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A little accessorizing goes a long way!

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I have been featuring some of my favorite outfits and to go pieces for a bit and thought it was time to take a moment to talk accessories. I love to accessorize!!! The mister probably thinks I have too much crap, but I don’t care! It is all MINE!!! I purge my closet a few times a year of shoes and clothes. However, I never get rid of jewelry, scarves, purses, and hair stuff. I have things that I have had since high school, and I still use them!
One of my favorite things to do lately is to add a belt…to most everything! This chunky belt shown I got at a thrift store. Never underestimate your local thrift stores! My personal favorites are Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor, partly because I love consigning with them and usually get a good amount for it too! Anyways, a nice chunky belt with a tunic can give a nice hourglass shape. If you need ideas on where to start, I really like this one from Simply Be!
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I also tend to wear a lot of jewelry and scarves. I seldom leave my house without something around my neck. I like big clunky pieces. I am not sure where I picked the black necklace from my ensemble. I have had it quite a while. You may have even seen it in some of my older pin-up shoots!
However, simple pieces, like this one below are nice because you can wear it dressed up and dressed down! It can also be found at Simply Be
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The point of using accessories is to make your outfit stand out a little more. If you are like me and like to wear the same outfits over and over again, it also makes them look a little different each time, depending on the accessories you use!
 
The outfit featured:
A top from Rue 21
A purse from Payless
Pants and belt thrifted
Accessories featured in this article may be found at Simply Be!
 

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Skater Dress Fun

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Ok, so I am back with more skater dresses. I have been asked by friends about them since I have been posting pics on Instagram with them. The long-sleeved skater dress is my favorite thing to wear this winter. You can wear them with a vest, like I did in my post about the faux fur vest, but you can also pair them with a belt like this:
 
I got the dress at Rue 21. I have this dress in so many colors and floral patterns because I just fell in love with this dress in the fall! You can dress it up and dress it down however you like! It looks great with leggings, like these candy skull ones from Du North Designs!
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Since these dresses are so simplistic, I use the dress as a base and accessorize them with my belts, jewelry, and scarves. The belt is nice since it is a free flowing dress. It defines your waist and gives you shape.
The dresses are available all the way misses to plus. For reference, I wear a XL or a 1X in these. Winter can be cold and drab, but your wardrobe does not have to be!
Product Guide:
Skater Dress: Rue 21/Rue 21 Plus
Leggings: Du North Designs
Accessories: Torrid and Thrift Stores

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Why you need a faux fur vest

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Ok, this is my favorite look this season, the faux fur vest! This thing is so versatile! You wear it to dress up. You wear it to accessorize! You wear it because it is so soft and warm! It is AMAZING! I snagged a couple of them for the season from Rue 21, which for those of you who are plus size and did not know, Rue 21 has come a long way with their plus size game! I mean this is what my store looks like! The plus size is about the same size as regular! Do you know how happy it makes me to have such a huge selection! (I am looking at you Forever 21!)
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Notice how the plus is just all out in front like “Here I am in my awesomeness!” I mean how awesome is this?
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Okay, so I am seriously in love! The quality of clothes there has gotten better, and I have been shopping there so much more lately because of it!
So anyways…back to the vests. I invested in two from Rue 21. This is the one I wore today. I also got the dress there too!
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I felt like a queen in this. It is super soft. It has little enclosures, so you can wear it open or closed. It was kinda on the warm side since Mother Nature hasn’t gotten herself sorted yet apparently, but I was not too warm in it either, which is a major plus!
Speaking of super soft, my leggings are divine! They are from Du North, a company based in Canada. You can find other super soft leggings in sizes from kids to a 26 here. I am not a fan of jeans, so these are perfect. Not only that, the skater dress look is perfect with them!
This look makes me feel like a queen and was easy on the wallet as well. I hope you are all warm and cozy and that this inspires you to try something new! What is your go-to look this winter?
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Thrifting in Yellow!

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Last week I discovered an entire consignment store geared towards women sizes 14 and up! It was such a cute little boutique, and I was so excited to find some treasures in the store!
I managed to get my tank, skirt, and scarf for under $10! I am loving the sunny feeling they give me, and I am anxious to get some more use out of this outfit before the weather starts to get cooler!
Right now, a lot of thrift stores are trying to get rid of summer clothes, so if you want to stock up for next year, now is the time to go! Happy thrifting!
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Thrifty fall dress

