Friday, September 19, 2014

What I Didn't Wear: Prototype Animal Print Top

September has been insanely busy, y'all!  I welcome it because it is mostly fun stuff, but it does keep me from being as productive on the blog as I would like to be.  Today I bring you another installment of What I Didn't Wear, where I show you an item that just didn't quite work for me. - What I Didn't Wear: Prototype Animal Print Top

This is the Peter Pan Collar Top in Animal Print by Prototype.  I tried it through Gwynnie Bee, as I had never heard of the brand Prototype before.  I am wearing it in a 3X and, while it had potential, it didn't fit the way I envisioned it would.

Out of the box, I loved the print.  It is a cheetah/leopard hybrid mix of print and color.  The Peter Pan collar was a cute touch as well.  But then the issues began.  The top is made from a thin, see-through material; plus, it is super short.  I made sure I was wearing a black tank underneath before I started photographing the top.  In the above photo, I pulled the smocked waist down as far as it would go towards my waist line.  It was still a good five inches too short.  The hem of the top was only a couple inches below my waist.

Below, I pulled the smocked waist up a bit to give it more of an empire silhouette.  I bloused the extra material out over the smocked part.  The top itself actually looked better this way, except for the fact that it was insanely short.  I would have been flashing skin had I not been in a separate tank. - What I Didn't Wear: Prototype Animal Print Top

The other issue is the armholes.  They are massive.  It doesn't necessarily show on camera well, but the armholes are generously sized.  From this side view, you have a better look at just how short the top is. - What I Didn't Wear: Prototype Animal Print Top - What I Didn't Wear: Prototype Animal Print Top

If you are petite or have a really short torso, this might be a good top for you to try.  I'm just not sure.  I do love the print and the idea of the style, but I just don't think it was executed well in this.

I leave you with another example of how short this top is.  When I lifted my arms to undo the button at the back of the collar, this is what it looks like: - What I Didn't Wear: Prototype Animal Print Top

Have you tried the Prototype brand?  Have you had success with a different style from them?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What I Wore: Summer Blues - Mynt 1792 Studded Chambray Shirt via Gwynnie Bee, Lane Bryant Swing Cami and Genius Fit Bermuda Shorts

According to, a majority of you are still having hot summer temperatures going on.  While I certainly don't wish for the eight to nine months of rain that come with a Pacific Northwest fall and winter season, I do long for cooler temperatures and more fall-like crisp air.

In the meantime, I have been getting more use out of my shorts that I dared to buy this summer.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I haven't worn shorts since middle school - until this summer.  It has been exciting and a much needed break from my normal summer uniform of denim capris or maxi dresses. - Mynt 1792 Studded Chambray Shirt via Gwynnie Bee, Lane Bryant Swing Cami and Genius Fit Bermuda Shorts - Mynt 1792 Studded Chambray Shirt via Gwynnie Bee, Lane Bryant Swing Cami and Genius Fit Bermuda Shorts

I still love these shorts.  They have kept their shape well and don't ride up between my thighs.  The swing cami, also from Lane Bryant, is cut a little more loose through the mid-section so it isn't as clingy as most of their tanks.  I am so happy I ordered two colors when they had them online! - Mynt 1792 Studded Chambray Shirt via Gwynnie Bee, Lane Bryant Swing Cami and Genius Fit Bermuda Shorts

I was really excited to try this shirt when it arrived in my Gwynnie Bee package.  I have previously tried a couple jackets from Mynt 1792 and a few skirts, so I was happy I was able to try another type of item.  The ombre is a really great touch for this chambray shirt.  The collar features flat-tipped studs for a little something extra.  I thought it was such a fun embellishment!

I rolled up the sleeves for a more casual look, but was disappinted when the shirt wouldn't close around my hips.  I wear a 22/24 now and this 3X was just a bit too small in the hips.  As with most button-down styles of shirts for me, the fit is great in the bust in a smaller size, but useless for actually buttoning up through the hips.  Wearing it open was so cute though, I didn't mind since I was only borrowing it.  Still, it is helpful to know the fit for any future purchases. - Mynt 1792 Studded Chambray Shirt via Gwynnie Bee, Lane Bryant Swing Cami and Genius Fit Bermuda Shorts
Studded Chambray Shirt - Mynt 1792 via Gwynnie Bee (Also on Amazon)
Blue Swing Cami - Lane Bryant
Genius Fit Bermuda Shorts - Lane Bryant
Gold Flip Flops - Old Navy (Similar)

What are your thoughts on chambray shirts?  Have you found your perfect one?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Diva In The Kitchen: Review

A few weeks ago, a friend sent my husband a coupon for four individual meals (or two two-person meals) from  This site and service was totally new to me, so I thought it would be fun to try.  This is not a sponsored post, but I wanted to share my experience with the service and product in case it would be useful to any of you.

