Thursday, January 25, 2018

I Received My First Stitch Fix Box

Disclaimer: I have not been contacted by Stitch Fix for any mentions in my post. All of these thoughts are my own. You may have differing opinions.

A few days ago I made the leap to try Stitch Fix after seeing ads on Facebook. Today I received my first "fix." I'm so excited to try everything on and see how it fits. I'm not very fashionable so I more or less want to use the service to help me look professional and not frumpy.

The first thing that stands out to me is that the prices are not cheap. My entire box, should I choose to purchase everything, will cost me $226. It was nicely packaged and had suggestions on how I should style the different pieces. I only have 3 days to put what I decide not to purchase in the mail. There is a prepaid envelope in the box for me to send items back, which is nice. I guess I have to checkout online for the pieces I decide to keep.

I'll post pictures of what I received and what I decide to keep in a different post. I was so excited about receiving my box today that I had to share it with everyone. Have any of you tried Stitch Fix? What are your thoughts? Is it worth it to keep using the service or would you suggest a different service? Please share in the comment section below.



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Monday, January 22, 2018

Dressing For An Interview If You Are A Plus Size Petite Women

Disclosure: I have not been asked by any of the stores mentioned in this post to write about them. I am writing about my own personal experiences and have purchased all items with my own money. I have not been paid or sponsored in any way. Your experiences may be different than mine.


After being a stay-at-home mom for the past 12 years you kind of forget how to dress for a job interview. For the past week I’ve been busy trying to find something that looks good on me, is professional and doesn’t make me look like a ginormous blob. The first two outfits I put on, I thought, were okay but after taking my picture in them I realized that they both made me look HUGE! I mean, I know I’m a big girl but these outfits made me look terrible. You can see that they both have buttons that go across my midsection, which is where I carry my weight. I’m also short in the torso so I tend to look a little boxy.


Sweater from Kohl's
Blazer from Lane Bryant

As a 5’3” plus size women, I found that 98% of fashion out there is NOT made for us. I got really frustrated and began to have doubts about my job interview. Who is going to want to hire someone that doesn’t look and feel confident in their own skin or clothes?

So, I pulled up my big girl panties and let my fingers do the walking online. I searched: Old Navy, Kohl’s, H&M, Lane Bryant, Dress Barn, Avenue, Maurice’s, and Torrid. I didn’t think Torrid would have anything for me, a woman in her 40’s but I was wrong. I figured that it only catered to younger people but surprisingly they have several tops in their store that I love. I found this bright pink top and ruched sleeve blazer. Once I tried them on I fell in love. Not only do they fit me really well but I don’t feel like a giant sausage. I already had the black pants, from Kohl’s and my shoes from Famous Footwear. To top off my look, I purchased the heart necklace from Torrid.

Blazer and top from Torrid

What have I learned from my shopping experience? 1) Make sure to try everything on. There were items that I tried on where I needed a smaller size because of the cut or style. 2) You have to feel good in what you are wearing in order to look confident. People can tell when you are uncomfortable and that can cost you the job. 3) Play with colors you might not normally wear. I normally wouldn’t wear bright pink but it works on me. 4) If you aren’t sure, take a picture of yourself. It took me several pictures before I found the outfit where I felt I looked my best.

First impressions are really important in a job interview. You only have one shot at it so make sure you look the part and feel confident in what you are wearing. If you are unsure of how to dress, contact the interviewer and ask. I made sure to ask how I should prepare for my in-person interview and I’m glad I did. I know that I have to dress professionally, where to arrive and what to bring.
If you are looking for your first job or next employment opportunity, Good Luck!!


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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Social Media Is Making Us Angry

Hello readers! Earlier today I was catching up with some friends of mine on Facebook. One of my friends works at a local school and had made a post asking her followers to please say a prayer for a 7th grader in her school. There was no mention of the girl’s name, the school, or why the girl needed prayers.

Well, this created a HUGE debate on her personal Facebook page regarding the girl’s right to privacy. One of her followers wrote that if it was PERSONAL then my friend should not be writing about it on Facebook. Another said that she was violating HIPPA, which led to one person correcting that person and saying FERPA. All my friend was trying to do was ask for prayers and it ended up becoming this huge deal.


When did we become a world of heartless, uncaring ogres that we feel it is our duty to point out or call out people that do care? Can you imagine if you were in need of some prayers and you received nothing? No hope, no caring just angry, self-indulged ogres telling you that they don’t care enough about you to say a tiny little prayer? Now, I’m not a religious nut but I do believe in a higher power and really it doesn’t matter if you believe in God. The point is, someone needs you for strength and you should indulge them for their sake, not yours.

I apologize for my rant but it really bothered me that these people were bashing my friend for caring about this little girl and her family. 


