Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Winter Style with We Love Colors!

(Disclaimer: Some of these items were gifted to Sassy Scarlet in exchange for an honest review)

Hey everyone!  I know it's been a long time since I have blogged.  I have been struggling the last month with my anxiety, depression and the winter weather compounds some of these things.  After a visit with my therapist and scheduling to see my Dr I feel much better and I am ready to get back to blogging! It has been CRAZY here in Michigan for the last few weeks.  I managed to fall on the ice which put me out of commission for a couple weeks with a sprained ankle then that was immediately followed by some of the craziest winter weather we have had in years.  Michigan actually declared a state of emergency due to snow, negative temperatures and ice storms that knocked the power out in much of our area.  Ah, Winter, it is beautiful but treacherous!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Magical Mesh! My review of the Kiyonna Katarina Mesh Dress

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  Hello everyone!  I hope that you had a happy and safe holiday season.  I took a small sabbatical from blogging to enjoy Christmas and New Years with my family.  We had a lovely holiday season enjoying great times with family, tons of fun playing our traditional family games of Bingo and eating lots of yummy goodies! But its back to business as usual in 2019 and I am so excited to start my 5th year of blogging!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Katarina Mesh Dress in Paisley Motif in size 2X by Kiyonna
Earrings: Black Drops Earrings from Insomniac Creations
Makeup: Tarte
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics
Glasses: Zenni Optical
I am reviewing the magical Katarina Mesh Dress in Paisley Motif Print from Kiyonna.  This feminine and flattering dress looks lux and feels like a million bucks.  The Kiyonna Katarina Mesh Dress is an A-line cut featuring an illusion neckline, a twisted waistband, flowing sleeves and a full skirt.  Made of breathable, stretchy and soft stretch mesh material, Katarina is a perfect balance of chic and comfortable.  This modest dress is great because it can be styled for almost any function.  I am feeling pretty in paisley in this lovely print, a burgundy backdrop features a paisley motif in black and white.  I kept things simple with black teardrop earrings, kitten heels and a vintage clutch.  This dress would also look lovely with a cardigan and ballet flats for a soft feminine feel or a blazer and boots for the office.  Styling options are infinite and that is a win for your wardrobe.

Simple and stunning the Kiyonna Katarina Mesh Dress fits and flatters.  I am wearing my normal Kiyonna size 2x.  Fit is very comfortable, this material has tons of stretch and the dress is very flowing so I recommend sizing down if you are between sizes because I could have easily sized down to a 1x because the cut is generous.  These sleeves are so much fun, they are cut in a bell like shape that makes them flow around your arms.  The skirt is also very generous, flowing out from the fitted bodice and the twist detailing at the waist gives definition and shape.

 Kiyonna always means high quality.  The material, fit and design of the Katarina Mesh Dress are impeccable.  It is such a joy when a company does not just resize straight sized clothing and slap the label plus size on it without input or fittings from actual plus size bodies.  Kiyonna is an authority in the plus size fashion market providing high quality clothing that's designed perfectly for the stylish plus size woman!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Wardrobe Essentials! My review of the Kiyonna Essential Wrap Dress in Nouveau Navy

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 Hello everyone!  Today, I am reviewing the Kiyonna Essential Wrap Dress in Nouveau Navy.  This classic full wrap style features princess seaming, an adjustable slimming waist tie and a flowing knee length skirt.  Essential is an apt name for this dress since it will become an essential in your wardrobe.  Timeless, chic, easy to wear, a breeze to style and versatile for unlimited wearability.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Essential Wrap Dress in Nouveau Navy in size 2X from Kiyonna
Earrings: Hoops in Tortoise from Pinup Girl Clothing
Glasses: Zenni Optical
Hat: Vintage
Shoes: Thrifted
Makeup: Tarte
Lipstick: Victory Red from Besame Cosmetics

 I love this pretty jewel toned Nouveau Navy shade.  I have been working on adding richer tones and solid colors to my closet.  I tend to see flashy novelty prints and florals first this solid jewel tone is a welcome change.  This Kiyonna Essential Wrap Dress is perfect because it is a timeless silhouette and the navy color can be accessorized in many different ways to cater to your own personal style.

 I love the fit of the Essential Wrap Dress, it is adjustable, comfortable and the classic wrap style allows me to get the fit just right so it flatters my body like it was made for me! Made of a soft poly spandex blend this dress is stretchy, breathable and hugs your curves in all the right ways.  I love wrap dresses because they highlight my hourglass shape, this beauty really shows off my curves and makes me feel amazing.  I am wearing a size 2x, this is my normal Kiyonna size, it gives me plenty of room while still fitting nicely.  The sleeves are 3/4 length for nice coverage, skirt length reaches several inches below the knee on my petite frame and the adjustable tie cinches the dress nicely highlighting my waist.  I love the princess seaming, it gives the dress a touch of sophistication while giving the dress a flattering shape.

