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Cape-able

November 5, 2017

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Today I’m letting you guys in on an easy styling trick that is without a doubt fool proof. I do this every Fall/Winter with different garments and it never fails to look great. It works for all body types and best of all, it can have you out of the house in less than 10 minutes.  All you have to do is take a cape/poncho like the one I’m wearing or even a blanket scarf, wrap it around your body so that it hangs evenly on both sides, cinch it with a belt and voila! Instant chic!

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when creating your own looks. The first is to choose a cape or scarf that has a symmetrical pattern. I find that this helps to make it look more purposeful almost like the top is an actual garment not one that you created. Then choose an elastic belt that has a cute buckle to complete the look. This not only helps to create a waist but it also adds a stylish element. I went with simple skinny jeans, nude pumps and a brown bag to finish out the rest of the outfit. And you all know how much I love my Fall hats! It went perfectly with this color palette and I just love the result.

Shop the links below so that you can be poncho chic!

Outfit details:

Hat: Forever 21 | Cape: Anne Klein | Belt: INC International Concepts | Jeans: Style & Co. (similar) | Purse: Michael Kors | Shoes: Nine West

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Fall Essentials

October 29, 2017

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How could you not love a leopard clutch and matching pumps? I have had these two accessories for a couple of seasons now and every Fall they make a reappearance in my looks in some new way. That just goes to show you how classic and timeless they are. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, leopard print is really a neutral. Although unconventional, it can go with so many different garments making it more versatile than you may think. And Fall is the perfect time of year to take advantage of this iconic style.

So moving on to the next key item of this look which is the faux suede moto jacket. Last Fall, I was all about the leather moto jackets as being the go-to outerwear piece of the season. This time around, I am all about suede (well faux suede in particular)! There are many factors that contributed to me loving suede more over leather. The first is the variety! Suede comes in so many more colors beyond just the earth tones that we are used to seeing. For instance, this jacket that I have on comes in wine, blush, red and navy. The second is the comfort. Some leather jackets are a bit stiff and hard to move in. With suede, there is always an element of stretch making it much easier to wear.

Be sure to snag your suede moto jacket to rock this season! Tag me in your looks on Instagram!

Outfit details:

Moto Jacket: Macy’s | Tank Top: Old Navy | Jeans: Celebrity Pink | Clutch: Sole Society | Pumps: Ann Taylor (similar) & INC International Concepts (similar)

Fit notes: Wearing a size XL in the jacket. Fits well but I’m unable to zip it closed. I hardly ever wear my jackets closed but if I did, I would size up to an XXL. Wearing a size 18W in the jeans and they have a great amount of stretch

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Rachel Roy Curvy Curated Sale

October 22, 2017

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Hi my loves! If you have been following me for a while, you know that I have been a huge fan of Rachel Roy for quite some time now. Before the Rachel Roy curvy line even existed, I was squeezing into any and all garments that I could because I thought she had such a great eye for design. Now that there are extended sizes, we have developed a close relationship that has fostered opportunities such as this.

During my recent trip to New York, I met with the team and we came up with this curated sale. What is a curated sale? I’m glad you asked! I have hand selected some of my favorite items from the upcoming line and those items will be available for purchase at 20% off retail price. These are items that aren’t even available at retail stores yet and you not only have first dibs at them but you will also be able to get them at a discounted price! I’m doing a resounding ‘yassssssssss‘ on your behalf.

Here are some of the looks that will be available for purchase. There are 10 looks in total so you’ll have to stay tuned for the launch to see the other styles. All garments are from Rachel Roy not including the accessories (shoes, purses, etc.). I’ve listed the details below so MARK YOUR CALENDARS.

When: Friday, October 27

Time: 11am PST / 1pm CT / 2pm EST

LINK TO THE SALE WILL BE PROVIDED THE DAY OF THE LAUNCH

The sale is open to US residents only and will be for 24 hours only! There will be limited quantities available so you don’t want to miss out.

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

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