Do I Have a Body Type?

So, I’ve had a lot of time lately to read blogs and get some inspiration about types of clothes to build my closet when I get home. Special thanks to one of my very favorite blogs, for their great tips: academichic.

However, I have no idea what body type I am :/ Perhaps someone can help me out (sorry if this is a bit TMI):
1. I’m short (5’3″), but not so much petite. I have wide (i.e. not narrow by any means) hips and line-backer shoulders.
2. I carry most of my weight in my derriere and thighs, although I also have a poochy stomach.
3. sometimes I feel like an under-worked gymnast: my arms aren’t slim, but not jiggly, and my legs can get pretty muscular without too much work.
4. my body is fairly proportional (torso vs. legs)
and I know all this is kinda arbitrary, but it seems like finding clothes would be a bit easier if I had some specifics to look for. Also, sometimes I just want to belong to a group :)

According to, I’m an hourglass, but I don’t feel like I have the boobs for that (they compare me to Nigella Lawson, leggy, booby Nigella, who is awesome by the way, just in case you’ve never caught her on the Food Network). Oh, the life of the vertically challenged.

I know my following isn’t super huge as of yet, but if anyone out there is listening…


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Day 2

It’s Day 2, and I already received my first comment! woo hoo! Thanks Jess LC :)

I just wanted to say that things are in a befuddling state here, if that wasn’t obvious. I will be constantly changing around that pages and things for a couple weeks to get it all just right for America and daily, fun posts. For now, I’ll probably just post what life’s been like here in Mongolia and what I’m coveting in America…

I am pining for my clothes. Not the worn-out shells of clothes that I’ve been schlepping about in for 24 months, but pretty skirts, necklaces, and shoes with peep-toes and heels that I can wear because I won’t be walking about broken cobblestones and dirt roads on my way to work. Living in a small, poor town (it takes 3 full days on a bus to get to the capital, and only real “city,” here) has it’s perks: you get to know people, even if they speak a different language; you know what to expect each and every day; it doesn’t matter what you wear because everyone wears very similar things; and you learn to live with less. Growing up in big-time So-Cal Suburbia-Land was all about keeping up with the Joneses, which I was never very good at. Never the skinniest, never the athlete, never confident enough to wear stylish clothes, I fit right in with the drama kids who taught me about changing the world. Here I am now, thanks to a seed planted by a friend in high school, and I couldn’t feel more excited about my future, I feel like I’m finally on my way to knowing what I want to do with my life. I can be fit (if not skinny), I can do yoga (if no other “sport”), I can be brave, and I can still talk to my drama friends about when we’ll be meeting up for the Harry Potter premiere later this summer. But most of all, I can keep this blog and learn to wear my closet and feel pretty and go shopping and be the most confident MFT/MSW/or whatever-my-masters-ends-up-being-in, wife, friend, and (someday) mother that I can be. This has been the most eye-opening experience that anyone could ever ask for and I won’t take what I learned for granted.

For now, I’m hoping to have some kind of employment by September (leads anyone? we’ll be living near UCLA) and I’ll be taking a CC psych course in Child Development that I somehow missed in undergrad…

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First Post EVER

And I present to you the first post ever on The Daily Befuddled (but more on that later).

I am currently sitting in my apartment in Olgii-city, Bayan Olgii-province, Mongolia, contemplating my imminent return to America in less than 3 weeks. Life has been less-than-regular during the past 2 years of service and I’m ready to be back in Southern California with sunshine and avocados, although, apparently it’s been raining quite a bit (good for avocados, not so good for sunshine). My months here have given me ample time to contemplate what my life will be like back in America; while my husband begins his master’s program, I will be working, shopping, and blogging in LA. (Quick aside: I’ve never lived in a big “city” before, but never been a small-town girl either. We’ll see how this fits…) Job searching aside, I’ve gone through many phases about what I should do with “time” in America. Here in Mongolia, time is spent 1. looking at images of America online, 2. researching American jobs and goods online, 3. reading books (about America and other places), and 4. doing nothing. Oh, how I miss coffee shops with friends! Oh, how I pine for Saturdays at the mall with mom! Oh, how I want to go to the market and see endless aisles of fresh produce and organic whole grain pasta and not-so-organic-but-otherwise-fantastic bagels! The endless possibilities of life in America are, well, endless. Needless to say, 2 years is a long time and while I wouldn’t take it back for anything, it’s time to get back to Freedom-land.

So what will this blog be, you might be asking yourself? It will be a journey of contradictories that I hope to update daily (hence the title that I thought about for a few excruciating… minutes). I suppose it will be labeled a “lifestyle” blog and these are things that I hope to include:

– my struggles, triumphs, and never-ending-love for clothes and shopping (what fits? CAN I become a thrift shopper? wait, there are SIZES in America?!)

– features that I follow from other sites (30 for 30, instafriday – did I mention that I’m OBSESSED with getting an iPhone?!, FBFF, the Paper Doll Project, etc.)

– recipes and eating in LA (I LOVE food, a point that can’t be overemphasized enough; considering coming to Mongolia? love food? think about this: the main dishes here involve unsalted, unflavored-in-any-way meat and dough. (yes, that’s a period.))

– work, travel (I wish), and school (I’m planning to take a couple classes at a CC for grad school prereqs)

– eventually a “12 for 12” (12 things I want to accomplish in 2012 inspired by this post and this post)

– and all of this while striving to be as eco-conscious as possible.

Please email me, comment me, I’m still not comfortable in saying “tweet me” since I don’t know who/what/how to do this, but apparently I have it on here. I need love.


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