Must Have Monday

Our weather in Pittsburgh was crazy this weekend, torrential rain, angry snow, and then it warmed up.  Bizarre!  I did get a chance to do some shopping during the amazing President’s Day sales going on, both online and in person! Here’s some of my fave finds of the weekend.

Cult Gaia Mini Ark

Have you checked out the “it” bag yet?  The Cult Gaia Mini Ark that is on backorder everywhere?  I love it for summer but I didn’t love the price!  I found an pretty identical look alike for much less on Amazon!

Bamboo clutch

 

Here’s the lookalike!  They are so similar it doesn’t make sense not to buy this one.  This one has great reviews on Amazon too.  Comes in a couple different colors.  I am torn between this color and the black.  Which would you pick?

 

Greece Sandal

 

Another lookalike for very pricey designer sandals!  These Steve Madden Greece Sandals keep selling out in my size in this color, so I may end up just getting the black.  I like that they don’t have a thong situation.  It’s so hard to find sandals that don’t have one.  Comes in a bunch of other colors but this one and the black are my faves.

 

Cutout Lounge Top

Lounge Wear

 

I have a similar set of this lounge wear that is heavier knit and I have been wearing around the house all winter.  When I saw this Spring version I had to pick them up during their 40% off sale this weekend.  It’s made out of the softest knit.  I can’t wait to wear it!

I’d love to hear about any of your finds in the comments below!  Have a great Monday and enjoy that extra day off if you get one!

Plus Size Resort Wear

The weather where I live has been abysmal so far this year!  Even though it is supposed to warm up this coming week, my mind has been on the beach since January.  I’ve seen lots of blog posts about resort wear for straight sizes, but not many for plus size.  I decided to put one together for us!

Winter getaways are usually short, so I like to pack things that can be worn for several different occasions.  I like to get a big bang for my item so to speak!

Let’s start with what to wear to the airport.  I usually wear jeans, tshirt and a lightweight jacket that can be worn with dresses and shorts if it turns out to be chilly at my destination.

Jean jackets are pretty much a universal packed item, but for something different this bomber jacket would work great.  It looks great with a tshirt, dress or shorts.  It serves essentially the same purpose of your jean jacket, but it’s a little trendier.

Bomber Jacket

If you are feeling a little daring, I found this super cute tunic sweatshirt and I’m thinking this would be amazing to wear on the airplane coming from a colder climate with leggings.  It could double as something to throw on when the ac is too strong in the hotel or even something to wear to sleep in a pinch.  It comes in several other colors but I do love this pink.

Hooded Tunic

 

After figuring out my airport outfit, the very first thing I pack is my bathing suit and cover up.  I tend to pack too many of each, but if I could only pack one, it would be this bathing suit and this cover up.   The bathing suit paired with a pair of shorts could definitely pass for a top and the cover up is great for breakfast or lunch on your way to the beach.  I love pieces I can wear both to the beach and around the hotel without feeling like I’m in my bathing suit in the lobby!

Off the Shoulder Swimsuit

 

Beach Cover Up

I also think this maxi dress is a must.  It can be a coverup, wear it sightseeing or for a casual dinner.  It’s one of those dresses you are going to wear a million times.  Cute with the bomber or a jean jacket when the nights get chilly.

V Neck Maxi

For a little color in my suitcase, I have to add this fun maxi.  I can definitely see this being worn to lunch or date night depending on shoes and accessories.  I love the halter neckline!  Again, looks great with either jacket choice.

Print Maxi

You need an interesting shirt to pair with shorts or your jeans you wear on the plane and this one fits the bill.  I can see it looking great on a ton of different body types.  It’s basic, but with a twist,  Something a little different than your ordinary gingham shirt.

Off the Shoulder shirt

 

I love this jumpsuit and think there’s tons of places to wear it on vacation.  It’s definitely something that depends on the shoes and accessories to determine how dressy it is.  You could pair it with flip flops and a hat for the day and high heeled sandals and tassel earrings for night time.

Jumpsuit

Speaking of hats, I always pack a couple in my bag when heading to somewhere sunny.  I make it a point to always protect my face from the sun.  The rest of me I try to protect, but my face always!  Wrinkles are not funny!

I usually have some kind of baseball hat or fedora that I wear on the plane and then I pack a big sun hat.  If you don’t have a packable one, put clothes in the middle of the hat and then lay it hole down in your suitcase (with the clothes in the hole part) and then pack around it to keep it’s shape.  This hat is reasonably priced and has full coverage.

