Practice What You Preach

TGIF all!

Since eShakti’s   tropical floral print crop top and skirt debuted earlier this Summer I’ve been smitten.  So when  eShakti contacted me about reviewing one of their  items I knew I had to have it.   But when it  came time to order I got cold feet.   I was allowing thoughts about being “too old” for a crop top hinder me from trying something new.   I finally decided to practice what I preach and make the trend work for me.   I had eShakti  customize the set to my measurements and changed the skirt  from above the knee to midi length (my favorite!).   I’ve had dresses customized by eShakti in the past and this was by far  the best job they’ve done. The  crop top overlaps with the high waist skirt so my wobbly bits (yes I’m quoting Bridget Jones!) aren’t exposed.  I found the skirt  a bit too long but a trip to the seamstress will fix that.   I’ll definitely  get a lot of wear out of the set, especially the skirt.  I’m really proud of myself for not giving into negative thinking.  If I had stuck to a safe option, I would’ve been kicking myself later on for being a chicken!

What  Summer trend have you tried that was a move outside your comfort zone?

Have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: eShakti gifted me this set. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Top: c/o eShakti
Skirt: c/o eShakti
Sandals: Nine West (old)
Necklace: Banana Republic (old)

 

 

 

 

Redbook’s Real Women Style Award Winner!

Happy Tuesday all! I’m SO happy to (finally!!!) announce that I am one of the winners of Redbook Magazine’s Real Women Style Awards! This is such a huge honor for me because I never thought I would  ever be in a fashion magazine.  I cried so hard when I found out I had been chosen. I remember when I thought I was disgusting and ugly because I was plus size.  I’m so grateful that God showed me how to accept my body and stop being ashamed of it. I now have an appreciation of the blessings I’ve been given even on my bad days.  My wish is that being in Redbook will inspire one woman to accept her body and celebrate it!

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 And to think I almost didn’t enter!  I had completely forgotten about the contest until the last day to enter and submitted my photos! Thank you  Redbook and JCPenney for allowing me to be apart of this awesome opportunity!  Check out the other winners here and their blogs. These ladies have some SERIOUS style! RBK_RealWomenStyleAwards_Option 1 Update(1) Kimberly: Penny Pincher Fashion Catie: Fleur d’Elise Victoria: It’s Versayce Brittany: The Brilliance of B Caroline: House of Harper Kendi: Kendi Everyday Maria: The Style Letters Karla: Karlareed (Instagram) Marisa: A Lovely Living

Have a wonderful day!

Synchronized Skirts

Happy Monday all!

One of the best things about being apart of 30 Plus Style collaborative is getting to know these ladies beyond blogging.   I quickly learned that  Jeniese from The Jenesaisquoi and I have similar fashion tastes.  For example we both fell head over heels with  Eloquii’s striped flounce skirt.  I first peeped this skirt during Eloquii’s event during Full Figure Fashion Week in June and I was smitten.  So when Eloquii graciously offered the skirt to me I was like “yes!”  And wouldn’t you know, Jeniese picked the same skirt too!  So we thought it would fun link up and show you how we styled our favorite skirt! As they say “great minds think alike”!

Head over to Jeniese’s blog to check out her wonderful sleek style!

Have a wonderful day!

 

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Skirt: c/o Eloquii (here)
Shirt: Old Navy (here)
Necklace: BaubleBar (old)
Sandals: Nine West (old)

 

 

 

Lane Bryant: Chalk It Up To Style!

TGIF all!

I was so excited when Lane Bryant approached me to host one of their “Chalk It Up To Style” events in the Philadelphia area.  I’ve been shopping  at Lane Bryant since I was a teen and continue to shop there to this day.  So it’s fitting that my first time hosting an event is with a retailer that has been in my life forever!   On top of hosting, Lane Bryant asked if I would style an outfit appropriate for an educator.  I instantly thought of  the vice principal of my elementary school  who I remember was always dressed in a sleek skirt suit.  While I was completely terrified of her as a child (lets just say I spent ALOT of time in her office! LOL),  I loved her suits! So this outfit I put together pays homage to her chic, vice principal style!

If you are in the Philadelphia area, come hang out with me at Lane Bryant’s 69th Street store in Upper Darby, PA today from 5-8pm.  If you’re a teacher or educator bring your school ID or pay stub to receive 40% off your purchase.  Not an educator? Still come by for a chance to win a $250 gift card from Lane Bryant!  I hope to see you there!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

DISCLAIMER: Lane Bryant gifted me the items I’m wearing in this post today.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Skirt: c/o Lane Bryant (here)
Blazer: c/o Lane Bryant (here)
Top: c/o Lane Bryant (here)
Flats: c/o Lane Bryant (here)
Earrings: c/o Lane Bryant (bought in store)

My Window Pane

Happy Hump Day all!

