Give Them the Cold Shoulder

The cold shoulder trend has been off and on over the past few years, but this year it’s definitely sticking around for a bit. I haven’t been a big fan of this trend in the past, so I was reluctant to try on anything with a shoulder cut out. That all changed yesterday.

I’ve been in contact with my local Lebanon, PA Maurice’s via Instagram. When I mentioned that I was going to come into the store this weekend, they were nice enough to pull some looks for me before I got there. They were so sweet and helpful, so if you live in the area, it’s most definitely worth a trip out there! 

This shirt was one of the things they pulled for me. There’s definitely something to having an outsider’s perspective because I never would have put on this shirt otherwise. I’m so glad I gave it a shot because I absolutely love it! 

It screams spring with the boho vibe, delicate floral print, and light green hue. The shoulder cut outs are larger than what I’ve tried in the past, which may be why I liked it so much. It feels like I’m wearing a tank top, but I still have my arms covered. It’s perfect for the warmer weather. The bottom has a little bit of trim, which adds to the easy breezy feel of it. This is a 1X which I’m sure is due to the fact that it is flowy at the bottom. The neckline has an interesting quilted kind of detail that I don’t think I’ve seen before. Overall, I’m so glad I gave something different a chance because I love the way it looks on me.

I did shoot an inside the Dressing Room at Maurice’s as well so stay tuned for that. I wanted so many of the pieces I tried on! They are currently having a 25% off sale in store if you just try on any bottoms. It’s so easy to try on a pair of jeans just to get a discount! I paired the shirt with jeans from Curvy Sense and gray flats from WalMart. I hope this look inspires you to try something new!

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It’s Officially Spring with GCGMe!

This may be my favorite dress of all time so brace yourselves! GCGMe reached out to me and asked if I’d like to review one of their dresses on my blog and Instagram. Full disclosure: this dress was provided to me but the opinions are my own and this is not a sponsored post. Just wanted to get that out of the way first!

GCGMe sells mainly special occasion dresses in both plus sizes and straight sizes. Their plus sizes go up to a 4X. They average in price from about $40-80, which is pretty good for a special occasion dress in my opinion. On top of that, you can get 15% off your purchase if you use my coupon code: TEEN15. 

I chose this dress for a few reasons. I fell in love with the print. It is a gorgeous floral and gives me major spring and summer vibes. I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer! The neckline would flatter any woman. It’s slightly off the shoulder but not completely, which shows just the right amount of skin. The fabric is lightweight and comfortable without being sheer or too clingy. I got this in a 3X and it fits perfectly. I also love the sleeve length. The sleeves do have elastic so that you can wear then at your elbow, like I did, or make them more 3/4 length. 

Shipping was super quick from this company and they have some great sales and pretty dresses. Make sure you check them out and use my code if you want to save some extra cash!

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Book Review: Big and Fabulous The Life and Times of Brenda Cankles


Obviously, this post is going to be quite a bit different from my usual blog content. However, I do want to do some posts related to body positivity, so I thought this would be a good way to ease into it. Let me start by giving you an idea of what this book is about. This is the description on Amazon and also the description on the back cover of the book:

“Imperfect, impervious and improving, Brenda Cankles is an unlikely heroine. Unfazed by the enduring censure of society, she is determined to realize the fabulous life that she has always believed is her destiny.
Brenda’s story—written in the unflinching first person—is utterly unvarnished. Here, find a fantastically real person, sometimes struggling to fit in, but mostly giving the rest of the world the mother-lovin’ bird. From her clunky childhood through her stumbling yet optimistic adolescence to her full-figured and unapologetic emergence into adulthood, Brenda is a special brand of warrior. She is big, bold and beautiful. While the quirky cast of characters who surround her is eternally insistent that Brenda live her life in the background and fit into society’s mold, she will have none of it.
Dip into the outspoken world of Brenda Cankles and get lost in the adventure of a big and fabulous gal who takes no prisoners, makes no excuses and has never had any doubt about how truly special she is.”

