This post is sponsored by Kiyonna (and features a Kiyonna Formal), and is part of a monthly series of posts for more on my experiences with Kiyonna go HERE,HERE and HERE.
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Happy Holidays!! Today on the blog I am sharing a Kiyonna formal gown. When I picked out the Screen Siren Gown to review this month I purposefully chose a “Holiday” themed color. Every holiday season formal events pop up in our lives, and its good to have an arsenal of gowns to pull out and wear. Also if you are doing a holiday themed engagement photoshoot or holiday family photos(glam factor 1,000) this gown would be perfect! Not going to lie here girls, I was kind of have a Rose from Titanic moment with this dress, I felt sooooooo glam!
This gown is a pull on style that comes in a variety of colors, I chose the red for obvious christmas reasons, but it also comes in Navy, Black, and Grey. The dress is fully lined with the exception of the arms, and features a plunging neckline. I found this gown to be a great weight, this helped it to lay really nicely across my body. Because of the fitted nature of this dress I opted to size up, and it was a perfect fit. Both the lining and the outer layer are a Spandex/Rayon blend so this piece has quite a bit of stretch, which is so nice because you can actually move in it. Whether you are dancing or sitting down for a formal meal this gown is in for the long haul!
How to Style –
As most of you know I am a minimalist when it comes to accessories. I prefer to keep a few super quality handbags that will go with everything and last many years then to have a closet full of bags. I also carry this belief over to shoes and jewelry. I like to keep a stock of statement earrings that are super versatile, that way I can just grab and go. I love THESE for this dress!
My advice for styling this Kiyonna formal gown, keep it simple and classic, the neckline is so interesting with the scalloped lace that you don’t need a necklace. I skipped bracelets because I hate it when bracelets catch on lace and snag my gown (#notworthit).
I paired this dress with my trusty and well worn strap block heeled sandals that I wear ALL THE TIME. Once I have a pair of heels broke in its so hard to get away from them, purely based of the fact that they won’t kill your feet! If you live in a colder climate(like me) I suggest THESE to go with the Screen Siren gown.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are spending your day doing something you love with people you love! I am so thankful to have all of you to share my fashion and life with. Thank you for reading and following along.
I just wanted to share a quick post with some Black Friday sale links, inspiration photos, and my picks from the stores!
Have a great Thanksgiving!!
Have you started your holiday shopping yet?
I share a Kiyonna pieces regularly, this brand specializes in classic well made dresses for the curvy woman. I love to shop Kiyonna for casual and occasion dresses! Check out more of my Kiyonna posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.
My love affair with Society Plus started long before I had a skirt with them. I love to shop society plus for skirts, I own 4 of their skirts!! This brand is so great for honest sizing, and SUPER quality pieces!! For more on my experiences with Society Plus go HERE and HERE.
Rachel Pally is a designer that has both straight and plus sizes, I love her knit pieces specifically her knit maxi dresses!!
Jones NY is so great for wear to work styles, I love their winter coats and vests! Faux Fur is so fun in the winter, Jones NY has some great selections in “Faux” this year.
Loren Hope earrings are the bessstttttt! I first tried a pair in a jewelry subscription service, and have been hooked ever since. If you have been following me for awhile then you know I am jewelry minimalist, but when it comes to earrings I am always looking for quality statement pieces. Loren Hope has so much to offer in that category!
Today on the blog I am sharing some newwwwnesssss. This newness is two fold, I am bringing you a new brand, and with that brand I am sharing a brand new dress! Maggy London contacted me a couple months back and asked if I would be interested in sharing a piece from their curve collection with my readers and followers, it was a definite yes! I have stalked Maggy pieces for special events in the past, I love the classic styling and quality that goes into each garment.
Maggy London specializes in creating dresses that offer a polished style and impeccable craftsmanship. Having not worn a Maggy London dress before I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I am sooooo impressed with this dress. The craftsmanship is so evident, from the lining(yes its completely lined) to the perfect statement sleeves. If you have been following me for awhile then you know I have a thing for ruffle sleeves, and I will tell you that not all ruffles are created equal. Its all about the type of fabric and how the ruffle is attached to the garment. AND now I have seen the light, and been completely spoiled by Maggy London. LOL.
Lets talk styling.
This dress is called the “Stevie Curve Midi” and is considered a sheath style, the fabric is a crepe polyester blend and lays really nicely over the body. This piece is fully lined and features an invisible zipper that runs up the back. I styled this dress with minimal accessories, and my go to block heeled sandals. Another great shoe pairing would be a classic nude pump(like these). This dress is great for a party or a wedding guest look, the statement sleeves add drama and interest so keeping your heels low key is a must.
