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How to Wear Fall’s “It” Plaid for Evening

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Get Wardrobe Staples That Can Do BOTH

After your early 20’s there comes a time where your wardrobe can’t be two polar opposites. If you are like me you spend 60% of your week in an office. Which means blazers, slacks, and cardigans because let’s be honest it’s cold at your desk.

I also have an active social life but the days of buying clothes designated for the club are behind me. You may also stop buying “club clothes” when you start to dive deep into developing your own personal style. When I buy a piece it needs to have diversity. I need to be able to go from the office to cocktails, to brunch. Don’t get me wrong I still have a freak-um dress but my wardrobe is now a solid 80/20.

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Plaid is Everywhere for Fall

As a girl who grew up watching the movie Clueless I love a good plaid. It can be played with in so many different ways. I especially love this plaid which is menswear-inspired. I love stealing elements from the guys and pairing them with feminine pieces like the slip dress that I am wearing. For a more casual look, I would pair this with a band t-shirt and distressed jeans. I love that you can make this plaid go from work to play by just changing it p a bit. (Notice how I gave this blazer a sexy vibe with this slip dress and the heels)

What are your thoughts on plaid for fall? Is it a yes or a no for you?

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Blazer: Target, Sold Out (Super Cute Suggestion) Slip Dress: Target, Shoes: Old, (SCS Here)

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It Was All Good… And Then

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I had just come back from a conference geared towards curvy women and heard about Dia & Co. If you’ve never heard of them, they’re a plus size clothing brand that advocates women to be more confident in every outfit! After the conference, I felt fearless, like who is afraid of the big bad wolf? Not me, right? As I looked through my closet certain that I wasn’t afraid of anything in there, fear was hanging on a purple Joy Mangano huggable hanger. A cute body con dress that I felt would look so good on me when I was online shopping only to receive it and remember that I don’t have an hour glass shape. Continue reading It Was All Good… And Then

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What You Won’t Know About #TCFStyleExpo Unless You Go

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This past weekend, I took a road trip to Atlanta to make my way to The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo. I had my set expectations for shopping and getting to meet a few of my blogger boos in person. My expectations were exceeded from the moment I stepped into the Cobb Galeria Center! I admit in person networking is not my strong suit I’d much rather send an email but every woman in the room was beautifully adorned, warm, and friendly. It was like I stepped into a room full of old friends that I hadn’t seen in a while.

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I was consumed with good vibes when I realized that I had never been around so many women who were this comfortable being plus size. If not fully comfortable they were in search of acceptance of their bodies in their current state. Not settling and thinking of themselves as less than. All of the workshops and panels had deeper meanings these sessions didn’t pose answers but an open dialogue was openly discussed on what it means to have style while being a plus size consumer, body image, and even shapewear vs. au naturel.

Loving Your Body Is Continuous Journey

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Body acceptance is a continuous journey for all of us. It’s so easy to see someone else’s body, outfit, or life and think they have it better. I got to hear so many women’s personal stories about their style and no two were the same. From women who have been the chunky girl their whole lives or the women who grew into being more curvaceous over time we all have moments of insecurity and it’s ok. These moments took the expo beyond just a chance to shop and became a space for us to see style as a form of self-care.

Major Slayage

Honey this ain’t your average slay! I was so inspired to see what women were wearing and how they styled themselves. I was a kid in a candy store. Most of all everyone carried themselves with such confidence and joy. I could hardly keep my giddiness under wraps! I know I plan on taking some styling cues from these ladies.

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Big & Tall Fashion Is On The Rise

I sat in on a panel about men’s big and tall fashion and I was so enlightened when I heard their stories. How they have been under served and had no platform to speak about their issues. Hearing things from their side really opened my eyes to understand that size issues expand past women and the men need attention too. I mean I’m not opposed to a big, tall, handsome guy being just as fly as me. ( Call Me!)

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Honestly, there was so much to take in at the TCF Style Expo that it’s hard to fit it all in this post. Just know that I will there 2018 because I had the time of my life. It’s truly an experience that every curvy girl needs it’s more than just shopping it’s a celebration.

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We’ll Always Have Polka Dots

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Bringing it back like polka dots!! Well, that is not exactly true they never really left especially since polka dots are my favorite! When I found this bell sleeve top from Fashion to Figure I knew that I had to have it. Sleeves are big this season, no really, they’re huge. If you’re looking for a dramatic statement piece for summer try finding a top with intricate sleeve details. This look can work on all body types.

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How to Wear Head to Toe Blush

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April showers have finally brought May flowers, well at least in my closet. Dusty Rose or blush is all over the place and I’m here for it! Pink is my favorite color and all of the latest shades are perfect for a girl who loves pink but doesn’t want to look like bubble gum.

Pulling off one color can be trickier than it seems I’m sharing my tips on how to nail a monochromatic look.  Continue reading How to Wear Head to Toe Blush

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Never Say Never

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When I first saw a pair of cropped flare leg jeans showcased on one of my favorite fashion outlets Who, What, Wear I thought those will never look good on me. I love New York street style it’s so eclectic and fun but cropped jeans were outside of my comfort zone. It doesn’t take much to get me to take a risk. When I got these embroidered stack heels from JustFab I didn’t want any of the details on these cute shoes to be missed.

