Spring Window Shopping.

spring_window_shoppingThe pictures are taken from the websites of the company’s.  I have linked to their respective websites at the bottom of this post.

Oh, the snow is melting so fast here Today that I would really like to get outside and so something,  but the thermometer says otherwise, and so does my wallet.

So I spent the last couple of days internet windows shopping at some of my favorite store for some new clothes and makeup.  As you all know my places to shop around here are Addition Elle and Penningtons both which have local stores in this area.  It was also recently that we had a Torrid open up in the local mall so I took a look at their site as well.  Not a  lot of stuff listed here,  but I think all would be great additions to my wardrobe and makeup collections.

First off like always I checked out the Addition Elle website,  by far the clothes they sell have never steered me wrong before.  They can be a little on the pricey side,  but for the most part, you can get some really good deals when they have their sales on.

The first item I spotted that I really liked was this Michel Studio Chiffon & Embroidery Shift Dress.additionelle_407840_4_0  What I like about this dress is that it has longer sleeves and a higher neckline.  Although at times I do shave my chest or use fake cami tops,  I find with this look it’s a lot easier than the latter.  The overall length is nice as well.  Plus I am a sucker for the whole mesh look at the top and bottom of the dress.

Normally I try and get dresses and skirts that are a bit longer.  I have terribly scared up shins and they not look very nice in real life,  but something about this dress called to me and I love it.

Item two is a Michel Studio Short Sleeve Patterned Fit & Flare Party Dress.  I am not much for partying but this one also caught my eye as something very different from anything I have ever owned before.additionelle_407847_36_0  First off I adore the floral print on the skirt section and I love the difference in the upper and lower fabric selections. My only complaint about this dress is the lack of sleeves.  I do not have feminine arms at all so I do like to have them covered as much as possible.  I believe I could add some type of cover-up or bolero to alleviate the sleeve issue.

I believe this would be a blast to wear for some pictures and a night out.

I can’t look at Addition Elle’s web site without taking a look at the lingerie section.  When every new season comes around there is always a new bra set that I want to get my hands on and this season is no different.  Most of the bra’s and panties I pick up are from the Deesse collection.  Although they are not a massively known brand,  they do make some outstanding pieces that I love.

First up is the Déesse Lace Cross Dye Femme Couture Bra in Lilac grey is a soft cup bra.   It’s not a super fancy or lacey piece but I really really like how the darker strap colors work well with the lighter structure of the bra.  additionelle_400583_53_0The panties have the same color variations and accent bow as the bra.

The fourth and final pairing from Addition Elle, again comes from the Deesse line.  I can count on one hand how many times I have been really excited to see a design or color scheme and this one goes on that list.  The Vixen Balconet Bra with Lace & Ruching – Déesse Collection in Black and Confettiadditionelle_768607_1_0The lace design and color have my name written all over it.  Normally I try to stay away from padded cups bra’s (although my last 4 are) just for the fact that I don’t find they hold my forms as well as soft cup bras,  but I have to say I would love to have this in my collection.

 

After Addition Elle I headed over to the Penningtons site.  The two are owned by the same parent company but sell very different styles.  I always take a look over at Penningtons for some more relaxed looks.  I was able to spot this Girlfriend Fit T-Shirt with Crochet – d/C JEANS.  penningtons_401361_1_0I love the look of the crochet detail at the top and I can’t get enough.  To date, I have picked up at least three lace dresses and a skirt.  It will never go out of style for me.

The best thing about this top is you could dress it up with a nice skirt or down with a pair of jeans and it will work either way.  It would be a very versatile piece to add to the wardrobe.

Something new we have here now is a Torrid and I was pretty excited to head in there to take a peek at what they have.  The only problem was they opened near Christmas and I am still a little broke from that.  The first thing I can say about Torrid is that their stock list if HUGE,  just trying to scan around the website leads my poor old laptop browser to crash as it can’t load.  But once I got everything stable again I was able to search the skirt section and found a couple I really liked.

First one is the Floral Velvet Print Ponte Mini Skirt.  torrid2 To me, nothing says spring nice a nice floral print.  This would be perfect on hot days and I already have a very nice casual black top that would pair very well with this.

