Through CurvEnvy I am able to show my curvy to plus size gals exactly how to dress their shapes and while shopping, what looks to gravitate towards. I showcase how I am able to create a chic outfit on my curvy/plus size body from clothes purchased at retail stores, some primarily targeted for junior to average size women.
After my carb-heavy trip from Europe in March, I returned home a few pounds heavier. Terrible timing on account of it being so close to summer. Throw in my getaway to Cancun two weeks ago, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about getting into a bathing suit, that is until I got into my Mircalesuit pieces!
Wearing size 12
You guys all know, I love a good swimsuit. Besides being flattering to my body shape, I often gravitate towards print. This time around, I decided to try something different and stick to solids. Cue MIRACLESUIT’SRock Solid Madrid One-piece. I never thought a one-piece bathing suit could be so sexy! The cobalt blue shade against my complexion was perfection, if I do say so myself. Being busty, I thought it wouldn’t offer much support, but ladies, IT DOES! I should have known considering MIRACLESUIT is known for their attention to detail from quality spandex with mesh abdominal paneling to coated underwire for pain-free support. For those of you who are more comfortable with having support, this swimsuit comes with adjustable straps.
On day two of our getaway with MIRACLESUIT and SWIMSUSA, I opted for their V-neck halter-style top Wrapsody One-piece swimsuit in red. The best part of this swimsuit are the two adjustable removable straps that you can opt to remove or leave on for additional support. However, I promise you that you’ll be fine without it. To camouflage the abdominal area, there is the faux wrap style with ruching.
Wearing Size 14
As if the swimsuits aren’t enough, MIRACLESUIT also has offers the cutest cover-ups. On my trip, fellow mommy and curvy blogger, Carly of LipglossandCrayons, wore the same vibrant cover-up. How cute are we?!
Needless to say, I believe that EVERYbody is a swimsuit body. But it does help when you’re a complete knock-out in your swimwear. MIRACLE SUIT will certainly be that brand to help you slay on the beach or at the pool this summer. Take it from us mommies below!
Thank you to Miraclesuit and SwimUSA for sponsoring this post.
It’s that time of year again-the kids are either out for the summer or close to it. You are prompted to put in for your vacation time, but where to? Last week, a group of moms and I visited the Seadust Cancun All-Inclusive Family Resort and I’m here to share details on this awesome resort with amenities for both parents and kids.
As I shared on my instagram, last week when a group of moms and I stayed at Seadust Cancun Family Resort with MIRACLESUIT, After checking-in, we were escorted to our rooms and it took my breath away. Spoiler alert: the beachfront facing rooms are all equipped with jacuzzis on the terrace. Um, can we say luxurious! I sat and had breakfast (24hour room service by the way) on my terrace while taking in all the natural beauty.
I’d be the first to say that when I think of Cancun, obnoxious spring breakers come to mind. I was ecstatic to find this resort was in line with my personal preference to family vacation destinations-great food and even better amenities. The Seadust houses 10 restaurants, 5 pools, spa, all while located beach front on one of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve ever across. It has zip lining for the kids, a waterpark and day camps for the little ones.
Let’s talk FOOD!! From my experience, all-inclusive generally translates to decent but not amazing food. The Seadust far exceeded! With so many restaurants in-house, including my favorite, Maguey for Mexican or the Atlantis for brunch or breakfast with an outstanding view, this resort does not disappoint!!
What’s a vacation without some well earned self care?! The Seadust spa is equipped with the most beautiful architecturally stimulating features, water treatments and of course, epic massages. On our last day, we were treated with a full body massage and facial. The perfect end to an amazing trip.
SO, what do you guys think? Awesome, right! I can’t wait to return with the family. If you’re interested in visiting this summer, I’ve got a promo code for. Enter “mom trends” while booking for major discount on your stay. I promise it won’t disappoint!
There’s nothing more chic on both a woman and man, than a nice fitting suit. Whether you’re in the corporate world, finance world, an educator or in higher-education like me, being presentable certainly helps. With that being said, suit up sis!
If you think appearance doesn’t count in the workplace, you are surely mistaken. Your skills and quality of work will always shine, however, your appearance will leave an impression in the workplace. My career consists of working with millennials who often think it’s okay to show up to the office with distressed jeans and cut up tops. While this may be the case in a more casual or creative organization, I’m here to help the soon-to-be college graduates come next month, figure out their personal work style. Dressing well will not only help validate you and boost your self confidence, but it will certain impose a positive reputation amongst your colleagues. Professional appearance, regardless of dress code, are key factors in gaining respect in the workplace.
One of the best way of dressing well, is wearing a suit. Long gone are days of mundane black and brown pieces. Nowaday, there are selections in everything from pattern to solids to brilliant neutrals. Ultimately, the way you look and carry yourself creates an impression on the people you work alongside.
You guys know I am a lover of transitional work-wear that can take you from weekday to weekend and season to season. Picking pieces that hit those marks not only helps make the most of your wardrobe but it eliminates the need to over-clutter your closet. Talbots is a brand that makes shopping to those guidelines simple with their plethora of seasonal must-haves and timeless staples. Not to mention, the Talbots brand incorporates philanthropy efforts in order to make a positive difference in women’s lives.
