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 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 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

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

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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Monday, February 23, 2015

Plus Size Prom & Formalwear

The requests for plus size formal-wear and prom looks have been getting crazy.  I didn't realize people had such fancy places to go.   I, on the other hand, rarely get to go to fancy enough events that would require a gown. I need someone to invite me to something.  LOL.  Anywho, I've scouted out a few places that you may or may not know about. A lot of the places mentioned do have a combination of prom, evening, and mother of the bride, so make sure you look around each site.

David's Bridal This seems like an obvious choice, but I just visited this store and spoke with an employee.  She told me that prom gowns would be arriving now until the end of March. I saw some gowns, including this chevron striped gown on the photo, which I wouldn't mind having in my arsenal in the case that a special occasion comes up. It is a dead ringer for an Oscar de la Renta gown from a couple of seasons ago, but without the price tag.  Unfortunately, it's not set to arrive until late March. 

Sydney's Closet - This site has some excellent prom selections and formal-wear pieces. They specialize in plus sizes and carry up to a size 44. 

Nordstrom - The Nordstrom special occasion dresses are more suited for adult formalwear and mother of the bride.  The selection didn't have good selects, in my opinion, for prom. 

Rent The Runway A lot of the time when we buy formalwear it generally is a gown that is only worn once.  "Rent the Runway" provides an option that allows you to rent high-end garments for a fraction of the price.  Check out the accessory department as well.  They have fancy clutches and jewelry from some of the priciest designers. 

SimplyBe - This is not a place to traditionally find formalwear, but Simply does offer quite a few long dress options.

Fame & Partners - Update* - I was just sent this by a reader.  I don't know much about the site, but the dresses look trendy, edgy, and youthful.  This would be a great choice for prom goers.

Tips for Shopping Formalwear Online

  • Check bridesmaid dresses for your formalwear. I am the queen of wearing things in a way that the designer never intended.  Look for those bridesmaid dresses, you never know what you could find. Particularly, there are dresses from the designer collaboration at David's Bridal (Vera Wang & Zac Posen) that I would totally wear to a formal event.  There is no shame over here.  
  • Beware of the some of the overseas online dress shops.  I have seen internet disasters too many times, where people order from these sites, and the dress is pictured one way and comes to your house all jacked up. LOL. I, myself, ordered from one of the sites.  The best of these sites is Light in the Box. I've ordered, and while I didn't feel the dress looked as great as it did online, it was still pretty identical.  I've only ordered one time, so I don't know how the other dresses look, but mine came out okay.  Now, I'm not too confident in the return systems, so if you purchase a dress here, you will want to be prepared to keep it. 
  • If ordering online you may want to order a few dresses at one time.  If you are strapped for time then I would order a few dresses at one time and figure out which one you want to keep.  Make sure you know the return policies before you do this. 
  • Be prepared to get your dress altered. Formalwear almost always needs alteration.  Budget for that.  Depending on what is needed you could pay an addition $50 to $100. 
  • Give yourself a lot of time to shop - Y'all know how I feel about last minute shopping.  Why stress yourself out if you don't have to.  Give yourself 1 to 2 months to find your perfect look. 

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