I’ve never met a polka dot that I did not like. How can I resist such a classic, feminine print that has stood the test of time? Polka dots are just one of those things that will never go out of style. Fashion is constantly changing and popular trends are different with every passing season. However, this print remains and adapts to whatever is current. I think that is partly due to how simplistic and versatile it is. I’ve worn polka everything just about, from jackets to tops, pants and of course skirts. Each of them were unique in their style and vibe but pieces that I can keep for a lifetime.
So, I think at this point I can name myself the queen of pencil skirts. I really don’t know how many that I own or have worn but let’s just say its a lot. I just love how they hug my curves in all of the right places. I know that some women feel self-conscious about wearing tops tucked in to form fitting skirts but there are many other ways to wear them without having to do so. My preference is this way since I feel as though it accentuates my waist the best (even with my tum tum sticking out but…who cares!). However, a great way to conceal is by wearing a peplum top or a loose fitting blouse and belting it so that you can still get the same effect. Finally, none of my outfits are complete without a little pop of something. In this case, it’s a pop of color. Pink, yellow, blue, you name it, all pair well with black and white polka dots. I was so tempted to wear yellow instead since it’s one of my favorite colors to wear. But I said to myself that I would mix it up and went with this hot pink instead. Bright colors, classic prints, curvy style…what more can a girl ask for?
Today is Mother’s Day and I, like many of you, are blessed to be able to celebrate and give honor to our mothers. There is absolutely nothing like a mother’s love. It is the definition of unconditional and the personification of selflessness. She can easily take the place of others, yet no one can ever take her place. She is a comforter, a therapist, a reliable friend, a voice of reason, a shopping buddy, and so much more.
My mother’s name is Iris and I think that it’s so fitting to describe the type of person that she is. Irises are famous for their beautiful blooms and their fragrance. Their vibrant color and iconic structure just stand out among the others. Irises are known to symbolize faith, wisdom, peace of mind, friendship and hope. Each of the colors that they bloom in represent one of those characteristics. I couldn’t think of a better set of words to describe my mom. Her unwavering faith is evident in the way she trusts God to guide her life and fulfill her purpose. She is more wise than she knows. She exemplifies that having peace of mind doesn’t mean you have to have all of the answers. Her friendship is one that always lifts you up, supports and empowers you. And you can always count on her for a hopeful and encouraging word.
My mom is special…like really special. She is not the flower that comes a dime a dozen, but the one that you come encounter with on rare occasions. The one that you can’t help but admire her strength and beauty. She is the flower that shows you that rain will only help you bloom.
Today, I’m partnering with a brand that is a new one for me but not at all new to the plus size space. That brand is called Woman Within. I’ve heard of Woman Within through passing but just have never tried them out for myself. Upon going to their website, I was honestly very excited about several things. The first was a campaign called Every. Body. Is. Beautiful. Upon reading into it, I discovered that Woman Within has been making sizes 12-44 for over 50 years!! I don’t think you know how major that is for a brand to make clothes above a size 24 (which is where many plus brands stop) and to have been doing so for decades. That means that they are very invested in plus size women of all shapes and sizes. That alone is reason enough to support them.
So now, on to the clothing. Woman Within tends to lean towards the more comfortable, casual type of aesthetic. There are a lot of flowy dresses, tunics and tanks, and a wide variety of bottoms to choose from. Because there is a such a wide range of sizing, the styles tend to be loosely fitting, which is great for every day. They also have so many prints and bright colors that are right up my alley.
I went with this bright daffodil button down tunic because…I just can’t resist yellow lately. I have been loving button down tops lately because they are really versatile. I can wear it the classic way but I can also add a little flair by tying it up as I have done. The top fit me a bit oversized so I had enough room to be able to tie and not feel like I was wearing a crop top.
I paired it with these smooth Waist Skinny Jeans that almost fit like leggings since they are pull on. They don’t have a ton of tummy control but are those jeans that you reach for when you just want maximum comfort. Lastly, Woman Within has shoes! These studded gladiator-like sandals were the perfect accessory to finish off this look. Plus, they carry wide widths and extra wide widths. Woman Within has you covered!
