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Pep Talk

September 23, 2018

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It’s officially the first day of Fall!! Can you tell that I’m excited?! Fall has a special place in my heart and there are so many things that I love about it. Fall fashion is my absolute favorite out of any other season. I love that the temperatures start to cool down, especially in Los Angeles since we don’t get true seasons. Also, it’s the first indicator of the holiday season to come which makes me really happy. Although Fall has started, that doesn’t mean that Fall is actually in effect. The weather is still warm and I can’t quite break out my sweaters and scarves just yet. So, in the meantime, I’m going to make the best out of the situation and rock some of my favorite Fall colors and styles.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: yellow is my happy color. Although bright, it can be worn almost any time of the year and it pairs so well with a host of different colors. This particular shade is almost a mustard yellow which is much more complimentary when it comes to styling. It’s a key staple when building your Fall fashion wardrobe. I love pairing it with leopard accents like I have done here and on a previous post. This time, I added a Merlot colored bag to not only color block the yellow, but also give a nod to the new season that is upon us.

I cannot wait for what is to come and all of the fabulous Fall fashion trends that will soon emerge. Stay tuned!

Outfit details:

Jacket: Ashley Stewart* | Tank Top: Express | Jeans: Celebrity Pink (similar) | Shoes: Forever 21 (similar)

*Fit notes – I ordered a size 16 in the jacket and could not zip it up. I was fine with it because I actually like it open. However, if you have a similar body type to mine and you would like the option to zip it up, I would suggest getting a size 18 or above.

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Levi’s For All

September 21, 2018

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A great pair of denim is essential to any wardrobe. I think that is something that we can all agree on. What we also can agree on is that a great pair of jeans can sometimes be difficult to find. This is especially true when you are a plus size woman. With the lack of options available, it can make it exponentially harder to find this essential item. Luckily, many brands are adopting the philosophy of size inclusivity and fit for all. “Plus sizes” is becoming a term that no longer represents an isolated minority but a much broader spectrum that should be included in mainstream fashion. One of those brands is Levi’s.

While Levi’s is not new to plus sizes, they have taken strides in the past year to expand their plus collection. This includes launching a plus size women’s top collection and making more of their denim available in plus. We all know the statistics that 67% of women in the US wear a size 14 and above yet the clothing options reportedly represent only 17% of the industry. With brands such as Levi’s making “Levi’s for All” and every fit for everybody, the gap will become much less disproportionate.

In addition to extended sizes becoming more readily available, it’s great that department stores like Macy’s allow plus size shopping to be much more accessible. They carry such a wide variety of clothing including brands like Levi’s and prove to be a great resource for the everyday consumer. You can check out their full selection here as well as some of my top picks below.


Outfit details:

Levi’s Plus Size Logo T-shirt | Levi’s Plus Size Boyfriend Jeans: Macy’s*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Macy’s & Shopstyle. All opinions are my own.

TrendyCurvy Travels: NYFW 2018

September 19, 2018

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Dress: Prabal Gurung courtesy of 11 Honore. Can be purchased here

I’m just getting around to posting my New York Fashion Week recap and let me tell you, this time was one for the books! My first fashion week was last year and it was truly an amazing experience. I was lucky enough to snag a front row seat at the Christian Siriano show which I’m still pinching myself about. I also attended shows of plus size retailers such as Torrid and Addition Elle. It’s an amazing experience to see women that look like you on the runway!

This year was equally as amazing because I was able to attend another designer’s show, Prabal Gurung. Not only was I able to attend, but I got to wear one of his designs to the show! This was such a surreal moment for me. New York Fashion Week alone is a momentous occasion but as a plus size woman, you attend runway shows to admire. You know that the majority of the clothing presented doesn’t come in your size so it’s a different experience. To know that this designer, like Christian Siriano and others, makes garments for my body is really encouraging to see. Also, being able to wear said garment was a truly special moment that I will never forget.

With Patrick Herning, Founder & CEO of 11 Honore

I got to meet Tiffanie Hadish!

Of course, since it was Fashion Week, I had to bring the fashions. My favorite line every time I think about NYFW is from Dwight who was on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. This was a long time ago so you have to be a real fan to remember this. Dwight was attending Sheree’s fashion show of her new clothing line and she didn’t get the clothes in time for the show. So he walks in and says “A fashion show with no fashions?…How dreadful!” I laugh about that line to this day! Any who, the week was marked with all kinds of events and parties so I had to represent for the curvies!

