Being Productive at Home

It seems as though much of the world has a bit of extra time on their hands lately. I’ve officially been off of work now for 2 weeks and after browsing social media far more than I’d like to admit, have realized how much more productive everyone else seems to have been at this time.

Now I don’t know about you, but I personally have a very difficult time finding motivation at home. Once I hit the couch, I just want to snuggle under a blanket and binge-watch the latest Netflix series, or share snacks with my boyfriend while we laugh over a round of Unstable Unicorns (if you’ve never heard of this game, 10/10 would recommend lol). My productivity hasn’t really had much of a lifespan once I enter my front door. Work, working out, yoga, and often writing blog posts… they were all things that I did outside of my home because I’m very well aware that once I got back there, I probably wouldn’t do it. With the recent change of pace in the world, this was definitely a pattern I needed to change since home has now become my gym, studio, office, etc.

For anyone else struggling, I’ve come up with a few strategies that have been helping me find motivation to be productive.

  1. At the end of the day, make a list of things you want to get done the next day, in order of importance (surprise surprise, my Productivity Journal has been coming in handy!)
  2. Establish a morning routine that gets you up and out of bed. For myself it involves getting up and doing a small workout (not necessarily as intense as I’d do at the gym, but something that at least gets my heart rate up), and then having a small breakfast and a tea.
  3. Put yourself together. I know that if I stay in my pj’s all day, I definitely won’t get much done, so I make an effort to put my face on and put an outfit together. Yes.. I’m that person wearing jeans in quarantine because it motivates me to get moving. If I want to have a comfier day, I try to choose something that still feels like an outfit (like the sets from my last post).
  4. Don’t be hard on yourself, and don’t compare yourself to others. I try to have realistic expectations and do my best to cross things off my list, but if I don’t finish everything, it’s okay. Last week I was getting down on myself when I saw so many people crushing home workouts on instagram, or making tiktoks of all the things they’ve done with all their time off, and felt like I’d wasted so much time already. Pushing those thoughts aside has helped me focus on what I CAN do and AM doing, instead of what I’m not.

I’m sure everyone finds motivation in different ways but so far that’s what’s been helping me. If you have any tips on things that help you, I’d love to add to my list!

On that note, I have a few outfits to share this week. My friends over at Alloy Apparel have been part of the reason I’ve been excited to get dressed when I seemingly have no actual reason to. Not complaining though.. It helped me realize part of what I needed to get me moving. You can also see all the pieces and my thoughts on them over on my YouTube channel!


DETAILS
White Jeans: Alloy Apparel
Distressed Jeans: Alloy Apparel
Red Skirt: Alloy Apparel
White Bodysuit: Alloy Apparel
Blouse: Alloy Apparel

(All items were gifted to me by Alloy but this post is not paid or sponsored. That being said, they DID give me a code to give any of my readers a discount on their purchase. Use code STEF20 for 20% off your cart!)

Hope you’re all staying safe, and staying home!!

xx

Social Distancing but make it Cozy

For 3 weeks I’ve been looking forward to starting a new job today, but with the state of the entire world right now, it seems that’s all been put on hold and I am currently unemployed and spending the foreseeable future at home. It’s a strange time to be alive right now and I’m not sure I’ve fully processed what the next few weeks or months even looks like, but apparently my past self was looking out for my future self and stocked up on comfy outfits for this very reason.

Back in January, I was hit by some sort of sickness that was going around and was out of commission for like two weeks straight (my boyfriend thinks we already got Covid-19 and overcame it, but that’s a story for another time). While in my sick bed-ridden state, I went on a mini tall cozy shopping spree because in that moment, that’s all I wanted in my life. Little did I know, I’d be living in those outfits in the coming months.

