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New Brand: Ryllace!

October 29, 2019

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One of the most exciting things about blogging in the plus size space is that new brands are always emerging. Whether it’s a brand that we have all known that is now expanding into plus size or a completely new company altogether, I have the privilege of getting the inside scoop. And of course, the first thing that I do is tell you all about it because new places to shop is always a good thing. So today I’m happy to introduce you to a new luxury plus size brand called Ryllace.

Ryllace is a brand that ranges from a size 14 to 24. They really pride themselves on offering quality fabrics that fit perfectly. I had the pleasure of styling their cashmere cocoon sweater, three ways as you see in this post. I really wanted to showcase the versatility of this garment because it can be worn so many different ways. You can never go wrong with a sleek LBD and this one from the brand paired perfectly with the light grey of the sweater. With some added accessories, this look is ready for a fun dinner date.

This second look is what I liked to call “weekend chic”. A great pair of jeans is a wardrobe must-have, especially during this time of the year. Combining this denim with the cocoon sweater was a no-brainer and it really amplifies casual style.

Lastly, this third look is the brunch with friends look. It’s colorful, comfortable and cozy – the three “c” adjectives that I love the most. Adding a pop of color is just what you need while sipping on mimosas and catching up with your girls.

If you have never felt 100% cashmere, you are missing out one of the softest, comfiest materials on earth. And while cashmere is considered a premium material that puts it in the luxury price category, it is always great to have options! As plus size women, that is something that is missing in our sector of clothing and I, for one, am excited when both high- and low-end brands emerge onto the scene.

Aside from their buttery cashmere though, Ryllace has a really good mix of items ranging in price as low as $48. I really love the simplistic yet chic essence that their brand exudes. I am constantly looking for items that fit well because it allows you to wear fairly basic garments in a very elevated way. When you combine great fabrics with great fit, you are sure to look put together and polished!

Be sure to check out all Ryllace’s full selection of clothing including the items that I’m wearing!

Outfit 1: Cocoon SweaterRuched Dress

Outfit 2: Cocoon Sweater | Vigoss Jeans

Outfit 3: Cocoon Sweater | Midi Dress

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Ring it Up

October 27, 2019

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Let me tell you, it is such a great feeling to do a Sunday blog post where I’m wearing my own design. Pinch me! I’m still in shock that I actually have my own clothing line. This is such a full circle moment and I am just taking it all in. 

One thing that I love about the KIN by Kristine pieces is that they fit in seamlessly into my wardrobe. That’s partly because I designed them of course, but they really are garments that you can get a lot of wear out of. I really kept the plus size body in mind so the ruched overlay on this skirt is meant to flatter and accentuate. By doing that, it also adds a unique element that gives it that extra special touch. And it wouldn’t be me if it didn’t come in some vibrant colors like this burgundy.

So, the way that I decided to style this look today was with a sleek moto jacket and lace up heels. It’s still really warm in Los Angeles so an off the shoulder jacket has been my go-to. Also, the shoes I already had in my closet and they matched the skirt perfectly (I love when that happens!)

Be sure to check out the outfit details below!

Outfit Details:

Jacket: Old Navy (similar) | Tank: Macy’s (similar) | Skirt: KIN by Kristine | Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (old)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

KIN by Kristine

October 20, 2019

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Whew! It has been an emotional couple of days to say the least. I first have to thank each and every one of you for the outpouring of love and support in the announcement of my new clothing line. I am overwhelmed and so grateful. I have been working on this for a long time and the road has been filled with many bumps and detour signs. There was a point in time where I questioned if I could even make this happen but I kept going anyway. So, to see it actually becoming a reality is an amazing feeling.

I wanted to give you a better look at the styles that will be available for purchase on Friday at KINbyKristine.com. I also wanted to do a little Q & A to answer some of the questions that you may have.

Q: How many styles will be available to shop?

A: There are 7 different styles to start, some coming in different colors. It’s a small start but trust me, there is more to come!

 

Q: Will you be shipping worldwide?

A: We are currently working on shipping to as many countries as possible! We will have more information on the full list of countries in the coming week

Q: What was your inspiration for these pieces?

A: Fall is my favorite time of year when it comes to fashion. I wanted to create pieces that were classic but that also were as vibrant and bold as the Fall color palette.

 

Q: How did you come up with the name for this clothing line?

A: Well KIN means family and that’s exactly what I want this brand to feel like. I very much have an online family with TrendyCurvy so I would love for that same community to transfer over into this clothing line. But also, KIN is an acronym. The “K” is for me, Kristine, the “I” is for my mother whose name is Iris and the “N” stands for my sister Nicole. A literal representation of family and fashion.

Q: What will be the price range of your items?

A: I’ve really tried to keep my items as affordable as possible, keeping in mind that KIN is not a fast fashion brand. The clothes are designed and manufactured in the USA. With that being said, there is no item over $80 and there are items as low as $36.

 

Q: Will you be doing a second run of your items?

A: Since this is my first line ever, I had to be a bit conservative with the quantities. So please be advised that there is limited stock and there are no plans for a second run at this time.

Again, thank you so much for your support! Please be sure to subscribe to KIN by Kristine so that you can keep up to date on all of the upcoming information!

Photographer: Porterhouse LA

Pinot Noir

October 13, 2019

I’m starting to feel like every week, I sound like a broken record. But the fact of the matter is, everything that I’m staying holds true week after week (well, at least for me). The facts that remain is that:

#1 – we are very much into the Fall season especially as it pertains to fashion

#2 – it’s still hot

This is that time of year in Los Angeles where things can get a bit tricky. That’s because the trends don’t match the weather and it makes it very difficult to style. Fashion is already ahead of the times, so that combined with this “second Summer” that we are having makes being on-trend a task. However, where there is a will, there is a way!

I look at this situation the same way that I look at every fashion obstacle that I’ve faced. And that is…you just have to get a little creative. So, in order to have the best of both world with style and functionality, you just have to think outside of the box. So, this is my way of capturing Fall fashion in 80 degree weather. You can never go wrong with a pencil skirt and I’m loving this wine color. I can get so much use out of just this one piece. I can wear a chambray blouse with it, or a moto jacket, or even color block with blush pink. Fall is apparently animal print explosion so this top is not only on trend, but also pairs really well with this skirt. I tied it up to give it a different feel.

Overall, the message of the day is…an obstacle is never a road block. There’s always a solution and you can always make trends work for you.

Outfit Details:

Top: JcPenney (wearing an XXL) | Skirt: JcPenney (wearing an XL. Skirt has a good amount of stretch) | Shoes: Target | Clutch: Amazon

Photographer: Steve Suavemente