Getting Skinny With It

Now you know I'm a denim addict, so I had to try #TheNewSkinny from Lane Bryant. While I'm all about their boyfriend jeans, I wanted to give their new jean a try. Finding a good pair of skinny jeans at times can be hard. Some of my struggles with skinny jeans is either the jean looks more like a straight leg jean, it's too long or it stretches out. 

The New Skinny comes in several washes, and different hems. I am wearing the step hem in medium wash. I am wearing a size 16, and the jeans fit like a dream. The stretch in these are definitely different than the jeans they carried before, and the recovery is on point. I wore these all day, and with me sitting and then standing, I didn't feel that droop. If you are not familiar to what I am talking about, it's when you are sitting or moving for a while and then jeans stretch out. I love that they come up a little higher on me so that I was able to tie my shirt. I love the seam down the leg and the step hem. 

Since I am wearing a twist on the classic skinny jean, I figured I should wear a twist on the classic button up. I love the flounce sleeves on this striped top. Lane Bryant button up's have been a go to of mines for the past year or so all because of one little thing - extra buttons. When you are busty, wearing button ups can cause tug of war. Even when I sized up, I ended up somehow looking like the incredible hulk or the button would pop open. Their new button up's have a smaller hidden button in between to prevent such. Sometimes the smallest things make the most impact. 

I have been all about the slide life this summer. I have been wearing slides and mules and will continue until there is snow on the ground. I first saw these at Lane Bryant's fall preview, and I had them on must have list. The heel height is perfect for all day wear and you can't go wrong with a shoe in navy. 

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Have you tried #thenewskinny yet? If not, well you are in luck, they are giving $15 off your purchase of a pair. With $15 off and their monthly coupon you can get a new wardrobe that you can wear now and well into fall. Well lovers, I'm off to enjoy the last days of summer. Muah!

Fly Nerd

Being a nerd was always something looked at as uncool. If you were a nerd, ie love to read books, did well in school, or enjoyed anything remotely intellectual it was automatically deemed that you had no style. Nerds could not in any way be fashionable. Prime example: Steve Urkel. Even though Jaleel White was a good looking guy, those tight pants and suspenders were a no no. When he transformed into Stefan Urkelle, many swooned. He was cool. It was like if you were cool you couldn't be smart, and if you are smart you couldn't be cool. Why? 

I always loved clothes. So can a nerd love clothes? Being an intellectual absolves you from caring about fashion and style, but I loved it so. It was over time that I realized that people are not one dimensional. We have layers, and in turn makes you unique. So yes, I did get an A in advanced calculus and I read InStyle to catch up on the latest trends. You can be a Fly Nerd, and the shirt reflects such.

While at Curlfest I came across the brand Fly Nerd. I went with the Fly Nerd Tank, and it's the best. Everyone that saw this definitely said that it fit me to a tee (pun intended). I am wearing a XL, and it has room. The brand goes up to a 2XL, which I feel can accommodate someone that is 22-24. The women that were assisting me were my size or bigger and they wore the 2X without a problem. If you don't want to rock a tank, it also comes in a tee

Nine West Gemily

I paired the tee with this fun printed skirt from Eloquii. I love a good flare skirt and the bold print really spoke to me. I also love the fact that it is shorter. Don't get me wrong, I love a good Eloquii midi, but it's cool to have something on the shorter side. Show off the gams from time to time. I finished off the look with my Gemily mules from Nine West. So lovers, did this Fly Nerd pull it off? Sound off in the comments. 

Serving Looks

The TCF Style Expo was last week, and I must say it was awesome. It was my first year attending- last year I had serious FOMO so I made sure I was better at all my trip planning for this year. I must say, Marie Denee knows how to throw an expo. With two days full of events I knew I had to make sure I was bringing it, but at the same time keeping it cool and cute. There is nothing worse than being in the South in the summer sweltering in your clothes. So here it is lovers, my looks for Day 1 of the Expo.

DAYTIME

I wanted to wear something different so I wore this great maxi dress from indie brand Obioma. This Maryland based company mixes African Print with modern designs. Their prints are amazing. I first met the brand at Full Figured Fashion Week, and I fell in love with this dress right here.

This strapless maxi was the perfect dress to wear to the expo. The print is a standout, and you can never go wrong with a maxi dress. I am wearing a 2x in the dress which allowed for me to move around freely. If you are not one to go sans sleeves, no worries- the print comes in a cool skirt or jacket. If you love the strapless maxi style, this also comes in two other fun prints. Your girl was super lucky because Obioma was at the expo, so I was able to get another fun dress to wear! 

Charming Charlie Earrings

I kept my accessories simple with my trusty watch and these great earrings from Charming Charlie. These unfortunately are sold out online, but check your local store. I found these when I was walking around the store and fell in love. Even though these are not available, these shorter version ones look amazing as well. Since I was doing a lot of walking, wearing heels was not an option. I wore the Greta slide from Ann Taylor in Azul. If you are looking for a slide, definitely check this one out. I bought these for $35! They are soo comfy, I am seriously thinking about getting another color. 

NIGHTTIME

For the mixer, I wanted to go for a sultry nighttime look. One night browsing good ole Asos, I stumbled across this great dress. The ruffle detail had me swooning, but the price had me adding it to cart immediately. The Truly You Ruffle Dress was on sale for $41!!! Yes, you heard me, a great dress for a night out for a great price. One of my boo's called me a sexy senorita...lol. I went with a size 18, and it was a perfect fit. I must say cobalt blue looks great on me. The bold color against the melanin is a win win. I paired the look with this great Mermaid Clutch from Courtney Noelle, and my favorite Vince Camuto sandals. 

I was excited to attend the expo, but I was not prepared for the awesomeness of Day 1. It was great meeting new bloggers, catching up with the boo's, and just learning from all the great speakers during the panels. Stay tuned because my recap of the expo is coming soon. In the meantime tell me what do you think of my looks!

Prints Are Us

While I was in Atlanta enjoying all that the TCF Style Expo had to offer, I had a bit of time to do a quick shoot with my booski ShaKera of The Real Sample Size. One of the main takeaways from the weekend besides the great energy of all the attendees, but the messages spread especially in the panel discussions. One of the major discussions of the weekend was about personal style. 

ShaKera and I love a good print, and Eloquii, so our looks totally reflect us. I have been all about showing off a little arm, so when I saw this one sleeved dress, I was totally intrigued. Yes, I will show off my arms, but trying a one sleeved dress was new to me and I loved it. I was scared that it would not work for my  It's made of a lightweight scuba so no wrinkles, but also it has a bit of stretch. I am wearing the dress in a 18 because I wanted it to hug the curves, and not be too binding. The split gives a little leg, which is always hella sexy. I wanted to make the colors pop, so I wore my cobalt sandals. I ended out my look with these super cool shades. I have been seriously digging the shades from Eloquii and these clear ones gives off a cool girl vibe with its reflective lenses. 

ShaKera opted to step out of her zone, and wear a pencil skirt. Since she loves to mix things up, she paired the skirt with an asymmetrical one shoulder striped ruffle top. I love how the stripes play well with the skirt and it brings out the color to make the skirt pop. She also added more color with a bright yellow pump and earrings. 

As a whole, we all have to find your way to your individual style. I know for myself, I always wanted to wear as much color as possible, but most options in my size came in black. When you live in NYC, wearing black becomes your uniform and it is quite chic, but my soul and closet craved something different. I wanted prints and color, and to live my life out loud. So anytime I saw color, I went for it. I took any opportunity to wear as much prints and color because it just put me in a better mood. When I wear fun prints, my mood changes. There is an extra pep in my step enjoying all eyes on me. I know for some the willingness to wear a bold print is scary or showing your arms is just not there and that is ok. I just went for it, but hey you can start off small with a printed scarf or a shoe, and work you way up. If you are hesistent about showing off your arms, start with a cold shoulder top, or off the shoulder. At the end of the day, wear what makes you walk around town with an extra pep in your step. 

Wake Me Up Before You Kimono

When you love wearing color as much as I do, passing up a great colorful piece is hard to do. This kimono was that hard to pass up piece. 

I have talked about Melissa McCarthy on the blog several times. She has great denim, dresses, and the kimono's are a fan favorite as well. The Geo Print Kimono stole my heart immediately. It is definitely a versatile piece you can wear all year round. It is lightweight for the summer, but great for layering in the cooler months. I loved the colors, they are bold yet wearable. Her kimono's are oversized, so I am wearing a 1X, and as you can see, it's roomy, but not overwhelming. 

I wanted the kimono to be the star of the show, so I wore all white so that the colors in the kimono can really pop. I wore a simple white tank from the Gap, and my favorite white jeans from Melissa McCarthy. These are from last year, but I linked their newest pair here. For accessories I went with my block heel sandals from Nine West, and the ever so chic bag from Mango. When it comes to accessories, Violeta by Mango really has some gems that are seasonless. Their shoes are one, and their bags are another. A great tote is always needed and this one with it woven leather details is my new favorite. It holds a good deal and it goes with everything. If you are looking for a new handbag, definitely check this one out. Are you all about color, or do stick to neutrals? Have you tried a kimono- I am definitely falling in love with them, and feel like I need another. Let me know in the comments if you are all about a good kimono.