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Olive Is The New Black

September 25, 2016

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Fall is officially here! Can you believe it?! The Fall season always brings on a mix of emotions for me. On one hand, it is the realization that the year is coming to a close and the confirmation of how quickly time flies. On the other hand however, it is exciting to see the influx of Fall fashion trends from boots to scarves, leather to faux fur and everything in between. Living in Southern California, we don’t get to experience true seasons so it can be tricky to infuse on-trend Fall style into my everyday wardrobe. What I have found works well is to start transitioning my color palette to more of the darker, richer hues indicative of the season.

Olive has been a favorite color of mine to wear because of its versatility. This color really transcends seasons, being paired with lighter tones like blush pink in the Spring/Summer and darker tones like wine and camel in the cooler months. It almost serves as a neutral in that way and has the same qualities as black or white. I decided to go with a monochromatic olive look that was cool enough for the current temperature but was also a clear departure fromĀ  Summer style. Finishing off my outfit with camel and brown accessories, I am officially ready to step into Fall.

Outfit details:

Bodysuit: Forever 21 | Skirt: Similar here and here | Shoes: Steve Madden

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Curvy Cocktails Los Angeles

September 20, 2016

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Where do I begin?! First I have to start off by thanking every single person that supported this event. This was a tremendous leap of faith for me and anyone that has planned an event before knows that it is not easy to do. After seeing so many beautiful women in attendance, however, I knew that it was all worth it and that Curvy Cocktails was a Los Angeles event that finally brought plus size women together to enjoy one another. There were over 200 people in attendance! For a first time event, I could never have imagined such an overwhelming response but that just goes to show that this event was needed. I had such an amazing time laughing, dancing and taking pictures with all of you. Thank you to our sponsors Fashion to Figure, Gwynnie Bee, Chic & Curvy, and Smash Shoes for making this happen! Here’s a quick recap of the event.

Here I am, the hostess with the mostest rocking one of Curvy Cocktail’s sponsors, Fashion to Figure. This dress can be found here.

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If you were in attendance, you know that this party was a family affair. My mom, sister and friends all got shirts made that had “TrendyCurvy” on them with the next word being who they are to me. My friends often joke that they are “TrendyCurvy & Co.” lol. They were a huge help and the best support I could ask for.

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Aren’t my parents cute?

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And then there is my love, the one and only Steve Suavemente who worked with me every step of the way to make this a success.

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We were so fortunate to have Nina Parker be a part of the event! She is making her way through the Hollywood entertainment scene and we could not be more happy for her.

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We also had a special appearance from Goo Goo Atkins, celebrity stylist and TV personality, looking chic as always!

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We had a henna artist doing custom designs for the party…

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we had cotton candy and dancing…lots of dancing! As you can see, Candice was the life of the party!

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All of the ladies in attendance showed up and showed out! Just look at how amazing everyone looked.

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With designer LaKisha Livingston-Brown (below left) of Z by Zevarra

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Lastly, thank you to our caterers Yummy Creations for the amazing food!

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Until the next one Los Angeles!

Jungle Fever

September 11, 2016

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I know what you are all thinking. “What is she doing wearing white pants after Labor Day?! Isn’t that the classic fashion faux pas?” Well, you would be right. Traditionally, wearing white, specifically white pants, during this time of year is a major fashion no-no and something that I am fully aware of. My response to your questioning is simple though – so what! Gone are the days where I follow fashion rules that I don’t even know the origin of. Besides, I’ve never been really keen to people telling me what I can’t wear.

So, this outfit is a rebellion to “can’t” and a celebration of what you can do which is to wear whatever you want to wear. Although it is good to follow fashion guidelines, some rules are just meant to be broken so live on the wild side and take chances.

Outfit details:

Leopard Shirt Dress: Simply Be | Jeans: Melissa McCarthy

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Fall In

September 4, 2016

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Now that we have officially hit September and Summer is coming to a close, this is the time to start “transitioning”. Transitioning is that in between time where you start to add some Fall elements into your Summer looks. While Summer hasn’t quite ended yet, Fall fashion has already infiltrated retail stores so in the fashion world, Summer is long gone. I often compare the Fall to the holiday season because it seems as though things always come out before you’re quite ready. Just like when you see Christmas decorations in October and you think to yourself “really?”, that’s the same reaction I have when coats and scarves pop up at the end of July. But like everything else, you just go along with eventually getting excited about the changing season to come.

So with this outfit, I paired a teal bodycon skirt with some leopard print accessories that are very reminiscent of Fall. The bright color and the print work well together even though they are opposites. Also, the high neck bodysuit is a great staple that can be worn by itself or as a layering piece.

The moral of the story is Fall fashion is here so its better to adapt to the change than to fight it. Mix & match your seasonal items and create some great transitional looks.

Outfit details:

Top: Forever 21+ | Skirt: Macy’s (other colors available) | Clutch: Sole Society | Shoes: Similar here

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Capes & Cocktails

September 2, 2016

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One thing that I love is a good jumpsuit. It’s one of those garments that you are neither under nor overdressed in and that will never go out of style. This jumpsuit from Chic & Curvy Boutique is one that is a little more dramatic than the average but it is oh-so-chic. Capes are an amazing detail to give any look some drama and pizzazz. Capes have the ability to make garments look much more expensive than they actually are which is always a good thing. I love how the black, while understated and classic, is brought to life by this winged caped and added gold accessories. Simple, sophisticated and sexy: the 3S winning combination!

Speaking of sophisticated and sexy, Chic & Curvy boutique is a newly added sponsor to Curvy Cocktails! We are so happy to have a Los Angeles based boutique a part of the event. Grab your tickets today to get some goodies from them at the event as well as meet their team!

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Similar jumpsuits found here, here and here

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Modern Twist

August 28, 2016

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One of the things that I love to do when styling my looks is mix two elements that are inherently opposite yet can still work together. After all, fashion is supposed to be fun and every now and then you have to try some new combinations. I found this bright yellow skirt from Lane Bryant that I love. You all know how much I am drawn to bright hues. Originally, I was going to go with a classic white top and nude shoes but then I decided to play off of theĀ  yellow by contrasting it with a sheer black and white grid print blouse. Black and white prints often times work well with solid colorful hues and can add an interesting element to your outfit. Mixing a playful skirt and a classic print together can create chic look with a modern twist.

Outfit details:

Top: Similar here | Skirt: Lane Bryant

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Pockets & Frills

August 25, 2016

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A staple look for me in these warm Summer months has been a tank top and a skirt (and preferably a skirt that I can breath in). Imagine my excitement when this bright colorful midi skirt became available through Gwynnie Bee! Not only is it a beautiful combination of bright hues but it also has pockets! What more could you ask for?!

For those that are still unfamiliar with Gwynnie Bee, they are a clothing subscription company that services sizes 10-32. You can browse through their selection of top brands like City Chic, Melissa McCarthy, Alfani and more, wear those items as much as you’d like and simply swap them out for different items once you’re done. So for instance, this skirt will not be on trend in the Fall so while it is perfect to wear now, I can start my Fall transition easily by exchanging it for a more seasonally appropriate item.

Gwynnie Bee is also sponsoring Curvy Cocktails of which I am very excited about. I really wanted to work with companies that were passionate about making women look and feel great and the Gwynnie Bee brand exemplifies just that.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, tomorrow is the LAST DAY for the early bird discount! Get your tickets at the link below.

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Outfit details:

Skirt: Gwynnie Bee | Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Photographer: Steve Suavemente