{Style} Leather + Lace

As summer slowly comes to a close, I’m finding myself slipping into more fall inspired looks. Technically the first day of fall isn’t for a couple more weeks, but why not start airing out your fall clothes and adding a few new pieces. Adding new pieces to your wardrobe, no matter the season, is exciting, but can leave a dent in your wallet. This is why I always enjoy being introduced to affordable plus size brands. Pink Basis is an online shop that has standard sizes, plus size and accessories. They have a huge selection of killer heels, but plenty of boots and booties for fall. Pink Basis’ plus size section goes from 1x to 3x which roughly translate to 14/16 to 22/24. They have a good mix of items between party dresses to casual wear, even corsets and bedroom wear. Which kind of sums up my plans for the next few months. I have the one year anniversary with my boyfriend and a girls trip to Vegas! I highly suggest checking out the site especially during their amazing sale. Fashion doesn’t always have to cost an arm and a leg, it’s about finding what works for you.

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Knit Skull Cardigan- c/o Pink Basis || Tank- H&M || Skirt- ING from Macy’s || Ankle Booties-c/o Pink Basis

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{Style} All Floral Everything

I love a good floral print and they can be hard to come by, it’s true! Not all floral prints are created equal, so when I found this marigold floral maxi dress at Forever 21, I knew I had to have it. I love the natural waistline on this dress, it’s comfortable and flattering, but what surprised me the most about this marigold maxi dress was how much I loved the halter neckline. I’ve stayed away from halter necklines for a long, long time thinking they were’t flattering for plus size women, but I was proved wrong and I’m glad I was. I’ve worn this dress to work, date night and the farmers market, needless to say it’s super easy to take it from day to night.

Ladies, don’t forget, time and time again, don’t be afraid to try new styles! Wear what you want, own it and don’t limit your style options.

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Dress-Forever 21+, Sunglasses- Ebay, Shoes- Dolce Vita (similar here and similar in different color here)

Photos taken by: Stephanie Rodriguez 

Leather, Lace and Everything Nice

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Life is kicking my butt, in a good way. I have a few posts in my arsenal and I’m finally getting back into the swing of thing, so I tell myself. Thanks to Monique, from the amazing blog Curves and Chaos, I have a (kind of) new outfit post. I wore this look when I attended Torrid’s Holiday Preview. Myself and some of my favorite plus size bloggers were able to catch up and preview Torrid’s holiday collection. Some of the items are in stores now and the rest will be available middle of November. There’s a a bit of leather, lace and just the right amount of sequins, lookbook coming very soon!

I’m wearing a dress (from Torrid!) that I cut the slip, to show off the lace. I threw on a top and jacket with the dress for a layered fall look and added a wide brim hat. I’ve never been one to wear hats, but this one from H&M was calling my name, I had to have it. I stepped outside my fashion box and I like the outcome ;-).

How are you wearing your favorite fall styles? Any fun purchases yet for the colder season?

Mad for Plaid

“I like your Gwen Stefani pants” is probably one of the most flattering comments I’ve received wearing these plaid pants. I couldn’t have asked to be compared to a cooler fashion icon. All that aside, I’ve had these pants for about a week and I’ve worn them twice, needless to say, they’re going to be one of my fall favorites. Even more surprisingly, they’re from Forever 21 Plus.  I’m surprised because while I appreciate the effort Forever 21 puts into their plus size line,  sometimes they miss the mark. Also, they need a lot of  work on their fit of the plus size line. I had to go two sizes up to get the look I wanted to achieve with the pants, either way, they were a good find and they’re perfect for fall.

Pairing them with a fun graphic tee and a pair of sleek black pumps, balanced the look perfectly. I love these pumps from  Barefoot Tess, believe it or not, I did not have a pair of black pumps in my shoe collection and these are perfect and classic. I like the pointed toe, and I love the heel height, it’s about 2 inches, which is perfect for me. Just the right amount of heel height without sacrificing comfort. I’m all about shoes that kick my looks up a notch without killing my feet.

PS: So, I went darker a couple weeks ago and added some purple to my hair and I LOVE it!! I think it’s quite obvious I’m ready for fall. 😉

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Cheetah Tank: Old H&M || Cardigan: Gap || Plaid Pants: Forever 21 PLUS || Shoes: Charlotte Heel c/o Barefoot Tess

Eye Candy

To all the ladies who have sported glasses ever since they can remember and to recent glasses wearers, this is for you. Me? I’ve needed glasses since I was 11 years old and I remember feeling self conscious about wearing them, but now, I love wearing glasses. They make me feel just a bit more chic and like shoes, a girl who wears glasses needs options! One for every mood, outfit, and vibe.

