It’s that time!

There is really only time a year that I want to indulge in all lingerie goodies.

Valentine’s Day!!!

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Being that I love the colors pink and red could be why. Hearts and cherubs, lace and glitter, and chocolate are other reasons.

Plus many of your favorite stores will definitely have some kind of sale or new item that you truly desire.

I have some pieces that I have found over the years during this time that were keepers. You can read My Favorite Lingerie Shops that still stands true to this day. Until most recently I have some dream finds that I would love.

Hips & Curves

They are currently having a sale. Well they are always having sales. If you sign up for their email they usually have some pretty good deals on Tuesdays. In regards to Valentine’s Day shopping you can get your order in time by ordering as late at 02/13/2018 by 10 a.m. EST.  That is pretty good. It is kind of hard to pick just one for Valentine’s Day. But, I chose Plus Size Allover Stretch Lace Halter Chemise With Strappy Back. If red is not your cup of tea, they also have this in pink, turquoise, and black. It also includes a thong. All for $25.95

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Torrid

They have been improving every year with their selections. Now they have a credit card, a rewards club, and sales almost every single day. There is no way you would have to pay full price for anything. I am really liking their bralettes. This Longline Bralette & High Waist Panty are my pick. Not to mention this set is modeled by the new  Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Tabria Majors.

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Lane Bryant

Another brand that has some great selections during any holiday season. They have been having some more revealing finds too. You do not have to spend full price either. They always have sales and a credit card that offers rewards. I am especially excited that I found they have Sequin Heart Pasties and Lace Front Bow Back Panties

  Playful Promises Curve

 I have heard of this brand before. Although I never really checked them out until GabiFresh was featured as a designer. They have some beautiful pieces. I especially enjoy the Marlene Lilac 1/4 cup Bra with lace curve and the Marlene Wine 1/4 cup Bra with lace curve.  They look especially lovely with the Matilde Nipple Tassles. Unfortunately, they do not have the matching panties in a size larger than a US 20 and their bras only go up to a 42 band. Nothing wrong with mix and matching.

 

Elomi 

Another brand I have utilized. Their bras provide ample coverage and I feel are the most quality I have purchased. I was also excited when they came out with a collection featuring the popular Valentine colors. This one is called Matilda Flame featuring the beautiful Denise Bidot.

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Eloqui

After doing a search looking for plus size lingerie I was surprised I found Eloqui. I know they have been updating their brand to have swimwear and have included some wedding fashion but, did not know they also carried lingerie sets. This another brand that frequently has sales and a rewards membership. I do have a couple of their skirts that are one of the best in quality. This set is a Lacy Babydoll with a serious wow factor featuring the gorgeous Anita Marshall.

City Chic

Been following them for a long while but, after received an email about their outlet I became a customer. They frequently have sales and you can also buy this brand in other chains. I was really impressed. Such beautiful quality. I am really interested in some of their bra and panty sets. They also sell some of the Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection pieces. The Taylor Plunge Contour Bra and Panty would be perfect for V-Day.

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Yours Clothing

Known for their affordable plus size fashions based in the UK, they have really been stepping their game up on what is available. I am not sure how long they have had their lingerie section but they really have some affordable finds. They even have some popular brands too, 2 bra packs, and sets. You have to really act fact in this store and don’t procrastinate or it will be gone before you know it! I am really loving the Black & Pink Underwired Multiway Bra with Frill Detail and Removable Straps with the matching Briefs with Detatchable suspendersBlack_Pink_Underwired_Multiway_Bra_With_Frill_Detail_And_Removable_Straps_101414_626f

ASOS Curve

Another one of my favorites. Asos curve sells their own brand on top of some popular ones too. They are also based in the UK but in my opinion, their shipping is pretty fast. They also sell out of sizes quickly. I am really loving their Vedette Velvet & Lace Padded Bra Set (bra sold out in my size – sad face).

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Amazon

Don’t forget about the store that has everything. The greatest thing about Amazon is that when you have a Prime membership you get it in a day or two. You can save on Amazon Prime if you are a student by putting you student email in. Also, having a credit card has more perks. Both their Visa and Store Card have cash back programs. Anyway, I did not know their were some quality lingerie items instead I started seeing plus size models getting them off of their wish lists. Make sure when ordering like with any brand to check size charts because many of items that are on their can run small. I am really liking the Curbigals Women’s Floral Crotchless Bodystocking Plus Size Open Crotch Fishnet Lingerie.  the price of $9.90 and that it goes up to a 4X!

