Bathing suit season is quickly approaching which can cause anxiety for some of us ladies. For many years I would avoid wearing a bathing suit and when I did, I would only wear a suit with a skirted bottom. I honestly thought the skirt was hiding my thick thighs and bodacious booty (it wasn’t lemme tell ya! LOL) So while on my cruise last August, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go without a skirted bottom. This was the first time I had ever conjured up the nerve to venture out without a skirted bottom. At first I was scared because my security skirt/blanket was gone but after a while I completely forgot about it. After that I decided to never go back to a skirted bottom. Uncovering my lower half was another step in accepting my body, thick hips and all!
Now that I’ve “liberated” my hips (lol), I’m looking for new swim suit for the Summer. Plus size swim wear has come such a long way. Now there are chic, trendy choices for suits that still provide coverage and support. There are now bathing suits with fun prints and bold colors to reflect your personality. Below are a sample of some of the fantastic options out there. Which one is your favorite?
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!
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!
Winter is FINALLY outta here! Woo hoo! Although the temps aren’t Spring-like yet, I’m just grateful it’s here!
This year the arrival of Spring has a lot of meaning for me. In my post Shining Through, I touched on some of the emotional issues I’ve been dealing with. Besides my family and close friends, no one knew that behind my smile I was dealing with crippling anxiety and depression. Knowing I didn’t want to live like that anymore, I made the decision to seek help to address my “stuff”. Since the season is all about renewal and change, the growth I’m experiencing is sort of a Spring cleaning of the soul. I’m learning how to let go of fear, resentment and anger which is helping me change my perspective on life. I’m renewing my self-confidence and resiliency that were temporarily interrupted. Making change is HARD butI know I’m blessed and fortunate to see another Spring!
What does the arrival of Spring mean to you?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Sweatshirt: Gap (here; sold out in XL & XXL)
Skirt: Eloquii (old)
Heels: Nine West (old)
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:
You can check out the entire collection here. Trust me, you’ll become a fan just as I have!
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
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
I hope youre having a wonderful weekend so far! About a week ago, a reader requested I do a Valentine’s Day look book. Honestly a look book wasn’t on my radar but she inspired me to do one, so here it is!
V Day Dinner with the Girls:
Some of my best V Day memories are with my girls. A girl’s night out celebrating calls for a sparkly skirt and colorful heels. Your fab outfit will have heads turning all night long!
P.S. This is my V Day outfit!
Sweater: Old Navy (old)
Skirt: Target (here)
Bracelet: Gap Outlet (old)
Shoes: Nine West (old)
V Day Dinner with your Sweetheart
If you and your sweetie are heading out for V Day, a curve loving dress is the way to go! Dress it up with a statement necklace and add a fun clutch to complete the look. Trust me, your sweetie wont be able to take his/her eyes off you!
Dress: c/o Simply Be (here)
Necklace: Shoplately (here)
Bracelet: Lord & Taylor (old)
Shoes: Ivanka Trump (here)
Clutch: Old Navy (old)
V Day Dinner at Home
Having V Day dinner at home for many people is a better option than sitting in a crowded restaurant. Being comfortable doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! Try a trend (like mixing prints) to elevate your casual look. And remember…romance can happen anywhere!
Pants: Lane Bryant (got them on clearance)
Sweater: Old Navy (old)
Shoes: Old Navy (got them on clearance)