December ’19 Outfit Round-Up

December ’19 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 December! 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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{Jumpsuit: Eshakti geometric jumpsuit, headband: Anthropologie Lauren knotted headband}

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{Jacket: Eloquii moto leather jacket, Top: Jessica London red sequin shell, Jeans: Lane Bryant Tighter Tummy Hi-Rise Skinny Jean in Velvet Dark}

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{Dress: CoEdition Fit & Flare Dress}

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{Top: Shop Chic Soul Plaid top, Leggings: Spanx faux leather leggings, shoes: Target platform wedges}

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{Work out top & leggings: Fabletics, gym shoes: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus sneakers}

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{Overall dress: Black denim overall dress, Top: Polka dot blouse, shoes: Target wedge platform shoes}

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{Top: Jessica London Tie-Front Tunic, leggings: Spanx faux leather leggings, boots: Comfortview Wide Calf black boots}

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{Coat: Old Navy black puffer jacket}

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{Jacket: Chic Soul pullover, Leggings: Universal Standard leggings, sneakers: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus sneakers}

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{Top & Leggings: Fabletics, Sneakers: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus sneakers Bra: Plus Size Compression Nike Sports Bra}

*this sports bra is easily one of the best I have ever had as a plus-size woman

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{Dress: Jessica London beaded jacket dress, Shoes: Comfortview Katiya pumps}

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}

Sisterhood of the Lane Bryant Flex Magic Waistband Jeans

Sisterhood of the Lane Bryant Flex Magic Waistband Jeans

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lane Bryant. All opinions are 100% mine.

Since college ended I have worn dresses almost exclusively. If I show up to an event or party in anything but a dress my friends usually do a double-take, but that’s because I have a hard time finding jeans that fit my body well or that I don’t have to roll the cuffs up on or more importantly, are comfortable enough to wear all day.

A lot of companies seem to think that all plus-size bodies are the same. We are all tall. We all have larger bottoms. We all have thicker ankles. And that’s just not the truth. Just like straight sizes, we come in all shapes. And thankfully Lane Bryant has created a line of jeans that cater to all sorts of bodies and I have never felt sexier in denim than I have in the Flex Magic Waistband High-Rise Tighter Tummy jeans.

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Lane Bryant Magic Flex Waistband Tighter Tummy High Rise Jeans

They fit my body like a GLOVE. My butt is clearly defined and doesn’t look saggy like it does in some other jeans I own. The Tighter Tummy jeans stay up on my waist and don’t lose their structure throughout the day, but they still have some stretch in them. And they have a patented reinforced high-rise panel that helps slim your stomach and smooth your waist giving me definition in my body that makes me feel more confident.

 

And the most important thing for me is that the jeans fit me at the ankles. I have often found that jeans made for plus size women flare out at the bottom, but these mold to your ankle size. I went with the petite sizing since I am 5’2 so the regular size was a little too long for me and I would have had to cuff them.

Now, here’s the most fun part of this whole post. It’s the part where I tell you I’m hosting a denim event at Lane Bryant in Fullerton Plaza on Saturday, August 17th from 2-4pm. I will be there to help everyone try on their amazing Magic Flexband denim that comes not only in this Tighter Tummy style, but also Curvy Fit, their Signature Super Stretch, and the Deluxe Fit. Each of these fits is for a different body type – like if you’re fuller in the waist but smaller through the hips (Deluxe!) or if you have a small waist but curvier hips (Curvy!) – they have something for EVERYONE! So stop by so I can help you shop.

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When I went in last week to try on all the denim, I also was able to try a lot of other items (hopefully you saw my stories when I was in store doing a style session with myself!). I loved almost every top I tried on, but the overall winner was this Striped Off-the-Shoulder Poplin Top. I am wearing a size 16 cause I think this style runs a little big in the shoulders. It’s feminine and adds a pop of FUN to the outfit so it felt very me.

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Striped Off-the-Shoulder Poplin Top

And just in case you didn’t think this outfit was head to toe (except for the shoes sorry everyone!), you were WRONG. Underneath these jeans, I am wearing the Cacique No-Show Hipster Panty with Lace. They are currently having an amazing deal on their website – 5 panties for $35. Amazing deal! I know I needed some new undies and these feel like you aren’t wearing anything at all which I love.

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No-Show Hipster Panty with Lace

Chicagoans – don’t forget to come to try on these magical jeans with me this upcoming Saturday. It’ll be so fun and I wrangled Jim (aka my dad) to come too! You know he will want to style everyone so come out – it’ll be so fun!

 

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.

Rocksbox: The Jewelry Subscription That Keeps My Spending in Check

Rocksbox: The Jewelry Subscription That Keeps My Spending in Check

Let’s start with a confession: I love jewelry. Being plus size means you can’t often shop at regular size stores with confidence that everything will fit, but with jewelry, well that’s another story. I can go anywhere and buy jewels and they will fit! So when I’m itching for a trend, I usually reach for the thing I know will fit: jewelry.

Because of this, I own maybe 30 statement necklaces…half of which I never even wear anymore. I’m not sure I want to know how much money I’ve wasted on cheap jewelry!

Then I heard about Rocksbox. It’s a jewelry membership service that is only $21 a month with designers I know and recognize (and covet like Kendra Scott!).

Here’s how it works:

  1. Log into your account and create a wish list. This was the best part for me because I basically got to curate a little jewelry drawer. Then each month I get some of it in the mail!

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2. You also get assigned a stylist who then curates a box for you every month based on your wish list as well as a style form you fill out when you sign up.

3. Once you verify you like what he/she has picked or selected from your wish list, they send you this pretty package in the mail:

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4. Wear your pieces all month! Or if you like them, but don’t want to buy them, you can keep them longer. Just know you will pay another $21 for every month you keep the jewelry. If you LOVE it so much that you can’t part with it, then you keep it and pay the overall price. That $21 you pay per month will always go towards any purchases you decide to make, and most of the pieces are $20-$40 so you can get a great piece of jewelry out of this deal!

5. Once you’re done with it all, use the prepaid label and the reusable envelope it came it to send it back. Literally just drop it in a post office box (it’s small enough to not have to take to the actual post office which is so great).

6. Then you start the process all over again!

OTHER NOTES: 

  • Each piece is hand-inspected before it gets sent out, so it’s clean!
  • If you buy all 3 pieces, you get $10 off the entire price
  • The company was founded by women and led by women which I personally am a huge fan of!

If you want to try Rocksbox for free for one month, use my code SASSYCONFETTIXOXO in the promo code box!