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New Store Alert: The Black Ravens

Spellbook Handbag

We have a new store alert today. We will be taking a look at The Black Ravens.

About mid August some representatives of The Black Ravens contacted me and asked if I would like to pick out a few things and share them with my followers. The Black Ravens are a US and UK based store that focus on Alternative style clothing and accessories. They carry mostly punk, Goth and steampunk items, but there are a lot of items that would fall into other categories as well. They have been around since 2016, but they are now looking to add a plus size line.

This is pretty exciting because if you are into dressing in any of these styles, as a lifestyle or otherwise, then you know it is the hardest categories to find plus sizes in. The thing I get asked the most is where to find plus sizes in these styles, and its a really hard question to answer because there are few places that actually carry any selection at all of alternative clothing. And as most of you know I am very into steampunk, so I am often struggling as well.

The Black Ravens initially wanted me to try out their new plus size line. However, after looking at their site I realized they had China plus sizes and they would not fit me. (Keep in mind I am a US women’s size 20 usually.) But I had a few conversations with a couple of people from the company. I asked if it was okay to share their accessories with you for now, and they were good with that. And I sent over some info on American plus sizes, and I am happy to say they were very receptive to working on increasing their size range and me perhaps sharing their clothing later. And I have even spotted a couple of items that have popped up recently that are increasing in size.

So today I have a few pieces to show you that I selected. I will also be talking about some of the other things they have on the site that you might be interested in. I also want to share some of the pictures of the women’s misses size clothing and the men’s, as I know I have at least a few people who follow the blog who do not wear plus sizes. But also I thought it might give everyone an idea of some of the possible designs they may have in the future. And I encourage everyone who is plus size and wants alternative clothing to reach out to the company or me and say what you want, what size range you are looking for. I have told them there is a market that is interested, but I can not be the only voice expressing that if you want them to listen.

But before we go any further I want to be clear that this is not a sponsored post. I am not an affiliate of The Black Ravens. They did not ask me to say anything in particular about their products. They only sent me a few products and asked me to share them.

So with that being said, lets take a look first at the items I received.

Handbag available on The Black Ravens website

The first thing that I had no doubt I wanted to share, and that I had a purpose for in my own life is this Spellbook Bag.

Spellbook Bag from The Black Rvens

These are available in three colors. I have the red one, but it is also available in black and purple. The strap is adjustable and is long enough for me to slip over my head and wear it messenger style if I wanted. They can also be tucked in, like I have shown in the first picture, and used like a clutch.

For me personally I am going to be using this for one of my costumes at next years Steampunk Symposium. If you are into Steampunk and haven’t heard yet, next years theme is Steamtastic Beasts. I expect to see lots of Fantastic Beast and Harry Potter themed costumes. This will be the first year any of my own costumes will be on theme, maybe all of them will be. But I expect a spell book will fit quite nicely with one of my costumes I have planned, and its a huge bonus I can carry things in it.

 

cat mug

The next thing I picked out is their Adorable Kitten Mug. On it is printed, “I’m not crazy. My reality is just different than yours.”. You know I’m a sucker for anything with a cat on it anyway, and this one will fit right in with my oddball collection of mugs. I love that is kind of celebrating being different. Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be available on the website at the moment. If it gets added back I will make sure to come back and link to it.

 

Full-Ear Slithering Earring in gold and black

And finally I picked out two of these earrings, or at least that is what they refer to them as on their website. They call them Cute Full-Ear Slithering Earrings to be exact. I personally think they are sort of hybrid of an earring and an ear cuff.

Snake Ear Cuff from The Black Ravens

The black and the gold earring are surprising two different sizes. The gold one is slightly smaller. It doesn’t seem to affect the fit for me, but it might be something to keep in mind if you have especially large ears.

