Fashion

Work ready with Liz Louize

This post is part of a monthly sponsored series on Liz Louize for more in this series go HERE, and HERE. ūüôā

I have big HUGE NEWS!! Liz Louize NOW HAS AN ONLINE STOREEEEE!!!!!!!!! 

Where my curvy babes at? I have a question for you.

When was the last time you slipped into a smart, structured dress and went off to work? I found myself contemplating this, as a plus size person why are my only options flowy and wide leg pants when I am looking to dress professional? This week on the blog I am so pleased to share three smart structured dresses perfect for your next professional outing.

In my last Liz Louize post I shared the benefits of boutique shopping(you can find that post HERE). On my visit to Liz Louize I got to chatting with the owners of the boutique(Hey Amy and Amanda!) about quality professional outfits for the plus size woman. We all felt that curvy babes in the workplace miss out on the variety of options their regular size counterparts have access to. Liz Louize happens to keep a variety of unique work ready options in stock!

It always seems to be the same outfit formula for plus size ladies- wide leg slacks, flowy top, and some sort of blazer or cardigan. And don’t get me wrong this is cute and easy, but the variety is missing. So today on the blog I am sharing my three favorite work ready dresses from Liz Louize. Lets break out of that mold and try something different!

Are you tired of always dressing in flowy tops and slacks for work? In this weeks post I am sharing 3 structured plus size dresses work ready Liz Louize.

This dress is a thick knit fabric that has a good amount of stretch. I wanted to share this dress specifically because of the fit, its so comfortable but looks so put together. The belt comes with the dress and really adds some shape and interest to the dress. I opted to pair this garment with a simple black cardigan to add an extra layer of warmth. I would love to style this dress with black tights and a blazer for a cool weather look.

Are you tired of always dressing in flowy tops and slacks for work? In this weeks post I am sharing 3 structured plus size dresses work ready Liz Louize.

I picked this piece out immediately while shopping around Liz Louize, I love the classic color and details on this dress. This garment felt perfectly tailored for a day at work and then with a simple change of accessories an evening out. I would style this with a blazer and pumps for the office, and then a leather jacket and some over the knee boots for after work drinks with the girls. When we shot this look, I joked that this dress had a definite “Jackie O” feel all I need is a pillbox hat, some gloves and black sunglasses to complete the look!

Are you tired of always dressing in flowy tops and slacks for work? In this weeks post I am sharing 3 structured plus size dresses work ready Liz Louize.

The last dress that I styled from Liz Louize is this black and white shimmer sheath dress. I grabbed up a red blazer to add some color, and I think it really makes the whole look pop. The red blazer lends this look a holiday feel, swapping out the red for a black topper would keep this firmly in the “It’s October not December” lane.

 

What do you like to wear to work? Are you a slacks and blouse girl or a dress girl?

 

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

 

Autumn Date Ideas with Lane Bryant

 

This post was sponsored by Lane Bryant

There are so many reasons to celebrate the fall season, here in Michigan as the days turn colder and the nights grow longer it almost feels bittersweet. Like we all know what is coming, the COLDDDD weather is coming and its now its our job to get out and enjoy every bit of nice weather left to soak up. So! I teamed up with Lane Bryant to share my favorite Fall date day/night spots here in Michigan and a couple of ultra chic outfits. A little bit educational, a little bit fashionable this post has been so fun to put together.

Lets get started.

Day Date

HANDS DOWN my favorite day date in the fall is to tour the Pioneer Wine Trail. This is a driving tour of nine wineries(we never make it to all nine LOL). We like to go and have a tasting and snack at each winery and then purchase a bottle from each location, this stocks our cellar for a few months and each bottle has a memory to go with it. The wineries are all located around and between Jackson and Tecumseh MI, we opt to take the back roads and enjoy the colorful foliage.

When Keith and I were first married(in the fall) we toured the Pioneer Wine Trail for our first anniversary. We purchased a bottle of wine from the last winery and decided to save it for our 10 year wedding anniversary. At the time it felt like a lifetime away, and this year we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. We joked that we will be drinking that bottle in no time, and how funny it was that time has passed so quickly when we truly thought it would take forever. ūüôā

Michigan date ideas and outfit details with Lane Bryant. My favorite fall date ideas for day and night with coordinating outfits from Fall Lane Bryant.