I discovered Coastal.com a little over a year ago and was in awe by their selection of trendy frames for a fashionista on a budget. They have a great designer frames too, which we all love, but it was their Coastal brand that I gravitated towards. Having 2-3 frames in my arsenal gives me options, like shoes, the right pair of frames can change a look and bring it together.

The Derek Cardigan cat-eye frames are my go-to glasses when I want a retro feel to my outfits, they’re my play glasses and although I was worried they wouldn’t fit my face, using Coastal.com’s ‘Try On View’, I uploaded a photo of myself and saw they were a perfect match.

The Rootbeer frames, also from Derek Cardigan, have quickly become my everyday frames. The neutral brown color goes well with my hair color and are a great color to soften the face. I love black frames, but for a softer look with with a brown or peach color.

One of my favorite things about Coastal.com is that the give back to the world. When a pair of glasses are purchased, you are supporting the Change the View Project which gives sight, health, and protection to those who are less fortunate. To date, Coastal.com has helped over 300,000 worldwide by giving eyeglasses to children and adults who cannot afford corrective vision and protecting the eyes of people who are exposed to the damaging UV rays of the sun by providing 100% UV protective eyewear. You gotta love a brand that gives back.

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Also, did you know that your first pair of Coastal.com glasses are FREE? Find out more here.

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These two frames were courtesy of Coastal.com

Pulling Daisies

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Floral Dress: Forever 21 PLUS || Necklace: Double Drop Turquoise chain c/o Capwell || Sunglasses: Vigoss || Shoes: Adelaide Metallic Flats c/o Barefoot Tess

Ever since I blogged about the metallic shoe trend, I’ve been obsessed with metallics. Shoes, handbag and clothes, maybe it’s the ’90s girl in me, but I’m digging this trend across all boards. Needless to say, when I saw these flats from Barefoot Tess, I was stoked to style them. Tess Russell, who is behind the online shoe store Barefoot Tess, is a 20-something-year old who gives women above a size 10  (sizes 11-15) in shoes the option to have current, trendy shoe options. I love this idea because I’m a 10.5 to 11 in shoes and I have wide feet. My sister is a 11 or 12 and she hates shoe shopping, but after I told her about Barefoot Tess, I could see her face light up.

The shoes I’m wearing are the Adelaide and their from Barefoot Tess brand, their store line has tons of styles, kitten heels, sandals, loafers, flats, any and every style you can imagine. They’re super comfortable and I love the pointed toe, I felt like styling them with a ’90s inspired daisy dress seemed appropriate.  The store doesn’t stop at their BFT line, they have other brands in the shop like Jeffery Campbell, Steve Madden, Dolce Vita and Blowfish, SO many options!

It’s about style, and style shouldn’t stop at size 10 in shoes or a size 8 in clothes.

Side note: I think I want to change the color of my hair, I feel like this one isn’t doing it for me anymore.

Picnic Attire

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Vintage Floral Dress: c/o IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel || Floral Sunglasses: c/o LuLu’s || Wedges: Pink || Necklace: c/o Jenny Dayco

If I could use one word to describe how I felt in this dress, it would be, glamours. I felt elegant, glam, but casual at the same time when I wore this vintage inspired number by IGIGI to the Two Point Oh! LA annual blogger picnic. Being one of the few plus-size bloggers in Two Point Oh! LA (a collective of Los Angeles fashion and beauty bloggers) I wanted to make sure I looked and felt amazing, but effortless at the same time.

The blue floral print was the initial reason I fell in love with the dress, I was little worried about the halter cut, being a busty girl with a 38DD chest and I also hadn’t worn a halter dress since middle school. Boy, was I wrong because when I slipped on the dress the fit was amazing, flattering and more importantly supportive. I felt as if I just stepped off a scene in Mad Men where I was Betty Draper’s neighbor. The best part of this dress, I did not have to wear a bra. That’s right, I did not have to wear a strapless bra with this classic vintage inspired dress. The straps of the halter gave me more than enough support and now I know why girls like to go braless, it’s so comfortable!

I’m ecstatic that IGIGI is expanding their horizons with fashion and using different prints and cuts. I’m fan of this flare out skirt dress and I hope to see many more like this in fall 2013.

