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Dress for Less

May 2, 2017

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Last week, I talked about Spring Cleaning and how thredUP can help you clean out your wardrobe and make a little money along the way. In case you missed that post, let me give you a quick recap. thredUP is a one stop shop to buying and selling quality secondhand clothing. Through their services, you have the ability to purge your wardrobe by filling up their Clean Out bags in exchange for cash or credits to shop. So once you have cleared out your closet, it’s time to reward yourself by buying something new. The great thing about thredUP is that you can do that guilt-free. What I mean by that is you can shop your favorite plus size brands at a discounted rate from sellers just like you and me.

And that’s exactly what I did for myself. This dress was a “job well done” gift to myself for organizing and cleaning out my closet. The brand is 6th & Lane and it normally retails for $95. I bought it for the low price of $24.99! I also picked up a few other dresses from well known brands such as Michael Kors and BB Dakota that were all under $30! The dresses are in great condition and everything I purchased fit so well. Even if you haven’t purged your closet and are just looking for discounted clothing, thredUP is a great resource. In addition to clothing, they offer shoes and other accessories so you can really get a complete look.

Just for my readers, you can get an additional 40% off first time orders using promo code: TRENDY40. Discount is up to $50 and it expires on 6/30!

Photographer: Steve Suavemete

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

Color Envy

April 30, 2017

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One of my favorite colors during this time of year is without a doubt emerald green. It’s just such a rich and vibrant hue that looks great on every skin tone. Green is known as the color of jealousy and envy and I can see why when it comes to fashion. The eye-catching and lush nature of this color is sure to leave you wishing you had some of it in your wardrobe.  In my experience, emerald green garments aren’t available in excess so when I find something I like in this color, I make sure to snag it. And that’s exactly what I did with this dress!

The high-low trend has become very popular and although I think that sometimes it can be overdone, with this dress it fits. The swing of this dress complements an asymmetrical hem and allows it to blow in the wind. With simple brown accessories to serve as a neutral as not to compete with the green, this look was complete.

Although recently purchased, this dress is no longer available on Target’s website. BUT I have searched around and found some other emerald green dresses that are just as chic. See below!

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Spring Cleaning

April 26, 2017

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It’s Spring cleaning time! Remember when I wore this blazer a few months ago in this post? Well, I’m getting one last use out of it and then it’s time to add it to my Spring purge pile. It’s no secret that I have quite a bit of clothes which can become a nightmare when it comes to storage. With trends and designs changing so rapidly, it creates a problem where I have many garments that I no longer wear. I think this is something that we can all relate to. We grow out of clothing or it becomes out of style so it just takes up space in our closets where we could be filling it with newer items. Luckily, there is a solution!

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You may have already heard of thredUP but in case you haven’t, thredUP is a one stop shop to buying and selling quality secondhand clothing. You can shop your favorite brands – including plus size at major discounts – from thredUP, and they get their inventory from sellers just like me and you. You can also Clean Out your wardrobe by filling up their Clean Out bags in exchange for cash or credits to shop. This is probably my favorite feature of the brand because of the convenience it offers for Spring cleaning and purging your closet. Here’s how it works:

  1. Simply order a Clean Out bag from thredUP
  2. Fill it with items that you no longer wear. (Keep in mind, you want to provide clothing that is still in good condition and that you would give to a friend. If you want the items that they don’t accept back, opt for Return Assurance! http://bit.ly/2nKT7Dl Or have all your unaccepted items upcycled responsibly. Either way, it’s a win-win for getting those unworn items out just in time to make room for a refreshed Spring wardrobe)
  3. Schedule a pickup from USPS and leave the bag at your doorstep

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That’s it! How easy is that? You can create space in your closets immediately with little to no effort. And for those that enjoy donating, you can opt to have your payout go to charity so you are covered on all bases (and if you chose to donate, you don’t have to pay the bag fee to get a Clean Out bag!).

I love how they coined the phrase #throwmo. FOMO or the fear of missing out has become a popular term so #throwmo is a play on that and it means the fear of throwing things out. We all hold on to things longer than we should. Take this quiz to know when it’s time to let go. Then once you are confronted with what you already know, order your Clean Out bag today!

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

TrendyCurvy Travels: Coachella

April 25, 2017

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If you’ve been following me on social media, you know that I just recently went to my very first Coachella! I am still recovering from the exhausting yet fun-filled weekend but I wanted to write a quick post about my entire experience. If you are ever thinking about going to Coachella or really any festival for that matter, you should read this post!

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First, let’s discuss how I got there. Lincoln Motor Company graciously lent me a vehicle so that I could ride to the desert in style. I received a 2017 Lincoln MKZ and let me tell you, this car is the epitome of sleek! With a technology driven intuitive system, luxurious interior with plush seating and a beautifully designed exterior, the only word that comes to mind is impressive. If there was any way to take a trip to my first Coachella, this was it! It definitely set the tone for the weekend.

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Outfit details – Top: Boohoo | Skirt: Similar here | Sandals: Steve Madden

So now let’s discuss the festival. In a nutshell, I had an absolute blast. I got to see so many acts from Kendrick Lamar to DJ Khaled to Kehlani and more. The best thing about the festival is that there are mainstream artists as well as underground so you get the best of both worlds. I literally almost lost my voice from singing along to some of my favorites songs (yea I’m that person at concerts lol). The entire experience was just one big party.

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Outfit details – Kimono: Forever 21 | Dress: Similar here | Shoes: Similar here

Now, let’s discuss the real. These are not necessarily the “cons” but just the facts that you should know about before going to a festival such as this. Coachella brings in about 100,000 people per weekend. Yes, you heard that right. You don’t realize the sheer mass of what that many people looks like until you are in it. Needless to say, it can be overwhelming.

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So here are the things to keep in mind:

  1. Personal space does not exist. It’s impossible to with that many people. All of the shows are packed even for the smaller artists. You will have people all around you pushing to get through or dancing to the music so be prepared to become very close acquaintances with your neighbors.

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2. Water is essential! I know this seems self explanatory but you don’t realize just how dehydrated you can become being out in 90+ degree weather for 3 whole days. I don’t think that I’ve ever drunk so much water in such a short amount of time. Oh and bring cash! There were water stations to fill your water bottles for free however they were always packed. I just opted to pay $2 for the bottled water and save myself the wait.

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3. Wear comfortable shoes…but know that your feet will still hurt by the end of the day. When I was on my way back to the hotel Saturday night, I realized that I had been standing for nearly 8 hours straight. There were so many shows that I wanted to see that I was literally going from stage to stage, only sparing time to eat and drink water in between. Compound that with endless walking and you will be sore by the end of the day.

4. Remember to go with the flow. This is probably my biggest piece of advice. Know what you signed up for. Normal things that would bother you, you just have to let go. Rude people, drunk obnoxious people, extreme heat, port-o-potties, etc. all just come with the territory. If you have an easy going attitude, you will have a much better experience.

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Until next time Coachella!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente