The Martha Effect


The Martha Stewart Effect

I never quite understood the Martha Stewart hate I heard about in the late 80’s when Martha and her crafts blew up.  I LOVED Martha Stewart’s show and tried to do some of her recipes and crafts.  I could not fully understand as a kid why some women had a rather obsessive dislike of Ms. Stewart.  While yes she had a full staff at her disposal to make those crafts and crap you just had to have…. She made it seem ever so effortless.  I just did not get it…. because I was a kid/teen, it was not until I was an adult that I fully got it and met my very own Martha.

I love to sew and I love crafts. and while I was unemployed I had lots of time to do these crafts, but no money for materials.  Now that I have the money I dont have the time…. Gotta love Life’s little twists.

Any who, I have followed one SAHM/Blogger/Amazing Sewer named Erica B *click here* for a few years, in fact she inspired me to blog about the stuff I make.  Erica has made and reviewed so many patterns along with inspirations from spring and fall fashion weeks.  I remember one Chanel inspired piece she did I an just read with awe and envy like WOW I cant even think on how to do that.  And again where does she find the time.  And to top it all off she has at least 3 kids and still looks fly as hell…

And this year I some how stumbled upon Mimi G *click here* another Blogger/Amazing Sewer * I think she is a SAHM, but dont quote me on that one* Mimi G reviews patterns, shows you how to make patterns from scratch, doing tie dye, styling clothes, etc  I have even paid for a few of her pattern tutorials.  She has a knack for breaking down patterns to make them simple for even the most novice of sewers. And she is just as fly as Erica B doing all this.

And then I look at my life and think, What the hell am I doing with it lol….. clearly I am not properly utilizing my 24 hours in a day like these ladies.  I know they are both married, have kids, *maybe a pet or two* and yet they still find time to not only sew but to blog, make videos and help the rest of their admires with questions we might have about random sewing stuff. *They are members of the same sewing FB group I am on*

So these ladies are my Martha Stewart.  While I do not hate them or envy them, but some-days I truly wonder how they do it all.   I feel like a slubb, I have 0 kids *does my dog Bear count?*, no husband but planning a wedding, and  going back to work, but not having time to create, and up pops in my feed something just items and I look down on the too big clothes I am wearing just shaking my head and laugh at my self.  Then I realize like Martha Stewart these two ladies, who are very sweet, nice women, who are rather talented, have their haters and detractors.   Yet they keep doing what the do, helping out the slubbs like me to stop making butt prints on the couch, and make something.

So Thank You Martha, I mean Erica and Mimi, You inspire me…

I encourage you all to visit their websites and drool over the amazing items they create and share with us…..

Who is your Martha Stewart? Your Inspiration

‘Til Next Time

Love, Peace and All Things Pretty

~The Diva V~


Mode Monday – Day Dress



The #2 item on Tim Gunn’s 10 Essential Pieces is a Day Dress:

The Day Dress:  This is a dress that you’re probably going to wear to work. It is never intended to be a dress that you would wear to a cocktail party alternative.”

My favorite kind of Day Dress is a sheath dress, it can be worn year round and with or with out a jacket or cardi.

peplumdress-84 I love this little trendy dress with the peplum dress in one of Spring’s hottest colors.  It is a great addition to your wardrobe. I found a new website Simply Be I have yet to order from them but they have some great trendy items in plus size and the prices are not bad.

onestop-dress This hounds-tooth dress is great for the office, can be worn spring, winter or fall.  Flattering to almost all shapes, you can get it at 

calvin-dress Loves this Calvin Kline color block dress, not only does it flatter most shapes the color blocking helps to make you look even slimmer.  This dress is available at Macy’s

My other favorite Day Dress is a Wrap Dress.  This Dress made iconic by  Diane Von Furstenberg, is a perfect dress from a size 0 to a 30+ 

*Side Note: still a little upset that DVF does not do plus size but I guess I will get over that*

I prefer a true Wrap Dress as apposed to a Mock Wrap Dress, if you go down or up a size your Wrap Dress can be adjusted.  If you feel that the Wrap Dress is coming down too low in the front on your cleavage, you can wear a cami under the dress, add a cami that has a little lace on the top to add a little extra to the dress. 

mockwrap Mock Wrap Dress from Igig flattering dress for any shape. 

wrap1 I love a cotton A-Line Wrap Dress, reminds me of the 50’s lol but this is a great dress I have one like this, I had had it about 10 years, and is still holding up, very flattering and forgiving.  This one is from Jibri Esty site 

 wrap3 I heart this Asymmetric wrap with the soft ruffle, I might try to make something like this.  This is also from an Esty seller 

 I know Wrap Dresses are not the hot style right now but they are CLASSIC and will stand the test of time.  

So my Curvy Divas, what Day Dresses do you already own? And what do you plan to add to your closet?

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace and All Things pretty

~The Diva V~

Mode Mondays




Yes I know you all missed them….

First I will revisit Tim Gunn’s 10 Basic Pieces

You know Tim Gunn is my BFF in my head… I LOVE him… and I love his style…

This will be geared towards the curvy/plus sized woman…

The first piece is:

1. Basic Black Dress

“We all know that you can dress it up to take it out, that’s its intention, but you can also pair an item like this with a cardigan for work. So it’s an easy item to transition.”

I so LOVE LBD (Little Black Dress) there is nothing you can’t do with it.  It can go from day to night with just a few easy accessory changes.


