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Plus Size Clothing – Alight Review & Giveaway

I have a wonderful review of plus size clothing for you from a wonderful company that I’ve worked with in the past, Alight. You can read my past review of their clothing HERE. I was fortunate enough to be accepted for another review and giveaway for you lovely plus sized women out there in internet land.

alight.com – the best in plus size fashion sizes 14-28!

Alight.com As Seen In: Glamour, InStyle, Business Week, The New York Times and moreFor my review I received a lovely top from them that is perfectly airy for with a summer top underneath it and there are so many ways to wear it. It looks great with a white short sleeved top under it, or a purple tank top, this would be perfect for any time of the year. I also think that if the side ties hit you at your waist, like it did with me, it would be perfect belted. I have to say that this top is perfect for summer for me, since I don’t like the show “my wings” (the flabby back side of my arms as a result of my weight loss of 50 lbs, 3 years ago). In these sweltering hot days of summer, I feel so very enclosed in most of my clothing that hides those upper arm “wings” it’s stifling… however with this top I feel free, breezy and cool as the delicate fabric lets air circulate and keeps me cool and fashionable.

 Mariah In Alight Shirt with white shirt underneath
Mariah In Alight Shirt with white shirt underneath. This was taken earlier in the day before some chores, these colors are more true than the next pictures of me in the top.

I can see this top for all seasons, a smart choice for back to school as well since there are so very many ways to wear it. Wear a top like this with a skirt, over a short sleeved dress, with dress pants or jeans. How about dressing it up with nice jewelry for a change, pearls would look fantastic with this for a real classic way to dress up, how about long chained necklace or a choker, in silver, gold, black or any color that goes with the multiple colors that are in a top like this?

Picture Mariah of Oh Honestly Mariah modeling shirt
modeling shirt from Alight. lol You can tell I was using the remote to try and take my own pictures.

And for a top with this particular blouse, how about a beautiful camisole? Make it lacy or a filmy silk or satin, in coordinating colors or a simple white or cream color. Now looking through their website I didn’t find this top, I found some other gorgeous tops that would work just the same way. Nothing like a filmy top that will work for all seasons, just change what you wear underneath it, how about a long sleeved t-shirt or a tight light weight sweater or a turtle neck.

Picture Mariah of Oh Honestly Mariah with hand out
Me with my Shirt on… Feels like Rain? You can tell that this picture and the other one was taken later in the day, almost sunset…. strange what that does to the colors with my camera

A lot of the items I found at Alight could be grouped with multiple other items in their store to make many outfits with just a shirt or two, a dress, a skirt, pants, leggings and a cute shrug. This is THE WAY to shop for back to school, whether it be college or High School, or for us Mom’s out there, why not treat yourself to back to school celebration clothing too and be the hottest, coolest Mom around? We cannot forget to take care of ourselves some too. 🙂

A light weight breezy top from Alight, it's called "Just Great Top"
One of the tops I’ve been drooling over on Alight’s website.

I love to sew on my sewing machines (when I find the time), in the past I’ve done everything on my sewing machines, from sewing my own clothing to sewing my curtains. I even had my sewing in the county fair in Minnesota as a teenager and I had many complements on my sewing by the judges, though I don’t recall my receiving any ribbons for it…lol Anyway I had to check out things on this top, to share with you as well, below are my findings.

a brownish/rust dress very 70's look
On the Casual Dress Side… a nice relaxed 70’s appeal. Gotta love the gathering right under the bust, for the Gals with a bit of a tummy it will hide it and accent the bust.
Mixed Up Dress
Pretty in Pink with the “Mixed Up Dress” that I found at Alight… very beautiful and summery. Add a pink shrug or cardigan and it will see you through Fall and Spring too.
Olive Floral Gardens Dress
Perfect for the Holidays, any Occasion in which you’d want to dress up. An evening out, Anniversary’s and would look great for a Fall Mother of the Bride.
Pink Craze Cardigan
This would look great with the “Mixed Up Dress” as seen above. Don’t you just LOVE Pink?
Red Red Rose Gown
A beautiful Gown, I see it for Proms, Homecoming Dances, and Pair it with a nice Black, Red or White Shrug and why not wear it for Christmas! Shouldn’t every Woman have a Red Dress? I think so… there are lovely shorter red dresses at Alight too!