The unboxing and try-on haul is up on my YouTube channel, and with all this free time I’ve broken in a few of the outfits and wanted to share 🙂

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Jogger set (sold separately) and Jacket: Missguided (tall), Sneakers: Fila

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Jogger set (sold separately): Long Tall Sally, Jacket: Asos (tall), Scarf: TopShop, Shoes: Converse

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Jogger set (sold separately): Missguided (tall), Socks: WovenPear

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Joggers: Asos (tall), Sweater: Asos, Vest: my mom’s, Hat: Dollarama

Anyways, I’m going to spend this week trying to figure out how to stay motivated and have some sort of structure, but at the moment am still a little overwhelmed with what to do with all this time off. At least I know I’ll be cozy!

xx

DreamBelts for Valentine’s

When you live where winters are cold, the only good thing about February is Valentine’s Day. I’ve never really done much for Valentine’s day nor have I expected anything, but my boyfriend and I have used it as an excuse to go on a little staycation a few times here in the city, and I’ve also been guilty of using it to justify the purchase of some pretty intimates. Even if we don’t have plans, wearing a something spicy under my clothes is like a little Valentine to myself.

So far this year, we’ve not made plans but I’m already throwing together a few backup outfit ideas.. you know.. just in case. I recently had the pleasure of shooting with a local designer who makes leather harnesses for her brand, DreamBelts.  I already knew I loved harnesses and leather, her accessories are kind of perfect to add to a Valentine’s outfit!

While harnesses have that very obvious element of kink, they can so easily be incorporated into fashion no matter your personal style, and do NOT have to be left to only bedroom fashion. Personally, wearing leather and harnesses make me feel powerful and sexy, and I just can’t get enough, so I figured I’d share how I styled a few pieces for our most recent shoot.

Dress: brought by the designer

Dress: Boohoo (tall)

White pantsuit: ASOS (tall)
Vest: brought by the designer
Lingerie: Victoria’s Secret

 

All photos by Gustavo Gonzalez

Sick Day

I just spent the entire last weekend curled up in a blanket on the couch with my boyfriend, a whole slew of trash tv, and UberEats orders on queue. It’s been a long time since I’ve been properly sick to the point where I’ve had to skip work and stay in bed for days on end, and I’ve gotta say, I really didn’t miss it. I pride myself in being relatively healthy and I feel like my immune system has had a pretty good track record as a result. Until now lol.. It’s been a week since it started and while I feel mostly human today, this nagging chest cough (I know you all know what I’m talking about), feels as though it’s never going to go away. Just when I was feeling motivation and routine settling back in, this wrench in my side.. errr.. chest.. really flip turned everything upside down and is making me take a few extra days of downtime.

It seems right as I caught this awful cold, the entire city simultaneously went into a mild panic when they heard about the first case of the coronavirus on Canadian soil. Talk about feeling self conscious about having to cough in public! Don’t worry, I’m very aware of directing any oncoming coughs into my arm/shoulder or into my scarf when I’m bundled up outside, but it’s hard to ignore the nervous shift or glances from strangers not so secretly paranoid that any and everyone with so much as a sniffle might be a carrier of this epidemic.

My diet of vitamin C, soup, Buckley’s and Ricola cough drops seems to be doing the trick though, and I can safely say I’ve mostly survived the common cold. Though I still may not have been the most productive this week and have avoided using my productivity journal knowing that I haven’t been in a state to tackle any actual projects, I may or may not have done a bit of damage on the online shopping front in the height of my sick haze. Spoiler alert: expect a “Cozy Clothes for Tall Babes” haul coming soon, here and on my YouTube channel. I figured it would be the perfect theme for my recovery.

Anyways, I think it’s time to brew up another tea. The effects of my cough drop are wearing off and I’m not about to let this tickle in my chest win. Until next week,

xx

It’s okay.

In a perfect world, I’d have a bottomless closet with outfit options ready to style every week, with content to post here and across all my socials on the regular.

To be honest, I’m actually sitting on a few outfits I’ve yet to share, but haven’t had the opportunity to style/shoot them yet. After kicking the year off with such well shot outfits and 3 consecutive weeks of content, I don’t want to settle for anything of lower quality, and somehow, self shot photos just don’t quite compare. Am I being too picky? That, and the fact that the weather is next to impossible to comfortably shoot in (today feels like -10 degrees celsius, so the thought of trying to shoot an outfit outside makes me shiver!), and my indoor space isn’t exactly ideal or spacious enough to be doing it inside.