  The Kiyonna Essential Wrap Dress is perfect for work or play.  I have highlighted how chic this dress is by styling it simply, all I added was a matching vintage hat for fun and flair, the dress is the star of the show!  Kiyonna has all of your everyday and holiday wardrobe needs covered, check them out!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Delightful Deco! My review of the Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wine Deco Squares

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Outfit Details:
Dress: Ruby Dress in Wine Deco Squares Print in size XXL C/O Karina Dresses
Earrings: Mystic Drops in Ivory from Ceci Punch Designs
Bangle: Joan Bangle in Burgundy from The Moby Duck
Purse: Vintage Beaded Rhinestone Clasp Purse
Shoes: Wine Red Patent Wedges from Steve Madded-Thrifted
Flower Crown from Claire's
Makeup from Tarte
Lipstick: Red Velvet from Besame Cosmetics

Hello!  Fall has turned into Winter here in Michigan and the snow did not wait.  We have already had several days of snow, the last bits of the autumn leaves have fallen leaving the trees bare and the summer visitors have gone home so there is a silence to this season that can be a bit of a relief after the boisterousness of summer living on the lake.  There is beauty to Winter in Michigan, I am excited to celebrate Christmas and I thoroughly enjoy the enchanting sights, delicious smells, joyful sounds and bright, twinkling colors of my favorite holiday season!

Today, I am reviewing the Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wine Deco Squares.  The Ruby Dress is a faux wrap style dress with faux wrap bodice, 3/4 sleeves, a sash tie at the waist and a full knee length skirt.  The Ruby Dress in Wine Deco Squares is a lovely retro style dress that is sure to give your wardrobe new life. Soft, comfortable microfiber material makes this dress perfect for travel, Karina Dresses are easy to pack and come out of your bag ready to wear thanks to the no maintenance microfiber.  The Wine Deco Squares signature print is a retro style art deco geometric print containing shades of wine, coral and blue so there are many ways to style this dress.  This shade of wine is great for wearing year round but earthy shades like this are my favorite to wear during Thanksgiving dinner with the family and this Ruby Dress would also look lovely with shades of hunter green for Christmas.

 I am wearing the Ruby Dress in my normal XXL.  Fit is as always fabulous.  Karina Dresses are very consistent in their sizing, this is a huge deal to me because there are such huge discrepancies with some companies sizing from style to style or even the same garment in different prints so I am happy that I can always count on Karina for sizing!  The Ruby Dress hugs my curves, the sash tie gives me the cinched in waist that really emphasizes my curves and the 3/4 sleeves give great coverage for chilly days.  The length on me is just a couple inches below the knee due to my height.  I really love the flow of this dress, the microfiber material has great stretch and movement so the dress really hugs the body.

I am wearing the Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wine Deco Squares with complimentary wine accessories to emphasize the lovely shade of this dress against the wintry backdrop of this lovely historic church here in my hometown of  Lakeview.  A wine rose flower crown, Ivory Deco drop earrings, an Oxblood bangle, Red Velvet Lipstick and wine red patent wedges make for a pretty, feminine look that is perfect for any occasion.  This beautiful Ruby Dress has unlimited wearability potential for the holiday season.  Dress it up with gold accessories, red lips and high heels for date night or play up the blue shade in the dress with a chic cardigan, tights and boots for work.  I love restyling my dresses, often I will wear a dress several times but friends will ask if it is new because making simple changes in styling and accessories can make anything in your wardrobe feel fresh again.

The Karina Dresses Ruby Dress in Wine Deco Squares is the perfect dress for the Holiday season and beyond. Check out Karina Dresses for all your wardrobe needs, they have a style, print and size to fit everyone!

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Golden Afternoon! My review of the Voodoo Vixen Ella Tartan Flare Dress

Hello Everyone!  Today, I am reviewing the enchanting Ella Tartan Flare Dress from Voodoo Vixen.  This gorgeous plaid dress is perfect for the fall season.  Ella is a figure flattering flared A-line design features mock button bodice, cuffed button sleeves, a belted waist, flared skirt and last but not least pockets!  I adore the color combination of this dress, I tend toward brights or pastels so this earth toned dress was a welcome addition to my wardrobe.  The green tartan features hunter green, mustard and rust with a touch of aqua, lovely colors that are just right for a picnic in the woods or Thanksgiving dinner with the family.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Ella Tartan Flare Dress size 2XL C/O Voodoo Vixen
Bangle: Leilani Bangle in Butterscotch C/O The Moby Duck
 Fall Leaf and Flower Fascinator: Handmade by me
Glasses: Zenni Optical
Makeup: Tarte Cosmetics
Lipstick: Snow White Red from Besame Cosmetics

  Made of a soft poly blend material, this tartan frock is comfortable with a slight bit of stretch and a bit heavier in weight so it works well for the cooler months. I am wearing the Voodoo Vixen Ella Tartan Flare Dress in a size 2XL, fit is just right with a slight bit of room for comfort.  The belted waist gives the dress a lovely shape, highlighting the waist to give shape.  The belt loop is my only complaint, since it does not move this leaves the end of your belt dangling which looks sloppy, I solved this with a safety pin.  The bodice is lovely, it highlights the decolletage without being overly revealing making this a great dress for church or family events. The Ella Tartan Flare Dress is a midi length which on my petite frame is a few inches above the ankle.  The flared skirt is flattering and flowing, I felt like a petticoat was a bit to big under this dress and I love the movement of the skirt without.


