It’s a Celebration

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Today officially marks the one year anniversary of my blog. Crazy, right? Time has flown by! To think that exactly one year ago, I was uploading photos for my first ever post, Animal Instincts, nervous about how I looked, worried about people would say and just anxious about this new journey that I was embarking on. I remember the night before the post, I thought to myself “I need to write some sort of introduction”, an ice breaker if you will. I can’t just throw these pictures out there without letting people get to know me a little bit, right? So I decided to write this message. In rereading the note, I couldn’t help but smile because a lot of it still rings true to this day. I’m still just trying to keep up – with fashion trends, with my career and with life in general. I think we can all relate to that feeling but what I have discovered is that everyone is on the same journey which means that no one has made it to their destination. We are all striving for greater things so with that, we will all fall short at times and that’s OK! I’ve had some hits in the past year, and I’ve certainly had my fair share of misses, blogging and otherwise. However, it’s not about tallying up the good versus the bad, it’s about discovering who you are and walking in your purpose. It may not be clear now, it isn’t quite clear for me, but as I continue to eliminate fear, doubt, insecurities, etc., things just seem to fall into place. When I started this blog, it was simply going to be a hobby for me or a creative outlet, but it has turned into so much more. To be an inspiration to women that I have never met before is a true honor but is in no way a testament to just me. This is bigger than me and I can only hope that my actions continue to inspire and uplift women everywhere.

Before I wrap this up, I cannot let this moment pass without thanking some very influential people who have helped me along the way. Que the music and let me start my “I’d like to thank God, I’d like to thank my fans” speech. Where is my award anyway?! But in all seriousness, I have been blessed with the most supportive and motivating friends and family I could ever ask for. They have been on this ride right along with me celebrating every accomplishment and denying every hiccup (we all need a dose of false reality every now and then). My amazing photographer, Steve Suavemente, who captures my essence like no one else and who has been everything from my “does this look right?” person, to my editor, to my planner and more. Thank you for sacrificing your time to help make this blog possible. And last but not least, thank YOU for rocking with me for this long. I read all of your comments and I try my best to respond to each and every message I receive. Everything from your encouraging words to your “YASSSSSSSS WERK” comments just brighten my day more than you know.

Here’s to one year down and many more to go!

xoxo

Kristine

 

Outfit details:

Bikini Top: City Chic | Skirt: Forever 21 | Blouse: H&M

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

 

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Plus Size Fall Favorites – Urban Jungle

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Fall is finally here! Am I the only one that gets this excited for Fall fashion? For some reason, the transition from maxi dresses and sandals to coats, scarves and boots just gets me going. There is such a richness of fabrics, textures, hues, etc. that comes along with Fall fashion and it is unlike any other season. Among my growing list of must-haves for Fall, on the top is a fabulous coat. Now, you all know that I live in Southern California and our temperatures don’t exactly drop as low as some other places BUT with the slightest bit of chill, I’m breaking out all of my outerwear and scarves. Plus, it actually does get cold here! I know you are probably rolling your eyes, especially my East Coast-ers, but what can I say? I’m definitely a Cali girl.

Any who, let’s get to more important things – this outfit! This jaguar print coat is stunning! It is such a statement piece and lends itself to so much versatility. It’s long enough to be worn as a trench coat dress with knee high boots or to layer underneath as I have done. I love it because it is lightweight and will work perfectly for the weather here in Los Angeles but it can also be a great transition piece for those areas that are just starting to get a little cool. Overall, it is a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe and can work from day to night!

Here’s another simpler way of styling this coat with a black top and skirt to really make the coat pop.

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Outfit details:

Coat, Top & Skirt from IGIGI*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*Items provided courtesy of IGIGI. All opinions are my own

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Return of Plaid

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Last Fall, plaid or tartan print was a huge trend. It was probably safe to say that we were all mad for plaid, including me with my Plaid Fad post. At the time, I thought this trend was just a “phase” (hence the name of my post) but it seems as though with the first day of Fall in just a few days, plaid prints are making a serious comeback. All different variations of plaid from shirts to pants to dresses are popping up in a new and trendy way. I decided to keep it simple with a plaid button up but pair it with a faux leather panel skirt and peep-toe booties. Plaid is here to stay.

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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Monif C. Plus Size Favorites

I had the pleasure of collaborating with the amazing plus size designer, Monif C. I have always been a fan of her clothing and swimwear. I even featured the Santa Rosa bikini in my “Must Have Plus Size Swimwear of the Season” post. So needless to say, being asked to partner up in her new blogger campaign was a no brainer! I chose two of my favorite looks from her current collection and I am completely obsessed. The quality and fit is out of this world. The photos really do not do these garments justice. Chic, modern, sophisticated personified!

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Jumpsuit: Brenda

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Dress: Jennifer

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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Cape Coat

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Cape styled garments have been hitting the red carpet for some time now but finally designers and retailers are making wearable (and affordable) capes for the everyday woman. This ultra versatile, uber chic garment can be transformed and styled so many different ways. I love when I can find clothing that is a statement piece yet still allows for creativity when it comes to styling. I decided to pair my cape with a simple LBD and boots but I could have easily paired it with a leather skirt, high waist jeans and a wide brim hat to give it a boho type feel, slim leg trousers, etc. The possibilities are endless! A great Fall/Winter piece.

Outfit details:

Cape: H&M | Dress: Bar III (similar here) | Boots: Forever 21

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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On The Edge

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Usually, my style tends to be very feminine. I naturally gravitate towards more “girly” silhouettes and fabrics but every now and then, I like to switch it up for a more edgy feel. During a recent trip to the mall, I slipped into a Torrid store and couldn’t keep my hands off of all of the new products. Racks lined with leather jackets and parka style coats, fall sweaters, booties and more completely diverted my attention from what was supposed to be a quick mall run. I quickly began shoving some of my favorite items under my arms so that I could continue thumbing through the racks. I hadn’t originally planned on wearing these items together but after trying everything on, it just worked. The lightweight feel of the anorak jacket paired with sleek faux leather leggings and shiny metallic platform shoes just went together seamlessly. AND this fabulous, rocker style fringe clutch was the perfect accessory to compliment this look.

Outfit details:

Jacket, Leggings & Shoes from Torrid| Clutch: Fashion to Figure

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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Fall in Line

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Fall doesn’t begin for another month but I can’t help but start to dabble into Fall fashions. After all, it’s all over the stores anyway so it’s almost impossible to stay away. Since the temperatures are still warm, I have to get a little creative with blending the seasons fashions so I decided to pair this olive green mini dress with one of my favorite pair of booties and a wool hat to complete the look. The colors definitely channel Fall foliage and the earthy tones of leaves while the shorter hemline of the dress makes it suitable for Summer. Mission accomplished!

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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