Outfit details – Jumpsuit: Charlotte Russe | Pumps: Nine West | Hat (old)

Garments worn are old. Similar items below:

Burgundy Skirt | Burgundy Faux Fur Stole

I ended my trip doing some sight seeing in the Financial District, all the way up to Harlem and eating some good food along the way.

Until next time New York Fashion Week!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

San Francisco Travels w/ Alaska Air

September 16, 2018

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Outfit details – Duster: Forever 21 | Tank Top: Old Navy | Jeans: LOFT | Pumps: Nine West

My suitcases (yes plural) have not been unpacked, my clothes are everywhere and I can’t find anything but I had to take a moment to catch you all up on my recent trips. I was fortunate enough to be invited up to San Francisco, one of my favorite cities, for a fun few days with Alaska Air. My mom is originally from Oakland, which is the neighboring city to San Francisco, so it really feels like a second home. Plus, it’s a quick hour flight up the coast from Los Angeles and let me tell you, I got to ride in style.

Flight

You may or not be aware, but Alaska Air acquired Virgin America some time ago and the two brands have now merged into one. I know the question on many people’s minds is probably, “well, doesn’t Alaska Air only fly to Alaska?” Or you could be thinking that Alaska Air only has routes that are up and down the West Coast stopping at cities in between Los Angeles and Alaska. In all actuality, Alaska Air flies to many different cities across the US and even internationally to Mexico and Costa Rica. In fact, I continued my Alaska Air experience by flying from San Francisco to New York for Fashion Week (recap coming next). You can check out the full list of cities that they fly to so that you can consider them for your next trip!

Hotel

So while in San Francisco, I stayed at the Proper Hotel which is one of my new favorite places. Everything from the decor, to the service, to the amazing drinks makes this hotel a perfect destination to stay in. It was my first time staying here and it definitely made an impression. Upon arriving, we headed to the lobby bar which is probably the most stunning lobby bars that I have encountered. Fellow blogger Sheryl from Walk In Wonderland was also on the trip, so my boyfriend and I had drinks with her and her husband. It was quite the experience! The artistry and care taken making our beverages by our bartender, Moises, was unparalleled. He really set the tone for our stay.

When getting up to the room, I was amazed at how it had so many different elements but somehow worked so well together. There were various wall papers, patterns and textures all over the room that I never would have thought to mix. In fact, I’m sure if I would have done it myself, it would have been a disaster. It was very cozy, chic and eclectic.

Best San Francisco Rooftop Bar

In addition to this hotel already being amazing, they have one of the best rooftop bars in all of San Fran. We had happy hour on the most perfect day filled with delicious bites, more cute drinks and breathtaking views. There is typically a line to get up to the rooftop lounge, however if you are staying at the hotel, you get special access where you don’t have to wait. Another added bonus to staying here.

Outfit details – Duster: Forever 21 | Tank Top: Old Navy | Jeans: LOFT (old) | Booties: ASOS (similar)

Places to See

One of the great things about San Francisco is that there are so many different neighborhoods that you can visit in one day. We got to go on a food tour where I not only stuffed my face with the most delicious cuisine, but I also learned about the history of the city. The Mission is one area that is known for being the foodie hub. We tried everything from deviled eggs with crispy chicharón on top at Curio, yummy tacos at Bar Pancho, margherita pizza at Mozzeria and ending it with crispy churros at West of Pecos. I’m stuffed just thinking about it. The great thing about the food tour is that you are walking from place to place, taking in the sights and burning off some calories before hitting the next spot.

Sausalito

On the final day, we headed over to Sausalito which is about 30 minutes outside of the city. It is a small town right off the water that has beautiful views. We had brunch at this cute little place called Bar Bocce. The back is completely open and the water is literally steps away. It was a great way to end the trip before heading to the next destination.

Outfit details– Dress: NY Collection | Shoes: Sam Edelman

Thank you Alaska Air for the amazing weekend and I can’t wait until the next getaway!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is Sponsored by Alaska Air, Proper Hotels & ShopStyle. All opinions are my own