 

Lets talk about the clothing and sizes. First of all, at least when it comes to what they have listed in their plus size section, the size charts are different for each item. When you look at size charts, if you are in the US and not use to the metric system, you will need a centimeter to inches conversion chart. The majority of their measurements are in centimeters, though there are a few items that have both centimeters and inches listed.

As I said previously, they are starting a plus size section. The section currently doesn’t have a lot to select from, just a couple of pages of listings. If you are a size 14W or smaller, you are probably going to fit everything. Alternatively a misses size 16/18. They do have a selection of corsets that will most likely fit an 18W or possibly a 20W depending on your body shape.

Since I originally talked to The Black Ravens, I have seen a couple of items pop up that are more plus size friendly. I wanted to make sure to share those with you first.

Plus Size Sexy Back Ladies Casual Top from The Black Ravens

This laced back tee is now available. It is also available in black, but I really like this gray color because I think the black laces pop against the color. Based on their size chart, this should fit up to a size 18W or 20W. It will depend a bit on your body shape and how you want it to fit.

Plus Size Off-Shoulder Gothic Halter Tee from The Black Ravens

And this Off-Shoulder Halter Tee has just recently been added. You won’t find this one in the plus size listing though, I am sure it is just an over sight. I found it because I saw it in one of their newsletters about new items. But it can also be found by just typing in Plus Size in the search box. This is by far their most generously sized item yet. It should fit around a size 22W or 24W.

Just browsing through what is in the women’s section, I found lots of things I would love to see them add in Plus Sizes. Rather than spending a bunch of time talking about them, I decided to just share the pictures.

 

The Black Ravens do also have a plus size men’s section as well, but I honestly don’t know men’s sizing well enough to tell you if the items run small or not. That section mainly consists of tees and hoodies, but there are a couple of really nice jackets. The straight sizes are very similar, but with the addition of jeans. I think where the men’s section really stands out is their jackets and jewelry. Below are some of my favorites.

 

I can’t wait to see what The Black Ravens add to their plus size line. And again, I encourage all of you who are interested in alternative clothing to reach out to them and express your interest. Let them know the sizes you need and the kind of styles you will buy. If this is something you want to see happen, make your voice heard.

Tell me in the comments below if this is a line you are interested in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Store Alert: Riley Rose

The last time I posted about a new store was when Torrid’s sister store Lovesick came around, and of course we know the head corporation has put them on pause for now. But as of recent a few new stores in various categories have come under my radar. Some I found out about because the companies have reached out to me, and some I just happened to stumble upon myself. But I thought since I am still in that period where I am having issues with health, now might be a great time to do some less labor intensive posts like share some info on these new stores.


Shop Riley Rose

Today I want to introduce you to Riley Rose. I found out about Riley Rose when the company emailed me asking me to join their affiliate program. Now if you read my post about affiliate links, you know lots of companies contact me all the time. But 90% of them have no interest to me or have nothing to do with any of the things I blog about. But once I took a look at the Riley Rose website, I knew they were a company made for me and so many of you.

Riley Rose is a beauty and lifestyle brand created by the same company that owns Forever 21. Chances are there is not a store close to you at this point, as they are pretty new and only have a handful of stores. The closest location to me right now seems to be in Chicago. But the great news is we can always order over the internet and they offer free shipping with any order of $40 or more.

Riley Rose Store Front

 

They carry a variety of makeup, skin care, hair care, accessories, and home décor. And while they are owned by Forever 21, they do carry things that will appeal to all ages. Just in the skin care line alone there is a range of high-end brands, indie brands, Korean/Asian brands, and brands that cater to the all natural lovers. There is something for every budget as well.

One of the things that stood out to me was the variety of brands that they carry are ones that I either already use or had a lot of interest in. The mix is typically ones I would have to shop two or three stores to get, or even in some cases purchase directly from the brand because I can’t find them anywhere else.

I have placed an order with Riley Rose, but we will talk about what I order once I get it. I most likely will do a review at that point. But for now I wanted to share a few of the interesting products that I spotted on the Riley Rose website. Each of the pictures will be clickable if you want to find the product on the Riley Rose website.

