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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Those Who Have Everything

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

BS-PorchIt’s nearly Valentine’s Day and you’ve been scratching your head trying to figure out what to get your significant other. The problem is they’re one of those hard to buy for kinds of people.

You know, those people who literally seem to have everything? The ones who are  impossible to buy for and make gift giving the ultimate nightmare? We all have someone like that in our inner circle.

The problem with these people is that they often buy things as they decide they want them, which doesn’t leave you much opportunity to plan ahead and pre-purchase anything. Well struggle no more because we have found the ultimate service for gift giving to those who seem to have it all – Blind Surprise!

What is Blind Surprise?

Chances are you have heard of Etsy before – a community of talented, hand craft artists. Well, each month Blind Surprise works with 5-10 of Etsy’s latest and greatest to put together a gift box based on your interests.

Whether you like fashion, technology or booze, there is a box to be crafted just for you…or in this case, your Valentine.

Their quick and simple 3 step process means you can put those house of brainstorming for Valentine’s Day gift ideas out of your mind. Instead, you head to their site and fill out a brief profile on your likes and interests, or those of the person you are buying for.

Next, you choose your subscription. What’s great is they offer various subscriptions based on your needs. For example, if you were looking for men’s valentine’s day gifts you would likely just subscribe for one month at $25 per box.

If you have birthdays coming up or anniversary gifts to purchase, you may prefer the 3 month option for $73 or the 6 month subscription for $145.

Maybe you’re looking to surprise yourself every month and there’s an option for that as well. Sign up to receive monthly boxes for just $25/month. This works via automatic payment so you just set it and forget it. That is of course, until your box arrives in the mail each month!

What You Can Expect

Whether you’re buying it for yourself or looking for Valentine’s Day gift ideas, you can expect quality with each delivery.

Once you place your order, you will receive a unique box containing 1-3 gifts valued at $20-30 in total. Typically one truly amazing gift will be chosen and included will be some literature on the artist and their story.

To make sure your gift is extra special you can include a personal note for the recipient by filling in the ‘Order Notes’ field on the checkout screen.

Normally each Blind Surprise box would be delivered on the 27th of each  month, but if you’re looking to have it for Valentine’s day or any other special occasion, make a note in the ‘Order Notes’ field prior to check out. Be sure to give them 1 weeks notice to ensure it’s delivered on time though!

And there you have it – your special-occasion-too-hard-to-buy-person taken care of. So what are you waiting for?

Order Your Blind Surprise Box Now!

Plus Size Work Clothes

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

As the end of summer draws near, the new season presents an excellent opportunity to freshen up your wardrobe. If you are a working girl, this is your chance to spice things up at the office and add a little pizzazz to your 9 to 5.

If you are like me, style, comfort, and functionality are key factors when it comes to incorporating the latest trends into your closet. This season is out with the old and in with the new and SWAK Designs has you covered 7 days a week. I came across some really fabulous finds for plus size work clothes and plus size business casual attire that will have you fired up for fall and ready to juggle it all.

The Alyssa Cardigan is stylish and sassy and a great choice for a plus size business casual ensemble. This hi-lo style cardigan features faux leather shoulder embellishment and front-open style. This is a great cover-up for a tank top paired with dress pants or fitted leggings with pumps; add a few pieces of elegant jewelry to complete the look.AlyssaCardigan1478

Depending upon how dressy or relaxed your place of business is, plus size work clothes that can be transitioned from causal to dressy are optimal choices. The Grace Cardigan is a short-sleeve option with a front tie. The cardigan is a great piece that will transition from the office to causal gatherings and weekend wear because it functions as a layering garment; it can be dressed up or down with pants or a skirt and accent jewelry.

This season faux-leather is definitely all the rage and the Xena Skirt yields sophisticated style. The high-waisted, knee-length skirt is classy enough for the office and edgy enough for networking mixers.

The Audrey Lace Tank Top is a fantastic addition to your plus size clothes collection. Tank tops can be paired with blazers and cardigans for a professional look providing limitless styling options all season long.

If you are looking for professional style but really crave comfort, consider the Wendy Wrap Skirt. The wrap skirt is a versatile piece to have on hand and it works well as a business casual look.

AudreylaceTopWhile uncovering fashionable plus size work clothes and knitwear, I found the Faye Top (Tropic) knit sweater. This knit top is classic feminine style wrapped in one great staple piece. The deep neckline is a provides a great opportunity to adorn your look with a statement necklace and the elbow length sleeves will show off beautiful bracelets. The length of the tunic-style top really adds an extra splash of elegance making this a fabulous choice for in the office or afterwork shenanigans.

90s fashion has returned with the Perfect Palazzo Pants. The wide-leg pants are stretchy and comfortable allowing for excellent range of movement. They can be worn with an array of tops that range from casual to dressy as well as a host of footwear styles including boots, heels, and sandals.

For a flirty plus size business casual option that is fun and free, the Lulu Chiffon Skirt delivers. This classic pleated skirt with elastic waistband is too cute to boot but, the knee-length style is ready for business. This look can be finished with a blouse and cardigan for a crisp style.

The Ivana Chiffon Tank Top is a lightweight top with crossover design and beaded shoulder accents. With a contemporary hi-lo design, this top can be paired with fitted pants or leggings, and knee-boots or heels.

If you prefer a slightly edgier look, consider the Kendra Knit Sweater. The knit sweater is great for day to night looks and goes great with dress pants and flowing skirts.

The Cheyenne Jersey Top is an ideal option for a dressier look and a nice balance between playful and mature. Having an eye-catching geometric pattern, the top can be coordinated with solid bottoms and even a classic  black cardigan.

If you are in search of fresh and fabulous plus size work clothes or plus size business casual attire to update your wardrobe, SWAK Designs is a great source for stylish professional and casual attire. With a wide selection of staple pieces, elegant tops and fashionable bottoms, SWAK Designs delivers on trendy styles, seasonal color selections and transitional pieces that function in the office our outside of work.

You will find the season’s latest trends including wide-leg palazzo pants, knitwear, pleated skirts, crossover blouses, and cardigans all in one place. Stop by SWAK Designs and jumpstart your wardrobe haul, let your imagination run wild and head off to work in style.

14 Wide Calf Boots for Fall

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Fall is nearly upon us and it is almost time to put away our sandals and flip flops, trading them in for closed-toe shoes and stylish boots. Considering that no two women are exactly alike, finding just the right boot can be a daunting task especially if you have a wide calf. There are so many cute styles out and, while some may look irresistible, comfort is often a deal-breaker when it comes to choosing a boot that has the right fit. Plus, a half unzipped boot zipper is NOT a cute look (at least on me).

Luckily, there are several great places to shop for cute boots that will fit us ladies with wider calves. Here’s a roundup of the 14 cutest wide calf boots for fall that will provide style, comfort, and versatility as temperatures dip and the leaves begin to change.


