Saturday, July 29, 2017

How Uncomfortable is TOO Uncomfortable? Tara Talks SHOOS

I've had a few outfits that were very cute and while not vintage or vintage reproduction, had a certain "look" to them with the right accessories and hair. And we all know accessories are everything! I debated whether or not to post them though for the simple reason....I didn't want to promote the shoes. They look great. They give any plain dress that vintage look, but....but....they hurt so bad!!!

They are Ruby Shoo.

And I want to ask you, how uncomfortable is too uncomfortable? This blog, while I will gladly support and promote places and brands I like, it's also about honesty and heads up.

That being said, I recently went ape-sh*t over Ruby Shoo. I saw them online, loved their prints and fabrics and vintage looks and ordered three pairs. They are expensive. 50 to 90 dollars.

I do not mind paying good money for sexy comfortable shoes. My two favorite brands of cute shoes that I can wear all day despite the heel height and feel and look great are Sofft and B.A.I.T. and they aren't cheap. But they don't hurt.

Ruby Shoos are hard as rocks inside and I even tried a memory foam insert for heels but it didn't stick because these are fabric inside. Without further ado, these are the shoes in question:























Each pair has been worn once and has brought me to near tears from the pain. The inside is HARD. There is no support anywhere, nor is there any cushioning. For the price you pay....well.

Also to be noted is each one is a size 8, yet the navy pair is too big, the black too small, and only the light blue and white fits reasonable well, though that makes no difference to the comfort.

They remind me of Bettie Paige. I can't even make it down the hallway in Bettie Paige shoes. These I can manage one hour of wear.

And I bought a dress JUST FOR the blue and white, that perfectly matches the coral.


Since the shoes make the look in this case, I'm not sure I'll ever wear this dress again. I keep telling myself I'm going to sell the shoes, but I've not been able to yet. At the same time I avoid wearing them.

Do you have any shoes that have become...nick nacks? Or do you wear them and endure the pain? Does anyone have suggestions for making these shoes more comfortable? They are awesome to look at and even come with matching purses at times, but the pain....


Friday, July 28, 2017

Outfit of the Day 7/28

As promised...

Hello everyone! As I mentioned in my last blog post, I made a new skirt with this darling fabric I picked up at Hobby Lobby and told you all I would wear it today when I went out on a shopping adventure with Tara. We visited a few stores today, Yours, Mine & Ours, Paisley Skye, Bountiful Antiques and Lost and Found Thrift. I was a dummy and forgot my wallet so I only ended up with a new pair of shoes because the ones I had on were killing my feet, but we'll talk about that in a minute. 

Yours, Mine & Ours is a cute little consignment shop, it reminds me of Iconoclad, but with modern/trendy clothing, instead of more of the alternative style clothing. The store was clean, and they had a nice selection in various sizes. Their prices were very reasonable too, and they are also having a sale, some of their items with green and white tags are 25% off and the rest of the items are all 50% off through the weekend. Definitely worth the drive to Bountiful to check them out.

Today was my first time in Paisley Skye and I must say I love everything in their shop, but I already knew that since I follow them on Facebook. They have a wide variety of Unique Vintage, Hearts and Roses, as well as other vintage reproduction brands and their prices are reasonable. They also have purses to match your dress and coordinating shoes and belts if you so desire. Be sure to say hi to their little shop dog too, he's a total ham. 

Today was also my first trip into Bountiful Antiques, and I must say being in the antique business, I was a little disappointed. They have a wide variety of stuff, but I feel like some of the prices were a bit high, and the store was very cramped and not well lit. They definitely have something for everyone, but it is NOT a place to take small children or large purses to. If you get the chance to check it out, you should. You never know what you might find.

Lost and Found Thrift was the last stop for our shopping adventure, if you have never been in, you should go at least once, if not twice. They have thousands of items, literally. Pretty much anything you could imagine you would find there, mostly old but some new. Their prices are reasonable as well, if there is something that does not have a price they are pretty good at working you a deal, the more you buy the better deal too. They usually have a bit of a selection of vintage hats, gloves and purses, which is right up my alley. I could spend all day just digging through all the vintage clothing in their shop. But like I said, if you haven't been in you should go at least once, if not twice, because you will be surprised at what you missed your first time through, and they put out new items every day.

