Thursday, February 28, 2013

What I Wore: Upper West Blazer

I don't wear a lot of jackets.  I love the look of them; I love how they can dress up the look of an outfit.  But I don't leave the house enough to really invest in one.  Plus, I am naturally warm and don't need the extra insulation.

During my free 30-day trial of Gwynnie Bee, I decided to go ahead and try some blazers.  I usually have fit issues with areas like the bust and hips, so I wasn't expecting much from the blazers in my virtual closet. - Gwynnie Bee/Mynt 1792 Upper West Blazer, eShakti peplum top, Lane Bryant Genuis Fit jeans

Then I received the Upper West Blazer from Mynt 1792. (See me in the Lower Eastside Tux Jacket here.)  The fit was fantastic.  No bulky bust, not tight on my hips, not too tight when I cinched it with the little buckle, and the sleeves weren't too long.  The material is a soft sueded fabric with a polyester lining. It is thin enough that I didn't get over-heated. (For reference, I  am a 26/28 and wore this jacket in a 4X.) - Gwynnie Bee/Mynt 1792 Upper West Blazer, eShakti peplum top, Lane Bryant Genuis Fit jeans - Gwynnie Bee/Mynt 1792 Upper West Blazer, eShakti peplum top, Lane Bryant Genuis Fit jeans

If you haven't heard of Gwynnie Bee before, it is basically Netflix for plus size clothing.  They are always adding new great styles by different brands (GREAT brands) and range from size 10 to 28.  You can sign up and get a free 30-Day trial to try as many fashions as you like.  It is a wonderful way to try various brands and sizes and styles that you may not otherwise get to try.  I love this company and so do many other people!  Full disclosure: If you sign up via my link and decide to subscribe after your free trial, I will get a free month. - Gwynnie Bee/Mynt 1792 Upper West Blazer, eShakti peplum top, Lane Bryant Genuis Fit jeans
Upper West Blazer - Mynt 1792 via Gwynnie Bee
Cowl Neck Peplum Top - eShakti
Genuis Fit Straight Leg Jeans - Lane Bryant
Boots - Payless from years ago

Do you have a favorite jacket? And if you've tried one from Gwynnie Bee, which one has been your favorite?

Birchbox Review: February 2013

If you don't know about Birchbox, it is a monthly subscription service.  For $10 a month, you get a box of 4 to 5 high-end skincare, makeup, and/or hair care products to sample.  Sometimes there are also "lifestyle samples", like an organic granola bar, tea, etc.  Some products are even full-size!

It is a really fun thing to get in the mail!  Plus, I am a product junkie and love being able to try all these different products.  Check out the website for more information!

This month's theme is: Red Carpet Ready.

Birchbox February 2013

Products Included:

1. Color Club Nail Polish in Wild Cactus - A great polish from Color Club.  In the bottle it looks like a teal green color, but on the nails it is a very pretty shade of emerald green.  Very gorgeous and very on trend.
2. Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips - This is a thick balm originally formulated for nursing moms.  (Think the thickness of Vaseline.)  It doesn't have a scent or taste.  I love it as a lip gloss/moisturizer because it really hydrates the lips.  Mine were very chapped from the cold weather, but after one wear of this, they were smooth and hydrated.  It is a very thick, tacky formula though, so I would hate to be a mom that has to put it on my nips.  You wouldn't really want to wear clothes while it was on because it is thick and sticky and greasy.  It would leave spots on your bra or shirt.  
3. Skin & Co. Roma Cleansing Body Gel with Olive and Sicilian Orange Extracts - This is basically a body wash, although it comes in a clear, light gel formula.  It feels nice and smooth on the skin and has a light orange scent.
4. Twistband Thick Headband - I use the small Twistband hair ties at home every day.  I like them a lot.  This headband is not very secure though.  It easily slips off my head.  Either my head is too big (most likely) or the headband is too big.

