Current Favorite Influencers

Hey, guys! Happy Monday!

I don’t know about you, but I love finding new influencers with amazing content and sometimes I just want to give them the recognition that they deserve! I’m coming at you with a list of amazing women that you should follow!

Jessica Kelley @therealmrskelley

Not only is Jessica a body positive role model in my life, but she is a positively fearless and confident woman who is  unapologetically herself. I can’t tell you how much of a difference it makes to have someone on your feed who is showing that they love themself. I used to hate what I saw in the mirror and I have slowly started to change my view on myself. If I could copy anyone’s style, it would be hers!  Jessica also has a lot of cool content on plants, DIYs, and makeup, so check her out on Instagram and give her a follow!

 

Bekah Martinez @whats_ur_sign

Bekah is another strong woman who shows the world that women are a force to be reckoned with! I first saw Bekah when she was on The Bachelor and she was instantly my favorite! There’s something about her spirit that is so calming and peaceful and I love the presence she has. She recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and watching her entire pregnancy journey was stunning. Bekah has such a positive attitude and all of the products that she endorses are from good brands that I always end up loving. Another fun fact? She and her friend Jess have a really cool podcast called Chatty Broads!

Malori Clark @malorisclark & A Walk Through My Closet

Y’all, I have known Mal for a while now and her sassy spirit and good heart are infectious. She was one of my first blogging friends and it is such a joy to see her grow and get the audience she deserves! It’s so exciting to see a friend get more features and recognition and Malori deserves it! I love her content and fashion style and I love trying to recreate her outfits with items I have in my closet. If you want to follow someone with great style, go follow Mal on Instagram and read her blog A Walk Through My Closet!

These three ladies are some of my favorite influencers and I hope you check them out! Who is your favorite influencer? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Best Lingerie for Plus Size Women

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Hi, friends! Happy Monday!

As a plus size woman, finding bras, panties, and other lingerie items can be difficult. Some stores don’t always carry our bra size and if they do, the quality isn’t always the best. I’ve been to Wal-Mart, Victoria’s Secret, and other easy stores where they sell bras and underwear and it is rather disappointing in selection. If you need a bra toot-sweet and on the cheaper side, I typically go to Wal-Mart. Sometimes the quality isn’t the best, but I know the bra will support enough to get me through…if the bra cup isn’t punched in, that is. Victoria’s Secret is lovely and I feel like a queen in the store, but they don’t carry my bra size.

For me, when my lingerie set matches, I feel confident, sexy, and empowered. I don’t know if that happens to other women (my girlfriends say it does!) but it does for me! I’ve gone through a lot of stores since I first needed to buy a bra and I have one store that tops the list and I have spent a lot of money at!

Cacique by Lane Bryant is my go to store for intimates and apparel. Their dedication to plus size women who value fashion is superb and you can wear their clothes with pride. Unlike other stores that have clothes with fabrics that look like they came from your stereotypical grandma’s house (I’m looking at you, Catherine’s! Also, I’m not paying $50 for a clearance t-shirt dress, thanks!), Lane Bryant has beautiful and trendy style for decent prices. Shoes, jewelry, perfume, sunglasses, they have everything you need to look stylish and feel confident. I have been plus size forever and even with having lost weight, I still lack confidence. I can’t tell you the difference a great set of lingerie can make you feel!

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I wear a size 44DD in bras and it is a blessing that is also a curse. Not only are bras my size harder to find, but they are also a bit more expensive than most. Bras at Cacique sell for around $40 and they often have sales so you pay less than that! I went in after Christmas and bought 4 bras for around $90. That sounds like a lot (my bank account would agree!) but the quality makes the price worth it. Cacique’s bras last for a really long time, too!

A lot of bras for plus size ladies can look a bit dull and not entirely sexy. I love bras that are comfortable and make me look and feel incredible. Cacique has bras that will suit everyone and the styles are so diverse.

Feeling great and looking great is a huge part of body confidence for me and that doesn’t mean losing weight, gaining weight, etc. You can look great by putting on your favorite outfit and feeling like Wonder Woman.

This post honestly isn’t an add for Cacique or Lane Bryant- I just love their bras! I also wanted to show you guys that bras can be fun and not be a pain. Wearing bras, or any lingerie, can truly make you feel confident and fierce- even if no one else knows you are wearing it!

What are some of your favorite styles of lingerie or shops to go to? Let me know in the comments!

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For my last post, click the arrow below to the left and you will be taken to my Bolzano Handbags PR post! My social links are above and below and follow me! I almost always follow back!

Bolzano PR

Hey, friends!

