Monday, December 21, 2015

December 19

The weekend! I didn't really care how I was dressing, but I did wear my hair in a high T1 ponytail, and I loved it. I loved whipping it around. 

I suspect the blue of this top is T4, but who would wear a Fraggles tshirt but a T1?

December 18

Not really sure that this is particularly T1 or T4, but I do like this top a lot.

December 17

I have never received so many compliments as I did on this day. I received compliments like crazy on this scarf, which I've worn a ton of times.

I really wished I had a bright red lipstick, because this outfit sure did call for it.

Maybe I'm T4 after all!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December 16, trying on T3

I've mentioned that I expressed my potential T4 on the T1 facebook group, and was asked if I could try on T3. I shared this photo:
and folks said they would love to see my face in these clothes. So, today's outfit recreates this outfit, with khaki colored pants and a chunky necklace.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 15, Trying on T4

This dress has appeared many times on this blog. It is one of my favorite outfits, and seems extremely Type 4 with a 1 secondary. It has the black, white, red, and is a structured and fitted line, however, the pattern is extremely random.

Today I styled my hair like I've seen the Type 4 experts wear, a style I frequented when I was growing my hair out.

Type 4 overthinks, so I've been going back and forth with "Am I truly T4? I don't want to be wrong, again." So I asked a colleague. After briefly explaining Dressing Your Truth, I asked her, "Do you see me as a Marilyn? Or an an Audrey." She quickly respond, "Oh you're an Audrey for sure!"

I feel that I LOOK like the T4 expert, Kalista. She also expresses 4/1 energy.
This is Kalista. She has darker hair than I do, but I saw similar features between us.
When explaining the differences between Type 1 and Type 4 to my colleague, I remarked that I don't like bows and ribbons and "floof." She said it's because I haven't tried them to which I quickly responded, "I would just feel silly." I think this confirms it.

Oh, and my Timehop app had the following comment yesterday, from three or four years ago, "I cannot believe a big company like Facebook would use 'their' rather than the grammatically correct his or her."

Yeah, so T4.

But then I come back to this...

Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14, Dressing Your Truth Continued

I have been struggling with the idea of being a Type 1 type of beauty, the animated woman. While some of it seemed right, it did not all seem right to me. As a member of the Type 1 Facebook group, I asked how the women there KNEW for sure, saying:
I'm having a crisis of confidence in being T1. I know t1 is most likely to think they're all the types, so can you enlighten me on how knew for sure? I know you can't advise what I am, and I definitely am a goofball, but not seeing any of it in my face. Starting to wonder if I'm 4/1 rather than 1/4 (whose 4 has been bossing around the T1 part) or maybe something completely different. Any advice appreciated.

I received a bunch of advice that seemed to point toward the T4 type of beauty, the Bold, Striking Woman. As I've said, I would not use those words to describe me. But then....

I am extremely critical and analytical. I've been told I am intimidating and my husband often tells me I too frequently think in black and white.

When I considered purchasing the DYT course, I said to myself, "This will be my obsession for the next few weeks." Lo and behold, this is explicitly referenced in the information about T4.

Then I read that T4 tends not to mince words. They are to the point and concisely state their points. I took an exam on Saturday, and was VERY concerned because I finished with 30 minutes to spare while my colleagues said they were working until the very last possible second. Perhaps, as Carol Tuttle says, "It's just my nature."

So, I went back to the drawing board, quite literally. I drew on my face. One of the videos I saw mentioned that the eyebrow to nose line is a rectangle. 

I reconsidered my face shape (elongated rectangle) and the little divot at the center of my hair line... it's not a widow's peak, but maybe it is. It's certainly not evidence that my face is heart shaped, as I originally considered.

It's not obvious in the photo above, but my cheekbones parallel my jawline... such that I can feel it when I trace them together with my finger.

I reconsidered my behavior... I am absolutely comfortable being the center of attention. But there is a huge but here.... I discovered it when I received advice in the aforementioned Facebook group to find a candid photo. I couldn't really find one, and here's why: I'm ALWAYS aware of the camera. ALWAYS. So if I'm goofing off for the camera, it's because that's what I want to communicate.