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Forever 21

I am a fan of their swimwear. I have two suits for a couple of years. This means I really do trust their quality and their price is so right. They do go by mostly junior sizes but, they do sell brands that are not. They have some really cute mesh bralettes especially, like the Plus Size Sequin Heart Mesh Bralette.

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Rainbow

I have been shopping at Rainbow Shops since I was a preteen. They have always had all sizes and some stores even sell children’s sizes. Their prices are super affordable. Plus, I have had some items in my closet for years. They do keep up with trends and unless you have a local store in your area you might find that their fashions sell out fast online. The Plus Size Floral Long Line Lace Bra and panty are super pretty something I would definitely wear for Valentine’s even if it is not red or pink.

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Spencer’s

Another place I have been shopping at since forever is Spencer’s. It use to be the place (if you are my age) that your mother dreaded going in. It has your favorite band t-shirts, posters, and black light decor for that first apartment lol. They started showcasing the beauty Ashley Alexiss which means plus size lingerie and clothing! This Plus Size Floral Lace Chemise is right up my alley! download (1)

 

Addition Elle

This is another brand that carries Ashley Graham’s Lingerie Collection and has bra and panty set finds. The new Ashley Graham Babydoll comes in soft pink and black. In all honesty it also looks comfortable. You can also mix and match her designs. This particular lingerie comes up to a 4X. However, her panties come up to a 3X. Bras go up to a 44DD.

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Simply Be

This is another popular UK brand that has been catering to plus size fashion for some time. They also sell popular brands. Mostly bra and panty sets they do offer some lingerie items such as bodysuits or chemise. This Figleaves Curve Wildife Embroidered Multiway Bra and Briefs seriously caught my attention. It comes in Black too which is also a stunning find.

Fashion Nova Curve

This place has really been doing things. If you are on Instagram and follow some plus size bloggers you already know. If you cannot get a coupon on a site be sure to look up your favorite blogger who wears this fashion they will surely have on for you to use. Everything is really affordable on this sight. They offer a trendy variety. Seriously, wish they were around when I was younger. They have a ton of options bodysuits, teddies, sets but this Love Me Forever Gown is just everything!

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This designer’s brand name says it all. I have always liked the nude fishnets embellished with crystals especially, the ones Rihanna wore with her Carnival costume. When I seen a posting of hers on Twitter I am hooked! Her designs are literally made for the stars. When you get there you might get disappointed with her size selection but, she does do custom. Just email her and ask. I know that one day I will have one or several of her beauties. Note it does take time to receive as her items are made by hand but, you could gift yourself one. This is one of my favorites called “Toxic”.

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Other items you can find custom of course are on Etsy and there are lingerie designers that will make for plus size lingerie. If you do not see your size it does not hurt to ask. Cocos Retro Closet is where I have been looking. She has some classic retro looking lingerie. This Red Ruby Long Line Garter Belt is just fantastic. She sells her lingerie in different colors too so you can mix and match to your desire.

Well I hope you enjoyed my 2018 Valentine’s Day plus size lingerie wish list.

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A Year to Blonde

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In the summer of 2016, I decided to cut my waist length hair off.  It was a hard decision. My hair has been long since I graduated college in 2005. The only times I have ever had a hair cut that was above my shoulder is when I was 8 and 18. After the year 2000, I kept it long because that was the look of belly dance and I was in a Gothic phase at some point of my existence. Being that I had not danced in shows since I left the Northeast I gave myself the gumption to do it. Even though my husband liked me in long hair I got him to change his mind by telling him he would not have to help me comb it anymore. Some days it was just a work out to comb it, it was that bad!

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With that being said it was a must that I had to cut this hair. Even though it had been about a year since I had it dyed professionally, it could of been the drug store hair products I was using, the heat of the dry desert, or the pollution it encountered while living in the city. Not only that even since moving to Arizona I was swimming in the pool instead of heading to the salt water beaches of the New England or Long Island.

This whole ordeal with my hair started when I went to get my eyebrows done with the Benefit Brow in Ulta. The artist who was doing my eyebrows introduced me to Kami. He assured me that was really good. After she assessed my hair she suggested me to cut all the damage off. Initially, I was not sure I was going to cut it off but, I made an appointment with her anyway.

