Thursday, December 18, 2014

Big Body, Little Purse

I used to be the girl that would only carry oversized bags, because of my size.  Kind of like not wanting to take a picture next to your petite, small friend for fear you will look like King Kong standing next to her.  (Love you Rae!) Then I came to the realization that my size is my size, you accept it and are open to the possibility of all things (big and small) fabulous. Don't get me wrong, I still love a huge bag, but I have my fair share of small ones.  Extensive traveling and the need to be hands free was a huge help in learning to love small bags.  There's nothing like walking through NYC  or the airport with not a single solitary thing in your hands. Breathe deep and release. Yep, that's about what it feels like.  HA!

Style Notes:  Okay, so I got sucked up in an Instagram shop. Yes, I did.  I found this top and my only wish is that I wasn't for a person who is half my size. Surprisingly, it worked.  I ordered a 3X in the top. It turned out super cute. This was catagorized as a dress, but to me it was a top perfect for my casual days. 



Top: Gititonline, Leggings: Nordstrom, Scarf: c/o FashiontoFigure (sold-out), Bag: KateSpade, Sunnies: Thrifted (similar), Shoes: Zappos

*Update:  The original print sold out within a few hours of me posting, but I'm linking the same garment in solid colors. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nominate a Deserving Person in Need for a $500 VISA Card

Do you know an amazing person who is having a tough time this holiday season? A person that does amazing things for others, has had a positive impact on their community, or who keeps a positive attitude even through the worst of times.  Nominate them for the $500 VISA card giveaway.  In 300 words or less, tell me about their awesomeness and email it to garnerstyle@gmail.com.  I will choose the recipient myself.  All entries need to be in by 12/19 at 11:59AM PST.  There is a quick turnaround, so I am able to mail out and get to the recipient by Christmas.  All entrants must allow with with their letters being displayed on this blog (I will change the names for their protection). Once the recipient has been chosen, I will update this post with their letter. 

This was on my heart to do.  I've been extremely blessed this year and it's all through the support of my readers.  I know Christmas can be a time of year that can hard for a lot of people. I've had my own tough Christmases (yes that's a word, I looked it up) and I wanted to help one person with a $500 VISA gift card just in time for the holidays.  I wish I could give everyone something, but this is from me.   

*Update: This was probably the hardest decision I ever had to make.  I will say that with everything going on in the news, it was life-changing to read about an abundance of people just going out of their way for other human beings.  The news seems to only cover the very bad. :( Again, I wish I was able to give everyone something, but I could only choose one.   All I could do was as God for help with this one.  Find her letter below.  The name has been changed. 

"Carla, a 67 year old woman in San Francisco, is an unsung neighborhood hero! She has a young spirit and an engaging personality, always smiling and speaking to people with an openness that makes them relax. She is a volunteer with a group called Seniors on the Move, in a working class neighborhood in San Francisco (Visitation Valley area -- a neighborhood near the soon-to-be-demolished Candlestick park).
Faithfully since 2001 Kathleen has spent every single Monday volunteering at the neighborhood food bank distributing food to her neighbors. In addition to her food bank duties and despite her own health issues, she works with her group to create gatherings that further create community -- school back pack drives, health and wellness fairs, community meetings. In fact, today she is sorting toys at the community center for the holiday toy drive! When families face tragedies like the death of a child or spouse she is the first one to initiate contact with the families -- cooking meals, helping organize the wake, collecting money to offset funeral costs. Having been widowed at a young age she knows personally the toll that death can have upon family.

Carla is known in her neighborhood as a sweet spirited woman who looks out for her community, creates change and always has a giving spirit. She embodies love and has a nurturing spirit that transforms whomever she comes in contact with. While she is a giver and a caretaker, she is also a woman on a fixed income, who struggles each month to make the ends meet. It would be great to see her receive this gift card and kick her year off to a great start. Knowing her, she'd probably catch up on bills and stock her pantry and yet that would free her mind enough so that she could spend more time helping others without worrying about her own household. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor."




