Saturday, March 29, 2014

DEB Birthday Haul! Vacation Clothes - PHOTO HEAVY

Alright guys. We're in for a big one today.

This is my HUGE DEB haul. I went shopping with my two best friends to celebrate my birthday (I turned 24 on St. Patty's Day!), plus my mom paid for my online shopping cart full of stuff as my gift, and THEN I placed another order of my own.  Sooo...I got a little less than $300 worth of clothes (actually it's probably worth more due to sales), and they are all for our huge family vacation to Florida in July. Disney, Universal and a Bahamian cruise. I can't wait!

Everyone, say hi to Boots, one of the two mascots of iwearcatshirts. You'll get to meet his brother in an upcoming post :)

So let's get started!

First, we'll start with the things I picked up on my trip to the mall last weekend. DEB was having an in-store sale, BOGO free tops, and 30% shorts. I was really just looking for shorts, but who can pass up BOGO free? Certainly not me.

Let's start with the shirt you KNOW I couldn't pass up. My blog is called iwearcatshirts for goodness sake. I saw it on a four-way and knew it had to be mine. This is a racerback style, and the Kitty Wearing Sunglasses image was too adorable. I love the pop of neon pink in the sunglasses, and I have a feeling I'll be getting a lot of wear out of this baby. I did go up a size from my usual in this one. It fit in my usual size, but I wanted it to be a little more flowy for summer. Plus, I like my white shirts to be looser than other colors because white shows every little thing on my torso.

This Tribal Print Tank is adorable! I love the neutral tones and the black crochet detail is a great touch. I'll probably pair this with black or khaki bottoms and a cute sandal.

This High Low Tank has these cute floral crochet details at the shoulders. It's really simple but I love how flowy and light it is. The website describes this as coral, but to me it leans a little more pink. Not a true pink, but not a true coral either. It's a really pretty color, and I plan on picking up this tank in turquoise too.

This Daisy Peace Sign Tank is super cute too. At first, I wasn't sold on the ruffle detail, but it's growing on me. Daisies are really in for this spring and summer--it's a flashback to the 60s and 70s in the fashion world. I'm seeing daisies EVERYWHERE, and I just love the design of this. This tank does have deep armholes, so if that's something you aren't comfortable with, you might wanna skip this one. I'm usually on the fence about that style, but with a cami, this one doesn't bother me as much. With a cute braided headband and a beach waves hairdo, this will be perfect on the pool deck of the cruise ship.

Now onto the reason I went to the store in the first place: shorts.

I'll be honest: I dread shopping for shorts. I usually have to try on every style in three different sizes, and they are always either too short, or too long. I did luck out and find two pairs on this trip, and the website has a few other styles I might chance ordering now that I have a general idea of my size in the reign denim brand that DEB carries.

First up is this Dark Wash Denim pair of shorts from reign. These shorts are a little longer, though I wouldn't say they are quite bermuda length. Maybe an inch or two above my knee. They have this cute whiskering wash pattern on the front, a double button and zip fly, and I also like the cuff at the bottom of the leg, for a little extra detail.

These shorts also have this really nice detail on the back pocket and a button flap closure.

These denim shorts have a little bit of destruction, but nothing extravagant. I was really drawn to the Tribal Embroidery on the pockets, though it's likely no one will see it but me, since I tend to wear longer shirts untucked. But still...adorable. These shorts are shorter, but not uncomfortably so. I tried on a few pairs that seemed more like booty shorts, but these were a length I could definitely tolerate.

Here's an up close view of the pocket detail. I just think it's so cute. :)

Let's move on to birthday order number one, hmm?

My mom had no idea what to get me for my birthday, and I made a joke that she could just pay for the stuff I'd been putting in my cart while fantasy shopping for a week. Next thing I knew, she was holding my laptop and putting in her credit card number. That day online DEB was selling their tops for 40% off, so I picked up four more tops, along with a couple pairs of my favorite capris and two camis (2 for $12!).

Now this Floral Tank has a story to it. A few weeks ago, I put it in my cart fantasy shopping, and didn't think anything of it. A couple days later, an order arrived at my house that my mother had placed for my sister. She was getting some leggings and added a couple things to the cart to get the free shipping DEB offers for orders over $50. Lo and behold, she pulls out this same tank. I pouted because "I saw it first," but I went ahead and kept it in my cart anyway because I really wanted it. And I'm glad I did.  It's so cute. It's got a high low hem and the material is super soft and light.

