LB Fall Preview

I was invited to Lane Bryant's Fall 17 Preview, and I am always to excited to see what is in store for us. I enjoy going to previews, because I get to see new fashion, but you also get a feel of where the brand the going. Lane Bryant over the past several seasons continues to elevate with each passing collection. Between their line and collaborations, Lane Bryant has really worked on provided trend right clothing, while still having that classic aesthetic. Without future adieu, here is Fall lovers. 

Remember Allie? The pant I tried on earlier this season. She is back in new fall colors, and prints. She's paired with fun blazers (the plaid is my favorite), and oversized sweaters. I am definitely loving the silky bomber jackets. Also on my radar are the Calvin Klein inspired Cacique collection. I love the striped bra's, and boyshorts. 

Next up, my favorite topic- denim. For fall, it's still about great fit, but there is a bit of resurgence of the colored denim. The denim was very soft, and had a good amount of stretch. The denim was paired with great tops like ombre flowy tops, and cute denim tops with detailing. My favorite thing right now, is all the different ways the classic button up has been re-imaged. The fun sleeves are what I'm loving the most. Tee's in different washes and patches, were on full view. As a tee & denim girl, I'm all about having more options instead of just a skinny jean and white tee. Something small like patches, gives a simple tee added interest, and you don't have to (if you don't want to) dress them up. It's all about options. The more the merrier. 

This here is what I call Military Chic. I love camo jackets...let me say that again...I love camo jackets. It's an edgy neutral. There is nothing you can not wear a good camo jacket with. I would wear the camo jacket with the bra with lace overlay. It's soo fun and sexy. I am also crushing on the olive cape. Cape's have been something that I believe is not a one size fits all. Not all capes are made equal. You have to find the one that works for you and your look, and for me that one is it. I can't wait for it to come out so I can walk around the city looking so stylish with my cape and cute handbag. 

That is fall ladies. I know we are just starting to enjoy Spring (it's definitely been a rainy April here in NYC), but I figured sharing what's to come doesn't hurt...especially when you go ahead and start putting those coins aside sooner rather than later. Enjoy lovers!!!

Chambray All Day

If you don't know I am a denim addict. A good pair of jeans puts me in the right mood. To me denim can be sexy, fun, casual, or serious. Over the past several years the amount of denim options has skyrocketed. No longer are we limited to just bootcut or skinny jeans, there's ton's with embellishments, fun detailing, and ruffles. What I am loving this season is all the Chambray options available in plus. When the temps rise, having the right denim is important. Having lighter washes and weights of denim allow for you to still wear denim, but not having to be uncomfortably hot. 

Rocking an all denim look is something that I always wanted to try, but I wanted it to look cool and not just denim overload. I figured wearing all lighter denim would be a great way to wear as much as I like without looking over the top. When I saw this awesome jacket from Eloquii, it was bought asap. A good denim jacket is always something you should have in rotation, but I love the flare sleeve detail. Sleeve details have been HUGE this season, so the fact that I as a plus size woman can partake in the trend and look amazing is an incentive to buy. Eloquii has been cranking out hit after hit, and this jacket is a great way to try out the trend. It's made from good stretch denim, so I was able to get this jacket in a size 18 and still have room for layering. If you are looking for a new jacket, the flare tie sleeve jacket is great for Spring. 

These jeans were a pair of crops from Eloquii that I bought a year ago. They still look and feel great. Since the pants sit up higher on the waist, I thought it would be great to wear a crop top to add a bit of a playful vibe. I originally was going to wear a chambray top, but the boxiness of the top with the jacket just made me look bulky, and I for one do not want that. The pants are no longer available, but here is an option available now.

What I love about this look is that I was able to tie in all chambray accessories and didn't have to break the bank to do so. My sunnies are the denim Ray-Ban Wayfarers that I have had for about a year now. The classic Wayfarer will never go out of style, add some denim, and you have a piece that will be classic for years to come. Anytime I wear these bad boys, I receive compliments. 

