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Baby It’s (almost) Cold Outside

Despite what it feels like outside, it is actually November…MID-NOVEMBER!

Eventually,  we will need a winter coat. Trust me on this. Being from Michigan, I love the fall season but I’m dreading the day we see our first frost. The best thing we can do now is to be prepared! 

Whenever those winter chill elements decide to hit us in the face, I’m here to provide a little help with your coat shopping. Finding the perfect outerwear to keep us warm can be task but don’t let that overwhelm you. You want to find a jacket or coat that you’re comfortable in, that you can actually move in and of course one that will keep you warm. In short, you want a coat to function, fit well, and look absolutely fabulous in!

 Below, I picked out several options for both style and the elements! There are jackets/coats that will keep you warm if you’re out when the sun goes down with the temp and jackets that will wrap you in warmth if it happens to snow.
 
 

Ready For the Chill

 

 

The first row of jackets (and one vest) are for those days when the chill isn’t quite chilly enough. Perfect for the days when you need to run errands but the wind may be a tad brisk. Shop these great items by clicking below…bonus…some of these buys are ON SALE! Hurry!

  1. Knit Moto Jacket ~ $74.90 ~ Torrid

2.  Faux Suede Vest ~ $64.95 ~ DebShops

3. Drexel Faux Leather Jacket ~ $58.90   ~ Fashion To Figure

 

For the second row of coats, these will definitely keep you warm when the wind decides to make your eyes water. These buys can last through fall all the way through the winter snowstorms. These are also on sale so head on over and pick one up!

4. 6th & Lane Parka ~ $149.90 ~ Lane Bryant

5. Oversize Faux Fur Collar Coat ~ $128.90 ~ Torrid

6. Puffer Coat ~ $72.90   ~ Fashion To Figure

 

Remember, if you buy something, be sure to drop me a line on Twitter or Facebook so I can see your goodies!

Mickey Mouse x Daykoor

A certain aspect of Curves And Coffee is lifestyle. Whatever that encompasses, I like to share with you guys. Over the years, I’ve tried to give a glimpse of my favorite home design items by the way of chairs. It’s weird, I know, but it’s something about chairs that just draw me in. Show me an awesome chair and I can design an entire room around it!

As you can tell, I dabble in home decor and interior design. It’s literally one of my favorite things to do. I love it so much that I actually took a few courses on the subject…see…LOVE! You can see more of what I love by checking out some of my past “Daykoor” favorites just by clicking ->H E R E<-

Another not-so-secret thing about me…

Since I was a kid, I have been infatuated with Disney (Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to be exact). The obsession is still around after all these years. When I was younger, my mom let me decorate my bedroom however I wanted. Of course, this meant there HAD to be some Disney magic sprinkled in there. Well, I went chic-ly overboard. Back then, we couldn’t find the perfect curtains so we shopped around and found a Disney shower curtain that was clear, added color blinds behind it and I had the most Disney-est window treatments in my childhood room. Added to that were Mickey & Minnie shaped rugs and a bed set to match.

Of course, now, I tend to keep my obsession to a minimum by having cute jewelry, a few pair of Vans x Disney shoes, and maybe a few throwback style tees and sweatshirts/hoodies. That means no more Minnie bed sheets these days, all sophistication around here. So I tell you all of this to share my excitement with a new home collection from Ethan Allen!

Total hysteria and love tears flowed when I got an email about a Disney home collection that’ll be available to purchase on November 18, 2016 (Mickey Mouse’s birthday!) There’s currently a presale with select items that you can purchase now and here are just a few of my faves, I mean, because…

I WANT EVERYTHING!

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Bravo Chair – $1,479ethanallen-mickey-mouse-otto

Mickey Pull-Up Ottoman – $359

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Mickey Butterflies – $1,199

 

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Perky as a Polka Dot II

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Mickey Nailhead Pillow – $199

 

Ok, so that was the happy part of the Disney x Ethan Allen collection…here’s the not-so-happy part…did you SEE those prices?

Everything. Is. Priced. To. The. Max.

Like, I get it. Life is expensive but a Mickey themed accent pillow shouldn’t be $200! Picture a cartoon with its’ eyes bugging out…that’s me when I saw $1,500! I’d be more than happy with $50 because even fifty bucks is a lot for a pillow BUT if I really want it, I’m definitely gonna spend. Of course what I truly need from this fantastical furniture collection is that chair! That would look great in a bedroom sitting area or in a dressing room/walk-in closet.

This may make me take a trip to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and get crafting. Who’s with me?!

Let’s all get together and have a crafting session to come up with daykoor items that are fit for a Disney princess!

Endless Summer VoxBox from Influenster

Hey, I got an Influenster VoxBox! Feels like forever since I’ve had the pleasure of getting such goodies.

