plus size fashion
I am totally looking forward to the summer months here on Maui. Summer months here mean spending most of my days lounging on the sand and enjoying the beautiful beaches that Maui has to offer. It also means that the sun is up longer during the day and that leaves more time for walks and working out later in the afternoon. But, due to a condition I’ve been dealing with lately – I’ve gained some weight and I have been covering up my body a little more than usual. Working out or hitting the beach for a plus sized gal can definitely be a challenge when you need to find clothes that fit. And, many women are too modest to wear a tankini or show too much skin. That’s where HydroChic comes in. This awesome company offers versatility in their active wear while giving you the option of covering up a little or just being comfortable. Being plus sized can be a challenge to find swim and active wear that fits and still looks good so today, I’m going to share this awesome brand with you to get you “Summer Ready”.
HydroChic is an athleisure wear line that is versatile and comfortable while offering gorgeous prints and colors for any style preference. HydroChic offers Mix-and-Match Swim and Active Wear that provides the wearer comfortable coverage with less skin, lots more style and UV Protection. For someone like me who lives in the sun most days (especially in the summer) whether it is for play or exercise, this line is absolutely perfect.
There are more than 100 slimming mix-n-match separates to choose from, regardless of your size – girls, missy, plus sized, you name – they have it. And, if you’re like me and want a little more coverage, they got your “covered” literally. HydroChic offers lightweight, chlorine-resistant and chlorine-proof stretch fabric that dries really quickly and provides you with UPF 50+ sun protection. It’s durable, yet super flexible and allows you to use it at the beach or pool or to the gym, yoga or whatever your heart desires. It’s designed so that it doesn’t constrict movement and is sporty and figure flattering. With a variety of shorts, pants, leggings, long, short and sleeveless tops (with several bra options) and versatile swim dress, skirts and skorts – you are completely covered.
I am using the Black Tribal Sleeveless Swim n’ Gym Top (retail $72.00) that came with a Swim/Sports BRA with cups which make it easy for me to use with a little bit of push-up.
Details of the Tidal Tank Sporty Sleeveless Swim n’ Gym Top: Back zippered pocket is perfect to securely stash keys, ID, money Chlorine resistant Fabric XTRA LIFE LYCRA®/ Nylon Comes with a complimentary swim/sports bra Available in Missy XS-XL and Plus Full Cut 0X-3X Quick drying UPF 50+ sun protection.
I am also using the Diving Diva Black Swim and Bike Shorts (retail $58.00, not chlorine proof) which is available in sizes XS-XL in Missy and 0X-4x in Plus.
Details of the Diving Diva Black Swim and Bike Shorts. Mix and match them with any of our fitness tops. Covered elastic waistband, Plus Size has wider supportive waistband. Chlorine resistant. Fabric: XTRA LIFE LYCRA®/ Nylon. Available in Missy XS-XL and Plus Full Cut 0X-4X. Quick drying. UPF 50+ sun protection. Shorts are 19” long in a size Medium, inseam is 9”. The bottoms are designed to sit at the natural waist line.
Now, I’ve had my HydroChic set for just under a year and it’s been washed and worn many many times. I throw mine in the dryer on the low setting to dry – though I definitely suggest line drying to help keep your HydroChic wear in optimal condition. Even after almost a year – each piece looks brand new so I know it’s made with quality materials and craftsmanship.
I absolutely love how comfortable these all fit on my body, no weird bunching and funky cuts that make sitting or standing odd. The top is perfect for me when running, walking or working out because it helps to keep me cool and it’s not overly form fitting so it is easy for me to move in – whether swimming, jogging or any type of sports, it’s just easy to use.
HydroChic is available at select stores throughout the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Israel, and online at www.hydrochic.com. Available in sizes Missy and Plus–4X. Prices range from $29.50 to $95.00.
