Timeless Valentine’s Day Fashion and Beauty Tips – What to Wear

Valentine's Day fashion and beauty tipsValentine’s Day often inspires us to get all decked out from head to toe, with a sexy choice of clothing, seductive makeup, and jewelry and accessories to match. Romantic hairstyles can really add the finishing touches, no matter if you choose soft curls or a straight style to complement your look. Here are some tips to help you decide how to dress for Valentine’s Day, as well as a few beauty tips to give your look that awesome wow-factor.

If you have been wondering, What Should I Wear on Valentine’s Day, you are not alone. Whether it’s a special date in a relatively young relationship or just another February 14th with your spouse of many years, showing you care is important on Valentine’s Day and all throughout the year. Go that extra mile to snazzy up your look. Choose a nice dress for Valentine’s Day, a flowy skirt and tank top with cardigan or sweater, or a pair of classic black pants with a nice top of your choice. If you are pregnant on Valentine’s Day, you may want to consider comfort as well as style. You can certainly find a gorgeous dress or skirt and top combo that doesn’t leave you feeling like a wrapped burrito.

For a naughty but sexy twist on any outfit, consider hiding some risqué lingerie under your Valentine’s outfit. You can go as simple as thigh-highs with a garter belt under a dress or skirt, or as elaborate as you like – naughty or nice. Consider sexy lingerie as a fun way to entice your significant other – let him find a strap or clip if he happens to place his hand on your shoulder or leg. This is sure to kick things up a notch for your Valentine’s evening.

As you piece together your look, don’t forget to choose shoes and accessories that complement your outfit. For a fun pop of color with a little black dress, consider hot pink or red heels. You should also keep your Valentine’s Day jewelry choices in mind as well as a purse that offers style and function, depending on what activities you have in store.

Consider romantic hairstyles a must for a Valentine’s Day date. You can choose a long and straight style, a wavy or curly look, or a stylish updo that carries you through any date activity you choose. You can make an appointment with your local salon, but if you have some styling gel, hairspray, and a flat iron or curling iron (or a set of hot rollers), you should be good to go. You can also use alligator hair clips as a fantastic way to get a sexy hairstyle in only seconds!

Lastly, don’t forget to do your makeup in a special way. Be sure to apply eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara or false eyelashes for a glamorous look. All the better to seduce him! Don’t forget something sweet and silky for your lips – a nourishing product with coconut oil helps your lips to stay hydrated longer than the average lip balm. Finally, if you are looking for a fun twist on your look, be sure to dress up your manicure or pedicure with Valentine’s Day nail designs or heart nail designs for your romantic date.


2012 Trends in Maternity Swimwear

2012 Maternity Swimwear Trends, Colors, and PatternsBuying a swimsuit is hard enough in general. When you’re expecting, it can become even more challenging to find a bathing suit that is both stylish and comfortable. Maternity swimwear is available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles. Women can choose between maternity tankinis and one-piece swimsuits, while some more daring moms-to-be may even consider a bikini, baring their entire bellies. To help choose the best maternity swimsuit for your body, consider these 2012 trends in maternity swimwear.

Depending on how far along you are and what styles of swimsuits you normally prefer, you can find a nice maternity bathing suit that looks and feels great. Some maternity swimsuits are very fitted to show off your bump while others are a bit looser, giving you some room to camouflage it for a bit. Remember, patterns can be fun and exciting, but dark and especially black swimsuits are often more slimming. It really depends on what you want to achieve with your maternity bathing suit.

Here are a few 2012 trends in maternity swimwear to consider.

•    A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity brands say the spring 2012 maternity swimwear trends are flattering for every pregnant woman. These trends lean towards print and color – vibrant shades, engineered stripes, blurry stripes, and color blocking.
•    Cute bottoms with added detail like gathering or side-ties add a nice touch to maternity tankinis.
•    Stores like Old Navy have great swimwear for reasonable prices. The trend here is a twist-front tankini or one-piece suit.
•    Tie-dye swimsuits continue to be popular this year as well, with fun fashions readily available online even if your favorite stores aren’t stocking maternity swimwear yet.
•    Look for side ruching in your swimwear, since that will give you a better chance of making it through the entire pregnancy with your swimsuit.
•    Tankinis with keyholes and halters with sweetheart necklines also seem to be all the rage this season.
•    Babydoll halter style swimsuits offer pregnant women a more conservative option in swimwear.
•    Black, pinks, blues, browns, purples, and daring patterns are some of the hottest fashions in maternity swimsuits this year.

