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The New Nude

March 3, 2017

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Aside from fashion, I often touch on undergarments and the importance they serve when speaking about the fit of your garments. Now, I get to discuss undergarments in a slightly different way that not only touches on the functionality of them but the style as well. I’m talking about the New Nakeds Collection from ThirdLove! What makes this collection so special is that it comes in a range of five shades that are designed to compliment your skin tone (and yes, that means us too women of color!).  Everyone’s “nude” is not the same. We come in a variety of different shades and colors even though often times we only see one standard beige nude. The last time I checked, I wasn’t beige (lol). So ThirdLove answered the cry of the non-beige people and formulated this line in a myriad of different styles for every woman. Two years in the making, the New Nakeds Collection comes in their most popular styles including t-shirt, push up and full coverage. This also includes panties!

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It’s something about a great bra and panty set that just changes your attitude for the better. These do just that. In addition, you can also coordinate the different shades with your looks. I paired my New Naked Bra with this mesh sheer top that I had in my wardrobe. Normally, I would have to go with a black bra underneath but I was able to go with a bra that was closer to my skin tone that really helped to blend in with the top.

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The great thing about these shades is that you can really play with them when it comes to coordinating outfits. Personally, my natural skin tone is closest to Naked 4, but I’m wearing Naked 3 as the base of this look. I can go lighter or darker depending on the outfit I am putting together.

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Now you can find your perfect fit in a shade that complements your skin tone AND try it for free for 30 days. For a limited time, my readers can try the New Nakeds free for 30 days — just go here for this offer!”

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Stitch Fix Plus Launch

February 27, 2017

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It’s here! It’s finally here and finally I can tell you guys what I’ve been up to. So if you’ve been following me on social media, you would have seen that I’ve taken a couple of trips up to San Francisco in the last few months. I’ve been somewhat vague about what was going on because it was kind of a secret what I was working on (even though I hinted at it). Well now, I can shout from the mountain tops that I, along with fellow bloggers Allison of Curvy Girl Chic and Alexandra of Learning to be Fearless were commissioned to be a part of a “Curvy Style Council” for company called Stitch Fix.

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So I know you’re probably thinking “what does that mean?” Ok, let me break it down. Stitch Fix is an online styling service that began in 2011. How it works is that you fill out an online profile where you are asked questions about your style preferences, likes, dislikes, body shape, budgetary restrictions, etc. This is to gather as much information as possible so that you can be sent your “fix”. After you have signed up and completed the profile, your information is sent over to a team of stylist that, based on the data, put together outfits for you from their huge range of apparel options. Then the box or “fix” is sent to you to try on! You can send back what you don’t like and keep what you do. It’s that simple! Imagine having a trained stylist pick out outfits for you so you don’t even have to think about what to wear?!

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Now, Stitch Fix has launched plus size and this amazing service is available for sizes 14W – 24W. The huge variety of clothing is mind blowing! With brands including City Chic, Eloquii, Kiyonna, Junarose, Slink Jeans, Universal Standard and many more, there is truly something for every woman for any occasion.

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Allison, Alexandra and I as Curvy Council members were consultants for the launch which means that we provided our feedback on what we would like to see. This includes everything from trying on clothing to give our opinion on the fit and styles, discussing size charts and body shapes and going over imagery. This was an intensive process! At the end, we had a fun photo shoot where I got to pretend to be a model for the day!

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I have not felt this excited for a plus size launch in a very long time because I know firsthand the work that went into making this the best service possible for plus size women. Stitch Fix did not just go into plus sizes blindly but they really invested time, money, and resources to ensure that the plus community knew that they were dedicated to making them feel great. And for that I support them wholeheartedly and I encourage you to support them as well in trying out the service. It’s TrendyCurvy approved! You can sign up here!

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This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Stitch Fix. All opinions are my own!

Everyday Wear

February 26, 2017

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My goal for TrendyCurvy has always been to wear outfits that any woman no matter what shape, size, etc. can incorporate into their everyday lives. Although I like to add in some looks that are a little more glamorous than the average, the core of what I hope to be is a resource for everyday outfit inspiration. The essence of that is putting together looks that are simple and easy yet still stylish and cute. I think this is one of those outfits because it includes some core staples that I think is common in most wardrobes.

A striped tee is as versatile as a white t-shirt, in my opinion, because it can serve as the base of many looks. It’s also a great print to add a pop of color to. Pairing that with a black vest adds a chic element to an otherwise very casual top. Skinny jeans are always my go-to especially Old Navy’s Rockstar brand which is one of my favorite pairs. Complete with black strappy sandals, this is a great everyday look for any occasion.

Outfit details:

Top: Old Navy (Similar here) | Vest: Similar here | Jeans: Old Navy | Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Cooking in Style

February 23, 2017

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I’m serving it up in the kitchen (literally and figuratively)! I recently had the opportunity to try out Blue Apron which is a food delivery service and I am so excited to tell you guys about it. I’ve never tried out a service like this before but now having experienced it, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to go back to the way things were before. The picture above shows the end result so let me break it down how I got to that point.

First you sign up for the service which is really easy to do. During the sign-up process, you can choose between a 2-person plan or a family plan and you will receive 1 box per week that includes 3 meals. You can customize your boxes by including your dietary restrictions or preferences and you can see in advance what meals you will be receiving. If there is something that you don’t like, you can simply swap it out for something else. There are a ton of recipes to choose from! After you’ve made your selections, it’s time to get your box! (which is recyclable by the way!)