Going into this week I was already a little down on myself for my lack of material, but where I would have previously let that spiral into a feeling of defeat and like I’ve failed when I started the year out so strong, I reminded myself that it’s okay. I want to share and create content because I LIKE to, and at no point should it become something that creates stress or feelings of self-doubt or failure.

My productivity journal has remained blank this week though I’ve made a few mental notes for what I want to accomplish, I haven’t been as diligent at writing things down. Probably partially because I hit a bit of a wall where I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to accomplish. There was a quote in my journal last week though, that kinda resonates with me this week and is keeping me feeling positive moving into next. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe. I feel like that’s exactly what I’m doing. And that is enough.

Until next week,

xx

 

My Productivity Journal

This week I finally started using the productivity journal that my boyfriend gave me for Christmas. With so many goals for the year and so many different projects on the go, the whole idea of this journal is to prioritize tasks and get them done in an efficient manner. I’m only going into day 3, but just the act of writing out my to do list is already something I can see will be super beneficial. I’ve also added a large desk calendar so that I can visualize my schedule and projects in hopes it keeps me on top of everything as the year continues. I gave myself a head start by photographing a few outfits during the holidays (the last of which I’m sharing todayyy), so the real test is going to be how I manage my time moving forward because at the moment, I don’t have any outfits for next week.. to be honest, it feels a bit daunting. The success of my regular posts and the growth of my blog as a whole the way I imagine it will be directly correlated to how well this journal works for me soo…. will report back in a few weeks!

As for this week’s outfit, I’m actually pretty pleased that the weather still matches what I shot a few weeks ago. I RARELY wear skirts or dresses casually and am far less inclined to do so when I’m cold, but I love the look of skirts styled with tights for winter (I’m wearing an Ultra Stretch Opaque tight by Secret Legwear and the fit is PERFECT!).

Skirt: Missguided
Hoodie: Missguided
Coat: Missguided
Hat: Asos
Earrings: Asos
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Soufeel Jewelry (use code Stefanie15 to get 15% off your own necklace)

Unboxing and initial try-on video HERE

Leaving with a quote. Until next week!! xx

Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do. — Steve Jobs

What Does Your Profile Say About You?

My boyfriend and I started watching a new reality series, The Circle, on Netflix this week. It kinda has this Big Brother-esque feel to it, except the contestants don’t meet in person, they only meet and interact via their in game app, The Circle, similar to a Facebook style platform. They befriend each other, flirt, converse, strategize, all through chat messages, and the only things that anyone knows about them comes from what they share on their profiles or through conversations.

Watching the way the contestants started to interpret their opponents’ photos, profiles, and words, making assumptions before actually knowing anything real about them, made me start to wonder how people perceive me based off of what I share. While it’s difficult to really look at myself objectively, I’d like to think that I try make sure my sense of self is translated through every platform I share on in a way that’s authentic and honest.. and fashionable when I can lol *insert outfit photos here*

Outfit details:
Jacket: Alloy Apparel
Bodysuit: Alloy Apparel
Jeans: Alloy Maxwell Jeans (discontinued)
Hat: Blackburn & Raymond
Watch: MVMT
Touque: Dollarama
Belt: Dollskill
Black Boots: old Aldo Shoes
White boots: Missguided

….there are so many thoughts I was going to dive into when I really started thinking about this show, but none of them are complete, and would also lead to a much much longer read that probably wouldn’t have any real conclusion. I thought of one paragraph about adding “authenticity” to my 2020 vision board.. another about the contestants on the show who are catfish and how I feel about that. That probably would have led to a quick “OMG Catfish is coming out with a new season” comment followed by a brief dive into my own experiences with fake people on the internet (click HERE for some of that tea!!)… and before you know it you don’t really know what this post was about in the first place.

So for now I’ll just leave with food for thought: What does your online presence say about you, and are you okay with that?

Until next time,

xx

My 2020 Vision [board]

I feel like throughout the last few years, it’s almost as if I’ve been waiting for something to happen. Like I’d get a clear vision for a career path I’d want to take, or like I’d get some sort of “break” doing any one of the million things I’ve dipped my toes in, indicating where I should put more time and efforts. Only now, am I realizing how passively I’ve been spending my time.

