Monday, July 22, 2013

The Maxi Life

So a few (more) updates are in order! I officially left my job at the end of last month, have had some lazy, care-free vacation time (I'll have residual income until about the end of August), updated my resume and C.V., and wrote a few excellent cover letters for a few new positions. I make dinner and walk (almost) every night, wear much less make up (I swear by Too Faced's The Secret To No Makeup Makeup), have my first (and long-desired) appointment with an acupuncturist tomorrow, and renewed my love for the downtown coffee shops, from where I write this. I joke with Bob that I could get used to this life, and he laughs uncomfortably (there is no way we could be a single income household), but for now I'm mostly stress-free, well-rested and able to ponder life in ways I haven't been able to do in a while. It reminds me of summers during grad school, which is a dangerous situation, really - suddenly filling me with a desire to binge watch Breaking Bad or other shows I've been missing out on... But I'm enjoying this while it lasts and planning for the future in, I think, responsible, realistic ways. I'm an adult, dammit! Who knew!

Desert Rain Maxi Dress - c/o Kiyonna / Sandals - Nine West (n/a) / Clutch - Eloquii (n/a)

For days such as these, I am eternally grateful for the concept of the maxi dress. Long, loose, breathable, forgiving, colorful maxi dresses. I've long eyed the Desert Rain Maxi Dress from Kiyonna, compelled by its generous, luxe fabric, sexy neckline and long sleeves (unheardof!), and they were happy to send it to me as a member of their Blogger Brigade (lapsed, though I may be). There's something about the dress that calls for dressier occasions than coffee shops, and it's definitely one that I can see myself wearing in cooler weather and even over the holidays, but I'm happy to have been able to test it out with a walk downtown and some quality time with a latte and quirky coffee house surroundings.

Necklace - Hive & Honey (via Piperlime) / Ring - Trina Turk for Banana Republic (n/a) / Earrings - The Limited /
Nails - OPI Espresso Your Style (via Ulta)

I had a realization with the dress, however, especially after looking through my pictures: I could see this as a wide-legged jumpsuit! Is that strange? Am I crazy? I'm intrigued by the concept of jumpsuits in general, and how they might work on a plus-sized body specifically, but there's something about the shape and details of this one that just might work (if converted). What do you say, Kiyonna? Wanna give it a shot? I promise to be your guinea pig, if you do!


  1. Erin Prais-HintzJuly 23, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    So glad to read you again! I love this color as it is so rich and deep. I love the neckline and the sleeves are a treat! You know how to rock clothes, Miss Jessica. You accessorize fearlessly and make the most of what you've got. I like that. Best wishes to you as you embark on this new chapter in your journey. Enjoy the day. Erin

  2. Yay, you are back. I have missed you! I love seeing your outfits. I have recently tried some Kiyonna clothes, thanks to you and I love them. In fact, I think my husband's comment was, "Hot damn!" I hope that you are able to keep blogging. Best of luck in finding your new job. I am glad you are in a happy place!!

  3. You would look gorgeous in the jumpsuit version of that dress!
    I would love to see what you wear these days to just hang around. I recently changed jobs and I'm now working from home, and since I've never been a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, but wearing a suit to my home office seems excessive, I'd love to see your pulled together casual looks!
    Also, any details on the upcoming wedding and return to school?!

  4. I stumbled on your site from a Pinterest post and I must tell you I love that dress!!!! It looks so comfortable and curvaceous doesn't even come close to its description...I want one!


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