February 02, 2016

Catherines Lookbook

Hey, everyone! Long time, no see. I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you! January has been a whirlwind. It feels great to be back at my desk with a hot cup of tea, working on new posts for February. My first post of the month is special collab with Catherines. We teamed up to share three different looks ranging from daytime to cocktail party to glam. I love them and hope you do, too! Which outfit is your favorite? Share in a comment below.

One of my all-time favorite outfits to wear is a good pair of jeans, t-shirt, and flats. This first look is an elevated version of that. The melon blouse is a dressier option to my typical cotton tee. It still has all of the comfort and stretch, plus a flowy silhouette. The girlfriend jean is my fave pair of jeans from Catherines. The jean is available in petite (shout out to my fellow 5’4” and under girls) with a relaxed fit through the thighs and legs and zero gaping in the waist. I tied the look together with a gold bib necklace, melon and gold bracelet, and extremely comfortable tan wedges. Seriously. They are probably the comfiest pair of wedges I have ever worn in my life. And they’re in wide width. Score.

My second look is something I would wear to a cocktail party or even a date night with my BF. The shift dress features a chevron stripe pattern and a flirty cut out on the chest. I usually stay away from bold patterns---I'm more of a solid color kinda gal---but this dress caught my eye. Catherines did a great job in adding modern elements to a classic shift dress. I love all the colors and stripes, and the overall vibe of the dress. I'm wearing a 3X and it fits like a dream. The sleeves are roomy, the stomach area isn't clingy, and the length is youthful. #fatgirlscanwearstripes

My last look was a big risk for me. I wanted to step out of my style bubble and try a glam look. Y'all know me; my looks are soft, romantic, and/or casual-chic. This outfit is not that. Well, it's romantic, but not in the way I usually do it. The long skirt has the most incredible shape to it. It twirls with each step, which made me feel ultra glamorous. I paired the skirt with a button down shirt. Instead of tucking it into the skirt, I tied it below my bust to accentuate my waist. I'm a big fan of rolling up/ruching sleeves, so I did that with this one and added gold tassel necklace for a little pop of color.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens
This post is sponsored by Catherines. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

December 24, 2015

ASOS Blogger Secret Santa

It's been ages since I've participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange. So I was extra excited to be a part of ASOS' Blogger Secret Santa this year. Last month I sent them my sizes and style preferences. That info was sent to another blogger so they could select items for me on asos.com. I was assigned Tiffany from Fat Shopaholic. I e-met Tiffany during the early plus size fashion blogging days in 2010. I still remember the first outfit I saw on her blog. It was a bright, bold floral dress with combat boots. Her style was, and still is, unapologetic. I just love that about her.

Gina from Pink Wings is my Secret Santa. Her blog is so chic and cute! I love the pieces she selected for me. She picked an ASOS Curve black swing dress with lace sleeves and ALDO earrings. I’m not one for big earrings---I normally wear studs---however these are too glam and sparkly not to adore. Unfortunately the swing dress is running low in stock. Similar options are here, herehere, and here. FYI: ASOS Curve dresses, especially when made from jersey, run large. I wear a US 24 in anything Curve.

I can't wait to wear this outfit again. Maybe I'll wear it for NYE with a statement or long pendant necklace. Do you have your Christmas or New Year's Eve outfit ready? How are your holidays going? I hope you're enjoying these special moments with family and friends. See you soon and Merry Christmas!

Dress by ASOS Curve // Earrings by ALDO // Bag by Charming Charlie (similar) // Shoes by Lane Bryant

December 06, 2015

Holiday Celebration Style with Maurices

Happy holidays, guys! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is cook and bake. From tamales to pies and cookies, I love spending time in the kitchen making food for family and friends. Over the last few years, I developed a fascination for gingerbread houses. It's weird because I am not a fan of the taste of gingerbread, but I love the smell and all of the amazing ways it is used. The BF and I decorated our first gingerbread house together about five years ago. This year we visited the Children Services Network's Gingerbread Wonderland at Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis to decorate a fresh, locally made gingerbread house by Chef Caroline.

