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Winter Styling Tips from Celebrity Stylist Denise Caldwell

 

It's cold outside!

It’s cold outside!

We have been fortunate that winter hasn’t been that bad lately. We only saw a light dusting of snow up until two weeks ago when we saw 17″ of the white, fluffy stuff. We also have some yesterday morning – causing local schools to close for the day. By dinner time all the fresh snow had melted.

It’s hard to keep up with the weather this time of year. One day it’s in the 50’s, the next day is bitterly cold. Some days I can leave our home wearing only a sweat jacket. Other days I am bundled up in a heavy coat with gloves and a scarf (I’m not a hat person).

Trying to dress for crazy weather is not an easy task. That is why I opt to wear layers on most days. That way I an take off articles of clothing, or put more pieces on, to match the temperature both inside and out.

My new favorite thing to wear is an infinity scarf. Not only does it keep my neck warm outside, it also adds a “pop” of color to whatever I am wearing.

I am a big fan of wearing tank tops. I wear them under my clothing as well as part of my look (under a cardigan or a buttoned up blouse). In fact, its one of the tips shared by celebrity stylist Denise Caldwell. Check out her great tips for styling in style during the winter months.

Denise Caldwell

Denise Caldwell

As the temperatures begin to drop, the time for piling on clothes and shelving our cute outfits in favor of boring fleece and bulky winter boots arrives. But fear not – just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean we have to give up on style. To help conquer the cold, Fruit of the Loom has teamed up with celebrity stylist, Denise Caldwell, to share personal fashion tips and tricks. Some of her tricks to keep you looking stylish and chic all season long, include:

Choose slimming layers: The key to slimming layers is to choose transitional pieces like the Fit for Me by Fruit of the Loom lightweight microfiber tank top, paired with a cardigan and structured pant.

Accessorize to upgrade any outfit: The must have jewelry pieces for the winter are pieces that you can stack and layer. It’s all about making a statement above the waist.

I have some Fit for Me by Fruit of a Loom tank tops and underwear.

The Ladies Fit for Me Microfiber tank comes in a 3-pack. The one I have came with black, white and “nude.” All three colors go perfectly with my wardrobe. I can mix and match them with the various outfits that I own.

Fit for Me by Fruit of a Loom Microfiber Tanks

I especially like the “nude” one. I have a few blouses that are a bit too “low cut.” I sometimes close up the blouse with a safety pin. Wearing the “nude” Fit for Me Microfiber tank I can wear those blouses without relying on a safety pin. It keeps me covered and gives the illusion of bare skin – so I can be sexy and modest at the same time.

Sizes rum from 1X – 4X. As a plus size woman I appreciate that they are available in my size. They fit well and are very comfortable to wear. They wash nicely too.

The Fit for Me Microfiber Tank retails for $12.44 for the 3 pack.

I also have Fit for Me underwear. They are available in different varieties – Microfiber, Beyond Soft and Cotton.

These underwear are true to size and are probably the most comfortable underwear I have ever worn. They don’t ride up and the elastic doesn’t roll down. I haven’t had any “wedgie” issues either.

I was worried that these would shrink or lose their shape once washed, but that has not been the case at all. They wash up beautifully.

No matter what type of “bottom” I am wearing, these underwear stay up and feel so comfortable that it feels like I’m not wearing anything at all.

I love that they are available in plus sizes.

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Ladies’ Fit for Me Cotton

  • Silhouettes: Brief, Hi-cut, Boxer Brief
  • Price: $9.96/5 pack; Boxer Brief available in 4 pack
  • Sizes: 9-13

Ladies’ Fit for Me Microfiber

  • Silhouettes: Brief, Hi-cut
  • Price: $12.44/5 pack
  • Sizes: 9-13

Ladies’ Fit for Me Beyond Soft

  • Silhouettes: Brief/5 pack
  • Price: $12.44
  • Sizes: 9-13

All of these Fit for Me by Fruit of a Loom products are available at your local Walmart, as well as online at Walmart.com.

Have you tried Fit for Me products?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Style

 

New Years Eve

There’s only a few weeks until Christmas, and you know what that means—New Year’s is right on its tail! You’ve likely got most of your Christmas planning and shopping done, but don’t let this year’s countdown to midnight sneak up on you. Get your New Year’s Eve outfit necessities ahead of time and really turn some heads as we jump into 2016.

