Airlines No Longer Lose Luggage

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Great news, travelers. Airlines no longer lose passengers’ bags, suitcases or any other checked items!

No more lost luggage.

What? Say it isn’t so. It’s a miracle.

So why is it, when my husband recently flew overseas, he was the last person at the baggage carousel waiting for a suitcase that would never appear?  He certainly wasn’t waiting because his bags were lost.

What is Delayed Baggage?

Now, when your bags do not complete the journey with you, it isn’t because the airlines lost or misdirected it. No. It’s because your baggage has been delayed.

I understand the reason that the airline industry wants to refer to your lost items as delayed baggage. In all likelihood, you will receive it within 24 to 48 hours of landing. So, it isn’t lost (really), it’s just late – as if it is perfectly natural for luggage to travel slower than its owner.

Lost –  I mean – delayed baggage causes all sorts of mayhem and confusion. When you are away from home, especially in anther country, you just want your own things. You want your own clothes, your own shoes and yes, your own toothpaste. Though I am sure European toothpaste gets the job done, too.

Resourceful v Patient

So when the airline delays your bag (I had a hard time typing that last sentence), what type of traveler are you? Do you want to run to the nearest shopping center – assuming there is one at your destination – to replace what you consider necessities, or do you wait it out for a day or two and see if your “delayed” luggage catches up with you after having a nice time at the suitcase spa? Because really, a spa day is about the only reason I can see that my luggage would intentionally travel more slowly than I do.

Happily Ever After

Happily for my husband, his slowly traveling suitcase made it to his hotel about 36 hours after he checked in. 36 hours may not seem like that long, but for 24 of them, we honestly had no clue where the bag was, if it was really lost or even picked up by the wrong passenger at another airport.

Though, how any airline misdirects a bright orange, 29″ hardside suitcase of a first class passenger is a bit beyond me. That suitcase is big. Hard to miss really. Below is the 21″ version of the bag, so you know the 29″ bag was easy to spot from across the tarmac. (I just wanted an excuse to write the word tarmac.)

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I will say this, I won’t call out the airlines, because the “delayed baggage” folks at both air carriers were as kind and helpful as they could be, especially considering it was a holiday weekend, and I know my husband’s suitcase wasn’t the only one that was “delayed.”

Maybe they have a first class lounge for first class luggage, too. That would explain so much.

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10 Best Shopping Sites for Plus Size Clothing

cmAs a lady with curves, I hate the almost inevitable frustration that comes with every trip to the department or clothing store. My current size is what I like to refer to as the in between zone — otherwise known as the Seventh Circle of Size Hell. I just might fit in the XXL in the regular sizes, or they might be cut too short for my tall frame. I might find the right 0X or 1X in the plus sizes, or they may just look tent like and unflattering.

And while I love that so many department stores do carry lines in extended sizes, I must lament that they often miss the mark in terms of style, cut and selection. Here’s a hint, y’all. Baggy t-shirts look worse on curves. Excess fabric is not our friend.

But, instead of complaining, I want to give props to the stores who understand real curves, and celebrate women of all sizes.

eShakti

eShakti has been a favorite online retailer of mine for a while. Shopping for casual or work? Need a dress for a cocktail party? eShakti has everything, and they boast a selection of clothing where almost all items are available in sizes 0-36W! Not only that, but you can customize necklines, sleeve lengths and skirt lengths to your own tastes.

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For the styles they offer, and the quality, I think the pricing is quite reasonable. They have super friendly staff and customer service.

Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant has been in the forefront of Plus Size fashion for decades. However, my one problem is that even though I live in an area with a few malls, only half seem to have a Lane Bryant store housed within. No problem. LaneBryant.com to the rescue.

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And if I am being honest, what they have always gotten right was that they feature real models in every shape and beautiful skin tone. A few models do look more like a size 12 than a true plus size woman, but I can handle that, as long as I see a size 20 or 24 in the catalog as well.

Bonus Points: LB gets serious bonus points for stocking shoes in wide sizes and boots for curvy calves!

Dress Barn

Darn it, I said it. I went there. Yes, I like Dress Barn.

Dress Barn may not seem ultra hip, and it isn’t. But it isn’t supposed to be either. I like to wear nice tops with my jeans. I like classic dresses with just a touch of interesting. Too much interesting is a bit out of my fashion comfort zone.

  • Well-cut jeans? Check!
  • Cute blouses? Check!
  • Little Black Dresses that won’t break the bank? Check!
  • A clearance rack that actually has good clothing I want to buy? Check and check!

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And, Dress Barn isn’t just for plus size beauties. Our less-curvy friends will find an equally good selection there, too. Which is actually a bonus for those of us in the between zone.

Crown & Ivy

Southern women rejoice, dressy casual (or is it casual dressy) has a price conscious savior, Crown & Ivy. Solids, prints, blouses, dresses… yes, yes, yes and yass! I like to think of it as Lilly Pulitzer-adjacent. Don’t get me wrong, I love LP styles, but most stores do not offer my size, and I like the Crown & Ivy price point far more. Crown & Ivy also offers lots of styles, not just prints. Though I love the prints.

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You can find Crown & Ivy at Belk stores and some malls have standalone Crown & Ivy shops. Even better Crown & Ivy has almost every demographic in the southern lexicon covered.

  • Regulars
  • Plus
  • Petite
  • Jrs.
  • Jrs. Plus

But you don’t live in the south, and your mall doesn’t have a Belk? Well, bless your heart. Belk.com delivers!

Retailers that Mostly Get it Right

Taget, Old Navy, Charlotte Russe, Torrid, Hot Topic and Talbots all have been hit or miss for me.

Target is great for staples like v-neck tees. Target’s Massimo denim is fantastic. Where they fall short are dresses and dressy tops.

Old Navy usually has a top or two I like, but it’s pretty inconsistent. I usually check out the racks if I am in the store for my kids (Old Navy is great for school uniforms, y’all!). I have other go-to shops for myself.

If I am shopping at Torrid or Hot Topic, I prefer brick and mortar. That way I can feel the item in my hands and try it on. The quality is hit or miss on some pieces, which is fine for occasional wear items, but wardrobe staples in my house need to be extremely well-made. But if you are looking for fun & edgy, Torrid is a great place to stop.

Wrapping it Up

If you have a plus size lady on your shopping list, I highly recommend a gift card from one of the shops above. Humans of all sizes have different tastes and different preferences when it comes to style and fit.

I love v-necks and think that scoop necks were created by Satan. Other ladies may love the scoop. They must, or stores wouldn’t carry so many of them. But, my point is, we all love gift cards!

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with any of the above brands or retailers. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

More $#i% Southern Women Say

The world received an early Christmas present this Thanksgiving week. Hallelujah, a new “$#i% Southern Women Say” video has been released. As a mama who is fluent in the Southern language, I think these are the best. This post may contain affiliate links.

Click here to see more from the Southern Women Channel, because wouldn’t we all feel a little bit better if we put on a little lipstick.

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