TORRID Review: Fuchsia and Black Basket Weave Sandals…plus how to give yourself a at home pedi!

Note: I was going to wait to post this review tomorrow but AFTER reading and following some pretty awesome Plus-Sized Blogs I couldn’t wait to share!


Feet is a touchy subject in any context.

Within the ‘Nail Community’,  if your feet aren’t the “idea” of perfect feet.. you know…’gorgeous’ and well maintained…don’t you dare show them!

Ok..ok maybe its not that crazy. No one is going to form a mob and  run after you with pitchforks and torches if you happen to show swatches of your piggies… well maybe… there are those drama lovers out there in the blogosphere … but who needs to worry about what those type of fellow bloggers or readers think/say anyway? I don’t. I’m drama free!.. at least online 🙂

So why am I writing about this topic? Because I have been having a bit of a writer funk and as soon as I got these sandals in the mail I came up with this post in no time!

No, don’t worry I won’t be showing you close-ups of my chubbies 🙂 but I wanted to share my new sandals!


So some background for you:

I’m a plus-sized girl… I have been since I started college in June 2006. I left high school wearing a loose size ten and throughout the past seven years I have yo-yo-ed from almost a 20 at my heaviest and now I’m in between a 14/16. I’ve always stayed at a juniors XL or XXL for tops and 8 to 9 1/2 for shoes.

But finding shoes has always been an issue for me.. my whole life… I could cry telling you the pain that I have gone throughout trying to find cute stylish shoes, even when I was thin… its always been a huge burden. I don’t own a lot of a shoes. I maybe own about ten pairs and I only buy new ones when I wear them out, because when you can’t just walk into a shoe store without feeling like everyone is looking at you trying on “those shoes” that may not fit… BLOWS!

In 2007, I was looking through a teen fashion magazine and saw an AD for a store named TORRID. The models in the picture were gorgeous full figured girls that didn’t quite look like me (these models were blessed with big boobies…me not so much..haha) but I had to check out the website because since then end of 2006 I was having a hard time finding clothes that fit and were stylish and with the times. Since I wasn’t used to shopping for Plus Sized clothes and Women’s Plus was too dated and old looking for a 18 year old that was used to wearing whatever she wanted.
I hated being limited in what I was able to wear on my body on top of being limited on what went on my feet.

So… I got online and found

Oh my Jesus! Clothes…that were super stylish and would fit (I bought jeans with theses sandals but that will be another post) ! And then I found the shoe section….WIDE… WHAT???? stylish shoes that may fit???

So I ordered a pair of sandals to see if they would fit and I haven’t looked back. What’s a bummer is that for the pasted three years I have been missing them! In the beginning I would look every month to see if they got any new sandals in stock. It seems they only come out with sandals in early spring and they tend to sell out before summer. Thankfully I caught these two just before they sold out!

Fuchsia Basket Weave Sandals



Black Basket Weave Sandals



The Fuchsia Sandal is still available and on sale!! And right now almost everything is BOGO 50% and every $50 you spend you get $25 Haute Cash to use at a later date.

These sandals are so gorgeous! I’m usually a 9 but the black one was only available in an 8 or 10 so I got both sandals in an 8. They fit exact and I love how they look!



Where to purchase:

PS TORRID if you happen to read this… PLEASE bring back this sandal in more colors!! Tan, Teal, Purple, Green, Orange, Red, Blue, Brown… PLEASE I need them in all colors and since they sold out I’m pretty sure all of your customers want them!

You could say that TORRID gave me confidence. Confidence to be able to go into a store and not feel like all eyes were on me… for the wrong reasons. Since TORRID is limited in the availability of sandals for 3/4ths of the year, I have had to purchase shoes elsewhere, but it doesn’t bother me anymore to go looking for shoes. Besides TORRID, I find shoes at Target, Alloy, and Delias, though the last time I bought should was last summer, until now.

So what’s the moral of this story??
Love yourself not matter what! ♥
I wasted so much time feeling so self conscious about my feet being wide because I thought that I was the only person in the world dealing with this issue since it was so hard to find shoes! Silly… very silly.

