January ’20 Outfit Round-Up

January ’20 Outfit Round-Up

Shopping via links is hard so here is an easy way to do it by shopping one blog post of all my featured outfits of January. So in no particular order, here we go!

For reference, I am usually a size 16/18 in dresses, 20 in pants, and almost exclusively a 1X in anything Anthropologie.

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{Coat: Old Navy black puffer jacket Beanie: Macy’s knit cuff beanie, shoes: Target wedge platform shoes}

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{dress: ASOS tiered mini dress, barrettes: Squared Tortoise hair clip set, booties: Vince Camuto perforated booties}

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{jeans: Old Navy Rockstar distressed jeans, top: Jessica London keyhole swing tunic, booties: Vince Camuto perforated booties}

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{pajama set: Dreams & Co. 2-piece classic pajama set}

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{top: Jessica London Georgette hi-low tunic, booties: ComfortView Sidney booties, leggings: Spanx faux leather leggings}

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{dress: Chic Soul You Go Girl dress, headband: Anthropologie Lauren knotted headband}

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{gym set: Fabletics}

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{headband: Chic Soul Candy Shop headband, top: Chic Soul Lost the Battle top, Leggings: Spanx faux leather leggings, booties: Vince Camuto perforated booties}

November ’19 Outfit Round-Up

November ’19 Outfit Round-Up

Shopping via links is hard. Trust me, I am also a human who likes to buy from people she is influenced by on the Internet. So in attempts to make it easier to shop my outfits, I am instituting a new monthly blog post where I do a round-up of all my outfits from the month so you can easily shop them from your browser. So in no particular order, here we go!

For reference, I am usually a size 16/18 in dresses, 20 in pants, and almost exclusively a 1X in anything Anthropologie.

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what is art?

{ jacket: Jessica London faux fur jacket, booties: Comfortview Henley booties, dress: old Forever 21, but linking a similar dress from Torrid}

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i want a hot dog real bad

{top: Anthropologie Mallory ruffled blouse, headband: Anthropologie Lauren knotted headband, black jeggings: Sanctuary classic leggings, shoes: Target platform wedges}

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comfy cozies

{top: Chic Soul slouchy tunic, leggings: Universal Standard core leggings, slippers: Lands’ End shearling slippers}

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{headband: Anthropologie Lauren knotted headband, dress: Eshakti ruffle floral cotton dress, shoes: Target booties}

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fabletics

{entire work out outfit: Fabletics}

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glam casual

{hat: red beanie,  jacket: Jessica London 3-in-1 puffer, top: Jessica London metallic shirt, black jeggings: Sanctuary classic leggings, booties: Comfortview Henley booties}

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holiday look

{barrettes: Quarters & Caviar pearl & geometric barrettes, sweater: Jessica London faux fur-trim sweater, boots: Ivana Wide-Calf Boot by Comfortview}

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my winter in FL look

{headband: Ann Taylor velvet knotted headband, dress: Anthropologie ruffled tunic dress by Rossi}

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{top: confetti chenille sweater, skirt: GibsonLook pink pleated skirt, shoes: velvet flats – these are old and from the Gap, but I found some cute ones from DSW that are similar}

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swingin’ into the holidays

{headband: Anthropologie Lauren knotted headband, jumpsuit: Eshakti stripe matte jumpsuit}

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bye fall

{top: Amazon Relipop loose sweater, pants: Old Navy pixie pants in leopard, shoes: Target platform wedges}

Take Me to Lollapalooza!

Take Me to Lollapalooza!

Last summer, my friend Rob got us backstage passes to Lollapalooza since he knew someone who knew someone in the band Cage the Elephant, and it was one of the best nights of my life for lots of reasons (another story for another time), but one of the reasons was because I met this beauty blogger who also knew someone in the band and she was at Lollapalooza with L’Oreal as an influencer. Back then this blog was just an idea I had and I had just started to take it more seriously and the idea of representing a prestigious brand at such a large event was mind-boggling. I vowed that someday that would be me. I would get to go to Lollapalooza because of my own personal brand.

When it actually happened this year and Toyota asked me to go to Lolla to cover their presence at the fest, it was a total pinch me moment! It was a crazy, wild four days but I was so happy to have the opportunity. And not just that, I got a loaner car this past week to test drive and tell you all about!

