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Vibrant Style

March 25, 2018

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It’s officially a color explosion! I cannot get enough of bright hues and fun patterns and this outfit is a perfect example of that. The Springtime is the best time of year to go all in on color and I am doing just that. Although my style is for the most part pretty traditional, I like to step outside the box from time to time. After all, fashion should be exciting and a form of self-expression. It’s a glimpse into who you are as a person and for me I think shows my inner confidence. There’s no blending in with this outfit and that is just how it was intended to be.

You may be surprised to know that this whole look is from eBay! Yes, you heard me right. eBay is a fashion and style playground with brand-name and trendy items all at great prices. They have such a wide range of clothing with options for any size, any style and any occasion. The best part is that their inventory is so robust that you can go back again and again and always find something new. Did you know that 81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new?! That means that you are getting quality pieces that are accessible to all. eBay also has a money back guarantee, guaranteed delivery and a price match guarantee so you can rest assured that you are getting the best deals out there.

Speaking of deals, you can get a glimpse into current promotions on eBay found here. There you will find so many great items site-wide at great price points. My favorite part of the site though is Curvy Fashion pages. I can get lost for hours scrolling through pages and pages of amazing garments. Everything from Boohoo tops to Forever 21 jackets and dresses to Eloquii pants. See below for some of my favorite items that are available right now!

So before you go browsing online for your next clothing purchase, first think to yourself, “Did you check eBay?”

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Connect the Dots

March 20, 2018

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Who doesn’t love polka dots especially in the Springtime? This classic print has been around for decades and it shows no signs of slowing down. Polka dots can work for any season, any garment, any body type and that’s what makes it so timeless. There are so many different variations of the print from small dots to large dots and various colors combinations that is always stays fresh and modern. So of course when I spotted (pun intended) these blue and white polka dot pants from Eva Mendes’ line at New York & Company, I knew that I had to have them. What’s great about her line is that she offers many things in plus sizes but even the straight size line goes up to an XXL/Size 20. For example, these are not plus size pants but they fit really well on my plus size frame. I have been a fan of New York & Company well before their plus size line even existed and it was because they were so size inclusive. Their items are also always on trend and easy to style.

The only thing better than a polka dot print pant is a fun and flirty off the shoulder top to pair with it. The ruffles really complement the femininity of the look and bring an added style element. I love the fact that there is a double layer of ruffles because in my opinion you can never have enough. This is a great Spring look that would be perfect for weekend brunch with your girlfriends.

Be sure to check out all of the outfit details below. I’ve included links to what I’m wearing as well as some other polka dot options that are available in the line. You can also take a glimpse at her plus size collection here. Happy Spring!

Outfit details:

(wearing a size XXL in the pants)

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

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Color-full

March 18, 2018

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I have gone full in on all things color. While I was trying to ease my way into brighter tones, with all of the beautiful colored garments out there it’s difficult to not make the full conversion. As far as the fashion world is concerned, Spring is already here so all of the pinks, reds, oranges and yellows are here to stay. And of course the more color there is, the more that my color blocking tendencies start to emerge. For now though, I am keeping it subtle with just a slight color block with these yellow pumps. I have done this combination many times before in different ways and it always works. Whether the pink is the prominent color or the yellow, these two colors blend together well and surprisingly do not clash. The first say of Spring is tomorrow so now is the time to add some color to your wardrobe!

Outfit details:

Blazer: JcPenney (wearing a 0x) | Top: Old Navy | Jeans: NYDJ (rolled up the cuff) | Pumps: Steve Madden

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Modern Floral

March 11, 2018

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Prints are one of the best things about fashion in my opinion. It instantly elevates even the simplest of garments and adds interesting detail to your look. Prints have the ability to make a look more bold & vibrant, muted & subdued and everything in between. They are fun, they are unique and they just make fashion that much more interesting.

So as we transition to Spring, prints are becoming more abundant and colorful patterns are making their way to stores near you. Of course, floral based designs are the most popular around this time of year, however there are so many different variations to make your look your own. I gravitated towards this print because the colors were so striking. The cobalt blue and canary yellow blended together so well and was a combination that I had not seen before. I also thought about the fact that I had blue pumps already that I knew would pair perfectly with this skirt. (I just love when that happens!)

