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Torrid Spring Haul and Shopping Tips

Torrid has become somewhat of an addiction over the last eleven years. I remember my first Torrid visit like it was yesterday…I was on vacation in Cleveland (because Cleveland rocks, which is why I am now living close to the CLE now). I walked in and found my home! It was a trendy plus size gal’s dream come true! Granted, I went back to my home near Philly and lamented for several years that the closest one to me there was two hours away, until we finally got one at King of Prussia Mall. Now I am lucky to have two Torrids within 15 minutes of driving distance! It’s a dream come true!
However, I know a lot of my friends get sticker shock when they see some of the pretty dresses and outfits there, so I am going to give you some of my best tips for getting what you want without breaking the bank!
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Check their Clearance

One of the things I like about Torrid is their consistent fit. I have a generally good idea what size I will be in their clothes, which means that I can shop online and generally not have to return things. I check their sales a lot, both online and in-store. Sometimes the individual stores themselves have different sales than what is online. This holds true especially for their buy one get two free clearance. Seriously, that is one of their best deals, and I get so many great pieces that way!
torrid spring hot cash haul

Become an Insider

If you want to stay in the know, make sure that you are on their email list and an Insider. Insiders earn points that turn into rewards bucks for your purchases. Their rewards are the only thing that really stack too with Haute Cash and coupons. I pay attention to my emails for when they have flash sales. Their flash sales are the bomb! I usually have a running wishlist of things I want, and then I use these as opportunities to get what I want and also build Haute Cash. Haute Cash can be redeemed a few times a year. You earn $25 for every $50 spent. Then during redemption, you use them on your purchase. The only drawback is that you cannot use Haute Cash on clearance! However, you can score some amazing deals on regular priced merchandise, which is how I got this outfit!
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The Outfit

This time around for Torrid Haute Cash, I did not have a lot built up. However, I had a small wish list anyways, so I was not too terribly disappointed. I used the Haute Cash that I had and got this entire outfit! I wanted something that has a bit of the retro feel that I love to wear but was also comfortable for the beginning of summer. I got this cute polka dot challis cami because I love the flowy babydoll look and the retro feel of the polka dots. Then I paired it with their cropped leggings in red. To accessorize, I topped it off with the fisherman’s hat. Then I added their black and white striped Mary Janes to finish the look. Each piece goes together for the whole look, but I can also pair them with other things in my closet for fun as well!
cute fisherman's hat from Torrid
So what do you think? Is it cute, or would you have paired it differently? I hope you found this helpful for the next time you shop at Torrid, and if it was, make sure to share!

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Plus Size Summer Thrifting

 
The other week, I found this adorable black sundress at a local plus-size thrift store! Yep, you heard me right…an entire thrift store just for plus-sized women called Love Thy Curves! It is amazeballs! I originally was looking for something in a pin-up style, but I could not pass up this cutie! With the weather being a little cooler last week (seriously, Mother Nature make up your mind), I thought it would look great with this kimono I found on the clearance rack at my local Rue 21!
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While I did not pair this with a belt, which as you all know by now is my favorite thing to do because it defines my waist and gives an hour glass shape, this would look good with a belt. I love wearing these in the summer because they are shear enough that you don’t overheat, but they cover enough if you are in the air conditioning so that you are not too cold. I got a couple for this summer, and I am surprised at myself I did not do this sooner.
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Even if you don’t have a plus-size thrift store, your local thrift store is a good place to get fun pieces and stay on budget. Just make sure you try things on first and know their return policies just in case.
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Also, this is a good time of year to hit up your favorite shops for summer clothes too. You got two months left of summer, and a lot of the stores start doing clearance for summer now. You get to look cute af for the rest of the summer at a fraction of the cost. I got the kimono for under $10 and the dress as well.
Do you thrift shop? If so, what are your tips for a fun trip to the thrift store?

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CowCow Cupcake Dress Cuteness

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Look what came in the mail the other day!!! I was so happy to finally get my newest addition to my CowCow dress collection! This Cupcake Dress is so comfy and just in time for summer!
 
CowCow dresses are my kryptonite! There are so many patterns from which to choose that I can and have spent hours trying to decide which one I want next. I have several in my closet, and the cap sleeve style is my favorite. This particular dress runs up to a size 3x. I am wearing a 2x. I will buy a 3x if something is out of my size, but it tends to run a bit big on me when I do.
 
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These dresses look great by themselves or with a cardi, especially in the spring or fall. Today I have paired it with a pair of Skecher flats and a belt I found on clearance at Torrid. I tend to buy all my belts there when they are on clearance. I think I have about 20 now. I should probably stop, but they really do have cute belts for my ever-growing dress collection.
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CowCow can be found on Amazon, which is where I got this one. A lot of the dresses are Prime shipping. However, this one is not, but it is still free shipping and takes about two weeks to receive from the time of order. Granted, I am impatient, but it still is not that long. The quality is pretty good. A lot of my dresses are still like brand new. They are super stretchy and may be a bit short for a taller person, but they pair great with leggings!
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I got a few more dresses in my latest CowCow haul and will be sharing them here in the near future! Most of them are under $20, so if you are in search of a bargain, I highly recommend giving one a try!

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Fun, Flirty, and Frugal

While out and about last weekend, I saw Torrid had BOGO on clearance. Of course, I had to take a peek! I love it more when it is “Buy 2, Get 1 Free,” but there were still some great deals! I found this awesome top that I would not have normally grabbed. However, I tried on another similar and am in love. It is a bit flowy and covers tummy problems. While I am pretty body confident most days, there are some days where I just feel kinda meh. This is perfect for regular days and those days! I really like the length on this too. It looks great with my capri leggings, also Torrid but last summer. This would also look good with cropped jeans as well.
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I finished the look off with a chunky necklace. Then I added my favorite flower. I have a ton of flowers, but I seriously only wear like two of them. I like what I like.
They do have more of this style still on clearance, and I think I saw some updated ones for spring. They are super cute, but I love it better when I can get it on the cheap!
What do you think? Would you wear it like this, or would you pair it differently? Have you scored a great deal lately? If so, what was it?

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Comfy and a bit Sporty

 
While I do like to wear leggings, I don’t really wear joggers or lounge pants. However, Rue 21 had some great deals on them on their clearance pages, so I thought I would snag a few to try.
I am really glad I did! They are soooo comfy, and I used their outfit suggestions, which are available on some of their clothing options. The top is not my usual style either, but it is super comfortable. What do you think of this look? Ignore the fact that my hair is a hot mess!

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Top and Lounge Pant by Rue 21 Plus

While I cannot promise this outfit is still in stock, Rue 21 currently has up to 60% off clearance!
Also, I know that you probably heard about how some of their stores are closing. I am kinda bummed, but also happy because none of the ones close to me are closing. Their website has been improving. I am really hoping that this is just a bump in the road for them because I really love their plus line. My Rue 21 has about the same amount of space dedicated to plus as to regular sizes which is a huge deal because several brands that have expanded to plus in recent years either keep their plus size tucked away like a dirty secret, or they make it so you can only get it online.
Do you shop Rue21? If so, what do you like and don’t like? Please feel free to comment below!