For your first LBD I would stay way from a lot of sparkly details on the dress, you want something that is a bit more versatile. 

The lace dress is from great dress for the office and a night on the town or even a cocktail party.  Add a cardigan or blazer and its perfect for the office.  For night time add some sparkly earrings and a killer pair of pumps or strappy sandals and a great bag.  Same with a cocktail party.  This dress is about $100 online


lbd-ck-6pmThis is a Calvin Kline dress *yes CK is doing plus size woohoo* this dress is on  

lbd-sheath-macyHere is my favorite kind of dress a sheath.  There are so many things you can do with this dress and flattering on SO many figures.  This is another CK dress found at Macy’s.

So Divas do you love a LBD? how do you dress yours up or down?

Do you have any killer shoe ideas?

Can’t wait to hear from you

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace and All Things Pretty

~The Diva V~ 




So this Challenge popped up in my news feed on FB….

Pretty Girls Rock Dresses® Spring/Summer 2013 Dress Challenge
So I clicked on the event… and saw the rules….
“Pretty Girls Rock Dresses DRESS CHALLENGE Mission:

1. We will ROCK dresses (skirts) and CUTE SHOES (heels and/or flats) like our mothers and grandmothers at least THREE (3) days a week.

2. We will reject the IMPULSE to throw on jeans, jogging suits (EVEN THE CUTE KIND), and dress slacks.

3. We will exchange our revelations and thoughts throughtout this challenge. 

4. We will invite our friends to join.

5. We will include our daughters and young women we mentor.

6. We will take Pictures and Have FUN!!!!

7. Everyone is welcomed to participate.

Exceptions: Flattering/Very Feminine Dress Suits are ALLOWED. 

*If you have a blog share with your followers.*

Inspiring women to embrace pretty from the inside out. Dresses are the ultimate sign of feminine power!!

Officially Kicked Off: Friday, March 1, 2013

Let’s bring back:

*GLAMOUR. *GRACE. *CHARM. *FEMININTY. *PRISSYness (is that a word?) and most of all BEAUTY. 

PGRDresses Star?

There’s Power in the Dress, Purse, and Stiletto!”

So I figured why not I clicked that I would join in.  It is from March 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013…. I think this is a great and amazing Challenge…. I wish I had thought of it lol 
Now my plan was to start this March 1 but i was set back after coming back into town with the flu that has lingered and it is still cold here in Maryland and I am on the bus…. 
But now that I feel better I plan to jump in head first to this Challenge…. I will rock a dress to work but the cute shoes will be hard I work in retail my shoes are ugly but comfy… but I will find a way around that 🙂
So my Divas do you want to join me in this Challenge? C’mon it will be fun….
I can’t wait to see what you all wear….
Here is the website of the woman who came up with the Challenge: and FB Page
I even have some new fabric and patterns to make some summer dresses and take in my current maxi dress….
‘Til Next Time
Love Peace and All Things Pretty….
~The Diva V~



I’M DONE  Woohoo 

Yes, I finished my LBD… Here are a few pics…

lbd-3 lbd-1 lbd-2

Here are a few shots of the dress and jacket.  I used matte jersey black knit material, and Asian inspired satin brocade.

I used Butterick pattern B5309 the pattern is OOP 😦 but I have had it for years.

B5309 It says its easy… yes the dress was easy, but the jacket gave me the blues with the collar…. but I did my best Tim Gunn….”Make it Work”

I am  pleased with my overall results and look forward to wearing this out with Mista Man….

What do you Divas think?

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace and All Things Pretty

~The Diva V~ 

Up Date to the LBD Sew-A-Long



LBD Sew-A-Long 

I got a bit done today, even though all I wanted to do was sleep.  I am almost done with the jacket I need to add some kind of closure piece, I am debating on a black frog or a snap….humm maybe a ribbon.. who knows

I also started the dress the actual LBD of the sew-a-long.  I have it completed except for hemming it.  Now the LBD is a bit snug but that’s ok *it has to be ok because I am not about to let it out*  I will put on my body magic and call it a day lol 

I can’t wait to put the pieces together with the jewelry I made. 


I am actually a little excited of how all of this will come together. 

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace & All Things Pretty

~The Diva V~ 

Spring 2013 Color Report

Pedestrians walk through snow storm in Chicago


It is about this time of year I am ready for spring to come.. well not really I have bad seasonal allergies and spring is the worse for me but I get tired of cold and snow. The Picture above is from Chicago not Baltimore. 

Now those of yall who know me know I was born and raised in the GREAT CITY OF CHICAGO, but I currently live in Baltimore, MD.  It does not get he snow fall that Chicago does, nor does it get the cold, but we just had a weather event, i.e. snow, here in Baltimore and it got cold like I was back in Chicago.  So of course i am wising for warmer weather and Spring…

I started looking for what the Pantone Spring 2013 color report… humm just like snow and cold not feeling these colors… but i am not a big yellow and green person….


I see a few colors I need in my life, like African Violet, Nectarine and Poppy Red….. the rest are just eh to me.  Maybe I can work in the two blue colors of Monaco Blue and Dusk Blue.

I will be back with some pieces to add to my current wardrobe this spring and summer.

What colors are you planning to add this Spring to your wardrobe?

‘Til Next Time 

Love Peace and All Things Pretty

~The Diva V~