Also from Torrid was the Black Rose Hi-Lo Challis Maxi Skirt.  torrid1Another gorgeous skirt with a beautiful floral print.  I love the hi-low aspect of this skirt and think it would be a great casual piece or it could be dressed up and used for a night on the town.  Super versatile.

And to top everything off,  you can’t update your wardrobe without updating some of your makeup for the perfect spring look.  Not that long ago I posted about picking up some Wet N Wild Color Icon 10 pan eyeshadow palettes.  From what I have seen online,  people are raving about this stuff.  I would love to be able to pick up some more of their products to be able to try out.

Seeing as I already picked up the “Not a Basic Peach” and “Comfort Zone” Palettes the only other two I need are “Rose in the Air” and “Nude Awakening”.  I can’t really say there is a color that draws me to one or the other but I could mix and match from the different palettes.

And with the way I would love to be playing more and more with my eyeshadow,  these would keep me amused for quite a long time trying many,  many looks and styles.

Foundation is still the one thing I struggle with every time I want to put on makeup.  I harp about it every time I make a post about this,  but I am still a little too shy to get properly matched.

So since I have tried every shade by every other company why not some from Wet N Wild in their PhotoFocus line.  Lots of shades and from what I hear,  a very good lasting formula.

And last but not least some new bright lipstick from the Megalast lipstick line.  I really hate looking at lipstick colors online because the look can differ between monitors and even at what angle you look at it.  But from scanning the site I was able to pick out at least two that I would really like to try and they are “Violet Kiss” and “Sugar Plum Fairy”

So that’s my Spring windows shopping list,  Let me know what you think works or doesn’t.

Pictures are not my own and have been taken from the following websites.  Check them out.

Addition Elle

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Torrid

Wet N Wild

Thanks for reading

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Cynthia’s Lingerie Drawer: Ashley Graham Midnight Bodysuit with Geometric Lace by Addition Elle

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So here I am again post something from Addition Elle. You may ask yourself why does Cynthia post so much stuff from this same place, well because they are Canadian owned, have a brick and mortar store in my area and have an unofficial open door policy regarding trans people.  Makes for a great combination for me and a place I will surely spend my money.

I have lusted over this piece for about 5 months or so now, just ask my wife because I am sure she was tired of me showing this to her every time it went on sale.  I have never owned a body suit before and I really wanted this one.

The Ashley Graham collection DSC04129from Addition Elle is always a little sexier and provocative than the regular Deesse collection and always has something in the collection I love. I must say though the AG collection is priced well higher than the standard. A standard Deesse bra will run you $55.00 to $62.00 and panties will cost about $25.00. Ashley Graham bra will cost you $65.00 to $70.00 and the panties are $30.00. As far as I can tell all Addition Elle bras and panties are made with the same quality but you are paying for the AG name.  The regular price of this was $95.00 CDN but I picked it up on sale for $25.00.

The website list the Bodysuit as

“Unleash your inner vixen in this extravagant plus size bodysuit from the Ashley Graham collection with plunging neckline, choker clips, and peekaboo keyhole for the ultimate mix of glamour, sensuality and temptation. Features shaping mesh panels, sexy removable garters and graphic lace for a finished effect that is sexy and captivating.”

I was drawn to this piece both by the color and the fact that it has garter straps on it, I love the look of garter straps. So after watching it on the website and it went on sale again I decided it was time to get it and I would call it an early Birthday present to myself.

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The overall construction of this piece is not unlike a bra,

the cups are underwired and there is a triple hook clasp in the back for added support. The crotch area is set up with 3 small buttonlike closures to be able to open and close. All the extra parts like the choker and garter straps are detachable via small silver hooks.

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Another option this Bodysuit has is the small hook on the left shoulder strap allowing it to be converted into a racerback style as well.

 

I was a little hesitant to purchase this because the only size the store had left was 3X and 4X. I knew 4 was too big and looking at the sizing chart 3 would be fine on the top but I was not sure about the bottom as I normally wear a 16 or just X.

This would have been a great article to try on first before purchasing, seems the 3X fits perfect on the top but the area around the legs seems to have some extra fabric left over.  I would love to have tried on a 2X to see what the difference in sizing would be. It’s not a deal breaker for me as the length seems just about perfect.  I have lots of room so it does not look like it’s hanging off me but it’s also somewhat taught like it’s supposed to look.

