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About grownandcurvywoman

I'm a 40yr old curvy woman seeking to show other plus size divas that WE too have style and do not need to compromise our intergrity 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 let's celebrate and highlight the grown and curvy fashionitas together.

30 Plus Style:Celebrity Inspired Plus Edition

TGIF all!

Welcome to the latest 30 Plus Style collaboration!  As the title states, our outfits today are inspired by our favorite celebrity.  For this 30 Plus Style installment,  I didn’t even have to think twice about the celebrity who inspires my style. Ever since Michelle Obama stood by her husband’s side as he announced his candidacy back in 2007 I’ve been hooked. Her classic, effortless style has impacted the way I dress and carry myself. My friends will joke that I’m  “getting my Michelle Obama on” if I wear something similar to her. So when deciding what to wear today, I went to Michelle’s signature pencil skirt and kitten heel combo (our love for skirts make us kindred spirits! lol).  I’d like to think she would wear this outfit on a special dinner date with Barack . Whaddya think?

Please check out the other lovely ladies of 30 Plus Style to see which celebrity inspired their look today!

In My Joi
The Jenesaisquoi
Mode Plus
Pumpz and Studs
Pretty Plus Pep

We are also  looking for guest bloggers to join us on a future 30 Plus Style posts. For consideration contact us at 30plusstylecollab@gmail.com and be sure to include your blog’s URL. Also check out 30 Plus Style on Facebook here!

Have a wonderful weekend!

President Obama And The First Lady Arrive At Downing Street

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 Shirt: New Look Inspire (here)
Skirt: Target (old)
Shoes: Nine West (old)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress Love: Blogger Edition

Happy Tuesday all!

I love how dresses can convey emotion and feeling with just one sweep of a hem.   They can be bold, cute, flirty and sexy! The Summer dresses worn by these beautiful bloggers definitely prove that point.  These ladies are flaunting their wonderful curves and I’m all here for it!

Have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: These photos are property of the bloggers featured. I have their permission to use them.

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Photo Credit: On the Q Train
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Photo Credit: Suit, Heels & Curves
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Photo Credit: Musings of A Curvy Lady
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Photo Credit: In My Joi
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Photo Credit: The Natural Fashionista
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Photo Credit: Girl With Curves
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Photo Credit: Shapely Chic Sheri

Midi Love: Blogger Edition

Happy Hump Day all!

It’s no secret that I’m madly in love midi skirts. So when I saw other bloggers looking  lovely and fabulous embracing the trend, I had to share them with you!

Have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: Photos are property of CurvEnvy, And I Get Dressed, Stylish Curves, The Haute Meal, Style It, My Curves and Curls and The Jenesaisquoi. I have permission to use these pictures.

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Photo Credit: The Haute Meal
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Photo Credit: CurvEnvy
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Photo Credit: And I Get Dressed
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Photo Credit: My Curves and Curls
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Photo Credit: Style It
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Photo Credit: The Jenesaisquoi
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Photo Credit: Stylish Curves

30 Plus Style: Cutting It Short

Happy Monday all!

As the title states, shorts are the focus of today’s 30 Plus Style collaboration.   Like me, some of you have had issues with wearing them.  For a few Summers, I stopped wearing shorts  because I didn’t want to show my legs. When I finally decided to wear them again, I opted to wear  shorts that came under my knee.  After years of wearing them, I decided to try above the knee shorts this Summer.  This is a big step for me because I had grown comfortable with covering my legs.  I’m a big fan of Talbots because they offer shorts in  lengths from 7 to 13 inches. I chose the 9 inch length  because while they were above the knee, they still provided me we coverage. Another benefit of the shorter length is that they made my legs look longer.   I’m glad I took a chance and decided to make a change!

We are looking for guest bloggers to join us on a future 30 Plus Style post, for consideration contact us at 30plusstylecollab@gmail.com and be sure to include your blog’s URL.

Check out the other fabulous ladies of 30 Plus Style and see how they styled their shorts!

In My Joi
The Jenesaisquoi
Pumps and Studz
Pretty Plus Pep
Mode Plus

Have a wonderful day!

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 Shorts: Talbots (here)
Shirt: Old Navy (old)
Sandals:Nine West (old)
Clutch: Love Cortnie

 

 

Casual Friday: Free Your Mind

TGIF all!

If you’ve been following me for a while or are new to the blog (WELCOME!!!)  it’s clear I’m a lover of stripes. I used to follow all those “fashion rules” that said curvy women should avoid wearing stripes because they would make you look bigger. Sometimes I would want to break the rule but I was too afraid of drawing attention to myself.  Once I decided to free myself from these rules, stripes were no longer taboo anymore.  I slowly eased into it by pairing them with “safe” pieces like jeans.  As time passed, I upped the ante and now I have striped dresses, skirts, etc. I guess the moral of the story is we shouldn’t limit ourselves, period. sometimes as women  we get so caught up on what others think we deny ourselves the right to just be. For years I used to think I was too fat to travel, so I didn’t go anywhere.   I stifled my love for travel for years until one day I said “fuck it!”, booked a flight and haven’t looked back since!

“Free your mind and the rest will follow”-EnVogue “Free Your Mind”

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Dress: Eshakti (bought last Spring)
Necklace: c/o Lane Bryant
Sandals: Old Navy (no longer available)
Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company (won on eBay)

White Hot…Leather?!

