Month: March 2013

How I Rock Emerald Green!

For the last four weeks, I have been participating in a Spring Fashion Challenge, started by Nel over at Girls of Plenty. Along with Georgette of Grown & Curvy Woman, Deb of Real Girl Runway, Vivi of Heart, Print & Style, and Society of Curves, I have been giving my take on how to rock leather, florals, and black & white. This week's challenge focused on the Color of the Year - Emerald Green. Now, I was somewhat befuddled about how I could approach this post as I'd already posted my ideas about how to rock this trend here. So, what was a girl to do? Well, I just had to rock a little emerald green myself....

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This is me in the Catherine Asymmetrical Dress in Emerald from IGIGI.** Being that I purchased it almost 2 years ago, you can see that IGIGI was clearly ahead of this trend! Unfortunately, this dress is no longer available, but they have tons of other gorgeous dresses (in a variety of colors) on their website . . . and it turns out they're also raffling off a year of FREE dresses! (Sorry to get all excited. But for real, I lurve IGIGI...totally my favorite shop!) Well, there you have it. A little glimpse of me in emerald green. What do you think? Will YOU be rocking emerald green this spring?

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**This shop is an affiliate of Curvy CEO.

Sponsored Post: ASOS Goes to Work!

One of my favorite plus-size brands is ASOS Curve, a division of ASOS. While this brand is primarily known for its trendy offerings, it has some great work-friendly pieces that can help add some “pop” to your corporate wardrobe. Let’s start with the basics: ASOS Curve BASICS Top row left to right: cropped tailored blazer, waterfall cardigan, tailored pants Bottom row left to right: midi skirt in jersey, midi dress with pleated skirt, waterfall blazer If you want to take your office style a notch further, check out these eye-catching, amazing dresses: ASOS Curve DRESSES First you have the bodycon colour block dress. This is a real va-va-va-voom number. So much so that you may want to pair it with a long blazer during the day and then rock your curves at a post-work happy hour or dinner date. Next, we have the mini-lace applique dress, which instantly made me think of Michelle Obama. Then, keeping with the black-and-white trend, we have the graphic print dress. (Incidentally, you can also find this in emerald green as well.) And don’t forget the accessories!! accessories Left to right: metallic collar necklace, pearl collar necklace, neon skinny belt So, what do you think? Have you tried ASOS Curve? If you haven’t will you? Dish in the comments section! **This post was sponsored by ASOS USA.

Monday Morning Memo – If You’re Going to Make a Mistake, Do It With Gusto

monday morning memo "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." I first came across this quote while reading a book whose title is derived from the final line: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Dr. Brene Brown. Recently, she was the featured guest on Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday. Now, lest you think I'm simply jumping on the Oprah Approval Bandwagon (because, well, I *have* been known to do that), I've actually been a big fan of Dr. Brown's work for years. Besides Daring Greatly, I've read her other two books (I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" and The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are), and frequent her blog. I just finished Daring Greatly and unlike last week, as soon as I read the above quote (which is featured at the beginning and the end of the book), I knew it had to be this week's Monday Morning Memo. I've learned so much from Dr. Brown - in fact, it feels weird calling her that since, through her work I feel like I'm on a first name basis with her. I plan to do a post soon highlighting some of my greatest takeaways from her work. But, I must confess that I'm actually still sorting things out in my head myself. So, in the meantime, I will just leave you with today's great quote from our former President. Whether on the job, in the gym, or in our homes, let us "dare greatly" - not to "achieve" something, but to live fully and richly.

Trend Alert – Leather (Spring 2013)

As you know by now, Nel over at Girls of Plenty has challenged me and a bunch of other plus-size bloggers (Georgette of Grown & Curvy Woman, Deb of Real Girl Runway, Vivi of Heart, Print & Style, and Society of Curves) to take on one Spring 2013 trend each week for the month of March. This week, the focus is leather. *pause* I've never thought about wearing leather in warm weather months. In fact, one of my most awkward fashion memories is when I tried to break out my fall leather jacket in high school and started sweating as the sunlight reflected off my sleeves. But this is one of the elements of the challenge, so here goes nothin'! leather for spring 2013 Clockwise from top right: IGIGI Monaco Clutch, ASOS Leather Pencil Skirt, eloquii Leather and Lace Sheath Dress, ASOS Skater Skirt in Leather, ASOS Leather Biker Jacket So yeah. I don't know about this one. Can one comfortably rock leather in the warmer months? Convince me!!

