There’s a new movie available on Apple iTunes, Amazon and VOD this week that you should definitely check out. From Tricoast, Love on the Run stars (yes, STARS) plus size actress by the name of Jen Ponton.
I was able to view the movie and it was cool to see a “love story” with a plus size woman in the lead. Now, I won’t give away all the details…you’re gonna have to watch it for yourself BUT there’s definitely a few twists and turns in the plot.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see more curves in Hollywood?! Jen definitely thinks so. Can’t wait to see more of her in the future.
The US Open kicked off on Monday and I couldn’t be more excited! Not only do I get to see my favorite sport on east coast hours but the legendary Andre Agassi is making his return. Lavazza helped celebrate his return to the US Open. After a decade of being gone from the US Open, he returned.
Ok, that isn’t Andre Agassi but a flash mob of blonde mullet lookalikes that invaded Union Station in New York. Earlier on Tuesday, Agassi teamed up with Lavazza for a celebration that included the flash mob and coffee at NYC’s Nomo Kitchen.
I don’t know about you but I definitely want a cup of Lavazza after seeing this frothy brewed cup.
To top off all of this goodness, Lavazza will be donating a portion of their sales during the US Open to the Andre Agassi Foundation which will support the education of children. “For every cup of Lavazza coffee ($3) purchased at the US Open this year, one dollar ($1) will be donated to the USTA to support the Andre Agassi Foundation.” So if you’re in the New York area and going to see some tennis, be sure to help the kids and get your brew crew on!
So he spent Thanksgiving with you and your family now it’s time for you to head to his folks’ place for Christmas. Well, that all sounds like a fun time until you start freaking out about what to wear!
First, ask yourself these 3 questions:
Where will you be going? (i.e. city, country, cold state or warm place)
How long will you be there? (you’re going to need more than one outfit)
Is it casual or formal?
Once you have the answers to those questions, it’s waaaay easier to narrow down your outfit choices.
If you’re still having trouble figuring it all out…I’m here to help!
Here are several plus size outfit ideas for any weather.
Look one is perfect for the casual holiday gathering and features a cute versatile plus size Danica top from Fashion To Figure, Lena black stretch pants from Lane Bryant and square gift box Kate Spade clutch that I am absolutely DYING to have in my collection right now! (Hint hint wink wink 🙂 )
Look two is just a little bit more fancy/dressier than look one but still has all the comfort. A gorgeous “darling batwing” peplum top in a creamy white color from Fashion To Figure that will hide any problem areas (uh win!) Attention! jeweled shoes from Kmart (yes, THAT Kmart) in a perfect shade of camel. The featured gold DVF bag is currently sold out on Nordstrom.com but you can find similar bags by clicking here or visit DVF.com. Coated black pants that will more than likely have you feeling sexier than ever from Lane Bryant. Your man will probably want to rip them off of you once the night is over!
Look three gives you wonderful plus size outfit ideas that are dressier and well, um…dresses (and a skirt)! If you’ll attend a more formal event/dinner with his family, these dresses are shape flattering and perfect for any holiday dinner event! I tried to pick dresses that stayed within a “holiday color scheme” so you won’t stick out in a bad way. The red & black lace trimmed dresses are from Eloquii, the black velvety soft princess seem dress is from eshakti (which custom fits your clothes with the measurements you send them! From size 0-36W, they’ll be sure to give you a great piece! Last but not least, the Dia chevron foil skirt from Fashion To Figure. Bonus, these dresses can totally be worn more than once to any type of shindig later on. The shoes are in no particular order, mix and match as you please!
Each holiday look idea, is featured with a dressier shoe. Whether it’s a flat or a heel, be sure that whatever shoe you choose is comfortable enough to wear for a couple of hours. You can also pull your sneakers out of the car or carry some really comfy slipper socks in your purse for this exact occasion! I’m sure his folks will understand. Of course with most of America having a “heat wave” it’s kind of hard to dress for 60+ degrees in December so those looks are all perfect with or without a coat.
As a cause I always hold so close and dear to my heart since my Grandmother was diagnosed and fought for over 20 years, I urge all those that are able to help…please do so.
You can help by shopping, donating, spreading the word, volunteering, and even getting the proper tests or exams for yourself.
I’ve compiled a list of very import sites that are helping to kick breast cancer in the ass! Included in the list below are several stores that will donate a percentage of their sales from their special Breast Cancer Awareness Month items directly to specific organizations.
( 🙂 this post is in all pink of course so be sure to click links that are BOLD 🙂 )
Torrid will donate 15% of marked items purchased from their “Breast Cancer Awareness Collection” to National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.
Lane Bryant will donate 10% of items purchased from their “Cause Collection” to the American Cancer Society.
And of course there are other ways to help raise awareness including donating directly to non-profit breast cancer awareness and research foundations, as well as the American Cancer Society. This also ensures your money goes directly to the foundations that need it most. Listed below are the Avon Foundation (Breast Cancer Crusade, Susan G. Komen and Karmanos Institute here in Michigan.
In related information, be sure when you are purchasing PINK items, those PINK items and company are actually giving a percentage of that sale to a reputable cancer research or awareness organization. Don’t just buy PINK without knowing you’re giving your hard earned money to a cause.
