Summer Dresses with Yours Clothing

Pink Dress | Earrings | Shoes | Bag | Sunglasses

Black Dress | Earrings | Shoes | Bag | Sunglasses 

Summer party season is upon us, every weekend for the past month Keith and I have had some event or party going on. During the summer I like to keep a cache of great party dresses on hand, from a casual graduation party to an evening wedding, my life is so much easier if I just have 3 or 4 dresses hanging around that can do it all. This summer, I am all about statement sleeves as this trend has grown there really is a statement sleeve for everyone. I prefer to go for the wow factor with statement sleeves, but there are subtle options that exist. A sleeve for everyone! 

Yours Clothing and I collaborated on this post, and I am so excited to bring you two dresses from their collection that are the perfect compliment to any summer party you might have coming up.

Pink Trumpet Sleeve Dress

When I first brought this piece to my Instagram I captioned the photo “My Elle Woods moment” specifically because this color is so fabulous. Being a self proclaimed edgier dresser I don’t usually go for hot pink, but with this dress the color adds an element of heat that I didn’t realize was there until I slipped into it. This specific pink is so saturated, combined with the short length and trumpet sleeves, this little pink dress is perfect for a summer party or date night out. The fabric of this piece is a breezy rayon been that is cool and anti cling. I paired it with my sky high MK heels, but you would easily grab some pretty gold flats or espadrilles for a more casual look.

 

Bardot Skater Dress With Layered Flute Sleeves

I am not going to lie here. This dress is a showstopper. The cut is endlessly flattering, the fabric has stretch, and the sleeve detail is insanely cute. I love this dress for a evening summer wedding, or a dressy girls night out. The sleeve adds instant wow factor. I paired this dress with some Yours Clothing comfort heels, and a big hassle earring, I wore my hair down because thats the way I like it BUT could have easily worn a loose top know and a big chandelier earring. The fabric of this piece is a soft ponte stretch, and I did size up to ensure the off the shoulder detail would be comfy. If you love a vintage look, this dress is for you. If you love an edgier look, this dress is for you. If you love unique pieces that create conversation, this dress is for you. Do you crave being the life of the party? This dress is for you. 🙂

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

 

 

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Curves At Sea Cruise with Kiyonna

Dress | Shoes | Bag | Bracelet | Sunglasses

I have been reading about the FFFWeek Curves at Sea Cruise for years, and this year I was actually able to attend! It was everything I thought it would be, from the Fashion to the Dance floor. I know this is super dorky but I really had so much fun seeing the city by boat, typical Anne…Everyone is out on the dance floor and I am staring starry eyed at the statue of liberty. lol

I knew months ago that I wanted to wear the Bianca Ruched Dress to the Curves at Sea party, the Bianca dress is ruched from the bodice down and is meant to be fitted, the draping across the shoulders provides some coverage and adds a little peekaboo effect along the neckline. Bodycon silhouettes are a style that I love and find empowering, what I like about this dress is that it offers support, so minimal to no spanx are needed.

This dress in white would be perfect for a bride at a bachelorette party, the color and style is perfect for a brides night out. Currently the Bianca Ruched Dress is available in raspberry, black and porcelain. At Kiyonna I usually wear a size one, I opted to size up because of the shape of the dress, and I am glad I did. The size two was a perfect fit. Liz and I had shopped earlier in the day, I picked up the spiked gold bracelet to add some edge to the look. I wore some strappy block heeled sandals, and carried my favorite Clare V. clutch. My feet were good all night long, but as soon as we got off the boat at 11 I could barely walk lol.

Details if you are thinking about going on the FFFWeek Curves at Sea Cruise

We boarded the yacht at 6:30pm and left the dock at 8pm, the boat took us around Manhattan and then back to the harbor at 11pm. There was music, a fashion show, cash bar(two mixed drinks averaged about 30 dollars), and dinner. I paid around 100 dollars for my ticket.  The clear style most women wore was tight white dresses, some of the best looks of the night did not follow that idea. So if you are thinking of going next year, rock your own style. Reach for a piece that will make you happy! 

