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Hidden Gems Of Amazon: GMHO Hepburn Style Midi Cocktail Dress

Hidden Gems Of Amazon

Hidden Gems Of Amazon

It’s been a while since I have done an outfit post, and I promise this won’t be the last of them. Today’s post is a little different from normal, as I am not the one who will be showing you the clothing. My friend Jenny, who you have seen here before will be modeling. And by the end of the post you will understand why.

Amazon seller GMHO recently reached out to me to see if I would like to review one of their dresses. You all know I am always happy to show some affordable options in plus sizes, so I said I would be happy to.

I was sent the GMHO Hepburn Style Midi Cocktail Dress. It is actually named something much longer on Amazon, but I shortened it here for effectiveness. It is available in sizes 14W to 22W, and it comes in four color options.

For sizing reference, I typically wear a size 20W or 2X at most plus size stores like Lane Bryant and Torrid. My measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 43″ Hips: 54″ And I wear a 40DDD bra.

So when asked what size I wanted, of course the first thing I did was take a look at their posted size chart.

GMHO Size Chart

I determined based on this, and the fact that the dress had stretch to it, that I needed a size 18. So when I received the dress a couple of days later, I was actually surprised to find that it was actually still too big on me. And that is where my friend Jenny comes into the picture. She was kind enough to give the dress a try, and it did fit her perfectly. She also agreed that I could take pictures and share it here. So you will be seeing her in this post.

I do not have Jenny’s measurements to share with you. What I can tell you is that we wear the same bra size. And while I am between an hourglass and a pear shape, she is more of a square shape I believe. We both wear generally a 20W, but I think because our body shapes are so different it affects whether we size down in clothing or not. If you do order this dress and you are an hourglass or pear shape, you might want to consider ordering a size down.

Midi dress from GMHO, a Hidden Gem of Amazon

It fit really nicely on Jenny. And I think the dress actually looks better in person than it did in the stock photos. You can see it better here, but my pictures still don’t do this dress justice. Its made out of a really nice quality fabric that both looks and feels great.

Close up of the neckline and belt on the plus size mide dress from GMHO

It does have a surplice neckline, and since the fabric is also stretchy, if you have a larger chest you don’t have to worry about there being enough room. There seemed to be plenty of room in the arms as well, so no worries if you have bigger upper arms.

Also, the adornment at the waist actually looks nice in person. I don’t know about all of you, but I have definitely bought dresses online that had similar adornments, and when they show up they look really cheap like plastic. This one does not look that way though.

You can find GMHO’s clothing on Amazon. Additionally they have merged with a previously reviewed brand ESPRLIA, and have launched their own website where you can also purchase their items. If you prefer to shop for the dress on their new website, on that website the dress is called the Esprlia Women’s Plus Size Dress Wrap With Belts. The sizing is a little different, but the size chart is the same.

Have you tried a dress from GMHO before? What did you think? Make sure to share your thoughts.

 

 

 

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Two Affordable Plus Size Dresses You Can Still Get In Time For Valentine’s Day

Two affordable plus size dresses available on Amazon Prime

Valentine’s Day is upon us in just a few short days. Perhaps you have special plans for that day, or like me you are waiting for the following weekend to have a special evening with the one you love, because after all it should be about spending time with someone special and not about the date.

Maybe you want something special to wear, but you haven’t had time to find something. Or maybe you are on a budget and haven’t found something affordable that you like. Well I have a couple of great dresses to show you that are both affordable and should be able to make it to most people in the US before actual Valentine’s Day.

Two affordable plus size dresses available on Amazon Prime

On the left is the Agnes Orinda Sweetheart Neckline Dress, and on the right is the ESPRLIA Plus Size Lace Off The Shoulder Bodycon Dress. Both of these dresses would normally be in one of the Hidden Gems of Amazon feature, but I thought since they both seemed like good affordable options for Valentine’s Day date dresses we would go this route. But honestly they both can be worn for many other occasions.

Before we get started, I will once again go over my sizing to give you a reference for these dresses. I typically wear a 20W or 2X at most plus size stores like Lane Bryant or Torrid. My measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 42″ Hips: 54″. I wear a 40DDD bra.

Lets take a look at the Agnes Orinda dress first.

Here is the size chart they have posted:

International Size—-Chest Girth—-Waist Girth—-Hip Girth—–Shoulder Width
1X————————–46—————–39—————48—————–16 1/2
2X————————–48—————–41—————50—————–17
3X————————–50—————–43—————52—————–17 1/2

I ordered the 3X, and it does fit okay, but I think I would have been okay ordering the size 2X as well. The fabric has more stretch than I expected. It is a thicker fabric, so it works well for the winter if you live in a colder climate. In the coldest weather you would still need coat to pair with it. Overall I thought it was a nice, pretty dress that also happens to be very comfortable.

