Sunday, July 21, 2013

I Hate my Arms


You remember the book "I Hate my Neck" by Nora Ephron? Well, my book would be "I Hate my Arms". Everyone ( I suspect) has that disliked body part. Maybe a wayward toe, an uneven elbow, a mismatched toe nail.  Course as we get older, those disliked body parts start to add up.




My tactic to hiding my arms is arm-camo.
This year I'm going for the under-the-dress look. (last year it was over-the-dress, like boleros, shrugs, etc.)  I use the camoflage mainly at work.   Who likes arm pits at work anyway?





I try and get creative with some arm-camo. This was a stretch lace 3/4 length camisole that I cut short so that it just goes over my bra.

I can hate one body part, right?  How about you, my friends over at Visible Monday, can you hate just one?


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  1. Just one? Hmm.
    I also use arm camo (love your term!) as a sunscreen - too many years of tanning and now my arms say, NON!
    I love this outfit, your arms too.

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  2. Great idea! Yup, mine is the arms too. There are so many great looking sleeveless dresses and I just don't like to show my arms either. This dress looks great on you and the sandals are very stylish and fun. Great black and white pattern!

    blue hue wonderland

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    1. This is a great idea and I do love the dress wit it.
      However I taught myself never to use to word hate in relation to my body instead say: areas that I need to work on. I also taught myself to never reveal this parts!

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  3. Nora's book is I Feel Bad About My Neck. Somewhat gentler than 'hate'. I'm into arm coverage. I'd love to see more of what works for you.

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    1. I stand corrected. And I read it in book club. I use "hate" more liberally; more for drama than from actual feeling! I should say my arms SCARE me. lol

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  4. Great idea, and so cute! I accept my bumpy, soft arms, and with hot flashes I am not very good at long tight sleeves right now. But I'm getting very good at cutting up tops to suit my nefarious purposes in other ways!

    That dress is really cool, and I like the pattern mixing with the belt and lace.

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  5. My upper arms look like sausages! I also have a "lipoma" or two that I keep carefully hidden. Ingenious solution to the problem!

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  6. Oh, I love this arm camo idea. You look so great. I loved Nora's book too, I miss her. Thanks for linking up to Vis Monday!

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    1. I know--sort of a surprise about Nora. We read her book in book club and many agreed with the neck thing, and hiding it with turtlenecks. I don't care about my neck, tho, and abhor turtlenecks! xoxo

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  7. Great idea, Paula...you are always so creative! I'm not crazy about my arms as well...but hope that improves with my new weight training program. Have a great week ahead!

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    1. It should with a trainer! You'll be buff in no time at all! xoxo

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  8. Brilliant idea, I'm definitely going to be copying this one. I can't possibly imagine what it is you hate about your arms because they look absolulety beautiful to me. I don't think there is one thing to hate about yourself but I think it's perfectly normal for all us to have at least one thing we would love to change.

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    1. Trina, I guess just because they are thin, doesn't mean they look good! They scare me when I see the skin just dripping off my bones.....lol

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  9. I had to laugh when I read the title of your post! I hate my arms, my legs, my neck...and so on. If I covered up everything, I'd be boiling. I'm at the point where I really don't care any more (at least not too much). I do think periodically about getting an exercise program going that would help out the arms and legs (nothing is going to help the neck without surgery). I love your creative way of covering your arms, but I think you're being way too hard on yourself. I thought when I first went sleeveless that people would run away from me, screaming, but that didn't happen :) And you look to be in much better shape!
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

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    1. The arms are where my age shows the most. And yeah, I keep saying oh, I'll do those push-ups, but I do my zumba and my yoga; neither of which helps my arms. Oh, well! xoxo

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  10. Brilliant, dear Paula.
    I thought you had stopped blogging.
    So glad to have found you again.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Nope been here all along Sacramento! Save for a few hiatuses....
      and of course I we meet on FB, & pinterest! Glad to see you here again! xoxo

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  11. My arms quite as muscular as they were 15 years ago when I cheerfully got up at 5 a.m. four times a week and lifted weights, but it's way too hot for me to suffer over a bit of loose skin. It's a reliable 74 degrees at work so I usually have a sweater/jacket in case something/body important turns up. As long as it's just "us" my arms are out.
    I will say that I'm an armpit shaver, always have been, along with my legs. I don't care for hairy armpits.

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    1. Lucky you! My arms were never very toned. They are still not huge, but pretty wrinkly.
      Shaved armpits don't save me from disliking them! lol

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  12. I don't like my hands or elbows. Both of them are dead giveaways for aging. Since I can't go around with gloves or elbow patches on all the time I just have to "suck it up" and deal with it. In 10 years from now I'll wonder what I was complaining about anyhow.

    You did come up with an ingenious way to camouflage your arms though. You look fit and tan. I wouldn't worry about the arms so much.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. lol, some things we just cant hide. True in 10 years we'll be saying I wish I looked THAT good again...
      and yes, my mother tells me not to worry as well.....

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  13. I used to hate my pasty chicken wing upper arms but this year I've let them free!!

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  14. No don't hate your arms. You look great, silly. I love the way you gave this dress sleeves tho. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. It is silly, isn't it? Are we ever happy with our bodies??? Even at 17, we complain. Silly, really.

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  15. Well I love your style- and your honesty.

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  16. I love this idea, covered up but sexy! That dress is fabulous and so are you, you've got a gorgeous figure! xxx

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    1. YOu do also, Vix! And you can wear midriff tops!

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  17. I congratulate you on your creativity and this definitely does what you want it to in a very attractive way.
    The thing I hate most about summer dresses, is my arms, but I just refuse to be miserable and hot to spare the public the horror of my arm flaps. I work them out, don't mind the tops at all (kinda' like the tops, actually) but can't do a damn thing about my old, droopy skin, so too bad. Everyone must avert their gaze if they are offended. I do try hard to keep the pits closed to the public, though. I may be old, but I still have manners. Tan cream helps. I'm going to go cry now!
    Kidding.
    You have the right idea!

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  18. I like your idea for arm coverage. I have too many body parts that I dislike to name. ha I dislike them less if they're covered up though.

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  19. I am so with you, my arms are too thin, I really do not like to show them. Somebody invariably makes a comment about them and then I just feel bad. I love the idea of arm-camo, I need to join you in this! I love that black and white dress on you, you look divine. Can you join Adrienne and me for "How I Wear My: Casual Party Outfit"? We would love to have you with us once again. We are taking pictures until July 31. XO, Jill

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  20. For years I have always hated my arms.Everything I wore before had to have sleeves or a cardigan type thing on top.I am very small in the bosom department and I think that contributed to my dislike of arms as sleeveless dresses always gaped and were ill fitting.I now make all my own clothes to fit my own body shape and now this summer I find that all of my favourite dresses are the sleeveless ones.Having said that I just conquer my fear of revealing my upper arms in public to discover that my knees are not what they used to be........

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  21. what are you talking about! I love your arms!

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