Casual Friday: Farewell Summer

TGIF all!

Overnight Summer left Philadelphia without even saying goodbye! The temperatures plunged 20 degrees  unofficially ushering in Fall this morning. Usually I’m not a fan of Summer but this year the temps were so mild there no scorching hot days.   I completely enjoyed my Summer this year.  What I’ll miss most about Summer are my lazy beach days, impromptu get togethers with friends,   breezy sundresses and bright sunshine.  Fall is very pretty and all but I can’t help wishing Summer had stayed around just a bit longer!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Shirt: Old Navy (sold out online; check local store)
Pants: Talbots (old)
Necklace: c/o Lane Bryant (sold out)
Shoes: Circus by Sam Edelman (here)
Bag: Philip Lim for Target (old)

Change Is Gonna Come

Happy Hump Day all!

New York Fashion Week has never been known for being plus friendly but there are tiny signs of change.  Plus size models such as Denise Bidot walked in  Chromat and Zana Bayne shows last week , plus size labels PLY Apparel and Carmakoma both used NYFW as a backdrop to showcase their Spring/Summer 2015 collections.  I was fortunate to attend both these events and I was extremely impressed with the collections.  While the fashion industry still has a  long way to go in regards to plus size fashion, the hope is that change is  coming!

PLY Apparel:

PLY Apparel is a luxury plus size line whose motto “because you deserve better” gives the upscale  customer enviable clothing.   PLY creators Lamarr and Pamela Nanton  elegant collection definitely reflects their brand and motto.  The pieces in their Spring/Summer 2015 collection were soft, structured and highly feminine.   I felt the collection had a  cohesive theme and point of view.  It’s clear the designers know their customer base and the clothes reflect that. The price point is between $500-$2,000 which to some is out of their price range but if you are looking for quality investment pieces, then PLY is for you!

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What I wore for the presentation:

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Skirt:custom by TajaSews
Shoes: Aldo (old)

 I also got to hang out with my blogger boos Sheri from Shapely Chic Sheri and Sandra from Lapecosa Preciosa.  I had such an AWESOME time with these ladies!

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Carmakoma:

Carmakoma is a Danish plus size clothing line that wants “…to create clothes that make a difference to the individual, regardless of size…”  It’s creators Heidie and Angelica have definitely achieved their goal with their Spring/Summer 2015 collection.  I was extremely impressed with their willingness to come to the States to present their work. The clothing was on trend,  edgy yet feminine.  Regardless of age, there was something for everyone  in the collection.  I had so many favorite pieces, I lost count!

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What I wore to the Carmakoma event. I was all about being comfy!
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Shirt: Old Navy (here)
Skirt: Eloquii (here, available only in a size 22)
Sneakers: Converse (here)

I hope you will check PLY Apparel and Carmakoma out.  It’s so important that we support plus size designers who want to give us quality clothing. I promise you wont be disappointed!

Have a wonderful day!

Casual Friday: The Plus Side of 40

TGIF all!

Yesterday,  Sandra of La Pecosa Preciosa and I were talking about being plus sized and in our forties.  We talked about how the stereotype that older plus size women have no style, wear moo moos and are uninterested in fashion continues to prevail.  I’ve seen the clothing options for the supposedly “mature” plus woman and it makes me cringe!   We like our younger plus size sisters, want access to quality, fashionable clothing too.   Our style doesn’t suddenly disappear once we hit a particular age.   If anything our style evolves because our views about how others see us changes. I can say without hesitation that I dress a thousand times better now at 42 than I ever did in my 20s & 30s.  I don’t subscribe to “dressing my age” philosophies and I’m open to trying new things.   Fifty percent of that is due to my self-confidence and the other is from the wisdom that comes with age.  I would like to see brands acknowledge this and reach out to us too.  Ask us what  our lifestyle needs are  so the clothing reflects that.   Don’t  just  assume its stretchy pants, shapeless dresses  and garish floral prints.  We want to look good as we  pursue our passions, help our children steer through adulthood, start or finish that degree or make a career change.   Wanting to look good doesn’t change no matter what age we are.   After all, style is FOREVER!

