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Golden Hour

October 15, 2017

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I am absolutely loving the ruffled, fluted hem trend that has infiltrated the fashion scene. While this style is in no way new, it is making a serious comeback this Fall. For me, it started with this flounce skirt from New York & Company’s new plus size line and it is continuing with this mustard beauty from Modcloth. The color is divine and the two tier ruffle is flirty, feminine and fun!

I think that one of the most interesting things when it comes to styling looks is the ability to mix and match elements that aren’t traditionally paired together. This principle can go for colors, patterns and of course garment styles. I wanted to create a little “ying and yang” when it came to this outfit by contrasting the frilly skirt with an edgy moto jacket. It’s a bit unexpected yet it blends seamlessly. To add to the edgy flair, I went with lace up black sandals and a black & white snake skin clutch to tie it all together. This is the best of both worlds!

Outfit details:

Jacket: Lysse (similar) | Skirt: Modcloth | Shoes: Vince Camuto & Elegant Footwear (similar)

*Fit notes: Skirt has a good amount of stretch that allows it to go nicely over the hips. Wearing a size 1x and it fits like a glove.

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Per-Suede

October 8, 2017

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Oh olive, how I love you so! I can wear this color over and over again and not get tired of it. Fall is the perfect time to rock olive so I take full advantage. There are so many different ways and color combinations that you can style it so it makes a great staple for the season. An olive skirt in particular is a constant go-to item for me. With temperatures still pretty warm, it allows me to be cool while still on trend.

Earth tones are a great and simple color palette for creating your outfits. They blend together so well in a myriad of ways. So I paired my olive skirt with a tan duster cardigan and animal print accessories for a fun touch. What I love most about this look is that you can wear it almost anywhere. This outfit can take you from the office to drinks with friends to brunch on the weekend and even church. It checks all of the boxes of being cute yet understated and versatile.

Check out below where I’ve listed some of my favorite suede items available now! In addition to skirts, suede garments come in the form of jackets, legging and more. This texture was made for Fall!

 

Outfit details:

Cardigan: Macy’s | Skirt: Eloquii & Universal Standard (similar) | Shoes: Missguided (similar) | Clutch: Sole Society

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Let’s Talk Shapewear Pt. 2

October 5, 2017

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This post is sponsored by Maidenform. Opinions are my own.

Shapewear is an essential component to any outfit. It’s the foundation that sets the tone for your looks and allows clothing to lay nicely on your body. I have always been a fan of shapewear  because of its smoothing and firming abilities. With form fitting clothing, it is my go-to item to enhance my natural shape.

I am often asked what my favorite shapewear brands are and I wrote a post last year as seen here that listed my top items. One of the brands that I named was Maidenform which has been a long time staple for me. Maidenform has expanded their shapewear line to include a new fit called Modern Curvy! The Curvy line is specifically designed for figures and body shapes of women sizes 1x-4x. Why is that important you ask? Well, much of the shapewear available is built from smaller size patterns and just scaled up to fit larger bodies. And while that is great, there are still certain things that need to be adjusted as sizes increase. The same thing goes for clothing. A dress made for a size 2 is not necessarily going to be the most flattering fit for a size 20. The Modern Curvy line addresses those concerns and is designed with only full figured bodies in mind.

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So of course I had to test these out and give you all a review of what I think. I ordered the High Waist Brief as well as the High Waist Thigh Slimmer. These are two styles that I wear most often depending on my outfit. In this particular look I am wearing the Thigh Slimmers. Here are my main takeaways:

  1. The comfort is unparalleled. So much so that you don’t even feel like you are wearing shapewear. The lightweight fabric allows for a flexible fit that conforms to your body without clinging. The lace at the bottom keeps it in place and allows for it to be breathable and airy.
  2. New product, same great support. Maidenform just gets it right. With the firm tummy control, power mesh lining and ribbed construction, this shapewear smoothes in all the right places and doesn’t add any unnecessary bulk.
  3. Comparable Pricing. Sometimes when brands design for plus sizes, the price points increase over what the straight size prices are. This is not the case with Maidenform. The High Waist Briefs and Thigh Slimmers retail at $44 & $52 respectively which keeps it in line with its other products as well as what’s out there on the market.

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We all have a desire to look our best when we step out. No matter what the occasion or what outfit we put together, all we really want is to showcase ourselves in the best light. All bodies are beautiful no matter what the size or shape and all shapewear does is enhance your natural beauty. So go out there and strut your curves with a great foundation to match!

