Plus Size Fashion Showcase

 

A few months ago, fellow blogger and friend Liz (With Wonder and Whimsy) and I attended a networking event together. While we were there we heard so many different statements about where plus size women shop, and where plus women COULD shop? This really stuck with us. As full figured bloggers we have a vast knowledge of different brands that cater to curvy women and sell plus size clothing, AND so many women DO NOT KNOW THEY EXIST! How could this be? How could there be so many curvy options yet the women in our area only shop at 3 places. This realization hatched a wonderful idea. We should bring all the fabulous plus size brands that we know and love to life, in the form of a fashion show. But not any fashion show, a girls night out, and and walking the runway? Real plus size women of all shapes and sizes! We want to be able to show that all curvy bodies are not the same, you can still rock what you are wearing no matter your size!

So we teamed up with 10 fabulous brands and set out to feature a look that would be the speak to the voice of each label and be on trend for Spring and Summer seasons. To be honest making the selections from each brand was TOUGH(how do you choose between so many awesome items), we wanted to stay true to the brand and feature pieces that we felt were signature to that company, but at the same time select items that spoke to our demographic and to our personal tastes as bloggers and stylists. Part of blogging is creating a finished look, so in addition to clothing we also wanted to style each look with jewelry, shoes and a bag!

Not to get gooey on you, but each item that is being featured in this event, was hand selected by Liz or I. We labored over this integral piece of the event, it was both the hardest and most rewarding part of the process. Then when we were able to get together to shoot promo we truly enjoyed interacting and playing with the clothing! I am so excited to share all of our hard work with you. 🙂

Tickets to Plus Size Fashion Showcase

Any fabulous night out HAS to come with GIFTS. I mean I love presents, so doesn’t everyone? We are so excited to offer our guests swag bags jam packed with stuff!! I don’t want to give it all away, but each bag will have brand specific coupons for our guests to use after the fashion show! In addition to other fabulous goodies!

Now lets talk decor, I had no idea when I met Liz that she was also a party planner, but when we found this out about each other it was PERFECT. I take great care in every party I plan, to the very last detail it is of great importance to me that each piece be perfect. I am so delighted to be able to incorporate items I already keep in my party decor inventory(yes I have that, its a thing) with vendors that Liz knows and loves. She turned me onto an Esty shop that is straight up darling!

Side note – Feel free to ask me about my grandmothers 80th Halloween Birthday party. It was INSANE, people thought I rented everything. Nope, its in the inventory :). I digress. lol

You may be thinking “Anne, I am from Southeast Michigan and I read your blog and I already know where to shop.” Yes! And I want to meet you! Liz and I are so excited to meet readers and supporters of our passions. Seriously meeting a reader or a follower of Curls and Contours is like Christmas morning, I always ask Keith if I am ever a little to excited when I meet someone that follows Curls and Contours. I am like “Hi how are you, tell me about your whole life and I love your outfit, and THANK YOU FOR READING MY BLLLOOOGGGGG!” lol Don’t let that scare you off, I promise I am super chill in person. Promise. 😉

If you are a blogger, or in the fashion industry we want you to attend so that you can network with others in the Fashion Industry, boutique owners will be there, retail industry babes will be there, the people that YOU NEED TO MEET will be chilling with us on May 7th! Its so empowering to be with other women that share the same passions as you do, and this Girls Night Out is the perfect place to make new friends and find new business contacts.

Come, have a drink or two 🙂 and some appetizers. Chat with your girlfriends and enjoy some fashion. We can’t wait to meet you!

Make sure to get your tickets EARLY! We have limited seating and tickets are selling FAST!

Get your tickets to the Plus Size Fashion Showcase here. 

PS. I know I am keeping the brands under wraps! You will just have to come to find out what labels we love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiyonna Vixen Cocktail Dress

Dress from Kiyonna.com

Dress | Clutch | Shoes

So so excited to introduce a new brand to my readers! Kiyonna is a fantastic brand that was created for the sophisticated plus size woman. They offer everything from gowns to casual separates. Each piece has a distinct air of class and ease of style, and everything is made in the USA! I am so excited to be partnering with Kiyonna to share a piece from their collection monthly. You can learn more about Kiyonna’s story here. 

