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Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Favorites

April 6, 2023

Hi besties! I haven’t done a favorites round up since 2022, so I figured I would share some of my current favorites with you today! There are some holy grail items that have stayed on my favorites list throughout the years and I am working on a separate blog post for those as well. Stay tuned for more blogs to come and let me know in the comments what products you have been loving! 


| Plus Size Licensed Graphic Tees: DAYDREAMER  | $88.00 

My size: 3X

These cotton oversized graphic tees are perfect for on-the-go outfits and are generously sized. Graphic tees are both trendy and timeless when it comes to casual wear, so add these to your Spring/Summer wardrobe! 

| Gold Strappy Leather Sandals: MACY’S | $100.00 | 

My size: 10WW

Bella Vita has been making some of my favorite shoes lately, and these are on the list! The sole is slightly cushioned for a more comfortable fit and these come in four beautiful classic colors – white, black, tan, and gold.

| Thistle Silk Mini Dress in Peony: DIA AND CO. | $895.00 [wait for a 40% coupon code to snag their styles!] | 

My size: 3X

Before you gasp at the price tag, let me explain! Azeeza is a luxury fashion house that has teamed with Dia and Co to offer thieir luxurious silky dresses that will last a lifetime. I am IN LOVE with their styles; they are currently custom making me a wedding guest dress!

| Big & Tall Vineyard Vines Graphic Tees: DXL | $50.00 

My size: 4XL (for an oversized tee-shirt dress fit)

These cotton oversized mens graphic tees are perfect to sleep in. When I was in a smaller body I used to LOVE wearing my boyfriend’s Vineyard Vines tees to sleep – they are SO cozy. I found that DXL carries mens Vineyard clothes up to 5XL, so that means I can still be cozy at my current size!!  

| Silk Sleep Pant: SKIMS | $76.00 | 

My size: 4X 

These silk pants feel heavenly to sleep in. I love them so much and I’m so happy they are currently on sale. I’m not sure if SKIMS will be restocking their silk line, so hop on this deal now if you are on the lookout for comfortable sleep/lounge wear!

| Fano Long Sleeve Silk Top: JOIE | $149.00 | 

My size: 4X

I wore this long sleeve top to my birthday dinner and I’ve been loving it as a layering piece. It’s on the thin side, which I prefer, so I don’t overheat. The color is fabulous and I am really enjoying this brand! Check their size chart before ordering, I’ve found I’ve needed to size up. 


| The One and Done Volumizing Mascara: LAWLESS BEAUTY | $25.00 

I have been obsessed with this mascara for a few months now! It’s ultra volumizing and the plastic applicator separates lashes to avoid any clumping. It washes off easily with micellar water and stays put all day.

| Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator: NORDSTROM | $36.00 | 

This is a super close dupe to my other favorite exfoliator from Chanel. This exfoliator is gentle, hydrating, and smells fantastic. The black currant fruit pieces are so soothing while removing dead skin cells and texture. 

| Fermented Camellia Cleansing Oil: TARGET | $19.99 | 

If you are in need of a gentle face wash that doesn’t strip oils, but still cleans the face and leaves your skin soft and supple – this face wash is for you! It’s a creamy gel texture that breaks down into a watery oil when used to wash the face and it feels heavenly!

| Roses Vanille Eau de Parfum: SAKS 5TH AVE | $180.00 | 

Although the packaging is a little masculine, this perfume is ultra-feminine and addicting. Featuring prominent notes of roses and vanilla combined with white musk and fresh lemon, this perfume will be your sexy signature scent for spring.

| K18 Detoxing Shampoo: SEPHORA | $36.00 | 

This refreshing shampoo is the only detoxifying shampoo that hasn’t left my hair feeling coarse and dry. This somehow hydrates the hair weightlessly while removing product build up, copper, and sebum. I use this once a week for a touch up.

| White Floral Linen Deodorant: TARGET | $11.99| 

I recently fell in LOVE with the Type A vanilla almond deodorant and immediately I couldn’t find it anywhere. I ended up trying this deodorant from the same line, and although I prefer the scent of the vanilla almond one, this one does a great job at limiting my sweat and odor while still being aluminum free.


| Foaming Soap Dispenser With Sensor: AMAZON | $54.00 | 

This soap dispenser is hands-free and super sleek. It’s extremely practical and creates a much more polished look than regular soap bottles. You also can buy soap refills to cut down plastic waste!

| Dream Brushed Cotton Comforter: POTTERY BARN | $169.00-$199.00 | 

This comforter is so plush, luxurious, and comfortable. I have never been this in love with bedding before! Since this is a comforter, you don’t have to mess with a duvet, it fits in my washer and stains come out really easily.

| Mocha Oat Milk Lattes: AMAZON | $41.99 |

These premade lattes are perfect for caffeine on the go. They have 80mg caffeine and are delicious! I still love my Espresso Machine and use it almost daily, but these pre-made coffees make life so much easier on busy days. They are in an aluminum can for less plastic waste! 

| Hot & Cold Gel Therapy 2-Pack: AMAZON | $18.00 | 

These therapy ice/hot packs are non-toxic, nade in the USA, affordable, and so durable. They have been a vital part of my routine in overcoming my knee injury, but they also have many other uses. Heat them up for cramps or chill them to place on your chest to calm anxiety. I like how they are malleable and can bend to the countors of the body, unlike traditional hard ice packs. 

| Indoor Fly Trap: AMAZON | $17.97 | 

This flytrap is out of this world. I was so skeptical about this actually working after trying countless products that failed to deliver any results or fly reduction. This fly trap actually works! Just make sure you plug it in and turn off all lights around it at night for optimal use. Watch this video to see how many flies I caught in one week.

| 22oz Aluminum Can Water Bottle 12-Pack: AMAZON | $34.99 |

I have been working on limiting my consumption of plastic water bottles, and single-use plastic in general. These water bottles use aluminum, which is infinitely recyclable and cleaner for the planet. Just Water uses spring water with a naturally occurring TDS of 271 mg/L. 

Lifestyle Extras

Here are a few extra lifestyle practices I have been loving the past few months that have enhanced my life: 


Block Scheduling

Creating a block schedule for myself has been a vital step in helping me recover from depression. Creating a block schedule gives me the boost i need to switch from one activity to the next, with added blocks for rest and recovery. If you would like a separate post on time blocking, let me know! 


I booked a HydraFacial a few months ago and it was the most relaxing facial experience I have ever had. I decided to sign up for the monthly membership to get one facial a month, and to my surprise the membership came with free-laser hair removal services per facial session. This is so amazing because I have been wanting to get laser done forever, but the cost and risks always scared me. I definitely recommend visiting a highly rated medical spa with nurses and doctors on staff who give the facials and services, for the safest possible results. 

April Self Care Challenge

For every day in April I am challenging myself to complete one self care task a day (that I don't do regularly) in order to push myself and help with my depression/anxiety recovery. I think it's been helping my mood already and I have been enjoying all the extra love I have been giving myself lately. Sometimes the self-care task is as simple as getting some sunshine, or its a new pampering treatment I've been pushing off getting, like the HydraFacials or a brow wax. 

I hope sharing my favorites with you all is helpful and empowers you to make more intentional purchases. Stay tuned for the next blog post, I will be back very soon!




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Hi besties! I’m Melissa, creator of Mel Bre Life Blog and Youtube channel. I love sharing honest and relatable plus-size fashion, luxury, and beauty content to help you live a happier, more fulfilled, and extra life! Occasionally I create a cozy recipe or share a DIY project, so stay tuned to see what I create next!