This was the cut I decided to go with:

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With a similar color but, I was really interested in Khloe Kardashian’s balayage color:

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Unfortunately she was unable to my hair color during our first visit. Especially, since I wanted to go from dark to light. At first, I did not understand it was going to take me a long time to accomplish. I mean these stars come in with black hair and the next day end up with white. Kami educated me on how that was damaging to the hair and that it would take time to do if I really wanted to do it. Another problem was that in 2015, I did have a full hair of red highlights.

download (2)After the second time of having this done, I was over it. The dye would leave a pink color on my clothes and pillowcases. When I went to the hairdresser for the third time she fixed it with a caramel toner. As time went on my hair it started becoming a pink tone again with some brass orange color. What made it worse was that when I finally went to have my hair done again, I asked for a full head of highlights thinking “Yeah that will solve my hair dilema” when it just made it worse. The hairdresser had minimal experience and my hair ended up being three different colors. Yellow, orange, and some red.

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Anyway, this is what I ended up with before starting the balayage. 

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I kept up with the appointments with Kami especially, continuing on getting my hair lighter. My hair ended up looking like below 6 months later and still with some red tone areas. She educated me on what to use on my hair. Once I utilized all of my drug store shampoo and conditioner I started using better products. Redkin Color Extend Shampoo, Conditioner, and Redkin Frizz Dismiss Mask  was my now my regimen. I was still utilizing my drug store heating protection products at this point but I did have Redkin Frizz Dismiss Fly-Away Sheets to keep my hair at bay when I straightened it with my Chi.

 

 

As the months passed, my hair was still getting lighter. I was educated to in order to keep my hair from looking brassy that once a week I used Rusk Sensories Anti-Brassy Shampoo that I left on for five minutes followed by the Redkin Frizz Dismiss Mask. Since I was not washing my hair as much I started using a dry shampoo but, to this day I am still trying to find a product that I actually like.

 

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My hair was starting to grow out like the initial hair cut I started with that is why the photo above I have this long curl in the front. Eventually, I end up having to have my hair cut back into one length. Still my hair was getting lighter with each session and surprisingly not getting damaged. Although, I felt that my hair was a little dry as it was becoming dry summer again here in the desert. At this point in the process, I switched from Redkin Color Extend Condition to Redkin Extreme Conditioner.

 

After the summer, I was over the whole Khloe hair do. She kind of stole one of my favorite lingerie designers designs which I was not happy about and the Kardashians are everywhere. I just wanted something else to go with.  This time around I really wanted to do the gray ombre. I guess I was really starting to feel the Gothic edge coming on because Halloween was coming or, because the new Underworld movie was out. Finally, I was really getting discouraged that my hair had been stuck at the same lightness for awhile. It really wasn’t but I was getting impatient.

 

 

Even still it was lighter than it has even been and with the right Instagram filter I could make it look really light. This time it did get lighter. Even though Kami did not want to damage my hair too much she ended up putting a different toner in. Also, she had me switch from the purple shampoo regimen to a blue one. Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo has its own matching conditioner which I use once a week. Plus, it has a styling cream which is great for styling wet hair or to add to control the frizzies. For the days I do not wash my hair and use heat I am utilizing Smooth Sexy Hair Smooth & Seal Anti-Frizz & Shine.

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In October 2017, I was really getting hopeless with wanting the gray ombre or balayage, and was going to give up on everything. However, my hairdresser finally got my hair the lightest that day! I am totally in love with it. My regimen is still using the Matrix once a week but, I can only leave it on for one minute or my hair will turn light blue and I still use Redkin shampoo and conditioner.

This took a little over a year, maybe 10 sessions? Each session cost around $250 to (not including tip). If this seems like a lot it is but, with spending my money on my hair and other services at Ulta such as my nails and face, I end up earning points that pay for the beauty products I need to buy to keep my hair up and more. Furthermore, I ended up getting a credit card there during the 2016 Christmas Holiday which gave me even more reward points to use.

If you are wondering why you cannot get light with box dye or, in one session, maybe even a couple this might help you understand it takes time. Other factors I considered is I am of mixed ethnicity. My father is Polynesian with coarse curly hair and my mother is German with thin straight hair. My hair is pretty much a mixture of the two which makes my hair very unruly. Plus, if you dye your hair a color such as red like I did it might take time for it to come out. Funny enough even though you might think Khloe Kardashian is one to go over night as you can see in photos she really took her time.