Here are a few plus 40+ size bloggers that smash all those stereotypes to pieces! If you know other 40+ plus size bloggers let me know in the comment section.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Sandra from La Pecosa Preciosa
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Delilah from Pumps & Studz

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Jaye from Curvatude

 

Summer Rewind

Happy Monday all!

Since Labor Day is the unofficial end of Summer, I thought it would be cool to highlight my favorite outfits from the season.   My style has definitely changed from when I first started the blog.  I challenged myself this Summer to step outside my comfort zone (strapless, crop and off the shoulder tops; wearing leather)  and I’m happy I did that.   I feel more confident to play with different trends to have fun with my wardrobe. I cant wait to further push my style boundaries this Fall!

Also if you are in the Philadelphia area I would love to see you at my brunch on Sunday, September 21st! Click here to RSVP!

GCWBrunch2014

Have a wonderful day!

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Casual Friday: Jean Day

TGIF all!

Since I don’t have to go to court today, I can finally wear jeans to the office.  In the Summer  I usually ditch jeans because of the heat & humidity but the unseasonably cool temps of late have created the perfect conditions to wear them.  The jeans I’m wearing today are from Lane Bryant .  Ever since I got them I cant stop wearing them.  It’s hard for me to find jeans I really like and fit me well so when I do find a good pair, I wear them constantly.  These jeans are so comfortable and fit my curves wonderfully.  What completely sold me is that they don’t gap in the back which means I don’t have to keep hitching  them up to cover my booty.  The only downside is that they only come in one color. I wish they came in more colors so I could buy all of them! Until that happens, I’m gonna wear these  lovelies until they fall apart! LOL

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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Jeans: c/o Lane Bryant (here)
Blazer: Nordstrom Rack (old)
T-Shirt: Old Navy (on sale here)
Shoes: Tahari (here)
Bag: Philip Lim for Target (old)

Foxcroft Style Stars!

Happy Monday all!

Sometimes working  as a  public servant can be a difficult and thankless job.  Professions such as teachers often get a lot backlash but no one notices  the commitment and pride the vast majority of them have about the work they do.  Foxcroft  in partnership with L’Appartement Prive Salon treated 20 teachers from P.S. 31 in Brooklyn, NY  (a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence !) to a wonderful make over to show their appreciation for what they do.

“We are thrilled to have the women of P.S. 31 Brooklyn participate in our Style Stars project,” says Tom Dietrich, President of The Apparel Group, the parent company of Foxcroft. “This project reflects our ongoing effort to support teachers for their hard work in educating our children.”

The teachers were treated to hair consultations and styling by celebrity hair stylist Laurent Dufourg  and a custom Foxcroft wardrobe.

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“It was nice to be pampered and recognized for the work that we do in a totally different way,” LouAnn Gallo, who has taught at P.S. 31 for 15 years, said. “It was a really positive experience.”

When Foxcroft contacted me to see if I would share this story, I was happy to oblige.  I’ve collaborated with Foxcroft in the past and can honestly say the quality of their clothing is top-notch.  They were kind enough to gift me their camo print blouse and trust me it will be in HEAVY rotation this upcoming Fall and Winter.

You can check out Foxcroft’s Style Stars here  and get 20% off the teacher’s favorite shirts!

Have a wonderful day!

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Shirt: c/o Foxcroft (here)
Denim Pencil Skirt: Old Navy (not available online)
Sandals: Nine West (old)

Casual Friday: Lovely Leopard

TGIF all!

Ever since I figured out leopard print pretty much goes with EVERYTHING, I’ve been obsessed. Since Fall is right around the corner, I cant wait to rock it with my favorite  essentials for the season.  Here are some of latest leopard print styles that make me swoon!

Are you a fan of leopard print?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Dress
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Sweatshirt
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Blazer
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Pants
eloquii.com

Ankle booties
ninewest.com

Brown purse
bodenusa.com

30 Plus Style: Trending, Dresses Over Pants

Happy Hump Day all!

