May 28, 2017

Memorial Day Plus Size Fashion Sales

Hi loves! It's Memorial Day Weekend, a time to honor the brave men and women that sacrificed their lives for our country. We remember them by going to parades, BBQ-ing with family, and sales, lots and lots of sales. Here's a roundup of the best Memorial Day sales for plus size fashion. Happy shopping and many, many thanks to those that have served in the United States military.

May 23, 2017

Stripes and Shoulders

Hey loves! Welcome to a new OOTD post. It's been over a month since my last one — my bad. I have to get better at being consistent with my blog. It's taken a backseat to my YouTube channel, but that is going to change. I am feeling inspired to post often and share more than just outfits. With that said, let's talk about fashion lol

Today's look is all about this off the shoulder dress courtesy of Rachel Roy. If you've been following me on YouTube and Instagram, you have definitely noticed my love for off shoulder pieces. I can't get enough of them! There's something extra special about shoulder-baring tops and dresses. They instantly radiate romance, confidence, sexiness, and fun.

Alright, so let's discuss the fabric and fit of this dress. The dress is available in navy/white pinstripes in sizes 0X - 3X. I wore the 3X (22/24). The fabric is so luxe! It feels like a tuxedo suit — high quality, sturdy, smooth, with minimal stretch. The website description says the dress is a relaxed fit, but that isn't the case for my apple body shape. It is fitted around my stomach and lightly relaxes around my thighs. I even wore control high waist chonies to create more wiggle room, but it didn't make much of a difference. 

Thankfully there was plenty of room in the elbow length sleeves. I have large upper arms and the sleeves didn't feel tight and uncomfortable. There is elastic around the shoulders, but that didn't keep them from riding up (hella annoying).

I wish Rachel Roy's Curvy range included more sizes because plus size doesn't stop at 24. That said, I'm glad I had a chance to test out the 3X for my peeps on the larger end of plus. Despite some of my issues with fit, I still enjoyed wearing this dress. The quality of fabric is excellent and the dress made me feel confident, beautiful, and in control.

Dress courtesy of Rachel Roy. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. <3

April 05, 2017

Spring Floral Vibes

Hi loves! This is my new favorite dress and I had to share it with you! This is the Floral Ruffle Fit and Flare Dress by Eloquii. It's so perfect for spring. I love its design and whimsical vibes. The florals are incredibly vibrant and the ruffle details are a sweet and romantic touch.

According to Eloquii's size chart, my chest is a size 26, but my waist and hips are a 28. To be safe I ordered the dress in a 28. I need to get it tailored in the shoulders, but it fits well everywhere else. The dress stops right at my knees (I'm 5'4). It will be a little bit higher on you, probably above the knee or mid thigh, if you're taller than me.

My fuchsia flats were the perfect shoes for this dress. I swear I find a way to make these shoes work with anything! The fuchsia complimented the florals and added to the overall springtime-feel-good-vibes of the outfit. After putting on my bracelets and sunnies, I was ready to hang out in Old Town Clovis on a sunny, super windy (watch the video for proof) afternoon.


March 15, 2017

Amanda Uprichard x Gwynnie Bee

Hi loves and hello spring fashion! Amanda Uprichard’s exclusive capsule collection for Gwynnie Bee launches this week. The new collection is a fun mix of vibrant colors that radiate springtime. Gwynnie Bee asked me and a couple other bloggers to be a part of the buzz by styling pieces from the collection. I took on this challenge because I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. The collection is filled with bold prints and your homegirl here prefers solid colors nine times out of ten.

At first glance, I was intimidated by the Wharton Dress. It’s unapologetically bright. But the more I stared at it, the more I appreciated its playfulness and use of color. The shape of the dress helped, too. I love a classic fit and flare. As an apple shape, this silhouette is one of my go-tos because it adds definition to my waist and accentuates my legs. The dress is true to size (I’m wearing the 4X) and available in sizes L (10-12) through 5X (30/32). I played up the splashes of pink in the dress by pairing with with bright fuchsia flats and a pinky-nude lipstick and blush.

Pink is my favorite color, so I was a little less intimidated of the Forever Top. I love the colorful spin on traditional Tartan. I’m usually not attracted to loud prints, but I love classic ones (tartan, polka dots, stripes, etc.) Is that weird? Probably. I’m wearing the 4X and I was pleasantly surprised by the fit. Normally I have to size up in non-stretch blouses, but the silky top has a relaxed fit in the stomach. The hi-low hem offers coverage in the back and skims the hips and upper thighs. I half tucked the top into medium wash boyfriend jeans and ruched up the sleeves for an dressy-casual, effortless look. I will definitely wear this again in the near future!

I’m really glad I tried on pieces that are bolder than my usual style. It was nice to experiment with something new and push myself out of my norm. Not too long ago, such styles didn't exist online or even in-store for extended sizes. For basically forever, plus size women have been told not to wear bright colors and clothes that make them stand out. Options were limited to plain, non form-fitting garments on the rack in the back of the store. Amanda Uprichard’s collection for Gwynnie Bee is lively, confident, and for all shapes and sizes. Click here to see more from Amanda Uprichard x Gwynnie Bee!

 Thank you to Gwynnie Bee for sponsoring this post. All opinions are honest and my own. <3