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Peekaboo-Chic {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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So, it finally got “cold” here in Southern California. As in the high is only in the 50s and 60s during the day! I know this sounds ridiculous to those of you in below-freezing temps, but trust me, 50° seems really cold when last week we were strutting around in shorts because it was 80°! So, I’m all about layers right now–and have I got some cute layers for you!

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Peekaboo-Chic is an adorable online boutique that specializes in “lavish layering for women, ” especially in regard to “skirt and legwear accentuation.” I bet you didn’t know you could accentuate your skirt or legwear, but oh, you can! All of their creations are handcrafted from patterns made by fashion designers in Utah, and these ladies know what they’re doing. Their creations are so cute!

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I’m loving all of their Boot Socks! I never seem to have the right boots or the right outfit to pull this look off, but after seeing how cute these socks are, I sure want to! They also make boho-chic hair accessories, beautiful slip dresses that are perfect for that dress that is too low at the top and too high in the bottom, as well as slip extenders. I was sent the Bring on the Frill Layering Skirt in Gray to review, and can I just say, I LOVE the versatility of this skirt!

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First of all, it can be worn as the obvious, a skirt. The top panel can be worn flat to lengthen the skirt or folded down to shorten it and add extra coverage of your middle section. The fabric is polyester/spandex so it’s a little clingy on my bum when worn this way, but if I pair it with a pair of leggings or tights, it lessens the effect.

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Next, it can be worn as a slip extender. I’ve already praised the utility of such slip extenders, so I won’t say much more than they are awesome. I especially love this skirt as a slip extender because the fabric is super soft and stretchy but also a little silky, so it flows nicely underneath my skirt instead of bunching up or feeling uncomfortable like some slips can feel.

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Lastly, it can be worn as an adorable frilly tunic! Like I said, the material is really soft and silky, so I had to wear a shirt underneath and put a belt around my waist to help the top stay up and finish the look, but I love the final product! Super put together and right on-trend.

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Do I need to say that I love this skirt? For $36 you are getting an incredibly versatile piece that can be worn in a variety of ways and a variety of settings. Dress it up with some bling and wear it to a wedding; dress it down with a pair of jeans and wear it to Girls Night! It comes in a variety of cute shades including Cream, Camel, Black, Red and Mustard, so it can be worn with countless skirts, dresses, pants, tops and sweaters. The Bring on the Frill Layering Skirt can be purchased at Peekaboo-chic.com. But if you’re feeling lucky, enter below to win a skirt of your own in Black or Cream! And be sure to connect with them on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to be in the know on the latest deals and steals!

Win a Bring on the Frill Layering Skirt in Black or Cream!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of February 18, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Peekaboo Chic, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Cake Lingerie {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Yesterday was the day to end all pregnant days.  I was up all night the night before because I was uncomfortable, I could hardly clean my house or do laundry without feeling pain in my lower back and hips, and I swear that I had to go to the bathroom every half hour throughout the day.  I have had a fairly easy pregnancy so far, but yesterday was my “Welcome-to-the-third-trimester” wake-up call.

And, really, it’s not going to get much easier for several more months!  I’ll continue to get larger and larger and my body will ache more and more, only to have the baby and find that although my body is no longer as heavy as it had once been, my body shape has inevitably changed and will continue to change while we all figure out nursing.  Don’t get me wrong — I love pregnancy and I especially love the end result of welcoming a new baby into the world, but sometimes, this part of womanhood can be difficult to embrace.

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Cake Lingerie brings you delicious fabrics and indulgent details that give you a taste of your individual self. Within the practical world of pregnancy and breastfeeding we find the feminine in you. Although you may be a mother, here you are a woman first.  Feel confident knowing that each item has been innovatively engineered. From our flexible wire bras that mold perfectly to your changing body to technically constructed soft cups and seamless transition bras, each piece is as intricately unique as the different stages of your changing body.”

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the Toffee Clear Strapless Maternity Bra and Brief Set (which also happened to be last month’s Bra of the Month!) from Cake Lingerie, especially during this time when I’m not feeling especially feminine.  This maternity bra can also be used as a nursing bra, with cleverly hidden straps near the floral additions.  I really love that the fabric on the outside of the bra is a neutral tone that I can wear under light-colored clothing, but that the inside lining is a floral print material.  The bra straps can be worn in three different ways, which is helpful as I never quite know what set-up will feel comfortable from one day to the next.

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In addition to bras and briefs, Cake Lingerie also offers camisoles, robes, shorts, and pants that can be used through pregnancy and maternity months and well into the nursing stages.  I love that these pieces can be mixed and matched to work through all seasons, from the warm summer months when the shorts and camis are enough to cooler fall and winter months where a robe would come in handy.