You can shop the Type Z Tammy Convertible Wide Calf Boot from Zappos to keep your feet cozy for the cooler months. These wide calf boots for fall are made with a leather upper and cushioned leather footbed, this boot is a comfortable choice. For added comfort, the boot includes a full side-zip closure and back zipper for added style and space for a wider calf.


The Miz Mooz Bloom Boot at Zappos is an exquisitely designed boot that includes elastic on the collar and a full side-zip. These wide calf boots for fall have a unique style that’s reminiscent of 19th century style women’s footwear.


Torrid’s Strappy Riding Boot is stuffed with style and comfort. This boot includes several straps, a low heel, and an elastic back to accommodate a wide calf comfortably.


I love the Strappy Wedge Boot at Torrid. An edgy cognac style boot with a contemporary feel. The versatile boot includes a short wedge and 7 fashionable straps.


The Macy’s BellaVita Camy II Wide Calf Boot is a “must have” for fall and winter too. This elegant boot has a gorgeous design with a decorative zipper and patent leather embellishment. For added comfort, the boot includes a rounded toe, 2-1/2” heel, and stretchy elastic shaft for extra comfort.


Get ready to ride in Macy’s G by GUESS Women’s Hertle boot. These rustic wide calf boots for fall have a tall and wide shaft, making them an ideal option for women needing wide calf boots.


The style connoisseurs over at 6pm are working it with the Bandolino Carerina Wide Calf Boot. The boot offers plenty of comfort and versatility with a hidden gore panel for a comfortable fit. Designed with wider calfs in mind, the Carerina also includes a wraparound ankle strap and padded footbed. Additional o-ring accents provide added style to a classy boot.


If you are looking for a more compact style, the Romantic Soles Arva Wide Calf Boot at 6pm is a great choice. This boot will go well with both long skirts and short dresses or pants and is designed with you in mind. The Arva design will fit a wide calf and includes working buckles and and hidden stretch panel.


I hopped on over to Wide Widths and found the Rose Petals Julia Extra Wide Calf Boot. With an extra high shaft and full size zipper, these wide calf riding boots offer a clean design that will look absolutely fabulous with fall florals, fitted jeans, and stylish slacks.


Another nostalgic design that is beaming with sophistication is the Hommerson Tanya Extra Wide Calf Boot from Wide Widths. These dressy wide calf boots are an elegant and glamorous addition to your style file this season. For greater comfort, the boot includes an elastic gore on the back shaft, and side zipper.


You will be ready to hit the streets in style with the Multi Strap Moto Boot from Lane Bryant. The low-cut boot includes adjustable buckles and side zipper for smooth wear and a comfortable fit.


Let your cowgirl roam free with the Lane Bryant’s Perforated Cowboy Boot. As a trendy take on a tried and true Western style, this boot will have you ready for the outdoors even if you are bundled up inside. Pair these stylish wide calf boots with a pair of fitted jeans and an oversized sweater for a fabulous fall look. The boot is built strong with low heel and wider shaft.


I found a simple style at Amazon with the Frye Veronica Slouch Wide Calf Boot. Adjustable straps and wide shaft make these not only great wide calf boots for fall but also a great selection for everyday style throughout the year.


The loveable LifeStride X-lbit 2 Wide Calf Boot from Amazon is the quintessential of clean, casual style. This boot includes a wide shaft, cushion insole, and elastic gore panel. Chic metal embellishments add a unique edge to these wide calf boots.

The search for wide calf boots for women is sure to welcome plenty of variety into your shoedrobe (you know, your wardrobe of shoes). While looking for the styles that offer the best fit, keep in mind that boots with back and side zippers are ideal options. Keep an eye out for boots that contain an elastic gore at the shaft and adjustable hardware; boot options often include wide calf, extra wide calf, and also super wide calf and are available in various heights.

Using these guidelines is a great way to ensure that are able to achieve the maximum level of comfort. With the great selection that is available, going from rough and tumble to chic and glam can be done with ease as we move into fall boot season.

Unique Shoes for a Unique You

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Shoes provide unlimited possibilities for coordinating your favorite outfit. Whether you’re shopping for heels or flats, peep-toes or platforms, unique shoes provide an opportunity to live out loud, keep up with the hottest trends, and express your own individuality.

While some shoe fashionistas prefer to keep it simple, others opt for unconventional styles that make a bold statement. Bright colors and artistic designs can create a style experience that is truly one-of-a-kind. In the spirit of care-free girls around the globe who have a passion for the cute and quirky, I’ve collected a few unique shoes styles to add to your wardrobe.

The Shoes of Note Flat from ModCloth will have you venturing back to homeroom with this clever design. Mixing it up, one shoe resembles a traditional composition notebook while other mimics loose leaf paper. This stylish pair of quirky shoes will certainly be the hot topic of the week.

If you prefer to mix business with pleasure, the Clear Agenda Flat at ModCloth is one of my favorite fun and quirky flats. Inspired by the classic spectator style design, the shoe is colorful, lively, and full of adventure.

The Printed Mary Jane at Urban Outfitters is a fantastic blend between past and present, and convergence between style and comfort. These quirky shoes are a perfect vintage staple to add to your collection.

Urban Outfitters T-Strap Mary Jane is another great pair of shoes that should find a special place in your closet this season. These unique shoes emit classic beauty and style while transcending time.


One of the cutest quirky shoes I uncovered were the Jeffrey Campbell Atherton D’Orsays from Anthropologie. This distinct shoe is a hybrid between an oxford and a sandal with a modern twist. The scalloped design is ideal for breathability and comfort while the embellishments provide a remarkably eye-catching look.

The Bernie Mev Cuddly at Zappos is a cute, colorful and comfy addition to your wardrobe. These unique shoes feature a beautifully woven pattern with all of the lovely colors of the rainbow.

Speak with your feet while wearing the DV8 TTYL shoes available at Zappos. Your friends will be keeping an eye out for these one-eye-open slides that are both amusing and stylish.

Scrumptious style abounds with the James by Black Milk and Solestruck. This snazzy oxford is dark yet daring and will go great with trendy dresses and pants.

Another pair of unique shoes walking around the block are the Cut Sandal 1 by Deux Souliers at Solestruck. A fascinating hybrid between a sandal and oxford, this shoe is much like wearing 3D art on your feet.


The ballerina in you will absolutely love the mel Dreamed by Melissa Ballet Flat that I discovered on Amazon. The shoe has a unique geometric-shaped toe and an attractive bow embellishment on the side.

Extra, Extra! Read about the All Black Hot News 2 Casual Flat. This amazing Amazon find is always dishing the latest scoop. The super cute, mixed-media slip-on is actually made of newspaper!


