New Plus Size Designer Debuts Spring 2015 Collection During NYFW

New Plus Size Designer Debuts Spring 2015 Collection

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If you’re not familiar with designers Pamela and Lamarr Nanton or their new plus size brand – Ply Apparel – you’re in good company. I’d never heard of them before reading an article by Alissa Wilson on

New Plus Size Designer Debuts Spring 2015 Collection Attention! A new plus size designer is on the block and we are in love! Ply Apparel debuted their first spring collection during September’s Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, making them one of the few plus size designers to do so. Instead of a typical runway show, designers Lamarr and Pamela Nanton went with an intimate and quaint presentation to introduce bloggers, editors and fashionistas alike to their new brand. [...Source ]

Call me nosy if you like, (I prefer inquisitive) but I had to go to the Ply Apparel website and check them out, especially after I saw that cute black dress. Plus, debuting a collection during New York Fashion Week is huge. According to their website:

“PLY is for the woman size 14 – 24 that craves elegance and fashion and doesn’t want to compromise. PLY delivers on that promise. A directional take on classics with clean lines, and refined in every way. An elegant downtown mix of fashion with a timeless aesthetic.”

Their clothing is – Wow. I think I was drooling. Or maybe I was ooh-ing, aah-ing and going um, um umh!

 Images courtesy of Ply Apparel  

Alaskan Reporter Quits On-Air With F-Bomb

This one falls in the, “Okay that’s different” category.

When Alaskan reporter, Charlo Greene quit her job, she made sure her exit would be remembered for a long time. I’m not saying she planned it but she sure as heck pulled it off in an unbelievable fashion. After stating her plans to devote her time to fighting for the legalization of marijuana, she ended with, “F*** it. I quit.” Then she walked away…

Like a boss.

Alaskan Reporter -- Drops F-Bomb On-Air & Quits ... Over Marijuana Vote

Jerry Maguire’s got nothing on the Anchorage reporter who quit her job by dropping an F-bomb on the air … all to take a stand on Alaska’s upcoming marijuana vote. Charlo Greene  revealed she was the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club during last night’s newscast [...] Source:

About 30 seconds after her dramatic exit, an executive from the station, KTVA 11 Anchorage, issued a statement on their website apologizing for Ms Greene’s use of profanity.  That was expected but I was surprised he ended the statement with: “The employee has been terminated.”


Um, I think she quit.

The fight for legalization of Marijuana in Alaska just got deeper.

Fall Booties for Every Budget


I think most of us have a touch of the “Summer is over” blues. But the upside is, along with the cool weather and beautiful colors Fall brings we get to put away the sandals and sundresses and unpack the jackets, scarves and other accessories we love to wear.

It’s time to start adding some fresh, new Fall gear starting with our feet cause – the right shoe makes the outfit! You gotta love the versatility of the shootie/bootie/ankle boot. No matter what you call them, they’re hot. Here is the our fashion editor approved lineup:

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Lucky Brand Elwood Booties, $139,

Rocket Dog Willis Booties, $59,

Michael Kors Guiliana Peep Toe Bootie $197.95 Available at Nordstrom

 Christian Louboutin Viennana Strappy Suede Red Sole Bootie Available at Neiman Marcus

  Kate Spade NY Lexy Double-Buckle Ankle Boot $398 Available at Neiman Marcus

Jason Wu Floral Buckle Bootie $1195 Available at ShopBop

Vivienne Westwood Strappy

Vivienne Westwood Strappy $449

Sam Edelman ‘Julian’ Suede Bootie $149.95 Available at Nordstrom

 Tabitha Simmons Calf Hair Chelsea Boot $895 Available at Neiman Marcus

 Michael Kors Zady Platform Bootie $265 Available at Macys

Miz Mooz Flirt Red Ankle Boot

Miz Mooz Flirt Red Ankle Boot


 Rag & Bone Kerr Nubuck Ankle Boot $550 Available at Neiman Marcus

INC International Concepts Bellona Platform Booties $109.50 Available at Macys

 Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Haircalf Booties $595 Available at ShopBop

Sigerson Morrison Fifi 2 Moc Croc Bootie, $495

Sigerson Morrison Fifi 2 Moc Croc Bootie $495 Available at Zappos


FREEBIRD by Steven Bama Wrap Strap Booties $295 Available at ShopBop

 DV by Dolce Vita Peonie Lace UP Booties $100 Available at Macys 

Aquazzura ‘Disco Alice’ Suede Grommet Bootie $1,175  Available at Neiman Marcus

Nine West Perfect PR $59.99

Nine West Perfect PR $59.99,

Ozeri WeightMaster 400 lbs Digital Bath Scale

Disclosure: Free Product Review


Twenty years ago a two pound weight gain had the power to send me into a funky blue depression that might last for days and as goofy as that sounds now, that was my life. I had give the numbers on my bathroom scale way too much power. One day I got so upset I picked up my scale which was fancy and new at the time and threw it out.

