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TrendyCurvy Travels: Lake Tahoe

November 11, 2016

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A couple of weekends ago, I went on a little getaway to the beautiful Lake Tahoe. For those of you that unfamiliar with Lake Tahoe, it is the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada and the largest alpine lake in North America. In other words, it’s huge! It straddles the border of California and Nevada so much so that even in one day I went from state to state several times. I was in search of a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles city life and to be in the presence of serene nature. Many of you have asked about the details of my trip so here’s the low down.

Where I stayed

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Images courtesy of welkresorts.com

I stayed at the picturesque Northstar Lodge by Welk Resort in Truckee which is the neighboring city to Lake Tahoe. I did a room tour on Instagram and Snapchat so that you can all see the massive layout of the rooms at this lodge. I went with friends so we opted for the 3 bedroom lodge that was fit with 2 fireplaces and 3 bathrooms. It was immaculate!

What I did

Our resort was located at the north end of the lake. Since I was really in search of relaxation and nature, we decided to drive about 75% of the way to the south end, stopping at landmarks along the way. The lake is so big that driving from where we were at in the north to the southernmost point that we stopped at before turning around (which isn’t even the most southern point) takes about an hour. So there was plenty to see along the way as you drive along the lake’s coast.

Our first stop was called Crystal Bay Lookout. It had the most breathtaking views that I think I have probably ever seen. It is a bit of a hike to get to the top (about a mile or so) and trust me I thought about stopping along the way but it was so worth it!

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After coming back down the hill, we stopped at King’s Beach where you can see just how crystal clear the water actually is. Then after stopping in town and grabbing a bite to eat, we found this waterfall of the side of the road on our way to Emerald Bay Lookout. It was so beautiful! It’s something about being in the presence of nature that just bring me peace.

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So that was my trip! Pretty uneventful and quick but a great weekend escape.

NYC with Team Fit for Me

June 22, 2016

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Hey everyone! So I am still recovering from my recent trip to New York City and adjusting back into everyday life. And while I still haven’t unpacked, I wanted to give a complete recap of my week spent with team Fit for Me in the Big Apple. As you are probably already aware, I was selected to be a brand ambassador for Fit For Me which is a division of Fruit of the Loom that is specifically made for curves. Fit for Me by Fruit of the Loom sponsors Full Figured Fashion Week that is held annually in NYC and marked with events, fashion shows, workshops, etc. all week long. So needless to say, I was a busy girl! Here are all of the week’s events plus outfit details all wrapped into one!

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I landed in NYC at 5:45am and then darted off to my first event at 9:00am. Talk about a quick turnaround! Thanks to concealer and this beautifully colored dress set, I was ready to go. This outfit was perfect to kick off the week. It was vibrant and comfortable and hugged me in all the right places!

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With Madeline Jones, editor-in-chief of Plus Model Magazine.

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This event was curated by Denise Caldwell, celebrity stylist, and showcased how Fit for Me underwear and tanks can suit any outfit.

Outfit details: Dress & Duster: NY & Co. | Shoes: Vince Camuto

Day 2 (Happy birthday to me!)

I was fortunate enough to bring in my birthday in the great city of NYC! I felt so blessed to be able to partake in this amazing opportunity while celebrating another year of life. God is good! I celebrated by doing what any other tourist would do, by going to the Statue of Liberty. It was such a beautiful day with breathtaking views of the city.

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Upon returning to my hotel room, I was greeted with some flowers that my family sent me and champagne, a card and some of my favorite goodies from my boyfriend. I felt so loved! It was great to see everything on my window seal every time I returned to the room.

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Then it was time for the Curves at Sea boat cruise! This is one of the most highly anticipated events of the week. Everyone gets decked out in their all white outfits and heads to a Hornblower yacht that cruises around the harbor. My Fit for Me team and I were dressed to impress!

