Gingham For Spring 2018

Gingham is the most obvious thing ever for Spring, but something about it just draws me in every year!  You can literally find it everywhere this year and I am loving the fresh new ways it is being used from bags to shoes to housewares.  It just looks so happy and crisp to me, exactly what we need after this bi-polar winter we have had going on.  PS, even Gucci has some gingham shoes out!  (crazily priced, but still!)  I tried to round up some atypical finds that weren’t your usual gingham button down or shorts and hope you love them as much as I do!  As always, click on the pink link to see the item in store.


Off the Shoulder Top

First up is this adorable off the shoulder top.  It would be so cute with white jeans or shorts and would look equally good with black pants.

Wrap Gingham Top

Love, love, love this wrap gingham top.  It’s so airy and gives you full coverage if the off the shoulder top is too much for you.  Again, would look amazing with white jeans.


Gingham Dress

I call this one the grown up Dorothy dress.  I love it’s elbow length sleeves and the wrap top.  Such a cute dress!

Lace Up Denim

I was sincerely not prepared for how cute this lace up ankle denim is!  Gah!  Pretty sure I am going to have to purchase these.  I must warn you, they are very pricey!  Wait for a sale!  They come in both plus and missy sizes, petite and regular, so we can all geek out on our gingham!!

Not sure gingham is for you?  Ease into it with this headband.  Could it be more southern preppy?


Gingham Flats


How about these gingham flats for Spring and Summer?  For all of us who wear black all Summer long, these are perfect!  Pretty sure I am going to need to buy these too!

Monogrammed Gingham Clutch

The sight of this clutch made my monogram, preppy loving heart explode!  OMG!  This is a must have!  And the perfect gift for all those Spring birthdays!  FYI, she makes a ton of really cute bags in different fabrics.  Love them!

Gingham Mules

I like that these are so different and not your typical gingham shoe.  And I think you could get away with them from now until early September since they are closed toe.  Kinda torn between these and the other flats above.


Gingham Plates

Gingham for Spring doesn’t just stop at clothes!  Look at these all kinds of adorable gingham plates!  How cute would these be for Easter?  or the navy for Fourth of July?


Are you a gingham fan?  I’d love to hear about if you love or hate it in the comments!

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.


Must Have Monday

I’m still in the midst of my love affair with blush pink and when I got an email featuring this Lace Trench, I almost passed out!

Lace Trench

I couldn’t find it anywhere local in store and it was selling out within hours of the email delivery, so I was really having an internal debate about whether or not I needed it in my life.  Could you even think of a more perfect Easter coat?  GAH!!!  Find it via the pink link above.

Black Dress

I bought a bunch of stuff online last week and it is finally starting to arrive.  Some were hits, some were misses, but this dress was a definite hit.

It’s super easy to wear, the sleeves give nice coverage and the box pleat front is very flattering.  I would call it medium to light weight material, so perfect for now until probably the end of May, but I personally think it would be too hot for dead summer.

I sized up one size in this, who knows why at the time? but I was glad I did.  I really wanted it to skim my body and it does, so I would recommend sizing up.  It is definitely a keeper! Find it via the pink link above.

IT Cosmetics

I have always been pretty loyal to Lancome foundation.  It was medium coverage, which is what I have always used, plus I have sensitive skin and it does not like change with regard to foundation.  For whatever reason, Lancome has always been my go to and any time I veered from it, I was left with a splotchy, itchy face.  The joys of genetics!

Unfortunately, Lancome quit making my old standby formula.  I bought their new version and I don’t know if I am happy with it yet.  I know that sounds weird, but trust me.  It may end up that I find a new one to love, but we aren’t at that stage of our relationship yet.  I am just not sure if I love the coverage / consistency yet.

While I was dithering about my Lancome situation,  I was watching a makeup tutorial on you tube and she used full coverage.  All of a sudden, I needed a full coverage foundation in my life.  I am sure you can relate!

Anyhoo, I happened upon this IT Cosmetics foundation right after that and had to have it!  I’ve worn it exactly twice since I got it and so far, so good.  No skin reaction, fingers crossed that stays the same!

