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Wedding Planning with Loverly: 3 Dream Day Styles Just For You!

Planning a wedding can be stressful.

I vow to never ever experience that stress on my dream day. With the help of sites like Lover.ly, planning a wedding can be just as fun as pinning a pin (but better)!

My dream wedding would be a destination wedding. Sun, sand and only 5-10 people at an intimate setting. Plus, we’ll already be on our honeymoon! Who can resist that?! Clearly my idea of wedding planning is on the quick and simple side but for those of you who are looking for a much more extravagant theme, these are for you.

Here are three different scenes as the backdrop for my ideal day.  Feel free to “steal” them if you’re in the planning stages yourself!  Don’t worry curvy girls, each theme has  wedding dresses that are available in our size!

Beach 

Beach Affair

Beach Wedding

 



 City Skyline

cityglam

City Wedding


Country Chic

RusticChic

Rustic Wedding
Lover.ly lets you plan your wedding right from the comfort of your laptop or smartphone! Search, save and share your favorite things for your dream day. Be warned…Lover.ly is HIGHLY addictive!

Back To School–Plus Size Denim 3 Ways

Pretty sure you aren’t ready to hear the words “Back To School.”

Well, I won’t apologize just yet!

If you’re in college, thinking about what to wear to class is the last thing on your mind. You’re worrying about the cost of books, semester credits, and that weird thing your roommate does in her sleep. Side note, my college roommate was a sleepwalker and totally tried to smother me with a pillow one night…she managed to wake up before my untimely death. FYI: we’re still friends but that’s neither here nor there so I’ll just move right along 🙂

Is there a better way to take your mind off all of those stressful college things than clothes?! Personally, I think not! Previously, I created a “Back To School Bag Guide”  for every type of student, better known as the “Bag” To School Guide for any budget. This year, I wanted help my fellow book hoarders with outfit ideas.

First up: DENIM! Plus size jeans (denim) don’t have to be expensive (just like everything else in the mall.) They’re perfect for dressing up, dressing down and anything in between.

Here’s three back to school looks for 2014.

 

Back To School Plus Size Denim: Look #1

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Back To School Denim: Look #2

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Plus Size Back To School Denim: Look #3
What did you think of those three outfit ideas?
All are easy to shop for, affordable, on trend, and totally suitable for going back to class! Be sure to add your own touches to make each look personalized for you. Hopefully these looks will give your brain a boost before hitting the books (definitely a lot less stressful than finals in a few months!)
Almost forgot…I’m sorry for mentioning school.

Wowcracy: Call The Tune Best Outfit Challenge #CTToutfit


 

 

A couple of weeks ago, I received an invite to participate in Wowcracys’ Best Outfit Challenge. I get a few offers to collaborate with brands, stores, and the like…some I accept and others I reluctantly turn down for whatever reason. This invite was too good to resist!

 

What it is Wowcracy, you ask?

 

Well, in short, it’s crowd funding for fashion designers. To be exact… “Wowcracy is where fashion designers and brands can constantly showcase their upcoming collections. Everyone can pre-order new creations in real time and set a new fashion trend.”

 

Usually, Wowcracy allows the designers to “call the tune” and the new fashion trend but for this particular challenge, they reached out to fashion bloggers. The challenge was/is to create a look for the upcoming 2014-2015 fall and winter season then post that look to Instagram. They clearly didn’t know I just packed and stored all of my winter clothes lol! On top of that, I absolutely hate taking pictures so this was a true challenge for me indeed!

 

Whoever wins this challenge will have the most ‘likes’ on Instagram. That means YOU, yes YOU need to get your double tap workout on and like-like-like! The pics will be tagged #CTToutfit.

 

Below is one of the looks that I styled for myself…this IS already posted to my Instagram feed so get to “liking” it!

 

 

Dress: Forever 21+

Boots: Marc Jacobs

Jacket: Vintage

 

 

This was totally out of character for me, I know BUT absolutely fun nonetheless! Of course, me being the clumsiest and least photogenic person I know…will have a moment in front of the camera for a change! It’s much easier being a stylist than a model (at least that’s what the voices in my head say.)

 

If there’s any plus size fashion designers or any type of up and coming designers out there, I’d love to collaborate for this project! The deadline is June 30th (short notice, I know) but if not this year, definitely next season we can do something fun!

 

 

Simply email me: CurvesAndCoffee@gmail.com

 

 

 

(British) Plus Size Fashion Weekend – Curves Ahead!


Yes, it’s still “fashion week” and yes, the world of fashion is STILL jet setting across the globe!

 

What you may not know is this; while the Brits and the fashion obsessed natives traveled to London, there was also a fashion week(end) dedicated for plus size women! The British Plus Size Fashion Weekend (or BPSFW for short) took place last weekend (February 14 & 15) during the first three days during London Fashion Week. This year marks the second anniversary for such a great event!