I’m going to be honest. I have very mixed feelings on this book. There are some things I do have an issue with, having been overweight all my life. I don’t appreciate that the main character’s last name is “Cankles.” When I first heard the name of the book, I thought it was going to be a parody or something to make fun of the plus size community based solely on the last name. I don’t understand why an author who wants to discuss body positivity would choose this as a last name. I was and still am a little offended by this.

The book is described as “funny” and the author is a stand up comic. That was lost on me. I would say the book was entertaining but I would not consider it funny. I don’t remember laughing or even smiling all that much while reading it. Although it was a good story, I just didn’t get the “funny” aspect.

I also think the main character’s childhood was extremely stereotypical and not true to most people’s experiences. In the book, Brenda is an outcast. She doesn’t seem to fit in with her peers and doesn’t seem to have many friends. Yet, one day when she meets two actors who put on a play for her school, they change her life because they made her feel special. I don’t know about you but I wasn’t an outcast. I had a lot of friends. Yes, there was the occasional bully in grade school. But I never felt different just based on the fact that I was chubbier than my classmates. In addition, if she did feel that way, I doubt that one brief interaction with strangers would completely change her outlook on life. I find it very inauthentic.

There were parts of the book I really enjoyed. I liked that even though Brenda’s mom would tell her to not wear a certain thing because of her weight and to look in the mirror, she would look in a mirror and not see one thing wrong with her body. I liked that she was true to herself regardless of what others thought of her. I liked the story about Brenda going to try on swim suits and the thin snobby girl at the desk giving her attitude and saying that she didn’t know if they had anything in her size. That stuff really does happen in real life! I liked that no matter what stood her way, she thought the world of herself. She knows she is plus size because she likes to eat and does not apologize for that fact.

I felt like there were some things included in the book that I could really relate to. If you do choose to read this book, let me know your thoughts! I would recommend reading it just for the entertaining stories and body positivity aspect. I’ll leave a link below in case you’d like to read it yourself!

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The Perfect LBD

If you’ve seen my Instagram or any other blog posts, it’s probably clear that Society+ has quickly become one of my all time favorite brands. I could talk about them all day: about how their mission perfectly aligns with supporting plus size women, how they’re trying to change the fashion industry from within, how they use real plus size women on their website to feature their clothes. Needless to say, I’d give them all my money if I could. Plus their clothes are impeccably made and well worth the price.

I got this dress during their Valentine’s Day sale and was waiting for an occasion to wear it. If you saw my Haul video, you know I immediately fell in love with this dress! It’s a size 22/24. The silhouette is perfect for a pear shaped woman like myself. And it has pockets!!! I love a good dress with pockets. I do wish you could see the print better in the photos, but it has a very subtle black damask print. It gives the dress a nice texture. The dress was the perfect length, just a tiny bit past my knees!

I paired this piece with some rose gold jewelry because I’m in love with rose gold everything at the moment, and a pair of black sandals. I would have worn heels but I’m still dealing with a knee injury, so I opted for the more comfortable shoe. I wore this to see Travis Wall Presents Shaping Sound, one of the best dance presentations I have ever seen. The tickets were my Birthday present from my husband and I enjoyed every minute of it!

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Spring Vibes

Even though it’s kind of difficult dealing with weather that is windy and cold one day but warm the next, I am loving the nice days! It makes me excited for Spring and even more excited for Summer time!

This dress just screams Spring! The material is Rue 21’s soft buttery brushed fabric, which is light and so comfortable. I love the sleeve length on this, right to the elbow! The beautiful blue flowers are a perfect floral touch to anyone’s spring wardrobe! It’s simple but classic and only costs $18! I’m going to live in this dress this Spring!

I paired this dress with navy blue leggings from Torrid. I got them on sale for $15. They’re perfect to wear under a dress or long shirt. They are opaque and have a nice thick waistband. I also wore these white flats from Payless. I believe I bought these a few years ago but have really gotten my wear out of them. I hope this outfit gives you some spring vibes too!!

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