Anyway, here is the "DIY" skirt from yesterdays post feat. Tara looking fabulous. You can see all the goodies Tara purchased and her OOTD details on her blog post here

Here Tara and I are outside of Yours, Mine & Ours. 
What I wore: I will try to keep this as simple as possible today as I ended up changing shoes halfway through our shopping adventure.

Top: Deadly Dames (Pinup Girl Clothing) I love this top, and you will see that I probably wear it a lot right now because it is so hot outside. It rained earlier today but it was still pretty warm. I was torn between this top and my Pinup Girl Clothing Orange Peasant Top. I like them both for different reasons. The material is thick but breathable, and flexible. The thing I like the most about this top, and the orange one, is there is a zipper in the back. It sounds like it would be a pain to wear, and it can be when you first try to get it on yourself, but it is really nice because the material is not stretchy so the zipper allows you to get the top on without strangling yourself, and when it zips down it actually makes the top fit in all the right places by hugging your curves. I highly recommend this top and the orange peasant top. Unfortunately I was unable to find this peach top on their website so I do not believe they still carry it. 

Earrings: Handmade? I'm not entirely sure. I have 3 pairs that are all similar to each other, but I bought them all at Savers.

Purse: Vintage, unfortunately there is no brand label inside. The handle is cool because it is on a metal hinge so it can be carried by the handle or the handle can fold inside and you can carry it as a clutch.

Skirt: Homemade by me, you can find my post about it here.

Shoes (top photo): Minny Pink - Bettie Page, unfortunately this particular style is no longer available on their site, I did find a pair for sale here. I was fortunate enough to find mine thrift. I had to change shoes though because the heat from the ground was coming up through the thin sole of the shoe and making my feet very uncomfortable. And I don't know if you can see it in the photo but my poor little toes are starting to squeeze out of the crossed straps over the toe. They are adorable, but the person that had them before me either had wider feet than I do, or I'm just a big baby when it comes to my toes getting hot and squishing out of my shoes.

Shoes (bottom photo): Mina (in Peach) - Chase and Chloe. I picked these up at the sidewalk sale Paisley Skye was having for 50% off, which made them out to be $17.50 before tax. They had 3 pairs left when I bought mine, and they had a few other styles and colors too, so if you're looking for some cute shoes for a good deal, head down there tomorrow while their sale is still going. You can find a coupon on their website too, for $5 off your purchase of $30 or more (not good on sale items). 


























My husband was patient enough to capture a twirl photo for me too, you can see how rigid the handle in the purse is here as I am holding it sideways and it sticks straight out. The shoes I picked up are a perfect match for my top too, which makes me very happy! I am wearing two crinolines under my skirt as well, I purchased them here. I absolutely love my crinolines from them. I so far have ordered black, white, rose, yellow, orange, and lavender from them and I plan to purchase more in the future. They are soft and very durable. I have ordered others from eBay and found that they were very scratchy and poor fitted, and that was not the case with these. They measure in at 63 cm long, which is almost 25 inches, so perfect length for most dresses. The waist is a generic size (30"-45") which is great unless you're like me at a whopping 26", but it was no major issue for me, as I cut the elastic waistband off and added a new one that was smaller to fit my waist. If you're not handy with sewing I wouldn't recommend it, but being as small as I am it is rather irritating not being able to find anything small enough, the struggle goes both ways. Someday I will find the right material and make my own, you wait... Be sure to keep checking back for posts about the studio too, since my parents antique store is officially closed I am out of a Saturday job until the studio opens, my husband and I are getting that ready so I can share pictures with you all. 

Do you have a similar outfit in your wardrobe? I'd love to see it! Tag me on Instagram!
Have a question? Drop it in the box below!

Until next time!
XOXO

Tara's Two Cents: Besame Lipsticks

I've been seeing a lot on instagram about these lipsticks made by Besame. It first got my attention because the lipstick colors are remakes of actual lipstick colors available back in the days. I balked at trying them at first. They're expensive. 22 dollars on the Besame site.

But then I got to thinking.

The lipsticks sell for way more than that OFF the site.
You get free shipping if you order 30 dollars or more.
Most of us already spend 20, 21 bucks on Lipsense, which I no longer like, but many of you do. But let's face it. That is expensive. You can't buy the color without the gloss and one purchase of color and gloss will set you back 41 bucks.

