Monday, March 13, 2017

Plus Sized Outfit for ONLY $50 with Thrift Plus!

I cannot tell you all how excited I am for this collaboration!  I reached out to Thrift Plus after they started following me on Instagram and together we decided that I should do a post where I get a whole outfit for $50!  A three piece outfit for a plus sized girl for $50?  I love that idea!  I love nice clothes but I also love saving money!  If you love saving money, read to the end of my post for a COUPON CODE!


 Thrift Plus is an online boutique where you can find new and in excellent condition plus sized clothing.  It's all the convenience of online shopping but at a thrift store price!  They sell items from size 10-32!  They have a lot of items in the larger range which I find lacking on most sites.  They also buy excellent condition used clothing and even have a process where you can send in pictures for pre-screening.  All orders of $50 or more ship for free.  They just started in Sept 2016.  c

Thrift Plus is run by Miranda Schultz and her husband Kevin who does the photography and the technical side.  Miranda is a plus sized gal who loves plus sized fashion.  She was selling off some of her gently used clothes on Facebook and saw how many women were longing for beautiful plus sized clothing at an affordable price.  Miranda started Thrift Plus to help plus sized ladies around the country.  She is the cutest and I wish we could go to coffee!

Onto the outfit!  I managed to get a three piece outfit for $50.  I happened to be shopping on a weekend where there was a $5 off jackets or coats coupon.  Not only did I get three pieces, I got some good name brand stuff!  If you have any question about how an item might fit, you can ask Miranda.

Here's the break down:
Ambition 3/4 Sleeve Black Blazer $14.99 on coupon for $9.99
Eloquii Blue Cross Front Peplum Top $19.99
Ashley Stewart Black and White Scuba Circle Skirt $19.99



GUESS WHAT?!?  Today, Thrift Plus is giving ALL of you a 20% off coupon!  Just use code Ashley20 and you'll get 20% off.  I'm so excited that I get to share this with you all.  You have to hurry because there's only one of each item in the shop!  Can you get a full outfit for $50, too?



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Product Find: Kombrewcha (Kombucha for 21+)

A few weeks ago, I got invited to an amazing brunch for the launch of Kombrewcha in the Sacramento area in the gorgeous Mulvaney's party room.  I'm not gonna lie, I've never been invited to an event like this before and I was pretty darn excited!  Today, I wanted to share what I learned about the product with you and some pictures of the event.

I've jumped on the flatlay bandwagon.  LOL!
Kombrewcha is a naturally alcoholic kombucha tea that is low in calories and sugar.  Kombrewcha is pretty low in alcohol, organic, only 65 calories per serving, and full of probiotics.  They use small amounts of agave nectar to give it a sweet finish.  Most kombucha manufacturers remove the alcohol out of their product so they can sell it as a tea drink which makes the kombucha more sour and acidic.  Kombucha is a lightly effervescent drink that is made with kombucha yeast fermented with black or green tea and usually sweetened.  It is said to have health benefits from all the fermenting and probiotics.  

I have tried kombucha tea and I normally don't like it very much.  It's too acidic for me.  Kombrewcha doesn't have that acidity.  I really enjoy drinking Kombrewcha since it has a nice lightly sweet flavor and just a tiny kick of alcohol.  This is perfect for brunch since I don't do well with strong drinks early in the day.  My favorite flavor is the Berry Hibiscus since it is a little fruity and a little floral.  

As promised here are the pictures from the event!  It was so fun!  







You can get Kombrewcha in the Sacramento area at Nugget Markets or in West Sac at The Beer Cooler.  If you are not local to me, you can check out Kombrewcha's website to see where you can get it and they ship to some places too!  (I am not affiliated with Kombrewcha and get nothing if you decide to purchase.  I was given samples and yummy food at the event but all the my opinions, as always, are mine.)


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Monday, March 6, 2017

Gwynnie Bee Plus Size Clothing Box 1

In my February Favorites post, I mentioned that I just started a 30 day FREE trial of Gwynnie Bee.  Today, I wanted to show you what I got in my first box and tell you about my experience so far.  Spoiler alert, I loved my first box so much that I signed up to be an affiliate.  If you sign up using my link, it will help me to keep my subscription.  Thank you for any support that you give my blog!


Gwynnie Bee is a monthly subscription where you can rent out clothes sizes 10-32.  They mail the clothing to you and when you are done with the items you can either return them or buy them for a discounted price.  You don't know need wash the clothes, you just throw them into the pre-paid envelope and put them back in the mail.  They suggest you go onto the site and mark the items that you are returning so they can start preparing your next shipment.