I thought going into fall, it would be fun to share some of my favorite thrifted finds with you all! I am big into thrift shopping, and while it is not always easy to find my style at the consignment stores, sometimes I get lucky!
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This dress was a thrifty find from last fall online. I am a member of several Facebook groups for plus-size gals. It is lots of fun, and I find some really awesome things from time to time. However, there are some things to keep in mind for shopping and swapping on them!
First off, make sure you check out the rules as soon as you join and make sure you follow them. Some admins will delete you for the tiniest infraction. Also, if you are selling, you want to make sure you are doing it right. If you are buying, you want to make sure you do it by the book. A lot of groups run pretty much the same, but sometimes you run into one that is different than the rest.
Second, I suggest that anyone new to this should kinda lurk a bit. You can get used to who regularly posts, and get a feel for buying on the page. I have only gotten burned once as a buyer. This leads me to my third rule…
Since almost everyone does business by Pay Pal, only pay by invoice. This protects you if something goes wrong. No invoice, no help in a lot of cases.
Also, if you can, look at feedback on the group. It helps you know who is a good seller and who is a good buyer. Also, know that some of these groups are prone to drama. There are some great scores in groups in which I belonged that had so much drama that while I love the deals I could find there, I left because I could not take the drama.
Thrifting via Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram can be fun. I have spent the last year decorating my home and finding cute pin up looks and other cute outfits thanks to the thrifting groups and pages. Learning the rules and getting a feel for the groups or pages really helps you in your experiences.
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This dress was actually one of my first finds, and I cannot wait to wear it again this fall. I hope my tips have helped you in getting started. As always, I look forward from hearing you via messages or in the comments below!
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Cute, Floral, and a little Boho

 
I don’t know how the boho look crept into my closet. The mister swears I used to hate it. However, it has been showing up in the house decor and in the clothes I wear from time to time. This was a look from last week, and is my favorite!
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My whole outfit is almost all Rue 21, from their Plus size section. My local Rue 21 just got a recent makeover, and now the plus-size section is ginormous! I love it! Since there have been a lot of summer sales lately, I scored the skirt on clearance, which was nice. I actually got two for under $10! My vest is from Torrid. I love wearing thin vests like this for a bit of a flowy look.
My shoes, however, I bought online, and I gotta tell you all about them! Have you ever heard of Lindsay Phillips? If not, have a seat! I discovered her shoes about four years ago, and it has been love ever since. Lindsay Phillips carries a line called Switch Flops. Basically, you can change out the swatches on them for different looks. I have a low heal and flip flops. I have a nice collection of swatches I can use on both. I can coordinate my shoes with my outfits without having to buy a pair of shoes for every outfit. It is great for vacation since you can easily pack the swatches in your bag!

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My first and favorite pair!

The price range on these varies, but they are pretty true to size which makes it easy for me to order online. My flip flops currently have a peace sign swatch, but I also love the Pirate Swatch, otherwise known as the Eleanor Strap.
If you are on a budget, this look is pretty easy on the budget. While you may not be able to find this same look, printed maxi skirts are everywhere right now, and the light ones like these are most likely to be on sale right now. This look flatters most ladies because of the flow of the top and vest. If you are short, you may have to pull up your skirt a bit. I am short, but I love maxi skirts, so it is no big thing for me. Yes, it shows your arms, but seriously, if it is hot outside, I really don’t give a crap what someone thinks of my arms. I know that if you have an issue with a part of your body, it is hard to think outside of that box, but I can tell you that it is better to be comfortable than to cover them up. Not only that, you can detract from your arms by choice of top and accessories.
If you haven’t tried the Switch Flops, seriously check them out and let me know what you think! What is your favorite look for this week? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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What pin up is…and isn't

My ascent into the world of pin up has been a gradual process the last three and a half years. My first session was supposed to be a one time thing, and a little over three years later, here I am writing a blog about my pin up adventures and fashion choices. I am trying to build up my pin up name, and so far, I have gotten to do promos for a few photographers and was the Facebook cover model for a small clothing company a few years ago. My next goals include getting published in magazines and joining pin up volunteer organizations to help others.
However, not all of my experiences have been positive. While many of my friends and family support me, some do not…maybe because they perceive it to be dirty or maybe because they don’t understand what it is all about. That is why I thought I would take the time to discuss what pin up is for me, what it has done, and what it is not.

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Average day pin up look. Don’t I look fabulous?

If you ask a lot of my pin up model friends, they will tell you that pin up is a cheap form of therapy. It is completely true. Because I have gotten into pin up, it helped me battle depression and get through the loss of two pregnancies. Going to shoots helped me want to get out of bed and shower. The feeling post-session was enough to get me to want to do the whole shower and dress thing regularly when nothing else really did. Sure, I could have gone to therapy, but when it all comes down to it, even talk therapy wasn’t enough to make me give a shit some days. Pin up got me through the first part of my pregnancy that stuck. My friend Nicole told me about an amazing photographer named Victor Devilbliss, you may know him as the creator of Retro Lovely Magazine. They got me through the nerve-wracking part of my first trimester by getting me all prettied up and taking my picture. We were going for a pregnancy reveal as part of the theme. However, those two were among the very few people privy to the information that I was pregnant and knew that some of the photos might not have ever seen the light of day if I lost that one too. The way they made me look and feel that day gave me a high of a sorts to carry me through a rough time.
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Still the coolest baby announcement ever!

