Friday, August 22, 2014

Animal Maxi

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nothing beats a good maxi dress on a hot day where the last thing you want to wear is shapewear and anything extra on your body! When Marisota, the sister site of Simply Be, asked me if I'd try out some of their items, of course, I'm always down so I can report to you my experience. So, I picked out this maxi from their site which is a Simply Be brand item. It does come with spaghetti straps, but I found them too far in the center and honestly pointless as I'm one who loves a strapless top. With my Cacique strapless bra (which I have in white/nude/black of course) I was supported all night long. 

Loved this dress as it is really light weight and the fabric isn't clingy at all - almost a tad crunchy, for a lack of a better word - which I really like because it didn't stick to me as I literally sweat ONE MILLION GALLONS of sweat this night. Seriously. Not even joking. The length was perfect for me, but would definitely be too long for anyone shorter - I'm 5'8". 

This dress is a definite and being super picky about my animal print, I rather love this one. Thank you Marisota!




Thursday, August 21, 2014

Business-Mom-Wife Mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014



While I work extremely hard to keep all balls floating seemlessly in the air, you know with site tours (at Pioneer Square this day) and crazy work weeks for Portland Fashion Week, errands and favors for my husband, groceries and car washes, karate on Tues and Thurs for little man (this was a Tuesday), swimming on Monday, team meetings on Wed nights -- well, a midst all of this, I can say that dressing up nice CAN make my day go smoother. I feel more confident, I walk a bit taller and I face my problems a bit stronger. Not that gold plated shoes and Chanel inspired jackets will make all my problems and stress disappear, but it sure does help to look in the mirror and feel good. 

First up - site tour at the location for fall Portland Fashion Week... 

My crew :) 




Then - pick up the kiddo for karate practice... hiyah!




And since I always forget pictures, I take them at the end and my little man has discovered the calculator. LOL  That's a day in my life :)

Skirt Torrid | Top c/o Lane Bryant Lane Collection | Shoes c/o Torrid | Jacket Lane Bryant

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Aveda Institute Portland Assembly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 Put in extra makeup routine time today for the Aveda assembly. Plus, if you ONLY knew how many products are in my hair, honestly from salt spray to flexible hold spray to firm hold to volumizing to dry shampoo - Lord - it was a DAY - so this is what I got :).
 Kudos to Calvin, my Jr Producer of PFW, for this capture - he's so great as knowing my angles - love you Calvin!
 Not sure what I'm doing with this hair, but I refuse to cut it! LOL 
 My favorite white denim ever are a white version of my favorite dark denim ever - the Sophia Skinny from Torrid - Size 26R. Shoes by Payless Shoes - Size 11W.
 Top c/o Yours Clothing - size 30/32 - and I really didn't need to go so big - but I love it flowy.
This woman right here, Kimberly Johnson - Owner of Dosha Salon Spa and Aveda Institute Portland, is one of the wisest most kick ass business women I know and I'm so grateful to work with her and soak in all the advise she will give me. Thank you for the opportunity to speak at the assembly today on behalf of Portland Fashion Week!

If you're in the Portland / Vancouver WA area and looking into going to a beauty school - there's no competition - they are the BEST and have a new campus in Vancouver WA. Check out www.avedapdx.com.






Friday, August 8, 2014

Review // In the city with Yours Clothing

Friday, August 08, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hey there my loves!
It's been entirely too long since I popped in, I'm so sorry, but I do update all the time on my instagram, so be sure to hang out with me there.

I recently was approached by Yours Clothing, someone actually I'd been wanting to try, but being on the larger end of "plus" I'm terrified of the UK companies that convert to US sizing. I'm not sure why as all previous experiences have yielded great experiences (SimplyBe, Asos clothes - not shoes - that's another story). So, they offered to let me try out some items and I was eager to share my experience with you.

I am so so happy to report how great Yours Clothing is. I was instantly struck by the quality - maybe I'm just getting used to lower quality from US clothing? But, not one thing was cheap or skimped, the best. Then, the sizing - spot on - in fact I ordered a size up on these pants here and shouldn't have! They fit and work -but would love one size down so a big more fitted, either way - so so happy. And, another thing about the sizing...being a girl with a large hips and behind who wants a "flowy" top -it's been MURDER. I order like 2 sizes up but then the arm wholes are out of control - so I wear a cami under, but them I'm hot because I'm in layers, just the entire thing - never fun. This top here WAS PERFECT! I ordered 1 size up and as you can see, plenty of room and dang, probably didn't need to order a size up???
Finally - pricing - absolutely INSANE - these pants are only $33, in the states we expect to pay easy $50 for the quality you get. This top, just $22.50. #wow

So needless to say, I'm so so thankful you contacted me Yours Clothing and to show my readers the rest of the outfits. Here are some pics of this top and these pants.

Final review? BIG GIRL APPROVED.