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New Store Alert: Curve Girl

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There has been a lot of great response to the recent new store alerts I have posted, especially the one for Beefcake Swimwear. And I have yet another new store alert. I am always so happy when I can tell you about a new place to shop that offers plus size clothing, and I think I have one today that will pique the interest of quite a few of you. Today we will be taking a look at Curve Girl.

Curve Girl Logo

 

Curve Girl is one of those companies that recently reached out to me and asked me to join their affiliate program. And as I have said previously, I get invited to a lot of affiliate programs, I only join if I either already use the companies products or I feel they have something to offer that I think will help my readers in some way. You can probably deduce that I did end up joining their affiliate program by the fact that I am writing this, because why would be writing this if I didn’t think they had something helpful to offer.

So what does Curve Girl have to offer? Well they have nice designs, and some are even unique. They have affordable prices. They are designed in the USA and manufactured in either China or India depending upon the item. They have pretty fast shipping times according to their website. And I am guessing you’re thinking, “okay, but you can get all of those things at other places”, and you can. But there are two things that made those things go from meh to OMG in about 6 seconds flat. 1. They make sizes Medium to 9X, which shoots them up to being one of the most size inclusive companies I am aware of. and 2. like eShakti they offer customization, only they do it for free and their prices are about half or less of eShakti. And after the bad experience I had with eShakti earlier this year, I had been on the hunt for other companies that offered customization so I could share with you.

I have placed an order with Curve Girl and will share a review on the items and ordering process once they actually arrive. In the mean time I wanted to go ahead and give you a basic overview of what the company has to offer and their pricing. But first lets take a look at their size chart.

Curve Girl Size Chart

This of course is not their full size chart, I couldn’t get a screenshot of the whole thing because of how large it is. I typically wear a size 20W or 2X at traditional plus size stores like Lane Bryant and Torrid. At most stores like these a 2X is an 18/20W. However occasionally a store will have their 2X be a 20/22W. One of the stores that does this would be JC Penny for Example. I do still wear a 20W or 2X in most of the brands in JC Penny, but there are a couple of exceptions. My measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 42″ Hips: 54″. I take my measurements and look at their size chart and I think it looks pretty normal for a plus size 20 and 2X.

Pants if I were ordering the based on the number size might be tricky, but they usually are everywhere. But. as long as their size chart is accurate, I should be able to order most other things straight from their off the rack sizes and them fit comfortably. But as I said, pants are always an issue for me, and I know a lot of you have said the same as well as dress lengths. So the order I placed I went with the custom sizing in hopes that their service will be something I can recommend for everyone.

When it comes to what they offer they have everything from casual daytime look all the way up to evening wear. Their designs seem to range from average, every plus size store has something similar to things I have never seen before offered in plus and maybe never in small sizes either.  Not everything is my personal taste, but a lot of it is. Over all I think they have a nice variety. I will of course share what I ordered when my order comes in. But for now I want to share with you some of the pieces I think are more unique, whether they are my taste or not.

Their biggest selection seems to be in dresses.

 


The rest of the sections are pretty sparse, but they still have some interesting items here and there.

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They seem to be adding new items on the regular, so if you don’t see what you want, you should keep checking back.

I have found a couple of small negatives. First, I don’t think their website is well-organized. Things are in wrong categories, some aren’t even in their categories, and some categories won’t let you view everything unless you click just the right button. The other issue I found is with the Ask A Question box. I could not get it to function correctly. Of course Curve Girl only opened this year and only time will tell if this is part of their growing pains that will be fixed quickly or if this will be a major flaw for them. In the meantime I highly recommend when using their website to take your time and fully look around. And if you have questions try using their email contact versus their question box.

Now the good news is that while I was in the middle of writing this, Curve Girl sent me an email telling me I could my readers know they are having a Summer SITEWIDE SALE 10% OFF. So if you want to give them a try yourself now is a great time. And I think they always have free shipping for orders over $50.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Have you spotted something you are excited to try?

 

 

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Product Fails – Plus Size Clothing, Makeup, Skin Care, and Personal Care – March 2018

Product fails for March 2018

Product fails for March 2018

Recently quite a few of my readers here have expressed interest in seeing the products that did not work for me, so I bring you Product Fails. I don’t expect this to be a post that appears more than three or four times a year. I think in general I am decent at picking items that work well for me. But I do have occasional fails, so whenever I feel I have enough collected to make a post I will share them.

Please remember that for the most part, just because a product doesn’t work for me it doesn’t automatically make it a bad product. I will try my best in these post to describe why the product didn’t work for me. And if I really feel the product is bad, I will also make sure to include that info.

I am sure that each time will cover a variety of products. This time I have some clothing, makeup, and personal care items to talk about. So let’s get started.

Makeup

Maybelline Total Temptation Palette

This is the Maybelline Total Temptation Eyeshadow and Highlight Palette. I have been really excited and pleased about most of the new makeup Maybelline has been releasing. I picked this up recently at my local pharmacy, though I have spotted it as several places. While I still think it looks beautiful, it just didn’t work for me.