So I went for it, and I purchased Victory Red: a true replica of a color from 1941 and Dusty Rose: a lipcolor from 1969. (Think That Girl!)

I loved the way it all arrived. The lipstick cases are a beautiful gold color. Your package contains these Besame newsletters that look like old newpapers but contain fascinating facts about "Besame" girls and word searches and tips.

























I was put off by how small the lipsticks are. But...

I wore the Victory Red. *Note: use the sharp edges to line your lips and then fill it in with the blunt edge. Make sure lips are clean and dry and a little foundation on the edges helps.*

Here is my first application and on the right you see the lipstick 6 hours later! I only needed one application! This "little" tube will last a long time! After 7 hours, I kissed my husband three times, ate pizza, drank water and coffee and only needed to touch up the inner line of my mouth.

Also: I recently tried Cover Girl and NYX: they dried my lips out terribly, like the lipsense. Like flaking and making me want to nibble on them. This lipstick I wore today had no negative effect whatsoever. No smearing or drying.




I have ordered more Besame products and I will post my two cents on them as they arrive and I use/wear them. Be watching the blog for more!


Thrift Shop, Yours Mine and Ours: Great Place to Shop in Bountiful, UT

Today, Bountiful's Main Street was having a sidewalk sale. On that street happens to be one of my favorite stores, Paisley Skye. Just a few doors down, however, is a store I've been wanting to mention, a secondhand clothing and antique shop.

Today the lovely Christina and I went.


First, the 411: Yours Mine and Ours is located at 66 South Main, Bountiful, UT. Their FACEBOOK is here.

It's not Savers. I like Savers, but this place will be higher priced--not to break the bank though--because their items are in decent shape. In here you won't pull a dress off the rack and see dirt all over the hem or rips and tears.

They do not have a huge selection of pin-up type dresses, however, they do have older coats, jackets, and a killer selection of shoes. They have purses too. And one side of the store is antiques. I would like to mention that one time I found a gorgeous dress and purse and another occasion I found a Calvin Klein black "fur" shrug. Women wore those in the fifties.

You really just never know. One day you may walk in there and see a couple of Tatyanas. Another day a Shabby Apple.

Today I nabbed the following:


Shoes: oxfords for work. 3.75. Perfect condition.
Dress: unknown brand but very pin-up style 9.38
Belt: 2.25 (you can never have too many)
Purse: Very well packaged and cared for vintage. I say it's vintage from the tag. It looks brand new. It's a burgundy color. 4.00

So yea, while they don't have lots of Tatyana or Bettie Paige, it's worth the trip.

Note: They close at noon Saturdays!

Sidewalk sale goes on through noon tomorrow! *I messaged them and asked if their hours were changing. No reply, so plan accordingly if you wish to go.*

As for the OOTD....Christina will be sharing her new skirt with you in another post, and if you're curious about mine:

Romper: Bebe
Shoes: Unknown brand, Thrift find
Purse: Etsy, shop: Golden Bee Oddities
Scarf: Bowdana from Bowtox




Thursday, July 27, 2017

New 'DIY' Skirt!

Hey, I'm back!


Sorry I have been MIA for the last little while. For those of you that don't know, I have been VERY busy working on helping my parents move, and getting ready to open a photography studio/retail store. Pretty exciting stuff coming in the near future, but lots of long nights moving furniture and painting so I have been incredibly exhausted. I started a little side project and was able to finish it though so I wanted to make a post really quick and share it with you guys, but stay tuned for studio posts, as I will be doing one of those in the next week or so as we get everything ready to open!

I have to say I should not be allowed in Hobby Lobby because I am terrible when it comes to walking through the fabric section. I went for a zipper, just a zipper, and ended up leaving with a whole bundle of fabric for a new skirt. I was putting it off with the studio keeping me plenty busy getting everything ready, but then I thought to myself, no. I need to finish this skirt because it is a summer weight cotton, and a summer print and I would look awfully silly wearing it in the middle of the winter. Anyway, here is the fabric I ended up taking home:

Isn't it adorable!?
I couldn't resist, and Hobby Lobby always has a coupon on their mobile app, so I got it on sale, and then discounted with my coupon. Talk about a good deal.

