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Feel beautiful and confident with Bollie Brand clothing

 

I’m a plus size lady. I used to be a lot larger than I am now. I used to wear a size 4X (or 30/32). These days I can squeeze myself into a size 1X or 2X (20/22) depending on the cut. I still have a long way to go (at least another 50+ pounds), but I am proud of what I have accomplished thus far.

Shopping for plus size clothing used to be a nightmare. All I could find in my size were extremely expensive clothing (triple the cost of the same piece of clothing for “average” size ladies), or the clothing was downright ugly and not something I would ever wear.

Plus size clothing still tends to be expensive, but at least there is more of a variety available. You can actually find nice looking clothing in larger sizes.

As a blogger, I am pitched by a variety of companies and brands. I have been pitched by many clothing companies. Sadly, none of these companies take into consideration that not everyone is a “skinny-Minnie,” as my mom used to call it. Plus size ladies enjoy fashion too!

My daughter had the right idea years ago. She always wanted to be a fashion designer, ever since she was six years old. She had planned on attending FIT (Fashion Institute) for most of her life, until high school. Then she changed her mind.

My daughter’s #1 reason for wanting to be a fashion designer is because she wanted to create clothing that could be worn by people of all sizes. Another words, create clothing that was available in extra small to 5X or 6X. It would be the same clothing (identical), it would just be available in all sizes, that way no one was excluded.

I always thought that was very admirable of her. My daughter is also small (she wears small/extra small clothing – she is not a plus size). She came up with the idea knowing the struggles I had finding decent clothing.

My daughter is not alone in her idea. A brand named Bollie also feels that it’s important for women of all sizes to feel confident and look beautiful in the clothes that they wear. They make gorgeous clothing that is available in a extra small (XS) to 3X.

I was sent an AMAZING cocktail/party dress from Bollie to review. They sent me their stunning Black Holiday Dress. Every lady should have a “little black dress” in their wardrobe. Black dresses are so versatile. They can be dress up enough for a formal event, such as attending a wedding, or dressed down enough to wear on a night out with your special someone.

  • The top material is thick and stretchy, to keep you warm but never feeling restricted.
  • Perfect for Christmas, New Years, Valentines, or a Fun night out!  Dress it up or dress it down.
  • Machine Wash on gentle, lay flat to dry.
  • Top Main Fabric: Rayon 67% Nylon 28% Spandex 5%.

Bollie sent me the same dress as the one pictured. As you can see, the dress looks just as lovely on each of the ladies, even though they are of different sizes.

This dress is spectacular in person. It really is. Sadly, I was unable to wear this dress. This dress is better suited for ladies who are taller than me. I’m 5’3″ and the dress was way too long on me. It looked more like a ball gown on me than a party dress. I would never have an occasion to wear a ball gown (at least none in the near future that I am aware of). I ended up giving the dress to a friend of mine who is 5’7″ tall and the dress fits her better (length wise). She said she will have to take it in a bit (take it to the seamstress) since she is a smaller size than me.

I did have some pictures of it. For the life of me I cannot find them. When I do find them I will update this post with those photos. I’m sure I will by the start of the new year since I tend to go through all my folders to update and re-organize them.

I wish the dress did fit me. Normally we don’t go to holiday parties, but we actually went to the one for my job this year.

Bollie has more than just party dresses. They also have shirts, skirts, jackets, cardigans and more. All of the clothing is available in sizes extra small to 3X.

 

I love that Bollie doesn’t charge more for the larger sizes. I have seen other clothing brands charge more for the larger sizes. Bollie treats everyone equally, which is nice.

Bollie shows their clothing being worn by different sized ladies too. I would like to see more plus size ladies (2X – 3X), but that is just me. I like to see people wearing clothing I am considering purchasing before I buy it to get a general idea what it might look like on me.

If you are interested in seeing what Bollie has to offer, visit their website at BollieBrand.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Are you a plus size lady? Do you have a hard time finding beautiful, affordable clothing?

Kimberly

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

Who needs an ugly Christmas sweater when you can have ugly Christmas PAJAMAS

 

So… exactly WHEN did ugly Christmas sweaters become a “thing?”

When I was a kid, and even into my teenage years, I thought Christmas sweaters with reindeer and Santas on them were “cute,” not “ugly.” Apparently I have no sense of fashion because the sweaters I wore back then were considered “ugly.” Who knew? I just liked them. Then again, I’ve never really followed fashion trends. I just wore what was comfortable, or what I liked.

