Size Matters! Let’s face it, most fashion these days cater to smaller sized women and men.  Most of the more popular fashion websites such as Revolve, H&M, and yes Shopbop do not have a variety of fashion for the more voluptuous individuals.  It can be heart wrenching sometimes.  Trying on clothes as a voluptuous woman has led me out of the dressing room in tears before, due to the fit and nonavailability of sizes above “10”.  So this is where I get down and dirty… I am 46 yrs. old, 172 lbs., 5’4″, and am shaped like an adorable apple!  I wear an XL in most clothing or Sz. 14 in pants and dresses, 16 in outer wear, 6 1/2 in shoes, Chest 36 DDD with broader shoulders than I would prefer but I have to have girth to hold those babies up in front!  I have even researched Smart Lipo (more on that in a later post) to trim my figure down, but I would really like to trim naturally as much as possible at a slower pace before going forward with any other alternatives.  Now knowing all those things about me, you can probably see how finding adorable fashion that does not look like a tent or moo moo, would be challenging.  Which brings me to my solution…


When I visited my mom during Spring Break, I was looking for a Spring dress and my mom mentioned Belk’s.  Growing up she and I always went there for great fashion at affordable prices, and I found this to still be true when I went this past Spring as well.  So, why not look again for Fall?  That’s exactly what I did and let me tell you, I found SO many great deals!  Even the items that I ordered have gone down even more and all sizes are still available on my items with the exception of the Booties.  Do yourself a favor and go to for some unbelievable deals and great fashion for every body shape…even Size Fantabulous like me!

  1. The Chevron Vest was org. $48 (I paid $32.99) Now $21.60, all sizes available. TTS, I wear XL.
  2. FP Tunic was org. $68 (I paid $48) Now $51.00, all sizes available.- Free People runs big, I wear L.
  3. Tassel Necklace was org. $32 (I paid $22.40) Now $16.00. Hangs to below chest.
  4. Booties were org. $90 (I paid $90) Now still $90 and worth it! Sz. 5M avail. Similar here in all sizes.

All the pieces that I ordered fit great, look fantastic, are made of quality material, and gives me a confident lilt in my step!  If you’re shopping online, use the code: 64130990 for $10 off of a purchase of $50. Also, subscribing to Belk’s emails will give you a coupon for $10 off of a $20 purchase.  Take your time and explore their website, you will be wondering where they have been all your life!

I have many more choices saved in my Wish List! I am looking forward to a Special Occasion so I can relish in many more steals and deals!

*I am not paid by anyone to research, try, and review anything on my website. My opinions are my own and I welcome others.

Until next time…Dawn

Sand & Sun & Sales!!!!


I wanted to drop a quick post and found a smidgen of time while on vacation.  I just had to share some of these phenomenal views with y’all!  If you have not visited Panama City Beach, Fl., plan this in your future.  Everything you could possibly want is at your fingertips while on vacation, like fantastic restaurants, entertainment, temperate weather and , hello, the ocean! We rented a beach house from Book That Condo that was one block from our private entrance to the beach. No overcrowding and gorgeous views!  Our house had a pool in the back so whether on the beach or back at the house we had unlimited access to the cool, refreshing water.  The Bid-A-Wee Beach House was comfortable and spacious enough for our family of four and two friends with two bedrooms, a set of bunks, a sleeper sofa, and a twin futon.  Panama City Beach has some great deals in the Fall since its past their peak season, the air temp stays in the 80’s during the day/ 60’s in the evening, and yet the water temp is still around 80 degrees.  Win, win right?  This was our first time here during October as normally we have traveled here during the Summer when outside temps have soared to 100 degrees.  I would definitely come again in the Fall and recommend  this for those who love the Sand & Sun vacations without the higher temperatures.

Also I wanted to include my faves for the last day of the SHOPBOP EVENT OF THE SEASON! Shop responsibly…

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Belk Shopping Haul


Spring has sprung, right?  When we went on our Spring Break Trip the weather tipped the scale at 80 degrees during the day.  Back in TN it’s been the same but the evenings have been cooler.  I went to Belk while in SC and found so many versatile pieces.  I must confess that I usually shop at Dillard’s or Nordstrom but I found such cute choices that I now have to add Belk to my go to list of places to shop for great finds.  The pieces I chose are very breathable and suitable for warm days and/or cooler nights or mornings.  They can be layered and go from casual to dressy as well.

Belk Crown & Ivy Beach Tassel Hem Turtle Tunic

Belk New Directions Long Trench VestBelk's New Directions Lace Trim Tassel Tie Blouse Belk Crown & Ivy Nautical Knots Shorts Belk Crown & Ivy Beach Colored Tencel Shirt Belk Kaari Blue Cold Shoulder Tie Back Blouse Belk Sophie Max Printed Wide Leg Knit Pants  Belk New Directions Knot Front Lace Top

  1. Crown & Ivy Beach Petite Tassel Hem Turtle Tunic (on sale $42.99),  2. New Directions Long Trench Vest shown in Altas Ivory (on sale $32.99),  3. New Directions Lace Trim Tassel Tie Blouse (on sale $29.99),  4. Crown & Ivy Nautical Knots Shorts (on sale $29.99),  5. Crown & Ivy Beach Colored Tencel Shirt seen here in Green Lake ( on sale $36.99),  6. Kaari Blue Cold Shoulder Tie Back Blouse (Not available online),  7. Sophie Max Printed Wide Leg Knit Pants ($68),  8. New Directions Knot Front Lace Top (on sale $24.99),  9. Crown & Ivy Linen Short (on sale $29.99).


Belk Crown & Ivy Linen Short


Most of these items were on sale, and aren’t they just super cute!!!!!  The weather here in TN actually turned cooler the last few days, but I can’t wait to wear them.  All of these items are affordable and they feel luxurious against the skin.  They are quality items that I feel will last.  There are others that I would love to add, but sadly they will have to wait for now.  I have to get my oldest son’s condo the flooring I’ve promised him since May 2015.  And my youngest is finally getting a bedroom suit of his own (not a hand me down from bro).  Next on the agenda for Saturday is before pictures of The Office-To-Be so check back to see those.  I am turning a small, catch-all bedroom into my new Office.  I am on a strict budget and I will go over the design plan and budget in Mondays Post.  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope y’all will reaquaint yourselves with Belk Department Store like I did.  It had been a long time since I had been, however, it has become a fav after finding these gems and much, much more :^)

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Disclaimer: Even though I wish this was a promoted post, it is not.  And as always, all opinions are my own.  Until next time…shop responsibly!