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Maybe someday I will get to the gray ombre but for now I am embracing the blonde that Kami made me. Kami is located at the Ulta Beauty in Tucson, AZ. If you are in Tucson she books fast!

Products I currently use that all can be found at Ulta:

Redkin Color Extend Shampoo

Redkin Color Extend Conditioner

Redkin Frizz Dismiss Mask

Redkin Frizz Dismiss Fly-Away Sheets

Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo

Matrix Total Results Brass Off  Conditioner

Matrix Total Results Brass Off Blonde Threesome 

Smooth Sexy Hair Smooth & Seal Anti-Frizz & Shine

Hot Tools Turbo Ceramic Salon Ionic Dryer

Hot Tools Rainbow Medium Ionic Thermal Round Brush

Conair Infiniti Pro Black Titanium Plated Curling Iron 1″

Conair Infiniti Curling Wand Styler 

Conair Flexible Rollers

Chi 1″ Flat Iron (you can buy any color)

Not found in Ulta but, you can get in a retail store or Amazon.

Conair Instant Spiral Curing 3/4″ 

 

 

 

 

 

I broke from my stumble

If you read my previous post Pain in the Knees I started my weight loss journey by skipping lunges, squats, and HIIT (High Intensity Tactical Training). To recap my a few years ago, when I was walking up a flight of stairs I noticed that my knees were clicking. When, I seen the doctor blamed it on my weight. Since I was offered no solution because, obviously I do not move at this weight I believed that I needed to work harder.  This only made my knee issues worse. On top of it, I didn’t lose any weight. Fast forward I started doing my own research on what exercises to do when you have bad knees and started doing less instead of more.

Now I am the weight I was in 2013, and I have dropped a dress size. I have had the opportunity to buy new bras and give away some of my size 3X clothing. My knees are not any better as far as clicking goes as I think the damage is done. If I have a flare up I am not working out. Not even yoga.

In the beginning of this new regimen I would do the elliptical, treadmill, or stationary bike only on manual settings and strength training workouts on Popsugar Fitness’s Youtube channel.  At first, I would do cardio three days a week for one hour and two days a week full body strength training. Now that the strength training videos have gotten easier I started doing cable workouts so I can incorporate heavier weights. The gym I go to is in my apartment complex and only has this as a weight system. No complaints, since it is included in my rent I figured I better learn how to utilize it.

Below are some workouts I found on Pinterest. 

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At the time I have not talked about my weight loss because no one really noticed. I wear big scrubs at work. People on Instagram noticed. Yoga challenges…

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Not everyone will be happy for you. It only has not happened to me but, it happens to women who go on their journey whatever it may be. Therefore it is not a surprise. Yet, if I would have continued in the cycle I would have to leave my career behind. This is my life and I would like to live it my way.

At times, the advice I receive is ridiculous. Thinking I got here because of my eating habits or, that I never worked out. How to eat, when to eat, and that I should do HIIT. Been there done that boo. Once I was told that I would never lose weight with exercise that I would need bariatric surgery because, they walked 5 miles a day and did not lose anything. If no one is asking you for you advice then do not give it.

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Yet here I am. 

It has been a struggle. I have done some crazy things to lose weight. What works for one may not work for others. That was my issue I always was trying that new gimmick instead of getting to know my body or, at least remembering what it does not like. It helps me to read stories of others who have the similar story I do.

 Everyone is different.  Plus, it is not overnight. 

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Pain in the Knees

After years of exercising which included squats and lunges, dance, and running up subway stairs in Boston and New York City my knees had it and starting voicing it’s concern. It was not until I left the city, moved into a second floor apartment, and walked up the flight of stairs that I noticed that my joints were cracking. In the city, I always had my headphones on when I would walk or run up the stairs at the subway and thought it was my headphones making the clicking noise from movement. Of course I Googled to see what was happening but, it really did not say much. I thought it was the hyperextension I have of the knees which I did not know until an instructor pointed it out in ballet class.

When I went to my yearly physical the physician told me if I lose weight the cracking would go away or at least it would not get worse.  The only advice I received was to change my diet and exercise. Then, since I was not losing was suggested that I have weight loss surgery because obviously I must not be doing anything to help my weight loss. My question of “Would this even work for me?” was answered. My private insurance refused the consult because they said, “I had no underlying disease to get coverage for the procedure”.  At this point it was all up to me.

