Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Wishlisting

Hey, y'all!  I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

As Thanksgiving (and Black Friday) are fast approaching, I have been doing a lot of strolling through some of my favorite online stores to plan out a wishlist for my husband and to also plan out my Black Friday attack.  I don't physically go out shopping for the post-holiday sales, oh no!  I don't possess the patience for that.  I much prefer meandering through the interwebs and snatching up deals or items from the comfort of my own home.  It has become a fun little tradition for Sean and I.

As I build up my lists, I thought I would show you some of the things I am adding.  Throughout the holiday season, I can bring you some fun little lists of items I can't wait to own!  These will cover an assortment of brands and types: fashion, beauty products, home items, etc.  For today, I offer a more girly fashion and beauty collection.

Holiday Wishlist 2014 Part One

So let me give you a rundown on my choices:

- A few of the items are from plus-size retailer Roaman's.  I am all about the easy separates; that dress will transition to spring and summer nicely.  I realized this weekend that I only have one actual long-sleeved shirt, excluding cardigans, so I am also trying to be mindful about adding some warmer pieces that I can mix and match.  It is COLD here!  While browsing the site, I came across some Roaman's coupons (here) and I also found some Woman Within coupons (their sister-site)! Who doesn't want to save a dime or two this time of year?

- The purple booties are practical but in a great color other than black (also from Roaman's. They have a great selection of really cute shoes and various width sizes as well.) and could go with a lot of my current wardrobe.  While the Crocs aren't the most fashionable thing, they look sturdy and practical.  As you might know, it rains in Washington State a LOT and I do not own rain boots.

- For accessories I added this fun scarf and studded bag from Charming Charlie.  On my recent vacation to Las Vegas, I hit up a Charming Charlie for the first time (and it was WONDERFUL!).  I have since found out there are actually a few stores a half hour or so from my house, so I will be going back.  The necklace is from Choies, which Cora from Vintage or Tacky is always talking about.  I love the big, funky gemstones.

- I am such a beauty product and makeup junkie!  I own about six pigments from Makeup Geek already.  These gel liners get great reviews and can be sold out for a while.  The color I chose, Rave, is a sparkling copper brown when swatched.

- I own the BareMinerals 5 in 1 shadow in a color called Divine Wine that I received in a Birchbox or Ipsy bag.  It is a darker, muted brown that can be worn alone or as a base color.  I think Blushing Pink would be a great brighter neutral shade for the same purpose.  They are very matte and don't crease at all.

- Hot Tools makes fabulous curling irons!  I own a pink-handled version of this one in a one-inch barrel.  My hair is getting a little longer, so I think a 1.25 inch barrel is going to be great.  It doesn't seem like a big difference, but my hairstylist uses the bigger one and the curls are noticeably different than my one inch.  They lay different around my head - all in a good way.


So there you have it, a fun little wishlist just in time for the holidays to really get started.  Let me know if you own any of the items and give me your thoughts!  What things are on your wishlist? 



Thursday, November 20, 2014

What I Wore: Southwestern Cardigan

What I Wore: Southwestern Cardigan (INC International Concepts via Macy's) - DivineMrsDiva.com

Hey y'all!!  We got back home from our Vegas Vacation late last Friday night, but we have been go, go, go since then.  I joined my aunt and cousin for our traditional Craft Warehouse shopping night, then was off to Friendsgiving until the wee hours of the morning.  On Sunday we had a baby shower for a dear friend and grocery shopping (since we left nothing in the fridge while we were gone).  Monday was dinner with the mom-in-law before seeing her off on her vacation.

Whew!  I need a vacation from my vacation at this point because I just want to sleep.  While we were gone, the weather turned very windy and chilly at home.  The shock of a 30 degree difference has been something to get used to.  The good news is I can finally wear this great cardigan I picked up at Macy's!

What I Wore: Southwestern Cardigan (INC International Concepts via Macy's) - DivineMrsDiva.com

You might remember this open cardigan from my Macy's dressing room post.  It's the cardigan Emme told me I had to have, so I bought it.  Not to say I didn't love it too, I totally did.  It just wasn't necessarily on super sale then.  While it is no longer available online, I encourage you to check your local store because it was marked down about 50%.  (UPDATE: As of Dec. 2, 2014, it is back online in 0X through 3X)

I received so many compliments on this cardigan at the baby shower.  It really is a fun piece to wear!  While it kept me cozy and warm, it isn't super thick to the point where I feel too warm.  I have mentioned before how I have to layer or wear thinner articles of clothing when going to businesses and people's houses in the winter.  Most people just have their heat on too high for my liking.  This cardigan was pretty darn perfect for combating the cold weather while not making me uncomfortably warm.

