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Spring Florals

May 21, 2017

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Every year the trend report comes out for Spring and florals is always named as a top trend for the season. I, and along with others I’m sure, do a collective eye roll at the obvious selection since florals for Spring isn’t exactly original. However, I’m always pleasantly surprised at the unique ways that florals are incorporated into garments and the outfit possibilities that arise.

This year, the floral trend is leaning more towards tropical flowers and colors. Hibiscus, lotus, lillies, etc. just to name a few are among the wide variety of tropical prints being placed on garments from dresses to pants to even outerwear. I love this new take on the traditional floral print that allows for more exotic and vibrant looks. I’ve worn tropical inspired pants in a previous look but for this post, I decided to rock it with a kimono. As I’ve mentioned before, kimonos are super versatile garments to have in your wardrobe. This kimono was intended to be a swimsuit cover up however I decided to pair it with a camisole and skinny jeans. It provided a fun and dramatic element to the outfit that is totally in line with the season’s more popular trends. This is TrendyCurvy personified!

Outfit details:

Kimono: Boohoo | Jeans: JcPenney | Bag: Similar here | Similar Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Bright Palms

May 15, 2017

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Between my last post and this one, I’d say that there is a definite trend forming here. And that trend is bright colors, bold patterns and tropical prints. With Summer on the horizon, so many colorful garments are infiltrating retail stores making it extremely hard to resist. Clearly I have buckled under the pressure and have gone all in (and let me tell you, I don’t feel bad about it).

Playing up prints with solids is one of my favorite things to do when styling a look. It’s almost like color blocking since you are complementing or contrasting one with the other. Green and yellow have traditionally meshed well together so I thought pairing this palm print top with this bright yellow skirt could work. And as if I didn’t already have enough color, I decided to completely commit (refer to the above statement when I said I’ve gone all in) and finish this look off with a yellow shoe as well. Being matchy-matchy doesn’t always work but in this instance I thought it was subtle enough to blend in. Try out a bold look and take a walk on the bright side with me!

Outfit details:

Top: Old Navy | Similar skirt: Eloquii | Similar Shoes: Nine West

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Pom-Poms

May 9, 2017

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Pom-poms have become all the rave lately. This cute and flirty detail has made its way from designer runways to the closets of everyday people like you and me. Tops, dresses and even pants have this fun hem that adds so much character to a garment. I think the best thing about fashion and style are the details. It’s those subtle and unexpected parts of an outfit that really bring it to life and give you a glimpse into a person’s aesthetic.

This dress from Fashion to Figure, while understated, has some key elements to it that really make it shine. I cannot get enough of off the shoulder anything as you’ve seen in my recent posts. Shoulders are so feminine and sexy so its great to show them off around this time of year. The bell sleeves give the dress a bit of a retro vibe and of course the pom poms finish it off. I decided to play off the black and white with a white fedora and black strappy sandals. Now, all I need is a Caribbean vacation to match my look. Get your pom-pom on today!

Outfit details:

Dress: Fashion to Figure*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own

Tropicale

May 7, 2017

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Summer is almost here which means that it’s time to break out the bold and bright prints. When the weather warms up, that’s your green light to turn your style up a notch and experiment with some things that you may not typically wear. For instance, these pants are daring to say the least. Not only are they fire engine red but they also have a large, colorful design to go with it. There have been so many times that I’ve heard that bold prints such as this are a fashion “don’t” for plus size women. This is especially true for the larger parts of your body, which happens to be my bottom half, as not to bring attention to it. If you haven’t figured this out by now, clearly from this post you will see that I don’t follow the typical fashion rules.

Bold prints are for curvy girls! All you have to do is make them work for your body type. Pairing my pants with my favorite top right now (which is the ruffle off the shoulder) and matching high heel sandals, I was summa’-time ready!