Since turning forty I knew it would be even more difficult. In the past, I use to just be able to reduce my calories and work and…

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That was not working anymore. I started reading about weight loss over forty.  Some had to drop several things from their diet and exercise even more. Years ago I dropped carbohydrates and going out to eat regularly therefore, I took the initiative to drop dairy and diet soda. Tried working out more doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts. Most of the moves required squats and lunges. My knees became worse, started feeling pain during and after exercise, with the end result that I did not lose anything. There went me ever going to CrossFit.

Then, I looked back at my life that caused me to gain weight. I had some losses and took medications that contributed. Even though I was over them why was I still having issues? Had to go back even further to think about what I did when I was at a comfortable weight. Crunch Fitness, Jane Fonda, Denise Austin or Kathy Smith workouts were part of my life. These days workouts like this seem to be hard to find. People are on this HIIT trip. It is great but, not when your knees are falling apart. When I had a gym membership I did free weights on my cardio off days. Then, the light bulb lit in my head that ever since I started working in a hospital and had to do agency/travel nursing I gained. To say the least it was an epiphany. I quit soon after. It was not good for my pyshce. Plus, I was not moving up as I was going in circles trying to advance. They say stress can keep the weight on. Except I am not dropping coffee, lol.

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Finally, I stopped doing workouts that were going to put stress on my knees. I did enough squats and lunges in my life to let them go. Yoga and Pilates do not aggravate me so much so I will continue on with this. Sadly, I probably will not do ballet anymore. If I did take a dance class skipping anything that has me plié is a NO. One night I started looking specifically for exercises for obese people with knee osteoarthritis looking to lose weight to prevent more damage or even surgery. The first website I came across is, 7 Exercises for Overweight Knee Pain. Their picture pretty much did it for me because, I had been doing all the wrong exercises the whole time.

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Furthermore, I read that adding resistance to the workout machines had also been a route of my problems. Choosing the Right Home Exercise Equipment stresses not to use resistance or settings that have this because they can increase injury. In the past, every single time I did go to a gym using the cardio machines I added hills or resistance to them increasing the force on my knee. Not only that I was using a stair climber. Climbing stairs causes my knees to click the most. Now I just hit the treadmill, elliptical, or bike and hit the manual setting. My maximum heart rate can go up just with increasing my intensity and will continue to stay at this rate even with slowing down.

When I started doing HIIT I stopped doing strength training because, I figured my body was doing it for me. I picked up my 5 lb. dumbbells and started.  Honestly, it was hard and continues to be hard. I realized that I had not done this for years and I was not as in shape as I thought I was. On some workouts I cannot use the weights. This is okay because, eventually they will be needed. If the workouts have squats or lunges I fast forward to when they do not.

You can find videos that do not have HIIT such as the oldies. I miss Crunch Fitness. They use to be on TV everyday… along with Gilad’s Body in Motion, Denise Austin, and Kiana’s Flex Appeal. I had some of their VHS when I was younger and they kept me in shape! Another one is Jane Fonda and Denise Austin which can be found on BeFit. This video from Crunch Fitness still it has some squats and lunges but, it is almost a hour long so you will still get a good strength training workout:

Thank goodness someone gets it. Jake DuPree has awesome videos on PopSugar Fitness. He is an fitness instructor and dancer who is super fun!

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This one has some squats but, you can skip them to get at least 35 minutes in. 

He uses no squats in this one. Perfect! 

Popsugar Fitness is my fave go to spot for videos. Anna Renderer is in most of them. You just have to look and do to see which ones work for you. This one is great for those days you are not motivated for arm and ab work with absolutely no squats or lunges! Then, you can do one of Jake’s videos for you bottom half.