It feels comfortable to wear and my only real complaint is the back garter straps are a little hard to do up and could have been made to get a little longer for ease of use.  But as far as my first foray into bodysuits I think this one is a definite win.

 

 

Cynthia’s Holiday Wish List 2016

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We again are very close to the Holiday season and with that in mind I decided to go ahead and do a wish list for some stuff that I would love to find under the Christmas tree.

Penningtons Lace Pencil Skirt is just gorgeous in my opinion.  It has everything I love all wrapped up into one.  I love lace designs and with the black background.

 

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It reminds me of a Lingerie set I reviewed back awhile ago in  Cynthia’s Lingerie Drawer.  They would pair very well together in my opinion.

And of course to finish off the new skirt there has to be a new top to go along with it.  I could not decide between the two Addition Elle tops in either black or white.

I would lean more towards he white one myself but I think the black could be paired nicely.

 

Can’t have a new Holiday Outfit without a new pair of shoes.  Torrid has recently opened up a store not too far away from where I live.  Searching around their website I found this little number that should pair well with the skirt (I think).

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And what is a new Holiday outfit without  some Holiday themed lingerie.  Although not mentioned as such in the Addition Elle website you have to admit with the festive red and black lace these to have a Holiday feel to them.

2016 was a year I was at times able to dress a little more than I normally could because the Child was away at some camps and staying over at friends houses so I was able to practice my make up more than I ever have before.  Awhile back I picked up a ECOTOOLS Day to Night 6 piece brush set and was amazed and what a decent set of tools can to to help.  Although the set looks different now it can be seen here.  I think my next logical step would be to pick up the Essential Eye Set to try and work on my shadow skills.  I really must say I was very pleased with the quality of these brushes.

And last but not least I would love to get a gift card for either MAC or Sephora.  It would be really nice if I could actually work up the courage to go into one of these places and get myself some real matching foundation.

So that’s my 2016 Holiday wish list.  Love it hate it?  leave me a comment and tell me what’s on your list.

Thanks for reading

Cynthia

 

 

Fashion Upgrade

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Summer is almost over and Fall will soon be upon us,  it will soon be time to break out the Razor and  nail polish and get ready for this dressing season.

This summer seemed to go by like a flash,  A very hot and dry flash.  But at the end of Summer comes the end of season sales and this year I had the time and money so I figured it was time to update my wardrobe.  I have had hand me downs and thrift store buys for far too long and it was time to upgrade and scratch some things off the list I had wanted for awhile.

The first store I was prompted by with summer sales was Penningtons which is a Canadian store owned by the same parent company as Penningtons

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Short Sleeve Crochet Dress Front

I get emails from the company when they have deals or sales and I was prompted about a 50% off sale about mid July.  Scanning the website I came across the Short Sleeve Crochet dress to the left and I love lace so it seemed like a great match.

The Penningtons website description read as “Revamp your dress code in this stylish plus-size dress! It has a rounded neck, keyhole opening at back, short sleeves, a lovely patterned crochet overlay with stretchy knit lining and soft chiffon insert at back, as well as an elastic waistband. It offers a flowing, flattering fit with a high-low hem. Complete the look with heels!

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I picked up the Dress in Black and Wild Aster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was also able to pick up a nice lace skirt as well.  The web site described it as “Add a feminine touch to your work wardrobe with this pretty plus-size dress! It features a comfortable pull-on waistband, hidden zipper at side, 100% cotton patterned lace top layer and stretchy knit lining underneath. Team it with a blouse for a fabulous office look!

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I also needed some new tops to go along with the new skirt so I picked up a couple.

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I had to pick up just one more dress though as my closet is sorely lacking them and I found another short sleeved lace dress.

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To top it all off I picked up some necklaces for the new outfits.

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After Penningtons it was sale time at Addition Elle also with a 50% off.   By the time the wife got there though the sale rack had been pretty much picked through.  I did find a nice new top that would work well with lots of my other skirts.

