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Dress Shopping: Maxi Dress Styled

Maxi dresses are always a go-to wardrobe staple. For obvious reasons…they’re comfortable, they don’t cling to places you don’t want them to and when they’re loose…they hide any imperfection. So who wouldn’t want the easy style of a maxi dress?!

I’m always on the hunt for plus size fashion places to shop and share with you guys but this time, the fashion came to me! Plus size maxi dresses are usually frumpy and not styled to fit curves, this isn’t true with this one. 

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This is the Alyssa Kimono V-Neck Maxi Dress in Navy Blue.  You can find this dress and many others in tons of colors at GCGme.com. The kimono sleeves are what sold me on this particular style…usually, I hide my arms but with this dress, they’re perfectly graced by the cut and fabric. No need to add a shrug or jacket.

 

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The pics don’t do this dress justice! It’s a gorgeous blue and flows the way a dress should.

 

 

I think I’ve found the perfect dress for one of my spring vacations! Of course, it’s too cold here in Michigan to flaunt about in the elements but I just couldn’t wait to try it on! Also, super fast shipping from this company, I’ll be sure to keep them in mind for future shopping endeavors. Well, that’s one outfit down and about 10 more to go to make sure I over-pack successfully!

 

This dress was given to me for my honest opinion which is my own.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Every Budget

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Valentine’s Day Gifts: hooray!

Every time Valentine’s Day rolls around, people in relationships are hit with a dilemma: What am I going to get him or her for Valentine’s Day?!

If you aren’t asking yourself this question, congratulations, you are free to spend all your monies on yourself!

Maybe I’ll get around to a wonderful post on self-spending…oops…self-love.

In the meantime, let’s look around at gifts for our significant others.

The title of this post is not misleading, as you know, here at Curves And Coffee, I try to cover ALL spending levels. If you have $20 or less to spend or you’re balling out of control and spending upwards of $500 or more…I’ve got you covered! Below, you’ll find gifts for any girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, or significant other in just about every category. 

 

 

Starting with gifts under $100

 

 

Signature Handwritten Bracelet – $30

AshleeArtis on Etsy

 

I’ve personally been “eyeing” this bracelet for awhile to purchase for myself. A great way to wear or remember a special person.

 

 

 

 

Rose Embroidered Babydoll $56

Lane Bryant

 

This is kind of a two-fer…for both him AND her! It can also just be worn for just yourself…a day or night when you just want to sleep sexily. If you haven’t checked out their complete Valentine’s Day Cacique collection, please do! If I could get every single sexy piece of lingerie, I would in a heartbeat!

 

 

Custom O.G. Reclaimed Wood Beard Comb $34

McClaren Woodshop on Scoutmob

 

 

Great for the bearded guy! This shop also offers a mini size beard comb that’s perfect for those that carry less.

 

 

 

adidas X PLR $80

 

 

So who doesn’t love sneakers?! Even the guy that wears suits everyday or the girl who wears heels wouldn’t mind a nice pair of sneakers to relax into. 

 

 

Gifts $100-500

 

Polaroid Snap Touch Camera $179

Best Buy

 

 

 

Perfect for the amateur photographer or anyone who loves taking selfies. This camera is an update to the instant Polaroid of the “old days.” It instantly prints out the pics you take on a mini scale film. Bonus: it comes in different colors so your fashion forward significant other will love it even more!

 

 

 

 

Majestic Custom Jersey $124

 

Another versatile Valentine’s Day gift for him or her. A custom baseball jersey for your significant other would be a great way to cheer on their team before the MLB season gets underway. You can also get their favorite player if you don’t want to go the custom route or if you’re running short on time.

 

 

 

Royal Salute 21 Year Old Scotch Whiskey – $209

Caskers

 

 

 

Everyone knows someone who wouldn’t mind an aged Scotch (well, I’m guessing here a tad but a lover of spirits will love this for sure!) Shock them with this gift and beautiful bottle for his bar. There’s also a great back story about the Chivas Brothers to go along with this brand. Be sure to sneak that into the gift-giving. 

 

 

Gifts over $500

 

Sophia Webster Boss Lady Pumps $495

 

 

OK, let’s be real…you know she’s the boss but now everyone else can know it too! These are so very close to the $500 price tag that once you add tax + shipping (unless it’s free). You’ll get several frequent flyer miles on your card after this purchase!

 

 

Sydney Evan Diamond Love Necklace $1,610

 

 

 

Show her and tell her just how you feel with this gorgeous necklace. She’ll be glad you did!

 

 

Caribbean Cruise $Cost Will Vary

 

 

Because, who wouldn’t want to get away for a couple of days and hide from winter?! Count me in! Also, someone take me on a cruise! Let’s all pack up and enjoy lots of sunshine (with sunscreen of course) have some cocktails and forget about everything except your cabin key! I didn’t pick a particular brand or cruise line simply because everyone has their own preferences and that choice is best left up to you, the buyer. Before you cruise, do your due diligence in research…my favorite cruise site is Cruise Critic, check them out and read the forums for tons of cruising tips.