Fast forward to modern times (ha ha). Suddenly everyone WANTS to wear and ugly Christmas sweater. In fact, people even have ugly Christmas sweater themed holiday parties. I’ve never been to one, but I can only imagine they are fun, because after all, you need to have a sense of humor to go out in public wearing the ugliest Christmas sweater you can find.

I wonder if they have ugly Hanukkah sweater parties? Hum….???

Another fun holiday fad is taking family photos wearing matching pajamas. Honestly, I think that is a cute idea. I wish it was a “thing” back when my kids were little. I don’t think I can get my 20 and 22 year olds to wear pajamas that match mom and dad’s. They would just roll their eyes at me if I even suggested it, then go right back to texting. Ha Ha.

Imagine if you could combine an ugly Christmas sweater with Christmas pajamas? You can, with ugly Christmas pajamas from UglyChristmasSweater.com.

Currently, Ugly Christmas Sweater is having a special sale on Christmas pajamas. They offer pajama jumpsuits, pajama sets (matching tops and bottoms), and lounge pants. They carry both men, women and children styles and sizes.

Here are some of my favorites that are available on their website. My #1 favorite is the “pink nightmare” bunny jumpsuit from the movie A Christmas Story.

I LOVE it! If it came in my size (I’m a plus size lady), I would get it for myself. Yes, I would sleep in it too!

The attached bunny slippers are so cute!

The Christmas Story Bunny Union Suit Pajama is available in both men and women’s sizes.

Other favorites of mine are…

Star Wars Chewbacca and Ships Lounge Pants

Buddy the Elf Costume Pajama Union Jumpsuit

Grinch Family Faces Christmas Pajama Union Suit

 

 

Home Alone Merry Christmas Ya’ Filthy Animal Pajama Jumpsuit

You can even have pajamas personalized, which would look great in a family photo.

As I mentioned, most pajamas are available in men, women, and children’s sizes. Please check each design for availability.

Ugly Christmas Sweater has pajamas styled after Home Alone, Star Wars, Elf, Fortnite, Grinch, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Rick & Morty, candy canes and more.

I was sent some pajamas from Ugly Christmas Sweater to review. I received the National Lampoon’s “Sh*tters Full” Pajama Union Suit.

We know what you’re thinking: what happens when you wear this officially-licensed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Shitter’s Full Pajama Union Suit and your own, personal shitter becomes full, and eager to spill forcing you to have to rush to the bathroom and let one fly before you lose control, but you’re stuck into a one-piece union suit? Well, unfortunately, in a situation like that you’re gonna shit out of luck when you wear this this holday season, but if you’re a true, die-hard fan of Clarke. W. Griswold and his family, Cousin Eddie, Snots the Dog, and the gang of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, then you’ll be eager enough to take such a risk just so you can show off to all your friends and family what a real fan of the greatest Christmas movie of all time looks like.

This pajama is available in plus sizes. I guessed at what size I am, and I ended up requesting a size that is a bit too big. But honestly, I don’t mind one bit. I like having some “wiggle room.”

I must say, these pajamas are SO COMFY. Once I slipped it on I knew I had a new favorite set of pajamas. The material is soft (not scratchy!). I feel so snugly when I am wearing these pajamas – to the point I don’t want to take them off. Too bad I can’t wear them to work.

I was concerned how well it would work having to zip up and down the pajamas to use the “facilities.” So far I haven’t had any issues. Besides, why wait to use the bathroom until you REALLY have to go anyway. When you feel something coming on, just go!

So far, so good with the zipper too. I haven’t had any issues with it getting stuck.

The only “downside” (which really isn’t a big deal) is that I am short, and this fits a standard size, so it’s a wee bit long on me. No biggy.

This is NOT the most flattering picture. My hands were in the pockets (making me look “wider”), and the pajamas are a size too big (my fault, I requested a size too big by mistake). I’m also short, so they are a bit baggy on me.

If only I looked as good in these as the model. LOL!

Almost all of Ugly Christmas Sweater pajamas are on sale in November and December. Now is a great time to get some for yourself, or as a gift.

If you are interested in seeing the various styles available, visit UglyChristmasSweater.com or you can go directly to the pajama page.

Ugly Christmas Sweater also offers ugly Christmas sweaters (of course!) as well as other jackets, pop culture, toys, inflatables and more.

The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on their website.

What do you think of these pajamas? Do you see a pair you’d like to own or give as a gift?

Kimberly

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

Check out The Comfy – a new way to keep warm

 

Our daughter. She hates the cold, especially winter.