The Party is Jumpin’

The jumpsuit is here and it is fierce. This one-piece wonder harkens back to 1970s divas, and finding the right fit can be a bit of a difficult task. If you do succeed, though, you’re sure to blow some minds at whatever New Year’s party or event you attend. Long sleeved jumpsuits can help you battle cooler temperatures, and sleeveless options bring a bit more sass to your outfit. Check out this number from CiChic or this elegant option from Nordstrom.

A Little Sparkle Never Hurt Nobody

New Year’s Eve is the one night a year you can wear as many sequins as you want without fear of judgment, so take advantage this as we head into 2016. You can go as loud and proud as you want with this daring look, and your options are many. From fully sequined dresses to muted sequined skirts, it’s easy to add a little glamour to your party outfit. One note of caution: sequined sleeves can get really itchy and if you don’t pick discerningly, your skin will pay the price, so always try on sequined options in the store if possible, or give yourself enough time to return if you get in online.

Make it Sumptuous

Velvet isn’t for little kids anymore, and many of the top brands and fashion runways across the world are reflecting this trend. Pair some burgundy velvet shorts with a black bodysuit and a pair of heels, or try out this stunner velvet dress from American Apparel—as long as you’re willing to rock a deep cut. Try pairing this sumptuous fabric with leather to bring a little edge to a soft look and create a cool and effortlessly chic look in no time at all.

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Metallic Mama

If sequins scream party, then metallic softly bellows the same. Pull those metallic dresses out of the back of your closet for a sheen that will translate easily from Christmas party to New Year’s celebrations. If you don’t have any metallic in your life yet, now’s the time to start collecting. I’m really digging this metallic romper from Revolve, and it’s just the right amount of fancy and casual to work for any type of event.

Top it Off

No New Year’s Eve outfit is complete without the right accessories. Emitations.com has the perfect pieces to complement your new look, plus they’re hypoallergenic for all of us who struggle with that allergic reaction to jewelry. A wishbone necklace is perfect for New Year’s wishes, and gorgeous rings will set off that new dress perfectly—without breaking the bank. Make sure you complement, and don’t offset. Statement jewelry pieces will work well with a plain dress, but not so much with the sequined 8th wonder of the world.

The Little Black Original

There’s a reason the little black dress is a classic. It’s versatile, flattering, and can be dressed up or down. If you’d like a more demure but just as head-turning look for your New Year’s Eve festivities, pull out your favorite black number or grab a new one like this lacey little number from MissGuided or this from Zara. You can always add pops of color with bright heels, vibrant scarves, or even head pieces like headbands or bows.

Fight the Chill

New Year’s is always a bit chilly depending on where you live, and when picking the components of your outfit you need to plan for cold weather. What’s classier than a winter coat, and what’s sassier than a shedding of said coat for a gorgeous reveal of your New Year’s outfit underneath? Drape coats and pea coats can both do the trick of keeping you warm while simultaneously improving your fashion game. Be sure to protect your legs against those cold breezes with some thick leggings or sexy stockings, use a wool scarf worn during transportation to keep you toasty warm and ready to party the night away no matter what the thermometer reads.

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“SICK Bags” – Vegan leather bags for moms with a cause

 

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I know a lot of women are crazy about handbags and tote bags. My daughter is one such person. She is obsessed with bags. She loves them. Whenever we go to New York City and she has money she always wants to buy a new bag. It’s hard for her not to be tempted since there are bags for sale on every street corner.

My daughter is pictured above with one of her favorite bags she picked up in New York City (her lips are read from sucking on a huge lollipop the kids got at FAO Schwarz, back in 2010 (when the photo was taken), when the toy store was still open.

My daughter wasn’t too happy to walk into her room one day to find that our cat Bella opted to take a nap on two of her bags, instead of one of the many pet bed we have available to them. LOL!

Bella on the bags

I’m not like my daughter. I like bags. I do! I’m just not obsessed with them. I have a few favorites that I stick with. I don’t feel the need to spend a lot of money on bags or expensive designer bags.

