Author: 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: LBD Lookbook

Happy Tuesday all!

Sadly this is the LAST  30 Plus Style collaboration post.  To say I’ve enjoyed being apart of this collaboration  is an understatement. Being apart of  30 Plus Style has helped me step outside my comfort zone and embrace different trends that I thought I couldn’t pull off (I wore a tutu..A TUTU!). We definitely accomplished our goal of showing stylish plus size women over 30 embracing their themselves.   But mostly it gave me an opportunity to get to know five beautiful chic women and for that I am eternally grateful!

30 Plus Style is  going out with a bang by featuring our take on the LBD (Little Black Dress).  To be completely honest, I don’t own a LBD (shocking, I know! LOL).  I used to own black dresses because when I followed “fashion rules”,  I allowed myself to believe wearing black  would make me look “slimmer” and therefore acceptable.  So when I began embracing my body, my black dresses were the first to go. Since I wasn’t going to go out and buy a black dress I rummaged through my closet and “made” a LBD to wear!   I think I did a pretty good job! I like this so much I think it just might be my NYE outfit!

Please check out the other lovely ladies of 30 Plus Style, our guest bloggers Cynthia from Flight of the Fat Girl and Jennae from Green and Gorgeous to see their take on the LBD!

Jeneise of The Jenesaisquoi
Joi of In My Joi
Pepper of Pretty Plus Pep
Nefferth of Mode Plus
Delilah of Pumpz and Studz

 

Have a wonderful day!

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Top: New Look Inspire (here)
Skirt: ASOS Curve (old)
Jacket: INC (old)
Shoes: BCBGeneration (old)
Clutch: old

Reaffirmation

TGIF all!

This morning I was reminded how blessed I am for having wonderful women in my life. My blogger boos Sandra & Jeniese gently coaxed me back from the ledge and helped me to reaffirm why I blog. It’s very easy as blogger to get caught up and start comparing yourself to others.  You start thinking “I’m not stylish enough” or “I’m not creative enough” and slowly but surely it begins to erode your confidence. I had begun to feel the effects of comparing myself to other bloggers.  I was so busy being envious I temporarily forgot why I started blogging back in 2012.  Jeneise and Sandra’s strong and encouraging words  brought me back to where I need to be. They helped me to see that I should be refocusing that energy back to my blog and stop minimizing my accomplishments.  After talking to them I decided to let go of my envy and instantly I felt like a heavy burden had been lifted off me. All that negativity was holding me down and steering me away from my purpose.  Now I feel refreshed and renewed to continue to show that style has no age or size!

Since Fall is on it’s way out, here’s a roundup of my favorite outfits from the season.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Christmas Style With Eloquii

Happy Tuesday all!

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, I invited some of my favorite blogger boos for a collaboration on what to wear for Christmas dinner!   Eloquii was gracious to provide us with sequin skirts to style for the collaboration. Sequin skirts can be intimidating but we wanted to show its versatility especially during this holiday season.

My Christmas dinner destination was at your Sweetheart’s Parent’s House.   Dinner with your sweetie’s family can be very nerve wracking so I kept things simple with a monochromatic scheme.   The skirt allows you to add a little glam to an otherwise modest outfit.  This way they can focus on your stellar personality instead of your outfit!

Please check out Jeniese from The Jenesaisquoi (Christmas Dinner at your BFF’s House) Carletta from A Loved Life (Christmas Dinner at Home) and Sandra from La Pecosa Preciosa (Christmas Dinner at Grandma’s House) to see how they styled their  skirts!

Have a wonderful day!

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Turtleneck: Gap (old)
Skirt: c/o Eloquii (here)
Coat: Talbots Woman (old)
Shoes: Nine West (old)

Holiday Gifts Under $50

TGIF all!

Gift giving doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some wonderful gift ideas that are under 50 bucks!

Have a great weekend!

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Thanksgiving Bling

Happy Monday all!

Thanksgiving is my favorite out of all the major holidays.  Every year I head to my older sister Virgie’s house to hang with family and stuff myself silly!  This year I decided to abandon my usual jean and turtleneck outfit and bring  a little sparkle to dinner by wearing this embellished sweatshirt from Loft.   It’s a perfect combination of glam and casual  that doesn’t go overboard.   Trust me when I say this sparkly number is going to be in heavy rotation this holiday season!

Have a wonderful day and a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

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Sweatshirt: Loft (wearing an XL..goes up to an XXL online here)
Skirt: Fashion To Figure (here)
Shoes: Tahari Ande Kitten heels (here)

Off Duty Style: Timeless Classics

TGIF all!

If you are like me, last minute dressing is a way of life.  You can usually find me 30 minutes before I have to leave still searching for an outfit.  That’s why it’s important for me to have classic staples in my closet for a quick outfit. Navy and camel are timeless because no matter how you wear it, it always makes you look pulled together and sleek.  You can never go wrong with this combo and it gets out the door FAST!

What are some of your classic wardrobe staples?

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Coat: Old Navy (size XXL, here)
Pants: Eloquii (here)
Turtleneck: JCrew (XXL, here)
Boots: ASOS (gifted to me by a friend)
Bag: Nordstrom (here)

 

Fall Layers With ModCloth!

Happy Thursday all!

Now that 99% of the US has been plunged into a deep freeze,  wearing layers has become a necessity to venture outside.  As I stated in my previous post, I’m all about wearing layers comfortably and fashionably.   One of my favorite retailers ModCloth reached out to me to share my Fall layering looks from their collection.    I picked layers that would compliment each other and could be incorporated into my Fall/Winter wardrobe.  A loose fitting cardigan is perfect for layering because you can add extra layers without feeling constricted.   I love mixing  rich Fall colors such as  mustard and burgundy together.   While these hues embody the season, there is still a pop of color with the mustard against the navy.   This versatile  layered look can easily transition from the weekend to work by swapping out the jeans for a skirt!

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Fall Layers With ModCloth

Here are some more of my favorite cardigans and sweaters from ModCloth that will keep you toasty and chic!

Have a  wonderful day!

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