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Plus Size Dresses Wedding Edition

Plus Sized Wedding AttireIt’s wedding season. While you may be jumping up and down in excitement for your friends who will be tying the knot, you might also be dreading finding something to wear. Never fear! Consider this your guide to plus size dresses wedding edition.

The first step in finding your perfect outfit is to know a little about the wedding. I’ve attended weddings that range from sit-down catered affairs to sitting on hay bales in a grove of trees to a picnic atmosphere were the guests were asked to bring a potluck dish. If you don’t know the couple well enough to know the details, and you can’t deduce them from the invitation, don’t be afraid to ask! The last thing you want is to be the person who shows up in a gauzy skirt and has to sit on itchy hay bales (ahem, speaking from experience).

In general, a dress is appropriate. Any color except white is acceptable, for obvious reasons. However, black and anything that sparkles shouldn’t be worn during the day. Beyond that, the specifics are determined by the time of day and the formality/informality of the event.

Casual Weddings

Plus Size Wedding Attire

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Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography.

Half Up Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Half up fish tail braid

If you’ve never tried a fish tail braid before, today’s the day! I think every gal should have one good braid in her hair styling arsenal: French braid, traditional braid or otherwise. Especially because Summer is nearly here with all it’s relaxed styles, balmy afternoons and beachy vibes. And I love it. As you might have guessed, I’m a big fan of simple. Simple hair, simple outfits. I am a mom of two boys and I want to be cute and feminine but I have to be practical as well.

This braided style fits the bill whether you are going for casual or romantic. It’s  a half up fishtail braid that takes 10 minutes, tops, and it’s great for styling quickly when your hair is still wet. Any style that eliminates the hair dryer on a hot day is a keeper in my book.  Let me show you how it’s done!

Fish tail braid half up

Half-up Fishtail Braid

Here are the products I used:

  • Root lifter
  • Mousse
  • Teaser comb
  • Thin hair tie
  • Hair pins if you need them

That’s it! I might even consider the mousse optional, it’s mainly just for extra volume but the braid works without it.

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natalia

Natalia is a mom to two crazy boys and wife to one handsome dude. She lives in France part of the year where her husband plays professional basketball, but she hails from Southern California. The hubs was born & raised in Nassau, Bahamas, which makes them an intercultural, interracial family traveling the globe together since 2007. She loves to cook (but mostly eat), hang with her fam, be adventurous, & find ways to stay girlie in a house full of men. On her site you can find loads of hair tutorials, makeup ideas, & fashion tips for the everyday woman. She believes that beauty and fashion don't have to be intimidating and that every woman should learn to embrace her own beauty.

Choosing the Perfect Plus Size Swimsuit

Plus size swimsuits for body types

Our community’s outdoor pool opens later this month. Squee!  I can hardly wait. We’ll be purchasing our pool pass then hanging out every day to beat the heat and humidity. Of course, the number one thing on my mind is finding a new suit. So, let’s talk about choosing a truly flattering plus size swimsuit.

Each of us has our own challenges with coverage, support and needs in a swimsuit. Let’s cover four basic concerns and what you should look for in each of those cases when it comes to swim wear.

 

WAIST NOT, WANT NOT

Just as all plus size bodies are not the same, neither should their swimsuits be. Are you lacking on the curves? Wish you had a more defined waist? Easy! The illusion of a waist can be created by choosing a suit with detail at the waist. Look for a belt (fake or real), or bling across the midsection.  Instant waist definition!

Waist not, Want not

BUST IT OUT

Are you busty? Well endowed? (Sheepishly raises hand.) You want to create a silhouette that is balanced rather than top heavy. Halter tops are your best friend. They elongate and your body and provide lots of support. Speaking of … >> find out more...

Carrie

Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography.

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Fresh Vegetable Juice Recipe

garden fresh vegetable juice

Have you jumped on the juicing wagon yet? I was immediately hooked when I bought my first juicer two years ago. I never cared much for the bottled stuff you find on store shelves. I was amazed at how much better fresh juice was – better than anything I’d ever tasted! Yes, I even did one of those crazy juice cleanses. Making vegetable juice at home is so much better and healthier than buying it in a can or bottle. It’s made fresh, full of vitamins and nutrients. The canned and bottles juices are often nothing more than overly cooked vegetable concentrates.

ingredients for fresh vegetable juice

We have found a blend we really like made from tomatoes, beets, fennel, celery, carrots, cucumber, kale (or spinach), red pepper, a little onion, and a good dose of fresh lemon juice and coarsely ground black pepper. It would be a great base for a bloody mary, and is a fantastic afternoon pick-me-up. Of course, you can switch out different veggies for the ones you like best. Sometimes I want more tomato juice, so I’ll use two. Other times I like more cucumber. It just kind of depends. It’s seriously like summer in a glass. You’re going to love … >> find out more...

Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

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Braids Braids Braids!

