grownandcurvywoman

I'm Georgette a 43 year old curvy woman living in the City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection (Philadelphia) seeking to show other plus size divas that WE too have style and do not need to compromise our integrity to look good. I realize there are so many other women like me who have struggled in this area, and decided to blog my journey. So welcome to my blog and remember...style has no AGE or SIZE!

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TGIF all!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This year I decided to celebrate the holiday with a group of my friends. Spending time with them made me feel so grateful to have them in my life. Now that Thanksgiving is over, the real fun begins! Black Friday officially ushers in the holiday shopping season.  Back in the day after I recovered from my turkey dinner induced coma,  I would head out in the wee hours of the morning to scour the stores for Christmas gifts. Now I chill at home in my PJs scouring the internet for gifts for my friends and family.  Luckily there are a plethora of budget friendly gifts that will definitely put a smile on your loved ones face!

Here are a few of my favorite gifts under $50 that aim to please!

Have a wonderful weekend!

gifts under $50, christmas gifts under $50, $50 and under christmas gifts, faux leather gloves, statement earrings, monogram bracelet, iphone case, leopard print loafers, sephora lipstick set, make up brush set, silver watch, faux leather tote, patent leather tote bag, asos shoes, flat shoes, mango earrings

Faux Leather Gloves/Monogram Bracelet/Statement Earrings
iPhone Case/Loafers/Lipstick Set
Make up Brush Set/Watch/Faux Patent Leather Tote

Happy Monday all!

Once again the holiday season is upon us.  Every year it seems like the start of “holiday season” is being pushed further into October.  During the weekend before Halloween I went to the mall and there were Christmas decorations already on display!  No matter when the season starts, it is the biggest shopping event of the year.  For many of us, the holiday season can be financially overwhelming. Everywhere you turn, people are being encouraged to shop til they drop!  For shoppers with a strict Christmas gift budget (like myself) the urge to splurge can be very strong.  Those urges can potentially bust your budget and put additional stress on your wallet. Here are some tips to help  you stick to your holiday budget and keep extra money in your pocket.

  1. Cash Only: by leaving your credit cards at home you are significantly reducing your ability to over spend.
  2. . Use Coupons: save additional money by downloading Ebates and Retail Me apps to get the latest store coupons.
  3. Be Strategic: instead of roaming around the mall, make a list of the stores you need to visit and stick to only those stores on the list. Once you’ve completed shopping your list…LEAVE THE MALL!

What are some of your tips to combat overspending during the holiday season?

Have a wonderful day!

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Sweater: H&M (size Large; here)
Pants: Old Navy Plus (here)
Boots: ASOS (here, similar here)
Earrings: Baublebar (no longer available, similar here)

Happy Monday all!

My current obsession with velvet continues with this Forever 21 mustard color moto jacket.  I first saw the jacket in Sarah from Curvily IG stories and I really liked it, so when I saw in in their plus section at their King of Prussia Mall store I scooped it up.    Normally Forever 21 is not apart of my shopping experiences because it’s junior plus but I couldn’t leave the store without it. And let me say this about the plus section of Forever 21 in King of Prussia…IT’S HUGE! They moved it from a tiny corner of the store to a large space with multiple racks of plus clothing.  I was very impressed with the size of the section and the use of plus size mannequins in their clothing display. It was nice to actually spend time BROWSING the plus section, not just having a quick look of 2 or 3 racks of clothing.  I felt like Forever 21 really cared about it’s plus customer and respects the power of our dollar.  Retailers  such as Target and Macys need to take a page out of Forever 21’s playbook…ASAP!

Have a wonderful day!

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Jacket: Forever 21+ (here)
Turtleneck: Old Navy (old, similar here and here)
Skirt: ASOS (old, similar here)
Boots: Ivanka Trump (old, similar here and here)
Clutch: Banana Republic (here)

Happy Monday all!

Initially this post was going to be about my 70’s inspired outfit but when I saw the pics all I could focus on is my gut.  I’ve been in a tug of war battle with my gut for over a year.   Since I’ve gained weight my pooch has gotten noticeably bigger and I’ve become super self conscious about it.  I’ve become so self conscious  I stopped tucking my shirt into my pants to conceal the size of it.  I now only wear pants with shirts I know that will would cover my gut.  During my blog shoots I would make myself almost dizzy sucking in my pooch to make it look smaller.  Doing all of these extra things to conceal my gut has made me unhappy.  I don’t want to stop tucking shirts in my shirts or avoiding pants. So I’ve decided to to take control and restart my exercise routine to reduce the size of my pooch.  My goal is not to have a flat stomach but to be comfortable with my fleshy pooch again.

So if you have something you are super self conscious about know that you are not alone.  We all have something we want to change about our bodies.  The trick is still loving yourself despite your flaws.

Have a wonderful day!

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Blouse: H&M (wearing a 14, here & similar here)
Jeans: Eloquii ( here and similar here)
Boots: Simply Be (no longer available, similar here and here)
Bag: Etsy (here)

 

TGIF all!

When it was announced that one of my favorite bloggers Tanesha from Girl With Curves was collaborating  with Dia & Co. I couldn’t wait to see her collection. The collection completely embodies her style with sleek, classic pieces that can easily transition into any wardrobe.  From skirts to coats the collection provides another affordable (prices range from $49-99) option for clothing for plus size women.  What is even better is that you can try out the collection at home when you sign up for  Dia & Co.  subscription based service.  You only pay for what items you keep and the rest you send back with no additional charge.  Dia does charge a $20 styling fee that goes towards the items you keep and provides a 25% discount if you decide to keep everything in your box.  Now thats what I call incentive!

Sign up and shop the collection here!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Outfit 1
Maxi Dress: c/o GCW x Dia & Co
Bag: Etsy (here and similar here)
Earrings: Mango (here)
Boots: Franco Sarto (old, similar here and here)

Outfit 2
Dress: c/o GCW x Dia & Co.
Jeans: c/o GCW x Dia & Co.
Boots: Franco Sarto (old)
Clutch: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here)