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New Store Alert: The Black Ravens

Spellbook Handbag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Handbag available on The Black Ravens website

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

Spellbook Bag from The Black Rvens

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

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

 

cat mug

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

 

Full-Ear Slithering Earring in gold and black

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

Snake Ear Cuff from The Black Ravens

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

 

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

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

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

Plus Size Sexy Back Ladies Casual Top from The Black Ravens

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rant: Old Navy Completely Dissed The Plus Size Women Of Kentucky

I was originally working on another post to go up today when I felt the need to write this first. This is something that has happened many times before with other retailers, and I feel very passionately about this topic. So the other post can wait.

You may or may not be aware that Old Navy announced recently they would be adding plus sizes to select stores. That is 75 stores to be exact. Those select stores will now be carrying up to a size 30W in store. I think we all thought this was about time. And I was really excited to hear plus sizes were coming to stores for many reasons. For me personally I seem to be all over the place in their sizing, so I really need to try their clothing on to find a good fit. But I also was excited for the women in my state, many who don’t have disposable money to order something and then it not fit. Old Navy is more on the affordable side, and for women to be able to buy in store is a huge thing in a state where poverty is a huge problem. I had plans on going and getting some things to share with all of you.

Now I don’t know exactly how many stores in total Old Navy has (I read its a 1,000, but I have no confirmation), but I do know that there are a least a few states that don’t have any stores, like Alaska and Idaho. So my initial thought when I heard the news was that obviously some states, bigger states like  California, are going to have more than one location with plus sizes. But aside from that then all states that have a store will get at least one location with plus sizes in the stores, right?

The email announcement that plus size clothing was now in stores went out on the 9-21-18. I didn’t have a chance to look it over for a few days, but did finally make the time to sit down and read my emails. In case you did not get that email or just don’t read your emails, here is what it said:

Your Style. Your size.

When you log on to Old Navy’s website and go to their store locator, there is now a link at the top you can click to see a list of where the stores that carry plus sizes are located. (Just a note: The link that lists where Old Navy is adding plus sizes is working, but Old Navy seem to have take the actual list off of it between the time I started writing this and the day it was scheduled to post. I am not sure  why, but I am leaving the link in case they put the list back.) Obviously, the first thing I did was going to see where my local store was. That is when I realized, oh not every state is getting plus sizes. And I have to admit, I am kind of pissed about it.

old navy disses Kentucky

Here in Kentucky we have one of the highest populations of plus size women per capita, yet we are not getting not even one store with plus sizes. And it’s not just Kentucky they left out. Other states like West Virginia are also getting skipped over. Actually, only 31 states are getting plus sizes. Why?

I’m sure if we asked Old Navy they would respond with some polished bull shit answer like “we analyzed our orders and we felt we had to give the stores in the areas where we receive the most plus size orders the clothing in stores”. I want to be clear, I have not asked them, and as far as I know Old Navy has not said this. But this has happened time and time again to my state when companies choose where to go, what stores to incorporate plus sizes into, etc.. They don’t realize how short-sighted they are being. If your goal is to bring in new sales, you don’t go where you are already making the sale.

Don’t get me wrong, I am really glad Old Navy is finally bringing plus sizes back into stores. I just think if they truly cared about making their clothing more accessible, they would spread their plus size stores out better. The demographic and market is here, they just haven’t been given the opportunity to see what you offer. Not everyone is comfortable ordering online. And even if they are comfortable ordering online, your sizing is just not consistent enough, and dealing with returns eats up time and money.

I’m really tired of companies skipping my state. There is a store the next state over that would be about an hour and a half drive away. And I have driven that far in the past to do a store try on. But that was for a new store with limited locations. So I don’t feel inclined to do that here. Quite honestly I don’t think I will be spending any money at Old Navy till they put plus sizes in a store in my state.

Tell me in the comments if Old Navy skipped over your state, and if so what state are you in?

 

 

 

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What’s New About Torrid And Recommendations For Haute Cash

Torrid recommendations and whats new at torrid

It’s that time of year again! Torrid Haute Cash sale starts on July 11th. I started out thinking I would just do a recommendation post. I definitely want to talk about some great items you might want to consider picking up with your haute cash, but I was thinking that there may be some changes to some things some of you may not have realized if you are not a constant peruser of the website like me or a reader of your emails.

In the past there were a few changes that left some of you not as happy with Torrid, but these recent changes I think are for the better. But of course I will let you decide that for yourself. If you had haute cash prior to 5/31/18 then you may already have known this, but for those of you who did not. This time around was the first time Torrid has allowed shoppers to use their Haute Cash twice. They had a special date set from 5/31/18 to 6/4/18 where you could use your haute cash, and it wouldn’t go away. If you used it on that date you would accrue more haute cash and still be able to use them on the actual haute cash date which is 7/11/18 to 7/22/18. I think since they took away the universal codes, this is a good step of meeting people in the middle. Let me know in the comments what you think about it.

Another recent change has been a big increase in the range of heights available. I know that sounds a little awkward and little confusing, but I don’t know how else to say it so I will explain. Torrid has always had the petite/short, average, and tall lengths available in their jeans and some of their other pants. But that is where the options ended. Recently I noticed there are now additional options of extra short and extra tall. Unfortunately this change doesn’t seem to have affected their crop length jeans yet, but I hope that is a change they will make soon.

In addition there are now length options in their maxi dresses and even some tops. I think this is a great move for Torrid and their customers. It will really open up some clothing options that have been closed off due to height for so many people.

Now let’s get to the recommendations. For my recommendations I tried to give you a mix of things I actually own and things I have been wanting, while still showing a variety of styles. I picked three things from each category, at least the categories I had recommendations from. And they are broken down into those categories. I have made each of the pictures clickable so you can easily access the product pages.

