Saturday, March 24, 2012

Vertically Challenged

Short shrift: Does high fashion look down on petite women?

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At 5 feet 3, the author's height limits her fashion choices. Here, she shows how shoes and tights of the same color add up to a continual lenthening line. Left, long earrings create the illusion of height. Illustrates FASHION-PETITE (category l), by Katie Knorovsky, special to The Washington Post. Moved Friday, March 9, 2012. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photos by Marge Ely)
Half-pint. Vertically challenged. Shorty. Ever the runt of the room, I’ve heard all the nicknames. At 5 feet 3, my height has never alienated me from society in any meaningful way (yes, I can ride all the roller coasters, no matter what the boys in junior high said). But with fashion, I’ve drawn the short straw.
“Choice is very limited in petite sizes,” agrees Kelly Tucker, the 4-foot-11 style siren/blogger behind Alterations Needed. “There aren’t many brands and designers producing petites. And even fewer are fashion-forward or sell lines with quality tailoring.” For those of us tormented by (not-so) petite shopping demons, a casual stroll through a mall can be enough to stir the ghosts of fashion failures past.
Flipping through a rack of skinny jeans, suddenly I’m in fifth grade, my well-meaning dad coaching me on pants fit — “Baggier is better!” “Leave a few inches to grow!” — while standing by in his “relaxed fit” faded Lees. That episode resulted in a mess of oversize denim that, in comparison, made the era’s grungesters look sleek. It also ushered me into my tween years wearing stirrup jeans leggings.
Even the ghosts of other petites’ fashion foibles haunt me. I pause at a display of floor-length frocks or a rack of flowing maxi dresses, and I’m wormholed back to a Chicago dressing room, my similarly proportion-shrunk mom desperately searching the paltry petite options for a gown to wear to my wedding. (Finally her criteria became less picky: any dress within reach of a tailor’s magic.)
Mom isn’t alone in her woes, says Washington stylist Kaarin Moore. “Petite sizing isn’t just about getting a size small. Just because something is smaller doesn’t mean the cut will be correct.”
My fashion flashbacks still hold a grip on my wardrobe. Ever since my nightmare with Dad, my dalliances with denim have been fraught with poor decisions. I flirted with flares, cutting my losses far too late (alas, you just can’t hem a bell-bottom). Skinnies fare better, but the slim-cut styles always seem extra-long, as if they were simply yanked like a rubber band on the assembly line.
I try not to seem bitter, but it’s hard when I hear about the trousers-shopping plight of Gisele-like gazelles with legs that start higher than my shoulders.
(Maybe Gisele and I both struggle with hems, but at the end of the day, she’s a model raking in millions. I’m just a girl without proper pants, trying to learn to sew to save money on tailoring.)
I’ve picked up a few tricks, both obvious (heels, heels, more heels) and a bit more clever (nude pumps with bare legs). V-necks are short gals’ best friend; cropped pants are our foes. Shoes and tights of the same color add up to a continual lenthening line. Dresses that hit at or just above the knee seem to best flatter my frame. Long earrings create the illusion of height.
On her Alterations Needed blog, Tucker has her own suggestions: Push up the too-long sleeves of a blazer, get to know your tailor, and keep statement jewelry smallish in size.
But one of the tallest hurdles facing petite women is, simply, being taken seriously. “Because short height is often related to being young, I love petite women in ‘power clothing,’ ” Tucker says.
“People are surprised by the strong attitude given off by a short woman in sharp clothing. It’s not what they expect.”

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Break Road Trip

So We had Spring Break March 12-16.  So my parents and I took a road trip. We drove to Kirksville to see Erin, Karl, Bianca and Henry. Not only do I not have to go to class, but i got almost the entire week off of work. So Nice.

The car ride was nice. I slept most of the way. Sitting in the car really takes it out of you ha ha. I also listened to music, watched a couple of movies, and finished my book for my Children's Lit. Class.
An additional bonus of the trip was spending Monday with Uncle Ted. He was nice enough to drive down from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

We had a great time laughing and chatting, and admiring Brandon Flowers new CD. I got a tour of Kirksville and AT Still University where Karl goes to school. The school has these incredibly awesome dummies that simulate health problems such as heart failure, lung problems. Some of the dummies can even deliver babies! Crazy!

                                                 Here are my cute munchkins. Bianca and Henry
                                                  outside of their house. We're going on a walk

During our stay we got a tour of Kirksville. There's this amazing abandoned old red brick school house.

 This is a view of the side entrance. (Nobody accused me of being a talented photographer ha ha.  I thought this was pretty good considering I took from inside the car. 
 There are lots of cute neighborhoods and houses around Kirksville I told my sister that Kirksville is kind of perfect for her and her family right now. It reminds me of a mix between Logan and Bicknell.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


So I was wandering around the DVDs in Target and came across the gem that only cost $5.00. Yes I am a dork and I am nerdy beyond belief because I am so excited to watch these. And I don't care who knows it.The only downside to this documentary collection is that that there is no picture of or mention of Leonardo Dicaprio of any kind. Bummer. 

Well, in all seriousness, What lesson can we learn from the tragedy of the Titanic? 

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 
'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” Just think about
how their night turned out.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Great Sunday

This is a recipe for a perfect Sunday...

~Enchildadas for Lunch
~Playing Hide and Seek
~A Game of Pacman (also called make it from the stairs to the door without being tackled)
~Baking Cookies
~Walking Down the Street with the Girls To See the Horses Next Door
~Listening to Taylor Swift With Olivia
~Double Shot Competition with Jake (I won obviously)
~Snowball Fight in the Back Yard

and on a side note The Nets and the Nuggets both won their games!