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friday five + a (mini) rant!

It’s Friday – #thankgod.

I haven’t done a Friday Five in a while because I haven’t liked anything enough if we’re being honest here. I’m going to try to throw a few things together because, well, it’s Friday and I feel like it’s the right thing to do. Let’s get into it, shall we?

  1. Mindy is back in April. The 12th, to be exact.

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Finally! It’s been long enough, no? Who’s ready for my obsessive re-caps? Because I’m for sure ready to write them.

2. It’s been a week since the Grammy’s, but I have to say that I cannot get enough of the performances. Specifically, the Carrie Underwood/Sam Hunt one and the Tori Kelly/James Bae Bay one. Neither of which are available anywhere.

I’m OK with grainy YouTube videos that people made by just pointing a camera at the television, but I really wanted to download them and have them forever. So if there’s a way, let me know! i’m sure that wasn’t the creepiest thing i’ve ever said on here, but on a scale of 1-watch list, it was a solid 6.

3.Speaking of creepy, it must have been a slow news day yesterday because the breaking news that Harry Styles got a hair cut popped up on my Newsfeed. I, of course, immediately shared it because THANK GOD. It turns out that it was only a trim, but it looks clean so all is right with the world. With this break going on, I’ll take anything I can get.

4. It’s been gray and windy and cold in New York lately so yesterday, I decided we needed some flowers in the house. My roommates parents were out for the day so for a treat I went to my favorite bodega flower shop and picked out 3 bunches of flowers and had the guy wrap them nicely. For less than $20 I had a florist quality arrangement. Who needs Trader Joes?

Bodega flowers > Trader Joes flowers 🌹🌼🌻🌸🌷

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5. I’ve been on the hunt for two dresses. One for a work event and one for a wedding. The one for the wedding I think I may have found, it just has to get to my house and then it needs to fit. fingers crossed! The one for the work event (that I don’t even know if I’m offically attending yet) is out there, I just have to find it. I saw this dress on Instagram and I HAD to have it.

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I’ve been on the hunt for a tulle skirt for a while now. This dress combines the non-hassle of a dress and the ballerina- like tulle that I yearn for. Except, like most things in my life right now, it is unobtainable. Why? I am not spending $74.50 on a dress that I’ll wear maybe three times. Call me cheap, I don’t care. #sorrynotsorry. I’m tired of having to spend so much more money on clothes just because I’m plus sized. I’ve ranted before and I’ll probably rant again, but for now I’ll just lust from afar.

Real quick though, because I didn’t tell this story when it happened and since we’re on the topic – I went shopping for the dress I need for a wedding. I was with my mom in JCPenney. I honestly was not in the mood to shop, but we were in the mall and decided to look. There was absolutely nothing on the ONE RACK of plus size dresses. Actually, there was one dress that I decided to try on, but I knew it wasn’t the right dress. I scanned it to see the price and it came up full price. My mom found the same exact dress in a straight size and scanned it and that dress was on sale. She found a salesgirl and asked why this was. I had walked away towards the dressing room. My mom was getting progressively louder, which she never does, and I was getting progessively more irritated, which always happens. I was about to just scream “Ma! Enough! I’m not buying the dress” when I heard her stop. The bottom line was that the salesgirl had no idea/explanation as to why the dresses were different prices. My mom accused JCPenney of being biased, probably leaving the salesgirl soooo happy she came to work that day. I DMed JCPenney on Twitter because I had luck that way before and because I was really disgusted. Not only because of the dress price difference but because the whole plus size section looked like a schlock shop/ a nursing home closet; in total disarray and filled with old lady clothes. They never got back to me. I’m tired of it.

Here’s what I sent to them on Twitter:

I was dress shopping in your Staten Island Mall store and I have a huge bone to pick with you. First of all, the plus size section is an absolute horror. The styles are outdated and have been for a while now. Second, I went in looking for formal wear, or at the very least a nice dress to wear to a wedding. The dress section is all mixed together Misses, Plus, Petites and Juniors. Except Plus Size was relegated to ONE rack. Every other size had beautiful dresses for every occasion. The one rack for for plus size had mostly winter items. Finally, there was a dress on the ONE plus size rack that I decided to try on. When I went to scan it, the dress was full price. When I scanned the exact same dress in a straight size, it was 25% off. The salesgirl could not give me an explanation as to why this was. I’ll tell you why – as many strides as plus size fashion has made, it hasn’t come far enough. Stores (not just JCP) refuse to acknowledge the plus size consumer as a person. We deserve nice clothes and a vast selection also. I understand you can’t please everyone but this store has had this problem for a while now. Please at least try to fix this. You owe it to your loyal customers.

