Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Gifts Under $25

Holiday Gifts Under $25
1. Lippy Giftset 2. Home Decor Vases, 3. Iphone Case, 4. Novelty Clutch 5. Perfume, 6. Make-Up Bag, 7. Bendel Coffee Cup, 8. The Woman I Want To Be by Diane von Furstenberg

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?!!? Christmas will be here soon. I love Christmas and giving gifts.  Here's some fun & swanky gift picks under $25.    Also, look out for my annual Black Friday post with the announcements of sales. That will be up next week.  If you're looking for the best deals on clothes for your budget, Black Friday is the time you want to shop. I plan on making myself available to answer questions on Black Friday.  More details soon to come on that.  


Monday, November 17, 2014

The Luxe UnLuxe Coat

Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat
Some of you may saw me feature the white version of this coat on Facebook/Instagram.  Out of the two, the black was my favorite, so I decided to photograph this color.  The title of this post is "The Luxe UnLuxe Coat," because this is one of those items that looks expensive, but totally isn't.  The quality is lovely and you can get a few different looks out of this jacket from wearing it differently.  Some of you asked me about the jacket from the Bows & Spirals post.    That jacket was sold out well before I wore it (it was also org. over $700, I got it for $75), but his is an awesome replacement with different colors, but a similar feel.   I don't usually point out a single piece like this, but I know you guys are always looking for the fabulous and budget friendly and this is definitely it.  This coat is totally Olivia Pope, but at a great price. 

Style Notes:  I wanted to feature a few ways to style it in a more luxurious way.  I opted to drape over one of the collars and add a brooch to hold the collar in place. Brooches, to me, make looks feel a little more luxurious and are fun to look for in thrift/vintage shops. There is actually, a button there that you can drape the collar with, as well.  The buttons were big and brown and I thought they were distracting, so I removed them.  This jacket, from Forever21, does run small (like most of F21's clothing), so I sized up to a 3X.  I almost always buy their clothing in a 3X.  Returns can be a hassle through them, so I just size up so I don't have to worry about anything being too small.  Some of you asked about the arm size of this coat. My arms are on the larger side and the 3X seemed to accommodate my arm width comfortably.  I didn't have a lot of extra room, but the sizing works.  You'll want to note that the coat is lined throughout and in the arms, as well.  If you are looking for a little more room in the arm, you could cut a slit in the lining in the arm portion.  Lining will generally give you less room.  I see the black is sold out online, the white was sold out as well and they restocked, so they may do that with that black.  Otherwise, I would check in-store. 
Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat

Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat

Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat

Coat - Forever21, Denim - c/o Torrid, Shirt - Nordstrom, Shoes - Torrid, Bag - Olivia + Joy, Brooch (soldout), Lip - MAC Flat Out Fabulous, Brooch - Carolee (similar)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tips for Dressing Well - Casual

People tell me all the time, "I like what you wear, but I just don't know how to put things together." I want to start a a series on tips for dressing well, where we can look at breaking down how to put together an everyday look.  For most of us, a lot of our looks can be casual because of function.  Dressing casual, for me, was like my last frontier to master. It's a hard one. It's so easy to look great dressed up, but dressing down can more of a challenge, because there is always a struggle on how casual to be.  I will say this, casual dressing, for me, takes just as much effort as dressing up.  It's a more comfortable look, but a lot of the elements are the same in terms of hair, make-up, and putting together a complete look.  Here's a few of things I do for putting together casual looks:
  1. Going casual doesn't mean I neglect hair and make-up.  Hair and make-up complete the look.  A bun is usually a go-to for me for a simple and quick hair-do that is always polished without question.  I wear a tinted moisturizer, mascara, and a lipstick most days.  It's a way for me not to commit fully to a full face, but still look put together.  I always feels like make-up is apart of completing the look.  
  2. A great fitting denim can make all the difference.  I've recently found a new love for denim. For years I wouldn't wear jeans, because I could never find any that fit me well.  Times have changed and I actually have several pair that fit well and look good.  A good fitting jean is great for creating clean lines on your body and a great base for any look.  I love pencil pants as a substitution for jeans.  Finding  great denim is a very personal process and labor intensive. You need to try different brands until you find your best fit.  My personal favorites come from Torrid, Ashley Stewart, and Just My Size
  3. Add in comfy, but stylish shoes. People often say to me, "You always have the cutest flats." This is one of my favorite things to hear.  I don't wear the highest heels, but I'm always on the hunt for the cutest flat shoes.  I don't want my outfits to suffer, because I won't allow my feet to, so I take a lot of care in curating my flat shoe arsenal.  I tend to gravitate towards oxfords, patterned shoes (leopard, plaid, etc), and ballet flats. 
  4. Pass the jacket, please.  I always feel like a blazer, moto jacket, and coat pulls everything together, brings polish, and completes the look. 
  5. Fit is everything.  I say this a lot, but I can't stress it enough.  It's so important that your clothes fit you well.  You can get this through correct sizing and/or a tailor (or it's even better if you sew).  For me, I judge fit not only by looking, but by moving around.  Being a woman that is plus size, I do expect my clothes to shift somewhat just from moving around, but I don't expect to be pulling on them every 5 minutes.  Adjustments here and there are fine.  A lot of time, before I leave the house, if I find myself excessively adjusting my clothing then I won't wear.  I know the fit is off and I will replace it and note it in my head as something I need to have tailored. 
  6. I don't believe in over-accessorizing.  This is a preference, but I subscribe the school of thought that less is more.  I like to choose a focal point of a look.  This look in particular is about this cozy sweater.  I generally wear the same studs (I got married in them and consider them lucky), my marriage rings, an additional accessory, and a bag. 
I hope this helps put some method to my own process. Feel free to ask any questions below and please let me know if this is something that you would like to see more often.  



