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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!

 

Casual Friday: Spring Renewal

TGIF all!

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 but I know I’m blessed and fortunate to see another Spring!

What does the arrival of Spring mean to you?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Sweatshirt: Gap (here; sold out in XL & XXL)
Skirt: Eloquii (old)
Heels: Nine West (old)

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

Happy Birthday To Me!

Happy Monday all!

Today is my 42nd birthday and I’m happy that while it’s still very cold outside, the sun is shining bright on my special day.  To celebrate my 42nd year of life, I treated myself to something I’ve been wanting for years…A TRIP TO PARIS! I can’t tell you how excited I am about my upcoming trip! I think I’ll probably faint when I get to the top of the Eiffel Tower (from either excitement or from my fear of heights! LOL)! Trust me I will be taking a gazillion pictures and will post them when I get back.

Have a wonderful day!

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Coat: Talbots Woman (here)
Jeans: Lane Bryant (old)
Shirt: Old Navy (old)
Necklace Shoplately (here)
Shoes: Nine West (old)
Bag: Longchamp (gifted)

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!!!

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

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

Casual Friday: Pretty Woman

Happy Hump Day all!

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!

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Strapless top: Forever 21+
Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Target
Necklace: H&M
Shoes: Bandalino

Style Inspiration: A Little Dash of Darling

TGIF all!

I have to confess…I’m addicted to Pinterest. I can spend hours scrolling through various boards, pinning all kinds of things to my heart’s content.  During one of my Pinterest binges, I came across the lovely Caitlin of A Little Dash of Darling. Her post instantly spoke to me because lately I’ve been having a serious love affair with full skirts.  It seems Caitlin is just as smitten as I am and her full skirt outfits are wonderful. So I decided to put my casual Friday spin on her ensemble and make Caitlin my style inspiration today!

If you are on Pinterest (and addicted as I am), follow me so we can have some pinning fun!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Disclaimer: I was given permission by Caitlin to use her image. All images are property of A Little Dash of Darling.

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Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Eshakti
Necklace: Banana Republic
Shoes: Nine West

My Favorite Personal Style Bloggers

Happy Hump Day!

Alissa from Stylish Curves post 14 Plus Size Bloggers to Follow in 2014 got me thinking about my favorite style blogs. Each of these women have their own unique sense of style that resonates with me. Not only are they chic and beautiful, they encourage women to embrace their bodies. These ladies are proof style comes in every size!

Who are some of your favorite style bloggers? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

Have a wonderful day!

P.S. I havent forgotten about my “New Year…New Giveaway”….The lucky winner is Shenarshia!

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DIY FATSHION

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