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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Plus Size Fashion

Wardrobe Remix With Pretty Little Thing: White Jumpsuit Styled Three Ways

Hey Loves! Back again with a brand new wardrobe remix! In this edition of wardrobe remix I’m styling this gorgeous jumpsuit with puff sleeves from Pretty Little Thing! But first let’s talk about this gorgeous retro vibin one piece: as a petite woman (5’1) the length of the legs was waaay to much for me so I ended up having to cuff the hem, the fabric itself is comfortable with lots of give so I was never feeling like a stuffed sausage in this baby, not once was I scratching or itching because of uncomfortable fabric or liners and surprisingly the fabric was pretty lightweight so I wasn’t sweltering in it either, the plunging neckline was a blast to play with and it fit phenomenally around my middle.

Now let’s talks styling; with the plunging neckline I knew that any way I styled this look the lingerie underneath was going to show, so I did a little research and found Brassy Bra (boob tape) to create this glowing cleavage!

The first way I styled this jumpsuit was with a body chain that disappeared beneath the fabric giving that vavavoom sexy appeal I love oh so much, I added bright and colorful heels to off play so much white and a fun bright lip that matched my heels to livin up this look!

The second way I styled this look was by putting a little retro spin on it! First I adjusted the length of the sleeve and made it three quarters. I then went with a high ponytail, vintage looking cat eye bejeweled sunglasses, and a polka dot belt with the cutest bow in the back. I ended this look with a pair of edgy black and white heels, red earrings that matched my lipstick, and a vintage black hand bag.

The final way I styled this look was coordinating accessories and makeup: I used a powerful red lip that I matched my earrings, collar, sunglasses, toe nail polish, and clutch to. Clear heels kept the focus on my red accents. I also once again adjusted the sleeve length to just above the wrists on my forearm.

A few styling notes; I wanted to add that any jacket, cropped sweater/shrug, or shoulder wrap will also drastically change the look of this jumpsuit, with it being warmer weather I stuck with warmer looks this time. Also with how much room there is in the fabric of the legs of this jumpsuit it would be super easy to temporarily change the length of the legs by using fabric tape or hemming tape and changing the length of the legs to shorts or Capri length, then when done remove tape and BAM you still have your full length jumpsuit.

Until next time Loves,

Kat XO

Plus Size Fashion

Rainy Day Review: Kiwi Co Crate

We had a blast exploring the rainforest and learning more about its biology. We helped a crafty caterpillar friend transform into a butterfly hand puppet. Built a rainstick to imitate the soft sounds of falling rain using the beads included. Assembled a tree and saw how many pom-poms we could stack on top before it fell over! And we had so much fun decorating all of our projects with colorful rainforest themed stickers! The perfect rainy day activity for you and your little one!

So exited to get started!

Activities:

  • Butterfly puppet
  • Musical rainstick
  • Balancing tree game
  • DIY venus flytrap
  • imagine! magazine

Explore:

  • Counting & Numbers
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Pretend Play

Lilith was so excited to read the magazine that was included! We loved the story, the fun games, and a had a blast learning about the rainforest and a few of it’s inhabitants.

Diving right in!
Love seeing her add her own twist to her monarch butterfly.
She really loved hearing about the butterflies as we crafted our own.
And it’s done!

Over all we had an amazing time inside when she could have been going stir crazy thanks to the rain.

Thanks Kiwi Co! We love our rainforest crate! Clock here to shop your own crate: Kiwi Co

Until next time Loves,

Kat XO

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**Only pictured crafting one activity in the box

Plus Size Fashion, Plus Size Lingerie, Reviews

Valentines Day Lingerie Round Up: Plus Size Lingerie for Sizes 20+


Oh Loves! I’ve been working on this gem for a hot minute and I’m so excited to share with you all some of my favorite lingerie brands! Ready to dive in?

First up we have one of my all time favorite plus positive brands that make custom gorgeous pieces: Bawdy Love Clothing!! These babes are body positive and LGBTQ positive and boy do they support the communities! They are great at being diverse and inclusive and I’ve loved every piece from them! I also love that each garment is made to custom fit you so sizing won’t ever be a problem with this wonderful brand!

