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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.

Spring Has Sprung!

Happy Monday all!

Although Spring arrived nearly a month ago, the temperatures didn’t catch on until the past couple of days.   Since last Thursday, Philly has been basking in  70+ degree temperatures which has recharged my love for all things color.  Although there is a cold front is on its way, I’m taking full advantage of this wonderful day by wearing all my favorite Spring colors!

What are your favorite Spring colors?

P.S.  If you are interested in a Jibri skirt here are some of my takes: the skirts are TRUE TO SIZE, so definitely read the description of the skirt and check out the size chart before you buy.  Jibri does custom sizing, so send your measurements for a custom fit (I believe there is no additional charge for custom orders but double-check just to make sure).  Also if you’re not a fan of high waist skirts, ask if  she would be willing to make the skirt with a natural waist. I absolutely love my skirt!  I’ve  been waiting for a plus size designer to make a Chartreuse colored midi and Jibri didn’t disappoint at all!  The construction and fit of the skirt was just what I wanted.    

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Skirt: Jibri (here)
Blouse: Dorothy Perkins (sold out)
Shoes: Nine West (here)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (old)
Clutch: old cosmetic bag!

 

5 Things Im Loving Right Now: Spring Edition

TGIF all!

1. The Fresh Sophisticate Collection from IGIGI:

“With this collection we wanted to portray a feeling of effervescence and grace — an image of a woman who enjoys life and isn’t afraid to show it through what she chooses to wear.” says the IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel Design Team.

Mission accomplished IGIGI…Brava!

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2. Tanesha Awasthi Designs Lace Midi Skirt:

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Tanesha hit it out of the park with this gorgeous lace midi skirt.  It’s everything a lace skirt should be…romantic, flirty and feminine!

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Shout out to Jaye from Curvatude for putting me on to this awesome  moto jacket from IMAN.  It would be a great addition to any Spring wardrobe!

4. J.Renee ‘Cha Cha’ Sandal

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Love the retro vibe of these darling peep toe shoes! I can definitely see me pairing them with my red midi skirt! 

5. Zara Perforated Shopper Bag:

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Pastel…check! Fun…check! Need this one ASAP!

What are your favorites?

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

30+ Style Collaboration: The Tutu

Happy  Hump Day all!

When I found out that the tutu was going to be the next 30+  Style Collaboration, I was like “no way Jose!”.  I’ve seen multiple bloggers looking wonderful rocking a tutu but I couldn’t see myself doing it.  I’ve accepted there are some trends that are just not for me (me and harem pants will NEVER mix!) and I had put  tutus in that category….until now.  As we all know, sometimes rising to a challenge helps us to grow as a person. Participating in this collaboration  helps me shatter the myth that women over 40 don’t have fun with fashion…yes we do! We like to be on trend just like everyone else!  Dont let that  “dressing your age”  crap stifle you and stop you from looking your absolute best.  Remember….STYLE HAS NO AGE OR SIZE!

Check out how the other bloggers in the 30+ Collaboration styled their tutus!

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

Have a wonderful day!

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Skirt: eShakti
Jacket: Simply Be (bought 2yrs ago)
Necklace: Lane Bryant (old)
Shoes: Bandalino (old)
Clutch: Love, Cortnie (here)

White Hot

Happy Monday all!

I think it’s safe to say that white shoes can very polarizing…you either love or hate them.  I’ve been on the fence about white shoes for years. Lately white heels have made a fashionable comeback which has renewed my interest in them.  So when I  found these cute Marc Fisher kitten heels marked down from $69 to $40 at Macy’s I had to scoop them up!

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Blazer: Lane Bryant (here)
Cropped Pants: Talbots Woman (here)
Shirt: Lane Bryant (very old)
Shoes: Marc Fisher (bought the last pair in the store & couldn’t find them online…SORRY!!!)

So if you are looking  to add a white pair to your Spring/Summer wardrobe, below are a few of my favorites!

Have a wonderful day!

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City of Light Pt. 2

Happy Thursday all!

The second after I after booked our trip to Paris, I immediately purchased tickets to the Eiffel Tower.  No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to one of the most iconic monuments in the world.  If you ever visit the Eiffel Tower, I highly recommend buying your ticket in advance.  It will save you  hours waiting on a massive line  for a ticket.

As I’ve gotten older, being in high places make me nervous but I had to make an exception for the Eiffel Tower. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t go all the way to the top.  I was quite comfortable being on the second level (which is really high too!)  Kim being the daredevil she is, went all the way up to the summit (God bless her!) while I hung out on the second level.  It was a clear, beautiful Saturday morning and the views of Paris were stunning!

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After our visit to the Eiffel Tower, Kim & I  caught the Hop On/Hop Off bus and headed to the Champs-Elysees.  We spent the afternoon visiting the Arc de Triomphe, strolling the avenue, stopping by Laudree for macarons, dining al fresco and shopping (as much as I wanted to get another Louis Vuitton bag, I was a good girl and resisted temptation!)

