Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Military Sparkle - Plus Size Daily Outfit

This past weekend Jimmy and I went to Ikea to look for a new clothing rack to replace my broken one.  Luckily, we found something even better!  They had one of their huge wardrobes (usually like $200+) on sale for $50!  So we spent the rest of the evening putting the monster together.  
Yes, I actually helped!

Here's what I wore to get a new wardrobe: 

Outfit Details: 
Jeans - Lane Bryant
Pink Long Sleeved Tee - Old Navy
Sequined Tank - Lane Bryant
Army Jacket - Lane Bryant
Floral Sequined Flats - Lane Bryant
Military Style Messenger Bag - Lane Bryant
Earrings - Forever 21
 Bracelet - Lane Bryant

And this is what I looked like after we put the wardrobe together: 
  Yeah.  Not so pretty. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

"Six Take" - Skirt Edition

Outfit Details: 
Denim Skirt - Lane Bryant
White 3/4 Sleeved Tee - Avenue
Striped Vest - Torrid
Sparkly Sneakers - Converse via 6pm
Necklace - I don't remember!
Beaded Wrap Bracelet - I have had this thing since I was about 14

I realized while looking through my wardrobe, that I don't really have a lot of skirts.  I have quite a few dresses, pants, & jeans, but only a handful of skirts.  I always have a problem figuring out how to pair tops and skirts without looking dowdy.  I guess it's a matter of proportion, and the fact that I don't feel comfortable with shirts tucked in very often because of my belly.  Leaving tops untucked can make me look boxy and, well, frumpy.  I don't usually have that problem with this denim skirt though.  It's kind of a pencil shape, and it's so casual that it's easy to find things to pair with it.  

Make sure to check out the other ladies participating in the "Six Take" challenge! 

 from Bargain Fatshionista

Nicola from 2 Many Cupcakes

Eryn from Bearly on Earth 

Meg from Bargainista on a Hunt
and last, but not least, Danielle of Danimezza.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

"Six Take" - Picnic Edition

Since I've been sequestering myself inside my house trying to study and prepare myself for my state board exam (on Tues!), I have fallen way behind on posting my "Six Take" photos.  I'm sorry!  

This is my "picnic" look: 
Outfit Details:
Lavender Print Maxi Dress - Lane Bryant
Chambray Button Up - One Stop Plus
  Necklace - Forever 21
Shoes (that you can't see) - Target

Make sure to check out the other ladies participating in the "Six Take" challenge! 

 from Bargain Fatshionista

Nicola from 2 Many Cupcakes

Eryn from Bearly on Earth 

Meg from Bargainista on a Hunt
and last, but not least, Danielle of Danimezza.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday Temptations!

Here are a few things I've been craving this week. . . . 

#1. A Maid
As much as I wish I was, I am not the type of person who gets pleasure from cleaning.  Don't get me wrong, I adore having a sparkling clean house (Well, I assume I would.  I don't think it's ever "sparkled". . . ), but I don't get a surge from the actual cleaning part.  It's more like a grumble and groan and whine about doing it until I finally get up off my butt and just get to it.  Of course, while I'm cleaning, I'm very easily distracted and will use any excuse to stop.  "Maybe the mail is here, . . . maybe the dog needs to go out, . .. . maybe I need to write that blog post. . . . "  
Yeah, I'm supposed to be cleaning now.  Don't judge.

#2.  A New Clothing Rack
I know I just asked for a huge closet last week, but this week my real closet broke.  Well, my second closet that is.  I have a rolling garment rack in my office/dressing room that held many of my in-season clothes.  The other day I was drying my hair in the bathroom and I heard a sudden "CRASH!!!" from the other room.  I ran in and my entire garment rack was severely listing to the left, pretty much on top of my dresser.  I tried to right it, and in the process it completely fell to pieces around me.  Turns out, the plastic joints weren't very sturdy, and it just couldn't handle the enormous load I placed on it for one more minute.  
So right now, my clothes are in a pile (still on the hangers) on the floor of my office.

