Puffy Coats and a Personal Note

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Well, we survived the polar vortex, and even though Punxatawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, which supposedly means an early spring, we won’t be putting our puffy coats away anytime soon in Northern Indiana. So, while many other fashion bloggers are busting out spring style, the ladies of the Ageless Style Linkup are keepin’ it real and we’re sharing our puffer fashions with you for this month’s fashion link-up.

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Puffy Coats for full figures  ||  plus size fashion  ||  Ageless Style Linkup
Coat (wearing XXL) || Sweater (wearing XL) || Jeans – Similar Plus Size ; Similar Misses || Hat || Gloves || Boots – Similar, Similar Wide Calf

A Dimpled Life Update

Life isn’t perfect. Honestly, it’s sometimes downright TOUGH!

If you follow me on social media, you already know that right after Thanksgiving my dad had a substantial brain bleed and blood clot. His surgery went well, but he ended up having complications including continuous brain seizure activity, leading to intubation and second brain surgery.

He spent weeks in ICU then moved onto an acute care hospital and has now been transfered to a nursing care and rehab facility. He’s much better but still has a long way to go. We are seeing and hearing more of the dad we know. But he’s now rehabing from not only the brain trauma but the mobility issues that come from being in bed for over two months.

Recovering from brain trauma is no joke! There is so much to deal with: agitation, sleeplessness, too much sleep, trach care, feeding tubes, insurance, long term care, and the list goes on.

His recovery has been long and ongoing. My mom, siblings, their spouses and I have been taking shifts staying with him 24/7. I’ve been spending a couple of weeks a month 600 miles from home as our family goes through this. But this is a season and we will do what it takes to get him home!

Thank YOU!

I haven’t been consistent in posting here or on social media. It’s not you, it’s me. 😉 I want to thank you all for sticking with me during this difficult time for our family. Your support and prayers mean so much to me.

Also, know that this very post is being written on one hour of sleep as last night was my overnight with my Big Daddy. So please, forgive any typos or incomplete thoughts. And, definitely overlook the bags under my eyes! And please pray they can figure out his medications, pronto. He needs sleep and so do we!

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A Puffy Coat for a Fluffy Girl

I’ve never been a fan of puffy coats on my full figure. But, my friend recently found this Eddie Bauer packable down coat at Costco for a steal. I had to run right out and get one too. (Note: The price on the one I’ve linked is the same as I paid at Costco.)

Ageless Style ||  Style at any age  ||  Plus Size Fashion  ||  Not quite Plus Size Fashion
This sweater is also DREAMY soft and NOT WOOL!
Even curvy girls can wear puffy coats. Oh YES WE CAN!

If you have a warehouse club membership, they are great places to find deals on fashion as well as vats of olive oil, ginormous bags of kettle corn and lifetime supplies of toilet paper.

Why It Works

This puffy coat works on a curvy body because it’s actually pretty thin. If you’re curvy, look for puffy coats that are compactable because they are softer and less bulky overall. You can also choose puffer coats that have flattering seams to create an illusion of shape.

Where to Wear

I’d wear this type of jacket casually. It’s great for travel and is with me on this trip because I traveled from the Polar Vortex; it was -22 the morning before I left to head south, into near spring-like temperatures.

Ageless Style Link-Up ||  A Puffy Coat for all Sizes  ||  Full Figure Fashion  ||  Winter Fashion
This jacket works whether you’re a size 6 or 16!

This is exactly what I wore to meet my friend and sometimes photographer for breakfast. But be careful when you choose the exact coat in the same color as your close friend. You may show up twinning for your date.

What I’d Change

This jacket is very versatile for everyday life. I wouldn’t wear it with a dress but it’s really great to throw on with an athleisure look or jeans and cozy sweater.