These are some of the top trends in maternity swimsuits for 2012. What styles do you like best? What are you currently sporting? Would you ever wear a maternity bikini instead of something with more coverage? Share your thoughts in our comments below!


Boyfriend Fashion / Husband Fashion – How You Can Help!

Fashion is one of those things. Some guys get it and some guys don’t. As a good girlfriend or wife you can help your guy out with some sweet fashion finds no matter if he is a complete novice or a total pro. The trick is – knowing what styles he likes, what he’s comfortable wearing, and finding it!

Remember, even the most fashion-inexperienced guy can usually muddle his way through a basic wardrobe. Most guys are capable of picking out their own jeans, for starters. Throw in a few shirts, sweaters, khakis, work pants, shoes, socks, and a belt, and your guy is well on his way to style. Although, coordinating an outfit for a certain occasion is a completely different story, but usually that works out okay too.

Even the best dressed guy you know may appreciate a little help when it comes to finding a new shirt or outfit for his wardrobe. There isn’t always a true science to mens clothes. Take French cuff shirts for example. Guys can dress them up with slacks for work or business meetings or holiday dinners. They can dress them down with jeans and boots or nice shoes for a night out at a club or bar. A t-shirt or long-sleeve tee can be a wardrobe staple, especially on weekends, but these also work well for layering options with sports jerseys, hoodies, and more. Some men’s clothing may be more versatile than you think!

Check out these tips for how you can help your guy coordinate some great outfits for the holidays or the New Year.

•    Choose shirts for him that bring out his eye color. If he has blue or green eyes, go with those two colors first.

•    Check out his existing wardrobe and find the gaps. Maybe your guy is completely missing something, even if it is just a long-sleeve t-shirt from his favorite football or hockey team.

•    Help him coordinate a complete look, including a hat, scarf, or other accessory if appropriate.

•    Go shopping together – you can pick out things you think would look good and he can try them on before buying.

•    If you plan to go shopping without him, make sure you have a list of his sizes – remember, guys’ clothing often goes by different measurements than ladies apparel.

•    Don’t forget the small things. Even the best dressed guy still needs some comfortable boxers and matching socks without holes.

A brief glance at Ellos.com will quickly tell you that the preppy look is very ‘in’ with a “twist of English gentleman.” Consider a fine selection of sweaters or dress shirts for the work week with a fun rugby sweater, V-neck sweater, or fleece for the weekend. Stripes are still popular as well, and it’s really hard to go wrong with a selection of dark tops for winter. From dress slacks to jeans and khakis, it’s easy to pull together a complete outfit when all the pieces are available to you in one place.

Are you planning to buy your boyfriend or husband some clothing for the holidays? Do you have some more tips on how to do it? Please share your experiences and expert advice in our comments below.


Christmas Gifts for Men – Choosing Clothing and Accessories for the Guys in Your Life

Holiday gifts for men - casual shirtsThe holiday season is upon us and nearly everyone is scrambling to get that holiday shopping list scratched off completely. Many women, myself included, find that shopping for the men in our lives can be one of the tougher feats during the holiday season. It can be so tricky to find an appropriate – and appreciated – gift for your dad, brother, grandfather, and boyfriend or husband.

Sometimes you can get lucky with a guess. Other times you might spend hours scouring stores and the Internet for a perfect gift that just may not exist. Even taking the time to ask your recipient what they want can be a hit or miss situation. Thankfully, if you do decide to take a chance, many stores have a relatively decent return policy these days, allowing the gift recipient the right to return or exchange a gift that didn’t quite hit the mark.

I’ve been doing a lot of holiday shopping lately and I thought it might be helpful to share some of my favorite tips with you in case you are in the same boat. Here goes:

•    For the businessman or guy who enjoys dressing well, consider a nice French cuff dress shirt, a pair of cufflinks, and engraved stainless steel collar stays. These gifts when paired together can make a snazzy gift, or you can choose just one item that fits your budget.

•    For your dad, brother, cousin, or friend, consider mens casual shirts. These might range from polos and golf shirts to your basic t-shirt. You can find clever graphic tees to match your recipient’s personality or you can choose a casual shirt that is a step above a tee and a step below a polo shirt, perfect for summer outings.