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I wouldn’t wear these cropped jeans with flats but I love that my shoes are front and center. Although I have seen them styled with strappy flats and look very good I don’t think it would work on my body type.  I’m glad that I took the risk on trying something I wouldn’t normally consider. Every now and then you just have to take the risk in the dressing room the worst than can happen is you have to put it pack on the rack.

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Jeans: Old Navy, Top: Old Navy, Jacket: Forever 21, Shoes: Just Fab

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Looks Good With Trouble

 

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During the spoils of youth, I think all women enjoy some drama with their romance. Thank goodness for maturity. I like my drama right where I can control it, in my closet. Sheer details are trending and I had to hop on board when I saw this dress on Rebdolls website. If you’re trying to dip your toe into the sexy end of the pool, rocking a sheer look is the way to dive in.

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Don’t Be Scared

This is not a look for the faint of heart. Sometimes putting it all out there is the best confidence booster because you’re suddenly free with nothing to hide. There is nothing sexier than a confident woman. Talk about being the ideal Valentine, going sheer can seem intimidating but it’s truly just creating an illusion. You’re not as naked as you appear. Wearing the right undergarments and hosiery will provide additional support and coverage. I am wearing sheer to toe hosiery and high waisted shapewear  I am very impressed with the quality of the velvet of the bodysuit. It enhances the elegance.

 

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Dress: Rebdolls, Fur: Target (similar), Cocktail Ring Old (similar)

I Can See Straight Through You!

Looking for a sheer or lace dress

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Pretty In Pink

 

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Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. I am a facilitator of love and for the next few weeks, I will be the cupid of outfit inspiration. My first look is for the laid back ladies. I am all about the wardrobe uniform. A wardrobe uniform is all about embracing your personal style.  You know what works on your body, and now it’s all about tailoring your look to every occasion. If your signature look is jeans and a t-shirt, consider elevating the look with a great motto jacket in a fun color.

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Consider a few things

  1. The traditional uniform would be a white tee, blue jeans, and a black leather jacket.  Three different colors and textures can break up your shape and make you look shorter. Consider pairing gray or black jeans with a matching top.  Monochromatic will make you look longer and tends to give a more dressed up look.
  2. Feeling bright? Wearing monochromatic underpinnings will make your jacket the focal point of your outfit.
  3. Want to look even taller?  Pair your look with a nude pump.
  4. Distressed jeans are just sexy.  It’s something about a small amount of exposed skin. Find a great pair of distressed denim and consider them evening wear. Just make sure you follow this rule while shopping for new jeans. BHT: Booty, Hip, Thigh. I don’t care if the jeans are on sale, if they don’t properly fit the BHT it’s not worth it.
  5. The goal is to keep the line of your body as long as possible. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESJacket: Forever 21, Turtleneck: Old Navy (sold out, similar), Jeans: Old Navy, Necklace Charming Charlie (old)

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My Favorite Picks for denim and jackets

Jeans:  Target,  Old Navy

Jackets: Forever 21 Torrid

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Cold Weather Cute

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I am not the biggest fan of frigid temperatures but I am a big fan of sweaters, capes, and turtlenecks. So for all intensive fashion reasons I continue to live in the Midwest for superficial reasons. In my book, nothing is more chic than a cape. It adds instant sophistication and it’s pretty much an outfit on its own.

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This cape is perfect. It has traditional cape elements but it has the weight of a light sweater. It’s perfect because I can layer a thin long sleeve tee or a thin sweater and still manage to wear a coat without feeling like a marshmallow.

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Consider adding a cape into your wardrobe.  You will not regret purchasing one. It’s a piece that I would recommend investing in if it is made with traditional suiting material because it can work for work and for after hours. If you find a cape that is more sweater-like, I wouldn’t invest too money into it since silhouettes change every season.

Check out these super chic capes:

If you’re tall check out  ASOS (They have trendier options for tall women)

If you’re plus check out SimplyBe and Target

If you’re Petite and Plus Size check out Eloquii  (there is a whole section dedicated to Petite Plus)

If you’re Petite check out Boohoo 

If you’re just looking for a cape: Forever 21

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Cape: SimplyBe, Leather Leggings: Forever 21, OTK Boots: JustFab (sold out, similar here)

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New Year, New Socks

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Well, it’s 2017 and I am drowning in a sea of other people’s resolutions and affirmations. I am filled with gratitude that I made it through 2016 and managed to get everything on my Christmas list. Granted my list consisted of snow boots and over the knee socks. I decided to style my Christmas socks and take them out on the town.

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I remember the first time I sported over the knee socks. It was the first day of 6th grade I had spent an entire summer watching Clueless. I guess my grade school friends hadn’t gotten the memo that Cher and Dion were the coolest high school friends, like ever! Everyone asked me why  I had my socks pulled up so high.It’s pretty funny now considering I will still rock a mini dress and knee socks.

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Pairing knee socks with booties is actually an awesome way to transition and transform your booties into winter, they also offer additional warmth. If you can match your sock and boot color it will keep the line of your leg long. It will also have a more mature look. You want to be sure that the hemline of your dress is above the knee so you can show a little leg.

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Here a few options on where to find over the knee socks: Target, ASOS , Torrid 

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