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Full Spectrum

June 3, 2018

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I’m currently vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with my family so since vacay mode is in full effect, so is my wardrobe. The one thing that I make sure to pack when I’m going to tropical places is lots of color! I probably go a little overboard but it is the perfect opportunity to do so. Bright colors, prints, fun accessories and more are all what I think of when it comes to vacation style. Plus, I love to mix in beachwear with my normal clothing as well. It creates very easy, versatile looks that can take you from the pool to lunch and back to the pool. This top is actually a swimwear cover up item that I paired with a skirt instead. I could use this top in a myriad of different ways which helps to free up some luggage space (much needed in my case)!

So back to relaxing I go! Follow my Instagram stories to follow along on my trip!

Outfit details:

Top: Swimsuitsforall | Skirt: Forever 21 | Shoes: Similar here and here

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook 2018

May 27, 2018

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If you have been following my blog for a while now, you know that every year I post a swimwear look book showcasing some of my favorite styles of the season. Well, it’s that time of year again and I’m so excited to share these amazing suits with you. My recent trip to Key West wasn’t just about vacationing but it was also to capture this look book in a beautiful and tropical setting. Each year, plus size swimwear gets better and better and I’m always excited to feature new styles and designs. For me in particular, it is difficult finding great fitting swimwear not only because I’m plus size but also because I am busty. Not all plus size suits fit my chest area so I am always delighted when I can find brands that give me the support that I need. So without further adieu, here’s my 2018 swimwear look book!

As many of you know, Elomi has quickly become one of my favorite brands for bras so imagine my complete excitement when I found out that they were also making swimwear! This top is one of the best swimwear tops that I have ever owned. It has the same great support as the bras in this cute, geometric design.

Swimwear details – Elomi is a UK brand that is sold at various retailers in the US. Their cup sizes range from a DD – HH and this exact top can be found here. (Sizing note: just order whatever your normal bra size is. Once you click on the size, a caption will come up that says whatever size you selected is the equivalent to a different US size but disregard. They just have a different system for sizing. For reference, I wear a 38H in bras and I ordered and am wearing a 38H in this swim top)

Another alternative top can be found here

Bottoms found here. (Sizing note: The sizes in the drop down menu are UK sizes and that runs 2 sizes larger than US sizing. I’m wearing a US 16 which means that the equivalent to a UK 20. So I would select 20 from the drop down menu. Also note that their sizing is generous. I typically wear a US 18 in bottoms and for swimwear bottoms, often order a US 20. For instance, I wear a US 20 in all Swimsuitsforall bottoms so I would say size down.)

Click “continue reading” to get details on this suit and to see the rest of the look book!

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Crochet Chic

May 25, 2018

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You know that Summer is just on the horizon when you start to see crochet garments and I, for one, do not have one complaint about it. There are so many things about I love about this outfit. The first and probably the most obvious is the color. This luscious green is absolutely stunning in person and is a perfect Spring/Summer color. I also love the fact that this a 2-piece matching set. For one, it takes all of the guessing work out of how to style the pieces and is an outfit in and of itself. The top fits on me like a bit of a crop top however you could easily size up if you would prefer it to cover your midsection completely. The skirt is probably my favorite part of the whole outfit. The design is so chic and eye-catching. Not to mention it is so well made and fits like a glove. I love the beige slip underneath that adds a hint of color to an otherwise monochromatic set. It also helps to make the design pop even more.

If you didn’t think that you needed anything crochet in your wardrobe, now you know that you do! With this set, you can mix and match to create your own looks or simply wear them together as I’ve done. Either way, these are great pieces to have for the warm weather ahead. New York & Company has tons of great new arrivals for the season. With designer collaborations from Eva Mendes of whom I’m wearing to Gabrielle Union, there is something for every girl and every occasion.

Outfit details:

Top | Skirt: Eva Mendes for New York & Company (wearing XL in both)

*This post is sponsored by New York & Company. All opinions are my own

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Spring Maxi

May 21, 2018

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It’s maxi dress season and it’s one of my favorite times of the year! Maxi dresses are the ultimate Spring/Summer go to. Not to mention that are super easy and comfortable to wear. Whenever I’m going out of town to somewhere warm, they are the first thing that I think about it to pack. While on vacation, you just want no fuss fashion, am I right? But even if I am home, maxis are perfect for weekend brunch with friends or really any casual weekend activity.

This particular maxi dress was a find that I got from thredUP. If by chance you are not familiar with the company, thredUP is an online consignment and thrift store where you can purchase lightly worn, secondhand clothing at a fraction of the retail price. They have a huge selection of everything from clothing to accessories to shoes so you are sure to find something you love. I have personally loved shopping their site because they have so many great pieces and even better deals. I love a good bargain (you can thank my mother for that)!

In fact, this entire look is from thredUP. The dress, the straw bag AND the sandals I purchased from them. In addition to Summer garments, I have been looking for great accessories as well such as this straw bag which is a season’s must-have! Then I loved these fun, multicolored sandals for vacay style. Here’s the breakdown of what I saved.

Dress:

Retail Price – $48

thredUP Price – $38.99

 

Bag:

Retail Price – $60

thredUP Price – $27.99

 

Sandals:

Retail Price – $39

thredUP Price – $27.99

That means I got everything for under $100! Lastly, I love how versatile these items are. I can wear them with so many different outfits and they will be perfect for my upcoming vacations.

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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