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Monday, December 29, 2014

Prep'd Picks | Welcoming 2015

I am totally ready for 2015. Toodles, 2014. 

I wasn't quite sure what to feature for today's post. The after Christmas sales (everywhere) or maybe New Year's Eve dresses (already covered, more or less)? I decided to go with some things I'd like to wear in the New Year, plus the 50,000 sweaters I got for Christmas(!).

I love the colors in this Pendleton blazer. Yes, it is the same Pendleton that makes those classic wool blankets that are currently trendy. I didn't know they sold a plus size line until I came across it on 6pm.com.  This is a nice piece that could be worn from September through April.

I know the red dress with the awesome sleeves? cape thingys? is very much a summer dress but I love it so much that I had to feature it. If you're one of those lucky women who got a winter vacation as a Christmas gift this year, this dress would be perfect to take. I absolutely adore those sleeve thingys, they really turn this from a simple jersey dress into something much nicer.

Fair aisle + sweater dress + fun colors = a great buy for $68.  Truly, the colors are everything in this cheerful sweater dress.

My mom bought this Old Navy blouse recently and I decided that I really like it. It comes in this coral shade ("Apple Guava") and navy. It's almost tunic length so take that into account. This is a good piece if you're wanting something bright to wear yet seasonally appropriate.

Lastly, I've received a few emails from readers wanting more dresses with sleeves. Sleeves, plus a fun print make this Calvin Klein dress a good all-year-round choice. This would look amazing with colorful accessories.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Resort 2015


Some may be lucky enough to already have plans to take a cruise or have plans for an island getaway this winter. Others may be even luckier to be gifted such a vacation on Christmas Day. A) If you're going on a cruise, be sure to take your flight the day BEFORE the cruise. Flight delays and cancellations are so common this time of year the extra bit spent on a hotel for the night is well-worth the piece of mind.  B)...can I come with you?

 If you've been wondering about the small selection of swimsuits that suddenly popped up in stores amidst the cashmere sweaters , it's due to a very small fashion cycle known as resort. The two main fashion seasons are spring/summer and fall/winter. The resort season only lasts for a few weeks in December and January but it brings in big bucks for retailers and designers. These small collections tend to be very wearable and allow for designers to test ideas. If you'd like a swimsuit that isn't covered in hibiscus blossoms, now is the time to shop for one.

Lands' End is single-handedly the place to shop for swimwear right now. Great prices and selection, what more can you ask for? No matter what kind of suit you like, they have it right now. Of note are their rashguards which come with a UV filter built into the fabric to help protect against the sun.  I really can't emphasize proper sun protection enough. I have a permanent scar covering most of my upper back from sun poisoning a few years ago. I'm lucky it hasn't turned into skin cancer.

Even though resort is big in straight sizes, for plus sizes it more or less means a few swimsuits and one or two floral dresses. However, I was able to find several pieces perfect for drinks on the lido deck or even just happy hour after lunch (minus the jumpsuit. Totally not work wear).  The blue sheath has a beautiful color that's perfect for spring. The pink floral sheath is made of ponte, so it's easy to throw on over a day at the beach. The palm print dress is whimsical, and these Old Navy Pixie Pants are perfect in Nantucket Red. I was iffy on the jumpsuit and almost didn't include it, but I like it better than any maxi dress I saw. It has a great shape and details without crossing into club wear, which is the category that most plus size jumpsuits fall into. 

Seriously, though, can I come with you?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Prep'd Picks | Lounge Lizards

I'm excited because I get two weeks off for the Christmas holidays. I'm not sure what I'll do with myself. After checking my planner, it says I'm hitting the couch. I'm okay with this.

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At this point in the holiday season, it's time to kick back. Presents are wrapped and are under the tree, the parties have mostly died down, and it's time to relax. My lounge wardrobe is pretty extensive, although I have shingles to blame for this--please get the vaccination if you can! I had to wear yoga pants for almost four months straight. Even though plus size selection is getting so much better, there are a few areas I think need improvement. Mostly, true luxury goods in rich and soft fabrics. This cashmere robe is the very epitome of luxury. I'd probably wear this for the rest of my life, no matter the occasion or weather. Why yes, your honor, I am wearing a bathrobe. Thank you for noticing. Seriously, you need to feel this thing it's so freakin' soft. Wait, what does contempt of court mean?*

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I've noticed that pajama quality has been going downhill. It's just one of those odd things I've picked up over the years, but as style is becoming increasingly casual the quality of clothes just isn't following suit. I've purchased several pairs of flannel PJ pants in November only to have them threadbare by February. This is the time of year, though, to pick up some really nice lounge gear at even nicer prices. Flannel? Rayon? Sweats? Leggings? No matter the style, it's out there on sale, or if you wait a few more days, it'll all be marked down even more.

