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The Wrap Dress From Society Plus That Works For Any Body Type

Wrap dress for the curvy body

I have always love the idea of a wrap dress, but in the past found myself only wearing the ones where the wrap isn’t the central focus of the dress but rather an overlay of bodycon dress or slip dress. I felt like any time I tried to wear a traditional wrap dress, or even some faux wrap dresses, they just didn’t fit my body very well. There always seemed to be gaping at the bust, weird uneven hemlines, and sometimes the belt would be too short to wrap around and tie.

So when Society Plus sent me their new wrap dress, a.k.a. The Power Dress, I have to admit I was a little hesitant. I should have known better though, everything I have purchased from Society Plus has fit me impeccably, and this was no exception.

As a reminder I typically wear a size 2X or 20W at most plus size stores like Lane Bryant and Torrid. I wear a 40DDD bra. My measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 42″ Hips: 54″. I am showing this dress in a 22/24, and it was accurate to Society Plus’s size chart. Pro Tip: check the size chart for each individual item when shopping Society Plus. Each item is measured separately to give you a better fit.

Society Plus Power Dress

The great news is this dress has everything I was looking for. The fit is great. I never felt like I was going to come uncovered. The hemline looks like it should. The belt is plenty long enough. You can tell this dress is truly designed for a curvy body.

Back view of Society Plus Power Dress

Fits well in the back too. None of that raising up in the back . This is definitely a problem I am familiar with. Big booty problem y’all.

Wrap dress for the curvy body

I also have to say that the quality of this dress is amazing. If you have ever had a designer dress from like Adrianna Papell or Igigi from back in the day, that is what this feels like. And as a bonus for a lot of you ladies out there, it has pockets. I know that is a huge deal for a lot of you.

Plus size wrap dress from Society Plus

While I didn’t style this with jewelry, I did want to switch it up with different shoes and different hair. This is definitely the perfect office wear dress. But I really wanted to show how easy I think it would be to take this dress from work to work it.

If you are interested in trying The Power Dress, it is currently available in black and cobalt blue. It comes in sizes 14/16 to 30/32.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried this wrap dress, and if so what you thought about it.

 

 

 

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Week Three Of #AllDressApril 2017

All Dress April 2017 #AllDressApril

All Dress April 2017 #AllDressApril

We have made it 3/4 of the way through the month of April. It has felt like a whirlwind to me. So much has been going on in my life. So hard to believe there is only about a week left at this point.

If you missed last weeks #AllDressApril recap you can find it here. And as always you can see it on the daily when you follow me on Instagram.

 

Day 15

Grace Dress from Lindy Bop

This is the Grace Dress from Lindy Bop. This particular print is no longer available, but the style is available in various options of colors. The shoes are the A2 by Aerosoles Kaleidescope Dress Sandal. They do come in wide width. Mine are in the light pink color, though to me they don’t really look that pink. They are also available in a nude color. There are not many sizes left, but there are a few options left between the two colors.

Day 16

Cato's Maxi Dress

This was a super casual day hanging out a friend’s house. So no makeup and messy hair. And that also means wearing one of my super comfy dresses. This maxi dress is from Cato Fashions. But they always have a nice selection of plus size clothing. My flip flops are my favorite pair of leather Flojos. I have said this many times, they are the only flip flops I will wear anymore. They are so comfortable and the leather ones will last forever.

Day 17

This was one of two days I missed. Our weather is back to being all over the place and I just hadn’t felt well this week.

 

Day 18

Amazon dress

This dress is an Amazon find, and you most likely will see a full review of it come on one of it come up in the Hidden Gems of Amazon series here on the blog. It is the Dilanni Retro Deep-V Neck Half Sleeve Vintage Swing Dress. It’s available in both misses and plus sizes. Most of the plus sizes seem to be sold out in the black at the moment, but it is also available in red.