The highlights both looked good on me, but the purple one was very dry and hard to apply to the skin. Most of the eye shadows were soft and buttery, and easy to pick up on brushes. However I found that the majority didn’t show up on my skin, and with the exception of a couple of colors they were too easily blended and muddied together.

Skin Care

Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head by ClarisonicThis is the Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head for the Clarisonic Mia2. I had previously been using the Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head, but I decided I wanted to try something a little more gentle on the skin for a while.

I wanted to give this one a try because the box said it was good for hydration, and I am in desperate need of all of that I can get lately. The Cashmere brush head was definitely gentler on the skin than the Deep Poor Brush Head, but I think for me it was too gentle. I get more exfoliation from just a wash clothe. And I really didn’t feel that it impacted the hydration of my skin at all. I will definitely be trying out a different brush head next month because this one did not work for me.

Personal Care

Not Your Mother's Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner

If you caught my review of the Not Your Mother’s Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner, then seeing them on this list should be no surprised. I don’t want to go into a whole other review here on this post as you can go back and check that review out if you want. But I will definitely say, this is one of those products that was just wrong for me but I am sure it is right for someone.

Clothing

For the clothing I did not bother to do a styled shoot. These all were pretty bad. And with the exception of one item they got sent back, but I will explain that when we get to it. All pictures of the clothing are clickable if you want to see them closer up for detail.

If you noticed that I haven’t done a Hidden Gems of Amazon post since the one I did pre Valentine’s Day, there is a reason why. Part of that reason is because I had ordered this sweater to show you. It is the RM Fashions Womens Long Sleeve Chunky Knitted Heart Print Cardigan Sweater. I ordered it in a 3X, however there were massive problems with it including the sizing.

As soon as I  opened the package I saw there were picks in the fabric and small signs of wear. You can’t really see this part in the pictures. I really suspected they had accidentally sent me a returned item. What you can see in the picture is that it is very small on me. The arms were extremely tight. It didn’t really fit all the way around me like it should have, even if I pulled it like in the first pictures I couldn’t get it around my breast.

I see the company has now changed the sizing on their page to say XXXL, but previously they were marked 3X. I don’t think they would fit anyone over a size 1X, if that. It may even be best for a misses XL. It is a real shame that it has such problems because the fabric thickness and print was perfect for around Valentine’s day.

 

I am really sad to bring you these next two products. I actually bought them from eShakti for a blog post about their custom sizing. Previously I had only ordered from eShakti’s sized items. So many of you had expressed in a recent Facebook discussion that you have various issues with finding clothing that fit you correctly due to height or body shape, so I thought it was a good time to try out eShakti’s custom sizing. I also had been looking for places to list as places to find plus size steampunk clothing, and I had noticed they recently started carrying some items that fit the aesthetic.

First I got the Ruffle Cuff Charmeuse Satin Blouse. This is no longer available, not that you want it. And in case you were wondering what it was supposed to look like, here is their photo.
stock photo of eShakti's Ruffle cuff charmeuse satin blouseNow in case you are thinking that I possibly put the wrong measurements in, not the case. You see my measurements are almost spot on for the sized pieces I usually order. Not only was the body and arms way too big, but the sleeves were too short, the armholes were in the wrong place, and when I raised my arms the area puckered up. How that last part even happens I don’t know.

Lace trim faux wrap cotton knit skirt customed from eShakti

And now for the piece I kept and what was wrong with it. This is the Lace Trim Faux Wrap Cotton Knit Skirt. If you follow me on Instagram you already saw this look from my Steampunk group meeting earlier this month. This one actually fit correctly, so I want to give them that. However, there were several problems that you would not know by just looking at it without 1. putting it on, and 2. seeing the original picture.

The visual differences are pretty subtle, and you probably aren’t going to be able to see them like you would in person. But when you put the skirt on, or even just examining it, there are some very obvious seeming issues. It left almost little lumps in the side seems. But overall, it was still usable, so I decided to keep this one.

Now as you may know, I say all the time, for me it is not the lack of problems that determines how I feel about a company but rather how the company chooses to handle it. Well a couple of days after I received my order I received an email from eShakti saying that if there were any issues with my order or if I had questions to respond to that email, so I did. I made sure to explain the problems, I explained why I ordered, and I said please lets fix this so I feel comfortable recommending your products to my readers. Three weeks later I had still not received a response. I sent a second less polite email saying how unhappy I was at their lack of response and that I was proceeding with the return before time runs out. (You have 30 days to send the return back from when you receive it.)

During those three weeks I managed to receive daily emails about their sales, plus several email asking me to rate my happy experience. I think that upped my upset meter a bit. In addition to the second email I send I also sent comments with the returns explaining why I was upset and that I had really wanted someone to contact me. It has been three more weeks since then. I have since received a ton more sales ads, an email notifying me they received my return, and an email saying my refund was being processed. Still no contact or response of any kind from the company.

I had only back in December added them as one of my affiliate companies so I could put their ads here on the site. I am really so disgusted with them that I dropped them as affiliates. Their total lack of response after asking me to respond to them by email if I had problems just cut my whole confidence down in the whole company. This has left such a bad taste in my mouth I doubt I will ever shop with them again and I can’t in good conscience refer anyone to shop there as it stands.

