Monday, October 28, 2013

Indulge in dark lipstick for Fall

MAC Pre-Raphaelite (Frost)

Fall is my favorite season for many reasons.  The perfect weather, the ability to wear jackets, sweaters,  jeans, and boots, and dark make-up.  In particular, dark lipstick.  I've said it before, I LOVE a dark lip.  So sophisticated and elegant.  Mysterious, rebellious, tough.  It's all of these things.  There is no shortage of dark lipsticks available this Fall, either.  My favorites are of course from MAC, as well as Urban Decay and Nars.  Here are a few samples of some of the ones that I'm wearing, as well as a list of some others since some of the MAC ones that I have are sold out.

Cyber (for those into seriously dark lips)
Rebel (I highly recommend this one.  Beautiful!)
Film Noir
Just a Bite and Show All (may be sold out)
Pre-Raphaelite (may be sold out)

Club Mix
Palais Royale both chubby lip pencils

Super Lustrous Va Va Violet lipstick

Urban Decay:
Apocalypse chubby lip pencil

Don't forget regular lip liner pencils!  Some great dark ones are:
MAC Vino
MAC Night Moth
MAC Currant
MAC Beet
MAC Bittersweet (dark brown)

MAC Dominate

MAC Dominate (frost)

MAC Dominate lipstick

MAC Beet lip liner pencil
Nars Palais Royale over MAC beet lip pencil
Matte is the word for Fall 2013.  Matte is in for lips, foundation, and powders.  For now keep the luminizers and sparkle low-key.  But don't through them out, I'm sure they'll come back soon.
MAC Just Add Drama retro Matte lipstick

Just Add Drama on lips

If you want to try out a darker lip but aren't comfortable with too much, try a dark lip gloss.  There are a lot of dark berries, medium purples and dark reds.
Me with just Utterly Tart gloss on
MAC glosses Utterly Tart in center
MAC's pro longwear lip pencils are as creamy as lipstick. The shades here are Bittersweet (dark brown), Talk that Talk (purple) and Absolutely It (medium brown)

What lipsticks are your favorites for Fall?  Do you like dark colors?  Any drugstore brands that you recommend I try?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Is it harder to have style when you're a plus size?

What do you think? If you're thin you've probably never thought of it, but if you are or have ever been above a size 14, you probably have.  The sad fact is that for anyone size 14 or larger, there aren't as many clothes to choose from.  Especially if you like to shop discount stores like Marshall's, TJ Maxx or Loehmann's.  BUT, there are great clothes in larger sizes if you know how and where to find them.  This list is limited to where I shop, which is generally at lower cost stores.  Macy's probably has great plus-size clothes, but I'm usually looking for prices slightly below their price point.

When I was smaller I found lots of great stuff at discount stores, but now it's harder, although not impossible.  I can fit into an XL depending on the manufacturer and the type of clothing.  And those stores do have a small (rather sad) plus-size section.  For my basic clothes, I'm loving Kohl's right now. They have a nice selection of XL and plus-size clothes, especially if you shop at both the local store and their web site.  They can be more expensive than discount retailers, but I watch for sales, which they always have, and use promo codes and my Kohl's cash.

When I want something funky or unique, though, I look online.  I've found some great things on Hautelook.  In general I look for XL clothes, and if all that's available is L, I make sure the piece isn't form-fitting.  This has worked pretty well for me, and I've gotten some unique things from Free People, Monoreno (one of my favorites), Michael Simon, Love Stitch, Blu Pepper and even True Religion.

Of course there are the "plus-size retailers" as well.  The only one that I've shopped at is Lane Bryant.  They have a great selection of bras for the above D-cup chick, and the one near me has nice fitness apparel, too. ( I know that there are other plus-size shops, especially online, but I don't like to write about businesses that I haven't personally shopped at.)

Last but not least, I find a lot of good basics at my local thrift store.  I figure there are plenty of people who have lost or gained weight and have donated their good clothes that don't fit anymore.

Once you have sources for clothing in your size, then you have to learn the best way to dress your body.  Specifically you can dress to hide some things and emphasize others.  Every woman is shaped differently, plus-size or not.  We all like different things about our bodies.  Here are a few general bits of info that are helpful to me:  consider hiding your arms if they're large.  For some reason I look bigger now that my arms are bigger.  I can't bear to wear long-sleeves in heat and humidity, but I can wear a wafer-thin cardigan over my sleeveless dress, a thin shirt with cut-out shoulders (aka a cold shoulder), or a shirt with bat-wing sleeves.  And now that fall is here, I'll be very happy to wear long-sleeved sweaters and shirts.

Also, if you have large breasts, you might want to be careful about the type of loose tops you wear.  Some of them cling to the top of your breasts and then fall straight down.  So your waist and belly will look like they're as big as your breasts.  In most cases that isn't true, and you're making yourself look bigger.

So now that I've shared my ideas and stores, do any of you have stores or sites that you can share?  Any tips for dressing?  Please share if you do!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

More fall boots to love

If you read my previous post about boot season, you'll remember that I said I wasn't really "into" any of the styles that were trending this year.  I should have known better.  Me?  Not into the boot du jour?  I now have a pair of "moto" boots on my Favorites list at Zappos, and I've bought a pair of Steve Madden's Troopas.  I'm so in love with that pair, a distressed dark brown leather, that I can't wait until I have enough money to buy another color in that style.  They're the perfect combat boot for women.  They look a little more feminine than Doc Martens due to a little less lug on the sole.  (Although I'll still be sporting my Docs this fall, too.)  Steve Madden has a few other variations on the Troopa style of boot that I want, but just don't have the money for right now.  Here are mine and some of the others.

Steve Madden Troopa boots in Mocha leather

Find these at Zappos, Nordstrom, or
Steve Madden Flight boots

Flight boots at Zappos or

Steve Madden Troopa LE boots (Zappos, Nordstrom,
Rocket Dog Damita motorcycle boots

Knee-high boots are very popular this fall, especially if they're flats and look like riding boots or motorcycle boots.  And no matter what length/height the boot is, the hot color is Cognac.  A rich, buttery light brown color in leather or faux leather is simply beautiful.  Again, it's on my list.  For now I'm happy to make due with the tall boots that I already have.  I'm thrilled to have my Minnetonka boots in blue AND purple, and I have a pair of Chinese Laundry black suede boots that are knee-high.

Minnetonka calf-high three layer fringe boots (Zappos or

Skechers Abbot-Darling boots in cognac (Zappos)

Another type of shoe/boot that's popular this year that I didn't mention before is the sneaker with a hidden wedge heel inside.  I bought two pairs from Skechers, and they're both very, very comfortable.  The height of the wedge heel in these is 2 3/4" or so, but it doesn't feel like more than 1".  I love them and will wear them a lot this fall, I'm sure.

Skechers Staked (Zappos, or

Also hugely popular this fall are boots with buckles anywhere on them.  I became enamored of these Report boots in part due to the gold buckles, and also because of the gold toe cap (not much of a cap, but it's cool, nonetheless).  They have a pointed toe AND run small, so it took a few orders until I found the right pair and size.

Report Signature Fairfield boots

find these at Nordstrom or Zappos. They run small so order up 1/2 or whole size

What kind of boots are you wearing this fall?