The shoes, I love them so much. They came from the good folks over at Zooshoo. These retro inspired heels are the Kym by J Adams. These, and most of the J. Adams shoes I have tried are a great fit for me. They have a rounded toe and the width is similar to that of Skechers. Great for anyone who finds themselves in between a medium and wide width. This particular pair of shoes I did receive at a discounted price for review purposes, but like always my opinion is my own.

Day 19

Cynthia Rowley Top and Kim Rogers Skirt

The top is Cynthia Rowley. I purchased mine from TJ Maxx. The skirt is from Kim Rogers Woman. I purchased this at Belk’s department store.

Day 20

Dress from Cato

This is another dress from Cato. I got this last fall and I am just now getting around to wearing it. I don’t normally care for asymmetrical hems, but I thought this one was quite nice.

Day 21

This was the second day I missed due to not feeling well.

 

 

 

 

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Product Review – 3 Piece Set Pineapple Corer, Apple Corer, And Apple Slicer

You get an apple corer and a apple slicer in the box with your pineppple corer.


One of my favorite fruits is pineapple. I love it fresh, I love the juice, I love deserts made with it, and I even use it when I bake ham. We use a lot of pineapple in our house. That is why I have another kitchen tool for review. I am trying out the pineapple corer from Amazon seller Techfeed.

Pineapple Corere and cutter

Well technically this set includes three different items. You get the pineapple corer, you get an apple corer, and you get an apple slicer. But for this post we will be concentrating on the pineapple corer. I think most people will already be at least somewhat familiar with the other two items.

You get an apple corer and a apple slicer in the box with your pineppple corer.

When it comes to the pineapple corer I thought this might be one of those things where it was easier to show you how it works than to just tell you. So we made a couple of videos. It was meant to be one, but this is one of those things that has a learning curve to it. There were instructions, but I didn’t find them completely helpful. And when I do these reviews I don’t like to watch other people do it before I try products out. That being said, the first attempt wasn’t that bad, and the product was surprisingly easy to use.

The directions you are given are on the sides of the box. It is as follows:

Slice off the leafy crown of a pineapple (recommended pineapple size 3-5 pounds), position the cutting disk over it, then twist the handle with a slight downward pressure. All the juice is retained with minimal waste.

So here was attempt #1:

 

 

And here was the second attempt:

You can see the second attempt went much better. Only a slight snafu at the end with going down a little too far and piercing the pineapple skin at the bottom.

Here are my tips for using the pineapple corer.

  • Don’t just cut the green off of the pineapple, cut down about two inches below the green top. You should be seeing just yellow in the center and no brown or green spots. If you are seeing some of the rind still, cut it down farther.
  • Make sure you put the corer as close to the center as you can.
  • Keep twisting the handle until you hit the bottom of the pineapple.
  • When you hit the bottom twist back in forth in an almost rocking motion while pulling up to pull all the pineapple up at once.

At the end of the day, I do think this is a great product that can save you a lot of time and/or money if you use a lot of pineapple. I will be buying a lot less precut pineapple. Its easy to clean up too. It can be hand washed or put in the dishwasher. The black handle comes off and you can just wash the stainless steel part. Just be careful if you hand wash it, you don’t want to make a trip to the ER.

If you are interested in trying this set out for yourself, you can find it at Techfeed’s Amazon page.

I did receive this product at a discounted price for review purposes, however all opinions expressed are my own.

 

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It’s A Giveaway! Come Win A Gift Card to Plus Size Clothing Retailer City Chic

giveaway with ity chic online

giveaway with ity chic online

Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I personally worked a lot this weekend, but I was still able to sneak some time in with friends and family.

Everyone knows how much I love a giveaway here on my blog. This giveaway though is something extra special and very dear to my heart for a few reasons. First, this is the first clothing giveaway I have done here on the blog with a strictly plus size store. Second, I couldn’t be happier to say that it’s with City Chic. I have said many times they are one of my favorite plus size stores to shop and how I love their customer service. And to top it all off they are being super generous and are giving two of you dear readers $250 gift vouchers.

