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My First Order With Curve Girl

Dress bought on Curve Girl

I recently posted about Curve Girl and told you all I had placed an order. My order has arrived (technically two orders, but I just wanted to make sure I had a good variety to show you), and today I am sharing with you what I ordered and how the process went.

As I told you in my previous post, Curve Girl offers two ways to order their clothing. You can purchase their predetermined sizes, they offer sizes M and go up to a 10X. (From the time I originally talked to the company they have raised their available sizes twice. The originally offered up to a 5X.) They also offer free customization where they make the clothing to your measurements. With the exception of pants, I feel I usually can purchase sizes comfortably off the rack at most stores based on their size charts. But because I am looking out for what most of you need, I thought trying out their customization would be good. As a side note, a friend commented on the last post that she has already ordered from their pre-sized items and was very happy with what she received.

Their customization chart works a little differently than other places you may have tried. The biggest difference I think is they don’t ask for as much detail as I am use to. I did send a suggestion on something I would like to see added for the pants and shorts category. And if you order from them or see them as a company you would like to keep around, I suggest you communicate any improvements you would like to see as well.

The other big difference about Curve Girl’s customization chart is their measurement offerings. Not every measurement is available. When you’re looking to customize you will find it on each individual product page. Right below the add to bag button you will see a link to click on that says “CUSTOMIZE FOR FREE”. When you click on that the customization chart will pop up.

customization chart from Curve girl showing waist measurements

So lets say you have a waist measurement of 45″. With the other companies I have tried you would type in 45″, but with Curve Girl you have a list to choose from and some of the measurements are skipped. You can see what I am talking about in the picture above. If this is concerning for you, I have seen posted on their website that you can also send your exact measurements to their customer support.

height is mislabeled as dress length on Curve Girls website

One more thing to note about the size chart is there is a section that can be a bit confusing. Where it says “LENGTH OF DRESS”, that is really where you need to choose your height.

Overall, the ordering process was pretty simple. And delivery was pretty prompt too. They say items are delivered in 5 to 8 days business days. That seems pretty accurate for both of my orders. In total counting the weekends both were delivered in under two weeks from the time I ordered. Shipping is $5.00 flat for the US and $10.00 for everywhere else. You can expedite to a guaranteed 5 days for an extra $20.00. If you order over $50 and are in the US you get free shipping.

I ordered seven items in total. With what I ordered I got a mix of a couple of things I think are amazing, a few things that I have mixed feelings on, and couple of things that I think are really bad. So with that being said let’s get on to what you all really came for, the clothes. We will start with the best and work our way day to the worst.

 

The Taupe Spherical Pattern lace Dress from Curve Girl

Back view of the Taupe Spherical Pattern lace Dress

This is the Taupe Spherical Pattern Lace Dress. This is one of the two items that I purchased that I think is pretty much perfection. This dress sells for $34.99 on the Curve Girl website. I picked this item out because I liked how unique the patterns on the dress are. This is one of the two items I wasn’t just happy with, I am beyond impressed. This dress fits so perfectly. It looks just like the picture and description led me to believe it would. I am extremely happy with this dress and would recommend it to others.

 

Off Shoulder Ribbed Bodysuit from Curve Girl

Back of the Off The Shoulder Bodysuit from Curve Girl

Bodysuit from Curve Girl

This is the Off Shoulder Rib Bodysuit Top. This bodysuit sells for $24.99. I have included an extra picture of this bodysuit, so you can see the whole item. It is very high cut on the leg, but most modern bodysuits seem to be. My jeans I have paired with the bodysuit are a pair of Jeggings from Torrid.

I felt like this fit me perfectly. I often have a hard time finding bodysuit that fit me right and that I can button on my own. This bodysuit I was able to easily button my own, and alternatively can easily step in an out of without trouble. The fabric is what I would consider to be a quality fabric. The only improvement I think that could be made is possibly adding some elastic around the shoulders and/or back so it can stay up easier. But Hollywood tape can easily keep it up as is.

 

Now lets take a look at those in between products. The problems that make them less than perfect really vary, and some I will still wear and some I won’t. But we will take a look at each piece individually and I will explain what is going on with each one so that you can decide if it is something you want to order.

Flower in the garden grey flared dress from Curve Girl

Dress bought on Curve Girl

This is their Flower In The Garden Flared Dress in Gray. This dress sells for $39.99 and comes in five color option. Though each is listed separately, and if you want to see all of the color options click here. This dress has a lot going for and just a couple of things that throws it off for me.

Here are the positives as I see them. First, I love the design aesthetic. It really looks great in every color they offer and I had a hard time deciding which to get. I ultimately went with the gray because it is what my husband likes. It does button down the front of the chest, and typically that is a huge no for me and most girls with larger chests. But they did provide a really wide modesty panel under the buttons. So no matter if it does gap no one will see anything. And this dress has pockets. Typically I am not a fan of pockets on dresses because they usually poke out and make me look even more hippier than I am. But this one was actually placed in a way that does not do that to me, so I find it delightful for a change.