About HydroChic – HydroChic, LLC. was co-founded by Daniella Teutsch and Sara Wolf, and launched in May, 2008. The idea came to them one day at the Jersey Shore as they watched women of all ages slather themselves with sunscreen and pull sloppy men’s t-shirts over their traditional bathing suits to protect their skin from sun damage. They knew that more fashionable coverage options were missing in the swimwear market. Only then did they realize how many other women were searching for the very same swimwear solutions. HydroChic is based in New Rochelle, NY.
With summer right around the bend, now is the perfect time to choose out a summer hit and I know HydroChic will be one you’ll enjoy. Back in my surfing days – I would have loved something like this because it would help to keep my “girls” in place without they bouncing around for everyone to see and I wouldn’t have to worry about my top or bottoms flying off after being tumbled in a wave. Any woman or girl who surfs, knows this dilemma and HydroChic would have made a great addition to my swim and surf wear back in the day. I’m glad I can utilize it now. The outfit is perfect for days when I take my sons to the beach or pool – because I don’t have to worry about one of them tugging on my top and it falling off revealing the girls… ya know?
HydroChic offers so many styles to choose from that I’m sure you’ll find something you enjoy. Shipping is very quick and I enjoyed it so much I purchased several for my sisters since they like to be a little more covered up when hitting the sand too. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still rock a bikini or tankini but I love that I have an option if I’m just not feeling up to revealing some skin.
Check out all of their designs and full line of products available at: http://hydrochic.com/
So, are you a little more conservative when you hit the beach, pool or workout? If so, do you think that HydroChic would work for your style and comfort? Let me know in the comments below if you think they could be your next summer hit.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Fall is my favorite time of year. Cooler weather means that we can dress warmer here in Hawaii and embrace the colder months. The thing about Hawaii though is that while it cools down, it can still be warm and humid. I wanted to provide you with a kind of universal Fall lookbook and style diary that offered you some warm weather cozy while still having something for a hot Hawaii day. Today I’m doing this post and video in collaboration with a fellow beauty and lifestyle blogger from Hawaii – Kathryn (Kath) from The Fabzilla. Make sure you head on over and show this gorgeous beauty some mad love too.
Look 1 –
- Black Convertible Top – Target
- Jeans – YMI Plus Size WannaBettaButt Jegging
- Handbag – Coach
- Footwear – Flip Flops (I’ll be rocking this pretty often – I banged up my ankle quite a bit a few days ago.)
- Minimal makeup – mascara and brows with lip balm
- Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviator Classic Gold
Look 2 –
- Duster Sweater – Target
- Black Jeggings – Forever 21 Plus
- Black Camisole – Walmart
- Calf High Boots with Buckle – Justfab.com
- Minimal makeup – mascara and brows with ColourPop Konichiwa lippy stix
- Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviator Classic Gold
Look 3 –
- Cupcake and Sweets Dress – Cowcow on Amazon
- Flip Flops with lace detailing – Walmart
- Minimal makeup – mascara and brows with ColourPop Tiny Chum Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
- Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviator Classic Gold
I hope you enjoyed this little style diary. Remember – as I always say, style really is personal preference. For me, I love to be comfortable and if the season allows – I love cozy. You can catch me in flip flops most time of the year unless it’s cold and then a pair of boots will always suffice. Since I injured my ankle badly – I’m unable to use a lot of my traditional footwear that I would pair with my outfits like flats or ballet slippers because my ankle is swollen and they won’t fit over my brace. But, nonetheless, I dress in what makes me comfortable. To me, just like makeup – style is a form of self expression.
I hope you are all enjoying your cooler weather. Don’t forget to head on over to check out Kath’s sweet looks – you’ll love her, classy style and a beauty.