I have shared a lot of looks from City Chic over the last few years. As a matter of fact if you have been following my #AllDressApril journey, then you know that I also have shared a few this month. And I have a few more planned for later this month too, so keep watching for great ideas of what to purchase from City Chic. But I thought instead of making you search through all of my posts looking for City Chic pieces, I put together a little lookbook for you to see here.

 

This is really just the tip of the iceberg of what I have from City Chic. And I will be showing much more this month on my Instagram for #AllDressApril. So if you want to see what other dresses from City Chic look like on a plus size body, make sure you check out my Instagram feed.

A Few Notes About Entering The Giveaway:
Please note that the giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.

The first three entries are required, if you do not complete all of the first three entries (and they must be done correctly) you will not be entered in the giveaway. All other entries are optional but will give you extra chances to win.

There will be a couple of extra entry options added a couple of days after the giveaway begins as well as options to Tweet every day. So if you are seeing this on the first day, make sure you check back for extra entries.

In the past people have been confused about where to leave the blog comment. You must leave it in the comment section on the actual blog post (not one of the pages the blog feed appears on). Also the Rafflecopter box is not where you comment, you must scroll to the bottom of the blog post to find the comment section. In the Rafflecopter box you only need to post done or your name or something so that it counts you as posting a comment.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

Last day to enter will be 4/30/17. Winners will be announced on various social media accounts as well as here on the Rafflecopter box on 5/1/17. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If winners do not claim their prizes within 48 hours a new winner or winners will be drawn.

Prizes will be distributed by City Chic.

Good Luck Everyone!

 

 

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Week 2 of #AllDressApril 2017

All Dress April 2017 #AllDressApril

All Dress April 2017 #AllDressApril

That’s right, we made it all the way through all of week two of All Dress April 2017. If you missed it you can catch up on Week One here.

Week two was mostly uneventful. I missed one day again, but I did not share a past outfit. I just felt really bad that day.

Day 8

Day 8 for all dress April Torrid Top Cato Skirt

This was one of those rare in between temperature days here in Kentucky. We usually only have temperature extremes, so I have a lot of clothes for both of those and not a lot of the in between temps you typically think of for Spring and Fall. This was me running out of in between things and throwing something together and hoping for the best.

So the top is from Torrid. I don’t believe they currently have it, but this is a top they bring back all the time in various colors and patterns. The skirt came from Cato’s last fall. It is supposed to be a patchwork style skirt. I love the way it looks, but it really just doesn’t go with anything in my closet. I most likely will be getting rid of it soon as I will be cleaning out items at the end of the month to make room for new.

Day9

Day of #AllDressApril City Chic Dress Rainbow Robin Dress

This beauty is from City Chic. It is their Rainbow Robin Dress, however it is no longer available to my knowledge. Don’t let that stop you from checking out City Chic though. They have tons of styles and prints to suit just about everyone.

Day 10

This was the day that I skipped.

 

Day 11

Torrid Insider Crop Top and Skirt for day 11 of All Dress April

This lace crop top and maxi skirt was from last years Torrid Insider Collection. I originally bought this to wear to a friend’s wedding, but the theme of the wedding got changed and I wore something different. Taking this picture was the one and only time it has been worn. So this will also be most likely leaving my closet at the end of the month.

Day 12

Maxi Dress from the Avenue for day 12 f #AllDressApril

This body con watercolor print maxi dress came from the Avenue. I have only worn it a few times, but I absolutely love it. The fabric is so soft to the touch. And the cut hugs the body just right.

Day 13 & 14

Day 13 and 14 of All Dress April had me wearing this Maxi Dress from One World

This One World Maxi got worn day thirteen and fourteen. I know you are probably wondering why I would wear the same dress two days in a row. Well since I work from home I often wear PJs while I am here. And on day thirteen I only left my house for maybe ten or fifteen minutes. So I put it back on the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Product Review – Five Piece Makeup Sponge Set by Fairyland

Silicone sponge from Fairyland


Over the last couple of weeks I have been trying out some new makeup sponges. What I have been trying is the five piece set from Fairyland. In this set you receive three blending sponged and two of the new silicone sponges. And this is currently selling for $16.99 on Amazon.