Gathering my supplies.
So here we are, with my supplies all gathered, plus my husband just scored this adorable little pink swan pin cushion that I was dying to stab my pins into, so all the more reason to sew right? Basically what I did is made a template from a lovely Winco Foods paper bag, really anything will work, cardboard, card stock paper, paper bag etc. just as long as you can pin through it. Now I am a crafty person, but I am horrible when it comes to sewing. Well, no I shouldn't say that... I have success when sewing, but not always. I'm not about to go sell my creations on Etsy, so don't get any ideas. I have made two skirts for myself before, so I had a pattern sort of worked out as to what I needed it to be. For the life of me I cannot seem to be able to figure out those package patterns you can get at Walmart, or craft stores. All the add this then subtract that and then multiply this, just really irritates me. I don't have time for all that extra work so I made my template for one panel, and I know that if I put 14 of them together it makes the top of my skirt exactly 26" (after hem) which is exactly where it needs to be. The end of it can really be as big or as little as you want. I like really full circle skirts, hence why it requires 14 panels. Basically what I did was laid my fabric out on the floor and guesstimated about how many panels I could fit going horizontally across the fabric. I can fit 3 with about 4" to spare, which is great for hem allowance and bad cut jobs. So after I cut all of the panels out into rectangles I laid the pattern down on each strip and cut the panel out again. Mind you I could have probably skipped the first portion of this step and saved myself from cutting them into rectangles first but since the pattern is directional it made the most sense to me that everything lined up reasonably close.

  



















After I got all of the triangles cut out I lined them up and pinned the FACE sides together, and sewed two panels together at a time until they were all sewn in pairs, then I sewed them together, all but one hem so my circle was still open to add a zipper. Now my other two skirts I made I allowed for pockets, but since the cotton is so thin on this skirt, you would be able to see the material through it if I added pockets, and I didn't want to line it as it is a summer skirt so I decided to skip that step.






















Forgive me for the horrible light on these, my sewing desk is against the window in my office so I have my desk lamp to work by. Anyway, here I am holding it together behind my back, as it is still open but you can see all of the panels are sewn together, but I left the tops of the waist open about an inch to allow for my hem on the waistband.






















The waistband on this one was tricky because I wanted you to be able to see the bus and camper, not just wheels and the tops, so I measured it and folded it so you could see it. Then I tucked the tabs inside the folded section and sewed my hem there. As you can see on the photo on the right, the tabs are all tucked inside and the you can see the bus right in the center of the waistband. Next I added the zipper, and boy do I hate zippers, but I managed. Nothing fancy here, just a standard zipper all pinned in and ready to be sewn.



After finishing the zipper so the waistband is complete, I got to hemming the bottom of the skirt. My template makes it 30" long after hem, but I decided to go a little shorter with this one and measured it out to 26" so it sits right at knee level. I measure from the top of the waistband to the hem then roll the fabric under so it does not fray. When I finished the hem I sewed along the top of the rolled section and again at the bottom of the rolled section, basically at the bottom of the skirt so it would not unroll or pucker after washing. There is nothing quite as annoying as your hem rolling on you.


Be sure to check out my outfit post for tomorrow, as I will be wearing my fabulous new skirt to go out shopping with Tara and her husband in the afternoon. I would have captured a picture of me wearing it tonight, but I have not bothered to get myself ready as I'm about to go move some playground equipment, and I really didn't want to get my new skirt, or any of my skirts dirty while doing that.


I should probably also add, this is not a 'legit' tutorial on how to make a skirt, this is just how I make mine, in what little spare time I do have. If you have an easier way of doing things, I would love to hear how you do it. When I first made my first skirt I had no idea how many yards of fabric I would need, so I went online and found a whole bunch of mathematical equations on how to determine the amount of fabric you will need. After fussing with my calculator for about 20 minutes I finally just decided to say forget it, and got 6 yards. I ended up only needing about 4 yards for a full circle, so just something to keep in mind. If you're better at math, or have the patience for it, I'm sure you would be able to figure out the conversion just fine. Again, this isn't a tutorial for how to do it, just how I do mine. 