In February, I was contacted by Bolzano Handbags PR about sending me a purse to review for their just recently launched monthly subscription box. Of course, I said yes! The absolutely lovely Leylani was my customer service representative and she is a dream to work with. She made the process so easy!

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I was sent the Alisse Messenger bag in brown and let me tell ya, I love it! Generally I am not a fan of messenger style bags because I find that they don’t have enough space to carry around all of the things I need. However, having a messenger bag has really helped me realize what I actually need and I do have enough space.

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The purse strap measures 44 inches and it is adjustable so you can get the perfect fit. There’s also a lock and key on the purse so you can keep your wallet, keys, and everything else secure. When the purse is unlocked, just pinch together the buttons on the front and your purse will open. I personally love it for the rodeo and fair seasons that are coming up! I wish I had this purse a few years ago when I was at the Tulsa State Fair!

The purse is made from cowhide, so it is real leather. Bolzano also has handbags that are made from lambskin and cowhide/lambskin combination. If you are thinking about ordering an item from Bolzano but do not want to purchase a purse or wallet that is made from animal skin, they do have options that are fabrics. If you would prefer to shop from a brand that avoids using animal hides, Bolzano isn’t the brand for you, sadly. However, there are a lot of other amazing brands that are cruelty free!

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The quality of this purse is so great and it is really sturdy, making it perfect for me! The Alisse messenger bag retails for $148. If you are looking for a well-made purse that will last you for a long time, make sure to check out this style on Bolzano’s website, which is linked above! When you tour their website, there is a chat box that pops up so there is a person to help you if you have any questions.

Thank you so much to the entire Bolzano team for sending me this amazing purse! Make sure to go check out their website and see if they have anything that suits your taste!

If you want to catch up on my previous post click here or scroll down and hit the previous post button! All of my social media links are also above and below, and I love talking with you guys on Instagram and Twitter!

What’s your favorite purse style? Let me know in the comments below!

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Disclaimer: I was not paid to review this purse or any other products from Bolzano Handbags. All opinions stated are my own and this post contains no affiliate links. Happy reading!

Blogmas | Day 3

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Merry Blogmas, loves!

Out of all of the shopping apps on my phone, Etsy is my favorite.  I love being able to look at small businesses and unique shops while being in the comfort of my own home.  There are thousands of different products to look at and you can look at the shop’s customer reviews, find other similar products, ask the seller questions, and have a great shopping experience.  From candles to hand bags, there is something for everybody on your Christmas shopping list.  Here is a round up of some of my favorite products for your holiday shopping guide!

Quick disclaimer: I have not been paid to promote any of the products or brands sponsored.  I simply love Etsy and the shops mentioned and I want to share them with you!

Fashion & Accessories

I love patches and pins! All you need is a plain jean jacket that you want to give some pizazz and you have a brand new jacket! I have so many patches saved to my wish list on Etsy that it is close to being categorized as an obsession.

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This “Happy Camper” pin from aweedmark is one of my favorites! They have a lot of pins and patches in retro designs for your nature lover.  They have “Save the Bees” stickers, cool bumper stickers, and wooden gifts that are affordable for your shopping.  Aweedmark is owned by Amanda Weedmark and based in Canada, but they have international shipping. How cool is that! And if it couldn’t get any better, aweedmark has 119 reviews and a total rating of 5 golden stars!

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IronpatchTH is a really neat patch shop that is based in Bangkok and they sell really awesome patches! You can find patches for sports teams, college teams, and other items, but I am in love with their sunflower patch.

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The world needs a little more kindness and niceness so express that with a patch! VictoriaKristine sells patches, pins, and t-shirts on Etsy and there are so many different things to look at! The “Be Nice” patch is simple and very cute and only $6! VictoriaKristine is based in the US, so if you are a fellow American, you can feel great because you are buying from a US shop!

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Crystals have come on trend in the past year, both for healing and decor, and I have to admit that I am with that trend! I love all things crystals and I adore the purple amethyst quartz pin from notmagicshop.  This shop also has other pins that look like crystals, so if someone you know would like something like this, go check out their shop!

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For someone you loves minimalistic accessories, take a peek at this lovely hair clip from AnnieLesperance! It’s simple yet elegant style will bring a smile to your gift recipient! AnnieLesperance also sells golden bee earrings and other fashion accessories at good prices that won’t break the bank!

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A really awesome shop that I just recently came across is tinylumber.  One of my favorite products from them is the Tiny Lumber wood stud earrings.  They are hypoallergenic and there are great reviews for them! The earrings are $15 but for these earrings, I would pay that price! They have a titanium stud and the rounds are made from bamboo wood and painted with acrylic paint.  There are a lot of different styles of the bamboo earrings, so look around the shop on Etsy!