Happy Monday all! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!

I know you probably thinking…she’ crazy for wearing  (faux) leather during the Summer!  I know it’s not  everyone’s cup of tea but I wanted to give it a whirl after seeing the trend in my favorite fashion magazines. My verdict…yes you can rock leather during Summer. The key I think is how and when you wear it.  A faux or real leather skirt can be easily paired with tank top and sandals for an edgy Summer look.   Personally, I wouldn’t wear leather during the day because that would be torture but I would rock it for girls night out  or on a date. Another plus for  wearing it after the sun goes down is that you wont be sweating your butt off trying to look cute! LOL

Would you dare to wear leather during the Summer?

Have a wonderful day!

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Skirt: c/o Eloquii (here)
Top: F21+ (old)
Sandals: DV by Dolce Vita (here)
Clutch: Banana Republic (sold out)

Beat The Heat

Happy Hump Day all!

The beginning of July has unleashed stifling heat and oppressive humidity here in Philadelphia. With the temps soaring into the mid-90s it can be very difficult to stay cool in such conditions. I used to find dressing for work a challenge in the Summer because I would never go sleeveless or wear white but thank God I’ve changed! Now the majority of my work wear consists of sleeveless blouses and brightly colored midi skirts. So if you have to venture out into the elements wear what you need to beat the heat!

What do you wear to beat the heat in the Summer?

I’ve added new items to my store GCWExtras, so check them out here!

Have a wonderful day!

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Skirt: c/o Eloquii (here)
Blouse: Liz Claiborne (c/o JCPenney)
Sandals: Old Navy (sold out)

Casual Friday: Graphic Love

TGIF all!

After I saw Pepper from Pretty Plus Pep rock her graphic tee yesterday, I had to finally admit that I was in love with the trend. I think the reason I like it so much is because  it’s a great way to add some edge to your current wardrobe.  I can be pretty picky about clothes so instead of searching for a tee I headed over to Custom Ink to design my own!  After going back and forth, I picked out a design that spoke to me.  I kept the color combo simple because I knew I was going to wear this  tee in a variety of ways.   Plus black & white goes with everything!  So…what do you think?!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post by Custom Ink.

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Shirt: Custom Ink
Skirt: Simply Be (not available)
Jacket: Old Navy (old)
Bag: Philip Lim for Target (old)
Sandals: Nine West (old)

Full Figure Fashion Week 2014

Happy Tuesday all!

Every June I look forward to attending Full Figure Fashion Week in NYC.  It’s a whirlwind week showcasing plus size fashion for all the world to see.   So once I heard this year would be the last Full Figure Fashion week, there was no way I was going to miss the finale! Full Figure Fashion Week will always be special to me because it was the plus size first event I ever attended.  I remember being nervous and excited because I was new to blogging at the time.  Attending Full Figure Fashion Week helped me grow as person and as a blogger. Being surrounded by confident and beautiful plus size women has inspired me in so many ways.   I want to thank Full Figure Fashion Week creator Gwen DeVoe for all her hard work and sacrifice putting on an amazing showcase for the past six years that continues to challenge all negative stereotypes of plus size women and fashion!

ModaMix Blogger Event:

One of the best things about attending Full Figure Fashion Week is being exposed to new plus size designers.  This year ModaMix Fashion graciously invited me to their blogger event.  I was eager to see what they offered and let me tell ya, I was extremely impressed with their collection.  I loved the entire collection because it had something for EVERYONE.    There were pencil skirts, printed moto jackets and structured dresses that can easily transition to work.  The collection is available both online and in Macy’s stores which is a plus so you can try the items on whenever you want!

Also at the ModaMix event were my FAVORITE blogger buddies Sandra from LaPecosa Preciosa, Sheri from Shapely Chic Sheri, Farrah from Estrella Fashion Report and Sarah from Curvily.  I had such a great time hanging with these ladies!   I also got to meet one of my blogging sheroes Chasity from GarnerStyle.  Along with GabiFresh and the Curvy Fashionista, she helped give me the confidence to start my own blog. It was awesome to finally to have met her in person! I also go to meet my Instagram crush Jo from Clothes Minded. She was so sweet and looked FAB!!!

Eloquii + Redbook Magazine Private Shopping Event:

When Eloquii closed it’s doors last year, I was one of the many women sad to see them go.  So when I heard they were coming back I was ecstatic!  Not only have they come back, they’ve come back strong!  Even though their collection on trend there is still something for everybody.   Take their yellow midi skirt I wore for the day. A 40, 50 or 60-year-old woman could easily rock this skirt!   The shape is timeless and can be worn for work and play.  And from what I saw at the event, more good things are coming down the pike!

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Indie Designer Fashion Show:

To top off my awesome day I had the pleasure of attending the Indie Designer Show. The show gave me the opportunity to see up and coming plus size designers pull out ALL the stops.  The collections were nothing short of amazing but this creation from Eyani Couture gave me LIFE!!! I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw this gorgeous outfit.  This is proof that plus size clothing can be elegant and beautiful, not boring and ugly!

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Here are more of my favorite looks from the show:

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Hope you enjoyed my recap of day at Full Figure Fashion Week!

Have a wonderful day!