Plus Size St. Patrick’s Day Outfits

I don’t know what is happening this year, but somehow it went from February to almost St. Patrick’s Day in a blink of the eye!  Just me?

I love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and have done plenty of blog posts about them in prior years (see links at the end of this post for year’s past), but I thought this year, I would do a round up of green choices for plus sizes.  I am really loving all of these and hope they inspire you to create your perfect St. Patrick’s Day outfit!   And of course, it goes without saying, they can be worn on any other day of the year too!


I love this emerald green side tie top.  It is so cute with jeans and perfect for that Spring in between weather.


If you don’t like green next to your face, these green pants are a perfect option.  I have a couple pairs of these in different colors and they can be dressed up or down.  I could see this shade of green with a chambray shirt and flats for casual wear and then with a jacket or printed flowy blouse for work.


I am in love with this ruffle dress.  It just looks so super comfy!


Keeping with the ruffle theme with this gorgeous blouse with ruffle sleeves.


This side twist, short sleeve top is super flattering.


I love the ease of this blouse and can see it with jeans or work wear too.

To check out any of these for yourself, click on the corresponding pink numbered link above.


Valentine’s Day Pittsburgh Style

Valentine’s day is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me.  You know it is coming, but you sort of forget about it and next thing you know it’s here.

I decided to start looking for some things to do to celebrate Valentine’s day earlier this year and came up with a couple really interesting choices for Pittsburgh locals.  These aren’t your usual dinner and a movie ideas!  Now to just talk my husband into one of these!!  Note that since Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, some of these are the weekend before and the weekend after the actual holiday.

Cupids and Canines

When:  Saturday February 17, 2018 from 6-11 pm

A Monte Carlo night to benefit Humane Animal Rescue and Bow Wow Buddies Foundation.  There’s a band, auctions, and a dog wedding.

More information here.


Wigle Whiskey’s Spicy Soiree

When: February 10 and 11, 2018 (check website for times)

Celebrate Wigle Whiskey’s release of this year’s Afterglow Roasted Ginger Whiskey.  Live music and tasty bites including ginger donuts!

More information here.


Animal Instincts Valentine’s Dinner at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

When: February 16, 2018

This one is a bit out there, but for the right couple it would be perfect!  It’s different, that’s for sure!  It’s dinner, cocktails and an adults only presentation on exotic animal mating!  There’s also some small animal visits, let’s hope they aren’t mating!

More information here.


My Snarky Valentine at the Children’s Museum

When: February 8, 2018

An evening of food, drink and making.  There’s adult crafting, karaoke, and pierogies!  Can’t get more Pittsburgh than that, right? There will also be some adoptable animals from Humane Animal Rescue.

More information here.


Galentine’s Day Yoga

When: February 13, 2018

A sixty minute yoga sesh at the History Center followed by prosecco and warm chocolate chip cookies plus after hours access to the American Spirit exhibition.

More information here.


Valentine’s Day at Heinz Chapel

When: February 14, 2018

I went to Pitt and have never heard this legend before, but it’s on the internet so you know it must be true (ha!)  Legend has it that if you kiss on the steps of Heinz Chapel, one day you will be married there. The first fifty couples get a rose and if you stop by the Schenley Bridge and add a love lock and you have an Instagram perfect day!

More information here.


I’d love to hear what you are doing for Valentine’s Day in the comments below!




Christmas Tree Collars

Do you know what a tree collar is?  I didn’t until a few weeks ago and I am now in love with them!  It’s one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you saw it. Ha!

If you haven’t heard of tree collars before either, they are a modern alternative to the tree skirt.  The collar covers the Christmas tree stand with a streamlined look.  If you are like me and have a pet, the traditional tree skirt is a huge pain.  My dog thinks its his and tends to steal it from the tree.  I think a tree collar would take him some time to steal, though who knows with that determined dog!  I also happen to just love the look.

Gold Tree Collar

I think my fave is this gold tree collar.  It comes in silver too.  Since I am basically a magpie, I love anything shiny!  I love that tree collars work with artificial or real trees and hide all the mechanics underneath.

Woven Tree Collar

Woven Tree Collar

Another one I love is this dark woven tree collar.  It’s way more subtle than the gold if you are into more minimal decor for the holidays.  This one is from Pier One, but I’ve seen similar at Home Depot.

Wood Tree Collar

Wood Tree Collar

Another choice for a more minimal decor is this wood and galvanized metal tree collar.  I love how it looks with the tree! And actually would work really well with my living room.

Red Tree Collar

And this beauty is perfect if you go whole hog with your holiday decor or love a traditional red and green Christmas scheme.  This red tree collar is gorgeous!

Do you have a tree collar? I’d love to see a photo of it in the comments!