 

Featured designers included:

 

 ~ Evans ~ Remi Ray(Site Coming Soon) ~ Revelation Fashion by Jane Watson ~ 

 

 

Syreeta Badu ~ Simply Be ~ OPhee’s ~ 

 

 ~ Yours ~ Dynasty London ~

 

 

 

You bet yours truly is going to try to make it next year! I should probably start saving now for a London weekend getaway! There is nothing better than seeing all these gorgeous curvaceous bods strut down the runway!

(all images above credit to AP, Getty Images & Invision)

 

 

 

To see more curves and fashion images from BPSFW (and those without that pesky watermark), just visit their Facebook page!

 

Favorite Bag Friday! (I’m feeling a little Lucky)


Have you guys just been dying to see the bag I won from Lucky Mag?! If you haven’t, trust me, I’ve done enough waiting and biting of my nails for ALL OF US!!

To catch some of you stylish sweets up (in case you missed it): I was invited to do a “Contributor Challenge” on LuckyMag.com a few months back for Seventh Generation. The purpose was to test out their new face serum and write a blog post that embodied “Natural Style Secrets”…you can see the original post here on Curves And Coffee or on the contributing section of Lucky Mag.

Of course, I didn’t expect to win anything, I just simply put my best foot er face forward and took a leap! Thankfully, you guys are the best readers/friends a chick could ever have! Without hesitation you shared, voted, and encouraged me to continue and for that, I am forever grateful.

Now to the good part…

I got an email in October, telling me I won the contest but me being the pessimistic cautious person that I am, there was some research and Googling going on before I believed the email. So after making sure everything was legit, signing an affidavit, getting it notarized, scanning it, emailing it,  then mailing said affidavit (yes, it was that serious…) Now, my expectations weren’t high at all. I was expecting a small clutch or cross body bag but…

BEHOLD!

At this point, I was literally hyperventilating trying to get through the tissue paper and remembering to take pics (blogger problems)

Nope! Our eyes aren’t playing tricks on us!

That/this is INDEED a leather MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Chain Tote

(as seen here in black)

How I wore it:

Messy top knot, fuchsia lip, cat eye and grunged down…all the way down!

I took this pic while on my way out and running fashionably late (as usual…sometimes 😉 so never mind the pure look of “hurry up and take the pic” on my face!

The Details:

Camo Jacket (at least 10 years old so I couldn’t tell you how much it was!)

Lords Of Liverpool Tank ~ California Republic ~ Nordstrom ~ $38

Jeans ~ Debs ~ $16

Moto Buckle Boots ~  Dirty Laundry/Chinese Laundry  ~ (bought last year) ~ $89

And of course…THE BAG

Michael Kors Hamilton Tote ~ $298 ~ Gifted!

(see after a little filter magic…)

So, what does a “Social Engagement Winner” do? She engages with her social networks on a daily basis….I love you guys so of course I’m gonna talk to you and share juicy details everyday! But … This bag is HUGE! I could seriously live out of this bag for a weekend if need be. Oh and that lock….it’s heavy!

Take my word for it when I tell you…this is my NEW favorite bag!

 

Trick Or Treat


Sometimes I absolutely love Halloween and other times, I’m simply annoyed with the thought of dressing up. Luckily, 2013 was one of the years I wanted to utilize my creative juices! The theme of this years “spooktacular” was 1950. Now you see why the excitement hovered over me!! The 50’s are a great time period to emulate because there were so many different and styles…from extravagant to pin up or greaser to a Marine. I already had an idea in mind and couldn’t wait to see it come to life!

 

 

50's

 

 

 

black and white

 

black and white by curvesandcoffee featuring Merona

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I kind of went a little crazy with the Halloween extras they added to Pixlr….it was fun!

 

Fall Trends 2013 (Pt.1): Splurge Worthy


Fall ready looks with high price tags!

 

Don’t worry, we’re just looking…

 

These are some of my favorite designers and crazy good looks for the fall season of 2013. Totally worth $plurging on (if you have it, of course.) Let’s start off this series with something we ALL need in our closets…….

 

 

 

 

Whether you like “cool and muted,” “dark and deep” or “vibrant and bright” colors, this is the season to try them all.   Jumping right into the deep end, I chose purple. Of course purple is a sign of royalty so that helps boost the confidence level a tad. Also on trend…matching your colors. I’m beyond excited for this! It’s like the old rules of fashion, match your bag with your shoes and belt!

