Mad Like Alyce

So Called Style: Summer Pants

I’ll be upfront… Im actually not a huge fan of summer. Now that I am past the years of getting summers off from school, all it means is that I will be really hot and not feel like I look good in anything. Swimming and other events, while I enjoy it, require bathing suits and showing off my lovely alabaster tan (read: nonexistent).

While this is not as big of an issue for me as it used to be, I also HATE being sweaty. Sure, getting in a good sweat session at the gym feels great, but just sitting at the office and stewing in humidity… yuck. So during the summer, I usually suffered through ill fitting shorts and capri work pants.

Last year, the trend of wearing those flowing linen pants or soft cotton joggers became all the rage. I loved them and hated them. No joke, they look like pajamas and I couldn’t think of a better thing to wear for 8 hours in the office. But, I couldn’t find a pair that looked good on me. It seems to happen every time a new style comes out… it’s just not ready for plus size. They make them in plus sizes, but they didn’t quite figure out that just increasing the dimensions of the size 0 doesn’t flatter anyone by the time you get to 14-16.

With all of the moving, trips, and activities early on in the summer I just didn’t have the time or money to shop for new clothes, so my wardrobe was a bit of a mashup of winter items sans sweaters made to be somewhat summer friendly. But I was just sick of wearing the same thing, and wanted something that would breathe and feel season appropriate. Enter summer pants.

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These pics were taken before I really grasped the difference in quality between the two cameras in my phone… lesson learned.

Maybe it is the fashion industry catching up to plus size a year after the fact, finding the correct pattern, or just the fact that I am finally accepting that I can look good in clothes that don’t “hide” my weight. They still kind of looked like pajamas, so I added a blazer, costume jewelry,

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And these are so COMFORTABLE!

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I immediately went out and purchased 3 more pairs… and this has been one of my most comfortable summers, long pants and all.

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • "Sometimes, you just want things to stay the way they are forever. But you can’t. And they won’t." - Girl in Space

Because i'm trying this thing where I post each look in 3's to keep my Insta page even, and I seriously can't express how hauntingly gorgeous the intros are for each Girl in Space episode. I'm re-listening to the episodes now, and I so excited for 109 since I have NO CLUE what is going to happen! Also, after a few weeks without looking at them, this is one of my favorite pictures, and I can't believe I didn't post it first!
  • "Yeah, I’m glad I’m back, too." Episode 108 of the @girlinspacepodcast  left me with SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! Is Kai alive? Where the heck is Thor? Who is the "lion's paw?" But the biggest unknown is just how important the dwarf star "Ra" is likely to become in the plot of 109... and is why Ra is included in my makeup! The warm glowing orb on my eye is in reference to my suspicions that Ra will soon become a much more relevant part of the Girl in Space plot very soon. #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering #savekillbot #prayforkai
  • Galaxy in action! Quick peek at the movement of the makeup before I put on my wig, which covered a lot of the detail. Gotta love that "sunshine" glare on the shiny black surface! I bought a finishing powder this week to hopefully counteract this in the future. Or just back away from the light.... :P
  • Disappearing into the music...
I was really digging my latest playlist when I started my galaxy makeup last weekend, so I started blacking out everything besides my face to procrastinate taking off my headphones. I took this photo halfway through to see how well I would blend into my background, and kind of liked how this "progress" shot turned out. Funny thing was, this was the last pic where I had a true infinite background, my camera (phone) couldn't quite hang once I was fully blacked out. Time to consider a real camera?
  • Let yourself be found... Another shot of my galaxy inspired by the @girlinspacepodcast. If you haven't heard of this AMAZING audio novella, I highly recommend... trust me, you are in for a treat! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering 
This look took around 3 hours, and while I love the images with the wig, it covered up a lot of the detail. If you try a galaxy look, allow yourself some patience. It didn't look like a lot until I was well into adding color. Take it slow, and keep layering colors, and suddenly it will start to take shape!

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets.
  • Find me... This galaxy makeup is inspired by my FAVORITE audio novella,@girlinspacepodcast, though I may be a bit biased. If you haven't yet started listening, you are in for a treat! Enter the world of the character "X" aboard the Cavatica, as she monitors the radiation from the Red Dawrf Star, Ra. Alone.

Season one is still in progress, so there is plenty of time to join the fun! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets. Honestly, this is the most color intensive look I have done so far, I had cosmetic wedges everywhere! I pulled it together with a @rockstarwigs long curly in Very Berry.
  • Finally, the last in my “sketched” look (for now). Thieve last few weeks have been absolutely insane, and im still processing. I’m going to have to set aside some time for another look this week, there is something so tranquil about turning yourself into a blank canvas in the most literal sense.
  • Theres nothing quite like painting yourself completely white to make you realize how yellow your teeth are getting. Time to cut back on the coffee! JK, that might actually kill me. #tissuetestfail #needsomewhitestrips #cresttotherescue #notanad #butyoucanpaymeanyway?
  • I sometimes can take well over 200 photos of various looks, just to make sure I get the right one... i don't pretend to be a photographer! Even with so many photos, I will often only post maybe 3-4, which makes me a little sad since I spend so much time on some of these! So here are a few more of my "Migraine" Twenty One Pilots inspired look. I managed to get quite a few shots of this look before adding the tears for the completed migraine look, and I really do love how it looks without any color.

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