Here I’m pictured in the amazing custom piece from Bawdy Love for NYFW
The harness fit great, the thong fit phenomenally and I loved the thicker band on the front so it fit my lower belly perfectly!

Looking to shop a little Bawdy Love: Click Here

Second on our list is Eloquii – one of the things I love about Eloquii’s garments are how well made they are and the quality of fabric they use. Now I’ve only worn their outerwear pieces but have to say I can’t wait to try out their lingerie!

Shop this look here: Eloquii

Click here to shop this look: Eloquii

Next up we have Uye SURANA , now this wonderful brand just expanded to plus and carry up to a size 2/3XL (about a size 20/22) I’m wearing the 2/3XL and am a size 20. I love, love, love, the delicate and feminine pieces from this brand! I always feel sexy and delicate, with a side of sex kitten. Looking for a larger size from this brand? Leave a comment below and I’ll pass it along! I want you Loves to know this is a safe place to discuss plus fashion ❤️

Here I’m pictured in their recent Valentines Day Collection, it’s so romantic and gorgeous, I felt like a goddess wearing this set.

In the above photo sets I’m wearing the three piece Sheerly Nightwear Set.

Looking to shop Uye Surana: Click Here

TORRID is another tried and true distributor of inclusive lingerie. Now I wish they carried their larger sizes in store, but for those of you trying them out for the first time just know the fit is usually spot on and the quality is good. I like the choices and have worn everything from their briefs and thongs to bras and bodysuits and I do enjoy their consistency with their sizing. Below are a few of my favorite pieces from the past and a few new ones!

Shop this look: Click here

Shop this bralette: Click here

Click Here to shop this baby doll!

I have to tell you Loves, I have been secretly in love with all things Rihanna for some time so when I was able to get my hands on a couple Savage Fenty items I was over the moon ecstatic that they fit so well and seemed to be made with plus bodies in mind during their construction phase. The garments fit great! The thong had a large enough band to cover my lower second belly, the crop top was comfortable and didn’t squeeze or cut off circulation on my bigger arms and hell – I climbed a freakin tree in them lol so I’m gonna say yup, this is one of my favorite lingerie sets!

Looking to shop Savage Fenty: Click Here

Playful Promises is another brand I’ve truly enjoyed testing out. The fit is great, I love the collaborations they’ve done with plus influencers like Gabi Greg and Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. The garments are quality made and for phenomal and I also love the designs. Fun and playful to flirty and romantic, straight down to a little kinky: they’ve got just about everyone covered.

Curvy Couture Intimates is another great brand I’ve had the honor of working with! I enjoyed the fit and patterns, the fabric choices are just gorgeous and I loved the attention to detail this brand pays. Below I’m featured wearing their crochet bra, push up strapless bra, garter belt, and thong. Each item fit me to perfection and was also comfortable to wear. The support my Dd’s got from the strapless bra was nothing short of a miracle! I truly love and enjoy the garments this brand produces.

Leading Lady Bras is a brand that has been been dedicated for over 78 years to providing quality undergarments that are thoughtfully designed for fit, comfort, and support! The quality of each garment I’ve tried has been above and beyond wonderful. Below I’m featured wearing the front closure and underwire free racerback bra, purple underwire bra and the matching white brief and bra set.

Shop this front closure underwire free bra here: Leading Lady

Shop this fabulous here: Leading Lady Bra

Shop the brief and white bra set here: Leading Lady Bras

TomBoyX is one of the most size and gender inclusive brand I’ve ever come across and have had the pleasure of working with. They carry up to a size 4X (waist 46-48” and hips 55-56) and are very human agenda. They embrace and uplift all walks of life while showing incredible inclusivity in their campaigns. Below I’m featured wearing several of their undergarments as well as their outerwear and jammy pieces.

Shop the latest TomBoyX: Click here

Solstice Intimates is another brand that is starting to include plus sizes and I couldn’t be mode excited! Their innovative designs and embroidery details are to die for! Just check out a couple of their pieces below!

As always Loves, thank you for taking the time and spending part of your day with me. I hope you Loves enjoyed this roundup, sound off in the comments below if you’d more content like this from.

Until next time,

Kat XO

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Solstice Body Suit Video shot by Kippnahvoice