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Summertime Fly Work Apparel

In Fashion, Personal Style, Plus Size Fashion, Where to Shop

Nothing is more confusing than trying to dress for the scorching while entering a freezer-like work space. I know you’ve been there. Stepping outside in a short sleeve shirt and skirt, only to freeze in an office that has A/C colder than a winter day. Even though the Fall is basically tomorrow, I wanted to sneak in a post for us ladies (and fellas too) showing one way I was able to overcome this dilemma.

Colors-
By choosing colors that are lighter, my fabrics aren’t absorbing so much heat from the sun. The darker the color, the more sun you’ll take in. Why do you think some of the marquee colors for Summer outfits feature high yellows or light blues? Having an outfit that works well in the office but can withstand the heat of summer is GOALS!

To Layer or Not to Layer-
I found a pretty healthy balance to layering in the office. By wearing items that have versatility, such as my hi-low skirt from Fashion to Figure, it gives me the freedom to be professional in the office while giving my legs a little breathing room. This skirt feels just as long as pants but has a lighter feel to it. As a bigger girl; it’s hard wearing different form fitting dresses in the work place. Certain cuts don’t “sit right” or may raise as I walk. But a fit and flare with a hi-lo looks still give me a little bit of leg action and won’t rise in the back.

Another important part of layering is to have a cardigan or piece that will keep you warm when you are in the office. With this outfit, my top for from Fashion to Figure doesn’t is light enough for me to tuck into my skirt…but it’s also reinforced enough to keep me warm. It’s all about finding what works for you. I always keep a white cardigan or bolero behind my chair because I never know what New England weather has in store for me.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes
To add the “Chardline Touch,” I had to bring out something other than my work flats. Finding a cute sandal that isn’t too loud eliminates the sweaty foot syndrome that I typically get when I am walking home. My sandals from Shoedazzle have been my go-to’s for most of my summer looks. They are a little high, so if you are walking a lot, it may be better to transition into flats.

And for my fellas?
Well you know I am always here for the guys! But, if you find yourself looking for something casual but works in the office, I would suggest taking a look at Bonobos. They have such trendy options for dapper dresser. Check out this look below–Christian Grey vibes for sure!

You know who’s really good at doing this in real life? The Big Fashion Guy! He makes me want to up my skills everyday!

Pic Credits to The Big Fashion Guy

So how do you dress in the summer when you work in an icebox? I would love to hear ideas!

Til next time,
Chardline.

Happy Prime Day

In Plus Size Fashion, Where to Shop

Happy Prime Day my friends!! I honestly look forward to this day like it’s Christmas part. 2! But before we get into the nitty-gritty, here’s the gag on Prime Day: Amazon Prime Day is in its third year, and it’s a sales palooza! It’s sorta like a Cyber-Monday. Amazon describes it as a “global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members.” With Amazon being such a powerhouse, I had to give the low down on the deals that I am indulging in this year.

But before we getting into my list, there are a few things you need to know:

  • Although Amazon has AMAZING deals, you want to do a little bit of research on what products you are getting. If you’d like to know the history of an individual item, Tom’s Guide suggests these two sites to help you out:

CamelCamelCamel — a site that tracks the price history of many Amazon products — can help you spot fake deals from true price drops.

Fakespot–this site can assist in determining whether the Amazon user reviews for a given product are legit or fake.

  • You have to sign up for Amazon Prime. Not necessarily to indulge in all of Amazon’s products, but to receive perks like FREE Two-Day Shipping for eligible purchases, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for $99 a year or $10.99 a month.
    So sign up, click here: PRIME DAY SIGN UP! I love Prime because I find everything on there, from shoes to food and everything in between, it’s heaven sent. If you don’t believe me, Amazon lets you try Prime for a 30 Day Trial!
  •  When browsing the links below, don’t be scared by the cover price. When I searched for my size, the prices went down by 40%! Make sure you click through EVERYTHING!
  •  Prime exclusive deals end at 7/11 11:59 pm PT / 7/12 2:59 am ET! So what you waiting for!! Here are my top ten deals from Amazon Prime Day!!