If you are like me who has knee problems even if it is not from obesity and you want to keep active this should help. So far it is working for me. Actually, I burn more calories doing longer low intensity work out than I did with HIIT and I am not killing my knees in the process. Since I have lost some weight my knees are feeling better. They still click when I have to use the stairs so I try to avoid them. Do not get discouraged. I was about to give up on everything but, I knew if I did not continue my habits I would make it even worse. If you read my other blogs about exercise, I get bored easily. That is why it is important for me to find all these videos so I can change it up. As for cardio, I change up my routine in the gym in my complex. I will do twenty minutes of the treadmill, elliptical, and bike. Or, some days I just do one. Lastly, sometimes I will find a low impact cardio video and again skip the squats and lunges.  Continue reading “Pain in the Knees”

Fashion Shopping Online

When you live in a place that has limited fashions to choose from buying online is essential. These days I find there is much variety shopping on the Internet. Sometimes I find fashion by accident either by scrolling on Instagram or they follow me on Social Media. My mother was a catalog shopper back in the day. It was taught early on how to shop long distance. Plus, I learned to sew when taking home economics in high school, knowing all of my measurements in order to make fashions for myself was important especially, when buying patterns. Buying online is something I have to do most of the time because some of my favorite designers and stores I can only buy from online due to their location. Finally, I found that when I do go in store they do not have the same benefits as they do online.

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Know your measurements. I basically know my bust, underbust, waist, hips, and inseam when shopping online. Sometimes you might need measurements for other parts of the body especially for custom fit. You also need to take your bodytype into account. This is why some brands fit others differently and why sizes vary. For example, everyone’s waist and hips are in a different area and most go by the smallest part of your waist and the fullest part of your hip. You can find plenty of information on how to measure and some stores will have their own way. Considering myself as an example some will say go 8″ down from my waist. Due to the fact that my waist is considerably high if I go 8″ down to measure my hips, it isn’t going to be the fullest part of my hips. Another tip I use for my waist is to measure the area that bends when you lean to the side. If I went at my belly button it would not be accurate. If you are doing this yourself to stand in front of a body length mirror to make sure the tape is in the right location.

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Eventually, when buying from a designer or brand often enough you know how their items will fit your body and which do not.  I find most stores go buy an hourglass shape. My shape is a between an apple and a pear which means that not everything is going to fit like advertised. The model in the advertisement has different measurements, they have the item pinned on them, padding added on, or they could have been photoshopped, or the fit model that they made the design against is not my shape.

 

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It is important to read the size chart! I cannot stress this enough. If they do not have one, I am not going to buy from them. Trust me they are out there. Just because they list the size you wear does not mean it will fit. This is why I cringe when fashions are promoted for selling ALL sizes when their size charts say otherwise. What I learned stores that cater to trendy looks will be different from a store that cater to classic looks. Usually, stores have Junior, Junior Plus, Petite, Tall, Misses, Women, or Plus Size. An item that is Junior will have smaller measurements than an item that is Women. Plus the length of clothes such as Petite or Tall are going to have different measurements. If I buy clothes that are Tall I find they fit bigger so I might have to size down. Some have their own measurements especially, if it is from an independent designer.

 

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All these tips can also be applied to men too! 

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Sometimes the right unders can change the shape of your body to make things fit correctly such as bras, corsets, shapewear, or hosiery. I know that some of my pin up style dresses I need to wear a corset in order to get it over my waist. Or, the dress that is too big on the top works well with a push up bra. The plus side of buying lingerie is that most stores will measure you for the right fit!

However, do not go too tight… 

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Shopping online does not have to be expensive. If I want the item right away because I know it will be sold out I will buy it full price. Sometimes waiting for a sale you could lose out but, I have other priorities in where my money goes which I am sure other do too. Most of the time I take advantage of sales when I buy something.  Signing up for sale notifications by opening an online account or email with the store also can have priority over people who do not use this feature. Another way is to follow the brand on social media. Many will post upcoming sales in their thread. It helps to have a credit card with a store too because they give even more discounts. Thrifting is another option where you can save. I know I donate my used clothes to Savers.  When you do they give you a coupon to buy from them at a discount. You can even thrift online such as Etsy or Facebook Groups.

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Following fashion bloggers with your similar body shape or measurements can be a benefit because they will post outfits or clothes that they enjoy wearing. Some will post what they did or did not like about the item. Although in the blogging world bad reviews are cringed upon and some are paid to promote products. Lately, some bloggers have been designing their own fashions and even designing for other brands.

You could Google about the brand to see what others experienced or you could read reviews of the item. However, I purchased some expensive yoga pants that claimed they did not roll when exercising and that they were made for all body shapes. Unfortunately, it was not true. My review was not posted all the positive ones were. I also have bought from an independent designer in which I received the item months later. Does not help when you order something in the winter and it arrives in the spring where it is already 80 degrees here.

