Lifestyle, self love

Unboxing with Athena’s!

In this time of uncertainty and most of us being sequestered inside I’ve noticed quite a bit of self reflection happening on my part. One of the things I truly wanted to focus on in this blog was sex positivity as well as body positivity. So often plus bodies are shamed and therefore undeserving of pleasure – gasp – how dare that cat person love themselves and enjoy their own pleasure. Insert dramatic eye roll lol! So I will be releasing fat and sex positive content on a more regular basis – starting with this fun Athena’s unboxing.

Athena’s Home Novelties was started over 22 years ago with the mission to provide a safe, inclusive, and comfortable place to learn about self care and better sex.

With packages arriving pretty consistently with the lack of being able to go “out” and shop I always got nervous ordering toys for myself. What if a neighbor saw the big label and knew I was ordering myself something naughty – not that there’s a thing wrong with that – but I’d rather the neighbors not know hubby and I ordered a sex swing lol get where I’m going with this? One of the things I love about Athena’s is the discreet shipping and packaging – no nosey neighbors will have any idea of what goodies are being dropped off.

Here’s a fun unboxing video to show you exactly what I’m talking about:

Items Featured:

Heavenly Goddess Shampoo & Conditioner

Mighty Tidy Toy Cleaner Mist

Happy Penis

Hydra Natural Glide

Heart Warming Massage Stone

The Masseuse

In Goddess We Thrust

sASSy Training Kit

Anal Ease

Womanizer Premium

Sportsheets Curvy Collection Doggy Strap

Silver Beaded Nipple Clamps

Hand Roller Massager

Pumice Stone with Foot Scrub

Soy Candle/Massage Oil

Ayate Sponge

In the upcoming segments I’ve got planned we’ll discuss and cover each item in the box and tips and tricks for bigger bodies on how to utilize them!

Shop-able links here: Athena’s By

Kat

As always sending my thanks and appreciation to each of you, the links above are affiliate links and without your clicks and support I wouldn’t be able to make the content that I do, so truly thank you!

Until next time,

Kat Stroud XO

Plus Size Fashion

Sydney: Bra Fit, Try On, and Style Session

Plunge Push Up Bra & The Five Way Convertible Bra

Hey Loves! Back again and this time we are discussing, trying on and having a styling session with SYDNEY!

A new plus size lingerie brand that scours the globe to discover the most unique, size inclusive lingerie — from bralettes and bodysuits to naughty knickers and other goodies — that will elevate your every day (and every night).

Ready to dive in? Great – let’s start with the Plunge Push Up Bra! This red beauty has a gorgeous lace overlay detail that just elevates this bra from not only functional but down right sexy! With this particular bra you’ll want to order two cup sizes down as it tends to run two sizes larger. I’m normally a 42DD so instead I ordered a 42C and it fit phenomenal! The band didn’t dig in and was comfortable, plus was large enough that my fat roll wasn’t fighting it which meant no pinching or squeezing!

Shop plunge push up bra: Here

Next we have the five in one convertible bra! First I tried this baby as a strapless bra and I have to say the support and lift it provided without the straps was great! I will say that the band was a little snug and I probably would have ordered a size up just for a little more comfortable fit. I loved that this also came with the clear straps – even more styling options with these!

Shop convertible bra: Here

Hope you Loves enjoyed this session with SYDNEY!!

As always sending my thanks and appreciation to each of you, the links above are affiliate links and without your clicks and support I wouldn’t be able to make the content that I do, so truly thank you!

Until next time,

Kat Stroud XO

Lifestyle, Plus Size Fashion, Reviews

Eloquii Summer Fashion Haul

So excited to share this brand new ELOQUII try on and style session with you Loves! These pieces are fabulous, fit great and are so chic! Ready to slay summer with some flawless style?

First up we have the fabulous Peach Lift Step Hem denim jeans paired with the beautiful Sweetheart Neckline Down To Earth bold print top! The jeans fit like a dream and had room to wiggle. The top was lightweight and fit great! Loved the color of the print and truly felt comfy and confident in this look.

Shop the Sweetheart Neckline Top Here

Shop the Peach Lift Denim Step Hem Here

Second look we have the gorgeous rainbow pleated shorts, with pockets, that fit fabulously! I loved the length, how light weight and comfy the fabric of the shorts are and c’mon – you can’t go wrong with rainbow!

Shop the Rainbow Pleated Shorts Here

And the third and final look includes the peach lift button fly denim jeans paired with an off the shoulder white lace crop top, I paired with a pair of heels that had me feeling the vintage Marilyn Monroe vibe!

Shop the Peach Lift Button Fly Jeans Here

Shop the Off The Shoulder Lace Top Here

Until next time Loves,

Kat XO

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Lifestyle, self love

Quarantine Quality Time: How To Do Gel Nails From Home

With all of us being stuck inside and unable to pamper ourselves the ways we normally would, I decided to treat myself in a unique way… I taught myself a new skill: salon worthy gel nails! Now I’m going to share what I learned with you all so if you decide you need a nail salon day you can throw one together in the comfort of your own home.

First off your gonna need supplies: UV light, cuticle pusher, nail clippers, buff nail file and 80-100 nail file (coarse ones that quickly help you shape a nail), cuticle oil and cuticle remover, brush to swipe away the left over dust, acetone to remove any polish, cotton pads, rubbing alcohol, a top coat and base coat as well as your color choices. And if you decide to add tips like I’ve done you’ll need nail tips and nail glue as well. Here’s a link for the basic set up kit I found online: ” target=”_blank”>Beetles Gel Kit

First off Apply you’ll want to apply the cuticle remover onto your cuticles and rub it on. Then use the steel cuticle remover and the scraper to push down cuticles and scrape them off your nail. Use the cuticle clipper to cut off any remains. The use your nail file to make sure you’d nail bed is clean and clear.

Second step: Clip your nails to the length you want, use the nail file to shape them and then use the buffer to take a little bit off the top layer of the nail. This will help the gel polish to adhere to your nail better. This is also the step where you’d want to adhere your nail tip to the nail bed.

Step three: wash your hands with water to get rid of the excess dust – no soap. Now your ready to start the polish process!

Step four: apply a light layer of the base coat, make sure it covers entire nail surface evenly and then let sit under UV light for 120 seconds.

Step Five: apply one coat of gel polish – now I want to add this layer should be as thin as possible! It is super easy with gel to make a mess, so not like regular polish, apply lightly and evenly and set for 120 seconds under the light. If you get polish on your skin use the acetone to swipe away before putting hand under the light. The key is to avoid getting polish on your cuticles because it causes the nail polish to lift quicker! Let the polish sit under the lamp for 120 seconds, then do another layer and sit for another 120 seconds. Some lighter polish needs a 3rd layer, and if so, do a 3rd layer of polish then sit for 120 seconds

Step Six is to apply the top coat and to let it sit for 120 seconds under the lamp.

Step Seven is where you’ll use the nail file to finish shaping your nail, you’ll then need to soak a cotton pad in rubbing alcohol and rub each nail well. You’re done! Your nails will be completely dry and you can touch anything. Just love gel nails!!

Two reminders before you go:

  • You are not going to get perfect nails right away! Practice makes perfect. Be patient and let yourself learn by doing it multiple times.
  • Your nails will probably peel quickly the first few times, you are not going to be perfect at this right from the start. With practice you will be an at home gel nail pro in no time.

Until next time Loves,

Kat XO

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Plus Size Fashion

Social Distancing Distraction: Repurposing Fashion; Wardrobe Repeats Please!

Hey Loves! So I’ve got a confession to make… I am an outfit repeater! Yup, I said it and own it proudly lol. In a society of “one and done” media looks it can be easy to disregard an outfit once it’s been “gramed” (you know posted on social media like Instagram and what not). Well, I’m not the type to throw something away just because I’ve worn it once – I’ve become a pro at restyling and changing up the looks of garments – so today, I wanted to to share some of my tricks with you all!

I’ll show you how to take this dress and make it into…
This!

My process: once I’ve worn something at least three times I’m ready to change it up – style wise or completely altering a garment. As someone who doesn’t gravitate towards white I decided to alter this baby!

First up is fabric dye – I like using RIT Dye Easy to use, easy directions and step by step instructions, and I always get the color I’m looking for.

Once you’ve got it all dyed you can leave it as is, like the image below…

Image by House Of Winter

Still a gorgeous dress, now in a sunny yellow, and I loved shooting it this way buuuuut I wanted to take it another step further and turned this dress in to a crop top with matching skirt and it turned out beautifully!

So to achieve this two piece look I grabbed my fabric scissors and cut straight through the seam that connected the bodice of the dress to the skirt. I had to be extra careful when cutting due to the liner, once cut I pinned my hem on the top and the skirt, then hand sewed the new hems with the liner on the top and the skirt and voila!! A gorgeous new set to romp around in.

Until next time Loves! As always thank you for the support and please feel free to leave a comment on what other content you’d like to see while we’re practicing social distance!

Kat XO

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