This dress comes in just this dark purple color. Available in sizes 1X to 3X, as the size chart implies. It sells for just $18.99 and free Prime Shipping. This brand has lots of other affordable options as well if this dress is not your style.

 

And now lets look at the ESPRILIA dress:

Here is the size chart posted for this dress:

Esprlia Size Chart

I ordered this dress in the 2X size. I think the fit was perfect on this one. I think if I ordered up most of the body would have been okay, but the way the shoulders are made would have left that area too big. The fabric on this one is much thinner. I actually put a light shaper on with this one. This wasn’t for shaping my body, but just for modesty and warmth. I would have used a slip, but I couldn’t find mine. This is going to be a better option for those of you that live in warmer weather, if you want it for Valentine’s Day. But it would be a great Spring and Summer dress everywhere.

This dress comes in two color options. There is a black option and this one. The page says it is pink, though it is closer to peach in person. Available in sizes 0X to 4X. It sells for just $23.99 with free Prime Shipping. This brand also has several other affordable options to try.

 

Let me know in the comments what you will be wearing for Valentine’s Day.

 


 

 

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Hidden Gems Of Amazon – ESPRLIA Women’s Clothing

Hidden Gems of Amazon

Hidden Gems of Amazon

Time for another Hidden Gems Of Amazon. This time I am focusing on a brand instead of one single item. Lets take a look at ESPRLIA. If you caught my Valentine’s Day Look Book a couple of weeks ago, then you saw this dress.

ESPRLIA Plus Size Lace Dress

This is the ESPRLIA Womens Plus Size Retro Glam Lace Dress. It is currently on sale for $25.99 with free PRIME shipping. It is available in three color combos. I am wearing the black lace with purple lining option here.

The fit is great and the material feels nice. The belt is loose (no belt loops) so you can adjust it and tie it how it suits you, or not wear it at all. As I mentioned on the Valentine’s day post, the size chart they have posted in their photos is accurate. It is available in sizes 1X to 5X. I have on a 3X, I would typically order a 2X or 20W at most plus size stores like Lane Bryant or Torrid. My measurements are Bust:49″ Waist:42″ Hips:54″.

Plus Size Lace Retro Glam Dress from ESPRLIA

This particular dress had been sent to me from the seller, for review purposes. However, I want to share with you a second dress I have from them that I bought myself.

ESPRLIA Women's Plus Size Lace stitching Wrap V Neck Evening & Cocktail Party Dress

This is the ESPRLIA Women’s Plus Size V Neck Evening and Cocktail Party Dress. It is currently selling for $9.99 with free Prime Shipping. Available in three color options. I have on the Wine Red color.

Back view of ESPRILIA Plus Size Dress

As you can see this is a much more bodycon type of dress. It is also available in sizes 1X to 5X. I ordered the same 3X size as I did with the other dress. I do feel like it fit well, however you must be very body confident to wear this dress.

I do not wear shapewear often. This is actually the first piece of clothing I blogged about that I am wearing shapewear with. The top portion of the dress is quite thick. The bottom portion is very thin. Even with the shapewear you can still see every imperfection of my body. Now my husband absolutely went crazy for this. He thought it looked great on me. I think it looks okay, but it is on the verge of being outside my comfort zone, and I feel like I am pretty body confident.

I also feel like this might be one of those cases where it might be better suited to a different body type than mine. I have a B body rather than the smooth O that a lot of plus size girls have. So I have lumps and rolls in addition to my curves from being an hourglass.

But this brand has lots of other dresses to choose from. I am sure that I will be purchasing other dresses from them in the future. If you would like to see what else they have to offer, you can check out the ESPRLIA Store Front on Amazon.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried anything from this brand, and what did you think?

 

 

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Plus Size Valentine’s Day Look Book 2017

Plus Size Valentines Day Lookbook

Plus Size Valentines Day Lookbook

As you can probably already tell from the title, this is going to be a Valentine’s Day Lookbook. This is the first look book I have ever done, so go easy on me. I will probably do more in the future, but not on a regular schedule. And just in case anyone is not sure what the difference is between a lookbook and what I usually do is, a look book tends to feature multiple looks all set around one theme with limited info on the clothing. What I usually do is only more detailed info and only one or two looks.