If you didn’t already know, yellow is one of my favorite colors to wear. I just love how vibrant it is against my melanin skin so I try to wear it as often as I can. Plus, the warmer weather is just begging for bold hues so it just fits right in with the season. Now, I have worn yellow with probably every combination under the sun but one of my favorites is to wear it with black. It’s something about the stark contrast between the two shades that really make the outfit pop. And you know me, it’s all about statement looks.
Because the outfit consists of mostly two shades, I figured that I’d add another element with my accessory. That’s the great thing about accessories is that they can not only enhance your outfit, but also add in some extra elements that your look may be missing. So the clutch that I chose is a black and white color block design. Black, white and yellow go seamlessly together so it fit right in. With my white toe nail polish against my black lace up heels, I carried that theme to even the smallest of details.
Be sure to check out the outfit details below and be prepared to shine bright in your day-to-day life!
Since we are in full swing of Spring, I had to wear one of my favorite items for this time of year. And that is, the midi skirt. I feel like nothing says Springtime like a full, billowy skirt to prance around in. If you didn’t get the memo that midi skirts were perfect for Spring, then the bold floral print will certainly tell you that. It’s a match made in heaven.
One of the things that I love most about midi skirts is that they look great on everyone. I know that there are a lot of different body types that follow my blog so I try to choose styles that I hope are universal. This is certainly one of them. They are easy to wear and for those that like to conceal the tummy, this is perfect for you. I used to be afraid of full bottoms because I have a large chest. I thought that it would just make me look wider. However, once I started to try these styles, I realized that wasn’t the case at all. It only enhanced my shape.
So I decided to pair mine with a crop top which I know is scary for some of you. BUT if ever there was a time to wear a crop top, it would be like this. With this type of style, you get the crop top style but you don’t have to worry about showing a lot of skin. For me personally, I love crop tops but I wear them in strategic ways so that I feel most comfortable. This is one of those ways.
Be sure to check out the outfit details on this look below. Unfortunately the skirt sold out in larger sizes before I had a chance to post. I’m wearing a size 18 for reference. But I have included some other midi skirts so that you can rock them as well.
I have so many fond memories of Easter Sunday growing up. As some of you may know, I have a sister that is very close to me in age. We are only a year a part and we always get mistaken for twins. My mom even treated us as though we were twins by always putting us in matching outfits when we were little. This was especially true when it came to Easter. The frilly dresses, hair pressed and styled the same, and of course you can’t forget the matching socks. It was a pretty big ordeal then and even as an adult, I take those same feelings with me. I try to put on my Sunday’s best to commemorate such a special occasion.
Resurrection Sunday has taken on a deeper meaning than it once did. As a believer and someone that strives to grow spiritually, I’ve really started to grasp the significance of not only this day, but also the days leading up to it. I find myself becoming more and more grateful for the incredible sacrifice that just shows God’s love for us. I also see this day as an important reminder. It is to remind me that we can do all things with God in us and that no matter what we face in this life, we will overcome.
So, on this Easter Sunday, I am just thankful for God in my life. I am thankful that despite me, He continues to bless me. Every good thing that you see in me, is because of Him. And even though my blog is centered around fashion, my hope is that what I display online is a reflection of God’s love and light.
So with that being said, I hope that you all have a happy and blessed Easter Sunday!
If you were to ask me what one of my favorites looks to wear is, it would be this. There’s something about the combination of a colorful kimono, a simple tank, great fitting skinny jeans and a trendy fedora that I just love. It’s a fairly simple outfit that anyone can put together, but it always comes off as a super stylized and chic ensemble. Plus, it’s one of those looks that you can just throw on and go at a moment’s notice. Whether you are going to brunch with friends, a casual lunch date or a cute dinner, this look can take you from day to night.
Fedoras, in my opinion, are absolute life savers. Not only are they a great accessory, but they also save you on those bad hair days or when you simply just don’t have time. This tan fedora with the black rim is a staple in my closet. It goes with just about everything and can be worn in every season. I highly recommend purchasing one to start incorporating into your looks.