I have become a jewelry minimalist over the years, most days I just wear my wedding rings, but when I am in the mood to add something its almost always a statement earring. I paired some classic red tassel earrings for a pop of color to match my red lip. In the warmer months I could easily pair orange or yellow accessories with this dress for a warmer weather look. With the holidays upon us I really love the red.
This dress has a classic ease of wear look to it, its effortlessly chic, so styling it was a breeze. Keep it simple, and classic for outfit success.
Thanksgiving week is upon us, and you know what that means!! Black Friday AND Small Business Saturday are this week. Each year I try and get out to shop on Friday or Saturday, but the past couple of years I have started my holiday shopping on small business Saturday. I love going out to small businesses not only to support them but also to enjoy specials and events that they might have going on. In todays post I am collaborating with HIPS Resale boutique to share some affordable holiday outfit inspo AND hit you with the top 3 reasons I prefer to shop local.
Lets get started.
LOOK ONE– Lets call this first look “Low Key Holiday Glam,” Do you have a holiday office party to attend? Maybe this event is happening RIGHT after work, or even in the middle of the day? If so then this look is for you! I found this LB office appropriate sweater at HIPS to pair perfectly with this plaid pleated midi skirt, instead of grabbing black pumps or booties I decided to amp up the christmas factor with some red suede pumps. I love the pops of color in this look, and the ease of wear, women in general feel so much pressure during the holidays to have everything perfectly prepared and in place. That includes their appearance as well, with this look you are blending pieces that all work with other outfits(outside of the holidays) to create a low key glam holiday outfit.
Small Business Saturday isn’t just for American Express users anymore, this day of shopping has become for everyone! I love to shop on the last Saturday in November because I love supporting other entrepreneurs, especially other female entrepreneurs. In the fashion industry so many small boutiques are owned by women, I love being able to support other chicks with a passion. I will happily drive out of my way to stop at a shop that has exactly what I am looking for, on Small Business Saturday I get the chance to support those shops during the holiday season! HIPS is great for me as a curvy babe, I sell a lot of my clothing through HIPS AND I find the most unique pieces there. Detroit babes, if you ever see a piece on my blog that you love, here is a little secret its most likely at HIPS, or will be in the next month!
LOOK TWO – If my first holiday look from HIPS was low key, then this look definitely falls into the “Statement” category! HIPS has some amazing City Chic pieces at both stores right now, while I was shopping on my last trip in I immediately pulled this gem off the rack. I love me some sequins, and the rocker glam is soo there with black sequins. In my first post about HIPS(HERE) I shared that its so important to look at all sizes when shopping resale, and I took my own advice with this one. I am typically a size small in City Chic pieces, and this dress was only available in a L. Instead of giving up on it I grabbed a belt, and rolled up the sleeves for a casual-esque vibe. I love wearing sequins during the holidays, its my excuse to be extra. LOL. I paired this dress with my OTK boots(go HERE for more info on them) and my favorite red earrings. I love how chic and sparkly this look is, perfect for NYE or a holiday concert!
When I was growing up my mother always took me to “Holday Open House” events at local boutiques and shops, these special events always always had a refreshment table, store specials and the owner on hand to chat with customers. I loved the special feel and welcoming spirit of this type of event. On Small Business Saturday literally ALL boutiques will be having something like this. As a customer you can pop in, grab a donut and a mimosa and do some shopping for yourself OR your loved ones. Small businesses will have their best and brightest sales associates on hand to help you, they have been preparing for the holidays since July, and this coming Saturday is the kickoff!
LOOK THREE – The last look I am sharing from HIPS is a casual shopping or hanging at home look. I love how big and cozy this red sweater is, I paired it with some jeans and OTK boots for a trend forward look, but have since worn it with leggings and my slippers at home. When it gets cold I crave cozy fabrics to cuddle up in, and this look fits the bill perfectly, cozy, easy and chic. I am all about balance when it comes to dressing, and this type of look is no exception. When you are going with an oversized top, wear fitted bottoms to balance the look. If you pair oversized with oversized then your look can end up drowning you in fabric and look sloppy.