 

Quay Australia High Key Sunglasses

Quay Australia High Key Sunglasses

Tony Moly Angel Glow Ring Hair Mask

Tony Moly Angel Glow Ring Hair Mask

 

 

 

 

 

Decoflair Pineapple Luxe Candle

Decoflair Pineapple Luxe Candle

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in the color Black Unicorn

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers – Black Unicorn

 

 

Blossom Crystal Lip Balm with a Purple Flower

Blossom Crystal Lip Balm – Purple Flower

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in the color Into the Blue

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow – Into the Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is obviously just a small representation of the brands and products they offer. Make sure to check out the website for yourself. And tell me in the comments below what you think and what your favorite product is.

 

 

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Why Amazon Prime Just Became A Necessity If You Are Plus Size

Amazon prime membership

Amazon prime membership

I am sure at this point that if you use Amazon, or maybe even if you don’t, you have at least heard about Amazon Prime. And the majority probably know at least the basics of what you get with it. But for anyone who is not familiar some of the more popular features are:

  • Prime Delivery – FREE Two-Day Shipping
  • Prime Video – Stream thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost
  • Kindle First – Choose one Kindle book of the six Picks each month for free
  • Prime Reading – Enjoy unlimited reading on any device

And they have so much more. For a complete list of what you get with Amazon Prime, you can view that here.

It seems like Amazon is constantly adding new features for their members, and surprisingly not raising the price of membership. If you are not already a prime member, Amazon’s latest announcement of what they will be offering soon should have you running to sign up if you are a plus size woman. Coming soon is Amazon Wardrobe, where you try before you buy and free easy returns. Currently it is still in the beta stage and by invitation only, but you can sign up to be notified when it goes live.

It will work very much like many of the online styling boxes, except you will be the one picking what you try, and there is no extra cost over your prime membership. Here is how it is going to work.

  1. Pick three or more items from across clothing shoes and accessories.
  2. You have a seven day try on period to find the best fit at home.
  3. Only pay for the items you keep, and return using the free label and box provided.

As someone who hasn’t had great success with those subscription styling boxes, I can’t wait to see how this service plays out with Amazon. I really think its a must have for plus size women because of the doubt it removes in the purchasing process. No longer do you have to worry about sizing being wrong on Amazon and the difficulty of trying to return it. What a relief it will be to so many people. I do hope that name brands will be included, but only time will tell.

Tell me in the comments what you think about this new benefit from Amazon Prime. Will you be using the service? Has this convinced you to sign up for Prime?

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Hot Must Have Accessories For Summer 2017

Merry's Fashion Mirrored Cat Eye Sunglasses

Accessories are those finishing touches that take an outfit from just looking good to making you look really put together. You can even make the plainest of outfits look outstanding with the right accessories. That is why I wanted to share with you my top picks for summer accessories. Some of these I own and some of them are on my personal wishlist.

VK Accessories Thread Ball Dangle Earrings

Thread ball dangle earrings

These thread ball dangle earring from VK Accessories are available in six different colors including the black pair I am wearing. I love them, and I am considering ordering one of the other colors. Hello turquoise! This look is one of the hottest trends in earrings for this season.

Light Blue Ombre Tiered Thread Statement Layered Earrings

Another hot look for the summer are these ombre tiered thread earrings. They are available in seven color options, but I think this light blue color is especially eye catching. I know this is on my wishlist.

Layered Tassel Drop Statement Pendant Necklace

Don’t forget to pick up necklace to match those tiered earrings. The necklace is available in two color options. This particular color combo would work with two of the earring color options.

Mirrored Cat Eye Sunglasses

Merry's Fashion Mirrored Cat Eye Sunglasses

Mirrored sunglasses were definitely hot last year. This year take it the extra step and make it cat eye sunglasses like these from MyBruneiStore. They are available in nine color options, though some colors have a more mirrored effect than others. I have on the C04 BLUE.