So what could possibly be wrong with dress? Well unfortunately, if you notice the placement of the embroidered rings on my sleeves, they are right at the largest part of my arms. And between the fabric not having stretch and the embroidery restricting the fabric, it made it tight right there. I will say that after a bit of wear it did relax a bit and didn’t feel quite so tight. If your arms are any larger than mine, this is one you will need to skip. The other thing is that you can obviously see it is wrinkled. This fabric is the type that just has  to either be ironed or steamed, or something. I prefer something more low maintenance.

But overall I think the issues are small enough that this dress will be sticking around, at least for a while.

Slip On Sleeveless Comfort Maxi Dress from Curve Girl

Plus size maxi dress made to custom measurementsThis is the Slip On Sleeveless Comfort Maxi Dress. This dress sells for $24.99 and you have 12 color options. I chose to get the color they showed the model in, which is lilac. Unlike the last dress, different colors are not on different pages. You can customize this dresses color on the page. It is made from a Rayon Lycra fabric, and I have noticed th most of the item made from this sort of material is also customizable on Curve Girl.

I do think the dress looks different in person than it does in their pictures. The pictures on the model is of a dress I would wear out anywhere. This dress as it is, I would probably only wear out to hang out at friends houses or to run a quick errand like the post office.

The dress definitely fits. I don’t think they got my measurements wrong. It is longer than I would like, but I think I was thrown off by the fact that the model is wearing heels. It is very comfortable, sort of like a lot of the maxis that are made for sleeping in. I wish that I had ordered a different color because I think I may have liked this more in a darker color.

Ivory Hourglass RomperJumpsuit available on Curve Girl

On Curve Girl’s website they call this the Ivory Hourglass Romper, but like the maxi dress it is in that Rayon Lycra fabric and is available in twelve different colors. The color I am showing here is wine. It sells for $34.99.

So for this one, by their standards it fits me. However, since they do not measure for the rise, I had the same problem I have with 95% of the jumpsuits I have ever tried and it feels like it is trying to give me a frontal wedgie. Because of this it also looks nothing like the one they have on the model, even though we have similar body types. I also don’t know what the deal is with the legs. On the model they are showing the legs being more fitted till you get to the bottom, but on me they look like they are wide legs.

While overall this doesn’t look too horrible, it doesn’t look good either. But beyond that I would not wear this item at all. With this it’s not just about the way it looks either, it’s really physically uncomfortable. But if you are the sort that never has a problem fitting in a jumpsuit, then you probably won’t have a problem with these either. And I do think the color

 

So finally lets talk about the couple of items that were complete fails for me, and I don’t think I could recommend them to anyone.

Sailor Pants from Curve Girl

Back view of the Sailor Pants from Curve Girl

This is Curve Girl’s Sailor Pants. They sell for $17.99. I think this is the item I am most disappointed about. I am simultaneously impressed by the design and disappointed that it did not work for me. I did not try to send this back because by all accounts the measurements were right, that was not the issue. The fabric was the real issue for me, but I will go into that more in a bit.

First I want to talk about the actual design of these pants and why I think it’s so impressive. First I would say that I have a hard time finding this style of pants without it being high-waisted, which never works for me. So to find sailor pants that aren’t high-waisted, I was ecstatic. It closes with the buttons on both sides, so there is like a flap in the front. I have never seen pants designed like these. Not only are they unique, but I think the way they are designed to button it is better for even distribution of stretching of the fabric.

So the problem comes in with the fabric. The fabric clings in the thigh area and causes the pants to ride up in a way that usually on shorts do, so that is different. It has a lot of stretch, like way more stretch than your average pair of pants. Since this was made to my measurements they did not fit tight enough on my body, and it seems to be one of those types of materials that doesn’t retain its shape through the day. I am considering reordering this item, but not doing custom sizing and possibly sizing down one or two sizes to see if that fixes the problem. If that happens I will make sure to include it in a future blog post.

 

I saved this items for very last because it comes with a bit of a story. I ordered the Asian Inspired Brocade Shorts, which don’t seem to be offered anymore. I tried them on and this is what I got.

Asian Inspired Brocade Short from Curve Girl that didn't fit right the first time.

Not the best picture, but I  wanted to show you this from the side where it zipped so you can see it wouldn’t even get close enough to zip. The fabric was very nice and I thought length was good, and other than it not being wide enough in the waist and hips.

But Curve Girl guarantees their products. So I sent an email to them and let them know the problem. They just asked that I that I send some pictures back highlighting the problem and a picture of the item with a measuring tape laid across it. So I sent the picture posted above and this one.

