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.
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!
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!
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!
As Old Man Winter continues his strangle hold on the majority of the US (we’re getting hit with our NINTH snowstorm tonight!), keeping warm is my top priority. While it’s important to me, I can’t abandon being stylish! I think the key to staying warm but stylish is finding coordinating layers to wear. Try wearing a turtleneck under your favorite sleeveless or 3/4 length sleeve dress and top it off with a leather jacket. Take a full skirt and wear it over one of your dresses (I did that here) . One of my favorite things to wear is a button up cardigan under a blazer with a statement necklace. Not only am I super warm (got tow layers on!), I’m still stylish!
To my East Coast people, stay warm and be careful out there!
Have a wonderful day!
Coat: London Fog (via Macys last year)
Jacket: Old Navy
Skirt: Simply Be (here)
Bag: Philip Lim for Target
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
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!
Strapless top: Forever 21+
Shirt: Old Navy
Since I’m home due to yet another snow day (grrrr!), I decided to do another Style Inspiration post to stop me from binging on the Investigation Discovery channel (there’s only so many disappearances, murders and deceit one can watch!).
My look today is inspired by the uber chic Tiffany from The Werk Place. I’ve been admiring Tiffany’s unique style ever since I saw her outfit posts on Pose. When it comes to fashion, some people just have “it” and Tiffany is definitely one of those people. So when I saw her gorgeous print on print outfit, I knew I had to put my spin on it.
I haven’t mastered the art of print mixing like Tiffany but the mix of polka dots and stripes were right up my alley.
So check out Tiffany’s blog and show her some love!
Have a great day!
Shirt: Old Navy (bought 2yrs ago)
Vest: Forever 21+
Skirt: Old Navy
Shoes: Nine West
Clutch: The Perfect Clutch
A few weeks ago Foxcroft contacted to me to review some shirts from their plus collection. I picked a tartan plaid & green polka dot shirt to review. The shirts are described as “wrinkle free” which intrigued me. I’m not a fan of ironing so anything claiming to be “wrinkle free” is a huge plus in my book. When I got the shirts I was happy to see that they looked exactly like their pictures online. I immediately started to think about what to wear with them. No sooner than I thought that, I came across this post from In My Joi (one of my favorite bloggers!) where she sported this fab outfit:
I instantly fell in love with her look and decided to put my own spin on her outfit by wearing the plaid shirt with my red pants suit today. The shirt, so far it has remained somewhat “wrinkle free” as I write this. I say “somewhat” because there is some creasing where I fold my arms and where I tucked my shirt into my pants. Honestly I don’t think creasing around the elbow and waist areas can be adverted. When I wear the shirt again, I will run a warm iron over the creased parts to smooth them out but that’s about it. Another plus for me was when I buttoned up the shirt it didn’t pull or gape open around my bust. This is a huge deal for me because I tend to shy away from button up shirts because of this issue. It feels good to know I finally have some shirts that fit properly in that area. The sleeves weren’t tight around my thick arms and I was able to move freely without feeling constricted. Foxcroft shirts are not inexpensive (they range between $88-92) BUT if you want quality you sometimes gotta spend a little dough. If you think about it, spending $20 each time to replace a poor quality shirt will add up over time. For me, I rather pay money for one quality shirt that I wont have to keep replacing over and over again. Bottom line, Foxcroft makes quality shirts and I would recommend you give them a try!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post by Foxcroft. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. In My Joi gave me permission to use her photo. Her picutre is property of In My Joi