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!

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year, Chapter One

I have spent most of my life mocking New Year's resolutions but here I am, at the beginning of January, reflecting and doing just that. So, as promised, I'm going to renew my commitment to stick to the clothing budget I started last year here, and admitted defeat here. Monthy spending posts will be back and hopefully more frequent outfit round ups. I am modifying my budget to $1,800 for the year as I learned $1,200 was just too low for a plus size fashion hound. For the next two to three months I have decided to set some time aside to focus on my spiritual, physical, and emotional health. I need to do a better job at finding balance in my life. During this time I've vowed to limit my distractions and I'm only going to be shopping for groceries and needed household items outside of a couple of eShakti Groupons I have that will be expiring. I'm hoping to get whatever else I need for my blogging commitments with those.

I'm wishing you all a blessed 2015!