Blender sponge and silicone sponge still in their plastic pack from fairyland

As you can see they were each sent in individual resealable bags. I thought this was a nice that they were individually wrapped like this. It makes it convenient to travel with too. I think most of you are familiar with how to use a blending sponge at this point, so most of this review is going to focus on the silicone sponge and how to best use it.

Blender sponge from fairyland

First let me tell you briefly about the sponge blender that was included in the set. As I said you get three of them in this set from Fairyland. This is not the name brand Beauty Blender, let me point that out just in case anyone was confused. It is the same color and similar shape and size. As far as softness goes on initial use it was very stiff. However, Fairyland mentions on their Amazon page that they soften up after initial use if you wet them. I can honestly say they have gotten a little softer each time I have used them. I still don’t think I would say it’s quite as soft as the name brand, but it is close after four uses. Application is as you would expect with a blending sponge. I think overall for the price this is a great alternative.

Silicone sponge from Fairyland

I felt like since the silicone sponge was so new on the market there was a bit of a learning curve for me. I certainly had heard a lot about it, and had seen some mini clips of people using it. However I did not want to go watch any tutorials or reviews until after I tried it myself a time or two.

I made this short video demonstrating how to use the silicone sponge. Forgive the weird makeup faces, you know you do it too.

Over the last couple of weeks I had the time to experiment with the silicone sponge quite a bit. I tried it with different foundations and under different circumstances and I think I have some tips that may help you out.

Do’s

  •  Use with matte and satin finish foundations
  •  Apply makeup in small amounts a little at a time directly to the silicone sponge
  •  Apply using a circular motion to spread the makeup on your face
  •  Use a patting motion to blend after you makeup is on
  •  Use a primer for your best results

Don’ts

  •  Use this with a dewy finish foundation.
  •  Use this if you have put on face oil prior to applying foundation
  •  Mix oil with you foundation you are applying

Overall I will say, I think this is probably going to be a better tool for people who have normal to oily skin. If you have dry skin you can still make it work like I did if you are using a satin finish foundation and are not adding any face oil to the mix.

The first couple of times I tried the silicone sponge out I had tried it with my current favorite foundations and it didn’t turn out well. I wasn’t sure if I was doing something wrong or what. That’s when I started watching other people and noticed the difference between who was having success and who wasn’t. My current foundations are very dewy finishes with oils in them. So the one you see me using in the video is a Satin finish.

My finished makeup after using the silicone sponge from Fairland

This is how my completed makeup turned out after the video. I thought it did do a wonderful job with the satin finish foundation. You may still need to use a blending sponge or your fingers to get around the crevices of your nose or around your eyes after application. And the big selling feature I think everyone is after with the silicone sponge, using less product. I can honestly say, yes I was able to use less product and get more coverage while using the silicone sponge.

If you are interested in trying this for yourself you can find this set through Fairyland’s Amazon page.

The set used for this review was sold to me at a discount for review purposes, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried the silicone sponge yet, and what you thought about it

 

 
 
 

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Week 1 of #AllDressApril 2017

All Dress April 2017 #AllDressApril

All Dress April 2017 #AllDressApril

Week 1 went down without too much of a hitch. I really only had one day where I didn’t feel like putting on a dress due to my health, so I shared a throw back Thursday picture instead.

Day 1

Little Black Dress from City Chic for day 1 of #AllDressApril

This is the Fit & Flare Poser Dress in Black from City Chic. It’s funny, but when I wore this last week they still had this dress in stock. However they are now sold out. They do still have a few sizes left in the Ruby color. Or if you are looking for a similar dress you might also like the Dark Romance Fit & Flare Dress or the Fine Lace Fit & Flare Dress.

Day 2

Maxi Dress bought for Hidden Gems of Amazon

You may recognize this dress from a previous Hidden Gems of Amazon post. It is the Roiii Plus Size Boho Floral Print Sleeveless Maxi Dress. If you want more information on fit you can find my previous post here.