The idea behind Plated is that each week, seven chef-designed recipes are introduced as the menu.  They feature four meat and fish dishes and three vegetarian dishes.  You can choose what meals you want to make, pick a delivery day, and all the ingredients arrive on your door step.  Based in New York City, their website supplies that they use "local and seasonal produce whenever possible and source our meats from local, family-owned purveyors." - Diva In The Kitchen: Review

We chose two gluten free options from that week's menu: Grilled Flatiron Steak with Potato Salad and Asparagus Salsa and Summer Vegetable Paella.  When choosing meals, you can also look at the calorie count, type of meal, difficulty, and prep time.  They provide information regarding whether the meal is gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, low calorie, spicy, low cholesterol, etc. We received our box on time the day of our scheduled delivery.  Inside the box was a padded foil lining that held two big bags of ice (they were still half frozen when the box arrived), along with all the ingredients for the two recipes we chose.  On the outside of the padded lining were the 8x10 recipe cards. - Diva In The Kitchen: Review

The ingredients were all packaged and labeled.  This level of organization is right up my alley!  Everything was fresh and ready to be prepared. - Diva In The Kitchen: Review - Diva In The Kitchen: Review

The large recipe cards feature a picture of the final product on the front with various cooking tips relating to that recipe.  On the back of the card is a list of the ingredients and step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) for preparing the meal.  Thanks to being able to have this handy recipe card on hand, I have already re-created the potato salad a couple times. - Diva In The Kitchen: Review - Diva In The Kitchen: Review

Here is another example of how everything is packaged.  The mustard and yogurt for this recipe were in little plastic containers, while the red wine vinegar was in a little bottle. - Diva In The Kitchen: Review

The directions were very easy to follow.  I didn't compare our time of prep and cooking to the recipe, but I didn't feel that it took us too long to complete. - Diva In The Kitchen: Review - Diva In The Kitchen: Review

The portion size was as it should be per person.  The flavors went together really well to create a satisfying meal we probably wouldn't have thought to make otherwise.  I did end up adding feta to the meat dish at the end because I thought it would be tasty.  It was. lol - Diva In The Kitchen: Review

Our second meal was the Summer Vegetable Paella.  Again, everything was freshly packaged and labeled. While this recipe was a little more involved, it was still easy to make via the clear instructions.  This was my first time making paella, so I was excited to try it.  The amount of flavor in this one dish really surprised and impressed both myself and my husband.  It had such simple ingredients.  Seconds were had for sure!  Plus, we still had enough leftover for another meal the following day. - Diva In The Kitchen: Review - Diva In The Kitchen: Review

The service is $10 a month, plus $12 a plate when you order your meals; or you can pay as you go for $15 a plate.  If you want to try it out, you can use my referral code to get two free plates when you make a full priced purchase.  While I know that the cost is pretty steep for a lot of people out there, the convenience and hassle-free portion of the service might just make up for it. 

Have any of you used before?  I'd love to know your experience and thoughts!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I Wore: More Summer Stripes

It is still pretty warm here.  Ideally, it won't start raining until some time next month (because once it starts, it won't stop until May or June).  I'm going to keep the summer outfit posts coming until I can start dressing in more fall-like ensembles! - What I Wore: Summer Stripes

At the beginning of summer, I tried on this striped maxi and loved it so much I bought both colors.  They have been great for mixing and matching with other colors in my wardrobe and having something fun and easy to throw on for a day. Comfort, staying cool, and looking cute are my ideal priorities to hit. - What I Wore: Summer Stripes - What I Wore: Summer Stripes

The black and tan one seemed a little more dressy to me. I don't know why.  I added the belt and really like the way it breaks up the stripes a bit more.  I think defining my waist that way gives it a little more shape. - What I Wore: Summer Stripes
Striped Maxi Dresses - Lane Bryant
Amber Shrugs - SWAK Designs
Studded Belt - Lane Bryant Outlet
Multi-Chain Necklace - Vera Wang via Kohl's
Rose Gold Kylie Sandal - Trotters via - What I Wore: Summer Stripes

Do you buy all the colors when you find an item you love?

Friday, September 5, 2014

What I Wore: Coral Heat - What I Wore: Coral Heat

Last year when Lane Bryant put out these super comfy knit skirts, I went the practical route and bought a black one.  When they went on clearance, I went ahead and snagged a pink one because it was a solid color and would go with various things.  At this point I need to take them in so they don't fall to the floor when I put them on, which bummed me out, because they are absolutely awesome for summer and when you want to wear something cute that feels like pajamas. - What I Wore: Coral Heat

Before summer started, I ventured to my local Lane Bryant outlet store to look around.  They usually have the best deals on jeans with a bigger selection of styles.  I did find jeans but, while browsing the clearance racks, I found this colorful knit skirt in my size!  I was so happy!!   It was a steal of a deal and made me really excited to sport a more bold pattern.  In the fitting room, I tried it on with a navy blue top and it looked really cute; But I wanted to amp it up with more color! - What I Wore: Coral Heat

Shopping my closet, I remembered I had this great beige tank with vibrant orange embroidery.  It has an elasticized bottom (which I usually despise), bought with the sole intention of wearing it with my cream and black maxi skirt.  While my Amber shrug is neither the right shade of pink or orange, it is this awesome inbetweenie coral-pink shade that works well to bring everything together.  I was really happy with the end result! - What I Wore: Coral Heat
Embroidered Tank - Lane Bryant
Tropical Knit Skirt - Lane Bryant (Similar styles here)
Amber Shrug - SWAK Designs
Rose Gold Kylie Sandals - Trotters via Amazon

Do you have an item or pattern you wish you could find again?  Let me know in the comments!

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