Ghirardelli Caramel Chocolate Square - A typical square of Ghirardelli chocolate with a creamy caramel filling.  Yum!

Birchbox February 2013
Birchbox February 2013
Birchbox February 2013
Birchbox February 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What I Wore: Casual Polka Dots

This weekend, we went to a 25th Anniversary party for my sister-in-law's parents.  It was great fun with some pretty wonderful people.  They surprised us all by renewing their vows at the party!  It was really sweet.

I went casual for the party, but knew I wanted to wear this great bubble necklace.  I recently bought this one and the coral version from Avenue.  Polka dots are one of my favorite things, so I paired the necklace with my polka dot cami and new favorite jeans, both from Torrid. - Torrid Twist Tee, Torrid Skinny Jeans, Bubble Necklace

The cami is a Twist Tees brand.  If you haven't checked them out yet, I encourage you to do so.  The cami is made from soft knit with a small ruffle at the top.  It can be low cut, but does have adjustable straps to accommodate your comfort level.  I have three of these style tops that I just love.  They seem to introduce new patterns and colors often.  A floral version will be in an upcoming outfit post. - Torrid Twist Tee, Torrid Skinny Jeans, Bubble Necklace

I love the comfort level of this outfit, with the added bonus of feeling cute and pulled together.  I received a lot of compliments on the top and necklace at the party. And that, my friends, is always awesome! - Torrid Twist Tee, Torrid Skinny Jeans, Bubble Necklace
Twist Tees Polka Dot Ruffle Babydoll Cami - Torrid
Black Cardigan - Avenue (Similar)
Rhinestone Leg Sophia Skinny Jeans - Torrid
Bubble Necklace - Avenue (On sale right now Buy One Get One 50% off)
Silver Sequin Flats - Lane Bryant - Torrid Twist Tee, Torrid Skinny Jeans, Bubble Necklace - Torrid Twist Tee, Torrid Skinny Jeans, Bubble Necklace
Dorky me!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Q & A Monday: Random Q&A

Hey, y'all! I hope everyone had a great weekend!
This weekend, for us, was a fun and busy one.  My mother-in-law hosted our official second month of Bunco night with friends and family on Friday.  We all had a blast! We are hosting the next one at our house, so I have to clean and find some yummy recipes to make. Thankfully, I have three weeks. lol

On Saturday, we attended a 25th Anniversary Party for my sister-in-law's parents.  They surprised everyone by renewing their vows.  It was so sweet and so much fun.  I drank way too much wine and chatted with friends all night.  Sunday was spent catching up on sleep, doing some house chores, and the like.  Monday waits for no one!

It is time again for Friend Makin' Monday.  If you have a blog, I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.  Leave me a comment here, so I know you are playing.  Then you can also leave a comment over at All The Weigh, so other folks can check out your answers as well.  It is a fun way to connect to other bloggers.

Random Q & A

1. Did you watch the Oscars? If so, who did you enjoy seeing most?  
I haven't watched them yet, but I recorded them.  I'll probably watch them in segments this week as I work on various household chores.

2. Do you drink meal replacement shakes, smoothies, etc?  If so, what’s your favorite kind?  
Nope. I've never really liked them.

3. Share one thing you have done to help someone in the last week. 
A friend was putting together a slideshow at the last minute and needed some pictures scanned in, so I was able to email some photos and save him some time.

4. What is the tastiest thing you ate last week?  
I made a yummy Four Bean soup that was pretty good.  Had a taco salad for lunch one day...Can't remember anything else....

5. Think of one fun thing that you could do this week without spending any money to do it.  
Work on my craft projects and photo books. I am way behind in both.

6. Share one place that you’ve been to and would like to visit again.  
Victoria, B.C.  Hope to take a little vacation there this summer.

7. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?  
Facebook is easier for me to use and I enjoy posting pictures more frequently.  I like checking in on things on Twitter and connecting with other bloggers (who seem way more active on Twitter), but I usually forget to post things on Twitter as they are happening.  I guess Facebook is just easier for me to keep up with mostly.

