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August 17, 2017

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Whether you like it or not, Summer is coming to a close and Fall is inching it’s way closer and closer. I personally, am very excited about the upcoming season as Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I just feels like it is the height of fashion and some of the best garments are designed for the the Fall season.

With fashion always being a season ahead, Fall styles have already reached retail stores. In fact, I even saw thigh high boots the other day! (I’m ready, but not THAT ready). However, the weather is still warm so what’s a girl to do when you can only shop Fall items in the Summertime? Well, this is when those transitional pieces become so important because they will take you from season to season.

For instance, I received this amazing black and white pencil skirt from my latest Stitch Fix package. For those that are not familiar with Stitch Fix, here’s a brief overview. Stitch Fix is an online styling service where you fill out a profile of information pertaining to your body shape, style preferences, budget, etc. Then, a team of stylists take that information and put together items that they think you would like. When you receive your “fix”, you try on the clothes/accessories and you keep what you love and send back what you don’t. It’s that simple. My stylist was so spot on with this skirt and the other items in my fix because she selected pieces that I could get a lot of wear out of (and y’all know I have no problems wearing something multiple times).

The black and white geometric design is not only fashionable but it also allows for a very versatile palette. With temperatures still high, I paired it with an off the shoulder white bodysuit and bright pink pumps for a pop of color. As time goes on though, I can also pair this skirt with a moto jacket and booties or even a blazer and pumps for the office. This one garment can take you from season to season and occasion to occasion.

So with that said, if you would like to give Stitch Fix a try, you can sign up here. They have certainly have sent me some great pieces that are not readily available to consumers and introduced me to many new brands. Tell em Ms. Kristine sent ya!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Spotted

August 13, 2017

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Polka dots have a special place in my heart. Every time I see this magical print on any garment I am immediately drawn to it. Whether it’s black and white polka dots or colored, whether they are small dots or large, there is just something so classic about this timeless print. So of course when I spotted these pull on leggings online, I knew that I needed them in my wardrobe.

Summer is unfortunately on its way out and although we have about a month left, in the fashion world Summer is long gone. I’m sure that you have started to notice the Fall colors and styles already infiltrating the retail market. So while temperatures are still high, we are being sold booties, moto jackets and the like in preparation of the upcoming season. These polka dot pants are a great transition piece that can take you from season to season. As easily as as I paired them with a bodysuit and sandals, I could switch it up and wear a moto jacket and pumps for the cooler months. That’s the power of transitional pieces. Since it is still Summer though, I went with a bright pop of color with my clutch and matching aviator sunglasses. More Summer to Fall looks to come!

Outfit details:

Top: Simply Be | Pants: NY & Company (wearing size XXL) | Clutch: ASOS (similar) | Shoes: ASOS (similar) | Sunglasses: NY & Company (similar)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Keep It Neutral

August 6, 2017

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Neutral tones are a palette that will NEVER go out of style. While bright colors or darker hues tend to be more seasonal, neutral colors can literally be worn all year long. Because they are essentially plain, it makes it easier to get away with wearing them a variety of different ways. And although I love accessories and stylish details, sometimes the simplest outfits look the most put together. There is something so chic and expensive looking when mixing together these nude colors. It is the complete opposite of what you would typically think when it comes to style. In cases like this, the saying “less is more” really does apply and pay off in a big way.

This look started to form when I saw this sheer kimono online. I think that you all know by now that I love duster style kimonos and this was unlike any thing that I own. I thought that it would be a great garment to have as we start the Summer to Fall fashion transition and could add a stylish element to my looks. From there, I decided to keep the palette simple with a matching beige top and white denim pants. Lastly, I added a grey clutch for a bit of contrast between the two-tone color combination. Simple, neutral, classic!

Outfit details:

Sheer Kimono: Forever 21 (black) | Top (similar): Nordstrom Rack | Jeans: Slink Jeans | Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Color Match

July 30, 2017

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It’s no secret that color is my secret weapon when styling outfits. I love to mix & match to create unexpected combinations. It allows for the simplest of pieces that when combined, look more polished and chic then they do on their own. Colorblocking is a tried and true method to achieving this because it allows you to combine two completely different shades. However,  it doesn’t always have to be opposite colors. Sometimes, it can actually be the same color, just blending different hues.