Shoets from Curve Girl that did fit correctly

They responded back with a prepaid shipping label. And they told me once they had the notice it shipped back that they would remake the shorts and get them sent back to me immediately.

It arrived around the same amount of time as the first order. However, it still didn’t fit right, as you can see below.

Seond shot on the shorts from Curve Girl

This time it actually went on, but it was a bit big in the waist, which didn’t actually go anywhere near my waist. The legs much longer on this pair, and they don’t even seem to be the same length. There was also an issue with the fit across the low hips that was creating the weird creasing in the lower tummy area and crotch.

Now I am sure that if I had contacted Curve Girl with the issue for this second pair of shorts they would have tried to fix them again. However, if you are a loyal reader of the blog, you know that I was very sick most of the spring and through the summer and into the beginning of fall. Honestly I have only recently started feeling better. I was sick still when I went on my vacation at the end of August. The package with these arrived about a week before I left for vacation. I really was struggling with just having enough energy to pack and do basic life things, I couldn’t get motivated to take this picture and deal with emailing and packing it up to ship out. And I honestly ran out of time. So while this a flub, I think based on the first issue they would have fixed it.

 

Well that was the last of the items. There were hits, there were misses, and items in between. For me I think there are enough good items to want to keep giving them more chances. I mean their price point is incredible. So at least for now, when they are just in the beginning stages, I am definitely willing to give them some wiggle room to grow. I may try another jumpsuit in a different fabric at some point to see if that will make a difference for me. But I will be avoiding pants and shorts for a little while. for a little while. I might revisit that in another six months or so.

Tell me in the comments what you thought. Will you be giving Curve Girl a try? Is there something on their site you want me to try that I haven’t yet?

 

 

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What I Wore On Vacation – A Plus Size Look Book

Vacation was a bit of a struggle, and I didn’t get as many pictures taken as I had intended, but I did get did get some pictures of a few outfits. So I put a plus size vacation clothing look book together for you. Not everything is going to still be available from the original seller, but we will talk about that more as we come to it.

Our trip included stops in the following:

  • Wattsville, Alabama
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Orange Beach, Alabama
  • Helen, Georgia

So I tried to pack a wardrobe that was stylish, comfortable, and cool. I included a couple of nicer outfits for dinner at nicer restaurants we had planned. But overwhelmingly I packed clothing that would keep me cool because everyone kept telling me how hot it was going to be. Ironically, as it turned, it was hotter where I live than at any of the place we visited. But I am still happy with what I packed.

Torrid dress paired with Propet Sandals and Multi Sac HandbagThis was from the first full day I was in New Orleans. It’s also probably the most put together I looked during my whole trip at any of the stops we made. I mean I actually did my hair this day, and my accessories go with my outfit. On vacation for me that is my typical, but this vacation was anything but typical.

The dress is from Torrid. It is their Olive V-Neck Tiered Challis Mini Dress. That particular dress is not available at the moment, but you never know with Torrid. They often bring items back. Or alternatively they do have similar items. Currently the dress closest in style to what I am wearing is their Olive Tie Sleeve Gauze Skater Dress. But there is only a few sizes left online as I type this, so if you want it grab it before its gone. My dress is a size 2, which is pretty much my standard size at Torrid in most things.

The shoes are the Propet Women’s Aurora Wedge Sandal in Olive. This is the same shoe I showed in my last Amazon Prime Wardrobe Try On, just in a different color option. This shoe is very comfortable and comes in a wide range of sizes and widths.

The purse is from Multi Sac Handbags, it is one of the purses they sent me last year. If you want to hear know more about why I like Multi Sac and how I ended up with them sending me some purses, you can read about it in the Giveaway I did with Multisac last year. This bag I have here is their Lorraine Crossbody in two-tone vinyl(faux leather). This color combo is Pony and Coffee. I can’t find this color on their website, so I linked to the black version. But you can most likely find this color combo in one of the stores they sell in.

Asos dress with Avenue shoes and Multisac handba

One of the last days we were in New Orleans we took a bus tour and then walked through the Market. So I made sure to wear something breezy and comfortable.

This dress is from ASOS Curve, but I didn’t buy it from ASOS. I had seen it on their website some time ago and they were already sold out of anything close to my size. I ended up finding it on Poshmark last fall, and I bought it to wear this summer. I have talked about Poshmark here on the blog before, I really think it’s a great way to find deals and items you missed out on when they were in the store. I typically size down to an 18 at ASOS, but I asked a few questions from the seller and found out this ran a bit small. The one I am wearing is a size 22. It was a bit big and I probably would have been okay with a 20, but I think this worked well enough.