 

If you would really like to see some recommendations now, you don’t have to wait till my next blog post, you can check out my Amazon recommended list anytime. I do update it periodically, so items change all the time.

 

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried any of these products. How was your experience?

 

 

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Black Friday And Cyber Monday 2017 Sales At Plus Size Clothing And Beauty Retailers

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There are going to be lots of sales all over the web for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I wanted to get this up as fast as I could, so I will come back and add the sales as I find out about them. Also feel free to mention any sales I missed in the comments or links to any stores that don’t fit these two categories. I won’t be posting much, just the links to the store and a list of any sales that are applicable as well as when they start. I will divide this up into two section, plus size stores and beauty stores.

 

Plus Size Fashion

 

IGIGI

$40 OFF orders of $100 or more with code THANK40YOU

$60 OFF orders of $150 or more with code 60FAMILY

$80 OFF orders of $200 or more with code NOVEMBER80

$100 OFF orders of $250 or more with code 100CELEBRATE

Lindy Bop – click here for the UK site

Pre Black Friday Sale – 200 items up to 60% off. Already started. (I have not read anything regarding an actual Black Friday Sale, but I would guess this same sale will extend on into Friday maybe with some additional items added.)

Torrid

40% Off Regular Price, Extra 50% Off Clearance. From 11/22 to 11/24 (Torrid Insider Credit Card Holders can start shopping early with a special preview sale on 11/20 and 11/21 with the code SHOPFIRST.

Up to 50% Off everything sitewide. From 11/25 to 11/26

Get 30% Off Regular Price, or Buy 4+ items and get 40% Off. On 11/27 Only

Avenue

30% off New Arrivals and $50 off $100 or $100 off $200. On 11/22 Only

50% Off Sitewide! and Free Shipping. On 11/23 Only

Take An Extra 30% Off Clearance. From 11/23 to 11/30

40% off entire site and 50-60-70% off specials 11/24 to 11/26

50% off entire site and 60-70% Off Specials. Plus free shipping. From 11/26 to 11/28

Kiyonna

35% off orders of $150 or more site wide when you use code GOODGRAVY. Plus free shipping with orders over $100. From 11/21 to 11/29.

Black Friday sale Dresses starting at $39.99, Separates starting at $19.99, $25 Mystery Items. Sale ends at 11:59PM PST on 11/24

Pop Up Plus

Black Friday $9.99 Inventory Reduction Sale. From 11/21 to ?

Maurices

BOGO 75% On All Apparel and Accessories! From 11/23 to 11/24.

Cyber Monday Preview (for select customers): 30% Off Entire Site! From 6pm to Midnight on 11/26 Only!

Cyber Monday: 30% Entire Off Site! From 11/27 to 11/28

Simply Be

50% Off site wide with code THANKFUL, Extra 15% off Knitwear and party shoes + dresses, $1 thank you gifts. On 11/23 only.

60% Off sitewide with code FRIYAY, clearance starting at $5. On 11/24 only.

Joe Brown’s Flash Sale 65% until 12PM PST

Lane Bryant

40% Off Entire Site. From 11/22 to 11/27.

All Bras Just $29.50. From 11/22 to 11/24.

$20 Lace Up Hacci Tee. From 11/22 to 11/23.

BOGO Free On All Clearance. From 11/22 to 11/26.

$20 Bell Sweaters And Chiffon Trim Neck Sweaters. On 11/24 only.

Packable Puffer Only $50 and $39 On All Jeans. On 11/25 only.

All Livi Sweatshirts Just $20. On 11/26 only.

40$ Off All Clearance. From 6pm on 11/26 to 11/27.

Sweaters Just $20. From 11/28 to 11/29.

Dressbarn

Free Shipping no minimum purchase necessary. From 11/18 to 11/25

Black Friday extended sale – Cashmere Sweaters Just $19.50, Velour Tracksuits Starting at $19.50, Ribbed Sweaters Just $19.50, Ponte Leggings Just $19.50, Puffer Vests Just $29.50, Denim Just $19.50, and Packaged Sleep for $19.50/$24.50. From 11/18 to 11/26.

25% Off When You Spend $75, Combinable with Black Friday sale prices. From 11/22 to 11/26.

Cyber Monday Preview (for select customers) – 30% Off Site Wide. On 11/26 from 6PM to Midnight Only.

30% Off entire purchase, online only. From 11/27 to 11/28.

Hips & Curves

50% off all Camille styles. From 11/22 to 11/23.

Ashley Stewart

40% Off site wide and free shipping on orders over $40. From 11/22 to 11/23

40% Off site wide and free shipping plus an IMAN lipstick gift with purchases of $60 and over. From 11/24 to 11/25.

50% Off site wide and free shipping plus a leopard print tote gift with purchase of $75 or more.

40% Off site wide and free shipping on orders of $40 or more. On 11/28 Only.

