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Just Another Girl in a LRD (little red dress)

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The powerful dynamic of the LBD (little black dress) plays a major role in fashion, but we often forget about the equally powerful LRD (little red dress). It’s like a secret weapon that you pull out when you want to reach optimum sexiness. Red has such an emotionally intense presence that it can make even a classically cut a-line a show stopper.  With it being Valentine’s Day, I’m sure we all want as much positive attention as we can possibly get.

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The thing that I love about the classic dress is that you can play with accessories more. I love pairing this very “New York street style” handbag with a more mature look. Have a little fun with your style and accessorize by using details that remind you of your adolescence.  It’s a way to add youthful energy to your look without overpowering your whole outfit.

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Dress: Fashion to Figure (Sold Out), Bralette: Torrid, Shoes: Payless (, Purse Charming Charlie (similar)

Looking for LRD: Torrid  Fashion to Figure  Rebdolls Boohoo

Quirky Purses: JustFab Charlotte Russe  Aldo

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A Bodysuit In Every Closet

 

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Every woman needs a wardrobe formula that she can rely on. My new go to formula is a bodysuit and an A-line skirt. It’s a no-brainer because of the versatility of a bodysuit. I like tucking in my shirt and a bodysuit gives me the tucked in look without the bulk. I bought one bodysuit and now I can’t stop.  I guarantee your skirts will get more wear if you add a few bodysuits to your wardrobe.

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Bodysuit: Boohoo, Skirt: Fashion to Figure, Fishnets: Torrid, Shoes: Steve Madden(similar here)

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I love the playfulness of an A-line skirt. If you are more narrow through the hips an a-line skirt can add volume and balance to your lower body. If you are top heavy and narrow through the hip this is a sexy alternative to body conscious dresses. Bodysuits and skirts are a great personal uniform option. It’s just as no fuss as a maxi dress.

Looking for a bodysuit: Boohoo, Fashion to Figure, Ashley Stewart, ASOS

Need a skirt? Rue 107, Eloquii, Fashion to Figure, H+M

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Glamorous Gangsta… A Christmas Story

 

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Let me start off by saying that in no way do I support being a career criminal. What I do support is gangster’s girlfriends’ wardrobes in movies! Whether it was Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, Sharon Stone in Casino, and hello Taraji P. Henson as Cooke Lyon on Empire. Especially Cookie her wardrobe is the perfect example of glamorous street wear. Which is normally my cold weather go to for casual parties and friendly get-togethers (Secret Santa gift exchange with your girls). The juxtaposition of a glamorous detail paired with street clothes such as denim or boots. This is a great way to play with mixing elements while still staying warm.

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Go big in one area

Pick a high end glamorous detail and work around it. Fur, sequins, satin are all good options for playing around with. I love the idea of having on a great boyfriend tee, your favorite jeans, a trench coat, and a shoe you would normally reserve for evening. When I stlyed my look I knew I wanted my fur to be the glamorous element so I made sure to pair it with a neutral boot, skinny jeans, and I made sure my top (which is actually a bodysuit) had complementary colors to the sweater. I am rocking major VBO (visible belly outline) but I’m good with it I’ve accepted the fact that I like the tucked in look from time to time!

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Sweater:Fashion to Figure: Sold Out (Similar) (Straight Size Option), Bodysuit: Fashion to Figure, Sold Out (Similar) (Straight Size Option), Jeans: Forever 21, Old (Similar), Boots: Nordstrom Rack, Old (Similar) (Wide Calf Option)

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Tis The Season to Slay (The #1 Rule To Werking the Holidays)

I’ve been waiting to wear holiday looks like some people have been waiting to put up their Christmas tree. The holiday season is here and I can’t wait to rock red lips and sparkling frocks as often as I possibly can. When I saw this dress from Fashion to Figure I knew it was meant to be! I keep an evening dress on deck during the holiday season so I don’t have to turn down a last-minute invitation to a holiday party.

