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Blush Bloom

August 21, 2016

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You can’t have a Spring/Summer wardrobe without a good floral print garment. I have many from dresses to bomber jackets and now this top. This blush colored, curved hem top is one of those pieces that you can just throw on at a moments notice. You don’t need many accessories to go along with it because the print does all the work for you. With busier prints such as this, you want to simplify the added elements as not to have it clash. When there are too many conflicting elements, the eyes often don’t know where to look because there is so much going on. By adding a simple pair of distressed jeans and high heel sandals, you create a casual and stylish look that is simple yet chic.

Outfit details:

Top | Jeans: Simply Be* | Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

But First Cocktails

August 14, 2016

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But first cocktails…Curvy Cocktails that is! Shameless plug (but I can do that because its my own blog): if you have not already heard, I am hosting my first event in Los Angeles! See the previous post for all of  the details and be sure to get your tickets at the link below.

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Ok so now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to this outfit. I have to admit that I have become slightly obsessed with bodysuits. It is just so convenient to wear a top that securely tucks into your pants and skirts. I could not even tell you the amount of tanks tops that I have had to throw away from all of the tears and holes that I have put in them from constantly pulling them down. Bodysuits eliminate that problem altogether. With my favorite pair of skinny jeans that are unfortunately no longer available but similar Rockstar styles are, simple high heel sandals and cute sunnies, I was ready for what else? A cocktail!

Outfit details:

Bodysuit: Boohoo (plus version is sold out, straight size found here. Other bodysuits found here and here) | Jeans: Old Navy (similar here) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar here)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

You’re Invited: Curvy Cocktails

August 11, 2016

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I am literally BURSTING with excitement to finally share with you all this news. I am hosting my very first event in my hometown of Los Angeles, CA! I have been wanting to create an event for quite some time now and the time has finally come. The event is called Curvy Cocktails (cute right?) and it will be a chic cocktail affair to bring together bloggers, brands, models, curvy fashionistas and more. With Los Angeles being known for its highly superficial and stereotypical body standards, I really wanted to celebrate the vibrant community of curvy women that don’t necessarily fit the “mold” but are still thriving. In the land of Hollywood where often times people are trying to be someone they are not or conform to what everyone is telling them they should be, these women are not afraid to be who they are, at the size that they are, and shine!

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Curvy Cocktails will be co-hosted by the amazing Candice Kelly who is a plus size model with Dorothy Combs Modeling Agency. She has become a well known name within the plus size community for her striking photos, larger than life personality and curvy frame.

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We also have a special guest joining us for the event. It is none other than the verbal assassin herself, Mz Gossip Girl aka Nina Parker. Television personality, Access Hollywood Live contributor and Love & Hip Hop Reunion host, Nina has made her mark on the entertainment industry. Starting her career at TMZ, she has catapulted into the spotlight and shows no signs of stopping.

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And then there’s me but you already know who I am :-)

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Lastly, we have some amazing sponsors for the event. These are brands that I have worked with before and can personally attest to the passion they have for making women look and feel great. The first is Fashion to Figure of whom we are all wearing below. Fashion to Figure specializes in chic and on-trend clothing that is perfect for a night out.

Left to Right – Candice: Skirt | Kristine: Sheer Top & Skirt | Nina: Dress

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We also have Gwynnie Bee as sponsor of which we are all wearing below. Gwynnie Bee is a clothing subscription company for sizes 10-32. You can explore top brands from their amazing selection, closet as many items as you’d like for them to be delivered to your door, wear them and then swap them out for more items when you’re done!

Left to right – Kristine: Jumpsuit | Nina: Dress | Candice: Dress

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Finally we our event sponsor SMASH Shoes, a brand dedicated specifically to sizes 10-14 of whom we are all wearing in both looks! The styles available can be found here, here and here.

I hope to see you all at Curvy Cocktails! You can get your tickets here. Thank you in advance for the support!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Simply Neutral

August 9, 2016

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I think the best thing about style and fashion is that you can get the best of both worlds. You can dress up for a night on the town or you can rock a casual look for leisurely weekend activities. Both can be just as stylish and put together as the other. Today I’m teaming up with Old Navy to show the versatility of their denim and how you can style a chic casual look.

Now it is no secret that I have been a fan of Old Navy jeans for quite some time. The Rockstar style has been a favorite of mine and my go-to denim. However, this time around, I decided to branch out and explore different style and I landed on the boyfriend jeans. The fit is great and they are ultra-comfortable. I love the light wash that pairs perfectly with light neutrals as well as the distressed details. Long cardigans are one of my favorite “in a rush, don’t have time to think” pieces to grab out of my closet. They are light enough for daytime wear and add a bit of drama to your look with the extended length. I snagged this one from Old Navy’s new Bohemian collection that is the perfect hue for Summer as well as Fall transitioning. An outfit that provides versatility, style and functionality? Sign me up!