What I Wore: Southwestern Cardigan (INC International Concepts via Macy's) - DivineMrsDiva.com
What I Wore: Southwestern Cardigan (INC International Concepts via Macy's) - DivineMrsDiva.com

Obviously there are many complimentary colors that can be worn with this, but I chose this grey embellished tee.  This t-shirt has a cute sleeve-ruffle detail and rhinestones along the neckline that add a touch of sparkle that I love.  I have owned this t-shirt for years, a previous purchase from Lane Bryant during a clearance sale.  It is a 26/28, but made smaller.  It finally fits me loose enough that I feel comfortable in it, so you will probably be seeing it a lot more on the blog. I kept the rest of the look simple because of the all-over print of the cardigan.  A gorgeous burgundy lipstick brings out the similar color in the cardi and really seems to pull the whole thing together.  I can't wait to wear this whole outfit again!

What I Wore: Southwestern Cardigan (INC International Concepts via Macy's) - DivineMrsDiva.com
Open-Front Printed Cardigan - INC International Concepts via Macy's
Embellished Tee - Lane Bryant
Denim Jeggings - Torrid
Brown Stretch Boots - Avenue
Lipstick - Buxom Full On Lipstick in Havana (Similar to Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Crush) topped with MAC Lipglass in Talk Sexy


Below I have a fancy little widget with other printed open cardigan options.  Most of these are also found at Macy's.  The above links and widget links are affiliate links, so if you decide to buy something via these links I do get a tiny percentage commission.  As the blog gets bigger, this totally helps me out.

Have you ever bought something you were on the fence about and it ended up being a favorite part of your wardrobe?



Saturday, November 15, 2014

What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Fall Favorite

Sartorial Medley is back, after a three month long hiatus, with a new commitment to timely posts!  If you are new to Sartorial Medley, here are the details:

It is time again for Sartorial Medley, a monthly themed fashion post hosted by myself and Aislynn of Aislynn's World.  (Did you miss the previous posts? Check them out!) We welcome participation from anyone, regardless of your dress size.  Email me your photo and link to your blog post  - diva (at) divinemrsdiva (dot) com.  

To participate, even if you don't have a blog,  just Tweet/Instagram/Pinterest/etc. your photo with #SartorialMedley to be featured in the blog post.  We can't wait to see you rocking your outfits!  (Follow me on Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram @DivineMrsDiva.)

This month's theme is: Fall Favorite.

What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Fall Favorite

For me, this theme is all about my fall uniform or ideal go-to fall ensemble.  As you know, I am crazy about my wide calf boots, having searched high and low for a long time to find some that fit me correctly.  I pull them out as early as I can and wear them every chance I get.  I have always had luck with boots from Avenue, though I can't say that I have tried on too many other brands.  I do know that as someone with a 21-inch calf size, the stretchy and lace-up Avenue boots fit me great!  My calves are now 19 inches, so I have a few more options but I still go back to Avenue.  (PS - If you need a pair of boots to fit your 21-inch calves, my lace-up pair are too big now and I need to sell them.  Email me.)

What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Fall Favorite (Flor via Gwynnie Bee Mauve Lily Skater Dress)

So let's build my favorite fall look!  I started with this Flor skater dress via a recent Gwynnie Bee shipment.  Flor is a GB house brand that is only available through the Gwynnie Bee service.  While I don't feel the material is high quality (it's a polyester that seems to pill easily), I do feel that they are well made.  I love the silhouettes, patterns, and colors in the Flor line.  I just wish they would up their game with better fabrics.  This particular dress has a crossover V-neckline and a fuller than A-line skirt.  I love the style and ease of this dress.  The length is a little short for me on its own, so using it in a fall look with leggings is ideal for me.  The muted pinks, purples, and greens are so pretty.  I really do adore the unique patterns this brand uses in their garments.  (You may also remember that this blue and green leopard look is a Flor dress.)  I am wearing this dress in a 3X.  They carry up to a 5X.

What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Fall Favorite
What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Fall Favorite

Cute dress. Leggings. Boots.  Check!  This sweater turned out to be the perfect shade of teal green to match the leaves in the pattern of the dress.  I lucked out with that.  I love the over-sized, cozy look of the outfit with the sweater that adds to that "fall" feel.  Finally, I added this gorgeous pink-toned, burgundy, sequined scarf I picked up recently from Wal-Mart of all places.  I don't shop there much, but the sequins caught my eye and I had to have this one.  They had a TON of colors in this soft knit with mini sequins scattered throughout.

