Archive | February, 2013

Pretty in Pants

23 Feb

pants

For me, shopping for jeans and pants is a rare, and typically agonizing experience.  I do not like jeans. Period. End of story.  But now a days some time situations just call for jeans, I have slowly come around and found a select few that I will wear!  This may sound odd, but the only denim pants I will wear must be ankle length, or rolled straight or skinny leg jeans.  No flared jeans, I missed that trend, thankfully.  And since I am about as particular about shoes as I am jeans, I have an odd and unexplainable aversion to floor length pants; I just don’t like them. For any of you who can relate to my inexplicable quirks, here are some jeans and pants that have miraculously found their way into my closet…. enjoy!

#1  Old Navy Rockstar jeans.  Love these jeans, they are definitely my favorite.  Why?  First of all, they are ankle length.  Second, they have amazing stretch, without being skin-tight, and without stretching out so you get the baggy butt thing going on after a couple of hours.  They come in a mid rise; this gal doesn’t do super low-rise, it’s not comfortable, and butt crack is for plumbers.  These jeans come in an assortment of colors and patters, love, love, love them.

#2  Mossimo Supply Co. (Target) Stretch Denim skinnies.  I also own several different washed of this jean, and this year they came out with a cute polka dot patterned pair.  These jeans are straight , and look great cuffed, also very suitable for curves, mid rise, and great through the hips.  I love these jeans because this one fit comes in multiple washes/styles.

#3  Dickies Ponte mock 5 pocket pant.  When I need to class it up a little more than jeans, Dickies pants never fail, comfortable, and durable, in a stretch ponte material with a 5 pocket look.  Comfy and classy!

#4.  Lauren Conrad stretch ponte pante (Kohls).  Can you tell I am a fan of ponte yet?  It’s like wearing stretch pants, only it’s suitable for public and they don;t make you look like a slob!  Ponte is always a good choice for a more dressed up look.

 

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Rago 9357 Open Bottom Corselette

20 Feb
rago 9357

I am writing this post with mixed feelings.  For some time now I have read RAVE reviews about Rago shape wear   From what I had read, and seen, I decided to make my first purchase.  So here goes…

From the pictures online, this particular Rago piece looks FANTASTIC!  Retro styling, check.  Extra firm control, check.  Affordable, check.  I chose this item because it offered shaping in the areas I was looking for; bum, middle, and back.  Now I had read a lot of reviews, from multiple blogs, and websites costumer reviews, and quite honestly saw nothing that would caution me on this piece.  I went ahead and ordered according to their size chart (bra size), and anxiously awaited it’s arrival!

This is where I got myself in a pinch, literally.  Right out of the box, my first thoughts were no way in HELL is this going to fit.  I quickly put that thought aside as I remembered reading that the first attempt at getting into this was tricky-but worth it, and that the garment fit better with each wear.

So here are my thoughts…

I am tall, well tall-ish, at 5’9, 180lbs and wear a 36D.  I also have a fairly long torso.  I think these things worked against me with the garment, as it wouldn’t quite get over, or even half way down my curvy rear.  Perhaps with constant tugging it might make it a little further, but I am NOT a fan of constantly having to adjust my clothing, ESPECIALLY undergarments.  If I tugged it down enough, it came down to low in the armpit and back area creating strange bulges.  Next… and I knew this before ordering, the bust area is made with ample room, and would do well with a bullet bra underneath.  Sadly in this garment I was not feeling that nostalgic.  So basically, if I were a few inches shorter, with an average length torso, I really think this shaper would have been a much bigger hit with me.

On a positive note, the construction is top notch, and the price is even better.  Had my body shape been better suited I really think this shaper would be phenomenal   It says  it is an extra firm shaper, and I really think if it fit me right it would do just that.  This particular garment is ordered by bra size, so I didn’t think sizing up would do me any better as it already had ample room in that area.  I will certainly be giving Rago another go, this style just wasn’t for me!  I would give this shaper a 2 out of 5.  Again, the construction is GREAT, price GREAT, and I really think this garment has great potential for the right body time, perhaps someone with a few less curves, and a little less height than myself.

2 out of 5 rating.

Cost:  I got mine on sale at My Baby Jo’s for $36 and some change plus shipping, normally around $60.00

Comes in Black, White, Special Edition colors

When to Save, and When to Splurge: The Sequel

20 Feb

Some things are worth the extra dough, and some are such a steal it’s unbelievable!!

Save on these 2

Splurge 2

Retro Mama

16 Feb

Some classy looks while you’re dressing for two 😉

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BKE sequin shirt
buckle.com

Maternity
direct.asda.com

Isabella oliver
isabellaoliver.com

Lucky brand shoes
bloomingdales.com

Atomic
luxdeville.com
Rockabilly Mamma1

Dorothy perkin
dorothyperkins.com

Gap
gap.com

Bertie espadrille wedge
$40 – johnlewis.com

River Island bangle bracelet
$12 – riverisland.com

Nautical jewelry
maxandchloe.com

rockabilly mama2

Girl on a Budget: Dress to Impress

16 Feb

Brought to you Target!

budget

Girl on a Budget: Retro Tootsies

16 Feb

Payless shoes has always been hit or miss for me, and to be quite honest I don’t stop in there much at all these days.  Lucky for me I did just a couple of days ago, and seemed to hit the shoe jackpot!  I stocked up on these cute AND comfortable styles at super cheap prices!!

Payless Shoes

Maidenform… bringing back the girdle!

16 Feb

While on my quest to find functional, comfortable, AND sexy shapewear for my upcoming wedding, I came across Maidenforms Flexees brand 90th Anniversary Shapewear, and was I ever pleased!

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Now… I have stayed away from girdle type shapers in the past simply because I feel like I need most of my shaping in my middle.  The thought of a girdle cutting me in brings on visions of a can of busted biscuits more or less, so I haven’t even gone there!  What first brought be to even consider trying this on was A.  It was Flexees brand ( I have had good luck with them before), and B.  It was pretty!  Not expecting to have any luck I hauled it into the dressing room to give it a go, and was pleasantly surprised.  It went on without a fight.  For some reason I have it stuck in my head NO good shapewear goes on without an epic battle.  Not this thing, easy up.  The next thing that makes this girdle awesome, built-in undies!  The major thing I have noticed the built-in undies do is help the girdle ‘stay in place’ so to speak.  There is no migrating up-or down.  Best thing about this girdle is it does what it is supposed to do…. minimizes the pooch (or my mini fupa as I like to call it), and lifts the bum.  All of this happens MINUS the busted can of biscuits effect, amazing, right?  It hits right wear my natural waistline goes it, and is not tight; though it is not lose either.  And the cherry on top?  Attached stocking clips that are easily flipped under if you don’t intend on wearing stockings.

I am going to give this piece of shapewear a 4 out of 5.  It’ cute, retro, functional, and comfortable to boot.  The only reason I am not giving it a 5 is that I would say it offers more firm control, than extra firm control.  So if you’re not looking for a super duper sucker-inner, I would definitely give this a go!

This girdle comes in:  Ivory, Gray, Black