Happy Hump Day all!!! Hope the week is going well for you so far! Its beginning to snow lightly here in Philadelphia. We’re forecasted to get less than a half an inch so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

While in the office yesterday, the topic of body types came up. My co-worker (also my photographer..lol) Tamera was trying to determine what shape she was. After several minutes of intense debate and web searching, Tamera declared she was apple/straight/boy/rectangle shaped! With so many “types” out there, one can feel frustrated about how to dress their body. Along with these “types” there are “rules” that you are supposed to follow to flatter your “type”. For my “type” I’m supposed to only wear bootcut jeans but I own several pairs of straight & skinny jeans. I am a firm believer that you should wear what makes you feel comfortable. Find what looks good on YOU and wear it with confidence!

The one piece of clothing I think flatters everyone is the wrap dress. No matter what your “type” is, you will look great in one. Not are they only flattering, they are easy to put on. Try different colors and prints to liven up your wardrobe. Go ahead and show off those curves!!!

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Dress: JCPenney
Shoes: Bandolino
Necklace: Target

Good morning everyone! I know all my New York people are still glowing after the Giants victory last night. I gotta say that was one of the better Super Bowls I’ve seen in a while. Kudos to the Giants for a great game.

Today I’m starting a monthly feature called “Say Yes”. More often than not, we can be our harshest critics. I know I can very hard on myself. Sometimes our inner critic stops us from experiencing new things. I’ve been working on lowering the volume on my inner critic. The skirt I’m wearing in this post is an example of this. When I picked it up, my first thought was “you can’t wear that!” As I began I to put it back I stopped ….”Why not?”. Thoughts of “your hips are too big” and “you’ll draw attention to your butt” came to mind. Well my hips and butt aren’t going anywhere soon, so do I hide in a potato sack? Nope! I said yes to myself and purchased the skirt (it was marked down from $89 to $26!!!).

What styles or trends you normally wouldn’t wear are you now saying yes to? I would love to know! If you would like to be featured in “Say Yes”, send a picture of yourself to grownandcurvywoman@gmail.com . Please include a few words on your outfit and why you said yes to it.

*Disclaimer: All and any photos submitted will be used for this feature only. They will not be used inappropriately or as other content.*

Have a great day!!!

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Skirt: Michael Kors
Turtleneck: Gap
Necklace: Forever 21
Shoes: Bandolino

TGIF!!! I hope everyone has amazing plans for the weekend. I’ll be watching the Super Bowl at my BFF’s house. She & her hubby are Giants fans, so I’ll have to listen to their gloating if the Giants win (Nooo!!!). I’m a native New Yorker but I’ve been in Philadelphia since 1996 so I identify more with the Eagles than the Giants.

So neon is making a comeback? I remember wearing pink neon socks with “Frankie Says Relax” t-shirts back in the 80’s when I was in junior HS . You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t “funky fresh” …LOL!!! This is when I began to love wearing color. I would wear all kinds of bright neon colors together(I was color blocking ahead of my time!). All my mom could do was laugh and shake her head. There were plenty of days when I left the house looking like Rainbow Bright!

My outfit today pays homage to my neon beginnings. Some people are afraid to wear neon colors but if you keep it simple you can pull it off. Start by pairing neon colors with dark bottoms or wear with neutrals. Take baby steps and before you know it youll be wearing neon like a pro!

Will you be following the neon trend this Spring/Summer? If so, what colors will you wear?

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Cardigan: Old Navy
Pants: Eloquii Curvy Fit Stretch Bootcut
Tank: Fashion Bug
Necklace: Old Navy
Shoes: Alfani (Macy’s)

Spring Fling

Elie Tahari boatneck dress
$128 – bloomingdales.com

Dorothy Perkins peplum dress
$49 – dorothyperkins.com

Vince Camuto sleeveless dress
$165 – bloomingdales.com

Dorothy perkin
dorothyperkins.com

Tote handbag
£295 – whistles.co.uk

Mango shopping tote bag
£60 – mango.com
Happy Hump Day all!!!
These are a few of the items Im swooning over for Spring. Spring to me is all about vibrant color. I can’t wait until the first day of Spring (March 20th!!!) comes so I can wear these dresses.
What items are you “swooning” over for Spring?
Take care!

Happy Monday all! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was pretty good. My only gripe is that the weekend is too short. I think we should start a national campaign to make Monday apart of the weekend. Who is with me?!!!

Okay I have to gush over Viola Davis. I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t think she had a chance of winning best actress because of Meryl Streep. I was pleasantly surprised when she won. I’ve been a fan of Viola Davis’ work since her reoccurring role on “Law & Order: SVU” back in 2003. She has largely been relegated to supporting roles but she always brought her A game no matter the content. In 2008 she received her first Oscar nomination for “Doubt” only after appearing on the screen for EIGHT MINTUES. That’s how good she is. I hope the Academy recognizes this again and gives her long awaited due.

After reading Jessica Kane’s (fatshionchic.blogspot.com) post about stepping out of her comfort zone, it inspired me to do the same. I’ve always been convinced that soft, flowy dresses were not for me. I believed that those kind of dresses made me look bigger. So when I came upon this Ellen Tracy dress at Nordstom Rack, I was hesitant but the mix of purple, blue, red and black snake print made me chuck my apprehension aside (there are also flecks of green throughout the dress). The sheer poet sleeves are feminine and soft. The dress came with a fabric tie belt but I opted to wear my Eloquii Obi belt for more definition. I paired the dress with my red beaded Old Navy necklace and my Lela Rose for Payless peeptoe booties (I scored these for $19 during the Christmas holiday).

What inspires you to step out of your fashion comfort zone?

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Dress: Ellen Tracy
Belt: Eloquii
Necklace: Old Navy
Shoes: Lela Rose for Payless