Kath’s Blog: http://www.thefabzilla.com/2016/11/style-and-makeup-diary-hawaii-fall_12.html
Kath’s YouTube: https://youtu.be/51BcTtRBwmY
Disclaimer: Some of the products in this post were sent for review consideration or feature while others were purchased by me with my own money. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I can’t count how many times I have been told that Plus sized gals don’t belong in shorts. It’s the summer ya’all… and it’s way too hot so I’ll wear it if I have it. The fact is, I live in shorts if I can find a pair that suits the rest of my outfit and as many know who follow this blog – I’m a casual and laid back soul who loves to dress according to what makes me feel comfortable, not what others think I
should wear. Before I became “plus sized” I actually wore a lot of shorts or lived most of my teenage life in a bikini, because I like to be cool and this is Hawaii, where most people are lightly clothed, lol. So, while my thighs are thick, I like them to be free and cool, so summer means either shorts or dresses. Today, I remind you all that plus size girls can wear shorts too… with a quick summer plus size casual outfit.
Earlier in the month I got a really cute ribbon crusher hat in white from Scala Pronto and thought that my casual, but functional look for the day would be the perfect marriage. Since the boys and I were out and about playing tourist on our island, I thought – why not strut my stuff in a fun hat with a comfy outfit to pair with it.
The #LC511 Hat is a wide brim hat that is lightweight. It includes a sewn-ribbon design and also provides SPF 50 protection which makes it perfect to pair with your summer outfits or year round. It has a pretty tie at the back with an interior swear band for all-day comfort while wearing and includes colors in white, black, turquoise, poppy and fuchsia. This is the ideal accessory for the pool and beach as well as a casual (like I’m wearing) or dress up style.
Tank: Carpe Diem Danskin Now Actives
Shorts: Torrid Denim
Hat: Scala Pronto available at Zappos
Flip Flops: Lisa Frank from Shoeminded.com
Watch: Invicta Angel
Sunglasses: Maui Jim Atoll
Now, I know what you’re thinking… “But, Honey – isn’t that a workout or active wear shirt?” Well, Yes and that is the whole reason I wore it today, hence the word “active wear”. Don’t you know that running after three kids is major cardio? Hahaha! I needed something I could move in because keeping up with the boys while they are on Summer break means I have to be ready in an instant and constantly on my toes… but, don’t worry about me, I digress! It’s cool and comfy but loose enough to allow me to really be active and have some fun with my littles. And, I happen to like the saying on it, who doesn’t like a cute graphic tank anyway?
Growing up in Hawaii, being a surfer girl and tomboy for most of my life has really allowed me to embrace the casual island living. I’m not gonna lie, you will catch me in a tank and shorts or a dress most of the year if I’m not rocking out a pair of jeans. I love it and I love that I can be comfortable and get down and dirty with my sons if the time calls for me to do so. While I’m not a size 7 like I used to be, I still use shorts and I think plus size gals like myself shouldn’t be ashamed to use shorts too. It’s comfortable and don’t we deserve to be comfy, especially during the summer?
So what about you? Do you find yourself rocking out a pair of shorts, graphic tank, flip flops and a cute hat this summer? Comment below and let me know what you’re wearing while out and about and playing tourist this summer?
Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned in this post were sent for review or feature consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased as with anything you will read or see on this site. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
Are you still on the hunt for that special Gal-entine’s Day gift or special surprise for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? There are so many options available when shopping, but why not make a statement with what you choose to gift this year or anytime? Today I wanted to share with you a gorgeous piece from CAROLEE – just in time for Valentine’s Day or a special gift of “just because”. If you are anything like my husband and I, celebrating love is a daily occasion and doesn’t need a special holiday so you can elect to get some from CAROLEE anytime of the year.
While all the pieces CAROLEE offers are stunning and gorgeous, I decided on the Candy Colors Dramatic Necklace ($130.00) that comes ready for gifting in a gorgeous gift box. This beautiful statement piece is the perfect gift for anyone who loves color and jewels. It comes with multi-color acrylic stone in a gold-tone setting and has a lobster claw closure. It has an 18-20 inch adjustable chain and great weight to it offering a chic and sophisticated look.
