Winter Fashion Finds | TideStore.com

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Is it me or do you also get excited when you find an item you’ve had your eye on at a really reasonable price?  I’ve been looking for one of those trendy overcoats that we’re seeing everywhere.  Granted, I live in Los Angeles, where there climate is seasonless, but that’s all the more reason I try to find items at reasonable prices.  I recently came across this website http://www.tidestore.com/ and it was a treasure trove of great wardrobe pieces. See for yourself.

Plus size coat here
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Over coat here
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Coat here
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Womens plus size coat here
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Womens plus size coat here
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Womens plus size coat here
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Plus size coat here
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Plus Size here
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How to Work Your Curves

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Newsflash!  The average American woman is a size 12-14, and sadly the average woman has minor body image issues.  Even women who are considered petite have days when a pair of super skinny jeans are not in the plans.  I’m here to tell you, that you don’t need to hide behind ill-fitting, boring clothing.  Sure, black is a sliming color to wear, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re going to funeral every day.  Here are 5 ways to use your wardrobe to celebrate your curves.

First, patterns are still very much in style.  The key to making this look work is to find a dress with an allover dark pattern.  The darker the pattern the better.  Patterns keep the eye moving and take attention away from shape concerns.

Next, the easiest way to define your waist is to fake it.  Add a cropped jacket over a dress and voila, you’ve got a waist.  The jacket will hit at your natural waistline creating the illusion of a curve right where you want it instead of where you don’t.

In this warm climate, there’s nothing wrong with showing a little skin as long as  you do it tastefully.  As I tell my daughters, make sure you’re always appropriate.  I’m a huge fan of wearing layers, but did you know that when you wear too many layers you can end up looking larger than you actually are?  It’s true.  A great way to show more skin without showing more skin is to wear sheer fabrics.  Blouses with sheer sleeves as well as dresses and skirts with sheer hemlines will always allow you to suggest more skin without revealing too much.  And they’re much cooler during the hot summer months.

You’d be surprised to know that working your curves doesn’t only apply to what you wear, but also how you accessorize.  A bold sparkling necklace or dazzling drop earrings will draw attention where you want it.  The more spectacular the better.

Color is your friend.  I’m not sure who started the rumor that curvy women should not wear color, but that’s a complete and total fib.  Color looks amazing on curvy women especially in monochromatic tones deep blues and emerald greens, even a sapphire red.  This fall, think about pairing your solid monochrome dress with a dark colored pair of tights.  This combination will make your legs look amazingly slim and trim.

Here are a list of some of my favorite curvy bloggers to see how it’s done:

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http://www.curvesandconfidence.com/

http://girlwithcurves.com/

http://www.diaryofachicmommy.com/

http://thecurvyfashionista.com/

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MOMMY 101: Stuff for Baby

If you ask me, it’s a conspiracy.  There are tons upon tons of cute thingamabobs and whatnots for baby girls but when it comes to baby boys, you can hardly find a stitch of cuteness anywhere.  Granted, Jonny won’t be leaving the house for the first two months of his life, but it’s the principle, right?

While Jonny was napping a stole a few minutes and found some really cute boys stuff for the little mister.  Take a look.

 

FOR THE BOYS
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9 FOURTH OF JULY FINDS!

9 Fourth of July Finds

It goes without saying that the real meaning of fourth of July is to celebrate our wonderful country’s independence.  Independence that is hard fought for and protected.  On this day we celebrate liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.  Traditionally, Americans like to spend fourth of July with friends and family enjoying good food and the great outdoors.  And it doesn’t hurt to look super cute while doing so.

- find your favorite item below -

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FASHION DU JOUR LOVES: Bump Styling

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Dressing around a baby bump can be exhausting.  I mean, when else in life does your body inflate to two to three times it’s normal size?  Some of us gain weight everywhere and so the challenge is not only dressing around a bump but also finding things to wear that are comfortable around all your growing parts.  Even for women who seem to be all baby, there’s still the struggle with finding a top or bottom that are the size you normally wear but are stretchy enough to fit around the circumference of your belly.  Of course there are bigger and much more amazing things going on with our bodies and how we look should be the least of our concerns, but it’s hard to ignore it when nothing in your closet seems to fit.

Here’s a look that any pregnant (or not) lady can pull off this summer.  Enjoy!

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19 Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans

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There are tons of ways to wear boyfriend jeans and really I don’t think you can go wrong.  What’s your favorite way to were boyfriends?

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#FDJStyle: February Wishlist

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Attention all you spend-thrift ladies like me, I found a new online boutique and yes, you’ll love it.  Persunmall.com You already know how obsessed I am with boyfriend jeans.  Take a look at these!  Plus a pair of loose fit drawstring jeans.  Think sweats, only AMAZING!  But it doesn’t stop there.  They also have thee cutest dresses, jackets, tops and coats.  And none of these items above are over $48!!!!!!
Stop by, it’s well worth the browse!
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What to Wear on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fourteen days away and I’m beginning to think that the world is made up of 2 kinds of people; people who LOVE Valentine’s Day and people who LOATHE Valentine’s Day.  There’s never really an in-between.  I have a friend who jokingly calls Valentine’s Day, “Single Awareness Day” and while some may think of this holiday as a cruel trick to fool men into buying chocolate and flowers my single friend loves this day.  For her, it’s a chance to have a spa day and a night out with friends enjoying each other’s company.  For me, it’s a chance to pause and enjoy my husband’s company one-on-one.