•    For the traveler, look for wrinkle-resistant clothing and convertible type pieces, such as khaki pants that unzip into shorts, rain jackets that unzip into a vest, and so forth.

•    For the outdoorsman, look for cool outerwear like fleeces and jackets, hats and gloves, hiking boots, real wool socks, and the like. You can also find cool hunting and fishing gear and accessories for the sportsman.

•    For the sports fan, check out the latest and greatest goods from your recipient’s favorite teams. Consider flannel pajama pants with the team’s logos, a hooded sweatshirt, a few new team t-shirts, or even a new jersey.

These are just a few ideas to get you started if you are planning to buy some clothing or accessories for the men in your life. What other ideas do you have? Please share them below in our comments to help all of our readers!


Ford Warriors in Pink Collection for 2011

WIP Tote Bag 2011Have you found out about guilt-free shopping yet? Try looking at all the amazing items out there with a charitable donation tied into the purchase price. You can find beautiful items ranging from clothing and accessories to home and office products and more. Ford Warriors in Pink is an ongoing campaign you definitely don’t want to miss – they have so many amazing products for women, men, and even children. With this wide range of clothing and accessories, Ford Warriors in Pink really does offer something for everyone!

For Breast Cancer Awareness in 2011, the Warriors in Pink collection brings new tees, a bright pink zip hoodie, pajama pants, an adorable tote bag, and so much more. I received a package containing a number of items to thoroughly review and share with you – so I’m excited to give you the scoop!

First, we’ll start with my favorite – the zippered Warrior Getaway Tote Bag. I’m not surprised to see it is currently out of stock, but don’t worry; the tote starts shipping again in mid-January and is still available for preordering. 100% of the net proceeds from sales of this item ($10 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
Ford Warriors in Pink 2011
This tote is honestly big enough to be an overnight bag when you go to a friend’s house for the evening, but it is still conveniently sized and shaped for everyday use. I truly love the versatility of it and really like the burgundy coloring with the pink, orange, and green symbol of the warrior accents printed on the outside of the bag. The tote has a zippered interior pocket that would be great for your small valuables or any documentation – especially a boarding pass or flight information if you tend to travel a lot.

The inside liner of the tote also features a fun pattern and a soft vinyl type, 100% water resistant fabric that seems as if it would be easy to clean. I absolutely love that I could fit just about anything in this bag – from a laptop computer to a day or two worth of clothing and toiletries. For only $20, this tote is a steal! The bag measures 17”x 15” x 6” with 16” straps. The rest of my items to review were cleverly zippered up inside the duffle – what nice presentation!

WIP Victory Tee 2011The Warriors in Pink Victory Tee is another favorite of mine – this cool scoop-neck t-shirt comes in a pretty shade of gray with hand-drawn pink and green vines, leaves, and warrior designs. The fabric is SO soft – I really love it! Also, the shirt is tag-less – another plus. The t-shirt is very comfortable and it looks adorable with jeans or sweats. I would even wear it with a casual cotton skirt.

The Victory Tee has slightly cuffed sleeves for a cute and classy look while the scoop neck is especially comfortable to wear. (There’s nothing worse than a shirt whose neckline is cut too close to your throat!) I would say I am usually between a size small and medium in most tops, depending on how they run. For perspective, I think the size small I received is perfect for me – a little roomy even, so keep this in mind when picking out your own size! 100% of the net proceeds ($11.80 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The shirts cost $20 each.

WIP PJ Pants 2011A nice surprise for me – the Sweet Dreams PJ Pants – look adorable in pink with a collage of warrior designs in pink and orange. What I especially love about these pajama pants is that they offer the best of both worlds – a partially elastic waistband with a partial drawstring – perfect for comfort as well as function! The pants are made of soft, 100% cotton jersey – so comfortable you might want to wear them all day!

I received a size medium in the pj pants for the purpose of this review. I think they are a little big on me, but definitely long, so keep this in mind if you are short like me (I am about 5’1”). You can always hem them or wear them only inside if you don’t mind them dragging a bit. Honestly, these pants are really cute and comfortable, so you will probably enjoy them either way.  100% of the net proceeds ($11.50 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. These pants sell for $24.

WIP Pink Hoodie 2011Another sweet surprise, the Power of Pink Hoodie features a soft and cuddly waffle weave in 100% cotton that I can’t get enough of. This fabric is so soft and comfortable – making it a great choice for casual outerwear and layering with your favorite tanks. I’ve even worn this with my sweats on days when I don’t need to leave the house. It’s really a cozy hoodie that looks and feels great.