My favorite outfit combination for a day full of fall themed outdoor activities is simple. Jeans, cute blouse, adorable outerwear, comfortable shoes. You are guaranteed to be comfortable, super cute and able to move about with ease. Lane Bryant just recently released their new line of super stretch skinny jeans that are so trendy, they have so many styles to choose from and they totally got in on the distressing game. Which is so exciting, plus size women need more easily accessible fashionable items Lane Bryant really went above and beyond with their skinny jeans.

Fit tip- these skinnies run a tad long(I’m 5′ 6″), and with the nature of distressing each pair is a little different from the next. Go to the store and try these on, the SA’s there will be able to help you get the right fit. I own two pairs, the ones in this photo are a 14 and the other pair I have are a 16.¬†

Michigan date ideas and outfit details with Lane Bryant. My favorite fall date ideas for day and night with coordinating outfits from Fall Lane Bryant.

Vest | Top | Jeans

Statement sleeves are all the rage right now, this one stands out from the rest for a couple of reasons. The stretchy fabric and the versatility. This kind of top is one that gets so much wear, its perfect for a day date touring wineries or tucked into a skirt at the office. I have been stalking this military inspired vest since I first noticed it on the website, I love the olive color and the soft sweater knit. Dusters have become increasingly popular these past few seasons and this year they are still popping up on almost every brands Fall/Winter rollout.

Style Tip –¬†When styling a knee length or longer topper really consider the proportions of the rest of your outfit. Often times garments that go past your knee can have a “drowning effect” on the person wearing them. My trick is to always pair a long topper with a fitted pant and a heel. This gives me height and helps my¬†shape to still show through.¬†

Michigan date ideas and outfit details with Lane Bryant. My favorite fall date ideas for day and night with coordinating outfits from Fall Lane Bryant.

Michigan date ideas and outfit details with Lane Bryant. My favorite fall date ideas for day and night with coordinating outfits from Fall Lane Bryant.

Night Date

When the weather starts to turn I want to be cozy. I find myself pulling out all my comfy knit leggings and soft blankets at home, but that look doesn’t necessarily translate to a fun date night look. For my date night look I wanted to share a twist on the usual sweater and riding boots look that so many women fall prey to this time of year.

My favorite date night spot in the fall is a restaurant that offers patio seating with fire places or open fire pits. Keith and I frequent a local brewery that has the best biergarten, we usually dine somewhere within walking distance and then enjoy an evening stroll over to the brewery to enjoy a pint and cozying up by there fire places on the patio. This is a social place, we love meeting new people by the fireside and just enjoying the romance of a fall evening.

Michigan date ideas and outfit details with Lane Bryant. My favorite fall date ideas for day and night with coordinating outfits from Fall Lane Bryant.

I styled this tie sleeve sweater with a merlot pleated skirt and my favorite block heeled sandals. I love how cozy this sweater is, the skirt lends this whole look a feminine ultra chic feel, and the heels amp up the sexy factor without having to show a ton of skin. I am a big fan of heavy and light fabric working together, I think it creates a really chic balanced look that women usually don’t go for.

Fit Tip –¬†Its all about balance when playing with heavier knits and silky polyester blends. You want the look to have that cozy feel but you don’t want to get lost in the fabric, don’t be afraid to size up or down to achieve the desired look. When I first pulled this outfit at Lane Bryant I had my sizes opposite. I pulled a size up in the sweater and my usual size in the skirt. After working with the stylists and playing for a bit I ended up leaving the store with a size up in the skirt, and my regular size in the sweater.

Michigan date ideas and outfit details with Lane Bryant. My favorite fall date ideas for day and night with coordinating outfits from Fall Lane Bryant.

Skirt | Sweater

The sleeve detail on this sweater is adjustable, which I really appreciate. This sweater just went from something for date night or the weekends, to a piece that I can adjust and wear to work with slacks or skinny pants. I am not a under tank layering girl, so I didn’t add a layer between my bra and this sweater. It doesn’t bother me that my bra shows through a touch. To make this sweater more versatile you can always add a tank between the sweater and your bra.

