Tahari baby blue jacket

I’ve had this Tahari baby blue jacket in the back of my closet for far too long.  I remember purchasing the jacket at TJ Maxx and then tucking the jacket away for a special occasion, but really – what’s the point in that?  If you buy something – wear it!!  And so I took this rather unique jacket and put together a casual weekend outfit.  Since the jacket is made from a mix of cotton, nylon, and metallic the material appears wrinkled so the jacket really suited more for outer wear than office wear.

Tahari Jacket | TJ Maxx

Tahari Jacket | TJ Maxx

The blouse that I have on is from Target (Merona), jeans are the Levi’s 529 Curvy Straight leg jeans in smooth black ( love these for the pear shaped gal! ) and my silver loafers are from C Wonder.  I recently read that C Wonder will be closing (how sad!).

Tahari jacket for the weekend

Tahari jacket for the weekend

And lastly, on my lips is a wonderful lipstick by Korres that I picked up as a trio from HSN.  I’m wearing the Raspberry Twist Lipstick in Lust.

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti over at Not Dead Yet Style!

Jennifer Lopez Bootcut Jeans at Kohl’s

In 2014, I wrote a post about a pair of JLo jeans and the terrible placement of the acid wash on the thighs and rear end of the jeans.  The highlighted spots on the jeans drew attention to the very areas that pear shaped gals are trying to conceal.  Those jeans left me with no hope of ever owning a pair of JLo jeans until my recent discovery in December 2014.  The Jennifer Lopez Boot Cut jeans from Kohl’s are fabulous!

JLo Jeans Outfit

JLo Jeans Outfit | JLo Boot Cut jeans in the color “Michael”

What I really love about these jeans is the way they hug my booty.  Jeans that are made for the pear shape gal often neglect the baggy material at the back of the thighs.  These jeans hug ( and lift!!! ), the rear end ~ quite nicely ~ with no extra material hanging in the thigh area.

Booty popin' JLo Jeans

Booty popin’ JLo Jeans

Also to note, these jeans are a size 8 short and they are still quite long.  I also purchased a pair in black and the darker rinse called “Edinburg” in long which are super long and will need to be hemmed.  I noticed that these jeans are practically sold out online, but your local Kohl’s may still have these jeans in stock.

Eiffel Tower T-Shirt | H&M

Eiffel Tower T-Shirt (H&M) – Old Navy has a cute Eiffel Tower Graphic t-shirt | Oval Links Layering necklace (Charming Charlie)

I purchased the Eiffel Tower T-Shirt at H&M a while ago and it’s a bit long so I just gave it a little twist knot on the side.  The material of the top is also thin so it’s not something that I would recommend.

Overall, I’d say keep searching those stores, my pear shaped gals, there are really wonderful jeans on the market that fit our curvy shape!

Cheers,
Monica

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L’OREAL 5 pc Mauve Lip Set from All Cosmetics Wholesale

L'Oreal 5pc Set | All Cosmetics Wholesale

L’Oreal 5pc Set | All Cosmetics Wholesale

I love trying out new makeup, but not paying full price so while on my holiday break, I purchased a few items from All Cosmetics Wholesale and one of the items that I purchased was the L’Oreal 5 pc Mauve Lip Set.

1. Colour Riche Extraordinare Liquid Lipstick in Molto Mauve

Colour Riche Extraordinare Liquid Lipstick in Molto Mauve

Colour Riche Extraordinare Liquid Lipstick in Molto Mauve

Thicker than a gloss this mauve lipstick is very creamy with a slight hint of reflective shimmer. Scent was mildly fruity and the liquid lipstick was not sticky.  I thought this was super pretty on my lips.

2. Colour Rich Balm in Plush Plum 

Colour Rich Balm in Plush Plum

Colour Rich Balm in Plush Plum

This vanilla scented balm was my favorite.  I liked the sheer wash of color and found this lip balm comfortable on the lips.

3. Infallible Lipstick in Tender Berry

Infallible Lipstick in Tender Berry

Infallible Lipstick in Tender Berry

This lipstick has a rather waxy or greasy feel upon application.  It looks pretty, but I just didn’t like the texture.

Regarding this lipstick, it’s interesting to note that while I was searching the internet for key words for my post, I stumbled across a site called, Cosmetic Calculator, which will check the shelf life of your cosmetics using the batch number on the product.  I punched in all of the lip products (out of curiosity) and of course, The tender berry lipstick was manufactured in Sept 2010 – 4 yrs ago!  Grrr, well .. let’s just say this is an over site by All Cosmetics Wholesale.  I sent ACW an email to pull this product from their site.

