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Loft Plus Size In Store Launch

Loft recently launched the plus size collection size 16 to 26 in 50 stores across the US. Although I will make a few exceptions I really prefer to shop in person to try on items so I was very excited to hear my local store would be one of the 50 locations offering plus sizes. The Carriage Crossing location in Collierville, TN is the only location in the entire state to feature the collection in store and I was on hand to celebrate in full force at the recent launch party.

The team at Loft Carriage Crossing is so sweet and set up the sweetest in-store celebration.

Cupcakes by Buttercup brought the A game with the sweets - these are so moist and tasty!

Ehblooms provided the most beautiful bouquets in the perfect colors to celebrate fall fashion Sarah Howard with Limelife provided makeovers which was really fun. This was my first time experiencing this makeup line and I loved the pigmentation of the eye shadows - here's my finished look:
But of course we were all there for some fab…
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Lane Bryant x Girl With Curves Try On

If you wear a size 12+ unless you aren't on social media you've probably heard that Lane Bryant has launched a 20 piece collaboration with blogger Girl With Curves. With items selling out online on the launch day I knew I had to hurry up if I wanted to see things in store and try them on. 
The in-store display at the Southaven, MS location
The fitting room lighting was not great and while I'm not a fan of the mirror selfies sometimes you've got to work with what you have and I do want to be able to show you how these items fit. But, please don't judge my poor photo quality too much.
The item I wanted the most - like every other curvy girl apparently was the navy blue trench dress and this sold out online and was not in my local store. But, I was able to try on the other items I was most interested in.

The pleated lace black dress had a nice fit and I like how instead of a plain elastic waist it had a faux belt look. I think this dress would look waaaaay better …

Easy At Home Teeth Whitening

Recently I was asked to submit a headshot and y'all I was so embarrassed - my teeth were yellow! So I decided to use the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system to take care of it - sure I could just edit my photos to make my teeth look white but I'd rather have a bright white IRL smile.
Over the years I have used many whitening products - toothpaste, lights, strips and make at home trays but the reality is no matter how great the solution is getting it to stay on the teeth is the key to whitening and there's simply no match for a custom fit tray - which is exactly what Smile Brilliant offers.

In order to get a custom tray without having to visit the dentist  Smile Brilliant provides the materials needed to make molds of the teeth at home to be sent off for fitting. When I received my kit it came with all the instructions and enough materials to make three molds - this way if I got it wrong on the first try it was no big deal - I had enough materials to try again. Howeve…

Draper James Extended Sizes for Fall

Earlier this year I was so very excited when Draper James and Eloquii announced their partnership. I have been in love the with aesthetic of the Draper James brand since the very beginning and was so happy to finally be able to buy clothing in my size! So you can imagine my delight that not only is Draper James continuing to offer items in collaboration with Eloquii but select items are now available in XXL!!!  Here are the latest Draper James x Eloquii Dresses:
And there are some pretty cute tops in the latest collection as well, I recently purchased the polka dot ruffle sleeve tee - I love an elevated tee!


The fall collection also features jeans, leggings and a cute ruffle sleeve jacket, I really want the jacket!

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For anyone in the 14 you get the best of both worlds because you can select items from either collection as 14 is typically the highest size Draper James offers. For softer non structured pieces XL and XXL is available meaning ladies 16 to 20 also have a s…

Diner En Blanc with One Hope Wine

Memphis recently become the latest city to host Diner En Blanc and I had the pleasure of attending and enjoying a bottle of One Hope Wine along with a delicious dinner. Diner en Blanc is a very involved event but in a nutshell it's a flash mob / dinner party with food, wine, dancing and fun.

Diner En Blanc started in Paris 30 years ago with the simple idea of friends gathering for a dinner party - so the story goes no one in the group had an apartment large enough for the gathering so the group decided to meet in a park and all wear white in order to find each other easily. Thirty years later DEB has expended internationally and each event brings thousands of attendees - the inaugural Memphis DEB had 1,000 attendees.

Attending Diner En Blanc requires a lot of planning. Invitations / Tickets are offered in three phases: first to individuals who have attended prior events or those invited by the host  these individuals can then refer individuals to be included in the 2nd round an…

Shop With Mandysue - June 2018

Oh my Y'all! July has just flown by and I realized I never shared my June purchases with y'all. If you've been keeping up with me than you know that I love the brand Draper James but until recently I've been unable to get clothing items in my size. In March Eloquii announces a collaboration with Draper James offering beautiful styles in size 10 to 28 with two different collection releases. From the first collection I purchased a beautiful pink dress but for the second collection I was a little more prepared to purchase a few more items. The first item I really wanted was this blue magnolia dress. I love magnolias and it's Draper James's signature so I knew I wanted something with it. I'm a little disappointed the magnolia print is not the same as the regular Draper James collection but it's still a beautiful dress. This dress was recently worn by Chrissy Metz so I expect it to be in demand - it's current on sale on the Draper James site, which is …

$40 Date Carolina Watershed

As y'all know by now I am always challenging myself to find $40 dates for myself and Shaun. It's super easy for us to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant up the street and spend about $35 and be in and out in an hour but that's not very romantic or exciting. In general if a meal is going to be a $40 date than it needs to entire have a free activity attached or needs to be someplace really cool- and that's exactly what we found at Carolina Watershed when we recently visited with friends.

Although the watershed does have a bar and tables inside most people  choose to sit outside and it's easy to see why - it's a beautiful outdoor oasis despite being on the outskirts of downtown. Plus, they have fans and misters discreetly set up to keep people cool and comfortable - it was over 90 when we visited but we were perfectly comfortable.



The menu provides elevated bar food and southern classics at a reasonable price point. We went for burger week but couldn't hel…

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