Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Day With Torrid

Do you know what it's like when you are so excited about something, but you can't say anything?  That's how it's been for me, knowing that I was going to be the style ambassador for Torrid! Now, I can finally give you the scoop. My first order of duty as an ambassador was to visit the Torrid headquarters in Los Angeles.  I am very familiar with the brand, but this was an opportunity for me to get to know Torrid from a "behind the scenes" perspective and to bring some of that experience to you.  

When I first got to Torrid I was greeted by their delightful staff and my own photo at the entrance.  Torrid better watch out, I might actually feel special already. HA!  Then on to the selfie wall.  I have some photos in front of it and you may even find your own.  There are a couple of selfie walls, but it's just an amazing concept.  If you wear Torrid and tag your photos #torridinsider there's a chance you can get your photo featured on their social media, but you could also have a spot on the selfie wall.  Let me just say my favorite photos came from that wall.  It made me feel all warm and fuzzy. It was like my peeps were with me. 

Then I was taken to each department of Torrid and shown where all the magic happens.  My favorite department was where the prints are created.  Torrid has real artists drawing designs that are actually transferred onto the clothing as potential prints for the upcoming seasons.  My next favorite place was the bra design studio.  The reason being is that I know a good bra is hard to find, especially for my busty ladies.  I met Vince, who in the world of bras, is quite famous.  He was hard at work trying to create bras that work for the plus size customer.  He was really interested in what I had to say about my readers and their concerns as it pertains to fit.  By far, I know my large busted readers have the worst time finding bras and I was able to share a lot of information that I had received from your comments through the years. Overall, it was really refreshing to see a staff that was passionate and enthusiastic about creating clothing for plus sizes. 

On day two of my adventures, myself and Rumer Willis co-hosted an event along with celebrity stylist, Maeve Reilly, in honor of Torrid at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. It was in the gorgeous penthouse overlooking the city.  You guys know I love all things fancy and this was definitely that.  Guests of the event included Demi Moore (just know I called my mom the next morning to tell her), George Kotsiopoulos from Fashion Police, Kristin Cavallari, Shaun Ross and two girls that are near and dear to my heart, blogger & People Style Watch writer Allison from Curvy Girl Chic and Plus Model Magazine Stylist, Reah Norman. The night encompassed a preview of the fabulous Holiday Collection, which I can't wait for.  It includes lots of sequins, party dresses, and stunning accessories. You definitely want to stay tuned for that. 





 Vince, Torrid's Bra Man



First Day Look:
Top found here, Skirt found here (Please note that I found all items in-store)




Yes! Those are sequin leggings you see for holiday! 

Torrid Signature Models, Philomena & Georgina

Chateau Look Details:  Top (to be released soon), Skirt here, Clutch here, Belt here, Shoes here

I'm the new style ambassador for Torrid.  I'm am truly excited and honored to be working with them.  This will be the first post in a series of sponsored posts throughout the upcoming months.   My excitement (like really excited LOL), styled outfits, and opinions are all be my own. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Stories

Stories by Kelly Osbourne Plus Sizes
I experienced my first Indian summer here in the Bay.  It was hot as Hades for almost the whole month of October.  I mean miserably, like 90 degrees hot.  Ugh! Temperatures are finally falling and I get to pull out jackets, sweaters, and faux leather.  It's finally starting to feel like fall and it's almost November.  I've been a little slow on the outfit posting, but I promise it's all for good things.  Some of you may be able to guess what's going on from my postings, but I hope to do an official announcement post later this week.  Anyways, thanks for hanging in there with me.  

Style Notes:  I know some of you were wondering about the Kelly Osbourne line from HSN.  I was fortunate enough to be sent a few pieces.  My favorite out of everything is this blouse. It's just super cute and lettering gives it a chic and polished feel.  I got the blouse in a 3X, I should have sized down to my normal 2X.  The line is pretty true to size.  The skirt I got from Eloquii is in a size 20.  I should have sized down to an 18 on that one as well.  It ran a little big,  but the lining ran narrow.  So keep that in mind when ordering.  My lining was tight and short.  It's a bit transparent, so I just my black long shorts shapewear underneath. 
Stories by Kelly Osbourne Plus Sizes

Stories by Kelly Osbourne Plus Sizes

Stories by Kelly Osbourne Plus Sizes
Skirt:  Eloquii, Top: HSN Stories by K.O., Shoes: Torrid, Bag:  c/o Torrid, Belt:  c/o Torrid, Lip:  


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Is the Designer Nail Polish Worth It?