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Imagine receiving all of the ingredients that you need for 3 meals perfectly portioned out so that all you have to do is cook it?! For someone that is always on the go, this was such a huge convenience for me. Sometimes cooking can seem like a chore (am I right?) but I was genuinely excited to cook. Complete with cards that give step by step instructions on how to prepare the meals, I was ready to go!

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So what’s on the menu? Well I’m glad you asked! I’m making Cajun Catfish and Spiced Rice served with sautéed mushrooms and collard greens. As soon as I saw this meal on the plan I said sign me up! I followed each step carefully to make sure that it came out as pretty as the picture and (spoiler alert) it tasted amazing!

First I chopped all the veggies…

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Then I got to cooking (and signing to music playing in the background)!

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Now it’s time to plate!

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Just look at this meal! Colorful, appetizing and oh so pretty.

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At this point, I did what anybody else would do after cooking dinner…I posed for pictures! In all honesty, I do not normally cook in a cute little dress and heels (even though I’m sure you’re thinking that, right? lol). However, I wanted to have a special date night complete with a great dress and a delicious gourmet meal thanks to the help of Blue Apron!

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I highly encourage you to give Blue Apron a try. You will not be disappointed. The first 25 readers will get three free meals on their first Blue Apron order! Just click here to get started!

You can check out what Blue Apron is all about here and how beyond the convenience that they provide their customers, they are really dedicated to providing healthy, fresh ingredients, supporting farmers, and eliminating food waste to replenish our natural resources.

Dress details: ASOS

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post was sponsored by Blue Apron. All opinions are my own

Hair Update: Living Proof

February 21, 2017

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Hey guys! So if you will remember, about 2 weeks ago I started a hair trial using Living Proof products. To refresh your memory, you can check to post out here. I was looking for a solution that would keep my hair shiny and vibrant so that I could stay camera ready for all of my blog pictures. I used the complete system of the Restore line including their all new Restore Perfecting Spray. The Perfecting Spray is to be used after you’ve washed & conditioned your hair (while still wet) and is the final touch to strengthen, smooth and provide body to your tresses. Just spray on from root to tip and comb through with no tangles!

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So I gave it a try and tested these products out for two weeks and I must say that I love it! This is me after I’ve already used the products a few times so that’s why I have a smile on my face. :)

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The first thing that I noticed was the smell. It smells heavenly! I probably overdid it on my first use because I didn’t want the smell to go away (haha).

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I use a lot of heat products when I’m styling my hair. Most of the time I do not have the luxury of letting it air dry because I am always in a hurry so I have to blow dry it. Then I follow that up with a hot comb (women of color definitely know this step) to get my roots straight and smooth. Then I style it with either a straightener or a curling iron depending on which way I choose to do my hair. In summary, that’s a lot of heat and heat can damage your ends and leave them feeling dry (not cute).

I can honestly say that I saw a difference very early on. When blow drying my hair, it felt so soft already and by the time that I got to curling it, I knew for sure that this product was working. The Restore Perfecting Spray uses “a blend of a cationic detangler and a slip-enhancing polymer” that when combined, provide easier detangling. The formula also includes UV and thermal protection and is sulfate-free, silicone free, oil-free and safe for color and chemically treated hair. I’d say that covers it all!

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I would highly encourage anyone to give these products a try. You can get the Restore Perfecting Spray here and the full line of Restore products here. It will be in my regular hair care routine and I’m excited to have found new products that work. Thank you Living Proof!

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*This post was sponsored by Living Proof. All opinions are my own

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Striped Right

February 19, 2017

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How many times have you heard that plus size women shouldn’t wear stripes? It’s usually one of the first fashion “dont’s” that arise when it comes to dressing a plus size frame.  The theory is that stripes make you look wider, especially horizontal stripes because of the nature of the design. We all know that this is a myth and that plus size women can wear stripes just like anyone else. What I always say is that there really aren’t any fashion “dont’s”, there are only opportunities to make those trends or styles work for you.

So I decided to be living proof of turning a “don’t” into a “do” by rocking this multicolored striped skirt from Rachel Roy. I love the mixture of Winter and Spring colors in the skirt that will come in handy for the upcoming Spring season. Since the stripes are the highlight of this look, I paired it with a simple off the shoulder top and my fave nude pumps creating a cute, chic look (if I do say so myself).

So to all of the people out there that put limits on our style, its time to fall in line!

Outfit details:

Top: Similar here | Skirt: Rachel Roy | Shoes: Nine West (Similar here) | Clutch: INC International Concepts

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Spring Fling

February 14, 2017

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Spring is just on the horizon which means warmer weather, brighter colors and longer days are ahead! Although Fall/Winter are my favorites for fashion, I also love the blooming of the Springtime. It is a breath of fresh air to shed the heavy layers in exchange for lighter, cooler color palettes. And since its Valentine’s Day, it’s only right to call this post Spring Fling! Just for a moment we are going to forget that we are still in Winter and have a brief fling with Spring.

Old Navy has been one of my favorite denim brands for quite some time now particularly their Rockstar line. In anticipation of the upcoming season, they have fun, colored denim in their Rockstar line that are the perfect pop of color. With shades from Tattle Teal (which I’m wearing) to Strawberry Dust, you can put together an outfit that is unique and stylish. Pair it with a crisp white blouse as I did, a chambray top or just a simple t-shirt to create a look that will leave you head over heels!

Outfit details:

Top | Pants (wearing size 18). Size 22+ here | Bag (Similar here) | Shoes: Coach (old)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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