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Why Is Diversity Important?


Dictonary.com defines diversity as, “the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc. (Dictonary.com, n.d.).” We all know that it is best to work for a company that practices having a diverse workforce but what does it mean? Diversity can mean different things to different people. Here is my take on how to explain what diversity is.



Think of a box of crayons. There are several colors in the crayon box. Now think of a child drawing a picture. It doesn’t matter what the picture is, just that the child is drawing the picture with the crayons in the box. That child is going to use all the crayons to make their picture. He isn’t just going to use one crayon for the whole picture. Each crayon helps that child tell his story or draw his picture. Without one crayon the picture is not complete. It is dull, unfinished, missing something special.


How can we relate this to the workforce? The crayons represent our people, or Human Resources and the picture represents the project the workforce is working on. Each person working on the project, no matter their cultural background, education, religion, age, size, or gender has something to add to the project. It’s these different points-of- view that bring life to the project. If we only had one point-of-view the project wouldn’t be successful.

Diversity is about embracing our differences and finding a way to work together for the benefit of the project and for the company. Can you think of another analogy to explain what diversity means to you? Share your thoughts below!



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Monday, January 15, 2018

Avenue.com Ring Chain Necklace Blouse (Review)


Disclaimer: This review is of my own personal experience. I was not contacted by nor am I associated with Avenue.com. I purchased this product with my own funds and am just sharing my experiences as a consumer. Your experience may differ from mine.


As a recent college graduate looking to get back into the workforce, I’ve been looking for clothes that make me look like a professional rather than someone that looks like they just rolled out of bed. I have a couple things that work against me in the clothing department: 1) I’m short. I’m 5’3” and those of you that are around the same height understand my struggle. We might find pants that look really cute but are made for giants or we might find a shirt that looks really cute but it looks like a nightgown on us. Also, fashion designers think that everyone has big boobs! I can find a shirt that fits in the waist but the boob area is so big that I might as well not wear a shirt because you can see EVERYTHING!

My second struggle is that I’m a plus size woman. The clothes look like they are made for a 90 year old woman! I mean what person, under the age of 50 or even 60, wants to look like their grandmother? Have designers even looked around the United States? Can they see that there are ALL types of body shapes? Yeah, yeah, yeah, I can lose the weight….for those of you that will comment that. Believe me, I’ve tried. Just look at my Instagram page where I posted photos of me doing 5k races. I was down a considerable amount of weight but life got in the way and I admit I let myself go. But for the meantime, I need clothes that fit me and make me look professional.


Image from: Avenue.com

If you’re still reading, let’s move on to the purpose of this post. I like to shop online, which is probably not a good thig, since you can’t try on your purchases before buying. I was browsing clothes on Avenue.com when I came across this really cute top. I made sure to read the sizing before I placed it in my shopping cart and checked out. I’m normally a size 22-24 or 3X. In reality I’m probably smaller but I don’t like shirts that cling to me so I purchase bigger than I should.




The top is a maroon color with a built in necklace. I purchased it for $30, normally $50. I figure the top could be worn under a blazer for work and the chain can be removed, which is nice. The color is slightly different than the photo online but not by much. It’s made out of 100% Polyester and is really thin but not see through. The only thing I don’t like is that you can see every lump and bump if you don’t wear Spanx. Also, I noticed that as I moved, the shirt got a lot of static, so I’ll probably have to find some static cling spray before I wear it. One last thing, I could have ordered a smaller shirt because this shirt tends to run big.



My overall experience is good and just keep in mind that the shirt runs a bit large. Also, because of the material, I'd wear Spanx to keep everything smooth.





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Women's Buckle Braid Cardigan from Wish.com (Review)

Disclaimer: This review is of my own personal experience. I was not contacted by nor am I associated with Wish.com. I purchased this product with my own funds and am just sharing my experiences as a consumer. Your experience may differ from mine. 


So far I’ve received two out of six items I purchased from Wish.com on December 30th. Both items were received before their anticipated delivery dates, which is pretty good. If you haven’t read my previous post regarding the fitness bands, please find that post here: Wish.com Fitness Band Review.

Image from Wish.com


Today we will be discussing the “Fashion Women’s Solid Color Long Sleeve Buckle Braid Front Irregular Clothes Placed Cardigan” (pictured above) that I purchased for $10 ($7.00 for the sweater and $3.00 for shipping). The sizes ranged from Small to 5XL. After reading the reviews and seeing that the sweater ran a bit small, I decided to play it safe and order the 5XL. My normal size is 22-24 or 3XL.


