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Jibri Spring 2014 Collection

TGIF all!

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:



jibri4jibri8You can check out the entire collection here. Trust me, you’ll become a fan just as I have!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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!


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!


Best of 2013: Pt. 2

Happy Monday all!

This is part two of my favorite looks from this year.  As the year comes to a close, my resolution for the new year is pretty simple…to be kinder to myself and continue to grow as a person.  While I’ve had some personal struggles this year, 2013 was great overall.  I was fortunate to have several opportunities come my way and I would be remiss not to acknowledge them.

I also want to thank everyone for supporting, commenting and following my blog. Words cannot describe how much your constant support means to me! THANK YOU!!!


Party Time!

Happy Monday all!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend! I spent Thanksgiving with my family in New York and we had such a good time hanging out together.  I haven’t been feeling myself lately so going home was the best thing for me.  Feeling their love and acceptance definitely lifted my spirits.

Now that the holiday party season is upon us, figuring out  what to wear can be somewhat stressful.   May I suggest the classic LBD (little black dress)  for your party needs?   The LBD is a classic wardrobe staple that can be worn to any holiday soiree on your calendar.

Below are a sample of some of my favorite LBDs of the season.

Which one do you like?

Have a wonderful evening!

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Weekend Edition: Ladies Who Brunch!

Happy Monday all!

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting some of my readers for brunch.  This was my first meet & greet and to be honest I was a little nervous. My nervousness quickly went away after introductions and before I knew it, we were engrossed in conversation like old friends!  I had such a wonderful time connecting with these ladies.  It meant the world to me that they took time out of their busy schedules to hang out with lil ole me!Thank you for coming out and spending part of your Sunday afternoon with me!

This won’t be my last meet & greet and I hope to one day meet all of you (I’m serious!).  To show my appreciation,  Sonsi has graciously given me a $25 gift card to give away to my readers.  If you would like a chance at winning the card, please leave  a comment below with your name and email address and what item from Sonsi you would use the gift card on.  I’ll be picking the winner on Friday morning… Good luck!

Have a wonderful day!

P.S. I’ll be in NYC for the Thanksgiving holiday if anyone wants to grab lunch that weekend!  :)

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post from Sonsi. All opinions expressed are my own.


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Jacket: ASOS Curve
Dress: Old Navy (bought last Fall)
Booties: Ivanka Trump
Necklace: c/o Lane Bryant

Does the Body Good

Happy Monday all!

I believe that every woman should own a “feel good” dress.  It’s a dress that instantly makes you feel like a million bucks when you put it on.  A “feel good” dress is all about you embracing your body and feeling comfortable in your skin.  I own a few of these dresses and I’m happy to add IGIGI’s  Nicolette Peplum dress to my collection.   Everything from the lace sleeves to the print makes it a winner in my book.  I own several IGIGI dresses, but this one is strictly for play, not work.  It’s definitely a dress I would wear when I want to show off and flaunt my curves.

IGIGI’s new Fall 2013 collection  continues their commitment to offering quality plus size clothing. The collection offers rich, bold hues and wonderful prints to accentuate your figure.   I’ve included some of their latest offerings for you to check out.  You never know, you might spot a potential “feel good” dress in there!

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What is your ‘feel good” dress?

Have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: My dress was gifted to me by IGIGI.  All opinions expressed are my own.




Dress: c/o IGIGI
Shoes: BCBGeneration
Necklace: The Wardrobe Boutique

Casual Friday/Im a Repeat Offender Pt. 2

TGIF all!

The saying “if aint broke don’t try to fix it” is my motto when it comes to clothes. If I like something and it looks good on me I’m gonna keep wearing it. From time to time I like to shake things up but I always rely on my wardrobe staples. Maxi dresses are one of my staple pieces especially during the summer. I’m definitely a repeat offender when it comes to maxi dresses because I wear them ALL THE TIME. Maxi dresses makes it easy for me to stay cool and stylish during those hot, sweltering Summer days. During the cooler months I transition them over  by wearing them with  a jacket or blazer (I also wear a pullover sweater over my maxi & belt it  at the waist).  Plus (in my opinion) they flatter ALL body types…YES!

