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Stitch Fix Plus Behind The Scenes

March 29, 2017

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If you have been following me on social media, you know that I was a part of a very exciting launch for a company called Stitch Fix. For those that may have missed my initial announcement post, you can view it here. To give you a general summary, I was a part of Stitch Fix’s Curvy Style Council which also included Allison of Curvy Girl Chic and Alexandra of Learning To Be Fearless. What you will see in my previous post is the big photo shoot that we participated in back in February but what you don’t know is that we took another trip to Stitch Fix’s corporate office in San Francisco before the shoot to get a behind the scenes look into the inter-workings of their company. So I got to see first-hand how you go from filling out an online profile, to receiving your first fix…

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to slaying the streets like this!

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So when we arrived at Stitch Fix for the first time, our day was jam packed. We met with so many departments to really get an in-depth understanding of how the company works. This includes everyone from the marketing team, to the trends team, to the stylists and more. I quickly realized just how much time, effort and research goes into creating the perfect fixes. Although it may seem like a simple concept to select stylish clothing to send to customers, Stitch Fix relies heavily on data to determine demographics, style, market trends, geographic locations, etc. to really personalize your Stitch Fix experience.

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Once we finished learning the science behind Stitch Fix, we took a trip to their warehouse to see how that information is transferred to actually packing a fix. This was probably my favorite part of the trip. Stitch Fix has a massive warehouse with hundreds (maybe even thousands) of styles for each of their customer bases. We got a glimpse into their intricate system of pulling stylist picks. We even got to pack our own fixes! That means someone out there received a fix that was pulled by me. Let’s hope they received the correct garments!

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Then, it was time to have a little fun trying on the clothes! We provided our honest feedback on the styles and fit of the garments and what common problems that we, as plus size women, face with clothing.

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Finally, we took the clothes to the streets of San Fran, looking cute every step of the way!

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Having worked with Stitch Fix in such an extensive way AND having received my very own fix of pre-selected clothing, I can genuinely say that they just get it. They understand the need for more clothing options and they have taken every step to ensure that their plus customers feel and look great. You can sign up here to receive your first fix!

*This post is a part of an ongoing partnership with Stitch Fix. All opinions are my own

Cold Shoulder

March 26, 2017

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You would have to be living under a rock to not have noticed the influx of the cold shoulder trend. With a small cutout in the shoulder area (hence the name), this style has become popular due to the ease it offers when transitioning from season to season. Just a small peak of skin allows some coverage while still being breathable for those in between temperatures.

I stumbled upon this cute black and white cold shoulder top while browsing online. It was a great blend of some of the top trends for Spring which are the cold shoulder, stripes and black and white. All of that in one top! And of course a mainstay for every Spring is a pop of color so a pink pump was the perfect accessory to complete this look!

Outfit details: 

Top: INC International Concepts | Skirt: ASOS | Shoes: BCBG (very similar here)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Prim & Printed

March 24, 2017

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Outfit details – Top: Melissa McCarthy | Skirt: Melissa McCarthy | Shoes: Jessica Simpson

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I have become fully immersed into Spring fashion (can you tell?). The bright colors, the prints, and the patterns have all melted this cold Winter heart of mine and transformed it into a delicate blossom. What has helped this transition to be so seamless is the plethora of clothing options that have become available. Spring trends have flooded the market and retailers such as HSN have made it easy to convert to the new season’s styles. With plus size offerings from brands like Melissa McCarthy, Vince Camuto and more, HSN’s huge selection encompasses garments for nearly any occasion. Aside from the great payment plan option that HSN offers, they also serve as a “one-stop shop” environment being able to not only purchase clothing but shoes and accessories as well.

Both of these looks that I’m wearing are from HSN and I’m displaying two prominent trends for Spring. The first is called “modern floral” which is a new, more muted take on traditional floral prints. Every year floral prints are listed as a top trend for Spring and I know everyone is rolling their eyes because of how cliche that sounds. However, designers are using floral prints in different and more subtle ways that give the appeal of the trend but not necessarily the literal display of it. The second trend is the “illusionist” which is centered around very graphic and eye catching designs. These are not for the shy or faint of heart and are designed to be seen. I love mixing in a bold print with more classic pieces to mellow it out a bit. It gives the best of both worlds.

