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Foxcroft Giveaway: Winners!

February 3, 2014

So it’s time to announce the winners of the Foxcroft giveaway! Two lucky readers get their pick of a Foxcroft top. I entered in all of the valid entrants, and then used random.org to select random numbers.

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Congrats to Amanda Kra. and Sarah Car.! I will be in touch with you this evening :)

Looks I Love: January 22 – 31

February 1, 2014

As I mentioned in previous posts, this past month I’ve felt a new energy toward my personal style and blogging, and a lot of that has to do with experiencing creativity and fulfillment in other areas of my life and a BIG part of it comes from getting back into reading fashion blogs. I’m not sure when exactly it was that I started getting lazy and stopped reading blogs (although I’ve always looked at instagram), but I can most definitely say that it matched when my blogging itself dwindled into hardly anything a month. As I’ve gotten back into reading, I’ve seen a lot of inspiration every where, and here are a few looks I love:

Check out Carletta on Twitter and Instagrama loved life

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Hailey of Discourse of a Divine Diva

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Jay Miranda

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Ok, I couldn’t pick just one from The Je Ne Sais Quoi

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Hanna of The Wardrobe Challenge

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The Ramblings of Mrs. BeBe

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Sarah Conley of Style It: On The Plus Side

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OOTD: Wrapped Up in PinkClove

January 30, 2014

I’ve been seeing some of my UK blogger friends tweeting about a new-ish brand called Pink Clove, and after seeing Leah in their wrap dress, I decided to try out their wrap dress style too. This wrap dress was under $15! You can barely buy anything “plus size” for that price these days, so I was super excited. I wore it to work today with leggings and boots, which have become a bit of a staple in the last few weeks. I definitely recommend wearing it with leggings, as the tulip “wrap” aspect of the skirt has a habit of opening pretty high when you are sitting. Most wraps go all the way to the side, this does not, so keep that in mind.

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The skirt of the dress fit me perfectly, but the top part was slightly big. I remedied this with a metallic silver belt. Like I’ve said in previous posts, work attire demands simple jewelry for me or I will mess with it all day. I went with triangular stone with blue accents earrings, which unfortunately didn’t photograph well and is no longer available at F21. ugh! Regardless, I’m loving wearing one side of my hair behind my ear with a great earring.

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Overall, my first experience with Pink Clove was really positive. The quality of the dress was much better than I expected, and I know that I will get a lot of wear out of it. I also picked up this dress which is $10 and really cute on! This brand is definitely worth a try. By the way, I used the US to UK size conversion chart that they have under their “size guide”, and  I would say it is accurate. Even though the top of this dress was a little big, sizing down one would have made the dress too snug. Pink Clove goes up to a UK 32, which is the equivalent of a roomy US 28.

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Pink Clove dress, Old Navy leggings, Eloquii belt (no longer available), F21 earrings (no longer available)

Have you tried Pink Clove? What are your thoughts/favorite items?

*This brand spotlight is not sponsored. I purchased my own clothing from the brand.

6 Blogs to (re)Visit

January 29, 2014

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the chance to talk with a few new bloggers, and it made me think a lot about the bloggers I read when I first started blogging and the year or so after. Many of those blogs that were/are hugely inspirational to me are still up and running with new content, and other ones are no longer or not often updated or have changed direction or moved over to other platforms like Instagram. Some haven’t blogged since 2012, and others have posts from just a few months ago. This post is all about the blogs that may no longer be updated or rarely updated. All of the following 6 have wonderfully rich archives with outfit inspiration that can serve you today. I hope you’ll check out these blogs that really played a role into who I am as a fashion blogger and take a long good look through their archives.

A Well-Rounded Venture

awellroundedventureNicole is probably the most influential blogger I ever had contact with. She was one of the first to talk with me, and I related to her so well. We met up in the summer of 2012 to go to FFFWeek together. It was a great time (even though I was a little uptight because the city scared me haha). Check out her Instagram account as well.

Buttons, Bows, and Brogues

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Mode Plus

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Mitten Paws - Check out her Instagram. Be warned, you’ll be hungry after!

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An Olive a Day

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Saks in the City

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What were some the blogs that inspired you most when you first came upon plus-size fashion blogs? Feel free to share blogs that are no longer updated!

 

OOTD: Be Bold

January 27, 2014

This morning I tweeted/instagramed my outfit of the day that featured a dress that had spent months in my closet and was just finally being worn. It’s an ASOS Curve dress that many bloggers have worn before, and I didn’t style it in any kind of new way, but it was still bold for me. It’s funny how after years of blogging, there can still be an item you love but feels “bold” or a step out of the norm for you.

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After I posted it, all of you lovely people gave me a lot of encouragement, and I really enjoyed wearing the dress. This dress had multiple things that were unusual for me: a swing dress shape, bright color, and animal print. It’s one of those dresses that you wear and mean to be seen in.

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This was a different than my typical teaching outfits, so I kept it pretty simple. I love how these other bloggers style it though:

Forever Fabulous in Bows

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The Closet of Megan Faye

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Nicolette Mason and Gabi Fresh

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Nerd About Town

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Diamonds n Pearls

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Matters of Merrymaking

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Lately I feel a little like a broken record about how I’m wearing things I wouldn’t normally wear, but it’s true. I was in a fashion rut and was lacking confidence for a few months there. It feels so good to get back to the inspiration and joy I once got from fashion and the plus size online community.