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fab Finds Under $35

Coupon Codes: Torrid - 30%off - Code: GIFTLIST | Fashion to Figure - 20% OFF, Code:  DECBDAY14, Ashley Stewart - 15% off, Code: DEC14DN

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mynts & Wine

Saturdays are always days of relaxation and exploration with my hubby.  In San Jose, I often frequent Santana Row.  Usually, it is for my dry bar appointments and shopping.  This time I found a little wine nook (Vintage Wine Bar) that I had passed a million times, but had never stopped and looked in.  We stopped in, had wine, sandwiches and sat outside while enjoying Elton John cover songs done by a live musician nearby.  It's times like these when I'm happy that my outfit matches the occasion. It may sound weird, but when my outfit matches what I’m doing, it just makes it better.  It's like everything is exactly the way it is supposed to be in that moment.  I wore pieces from Mynt1792.  I paired this faux leather top with this zipper detail skirt.  This look was super simple, comfortable, and the top just brought that touch of chic that I am always looking to add. I draped a jacket over my shoulders and it was the perfect jacket for a 60 degree day.  You have to love California weather.



Style Notes:  I got the top in a size 2X. Please note that only the front is faux leather; the back is fabric and does have some stretch.  The skirt is a soft ponte that I got in a 3X.  The jacket is a 3X and doesn't have stretch.  The jacket is in a duster style and lightweight, great for a work look. Also, receive 30% off with coupon code: HOL14 from Dec 10th - 17th.

Top, Skirt, Jacket - Mynt1792, Shoes - Nordstrom (sold-out), Sunnies - Thrifted, Lip - MAC Flat Out Fabulous

The blog post is sponsored by Mynt1792, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Sequins

Plus Size Sequins Skirt, Plus Size Holiday Looks
I love love love sequins at Christmas. The sequins on this skirt is small and my preference when it comes to garments with sequins. In my opinion, small sequins tends to look more expensive and gives a glimmer, without being over powering with sparkle. This skirt is just so much fun to wear.  I know that sequins can seem hard to wear for multiple reasons, but I'm here to show you the different ways I would wear them.  Generally, the way to wear sequins is very glamorously. I figured I would use a one-piece-three-ways format to show some gorgeous pieces from Torrid.  We have:

Lace Sequins - For those of you that just can't take keeping that tummy in this season.  It's a little flashy, a little sexy, and a lot of fun.  If you still want to wear this style, but feel like you want to cover up, then add a camisole underneath this lace crop.  Either way, it's still fabulous.
Glam Sequins - A lot of women have messaged me for places to find formal looks.  You don't necessarily have to go out and buy an expensive gown to get the formal gown look.  This look combines a corset-looking top with a sequins skirt and belt, but looks like one piece and would fit right in at any Christmas ball you might attend.  Glam it up with statement jewelry and gloves to complete the look.
Casual Sequins - Put your sequins to some good use by getting some day wear out of them.  Pairing with a cute tee puts a casual spin on an otherwise nighttime piece. Add in more holiday fun to the look by adding in Torrid's glitter polish over the color you already have on. It's super fun on holiday colors like red, wine, or wear it by itself. Everything is more festive with gold glitter on your fingers.

Style Notes: I'm 5'9, so you can see how long the skirt is on me.  I do wish it was a little longer and I think it would be perfect on girls 5'7 and under, if you want the skirt to hit the floor.  I got this skirt in a size 20.  The skirt and the lining do have stretch for an easy fit.  I thought the lace top ran a little big, so I would size down if you want more of a cropped look.
Plus Size Sequins Skirt, Plus Size Holiday Looks

Plus Size Sequins Skirt, Plus Size Holiday Looks

Plus Size Sequins Skirt, Plus Size Holiday Looks

Plus Size Sequins Skirt, Plus Size Holiday Looks

The post is sponsored by Torrid, all opinions and sparkles are my own. 
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