I was super excited when I signed up for Gwynnie Bee!  I immediately started adding things to my closet.  There are TONS of brands I've never tried before on the site.  When I was unsure about how the items would fit, I would read through the reviews.  People who leave reviews will say if things fit true to size or runs small/large.  I also loved seeing the photos that people posted of themselves in the clothes!  It was really helpful to see the clothes on real bodies and even more so when I found someone with my body type.  I added about a dozen items to my closet and shortly after I got an email saying that my first box had shipped.  The email showed the items that were coming so I could plan where I should wear my pieces.

Here's how my box arrived.

The first three items I got were all dresses.  It pushed me to go outside of my style a little which was the point when I decided to try Gwynnie Bee.  I wanted to try different styles and different brands that I might not have access to in real life.  The first three dresses were quite a bit out of my comfort zone.  I'm also not great at styling or accessorizing but I gave it a shot.  My photos are mostly taken by my 9 year old son, it is what it is.  

This is the Georgia Floral Dress in Black from Queen of Heartz.  I should have sized up in this dress but I don't think that would have helped a lot.  The neckline fit me funny, it was too loose but the rest of the dress was very tight.  The hemline wasn't for me.  I put sent this dress back without wearing.  I styled it with a big necklace, a small lace clutch, and shiny peep toe shoes.  (Sorry, I did an awful job editing out my neighbor's house and an super ugly tree that had all its branches trimmed down that was super distracting.)  

This is Ruched Dress in Polka Dot print from Eliza J.  This dress fit like a dream!  The gathering was so flattering on my body.  I almost kept this one.  I wore it ALL day to a lunch with my new friend Kendra of Paleo Paparazzi and then an influencer event at a sports bar.  I felt adorable and super comfortable.  I also didn't feel the need to wear shape wear.  I styled this with a statement necklace, a white cardigan, and some booties.  (Huge shout out to my friend Megan from Unsipped for taking this photo for me!)

Lastly, I got the Bold Floral Belted Sweater Dress from Gabby Skye.  This one is so cute!  The heavier material is perfect for winter/early spring in California.  I loved the fit of this dress!  The added little belt really enhanced my waistline.  The heavy fabric made me feel like I could get away with no shape wear again.  I wore this out to happy hour with my amazing friend Wanda from A Blog Called Wanda and she called me a foxy lady.  :D  I style this here with some wedges.

I'm really excited to get my next box from Gwynnie Bee!  I think this service would be great for anyone losing weight (you could get different sizes as often as you want), who goes to lots of events (like me) and doesn't want to have the same stuff on all the time, or anyone who loves fashion but doesn't want to commit to buying a bunch of clothes.  Have you ever tried a service like this?  Let me know what you thought in the comments!  

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February 2017 Favorites

Hi friends!  I thought I would try a new kind of post and share my favorites once a month.  I know a lot of YouTubers do this and I think it's fun to see what people are liking every month.  It's a nice way to get to know them and a great way to hear about new products, tv shows, books, etc... that I might not have already heard about.

***I have used a few affiliate links in this post (and lots of non affiliate links.)  If you purchase or sign up through the affiliate links, I will get a small benefit.  Thank you for any support you'd like to give my blog!


One Day at a Time on Netflix.  Netflix put a new spin on the classic One Day at a Time tv show.  This show is about a single mom who is a former Army nurse raising her teenage daughter and her preteen son with the help of her old school Cuban mother.  I love this show!  It has the cheesy 90's sitcom vibe but under all that, they hit the hard issues like Veteran's issues, PTSD, immigration, feminism, and more.  Every single episode makes me laugh and cry.  I deeply care about the characters and I cannot wait for another season of this show.

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 Gwynnie Bee.  I just signed up for the free trial of Gwynnie Bee and I don't know why I waited for so long!  I enjoy it so much I applied to be an affiliate.  I've been going to so many events lately and I don't want to buy a new outfit every time.  Gwynnie Bee works perfectly for me since I can rent an outfit, it ships to me, I wear it, and return it.  I don't have to wash anything and once they get the items back, they ship me new clothes.  A monthly subscription is about how much I usually pay for just one outfit.  I'm going to do a full post on Gwynnie Bee really soon.  You can get a FREE month to try it out and see if it works for you, check it out HERE.