Last week maurices graciously sent me a gift box to celebrate the holidays in style. After seeing all of the cute goodies inside of it, I knew they would create a fun look for gingerbread house decorating. I love a good sweater dress, and this one is no exception. The chevron stripe sweater dress is soooo cozy, like cozy to the point where I did not want to take it off. The soft knitted fabric makes it incredibly comfy and stretchy. Bonus: it comes with a slip lining. That was a pleasant surprise because I did not have to layer a tank underneath it (something I do with almost everything I wear this time of year). For additional all-day comfort, I paired the dress with black leggings and chocolate brown boots.

Below are a few photos from our decorating session (shout out to my love and his sister for making the awesome Christmas tree) and a promo code for 20% off your next purchase at maurices.com

Use promo code THANKS20 to receive 20% off a single regular price purchase at maurices.com until January 9, 2016!

This post is sponsored by maurices. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. 

November 02, 2015

Inside the Dressing Room: Rebel Wilson for Torrid

Rebel Wilson's capsule collection for Torrid is here! I stopped by my local store to check out the clothes in person. All items I tried on are in a size 4. Press play to see how they fit!

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October 27, 2015

My Must-Have Fall Pieces with Society+

It's here! My mini fall collection with Society+! The online plus size store rounded up a group of bloggers to curate the ultimate Fall Haul. I chose two items: a longline cardigan and plaid pencil skirt.

I LOVE this cardigan. It's chic, classic, and goes with everything. It's available in 24/26 - 30/32! Yay for extended sizes! I'm filming a look with the pencil skirt today (it will be on my channel asap). It's high-waisted, stretchy, form-fitting, and cute with a little bit of sexy.

I hope you like my must-have fall pieces. I made sure to select items that are timeless, easy-to-wear with existing items in your closet, and true to my style. Shop my collection here!

P.S. Win one of three $50 Society+ gift cards! Enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

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October 14, 2015

My First Time Wearing ModCloth

I am so excited to tell you about this dress. It's my first piece from ModCloth! I know, I know, I am reeeeeally late to the game. My friends have worn the vintage-inspired clothing retailer for years. I never took the plunge because it was not a go-to website for me. After trying on this dress and experiencing their awesome customer service, I think that is about to change.

When ModCloth asked if I would like to review an item from their new namesake label, I quickly replied yes because many of you have requested to see them on my blog/channel. Sooo, here we go! This is the ModCloth Presentation Perfection Dress in size 4X. Since I have never worn the brand before, I used the size chart and customer reviews as references.

The fit is excellent. The 3/4 sleeves have plenty of give and the high-waisted pleated skirt moves beautifully. The dress is fully lined and made from a very stretchy, textured knit fabric. The belt that came with the dress did not fit, so I substituted it with an old ASOS Curve belt. The neckline, royal blue color, and length are my favorite parts of the dress. The three are a nice mix of ladylike, fun, and flirty. After a full day of wear, the dress kept its shape without any wrinkles, aaaaaand I may or may not have added more items to my ModCloth shopping bag.

ModCloth dress and boots (similar)

This item was gifted for review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

October 05, 2015

Maurices Perfect Blouse

maurices and I have teamed up to share The Perfect Blouse. I am wearing The Perfect Blouse in Diamond Pattern in a size 4. I love, love, love the color of this top. It is a rich teal that is just right for fall and winter. The blouse is sheer, so wear a cami underneath if you want more coverage.

I am very impressed with the fit. All the buttons close over my stomach and the sleeves are roomy. It is rare to achieve one of those in a button up in my size; to achieve both is a total win. There is some gaping between buttons while sitting, but fashion tape can easily fix that. The blouse is made from a lightweight chiffon fabric, which makes it easy to wear with more layers as the weather gets colder. I have a feeling this top will be a go-to for me this season. I am already thinking of more ways to wear it.

maurices is giving away a blouse a day on maurices.com! Click here to enter The Perfect Blouse-A-Day Giveaway every day until October 12, 2015 for a chance to win your perfect blouse.

This post is sponsored by maurices. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.