I’m not sure if it’s the same in other parts of the country, but here in New York I’m getting “weather whiplash.” One day we have the air conditioner blasting, and the next day we’re cranking up the heat.

Fall weather appears to be kicking in (finally). We’ve had nights so cold that my husband put the flannel sheets on our bed and took out the heavier comforter. I think he’s going a wee bit overboard right now. It’s not THAT cold. But, admittedly, there have been times where I’ve had a bit of a chill. I’m rarely cold, but the older I get the more sensitive I am to the cold.

I wear fuzzy slippers and a sweater when I am cold at home. That seems to be fine enough for me, but the rest of my family, especially our daughter an my husband, no matter what they do, they can never keep warm.

If you are one of those people who tend to bundle up when there is a bit of a chill in your home, or you just love to snuggle with a soft blanket, I have a great product for you. It’s called The Comfy.

The Comfy is kind of like a sweatshirt, but it’s also like a blanket. It’s as if the two combined to make one fabulous product.

The Comfy is a huge blanket-like product that you wear. It even has a hood and a pocket to keep your head and hands warm.

You can snuggle into the comfy by pulling up the hood and tucking your feet underneath. It’s almost like making yourself into a snugly and warm “cocoon.”

I was sent one of The Comfy’s to review. I received one in a dark red color. The Comfy is available in a large variety of colors. They even have special ones for Christmas (Santa, reindeer, Elf), a pink one for Breast Cancer and an American flag one.

The moment I received The Comfy to review, our daughter just had to try it right away. She is ALWAYS cold. Even in the summer she wear hoodies and complains she’s cold. She also has Raynaud’s Disease, so when she gets cold her hands turn ghost white.

Our daughter is short (5′ 2″) and a medium size in clothing. The Comfy fit her just fine, even if it seemed too big on her. She doesn’t mind at all. She prefers it to be big because she says she can bury herself inside of it when on the couch or in bed watching TV or on her computer.

As you can see, it looks like she’s wearing a blanket with a hood on it.

I’m a plus size woman. Lately I’ve been wearing 1X/2X clothing. I was reluctant to try on The Comfy, thinking it wouldn’t fit me, but it does! And it fits with plenty of room to spare.

On me, the arms on The Comfy are a bit long, but that is fine with me. It keeps my hands and arms covered and warm.

My husband HATES being cold. He counts down the days until the first day of summer when the first day of autumn comes around (no kidding). He even jokes about making one of those paper chains people make for Christmas (the ones you tear off a chain each day until Christmas), to countdown the first day of summer. Ha Ha.

One night I found him in bed, on his phone, wearing The Comfy. He didn’t sleep in it, but he wore it until he was ready to go to sleep.

The Comfy matches our bedding really well. It’s pretty much the same color.

The Comfy is not only great to wear at home, but you can take it with you on the go. You can wear The Comfy at outside sporting events and camping, for example.

The Comfy is great for both woman and men. They even have children’s sizes.

The brand also sells boots and a Comfy hoodie, which is a new product.

The Comfy was invented by two brothers and were featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. They are backed by the show’s star Barbara Corcoran.

We love our Comfy. We all share it, but I think it might be time to buy everyone their own. I’m thinking of giving my kids (who are young adults) one each for their birthday, as well as my husband. That way I can get mine back.

The Comfy and any of the other brand’s products would make great gifts for the holiday season.

For more information about The Comfy, please visit TheComfy.com. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about The Comfy? Is it something you want in your life?

Kimberly

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

Super comfortable, fashionable shoes from Arcopédico

 

Are you a “shoe person?” What I mean by that is do you enjoy wearing different shoes throughout the week? Do you have different shoes for different outfits? Do you have shoes that match your purse?

I’ve always been a sneaker person. Growing up I was a “Tomboy.” I was outside, playing in the woods behind my house, from sun up to sun down. If I didn’t get filthy dirty, then I wasn’t truly playing. My mom had to force me to take baths every night before going to bed because I was covered with dirt and mud from playing outside.

I guess my Tomboy beginning is the reason why I never really got into shoes (I prefer to be barefoot). My friends loved buying shoes, but for me, a good pair of sneakers that mom could toss in the washing machine was all I needed to be happy.

Me as a young child. I’m a girl! But I sure look like a little boy in need of a haircut. Ha Ha.

In my late teens into my early 20’s, that all changed. Once I was old enough to go to parties and hang out with my friends at clubs, I suddenly cared about what I wore on my feet as much as how good my outfit looked and how perfectly my make-up was. It was then that I was able to appreciate why people were so into shoes.

