Thursday, December 22, 2011


Although the Christmas presents are yet to be unwrapped, it’s time to think pass Christmas and start preparing to ring in the New Year.  Now before the resolutions go into effect and we anxiously await the clock’s striking of midnight, we’re going to need a few items to prepare for the evening.  One of those items is a FAB dress for whatever New Year's Eve party you’re attending.  I’m already brainstorming on what I have in my closet that I can rock, but one thing for sure is that it will be something sparkly….I mean, if you’ve been paying attention to my posts, you should know by now I love blingy, glittery, and sparkly things. J

Considering Christmas shopping has left me a little monetarily challenged, for shits & giggles, I decided to do some cyber window shopping to see what sparkly things I could’ve possibly gotten had I decided to shop for a NYE dress.

This shimmery silver dress is sure to make its wearer the center of attention at any party.  This one shoulder dress comes in sizes 1-4x.  The asymmetric neckline is detailed with rhinestone embellishments and ruched detailing.  Add some FAB accessories and this dress is a winner.  Purchase directly from for $74.00.

Razzle & dazzle them in the Samantha Sequin Dress by Monif C.  This dress is currently in stock in sizes 18/20 & 22/24 for $277.80.  Order directly from Monif C at

If you want the bang but not a lot of flash, this low key black DKNY number may be just for you as the sparkle is at a minimum by only being on the front of the dress.  This dress retails for $129.00 in sizes 2-3x.  Order directly from

Look FAB, be safe, and don't drink & drive.  

With that said, this will be my final post of 2011 as I have and will continue to be busy with year end work and preparing for the holidays. I started this blog for fun and never imagined it would get an audience outside of a few family members and friends, so you can imagine my surprise to see my audience map showing views from neighboring Canada, to the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and all the way on the other side of the world in Australia.  I am truly honored and appreciate all of you who log on to view my ramblings of materialism and consumerism.

I wish you all a joyous holiday season.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  See you in 2012!

Happy Shopping ~The Plus Size Shopaholic ~ Muah!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Winter Wonderland of Tackiness

As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of year.  The Christmas season is now upon us bringing all sorts of cheer – decorated trees, gift-giving, egg nog, and who can forgot jolly Ole Saint Nick!  Oh yes, it’s the most wonderful time of year!!

Unfortunately, there is a downside to the Christmas season.  Ebenezer Scrooge is always lurking around to steal your Christmas joy and bring misery to all whom he or she encounters.  But low & behold, there is something else far more sinister than Scrooge that lurks around during this time of year.  Many people fall victim to it year after year. 

It’s hideous.….

It’s unsightly….

Only Baby Jesus and a miracle on 34th Street can protect some people from it…..

The Knitted Nightmare known as the Christmas Sweater. 

What can I say? It’s a monstrosity! So you can imagine my distress when my coworkers approached me about wearing this misuse of yarn to the office holiday party. o-O 

I tried finding a holiday sweater that didn’t look too foolish, but quickly found that there is no such monster.  If it was made to be a Christmas sweater, it never had a fighting chance against those knitting needles to ever be cute.  Therefore, in true fatshionista fashion, I wrapped myself in silver tinseled garland and clipped on a sugar plum and jingle bell corsage to give my proper sweater a festive look.

The pic doesn’t show the garland, but trust me, it was cute!

So as you prepare for your company’s holiday party don’t fall victim to the greatest holiday fashion faux pas of all.  

The Plus Size Shopaholic ~ Muah!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Rainbow Connection

I initially planned on titling this post Knitful Things as this posting features items of  knitted texture, but as I started gathering items to highlight, I noticed they all had one thing in common – colorful hues.  Aside from loving ANYTHING glittery (See: All That Glitters from July 2011) I LOVE all things colorful! I guess as I’ve gotten older, I never shed the fascination that most babies get when you dangle or shake something colorful in their faces.  As I’m shopping, I’m always attracted to the most colorful fabrics and merchandise that any store has to offer.  I remember this time last year, taking a trip to Lane Bryant and falling in love with a colorful knitted cardigan on display at the front of the store on a mannequin.  In typical me fashion, I had to have it.  Problem was the cardigan had been for sale for quite some time, so by the time I caught wind of it, my size was mainly sold out.  I recall jetting to three different Lane Bryants trying to get this sweater with no luck.  My BFF was riding shotgun, so while she called the store in Virginia, I was on my way to another location in Maryland.  Finally I settled on the LB2ME service and received it a week later… a size smaller of course since my size was even sold out online.  GRR!

Since I had to get it in a smaller size, it doesn’t fit the way I would like but it’s not tight.  I typically wear it with a colorful t-shirt underneath.  I’m currently snatching up as many camisoles Lane Bryant is currently offering in different shades to double up and wear underneath.

(I tried multiple times to take pics of my sweater but it didn’t photograph the colors well, so luckily I found this pic online.)

And speaking of Lane Bryant, as I thumbed through the recent catalogue, I came across this colorful number:

(Sorry for the super small pic.  I can't enlarge it)

This knitted cowl neck sweater is available in store and online at in 14/16 – 26-28 (sold out online in sizes 22/24 - 26/28) for $69.95.

And since we're talking about knitful things, you can’t leave out winter accessories like scarves, gloves, and hats.  They are a must to combat the cold that is settling into the region, and what better way to make a winter coat or jacket pop with color than this rainbow knitted set.

This colorful knitted trio is from Target and range in pricing from $10.99 - $17.99.  Buy in store or online at

Who says that with the cold comes the dark and drab colors?  Isn't this a wonderful way to stay warm and look vibrant this winter season? Make a Rainbow Connection with one of these items. 

Happy Shopping ~The Plus Size Shopaholic ~ Muah!