I want to see you wearing your favorite “repeat offender” outfit or item. Link your photos in the comment section and I will feature you on the blog with other “repeat offenders”!

Have a wonderful day and a great weekend!

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Dress: Avenue
Sandals: Sam Edelman
Necklace: ModCloth
Belt: Eloquii

Getting Accustomed

Happy Hump Day all!

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a pretty dress so when I saw this on eShakti’s website I had to have it.  This is my second custom made dress from eShakti.  While my first custom dress fit  fine,  when I ordered this dress I  made my bust measurements bigger  because I didn’t want  that area to be tight.  Unfortunately making it bigger caused the top to gape therefore  exposing the undersides of my bra.   Since I didn’t want to send the dress back I had my tailor fix it.  I don’t fault eShakti for this because they were  going by the measurements I provided.   It’s important to make sure your measurements are correct to ensure a better fit.  You can either get someone to measure you or have your tailor do it (if you feel comfortable doing so).  I know the next time I’m gonna leave my measurements alone!

I definitely recommend giving eShakti a try.  They offer size 0-36 in ALL their dresses (they also have tops, jackets and skirts too!).   You can opt to have the dress of your choice custom made to your measurements for a mere $7.50. Also depending on the dress you can add sleeves, change the length of the dress or remove extras like pockets.  It’s an all-inclusive retailer which frankly more need to be like.   And to make things easier, if  you use my referral code GCN22879 you’ll  get $40 off your first eShakti order!  Sweet!

Have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: This is not an  eShakti sponsored post.  All opinions expressed are my own.




Dress: eShakti

Necklace: Banana Republic

Shoes: Nine West

Bracelet: Lord & Taylor

Weekend Edition: Full Figure Fashion Week Pt. 1

Happy Monday all!

First I want to apologize for my lack of posting last week.  I was in  NYC for  Full Figure Fashion Week and the Blogging While Brown conference, so needless to say I was pooped!  Last Wednesday, I was invited to the Lane Bryant Blogger Conference with several other awesome bloggers.  At the breakfast I finally got to meet Dani from DIYFATSION   (who is such a sweetie in person!), Meaghan from Little Lime Dress , Bella from Bella Styles and CeCe from the Big Girl Blog (you must check out her amazing blog!).  I also got to reconnect with the lovely Parker from Everyday Runway 365, the sweet Rebecca from The Plus Side of Me and bubbly Oliva from Wait Until the Sunset (who is THE life of the party lemme tell ya!). .

In the afternoon, Lane Bryant treated us to a delicious  lunch to discuss their plans for  their A/W collection.  They explained that they are  committed to  providing fashionable and trendy clothing to plus size women.  During the Q&A poriton of the presentation Lane Bryant was open to all the comments/suggestions  bloggers had about their line.  They gave us a sneak peek of their upcoming A/W 13 collection and I can say I’m truly excited about the direction they are taking.

I had a completely different outfit planned for the blogger conference but at the last minute  dress I wanted  to wear  didn’t fit (that’s what I get for not trying it on at the store!).  Luckily I packed  my Lane Bryant skinny jeans  so they saved the day!

Stay tuned for  more FFFWeek recaps this week!

How was your week/weekend?

Have a great day!


Jacket: Lane Bryant

Shirt: H&M

Jeans: Lane Bryant

Necklace: c/o Lane Bryant

Sandals: Steve Madden

Bracelet: NY & Co.

Casual Friday/My Life on Instagram Pt. 1

TGIF all!

I wanted to share some of my favorite Instagram pics of late. If you are on Instagram follow me at grownandcurvywoman.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Gonna get my tots on!
Enjoying this GOREGEOUS evening!
Yum…Indian food!
Cool art at 30th St Station
As you can see, Im REAL excited to be working on a Sunday!
So naughty!
In for the night! LOL
Good times with my BFF!!!
Wearing this ASAP!