Society Plus

40% to 50% Off site wide when you use code BLACKFRIDAYNOW. From 11/10 to 11/28.

Unique Vintage

Drastically discounted daily deals each day. From 11/20 to 11/27. Deals start on the date listed at 4PM PST and end 24 hours later.
Daily Deal: Catch of the Day! 11/22/ (Sort of Like ModCloths mystery sale, pay flat fee for a mysteryDaily item. $5 to $25)

Daily Deal: $25 Dresses (select styles only)11/23

Daily Deal: More $25 Dresses added to the sale. (select styles only)11/24

Daily Deal: $40 Novelty skirts (select styles only) 11/25

Charlotte Russe

50% Off All Denim, Everything $20 and under, and free shipping. From  11/22 through 11/25 at 3 AM EST

Everything for $25 and Under, All Shoes 50% off, and Free Shipping. From 11/25 through 11/26 at 3 AM EST.
 
40% off Regular Priced Items, 20% off Clearance, and Free Shipping. Excludes all Beauty, Including Fragrance. From 11/26 through 11/27 at 3 AM EST.
Swimsuits For All

35% Off site wide and $3 shipping. On 11/23 only.

35% Off site wide and Free shipping. On 11/27 only.

ASOS

30% Off everything site wide with code: EPIC30 . From 11/23 to 11/28 3 am GMT.

eShakti

40% off your order. From 11/23 to 11/24.

Fashion To Figure

40% to 50% OFF everything, Free shipping on orders of $75 or more. Ends 11/24

ellos

25% off everything with code ELTHANKS25. From 11/23 to 11/25

Old Navy

50% Off your entire purchase, Free Shipping on orders over $25 with code FREESHIP.  From 11/22 to 11/24. (Additional deals available in store only)

Holy Clothing

20% Off on everything with the code BF20, A new daily deal each day. From 11/23 to 11/27

MONIF C.

Take an extra 40% OFF sale items. No time frame posted.

Beauty

 

Sally Beauty

30% off on orders of $50 or more. On 11/23 only.

Milani Cosmetics

7 Days of Deal, a new deal will be announced each day. Starts 11/21

MAC

Kit of three Prep + Prime Fix+ for $20. Black Friday Doorbuster item. Online and in stores.

Free full size mascara or lipstick with a $50 purchase.

MAC Select Members get 25% with code MAC25

Elf Cosmetics

50% Off Site wide with code CELEBRATE on orders $30+. Exclusions apply. Plus, get free shipping on orders $25+. From 11/22 6PM EST to 11/27.

YesStyle

Select Items on sale up to 80% Off. Take and extra 15% Off with coupon code 2017BLACK. From 11/22 to 11/24.

Butter London

30% Off site wide with code THANKS30. On 11/23 only.

35% Off site wide with code FRIDAY17. On 11/24 only.

40% Off Nail items and gift sets with code CYBER40. From 11/25 to 11/27.

Clinique

25% Off with code 25OFF. From 11/22 to 4:59 ET 11/23

LUSETA

Get $10 OFF orders of $25 or more with code LUSETA10

Get $25 OFF orders of $50 or more with code LUSETA25

Get $60 OFF orders of $100 or more with code LUSETA60

Stila

25% OFF sitewide and free shipping using code 25BFSALE

COLOUR POP

20% Off Eyeshadow Palettes and $4 Liquid Lips with code BESTPALS. From 11/24 to 11/25

 

 

 

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Looks From Week Two Of #AllDressApril

All Dress April

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This is a summary of the looks I wore during week two of the fashion challenge called All Dress April. You can see the original post about the challenge Here or check out The Looks From Week One.

Sorry I am so behind on these guys. I thought I would have more time on vacation to blog, but as it turned out I really had no time to myself at all. We were all go all the time two weekends straight in a row, with only a couple of days in between. But I am in the process of catching things up, I have a couple of other blog post that will be going up in the next couple of days.

On with the Dresses from week two. As with last time I will link anything that is still available to purchase, or alternatively anything I feel is a close alternative from the brand.

Day 8

Look For Day 8 of All Dress AprilWe had a very sudden and drastic cold spurt hit us. We went from 80 to 40 overnight. I really had to pull things out of my closet an throw it together as I don’t have a lot of cold weather dresses and skirts.

Both the cardigan and top are from City Chic. The cardigan is no longer available, however the top is still available in a couple of colors. It is available in a red called Siren and a very very light gray called Slate.

The skirt and leggings are from Torrid. The leggings are no longer available, but they have a pair of open skin leggings that would work for the same kind of idea. They have the Skull Open Stitch Leggings. And this isn’t the same Denim Skirt, but it is very similar.

The shoes are Skechers. They are the Relaxed Fit: Savvy – Dressed Up. If you are like me and float between a C and D width and have a hard time finding flats to fit you because of that, I highly recommend you check out Sketchers line of shoes. Plus they have the added benefit of being super comfy with memory foam insoles.

 

Day 9

Steampunk Look from Day 9 of All Dress April

This was from the first day of the 2016 International Steampunk Symposium. I am still working on this costume a bit, but getting close to where I want it. Lets start from the shoes up.