#3.  Cute Espadrilles
And these from Tory Burch would do perfectly!

#4.  Solange Azagury-Partridge "Ballcrusher" Earrings
I think these earrings are just so freakin' cool!  

#5.  A Pedicure
My heels are so dry all the time.  If I don't slather them in vaseline/lotion every night they get super calloused and icky.  Since I haven't been the most diligent about moisturizing, I could really use a pedicure right about now. 

On another note, I am so far behind on my "six take" photos.  I am so sorry!  I am going to work on getting them posted this week to get caught up.  It's been a weird couple of weeks, and I haven't been as productive as I would have liked.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday Tempations!

Here's a list of the things I've been craving this week:

#1. A Thin, Colorful Belt

#2. Red-Orange Moccasins 

#3. A Trench Coat

#4.  A Huge Closet

#5. A Job...

Oh, wait. . . I've got one! 

That's right!  I was offered the job I interviewed for a few weeks ago!  
I start in the middle of May. : )

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friend Friday - My 5 Fashion Picks for Spring

#1. Brights!
I absolutely love the bright colors that are everywhere for spring.  I think everyone can pull off this trend, even if it's just with a bright accessory or two. 
For Example: 

#2. Pink & Orange Combos

So I guess, technically, this could fall under "Brights", but I am such a fan of this particular color combo that I feel it deserves its own category.  Maybe because it's so girly, or because I love fuschia, or maybe it's because they were my wedding colors. . . . 

#3. White On White

I love the clean, crisp, cool look of white on white for Spring.  I myself, can't imagine wearing straight white, but I can easily see this working with a shot of color in a necklace, handbag, or shoes. 

#4. 70's Chic


 This is another look that I think most people can pull off.  Those who are old enough to actually remember 70's fashion may not be so quick to jump on this bandwagon, but those of us who never had to live through (or aren't old enough to remember) the time of polyester leisure suits and Farrah Fawcett hair-do's, think it's pretty groovy. 

How to make it work:

 #5.  Colored Pants

 Kimberly actually posted about this the other day, but brightly colored pants are everywhere right now!  
I want pair of red pants so badly, but I just can't find the right ones.   The search continues!

Perfect Pants:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kiss and Makeup - A Peek At My Beauty Stash

Some of you may remember that we remodeled our guest bathroom not too long ago.  Well, we picked out this cute sink without really thinking about counter space.  The bathroom isn't very big, but the old sink had a large enough top that I could balance my flat iron/curling iron on it in order to do my hair. Once we put in the new sink, I realized that there was no way I could use the bathroom to do my hair.  
The master bathroom, on the other hand, has a huge counter which is perfect for doing my hair and makeup.  The problem is that Jimmy is always complaining about all my "crap" taking over his bathroom. 
Our solution: 
A vanity table!

Ok, it's actually a desk, but it works out perfectly for me.  I absolutely love having a space to do my hair and makeup where I don't have to worry about Jimmy getting mad if I leave my curling iron out, or spraying stinky hairspray, or taking up time in his bathroom. 

Here's my setup:
 Do you see the little Trixie tail down in the corner? : ) 
Some of my lip products, mascaras, eye pencils, etc. 

My brushes.  I found these nifty glasses at a thrift store, and had to bring them home with me.

I absolutely love this pull out lighted mirror.  Perfect for doing eye makeup.  The little bowl on top of my curlers holds my hair clips, bobby pins, ponytail holders, etc. 

Now, for a peek in the drawers. . . 

  The top drawer holds my day-to-day products, and some that I wear on a fairly regular basis. As you can see, I have a little bit of everything, from Covergirl to Stila to Mac and Benefit.  I love trying new products!

 The second drawer holds some larger palettes, eye creams, mineral makeup, and samples.  I am a sample-aholic, btw. 

The third drawer contains liquid foundations, and some eyeshadow shades, liners, and blushes that I haven't been using much lately. 

The fourth drawer holds my hair stuff. Brushes, hairspray, dry shampoo, velcro rollers, and clips for my hot curlers. 