Pin up is about freedom, the freedom to express one’s body, sometimes in ways they thought they never could. If you look at three-quarters of the pictures in my portfolio, I would have to tell you that I never thought I would have ever done them…not because they are dirty or risque, but because they have forced me to look at parts of me I considered as flaws and turned them into beauty. We are in charge of our own bodies, the types of shoots we do, and who we choose to share our photos. Some of us do this for our own satisfaction. Some of us have chosen to share our art with the world. I am one of those in the latter camp because I want other women to see that they are beautiful…no matter what the size…or flaw they think they have. I truly believe beauty is all around us, and even if I help just one woman to learn to love herself, than it is worth it to me.
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Some people try to make us feel dirty and say that what we are doing is pornographic. It is not. Some models do nudity. Some do not. It is personal preference. It is their bodies, their business.It does not make it dirty though! Pin up is a form of art. If you look at art through the years, much of it involves naked people. Don’t shame us with your misconceptions. Don’t sully the work we do or the goals we are trying to accomplish by our art. I am proud of my pin up work. I am proud of my fellow pin up community. They are some of the most supportive, generous gals you would ever want to meet. I love the photographers that I have gotten to meet. Pin up has allowed many of us to live out fantasies of being someone posh or being a fairy tale character. It allows us to dig deep into our imaginations and lets us be whatever we want to be.
Pin up is art. It is an art I love. It is an art that has given me my life back. It is an art that has shown me I have a voice for things in which I am passionate, and I will use that voice to fight stereotypes and to keep on my quest of becoming awesome!
Until next time loves!
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Dare to Wear

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Last week I decided to challenge myself to dig deep into my closet and wear the things that have been hiding in the back. Mostly, they have been hiding there because I have been afraid to wear them. We all have clothes like that: we buy them because we think they look cute in the store, or maybe it was on sale. Then we take it home and put it far, far away from our sight because we are afraid to wear it but can’t bring ourselves to return it. We have our reasons. Maybe we are afraid it isn’t flattering, or we might get ridiculed. However, I am changing my stance about the back of the closet stuff, if I can’t wear it, I can’t have it!
My first dare challenge was the plaid pencil skirt from Torrid. I bought the skull sweater and plaid skirt combo a few months ago. I tried the combo at the store back in the fall but couldn’t bring myself to purchase it. When I found them both on clearance a few months later, I decided I should try it. However, after I got them home, I put on the sweater and happily wore it everywhere all winter long, but the poor pencil skirt got the closet. Last week, the weather was a bit cool for a few days, so I got them both out and strutted my stuff.

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Skull Sweater and Plaid Pencil Skirt from Torrid

After wearing it the whole day, I decided that it was far too comfy to go to the back of my closet. I looked awesome, and I will be wearing the combo again next time it is chilly!
Next up, is the purple kimono looking top from Lane Bryant. I got this around my birthday and have worn it maybe once before last week. I paired it with capris (which often look like regular length because I am so short. While I was not thrilled with the pairing, I may try this top again with something else that would be more flattering.
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Top from Lane Bryant. Bottoms by Torrid. Shoes thrifted.

For my next piece, I upped the ante and went bold! I decided to wear my tutu skirt. I got this one at Rue 21, but they have really pretty ones at Society+ that come in a variety of colors and lengths. When I bought this skirt back in December, I was so excited. However, I let some trolls trashing other plus size models in them deter me from wearing it. This weekend, I had a girls only day with my daughters, and I decided to wear the skirt. I did not get one negative comments. What I got was a lot of women telling me I rocked, and some little girls who looked at me in awe! I would say that is a success. I want to find a short sleeved crop shirt or perhaps a body suit for next time. However, my tank top did just fine for the other day.
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Tutu by Rue21. Tank by Lane Bryant. Sandals by Lane Bryant.

Finally, for date night, I decided to dare myself to wear the most daring, formfitting dress in my closet, a little black dress from Forever 21. I bought this not to long ago but was nervous wearing it. Well, the mister thought I was HOT! He couldn’t keep his hands off me. (I know, you don’t want to know that, but hey, this is my story, so yeah!) I paired this dress with this awesome belt from Torrid. It was amazeballs!  All of my flaws were on display. I didn’t care. I felt like a queen!
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Dress by Forever21. Belt by Torrid. Shoes thrifted.

I am currently going through my closet to get rid of things I know I won’t wear. If you have things in the back of your closet, I dare you to get them out and wear them! If you cannot bring yourself to do that, consign them or donate them. They are taking up valuable closet real estate for something special!