Puffer coat for a curvy woman  ||  Full figure fashion  ||  Sometimes Plus Size Fashion
Jacket (wearing XXL) || Tee – Similar || Flannel Shirt – Similar || Joggers (wearing XL) || Sneakers – Similar || Baghttps://shopstyle.it/l/Y9Tp || Hat – Similar

Think Spring!

If you live in cold climates, think spring but stay warm. If it’s already warm where you are, don’t rub it in! 😉

Be cute, confident and cozy!


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  1. Oh Paula, my prayers go out to you and your family. Life is tough I agree, especially as our parents age. God bless you and thank God you are able to be there for your dad.
    Okay, you and your friend twinning is precious! I bought a puffer coat that folds up into almost nothing for my younger son. In FL it is freezing in the morning and hot and balmy in the afternoon so it’s nice to fold that coat up.
    Take care my friend!

  2. Sweet Paula,
    First and foremost, sending healing prayers to your father. I am so happy to hear he is making progress and will continue to lift he and all of you up in prayer. I’m sure feeling all the love and support has been such a gift for him.

    Your silver puffer is fabulous and I thank you for the wintery snow photoshoot. You look cozy warm and utterly adorable.

    Xo, Jonet

  3. jodie filogomo

    Gosh, this has been such a long haul for you and your family. The love and prayers are continuing on this part of the world, and even though it won’t be immediate, hopefully the healing will come soon enough.
    I love that you are twinning with your jackets. And I bet you could definitely wear it over a dress. Especially if you had on some fun tights that you wanted to show off but keep warm.

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    I am so sorry to read things are still so trying for you and your family, sweet Paula. I will send up more prayers for your dad as he works through recovery, as well as for you.

    I like your puffer jacket, as it is on the thinner side than most I have seen. I have always stayed away from them, as I thought they would just add more bulk. This one is fabulous!

  5. Just wanted you to know I’m thinking of you, your Dad and your family. I hope that your faith and love with continue to see you through these times and that happier, more enjoyable times, are right around the corner! I love my Dad so much and I can only imagine how hard this is for you and your family.

  6. Oh Paula I am so sorry to hear of your dear Dad. I’m sending you big hugs from over the Atlantic. I’m going through similar with my Nan – who helped bring me up. She’s fading now. I’m about to take a break from the blog and work on a part time basis. Family is whats important and you sound like a wonderful daughter. Life can be heart-breaking – it’s so important to find our happiness where we can xxx


    God Bless You for caring for your Dad! The last hours are the hardest…

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    I’m so sorry that your family is going through such a touch time. Sending up prayers for continued healing and figuring out the meds. Your pictures always make me happy because you look so joyful in them! I love packable down – it’s kind of the perfect material for a coat. This color is fantastic and looks great with everything.

  9. Paula,
    I just adore you and I apologize that I have been MIA since the beginning of January when I was working on the final details of the Influencers of Midlife Summit.
    I think about you and your family daily dealing with your dad’s recovery. I have been a witness to your journey since he went into the hospital and now into rehab.
    You have been the best daughter and I know he appreciates all that you do for him.
    I enjoy following you but I also know that family time is way more important than the latest fashion trend.

    Hugs always,

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    Paula I’m so sorry your family is having to walk through this. Prayers for continued healing.

  11. Jackie Rollins

    I loved the sweater so much on you that I ordered it and love it!! I always wait with baited breath (well maybe not baited – I’m not even sure what that means!) to see your posts – I just totally relate to you and I wanted to send an email to thank you for all of your posts and to encourage you (when you can, I’m sorry you are going through all of this with your dad) to keep posting! I’m so glad I found you – thanks again for all that you do!

  12. I’m so happy your dad is on the recovery side of this journey. I know it must be so tough to watch and go through. Prayers for you and your family! Your coat is perfect and what an absolute hoot that y’all showed up both wearing it IN THE SAME COLOR even. LOL. You both look great and it’s very versatile. XO

  13. Maggie Fieger

    I wish your dad’s recovery was going smoother, but you seem to be a united family. Hugs and prayers to all of you in the journey.

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