Dresses
Veronica Black & Red Lipstick Bodycon Bustier Dress from Torrids Betty and Veronica collection

Betty & Veronica – Veronica Black & Red Lipstick Bodycon Bustier Dress

Berry and White Geo Print Embellished Gauze Maxi Dress from Torrid

Berry & White Geo Print Embellished Gauze Maxi Dress

Torrids Purple High Neck Jersey Mini Dress

Purple High Neck Jersey Mini Dress

 

Make sure to check out some of the great dresses at Torrid. I already own the Geo Print Maxi dress. I bought it last summer, and it was brought back this year by popular demand. The other two dresses I have had my eye on since they released.

Skirts And Pants
Retro Chic Black Tropical Full Skirt from Torrid

Retro Chic Black Tropical Full Skirt

Ivory Wide Leg Linen Trouser Pant from Torrid

Ivory Wide Leg Linen Trouser Pant

Torrids Black Floral Chiffon Pant

Black Floral Chiffon Pant

 

So I don’t own any of these, yet. But I most likely will be adding at least one of them to my close after the Haute Cash sale. You all probably know by now I am a fan of tropical prints. And the light airy fabrics these wide leg pants are made of

 

Graphic Tees And Tanks
Turquoise Unicorn Mermaid V-Neck Tee from Torrid

Turquoise Unicorn Mermaid V-Neck Tee

Torrids Wonder Woman Black & Metallic Pink Fitted Tee

Wonder Woman Black & Metallic Pink Fitted Tee

Heather Grey Mandala Triblend Tank from Torrid

Heather Grey Mandala Triblend Tank

 

Make sure to pick up a few graphic tees and tanks. They are a great way to be comfy but make a statement about something yourself or something you love. And they can make a great gift for birthdays and Christmas too.

 

Shirts And Blouses
Rose Pink Embroidered Crepe Babydoll Top from Torrid

Rose Pink Embroidered Crepe Babydoll Top

Torrids Olive Owl Pleated Tank

Olive Owl Pleated Tank

Charcoal Pintuck Crepe Peasant Tunic from Torrid

Charcoal Pintuck Crepe Peasant Tunic

If you’re looking for something to wear to work or for a date night, and dresses aren’t your thing, a nice blouse paired with pants might be more your speed.

Jeans
Torrids Jegging in White Wash

Jegging – White Wash

Premium Stretch Boyfriend Jean from Torrid in Medium Wash

Premium Stretch Boyfriend Jean – Medium Wash

Torrids Frayed Flared Jean in Light Wash

Frayed Flared Jean – Light Wash

I only really wear the jeggings from torrid anymore as they fit me the best. But I wanted to include a couple of other styles that I think are so cute that might fit other body types better than me. I think for most of us jeans are a staple, and Torrid has some of the best fits.

 

 

Shorts
Grey Floral Lace Short from Torrid

Grey Floral Lace Short

Boyfriend Bermuda Short from Torrid in Distressed Medium Wash

Boyfriend Bermuda Short – Distressed Medium Wash

Torrids Teal Linen Short

Teal Linen Short

 

I always like to have fun with my wardrobe, but I know not everyone has that luxury due to work and lifestyle. However, I think when the heat rises and you need to cool off, the one place everyone has a little more freedom to play is with shorts. Have and stay cool on your days off.

While your checking out what to purchase, don’t forget to pick up some staples like camis, bras, and shoes. Tell me in the comments what you plan to pick up during the Haute Cash sale.

 

 

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The Best Plus Size Sales This 2017 Labor Day Weekend

Labor day sales

Labor day sales

 

Who doesn’t love a sale? I know I do. As we head into Labor Day weekend there seems to be a lot of great sales shaping up at all of the plus size retailers.

This post isn’t going to be anything fancy, just a list of the sales I know of. I may even come back and update the list as I find out more. If you know of any sales I have missed, make sure to leave those in the comments so everyone can check them out. And don’t forget to use your Ebates accounts for extra savings.

Now for what you all came for, the sales:

ASOS – 20% OFF with code LABORYAY

 

Ashley Stewart – 40% off all New Arrival items

 

ELOQUII – All tops $20, All pants and skirts $30, all dresses $40

 

Torrid – Get and extra 50% off of clearance prices. Online & In Stores

Get an extra 70% off of clearance shoes. In Stores Only

 

Adrianna Papell – Get 20% Off Sitewide, sale & clearance items excluded.

 

City Chic – Take 50% off sitewide when you use code ‘NEWDIGS50’ – Ends 8/4/17

 

Swimsuits For AllGet Up to 70% OFF Sitewide + Free Shipping No Minimum OR Free 3 Day Shipping on orders $75+ at Swimsuitsforall.com!(Exclusions apply)

 

Society Plus – 50% – 70% off clearance items

 

Lane Bryant – 40% Off Apparel and Accessories!

All Bras BOGO 50% Off!

Up to 75% Off Clearance!

Up to 60% Off Swimwear

 

Simply Be – Up to 70% off + an extra 20% off sitewide

 

Fashion To Figure – Up to 80% off end of season styles

30% off new arrivals

50% off wear now fall styles

 

Cherry Velvet – End of Season Sale, prices start at $49.00

 

Monif C. Plus Sizes – Warehouse Sale Up to 70% off everything

 

Boohoo – 60% off everything, ends at midnight 9/2/17 – Extended

 

Pinup Girl Clothing – 25% off sitewide

 

IGIGI – 35% off your entire order with coupon code LABORDAY17

 

Avenue – BOGO 75% off on new arrivals

Take an extra 25% off clearance

 

Charlotte Russe – Up to 60% off

 

Kiyonna – Semi Annual Sale with $30 Separates and $60 Dresses

20% OFF all regular priced styles using code LABORDAY20
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