I am beyond proud that I’ve collaborated with them for their capsule collection with O, Oprah Magazine to benefit Dress for Success Charity, for the fourth year in a row! It’s one thing to look good, but to feel good is unmatched. How awesome is it to know that shopping this collection is mutually beneficial?! Thirty percent of sales will be donated towards benefiting hundreds of thousands of women through the Dress for Success network, which at it’s core, is all about women empowerment. Also, until March 31st, monetary donations are accepted online and in stores nationwide!
In styling their versatile and relaxed pieces, my goal was to show how transitional this collection could be. I opted for their maxi grey dress with cute ruching detailing at the waist. Since we have yet to hit spring like temperatures, I opted to wear a white crisp button down underneath it with knee high boots to the office. However, this dress works casually during the weekends paired with a denim jacket and white sneakers.
As a woman always on the go, it’s important for me to look good and be comfortable. As a career woman, it gets tricky to check off those boxes in the office, particularly during casual Fridays. If you’re like me, you’d like nothing more than to wear loungewear on these days. However, I manage way to look put together but without a suit or dress. The secret is dark denim jeans! Dark denim is my go-to whether in skinny style or trouser. You can’t go wrong. Pair it with a nice blazer, like my double-breasted navy piece from Talbots, and pumps or nice flats. Additionally, you can accessorize with a bright bag or accessories.
“Go where you are celebrated. Not where you are tolerated.”
Since the very first time I heard this quote, it resonated with me. Professionally, I was where I needed to be, but environment wise, I was convinced that I stuck in the sunken place. My work place was toxic. My coworkers were awesome but between the bureaucracy and lack of strong management, the place was toxic!
Thankfully, we no longer live in a world where you are expected to stay at the same job until retirement. In fact, studies show that it is in the best interest of both the employer and employee to have change. With change comes new ideas, rejuvenation and budding enthusiasm. For some, this is easier said than done. So, today, I’m here to help you make that leap by pointing out a bullet list of points that if they hit home, may be the sign you need, to quit your current job.
Sign 1– You literally dread going in every morning. Although I personally love what I do, there are mornings where I’d rather stay home in my pjs. This isn’t the quitting sign I’m referring to. You need to quit if you feel total despair at the very thought of being in that environment.
Sign 2– Boredom. Work isn’t always going to be fun but if you find yourself unmotivated to do the basic of tasks, that’s a sign it’s time to move onward and upwards guys!
Sign 3-Toxic Relationships. You certainly aren’t obligated to be besties with your co-workers but if you find yourself being exposed to toxic situations (being involved in cliques, gossiping, etc), it’s time to move on.
Sign 4– Procrastination. This is something many of us suffer from on occasion. However, if you can’t find any tasks that can engage you, perhaps that position isn’t for you.
Sign 5– No Room For Advancement. It’s great to have a job but if there is no opportunity for growth, you are dong yourself a disservice. Think about it, you commit long hours, late nights, and weekends to a company that either can’t or won’t acknowledge your progress. They’re not worthy of your skills or work ethic.
So whether you’re preparing to move on, internally or external, you should certainly look the part. I’m a big advocate for dress how you want to be addressed! Above are some suit and coordinating pieces I recommend including this foil suit I’m wearing.
It’s officially 2019 and I thought I’d start it off with my rendition of a power suit. If you’re trying to make a statement, trying to be taken more seriously, or creating a work persona, a great suit is a visually appealing way to go about accomplishing that goal. I also believe in the power of color. Taking some pointers from this post about finding your personal work style, I do need to stress that dress code plays the most important role in curating your own rolodex of suits. Once that is established, go for bold and wear color to work!
I’d be lying if I said I wore suits everyday, I certainly don’t nor does my work culture require me to. However, I do wear them during days when I have committee meetings, school events and the like. I find the best part about wearing a suit is the immediate confidence I feel. If you’re like me and experience the same self-esteem boost, how about really going outside the box and going with a bold color suit? With dress code in mind, this particular suit is not only in the prettiest vibrant purple shade, it’s also quite pocket friendly. Would you believe me if I told you that this entire look minus accessories and shoes totaled less than $100? A great fitting suit doesn’t necessarily have to cost a small fortune. There are brands out there like JcPenney that offer affordable work wear lines, like Worthington, a personal fave.
Special thanks to Maurices for sponsoring this post.
The holidays are amongst us and you know what that means! We are in the beginning of the most stressful yet rewarding time of the year. The stress of finding the perfect holiday looks (first world problems) to perfect Christmas gifts. With the added pressure of making wise and budget conscious decisions, shouldn’t come the dreaded question of, what am I gonna wear? I’ve partnered with affordable brand, maurices sharing with you 3 maximum impact with close to minimal effort outfit ideas for your various festivities.
HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY
One of the most asked questions I receive from readers is, how to dress appropriate for the office party? In my opinion, there are three kinds of office Holiday Parties: the mid-day shin-dig which usually calls for business casual no frills ensembles; the after 5pm party which calls for a little bit more dressy up but nothing too outlandish as chances are, you had to wear this all outfit all day anyhow, and lastly; the annual most anticipated holiday party which usually is at a nice venue and calls for sequin, velvet, lace, oh my!
This look below falls perfect into the first two holiday parties. It’s a knit dress just as cozy as it is cute. I love the bit of cold shoulder it gives off and the dainty lace detailing. I paired it with some suede knee boots but it would look equally cute with some sexy stilettos.
Tip: During the day, wear a cardigan over it for a more conservative take.
CASUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
So your friend is having a little get-together. Whether it’s BYOB or Pot Luck style, you want to look cute and be comfortable. You’re ultimately there to eat, drink and be merry but you want to at least look like you put some effort into it. In this case, I recommend two things: oversize and stretchy band. This look below from mauricesnot only fit the bill, but stylishly at that. I love the faux suede pull-up slacks and the grey sweater with the lace-up detailing in the back. So cute and plush. To put an evening spin on it, I simply paired it with suede pumps- done and done!
Okay, so shopping isn’t really a holiday event per-se but I do think that it warrants comfortable and cute looks. That was the idea when I spotted and picked up this super cozy joggers and hoodie coordinating set from maurices. It’s not your typical loungewear due to the strip of shimmer running along the sides of both pieces. The best part about it is, I can wear it with pumps as I did below but it looks just as stylish with sneakers or boots. How many outfits do you know can instantly change according to the event by simply changing out your shoes?
I had such a blast styling these mauricespieces. I love the versatility of the faux suede pants and lounge-wear and the subtle sexy LBD (little black dress). Whichever kind of party or event you’re attending this season, you’re sure to be a hit in your mauricespieces. Before I go, it is the season of giving so I’d like to gift one of you a $100 maurices e-gift card so you can pick up some pieces perfect for your upcoming events. Details over on my instagram here.
Just stopping by with yet another snake print look for you guys. I hope you’re not tired of this print yet because, I’ve kinda sorta stocked up on some pieces that I so look forward to styling this winter season beginning with this snake print two piece- blouse and slacks set from Eloquii. Eloquii is certainly one of my go-to retailers for more often than none, work pieces and some casual wear. They really are a one shop and stop website, with a set of three stores in the U.S. which launched in the last under 2 years. Hopefully, their NYC pop-up shop (which is currently open until the end of the month) comes to fruition and becomes all too real and permanent. In the mean-time I’ll simple continue to peruse their site multiple times per week, just saying.
Obsessed with snakeskin as much as I am? Look below at some of my fave reptile pieces to date!
You guys know my opinions on fast fashion aka trends. They’re fun to wear but seldom worth investing in. Many of you have noticed my recent infatuation with snakeskin. I have always been a fan of animal print, leopard to be exact, and made it a wardrobe staple. This season, I’ve gravitated towards snakeskin. Unless you’ve been hiding under a bush, snakeskin is HUGE! Although leopard spot print emerged strong early fall, gearing closer to winter, snakeskin has made it’s mark and I am certainly here for it.
I find the hardest thing to do is incorporate a bold print into your work wardrobe, however you can with subtle pieces. Take this look. I’m wearing a simple black dress and added a bold snakeskin corset belt. Another way to add snake print to your work wardrobe is through blazers, accessories and shoes. It’s all about making calculated statement, without being overwelming. Start with basic pieces in neutrals then add snakeskin. Below are some of my favorite snakeskin pieces that will werk in the work place
Remember, trends are just trends. You have to make it your own.
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been posting more workwear looks lately. The change comes as a result of a recent career upgrade. One thing that I’ve noticed is the amount of DMs and emails Ive received asking about how I ended up finding my work style. So here’s a post all about how to find your individual badass career woman work style.
Curating a personal work style begins with understanding the workplace dress code. If your dress code is conservative, chances are you wouldn’t be able to go bare-leg or get away with bright colors or patterns. Don’t worry, you can still bring your personal style and trend into the office. Take my look above for example- plaid is certainly trending this season but to fit the conservative code, add stockings and a blazer or cardigan. Why? It is very easy for a full figure body to exude sex appeal due to our curves so to tone that down, conceal it by layering. I know, it’s totally unfair but ample bust, hips and rear-end is noticeable in practically everything we wear.
If you have more of a business casual code or more startup vibe, there is certainly more room to play. However, don’t fall into the trap of seeing how far you can push the envelope. Regardless on how casual the work environment is, what you wear speaks volumes. It speaks without you uttering a word, so don’t compromise it. Your work style says a lot about you. So make sure it says exactly what you want your co-workers to think. Take pride in what you wear, wear your size,
Lastly, select classic pieces that will last longer. I know it’s a little bit of a budget buster, but the cost per wear far surpasses the initial price. Fabrics like cashmere, silk and wool are closet staples and are always on trend due to their classic aesthetic. There’s a reason why they call on-trend pieces as fast fashion.