This classic design is one that will go with just about anything. Use this necklace with a pair of jeans and a cute top or dress it up for a night on the town. I love that it is filled with gorgeous colors that will be perfect for any occasion and you can use this as your statement piece to your entire outfit. Since the necklace features several different colors it would be a great Spring or Summer necklace (not just for Valentine’s Day).
If you have your eyes set on this necklace, like with any other jewelry make sure to wipe the necklace down prior to storage and if at all possible store in an air tight bag to keep the dust away. This will help to prolong your necklace so you can get lots of use out of it. This gorgeous piece makes such a great gift for someone you love or a nice piece to add to your own collection. I’m not only impressed with the quality of the craftsmanship but also with the overall appearance and look. It’s beautiful and would make a fantastic gift.
CAROLEE offers a variety of jewelry pieces to choose from, made from the finest materials that meet the highest standards in workmanship. They ship worldwide and offer a worldwide lifetime guarantee which is spectacular. While I don’t live in the Continental U.S., I’m happy to say that CAROLEE offers free Standard Shipping on any purchase within the Continental U.S. (awesome) and the products available are drool worthy. Take your time to go through the site and see what else they have to offer. There are a few pieces I have my sights set on and a plethora of gorgeous jewels in their Sale section to choose from as well.
Be sure to stop by the site and see what CAROLEE has to offer. You can shop the online store here: https://www.carolee.com/.
Have you heard of CAROLEE before? Are you a fan of getting jewelry as a gift for Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year? Comment below and let me know.
Disclaimer: The product(s) discussed or featured in this post were sent to me for consideration and editorial purposes. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to feature this product. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year because it allows things to cool off here in Hawaii and I can wear my cozy and warm fashion favorites that I love so much. Besides scarves and slouchy sweaters, another favorite for me is hats or beanies. Let’s face it – anything that will keep my full head of hair in place without sacrificing style is a plus and I’m all about keeping the ears warm as the months get colder. Today I share with you a simple plus sized outfit featuring a beret from Scala Pronto. If you love Fall fashion as much as I do, hopefully I can introduce you to some really cool ideas for this season’s wardrobe.
This slouchy beret from Scala Pronto is fashionable, chic and totally flattering. I have a larger head size than most people and found that this beret fits easy and comfortably as well. The collection is affordable, retailing for $32 and available in grey or oatmeal (what I’m wearing). Slouchy hats just scream Fall and Winter and are so fashion forward. It’s one of those accessories that has literally stood the changes in trend and attire over the years and paired with your favorite Fall outfit, you will be ready to take on your day.
What am I wearing
Beret – Scala Pronto Beret in Oatmeal
Scarf – Plaid Tartan Scarf / Wrap from Amazon
Top – Black Plus Size Scoop Neck Tee from Torrid
Pants – YMI Jeans Plus Luxe Skinny
Footwear – Steve Madden Heaven Leopard Ballet Flats
Sunglasses – Kenneth Cole New York Metal Frame Rectangular Frame Aviators
Watch – Invicta Silver & Gold Divers
I chose to wear my Tartan Scarf like a wrap – but they go wear if wrapped around the neck like an infinity scarf or swooped around once and hanging long. While I chose to wear flats today (it’s still too warm for boots), my normal choice in footwear would be a pair of boots – it’s a staple for me this time of year. Pair this look with fun accessories like your favorite bracelets or necklaces and you have a showstopping outfit. There is nothing wrong with a casual look – this is mine.
Makeup of the day
Eye shadow – ColourPop Desert, Strength, XO and Bravery
Eye liner – Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and Mally Evercolor Eyeliner in Midnight
Lashes/Mascara – Ardell Demi Whispies 120 and Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Lips – ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Tulle
When it comes to Fall fashion – I literally live in cozy and comfy. Let’s face it, I live in Hawaii where the weather is warm year round, so I look forward to the cool, crisp Fall air. I practically live in Skinny Jeans and slouchy sweaters and I love pairing those key elements in my wardrobe with fun accessories that make a statement. Slouchy looks are so on trend for Fall and Winter and Scala Pronto has satisfied that with their well made Beret. I can’t wait to get my hands on the grey one and rock that out too.
