Instagram Roundup #85

by Jamie Sanford on April 16, 2014

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I think the “toys” at Michael’s are actually for models, but they are fun nonetheless.

How great that William plays along with my silly selfies?

This made me feel super old. 20 years ago?!?

Last week was Sibling Day! My two are the best.

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Sauber posted this amazing infographic on the steering wheel on the 2014 car! This is incredible.

Here’s a video explaining:

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Plus-Size Perplexity #1: Pants

by Jamie Sanford on April 10, 2014

As the owner of a plus-size body, there are limitations to where I can shop. As if this were not frustrating enough, I have run across issues within the stores apparently catering to this under-served category of shoppers, and I am hoping to examine them here. It would be great to have a discussion about my issues with those making the clothes, but I’ll be happy to start a comment discussion for now.

Pants.

I have an office job. I have to be in something deemed “business casual” 4 days a week. This means no jeans, no t-shirts, none of that until Friday. Until recently, I wore pants about 99% of the time to work. In the past year or so I have drifted to wearing dresses a lot more, which has been a nice change. However, I wear black leggings under my dresses, and we’re getting to the point in the year where it will be warmer, and so leggings won’t be the first item I reach for. I take stock in what’s in the closet and decide that I need to buy some new pants.

The example I will use below is at Torrid, where I shop quite a bit. However, the problems I see here are systemic within the plus-size shopping arena.

Here is the result under the category Bottoms, subcategory Pants.

What the hell? Why isn’t there a single pair of pants in a boot-cut that are not black? If I like to wear pants and I like to shop at Torrid, and I don’t want a pair of skinny-cut pants, I am just out of luck. Am I supposed to shrink into the corner and wear my black boot-cut pants and be grateful for them? That’s crap. The ikat print “soft pants” are cute, but they look like pajamas. I can’t wear those to work – but I would definitely be interested in a more structured pant in the same print. There are a few colors of sateen skinny pants, and while the shininess is suspect, I would definitely try those on in a non-skinny version.

I had a dark moment where I tried on skinny pants, and they are not for me. Also, I do not subscribe to the idea that leggings count as pants. They don’t. You might get a pass for wearing them with a long top, but it needs to be long, like to your knees.

Is the problem that I am not empowered enough? I certainly have an IDGAF attitude about many things, but I’m still not going to wear something I don’t feel comfortable in, so I won’t be deciding that leggings and a crop top are for me. I am not hating at all on people who pull it off (I mean come on, Gabi looks ridiculously good), but I am not there. And I KNOW I am not alone.

I have been searching anywhere and everywhere to look at the results for plus-size pants, and this is where we are. This Torrid selection is a pretty accurate representation of how things are going. Lane Bryant seems to offer up more wide-leg pants (one pair even in a white pinstripe OOOOH), but still, not a big collection of pants in other cuts and pattern choices.

SimplyBe is moderately better? They have bootcut work-appropriate pants in grey, black and navy, which is super generous. What hurts more is that the bone they throw out with them are SALMON JEGGINGS.

Look at that waistline and tell me it doesn’t scream “sexy.”

Old Navy, who I generally avoid after they decided they didn’t want plus-size women in the store anymore, offers some basic boot-cut khakis, in—you guessed it—black, navy, and khaki. They also have some color and print in something called “ankle pants” which I suspect are skinny pants just made shorter, and also would probably not be work-appropriate. Why not take the same printed fabric and make the boot-cut pants out of it? I do not understand how this all works.

ASOS, who I love and have been shopping a LOT, also has trouble in this area. Leggings and skinny pants, and more of these flowy fabrics that are just not what I’m looking for. I also found this daisy printed pair, which is eliminated only because I had a very similar print in a dress from Wet Seal, 100 years ago.

Speaking of Wet Seal, they’ve added plus sizes and hilariously, 20 years later, they will still sell me daisy print, this time in leggings.

I would maybe rock these under a black dress. Maybe.

So, that’s it for me, for now. I’m guessing the plus-size lovers of leggings and skinny pants are thrilled at the current state of things, but I am totally not. I really wish I had the ability to make my own clothing, because I would be breaking out some fun pants in a cut that works for me, and wearing them with one of my 348 black tops.

(It’s not really 348, but it is really hard to find things in my closet because of all of the black tops. It’s a problem I’ve created for myself.)

