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Girl Power…Always

June 27, 2017

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As women, we are connected by our many commonalities. No matter where you’re from or what your background is, our universal community shares a common thread. We experience things that only our fellow sisters can relate to and only we know the joys & struggles that come along with womanhood. We come from all walks of life yet we are still united. Our unity is our power!

So with that said, we all can relate to the topic of fit. On the blog, I preach about wearing garments that fit your shape because that is the most important thing when it comes to style. And we know all too well that one size definitely does not fit all. Clothes should be tailored to suit your size in particular so that they make you look as great as possible. So the question is, why can’t that same principle translate to feminine products? If women aren’t one size fits all, why should we wear the same size pad?

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I’ve teamed up with Always to talk about their new My Fit feminine hygiene pads and to shed some light on how fit DOES matter. Did you know that 60% of women are wearing the wrong size pads? This results in nearly 80% of women experiencing leaks during their period. So in other words, you’re not the only one! Now I don’t know about you, but I just thought that was something that came with the territory. However, the team at Always discovered that the main reason for leaks is because of the wrong size pad. So they developed the new Always My Fit™ system that offers different sizes so that YOU can choose the right fit for your body and flow.

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The system is numerically sized 1 through 5 with both day and night protection. There’s a sizing chart on the top of each pack so that it is easy find your best fit based on your underwear size and flow. There’s even a super a convenient online quiz to help you figure out your best fit. Cool right?  The most important thing that this offers is options. As plus size women especially, we know what it feels like to not have as many options that fit our bodies as our smaller counterparts. Women come in all shapes and sizes so in every area that is related to a woman’s body, there should be a wide range of sizes. Always My Fit™ does just that and that’s something that I can definitely get behind.

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So ladies, be sure to try these out for yourself and continue to be the powerful, unique and confident women that I know you to be!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Palm Breeze

June 25, 2017

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Prints are probably my favorite thing when it comes to fashion. I just love the uniqueness that it can bring to even the simplest of looks. With Summer officially here, many prints are following the tropical trend that has infiltrated the market. From palm trees to tropical flowers to even fruit prints, these details add a fun element that is totally fitting for the season.

If you are not already aware, I was born and raised in California. I have lived in the Los Angeles area all of my life so when I saw this palm tree print skirt, I knew that I had to have it. Southern California is known for its sunny skies and palm tree lined streets so of course I needed to add this to my wardrobe. And of course in true Kristine fashion, I had to add a pop of color. I thought that orange was an unexpected color combination and added to fun spirit of the look. As always, outfit details are added below!

Outfit details:

Top: JcPenney | Skirt: New York & Company (wearing size 18) | Shoes: INC International Concepts

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Giving Back w/ Tampax

June 20, 2017

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A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I teamed up with Tampax to do a really special thing. Tampax presented this amazing opportunity to facilitate a donation of 40,000 tampons to an organization of my choice. I love that my platform allows me to collaborate with brands that are really passionate about giving back. Although clothes and fashion are great, the real core of what having a following is all about is being able to impact the lives of those around you. So I am tremendously blessed be a vehicle to give some much needed feminine hygiene products to an organization that is doing just that.

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The organization of my choice is the Midnight Mission located in downtown Los Angeles. According to the LA Times, Los Angeles has a homeless population of approximately 47,000 people and “has more chronically homeless than any other city”. Skid Row, located in the heart of Los Angeles, contains one of the largest stable populations of homeless people in the United States. Midnight Mission is a beacon of light situated at the start of Skid Row. They offer “a bridge to self-sufficiency for people experiencing homelessness through recovery services, counseling, education, training, workforce development and continued care services”.

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I had the opportunity to visit the mission to see the donation from Tampax. To see so many boxes of feminine hygiene products stacked up in their warehouse was an incredible sight. I know that a lot of women are going to benefit from Tampax’s generosity as they go down the road to recovery and a better life.

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Thank you Tampax for your commitment to empowering women all around the world to be happier, healthier and more confident!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Summer Chic

June 18, 2017

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Although Summer is all about the bright colors and vibrant tones, some of the more neutral, cooler tones also have a place. Pastels are most popular in the Spring however Spring/Summer are so similar in terms in style that they can easily be intermixed. This flounce top from Forever 21 is such a cute Summer style. Off the shoulder ruffle tops are already so popular right now as you’ve seen me wear many times on my blog so this is a different take on that style. This top comes in 3 colors and I really gravitated towards this baby blue color. It’s a color that I really don’t have too much of in my closet and I thought that it would be a great compliment to my skin tone.

Because the top is such a light tone, I couldn’t think of a better garment to pair with it than a white skirt. Although I don’t wear white too often, sometimes it really is that perfect piece that you need to complete your look. To keep with the light neutrals, I finished off this outfit with beige accessories that kept with the color scheme. Try out your own neutral look this season!