I recently received a lovely tote bag to review with an interesting back story. The back is from a company called “SICK Bags.”

SICK Bags is a new line of fashionable, Vegan leather bags for moms with a cause.

A jewelry designer and mother of two small children, Silvie could not find a diaper bag or go everywhere mom bag that looked good and fit her needs. She was also struck by all the heart wrenching stories from her husband who is a pediatrician at an inner city emergency room. So she put her design skills to work to use fashion to educate moms about childhood diseases and created “SICK Bags.”

Each bag is made of Vegan leather and manufactured in the Garment District of NYC. The outside is fashionable and the inside is playful, representing one of the most common childhood illnesses. Each sale supports research in preventing and finding cures for pediatric diseases and a donation is made to a local children’s hospital.

The idea of a SICK Bag did throw me off a bit. Who wants to tote around a bag that represents a childhood disease. However the more I thought about it, the more I was intrigued by it.

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PHOTO SOURCE: SICK Bag

I was sent a bag to review. I was sent a grey tote with Coxsackie lining. My daughter had “Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease” when she was a a toddler. We determined she probably picked it up in a ball pick and play area at a local “kid place” (I won’t mention the the brand’s name). Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease is a form of Coxsackie. Thankfully it’s not serious and she was better in a few days.

The outside of the bag is beautiful. It’s made from a Vegan “leather.” It looks and feels like leather, but it’s not leather. It can easily be wiped off if it gets dirty.

The inside of the bag is decorated with illustrations that represent the disease. They are not gross or creepy looking. If anything they are cute illustrations.

Here is a close up of the design inside the bag. Each SICK Bag as a different interior design depending on the disease/illness.

PHOTO SOURCE: SICK Bags

PHOTO SOURCE: SICK Bags

Here is what my bag looks like.

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Bag 2

Bag 3

I am loving this tote bag. Not only do I love how it looks, I appreciate how much room it has inside. I can carry around a lot of thing inside of it. Sometimes I need to tote around things for work, or when I have errands to run. This tote bag is the perfect size.

The bag also comes with an attached matching purse to carry smaller items such as cellphones, keys, lip balm, cash or cards.

The bag’s measurements are:

22″ wide, 13″ high, 6″ deep
8″ handle height

The bags all look the same, with the exception of the lining. They are also available in light grey, dark grey and black.

I think this is a win-win situation all around. A portion of the sales of these bags go to area hospitals. It’s an interesting way to learn about diseases that effect children and you get a beautiful, fashionable bag.

If you would like to learn more visit WearSick.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

What do you think about SICK Bags? Do you like the idea behind them? Do you like how they look? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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YouTube – Your One Stop Shop For Halloween Ideas

 

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Trick or treat! It’s October and that can only mean one thing. It’s Halloween — everyone’s favorite creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky time of year.

YouTube is THE destination for Halloween, from dramatic makeup transformations with Kandee Johnson to SoCraftastic’s clever DIY decorating ideas and yummy treats via MyCupCakeAddiction and Rosanna Pansino. Plus, Halloween costume ideas from #1 style and beauty YouTuber, Michelle Phan and popular YouTube teens Brooklyn and Bailey.

This year people have been searching on Google for that perfect costume, for the latest Google Halloween costume trends, click here: g.co/frightgeist.

Whatever it is, YouTube has got you covered this Halloween.

Tasty Halloween Recipes

  • Rosana Pansino (+4M subscribers & +1 Billion views) – Rosanna of  “Nerdy Nummies” has the most popular cooking show online. Watch as her and fellow YouTubers MyLifeAsEva bake Costume Quest 2 Halloween treats.
  • MyCupCakeAddiction  (+2M subscribers & +269M views) – Elise loves to create amazing cakes, cupcakes and sweets. She had the opportunity to team up with R.L. Stine aka Jack Black to create 3 amazing spooky treats to celebrate the new Goosebumps movie and Halloween!
  • LaurDIY (+2.4M subscribers & +115M views) – Toronto based DIY and lifestyle YouTuber, Lauren, whips up chocolate covered pretzels that look like pumpkins, creepy oreo eyeballs, and Halloween kabobs.
  • WhatsUpMoms (+725K subscribers & +170M views) – This channel is produced by moms, and they aim to inspire, inform, and make people laugh. This Halloween they are showing us how to make yummy chocolate apples!