4. Infallible le Gloss in Modern Mauve

Infallible le Gloss in Modern Mauve

Infallible le Gloss in Modern Mauve

The Infallible le Gloss in Modern Mauve was my second favorite.  I’m not usually a fan of long wearing lip glosses as they are usually sticky.  This lip gloss is thick, but not tacky on the lips. The gloss has pink and silver micro glitter in the gloss which adds a reflective quality, but isn’t gritty on the lips.  I went out for coffee and had a blueberry scone and the gloss does wear off leaving a hint of ity bitty sparkle.

5. Infallible le Gloss in Modern Mauve

Le Gloss in Saucy Mauve

Le Gloss in Saucy Mauve

I’ve always wanted to try LeGloss from L’Oreal and I will say that this is a really pretty, sparkly gloss; however, once it wears off or is wiped off the chunky glitter remains and I’m certainly not a fan of that.  I normally wear lip gloss as a topping over my lipstick so this gloss probably wears better over lipstick than on bare lips.


 

Overall, I really liked the L’Oreal 5 piece set from All Cosmetics Wholesale. The price was $15.49 so that’s around $3.00 a piece to try a few L’Oreal lip colors that usually range from $8.00 to $10.00 per lip item in the regular drugstores.  It was a bummer that one of my lip products had expired, but I will be more diligent in checking the batch numbers when ordering discounted makeup online.

Cheers,
Monica

Sunday, rain, and soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup | Oxygen Magazine

Chicken Tortilla Soup | Oxygen Magazine (February 2009 issue)

It’s a rainy Sunday in southern California, you know, one of those misty rainy days where you’d rather stay inside?  That’s the kind of Sunday I’m having this weekend.  Since my husband has to leave on an earlier flight to Houston, TX today, I decided to make the supper I had planned for lunch.

I love making and freezing soup.  This particular soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup from the February 2009 issue of Oxygen Magazine is not only delicious, it freezes well too.

Chicken Tortilla Soup: Ready in 30 min, Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion
1, 7 oz can diced green chilli peppers
3 garlic cloves, diced
1.5 lb chicken breast (uncooked)
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2, 14.5 oz cans whole tomatoes
1, 14.5 oz can corn (I used frozen corn)
1, 14.5 oz black beans, drained and rinsed
Sea salt, to taste
Tortillas (white, wheat, multi-grain tortillas if you want to make your own tortilla strips).  Tortilla chips will work as well.

Directions:
1. Put stockpot over medium heat and add first four ingredients. Let simmer until onion softens.
2. Add chicken, broth, water and tomatoes with liquid. Cover and increase heat until liquid boils, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
3. Remove chicken from pot and, on a plate or cutting board, use two forks to shred it.  Return chicken to pot, chop up tomatoes in the pot with a spoon and add corn and beans and continue simmering for another 10 minutes or until chicken is entirely cooked through.  Salt to taste.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 500, Total fats: 8 g, Saturated fat: 2 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 100 mg, Sodium: 820 mg, Total Carbohydrates, 100 53 mg, Protein: 54 g, Dietary Fiber: 10 g, Sugars: 19 g, Iron: 4 mg


I'm wearing: Zella top, Bettona pants, Target Slippers

Casual rainy day Sunday outfit

For my casual rainy day Sunday outfit I’m wearing:
Zella All Shirred up top | Nordstrom
Merona White T-shirt | Target
Bettona Classic Pants | Athleta
Chandra Scuff Slippers (grey) | Target

What is your favorite soup to make on a rainy or cold winter day?

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

Easy Spirit Pedrina Heeled Booties

I love blogging on Sundays as it’s my day to be “dressy casual”.  So instead of my usually tennis shoes, I decided to wear my cute tan booties.

Easy Spirit Pedrina Booties

Easy Spirit Pedrina Booties

I purchased these booties a few months ago and haven’t been able to wear them as we had quite a warm fall in southern California.  The weather is much cooler now so I’m happy that I can finally wear these boots.

Easy Spirit has really cute, stylish and .. comfortable shoes. These boots have a nice round toe with a slight platform that allows ease of walking in a 3 inch heel.  The tan color is sold out, but black, gray and a stunning red color are still available.