The hood is nice and roomy with lots of space no matter what your hairstyle, and the long woven cords ensure you never miss a chance to tighten and scrunch the hood if needed. The side pockets are sized nicely to fit more than just your ChapStick. The front of the hoodie has a WARRIOR logo and design that goes horizontally across while the back has a diagonal design that is fairly similar. In terms of how I like to wear my hoodies, this size small seems to be true-to-size and perfect for me, unless you wanted it a little roomier. At $45, this hoodie is a great deal for the many uses you’ll find for it. 100% of the net proceeds ($24.10 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

WIP Scarf 2011Finally, the 2011 Scarf offers a soft and cuddly way to accessorize your outfits throughout the year. This scarf it beautifully patterned with the warriors logo and designs on 100% rayon viscose. The scarf is an annual tradition for Warriors in Pink, with a new design coming out each year. It’s an easy way to dress up your outfit for a good cause. Like a wearable work of art, the scarf comes alive based on what you wear with it. Match it with a casual top for a dressy look or wear it with your pea coat for a pop of color.

I love how soft it is and I think it’s really fun to accessorize with a scarf like this. The main colors center on pink and burgundy with some accents of white and gray. 100% of the net proceeds from each scarf ($24.05) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The scarf sells for $34. Right now it is sold out, but it is still available for order and will ship in mid-January.

This is just a small sampling of the many lovely and comfortable items offered by Ford Warriors in Pink. You can find great gift ideas or a special treat for yourself or someone in your family in this collection. For more information or to purchase these gorgeous items for a great cause, please see: http://www.shopwarriorsinpink.com.


Hard Rock Pinktober Products for 2011

Every year Hard Rock International teams up with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness in its Pinktober campaign. The 2011 Pinktober products carry the torch from previous years of breast cancer research contributions. I am glad to share these classic Hard Rock items with you!

First and foremost is the limited edition Pinktober® Guitar Pin 2011, which features a lovely pink guitar with two pins attached. The neck of the Beautiful Pink Ovation Guitar with Rhinestone Ribbon has the Hard Rock logo going across with “2011” displayed vertically. A rhinestone breast cancer awareness ribbon features eight sparkling stones. The guitar pin has a silver based metal with crystal rhinestones, hard enamel translucent, and colors of silver, black, and pink. Purchases of this pin result in a donation of 75% of the retail sale benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Hard Rock Pinktober Bag offers a perfect place to stash your treats or your midday meal. This little lunch sack is a light pink color with brighter pink and silver accents. Can you believe it is actually partially made of recycled water bottles? The fold-down top has a strip of Velcro to keep your goodies safely inside. The front of the lunch bag has the Pinktober pink ribbon with wings logo while the top says Hard rock in silver and the sides show off the Love All, Serve All tagline. All of my goodies for review came neatly packaged in this cool lunch bag.

You really can’t go wrong with the Hard Rock Pinktober Women’s Tee featuring a V-neck and short sleeves. This grey shirt is ultra soft in 100% cotton with a pink and silver printed design. The front of the shirt features silver Hard Rock lettering and the Pinktober logo in silver and pink with “Love All Serve All” and “Orlando” printed below. I received a size small tee and it seems to be true-to-size for me. I love how comfortable this shirt is, and it’s very stylish for your favorite pair of jeans, yoga pants, or a casual cotton skirt. 15% of retail sales of this t-shirt benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

These are just a few of the cool Pinktober products available. I received the above-mentioned items for the purpose of review. You might also be interested in the Pinktober night shirt (I’ve requested this on my Christmas list!), Pinktober men’s tee, Pinktober bathrobe, and Pinktober sheets, available in king and queen sizes.

For more information on the Hard Rock Pinktober campaign, please see https://rockshop.hardrock.com/Lifestyle/Pinktober.


Six Slick Laundry and Stain Removal Tips

Laundry stain removal tipsMost stains happen with very little warning. We see the spill happening in slow motion and there’s just nothing we can do. Whether it’s red wine, spaghetti sauce, melted butter, makeup products like foundation, or something else entirely, you know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach once a stain has found its way onto your clothing. Sometimes, the stain occurs discretely due to a fault in your washer and dryer set up (ever find a brownish “bleach-like” stain on your clothes?). Regardless of how the stain gets there, the fact still remains that they can cause quite a setback. Thankfully, there are some great tips and tricks to help you remove stubborn stains – usually the best approach is to act immediately before the stain sets.