Are you shopping for a person in your life if specific tastes or needs? If the answer is yes, then Small Business Saturday is a great way to shop for and really wow that hard to buy for person in your life. HIPS specializes in plus size clothing at affordable prices, they have staff that knows their stuff and can help you shop for that curvy babe in your life. OR you can grab a gift card and some jewelry and be happy knowing that you will be giving the gift of choice to your loved one. I myself have been told that I am a person that is really hard to shop for, shopping with a small business will connect you with other people with a similar passion, thus upping your chances of getting the right gift. AND added bonus, you can share your new found small business with the person you are buying for! The more the merrier right!
Do you shop Small Business Saturday? Tell me in the comments below!
Just a quick post today sharing a plus size outfit roundup, photos that have made it to social media but not linked up on the blog. Can you believe Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK! How has this month gone by so quickly!
Today for my Thankful posts I wanted to share how thankful I am for my support system. The people in my life that are there to celebrate my successes and talk through my failures. Humans are social creatures and we all need a “tribe” as I continue to grow up and out my tribe has changed and grown smaller, but there are people there for me that have been there for years. I know that not everyone has a close relationship with their mother, and a cousin that is like a sister, but its so important to find people in your life that you can celebrate and be vulnerable with. I am so thankful to have a tribe that supports and pushes me to grow. There is family in my tribe, and friends from High School, the man-child I married, and blogging has brought me a work friend that I desperately needed. I challenge you to text the people in your support system today and thank them for always being there for you.
Ok the sappy part of the post has now ended. Lets get to the links. 🙂
This week on the blog I am teaming up with Liz Louize to share how a trendy statement piece can dress up items you already own! I love being able to add things to my closet that will easily mix and match with my “old stuff” lol. To me this is just practical dressing and an integral part of my fashion personality. I scooped up this velvet and sequin bomber jacket the last time I was in Liz Louize, I knew it would be perfect for the holidays and would mix and match well with other pieces in my closet. The silhouette of this piece lends a very casual vibe, but the fabric and sequin sleeve kick things up a notch. Versatile pieces like this are great to have in your closet, and in my opinion if you can shop them from a boutique with a curated inventory you will be getting the most bang for your buck.
Obviously, if you have been following me for awhile then you KNOWWWW I love black dresses so my first thought was to style this jacket with a black dress. I pulled this one out of my closet and bada bing I had myself a brand new outfit. Liz Louize has quickly become my go to place for statement piece shopping, and luckily for me the store is in the area BUT if you aren’t local they have an online store TOO!
This jacket falls into the bomber category, it features black sequins on the arms and a quilted velvet across the front and back. I found that this piece fit true to size, I am wearing a 1. I will be styling this jacket again for a date night out, and I plan on pairing it with distressed denim and a black t-shirt for a casual look.
Style tip- Its easy to work in a flashy sequin piece when you go matchy matchy. If you have a sequin piece in mind that you like to style but aren’t sure about making a “statement” try pairing it with something that is the same color! I love black so I am always pairing statement pieces with dark shades, but this tip works great for any color!
Liz Louize has so many new arrivals AND you can shop them now online! If you are in need of a holiday look, or even a gift for the curvy babe in your life. You need to check out this store! I follow them on Facebook for up to date info on specials and discounts! I have found that keeping up with my favorite boutiques on social media is a great way to keep an eye on their inventory and know about current sales. You can check out the Liz Louize FacebookHERE.
This week on the blog I am sharing some November new arrivals from J. Jill, specifically outerwear with J.Jill style. I have a beautiful coat and woven top to share that are great as we move into winter, and the cooler months ahead.
J. Jill has so many options for the babe that enjoys luxe basics, they offer sizes in Misses, Petite, Plus and Tall. This is my first experience with J. Jill outerwear, and I really am impressed with the quality of the coat. I was nervous that the jacket would run small so I ordered a size up, and found that I should have gotten my true size. I styled the Chelsea coat with another new arrival the pleated back top. This look has that upscale luxe vibe that J. Jill is known for, the tunic pairs so easily with leggings, I opted to style the look with some over the knee boots to give the outfit a trendy edge.
Style Tip- Invest in a few basic coats that you can wear season after season, go for timeless shapes and fabrics that never go out of style. That way you can match you outerwear with what you are wearing for the day. Don’t know where to start? Go for a camel coat first. Then build your coat collection from there,
This is my second time featuring J Jill on the blog(click HERE for the first post) and I am seeing some similarities. Every piece that I have received is so easy to live in. Style is so important, but what is even more important is the ability to live in the clothing you wear. I need my clothes to be stylish and functional, this is ESPECIALLY important now that we are in an outerwear required situation. The Chelsea coat has so much style, from the color of the grey wool to the collar.
