June 06, 2017

Ladylike


Hey loves! How are ya? I hope you had a great weekend. I wanted to share with you a look I wore to a Planned Parenthood roundtable in Sacramento. I wanted to wear an outfit that was classic and comfortable. Enter this Modcloth top and Swak Designs skirt.

I bought the Cafe Parfait top last summer when I started getting into the off the shoulder trend. I loved this top from the moment I laid eyes on it. It’s timeless, romantic, and makes me feel very Parisian. After reading the customer reviews, I decided to size down and order the 3x. It fits well around my shoulders without riding up or gaping in the front and back. The top is fitted, so I only plan to wear it tucked into skirts or high waisted pants.

I always felt like I didn't have the right thing to wear with this top until I received the Mandy skirt from Swak Designs. Designed by one of my besties Amanda, the A-line floral skirt is a wardrobe staple. I'm incredibly proud of her for creating something so cute, versatile, and with all shapes and sizes in mind. The fabric is soft, lightweight, and flowy. The elastic waistband provides A LOT of stretch, so size down if you want a close-fitting waist. The hem hits below the knee, which is a little too long for my personal taste. Maybe I can convince Amanda to design a shorter version? :)

To complete the look, I wore black flats and super cute earrings from Charming Charlie. I'm normally a stud earrings girl, but the Austin earrings were too cute not to wear. The baubles' shades of pink perfectly complimented my lipstick and the deep pinks in the skirt. Ladylike outfit in tow, I was able to confidently participate in the roundtable, learn more about the importance of Planned Parenthood, and gain even more respect and love for my best friend that designed something with her heart and soul. Love you, girl!


O U T F I T  D E E T S
Swak Designs Skirt | Modcloth Top | Tieks Flats | Charming Charlie Earrings


Skirt courtesy of Swak Designs. All thoughts and opinions are my own. <3

May 31, 2017

Boho Chic


Hi loves! With warmer weather around the corner, it's time to bring out your light and flowy dresses and separates. I partnered with Stage Stores to share one of their newest summertime arrivals, the embroidered cold shoulder dress. I didn't know about Stage Stores until I saw Rochelle from Beauticurve review their jeans. She looked so fab! It turns out Stage carries a range of styles (like classic, trendy, and formal) at great prices in both women and junior plus. 

I chose this dress because it is a departure from my normal fit and flare silhouette. I love the navy blue color and cold shoulder cut outs. The star of this dress is the embroidery. The mix of colors, shapes, and craftsmanship give this dress so much character. As a top trend for spring and summer, embroidery is an easy way to channel boho chic vibes. It's also a fun and less intimidating way to play with patterns if you normally wear solid colors. To make the most of those boho vibes, try pairing this dress with a long pendant necklace, layered bracelets, and summer hat.

Wearing a size 24 (their largest size), I found this dress to be short, like really, really short. It's so short, it gave me flashbacks me of my high school cheer uniforms. Now those were short skirts! I thought the dress was going to hit slightly above the knee, but it stops at my upper thighs. The length may be different for you if you’re shorter or taller than me (I’m 5’4”) and not as round in the stomach. The fabric, though smooth and lightweight, has little stretch and easily wrinkles. On the other hand, the lining on the inside offers plenty of stretch and makes the body of the dress opaque.
 

I’m glad to know Stage Stores exists and I’m happy to share them with you in case you haven’t heard of them. Even though they only go up to size 24 (hopefully that will change one day), it's nice to have another option for plus size fashion, especially when it comes to shopping in person. Here’s a link to their store locations and online selection of women’s plus sizes and junior plus sizes. I would love to know how their clothes work out for you if you give them a try!


O U T F I T  D E E T S


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stage Stores. The opinions and text are all mine.

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