 

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For $40, getting a small crossbody bag that monogrammed is amazing! MaBrownMercantile sells gorgeous bags for decent prices and they will make any fashonista happy.  The bags are made from faux leather and you can have you pick of colored thread.

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For your movie buff, take a look at this shirt! I am obsessed with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and when I saw this shirt, I might have shrieked a little bit.  You can buy your “Save Ferris” shirt in multiple different shades from FreshRagsCincy, a shop based in (you guessed it!) Cincinnati! They also have a Burt Macklin FBI shirt from Parks and Recreation!

Home & Office

I love candles! If you hand me a candle that is sandalwood or cologne scented, I will run off in search of a candle or lighter.  If you take me to Bath and Body Works, I am going to go sniff the Black Tie candle and wish there was a hunky man next to me that I could hug and never let go.  Basically, I love woodsy and musky candles.

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BrandIron in Vancouver sells non GMO wax candles that are amazing and Insta-perfect.  Oak & Moss is a candle that has “notes of earthy green moss balanced with subtle notes of soft woods.” How great does that sound? For $20, you get a 9 oz. candle with a 40 hour burn time.  Just imagine how great your house (or rather, the gift recipient’s house) will smell!

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If you have someone in your life who is always carrying around a memory stick or who simply wants to keep photos with them but doesn’t have storage, check out this really cool USB memory drive that is made out of wood! The memory drive is encased in a regular sized case and you can choose which type of wood you want the case to be made out of.  EWARTWOODS, the shop that makes these, is based in Latvia, which I think is really cool! I love the way these look and they will make a great gift for the techno-wiz in your family! 

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Chunky knit blankets have seemed to pop up as of late and I see them everywhere on Instagram.  Everyone has a really neat knit blanket that is its own fashion.  PuffyWoolDecor has a lot of different colors to choose from and the blankets look insanely soft! A note on this shop, though: they only ship to select countries, so if you order from them, make sure they ship to your country! If they don’t, there are a lot of other amazing shops on Etsy that sell the blankets! 

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I love home decor and simple signs can make any space look chic.  Wire wall art, especially in gold or rose gold, is very elegant but easy to make if you are a crafty person.  If you are like me, it is easier to buy one than make one because you weren’t terribly gifted in the arts department! MCWonderland from Italy makes a lot of wire crafts and signs that will spruce up your space effortlessly.  This cute “Hello” sign is affordable and your gift recipient will love it. 

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Last in home decor is something that I want to buy immediately and will cherish forever.  RedwoodStoneworks out of California makes Rocket and Groot planters! Rocket and Groot are two of my favorite characters from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and I want these planters in my home pronto! You can buy the planters individually or as a duo! RedwoodStoneworks has a lot of cool planters in Star Wars, Disney, and Harry Potter designs, as well as a lot more! Everything is so affordable and your giftee will love their present. If you want to add a little something more to the gift, go to your local home improvement or garden store and pick up a baby succulent!

That is all for this Christmas Gift Guide!  I send out updates on my Instagram and Twitter accounts so go hit the follow buttons! 

I will see you next week with a special collaboration with Phy!

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Note: ¹ I do not own any of the product images used. I took screenshots on my phone and cut them down.  The owners are credited and ownership claimed in the descriptions of all photos.  ² I am not being sponsored by any of the companies/shops mentioned, including Etsy. These are products that I would buy myself and for other people. Thanks for reading! 

 

 

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Rossario George | Interview With Tony Vincente

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Hi, babes!

Today’s post is a special one and it is the first ever of its kind of Glitz and Glitter! If you follow me on Instagram and you saw my Insta story from Monday, you will have seen that there is a surprise project with Tony Vincente, Founder and CEO of Rossario George, a luxury fashion and home brand. Tony just recently launched his website Rossario George in partnership with Vida. I interviewed Tony about Rossario George, his brand, and more! You guys are also getting a special offer at the end of the blog post, so keep your eyes open for that!

Without any further adieu, here is the fabulous interview! My text will be italicized in black and Tony’s answers are the bold blue texts.