Both looks display the fun and exuberant vibe of Spring style! Be sure to snag some of these items for yourself!

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Outfit details – Jacket: DG2 by Diane Gilman | Tank Top: IMAN | Pants: G by Guiliana

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

The Bright Side

March 19, 2017

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I know what you’re thinking. “Here she goes again with this color blocking.” And yes, you would be right but I just can’t help myself! With so many gorgeous and vibrant colors out there, it’s so difficult to stick to just one at a time. I don’t even know how that is possible at this point. So the color blocking will continue and we all will be better people for it (lol).

Pink and yellow, though daring, are one of those unlikely combinations that just seem to work. Both are bright colors that have major potential to clash. However when you add just a touch of one or the other, they end up complementing instead of competing. This is why style encompasses the complete head to toe look because small accents can really enhance your outfit. Accessories, pops of color and even textures make all the difference and can really transform outfits into individual style expressions.

So let’s all live on the bright side!

Outfit details:

Top: ASOS | Skirt: Land’s End (another option here)| Shoes: Nine West

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Spring Transition

March 17, 2017

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Temperatures are starting to rise which means that it’s time for Spring/Summer dresses! Now I know some of you may still be experiencing the cold of Winter but no need to fret. Warmer weather is ahead! In preparation for the upcoming season, you might as well start stocking your wardrobe with Spring items so that you are ready at the first sign of sunshine. What better way to do that than with a cute little body-con dress?

Olive is one of those colors that transcends seasons. Although it is seen more in the Fall/Winter months, it’s a great transition color and can easily take you from season to season. The reason for that is because it can be paired with a myriad of colors and can almost fill in as a neutral. I personally love the camel/olive combination as I have displayed here. It’s sleek yet casual and is the perfect complement to my skin tone.

Also, these are some of my favorite dresses to wear. I love garments with ruching because it always does a great job of slimming my midsection and creating a comfortable, breathable layer. This dress comes in many different colors from a classic LBD to fire-engine red. Be sure to snag yours here!

Outfit details:

Dress | Shoes | Clutch: Venus*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Color Play

March 12, 2017

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Plus size Spring Fashion Trend

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Color blocking is one of my favorite ways to dress. One of the reasons for that is because you can use the simplest of garments to create your look.  By either complementing or contrasting colors, you can combine pieces that are much greater together than they are by themselves. And the possibilities are endless! There are so many interesting and unexpected combinations that can arise from color blocking that make each outfit unique. You can take a more explicit approach of the trend as I did here or you can go the more subtle route by using accessories as your secondary color. Whichever way you prefer, the most important thing is to let the colors do the work. This coral and seafoam green are classic Spring hues and provided the perfect palette for the upcoming season.

Outfit details:

Jacket: JcPenney (wearing size 1x) | Tank Top: Old Navy | Jeans: Rachel Roy | Bag: Liz Claiborne

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Pina Colada

March 5, 2017

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Tis the season for fun prints! With the first day of Spring just a couple of weeks away, I’m already starting to incorporate warm weather prints into my wardrobe. Spring and Summer are the only seasons that you can wear pineapple print garments and it be completely acceptable so why not take full advantage?! While Winter is full of dark hues and tends to be a bit more serious, Spring allows you to let loose a bit and just have fun!

The laid back style of this button up blouse pairs well with these casual, distressed boyfriend jeans. To further bring out the pops of color on the top, matching yellow high heel sandals were the perfect touch. AND I had the perfect straw clutch to match the tropical theme of  look from Cameo De Bore!

ASOS has limited quantities of this top left so you can check it out here. BUT to get the same pineapple vibe, you can also check out this cute bodysuit from Forever 21. Link below!

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Outfit details:

Top: ASOS | Jeans: Similar here | Shoes: Sam Edelman

Photographer: Steve Suavemente