I didn't take a photo of the bottom drawer because it just holds a big bag of silica beads (what I use to keep my brushes upright in the glasses - like at Sephora stores).  

Since I'm nosy, how do you store your beauty supplies?  Do you do your makeup in the bathroom?  The bedroom?  In the car?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Return of Tuesday Temptations!

I have been a total slacker lately, I freely admit it and apologize to all my wonderful readers.  Now that I am out of school, and not yet working (although I did get my date to take my state boards today!), I have much more time to work on the blog.  

For those of you who are new-ish readers, "Tuesday Temptations" is basically a fairy-tale wishlist of things I'm currently yearning for.  There are no price limits and size is not an issue, because in my make believe world I'm wealthy and everything looks amazing on me.  Makes sense, right?  That's what I thought. 
So let us begin! 

#1. Make Up Forever "Rouge Artist" Intense No. 36

I am absolutely loving the bright colors that are on trend for Spring, especially the pinks and oranges.  This fuchsia shade looks like so much fun!

#2. Disc Necklace from
 I saw this necklace in my People Style Watch magazine, and instantly loved it.  The best part? It's only $24.99!

#3. Coach "Maleena" Nude Wedges

How perfect are these wedges?!  The nude color makes legs look longer, the platform makes the height more manageable, and they're just so pretty!

#4. MOMA's "Sky" Umbrella

I've seen this umbrella a few times in magazines and online, but all the rain we've been having in my neck of the woods lately really made me think about how I could use a new umbrella.  What better way to make a dreary day seem brighter?

#5. A "Moon" Manicure

I love the old-fashioned look of the moon manicure (did you know that this style originated in 1925?), but with a twist - using highly contrasting colors to make a statement. I just wish I had steady enough hands to do it on my own nails! 

So there you have it!  My top five "wants" of the week. 
What have you been lusting after?  Have any of the new Spring trends caught your eye?  Tell me about it in the comments!

Monday, April 4, 2011

"Six Take" - Stripes Edition!

This weeks "Six Take" challenge was stripes.  You all know that stripes are a mainstay in my wardrobe, so I knew this one wouldn't be a problem.  
 Yeah, it was super windy today. . .

Outfit Details:
Indigo Jeggings - Old Navy
Striped Anchor Tee - LucieLu (no longer available)
Chambray Blouse - One Stop Plus
Cream & Gold Striped Scarf - Fashion Bug
Big Mamma-Jamma Earrings - Forever 21 
Leather Studded Wrap Bracelet - Torrid
Leopard Flats - Old Navy (no longer available online)
Messenger Bag - Lane Bryant

Make sure you check out the other awesome ladies participating in the "Six Take" challenge! 

Anna from Bargain Fatshionista

Nicola from 2 Many Cupcakes

Eryn from Bearly on Earth 

Meg from Bargainista on a Hunt
and last, but not least, Danielle of Danimezza.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring Sunshine - Plus Size Daily Outfit!

These photos are actually from the weekend, when it was nice outside.  Of course, Monday, I looked outside and it was actually snowing.  Blech. I am done with snow! 
 This cardigan does fit correctly, but the material of the white blouse kept catching it and making it bunch up for some reason.  *note to self: Use a different button-up for layering.
Here you can see the print on the tank underneath a little better. 

Outfit Details: 
Jeans - Avenue (my old faves - and they're about to go to denim heaven)
Coral & White Patterned Tank - Old Navy (last spring)
White Button-up Blouse - One Stop Plus 
Coral Cardi - Old Navy (last spring - I actually ordered two of these on accident, and the first one was ripped on a car door, so this is #2)
Floral Sequined Flats - Lane Bryant (So comfy!  Jimmy calls them my "grandma" shoes.)
Four-leaf Clover Necklace - Avenue

Trixie is so excited for Spring weather too! 

She loves "fetch", but hates to let go of the frisbee!

 Check out those ears!
I hope you are all enjoying some nice Spring weather!