  1. What inspired you to start Rossario George? You said on your website that your mother and sister helped culture a love for all things fashionable and couture in your life; how do you think that their influence has had an impact on your brand? Rossario George was the next step for my business. I have been a business owner since 2009 and Rossario George is its final evolution. It was serendipitous how it came about. Vida reached out to me to see if I had an interest in designing for them. I have always wanted to be a fashion designer but did not have the sources to make this a reality. When Vida call all that changed. My passion for fashion started when I was early, to which I owe to my mother and sister. Both have since left this earth and I think in many ways both are guiding my designs and business choices. I named my first shoe line the “Yvette” heels after my sister and waiting for the right thing to name after my mom. Stay tuned!
  1. The majority of the collections in Rossario George have a predominately Grecian theme and style, which is something that I find very unique and ingenious. The patterns and colors are vibrant and they remind me of one of my favorite time periods and Grecian mythology. The Icarus and Persephone collections are two of my particular favorites. What led you to design with Grecian themes? First, I want to say I am happy you like the “Icarus” and “Persephone” lines! Second, I love the Greco-Roman era of design. It was a truly magical time filled with majestic arts and amazing mythical tales. When I was a kid, nothing made me happier to sit and read stories of Mythology and Greek mythology was my favorite genre. I guess this love never went away only gaining life through my designs.
(right: “Icarus” unisex t-shirt. left: “Persephone” wrap.)

3. Your brand definitely delivers when it states luxury. From pocket squares and pendants to pillows and handbags, everything is unique and has quality. When you were in the beginning stages of creating Rossario George, did you have a vision of what you wanted your brand to be? Oh my god, I so love you Mimi! Keep the compliments going! When it comes to my brand vision, I had one in place for some time. Vincente Living was ready for its next steps and Rossario George was it. Overall, this brand is about providing high quality, timeless and luxurious pieces for men, women and the home.

(Rossario George pillows. Available with or without insert.)
  1. There are a lot of collections on Rossario George and each one is unique in its own way. What is your favorite collection from Rossario George? I have to say I am proud of all of my collections but I am total shoe FANATIC so my shoe collections hold a special place in my heart. Especially the “Bellissima” patent leather boot. Live for those!
  1. On your blog you said that when Vida asked if you would consider collaborating with them, what was going through your mind? It must have been incredible to know that a brand that had previously collaborated with Cher was knocking on your door and loved your style! I was beyond ecstatic and still am to this day. Vida is an amazing company to work with and just as you stated I get to design for a company that works with freakin CHER! To say I am honored and blessed is an understatement.
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  1. Your style and the style of Rossario George collections are one of a kind. When I looked at the website before I contacted you on Twitter, I was blown away by the individuality of your brand and pieces. It drew me in and I instantly knew that it was something I wanted to collaborate on. The shoes, the wraps, the pillows, everything is absolutely amazing and I hope to purchase all of your designs at some point in my life! One of the things that also stood out to me was that Rossario George is inclusive. The shoes sizes up to a 13 in most of the collection, there are plus and petite sizes. It’s amazing! When you were designing Rossario George, did you know that having a large range of sizes was something you wanted to do? Absolutely! Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and Rossario George is a brand that will ALWAYS reflect that.
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“god and man” unisex t-shirt
  1. I read through your blog and read why you named your brand Rossario George. It was very touching and I believe the name suits the brand very well. It brings a sense of taste and charm to your collections. When a person wearing your fashion is asked what brand they are wearing, they will look at the curious admirer and say “Rossario George” and the style and name go together effortlessly. For those who are not aware as to why you chose Rossario George as your brand name, would you please give the back story to it? It would be my honor. Rossario George was the name of my partner’s father. He was a man of grace and elegance. I wanted to honor his memory and take from it pieces to grow mine. I’m a private person but I will share no one is more important in this world than my partner. No one has encouraged me more to be who I am now.
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“Persephone” pendant

8. I know you have a special deal for my lovely readers! What will they receive with your fabulous coupon code? I do indeed! Everyone reading this get a brand new car! Just kidding! Child I am not Oprah status (yet) but hopefully your awesome fashionistas reading this will enjoy $50 off my shoe collection for the entire month of October. Use Discount code: SHOPSHOES during checkout.

  1. Thank you so much for the interview! I can’t wait to see where your collections take you and your future success! With that kind of style, you are definitely going to be a big name to look out for at Fashion Week! Thank you Mimi! When the time comes, you definitely have a front row seat to our show.

There you have it, loves! Tony’s line is absolutely stunning and it is so luxurious and vibrant! His style is unmatched and I am so happy that I get to tell you guys about Tony and his incredible brand!

Tony’s shoe collection is so stylish and you get to use that special code for the entire month of October! Remember, at check out apply code SHOPSHOES!

Just look at those shoes! How gorgeous are they?! The stiletto is in the style “Yvette” and the boot is “Esme”. The names are just as beautiful as the shoes!And remember, you guys have a $50 off discount code!

I can’t wait to see where Tony goes in life!

As usual, I hope you have a great day and don’t forget to smile!