Plus Fashion

Thanksgiving Fresh!

I’ve been struggling with the budget at home lately. We have a lot of work that needs to be done on the house we are currently in, and none it will be cheap! We are blessed to have all we have, but the things we are facing require us to SAVE! Keeping that in mind, I was getting so discouraged about wearing the same old outfits that I have been wearing since last year to family gatherings this week. I know what you all are thinking: you blog about clothes!?! I do blog about clothing and fashion from time to time, but that doesn’t mean I spend a fortune on it. Also, life changes just as the seasons do. There are seasons in mine and my hubby’s life where we are able to spend more and do more. In this season, we are saving to finally remodel our house and to make some other changes.

So, as I went on with life thinking of various ways to put new spins on what I already had in my closet, I found myself in the right place at the right time. I had a meeting in another city for my job, and afterwards I found myself with about 30 to 45 minutes of time before my next meeting that day. So, I drove in route to my next location, and noticed a Cato’s Fashions. I’ve got a few minutes, so why not stop?! And, I’m glad I did!

I’ve been sleeping on Cato’s for a long time. I think I went in one day about six months ago in search of a specific item, and came out empty handed. I just began to pass them by from that point on. Sorry Cato’s, but we are definitely friends again!

I actually bought 4 items, and links are below. However, I only took pictures for my favorite two items. I will be putting both of these dresses on at some point during the Thanksgiving shuffle.

This Faux Suede Midi Dress was on sale in store for $14.99! It was perfect in every way! The material stretches, and it gives… just in case you were planning your outfit around your meals. I was so surprised, because the dress ran small. I am normally an 18/20. I had to get this dress in a 16. I paired it with some basic accessories. The earrings were on sale at Cato’s, as well – $1.99!



The next dress, I could not find on the website to save my life! Ladies, you may only be able to get this dress in store. And, I wish you luck, because this yellow/orange hued midi dress was only $9.99! I was in heaven when I put this dress on! It runs small. I am wearing a 16 in this dress, as well. If I find a similar dress in my searches, I will definitely share. The earrings are another sale item at Cato’s – $1.99!


Let me just tell you, I am one happy woman! I got two dresses, two pairs of earrings, an Asymmetrical Zip Pencil Skirt ($6.99), A Knit Sweater Duster (Similar Here – Vest), and Lace Up Flats – $7.99 for $50.00! To God be the Glory! Have an awesome Thanksgiving with friends and family! Keep checking out the blog! I plan to post over the Thanksgiving break!

*All photos taken by @VisualbyT

 

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Blessings and Blues

The blog has not had much TLC over the last month or so. I can tell you guys about all the wonderful things I’ve been up to. But, the reality is that all those wonderful tales of time not being on my side; taking care of my home; my job consuming my life; etc. are just some nice explanations to justify my lack of organization and time management. I mean really, could I not have gotten one blog completed in the last month or so?

Well, here I am now! I’ve been all over the place with things – hence the lack of organization. It’s hard to organize your life when you don’t quite know the direction you are going in. It is easy to wake up every morning, go to work, and do routine things. However, if you have a spark inside of you, there is always something tugging at you day and night that creates an uneasiness in the routine. I’ve been experiencing that spark, pull, uneasiness, or whatever you want to call it lately. So, it’s been hard for me to just go through the routine day to day. I haven’t quite figured out the plan or purpose God has for me. I do know that it is more than the routine. I know that whenever I feel that uneasiness in my spirit, I plan to make a move. I may not know where or why, but I plan to move!

Now, let’s be real. A move doesn’t mean I’m changing the world in one post, making a large investment in whatever, or creating a business in a matter of minutes. A move means simply that. I’m going to move. For example, this blog post is a move. Entering the Ashley Steward Model Search was making a move. Trust me, I went back and forth on entering for a week! Everything inside me said go for it, but for some reason the routine was getting the best of me. I made excuse after excuse to not take an updated picture. I used the daily routine as an excuse to justify not having time to take a picture or to do a post. Finally, my husband (@VisualbyT) reminded me on Sunday (the last day to submit entries) afternoon that I had asked him to take pictures for this opportunity. I fixed my mouth to say OK, to get dressed, and to make an effort to get at least one good shot. And, I was truly amazed! The end result are these beautiful shots!

I wore a pair of Eloquii shorts that are simply perfect for me. I really am not a shorts person, but these are not your average shorts. Hopefully, they will be available next spring/summer. However, I do plan to wear them into the Fall with tights. The eyelet detail ads a classiness that works for me. The only con to these shorts is the side zipper. I am sure there is a reason so many plus size brands do this with pants, skirts, and shorts; but, I absolutely hate the side zipper! Someone tell me why? The shorts were true to size, and I had no complaints whatsoever. I wore a peplum top, which has been a part of my closet for sometime now. Instead of a cute sweatheart or pointy heel, I went for a cute ankle bootie. It’s Fall isn’t it?!

