A Little Mod in Geometric Fall Colors

I bought this dress a few weeks ago from Simply Be. I try not to buy clothes from the U.K. retailers because returns are so expensive. But this dress had a little mod look to it, and it was a good length, and guess what, it is my favorite dress at the moment. It is easy and fun, doesn’t need a sweater since it has long sleeves and it feels good on. I get compliments every time I wear it.

AX Paris Swing Dress U.S. Size 22, Length 36″

Yesterday I bought
Geometric Earrings at ETSY and some Essie Nail Polish. I am going to paint the white part of the earring with the same color of the red/rust/marsala as one of the components of the dress. I promise to let you know how it looks. Geometrics for geometrics.

AX Paris at Simply BeThe Swing dress is sold out but I think if I were going to buy another AX Paris dress right now it would be this Longline Shirt Dress. I like the long sleeves. I like the print, it looks a little arty. BUT, it is 39″ rather than 36″ and I like the shorter length.

To compare my measurements to yours click HERE.

Peace, Affinity

photo: Jim Hirabayashi

Simply Be Review – U.S. Size 28 Pencil Skirt

I bought this pencil skirt from Simply Be in a US Size 28, and I wear it all the time. I love it, it is fun and flirty, and get compliments whereever I wear it (they no longer have it in this size, but here is a precious, even less expensive, pink lips skirt that is similar.) I had wanted to see what Simply Be sizing was like in this style.

In the last several years I have made several Joe Brown purchases, also from Simply Be. They are cute and fun and fit as well in the US Size 28, and they have worked well on me.

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.


Simply Be, YAY, U.S. Size 28 Plus Size Clothing – Lovin’ It

Did you know that SimplyBe carries U.S. Size 28?  I love that. A size 28 in fun clothes is difficult to find anywhere but look this Anna Scholz line, with this sexy dress, or a blouse in the same material, or a maxi skirt in a different tropical print, and with summer coming… These may be some “gotta have it” clothes.

Then there is my favorite biker jacker at the moment, in pink. Gotta love it.

I just bought a pencil skirt (which you will see shortly) from Simply Be in a U.S. Size 28 and it fit perfectly. To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.

So take a chance, they have easy returns and I am loving their style and size range.


Simply Be with the Bay Lights

Bay Lights Opening Night with My husband and Jennifer Raiser

Bay Lights Opening Night with My husband and Jennifer Raiser

I told you about the coming of the Bay Lights previously, and it evolved that I was invited to the Opening Party and OMG what would I wear?  And then I found the perfect dress at Simply Be.  And the perfect earrings, and the perfect shoes and it was a perfect night all around.


It was amazing and exciting to watch the Bay Lights gracefully light up the bridge. And this is one of my favorite videos because it interviews the artist Leo Villereal, who is a truly kind and talented man and gives a nod to the producer, my friend Ben Davis. How fabulous to be included in all of this.

simply Be studded dressThe dress was large around the arms and yoke, which is not unusual since I have fairly small arms and shoulders for my size. I had it tailored but it still does not lay perfectly as you can see in the photos. I like Simply Be’s sizing.  I love that it comes to a US 28 and the US 28 seems to me to be true to size.

The tights are my very favorite from Sealed With a Kiss, they claim to fit 1X – 4X to a 52″ waist, but since I carry a lot of my weight in my waist and torso (much more as I have gotten older) and my waist is 54″ I was thrilled to see that there is plenty of room.  Of all of my leggings they feel the best.  Not too heavy, and silky smooth, but they do bunch a little at the ankle since I am only 5’5″.

I purchased studded shoes in a size 10 from both Lane Bryant and Catherines and they were both too short, and since I only wear a size 9.5 I was pretty disappointed.  Then I found a pair on FatToo Accessoria on Facebook and I was relieved and happy that they fit.

Dress: Simply Be – Size UK 32 US 28
Tights: SWAK – One Size Fits All


photo with my husband: Sidney Erthal
photo alone: Leori Gill

British Plus Size Fashion Weekend 2013

british-plus-size-fashion-weekend-4Last weekend was the first ever British Plus Size Fashion Weekend 2013 and I wish I could have been there.  But since I could not I thought I would put together some of the things that I think it would be fun to have seen.  Here are the designers that are participating. Some familiar names like Simply Be, and lots of new names, like Syreeta Badu, that I will look forward to learning more about.  To checkout what happened check out their Facebook Page.

I am including a video below.   I loved seeing the larger sized models and I especially loved seeing one of my favorite designers, Cult of California, toward the end of the video.  I know right now I am going to have to have those back and silver tights.  They are not up on the website yet, but I will be checking every day.

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New Look for the Striped Jacket – OOTD

I am going to see the movie Jeff Who Lives At Home today with my friend Janet, I wanted to wear something comfy, so here is my outfit of the day (OOTD).  So I got out my Stripes in all Directions jacket that I had not worn to work yet, and I think I like it even more with the black pants, not too surprising.

I even wore the black shoes with white stripes and they are SO comfortable that I decided to try to buy another similar pair from Simply Be, but guess what, they are gone. I am so sad…affinity

Jacket: Torrid – Size 4X

Cami: Avenue – Size 26-28

Pants: Avenue – Size 28

Bracelets: Torrid

Necklace: JennyBird

Shoes: Simply Be (Body Star) 8EEE, and an 8EE would be plenty wide enough.

Stripes In All Directions

Everywhere I look I see stripes, all sizes – all colors.  I found this skirt on Ebay and fell in love with it because it was stripes in all different directions.  It is a beautiful day in San Francisco, but the moment the sun went behind the building I needed a jacket. I wanted to show you this outfit with white stocking and a more casual everyday look, with leggings.  I hope you like it as much as I do…affinity

And I even found some shoes with a little white stripe

Jacket:  Torrid, size 4
Cami: Avenue, size 26-26
Skirt: on Torrid, size 4 (Ebay)
Shoes: Simply Be USA, size 10W
Necklace: JennyBird Alcantara