I found the adorable Friends of Mine Puppy Slipper by Marc Jacobs at Piperlime and fell in love instantly. This novel pair of unique shoes is a great conversation starter; the word on the street is that they are incredibly comfortable as well.

Mouse Spotted Ballerina Flat - White Multi

The Mouse Spotted Ballerina Flat by Marc Jacobs found at Piperlime is another cute discovery. Tiny rodents have never looked so fab and these unique shoes are guaranteed to keep you on your toes.


Follow the yellow brick road out of Oz and into style with Iron Fist’s Over The Rainbow Flat brought to you by The playful flat brings anime to life with vivid illustrations and charming adornment.


If an edgy punk look is what you are in search of, look no further than the Misfits Skull Flat at This shoe really stands out with gothic artwork and a neon accent.

Searching for unique shoes has never been easier with the large number of options available for your shopping pleasure. Some styles range from flirty and playful to dark and grungy while others add a contemporary spin to vintage styles. You can choose to be bold and make a statement by dressing up your favorite threads with quirky flats that are not only eye-catching but, designed to suit your unique personality and style.

5 Faves: Summer Plus Size Fashion

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

5 Faves: Summer Plus Size Fashion

With the end summer 2014 coming into sight, it’s time to recap some of the best plus size fashion from this season’s hottest trends. If you’re looking for summer plus size fashion, here are five flattering and fashionable pieces to pick up at your favorite online shops.

Saturday Sojourn Skirt

ModCloth Plus Size Skirt

Feel confident and chic in this high-waisted polka dot plus size skirt. Wear with a cropped top and chunky heel for a super modern and sophisticated look. ModCloth is always a great source for retro plus size fashion.

Screen Siren Lace Gown

Long Black Plus Size Evening Gown

Okay so a long, black lace plus size evening gown doesn’t exactly scream “summer” but it’s still wedding season and this is one gorgeous dress for an evening formal event. It will accentuate your curves in all the right ways and you’ll be sure to turn a few heads with this classy yet sexy dress.

Rose & Stripes Sheath Dress

Floral Stripes Plus Size Sheath Dress

I love florals and stripes together. Pick up this max adorbs plus size sheath dress or the matching crop top.

Beach Trouser In Geo Print

plus size beach pants from asos curve pink geo trousers

Get comfortable in these bold print trousers. Use as a coverup at the beach or wear with a top and a pump for the perfect relaxed style.

Cool Girl Chevron Maxi Dress

Red Chevron Striped Plus Size Maxi Dress from Forever 21

Being a lowly 5’4″ I always feared the maxi dress, but I am a convert. Every girl needs a fun and flirty maxi dress in her wardrobe for the summer. I’m loving this chevron striped plus size maxi dress in a beautiful and bold red color. Add some va-va-voom to your summer activities!

Short & Sweet: Plus Size Crop Top Roundup

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

One trend that still manages to find its way around the fatshion circle of life is the plus size crop top. As a hot commodity last season, crop tops emerged with a hint of 90s flair and even made appearances along the red carpet as celebrities dared to bare their midriff; some more than others. Having also dominated the runway this year at New York Fashion Week, the cropped look is available in many different lengths, cuts, and textures. Regardless of your style, you will find that I have uncovered some of the cutest plus size crop tops available this season.

Forever 21 Plus Size Beaded Crop Top

Tribal prints are definitely riding the trend wave this year and this Beaded Plus Size Crop Top from Forever21 is the perfect mix of eclectic and chic.


For a more classic look the Burnout Lace Plus Size Crop Top from Forever21 is classy, cool, and stylish.

This ASOS Curve Boxy Plus Size Crop Top is a fabulous look that can be dressed up with a tailored pair of high-waisted pants, perfect for a day to night looks.

ASOS Curve Boxy Crop Top

Eloquii Studio Leopard Bralette Crop Top

Eloquii offers an array of plus size crop tops for all of your style needs. One of my favorites is the Studio Leopard Bralette Top. This leopard print plus size crop top is great for a sexy walk on the wild side and can be paired with a high-waisted skater skirt or shorts.

Eloquii Rose Stripe Crop Top

The Rose & Stripe Plus Size Crop Top from Eloquii is inspired by the colors of the season; spice up your look and celebrate the season with this festive style.

Not all crops are cut from the same cloth. If you prefer a more subtle styling option, you can achieve a simple yet fashionable look with the Stripes and Lace Cropped Cami from Fashion to Figure.

Fashion To Figure Plus Size Cropped Cami

The Bella Net Plus Size Cropped Top from Fashion to Figure is a sleek look for any occasion in classic black.

Fashion to Figure Bella Net Plus Size Crop Top

Torrid Plus Size Military Cropped Jacket

From our friends at Torrid, the Military Cropped Jacket is a fierce and edgy option for the season and perfect for casual street wear.

Torrid Military Plus Size Cropped Cardigan

Torrid’s Military Cropped Cardigan is a plus size cardigan that delivers style and sophistication.

This Geometric Sleeveless Plus Size Crop Top from Ashley Stewart is sassy and stylish and can be dressed up going from day to evening in a cinch. Ashley Stewart’s Chevron Sleeveless Plus Size Crop Top is a great selection for a transitional piece that can be worn during the warmer seasons and paired with a blazer or cardigan during the colder months.

Ashley Stewart Geometric Chevron Plus Size Crop Tops

Jessica Simpson Floral Print Layered Plus Size Tee

If you want to try the cropped look but prefer not to show off too much skin, some great options are layered tees which resemble several popular plus size crop tops. Jessica Simpson’s Floral-Print Layered Tee from Macy’s is an ideal choice as it gives the appearance of the cropped look without showing skin.

Jessica Simpson Plus Size Striped Layered Tee

The Striped Layered Plus Size Tee by Jessica Simpson at Macy’s is another seasonal look that will give you the cropped style with maximum coverage.

There are loads of plus size crop tops available to shop from your favorite department stores and boutiques. No matter the occasion, you can select a fit that shows off as little skin or as much as you like depending upon your style preferences. This season has brought to us a variety of styles, patterns, and runway-inspired looks that are certain to add plenty of color and texture to your wardrobe.

Best Plus Size Swimsuits

Friday, May 30th, 2014

If you enjoy this post, check out my post on the best plus size dresses for summer weddings.

Best Plus Size Swimsuits and Coverups

It’s almost June and beach parties and cruise vacays are right around the corner I have scoured the web for the best plus size swimsuits and coverups of the season in sizes 14-34. Don’t say I never gave you anything (okay, I looked for me too).

Swimsuits for All

Use this link to get 10% off your purchase! Cannot be used on clearance.