I both sell and buy on Poshmark as do a lot of bloggers. If you want to check out what I have up for sale on my Poshmark closet you can click here, or it is always linked in the main menu at the top of every page. You can find a lot of great deals, and some not so great deals, on a wide variety of brands including ASOS Curve (This link should take you to all the ASOS Curve available on Poshmark). Most items are either new or gently used. If you don’t already have an account on Poshmark, then by using this link you can get a $5 off your first purchase. If it asks you for a code use KARENMSMITH77.

With the dress I have paired with it the same handbag as above. My shoes are from the Avenue. They are their Farrah Braided Gladiator Wedge Sandal. They come in two colors, black or brown. They are on clearance now, and not many sizes left, but if they have your size these are selling for a steal. To finish it off I have on a pair of 50mm silver hoop earrings.

City Chic Maxi Dress

This was taken at our last stop in Helen, Georgia. So it was kind of backlit and my husband forgot to put the backlighting setting on, but I thought the picture looked kind of cool anyway. So I decided to share my picture but I will also share the stock photo below so you can see the details of the print.

City Chic Hidden Foliage Dress

This is a City Chic dress. It is their Hidden Foliage Maxi Dress. This style of dress comes in several patterns, but this particular one is currently on clearance and all sizes seem to be available. If you like the style but think you would prefer a different pattern they also have the Wild Flower Maxi Dress, the Electric Rose Maxi Dress, and the Wild Jungle Maxi Dress.

I didn’t really add anything other than shoes to this dress. The day that I wore this we were mainly out taking some short walks around a lake and grabbing lunch at a small store. Not really the kind of area or kind of activities you get really dressed up for. The shoes I have on were super comfortable, like straight out of the box they were comfortable. They are also from the Avenue. It is their Fran Braided Slingback Wedge Sandal in Bronze. It is also available in black, but since this shoe is on clearance sizes are limited as I am writing this.

If you see this and think I was stuck on dresses and cold shoulders, you’re not entirely wrong. But I did have more variety than this in my wardrobe, however my energy and a lot of rain conspired against me when it came to taking pictures of those other outfits. I do feel though that these three outfits give a good overview of my vacation style. And really I think I always love dresses and cold shoulders.

Tell me in the comments what your vacation style is.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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All Dress April 2018 – Week Two

All Dress April

All Dress April

I can barely believe it, but we are already two weeks into April. And that means its time for another recap. If you missed it, you can check out week one.

Week two was a bit of a whirlwind for me. I had a lot of work to do, but I also had a lot of days where I just wasn’t feeling well. But it looks like the tide is turning. Our weather has finally warmed up a bit with no precipitation. And I have had a few days in a row now that I actually felt well.

But you guys are here to find out about the clothes. As always I will link to anything that is still available, or alternatively if the item is not available but something extremely similar is available I will also link to that instead.

Day 8

Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Wine Purple Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves

This is the Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves in Wine Purple. Now this is no longer available in this color, however this dress is available in many different colors and patterns. It is available in both misses and plus sizes. Make sure that you check the sizing. Just like most vintage lines, their brand runs very small. I am in their largest size a 4X which they say is equal to a 20. That seems accurate, though there is extra room to stretch with the fabric.

I have it paired with some Bandolino peep toe pumps in a similar wine color.

 

Day 9

This is the Power Dress from Society Plus. It comes in five color options. If you are interested in getting this dress, act now. Society Plus is clearancing this style out. If you want more information on the fit check out my previous blog post about this dress.

I have paired with it some Madden Girl Peep Toe Pumps that I have had for a long time.

 

Day 10

This is a maxi length sweater dress that I got from Simply Be back in the fall. It is no longer available. But if you like the look of the dress, but don’t care if it is a sweater dress, then their T-Shirt Maxi Dress should give you a very similar look.

 

Day 11

This is a SWAK Designs maxi that I have had for the longest time. This particular style is no longer available, however the Lois Maxi Dress is very similar. The biggest difference is that the Lois Maxi had 3/4 length sleeves. If you are a maxi dress lover take the time to look around the SWAK website, they really have some great styles for all body types and they are very size inclusive.

 

Day 12

This was my fun outfit for the week. I think everyone needs some clothes that are just fun. Both pieces are from Forever 21. I have on their ETA Stripe Tiered High-Low Skirt (this is available in other colors as well)  and the Ruched Crop Top. The crop top is adjustable so you can show as much or as little skin as you like. And it definitely is one that works for larger busts. If you haven’t looked at Forever 21 in a while, then you should check them out. Their plus size selection has grown a lot and they are starting to include other brands on their site.

 

Day 13

As many of you know I ordered my first Amazon Prime Wardrobe box. And while I don’t want to get into a review here since there is one coming very soon, I did share some of the things I got in this week looks. This is the Lark & Ro Women’s Modern Stretch Cap-Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Dress.