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Online shopping for your fashions does not have to be a negative experience.  Just like any online shopping if you educate yourself it can be a positive one. Sure there will be some bumps in the road. Make sure to check out return information because some do not accept returns, you end up paying the shipping costs to return, and some will take a percentage. Learning how to sew can help because you can tailor it yourself if there are mishaps. Of course if you really want the item you can always bring it to a seamstress or tailor.

Happy Shopping!

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Swimwear 2017 Picks

Swimwear 2017 Picks

Over the years swimwear for the plus size woman has become more fashionable with more variety of options available for each individual. It all started when Gabifresh designed the fatkini in 2011. I had seen plus size fashion vendors make two piece bathing suits before in which I did not have them long, Gabi’s were different. Instead of being like every other bikini it was made for a woman who are looking for more support or coverage.

Ever since, I have a swimwear wardrobe that was more vast than the one or two swimsuits or one pieces that I had to choose from in previous years. This is especially true since summers in the Southwest are much longer I am at the pool several times a week versus the short summer in the Northeast in which I only went a few times a year or modeled a suit once or twice a year. It has even given me a chance to figure out which brands or styles I am not interested in.

Depending on your size and the designer buying early is sometimes key. The suits that I bought last year I purchased in February. Some I was able to find on clearance by the end of the summer in which it was still hot here. Therefore since I have not won the lottery I am unable to buy them all at once. Let’s hope that I can catch them before they sell out!

 With this being this is my summer 2017 swimsuit picks!

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Gabi works with Swimsuitsforall every year. Her collection usually drops after the holiday season. I am addicted to cactus so this is the first one on my list! What I find great about her collection is that if you are interested in a two piece you can order the top at a different size from the bottom. This is especially true for me since I am pear-shaped and usually wear a smaller size on the top versus the bottom. This year she dropped some fabulous cover ups as well which unfortunately have sold out in my size but, Swimsuitsforall does let you be put on a wait list. Just check out their “SOLD OUT IN YOUR SIZE” link, check the size you want, and add your email address.

Milestone Underwire Bikini

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Midnight Fireworks Dress

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I have been buying from Rue 107 for some time now. They are by far one of my favorite Indie designers. Not only do I have swimwear from this designer but, also clothes. Constantly get compliments on the designs. Most of the tops that she sells can are versitale that you can wear them as swimwear. Look for the sheer designs for a cover up. Plus, I love the long sleeve options as coverage is everything when I am spending a day at the beach.

Chanel Bikini Top and Chanel 2.0 Full Coverage Bikini Bottom in Midnight Nude 

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Monif C. is another designer that made options fashionable for the plus size woman. Every year she provides unique colorful options such as neon and metallic. Sometimes if you missed the previous years options she might make a similar design for the next. Last year, I missed out on her rashguard/long sleeve designs.  This year thankfully, she has them again!

Rashguard Plus Size Bikini Top 

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Last year I think I discovered Curvykini by a plus size blogger. The collection offers bright now it offers bright colors and fishnet cutouts on her suits. Reminds me of the suits I had in the eighties. I really hope to dig into this designer this summer.

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Torrid has been adding great options every year. You can easily find Disney themed suits here. Plus they have some basics with trendy prints. This year I love the retro styles and the coverage.

Striped Halter Bik i Top and Striped Skater Skirt Swim Bottom  

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Lastly, an affordable option is Walmart. They have an array of designs that are basic, retro, and trendy. Since their stores are almost everywhere you can easily buy swimwear on your trip. However, I find that most of their swimwear is not offered in the store but, online. If it is in the store they only seem to stock limited quantities so when you go back it sells out quickly. Online is a little bit slower but, if it is a trendy print it will go. I have a couple of their swimwear and they are pretty decent and have lasted me years.

Suddenly Slim by Catalina Plus Size Slimming Retro Ruffled Swimdress

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There are all kinds of options out there this year for plus size swim. These are what are listed right now. With people into the resort season and Spring Break designs are out before it even gets warm in some place. However, by the time the summer comes there will be more. Who knows maybe I will have another post. You can also check out my previous blog post Fav Swimwear for reviews of what I do own from previous years.

Make sure you check out these plus size fashion vendors that offer swimwear to see what catches your eye!

