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Simply Styled

April 22, 2018

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Sometimes, all you need is a great fitting dress. Of course the frills of fashion are great but the most important thing when it comes to styling looks is the fit. When the fit is right, everything else falls into place and you really don’t need any additional components if you don’t want to. Fit is key.

This dress is a perfect example of that. It’s understated in some ways yet all of the small details make it chic and special piece. While the dress has a simple silhouette, the color is what immediately struck me. It’s a beautiful Springtime hue that I knew was going to complement my skin tone well. The dress being from Gabrielle Union’s line at New York & Company, I knew that she had us melanin fashionistas in mind. The material is a sweater-like texture so it’s comfortable to wear yet conforms to your body. The vertical lines helps to define the waist and the criss-cross detail at the top gives off a subtle sexy vibe. It fits like a glove and I feel amazing in it! I love how New York & Company partners with celebrities such as Gabrielle Union and Eva Mendes to create these collections that are really made with all bodies in mind. Be sure to check out Gabrielle Union’s full line that includes items up to an XXL as well as plus sizes up to a 3X.

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*This post is sponsored by New York & Company. All opinions are my own

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

TrendyCurvy Travels: Coachella 2018

April 18, 2018

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So if you’ve been following along on social media, you know that I have just returned from weekend 1 of Coachella 2018. I am still recovering (both mentally and physically) from such a whirlwind of a weekend but I had to tell you guys all about it. This was my second time attending Coachella so I wasn’t a complete newbie but I would say that this year’s experience was much different than last. The first difference was that I went VIP versus general admission (moving on up!) which had its pros and cons. Also, I did some things outside of the festival that added to my overall experience. So let’s get into it!

P.S. – how beautiful is Palm Springs?!

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Outfit details – Top: NY & Company (similar) | Skirt: NY & Company (wearing size XXL) | Shoes: NY & Company (similar)

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As always let’s start out with the outfit. I wore this cute dress from City Chic that I thought was subtle but totally fit the festival vibe. The exact dress has since sold out but they have an identical style with different embroidery found here. I love the easy, breezy, no spanx-nezzy (not a word but you get the point) nature of the dress. It was comfortable and cute, just like I like it!

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I was fortunate enough to attend Coachella with HP. They host an HP lounge on the Coachella grounds and this year they completely outdid themselves. Aside from the space being air conditioned which was much appreciated, it is a cool, technological marvel in the desert. There were so many activities from designing you own water bottle to creating light art that keep you entertained. Fit with a DJ and an amazing atmosphere, the HP lounge was the place to be in between shows!

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The performances were great as always. I saw Vince Staples, Sza and The Weekend (from afar…My IG fam knows what I’m talking about). The one thing that I appreciate about Coachella is that everything starts on time! Give or take a few minutes, most performers go on right when they are supposed to as to not disrupt the schedule.

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Everyday Denim

April 12, 2018

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

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Jeans are one of the most important garments that you can have in your wardrobe. Their versatility and ease of wear make them ideal for everyday life. You can dress them up or dress them down to suit almost any occasion that comes your way. The only problem is…a great pair of jeans can be so hard to find! With so many different variations of body types and heights, it can sometimes be a struggle to find that perfect pair, am I right? Ones that have just the right amount of stretch, that sit on your torso at the exact place that you want it to and that fall at your ankle at the perfect length. That’s not even factoring in the wash and style of the jean!

Luckily, I have stumbled on some really amazing denim brands that fit my body type so well and Celebrity Pink jeans is one of them. I first discovered this brand while rummaging through the racks at Macy’s. I had never heard of them before but I really liked the design so I decided to head to the dressing room and give them a try. As soon as I put one leg in I already knew that I had found a jewel. I know that I’m not the only one that knows whether or not a pair of jeans in going to work before even putting them all the way on. And ever since I tried on that first pair, I have been hooked wearing them over and over again as you can see here and here and here. (I wasn’t lying when I said I was hooked). From different washes to distressed styles, Celebrity Pink jeans have been the pillar of many of my most liked looks and have been my go-to denim. They are made with curvy bodies in mind and it definitely shows. They hug your curves in all of the right places thanks to their stretch fit.

I wouldn’t steer you wrong so I highly encourage you to try out a pair for yourself.  Click the link below for the exact pair or head to your local Macy’s to give them a try.

