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Karen Kane, Curls and Contours

Karen Kane, Curls and Contours

Karen Kane, Curls and Contours

Vest | Dress | Boots | Bag

Well, here it is Michigan we are there. We are at that point in the year when Fall is more than just an idea on a 65 degree day, when we are happily wearing T-shirts and ankle baring skinny jeans. Us northerners have officially entered layering season, the “Do I need a sweater between my flannel and my jacket?” type of weather.

My favorite layering piece in the vest, so versatile and easy to wear with pretty much anything. There are so many different kinds of vests, at virtually any price point there is always something you can find. I was thinking for this post I would share my current favorites from totally light(virtually no added warmth) to heavy layering piece(could substitute as a jacket this winter).

Light, easy to throw on when its a warm fall day.

Medium, its kinda warm but has a bite to the breeze. 

Medium Heavy, its 55 and sunny out. 

Heavy, its less than 50 degrees and you need WARMTH! 

Something that in my opinion every person should have in there closet? A black down vest, you can wear this piece with virtually everything, and stay warm. Its easy to find a black vest in a range of prices and designers, from Burberry and Barbour(Fashion forward) to The North Face and Patagonia(Sporty Spice).

Girls Night Out

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Dress | Boots | Bag | Necklace | Earrings 

You know how sometimes you just throw an outfit on and it looks amazing? Yeah, this wasn’t one of those times. lol. I have been stalking this dress on Gwynnie Bee for months, I knew that it would be adorable for a warm fall day, I knew the length would be perfect for me. I JUST KNEW THIS DRESS WAS AMAZING. Then, these boots I have been hunting for a pair of over the knee boots for awhile, but they had to be perfect. Just the right amount of rugged refinement(I live in Michigan not LA ok), they had to be a flattering color, and then had to have a heel, not a wedge, not a tiny little point, but a good solid heel . I came across these on Torrid(a contemporary plus size line) and I thought they would fit the bill. AND GUESS WHAT! My planning was perfect because this look turned out exactly the way I wanted. The dress is short but not show your butt cheeks off short, and the boots are rugged but make a statement. I carried my fall/winter crossbody bag just so I could have my hands free.

Sorry about the photo quality(iPhone), I actually wore this look to a girls night out concert, and we snapped them before we went in to the venue. Ladies let me tell you, my confidence was through the roof with this look. Powerful, Beautiful, Comfortable. It was all there.

Also…I am not hiding behind my sunglasses for this look, I get really self conscious about my face. So I often just wear my sunglasses in shoots so I can offset my face shape, or hide (in my opinion) my small eyes. I know its not real life, but its something I struggle with. We all have our things right? 🙂

Thank you Lindsay for being willing to be my photographer LOVE YOU!! P.S. you are hired for any and all future west side blog shoots. xoxoxo.

The Skinny Jeans Post

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Snaps for great jeans

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Top (not plus) | Jeans | Shoes | Bag | Sunnies

I have been on a  search for the perfect skinny jean for years, and I have tried them all. Different brands, new styles, new jean “technology”, you name it I have given it a go. As a self proclaimed “Jeans girl’ I feel like my research has led me to a couple of insights that I try to stick with when I am shopping for skinny jeans.

  1. Curvy girls, buy the jeans that are made for curvy figures, that pocket placement and higher rise is sent from heaven down to us girls that can fill out a pair of jeans. TRUST.
  2. Don’t buy jeans without pockets, just don’t.
  3. Don’t be afraid to try the “Plus Size” jeans. I KNOW its hard sometimes to accept that your booty has grown, and its time to size up. Believe me I know, but again ladies. Fit really matters, and no one is going to be thinking “Is she wearing a 16W or just a 16” its hard to get that punk ass devil off our shoulders but good fitting jeans(clothing in general) is what can make your confidence and inner beauty shine through.

This particular pair of skinny jeans is from Democracy Denim, I scooped them up through Gwynnie Bee, and I will say just in case you are thinking it. I am a Gwynnie Bee affiliate(they advertise on Curls and Contours and I sometimes do sponsored work for them), BUT I actually pay every month for the service. These jeans did not come to me c/o, I put them in my virtual closet and patiently waited for them to arrive at my house.

They have a stretchy waistband, and this brand has their own jean technology called “Ab-solution”, basically the jean has been darted and cut to help keep things in place. Which lets be real what women doesn’t love that. Amiright? hahaha

They are stretchy and definitely stretched to fit my frame even more as I wore them. I will link some similar pairs to try in all sizes.

Democracy Denim Raw Hem Jegging

Democracy Denim Absolution Jegging

Democracy Denim 5 Pocket Jegging(Plus)

Democracy Denim Ab Tech Jegging(Plus)

Happy Monday!