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Fringe Benefits

April 20, 2017

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Kimonos are the cardigans of Spring and Summer. They provide light coverage for transitional weather and add a chic style element to your look. Kimonos are also multi-purpose items with their ability to be worn with dresses, pants and even swimwear. Their versatility is what makes them such a great piece to have in your wardrobe. Venus has a great selection of kimonos and tops to choose from including the one I’m wearing found here.

What I love particularly about this kimono are the details. I’m a sucker for great details on a garment! The cool, tie dye-like print mixed with the fringe hem gives off boho chic vibes. To counteract the flowy style of the kimono, I paired it with a fitted, ruched body-con dress. If you will remember, I wore this same dress in olive last month as you can see here. The fit was so great that I ordered it in white as well. Normally, I do not wear too many white garments, however, this dress is so well constructed that it makes it easy to wear. With a double layer of fabric, this dress provides ample support and helps to minimize your midsection. I don’t know about you but I’m all about those fringe benefits! Be sure to check out Venus’ full line of dresses here

Outfit details:

Kimono | Dress: Venus*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Venus. All opinions are my own

Neutralize

April 18, 2017

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An all white look is the epitome of sleek. It just has a way of always looking sophisticated and expensive even if it not. Although the look is ultra-chic, it’s not always easy to pull off. White tends to show everything making it a little more tricky to wear. However, if you get some quality white denim like the ones I’m wearing here from Simply Be and you layer using other light neutral tones, you can achieve the same sleek look in a simple way.

So that’s what I did with this look. I took a base of white jeans and a white tank top and I added complementary colors to highlight the white, making it more manageable to wear. The first thing I grabbed was my tried and true longline cardigan. These are always great to have in your wardrobe for style and function. After that, I felt like the look was missing something so I added a matching floppy fedora to go with the color of the cardigan. Lastly, I finished off the look with these cute strappy heels that matched perfectly with my bag. For those that do not wear heels often or can’t, these shoes are for you! They have a slight block heel that gives you a little height but is still very comfortable to wear. And the straps give the illusion of a high heel with a cute and sexy flair.

Outfit details:

Cardigan: Simply Be (Light Stone) | Jeans: Simply Be | Shoes: Simply Be* | Tank Top: Old Navy | Hat: Forever 21

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Simply Be. All opinions are my own

Sunday’s Best

April 16, 2017

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Today is Easter which means that I’m putting on my Sunday’s best! What better way to do that then with a classic midi skirt. I think that midi skirts are the perfect mixture of femininity and function. The fullness of them gives a ladylike touch to your look while also allowing it to be breathable to wear. In other words, no spanx needed! We could all use a break from those every now and then although I find them to be vital in warmer months for comfort underneath.

I tend to pair my midi skirts with something sleek and fitted on top to balance it out. This off the shoulder bodysuit was the perfect complement. If you missed my post on my favorite undergarments including strapless bras, you can view it here. A supportive foundation is key! To complete the outfit, I finished it off with simple beige heels and a straw half moon clutch to play off of the skirt’s tropical print. I hope that everyone has an amazing Easter holiday!

Outfit details:

Top: ASOS (wearing size 14) | Skirt: ASOS (wearing size 16) | Shoes: Charles David | Clutch: Cameo De Bore

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Invested

April 9, 2017

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One of the things that I try to display with my blog is how putting together outfits doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Although it can seem overwhelming finding stylish garments to wear on a regular basis, it is possible to do it with a relative amount of ease. The key is to invest (pun intended) in simple yet staple pieces that you can get a lot of use out of. Although we all love an ultra-fabulous outfit, those aren’t always practical. I would venture to say that the majority of us dress casually more often then not. So it’s great to have some go-to pieces that you can throw on and it always look stylish.

This is one of those looks that takes little to no effort to put together. Waterfall dusters and vests are my secret weapon when it comes to easy styling. The draping effect does all of the work for you so that you don’t need to add much else. Olive is a great color to wear all year long and can be paired in a variety of ways. Since this is a more casual look, I went with my favorite white tank top (also another staple), boyfriend jeans and brown accessories. Simple, stylish and comfortable – just how I like it!