These are the other two skirts I have made thus far:

 

The cat fabric I picked up at my local IKEA, I love cats, and my husband loves the color orange so it was just meant to be. The waistband on it is actually a row of cats, but I chose a belt to wear here to bring the black up from my shoes.

With the black one I decided to go with a more steep triangle, meaning the hem on the top was a lot wider than the other one I did, so the fabric is gathered more at the top to make my hips look wider.


Now that things are getting set up and starting to go a little smoother with the studio I should hopefully be back to posting more regularly, so like I said, be sure to check out tomorrows post, as I will wear my new Camp Site skirt, and talk about our shopping adventures!


Until next time!

XOXO

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Outfit of the Day

Today was date night for the hubby and me. I chose the following outfit:



























First of all, I want to give a special shout to fellow pin-up gal and blogger, Christina Lynn. This entire outfit, minus the belt, is courtesy of her. She found the dress at the thrift store, gave me the shoes because they were too big, and sold me the purse!

Dress: Shabby Apple Sometimes I love them, sometimes I don't. Their clothes tend to be modest--nothing at all wrong with that--but sometimes very..well, shabby, frumpy, plain. Not so this dress! I felt like a total bombshell in this one. It's a size 6, fits me like a glove. Remember, 36, 29/30, 41. You can't see it well in these photos, but it has a peplum. Very 40s. The belt is my own addition. It seemed to suit it.The dress is very good for summer, very light and breathable.

A note here about for UT shoppers. They have a store in Farmington's Station Park. (140 N Union Ave, Farmington.) It's now called Artichoke Crate. (I don't know why?) But they still sell Shabby Apple dresses and skirts and stuff. They are really expensive, but you can watch for a sale if that's a deterrent. You can also buy their clothing online.

Shoes: Madden Girl

Belt: Thrift Store Find. Brand Unknown.

Purse: True Vintage




Saturday, July 22, 2017

Outfit of the Day

Past time for an OOTD post!

Today I was helping out in the antique store and there was a lot to do! But that didn't deter me from wearing one of my fave dresses!

























Dress: Bernie Dexter. I LOVE her dresses. She has the most amazing prints and flattering designs, but size wise, they are weird for me. I one time bought a medium and it fit like a glove, but other styles in medium do not work for me and require seams to come out a bit in the waist area. So I began ordering larges, but then had to dart them in the bust, which I had to do on this one. I also modified it a bit and took the attached belt off, choosing to wear a traditional belt instead. I then turned that cloth belt (that matches the dress perfectly) into a headtie.

Shoes: B.A.I.T. This is the Robbie shoe in gold.

Crinoline: Ebay some time ago. Their heels fit true to size and oddly I find them more comfortable than their flats.

Belt: Gift.

Till next time!



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday Shopping with My Girls...

Hello ladies!

I went shopping today with my daughter, Hunter, and her friend, Rose. It was soooo much fun. We started at the Ogden Farmers Market were I found this wonderful little basket that I just love! I have several big ones I use for shopping, but his was just so adorable I couldn't resist.


Then we went to Endless Indulgence where the girls tried on many dresses and had wonderful time. Carrie, the owner, was awesome and helped Hunter find lots of dresses in her size. Love Carrie!!!

This evening, we went to Savers in Layton. It wasn't as nice as the one in Draper, but we did find several items for Rose and I found 2 scarves and 2 purses.

At first I was looking at this basket purse, while cute... I didn't just have to have it.

When I put the basket back, we found this awesome coreset purse. I couldn't stand it, I squealed "MINE!"... And for $5 it came home with me.

Then we found a little velvetty circle wrist purse for $2, which of course also followed me home.

I also found this beautiful fun silk scarf with big circles pattern, I just love it!!! $2. AND then, hidden on the return to the shelf rack was the red scarf with the black roses, that will go fabulous many of dresses.

My Savers haul was $11.71. I am very happy with it because I will be using all 4 items frequently.

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Outfit of the Day

Today I helped Christina in the antique shop so I wore a true vintage dress that I picked up at the Acorn Mother's Day Antique Show earlier this year.


