These are the 3 words I’ve chosen to describe myself, and I’m having a great time creating an image board of pictures that portray this. September’s Instyle magazine is a goldmine, but don’t expect to find much in old issues of Oprah, Redbook or Real Simple. All I could found there were women in t-shirts and jeans.

A call from a real estate broker got me moving on this project last week. I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt when she called at 4:00 asking to see Mr. Campbell’s house at 5:00 (we’ve accepted an offer but continue to show the house until we enter a contract). I literally panicked at the thought of finding something to wear in time for a showing. Fortunately, our tenants saved me by being unavailable.

My goal is to have a basic wardrobe in place that conveys this image so that I’m not caught unprepared again. If you’ve been following my posts since April, you know it’s a big accomplishment for me to reach this point.

The three words together should help me avoid mistakes. For instance, take the dress in the picture in last Friday’s post. Curvy? Yes. Confident? Yes. Classy? Probably not. (But it was only $30 at Syms, and I loved what the color did for my eyes.)

I realize that “curvy” has BBW and plus-size connotations, which is why I won’t use it for the Red Violet brand. But I do love the word curvy. To me, it means feminine and sexy without going overboard on sexy (“voluptuous” probably goes overboard on sexy). Choosing to include “curvy” in my image words means no hiding under baggy, shapeless clothing.

Besides cutting pictures out of magazines, of course I’m having a great time shopping. You can see my two Ann Taylor finds after the jump.

It’s been a while since I’ve found anything I like at Ann Taylor, so I was pleasantly surprised to find these two items at one of their stores a couple of weeks ago. They didn’t have my size in stock, so I’ve ordered them online.

This dress has a great scoop neck, and the cotton-silk follows curves without clinging. It will look good with a jacket or cardigan or on its own. I can’t wait for it to arrive.

I love a pencil skirt. Please let this one fit when it arrives! The fabric is like a heavy, stretchy knit–super versatile and pack-able.