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NYC Outfit Roundup

Its been a week since I got home from NYC, it was a fabulous trip. Liz(withwonderandwhimsy.com) and I went to Full Figured Fashion Week and had a wonderful time. We packed in as much as we could in 5 days, from FFFWeek events, to searching out Instagram food we tried to fit as much in as possible.

I have soo many NYC posts planned but wanted to start with what I wore when we were “sightseeing” and not attending any events. A couple of the photos are iPhone pics, sorry about the quality.

Saturday

Jacket | Leggings | Shoes | Bag 

On Saturday we arrived in the city super early and couldn’t get checked in until 1pm so Liz and I dropped our bags at the hotel and decided to have a no camera day. Just take our phones and go to the MET. I wore this look on the plane and then most of the day Saturday. I love to travel in leggings and sneakers, I usually wear a jacket because sometimes I like to cuddle up in my jacket or it gets chilly.

 

Skirt | Top | Shoes | Earrings(similar) | Sunglasses

I wore this look to dinner on Saturday, something comfy and chill. Our flight was at 6am, so Saturday evening we were in bed by 9. LOL.

Sunday

Top | Skirt | Shoes

This outfit I packed specifically for our Bergdorfs shopping day. I wanted a comfy but dressier summer look that was still my style. We had brunch at Bergdorfs over looking the park. IT was AMAZING, Liz and I each picked up a little designer something at this iconic store. Much to Keiths dismay I picked up a Hermes Twilly, a perfect little addition to my growing LV collection. Also my first piece from Hermes.

Monday

Top | Denim | Shoes | Bag

Liz and I grabbed some gourmet Tacos, Margaritas, and 18 dollar Guacamole at a little Mexican place in our neighborhood. I love this look for going out, ripped skinnies, a statement top and some heels. A basic combination that WILL ALWAYS BE CHIC. And is my go to outfit for going out.

Tuesday

Top | Skirt | Bag 

We didn’t get any proper photos of this adorable look. So I put together a few photos so you can get a better idea of how this look worked.

I wore my White Anne Lace Skirt showroom hopping(and instagram food eating) on Tuesday, it was soooooooo freaking hot in NYC while we were there. This look felt fresh and summery.

Wednesday 

Dress | Shoes | Bag 

Wednesday we ventured to Brooklyn to visit some boutiques and have lunch under the Bridge. I wore my new favorite dress from Universal Standard. Truth time- I got this dress a week ago and have worn it 4 times already. Its so chic, and easy to wear. I need every color.

Thursday 

We went home on Thursday, and I wore basically the same travel outfit.

Leggings | Tee | Jacket | Shoes 

 

I left my FFFWeek event outfits out on purpose. I will be sharing those looks on the blog soon!

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Power Dressing with Catherines

Dress | Shoes | Necklace

On the blog today, I am sharing a fabulous dress that was purchased from Catherines. Yes, you read that correctly girls. This dress is from Catherines!!!! One of my absolute favorite parts of being a fashion blogger is being able to highlight amazing pieces from brands that you may not have tried before. Catherines is a brand that I have heard awesome things about from my blogger bestie Liz(withwonderandwhimsy.com) but have never had the opportunity to try out. Liz and I collaborated on this post to feature two different looks that make us feel powerful.

We each selected looks that were the outward expression of what “Power dressing” means to us. And true to form we went in complete different directions. lol. I automatically searched out a bodycon silhouette, I love showing off my curves and being unapologetically plus size. This idea is something I have built my life around, I gather power from the concept of owning my curves, and I naturally dress to highlight my curvy body. This is the Splice dress from Catherines, its part of their “Curvy Collection” and is meant to celebrate body confidence, each piece of this collection is form fitting and has that sexy edge that I am always looking for. The unique way that the fabric banded across the body, gave this dress a structured feel that kept all my curves in place. Like under most of my bodycon dresses, I am wearing Spanx. But with this fabric, and the cut of the dress I could have probably gotten away without them. Old habits die hard, lol.