8. What is your favorite vegetable?  
Oh man....I love vegetables and fruit.  It really does change with my mood, as I am craving something different from time to time.  I love mushrooms, green beans, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, sweet potatoes, parsnips, etc.

9. Share a goal that you have for the month of March.  
I would like to get at least one photo book done, work on my painting of Miss P (who passed away right before Christmas), clean the house really good since we are hosting Bunco this month, and work out more often.

10. Share a quote that inspires you.  
I have several:
"Be the person your dog thinks you are."
"You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there's still going to be somebody who hates peaches." - Dita Von Teese
"Always be proud of yourself and understand that it's your individuality that makes you beautiful." - Mark Feehily

Now it is your turn!  Happy Monday and have a fabulous week!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Diva In The Kitchen: Cheese Fondue

The husband and I prefer a low-key Valentine's Day.  We like to stay home, make dinner, watch a movie, exchange presents and cards, and just spend time together.  In the eight Valentine's Days we have spent together, we've only gone out for one - last year.  It was a wonderful evening spent at one of our favorite restaurants, but we chose to return to our low-key ways this year.

Our most favorite thing to make for dinner on this fun occassion is fondue.  In previous years, I have done various broth and wine fondues with seasonings in whatever flavor category we want that year.  We set out a tray of raw meats (chicken, pork, scallops, shrimp, steak, etc.) and cook the meat in the broth.  When we do this, I also set out lots of dipping sauces for us to try various combinations of flavors.  I think I only made chocolate fondue the first year we started the tradition.  It is very easy to fill up on all the bite-sized pieces of meat. Valentine's Day Cheese Fondue recipe

This year, we decided to go with a cheese fondue to emulate our favorite German restaurant's yummy appetizer.  We also went way overboard with the food to dip and barely made a dent.  It is very filling!  I have used all the other fixins in lunches and dinners this week.

Pretty Flowers

Chateau Ste Michelle Sweet Riesling and Dry Riesling
Some very yummy wine.  Even the dry one is tasty.  I used it in the fondue as well.

Rusty the long-haired chihuahua
My sweet fuzzy man waiting for some hand-outs. Valentine's Day Cheese Fondue recipe
Our smorgasbord all laid out. Valentine's Day Cheese Fondue recipe

Cheese Fondue
Recipe from The Cheese Spot

- 1 clove garlic, halved crosswise (I used a tablespoon or so of minced garlic)
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar or dry white wine
- 8 oz. Gruyere cheese, grated (3 cups)
- 8 oz. Emmental cheese, grated (3 cups)
- 8 oz. raclette cheese, grated (3 cups)
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- Freshly grated nutmeg (I ended up using about 2-3 tsp, but could have used more)
- Freshly ground white pepper (Also used about 2-3 tsp, but could have added more)
- Assorted items to dip!! (We used a pear, an apple, a soft pretzel, rye bread, olive bread, French bread, Italian crusted chicken, grilled chicken, sweet pickles wrapped in ham, avocado slices wrapped in turkey, sauteed mushrooms, and pickled cauliflower.) 

More Hailey's Notes: I also added fresh cracked black pepper.  In the future, I think I would use a Gruyere/Cheddar mix (Trader Joe's has a delicious one), and probably add some mustard to the mix for a bit of tang.  I use an electric fondue pot that gets hot really fast.  If you are using an electric one, watch your heat and make sure you don't burn the cheese or make it grainy.  After it was all smooth and ready, I just stirred it occasionally.

