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Halloween Style: Zombie Skirt

All About the Outfit:  I've been in love with this print for years.  It was a Folter dress but I never got it before it went out of print.  I came close when I found it in a local store, but just from eyeballing it I knew it was too big (some Folter sizing runs large).  Then ModCloth debuted this in skirt form and I got really excited!  Since skirts are a little more versatile than dresses, I knew this was more "meant to be" for me than the dress so it all worked out in the end!

Health and Weight Disclosure:  I don't want to talk too much about my health, or my weight for that matter.  But because fashion blogging is a window into how real women fit into clothing and can be used to assist women reading a blog about what size to get, I need to come clean a little bit.  As I've mentioned, my health has been "meh" since mid-August.  I knew I lost some weight due to a lack of appetite and sleeping more than usual, but around two weeks ago I found out that I was entering a territory that I didn't want to enter.  All women have a complicated history with body image, and I'm not any different.  That said, when my health crashed 5 years ago I lost 20+ lbs and was very weak and it probably took me longer to bounce back.  I now equate maintaining a healthy weight with strength and health.  I've worked incredibly hard the past two years to build back up muscle mass, be able to run a mile (that's very hard for me for me to do), and was even able to do the physically challenging art of Krav Maga earlier this year.  I thought I was relatively the same size this fall, so when I tried on size zero pants pants that I got over the summer a few weeks back I was stunned to find them fitting like pajama bottoms and I kind of freaked out.  As I said, I knew I had likely dropped a few pounds but I was shocked to realize it was to the point that my clothes didn't fit.

This disclaimer and moment of honesty is needed in this post because when I first got this skirt (and it's fraternal twin in a map print that I wore on Instagram a week back), I got it in my usual XS and it was a little bit too big.  In my Instagram post where I'm wearing the map print, I'm wearing a belt to cover it the discrepancy.  These photos were shot today and I think it shows that I've been working very hard to make sure I eat and my waist is now around to a 24-25 inch waist.  (Before I was 23-24 inches, making this skirt too big).  I was surprised this skirt was too big, because it has an elasticized waist.  But upon first trying it on the front gapped out a bit.  I bring this all up because because women come in every shape and size, for healthy and unhealthy reasons.  Due to my recent issues, I've dropped a size and was surprised at how some items fit.  If you're a 24 inch waist or below and reading this, there's a real possibility that these skirts won't fit right.  That said, I have a postcard print skirt like this from a year ago that I've run through the washer and dryer a few times before.  I tried that on for measure when I was at my thinnest and that seemed to fit fine.  So, if you are below 24 inches, an XS may work if you shrink it.

A few people have begun asking about my weight, so this is also why I'm addressing it.  Plus it's good to talk about how clothes fit as a fashion blogger, and I've developed a new perspective accidentally. media can be really detrimental.  I have complex feelings on how my part potentially plays into other's psyches, so I wanted to take a moment to address that when someone changes sizes it's not always due to vanity or aesthetics but rather something is UP with one's health.  Never judge anyone on either end of the spectrum...or think it's how you should look ;)

Style Details:
I originally had a totally different idea for this look, but it's been really hot here so I changed it around to a shorter sleeve look (from a button down long sleeve shirt).  I wanted lavender to make the dark hues pop and go slightly against fall and the impending winter.  
Sunglasses- Forever 21
Necklace- Ann Taylor
Shirt- Target
Brooch- Erstwilder
Skirt- Folter via ModCloth
Shoes- Chinese Laundry

Just Shair celebrated Halloween all month with a video and on-purpose terrible ideas for sexy costumes:

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  Below is my real costume (Murphy Brown), although I don't think it read that way!  At a party I went to people asked if I was both Cybill Shepard or Hillary Clinton, ha.  (I blame the wig!)  For any Freaks and Geeks fans out there, I think I read as Bill Haverchuck's Bionic Women!  Regardless, here's a video of me dancing poorly to a Temptations song.  I re-watched a few seasons of Murphy Brown earlier in the year and thought it was hilarious how many episodes featured middle aged white people terribly dancing to Motown hits at their office parties, so I needed to parody it!  

I'm going to take tomorrow off from blog world to work on some IRL things, but am coming back Wednesday and have been working hard on getting ahead of obtaining content so I'm hopeful I'll be back in the swing of things!  Happy Halloween, friends!
~Lauren-Blair Donovan




  1. Loving these costumes ;)

  2. The Just Shair Sexy Halloween Costumes made me so happy! Haha. They were all great! Loved your parody video too. :) And that skirt is amazing - perfect for today! I'm so sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well, Lauren. For what it's worth, I always think you look fabulous! I do hope you start feeling better soon.

  3. I like how you style the skirt, really cool!

  4. The print on that skirt is perfect for this time of year. I love how your clothes always match the season. I am glad you are taking care of yourself as you notice changes in your body. Wishing you health my friend!

    Amy Ann
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  5. I Love this outfit of yours with the Zombie skirt and how it was paired with those some lovely accessories. Chic as always.

    xoxo - Style.. A Pastiche

  6. You look lovely on the skirt... I wish i could lay my hand on one.. Lovely post tho

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  7. This skirt is so fun, lady- and appropriate for the Halloween holiday!

    You're so brave for opening up about your struggle with your weight + health- sending you all the good vibes, girlfriend. So glad you're taking care of yourself!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  8. this all looks like so much fun! such a cute look!


  10. I'm sorry to learn that you've been having some issues with your health. I'm glad, however, that you're proactive and are trying to do what you can to ensure you'll get back on track. I think it's great that you're mentioning this because I'm sure there are readers that can relate and that you've inspired as a result. Thanks so much for hvairng and I hope you have the best day, beauty!



  11. Such a great collection of photos doll! Looks like you had tons of fun!
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  12. Such a fun print! Totally meant to be. I know how much you love skirts. Love your Halloween costume too. I hope all is going well and that your health issues are improving. <3

  13. Love that skirt.. not scary at all! :D

    And be careful with those stiletto heels.. you don't want to get stuck! :)

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  14. Ooooo I do likey!!! These Halloween skirts are seriously so badass! Hope your health is looking more on the upside!!! Sending love your way Lauren-Blair! <3 xoxo

  15. That skirt is perfect for Halloween! I agree that skirts can be more versatile too so you'll get some good wear out of it. Just Shair to the rescue for a good laugh! Your costumes haha. Glad you're feeling better with your health. It takes a strong person to talk about it out in the open and it helps others feel they are not alone if they're going through something similar.


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