Ashley Nell Tipton Plus Size Crop Tops

Ashley Nell Tipton Plus Size Crop Tops

jth_pm_ant-stripe-bestI fell in love with these Ashley Nell Tipton plus size crop tops and wanted to buy them to encourage J.C. Penney to continue to collaborate with her. I love the print, both the stripes and the fabulous lipstick print. But I found that they ran quite large and I had not ordered properly, so they looked a little boxy on me. I went down a size from my usual 4X, after noting that the Ashley Nell Tipton bomber jacket ran quite large, but even the 3X was a little big, as you can see. But they are so cute, still available, and YAY come to a generous size 5X, on-sale right now.

jth_ant-pm-lipstick-bestAshley Nell Tipton Scuba Crop Top Size 3X (runs big)

To compare my measurements to yours click HERE.

Peace, Affinity

photo: Jim Hirabayashi

Ashley Nell Tipton’s Sequin Bomber Jacket

2-ant-sequin-jacket-cropI have been an Ashley Nell Tipton fan since long before she won Project Runway. You might remember my fun sequin skirt and how excited I was when I found out she was going to be on Project Runway. After she won Project Runway I heard rumors that she was going to work with JC Penney, and I saw a little clip of her with this jacket on, and then I stalked their site every day for several weeks before it was available for sale.

So imagine my disappointment when I ordered this amazing jacket with sequin arms, two sizes too big. I have the jacket binder-clipped in the back so I could show it to you. The jacket is cute, but way too heavy and hot for California. And it runs large. I bought a 4X, and I should have purchased a 2X. But it is on sale right now, and how fun to have a fabulous jacket from the Project Runway Season 14 Winner, Ashley Nell Tipton. Who thought that we would ever have a plus size collection winner and then she would have a plus size collection, that I could afford to buy. YAY!

Ashely Nell Tipton Sequin Sleeve Bomber Jacket Size 4 (runs large)
Torrid Rib Knit Skater Dress Size 3 (a little small for me, I should have kept the Size 4)

To compare my measurements to yours click HERE.

Peace, Affinity

photo: Jim Hirabayashi

That Last Moment of Black Floral for Summer!

black-floral-dress-best-picmonkey-jimI bought this Lovesick floral print, scuba fabric dress on sale a couple of weeks ago. We usually have a little warm weather in October here in California and I thought it would be good for those days. You may have noticed that florals on black are everywhere this year. It is cute, but I find scuba fabric a little hot and cloying, so I don’t know how much I will be wearing this dress. But right now it is on sale, so check it out!

cutout-picmonkey-black-floral-dress-good-jimBut I was not paying attention, and I did not realize that it has a little cut-out just above the waist, that shows skin. Clearly not appropriate for tutoring. So do I cover the cut-out by putting a little cloth on the inside of the dress or do I just wear it to play in? I have not decided that yet. But I might just wear it to brunch this morning.

I love the hat. I hate the sun and I am always looking for a hat. And in case you were wondering, it is quite a large hat, and fits my 21 1/4″ head with a little room to spare.

Lovesick Floral Scuba Dress with Cutout, Size 3
Lovesick Straw Flat Brim Hat
Zipper Gladiator Sandals Size 10 WW – Jessica London ComfortView

To compare my measurements to yours click HERE.

Peace, Affinity

photo: Jim Hirabayashi

Do You Love Your Shoulders? Try the Cold Shoulder Look!

sharon robin 2016I have been on vacation and I had a little visit with my sister.  She told me that the cold-shoulder is her very favorite trend right now. She says that at age 73, her shoulders are her very best asset, and she is going to show them off whenever she gets a chance.

So I looked around and the cold shoulder look is EVERYWHERE.

cold shoulder city chic size 2xxI started at City Chic, and they have 105 cold shoulder choices in their Size XXL, which I find fits me really well at Size 24/26. Wow, 105 choices.

lovesick shoulderI also checked out Lovesick, Torrid’s less expensive, hipper sister, and they have 7 cold shoulder choices in a Size 5, which is a Size 26/28. How fun is that?

City Chic Cold Shoulder
Lovesick Cold Shoulder, and they are having a Buy One Get One Free Sale This Weekend.

