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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

End of Summer Style

Summer is just about over!  For those in between days when it’s not quite cool enough for a sweater and you still want to look cute, what to do? Or if you’re like me, you want to get at least one more wear out of that perfect summer maxi dress…

 

0park2Simply pair a denim jacket and sandals with your maxi dress and you’re all set to go for a Sunday stroll in the park!

Dress: Perfectly Priscilla

Shoes: Pour La Victoire

Jacket: Old Navy

Phone Case: Kate Spade

 

 

plus size maxi dressOf course I took my furry baby beagle Chipper (who’s now 5 and loves to pull me) for a walk through the park! Dubbed “Great Expectations Maxi Dress by Perfectly Priscilla” is spot on! Needless to say this dress meets and exceeds my expectations! It is both cute and functional, isn’t heavy so it doesn’t weigh me down. It isn’t too thin, so no one will be able see through the fabric! I am absolutely in love with this dress! It’s the perfect length even for my short 5’3″ frame without any alterations.

 

Speaking of the fabric…the print! Oh my gosh, the print!

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It has a very Moroccan motif that I’m absolutely in love with! The material is perfect for summer or an almost fall day. Bonus: the upper part of the strapless dress is lined!

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Must say, I’m pretty excited about fall weather coming. For me, there’s nothing better than a pair of jeans and a sweater when the air is crisp. Can’t wait to see what Perfectly Priscilla has in store for the fall and winter! I’ll definitely grab a couple of stylish things.

 

This cute plus size maxi dress was provided by Perfectly Priscilla for my honest review.

 

What To Wear: Visiting His Family for the Holidays

So he spent Thanksgiving with you and your family now it’s time for you to head to his folks’ place for Christmas. Well, that all sounds like a fun time until you start freaking out about what to wear!

No worries!

First, ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. Where will you be going? (i.e. city, country, cold state or warm place)
  2. How long will you be there? (you’re going to need more than one outfit)
  3. Is it casual or formal?

Once you have the answers to those questions, it’s waaaay easier to narrow down your outfit choices.

If you’re still having trouble figuring it all out…I’m here to help!

Here are several plus size outfit ideas for any weather.

 

 

look one

 

Look one is perfect for the casual holiday gathering and features a cute versatile plus size Danica top from Fashion To Figure, Lena black stretch pants from Lane Bryant and square gift box Kate Spade clutch that I am absolutely DYING to have in my collection right now! (Hint hint wink wink 🙂 )

 

holiday look two

 

Look two is just a little bit more fancy/dressier than look one but still has all the comfort. A gorgeous “darling batwing” peplum top in a creamy white color from Fashion To Figure that will hide any problem areas (uh win!) Attention! jeweled shoes from Kmart (yes, THAT Kmart) in a perfect shade of camel. The featured gold DVF bag is currently sold out on Nordstrom.com but you can find similar bags by clicking here or visit DVF.com. Coated black pants that will more than likely have you feeling sexier than ever from Lane Bryant. Your man will probably want to rip them off of you once the night is over!

 

 

 

holiday look three

 

Look three gives you wonderful plus size outfit ideas that are dressier and well, um…dresses (and a skirt)! If you’ll attend a more formal event/dinner with his family, these dresses are shape flattering and perfect for any holiday dinner event! I tried to pick dresses that stayed within a “holiday color scheme” so you won’t stick out in a bad way. The red & black lace trimmed dresses are from Eloquii, the black velvety soft princess seem dress is from eshakti (which custom fits your clothes with the measurements you send them! From size 0-36W, they’ll be sure to give you a great piece! Last but not least, the Dia chevron foil skirt from Fashion To Figure. Bonus, these dresses can totally be worn more than once to any type of shindig later on. The shoes are in no particular order, mix and match as you please!

 

Each holiday look idea, is featured with a dressier shoe. Whether it’s a flat or a heel, be sure that whatever shoe you choose is comfortable enough to wear for a couple of hours. You can also pull your sneakers out of the car or carry some really comfy slipper socks in your purse for this exact occasion! I’m sure his folks will understand. Of course with most of America having a “heat wave” it’s kind of hard to dress for 60+ degrees in December so those looks are all perfect with or without a coat.

Have fun and Happy Holidays!

Time for Fall Fashion

The season is finally changing!

Thank goodness because I couldn’t wait to pull out my fall jackets, jeans, and boots! It’s rare that I need to go shopping for something new which is why I always buy and keep classic wardrobe staples in my closet.

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That doesn’t mean I’m not spying the seasons new trends to add to my collection!

Staying on trend is key to keeping your style– your look– and your closet on point. Plus size fall fashion has come a very long way from the days of over-sized plain black tops and mom jeans. 2015 is no different in the fashion diversity department.

 

Here are a few of my favorite 2015 fall fashion items:

 

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Writing Destructed Skinny Jeans – $49.50  Ashley Stewart

 

ashleystewartbooties1Lace Up Wedge Booties – $59.50 Ashley Stewart

 

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Sole Society Capri Faux Leather Tote – $64.95 Nordstrom

 

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BB Dakota Printed Wrap Coat – $88 Amazon

 

Perfect for any weather, these are great items to add to your closet. I recommend you go out and buy these ASAP before they’re gone!