 I love this beautiful dress!  It is the perfect dress for my favorite season.  I had an enchanting time frolicking around this magical golden autumn woods to take these photos.  Michigan is amazing in the fall and the colors this year were late, thus our color season has lasted longer than normal.  These golden Maple trees showcase the shades in this dress, I styled The Ella Tartan Flare Dress with fall inspired accessories.  A handmade fall leaf and chrysanthemum fascinator, a matching bangle from the Moby Duck, vintage pearl teardrop earrings and retro style brown oxford wedges.  I wore Snow White Red Lipstick from Besame Cosmetics because this dress made me feel like a princess playing in the woods. The Ella Tartan Flare Dress by Voodoo Vixen is my new favorite fall dress and I will enjoy adding a cardigan and different accessories to restyle this lovely frock for the winter months.  Check out Voodoo Vixen for beautiful, vintage styled designs that fit and flatter your body without breaking the bank!

Disney Princess or Forest Fairy?  I say BOTH!

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Delectable Delights! Custom cuteness with Bow Bow by Kyle!

 Hi Everyone!  Fall is my favorite time of year so I try to do lots of extra adventuring and blogging to get the most of each delightful autumn day.  I am proud to say I am celebrating my 4th year of blogging here at Sassy Scarlet, I wrote my first blog on October 14, 2014 and it was the beginning of an epic adventure that I was not anticipating but I have loved every single second!  Thank you so much for reading, following me on social media and being the most amazing people a gal could be privileged to write for!  I look forward to continuing this journey and cannot wait to see where it ends up.

Today, I am reviewing the AMAZING hand made custom sunglasses from Bow Bow by Kyle.  These sickeningly sweet sunnies are the creations of Kyle Bowers, a fellow blogger and queen of everything cute!  Custom designed with you in mind, these Bow Bow by Kyle glasses are absolutely perfect in every way.  I sent Kyle a photograph of my beautiful Donut Twin Set designed and made for me by Lisa Shaner of Pattern Treasure Chest and she created these donut themed glasses that are the icing on the top of an already delectable outfit.  The Pink Angular Heart Shaped Sunglasses are embellished with frosting, sprinkles and delicious looking donuts of various kinds, one donut even features the adorable Hello Kitty.  Everything about these glasses is a perfect match for this outfit!  They are very sturdy and well made, these are made to last with high quality embellishments that are not going to start coming apart as soon as you put them on, these gorgeous custom glasses are crafted with quality, care and creativity.  The greatest thing about these glasses is that you get to create them together, you describe your vision and Bow Bow by Kyle brings it to life beautifully!

Bow Bow by Kyle also created these amazing Orange Fall/Pumpkin Spice themed sunglasses for me.  These are a PERFECT fit for me, I love all things Fall so when I pulled these pretties out of their package I literally screeched with pleasure.  Orange angular heart shaped sunglasses are embellished with polka dots, frosting, leaves, pumpkins, acorns and even a Pumpkin Spice Latte!  These fabulous shades represent everything I love the most; I love Coffee, Fall and Nature, these suit my personality perfectly!  I paired my Pumpkin Spice Shades with my Pinup Girl Clothing Zooey Dress with spooky black cats, fall leaves and a cute pumpkin border and fall accessories for a bright colorful outfit perfect for a day at the pumpkin patch.

   Not only is Kyle creative but she has a knack for crafting an accessory that really captures the person she created it for, I cannot gush about how much I love these beautiful glasses!  High quality craftsmanship, an extremely creative product and one of the sweetest designers I have ever worked with, Bow Bow by Kyle has it all!  What will you create together?!

I had so much fun shooting these photos at one of my favorite local places, Anderson and Girls Orchards in Stanton, Michigan.  I ate one of Anderson's delicious donuts and enjoyed my first Apple Cider Slushee of 2018!  A FREE attraction that has farm fun activities for the whole family, with a plethora of amazing animals to see and pet, locally grown produce, tasty food, eclectic gifts, an Ice Cream Parlor and THE BEST Apple Cider and Donuts I have EVER had, Anderson and Girls is a Michigan treasure, you must check them out, Sassy says!!  

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