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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Denim Vest: c/0 Torrid || Band Tee Shirt: Vintage || Leggings: See You Monday c/o Torrid || Gold Spike Necklace: c/o Torrid || Tote: Vieta Bag || Booties: Studded

Coachella already seems so long ago and while I’m jealous of everyone there now for weekend two, I can’t help but look forward to next year. I had such a great time Pre-Coachella putting my looks together and this one was of my favorites. A Joy Division band tee because I was stoked to see New Order play, a fun ’90s rock inspired denim vest from Torrid, bold stripe leggings from Los Angeles brand See You Monday from Torrid and a bold colored hand bag from Vieta.

I’ve been looking for a cool denim vest for a while and this one from Torrid is going to quickly become a staple item in my closet. It demurringly give edge to any look. Wear it with a pair of skinny jeans, a maxi skirt or a dress; pair with a dark lip and you’re ready for a fun night out. Can we also talk about these leggings? I’m not going to lie, I though I wasn’t going to be able to find a pair that looked good on me and my voluptuous thighs ;), but these from Torrid look amazing. Thanks Torrid for making a huge trend plus size friendly!

Again with this Vieta bag, so awesome and super convenient. Being able to carry all my essentials made me feel prepared at Coachella, which is a great feeling.

Needless to say my favorite performances from Day Two (Saturday) was New Order (duh!) and The Postal Service.

#IAmTorrid Blogger Event

Last month, myself and a dozen other plus size blogger were invited to Hot Topic HQ (home of Torrid HQ) where we met people from Torrid’s corporate team. The experience was amazing, Torrid’s buying team wanted our thoughts on the upcoming summer collection and our overall feel of Torrid’s style and where they could improve. We talked and they listened, along with sharing out thoughts about Torrid, myself and the other bloggers got to play dress up in the summer collection (see photos below, my favorite is the photo with the polka dot blazer) along with being in a video where we were asked about our first Torrid experience and what we were looking forward to this summer. I appear a couple times in the video, can you spot me? 😉

I’ve been shopping at Torrid since high school and seeing their style evolve over the years has been just as fun as seeing my style evolve.  It’s all an ever changing process where we all strive for a better version of ourselves.

What do you think of the photos and videos? Do you shop at Torrid?

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Coachella + Festival Fashion Style Guide

Next weekend Coachella kicks off music festival season where thousands of people come together to adore bands old and new. This years Coachella lineup is very nostalgic with bands like The Stone Roses, Blur, New Order and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Then you have modern bands like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hot Chip and Grizzly Bear, it’s the perfect combination of old and new.

Music festivals like Coachella would not be complete without festival fashion. Now more than ever, it’s essential for brands to have a Festival Fashion Lookbook and be involved in this cultural event that is music festivals, it’s amazing. Anything goes at music festivals, people are free to wear whatever they want and it’s accepted. Looking good while dancing, sweating and rolling around in the grass and mud is a must ;).

I’m a fan of loose fitting clothes. It gets very hot in Indio and while you’re dancing in the mud the last thing you want is to be wearing something that too form fitting. Have fun with your looks, mix and match, wear studs and fringe, but more importantly have fun and feel the music. I’m really loving the Simdog I Left my Heart in Indio shirt, the Steve Madden boots, the Tart Collections wrap and Jenny Dayco cuff.

Which are your favorites? What are YOU wearing to Coachella?

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1. SimDog I Left My Heart in Indio tee

2. REPORT Signature sandals

3. Tart Collections Tama Wrap

4. Forever 21 PLUS shorts

5. Steve Madden Fringe Backpack

6. Steve Madden ankle boots

7. Jenny Dayco Cuff

8. Torrid Denim Vest

9. Flower Crown

10. Vieta Dani Tote

11. Forever 21 PLUS Maxi Dress

12. Torrid Coral Lace Shorts

13. Penelope’s Vintage Sunnies