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May 6, 2018

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If you’ve been following me on social media for the last few days, you know that I have been vacationing in Key West, Florida and now in Miami. I absolutely love coming down here with all the sunshine, bright colors and tropical vibes. It mirrors my style completely and I feel a need to blend in with the scenery. Every time I think of going on vacation, I immediately want to go somewhere with warm water and my wardrobe becomes a colorful rainbow palette. Hence this outfit that I think encompasses Miami style.

We are definitely entering crop top season so it was only fitting to wear one here. I like to just show a sliver of skin in my midsection so this top hit me just right. The color is all over this top so there was no need to carry it to the bottom. Just a simple ponte pencil skirt (which is one of my favorite black skirts might add) did the trick. With colorful accessories to play off the top, this look was complete!

Outfit details:

Top: JcPenney | Skirt: Torrid | Shoes: Kenneth Cole (similar) | Clutch: Bluefly (similar)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

TrendyCurvy Travels: Coachella 2018

April 18, 2018

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So if you’ve been following along on social media, you know that I have just returned from weekend 1 of Coachella 2018. I am still recovering (both mentally and physically) from such a whirlwind of a weekend but I had to tell you guys all about it. This was my second time attending Coachella so I wasn’t a complete newbie but I would say that this year’s experience was much different than last. The first difference was that I went VIP versus general admission (moving on up!) which had its pros and cons. Also, I did some things outside of the festival that added to my overall experience. So let’s get into it!

P.S. – how beautiful is Palm Springs?!

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Outfit details – Top: NY & Company (similar) | Skirt: NY & Company (wearing size XXL) | Shoes: NY & Company (similar)

Day 1

As always let’s start out with the outfit. I wore this cute dress from City Chic that I thought was subtle but totally fit the festival vibe. I love the easy, breezy, no spanx-nezzy (not a word but you get the point) nature of the dress. It was comfortable and cute, just like I like it!

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I was fortunate enough to attend Coachella with HP. They host an HP lounge on the Coachella grounds and this year they completely outdid themselves. Aside from the space being air conditioned which was much appreciated, it is a cool, technological marvel in the desert. There were so many activities from designing you own water bottle to creating light art that keep you entertained. Fit with a DJ and an amazing atmosphere, the HP lounge was the place to be in between shows!

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The performances were great as always. I saw Vince Staples, Sza and The Weekend (from afar…My IG fam knows what I’m talking about). The one thing that I appreciate about Coachella is that everything starts on time! Give or take a few minutes, most performers go on right when they are supposed to as to not disrupt the schedule.

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TrendyCurvy Travels: NYFW

September 14, 2017

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Outfit details:

Duster: Charlotte Russe | Top: Old Navy | Jeans: Celebrity Pink (in darker wash) | Hat: Target | Sunglasses: ASOS | Booties: NY & Co. (similar)

Hey, hey! So I am just getting back to Los Angeles and I could not WAIT to do this recap of my recent trip. I have been going to New York every year for 3 years now but never during fashion week. Luckily, the CurvyCon for the first time moved to September so that it occurred at the same time as NYFW.  That enabled me to kill two birds with one stone. So let’s just get right into my fun-filled 5 days in New York City!

Where I stayed

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I always give you guys the low down on the places that I stay while out of town. I love a cute and chic hotel that gives me decor envy and the Hotel 48LEX did just that. A quaint boutique hotel located in Midtown Manhattan (about a mile from Times Square) was the perfect place to stay while in New York. The rooms were spacious (which is saying a lot for New York) and the customer service was impeccable. Turn down service and complimentary wine and fruit were just some of the things the hotel provided. I would definitely recommend and will be going back.

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I hit the ground running! I mean, 3 outfit changes in one day kind of busy. Side note: my luggage was 51 pounds going to New York so you know I stuffed that thing to the brim! One of my first stops was to a brunch sponsored my Target put on by the CurvyCon. The brunch was filled with bloggers and those that had platinum tickets. I opted for none other than a Target blouse from the Who What Wear collection and black pencil skirt.