This look is a perfect example of that. Green is the foundation however, with the top being lime green and the skirt being an olive tone, it showcases the differences even within the same primary color. There are endless options when it comes to color and the ways in which you decide to wear them. This same method can translate to really any shade under the sun. And as you will see from the links below, this outfit is very affordable yet still stylish. It’s the best of both worlds!

Outfit details:

Bodysuit: Forever 21 | Skirt: Boohoo | Clutch: INC International Concepts | Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Boho Chic

July 23, 2017

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Kimonos are one of my favorite clothing items. They are so versatile, they come in all types of colors and prints and they look good on every shape and size. Kimonos have the ability to take the simplest of looks and elevate them to another level by adding a chic and dramatic touch. And let’s not forget how easy and comfortable they are to wear. I have been rocking them all Summer long and today is no different.

I picked up this floral print kimono from Forever 21. Although subtle, I loved the color combination of the baby blue mixed with the pink shades. It gave me a very bohemian, festival vibe that I thought was perfect for this time of year. Because the colors are somewhat muted, I stuck with neutral tones from the nude bodysuit to the nude pumps. The jeans are from a brand that I just tried for the first time called Celebrity Pink. They were on sale at Macy’s and the fit is amazing! Lastly to add to this boho chic look, I wore ombre sunglasses that picked up some of the colors in the look.

I’ve listed some fun prints of kimonos below so that you can rock one this Summer!

Outfit details:

Kimono: Forever 21 (Other prints here, here and here) | Bodysuit: Forever 21 | Jeans: Celebrity Pink | Pumps: Nine West

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Think Pink

July 16, 2017

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This Summer, I have been encouraging you all to step out of your comfort zones and try something new. Everything from that swimsuit that you have been scared to wear in public to those bright colors that we have for so long been told that we should stay away from. So I thought that it was only right that I push my own limits and put my money where my mouth is.

When I saw this drop waist midi skirt from ASOS, I passed right over it because it’s not a style that I typically wear. I have worn plenty of midi skirts on my blog however, this particular one was not like the others. It is a high waist design with the pleats on the torso sewn down to create an exaggerated waistline. Most pleated midi skirts fan out from the hips and cinch the smallest part of your waist. This skirt is more of an A-line style which means that the silhouette is in the shape of the letter “A”. The widest part is at the very bottom and the waist/hip area remains fairly straight.

Although this style is not my typical aesthetic, something kept bringing me back to it. So I told myself “just order it and see what happens”. Well (spoiler alert) I loved it! The bubblegum pink is so feminine and the pleated bottom just sways in the wind. All I needed to add was an off the shoulder top & nude accessories and this look was complete!

Fashion is meant to be fun and exciting so don’t be afraid to try new things. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Outfit details:

Top: Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt: ASOS | Clutch: INC International Concepts (similar)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

L-O-V-E

July 9, 2017

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I am a firm believer that what you give out is what you will receive. Who you are is what you will attract. Energy is neither created nor destroyed but rather it transforms from one thing to the next. So that means we are in a constant state of reciprocity. This is one of the greatest reasons why loving yourself and being confident in who you are is so important. It allows you to attract the right energy and the right people into your life. And although self-love is in no way an easy journey, you will find that even along the way the world begins to open up to you in a way that you never could have imagined. That love and positivity that you feel about yourself is contagious and it will transfer to the next person and the next person and so on. But it has to start with you!

I found this mural while driving in downtown Los Angeles and I just knew it was perfect for this look. Aside from the colors matching so well with my outfit, the hearts symbolized much more than just a cute backdrop. I felt like it was fate. I know that sounds a little dramatic but I believe that signs come in small forms. I have not always been comfortable in my skin and trust me I still have my moments. However, by taking a leap of faith with starting this blog and showcasing myself as a plus size woman in a positive & stylish way, I have received SO much love in return. I may have inspired some of you but that energy that you have given me has inspired and uplifted me ten fold. Hence my earlier point, what you exude will not only transfer to the next person but it always has a way of circling back around to its origin. Let’s all take a moment to give love to not only others but ourselves too. Your life will change for the better.

Outfit details:

Top: Lane Bryant | Jeans: Old Navy (wearing size 18) | Shoes: Sam Edelman (similar) | Clutch: Sole Society

Photographer: Steve Suavemente