Although Spring arrived nearly a month ago, the temperatures didn’t catch on until the past couple of days. Since last Thursday, Philly has been basking in 70+ degree temperatures which has recharged my love for all things color. Although there is a cold front is on its way, I’m taking full advantage of this wonderful day by wearing all my favorite Spring colors!
What are your favorite Spring colors?
P.S. If you are interested in a Jibri skirt here are some of my takes: the skirts are TRUE TO SIZE, so definitely read the description of the skirt and check out the size chart before you buy. Jibri does custom sizing, so send your measurements for a custom fit (I believe there is no additional charge for custom orders but double-check just to make sure). Also if you’re not a fan of high waist skirts, ask if she would be willing to make the skirt with a natural waist. I absolutely love my skirt! I’ve been waiting for a plus size designer to make a Chartreuse colored midi and Jibri didn’t disappoint at all! The construction and fit of the skirt was just what I wanted.
Skirt: Jibri (here)
Blouse: Dorothy Perkins (sold out)
Shoes: Nine West (here)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (old)
Clutch: old cosmetic bag!
“With this collection we wanted to portray a feeling of effervescence and grace — an image of a woman who enjoys life and isn’t afraid to show it through what she chooses to wear.” says the IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel Design Team.
When I found out that the tutu was going to be the next 30+ Style Collaboration, I was like “no way Jose!”. I’ve seen multiple bloggers looking wonderful rocking a tutu but I couldn’t see myself doing it. I’ve accepted there are some trends that are just not for me (me and harem pants will NEVER mix!) and I had put tutus in that category….until now. As we all know, sometimes rising to a challenge helps us to grow as a person. Participating in this collaboration helps me shatter the myth that women over 40 don’t have fun with fashion…yes we do! We like to be on trend just like everyone else! Dont let that “dressing your age” crap stifle you and stop you from looking your absolute best. Remember….STYLE HAS NO AGE OR SIZE!
Check out how the other bloggers in the 30+ Collaboration styled their tutus!
I think it’s safe to say that white shoes can very polarizing…you either love or hate them. I’ve been on the fence about white shoes for years. Lately white heels have made a fashionable comeback which has renewed my interest in them. So when I found these cute Marc Fisher kitten heels marked down from $69 to $40 at Macy’s I had to scoop them up!
Blazer: Lane Bryant (here)
Cropped Pants: Talbots Woman (here)
Shirt: Lane Bryant (very old)
Shoes: Marc Fisher (bought the last pair in the store & couldn’t find them online…SORRY!!!)
So if you are looking to add a white pair to your Spring/Summer wardrobe, below are a few of my favorites!
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!
Ever since I stumbled across Etsy months ago, I’ve become smitten with stores like Clutched and Covered, Love Cortnie (wonderfully handmade clutches),Jibri (fashion forward plus size clothing that will make you swoon!) and many more.
Now that I finally found a good seamstress, I’m always on Etsy looking for fabric for more projects. During one of my searches, I came across Chimzi Fashion and instantly fell in love with the fabric of the skirt I’m wearing today. The wonderful mix of primary colors was definitely what I was looking for. I’ve been wanting an African print skirt for a while now, so it felt good to finally make it a reality. Trust me, this beauty is gonna be in heavy rotation this upcoming Spring and Summer!
Are you a fan of Etsy? If so, what are some of your favorite stores?
Have a wonderful day!
Coat: Old Navy (old)
Turtleneck: Gap (bought last Fall)
Skirt: Custom by Curvy Urbane
Shoes: Nine West
Today is my 42nd birthday and I’m happy that while it’s still very cold outside, the sun is shining bright on my special day. To celebrate my 42nd year of life, I treated myself to something I’ve been wanting for years…A TRIP TO PARIS! I can’t tell you how excited I am about my upcoming trip! I think I’ll probably faint when I get to the top of the Eiffel Tower (from either excitement or from my fear of heights! LOL)! Trust me I will be taking a gazillion pictures and will post them when I get back.
Have a wonderful day!