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Outfit details:

Blouse: Target | Skirt: Torrid & Bisou Bisou (similar) | Shoes: INC International Concepts

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Skirt: ASOS

Saturday was another busy day! Not only did I go to the CurvyCon but I also jetted off to the Christian Siriano runway show! It was my very first NYFW show and it could not have been more amazing. The show was filled with body diversity which made me feel so good as a plus size woman and the way the fashion industry is headed. I wore this amazing origami, hot pink skirt all day and I got SO many compliments on it. I felt like I was really representing for us curvy girls and proving that we are just a fashionable.

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TrendyCurvy Travels: New Orleans

July 5, 2017

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Outfit details – Duster: RUE107 | Crop Top: Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt: ASOS (wearing size 14)

Hi my loves! I’ve just returned from my trip to New Orleans and I have so much to share with you about it. It was my very first time in New Orleans and I was fortunate enough to be working with Ford Motor Company as they are an official sponsor of the Essence Music Festival. This 4th of July weekend was filled with empowering panels, energetic crowds and of course delicious food. So let’s get into it!

Where I stayed

Let’s start off with my hotel. I stayed at the Royal Sonesta that is located in the heart of the French Quarter right on Bourbon street. You are literally in the midst of all the action and let me tell you it can get a little crazy. However, the Royal Sonesta is a gem that offers a peaceful retreat from the happenings on Bourbon. The hotel has that classic New Orleans decor with huge crystal chandeliers as you walk through the lobby and wrap around balconies that is the trademark of the French Quarter. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated.

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As soon as I landed in New Orleans, I hit the ground running. Ford Motor Company wanted to do something special for all those attending Essence Festival that were Ford Owners. So they decided to have a VIP reception on the second floor of the Convention Center. The special guest was comedian and host of The Real, Loni Love, and I was helping to host as guests arrived. Ford Motor Company has had the highest level of loyalty among African Americans so they really wanted to celebrate that and offer a token of appreciation.

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Outfit details – Dress: ASOS

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I spent the rest of the day hanging out at the Ford booth downstairs at the Convention Center. Their booth had a “Block Party” theme with a DJ, musical performances, interviews with celebrities and more!

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After I finished up at the Convention Center, I hit the picturesque New Orleans streets. I absolutely love the architecture and the whole vibe of the city. There is so much history with buildings that date back hundreds of years. This Simply Be Kaftan blended in with the colorful buildings and vibrant people.

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Outfit details – Kaftan: Simply Be | Dress: Venus | Shoes: INC International Concepts | Clutch: INC International Concepts

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My second day in New Orleans, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel in the Ford Lounge called “Financial Winning”. Tiffany Aliche, also known as The Budgetnista, broke down everything you need to know about finances from budgeting to saving and most of all credit! As someone who chose a somewhat unconventional career path, I gained a wealth of knowledge from the talk and could really offer a unique perspective that many young entrepreneurs are faced with. It’s all about making your money “Go Further”!

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Outfit details – Dress: ASOS

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I had some downtime so I tried to take in as much of the sights and sounds of New Orleans as I could. There is live music everywhere so I just walked all around the city in awe of this beautiful place. This red dress was perfect for the heat and humidity (which was no joke by the way!). It allowed for a cute yet ultra comfortable look.

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Outfit details – Dress: RUE107 | Purse: Target

Before I headed home, I had one mission: to eat some beignets! So I went to none other than the famous Cafe Du Monde for this iconic New Orleans treat. The humidity had definitely gotten to me at this point so I opted for a white fedora to help keep me cool. Color was the theme of all of my looks and these Simply Be printed pants fit right in.

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Outfit details – Top: Simply Be | Pants: Simply Be (would recommend sizing up) | Fedora: Amazon

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Thank you so much to Ford Motor Company for this amazing opportunity! Also thank you to the Royal Sonesta for the southern hospitality. New Orleans, you definitely made a lasting impression on me and I will be back!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own