Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Motivation

via the always wonderful Jealous Curator

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Zen

Becca and Zach are getting married today! I've been looking forward to this since a year ago when I first met them and took their engagement photos.  Hooray for Love!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fashion Friday: To Hat or Not To Hat Edition

I used to live in hats.  When I was in high school I wore a hat almost every day.  I guess it was a 90's thing?  Those "Blossom" hats made of crushed velvet with flower brooches holding up the brim?  They were my jam.

There were Winter versions of the hat, that I paired with these snazzy purple pants (!) and Summer versions of the hat (that made my nephew make that face).  Despite how dated they look now,  I never felt fully dressed without one and I never had to worry about the state of my unruly hair, either.  Stick it under a hat today...worry about staying up all night detangling it tomorrow!

(Thanks to Mo for both of the throwback photos)

Somewhere in the mid-late 90's my attitude towards hats changed.  I think part of it was that I was in the workplace and, well, you're not gonna wear a hat all day at the office.  Part of it was that I had matured and wasn't the same sort of fashion free-spirit anymore.  I had done the hat thing to death and was over it.

Cut to the recent wide brim Fedora  / Panama Hat trend that's everywhere this Fall.  Initially I was intrigued, and then I dismissed it as "not for me" because I have this thing about not wanting my head to look tiny (and sometimes hats can do that).  I knew how ridiculous that was before I typed it out but now it seems even more ridiculous.  But it's true.  That's my plus size fashion fear...that my head will look disproportionate to the rest of my body.  I can be fearless and break the rules most of the time, but the idea of creating a situation where I'm a pin-head isn't something I'm interested in doing.

Good lord that sounds dumb.

Well...anyway...I wanted to give this trend a try, so I bit the bullet.  Fall is the perfect time to wear a hat for style as opposed to function, isn't it? My first kick at the can is this Urban Outfitters Westward Panama Hat in Olive.  It's soft, yet structured and not so small that I feel like it messes with my proportions.  Win / win!

I've paired it here a pencil skirt from Old Navy which is available here and a great top from Addition Elle's Nola Activewear line.  I don't see the top on the website yet, but I'll link to it if becomes available online.  I'll feature both of these items more clearly in a later post because I've been living in them lately.  Hooray for new Fall essentials!

So, what do you guys think?  Are you team hat or not?  Will you be rocking a Panama Hat this Fall?

Fun side note: this post marks the 1 year anniversary of the Fashion Friday feature here on Miss Tracey Nolan.  Thanks for reading! If there are any ideas that you'd like to see explored over the next year, let me know!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


There was an incident today at school. Apparently a boy followed Lenny around during playtime repeating "you're small, you're small" as a taunt. She's really not, but whatever kid. Anyway, I guess she took it for a while and then she wheeled around and covered his mouth with her hands.  

So, you know, proud she's defending herself here, but now we have to have the talk. The talk about how first of all, you're not supposed to touch another kid like that and secondly, hey, don't take it personally. He's just teasing you. Let it go. Let it goooooo....

We ask her about this and she, who has told us very little about her days at school and claims that she knows no names says, nonchalantly "oh yeah, that's *Carlos"  




The Robeau looked at her and said next time he tries bugging you by saying "you're small", just walk away.

I said, the next time he says "you're small" say "THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!"

I'm going to get sent to the Principal's office, aren't I?

*The name of the teaser has been changed to protect...well...everyone...