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Best Plus Size Swimsuits

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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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


Discount Gift Cards: Get More for Less

Friday, December 27th, 2013

If you like this post, check out one of the most popular posts on Hello Foxy – a roundup of 100+ monthly subscription boxes like Birchbox and Julep. Also check out my post on flash sale sites for fashion and decor at sample sale prices. Last, check out one of the most popular posts on Hello Foxy – a roundup of websites where you can get cheap prescription glasses.


I need to tell you guys a secret. And that secret is discount gift cards.

This week I bought Urban Outfitters gift cards totaling $350 for just $269.50. On top of that, through this weekend, Urban Outfitters is offering $50 off orders of $150 or more – that means I can get $400 worth of merchandise for $269.50! I’ve had my eye on some furniture for my new apartment…

Urban Outfitters Furniture

Let’s do a quick thought experiment…

Let’s say you buy a grande black Pike Place Roast at Starbucks every morning on the way to work. Let’s say that costs you $1.65 a day, five days a week, 47 weeks a year (assuming two weeks vacation, ten national holidays, and one week of sick time). That’s $387.75 per year.

Now let’s say that instead of paying cash for that coffee, you bought discount gift cards and registered them with your free Starbucks Rewards account. Next, if you create a Starbucks Rewards account, after 30 “stars” you’ll start earning one free drink for every 12 – which means 15 of those coffees are going to be on the house, bringing your total down to $363. As of this writing, you can buy $365 worth of discounted Starbucks gift cards on Raise and Cardpool for $324.63.

In other words, I just saved you $63 a year on coffee. You can thank me later.

Where to Buy Discount Gift Cards

Note that you can also sell unwanted gift cards to these sites.


Get $5 off your first discount gift card from Cardpool by making a purchase through this link.


Get $5 off orders over $75 with code RAISE75AF.

Gift Card Rescue

Discount Gift Cards on eBay

Tips for Buying Discount Gift Cards

If the store you’re looking for is currently sold out of discount gift cards, you can sign up for email alerts – but note that you’ll need to act IMMEDIATELY if you get an email. I’m signed up for email alerts for Forever XXI gift cards on Cardpool and whenever I get an email, the card is usually gone within 5-10 minutes.

Pay attention to whether you’re buying an electronic gift card or a physical card. Generally, both electronic gift cards and physical gift cards can be used to purchase things online, but electronic gift cards usually can’t be used to buy things in-store.

Physical gift cards will need to be shipped to you which may take a few days, and even electronic gift cards will often take a day to process before you’ll have access to the code, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. This is to protect the seller from fraud. Because of the delay, it’s smart to think ahead and buy gift cards for stores you know you’ll be shopping at instead of waiting until you need something.

It’s worth it to shop around – sometimes one of the gift card sites will have a radically better deal than another. You can usually sort the list of available gift cards in order of highest value or greatest discount. I’ve noticed that in general you can get a deeper discount if you’re buying a card with more money on it.

The more broadly appealing the card is, the less the discount will be. For example, a Visa gift card – which you can use almost anywhere – will usually sell for face value. The biggest discount I’ve seen is about 1.5%. Stores that sell pretty much everything like Walmart and Amazon will similarly have very low discounts – in the 1-3% range. Also stores like Apple that sell highly desirable, very expensive items will tend to have low discounts – I’ve seen mostly around 1%.

Note that if you use a discount gift card, you can combine it with a promo code and other sales for additional discounts. However, if you’re using a gift card, you can’t use a credit card, which means you won’t have access to any points or discounts you get from using your credit card. For example, discount Target gift cards usually only go for about 2-4% off – that’s not really worth it for me because I have a Target RED card which gives me 5% off every purchase plus free shipping and an extra 60 days for returns. If I’m shopping at Target, I’d rather use my RED card.

The best situations for buying discount gift cards:

  • If you’re buying a gift card for someone as a gift.
  • If there’s a store or restaurant or website that you buy from very regularly – big box stores like Target, coffee shops, gas stations, and grocery stores are probably the most common examples.
  • If you have specific plans to purchase something expensive from a niche company (e.g. jewelry, electronics, furniture, airline tickets). That’s where you can really see a savings. For example, I saw a gift card for Anthropologie for a $50 discount off about $530. If you already had plans to buy a piece of furniture for $700, for example, why not get the $50 off?

Gift cards can also be a smart way to budget. I have a friend who buys a $20 Starbucks gift card every month and loads it onto the Starbucks Rewards account on her iPhone app. Once that gift card runs out, no more Starbucks for the rest of the month. Even better, she’s earning points every time she uses that gift card through her app, so she gets a free drink after every 12 she pays for (plus a few other perks and discounts). Now that’s smart!

There are even discounted gift cards for airlines! If you regularly fly a specific airline, why not buy a gift card for a few hundred dollars and use it the next time you buy a ticket?

Other Tricks for Scoring Discount Gift Cards

Groupon Gift Cards

Buy a full-priced gift card to use any time for discounted goods and services. Groupon frequently has deals for international retailers like Starbucks, Amazon, and Gap. This makes a good gift because the ultimate value of the product or service is more than what you paid for the gift card.

Use a Credit Card with Points or Cash Back

Buy a gift card at full price using a credit card that earns points or cash back.

Iced Coffee at Home: Easy, Cheap, Magically Delicious

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Guys, I’ve done it. I have discovered the world’s simplest and most delicious way to make cold-brewed iced coffee at home.

Coffee is the probably largest line item in my budget after rent. I’m sensitive to the acid in coffee so I prefer to drink it cold-brewed and iced because it’s smoother and less acidic, but that shit gets EXPENSIVE, y’all. We’re talking like $3/day expensive. Mama ain’t got that kind of cash.

So I’ve been on the search – for LITERALLY YEARS – to find the perfect method for cold-brewing iced coffee at home.

My requirements:

1. Must be SUPER easy. Like, easy enough that I can do it when I’m half asleep and running late for work.
2. Must require minimal dish-washing.
3. Must be consistently as delicious as the iced coffee I buy at a coffee shop.

At last, I have found the Holy Grail.


iced coffee 1

photo by coffee geek


What you need:

1. an aeropress coffee maker { BUY }
2. a wide-mouthed cup or container such as a mason jar { BUY }
3. fresh coffee that’s been ground halfway between the drip and espresso settings


The night before, pour out one cup of filtered water (I pour it directly into a measuring cup to save a step). Add three scoops (use the scoop that comes with your aeropress) of coffee to the water. Stir it a little. Cover.

Wash your aeropress from the previous morning (easiest ever – takes like twenty seconds) and put in a new paper filter. Set the aeropress on top of your mason jar / mug / whatever you’re using to drink the coffee.

This whole process should take you a max of maybe like three minutes.

Go to sleep.


iced coffee 3

photo by michael dales


The next morning (or twelve hours later), add some ice to your mason jar / mug / whatever. Pour that coffee mixture into your aeropress. Press it into your mason jar / mug / whatever over the ice.


iced coffee 2

photo by coffee geek


VOILA. You are done.

If you want, you can add a dash of cinnamon, a splash of agave nectar and a little cream. Or not.

THE END. So good.

The Prettiest Tattoo

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

the prettiest tattoo

This might be the loveliest tattoo I’ve ever seen.