Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring is Coming!

This month's Ahead of the Curve theme is the soft colors of spring. While last week we were still in the icy grip of winter this week it does indeed seem like spring is coming. I, for one, cannot wait. I love when the air warms, the trees and grass once again turn green, and we start to see the hint of the flowers beginning to bloom. I have packed away my sparkly, red sweaters and velvets to greet me again next December. I'm embracing and welcoming the new season.

I mentioned keeping my eye on this dress during a blog post last month. Sure enough I was soon sent a promo offer from Torrid so this dress was a the top of my want list. It is stretchy and quite comfortable. I decided I liked a thicker belt with it rather than the skinny belt that came with it. During the summer I will probably keep it lighter and wear it without a belt. I've already decided this is going to be my Easter Sunday dress. I ordered this dress in both a size 2 and a size 3, I'm wearing the size 3.

I actually had a difficult time matching a necklace with this dress, I wanted something more delicate with the lace and once again settled on this piece from Sandie at Zaftig Delights.

This fun, very springy headband was purchased via eBay.

I'm totally wearing this Torrid lace swim suit cover up as a tunic, I think it totally works as a multifunctional piece. I'm wearing it in a size 3. The tank is from Old Navy in an XXL Tall, I've learned to order the talls in Old Navy's straight sizes to get my preferred, low hip fit. My white capri leggings are from Lysse' and are out of my normal comfort zone but I'm looking forward to wearing these throughout this spring and summer.

I find changing my handbag with the season really helps me to refresh my wardrobe for a new season as well. This soft green brings thoughts of spring.

Updating my other accessories with a new season also helps to keep things fresh. This spring/summer feeling necklace was purchased very inexpensively via eBay. It's a trendy necklace and might be outdated next year but with such a little investment it's not really a concern if it only gets worn for a few months.

Check out my fellow Ahead of the Curve bloggers as they look forward to spring.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love! Lace! Live!

This month's Ahead of the Curve theme is Love and Lace. As a group of plus size bloggers we're all about body positivity and loving yourself just as you are. This was a radical idea to me when I first learned about the fat acceptance movement eight years ago. Like so many people I had struggled and fought with myself, the scale, and my size for most of my life. Unlike the parade of diets I had been on in the past, size acceptance permanently change my life for the better. Even now, with me dealing with some health issues, (due to genetics, both fat and thin family members have it) I'm taking care of myself better to maintain health, not a number. 

It is a choice to go through life being a positive, accepting, encouraging person or a negative, critical, mean person. I choose the former, please join me, let's make the world a better place together.

Let's talk about lace. I have A LOT of lace in my wardrobe. I love it so when it came time for this post it wasn't about finding something for the theme, it was a matter of narrowing it down. I decided to focus on my most recent lace purchases, which just so happen to all come from Torrid. In fact I seem to get a lot of my lace pieces from Torrid as they always seem to have new pieces every season.

This lace peplum top is from Torrid. I'm wearing it in a size 3 and it's a little roomy on me. It's nice, soft and stretchy. The pants are the Noir Collection Millennial Pixie pant from Torrid, they are larger in the ankle on me compared to the model but still a very nice dressier pant. I'm wearing them in a size 3. The red shoes are by Klogs.

I bought this fun lace collar necklace from eBay. If you're willing to wait on a shipment from China there are a lot of fun necklaces of this type to be found there for only a couple of dollars. Often things coming from China are not sized with the average American in mind, much less for plus sizes but I will say this collar does fit me on the last link on the chain, if you have larger neck you may need to add a small extender. 

The knit rosette headband was also purchased from eBay. I loved it so much I bought it in black and mustard yellow as well. I've been wearing all three a lot this season (and they're good for concealing when my roots are starting to come in and haven't been able to get to the stylist yet). 

All of us deserve love and care no matter what our size or shape, whether we have a romantic partner or not. Love yourself, take care of yourself, be kind to yourself.

This great lace, empire waist top is from Torrid. It's currently sold out in red but is currently available in blue and black. I'm wearing it in a size 3. I love it and it's really comfortable, I just wish it was slightly less low cut on me, I may need to add a couple of stitches at the bust so I don't have to keep checking my exposure. My pants are the Slim Fix Pixie Jean from Torrid, I'm wearing a size 3, regular length, cuffed. The jeans are also offered in short and tall lengths. The shoes are by Klogs.

This necklace is a favorite and  one of a kind from my sweet friend Sandie Russo but you can other beautiful pieces in her Etsy shop Zaftig Delights.  She also has a shop where she does beautiful, handmade knitwear: Knitzy Blonde

Even my glasses have a fun lace detail on the sides, they were purchased from Zenni Optical.

To me part of size acceptance and body positivity is to stop making excuses to celebrate and live your life. No more waiting to loose 20 pounds before we go to the beach, No more keeping your size from going out and enjoying yourself. This is you, in your beautiful body, got out and enjoy: take it for a walk on the beach, out to dinner, to the movies. Embrace it. Live it. Love it.

