Ruffling Things Up

As a Fall aficionado, having a great sweater in your arsenal is key. When it comes to my sweaters, I love pieces that are fun, and functional. I have to be able to wear them with everything in my closet. While browsing Nordstrom, I stumbled across this cute striped sweater from Halogen. Halogen is Nordstrom’s brand that gives you contemporary items that you can wear to work and for play for straight & plus sizes. Over the years I have several different sweaters from them, and the quality is great. Do I or you need ruffled shoulder sweater? No- but look how cute it is. Now the sweater has a pleasant surprise- the sleeves are detachable. I can zip off the sleeves, and wear this as a shell underneath a blazer, or as a vest over a button up. A piece like this is definitely worth the money. Since this one is sold out, I’ve linked a different striped sweater that comes in plus.

I wanted to show how you can have fun with work wear, so I paired the sweater with this great faux suede skirt from Loft. Since their launch, I have purchased several items, and they all garner tons of compliments. I bought the skirt in a 18 since its lined, to make sure I have enough room in the hips. I love the skirt, but it is a little loose on my waist (nothing a tailor can’t fix). I will say that Loft Plus items give you ample room in the waist.

I decided to step a bit out of the box, so instead of wearing navy shoes, I went with with my white booties (also from Halogen). These are another great pair of booties to own because the heel makes them easy to walk in and white goes with everything. Unfortunately this boot is no longer available (which I am shocked by since it is a great boot, I figured it would come back in stock. I have linked similar styles in different heels heights so you can find your perfect white bootie under $50.

Well lovers, what do you think of my look? I think it’s a fun twist on classics. It incorporates color, but keeping the palette in the navy family, with pops of white and wine makes it totally wearable in any environment. What are some of the ways you are ruffling things up this fall? It could be anything- career, wardrobe, people…let me know below. Muah lovers!!!

Best High Waisted Skinnies Ever!

As promised, I wanted to work on a denim roundup and I was given some great suggestions on brands to try. The first one up, Charlotte Russe. They have been on my list to try for while, so when they reached out, I immediately asked for a pair of jeans. On their site, they have two types of high waisted jeans, the Refuge and the High Waisted Skinny. I went with the Refuge.

Now in denim, I wear a 16, but with Charlotte Russe being a junior plus brand, I sized up to a 18. The jean is a great addition to your closet. They are stretchy and made of a good weight. They were thick thigh friendly, and I was comfortable in these all day. These are definitely a true high waisted jean, and there was no roll down. I have encountered that some jeans are not a true high waist, or the jeans roll down throughout the day. Another pet peeve is when you get a pair of jeans and by the end of the day they stretch out and become slouchy. Not these. They passed all of my tests! Here’s the best part, denim is buy one get one for $12.50! You can get two pair of jeans for $50!! Can’t beat that deal.

With a great pair of black skinnies, you can wear anything, so I wanted to show some love to this great houndstooth moto. I’ve never shied away from a good moto, and in a plaid- this was a must have for me. Since I want to wear this deep into the season, I opted for a 3X so I can layer with a great chunky knit. It was nice warm day in NYC, so I opted for a cropped tee to show off the jeans. The best part, the jacket is on sale for $25!!!

With both of these pieces, I can create so many looks. Versatility is key these days. For example if you work in a more conservative office, the moto would look great with a pencil skirt. For date night, you can wear the moto with a pair of leather leggings. Heading to brunch, these jeans would look amazing with a sweater. There’s definitely no wrong way to wear these items.

Are you a fan of high waisted denim? Love to know yay or nay!! Later lovers!!!

*This post is sponsored by Charlotte Russe, but all opinions are my own.

Moi

Growing up outside of my mom, Miss Piggy was one of my fat role models growing up. What was not to like, she had impeccable style, could kick ass, and was always confident. She made me laugh at the expense of someone getting tossed across the room btw but I digress. So when Jeneise told me thst there was a Miss Piggy sweatshirt at Zara, I had to cop it.

I love a good sweatshirt. It’s definitely a staple in my closet for those transitional seasons of Fall & Spring. With athleisure being incorporated in everyday life, I love how you can mix serious pieces like a suit with sneakers, or wear a leather skirt with a sweatshirt like I did. This sweatshirt is oversized, and I was able to wear the biggest size (size L), and it fit. The great thing about the oversized trend, is that a lot of pieces from straight sized stores can work on a plus size body. When it comes to Zara’s oversized items I have been able to wear them with no issues. This item is sold out online, but check out your local store, you may be able to find one. I will say this, if you are curious about an item, give it a try. If it works out great, if not return that sucker and get something else that does.

