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Inside The Dressing Room – Cato Fashions Summer 2016

Inside thedressing room with My Plus Size Life

Inside thedressing room with My Plus Size Life

Time for another visit with me inside the dressing room. I previously visited Lovesick and Forever 21. This time you will be going with me to Cato Fashions.

I realize there may be some people out there who are not familiar with Catos, but they are growing and I was really happy to learn recently that they now have a website. So now I can finally share their items with all of you.

A little history of my experience with them. I grew up in a very rural area of Kentucky, a town so small that most of you probably would not be able to comprehend how small it is. This town literally to this day still only has one stop sign and a post office. Over the years its occasionally had a gas station/convenience store, but they never last long. So this meant that we had to travel to the next town of size to shop for clothing and other items (approximately a 25 mile trip one way). I have almost always been plus size, and so even in the largest towns in Kentucky shopping was limited for me. However the town we went to shop most often was not the largest. This meant that I had three choices to choose from. Up until I was about 12 the three choices were a place called Hills, JC Penny, and Cato. Hills was like a Wal-Mart but with less selection (After I was 12, Hills closed and Wal-Mart took its place). JC Penny at that time rarely offered anything but grandmother styles in plus sizes. And then there was Cato. It was the one saving grace. They sell both misses and plus sizes, but often items are offered on both sides. They usually offer trendy pieces. And best of all they are usually quite affordable compared to other plus size retailers. All of those things still hold true to this day.

So without further ado, I am very excited to share these with you guys. I hope it helps some of you on a budget find a new place to shop. As always I will remind you I typically wear 2X or 20 at both Torrid and Lane Bryant. And I wear a 40DDD bra. I can tell you everything I tried on at Cato was either a 2X or 20W. They do run true to size and always have.

Plus Size Boho Pants from Cato Fashions

Top: Pom Pom Trim Flutter Sleeve Top-Plus in Navajo Blue

Available in 18/20 to 26/28. $17.99

 Pants: Scroll Print Smocked Palazzo Pants-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. Was $21.99 now $15.99.

I did end up purchasing both of these pieces. The pants were very comfortable and lightweight. The shirt fit well as well, and it fit well with many of the items I was trying.

Cato Fashions Plus Size Short Outfit

Top: See Above

Shorts: Tasseled Geo-Tribal Soft Shorts-Plus

Available in a 14/16 to 26/28. Was $15.99, now $6.99

I also purchased these shorts. They also were very comfortable. And as you can see they went well with the same top.

Cato Fashions plus size shorts outfit

Top: See Above

 Shorts: Bordered Geometric Soft Shorts-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. Was $15.99 now $11.99.

Another pair that went with the same top. They also were so comfortable. All of these have come in handy so far with the kind of heat we have been having.

Cato Fashions Plus Size Outfit Shorts and Top

Top: Crochet Sleeve Sharkbite Top-Plus in Red Ochre

Available in 18/20 to 26/28. $19.99

 Shorts: Mixed Stripe Soft Shorts-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. Was $15.99 now $11.99.

This is where my luck run out a bit with what I tried on. The top did fit and it was comfortable, but I did not like the way that it looked on my body shape. I think it would look better on someone who is either and apple shape or inverted triangle. And this pair of shorts were a little more snug than the others. Just not a comfortable fit for me.

Plus Size Outfit frm Cato Fashions

Top: See above

Shorts: Patchwork Print Soft Shorts-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. Was $15.99 now $9.99.

I had the same issue with these shorts. Just not a good fit for me. I was a little disappointed because I loved the print.

Plus Size Dress from Cato Fashions

Dress: Perforated Abstract Stripe Maxi Dress-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. $39.99

This dress fit well, but it was very warm fabric. If I lived somewhere that is cooler in the summer, I would have totally bought this. But not for temperatures over 75 degrees.

Plus Size Skirt from Cato Fashions

Top: Essential Tunic Tank Top-Plus in Paradise Orange

Available in 14/16 to 22/24. Was $9.99 now 6.99.

