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The Perfect Fit

June 17, 2018

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Undergarments are the most essential components to any outfit. They provide the foundation needed to be able to wear garments correctly and that fit well. Bras in particular are probably the most important element because of how much they are needed for ample support. For someone that has a large bust such as myself, it can be a challenge trying to find a great bra that not only fits well but is also comfortable to wear.

I recently came in contact with a company called ThirdLove. They are an undergarment brand that prides themselves on the fit of their bras. Concentrating on every detail and design of their bras, they provide a confident stance that their bras are “obsessively comfortable”. The best part about all this is that they were informing me that they are now introducing 24 new sizes with cup sizes all the way up to an H cup! Needless to say, I was anxious to try.

I was sent three of the Perfect Coverage Bras to try and see how they fit. The first thing that I noticed and absolutely loved was that the bras were brown girl friendly, meaning that they come in nude colors to match our skin tones. I appreciate when brands have a commitment to inclusion and factor in the diversity of their customers. I also took note of how soft the material is which is essential for maximum comfort.

So let’s get to the most important part: how does it fit? One word sums it up and that is AMAZING. Everything that they claim the bra to be, it is. It’s supportive, beautifully designed and so light that you barely feel it. It is such a great everyday bra that can be worn with just about anything. I would not steer you wrong nor make such proclamations if I did not truly believe in this product. I know personally the problems of straps digging into your shoulders, wires poking and just an overall uncomfortable bra. I’m happy to share more options with you and really a solution to getting great support. Shop their full selection of Perfect Coverage Bras.

Outfit details:

Top: INC International Concepts (similar. Same style, I just tied it in the front) | Jeans: Celebrity Pink (same style, different wash & distressing) | Shoes (old from Coach)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Express Freely

June 13, 2018

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I’m super excited to share with you all that Express now has extended sizes! I’m always happy when I can share new clothing options for us plus size girls. Express now carries sizes 00-18 and the best part is, it will be available online as well as in stores. It’s always great when brands not only see the value of extended sizing but also the importance of being able to shop in store. I’ve become accustomed to shopping online but there is nothing like being able to try clothes on before you buy them (a luxury that we are not often afforded).

Since I am fairly new shopper with Express, I ordered a good amount of clothing to test things out. I ordered various tops, dress, skirts, etc. so that I can get a good feel of how their line will fit me. Not all sizing is consistent across brands so I wanted to have a good sample size to then be able to share an accurate assessment. I’m happy to report that the fit on almost of the items was great. There was only one dress that was tight in the bust area but that is a problem I face with even plus size brands. I found that their selection was a good mixture of day to night looks as well as basics and everyday essentials. I’ve listed some of my favorites below. I also really appreciated that they have started to integrate plus size models into their website so that we can better assess how the clothes will fit us.

This was one of my favorite looks from my order. I love anything that has ruching in it because I feel like it is so flattering to my frame. I also like the asymmetrical hem and drawstring feature on the skirt. It’s a little shorter than I normally wear but the weather has been heating up here in Los Angeles lately so I know that I will get good wear out of it. Believe or not, this white tee is one of my most liked items from the order as well. I know it is completely basic but it can be difficult to find great basics. The material is super soft and is one of those garments that you can wear with anything. I finished the look off with a faux suede bag also from the line and matching booties that I already owned.

Stay tuned for many more looks from Express! Also, a as special offer to you all, you can get $25 off every $100 you spend in-store and online with code: 4285. The offer expires 9/30 and you can view the Terms & Conditions.

Outfit details:

Top | Skirt (wearing size XL) | Purse | Shoes

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Make A Statement

June 10, 2018

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Plus Size Spring Colorful OutfitOrange Colorblock Spring FashionColorful Spring Californian StyleCelebrity Pink Ripped Girlfriend JeansRachel Roy Orange Crop TopSugarfix by BaubleBar Turquoise Tassel EarringsOrange Block Heel Sandals

One of my favorite spring colors to wear lately has been orange. I’ve just been gravitating to all variations of it from earthy burnt orange to deep red-orange tones. It’s just one of those colors that is so vibrant and beautifully complimentary to my skin tone.¬† So when I saw this top from Rachel Roy, I headed straight towards the check out line. Because the color is such a show-stopper, you really don’t need to add much else to it to create your look. However, I wanted to have a little fun and decided to color block it (my favorite thing to do) but with accessories. These turquoise tassel earrings were the perfect pop of color to break up the orange of the top and shoes. Statement earrings are a great way to add some pizzazz to your outfit with very little effort. The details are where the magic happens!

