Single Chick in the Kitch: Menu Plan

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Hope you had some good down time this weekend!  Mine included curling up with You’ve Got Mail and a mocha, buying a new Pumpkin Spice Candle and a 90-minute massage.  Now that things have cooled off, I’m in the mood to cook again. So onto this weeks menu!

Breakfasts
Toast, egg, yogurt & fruit

Lunches
Greek Salad with Pita Chips
Salad

Dinners
Chili
Stuffed baked sweet potatoes
Pizza

Simple Spa: Get Yo Ass in the Tub

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A perfect storm of stress waltzed into my world a few weeks ago and I was so totes handling it until my back was like “HA HA HA.  No.”

My lower back locked up, my right leg down to my knee was tight and any time I stood up from my chair I was still at the same angle standing that I had just been while seated.  Which, AWESOME.

I decided to go all in and focus on healing my back.  Because as it turns out, backs are kind of important.

I started with 90-minute massages.  (Clearly this is not the most terrible way to start taking care of oneself.)  Then I started stretching.  Then icing.  Then bathing.  Then going to the chiropractor.  Then drinking more water to flush out all the gunk that was being released from uber tight hips.  Then I started looking at my sleeping habits.  And my stress level.  And how much of my day was spent doing things I loved.  And what messages I was feeding myself with the TV I watch, the books I read, the food I eat, the words I speak and who I surround myself with.

Instead of feeling overwhelmed, it was like OH!  I need to change some things.

I started making little tweaks to see how they felt.  If they felt good, I incorporated them into my routine.  If they didn’t, I moved on.

Bath time before bed?

Delicious.

No need to go crazy.  Just fill up the tub with hot water, throw on the “Spa Music” station on Pandora and light a candle if you have one laying around.  You’re there for practically pennies.

My friend just told me yesterday he uses dish soap to get bubbles without spending a lot of money.  (I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this.)

I started adding in inexpensive epsom salts a few times a week.

Sometimes I’m in the tub for a while.  Other times I’m not.  But I keep getting called back to the bath and I know now to listen.

Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe: Date Night (or day!) Outfits

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I think I can probably make a go out of my casual and work wardrobes for dates but I would like a couple of sexy dresses to slip in to for special nights out.  Right now I have a black dress similar to the one shown above and a pretty red dress that hasn’t been out of the closet for a while … Perhaps all I need is the right guy.  And the right shoes, natch.

Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe: Weekend Casual Inspiration

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I don’t actually shop at Old Navy normally, but I liked the concept behind each of these outfits, so I thought I’d throw them in as inspiration for my “weekend casual” look.  When I think about the weekends, I want to look casual and feminine.  I love the look of tight jeans with a pointy toed heel and pops of color with sweaters layered over for warmth.  On the weekends I’m usually just running errands or getting together with friends, so simple and stylish are welcomed.

Clothes I Already Have

Jean Jacket
Olive Color Corduroy Jacket

Dark Wash Jeans
Faded Boyfriend Jeans

White Boatneck T-shirt with Black Stripes
Black Boatneck T-shirt
Baseball Shirt (white with black sleeves)

Black & White Checkerboard Vans

Clothes I Feel Like I Need

Brown Boots (Shooties?  I can’t believe I just used that word)
Black Cardigan?  (Just typing that makes me feel schlumpy somaybenot.)

I do notice I’m kind of stuck in neutral territory.  Can we say BLACK anyone?  Only time will tell!  I’d love to get some accessories for a little pop.  A cute necklace or two and maybe a fun punch of color through a purse.  Like yellow perhaps?

Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe: Work Day Professional Inspiration

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Monday to Friday I work in a fairly conservative downtown office.  When I think about how I want to feel at work, the words “pretty and polished” come to mind.  While I don’t know that I’ll be rockin’ a white suit (if IS after Labor Day after all), I like the structure a suit provides and the feminine scalloped hem of the shell underneath.  I also like her pretty hair, simple earrings and make up.  So this is the look I’m going for:

Pretty Hair & Make Up
Simple Jewelry
Polished Separates

Clothes I Currently Have

Black Suit (jacket & slacks)
Navy Pinstripe Suit (jacket & slacks)
Gray Slacks
Black Slacks

Black & White Polka Dot Button Up
Olive Green Button Up Dress Shirt
White Button Up Dress Shirt
Eggplant Shell
Teal Blue Shell
Black Dressy T-Shirt
Grey Dressy T-Shirt

Black & White Polka Dot Sweater
Orange Wrap Sweater
Black V-Neck Sweater
Eggplant Sweater
Blue Sweater

Olive Green Ruffled Collar Jacket
Khaki Double Breasted Trench

Black Dress
Black & White Striped Dress

Black Heels
Leopard Print Flats
Purple Suede Wedges

Clothes I Feel Like I Need

2 more bottoms (pants and maybe a skirt?)
Black Flats
Leopard Print Heels (rawr)
White Long Sleeve Shirt (for under jackets/sweaters)

That totals 30 items, which I think is reasonable for five days a week.  Some of the items I can mix and match on the weekends and looking at the list of “needs” doesn’t appear too daunting.  Now to just find the right stuff!  And let’s see how this wardrobe plays out in real life.  I’m already wondering if I’m going to be too cold by the time late October / early November rolls around.  But that’s the fun of it, right?  Seeing what works and what doesn’t and making adjustments from there!

Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe: The Plan

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Okay!  So I’m deep into Fall Capsule Wardrobe frenzy.  I realize I have three separate needs for my wardrobe:

Work Week Professional 

Weekend Casual

Date Night (or day!) Outfits

I’m starting with clothes I already have and realizing how a lot of them don’t fit.  Not necessarily sizing (though there is some of that too!) but really color, my ability to mix and match and how I feel when I wear them.  It’s REALLY obvious what clothes I adore and feel great in versus what clothes just make me go “meh.”

This is SUCH a great exercise to begin to hone my look and define how I present myself to the world.  It’s also FUN.  I can see how I’d like to start taking more risks eventually.  And good lawd, girl needs some COLOR in this wardrobe, my WORD.

This week I’ll be working on inspiration each day and what pieces I think I need to “get there”, then next week I’ll show you what I’ve come up with!