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What I like to wear on my apple-shaped blob body

I recently got off my ass and made a YouTube video discussing my apple-shaped figure and shared outfits using items in my wardrobe that I find flattering for my shape:

1. A long white shirt
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I have a long torso, tree stumps for legs and enough hip width to carry quintuplets. This long Zara blouse hangs low in the front and back, but has high side slits which, in my opinion, create the illusion of longer legs when viewed from the side. I like this shirt a lot solely because it conceals my Grand Canyon hips and shows the smallest parts of my legs. My body already looks like a permanent fun house mirror reflection, so why not play up the illusions?

2. A jean jacket
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I immediately bought this jacket when I saw it on Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook back in like, I don’t know, 2014. I actually just visited her blog to find the picture that inspired me to buy it and LO AND BEHOLD SHE IS WEARING HERS AGAIN IN HER LATEST BLOG POST (April 30). The length of mine hits at the smallest part of my waist, and it pairs with most items in my wardrobe to create an effortless casual look.

3. Statement flats
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These were a recent purchase inspired by, yet again, Wendy. I have been consistently inspired by this woman’s style despite having a completely different frame than her. But she remains one of my favorites because she combines luxury items with affordable pieces, such as these flats. A lot of people may not think a pair of 80 Euro flats are affordable, but they’re quickly paying for themselves. I can wear jeans, a striped tee and these shoes and my outfit looks more interesting than if I had just thrown on simple solid black flats. The patent leather teeters on the edge of looking bondage-y, but I like that? It’s like hey, my feet are into some weird shit man. Plus they distract from my whale hips.

4. Tra tra trench coat
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This trench coat makes me feel like a straight up proper lady. I can belt this bad boy over stained pants and a BABYMETAL t-shirt to walk my dog in the morning and I look like I am on my way to an overpriced brunch date. I specifically wanted a trench with a full skirt to conceal my beer belly and, you know, the military tank I call hips. But I have to be mindful of how tight I tie the belt to avoid back fat spillage. I had to edit out a couple clips from the video because it looked like I was growing an ass on my back. Winter is over, time to start Fitness Blender again…

5. A black midi skirt
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SPECIFICALLY BLACK BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT MAKES IT TIMELESS. Hey! Do you want to wear something that makes it look like you’re about to spin around in a field of tulips? What if that clothing item was also appropriate for work, school, church, a first date, funeral, dancing, and basically just what the fuck ever you want to do? This skirt, man. THIS SKIRT. I bought this on clearance at Banana Republic and it makes me feel so free and pretty. I’ve worn it to my office job AND to the park on the same day, and it was appropriate for both occasions. It moves with the wind but doesn’t fly up and it’s a flattering and comfortable length. No awkward hem pulling required.

6. Black jeans
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Again, color specific, but I’ve learned that they pair with almost anything in my wardrobe, for any season, and for any style. This $17 pair I got at Forever 21 is in constant rotation for me, and satisfy my shifting style. They’re high-waisted, so they help create the illusion of longer, thinner legs. This is ideal for my apple-shaped body since very little about my shape is well-defined. Pair these with black booties and a shirt with a high-low hem and it looks like you have slender tree limb legs. TRUST.

Alright, there’s my bullshit for today. Peace.

My neighbors (most likely) think I am from the Middle East

Being an Arab shouldn’t be a problem, and I am not offended by this assumption in the slightest. However, Germans (I am speaking for Cologne) have been more outspoken about anything they deem “odd” in their community circles since the New Year’s assaults.

In my last post I was upset about a woman who aggressively questioned me while taking blog photos. She tried to tell me that this area was private (it’s not), that I wasn’t allowed to take photos here (I am) and that she was calling the police (wait what). Even before this incident, I had a slight suspicion that their questioning may be racism fueled. I didn’t want to jump to conclusions because I am not one to become offended by that. I make fun of my skin, hair, poop brown eyes and Mexicans all the time. However, I do have a problem with those who are unreasonably rude to me because of the color of my skin.

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I may regret typing this, and I may delete it later so I’ll remain vague, but I experienced racism the first time I visited Germany as well. I had to spend some time in a certain place as part of a college study abroad program, and I was treated very poorly. I was even refused at the door by a shoe shop in the neighborhood. This place I was supposed to spend a few weeks at wanted me gone after a week, and I remember calling my mom crying because I was miserable.

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While taking these photos today, an older man and a young girl were riding bikes together. I was putting my hand over my lens and standing to the side anytime people passed, and I heard him telling the young girl, “She has a camera.” I told them hello as they passed me, and I didn’t see him again until I was finished taking photos. He politely asked me if everything had turned out all right, and if I had taken any nice shots. I said yes and he asked to see one. While I was going through my camera for a non-derp photo, I joked about my German being embarrassing because I kept fumbling with my words. He responded, “My Arabic is too.”

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Cogs clicked into place in my head, but I remained calm and told him that I was from the U.S., Texas specifically. Even though he had been nice to me before, his attitude seemed to change from curiosity to relief and he left immediately.

I can’t help but think that the woman I encountered last week, and the people before her, are assuming that I am an Arab, the very people they are showing prejudice towards. I understand their concerns and worries, but since Germany managed to redeem itself from a grueling past, it would be a shame if they began to tarnish their reputation again with damaging assumptions. It’s worrisome enough how racially insensitive their Carnival celebrations are, but I’ll save that for another blog post.

