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All Dress April 2018 – Week Three

All Dress April

All Dress April

This month is moving along so fast, I can’t believe it is almost over. Week three of All Dress April is already completed, and we have just a week and a half left.

If you missed previous weeks, don’t forget to check out week one and week two before you leave.

This week is unfortunately a little light on the outfits, as you may already know I missed a couple of days due to life circumstances. And I am unfortunately out of any backup photos.

Day 15

Plus size cold shoulder maxi dress from Torrid on day 15 of All Dress April

This is the Cold Shoulder Jersey Maxi Dress from Torrid. I am wearing it in gray, which I got last year. They no longer have this color, but I have linked to it in the black color they have this year. I also saw it in olive green earlier this, and was a little sad that I missed out. I keep hoping that Torrid will bring that one back.

My jewelry is from Earth Bound Trading Company, and the shoes are from Skechers.

Day 16


I missed this day due to illness

Day 17

vintage style lace dress from Kiyonna for day 17 of All Dress April

For day 17 I had on this Luna Lace Dress from Kiyonna. I don’t know why, maybe its the simple elegance of this dress, but I always feel the need to put my hair in some sort of updo when I wear it.

I have it paired with some basic black pumps that I have had forever. An I also had on a pair of Betsey Johnson Cat Ear Sunglasses.

Day 18

Off the shoulder plus size maxi dress from ASOS Curve

Day 18 had me wearing a dress from ASOS Curve, and I think this is my favorite out of the newer dresses that I have purchased. This is the ASOS DESIGN Curve Bardot midi dress in floral print. They call it a midi, but to me it is a little long to consider a midi, I think of it as a maxi. I ordered this dress at the beginning of April, and at that time they had this dress in every size. However, as I am writing this, they seem to only have a couple of sizes left.

I have it paired with some green peep toe wedge heels that I got on Zulily several years ago.

Day 19

Plus size wiggle dress from Unique Vintage for day 18 of All Dress April

The dress I wore on day 19 seems to be the overwhelming social media favorite. This is the Unique Vintage 1960s Style Yellow Floral Long Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress.  I picked this up on one of Unique Vintage’s $25 sales, and the plus sizes are now sold out. But it does look like they have it in some misses sizes. But if you just like this style, then Unique Vintage has lots of patters in their Mod Wiggle Dress.

I have it paired with a pair of rounded toe heels from Steve Madden. I have actually had these heels almost 20 years. I keep hoping they will come back because they are amazingly comfortable.

Day 20Lace Mod Dress from Simply Be for day 20 of All Dress April

On day 20 I wore this Simply Be Lace Dress With Tipping. If you are following along on any of my social media, then you know this was not my favorite dress on me. I love the dress itself, but think it would look better on a different body type. I want to be clear though, this isn’t me saying there is anything wrong with the dress or my body. Don’t be surprised if there ends up being a blog post on this topic soon.

I have it paired with a pair of Soft Style by Hush Puppies Women’s Gianna Dress Pump. You can’t really see them well, but they are a vintage looking pair of Oxford heels.

Day 21

On day 21 I missed again. I was off gallivanting around a college campus with my niece all day on her first college tour. Too much fast paced walking and climbing stairs for me to comfortably wear a dress. I had plans on wearing one when I got home, but the day went on for a longer than expected and I went to bed immediately.


That wraps up week three. Tell me in the comments what your favorite dress from this week was.


Lane Bryant

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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
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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My Thoughts On The ModCloth Buy Out

Modcloth taken over by Jet

Modcloth taken over by Jet


If you are a ModCloth lover or follow any number of plus size blogger, you probably already heard ModCloth has been bought out. The news was leaked just the day after their Groupons went up for sale. They were bought by Jet who is owned by Wal-Mart. This has in fact made many ModCloth lovers, including me quite upset.

The problem is the two companies sort of stand for completely different things, both from a business and ethical stand point. Plus given their total different approach to plus size clothing, this may leave the plus size consumer out in the cold. And based on just a couple of changes that has already taken place, one can only speculate that this takeover will see the decline of the things most have loved about ModCloth.

You might have seen that I posted about the Groupon that ModCloth had posted the day before the news leak of the buy out. I myself had bought one. After reading the news I went back and forth in mind about what I wanted to do. So I personally have made a decision. After I use my Groupon, I personally will not be shopping with ModCloth any more, and I will explain why.

I currently do not shop with Wal-Marts or Jet. I do not like their business practices or their treatment of their employees, and I do not want to support any business they own. Where I live there are many options to shop at places that treat their employees well and that are more ethical. I do on rare occasion have to buy from Wal-Mart if they are the only place that carries something and its an emergencies, but I try everywhere else first. I want to also say, when I was on a tight budget and living by myself, I did shop at Wal-Mart because I had no choice. I totally get not everyone has that choice because of finances or location, and I hold no judgment of anyone who does shop there. This is simply a personal decision.