I have it paired with the Panacea Jet Tassel Pendant Necklace that I also got on Prime Wardrobe along with a pair of Jelly Pop heels that I already owned.

 

Day 14

And on the final day of week two I wore a second dress from Prime Wardrobe. This is the Tiana B Women’s Split Sleeve Patchwork Print Dress.

I have paired with it the Naturalizer Women’s Neina Huarache Sandal, also available on Prime Wardrobe.

I will also be adding this and all the other items I got on Prime Wardrobe to my Amazon recommended list to make it easier for everyone to find at any time.

 

 

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All Dress April 2018 – Week One

All Dress April

All Dress April

Week one of All Dress April has finally come to an end, so it must be time for a recap. These always seem to be some of my most popular posts, so I decided to make a couple of changes this year. Changes that I hope are for the better.

You all know that I live with a few chronic pain conditions, some of which are affected by the weather, especially in the winter and early spring. So in previous years this has left me not posting about one to two days a week. In an effort to not leave these spots open, and to be able to share more items with you, I will be sharing photos previously taken but not posted for one reason or another.

Day 1

Mod print dress from Tiana B on Day 1 of All Dress April

This is a Tiana B. dress in a mod 60’s style print. I really love this style, and this dress is so comfy and great for minimal effort days. I paired it with a pair of wide calf boot’s I got from Zulily’s Journey Collection. I have had both of these pieces for quite some time, so I don’t think either of these items are still currently available, but you can get the same style of dress from Tiana B. as well as dresses in similar prints.

Day 2

Foil Leaf print wiggle dress from Avenue

This was a bad pain day for me, and so this was the first case of using a previously taken photo.

This dress is from the Avenue. It is their Metallic Floral Scuba Dress. It is a recent purchase, but unfortunately it sold out fast. I guess everyone loved it. It is definitely in a bodycon/wiggle style, but like most of the dresses from Avenue it is made to be more forgiving of any extra curves and rolls you may have in the middle. While they no longer have this exact dress, they do still have a similar dress. It is their Scroll Flocked Scuba Dress (limited sizes left in this dress).

The shoes I have paired with it are the Bandolino Women’s Mylah Peep-Toe Pump. These were actually the shoes I wore for my wedding, and I was kind of surprised to even find limited sizes of these still hanging around.

Day 3

Plus size maxi dress bought on Amazon

This is the Roiii Boho Floral Sleeveless Maxi Dress I got for the Hidden Gems of Amazon series I do here on the blog. Many of you loved the way this dress looked, but at the time sizes were selling out. I am happy to say it looks like they are finally restocked now. Sizes go up to a 3XL. For information on the fit and sizing make sure to check out the original post this dress appeared in.

Day 4

Dress from Boohoo Plus and leggings from Simply Be paired with Booties from the Avenue

This is the Plus Megan Tartan Frill Sleeve Smock Dress from Boohoo. I have it paired with black lace leggings. I bought mine at Simply Be a few years ago, but very similar ones are available now on Amazon. The booties are a pair of Cloud Walkers from the Avenue that I got a few years ago.

Day 5

Plus size Vintage inspired dress from Lindy Bop

For day five I went with something more to the roots of All Dress April, meaning something vintage style. This dress is from Lindy Bop. It is their Alanis Swing Dress in Black Polka Dots. (Just a note the link is to the UK site, but you change it to your country of preference. If you are in the USA, you can order from the US site or the UK site. I prefer the UK site because the sizing is easier. Don’t forget to change the currency as well.)

I have it paired with a basic black crinoline. and pair of kitten heels I bought on eBay a long time ago. The shoes are no longer available in the kitten heel size, but you can steel find the pump version from many different sellers on eBay still.

Day 6

Faux wrap dress from IGIGI plus size designer brand worn on day 6 of all dress april

This is the Truda Dress from IGIGI. It is a faux wrap dress. It is no longer available in this pattern, but the style is still available. If you follow me on my Instagram, then you already know that I don’t really care for the way this dress fits me. I love all of my other IGIGI dresses, but this one just doesn’t hang on me right, and I think it would suit a different body type better. It will most likely be going up on my Poshmark listings for sale relatively soon. So if you love this print and are also a size 20, make sure you are following me on there. If you are just joining Poshmark for the first time use my code KARENMSMITH77 and they will give you a $5 shopping credit.

The shoes are from Aerosoles, and I have had them for year. They are super comfortable as most Aerosoles are. But this particular style is not available any more.

Day 7

Trying out Fashion Nova Curve on day 7 of All Dress April

So if you didn’t know, skirts are also acceptable for All Dress April. So that left me able to also participate in my friend Jamie’s (aka retrocutie) style challenge Band Tee Saturday. Graphic tees are also totally acceptable for her challenge. Make sure you check out her blog No Delusions Of Grandeur too.

