I haven’t done a post like this in awhile and thought I’d share my current favorites!
Have a great weekend!
1.Queen Sugar (OWN Channel):
Based off Natalie Brazile’s novel of the same name, Queen Sugar chronicles the lives and struggles of siblings Charly, Nova and Ralph Angel as they try to keep their beloved father’s sugarcane farm and legacy alive. Directed by Academy Award nominee Ana DuVernay (Selma) , Queen Sugar is a lush, complex and superbly acted drama that will pull you in with it’s depiction of Southern life. Check it out on Wednesday nights at 10pm, you wont be sorry!
2. Steve Madden Kate Suede Loafers:
Thanks to Gucci, the loafer is enjoying a resurgence this Fall. I’ve always been a fan of loafers so I’m loving the various colors, styles and textures being offered in this season. These Steve Madden loafers are perfect for work and play. They come in a variety of colors so there is something for everybody. Needless to say, I had to get the red ones!
3. Sweet Charlie’s:
Sweet Charlie’s is an ice cream eatery here in Philly that serves Thai inspired ice cream rolls. Devoted masses line up to patiently wait almost two hours (yep, TWO HOURS) to get their hands on their delicious creations. To see what all the hype was all about, I made my way to Sweet Charlie’s (I only waited 45 minutes) and boy was I not disappointed. I got the Kiss & Tell (York peppermint patty, mint Oreo cookie combined with ice cream) and it was so good I licked the bowl when I was finished (obviously I have no home training…LOL). So if you ever find yourself in Philly, you MUST try Sweet Charlie’s!
4. Red & Green:
Red & Green are my go to colors this Fall. I’m patiently waiting for the weather to change (Summer isn’t letting go…boo) so I can wear my faux leather green skirt and red loafers!
5. Pussy Bows:
Pussy bows were all the rage last Fall and they are still going strong. Try one around the collar of your blouse or shirt to add some pizzazz to your outfit. Once you get the hang of it, experiment with different color and prints to highlight your individual style.
Happy Monday all!
I love it when a brand recognizes the little things PS women need. Like a longer strap for cross body bags so they comfortably fit over our larger frames for example. I own a few cross body bags and it can be a challenge to find one to comfortably fit across my body. The shorter straps on these bags are made to fit across the body of a smaller woman. As you already know this doesn’t bode well for us. Shorter cross body straps bag ride up underneath our arms or sit under our breasts which is not comfortable at all. While this can be frustrating, Eighty Eight bags (an affordable vegan leather bag brand) is doing something about it. Eighty Eight offers an extra long cross body strap for plus size women up to a size 28. The extra long strap is available in their Jesse, Katie, Hayley and Taylor bags for FREE. The extended strap allows the bag to comfortably fit across PS bodies without any hassles. The strap is adjustable so you can fit it to your liking. It also detaches for those times when you don’t want to wear the bag across your body.
In today’s post I’m wearing the Hayley satchel (also comes in two other colors). To get a better feel for the bag, I wore it while I ran errands yesterday afternoon. After taking it for a test run, I learned its a really good “everyday” bag. The Hayley is big enough to fit all the stuff we carry daily plus other items such as a tablet. I really liked the Hayley’s soft slouchy shape and the magnetic closure on bag’s flap for easy entry. The interior also has pockets for your cell phone and a zip up compartment. The extended strap did what it was supposed to do and it fit across my body perfectly. I was able to freely move around without constantly adjusting the bag around my body. I was pleasantly impressed with the Hayley bag and look forward to making it a closet staple.
So if you’re looking for a good bag that won’t bust your wallet, give Eighty Eight bags a try!
Have a great day!
Disclaimer: Eighty Eight gifted me the Hayley bag. All opinions expressed are my own.
Jacket: Old Navy (here, patches not included)
Sweater: Old Navy (old, similar here)
Skirt: FTF (old, similar here)
Shoes: Zara (old, similar here)
Bag: c/o Eighty Eight (here)
Can we talk about how Eloquii has been KILLING the plus size fashion game this year? Week after week they have been giving us swoon worthy clothes (yes I have drooled over the clothes!). What I love about Eloquii is that their clothes reflect current trends from off the runway. For years PS customers have complained about the lack of on trend clothing for us. The fashion community unfortunately believes that plus women aren’t stylish and want to wait to lose weight before buying on trend trend clothing. How completely ridiculous is that?! Obviously this is false but these assumptions have keep plus size fashion lagging behind straight size retailers for years. That’s why retailers such as ASOS and Eloquii are a godsend because they have listened to the PS consumer and are active in giving us what we want. They recognize that we are stylish and aren’t monolithic in our taste in clothing. Eloquii knows its customers have different tastes in clothing and some of them are fashionistas who want to flaunt the latest trends. Eloquii gets this right by providing clothing that reflects our wide range of style diversity. For this reason Eloquii is one of my Fall (and every season) favorite.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dress: Eloquii (sold out; join wait list here)
Shoes: H&M (not available, similar here)
Happy Monday all!
As Summer slowly winds down (NOOOOO!) I’m sharing some of my favorite outfits from this season. This Summer I fell madly in love with off the shoulder tops and wore them constantly. I challenged myself to accept my body despite my recent weigh gain and not to fall victim to negativity (which is so easy to do, especially in the Summer). I got to visit Fort Lauderdale for the first time and had a ball at The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo in Atlanta. While I didn’t get to the shore (that’s what we Philadelphians the call the beaches in New Jersey), I spent a lot of time lounging at the pool with my BFF soaking up the weekend Summer sun. I finally got my grub on at Smogasburg in Brooklyn and loved every single morsel that went into my mouth. I spent breezy Summer nights swaying to reggae and soca music at rooftop parties. Needless to say, Summer you will be sorely missed!
Have a wonderful day!
I’ve teamed up with GCGme again to bring you their latest collection of dresses for the Fall. GCGme offers very cute and affordable dresses for variety of occasions. I especially think their dresses are great for going out with your girls or for date night. GCGme dresses are sexy and fun which we should be allowed to be. As older women we often receive societal messages that being or feeling sexy after 40 is some crazy abboration. The expectation is that once we hit 40 we are supposed to become more modest which is code for “not sexy”. This belief is then solidified by people chiding women for dressing “too young” or “not for our age” (whatever the hell that means). Then on top of that we get those “what not to wear after 40” articles that hammer home every negative stereotype about aging. With these messages, it can be seriously hard to continue to feel sexy or desirable as we age. I know I struggle with feeling sexy at 44. This was evident when I put on this dress and saw the amount of cleavage I was displaying. I was like “OMG MY BOOBS ARE SHOWING!”. I instantly thought of putting a tank top on to cover up but I stopped myself. I realized I was buying into these crazy “rules” for older women by being scared to bare a little (ok A LOT!) of cleavage. Me showing off my bosom doesn’t make me any less intelligent or respectable than the next woman. It means it’s okay to express the sexy side of ourselves regardless of age. So the next time someone tries to come at you about the age appropriateness of your dress, tell them what Jessica from Warning: Curves Ahead said, “I can wear whatever the f**k I want!”
GCGme is graciously offering 20% off your purchase with code “growncurvy20” until 10/31/16. So go get your sexy on with GCGme!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dress: GCGme (here)
Sandals: Nine West (old)
Bag: Zara (old)
Necklace: c/o JTV