Let’s Bring The Heat | Summer Fashion in Charlotte Russe |

crI moved last weekend and my new closet is about 3x as big as my old closet (squee!). The last one was a fair size… but a fashion blogger needs her space. I wasted no time in filling my new closet with some summer fashion. I recently got some new pieces from Charlotte Russe and couldn’t wait to show them off.

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Trending in Charlotte Russe+ | Plus Size Fashion |

In case you didn’t know, I just had a huge closet sale with tons of plus size fashion and whoa. It was nuts. You guys scooped up every. single. item. So what’s a girl to do when she purges half her closet? Start filling that bad boy back up, of course! I got some more cute outfits from the Charlotte Russe Plus line recently, and here are a couple I thought you might like.

All my blogging friends are able to pull off these two piece sets with no problem at all. They always look crazy cute in them, while still being nice and casual. I decided to pick up a set to see how it would look on me. I’ll admit, it took a little time for me to get used to having THAT MUCH skin exposed at once, but I thought the outfit was super cute and it’s perfect for warm weather.

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Plus Size Swimsuit Lookbook 2015

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

It’s swimsuit season! Kind of. It’s been raining like crazy here, lately. I guess you could sport a swimsuit in the rain? Doesn’t seem like a terrible idea, now that I think about it… I digress. It’s time to bust out some swimwear, slather on the sunscreen, and rock your stunner shades. I’m so ready. I know finding plus size swimwear isn’t exactly easy, but there are seriously so many options available these days.

I’ve bought about 10 new swimsuits this year, so far, and I’m sharing five of my favorites. I’ll break down the fit of each and what I do/don’t love about each. Ready!?

Wait. I’m not ready. I know a lot of you follow me because of my body confidence videos, which means… you might not be super comfortable with the idea of wearing a bikini this summer. You may be lacking in some confidence when it comes to exposing that much of your body. I get it, trust me. I spent most of my life with a serious distaste for my own limbs. But screw all that negativity.

I want you to feel comfortable. I want you to know that the world won’t end if you expose your thighs. I want you to understand that not being your own idea of perfection, doesn’t mean you aren’t worthy of happiness… and warmth.. and some fucking good times this summer. So, chin up baby girl. Let’s break some necks.

Swim Look #1

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

The lowdown: This suit is BOMB. The cups are padded, but you can take that crap out if you are packing some heat in the breastesses department. I am not, so the cups are glorious. There is an adjustable strap on the back and lots of support for the girls. The bottoms have tummy control and suck you right in. The print is obviously to die for. I mean, really. Wearing a 2X bottom and 1X top, coverup is 1x/2x. 

Wearing: 

Beaded Cover-up//Torrid
Swim Top//Torrid
(not online, but check your local store!)
Swim Bottom//Torrid
Sunglasses//ALDO

Swim Look #2

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

The lowdown: This suit is interesting. It’s super hot when you’re wearing it. It’s a beautiful little strappy thing. But it does have its issues. If you plan on moving around much, or you know, actually swimming, I’m not sure I would recommend it. Those perfectly placed side strap things move pretty easily. Also, I’m a C cup and I am well beyond filling out this “D/DD” top. I even had a little boob spillage. I didn’t know that was possible for me haha. Overall, it’s hot AF and I am still glad I bought it – weird sizing, aside. Wearing a size 16 D/DD top and 18 bottom.

Wearing: 

Gabi Fresh City Slicker Swim Top & Bottom SET//Swimsuits4All
Sunglasses//ALDO

Swim Look #3

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

The lowdown: This swim suit is freaking gorgeous! I bought it after walking into City Chic for the first time while in LA. I’m OBSESSED with how vibrant and fresh it looks. It’s beautiful. But looks are where my love obsession ends, sadly. The bottoms have no support, so I was feeling kinda wiggly in it. The top was a little too much for me. I didn’t have enough boobs to fill it out. Also, it ties around the neck and the back. I’ve seen enough teen comedies to feel slightly uncomfortable wearing swimsuits that someone could just easily untie or you know.. a wave could untie. No thanks. These nips are not meant for public consumption haha. Wearing… size “Medium” but I needed to size down. They were out of “Smalls”.

