Day Tripping: Smorgasburg

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Last Saturday along with my girls Jami and Sandra, I finally made it to Smorgasburg.  I’ve been trying to get to there for the past two years but every time I tried to go, something would come up to stop me.  So when I decided to visit NYC this past weekend, I was determined to go and boy was it worth the wait!

Smorgasburg is an extremely popular Brooklyn food festival that is held every weekend from April until November. The festival showcases over 100+ local food vendors serving a variety of cuisines from multiple cultures.  We went to the Williamsburg Smorgasburg location at the East River State Park overlooking the Manhattan skyline.  Jami and Sandra had been before so they helped me get my bearings because it can be a tad bit overwhelming.  They steered me to their favorite vendors and I ate myself silly!  I had insanely delicious mofongo  (a traditional Puerto Rican dish consisting of mashed plantains &  seasoning topped with pork) for the first time, ate the BEST DONUT EVER from Dough and sipped on a cranberry lemonade that was so good it would make you slap your mama! Needless to say, I left Smorgasburg with a full belly and promising to return ASAP.

So if you find yourself  in NYC for a weekend, put Smorgasburg on the top of your to do list.   Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Have a wonderful day!

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Get Sandra’s shirt here!

Shirt: ASOS (no longer available, similar here)
Pants: Old Navy (no longer available, similar here)
Shoes: ASOS (old)
Bag: Kohls x Reed Krakoff (here)

Buttons or Bust

TGIF all!

I’ve never really considered myself to be “busty” or having a large chest.  When I was younger I seesawed between a D and DD cup which was fine with me at the time.  During those years, buttons loved me and I had no complaints.  Unfortunately as the years have progressed so has my weight which means my bust size has increased. Now buttons don’t love me as much and I find myself avoiding them due to pulling around the bust line.  Although my breasts are staging a button boycott,  I still love cute button up tops.  So when I saw this H&M + chambray ruffled blouse I instantly fell in love and immediately ordered it. Honestly, I should’ve know better because H&M  plus sizing is on the SMALL end of the spectrum. To get an item to fit properly you have to go up at least 2-3 sizes.  I should’ve abandoned my quest there but I couldn’t help myself.  I got the blouse earlier this week and guess what…it gaps at the bust (whomp, whomp!).  Despite this I refused to get down on my boobs. I’m not the first nor am I the last busty gal to struggle with proper fitting button up shirts.  Now I know H&M+ button up shirts aren’t going to work for me.   Since I’ve already worn the shirt, returning it isn’t an option.  Besides I love how it looks on me so I’m going to get it tailored so it can fit properly. So after I did some creative pulling and tucking to get my blog pics, I took it off and wore another blouse to work.  As they say, c’est la vie!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Skirt: Lane Bryant (here)
Blouse: H&M + (here)
Shoes: JCrew (old)
Bag: Kate Spade (old, similar here)

Shop My Closet Purge

Happy Monday all!

To say I needed to purge my closet would be an understatement. My poor bedroom was beginning to look like an episode of Hoarders! While I know I needed to reduce my closet, I found it hard to do so. I tend to get attached to my clothes because of the memories and feelings I associate with them.  I know that may sound a bit strange but its the truth.  Unfortunately this attachment had me holding on to items I barely wore and didn’t need anymore.   I knew to overcome my attachment, I had to let go of items I swore would never leave my closet.  This was significant because I able to see that I don’t need stuff to keep memories alive. Those cherished memories will always be with me regardless.  Once I accepted this, it became extremely easy to let stuff go.

Below is a sample of what I’ve let go.  If you are interested in shopping my closet purge, head over to GCW Extras! (unfortunately shipping is for US customers only; I apologize!)

Have a great day!

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Five Trends To Try This Fall

TGIF all!

Wow, I cant believe Summer is almost over! While I won’t miss the oppressive humidity, I will miss bright sunshine, impromptu pool parties and dining al fresco.  With Fall being a month away, the September issues of your favorite magazines are teeming with new trends for the upcoming season.  I think trends are a fun way to update and modernize to your wardrobe.  You can pick and chose which one that works for you.  I tend to gravitate towards trendy pieces that I  can easily incorporate into my existing wardrobe.  I usually pick one or two pieces for the season.  The Fall trend I  definitely have my eye on are bomber jackets. The bomber jacket appeals to me because I can wear it with almost anything and it’s something I can wear even when it’s no longer “fashionable” to do so.  I also like it as my casual go to jacket with a pair of jeans and sneakers instead of a trench coat.

With that in mind, below are five trends I think would kick start your Fall wardrobe into high gear!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Bomber Jacket:fall trends, plus size clothing, fall fashion, bomber jackets, block heels, wide leg jeans, metallic sweater, pajama dress, pajama dressing, target, plus size dresses, who what wear collection, forever 21 plus sizes, forever 21+, plus size jackets, plus size jeans, eloquii, slingback heels, low heels, sole society heels

Wide Leg Denim:  fall trends, plus size clothing, fall fashion, bomber jackets, block heels, wide leg jeans, metallic sweater, pajama dress, pajama dressing, target, plus size dresses, who what wear collection, forever 21 plus sizes, forever 21+, plus size jackets, plus size jeans, eloquii, slingback heels, low heels, sole society heels

Block Heels:

fall trends, plus size clothing, fall fashion, bomber jackets, block heels, wide leg jeans, metallic sweater, pajama dress, pajama dressing, target, plus size dresses, who what wear collection, forever 21 plus sizes, forever 21+, plus size jackets, plus size jeans, eloquii, slingback heels, low heels, sole society heels

Metallic: fall trends, plus size clothing, fall fashion, bomber jackets, block heels, wide leg jeans, metallic sweater, pajama dress, pajama dressing, target, plus size dresses, who what wear collection, forever 21 plus sizes, forever 21+, plus size jackets, plus size jeans, eloquii, slingback heels, low heels, sole society heels

Pajama Chic:

fall trends, plus size clothing, fall fashion, bomber jackets, block heels, wide leg jeans, metallic sweater, pajama dress, pajama dressing, target, plus size dresses, who what wear collection, forever 21 plus sizes, forever 21+, plus size jackets, plus size jeans, eloquii, slingback heels, low heels, sole society heels

 

2016 TCF Style Expo

Happy Monday all!