What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Fall Favorite
What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Fall Favorite

What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Fall Favorite
Mauve Lily Skater Dress - Flor via Gwynnie Bee
Green Sweater - Avenue
Sequined Burgundy Scarf - Wal-Mart
Leggings - Lane Bryant
Perry Stretch Boot - Avenue (Similar here and here)


What's your favorite fall look?  Tell me about it in the comments and/or show me on your blog or via social media.  Remember to use #SartorialMedley!



Sartorial Medley: Fall Favorite

Sartorial Medley Aislynn - Fall Favorite
Aislynn of Aislynn's World
Sartorial Medley Liz - Fall Favorite
Liz of With Wonder and Whimsy



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist: Plaid

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist: Bright Tartan Plaid Wrinkle Free Blouse - DivineMrsDiva.com

If you missed yesterday's post featuring the fabulous Foxcroft sweater, I encourage you to take a look and enter the giveaway to win your very own top from Foxcroft!!

Foxcroft Collection just launched a Holiday Checklist to keep your wardrobe ready for all the fun in the upcoming season.  The list includes classic and versatile pieces like a white button-down, denim, plaid, sweaters, and bold prints.  I am so excited about these Foxcroft pieces and bring you three more looks today with this fantastic plaid shirt!

In honor of the Holiday Checklist and the holiday season upon us, I created three looks with celebratory, seasonal events in mind.   First up is a laid back look for Thanksgiving dinner:

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist: Bright Tartan Plaid Wrinkle Free Blouse - DivineMrsDiva.com
Foxcroft Holiday Checklist: Bright Tartan Plaid Wrinkle Free Blouse - DivineMrsDiva.com

Not only are the colors of this button-down vibrant and fun, but the fit is really great.  I have the  hardest time finding a button-down top that fits me well because of my larger hips and smaller bust.  While the bust of this top may be a tad big, the hip portion really impressed me.  I can button it all the way down, sit down in it, and still have room to move!  The sleeves are a great length and also fit my larger upper arms comfortably.  Now that I've found an amazing place to get button-down tops, the possibilities are endless! (By the way, I am wearing this in a 24.)

I went for comfort with this look.  Nobody wants a tighter, restricting outfit for Thanksgiving.  Stretchy jeans, cute boots that are easy to pull off or put on, this comfortable and easy-to-wear top, and a great moto vest to keep warm come together in a fun look with color and texture.  I'm loving this moto vest too, y'all!  I have a few looks coming up soon with it as well.

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist: Bright Tartan Plaid Wrinkle Free Blouse - DivineMrsDiva.com
Bright Tartan Wrinkle Free Blouse - c/o Foxcroft
Dark Wash Jeggings - Torrid
Moto Vest - Lane Bryant
Multi-strand Necklace - Vera Wang from Kohl's
Stretch Wide Calf Boots - Avenue


Foxcroft Holiday Checklist: Bright Tartan Plaid Wrinkle Free Blouse - DivineMrsDiva.com

I love to throw a more work-friendly look into the mix.  Pencil skirts are so versatile as well.  This ponte skirt is stretchy and comfortable, but adds a great opportunity to do some pattern-mixing with the plaid.  I'm loving this combination so much!  Some would argue I should be wearing tights in the colder months and maybe they would look better, but I tend to get a bit warm when random people turn on the heat at their house or places of business.  I am rocking my very white bare legs for all the heat intolerant folks among us!

While this Foxcroft top isn't flimsy (it is extremely well-made), it is a thinner, silkier-feeling material that flows nicely and can be tucked in without adding extra bulk.  You can easily pop a camisole underneath for added warmth or coverage or an extra pop of color.  This particular top is their Wrinkle Free variety that does keep the wrinkles at bay very well.  There are places like the inner elbow or areas that were tucked under the waistband that became wrinkled after wear, but I feel like that is to be expected.  It certainly was very minimal compared to similar tops and all the wrinkles were quickly sent packing with a pass of my clothing steamer.

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist: Bright Tartan Plaid Wrinkle Free Blouse - DivineMrsDiva.com
Polka Dot Ponte Pencil Skirt - Lane Bryant
Purple Blazer - Lane Bryant
Wide Black Belt - Lane Bryant
Purple Loafers - Avenue
Turquoise Bubble Necklace - Avenue


Foxcroft Holiday Checklist: Bright Tartan Plaid Wrinkle Free Blouse - DivineMrsDiva.com
Foxcroft Holiday Checklist: Bright Tartan Plaid Wrinkle Free Blouse - DivineMrsDiva.com

For a Christmas dinner look, I added some sparkle with a metallic belt and shiny necklace.  The full chambray skirt and flats are easy and comfortable; but the leopard print is another opportunity to pattern-mix in a low key way.