Outfit details:

Cardigan | Tank Top | Jeans

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post was sponsored by Old Navy. All opinions are my own

Flower Bomb

August 7, 2016

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A bomber jacket is a must-have in your closet. The reason is because it is such a stylish and universal fit (aka it looks good on everybody). Also, it is light enough to wear during the warmer months and great for layering in the cooler months. This one I particularly love because it is a print. Many of the bomber jackets that I own and have seen in stores are solid colors. With retailers starting to introduce Fall items and transition pieces into the mix, these jackets tend to be darker hues. This one, however, has such a cute floral design that adds pops of color throughout. It is also unlined so it really is breathable and not restrictive at all. In true Summer fashion, I had to rock it with a bandeau top and loose fitting boyfriend jeans for a laid back style. To extract some of the floral colors out of the jacket, I paired it with bright red accessories to complete the look.

Outfit details:

Bomber Jacket: Simply Be | Crop Top: ASOS (similar here) | Jeans: Similar here | Shoes: Similar here

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Lemonade

July 31, 2016

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Cue the entire Beyonce album and start the chorus of “I ain’t sorry”, “Freedom” and “Better call Becky with the good hair”! This outfit reminded me of a Bey swag (for obvious reasons) that was full of unapologetic boldness, girl power and fierceness. I love a good print but I typically stick to traditional style prints (houndstooth, grid, animal, polka dots, etc.). When I saw this skirt however, I was both intrigued and nervous to try it. I thought to myself, “Is this print too loud for my body type?” and “Will it garner too much attention?”. But then I came to my senses and decided to take a risk and try it. And let me tell you, I am so happy that I did. Wearing a fruit print is a first for me but I absolutely love it. It’s fun, unexpected and perfect for the Summer. Every now and then you have to step out of your comfort zone and think “WWBD”…what would Beyonce do? And you know what she would do? She would take the risk and turn lemons into lemonade.

Outfit details:

Top: ASOS | Skirt: Rue 107 | Clutch: Nine West | Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Let’s Talk About Shapewear

July 28, 2016

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Here it is, the moment you have all been waiting for! A post specifically dedicated to shapewear and undergarments. This is arguably my most requested post and the question that I am asked the most. What shapewear do I use and how do I get such a smooth foundation. Having a great foundation is essential to any outfit. MANY women wear shapewear, not just plus size women, because of its ability to firm and enhance a woman’s body. Over the years, I have gone through various brands and I have finally honed in on some of my favorites. Before I reveal them though, I want to debunk some common myths about shapewear.

  1. Size down for more “snatch-edness”. Ok so I know that is not a word but you get the point. Everybody these days is trying to be snatched to the gawds right?! In the age of waist trainers and corsets, many think that if you get a smaller size, it will only make your waist look smaller. That could not be further from the truth. Waist trainers and shapewear are two completely different things. Sizing down in your shapewear will only cause bulging, visible lines and most of all discomfort! Y’all do know breathing is essential to life? Ok so give your body a break and purchase the appropriate size for your weight.
  2. Shapewear is uncomfortable. I used to be one of these people for sure. I would DREAD putting on my spanx. In fact it would leave me out of breath just trying to put those suckers on! But this goes back to the first point and realizing that I wasn’t buying the correct size for me nor was I wearing forgiving fabrics which contributed to the discomfort.
  3. All shapewear is made equal. No, no and no! Did I say no? The saying “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more true in this case. Just because various brands of shapewear look the same and claim to do the same things does not mean they all do. If the price tag is cheap, chances are its cheaply made and it will not last. I’m not talking about spending a lot of money here because trust me I am frugal myself. However, with something that you will get a lot of wear out of, a $60-$70 investment is worth it.

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This Maidenform Firm Control Seamless Long Leg Open Bust Shaper is my all time favorite. I wear this one more than half of the time because it provides the support that I need and it is super comfortable to wear. Often times I tuck the straps in so that it doesn’t stick out of my dresses or tops and it still holds firm. It also helps to smooth my legs and the hem doesn’t show through on most fabrics.

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This Spanx ‘Thinstincs’ High Waist Shaper is also a favorite of mine. I have been a long time fan of Spanx and truly feel as though they are still one of the best in the business. I wear this one when I need slightly more firmness and suckage (again not a word but you get the point). It has a firm control center that definitely gets the job done.

Bra Favorites

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It’s no secret that I am a busty girl so having a supportive bra is essential to any of my looks. I was on the hunt for a quality everyday bra that gave me the support I needed but that was comfortable as well. I definitely found it in the Smooth Balconette Bra from Lane Bryant. I literally have several of these in different colors and I just keep them in rotation. And it goes all the way up to an H cup!

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So there’s all of my “secrets”. I hope that you ladies found this informative and that you love these items as much as I do!