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!!!!

Jibri Spring 2014 Collection

TGIF all!

As you probably have noticed, various designers have been releasing their new Spring collections. Jibri the fashion forward plus line by Jasmine Elder debuted an AMAZING collection this week that is so stunning and bold, I had to share. Every season I look forward to her collection and she never disappoints. Here are a few of my favorites from her awesome collection:

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jibri4jibri8You can check out the entire collection here. Trust me, you’ll become a fan just as I have!

Have a wonderful weekend!

30+ Style Collaboration: Pantone Colors for Spring

Happy Hump Day!

When I was asked by Joi from In My Joi to join her 30+ Style Collaboration along with other wonderful bloggers, I jumped at the opportunity. The collaboration aims to show plus women over 30 that your style doesn’t fade or become irrelevant, in fact it gets better! This collaboration speaks right to my  belief that “style has no age or size” and I love it!

Our first style challenge is our take on Pantone colors for Spring. pantonecolors

I decided to challenge myself and not go with an easy color like dazzling blue.  I chose hemlock because it looks close to mint green, a color I rarely wear.  I kept my promise to shop my closet and found a pair of mint greenish crops from Talbot Woman I picked up on sale a few years back. I only seemed natural to pair them with my white blazer and add my purse for a pop of color. To keep my outfit from becoming too boring, I wore my silver oxfords for a little pizzazz. Overall I’ll be giving hemlock/mint green another go this Spring.  I think these Pantone people might be on to something after all!  ;)IMG_7691 IMG_7694Pants: Talbots Woman (very old)
Blazer: Tahari Woman (bought last Spring)
Shirt: Lane Bryant (VERY old)
Oxfords: Forever 21 (here)
Bag: Coach (bought last Winter)

Click on the links below to see how other ladies styled this challenge!

http://www.pumpsandstudz.blogspot.com

http://www.inmyjoi.blogspot.com

http://thejenesaisquoi.blogspot.com

www.Prettypluspep.blogspot.com

www.mode-plus.com

Have a wonderful day!

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Spring Trends to Wear Now…Pastels

Happy Monday all!

How was everyone’s weekend? Great I hope! As you can see, I got a new haircut and color! I made the decision to retire my mohawk on Friday and luckily my hairdresser had an opening on Saturday afternoon.   I absolutely LOVE my new color and I can’t stop smiling about it!

In my post “3 Trends To Try This Spring”, I talked about how pastels are going to be HOT for the season.  With Spring a little over a week away, you can make them apart of your wardrobe now. Try picking a pastel  (pink, yellow and blue are my favorites) that looks good on you.  Once you find colors that work, pair them with neutrals to ease into the trend.  Also wearing colors that historically work well with each other (ex. blue and yellow) is another simple way to wear the trend. I’ve always loved the combo of pink and green together, so I incorporated them into my work outfit today.

Will you be giving pastels a try this Spring?

Have a wonderful day!

IMG_7656 IMG_7649 Jacket: Kohls
Pants: Lord & Taylor (no longer available)
Blouse: Dorothy Perkins (appears to be sold out…booo!)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft (old)
Shoes: Ivanka Trump (via Nordstrom)
Clutch: Love, Cortnie

Spring Trends to Wear Now…Black & White

Happy Hump Day!

After I finished my last post I realized that the three trends I wrote about (florals, black & white and pastels) could be worn now with a few modifications (i.e. tights).  I picked black & white first because it’s easy to wear and accessible.  In the previous post, I mentioned wearing different prints together, so I decided to show this by wearing black & white polka dots and stripes together.  Wearing the same color scheme when mixing prints is an easy way to ease into it without feeling overwhelmed. As you can probably tell, polka dots and stripes are a favorite of mine.   It’s important that you find a combination of prints that YOU like. Once you find a combo that works for you, try wearing it in different colors!

Also I want to give a shout out to Rocquelle of Consider Me Lovely for the outfit inspiration today!

Have a wonderful day!

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Skirt: Simply Be (here)
Shirt: Lane Bryant (here)
Blazer: Calvin Klein (bought last year)
Wedges: Bandalino (old)

3 Trends To Try This Spring

Happy Monday all!

With Spring arriving in the next 3 weeks (HALLELUJAH!) a new crop of trends have popped up.  I like trends, so I usually pick two or three that I like to try for the season.  I don’t allow my age (42) to stop me from having fun with them and you shouldn’t either. Sometimes being worried about “dressing our age” can stifle our creativity and stop us from wearing something different.  Try not to think about how you’re supposed to dress and pick a trend that works within your comfort level.  Just like I  believe you should wear clothes that feel good to you, you should choose a trend that will also invoke the same feeling .   To help you get started, here are three trends I think would work on women of all ages and sizes.

What Spring trend or trends are you excited to try?

Have a wonderful day!

1. Florals:

Floral prints are no longer a dirty word for plus size women.  The new prints are romantic, colorful and fun.  If you are on the fence about wearing them, start off simple with a shirt or a skirt.  If you are all in, a smart floral print dress is the perfect way to usher in the Spring!

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Florals by bxphlgal featuring skirts

2. Black & White:

You can never, EVER go wrong with black & white.  The classic combo is getting a major update with on trend prints and silhouettes.  Always wanted to mix prints but didn’t think you could pull it off?   Wearing different black & white prints together is a safe and easy way to do this. However you decide to wear it,  you will look sleek and sophisticated!