 

And goodies they were! See more of what’s included…

 

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Max Factor

High Precision Liquid Eyeliner + Masterpiece Max Mascara.

OK, this eyeliner tip is absolute genius! I’ve used countless liquid liners over the years but none like this! The shape allows you to get both a thick line AND a thin line just by simply turning the liner. There’s no hard work…just simply turn the liner in your hand, it’s all about how you hold it to create the perfect line you want! Downside to this great tip….it isn’t soft at all. It feels like a rough tip marker. I would love for this to go on smoother.

As for the mascara…it did show up as promised “four times more volume on natural lashes” so that’s a plus. It didn’t clump either…double plus! All the pics I took didn’t show how happy I was with using both of these which is a bummer but overall, I’m glad to have tried both.

 

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Numi Tea

Organic Turmeric, Jasmine Green, and Pu-erh

Yes, I love me some coffee but I DO drink lots of tea as well. To be perfectly honest, I’ve only tried the the caffeine free Jasmine Green Tea…definitely floral and fragrant. It had a nice taste to it but not my cup of tea (no pun intended.) I’d love to try all the flavors of this brand one day…when I’m back on caffeine again. After visiting their website, I love everything that they’re doing for other communities and their blog with tons of recipes and such. Be sure to check them out.

 

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Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Leave-In Conditioner

Love leave-in conditioners! As a part-time curly hair girl, having a good leave-in on the days I go heat free and air dry is a MUST! The smell was nice and light…didn’t feel like it was weighing my already thick strands down. Bottom line, this just might be a new fave for me.

 

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Seche Nail Polish

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This polish was…meh. The application was smooth and I absolutely loved the fast drying top coat but the manicure didn’t last more than a couple of days. I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary during the time I had it on but it certainly started to chip on the SECOND day of wear. By the weekend, I was peeling it off by hand without polish remover. Not sure if I’d actually spend money on this brand of polish in the future. Perhaps, I might get one bottle just to see if it holds up better…I’ll keep you posted.

 

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Iron Tek Essential Protein

Despite being a “protein shake” (and chocolate…personally not a fan of chocolate, I know, I can hear you all screaming at me now) this shake was quite delicious! I already have shaker bottles so I used that one Saturday morning to mix up and I was good to go! I’d definitely buy these in other flavors like vanilla and please for the love of all things great, make a strawberry flavor!

 

Sooo yea! Crazy good goodies!

Disclaimer: These items were given to me for free by Influenster for my honest opinion.  

National Coffee Day 2016 is Here!

Get excited fellow coffee lovers and connoisseurs, our holiday is finally upon us again! September 29th is here and it’s National Coffee Day! If you’ve followed me around for the last 4 years, you know I take this day serious!

Have a blast from past celebrations here at Curves And Coffee:

A Coffee Break with The CEO of Camus Coffee

National Coffee Day: Featuring Camus Coffee

Celebrate National Coffee Day (Night) with Sobieski Espresso Vodka

 

Every year, select establishments that serve the drink we love so much will be offering some caffeine infused deals. Of course I’ve already done the digging for you so take a looksie below to see where to stop for a little (probably a lot) of java!

 

Einstein Bros – Free medium coffee with purchase

Peets Coffee – Free coffee with food purchase

Dunkin Donuts – Medium coffee for $0.66

Krispy Kreme – Free small coffee + free original glazed donut

Pilot Flying J – Free coffee + other hot beverages

I think this list is getting shorter and shorter every year and that absolutely sucks! More retailers should take advantage of this day to give back to its’ loyalist of customers (just saying ya know).

Speaking of giving back…for National Coffee Day, Starbucks will donate a coffee tree for every brewed cup of México Chiapas coffee. So grab your dollars for the Mexico Chiapas so Starbucks can plant a tree! That’s definitely a win-win situation!

If you know of anymore deals, feel free to send them to me via Twitter or email!

Remember, sharing is caring.

 

Curves Down the Runway at New York Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2017

So, it’s fashion season (yep, that’s sarcasm).

I’m usually so excited when September or February rolls around and not just because it’s a new weather season. It sparks a time during the year that fashion designers and fashion royalty hit the streets of NYC, Milan, Paris and London to show off their best. This year just seems different. Not sure if it’s because the more I write about fashion, the more frustrated I become with the lack of curviness in these streets (runways) or if fashion just feels stagnant.

Probably a bit of both.

So when I started seeing runway shows and pics fall through my inbox and Twitter timeline, I shuttered. Then I got glimpse of something special. My eyes popped and a huge smile came across my face because several designers have forgone “tradition” and actually added some curves to strut down the runways of New York City!

Fashion designers Christian Siriano, Becca McCharen for Chromat, and my personal hometown of Detroit favorite Tracy Reese (just to name a few) have all ditched stereotypes to showcase the curves of real women.