Finding this bag happen out of pure coincidence. I was on the Sam Edelman website checking out shoes, and something said hmm, I wonder if there are any bags that I may like. Even though I am all about carrying my entire life in one big bag, going smaller is great on the shoulders. Less stuff, less stress. I was looking at their bags from their Circus collection, and I spotted the Marion chambray shoulder bag. On the Sam Edelman site it was on sale for $83 but I did a google search and lo and behold found it on a promotional sale for less than $30!!! Mind you, this bag is originally $118, so I am definitely patting myself on the back for finding it cheaper. It has two compartments which held my wallet, keys, phone, and sunnies. Can't ask for anything more in a super cute handbag!

Last but not least, are my shoes. I was on Macy's website looking for some new sandals since it was their great shoe sale. Anytime I can get three pairs of shoes for 40% off plus free shipping, I am gong to check out what they have to offer. The Shasta frayed denim sandal is from the It Girl herself Zendaya line Day by Zendaya. These three inch block heels are easy to walk in and have a good amount of cushion so I was comfortable. The ankle strap fit just right and the shoes did not rub at all. This was my first purchase from her collection, and this will not be the last. 

So lovers, did I pull off my Chambray All Day look? Let me know what you think in the comments! Muah!

 

Flower Power

Florals & Spring- the pair will never break up, but this season I am seeing more darker florals that I am feeling. Once the temps rise one & done dressing is in full effect. All of my dresses and jumpsuits are in full rotation, and I could not be happier. The latest add to my collection is this super cute wide leg jumpsuit from Simply Be. 

What caught my eye was the bright shades of reddish orange, reds, rust and hints of olive. The jumpsuit does not stretch so I went with a size 18. When shopping for jumpsuits I always make sure the fit on the bottom is right. the 18 gave me some room, but it's not sloppy. This is definitely one of those jumpsuits that require a strapless bra so make sure you have a good one handy. Also, the zipper in the back is easy to reach, so no team is needed to get out of it. With this jumpsuit it can be easily dressed up or down, so it's great for those that are all about double duty dressing. I can throw this on with a pair of sneakers to run errands, a cute thong sandal while on vacation (something I need to plan asap), or with a blazer & heels for work. 

When it comes to belts, I either go to my tried and true black belt, or I just don't wear one. That changed when I saw this pineapple one. I loved the bright color, and I have become somewhat obsessed with pineapples this season. Even though I am not a big belt girl, this one will be on rotation. It's fun and cute, and if you are going to try something new, why not do it up and go bright. I have been on a shoe binge, and these Vince Camuto caged shoes were a part of the haul. The bright orange red color is vibrant, the cage detail gives the shoe an added interest and the heel is the perfect height for walking around NYC. Lately I have been all about cute flats and sneakers, but the Prisintha is slowly working her magic and changing my mind. The shoe comes in so many great colors for Spring, so there is a pair out there for you. 

I'm looking forward to this week of great weather, events, and time with friends while of course looking good. I am ecstatic to wear all my new looks, so definitely stay tuned. 

Show Off

After a stretch of rain, finally the sun is shining and the weather is higher than 40 degrees. I am definitely affected by the weather. Rain makes me want to stay inside and just watch old movies. It does not motivate me to anything but sit on the couch and binge watch something. When I woke up to some much needed sunshine, I knew it was time to wear this super cute skirt from Simply Be. 

Simply Be's Spring collection is filled with tons of prints, on trend silhouettes and a campaign that is all about celebrating us called We Are Curves. I'm still loving pleated skirts, but this one is shorter which shows off all the legs. The gams have been in hibernation, but it's time to let them enjoy some sun. This is a cute skirt to add to your closet. First, it's only $41 which is a great deal. Most skirts I come across these days are around $69 (before any promotions or discounts), so $41 is not bad at all IMO. Second, I have been gravitating towards a lot of prints, and this blue based print is subtle enough that you can mix it with another pattern. I am still an amateur pattern mixer, so I try to stick to color palettes that I can play around with. At some point, I am just going to throw caution to wind and just go for it, but for now, baby steps.