Day 3

Cold shoulder maxi from Torrid for Day 3 of #AllDressApril

This is the Jersey Cold Shoulder Surplice Maxi Dress from Torrid. This is almost sold out, only available in a couple of sizes. Get it while you can.

Day 4

Day 4 of All Dress April

The top I am wearing here is from City Chic, though it is no longer available. Though they do occasionally bring items back, so if it’s something you are interested in I recommend letting them know.

The skirt is from Dressbarn from a couple of years ago. It is no longer available.

Day 5

SWAK Designs maxi dress for day 5 All Dress April

This animal print maxi dress is from SWAK Designs (a.k.a. Sealed With A Kiss Designs). I have had it for probably five years now. It is well worn. If you follow my on Instagram you know I jokingly refer to this as my lazy dress. I usually only wear it when I don’t feel like putting any effort into getting ready and I still get compliments on it. I wish I could say they still had this style available, but they do not.

Day 6

I shared this #tbt for Day 6 of #AllDressApril

So day six is the only day in week one I didn’t actually put a dress on. I wasn’t feeling well and just could not bring myself to do it. However day six happened to fall on a Thursday, so I shared a picture of one of my favorite dresses for #tbt (throw back Thursday). This is the Hot Summers Days Printed Chiffon Maxi Dress from City Chic. But if this isn’t quite the color scheme for you, they have a new one called the Pretty Day Maxi Dress that you might like better.

Day 7

Maxi dress from Simply Be for #AllDressApril

This is another favorite of mine. I love the funky 70’s feel with the neck tie, the front split, and the brown and orange paisley print. I got this a couple of years ago from Simply Be. This is no longer available, but check their website often. They always have unique funky pieces for reasonable prices in their house brand.

 

Tell me in the comments if you are participating in All Dress April. And don’t forget to tell us where we can follow your dress adventure.

 
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Product Review – Banneton Proofing Basket for Artisan Bread

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Yali's Better Proofing Bowl

I have mentioned before that I often get the request to share recipes I try from Pinterest and more posts about cooking. So I recently had the opportunity to try and review this Banneton Proofing Basket for making Artisan Bread which also comes with a Danish dough wisk.

I thought bread making might be a fun thing to try, and it was a great way to spend some time with my niece on spring break. She is already a seasoned bread maker, so you I thought it would be great to give you the perspective of a newbie and that of a more experienced bread maker. As it turns out we both came to the same conclusions, but we will talk about that in a moment.

First let me tell you a little about the actual bowl (proofing basket). Its made of 100% all-natural hand-crafted cane, it’s food-safe, and it’s eco-friendly. It comes with a linen liner and with a 13” Danish dough whisk. It is used for making handmade artisan breads that need to rise. It is especially good for slow rising breads such as soda bread and sourdough bread.

We actually tried out two different recipes. First we made some Honey Buttermilk Bread that I found the recipe for on Pinterest. The original recipe comes from a blog called Restless Chipotle, make sure you check it out. We also tried out a pretzel recipe my niece had, but I am mainly going to focus on the bread recipe  because I don’t have a way to link you to the second recipe, and I didn’t get all the pictures I needed.

So we started by gathering everything we needed to make the Honey Buttermilk Bread, including the Banneton Proofing Basket.

Yalis Better Proofing Basket and ingrients for making the Honey Buttermilk BreadIn addition to what’s in the picture we also used a mixing bowl and two bread loaf pans.

Once everything was mixed up, the dough was transferred over to the Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket to let it rise.

Dough rising in the Yalis Better Banneton Proofing Basket

This is where we started to run into some trouble. Perhaps trouble isn’t the right word, maybe I should say we might have misunderstood something. As I said at the beginning the bowl is supposed to be good for slow rising bread. That is direct from their sales page. To me, when I read that I just understood it to mean that it was especially good for that, not that it would make the dough rise slower. But that is exactly what seemed to happen with both of the recipes we tried. With the Honey Buttermilk Bread we checked it at the called for time…..