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist: Bright Tartan Plaid Wrinkle Free Blouse - DivineMrsDiva.com
Belted Chambray Skirt - Eshakti (Use the referral link to get a $30 coupon to use on your first order)
Metallic Stretch Belt - SWAK Designs
Twisted Chain Necklace - Lane Bryant
Leopard Print Flats - Torrid (Similar)


Foxcroft is also offering a 15% off discount on your Foxcroft purchase with coupon code: Foxcroft4U  (1 use per person, does not include non-iron products or gift card, and can not be combined with any other offers)  Also, don't forget to visit yesterday's post and enter the giveaway to win a top from Foxcroft!

Are you guys crazy about plaid like I am?  Do you like to have fun with pattern-mixing?  
 Let me know in the comments!



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist + Giveaway!


Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com

The weather has finally turned cold and rainy here and the holiday season is fast approaching!  Soon there will be family gatherings, dates with friends, dinners, work parties, and so much more to attend.  Of course we all want to look amazing at every function!

I was so excited when Foxcroft reached out to me recently about reviewing some of the pieces from their current collection.  They just launched a Holiday Checklist to keep your wardrobe ready for all the fun in the upcoming season.  The list includes classic and versatile pieces like a white button-down, denim, plaid, sweaters, and bold prints.

Each collection is "...inspired by signature prints, vibrant colors, and feminine shapes that celebrate a timeless sense of style."  I really feel that all the pieces they offer are clean and simple, but keep you looking polished in a variety of looks.  Timeless doesn't mean boring.  Foxcroft has some exciting prints in fantastic colors that lend a playfulness to their pieces.  Truly, I am so excited to share these ensembles with you that I had to do multiple outfits with both items!  Today I will show you this amazing sweater styled three ways (work, date, and casual), but come back tomorrow for three additional looks with a colorful plaid button-down! 

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com
Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com

This Square Dot cardigan is so well-made.  The material is thick and sturdy, yet soft and comfortable.  The colorful dots make me so happy!  It reminds me of confetti, which is kind of perfect for celebrating the holidays.  Obviously, this can go with so many colors, which makes it extra versatile in my opinion.  Foxcroft pieces are definitely not cheap, but the quality is amazing.  These pieces will last a long time and, because of their classic nature, will never go out of style.

Here, I am wearing the sweater over an equally colorful tank and pencil skirt.  I LOVE colorful outfits (as if you didn't know), but felt the black pieces anchored the bright colors and gave the whole look a more sophisticated feel.  The studded features in the belt mimic the square shapes in the sweater, which I thought was a fun detail.  I am wearing this swearer in a 3X.  The hips are a bit snug, but stretch to enable buttoning.  I chose to just button the middle buttons for the looks I wanted. The sweater held its shape very well.  The rest of the sweater fit like a glove, and while it was form fitting the material is thick enough that it seemingly smooths the areas I would normally need Spanx for.  Like HELLO, my butt looks crazy awesome with the sweater accentuating my curves.

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com
Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com
Square Dot Women's Plus Cardigan - c/o Foxcroft
Purple Ponte Pencil Skirt, Colorful Lace Trimmed Tank, Studded Black Skinny Belt - Lane Bryant
Booties - Torrid


Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com
Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com

For a date night, I amped up my amazing Eliza Parker dress with the sweater and a colorful turquoise necklace.  I added the thicker belt because of the volume of the skirt, but the skinny belt would look just as great.  The cardigan also features cute button details on the cuff.  It just adds a little something extra.

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com
Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com
Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com
Monaco Dress - Eliza Parker
Wide Belt - Lane Bryant
Turquoise Necklace - GroopDealz
Black Pumps - Avenue


Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com

Lastly, I paired the sweater with a royal blue tank and yellow/orange statement necklace to bring out some different colors.  Distressed jeans keep it casual for shopping or hanging out with friends, while the sequin flats add sparkle and fun.  I would definitely wear this to a game night or even Friendsgiving, which is fast approaching!

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist, featuring Square Dot Women's Cardigan + Giveaway - DivineMrsDiva.com
Swing Cami, Distressed Skinny Jeans, and Sequin Flats - Lane Bryant

I really hope you enjoyed these looks as much as I loved putting them together for you!  Adding to the excitement: My first ever giveaway on the blog!!  Foxcroft will be giving one of you lucky readers a top of your choice from their website (of equal or lesser value as the cardigan featured in today's post)!  Enter below for your chance to win.

Foxcroft is also offering a 15% off discount on your Foxcroft purchase with coupon code: Foxcroft4U  (1 use per person, does not include non-iron products or gift card, and can not be combined with any other offers)

Because of shipping restrictions, you must provide a shipping address located in the United States.  A winner will be drawn at random on November 18th. Good luck!!


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Disclosure: Foxcroft provided me with the cardigan in this post, but all opinions on it are 100% my own.

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