SKIMS Shapewear Review

SKIMS Shapewear Review

Fashion, My Style, Product Reviews

SKIMS Shapewear Review
SKIMS Shapewear Review

Spring has officially sprung in New York City – so I figured there’s no time like the present to start getting my mind and body ready for the warmer months ahead. While I’ve definitely been stepping up my fitness regimen and working out almost daily this past month, a gal could still use a little extra help getting her silhouette a bit sleeker as the days get longer and the hemlines get shorter.

SKIMS Shapewear Review

If you’ve stuck around my blog for any length of time, you know that my spring/summer uniform is basically a dress and sandals. Over the years, I’ve collected all manner of shapewear, slips, and undergarments to help smooth, lift and tighten in those areas where I need it. So when the lovely folks at SKIMS offered me a chance review some of their shapewear products, I was immediately up for it. I decided to test out the Sculpting Short Mid Thigh (worn in the above pics) and the Sculpting High Waist Brief. Not gonna lie… when I first took the shorts out of the package, my first thought was “no way are these going to fit”. They just looked so tiny! But much to my surprise, I was able to get them on with minimal struggle – and they actually fit.

As I mentioned, I’ve tried lots of shapewear, and these strike a nice balance between comfort and hold. Both the shorts and briefs come up really high (right at my ribcage) and do a great job of smoothing my tummy out without creating any awkward bulges. They also have an inner lining at the waistband that keeps them from rolling down. One of my biggest pet peeves about shapewear shorts is when they ride up my thighs. I wore these shorts for a full day and even took an uphill stroll through the park near my house, and they stayed in place THE ENTIRE TIME! I was honestly shocked. I’m actually wearing them now as I sit at a desk typing this post, and while I’m fully aware that I’m wearing shapewear – I can still breathe… and possibly even eat a cupcake.

SKIMS Shapewear Review

I purchased this slip dress from Zara during the winter with plans to layer a thin turtleneck underneath. Unfortunately, it wound up hanging in the back of my closet until now because I wasn’t quite satisfied with the way it clung to certain areas. It’s a gorgeous dress that I hated to let go to waste, so I figured it was now or never. As soon as I slipped it on over my SKIMS and looked in the mirror, all my previous insecurities about this dress melted away. I rushed to my closet to grab these statement earrings from Cult Gaia, this cute straw fedora from Banana Republic, and these super old strappy sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti to complete the look

SKIMS Shapewear Review

If you’re thinking about trying SKIMS shapewear for yourself, I think you should definitely go for it. One word to the wise though – most of their selection sells out FAST! The good news is that they do restock items often (every two weeks, if I’m not mistaken). So be sure to log onto the site bright and early Monday morning if there’s a particular piece you’ve got your eye on. I was lucky enough to receive the products in the post without charge in exchange for an unbiased review. But I like them so much that I will DEFINITELY be dipping into my own pockets to try some additional items. I’ve especially got my eye on the Open Bust Bodysuit and  High Waisted Bonded Shorts.

Do you wear shapewear? If so, what are some of your favorite brands? Let me know in the comments!


Are You Bored Yet? Here’s 75 Things To Do When You’re Stuck At Home…

Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks

things-to-do-at-home-stuck-inside-quarantineWith the COVID-19 sweeping the globe, many cities and countries have adopted strict quarantine and shelter-in-place measures that will leave millions of us stuck inside our homes for weeks (or perhaps even months at a time). If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I love to be out and about every chance I get. Since I’m forced to now become a homebody, I figured I might as well make it interesting. So I challenged myself to come up with a list of 50 things to do from home while stuck under quarantine. And because I’m an over-achiever, that list quickly grew to 75. I stopped short of 100 because no one likes a showoff. 😉