- Rub inside of fondue pot with garlic; discard garlic. (If you use minced garlic, just sprinkle it in.) Pour cider or wine into pot and place over medium-low heat.  When liquid starts to bubble, start adding cheeses by the handful, stirring until melted and combined.
- Whisk together lemon juice and cornstarch in a small bowl until cornstarch dissolves; stir into cheese mixture.  Continue stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbling slightly, about five minutes.  Season with nutmeg and pepper.
- Transfer fondue pot to the table, and keep warm over the fondue pot warmer.  Serve with an assortment of items to dip. Valentine's Day Cheese Fondue recipe Valentine's Day Cheese Fondue recipe
As you can see, we really only finished off the pear, apple, and pretzel.  lol

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What I Wore: Chocolatey Goodness - eShakti peplum cowl top, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeans, Gwynnie Bee Mynt 1792 jacket

This weekend, I was finally able to wear my chocolate brown eShakti peplum top. I also have a solid, dark red version.  (You can read about eShakti and see the red top HERE.)  This one is in a slightly different fabric, but still has some comfy stretch to it.  Again I say, they need to have more of this top in every color.  I would buy them all. - eShakti peplum cowl top, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeans, Gwynnie Bee Mynt 1792 jacket

I wore the top with my Sophia skinny jeans from Torrid.  I've decided they fit more like a straight leg. That isn't really a bad thing, except when I have to fold that extra fabric into my tall boots.  While these jeans do tend to stretch out in a couple wears, they are soft and comfy and a great length.  I love having jeans I can actually wear flats with. - eShakti peplum cowl top, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeans, Gwynnie Bee Mynt 1792 jacket

Along with my new top, I was also rocking the Lower East Side Tux Jacket from Mynt 1792, which I borrowed from Gwynnie Bee this month.  I'm not used to jackets in this style fitting my body very well because I have a smaller bust for a big girl.  However, this jacket fit really well.  It didn't gap in weird places and laid well against my body.  The material is a light-weight, soft fabric with a (somewhat) shiny snake-skin print.  There is a small zippered pocket on each side and a small metal hook closure that stays closed pretty well.

I originally envisioned a more "bad ass" look for this jacket, but just couldn't find a top to go with my ensemble.  Next time though.... - eShakti peplum cowl top, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeans, Gwynnie Bee Mynt 1792 jacket
Lower East Side Tux Jacket - Mynt 1792 (via Gwynnie Bee)
Cowl Neck Peplum Top - eShakti
Rhinestone Leg Sophia Skinny Jeans - Torrid
Glitter Flats - Torrid (from a handful of years ago)
Necklace - Etsy Sellers  RHB Designs & Under Her Charm - eShakti peplum cowl top, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeans, Gwynnie Bee Mynt 1792 jacket

Monday, February 18, 2013

Q & A Monday: Blogger To Blogger

Happy Monday, y'all!

I hope everyone is recharged and refreshed today.  I don't quite feel as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as I would like, but hopefully I can change that this week.

This past weekend, we said goodbye to our dear friend Manuel at a memorial in his honor.  I still find it very hard to wrap my head around the fact that he's gone.  I keep thinking he's on vacation and will return soon so we can invite everyone over for a game night.  :-(  This weekend's memorial was open to everyone, which gave me the opportunity to meet some more of his friends that I hadn't met before. 

Toasting to Manuel

Sunday was mine and Sean's belated Valentine's Day together.  We invited my mother-in-law over on Actual Valentine's Day where I made shrimp-stuffed pasta shells, roasted green beans, and heart-shaped brownies.  We watched Skyfall and just had a relaxing evening.  Sunday's dinner was cheese fondue with a buffet of veggies and such for dipping.  It was another relaxing evening and much needed.

It is time again for Friend Makin' Monday.  If you have a blog, I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.  Leave me a comment here, so I know you are playing.  Then you can also leave a comment over at All The Weigh, so other folks can check out your answers as well.  It is a fun way to connect to other bloggers.

Blogger To Blogger

1.  Does your blog have one overwhelming theme?
My blog mainly centers around plus-size fashion or, more specifically, my plus-size fashion sense.  But I also talk about beauty products, DIY projects, recipes, my personal life, and more.  It has become more of a lifestyle blog as I've focused on writing more.

