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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Happy Hump Day everyone! How is your week going so far? Mine hasn’t been too bad. I’m looking forward to the weekend and the gorgeous weather that has been predicted.

For the past couple of days, its been looking and feeling like late Fall here in Philly. The cloudy and cold weather was kinda getting me down, so I decided to wear something bright and colorful today. After searching my closet I came up with this outfit. I had bought the pants a few months ago from Nordstroms but I shelved them because they were too big in the waist which was causing the crotch to droop (which wasn’t very attractive!). After weeks of procrastinating (ok months!), I finally took the pants to the tailor to have them fixed. The crotch still droops a little but its an improvement from what it used to look like. I added my blue blazer (best purchase I made this year!) and my yellow blouse to achieve my look. I added gold accessories to compliment the yellow blouse and red pants. I think I did a pretty good job brightening up my day with my outfit!

What do you wear to chase the clouds away? Have a great evening!

Blazer: Eloquii

Pants: Vince Camuto

Blouse, necklace: Gap Outlet

Wedges: Bandalino

Bracelets: NY & Co.

Earrings: Lord & Taylor

Happy Monday everybody! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and fantastic Easter.

I was invited to tag along with one of my closest friend and her son to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll. We decided to go to DC a day early to do some sightseeing in our capital. We had an awesome time during our very short stay in DC. Here are some pictures from Sunday and the Easter Egg Roll which took place this morning.

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday’s outfit:

Jeans: DKNY

Cardigan: Old Navy

Shirt: H&M

Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction

Monday’s Outfit:

Trench & scarf: Old Navy

Jeans: Talbots Woman

Shirt & Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft

Necklace: Gap

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Hope everyone is enjoying their Good Friday and preparing for the Easter weekend.

Since I was off today, I needed to hit the mall to return some items. Instead of putting on my usual jean and sweater combo, I decided to dress it up a little. I paired my yellow t-shirt with my black and white striped blazer and my black skinny jeans. I added my Jeffrey Campbell wedges to the outfit. Although these wedges are sky high (over 5 inches) they are very comfortable. I think I was successful in dressing up my day off outfit.

Underneath my shirt I’m wearing my brand new Elomi bra that I ordered at the Bare Necessities booth at NJFFW. The bra is the Herminone Spacer Underwire Bra in charcoal. Honestly its the best fitting bra I’ve ever owned. The bra is comfortable and extremely supportive. The support lasts you all day. Not once today did I have to adjust the bra to stop my breasts from drooping due to lack of support. The straps did not dig into my shoulders like the bras that was wearing (Isis from Bare Necessities told me the band should support your breasts, not the straps). There is no bulging under my arms and no spillage over the cups. It’s a pretty bra with lace detailing on the sides. If you are looking for a good supportive bra, definitely give Elomi a try.

Have a Happy Easter!!!

Blazer: Nordstrom Rack

Jeans: Style & Co (Macy’s)

Shirt: Old Navy

Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell

Necklace: Forever 21

Happy Hump Day everyone! Two more days til the weekend!

Yesterday I was browsing through my local H&M and I noticed it carried the H&M+ line. After walking around in the section for about 15 minutes I wasnt impressed with the collection at all. It had all the typical colors (black & white) and nothing remotely trendy. I was about to turn to leave when a rack of chinos caught my eye. The rack had navy blue chinos (of course!) and ORANGE?! I blinked twice because its rare to see orange pants for plus size women hanging on a rack. I immediately grabbed the largest size (24) because I know H&M pants run small and I knew I wouldnt be able to get into a size 20 pant. I’m so glad I got the 24 because they fit comfortably and aren’t snug or tight. The waist was too big but it was nothing a belt couldn’t solve. I love the melon orange color of the pants. It’s not too bright or too light. It’s a perfect color to match with prints and pastels. I paired the slacks with my orange print tie neck blouse that I had buried in my drawer. I added my bright blue blazer to for a pop of color. I am very satisfied with my first H&M+ purchase.