Dress: True vintage
Heels: B.A.I.T Footwear This particular style is no longer available but there are others like them in the same color.
Belt: Wet Seal
Sunglasses: Bora Cat Eye, EBay, specifically MJ Boutique. (Really can't seem to find this style and color anywhere else. It's actually leopard on top, pink/purple on bottom.)
Crinoline: Amazon

But here's the best part, and you can't really see it in these photos so I took a closeup:


My little pug brooch, handmade in England. I found it on Etsy. The shop is called TheMysticalPug and you can find your own lovely little brooch here. It's small, smaller than I expected--a quarter?, but cute as all get out. Being a pug mom it is perfect for me.

OH! The Size Differences (Plus Size Conversion Charts)

Hello ladies!

As a lady with bonus curves, aka plus size, I have a hard time finding dresses and most of my shopping is done online. As a US size 20, most retro and antique stores do not carry my size and a majority of what I find at the thift stores isn't our style or even cute. In addition, most of the retro designer dresses only go up to a US size 16. So online it is! One of the main things I have learned from my online shopping experience is that US, UK, EU, and Asian sizing are all different. Below I am going to show multiple size charts to help show the difference. Since my waist measures 41", I have highlighted that size as an example. I am a US 2 XL, a UK 4XL, and Asian 6XL.

My recommendation: Always look up the brand name's size guide on their specific site to verify that you are looking at the correct size for your "measurements".

Note: Don't forget to check all the measurements listed or you could get something that fits the waist but not the bust or hips. If your measurements for the 3 areas differ from the chart, you may need to go to a skirt and shirt to get the right fit.

Another note: Most size charts don't provide arm measurements. I have started going with sleeveless because none of the "sleeved" dresses I have purchased, or tried on in the stores, have fit my arms to the point that I can't zip up the dress.

Sizing Charts Below

  • Women's plus sizes clothing conversion (from eToolsAge.com) Plus sizes are for larger sized women, in U.S. and Canada, plus size garments are considered to be size 14 and upward, and plus size for clothing often designated by a W after the number such as 14W-24W.
U.S. and Canada
1X
2X
3X
4X
5X

14W     16W
18W     20W
22W     24W
26W     30W
 32W    
44
46
48
50
52
54
56
58
60
U.K.
16
18
20
22
24
26
28
30
32
Japan
17
19
21
23
25
27
29
31
33
Australia
18
20
22
24
26
28
30
32
34
Bust(Inch)
41.5-43
42.5-45
44.5-47
46.5-49
48.5-51
50.5-53
52.5-55
55.5-57
57.5-59
Waist(Inch)
33.5-35
34.5-37
36.5-39
38.5-41.5
40.5-44
42.5-46.5
44.5-49
49.5-51.5
52-54
Hip(Inch)
44-45.5
45-47.5
47-49.5
49-51.5
51-53.5
53-55.5
55-57.5
58-59.5
60-61.5




ACTUAL GARMENT MEASUREMENTS
LINDY BOP SIZE
XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

4XL

5XL

6XL
Garment Bust (inches) 30.3 32.3 34.3 36.2 38.2 40.6 42.9 45.3 47.6 49.6
Garment Waist (inches) 26.4 28.3 30.3 32.3 33.9 36.6 39 41.3 43.7 46.1
Garment Length (inches) 33.9 34.3 34.6 35 35.2 35.4 35.8 36 36.2 37
 
 
  • This is the Amazon size guide for a Lindy Bop dress. Note that this chart does not match the Lindy Bop size chart. Therefore, if I had bought this dress using the Amazon size guide, it would be too small for me. VERY frustrating, I can tell you from experience; I currently have several dresses in my closet that I ordered before I figured this out...
 

General Size

US Clothing Size

Chest/Bust Measurement
(in inches)

Waist Measurement
(in inches)

Hips
(8" from waist)
0X 12W 40 33 42
1X 14W
16W
42
44
35
37
44
46
2X 18W
20W
46
48
39
41
48
50
3X 22W
24W
50
52
43
45
52
54
4X 26W
28W
54
56
47
49
56
58
5X 30W
32W
58
60
51
53
60
62
 
 
I hope this is helpful to you in your future shopping endeavors.
 


Friday, July 14, 2017

OH the Size Difference!!! (Sizing Conversions)

Hello ladies!

