{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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{Beauty} L.A. Girl Cosmetics NEW Glazed Lip Paint

Hello Beauties!

On Monday, affordable cosmetics brand L.A. Girl Cosmetics released 12 new shades of their popular and beloved Glazed Lip Paint. There are now a total of 18 shades, the six original shades plus the 12 new ones. I did not buy all 18 shades simply because I wanted shades I know I would wear. In total, I’m swatching 14 of the 18 shades, not too bad. To see the four swatches I’m missing, L.A. Girl just posted an Instagram post with all 18 here.

In case you have not hear of these, they have the pigmentation of lipstick, but the easy wear and shine of a lipgloss. Makeup artists and other bloggers say they’re dupes for Two Face’s Melted lipstick, but I disagree, they’re more of a dupe for OCC’s Lip Tar. But why are so many people loving these? One, because they are very similar to OCC’s Lip Tar ($18 at Sephora) and two, they’re only $4 on the L.A. Girl Cosmetics website. I agree, $4 for a lip product that gives this much pigmentation is a steal.

I do suggest using a lip liner with these because they do tend to feather. They have a wear of about four to six hours depending if you’re eating, drinking, etc. They do start to get a matte finish after about two hours, which I like. The applicator is very basic, expected for $4 and a little goes a long way, so careful when you’re squeezing the tube. I love all the purples’s and pink’s, even the nude’s. I don’t wear nudes too often as I love to wear color, but these I like. As a lipstick junkie and lover of everything lip related, I really love Glazed Lip Paint.

See my swatches below. I swatched all the new shades first, then the six original ones. You can buy the ones you like on the L.A. Girl website here.

My favorite at the moment? Seduce and Peony. ❤ Which one is your favorite?

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Disclaimer: I do work for L.A. Girl cosmetics however ALL opinions are honest and my own. That’s a promise.

{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 

{News} Hello Again.

It’s been a little shy of a year since I’ve posted on the blog. A few things have happened which led to my lack of blogging. I started a new chapter in my career as a marketing coordinator + social media coordinator for a cosmetics company, I fell in love with an amazing person who I now live with and overall, I’ve been focusing more on meditating as a approached my late 20’s. Let me tell you, approaching my late 20’s, I’ve learn and realized a few things. One thing I realized was that for the first time, I wish I was younger and had “more time” to do things. Not SUPER young, but 24 specifically. It’s taking a lot for me to admit that, but in all, I can’t complain. I’ve learned friends come and go, but it’s the ones who are there those dark nights that you keep forever.

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Me and my boo thang

I’m in a happy place right now and I felt the one thing that was missing was making the time to blog. I miss taking photos, I miss writing about all my favorite things, but more than anything, I just missed writing. So, here I am, again in the blogging world sharing my plus size style and my love for beauty+cosmetics and decor. My readership and following is still growing and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes and sharing my blog with new people. After all, blogging isn’t about how big you are, it’s about making quality content and that is what I missed.

Some of my favorite shots from the last few months. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram!

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Fun fact: My boyfriend is a chef!

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My growing succulents collection from the farmers market

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Work swatches

Lookbook Love: Torrid’s Holiday Collections

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to Torrid’s headquarters in Los Angeles to preview their holiday collection. I wasn’t sure how they were going to show off the news items, but when I walked in and saw the glitter background and runway, I instantly became excited. There were more than 30 looks, each I can seeing fitting into every girl’s closet. Below are some of my favorite looks, I love all the leather accents and the lace details. The jewel tones were also fun to watch coming down the runway. Who says fall has to be drab and filled with no color?

Another trend I saw on the runway was combining different styles, for example, adding some sparkle to a grunge inspired outfit or adding some preppy accents to a rock and roll outfit. The coolest part of the fashion show? The models showing off the clothes were Torrid store employees! Real girls, modeling clothes for us curvy ladies, it was amazing.

Most if not all these items are in stores and online now! From updating your fall wardrobe, to holiday parties, to a date night, to just getting your knit sweater fix, there is something for every girl in Torrid’s holiday collection. If you’re torn and are deciding on that ONE item, my pick is the vinyl jacket, the peplum jacket, or that gorgeous red sweater.

Which would you choose? Which looks are your favorite? To see the rest of the photos, head here.

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From Left: Monique from Curves and Chaos, myself and Jay Miranda from jaymiranda.com

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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?

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Fall is here and I couldn’t be happier, although it’s still warm in L.A., the morning have been cold, giving me hope that the days will start to get cold too. I love maxis sand sandals, but I’m ready to trade those in for scarves and boots.

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Obsessed with my Forever 21 PLUS plaid pants and Barefoot Tess pumps<3

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Saying good-bye to summer with the best friends a girl could ask for.

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Surprise flowers at work from a guy I’m dating. Needless to say things are going well.

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Whenever you’re having a beauty freak out, remember…

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New Tattoo! This is number 6 and I want so many more.

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Although fall just started, I can already say that being invited to the Latina Magazine’s Hollywood Hot List party was a huge highlight!

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If at the end of the day, you can say you have the best friends you could ever be blessed with, then life is good.

Music Monday: The XX

Ok, so, I know I’ve been a lagging on the blog, I never get too personal on here. I try to keep it fun, talking about the things I love, fashion, beauty and music. Things have been a little rocky, but that’s life, right? You can’t expect it to be all rainbows and flowers, it’s the crazy, bumpy moments that make you who are, in a weird way. Ok, I’ve been watching too much Girls, but seriously, life in your 20’s sucks sometimes, especially when you’re on your own. Although things haven’t been turbulent the last year, this last month really kicked my butt, but again, I’m back and I’m here to talk about what makes me happy.

I leave you with one of my favorite The XX songs, if you haven’t heard of them, listen to ALL of their songs now, you won’t regret it. I also leave you with a paraphrased Oprah quote, because I don’t care what anyone says, I think she’s AMAZING.

“Whenever you feel failure, don’t take it so negatively. It’s just the universe saying you should be somewhere else, doing something else.”

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

’90s Plus Size Fashion

It’s nothing new that ’90s fashion is back and in a huge way. From edgy grunge style to the flower power prints, the ’90s we’re a fun time. I’m a total ’90s kid and I’m having a lot of fun with the trend. I’m embracing my inner grunge with having fun with florals, I’m not sure if I’m ready for the overalls trend, but I love a good plaid shirt and beanie.

Happy Shopping! xx

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From top left: Bebe Ava Quilted Backpack

Penelope’s Vintage Happy Face Beanie

ASOS Plaid Shirt

Forever 21 PLUS Flower Power Dress

Barefoot Tess Mason Flat (for women with shoe size 11 and up)

Mandy Striped Backpack

IM Curvy Acid Wash Skinny Jeans

Dellyn Bootie