Men's Big and Tall Spring Fashion Trends with Jacamo

By Alysse Dalessandro
on April 10, 2017

Men's Big and Tall Spring Fashion Trends
Spring has arrived so I wanted to do something different today on the blog. Instead of bringing you another femme plus size roundup, today's post is all about men's big and tall spring trends for plus size masculine-identified babes. I've teamed up with UK-based size inclusive retailer, Jacamo to bring you my favorite masculine spring trends this season.

A great pair of big and tall jeans is certainly an item that you can wear year-round and let's face it, navy is pretty much timeless but one trend that I am loving for spring is: shades of blue. Whether in a great pair of navy wide-fit shoes or chambray denim button-down, there's so many different ways to incorporate blue into your spring wardrobe.

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32 Places to Shop for Plus Size Swimwear

By Alysse Dalessandro
on April 03, 2017
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32 Places to Shop for Plus Size Swimwear

It's that time of year when we start to get bombarded with ads about getting "beach body ready." Well guess what? Your body is ready for the beach just as it is. All you need is the perfect plus size swimwear that feels right for you! There's a variety of retailers making plus size swimwear in a range of styles. Whether your aesthetic is total beach goth or sultry poolside goddess, chances are you can find what you're looking for!

Because I get asked about plus size swimwear so often, I wanted to put together an online shopping guide. The below list is in alphabetical order and while it's certainly not completely exhaustive, there's definitely a range of sizes, budgets and styles represented in this list. To the best of my knowledge, I've included sizing and pricing information and any other key details that may factor into your decision of where to shop. The pictures represent only a sampling of each retailer's offerings so make sure you click the links to check each site out! 

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Plus Size Spring Fashion Trend Watch with JD Williams

By Alysse Dalessandro
on March 24, 2017

Plus Size Spring Fashion Trend Watch with JD Williams

The first day of Spring arrived earlier this week and personally, I was ready! Plus size spring fashion brings a whole host of new styles and trends that are sure to brighten up your wardrobe. And while I am totally an advocate of wearing whatever you want when you want, there's something special about spring fashion trends. Today, I've partnered with UK-based plus size retailer JD Williams to bring you a trend report with two of my favorite plus size spring fashion trends: floral and stripes. 

One quick look through JD Williams' new arrivals and I instantly gravitated towards pieces with bold floral patterns and sporty athleisure stripes. In some cases, I saw pieces with both stripes and florals. I love these two trends for spring because they combine elements of strong and soft for an ultra-confident look that I can certainly get behind. With warmer weather on the horizon, there's no reason to hide and these trends will definitely have you standing out. 

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The Ready To Stare Last Minute Fat Babe Holiday Gift Guide

By Alysse Dalessandro
on December 24, 2016

Plus Size Gift Guide
It's Christmas Eve and you are still pondering the best gift to get for your favorite confident fat babe. Trust me, I get it - I planned on writing this before Christmas Eve too. Shit happens and you're doing the best you can! You're great. PLUS, if you're still looking for the perfect plus size holiday gift that won't arrive late in the mail or require you braving the holiday crowds, I've got you!

I compiled a list of ten plus size holiday gifts for your fat favorite babe that will arrive digitally just in time! So grab one for your favorite fat babe or yourself, you deserve it! I hope you find something that you feels just right. Whether you want to get your sexy on with a lingerie subscription or give the gift of supporting fat-run media, I hope this guide has a little something for everyone! 

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Cyber Monday Plus Size Deals and Discounts

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday is upon us and even though I am sick, I am still going to try and bring you the best plus size deals around. Why? Because y'all are great and you deserve to save. I have shopped from a fair amount of retailers on this list so if you have questions about fit or fabrication, don't hesitate to hit me up on Twitter!
The Ready to Stare shop is still offering 35% off your entire order with the code BlackFriday2016 until midnight. And as we slim down our inventory to focus more on blogging, there's some really great deals in the sale section. But without further adieu, get into these Cyber Monday sales because for many brands, they won't be back until next year!

