Color Me Custom

Hi Lovies!!

Having your clothing custom made is such a pleasure, not only because the piece is one of a kind but it's made to your exact measurements. So the fit is going to be near perfect, which is something you don't often get when purchasing from a store. Now having clothes custom made can become pricey but I think there are some staple pieces that are worth having custom. When I first saw one of the Lion Hunter's custom skirts was on my girl Georgette from Grown and Curvy Woman. It was gorgeous, the colors and pattern was just perfection. I immediately went to her Etsy shop to check out more of her custom skirts. She had other fantastic prints as well as some tutus. From that moment I knew I had to have her make me one for FFFweek. When I reached out to her, she was just about to go to the fabric store and would send me photos of what she bought. The following day she sent me a photo of 10 different fabrics she purchased. When I saw them I nearly fell out my chair, they were all absolutely beautiful, I literally wanted one in every pattern. But there was one pattern that stood out from the rest and that's the one I chose for my skirt.  

Skirt - Custom made by Mo from Lion Hunter//Top - ASOS Curve//Sandals (similar) - Old Navy

Matchy-Matchy

Hi Lovies!

Last week, as you know from my previous post here, was FFFweek as well as theCURVYcon. So to say I was a busy beaver is putting it lightly. Thursday was actually one of the more relaxed days, with the Hal Rubenstein and Marla Wynne blogger event. It was great to meet both designers and have them introduce their lines to us bloggers. Both of their lines are currently sold at HSN.com. At the end of the event, they sent the attendees off with a nice gift bag with a necklace from Marla and scarf from Hal. Since the event ended fairly early, me and my girl Darlene of Suits, Heels, & Curves decided to coordinate a "Plus Size Happy Hour" at the Skyroom Rooftop Lounge. It was super last minute and we posted about it literally on the same day. To our surprise, a few folks showed up and it turned out to be such a great night! In the words of Hannibal from the A-team "I love it when a plan comes together!"

Crop Top & Skirt Set c/o Eshakti (currently on sale!)//Sandals - Payless

White Doesn't Scare Me

Hi Lovies!

To some women, the color white can be a frightening thing. We have been conditioned to think that wearing white is taboo, due to the stereotype that it makes already big women, look bigger. I've never felt this way, the only reason I shy from this color is because I am not the most agile person in the world. Food just magically falls on me no matter how hard I try not to stain myself. But even with that, I continue to wear white and love it. Last Monday was the start of Full Figured Fashion Week, a week long series of events related to all things plus size. One of the most highly anticipated events is the Curves at Sea All White Cruise. Sailing around NY Harbor in a newly upgraded yacht, surrounded by so many awesome plus size women, dress to the nines in their best white outfits. Totally unapologetic and kicking all stereotypes in the butt while looking amazing. It's just so empowering to see so many women, of all shapes, sizes and color, feeling the same way, and totally not scared of wearing white. 

Top & Skirt - Eloquii//Shoes - Audrey Brooke via DSW//Belt - SWAK Designs//Necklace - Bauble Bar//Bracelet - Fashion to Figure

Essie Golden #GoldenConfidence Pool Party

Hi Lovies!

Saturday I had the pleasure of attending one of the most amazing events I've been to in a long time. The Essie Golden #GoldenConfidence Pool Party. Essie is a PS blogger/model who is the genius behind this sold out event. She came up with the idea of inviting woman to enjoy a rooftop pool party giving us the opportunity come dressed in our best swimwear. Now I know for some woman the thought of being around a bunch of people in your swimsuit can be a terrifying, but this was a safe, non-fat shaming environment. Where you could come and chill, relax, mingle with other amazing woman, dance and enjoy some pool time. I had never felt so comfortable in a swimsuit in my life and being surround by so many other fabulous woman, that were dressed to the nines in ALL types of swimwear, just made it that much better.

Swim Top, Swim Bottom, Cover up, Sandals c/o Lane Bryant//Sarong (similar) - Swimsuitsforall

Meshing with Watercolors

Hi Lovies!!