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the TCF Style Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Expo is the creation of Marie Denee from The Curvy Fashionista.  Marie is one of the pioneers of plus size blogging and is a major presence in our community. Her annual expo provides a space for plus size women to feel confident and celebrate their bodies.   Due to the popularity of last years inaugural event, the Expo was expanded to two days and was held in a larger venue to accommodate the attendees.  The venue hosted a huge shopping bonanza that included major plus size retailers such as Fashion To Figure, Ashley Stewart and Lane Bryant along with independent plus designers such as Jibri (my absolute fave!) , Monif C and  Maria Paulina for attendees to stop til they dropped!  The Expo also had a Beauty Bar which included a pop up nail salon and and make up services by Magnolia Makeup.

For me the Expo is also an opportunity to connect and reconnect with bloggers who I admire and follow through social media.   This year  I got to hang out  the wonderfully stylish Princess from Personal Bravery, the gorgeous Crystal from Sometimes Glam,  the amazing Amanda from Fashion, Love and Martinis, the extremely talented Refinery 29 writer  Liz Black from P.S. It’s Fashion and the beautiful Shakera from The Real Sample Size.  I also got to spend quality time with my boos Jeniese from The Jenesaisquoi and Pepper from Pretty Plus Pep while in Atlanta. It’s never a dull moment when Jeniese, Pepper and I get together.  I had such a FUN time hanging with all these women this past weekend.  I am so glad I decided to attend the TCF Style Expo and would highly encourage you to go next year!

Have a wonderful day!

Day One

plus size dresses, eloquii, yellow dresses, plus size, tcf style expo, atlanta, leopard print wedges, jcrew, midi dresses, tassel earrings, plus size fashion, natural hair, target, who what wear collection , sheer plus size blouse, gold pleated skirt, gold midi skirt, lane bryant skirt, h&m, block heels, midi skirts, plus size midi skirts, curvy bloggers, curvy blogs, plus size blogs, plus size bloggers plus size dresses, eloquii, yellow dresses, plus size, tcf style expo, atlanta, leopard print wedges, jcrew, midi dresses, tassel earrings, plus size fashion, natural hair, target, who what wear collection , sheer plus size blouse, gold pleated skirt, gold midi skirt, lane bryant skirt, h&m, block heels, midi skirts, plus size midi skirts, curvy bloggers, curvy blogs, plus size blogs, plus size bloggers plus size dresses, eloquii, yellow dresses, plus size, tcf style expo, atlanta, leopard print wedges, jcrew, midi dresses, tassel earrings, plus size fashion, natural hair, target, who what wear collection , sheer plus size blouse, gold pleated skirt, gold midi skirt, lane bryant skirt, h&m, block heels, midi skirts, plus size midi skirts, curvy bloggers, curvy blogs, plus size blogs, plus size bloggers plus size dresses, eloquii, yellow dresses, plus size, tcf style expo, atlanta, leopard print wedges, jcrew, midi dresses, tassel earrings, plus size fashion, natural hair, target, who what wear collection , sheer plus size blouse, gold pleated skirt, gold midi skirt, lane bryant skirt, h&m, block heels, midi skirts, plus size midi skirts, curvy bloggers, curvy blogs, plus size blogs, plus size bloggers

Dress: Eloquii (here)
Earrings: H&M (in store)
Sandals: JCrew (old; similar here)

 

Day 2

plus size dresses, eloquii, yellow dresses, plus size, tcf style expo, atlanta, leopard print wedges, jcrew, midi dresses, tassel earrings, plus size fashion, natural hair, target, who what wear collection , sheer plus size blouse, gold pleated skirt, gold midi skirt, lane bryant skirt, h&m, block heels, midi skirts, plus size midi skirts, curvy bloggers, curvy blogs, plus size blogs, plus size bloggers plus size dresses, eloquii, yellow dresses, plus size, tcf style expo, atlanta, leopard print wedges, jcrew, midi dresses, tassel earrings, plus size fashion, natural hair, target, who what wear collection , sheer plus size blouse, gold pleated skirt, gold midi skirt, lane bryant skirt, h&m, block heels, midi skirts, plus size midi skirts, curvy bloggers, curvy blogs, plus size blogs, plus size bloggers plus size dresses, eloquii, yellow dresses, plus size, tcf style expo, atlanta, leopard print wedges, jcrew, midi dresses, tassel earrings, plus size fashion, natural hair, target, who what wear collection , sheer plus size blouse, gold pleated skirt, gold midi skirt, lane bryant skirt, h&m, block heels, midi skirts, plus size midi skirts, curvy bloggers, curvy blogs, plus size blogs, plus size bloggers plus size dresses, eloquii, yellow dresses, plus size, tcf style expo, atlanta, leopard print wedges, jcrew, midi dresses, tassel earrings, plus size fashion, natural hair, target, who what wear collection , sheer plus size blouse, gold pleated skirt, gold midi skirt, lane bryant skirt, h&m, block heels, midi skirts, plus size midi skirts, curvy bloggers, curvy blogs, plus size blogs, plus size bloggers

Top: Target x Who What Wear (here)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (old)
Shoes: H&M (available in store; similar here)
Earrings: H&M (here)