Galaxy S5 Case 3D Cartoon Unicorn Soft Silicone Rubber Back Cover Skin for Samsung Galaxy S5

Soft Silicone Unicorn Phone Case

Some people might say a stylish phone case is the only phone accessory you need. And since unicorns are all the rage right now, they might be right with this phone case. My old phone case was wearing out, so I just got this one, and I think its super cute. The link above is to the one that fits my phone, a Samsung Galaxy S5. They are also available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, LG G Stylo/LG LS770/G4 Stylus/G4 Note, iPhone 5 / 5S Case, iPhone 6 Plus / 6s Plus, and iPhone 7. Depending on which phone you have there is also several color options available.

GUESS Flowers Necklace

Another top trend of the spring and summer is denim and white paired together. But what kind of accessories do you pair with that? Try this flower statement necklace from Guess. I don’t have this exact necklace, but I have something very similar that you will most likely see in a fashion post sometime soon.

Denim Dot Soft Headwrap

While we are talking denim and white accessories, why not try out this really cute headband. I love the vintage feel with the bow and the adorable heart print. This will definitely be on my list to buy soon.

 

Tell me in the comments below what’s on your must have list for this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Must Have Winter Accessories

One of the simplest things you can do to update the look of your wardrobe is to add some fab accessories. And if you are on a budget, its probably the most wallet friendly too. And the great thing about most accessories is that you don’t have to shop in a separate department. Everyone has access to the same items, if only the clothing would catch up.

 

1. Steve Madden’s Faux Fur Neck Warmers

I fully admit I am a little obsessed with Steve Madden. I love his shoes and purses, and now these. The neck warmers are great for me as I love the look of a scarf, and I own a bunch, but I find them awkward sometimes. They always seem to unwrap or fall of my shoulders. With the neck warmers you just put them on and forget about but you still have that great accessorized look. I own one in the color shown, as well as a cherry red one. You can find similar ones at Lord & Taylor for $48.00.

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Or if you want to save money, you can either do what I did by waiting till they show up on Zulily or check out a similar item at Icing.

 

2. Faux Leather Fingerless Gloves

I love a fingerless glove, so why not mix in one of the seasons hottest trends with it. Faux leather is everywhere this season and I am loving some of the ways I have seen them mixed with fingerless gloves. I especially like the look of these half gloves. $_57

As you can see they come in many different colors. And they are so affordable. Get them for only $1.55 on eBay. If you like the idea, but this isn’t the style for you, a simple search on eBay for faux leather fingerless gloves will turn up a huge selection to choose from.

 

3. Ear Warmers

They come in all sorts of styles, fabric, and colors. But I have to say my favorite style is the ones that look like headbands. My ears always get cold in the winter. I don’t particularly like earmuffs because they are hard, and they always seem to be in the way.With the headband style, which headbands are something I would normally wear anyway, fashion and function can meet. I really love this style with the removable bow.

il_570xN_652278668_qtxnYou can find these on Etsy for $45.00. The fabric colors for both the band and the removable magnet bow are fully customizable. I know a pair of these is going on my Christmas Wish List. But if $45.00 is just not in your budget there are many other more affordable options on eBay and accessory stores like Icing. One of the more popular styles are a knitted version. If you know how to knit or if you are crafty, you could easily make your own.

 

4. Lace Necklaces

I really love the look of lace on jewelry, and it is just now starting to get popular enough for there to be a nice selections of colors, styles, and materials. You can get everything from traditional lace to metal that looks like lace, and I love them all. I think my favorite though is the combination of real lace and beads like this one.

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This one is found on eGifts2u.com for $25.00. You can find these in so many places now, there is something for everyone’s taste and budget.

 

I want to hear back from all of you. Do you like my picks for accessories? Did I leave off your favorites? Don’t forget to post pictures of you in your favorite accessory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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