Hi everyone! Today I thought it would be fun to talk about braids. Why braids? Well, because it’s winter and with the harsh weather, braids can keep your hair from flopping about and protect it from damage. It also rains quite a bit this time of year and your hair won’t get has soaked when they’re wrapped in a braid. Not to mention they’re super easy and cute, and right on trend!

So today I thought it would be fun to share some braid inspiration with you.

Long and simple

braids PE

If your hair is long enough a simple, pretty braid, French braid, or fishtail is so pretty. Even if it isn’t as long as mine here, no worries, you can still create a pretty side braid. You can also wrap the braid up and around for a pretty braided bun look. Super simple and elegant, my kinda style! Here’s three winter braids that anyone can do. Even if you can’t braid, there’s one for you!

Braid those bangs!

hanging braids PE

I don’t know about you, but man, bangs can be a super big hassle! I mean, I love them when they’re cute but absolutely hate them when they get in my face … >> find out more...

natalia

Natalia is a mom to two crazy boys and wife to one handsome dude. She lives in France part of the year where her husband plays professional basketball, but she hails from Southern California. The hubs was born & raised in Nassau, Bahamas, which makes them an intercultural, interracial family traveling the globe together since 2007. She loves to cook (but mostly eat), hang with her fam, be adventurous, & find ways to stay girlie in a house full of men. On her site you can find loads of hair tutorials, makeup ideas, & fashion tips for the everyday woman. She believes that beauty and fashion don't have to be intimidating and that every woman should learn to embrace her own beauty.

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Trenchcoats and Layers

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Hello again lovely Petit Elefant readers! I am excited to be back and posting in the new year and hope you will follow along with me while looking at tons of new fun fashion tips and ideas.

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An absolute favorite piece of mine for this season is the trench coat. I feel like it adds just that little extra “somethin'” to an outfit and can make even a casual tee look polished. You can dress them down with a beanie and lace up boots or class it up with some pearls and gorgeous heels! With this particular look I went with layers (always a good idea in the winter) and kept the neutrals in play with this short, neutral trench coat.  The faux leather sleeves add a little bit of edge to the look as well and tie in the black leggings, booties and bag. I always love finding these unique kind of pieces to complete outfits. I have found a few favorites in all different price points, colors and lengths in case you are shopping around for a trench coat this year to complete your look.  Happy shopping!

Robyn Stewart

I'm Robyn from Cleverly, Yours where I blog about life and fashion. I'm a Utah girl from a small town with a big town sense of fashion. I have a passion for fashion and love trying new things and being inspired by others. I love my blog and what I do; stop by and say hello!

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New Lineup of Contributors: Pilar

Please welcome Pilar to Petit Elefant as one of our esteemed Contributors.  Readers and friends, meet Pilar. Pilar, meet readers and friends.

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A native of Chile with deep Chicago roots, Pilar and geekdom have been mutually exclusive since tight-rolled jeans and slap bracelets were in fashion, making it rather fitting she married a Star Wars nerd, made two nerdlets, and became the world’s okayest mom. An award-winning writer and geeky pop culturalist, her commentary has appeared on Babble, Yahoo, and Fandango (where she’s Contributing Editor); and she’s been featured in and on cool places like CNN, Good Morning America and Huffington Post. A true bohemian (no DVR) and eclectic travelhound (all the wanderlust), Pilar is also an avid photog, and though she’s photographed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Skywalker Ranch, a lot of Scotland and Anne of Green Gables’ Prince Edward Island, her favorite shots always end up being the ones with her kids in them. Ok, and the one she snapped while tripping over Chris Hemworth’s foot. True story.

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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New Lineup of Contributors: Jen

Still more awesomeness coming your way. Meet Jen, another of our new contributors.

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Hi! My name is Jen Price, mother of two and wife to the hottest redhead around. I grew up in small town Texas. Despite the beauty and loveliness of the Lone Star state, it couldn’t contain my hunger for adventure and desire to see the world. Visiting 21 countries around the globe has only whet my appetite to see more.
In 2006, I co-founded Ten Thousand Homes, a movement dedicated to bringing HOPE and HOME to orphans and vulnerable children. I wear the hats of wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. I write for several websites including my personal blog, I Believe In Love, where I share my creative ventures, my photography, and the stories of the orphans I love on in S. Africa.

 

 

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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New Lineup of Contributors: Carrie

2014 is just bursting with good things around here.  Today, please meet our fabulous friend and new contributor, Carrie.

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Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography.
After my second baby I found that I was suddenly thrown into the plus sized section at the store. What a shock! I was disappointed to find few pieces that I was willing to wear. I was a plus sized girl in her late 20’s looking at old lady clothes! While I don’t consider myself a fashion expert, I’ve learned to find plus sized clothing that is attractive and affordable. I’ll be sharing my plus size secrets with you here, on Petit Elefant.

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.