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On our final day, Kim & I decided to explore the area around our hotel (the Latin Quarter). We started our walk at the Pantheon  and then had breakfast al fresco (seeing a pattern here huh?! LOL).  We took advantage of the warm morning and took a stroll through the AMAZING Jardin du Luxembourg which is home to the French Senate at Luxembourg Palace. I instantly felt transported back into time walking through the lush garden.  I would’ve stayed in the garden all day but we had to head over to Notre Dame for a  Discover Walks  tour of the Cathedral.  Kim & I first encountered Discover Walks back in 2010 when we went to Rome.  Our walking tour back then was so fantastic we  had to do another one in Paris.  Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Notre Dame and very friendly. I find walking tours are a great way for me to  learn about the history of the places I visit.   After wrapping up the tour, Kim and I headed back to the hotel for a much needed nap before we headed out to the  Sacre-Coeur Bascillica and the Moulin Rouge.

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During my vacation, I was informed that Troy who I grew up with had died suddenly earlier in the week.  My heart was heavy after hearing this news because I knew him since I was a little girl.  Visiting the Sacre-Coeur Basilica was a comfort for me because I could feel the Lord’s presence.  I knelt and prayed for Troy and his family during this difficult time.  I know his death was tragic but I know without a doubt he is in a better place.

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I want to end this post by saying that I’m SO happy my friend Andrea introduced Kim to me back in 2007.  She is my travel soul mate and we have such a great time when we’re together.  Without Kim this trip to Paris would’ve never been possible.  Love ya Kimmie Pie!

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City of Light Pt. 1

Happy Tuesday everyone!

For the past four years my travel buddy Kim and I have tried unsuccessfully to go Paris but for some  reason or another, we couldn’t make it happen…until now. Paris was everything I expected it to be. Beautiful, full of culture and vibrant.  I definitely understand how people fall in love with this wonderful city and never want to leave.  Although we were only there for four days, I never felt rushed or hurried during my visit. We we’re comfortable with the fact that we weren’t going to see everything.  Instead we focused on what we wanted to see and made the most of it.

We stayed at the wonderful Hotel Atmospheres in the Latin Quarter (an   EXCELLENT boutique hotel that came highly recommended through TripAdvisor!)    The hotel was in walking distance from the Pantheon, Notre Dame Cathedral  and Luxemburg Gardens.  Another plus of staying in the Latin Quarter area was the two Metro lines near the hotel. We had unlimited use of the Metro due to us having the Paris Pass so getting around the city was literally a piece of cake.  I was told by people who had visited Paris  that the Metro was easy and they were right. After a few train rides, we became masters of the Metro! LOL

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Friday was dedicated to exploring Louvre and Musee d’Orsay. Both museums are so vast you can spend an entire day there and still not see everything. Kim & I opted to take the tour of the Louvre which was highly informative. I oohed and aahed at the works of Monet, Degas, Da Vinci and gorgeously crafted sculptures. I’m a huge museum nerd so visiting both these places were the highlight of my year! Kim and I ended our fab day by hanging out at the Trocadero and taking a nighttime cruise of the Seine.

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I’ll be posting part two of my visit to Paris tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day!

Bon Voyage!

Happy Hump Day all!

Just a quick post before I head off to Paris! Whenever I travel I have to be comfortable especially on red eye flights. The cords I’m wearing are the most comfortable pair I own. They have a good amount of stretch so I won’t feel constricted during my 7 hour journey.

I will definitely fill you in on my vacay when I get back!

Have a wonderful week!

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Casual Friday: Spring Renewal

TGIF all!

Winter is FINALLY outta here! Woo hoo! Although the temps aren’t Spring-like yet, I’m just grateful it’s here!

This year the arrival of Spring has a lot of meaning for me.  In my post   Shining Through, I touched on some of the emotional issues I’ve been dealing with.  Besides my family and close friends, no one knew that behind my smile I was dealing with crippling anxiety and depression. Knowing I didn’t want to live like that anymore, I made the decision to  seek help to address my “stuff”.   Since the season is all about renewal and change, the growth I’m experiencing is sort of a Spring cleaning of the soul.  I’m learning how to let go  of fear, resentment and anger which is helping me change my perspective on life.  I’m renewing my self-confidence and resiliency that were temporarily interrupted.  Making change is HARD but I know I’m blessed and fortunate to see another Spring!

What does the arrival of Spring mean to you?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Sweatshirt: Gap (here; sold out in XL & XXL)
Skirt: Eloquii (old)
Heels: Nine West (old)

I Made It To Buzzfeed!

Happy Monday all!

A few days ago I was asked by  Buzzfeed to be apart of a body positive/plus size post. I immediately said yes and the post went live today and you can check it out here (Im number #17!LOL)! I’m SO honored be included with bloggers who I admire immensely like Garner Style, Gabifresh and Nicolette Mason.  I also think its great that they included an over 40 blogger to show that style truly has no age or size!

Have a wonderful day!!!!