I am thankful that my hubby was there to keep the spark alive with a little motivation. Sometimes that’s all we need. I don’t know what the outcome of the Ashley Stewart model search will be. However, I do know that if you don’t move, you aren’t giving God anything to bless. Get moving people! Have a blessed day!

Studio Eyelet Detail Short – Sold Out – Peplum Top (Similar)

Jumping in 2016 – One Day at a Time

Another year is about to begin, and a lot of us are probably thinking one of the following:

  1. I totally failed at every resolution I made last year.
  2. This year is going to be my year!
  3. I’m going to get fit, eat less sugar, lose weight, workout more, drink less, cut out breads, and cut out any other food that would deprive your body of something that it may crave.
  4. New Year and a New Me!
  5. I’m going to spend more time with family and friends.
  6. I’m going to start a business or something!
  7. I don’t make resolutions
  8. New Year’s Day is just another day

I don’t think I got every single thought you all maybe having, but I think I covered most. The reality is that New Year’s Day is just another day, but is symbolizes so much more, because it seems to bring about a new beginning for most of us. It is the start of another 365 days for us to accomplish something big! This is true, but to accomplish something big, we have to do small things. Remember that each day is a new day, and can start the beginning of something big.

I wish each and every one of you peace and blessings this New Year. However, my hope is that each of you wake each day in 2016, and treat the new day as if it is the start of a new year. Each day you accomplish something good, leads you into the next with a more positive outlook.

The best way to bring in the New Year is to be the best and most stylish you, you can be! Start by looking into a super cute Jump Suit for your festivities tonight. I must admit, with a 2 year old, I will not be doing much this evening. However, this jump suit, would be my go to tonight! In fact, I may just wear it in our home, as the hubby and I sip champagne! I have loved this jump suit since I got it in the mail from Eloquii. I simply paired it with a belt that I have had for years, and the perfect outfit for a night out came together! Check out their other jumpsuits here: Eloquii Jumpsuits.

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Photo cred: My hubby – Terrance Glenn (@goodfella_t1k – instagram)

In the Midst of A Self-Hate Attack Storm with Nothing to Wear!

I was in the midst of a real rut last week, and felt like I had nothing to wear! I went to the closet and looked, and looked, and looked some more… I just kept flipping through each dress, skirt, shirt, blouse, etc. until I just gave up. I had to make a decision! Our baby girl will only sit quietly and watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse so long while mommy gets dressed in the mornings.

I was in a dark place, some of you may know this place, where you are feeling so down about your body and appearance that you just can’t see the good right in front of you. I only had nothing to wear because I was in the midst of a self-hate attack! It’s hard to pull out of a self-hate attack. How can you pull yourself out of something that you think is true in that moment? I felt like I didn’t look like the image of myself that I had idealized in my head. The funny thing is that I couldn’t tell you what image that was! I just kept looking in the mirror and thinking, “this looks horrible!”

The mind is a powerful thing. Your thoughts have the power to make you believe that you just aren’t good enough some days, and they have the power to make you believe you can take over the world some days! Normally, I have more days where I believe I can take over the world, than the days like the one I was having last week. Finally, I took a step back in the mirror to just see me. I had on a dress that I had worn earlier this summer. I looked back at a picture of myself with the dress on, and tried to see what made today different from a month or so ago… I had gained weight. I hadn’t noticed it in my day to day comings and goings, but I had gained about 15 lbs, and all of it seemed to be in my belly. So, the dress that once looked great, looked horrible because of my bigger belly.

I don’t know about you, but once I know the root of an issue, I can handle any problem! It was like my rut was over! I went back to my closet, picked up a black ASOS skirt that I loved, and just slid it over the dress to see what the end result would be. Like magic, my mood instantly changed and the day could go on! My belly was no longer the focus, and my outfit was complete – just in time too! I had a little munchkin standing at our bedroom door within seconds of the Hot Dog song ending.

I hate that I went to that place of self-hate with myself, because I am constantly trying to promote self-love and body confidence. I guess it was necessary for me to see something I needed to change. If being the best you, means re-shifting back to a more active and healthier you, then do it! I know that is the case for me. I have worked out on and off about 3 times a week, but I can’t say that everything I have put in my body has been in moderation… everything that I have put in my body has not been good, either! I’ve been feeding my body junk, and in turn I have been feeling less than myself. I know that I can change that feeling now, and simply slide a little black skirt over my troubles, until I get it back together!

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Spring Time Blues

I have been meaning to get back to blogging. I think my weekend a couple of weeks ago really made it impossible to not blog about some nice little go to items I have in my closet.

I did not get a chance to post my outfit for Friday night. Only because I didn’t make it to my friends gathering in time! I know, I know… horrible. But, in my defense, it ended earlier than expected. So, I did what any woman would do when an outfit doesn’t get seen. I put it on Saturday night for fun with family!


