Who doesn’t love polka dots especially in the Springtime? This classic print has been around for decades and it shows no signs of slowing down. Polka dots can work for any season, any garment, any body type and that’s what makes it so timeless. There are so many different variations of the print from small dots to large dots and various colors combinations that is always stays fresh and modern. So of course when I spotted (pun intended) these blue and white polka dot pants from Eva Mendes’ line at New York & Company, I knew that I had to have them. What’s great about her line is that she offers many things in plus sizes but even the straight size line goes up to an XXL/Size 20. For example, these are not plus size pants but they fit really well on my plus size frame. I have been a fan of New York & Company well before their plus size line even existed and it was because they were so size inclusive. Their items are also always on trend and easy to style.
The only thing better than a polka dot print pant is a fun and flirty off the shoulder top to pair with it. The ruffles really complement the femininity of the look and bring an added style element. I love the fact that there is a double layer of ruffles because in my opinion you can never have enough. This is a great Spring look that would be perfect for weekend brunch with your girlfriends.
Be sure to check out all of the outfit details below. I’ve included links to what I’m wearing as well as some other polka dot options that are available in the line. You can also take a glimpse at her plus size collection here. Happy Spring!
(wearing a size XXL in the pants)
*This post is sponsored by New York & Company. All opinions are my own
I have gone full in on all things color. While I was trying to ease my way into brighter tones, with all of the beautiful colored garments out there it’s difficult to not make the full conversion. As far as the fashion world is concerned, Spring is already here so all of the pinks, reds, oranges and yellows are here to stay. And of course the more color there is, the more that my color blocking tendencies start to emerge. For now though, I am keeping it subtle with just a slight color block with these yellow pumps. I have done this combination many times before in different ways and it always works. Whether the pink is the prominent color or the yellow, these two colors blend together well and surprisingly do not clash. The first say of Spring is tomorrow so now is the time to add some color to your wardrobe!
Prints are one of the best things about fashion in my opinion. It instantly elevates even the simplest of garments and adds interesting detail to your look. Prints have the ability to make a look more bold & vibrant, muted & subdued and everything in between. They are fun, they are unique and they just make fashion that much more interesting.
So as we transition to Spring, prints are becoming more abundant and colorful patterns are making their way to stores near you. Of course, floral based designs are the most popular around this time of year, however there are so many different variations to make your look your own. I gravitated towards this print because the colors were so striking. The cobalt blue and canary yellow blended together so well and was a combination that I had not seen before. I also thought about the fact that I had blue pumps already that I knew would pair perfectly with this skirt. (I just love when that happens!)
When I received the shipment, I was pleasantly surprised with how much more vibrant the colors were in person than they looked online. I knew that I wouldn’t need to add much more to it to make it complete. So with my matching blue pumps, leather jacket to pull out the black in the skirt and white tank top for contrast, I was ready to hit the streets!
* Fit/style notes: Click “View More” and select the color Lazulite Floral Combo. I’m wearing a size XL. Although this skirt is scuba which is a pretty stretchy fabric, I do realize that it’s not plus so I’ve included some other printed skirts below so that you can achieve the same look.
Ruffles hold a special place in my heart. I love how fun & flirty they are and how they can instantly perk up any outfit. Last Spring, ruffles were all the rave and they were literally everywhere. Dresses, tops and even pants had this added embellishment making it one of the top trends of the season. With this coming Spring season on the horizon, it seems as though ruffles will be making a return in new and exciting ways.
This skirt from Eloquii is a perfect example of that. The colors and the waterfall ruffles are what caught my eye. I thought that it would be one of those garments that could be worn just about anywhere from brunch, to a girls night out and even to church. Although it’s somewhat of a statement piece, it can work for a variety of different occasions by styling it accordingly. Also, an added bonus that I discovered upon trying the skirt on is that it is essentially a “no shapewear needed” type of garment. The ruffles are strategically placed to camouflage those areas where shapewear would help smooth. For that fact alone I knew this skirt was a keeper.
In keeping with the senorita vibes that I was getting from this garment, I went with a black off the shoulder top to pair it with. I thought that it complemented the skirt well while also serving as a contrast to the boldness of the color. With gold and black accessories, this look was complete!
Whomever created the kimono is just a brilliant life saver. This garment comes through every single time, ya hear me?! Not only can you wear kimonos all year long but there are so many different ways and variations to rock them. I love kimonos that have vibrant and colorful prints because they become a statement piece in their own right. It makes styling super easy since the statement kimono does most of the work for you. That’s the key! Because the kimono becomes the “hero” of the outfit, you don’t need many other components to complete the look and that makes for easy dressing.
So it’s no surprise that as soon as I saw this green floral kimono, I knew I had to have it. As if I didn’t already have enough of these, I thought to myself “one more can’t hurt”. Anytime you find yourself saying that in your mind, you know you’re in trouble. But nonetheless, it is a great item for Spring and it was a great price so to my home it went. As I mentioned, styling garments like these is very easy so all I had to do was pair it with a white tank top and boyfriend jeans. These are two very basic items that I’m sure everyone has in their wardrobe. The only added style element that I included was a pop of color with this neon coral purse that I already owned. It complemented & accentuated the colors and was the final component to this easy breezy outfit. I’m ready for your Spring!
I recently had the opportunity to partner with Cricket Wireless as they celebrate Black History Month. I was able to attend their special “Live from Cricket Lounge” digital concert featuring Grammy nominated artist, Jazmine Sullivan! I am a huge fan of hers and really had a “pinch me” moment as she stood right in front of me belting out some of my favorite songs. This event is part of a new Sounds of Celebration program that Cricket Wireless launched this February to highlight music’s ability to unite people from diverse backgrounds. Fans can tune in to the Cricket Nation Facebook page to catch all the action livestreamed.
