Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pirate Night Plus Size Costume

Disclaimer/Disclosure: I was given an item to review. Any and all opinions are my own.

Hello guys and dolls. Or should I say "buccaneers"? So I have been looking high and low for a good pirate costume that would fit my curves. Not an easy task! Why do I need a pirate costume? Well between you and me there is a pirate night on a cruise I am going on and I believe in going all out!

Enter my friends at Anytime Costumes! They have a lot of great costumes and in pretty diverse sizes. Like curvy. When I saw this particular costume it said it went up to a size 22. I am bigger than that. A lovely 24 to be exact so I knew I was taking a chance. However when I tried on the costume it fit like a glove! I was actually surprised at how nicely it fit. 

In the above picture you can see the complete costume with a pirate hat from my own collection. The costume comes with a head scarf but I be a captain. The only issue with the fit was around the bust area. The corset ties to the shirt between the breasts. When you look at the last pic in this post you will see my girls look a little lopsided. Truth be told I think this was designed for someone a lot less busty than I. After a few adjustments I was able to make it look good.

In the picture above you can see what the costume is supposed to look like. It doesn't come with the hat, sword or boots but everything else is there. Another issue I had is the costume doesn't look the same on me as it does in the pic. Yes the woman and I are shaped differently but the scarf part around the waist didn't turn out like the pic. I actually had an issue tying it because it just hangs as 2 long pieces of the skirt. I just made up how I tied it.

With that said it is a great costume and worth the $39.99 ($40) price tag. It is well constructed and if it will fit me it will fir a large range of sizes. I cannot wait to try it out on my vacation and style it with more pirate-y accessories. What's great is I have something that can work for Halloween or another costume party. Or maybe this will inspire you to throw a party! What do you think are good pirate party ideas?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

New Year's Eve Selfie Station #OrientalTrading

Disclaimer/Disclosure: We were given items to review. Any and all opinions are our own.

Hello Guys and Dolls! The New Year is upon us (where did the old one go). If you are like me you like to party... But in the comfort and safety of your own home. Our friends at Oriental Trading can hook you up with a lot of fun goodies to help you ring in the new year in style.

In our case Dr. Fronkensteen and I made a selfie station. It is a fun way to capture all of the memories. We also created a fun video review to show you all how we used all of the fun things we got from Oriental Trading.

One thing we forgot to mention is the shimmer curtain we received was HUGE! Even though we did a selfie station it could as easily be used for family and friend pictures or a photo booth. We stuck with selfie station but if you exchange cameras or set up a timer everything we did can be done photo booth style.

Check out the video and let us know what you think. Also if you can use what we did OR pick from the great selection from Oriental Trading. Also check out our Instagram feeds here: http://instagram.com/dragynally and here: http://instagram.com/rsyoung1105. You'll be able to see all of the fun we had with our selfies! Hashtag #orientaltrading

What do you think? What would you use to create a selfie station?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fire Escape Free File #TMNT #TMNTHoliday

Disclaimer/Disclosure: I was given an item to review. Any and all opinions are my own.

There's a fire escape on my night stand!

Sometimes you meet a toy that needs no introduction. Meet the TMNT Fire Escape Free Fall. It's a Zip Line Playtex for your TMNT Action Figures. Do I need to say more for you to start picturing your favorite Heroes on a Half Shell plunging to the rescue? I thought not. So let's get straight to the review.

Really Cool Things!
  1. I wish that I had this when I was a kid. This is one of those times where I really am jealous of the newer generation.
  2. They're very fun to play with. I'm a tinkerer and lover of little devices like this so I think finding the best angles for the Turtles to slide down and how to rig it up very intriguing.
  3. It's based off the TV show. The fire escape and the Gargoyle launcher are styled with cool graphic to make it seem like they were ripped right from the cartoon. That's epic!
  4. The launch system is cool! I love being able to pull the rip cord on the launcher and send a Turtle flying. That's just cool!
Pull the Cord and Let Her Rip!
Some Not So Cool Things!
  1. It doesn't work "exactly" like you think! Technically you're supposed to be able to get your turtle to hit a target and drop the fires escape holding Shredder to the floor. I got it to work once and that's it. I was never able to reset it properly.
  2. It's a unitasker. After your child has played with it once or twice they're going to want to know what they can do next. This Playtex really doesn't inspire creativity or any good playmaking scenarios. They're going to want to create more things you can do with it. Which leads me to...
  3. If you give a child 20 bucks and take him to a hardware store he could design a better rig. The green string that you're zip lining from is about the same stuff masonry twin is made out of. If you had an old enough kid who knew how to work eye bolts and do some rudimentary rigging all you would need is the one zip line pulley to make a better zip line rig than what they give you.
  4. You need a lot of room. The good news is that if you have a lot of  3M strips you can take it and move it anywhere. The problem is that while it's up its a serious trip hazard.