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Outfit details: Dress: Rachel Roy | Shoes: Calvin Klein | Choker: Aldo

Day 3

I started the day by attending the Celebrate My Size Expo where you could shop your favorite brands such as Fit for Me, Ashley Stewart, Lane Bryant and more as well as enjoy some light refreshments!

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Outfit details: Dress: ASOS | Belt: City Chic | Shoes: Vince Camuto

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I had a little downtime so I decided to go on over to Greenwich village for some banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery (so good!). Of course, still representing Fit for Me!

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Then I went out to an event and dinner with some fellow blogger boos in this super cute Adrianna Papell dress from Gwynnie Bee! Available for closeting soon!

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Day 5

Another gorgeous day in NYC called for a dress that was as bright as the sunshine! I absolutely love this color for the Summer and the fit wrapped around my every curve. I got to meet so many of my followers and the people that I follow and it was a such positive sisterhood of plus size women.

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With Project Runway winner, Ashley Nell Tipton

Outfit details: Dress: Rachel Roy (wearing a 2x)

Finally, I rounded out my NY trip by attending the highly anticipated runway showcase. Held in a beautiful ballroom and showcasing designers like Ashley Stewart, Cameo de Bore and of course Fit for Me, it was a must see event!

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And that’s a wrap! See you next time NYC!

Outfit details: Floral Waterfall Jacket & Pants Set: Simply Be | Crop Top: Forever 21+

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Picture Perfect with Walgreens

May 2, 2016

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Today I am reminiscing on a fun weekend spent in Palm Springs during weekend 1 of Coachella. I attended the POPSUGAR Cabana Club for the second year in a row, and let me tell you, this is one of my favorite events to attend. The party is marked with festival-style fashion and vibes and there are always great activities to partake in while there. Held at the beautiful Avalon Hotel, you can’t help but to capture pictures all over this venue. With the perfect setup of the DJ in the black and white cabana, picturesque pool right behind it and surprises in each of the villas, it was another amazing event.

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This year, Walgreens helped us picture fanatics feed our addictions by having a cute photo Airstream at the venue. I, of course, took full advantage, snapping photos left and right. The cool thing is that the photos printed out right then AND you could send them via email as well. At , you can do something similar by printing your photos out online, on the app or in store. With the ability to choose different sizes, quantities and other products like Canvas prints, wood panels and more your creativity can run wild and you can develop some really unique items from your memorable moments just as I have done below.

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Be sure to check out Walgreens Photo for your next printing needs. From prints to photo books to posters, calendars and more, you can really customize your moments in a creative way. Best part is that you can get 40% off with the coupon code: COACHPICS

Disclaimer: Coupon code COACHPICS valid for up to 5 uses per Walgreens.com/photo account or the Walgreens Mobile App thru May 31, 2016. Code must be entered at time of checkout to apply discount. Includes collage. Discount does not apply to previous purchases, taxes or shipping charges. Orders must be placed by logged-in customer by May 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to qualify. Timing will be determined by Walgreens server clock. Offers cannot be combined on one product. Multiple coupons can be used in one cart if no overlapping products exist in the offers being applied. Shipping costs may apply if in-store pickup is not available in your area. Offer not valid in store. Void where prohibited. No cash value. Subject to change without notice.

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This post was sponsored by Walgreens through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Walgreens, all opinions are my own.

Let’s Go Places: Palm Springs

April 22, 2016

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If you’ve been following me on social media, you know that I recently took a trip to Palm Springs during weekend 1 of Coachella. I absolutely love Palm Springs and have been going there since I was a child. It’s truly my home away from home and such a relaxing retreat. Palm Springs during festival season however, is on a whole new level. Boho style, festival fashion and day parties are what the streets of Palm Springs are marked with during these two weekends of the year. The whole vibe and energy of the city is palpable!

I was fortunate enough to ride to the festival mecca in style in this electric red 2016 Toyota Rav4. I am so in love with this car and it was the perfect vehicle for the desert terrain (not to mention it just so happened to match my outfit). With its spacious interior and sleek exterior, I was ready to take on the desert sun in style.