Have you checked out the H&M+ collection yet? Have a great evening!!!

Pants: H&M+

Blouse: Old Navy (bought it Fall 2011)

Blazer: Eloquii

Wedges: Enzo Angolini

Bracelet: Lord & Taylor

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

On Saturday I attended the second day of New Jersey Full Figure Fashion Week in Atlantic City, NJ. This was my first time going to a Full Figure Fashion Week, so I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous and excited. Nervous because I was flying solo and excited to be apart of the event. Unfortunately the weather was cold and rainy and my allergies decided to kick in big time, so I really wasnt feeling good. The event was held at Bally’s Hotel and Casino Expo Center (yes I played the slots, no I didn’t win any money…Boo!). I registered and waited for the first program of the day which was the fashion panel discussion facilitated by Paula Michelle (CEO of Nfinite Form, the founder of NJFFW). The participants on the panel were Jene Luciani (author of “The Bra Book”), Chelsea Settles (MTV reality star), Heather Feather (from TLC’s Big Sexy & Heather Feather), Amiee Cheshire (founder of Madison Plus), Nikki Blonsky (actress from the movie “Hairspray”….which I LOVED!!!), Gabi Gregg (awesome plus size blogger of Gabifresh) and Kayla Humpfries (celebrity model). The women on the panel were extremely knowledgeable, they all shared their personal stories and experiences about being plus sized women in the fashion industry and society. Their messages about self-love, body acceptance and creating your own personal style resonated with me. It was great seeing women who I greatly admire talk about similar challenges that I experience. These women are definitely on the frontlines in trying to change fashion’s perception of plus size women. After the panel I was able to meet Amiee Cheshire, Chenese Lewis (host of Plus Model Radio) and CurvyCeo (another amazing plus size blogger who has been so supportive of me). They were so gracious, kind and very approachable. I wasn’t able to get a photo with Amiee Cheshire but I got one with Chenese Lewis! Meeting them was the highlight of my day.

I also met Keysha and Karla from Brooklyn, NY when I sat at their table for the panel. I was initially shy when I sat down but introduced myself to them. I immediately felt at ease once I began talking to them. I struggle with being terribly shy at functions where I don’t know anyone so going to this event by myself was a huge leap for me.

The shopping expo began immediately after the panel. Retailers such as Eliza Parker, Bare Necessities (they offered bra fittings & had EXCELLENT customer service!), Jockey for Her and Baby Phat were in attendance. The DJ was played great music while we shopped and waited for the Formal & Bridal Fashion Show to begin. After about an hour, the fashion show started. The show featured dresses from IGGI by Yuliya Raquel, Monif C., Tadashi Shoji and Faviana. The models rocked the hell out of the runway! They were beautiful , gorgeous and proud of their voluptuous bodies. Vibrant colors, print and current trends were boldly on display. It was great seeing so many designers giving curvy women multiple evening/formal wear options that weren’t boxy, boring and shapeless. It was clear that they know their client base and design clothing that celebrate plus size women not marginalize us. Also many of these dresses were perfect for teens looking for a dress for prom. My personal favorite was the Susan Moses black jersey beaded gown. It’s a stunning v neck floor length gown with beading on the sleeves. The dress puts your curves on display in an elegant way. I fell in love with the dress immediately after I saw it. I wasn’t able to get a picture of it which is a shame because it’s such a beautiful dress.

Unfortunately due to a personal emergency I wasn’t able to stay for the remainder of the day. I was looking forward to the swimwear portion of the fashion show because I’m in the market look for a good bathing suit for the Summer.

I’m glad I decided to attend NJFFW. I had a good time and met some wonderful people. By being there I truly felt apart of the plus size community. I look forward to attending next year!

Have a great day!

Blazer: Nordstroms Rack (as seen here)

Jeans: ASOS Curve (as seen here)

Tank: ASOS Curve

Boots: Joan & David (I think! LOL)