Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mademoiselle Piggy

"Miss Piggy" sounds nicer in French, don't you think? This is how I feel lately. A stylish Miss Piggy - except that Miss Piggy has better eye make-up. I was browsing through my journals the other day and I found this entry, written when my first child was one year old. Now I've got an almost three-year-old and a newborn. Things seem to be compounding. Anyway, I think my journal entry bears repeating:

As defined by the body mass index chart and Lane Bryant, I am a "plus size" woman, which means that my clothing options are a little more limited than the average gal. Sure, there are lovely styles out there for larger women, they just happen to be a skosh out of my price range. (See Eileen Fisher photos below.) Add to this a one year old child to look after and my style quotient goes down even more. You mamas know the drill. Baby arrives and you get by with a shower every fourth day and you're constantly in your favorite jeans searching for a clean blouse. Then it turns into a rinse every seven days and the jeans give way to something with elastic. Then you're only washing your hair once every two weeks and re-using the same nursing bra you've worn six days in a row. Then you're just wetting a washcloth and sponging your pits down as you run out the door with toilet paper hanging out the back of your sweat pants. It gets pretty desperate in the Mama trenches. Still, in the face of all this, I think I've remained fairly stylish. I still have some lovely bohemian apparel items that look good and feel good. But I'm ready to reclaim a little of my pre-baby pizazz. I don't mind being plus sized at all. I'm simply looking for a little umph. It might be as simple as an extra 10 minutes a day in the clear for mascara application, some lotion on my crusty heels and a colorful scarf. But its clear I need something.


Karena said...

I do adore some of Eileen's collections (not the matronly styles) She has gotten better and better. Trust me I am up 7 lb, down 3, up 5, and on and on!

Have you entered my New Giveaway from the French Basketeer... I think you will love it!

Art by Karena

a Broad said...

I would like every one of these, thank you :)

Art et Vintage said...

Hi Sarah!
I'm French and I often read your wonderful blog.
I don't speak English very well but I laughed a lot by reading the title of this post because "Manquer le porcelet" is a sentence which does not exist in French. It means " To miss the piglet" :o)!
In French, "To miss" means "manquer" but "Miss" means "Mademoiselle". "Piggy" means something like "La cochonne".But as in French, it is a pejorative term for a woman, we would say "Mademoiselle Piggy".
For Miss Piggy, the Muppet Show's puppet, we say "Peggy (with a "e") La Cochonne" because this Miss Piggy is a pig and in this case, it is not pejorative.
**Have a nice day**

Sarah @ Maison Boheme said...

Thank you so much for the French lesson. I am not French and do not speak French and I welcome corrections... thank you so much for the information and the good laugh! I'll change it!

paisley penguin said...

I am in that catrgory of "plus size" at the moment and I am working towards minimizing (not only my posessions but the amount of room my body takes up).

I have a love hate relationship with Lane Bryant. Sometimes I want to buy out the store and other times I hate it all.

The other problem I find along with the matronly look of larger sized clothing is the big bust thing. I DO NOT have a big bust but often all clothing for plus size is made that way.

Loved the photos you posted!

Mama said...

You are a beauty, regardless of size, and quite stylish, to boot! You had a flair even as a child.
I was once again, disappointed seeing the models in your pictures. Those girls look like a size 12, at most. Why can't the people making fashions for plus sized women use a beautiful plus sized model? If they can embrace the income from the women, why not embrace the women! Thanks, I will now step down from my soap box.