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Review of Cable & Gauge

Cableandgaugepic1Are you one of the girls who are grateful for the maxi dress trend? I am! They are the easiest way to look cute and glamorous. I got the chance to review two dresses from Cable & Gauge. Cable & Gauge has clothing that you will actually want to wear. I know I will be making both of these dresses part of my regular wardrobe.

I got them in JUST before I went on my cruise which I was stoked about. Yes, I totally just used the word stoked. Anyway, I picked out two gorgeous maxi dresses- one solid colored and one with a pattern. They both have the twist top. The one in the picture here is Spanish Olive.

These dresses are both gorgeous and easy to wear. Here’s the pic of me in my other dress. The photographer was my four year old. I took his artistic direction (i.e. He showed me what pose he wanted me to do and I copied it. He was too cute!!!). I think this pose turned out better than a lot of the other poses I came up with!103_0614

I loved that these dresses were light feeling so the fabric doesn’t swallow you up or weigh you down. It’s also thin so that it is cool and perfect for the summer or spring. Maxi dresses are so easy to wear and you can do so much to change up your look depending on what time of year it is! Living in Florida, I will probably be wearing this even into the fall and winter!

A maxi dress is perfect to wear all seasons. You can take off more clothes when you want to cool down in the summer and spring, and add more clothes for the fall and winter. For example, for the winters in Florida, it’s not too cold. I can wear this dress with a pair of boots and a cardigan in the fall. In winter I can wear a pair of tights underneath with boots. For the top I’d probably wear a neutral colored sweater which will cover the top so it looks more like I’m wearing a skirt. If it’s really cold I will wear a long sleeved shirt underneath the sweater. Winter is all about wearing comfortable layers.

Oh, and I almost forgot the way I wore this dress for much of the day in Cozumel. I wore the skirt of the dress pulled up to about my knees. To get the look you pull the skirt part up from the chest area of your dress. The band of the dress that goes underneath your boobs is great at holding your skirt in the position you tuck it. You can make your dress longer in the back and shorter in the front or the same length all the way around.

These dresses were great for wearing as a swimsuit cover-up too. In the picture above I am wearing the patterned dress over my swimsuit. Unfortunately, the day we were in Cozumel it rained for part of the time so we didn’t get to do much swimming.

The dresses are flattering on my figure. The dresses I ordered were in an XL, and I generally wear a size 20 dress. As a plus sized woman, I was curious about how the dresses would fit. They actually fit pretty well. They were long enough in the front and back. My butt and boobs tend to hike up dresses, but both dresses were of appropriate length. I could do a little better with the help of some Spanx, but what dress wouldn’t be better with Spanx?

I would definitely recommend Cable & Gauge for women of all sizes. My husband would recommend it too. He actually said that I needed to get like four more of those dresses and he never compliments my clothing. Check out Cable & Gauge for yourself here.

 

 

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Review of Pimsleur Italian Level 1


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Pimsleur has a  variety of great courses you can use to learn different languages. I have tried German, Spanish, French, and now Italian. I plan on focusing on picking Spanish, but who knows? Italian might be next on the list. The Pimsleur approach is a method of learning a new language. In my experience, it is a great way to learn a new language. If you have ever considered learning a new language, a level one program from Pimsleur is a great way to start.

At the beginning of the first Unit, you will get an explanation of the process of learning so you will know what to expect. I have listened to a couple of different languages from Pimsleur so I skipped over this part, but it’s good for you to listen to it if it’s your first learning experience with Pimsleur. It starts off with a conversation in Italian. You have to listen to the conversation. Of course you won’t understand if it is your first time learning the language, but it will be explained to you afterwards.

You will find that you will be speaking words in Italian faster than you probably thought you could. I like the idea that you can be learn the language well enough to converse with a native speaking Italian. So if I ever get the chance to go to Italy, I won’t sound like a dummy :).

You can get this course for yourself on Amazon.

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Pimsleur French Level I

When I was in high school, you could choose to take French or Spanish classes. I chose Spanish because in the area of the country where we live, there are more people who speak Spanish. I have always wanted to learn how to speak French, though. I would love to be able to listen to French music and understand what is being said. I don’t know. Speaking French just always seemed cool to me. Of course I jumped on the opportunity to try Pimsleur French Level I course. I have already tried a couple of other Pimsleur courses and I know that they can help you learn to speak a new language quickly and easily.

The Pimsleur Approach uses repetition in a way that doesn’t make it seem like you are being babied when you are learning a new language. It teaches you words and circles back around to those words as lessons progress so you don’t forget them. It’s not just a random way of teaching language which may have been how you have been taught a new language in the past.

Have you taken French at a younger age but have a hard time remembering what you learned? This course is for you. I know that once I started with the Spanish, I remembered a lot of what I was taught. I’m sure it will be the same way for you if you take French. There are thirty lessons in this course. I have not done all thirty lessons, but the course is designed for you to be able to do a lesson a day. If you follow the course this way, you will be speaking French in a month. How awesome is that????

If you commute a long way to work, pop one of these cds in on your way to work and you can be learning a new language while you would normally be just driving and singing along to the radio…or whatever you do on your way to work.

I definitely recommend giving Pimsleur French a try. You can click here to get it on Amazon.
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german pimsleur

I am fascinated with different languages. I am especially fascinated with people who speak multiple languages. I never thought that I would be one of those people, but that was before I was introduced to Pimsleur. I have already reviewed the Pimsleur Spanish level I. Now, I am on to reviewing Pimsleur German Level I.

Pimsleur is awesome for helping someone brand new to a language. Seriously, I knew no German when I first got this course. The great thing about Pimsleur is that it encourages you so speak aloud. If you are trying to do it all in your head, you are probably shortchanging yourself. You are encouraged to repeat what the teacher says and even answer questions posed by the teacher. If you are not able to respond in the allotted time, you can always repeat the lesson you are on before moving on. If I’m remembering correctly, it advises that you are able to master 80% of the material in a given lesson before you move on for retention. That means that you don’t have to remember every single thing, but you should know most of what you learned. In future lessons you will get the chance to practice what you learned so you can keep it fresh in your memory.

I have found that there is sufficient time for me to respond to questions asked by the teacher. If you really focus and pay attention to the lesson as it is being delivered, you should be able to pick up the language. I don’t consider myself a super fast learner. In fact, my memory is rubbish (I said that with a British accent in my head btw). If I can do it, you can do it!!

I am hoping that in a year from now, I will be able to speak two new languages. The two I’m going to focus on for now are Spanish and French, but I wanted to see what the German was like just for fun. Who knows? In a year from now I might be speaking Spanish and French and will be ready to master German as well :).
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