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Festival fashion is all about expressing yourself freely through your own personal style. It’s almost like you’re letting go of all the “rules” and just doing whatever makes you feel great. That’s what a car should be for you as well. Something that suits you the best and that makes you feel amazing driving it. So go out there and be free!

Thank you Toyota for the ride. Until the next location…

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post was in collaboration with Toyota. All opinions are my own

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook

March 20, 2016

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Hi everyone! I am so excited to present to you another plus size swimwear lookbook. If you have been following me a while now, you know that this is an annual feature that I have done on my blog for two years now (previous found here and here). Every year, I select some of my favorite styles of the season and style them to give you a little beach chic inspiration. Each time I try to make it bigger and better, offering different styles and different locations. For this time around, I decided to shoot the photos on my vacation to the Dominican Republic! I couldn’t resist the beautiful landscapes that served as the perfect backdrops for these suits. There are so many more options for plus size swimwear so I really wanted to tap into some new companies that you may not have heard of. When January hits, I am always excited at what new styles/colors/designs are being offered for plus size swimwear. We have come a LONG way and I’m so happy with the direction that it is going in. So without further adieu, here is my 2016 swimwear lookbook!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente | Hair: Gaudy Lockes

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I discovered La Blanca swim while browsing through Nordstrom’s website. I literally stopped in my tracks because not only did I love the high waist ruched design of these suits but the colors and print choices were stunning! I was even more excited when I received my shipment and was able to try the suits on. They fit like a glove and were even more vibrant in person than online. Adequate support, great design placement and flattering cuts made these some of my all time favorites.

Look 1: Red Island Goddess Suit | Necklace

Look 2: Printed Island Goddess Suit | Sunglasses

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I love to mix and match swimwear to create my own sets. I treat it just as I would clothes in styling them to make it my own. I fell in love with this ruffle top from Becca Etc. because of the color and style. It has an intricate design on the back that is super cute and unexpected. I decided to do a little color blocking with it by pairing the bright pink with neon green bottoms from ASOS. The two played off of each other perfectly, creating a fun and bright palette for the afternoon sun.

Details: Racerback Top

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I call Miraclesuit the spanx of swimwear because that’s exactly what they are. I mean, do you see my waist?! I wish that I could say that its naturally that way but I assure you, it is not. This brand’s claim to fame is that you can “look 10 pounds lighter in 10 seconds” and I think they certainly live up to that statement. The bathing suits are made of a super sturdy material and it also has a lining inside that keeps everything in place. Many women feel as though one pieces can be frumpy or not as cute as bikinis but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. This Oceanus suit accentuated my every curve and matched the beautiful Caribbean water.

Details: Off the Scales Oceanus Suit | Sunglasses

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And last but not least, I always have to include something from the GabiFresh x Swim Sexy line at Swimsuitsforall. Every year, Gabi pushes the envelope a little more, creating eye catching designs, interesting details and fabulous prints. This year was no exception. I was so excited to see that she was incorporating cover ups into the mix. I’m a huge advocate for them as I feel like they just add that extra element of chic to the whole look. This camouflage-esque print suit and matching caftan made me feel like I was the queen of the jungle.

Details: Tsarina Bikini | Tsarina Caftan

*These items were provided courtesy of the swimwear companies. All opinions are my own

TrendyCurvy Travels: The Dominican Republic

March 3, 2016

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If you’ve been following me on social media, you know that I recently took a much needed vacation to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Along with 10 of my friends, we traveled across the country and over the Atlantic Ocean to arrive at this beautiful Caribbean island. It was everything I expected it to be and more! Beautiful landscapes, delicious food, excellent customer service and amazing amenities. Here are the details on everything you need to know about my stay in Punta Cana.