I mean, whatever. Unfortunately, I can’t boycott the store because it’s one of the only places that is easily accessible for me.

Well this took a turn. Anyway, what have you been loving/ making you happy this week?

Let’s discuss!

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fashion hits- grammys 2015

The Grammys were on last night and for some reason I haven’t seen any posts on the night’s fashions. Never fear! That’s what I’m here for. I don’t know if this will be a best/worst kind of thing, but as usual, since almost no forethought went into this post, I’m just going to throw it all out there and see where it lands. (and by “no forethought” i mean i just want to look at pretty dresses and handsome men in tuxedos, not rank them in order of any kind of greatness.)

I’m not a fan of the color black in clothing. Sure, every woman needs her go – to LBD and there are some pieces that, if you’re going to make an investment, should be black or at least extremely neutral so that you get your money’s worth. In general though, I prefer color. There’s just too many of them not to take advantage. Last night, I noticed a nice handful of black dresses and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed.

I’ve mentioned here before that I’m not a big Beyonce fan. However, when she hits it, she hits it. amirite?

photo by Jordan Strauss/ AP

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off topic – i’d love to look through their photo albums, no?

I’m glad that Nicki Minaj has finally dropped the rainbow hair and the crazy outfits because underneath it all, I think she’s really attractive. I never thought I’d be complimenting her outfit but we’re both growing up, I guess.

photo by T. Wenn

photo by T. Wenn

Then we move inside and the show starts. Jessie J comes out with Tom Jones and it’s all kinds of jaw dropping. My aunt and uncle had come over for dinner and stayed to watch some of the show.

All she has on is her underwear! – my uncle screamed

If I had her body, I’d throw that on to go grocery shopping – my aunt countered

God bless her – my mother mumbled

Honestly, I’m going to have to go with my mom and my aunt on this one. If I had her body, I’d probably forget to put that overlay on before I ran out to my local grocery store. God Bless.

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Also, can we please talk about Tom Jones’ jacket? I’m in love. What are my chances of getting my future husband, whoever he may be, to wear that bad boy at our wedding? I’m going to try.

Lady Gaga is another person who has cleaned her fashion act up – thank goodness. I was getting a little tired of the meat dresses and the hatching out of an egg and the polar bear’s ass around her head. She’s been working with Tony Bennett for a while now and it only did good things for her, in my opinion.

She’s another one that if I had her body, I’d throw one of those dresses on to run errands.

I’m glad that Taylor Swift wore color. A really pretty one too. At first I was a little eh over her outfit, but then I saw her shoes and I was all for it. Also, I was happy this dress “forbid” her from wearing a red lip. It’s a nice change.

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Katy Perry might not have worn color, per-say, but her hair was purple so that counts. I loved her dress because it sparkled. (spoiler alert: i love anything that sparkles)

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Men’s fashion is so hard to comment on because, really, they all look the same after a while. But there are some exceptions. John Mayer, for example. I don’t know where he crawled out from but he looks good. Ed Sheeran looks like Ed Sheeran. A little unkempt yet still put together. A little bad ass (those tattoos!) with a baby’s face.

Can we talk about Nick Jonas for a minute? First of all, how old his he? I thought he was 21 but he doesn’t look 21, does he? Is this what 21 year olds look like these days? Woof. To be honest, his suit would not be my first choice. But then again, he could show up in just his Calvins and I don’t think anyone would mind.

(Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

(Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

ahem, well.

ahem, well.

See what I mean?

Last but not least, and believe me I wasn’t going to even mention her, but I am really loving Kim Kardashian‘s haircut. I would say “new haircut” but honestly, I have no idea if it’s new. I can’t keep up. (ba dum dum) Her dress? eh. I love that it’s beaded and sparkly but it looks like a robe. She looks unfinished finished. Like, there’s nothing to add but she doesn’t seem quite done. Is it me?

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So how did I do? What are your thoughts on last night’s fashions? The performances? The awards in general? Leave me a comment and let’s discuss! (<- I think I found a way to sign off!)

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