Monday, April 14, 2014


Plus size fashion, plus size tweed jacket, Lane Bryant
Some of you saw me post this look via my instagram.  I was trying it on in the dressing room and actually ended up purchasing it. This is my first head to toe LB ensemble that I've worn or purchased in years.  They are doing some cool things over there, so kudos to them. I can tell you that I miss the feeling of being able to actually go in and try on clothes before I buy.  Also, I have a couple things going on this week.  I'll will announce an Instagram MAC make-up giveaway sometime in the AM.  You will be able to see the details here.  Also, I'll be doing a live interview via the Lori & Cher show on Tuesday via Youtube.  You can see the details here. If you have questions, you will be able to ask them during the segment.  Hope to see you there. 

Style Notes:  I totally rigged the length on this skirt. I really liked it, but it was just too short.  I actually bought two of them, one is a 22/24 and one in an 18/20.  I put the bigger size underneath so that I could add some length.  I bought the items at 50% off, so the skirts were only $25 a piece.  I thought about taking them both to the seamstress, but I liked this option better.  Also, you should probably size up in the jacket.  It runs a bit snug.  Mine is in an 18/20. 
Plus size fashion, plus size tweed jacket, Lane Bryant

Plus size fashion, plus size tweed jacket, Lane Bryant
Jacket - Lane Bryant, Top - Lane Bryant, Skirt - Lane Bryant - Bryant, Pin - c/o of Carolee
Photography Credit:  Lydia Hudgens

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Staples

Spring Closet Staples, Plus size Fashion, Plus Size Spring Coat

 1. Spring Coat | 2. Sundress | 3. Chambray Shirt | 4. Bag | 5. Loafers | 6. Gingham Top | 7. Sunglasses | 8. Boyfriend Jeans | 9. Sandals | 10. Clutch | 11. Skirt
Note:  The spring coat is from Asos and I got a peek through their lookbook.  It's not available yet, but I'll be checking daily. 

Spring is officially here and if you haven't already, it's time to to start bringing in those season friendly items that will help you bring some of your winter pieces into the next season.  I composed this list based on what I'm usually add every year into my spring wardrobe.  I'm always looking for the perfect spring coat.  Living in the Bay, actually makes these very useful for pretty much the whole summer.  Nights here get chilly.  I also added in some fun pieces to brighten up your wardrobe.  My personal favorites are the Gingham Peplum Top and the white loafers.  From this list, I see at least 10 looks, easy.  When I incorporate my new pieces, I also like to make sure they work well with each other as well as with the things that I already have in my closet. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flying the Friendly Skies

I had to make a quick trip to NYC and I got to snap a few photos, but I really want to touch on the subject of flying while plus size and offer some of my tips for making it as bearable as possible.  Since I moved to California, flying has become a real pain.  I am generally have to fly all the way to the east coast, which is generally around a 5 hour flight, not counting possible layovers and at this point I'm on a plane at least 8 times a year.  I have to be honest, 99.9% of the time I am perfectly fine with my own fatness, but when it comes to flying  that's when I wish I had collapsible hips. 

Here's some of my own tips of making flying a little comfortable:
  1. Sometimes I have to ask for an extension belt and sometimes I don't.  It depends on the plane.  Some people are uncomfortable or embarrassed asking for an extension belt.  These can actually be purchased online here in the case that you don't like to ask.
  2. Now this tip will change your life.  You know the arm rest on the aisle and by the window. The one that won't allow you to lift it up. Well there's actually a button underneath the arm towards the back of the chair that if you press it that arm will life up.  This is awesome for giving you extra room, especially by the window, where I would often think...if I could only lift this bar...I would be so comfortable. Keep in mind that aisle arm rest have to be lowered during take off and landing. 
  3. I generally try to avoid flying Delta, in my experience,  they have the smallest seat and leg space. Personally, I've found United and American to have the most comfortable coach seats.  You can also check out this seat width comparison chart on TripAdvisor.
  4. Upgrade if you can.  We all know that airline tickets are pricey, but I've kind of just accepted that when I can upgrade my seat to economy plus or first class, I do. Depending on the distance, the prices will vary.  I've upgraded to economy plus for as little as $35 and my recent trip to NYC it was $99 to upgrade.   First class upgrades are steeper, but if I'm going for work and I need to be fresh when I arrive at my destination I generally will just take the hit.  This isn't an option for everyone, but I tell you life is much better at the front of the plane.     
  5. Take care of your ankles. Ever since I had my knee surgery, swelling in my ankles has been a big issue.  To minimize swelling, I really watch my salt intake a week prior to my trip.  I drink nothing but water and during the flight I get up ever couple of hours to move around and stretch. This is also huge in preventing blood clots that form in your legs from prolonged sitting while flying.  You can also wear compression socks to help as well. I also try to put my handbag in the compartment space above me, so I can give my feet room to move and not be so cramped. 
Style Note:  I just want to give a quick tidbit on this dress, fit, etc. This dress is gorgeous and very complimentary to a variety of body types.  It has a layer of tulle underneath the skirt portion to give it some flair. The dress has a bit of stretch and the arm space is decent. 

Dress - c/o City Chic, Bracelet - Lane Bryant, Shoes - Lane Bryant
Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

Monday, April 7, 2014

Designer to Watch: Apple Charlotte

Plus size designer, Apple Charlotte, Plus size Fashion
I found designer, Apple Charlotte, through Pinterest and immediately fell in love with her collection.  To me it gives me this whole Marsha Brady vibe and who didn't think Marsha was fab?  I did a little research and found out that this UK blogger/designer created this collection as apart of a school project for graduation.  It's currently not for sale, but I'm hoping that this Apple Charlotte will produce this line. I'm excited to see what's to come from this talented lady.  It's designers like these that allow our industry to move forward with their creativity and innovation. You can catch the entire collection here.  Personally, I adore the cape and the cream pants.  What's your favorite piece?
Plus size designer, Apple Charlotte, Plus size Fashion

Plus size designer, Apple Charlotte, Plus size Fashion, chic cape

Plus size designer, Apple Charlotte, Plus size Fashion

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bows & Spirals

 Marina Rinaldi Blazer, Plus Size Pink Dress, Curling Wand Review

So I totally scored this $750 Marina Rinaldi Jacket for $75 at OffFifth, the Saks Fifth Avenue's outlet store.  I usually don't like to talk prices, but when you score you have to brag...right?!? I shop Saks Off Fifth online and I will say a lot of these type of stores don't allow you to shop plus online or give you like one or two pieces.  Saks OffFifth has a whole section of high end pieces at great prices.  It's definitely worth checking out.  

Style Notes:  I achieved my curls with my Amika Curling Wand.  It has four different interchangeable sizes.  I've had it for some time and it works great.  Since I try not to do a lot of heat on my hair, I don't use it a whole lot.  The only thing I don't like about it is using that glove.  I like to have bare hands when I curl, so I don't use the glove.  I'm just extra careful when I curl my hair.  The curls are really nice and stay for a good amount of time.  Similar to the staying power of your ceramic irons.  It also has  a digital heat setting and gets very hot.  Be sure to protect your hair before curling.  I usually use an essential oils spray. 

Marina Rinaldi Blazer, Plus Size Pink Dress, Curling Wand Review

Marina Rinaldi Blazer, Plus Size Pink Dress, Curling Wand Review

Marina Rinaldi Blazer, Plus Size Pink Dress, Curling Wand Review
Jacket - Marina Rinaldi (sold out), Dress - JIBRI, Lip - MAC Girl About Town, Curls - Amika Curling Wand
Photography: Lydia Hudgens
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