Fast forward a few decades (sigh…). I’m still a sneaker girl at heart, but I do appreciate having a few different options in my closet. I like having a more dressier shoe (more than a sneaker, less fancy than heels), a few dress shoes and some fashionable boots. I like being able to switch things up from time to time. I still lean towards sneakers as my “go to” shoe, but I do enjoy wearing something else as well.

Are you familiar with the brand Arcopédico? I wasn’t until I was pitched a pair of shoes from them.

I was sent a pair of Arcopédico shoes to try out.  I was sent to review Arcopedico’s Leta.

The Leta is considered a “slim” shoe. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but none the less, I love this shoe. It’s super cute and goes with a lot of the clothing I have. You could pair these shoes with skirts, dresses, jeans, and shorts. This is a fun shoe for spring, summer and fall.

The Leta features:

  • Elastic laces which allow you to slip this style on and off with ease.
  • The sole features Arcopedico’s twin-arch support, keeping your feet well supported all day.
  • Removable insoles (perfect if they get stinky when wearing with no socks) and are washable.
  • Made of Lytech which is soft, lightweight, breathable and will not pinch or bind your feet.
  • Vegan

Leta B comes in white and taupe and has a decorative, colorful pattern on the sides. I have the white ones.

There is also the other version of this shoe, The Leta, which is available in red, navy, black and grey and features one stripe.

These shoes are so incredibly comfortable. These feel like “house shoes” because they are so comfy (like a slipper), but these are meant to be worn out and about.

You can wear these with, or without, socks.

The shoe it’s self is soft on the outside. It might look like stiff material (like regular sneakers) but the shoe is very flexible.

Not to sound lazy, but I enjoy not having to tie my shoelaces. In fact, most of my sneakers have the laces double knotted so I can slip them on without tying them. These shoes come with elastic laces, making it easy to get them on/off.

I can’t comment much on the arch support, but I can tell you that I can wear these to work and my feet are perfectly fine at the end of the day. I’m on my feet a lot at work, and do a lot of walking back and forth. These shoes have been nothing but super comfy to wear.

I haven’t had the opportunity to wash the insole yet. I wear socks and I don’t think I have stinky feet. I guess that is a great option if you need it.

I like how these shoes seem to “mold” to my feet. Because they are soft, they stretch where you might need a little more room. Unlike other shoes that you have to “break in” before they are stretched out and comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time, these shoes were ready to go from the moment I took them out of the box and placed them on my feet.

I love the colorful design too. These shoes match with so much in my wardrobe.

If you are interested in learning more about these and other shoes from Arcopédico, visit Arcopedicousa.com.

I only see the brand on Facebook, in case you wanted to check out their account there as well.

What do you think of these shoes? Do you think you might want a pair for yourself?

Kimberly

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

Save up to 78% off with Zulily’s Thrill Fest

 

I purchased this plus size “cold shoulder” top for only $9.99!

I am an avid shopper when it comes to Zulily. I love Zulily!

I am a plus size lady. Until I started shopping on Zulily I had to either pay outrageous prices for plus size clothing, or settle for boring or unattractive pieces. With Zulily, not only am I able to shop from a plethora of gorgeous, trendy, plus size clothing, but I also get to save money. Most of the the clothing I buy from Zulily are $20 or less. I’ve picked up beautiful tops for as little as $7.99. This is brand new clothing too.

I also shop on Zulily for home decor, gifts, toys and games for my “work kids” and seasonal items. There is literally something for everyone on Zulily!

I recently made some purchases from Zulily (a few tops, some decor for our balcony and toys I am gifting to someone).

Right now there is the Zulily Thrill Fest going on, and during Zulily Thrill Fest, you can find AMAZING deals, up to 78% off! 


Zulily launches new stores every day (which is why I use their app and I check their site every day – year round). There are thousands of products at brag-worthy prices, but during the second annual Zulily Thrill Fest, they are amping it up so you’ll l find amazing deals for yourself, your family, and your home. Shop and save from these different categories:

  • Kitchen – up to 60% off
  • Toys – up to 56% off
  • Women’s – up to 78% off
  • Home – up to 70% off
  • Men’s – up to 77% off
  • Baby Gear – up to 60% off

There are plenty of great finds from popular brands including KitchenAid, NYDJ, Crayola, Ergobaby and more.

But wait! There’s more!