I selected this dress because I love a good style challenge, this is a silhouette that I have not worn a lot AND this is a color that I LOVE. On the website, this dress looks like a dusty rose color more brown than pink. But in person this dress is definitely pink, I would call it a mauve. Which is lovely on pale yellow haired people like myself. 🙂

I followed the size chart and ordered a 1x, I felt that this was a perfect fit. The fabric had some stretch which I loved and was breathable. My favorite part of this dress was the lace detail on the left hip, this was adjustable and added some extra drama to a classic look. The sheath shape of this dress played up my curves, but the draping hid some lumps and bumps.

I chose to style this dress for a classic cocktail party look. Strappy heels, a clutch and some gold jewelry. This dress could easily go to work, with some sensible pumps and simple jewelry. You could even throw on a cropped blazer if you wanted!

You know that I usually reach for edgier pieces, and I feel that this color and fit is a great option to add to my closet for summer. The lace up detail adds drama and the unusual color really lightens up my wardrobe of black and white pieces. 🙂

This post was sponsored by Kiyonna, contains affiliate links, and all opinions are my own. 

Loralette Jumpsuit


Jumpsuit | Bag | Shoes(Similar)

Raise your hand if you have ever thought ” I can never wear a jumpsuit” sister I was right there with you until this little beauty came into my life. I ordered it in a size up (which honestly I probably didn’t need to do) just so I could ensure a flowy fit for my first trip into Jumpsuit world. This is a piece that I will save for special occasions, perfect for a tropical vacation, a bridal or baby shower, a special date night out. I would not throw this on for running errands in town or hanging around the house.

Something I have always enjoyed about summer dressing is the simplicity of it, you can put on one piece of clothing and some sandals and be out the door. This is definitely part of the allure of a jumpsuit, romper, or dress, its simple and doesn’t require much thought.

Jumpsuit tips from self professed newbie. 

1. Wear sensible undergarments! I am not going to lie here, some adjusting goes into wearing a romper or jumpsuit, you DONT need additional underwear drama when you are trying to keep things in place. Some nice supportive panties and your go to strapless bra will be your best bet for jumpsuit success. 

2. Keep your accessories to a minimum, especially if your jumpsuit has a pattern of any kind. Let the clothing be the statement here, accessories and shoes should be played way down. 

3. Dont second guess yourself! Wear that jumpsuit with pride, you love it use it as a tool of empowerment!! 

Happy Monday Babes!

This post was sponsored by Loralette, all opinions are my own. 

Lace Top Two Ways

Find Liz’s look at withwonderandwhimsy.com

 

 

Jacket | Top | Jeans | Booties | Bag 

So a fun idea occurred to my blogger friend Liz and I a couple of weeks ago while we were shopping together. Lets get the same top in different colors and then style them!! So naturally we both go for our go to looks I picked the black top and Liz went with the Lavender. Liz reached for her favorite pink pumps and white skinnies, and I grabbed my peep toe booties and ripped up jeggings. The result? A perfectly unplanned balance of how to style a lace top with dark and light pieces.

We actually laughed when we met up to shoot this, like “OF COURSE you were going to pair your top with white skinnies and pink pumps!” Its perfect, its you! Liz gave this boho chic top a refined air by pairing it with pumps and white skinny jeans, top it off with a perfect bun and Liz has created a perfectly polished look that is ready for a date night out. I love how bright this look is, its a pop of spring color that will take her into summer. She could easily switch out the skinny jeans for a white a-line skirt for when the temps heat up.

I paired my black lace top with a pair of dark wash ripped jeggings and a army green spring jacket. I wanted to keep my footwear neutral and seasonally appropriate so I grabbed my favorite TOMS booties(which I actually purchased last year but they are still in stock!). In my true style I wanted to lend this romantic boho lace top some edge, instead of making this top the highlight of my look I pushed for it to add texture and interest to my outfit. This is a piece I will wear again and again, sometimes it will be all about adding some texture and then other times it will be the highlight of my entire look. I would wear this same jeans and top combo with some platform sandals and my hair pulled back to a concert or out for cocktails with my girlfriends.

