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Holiday Cocktail Party Looks

Dahlia crinoline in red from Eshakti.com

It’s hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking about what to wear for holiday parties already, but the clock is ticking, especially if you want to custom order something. I’ve spent quite a few evenings scouring the web for just the right looks. I was really tempted by the Anna Scholz Jewel Print Dress and Anna Scholz Ombre Maxi Dress at Simply Be, but having the fit be an unknown I kept looking. I received an ad from Eshakti.com this morning, so I decided to take a look at their site again since I’m a big fan of their customization service. I’ve been watching their site for weeks looking for just the right outfit, but hadn’t come across anything new and exciting. Until today, that is. Lucky me, they updated their catalog again and I found the perfect outfit for a cocktail party and picked up a bonus top, plus they were all on sale and I had a coupon code. Can you say total score! I’ve been looking for some separates to add some spice to my wardrobe, so the idea of a skirt and top set were at the top of my mind. This Pleat neck ponte ... Read More »

What to Wear for a Romantic Weekend in Vegas

Dress from Igigi.com

My husband and I will be making our annual visit to Vegas in October so deciding what to wear has been on my mind for weeks; ok maybe months. It’s the only trip we take without the family, so planning a fun and romantic trip is top priority. We usually stay at Excalibur since it’s close to New York New York and MGM, but this time we decided to treat ourselves and will be staying at Treasure Island. We had such a blast at Kahunaville last time, we wanted to stay close by. Oh, and this time we’re actually staying two weekends in a row; my husband will fly in and out for work. This trip is our opportunity to decompress and have some fun as a couple, so we’re planning on taking in Zumanity and Beacher’s Madhouse; Zumanity is a must for an couple spending the weekend in Vegas – check it out if you haven’t seen it! Top off those plans with some sight-seeing and fine dining and we have the perfect weekend. This great mix of activities requires some fabulous fashion. Since finding stylish plus size clothes can be challenging any day, I started my search early ... Read More »

Conference Style: What to Wear in Vegas in the Fall

Dress from Eshakti.com

The whole idea of traveling to a conference is enough to make many plus size women nervous and if Vegas is the destination, it can be overwhelming if you’re not prepared. I’ve made this trip several times now and can give you some tips on what to wear and how to get there comfortably. Vegas is a blast no matter your size if you go prepared. I’m heading to Vegas in October for my annual trip to Pubcon. It’s a marathon 4 days of learning, networking, and partying. And walking – lots and lots of walking. Did I mention the walking? Pubcon is something you should train for, like a marathon. I don’t recommend taking a pedometer, it’s more likely to be discouraging versus motivating, especially after a couple days. The days start early and nights run late; it’s really better to focus on the overall experience versus the details of how many miles you’ve put in and how few hours of sleep you’ve had. Trust me, it’s all worth it or I wouldn’t go back year after year. This year, we’ll be staying at Treasure Island and the conference is at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Travel Let me ... Read More »

Professional Style: What to Wear to the Office


Finding great plus size style for the office can be challenging when you work in a professional environment. I’m not sure why, but so many designers seem to think that business equals business casual or even casual attire today. While I normally work from home, I do go to the office from time to time and have a 4 day trip coming up, so what to wear has been on my mind a lot. If you check out the What’s in My Closet posts, you will see I’ve been busy shopping for weeks and now it’s time to put it all together into stylish business outfits. Personally, I love to mix and match pieces which works out great since I live in a little different climate than I work in. I’m betting there will be at least a 20 degree difference between the average temperatures between the two, if not more, for this early October trip with my destination being cooler. Taking a first look in the closet, I realized I needed a wardrobe refresh since it’s been a little over 6 months since I was last at the office. I started by going through my closet to take stock ... Read More »

What’s in My Closet? LaneBryant.com – 08/31/14


I love a great finish to an outfit and think a jacket does that just right when we’re talking office attire. Of course, a jacket can also be just the right touch to a pair of jeans too for a dressed up casual look too. I’m very into Ponte fabric this year for its ease of wear, so this great jacket from Lane Bryant caught my eye right away in the rich Merlot color. Merlot is like a magenta for fall, the brightness turned done just enough and the richness turned up. I really love the way this jacket looks belted, so it seemed like a great option for wearing on my trip to the company headquarters this fall. But did I really need another blazer was the big question on my mind since I work at home 99% of the time. After much debate, I decided to head to a local Lane Bryant store in Charlotte to see how it really fit and if the color was as fabulous as the web showed. I was sold! It’s really a great jacket, so I bought it in black too since they were having a buy one get one free sale. ... Read More »