Peace, Affinity

Modcloth Size 4X – How Does It Fit?

mandala topWelcome back to the new, more casual, every topic I want to write about, Affatshionista. There will be lots of selfies about how things fit, my water fitness program, other bloggers, and yes, even Burning Man. Lots of examples of what did, and didn’t work.
Hang on to your hats!

Modcloth Size 4X – How Does It Fit? 

I fell in love with this Posh Power Top from Modcloth, and I had to have it. You know they have a ton of plus sizes, sometimes even to a size 30, but I sometimes have a problem with fit.

Modcloth Size 4X, How Does it Fit?This is my first every Affatshionista selfie because I wanted to share with you one of my pet peeves about plus sizes. I have a problem with extra large armholes. I do not have particularly large arms, they are about 15″, but this armhole is 31″.

mandla top clipped2So what to do? I came up with the “wear it over a sports bra, or t-shirt”, and then sew a little tuck in the fabric under the arm (that is a barrette holding place for the tuck).  As you can see, the armhole is too big, but it does not look as messy with the tuck. I am going to make it work. The rule at my house, is fix it today or send it back, no putting it in the mending pile.

aff mandala earringsI even bought some mandala earring because I loved the top so much, and I think I will outline the earrings with a black sharpie to make the colors a little more cohesive.

Of course Modcloth carries a lot of tops in Size 4X, by many different brands, but be careful out there, trust the photos, and if it isn’t just what you want, either find a way to make it work, or send it back!

Modcloth Posh Power Top – Size 4X, hip width 70″, length 31″
Mandala Earrings

A special shout out to Marcy Cruz who encouraged me to come back to blogging, and to do it my way.
I am happy to be back hanging our with y’all.


So Excited To Be Included in Links à la Mode!

New Size 3 at TorridI am so excited to be featured by Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) in Links à la Mode, the weekly IFB roundup!  Each week, IFB editors curate the 20 best links of the week from beauty to fashion. Here’s a roundup of this weeks 20 best links for your reading…

Links à la Mode, August 13

SPONSOR: Shopbop Miu Miu Sunglasses, Monica Vinader, Brixton, Men’s CK Jeans, Jason Wu, Stella McCartney, Leather Jackets, Booties with Fringe, Off Shoulder Maxi Dresses & Fold Over Clutches.


photo: Tex Allen

Everyday Style in a Torrid Size 3!

New Size 3 at TorridWhen our blogging collective chose “Everyday Style” as our theme this month, I knew that I wanted to wear a tunic and cropped leggings, because that is my everyday style. So I started shopping at Torrid because I really wanted to see how the new sizes fit on me. You can read about Torrid’s new sizes HERE. This is a Torrid 3X tunic, and a new arrival. I have always worn a 4X top at Torrid. This 3X is just a tiny bit snug around my hips, but I am clear the 4X would be too large. So a 3X it is.

Size 3 TorridTunic: Torrid Size 3 Striped Cinch Tunic Top
Leggings: From my closet over 3 years ago
Zipper Gladiator Sandals Size 10 WW – Jessica London ComfortView

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE

EVERYDAY STYLE-2Don’t stop here. Check out AHEAD OF THE CURVE where my fellow bloggers will show you their looks for our “Everyday Style” collaboration. Just click HERE.

Ahead of the Curve, is a collective of plus size bloggers that come together to post on the same subject. Stay in touch with Ahead of the Curve by liking us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram as Ahead_of_the_Curve_Bloggers or Pinterest.


photo: Tex Allen

How To Have a Plus Size, Sexy, Happy Holiday!

I am sure you have the holidays on your mind, I know that I do. Just in case you want to create your own little holiday I have some ideas for you! Just click on the links underneath each photo for more information.

If you are looking for a little more coverage, this Babydoll Peignoir Set includes a babydoll nightie with underwire cups, sheer coat and matching G-string, and comes in a variety of colors.

Here is another great babydoll, in a variety of colors, which would also be great for all of those date nights with your sweetie.

I love this pajama top, sexy and comfy, in a variety of colors, but I love this eggplant color. The matching pajama pants are sold separately.

If you are looking for a corset, I love this one, and it comes in variety of colors and sizes. Please notice that it comes in “Bra” Sizes. That means that you order your regular bra size. They suggest going up a size if you are a DDD-E cup.

If you want your order by Christmas, you can order by Express Mail until 10am Pacific time on December 18th, or Priority Mail until December 21.

My readers tell me the sizes run a little small, so I suggest you go up a size.


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