Plus this detail on the back of the tank is to die for. I love it. I don't care that my sister has it too; I just won't wear it when she wears it. Or I'll hide hers. ;)

And again with the daisies. Pink this time. This is a pretty basic Floral Tank, with a crocheted neckline and straps and a banded bottom. It's really cute but nothing too special. I just like the shape of the tank.

I am obsessed with this tank. It's a basic black high low tank but the Embroidered and Beaded Neckline! It's so much brighter and colorful in person. I love the way it looks.

LOOK AT THIS. It's so pretty. I can't get over it.

Now I am so excited about this Ombre Crocheted Tank. I work in retail, and this style started coming into my store like crazy last spring. I loved the style and the trend, but couldn't find anything like it in a plus size. Until DEB. When I saw this I knew I had to have it. It's obviously really sheer, so I need a nude cami underneath, but it is adorable. The fringe just looks adorable and it's so light and breezy. I'm in love.

Now these capris.

I am OBSESSED with this brand of bottom.

They look and feel like leggings, but have a button and zip fly and the back pockets are functional. I have them in every color you can think of in the pant length, and several more colors in the capri length. So when I saw a jegging version, I jumped on them. So cute and comfy.

I liked them so much that I picked them up in the black denim version as well. From far away, they look true black, but up close you can see that denim detailing.

And finally...birthday order number two.

This order was all tops. I swear DEB has some of the cutest tops this season, and I was happy to find plenty to stock up on.

This Burnout Tye Dye Tank is so bright and vibrant. I love the colors and how comfy it will be in warmer weather. I may actually embellish this with some iron-ons for my trip. I haven't decided yet, but I think a big black Mickey head would look cute on this.

This tank has a Neon Tribal Screen on the front, which I love because I'm really into neons lately.

Also, the crochet detail on the back is amazing. I love how intricate and detailed it is.

This Tye Dye Daisy tank is adorable! It has deep armholes and a large keyhole detail on the back. The color is really vibrant, and although I'm not a big yellow wearer, I couldn't pass it up.I love the glitter on the flower; the whole shirt gives off a 60s vibe. LOVE.

Next is this Aztec Print Trapeze Tank. This tank is a chiffon material, slightly oversized and very flowing. The colors are a pretty pastel and the pattern is super cute.

However, the big draw for me is the ivory bead detail around the collar. It just gives it something a little extra that I love. I love this paired with white denim shorts and some sort of strappy sandal.

This Floral Burnout Tank has a bubble hem, which I am not usually a fan of. However, on this short it really works, I bought it in the teal, but it's also available in royal blue and coral. I love tanks like this because with a solid cami underneath it, the floral pattern really stands out.

This Color Block Racerback Tank is pretty basic but I really liked the color combination--there's something about the black, white and blue that drew me in. Unfortunately, this color combo is currently sold out online. It's really light and comfortable; perfect for a day at the beach or riding roller coasters at Universal Studios.

This last top I actually bought with my job in mind. I have a ton of these chiffon collared sleeveless tanks for summer since my workplace gets so freakin' hot! But this one is a little different, because it doesn't button up; instead it sort of drapes open (or closed) and has this neat twist detail in the front. The only color they have this left in online is ivory, but I might pick it up, just to have something white as well as black. I really overexposed the flash on this one so you could see the details more clearly. It's a really unique style, and I like it a lot.

So, this is my HUGE DEB haul. I really like DEB because they carry cute and trendy plus-size clothing at really reasonable prices. They have amazing dresses--both more formal and more casual, and  they seem to always be having some sort of sale. I could easily spend $200+ in one go if I didn't have any sort of self-restraint. Thank God for birthdays that make me feel like I can spoil myself just a little bit. :D (Not to mention, I already have my cart filled up again! eek.)

This post took forever to put together because of all the photos, but I wanted the whole haul altogether. In the future, I'll probably break haul posts up between stores or orders or something. Be on the lookout for my February&March faves and a polish swatch post sometime in the next week.:)

Allyson Rae

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