2. How did you come up with the theme(s) for your blog? Was it intentional?
In starting the blog about plus-size fashion, it was very intentional.  I wanted to join the community of bloggers that put positivity into the world in regards to plus-size anything.  Being fat isn't bad and doesn't make you worth less as a person.  It doesn't make you less beautiful or not worthy of everything you want in life.  I wanted to bring my voice and experience and view point into the mix and encourage others as others have encourage and inspired me.  Branching out to other topics just happened very naturally.

3.  Share something cool that has happened in your life as a result of blogging.
I've been able to make some blog friends from all over the world and work with clothing companies that offer beautiful clothing options in my size.  I've also had friends reach out to me and tell me how I have inspired them and made them feel great about themselves with what I say and stand for.  That means more to me than anything.

4. How much time to do spend reading blogs everyday?
Not enough time.  I have a giant blogroll on BlogLovin' and I don't get to it nearly as much as I need to.  I try to catch up whenever I have a chance.

5.  Do you blog on the weekends?
Typically, no.  Since my husband is off on the weekends, we try to make plans for spending time together.  Weekends are usually reserved for various errands and chores.  Once in while, I will post something on a weekend though.

6.  Do you keep track of your stats?  Do they matter to you?
At first I kept track more often, but I don't worry too much about it these days.  I find it interesting to see what posts are more popular.  I just keep writing and using social media and check on the stats now and then.

7. How do you decide how much to share about your personal life?
If I want to share something about my personal life, I usually go ahead and do it.  If it is about someone in my life, I make sure I have talked to them about whatever it is I am writing about.  (For example, if I have an issue with someone, I make sure I have discussed the issue with them before I post about it.)  I also try to make sure I am not saying anything in the blog that I wouldn't say to someone's face.  I don't write things to be negative or point fingers.  Generally, I write about things that have happened to me and how I feel and what I have learned in those situations. 

8. Do you aspire to be a writer, or did blogging happen for some other reason?
Blogging happened because I wanted a semi-creative outlet via computer and wanted to talk about things I love with other like-minded individuals.  I enjoy writing and have some writing related aspirations, but blogging, for me, is mainly for the enjoyment of it.

9. As a blogger, do you think it’s more important to write for yourself, or for your readers?
For yourself.  You can't please everyone.  You just can't.  And if you are constantly trying to write things you think other people will enjoy, you are going to stress yourself out and, at some point, get really disappointed.  Writing for yourself makes you happy, keeps you focused, and lessens the stress of pleasing others.  If you are loving what you do, others will see your enthusiasm. 

10.  What kind of plans do you have for the future of your blog? 
Right now, I am just working on content and posting regularly.  I want a better routine for everything.  Learning how to juggle blogging and life stuff is important.  When opportunities arise, I try to seize them.  I'd like to get to a place where I feel more confident in putting myself out there more, as far as participating in more events and promoting the blog and posts.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.  Don't forget to link up and share your answers!

Friday, February 15, 2013

What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Passion

It is time for the second installment of Sartorial Medley!  Did you miss the introduction?  Aislynn of Couture For Curves and I have teamed up for a monthly, themed fashion "challenge" post.  Each month we invite you to join us by participating in the month's theme and sending us your photo and/or link to your blog post.

We welcome participation from anyone, regardless of your dress size.  From now (February 15th) until the 25th, email me your photo and link to your blog post at

Now on to this month's theme: Passion.
Please feel free to interpret this month's theme as you see fit.  Whether you want to show off a sexy look, a date night outfit, an outfit you love, something you wear while doing something you are passionate about, etc. It is up to you!