Women’s Clothing


Women’s Shoes

Beauty Products

Boyfriend Picks

Find anything you like? Make sure you hit Amazon today because new deals are being added every 15 mins and I have my eyes on a pair of pumps that’ll be available in the next 15 mins! Remember, if you don’t like Amazon Prime, you can always end your free trial! So sign up, click here: PRIME DAY SIGN UP!

Men´s Fashion Gift Ideas

In Plus Size Fashion, Where to Shop

It’s been a while since I’ve highlighted some of the best big and tall options for men and since Kavah of the Gentlemen’s Curb is off in the world doing BIG things, I thought I’d bring share a few words on the topic!

As you all know, I love fashion. I appreciate that the way you dress makes a huge difference to how you think of yourself and how the world sees you, so it is an important subject which is one reason I like to write about it.

However, I realized the other day I rarely write about men´s fashion. Given the fact that most of my readers are women, this is not surprising. But, it also struck me that some of you ladies out there have men in your life who you would like to buy clothes for. So, there really is no reason I should not sprinkle in a few men´s fashion posts, as well. After all, clothing makes a great gift for any man.

Men´s shirts

Shirts are a great example of this. They are a versatile item of clothing, which always gets a lot of use. This retailer sells some fantastic men´s shirts. They are stylish and fashionable, and this retailer provides their clothing in a wide range of sizes. This retailer´s shirts are available in chest sizes of between 36 and 66 inches.

You can easily grab a shirt out of your man´s wardrobe and measure it so that you order the right size. Remember, if you are buying a formal shirt to make a note of the neck measurement before you go shopping.

T-shirts

T-shirts also make great gifts. The level of choice is amazing. Plus, of course, if you cannot find something suitable you can always get one custom made. All you need to do is to provide the t-shirt printing firm with the image you want to be used.

Sports clothing

That brings me nicely to another men´s gift idea, sports clothing. Most men love sports. They either take part or follow a team, often both.

If the man you are buying for is a just a fan, anything with their favorite team´s logo on it could potentially make a great gift. For those who play sports, items of kit can make great presents.

However, you do need to be careful when buying this type of gift. Trying to train in a pair of gym shorts that are not the right cut, or size, would be very uncomfortable. Therefore, it is wise to keep the receipt and make it clear that you will not be offended if he chooses to exchange your gift for something else.

Consider buying men´s clothes for yourself

While researching this article, about men´s clothing, I noticed that they were considerably cheaper than women´s. When I went online to find out more, I was stunned to find out that it was not my imagination. Men´s clothes really were a lot cheaper than women´s, considerably cheaper. In some cases, you can save yourself 40% by shopping in the men´s aisle. You can find out more about the price difference, here. When I go thrift shopping, I often find myself gravitating towards male clothing because there’s so much versatility– it gives me Aaliyah vibes!

Was this helpful? Father’s Day in America is around the corner so there’s not perfect time like the present! What are other unique ideas that you have? I would love to hear them!

Til next time,

Char.

Chardline wearing Floral and Lace Flower Bomb dress by Eleven 60

5 Ways to Pamper Yourself on Valentine’s Day #VdayWithPSBU

In Beauty, Body Positive, Where to Shop

Over the past few years, it’s become increasingly popular to make sure we self-pamper during Valentine’s Day. The guilt-free feeling when purchasing your favorite item or heading to a spa is unmatched.  This year, I wanted to share five ways that I pamper myself during Valentine’s Day.

So for me, Valentine’s Day is all about being in a constant state of love and euphoria.  During the weekend of Valentine’s Day, I try to accomplish the following:

*Caution, I prepare for this day ONE YEAR in advance, so some of this may seem costly–but of course, I provide alternatives*

 

Paying Off a School Loan

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Way to start off on the unconventional route huh? A few of my stressors come from $40,000 worth of school loans I have to pay for over the next 10 years. Although I finance them like no tomorrow, nothing feels better than paying off a loan. It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder and like my credit score went up. Well barely, but it certainly puts me closer to buying my first home. There are two ways I’ve done this:

a. Saving a portion of my check every month.
b. File my taxes and apply 75% of my returns to the loan.