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I got this skirt from Forever 21 over a year ago, and it has been a go to ever since! It’s so comfortable, and it isn’t too long or too short. If Forever 21 can bring this back, I’m sure I’ll be the first to buy it again in every available color! So, since the skirt is no longer available, you can try the Knit Bandage Skirt – Forever 21 now available. It comes in blue, and looks just as cute! Plus, if you are on a budget, It’s only $9.90!

The tanks I have on are from Old Navy. Nothing special, just your average comfortable fitted tank. I have on a black one under the striped black and white tank. I just hate for my bra to show too much. So, wearing a black tank under the striped one helped to hide my black bra straps some.

I honestly think this will be my go to causal look for the summer. A nice fitted tank, body con skirt, a couple of cute jumpsuits, and a few maxi dresses. Those are the items I know I need in my closet in plenty for Spring and Summer.

The weekend didn’t stop there, and I’m so thankful I have friends that are constantly doing things in their communities. If it were not for my over achieving friends, I wouldn’t get invited to events like Salon De The’. I can’t speak one word of french, but I was definitely excited to support a Wesleyan sister and friend. I got a number of compliments on my blue dress. Honestly, this dress was just a very simple pick! I have really been living in a simplicity is best type of world lately. I pick items that go on easy, allow plenty of movement (remember I have a toddler now), and can transition from work to play with simple changes. This dress does exactly that!

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I picked this little blue dress up at JC Penny for only $21.00 (JC Penny Sleeveless Shift Dress)! Yep, that is absolutely correct! The back exposes the zipper, and looks great! Check out the link to the dress on JC Penny’s website to see! It only goes up to XL, but the dress gives. So, don’t doubt it before trying it on, if you have some extra curves.

I’m pretty sure everyone will be doing some variations of bright colors, prints, and whites. But, I think blue has chosen me for the spring and summer months!

Marlie Madison Boutique Trying to Grow on the Plus Side

A friend of mine shared a Facebook post with me today from the Marlie Madison Boutique. I have never shopped this boutique, but once I went to the page, I wished I had found them a long time ago. They are actually trying to cater to plus size women, instead of just sticking to the straight sizes we see most boutiques sticking to. So, here is the post that was shared online:

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I know there are 450 plus size women in that are interested in making their fall wardrobe look ten times better by showing Marlie Madison Boutique some love. But for now, check out the site and the oh so cute tops and maxis dresses they have in their plus size section: www.marliemadison.com

You can also give them a like and a shout on Facebook: Facebook.com/MarlieMadisonBoutique

Let’s all help another boutique grow on the plus side!

Anniversary Weekend!

So, my husband and I have been married for 2 years! Yay to love! We dated for about 5 years before we got married. And trust me… Marriage is definitely different from dating! It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been together. Marriage is a game changer! I’m thankful that my husband and I are ready for the challenge, because in the end the good always outweighs the bad!
Tonight we went out, and I decided to bring on the color! Orange you glad I did!

The orange dress is a Cynthia Rowley find at TJ Maxx. There are a number of skater dress finds that are similar at Forever 21. The shoes are a Goodwill find! Yes! Brand New Candie’s for $5.00! The necklace is from Target!

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Monday Blues

So it’s back to the daily grind today! Yes, I have a real job that I go to Monday – Friday. No worries though, because my job aka the “golden handcuffs” pays the bills; and, I actually like what I do. Go figure. But, since I’m held to a different standard at work (no crop tops regardless of how cute they are), I’ve found ways to make my professional look still fashionable and not boring. Blog 11 Today, I wore one of my favorite Goodwill find tops. I wish I could tell you where to find it in a store, but I can’t. I paired it with one of the best things God could have had man ever invent – pencil skirts! This blue pencil skirt has made an appearance in my weekly routine for the past month or so. Too bad it’s sold out. Click the link the in pic below to find this skirt – just in case Forever 21 decides to bring it back (they tend to do that a lot). The shoes – Target Baby!  A basic black pump can go with almost anything!

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Wear Your Stripes Girl!

Fashion rules are all around. Don’t wear white after Labor Day, don’t wear denim on top of denim, don’t mix black and brown, and heaven forbid you wear horizontal stripes if you are larger than a size 12.

I don’t know who said it first, but RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN! Every woman has something that can make any item of clothing look amazing. And,everything isn’t for every woman. But, don’t hold back on stripes because of some silly rule! Try them out! Wear your stripes on every curve of your body with pride, and I’m sure no one will complain!

This is a space for any and every one! I don’t discriminate based on size, but most of the topics here are related to women that think on the PLUS side of life! Even my mommy topics have a PLUS focus, because let’s face it being PLUS is a blessing that the world just doesn’t seem to be ready for yet.

Yes, I wear stripes – horizontal and vertical! Yes, I wear heels almost every day of the week – because I love them! Yes, I believe you should still make sure you look your best when you leave the house, because you never know who you’ll run into (It never fails, you always see someone when you look your worst)! And, Yes, I believe that every woman has something to give no matter your size! So start thinking on the PLUS side of life, and follow my journey!

Forever 21 Retro Striped Sweater Dress

Forever 21 Retro Striped Sweater Dress