Linen Tops and separates?

I'm looking for some decent linen and natural fabric tops and separates. I basically lived in a few linen dresses over the summer and was so pleased I'd like to grab se a few tops as we veer into the cooler months. Are there any suggestions for online retailers that carry natural fabric clothing? I have a hell of a time finding flax clothing online, but do you have any suggestions for similar retailers to Bryn Walker, Flax, etc? I'm about a 20/22 in most things, probably a 24 in tops without stretch...
birch woods

Shopping/Selling Comparison Post

Hi friends,

In my latest blog post I did a comparison of Thred Up and Poshmark, two different sites where you can buy and sell your new and gently used clothing.  I add some insights regarding plus size selections at both and give a run down of my experiences on both sites.

There are coupon codes you can use for both sites, plus I'm running my first giveaway of Julep nail polish, which will be going on for the next week.

Thanks for reading!


Old Navy "Sneaky" Price Increase, Spread the Word!

So during the summer transitioning into fall, Old Navy has been having some really nice pieces on their site. Among all the unfairness ON has with their plus size line including
- no plus size in stores
- sizing is a guessing game
- clothes are at least $10 more than straight sizes
- "Hot Deals" are not valid with coupon discounts, ie SuperCash. You can use them in stores, but again, NO PLUS SIZE!
- returning/exchanging is a real bitch

Personally- the only redeeming thing about ON is that there are sometimes some real winner pieces. ANYWAYS- the point of the post is one of the items that I've been loving and went back last night to buy another color had a price increase.

I bought two of these pairs in September for $44.94 vs. straight sizes $34.94. Evenutally I've seen it gradually increase from $44.94 > $46.94 > $49.94 > and finally $54.94. What kind of bullshit is that?! I've noticed this before that whenever there is an "Up to XX% off the Entire Site" they raise the prices up to 'counteract' that sale, but here's the thing, NOTHING is even marked down for plus sizes. I'm not sure about straight sizes, but it's noticeable for the plus size line. The straight sizes? It went up to $36.94 >> WTF?! That's a $2 increase vs. $10 increase plus size incurs.

So I posted on their Facebook about it last night with this picture and I can't find that post on their page anymore, they deleted it! Should I post it again? Lucky for me, I had screenshot my post. Excuse some grammer, it was at night when I saw the price increase and I was furious.

birch woods

Big blog announcement, plus top 10 wantables, and an OOTD roundup!

Hi friends!

So I can't wait to share this news with you.  I'm really excited to be an affiliate of ModCloth, more on my site about what that means.  Plus I have a list of some beautiful items I adore and a freash crop of OOTDs.  Here the link -

And here's a preview outfit:

I was rather nervous about these palazzos, but I really love them.  I've just got to get better at styling them to not look like pajamas, though I think the necklace and boots helped in this instance.  Feedback on everything is welcome as always!  Thanks for reading!!
birch woods

Capsule Wardrobe Stuffs

Hi everyone,

This week I'm blogging about my capsule wardrobe and assessing some of the fall selections that haven't worked so well.  I propose a couple solutions and am hoping to get some feedback from you all too.  Plus I'm setting up my Poshmark shop where you can shop from my closet (there will be some Modcloth and Anthropologie goodies up there by tomorrow!)  You can find it all here -

And because you guys are really special to me (really part of keeping me sane and happy in my own skin these past 8 or so years I've been here) I'm also giving you a peek at one of the outfits I'll be adding to next weeks post.

Top - Forever21+, Necklace - Forever21 (sorry it's hard to see, it's a tiny rose, heart, and gem on a silver chain), Skirt - Target/Merona, Leggings - Target/Mossimo Supply, Boots Hushpuppies/Trendsetter

I wear about a size 20 on top and 22 on bottom, with 49in bust, 43in waist, and 54in hip measurements.

Thanks for reading!
pink, windows

Fun or Sexy Panties?

Hi! Just wondering whether anyone here has a favorite place to shop for fun or sexy panties. I just hate plain underwear and I'm not a huge fan of cotton.... looking more for lace, microfiber, etc. Any suggestions?
  • blaq

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I was wondering if anyone could tell me a good place to stock up on good quality but inexpensive basics like jeans, leggings, and shirts for the cooler weather? I'm open to shopping in stores (Avenue, Lane Bryant, Cato, Maurice's are what I have near me) or online. I generally take somewhere between a size 22 and 24. thanks in advance!
birch woods

Fall outfits and such!

Hi folks,

I'm back with a bunch of OOTDs plus a bit of garment history and updates on my blog!  I am pretty sure my ethical plus size shopping directory is now the largest one online!  It was partially inspired by a Fatshionista post back in 2009, which I need to go examine in case I missed anything.  Anyway, here's a sample outfit and there are 5 more in the post at

Top - Target (maternity, haha so glad that someone in this community pointed out that it's a good place to try clothes!), Necklace - Pick Your Plum, Skirt - Target, Boots - Trendsetter/Hushpuppies Outlet

Also, I really need to stop taking so many photos in my bathroom. >.<  Thanks for reading!


Bra for Bridesmaids dress.

Part rant, part in need of desperate help.

So I'm in a wedding in November and bought the requested dress. Unfortunately it does not fit right, so I am going to have to bite the bullet and get some alterations. Hopefully my regular person can handle it. It's a strange mix of material and also from David's Bridal and I just really don't want to pay the incredibly exhorbitant fees for alteration that they charge.

The problem is, even when it will fit me correctly I cannot find a bra that works. The dress has a neckline, but it's see-through and has a key-hole back, so it's basically functioning like a strapless dress, necessitating a strapless bra. But I have tried several in person and none of them work. They all either have provided minimal support or show obviously. I'm a little concerned that I won't be able to find something that works. I'm now a full cup-size larger than what I was in my own wedding so those undergarments are unwearable, and even then they obviously show. I can't do it without that bra support. Someone help me!

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