Floppy Hat

 

You also need versatile bags to take with you.  I love this bag for your casual day looks.  It’s perfect for the plane and around town and could double as a beach bag in a pinch.

Resort Bag

I also dig this straw bag and think it could get a ton of wear.  Really cute with all the outfits above.

Black Straw Bag

 

Now we are up to my hardest part of packing, which is which shoes to take?  I think you can’t go wrong with these two.

Wedge

And along with your flip flops, throw in these amazing sneakers! Though I would probably wear them on the flight. Totally in love with them.

Animal Print Sneakers

 

To finish it off I would throw in some pajamas, shorts and a tshirt or two plus my beauty essentials.  Click on any of the pink links below the photos to locate the items shown.

What would you pack in your bag?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 

Must Have Monday

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  Mine was relaxing with a ton of Starbucks and Gilmore Girls marathoning and a dose of shopping.  I’ve never been a middle of the night Black Friday shopper.  Having worked retail in the past, I always feel bad for anyone who has to leave their family on Thanksgiving to go open a store, so I try not to shop until mid day on Friday.

Did you notice how many stores had their Black Friday sales start earlier in the week?  I swear every other email was another early Black Friday notice.  I was definitely on board for that!

I bought a few things online and I did venture out later on Friday and then again on Saturday for a few quick gifts.  I don’t even know why I bothered, I should have just shopped online for everything!  It wasn’t the crowds, it was more a woefully under staffed Macy’s that was annoying.

I did find a couple things I consider Must Have’s and am sharing today!

Voluspa Goji Tarroco Orange Candle

First up is this beautiful candle I found at a local gift shop (Gifted Hands for those of you that are local to Pittsburgh).  Though Voluspa can be found online at Nordstrom and a lot of other retailers.  I loved the red glass container (it looks slightly orange in the photo above but in person it is a really rich red) and can’t wait to use it once the candle is used up.   The note I notice the most from this one is the orange.  It has a great throw and you can definitely smell it throughout the house.  The red glass looks gorgeous at night when lit!

 

Alpaca Pajama Bottoms

One of the sales I hit up this weekend was the Lane Bryant 40% off everything sale.  I grabbed these Alpaca pajama pants.  I am definitely seeing Alpaca’s everywhere this Christmas!  These are super comfy and I am actually wearing them as I type this!

 

Halo Top Ice Cream

Every dieter’s fave, Halo Top Ice Cream!  It used to be sorta hard to find, but it is literally in every grocery store now.  I even found it in my small home town grocer.  My freezer currently has Cinnamon Roll and Peanut Butter Cup.  Available in a million flavors, it is perfect to hit that sweet craving when you are trying to cut calories.  The entire pint is less than 300 calories (varies depending on flavor) and is definitely the best low cal ice cream I’ve encountered.

What did you pick up during Black Friday weekend? Any must have’s? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 

Must Have Monday

I’ve been away from the blog for awhile now and have got a stockpile of things I’ve tried out and loved, so I thought I’d start off with a new series called Must Have Monday.   Let’s get started right away!

First off, the most delightful find of the season so far!  I’ve tried both the Dark Chocolaty Sea Salt and White Chocolatier Peppermint flavors and both are delicious.  There’s also a sugar cookie version, but I can’t speak personally for that one (though I am sure it is just as great).

For those of you that are local to Pittsburgh, I even like them even better than Pittsburgh Popcorn (shhhh!don’t tell!)  I really like Pittsburgh Popcorn and buy it all the time, but sometimes I find their chocolate mixes a bit overwhelming, meaning they clump together in giant clumps which are hard to eat.  This brand doesn’t do that giant clumping thing and I find it much easier to limit how much of it I eat.

They are a perfect answer to that sweet and salty craving.  Super easy to just throw in a cute bowl and on your holiday party table to make it look like you made an effort ! Go ahead and tell people you made them yourself off a Pinterest pin. 🙂

I found them locally at Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, but they are also available online.  Get thee to the grocery store stat people!!

I picked up this set of 3 stud earrings a couple weeks ago at Nordstrom locally and have worn all of them ever since.  I wanted some studs that weren’t your typical and these definitely fit the bill.  I bought gold, but you can find them in a rose gold and silver (along with the gold) online.  They would make a really cute Christmas present and you could even split them up for gift giving!  Check them out here!