A Black & Lace Summer

Yes, it’s summer, but does that stop me (or you) from wear black? Heck no. This dress from Torrid combines many elements of my style, I love the maxi length and I adore the black lace. Originally, the slip was the same length as the lace, hitting the ground. Realizing how beautiful the lace print was and using this as inspiration, I took a pair of scissors and cut the slip to above my knees. Pretty crafty, huh? 😉

And guess what? This dress from Torrid is currently on SALE! Although summer is almost over, you (because I know I will!) can rock this same maxi in the fall too. Layer the dress with your favorite pull over sweater, a cute beanie and your favorite pair of ankle booties and voila, a comfy, cool fall outfit. It’s never too early to start brainstorming fall looks, right?

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Black Chiffon & Lace Maxi Dress: c/o Torrid || Bracelet: Jewelmint || Heels: Vintage

Red, Gold and Blue

I wore this look for the 4th of July, but after putting it together, I quickly realized I might be wearing it all summer. I’ve never been much of a ‘wear the American flag’ kind of girl. When it comes to fashion, I try to incorporate my patriotism in other ways, like working with the red, white and blue palette. I bought this dress from Forever 21 because I’ve been searching for a cute denim shirt dress and this collared polka dot one had my name all over it. I’ve already worn it on a date and to two summer BBQ’s. A denim shirt dress is worth adding to your closet because it offeres a lot of versatility. I can add some textured tight, boots, a leather jacket and it’s ready for fall.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve noticed how much I’ve been using this Vieta bag since Coachella back in April. I carry a lot of stuff in my handbags, so a larger one has always been a no brainer for myself. The reason this has been my everyday bag is because not only does it carry everything I need with ease, but I love the orange color. It’s been the perfect color for spring and summer. Although I never saw myself to be a orange handbag kind of girl, the color quickly grew on me, I stepped out of my handbag confort zone and I came out loving a new color.

I’ve also been actively trying to add more bracelets to my jewelry ensemble. I’ve always worn earrings and necklace on a constant basis, but having chubby fingers and thick wrists have lead to not too many bracelets and rings. Thanks to Torrid, who cater to not only plus size clothing, but also jewelry, I have added some pretty rad bracelets to my arm swag.

Lessons for today, step out of your fashion comfort zone and you can never wear too much gold. ❤

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Cardigan: Vintage || Dress: Forever 21 PLUS  ||Bag: Dani Tote c/o Vieta || Sandals: c/o Cynthia Vincent || Jewelry: Spike Necklace c/o Torrid (similar here) || Arm Swag: c/o Torrid

Instant Crush

Earlier this year, I discovered Los Angeles jewelry designer Jenny Dayco, I’ve worn her designs on my blog a few times (here and here) and she’s quickly become one of my favorite L.A. designers. Jenny has been very busy since we last chatted with her. Since February, she’s designed her Spring 2013 collection and most recently, designed amazing rings for Ke$ha’s Crazy Kids video.  Not only is she talented, but she’s a blast to be around.

A few weeks ago, Jenny introduced me to a talented Los Angeles apparel designer who just started venturing into the plus-size world and she is a forced to be reckoned with, because her designs and fit are what plus size women DREAM of. Deborah Viereck, behind the brand Viereck, in a native Angeleno and have been designing clothes for skinny women for years. Just a couple season ago, Viereck ventured into plus-size, a smart move given that most women in the U.S. are a 12/14. Within the first  couple seasons of designing plus-size, she caught the eye of Nordstorm and they started carrying her line. Her current line at Nordstorm also includes this gorgeous dress I borrowed.

The dress I’m wearing is her 2XL (sizes are 1XL, 2XL, 3XL) and it fits a little big, but when belted, looks great. The fit it what I’m crushing on, there are some many plus-size brands whose fit is just, weird and off, but Viereck’s is right on the money. The other thing I liked about the dress is the material, it’s light weight, iron free, but amazing quality. Perfect for plane rides or trips when you do not want to use the hotel iron.

Fusing premium fabrication, exquisite fit, and flattering silhouettes, Viereck constructs her garments with a costumer’s flair for the dramatic and a rock star sensibility. She is driven by a philosophy of edgy yet feminine sophistication, which is often how I describe my style, hence why she was an instant crush.

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Dress: Viereck || Necklace: Jenny Dayco || Belt: Borrowed from Jenny’s Closet