But, what I love is the full coverage!  I thought I would hate it and feel like I had a ton of makeup on, but I didn’t.  I could tell it was way more coverage than I usually sport, but I didn’t feel like it looked like a mask (as I feared).  It looked pretty natural.  I loved not seeing freckles and really just seeing a smooth canvas.  Those of you who always use full coverage are probably thinking, duh! For me, it was so different, but good different. Time will tell if this becomes my new go to, but here’s my pros and cons to date.


Coverage is very nice. I bought the Light shade and it was a great match to my pale winter skin and actually warmed it up.  It applied very smoothly.


The bottle is tiny!  I had to use several pumps to cover my whole face and I think this little bottle is going to go fast!  I also am not sure how it is going to hold up over a 12 hour day.  I am not one to touch my face up (other than lips) through out the day, and I wasn’t 100% sure how well the hold up was after an entire day.  I will give it a couple more tries before I say it’s not good.


Foundation Brush

My other IT Cosmetics purchase was this foundation brush.  I watched a video of someone using it and was mesmerized.  It honestly is the easiest thing in the world to use plus it is baby soft!  You just pump some foundation on your hand, dip the tip of the brush through it and then sweep the brush across your face.

The way the brush is cut, it will sweep under your eye perfectly.  I found it a bit clunky around the tip of my nose, but I just smoothed that section out with my fingers.  This is a complete yes and definitely something I would recommend!  Find it on Amazon via the pink link or they sell it at Ulta too.




Spring Bags

I tend to reward myself with a new bag when something goes right (or wrong if I’m honest!) and I had a couple things go right last week, so it’s time!  Luckily, there are tons of Spring bag options out there to be checked out.

I, of course, love a black bag as much as the next girl, but I thought I might venture into some blush choices this go around.  Something about the new Spring blush bags is pulling at me.  I figured since I was already checking out the choices, I would share my contenders with my readers.

Leigh Faux Leather Tote

This faux leather tote is pretty reasonably priced.  I like the tassels and love that you can fit a ton inside.  Perfect for a trip.  It only had one review, so not sure of the quality.

Medium Transport Tote

This leather tote is a bit more pricey, but this brand is definitely high quality.  Tons of reviews online, all pretty positive.  I like this brand a lot, but I’ve never seen this color in person.  I’ve only seen their English Saddle color (but it is lovely!).   Again, it’s a tote, so you can fit a ton in it.  Perfect for your commute.

Faux Leather Ruffle Clutch

Completely different than the totes, of course, but I couldn’t resist including this ruffle clutch.  This is adorable and would be so great for showers and weddings!  It’s reasonably priced and pretty large for a clutch.  I have heard nothing but good things about Sole Society, though I haven’t checked out anything from them in person.  They basically sell out of everything I want to buy before I get a chance to pull the trigger!  I think this bag will probably sell out too!


Madison Layden Floral

Damn you Kate Spade and your super fun bags!  Ugh!  I do love this bag, and I have loved Kate Spade in the past and own a few bags, buuuuttt I really feel like their quality has gone somewhat downhill.  Anyone else feel that way too?  I feel like Coach has gone the same way.  When I compare older bags I own to their new stuff, it just doesn’t feel as substantial or well made.  Just my opinion and hopefully something both brands will remedy.  In any case, this bag is all kind of adorbs, but I need to check it out in person, especially at this price.  And really, I was looking for more of an every day bag, instead of a novelty one, but gah! KS gets me every time!


Mori Suede Crossbody

This bag is by All Saints and I’ve heard really good things about this brand.  I love the whip stitching on the bag and the tassels.  I used to have a pink suede bag years ago and I love, love, loved it! Definitely on the pricey side.

Darren Deerskin Feed Bag

I have a couple Rebecca Minkoff bags and I love them.  They are super soft leather and hold up well.  This one looks to be the same.  It’s different enough from the two I already have and of course, the blush is beautiful!  It comes in black too, but the hardware is gold and I have to say, that one is calling my name too!  I am pretty torn on this bag.  The other great thing is, it comes with a convertible cross body strap, so you can either use it as a shoulder or crossbody.  That appeals to me especially when trekking around on my commute.  It’s a bit pricey but the quality is great.

