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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Prep'd Picks | Summer Sales for Fall Fashion

With Labor Days less than two weeks away, it's time to start checking the summer clearance rack. Even though Labor Day is the fashion's world official start of fall, temperatures can still be well into the 90s through September. Pre-fall, that is, styles in fall colors and trends but in summer weights--aren't  very common in plus size collections. Also, why pay full price when you can get comparable items for less?

Talbot's ikat cardigan: this lightweight sweater would be great year-round. It is one of those fastener-free sweaters, but you can add a hidden hook-and-eye clasp if the flapping around bothers you (I can't stand it).

Lauren Ralph Lauren sweater dress: I really love the colors in this dress. It's a great piece to wear from early spring through the first snowflakes. 

Michael Kors anorak: Orange is the trendy color for fall and anoraks are still everywhere to be found. If you want something lightweight you can hunt in (or just want to stand out from the olive/army green anoraks everywhere) this jacket is your best pick.

Eloquii gingham blouse: Just a pleasant top that can be worn year-round. If you find one of these shirts on sale, grab it!

Michael Kors tassel handbag: Available in three lovely colors, the reason this purse caught my eye was the tassel detail.

Watch: I love the colors and simplicity of this watch. Professional enough for the office, casual enough for the weekend. 

Cole Haan pumps: Another year-round wardrobe item at a great price. Available in four colors.

Perforated flats: These shoes come in sizes 5.5 through 11, along with W and WW widths available. Cute and whimsical at a great price.

Lauren Ralph Lauren paisley dress: I'd pair this dress with brown cardigan. For the farmer's market I'd toss on some espadrilles and in October I'd add some brown boots.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Starts TODAY!

Plus Size Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale
Can you please forgive me? I just found out this morning that the Lilly Pulitzer After Party sale is TODAY starting at 8:00 a.m., EST.

This time, though, things are different. It looks like the staffers in the Pink Palace learned from the Target for Lilly mess and they've shaken things up. In the past, you'd be advised to check out as you put something in your basket. Not this time.

Starting at 8:00 a.m., everyone will be given a place in line. Only so many at a time will be allowed on the website. This is to keep the site from pulling the site's downtime to a minimum. When you're allowed onto the sale site, make sure everything you want is in your basket. Once you check out, you go to the back of the line. Don't forget: items placed in your basket are not reserved!

I said I was going to skip this sale, but I just update my card information...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Prep'd Picks | Excited for Fall

Talbot's Washed Sateen ankle pants: these pants come in a fantastic palette of fall colors: forest green, a slightly muted red, navy, gray (pictured above), and French blue. I looked at these in the store the other day and they are buttery soft and silky, not to mention a bit on the stretchy side. These pants are sateen, which means there's a hint of sheen to the fabric. My only problem with these pants is that they have patch pockets. These would be incredible work pants if they didn't have those pockets. If you're looking for a high-quality casual pant, these can't be beat.

Vince Camuto high/low blouse: I'm not a fan of high-low anything, but I do like this top. The high-low aspect isn't that exaggerated and I like the color and the shape. 

Talbots Refined Ponte dress: The ever-popular ponte dress with sleeves! It also comes in black, light pink, and cobalt blue.

Sejour plaid topper: this lightweight jacket would be great for those cool nights coming up. And they need to get here fast.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Some Thoughts On My Mind

Prep'd Picks will be posted tomorrow. I'm going to take today to discuss a few things.

I've been a fashion blogger since 2009. While I have loved most every minute of it there do come times when  I get a bit burnt out, sort of how I've been feeling lately (this is mostly due to work demands, though).

It's gotten worse as I've moved into solely focusing on plus sizes. I know many of you have this same complaint, but it feels like season after season I'm seeing the same thing.

Take for example this pretty lace dress:
I know this dress--or a version of it--has made its way into more than one or two Prep'd Picks. It's a super pretty dress and I do love it. This particular dress is from Nordstrom, who currently has it available in fall colors. I know come October I will be able to buy it winter colors. Next spring I should be able to pick it up in a sunny lemon yellow or maybe coral. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the lack of selection in plus sizes is really starting to get to me. Truthfully, there's more choice than ever when it comes to plus sizes but at the same time it feels like the same thing, just in a new color.

Every new hyped clothing line is just a copy of what's already on the market. Why, new clothing line, should I buy your jersey maxi skirt and ponte blazer when it's already offered at a dozen other stores for a similar price?

I've been dissatisfied with my wardrobe as of late. I need to replace a decent chunk, as a lot of it was purchased around 2012-2013 and I've worn everything to the point beyond repair.  On top of that, I've been wearing a ton of neutrals. As much as I love color, wearing neutrals has been a lot easier for me than trying to coordinate outfits. This is especially true when I have to jump out of bed to go cover pipeline explosions where the only directions are "look for the glowing fireball in the sky." True story. One part of me is saying "buy ALL the neutrals!" and the other part is is all about these plaid pants.

I'd also like to address a few reader questions that I really haven't able to answer in other posts:

A lot of people have been asking about Lilly-A-Likes, probably the most popular part of the blog. Firstly, there's been a lack of items that I'd deem worthy of being a LAL. There few things I've found I've just been putting in Prep'd Picks. On this topic, Lilly Pulitzer is suing Old Navy for copying their prints. This is the pair I featured earlier this summer with the beachy print and a Fourth of July-inspired print. I remember the first time I saw the beachy print shorts and thought to myself "Holy s#!t that's a deadringer for High Tide Toile."

Speaking of burnt out and Lilly, I'm burnt out on Lilly Pulitzer. Me, who loves color and fanciful patterns so much, is really just not into them right now. I keep going over their new arrivals and can hardly muster up a "meh." I totally think my current attitude about Lilly comes from the Target debacle three months ago (read about that here). It's not really the brand's fault, but I think I gave that experience too much attention.

Another question I get is how much money I make off this blog. Last year I made right under $300. 30% of that went towards taxes, $100 went towards domain renewals, hosting, and the designer I hired to fix a major code screw-up. The rest was used to help replace my laptop which died last October. This year I've already made another $300 with most going towards taxes and the rest being saved. At some point I'd like to hire a professional designer and have something professional made, and not just mess around with free templates I get online.

Looking out, I think the rest of the year looks interesting for fashion. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons (no or low sweat!) and a few of the collections that have already come out are nailing it. Old Navy's collegiate-inspired looks are fantastic and I want it all. Even just quick glances at Lands' End and Lord & Taylor are promising.

If you have anything you'd like to see, features that you might enjoy, etc., please leave me a comment below or shoot me an email ker [at] theplussizeprep.com and let me know.
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