Eclipse Plus Size Smocked Maxi Dress
Price: 42.00

Beach Belle Oasis Plus Size V-Neck Swimdress
Price: 68.00

Shore Club Garden Party Plus Size Underwire Tie Front Tankini
Price: 66.00

Shore Club Black Plus Size Crossover Swimsuit
Price: 68.00

Shore Club Raspberry Plus Size Bandeau/Halter Swimdress
Price: 46.80

Beach Belle Jamaican Sunset Plus Size V Neck Swimdress
Price: 68.00

Beach Belle Botany Bay Plus Size Blouson Tankini Top
Price: 42.00

Vogue Nassau Plus Size Mesh Pants
Price: 32.00

Carmen Marc Valvo Plus Size Tribal Muse Beaded Halter Tankini
Price: 154.00

Jessica Simpson Plus Size Rose Seersucker Ruffle Swimdress
Price: 128.00

Jessica Simpson Plus Size Seashell Tie Front Bandeau Halter Swimdress
Price: 118.00

Anne Cole Plus Size Sunbeam Stripe Bandeau Swimsuit
Price: 98.00

Neon Coral Plus Size Laser Cut Tie Front Tunic Price: 48.00

Black Plus Size Laser Cut Tie Front Tunic
Price: 48.00

Swim Sexy Sunrise Plus Size Underwire Bikini Price: 66.00

Swim Sexy Sachiel Plus Size Swimsuit
Price: 40.80

Tropiculture Plus Size Black Draped Mesh Halter Swimsuit
Price: 68.00

Delta Burke Red Plus Size Twist Front Swimsuit
Price: 89.00

Swim Sexy Woodstock Plus Size Bandeau/Halter Bikini Top
Price: 30.00

Swim Sexy Jardin Plus Size Bikini
Price: 78.00

Black Plus Size Batwing Tunic
Price: 42.00

Morrocco Plus Sized Slit Shoulder Tunic
Price: 28.00

Eclipse Plus Size V-Neck Slit Shoulder Tunic
Price: 28.00

Black Plus Size Chevron Empire Tunic
Price: 48.00

Longitude Delilah Side Shirred Surplice Swimsuit
Price: 69.00

Longitude Parrot Jungle Tank Swimsuit
Price: 69.00

Longitude Delilah top print Empire Swimdress
Price: 69.00

Longitude Lavender Dot allover print Lingerie Swimdress
Price: 69.00

Shore Club Plus Size Eclipse Shirred Halter Boy Shortini

Price: 70.00

Shore Club Plus Size Eclipse Side Panel Twist Front Swimdress
Price: 46.80

Tropiculture Plus Size Black Split Front Peplum Tankini Top
Price: 44.00

Swim Sexy Lips Underwire Midkini

Price: 78.00

Swim Sexy Black Plus Size Fringe Tankini
Price: 78.00


Get FREE ground shipping on orders of $150 or more – and until 6/20/14 you’ll also get 20% off.

Sand and Glam Illusion Swimsuit, Cherry Bomb (Womens Plus Size) – $138.00


Get free shipping on all orders of $50+ at ModCloth.

Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit in Rainbow Galaxy “ Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit in Red – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit in Royal Velvet – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit in White Chevron “ Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99
Bathing Beauty One-Piece Swimsuit in Wild – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 62.99 Beach Blanket Bingo One-Piece Swimsuit in Black – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Beach Blanket Bingo One-Piece Swimsuit in Red – Plus-Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Beach Read Cover-Up Dress in Coral – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 59.99
Beach Read Cover-Up Dress in White – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 59.99 Fruity Suity One-Piece Swimsuit in Black – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 66.99 Go Boardwalking Sandal in Black from ModCloth Price: 19.99 Sashay to the Sea One-Piece Swimsuit in Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 62.99


Beach House Woman Geo Print Bikini Swim Top

Anchor Print Cleavage Enhancer Tankini Swimsuit

Anne Cole Signature Striped Bandeau

ASOS Curve

ASOS offers free express shipping and free returns.

Lane Bryant



Forever 21

Forever 21 offers free shipping for purchases over $50.

Tropical Paradise Swimsuit

Forget-Me-Not Swimsuit

Breezy Sandstorm Kaftan

Tropical Dream Cutout Swimsuit

Paradise Cove Bikini Set

Bombshell Bikini Bottom

Bold Cutout Bikini Set

Festive Fringe Bikini Set

Sheer Crochet Tunic

Boho Babe Woven Sandals

Patterned Straw Sun Hat


Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses for Summer

Friday, May 30th, 2014

If you enjoy this post, check out my post on the best plus size swimsuits and beach coverups.

Wedding season is upon is! Plus size wedding guest dresses used to be hard to find but luckily we have many more options now, especially online. If you’re like many people my age, you’ve probably been invited to at least six weddings this summer, many with some of the same guests, and you don’t even have something to wear to ONE of them, let alone all. And there are so many things to consider with wedding guest dresses for summer weddings. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite plus size wedding guest dresses and some websites that are great places to look for more. Whether it’s a casual, outdoor, or daytime wedding, or an evening, black tie, your-ex-is-definitely-going-to-be-there wedding – we’ve got you covered. Literally.

Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses (& Accessories!)



Boot Scootin’ Cutie Dress from ModCloth

Price: 89.99

Aisle Be There Dress in Aqua from ModCloth

Price: 164.99


Love Song Dress in Pink Lace from ModCloth

Price: 89.99

Dance Floor Date Dress in Dots from ModCloth

Price: 59.99

Dinner Party Darling Dress in Blue Bubbles – Plus Size from ModCloth Price: 96.99 Twinkling at Twilight Dress in Champagne from ModCloth Price: 169.99 Refined Finalist Dress from ModCloth Price: 90.99 Painting Presentation Dress from ModCloth Price: 107.99
Soda Shop Sweetie Dress from ModCloth

Price: 79.99

Have the Dance Floor Dress in Teal from ModCloth

Price: 119.99

Cute Clipper Dress from ModCloth

Price: 104.99

Hepcat Dress in Cherry from ModCloth

Price: 49.99

Coveted Chandelier Earrings from ModCloth

Price: 14.99

Patent Office Heel in Ruby from ModCloth

Price: 34.99

A Ladylike You Fascinator from ModCloth

Price: 29.99



Portia Pin-Up Dress, Jade Tropical Print (Women’s Plus Size)

Price: 108.00

A classic faux wrap cinch dress, but daring style, is the best combination for the fashionista in you.