So I've come to the conclusion that Eloquii is the devil! Every week I'm just giving them all my money because they are constantly coming out with new amazing pieces. I'm at a point that I have a whole section in my closet dedicated to their stuff. Jesus needs to put a fence around my wallet ASAP! When they came out with this watercolor print, I just swooned. I immediately purchased the midi skirt (worn here) but hesitated on getting the top. Of course when I finally decided to get it, it was gone! But one day during my morning trolls on the site, I saw that it came back in my size and I purchased it on the spot. The top is just as amazing as the skirt and so glad I purchased it. 

Top (sold out, see skirt) & Skirt - Eloquii//Shoes - Lane Bryant//Purse - Just Fab//Necklace & Bracelet - Rocksbox (use code lapecosapreciosaxoxo for one month free)


Athleisure

Hi Lovies!

On the weekends, I like to dress super comfortable, especially on Sundays. I just want to throw something on that I don't have to put too much thought into. Now don't get me wrong, I love dressing up when I can but sometimes you need a no nonsense outfit. When I saw this Locker Athletic Stripe Dress from Fashion to Figure, I immediately fell in love. The Athleisure trend is very popular right now and this dress had the perfect amount of sporty with the  sports jersey style stripes on the sleeves and neckline. But still remained feminine with the drawstring waist, curved hem and pockets. This dress is extremely soft and feels amazing on, you almost want to sleep in it! 

Dress & Bag c/o Fashion to Figure//Sandals (similar here and here ) - Lane Bryant//Necklace - Melody Ehsani

Palm Print and Stripes

Hi Lovies,

Palm prints are popping up every where this season and I'm loving it. All the beautiful bright color combos I've been seeing, like these palm print pants I wore here for instance. It's just a super fun print to wear and makes you feel like you should be on a beach somewhere. This tank from H&M was nothing short of that. It's a nice light and comfortable top, perfect for the summer with it's delightful tropical print. You can definitely get a lot of use from this top, it goes with almost anything.

Tank - H&M//Skirt (similar) - Eshakti//Sandals - Dolce Vita//Necklace (similar) -  c/o Fashion to Figure//Bag (similar) - Street Fair

To the Max!

Hey Lovies!!

If you've noticed by now, I'm the type of gal that likes to show some leg...to a certain extent of course! I normally prefer my skirts or dress to hit right at the knee but I've kinda stepped out of that as of late. I now have a growing collection of midi skirts and I've even gone as far as wearing maxi length! Yes, me in a maxi skirt or dress is unheard of! But I find them to very elegant looking and so figure flattering. So when I saw the Makena Maxi Skirt from Fashion to Figure, I knew it would be the start to my Maxi collection. Just like their midi version that I wore here, the maxi version was just as fabulous. The vibrant green color was definitely an eye catcher and I just loved the way the skirt moved with my body, especially when the wind caught it.

Styling tip: Do keep in mind this is maxi length, I'm 5'7 and it was grazing the floor without shoes on, so if you're shorter, heels are a must. I'm wearing a 3X. 

Fashion to Figure gifted me these items but all opinions are mine own

Top, Skirt, Bag, Necklace, Bracelet c/o Fashion to Figure//Shoes - Old Navy

Pattern Mixing

Hi Lovies!!

Pattern mixing to me is a total science, you really have to know what you're doing otherwise you could end up looking crazy. Now I am far from an expert and rarely dabble in it. My boo Georgette from Grown and Curvy Woman, who is my pattern mixing inspiration, makes it looks so effortless or Mo from Lion Hunter who is basically a pattern mixing Guru!! Since I'm a fledgling at this, I decided to try a simple mix, florals and stripes. This mix seems to be a popular one with most folks and I have to say I am loving it!

Blazer (similar, similar, similar) - Forever 21 (old)//Top & Skirt - Eloquii//Sandals - Old Navy

Clothes before Bros

Hi Lovies!

I love graphic tees, especially when they have cute sayings or phrases on them, I've collected quite a few. You can do so much with them and they can easily be dressed up or down, depending on how you want to wear it. So when I saw this graphic tee on Lacey from The Lacey Perspective I squealed a little and immediately bought it! It was such the perfect phrase cause umm, clothes come before a lot of things in my book lol!

Style Tip: This tee is from the juniors section but I ordered an XL and it fit me fine. The skirt is from ASOS straight sizes, I got a US14. It fits me fine due to the generous elastic waist.

Jacket (similar) - Forever 21//Top - Target//Skirt (similar) & Bag (old)  - ASOS//Shoes - Audrey Brooke via DSW