I love window pane print so when I saw this IGIGI maxi I was like “YES!” IGIGI has always been good to me and this dress doesn’t disappoint. For me having a good, versatile dress in my wardrobe is a must.  This dress definitely has what I’m looking for especially now that Fall is just around the corner.  I can see myself transiting into chilly temps  with ankle booties and a moto  jacket. And when those cold, mid-November days arrive, I’ll layer it with a thick turtleneck and wear it as a skirt! Now that’s what I call versatile!

Have a wonderful day!

DISCLAIMER: IGIGI gifted me this dress. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 
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Dress: c/o IGIGI (here)
Sandals: JCrew (here)
Necklace & Belt: c/o Lane Bryant (both available in store)
Bag: Philip Lim for Target (no longer available)

30 Plus Style:Celebrity Inspired Plus Edition

TGIF all!

Welcome to the latest 30 Plus Style collaboration!  As the title states, our outfits today are inspired by our favorite celebrity.  For this 30 Plus Style installment,  I didn’t even have to think twice about the celebrity who inspires my style. Ever since Michelle Obama stood by her husband’s side as he announced his candidacy back in 2007 I’ve been hooked. Her classic, effortless style has impacted the way I dress and carry myself. My friends will joke that I’m  “getting my Michelle Obama on” if I wear something similar to her. So when deciding what to wear today, I went to Michelle’s signature pencil skirt and kitten heel combo (our love for skirts make us kindred spirits! lol).  I’d like to think she would wear this outfit on a special dinner date with Barack . Whaddya think?

Please check out the other lovely ladies of 30 Plus Style to see which celebrity inspired their look today!

In My Joi
The Jenesaisquoi
Mode Plus
Pumpz and Studs
Pretty Plus Pep

We are also  looking for guest bloggers to join us on a future 30 Plus Style posts. For consideration contact us at 30plusstylecollab@gmail.com and be sure to include your blog’s URL. Also check out 30 Plus Style on Facebook here!

Have a wonderful weekend!

President Obama And The First Lady Arrive At Downing Street

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 Shirt: New Look Inspire (here)
Skirt: Target (old)
Shoes: Nine West (old)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress Love: Blogger Edition

Happy Tuesday all!

I love how dresses can convey emotion and feeling with just one sweep of a hem.   They can be bold, cute, flirty and sexy! The Summer dresses worn by these beautiful bloggers definitely prove that point.  These ladies are flaunting their wonderful curves and I’m all here for it!

Have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: These photos are property of the bloggers featured. I have their permission to use them.

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Photo Credit: On the Q Train
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Photo Credit: Suit, Heels & Curves
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Photo Credit: Musings of A Curvy Lady
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Photo Credit: In My Joi
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Photo Credit: The Natural Fashionista
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Photo Credit: Girl With Curves
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Photo Credit: Shapely Chic Sheri

Midi Love: Blogger Edition

Happy Hump Day all!

It’s no secret that I’m madly in love midi skirts. So when I saw other bloggers looking  lovely and fabulous embracing the trend, I had to share them with you!

Have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: Photos are property of CurvEnvy, And I Get Dressed, Stylish Curves, The Haute Meal, Style It, My Curves and Curls and The Jenesaisquoi. I have permission to use these pictures.

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Photo Credit: The Haute Meal
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Photo Credit: CurvEnvy
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Photo Credit: And I Get Dressed
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Photo Credit: My Curves and Curls
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Photo Credit: Style It
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Photo Credit: The Jenesaisquoi
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Photo Credit: Stylish Curves

30 Plus Style: Cutting It Short

Happy Monday all!

As the title states, shorts are the focus of today’s 30 Plus Style collaboration.   Like me, some of you have had issues with wearing them.  For a few Summers, I stopped wearing shorts  because I didn’t want to show my legs. When I finally decided to wear them again, I opted to wear  shorts that came under my knee.  After years of wearing them, I decided to try above the knee shorts this Summer.  This is a big step for me because I had grown comfortable with covering my legs.  I’m a big fan of Talbots because they offer shorts in  lengths from 7 to 13 inches. I chose the 9 inch length  because while they were above the knee, they still provided me we coverage. Another benefit of the shorter length is that they made my legs look longer.   I’m glad I took a chance and decided to make a change!

We are looking for guest bloggers to join us on a future 30 Plus Style post, for consideration contact us at 30plusstylecollab@gmail.com and be sure to include your blog’s URL.

Check out the other fabulous ladies of 30 Plus Style and see how they styled their shorts!

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

Have a wonderful day!

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 Shorts: Talbots (here)
Shirt: Old Navy (old)
Sandals:Nine West (old)
Clutch: Love Cortnie