8 Fashion Boutiques Found Online

8 Fashionable Online Boutiques To Use Your Holiday Cash On

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Online boutiques are usually my go to during the year because not only do they have cute clothes for me to buy, but they usually are a small business. I love shopping from a boutique knowing that my money is going towards the owner and their families.

1. Ivie Lola Boutique

Ivie Lola is so cool, comfy, and cute y'all! Their site is so easy to use AND they have daily deals and sales quite often. My favorite item from their site is my Chenille sweater, it is the softest sweater that I own! Their owner is the absolute sweetest as well.

If you are purchasing for the first time feel free to use my code Maggie10 at checkout!

2. Free To Be Boutique 

Free To Be boutique is another one of my favorites with another sweet and caring owner. The clothes on there are usually pre-order, but you get the items pretty quickly (and they are adorable). I love the mission of this boutique, its about being who you truly are as God created you. I can't wait to shop after the holidays!

3. Royal + Reese

Most of y'all know by now that I love Royal + Reese, but if you don't listen up! It's owned by 3 sisters and they have collections that launch every week. Not to mention, they have some pretty good sales on their site from time to time. I love this site and its one of my favorites!

4. Dawn & Rae

Dawn & Rae is a boutique I just recently discovered through an online facebook group with the owner who shared it to the group. And boy are there so many options on there! They have football graphic t-shirts, sweaters, tops, rompers, you name it! I honestly can't wait to shop with them in the new year!

5. Nellie Mae Boutique

Nellie Mae is a boutique I also just discovered. They have holiday giveaways and go live on the fb group, which is really fun! I was gifted an item from their boutique and I love it. I can't wait to shop for more things.

6. His Daughter Boutique 

His Daughter is a boutique I just discovered this year, and I have been eyeing some of the cutest items ever since! There is a variety of items on the site and there's even a storefront for it with local pickup. The backstory behind the boutique is even sweeter with the owner.

7. Fashion Ten

Fashion 10 started out as a store front in Georgia, but now its also online with an app . I recently just purchased an item from the store for New Years and I was amazed with the quality of the top! I can't wait to purchase more from them.

8. Jules & James Boutique 

Jules & James is a boutique that I have known about for a little bit now but finally was able to make a purchase this year. I love how comfy and soft my shirt is from them. They are online and have the cutest storefronts in Georgia & Ohio!

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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Retail Stores Keep Dying And It Might Be Too Late To Save Them

The world's retail giants are slowly being slain one by one.

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I arrived to work one evening in late December 2018 expecting just an ordinary shift.

Everyone who was working that night had been called to a meeting to discuss that evening's plans. Before the meeting ended, my AP manager (whose job I still know nothing about) informed us that he was leaving the store next Friday and that we should all look for jobs somewhere else.

At this moment, I knew our store would end up closing down.

I worked at a Kmart that had been around since the 1970s. I used to go there when I was younger and buy things like video games, toys, and even VHS tapes. After a certain point, I didn't really buy anything from there anymore. One day I walked in and found out that they had completely removed the video games section in expectations of shutting down soon. But that wouldn't happen for another three years.

I'm currently unemployed. So are many others as a result of retail giants like Sears, which owns Kmart, going bankrupt and shutting down.

This has been a huge trend within the past decade. With the rise of Amazon and the evolution of the internet, it is becoming harder for retail stores to make money. The video game section removed at my Kmart was probably removed due to not making enough income to justify keeping it.

Right now, I can open up my phone, select the PlayStation app and purchase the newest "Call of Duty." This takes less than 5 minutes to do. Now if I wanted to go to my former Kmart and purchase the newest "Call of Duty," I'd first have to walk to the video game section in the back of the store, get an employee to unlock the case it is in, then stand in line to purchase it.

Depending on how busy it is that day, this may have taken over 10 minutes. The convenience factor is a big reason why something like Amazon has thrived.

You may not be able to get what you want right away, but you also don't have to deal with annoying shoppers and long lines.

At one point, Sears was basically Amazon. It had a large selection of merchandise within the Sears catalog, which at one point was the equivalent to Amazon's website. Unfortunately for Sears, they were overtaken by Amazon and many other retail chains because they were too slow in taking their catalog online, allowing you to make purchases online as Amazon does.

Sears has declared bankruptcy and will most likely be gone in a year.

Sears will not be the only retail chain to potentially close.

GameStop has not declared bankruptcy yet, but it may by the end of this year since they are slowly losing money. Other stores like Family Dollar and Gymboree are also losing money, which has resulted in the closing down of multiple stores.

I don't want to make it seem like Amazon is this big and evil company that is solely responsible for shutting down the poor, innocent stores. These stores, especially Sears, had their chance to adapt and failed.

GameStop, in particular, has been constantly made fun of for how they force their employees to annoy customers with questions about video game pre-orders. Did they ever fix this issue? Of course not, and now there are tons of articles speculating about how they may go bankrupt.

Not adapting to sell online isn't the sole reason for these retail chains failing as a business. But the fact that they don't listen to their customers could also have contributed to their downfall.

In the near future, I don't think there will be that many retail store chains around anymore due to poor business decisions and Amazon. Shoppers have asked for convenient shopping experiences and they now receive them due to the evolution of the digital marketplace. This wish for convenience may have doomed retail stores, since not all of them can really keep up with a company like Amazon.

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