Sweater: c/o Talbots, Jeans: Ashley Stewart, Bag: SimplyBe, Boots - Torrid (sold-out), Lip - LimeCrime Utopia


Monday, November 10, 2014

Capers

Plus Size Caper Dress, Nordstrom Plus Size Dress

If you follow me on my social channels, then y'all know I kind of live in Nordstrom.  They are one of the few stores in my area that has in-store plus sizes and there is literally always something fabulous to buy. My favorite sections are the plus, of course, the jewelry, and the make-up.  I've started my shopping for holiday looks and I was so excited to come across this Adrianna Pappell dress via Nordstrom. I purchased it without hesitation. I've been waiting sooooo long to buy something with the cape effect.  It's exciting that something relatively new to the runways is being offered in plus sizes, and Nordstrom has it. I remember a time where we wouldn't get the latest styles until 2 or 3 years later.  I commend Nordy on offering us these fashion forward looks.  Just know this cape is everything!  I kept hitting my husband with it.  I just needed him to understand that I had a cape on and I do know how to use it, but really who would be able to keep from swinging this.  While out in it, I got asked over and over where it came from.  



Style Notes:  This cape dress is in a size 22. It does have stretch.  I like the fact that the cape comes past the dress for extra coverage in the back area.  Overall, it's very comfortable.  If it were colder, I would definitely pair it with some long gloves. This also makes for an excellent little black dress.  I really could see my mom in this, so I'm thinking this could possibly be her Christmas gift (hopefully she isn't nosily reading this post).  I'll just tell her we can't wear it at the same time. HA!  Also, some of you asked about my hair and how I've been achieving my waves.  I've been using the clipless curling iron.  Find it here. I'm definitely not a hair guru, but this makes it super easy.  Just add a little hair spray and you are good to go for the day.  It generally only takes me about 15 minutes to put these waves in already straightened hair. 
Plus Size Caper Dress, Nordstrom Plus Size Dress

Plus Size Caper Dress, Nordstrom Plus Size Dress

Plus Size Caper Dress, Nordstrom Plus Size Dress
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Holiday Party Post

Plus Size Holiday Dress, Torrid Holiday

It's November, so I'm excited about the holiday pieces that come out during this time. Torrid also has some great gifts listed in their holiday catalog including a new fragrance coming out on 11/17. It smells lovely, like a light powdery/floral scent.  I am also super excited to shop for holiday clothes, I tend to gravitate towards colors: red, cream, and gold.  Anything sparkly or with sequins are a must as well. Torrid just released pieces from their holiday look-book. I actually got my mailer (with coupons) on Saturday and partnered with Torrid to style a few looks from the look-book.   This isn't my usual one piece three ways, but I did use the cropped convertible jacket in two looks.  It's my favorite piece from the collection.  The jacket can be worn as a blazer, then you can zip off the bottom and wear it as a cropped jacket.  Genius!! I love that I'm starting to see convertible pieces in plus.  It allows you to get more bang for your buck.  Now, let's get into these looks. 

Before 5pm office party:  I really loved this look.  My thought was that this would be a great look for those holiday parties in the office that begin before 5pm.  So you still have to work (and I use that term loosely, lol) for the first half of the day, then the rest of the day you are partying.  This is a way for you to look festive and office appropriate, and to be comfortable.  I know I blog full time, but I do remember what it was like to work a 9-5. Style Notes: I love love love these pants. They are high-waisted and give your body nice lines.  They have stretch and I got them in a Torrid size 4.  The shell I'm wearing is tucked in, but is long and flowy and can be worn untucked. I got the shell in a 3 to cover the hips.  I got the cropped jacket in a 3.  This is pretty true to size, so I should have gotten a 2.  The jacket is made from a ponte knit material and does contain stretch.   

After 5pm office party:  I put together this look for those of you that have the after 5pm holiday parties.  I love fall because I wear tights, and wear dresses that are a little shorter, but still have that coverage on my legs.  I love wearing red and this color is often hard to find unless it's around the holidays, so I'm always sure to grab some sort of red dress during this time. I paired with the cream convertible jacket for the arm coverage you may want, especially when you are with the office folk.  Style Notes:  I got this dress in a 22 and it fits like a cover.  It does have stretch. 

Holiday Weekend Break: You've been fancy this week and will definitely want to slip into something comfortable.  I chose these leopard pants with the relaxed fit and paired with the "lips" sweater.  Style Notes:  The lips sweater is a size 3.  I sized up for an oversized look.  I would normally do a 2.  The pants are a size 5.  I do have some of these pants in a 4, but there is no stretch and I sized up for extra legroom.  There is a drawstring to tighten the waist a little if you need it.  

Plus Size Holiday Dress, Torrid Holiday

Plus Size Holiday Dress, Torrid Holiday

Plus Size Holiday Dress, Torrid Holiday

Plus Size Holiday Dress, Torrid Holiday

Plus Size Holiday Dress, Torrid Holiday

Plus Size Holiday Dress, Torrid Holiday
1st Look: Jacket, Top, Necklace, Pants, Shoes | 2nd Look: Jacket, Dress, Clutch, Tights, Shoes | 3rd Look:  Sweater, Pants, Shoes, Necklace 
(B1 Get 1 50% off discount code: LUVIT)

This post was sponsored by Torrid,  all opinions and clothing styling is 100% my own. 
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