This super cute unicorn macaron from Rooftop Macarons.  I mean, doesn't she look just like me?  LOL!  This is the photo I took and posted on my Instagram.  This macaron was as tasty as it was cute!  And yes, I eat these things.  I don't believe in buying cute food just to let it go bad and sit around.  Though, truthfully, sometimes that happens.


Primula infusion pitcher with lemon strawberry water.  I finally folded and bought a real infusion pitcher.  I was using a regular pitcher before and it doesn't work as well.  I could be imagining things but I think this pitcher works better, the water tastes better, and I don't get lemon seeds or chunks of fruit in my cup.  I like drinking lemon water because it's good for my health but sometimes it can be too sour or lean a little bitter.  I've started adding some strawberries and they lend a great natural sweetness!  Plus it's nice to change things up so you don't get sick of the same flavor everyday.  I've been adding a few different fruits to my water but this combo is by far my favorite.


I was recently photographed at the Old Elk Grove Farmers Market and published in Ardent for Life Magazine which clearly makes it my new favorite magazine, right?  LOL!  But seriously, they put out a GORGEOUS glossy full color magazine all about Elk Grove and it's FREE!  Yes, that's right!  You can pick up your copy around town for free.  I usually get mine at Rescate Coffee.

I hope you found some fun new things or at least enjoyed hearing about my favorites this month.  Do you have favorites that I should check out?  Please leave me a comment and I will try to check them out!


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Port, Wine, and Chocolate Lover's Weekend

***This post is for the 21+ crowd!***

Over the years, I've heard of the Port Wine and Chocolate Lover's Weekend at the Old Sugar Mill.  It is always the weekend before Valentine's Day and I had been meaning to go for YEARS!  It sounded perfect for me since I like sweet wines and I LOOOOOOVE chocolate!  This year, I would lucky enough to be invited* to go to the event!


The event takes place at The Old Sugar Mill which is in Clarksburg while it's technically in Yolo County, it's super close to Elk Grove and Sacramento.  My biggest piece of advice for you for this event is to take an Uber or Lyft or taxi (I'm not affiliated with any of these companies.)  The reason is the parking lot is very small and the event gets very full.  Beyond that, the ticket price includes tastings at each of the 13 wineries plus you'll probably find wine you love, want to have a few glasses, and you don't want to drink and drive.

The admission comes with an Old Sugar Mill wine glass that you get to keep and that's what you use to go around and taste.  There is also a designated driver ticket available at a lower cost that includes admission with no tastings.  Most of the wineries have a table set up in the main hallway of the OSM so you don't have to go inside their tasting room unless you want to pay for their full tasting.  Most of the tastings came with a piece of chocolate or a piece chocolate dessert.  I discovered at this event that my palette has changed a bit and I don't drink wines quite as sweet as I used to.  I really enjoyed the most of the ports but some of the late season whites and muscats leaned a little too sweet for me.  My absolute FAVORITE thing I tasted was a Petite Sirah and sparkling wine mixed "cocktail" from Clarksburg Wine Company called L'Etoile Rouge.  I've never thought to mix wines together to make a wine cocktail.

Beyond the wines, OSM brings in some vendors (mostly food) and food trucks to the events.  All of the vendors I checked out were giving away samples of their goods.  We ended up buying some delicious marshmallows from The Rustic Puff for Valentine's Day to make the kids special hot cocoa and some yummy lime curd from 2 English Ladies.  For lunch, we got some tacos and an aqua fresca from Masa Guiseria and a gyro and some fries from Gyro King.  It was a really yummy lunch and we got to sit outside since that weekend was beautifully sunny!  They had live music set up outside.

There was a really cool mix of people at the event!  I met a young couple from Canada that were super sweet!  I also met a whole group of people from Sacramento AcroYoga which I've only seen on Instagram and Snapchat and it was awesome to see them doing their acroyoga in person.  They were all so kind and welcoming!  You never know who you'll meet at these events!

The Old Sugar Mill has events like this throughout the year, next up is a Brazilian Carnaval which I've never been to but sounds like fun!  I would recommend these events!  I've gone out there for a Wine and Cheese event and a Grapes and Grub event and they were both fun.

I've done something different and made a Youtube video of my SnapChat story from the Port Wine and Chocolate Lovers event.  It was my very first time doing this and I hope to improve in the future. Please let me know if you enjoy the video more than the usually handful of pictures I normally post.  Thank you!


*I was gifted tickets to this event through work.  This blog post was not solicited or sponsored.  I am simply sharing my experience about a cool event I went to in hopes that people looking into these events can get some information.  All opinions are my own.  

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