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I also picked up a couple of new bras as well

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Both are from the Ashley Graham Collection.  The black one is the Dreamer Fatal Attraction Unlined Bra.  Addition Elle website reads “Enjoy this unlined Ashley Graham bra with natural shaping that doesn’t add a size. The Fatal Attraction plus size bra combines unlined lace and mesh in a two layer cup with contrast trim, while creating the perfect fit with a sexy peek a boo effect. Double straps suggest a naughty bondage look. Opt for a halter neckline to mix things up. The triple strip at back wing (hook & eye) creates a modern caged look. A perfect match for the Retro Brief, this sizzling bra with pearl, sparkle and bow detail is a sophisticated item for the bride to be’s collection“.

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The back straps on this bra can be removed and re-ordered into a criss cross patterns for a sharper look.  Although I have tried to put it on in this configuration and cannot get into it.

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The second bra was lined cup bra in a light pink tone called Ballet. “This sexy Ashley Graham bra is lightly padded for full support without bulk. Trimmed at the cups and center gore with scalloped eyelash lace. Straps and wings are kissed with delicate crown picot elastic. Wear this plus size bra with a matching Ashley Graham panty!

I did pick up the matching underwear for both bra’s only issue was I was not paying attention and ended up with thongs.  I have never worn a thong before and it was definitely a new experience but not as bad as I thought it would be.

 

Years ago I bought a pair of heels from a thrift shop,  not the best looking in the world but they worked for me and helped me with learning how to walk in heels.  Over the years they have worn out so bad and at one point I fell in them causing a rip in the side.  It was finally time to take the plunge and get myself a nice new pair of heels so off to Payless shoes which as far as I know is the only local store we have in town that sells heels in a size 12.

With the Payless Bogo sale I was able to get a decent black pair of heels and a second pair for the low price of about $7.00,  not a bad deal I think.  The plaid one should pair nice with the skirt or any of the 3 dresses and black goes with anything.

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My final sale purchase is also met with a bit of sadness.  Sally Beauty Supply  is where I have been picking up my fake nails and stickers that hold the nails on,  I had them in another post way back called Hard as Nails.  As it turns out Sally Beauty will no longer be stocking the tip stickers and there will be no replacement.  When I found this out via twitter I almost ran to the local store and picked up every last pack they had and 2 more boxes of nails.  For good measure I picked up 5 new polishes.

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I really like the Nina Ultra Pro nail polishes.  The coverage is great and the brushes are huge compared to other brands I have tried.

The colors from left to right are:

  1. Plum of the Earth
  2. French Roast
  3. Happily Ever After
  4. Ruby Road
  5. Glistening Plum

I would like to thank my wife for putting up with me and letting me drag her around to all these store to pick up all the new clothes.

If you have made it this far I thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed.

Thanks

Cynthia

 

Cynthia’s Lingerie Drawer: Addition Elle Femme Couture Contrast Lace Bra and High Cut Panty

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This bra and Panty set holds two distinctions in my lingerie Collection. 1) It is my favourite set (so far) and 2) it’s the most stolen bra by my wife.

This set is the first I can say I really obsessed about.  The colours, the lace the whole thing really spoke to me and I knew I had to have it.  I was lucky enough to be able to pick this set up when it went on sale.

This colouring is unfortunately not available any more but the style or a close one is from Addition Elle stores and online

Now if you look back over my older posts you will see I get most if not all my Lingerie from Addition Elle which is a Canadian Women’s Plus Size Store.  The quality of the product is very good but can be very pricey.  Standard style Bra’s will cost you around $52.00 (Can) and upwards of $70.00 for The Ashley Graham Collection.  But if you are lucky you can pick them up one sale for half off.

Addition Elle described this bra as:

Sexy floral lace lined in this season’s new must-have hue! Plus size underwire bra with lined non-padded cups for beautiful support without adding a size. Flat seams and smooth lace so it disappears under clothing, finished with scalloped lace edges, picot elastic and peekaboo center. Adjustable straps. Hook & eye closure.

Addition Elle Bra’s in my opinion are of above average compared to some others I have purchased in the past.  This particular model as I mentioned above is a purple fabric with a black lace overlay.

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The construction of this bra is a 3 part cup, non padded underwire  with a bow on the center gore that matches the color scheme.

If looked at from the right angle and light the fabric underneath the lace has a sheen to it which makes quite a statement.

