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. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Celebrity Style Capture: Kim Kardashian & Rebdolls $600 Gift Card Giveaway

It's been a while since my last celebrity capture.  I think I gravitate towards the Kim or Khloe Kardashian is because of the body type similarities.  I'm a much larger version, but they are both very hip and booty centric.  Let me just say, when hubby say me in this dress his eyes lit up.  Oh men, they can be so easy to predict. LOL.  Let's just say, he gave me the thumbs up. There was a rule that I used to always follow and it was to never were nudes/beiges just because I'm kind of a beige color and thought it wouldn't work with my skin.  There can be so much value in just trying new things, which is what drew me to this dress from Rebdolls.  It's just so daring and I love a challenge.  This is definitely one of those dresses that people would want to shout, if you are plus size you shouldn't wear this.  Well, I'm plus size and I'm wearing it.  I felt super sexy in this dress and this is one of those dresses that just stop traffic. Sometimes, it's fun to have that feeling. 

With a dress this fun and my birthday on Friday (whoop!), of course we had to do a giveaway.  Rebdolls is giving away (4) $150 gift cards.  This contest is open to US & International residents. It will done similar to the last contest. Entries will be taken through 12am on Oct. 17 on the widget below and I will draw and announce the winner that same day.  I announce via facebook, but the winners are always displayed the widget below.  Good Luck!!!

Style Notes:  Now I know you must be curious as to what I have on under this dress.  This type of dress is when I usually wear two shapers. Yes, I said two.  My readers that have rocked with me from the beginning know that I will do it, if I feel it's going to give me the look I want. You can actually see Kim's shapewear, well I opted from my capri shaper for this one.  I didn't want bubble leg.  I then a spanx high waist long leg one over.   That will help smooth out any bubble leg issues.  Let me just say, capri shapers are like unicorns.  They are so hard to find in plus size.  The one I have is from the Avenue from years ago, but of course it was discontinued.  I scouted out one here, for those who are interested. 








The post is sponsored by Rebdolls, opinions are 100% my own.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Leggings Post

Leggings - Nordstrom, Shoes - Sole Society, Top - Eloquii, Lip - WetNWild Ravin Raisin w/ MAC Current Lip Liner

I've been getting so many questions about legging and to be honest, I really don't wear them for more than being around the house or to work out.  Even then, I haven't found too many leggings that I liked.  My biggest issues is thin fabric that is can have a sheer appearance or a bad fit.  These also seem to tear easily and I've ended up tossing, so many of these types in the trash that I just stopped buying leggings altogether.  I stumbled across these when I was shopping and ended up trying them on.  They are pretty fantastic. They hit on a high waist, have a wide waist band to keep everything in place, and are made from a thick ponte material.  This is not my usual outfit post, but I wanted to review these really quick because I know they are sale and I didn't want anyone to miss out and these just were too perfect not to talk about.  I purchased these in a size 22. 

My Tips For Buying Leggings

Thin & Cheap Material = Thrown away money ~   I can't tell you how many leggings I've thrown in the trash shortly after I've bought them because they got a snag or the middle seams started to open up.  One year I probably wasted $100 or leggings that had to be thrown aways instead of me just spending $50 - $80 on one good pair that would have lasted me a year or two. 

Opt for a high quality ponte knit ~ I've seen leggings in ponte in some of the lower end more fast fashion retailers, but those leggings will get sweater balls and will loose their luster quickly and will end up getting tossed only after having them for a small time.  

Luxe & Budget Friendly ~ My best leggings have always come from Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack.  Nordstrom Rack will tend to sell the high end leggings for around $30, but you just have to constantly check for stock.  Even though Nordstrom is priced higher they are usually good for a 40% off sale. 

Get "Yo" Size ~ Too big or too small and you will be pulling them up every 5 minutes.  Don't do it to "yo" self. 


Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Favorite Lippies

Left to Right, Top to Bottom: MakeUp Forever #19, LimeCrime Velvetine Red Velvet, MAC Girl About Town,  MAC Violetta (Pro Store)

I love my lipstick bright, opaque, and true to it's natural color.   I wanted to do a compilation of my favorite lipsticks that I wear often and some tips on wearing and getting the true color of a lipstick as a woman of color, and dishing on a few of the brands I wear.   

Being a woman of color or a woman who has any sort of darkness in their lips, you know the pains that getting your lipstick to show up in it's purest and most opaque color.  For me, I have brown ring around my lips.  Most makeup artists tell me that my lips are naturally lined.  I guess that's could be a good thing, but it seems to distort the lip color of my lipsticks that have any sort of sheerness.  For me, I often line my lips in a similar color or I put concealer on to mute out my natural underlying darkness on my lips. Then if I want to take it one step further, I will put a matching lip gloss over it. That may sound like a lot of steps, so if you don't want to do all that you may to lean towards lipsticks that give great coverage.  

Make-Up Forever's Aqua Rouge Lip (top left) goes on almost paint and the coverage is great.  I don't have to line if I don't want to.  The only thing is that it can be drying.  They do come an attached gloss for moisture.  You will want to exfoliate your lips just so the drying doesn't make your lips get crusty or peel while wearing (I know that's gross).  You can exfoliate simply by using sugar/honey combo and rubbing it against your lips (See the DIY Lip Scrub Video below). Exfoliation will also help with getting the lipstick's truest color by brightening your lips and making them super soft (added bonus). 

Another lippy I love is the LimeCrime Velvetines.  I am a fan of a matte finish and the velveteens definitely do that.  They are drying as well, but the colors are so magnificent.  I exfoliate before wearing them as well.  

Budget Friendly Lipsticks: The lipsticks featured are a little pricey, but I definitley have some drugstore brands that I love as well.  Milani Lipsticks are probably my biggest "go to" in the drug store.  MAC's Candy Yum Yum is always sold out, but it's much cheaper dupe, Milani Rose Hip, is a dead ringer. I also often pick up lippies from the WetNWild are fabulous.  I bought a lot of the Fergie for WetNWild, her colors were all really nice.  If you are looking for a nice matte finish, the NYX soft matte lips cremes are a inexpensive "go to."  The Velvetines are my favorite, but the NYX run a close 2nd and they have more colors. 

Favorite Milani Shades:  Rose Hip, Black Cherry, Nude Creme, Violet Volt
Favorite WetNWildShades:  Ravin Raisin, Fergie's Penthouse Sweet (very similar to Girl About Town)

Quick Tip: So I hate going into the drug store and all the shades I want are gone.  I will generally order my lipsticks online for the colors that always seem to be sold out.  Drugstore.com gives you free shipping over $35. So I'll order a few household items and the my favorite and rarely in stock lippies. 

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