I was not aware of the tongue sticking out....
So I tried dressing what I think T4 is today. I noted that I love the colors. I purchased this sweater in beautiful cobalt and was a little heartbroken to realize the color is NOT T1 and I'd have to return it.

So, how do I look in blacks? I love this polka dot top, so maybe it works. I've noted that I'm not full face smiling today, but more of a straight line smile as in the photo. I'm not sure that's very ME either! But I sure do need a great red lipstick!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 10

After sharing yesterday's outfit on the Dressing Your Truth Type 1 board, I expressed frustration that maybe I'm not type 1 since few items in my closet are Type 1. Someone commented on this "winter white" sweater, so I chose that for today.

I also picked up this necklace on Black Friday. It's not something I'd usually have picked AT ALL, but I chose it for the circles. It jingles when I walk, something I've avoided for some time, but definitely a Type 1 feature in jewelry.

It's funny how tan these pants look in this lighting... almost nude even! But they're supposed to be a pinkish color.

December 9

Trying a different style of yesterday's top, both of which came in my Black Friday shopping, as did this super necklace.

I'm told the necklace is Type 1, the top is Type 2 because of the muted colors. I like the top better than I did in navy, but I still think it's not right for me.

December 8

I mentioned I joined Dressing Your Truth as a Type 1. This was probably the first time I tried to take the principles, but it just seemed off. The shape is correct, the randomness is correct, but I don't think the dark navy works well, and the burgundy pants are definitely not a Type 1, though they have become a staple in my wardrobe as I've tried to move beyond my "uniform" of black and khaki pants for work.

Beginning to wonder if my choice of Type 1 was incorrect.

December 5, part 2

Holiday party!

December 5, part 1

I had class on Saturday morning, so I tried to jazz up a little bit. But "jazzing up a little bit" still needs to be comfortable when in class from 9:30-3 on a Saturday.

December 2

Not really an outfit post, this is my Day 1 photo for Dressing Your Truth. I joined as a Type 1!

Thanksgiving! 11/26

Here's me trying to be stylish for Thanksgiving. This is a navy top with little coral colored polka dots and a ruffly neck.

Wow, my hair just keeps on growing.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dressing Your Truth

A few years ago,  I stumbled across Carol Tuttle's Dressing Your Truth course (DYT). I explored and signed up for emails, but never went any further. I was pretty sure I was a "Type 3," and took to heart her advice to wear earrings with a lot of movement.

I recently came across the course again when an online "friend" posted about it having changed her life. So I explored and signed up again.

I am really, truly, completely unsure which type I am.

Here's one of the  DYT ladies trying on all Four Types:

There's Type 1, which seems to be a fun and light person. Bubbly. JOY. Cute.

I've always been described as cute. I would never in a million years call myself beautiful or hot, and that's not me being my self-depricating self. It's just not who I am. Type 1 seems to fit.

But then I second guess. I don't really have a round face (Carol suggests that face attributes and body language are more accurate predictors of type than behavior). I sometimes walk with a bounce in my step, but only sometimes. I definitely don't think people take me seriously. I definitely don't giggle when I talk.

It's also characteristic of Type 1 to think all the types are fitting.

There's Type 2, which I'm pretty sure I'm not. I picture this as a quiet woman, who's often called a wallflower, even though she really isn't. Romantic. Sweet.

But then I second guess. I want to ask a bunch of questions, which is characteristic of Type 2. I apologize a LOT and I often start with "I have a question." Type 2 is most likely to ask others which type she is, and I've stopped myself from doing that about 100 times.

There's Type 3, which might be me. They're dynamic and forceful and BOSSY. They want to get to the point and don't really care for details.

Yup, that could be me. But I'm not as angular as they seem to be. I sometimes sit at angles. My face has the Type 3 smile lines.

I really struggle with this because I think it might be a learned behavior rather than who I really am. I don't know if I've always been pushy or if I've become pushy. This is really my struggle with committing to Type 3.

Type 4 looks great in black. Not me. They see things in black and white, which is a criticism my husband often makes of me. Their faces have a lot of parallel lines. Totally me.

So there's the face. I took some photos to try to figure it out better. Not the most flattering ever!

From what I can tell, my face points most toward Type 4, which seems least like me in personality.

