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Spring Has Sprung!

Happy Monday all!

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.    

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Skirt: Jibri (here)
Blouse: Dorothy Perkins (sold out)
Shoes: Nine West (here)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (old)
Clutch: old cosmetic bag!

 

5 Things Im Loving Right Now: Spring Edition

TGIF all!

1. The Fresh Sophisticate Collection from IGIGI:

“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.

Mission accomplished IGIGI…Brava!

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2. Tanesha Awasthi Designs Lace Midi Skirt:

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Tanesha hit it out of the park with this gorgeous lace midi skirt.  It’s everything a lace skirt should be…romantic, flirty and feminine!

3. Iman Global Chic Floral Moto Jacketmoto jacket, florals, iman global chic, hsn, plus size jackets, spring, spring trends, white moto jackets, curvy, curvy women, curvy, curves

Shout out to Jaye from Curvatude for putting me on to this awesome  moto jacket from IMAN.  It would be a great addition to any Spring wardrobe!

4. J.Renee ‘Cha Cha’ Sandal

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Love the retro vibe of these darling peep toe shoes! I can definitely see me pairing them with my red midi skirt! 

5. Zara Perforated Shopper Bag:

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Pastel…check! Fun…check! Need this one ASAP!

What are your favorites?

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

Etsy Gold

Happy Hump Day all!

Ever since I  stumbled across Etsy months ago, I’ve become smitten with stores like Clutched and CoveredLove 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!

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Coat: Old Navy (old)
Turtleneck: Gap (bought last Fall)
Skirt: Custom by Curvy Urbane
Shoes: Nine West

Casual Friday: Creating Options

TGIF all!

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!

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I HATE SNOW!!! LOL

Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Custom by Curvy Urbane
Booties: Ivanka Trump
Necklace: Bauble Bar

My Life on Instagram

Happy Hump Day all!

Unfortunately due ANOTHER Winter storm (this is the second one this week and a THIRD is coming Sunday!) , I had to scrap my outfit post for today.   I don’t think taking pics during an ice storm would end well for me! I havent done a “My Life on Instagram” post in a while so I thought  today would be good to share some of my favorite Instagram pics! If you are on Instagram, follow me at grownandcurvywoman!

Have a wonderful day!

Casual Friday: Pretty Woman

Happy Hump Day all!

I’m  usually not influenced by celebrities (this doesn’t include my BFF in my head Michelle Obama!) but after seeing Julila Roberts’ outfit at the Golden Globes earlier this month, I wanted to see if I could pull something similar off.  Lately I’ve been trying to have some fun with my work wardrobe to keep things fresh.  I think this strapless top/shirt combo definitely accomplishes my mission.

How do you liven up your work wardrobe?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Strapless top: Forever 21+
Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Target
Necklace: H&M
Shoes: Bandalino

5 Things I’m Loving Right Now: Spring Preview

TGIF all!

Old Man Winter is seriously kicking out butts this year! Days of below zero temperatures and bi-weekly snow storms are really taking its toll on me. I think about Spring almost everyday! So in anticipation of the best season of the year, I’m sharing my pre-Spring loves!

What are you looking forward to this Spring?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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