Je’Taime Convertible

Last but not least is this convertible number, also from Rebecca Minkoff.  This bag was all over blogland in the fall in the berry color, but this blush is to die for!  I love the idea of a small bag that I can always through into something bigger if needed, but then just have this for running around.  I know quality will be great and I love that the strap has leather where it hits your shoulder.  It’s a minor thing, but major if you ever have had to lug your bag around all day with a chain strap digging.

Which one would you pick?  Any others I should check out?  Let me know in the comments!


How to Choose Flooring for Your Home

We have tons of things on our wish list to swap out in our house to make it more us, but we agreed the first thing we needed to do was change out the flooring.  Hopefully, my experience will help you choose flooring for your home.

I went a bit crazy with the pinning and researching of flooring options, check out my Home Decor board to see what I mean!  We considered both  hardwood and laminate options.  I knew I wanted wide plank and a lighter color.  I was leaning toward gray washes and some barn wood options.

We needed something that could withstand some moisture and I wanted something relatively hardy and low care.  With a dog, we needed it to be able to withstand any errant nail scratches and random accidents.

We went to our local big box home improvement centers and brought home all the samples in our color range.  We were able to take our samples and try them next to the kitchen cabinets and in various rooms to see how they looked in different lighting.

This of course weeded out some colors.  I truly felt like Goldilocks.  Nothing was feeling exactly right and I was bummed.  My beloved gray washes were okay, but they just weren’t screaming yes to me.

We had pretty much ruled out hardwoods at this point, so I did some more research on laminates.  We found a Pergo product called Pergo Max Premier and it met all of our needs.

I turned back to my friend the Internet and found a color in Pergo Max Premier that I thought might work.  We went to several stores that said they had it in stock to see what it looked like in person, but unfortunately, all of their web sites were incorrect.  This was just the beginning of my annoyance with big box home improvement stores in this odyssey!

The color I thought was the answer to my flooring needs was Blonde Onyx Oak.  It was a blend of black, brown and a barnwood beige.  We decided to order a box of the shade to see it in person since no one had it in stock. Miraculously, we both loved it.  It looked great in different lighting and we were sold.

Photo from Pergo’s website of Blonde Onyx Oak

We went back to the store and ordered it and it was a nightmare from then on, but it’s over now and we love it!  I truly cannot recommend the store we bought it from, nor the installers, but we do love the product so far and we love the color.

I did have a minute of buyer’s remorse the first day I came home from work and saw it partially installed.  It seemed to have a lot going on and it took my eye a minute to get used to it in our house.  I chalk it up to being half of a room and the pattern not being completely throughout the room.  Now though, I think it looks great. The brown and barnwood beige colors tend to be predominate and the black is more of an accent to me.  I wanted something that worked with wood tones, black and gray and yet had a warmth and I think this flooring does that well.

It has also stood up to some pretty severe spills.  On Christmas, the Christmas ham platter spilled on to the floor and grease went everywhere.  It cleaned up, no problem!  I am anxious to see how it holds up in the coming years, but everyone we’ve spoken to said it is the highest quality Pergo product and should last a long time.

My 10 tips for choosing flooring for your home:

  1. Do research on laminate versus hardwood and choose what fits you and your family best.  There are pluses and minuses for both.
  2.  Grab every sample you think you might like and bring it home.  Some stores charge for samples and some don’t, but it’s a pretty nominal amount.
  3. Put the samples down next to your built ins and furniture and take a photo.
  4. Try them in every room and every time of day to see how the light affects them.  You can see in my photos how different my floor looks in my kitchen versus my hallway.
  5. Look at your photos and see what grabs you!  I was able to narrow down my choices via photos much easier than in person.  Weird, but it worked!
  6. Go back to the drawing board if you have to!
  7. Check the manufacturer’s website for colors not carried by the stores.
  8. Order samples of anything not in stock!
  9. Make sure you LOVE what you choose, flooring is not cheap and you are going to have it for a long time, be sure it’s a firm yes!
  10. Make sure your installers mix up the pattern with laminate.  Since the pattern repeats, you don’t want multiple pieces with the same pattern next to each other.




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.


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.


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!