Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mixing Prints for Beginners

Mixing Prints for beginners
Mixing prints can be intimidating, especially for style beginners. I wanted to break down mixing prints for the "beginner mixer" in hopes of helping you do a little mixing of your own.  Here are some tips for getting your mix on! 
  • Each print has a common color - For easy mixing, choose prints that have a common color running through both prints. 
  • Start out with two prints - It can get a little complicated with more than one.  Mix two, master that first and then experiment with three. I most often mix 2 prints and on occasion add in a third.  
  • Mix prints with a similar saturation - By saturation, I mean intensity.  Mixing pastel prints compliment each other and mixing jewel tone (think jewel tones: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, etc) compliment each other.  
  • Put a solid between the two prints - Think of your body as a sort of placement map.  Let's say your top is printed, your pants/skirt is solid, and your shoes or bag are printed.  It breaks up the pattern and is a super easy way to dabble in mixing. 
  • Black & White prints mix easily - I've rarely seen two black and white prints that didn't look good together.  Black/White Polka Dots & black/white stripes are always a winning combination to me. 
  • Treat Leopard as a Neutral Solid - In my head, leopard is a nude solid.  I've paired with polka dots, houndstooth, etc.  You'll be surprised how easily it mixes. 
  • Trust your eye - I get a feeling from a lot of the looks that I wear.  I say to myself, "Yes! This is perfect." or "No, this isn't it." One thing that I told myself from the start of this blog and even before that.  If it's fabulous to me, then I'm wearing it! 
  • Have fun! - Don't get so tied up in the rules that fashion is no longer fun.  As a person who has been getting dressed in front of you guys for 6 years, I make sure that when it doesn't feel like fun, I switch up my style. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Celebrity Style Capture: Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles style, Plus Size Celebrity Style
I've been wanting to capture Solange's looks for over a year, but her style is so fashion forward it's really hard to dupe them with what is available in plus fashion now.  That's why I'm so excited that I got to collaborate with Demestiks New York on this look.  A lot of you know I've worn this designer's looks and he had some pieces that were similar to Solange's look.  Our visions complimented each other and came out with this look.  It's not an exact dupe, but has a very similar silhouette on the skirt and besides the print, the tops are almost identical.  In addition, that side thigh slit is something that I'm not comfortable with, so we went with a low middle slit.  This has a Beetlejuice feel, but in a fun way and I'm all the way here for it. This look will be available for a limited time by the designer. 

Style Notes: This fabric has no give.  You'll want to follow the Demestiks New York size chart.  
Solange Knowles style, Plus Size Celebrity Style

Solange Knowles style, Plus Size Celebrity Style

Solange Knowles style, Plus Size Celebrity Style

Solange Knowles style, Plus Size Celebrity Style
Top: Demestiks New York, Bottom: Demestiks New York, Shoes - ASOS (similar), Necklace: Ross, Clutch: Ashley Stewart (similar), Lip - Two Faced Melted in Fuchsia

Monday, March 2, 2015

Resort Wear or Nah?

I have a confession; I use my blog as a catalog of my outfits for future events, trips, etc.  I have a April Miami trip coming up and thought this would be perfect to pack.  I can get multiple outfits out of two pieces.  The top is pretty good at resisting wrinkles (the pants aren't). On top of everything, this look is so comfortable! Another confession, I bought two sets of this look.  They made the perfect lounging at home (I know the FedEx guy is happy that I can finally answer the door with clothes on), but I didn't want to mess up the one I was going to take with me to Miami, so I just opted to buy another set.  As most of you saw me in the dressing room trying this on, this look is from  the AVA & VIV collection at Target.  At my headquarters visit, I saw the hand drawn print for these pants. It's cool to see this on actual clothing.  

While I was visiting my local Target, I had an "aha" moment and saw the power of the dressing room.  I've shopped so long online that it's easy for me to discount trying on clothing.  I picked this up off the rack reluctantly. I liked the set on Gabi, but she wore a different print so in an effort to not dupe her look; I tried the other print.  I tried on both prints but loved this one.  Had I looked at this online, I probably would have never purchased it, but having the option to try it on was the difference.  I'm so good at online shopping sometimes it's hard for me to understand why everyone doesn't do it.  I get it now. 

Style Notes:  This look is very lounge-y.  With this shirt tucked out it can look like pajamas.  It kind of reminded me of the pajama look that was popular last year.  I would suggest either tucking in the top or tying the top like I did here.  The top and pants have no stretch in the actual fabric, but the waistband has elastic.  I got a 4X in the bottom and a 3X in the top.  I have been deathly afraid of palazzo pants for years.   If you have big thighs, there can be bunching issues, and palazzo pants don't look good, to me unless the leg falls straight.  The fabric is smooth, so it helps with keeping the pants fluid and in place.   Also FYI, there is free shipping on orders over $25. Happy Shopping!!

Top: Target, Pants: Target, White Skirt: JIBRI, Shoes: TJMaxx, Sunnies: Gucci, Lip: Two Faced Melted, Color is Fuchsia, White Top: Target (about 3 yrs old)

This post is a part of a series of sponsored posts by Target, all opinions and style are my own. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Event Announcement: theCURVYcon

I'm happy to share some exciting news with you girls! Cece Olisa, from Plus Size Princess and I have put together an event that we're calling theCURVYcon
theCURVYcon is a one day event in NYC where we can Shop Curvy. Chat Curvy. Embrace Curvy. 
The day will be filled with panels from our favorite bloggers, YouTubers and fashionistas. There will also be plus size fashion showcases and of course... shopping!  
We're hard at work over here to make this event fabulous and chic and I really hope all of you can make it to NYC for this amazing day!  Here are the details:
When: June 20, 2015
Where: Metropolitan Pavillon West in New York City 
Our first round of VIP tickets will go on sale March 13th at midnight, but you must be a CurvyVIP for access. Become a CurvyVIP here

Update* Of of course we have to give away a few tickets before they go on sale March 13th.  Enter below and good luck!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Saturday Casual

This is a different look for me. I'm usually very feminine and decided to play with a more masculine color palette while still be comfortable and casual for my day of shopping and lunch with my husband.  I wanted to point out that for those who want to wear pencil skirts, but don't feel comfortable with the form fitting silhouette of a pencil skirt around your tummy area, you can wear a button down over the skirt and don't tuck in.  When I wear this sort of combination, I feel more relaxed as well, free, and sort of boho.  I felt very Lisa Bonet in this look. LOL.  

Style Note:  Please excuse my car seatbelt wrinkle, this shirt easily picked up wrinkles from the seat belt and just general sitting.  Also, I did buy this shirt in a size 24.  I knew I wanted it to be oversized.  You can get a smaller fit, but I already knew how I wanted to wear it.  Also, I'm not sure why the necklace photographed purple, but it more of a pink.  The sun was bright, and so the lighting was probably the issue, but my last outfit post has a more accurate photo. 

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