Packing With Style



Skirt | Shoes | Sunglasses

I am over the moon excited to be traveling to NYC in a couple of weeks, my blogger bestie Liz and I will be heading to Full Figured Fashion Week in June. The planning and packing that has gone into this trip is astounding, have I gone a little overboard. Possibly. Am I the curvy girl that wants it all? HELL YES! I thought for this post it would be fun to share my strategy for creating a capsule wardrobe for 5 days in NYC.

I haven’t been to New York since I was a little girl, going back for a fashion event in my twenties with a fellow fashionista really changes my packing game. From my research, reading and knowledge of travel I have narrowed down what needs to get in my suitcase. What I have been creating is called a Capsule Wardrobe.

Lets talk about that term “Capsule Wardrobe” a term that was created in the 1970’s by a London boutique owner, a capsule wardrobe is a minimal wardrobe composed of 30-40 pieces that will suit your needs for a given amount of time.

What I have enjoyed about creating this “capsule wardrobe” is the theme that flows through each piece. Each piece that I selected for the trip has something in common.

Rules for Anne’s NYC Capsule Wardrobe

1. Summer fabrics. I will be in NYC in June, it will be mid 70’s-80’s everyday. We will be walking a lot and shopping a bunch, everything I bring needs to be light breezy fabric.

2. Color Scheme. The color I centered my capsule wardrobe around was black. There are a couple of reasons this color is essential for my NYC wardrobe. I already own lots of black pieces, and in NYC black is always in season! 

3. Comfort. I really can not function at my top level when I am feeling uncomfortable in what I am wearing, from my shoes to my undergarments. Everything has to be just right. I have gone a little bit crazy planning for this trip when it comes to comfort, I am just so concerned about getting there and being uncomfortable. I will make sure to link some of the unmentionables I purchased to go under dresses and skirts in an upcoming post. 

4. The last part rule for my capsule wardrobe, centers around outfit planning for specific events. While we are at FFFWeek Liz and I will be attending different parties and events. Some of them with specific criteria for what you wear. I have been working hard to find pieces that can be worn to the different events we are attending, but will also work when I am back home AND could mix and match with other pieces while we are there. Its been tricky to find such specific pieces. Oh and we can’t forget these event specific outfits must follow rules 1,2,and 3. I have ordered and then returned some items. 

I am linking some of the articles I have been reading to help me prepare for NYC dressing in this post, I am SOOOOO glad that blogs exist. I would be lost without some of these posts.

How to Dress Like a New Yorker

Plus Size Shopping in NYC

My Guide to NYC

There will be tons more to share in the coming weeks. Keep up with me on Instagram, and Facebook for in the moment posts!

There are affiliate links in this post. All opinions are my own. 🙂

Green Goddess with Kiyonna

Dress | Bag | Shoes 

A classic Maxi dress, every woman needs one a flattering fit, a easy color to coordinate with other pieces, and quality fabric that is going to last. For my second monthly review for Kiyonna, I wanted to feature a type of dress that is universally flattering to all shapes. The Maxi dress is a shape that became iconic in the 1960’s the maxi dress changes slightly from designer to designer, and today can be found in virtually every women’s clothing store. BUT. Not all maxi dresses are created equal, and for me I go with quality over quantity EVERY TIME(unless its diamonds, I always want lots of diamonds lol).

Now, I know what you are thinking, “Anne, you talk about Maxi dresses every damn summer, WE KNOW YOU LIKE THEM!” What I want to highlight about this specific maxi, is the pleating under the bust. This small detail set this Kiyonna Maxi into a whole different level for me, this detail adds interest while at the same time masking any tummy troubles. AND THAT is what I am learning about Kiyonna, the little details that are specifically for the plus size babe is what this brand specializes in. Some pleating on the tummy here, and some rushing on the sleeve there. Each little detail adds up to a piece of clothing that is tailored to the plus size woman.

When we photographed this look, I loved that my dress was as green as the trees and nature surrounding me. I felt like a green goddess, this color is one of my favorites right now. I reach for something green to wear almost everyday, lol. I have 3 olive green jackets, a green camo jacket and vest, an olive swing dress, some green espadrilles and now this Olive Maxi. 🙂 Green is my color, and luckily this season its everywhere.

I wanted to style this dress with some neutral accessories that were on trend, and would lend this classic look a subtle trendy feel. Some nude mules, and my favorite leopard clutch were easy choices. I plan on styling this dress with some flat sandals and a cross body for an easy daytime look.