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3. Pastels:

Pastels are going to be HUGE this Spring. These soft colors are easy to wear and are wonderful together.  Wanna wear two trends in one outfit? Add a floral print flat to your pastel outfit for a whimsical touch.   Add a white blazer or jacket to it and you are well on your way to being on trend for Spring.

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Casual Friday: Midi Mania

TGIF all!

First I want to thank everyone who submitted suggestions in my last post. I meant so much to see how many people have taken interest in my blog.  So again… thank you!

Finding the right skirt for your body can be tricky.  For me over the knee skirts don’t work because of my shelf booty.  After having people tell me that they could see my Spanx from behind, I had to give them up.  So when the midi length trend ushered in a few of years ago, I quickly jumped on it.   I had finally found a skirt length that worked for my body. Midi skirts are a classic wardrobe staple and is perfect for someone who doesn’t like short skirts but still wants to show some leg (ME!).  They are flattering on women of all sizes and ages.  Now that the midi is here to stay, you can find them in a variety of colors and prints.  I like dressing up my midi’s with a blouse and dressing them down with a t-shirt and denim jacket.  Next time you wear your skirt, pair it with a cool sneaker or a peep toe pump for some variety.   If you are a little on the short side, a midi might be too long but try one anyway.  You can always have it hemmed to the length you desire.  Remember, fashion “rules” are meant to be broken. Wear what feels good to YOU!

Here are some  links to my favorite midi skirts: Simply Be, Talbots Woman, Modcloth, ASOS Curve, Eshakti, and Dorothy Perkins (they go up to size 18).

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Skirt: ASOS (sold out)
Jacket: Kohls (bought last year)
Blouse: Old Navy (bought last year)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
Booties: Bandalino

Suggestion Box

Happy Hump Day all!

Hope everyone’s week is going well so far.  It snowed this AM but we only got a dusting.  This made me happy because shoveling heaps of snow is back breaking work!

I wanted to check in with  you to see  what you would like to see featured on the blog.  Do you want to see more features on trends and how to wear them?  How about emphasis on style after 40+? While I’m no fashion expert or stylist, I will try my best to fulfill your requests! So please leave your suggestions in the comment section below!

Have a wonderful day!

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5 Things Im Loving Right Now

Happy Monday all!

1. d’Orsay Flats:

I’ve always thought d’Orsay flats  were cute so I decided to pick up a pair for the upcoming Spring.  I absolutely love flats and these are a perfect addition to my flat collection.  What do you think?

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Melissa flat shoes
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Halogen flat shoes
nordstrom.com

Nine west shoes
macys.com

BC Footwear flat shoes
urbanoutfitters.com

Sole Society flat shoes
solesociety.com

Chinese Laundry flat shoes
chineselaundry.com

2. Lupita Nyong’o:

I have such a girl crush on Lupita Nyong’o! From her soul crushing performance as Patsey in “12 Years a Slave” to her amazing sense of style, I’m here for all of it! She seems to be well grounded and humble which I hope translates into a long successful career. So when I’m watching the Oscars next Sunday, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for her! Go Lupita!

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3. IGIGI Chelsea Dress in Fuego:

You all know how I feel about IGIGI. I absolutely love their dresses and how they fit my body.  What sold me on this dress was the print.  It reminded me of an unfinished  water-color painting. Add the color scheme and I couldn’t resist!

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Coat: Talbots Woman (here)
Dress: c/o IGIGI
Heels: Ivanka Trump (here)
Necklace: Gap Outlet (old)
Clutch: Old Navy (old)

4. Duolingo:

My friend Tamera suggested I download Duolingo to help me learn some French for my upcoming trip to Paris.  Whenever I go abroad, I try to learn a few phrases to get around.  What I like most about this app is that it is so easy to use and I really feel like I’m learning French (not fluent but enough to say “where is the bathroom?”!)

5. Voskos Greek Yogurt:

After trying Voskos a try last week I’m adding it to my list of  favorite yogurts. I had the  wild strawberry and  apricot mango yogurts and both were very creamy.  Neither had the funny after taste that is common in a lot of non fat yogurts. I plan on trying the exotic fig and Greek honey varieties this week…YUM!

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Welcome Back Eloquii

Happy Thursday all!

If you haven’t heard already, Eloquii is BACK! Nearly a year ago, despite enormous success, Eloquii closed due to The Limited’s corporate restructuring.  I was saddened and angry at the closing of a plus size retailer that had become a go to for many of my fashion needs.   A huge number of consumers and bloggers took to social media to express their frustration about the closing and demanded Eloquii come back.    It was that ground swell of consumer and industry support that prompted Eloquii’s return.   No longer under The Limited,  Eloquii is now an independently owned company headed by the original members of the executive and design teams. Mariah Chase, Eloquii’s new CEO states:

” Our goal for ELOQUII is to be the leader in fashion, sizes 14-24. We’ve listened to what customers thought about the brand prior to closing, and took this knowledge to build an improved experience that delivers an on-trend and price-conscious brand for a consumer who quite frankly hasn’t had the fashion options she should.”

From what I’ve seen already, Eloquii is already making good on their promises to provide on trend plus size clothing.  You can see their entire Spring collection here.  Below are a few of my favorite looks of the collection so far:

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Are you excited for Eloquii’s return? What are some of your favorite looks?

Have a great day!