Thursday, May 21, 2015

Feelin Maself


Plus Size Grecian Maxi Dress
You're going to see me in a lot of maxi dresses this summer.  This gorgeous grecian inspired maxi from MYNT1792 is no exception.  I may have been "feelin maself" when I wore this.  LOL.  Maxi dresses are my answer to hot summers as a way to stay cool, comfortable, but chic.  You'll want to note that MYNT is having their annual (and my favorite) Memorial Day Sale where you an take 30% off with code: MEMORIAL15.  Is it terrible that I know all the good sales by heart? Anywho, if you've been eyeing some MYNT pieces, then you should definitely take advantage of this sale. I do every year.   

Style Notes: It's been a bit windy where I live the slit is this dress does allow the wind to blow open the front.  I would advise using a little double sided tape right above the slit to keep it from being Marilyn in the wind. HA! I like using double sided tape instead of safety pins b/c it causes no damage to the garment and it give s a more seamless look.  I'm 5'9 wearing this dress.  My hips probably shortened it a little, so those of you with slimmer hips you can probably expect an additional length.   Check out this post with me in another Mynt maxi for length reference. My belt was custom made by a Etsy designer from Israel, Ayelet Shachar. She does beautiful leatherwork and can customize belts to your measurements.   

Plus Size Grecian Maxi Dress

Plus Size Grecian Maxi Dress


Plus Size Grecian Maxi Dress

Plus Size Grecian Maxi Dress
Dress - MYNT1792, Shoes - Lane Bryant, Necklace - Nordstrom (Soldout), Belt - Etsy

This post was sponsored by MYNT1792, all opinions are my own. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Back Smoothing Techniques

This post has been a long time coming, it has just taken me a moment to sit down and put it together.  I wanted to share what I do for back smoothing.  I used this wrap dress because although wrap dress looks great on just about anyone they do tend to hug the back area.   Personally, when wearing a something of a jersey fabric like this, I would normally wear something to smooth my back. In this post I'm reviewing the back smoothers I regularly use:  A long line bra, the Butterfly Bra, and HookedUp Shapewear.

Style Notes:  Prints like this on they MYNT dress are excellent for camouflaging areas that we may want to camouflage. I shot this with my assistant and because of the print we had to shoot it a couple of times, so the back wouldn't look smooth.  It wasn't because my back is smooth it was because of the print. My bra size is a 40D. I'm a small D and most of my life I was a 36B or 38C and only got a bust because of pushing side fat into my cup. LOL.     Back Smoothing
I love long line bras for strapless purposes.  The wider band holds in place long, so I'm not tugging on it on the whole night. You could also wearing your long line bra on top of your shapewear, so that you have two pieces and easy bathroom access. This bra is from Lane Bryant and they cater to sizes up to a H. Find it here

Back Smoothing
This is probably my favorite technique and the one I wear the most.  I've heard some of you say that this bra is hard to get into.  The first time I tried it I had a little trouble, but if you snap the top part first then the rest is easy.  The Butterfly bra comes with both straps and strapless.  I love the strapless, but it tends to cut you across the bust, so there is a dent in your chest area.  I've personally noticed this from photos.  So if I'm doing strapless, I'll go with the long line, but if I can wear straps I'm going with the Butterfly Bra.  This bra is super inexpensive from Ashley Stewart. The only downfall is that it doesn't cater to anything over a DDD.  You can find it here
Back Smoothing
This probably yields the best results in shaping, in my opinion.  This works with the bra you already have, so no bust limitations. The only thing is, that in my case,  that it's not very bathroom friendly.  If I'm wearing this, I'm not having a cocktail. LOL.  There is a large hole  in the shapewear for the bathroom, I've just never been good at using those holes (my thighs are too big), but some of you have talents and thighs that I do not possess.   This shapewear is long in the torso so it comes up nice and high and I wear this daily.  On my day to day, I don't hook it into my bra, but when I ready to bring out the big guns (i.e. body con dresses) that's when I hook in and don't drink. LOL. Find it here and be sure to check the size chart before ordering. 

Disclaimer:  Please keep in mind, if back smoothing isn't for you that is perfectly fine, but this is what I do and I am sharing for those who want to know. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ruling the World

I just had a friend of mine call me and tell me she was diagnosed with cancer.  Thank God it's curable and she's doing well, but one of the side effects of chemo is losing your hair and you can imagine how upsetting this is to any woman.  I've had some hormonal issues of my own and my hair has thinned in certain areas and to say the least, I understand. Even on a smaller scale, it's devastating.  We are women put a lot can place a lot of value on our hair, even myself.  I always told myself if something happened to my hair beyond repair, I'd have some fly wigs and I would wear my scarves.  Chile, give me a scarf, sunglasses, and a bright lip and I think I can rule the world.   To my friend, I love you dearly and I hope this box of scarves I'm sending will help you rule the world too.  This head scarf is for you! 

Style Notes:  I feel like I'm just finding out about City Chic's Outlet section where everything is $10.  They recently had a sale and I racked up. My pants came from there. They are XXL, equivalent to a size 24, and stretchy.  If I were you, I'd keep a close eye on their clearance section if I was looking for a bargain. Also, here's an old video on how I tie my turbans


Top: c/o CushieB, Pants: City Chic, Shoes - Lane Bryant (sold out), Bag - Ideel, Earring - Etsy, Lip - Nars Schiap, Necklace - BananaRepublic (similar), Scarf - Nordstrom (similar)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Floppy, Casual, Cool


Plus Size Spring Outfit
A lot of you have asked why I tuck my shirts in. For me, I like to create clean lines, and I like the way it looks.  Tucking is optional, especially on a look like this. You can wear the top in or out, but it looks chic both ways.  I think it's always important as you are looking to blogs for style inspiration that you interpret the look that works best for you, your body, and your comfort zone. I've had so many readers "dupe" my looks. I love it, but what I love most is how people work things for what works for them.   For myself, when I am checking out magazines or doing my celebrity style capture, I use the celebs as inspiration, but I interpret the look in a way that I think looks best on me.  

Style Notes: The lipstick color I'm wearing is Pink Nouveau by MAC.  I ordered a size 18 in the top. ASOS does tend to run big, but something like this I would want to fit blouse, so I didn't size down.  The shoes are from Lane Bryant.  I'm wearing an 11. Their shoes are wide and the zip around the ankle is pretty generous.  I was able to zip all the way up on my left foot and most the way on my right (the right side of my body has always been a little bigger).  The bag is from TJMaxx and it was purchased in the store. 
Plus Size Spring Outfit

Plus Size Spring Outfit

Plus Size Spring Outfit

Plus Size Spring Outfit

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Maxi-mum


Some days you just throw on a maxi dress, relax and live your life.  That's what I did today.  My dress was catching wind and giving me a nice little breeze.  This dress hit me right at the ankles, even though the wind blowing makes it look shorter.  I am 5'9 and got a size 20. You can find it here. I keep this look very clean, natural, and simple.  Comfort at it's best.

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