What I really wanted to do here is make sure that I get you the basic info you need and offer a range of styles and prices for any budget. I wish I could have shown you more options, but I just didn’t have time to do it this year. I will as usual try to include info on the fit. For reference I typically wear a 20W or 2X at most traditional plus size clothing stores like Lane Bryant or Torrid. My measurements are Bust:49″ Waist: 42″ Hips: 54″. So I really hope you all enjoy the looks I put together, I would love to hear your feedback.

 

ESPRLIA Plus Size Lace Dress

Dress: ESPRLIA Plus Size Retro Glam Lace Dress – Sold on Amazon for $52.99 regular price. Currently on sale for $23.99. Available in size 1X to 5X, I ordered a 3X (I felt their size chart was accurate). Available in three color combinations, this is the black lace and purple lining.

Shoes: My shoes are from Prima. I have had them for several years now. However I did find these Nina Women’s Bobbie LS Dress Sandal that are very similar. They come in two color options and the price starts at $31.38. Price depends on size and color picked.

Jewelry: My earrings are black chain on a French hook. I bought them a couple of years ago while on vacation. I can’t send you to a link for the exact pair, but I have found a very similar pair on Amazon. Check out these Drop Chains and a Rhinestone Earring By Fashion Destination.

 

Plus Size Black Lace Maxi Dress

Dress: I purchased this dress on Amazon. It is sold out through the seller I bought from. However I did find it available from another seller. The size charts are the same and everything. This Plus Size Lace Maxi Dress sells for $59.99 regular price. But it is on sale for $32.99 right now. Available in sizes 0X to 5X, I ordered in a 2X (I feel like this fit everywhere except where the band is at, it is quite snug there. I would not recommend this for anyone who puts their weight on in this area). Only available in black.

Shoes: The shoes I have on, you can’t really see them, but they are a pair of Nine West pumps from a couple of years ago. They are really similar to these Nine West Women’s Favorly Peep Toe D’orsay. They sell for $55.99, but there are limited sizes left.
City Chic US

 

Pixie Dust Pleated Skirt from Society Plus and top from OCC

Skirt: Pixie Dust Pleated Skirt – Sold by Society Plus for $39.99 at full price (they almost always have some sort of sale, like right now they have two different sales happening so make sure you use a coupon code). Available in sizes 14/16, 16/18, and 18/20 (I don’t understand the sizing choice, just make sure to check the size chart). I ordered the 18/20, I could have possibly gotten away with ordering the 16/18. If you wear a 22 at most places you could still possibly wear this if you happen to be a pear shape or hourglass. It is available in two color options, the one I am wearing is Magenta.

Top: The top is from a brand called C.O.C. I purchases it several years ago on Zulily.

Shoes: These are a pair of platform heels from Candy’s. I bought them about eight years ago, so obviously they no longer have them. And unfortunately I am not seeing anything similar.

Hair Accessory: I am wearing a Goody brand chiffon hair flower clip. I couldn’t find a link online, but most drugstores carry them and I found a similar one on Amazon. It’s the Wholesale Princess Chiffon Fabric Flower Hair Clip. They look spot on the same. They are available in twelve color options and sell for $2.49 + $3.49 shipping.

 

Society Plus Tutu paired with a Bardot Top from Torrid

Skirt: 5-Layer Tutu Tulle Skirt Sold by Society Plus starting at $79.99 regular price (they always have sales going like now, they currently have two sales in progress as I type this. So be don’t forget to use a coupon code). Available in sizes 14/16 to 34/36. I can’t tell you what size I have because I bought mine back when they were still Cool Gal Blue and they offered these customized. I do know they are still the same design, but I don’t think they custom make them anymore. They are available in three lengths and eight colors.

Top: The Off The Shoulder Bardot Top in pink. I purchased this at Torrid last year and it is no longer available in this color. There are some other options available though. The same top is still available in black. You can find it on Torrid’s Website or on Amazon. You can also make one of the Foldover Collar Sweaters from Torrid work.

Shoes: My shoes are from Eva & Zoe. I bought these a couple of years ago at Off Broadway Shoes. I can’t find anything like them currently.

Belt: My belt is from city chic. They no longer have the exact one I am wearing in the picture, but they do have the Wide Metal Plate Belt. It looks just the same with the exception of the color is slightly different. This is a stretch belt all except the metal potion in the front. It closes in the back with a snap. It sells for $24.00.

Jewelry: I purchased my bib necklace at TJ Maxx a few months ago. I have no idea what the brand is or where to point you to for the exact one, but I found this Crystal Flowers Bib Necklace Set By Fashion Destination that is similar. It sells for $24.34 currently, but the regular price is $44.13.

 

In the comments below tell me what you are planning on wearing for Valentine’s Day.

 

 

Society Plus Love Leap Sale

 

 

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