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Hey Allie?!?!? You done changed up on me....lol

Last year, Lane Bryant debut the Allie pant. Allie was universal pant that worked for a myriad of women. Though I loved the fit, I wasn't the big on bootcut pants. Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with bootcuts, I just love a skinny pant. So when Lane Bryant sent me the Allie now in a skinny pull on version I was excited to give them a try.

Things that you need to know about Allie- it is made from a smart stretch material that holds it shape throughout the day, its a pull on pant (easy on, easy off), and it comes in petites!!! I am wearing a 18, and I cuffed them since I wanted to show off my booties, but I wonder if the 18P would have given me the perfect amount of ankle without any cuff. 

For an afternoon out and about, I went with my Tracee Ellis Ross turtleneck (old and sold out). Its oversized, warm, grey goodness is great for these chilly NYC days. With the weather being so bi-polar, having warm and cozy sweaters like this are necessary. I threw on my trusty Levi trucker jacket, and my new snakeskin booties from Violeta by Mango. I have been loving the new items that I found while I was on Fullbeauty's website. 

With all the new pink goodies I have been adding to my closet, it was a no-brainer for me to get a pair of pink booties and a crossbody in pink snakeskin. I love Mango's accessories, they are made a good quality materials. These are the perfect height for walking around. The crossbody holds all my essentials, and I can wear it across, or tuck in the strap and rock it as a clutch. These are both sold out unfortunately, but they do have some great items at Fullbeauty.

I have been on the hunt for great walls around the city. One of them just so happens to be in a train station. Yup in NYC you get to see some art while walking to your train to go to work. With all the cool walls I have been seeing and shooting at, I am now going to share their magnificence in a new section on the blog. Not sure what I am going to call it, but stay tuned.  

Making It Werk

Plus size workwear in my eyes was never fashionable. It was there to serve a purpose- and by purpose I mean boring, and drab. When I first started working, wearing jeans was relegated to Friday's. Monday-Thursday was filled with slacks, cardigans and button ups. Now don't get me wrong, I love me a good button up, but 10 years ago things were just for me to put on so I can look appropriate. Looking good and getting dressed for work was not a concept that I felt happened at the same time. 

To see how much plus size fashion has changed makes my heart skip a beat. Plus size fashion is not at the finish line when it comes to size, quality, and options, but it has improved such that there is something for everyone. So if you are plus size and you want good quality pieces to wear to work where would you go? Straight sized women have Everlane and Theory, but where does a big girl go for upscale classics? Two words- Universal Standard. 

Universal Standard is not new to the blog. I featured their collab with actress Danielle Brooks. Now a sweater dress is definitely an item that you can wear to work, but this post is dedicated to workwear staples. As a pant and tee type of gal, I was going to feature only the pants, but then I saw the Unity Cut Out Skirt. I love a good pencil skirt, but the cut out took the skirt to the next level. As of late, finding a good pencil skirt that hits me at the right spot on my leg has been hard. This skirt is perfect for those that are inbetweenies. Now I am 5'5", so I am technically not petite, but my inseam is not the standard of 29-30 inches, so skirts have hit in a weird place. This skirt fit me like a dream. I wear a M in their clothes which is equivalent to a 18/20. Size M definitely fits well across these hips. This comes in Eggshell as well as Black. 

When it comes to work basics, a turtleneck is definitely in my arsenal. With the weather being so bipolar here in NYC, I need to stay warm no matter what. I came across 32 Degrees and their Heat Tech clothes use your body heat to keep you warm, but wisks away sweat to keep you from overheating. I have these tops and leggings in all of their colors. They have been the saving grace for me this season. These lightweight tee's are great for layering without all the extra bulk.

With this look, I was inspired by the 60's beatnik fashion. Beatnik's wardrobe consisted of black and white classics. Turtlenecks, stripes, and pants and skirts in slim silhouettes were a must. Also, you can't forget their main accessory, the beret. In order to create my look, all that I needed was in my closet. I wore my favorite coat from Modamix, my Rebecca Minkoff crossbody, Sam Edelman pumps, Eloquii belt and a beret. Of course I had to break out Stunna by Fenty Beauty. 

I work in a casual environment these days, so my days of dressing up are far and few between. Even though I am in a casual environment, there are still women out there that need great pieces that not only look good, but fit well and can last. If you are in the need for pieces that can have you werking it while at work, then definitely check Universal Standard out. 

Candy Land

Ok so my first board game was Candy Land. I lovvvvveeeedddd that game. I asked my Grammy & Mommy to play all the time. To keep the tradition going, I played with niece when she was little. It is the perfect game for little kids. It teaches little kids color and you can actually get through the game in less than an hour (cause kids attention spans these days are short). The game was my first foray with color, and it has stayed with me ever since.  

While scrolling on the gram, I saw these amazing steps. It was the perfect set up for any cool pastel look you want to do. To be honest the steps inspired this look as well as me doing a whole month of pink looks. 

Sugarfix Earrings

So you may or may not know that I love all things athleisure- sweatshirts, sneakers, and cool leggings. I love how the traditional sweatshirt nowadays comes cropped, with cool embellishments (the fur trimmed ones are my new favs), or in the form of fun dresses.

