Monday, April 27, 2015

Casual + Chic

Plus size chambray shirt outfit
When I'm putting together a casual looking, my goals are comfort, cute, and it doesn't always include pants.  Denim will always give off a casual feel, so I took this Foxcroft denim shirt and shopped my closet for a leopard skirt (super old from JIBRI).  Denim shirts are a closet basic that I recommend for anyone's closet.  They pair great with just about anything or any color, but they also give you an option for dressing down an outfit, but in a super chic way.  I channeled my inner RiRi by unbuttoning the shirt low and adding in a chain necklace. 

Style Notes: My favorite thing about this shirt was that it was cut a little different from you traditional chambray denim shirt.  It was a short sleeve, and the sleeves are in a wing style, which gives a slouch/oversized lay on the body.  That design creates a look that looks effortless.  I ordered a 22 in the shirt, because I wanted a looser fit.  The skirt is JIBRI it is one of the first pieces I purchased probably six plus years ago, but you can easily sub in your leopard pencil skirt from your own closet.  Finally, get 20% off of your Foxcroft purchase by using the code FXGARNER (excludes jeans). 
Plus size chambray shirt outfit

Plus size chambray shirt outfit
Top: Foxcroft, Skirt - JIBRI (super old, but similar), Shoes: Lane Bryant (old), Lip:  NYX Razzle, Necklace: Ross, Belt: Micheal Kors

Thank you Foxcroft for sponsoring this post. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Budgetnista Spring Updates

When spring rolls around I am doing two things.  The first is to see what I have in my closet from the previous seasons that will work in the spring.  The second is to seek out easy and inexpensive updates to my wardrobe that will be easy to transition my current wardrobe into spring.  I picked up some cute items from Ross Dress for Less for ways to make old items feel new.  Each top, necklace, and the fun cream/beige backpack are from Ross.  The navy/white chevron top came with the neon necklace and the coral top came with the necklace worn with it. Getting two items for the price of one is definitely a bargain.  The tops with necklaces were under $16 a piece and you can use the necklaces with other outfits. That is always fun.  My total for 3 tops with necklaces and a bag was under $70.  I was able to pair with items already in my closet and make 3 looks.  All tops were found in their plus size section.  Here are some bargain hunting tips as well:

Bargain Hunting Tips

  • Classic prints = Expensive look:  No matter how much I pay for something, I always want it to look expensive.  I stick to classic prints like this gingham top and the chevron. Other prints you can look for are stripes, plaid, and polka dots.  
  • Nude = Expensive look: I chose the backpack, because the white/nude combo looked chic and expensive.  Neutral tones to look for are beige, blush, and taupe. 
  • Choose cheap tops to upgrade your flare skirts with.  Pair them perfectly and they could look like a dress instead of two pieces, which will get  more wear out of your skirts. 

Thank you Ross for sponsoring this post.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

T-Shirt & Jeans Do Exist for Plus Size Girls

Circa 2009, I was going to to movies with two of my besties. (Just a little back story, but my friends before blogging have all been thin.  I was always the fat girl of the group.) My best girlfriend is 6'1 modelesque looks, legs for days, and athletic build and my best guy friend is 6'2, works out a lot, with an athletic build.  Now you are starting to draw a picture.  We are going to the movies, so we are getting ready, and I come out of my bedroom in a thrifted sundress and sandals.  My girlfriend is in a t-shirt and jeans, and guy friend is in cargo shorts and a tee.  Now both of them are clowning me for "dressing up." Now my friend with her runway model stature looks amazing in a t-shirt and jeans the same goes for my guy friend.  In 2009, jeans and t-shirt did not exist for me, and it is hard to make people understand with certain body types, that as to where they can throw on that classic combination and still look good.  To this day, this story is still recanted to me by male BFF of how I threw on a "ball gown" to go to the movies.  You see how rumors get started. LOL.  This was still a time in plus sizes where there still weren't a lot of options, and a simple thing like finding a t-shirt that fit you correctly was still very hard to do. 

Now here it is 2015, and I get to enjoy the casual luxury of wearing the beloved t-shirt and jeans, and it was all because the $10 v-neck tee that was brought back by AVA & VIV.  I first discovered the $10 tee when I was in Dallas after just complaining that I could never wear the t-shirt and jeans combo without looking like I was about to clean the house. The $10 tee from Target has been a staple in my closet ever since.  I use them to travel, workout in, and also to pair with things like jeans and flare skirts.  When I visited the Target headquarters, this was one of my first questions. "Are you bringing back the $10 tee?" LOL. I wasn't playing.  It has a perfect fit and not too much give or stretch. Too much stretch in a t-shirt can make it roll up, and too much give can cause the t-shirt to lose shape easily.   It used to have a  mini pocket but was removed. I'd like to see some crew necks added as well.  

A lot of you have noticed that I've started wearing pants more. It's because the plus size options are getting better, and I feel like I can look great both casually and dressed up. Three years ago, I didn't feel like that, which is probably one of the reasons for this blog.  I always felt like that since I'm big, I have to have a certain upkeep and appearance.  In the last year, I've allowed myself to relax a little more and to be okay with being comfortable. Although this is not one of my elaborate looks, I feel really pretty in this simple look. 

Style Notes:  Shoes are from Lane Bryant, but you may not recognize them.  I cut off the angled strap.  The jeans are by Carmakoma.  They are super comfortable with a lot of stretch.  I am wearing the XL or the size 24. The t-shirt is a size 2X. 

Tee - Target, Shoes - Lane Bryant, Jeans - c/o Carmakoma, Bag - TJMaxx (in-store)

This post was sponsored by Target, all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


I got to do another super fun video with Tess and Cora with Glam TV.  This time it was more of daytime looks.  We are all able to give tips, have fun, and just dish. I must usually don't like to be on video, but this turned out pretty cool.  I hope you like. 

I think I was kicking knowledge. LOLOL! 

Monday, April 20, 2015


It's been forever since I've worn a wrap dress, but every since I saw Kiah, from Rez to the City, in hers two years ago, I've wanted one.  This gorgeous wrap from Mynt1792 is everything.  I haven't had it long, but I've already worn it twice.  One here in the Bay on a chilly day and I just wore it while I was in NYC this past week.  I knew that it would travel well. I didn't have to do any ironing, just pull out and go! The fabric is super soft and is so comfortable, but chic at the same time. I would live in this dress if I could. I think this dress would make an awesome event dress -- something for a bridal shower, wedding, baby shower, etc. 

Style Notes:  For those interested in body type info, wrap dresses work for anyone's body.  I think they have to be the oldest trick in the book, courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg, for working with anyone's body type.  The wrap dress is the perfect length for me.  I am 5'9, and you can barely see my toes peeking through.  I have wide hips, so if you hips are more narrow then I think you could still achieve this length if you are 5'10 or 5'11.  This dress can easily be hemmed if you are shorter. Also, this is an item you will want to have dry cleaned. Dry cleaning will keep it vibrant. I've washed items like this before, and they never look the same after washing. This garment is an investment piece and something that I want to wear for years to come, so I'll have to treat it as such. 

Dress - Mynt1792, Bag - L.A. Boutique (old), sandals & bracelet - Lane Bryant (old)

This post was sponsored by Mynt1792, all opinions are my own. 
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