Scala Pronto berets come in a wide assortment of colors and knit stitches. Find your favorite in a variety of highly decorated versions.
Purchase your Scala Pronto beret here at villagehatshop.com and check out the other products available for purchase to add to your fall looks. Pack your beach wear away and pull out your favorite knits, plaid and all the fun warm and cozies you have hiding in your closet and enjoy the season.
What are your favorite digs for Fall season?
Disclaimer: Some of the products featured in this post were sent to me for review and consideration and some products were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
It’s no secret that I’m a plus sized gal – well, now anyway. But, I always say that being plus sized doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice your style! There are a lot of things you can wear that are not only fashionable but also comfy, even during the summer months. Living in Hawaii means that summers are warm and humid, so dressing comfortably is not only important, but also ideal. During the summer I absolutely live in dresses and shorts, and if I had my way, short dresses would be my go-to since they are not only easy to wear and cool, but comfortable. But since I’m a plus sized woman, short dresses mean that they can often hike up on their own quite easily since my bum and my chest have a mind of its own. Because of this, I’m always on the hunt for undergarments that will not only provide support, but also be easy to wear during this time. Recently I was introduced to Jockey® Skimmies Slipshorts. I have tried many and I truly put the emphasis on many slimming and smoothing undergarments over the years – even during my skinnier years… and have not found one as comfortable as these. You can quote me on that too! So what in the world are Skimmies? I have the long length size in an XXL. These undergarments are microfiber stretch shorts that are used for smoothing coverage under skirts. They are lightweight, offer a sleek design without constriction and come in a variety of colors. They fit so comfortably, I literally forget that I’m wearing them and they are absolutely perfect for the days I want to use my shorter dresses or mini skirts. They not only cover your bum, but they keep your panty lines to a minimum and offer anti-static defense for those days you are using your favorite flowy skirts. I find that they work so well under my maxi skirts on those days I feel a little bloated and can seem to fit anything right and they are now my favorite “must-have” to wear under my cute and flirty short dresses. I have them in white, but plan to pick them up in black and nude because I love them so. In the past, I have had issues with similar undergarments riding up on my thighs and so constricting that it made it hard to sit, or breathe. If that wasn’t the problem, they were so tight or uncomfortable and it was unbelievably hot that wearing them was just unbearable. Jockey’s Skimmies are made of a comfortable microfiber fabric, breathable and easy to wear. They stretch well and even fit me so well that I forget that I’m a plus size woman sometimes. I also forget that I’m wearing them and I never have to worry about flashing anyone when I’m wearing a short dress. Skimmies are available in three types: Original Skimmies® which are available in short and long lengths and are perfect for a smooth & polished look under your favorite dresses, Anti-static Skimmies® that are great to wear under pants or cotton fashions and Wicking Skimmies® which are great for working out and have moisture-wicking which is a quick dry fabric to help prevent chafing. They have a silky-smooth microfiber stretch fabric that offers great coverage without restriction. I love that it is easy to wear under pants or cotton clothing and you don’t have to worry about cling. The wide, flat leg hem is designed for a stay-put fit and the targeted stretch zones help to flatter your natural curves. If you are looking for an undergarment that is breathable, cool, comfortable and doesn’t make you feel like you’re wearing a coat – these are definitely a great solution. They work just like a slip, covers like shorts and are definitely my new go-to and must-have. Jockey Skimmies range from $20 – $22 and are available in sizes to fit from small to 2xl. They come in white, black and nude and a few other colors like grey and blue (depending on the type you select). The options are great and the price is right. So how have Skimmies saved my summer? This gal will be comfortable in whatever I choose to wear; especially my cute mini dresses and not have to worry about offering those around me a free peep show of what’s underneath. But, I do not have to sacrifice comfort and style for protection and I certainly don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for it too! How would you like to be #SavedBySkimmies? Tell me in the comments for a chance to win a $100 Jockey.com gift card.