Boots are from Steve Madden Troopa Boots. These are the original ones that fold over and snap in different positions. They are no longer available retail that I know of, but the other versions can be found on places like Amazon.

I am wearing three skirts in this picture. They are layered and all different lengths. The longest one is a dark chocolate brown and it is from Dressbarn. The next longest is black and it is from a brand called Magic. You can find this brand in various places, I know they sometimes sell it on ModCloth. The third and shortest skirt is also black but muli-layered and it is from Torrid. Unfortunately none of these skirts are still available, and I don’t really see anything similar available.

The bronze body suit is from Fashion to Figure, and it is no longer available, nor do they have anything similar.

The corset is from Daisy Corsets. I bought mine on Zulily. I have a post coming up soon specifically about the con, I will try and add other possible options of where to buy them when I post that one.

The accessories will be covered in the post about the con, so look for that post if you are into steampunk, cosplay, or just love costuming.

 

Day 10

Steampunk look for Day 10 of All Dress April

This was the second, and last, day we were at the International Steampunk Symposium. If you have followed my blog for anytime, you may remember most of this outfit from last years trip to the con. Rather than link everything for this one, you can check out last years post Plus Size Steampunk Fashion – Or How I Became A Unicorn Queen if you are interested in how to get any of these items.

The only thing that has really changed in this costume is the corset. This one is also from Daisy corsets, and like the last one I got it from Zulily. I will also give more info on my upcoming post.

The lace top: Spindoctor

Skirt: Hips and Curves

Shoes: (even though you can’t see it here) Hush Puppies

 

Day 11

I had another down day and had to skip wearing a dress this day.

 

Day 12

Look for Day 12 of All Dress April

This was another of those super casual days for me where I was just running errands.

This is a maxi dress from eShakti a couple of years ago. I haven’t seen this design pop back up, though I don’t check their site that often. But I snagged it super cheap off the clearance rack because it was a return item.

 

Day 13

Had a second day this time I did not do a dress. I was busy packing to leave again.

 

Day 14

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We were on the road to vacation. So this was another comfortable maxi dress day for me. This one is from One World. I got this one a couple of years ago. They are sold a lot of places where I live. I know Macy’s carries this brand though. And while its too late to get this exact design, this brand always has comfortable maxis and similar designs with various vivid colors.

 

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Details – A Review Of All The Plus Size Brands I Tried This Year

 

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I have always been the type of person that was not only willing to, but wanted to try new things. However, when it comes to shopping online, it can sometimes be overwhelming for even the savviest of shoppers. Its not the trying on of close, at least not for me, its the process of sending back and exchanging that can be tedious or impossible depending on the company. So when I started this blog I made a concerted effort to try various brands I had never tried. I wanted to be able to step out of my comfort zone and come back and share my experiences with all of you.

So today I am going to talk about all the companies I tried over the last year. I will try and cover both the good and the bad points of each place, as well as what I thought about how their clothing fit compared to the old trusty standards (a.k.a. Lane Bryant and Torrid) since I feel a good majority of us have at this point tried at least one of those brands and know how they fit us. I will even share a picture or two of things I purchased from each place. And make sure you read through to the end as I will be sharing some things that are going to be coming over the next month for the blog.  Now lets get started:

 

City Chic

I had been drooling over their Sexy Stripe Dress for the longest time at City Chic.

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However I hesitated from ordering for the longest time since I had to order online and was unfamiliar with the company. So when I did order from City Chic, this dress was of course one the first things I got.

I looked at their size charts before I ordered and felt confused, so much so that I actually ended up calling their customer support. If you look at their charts you will notice they have a list of measurements, but they also have a list of other stores and what size you wear there compared to what you would wear at their store. One of the stores they list is Torrid. Now at Torrid, like most plus size stores (not junior plus) I wear a 20. And according to City Chic’s measurement chart  I wear a 20 at their place as well. But at Torrid a 20 is also part of a size 2 which I also wear in most of their stuff, but occasionally have to size up. And so City Chic’s store comparison chart said if I wear a 2 at Torrid I should wear a 18 at their store. But after talking to their customer support, we decided I should stick with a 20 or L. So I would urge anyone that is going to order to go by their measurements when choosing a size.

After trying many of their items, I definitely have learned to stick with a 20 or L. They do have an occasional piece, like any store does that runs a little small or a little big. But the great news is, when something like that happens, they have one of the best customer support experiences you could ask for. If you are in the US, that pretty much means its only one person you will talk to (unless that has changed since the last time I had an issue) and her name is Stephanie. Since its just her, it may take a little bit for her to get back to you, so please be nice ladies. I would go so far to say that Stephanie is so good at what she does, that she is a big part of why City Chic has gained a loyal new customer in me.

 

Eloquii

Eloquii is one of those brands that while it hadn’t been on my radar long I was quite anxious to try it because I had heard so much about it from when they had been around before. Looking at their site, they have a lot of items that are fashion forward, and even some that border high fashion.