The fun doesn’t stop there, thrill-seekers will have the opportunity to shop:

  • Dash for the Thrills: Unbelievable offers only available for a few short hours (including some items for only 99 cents!)
  • 24-Hour Thrills: “Say what?!” steals available for that day only
  • Social Exclusive Deals: For-the-thrill-of-it items only available to Zulily social media fans

In addition to saving money and finding great products during Thrill Fest, shoppers can also win great prizes, such as a $5,000 Zulily Shopping Spree or a Cuisinart 18-Bottle Compressor Wine Cellar, valued at $1,170, through Zulily’s App-Only Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is new this year.

Thrills Fest is from June 18th – June 20th.

To learn more about Zulily Thrill Fest, download the Zulily app on iOS and Android, or visit zulily.com/thrillfest and Zulily’s social pages: FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

Be sure to check Zulily daily, as they are always featuring new shops.

Are you a fan of Zulily? What are your favorite things to shop for on Zulily? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I will be receiving a Zulily credit in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. I literally do shop at Zulily often with my own money. 

Fun & Whimsical Products from Teddy the Dog

Do you work outside of your home? If so, do you need to get dressed up for your job (office attire), or do you have a more laid back job?

I work outside of the home. I work with children so thankfully I can wear casual, yet neat, attire. After all, if I’ve surrounded by glue, paint and litter – as well as running around on the playground – I shouldn’t be wearing anything too fancy.

I’m a t-shirt and leggings type of person. When I’m not at work I always dress casual and comfy. That doesn’t mean that I look like a slob. I simply choose to wear more comfortable attire.

I don’t normally wear t-shirts with images on them at work, but when I’m home or on my day off I enjoy letting my personality shine through with what I am wearing. I tend to wear t-shirts with funny images or saying on them, or I’ll wear a t-shirt with my favorite horror movie (or characters) or one of my favorite music groups.

About a month ago I was introduced to Teddy the Dog. Teddy the Dog is a brand that carries witty and clever apparel with a unique spin on entertainment, pop culture, and all things dog. They even carry items for your dog, your home, drink ware and more.

Check out some of the fun designs available at Teddy the Dog.

This is just a SMALL sampling of the available designs. Teddy the Dog also has a variety of limited edition designs that come out every week. You need to be quick for the limited edition designs because they only collect orders up to a certain date. Once that date passes you are out of luck.

Teddy the Dog t-shirts are super soft and tagless. Yeah! I hate tags. I always cut them out and sometimes I don’t cut them out good enough and leave the ends of the tag which itch like crazy. I wish more clothing brands would go tagless.

Teddy the Dog was kind enough to send me a shirt to review. They have a wide range of sizes, including plus sizes (thankfully). My shirt is a bright green color. For some odd reason the photos show it as two different colors (neither of which is the true color). The color I have is called Heather Apple.

The “Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge” shirt pictured below is the true color (I need to get that shirt too in honor of our dog and cats that have passed on).

Here is the shirt I received in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday back in March. How adorable is the design. I love it! I wish I had this shirt the past few years. When I worked with the kindergartners they did fun things to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Many of the teachers wore shirts with Dr. Seuss characters on it. This shirt would have been idea for that. That’s OK. I love Dr. Seuss so I have no problem wearing this adorable shirt year round. Not only is adorable, but I love the vibrant green color (green is also my favorite color).

The shirt is soft and very comfortable to wear. A few of my nigh shirts (pajamas) have the same comfy feel to them. That is why I love wearing this shirt. I feel super comfortable in it.

I love how Teddy the Dog even has their logo on the back of the shirt (up near the collar).

The hang tag that was attached to the shirt is also a sticker. You can peel it off and stick it anywhere. What a fun idea!

Teddy the Dog even has a rewards program you might want to check out.

Now you can earn bones (or points) by referring a friend, sharing our posts on social media, and making purchases. Best of all? Each time you reach a new loyalty tier, you earn bones even faster.

Cool! What a great idea.

You can earn gift cards ranging from $5 – $50. I already have a rewards account because there are several items I would love to purchase in the near future from the website. A few items I want to purchase include a reusable shopping bag (our county is doing away with plastic bags). I need to stock up on them. I also want to get the Beagles bag as a gift for a friend who has a Beagle. The “Pittie Party” garden flag is another gift I want to get for a friend who owns the most sweetest Pit Bull.

The magnetic board cracks me up (“No Sit Sherlock”). My family (mom, dad and so forth) used to say “No sh*t sherlock” a lot. LOL!

I think the prices are very reasonable too.

If you are interested in seeing all that Teddy the Dog has to offer, please visit TeddytheDog.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the top right of their website.

What do you think about Teddy the Dog’s fun designs? Did you see something you’d like to get for yourself or a friend? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

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