 

 

 

 

What a wonderful list of Valentine’s Day gifts, right?!

 

As always, if you do shop and buy something from any of my lists, drop me a line to let me know! 

On Court Fashion: Day 2 Australian Open 2017

Day two of the Australian Open gave us more bright colors and greeted the players with even brighter sun rays!

While the temps flirted with 100 degrees, the matches also heated up and lasted well into the night.

(Or morning if you’re on east coast time like me)

Let’s see what Day 2 of Round 1 had in store for on court fashion…

 

 

 

Serena Williams in Nike

 

 

Aga Radwanska in Lotto

 

 

 

Novak Djokovic in Uniqlo

 

 

Tsvetana Pironkova

 

 

Heather Watson in New Balance
 

 
 

Ivo Karlovic in Mizuno

 
 

Donald Young in Boast USA

 
 

Yulia Putinetsiva in Mizuno

 
So that’s it for Day 2 but definitely not it for the Australian Open! Follow along with me to cheer on our faves and to (of course) see what they’re wearing on the courts.

 

 

(photos via getty images by photographers listed. pictures are not mine. attribution is given with photos. if need to be removed please contact first.)

On Court Fashion: Australian Open 2017

It’s mid-January and it’s time for the Australian Open!

 First major of the year also means new sporty fashion trends for the year.

This year is filled with the most American players in the draw since 2003 so that’s enough excitement in itself for USA tennis fans! But, I know you’re here for the outfits, so let’s head down under for the tennis seasons on court fashion!

 

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Day One

 

 

Venus Williams in her signature prints in Eleven by Venus

 

 

 

Coco Vandeweghe in Asics

 

 

 

Jack Sock in Nike 

 

 

 

 

 

Garbine Muguruza in Adidas

 

 

Roger Federer in Nike

 

 

 

Angelique Kerber in Adidas

 

 

 

Jo Wilfried Tsonga in Adidas 

 

 

 

Eugenie Bouchard in Nike

 

 

Stan Wawrinka in Yonex available at Tennis Warehouse

 

 

Carla Suarez Navarro in Lotto

 

 

Stevie Johnson in Asics

 

 

That was just Day 1! Day 2 is now underway and I’ll definitely be tuned in and cheering on everyone. This means we’ll see more on court outfits tomorrow! Looks like bright colors are still in for 2017 and I’m absolutely loving it! Are there any clear cut fashion winners or total duds that you see? There are A LOT of different looks out there but those were just a handful of my favorites.

Let me know!

 

 

 

 

(these are not my photos, nor do I own the rights to them. they are from getty images and all attribution has been left on the photos. if you would like them removed please contact first.)

74th Annual Golden Globes

Awards season has officially kicked off!

Let the bright lights and double sided boob tape not blind you!

Last night were the 74th Annual Golden Globes in California. There were some BIG winners outside on the red carpet and some even bigger winners inside the auditorium. (On a personal note, I debated with myself on covering the event simply from being tired of people overusing the word “slay” … yes, I’m that annoyed.) 

Anywho…there were lots of shimmering metallic, black and white combinations, and wonderful soft pastels gracing the entrance of the Golden Globes.

 

Here are my faves that should top everyone’s “Best Dressed” List: 

 

 

I MUST start with THE Tracee Ellis Ross who wowed everyone on the red carpet and most notably wowed with her acceptance speech for her role on Blackish. The first black woman to win in…basically my whole lifetime. Wearing a Zuhair Murad dress and Yeprem jewelry covering her fingers. 

poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

 

 

Evan Rachel Wood switched things up with an Altuzarra tux. 

 

 

 

Lily Collins wore the most beautiful dusty rose dress by Zuhair Murad Couture.

 

Viola Davis sparkled in a pop of yellow in this one shoulder Michael Kors dress. 

photo via Getty Images 

 

Emma Stone was bright as a star (pun intended) in Maison Valentino

 

 

 Priyanka Chopra (I have the biggest crush on her…sshhh) in this stunning gold Ralph Lauren

 

 

 

 

Now for the guys…

 

Eddie Redmayne can never do anything wrong. Rocking an almost dark blue suit, the Omega watches brand ambassador topped it all off with the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch (you guys know how much I love a nice watch!)

   Eddie Redmayne arrives to the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

 

 

 

Donald Glover wore a chocolate brown velvet Gucci suit while he scooped up TWO Golden Globes for FX’s hit Atlanta. 

 photo via Getty Images 

poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

 

 

 

Ryan Gosling who had the most gracious of acceptance speeches thanking the beautifully strong Eva Mendes.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (7734777if)
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74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA – 08 Jan 2017

 

Well, that’s it for me! I’m pretty sure I’ve missed some other great dressed stars but these topped my list! Hope you enjoyed. Let’s discuss your faves and more via Facebook or Twitter!

 

 

 

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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!

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.