How to Decorate Your Coffee Table on a Budget: $50 or Less Challenge by Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog

How to Style A Coffee Table On A Budget: $50 Challenge

Hi, I’m Miranda and while you likely know me for my love of plus size fashion… I’m also obsessed with home decor.  Like, give me all the HGTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, Martha Stewart, Pinterest etc. etc. etc. obsessed.  I can’t quit.

I’ve promised more home content on the blog for a while, and I’ve had SO much fun creating this post.  I also love a good excuse to actually work on my house.  We’ve lived here for a year and we haven’t completely made it our own yet.  Your home decor requests are motivating me to get to it!

Today’s post is all about a personal challenge I gave myself… to decorate my very boring, very plain coffee table beautifully but also on a budget.

I decided to allow myself to spend $50 on the project, and *SPOILER ALERT* I spent even less than that to achieve this look.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out and hope it inspires you to tackle an area of your home with a frugal update!

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Model wearing dress from Anthropologie's new plus size line

Everything you need to know about Anthropologie’s First Plus Size Line

Recently, rumors started swirling that Anthropologie had plans to launch a plus size line and the plus size fashion community went wild!  They’ve been dropping sneak peeks and now the line is finally here!

Today, I’ll be sharing my initial thoughts on the line including:

  • An honest review – the pros and cons of the A+ By Anthropologie line
  • Favorite pieces from the A+ By Anthropologie line
  • Tips and tricks for finding pieces that fit when you’re just outside the size range for a brand
Monthly favorites in plus size fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle from The Plus Life Blog

Monthly Faves – February

HELLO MARCH!!!!!  I always get so excited when March rolls around because Spring is the best!  I am so excited for all things Spring fashion, Spring cleaning, and SPRING BREAK!  I’m so inspired right now and my mind is racing with all of the things I want to share with you – so many ideas, so little time! Haha.

I’ve been brainstorming the best ways to share all of the things I’m loving with you and how I can organize it in a way that is most beneficial.  I’ve spent a lot of time sharing things I’m loving on IG stories and LOVE the conversations we all have via DM when I do.  On the other hand, when content disappears after 24 hours and the good discussions are happening one on one, not everyone benefits.

I’ve decided to start sharing a monthly roundup of all my favorite goodies I’m loving on the blog.   I’ll share all things fashion and beauty as always, but also home decor, business stuff, entertainment and more.  Don’t worry – the IG stories and our awesome convos will continue, but I’m excited to organize my thoughts here and hopefully spark conversations publicly so everyone benefits!

I hope you enjoy it!  Let’s dive into my first ever monthly faves roundup!  Here’s everything I was loving the most in February!

My Favorite Extended Plus Size Pajamas

I follow a lot of thin “lifestyle influencers” on Instagram and YouTube, and I always notice they wear the most luxurious, beautiful pajama sets.  Unfortunately, I can’t wear the ones they recommend because they don’t come in plus sizes but I always LOVE the way they look.

For months, I searched high and low for classic pajama sets that are available in plus sizes.  I found several cute options but ultimately landed on an incredible set from WomanWithin.com that are available in sizes 14-40!

What You Need to Know About Auto Maintenance

Today’s post is one I’m extremely excited to share with you.  It’s the first ever guest post published here on The Plus Life. I’ve always envisioned using this platform to amplify voices besides just my own, and I’m excited to share the work of someone I immensely respect.  I can’t wait for you to learn about Chaya from Mechanic Shop Femme today.  Chaya is an automotive consultant who blogs about plus size fashion AND empowers women and the LGBTQ community to learn about all things auto.

Today, Chaya is going to share some maintenance knowledge but if you’re interested in learning even more, be sure to check out her website for blog posts, courses, and consulting services.  

Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life in a white sweater that reads, "Be Mine."

A Roundup: All The Best Casual Plus Size Valentine’s Day Looks

Last year was the first time I really got into holiday themed clothing, but now I can’t get enough.  On Valentine’s Day, Kevin and I tend to prefer a cozy night in and cooking a nice dinner instead of going out on the town.  We like avoiding the crowds and overpriced “special” menus.  This means that for Valentine’s Day, I’m normally on the lookout for cute, casual outfit options instead of the usual little red dress!

Plus size brands have launched a lot of super cute V-day inspired options this year, and I was feeling them so much I had to round them up for you.

Introducing: Plus Size Deals of the Day!

Hello, my friend!  I’m coming to you today with some VERY exciting news.  Well, it’s exciting for me at least… and I HOPE it’s exciting for you too!

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll likely know that I’m a huge sucker for a good deal!  Frugality is a big part of my own life. I hate wasting money and am not a big fan of paying full price for anything.  I’m constantly searching for sales and feel such a sense of accomplishment when I find great clothes at great prices.

The Plus Life Blog Shares Where To Find Extra Wide Calf Boots That Actually Fit Wide Calves

The Best Extra Wide Calf Boots In The World

 

Shoes are by far my biggest fashion struggle, and after months of chatting with many of you I’ve realized we’re all in the same boat.   I’ve written about wide width sneakers and wide width mules but the NUMBER one question I get now is about where to find the best wide calf boots that are ACTUALLY wide calf.

For YEARS, I would get excited after hearing about a new, awesome wide calf boot only to go try it on and realize that even most popular wide calf boots aren’t wide enough for me.

The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2018 on The Plus Life

I started my blog at the end of March in 2018.  It has been quite the whirlwind, and I’ve loved EVERY minute of connecting with you here.  What started as a creative outlet is turning into a platform that allows me to connect with women throughout the world who are share similar interests.

It’s by far one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, and I’m SOOO happy you’re here with me.  It’s been quite the learning experience figuring out what you like and what resonates, so I thought it would be fun to share the posts that were the most read on The Plus Life in 2018.

Your top 10 favorite blog posts in 2018:

1. The Best Extra Wide Width Sneakers In The World

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2. 15 Holiday Traditions That Will Make You Smile This Year

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3.  The Best Wide (And Extra Wide) Width Mules In The World

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4.  The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Women in 2018!

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5.  An Honest Review – My First Dia & Co. Box!

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6.  Real Talk: How I Manage Foot Pain From Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis

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7.  How You Can Get the Best Sleep Ever: A Big Fig Mattress Review

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8.  Sooooo… I quit my job!

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9.  Top Ten Best Makeup Products Of The Year

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10.  Ask Me Anything: How Can I Be More Confident In My Relationship?

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I love hearing from you and some of the best content I’ve created has stemmed from the questions you ask me on a daily basis.  Please chime in with a comment below… what would be your top three topics you’d like to see covered on The Plus Life in 2019?  I’m working on my 2019 content calendar now, so your best ideas will be included! 

Simplifying The Holidays

The holidays can be such a stressful time for all of us, when they really should be joyous.  We’re spending quality time with loved ones, celebrating generosity and experiencing the magic of the season.  I’m guilty of letting the holidays stress me out sometimes, but this year I was determined to change that.  Here’s a rundown of what I’ve learned and how I simplified my holiday season this year.