Christmas Bucket List

I know, I know, I am a bit late with this idea, but I’ve had so much craziness going on, I haven’t had time to type it up and you don’t want to have to try and read my handwritten list of these ideas!

I absolutely hate to waste a vacation day and since I tend to hoard my days until the end of the year, I have a couple to take this month.  I wanted to come up with some ideas of activities I could do with my husband, family or friends on those days.  Most of these I’ve done at various times of my life, but listing them all out in one place makes it easy to pick one when the mood strikes and helps me remember to celebrate the season! Plus, I figure listing them all out, will make it way more likely my husband will pick one he wants to do!

If unlike my husband, you like to do things on the spur of the moment, you could write them each on a slip of paper and pull one out of a jar for a spontaneous outing!  Since I got such a late start, I am only listing ten, but if you have more ideas, let me know in the comments!

Christmas Bucket List

  1.  Make an ornament
  2. Take a drive to look at Christmas lights and be sure to pick up hot chocolate on the way!
  3. Hold a Christmas movie marathon in your pajamas (Here’s a list of my fave grown up ones)
  4. Make fudge or rock candy
  5. Donate toys to a local toy drive or buy for a family in need
  6. Host a cookie party where everyone goes home with a dozen of each guests special favorites
  7. Cut paper snowflakes out
  8. Go see the Nutcracker
  9. Make cinnamon rolls for breakfast and fight over the one with the most icing
  10. Figure out your New Year’s plans ahead of time




Buffalo Check Christmas and Home Decor

I absolutely love buffalo check (or plaid) and especially love it for Christmas!  I’m having an phone issue, so I can’t upload a picture of my front porch, but it is currently sporting a buffalo check be-ribboned wreath and welcome mat!

I started seeing it in Christmas decor last year and this year, it is EVERYWHERE!  I rounded up some of my fave buffalo check home and Christmas decor below.

Monogram Buffalo Check Throw

This monogrammable buffalo check throw from Nordstrom would make a great Christmas gift!  I love the subtle gray and white.

Buffalo Check Sherpa Throw

I have a similar sherpa throw and I am totally in love with how soft and warm it is.   I don’t know which of these I would buy, I am torn between gray and black and red!

Deer Ornament

How cute is this deer ornament?  It would make a great gift topper!


Buffalo Plaid Stocking

I am in love with this fur trimmed stocking!  It would look amazing with some of my other Christmas decor.


Technically a mousepad isn’t Christmas or home decor but I couldn’t resist! How cute would this be as part of a gift with the deer ornament as a topper?

Buffalo Check Pillow Cover

I have been trying to resist these buffalo check pillow covers since October!  I think having the red and black all year long would make me get tired of it and I can’t justify buying them just for Christmas.  I still love them though!!


Buffalo Check Duvet Cover

Same story with this duvet cover.  I have always wanted to have a Christmas bedroom and this would be perfect! but alas, the cost factor!  It would make a really cute boys room too.  Speaking of, I’ve seen some adorable buffalo check nurseries lately!

Do you love buffalo check like I do? What do you have in your home that’s buffalo check? 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!



Pumpkin Spice Everything!


Sorry for my prolonged absence from the blog, but I’ve had a ridiculous amount of stuff going on in my life the past few months.  I hope to have some more time in the near future to blog, but most likely I won’t be back to regular blogging until November.  I appreciate each and everyone of you that has been checking in over the past couple months to see any updates!  I promise, more to come on what’s been going on in the future! (Some BIG things)

In the meantime, it’s pumpkin spice season and I can’t let it pass without blogging about it!  I broke out my Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice tshirt last week while enjoying my fifth pumpkin spice Starbucks of the season and realized when someone asked me where I got it, that the company who made mine went out of business.  🙁

I decided to check out Etsy to see if anyone else sold a similar one and found an amazing amount of PS inspired stuff.  There are tons of tees, but I also found a lot of other stuff.  I thought I would put together a quick round up of my faves for everyone.

Basic AF Mug

How hilariously appropriate is this mug?  I absolutely need this one!  I might be basic, but I don’t care cause pumpkin spice is freaking delicious!!


Pumpkin Spice Socks
These socks crack me up!  I definitely need these for around the house.  Perfect thing to pair with a Starbucks gift card.

Pumpkin Spice Girl Tote

How cute is this tote for Fall?  Easy to tuck into a care package for your fave college student to use around campus.

Pumpkin Spice Tee

If you are like me and can’t say no to a PS, this is the shirt for you!


Pumpkin Spice Card

The perfect card to include with any gift this Fall!  And the shop (LilyandVal) is based in Pittsburgh, my hometown!  Even better!

Want to see the rest of my picks?  Check out my Pumpkin Spice Pinterest board here!

Thanks again for checking out the blog and I promise lots more to come soon!!