Outfit details:

Top: Rachel Roy (see fit noted below) | Jeans: Celebrity Pink (same style, different wash & distressing. Charleston wash the closest) | Sandals: Kendall + Kylie (Similar) | Earrings: SUGARFIX by Baublebar (similar)

*Fit Notes: I’m wearing a size large in straight sizes¬†which is why it fits me more like a crop top. It also comes in plus sizes where it fits more like a regular top as opposed to a crop top

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

TrendyCurvy Travels: Cabo San Lucas

June 8, 2018

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I recently went on vacation to beautiful Cabo, Mexico and had the most amazing time. I had never been to Cabo and didn’t realize how close it was to California, particularly Los Angeles. It is only a 2 hour plane ride from LAX! So I thought to myself, “in the same amount of time that it takes to drive to San Diego, I could be in a blissful paradise?” Sign me up!

The whole reason for the trip was to celebrate my mother’s 60th birthday (of whom no one believes that she’s 60 but I promise she is). My family and I had not taken a vacation together in quite some time so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. We were just missing my older brother who just had a baby girl a few months ago and had to work (oh responsibilities). I, like always, took the lead on researching places to stay and I found the perfect resort for us. Continue reading below to hear all the details about our trip.

Here’s a picture of my mother (middle), sister (right) and I during one of the many beautiful sunsets. See below for our outfit details.

Green Dress (old). Another option here | Purple Ruffle Top, Skirt (old) | Red Floral Dress (from ASOS but sold out). Similar here | Hat: JcPenney (similar)

I’m so glad that I get to inherit these genes from my mom!

Where we stayed

There are so many resorts in Cabo, Mexico that it can become overwhelming trying to find the right one for you. I felt like I was searching for weeks trying to figure out what area to stay in, the amenities, the rooms, the activities, etc. but I was determined.

One thing that helped to narrow down my search is that we wanted to stay at an all-inclusive. My parents had never experienced the all-inclusive life and my sister and I just knew that they would love it as much as we did our first time. There were many viable candidates that were not all-inclusive though that were so tempting, namely a resort called Cabo Azul. The room rates are very economical and the resort is so luxurious. We debated which route to take and ultimately we felt that we should stick with our first instinct which was an all-inclusive and I’m so glad that we did.

So the resort that we chose is called the Paradisus Los Cabos. The pictures really do not do this place justice. It is absolutely breathtaking from the minute you pull up to the open air lobby. Paradisus Los Cabos is in the San Jose Del Cabo area. There are two main towns that you can stay in: San Jose Del Cabo & Cabo San Lucas. From what I gathered in my research, Cabo San Lucas is where all the action is. The bars, clubs, restaurants, etc. are all in that area and closer to the famous Arch. I also found that the hotels are a bit smaller and not as grand (size wise) as I would have liked. San Jose del Cabo is further up the coast but only about 15-20 away from Cabo, Mexico and seemed to fit our vibe of just wanting to relax and be pampered.

We opted to splurge a bit to get what is called Royal Service. There are several amenities included in this. The first is that you have rooms in the adults only section of the resort along with an adults only pool and a restaurant that is exclusively for Royal Service guests. The rooms are the closest to the beach and have the best views. Plus the Royal Service rooms are the only ones with swim up pools which was my favorite part. It also comes with an on-call butler 24 hours a day that can make dinner reservations for you, organize activities and excursions and in our case help to plan special occasions like birthdays. They give you a “butler phone” and everything and they answer every time.

Ultimate relaxation to me means not having to think about anything. I never had to figure out what to eat or where to eat, never had to take out my wallet (only to give a tip if I was so compelled to do so) and just never had to lift a finger for anything. Our butler even brought meals and drinks to our swim up pool so that we wouldn’t have to get out for the whole day. Talk about being spoiled!

Click “Continue Reading” to see the rooms and to hear more about my trip!

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