October 2012

Liebster Award

I'm so excited to announce that I have been nominated for my first award, The Liebster Award! I want to thank the lovely and stylish Dionne from Supersize my Fashion (click the name of the blog to check her out) for nominating me!

The Rules:

1. Thank the one who nominated you.
2. Write 11 things about yourself.
3. Nominate promising bloggers who have less than 200 followers and tag them in your post.
4. You have to give them 11 questions to answer.
5. You should not tag back.
11 Things about myself:
  1.  I am a single mom to a 16yr old son named Ethan
  2. I'm a self taught baker
  3. I am a total Harry Potter geek/fan. I've read the books (several times) and have the audio versions on my iPod and listen to them often
  4. I despise mayonnaise
  5. I love my freckles
  6. My birthday is on Halloween and love to collect anything Halloween related
  7. I adore dogs of any shape, size and color 
  8. I have a very good singing voice but only sing in front of people if I've been drinking
  9. I love that I live in Spanish Harlem, NYC
  10. I have a love/hate relationship with my unruly curly hair
  11. I've been coloring my hair red for so long, that some people actually think I'm a true red head lol

My answers to the questions given to me by Dionne:

1. What inspired you to start your own blog?
When I came across Gabifresh and Nicolette Mason's blogs. They were such an inspiration to us plus size women and show us that no matter what your size, always be confident. So I did!
2. What are your favorite places to shop?
Forever 21, ASOS, Torrid
3. What's your guilty pleasure?
Jersey Shore
4. When getting dressed, is there an item you build the rest of your outfit around? If so, what is it?
Yes, it's usually my Cropped Military Blazer, (seen here) I always want to wear it but I know I can't lol
5. What do you usually wear on your day off, around the house?
It depends. I'm usually with my boyfriend on the weekends so I like to dress up but if I'm home I'm usually in my pj's.
6. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Isn't it obvious? SHOPPING!!! lol!
7. Single, in love, engaged or married?
Totally taken and in love with my boyfriend Eric of almost 3yrs
8. What's your favorite movie?
Ugh! it's so hard to pick just one but I'll have to say Clueless
9. Is there a saying or phrase you live by? If so, what is it?
Carpe Diem
10. If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
World Peace (corny but true) Wealth, and three more wishes lol
11. If you had an opportunity to style a celebrity (female), who would you style?
America Ferrera
I'm nominating:
  1. Alissa from The Adored Life
  2. Lindsey from Know Better Now
  3. Leslie from La Mujer Decente
  4. Monica from Thirty Something Chic
  5. Karen Allen from Hablamos Fashion
  6. Rebecca Perez from Justbecca's Vintage Jewelry
  7. Tatianna from Style Remaining Fashion Fading
My questions for you:
  1. What inspired you to start your own blog?
  2. What's your all time favorite food?
  3. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  4. What can't you live without?
  5. Do you like twitter or facebook better?
  6. What is one thing you do everyday that makes you happy?
  7. What is your dream vacation ?
  8. What shows do you enjoy watching?
  9. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  10. What is your favorite pastime?
  11. What is your fav song?
Thanks again to Dionne for nominating me and I hope you enjoyed getting to know me better!
Until next time Lovies
~ La Pecosa Preciosa

Military Chic

I love eBay for shopping and finding different and unique things. You can also find clothing from past seasons that people are selling which I think is great! I scored this adorable dress from Forever 21 as well as my favorite Cropped Military Blazer from Torrid off of eBay.. The dress is a great fit and love the tiered design which makes it very cowgirl looking. The blazer is another piece that I wish I could wear everyday, and was so happy when I found it on eBay. Makes me feel like I should be part of a marching band lol. The shimmery gold stripes on the shoulders, sleeves and front make it all the more lavish looking. So it gave my simple burnt orange dress a touch of fancy.

From day to night

Friday night I met up with my home girl at one of our fav happy hour spots. Since I was meeting her after work, I wanted to wear something that could go from day to night. I went with a Chiffon Animal Print Dress from Ashley Stewart. I adore the beautiful watercolor animal print as well as the color combo. It also has an elastic waistband for added stretch. For work, I added my Blue Shawl Lapel Blazer from Forever 21 to have a more conservative look.

OOTD: Ferociously Furry

Yesterday searching through my Fall clothing, I came across my favorite Cropped Fur Trim Cardigan from Torrid. I haven't worn it in forever, so I decided to put together an outfit just so I can wear it! This cardigan is adorable, if I could wear it with all my outfits, I would lol. It has a a single button, 3/4 sleeves and made of the softest material. The fur collar gives any outfit a touch of posh.

Look what I found!