Reader Request: “How Can You Prevent Your Clothes from Chafing?”

READER REQUEST ICONYesterday, a reader sent me this question: "Hi, I stumbled upon your blog while trying to find a solution to a problem that's been bothering me the past few months. I've gained some weight recently, and one of the main places it tends to sit on me is my thighs. So, lately, the inner thighs of my jeans have been rubbing together so much that they become threadbare and start developing holes. A pair I got in January almost has holes in it already. I'd really prefer to not have to buy new sets of pants every few months, so I was wondering if you had any ways to prevent this? I read through the post you had on chafing, but that looks like it only deals with chafing of the skin. I'm not sure something like Spanx would be worth the investment, with the mixed reviews about their effectiveness and quality, considering the price and my college student lack of income. Please help!" While this is something I have dealt with in the past, I don't have a readily available solution. My initial thought is that perhaps the solution is to purchase higher quality material . . . or at least material that has a little more "weight" to it. I find that when I wear thinner fabrics, they wear away more quickly, especially in my more, ahem, robust areas (like the inner thigh). But that is just my guess. Even if I'm right, this doesn't necessarily help the reader as she is without much of an income because she's in school. Although I guess it's better to buy one or two really good (albeit more expensive) pairs of jeans that will last instead of several that will wither away before the semester is over! What are your thoughts on this question? Please share in the comments section!

Just Cinch It – Your Guide to Finding Plus-Size Belts

dnews Recently, a friend of mine asked if I thought that we, as plus-sized women, could wear belts. *record scratch* Can we wear belts??!? Honey, I loooove a great belt! So often, plus-size clothes are designed to make us look like tents. Belts are typically the saving grace for many a billowy top or flowy dress. Wide belts are particularly great for hourglass shapes, whereas inverted triangles should veer more towards the skinny belt. Whether you go for a wide, medium, or skinny belt, your best placement will be right under your bust, which is the smallest part of your body. This will help to give more definition to your shape and even shave off a few pounds. Some of my favorite places to buy belts are Ashley Stewart, IGIGI** (I especially love their obi belt!), Lane Bryant**, and Torrid. From time to time, you can also find great options on eBay,**, and (I especially like these custom made belts offered by Dereka Gayle). Shoot, I've even had luck at Nordstrom - I found an XL belt made of stretchy material in their accessories department that I absolutely love! Alright, fashionistas, what places have I missed - where do YOU like to find plus-size belts? **This shop is an affiliate of Curvy CEO.

The Most Un-Inspired Monday Morning Memo Ever

monday morning memo "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Sorry y'all. I'm just coming off of several weeks of working around the clock and I'm virtually brain dead. Hence you have the most uninspired Monday Morning Memo. Ever. Not to worry. I actually have some good posts coming up. But I just don't have a decent quote for today. Have a great week all!

Trend Alert – Florals! (Spring 2013)

So, Nel over at Girls of Plenty has challenged me and a bunch of other plus-size bloggers (Georgette of Grown & Curvy Woman, Deb of Real Girl Runway, Vivi of Heart, Print & Style, and Society of Curves) to take on one Spring 2013 trend each week for the month of March. This week? Florals! Yes, I know what you're thinking . . .

Honestly, I'm not really much of a fan of this particular trend . . . partly because I feel like florals are OVER-used in plus-size attire. Somehow, designers seem to think that if you're over a size 12, you love to look like somebody's Grandma with bright colored poppies all over every piece of apparel. Not cute. So, in piecing together looks for this challenge, I tried to focus on floral pieces that you could rock without fear of looking like a long lost member of The Golden Girls. Check it out!
Trend Alert - Florals (Spring 2013)
So, what do you think? Will you be wearing florals this Spring? Why or why not?

Monday Morning Memo – Fashion is All Around You

monday morning memomonday morning memo"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." - Coco Chanel Spring is slowly making its way onto the scene . . . here's to finding inspiration in the changing season and the longer days ahead! Have a great week ladies!