Coat: Talbots Woman (here)
Jeans: Lane Bryant (old)
Shirt: Old Navy (old)
Necklace Shoplately (here)
Shoes: Nine West (old)
Bag: Longchamp (gifted)
I hope everyone is enjoying their VDay (I’m still snowed in…ARGH!!!). I’ve come to learn that VDay is not only for couples but its a day to show love to family, friends and more importantly yourself. I want to put a different spin on a traditional VDay post and highlight some brands that deserve some love this holiday!
Curvaceous K is one of the few plus size boutiques in NYC that house curvy labels such as IGGI, Chinoo Designs and MYNT 1792. Unfortunately they need our help so they can continue to stay open to provide quality clothing to curvy fashionistas. Curvaceous K owner Kelly has started an Indiegogo campaign to generate funds to help keep her store operating. As plus size women we all know the frustrations we feel because of the lack of brick & mortar stores for us. We now have an opportunity to help this boutique in their time of need. This VDay lets show some love to Curvaceous K and support her amazing boutique.
Josephine Swim is a new plus size luxury swim line. They aim to offer chic and quality swimwear to curvy girls. Josephine Swim is not the frumpy, garish suits of old. These bathing suits aim to highlight and show off your curves. I already have my eye on theZanibar one piece for the Summer! With sizes ranging from 0x-3x you might find one that appeals to you so definitely show them some love!
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of IGIGI and their wonderful dresses. As you already know IGIGI is all about loving your body and using fashion to express this. Check out their Spring look book here and show them some love this VDay!
Someone asked me recently if I ever wear pants. I replied “of course I do”. She responded “oh, because all I’ve seen you wear is skirts!”. Now I could look at that exchange in two ways: 1) she REALLY must be paying attention to what I’m wearing or 2) I do wear skirts all the time. I have to admit, the latter is the truth. Why? Wearing skirts allows me to get in touch with my long dormant girly side. For the majority of my adult life, I didn’t care how I looked and being in direct care social work gave me the perfect excuse to justify my bland uniform (jeans or cords and a sweater). I would convince myself that it wasn’t practical to wear skirts especially if I had to chase or restrain a client. I really believed if I wore one I would be inviting unwanted attention and comments. So to avoid any possible negativity, I rarely wore a skirt. Back in those days, the only thing I wanted to do was hide and not be noticed.
When I finally decided to accept my body, I went out and bought my first pencil skirt. I was no longer going to be in “hiding” and vowed to wear skirts whenever I felt like it. I learned quickly that I preferred skirts over pants, something the old me would’ve run from. Now don’t get me wrong, pants have their place (you wont see me shoveling snow in a skirt!) but skirts have my heart!
Have a wonderful day!
Ann Taylor Loft XXL blouse and Old Navy L skirt
ASOS peplum top, ASOS Curve checkered skirt, Macys necklace
A few weeks a go, I was feeling really frustrated by the lack of stylish clothing for plus size women. As an avid Pinterest follower, I’m constantly wishing the clothes I see on other women were available in my size. Now don’t get me wrong, plus size fashion has improved dramatically BUT more change is needed. I would love to see Tibi like full skirts and Peter Pilitto inspired printed dresses for us. Big girls like nice clothes too!
In the middle of my mini tantrum, I decided to take matters in my own hands and contact my blogger buddy Taja of Curvy Urbane (who is a seamstress) to make the clothes that I want. Since I’m crushing on full skirts, I wanted her to make me a printed one. I met with Taja and we went over the contract and she told me how many yards of fabric I would need. Armed with that info, I went to Mood Fabrics (yes I watch Project Runway!) with my nephew who helped me pick out this lovely cotton voile fabric. Taja’s prices for labor are affordable and within reason (she charged me $25 for labor, which included taking my measurements, fittings, ironing and alterations). Combined with the price of the fabric, the custom skirt cost less than most skirts I own. I was so pleased with how it turned out, I dropped off new fabric today for another custom skirt! So if you’re in the Philadelphia area and are looking for a good seamstress, definitely give Taja a call. I promise you wont be disappointed!
Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Custom by Curvy Urbane
Booties: Ivanka Trump
Necklace: Bauble Bar