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Like Mother, Like Daughter

April 27, 2016

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In the spirit of Mother’s Day which is right around the corner, I’ve teamed up with Gwynnie Bee to style looks that are inspired by my mother. I don’t know about you all but I am becoming more and more like my mom everyday (whether I like it or not). The way that she organizes, the way she speaks, even her mannerisms are all becoming characteristics of me. I think what I inherited most from her is her style. She is such a classic woman that is always well put together. She knows exactly what garments will suit her the best and which ones will play up her best assets. Best of all, she loves a good bargain! The thrill of getting a high end item at a discounted price is her pride and joy. If there was a reality TV show about who got the best deals on clothes, my mother would be the star. This woman can tell you down to the penny how much she paid for something but only after you’ve complimented her on said items. I used to laugh and shake my head at her antics but I find myself so often saying now “Guess how much I paid for this ______?!” What can I say, like mother, like daughter.

I think the best thing that my mother has instilled in me is confidence. I remember one day in high school, I was faced with one of the first incidents that I can remember of a direct negative comment about my body. I was at a highly anticipated basketball game against a rival school and the game had just ended. My friends and I were all standing around talking when this girl, who I did not know, randomly came up to me and said “I just want to know, why are your thighs so big?” Now, that comment would not faze me in the least bit but imagine how fragile a sixteen-year-old’s feelings are especially since that comment was said in front of everybody. Needless to say, I went straight home and cried to my mother but like all moms do, they just have a way of turning things around. She told me that I was beautiful and strong and I truly believe that I would not be the person I am today had it not been for that conversation and many more. I mean, I have a blog that celebrates my big thighs for goodness sake! So thank you mommy for all your wisdom, all your love and all your bargain hunting tactics. Love you!

Head to Gwynnie Bee to start closeting now! Both of these looks are from their great selection and they are perfect for Spring. My mother would approve if that means anything to you :-)

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post was sponsored by Gwynnie Bee. All opinions are my own

A Little Flare

April 24, 2016

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Spring is in the air and so is a little flare (see what I did there?). All jokes aside, I feel like Spring is the time to peel off the layers and dress with simple, classic pieces that will last the whole year round. In the spirit of festival season and the boho chic vibe, I purchased these flare Rachel Roy jeans that I absolutely love. The fit is impeccable and I love how it is fitted at the top with a slight trumpet fit on the bottom to really give me that hourglass shape. It was a warm day in southern California so I paired it with a white boyfriend t-shirt that I tied up to further accentuate my waist. And of course, I had to add a pop of color as you all know that I love with this hot pink Michael Kors bag. Its a Spring fling!

Outfit details:

Top: Charlotte Russe | Jeans: Rachel Roy | Bag: Michael Kors (other colors)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Let’s Go Places: Palm Springs

April 22, 2016

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If you’ve been following me on social media, you know that I recently took a trip to Palm Springs during weekend 1 of Coachella. I absolutely love Palm Springs and have been going there since I was a child. It’s truly my home away from home and such a relaxing retreat. Palm Springs during festival season however, is on a whole new level. Boho style, festival fashion and day parties are what the streets of Palm Springs are marked with during these two weekends of the year. The whole vibe and energy of the city is palpable!

I was fortunate enough to ride to the festival mecca in style in this electric red 2016 Toyota Rav4. I am so in love with this car and it was the perfect vehicle for the desert terrain (not to mention it just so happened to match my outfit). With its spacious interior and sleek exterior, I was ready to take on the desert sun in style.

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Festival fashion is all about expressing yourself freely through your own personal style. It’s almost like you’re letting go of all the “rules” and just doing whatever makes you feel great. That’s what a car should be for you as well. Something that suits you the best and that makes you feel amazing driving it. So go out there and be free!

Thank you Toyota for the ride. Until the next location…

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post was in collaboration with Toyota. All opinions are my own

EsCAPE The Norm

April 17, 2016

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It’s no secret that I love blazers and cape blazers are no exception. They are such a simple way to make your outfit super chic and trendy. I got this cape blazer for an affordable price at Target from their WhoWhatWear collaboration. Although it is essentially a simple garment, the detail gives it a classic style and one that will translate to many different looks. For instance, while blazers are known to be professional type attire, you can also make them fitting for a girls night out by adding a crop top and bodycon skirt as I have. Since my color palette was just black and white, I added a pop of color with these hot pink high heel sandals and a pink lip to match. This is classic style taken up a notch!

Outfit details:

Cape Blazer: Target | Top: ASOS | Skirt: ASOS | Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Everyday Style

April 12, 2016

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We all need essential items in our wardrobes that can be pulled out at the drop of a hat and still look great. Garments that are comfortable yet stylish and that can work for a myriad of occasions. These looks are just that, and they’re from Melissa McCarthy’s new line. It is refreshing to receive items from a brand that you can tell is designed with curvy girls in mind, and by a plus-sized woman herself. From various cut tops that flow away from the body to minimize the midsection, to high-low hems that accentuate a woman’s curves, to the fantastically stretchy denim that conforms to your shape – this line is plus girl approved. There is a great selections of tops, jeans, skirts, jumpsuits, and more that is truly made for the everyday girl. Check out the Melissa McCarthy line here: http://bit.ly/22uEZLn, and let me know which pieces you buy! #MelissaMcCarthySeven7 #sp

Outfit details:

White Top | Blue Jeans: Melissa McCarthy Seven7*

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Hi Low Amethyst Top | White Jeans: Melissa McCarthy Seven7*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*These items were provided for and sponsored by Seven7. All opinions are my own

Denim Squared

April 10, 2016

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Denim on denim will always be a favorite for me. I feel like it never really goes out of style and because denim is so versatile, you can create a myriad of different looks. Typically, I would do a chambray top with distressed skinny jeans but since its Spring, I wanted to incorporate a denim skirt to show a little leg. In my opinion, denim skirts are making a comeback. They were a huge trend back in the day with denim mini skirts but they sort of fizzled out. Now, with slits, embellishments and detailing, they are becoming as much of a staple as jeans with the ability to style them in various ways. I love this denim skirt from Target’s Who What Wear collection for several reasons. The length is perfect, hitting me right at the knee so that it is appropriate for daytime wear. The slit gives it a little bit of sex appeal but not too much. Also, the denim is very giving, made of a lightweight stretchy material that allows for it to conform to my curves. I added in simple yet cute accessories with gold and nude tones to balance out the monochromatic look and make it my own.

Outfit details:

Top: Charlotte Russe (similar here and here) | Skirt: Target | Shoes: Steve Madden

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Shorts Set

April 3, 2016

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With the days getting longer and the weather warming up, I thought it was about time to break out some shorts for the first time this year. Not just any shorts though, but a neon coral shorts set! Shorts sets are going to be all the rave this season especially in neon colors (which I hear is making a fierce comeback). I love the play on the business type look with the blazer paired with the casual style of the shorts. Combine that with a playful color such as coral and you have the perfect Summer weekend look. Since this look is definitely eye-catching, I decided to go with a simple nude high heel sandals and matching nude envelope clutch. Along with hints of gold accessories, my look was complete.

Outfit details:

Blazer & Shorts: JCPenney | Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Photographer: Steve Suavemente