Outfit details:

Top: Boohoo | Pants: Old Navy (wearing size 18)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Dress for Less

May 2, 2017

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Last week, I talked about Spring Cleaning and how thredUP can help you clean out your wardrobe and make a little money along the way. In case you missed that post, let me give you a quick recap. thredUP is a one stop shop to buying and selling quality secondhand clothing. Through their services, you have the ability to purge your wardrobe by filling up their Clean Out bags in exchange for cash or credits to shop. So once you have cleared out your closet, it’s time to reward yourself by buying something new. The great thing about thredUP is that you can do that guilt-free. What I mean by that is you can shop your favorite plus size brands at a discounted rate from sellers just like you and me.

And that’s exactly what I did for myself. This dress was a “job well done” gift to myself for organizing and cleaning out my closet. The brand is 6th & Lane and it normally retails for $95. I bought it for the low price of $24.99! I also picked up a few other dresses from well known brands such as Michael Kors and BB Dakota that were all under $30! The dresses are in great condition and everything I purchased fit so well. Even if you haven’t purged your closet and are just looking for discounted clothing, thredUP is a great resource. In addition to clothing, they offer shoes and other accessories so you can really get a complete look.

Just for my readers, you can get an additional 40% off first time orders using promo code: TRENDY40. Discount is up to $50 and it expires on 6/30!

Photographer: Steve Suavemete

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

Color Envy

April 30, 2017

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One of my favorite colors during this time of year is without a doubt emerald green. It’s just such a rich and vibrant hue that looks great on every skin tone. Green is known as the color of jealousy and envy and I can see why when it comes to fashion. The eye-catching and lush nature of this color is sure to leave you wishing you had some of it in your wardrobe.  In my experience, emerald green garments aren’t available in excess so when I find something I like in this color, I make sure to snag it. And that’s exactly what I did with this dress!

The high-low trend has become very popular and although I think that sometimes it can be overdone, with this dress it fits. The swing of this dress complements an asymmetrical hem and allows it to blow in the wind. With simple brown accessories to serve as a neutral as not to compete with the green, this look was complete.

Although recently purchased, this dress is no longer available on Target’s website. BUT I have searched around and found some other emerald green dresses that are just as chic. See below!

Outfit details (similar):

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Spring Cleaning

April 26, 2017

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It’s Spring cleaning time! Remember when I wore this blazer a few months ago in this post? Well, I’m getting one last use out of it and then it’s time to add it to my Spring purge pile. It’s no secret that I have quite a bit of clothes which can become a nightmare when it comes to storage. With trends and designs changing so rapidly, it creates a problem where I have many garments that I no longer wear. I think this is something that we can all relate to. We grow out of clothing or it becomes out of style so it just takes up space in our closets where we could be filling it with newer items. Luckily, there is a solution!

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You may have already heard of thredUP but in case you haven’t, thredUP is a one stop shop to buying and selling quality secondhand clothing. You can shop your favorite brands – including plus size at major discounts – from thredUP, and they get their inventory from sellers just like me and you. You can also Clean Out your wardrobe by filling up their Clean Out bags in exchange for cash or credits to shop. This is probably my favorite feature of the brand because of the convenience it offers for Spring cleaning and purging your closet. Here’s how it works:

  1. Simply order a Clean Out bag from thredUP
  2. Fill it with items that you no longer wear. (Keep in mind, you want to provide clothing that is still in good condition and that you would give to a friend. If you want the items that they don’t accept back, opt for Return Assurance! http://bit.ly/2nKT7Dl Or have all your unaccepted items upcycled responsibly. Either way, it’s a win-win for getting those unworn items out just in time to make room for a refreshed Spring wardrobe)
  3. Schedule a pickup from USPS and leave the bag at your doorstep

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That’s it! How easy is that? You can create space in your closets immediately with little to no effort. And for those that enjoy donating, you can opt to have your payout go to charity so you are covered on all bases (and if you chose to donate, you don’t have to pay the bag fee to get a Clean Out bag!).

I love how they coined the phrase #throwmo. FOMO or the fear of missing out has become a popular term so #throwmo is a play on that and it means the fear of throwing things out. We all hold on to things longer than we should. Take this quiz to know when it’s time to let go. Then once you are confronted with what you already know, order your Clean Out bag today!

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