Shein debuts Plus size section |IN THE NEWS

If you have been with me for a while you know this one thing to be true-- I LOVE SHEIN.COM. It's one of the best fast fashion sites for the plus size diva. The only problem, before now, was that it was Asian based in sizing which meant that it ran small. That has all changed since debuting its own plus size section. It's an admittedly smaller section, but so far, it's so good! Scroll for my top picks and click the pieces you're most interested in. 

Scalloped Dress (I would wear this as a top)

Scalloped Dress (I would wear this as a top)

Green velvet Skirt

Green velvet Skirt

The overall looks from the section gives you a vibe of Forever21 meets River Island. It has a great balance of trend and classics. It does have some typical "big girl" picks, but there are actually pieces that are fly that aren't in the standard section. Go figure. 

Gold foil dress

Gold foil dress

Bell Sleeve top

Bell Sleeve top

Losse Jumpsuit

Losse Jumpsuit

 

What I love most about this is that it offers everything from formal pieces to ultra casual. It allows the plus size diva to actually have options. The sizing still needs to improve, but it goes up to about a size 20/22 or 4XL. They also give you the model's measurements which is the transparency that many online shoppers long for. You can finally see how the clothes fit what body.

 

 

Overall I give them a solid 8 out of 10 overall. Y'all might see me in a few of these picks real soon. 👀 With everything under $50, you can't beat the styles. Which piece was your favorite? Let me know in the comments. 

 

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White House Black Market debuts Plus Size | IN THE NEWS

On October 24, White House Black Market tossed their hat in the Plus Size ring with the release of a Plus Size line . According to the company, “From day one, White House Black Market has been about women — it’s a brand born of women, led by women and dedicated to serving women — so it was a natural fit to expand into Plus so they can make every woman feel confident and powerful to take on their day,” After viewing what they have to offer, I will say that they may be an up and coming contender in the Plus Size arena. Keep Scrolling for my top picks and details.

Pull Over Sweater

Pull Over Sweater

The Plus Size line is offered exclusively online (Insert eye roll) but it goes up to a size 24W , which translate to usually size 26 or even a smaller 28. The price range is lower to mid level range, with the most expensive piece being $226. the overall feel of the collection is definitely Fall and Holiday inspired. 

Rose Print Fit-N-Flair Dress

Rose Print Fit-N-Flair Dress

Fringe Dress

Fringe Dress

Pros: I appreciated that they tapped into some of the current trends this season with the velvet, fall florals and reds. They also have multiple cuts of pants and not just one type of dress. The effort and true variety is refreshing. They also have a pretty good balance between standard , classic cuts and playfully styling the trends. 

Faux collar wrap vest

Faux collar wrap vest

Cons: Some of the cuts were not aligned with the usual you expect from WHBM, which is more of a tailored polished look similar to Talbots. I'm also weary of some of the use of florals. I love the red rose print, but the other florals are honestly borderline scream "ugly big girl clothes". 

Deconstructed Sequin Jeans

Deconstructed Sequin Jeans

 

Overall I am pleased that a quality brand like WHBM is offering more inclusive pieces for plus size women. This new trend of expanding into larger sizes, is promising to me and you should check out the rest of the pieces here. Let me know which one was your favorite. 

 

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Review | New Plus size Brand: Premme | Review and Thoughts

 

I woke up to some very exciting news-- Plus size bloggers Gabifresh and Nicolette debuted their own Plus size clothing line called Premme. With many of the items selling out quick, it's obvious the plus size streets have been waiting on it for a while. I wanted to bring you an honest concise review that include the ins and outs of this barely day old brand. 

 

Picture courtesy of Premme's IG page

Picture courtesy of Premme's IG page

 

My first thought when glancing around was that this was a clothing line for the younger carefree plus size woman who loves her curves and having fun with fashion. It has a perfect balance of pastels and trends mixed with modernized staples and vibrant colors. 

 

The Good: I think what strikes me the most is their sizing systems. They are already one of the most inclusive brands, going up to a size 30. Plus size ladies know that after size 22/24, even the top plus size brands leave much to be desired. They offer all of their pieces up to a size 30. There isn't some specialized line of clothing for them. They are included with everyone else. That in itself is groundbreaking. I also like the affordable price point of many of the pieces. Although the fashion may be trendy, the cuts and accommodations make it on par to be more than a fly by night collab. They also include multiple sized women, their measurements and how they styled them. 