So since so many people had expressed interest in Fashion Nova over the last couple of months, I wanted to bring you a look from them. So both my skirt and top are from Fashion Nova. I have on the Kiss Me On The Lips Sequin Tee and the Charmer Bandage Skirt in Light Pink. I am sure that a lot of you would like me to go into my thoughts on Fashion Nova right now, but I don’t think I could put everything I need to say here. But don’t worry I promise there will be a blog post coming within the month about Fashion Nova.

The shoes I have on are a pair of velvet sneakers in light pink. The brand is Wanted and the style is called Valance. They are so comfy, and available in other color options.

 

If you didn’t see something like this week make sure to keep checking back, there are still 23 more days to go, and that means 23 more looks. Tell me in the comments below what you like, what you didn’t like. I still have some wiggle room on filling request if there is something you guys want to see this month, so make sure to let me know that as well.

 

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Hidden Gems Of Amazon – V28 Over Sized Maxi Casual Beach Dress

Hidden Gems of Amazon

Hidden Gems of Amazon

Guess whose back, back again? …. Okay so I’m not the Slim Shady, not even close. But I do think that you should tell a friend. All joking aside, it really has been a hot minute since I have done a fashion post.  April was the last time to be exact. And if you have been hanging in there with me while I have been recovering from health issues, I really appreciate it. And if you have been reading any of my insanely long health related posts recently, then I really appreciate you that much more.

But let’s get to what you are really here for, and that would be fashion and fit information on that fashion. If you are following me on Instagram or Twitter there is a chance you already saw some of the preview pictures of this dress and necklace. So far the feedback has been you guys really like the look of this dress. So here is the details.

Plus size maxi found on Amaon

This is from a seller going by V28 on Amazon. This is their Oversized Maxi Casual Beach Dress. If you go to their page you will notice they have it listed with three other styles of maxi dresses. This particular one is marked as the Flower 5 pattern.

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The straps are adjustable in length. They are very thin though, so wearing a regular bra with straps is not going to be possible unless you don’t care if they are super noticeable. Now it is listed as beach wear, so I personally plan on throwing it over a strapless swimsuit I have. For the purposes of these pictures I paired it with a strapless bra that fits very similar to how the bathing suit top I have fits me.

Side view of the V28 maxi dress

Let’s talk about the sizing and fit. I ordered the size indicated by the size chart that would fit me best in their brand, that being a 20/22. Typically in most plus size brand I order size 2X or 20W, so their sizing was pretty on par. I do think the sizing was accurate. The fit was good with the exception of the chest sort of. It does fit me in the chest, but just barely. Not because it’s too tight, but just not enough material to cover everything. I would definitely have to say if you are in DDD cup like me, or larger, this might not be the right dress for you. But if you remember I did say they have two other designs, and those have much more fabric in on the top. But then again, maybe you are comfortable with showing a lot of side boob.

Their size range is pretty good. Sizes start at 4/6 and go up to a 32/34, and the best part is the price is the same no matter what size you are ordering. It’s a nice thrifty $12.99 for these dresses. And it has free prime shipping. It seems like a lot of sizes are sold out in this particular dress, but if you check each of the patterns I think they have everyone’s size left in something.

Just so you can check if they will have a size that works for you, here is their size chart:

US4/ 6 (Asia tag M) waist: 42.5″ bust: 34.6″ hip: 42.5″ dress length: 59″
US 8/10(Asia tag L) waist: 44″ bust:37.4″ hip:46.4″ dress length:59″
US 12/14(Asia tag XL) waist: 45.6″ bust:40.1″ hip:50.3″ dress length:59″
US 16/18 (Asia tag XXL) waist:47.2″ bust:44″ hip:54.3″ dress length: 59″
US 20/22(Asia tag 3XL) waist:27.5″ bust:48.8″ hip:58.2″ dress length: 59″
US 24/26(Asia tag 4XL) waist:31.4″ bust: 52.7″ hip:62.2″ dress length: 59″
US28/30(Asia tag 5XL) waist:35.4″ bust:56.6″ hip:66.1″ dress length: 59″
US32/34(Asia tag 6XL) waist:39.3″ bust:60.6″ hip:70″ dress length: 59″

You might notice the waist measurement seems really small. I am pretty sure this is an under-bust measurement and not a waist measurement. In the 20/22 I  ordered it says the waist is 27.5″, but my waist is 42.5″. Yet you can see that the dress fits me and it’s not tight at the waist.