I chose to go the "date night" outfit route (because I have a passion for my sweet husband). I also have a serious passion for these boots right now (I know, I know. I'll wear different footwear soon. lol)  Plus, my precious fur child Kiki makes a little appearance in my photos. - Sartorial Medley: Passion

This particular night, we also stopped by Lane Bryant so I could use some Rewards Checks that were about to expire.  You know I am passionate about shopping!  I bought the new Smooth Boost Plunge bra, which gave me fantastic boost!  Go try it on right now!  I also found the jacket below in clearance. It is a $100 jacket that I got for $30. I was an excited girl! - Sartorial Medley: Passion - Sartorial Medley: Passion

The sweater was a lot longer than I remember it being.  The proportions with the skirt was kind of off and I was getting frustrated.  So I just pulled the skirt farther up my torso until it was the length I wanted.  It stayed pretty well all night, so I wasn't constantly fighting with it.  It was a "Make It Work" moment. lol - Sartorial Medley: Passion
Argyle Sweater and Lace Trim Cami - Lane Bryant
Denim Pencil Skirt - Old Navy (Similar)
Leggings - Fashion Bug (Similar)
Sidney Tall Lace Back Boots - Avenue
Rhinestone Heart Necklace - Forever 21 - Sartorial Medley: Passion - Sartorial Medley: Passion - Sartorial Medley: Passion

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day with your friends, family, or partner-in-crime. :-)

Sartorial Medley: Passion Theme

Aislynn of Couture For Curves

Monday, February 11, 2013

Q & A Monday: Personal Quirks and Habits

Hey, y'all.

Last Monday evening, I got a phone call from my close friend Nigel.  It was an unexpected phone call informing me that another great friend of ours had passed away that morning.  It has been a tough week dealing with the loss of such an amazing person as our dear Manuel.  I've tried to stay pretty busy.  I knew I wanted to make Nigel a photo book of Manuel as a gift, so I started collecting pictures and helping Nigel with things he needed.

Yesterday, we held a memorial for our close knit group at ours (and Manuel's) favorite Drunch place. (Drunch = Drunken Brunch)  We all donned tiaras and boas in honor of Manuel, drank, talked, ate, and played some fun group games.  It was a fun memorial celebrating a life that ended far too soon.  I know he was there in spirit, enjoying the laughs and feeling the love we all have for him.


It is time again for Friend Makin' Monday.  If you have a blog, I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.  Leave me a comment here, so I know you are playing.  Then you can also leave a comment over at All The Weigh, so other folks can check out your answers as well.  It is a fun way to connect to other bloggers.

 Personal Quirks and Habits

1. Share one unique character trait that sets you apart from your friends.
Hmmm, oh gosh.  I have some wonderful friends who I share various things in common with, so I'm not sure what sets me apart necessarily.  I have a sense of creativity that allows me to express myself in ways that are different than my friends, perhaps.  And maybe my perseverance in the face of things which some people may feel they wouldn't be able to handle.

2. List at least two pet peeves that always aggravate you.
Ignorance in its many forms (racism, homophobia, just being dumb, etc.) and poor manners.

3. Is there a word or phrase that you say so regularly that people expect to hear it from you?
Fabulous!/ Aye chihuahua! / daaaahling

4. Are you a risk taker, or do you typically play it safe?
Play it safe. I like to be slow and steady and follow the rules.

5. Describe your life as it was in high school. Are you the same person? Have you changed?
Ugh, high school was awful.  I went to three different high schools because we had to move around.  I have always been "the fat girl", so as you can imagine, many of the idiot kids made fun of me.  It was really hard for me to make friends at the new schools.  I basically did my homework all afternoon/evening - day after day.  The friends I did have were wonderful.  I loved drama class and choir and had some amazing teachers as well.  But when I think about high school, I mostly remember the feeling of dread every day I'd have to go to school.
There are parts of my personality that are similar, but I have changed a lot since then.  I'm more opinionated, have more self-confidence, and speak up more often than I did in high school.

6. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done that you’re glad you did?
When I was 20, I decided to move away from home for the first time - 3,000 miles away.  I saved up my money, bought my plain ticket, packed up my room, and didn't tell my mom and stepdad until a month before it happened.  I moved in with two of my friends, having only $300 in my pocket.
Even though all my luggage got lost in transit and I had to use my little bit of funds to buy clothing and underwear and toiletries, it was still the best thing I have ever done for myself.

And, on a lighter note, pushing my honeymoon back a week so I could see NKOTB in concert in 2008 was pretty darn awesome too. lol

7. Do you ever talk to yourself? If so, share an example.
Of course.  I always have a running monologue in my head.  I'd say a majority of it is reminding myself of things I need to do, and the rest is probably interview type scenarios about some event or person in my life that is bothering me.  Otherwise, I talk to my fur kids, make up voices for them to talk back to me, and sing any song and change the lyrics so it is about chihuahuas.

8. Share something you did that unexpectedly helped shape your life.
It all shapes one's life, doesn't it?  I could say moving around a lot unexpectedly allowed me to be more informed and more intelligent than my peers. I could say that moving across the country when I was 20 helped me start to become an independent woman and see how great the world could be when I make my own rules and no longer live in a negative household.  I could say that standing up to my mother allowed me to see how truly flawed and selfish she is.  She can't be the mother I want her to be and that has been a tough lesson to learn.  Accepting a blind date led me to my husband.  He's my best friend and helped me achieve some long-awaited dreams.  The list goes on and on....

9. Do you follow a strict routine, or are you a free spirit? Are you somewhere in between?
I suppose I am somewhere in between?  I don't necessarily have a strict routine, although this year I would like to have a more planned schedule to keep me on track with things I want to get done.

10. Share something about yourself that you hope will inspire others.
Hmmmm, I'm not really sure what to say as I feel I have a few stories I could share.  But maybe I will share this: I grew up being bullied about my weight and appearance my entire life.  It wasn't just idiotic school children who said nasty things about me, it was also a lot of family members.  My mom especially hated me for not looking like the daughter she wanted.  When she wasn't picking apart my weight, it was about my skin or hair or personality or dreams.  I was never, ever good enough and she let me know it.  I'm sure a lot of people can relate to that, unfortunately.
I still have crappy days when nasty things people said to me seep back into my brain, but I now dedicate a majority of my time into helping other people feel good about themselves.  It is important to me because I never had that growing up.  It doesn't matter your size, weight, height, or whatever.  You are beautiful, wonderful, fabulous, and spectacular. Truly loving yourself is the best gift you can give to you.

Now it's your turn! Link up here and with  Kenlie to share your answers.  I hope you all have a Happy Monday and a Fabulous week.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

What I Wore: Star Wears

Hey, y'all!  I hope you are having a fun weekend!  I thought I'd take some time to post another fun outfit that I just loved wearing.  I wore this to our first official Bunco night with friends and got lots of compliments. - Galaxy Print Wrap Top by ASOS Curve

I'll refrain from gushing about my boots and jeans since I have done that already. This top is the Galaxy Wrap Top from ASOS Curve.  It is my first time trying something from ASOS, so I was pretty darn happy when it fit so well.  I borrowed this top from Gwynnie Bee a few weeks ago.  After seeing some other bloggers who are a similar size to me (I'm typically a 26), I went ahead and tried this top in a 22.  (I believe that means it is a UK 22, although sometimes I admit I get a little confused with the numbers.)  I wasn't expecting it to work, but it did!!  In fact, I might have been able to go down a size because of the style.