ALSO, in partnership with Maidenform, I’m offering three (3) followers the opportunity to win one shapewear product. Giveaway will start tomorrow, 10/6 and it will be posted on my Instagram account! Here’s what you have to do to win:
1. Must be following me and @maidenform’s accounts
2. Leave a comment sharing why you love shapewear
That’s it! Giveaway lasts today through 10/8 with the winner announced on Monday.

Details:

High Waist Brief | High Waist Thigh Slimmer

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Turn up the Volume

October 3, 2017

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We all know the rule – no wearing white after Labor Day. It’s a saying that has been ingrained in our minds for quite some time. However like many other fashion rules out there, they are meant to be broken. Style should not be dictated by rules especially since fashion is always evolving and changing. Besides, where did this rule come from in the first place?!

So I’m rocking this one shoulder top from Rachel Roy without a care in the world. Although it is just a white top, it has a lot of interesting features that bring it to life. Volume sleeves and asymmetry are all the rave so this top is perfectly on trend.  I love the tie detail that helps to accentuate your waist and add shape. This top needed no added frills so I wore a pair of simple yet quality skinny jeans and neutral accessories. Break the rules and blaze your own trails!

Outfit Details:

Top | Jeans: Rachel Roy*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Pencil Me In

October 1, 2017

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A must have in your closet is a leather pencil skirt. Just like you should have the staples which consist of a little black dress and a great pair of skinny jeans, I’m adding leather pencil skirts to the list. Although they may not seem as versatile as the other garments I named, I can assure you they are. Leather skirts are more of a Fall item however they can be worn in different seasons. They are the perfect blend of sophistication and edge, giving them the ability to be worn for a variety of different occasions.  Dressed up with a chic top and heels or dressed down with a graphic tee or a sweater, the styling possibilities are endless. The most basic leather pencil skirt that you can have is a black one but if you want something a little out of the ordinary, you can choose a different color such as the one I’m wearing.

This raisin, dark wine tone is everything I never knew I needed. It looks expensive and is so well constructed while still being affordable. It’s stretchy so that it can conform to your shape but also supportive with a wide waistband that holds you in. I love how it pairs so well with tan, beige and brown that is so on trend for Fall. This look is super easy to put together and wear yet looks ultra chic (just how I like it). Be sure to snag yourself a quality pencil skirt! You will not regret it.

Outfit Details:

Sweater: JM Collection (similar) | Skirt: Melissa McCarthy | Purse: Target | Shoes: Nine West (lower heel height)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Emerald City

September 28, 2017

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Sometimes the simplest garments can create the best looks. There’s just something about minimalist style that totally echoes the saying “less is more”. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the frills and the pizzazz that some looks have but great quality garments often times shine on their own.

This dress from Eileen Fisher’s line available at Bloomingdales is inherently simple. However, there are some noteworthy details that help to bring this piece to life. One of the first things that I noticed is the color. The emerald green is impossible to miss and gives this dress a very rich, luxe feel. It falls in line perfectly with the color palette of Fall and the deep jewel tones that this season is iconic for. Then, there’s the high low hem with the side slit. This is probably my favorite part of the dress. The side slit is an understated sexy showing off just a bit of the gams. And the high low hem adds a big of drama with the back part of the dress swaying in the wind as you walk. All of these things together are the makings of a chic dress.

To complete the look, I went with black faux suede booties and a matching fedora. Since we are officially in Fall I thought these two accessories best fit the overall look as well as the season. And with that, my look was ready to hit the streets!

Be sure to check out this dress below as well as some similar items from this look. I’ve also listed some of my favorite garments from Bloomingdales available now!

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Autumn Bloom

September 26, 2017

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Outfit details:

Top | Skirt | Shoes – ModCloth

Fall is officially here! I can’t believe that it’s already the end of the year and that Summer is over. Where has the time gone?! While Fall is an indication of the year soon coming to a close, there are so many great things to still look forward to. For one, Fall fashion is (in my opinion) the best time of the year. There’s just something about the rich colors and chic styles that make Fall unlike any other season. And while it is indeed Fall, we are still in this in between phase where Fall weather hasn’t quite set in yet. So in the meantime, I’m rocking transitional styles such as these midi skirts from Modcloth.

Midi skirts are most notably worn in the Spring but they really can be worn all throughout the Summer and parts of Fall as well. These ladylike garments give you a distinct silhouette that is both feminine and chic. They are not only classic in that they never go out of style but they are also super versatile. There are an endless amount of prints and colors that these skirts come in. You can dress them up or dress them down and you can even add outerwear like a sleek moto jacket. Midi skirts are a great style for any body shape or size so they are a great staple to have in your wardrobe.

Shop the great midi skirts that Modcloth has as well as their wide selection of Fall styles for all sizes!

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Outfit details:

Top | Skirt – ModCloth

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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