As a lady with bonus curves, aka plus size, I have a hard time finding dresses and most of my shopping it done online. As a US size 20, most retro and antique stores do not carry my size and a majority of what I find at the thift store isn't our style or even cute. In addition, most of the retro designer dresses only go up to a US size 16. So online it is! One of the main things I have learned from my online shopping experience is that US, UK, EU, and Asian sizing are all different. Below I am going to show multiple size charts to help show the difference. Since I am a waist size 41, I have highlighted that size to show the difference. I am a US 2 XL, a UK 4XL, and Asian 6XL.

My recommendation: Always look up the brand name's size guide on their specific site to verify that you are looking at the correct size for your "measurements".

Another note: most size charts don't provide arm measurements. I have started going with sleeveless because none of the "sleeved" dresses I have purchased, or tried on in the stores, have fit my arms to the point that I can't zip up the dress.

Women's plus sizes clothing conversion Plus sizes are for larger sized women, in U.S. and Canada, plus size garments are considered to be size 14 and upward, and plus size for clothing often designated by a W after the number such as 14W-24W.

U.S. and Canada
1X
2X
3X
4X
5X
14W
16W
18W
20W
22W
24W
26WE
28WE
32WE
Europe
44
46
48
50
52
54
56
58
60
U.K.
16
18
20
22
24
26
28
30
32
Japan
17
19
21
23
25
27
29
31
33
Australia
18
20
22
24
26
28
30
32
34
Bust(Inch)
41.5-43
42.5-45
44.5-47
46.5-49
48.5-51
50.5-53
52.5-55
55.5-57
57.5-59
Waist(Inch)
33.5-35
34.5-37
36.5-39
38.5-41.5
40.5-44
42.5-46.5
44.5-49
49.5-51.5
52-54
Hip(Inch)
44-45.5
45-47.5
47-49.5
49-51.5
51-53.5
53-55.5
55-57.5
58-59.5
60-61.5




plus size conversion chart from eToolsAge.com

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fun Find After Taking a Too Well to Work Afternoon

Hey ladies!

So I took off work early today and went to the Draper Savers to see if I could find anything. That store is very clean and organized. I was able to find a super cute pair of white patent kitten heels. I got them for $6... WOOHOO!!!



They looked great with my Tardis dress, I did FanGirl at work today... hehehe


Kisses until next time!
Ginger
 
 






 




Our Favorite Retro Reds

Today we want to talk about red lipstick. It's been around since lipstick first came about. Red. Scarlet. Rouge. It's the favorite color of most pin-ups or vintage makeup enthusiasts today. Here are our favorites and why:

Tara's favorite: House of Exposure's Helmet Red.
Why: It stays on all day. A little bit comes off here and there when I kiss the husband or drink coffee, but for the most part it has excellent staying power. It keeps my list moist and doesn't dry them out like that popular lipsense stuff. It's a color that promises to look good on any skin tone. 




The results:


Get your own:




Christina's Favorites: I have to say this was a tough one for me to write because I have SO many red lipsticks, but I was able to narrow it down to my top reds, some are favorites, some were favorites.. I don't really have a #1 favorite, so just know these are not in rated order, they are in a completely random order.

#1 NYX Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels
#2 Absolute New York Matte Stick in Dark Red
#3 L'ORÉAL Infallible 2-Step Lip Color in Continual Crimson
#4 Hard Candy Velvet Mousse in Tulip

Next to a window.

I tried to get some decent comparison photos here so you could see the various kinds of lighting that would affect the color of your lipstick. The NYX and Hard Candy are tied for my top favorite. 