 Skirt: Mixed Chevron Stretch Mesh Maxi Skirt-Plus

Available in a 14/16 to 26/28. $24.99

I loved this skirt. Probably going to save it more for fall. The top I was not crazy about, the length just wasn’t right for me.

Denim shorts from Cato Fashions

Top: Lace Up Side Layered Tank-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. $21.99

Shorts: Embellished Pocket Jean Shorts-Plusg

Available in size 16W to 26W. Was $21.99 now $15.99.

 There were elements of this I loved. The top had some really cool details that you can see way better if you visit the link, but I just didn’t think it looked right on my body. And the shorts not a good fit, but were really cute. Being the shape I am its hard to find denim shorts that don’t leave a huge gap at the waist in the back. That not cute, but that big booty girl problems. What are you going to do?

This has been another look in the dressing room with me. Cato Fashions are located in 32 states. If you want to go try some on for yourself you can check their Store Locator to find the closest store to you.

I want to see what you have tried on at Cato Fashions and other stores I visit, just tag your pictures on social media with the hashtag #ITDRwithMyPlusSizeLife . Let me know in the comments where you want me to go next, and if I can I will.

 

 

 

 

 

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My Plus Size Costume For The Cincinnati Midsummer Masquerade Ball 2016

Plus Size Lovesick Fashion Used as a costume for masquerade ball.

You may have seen my previous costume posts from the last two years of attending The Pandora Society’s Steampunk Symposium. And you can see those previous posts here and here. But this past weekend was the first time I got to attend their Cincinnati Midsummer Masquerde Ball. It was held at the Moonlite Gardens in Coney Island, which is a beautiful venue if you have never seen it.

The costumes for the most part were very different from the steampunk events. While there were a handful of people in steampunk most people wore fairy, goblin, or other various magical creature costumes. I did another version of a unicorn costume, but it was very costume light.

Plus Size Lovesick Fashion Used as a costume for masquerade ball. The pants and tops are from Lovesick. The top is currently sold out, but the Lace Flare Pants are still available in most sizes. The pants also are available in a deep red tone that should be in though the fall.

The shoes are FLOJOS Women’s Fiesta Flat Sandal in Black. If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time you know my love and loyalty to this brand. It is literally the only brand of flip flops I wear because they are so darn comfortable. I have them in so many styles and colors.

The head piece is from an etsy shop called Freckles Fairy Chest. She is based out of Orlando, Florida. Everything in her shop is beautiful and you will have a hard time choosing.

You can’t see my makeup in the photos unfortunately, but in addition to some glittery eyeshadow I also was fairly covered in Glam Dust in Nymph from Manic Panic. I used Glam Glue from Manic Panic to attach it and make it stay. If you have never used Glam Glue use it sparingly and carefully. It took using makeup remover and two showers to get all the glitter off after. Once you put anything on with glam glue its not falling off. It goes on looking like water, but it dries super quick. It is a costume lovers friend, especially if you are heavy on the makeup side. And it can be used for everyday makeup if you want to keep those glittery eyeshadows in place.

I would have done a more elaborate costume, but honestly it was hot and I knew it was going to be hot when I was planning what to wear. I don’t think I could have managed to wore a traditional costume. What I wore was so comfortable and airy. And yes you could see a lot of my body, but sometimes you just have to embrace your curves and be comfortable.

My friend Jenny went with me because we both love being geeks and getting dressed up in costume.

Jenny's Plus Size Costume for the Masquerade Ball

I don’t know what creature she was suppose to be exactly, I suppose I should have asked. But everyone kept calling her the dark mistress of the night. LOL

There was entertainment through the night. Like …..

Fire Dancer at the Cincinnati Midsummer Masquerade

Fire Dancers and ….

Fire Performer at the Cincinnati Midsummer Masquerade

And other Fire Performers…..Costume Contest at the Midsummer MasqueradeAnd a costume contest, which my friend Jenny entered upon my prompting.

Final round of the costume contest

And then she made it into the final round.

The winner of the costume contest...Jenny

And she won Best Dressed Lady. So that means we will be at Pandoracon this year too since her prize was a weekend pass to Pandoracon. If anyone has questions about Jenny’s costume and where she got anything she is wearing or any of the parts she has made leave your questions in the comments and I am sure she would be happy to answer.