Red Strapless Jeweled Bodice Fitted Gown
Now this is what I dream of wearing one day. Isn’t this just the perfect show stopper for a Fancy Dress Occasion. This was a last minute addition tp to the blog… so the name of the dress isn’t on the picture. This is also on Alight’s Website and it’s called: Red Strapless Jeweled Bodice Fitted Gown.

I checked the seams on my beautiful new top, and they are pure perfection, sewn just right, not a missing stitch nor was the stitching crooked in any way. This top could not possibly be a second, though with the great prices at Alight I wouldn’t have been surprised if they had bought seconds to sell. The material itself is perfect as well, the fabric’s design isn’t miss printed or any areas of it didn’t seem to be pulled or sparse in threading.

Mixing it up my Classic Look for a beautiful Black Classic Dress an embroidered black shrug that I found on Alight
mixing it up my Classic Look for a dress and shrug that I found on Alight. To find these items search the names on Alight.

While looking around there site, I see so many wonderful items for sale, from Formal Wear, to Casual, from pants, tops and sweaters to dresses. I found some great plus size dresses at Alight, and I couldn’t believe the selection, alight has really grown since I last visited their site. Below are just a few examples of the dresses that really caught my eye.


Alight mixing it up Playful Look with dark brown asemetrical dress, navy leggings and a black 6 strand necklace
Alight mixing it up Playful Look. On here are the names that you can search for on Alight to find these items.

All in all, whatever your budget, you are sure to find the perfect outfit at Alight. I had a lot of fun looking around their site and have dreams of saving up for a gown someday, just so I have something for special occasions. I have also found some excellent prices on some great basics for everyday wear that are fun to mix and match.

Now enough of that, lets get to the giveaway… if you are a Gal that wears plus size or you know someone who is, this is the perfect surprise gift giveaway. This prize will be in the size you ask for (if you win) but the item you receive will be a fun mystery! Don’t you just love surprises? I know that I do and I was pleasantly surprised when I received my top!

alight.com fashions for sizes 14W - 28W


Now the rules of this one, in order to win you MUST sign up for their Newsletter… sorry but those are the rules, but I tell you it is well worth getting these emails from them as you can watch for their great deals! US & Canada and 18+.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product & checked out their website. I received a shirt for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Alight and me.

Save 20% off orders of $100 or more at Kiyonna during their President’s Day Sale!


deep red snug dress with sweetheart neckline a black lace little bolero over shoulders and arms, and the dress has ruching
Another outfit with a sweetheart neckline, that I could see Marilyn Monroe wearing. Can you tell I love Marilyn’s style… drool I bet this would look great on me… maybe. lol

Hi friends, here is a special that is good until the 19th from Kiyonna, just click on the picture below and use the Code: PRESIDENTS
President's Day Sale

You may recall, I’ve been drooling over their products for a while now, the sizes are size 10 and up… plus sizes my friends and their are some styles, that this avid viewer of What Not To Wear, sees as highly flattering on any figure.

Kiyonna Wrap Top in Jade color

Show off those curves and enjoy some special savings. I have yet to decide what I want to save up for, unfortunately. But I am seriously thinking of posting pictures of myself and what I am drooling over and having you all vote on what I should get for myself. Maybe I will post a picture of myself with it later, after I purchase it to. So you can help me play dress up, I have a little trip in mind soon, with my parents up to their 1 week Condo stay for my birthday and I would love to look pretty… maybe I will run into a Celebrity or 2 on my stay in Vale… wouldn’t that be nice?

