30 Plus Style: The Swimsuit Edition

Happy Hump Day all!

As the title states, this is the swimsuit edition of the 30 Plus Style Collaboration. At first I was stoked because I’ve lost over 10lbs and have become more active in my life. I can see the changes working out and eating healthier has had on my body and I like it! On top of all of this I found an fab bathing suit from Swim Suits For All to show off my curves. So imagine my dismay when the first set of pics I took didn’t  come out the way I wanted.  Disappointed with the pictures, I instantly went back to that place of being critical of my body.  After a minute (or two) of “woe as me”, I stopped putting myself down and decided to retake the pictures. And guess what, everything came out perfectly!

So I’ll end with this…”If at first you don’t succeed…try, try, try again”

Please check out the other beautiful ladies of 30 Plus Style and our first guest blogger Marie Denee of the Curvy Fashionista!

www.inmyjoi.com
www.thejenesaisquoi.com
www.pumpzandstuds.com
www.prettypluspep.com
www.modeplus.com
www.thecurvyfashionista.com

Have a wonderful day!

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Swimsuit: Swim Suits For All (here)
Cover up: Old Navy (old)
Bag: Old Navy (old)
Flip Flops: Old Navy

Casual Friday: The Purge

TGIF all!

After months of procrastination,  I FINALLY opened up my Big Cartel store…GCWExtras! Yay! All the cltothing Im selling is gently used and in good condition.  Right now all I have up are skirts but over the weekend I will be adding more items to the store so keep a look out!

Here are a few skirts that are currently available in the store. Click here to get shopping!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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The Long and the Short of It

Happy Hump Day all!

For some of us the idea of wearing shorts can produce  anxiety about being exposed in the Summer.  Many shrug it off and others just avoid them all together. I used to be in the latter category.  For the majority of my adult life I wouldn’t wear shorts  because I thought I was too fat.  Summer after Summer I would hide my legs in crops and capri pants.   Then one sweltering  Summer day  I said “forget this s**t!”, bought a pair of bermuda shorts and never looked back.

Now that  plus size short options have improved greatly, there’s no need to shy away from wearing them.  There are an array of lengths to choose from.  You can opt for an above or below the knee style (I’m a fan of Talbots 11 inch bermuda shorts) or if  you feel like showing off  your fabulous legs, there are shorter lengths to accommodate you.  The point here is that there is something for everyone .  So if  you’re in the market for a pair of shorts this Summer, I’ve picked out some of my favorite pairs to get you started!

Have a wonderful day!

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Shorts: Talbots (here)
Blazer: Eloquii (old)
Faux crop top: Ann Taylor Loft (old)
Sandals: Nine West (old)
Bag: Philip Lim for Target (no longer available)
Necklace: Shoplately

 

 

Beating the Summer Heat

Happy Monday all!

Now that it’s pretty much Summer I decided to put together a colorful outfit for work to usher in the warmer weather.  Dressing for work in the Summer can be a bit tricky with trying to balance staying cool while being appropriate for the job.  Not everyone can (or should) roll up into the office in a tube dress!  It’s about knowing your workplace and what you can  get away with. I know for me sleeveless shirts are my way of being comfortable and appropriate for my job. Since I work in a courthouse, it’s easier for me to slip on a blazer instead of wearing a long sleeve shirt (wearing a long sleeve shirt in the Summer is torture!) . Once the day is over, I take off my blazer and I’m comfortable heading home in the hot Summer evening!

How do you stay cool while dressing for work in the Summer?

Have a wonderful day!

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Skirt: Jibri (here)
Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft (old)
Necklace: Banana Republic (old)
Sandals: Nine West (old)

30Plus Style: The $30 Challenge

Happy Thursday all!

It’s time again for another 30Plus Style Collaboration! I really enjoy being apart of this collaboration.  It shows that women can work together and not be in competition with one another. Plus it shows that style doesn’t fade as you get older, it only gets better!

The challenge is to put together an outfit that costs $30 or less. At first I was like “oh man!” but after shopping my closet I came across this $17 ASOS Curve pencil skirt and a  $11 Forever 21 Plus strapless peplum top  (yes, Forever 21…lol).  I think this outfit is perfect for date night in the Summer and to show off your great curves. Now all I gotta do is find a date! LOL

What is your favorite $30 outfit?

Check out the other bloggers in the  30Plus Style Collaboration and how they styled their $30 outfits!

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

Have a wonderful day!

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Skirt: ASOS Curve (no longer available)
Top: Forever 21 Plus (no longer available)
Sandals: Nine West (old)
Clutch: Banana Republic (sold out)
Necklace: Banana Republic (no longer available)

Long Weekends

Happy Monday all!

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend so far. My weekend has been quiet and low-key. I try to avoid going to popular spots during holiday weekends in the Spring/Summer because of the crowds and the expense .  Staying local and chilling out suits me just fine.  I’m ending my long weekend  by going to the matinee to see “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and grabbing some lunch with my friends today.  Spending fun time with my girls is a great way to usher in the unofficial start of Summer!

Have a wonderful day!

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Dress: Gap (old)
Shirt: INC (old)
Sandals: DV Dolce Vita (old)
Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company (won on eBay)

 

Casual Friday: Wash, Wear, Repeat!