Outfit details:

Top: Calvin Klein | Jeans: Celebrity Pink

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Lush Palms

April 8, 2018

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One trend that I am starting to see more and more as Spring/Summer styles continue to roll out is tropical inspired prints. Anything from palm trees to fruit patterns to exotic flowers are making a bold statement this season. They are a fun and unique way to bring some flair to simple garments. Plus who’s doesn’t like love dressing like they are on vacation? It’s almost like I can picture myself on some beautiful resort on a tropical island…but then I snap back into reality (haha).

Oh and can we talk about this bamboo clutch?! I have been obsessed with bamboo purses every since last Spring when it became the “it” accessory amongst all fashion bloggers. They kept selling out over and over so I never got a chance to snag one until now. ASOS answered my prayers by not only having one available but at a much more affordable price. They are the perfect piece to complement resort style looks and went so well with this palm shade kimono.

What’s your next tropical vacay or where have you been dying to go?

Outfit details:

Kimono: Alfani | Top: Old Navy | Skirt: Vince Camuto | Purse: ASOS

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Easter Chic

April 1, 2018

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Happy Resurrection Sunday! Today, out of all days, I had to put on my Sunday’s best in honor of Easter. I remember when I was younger, preparing for Easter Sunday was a big deal. My sister and I are only a year apart but when it came to dressing, we were practically twins because my mom would always dress us alike. The dress, the shoes, the coordinating socks, the hair accessories – all of it was carefully planned out and styled to perfection. And even though I am grown adult now, I still carry that with me and put together an outfit especially for this day.

One of my favorite items for church are full midi skirts. I think that they are the perfect blend of chic style and femininity. Not to mention they are such a classic silhouette so they will never go out of style and can be worn for many other occasions as well. This black and white print just spoke to me as soon as I saw it. I loved how simple it was in nature but still made a statement. I knew that it would be just perfect. I decided to pair it with an off the shoulder top which I know not everyone is comfortable wearing. You can easily swap that out for just a plain black top and it will still look great. However, if you would like to rock this style, check out my blog post here that lists my favorite strapless bras. I am wearing the Curvy Couture one and as you can see, it hold me up pretty well. With simple black accessories and a little bit of bling with my earrings, my Easter outfit was complete! Enjoy today my loves!

Outfit details:

Top: Torrid (similar) | Skirt: White House | Black Market | Belt: Lane Bryant (similar) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar) | Earrings: BaubleBar

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Bold Florals

March 30, 2018

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If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a big fan of kimonos. I wear them all year round in different variations from lightweight to heavy weight and from solids to patterns. In my opinion, they are one of the most versatile items that you can own in your closet and I just love the way that they flow. I’m not always in the mood to wear something form fitting so my alternative to that are garments like these because you can look put together in a very comfortable and casual way. Although I’m wearing my kimono with a tank top and jeans, I could easily swap that out for a dress, a top and a skirt and even a swimsuit. They are interchangeable and can work for a myriad of different occasions.

This particular kimono just stuck out because the print was so distinct. It’s from Maurices’ plus size line of Spring new arrivals. I’m also wearing the cropped denim from the line which I love. They fit amazingly well and were the perfect complement to this look. Whenever I’m wearing something oversized and/or long like a kimono, I like to balance that out with cropped jeans to give a little balance to the look. I find that wearing something long on top and ankle length pants on the bottom tends to weigh the look down. The cropped hem however provides some proportion and really helps to make the look shine.

Be sure to check out all of Maurices’ plus size collection here and their great selection for Spring!

Outfit details:

Kimono | Tank Top (similar) | Cropped Denim: Maurices*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

 

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

Spring Fling with LOFT Plus

March 28, 2018

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This post is sponsored by LOFT. All opinions are my own

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If you have not already heard, LOFT has officially launched plus sizes! I love when I get emails from brands informing me of their new plus size offerings that I can share with you all. It’s also always a great feeling to know that there are more clothing options available in my size. Their line is full of bright colors and fun prints that are perfect for Spring. I instantly fell in love with this golden yellow top that is absolutely adorable! I wanted to also try out their denim because I’m always looking for a great pair of jeans. These fit impeccably well and quickly became one of my new favorites. Check out the outfit details at the bottom of this post!

To kick off the plus size launch, LOFT is throwing pop up parties all across the US and yours truly will be hosting one on Tuesday, April 3rd from 6 – 9pm in Glendale! I would LOVE to see some of my curvy cuties there so that we can mingle, try on clothes and just have a great time. Be sure to RSVP below and bring a friend!

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In the meantime, here are a few of my other favorites from the line!

Outfit details:

Top | Jeans: LOFT

Photographer: Steve Suavemente