I’m loving all the “fancy” sweatshirts out right now and couldn’t wait to pick up a couple for the Fall/Winter. This isn’t the greatest photo of it, but this shirt from Lane Bryant is all kinds of adorbs!

It’s got bell sleeves and a black tie ribbon detail on the shoulders.  It’s not quite a sweatshirt, but heavier than a regular top.  Really cute with black skinny jeans!  I love how it’s both comfy and a little bit special at the same time.  It’s in heavy rotation for my weekend wear!  Check it out online here or in store.

I’d love to hear about your latest must have’s in the comments!

 

 

Casual Christmas Eve Outfits

Every family spends Christmas Eve differently, some hold a fancy party, some go to church and dinner, and some spend it in their pajamas.  My Christmas Eve is usually church and dinner followed by family time, so I need a more casual Christmas Eve outfit.

When I think Christmas, I tend to gravitate toward plaid, red or sparkly!  Check out my faves below!

 

Casual Christmas Eve OutfitThis plaid ruffle top is adorable and will take you from Christmas through the Spring.  Find it here.

 

Casual Christmas Eve OutfitHow cute is this sleeveless plaid bow top?  You could wear with jeans, black pants, or a skirt and be so festive!  Find it here.

 

Casual Christmas Eve Outfit

I am in love with this shade of red, it’s gorgeous!  This is the most practical of my picks, you can wear it for Christmas Eve and then to work.  Perfect shirt to dress up or down.  Find it here.

 

Casual Christmas Eve Outfit

You have to have a festive sweater for Christmas!  This one doesn’t scream Christmas, but still feels Christmas-y.  Wear it with a puffer vest and jeans for a super casual Christmas Eve.  Find it here.

 

Casual Christmas Eve Outfit

This speaks to my sparkly heart!  A black sequin tshirt could be worn for so many different occasions!  I have a sequin tank top that I have worn a bunch of different ways and I think this tshirt would be even better!  Wear it with black pants to go classic, with jeans to go casual, with a print bottom to be a little funky.  Find it here.

Casual Christmas Eve Outfit

Everybody needs a sequin mini at Christmas time!  Perfect with a plaid or chambray shirt.  Casual with a tee.  Wear it with a  turtleneck if it’s cold.  So many ways to wear it! Plus you can reuse it for NYE! Find it here.

I’d love to hear about your Christmas eve plans in the comments below!

 

Fall Purchases 2016

I need new clothes like I need a hole in  my head, so I tried to be reasonable when adding some new fall additions to my closet.  I thought you might like to see some of my purchases and hear about something I am still on the hunt for.

My Fall Purchases

 

Plaid Camp Shirt

I bought this maroon and black plaid camp shirt at Torrid.  It’s extra long which I love.  I also love that it’s not your standard red and black plaid.  I’ve worn it a couple times and it’s really comfy.

My Fall Purchases

I also bought this AMAZING olive green military inspired jacket at Torrid.  I had to go to two different stores to find it, but it was well worth it.  I will admit, I did feel a bit Janet Jackson circa Rhythm Nation, the first time I wore it, but I got over that!  I seriously want to wear it everyday!  Apparently, I am not the only one, because it is currently sold out online.  You may luck out and find one in store.  Definitely worth checking out.

My Fall Purchases

Bow Blouse

I fell in love with this Ruffle Bow Blouse from Eloquii.  It comes in a deep red and a yellow also.  It’s hard to read it in the photo, but the detail on the blouse is awesome.  It’s super girly, yet in black it’s a real statement piece.  You can wear it with jeans or a suit.  Highly recommend this item!

P.S. For those of you who haven’t ordered from Eloquii yet, I always order a size up.  They charge a restocking fee, so I would always rather err on the side of too big rather than too small.

My Fall Purchases

Metallic Patch Jeans

Again, the photo doesn’t do these jeans justice.  They are boyfriend jeans with distressed patches and the patches are lined with metallic gold fabric!  Can you tell I am excited about these?!?!  I bought them on the loose side because they are boyfriend style.  I cannot wait to wear these!

My Fall Purchases

Those of you who follow me on Instagram, have already seen this beauty.  I bought this Plaid Bag at the Kate Spade Outlet in Florida.  I can’t find it online, but you can call an outlet and if they have it in stock they will ship it to you.  I may or may not have bought the matching scarf too!

I’m still on the hunt for the perfect booties, but haven’t found the right price point, style and fit yet.  I know Nordstrom will have what I want, but at a price I probably don’t want to spend!

What did you add to your closet this Fall?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!