 

The not so good: The biggest bummer is that they do not accept PayPal or Stripe. As established as they are, why wouldn't either of these payment platforms have worked? either way, it hasn't stopped folks from buying.lol. The only other downside is the limited number of pieces. I think a good start out collection would have at least 20. With both of their platforms combined over the million follower mark , and Gabby's other highly successful swimsuit line, they had to know they needed more.But having your own clothing line is a serious undertaking. 

Picture courtesy of Premme's IG page

Picture courtesy of Premme's IG page

 

Overall I can tell that this clothing line is leaps and bounds ahead of it's older,larger competitors already. inclusive sizing, detailed model measurements, style tips and nice pieces. ALL a plus. This was designed/created for by and with plus size bodies in mind. It took two experienced bloggers to finally give us what we have been searching for. Congrats ladies!. Find my top picks below and shop Premme here.

Pick #1: Denim dress

Pick #1: Denim dress

Pick #2 Jersey Crop top

Pick #2 Jersey Crop top

 

 

 

Review : Victoria Beckham For Target

The Internet is all a buzz about today's official launch of Victoria Beckham's collab with Target. Victoria Beckham is no stranger to fashion--quite the opposite for those of y'all who've been sleeping under a rock. She is a modern day style icon for her sleek, polished style that displays a who's who of high fashion. So when she announced a collab with Target, it took everyone by surprise. I myself was a little apprehensive because Victoria is a very small women and most collabs with Target leave plus size women in the cold. So what is my take on the line as a whole? Keep scrolling. 

Top Girl's picks: Pick #1 | Pick #2 | Pick #3

Short story? I LOVE THIS LINE!!! It is definitely a more polished collab than I was expecting. Not because of Victoria but because of Target (I'm looking at you AVA and VIV). The overall vibe is sleek mod hippy chic and the plus section does not disappoint. Let's break this down.

Top Women's Picks : Pick #1 | Pick #2 | Pick #3 | Pick #4

Women's/girl's line: There are many different offerings for every type of style from minimalist to quirky. She has a nice balance of color and classic black. I also like the cuts. I'm glad she pushed sheath dresses hard. It is a very flattering silhouette on virtually all body types. A smart move if you are wanting the clothes to be accessible for all shapes and sizes.sizing goes up to size 16, which I think should be standard. I give it a solid 8.5.

Plus Top Picks: Pick #1 | Pick #2 | Pick #3 | Pick #4

Plus Sizes: Let's give sis a hand clap real quick. She literally took silhouettes from the main womens line and just did a larger scale form for plus size women. WHAT A NOVEL IDEA: GIVING PLUS SIZE WOMEN THE SAME CLOTHES AS SMALLER SIZES. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT PLUS SIZE WOMEN ARE WOMEN TOO? *insert sarcasm* While every silhouette is not translated to the plus section, most are. The sizing goes up to Size 26W!! The con: I'm in Chicago and not a single store offer the plus sizes. Ugh... I still think the plus section shouldn't have been separated, but a girl can dream, can't she? I give the Plus section a 7.5.

Price point: I have yet to feel the fabric of the items, but sight unseen, the price point is very fair. I guess I still have a chip on my shoulder from AVA & VIV and their crappy quality to price point ratio. Not with Victoria. The plus sizes are not that much higher than the smaller sizes.  These release is just in time for easter and I realize that's probably deliberate.  I give it a 9.

 

victoria bechkham target

Overall, this line get's a thumbs up with me. I will order one or two pieces and come back with a part 2. Go here and peruse around the collection. I have also shared my favorite Tell me what you think about the collection below. 

 

Pros: Price point, size range, style diversity

Cons: No Plus sizes in store, separate plus from women's section

 

OVERALL SCORE:

8.3

*All pictures in this blog are courtesy of Target.com

Style for an off day | Style Advice

 

A sick day. A late day. A bloated day. Any off day can make style the last priority on the list. Trust me I understand. Realize that you don’t owe anyone pretty. But for off days where you want or need to look better than you feel, use the following guidelines.

Use a style uniform

I have already talked about having a uniform as a useful tool for styling earlier on the blog. It’s perfect for days like this. You can prep by picking your favorites so when the inevitable crawl out of bed happens, you can throw on and go. The last thing you need to think about is what you’re wearing. 

Wear your favorite piece

This serves 2 purposes. It always will inspire the best part of you. Wearing my favorite pieces peps me up to pair it with the cutest things I can find. It’s definitely a boost to my mood also. Additionally, it’s quality insurance. You know that you won’t be wearing something that looks a mess. Nothing worse than feeling off and putting on something that makes you feel worse. When you look good, you feel better.  