One of the reasons I started fashion blogging several years ago was because I was getting tired of seeing people out in their PJ pants all the time. In particular were the women in fuzzy Tweety Bird PJ pants with full faces of makeup and straightened hair. If you have twenty minutes to apply your eyeliner, you have thirty seconds to put on a pair of jeans.

*I totally don't recommend doing this.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Marsala | Color of the Year for 2015

Marsala Pantone Color of the Year 2015

The coming new year brings us a brand new Pantone Color of the Year. After much deliberation for the lucky 2015 hue, the committee settled upon Marsala, a reddish-brown shade. Pantone believes that Marsala will "embody a certain amount of confidence and stability."  Typically Pantone's announcement is made to great fanfare but this year the reaction has been more subdued. It's been compared to rust, dried blood, and 90's lipstick, not to mention what the blog The Cut had to say about it:
It's a color that makes you want to go to Olive Garden or order Tampax in bulk.
Personally, I'm fine with Marsala. In my eyes it's a base or foundation color, it's there to make another color pop out somewhere. However, I believe Marsala is going to have limited uses. Pantone has envision the color everywhere, from furniture to cosmetics but ultimately, I don't think it's going to do well. The comparisons to a Clinique lipstick from the 90's isn't too far off; Marsala really does feel dated despite its more or less classic shade.

I'd also like to issue a warning: when it comes to cosmetics, Marsala and similar shades can be aging. It's fantastic and very wearable as eyeshadow, but you should be wary around lipsticks and blushes. Granted, I loved the 90s very much--I spent more time in raves then I'd care to admit to--but I don't feel the need to return to the cosmetic aesthetics.

If you'd like to see more selections in Marsala, head over to my new Pinterest board!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Prep'd Picks | Ideas for the Not Yet Cold

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 1} It hasn't gotten what I call "coat cold" yet--that comes in January. If it's 30 degrees and above, I'll just wear a jacket or a thick sweater. I've been thinking about getting a barn jacket for a while and L.L. Bean has this amazing jacket that is lined in flannel. Great for weekends or casual days at the office.

2} A great trench for the work week. There's also a short version available.

3} This dress is so pretty and the velvet fabric is perfect for winter. Unfortunately, the velvet fabric is the one bad point of the this dress--depending on where you live, velvet is more or less unwearable for most of the year. Had this dress been in ponte or another fabric, this could have been an amazing year-round dress.  In the meantime, a red blazer or gray cardigan would be chic.

4} These boots carry many names: Chukkas, Desert Boots, Wallabees. Whatever you prefer to call them, this pair has a lot of great details (and tassels!) for under $40. You can't beat that.

5} One of my longest fashion itches has been for a white purse. I've held off on one because, well, I know for sure I ain't going to be able to keep it clean. This one is not actually white, more of an super light gray that I'd call oyster.  More to the point, according to Lands' End, you can simply rub out minor scuff marks. It can also be monogrammed, and comes in a hobo and bucket shape. 

6} A shirt that can be worn professionally with all the comfort of a tee. The details keep it business appropriate--banded collar, bracelet sleeves with buttons.  I'd pair this shirt tucked in with my navy blue suit or just with jeans on the weekend.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Gift Guide | Hostess Gifts

Welcome to Gift Guide Week! All this week will be full of gift guides to help you plan for your holiday shopping, even if it's just a little something to stick in your own stocking.

I'm starting the week off with hostess gifts.  With parties and gatherings around the corner it's never a bad idea to have a gift or two on hand. A hostess gift doesn't need to be expensive or fancy, a sampler of jams or a bag of a seasonal coffee blend is perfectly acceptable. 

A note on certain gifts:
It's nice to have some--for lack of a better word--generic hostess gifts on hand, don't forget to think about the person to whom you're gifting. Flowers are always appreciated but don't forget to bring them in a vase or even a jar so the hostess doesn't have to worry about arranging them at that moment. Wine is also another fantastic gift, but skip the two buck chuck and get something extra nice.
Shop hostess gifts below:

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