The sweater is really cute, in the picture, and so I decided to make the leap of faith and purchase it. I received the sweater in the mail on Friday, January 12th. I ran inside, excited to try it on. First, the package was damaged but the sweater was safe inside. I pulled the sweater out of the package and noticed it looked a wee bit small. Who am I kidding? It looked WAY too small, but like any good product reviewer I tried it on anyway.


When I say I felt like a sausage getting ready for breakfast, I mean it! This bad boy was so tight and the buckle didn’t hit in the same place it does on the picture! Who wants to have a buckle ride just above their boobs? As you can see in the photo below, it doesn’t come close to closing on me and you can clearly see the arms are way too tight.



I had my 12 year old son, who wears a man’s small and my 16 year old son, who wears a man’s medium try on the sweater to see if it would close on them but no such luck. My 16 year old is about 5’8” ish and weighs about 145 pounds. The buckle hit him in the same spot it hit me and it wouldn’t close all the way on him either. My thoughts are that this sweater is built more for an 80 pound 8 year old girl and not a grown woman.

For those of you that will say, “Well, I can see why it wouldn’t fit you. You’re really fat and blah, blah, blah.” A fat girl wants to look nice too. Plus, this was supposed to be a PLUS SIZED sweater. You know who you “Negative Nellie's” are. Those that have to put people down rather than encourage and support someone because you think you are better than everyone else.

Anyway, my point is, this sweater runs really small and if you are a big girl, like me, think twice before you waste your money on something that won’t even fit a 145 pound teenager.



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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Resistance Band Workout Kit from Wish.com (Review)

Disclaimer: This review is of my own personal experience. I was not contacted by nor am I associated with Wish.com. I purchased this product with my own funds and am just sharing my experiences as a consumer. Your experience may differ from mine. 




A few years ago, on a Christmas Eve, I was at my mother-in-law’s house and my sister’s-in-law were talking about this app called Wish. They were talking about how you can get some really cool stuff for really cheap. The skeptic in me was, “Yeah right. It’s probably all junk.” Well, I ended up downloading the app and looking at what I could possibly get from this app.  As I was looking around I saw some things that I might want to get but for the most part I was still pretty skeptical.

I’m big on reading reviews of other consumers so I started reading what people were saying regarding their purchases. I quickly figured out that most, if not all, of the items came from China. This wasn’t a big deal for me since, in all reality, most if not all of the products we purchase at the store come from a different country.

The two top concerns of consumers are that it takes a long time to get what you purchase and there are sizing issues for most of the clothes. Let’s face it a size 2X in the United States may be an 8X in China. You just have to be cautious about the differences in sizing. This is the same for stores here in the United States in that store: Awesome’s size Large may be store: Cool’s size 3X. The difference between going to the store and buying online is that you can try on the clothes at a brick-and-mortar store, you can’t do that online. I guess that’s the risk you take when you buy online.

Anyway, I decided to make a few purchases so that I can tell you about my personal experiences with Wish.com. I searched the app for some things that I could possibly use or write about and made the order. In my order was:

  • 1 Women’s Solid Color Long Sleeve Sweater for $10
  • 1 Amazing Touch Finishing Shaver Electric $7
  • 1 New Hot 925 Sterling Silver Moonstone Earrings $1
  • 1 FAN Universal Optical Clip 12x Zoom for Cell Phone $2
  • 1 11pcs/set Resistance Tubes Gym Fitness $14
  • 1 Pair Waterproof Winter/Autumn Gloves $4


My item total came to $38 and my shipping was $21. I had a promo code that deducted $5.90 from my total, which left me with a balance of $53.10. Considering my order was coming from China, I’d say that $21 for shipping was fairly reasonable. My order was placed on December 30, 2017 and 4 out of 6 items said they would be delivered by February 10, 2018. One said by January 29, 2018 and the last said January 30, 2018. The 11pcs resistance bands were scheduled to be delivered by January 29 but I received them today; January 10, 2018. I’m still waiting for the other items to arrive as of today.


The resistance bands came in a white, plastic shipping envelope. Inside the envelope was a black drawstring bag containing the resistance bands and a single (double-sided) sheet of paper that was folded and explained what was in the bag, what each band color meant and how much resistance there is with each band, pictures of how to use the bands and exercises that you can do and what area of the body those exercises target. On the back of the form are product safety and precautions that you should probably read before using the bands. I’ve tried using a couple of them and they seem pretty sturdy. I’ll post updates as I begin to use them more.


One note that I’d like to point out, I paid $14 for the set. After I ordered them I found them for a lower price. You just have to keep looking around on the app because I noticed that they have the same product but for different prices. That’s because different “stores” sell the same product for different prices. This kind of reminded me of Ebay, how there are different sellers selling the same thing for a different price or even Amazon. 


What items, if any, have you purchased from Wish and how was your experience. Please share in the comment section below. We’d love to hear and see your successes or busts. 




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