This lace dress skater dress is from Torrid. It comes with a belt that I choose to leave off as I like the softness without it.  Most of the sizes are currently sold out but there is a similar style in white with slightly longer sleeves, which would be great as these were just short enough to ride up a bit on me. I'll be keeping my eye out for that white one, it would be so lovely for spring and summer. My headband and necklace where both purchased via eBay. My shoes are by Klogs.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Over the Moon

I'm going out to the movies again. It's Oscar season and I try to see everything possible before the ceremony. I'm finally wearing this lovely dress "moon" brand dress from Modcloth I got a few months ago. This is the fourth dress I have owned by this label, all pretty much the same cut. I really like them: they're comfortable, pretty, and generally are very easy to wear. So many of my dresses I'm having to constantly adjust or check my cleavage coverage and these dresses allow be to relax and not worry about it. I'm going to keep my eye out for more from this brand.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Night at the Theatre

It has been a Modcloth week for me I guess. I got this little beauty during their Black Friday sale and just got around to wearing it for a theatre outing. The cardigan is from Torrid.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dinner and a Movie

I'm sharing my going out to dinner and two Oscar nominated movies (Whiplash and Inherent Vice) outfit. Modcloth dress, vintage cardigan and pearls, One Stop Plus tight, Klog shoes.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Modcloth Dress

I'm just sharing a quick outfit of the day photo with a new Modcloth frock. I love that it's a knit, it makes it so much more comfortable. I'm wearing it in a 2X. The cropped cardigan is a Jessica London from One Stop Plus.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Decked Out in Velvet

For me one of the few things I do like about winter is being able to bust out my velvets. It has always been one of my favorite fabrics. I had a red velvet dress when I was little and I remember thinking it was the prettiest thing I had ever worn. My mom loved velvet as well, she decorated and wore it a lot and I always thought it looked so plush and inviting. When velvet was suggested as topic for Ahead of the Curve  I was all in, I didn't really need to look for anything special for it because it's always in my closet but I did buy a few new pieces this season.

This velvet cloak is from Artemisia Designs and I truly adore. I've worn it a lot this season, it's perfect to head out to dinner or the theatre in. I've worn it over jeans and a bunch of different dresses. You can purchase it directly here but I will admit I did pay less for it through one of their eBay auctions. I'm wearing it in a 2X, I'm about a size 22, and it's generously sized.  They have really good measurements of it on the website. It's fairly lightweight for a velvet so it's not for harsh winter conditions but is perfect for generally chilly days.

This fun stretch velvet and lace dress is from Forever 21. I'm wearing it in a size 3X. Be prepared, the dress is unlined so unless you're brave expect to year a cami with it.

This black velvet dress is from eShakti. I love the cut on it. I'm wearing it in a rack size 22. The neckline is too low for me on it so I put a cami on under it. I will say the sleeve cuff is a little tight, while the fabric is stretchy the cuff does not, so if you order it in a custom size I would add that measurement in your comments.

Like so many eShakti garments this dress has some higher end touches and details like covered buttons and pockets. 

Since January is Thyroid Disease Awareness month I needed to included my symbolic butterfly. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis so the cause is near and dear to me. Wearing the butterfly helps to remind me to take care of myself, and that health is a beautiful and somewhat fragile thing.

I love this dress from Modcloth, I think the color is just lovely. I wanted to show a garment where the velvet is a bit more subtle. This pattern is a flocked velvet and it just adds so much dimension. The cropped cardigan is from Old Navy. I'm wearing the dress in a 3X and it's a little large on me, the cardigan is in an XXL.

This is such cute headband from Modcloth.

These are some of my favorite shoes, my Doc Marten velvet Mary Janes. 

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

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A Review of (Mostly) Black Plus Size Leggings, Part Two

About a year ago I  did a review of plus sized black leggings, it has been my most popular post to date. You can find that review here: A Review of Mostly Black Plus Size Leggings. Since I have an entirely new crop of leggings this year I'm once again going to be displaying entirely too much of my backside. I will be reviewing ten leggings, ranking them from least to most favorite. There are two pictures of each legging, both from behind, one with my hand stretching out the inside to give you an idea of roominess and stretch. For comparison I'm 5'4", my waist is 39", my hips are 54", my inseam is 26", and my ankle is 9.25". I generally wear a 22/24 pant, depending on brand. In all the pictures I'm wearing a full coverage microfiber brief to give you an idea of sheerness and pantylines.