Before I wrap this post up, I wanted to touch on a super easy way to have the chicest outfit in the room. Grab some leggings, a white tunic top and some OTK boots. True to J.Jill style, this top is a total elevated basic, it flows off the body and doesn’t cling anywhere. Simple, chic and functional that is the way I want to dress everyday.
This post was sponsored by Loralette and features gifted clothing.
This week on the blog I am sharing two Thanksgiving looks from Loralette, one casual and one dressier! Everyone has different family traditions, some families have a formal affair on Thanksgiving and some a casual hanging in the kitchen vibe. Loralette offers the curvy babe options for both. And SHOES, if you have been here before then you know Avenue has the bessst shoes(link HERE).
Continuing on with my thankful series this month, I wanted to share a book that my husband and I read a couple of years ago. The book is called “The 5 Love Languages” this is a book we read a few years into our marriage and it has been something that we talk about and use as a reminder on the best ways to show love and thankfulness/appreciation to each other. This is how it works, you read the book and learn about the different love languages, then you take the quiz and find out what yours are. Your partner does the same. Then you know how you feel loved and appreciated the best, and you learn how your partner feels love and appreciated best.
The weather is turning here in Michigan, and my short dress/bare legs days are numbered. So I am soooaaaaakkkking it up as long as I can. I paired these rugged/glam OTK boots with a lace up floral mini, this burgundy dress feels distinctly fall and perfect for a harvest celebration like Thanksgiving. The heeled boots dress this look up and lend it a winter vibe.
In the fall one sure fire way to amp up the cozy factor is to add a a blanket scarf, I keep one in my car in the colder months that way I can be cozy at any moment! LOL I believe that in the fall and winter a plaid scarf is basically a neutral. 🙂
On the website this piece looks like it has a “Swing” shape, but really this piece is more of an A line silhouette. The top is meant to be fitted and then at the seam at the waist lets go into a fun A line skirt! This piece has an inner tank dress that is attached at the shoulders. This gives you some flexibility with how much chest you want to show.
These OTK boots are called the “Hunter Over the Knee” boot which I think is really fitting. When my I first tried them on my husband told me I looked like I was ready to go out in the woods. LOL. I have a 17.5″ calf and these were a perfect fit. The lacing adds a unique touch and I really like the distressed look. I would pair these with jeans and a long chunky knit cardigan for a casual look.
I love getting dressed up, but for most American families Thanksgiving is a casual affair. Every year I usually end up in jeggings and a flowy blouse(that way its easier to get seconds on stuffing and pie LOL). This blouse sold out before I could get this post up, but I will link up some similar blouses from Loralette.
I am wearing a 16 in these and per the usual the waistband is a bit big, but the legs are perfect. LOL. The day we photographed this look it was 40 degrees out, I had planned on wearing THESE with this look but the weather was not permitting. Loralette is the sister brand to Avenue, I have heard great things about Ave denim, and can say that Loralette does not disappoint in this area either. These jeans are trendy, and stretchy but still hold their shape. I shared another pair of Loralette denim HERE. These jeggings are meant to be cuffed and offer a 3 button detail at waistband, which makes the waistband wider and offers more coverage.
Do you dress up or down for Thanksgiving? Tell me in the comments below!
This post was sponsored by Loralette, all opinions are my own.
Velvet has been everywhere lately! There are so many different ways to bring some velvet into your wardrobe this season. I scooped this velvet cardigan up while shopping in Memphis in early October and I love the boho chic vibe. This cardigan is actually a blend two hot trends right now, velvet and embroidery. The back detail is so fun and really what caught my eye while I was shopping.
Whenever I travel I like to look up local boutiques to shop, so I can find unique things and meet new people. While I was in Memphis on family vacation I looked up a boutique that I have followed for years and never had the chance to visit! Pink Coconut Boutique is a trendy boutique that carries both regular and plus sizes along with accessories, shoes, bags and jewelry. I loved finding affordable pieces from Pink Coconut Boutique that are really unique, IN fact! A dress from PCB is the subject of the first blog post on Curls and Contours!
I styled this cardigan with a white lace up tee, ripped skinnies and my favorite and very worn booties. I wanted this look to have a distressed feel to it, so I played up the “western” vibe of the velvet with my favorite ripped skinnies and a distressed tee. I grabbed my favvvorrrrite clutch to add a little leopard to the mix. I wear so much black, its really refreshing to have a brown piece to mix in!
I want to style this cardigan again with more of a polished feel, I am thinking dark wash sleek skinnies, a white oxford shirt and some brown riding boots.