In addition to the digital concert, Cricket Wireless is also hosting a Sounds of Celebration sweepstakes throughout the month. The sweepstakes offers music fans the opportunity to win a $1000 concert gift card each week until 2/28. You can enter by completing the online entry form available at www.cricketsweepstakes.com/soundsofcelebration.
Lastly, for my special followers/friends, I have 10 new Cricket Nation prize packs that include a tote full of items such as a $25 concert card, a speaker and more! Enter this giveaway on my Facebook & Instagram accounts by commenting on the image posted. Good luck!
I’m sure that I don’t have to tell you how important skincare is. I think that everyone has the same goal and that is to achieve the best skin possible. I am a creature of habit and have some mainstay products that I will always use. They work for my everyday needs and they have stood the test of time. One of those products is the tried and true Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I am a stickler on removing makeup every single night before going to bed. My particular skin type cannot handle oils and products on my face overnight so these towelettes are my best friend. I have tried many alternatives and none measure up to this one. Removing even the heaviest and most stubborn makeup products, it makes this task easy with only a few swipes.
While I have my go-to products, I also like to dabble in the latest products to help boost my core routine. So as I was picking up my cleansing towelettes at my nearest Rite Aid, I couldn’t help but notice some of the newer products that Neutrogena has added. There were a couple in particular that caught my eye. The first is the new Deep Clean Purifying Clay Cleanser and Mask. I have tried clay masks in the past and wanted to make them a staple in my skincare regimen. I love how this particular one can be used as a daily cleanser or a mask depending on my skin’s needs.
I have found that my skin needs constant moisture. My pores tend to absorb product pretty quickly so I’m always trying to find ways to replenish that. So the last product that I purchased was Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel which is new for me but not new to the Neutrogena family. This water gel is to be applied after cleansing and will keep skin hydrated for up to 48 hours. Sign me up!
With these three products, I was excited to try them so off I went!
Here are my takeaways. I used the Deep Clean Purifying Clay as a mask and my skin felt so refreshed. You know the feeling when your skin feels very clean but not stripped? Yea that’s how mine felt. My skin is so prone to breakouts so I really love that this clay mask got deeper than my normal cleansers.
Then it was time for moisture. I used the Hydro Boost Water Gel after the mask before going to bed and let me tell you, it was so well as a night cream! It’s lightweight but still provides ample hydration. I could tell a difference in my skin the next morning and even throughout the day. I love when new product work out!
Thankfully Rite Aid is a one stop shop to get all of my skincare needs. AND just as a tip, Neutrogena Skin care will be Buy 1, Get 1 50% off this week and next so you don’t want to miss out! AND (this is the last “and”) I’m hosting a giveaway for a $50 Rite Aid gift card on my Instagram. Be sure to like the picture and comment to enter.
As I mentioned in my last post, I am starting to incorporate some Spring styles and colors into my Winter wardrobe. Spring colors are known to be bright pinks and reds but they also consist of a lighter palette filled with pastels and more muted tones. I love how they are seemingly on opposite ends of the spectrum but still encompass the season’s style.
So this blog post highlights the lighter side of Spring starting with this seafoam green sweater skirt from New York & Company. This is the second blog post in a row where I have featured an item from the brand as they are quickly becoming one of my favorites. They are really coming out with some great designs from their plus line that are not only on trend but also affordable. In keeping with the understated hues, I decided to pair the skirt with a nude tank and duster. I felt that it was the perfect complement that blended in seamlessly. I finished off this look with my favorite nude pumps that I’m sure you guys are tired of seeing. I just can’t help it though because they literally go with everything! All in all, this is a great option to begin the Spring transition.
Even though many of you are experiencing snow and very cold weather, Spring is inching closer and closer. Only about a month away, we can look forward to warmer temperatures, sunny skies and more colorful wardrobes. So in preparation of the upcoming season, I’ve begun to incorporate some of those Spring pieces into my Winter looks. These pieces include pastels which are the iconic colors of Spring and classic garments such as pleated skirts. I’m mixing and matching with sweaters and heavier fabrics to create some cute transitional outfits.
This ensemble seemed like the perfect blend to mesh both seasons. The turtleneck is a Winter essential and it is contrasted by the bright and colorful skirt. I live in Los Angeles where I can just pair these items with pumps but I realize that in a lot of places it is too cold to do so. However, you can still achieve this look by swapping out the pumps for knee high boots and tights underneath for layering. Then with a peacoat or duster coat for warmth, this version will be just as cute as the way I styled it. So here’s to the Springtime and warmer days ahead!
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. You can never go wrong with neutrals! It’s always in style and it will always look great no matter what the occasion. Neutrals can be worn all year long making them a must-have item in your wardrobe. Dress them up or dress them down, they can be styled completely to your liking.
Vests are also one of those garments that have great versatility. They act as a layering piece to go on top of whatever base of your choosing. Your base could be anything from a dress in the Spring and Summer to a chunky sweater in the cooler months. When you combine the classic neutral with the ease of wear that a vest provides, the the result is a timeless piece that you can always count on.
As you can see, I styled my look with a simple v-neck tee and skinny jeans. Celebrity Pink is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands of denim. The stretch and construction offer both comfort and style. This particular pair I thought worked best with this outfit because they hit right above the ankle which is higher than typical skinny jeans. Because the vest is so long, it was nice to add some balance with a higher hem. What I just knew would complete this look was a wool fedora hat. It needed a little something extra to take it over the top and this accessory did just that. It not only brought out the beige tone but it also added a chic element to the outfit. This is a timeless look without taking much time to create!