For me, I feel like that even if everything stayed the same at ModCloth after this I would not want to shop there. Because even if they did continue paying those employees fair wages and keep ethical standards, shopping there is still ultimately supporting the parent company.

ModCloth for a long time has filled a niche in the plus size market. But don’t worry, there are other places to get those vintage and retro inspired clothes you desire if you feel like I do. I will be working on a list for you of alternative places to shop, and I hope to have it up soon.

In the mean time I would love to hear your thoughts on the take over. Tell me in comments below how do you feel about it? Will you continue shopping ModCloth? And please share any and all the vintage and retro clothing brands you know.

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Flamingos At A Garden Party? – Checking Out The Bourbon Social

1467388722754My husband and I recently went to the Beer, Bourbon, and Bacon Garden Party hosted by The Bourbon Social. And honestly I don’t think that I can think much that would say Kentucky more than a Garden Party involving Bourbon and bacon.

It was a beautiful event held on the lawn at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. When we arrived there were all kinds of signage posted to direct us where to go.









After we signed in there was a photographer there to take our pictures.

13522795_1798981503682067_3679777920943087851_oThere will be more full length pictures of the outfit towards the end, I promise.

One of the great things about attending events like this is meeting other people, networking, or just running in to other people you already know and having a great afternoon of conversation. For instance also in attendance was my friend Nancy Pauley and her husband Eddie.


Nancy owns and operates Pinot’s Palette. If you are in the Lexington area you should check it out. It one of those places that you drink wine and paint. Sounds like a blast right?

There was really quite a crowd there though, so many interesting people to meet and mingle with.


But obviously what most people came for was the Beer, the Bourbon, and lets not forget the bacon. Because who doesn’t like bacon? No one I know, because I don’t have time for that kind of negativity in my life. Haha, just kidding! Sort of. But really, lets talk about what everyone came out for.


For anyone who wasn’t a Beer or Bourbon drinker, Lover’s Leap Winery was there with a selection of their wines.

From that point on each table had pairings. So there would be an alcohol selection and then a food paired with it.


At this table we had three beers from West 6th Brewing, a local brewery here in Lexington. They had their Snakes in a Barrel Beer. It was pair with a selection of fresh fruit, crackers, Artisan Cheeses, Snakes in A Barrel Beer Cheese, Bourbon and Brown Sugar Dip, and Caramelized Onion Dip. Then second they had the Snakecake Beer. It was paired with Pulled Pork Potato Skins with Snakecake Chipolte BBQ Drizzle. And last, but not least they had their Cocoa Porter. And I am going to try and tell you what it was paired with, but it was one of the few things that was not listed online and the picture of the sign was not clear enough to read, but here goes. It was paired with a dark chocolate cupcake, with what I believe was bourbon vanilla icing, and a piece of candied bacon on top.


At this table they had Barrel Bourbon served neat from batch 007 (how funny is that). It was paired with Beef Sliders with Pork Belly, Ghost Jam, and Fried Onion.


At this table they had Black Saddle Bourbon Whiskey. It was paired with chocolate candied cayenne bacon.

13490701_1798980907015460_1766874512758138868_oAt this table they had Bourbon Mary’s (or you know the Kentucky version of a Bloody Mary) made with Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon. It was paired with a pimento cheese stuffed cherry tomato with Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon Jam. I couldn’t have any of the Bloody Mary’s to try because of my allergy, but they let me try a bit of the Bacon Bourbon, and I loved it. I will be buying some for myself.

13575942_1798980770348807_2042050997182711722_o And the last table had Kentucky Mule’s made with Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon. It was paired with Bacon and Jalopeno Deviled Eggs.

There was live music playing through the event.


My husband and I had never had a chance to visit the Henry Clay Estate, so we made sure to take a walk around. One of the things that really stood out was the beautiful English Style Strolling Garden.

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So we took a stroll and made sure to stop for lots of pitures, and of course a few selfies.

2016-06-19 15.58.34I was wearing the Flamingo dress from last years Retro Collection at Torrid. It is no longer available, but if you like flamingos you might like the Flamingo Print Sundress that they still have. And I have on my White Skechers Wedge Sandal with it. Seriously you can’t find any wedges that are more comfortable.

2016-06-19 15.55.56We had a great time. Its always nice to find something different to do. And my husband really enjoyed himself and wants to go back. I think that says a lot for me. Its really hard sometimes to find things to do that we both enjoy outside of the norm. And I for one don’t like living in a rut, so I will be attending more events in the future.

If you live in the central Kentucky area and are interested in finding out more about the Bourbon Social, you can check out their website at Or you can follow them on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. I want to give an extra special thank you to the Bourbon Social for giving me the okay to use their pictures.




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