Or maybe you can plot to have the team from What Not to Wear meet me up there? *giggle* Nah, just kidding… I don’t want secret footage of myself, I really don’t dress up much as I cannot afford much, since I’ve been disabled with chronic pain since 1991 and my husband has been disabled with pain and injured back for about 6 years now. I bet I look like a homeless person a lot, I need to really start sewing some clothing with my patterns and materials and post those projects here. lol

Okay, alas I have once again rambled… can you tell the weather is changing here and suddenly my pain level has gone up? 😛 Well it is and I am…

Love and hugs,


Mardi Gras Celebration – Sale items an additional 50% with my coupon Code!

Kiyonna Wrap Top in Jade color

Hi there folks there is a great Sale going on at Kiyonna… you may recall my drooling over the clothing at their store (sizes 10 and up)… If not CLICK HERE to see my post.

Kiyonna’s Mardi Gras celebration. Use coupon code: CARNIVAL for an additional 50% off all sale items.

Use CARNIVAL as the coupon code to get an Additional 50% off all sale items at Kiyonna!


Hope this helps someone get their dream outfit, top, dress or jewelry.

Beautiful Women’s Clothing That Will Flatter Any Figure! Size 10 and Up


Note: Check out the Sale going on now, through Feb 4th with Kiyonna Clothing (at the bottom of this post), grab the code before clicking on the sale banner to make sure you take advantage of this sale!

Okay folks, I received an invite to take a look at Kiyonna Clothing for an affiliate on my new site and you know me, I like to try before anyone goes up on my recommended shopping affiliates on any of the sites I have blogged on. However because Kiyonna outfits are so very lovely, unique and beautiful looking, I have decided to Affiliate with them.

Since I have not tried any of the Kiyonna Products, there will be a different area for the Affiliates that look great to me… and these Affiliates WILL NOT be moved over to the Recommended Shopping Sites, for the tried and true products that I have either reviewed on my blog, tried myself, enjoyed and have lived up to my standards… or should I say they will remain in the spot until such a time that I have tried their products and they meet my criteria for the other area.

What do I think would benefit our readers with the lines of clothing and accessories from Kiyonna?


I looked at their website and being an avid fan of What Not To Wear, I’ve seen makeovers on many women’s clothing and jewelry styles and one prevailing theme of these makeovers is to show off those curves by either creating or accenting your waistlines, hiding those bulky areas with ruching (especial in the tummy areas) and Peplums on dresses or blouses help to hide your hips. I even found wrap tops and wrap dresses on their site and I think that this style (especially in a dress) is perfectly figure flattering on every woman. I found so many of these key features in the clothing on their website and I realized that I just had to affiliate with them as these outfits can help many of my readers look their best!

Kiyonna Wrap Top in Jade color
Check out this beautiful wrap top, with the sweetheart neckline… Marilyn Monroe would love this top!

Now don’t be frightened by their being a “Plus Sized” Online Clothing Store, keep in mind that designers and in the world of Models anything over a the size of those anorexic looking women is considered a plus size… the outfits sold at Kiyonna start at a size 10 and go up from there.

As my Father would say, “ANY-WHO,” on another date I will share with you the decisions I am trying to make on which outfit (probably a top/shirt) I want to purchase for myself.

For a short time there you may save on their clothing, this ends February 4th, so note the Code and click on the banner below to order now.

Stylish Plus Size Dresses & Separates

Oh and I did check out their return policy and if for any reason you are not 100% Satisfied you can return it within 30 days of purchase!


Alight Clothing So Fashionable – Giveaway!

Hi everyone, I hope your all doing well! Have you been searching for beautiful, stylish plus size clothing for yourself, a friend or family member? I was so lucky to be contacted by Alight to do a review and giveaway as they have such a great variety of clothing and accessories.

Alight long sleeve dress

Ladies, I must say, don’t do what it’s tempting to do… don’t neglect yourself as you are trying to lose weight or hope to, treat yourselves right, dress yourself nicely no matter what your weight is! I gained a lot of weight on the steroids (Prednisone) for my Lupus SLE and I went years neglecting to treat myself to nice clothing, hoping I could get off my meds and get my weight down. Please don’t do this to yourselves, check out Alight Plus Size Clothing for some of the most Trendy Plus Size clothing and cloth yourself, you’d be so surprised at how great you can feel by dressing in stylish clothing!