Reasons to get a sweatshirt dress

  1. They are comfy af- they are just soo soft & cozy
  2. Instant outfit maker- put it on and you are done
  3. Hella, hella cute

I first bought this Eloquii sweatshirt dress in the fall in black. Loved it soo much that when the pink one came out, I bought it immediately. I was going to get the grey one, but waited too long, and it sold out. I hope they bring it back in more colors. This dress is the best. Yes it is cozy, yes it is cute, but it has pockets, so that makes it hands down the best dress ever. It is a little on the stretchy side, so I ordered this in a 16, and it fit perfectly. If you want it more oversized, then size up. 

I decided to show the versatility of the dress by dressing it up with booties. I have been obsessed with my Halogen Anita white booties, and wear them every chance I get. The boot is currently on sale, but the white is sold out. If you are looking for a cute white pair, Eloquii just launched their Spring shoes with a white bootie. Theirs is a kitten heel, so if you are not about that 3 inch life, you can rock the Abba

When it comes to accessories, I have been gravitating towards statement earrings. My earring collection these days has exploded. My favorite are tassels, and these Sugarfix by Baublebar earrings are soo cute. These are a multicolored pair that go with soo much of the pastels that are in my closet. For $13, you can buy as many as you like and not feel bad at all. Target stay with the goodies, and this is why they are one of my favs. 

I have really embraced all things pastel. Are you all about it, staying away from it, or slowly giving it a chance? Let me know in the comments!!

Kicking It Around Town

One of my goals for 2018 is to travel more. It's real easy to just stay at home (especially when you live in NYC) and just use your vacation time to just catch up on all the things that you put off due to work. Don't get me wrong, a good staycation is everything, but this gal needed to get on a plane and get away- even if it was for a couple of days. 

Violeta by Mango Jacket

I took some time to visit my blogger boo The Real Sample Size in Houston. I've never been to Texas, so it was only fitting for my first trip out to the Southwest that I go to visit her. I got to check out Downtown Houston which is home to their stadiums, and their amazing mall that has some of the cutest spots for pictures. She also took me to 3rd Ward, where we gave Trap Brunch a go (brunching while listening & dancing to trap music), and other spots around the city to check out their massive murals. I also ate crawfish for the first time, and had hibachi (which I am now addicted to, thanks ShaKera).

When venturing around, I always travel with the essentials- tee, jeans, and sneakers. I'm on vacation, so I want all things comfortable. Now comfortable for me is this look, but for other's maybe not. Hey, at the end of the day it's about wearing what makes you feel your best. 

Lane Bryant Skinny Jeans

My jacket collection is pretty vast these days, so in order to catch my eye, it has to be a showstopper. This Violeta by Mango jacket that I got from Fullbeauty is definitely such. It was love at first sight. It's a satiny pink bomber with glitter accents, what's not to love? Violeta is a cool line with some great pieces that you can easily mix and match with your wardrobe. I am wearing a XL in the jacket which is a size 20. I hope that the brand decides to expand the line, because there are so many pieces a woman 20+ would love to wear. I paired the jacket with a simple mock neck tee (this one is sold out, but here is another one for $7), and my favorite curve hugging, skinny jeans from Lane Bryant. 

I will definitely say this - I have become obsessed with statement earrings. Having cool accessories can really amp up a simple look. I've had these Gabriela fringe earrings from Baublebar since last summer and they are definitely a fan favorite. Rose gold accessories just look amazing against the melanin. 



My sneaker addiction has been in overdrive as of late, and I have been loving all the new colorways of my favorite sneakers. The Nike Air Force 1 is one of my Top 5 favorite sneakers of all time, so when I saw them in this super cute blush color I bought- cause sometimes you just gotta "Treat Yourself".


These are an update to the classic AF1 called the Ultraforce. I consider it a sock hybrid sneaker since you don't have to lace them up for a secure fit.  It also has side mesh panels for breathability. This color is sold out, but it does come in 6 other colors. 

I definitely enjoyed my time in Houston. Another trip is definitely in the works. I would love to do a meet up with all of the lovely bloggers in the area, as well take some time to enjoy some Texas BBQ.

So what do you wear when you are kicking it around town? Share below!!! Muah!!! 


Tell Me About It Stud

I was a musical junkie as a child. My Grammy and I would watch all the ones that came on our local channel (back then my mom refused to get cable). One that always stood out to me was Grease. What I loved the most about Grease after the music was the clothes. They were fun, retro and just soo cool. I loved the end when Sandy got her cool girl on with a moto jacket.

Her look was a little bit of the inspo for this look. As you may or may no know, I am moto obsessed. I have a section in my coat closet dedicated to them. I am always on the hunt for ones that are in fun colors or have embellishments. One jacket that I was seeing on the runways was an off the shoulder version. First thoughts was like this is hella badass and I need it in my life. Now the challenge, to find this in plus. At first it was a no go, then I got an email from Ashley Stewart and behold they made one!!! When I was out in Houston, I visited the store and picked me up one.

Now the first thoughts are is this a practical buy....not really, but I will be wearing it especially when Spring decides to pop up. I love showing off my shoulders and this piece gives me the best of both worlds. Showing skin and still getting a chance to rock a moto. I am wearing a size 20 and I had enough room to move around and potentially layering it. I think it would cool with a button up underneath. 

When it comes to pants, my go to these days are the Kady pant from Eloquii. They come in myriad of prints and colors, and they have petites. Now these are an old pair and no longer are available, but I wanted to show how even though these pants are a couple of years old, animal print will never go out of style. 

Cool jacket- check. Fun pants- check, only thing left is a hot pair of shades and some black pumps. So lovers what do you think? Would I be the 2018 version of Sandy? LOL!!!