Fashionably late.


I actually was “fashionably late” due to missing the train. I’d say that my style reflects New York City, but… well… suffice it to say that no one asks me for fashion tips.

Pardon, I’m rambling.

Anyway, I attended my first ever, bona fide fashion show with 3 women. (Meetup is the best.) But before you see the photos, I’ll briefly open a window (just a bit) into a small part of my life.

Before moving here, I was small. Throughout my life I was either teased for being too skinny, or told “I wish my body was like yours” (or some variation thereof). I could eat almost anything I wanted, in any amount, when I wanted. Freshman 15? Never happened to me. I was never overweight. In spite of this, I didn’t like myself.

Fast forward to now, and I’ve gained weight since moving here – never been overweight in my life until now. You never miss what you had until it’s gone and in my case, I wish that I appreciated my health & body more. I’m not used to it and it affects me a lot, negatively. (NOTE: This is not about looking down on overweight or obese people, so don’t pen any hate mail.) Being unable to fit most of my old clothing, yet not knowing where to find affordable & fitting clothing, made me look & feel slovenly (along with any other negative feelings). This was especially so in 2011.

Toward the end of 2011, I re-evaluated many things in my life and decided that working just to pay bills wasn’t worth it – mentally, financially, physically or emotionally. I resolved to make myself more of a priority in 2012 and beyond, and I’ve done alright so far. However, figuring out clothing sizes & cuts & colours & etc. was/is still a bit of a challenge. I also sustained an injury that has made it hard for me to work out & lose weight. (Getting older isn’t much help with weight loss either.) I found out about a stylist’s Meetup workshop and got a free ticket. Her tips gave me some ideas about where to start, as fashion has never really been my forté.

Little by little, the tips are helping, along with attending the show. Not only did I see women of different shapes & sizes (dressed better than me, no exaggeration), races & ethnicities, I also got a look into some of the latest trends. I know that I’ll never be a true fashionista (mostly because I generally hate shopping), and I may never dress like a true European (of any race or ethnicity), but I’m developing my style and now have an idea of what’s classic, current & fitting for me. I’m trying to work with what I have, no matter my size.

Alright… enough about me. I and the 3 women had a nice time; we wandered around for a few hours & each got something to bring home for ourselves. One even scored a great DKNY denim jacket for a decent price. Check out a small sample of the show’s offerings.



Free (and purchased) goodies.

Free (and purchased) goodies.

The following photos are from the ALICE by Temperley catwalk show. ALICE by Temperley is a collection under the Temperley London line.

Caroline Flack, host for ALICE by Temperley catwalk show.

Caroline Flack, host for ALICE by Temperley catwalk show.

And here’s one of my small purchases from Kat & Bee.

If you’re a fellow expatriate, have you experienced body changes? How did they affect you (if at all)? How did you adjust to the changes? Are you pleased with the changes, or are you learning to work with what you have?



  1. Nicky · September 29, 2012

    So excited that you’ve described yourself as fashionably late. That’s more that my old friend would have given me! 😀 And that ring … AWESOME!!!!


    • Spinster · September 29, 2012

      Thank you. *heart*


  2. jeannie · September 30, 2012

    Loved how personal and relatable this post is. I completely understand your experience growing up and feelings of self image as an adult in 2012. Love the ring too – great purchase! I believe that we need and should treat ourselves to something that makes us feel good about ourselves. 😉


    • Spinster · September 30, 2012

      Agreed. 🙂 Thank you kindly.


  3. mamalazarus · September 30, 2012

    I didn’t experience any super major body issues, but my personal style did change a lot–I’m much more stylish and bold with my fashion choices now than I ever have been. Loved this post…one thing that expat life does is change the way you look at body image and clothes, which doesn’t get mentioned much.


    • Spinster · September 30, 2012

      Your last sentence, you hit the nail on the head. It sure does. Thanks for reading/listening.


  4. philosophermouseofthehedge · October 4, 2012

    Really enjoyed this post. I noticed when I traveled, there is a difference in dressing and fashion attitudes ( if that makes sense). What is nice is finally finding your “style” and are comfortable with it – small adaptations for trends, but still your own thing.
    Sounds like you had a fun time ( looks like very cool day!) and the ring is a find for sure.


    • Spinster · October 4, 2012

      Yes, it was a good day. 🙂 Thanks for listening.


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