Make-Up/Costume Ideas

  • Michelle Phan (+8M subscribers & +1.1 Billion views) – #1 beauty YouTuber, Michelle Phan, gives us clever and hilarious Halloween costume ideas from Tinder to Grumpy Cat and even a Belfie.
  • Kandee Johnson (+3.2M subscribers & +344M views) – Youtube makeup, style and fun guru, Kandee Johnson, is here to help you transform into female kick-butt superhero,  Wonder Woman.
  • Grav3yardgirl (+5.8M subscribers & +824M views) – Bunny Meyer is a quirky and fun YouTube beauty guru.  Watch her transform into Sarah Sanderson from Hocus Pocus. Plus, check out these Halloween-esque shoes she unboxed!
  • Brooklyn and Bailey (+1.9M subscribers & +206M views) – Need a Halloween costume but aren’t feeling creative? Check out Brooklyn and Bailey’s 28 last minute Halloween costume ideas including favorites Minnie Mouse and Minions.
  • Glam&Gore (+956K subscribers & +53M views) – Glam&Gore describe their channel as “the swiss army knife of makeup tutorials.” Pay close attention because they can help you turn into Harley Quinn this Halloween.
  • rosaliesaysrawr (+217K subscribers & +6M views) – Rosalie is her name and YouTube is her game with videos ranging from DIY, Fashion and Challenges. Want your beloved four-legged friend to dress up with you this Halloween? Rosalie has the perfect costume; Red Bull and an angel costume.

DIY Halloween Decor/Craft Ideas

  • SoCraftastic (+1.2M subscribers & +131M views) – This DIY arts & crafts channel will show you how to make a glow in the dark pumpkin.
  • WhatsUpMoms (+725K subscribers & +170M views) – From a spooky terrarium to a reusable glow and the dark trick or treating bag, these moms show us how to do Halloween right.
  • JustLikeThat (+404K subscribers & +29M views)  – These group of girls bring new videos each week and showed their viewers how to make a Halloween candy centerpiece, festive drinks and balloon art.
  • Karina Garcia – (+390K subscribers & +20M views) – Karina Garcia loves sharing DIY videos and review. This month she shows us how to create gross eyeballs in a jar and a spider web “night light.”

Do you have a favorite YouTube channel that you turn to for holiday/seasonal ideas/recipes? If so, please leave the link in the comment section so me and other readers can check it out.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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Adult Costume Purchases on the Rise – Top 2015 Adult Halloween Costumes from zulily!

 

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Are you getting dressed up for Halloween this year?

I haven’t worn a costume for Halloween in 20+ YEARS. We haven’t had the need to. We haven’t been invited to any costume parties (I would love to go to one). I have worn Halloween shirts and put on face make up (scars, stitches, spiders, blood…), but that is the extent of it.

Being a stay at home/work from home mom I never had to think about getting dressed up for work. Last year I was employed some place that didn’t allow for something like that (we were not allowed to celebrate holidays). I have a new job this year and I am very tempted to get dressed up in some kind of a costume. I work with kids and I know they will be wearing costumes, so why not join in on the fun? After all, why should the kids have all the fun.

According to online retailer zulily, sales data shows purchases for adult costumes have increased 41% from 2014 to 2015. Additionally, nearly one-third of adults aged 25-34 said they plan to dress up for Halloween this year, according to a recent survey**. That’s more than their 18-24 year old counterparts, in which only one in four said they were dressing up this year.

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If you are not familiar with zulily, it is an online retailer focused on serving up fresh, unexpected items at the best prices. Customers have something new to discover each and every morning, so be sure to check back on zulily.com to shop unique items for the whole family.

I subscribe to zulily so that I never miss out on great discoveries. My favorite things to purchase there are plus size clothing, holiday/seasonal decor and things for around our home.

If I were to dress up I’d probably go for a zombie or classic witch. Although a Disney princess sounds like fun too. I’ve always wanted to be a pretty princess.