But let’s start at the beginning, which would be Day One!

Lollapalooza: Day One

I started my Lolla experience by heading straight to the Toyota Music Den because Fletcher was playing and I love her! A lot of people, myself included until now, don’t know that Toyota actually has their own music tent set up on the north end of the fest. They usually have people who have previously performed during the day later during the week or later in the day so you should always check their schedule when you go next year! It’s a hidden gem for live music 🙂

I also got to check out the interior of the C-HR which is the car I got to drive around all this week, but more on that later! We scurried off after seeing some music and checking out the cars because we had to see Chvrches and Arctic Monkeys who were both fabulous. Day one was a success – especially because it was less crowded!

Best part of the day: Getting my hair & make-up done at Goldplaited in River North! I loved it and I felt pretty badass all day long because of it!

Lollapalooza: Day Two 

My friend Mindy joined me on Friday so we could see our fave body positive singer Lizzo, but first, we stopped by the Toyota Exhibit Love tent that was set up by Buckingham Fountain. This one was my favorite tent because they had free scoops of ice cream and the cones even had the Toyota logo stamped on them! So cute!

Mindy and I also got to record our own voices using the JBL headphones to make a commemorative pin that had our voices etched onto it. I had mine say, “Sassy Confetti loves Toyota!”, because this was the best week ever. That is not sarcasm, this was the best 4 days ever thanks to Toyota. Did I mention they hooked us up with VIP passes? Well after we checked out the Exhibit Love, Mindy and I went straight back to VIP to get some free snacks and drinks all while watching Lizzo from some plush seats with SHADE. Shade is a hot commodity at Lolla, let me tell you! We also go to Bruno Mars, which was a real highlight of the weekend for me. He is such a showman. Day two, complete!

Best part of the day: Meeting Lizzo…well, I didn’t, but Mindy did and seeing her get all emotional about it was pretty great. OH, and I met Jordan from the Bachelor which was pretttttty great.

Lollapalooza: Day Three 

Saturday was a HOT day, so my friend Nic and I went over to the Toyota x Sirius FM booth because we heard it had a LOT of shade. They were right! The whole vibe screamed Marfa, TX (maybe because that was the theme ha!), and it had a real spiritual Texas vibe. I even got my aura read and I mean they readdddddd me. Our spiritual guru told me I need to stop planning so much and just let life happen. Not sure how well I will ever be at that, but I guess we should give it a try if that’s what my aura says, right?

This was our favorite day of the line-up in terms of singers: Carly Rae Jepsen, Dua Lipa, and The Weeknd! We had a great time and maybe a little too much wine before ending our night with a faux deep dish pizza at the Hilton across the street!

Best part of the day: All of Nic’s horrible puns. If you watched my stories, then you know haha.

Lollapalooza: Day Four 

At this point, NOT sure how I am alive after four days of drinking in the Chicago humid heat, but I am alive and kicking, and I had to stop by the Toyota Exhibit Love booth again to get my commemorative Lollapalooza screen printed tote.

Afterward, with margaritas in hand, my friend Sammy and I headed over to see The Aces who were fabulous. If you don’t listen to their music, you should start. They are going to be the new HAIM! We also got to see Bazzi and Odezsa to round out a great final day at Lollapalooza. And then it was a week of recovery for me!

Best part of the day: Two things – The Aces (they really are amazing!), and getting glitter like the kids do!

Week After Lollapalooza: Recovery with My Toyota CH-R

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Getting this loaner C-HR from Toyota could not have come at a better time, to be honest! I was so tired from walking all over Lolla that I needed a reprieve from walking all over the West Loop to do errands, pick up lunches, and taking public transportation! Not only that, but I had a wedding in the suburbs and was going to Ravinia on Sunday after the wedding so having a car was super ideal.

After a week of driving it, I had to give it back and I already miss it. My favorite features were for sure the Toyota Safety Sense, which beeped at you whenever you floated across lanes and would nudge the steering wheel back to where you were supposed to be. Really helpful when you’re driving on the highway or narrow Lake Shore Drive! I also loved the in-mirror back up sensor which helped me see if any car was near me when I backed up in my packed parking garage, and this car is Apple Car compatible and I love that hands-off feature where you can respond to texts or command it to call people! It’s a lifesaver when you’re driving and need to send a quick text to someone but don’t want to pull over or be distracted by your phone.