The skirt gives off a playful flirty vibe that I thought would look great with this Ava & Viv Eyelet bomber jacket. Skirts & bombers just look so great together, and with the eyelet design it plays well with the design of the skirt. Target's plus size section has some hidden jewels, so definitely take some time out and check out all they have to offer. I am wearing a 2X in the jacket and it has enough room if you want to layer. I love anything eyelet, so in a bomber it was a must have for me. 

Since I was wearing a lot of navy blue, I felt that cobalt pair of strappy sandals would be a fun pop of color while still staying within the blue family. These are some oldies but goodies from Vince Camuto, but I have linked some other cute styles that you can wear now. My clutch is my favorite from Zara and my top is another oldie but goodie from Eloquii.

Are you ready to show off this season? Are you excited for flirty dresses or is a skirt more up your speed? Sound off in the comments!!!

Springing It With #XOQ

Finally!!! It's March 20th- which means it's officially Spring!! Granted, here in NYC we are still digging ourselves out from snow and ice, but hopefully that is the end of Old Man Winter, and I can shift my focus to bare legs and longer days. 

Taking pics in the city - hard work

To celebrate such an occasion, why not show off some Eloquii's great Spring pieces. If you have not checked out their last three collections, you are missing out. No seriously....they are dropping some serious fun fashion for us plus size gals. Their latest collection, A Place In the Sun (which was shot in a California desert) features prints (geometric, floral, and camo), pom poms, and frills. From the collection, I went with the Hip to Be Square dress. When I saw this dress on their Snapchat (sidebar do not follow Eloquii's Snapchat if you are already an addict...it's bad for your wallet) I knew I had to have it. The print is bold, it has pockets, and it's a fit & flare. You can not go wrong with this dress. 

I lucked out, I had a lipstick that matched perfectly...lol

Besides allergies, when I think of Spring I think of the classic trench coat. Great for layering, as well as protection from April Showers, a trench is something everyone should have in their wardrobe. You can throw it on and instantly look polished while running errands; belt it, and you give off that "Is she or isn't she" wearing something underneath vibe. Eloquii gave us not only the classic trench, but a denim option as well. Good outerwear can be hard to find, so when I find something classic that I know I will have for years to come, I get it. The trench fits me well (I'm wearing a 18/20), and it has some stretch so it's great for light layering without feeling constricted. The worst thing you can ever do is buy outerwear that is so restrictive you feel like a T Rex (arms that can barely move like a T Rex). Can't speak for others, but if it does not zip or fit me right, I won't wear it. Then it's just sitting in my closet, which was a waste of money. I'm not about wasting money, so above looking great the fit has to be right. 

I have been all about the block heel for a couple of years now. They provide more support than the traditional stiletto but you are not sacrificing style. This season, there are so many versions- embellished, patches, embroidery, ties, I do not think you can have just one in your closet. I found these shoes browsing Target's website one night. Who What Wear has now added shoes to their assortment, and these babies called my name. For less than $35, the Micheala block heel shoe can be yours. I felt the ankle tie in bows would be a nice touch with the dress. I felt oh so lady like!!! 

My bag has been something I have been eyeing for months. Ever since I saw this on a one of the fashion websites I follow about being the it bag of the season, I just knew I had to have her. When I first heard about it, it was sold out, so no it bag for me. Then one day, I was chatting with my blogger boo Georgette, and we were discussing cute handbags, and the Gaia Ark was brought up. Oh yes, she was back in stock, came in two sizes, and two finishes...say what now...yeah. Ahh, she can be mine now...ok, that is going to be my birthday present to myself, and bought she was. The bag is a statement maker. It's art. I'm always about having the biggest bag to hold everything in existence, but this one has changed my mind. Perhaps you don't have to have everything, just what you need. Pack light and enjoy. Isn't that what Spring is all about? 

I'm curious, what are some items that you are coveting now that it is Spring? Share in the comments!! Muah!