Friday, June 28, 2013

Curvy Girl Fashion - Maxi Dress

Sorry I've been MIA lately...it has been a busy couple of weeks cluing up the school year at work and lots of socials! I was absolutely spoiled with cards, flowers, hugs, chocolate, and beautiful thoughtful gifts from the very sweet students & staff at my school as a token of their appreciation for all I do. I'm a very lucky girl and I love them all dearly!

Before I get into today's outfit...I want to mention that this is blog post #100 and I've hit over 20,000 views!! As always, I am so thankful for all your love and support....thank you so much!

I know I'm a little late getting into this trend but I was positive my short curvy figure would never look good in a maxi dress. I am 5'4 and I haven't come across a place that sells maxi dresses for petite people (if you know if one please let me know) so I just didn't bother with them. Yesterday, I was at the mall with my husband and they were everywhere. I decided to give the maxi dresses a try and confirm they are just not for me. Boy was I wrong - I tried on so many and fell in love with so many I had a hard time trying to decide on one. I couldn't believe how tall I looked! I must admit, a lot of them were definitely too long for me but I found one particular dress that had an elastic waist and could easily be hiked up to the right length with no tailoring required. But just my luck, it wasn't there in my size. So I went to the other mall in my city that has that same store and there it was - same dress and in my size. Meant to be!! I tried it on and instantly fell in love!!

So this is my chevron pink and grey maxi dress that I picked up at Bootlegger (hi to the girl who sold me this dress...I didn't catch your name but you were an absolute sweetheart!! We connected over nail polish and pandora charms. I casually mentioned my blog and she said she was going to come have a look!).  Anywho, the elastic waste on this dress makes it easy to just hike up and fold over to make it the perfect length for my short little legs! A good trick to do this on dresses with no elastic waist is to belt the dress and fold it over the belt. This dress has a deep scoop neck and back, and thick shoulder straps (great for covering your bra straps). Its made out of a very comfortable, soft, stretchy cotton material that is light and breezy for day or night.



Today I just paired it with a pair of pewter sandals from Payless (on my toes is Essie "Tart Deco") and an owl necklace that my co-worker Michelle gave me (Hi Michelle...thank you!). I also have on my Pandora bracelet which I'm going to do an update on soon, and my Guess watch. You may also notice that I recently dyed my hair red with amazing hair stylist, Maria! I never stray from my usual brown but I wanted to try something different and I love it!




I love maxi dresses because they are great for summer but you can also wear them throughout fall and winter with leggings/tights, a knit cardigan, and boots. I hope to expand my maxi dress collection a lot over the next couple of months and plan to wear them all year round (at least while they are still in style). Thanks for reading and see you guys again very soon! <3

Much Love,
April
xo

Friday, June 7, 2013

Mini Fashionista - Introducing Ella

I have something a little different for today's blog post (I will post my weekly outfit tomorrow). This evening while I was out with my husband, my best friend Selena texted me a picture of her daughter (and my godchild) all dressed up in a super cute outfit that was totally worth writing a blog post about.

This is my god child, Ella. She's 6 years old (almost 7) and she lives in Ontario Canada. Isn't she beautiful?! Ella and I live thousands of miles apart but as she grows up and the stories I hear from her mom, I often wonder if she is somehow my child - she likes fashion, makeup, nail polish, pink, etc. As you can see, she's very tall and thin and her mom finds it difficult to find clothes to fit her body type. Maybe this blog post could help and/or inspire moms out there who find the same thing with their daughters - or maybe this is just an opportunity to brag about how cute my godchild is. Either way...here's my little fashionista! I was given permission by her mom to post her picture on my blog in case anyone is wondering :)



She's wearing a ruffled pink top from Justice, a black sequinned skirt from The Children's Place, leggings from H&M, a black shrug (mom tells me its from another dress she owns that came from Costco), and her Hello Kitty Socks & Monster High Ballet Flats are from Walmart. Every time I scroll up and see this picture my heart bursts with love. She's just the best!

I hope you liked this little twist in blog content. Keep an eye out tomorrow for the outfit I wore today. If you wanna see more of these let me know! :)

Much Love!
April & Ella
xoxo

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review: CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara

I have been using a new mascara for over a month now - I wanted to make sure I used it long enough to give it a good honest review. Since its a makeup product that almost everyone uses, I figured it would make a great blog post! Here is my Makeup Alley review with picture of my lashes before, and my lashes after. I give it a 4 out of 5!


I'm a mascara junkie and I'm always on the hunt for a drugstore product that will make my eyelashes look great (I don't buy high end mascaras). But I almost always fail and return back to my trusty old L'Oreal (Telescopic, Voluminous, Million Lashes, etc). Something told me that I would like this mascara so I decided to give it a go and it turns out its now one of my favorites. 

I have sort of short straight lashes - they absolutely need to be curled and I always choose the waterproof forumula because it hold curl the best. This mascara separates my lashes beautifully one by one with NO clumping. Its very buildable and versitile - 1 coat gives you every day lashes, 2 coats gives you a little more drama, and 3 coats gives you gorgeous unclumped voluminous long looking lashes that don't look like spider legs. I would even dare to say this mascara makes my lashes look like false lashes (unlike those other mascaras out there that claim to but don't even come close. And the models in the commercials are wearing false lashes). Clump Crusher lasts all day long with very minimal flaking, and is easy to remove with a makeup wipe. It gives my eyes so much definition that I often just skip liner and eyeshadow and wear it alone.

I gave it a 4 because I don't like the size of the wand. My lashes aren't very thick and I find that when I apply this mascara the wand is so large that I get product on my upper eyelid at the base of my lashes (not so nice on days I don't wear eyeliner and wear light eye shadow). I also find its not as waterproof as my trusty L'Oreal. When I laugh my eyes water and this mascara transfers very easily onto the lower part of my eye. But that's not a huge deal breaker for me, I just need to clean it up a little bit when I have those issues. I will definitely repurchase this mascara and highly recommend it!


If you have any questions, please let me know! 

Much Love,
April
xo