I feel so honored to be able to collaborate with Liz, on a post about power dressing. Its so important to have a friend that you can feel inspired by. And as a plus size woman, ITS SO IMPORTANT to have another plus size friend a person that understands your journey. I feel so inspired by Liz’s ability to follow her vision and continue to build her brand. She is a person that sets a goal and everything in her life resonates around that goal. When we meet for our weekly business meetings, or just to shoot a look I feel powerful, because I have an ally with me. I think I could be dressed in a grain sack, but because I have my ally, I would feel powerful. Thats what friends are for.

Liz styled the Curvy Collection Tulip Skirt and Studio Jacket with a soft striped blouse and pink pumps. I LOVED seeing her style this jacket again, the details on the back of this piece really play up her curves. She went with a classic pump in her favorite color, taking this workwear look to the next level. Read more about how Liz styled her look on her blog With Wonder and Whimsy. 

 

Louis Vuitton Favorite MM

A review of the coveted Louis Vuitton Favorite MM in Monogram Canvas. This bag is currently one of the most sought after pieces from Louis Vuitton.

A review of the coveted Louis Vuitton Favorite MM in Monogram Canvas. This bag is currently one of the most sought after pieces from Louis Vuitton.

A review of the coveted Louis Vuitton Favorite MM in Monogram Canvas. This bag is currently one of the most sought after pieces from Louis Vuitton.

A review of the coveted Louis Vuitton Favorite MM in Monogram Canvas. This bag is currently one of the most sought after pieces from Louis Vuitton.

Bag | Skirt | Shoes

 Finally I have time to sit down and formerly introduce you to my latest handbag. The Louis Vuitton Favorite MM in Monogram Canvas with the adjustable monogram strap. After months of research and reading I ordered the Favorite MM as my new cross body option, I have been trying to find a crossbody that would meet my needs for about 6 months. I have tried Gucci, Michael Kors, and Coach. I just knew that I really wanted another Louis Vuitton bag, its iconic, holds value, and come with incredible customer service.

Let me start from the beginning… In April my mom and I made the trip out to LV to get my birthday present, we had our now annual day at the mall together, shopping and eating(and drinking lol). I ended up getting the Zippy Wallet in Rose Ballerine. ITS GORGEOUS and so useful(thank you to my hubby and my parents!). While we were there, I asked about the Favorite MM. It was completely out of stock in there store in the MM size and not available. Bummer I was not going to be able to get the bag that day. So we happily skipped out the door with my new wallet. I knew with a trip coming up, that I needed a crossbody option that I could carry on my trip and for years to come

So….I watched one million more youtube reviews.

I decided that I did in fact need to track down a Favorite MM, so I started calling. AND calling, AND being transferred. I ended up tracking down a Favorite MM in Monogram at the Nordstrom Flagship store in Seattle. One of the TWO Nordstrom LV boutiques in the nation happened to have received the bag hours before I called. So she was shipped to my door!

The Favorite MM measures 11 x 7 inches. Its not tiny, but definitely doesn’t hold a ton. I feel that if I wanted to carry a ton of stuff I would just use my Neverfull GM.

What fits in my Favorite MM

A review of the coveted Louis Vuitton Favorite MM in Monogram Canvas. This bag is currently one of the most sought after pieces from Louis Vuitton.

Key Pouch | Zippy Wallet | Iphone 7 plus | Lip Balm | Headphones

Lets talk strap options. With this particular bag a vachetta strap is included as a crossbody option, I chose to purchase a monogram strap for a more casual look and I also purchased a gold chain from Amazon to have as a dressier option. The LV strap trifecta!

There are a ton of rumors circulating about all of the LV Crossbody bags right now. I have heard everything from LV is retiring their entire current crossbody line and bringing out all new bags this fall TO everything is staying(except the Eva) put but particular bags are selling out fast due to popularity.

I for one am so pleased with this little bag, I can carry the essentials and enjoy having both hands free. I know I will be carrying this for years to come. 🙂

This post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own.