 

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The shoulder straps are in 2 parts and again share the same color scheme

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The back strap is quite wide with a quad hook and loop closure.  If I remember correctly at Addition Elle 42 and under are 3 hook and loop and 44 and above are 4.

Like it’s stated from the Addition Elle description this does almost disappear underneath clothing which makes this a good bra for me to wear while under dressing at home.  Although I do prefer if the weather is acceptable to also wear a sweater just in case.

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Taken from the Addition Elle Website

Déesse : ‹day-ess›
A woman who is adored, especially for her beauty.
“She felt like a déesse once she put on her new lingerie”

Inspired by the sensuality of French lingerie, Déesse features exceptional craftsmanship, superior fit and exquisite details.

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Addition Elle describes the panty as:

Now in this season’s luxurious new color combo, this plus size full brief panty features a wide stretch lace waistband for a look that’s stunningly romantic. Wear it with the matching bra to complete your ensemble.

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The Panty is finished in the same way as the bra with the shiny material underneath the lace.

 

 

 

 

 

My final thoughts on this set are that over all both pieces are comfortable to wear other than the fact that the bra either feels itchy or is pulling on small chest hairs while wearing it without any forms in place.  It also turns out that 44 band is the proper size but I should also have bought it in a 42 because I find going down a band size seems to work better for holding the forms in a better position.

You can see larger versions of the pictures Here

Thanks for Reading

Cynthia

 

 

Canadian Content

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While surfing online recently I came across a new Company that I I had never heard of before.  Upon further inspection it turns out this company is Canadian owned.  Of course I had to do some more digging find about a bit more.

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Unless you you are a size 10 in Canada you will know most plus size fashions store in Canada can be very pricey.  I am a avid shopper at Addition Elle and Penningtons but I usually only buy  when they have sales on due to the sometimes steep prices.  A nice dress at either of the aforementioned places can be anywhere from $80.00 and up.

Hip and Curvy sells plus sized fashions for a really decent price and has many different styles from Maxi Dresses and Rompers to Skater dresses and Blouses.  There seems to be a style for almost anyone who is looking for trendy and reasonably priced Curvy Clothes.  I picked out my 2 faves and posted them below,  The Jamie and The Karly

Like I always do when I find a new place to shop I contacted the owner and ask if they are CD/TG Friendly and ask permission to do a blog post about their product.  Business owner Jennifer was quick to email me back and stated she has sold clothes to Crossdressers on a few occasions.  I decided to do a little bit of a interview and spotlight some of the fashions she sells.  Her website can be found at Hip and Curvy

1: What was the main reason you decided to get into Curvy Clothes?

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The Jamie

I have been plus size since i hit puberty. At my slimmest I was a size 14. I always struggled finding trendy clothes that I could afford. Thus, Hip and Curvy was born. I want all curvy women to wear clothes that they feel GREAT in; confident in. Just because I am fat, doesn’t mean I should have to wear ugly clothes.

2: Do you prefer “Curvy” over “Plus Size”

I am so comfortable with myself that it doesn’t matter what you call me. I am fat. I am a size 20 and I have lots of fat, however, I look fabulous! I think that once you are comfortable with who you are, it doesn’t matter what someone wants to refer to you as.

3: Do you do the designs yourself?

I do not design the clothes myself, but I select all of the styles personally. I select items that I feel are flattering for curvy women!

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The Karly

4: Do you just ship in Canada or Internationally?

At the moment, I am targeting a Canadian audience because there is more access to plus size clothing in the United States. However, I am open to shipping internationally if needed!

5: What do you think is most important when picking out a new dress?

I think the most important thing when picking out a new dress is finding the right color for your complexion. TRY THINGS ON! TRY NEW THINGS!!!! Finding a dress that fits your curves is important as well. If you don’t have a waist, buy something that makes it look like you have a waist (Empire is usually best for this). Depending on the occasion, when appropriate, show a bit of cleavage!

6: Where would you like to see your business in 5 years?

In 5 years, I would like to be designing the clothes myself and having my designs manufactured. In order to do this, I have to build up my clientelle, which is happening now.

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The Nikki

I would like to thank Jennifer for taking time out to answer my questions and I am hoping at some point I will be able to order a piece from her.

Thanks For Reading

Cynthia