There was lots of other entertainment including musicians and a DJ with dancing at the end of the evening, but I just didn’t get pictures of everything.

One of the best things about events like these to me is seeing all the creativity of other people and what they choose to do with their costumes.

Another Unicorn at the Masquerade Ball.

I met another Unicorn. We are pretty rare.

Jenny with timmymessyfingers

We both loved this mans creativity. He turned his beard into something like a rose bush and had birds all over his head. I wish now I had taken a more close up picture myself. But if you would like to see more of his creativity, you can find him on Instagram as timmymessyfingers.

Jenny with one of the leaders of Airship Ashanti

And we also saw a lot of familiar faces from the Steampunk Symposium, like this lovely lady from The Airship Ashanti. Make sure you check them out if you are living in the Cincinnati area, they really do a lot of good things for the community.

Jenny and I really had a great time, and we without a doubt will be going back next year. If you live in the area, you should consider going. In the meantime if you are interested costume events or steampunk and live in the Cincinnati area, check out the Pandora Society’s website for upcoming events. Or if you live in the Lexington area and are interested in Steampunk contact me, Jenny and I have started our own steampunk airship. We are looking for people to join and come compete with us at the events or help us practice before hand. Our airship will always be a safe place with no bullying tolerated. So just contact me for info.

 

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Flamingos At A Garden Party? – Checking Out The Bourbon Social

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1467388722754My husband and I recently went to the Beer, Bourbon, and Bacon Garden Party hosted by The Bourbon Social. And honestly I don’t think that I can think much that would say Kentucky more than a Garden Party involving Bourbon and bacon.

It was a beautiful event held on the lawn at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. When we arrived there were all kinds of signage posted to direct us where to go.

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After we signed in there was a photographer there to take our pictures.

13522795_1798981503682067_3679777920943087851_oThere will be more full length pictures of the outfit towards the end, I promise.

One of the great things about attending events like this is meeting other people, networking, or just running in to other people you already know and having a great afternoon of conversation. For instance also in attendance was my friend Nancy Pauley and her husband Eddie.

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Nancy owns and operates Pinot’s Palette. If you are in the Lexington area you should check it out. It one of those places that you drink wine and paint. Sounds like a blast right?

There was really quite a crowd there though, so many interesting people to meet and mingle with.

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But obviously what most people came for was the Beer, the Bourbon, and lets not forget the bacon. Because who doesn’t like bacon? No one I know, because I don’t have time for that kind of negativity in my life. Haha, just kidding! Sort of. But really, lets talk about what everyone came out for.

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For anyone who wasn’t a Beer or Bourbon drinker, Lover’s Leap Winery was there with a selection of their wines.

From that point on each table had pairings. So there would be an alcohol selection and then a food paired with it.

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At this table we had three beers from West 6th Brewing, a local brewery here in Lexington. They had their Snakes in a Barrel Beer. It was pair with a selection of fresh fruit, crackers, Artisan Cheeses, Snakes in A Barrel Beer Cheese, Bourbon and Brown Sugar Dip, and Caramelized Onion Dip. Then second they had the Snakecake Beer. It was paired with Pulled Pork Potato Skins with Snakecake Chipolte BBQ Drizzle. And last, but not least they had their Cocoa Porter. And I am going to try and tell you what it was paired with, but it was one of the few things that was not listed online and the picture of the sign was not clear enough to read, but here goes. It was paired with a dark chocolate cupcake, with what I believe was bourbon vanilla icing, and a piece of candied bacon on top.

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At this table they had Barrel Bourbon served neat from batch 007 (how funny is that). It was paired with Beef Sliders with Pork Belly, Ghost Jam, and Fried Onion.

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At this table they had Black Saddle Bourbon Whiskey. It was paired with chocolate candied cayenne bacon.

13490701_1798980907015460_1766874512758138868_oAt this table they had Bourbon Mary’s (or you know the Kentucky version of a Bloody Mary) made with Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon. It was paired with a pimento cheese stuffed cherry tomato with Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon Jam. I couldn’t have any of the Bloody Mary’s to try because of my allergy, but they let me try a bit of the Bacon Bourbon, and I loved it. I will be buying some for myself.