I have not talked much about this dilemma before, but since I keep my Brand Experience posts to Thursdays, it seemed appropriate to be included here. I am interested to learn more about plus-size brands, who designs for them, and what influences the decisions on what gets made.

I am really interested in hearing from anyone reading on their thoughts or experiences.

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Instagram Roundup #84

by Jamie Sanford on April 9, 2014

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Walgreens selfie.

I bought this giraffe necklace not too long after I had the best time feeding Randall the giraffe at the Lowry Park Zoo.

It was  a week of bold lip color. This day was RiRi Boy by MAC, with jewelry by my friend Kelly Kreth.

Here’s my Mom looking amazing for Throwback Thursday. Everyone on Facebook seemed sad that she doesn’t still have this dress.

If you’re almost out of duct tape, why would you buy the regular kind when you could get this one instead?

We went to Medieval Times, this time with Sara and James. It was fun as usual. Our knight lost!

An amazing trip to the Brazilian/Portuguese grocery store resulted in delicious bread, pão de queijo in the freezer for future snacks, and William making me pastel at home! This Garoto Classic Ovo is what Will used to get for Easter as a kid in Brazil.

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Formula One -Derland: Bahrain 2014

by Jamie Sanford on April 8, 2014

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Holy crap, this was probably the best Formula One race I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely in the top 3 races I’ve watched in my short few years as an F1 fan. It was NUTS.

Nico Rosberg managed pole position over Lewis Hamilton. Daniel Ricciardo came third, but had a 10-place grid spot penalty so would start 13th.

Race day arrived, and Jenson Button was celebrating his 250th race! He’s the most experienced driver currently racing. I couldn’t help but think of how it was probably a bit sad for Jenson given the sudden passing of his father back in January.

Luca di Montezemolo of Ferrari made this face after a meeting with Bernie Ecclestone. He would later be making much sadder faces during the race, while watching Ferrari cars get outperformed in a big way.

The race was dramatic from the start, with Lewis Hamilton quickly managing to get in front of his teammate, Nico Rosberg. Lewis would lead almost the entire race. Meanwhile, contact somewhere in the back with Jean-Eric Vergne and Pastor Maldonado.

(source) A look at the amazing track, lit up during this night race, seems appropriate here.

The race was clipping along with quite a few battles going on between cars, and then they cut to show us Esteban Gutiérrez‘s car, showing that the camera mounted on the top was missing. Then the replays started as the safety car came out.

(source) I have not seen something this scary since I started watching Formula One. The car came down on its head twice, and it was SCARY. Luckily, Gutierrez managed to get out of the car on his own. It was Pastor Maldonado who hit him, after hitting Vergne earlier in the race. Maldonado received a 10-second stop/go penalty during the race, then afterwards, received a 5-spot grid penalty for the next race and 3 points on his superlicense. Mostly everyone I follow on Twitter who watches/is involved with F1 thinks that this is absolute BS. Romain Grosjean was suspended from a race for causing a collision, and all Maldonado gets is some penalties?

Not to mention that Maldonado shouldn’t even have a car anyway. He is a MENACE on the track, and the story I’ve constantly heard is that the sponsors that he has in the form of Venezuelan tourism is the main reason he continues to have teams that want to add him to their F1 driver lineup. However, at some point, he’s going to run out of teams that are this desperate for cash.

(source) There were not many laps to go after the safety car, and the rest of the race was just absolutely mental. Possibly made more fun by the fact that throughout the race, we had seen teammates fighting it out like mad, and it continued right until the end. I was Skyping with my dad and brother during this last bit, and we were all yelling at the TV together. It was great.

(source) While we know they are not BFFs, Nico and Lewis did have a cute moment of wrestling with happiness after getting out of the cars. It looked like they had a great time fighting one another.

While the Mercedes cars were dominating the race, Sergio Perez of Sahara Force India managed the third spot on the podium. He isn’t my favorite, but good for him. Unfortunately, my boy Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio’s teammate, was on the harder compound tire and just couldn’t get the pace at the end. However, he did score good points, and Hulkenberg is third in the driver’s championship points, which is amazing.

I highly doubt that we will get another race like this anytime soon, but I’ll keep my hopes up. China in less than 2 weeks!

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