These are my only non black leggings so perhaps this isn't a fair comparison as I've heard good things about the plus size leggings from Walmart but I'm not fond of these denim looking blue ones at all. They are a skimpy, uncomfortable cut on me and I fabric feels cheap and lacks the amount of stretch I generally prefer in leggings. The whole point of leggings is to be comfortable after all. These are 76% cotton, 20% polyester, 4% spandex. I'm undecided on whether I will bother to try actual black ones from Walmart based on the glowing reviews I've heard but these alone have definitely turned me off. 

The material on these is more like a cross between a traditional legging and tights. They are best suited to go under a dress, skirt, or long tunic as the backside is fairly sheer. The are in one size for  1X-4X, 92% nylon and 8% spandex. If Teggings didn't exist these would probably rank higher on my list but in comparison to Teggings I find them lacking. The waistband is more binding, the crotch sags on me the way tights do, the material is less stretchy or smooth, and one pair I ordered came with a run them. To me, only thing they have going for them over Teggings is they are less sheer and therefore have slightly better coverage.

These are the first of four leggings I'm reviewing from One Stop Plus and really these and the Woman Within brand are essentially exactly the same legging. I'm ranking this below the Woman Within brand as this one only comes in a two pack with a capri and the capri is an odd length on me and flares out slightly on the bottom. However the backside waistband covers my ample backside slightly better than the Woman Within brand. These are a nice thickness with good coverage, 95% cotton and 5% spandex. I'm wearing the 1X. 

Like I said in the previous review, these are pretty much exactly the same legging as the ellos brand when I compared them side by side. However the Woman Within brand allows you to order them without being obligated to get a capri you may or may not want. They come in an array of colors while they ellos brand only comes in three. They also come in regular, petite, and tall lengths. These are a good, solid, basic legging. They are also 95% cotton and 5% spandex. I'm wearing a 1X, regular length. 

Compared side by side to both the ellos and Woman Within leggings the Roaman's appear to be exactly the same but when you feel them they are a slightly softer, higher quality cotton. I also have better coverage at the top of the back waistband, where my ample backside often pulls leggings down to create a gap. They are also 95% cotton and 5% spandex. Like the Woman Within brand the Roaman's brand comes in a variety of colors and threes lengths. I'm wearing a 1X in regular length.

5. CSC Studio from HSN

These are super soft, stretchy, non-binding, and forgiving. They are soft but they are a bit thinner than the other cotton based leggings in the review so they may not be best suited for trying to wear leggings as pants. They are 92% cotton and 8% spandex. I'm wearing a 2X and my guess is I could probably even wear a 1X. Sadly HSN is no longer carrying CSC Studios from Carolyn Strauss. Looking at CSC Studios' Facebook page it looks like they may be launching a website for direct sales, you can check them out here.

Of the four leggings from One Stop Plus these are my favorites. They are also 95% cotton and 5% spandex but the quality of the cotton is the highest and softest with these compared to the other three. I also prefer the flat waistband on these compared to the gathered waistband on the other three, it speaks to a higher quality attention to detail to me. The inseam on these are longer than the other three and they do only come in the one length so that might be a disadvantage if you are petite. They also come in a variety of colors. I'm wearing them in a 1X.

Of the cotton based leggings I'm reviewing these are my favorites. They are thickest, highest quality, and softest cotton of the bunch. They also have my preferred flat waistband. If you are so inclined these are probably the best ones if you want to wear leggings as pants. They are a much closer fit on me but I also sized down in them. If you want a more relaxed fit stick with your regular size, they don't run as large as my other leggings from Torrid. These are 95% cotton and 5% spandex. I'm wearing them in a size 2.

Once again Teggings are at the top of my list. While my old ones are still in good shape I did order new ones to make sure I'm reviewing a current product. Like the SWAK leggings Teggings come in one size, up to 4X. This year's version feel pretty much exactly the same as my old ones, I think they might be slightly less stretchy than my other ones but that might also be from them not being as relaxed from washing and wearing them. As the name suggests they are definitely a cross between tights and leggings. As you can see they are pretty sheer across the backside and really are best suited under dresses and skirts, unless you are the more daring among us. To me the fit is much better than SWAK's. They do not bind or sag, they are smooth and soft. They fit me above my ankle, if you are taller than 5'4" or want them to hit lower you may want to consider buying them in the extra long length, in fact I'm regretting not buying some in the longer length as well. They are 92% nylon and 8% spandex. Teggings come in a variety of colors too.

Of course the most expensive ones turn out to be favorite. Sorry, I wish I like the Walmart ones better too! These are a rayon jersey knit and they feel like butter. They are the culmination of all good things I look for in leggings: light, stretchy, non binding, good coverage. I could wear these 24/7 and be a comfy, happy camper. I haven't washed these yet but my guess is with the rayon/spandex mix there will be less color fade than the cotton leggings as well, a concern for me as I often wear black leggings with black tops and it bugs me when the blacks don't match. I'm wearing them in a 2X and it's a roomy fit. 

If you have any comments or recommendations about plus size leggings please let me know below!