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I still love this country and I am happy it is my home. I just hope to one day receive mutual respect from my neighbors. I have done nothing to betray trust, and I promise, as is evident here, that my photos are only of my dumb self.

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Jacket: American Eagle (similar)
Top: H&M (similar)
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Topshop
Earrings: H&M

Alright, this is a style blog after all. These shoes are the most dangerous clothing item I own, and also the most comfortable. I was feeling a bit “dressed up” in this outfit, so I toned it down with a jean jacket. If you’re looking for a fitted soft denim jacket, I highly recommend American Eagle’s selection. I’ve outgrown their clothing, but their denim is hard to beat.

Bare legs and mood earrings

This bridge is part of my running route and is always a loud, windy reminder that I live in Germany. I mean, it’s the freaking Autobahn. The roads speed nerds dream of driving on. And here I am, taking photos, my skirt occasionally flying up.

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Ah, no tights, a light jacket and sun. I actually missed this.

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I tried to make the skirt and shoes appear more casual with a simple striped tee and olive jacket. I knew patent leather shoes with a million buckles would be a style challenge, but dammit they’re so cool. These are actually my first Topshop purchase, and they’re surprisingly comfortable. I expected to suffer for the sake of having attractive feet.

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Jacket: H&M
Shirt: Hollister
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Topshop
Earrings: Primark

But the MVP of today are my mood earrings. According to these little plastic beauties, I am feeling lucky and loved today. Not far off.

Please don’t steal my camera

I take all my own photos with a tripod, timer and a remote. I really like this method because it allows me even more creative freedom, I’ve learned the basics of a DSLR and I get to decide when and where I shoot. I typically take photos in the evening after work, and wait until the sun has set and there is a dull glow. It’s great lighting, and I am only sweating half as much. I may make a post on how I take my own photos soon.

That being said, I am much more vulnerable to theft and curious people passing by. A questionable crowd wanders around my area, and a girl in a skirt and blouse standing 10 feet away from something that could buy them food for a month looks like it would have a winning outcome in their favor. I love working on my blog, but it has become increasingly difficult to do. I need this creative outlet for my own personal sake, but I also care about my safety.

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Top: Zara
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: H&M
Ring: Forever 21

Today I stayed safe near my house and used my old lens since my nicer one requires a great length of distance for shooting. I don’t want this to become a regular thing though. For someone who rides public transit, I can be a pretty strong person emotionally, and, if need be, physically. I am not afraid to fight for myself, but I feel so much more exposed and susceptible to harm when parading around in a prohibitive outfit.

This is a serious concern of mine, and who better to talk about it with than other bloggers, and readers. Any advice? How would you handle this situation?

To be a student

I am currently taking a math class. Do you feel my pain?

If you are good at math, and maybe actually enjoy it, I envy you. Math takes a while for me to comprehend, and almost kept me from graduating high school. I’m taking this class online, and there’s only a week left and I think I am doing alright so far….besides doing the wrong assignments for the first two weeks and living with the dread of my upcoming final exam. I am awful at exams.

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Top: Forever 21 (It’s actually a dress, similar here)
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Watch: c/o JORD
Backpack: Target

After math, I am hopefully taking a German class this fall. Working full-time and doing homework is not ideal, but I know this crap will pay off.

But god, math. Make it stop.

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Breaking the rules

I had the privilege of being photographed by Sofia Touassa, an extremely talented and cheery fashion designer who is the brainchild of the brand FPCO Limited. We met on a sunny afternoon at a local park, and explored a Japanese garden that had a dry waterfall. Despite the signs warning us not to enter, I clambered down the rocks and tried my best not to have a serious accident that would make it to the front page of the Houston Chronicle.

Okay, it really wasn’t that difficult, but Sofia snapped photos as I spun and moved around, her instructions and positioning being very new for me, since I shoot my own photos with a tripod, timer and remote. My routine for taking photos is rather methodical, so I am intrigued by the vision of another photographer.

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Top: H&M
Skirt: Banana Republic (faux-leather version)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: H&M
Necklace: Forever 21

A warm day, a breezy outfit. I am living in t-shirts and skirts this summer, and appreciate the versatility of this accordion skirt. Anything that can take me from the office to drinks with friends and not make me feel like a literal hot mess is a definite win.

Thank you to Sofia for inviting me out in this Houston heat and making me feel like a totally cool blogger.

Be sure to follow her on Instagram at @DYDesigner and Twitter at @DYDesigner!

Wood veins

Yesterday I was featured on Style by Patty’s blog for a guest post I wrote for her “What Style Means To Me” Latina bloggers week. I enjoyed reflecting on my style journey and my insecurities as a Latina woman for the post, and took accompanying outfit photos. Click here if you’re interested.

Look at me wearing heels. This isn’t right.

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Top: Target
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Zara
Necklace: Forever 21
Earrings: American Eagle
Ring: H&M

It is so hot. My waist was super sweaty after taking these photos, but this skirt makes it so worth it. The pattern reminds me of a winter forest, and will transition well into the fall. I look forward to styling it with over-the-knee socks, boots and a sweater. But for now you get my sweaty ass in heels and a black top I haven’t stopped wearing for the past year.

Tschüß.