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Fashion Break: Book Club

By Silhouettes1 · April 25, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Let’s take a break from fashion talk and talk about something else that’s awesome… books! Need some ideas for a summer book club? Want to get some ideas for a good beach read?

Here are my suggestions…

Something a little heavier: The Bridge, by Julie Orringer.

This book, set in Budapest and Paris in the 1930s and ‘40s, is a fascinating look at the Holocaust from a slightly different perspective than I’d read before. Because of the subject matter, it’s not a happy story. But it is a really good, evocative, interesting and compelling book.

Something a little non-fiction: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver

Kingsolver usually writes fiction, but this book is about her family’s move to Appalachia and their desire to live by what’s in season, what’s local, and what they can grow themselves. Things are a little grim in the early spring, but they manage, and the story of discovery and reconnecting to the land and nature is a beautiful one.

Something a little lighter: Remember Me, by Sophie Kinsella

This book has been out for a few years, but if you’re looking for a fun, well-plotted and interesting beach read, then anything by Kinsella is probably a safe bet. This is one of my favorite books by her, just because even though I figured I knew the ending (these kind of books always end happily), I didn’t know how she was going to get there.

Summer reading suggestions? Leave ‘em in the comments.

Summer shoes

By Silhouettes1 · April 22, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I CANNOT WAIT until I can wear summer shoes again! And I’m thinking about all the pairs I want to add to my wardrobe: sandals, thongs, peep-toe wedges…

On the sandal front, I’m thinking something like these starfish sandals in white. I love the silver starfish embellishment, and these are perfect for the beach.

As for thongs (or as I call them, flip-flops, to distinguish from the other kind of thong), I like something a little more exciting than a plain color basic. I like the brown version of these flower thongs because they have the shape and comfortable style, but with the flower.

And finally, peep-toe wedges (not super-high platform wedges, though). I like the comfortable lower-heeled wedges like these—and the snakeskin pattern is a really fun addition.

‘60s Fashion Makes a Comeback!

By Silhouettes1 · April 20, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Sometimes, if you peer through the forest of skinny jeans and scarves, you can see a different kind of fashion emerging—a more flattering, more elegant kind of fashion.

Inspired by clothing on television shows like Mad Men, styles from the 1960s have been reappearing. These styles are focused on accentuating curves and femininity while being elegant at the same time.

The hip-hugging sheath dress is an example of this kind of look. Here Eva Longoria models a hot pink one:

Victoria Beckham recently showed off another 60s look: the long pencil skirt.

And, if you want to skip the form-hugging pencil skirt, another classic option is the full skirt. Here, Eva Mendes, Diane Kruger, and Jenna Dewan show off three different full skirted looks:

What’s your favorite fashion decade?

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Karl Lagerfeld and Dieting

By Silhouettes1 · April 19, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Karl Lagerfeld is a genius. A certifiable, card carrying, fashion genius who has created stunning work for fashion labels such as Fendi, Chloé and most famously, Chanel. He has even become an instantly recognizable pop culture icon with his snowy white hair, dark sunglasses and love of leather.

I mean seriously, there’s even a Karl teddy bear!

But, back in 2001 our darling Karl looked a quite a bit different (90 lbs worth of different) and decided that in order to wear the designer clothes he desired he needed to shed the weight. And so, over the course of 13 months, and a steady (and rather questionable) diet of steamed vegetables and diet coke, Karl transformed into the man we see today.

Now, I am not much of a dieter, but I have a pretty good feeling that diet coke and vegetables does not a healthy meal make.  But hey, I’m not Karl or his doctor, so I don’t get to make any calls.

With his wildly successful transformation and very obvious love of diet coke, it came as no surprise when I read that Karl has collaborated with the folks at Coca-Cola and designed his very own bottles of the soft drink.

One common theme in every article and blog I read about this delicious collaboration (this blog entry being one of them, I suppose) is the mention of Karl’s dietary decisions 10 years ago. And with that realization came the same sickening feeling I get when I see any fad diet infomercial late at night.

My thoughts on dieting, as a plus size woman and a believer of beauty at every size, are ones that I try and keep to myself. The decision for a person to fundamentally change the way that they live and look is a very personal and private process and it doesn’t matter at all what anyone else thinks. I say if you want to diet, go for it! And if you don’t, keep doing what you’re doing!

But, I am also very aware that they key to a successful diet probably doesn’t lie in supplementing essential food groups for diet sodas. It worries me that, while perhaps unintentional, CocaCola is aligning itself even further with a diet that if done improperly could be quite dangerous. Of course, the idea of Diet Coke in general is mostly geared towards the weight conscious, but with Karl literally on the bottles I wonder if the idea of Diet Coke as food will actually become a trend.



Amalia Nicholson is a plus-size blogger, fashion enthusiast and advocate of beauty at every size. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where runs her personal style blog, Double Vision.

Best Looks for Spring

By Silhouettes1 · April 18, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Well, if it ever gets warm enough, you may be able to turn in your coats for some beautiful cascade cardigans!

This one is retro and floral and flattering, easy to wear over a t-shirt or other fitted shirt. It will carry you well into summer, too, if you need a cardigan for those days at work when the office is chilly.

Another idea is this striped version, which layers over just about any outfit, and because it’s black and white, it goes with just about every outfit, too.

And once you’ve got the cardigans, you can pair them with a yoke skirt like this one. It’s made of comfortable jersey material that works well for work or for hanging out around town.

Jersey is actually a great all around option for lots of different clothes. Most people think of it for t-shirts, but here it is in a cardigan. And here are some flattering (and very comfy) jersey knit pants.

For more great new spring looks, click here.

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