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A Dress on Deck is Better Than Stress on the Shore

My rule of thumb is that it better to anticipate something will happen than to expect nothing will be going on. As a woman of a certain size last minute shopping will make me want to cry in the dressing room. In-store options can be limited and quite frankly basic. If I am in the mood to wear something out of the box with an unexpected detail there are more options online. Online only options can be intimating but knowing your measurements (bust, waist, hip, inseam) is essential and read the customer reviews. People who have already purchased the items will let you know if an item runs small, is made poorly, or the item doesn’t live up to its expectations.

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Brands are 100 times more interactive  on social media with consumers if your favorite retailer has a Facebook page or an Instagram account follow them. Their social media teams are normally great about answering questions about sizing and fit questions. If the retailer is not responsive online I wouldn’t purchase from a brand that isn’t, no customer interaction indicaition that they are selling a low quality product. Don’t be afraid of online shopping because a dress on deck is better than last minute shopping, I promise.

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My 7 Fashion Rules I Broke This Summer

 

I feel like I dress better in my thirties than I did In my twenties. Which is ironic because I think I had a better body in my twenties. Maybe it wasn’t better but I was definitely smaller. The moment I embraced my true self I started being nicer to myself. I started giving myself permission to try things that I would have normally been too scared to try. In my thirties, I started breaking my own rules and preconceived notions of what I should and should not wear.

I’m sharing my favorite looks from this summer and how I broke all of my fashion rules from my twenties:

Rule #1: If Mom Doesn’t Like It, Don’t Wear It

My mom is my fashion guru. Seriously she is a fashion genius and an incredible seamstress. When my mom doesn’t like something she is usually right. If my mom tells me to change I do because there’s a chance she is seeing something that I didn’t. So about this tulle skirt, my mama hates this skirt! I had to accept that I couldn’t talk her into liking it and I had to accept that her opinion didn’t change the that I like this skirt. It is what it is sometimes you just have to take a chance and be the only person who likes what you are wearing.

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Rule #2 :Attempt to Dress Your Age

While all of my childhood friends wanted to be cartoon charicters I really wanted to be Anita Baker. Can you imagine a five year old who’s hearts desire is be an adult contemporary jazz singer. It’s pretty funny now but dressing mature in your twenties is kind of frowned upon I mean you’re young you should be naked! I would get anxiety if I thought something looked too old. You never want a look to age you but a classic never goes out of style. Don’t be affraid to be understated. Dress for your mood and not your age.

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Rule #3: Firm Fat

It must be jelly because jam don’t shake like that, that is my firm fat rule.  I often peffer for my round areas to be confinded to materials that smooth out my shape. If a swimsuit promises to make me appear 10 pounds slimmer chances are I’m buying that swimsuit. This summer I finally wore a swimsuit that had no promise of slimming me down and I didn’t die. I actually thought I looked pretty good. My firm fat rule now fluctuates depending on my mood.

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Rule #4: No Ankle Pants, Ever!

My body shape is between an apple and an inversted triangle. Which means the lower half of my body is noticably more narrow than my upper body. I can’t be the only plus size woman with narrow hips, can I? I am all about semitry and creating visual lines when I am styling a look so I have a no ankle pants rule. No leggings, no crop pants, the answer was no! I want to say I had some big magical moment of self acceptance but really vanity made me ease up on my no ankles pants rule. I legit just wanted the top of a pair of shoes to be visible so I had a pair of pants hemmed above the ankle and the rest is history. Shoes trump body insecurity.

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Rule #5: Flowers are for Gardens

This isn’t really my rule, I have to be honest, I curate what looks I share on my blog. I try to have an understanding of what will translate well and what won’t. Then I remembered it’s my blog and my style isn’t for everyone. I love flowers and I often feel like I am a flower, constantly in bloom. Maybe one of my readers will be brave enough to wear a floral print one day and realize that gardens are beautiful and there is no shame in looking like one.

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Rule #6: Don’t Wear Bold Prints

The older I get the more I  embrace my own style and let go of dressing to please other people. It’s funny how a comment from one person can change your style. I was dating a guy and it felt like everytime I wore anything with a print on it he didn’t like what I was wearing. To avoid the conversation all together I just started wearing solids. Even after we broke up I still kept gravitating to solids. Eventually I thought why am I still dressing to appease a guy I’m not even dating anymore? Needless to say prints have made their way back into my wardrobe.