What’s in My Closet? Eshakti.com – 08/30/14

Eshakti.com - Contrast trim crepe maxi dress

Eshakti.com is one of those stores you need to check everyday to see what new, exciting styles they have added to their inventory and then snap them up quick. Great new dresses and tops go out of stock quick, so if you are wanting to have something custom made, you need to act fast. Good thing I avidly check their stock every day because today was one of those days that dresses quickly went out of stock. As you’ve probably read, I always custom order from Eshakti to get the perfect fit and I did just that with these. I did have the black Annabelle dress made ankle length too. How amazingly beautiful is this ivory and black dress? I had to have it. This is a pure classic design in the ideal colors. I could immediately see myself wearing this dress relaxing poolside or at a chic little sidewalk cafe. It’s romantic date weekend ready. Have dress, will travel! I found the Annabelle dress that I have in red was now available in black. I’m so excited, how perfect is this for winter parties? Add in sparkling earrings, great little shrug, and metallic sandals and I’m good to go. ... Read More »

What’s in My Closet? Eshakti.com – 08/14/14

Eshakti - Cotton knit curved waist dress

With fall just around the corner, I’ve been on the lookout for some fun, easy dresses to make the transition fashionable. Eshakti’s BOGO add caught my attention and I found these two really cute dresses. I had them custom made of course! I opted to go with the mid-calf length on both of them with custom measurements. I love this shade of red for fall and the detailing on the shoulders gives this dress a lot of appeal. It’s really an easy to wear look paired with either sandals or flats. Plus, you can dress it up for fall with a great scarf and tights! Navy has long been one of my favorite colors and it’s been missing from the style scene far too long, so I had to snap up this great knit dress. I love the detailing at the waist being an hourglass shape. I think this looks really cute paired with tan kitten heels and pearls for the office! Read More »

What’s in My Closet? Zulily.com – 08/06/2014

Dynasty Fashions

I thought this dress looked like the fashion find of the summer at $17.99. It looked incredibly similar to a more formal dress with virtually the same print I had ordered from Igigi.com. The anticipation of it’s arrival about drove me crazy as I waited. I love the print and having a casual version to wear everyday seemed almost too good to be dream. Turns out, it was too good to be true. When the dress arrived, I eagerly opened it to find the the print was in fact, virtually identical to the Igigi dress, with one major exception. This dress from Dynasty Fashions is made of the cheapest material and is mostly see through. There will be no wearing it out and about. With the super cheap price, I should have known better than to get my expectations up. The cut was also not very good, but it does fit (not great, but ok), so I’ve reassigned it to the nightgown category. As a nightgown, it works alright, though it’s definitely not something I would have purchased intentionally in that category either. I really wish Zulily.com would do a better job providing sizing and fabric information. This is getting ... Read More »

What’s in My Closet? US.ASOS.com – 08/01/14

ASOS CURVE Exclusive Tailored Culottes - Black / US 22

If you’re not already shopping at ASOS.com, it’s time to start! I love their unique modern looks for the plus size woman and their prices are great. As I plan my fall trips and wardrobe, they were one of my first stops on the web. Working in a creative position, I like things that have some unique styling, yet can be paired with other pieces to get a great business look. This striped top and culottes caught my eye right away. I love the put together look of it with strappy heels and it would definitely work with a jacket. The tailoring on the culottes is great and I love the fabric, it hangs perfectly. The pants will need some tailoring to bring in the waist band to work with my shape since I bought them to fit my hip measurement, but that’s an easy fix for such a great outfit. I’ll be pairing this outfit with my black strappy sandals from Payless and some simple gold hoop earrings that I also picked up today from Asos.com. How cute is this kimomo? I love the rose print and it looked so comfy. It is just as fabulous in person as ... Read More »

What’s in My Closet? Zulily.com – 07/29/2014

David Jones - Red Carryall Convertible Satchel

I’m getting excited about fall! Fall means it’s time for a new purse of course. I’ve been looking all over for a great red bag that would hold a ton of stuff since I’ll be traveling this fall and Zulily delivered. This satchel design has three big pockets and several other small ones, making it notebook and tablet friendly. The shade of red is really fabulous and should be a great accent to all the black and white I’m seeing in the fall collections. I really liked the looks of this cardigan for fall. It seemed rather thin, but nice when it arrived, but didn’t do so well after washing. The black trim is made from a knit fabric and came out of the dryer all twisted. It takes some careful ironing to make this piece look nice again. Definitely not going to be a favorite! Read More »