Screen Siren Lace Gown, Twilight Grey (Women’s Plus Size)

Price: 228.00

Effortless beauty meets classic style with our Screen Siren Lace Gown.



eShakti Women's Rose dress eShakti Women’s Rose dress “Trapunto stitched trim layered over spring rose print creates lovely texture on this swingy full-skirted dress, Slips on over head; partial side zip closure , Scoop neck, back wide V-neck , Sleeveless, inner bra strap keeps , Princess seamed bodice , Side seam pockets , Below knee length , Polyester, woven, fancy slubs, no stretch, midweight, Machine wash cold”

eShakti Women's Olivia dress eShakti Women’s Olivia dress “A modest cut balances the fit-and-flare silhouette of this stretchy cotton poplin dress textured with a pintucked bodice and pleated inset waist, Slips on over head, partial side zip closure, Round neck, keyhole back with rouleau-button closure , Sleeveless, inner bra strap keeps , Bust darts to shape , Knife pleat full skirt , Side seam pockets , Below knee length , Cotton/spandex, woven poplin, light stretch, mid-weight , Machine wash”

eShakti Women's Joy dress eShakti Women’s Joy dress “Bolero inspired overlayer finished with a bow-tie at the boat neck lend elegant styling to this cotton poplin dress featuring a refined fit-and-flare silhouette, Slips on over head; partial side zip closure, Dolman cap sleeves , Inner bra strap keeps , Princess seamed bodice , Elastic back waist , Side seam pockets, Below knee length , Cotton, woven poplin, pre-shrunk and bio-finished, light crisp feel, no stretch, midweight , Machine wash”

eShakti Women's Virginia dress eShakti Women’s Virginia dress “Cotton poplin is shaped into this scallop trimmed dress styled with a wide V-neckline, princess seamed bodice, banded waist and full circle skirt for a flattering silhouette, Slips on over head; partial side zip closure , Dolman cap sleeves with partial elastic cuffs, Inner bra strap keeps , Elastic smocked back waist , Side seam pockets, Below knee length, Cotton, woven poplin, pre-shrunk and bio-finished, light crisp feel, no stretch, midweight, Machine wash”


ELOQUII Plus Size Classic Seamed Sheath Dress - Pink ELOQUII Plus Size Classic Seamed Sheath Dress – Pink “This Seamed Sheath Dress will be your latest obsession with a classic look! Comfortable double weave fabric, Unlined Hidden back zipper with hook & eye closure, 51% Cotton/45% Polyamide/4% Spandex Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low. Cool iron as needed. Import.”

ELOQUII Plus Size Studio Petal Neckline Gown - Pink ELOQUII Plus Size Studio Petal Neckline Gown – Pink “This STUDIO Collection Gown will become your new go-to gown for all occasions Fully lined Hidden back zipper with hook & eye closure, 92% Polyester / 8% Spandex Dry Clean Import”


Retro Chic Dotted Mesh Yoke Swing Dress

Price: 68.50
Sale: 68.50

Retro Chic – Swing Dress

Price: 68.50
Sale: 68.50



Deora Plus Size Casual Dress in Pin Dot

Price: 118.00

Adora Plus Size Casual Dress in Black/White

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Daniela Plus Size Casual Dress in Vermillion

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Deora Plus Size Casual Dress

Price: 112.00

Ambrosia Plus Size Cocktail Dress in Red

Price: 175.00

Nencia Cocktail Plus Size Cocktail Dress …

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TEVOLIO Women’s Plus-Size Satin V-Neck Dre…

Price: 69.99

TEVOLIO Women’s Plus-Size Chiffon Strapless in Mint

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Women’s Plus-Size One Shoulder Shantung Dress in Rose

Price: 34.99


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Malibu Crush Dress

Price: 32.50

Coral Arrangement Peplum Mesh Dress

Price: 40.00

Cheap Prescription Glasses to Feed Your Inner Hipster

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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Hi, my name is Laurie and I own six pairs of prescription eyeglasses.

It’s not a problem unless it’s a problem. Right?


If you’re looking for cheap prescription glasses but have a fear of buying prescription glasses online, I am here to HEAL YOU. Because buying glasses online is CRAZY CHEAP and is totally, totally safe and awesome, as long as you go to the right places.

The great thing about owning six pairs of prescription eyeglasses, other than having a different pair for every day of the work week, is that I know a LOT of great places to buy glasses online. Did I mention that I bought 5 of those 6 pairs online?

Luckily, I’m here to tell you which places those are.

If you’re an old pro at shopping for glasses online and just want to see the list of shops, click HERE to skip ahead.


Cheap Prescription Glasses Online: A Buying Guide

What You’ll Need Before Shopping for Glasses Online

Your vision prescription

It doesn’t have to be on any formal letterhead, you could literally have it written on the back of a napkin. All you need are the actual numbers so you can type them into the website. The main thing is that you need to have all of the numbers, which brings me to:

Your PD

PD is short for ‘pupillary distance’ and it basically measures how far apart your eyes are. The thing that sucks about this is that most optometrists do NOT write this on your prescription. I don’t know if it’s because they want to force you to buy glasses from their office or what, but if you want your PD, you’re probably going to have to ask for it.

Luckily, if you don’t have plans to see your optometrist again any time soon, there are ways you can measure it at home. But don’t just guess! Your PD is how they determine where to center your field of vision in the lens so getting it wrong can screw up your glasses, give you headaches and make it hard for you to see. Here’s a video that shows you how to measure your PD at home.

What you’re looking for

Are you looking for every day glasses that will match any outfit or are looking for something fun to wear occasionally? What kind of glasses do you already have? If you already have black frame glasses, or wire frame glasses, maybe you don’t want to get another pair that looks almost exactly the same.

If you’re wondering whether to upgrade to a thinner lens and anti-reflective coating, I can say from experience that you definitely should. You’re saving so much money with any of these online stores that it’s totally worth it. Lenses that don’t have anti-reflective coating look awful in pictures and can give you a headache if you work at a computer all day. And thicker lenses are noticeably heavier in my experience (especially if you have a stronger prescription) and can leave painful indentations on your nose. Ouch!

What looks good on you (optional)

Pretty much all online eyeglass retailers offer some sort of virtual try-on where you can superimpose an image of the glasses over a photo of yourself to get a sense of how they look, and some shops will even ship frames to your house for free so you can try them on in person. And almost all of them have a pretty liberal return policy (free returns within anywhere from 30 days to a year). So it’s not absolutely imperative that you know what you want going in but it will make the process quicker and easier for you.

The best way to figure out what glasses suit your face is to go to a store with a friend and try on as many pairs as you can. Take photos of yourself so that you can look over them later to remind yourself what worked and what didn’t.

We all know that certain face shapes look better with round frames or rectangle but there are other things to look out for too – do you look better with a heavy brow or a lighter one? Thick frames or thin? Light or dark? Big or small? Plastic or metal? Wide arms or slim? Patterns or solids? Rectangle or geometric? Frames that angle slightly up or slightly down?

If it sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. You’ll get a sense pretty quickly of what you like and what you don’t. Knowing these things will make it easier to buy glasses online with confidence but if you’re not sure, just check out the virtual try-on centers, see if you can have a few pairs sent to your house to test and make sure the shop has a solid return policy.

Your insurance / Flexible Spending Account information (optional)

If you’re lucky enough to have vision insurance, check to see if they’ll reimburse for glasses that you purchase online. Many insurance companies will. Find out what you need to be reimbursed – most online shops will happily provide an itemized receipt for you to submit to your insurance provider.