So now that I have new sandals to show off, this is what I do to get my toes picture perfect:

I love having my feet done! I am always wearing sandals or flip-flops because well… I live in Miami… Catch me wearing closed-toed shoes… NEVER! I love looking down and seeing perfectly shaped nails that shine like there is no tomorrow. My feet are far from perfect super model feet.. They are wide and chubby (Thanks dad!), so I have to always have them done and looking as cute as possible.

I know that sometimes it’s hard to remember to take care of your feet, like you do your hands since you aren’t always looking down at them. I am guilty of not always caring for my feet the way I should be. Sometimes when I get out of the shower I put lotion of every part of my body except my feet, even though I always use a foot file in shower so they aren’t that nasty… I hate when my heels look or feel dry so I never let them get to that point. I always file them or use a really good pumice stone, I believe that everyone should have one or the other or both in the shower (Tip: don’t share your file or stone with anyone…that’s just nasty and very unsanitary) . I tend to give them the attention that they really deserve, about once a week when I give myself a pedicure and I go all out. I love how smooth and soft my feet are after I finish giving myself a pedicure.

So here are the Ten easy steps that I use to get my feet looking and feeling fabulous.

Step One: Shape!

I leave about an eighth of an inch of white showing. I like to use an ultra-fine grained file  to shape my toe nails into ovals by rounding the corners of the nail slightly. Make sure not to over-file your nails because over-filing can cause ingrown toe nails. Finish with stokes from the center outward to seal the nail.

Step Two: Smooth!

Minor bumps can be concealed with a basecoat, but really noticeable ridges (like I sometimes get) will require some slight buffing. Make sure to gently skim a ultra-fine grade buffer on the tops of your toe nails in the shape of an X. Only use three to five, soft, light strokes per nail, if your nails start to heat up, you are buff them way to hard and are damaging them.

Step Three: Soak!

I like to relax my feet in warm water for at least five minutes.

Fancy Tips: Add a cup of warm milk or a scoop of bath salts that will help soften rough skin. You could also add a few slices of lemon or lime… I like to use orange slices too because I love the smell the skins give off.

Step Four: Push!

Dry your feet after your soak and apply a cuticle softener. Push back your cuticles once they have been softened, wipe away the dead skin with a washcloth or paper towel. If you have any hangnails snip them with a cuticle cutter, however never cut your cuticles completely.

Step Five: Scrub!

Use an exfoliator to slough off dead skin and make sure to rinse.

Fancy Tip: Mix coarse salt with a couple of drops of olive oil.

Step Six: Soften!

Sometimes rough heels and calluses will require a little more muscle (Wonder Woman!)! While your feet are still damp, make sure to lay a towel down under them and rub you foot briskly, back and forth, with a foot file or a pumice stone. Once you feel you have rubbed enough rinse your feet and pat them dry.

Step Seven: Moisturize!

Slap on a bunch of lotion. Then I like to wrap my feet in a warm, damp towel and let it sit until it cools off.

Step Eight: Prep!

Prep those piggies! Separate your toes with a tightly twisted paper towel. Then wipe a paper towel soaked in acetone to remove any lotion or residue of your nails. Then make sure to apply a basecoat.

Step Nine: Paint!

Painting my toe nails is kind of a mission for me. But here is what I try to do: I try to paint thin coats of polish and to keep the brush strokes even, as not to get any polish on my cuticles.

Tip: If you happen to get some paint on your cuticles, use a thin makeup brush or a stick dipped in polish remover to use for clean up.

Seal your polish with a fast drying topcoat.

Step Ten: WAIT!!

The worse part of painting your toes is the wait! Smudges can happen for up to four hours later, so make sure to pay special attention to not mess up your pretty pedicure.


6 Responses to “TORRID Review: Fuchsia and Black Basket Weave Sandals…plus how to give yourself a at home pedi!”
  1. Kelley says:

    Thanks for the pedi tips! Those sandals are super cute!

  2. amethystxiii says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  3. I have to remind myself of your moral (Love yourself no matter what) EVERY.SINGLE.DAY! I’m a plus sized gal too and there are so many things I let get me down. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    • MeganfromTLG says:

      I know that Its really hard, but you shouldn’t let your size be a reason for you to feel bad! Because in the end if you are unhappy you can change your body. 🙂 I’m trying to get healthy… I’ve lost ten pounds within the last month. Its hard and I do slip and eat pizza or a burger but I get back on.

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