Whether your idea of Valentine’s Day is a fancy dinner with that someone special in your life or a casual outing with your favorite girls, here are some fantastic looks to make your night a fashion success.

Depending where you go, Los Angeles night life is usually full of swanky lounges and romantically lit trendy restaurants.   If your Valentine’s Day includes a trip to one of these locations, it’s likely that you will want to go for a more “casual-glam” look.  Boyfriend jeans are still very much on trend and hide a multitude of sins.  So go ahead and order that slice of double chocolate cake because no one will see your insta-belly.  Not only are boyfriend jeans the most comfortable pair of jeans you’ll own, but they’re incredibly easy to transition from day to night.  You might wear your boyfriend jeans to work with a white buttoned-down shirt, black blazer and chocolate leather loafers.  Then at quitting time you can quickly transition them for your girls meet-up by ditching the jacket, swapping the shirt out for a pussy bow blouse and the loafers for a pair of dashing pumps.  Just add a red lip and some splashes of jewelry to accent and your outfit is perfection.

Casual ValentineThis second look is for the woman who has formal plans in store.  This night out calls for a look that is classy, classy, classy.  What’s the easiest way to accomplish a classy and chic look?  Stick to a solid colored dress with a simple shape, either fitted or curve- skimming.  This will draw attention to where you want it, your face.  However, that’s not to say that prints and colors are out of the question.  If you prefer a dress with some morsels of fun find a dress with all over print action.  My tip to you is to go for a dress that has very small dark prints.  The smaller and darker the print, the more flattering the dress will look.  Another option is to find a dress with some interesting combination of print and solid.  However, the rule still applies…the darker the better.  With the weather as unpredictable as it’s been of late, adding a pair of black opaque tights and black pumps will be the perfect topper to keep you warm but looking hot! 

Fancy Valentine

Regardless of what you wear and what you do, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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How to Make a Fascinator

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I don’t remember quite when it all started but I have a thing for fascinators.  I think it has something to do with the fact that it’s common at my church, and probably many other churches, to wear a fancy hat on Sunday.  I don’t own any fancy hats and let’s just say the big hats with all the fabulous rainbows of feathers and diamonds and whatnots are not really my cup of tea.  So, trying to find a happy medium, I gravitated toward the fascinator.  A fascinator can definitely be super big and fancy if that’s the look you want, but it can also be very sweet and petite like these.

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Several months ago my church had a really nice tea {if you follow me on Instagram you saw it} to which the women wore pretty dresses and hats.  I didn’t own a fascinator and all the thrift shops I had visited had been scrubbed clean of anything close to a fascinator.  I did, however, find some church hats with feathers, random rhinestones and veils on them.  I snatched them up, took them home and got to work.  I pulled something together using these materials and some random items from home.  As luck would have it, it turned out pretty nice and it was a cinch to make. Take it from me, if I can make it, you can make it!

What does that mean for you?  Well, it means your wildest dreams have come true!  Hold the applause.  Here’s a short D.I.Y. to make your very own fascinator!  This tutorial uses supplies that you actually purchase from a craft store, but feel free to pop into a thrift store and see what you can find.  Good Luck!

Here’s what you need and links to where to find them.  I picked these all up at Michael’s Craft Store:

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1. 10 watt Glue Gun | 2. pre-gathered bundle of Marabou feathers .25 oz (ungathered) | 3. feather fan

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4. tulle or veil |5.  self-stick gems

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6. Clips | 7. old lightweight broach

How to make your fascinator:

1.  Glue pre-gathered feather bunch (image 2) directly onto the middle of the feather fan (image 3).  Apply a generous amount of glue to keep the feathers in place.  Allow glue to dry. {You’ll see the clip next to the feathers below to show where the clip will end up at the end.}

1.  Measure out 9 inches of tulle (image 4).  This should be enough tulle cover the fabric semi-circle of the feather fan.  (image 3).  Apply a generous amount of glue t the fabric semi-circle and glue the tulle on top.  Allow glue to dry.

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2.  You now have one side of the feather fan with glue and tulle and the other side that is untouched.  Glue the feather bundle (image 2) to the untouched side of the feather fan.  Glue the clip (image 6) to the other side.  Allow the glue to dry before moving to the next step.

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3.  Turn the fascinator over and you should have  layers.  At the bottom is the clip, next is the tulle, next is the feather fan and last is the feather bundle.  Now you can add your broach (image 7)

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4.  At this point your fascinator will almost be finished.  Arrange your pin and tulle how you like.

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5.  Remove the self-stick gems (image 5) and begin to apply to the tulle.  You can use as many or as few as you wish.

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6.  And VOILA!  You’re very own D.I. Y. fascinator!

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The fascinator probably seems a little over-sized on Julia’s head, but on an adult it works nicely.

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 I hope you’ll try this D.I.Y. and share how yours turns out.  I think you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make.   And if you get a D.I.Y. itch, make sure you check out this really easy Valentine’s Card tutorial.   Enjoy!

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