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In The Trenches

Happy Monday all! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!

As you know, Spring weather can be so finicky! One day it’s 70+ degrees and the next temps are below average.   When the weather is that unpredictable (especially early Spring),  a trench coat becomes my go to for when I head out.  It’s  perfect for mild/chilly weather that isnt too warm or light for the elements. I dont have to tell you that a trench coat is timeless.  It goes with nearly everything in your closet. It can be dressed up or down depending where youre going.  For me a trench coat is a must have in every woman’s wardrobe.

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Trench: Talbots Woman (sold out)
Skirt: Talbots Woman (bought last year)
Shirt: Lane Bryant (very old)
Shoes: Marc Fisher (via Macys)
Clutch: C Wonder (here)
Necklace: Bauble Bar

If you’re in the market for a trench, here are some favorites!

Have a great day!

Trench Coats

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macys.com

Black velvet coat
lordandtaylor.com

Coat
penningtons.com

Coat
ashleystewart.com

Coat
asos.com

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

White Hot

Happy Monday all!

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!

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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!

Have a wonderful day!

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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

Showing Love….

Happy Valentine’s Day all!

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

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

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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!

IGIGI

iggiIt’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!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

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