Happy Monday all!

Once again the holiday season is upon us.  Every year it seems like the start of “holiday season” is being pushed further into October.  During the weekend before Halloween I went to the mall and there were Christmas decorations already on display!  No matter when the season starts, it is the biggest shopping event of the year.  For many of us, the holiday season can be financially overwhelming. Everywhere you turn, people are being encouraged to shop til they drop!  For shoppers with a strict Christmas gift budget (like myself) the urge to splurge can be very strong.  Those urges can potentially bust your budget and put additional stress on your wallet. Here are some tips to help  you stick to your holiday budget and keep extra money in your pocket.

  1. Cash Only: by leaving your credit cards at home you are significantly reducing your ability to over spend.
  2. . Use Coupons: save additional money by downloading Ebates and Retail Me apps to get the latest store coupons.
  3. Be Strategic: instead of roaming around the mall, make a list of the stores you need to visit and stick to only those stores on the list. Once you’ve completed shopping your list…LEAVE THE MALL!

What are some of your tips to combat overspending during the holiday season?

Have a wonderful day!

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Sweater: H&M (size Large; here)
Pants: Old Navy Plus (here)
Boots: ASOS (here, similar here)
Earrings: Baublebar (no longer available, similar here)

Happy Monday all!

My current obsession with velvet continues with this Forever 21 mustard color moto jacket.  I first saw the jacket in Sarah from Curvily IG stories and I really liked it, so when I saw in in their plus section at their King of Prussia Mall store I scooped it up.    Normally Forever 21 is not apart of my shopping experiences because it’s junior plus but I couldn’t leave the store without it. And let me say this about the plus section of Forever 21 in King of Prussia…IT’S HUGE! They moved it from a tiny corner of the store to a large space with multiple racks of plus clothing.  I was very impressed with the size of the section and the use of plus size mannequins in their clothing display. It was nice to actually spend time BROWSING the plus section, not just having a quick look of 2 or 3 racks of clothing.  I felt like Forever 21 really cared about it’s plus customer and respects the power of our dollar.  Retailers  such as Target and Macys need to take a page out of Forever 21’s playbook…ASAP!

Have a wonderful day!

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Jacket: Forever 21+ (here)
Turtleneck: Old Navy (old, similar here and here)
Skirt: ASOS (old, similar here)
Boots: Ivanka Trump (old, similar here and here)
Clutch: Banana Republic (here)

Happy Monday all!

Initially this post was going to be about my 70’s inspired outfit but when I saw the pics all I could focus on is my gut.  I’ve been in a tug of war battle with my gut for over a year.   Since I’ve gained weight my pooch has gotten noticeably bigger and I’ve become super self conscious about it.  I’ve become so self conscious  I stopped tucking my shirt into my pants to conceal the size of it.  I now only wear pants with shirts I know that will would cover my gut.  During my blog shoots I would make myself almost dizzy sucking in my pooch to make it look smaller.  Doing all of these extra things to conceal my gut has made me unhappy.  I don’t want to stop tucking shirts in my shirts or avoiding pants. So I’ve decided to to take control and restart my exercise routine to reduce the size of my pooch.  My goal is not to have a flat stomach but to be comfortable with my fleshy pooch again.

So if you have something you are super self conscious about know that you are not alone.  We all have something we want to change about our bodies.  The trick is still loving yourself despite your flaws.

Have a wonderful day!

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Blouse: H&M (wearing a 14, here & similar here)
Jeans: Eloquii ( here and similar here)
Boots: Simply Be (no longer available, similar here and here)
Bag: Etsy (here)

 

TGIF all!

When it was announced that one of my favorite bloggers Tanesha from Girl With Curves was collaborating  with Dia & Co. I couldn’t wait to see her collection. The collection completely embodies her style with sleek, classic pieces that can easily transition into any wardrobe.  From skirts to coats the collection provides another affordable (prices range from $49-99) option for clothing for plus size women.  What is even better is that you can try out the collection at home when you sign up for  Dia & Co.  subscription based service.  You only pay for what items you keep and the rest you send back with no additional charge.  Dia does charge a $20 styling fee that goes towards the items you keep and provides a 25% discount if you decide to keep everything in your box.  Now thats what I call incentive!

Sign up and shop the collection here!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Outfit 1
Maxi Dress: c/o GCW x Dia & Co
Bag: Etsy (here and similar here)
Earrings: Mango (here)
Boots: Franco Sarto (old, similar here and here)

Outfit 2
Dress: c/o GCW x Dia & Co.
Jeans: c/o GCW x Dia & Co.
Boots: Franco Sarto (old)
Clutch: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here)

 

 

Happy Monday all!

During happy hour last Friday with my BFF I told her I often I feel like I have nothing to wear.  She rolled her eyes and  gave me the  “are you serious?!” look.  She said “Getta you have a room full of clothes. How could you not have anything to wear?” While I didn’t have an answer for her, it did get me thinking about my situation.  What is the barrier that stops me from fully utilizing the clothes in my closet? In responding to that question, I had to acknowledge that I am a life long procrastinator.  For example, I’ll promise to lay out my work outfit the night before but then I’ll procrastinate which leads to me scrambling in the morning.  When I scramble I grab whatever is easily available.  There have been several mornings where I’ve been late to work because of my mad dash to get dressed.  In an effort to combat my procrastination, on Sundays I’ve been selecting outfits for the week.  Once I select the outfits, I make them easily accessible in the morning. So far things have been going smoothly.  I’ve been able to make my train and get to work on time. I’m not scrambling for 10 minutes picking out an outfit.  One of the benefits is that I get to  wear long neglected items in my closet like the skirt in this post.

I still struggle with procrastinating (like right now! lol) but I’m proud to say I’ve retired the saying “I don’t have anything to wear!”

Have a wonderful day!

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Jacket: Kohls (old, similar here , here and here)
Turtleneck: Old Navy (old, similar here )
Skirt: Old Navy (old, similar here)
Tights: Lane Bryant (here)
Boots: Simply Be (sold out, similar here and here)
Bag: c/o Banana Republic (old, similar here)