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At The End of The Day

If you have gotten away from your true sense of style just remember yourself. I try not let myself not to get too far away from my classy free spirit. I love music, film, color, and nature and those elements reflect in my style. Don’t be affraid to break your own rules that you have put on yourself. Finding freedom in your personal style will trickle into other areas of your life. I defeinitely feel a sense of fearlessness everytime I step outside of my comfort zone.

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Style Sunday | The Dress That Looks Good On Everyone

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I posted a picture of myself wearing a shirt dress on my Facebook page and one of my friends commented and said, “that dress looks great on you, but I couldn’t wear it I don’t have a butt.” I replied back to her that I’m a wearing shirtdress, and it is one of the most universally flattering dresses ever, it looks good on just about anyone. It is the easiest style of dress to wear. The structure in a shirtdress give the body shape and creates curves where there may or may not be any.  You can dress a shirtdress up with accessories or wear flats and go casual which makes the style perfect for any occasion.

Also, my friend mentioned she thought about purchasing the dress, but she passes. I asked, “Did you try it on?” The answer was no. Stop looking at clothes on a hanger and ruling them out. Is there a monster in the dressing room? Don’t be afraid to try something on. There is no Lockdress Monster in the dressing room have no fear if it doesn’t look right no one has to know, I try on things all the time and wonder what even possessed me to think the item would look good on me.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESDress: Fashion to Figure, Necklace: Mr.Kate, Shoes: Target Old

As flattering as this style is I know there can be some challenges with a shirtdress. Having a large bust creates a problem with any item of clothing that buttons. I have incorporated a new busty girl hack; I use double sided fashion tape so that the area between the buttons doesn’t gap. If you are more self-conscious about your midsection, look for a shirtdress that is more A-line at the bottom.

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Viva la Vida | Fashion and Frida

 

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When I wake up the first thing on my mind is where am I going and what I am wearing.I love getting out and exploring flea markets. street fairs, or just areas of town where all the sites are in walking distance from each other.

It’s finally that time of year where I can throw on a dress and a cute pair of sandals and head out the door. In the warmer months, I hob nob from one outdoor activity to the next. My goal is to look as put together as possible with minimal effort. This dress from Fashion to Figure will be great on curvy bodies because od the multiple the directions of the stripes makes the dress, complimentary on a variety of shapes.

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Dress:Fashion to Figure, Sandals:DSW

Soooo it’s almost Cinco de Mayo…

When I heard about a new restaurant in Covington, Kentucky decked out in Frida Kahlo decor I said, “Yes Please!!” You mean I get to be surrounded by my favorite artist and have a Margarita!! Everything about Frida 602 aroused my senses from the beautiful color scheme to the tasty cocktail menu. The cuisine features Latin street cuisine, and I highly recommend the shrimp taco! Located in historic Mainstrasse Frida 602 is perfectly nestled in within all of the newer restaurants and shops.

 

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This Passion Fruit Margarita was everything!!

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Style Sunday | Casually Fine

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Socializing is such sweet sorrow. In the Midwest as soon as the weather breaks a swarm of invites flood my inbox and I’m left in distress wondering, what am I going to wear? When in doubt I always go for what I refer to as casually fine. A great pair of jeans, a sexy blouse, and a great pair of shoes can take you anywhere from an art exhibit to a night club.

The important aspect of bringing these natural elements together is the fit of the jeans and the fabric of the blouse. The jeans should hug you in all the right places and enhance your shape.I recently ordered these white jeans from Fashion to Figure, and they are perfect. The denim doesn’t have too much stretch, so they hold their shape while managing to be comfortable

To elevate your casual look be sure your blouse is made of a luxe fabric (silk is ideal but let’s be realistic any flowing fabric will do the job). The shirt will provide a contrast to the jeans, and you can use your accessories to add additional texture and interest to your outfit. This simple combination will give you an ultra-chic New York street style vibe, and it will take less than 15 minutes to put together. What are your go-to looks when you receive a last minute invitation? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Jeans: Fashion to Figure, Top: Fashion to Figure, Shoes: Just Fab

 

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