I'm pretty sure I'm a Type 1. I'm silly and often told (or at least I was until a few years ago) that I look way younger than I am. I worry, though, about the lines around my mouth and eyes, which are Type 3 characteristics!

This photo sort of shows what I mean about the lines. I have so few photos where you can see me smiling at my fullest, goofiest, because I'm almost always wearing sunglasses; this is how self conscious I am about these lines!
A photo posted by @smallbutfeisty78 on

Some things that draw me to Type 1 include the aforementioned, but I have often said that I regret not having more fun in my 20s. I love to dance and be silly, but growing up has made that hard for me, as has not having a local support group... I'm not going out dancing alone, that's for sure. I would describe myself as goofy, and I like to think of myself as Tinkerbell, as Joy.... clearly I need to go back to a Pixie cut!
If you're interested in the course, you can take a free beauty profiling course to figure out which best suits you. It's clearly worked well for me. They also have a paid course, once you've figured out your type, to make you more beautiful in your style, hair, makeup, and jewelry choices.

The only conclusion I've made so far is that my long hair is not really fitting to my type, whatever that may be. Only the Type 2 seems to work with long hair, and I'm nearly certain I'm not type 2.

Have you tried Dressing Your Truth? What did you think? What did you learn?


Jeans Day! Half Day! WOOOT WOOT!

I love these jeans, but I struggle with how to style them. They're not really boot cut and they're not really skinny jeans. I'm not fashionable enough to have the sense to just "know" so I do what I think works, even if it doesn't.

Today's outfit features a Stitch Fix piece that came to me via a BST board. I received a white Moni blouse in a fix and loved it except that it was white and so so blah. When I saw this bright pattern, I quickly scooped it up.

The stud detail, though, made me think that a necklace wouldn't work. But it felt so bare without it, so I added a thin one. It really needed the chunky necklace!

I also wore this a few weeks ago with a belt at my natural waist, and received a compliment on it that way, but I could not get it to work the way I wanted today.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015


I considered wearing a button down blouse under this dress (is this a shift? I'm pretty sure it is), but didn't feel like playing around today, so just threw on the cardigan. I considered a gray cardigan with gray leggings, a gray cardigan with burgundy leggings, but since I was considering open top shoes, I ultimately went with my burgundy tights.

I need to get some more tights.

I also was not sure how to go with shoes... I really need to invest in a full length mirror.
A photo posted by @feisty_yoga on

So, what was ultimately the winner? The booties.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015



I cannot figure out how to best wear these boots that I love.



I haven't been good about documenting.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

October 29

Another day of Pinned It Spinned It inspiring me, another day of hesitation on what to wear.


First try: I wanted to wear these shoes; they're comfy but oh so frumpy. They're next to my desk.

But I'm wearing it like this, at least until my feet can no longer take the heels:

October 28

This day evolved.

Here's the inspiration pin and final outfit:

October 27

Pinned It Spinned It, going with my cobalt pants.

October 22

I didn't Spin on this day.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October 20

Today was another pinned it spinned it day. The outfit that was pinned was not quite formal enough for work, so I took the concept of gray neutrals and spun it to what I had in my closet. I like this sweater a lot, but fear that this is pretty typical rut for me, so I went back and forth over which shoes to wear, ultimately settling in on my most comfortable dress shoes.

I am so cozy that it's possible to forget how stressed out I am today!

Top and pants: Loft
Shoes: Clarks
Earrings: Loft? Maybe??

Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19

On the left is the pin, and on the right is my spin. As I mentioned before, I went on a DSW shopping spree, and these tights made their way into my basket. They are so beyond my comfort zone, but I got so many compliments on them today!

Shoes: Lucky Emmie flats
Tights: Jessica Simpson
Skirt: Old Navy
Shell, Cardi, Scarf: Loft

Friday, October 16, 2015

October 16

Another day, another set of indecision.

Today's Pin:

I chose to mimic the polka dots and the green, even though you certainly can't tell in my early morning photo:

I bought these booties the other day, and I'm unsure about them. I'm going through a mini budget crisis of confidence, so I'm not sure about spending money on, well, trends and I'm not sure if they'll be comfortable enough for a full day of work. I had a though that I should save them for a date night.......... (if ever).

So I changed it up and went even more casual than I was to start:

Happy Friday!!