August 18, 2016

Wine Country with Catherines

A few weeks ago I took a beautiful trip to Sonoma County courtesy of Catherines. Chastity from GarnerStyle, Rachel from Lovely In LA, the Catherines team, and I spent a few days exploring Wine Country from sun up to sun down. To say this area of NorCal is beautiful is an understatement. The endless rows of vineyards, fresh air, and stunning sunrises and sunsets were breathtaking. Being in the company of these awe-inspiring women didn't hurt either. We stayed at the charming Farmhouse Inn in Forestville. After settling into our rooms, we traveled to Healdsburg for lunch at Shed. 

After lunch, I explored the nearby garden in the Soft Sunset Maxi. They weren’t lying when they said this dress is soft. It is one of the smoothest and coziest knits out there. I usually don’t do tie-dye, but the coral hues won me over. The best part of this dress: it comes in petite! This dress is just the right length for my 5’4” and under babes. It hits at the ankle and does not drag on the floor. 

We took a dip in the pool and hot tub as soon as we came back to the Farmhouse. I loved the Bold Burst Swimsuit. Normally I would wear a 26 in swimwear, but this suit was only available up to a 24. Luckily the 24 was a great fit. It had molded cups for support and blue and white rays bursting from one side to the other. So chic!

Up before the sun rose the next morning, we did something I have dreamt of doing since I was a little girl --- a hot air balloon ride! It was incredible. The ride was completely smooth and not rocky as one would imagine. With the sun shining on our faces, we had perfect views of the valley and mountains. I felt nothing but serenity and happiness while up in the air.

A casual-sporty look was perfect for this adventure. The Mulberry Street Buttonfront Shirt, available in petite, was one of my favorite pieces to wear throughout the trip. It was ultra comfortable and lightweight with a relaxed fit. I paired the shirt with the red Ripstop Capri Pant (a fashion first for me!) and tortoise Sleek Style Sunglasses. Side note: Shout out to Chastity for teaching me how to half tuck my shirts. 

Later that afternoon we visited the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate for a food and wine pairing. The white wines were my favorite. The pork belly slider and caramel corn were a close second. I wanted to glam it up, so I wore the royal blue Night Music Dress and red lipstick. I was digging the embellished neckline. It sparkled like crazy and took all the hard work out of accessorizing.

Thank you to Catherines and Kellie B. for taking me on this amazing adventure. I will never forget it!

Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more about this trip! My travel vlog will be up on Sunday. Have a great weekend, loves! 

Photos by Christina Emilie.
This post is sponsored by Catherines. All opinions are my own.

August 17, 2016

90s Realness

Hey, loves! I hope you’re having a great summer. I've been on the go the last few months. At the beginning of the year, I promised myself I would say yes to more traveling. I'm proud of myself for sticking to that promise! I’ll have more deets about my trips throughout the next couple weeks here on my blog. But first, I want to share this cute and casual look I wore during my downtime between NYC and LA.

I have to admit I was hesitant to try on this Deb Shops dress because I’m not familiar with their sizing. I’m glad I gave it a shot. It fits with plenty of room to spare. The 3X fit and flare dress has stretch, comfort, and flirty, fun movement in the skirt. I feel like I’m channeling my inner 90s girl when I'm wearing it. The ribbed detailing, high neckline, and sweet and easy-going vibes are throwback goals. I paired the dress with big round sunglasses, a rose gold watch, and white chucks to complete the 90s realness.

Dress // Sunglasses // Shoes // Watch (similar)

This product was courtesy of Deb Shops. All opinions are my own.

June 18, 2016

JCPenney's #HereIAm

Body Positivity: It's about embracing and accepting yourself for who you are in the present. It's all sizes, shapes, and colors. It's unapologetic. It's self love and care. It's a beautiful thing.

I was really happy to find out JCPenney is diving into the world of bopo. They recently launched their new Boutique+ line specifically designed for women with curves. The new styles are affordable and available in a great range of sizes (0x - 4x and 16W - 30W).

To celebrate the line and encourage self love, they created an amazing video, featuring some of your faves, centered around body positivity and confidence. I am so happy to share this video with you. I've already watched #HereIAm about ten times. I was completely moved when I first saw it. There were tears. There were smiles. It left me feeling empowered, beautiful, and inspired to live life, not just exist in it.

I hope you like the video as much as I did. Did you get all the feels after watching it? Let me know in a comment below!

This post is in collaboration with JCPenney.

June 15, 2016

NYC Meetup! 6/19/16

Hey loves! I am so excited to be back in NYC for the week. I'll be at theCURVYcon this weekend---say hi if you see me! If you can't make it to theCURVYcon, come grab a cup of coffee with me! Amanda Williams from Bella Moxie and I are hosting a meetup on Sunday, June 19 at 9 AM at Joe Coffee. Let's hangout, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea (on us!), and take a stroll through Central Park.

We know 9 AM is early, but we thought it would be the perfect way to start your Sunday and wind down the weekend. Come casual, too! We'll be there in our activewear and sneakers. I won't hold it against you if you decide to wear something fancy. I appreciate a fancy outfit!

I can't wait to meet you. See you Sunday! xx

* Joe Coffee is located at 187 Columbus Ave., New York, New York 10023
* Thank you to our friends at JunoActive for sponsoring this meetup!

June 02, 2016

Back in Blue

Hey loves! Long time, no post. My bad. I unintentionally took a break from blogging last month. I was in a slump that was hard to break. I'm still dealing with the loss of my boyfriend's mom. I never mentioned it here, though I talked about it on my youtube channel. She passed away in November from pancreatic cancer. To say we were all devastated is an understatement. We were very close and I loved her so much. Since her passing, I sometimes find filming to be challenging and almost overwhelming. It's much easier to say nothing and pose for a picture. However this past month I could not muster an ounce of energy to take a proper outfit photo. It wasn't until the end of the month, after a talk with my boyfriend, that I felt like shooting again. Grieving is a bitch and a roller coaster of emotions. Forgive me for being inconsistent. I promise to do better for me, for you, and for Elaine.

She loved the whole blogging-youtube thing. She enjoyed watching my vlogs and seeing the outfits I posted on my facebook page. She would have liked this outfit, too. A classic fit and flare dress with a pop of pink. It's even available in her favorite color green. I take that as a little sign that she's still here watching over us and smiling from up above.

April 16, 2016

Saturday Vibes

I love Saturdays. I love them even more when I wear something that's cute, relaxed, and a little bit chic. I purchased this swing dress at Charlotte Russe last month when I filmed an Inside the Dressing Room. I love the thin stripes (#fatgirlscanwearstripes) and black and white color combination. Since the sleeves are long, I ruched them up to my elbow so I wouldn't look too boxy. Unfortunately this dress is sold out online, but it still might be available in store. Similar styles are linked below.

Normally I would wear this dress with flats, but I changed it up by pairing it with white sneakers. I like the sporty/preppy vibes it adds to the dress. Throw on some red lipstick (Sephora's lip stains are the bomb), grab a large handbag, and you're ready to celebrate the weekend in effortless style.