When I received the shipment, I was pleasantly surprised with how much more vibrant the colors were in person than they looked online. I knew that I wouldn’t need to add much more to it to make it complete. So with my matching blue pumps, leather jacket to pull out the black in the skirt and white tank top for contrast, I was ready to hit the streets!

Outfit details:

Jacket: JUNAROSE (similar) | Tank Top: Old Navy | Skirt: Macy’s* | Shoes: Shoptiques (similar)

* Fit/style notes: Click “View More” and select the color Lazulite Floral Combo. I’m wearing a size XL. Although this skirt is scuba which is a pretty stretchy fabric, I do realize that it’s not plus so I’ve included some other printed skirts below so that you can achieve the same look.

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Ruffled

March 4, 2018

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Ruffles hold a special place in my heart. I love how fun & flirty they are and how they can instantly perk up any outfit. Last Spring, ruffles were all the rave and they were literally everywhere. Dresses, tops and even pants had this added embellishment making it one of the top trends of the season. With this coming Spring season on the horizon, it seems as though ruffles will be making a return in new and exciting ways.

This skirt from Eloquii is a perfect example of that. The colors and the waterfall ruffles are what caught my eye. I thought that it would be one of those garments that could be worn just about anywhere from brunch, to a girls night out and even to church. Although it’s somewhat of a statement piece, it can work for a variety of different occasions by styling it accordingly. Also, an added bonus that I discovered upon trying the skirt on is that it is essentially a “no shapewear needed” type of garment. The ruffles are strategically placed to camouflage those areas where shapewear would help smooth. For that fact alone I knew this skirt was a keeper.

In keeping with the senorita vibes that I was getting from this garment, I went with a black off the shoulder top to pair it with. I thought that it complemented the skirt well while also serving as a contrast to the boldness of the color. With gold and black accessories, this look was complete!

Outfit details:

Top: Rachel Roy | Skirt: Eloquii

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Go with the Flow

February 25, 2018

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Whomever created the kimono is just a brilliant life saver. This garment comes through every single time, ya hear me?! Not only can you wear kimonos all year long but there are so many different ways and variations to rock them. I love kimonos that have vibrant and colorful prints because they become a statement piece in their own right. It makes styling super easy since the statement kimono does most of the work for you. That’s the key! Because the kimono becomes the “hero” of the outfit, you don’t need many other components to complete the look and that makes for easy dressing.

So it’s no surprise that as soon as I saw this green floral kimono, I knew I had to have it. As if I didn’t already have enough of these, I thought to myself “one more can’t hurt”. Anytime you find yourself saying that in your mind, you know you’re in trouble. But nonetheless, it is a great item for Spring and it was a great price so to my home it went. As I mentioned, styling garments like these is very easy so all I had to do was pair it with a white tank top and boyfriend jeans. These are two very basic items that I’m sure everyone has in their wardrobe. The only added style element that I included was a pop of color with this neon coral purse that I already owned. It complemented & accentuated the colors and was the final component to this easy breezy outfit. I’m ready for your Spring!

Outfit details:

Kimono: Target | Tank Top: Old Navy | Jeans: Rachel Roy (similar) | Shoes: Target | Purse: Lulu’s (similar)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Celebrate with Cricket

February 22, 2018

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I recently had the opportunity to partner with Cricket Wireless as they celebrate Black History Month.  I was able to attend their special “Live from Cricket Lounge” digital concert featuring Grammy nominated artist, Jazmine Sullivan! I am a huge fan of hers and really had a “pinch me” moment as she stood right in front of me belting out some of my favorite songs. This event is part of a new Sounds of Celebration program that Cricket Wireless launched this February to highlight music’s ability to unite people from diverse backgrounds. Fans can tune in to the Cricket Nation Facebook page to catch all the action livestreamed.

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In addition to the digital concert, Cricket Wireless is also hosting a Sounds of Celebration sweepstakes throughout the month. The sweepstakes offers music fans the opportunity to win a $1000 concert gift card each week until 2/28. You can enter by completing the online entry form available at www.cricketsweepstakes.com/soundsofcelebration.

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Lastly, for my special followers/friends, I have 10 new Cricket Nation prize packs that include a tote full of items such as a $25 concert card, a speaker and more! Enter this giveaway on my Facebook & Instagram accounts by commenting on the image posted. Good luck!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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