V28 maxi dress, hidden gem of amazon and accessories

I found it really easy to accessorize with this dress. I threw on a pair of my favorite mirrored cat eye sun glasses. I also put on one of my newest necklaces, and what is my latest obsession. Every unicorn needs this necklace in their life. Its the iridescent leaf pendant necklace from a seller called BOTIQUELOVIN. The necklace is available in four other metallic shades and it sells for $9.99 and free prime shipping. All of the color options are pretty, but I really just can’t put in words how beautiful I think this iridescent shade is.

Here is a closer look at the necklace itself.

Irridescent leaf pendant necklace

The picture really doesn’t do it justice. I tried to show the color shift. It goes from purple to red, to green to gold.

I did get all of the pieces shown here at discounted prices for review purposes. However I was never asked to write this blog post, this was purely my own thoughts and ideas.

 

Tell me in the comments below what wardrobe or jewelry piece you are currently obsessed with. If you have a suggestion for what you would like me to try on future Hidden Gems of Amazon posts don’t forget to leave those in the comments as well.
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Week Four & Five of #AllDressApril 2017

All Dress April 2017 #AllDressApril

All Dress April 2017 #AllDressApril

 

This post has been delayed for too long. Unfortunately I got sick near the end of All Dress April, and it has been hard to recover. But I am starting to feel better and I want to make sure to finish up this series for the years. If you have missed the previous post and want to start from the beginning, you can begin with Week 1.

I found I missed a lot of days this last week and a half due to my illness, but I did the best that I could. There were also a couple of days I couldn’t get a picture of what I wore. I will make notes for what happened each day.

 

Day 22

Day 22 of All Dress April. Maxi dress from Torrid

This is the Tiered Jersey Maxi Dress in black from Torrid. This color is no longer available, but they still have some sizes in the heather gray color. I have it paired with a denim jacket from Mwah Jeans. The hair piece is from Earth Bound Trading Company.

Day 23

I was not able to participate this day.

 

Day 24

I believe I wore a dress this day, but forgot to take a picture.

 

Day 25

City Chic Fleetwood Maxi Dress for Day 25 of All Dress April

This is the Fleetwood Maxi Dress from City Chic. At this time it is not available on their website. (I highly suggest that if you want them to bring it back you send them an email request) It may or may not be brought back, sometimes they do bring back popular items. In the meantime if you want this dress, you might consider the Luxe Gunmetal Leopard Printed Maxi Dress. It is very similar. The only differences I see is the sleeve is slightly different and its in a print.

Day 26

Day 26 of #AllDressApril

This dress is from Rue21+. It is no longer available on their website and I don’t see anything similar to recommend. The shoes I have on are a pair of Isaac Mizrahi wedges that I picked up from a seller on eBay.

Day 27

Wrap dress for the curvy body

This is the Power Dress from Society Plus. They were so kind to send me this dress to share with all of you during All Dress April. Make sure you check out full review. They have also just released this dress in a light pink and burgundy color block pattern for summer.

Day 28

I actually did wear a dress this day, but I didn’t get a picture because everything was so hurried.

 

Day 29

Day 29 of All Dress April

I didn’t have anyone to take pictures for me at the con, and I had forgotten my tripod for my actual camera. So a bad mirror selfie from my cell phone was all I could manage in my presses for time day. This one didn’t even get posted to Instagram.

The dress, not that you can see that much of it, is from Tripp bought at Torrid last year. As I write this, they do have a few left at Hot Topic.

Day 30

I was not able to wear a dress this day.

 

Tell me in the comments below what your favorite dress was, that you wore or saw this April.

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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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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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Shop My Society Plus Black Friday Wishlist

Society Plus Black Friday Sale comes early

For the month of November, Society Plus is running special sales all month long. And starting tomorrow (Novemeber 11 for anyone reading this late) they are bringing something a little extra special.

First they reached out to various bloggers and asked us to create our wish list of items from the Society Plus website. And starting tomorrow you will be able to shop my wish list at 40% off. That is right, Black Friday starts early with Society Plus! The sale will be from Nov. 11 to November 28.

Now this part is important, you must go ahead and visit the Society Plus VIP Text Registration page now. There should will ask you to join their S+ Text Program. You must sign up for this. You will be texted a coupon code so that you can shop the sale. UPDATE: It seems that coupon is sent via email rather than text as I was told it would be. But you still have to sign up to receive it. Also many of the items on the list below are sold out at the moment or sizes are dwindling due to the huge response to this sale, but I have been told they are restocking. I will be posting on social media to update everyone when they are back in stock. Make sure you follow me on social media if you want to be updated.

Society Plus Black Friday Sale comes early

So let’s get started and you can see what my picks are. I will make sure to list the regular price below, not the discounted price.


 

1.

Society Plus Farrah Cold Shoulder Tunic in Wine

Farrah Cold Shoulder Tunic – Wine $34.99

2.

Isobel Houndstooth Dress

Isobel Houndstooth Dress $39.99

3.