13575942_1798980770348807_2042050997182711722_o And the last table had Kentucky Mule’s made with Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon. It was paired with Bacon and Jalopeno Deviled Eggs.

There was live music playing through the event.

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My husband and I had never had a chance to visit the Henry Clay Estate, so we made sure to take a walk around. One of the things that really stood out was the beautiful English Style Strolling Garden.

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So we took a stroll and made sure to stop for lots of pitures, and of course a few selfies.

2016-06-19 15.58.34I was wearing the Flamingo dress from last years Retro Collection at Torrid. It is no longer available, but if you like flamingos you might like the Flamingo Print Sundress that they still have. And I have on my White Skechers Wedge Sandal with it. Seriously you can’t find any wedges that are more comfortable.

2016-06-19 15.55.56We had a great time. Its always nice to find something different to do. And my husband really enjoyed himself and wants to go back. I think that says a lot for me. Its really hard sometimes to find things to do that we both enjoy outside of the norm. And I for one don’t like living in a rut, so I will be attending more events in the future.

If you live in the central Kentucky area and are interested in finding out more about the Bourbon Social, you can check out their website at http://www.thebourbonsocial.com/. Or you can follow them on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. I want to give an extra special thank you to the Bourbon Social for giving me the okay to use their pictures.

 

 

 

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Beauteque Take Two: Rebranding As Your Mask Market Place

Collection of Sheet Masks Available at Beauteque

I mentioned the other day that I would have several upcoming posts involving Beauteque, and this is one that I am very excited to do. I am very happy to be included in the Beauteque Beauties that are helping to announce the rebranding of Beauteque. From today forward they will be Beauteque: Your Mask Market Place

Beauteque: Your Mask Market Place

With this rebranding, they aren’t just changing the name. No there is big changes in the works for the whole company. The biggest change I think is implied with the name. Yes, the focus is turning more towards the masks. They will offer over 500 masks on the website. The options will vary from Korean beauty classics to the latest trends on the market. Here is just a sampling of the ones they carry that I plan on testing out.

Collection of Sheet Masks Available at Beauteque

In the photo left to right is the Tosowoong Aqua Tok Tok CO2 Fresh Mask, 
Holika Holika Pig-Collagen Jelly Gel Mask Sheet, ThFace Shop Intense 
MasCream Sheet - Firming, Esfolio Essence Mask Sheet - Banana, Etude House 
Wonder Pore Black Mask Sheet, Tsaio Stayed Up Late Mask - Emily, and Mizon 
Ampoule Essential Sheet Mask Peptide.

Additional changes will include:

  • There will be a new product filter for masks so you can narrow down your search list to suit your needs. You will be able to filter mask searches by ingredient, brand, mask type, mask fabric, and skin concern.
  •  Increased Customer Service. There will now be Live Chat Services and opportunities to speak with a skin consultant to help you learn more about your own skin or to help you find the right mask for you.
  • Mask Sets! Beauteque will be offering lots of mask sets. There will be a large variety of sets to choose from including some based on skin concern, theme, specific lines from a brand, and more. They want to make mask shopping an exciting an cost effective experience.
  • They will have lots of deals going on, so make sure you check them out at beauteque.com

This is such exciting news, and by the looks of the new masks they are adding everyone is in for a grand treat. I’m sure the Mask Maven Subscription can only get better because of this change. I look forward to sharing all of the great information they are send my way, and I hope all of you are excited too.

For those of you who are BB Bag subscribers, don’t worry. It is my understanding that those are not going anywhere. I think even us Beauteque Beauties that had a little heads up were quick to ask that one. We all love our BB Bags, at least I know I do. If anything changes I will make sure to update you guys.

Over the month of July look for various updates and reviews of the masks here on the blog and on my other various social media accounts. And if you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments below or message me. And as Always, don’t forget you can save 10% on anything you order from Beauteque by using my coupon code KAREN.

 

 

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