For more information on donating/spending head over to Think Before You Pink, an organization fighting and giving important tidbits about companies who don’t donate a percentage at all or those companies who sell cancer causing products.
I’m slightly bummed some chains aren’t offering a free cup like they did in previous years but don’t let that stop you! Be sure to stop in your local coffee shops to what deals they may be offering. Plus it’s always great to shop and spend at small businesses.
You can also show your team spirit on social media by tagging posts and pics with #NationalCoffeeDay and #CurvesAndCoffee! I’d love to see your warm indulgences!
Have you seen Lane Bryant’s new ad campaign that was unveiled last week during New York Fashion Week?!
In case you haven’t, here’s the commercial spot below!
The campaign is called Plus Is Equal and that’s pretty bad ass!
So whenever you’re using social media to get out your shopping and fashion frustration just hash tag that #PlusIsEqual and get your point across with ease! I could spend hours writing about this epic moment and make it the longest post ever but I’ll spare you guys…today.
Just like Mother’s Day, I’ll give you guys several Father’s Day gift ideas to bring a smile to any dad’s face!
Let’s get to it…
Here are 6 drool worthy gift ideas for the tech dad, the foodie dad, the dad to be, and even the sports loving dad and only one is over $100! That’s right, even with a small budget, dad can get an amazing gift.
[1.] For the extravagant dad in your life who just might need (or want) something extra, this chronograph eco-drive watch from Citizen is all the “extra” any guy would love to have. If you have the dollars to splurge (let’s face it, dad deserves it ya know) the $350 price tag on this sleek watch will be well spent. ~ Citizen$350
[2.] Sooo, there’s this cool site called ManCrates.com that offers pre-packaged gifts for men but they’re in wooden crates! I don’t think you can get more manly than a crate but the crates come with a crowbar to pry open the gift filled boxes.
I hear a Tim the Tool Man Taylor grunt in the background…
This specific ManCrate is actually a stuffed to the brim tactical bag made perfectly for soon-to-be dads or new father’s in mind. All of the things a guy could possibly need including a few gag items like a pacifier with a mustache! I may need to borrow someones baby just so I see it using the cute Mustachifier! ~ New Dad Tactical Bag $99
[3.] Gear Driven Iphone Docking Station? Yes please! Any guy out there would love this…a docking station for your smartphone which doubles as a valet for all of his necessary “things.” Oh! By the way, it’s handmade from wood and totally works like a gear! You can find this awesome gift on Etsy from KkornerInnovations ~ Wood Valet/Docking Station $78
[4.] Speaking of Etsy, Beardology has everything your dad or guy needs to keep his beard in check. If he’s gonna keep the scruffiness, he should at least make it look good! “The Man Set” includes natural oils, wash and balm for all of the hairs on his chinny chin chin. ~ Beardology $28
[5.] We’re heading back to ManCrates! This time, you can pick up the perfect crate for the dad who absolutely loves his sports and his beer. This one in particular is an NFL themed crate but they also have MLB and other sports themed crates made for the screaming fan in your living room! ~ NFL Bar Crate $89
[6.] What dad doesn’t love to eat tasty and flavorful food?! This set of sea salts includes unique flavors from all over the good ol’ USA! Purchase on the great site UncommonGoods.com where you can wander for hours looking at odd yet incredible gifts for any and everyone. ~ Flavors of America Sea Salt Set $60
Don’t let Dad go without the proper recognition of being “Dad of the year!”
Counting down to the annual race today? Invite a few friends over and concoct the perfect Mint Julep with this recipe right from the horses’ mouth! Ok, so it’s not exactly from a horse but it is from the good folks over at the Kentucky Derby.
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes.
Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight.
Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon.
Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon
Silver Julep Cups
You can read up on the history of the Mint Julep all over the web so recipes may vary! Since I’m not in Kentucky to pick up any Old Forester Bourbon, I’m sure substituting with any of my (or your) favorite whiskey will do. A trick I learned to make Mint Juleps: use a pestle mortar to grind the mint and extract the flavor (saves on having to let anything sit overnight.)
Since you’re going to be drinking so early today, try to pace yourself…remember there is a fight to watch much later. Horse racing plus the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, what better way to spend a sports-filled Saturday than drink mixing with friends?!
(this is not my recipe nor did I create it. simply sharing 🙂
I know — I know…I’ve been M.I.A. lately and please accept my deepest apologies.
Here’s an update…
Halloween and the costume that never was…after searching EVERYWHERE in my area for supplies, no craft store had what I needed. The closest I came to having a bedazzled “Egyptian” style collar was placing an order online, only to have the store tell me that they were out of stock. That’s when I realized, it wasn’t going to happen because if there was another order from anywhere else, the items wouldn’t get to me in time.
Insert sinus infection right about………….NOW!
Two weeks feeling absolutely miserable with the sinus infection from hell! This thing was unshakeable! Once it started, my Asthma knocked on the door suffocating my entire existence! I really just wanted to call it quits you guys but I didn’t (woohoo!)
Just as everything started to clear up, MomO (my mom) needed me to take care of her and a few things around the house for a week and a half. Which meant endless driving among other things that left me with ZERO energy to do anything once I got home each day.
So, here we are, well into November, dodging snowflakes and ice patches…just trying to make it to Thanksgiving without any incidents.