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

Plus Size Fashion Showcase Wrap Up

HOT DAMN!!! The Plus Size Fashion Showcase FINALLY HAPPENED!! After months of planning and working towards this goal Liz(With Wonder and Whimsy) and I held our event this past Sunday. 10 fabulous brands were featured, we had food, drinks and a photo booth. The event was a smash hit!! We sold out all of our tickets, and couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out!

Guests arrived at the event and were greeted with swag bags stuffed full of branded merchandise, FabUPlus magazine, hair ties, journals, selfie sticks and a water bottle. They were able to pick up their drink tickets and be checked off the guest list. We made sure to have all of our bases covered, from the “Girls Run The World”  playlist to the decor, we wanted the ladies at the event to have a blast! We set up the room so that guests could be seated at a table or they could mix and mingle.

We planned the runway presentation for the middle of the event, so that the models could mix and mingle with the guests and chat about their different looks and answer any questions. Liz and I both felt strongly that this be a presentation more than a “Runway event’ where you see the looks one time and thats it. We wanted the guests and models to mingle and generate conversation based on plus size fashion.


Maurices, shop locally at the Maurices Brighton, Ann Arbor or Howell locations

Hips Resale | Catherines

Kiyonna | Liz Louise

SWAK | Curvaceous Boutique

Avenue | Society Plus

For the Plus Size Fashion Showcase, Liz and I divided up many of the tasks. For our first event we decided that I would walk in the show and she would MC. So naturally our post show recaps would show two different perspectives on the event. For more details on each look, and a description of each brand head on over to, Liz outlined each look and blogged what she talked about at the event!

Model Perspective

What I really want to talk about is modeling. What was it like walking in the show? How did I prepare? What are my thoughts as a real girl trying out a models job.

What was it like walking in the show?

It was a BLAST! I had been practicing, and attempting to channel Gigi and Kendal for a few days before the show. But I got out there and just tried to smile and stand tall and show off the different aspects of my look. I think the biggest part for me was not getting in a rush, my nerves had me wanting to walk as quickly as I could there and back. But I really tried to think about taking my time. True Story : the day before the show I had some Beyonce on as loud as it could go and I was STRUTTING my stuff around the house, trying to figure out exactly how to “model” lol.

How did I prepare? 

From a couple of years of blogging I have learned that half the battle of good photos is having your hair, skin and nails on point. The biggest thing I did to prep for “The Runway” was to remain vigilant on my nightly skin care routine, no nights off, no sleeping with my makeup on. The day of the event, I did a conditioning treatment on my hair, and doubled up on my lotions lol.

Additional Thoughts 

I would definitely walk the runway again, but I really would like some lessons. I think that it is so easy to watch fashion shows and think “Oh yeah” I can do that. But really you get out there and transferring what you think you can do to what is actually happening is REALLY HARD. Again, I am going to reference blogging. when you are in front of the camera, and behind the computer screen there is a safety net. You can really control the narrative, and the view your reader will have. In live action situations(like runway shows), you have to prepare ahead of time as best you can and the rest is in the wind.

Liz and I are so thankful to everyone that supported this event! From the brands that believed in us to the beautiful ladies that attended. We could not have made this dream a reality without you.

Sleeveless Ribbed Dress

Dress | Shoes(similar) | Bag | Jacket | Earrings(similar)

Writing this post from my new sunroom, I took a little break from posting on the blog so that I could get closed on my homes and get moved AND THEN so that I could get to work on the Fashion Showcase! Which was a huge success, that post will go live Friday!

One of my best friends and cousin(hey Liz) always says I am the Kim of the family, like she tags me every week on Instagram in a Kim K, or Beyonce meme hahahaha, its a thing. And with this dress I can finally see exactly what she is talking about, the curve hugging design is phenomenal.

Girls. This dress, THIS DRESSSSSS let me just tell you this dress is sexy as hell. Made in a completely casual fabric(a ribbed knit), I paired it with some platform mules(naturally) and my trusty jean jacket(I linked a similar one, this one is like 4 years old) for a sexy yet casual summer look. My favorite part of this piece is two fold, one the ruching is so flattering, it adds texture and can help to mask problem areas and two the color is so versatile, easily paired with soft browns or can be edgier with black accessories. I would love to style this dress with a leather moto jacket and strappy heels for a night out, or with some chucks and a long cardigan for Saturday morning farmers market trips with my mom.

How would you style this bodycon?

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