Off the Grid

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Black and white are one of my favorite fashion combinations but I especially love when I can add a pop of color to it (hence an older post found here). It’s an unexpected flair that adds a bit of sass to your outfit. The good thing about black and white combinations is that a lot of colors can compliment it such as pink, as I did, mustard or even blue. The possibilities are endless.

Also, I love to wear my garments in different ways. After all, who has the money to keep buying new things all the time. The trick is to get key versatile pieces and make them work for different looks. Hence this off the shoulder top. I first wore it in my Holiday Sparkle post but with a collared shirt under it, it gives it a new feel that can work great for the cooler months as well as for the office. Make your clothes work for you and not the other way around.

Outfit details:

Top: ASOS | Collared Shirt: Old Navy | Pants: Old Navy | Shoes: BCBG

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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Peachy Keen

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Typically, Winter fashion is all about dark colors, heavy fabrics, knits and the like. The cold weather just brings out that side in all of us but every now and then, it doesn’t hurt to brighten things up a bit. When I saw this peach colored blazer, it reminded me of the Spring. In fact, my initial intention was to not wear it until then because this shade was not exactly “in season”. As it sat in my closet for a few days, I just thought to myself, “Why not?”. I’ve never been one to follow the fashion rules anyway. So I styled it with all light colors and nudes, begging for warmer weather and endless sunshine. Although we will have to wait for the warmth, don’t be afraid to lighten up your wardrobe this season.

Outfit details:

Blazer: Forever 21 | Top: Nordstrom | Jeans: Old Navy | Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here) | Bag: Zara

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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Duster Coat

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It’s officially Winter which means that more than half of the country is legitimately freezing. Temperatures drop to ungodly lows and I’m sure the last thing on your mind is looking cute (understandably so). I cannot even begin to imagine what its like to experience below freezing temperatures or worse temperatures that are in the negatives (yikes!) but I can offer you some ideas on how to marry style and comfort for this time of year.

Let me introduce you to the duster coat. This trend emerged back in the Fall and will likely become a staple for seasons to come. This highly versatile garment is almost like a more modern version of a pea coat. The extended length makes it ideal for colder weather and an easy style for layering. Whether you style it with a turtleneck sweater or a chunky knit scarf, you are sure to be warm and fashionable!

Outfit details:

Coat: Yours Clothing* | Sweater: Old Navy | Jeans: Old Navy | Shoes: Aldo

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*Coat provided by Yours Clothing. All opinions are my own.

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Casual Sundays

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I just love Sundays, don’t you? It is a day to relax, to conclude the weekend and to get rejuvenated for the week to come. Whether you go to church or to brunch or to run errands, the optimal word for any activity is comfort. I don’t know what it is but on Sundays, I want to dress as comfortably as possible while still looking presentable. It is probably the huge Sunday dinners that my mom prepares that have trained me to reach for stretchy pants and loose fitting tops. So this is my casual Sunday look!

Blazers are always a staple in my closet because they are so versatile. You can dress them up for work or dress them down for weekend outings and create multiple looks from just one garment. Also, a good pair of skinny jeans is a must. I absolutely love Old Navy Rockstar jeans. They have the perfect amount of stretch and conform to my body. I never run into the waist gap problem where the jeans fit perfectly around your hip/thigh area but the waist section is too big, creating this annoying gap in the back . Old Navy carries Rockstar jeans in both regular (up to a size 20) and plus (up to a size 30) but I own jeans from both lines in the same number size and they fit almost identical. I prefer skinny mid-rise but I’m sure whatever style you prefer, you will not be disappointed. I finished off my look with a leopard print scarf and a great pair of booties. Hope you all enjoy your Sunday!

Outfit details:

Blazer: Forever 21 | Pants: Old Navy | Scarf: Similar here | Booties: Similar here

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone!! I absolutely love when a new year comes around because to me it symbolizes new opportunities, a new season, and just another chance to get things right. As cliche as it is, I do make a list of New Years resolutions and even if I break them, at least I tried right?! This year though, my New Years resolutions will be less about doing things because I feel that I should be doing them and more about doing things that make me happy and make me a better person. So here’s just a few of my resolutions for 2015:

1. Leave the country! Stop dreaming about traveling and just go. Get lost in the wonders of life and go on an adventure. Make memories that will last a lifetime for those memories will be far more valuable than money will ever be.

2. Help strangers. Each month, make it a point to help someone in need. Life is much more than the hustle and bustle of trying to make it, its about spreading love and helping others along the way. “Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can.”

3. Spend more time with God! Devote time each morning to rest my mind, put aside my worries and just sit in silence to hear Him. Open my Bible, take out a pen and paper and start my day off right.

4. Try a new exercise class. Sign up to take a new workout class each month. Anything from cardio barre, a new boot camp, pilates or even the dreaded cycling. Grab some girlfriends and make it a date.

5. Become Julia Childs/Michelle Obama/Oprah. Ok I know this one is a little far fetched but the point is to not limit myself and my abilities. I CANĀ  be great at a lot of things. I CAN be an entrepreneur. I CAN be an amazing cook, help run the country and be a business mogul. Who am I to think otherwise?

No matter what your resolutions are, I pray that 2015 is your best year yet! I hope that all of your goals are realized and that you experience the fulfillment of life and all that it has to offer. Also, I can’t let 2014 pass by without thanking all of your for your continued support and love. TrendyCurvy has grown tremendously in the past year and I am just amazed by the messages and comments that inspire me to keep going. As always, I want to thank my amazing photographer for his continued support. Peace and blessing to you all!

Outfit details:

Blazer: Nordstrom | Skirt: Dorothy Perkins | Shoes: Aldo

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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Olive

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I’ve always been a fan of simpler looks. I feel like it takes a lot of skill to pull off the basics but still make it look classic (one that I am still trying to master). I wanted to try to create a simple in between look, one of those outfits where you want to look put together but you don’t want to put a lot of effort into it. This is my happy medium. A colored fitted pencil skirt with a solid top is the perfect base for any outfit. I paired it with a leather jacket (a must for this time of year) and a great pair of booties that allows for a casual yet chic appearance. I was ready for a day outing with the girls.

Outfit details:

Jacket: Forever 21 (similar here) | Skirt: ASOS | Booties: Steve Madden

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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On the Wild Side

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I love bold prints especially ones that are animal print so I was immediately drawn to this dress. The colorful leopard pattern popped and added an unconventional flair. Also the style is a perfect garment for Fall. The dress fits similar to a shift dress although the scuba material allows for stretch so it conforms to your body. The length was a little short for me especially with cooler temperatures so I decided to wear opaque black tights underneath and black pumps. It’s an easy fix for dresses during this time of the year. Overall, this look is not for the meek but if you dare to live on the wild side, you are sure to be a showstopper.

Outfit details:

Dress: Bar III | Shoes: Forever 21 | Bag: Fashion to Figure

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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