 

Wear all Black

It’s cliché, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Now wearing all black does not mean you are wearing a frumpy look. It just makes you look put together and feel at least ok enough not to be self-conscious. It’s classic and, if your closet is like mine, abundant. If the first thing you try on doesn’t work out, there are plenty of other options. 

Off days are inevitable, but it doesn’t have to mean a bad day. You’ll get it done soon enough and look good while doing it.  

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Haul Feat. Shein | Haul & Style Suggestions

It's that time again. I have more goodies form one of my favorites shein.com. I love this website for its affordability and accessibility. I'm always looking for other options for plus size women. I can safely say that shein.com can be plus size friendly. Watch the video below for my top picks this round and styling tips.

 

Which piece was your favorite? How would you style them? Leave your comments below. 

 

 

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Affordable Statement Necklaces | Beads.us Haul

As far as accessories are concerned, I am of the Iris Apfel school of thought: It can make or break the outfit. You can go understated or obnoxious . Whatever style you decide, I have the piece for you. My affordable accessory roundup series is here to assist you in jewelry for all occasions, styles and price points. Watch the video for some of my favorites and keep scrolling for links and pics. 

 

Click pics for buying details

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's your favorite piece? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Affordable Bags & Purses | Shein Bag & Purse Haul

I'm always looking for quality, trendy bags and purses without a steep price tag. As usual, Shein.com comes through with all of that and more. I have collected my favorite pieces and put them all in one place for your convenience. Scroll for link details.

 

 

 

 

                                                         Black Back Pack

                                                        Black Back Pack

 

 

                                                            Black Envelope Purse

                                                           Black Envelope Purse

 

 

 

                                                             Brown Messenger Bag

                                                            Brown Messenger Bag

 

 

                                                                 Black/Gold Purse

                                                                Black/Gold Purse

 

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Website Review: Debshops.com

The purpose of this review series is to bring you the good, bad and ugly of online plus size fashion. Through my reviews I hope to bring attention to great under appreciated sites while warning you of sites not in the best interest of a plus size shopper. 

This is not a sponsored post. 

                        This post will review

Debshops.com

My first time coming across the Debshops website was through a random google search for a plus size store. I went right away to their About Us page which stated:

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I was interested because I think I'm the only girl who hasn't bought any of the "trendy Instagram boutique" items. So I quickly went to their sizing Chart.

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Unlike  the trendy Instagram boutiques, Debshops has a very good detailed sizing chart. This includes a measuring instructional. The measurements had gaps in them. (They are missing 3-4 inches between L and XL and 1 inch between all plus sizes)  The plus sizes do run big by most size chart standards, which I appreciate. Onto the clothes.

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The site is  very straight forward. I judge a plus size section by their dresses and skirts. I notice rayon--LOTS of Rayon. I realize that this is a "young trendy" site, but it was very little cotton or other thicker fabrics offered. Even the denim skirts were more than 50% rayon. The prices were slightly lower than Instagram boutiques, so I continued to look. There was no place for customer reviews, but there were plenty of pictures. I quickly purchased some cute basics once I realized I could use a 40% coupon code. That sale was definitely a plus.

I ordered

a basic skirt

 in 2 colors,  and 

a basic faux wrap dress

 in three colors. (Not my normal move, but they were cute at an even cuter price.) The Pros: The clothes fit amazingly well. I was impressed at the quality of the skirts especially for the price. They were thick and well made. The Cons: The dresses were REALLY thin. Thinner than the standard dress of this kind. I  bought them knowing they were rayon. LESSON LEARNED. They fit so well that I will wear a slip with tights and tough it out.:cD. The only other complaint I had was the shipping--8 days. I'm glad my coupon code also provided free shipping because after day 6/7, I would be upset at that extra cost.

My overall opinion of Debshops.com ? It's okay. I felt like I got my money's worth for what I was buying and the site lived up to its "About Me" page. It is a little better than your average online store that offers trendy clothing options. The Navigation was easy and, with a coupon code, the prices are definitely competitive.The overall quality was balanced with hits and misses. I will order again, but carefully.

Navigation: 

9

Sizing Chart: 

9

Price Range:

8

Style:

6

Shipping:

6.5

Quality:

7

Fit: 

10

Sale:

7.5

Pro Tip: Sign up with them to receive a 20% discount code. Also wait for sales to score great deals on basics. 

Overall Rating:

7.88

http://www.debshops.com

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EGC

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