Archive for September, 2013

The 5-minute Pick: What is Precious?

Here is a challenge!  If you only had 5 minutes to evacuate your home and all your loved ones (family, friends and pets) were already safe what would you take?  I used to think of this question often over the years.  As a kid, I picked my Barbie dolls; then as a teen it was pictures of my BF.  During my college years it was my passport, bank book and jeans!  (I wanted to travel the world, which I eventually did.)  Now as a mother of a 3 year old son all of that has changed.  I first would take my parents wedding toasting cup.  It was used by the bride and groom during the 19th century to toast each other.  It presented to my mother at their 22nd Wedding Anniversary by my father.  I loved the sentimentality my father took to purchase this gift for her.  Now I have used up a minute because it is front and center in our living room.

The next minute I would use collecting as many framed photos of my wedding, husband’s college graduation day, the first 12 months of my son and me with my parents and siblings.  I do not have any of these images on a laptop or in a cloud.  However, after writing this maybe I better!

So now I am down to 3 minutes which would give me time to grap my laptop and iphone.  I have lots of music on both and images of things I love or thought I do!  I also has addresses and recipes.  However I could get these off my dropbox.

With 2 minutes to go I would head for the closet!  I have been collecting plus size tops for over a decade.  My search for cotton and jersey shirts with a 3x fit has been quite challenging.  Most women’s plus size clothing stores tend not to cut past a 1x or 2x.  I have read size charts for a 3x but it does not really fit my size.  So, I would grab as many tops, shirts and blouses as possible.

Beyond that I would head out the door as fast as I could run!

Remember to Look Down! Shoes Are People, Too!

When is comes to finishing a fashion or outfit look do not forget to look down!  Why?  Your feet are just as important as your clothes.  Just because you bought the most awesome top, shirt or blouse does not mean your finished.  Complete you look with a coordinating pair of shoes.  When it comes to plus size clothing finding the right garment can be challenging.  My fashion tip here is to buy your clothes first.  Try the dress or top on for fit.  Next wash it! If your new garment still fits to your liking then keep it.  Add it to your clothing collection, BUT now go out and find a pair of shoes that will match.

Online shopping for clothing and accessories is almost mandatory from a fashion point of view.  We are all so busy so just give yourself a break and search the internet.  To help you out here I recently found some great shoes on  The artisans and various sellers offer a wide range of shoes.  If you look through their categories you will find bridal to casual shoes.  In fact you can have a custom order made to match your clothes!  That is pretty awesome, yes!

At 2dye4designs by Ginger she offers flat cotton shoes.  They are made with love and sunshine!  If you message her on she is willing to work with your color selection.  You can use a rainbow color from your top or just pick a couple of colors to make something that is uniquely yours.  By working with an artisan to create a style matching your taste is just he best way to go.  Even better the price is affordable for a custom shoe and they are made in the USA.  A bit of a tip here:  if you can coordinate several tops, shirts or blouses in one custom shoe order you will be saving a lot.  In addition, you don’t have to go through the headache of searching the right shoe when you are in a hurry.

Best of luck and let me know if you find any interesting custom made shoes online!

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