Consider these six tips on stain removal and laundering stained clothing. I’ve personally tried all six of these tips and I can vouch for all of them. If you have any questions or concerns, simply leave me in the comments below the article.

Laundry stain removal tipsEasy Stain Removal Tips

1.    For an oil, grease, or butter stain, apply baby powder to soak up the grease at least 30 minutes to one hour prior to washing.

2.    For an ink stain, use regular hairspray to remove any pen marks.

3.    For a tomato sauce stain, use regular dish soap like Dawn or Palmolive and cold water to remove the stain. Apply a bit more and let it sit for at least 30 minutes before washing.

4.    For a foundation makeup stain, use regular white shaving cream and a toothbrush plus cold water to remove the stain.

5.    For a wax spill on your clothing, try one of these options. Freeze the garment and break the pieces of wax away once frozen OR place the garment on your ironing board, put a brown paper bag over it, and lightly iron to remove the wax.

6.    For a lily pollen stain, get a roll of clear tape and follow these lily pollen stain removal steps.

For general stains, try Shout stain remover or do a Google search to see what you can find for the specific culprit. Also, carry a Tide stain removal pen with you when you go on vacation or to a special event, and be sure to keep one with you at work. Good luck with the stain removal! If you have other great tips, please share them below in our questions.


Pink Ribbon Fashion Accessories for 2011

Pink Fashion Accessories - Zulugrass Kuponya necklaceIf pink is your favorite color, you are certainly in luck this time of year. So many different fashion and beauty brands have formed unique partnerships with various breast cancer awareness and research charities, donating a portion of the proceeds from their pink ribbon items for 2011 toward a good cause. No matter if you are in need of new makeup, hair accessories, beauty potions, or jewelry, you are sure to find a great selection of pink items supporting the fight for a cure.

Consider these cool and trendy pink ribbon items as great new additions to your fashion wardrobe:

Pink Hair Extensions
Pink Hair Accessories for BCA 2011You may have seen the many beauty salons offering pink hair extensions or feathers for breast cancer awareness. This is a continuing trend from previous years and your local hair salon may already be on board. SHE by SO.CAP.USA Hair Extensions, a worldwide provider of all-natural hair extensions, kicked off its 6th Annual Pink Hair For Hope campaign this year. Women visiting participating salons in September and October can score their own pink hair extensions either professionally bonded at the salon, or as a clip-in pink hair extension for use at any point during the year instead of just the fall season, simply by donating $10 or more to Pink Hair For Hope. All the proceeds go directly toward a variety of cancer research organizations. The campaign has been so successful that it’s been extended into November!

I received a sampling of pink SHE by SO.CAP.USA Hair Extensions for the purpose of review and I’m very impressed with the range of colors and styles available. Women can enjoy anything from a bright fuchsia hair extension to a light pink feathered extension, or even a set of different pink colored extensions in nice, long lengths. SHE by SO.CAP.USA Hair Extensions are expertly crafted in Italy and feature natural components like real feathers. For a fancier look, consider the feathered extensions with real Swarovski crystal accents! What gorgeous looks for a fun new hairstyle!

Pink Beaded Jewelry
Pink Fashion Accessories - Zulugrass Kuponya necklaceZulugrass by The Leakey Collection is a fashion forward brand of jewelry items that supports a good cause in more ways than one. First, Zulugrass is handcrafted jewelry made by the Maasai women of Kenya, comprised of sustainable grass beads paired with glimmering glass. This unique beaded jewelry offers an organic look and feel with a feel-good vibe. Each purchase of Zulugrass contributes 5% of the sale back to the local community of the Maasai women for education and health benefits.

What I love about the Zulugrass is its versatility. I received a few strands of pink Zulugrass for the purpose of review and I especially enjoy wearing them wrapped around my wrist as a fun and funky bracelet. You can also wear them as a necklace or as hair accessories. Zulugrass is also available in earring form, as a belt, and in other creative accessories.