This top is sleeveless, with a faux wrap bust.  It was a bit big in the bust for me and I did need to wear a tank underneath.  There is a tie belt in the same pretty galaxy print as the top.  I am 5'9" and the length on this was about tunic length.  I really loved that it was a bit longer, as I think that length looks better on me than shorter tops.  What I really loved was the draping of the top.  The abundance of fabric fell over my hips nicely.  If you have larger hips, there is plenty of room for your curves in this top. - Galaxy Print Wrap Top by ASOS Curve

Additionally, I don't think it gives the dreaded "pregnant look" either.  I really fell in love with this top and am considering buying it.  The galaxy print wasn't as crazy as I thought it might be and the colors are beautiful.  I think my only real issue with the top was the larger bust area.  I probably should have pinned it or something. - Galaxy Print Wrap Top by ASOS Curve
Galaxy Print Wrap Top - ASOS Curve via Gwynnie Bee
Rhinestone Leg Sophia Skinny Jeans - Torrid
Sidney Tall Lace Back Boot - Avenue
Cardigan, Necklace, and Earrings - Avenue - Galaxy Print Wrap Top by ASOS Curve - Galaxy Print Wrap Top by ASOS Curve - Galaxy Print Wrap Top by ASOS Curve

Thursday, February 7, 2013

What I Wore: Boots with Pep!

Hello, dahlings!  I hope this post finds you well.  I am so excited to share this outfit with you!  This ensemble was worn to my husband's work party a couple weeks ago.  It combines three pieces I have been looking for everywhere - a peplum top, skinny jeans, and tall boots.  Until now, these pieces eluded me.  But I have found them!! 

I started looking at eShakti when I saw how great their prices can be.  Not only do they have super cute retro-style dresses, but they continuously offer great styles in skirts and tops.  When you sign up on eShakti's website, you get a $25 gift certificate to use towards any item.  I decided to take advantage of this and ordered a brown striped peplum top that I haven't blogged about yet.  I loved it so much that I ordered this burgundy one as soon as I saw it.  eShakti's clothing ranges in sizes 0-36 and you can have any item customized to your measurements (or change the sleeve length, neckline, skirt length) for only $7.50 extra.

When ordering this top, I had the elbow-length sleeves extended to three-quarter length, and made the length of the top just a tad longer.  I would highly recommend this company.  I have also received various $20 off codes in my email as well.  For a plus-size gal with a smaller chest, like myself, the opportunity to customize to my measurements has been wonderful!  This style is not currently available, but it seems they cycle some styles through in different colors.  Keep checking their site if this style interests you.

On to the jeans!  I already wrote about my adventures in trying on skinny jeans.  This pair is the fruit of my labor.  The calf and ankle area seem to fit me a little more like a straight leg.  I still have to do a little folding and tucking to get them in the boots.  However, they are comfortable and fit well.  I did find that after two wears they were quite stretched out in the waist and bottom.  I washed them to shrink them back to size, but haven't worn them yet.

Now let's talk about the boots. Holy Cannoli, y'all!!  I am so glad I went ahead and bought these when I had the chance.  They are from  I read the reviews and saw that some other wide-calf ladies had success with these.  Originally $75, these boots were on sale for $35 and I also had a percentage discount. (If you wear a size 12 or 13, they are on sale now for $29.96.)

When they arrived in the mail, I had to try them on immediately.  The back laces up, so I was able to loosen them just a bit for a perfect fit.  They make me feel so sassy!  Not only am I just plain ecstatic to have found a pair that works for me, but I feel pretty awesome in them.  I've worn them on several occasions now and have to comment on their surprising comfortable factor.  If I wear them for hours and hours, they rub my big toe just a tiny bit.  Otherwise, I have no other issues with them.

If I do a video while wearing these, just be warned that I will be strutting up a storm!

Cowl Neck Peplum Top - eShakti (Similar here)
Rhinestone Leg Sophia Skinny Jeans - Torrid
Sidney Tall Lace Back Boot - Avenue
Necklace - Forever 21
Bracelet - Birchbox

PS - While you still have to put up with some more outfit photos that involve my driveway that needs to be pressure washed, I finally set up a nice looking photo area in my garage!  It rains so much here that it is really the only way I can manage a nice-looking background.  Can't wait to show you!

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