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Posted on Aug 3, 2012 in Fashion | 24 comments

Fashion Friday: Amazonian

I’ve mentioned before that I’m finally starting to take control of my height. I stand at a not-outrageous-but-certainly-in-no-way-petite 5’9″. That’s 69 inches, or 175 centimeters. I am not short. And as being a, well not-short person, I’ve always found myself battling between my love of footwear and my desire to not seem like an Amazon. My mom and my sister both clock in at under 5’2″ (as does my future sister-in-law, Taylor) and my ex-boyfriend hated when I wore heels (he is 5’10” and evidently insecure about it). So for most of my life, I stuck to flip flops, flats, and the dreaded (and totally unflattering) kitten heel.


Well, not anymore! I refuse to relegate myself to cute but unremarkable footwear any longer! Yes, it does help that Sean stands at a perfect 6’1″ so I don’t have to worry about Nicole Kidmanning his Tom Cruise, but it’s more than that. I think it boils down to a confidence thing, too. Being tall means you stand out, right? Literally above the rest. And for a really, really long time, I didn’t want to stand out. Because standing out meant being The Fat Girl. I wanted to blend right in. Well, screw that. I don’t want to blend in any longer. I just want to be me.

And I am both 5’9″ AND I also love shoes of all heights. I am an equal-opportunity shoe lover. So there.


Sweater: Target
Pants: New York & Company
Harry Potter Book Page Necklace: Pretty Little Charms on Etsy
Zella Wedges: Sole Society

Whenever I wear more of a statement shoe, I try to keep everything else pretty color neutral. I also wanted to prove that yes, I do wear pants, not just dresses! Truth be told, though, I will always prefer dresses over pants + top. Coordinating tops and bottoms is a lot of work, haha.

Feeding my current shoe obsession is Shoe Society, a website where they have totally adorable shoes that are constantly rotating. They release a new style every day, and only appears to keep a style until it sells out. They are SUPER reasonably priced (I think the most expensive pair I’ve seen is a pair of boots at $69.95) and so far the quality seems good. Free shipping both ways, too. I’m not a spokesperson for them or anything (although I think that quite a few real fashion bloggers are), I just really like the concept. And the colors. And the price point. Also, if you sign up through my link and end up buying a pair, I get more monies to spend on shoes!

Good things I have all this high-heeled confidence now, eh? 😉

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Posted on May 30, 2011 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 36 comments

Memorial Weigh-In

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! This is going to be super quick because I’ve got places to go and people to see (ha!). No, seriously though, it’s a holiday, I am NOT at work right now, and I am going to enjoy it! Not before I report on this past week’s weigh-in findings though. Prepare yourselves.

Drumroll please…

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 195.5 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 193.2 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -2.3 lbs
Total Loss-to-Date: 52.8 lbs.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!! Omgomgomgomg, I’m sooooo happy! I seriously think this is my first real two-pound loss in, ummmm, forever. Finally some real progress! Guess returning to all that strict calorie counting is working, eh? Holy crap, I’m officially in the low 190s. Which means, I’m super close to being in the 180s! Which I don’t think I’ve been in since high school. Yay! A good way to start the day. 🙂

And okay. In celebration of this weigh-in, since I am estatic to finally be making some real progress after what feels like months and months of going nowhere, I am going to do something moderately humiliating. The following are pictures of me on vacation with my family in St. Maarten in December 2009.

Gretchen Swimsuit St Maarten BEFORE tankini.jpg
St. Maarten Bikini BEFORE - ew.jpg

Aside from the fact that my sister is just so, so cool, yes. That is me in a swimsuit. In my bikini. “Befores.” Blech. And the following is me at the pool this past Saturday:


Okay, I can’t say too much here because I have to hit the “Publish” button before I wuss out on posting these pics, but there you have it. Me in all my 50-lbs lost, barely clothed glory. Hahaha… ha? I like to think that this is a pretty good showcase of the progress I’ve made, and not just in actual pounds lost. At this time last year I would have been squatting in my chaise under my coverup, trying not to draw attention to myself (do you have any idea how long I had to search just to find some pics of me in old swimsuits? Let alone that bikini shot. And you can see why, haha!) But this year, I’m borrowing a little of Samantha‘s bikini confidence and just going for it. I’ve worked hard for my body so far! It deserves to get some sun, too. Hehe.

So that’s all folks. An encouraging weigh-in, some embarrassing progress pics, and me saying Happy Memorial Day, and enjoy your holiday!

Have you had a moment when you realized how much your weight loss or healthy journey has changed you? And not just physically, but changed or bettered the person you are inside? For me, I think that moment was Saturday, at the pool. When I realized that it was okay for me not to hate my body. To have confidence that I don’t think I’ve felt in a very long time. 🙂

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