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20 Businesses To Support This Small Business Saturday

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 26, 2016

For the past two years, I have been celebrating Small Business Saturday with a list of small businesses to support. Over the years, it has brought me much joy to be able to shine this light on hardworking individuals who wear many hats and in some cases, ALL the hats, in their small business. 

When you shop from small businesses, you know exactly where you're money is going: into the pockets of an individual creator. As always, I found the businesses on this list by posting a call for submissions on my social media and as long as the business was small (10 employees or under), it's included here! And I am happy that I not only got to connect with the Ready to Stare community on this but that I, too, got to learn about some new small businesses along the way!  I hope that there's a little something for everyone on your list. 

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Black Friday Plus Size Deals and Discounts 2016

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 25, 2016

Black Friday Plus Size Deals & Discounts

As I continue the transition from shop owner to blogger, Black Friday this year is taking on a whole new meaning. I am still stressed about it but only because now I want to make sure I am bringing all of you the best plus size Black Friday deals out there! And let me tell you, there's a lot to choose from. Whether you're shopping for yourself or grabbing a gift for your fave plus size babe in your life, this is definitely the time to get your shop on.

Of course, the Ready to Stare shop is still open and if you want to shop from me, you can use the code "BlackFriday2016" to take 35% off your entire order through 11/28 at 11:59 p.m. Now, onto the rest of the deals. I am including all plus size black friday deals and discounts first and will update over the weekend with Cyber Monday discounts. If there's a discount you don't see included, contact me and I can add it! 

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Plus Size Thigh High Wide Calf Boots

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 16, 2016
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Wide Calf Thigh High Boots

Every year without fail, I get asked about one particular item in my wardrobe: my wide calf thigh high boots. I found them four years ago on a total whim when I was out shopping with my mom who ironically encouraged me to try them on. I wore them initially to a New Year's Eve party and I certainly wouldn't recommend breaking in a heel like this for the first time on a night like that. Let's just say, I spent a good chunk of my night scoping out available places to sit. 

I've worn these wide calf thigh high boots on my blog every year and one of the images of me in these boots is now one of the top search results for the word "feminist." I am not mad about that at all (even though that same image has been used for countless hateful memes). 

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24 Wide Calf Boots For All Of Your Fall/Winter Needs

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 11, 2016

wide calf boots

If you're like me, winter brings more than cooler temps; it also brings the struggle to find a pair of boots that you can zip past your ankles. I've shed more than a few tears of the years trying to find wide calf boots that actually fit. But retailers are getting hip to our needs as wide calf babes and this season, there are so many good wide calf boot options that I wanted to share my favorite picks with you. 

When you're shopping online for wide calf boots, you need to know your calf measurement. The best way to do it is to get a sewing tape measure and measure your calf at its widest part. For reference, my calf is 19" which sizes me out of a few options. In addition to checking the calf circumference prior to buying, also make sure to look at the store's return policy. I recently was gifted a pair of awesome thigh high boots that I couldn't get past my ankles and I had to pay to send them back. Because of their size and weight, shipping boots can be costly so it's always a good idea to check the return policy.

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The 15 Coats You Need to Dominate Fall with Simply Be

By Alysse Dalessandro
on September 22, 2016


Today marks the first official Fall and I've got to be honest with y'all, I've been waiting. As much as I love summer, I hate being hot and Fall is a nice relief from the heat. Along with the cooler temps, Fall also ushers in one of my favorite fashion items to style: plus size coats and jackets!

Living in the Midwest, I never know exactly what temperature to expect when I step out of my front door in Fall. The weather seems to change as much as my style aesthetic so I like to keep my closet stocked with a range of coats and jackets that fit my every mood and fashion whim. Some days, it's cool; some days, it's hot; and some days, it's snowing. I like to look cute for all of them. 

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