I find out what I weigh during my annual checkups. As long as I stay within a certain 8 pound range. I’m all good. There hasn’t been a scale in my home for over 20 years… until now and I gotta tell you, I am really enjoying this scale.

I chose the black model. It’s sleek, thin, lightweight and gorgeous. The Ozeri WeightMaster uses 3 AAA batteries which were included in the box along with a user manual that I tossed aside because that’s what I do; try to figure it out on my own first. Eventually I did read the manual but not before I popped the batteries in, took a deep breath and stepped up on the scale.

Manufacturer’s Product Description:

The Ozeri WeightMaster 400 lbs Digital Bath Scale with BMI and Weight Differential Detection was designed and engineered in the USA to provide a comprehensive yet simple weight management solution to measure and track your weight. Featuring BMI Measurement and Auto Recognition Technology, the Ozeri WeightMaster weighs up to 400 lbs and displays your BMI (Body Mass Index), a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. Immediately after displaying your weight and BMI, the scale’s Weight Differential Detection displays your “net weight change” from your last weigh-in (L1), the average of your last 3 weigh-ins (L3), and last 7 weigh-ins (L7). By measuring your weight once a day, the Ozeri WeightMaster empowers you to see how your current weight changes day to day, from the last 3 days, and over the previous week. For users who would rather just focus on their weight trend without worrying so much about the actual numbers, the WeightMaster features Color Alert Technology, which displays your weight change in a GREEN illumination for weight loss and RED for weight gain, providing a visual form of intuitive feedback. With built-in intelligence, the WeightMaster requires no complicated synching and spares you the data connection failures common to more expensive wireless and Bluetooth alternatives. Precision engineered and durably made, WeightMaster auto-calibrates with StepOn technology and auto-powers off to preserve battery life. The Ozeri WeightMaster is made out of impact-resistant tempered glass, and equipped with non-slip scratch-resistant feet that won’t damage flooring. Ships with batteries included, and backed by Ozeri’s 100% Hassle-Free Satisfaction Guarantee.

In a nutshell, the scale is easy to program and performs exactly the way Ozeri claims it will. I am totally satisfied with this product and I recommend it.

By the way, I’m five pounds lighter than I thought I was which means I’m under my target range. Yay me!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Mia Mariu Refreshing Foaming Cleanser Review & Giveaway


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Mia Mariu Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser


I’ve heard a lot about Mia Mariu over the years and I have participated in giveaways that featured their products, but this foaming gel cleanser is the first one I got a chance to try out for myself.

Product Description: According to the manufacturer, Mia Mariu’s Refreshing Foaming Cleanser is an extra gentle cleanser that is suitable for all skin types. It is non-irritating, paraben-free, sulfate-free and fragrance-free. 


Key Ingredients: Aloe, marigold, sea kelp, sea lettuce, plus nourishing essential oils: orange peel, lemon, lime and grapefruit.

My Thoughts

The product (pictured above) comes in an opaque plastic bottle with a pop-up dispenser that lets you control the amount of  liquid that comes out so you can avoid rinsing your hard earned money down the drain because too much came out when you gave it a little squeeze.   The cleanser is clear with average consistency for a facial cleanser.  The directions are standard: wet your face, apply cleanser, use circular motions and rinse. I found that you get more of a creamy, foamy thing going on as opposed to suds.

As a rule (1) I don’t use any suds producing products on my face because they leave my skin feeling extra tight and drier than it already is. (2) I always use a Vitamin C serum and a moisturizer after cleansing.

For this review, I skipped the moisturizer step one day and I was pleasantly surprised that my skin didn’t feel extra tight at all. It was still smooth to the touch and while not as hydrated as it usually is with a moisturizer, it was okay.

The thing that impressed me the most though, was one time I got some of the product in my eye and although it stung a little, I didn’t get the burning, tear producing pain I expected. For me, that was the deal maker.

I recommend this product.

Note: This cleanser is not fragrance free. It has a citrus scent when you first squeeze it out. The scent is light and rather pleasant. It doesn’t last but you can’t miss it. 

About Mia Mariu 

The Mia Mariu philosophy makes the connection between beauty and health inside and out. Mia Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.  Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides.  The result? healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value.  Mía offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes, fine fragrances and nutritional supplements to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty!

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.