I love me a good leather item. Real or faux, I am here for it. This is an oldie, but goodie from Eloquii. It’s a great wrap mini skirt that I can wear with everything. Leather skirts can be fun, flirty, sexy, and versatile. I have worn my leather skirts with boots, sneakers, flats, heels- you name it, I have done it. If you are looking for a good mini, check this one out in vinyl. Like more of a classic, then this pencil skirt is great piece to have.

I’m so happy that it is boot season. The boot selection this season from Eloquii is everything. I have bought five pairs of boots from them. The first pair I had to have were these sequin booties. My love of sequins started when I was a kid in dance class. The yearly recitals with the costumes- glitter, sequins, bold color…ah just made me happy. So when I saw these pink sequin boots, I was giddy- yup giddy. The sequins flip over to silver so you can make cool designs with them. The heel is low so they are definitely shoes for walking around NYC. Sidebar: Anyone else kinda not in love with high heels? I have been opting for more block heels, lower heels or just flats.

These days there are no wrong ways to wear items. I feel that if there is an item you want to wear, put it on. If you love it wear it, if not take it off. I doubt Miss Piggy let people tell her what she couldn’t wear. She was like I do what I want and so can you.

Buh Bye Summer

Even though NYFW brings out the best of Fall fashion, it’s actually still Summer until 9/22. To commemorate an awesome summer, I wanted to formally say goodbye with this collab that I did with my booski ShaKera of The Real Sample Size.

While out in ATL, her photographer extraordinaire Alfred from Charis Solutions Photography took some amazing photo’s of us enjoying the fun in the sun. If you are in the Houston area, definitely hit him up, you will not be disappointed.

Sunshine calls for a great print. I went with the strapless jumpsuit, because if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been living in jumpsuits all summer. Since the jumpsuit was the perfect length on my short frame of 5’5”, I was able to pair the jumpsuit with the Darcy floral sandal. Throughout the summer, I received tons of compliments on these. Rocking metallic footwear is an easy way to tie your whole look together without having to go with traditional black.

ShaKera went with an asymmetrical skirt in the same print with a flutter sleeve tee. As a tee shirt addict, I like the flutter sleeve for a fun update on a classic piece. This should definitely come in more colors cause you can wear this tee all year long. A heel lover, ShaKera went with her oldie but goodie’s from Steve Madden.

I will say I did a lot this summer. I tried a bunch of new restaurants with the bf. Tried Haitian food for the first time. Was honored as Blogger of the Year alongside the IG Wives from Full Figured Fashion Week. Got to see the wonders of black beauty at Curlfest. Went to the TCF Style Expo in ATL for the 2nd year in a row and (and bought a lot of tee’s). Danced the night away at my best friends birthday party. Went to a BBQ. Supported my boyfriend by going to his basketball games to watch him coach. Sat outside and just let the sun shine on face. I laughed, I rested, and I shopped. I did everything but dip my toes in some sand. All and all, I had a great summer. I feel like summer ended at a cool note by attending Textures on the Runway and Curvy Con.

BTW these pictures capture me and ShaKera perfectly. Laughs and more laughs.

Smile Brilliant

Hello Lovers!!!

No you know I love trying new items, especially when it comes to beauty & tech, and this combines my love of both. This toothbrush right here definitely needs to be shared with everyone. No seriously, this toothbrush is a game changer. Smile Brilliant- the company that has created the perfect at home whitening system, now has an ultrasonic electric toothbrush.

The cariPro electric toothbrush kit comes with two premium brush heads made with Dupont bristles and built in tongue scrapers (because you should never neglect your tongue), and a charging base. Where most electric toothbrushes just come with one setting, the cariPro has five. I’ve tried all of them all, and the great thing is that you can use multiple modes to customize your desired cleaning experience.

Clean is your standard cleaning mode

White has a stronger pulse than Clean Mode to get your teeth the whitest.

Massage gives your mouth a nice massage, I use this after I’m done with clean & white mode.

Gum Care provides cleaning along the gum line. Healthy gums, healthy teeth, healthy mouth!

Sensitive is great for my sensitive teeth lovers. It still leaves your mouth clean but it’s easier on the teeth and gums.

I’ve been trying it for a week and I do notice that my teeth are whiter and overall my mouth feels cleaner each and every time I use it. Starting at $119 it’s a great and affordable item that will last. You know sharing is caring, so I have a chance for you to win one of your own! All you have to do, is click here and you can win one for yourself!!!

*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.