After examining their size charts I decided that the best size to order form them would be a 22, but I had read previously read that you should size down for this brand so I ordered a 20. I decided to order a dress, a top, and a belt. When my order came in I rushed to open the box and try everything on. Unfortunately, with great disappointment, noting fit except the belt. Now you might be thinking it was too small because I sized down, and I was a little worried that might happen too. But no, it was too big, by a size or possibly two.

Their website says they offer return and exchanges, but that section of their site is not written out super clearly. I decided to call customer service to see what to do to exchange for a smaller size, and also hoped they could help decide what size I should actually order. What I found out, that they do not say on their website, is that because I used Paypal to pay this option was not open to me. They also suggested that since I should buy multiple sizes in the future, and the return the ones that don’t fit. But I don’t like that since they charge a item return fee. After going back and forth for 20 minutes the call ended with me on the verge of tears and having decided to just send the clothes back without trying to replace them. Overall I found their customer service rude and unhelpful. After that experience I doubt I would ever buy from them again.

 

Eshakti

Eshakti has been around for a few years and I glanced at their site off and on. I don’t  think they every really caught my interest till this last year or so. It seems they continue to grow and offer a better selection of fabrics and designs. I made an order last spring of several items including their Red Lips Tulle Full Skirt, which you can see the full review of here.

eShakti Tulle Skirt Free Kisses T-Shirt

eShakti Tulle Skirt
Free Kisses T-Shirt

I find that when ordering by eShakti’s size chart I fall in-between two sizes. Its not an issue with the skirts at all, but for dresses what happens is the size I need becomes dependent on the type of fabric used. So if its is a fabric with stretch, then I am more comfortable in the smaller size. If there is no stretch then I need to size up. But do make sure you actually go by your measurements and not just the same as what you would at another store. They have their own sizing.

I can not tell you how the customer service is with this company as the need has not arisen to contact them. However the one thing they do that makes me really happy is they occasionally send out surveys of a type about products they either currently have or are thinking of carrying. They ask you to answer a number of questions about each item shown to you. I personally try to fill this out each time I get one. And over time, I honestly feel like they listened. One of the big things I kept requesting was more fabric options with stretch. Happily I can say this spring they had way more options, and I did order quite a few, so there will be more outfit post coming with looks from eShakti.

Also while they do accept returns, I have found that eShakti has become popular enough that anything that I decide doesn’t work for me that its easy enough to get your money back by selling it either on eBay or one of the many Facebook groups for selling clothing. Now if you don’t want to even consider having to get rid of something or sending it back, they do offer the custom sizing option for a small fee. Be prepared to have a tape measure and some one help you if you go this route.

I have no doubt I will be buying many more items from eShakti in the future, and I recommend that everyone give them a shot. With every piece offered in sizes up to 36W or custom made for anyone, what more could you ask for?

 

Curvy Girl Lingerie

A bit different than the rest of the companies. Curvy Girl Lingerie is actually a Plus Size Lingerie store located in California, and I believe it is one location only. However, they do have a website and they will also take phone orders. Over the last year or so I had seen them mentioned a time or two, but I somehow failed to ever really notice them I suppose. That was a mistake. But what happened is I was on Living Social and they had a deal on there for their shop. I shared, as I often do. There was a restriction thought that the deals could only be used in store. So Curvy Girl replied that if anyone who didn’t live in California wanted to try the deal they could do an order over the phone. I decided to personally give them a try.

When I called, Chrystal Bougon, the owner answered the phone and took my order. I got the Curve Soft Touch Bodysuit.

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Chrystal was so helpful. She is very knowledgeable about what she carries in her store and the sizing of the different brands. When my item arrived it fit perfect, and I have no doubt I will be ordering again from Curvy Girl Lingerie.

Outside of my actual shopping experience, I would like to say that I really appreciate the passion and obvious hard work Chrystal puts into what she does. It is people like her that have done so much for both the Plus Size Industry and the Body Positivity Movement. If you get a chance to talk to her or just to even look at her her website you can see what some of the things she is working for in the near future. I hope she succeeds in her endeavors.

 

ASOS

At the beginning of this year I ordered from ASOS for the first time. I ordered several selections out of both the Curve Collection and the Plus Size Collection. Including their Pink Clove Bell Sleeve Off Shoulder Top.

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After looking at the size charts I decided the best size for me in both collections was an 18. So I placed my order, and was surprised when it arrived rather quickly. And much to my delight every piece fit as it should. Since this has been my only order so far I have not had any experience with their customer service. One thing they have going for them is they ship for free, and free returns. I will definitely be ordering again soon, and you most likely will be seeing some outfit posts involving them soon.

 

ModCloth

ModCloth for me is one of those companies that I heard people talking about for a little while, but because those people’s styles are so drastically different than mine I never bothered to even look at their website because I didn’t think they had anything for me. Then one day another blogger I follow, who has a similar style to me, posted a picture of her in a dress I really loved. That was the first time I ever thought to look at ModCloth. Then it took me a while to even order just because there were so many choices. But last fall I took the plunge and order several dresses including the Musical Maestro Dress.

