The Limited, unlimited.

If you’re a girl, then you know when you lose a bunch of weight and you get all giddy about being able to shop places you couldn’t before? Well, yeah. The Limited is one of those places for me.  Tiny little pants.  Tiny little tees.  All cut explicity not to accomodate my apple shape.  Now, they’re making their styles more accessible to all of us and bringing their new plus size line (eloquii), designed for women sizes 14 to 24, here to Indy at the Castleton Square Mall!

Yes, we still have a “plus size” distinction here in this wonderful world we live in.  Is that how it is in every country?  I imagine it’s worse in Europe.  Dear god; France.  Where a size 8 is fat.  But I digress…

I’m a shopaholic and I’ll shop anywhere once – and I’m a sucker for brands within brands.  The Limited‘s plus size line, ‘eloquii‘ promises to be “modern”, “young”, and “stylish”- all while respecting curves.  Damn, if eloquii is a man, is he single?  I know some single ladies that have check-boxes by those words on their wish lists.  🙂

The Limited is having an official Grand Opening celebration today through Sunday June 10th to celebrate bringing this line to Indy (at the Castleton Square Mall), where eloquii will be a store-within-a-store of sorts.  Check it out and let me know what you think.  I’ll be checking it out at lunch, searching for a dress to wear to the wedding of the year, and I’ll post my thoughts later tonight.

OH!  And – I’m going to give away an awesome gift courtesy of the nice folks at The Limited, too!

A sampling of the options in the eloquii summer line!

 

 

*disclaimer: You should be aware that I am eating a tiny piece of chocolate mousse pie as I write this. 

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Fake it ’til you can make it! {Vacation worth staying for}

This article was published in IndySpectator earlier this month!  Sign up to receive all their awesome newsletters here, and read on for my article!

 

What if I said you could go to Mexico for Spring Break for real cheap? …I wouldn’t believe me either. But when you’re achin’ for a break in March, and your hopes are high, but the funds are low – what can you do?

I have a solution. Did you know that you have access to an entire simulated Mexico vacation right here in Indy? If you need to fake that trip to the Mexican Riviera to make your globe-trotting friends jealous, here’s how you can do it without leaving the ‘462##’ zip code!

For a trip like this, you’ve got to remember the basics. If you “come back” as pasty and pale as you left, someone’s going to notice. So, start this stay-cation with a custom tan from Air-Tan. The Air-Tan gals personally give you the spray down, so they can customize your level of tan so that it’s more believable than many of the other self-tan methods.

After your tan has set, pretend to soak up the midday sun with your new tan by hanging out poolside (but indoors) at Indy Island or Caribbean Cove. Admittedly, a bit overly kid-friendly for my taste, but this is the girl-on-a-budget trip, not the Sandals-Adults-Only-Resort trip.

A day at the pool will work up your appetite, so now would be the perfect time to explore the local market. Any one of the eight locally-owned Tienda Morelos will fill your shopping cart and stomach with tasty authentic Mexican fruits, meats, peppers, breads and other ingredients for an afternoon snack.

After a brief siesta, you’re ready for a night out on the town a la ‘La Bamba’ meets ‘Foot Loose’ (the old one not the new one *wink*). Dip down to Peru with a home-style meal from Mama Irma’s, where you’ll feel like you’re dining inside your host family’s dining room. Or wander to a vibrant Mexican town by having dinner at El Sol de Tala. (Be sure to order the creamy made-to-order guacamole when you’re there – my pick for best in town). Any dish you order at either Mama Irma’s or El Sol, will photograph nicely for a scrapbook, and remember: when you post it to Facebook, don’t geo-tag it! Before you leave El Sol, be the ultimate tourist and take several photos by the giant stone fountain in the center of the restaurant. This work of art was shipped directly from, and depicts, the picturesque town of Tala in Jalisca, Mexico, where owner Javier is from!

After dinner, stop in at La Margarita (newly opened in Fountain Square!), Adobo Grill, or Revolucion to sip (or throw back) a few shots of premium Tequila. Then, plunge yourself into an authentic Latin atmosphere at The Jazz Kitchen’s Latin Dance night (Thursdays starting at 9pm). With a free lesson, you’ll be dancing with the regulars by 10pm and just as you start to learn some of the language, you discover your glass of mojito is empty, and it’s time to take a cab back to home base.

You’ve really covered a lot of Latin America on such a short vacation!  Better throw in a story about a friend with a private jet to make it more believable…

Buen Viaje! 

Let’s Keep Indy Super!

While the reason for the NFL season might be officially over, let’s work hard to #KeepIndySuper!

Visitors, officials, and celebrities confirmed what we already know – our city is amazing! But, we don’t need celebrities to remind us that our local restaurants, bars, cultural districts and local businesses are amazing hosts! Lets keep this spirit alive. Follow local culture cultivators like Yelp, NUVO, Indy Star, WFYI — and a burgeoning list of individuals and companies too numerous to list here — and keep experiencing downtown Indy. We can keep this feeling alive long after the Super Bowl ceremonies end!