When I was packing my bag for my usual weekend with my Beau, I decided to go digging in some of my fall clothing. What's good about digging is you come across stuff you forgot you had. Like this Kimono Blouse and skinny jeans from Fashion to Figure that I bought last year. I love the colors, the blue, red and black makes the this top pop and the plunge line gives a more sexy appeal to it. The smocking in the middle enhances your waist and shows off more of your curves as well. The jeans are also a great fit and they hold up well after a few wears.

OOTD: Courageously Camouflage

I was very excited when I scored this Camouflage Blazer and Felicia Cognac Fur Trim Wedge Boots both from Torrid off of eBay. I normally don't fall into the whole bidding war thing because you could get carried away and spend way too much money on something. But I wasn't going to lose out on these two items and ended up getting them both for pretty good prices.

Be an inspiration

Before I decided to start a plus size blog, I spent hours reading them. It was so much fun reading all the other fantastic blogs and getting to know the women behind them. I swooned over their photos, loved each individuals personal style and what an inspiration they were to the plus size community. 

Since then, I have been inspired by many of my fellow bloggers to start my own blog. And I have to say it has been nothing but pure enjoyment. Despite my short time as a plus size blogger, I have already obtain a bit of a fan base and could only hope it keeps growing. It's a very rewarding feeling when someone tells you that they were inspired by one of your outfits or took your advice on a store that I reviewed and was very pleased with their purchase. I get inspired everyday by other plus size/curvy bloggers and wanted to feature  three of my  favorite ones.

OOTN: Ain't nothing but a Houndstooth!

Friday was my friend Vanessa's birthday and she was having it at one of my favorite happy hour restaurants Pazza Notte. They have 2 for 1 martinis ALL day! It was unseasonably cold in NYC on Friday so I actually had to wear a coat. I was very excited because my outfit for the night consisted of all new pieces! I pulled out my Belted Wool Cape from Walmart, my Houndstooth Blazer from Ashley Stewart along with my Pleated Faux Leather Skirt from Forever 21.

Do you believe in fate?

I saw this blouse a while back at Forever 21 and I really liked it. I loved the delicate pearl color and the pretty sequins trim on the V-neckline. As usual I picked up way too many pieces of clothing and realized I needed to put some stuff back. Unfortunately this blouse was one of the items I put back on the racks. I sadly said goodbye to the blouse and made my way to the checkout. About 3 weeks I made my weekly visit to Forever 21 and I happened to come across the blouse again, and in the sale section no less! I jumped for joy ( yes, I literally jumped for joy lol), couldn't believe that it was there. It was obviously fate, and it was meant for me to have this blouse. I quickly found my size and happily made my way to the checkout (with like 4 other things from the sale section!)

OOTD: Charismatic Cheetah

As you probably know by now, I'm crazy over anything animal print. So when I saw this Dress in Old Navy, I snatched it up quick! This is a great dress with all my fav features, 3/4 sleeves that can be rolled up to be made shorter, above knee length, split neckline and it has pockets. Not to mention the price was great too.

H&M, why would you do this to me???

Monday after work I took a walk to 34th street and decided to go into H&M to check out their plus size line. I read a few reviews about the line off of some of the other plus size blogs and it didn't get very good reviews. This was very disappointing because I love so many things from H&M's straight line.I was hoping they did the same for the plus line, but unfortunately the reviews were true. I pretty much hated everything there! The clothes looked like it was designed for someone shaped like a square. There were no shaping, contouring, or structure to the clothes what so ever, and the styles were very old lady looking. They obviously didn't follow any current trends to create their pieces.

So after rummaging through the horribly displayed clothes, I came across this blush color blazer in the sale section. I've been looking for a blush blazer for a while and for $20, I couldn't say no! To add insult to injury, H&M also doesn't know how to size their clothing. All they had left of this blazer was size 24, so I decided to try it on and to my surprise it fit me perfectly. That's 3 sizes bigger than my normal size!

OOTD: Lace and Leather

I was finally meeting up with my good friend Vanessa to attend a comedy show in my neighborhood. I wanted to wear something dressy but casual so I decided to go with a color block look. I bought this Contrast Lace Yoke Shirt from Forever 21 a while ago and didn't know what I wanted to wear it with. This gave me the opportunity to finally wear my Plum Faux Leather Pants also from Forever 21.

It's all about the boobs!

This past Saturday was a Breast Cancer Fundraiser in my Beau's Mother's honor. I unfortunately never got to know her because she past away a week before me and my boyfriend met. I've been with Eric for almost 3yrs and from the many stories I've heard from my Beau, his siblings and family, she was an amazing woman. It's sad that I didn't get to know but she left behind her wonderful Son who I have been blessed to have in my life.

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