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Cover up: Simply Be | Sunglasses: Sorella Boutique

I did extensive research on resorts before booking because I’m the type of person that wants to know all of the details so that there are no surprises. If you are not familiar with Oyster.com, I highly recommend you use this site as a reference before booking your next vacay. They offer an unbiased, informative review of different resorts and provide plenty of real photos so that you can see what the resort really looks like. I decided on the Paradisus Punta Cana, which is an all inclusive resort located in the Bavaro area. The picturesque photos of this sprawling resort with bungalow style buildings, palm tree lined pathways and cabana hut beach umbrellas is what initially caught my eye. I wanted absolute paradise and this resort offered exactly what I was looking for. The grounds are even more beautiful than the pictures. With real flamingos and lavender vanilla scents as you walk through the front lobby and incense burning throughout the property, I experienced this resort with all of my senses.

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The rooms were modern and spacious. We opted to pay a premium to get what they call the “Royal Service” which is an adults-only feature of the resort that includes bungalows that are close to the beach, a private lounge, adults-only pool, adults-only section on the beach and (wait for it) your own personal butler. Yes you heard me right. I had a butler at my beacon call for the entirety of my stay. Our butler made our dinner reservations for us, made our accommodations for transportation and provided us with everything else that we needed. The Royal Service also offered garden villa suites with your own private cabana area in your backyard.

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The adults-only pool area and beach sections were my favorite. The cabana areas were amazing for a relaxing day with drink in one hand and magazine in the other. Plush seating, spacious cabanas and prompt service made this the ultimate recipe for vacation mode.

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Finally, I organized a private boat tour for the group which turned out to be the highlight of the trip. The boat company that we used was called La Barcaza. I highly recommend booking with them if you go with a group of people to the DR. They offer various packages that can include food, a DJ, decor, etc. based on your group’s needs. They provide transportation to and from your resort and are extremely professional and easy to work with. The boat was immaculate! It was two stories with the bottom level shaded by a white canopy and a wooden table set up for us to eat. The top level was open with plush half moon white seating to bask in the Caribbean sun.

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Swimsuit: Lane Bryant | Wrap: Simply Be

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We got the premium package that included an open bar, snacks such as fruit and little sandwiches as well as a full lunch with lobster tail, chicken skewers, fish, plantains and french fries. Everything tasted amazing and fresh! We also got the DJ for the full duration of the 4 hour cruise which was a major key (DJ Khaled voice)! He truly made the experience that much more fun. He needed no direction from us, spinning current radio hits from Beyonce, Rihanna and the like, taking it back to the 90s with classic summer anthems and even mixing in some reggae. We NEVER stopped dancing. The tour also included snorkeling and a trip to the “natural pool” which is 4 feet deep water that is miles away from the shore.

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Cheers to an amazing trip! Until next time!

San Francisco with Catherines

February 12, 2016

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If you’ve been following me on social media, you are already aware that I recently took a trip up to San Francisco with Catherines Plus Sizes. I’ve done posts with Catherines before, being their November Style Ambassador and hosting an in-store event for their denim debut. This time, we took it up a notch traveling to iconic San Fran with two other blogger babes, Sometimes Glam & Lovely in LA, to capture stylish looks with the picturesque landscapes of the city as our backdrop.

The day started bright and early at 6am with full hair and makeup. With one hand on Beyonce radio and the other on breakfast, I was watching the sun rise while getting primped and primed for the day ahead. If only all of my mornings could begin like this! After getting my glam on, the girls and I headed out. With the talented Lydia Hudgens as our photographer and Kellie B of And I Get Dressed as our leader, we were ready to go!

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Our first stop was Chinatown! The red lanterns in this part of the city are so vibrant and classic. They went perfectly with our casual looks strolling down the city streets. I love how these group shots capture the essence of exactly what these looks exude which is a fun, colorful and free-spirited attitude.

Outfit details: Bohemian Topper | Tank Top | True Stretch Jeans (my faves)

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