The Kuponya (meaning “To Heal” in Swahili) Breast Cancer Awareness Zulugrass Multistrand Necklace donates 10% of sales to Women’s Health Research, primarily to support breast cancer research. The necklace features many gorgeous strands of pink Zulugrass beads with porcelain beads as well as satin cording so you can adjust the length of the necklace. The Breast Cancer Awareness Zulugrass Multistrand Necklace is available for $39.95 while the Fight for a Cure Pink Zulugrass Story Card is available for $21.95. For more information, please visit the Leakey Collection online.

These are just two of the many pink ribbon products out there. Have fun shopping for a great cause and please feel free to mention other cool pink ribbon fashion finds in our comments below.


What to Do about a Flat Butt? Bum Implants and Lifts Rising in Popularity

From a clingy bikini bottom to the perfect pair of butt-hugging jeans, a round and grab-able derriere is one of the physical features that certainly adds to our appearance. Most clothing leaves little to the imagination when it comes to your rear end. You can certainly exercise to help sculpt your bottom to a firmer rump, but sometimes there’s no substitute for whatever your genes have given you. At least not until the rise in popularity of buttock implants and buttock lifts – two cosmetic surgical procedures that women and men are both considering for a more perfect posterior…

You may have seen or read about butt-enhancing underwear with padding to give your butt a boost inside your jeans, shorts, skirt, or slacks. This can be a helpful nonsurgical option to giving your butt a new look, but there may still be some complications. First of all, it isn’t permanent. Secondly, when you undress, your enhanced rear end goes back to its flatter alter-ego. (This could be a bit embarrassing if you are getting together with a new love interest for the first time and they don’t know about your body-shaping undergarments, expecting the real deal.

According to an article by MYA Cosmetic Surgery, buttock implant surgery involves a discrete incision between the cheeks where a silicone implant can be placed behind the upper buttock muscle. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and can take between one and two hours to complete, with an overnight stay at the hospital required for the patient. Buttock lift surgery also requires an overnight stay. Recovery for both enhancements generally takes two weeks and with the buttock implant surgery, you will need to refrain from exercise for at least six weeks to allow proper healing. As you might expect, sitting will be uncomfortable following both of these procedures.

It is up to you to determine if your bottom will gain a bigger benefit from the procedure to outweigh the potential discomfort. As with any surgical procedure, please consult your doctor to learn of the risks involved. Bum implants can certainly enhance the look of a flatter rump. Be sure you are cleared by your doctor for surgery prior to undergoing this or any cosmetic procedure.

What are your thoughts on butt implants and butt lifts? Would you consider them? Do you know anyone who has gotten them? Please share in our comments below.


Plus Size Fall Fashions

Fall is a fabulous season to break out your favorite boots and try new fashions that are perfectly fit for the season. From cute skirts and sexy boots to fall jackets and countless dazzling accessories, the possibilities are truly endless when it comes to spicing up your autumn wardrobe. Fall fashions come in all colors, styles, shapes, and sizes, so don’t overlook the classy and fun plus size fall fashions just waiting at your favorite stores.

Numerous stores like Kohls, Target, and Dress Barn – not to mention lots of department stores and other top retailers – offer their own selection of plus size fashions for fall, giving curvy girls a wide array of choices for dressing up, dressing down, and accessorizing. Plus size fashions have come a long way in recent years, though. Now women can find top styles online at the click of the mouse as well.

When shopping for plus size apparel and accessories online, it helps to first determine what you’re hoping to find. Plus size dresses for work and business events may be readily available at one shop while plus size holiday dresses and pants suits may be in full swing at another retailer. Sometimes you can find entire department store type sites devoted to offering the widest range of plus size apparel imaginable.

One Stop Plus is one such shop, giving women and men alike a full collection of fashionable clothing for every season and every reason, including holiday wear, casual garments, jackets, jeans, bathing suits, intimate apparel, and pretty much anything under the sun when it comes to fashion for everyday, for business, and for special occasions. Accessories, shoes, and even wide calf boots are available for sale. Visitors to the site can shop by item type, brand, sale items, or new release items. There’s also a great end of season sale offering deeply discounted prices on lots of fashion finds. Another enticing tidbit – One Stop Plus has a free returns and exchange policy so you don’t have to worry too much about sizing and fit.

Some other fun shops specializing in plus size fashions and accessories are Silhouettes, Woman Within, and Avenue, but there are countless others to consider. You can even find the wide calf boots at Zappos! (Again, with an amazing return policy.)

Feel free to share any of your favorite plus size fall fashions or related questions and thoughts in our comments below.