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1. Choc Vanilla Short

2. Apple Crumble Robe

3. Choc Vanilla Camisole

4. Choc Vanilla Lounge Pant

Head on over to take a look at the number of classy pieces that are available through Cake Lingerie, then come back here and enter to win a Toffee Clear Strapless Maternity Bra!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the morning of Wednesday, July 31st, and emailed within 24 hours.   If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Cake Lingerie, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

fullbeauty {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Having a full figure is a blessing and a curse.  Usually a curse, in my opinion.  I haven’t been able to buy a fitting bra from a regular store (aka Target) since high school.  The waistline on dresses always creeps up to “empire” style, and finding a button-up shirt that fits in the waist but can still button all the way up is a joke.  I’ve taken completely to online shopping when it comes to bras, and whether you’re plus size or not up top, you will find some super flattering and beautiful bras at fullbeauty, in bra sizes 32-58, cup sizes A-N!

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The same frustration comes in finding swimsuits that cater to a full figure!!  Its a nightmare trying to find something with enough coverage AND support for a mom who doesn’t want to show a heap of cleavage at the kiddy pool.  Have YOU found your swimsuit of the season?  Let me show off some way cute options from fullbeauty!  All of these are perfection in my book: they come in larger bust sizes, they are modest, and they are right in line with what is stylish and trendy right now.  Big busted women can be stylish too!

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What makes these suits so great is that they are made in larger sizes, and not just for high school bodies.  These are for the mom with stretch marks, saggy skin, and post-baby fluff!  Many of these suits feature compression fabric and built-in underwire support, along with tummy control panels in gathered side shirred styles to hide flaws.  Music to my ears.

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I’m really embracing the swimdress lately.  Oh where are the thighs of my youth?!  I was super excited to review a swimdress from fullbeauty, and I hit the beach this weekend to show it off!  This is the Nautical Stripes Swimdress, sold for $69.99-$79.99, featuring a fun fold of fabric that starts across the bust and goes over the shoulder.

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Things I love about this swimsuit: I LOVE nautical, so we were in instant match based on the colors and stripes.  The gold anchor clip on the shoulder is classic, and the fit is great.  This is not just a dress–it has a suit underneath made in powernet lining for great compression and comfort.  It has a shelf bra and foam cups, and I was surprised with the nice and thick weight of the nylon/spandex which also provides SPF 40+ UV protection.  Note that on my body, the shelf bra was pulling the swimsuit down too much for my taste, so I just snipped it out, and then it layed the way I wanted it to.

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I love it!  I think it is the PERFECT mommy swimsuit.  I’m not trying to pick up men.  I’m trying to pick up hooligan children and keep them from drowning.  I don’t have to wear a frumpy swimteam one-piece, though!  This is still so cute in my book, and I feel so confident wearing it.

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Ok, not to draw attention to my chest, but do you see how supported and shaped my (ahem) bust is?  I’ll let you in on a secret: The Swim Bra.  Have you heard of it? Fullbeauty sells this wonder for $34.99-$39.99, and when I saw it, I knew it would be worth every penny.

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Are you familiar with the feeling of droopiness and complete lack of support in a swimsuit?  There is nothing like feeling exposed and unsupported when you’re wearing nothing but stretch knit in front of family and friends.  This swim bra is my favorite addition to my swim wardrobe, and will accompany every swimsuit I ever wear.  So why is it so special?  First off, it has thin, quick-drying foam cups that won’t absorb water and make you look ridiculous.  Item #2: it has convertible straps that attach anywhere to work with every swimsuit style, regardless of whether you want to wear it with a halter top, cross-back, or even strapless suit.  Also, there are silicone grippers lining the top to provide a close and secure fit without shifting.  See?

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I’ve considered wearing this as a full-time daily bra, especially in the heat of the summer, when I’m sweating like a banshee and moisture under my clothes is so uncomfortable.  My only qualm is that the clear straps are too long, even when adjusted to the shortest length, to wear like tradition over-the-shoulder bra straps, but they’d probably be fine on a taller person, or when worn in a cross-body or halter style.  It is very lightweight and totally comfortable, and SO worth the investment.

Now go pick out your swimsuit of the summer at add a swimbra to your order!  Remember, whether you’re plus size or not, fullbeauty is stocked with beautiful lingerie styles in bra sizes 32-58, cup sizes A-N!

One winner will win The Swim Bra in their choice of size and color!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 28th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by fullbeauty, but all opinions are strictly my own

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