Being in the 30 Plus Style collaborative has definitely stretching the boundaries of my style.  Back in the Spring it was a tutu and  now  a dress over pants.   Ive seen pictures of this trend but mostly on the runway and on street style stars.  While it looked good on them,  I became concerned that I wouldnt  work on me and I would end up looking like a bag lady.   So I took to my beloved Pinterest to find inspiration and to find  how to wear the trend stylishly.  What I got from the pins  is that slim or skinny leg pants  and A line dresses seem to be the best combo when venturing into this look.  After some serious closet digging I decided to pair an old dress over  straight leg jeans. I added heels to lengthen my legs and balance out  the proportions.  My ripped jeans (which I cannot stop wearing!) added to the  bohemian vibe of the dress.  Honestly I don’t know if Ill wear this trend again but it was fun to try something new and a little scary!

So what do you think? Would you wear a dress over pants?

Please check out the other lovely ladies of 30 Plus Style and our guest blogger Els from XL Fashion File to see how they tackled the challenge!

In My Joi
The Jenesesaisquoi
Pumpz and Studz
Pretty Plus Pep
Mode Plus
XL Fashion File

30 Plus Style is looking for guest bloggers to join us on a future post.  For consideration please contact us at 30plusstylecollab@gmail.com

Have a wonderful day!

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 Dress: Calvin Klein (old)
Jeans: c/o Lane Bryant (here)
Purse: Old Navy (old)
Sandals: Nine West (old)

 

Practice What You Preach

TGIF all!

Since eShakti’s   tropical floral print crop top and skirt debuted earlier this Summer I’ve been smitten.  So when  eShakti contacted me about reviewing one of their  items I knew I had to have it.   But when it  came time to order I got cold feet.   I was allowing thoughts about being “too old” for a crop top hinder me from trying something new.   I finally decided to practice what I preach and make the trend work for me.   I had eShakti  customize the set to my measurements and changed the skirt  from above the knee to midi length (my favorite!).   I’ve had dresses customized by eShakti in the past and this was by far  the best job they’ve done. The  crop top overlaps with the high waist skirt so my wobbly bits (yes I’m quoting Bridget Jones!) aren’t exposed.  I found the skirt  a bit too long but a trip to the seamstress will fix that.   I’ll definitely  get a lot of wear out of the set, especially the skirt.  I’m really proud of myself for not giving into negative thinking.  If I had stuck to a safe option, I would’ve been kicking myself later on for being a chicken!

What  Summer trend have you tried that was a move outside your comfort zone?

Have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: eShakti gifted me this set. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Top: c/o eShakti
Skirt: c/o eShakti
Sandals: Nine West (old)
Necklace: Banana Republic (old)

 

 

 

 

Redbook’s Real Women Style Award Winner!

Happy Tuesday all! I’m SO happy to (finally!!!) announce that I am one of the winners of Redbook Magazine’s Real Women Style Awards! This is such a huge honor for me because I never thought I would  ever be in a fashion magazine.  I cried so hard when I found out I had been chosen. I remember when I thought I was disgusting and ugly because I was plus size.  I’m so grateful that God showed me how to accept my body and stop being ashamed of it. I now have an appreciation of the blessings I’ve been given even on my bad days.  My wish is that being in Redbook will inspire one woman to accept her body and celebrate it!

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 And to think I almost didn’t enter!  I had completely forgotten about the contest until the last day to enter and submitted my photos! Thank you  Redbook and JCPenney for allowing me to be apart of this awesome opportunity!  Check out the other winners here and their blogs. These ladies have some SERIOUS style! RBK_RealWomenStyleAwards_Option 1 Update(1) Kimberly: Penny Pincher Fashion Catie: Fleur d’Elise Victoria: It’s Versayce Brittany: The Brilliance of B Caroline: House of Harper Kendi: Kendi Everyday Maria: The Style Letters Karla: Karlareed (Instagram) Marisa: A Lovely Living

Have a wonderful day!