Outfit details: 

Top: Forever 21 | Skirt: Fashion to Figure | Shoes: Charles David

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2017

June 11, 2017

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My swimwear lookbook is here! Recently, I took a little vacation to Miami as you can see here. I stayed at the beautiful Nobu Eden Roc hotel and had an amazing time. While there, I took advantage of the gorgeous scenery and shot my annual swimwear lookbook right on the hotel grounds. Now if you’ve been following me for a while now, you already know the drill. But to those that are new to my blog, every year I round up some of my favorite swimwear styles of the season. You can see my previous posts here and here. Historically, it has been so difficult to find trendy plus size swimwear but every year I do this lookbook there seems to be more and more options. Here are just some of the cute styles that caught my eye and that I styled with my own little flair. Enjoy!

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I featured La Blanca for the first time on my lookbook last year and I had to feature them again. This time, I went with their one pieces that are unlike any that I have seen out there. Their attention to detail with the lace up front and gold hardware makes for one fabulous poolside look.

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La Blanca La Azteca Lace Up One Piece | Swimsuit Cover-up

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La Blanca Wild Safari Lace Up Plunge | Zebra Sarong

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What can I say? SwimsuitsForAll will always be a staple in my swimwear lookbook. Not only do they have such a wide variety of swimwear in a myriad of sizes but they have so many great collaborations with people like Ashley Graham, Gabi Fresh and more. I was particularly drawn to Gabi’s swimwear this year so I had to feature a couple of suits from her line.

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GabiFresh x SwimsuitsForAll Inspiration Bikini G/H Cup (D/DD, E/F Cup found here)

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GabiFresh x SwimsuitForAll Hera Bikini | Aphrodite Sarong

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Kenneth Cole is making its debut to my annual lookbook. To be honest, I had no idea Kenneth Cole even made plus size swimwear. When I saw this mesh embroidered suit though, I immediately knew that it was a winner. This year I was particularly drawn to pieces that are unlike anything I’ve seen before and this was definitely it. The mesh panels with the beautiful garden design is super chic and a really clever way of being sexy without showing too much.

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Kenneth Cole High Neck Garden Groove Top | Kenneth Cole Garden Groove High Waist Brief | Black Sarong

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Last but certainly not least, there’s Miraclesuit. These suits are one of the most supportive and well-designed suits on the market. They hug you in all the right places and slim you down in the all the right places. I’m always amazed at how tiny my waist looks in their swimwear. Known for their one pieces, I went with some fun prints that really brought the suits to life!

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Miraclesuit Printed Escape One Piece | Black Sarong

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I know that it is not always easy to feel confident in swimwear and trust me I have my days. Especially when it comes time to shoot this lookbook, I get especially anxious. Plus size women already get attention, whether positive or not, when wearing swimwear so you can imagine that it only amplifies when there’s a photographer and multiple wardrobe changes involved. However, each time I have done this shoot I have been met with people that give me amazing compliments and remind me of why I continue to showcase this lookbook. The more you face your fears and decide to live your life instead of hiding in the background, the more you realize that your insecurities are insignificant. It’s time to grow into confidence and enjoy all that life has to offer!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Color Pop

June 4, 2017

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My fashion eye has strongly gravitated towards Spring & Summer brights. While staying true to my same style and aesthetic, I have just swapped out muted colors for brighter tones. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of colors that you may not have necessarily worn otherwise. There have been many stigmas about plus size women wearing bright colors and how we should stray away from them however, that could not be more false. Colors are not indicative of size. No matter what size or shape you are, you can wear every color under the sun. Period.

So now on to this look. For my trendies that have been following me for a while, you know that I love to color block. I can go to the extreme of a complete head-to-toe color blocked look as I’ve done here or I can go the more subtle route as I’ve done here. In this instance, I let the accessories add that extra pop instead of using an actual garment. Accessories can really enhance your look and change it for the better. Yellow and pink is an unlikely yet fun combination that exemplifies Summer style. What combinations are you going to try this upcoming season?

Outfit details:

Blazer: JcPenney (wearing size XXL) Available in Plus here | Top: Old Navy | Jeans: JcPenney | Clutch: ASOS | Shoes: Similar here

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

TrendyCurvy Travels: Miami

May 28, 2017

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I’ve just recently returned from an amazing getaway to Miami, Florida and I must tell you all about it. If you have been following me on social media, you were going along the trip with me every step of the way BUT here is a full recap of my vacation and all the things you didn’t see.

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Outfit details: Similar Top: Forever 21 | Skirt – ASOS (wearing size 14) | Necklace

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