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

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

*The links above are affiliate codes which mean I will earn a small commission which will help me to continue providing future content. Appreciate y’all!*

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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Lifestyle, Plus Size Fashion, Reviews

Plus Size Fashion: Style Session with Part & Parcel

Hey Loves! Back again and this time I’m styling four garments from Part & Parcel; I’ll discuss fit and fabric plus the details of each styled look.

Below are the product shots of each item sent, and then we’ll get in to each look 😉

“Dimensional” sweater

Long Sleeve Tunic

The Plaid Trousers

And The Refined Jogger

Like what you see already and want to get shopping: Click Here

All right My Loves let’s dive in to Look One with the Dimensional Sweater:

I chose to pair this sweater with a pair of blue leggings and blue winter boots trimmed with white – the perfect Mom outfit for running errands around with the little one. This is the perfect outfit for comfort and chic by pairing with boots and leggings, not to mention easy to throw together with minimal effort but the result is Mom-chic cute!

Now, I have to say Look Two is my FAVORITE!! The Plaid Trouser is to DIE FOR! I love the amazing purple hues of the plaid, I love how well tailored the trousers felt on, and I loved how deep the pockets are making them functional – Mama loves a good pocket.

I chose to pair this look with a black crop top, fuzzy winter jacket, and a pair of black heels. By choosing to pair the trousers with muted colors, like black, the eye is immediately caught by that gorgeous purple!

Look Three is also a fun more bold look using The jogger Pant! Now as a petite babe I have to be careful with “jogger/harem” style pants because the extra fabric in the design paired with short legs I can sometimes get swamped down by that extra fabric around the ankles and the effect is less than pleasing – to say the least lol it throws off my proportions and looks wonky. Not the case here!!

I chose to pair this amazing pant with a a fitted black tank, a cropped white long sleeve tie top, black leather jacket and a pair of brown chunky booties.

And last, but certainly not least The Long Sleeve Tunic: this top is uber comfortable AND fit fabulously! There was no squeezing my bigger arms in to the sleeves so that meant not having to size up in the top.

I paired this look with distressed denim shorts, mule flats, oversized sunglasses and a red purse that matched my lipstick. With the two bolder looks above I wanted to show my Mom side again: this top is comfortable, has a very classic yet professional look, has amazing room for chasing my toddler, still casual yet chic – this is one of those looks that takes two minutes to throw together and leaves you looking fabulous and ready for whatever the day has in store.

Here’s a fun style session video discussing fit, fabric, and styling!

Ready to Shop: Click Here

Until next time Loves!

Kat XO 

*The links above are affiliate codes which means I will earn a small commission which will help me to continue providing future content. Appreciate y’all!*

Lifestyle

Treat yourself on a Budget: Barefoot Scientist

So as a mostly single income family home we live pretty strictly to our budget, which usually means things like pedicures get put pretty low on the list of priorities… BUT self care is important and I love taking care of my feet. I mean, let’s face it – it’s one of the body parts that tends to get abused the most. So in an effort to keep taking care of my feet I’ve found a budget friendly treatment that feels oh so nice and helped clear away the callus build up. My feet have never felt better and the whole process was painless! Let me introduce you Loves to Barefoot Scientist !

Barefoot Scientist is a new premium foot care product designed to give those tootsies the TLC they deserve. Crafted with advanced science and the best ingredients from around the world to nourish skin, freshen your step, and ease your pain.

Now I want to show you Loves my feet before product and after product so you get a good idea on how well this stuff works!

Before: I had a lot of callus build up all over my feet because it had actually been over a year since I had a pedicure or foot treatment. And even if with regular applications of lotion you can clearly see how dried out my skin is.

Now, The steps are easy:

Soak your feet for ten minutes.

Put on the paper booties with the gel and wear for the time recommended.

Take off booties, rinse me off and the peel works over the span of about a week, and you can go about your business! That easy – now, I loved that this process wasn’t intense and was made to work gradually with time, as well as being painless. I’ve don’t chemical treatments of my foot that left my skin feeling like it was on fire!

They also suggest helping the peel along by soaking your feet and rubbing the excess skin away over the course of six to seven day.

These are updates from day three:

Gross, I know, lol BUT look how well the treatment actually lifted the dead skin away. And again it was completely painless. The only weird thing was not putting any lotion or moisturizer on my skin during the week the treatment was working.

Day Six:

Most of the shedding has already occurred, still small pieces here and there that where still working with the product. This was also the day I started using the Barefoot Scientist High Dive lotion and Oh My Goodness – this stuff feels like butter on my feet and the level of moisturizing it brings to the skin on my feet feels amazing! My skin isn’t as dry, I’ve noticed no sensitivity, and the feel of my skin is so smooth it just feels amazing!

Day Ten:

My feet feel amazing!! They look amazing! And I’m such a fan of Barefoot Scientist that I will seriously be a customer for life!

Want to try Barefoot Scientist yourself? Just head to your local CVS or click here Barefoot

Until next time my Loves,

Kat XO