Playing this weird waiting game with myself has definitely stunted my drive. I’ve been focusing on what hasn’t been happening, and stopped just DOING a lot of what I love, which is not something I plan to carry with me into 2020. New year. New decade. New chapter. I remember when I started this blog, all I wanted was to learn more about tall clothing options, and share what I knew and found, and spend time focusing on one of my loves, FASHION. I had no particular destination, I just wanted to DO something, with something I loved, and this, I’ve realized, is exactly the direction I need to move.

SO.. Where does that bring me? I won’t say I’ve got a completely clear (dare I say.. 20/20) vision on where I’m going, but I do know which direction I’m moving in. My goal is to create. Something. Anything. Because I love to and because I want to. I’ve always loved the idea of making a physical vision board as a way to visualize what I want to manifest in the coming months/years, but have never actually done it. I think I’ve also been afraid to put out big ideas out and then fall short and not reach goals I’ve set. FEAR AND SELF DOUBT HAVE NO PLACE HERE MOVING FORWARD, so I want to share what my 2020 vision board would look like (I don’t have any old magazines lying around, or enough ink in my printer.. so a literary vision board will have to do for now lol).

On my vision board:

  • A few new photos from my recent fashion shoots – I’ve already shot 3 new outfits to share (first one for this post) and would include a few shots from there as inspiration to continue styling, and continue creating and building the momentum that I had let die down.
  • Beaches/airplanes/luggage – I want to travel more. At least 4 destinations this year. And I want to be proactive and take advantage of creating content while I’m traveling and making opportunities out of everywhere I visit.
  • “DEBT FREE” in all capitals – In a few months, I will be finished paying off my school loans, and plan to shift my focus to eliminating my credit card balance by the end of the year.
  • A clock/watch – I want to learn how to prioritize and be wiser about how I’m budgeting my time so that I can be the most productive I can be (regularly using my new productivity journal from my boyfriend).
  • “VOLUNTEER” in all capitals – Not only do I want to be smarter about my time, but I also want to give my time to others. I think I’d like to look into volunteering at the children’s hospital so I need to sit down and find all the information I need.
  • A martini glass with a Mexican flag – my boyfriend and I have a dream to retire one day and open a little bar on a beach somewhere.. We need to create a more concrete plan so that this dream starts to feel more real.
  • Alloy, Missguided, ASOS, LongTallSally – brands that I love and would love to create more content for/with. I’d also love to explore other tall brands!!
  • YouTube logo – along with creating regular blog content, I have goals to keep a regular YouTube upload schedule as well. Fashion content, music covers, lifestyle vlogs, etc.
  • Barbells – finding my fitness routine again, and making moves towards a continuously healthier lifestyle.
  • [insert sports brand here] – this one is big, but with the barbell photo, I’d LOVE to find a sports apparel brand that not only aligns with my fitness goals, but also my fashion goals, and MAYBE work on some sort of partnership.
  • an engagement ring – *cough*ADAM*cough* lol……

I’m sure that as the year progresses, this list is going to change and grow and perhaps at some point I’ll be able to make a physical version so that, not only are the words now out in the universe, the visual reminder will constantly be looking back at me, reminding me to always move forward. But for now, this is where I’m starting, and while it looks like I’ve got a lot of work cut out for me, it’s the kind that I enjoy and I’m looking forward to creating and sharing more. Starting with these:

Outfit Details:

Tall Black Dalmatian Print Midi Smock Dress: https://www.missguidedus.com/tall-black-dalmatian-print-midi-smock-dress-10165043
Gray Long Hooded Puffer Coat: (link is for standard size, tall seems to be out of stock) https://www.missguidedus.com/grey-long-hooded-puffer-coat-10156243
Croc Hiker Boot: (link is for white boot, black seems to be out of stock) https://www.missguidedus.com/white-mock-croc-hiking-boots-10158270

Unboxing and try-on video: https://youtu.be/TBynu03JHm4

If you’ve set any goals/resolutions or made a vision board for your 2020, I’d love to know what they are!!