 

 

Where To Buy: (clockwise from left)

 

$395 ~ Animal Print Satchel ~  Longchamp

 

$725 ~ Stiletto Heels ~  Gucci

 

$385 ~ Suede Pumps ~ Chie Mihara

 

 

 

 

 

$194 ~ Swirled cardigan ~ Nic + Zoe

 

$78 ~ Merino wool sweater ~ Halogen 

 

$88 ~ Pleated blouse ~ BB Dakota

 

 

 

If you’re not one for dark shades or not ready for fall tones just yet, try the muted pastels; dusty rose and pale pink are definitely a do for fall. Speaking of muted colors…these colors seem to be far from it! They may not be as bold or bright but they’re definitely just as pretty and chic.

 

 

Where to buy: clockwise from left

 

$845 ~ Rockstud Caged Ballerina ~ Valentino

 

$898 ~ Legacy Embossed ~ Coach

 

$695 ~ Ballerina Flat ~ Valentino

 

$1590~ Leather & bows  ~ Miu Miu

 

 

 

 

 

 

$78 ~ Embellished Sweatshirt ~ Gibson

 

$200 Silk Top ~ Baum Und Pferdgarten 


 $99 ~ Mersa Top ~ Baum Und Pferdgarten

 

$137 ~ Kiss Top ~ Baum Und Pferdgarten

 

(The three Baum Und Pferdgarten tops are all from Saint Bustier, a shopping site that features clothing for bustier women.)

 

 

 

 

And you absolutely CANNOT go wrong with black or white! Better yet, how about black AND white! Check out these monochrome accessories!

 

 

Where to buy: (left to right)

 

$795 ~ Ankle-tie pumps ~  Giorgio Armani

 

$1295~ Top-handle satchel ~  Michael Kors

 

 

 

No matter what you choose, there is no wrong answer, so feel free to experiment with your wardrobe! That’s all for now folks but be sure to check back here for the rest of the fall fashion series! You don’t wanna miss more bank busting styles and the penny saving looks to follow!

 

Lustful Looks


Hey there stylish sweets! Welcome to another mid-week in August, we won’t be able to say that pretty soon! As September approaches, the weather cools down, trees lose their leaves, and we start reaching for layers. For fall, I’ll continue to do shopping posts which feature items that are affordable and those that are, um, shall we say…not too affordable for us everyday chicks! Also, drum roll please… New York Fashion Week is coming up in September as well. Definitely excited for that but between those runway posts, I’m thinking of doing an everyday post just for the month of September. Currently trying to decide between “30 Days, 30 Heels” or just “30 Days, 30 Shoes”…what do you guys think?

Anywho, now that I have you all caught up…let’s look at a few things I’m lusting over right now! Some of these are far out of my reach but that won’t stop me from drooling over them from time to time. See what’s on my mind and what needs to be in my closet, after the jump! (click “read more” below)

(1.) $995 ~  Charlotte Olympia ~ Pandora Pisces Clutch

 

(2.) $1,270 ~ Roberto Cavalli ~ Baroque Cap Sleeve Dress

 

(3.) $750 ~ Eddie Borgo ~ Alternating Pave Cone Bracelet
(4.) $1,150 ~ Tom Ford ~ Padlock Ankle-Wrap Suede Pump

 

(5.) (contact Chanel for prices) ~ Bows, Gunmetal & Pearls Jewelry Set

 

(6.) $750 ~ Lanvin ~ Beetle Print High Top Sneaker

 

(7.) $4,250 ~ Jason Wu ~ Pleated T-Back Combo Dress

 

(8.) $425 ~ Prada ~ Daino Pleated Wristlet Clutch

 

(9.) $1,495 ~ J Brand ~ Ready to Wear Connix Cropped Jacket

Ok, so you see the price tags…I’ll just enjoy lusting from a distance this time around. Although, every single piece would look very good in my wardrobe! ‘Twas fun dreaming, don’t you think?! What’s something you’re drooling over this month?

Let’s Go au naturale! #AllNaturalStyleSecrets


If you know me in the real world, you know that I rarely wear makeup everyday. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE MAKEUP but showing a fresh face to the world is a thing of beauty. It shows confidence and your natural features. So when Lucky Mag and the Lucky Mag Community reached out to do a post featuring a new natural product, I jumped at the chance!

 

 

Disclosure: I received a free sample of this product from Lucky and Seventh Generation for use in connection with this blog.

 

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And here’s what I received! Seventh Generation Boosts: Firming

 

 

 

I’ve been using this product for 3 days and my skin feels ahh-mazing!

 

 

As my style is already fairly natural, I figured what way to show that off than in my “natural” habitat?! At home, relaxing on the couch while enjoying some tv! Natural is comfortable for me. A chambray shirt from Old Navy and curls are all I need for a relaxing evening. Keeping it simple is my secret to effortless style.

 

#AllNaturalStyleSecrets

 

 

Trust me, you’re going to love it!