Alight Charmback Jeans

The examples I am showing below are to show that you can find many choices for a large variety of  tastes and budgets.

Alight Long Sleeve Blue Ocean Dress

And  you can also help those friends and family members feel good about themselves to, it’s not too early to purchase gifts for the Holiday Season either. 🙂 Do like I do and set up a gift box, for those up coming celebrations, Holidays and for one of those “oops, I need something for a gift” times. And this doesn’t have to be just clothing, either as Alight has the most wonderful accessories and jewelry.

Alight Bracelet

Now Alight has just about anything in clothing that you could wish for, and the sales are fantastic… you can look for Jeans, Tank Tops, Blouses, T-shirts and from casual dresses to prom and bridesmaid dresses. I haven’t gotten bored looking around their site still, and I keep coming back to look around, I have picked out a couple of Turquoise and teal shirts that I want to pick up one of these days to replace  the one that I just noticed is wearing out. I just love turquoise and teal with my red hair… so lovely together, so for me it’s a must have color in my wardrobe. I am also looking at some clothing there for some friends that can sure use a pick me up, being that I used to analyze what colors work best for people (Color Me Beautiful) and that Alight has so many styles from Empire Waist to sinched at the waist and ruched styles, there are styles to enhance and camouflage any body type.

Alight  beautiful top with pictures printed on it


I received a dress from Alight and it’s very lovely, nice thin lightweight material for summer wearing and not to fear this dress has a built in lining, also a nice lightweight fabric so that your skin can breath. If you sew, like I do you would appreciate that the tension we perfect on this dress as the needles top and bottom tension is perfect. There was only a slight imperfection  (not a straight line) in a part of the stitching but nothing you’d notice, especially if you don’t sew or examine the seams like I do. lol Yes I have sewn my clothing for years and I tend to be overly critical in my examining the seams, tension and technique. The seams are nicely finished in a serge and the hems are doubled up to a nice finish and no buckling in the hems, the lining layer hangs down nicely with an added  bit of material just below main (outside) hemline, in one of the colors that is in the main part of the dress, this adds a nice finishing touch to the dress.

Alight Jacket so flattering

The dress is also 100% cotton, which is perfect for summer time (my camera acted up when I went to transfer the picture to my computer, so sorry I lost the picture of myself in it, with my shawl on top, to hide the bra straps). To keep myself from doing too much ironing, I take this dress out of the drier while still slightly damp and place it on a hanger straighten out some by hand and let it hang dry… this way the trusty iron only has a few places to touch up and I don’t have to iron the whole dress. 🙂 Also, if you forget to take the cotton item out of the drier while still a little damp… you can do one of two things, one dampen a towel and put it in with just the dress and it will help get rid of some wrinkles… and you can invest in a “Wrinkle Release” product, I love to have some sitting around for those times that I must wear something but don’t have time to iron. 🙂

The dress that was chosen for me is just as lovely as lovely can be, I do have to say that I will want to wear a shawl, a shrug or some sort of cover up over it as I am too large chested to go without a bra and I don’t care for my bra straps to show in spaghetti strapped dresses or shirts. That is the only down side to me with this dress and it’s really not a big deal, I just need to keep in mind, in the near future, that I need to purchase of a good strapless bra to go in this so that I can show off the lovely slimming shape this dress gives to me. 🙂

Now for the fun part! Enter to Win! This drawing will be over in 30 days, so you have plenty of chances to win! Alight will take your size and choose a piece of clothing for you. The giveaway is available to US and Canadian Residence and will end on 9/21/11.

Good Luck to all our friends!

9/11 Update: Sorry this Giveaway is Over, I wish I could tell you to watch for the next promised of the 3 monthly reviews, but Alight notified me that there was a stop on these promised giveaways for the time being. *sigh*

Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Alight provided me with a free sample of this product to review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Alight.