At this point, I can’t even count the number of kimonos and dusters that I have. All I know is that I keep buying them. I live for a colorful kimono that just blows in the wind and is so effortless to style. This particular one is only $30 so it was an absolute no-brainer for me. Pairing it with a tan tank top that I already owned really brought out the colors and complimented the hat.
I have been a fan of Rachel Roy since as long as I can remember. Well before she came out with a plus size line, I would rock any designs that I could fit over my frame. I have always appreciated how some styles were designed with stretchier fabrics that complimented my curves. They were chic, sophisticated and unlike anything that I had seen.
Since then, Rachel Roy has thankfully expanded into plus size! And while there are many amazing pieces that are from the same aesthetic and quality as her original line, I still dabble a bit in straight sizes every now and then. That is the case with this look. I was at Macy’s and I couldn’t help but notice this bright, electric blue on the clothing rack. It stood out from all of the other items around it due to the saturation of the color. I scanned through the rack to see if they had my size and indeed, they did!
I loved it as soon as I put it on. Although simple in nature, it had a lot of details that I appreciated. From the front, it can almost be mistaken as a dress. But in fact, it is a two-piece. Each item can be styled separately but work seamlessly together. Then, in the back, there is this sleek, criss-cross feature. It’s an unexpected surprise that gives the set even more intrigue. I paired it with some INC heels that I had just bought. They paired so well and had a hint of orange that was much needed to offset all of the blue. I played off of that with an orange bag from Target & the look was complete!
Confession: I used to avoid white denim completely! I was always so fearful that it would be unflattering on my body. This is partly due to the fact that it was a common “rule” that white denim on plus size women was not the best idea. As I started to explore my style more, I decided to challenge this notion and wear it anyway. And guess what? I loved it! I had been avoiding an entire garment that turned out to only enhance my style. The key that I found though, is to invest in a great, quality pair so that you feel supported and comfortable.
Ever since the launch of LOFT’s plus size line, I have become such a fan of their denim. As you can see in this post, I named them as one of my favorite brands. They offer such a great blend of stretch and structure. So, it goes without saying that their white denim follows suit. They are perfect for Spring and can bring a bright, fresh element to your look.
Since Spring is in full swing, florals are the prominent print of the season. One of my favorite garments during this time of year is the kimono. It’s one of those items that pairs easily with a myriad of different things and requires little to no effort to style. This flower branch kimono from LOFT was perfect to pair with their white denim. The dark color against the green and yellow print provides a subtle pop of color. It’s also a great contrast to the white palette underneath.
If you have not yet shopped the plus size line at LOFT, you are definitely missing out. They have such a wide range of styles from casual to wear-to-work and even swimwear. With inclusive sizing from a 16 to a 26, it is evident that they are dedicated to providing quality to their plus size consumers. Be sure to check out the outfit details below so that you, too, can be on-trend for Spring!
I am, quite honestly, obsessed with bright colors. I love walking into a room, wearing something vibrant and totally just lighting up the space. Especially during this time of year, I crave all things colorful after the absence of it all Winter long. So, it goes without saying that this skirt from Eloquii spoke to my soul. When I stumbled on it while doing some online browsing, I stopped in my tracks. The print was really unique, bold and very intriguing. I only hoped that it was as striking in person as it seemed to be online. To my pleasant surprise, it was even more saturated in person. The mixture of the oceanic, aqua blue against the tropical coral just made me fall in love instantly! It was definitely a keeper.
Once you get past admiring the print, you will notice some other pretty fantastic things about this skirt. The first, it has pockets! This is not a drill. Two perfectly placed pocket is just everything I wanted and needed. Then, as you move around in it, you will also see that it has slits in the sides that just make it so breathable and “gone with the wind fabulous”. The top of the skirt has a paper bag waistband with a built in belt to cinch in your waist. The construction of it is just amazing.
Since it is evident that the skirt is the star, I paired it with a simple white v-neck top. I really wanted to play with it though so I decided to tie the bottom of it up in a knot. It created a DIY crop top and really played off of the paper bag structure underneath. Then, I had the most perfect pair of high heels sandals that looked as though they were made for this look. Unfortunately, they are old but I linked as similar a pair as I could find in the details below. If you get nothing else though, you need this skirt. Thank me later.