Thank you for all of the encouragement! 

Giveaway: Foxcroft Collection

January 25, 2014

As I have a need for more and more work wear, I’ve been looking into new-to-me brands that offer many styles to change things up. One of those brands is Foxcroft Collection. I’ve noticed the brand in the past when I shopped at Nordstrom, but I never realized how many choices they had on their brand website. When I was contacted by Foxcroft to do a review and giveaway, I was excited to try out one of their print styles (available in sizes 14W-24W — Main range covers sizes 4-18). I went for their sketched dot print long sleeve blouse and styled it for work, but this top is also great for more casual looks. Bekah from Matters of Merrymaking styled it with print crashing – love it!

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I’m at the top of Foxcroft’s size range, and the top was a little tight across the bottom, but the sleeves were the perfect size, which is really hard for me to find. Even though it was a little tight for me, it still fit better than similar styles from other companies. The material has just the right amount of stretch, and the style has slits at the side to help fit those of us with wider hips.

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Lola loved the top so much that she had to get in on this picture-taking action. Look at her pose; she’s a superstar :).

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I love the button detail at the sleeve. The fabric that attaches to the button was the right length– a rare find! As you can see in the above picture, the slit at the side is about 3 inches long, which allows the top to move along with you.

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I also wanted to show what the top looks like button up. I like it, but I think I would wear it tucked into a skirt with it all buttoned up this way.

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Now for the giveaway details!

TWO entrants will win a Foxcroft Collection shirt of their choice (pending availability of style/size)!

1. To enter, visit the Foxcroft Collection website and select a style that you would want if you were to win. Like Foxcroft on Facebook, then come back to this post and comment with your Facebook name and/or your e-mail address and selected Foxcroft style. Make sure to leave a valid e-mail address for me to contact you :).

2. Want an extra entry? Comment on Foxcroft’s Facebook wall letting them know that you are entering this giveaway and what style you chose. Leave an additional comment here letting me know that you commented with your Facebook name. Make sure to leave a valid e-mail address for me to contact you.

You can comment and enter through Sunday, February 2nd. Winners will be selected using random.org number generator and entries will be verified for meeting giveaway entry rules.

Severe Bag Envy + What’s in My Purse?

January 25, 2014
A couple days ago I was scrolling through Instagram when a picture from stylist (and former Marie Claire “Big Girl, Skinny World” editor) Ashley Falcon popped up on my feed. It was a simple picture with some bags from her trip, but suddenly I found myself thinking about the purse on top of the stack over and over again.

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(Check out her Instagram)

It’s not my typical style of purse. Usually I’m a crossbody lover, but the angles of the bag and the colorblocking pulled me in. I’m pretty sure hers is a Céline bag and way, way, way out of my price range, but I went on a mad hunt for similar styles and here’s what I found:

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I ended up getting the H&M purse on a discount (the coupon code is on their site currently). I was pretty surprised that I couldn’t find any with the same sharp red as hers, but I think I’m a couple months too late, as spring styles are already rolling out in stores.
All of this purse obsession and stumbling on a “what’s in my bag” post made me want to share what I carry around too. I will say that I took out about 6 receipts and a napkin or two, so you’re getting the clean version of my handbag.
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I originally picked up this red Aldo bag before Christmas, and I loved the size and shallow depth so much that I asked for the black version for Christmas. Well, Santa must have thought I had too many purses, so I didn’t get it, but luckily I found it in-store a couple weeks later on major discount. I love this bag so much that I alternate between the red or black depending on my outfit. It’s just so easy to wear. The crossbody strap is the perfect length, and the pockets are just the right size.
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This purse has two sections, as you can see, with one small zip pouch inside the large section and holders for your phone and keys.
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I have a couple of staples that must come along with me on my way to work: my Fossil wallet, mini iPad, and a notebook. This wallet is a few years old, but I swear by Fossil’s products. I’ve had two wallets of theirs, and both have lasted me years. Plus, they make wallets that have zip closures, which I like because I often take just my wallet as a purse to things.
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At school, I often write when I ask my students to write, and I put down things I need to remember to do or plan out lessons or paper ideas, so a notebook is a must. I originally found this notebook style at Target, and I loved the collection (3 notebooks) so much that I wanted a few more. They are no longer in stock at my Target, but I found them on ChronicleBooks.com.
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In the inner pockets, I keep my small things: cell phone, hair accessories, travel perfume, and a little leftover Christmas chocolate. I just recently started carrying the perfume, mostly because I am out of the house for much more of the day. I picked up this travel Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume at Ulta, and thought the price was great considering the bottle was larger than I had expected.
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In the outside pocket, I carry all of my “need to grab fast” things. I never realized how many lip products I had in there. I guess I like choice.
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Burt’s Bees’ Pomegranate is my old faithful. I’ve been wearing the Cover Girl Lip Perfection all winter in Berry Twist, and I received the Bite lip pencil in a sampler and liked it a lot. Well, that’s my bag. Not too interesting, but it has my favorite things and necessities.
What do you carry in your bag? Are there any bag styles that you’re currently dreaming about?
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