Wearing: 

Swim Top (Similar Top)//City Chic (Not online, check your local store)
Swim Bottom (Similar Bottom)//City Chic (Not online, check your local store)
Sunglasses//ALDO

Swim Look #4

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

The lowdown: Once again, this swim suit is freaking amazing. It’s the exact same style as the first look in this post, but it obviously has a different print. I equally love them both. I got SO many compliments on this suit every time I wore it. People are really drawn to the bright pink chevron. It fits like a dream and is super cute. Love, love, love. Wearing a 2X bottom and 1X top.

Wearing: 

Swim Top//Torrid
Swim Bottom//Torrid
Sunglasses//Torrid

Swim Look #5

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2015

The lowdown: Last, and certainly least… we have this choke hold bikini from Forever 21. What is up with F21+ lately? Their sizes are all jacked up and it’s just super frustrating. Last year, I wore multiple Forever 21 suits in my cookbook, and LOVED them. This year, I couldn’t find shit that would fit me right. This swimsuit is super cute, but it didn’t fit me right. The neckline is just weird. They do make this same print in a different style of top and bottom, so REJOICE! haha. Wearing a 2X Top and Bottom. 

Wearing: 

Swim Top//Forever 21+
Swim Bottom//Forever 21+
Sunglasses//ALDO

I bought all of this stuff with my own cheddar biscuits. These opinions are all my own aaaaand if you want to see me shaking my butt cheeks in these suits, watch my Swimsuit Lookbook BELOW. :)

 

Classic & Casual in Charlotte Russe+ |Plus Size Fashion|

Classic & Casual in Charlotte Russe+ |Plus Size Fashion|

Spring has officially sprung. We are currently in the midst of our first week of 60+ degree high’s all week long. It’s still a little windy and rainy, but the trees are sporting some fresh new buds and I’m super excited. Today was so nice that I couldn’t help but bust out a new outfit I recently picked up from Charlotte Russe’s plus size line. I shared a few looks from the new Charlotte Russe plus size line recently (here & here), and the love affair continues.

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Love It or Leave It: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Love It Or Leave It: Mitsubishi Outlander SportI’m back with another love it or leave it and this time we are talking about the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. I loved the last Outlander that I was able to test drive courtesy of Drive STI, last year. The one I drove last year was the Outlander GT and this one is the Sport model. The most notable difference, to me, is the Outlander Sport model seats 5 as opposed to 7.

Love It Or Leave It: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

It’s pretty slick looking, and probably my favorite crossover. I loved the last Outlander I drove, but the third row seating was completely unnecessary for my family of 3. I don’t like driving huge vehicles, because let’s face it – I can’t park to save my life. So I loved the size of this one on the outside, and how spacious it was on the inside.

Love It Or Leave It: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

My kids had plenty of leg room and could easily climb in and out of the car by themselves. Not having to pick them up to stick them in a car is really important to me, because they’re over 50lbs each and mama has a bad back. The Outlander Sport is the highest rated crossover for safety. It has the LATCH child-restraint system, which is a necessity for me with two toddlers in the back seat. Even though the kids drive me insane on a daily basis, I still want to protect their big ol’ heads at all costs.

Luckily, this super safe and gas efficient (30+mpg/highway) crossover starts at just under $20,000. If you want all the bells and whistles (which I obviously do) it’s going to cost you a bit more.

I love the ease of the connectivity in this vehicle, but that was totally expected because it’s equipped with the FUSE hands-free link system. The sound system was banging. The whole family sang along to Frozen’s “Let It Go” about 200 times, and the audio was high enough to drown out our terrible vocals. My kids never get to listen to the Frozen soundtrack in the car because I wasn’t stupid enough to purchase it I can’t play Spotify through the car I currently drive. I easily connected via bluetooth and directly with the USB port in the Outlander, when my phone was close to death.

Most shocking about my whole test drive, is that the Outlander Sport has a 4-cylinder engine. I detest 4 cylinder engines, because of how glacially slow the vehicle picks up speed. I never had an issue with the speed or power of the Outlander Sport. I didn’t even know it was a 4 cylinder until I began writing this post. For those of you that care to hear to actual specs – it has a 2.0L MIVEC DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine.  Whatever that means.