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It’s no secret that when it comes to fashion, anything I wear or use must not only be functional but also comfortable. Sometimes I feel like my laid back lifestyle has me too lax and often it can be a bit basic, but I love taking basics and turning them into something fun and fashionable. I’m born and raised in Hawaii so most of my life you could find me in a bikini or bathing suit with board shorts and a surf board, but now that I’ve changed things up a bit, I try to add a little more flair to what has become comfortable. While what I wear may be simple, consisting of mostly basics to allow for me to change up from time to time – I love to add handbags that will give me a sense of style and freedom at the same time. Accessories can make or break a look easily so here is what I do to take a basic outfit and jazz it up a bit. Here’s my plus size outfit featuring Miche Bag to compliment the look.
Check out my quick outfit video below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.
- Black Empire Waist Jersey Strapless Dress – Old Navy
- Denim Vest with Cut sleeves – Forever21 Plus
Since Flip flops are pretty much the go to for most looks here in Hawaii, I decided that would be a great choice not only for comfort but also for style. I decided to go with a platform/wedge style flip flop to add a dressier flare to the look
- Black Flip Flops – Guess Sabell Platform Flip flops
No outfit is complete without some accessories and for me I wanted it to be simple, basic but still add a little flare. If you have been following this blog or my YouTube channel a while, then you know I’m pretty simple and usually will have the same type of necklace or watch for my daily style. Today I switched up my watch and included something that would be fun and add a little bit of swagger to my look.
- Maple & Black Wooden Watch – JORD Watches, Sully Collection
- Necklace – Gift from Husband
- Earrings – Rose Floral Drop Earrings in Gold from Muwae
Last but not least – it’s all about the handbags. It’s no secret that I’m a huge handbag fanatic… my husband can attest to that (teehee), and I’m always looking for the perfect bag to help accommodate all of my personal and mommy needs as well as be functional and stylish. About 5 years ago I was introduced to Michebags and immediately fell in love with not only the quality – but the styles and the price. Let’s just say that I love these bags so much that I own two different sizes and over 12 shells… ssshhh… don’t tell the pocket book. lol
Miche bag’s concept is easy… You purchase a base bag (in my case, this is the Prima base bag) and then you purchase a shell to go with it. The idea was developed by a women who wanted to be able to change out her bag easily without having to pull all the contents of her bag out. You simply pull your base bag out of your shell and put it in a new one and you are good to go.
- Miche Prima Shell in Carmen – a brown caramel shade bag with gold accents
- Miche Prima Shell in Maria – a gorgeous cream and print bag with gold accents
Each bag is so easy to get in and out of to switch out you can easily go from day to night and it takes just seconds. I am wearing my Miche bags pictured with the regular black handles and gold chain links to add to the gold accent. These bags are not only functional, they are affordable.
Miche Prima Base bag: $29.99
Miche Prima Shell: Range between $40 and $100
Miche Accessories: Range between $9 and $20
If this bag is too large for you – do not worry,this is the largest size Miche carries but there are a variety of sizes available from their Petite, Classic and Demi. Also, Miche offers different colors in their handles as well as their chains and Carabiners so you have endless options to switch up your style and preference. Each strap, handle, carabiner and hardware is interchangeable with any of the shells and the shells are seasonal so you can expect to see new styles rolled out several times a year. Fashionable and on-trend, Miche is definitely a great selection for those who love handbags and want to keep their look fresh.
Check out Miche and their styles by heading over the their website: www.miche.com
Now – just because I have a really relaxed style, doesn’t mean you can’t jazz up a similar look with say a pair of strappy heels or wedges or even a larger necklace for a statement piece. What I love about style is that it is just like makeup and it’s all about the individual and their preferences.