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It is now sold out, but ModCloth has tons of other dresses to chooses from. As with all the other companies I examined their size carefully and decided I must order everything in a 3X. The only thing I had ever heard about ModCloth was their clothes ran small, so this made sense to me. I now laugh at that since I now know how ModCloth works. But I ordered several things all in 3X except one the one pictured I ordered as a 24W, and when they arrived every single item was too big. Actually the 24W was two sizes too big. I was so confused, it didn’t seem right.

So this is where I call customer service. I was really upset to, I was sure they were not going to help me because every item I bought came off the final sale rack, and Modcloth’s policy is no returns on final sale items. But I have to say they have some amazing customer service people. After I explained what happened and why I ordered what size I did, they first explained to me that their size chart is not the real size chart its just a general one and they carry many brands that size differently. Then they said because I was knew and didn’t understand they would make an exception on the exchange. So they changed things out for sizes I need. Which with some items like the one pictured that fixed the issue. But with others it did not.

I have since ordered several times from ModCloth, and what I have since learned is that some brands I am in-between their sizes. If I go with the 2X its a little too tight to be comfortable, but if I go to a 3X its too loose. So I have found it best to go bigger and get it tailored. A lot of companies I wouldn’t think it worth the extra cost, but most of what ModCloth carries are unique pieces in quality fabrics.

I will continue to buy from ModCloth. I love that they value their customers, and support body positivity and freedom of expression no matter who you are. I hope that they continue to grow their plus size line. There are many times I see dresses pop up as suggestions and I am clicking on them only to see they are only offered in straight sizes. Please ModCloth, please continue to ask your designers to offer plus sizes. We are ready to buy, but we can’t till they are willing to sell.

 

Coming Soon

 

So that was a look back at my year of trying new brands for the blog. And there will be more of the same to come over this next year. If you follow me on Facebook you might have noticed its official, the blog is one now.

Over this next month (I say month but lets not really harness it into a number it might be more like 40 or 50 days) I plan on talking about skin care and makeup. I am also working on a giveaway that is related. I will still do a outfit post or two during that time, but I wanted to mix things up a bit and share some things that are important to me and explain why. So look for the first post on that soon.

In the mean time, is there a plus size brand you think I should try? Who is your favorite? Let me know. I want to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Making Tea Fashionable

I have always loved having tea, the whole ceremony of it and getting dressed up, so for me it was never out of fashion. However for quite some time, at least where I live, its not really been something people do. But in the last few years, with shows like Downton Abby and other various British fare being popularized in American culture I think it has renewed an interest in having tea time. And there is nothing more my girlfriends and I love than having a tea party, whether it be at one of our homes or at a tea house.

And this past weekend was no different. One of my besties hosted a tea at her house. And of course its a perfect time to pull out the girly attire. A while back I had purchased a tulle skirt from eShakti, and I had been dyeing to wear it. This seemed like the perfect time.

eShakti Tulle Skirt Free Kisses T-Shirt

eShakti Tulle Skirt
Free Kisses T-Shirt

 

T-Shirt has a Leopard print lace back.

T-Shirt has a Leopard print lace back.

After wearing this skirt I am even more in love with it than I was before. I wish that I could post a link for all you lovely ladies to be able to get this skirt for yourself, but unfortunately this was an item that sold fast on eShakti’s site, and this item was gone by the time I received mine. If you have never ordered from eShakti before, then you can follow the links and they will give you a $35 coupon for your first order. Also don’t forget you can customize for free on first time orders. Its really the best time to try it out.

And since I can’t point you to the exact items I have, I will do the next best thing by showing a similar look you can achieve. Give these a try:

Dahlia crinoline eShakti $69.95

Dahlia crinoline
eShakti
$69.95

 

Studio Intarsia Lips Sweater Eloquii $78.00

Studio Intarsia Lips Sweater
Eloquii
$78.00

Now to let you all in on a little secret about myself, I often say I am very girly. I love clothes, shoes, accessories, makeup, etc…, and I am good at it. But the one area I fail at in being a girl is my hair. I love my mom, but she was never the type to really do her hair, and she certainly never taught me to do mine, so I for so many years have just really been clueless. And I also have really long thick heavy hair, and its stubborn like me, so it doesn’t want to hold a curl. The only time you see a curl in my hair is when I have went to the salon. So since the beginning of this year (I suppose you could say it was my New Year’s resolution in a way) I have been making a concerted effort to try new things with my, and some old, so I can learn to do more than a basic three things to pull it out my face. You can’t really see my hair super well in the pictures above, but I am going to post some more of the party pictures below and you can see what I did. I have tried this several times this year, it has been one of the more successful hair coifs I have attempted as well as super easy. I essentially found a elastic band with hair on it that is made to fit around a bun and make it look like you have it pulled up with curls. I found it on ebay for 99 cents and free shipping. I have gotten tons of compliments every time I wear it like that. And thankfully a bun was one of the things I could already do to my hair. If you want to get one the person I bought from is sold out (it was a great price), but you can click here to look find a similar item.