This vehicle came loaded with a ton of awesome features like heated leather seats, touch display audio system, rearview camera, a fancy start button, and my favorite feature – the giant panoramic glass roof. It made for some seriously amazing selfie lighting (see below). ;) Also, clearly I’m voting LOVE IT on this one.

Love It Or Leave It: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

I can’t end this post without mentioning that I wanted to murder everyone in my path after buckling my kids into their seats because the seatbelt thing was UNDER their carseats. Dear Mitsubishi, please move those things like one inch closer towards the center of the back seat. It’ll aid in maintaining the sanity of parents everywhere.

I filmed a vlog during my time with the Outlander and talked about some of the other features I loved and didn’t love. Check it out below.

Shout out to Drive STI for partnering up with me and letting me drive these cars. 

Laid Back Spring Outfit in Charlotte Russe+ |Plus Size Fashion|

Charlotte Russe+ Fashion

It’s three days into spring and it’s snowing outside. WHY. Chicago makes no sense. Thankfully, I was able to shoot my spring looks featuring the new Charlotte Russe plus size line while I was in LA last weekend. I love the look I shared last week, but this one is definitely my favorite.

I’m all about kimonos right now. I went from owning 0 to 10 in about two weeks. I want to wear more shorts this year, but I don’t like having to worry about my butt cheeks hanging out or anything. Kimono’s are the perfect solution. They are lightweight and make my outfits pop, plus they cover up my booty and upper thigh area.

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Rae’s Favorite Things GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY THUMBNAIL

Hey! We are having a giveaway. Kendall Rae and I decided to team up and give away a bunch of our favorite things. You know, Oprah style. Don’t get excited… we aren’t giving away any cars. We don’t have that kind of cheddar. BUT we are giving you the chance to win some of our favorite stuff. Why “Rae’s Favorite Things” because I’m Sarah Rae and she’s Kendall Rae. Get it? Got it? Good, baby. Good.

Let’s do this thing.

If you want to hear our blurbs on what we bought you guys and why we chose what we chose, watch our videos below. If you’re just here for the goodies, I totally get it. Who doesn’t love free stuff? Just go ahead and enter the giveaway down below.

Part I: Kendall Rae’s Giveaway Video

Part II: Sarah Rae’s Giveaway Video

It’s super easy to enter. Just follow the directions below. GOOD LUCK! :)

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Spring Ready in Charlotte Russe+ |Plus Size Fashion|

Charlotte Russe+ Spring is here! But it’s still super cold outside, so to shoot my new outfit of the day featuring Charlotte Russe‘s plus line, I decided to fly on over to sunny California. I spent the weekend in Los Angeles aka paradise. I’ve flirted with the idea of moving there more than a few times and then I remember that living in paradise would make it a little less special. LA remains my favorite weekend retreat, though.  Read More »

Valentine’s Day in Fashion To Figure | Plus Size Fashion |

v day collage

Valentine’s Day is this week. Are you ready? I always had super disappointing Valentine’s Days while in relationships, because expectations are THE WORST. This year, I’ve made some amazing plans.

First.. I’m gonna get my hurr did. Then maybe some Chipotle. Extra guac, on that ass. Perhaps a solo trip to the bookstore (aka heaven), followed by an hour of gluttony at my favorite chocolate shoppe. I’ll end the night with Hulu, some fiction, and laying on a bed of the most expensive roses I can find. Because, I deserve it. I never thought I would feel such satisfaction spending absurd amounts of money on flowers that will be dead in a few days. Good Lord, self love is an amazing thing.

Sarah doesn’t disappoint Sarah. Sarah knows exactly what Sarah likes. Sarah… will have the best Valentine’s Day of her life this year. It’s going down, my friend.

Now if you do have a loving partner, or at least some fellow single friends and you plan on hitting the town this February 14th… here are some beautiful outfits to consider.

And if you’re curious whether or not I was channeling a beautiful pageant winner with my bouquet… the answer is hell yes. These photos have Miss Plus Size Illinois written ALL over them.

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