Casual Sunday Outfit

Casual Sunday Outfit

What I’m wearing:
JCPenny:  Ana Rayon Long Sleeved Tunic in Oregano, on sale for $14.99, Reg. $36.00
Macy’s: Style and Co., Ex-boyfriend Curvy Ankle jeans, on sale for $33.99, Reg. $49.00
Easy Spirit: Pedrina Heeled Booties, on sale for $89.99, Reg. $139.00

Well, my vacation has come and gone and it’s time to get back to work tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to catching up with my colleagues.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!!

Cheers,
Monica

Old Navy Haul

I thought I’d write about a few Old Navy purchases that I recently made online as this particular store has “those” sizes where you order or try on your size and it’s as small as can be.  So it’s good to get some perspective on clothing sizes on real people and not that perfectly proportioned, headless model on the Old Navy site.

I first purchased a plaid flannel shirt in hyper blue (size medium) and it fit so well that I purchased a second shirt in maroon plaid, pictured below.  This shirt is a soft, light weight material and is slightly fitted to the body, but has plenty of room in the arms and shoulder area.

Flannel shirt in maroon plaid, size medium | Old Navy

Flannel shirt in maroon plaid, size medium | Old Navy

Next I purchased the Ruched Cross-Front Top (size medium) in Raisin Arizona.  This top is super soft and is fitted to the body.  It has a very deep v-neckline and didn’t pass my “bend over” test so a cami underneath is essential.

Ruched Cross-front top in Raisin Arizona

Ruched Cross-front top in Raisin Arizona | Old Navy

Next is a cute pair of active lightweight warm-up pants.  These fit the pear shaped gal perfectly as there is plenty of room in the hip and leg area.  The t-shirt is the City Graphics Hi-Lo t-shirt.  I believe this particular shirt is sold out online, but they do still have similar shirts featuring London, New York, and San Francisco.

Active lightweight warm up pants | Old Navy

Active lightweight warm up pants | Old Navy

My pants are size large and although this size is sold out online, you maybe able to pick up a pair at the store.  I love these pants because they are roomier than compression boot cut work out pants and great for light exercise like walking.

Elasticized waistband with stretchy drawstring

Elasticized waistband with stretchy drawstring

Lastly, I purchased a simple full zip hoodie in gray heather (size medium).  This hoodie is replacing two similar hoodies where both zippers recently broke and cannot be repaired.

Womens Full Zip Hoodie, Heathergray | Old Navy

Womens Full Zip Hoodie, Heathergray | Old Navy

So that is it for my Old Navy haul.   I hope you found this post useful when you’re ordering online or visiting an Old Navy store near you.

Also, Happy New Year!  New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday as I always feel like I have so many new things to discover in a new year.  2015!  Here I come!

Cheers,
Monica

 

My first item from Stitch Fix

A few weeks ago, while flipping through a magazine, I read an article about online clothing stylist companies.  I was fairly intrigued because I thought it would be fun to let someone else decide what type of clothing would be right for me.  So I signed up for Stitch Fix by filling in their online questionnaire and scheduled my ‘fix’ for every other month.

For my first delivery, I received five items, a dolman sleeve sweater, a 3/4 sleeve jacket, a multi-print top, boot cut jeans and a necklace.  I’m not a fan of dolman sleeves or 3/4 sleeves for jackets so those items were a “no”.  The jeans were fabulous, but I was (and still am) too holiday chunky for the jeans so I returned them as well.  I kept the print shirt (shown below) and the gold pendant necklace which is not included in the photo’s below.

Renee C Top | Stitch Fix

Renee C Top | Stitch Fix

I love this top because it has that bohemian, ethnic vibe and I don’t quite gravitate toward busy prints like this when shopping for clothing.

Renee C Top | Stitch Fix (cut out V in back)

Renee C Top | Stitch Fix (cut out V in back)

I also love that the back of the shirt is longer than the front so if I wanted to wear leggings, my rear end is covered.  I also really like the V cut out in the back.  Never in a million years would I choose a shirt like this, which is why Stitch Fix is a cool company to try as they are getting me out of my comfort zone.

Chillin' in the desert

Chillin’ in the desert

Since the spouse and I are just chillin’ in the desert this week, I paired the top with a simple pair of boot cut jeans and my Spye Hale suede boots from Clarks (similar boots in leather with back zipper).

My next Stitch Fix shipment is scheduled in February.  I’ll receive five items and pay $20 for the styling fee.  If I keep any of the items, the $20 will be applied as a credit toward anything that I decide to keep.  The only issue that I have with Stitch Fix is that I need to return the items within 3 days which doesn’t allow me any time to blog about all the items.