In the next few series of post, you’ll find a few of my faves!

Check them out by visiting the links below

 

 

 

 

 

New York Fashion Week: Tracy Reese Spring Summer 2017

Not to be outdone, designer Tracy Reese incorporated real women and models into her spring/summer ready to wear line last week as well. I can’t call it a runway show but it was definitely a show! Reese, had her show in a garden along a block in NYC. Beautiful backdrop for feminine floral and lace details.

 

 

 

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photos via NY Mag The Cut (source photog unavailable)

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Sources of photos, photogs and/or companies. I have credited to the best of my ability where the photos came from. If you or someone you know is the photog and would to attribute source or would like these photos no longer used please email me first. Thank you.

 

New York Fashion Week: Chromat Spring Summer 2017

Chromat always shows other designers how to include everyone in a runway show and I do mean everyone! Diversity isn’t diverse enough until you’ve seen the shows that Becca McCharen puts together year after year. By the way, Chromat has some MAJOR celebs that love the brand too *cough* Beyoncé *cough cough* Nicki Minaj and I can see why!

 

 

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photos via NY Mag The Cut (source photog unavailable)

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And in true beauty junkie form…I’ve found a new nail trend I want to try immediately!

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photos via NY Mag The Cut (source photog unavailable)

 

 

 

Sources of photos, photogs and/or companies. I have credited to the best of my ability where the photos came from. If you or someone you know is the photog and would to attribute source or  like these photos no longer used please email me first. Thank you.

 

New York Fashion Week: Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2017

 

Here are a few of my fave looks from Christian Siriano’s runway show last week in NYC.

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photos via Vogue.it Photo by Marcus Tondo / Indigital.tv.

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Sources of photos, photogs and/or companies. I have credited to the best of my ability where the photos came from. If you would like these photos no longer used please email me first. Thank you.

Movie Night: Love on the Run

There’s a new movie available on Apple iTunes, Amazon and VOD this week that you should definitely check out. From Tricoast, Love on the Run stars (yes, STARS)  plus size actress by the name of Jen Ponton.

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I was able to view the movie and it was cool to see a “love story” with a plus size woman in the lead. Now, I won’t give away all the details…you’re gonna have to watch it for yourself BUT there’s definitely a few twists and turns in the plot.

Wouldn’t it be nice to see more curves in Hollywood?! Jen definitely thinks so. Can’t wait to see more of her in the future.

Learn more on the official Facebook page here –> Love on the Run

US Open 2016: Lavazza x Andre Agassi “I’m Back”

The US Open kicked off on Monday and I couldn’t be more excited! Not only do I get to see my favorite sport on east coast hours but the legendary Andre Agassi is making his return. Lavazza helped celebrate his return to the US Open. After a decade of being gone from the US Open, he returned.
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: A Lavazza Andre Agassi group performs at Union Square on August 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images for Lavazza)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 30: A Lavazza Andre Agassi group performs at Union Square on August 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images for Lavazza)

Ok, that isn’t Andre Agassi but a flash mob of blonde mullet lookalikes that invaded Union Station in New York. Earlier on Tuesday, Agassi teamed up with Lavazza for a celebration that included the flash mob and coffee at NYC’s Nomo Kitchen.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: Andre Agassi at the kickoff party announcing his global partnership with Lavazza at NOMO Kitchen on August 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images for Lavazza)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 30: Andre Agassi at the kickoff party announcing his global partnership with Lavazza at NOMO Kitchen on August 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images for Lavazza)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: Atmosphere shot from the Lavazza kickoff event for a global partnership with Andre Agassi at Nomo Kitchen on August 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images for Lavazza)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 30: Atmosphere shot from the Lavazza kickoff event for a global partnership with Andre Agassi at Nomo Kitchen on August 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images for Lavazza)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: A Lavazza Andre Agassi group performs at Union Square on August 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images for Lavazza)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 30: A Lavazza Andre Agassi group performs at Union Square on August 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images for Lavazza)
Lavazza Celebrates: the Return of Andre Agassi to the US Open
I don’t know about you but I definitely want a cup of Lavazza after seeing this frothy brewed cup.
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: Atmosphere shot from the Lavazza kickoff event for a global partnership with Andre Agassi at Nomo Kitchen on August 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images for Lavazza)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 30: Atmosphere shot from the Lavazza kickoff event for a global partnership with Andre Agassi at Nomo Kitchen on August 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images for Lavazza)

To top off all of this goodness, Lavazza will be donating a portion of their sales during the US Open to the Andre Agassi Foundation which will support the education of children. “For every cup of Lavazza coffee ($3) purchased at the US Open this year, one dollar ($1) will be donated to the USTA to support the Andre Agassi Foundation.”  So if you’re in the New York area and going to see some tennis, be sure to help the kids and get your brew crew on!