If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) through your employer, you only have until December 31 to use up the money or you lose it forever (some programs have a grace period through early March). If you have money left in your account that you need to spend, you can use it to buy prescription glasses and sunglasses. If you have money left in your account, this could be a good time to pick up a new pair.

Got everything you need? Great! Now you’re ready to shop.

The Best Places to Buy cheap prescription glasses Online

Warby Parker

Warby Parker has a great home try-on program so that your purchase really is risk-free. You can pick 5 pairs of glasses and they’ll send them to your house for free. You can try them out for 5 days, get your friends’ opinions and make faces at yourself in the mirror in the privacy of your home (just me?). Available to anyone in the 48 contiguous states (sorry, Alaska and Hawaii).


cheap prescription glasses | Warby Parker



(1) evelyn in marine slate(2) liv in greystone(3) mabel in gimlet tortoise(4) beckett in striped evergreen(5) huxley in tennessee whiskey(6) marshall in rum cherry(7) tenley in burgundy fade(8) holt in blue slate fade(9) crosby in marine slate(10) winston in old-fashioned fade(11) duckworth in marine slate(12) nedwin in summer green

I have Beckett in Striped Evergreen and people always ask me where I got them. So cute!

Best Part: Warby Parker sells monocles. No joke. You might need a monocle to go with your monthly pocket square subscription. Actual Best Part: for every pair of glasses they sell they’ll send a pair to someone in need. They also partner with non-profits to train low-income entrepreneurs to sell affordable glasses. Nice!

Global Eyeglasses

I bought a pair of cute prescription sunglasses from Global Eyeglasses this fall. My grand total was $52.35 including tax, shipping AND a lens upgrade (because I’m blind as a bat). I was nervous about buying from this company site unseen but it turned out great. These are now my go-to sunglasses.

Global Eyeglasses has a virtual try-on center, like pretty much all online glasses stores do now, so you can get a sense of how the glasses will look on you before you purchase. They don’t have a home try-on program but they do have a 30-day money-back guarantee so if you hate the ones you get you can always send them back.

Plus: they work with a couple of international non-profits to provide vision care to people in need all over the world. Global! Get it?


cheap prescription glasses | Global Eyeglasses


(1) anthony brown sunglasses(2) blown away sunglasses(3) fusion red sunglasses(4) taylor mayne sunglasses(5) apollo – purple(6) carlos – black(7) tough – brown(8) relax(9) angrycat(10) passion – lime green(11) passion – pink(12) band of adams – tortoise shell(13) tropical beach – green(14) dark sludge – black(15) hotcat – brown



I picked up a gorgeous pair of peach ombré frames from Coastal awhile back and paid $91.98, including tax, shipping and fancy upgrades for ultra thin, anti-scratch, anti-reflective lenses. Amazing. Super recommend.

Coastal Cheap Prescription Eyeglasses - Peach Fade

If this is your first time shopping with Coastal, enter code FIRSTPAIRFREE to get your first pair free. This only applies to certain frames but it applies to a lot of cute ones, including the peach ones I bought.



I made my first GlassesUSA purchase earlier this year and I could not have been happier. I got these super cute glasses for a grand total of $84.40, including shipping AND special, extra thin lenses (I have a strong prescription). The last pair of glasses I bought at the mall cost almost $600 so I was PRETTY happy.

The funniest part is that these are the cheapest glasses I’ve ever purchased and they ended up being the ones I wear almost every day. I love them.

cheap prescription glasses | GlassesUSA

You’ll get free shipping, and free returns within one year of purchase. Anti-scratch coating is included with any lens.


Tortoise & Blonde

I’ve never bought from this site but they have cute glasses and they have a home try-on program that’s similar to Warby Parker’s. Frames (including basic lenses with anti-scratch coating) seem to range from about $97 – $117. They also donate to a non-profit in Utah that gives needy children access to high-quality vision care.

25% Off Sitewide Plus FREE Shipping over $97 After Discount CODE: tb2513

cheap prescription glasses | Tortoise and Blonde Prescription Eyeglasses

Zenni Optical

I think Zenni Optical was one of the first shops on the cheap prescription eyeglasses scene. I remember seeing ads for their $8 glasses yeeeeears ago. I’ve never personally bought from them but I have a friend who did and had a positive experience. Her glasses are super cute.


cheap prescription glasses | Zenni Optical


(1) black geometric, (2) aqua blue wayfarers, (3) leopard print wayfarers, (4) leading edge – dark purple, (5) tortoiseshell geometric, (6) brown rectangle with bows, (7) green wayfarers, (8) yellow pattern


Zenni tends to have really crazy frames that I would buy as a second or third pair but not as a pair I’d wear every day. Frames start as low as $6.95 so you could get several pairs to switch between for the price you’d pay for one pair at Lenscrafters in the mall. All lenses include UV protection and anti-scratch coating, plus a protective case and a microfiber cloth for cleaning. Looking good!

Ivory + Mason

Ivory + Mason is another sweet glasses shop like Warby Parker and its ilk. Glasses start at $95 per frame and they have some majorly cool stuff. They have some more “out there” stuff than a lot of these stores, which I really like. Also, you get 20% off your first pair if you’re a new customer (code: NEWMEMBER)!

They also sell vintage frames AND for every pair of glasses they sell, they donate a pair of glasses to a visually impaired child.

They don’t seem to have a home try-on program, but you can return your glasses within 30 days if you’re not 100% into them.


cheap prescription glasses | Ivory + Mason



Enter code JUNE30 for 30% off storewide at Firmoo, including 1.50 single vision lenses. Expires 6/30/14.


I have a pair of glasses from Lookmatic that are made out of real wood. Crazy, right? I get compliments on them everywhere I go. (I don’t think they sell them anymore but they have lots of other cute ones.) I had a good experience buying from them and I have at least one other friend who also bought a pair of glasses there that they love.

Non-prescription sunglasses and frames are $65; prescription glasses are $95. Free shipping and free returns. They also have two virtual try-on options, including this crazy one that is 3-D / live video? I don’t even know how to explain it, it’s bonkers. It’s worth checking out the site just to see it. We live in the future, you guys!


cheap prescription glasses | Lookmatic Cheap Prescription Eyeglasses


Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame is a Lookmatic customer. That might go in your pro list or it might go in your con.

Sneaking Duck

This is an Australian company (lucky ducks!) that offers free shipping and returns throughout Australia. They also offer free shipping anywhere else in the world, but delivery takes a bit longer and the cost of returns is on you. But I love the name and they have some SUPER cute frames.