Also – be sure to check out the Miche Hope Collection – inspired by those affected by Cancer, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the collection go directly to cancer research and other charities.
So – what are your favorite types of things to wear during the Spring time? And, have you heard of Miche Bag? If you love handbags like me, definitely head on over to the site and check out what they have to offer. I’ve been a fan of their products for a few years and with a pretty big collection, it definitely states how much I love and enjoy the brand and their products.
I hope you enjoyed this post. It seems like a whiles since I have posted outfits but I’m slowly getting back in the groove again. Don’t forget to stop by and check out my video (click here to watch) – I hope you like it.
xo and Happy Spring!
I know I say this each month, but man… July sure flew by faster than ever and August is already proving to be traveling at lightning speed. I had so much going on I really just forgot to post my Monthly Favorites here on my blog… so I am sharing it with all of you now. Last month was a month of discovery because I tried out quite a bit of new products, most of which I found I immediately enjoyed.
Check out my video embedded below where I go through each product or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.
I did a review here on my blog of the Hask hair care products in Argan Oil and Keratin Protein. After using other products for a few months, I find that I still enjoy this line and it has made a whole lot of difference on my hair since the sun has been doing a full beat down. Check out my complete review for these products here, and definitely check out the line where you can find them at select stores – I have been picking up my masks at Walmart.
I have a review coming soon on the Verona Color Switch. This product is pretty genius and I think would be a great benefit for Makeup Artists especially. It allows you to take your brush and swipe it through the product cleaning off excess product so you can use the brush again. I especially love to use this when I used the brush originally to apply a color and then swipe it through the color switch so that I can blend the shade out without transferring additional product and causing a muddy effect on your eyes. I also love that I can go from a dark shade like black to a light cream or white shade without mixing them. It’s a great product and I hope to have the review done soon.
L’Oreal has hit a home run with Voluminous Miss Manga mascara. It has quickly become one of my favorites because you can actually see my lashes when I use it and used in combination with one of my favorites… Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – they have become a pair made in heaven. lol
Kiss 11 Lashes have been my jam this past month… this is my third pair even with reuse and cleaning of previous pairs. I love how affordable Kiss Lashes are, how thin the band is so it makes it near to impossible to detect you have them on and most importantly – how comfortable they are on the eyes. I especially love that these are dupes to my favorite Ardell Demi Whispies… but a bit cheaper than they retail since I can get them in a larger pack if I can find it.
Of course, I have been loving the new Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Shadows. If you have been following me at all in July – you would have seen my review, which you can find here, as well as a tutorial using a few of the shades I mentioned in my favorites which you can find here. Bella Chiffon, Bella Sand and Bella Bronze have been some of the favorites I have been gravitating to this past month and I know they will surely be favorites for time to come.
L’Oreal Infalliable eye shadows have been a favorite now since first trying them earlier this year. While I am smitten and in love with Iced Latte, Gilded Envy has been a shade I have been rockin’ out in July. I love just applying it with a quick wash of color and blending Milani’s Bella Cappuccino in the crease for a sweet every day look. I promise I’ll have a quick tutorial for that coming up soon.
Through most of the summer I usually pull for my more nude shades and since I’m already on my second tube of Milani’s Nude Creme, I figured I needed to switch things up a bit and pull out some shades I haven’t been using all that much. I purchased Bite Beauty’s Duo Lipstick in Lychee & Musk earlier this year and have really enjoyed the shades as well as the formulation. Creamy, moisturizing and the colors are gorgeous. The only downfall is that the formulation of these lippies are so darn soft, the warm summer heat has been doing a number on them and I know that soon I’ll be needing to apply these lip colors with a lip brush because the lipstick is getting bent out of shape. They are naturally soft so even without summer, they were already starting to warp. Regardless, for the price tag I am loving these and I think that anyone would enjoy them.
Of course, NYX’s Butter Lipsticks have been a favorite for months. I have been pulling for Pops much more now then I did any other time. I have a review for this lipstick here and if you are someone who likes nudes, this may be a great addition to your collection. Creamy, soft and buttery on the lips, it’s been a favorite of mine all month.
