Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Country Chic

Plus Size Gingham & Floral Print Outfit
I just celebrated my 3 year marriage anniversary and hubs took me out to a restaurant in Wente Vinyards nestled among acres grape vines, fresh air, and lots of wine.  I decided to go country chic.  I love when I can place a theme on my looks.  As fall gets ready to roll in, I thought this was a nice farewell to bright spring colors.  For fall/winter, I plan to do a lot of black and oxblood.  I never do a lot of black, so I feel like it's time.  In my head, I've wanted to prove that plus size girls can wear color, so I've done nothing, but wear a lot of color and now I just want to slink into more subtle hues.  Surprisingly enough, I don't own a lot of dark colors, so I'll be on the lookout to populate my fall wardrobe.

Style Note:  Some of you may recognize this dress from this post. I actually remixed it by adding this gingham top.  (Thanks to Cece from Plus Size Princess for sending me the gingham top). The top was purchased in-store from TJMaxx. The brand is Jones New York. I'm sorry a lot of the items aren't available.  I was rushing to get ready to dinner and I really just threw something together and since I liked it, I figured I might as well do a post.  

Plus Size Gingham & Floral Print Outfit

Plus Size Gingham & Floral Print Outfit
Dress - Lady V London (sold-out), Top - TJMaxx (similar), Shoes - ASOS (similar), Sunnies - ShopGarnerstyle, Lip - Candy Yum Yum

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NYC #CurvyCloset

I'll be in NYC for Fashion Week and I'll be joining fellow bloggers, Allison, Alissa, Meaghan, and Cece for a #curvycloset sale. I know some of you have been wondering when I will do my next closet sale.  Well, instead of doing my usual online closet sale, I've been saving up my clothes to this event in person.   This will be fun.  The event is free to attend and you can RSVP here.  All the details are on the flyer.  You definitely want to plan to get there early.  (Don't say I didn't warn you...LOL). 

This event is sponsored by Simplybe.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

#BoycottingTarget #AltuzarraForTarget

Dear Target,

For so long, I loved you.  I always went above and beyond in our relationship.  I’ll visit you to get a couple of items and more than a couple hundred dollars later and a cart full of products, I have left giving you way more than I ever planned to. No matter how much I give, you never seem to appreciate me.  All I want is the clothing you offer all your other regular sized customers, but you always leave me out.  With that being said, I have to end this relationship.  It’s you, not me and for my own well-being and my self dignity I have to sever ties between us. 

This may seem a little dramatic, but the recent release of the photos of Altuzarra for Target collection has me feeling slighted.  I’m up late, working as usual, and I see Refinery 29 post 50 photos of the newest designer collaboration.  Literally 50 pieces of beautiful (and I mean beautiful) affordable clothing and none of it will be remotely close to the size that I wear. The collection consists of deeps hues of burgundy, fabulous snakeskin prints, and fall worthy silk-like maxi dresses…enough to make any fashion lover lust.  My heart sinks.  You have once again made me feel like a second-class customer and because of that I’m going to have to discontinue my relationship with you altogether.

Year after year, season after season, you put out these gorgeous designer collections and you almost never include a plus range.  Every time each of these collections is about to be released it feels like a slap in the face. To add insult to injury, over 6 months ago, you took most of your plus size clothing out of the store, promising me something new and improved and that has yet to happen.  I’ve been in this abusive relationship with you for far too long.  I can’t do this anymore.  I will be personally boycotting Target altogether.  No more housewares, grocery shopping, electronics...nothing.  I’m done.  

You may ask, “Is there any way I will take you back?” I will take you back, when and only when, you include true plus sizes in your designer range collaborations.   Until then, I will take my money elsewhere. 

Your Scorned Lover,

Chastity of Garnerstyle-

Check out what you can't buy in your size and the complete collection here:  

Photo Credit:  Target

Want to see Target include plus ranges in their designer collaborations? Share or retweet this post with the hashtag #boycottingtarget.  Maybe we can get our voices heard. 

*Update: We've tried voicing our opinions before, this was an open letter to Target done previously by The Curvy Fashionista in 2009.  

Size 12 Shoes for Fall

Womens Size 12 shoes for Fall

I did a roundup of some fancy footwork that goes up to a size 12 for fall.  Some, not all, come in wide widths.  It's also important to note that these are my picks, but the websites that I pulled from have ample shoes in a size 12 and some even in a size 13.  So if you don't see something here, feel free to cruise the websites.  Also, I'm still waiting on more boots to be released for fall so that I can do my wide calf boot roundup for this year. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Celebrity Style Capture: Jill Scott

Some of you asked me about Jill Scott's dress from the cover photo of this month's Essence.  I put in an order to just see how the dress looked and was made, so I could report back.  I also ordered the pink instead of the black.  The biggest thing you should note is the that the panel is sheer.  They photoshopped it and filled it in on Jill.  It is very much sheer.  I also ordered the 3X.  I thought it a tad bit small.  You can find Jill's exact dress here.  The fabric is a shiny stretch fabric.  Personally, I think the dress is cute and great for going out.  I do, however, like this dress more on Jill than on myself. 

This is a super brief style capture, but I wanted to get this out for those who were curious. 
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