Checking on the dough at the called for time

…and as you can see the dough had not fully risen. It ended up doubling our time on this dough to rise, and for the pretzel dough it at least tripled it.

When it finally had risen enough we separated the dough into the two pans.

putting the dough into the pans for the Honey Buttermilk Bread

And we cooked it and brought it out of the oven.

Finished Honey Buttermilk Bread

Now if you took a look at the links for the recipe then you know our bread turned out nothing like what it looked like there. This was supposed to be a light fluffy white bread. Something I imagine to be good for sandwiches. Instead ours obviously turned out to be very dense and much more like a banana bread. We had a similar experience with the pretzels. They both were still very good and tasty, just not what was expected.

We aren’t really sure what happened. I mean I may not be experienced at bread making, but I am a decent baker and cook otherwise. And my niece makes bread all the time. I am not sure if the bowl changed something we weren’t prepared for or if there was another factor we just haven’t thought of.

So here is our overall thoughts and extra information about the Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket. As I said early on, we both pretty much came to the same conclusions despite having different experience levels. There are both positives and negatives to the Proofing Basket.

Here are the positives:

  • We like the idea of having a dedicated bowl just for bread making
  • We love the linen cover that is fitted. It makes it so much easier than trying to use dish towels.
  • We love that it is eco friendly

Here are the negatives:

  • We didn’t like that it made the dough rise so much slower
  • What we didn’t know prior to receiving the bowl in the mail and reading the instructions is you can not wash this bowl. It also has a potential to grow mold which you have to use one of their methods to kill rather than wash. We both have a mold allergy, so we didn’t like this.

While there are both negatives and positives, at the end of the day, the negatives are just too big for us. Now this is not to say it’s not a good product or that you may have a different experience with it. I think we could have gotten past the dough rising slower, but the not being able to wash it, and the potential to grow mold is just too much for us.

If you are interested in trying the  Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket for yourself you can find it here on Amazon.

Tell me in comments below if you have tried this item before of something similar, and what did you think if you have.

 

I did receive this item at a deeply discounted price for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

 

 

 

 

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Welcome To #AllDressApril And So Much More

All Dress April 2017 #AllDressApril

All Dress April 2017 #AllDressApril

Today is the first day of April and it marks the first day of #AllDressApril. If you don’t know what I am talking about you probably haven’t been following me very long because in addition to participating last year, I have mentioned this no less than three times since the first of January. (I can’t help myself I am excited, I love dresses)

Essentially All Dress April or #AllDressApril is of course in April. The challenge is to wear a dress or skirt every day of April and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #AllDressApril. Of course everyone understands when you can’t, life happens. If you don’t do Instagram, no worries. You can alternatively post your photos to the Facebook Event Page.

 

Find the perfect look for everyone starring in your special day at Adrianna Papell! Dresses and gowns for every event. Shop the Bridal Suite!

Lots of bloggers and just women who have a love for fashion will be participating. It’s a great way to connect with others who love dresses and fashion as much as you do. And its a great way to find inspiration for your wardrobe. Everyone is welcome to participate, all body types, shapes and sizes. This should be a true body positive experience.

I have some things I am really excited to share with you. All this month I will be doing my best to show you completely different things than what I showed last year. I can’t promise there won’t be a few pieces duplicated though. I will be doing recaps for each week along with links to anything that is still purchasable.

I have a few special featured looks from places like Society Plus, Simply Be, and City Chic. And there will be Hidden Gems Of Amazon thrown in there somewhere too. But most exciting of all, and what I have been dying to announce for quite some time, later this month I will be hosting a giveaway with City Chic. It’s a really great one too, so make sure you keep watch for it. I will give you all the details then.

If you would like to take a look at the recaps from last year you can check out Week One, Week Two, and Weeks Three and Four.

Tell me in the comments if you will be participating in All Dress April. And make sure to tell me where I can follow you if you are participating.
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