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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

V Day Look Book

Happy Saturday everyone!

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!

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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)

NYE 2013!

Happy New Year everyone!

Just a quick to post to show what I wore last night.  My girlfriends and I went to dinner at Grand Lux Cafe and hit the casino afterward (Donna won a whopping $17! LOL).  Hanging with my girls and sharing laughs was the best way to bring in the new year!

What did you do for NYE?

Have a wonderful day!



Jacket: Gap
Skirt: Simply Be
Tank: Banana Republic
Necklace: c/o Lane Bryant
Clutch: The Perfect Clutch (sign up here and get 40% off your first order!)

Be Electric!

Happy Monday all!  

Winter has come early for most of us here in States. In my neck of the woods, it has already snowed three times in the past week.  Needless to say, I’m not a happy camper. Shoveling is NOT sexy! So to combat the frigid cold, I wanted to wear something super bright today to warm my spirit.  While it’s natural to gravitate towards wearing dark colors during the colder months, try adding  pops of color to brighten up your Winter outfits.   Before you know it, we’ll be welcoming warm Spring days!

How do you like to brighten up your Winter outfits?

Have a wonderful day!

Jacket: Gap
Shirt: Lane Bryant
Pants: Simply Be
Shoes: Nine West
Bag: Coach

Weekend Edition: Vacation Mode Pt. 2

Happy Monday all!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I spent my weekend doing housework, laundry and errands…I know SO exciting! LOL

I made sure amidst all the fun I was having that I documented some of  my outfits during my vacation.  Since I didn’t have my trusty tripod I had to rely on my BFF and my godson, Alex to take my pics. It felt good to be casual and not dolled up for work.  I spent the majority of my vacation lounging in bathing suits and shorts.

I promised myself this Summer I wasn’t going to wear  skirted bottom with my tankini.  To be honest I was really self conscious about  my thighs being uncovered  but by the second dip in the pool, all was forgotten!  I love this pic of me in my tankini while on Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk. Thanks Alex for taking such a good pic!

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Here are some more of my outfits from the week!

Have a wonderful day!

Spring Trends Part II: Florals

This week we are taking on the floral trend which  in my opinion will always be around.  I’m kind of a newbie when it comes to wearing florals because for so many years I hated it.  Growing up all saw offered to plus size  women were ugly, garish  floral print  clothes .  I was completely turned off by florals until I came upon this awesome  Simply Be maxi dress (worn as a skirt for my post today!) a year ago .  This dress has single-handedly changed my perception of floral print forever.  I learned that I could wear a beautiful vibrant print  without feeling  like a huge flower.    

Would you dare to wear florals? If so, how would you wear it?

Please check out these other fab bloggers and their take on florals!

Girls of Plenty

Real Girl Runway

Heart, Print and Style


Society of Curves

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Dress: Simply Be

Shirt: Old Navy

Belt: dont remember! tee hee

Necklace: Nordstrom Rack

Busy Bee

Happy Monday all!

Usually my weekends are slow but this past weekend I was quite the busy bee!

On Friday Shonna (my BFF) asked me to judge a talent show for her students and I accepted.  There’s nothing like being around a bunch of 18-20 year olds to remind you how old and out of step you are! I couldn’t understand half the songs the DJ was playing and the dancing….WOOOOO! Lets just say it gives the term “bump and grind” a whole new meaning! LOL

On Saturday evening, Shonna and I decided to get gussied up and head downtown for dinner.  We went to foodie favorite  Oyster House and proceeded to happily stuff our faces with wonderful seafood.  The lobster bisque I had was the best I’ve tasted in a long time.  Shonna is a  seafood aficionado  so when she gave it a big thumbs up I knew I did a good job picking the restaurant.

Here is what I wore Saturday night:

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One of my new year resolutions was to get out more and meet new people.  So I signed up for Mahogany Philly on Meetup and went to my first event at the National Constitution Center on Sunday.  The National Constitution Center is a fairly new museum that is dedicated to the history of the US and the Constitution.  Im huge museum nerd and I like to take my time wandering the exhibits so I knew I had to be comfortable.  I kept things colorful and  wore my favorite straight leg jeans, colorful striped tee and a neon cardigan.  I had a great time with the ladies of Mahogany Philly.  I’m looking forward to attending more of their events and meeting  more people!

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What did you do this weekend?

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday’s Outfit:

Jacket: Kohls

Jeans: Simply Be

Shirt: Old Navy

Necklace: H&M

Bracelet: Lord & Taylor

Sunday’s Outfit:

Jeans: Talbots Woman

Shirt: Old Navy

Cardigan: Old Navy

Necklace: Gap

Earrings: Target


Happy Hump Day all!

Over the weekend I headed to Las Vegas with my buddy Tamera and her grandmother for a mini vacay. This was Tamera’s first time in Vegas and she had a blast! I played blackjack for the first time, won some money, ate great food and hung out all night (trust me I’m feeling it today! LOL). While this was my fourth time in Vegas its always a new experience with different people. Tamera and her grandmother (Granny as we call her) were the best travel companions anyone could ask for!

Here are a few pictures from my Vegas vacation!

Have a wonderful day!

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Casual Friday/No Fuss

TGIF or thank God its BLACK FRIDAY! Tee hee!

Just wanted to post a quick picture of what I wore on Thanksgiving day.  Thanksgiving dinner at my  sister’s house is  very laid back/come as you are, so I decided to  ditch the outfit I had planned and kept things simple.

As for Black Friday shopping, yes I was out there with the throngs of New Yorkers in the wee hours of the morning.  I hit up Old Navy, H&M, Macys and JCPenney.   I came away with a few items that will be featured on the blog in a couple of weeks.  The thing I’m most proud of is that I stuck to my budget and made no expensive impulse purchases.  Yay me!

How was your Thanksgiving?  Did you venture out for Black Friday deals?

Have a great holiday weekend!

Jeans: Simply Be

Sweater: Old Navy

Flats: Nine West

My Style Inspiration: Stylish Curves

Happy Hump Day all! Hope everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow!  I’m headed to NYC  later today to spend the holiday with my family.   We always have a great time together so I’m really  looking forward to hanging out with them.

Today I’m featuring one of my favorite bloggers  Alissa from Stylish Curves.  I discovered Stylish Curves browsing through the internet while  out on FMLA last year.  Alissa’s blog opened up a world of plus size retailers  that I didn’t even know existed.  I instantly became a fan of her “Style Journey” posts featuring her in  fabulous clothes.  Prior to discovering her blog, I didn’t think plus size women could dress fashionably.  Alissa totally crushed that belief and Ive been a loyal follower since.

Alissa  is also a staunch advocate for plus size women within the fashion industry.  Recently she was on Good Morning America discussing  how plus sized women are perceived and overlooked in fashion. Alissa wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and voiced many sentiments we  feel about the industry. Her presence on GMA was important because it contradicts many stereotypes that continue to exist.  Alissa was beautiful,  poised and confident, something many people don’t see plus size women as.  This is why she  is my style inspiration!

Please show Alissa some love and check out her blog Stylish Curves!

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Disclaimer: All photographs  are property of  Stylish Curves.  I was given permission to use the above photographs for this post.