Hands down, I would recommend this car to anyone looking for something that would transition well from city to suburbs.

Thank you again Toyota for such an amazing experience! It was the highlight of my summer!

Why MM.LaFleur is Perfect for the Corporate Curvy Woman

Why MM.LaFleur is Perfect for the Corporate Curvy Woman

A common misconception is that I blog for a living. I blog for fun! I actually do have a corporate 9-5 job that I do and it requires me to look like a well-put-together human woman from time to time. I say time to time because I work from home so I only have to look put together on days when we have video conferences or when I go see my client or when I go to events for my clients.

Side note: I am an account manager for a tech solutions company. We work to create innovative engagement tools for corporations, which seems really vague becauseeee what we do is pretty diverse and problem-based. You have a problem? We find a solution.

Ok, back to my clothes. Finding somewhat edgy, but also conservative clothes to satisfy both me (edgier, colorful, fun!) and my client (more conservative, old-school) is hard to do, especially because I am curvy. I once wore a dress I bought from Eloquii to a work event that had cacti on it and people were like WHOA that’s a lot just because it had plants on it. So, MM.LaFleur ticks all the boxes. Their clothes have fun color, patterns, but still have conservative styles and some edgier pieces too.

Last night, I went for my first full-blown styling session and can’t recommend trying this out if in you live in the Chicago area. A styling session is free and you have no commitment to buy anything, but they for sure give you the star treatment and my guess is you will leave with a little something!

When you first walk in, you are greeted with slippers and prosecco! I love this because my feet are always the coldest part of my body and I’m always thirsty for bubbles.

You are then introduced to your stylist. Mine was Tricia and she’s amaze so if you want to request her – DO IT! Your stylist will then take you back to the changing area which looks like my dream closet:

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Before you go to your session, they send you a quick questionnaire about your style and sizing, so when you arrive your stylist will have some outfits picked out for you to start trying on!

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I tried dresses on first!

I liked both the cuts on the above dresses and feel like the black was super flattering, so I kept the black dress as a maybe!

Then I tried on a skirt and a top:

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I don’t often find pencil skirts that I think flatter my body type, so I loved this and the top was something that could easily be tucked in OR be flowy so you could wear it with a skirt or with jeans.

Back to more dresses!

These ended up being my 3 favorite looks that I had to choose between. I loved the blue because it brought out my eyes, and I loved the cut of the green dress, but ultimately went with the plum color! The plum dress had pockets so it was obviously a clear winner and perfect for when I work events so I can hold my phone, USB drives, pens, etc!

I also tried on a few pairs of pants, a blazer and some cute tops, but none of them really fit the vibe I was going for. Except that blazer! I had need it! I will for sure be going back for it because I’m still thinking about it today and how it would be so perfect for meetings at corporate.

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My big takeaways from visiting MM.LaFleur are the following:

  1. A lot of their pieces are really best when tried on. At first glance, the pieces might seem simplistic or boring, but the cuts are creative but classic at the same time which I love. So, just try it all on. There were a few items my stylist brought me and I was like hell no will that look cute, and I was wrong each time.
  2. Sizing goes up to 22W which is great. It’s not often I go to a store and they have my size in every single style or outfit I want to try on. They might not have every color, but they certainly have all the sizes!
  3. Everything there is machine washable. Ok, well not everything. But almost everything I tried on was. Great for girls who don’t have time to deal with dry cleaners and their odd hours.
  4. An appointment will only take about 45 minutes so it doesn’t eat up a ton of your time!
  5. Items are a little pricier than I normally spend on clothes, but the quality of the fabric is amazing and flexible and forgiving, so worth it to me for a classic piece I will wear consistently. This dress was $190 and some pieces are over $200 like the blazer. Some of the tops are around $70-$80. Again, worth it if you’re looking for pieces that will last a lifetime!

So my overall recommendation: try it out! You literally have nothing to lose and you might find some fun pieces.