  1. Join or start a bookclub
  2. Host a Netflix Watch Party
  3. Call or Video Chat w/ at least one friend or family member daily
  4. Write a letter to someone you care about
  5. Bake something from scratch
  6. Pick up sewing, knitting or crocheting
  7. Take a long, hot bubble bath
  8. Give yourself an at-home mani/pedi
  9. Take a virtual tour of a National Park
  10. Try out a new hairstyle and/or makeup look
  11. Learn a viral dance on Tik Tok
  12. Donate food and supplies to a family in need
  13. Sew masks for healthcare workers
  14. Learn 100 digits of Pi
  15. Solve a Rubik’s Cube
  16. Start a podcast series with a friend
  17. If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog or YouTube channel, DO IT!
  18. Memorize all the lyrics to a song in a foreign language
  19. Do a closet purge
  20. Create a written pantry inventory
  21. Make a meal plan for the week
  22. Write down a list of 100 things you’re grateful for
  23. Binge watch a favorite childhood tv show
  24. Listen to a guided meditation on Spotify
  25. Learn calligraphy
  26. Practice still life photography
  27. Color, paint or draw
  28. Rearrange your furniture
  29. Deep clean your refrigerator
  30. Do a puzzle
  31. Start an indoor herb garden
  32. Make a playlist of your favorite songs from high school
  33. Take an online course
  34. Plan your dream vacation
  35. Imagine what you would do with your life if you were guaranteed not to fail, and write it down
  36. Listen to an entire album of your favorite artist
  37. Look through old photo albums
  38. Back up all of your digital devices (laptop, smartphone, etc.)
  39. Tour the Guggenheim Museum
  40. Play a card or board game
  41. Go through all the pics on your phone and order prints or a photobook of your favorites online
  42. Look out of a window and daydream
  43. Turn off the lights, light a candle and watch it burn
  44. Write a poem
  45. Practice a foreign language
  46. Watch a movie with subtitles
  47. Clean and organize your junk drawer
  48. Try a new workout
  49. Have an indoor picnic
  50. Call that person you’ve been meaning to reach out to, but haven’t had the time
  51. Watch the Live Cams at the  San Diego Zoo or Monterey Bay Aquarium
  52. If you’re a lefty, try only using your right hand (or vice-versa)
  53. Sleep in an extra hour (or 2, or 3)
  54. Sit down, take a few deep breaths and be still
  55. Have breakfast for dinner
  56. Try to recreate your favorite restaurant dish
  57. Write a letter to yourself to read one year from now
  58. Pick a topic you’ve always wanted to learn more about and watch a few YouTube videos about it
  59. Practice the KonMari method
  60. Think about the last argument you had with someone you care about and try to see their side
  61. Try not to use your phone for 24 hours
  62. Go to Magic Kingdom
  63. Take an ice cold shower
  64. Trace your likeness on a mirror using a dry erase marker
  65. Make your own skincare products using all natural ingredients
  66. Hide a $10 bill and/or a note with a positive affirmation in an out-of-season jacket to surprise yourself with the next time you wear it
  67. Perform a random act of kindness for the next delivery person who brings something to your home
  68. Listen to a song or watch a movie that makes you cry
  69. Make a Vision Board
  70. Get the unread messages in your inbox down to 0
  71. Download a free eBook from the New York Public Library
  72. Give yourself a scalp massage
  73. Paint an accent wall or put up temporary wall paper
  74. Get dressed up for dinner at home in your fanciest outfit
  75. Sing at the top of your lungs

Got anything to add to this list? Let me know in the comments!


The Motherload: Huge Roundup of Statement Bags Under $200


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I’ll always be a shoe gal at heart, but lately I’ve had BAGS on the brain! Luckily (for my pocketbook), most of the bags I’ve been craving lately (and coveting on the ‘gram) are reasonably priced. I’m actually quite glad I saved my ducats during Black Friday, because the current end-of-season clearance sales are on and poppin’ right now. Below are a few of the beauties I’ve got my eye on. And like the title suggests, they’re all under $200. Happy shopping!