Saturday’s tea party wasn’t just about fashion and hair for me, it was also about good food (duh) and even more so, conversations with some really great ladies. I had the pleasure of getting to know Kelly Wilkins. Some of you may already know her from her blog Okay Stupid. She is a self described plus size nerd over the age of 35, and her blog is all about he exploits on online dating sites. She also runs a body acceptance group her on Facebook called Positively Fabulous. It is a closed group, so you have to get approval to join. And Kelly says she runs a tight ship, so trolling an other foolishness will not be tolerated. So everyone go on over and show Kelly some love. I know you will absolutely love her quirky, sarcastic sense of humor.

Amazing spread of food at the tea party.

Amazing spread of food at the tea party.

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Me on the left, and to the right the fabulous Kelly Wilkins.

 

The hostess with the mostess, and one of my besties, Jennifer Noran.

The hostess with the mostess, and one of my besties, Jennifer Noran.

 

Me and Jenny together.

Me and Jenny together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Costume Double Duty

Call me thrifty, cheap, a miser. Say what you may, but I do know how to stretch a penny. But when it comes to Halloween and other times that require a costume, its not always easy to get a great deal. And that’s really not cool, especially when it’s something your only going to where one day a year. So what’s a discount diva to do? Make your costume do double duty. Your probably scratching your head wondering what in the world I am talking about. Essentially, instead of going for the packaged costumes that you will never be able to wear again, put together everyday wearable pieces that work together to make a costume.

I have put together a collection from around the web some of my favorites that could be used to make an awesome costume this Halloween. After all, since it involves fashion, Halloween is one of my favorite Holidays. To see more info on an item or to purchase, just click the picture.

For A Steampunk Look

Pleated Ruffle Jacket From The Pyramid Collection Sized XS – 3X $79.95

For A 1940’s Rockabilly Look
Havana Dress from eShakti No Size Limit since they customize $59.95

Havana Dress from eShakti
No Size Limit since they customize
$59.95

 For A Downton Abbey Look
Radiant Reader Dress from Modcloth Sizes S - 4X $79.99

Radiant Reader Dress from Modcloth
Sizes S – 4X
$79.99

 For A Gypsy Look
Talia Gypsy Skirt from Holy Clothing Sizes L - 5X $39.99

Talia Gypsy Skirt from Holy Clothing
Sizes L – 5X
$39.99

For A 60’s Starlet Look

 

Jayne 1960s Sheath Wiggle Dress in Black from Pinup Girl Clothing Sizes XL - 2X $110.00

Jayne 1960s Sheath Wiggle Dress in Black from Pinup Girl Clothing
Sizes XL – 2X
$110.00

So what fun ideas have you got for Halloween? Will you be making you costume pieces do double duty?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Plus Size Brands That You May Not Have Heard Of, But Should Have

In the online plus size community it seems like we constantly hear about the same brands over and over again, but there is so much more out there. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite brands that I never hear about, or at least rarely, and some of my favorite things they offer.

Love Your Peaches

Do you dream of the days you can afford custom made clothing where you pick your own style and fabric. Then that day has arrived. Love Your Peaches does just this. Owner Janelle Lowe started the company based on the need she saw. She offers all types of clothing including a large selection of bikinis, and everything is made to order. And best of all, she uses real plus size women, of all shapes, to model her wears. With regular priced items starting at just $31.00 you can have that dream wardrobe. Here are a couple of things I have had my eye on. Click on the pictures to be taken to the items page.

 

 

The Capri Catsuit from Love Your Peaches

The Capri Catsuit from Love Your Peaches

 

The Marilyn Top From Love Your Peaches - Shown paired with the V-Band Bottom B4

The Marilyn Top From Love Your Peaches – Shown paired with the V-Band Bottom B4

eShakti

Dream of having that cute retro looking dress or skirt, but they never fit you right? Your always thinking if they would just make these to fit my shape. Well that is exactly what eShakti does. They have a large selection of clothing. You can either buy from their size chart, or for a small fee extra they will make the item to your measurement specifications. Tailored clothing at a very reasonable price. Regular priced items start at $39.95. Sizes range from size 0 in misses and go to 36W. Best of all everything is available in all sizes. Here is a tip, first time buyers get free shipping and if you register before ordering they will send you a $25 gift certificate to use on your order. Here are some of my favorites.

 

 

Red lips tulle full skirt from eShakti

Red lips tulle full skirt from eShakti

 

Floral print belted trench from eShakti

Floral print belted trench from eShakti

Pinup Girl Clothing

Also specializing in retro style clothing. Pinup Girl Clothing offers many of the same styles in their plus size line as what is in their straight size line. They often use luxurious fabrics, but their designs are always traditional styles from the 40’s and 50’s. Yet another company that uses real plus size women to model. With prices starting at just $38.00 anyone can afford to add a piece to their wardrobe. Here are some of the pieces that I love.

 

Monica Dress in Red Matte Jersey Knit - from Pinup Girl Clothing

Monica Dress in Red Matte Jersey Knit – from Pinup Girl Clothing

 

Sean Top in Gold Poplin from Pinup Girl Clothing

Sean Top in Gold Poplin from Pinup Girl Clothing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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