Oversized Poncho from Society Plus

Olivia Oversized Poncho $69.99

4.

Cher Plaid Mini Skirt - Navy/Red

Cher Plaid Mini Skirt – Navy/Red $59.99

5.

Cher Plaid Mini Skirt - Grey/Charcoal

Cher Plaid Mini Skirt – Grey/Charcoal $59.99

6.

Anastasia Lace Jacket

Anastasia Lace Jacket $39.99

7.

Lakynn Faux Suede Scoop Crop - Burgundy

Lakynn Faux Suede Scoop Crop – Burgundy $44.99

8.

 Soiree Midi Skirt - Navy/Pink Floral

Soiree Midi Skirt – Navy/Pink Floral $69.99

9.

That 70s Dress - Burgundy

That 70s Dress – Burgundy $54.99

10.

The Showstopper Sequin Maxi Skirt - Silver

The Showstopper Sequin Maxi Skirt – Silver $129.99

11.

Sheer Luck Long Sleeve Top - Navy

Sheer Luck Long Sleeve Top – Navy $35.99

12.

Warm Hartley Sweater - Charcoal

Warm Hartley Sweater – Charcoal $39.99

And while its not on my wish list, because I already have one, if you don’t already have a Society Plus Five Layer Tutu now is the time to snag one. They are by far the best tutu I have ever tried from any brand. They are most like an actual tutu.

So tell me in the comments below which piece you are going to snag? What are you in love with?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hidden Gems Of Amazon – Dark Floral Maxi Dress Perfect For Early Fall

Hidden Gems of Amazon

Recently I posted about the Plus Size Brands You Might Be Surprised To Find On Ebay, but what about all that clothing you see and have never heard of the brands before? We have all heard the horror stories of the pieces that were listed, even with measurements, that show up in China sizes. So what you thought was inch measurements ended up being centimeters instead. And now that 3X piece of clothing you have actually fits like a US size large at best. So what I thought I would do is occasionally order some pieces from Amazon when I find something both affordable and cute. (These will not be haul post, simply one o two items at a time) I will also post any flops. I will try to include their sizing charts if provided as well as pictures of the fit and other pertinent information. So with that in mind I want to start another series here on the blog caller Hidden Gems of Amazon.

Hidden Gems of Amazon

The first thing I found to share with you all is the Roiii Boho Ladies Summer Dark Floral Maxi Dress Plus Size.
This comes in size Small up to a XXXL and sells for $14.89 & free shipping for everyone.

They do have a size chart posted, which is nice, but as we all know size charts aren’t always accurate. But I did base my order on the size chart. For reference I am typically a size 20W at most US plus size brands like Torrid or Lane Bryant. My measurements are Bust:49″ Waist:42″ Hips:54.5″.

Size Measurement:

US/EU Small:—–Chest 32.6″, Waist 28.35″,Length:55.9″

US/EU MEDIUM:—-Chest 38.58″, Waist 29.92″,Length:55.9″

US/EU LARGE:—–Chest 41.33″, Waist 32.28″,Length:55.9″

US/EU X-LARGE:—Chest 45.66″, Waist 34.64″,Length:55.9″

US/EU XX-LARGE:–Chest 47.24″, Waist 37.79″,Length:55.9″

US/EU XXX-LARGE:–Chest 49.6″, Waist 40.15″,Length:55.9″

 

After looking the size chart over I decided to go with the XXX-Large. When you are actually ordering on the page it will be marked 3X. They ship out of China, but based on the way their size chart is it seems they are using UK sizing.

When I ordered I was given the expected delivery date of October 14, however I received it on September 12. That was really quick for something coming from China.

Roiii plus size Maxi DressI was quite happy with the product I received. The fabric has a lot of stretch to it. I probably could have sized down one and been okay, but I prefer it to not be overly tight. I think this XXXL size could comfortably fit up to a size 22W.

The fabric is on the thinner side, but not so thin that you couldn’t comfortably wear it with a jacket in early fall. In fact this is that perfect dark floral that is so in right now. If you are somewhere that has more temperate weather you could realistically wear this all year round.

XXXL Maxi Dress in a dark floral print from Roiii
It seems Roiii Plus Sizes has quite a few dresses and coats as options. I do encourage you to check the size charts on each and every item because it seems that they don’t have one standard size chart. But size 22 does seem to be the largest this brand will fit (potentially a size 24 if you like a very tight fit).

With it I have the same sandals I showed you a couple of posts ago. They are the Mootsies Tootsies Naylorr Women Open Toe Canvas Sandals. They have several color options currently available.

Roiii Maxi Dress in plus sizes

 

I hope you have found this helpful. If there are any specific brands on Amazon people would like me to take a look at, feel free to post it in the comments or send me a message through the contact page. I just might feature the brand your interested in.



 

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