Sometime in my early 20s, I started learning the hard way what looks I could and could not pull off.
For example big prints, baby doll shirts, and skirts longer than knee length are a step away from hideous on my petite yet hippy/booby body.
Sure, I've got insecurities and would prefer to be built like Adriana Lima, but I don't hate my body. It's functional enough, allows me to run semi decently, and gets the job done.
And barring going all "Heidi Montag" on y'all, there's not a lot I can do about the way I'm built anyways. In the words of Cait, "Suzy Favor Hamilton never let her boobs get in the way of her running" and I'm not going to either.
As I've grown older, I know pretty much what is going to work for me. Wrap dresses, pencil skirts and straight leg jeans? Yeah dude. I got that down. Anything that doesn't make me look fat, short, or like a child is cool. Nike Tempos? Yeah those too. They make anyone look sexxy.
Flares? Anthony thinks flared pants are cute, and they've been on trend for fall (I work in fashion retail, I'm not just massively shallow, I swear), so when I was at Target last night, I decided to try on huge belled flares. They felt really great on so I was excited to see how they looked...
Why hello short 'n stocky!
Yeeahhh...I'm crossing the giant flares off the list. Yeah yeah...I know it could be worse (I am not trying to promote eating disorders here, they just ain't doin' it for me), but I am most certainly not buying these bad boys. Glad I didn't live in the 70s. Although disco might have been fun....and jogging headbands....
What styles can you rock? What doesn't work with your body type?
Alright, after all that fashion talk, it's time for a delicious recipe!
This recipe is from "I Like You, Hospitality Under the Influence" by Amy Sedaris.
The book is hilarious, and she is awesome.
This is a very simple and tasty recipe. One of my go-to recipes!
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking power
3 cups grated carrots (this takes forever to grate...like 30 minutes!)
1 teaspoon salt
1 and a half cups oil
Mix oil and eggs, add carrots. Mix dry ingredients and add to carrot mixture. Pour into cake pan or cupcake tin (makes about 20 cupcakes!). Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes if cupcakes, 30-35 if a cake!
Cream Cheese Frosting! (makes twice as much as you need...so half if you don't want much frosting)
8 oz. package cream cheese
1 stick of unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 box confectioners sugar
nuts for topping (if desired!)
If you're curious what I ran this weekend:
Saturday: 9 miles easy, 3 at half marathon goal pace (7:15).
Sunday: 30 mile bike ride. Crashed again but this time into another dude on the ride. It was like a 2 mph though, thank god. I have a giant tire mark on my ribs. That's cool though, battle scars!