Asos 

Macys

Ashley Stewart

Chuck Handy

City Chic

Full Beauty

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Unique Vintage

When you cannot get out to workout

When you cannot get out to workout

After moving to a new place and with my job having me to move around I just do not feel like getting out. Over the years I have seem to become more introverted. Lately, I rather stay home then get out and do things. It has not been easy losing mostly all my friends especially, when I am not to cool with the whole Facebook thing to keep in touch. It was different when I lived out East I was either here or there so I was use to it. I was pretty active. Everything was either a short drive or subway away. Even if I was having one of my depression episodes.

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When I moved to the Southwest things changed. For the first few months, I did have a gym membership and dance classes available to me which I utilized. Then, I had to leave the area where there was nothing available to me that sometimes includes space where I am living or even the location of where I live. Then, LIFE which started having car problems so driving somewhere far was not feasible. Finally, I did not want to have to start somewhere new only to meet new people and then leave them again. This did not make my depression any better sitting around moping about my life not working out. The only moving I had been getting was yoga challenges on Instagram and well work where I get my steps in.

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Currently, I am staying here for a while much to my dismay in order to get my career in focus and finish school already. Still California dreaming. There is a small gym in the complex. Hence, I was not getting there either. The fear of getting there to find the one machine that they have available taken was not cool. Plus, ugh… I am so bored with gym equipment. I was supposed to hook up with a coworker to do Crossfit as it is a different gym atmosphere than I am bored with but, I took a permanent position at another hospital so we lost contact. Hoping that I get to Crossift as I bought my knee sleeves and wrist wraps.

Sigh, introvert problems…

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Anyhow, I have a ton of Beachbody DVD’s. Some of them are too easy and then some I get bored. They just end up sitting on the shelf. However, Shaun T’s Insanity and Fifteen minute trainer are great if you are just starting out or if you are a novice. They have a demand channel but the reviews are iffy and it is kind of expensive. Although, when I did them I lost weight and then when I got bored guess what I gained back. This time I was noticing in my yoga challenge photos.

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In the past, I had saved workouts on my Youtube. I use to just play it on my laptop and follow along. My last apartment I was able to do some in the bedroom. I even used PowHow once and ordered some classes with Sadie Marquardt. Unfortunately, it was a routine and not what I was looking for at the time. It was not really giving me a workout. Probably because when you are a dance for almost two decades you have to add-on more to dance. However, if I was actively in classes and performing I think this is great. They do have some personal and fitness trainers on there but, I was not looking to spend anymore money. They are so right that the weight loss industry is booming.

Lots of excuses I know but, there has to be someone out there like me who will find this informative… and know that I am struggling with you… 

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I can’t just sit here though… it is not good for my pysche or let alone my body… Working out is just another way for me to destress. With my disorder and my job I exercise is really important to my life. With my family history if someone is not moving well you do not live long.

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Now that I have moved into my own place I remembered that I have the app on my TV!!! So I started with some ballet lessons with Kathryn Morgan. This ballerina had to stop working but, she made it a point to keep going and do her own thing. I actually found her on PowHow and somehow found her on Youtube. Her videos not only help ballerinas but, they are full of warm ups and drills for the post ballerina. I had not taken a formal ballet class for some time now so it was a positive experience to do something. Once I settle down with my new work schedule I will be taking ballet and bellydance for sure! With that being said I have work to do!

Then, I had a video saved from womensworkoutchannel. This channel is mostly geared for women looking to have a bigger rear but, the workouts are short and really intense. Great for the days you do not have much time, or you want to mix your workouts up. My bumb and thighs hurt for two days after! After the first day I could not move too much so I did some yoga with Kino. I have done some of her yoga challenges on Instagram in the past. The difference between me doing my own yoga and following someone else is that I do poses that I can do easily which is not very challenging. This way she incoporated poses I won’t do in my yoga challenges.

Finally, I kept searching and found Popsugar Fitness videos. Can we get a YAS? They have EVERYTHING! The other day I did a 30 minutes cardio session and I was pooped. I only hurt for one day probably because I had to do the modified version of some of them. Will be doing this more often.

Well if you are like me who has problems getting it in…

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..there are still things you can do without having to leave the house.

Find something you like. Pinterest and Tumblr  has some nifty workout memes you can do without instruction. If you cannot find it, Google it! Of course if you get bored change it up. There are plenty of pay for options out there. If you have a DVD you enjoyed in the past or that are no longer for sale can be on Youtube.  Furthermore, some people have their own channels that you can utilize for free.

 

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