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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

Coat
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!

 

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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Casual Friday: Midi Mania

TGIF all!

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!

Here are some  links to my favorite midi skirts: Simply Be, Talbots Woman, Modcloth, ASOS Curve, Eshakti, and Dorothy Perkins (they go up to size 18).

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Skirt: ASOS (sold out)
Jacket: Kohls (bought last year)
Blouse: Old Navy (bought last year)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
Booties: Bandalino

Stylish Layers

Happy Hump Day all!

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!

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Coat: London Fog (via Macys last year)
Jacket: Old Navy
Turtleneck: Gap
Skirt: Simply Be (here)
Booties: Bandalino
Bag: Philip Lim for Target

Skirting the Issue

Happy Monday all!

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!

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