Marc Jacobs Nail Polish

I had no intention of walking into Sephora and purchasing nails polish that is a whooping $18.50.  To make it worse, I bought two shades. LOL! Why did I do it? Well, I walked in looking for some beige/brown polish, my nails were clean, so I figured I'd try a few shade on. I knew about the Marc Jacobs polish, but hadn't tried it.  I'm looking through the colors and I said why not just try it.  Why did I do that?  I honestly didn't expect much, I'm like polish is polish.  I do tend to stick with OPI & Essie.  I get the longest wear from them and the colors are fab. This Marc Jacobs polish is niiiiiicccccceee.  My initial impression from just trying it on in-store was that it's super opaque (even the glittery colors), super smooth, and the brush gets the job done in two strokes.  The end result is a super shiny gloss polish that doesn't need a clear top coat if you don't want one.  As a person on the go, I thought this would be good for last minute polishing when I have to rush out (which happens a lot). I could literally do one coat and no one would bat an eyelash.  From doing a full polish I'm on day 4 with no chipping.  

To sum up my feelings on it:

Will I purchase again? Yes

What is occasions would you buy this polish for? I think is this a perfect gift for those who love nail polish.  This makes for excellent stocking stuffers for the holidays.  For me, this is a definite #treatyoself gift for myself or for the any of my polish loving friends, so I see myself picking up a color or two when I'm feeling like I deserve something fancy. 

What colors did you buy?  Evelyn & Le Charm

How does it compare to OPI & Essie?  The chipping time is similar with base and top coat. It's the opaque-ness and smoothness that makes this stand out, in my mind. 

Here's a quick note, the glittery polish did not take forever to remove. It came off pretty quickly, which is a plus in my book.  Glitter polish can be a nightmare to remove. 
Marc Jacobs Nail Polish


Marc Jacobs Nail Polish





Monday, October 20, 2014

Birthdays Was The Worst Days...


plus size patent leather skirt, Biggie T-shirt
...now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay. I just felt like a Biggie t-shirt was totally necessary for my birthday ensemble. I'm not much of a birthday person since I left the east coast.  The majority of my friends and family live there and unless I travel, things are pretty quiet.  Birthdays often just make me homesick for Georgia, so it was nice to have friend,  offer to take me to lunch.  We lunched, got manis, I went to the DryBar, found delicious cupcakes, and (of course) shopped. Later I came home to flowers from my blogger boo and dinner made by my hubby (at my request). I also had tons of texts, phone calls, and birthday wishes online.  Thank you to everyone for your birthday wishes.  I had a very nice birthday!!! 

Style Notes:  My tee is from Rebdolls.  I purchased it in a size 2x.  I love the quality of the tees there.  They fit great as well with no rolling from two much stretch and they keep their shape. If you are looking for a classic black blazer then you'll want to check this one out from ASOS.  To me, it provides a good cut, fabric, and fit.  It's not stretch.  I got a size 20 and it fit perfectly.  So I purchased one of the last skirts Ideel had.  It's has a patent leather look with stretch.  I got the 3X.  I purchased it, because it was different and interesting look. It kind of reminded me of Missy's plastic bag suit in "I can't stand the rain." I still love Missy's boldness in that video to this day.  This skirt was also something I had never seen in plus sizes before.  I actually had people say they liked the skirt and thought it looked really cool.  The only thing I didn't like about it is that it created a lot of static and it makes a lot of noise when you walk.
plus size patent leather skirt, Biggie T-shirt

plus size patent leather skirt, Biggie T-shirt
Tee:  c/o Rebdolls, Skirt: Ideel (sold out), Blazer:  ASOS, Shoes: Sole Society, Lip - LimeCrime Velvetine Red Velvet

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fab Finds Under $30

plus size fab finds under $30

I have totally been slacking on the "Fab Looks Under $30," I am going to try to kick this segment back into gear on a monthly basis.  Codes that you will need for under $30 pricing are:  Kohls 20% off - OCT20CC, Land's End 25% off Code - 1652 and Eloquii 20% off: FIRSTELQ. 

Disclaimer: Pricing doesn't include shipping or taxes, just the pricing with discounts provided. This is a popular segment and items can sell out quickly, but note that I check for stock and sizing before posting. If items are sold out, they sold out while the post has been live. 
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