Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas in Cali

I had an absolutely wonderful Christmas.  I spent it with my entire family and we all went out for Teppanaki. I purchased this red sequin sweater from Steinmart (of all places) and  have been saving it to wear for the holidays.  I absolutely love red and I love wearing red lipstick.  My outfit was a mixture of lots of pieces from lots of different places.

Sweater: Steinmart (they still have plenty in black, silver, and red)

Leggings: Torrid Faux Leather

Jewelry: Torrid and Macys

The pictures didn't turn out great.  I couldn't get around to taking them until very late.  I tend to like taking pics when I feel the freshest.  Here are some more pics. 

I wanted to do bright red lips. I used my MAC Redd pencil and MAC Ruby woo lipstick mixed in O from Mac so it wouldn't be so orangey and bright.   I kept my eyes simple and in the brown family with toasted from Urban Decay and Mulch from MAC.

I hope that everyone had a great holiday.  I can't wait to post some of my christmas gifts, including my new gold sequin Uggs!! Woot Woot!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Singing in the rain

It may only be in California...well maybe Japan...where you go out to celebrate Christmas by eating sushi. My best friend Tamara and I, and a few others went for sushi dinner and then looked at some glorious Xmas lights.  California also has been having some crazy weather,  major rain.  I felt like my outfit is one I would have worn while I was living in Boston.  The entire outfit are pieces I have picked up from Torrid over the years.  I think girls sometimes don't realize that when you are wearing a dress, it doesn't always have to be worn as a dress.  I wore my hot pink plaid dress from torrid and threw on a tunic dress from torrid over the top. With the help of my sequin belt, I was able to shorten the black dress into a top, and shorten the plaid dress into more of a mini skirt.  I wore a pair of my favorite torrid boots and tied in the leather from the boots in with my leather blazer from torrid.  I also had this great hot pink sequin beret that was a key find at Kohls.  

I see a lot of questions about plus size boots. I had a big fear of buying them myself in the beginning and now I have about 12 pairs.  My best advice is to "just try them on". They differ from pair to pair.  I have a pair of torrid over the knee boots and I need a small army to help assist me put them on but the boots I have pictured above would fit a calf about twice my size. 
I decided to keep my make-up in the pink family and pretty basic.  I used one of my favorite new palettes by Urban decay.  

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fall on the mind

Fall is one of my favorite fashion seasons.  I love layers and warm colors.  Yesterday, I went to a dinner charity event. I wore my target denim mens shirt, a boyfriend tee from target, black nylons, a black tutu skirt, and my grey wedges from torrid.  This for me was a very blank canvas to pump up the make up and wear an indian inspired necklace from Macys.

For my make up I used the following:

I love the Belightful and how it highlights your face.  It gives you a glowing affect.  Lately I have been experimenting more and more with shading my face.  In picture 2 you can see that I applied a little bit of the Laguna right above my eyebrow. Eventually I am going to upload some videos of make-up application.  I have some great tricks for slimming the face, pumping up the lips, and adding some quick drama to the eyes. :)

Finally! Sequin Blazer Options in the US!

I waited a very long time before making my big purchase of the Joana Hope Sequin Blazer on Simply Be.  I also needed to be in the U.K. to receive it.  Luckily for me, my fiance lives in England and I was able to purchase one.  I was in England for a little over 2 months and when I came back to the U.S. I noticed sequin blazers everywhere!  I am going to talk about 3 options.  You will see me pictured here in my Joana Hope blazer.   I purchased it in a UK size 32, so about around a US size 26-28.  When in doubt, I generally go a size up but this jacket was much too big.  So that is good news for the bigger gals.  I would say this jacket would fit up to a US size 32.

Something I have noticed is how pricey these jackets can be. Now torrid and Forever 21+ have a plus size sequin blazer option.  I hope you guys are excited as I am about this new trend and option for us in our size!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Hello Kitty All Grown Up

First off, I know the struggle it can be for a bigger girl to get cute rings that fit our fingers.  I have an alternative that might help you find rings that fit and aren’t uncomfortable! I have pictured some hello kitty hair clips.  What you would want to do is find a hair elastic and wrap it around your finger…or cut it and then tie it…and then simply clip the hair clip to the elastic.  Presto! You now have a cute ring.

 Sadly, I have fell into the guilty pleasure of loving Hello Kitty.  Torrid thankfully is offering some cute Hello Kitty accessories and Hello Kitty clothing.  I am not one to just settle on a t-shirt.  I have come up with an outfit that I call, “Hello Kitty All Grown Up”.  One of my favorite new items is a sequin blazer. It is a great addition to any plus size girl’s wardrobe.  The blazer can turn a t-shirt and a pair of jeans into a glam night out at a club.  In addition, any body type can rock this outfit.  Finally an outfit that will let Hello Kitty get into any 21+ club ;)

Military Inspired Torrid Look!

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Well Ladies!Lately, I haven't really been too crazy with what torrid has to offer....but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes this can be your opportunity to get as creative as you want.  Right now the military look is very popular.  I think there are some great ways to incorporate this look without looking too costumey.  I found all of these items on torrid.com.  I know the type of things a plus size woman might want to cover up and what they want to show off.  This look will give you a great comfortable every day on trend look.