TGIF all!

I’m inspired today by fashion blogger Vic Styles’ post “What is the Price of Style?”.  The post was  real about fashion blogging and the impact of social media. I follow popular fashion bloggers on social media and “ooh and ahh” over their posts too.  But I also recognize while I’m inspired by these bloggers, I don’t compare myself to them. I’m comfortable with who I am and where I’m at in my life.  I dont have to  pretend like I got it like that to go out and buy every “must have”  item.  I work full-time and have bills just like everyone else. There is no way I’m gonna trump paying my mortgage for the latest “it” shoe or bag (you can’t look cute while homeless!). There are a lot of  fashion bloggers who are wonderful fashionistas on a budget and look freaking amazing (check out  my faves My Thrifted Closet and In My Joi)  These ladies (including myself) happily recycle our wardrobes.   This doesn’t make us any less stylish or trendy because of this.  If anything it shows how creative we  can be by taking something old and reworking it in a fresh way.  Now don’t get me wrong, I would love to have the seemingly never ending wardrobes of some of my favorite style bloggers but I won’t drive myself into the poor house trying to keep up with them and neither should you. So go ahead and express your unique individual style but don’t forget to  wash, wear and repeat!

Have a wonderful day and a great Memorial Day weekend!

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Pants: Simply Be (old)
Shirt: bought from souvenir shop in Paris
Necklace: Jeweliq (bought last Spring)
Blazer: Nordstrom Rack (old)
Sandals: DV Dolce Vita (here)
Clutch: Marimekko for Banana Republic (here)

 

 

 

Why So Serious?

Happy Hump Day all!

Have you ever loved an item online but once you got it you were completely turned off? This skirt in this post is an example of that.  I lusted after this skirt for almost a month before I decided to get it. When it arrived, I was like “I’m NEVER wearing this skirt!”. It looked poofy and odd on me.  I was completely disappointed with my choice. Since the skirt was custom made, I couldn’t return it for a refund. I kicked myself for hours for making a poor decision.  After letting the skirt flounder in my closet for several months, I’m pulling it out today. Why? Because it’s not that serious!  There are people out there who would love to have clean clothes to wear.  Honestly, I felt silly for being disappointed over a skirt.  Life is too short to sweat the small stuff so while I’m still not crazy about it, I’ll be just fine!

How do you deal with clothes that disappoint?

Have a wonderful day!

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Skirt: custom made by Vintage Galeria (via Etsy)
Shirt: c/o Simply Be/Marisota
Sandals: Nine West

Little Heel, A Lot of Style

Happy Monday all!

In my 20s and  30s I would wear high heels and wedges without a care in the world. Sure my feet would suffer but I was young and all about being cute. At 42 I still like them BUT they have to be comfortable.  Since I cant wear the sky high ones, I keep my heels and wedges between 2 -2.5 inches.  Today, I want to show you some comfortable heels and wedges that don’t sacrifice style!

1. Old Navy Demi Wedge Sandals

Wedges can be your friend, especially when they’re only 2 inches! These can go from work to drinks in a second.   Plus they are so easy to walk in without feeling like you’re going to lose your balance. Unfortunately the silver is sold out online but they might be still available in store. If you see them, snatch them up quickly!

2. Stephanie Sandal by Comfortview

A couple of months ago Jessica London graciously sent me these sandals to review. Now that the weather is warm enough to wear them I have to say they are SO COMFORTABLE!  I mean wear all day, feet not hurting after 3pm comfortable! The padded, flexible sole and 2.5 inch heel keep your feet pain-free. They are  dressy mid heel sandals that work for upcoming graduations or weddings. Plus Jessica London is currently offering 40% off with code JLE4664 on your highest priced item. So if  you decide to get them they’ll drop from $44.99 to $26.99! You can’t beat that with a stick!

3. Nine West Margot

I have a slew of Nine West shoes for two reasons: affordability and comfort for my feet.  So when I was looking for a pair of yellow heels for the Spring, I went straight to  Nine West.  I can wear these at work without my toes feeling pinched. They’re perfect for when I want to add a pop of color to an outfit. Plus I like the 60s mod feel I get from them.

What are your favorite comfort heels/wedges?

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casual Friday: Never Let Go

TGIF all!

I decided to do another outfit post today because I absolutely HATED the quality of my pics yesterday.   I’m still learning how to utilize my camera more effectively and  yesterday it was too overcast to take a good picture.  I pride myself having good quality pictures on the blog and it was nagging me that they sucked (to me anyways).

So I wanna give a little background on the top I’m wearing today.  I bought this blouse from Torrid back in 2008 for my trips to Punta Cana and Las Vegas.  Six years later this blouse has held up wonderfully.  No rips, pulls or tears. Just good quality clothing.  The blouse I believe was around $50 and while I moaned about the price at the time, I have surely gotten my $50 worth out of it. I have no plans of ever parting with it….so dont even ask! LOL

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Do you have a favorite piece of clothing you’ll NEVER part with?

Have a wonderful weekend and THANK YOU for being the BEST readers in the universe!

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Shirt: Torrid (real old! LOL)
Skirt: custom made by TajaSews
Shoes: Nine West (old)