Outfit details:

Vest: Simply Be | Tank Top: Old Navy | Jeans: Eunina (Similar here, same brand) | Bag: Similar here | Shoes: Similar here and here

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Spring Sleek

April 2, 2017

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How many times have you heard me talk about blazers? Is this becoming an obsession now? Well, obsession or not, blazers are a must have in your wardrobe. I’m partially biased but it’s true! Because of their ability to be worn with so many different looks for so many different occasions, blazers are almost as versatile as denim. Today though, I’m focusing on what I think is a Spring must-have which is the white blazer.

Crisp, clean and polished, white blazers just have a tendency to make you look expensive. Essentially, all that I’m wearing is a simple tank and jeans however the white blazer takes this look to a whole different level. There’s something so classic and timeless about this style that transcends size and shape.

Outfit details:

Blazer: Alfani (similar option here) | Tank Top: Old Navy | Jeans: JcPenney | Clutch: Similar here | Shoes: Similar here

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Stitch Fix Plus Behind The Scenes

March 29, 2017

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If you have been following me on social media, you know that I was a part of a very exciting launch for a company called Stitch Fix. For those that may have missed my initial announcement post, you can view it here. To give you a general summary, I was a part of Stitch Fix’s Curvy Style Council which also included Allison of Curvy Girl Chic and Alexandra of Learning To Be Fearless. What you will see in my previous post is the big photo shoot that we participated in back in February but what you don’t know is that we took another trip to Stitch Fix’s corporate office in San Francisco before the shoot to get a behind the scenes look into the inter-workings of their company. So I got to see first-hand how you go from filling out an online profile, to receiving your first fix…

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to slaying the streets like this!

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So when we arrived at Stitch Fix for the first time, our day was jam packed. We met with so many departments to really get an in-depth understanding of how the company works. This includes everyone from the marketing team, to the trends team, to the stylists and more. I quickly realized just how much time, effort and research goes into creating the perfect fixes. Although it may seem like a simple concept to select stylish clothing to send to customers, Stitch Fix relies heavily on data to determine demographics, style, market trends, geographic locations, etc. to really personalize your Stitch Fix experience.

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Once we finished learning the science behind Stitch Fix, we took a trip to their warehouse to see how that information is transferred to actually packing a fix. This was probably my favorite part of the trip. Stitch Fix has a massive warehouse with hundreds (maybe even thousands) of styles for each of their customer bases. We got a glimpse into their intricate system of pulling stylist picks. We even got to pack our own fixes! That means someone out there received a fix that was pulled by me. Let’s hope they received the correct garments!

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Then, it was time to have a little fun trying on the clothes! We provided our honest feedback on the styles and fit of the garments and what common problems that we, as plus size women, face with clothing.

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Finally, we took the clothes to the streets of San Fran, looking cute every step of the way!

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Having worked with Stitch Fix in such an extensive way AND having received my very own fix of pre-selected clothing, I can genuinely say that they just get it. They understand the need for more clothing options and they have taken every step to ensure that their plus customers feel and look great. You can sign up here to receive your first fix!

*This post is a part of an ongoing partnership with Stitch Fix. All opinions are my own

Cold Shoulder

March 26, 2017

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You would have to be living under a rock to not have noticed the influx of the cold shoulder trend. With a small cutout in the shoulder area (hence the name), this style has become popular due to the ease it offers when transitioning from season to season. Just a small peak of skin allows some coverage while still being breathable for those in between temperatures.

I stumbled upon this cute black and white cold shoulder top while browsing online. It was a great blend of some of the top trends for Spring which are the cold shoulder, stripes and black and white. All of that in one top! And of course a mainstay for every Spring is a pop of color so a pink pump was the perfect accessory to complete this look!

Outfit details: 

Top: INC International Concepts | Skirt: ASOS | Shoes: BCBG (very similar here)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente