While reading my September issues this week, I saw Kate Spade's Fall ads. I love Kate Spade's ladylike charm, and it was the inspiration for today's post. Kate Spade ads are always pretty and polished with just a hint of posh. Immediately when I thought of what to wear I went with this Pleated Dress from Forever 21. It's lightweight and the hunter green color is great color to wear as we start to transition into fall. Another reason why I like this dress is the tie belt. I am not the biggest belt person, but the tie belt can easily change the dynamic of the dress. You can wear like I did with the belt to help define your waist or go sans belt to wear it loose. You can wear this dress to work, to happy hour, to a late night date night with ease, and then remix it for the weekend. A must have for any lady is a great handbag, and I went with the Tyra Zip Tote from Fashion to Figure. It is roomy (there's plenty of pockets), and it comes with a strap if you want to use it as a shoulder bag. The jade color of the handbag provided a nice contrast against the hunter green. I have been playing around with colors within the same family as a way provide some depth. Usually my go to is a pop of neon with a pastel, but I love how this turned out. When it came down to what to wear on my feet, I grabbed my animal print flats. I love these flats from Louise Et Cie (these were first featured in my NSale post a month ago). You can never go wrong with animal print. It goes with everything and it takes your outfit up a notch. What is your go to when you are feeling ladylike? Sound off in the comments. Muah!!
During my mini break from work, my besties and I went to see one of my favorite singers Miss Jill Scott in Brooklyn. For a night out with my boo's I thought it would be great for me to wear my Windowpane Dress from Fashion to Figure. This dress is perfect for a summer night out in the city. It's sassy, and sexy all rolled into one- from the great pattern to the mesh panels along the bottom. Unfortunately, this dress is sold out online, but you may be able to find it in stores. There is however another windowpane version on sale with a cutout in the back (it's super cute, trust me). I didn't want to steal any attention away from the dress so I went with simple ankle strap pumps from BCBGeneration. I went with my Kate Spade clutch from my last post Spotted, since it literally holds everything without being the slightest bit bulky. The concert was great, Jill did her thing as always and had the whole crowd captivated. She is my #WCW all day everyday. She was flaunting her curves, belting out tunes, and when her feet started to hurt she took off her shoes and kept on going. She is woman after my own heart. Her new album Woman is out and I have rocking out to it all week. Are you planning to see any acts this summer, and if so who? Let me know in the comments. Muah!!
I am one of those women that say I'm going to take some time off, and before I know it months go by. I was this close to repeating such once again, but I made it my mission to take a couple of days off just to lounge around, and just enjoy some me time. To celebrate my day off and the gorgeous convertible driving weather (along the coast with my big shades and scarf tied around my neck blowing in the wind. I enjoy old Hollywood movies, especially one's from the 50's & 60's.), I treated myself to some comfort food and light shopping. For such an easy, breezy day, I went with Eloquii's Wide Leg Pants and Scoop Neck Crop Tee. What I like about these pants is that it is made with a light weight non-stretch fabric that drapes. I have tried other types of wide leg pants with stretch in it, and the leg winds up wrapping around the ankle while you are walking. For me, the lighter fabrication works best. Since the pants easily stay up high on my waist due to the elastic in the back, I decided to rock the crop top to balance the proportions. Besides being a fun and easy print, I love the length on these pants. Normally when wearing wide leg pants, I have to wear heels in order to avoid the pants from seriously dragging, these are perfect with flats. I definitely recommend these pants if you are looking for a great wide leg pant to wear with a cute sandal. My handbag is the newest member to the family that I got on sale from Kate Spade. The Carson bag can be used as a clutch or a crossbody. I should have taken a picture of the inside, but it has a great grid print and tons of pockets. I enjoyed my day off, and coming up next will be what I did on my night off. Muah lovers!!
Last Saturday, I attended the Curvy Con held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. The purpose of the event was to get plus size brands, bloggers, fellow shopaholics and fashionistas all in one room to talk, shop, and celebrate all things plus size. I decided to go with another jumpsuit, this time from Lane Bryant's 6th and Lane Collection. When I tried this jumpsuit on, I felt like I can do no wrong. This jumpsuit is comfortable and sexy, which was needed while walking around checking out all that the Curvy Con had to offer. This jumpsuit to me is an ode to the 70's with its wrapped bodice and wide legs. Unfortunately the jumpsuit is sold out online, but I suggest heading to Lane Bryant. Right now it is their Semi-Annual sale, so you might luck out and catch this bad boy 40% off. With the jumpsuits bold color, I wanted to go with an equally bold clutch to showcase that wearing color on color is never a bad thing. My beautiful cobalt clutch is from Sole Society. I recommend you head to their site, because they have a great assortment of shoes, bags and accessories that are very affordable. My necklace is from Baublebar and its called the Gold Tassel Strand Necklace. I wanted to wear heels, but since I knew I would be walking around, I went with my Circus by Sam Edelman sandals (and my feet were happy that I did).
My first stop was the Modamix booth to check out their Summer Collection. The first thing that caught my eye was their Chambray Jumpsuit. Being a newly minted jumpsuit addict, you know I just had to try it on. I went with a size 18 since there was no stretch. It looked so great on me, I bought it right there on the spot. There is a pic of me trying it on Modamix's gram account.
Also, I got a chance to chat with the Modamix team. I love conversing with women that are passionate about bringing great clothes to all women, and they are pretty awesome to boot. They even let me catch a sneak peak of their Fall & Winter Collection. All I have to say is be prepared for bold patterns, and lots of color. You can find Modamix currently on Macys.com, Dia & Co, and Lord & Taylor in the Fall.
Next up, I stopped by the Eloquii booth to chat it up and see what they had (even though I practically live on their site daily). They were having a $39 pant promo, so I knew this was the perfect time to buy their Printed Wide Leg Pants. Also, while I was there, I snapped some pics of the ladies, and won a necklace from their bubble gum machine! OWWW!! Eloquii is another brand that I love because they are serious about great fashion regardless of size. Added bonus, I got to order all that I wanted and they shipped it to my house free of charge, because I was starting to look like a bag lady with all my goodies.
After chatting it up for a bit and taking pics, I headed to Lysse booth. Now I have heard about their leggings since they are sold at Nordstrom & Lane Bryant online, but this was a great chance to see what the brand had to offer in person. I was checking out their leggings, and found a pair of white moto leggings. Now at first I was nervous about them because white can show all your lumps and bumps. I was with my fellow blogger boo Pepper, and she assured me that these will smooth anything you can throw at them. My thing is if someone "Swears to the testament of these leggings" that is good enough for me. I was able to snag these cuties for $40 and I am soo excited to wear them. I went with a 2x as per the rep's suggestion. When I tried these on when I got home, I did not see any lines, bumps, or anything. These leggings are soo good, I need to get another pair to wear in the fall. Thank you Pepper for the recommendation!!
I did get a chance to check out the new plus size brand Eleven 60, created by the lovely Kierra Sheard. I have seen pics of the line, but it was nice to get a chance to look at the pieces in person. My favorite piece from the collection is the J Trench. Now this coat retails for $400, so it is not in the budget, but that does not take away from how amazing the coat is. The London's Owl dress would make the perfect addition to anyone's fall ensemble. Definitely looking forward to see what else she has planned for Fall.
Hooked Up Shapewear- ingenious! All of their shapewear comes up all the way and hooks to your bra to create a smooth line with no back fat. I was raised on the importance of great shapewear so I definitely gave them a try. I went with the bikini style, but they have boy shorts, biker shorts, as well as slips. Some shapewear can feel very constricting, but this does the job without that binding feeling. A major win-win!
Dia & Co. is a great mail service that provides women with options of clothing to amp up their wardrobe. You fill out a survey, and one of their stylists creates a box of items that would work based on your style. Whatever you want to keep, that's what you will charged for. Nadia & Lydia really want to ensure that all women have access to great looking clothes in the comfort of your own home. At their booth, there were some cute pieces up for sale. For the event that had a giveaway, write about your style or describe yourself, take a selfie with their logo and you are automatically entered to win a box curated by Cece & Chastity.
During my breaks from shopping, I did go and listen in on some of the panel discussions. I enjoyed the Rock Your Confidence panel and How to Be Stylish. The panels gave some great advice and the moderators as well as guests asked questions to foster an open environment for sharing thoughts and experiences. I had to leave early for another event, so I missed out on the Amber Riley panel discussion :( but I am sure it was good. I enjoyed myself, got a temp tattoo, got a chance to meet new people as well as expand my fashion jones by getting to know new brands. All & all the convention was a success.
As I was writing this, I got an email from the Curvy Con stating they will be back next year for not one, but two fun filled days! See you June 17th and the 18th 2016!
Friday night I had the pleasure of attending a lovely rooftop party at the Wythe Hotel hosted by Eloquii in honor of the first annual Curvy Con which is the brainchild of Cece Olisa & Chastity Garner. Eloquii had their own private suite with a bartender creating the signature cocktail of the evening called the #XOQ, a great drink made with tequila and grapefruit juice, great finger food (mini cheeseburgers & grilled cheese), as well as a gorgeous view of the city. Since it was an Eloquii event, it was only right to wear something of theirs. For the evening I went with their Ruffle Sleeve Jumpsuit. When I first saw this jumpsuit I thought there was no way I can pull this off, but when I saw Jeniese from Je Ne Sais Quoi wear it, I was inspired to give it a try. (I got a chance to meet her at the event, and we bonded over jumpsuits- she is my girl crush). Alas, when I went to go buy it my size was sold out - NOOOO! I guess the fashion gods were on my side because I ended up getting an email from Eloquii saying that it was back in stock. I made sure I did not miss out on it this time around round, and double bonus there was a sale! I kept the royal blue going by pairing the jumpsuit with my Vince Camuto Casara sandals. I found these cuties on the sale rack at Macy's and I am glad I did. I was standing in these for about 4 hours and I was good. Any heel that does not want me to take them off and throw them across the room after two hours is a keeper. Definitely give these shoes a try if you are looking for a cute and comfy heel, also the royal blue pairs well with a lot of colors which makes them extremely versatile. Accessories wise I went with my leopard Gap pouch, Miu Miu shades, and my gold bib necklace.
Back to the event- I was super excited because I got to meet my gram friend Dionna from Made Me Pretty in person! I also got to meet Jeniese, Georgette from Grown and Curvy Woman, and Pepper from Pretty Plus Pep . I chatted with Keirra Sheard- she marveled at the fact that my jumpsuit matched my shoes perfectly (swoon) and we chatted about the launch of her new clothing line Eleven 60. I definitely want to thank the Eloquii team for a wonderful event. Mariah, Jodi, and the rest of the team are great and it was great to meet them in person. Of course I spent time with my usual suspects, and afterwards we kept it going with drinks, laughs, and food. Here are some pics I took of the of some of the lovely ladies that attended. It was nice being behind the camera again taking shots of all the gorgeous ladies in attendance. Next up lovers is the first annual Curvy Con. Check back later this week for my recap of the event.