Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Where the Flamingos Come to Roost

I have to say that I love my job because sometimes I can get to do stuff like this.  In January,  I was invited to view the Lilly Pulitzer items for Target. There were a lot of pieces that I loved and was hoping the majority of the collection will extend into plus sizes.  When I went to that event, there wasn't a lot of information...just the clothing.  There were some pieces in plus sizes, but a lot of the sample sizes were in the straight sizes. This can be scary as a plus size person in fashion because you won't know what will be sized up to plus. Well, since I'm in the know of what will be offered in plus, let me just say that it's a lot, and it's really good.  Like so good.  I got a lot of different pieces besides what is shown here and everything is just adorable.  My assistant (yes, I feel cool and blessed to now say I have an assistant) and I were drooling! The box came in when she was with me, and she was sworn to secrecy on what she had seen.

The plus size pieces are available on April 19th online only.  My favorite pieces are the yellow robe/coverup, the flamingo swimsuit, the green/white one piece (isn't picture and was sent in a 14, so there was no way this body was getting into it), and the blue jumper (not pictured because it was too tight, but will size up).  I got to see most of the swimsuits, and they were all gorgeous.  See all the pieces here.

Sizing: With a partnership like this, I was given sample sizes for the clothing. This means I didn't necessarily get the size I would normally buy, but this gave me a chance to evaluate the sizing and fit for other body types. I will be purchasing some of these pieces myself because I was given sample sizes and would have picked different sizes for optimal fit. The bra cups are generous.  This swim top is a size 20.  I would probably size down to the 16 or 18 for myself. I am a 40D (small D). These swim tops would work great for larger busted ladies. The swim bottoms are a size 22. I would normally do a 24 and will size up for a little more length although they fit pretty good in the butt. The pants are pretty true to size but don't have any stretch, so note that.  I will probably purchase in one size larger. I have on a size 24. I got to try on the jumpsuits; those are pretty true to size and extremely adorable.  The maxi dress had stretch and was super comfy.  I wore it in Santa Cruz and got a lot of compliments. 

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Safari

In the month of March, for me, I focus on transitioning my wardrobe from winter to spring.  I revisit my wardrobe and pieces I've worn through the colder months to see what can be, with the integration of spring items, transferred into the next season.   Leopard, though very prominent in the fall/winter, can totally be worn in the spring. Last season I wore this skirt during New York Fashion week and thought it was something that could totally transfer over to spring. Animal prints worn in the summer sometimes will be related to a safari theme, and I decided to go with that particular theme for this look.  I added in this coral printed top from AVA & VIV as a budget-friendly, but chic addition to this look and my spring wardrobe.  I don't think I've ever done a safari inspired look, so I am excited about this one.  I think all I need is a pair of binoculars and some sunscreen.  

Style Notes:  Feel free to switch in your leopard skirt in this look.  This post is about transitioning what you have now into spring.  Leopard is a considered a neutral, so adding in a spring-colored top or even a denim shirt will easily take your leopard skirt from winter to spring.  I added in a coral lipstick, usually a color reserved for the warmer months and a straw fedora.

Top: Target, Skirt: Ashley Stewart (old), Hat: Target, Belt:  Michael Kors (old), Shoes: ASOS

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tips for Wearing All White

tips on wearing all white
If you are a reader of this blog, you will know that I am no stranger to throwing on all white.  It's not an easy color to wear. White highlights everything on your body, the good and not so good.  Now if you are one of those people who just throw on all white without a thought. I applaud you.  Swimsuits and wearing all white are two things, I still very much try to do in a way that looks best on my body.   I had a few people ask me about wearing white, so let's get into these tips. 

Wear white pants in the summer with this shapewear hack - Shapewear in the summer sucks.  Shapewear under the pants that cut you off mid-thigh sucks too.  I do have a Capri Shaper, but it's entirely too hot to wear that under your pants in the spring/summer, so I take a pair a panty hose.   You will want to find some that are a bad fit, particularly a pair that is too short.  Cut off the feet and slip those underneath your pants.  For me, cellulite is always an issue under white pants.  The hosiery allows me to have a cooler option, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and not have that line mid thigh caused from the short style shapewear.

Don't skimp on the quality fabric - You will want to gravitate towards a heavier fabric.  Thin white fabric is going to magnify any issue (even when wearing shapewear) even more.  This may mean you will have to pay a little more than usual for your pants, but crappy white fabric will show everything including your underwear. Pictured above are white pants from the Isabel Toledo Collection from Lane Bryant. They were a little pricier, but after I had tried them on, I knew they were worth it. The fabric, cut, and quality are hard to find in that color and plus size.  The Rebdolls set has a triple layered (yes tripled) skirt.  In my humble opinion (and this something I live my shopping life by) the better the fabric, the better you will look. 

Self Acceptance - Being completely honest I am not a fan of my cellulite, but I've had it since I was 10 and have accepted it.  With that being said,  I will have the appearance of cellulite, even when wearing shapewear.  It is reduced, but it still will be there.  So the question is, do you still wear the item or not? For me, if I feel I look fabulous, cellulite and all, then I will wear it.  Cellulite tends to appear more on the back of my legs, but I loved the look, so I wore the look. 

Fit and Flare - So you may be saying to yourself, "I want to wear all white, but I don't want to put the work into it." Opt for a fit and flare dress/skirt.  These are dresses/skirts that fit the waist and flare out. These look great on all body types. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Girl's Night Out

I got to shoot a super fun Girl's Night Out Video with Cora, from Vintage or Tacky and Tess Holliday.  We had loads of fun and everyone had on gorgeous looks. You can find my look here.  I also did a post on it here.  I hope you enjoy! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Look Back At It

When there are warm temperatures outside it's time to bring out the all white.  While, in Santa Cruz, hubby and I went over to a vegan spot nearby called the Saturn Cafe recommended to us by Nicolette Mason.  I love when I post pictures on Instagram while traveling and people give me advice on places to go.  I decided to wear this all white look. This fun top is from Charlotte Russe and the new plus size clothing that they are launching.  I know you may say I don't know if wearing all white and going to dinner should happen simultaneously. HA! I'm not the most careful eater, but when I am wearing something I love I take extra care not to mess myself up. It's a multitasking adventure during the entire meal time, but I like and challenge, and I succeeded in not spilling. 

Charlotte Russe is launching a plus size, and I got the details and insight on the clothing.   Let's just give a cheer for more options. Whoop Whoop! Charlotte Russe will now be offering sizes 0 to 24 online and in select stores.  This fun little top is a part of the launch.  The line will be offering tops, bottoms, dresses, jumpsuits, and denim.  I had a chance to try a variety of items, and this line will be in junior plus sizes.  I would advise sizes up 1 to 2 sizes per garments.  All items I tried were in a 3X. This top is in a 3x as well. I included some of my favorite pictures of the line below. 

My Outfit:  Top:  Charlotte Russe, Pants: Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant, Shoes: Lane Bryant, Bag: Nic & Zoe

This post is sponsored by Charlotte Russe, all opinions and style are my own.
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