After purchasing my Lorac Pro 2 Palette last month, I instantly fell in love. The shades are perfect for year round because they are soft and wearable… you can easily use most of them for all over the lid one wash shades. I love that there are a few bold shades as well. I have a review of this palette coming soon as well as a tutorial coming up using colors that I have been rocking all month long together: Rose, Mocha, Cool Gray, Nectar & Plum. This is surely becoming a favorite palette of mine and will take it’s place right next to #1 in my Holy Grail pile.
Of course, we all know I’m about that Vanilla Cake scents. I have been a long time fan of Pacifica and their Island Vanilla scent has been a top scent for me the last 2 1/2 years. I haven’t used anything else but this scent all month long in July.
Last but not least are my Lifestyle Favorites. As I mentioned in my video, the boys have been enjoying listening to Magic’s Rude on the radio so it has become a favorite of ours in the house. I think it’s beyond adorable when twin 4 year olds and a 10 year old knows all the words to a popular song and they love it. I have been also getting great use out of my Glasstic Water bottle. I have a review for it here, and definitely recommend it to anyone – especially people who love infused waters. It has been a lifesaver for me to carry around my drink in this heat.
Last but not least is my Cafe Press Customized Plus Size V-Neck T-shirt. I designed this last month and have been enjoying it. I think Black and Gold are such a great combination and I have been loving the simplicity and the statement. I’ll try to remember to post a quick Outfit of the Day the next time I wear it. The fabric is breathable, it’s cut and fits this plus size gal really well and it’s personalized. I love it. You can check out more information about creating your own shirt or many other things here.
Overall – even if July flew by so quickly and August is here… I am thankful that I accomplished so much in the month. The twins are off to school as well as my eldest and all started on August 1st so the house has been quiet during the day, and I miss them so much. Our summers are always filled with fun and this summer was surely no exception. From hitting the beach, to the park to just cruising and enjoying our time together – I was certainly sad to see it all go (excuse me while I tear up a bit), but all three boys were so excited for school (I’ll have more of that in another post this week). It’s times like this when I reflect back on a previous month that I realize how awesome life is and I’m glad for Monthly Favorites that allow me to reflect on the month previously. My number one favorite that I didn’t mention in my video – time! The past two months has given me awesome and quality time with my littles and my husband… that overall, is the best favorite of all.
Each and every Season holds a special place in my heart, but Spring is that time of year when I tend to do clothes shopping the most and I’m always looking forward to rocking out cool and comfortable threads. While my style remains fairly the same each year, I like to add a few things to change it up a bit. For me… Spring includes a few staples in my wardrobe – Maxi Dresses & Skirts, empire waist knee length dresses (or shorter), denim bermudas, tanks and a few key sandals and accessories to complete a look.
I’ve included a few of my favorite styles that you may see pretty often in my wardrobe. Who owns over 10 maxi dresses and 8 pairs of denim bermudas? This lady here! Living in Hawaii means that Spring and Summer months can bring extreme heat so I like to be comfortable and dress that way specifically. While many think that style is about the clothes you wear… I believe that Style is all about personality and what makes you feel comfortable and confident. Being a surfer girl most my life, my Spring and Summer months growing up meant that I was found in a pair of Surf/board shorts and a bikini or rash guard – now that I’m grown up (lol), I like to add my own little flair and spin on it all. Check out some of the selections I have here so you can get an idea of what I rock during the Spring months.
Like I mentioned above… at the end of the day – Rock out what you feel comfortable in. Spring (and Summer) is all about soaking up the sunlight (don’t forget that SPF) and enjoying the flowers and the breeze. What ever you decide, make sure it makes you feel confident and awesome!
If you are looking for a few makeup looks – stay tuned, I’ll be sure to be posting those in the next coming weeks!
Happy Spring Love Bugs!