EGchronicles #002: A case for the bold and loose

In my conversations with clients, I have noticed a unfortunate trend. In an effort to be curvaceous, stylish, or anything akin to feminine, the preference is for something tight and discreet. Not because It's the actual preference. It's because it's the celebrated preference. You know the type. The pin-up look. The Instagram model look. The perfect chiseled curves even in plus-size bodies. I call the plus-size version the safe fat version. Tight, fitted clothes to the silhouette to show how womanly you can be. There's nothing wrong with this being your preference because it fits your aesthetic. There is a huge problem with it being your preference because you want to maintain with something you don't identify with. But you fear missing out on it. So why not lead the charge for embracing looser clothing boldy? Then came this dress.

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Dress: Shein

This dress comes in a boxy cut. For most women it’s intimidating because it instantly implies that the shape of the wearer will be boxy as well. But I can't see this as a problem. Many focus on being shapely almost to the point of obsession. I've had to come to terms with it myself, even while buying this dress. I wanted to get it taken in and then I would have taken a picture of it. I was even going to create a post about getting things tailored with a before-and-after. While I still believe tailoring is necessary, some pieces aren’t necessary.

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Dress: Shein

I had to check myself. How can I preach adaptability, accepting one's body, and all things style if I can't follow my own rules? I had to check the source of these red flags. Me. What I found was that I was gripping with a change in my body again. And this time it didn't feel as comfortable as it had in the past. My body is changing in ways that, as I get older, I don't quite understand. And we all know what happens when we don't understand. We flare up instantly dislike it. It's human nature. The fear of the unknown. But in this winging it / experimental phase of My Life & Style Journey, I'm going to do something different;embrace it.

So I got this dress and about four more pieces like it. Not tailoring it but knowing that it will still fit my body be my personal style preference and still look lovely. Embrace looseness and wear it boldy. What’s the worst that can happen ? You may like it.

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Emerald Chronicles: Sunshine by the ton

I felt an icky hot mess this day. Like I wanted to do nothing but stare at the ceiling and eat cookies. My husband had a free day and I had previously told him I wanted to take some pics a few days earlier. But today? I wanted to take a rain check. But then it hit me— this was one of THOSE times where the true consistency I swear I wanted came for its first payment.

The reality of consistency is simple— it requires dedication without question and often costs the comfort of winging it and procrastination. So I pushed through my comfort and the blankets and got dressed.

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DRESS: THRIFTED (Similar)



I stepped outside to a gorgeously crisp day with little clouds and lots of warm bright rays of sunshine. That warmth melted my chilly mood and of course once hubby lifted that camera, it was a wrap. I posed and twirled my way to a couple of smiles and a better mood. My choice of consistency rewarded me in a way sporadic spurts of dedication could not give. Had I stayed in bed, I would have bah humbugged my way through the day and later scrambled for rushed pics with forced smiles that I never would use.

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DRESS: Thrifted (Similar) | SKIRT: Aloha Glamour



I got so happy, I decided to just try something. anything. So I had the audacity to put a skirt over my dress because I thought they had similar color schemes and by golly, it worked. I would have NEVER in a million years combined those two things because for some reason it didn’t cross my mind. Consistency’s reward was a new perspective for more. And can we talk about these bomb pics? The cherry on top!


I’m a work in progress that actually saw progress today. How can you do the same today? Let me know your consistency goals in the comments.

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Emerald Chronicles : It ain't perfect, but it's done

Today was a day for the books. Full of adjustments and obstacles, my stubborn perseverance shown through. After not taking pictures for almost half of this year (did you notice?) I wanted to dive back in head first. I planned to go a town or two over and take a few hours for pretty pics. But you what they say about making plans…..

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Dress: SHEIN | Jumpsuit: Rainbows (Similar)

My photographer (aka my husband ) and I got a late start and had an unexpected detour to help my dad. Afterwards we just didn’t feel up to traveling. So my perfect plan was a dud. But that stubborn perseverance said let’s make due. I told hubby, hop in the car and let’s drive.



We went to our small town’s “downtown” which consists of a few prime locations we didn’t realize was there. We were tired and it was hot, but guess what? Pretty pics would be had. And they were. Even through the heat. And the unexpected traffic caused by a 3 back to back trains rolling through. And my profuse sweating. The circumstances wasn’t perfect, but the pictures were done.

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Dress: SHEIN | Jumpsuit: Rainbows (Similar)

And that’s what mattered most—Knowing that waiting for perfect means you’re always waiting. Because Perfectionism is organized procrastination. Get it done and fix later. Or don’t.



What will you finally get done that you wanted perfect? Let me know in the comments?



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