#1 I like the NYX because it is more of a warm undertone red, and it applies velvety smooth. I talk about this brand my outfit of the day post from 6/8 & 6/9. It lasts all day, and I rarely have any issues with this brand. It leaves my lips feeling soft and moist all day.
#2 The Absolute New York is a standard waxy formula lipstick that I found to be a little bit dry, and a little bit on the purple side, but I got it free in my Ipsy Glambag, so I'm not complaining. It makes a good base to put a lighter red over, to add a more dramatic ombre look. 
#3 The L'ORÉAL I have a love/hate relationship with. It was one of my first 2-part lipsticks, and I thought it was great until I realized I hate 2-part lipsticks. When you first apply it it is all shiny and smooth and everything seems like it's going great but it is extremely sticky when it dries and you better hope you don't get a thick spot and you need to add more because then it gets all chunky and uneven and you basically have to hope you do not have to start over. Then you add the clear coat, which don't get me wrong, it does last for a long time, but then when you start to dry up and need to add more clear, which rubs more of the color off. If you do decide that you need to add more color, you better forget it because it just clumps up into little balls and rolls off your lips, which is incredibly disgusting. It's a little hard to tell in the photos but it is a blue-base formula, and it is slightly transparent as well. It was my favorite until I realized there are better lipsticks out there for me, but again, if you like 2-part lipsticks this may be for you. I know lots of women that love lipsense and lots that hate it, so it is definitely different for everyone.
#4 If I'm being completely honest with myself I bought the Hard Candy Velvet Mousse because it came in an adorable little tin with a mirror, that I now use for bobby pins in my purse (win-win). But I do really like the formula. It has more of a cold undertone to it, which works well in comparison with the NYX, I have found the formula for the two is very similar, but there is a huge difference between a warm undertone and cold undertone red lipstick. The formula is very creamy and smooth, and I can wear it all day without having to re-apply.
Sitting at my vanity, with soft white light bulbs.

Next to a window.
 I forgot to also add, the nice thing about the velvet mousse/liquid lipsticks, at least with these ones here, is that you do not need a lip liner. The formula is just thick enough that it does not run into my foundation, or off my lips when I wear them bare-face. The Absolute New York one however I have found does need a liner because it tends to spread as your lips warm up, since it is waxy. But again, the Absolute New York one also requires multiple applications, if you like wax-based lipsticks though it is great.
Next to a window.
  Here I attempted to remove the lipsticks with a Walmart brand makeup remover wipe. I didn't scrub too much, so as not to make my entire arm red, but as you can see, they all left a bit of a stain, which is to be expected with red lipstick. The L'ORÉAL left the darkest stain, remember I mentioned getting thick spots? The Absolute New York rubbed off almost completely in one swipe.

And that concludes my favorite reds, but one thing to remember is that every lipstick in any color will look different for each person depending on personal preference as well as skin tone. Knowing your skin tone is very important when it comes to red lipstick, because it will help you determine which undertone will look best with your skin tone. I am a warm undertone, though I am pale, but I still prefer to use both warm and cold undertone red lipsticks depending on my outfit. I do hope you found this article helpful and I know there are a whole bunch out there that I have not tried yet, and I would love to hear your opinions on these, and let me know your favorites in the comments below!

Ginger's Favorites:
Two of my favs are the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Mega Matte and Lipsense Blu-Red.
I got the Urban Decay Mega Matte at Nordstrom Rack for about $10. Yes, I said Urban Decay for $10... (They have a dang good selection of high end makeup for super cheap prices. I know, who would have thought!)
I get the Lipsense from a friend at work.

Lipsense Blu-Red
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Mega Matte


Blu-Red
Mega Matte

Urban Decay Mega Matte

Urban Decay - Top
Blu-Red with Matte Gloss - Middle
Dark Pink with Blu-Red over it - Bottom
 You can mix the Lipsense colors to make new ones. Here I have used a Dark Pink base with Blu-Red over it. See how that deepens the color... I lover that!


Lipsense Matte Gloss
Lipsense Blu-Red
Note that on the Lispense I use the Matte Gloss. I can't stand shiny glossy Gloss. It is that wet, sticky, smack your lips all day feel that you get with any gloss, yuck! I love the Matte though. It covers the tackiness of the color but feels silky when it dries. I do put it on 3 - 4 times throughout the day and evening but in my opinion that isn't bad for a color that lasts until you scrub it off. I have not had any issue with drying out my lips that some people experience.

Using Coconut Oil as makeup remover
 I use coconut oil as a makeup remover. It works fabulous on my whole face, even the waterproof stuff... It also acts as my moisturizer.

Using Granier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water to remove Lipsense
I don't like the Lipsense Oops remover, it tastes GROSS and for some reason it irritates my throat. Oh! and it doesn't work as well as I would like for that price. My daughter had me use the Granier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water on the cotton ball to remove the Lipsense and I loved it.

The removers I use
Both removers are available at Target, Walmart, etc.