Based on zulily sales data and a recent survey, here are some of the top adult costumes for 2015:

  • Movie/TV characters: It’s no surprise Princess Leia and Minions were the top picks, both franchises have new installments coming out this year.
  • Superheroes: Girl power reigns supreme with WonderWoman and CatWoman as the top picks.
  • Disney Characters: Both the classic Snow White and Frozen’s Anna and Elsa were at the top of the list.
  • Prince William and Kate were ranked the top choice for costume inspiration for couple’s this year.
  • Star Wars was cited as the top overall movie choice for costume inspiration this year
  • The Walking Dead was the top TV show choice for costume inspiration. Season 6 premieres October 11th.

None of these surprise me. These characters are very popular these days, especially Star Wars characters. Everyone is super excited about the new film coming out this December.

Check out some of the fun adult costumes you can find on zulily.

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I don’t think I could pull off most of these costumes (I’m not sexy enough) but the Minion one is adorable. That one is more “me.”

Zulily has costumes for men too, as well as for teens and children.

I’m hoping that we can get dressed up at work this year. I think it would be fun and I know whatever costume I choose I’ll go all out with make up and accessories too.

Are you getting dressed up for Halloween this year? If so, what are you going as?

To check out these and other costumes on zulily please visit zulily.com. You can also connect with zulily on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website. You should also check out the free zulily app, found in the app store.

On a side note, zulily has a lot of awesome Star Wars and Peanuts clothing, toys and decor. You should check them out.

Kimberly

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*I received a gift card in exchange for my participation. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

* *The study was conducted online using the GfK “Knowledge Panel,” an online probability-based panel designed to be representative of the US general population, not just the online population. The study consisted of 1,000 interviews conducted between September 18th and September 25th among adults aged 18+. The margin of error is +/-3 percentage points.

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The Force Awakens at JCPenney

 

Star Wars the Force Awakens

Are you excited about the much anticipated film of the year – Star Wars: The Force Awakens? It comes to theaters on December 18, 2015.

I am a HUGE Star Wars fan. I always have been ever since I saw the original film, Star Wars: A New Hope, in theaters back in 1977. Sheesh… I’m dating myself now. YES… I am old enough to have seen the original Star Wars film in theaters.

I have been in love with Star Wars since that first film. I had huge crushes on Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker). I had posters on my bedroom wall and everything. I even asked “Santa” to bring me Star Wars toys, but for some reason “Santa” never did. I always wanted an At-At. I guess they were just too expensive at the time.

Fast forward to 2015. I am so excited about the new installment to the Star Wars franchise. It’s going to be great to find out what happened to my beloved characters (Luke, Han and Leia) after all these years.

I think it’s great that a whole new generation of people will get to see and appreciate this incredible franchise.

As you can imagine there will be a lot of merchandising available leading up the to film’s release, as well as afterwards. I’m sure Star Wars products will be on the top of most holiday wish lists this year.

JCPenney Star Wars the Force Awakens

If you are looking for a “one stop shop” for Star Wars merchandising you should check out what is available at JCPenney. In stores across the country, and online, all-new Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise will be available in celebration of the movie’s upcoming theatrical release. JCPenney has an array of apparel, accessories and bedding and more from the movie.

In addition, while you are stocking up on your Star Wars gear, you’ll have the opportunity to pose for out-of-this-world pictures with life-size cut outs of Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and a Stormtrooper. Cool!

Check out some of the products available at your local JCPenney or online.

Star Wars Merchandise at JC Penney

I already have an awesome Star Wars: The Force Awakens t-shirt from JCPenney. I love it and I have had some people make comments about it when I’m out and about (they like the shirt, they can’t wait to see the movie…).

Here is a photo of me sporting my cool new Star Wars gear. My apologies for the poor quality of the photo. We had to use my cellphone.

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I love that JCPenney has Star Wars clothing in plus sizes. Plus size people like to show off their love of Star Wars too. LOL!

If you would like to see all the other Star Wars: The Force Awakens products available at JCPenney visit a store near you or check them out online at www.JCPenney.com. You can also go directly to their Star Wars page.

Don’t forget to connect with JCPenney on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Are you excited about the new film? Which is your favorite Star Wars film to date? Do you have a favorite character? Feel free to share your thoughts.

May be force be with you…

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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