(may contain affiliate links) While the temptation is always there to purge my wardrobe and start fresh every season when I see all sorts of cute outfits, I look at my bank account and my current goals and put the debit card away. That doesn’t mean that I give up though!!! I usually get a …
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!
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!
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!
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!
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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I love shopping! I also love a good bargain, which is why I love consignment stores! However, as a plus size gal, sometimes the plus size selection at many consignment stores is slim pickings. That is why I am so excited to feature Love Thy Curves for this week’s Women-Owned Spotlight!
Love Thy Curves is a plus size women’s consignment boutique located in Boardman, Ohio. There you can find gently used plus size clothing, accessories, shoes, and more! You can also consign there and earn money for your shopping adventures. Seriously, if you have ever wondered how I can afford the awesome clothing in my closet, this is really how I do it! I recently got to sit down and talk with owner, Patti about how she put together this amazing shop!
While sitting with Patti, she explained that while cleaning her closet at the end of 2014, she found herself with so many things that she wanted to consign but nowhere to take them. It occurred to her that she should start her own consignment store for plus size women. After generating a business plan and finding a space in North Lima, Ohio, she turned that dream into reality.
By 2016, she decided to move her business to Boardman, Ohio where it has been ever since. The really unique thing about where her business is now is that the building was originally a China shop built in 1933 and also owned by a woman! It was the first retail store in Boardman. The fact that it was woman-owned is really awesome as the owner of it, Kaletta Cushing, made her business happen in a time when women did not really own businesses or work outside the home. It seems like the perfect place for another woman owned business to prosper!
One of the things Patti loves most is the stories people tell her like when they come to shop for a special occasion…whether it be a celebration or a funeral. Sometimes women just talk, telling stories about their lives. Patti loves the people who come in and share their lives with her. She loves helping them find the right outfit.
For her, it is also a change of pace from her other career as a real estate agent. In this business, she is not competing with others, she is competing with herself which gives her a lot less headaches. As her children are older, she says this gives her purpose and something to do.
Learning more about Patti and her business was an utter delight. Consigning with her is super easy as well. You can find out more about how to consign on her website, and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram!
Do you know a woman-owned business that I should feature? If so, be sure to let me know!
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!
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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!
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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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!
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
.I like to keep a variety of purses so that I can match outfits from time to time. However, if purses are not your thing, I suggest finding something that is simple that will go with a variety of outfits. It gives you a more polished look.
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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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!
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!
Skater Dress: Rue 21/Rue 21 Plus
Leggings: Du North Designs
Accessories: Torrid and Thrift Stores
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!