Lane Bryant Wants Everyone to Know that #PlusIsEqual

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Have you seen Lane Bryant’s new ad campaign that was unveiled last week during New York Fashion Week?!

In case you haven’t, here’s the commercial spot below!

The campaign is called Plus Is Equal and that’s pretty bad ass!

So whenever you’re using social media to get out your shopping and fashion frustration just hash tag that #PlusIsEqual and get your point across with ease! I could spend hours writing about this epic moment and make it the longest post ever but I’ll spare you guys…today.

Visit #PlusIsEqual for more info!

Enjoy!

Spring Shopping Haul

I went shopping!

(again)

Everyone already knows, I’m a shopaholic, it’s serious. I should seek help…one day. Until that day comes, we all get to enjoy the fashionable or sometimes not so fashionable things that I bring home!

 

Lately, I’ve been slacking showing you guys the good things. Gonna have to blame that on having sinus surgery two months ago. By the way…that surgery was the single most painful thing I’ve ever been through in my entire life, nothing quite comes close.

Let’s move on to happier times, shall we?!

Instagram followers already have the jump on seeing this purchase (those lucky folks have it good!) You should follow too for some sneak peaks!

I had fun at Fashion To Figure!!

The plus size fashion goods:

fashiontofigure shopping haul

 

1. Andy Tribal Print Jersey Dress – $32.50

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2. Love Cutout Top – $22.50 (sold out)

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3. Super Scuba A-line Skirt – $28.50

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4. Tube tops (spring/summer layering essentials) – $6.50

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5. Dolman Double Stripe Top – $22.50

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Everything you see was purchased at Fashion To Figure a plus size clothing store made specifically for us curvy girls! They have great stuff and this was my first purchase from their site. As I was getting the links for the items I bought, I noticed their new items…

Heaven help me!

I wish they had a physical store here in Michigan because no one wants to continuously pay for shipping. Even though they offer *free shipping over $75* sometimes a chick just wants a cute dress and that doesn’t add $75. But alas, Fashion To Figure seems to almost always have a discount being offered, that’s how I grabbed all that stuff you see here!

Sooo, what do you think? Did I do good?

If you’re wondering…I wasn’t paid for this post nor am I affiliated with or work for FTF. Gotta give you guys the disclosures 🙂

 

What To Wear For Date Night: Operation Valentine’s Day

Is it February already?

Next thing you know, we’ll be complaining about how hot it is instead of the 20 inches of snow outside! Until then, we’re getting ready for a date on Valentine’s Day!

Recently, I was asked, to share what I’d wear on a date on one of the most romantic nights of the year. Back in 2014, I put together several outfits that any plus size woman could wear on this day, flashback with me here. Date night fashion can be a tough thing to tackle, ugh the struggle.

First things first, even though this is my idea of date night fashion, here’s something everyone can benefit from…

 

 

Casual Date Night: Valentine's Day

 

Now, moving on to the good stuff…THE CLOTHES! Oh, and the shoes! We all have a favorite pair of jeans that make our butt look absolutely ahh-mazing so start with those and get to adding!

 

Casual Date Night: Valentine's Day

 

From…

  • Moto-boots to strappy stiletto’s
  • A clutch to a chain link cross-body

AND

  • Several options for tops

I think I’ve covered just about all the bases for a casual date! As I mentioned earlier, there really isn’t a need to go out and buy something new, especially when most of us already have TONS of options hiding somewhere in the closet, like me. (Blah, I really need to start getting rid of stuff! Garage sale anyone?!)

Anywho, save the money you were going to spend on something nice like, hmm, I don’t know…a pedicure maybe! Those are always nice. Plus, if the lucky guy is a great date…well, you know how that can go. (PSA: protect yourself!) 

No matter where my honey takes me (hopefully he let’s me know it’s a casual place beforehand) I’ll be set to look my best.

 

A Plus Size Halloween DIY Costume

It’s that spooky time again!

Halloween is fun for so many reasons. Mainly because we all get to dress up and be carefree kids again!

It’ll more than likely be chilly on Halloween here in Michigan so usually any costume that might be “sexy” or revealing is out. Especially if I have to stand outside wainting in line to get into whatever packed club/party my friends want to go to. This makes picking out a costume a very hard task.

So this year, instead of buying an already premade packaged plus size costume that sometimes doesn’t fit, I decided to DIY a costime.

Easier said than done.

Here’s my Halloween costume idea for 2014…

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I’ve been out searching for weeks to find all the pieces and parts needed to make this lovely Cleopatra/Egyptian Goddess but didn’t have much luck.

Walking through the aisles of the fabric store, I hear the numbers being shouted “85, 89…” I look up from the piles of fabric to realize, they’re actually calling numbers just to get fabric! Four stores later…..I have in my possession, pieces of a costume. Maybe I should start looking in April for 2015’s costume idea!

So the search continues.

I wanted to have everything together to share with you guys so you too can make it with me.

Stay tuned and be ready to hit the streets or stay in for a party on Halloween night!