If you feel like you could use a style make over in 2015, I invite you to try Stitch Fix by clicking on my referral link: StichFix_Monica  or feel free to just go to Stitch Fix and check out the FAQ section.  So far I’m quite happy with how the program works and I’m looking forward to my next box in February.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti over at Not Dead Yet Style

Holiday Stress

I just had my first bout of holiday stress.  If you follow me on Twitter, I tweeted about the long, non moving line at Kohl’s at their La Quinta, CA store.  I was probably in line for 5 min before I started the timer on my iPhone and when I got to finally check out, I had been in line for 16+ minutes.  Kohl’s needs to take the TJ Maxx approach and install the automated register que, where a customer is directed by an automated voice to the next register.  At Kohl’s they had a male employee directing customers to open registers.  What a waste of man power.

I’m not normally upset by long lines as I know I’ll get there eventually, but I think my stressful week came to a head.  First, my oven died and rather ruined my holiday baking routine and then the washing machine died which was a surprise because it’s a fairly new Whirlpool Duet. My husband is still in Singapore and I’m in the desert all by myself with the dog.  Boo hoo, I know, things could be worse.

Desert Sunset

Desert Sunset

Anyway, I came home to this beautiful pink sky and then I went to take a natural stress tab called PhamaGABA.  GABA is a natural occurring amino acid in your brain and these levels can drop when a person is subjected to stressful situations.  The tabs are a little smaller than the size of a quarter and you pop one in your mouth and let it disolve.  The taste is like a sweet tart, only sweet, not sour.  In 30 minutes I do indeed feel much calmer and quite forget about what ever was bothering me.

Stress-Relax, Pharma GABA, for mental calmness & relaxation

Stress-Relax, Pharma GABA, for mental calmness & relaxation (also found at Whole Foods)

The good news is that I found an awesome pair of boot cut Jennifer Lopez jeans at Kohl’s that fit this pear shaped gal perfectly- sneak peak of the jeans here, and blog post to follow.  I purchased a pair in blue diamond (dark wash) and I’m going to order onyx (black) and sapphire (lighter blue).  Yes, order online as I can’t quite go back to the Kohl’s store until after the holidays, hmm, maybe February .. lol.

Hope you are having a stress-free holiday!

Cheers,
Monica

Faux leather midi skirt for the pear shaped gal

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I stopped by Stein Mart (La Quinta, CA location) where I was thrilled to find a faux leather midi skirt.  I’ve been looking for this type of skirt for a while.  There are plenty of pencil skirts in the stores, but the long, narrow shape of a pencil skirt just doesn’t work for this curvy gal.

The skirt is by Mila & Milan and I just love how easy this skirt is to slip on and go.  The material is polyester and spandex which gives the skirt a nice stretch fit without being too tight.  I love the leather like sheen of the material and the slit just above the left knee keeps the skirt modern vs. matronly.  I am usually a size 10 on the bottom and purchased the skirt in a size medium.

Faux leather skirt by Mila & Milan | Stein Mart

Faux leather skirt by Mila & Milan | Stein Mart

The top that I’m wearing is a foil knit side tie top (similar top, different color) from Stein Mart as well.  I was looking for a holiday top with a little sparkle and I like how the side sash pulls in my waist.

Foil knit side top | Stein Mart

Foil knit side tie top | Stein Mart

I’m planning to wear the skirt tomorrow, with a different top to work for my team holiday lunch and I’ll wear the pictured outfit above for a nice dinner out with the spouse on Christmas Eve.

Two more work days and I’m on vacation !

Happy Holidays!
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness at Mid-Life

 

Simple holiday work outfit

I have a super busy work week.  We have a company wide town hall meeting that I’m managing off-site and I’m organizing and attending two holiday luncheons.  My usual work attire is super casual, but this week I would like to dress slightly more festive without too much effort.  When I spotted this embellished cardigan sweater at Target, I knew it would be perfect for a simple holiday work outfit.  Underneath the sweater I have on a under-wire cami.  No need for additional jewelry as the gems add enough detail to the outfit.

Gem details

Gem details on Embellished Flower Crew Neck Cardigan Sweater – Merona

For pants, I decided to wear a nice pair of trousers by Apt 9 Curvy fit from Kohl’s.  The pair I’m wearing are a few years old, but it looks like Kohl’s updated the curvy fit style.  The curvy fit trousers are currently on sale for $27.99 (reg $40) as of this posting.

Easy_Holiday_work_outfit

Easy holiday work outfit

This is my last week of work and then I’m on vacation for two week.  I can hardly wait.

Happy Holidays!
Monica

Linking up with Patti over at Not Dead Yet Style