Check out my fabulous friend Liz’s outfit and her With Wonder and Whimsy here.

Get tickets to our Plus Size Fashion Showcase here

Boutique Look on a Budget

Dress(Similar) | Shoes | Bag | Sunnies 

I would like to start a monthly series of budget posts. If you have been following me for awhile, you already know I am not a budget blogger. Thats just not the niche I fall into, I LOVE budget blogs and follow quite a few but my particular brand isn’t a budget brand. The reason? I have expensive taste, thats pretty much the reason lol. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good sale because believe me I DO, and it doesn’t mean I don’t wear target sandals and thrifted blouses because I do that too! But the workhorse pieces of my blog wardrobe are designer, I love the quality, craftsmanship, customer service and history that comes with purchasing a designer bag, sunglasses, and clothing.

Not everyone can afford those things, or maybe they don’t believe in spending that kind of money on a material item. On this blog, you do you. If you aren’t into it, thats great, if you are into it thats great too! After reading comments and getting questions about dressing on a budget I thought it would be fun to work on a series where I link up budget options to recreate some of the looks I put on the blog. These posts will not be sponsored by anyone, and the items in the photos will be bought and paid for by yours truly. 🙂 Sometimes I will be able to  link the exact item, and sometimes it will be something similar to what I have. My goal is to get each outfit at less than 125 dollars total!

This dress I purchased at a boutique in Royal Oak MI, and I love how basic it is, its the perfect canvas for fun accessories. I wore it this past weekend with colorful earrings and a denim jacket and I got 1 million compliments!! Part of being a blogger is wearing clothing that is easily found or recreated, so I try not to blog about items I might find at TJ MAXX or small boutiques because often those pieces can not be found everywhere. And then the blogger guilt kicks in, I have this one amazeballs dress and I post it to share with my fellow curvy babes and guess what. It doesn’t exist anywhere else, and too bad for you. I hate doing that.

Ok I am going off on a tangent, lol. I will be linking similar items above to recreate this look on a budget of 125 dollars!! Then below I will lay out the math so we can see where I spent my 125 bucks.

Shoes- 32.99

Dress- 28.00

Bag- 27.90

Sunnies- 12.99

Total spent- 101.88 without tax 

Happy Monday babes!

Spring Dress Babe.

Dress | Jacket(Similar) | Bag | Shoes 

Dress | Bag | Heels | Earrings | Spanx

I wanted to share a couple of looks today from some fabulous affordable UK brands. With the temps warming up its time to start thinking about shedding those layers and prepping your skin to be seen(think faux tanners lol).

I have been gravitating towards blue lately, you know I love black anything so blue is a great way to lighten up my wardrobe and bring in some different tones to play with. The other hot trend this year is embroidery, everythannnnggg has embroidery on it lately. I have been choosy about what I want to wear from that trend, and really trying to pick stuff that is true to my brand and easy to wear.

Thats why I loved this blue embroidered body con dress from Quiz Clothing, its got beautiful flowers and a modern cut to flatter your shape. I am in desperate need of some nude heels so I paired this look with my cheetah ones(out of necessity) its cute and a fun way to mix in a different print. I am hoping to get my hands on the heels I linked in this post soon, and that would be how I would wear this dress again.

The pleats on the Wolf and Whistle dress is what initially attracted me to it, I love the way the texture changes with this dress, I wanted to lend these colors a little edgier vibe so I paired it with faux leather jacket and some lace up sandals(from TARGET!!). No Spanx needed for this dress(can I get an AMEN!) and it was a really comfy look. I would love to style this dress again with more of a wear to work vibe, a black blazer, some tights and sensible heels would make this dress perfect for a chilly spring day at work.

Happy Monday Babes!

Both of the dresses in this post were gifted to me from the brands. All opinions are my own.