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OOTD: After the Snow Melts

February 15, 2014

As is typical in North Carolina, we went from very cold weather to kinda warm weather within the span of a few days. I took a cue from the sun to wear a winter-ish outfit that requires it to not be too cold outside. I got this H&M dress about a month ago from their online store, and I’ve been toying around with different looks. It’s really a piece that allows you to dress it up or down, and this time I chose to dress it a little up.

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This dress has a sheer yoke and sleeves, as well as long skirt. I love that the sheer is heavy enough that I feel comfortable wearing such a short lining underneath (or at least short for me). I paired it with jewelry from F21, belt from ASOS, and clutch from Zara.

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The skirt also has slits on both sides which gives the dress great movement as you walk.

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H&M dress, Zara clutch, ASOS belt, F21 earrings and bracelet

I could imagine this dress working really well with a cool, sporty jacket as well as being worked with a fancier coat/cardigan. The maxi length makes it a good transitional piece from winter to spring, as well.

Are you already thinking of and dressing for spring, or are you still fully winter? Is your fashion seasonal or do you wear the same kinds of things year round?

Looks I Love: February 8-14

February 15, 2014

Maybe it’s because this week I was snowed in and had more time to read blogs, but it was HARD getting a manageable list of great looks. There were so, so many to choose from. Based on the one’s I chose, I think that I’m still being drawn to certain colors and shapes. I’m ready for spring, but I’m going to miss all the layering with coats that you’ll see below. Here’s some of the looks I love this week.

Sticky Sweet Danish

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And I Get Dressed 

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Danielle Vanier

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Franceta Johnson

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Sugar, Darling?

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The Curvy Fashionista

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A Rose Like This

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P.S. Don’t forget to enter the ASOS giveaway going on until February 23rd.

ASOS Voucher Giveaway!

February 13, 2014

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Today I am in my own personal little snow globe, and I keep finding myself going between responding to student work, watching movies, and perusing online shops. Something about being shut inside is dangerous for my online shopping moves, and with many in the country currently experiencing this snow, I thought you all may be interested in doing some looking too, especially if it’s for the chance to win an ASOS voucher!

ASOS contacted me and generously offered to give away TWO $25 vouchers for their store. ASOS carries plus size, straight size, accessories, shoes, men’s clothing.. SO MANY THINGS! This could be used toward anything on their site, and the winner gets the equivalent of US$25 in their own currency. For those above a size US 24, I find a lot of their items to fit me, and I wear a size 26/28.

I put together a list with the things I currently love, so take a look. You can click on the individual items to be taken to their product page. I also have a pinterest board with more.

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To Enter:

1. Leave a comment here with a valid e-mail address telling me what you would spend the $25 on — a top, dress, shoes? What are you going to add to your closet? Visit the ASOS website to look around.

There will be TWO winners and each will receive the equivalent of a US$25 voucher. I will pull these winners at the end of day on Sunday, February 23rd using random.org!

Good luck!

OOTD: Leggings & Short Dresses

February 10, 2014

In the past I never liked wearing leggings with dresses, but for some reason this season I’m kind of loving it and have been wearing them multiple times a week with different dresses and tunics. Since I am 5’4″, I find myself most likely this style with what I call “short” dresses, those that would land above my knees.

My first look is with this Evans asymmetrical dress, which I love lots (and is now $37). I wear this dress pretty often either with a belt and jewelry or without those things and a scarf instead.

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I also like to wear the leggings with more colorful pieces. I picked up the following dress from Gwynnie Bee. It’s not my usual kind of print/shape, but I actually really, really love it (sorry the pics aren’t great on any of these). Unfortunately in both pics I have my hand over the tuck on the side, but that tuck also gives this dress a slightly asymmetrical angle, which I’m kinda into these days.

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How do you wear leggings? I need some more ideas because wearing leggings is truly so, so comfortable!

OOTD: Birthday Dress

February 8, 2014

Tonight my family took me out to celebrate my latest birthday. We went to a cozy dinner at a modern Mexican cuisine restaurant, and it was super yummy. When I was thinking about what to wear, it took me a bit to figure out because I tend to already be the most over-dressed at every family occasion. I’d love to go super over the top in a birthday dress, but then I know that the majority of the people sitting around me will be in jeans (welcome to the south!). I had not had a chance to wear this Pinkclove.co.uk dress yet, so I went for it, and my sis snapped a few shots before we left.

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Pinkclove.co.uk dress, Avenue wedges, H&M purse

What do you like to wear on your birthday?

P.S. Guess how much this dress costs? 10 dollars!!!

P.P.S. Lola says hi.

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Looks I Love: February 1 – 7

February 8, 2014

Last week I had my first Looks I Love post, and reader Susan summed up the awesome-ness of all the ladies so well:

“As I am reading this blog and scrolling down the images you can really feel a sense of confidence and ownership. Each woman is unique in her choice of fashion and accessories. Individually they radiate their own amazing statement. Wow! I’ve been inspired.”

Yes! I so love seeing how people come into their own with fashion. The choices they make to express themselves and their aesthetic are exciting to see. I often hear that plus size women look the same because we have so few places to buy clothes from, but the bloggers I see smash that statement into pieces. Here’s some looks I love from this past week.

Matters of Merrymaking

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From the Corners of the Curve

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Garner Style

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With Wonder and Whimsy

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Grown and Curvy Woman

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Falala Mele

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Le Blog de Big Beauty

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OOTD: My Kind of Romance

February 4, 2014

Every year when Valentine’s Day starts getting near, I start seeing and hearing things about romance. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a little prickly when it comes to romance, but the romantic styles of dressing that pop up still draw me in. This year my love affair is all about tulle.

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I’ve been really drawn to the dressed up sweatshirt, and this seemed like the perfect time to pull out this H&M sweater top. The tulle skirt from Kiyonna looks long, but in reality it stopped at my knees. Being 5’4″ has a few disadvantages, and the camera angle is one of them.

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I’m quite smitten with this sweater. The back is a stretch sweater material, and the front has rosettes. This top is not available online, but last time that I was in store, it was still there.

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I’ve never owned a tulle skirt before, but the material is truly lovely. It has a movement that is entrancing, and I get to live out a little of my ballerina dreams in it.

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I also tucked in the sweat for a more figure hugging look. This skirt by Kiyonna has a really wide band at the top, which allows you to play around with the shape (you can easily tuck it under to make a thinner band).

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I topped the look off with some glitzy earrings from Forever21. To me, this is a romantic look — not necessarily “sexy”, but romantic. This look is perfect for seeing a play at the theater and celebrating a special occasion. Depending on how casual the sweater/top/jewelry is, you can also make it work for many different situations.

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A note on fit: I got this in my typical dress size for Kiyonna, but I didn’t consider that I would wear the band much higher on my waist. I should have sized down, as I had to pin this to correctly fit me. When you buy, pick the size for where ever you think the band will sit. If that’s on your hips, size for that. If it’s your waist, size for that.

What’s your kind of romantic style? 

 

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