Buy a great quality item

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In 2015, I told myself that I would invest in things that produce longevity. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a deal or even a cheaper manufactured item because these pockets are not deep, but Valentine’s Day is all about treating yourself. Since my last name is Chanel, I thought I would get something under $2,000.00 . Good luck right? Well actually, ever since I was 18 years old, I wanted to get Chanel Number 5. So this year, not only am I get one bottle, but I am getting Chanel N 5 New and the classic. I love scents more than I should.

If this seems like too much commitment, but you really want to try new scents, you should check out Scentbird! I received some of the BEST perfumes from this service, and it’s only 14.95 a month. All you have to do is fill out a questionnaire and then travel size amounts are delivered to you! I love love LOVE IT!

 

Journaling

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This has to be the least expensive thing you can do, but it provides the most return. I always take the time to journal about why I love myself. Analyzing everything apart from what guys have said about me or what family members appreciate about me. I write down things that I want to keep working on and ways in which I can learn to love myself more and more. The way you love yourself sets the standard for the way you give love to others.

For example, if I don’t love myself—this can be a catalyst for me not to love another person, over-obsess over someone because I want that feeling, or love someone because you notice how much they love themselves. Always look for at least one thing to appreciate about yourself. It makes all the difference. And you don’t have to do this only do it on Valentine’s Day! In fact, you can do it at any time. But on the days you are feeling down, refer back to that entry–it will provide some comfort!

Full Body Massage

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Yup, cliche but after a year of paying bills and taking care of others, all you want to do is relax and escape. On Groupon, I found a nice deal for a full body massage and you can couple it with a Mani/Pedi and facial for 100.00. The best time to look for deals is during Valentine’s Day because the “Good for Gifting” option is usually the best section on Groupon.

Buy Something for Someone

I know this post is supposed to be all about you, but nothing makes me happier (aside from paying off student loans) than seeing someone smile! Just a little gift that says “thinking of you” or “your beard looked a little whack so here’s something!” One product that is flying off the online shelves is Harry’s.  Harry’s is a New York-based company that manufactures and sells shaving equipment via mail order. I gave this to my brother once, and now he religiously buys their products.

So don’t fret if you aren’t celebrating this holiday with a special someone…because the most specialist(lol) person out there is YOU!

And if you are celebrating it with someone, don’t forget to share whatever candy you get–my mailbox is waiting.

Happy V-Day,
Char.

#FitnessFridays :Plus Size Sports Bras past size 40D

In Fitness & Health, Where to Shop

With my workouts in full swing,  I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you one of the key things to surviving HIIT or my Zumba Classes training: A BOMB SPORTS BRA! Currently, I am 44D. Now I know that it’s not the biggest size…as far as boobs go. But, my workouts are a lot smoother and less exhausting when my breast are strapped down.

According to Overstock, the benefits of a sports bra (vs. a bathing suit bra or your everyday bra) are:

  • Sports bras are best for support during exercise. They are important for maintaining the integrity of the breast wall and the shape of the breast. Too much intense movement can cause ligaments surrounding the breasts to stretch and tear. Much of this damage is irreversible, and it causes drooping, sagging breasts; however, the right sports bra offers enough support to prevent this condition from occurring prematurely.
  • Some sports bras now have storage capabilities. With sports bras designed to hold keys and small MP3 players, there is no need for a bag or a pouch around the waist. Especially popular with runners, these sports bras reduce the number of things you have to carry or stash away. With these items invisibly and securely tucked away, you’ll never have to worry about losing them again.
  • Sports bras can also be very comfortable. Because full-figure sports bras are designed to work more than to flatter, they offer comfort in ways that regular bras cannot. For example, their increased coverage and wider straps distribute breast tissue evenly. Their general lack of underwires, firm ribbing, and delicate fabrics makes it easier for you to move around. Because they minimize breast movement, sports bras also minimize chafing or rubbing.

So if you are part of #TeamWellEndowed, check out these 5 plus size sports bras that’ll get you through even the bounciest of workouts.

Panache

plus size sports bras

Glamorise

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Lane Bryant


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Wacoal

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Torrid

plus size sports bras

See one that works for you decide to post a cute workout pic, tag me! I will make sure to feature you on @chard.gets.fit

Until next time,

Char.