Autumn Jackets for the Whole Family

As the weather gets cooler, shopping for fall fashions like boots and autumn jackets becomes a priority. Nice fall jackets tend to be an important outerwear item for the whole family, so it’s essential to ensure your little ones are bundled up as much as yourself and your significant other. Consider these tips to help you find stylish and functional autumn jackets for the whole family.

No matter what your favorite color, style, or fabric, you can find autumn jackets to suit your fashion needs as well as your personal comfort. Check a few different stores and scope out the styles online so you can find your favorite fall coats for yourself and your whole family.

Fashionable Autumn Jacket Tips and Trends
Many different styles and colors of fall jackets are available for women, men, and children. You can find casual fleece jackets and warm, durable parkas and everything in between. Long coats, shorter jackets, and even leather jackets are some popular choices. Here are a few of the trends you can expect to see in 2011 fall jackets.

•    Shades of bold red for a pop of color – pair these coats with subtle skirts or slacks for the perfect look.

•    Bright white coats offer glamorous style – don’t be afraid to brave the elements in a bright white coat.

•    The trench is in – trench coats make a great statement in your wardrobe and they work well for so many occasions.

•    Leather never goes out of style – enjoy lovely leather coats in a variety of styles for adults. Check out a bomber jacket or a classic leather coat.

•    Don’t be afraid of faux fur – you can sharpen your look without changing your eco-friendly beliefs. Spice things up with a faux fur collar if you aren’t ready for the full fur.

•    Embrace prints and patterns – try your luck with animal prints, geometric designs, and plaids for a fashionable look.

You might also consider grays, beiges, and even bright colors like blues and purples if you’re in the mood for a new hue. Watch for styles that suit your fancy, from military type coats to more ornate designs. Good luck in your search – remember, the most important things are your comfort and confidence while wearing the coat.

Tips on Finding Fall Jackets for Your Family
Whether you are seeking a sleek fall coat for yourself or stylish coats for men to help your husband choose a new jacket, you can’t go wrong by searching online first. Narrow down the many styles, colors, and fabric choices to reduce your overall shopping process. Here are a few tips to help you choose fall jackets for yourself, your husband or boyfriend, and/or your children.

•    Decide whether you need a formal coat or a casual jacket.

•    Consider the warmth factor – should it be more of a windbreaker or are you looking for something to keep you warm on a blustery day?

•    Narrow down your color choices. Determine whether you are looking for neutrals and classics like black, khaki, camel, gray, and chocolate, or if you prefer something a little more on the wild side.

•    Look into all your options for fabrics and styles to find the best fit. Will you choose corduroy, leather, or something along the lines of a rain jacket?

•    Consider what length you would like the coat to be. Are you looking for something like a trench coat or more of a standard coat length?

When in doubt, simply go to the store and try on coats until you find one that looks and fits great while suiting all your needs. You can bring your family with you in the hopes of finding coats for everyone in time for the cooler weather. Happy shopping!


Fuzzy Bunny Slippers Review

Fuzzy bunny slippersFuzzy bunny slippers have been a guilty pleasure of mine since I was about 12 or 13. For some reason I just thought they were cuter and comfier than other slippers, no matter what the animal or theme. Luckily a few brands still make bunny slippers for adults, so I happily purchased a pair of cushy, fuzzy white bunny slippers for myself just about two weeks ago. They arrived promptly in my mailbox and I’ve been wearing them ever since.

I ordered my white ladies fuzzy bunny slippers from Amazon and I’m very pleased with my purchase. These are quite possibly the most comfortable slippers I’ve ever owned, and there’s just something endearing about a pair of white bunny rabbit slippers. Each slipper has a white bunny face with two black eyes, pink nose, pink mouth, chubby cheeks, whiskers, and two ears that can stick up or flop over.

The slippers are large and well-cushioned. I am pretty sure my border collie thinks they are her own personal toys while I’m sleeping. She likes to get them and bring them to me in the morning – I’m not sure if she’s saying, “Hey, time to get up!” or “here, I thought you’d like this.”

The bottoms of each bunny slipper have little white nonslip dots to help give you traction while walking around your home, particularly on slippery floors. I have absolutely no complaints about these slippers and I am sure I will buy them again whenever this pair bites the dust.

If you want your own comfortable and adorable white bunny slippers, I recommend these same ones I bought, available at Amazon.com for $16.99 by SG Footewear. They are available in sizes 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10.