had more important things to do.


Since summer is approaching, I’ve been trying to think of ways to change up my summer routine.  I like dresses, but I’m still not 100% ok with sleeveless, and I feel like the fat girl in a skater dress and shrug has been done to death.  So I’ve been trying to figure out some different ways to maybe get some sleevage that aren’t a stupid armpit-grabbing cardigan (since apparently buttons aren’t really a thing.  Or hooks, or ties, or anything else that might make the cardigan not crawl directly into your armpits as soon as you put it on).

So in my surfing of Instagram, I saw a couple of people wearing this crochet shawl thingy, so I went in search of.  Sadly, they were out of black by the time I tracked it down, so I was forced to step out of my comfort zone.


And order what they called “mauve.”

I think it bears a striking resemblance to millennial blush.  Or peach.  Whatever.  I’m wearing it in a 3x.  Pros: I really like how it looks.  The shipping was super fast – I wasn’t expecting it in 2 days, but bonus.  Cons:  It’s easy to snag on things.  I’m not really sure how this is going to hold up to washing.  Also, it was really hard to differentiate (or even FIND) the head hole and arm holes.

The dress is my ancient cotton-knit maxi dress from Old Navy.  I don’t even remember exactly how long ago I bought this – but a while, since I’ve been ignoring Old Navy lately.  I stuck with them for a while because of their jeans, but they changed their jeans and the rest of the plus-size stuff is kinda — boring.  Their jersey swing dresses are okay, but you can get similar things elsewhere.  They do have good tank tops for layering – they’re LONG ENOUGH.  Hey, when you’re long in the torso, this is a major thing.  I get tired of layers not cooperating.  Old Navy does have a similar dress right now, but they’re a little pricey.  Also, mine has a drawstring tie at the waist and is cotton, and this one is rayon.  Still, it’s a versatile, cool, comfy dress for summer.  Just…see if you can get a coupon code.

I wore my favorite Birkenstocks – I was thinking about other sandals, but thought these were more in line with the general hippie vibe.  The necklace is from Modcloth, also many moons ago.  It also kept getting caught on the shirt.

I would love more things like this shirt, but perhaps (1) less destructible and (2) black.  I would settle for charcoal, or eggplant, or dark green, or burgundy.

I finally got my stuff from Torrid that I ordered with Haute Cash…they need to speed up their shipping a little.  I ordered a few things that are also not within my comfortable black bubble and I’m not sending them back even though I kinda partly want to.  (I did order a black thing or two and okay yeah one of the shirts is kinda like the one I wore yesterday but without flowers WE ALL NEED OUR BLANKIES.)  But there’s at least one piece that I may use to see if I can make “athleisure” not look like “way to roll in to work in your PJ’s, dude.”

I am not confident that this will be entirely convincing.

But at least I’ll be comfortable.


10 thoughts on “And lo-ove will rule the stars

  1. I like this top on you. It is definitely peach to me, but I think it looks nice on you. I like that extra interest and texture over the maxi also. I only have those suspender leggings from CurvySense, which I never got the chance to wear yet either. (They were supposed to be for a slutty yet practical school girl costume for Halloween).


  2. This is one of my fav of your ensembles! After following the instagram link of you wearing the black Geneva in a search for USintheWild, I discovered your great blog and am catching up on some recent posts! It is good you were forced to go out your comfort zone – agree? Because the contrasting soft mauve makes the dress a new outfit, without ruining the line of the flattering black since black is visible through the crochet holes. The mauve complements the red in your hair! If you were feeling well, or not, I read you are recovering from back surgery, you look in your 20’s here!
    So glad I discovered your blog. Please post your pics to twitter, if you want, then I can retweet some of them! I am on the hunt for size plus bloggers who showcase what they actually wore . . . not just dresses sent to them for promotion, which wind up in their 2nd-hand sales closets, with hired photographers, wearing spikes you know they can’t wait to kick off and get into their sneakers . . . Me, too. I am posting a diary of what I wore, besides fantasy pairings, and streamlining my closet. You can tell I am a big fan of Universal Standard.


    1. 20’s? I like you! 😀 (I’m 44.) I liked the mauve more than I thought I would, but these tops snag on literally everything. I wish I could sort of…shellac them, because I love the look.

      I like Universal Standard, but they need to get the larger sizes in stock and keep them there. There are a few things I’m eyeballing, but really want the 2xl (the gray overalls & the overall dress; another tee rex; the black & white tee you’re wearing in the pic you posted, maybe one of the faux-leather tops. I have all three colors of the curve cardi, and I love them. I also love the Yarra. The leggings are nice and soft. Those are all an XL. I have pics on here of the marine & rum raisin Genevas – those are XL’s. The black is a 2XL and I like it better, at least in terms of something I can throw on and not think about.

      I’ll try to be better about Tweeting. I just forget. I will go follow you as well.


  3. Yay! You replied! I’ll follow you, back . . . Done! I saved a couple Wednesday posts to savor later, because they were a fast, entertaining read! You’re a talented writer! Keep it up, please!

    I am about to exercise as a boot camp, before I try on the Geneva in rum raisin, which is a huge investment purchase for me, in size XL. A year ago, my first purchase from US, and the promotional tee, and a carver, which is a gift from my Dad when I drove to Los Angeles to enjoy the first day of the pop-up, and the Rhine was a gift, they are all L, but I must have gained weight, and I am bursting, but I prefer things loose-fitting, like you seem to . . . The Obi belt wraps around twice on the models in the photos, but I maneuver to thread the little ribbon through the hole and swirl it around to tie it in the front, wrapped one time . . .but it’s generous, for one time. That was the $25.00 gift promotion, which made it affordable . . .I looked and looked in the Shop Insta photos for the Geneva in rum raisin . . .Now, I just discovered you have it! The color is different from the studio photo. I bought the shoes first, and pulled the trigger on the Geneva in rum raisin . . Sorry for the story. It’s hard to picture the color when it’s not shot in daylight, but in the studio – do you notice that? Some have commented on shoes and stuff the color is completely different.


    1. The color does look different in person. My matching shoes were, in the immortal words of Bob Ross, a “happy accident.” I thought I would just end up wearing black with it.


  4. Where is that photo? I saw only the instagram, no feet.

    Thanx for inspiring me about the crochet top! Do you agree, with the black showing underneath, it doesn’t interrupt the line . . . If it was a solid top, you might as well have worn separates! US got me with its summertime dresses campaign, and with the rum raisin Geneva, I have 3 cotton-blend, solid color knit dresses, all different colors: navy, which is more a cobalt blue, gray heather, and rum raisin . . . Easy throw on. But I could keep my eyes peeled for a crochet top to change the look! But I have lots of scarves I should try, before I spend more $$. It’s fun to fantasize!


  5. Oh, I see the IG is a very good photo, including the shoes. I tweeted it – is that okay? To my four other followers, outside of you:

    I prefer the XL on you, as it flatters your curves . . . It’s not too small.


    1. Thanks 🙂 Sure, tweet away! Mostly what I don’t like about the XL is that the armholes are just a smidge smaller than I would like, so I feel like I’m messing with it all day. I dislike messing with things.


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