You can use their virtual try-on system just by signing up for their newsletter and if you live in Australia, you can borrow 5 pairs of glasses at a time for their home try-on program as well.


cheap prescription glasses | Sneaking Duck Prescription Eyeglasses


(1) winery, (2) bronte, (3) sorbet, (4) single malt, (5) stanley street, (6) photographer


Cost for regular prescription glasses is $180 AUD for the first pair, $90 for the second (if placed in the same order). If you have a super-strong prescription (stronger than -4.0), there’s an additional cost of $60 per pair. You can turn any pair of their glasses into prescription sunglasses for an extra $50. This one’s more on the pricey side but still way less than you’d pay for frames of a similar style in the mall.

I’ve never bought from this store before so I can’t vouch for them personally but I just thought their site was so cute that I had to include them.

Classic Specs

I’ve never bought from these guys but a friend of mine just bought some super cute glasses from them (I think from their Williamsburg store though, not online). All of their glasses are $89 including shipping and anti-reflective coating and they are for REAL cute. All of their frames have a very vintage/retro feel to them.


cheap prescription glasses | Classic Specs - Cheap Prescription Eyeglasses


Know of a great place I missed? Let us know in the comments below. And if you buy a pair of glasses from one of these places, post a pic!


NOTE: If you have a mom & pop eyeglass shop in your town, it’s always ideal to shop locally if you can afford to spend a little more. But if your local option is a national chain, remember that these online shops are mostly small, independent businesses that just happen to have their storefront online. Some of them even have brick and mortar stores in their hometowns.

Dorothy Perkins Sale!

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Dorothy Perkins is having a bonkers sale right now, FYI. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Dorothy Perkins Sale

petite black seal shirt dress$49 $29
black point mid-courts – $95 $55
teal pleat frame clutch – $17 $11
diamond chandelier earrings$15 $8
ivory all over lace victoriana$35 $21
orange color block skirt$59 $35
black satin ruffle courts$69 $44
black oriental chiffon$12 $8
wine lace top tunic$89 $35
black diamonte bow waist belt$17 $9
black mid heel court shoes$57 $35
oval shape stone drop earrings$17 $9
burgundy large check shirt$39 $21
indigo straight leg jean$44 $27


Cute Workout Clothes: Keep Your New Year’s Resolution in Style

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Do you make new year’s resolutions? If you do, chances are good that one of them is to get in shape.

One of the biggest roadblocks for me getting myself to the gym or outside for a run is – well, okay, the biggest roadblock is the 19 inches of snow that fell last week. But the SECOND biggest obstacle is a shortage of cute workout clothes.

It’s amazing what a difference it makes when I have something cute to work out in, it’s clean and I’ve laid out the whole outfit the night before. No excuses.

Here’s a roundup of some of the cutest workout clothes and accessories I’ve seen lately. You can click directly on the image to go to the item’s page. I’ve been wanting one of those FitBits forever, and that ski suit ALMOST makes me want to learn to ski (almost).

Cute Workout Clothes and Accessories

(1) Hawks Seamless Long-Sleeve Top (Base Layer) – $78
(2)Keen Women’s A86 TR Trail Running Shoe – Coral/Grey – $90
(3) Vibram Five Fingers Jaya – Plum/Pink – $85
(4)Liberty Bottle Works Mass Transit Water Bottle – NYC Subway Map$18 $16
(5) Ballerina Yoga Cami – Black – $62
(6) Keen Women’s A86 TR Trail Running Shoe – Purple/Pink$90 $52
(7) ASICS Women’s Gel-Noosa Tri 7 Running Shoe$125 $98
(8) Padlock – Magenta – $18
(9) Vibram Five Fingers Speed – Rose/Pumpkin – $175
(10) Chaturanga Yoga Cami – Jewel Red$88 $61
(11) Competitor Run Hoody – Irismarl – $104
(12) Textured Infinity Scarf – Chromeicon$72 $60
(13) Ace Tennis Jacket – White$112 $56
(14) Run Water Bottle – Clear – $8
(15) Athlete Workout Tank – Seaweed Green – $45
(16) Dumbbells – Magenta – $40
(17) Easy Tennis Dress – White$128 $64
(18) High Energy Workout Cami – Grey Rubix Blue$80 $40
(19) New Balance Minimus – Black/Pink – $112
(20) Statement – Down Gym Bag – Charcoal – $110
(21) FitBit Zip – Wireless Activity Tracker – Magenta – $60
(22) Skipping Rope – Pink – $16
(23) Takeya Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve – Purple$25 $17
(24) Aviatrix Ski All in One – Black – $630

Winter Coat Roundup

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The first truly cold day this winter, I broke the zipper on my beloved Michael Kors down coat. I was lucky to have a tailor just a few blocks up the street so I stopped in to find out how much it would cost to fix it. She said it would be $65! That’s more than half what I paid for the coat when I bought it last winter (thank you, eBay). I told her I’d take my chances with a coat that won’t close.

Of course, a few short weeks later we had 19.5 inches of snow.

Anyway, here are some cute winter coats that still have buttons and zipper intact!

Hooded Hem Pleated Red Coat – $147
Army Green Long Sleeve Buckle Strap Epaulet Coat – $106 $58
Hooded Hem Pleated Black Coat – $147
Double Breasted Watermelon Red Coat – $142
Ryu Cocoa Shavings Coat – $135 $70
Epaulet Decorative Fur Collar Creamy White Coat – $155
Double Buttons Bowknot Red Woolen Coat – $191
Band Collar Double Breasted Coat – $151
New Style Lapel Dark Blue Coat – $140

Romwe Style: December Edition

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

When I discovered Romwe, my first thought was, “So THIS is where Claudia Kishi got her clothes.”

Romwe is a Hong Kong-based online shop that celebrates street fashion in all its glory. Clothes tend to come in one-size-fits-all, so pretty much anyone over a size six need not apply (that includes me).

HOWEVER, everyone can enjoy Romwe’s jewelry, shoes, accessories and best of all – their charming e-newsletter, which I recommend you subscribe to post-haste. If the charm doesn’t sell you, the 20% off coupon they’ll send you will.

I threw together a few outfits from the stuff they’re offering right now. SO many cute things. You can click directly on the picture below to see the item. Whee!

Romwe Style

Bowknot Detailing Coffee Trilby

Knitted Rhombus Scoop Neck Golden Dress

Colored Dots Print Black Leggings

Punk Lace Up Black Ankle Boots

Cat's Eye Sexy Black Sunglasses

Fake Double-layers Black Woolen Coat


Elasticated Waist Slim Jeans

Hollow Out Neon Triangle Necklace

Starry Front Loose T-shirt

Retro Carved Patterns Rose Tights

Stereo Rose Lace Flower Bag

Deer Head Golden Necklace

Heart Jacquard Black Cardigan

Belted Zippered Yellow Slim Pants

Golden Rivets Black Flat Shoes

Chic Style Black Bag

13 Pairs of Boots I’m Super Into

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

After talking about all of those cute tights and leggings, I figured we need some boots to go with them. Here’s a roundup of 13 pairs of boots I’d definitely be down with wearing this winter (though some are more snow-appro than others).


(1) bandi faux-leather lace-up bootie in cognac
(2) rowdy in black
(3) fanciful footwork boot
(4) glitter-patter rain boot
(5) yoki – troopa brown buckle booties
(6) prospectress boot
(7) xena in nude
(8) hinni in black
(9) crossing borders boot in ice
(10) wonderland gal lace-up boots
(11) steve madden – bankker in cognac leather
(12) brave in brown
(13) betsey johnson – litza in taupe leather

Slumber Party!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Some of my favorite New Year’s Eves as a kid were good old-fashioned sleepovers: a sappy movie, a bowl of popcorn and some hilariously green mud masks to ensure we all look bee-yoo-tee-ful. Some friends and I had a slumber party a few years ago to relive the old days and it was just as fun as I’d remembered them: staying up all night talking, eating terrible snacks and doing each other’s nails.

Here’s a roundup of ingredients for a super sweet slumber party.


slumber party, sleepover

(1) leisure cute fuschia pajamas – $64
(2) butter london nail polish (trout pout) – $14
(3) thelma & louise – $16
(4) timebalm spearmint aloe face mask – $20
(5) late night stories shorty pajamas – $65
(6) girl talk: 1995 edition – $72
(7) 40 winks striped floral pajama set – $68 $34
(8) chilote house shoes – $68 $48
(9) quinn popcorn: meyer lemon & sea salt, 6 bags – $15
(10) blue ivy striped v-neck pajamas – $122
(11) deborah lippmann nail polish (sarah smile) – $16

Dresses for New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

See my 2014 New Year’s Fashion Recommendations!

We’re getting down to the wire, you guys. Do you have your outfit planned for the big night? ‘Cause I got nothin’. Luckily, Dorothy Perkins has you covered with some seriously cute dresses for New Year’s Eve plus party shoes, bags, jewelry, etc.

I love black and gold for New Year’s because I’m cliché classy like that.

For first-time customers, enter code INTDP15 for 15% off your order!


Dorothy Perkins New Year's Eve Fashion

1. diamond shape drop earrings
2. gold western ankle boots
3. gold sequin pencil skirt
4. diamond drop stud earrings
5. black bead and gold collar
6. kardashian gold pleat dress
7. black and gold sequin clutch
8. kardashian gold glitter clutch
9. black metal toe tap courts
10. bronze glitter wedge boots
11. black/gold sweetheart tunic
12. gold glitter pointed courts
13. gold sequin skirt


Beer of Yesteryear: Building Your Own Retro Bar

Monday, December 17th, 2012

We’ve been talking for awhile about turning our basement into a Mad Men-esque retro bar complete with classy barware and vintage decor. Ever since I saw those gorgeous vintage bar stools on One Kings Lane awhile back, I’ve had my eye out for pieces that would work in this vintage-style bar of my dreams.

Here’s a fun little round up of starting points for building a retro bar and bringing a little Mad Men into your real life (minus the sexism).


Vintage / Retro Bar
Retro Barware
vintage retro bar items

No retro rec room or mid-century modern mancave is complete without at least one kitschy vintage tin sign. I’m partial to this twilight lounge sign or this cute red arrow that says “ice cold beer sold here.” You’ll also want some sort of retro wall clock or neon sign. The RCA wall clock pictured above is a cute one. (p.s. I found a 10% off promo code for Retro Planet – use code RPAB10TY.)

To continue the red, black and chrome theme, you might pick up a retro chrome dinette set like this one or this sweet red and white vintage-style bar. I also like this more understated black and silver one. You’ll need a couple of old-fashioned bar stools like these red and chrome ones or these black and chrome bar stools that have a back. (p.s. I found a promo code for 15% off those barstools + free shipping – use code BARSTOOL15 on orders over $349 – ends 12/31/12.)

Once you have your classy bar set up, you’ll need some classy retro barware to go with it. I love this vintage-y glass carafe for water or wine, this gorgeous, vintage gold and glass cocktail set and this beautiful green and yellow bohemian decanter and glasses.

For wine, you’ll also want a beautiful antique-style wine opener / uncorking machine and a classic decanter, and for cocktails you’ll need a vintage ice bucket like this one. If beer is more your scene, these vintage-looking pilsner glasses are where it’s at. I also love this beautifully textured whiskey decanter and glass set and these simple, classic martini glasses. And don’t forget the cocktail shaker – I love this classy one (here’s a less expensive version).

For a more casual, family-friendly look, you could get a retro glass straw dispenser and this adorable “tap is terrific” water bottle. You should also get these adorable retro milk bottles and these old-fashioned milk glasses (or maybe I just should). These 50s-reminiscent Collins glasses would work equally well for a Tom Collins or a Shirley Temple.

Another nice touch would be a vintage style lamp for mood lighting. And if you really want to get crazy, you could add this amazing retro microwave (where was this when I was looking for one last year?).

And of course, what retro bar is complete without some retro cocktails to go with it? This vintage cocktail recipe book is a nice starting point as is this one. This cocktail book is actually from 1947 so you know the drinks are authentic. If you’d like retro recipes to serve with your cocktails, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook looks like a good bet (there’s a recipe for pineapple upside-down cake!).

vintage tin beer sign, retro chrome dinette set, RCA wall clock, tin twilight lounge sign
vintage style lamp, red and white bar, black and chrome bar stool with back
vintage cocktail recipe book, red and chrome bar stool, retro microwave
black and silver retro bar, vintage glass carafe, glass “tap is terrific water” bottle, retro glass straw dispenser
green and yellow bohemian decanter and glasses, vintage gold and glass cocktail set
vintage chrome ice bucket

Vintage Style Lingerie

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

vintage style lingerie

Vintage Bar Stools

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

I like this red wooden saddle bar stool from Hayneedle.

Retro mod bar stool from Hayneedle

These cream and aqua vintage bar stools from One Kings Lane are gorgeous.

Vintage Bar Stools

Twist Swivel Stool from Cost Plus World Market

Twist Swivel Stool

High Back Bar Stool from Retro Planet

High Back Bar Stool


And if vintage bar stools aren’t enough for you, check out Beer of Yesteryear: Building Your Own Retro Bar.

Striped Sailor Flats: Ahoy, Matey!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

striped sailor flats


Ahoy, matey! Give me yer red and white striped sailor flats or ye walk the plank.

New Year’s Eve Dress: Gold Sequins!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

New Year's Eve Dress: Gold Sequins

Gold sequins! New Year’s Eve dress?

Blue and Green Beaded Ombre Statement Necklace

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Blue and Green Beaded Ombre Statement Necklace

Love the ombre effect of this gorgeous blue and green beaded statement necklace from ModCloth. I would be tempted to wear this every day.