Happy 2020 friends. I look forward to growing with you in a new decade ❤

The Sumissura Experience!

I was recently contacted by Sumissura about trying out their service for a custom tailored outfit. If you’re unfamiliar with Sumissura, they’re a Swiss-based brand of tailor-made clothing for women whose goal is to give all women the opportunity to access the world and enjoy the comfort of tailor-made clothing at an affordable price.

I didn’t know how the whole process worked until I checked out their website, but had been following them already on instagram, so I knew they had some gorgeous styles to offer. I was given the option to choose a suit and a shirt, so I quickly got to work customizing my order.

Sumissura offers many pre-designed suits, tuxedos, jackets, dresses, etc., but their most exciting feature is to design your own. Once I saw the extensive selection of fabrics, I knew EXACTLY what I would hope to have made. My inspiration was drawn directly from Cate Blanchett’s character in Ocean’s 8. I fell in love with her entire wardrobe throughout the movie, most specifically, her green velvet pant suit.

The customization process includes everything from fabric to lapel size, and pocket styles to the fit of the pants. I think I successfully recreated the suit I was envisioning, within Sumissura’s offerings. I then used their super easy to follow instructional video to import all of my measurements so that not only was my suit made to my style preferences, but also specifically for MY body (every tall girl’s dreams).

My package arrived safe and sound, exactly two weeks after I placed my order, but I waited until the following Saturday (5 days later) to try it on so I could film the experience (watch my entire Sumissura process HERE). They DO have a perfect fit guarantee, so if things aren’t fitting properly they’ll remake it or pay for alterations as long as you contact support within 7 days of receiving the order.

Long story short, I’M IN LOVE WITH MY SUIT!!! Everything fits like a glove. The quality is unreal. It looks ON POINT! When I’m wearing it, I feel like a boss bitch ready take whatever life wants to throw my way (actually though… don’t mess with me while I’m wearing it!).

 

I think it’s important to note that because I’m used to a stretch pant that moves with me, the tailor fit pant without stretch is a bit of an adjustment. The length of the pant is JUST at the ankle when I’m standing because I didn’t want them to bunch at the bottom, so if I sit it rides up the leg (the way a men’s pant would). The fit around my waist and ankle is also a touch snug, BUT because I gave them my measurements I probably could have added an extra 1/4 inch to allow for a bit of movement. Not being an experienced seamstress, I didn’t really think that one through. I just have to make sure my booty/thigh gains aren’t too significant in the next month or so, because I plan on wearing this one to my friend’s wedding!

 

The ONLY other thing worth raising a potential flag to, is the length from waist to crotch. I don’t think there was an option to add a measurement for this area, and for us tall girls, this could raise a concern. Adding extra length to a pant for a tall girl often means adding length everywhere and not just in the leg. My pair of pants turned out pretty perfectly, but for anyone who has a long hip/waist, you MAY find it a little snug.

As for the blouse, I am in love with it. The fit is perfect. The material is SO ridiculously soft and I don’t think I’ve ever had a blouse that fits so nicely. I often find if I want it to fit my boobs, there’s no shape in the waist, and then if i want it to fit my waist, I’ll risk popping a button. I don’t have any of those concerns with this one and it looks so sharp!

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Sumissura custom jacket lining.

For a custom tailored outfit, what Sumissura offers their customers is amazing! I’ve never ordered anything custom tailored before, and this experience was so easy, efficient and successful that I’ll definitely be making another order! I’ve already been raving about it to my girlfriends lol.. Every woman needs a good power suit. Even if I had any issues with my order, I know that because the process was so smooth, getting it fixed or altered would be just as hassle-free.

 

I want to give a  HUGE thank you to Eugenie at Sumissura for setting me up with this experience. Don’t be surprised if you find me in a suit at every occasion for the rest of forever. ❤

(If you’re interested in trying out the Sumissura experience for yourself, I don’t have an official referral code [YET! haha], but shoot me an email thetallestmermaid@gmail.com. Through their referral program, I can email you $25 off!)