Guys…..this is my third pleated skirt, each one is a little different so its not a hoarding issue right? LOL pleated skirts have been a ¬†part of a chic girls closet arsenal for years, but just recently have been popping up in ALL THE FUN COLORS AND FABRICS. I love the fall feel that this one has, and its so easy to wear(no spanx needed). Lane Bryant is offering this skirt in both merlot and black, the polyester blend lets this skirt stay super light and versatile.

Style Tip – Pleated skirts are being offered in a variety of fabrics and patterns this year, as the weather get colder don’t be afraid to add fun tights and booties. This type of skirt is so versatile that you can really play up your accessories to create a unique look.¬†

Michigan date ideas and outfit details with Lane Bryant. My favorite fall date ideas for day and night with coordinating outfits from Fall Lane Bryant.

Michigan date ideas and outfit details with Lane Bryant. My favorite fall date ideas for day and night with coordinating outfits from Fall Lane Bryant.

What is something you love doing in the fall before the weather gets to chilly? Let me know in the comments below! 

For more about the winery tour head HERE

For more about the brewery go HERE

 

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

 

Lace Details with Avenue

This post is a sponsored collaboration with myself and Avenue. 

A review of the Lace Detail dress from Avenue Plus Size with tips and tricks on how I would style this dramatic lace sleeve dress for now and later.

A review of the Lace Detail dress from Avenue Plus Size with tips and tricks on how I would style this dramatic lace sleeve dress for now and later.

A review of the Lace Detail dress from Avenue Plus Size with tips and tricks on how I would style this dramatic lace sleeve dress for now and later.

A review of the Lace Detail dress from Avenue Plus Size with tips and tricks on how I would style this dramatic lace sleeve dress for now and later.

Dress | Boots

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A review of the Lace Detail dress from Avenue Plus Size with tips and tricks on how I would style this dramatic lace sleeve dress for now and later.

When Liz and I were in NYC this past June we toured the Avenue headquarters, there we were able to get a sneak peak at what Ave was planning for fall. Thats when I found this beauty! I have been patiently waiting for this dress to get in at Avenue and it finally haaasssss!! You know me, I am a sucker for a little black dress and while that is easy and fun it can get a little mundane. For that reason I have been trying to work more patterned pieces into my wardrobe, this dress is great for that, it definitely gives off that dark vibe that I love, but is also fun for fall and on trend with the sleeve detail.

Why this dress has all the ingredients for success this fall 

Statement sleeves- this fall statement sleeves are SOOOO INNN, this dress is 3/4 sleeve with flared lace detail.

Dark Florals – the black base of this print lets this dress be great for September and for November, more about dark florals HERE

The Silhouette – this piece features a fitted bodice and a breezy rayon blend skirt, what I love about this silhouette is the ease of wear, no additional restricting undergarments needed.

With the above the knee hemline and the fun print, I am going to give this dress the weekend seal of approval. Perfect for an Autumn day bopping around town.

Style Tip

When wearing a busy print keep accessories simple and minimal. Always think about what part of your look you want to highlight, then accessorize with that in mind. Example- I wanted to highlight the fun print and lace sleeve of this dress, so I left my bracelets at home for the day.¬†I¬†don’t have bracelets fighting with the lace(getting caught in the delicate fabric) and I paired some simple black booties with the look so that the fun pattern can really shine through.

Other ways to style

As the weather continues to cool down, I would love to style this dress with a black duster vest, tights, and some boho chic booties. With the free spririt vibe this piece gives off, I would stray away from a structured riding boot.

How would you style this dress? Would you take it a little more structured or let your bohemian flag fly like I did?

For more on my experiences with Avenue and Loralette click…

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This post was sponsored by Avenue. 

 

 

 

 

Autumn J.Jill Style

This post is sponsored by J.Jill

This blog was supposed to go up yesterday but, it was my husbands birthday and our wedding anniversary so my blogging schedule got a little moved around. Date night out waits for no man! lol.

I am so excited to share some beautiful pieces from J.Jill with you! And wait for it….all of the looks I am sharing today are available in regular and plus sizes! J.Jill specializes in relaxed chic pieces that work great together or as separates. The quality shines through, and they carry XS-4X, ¬†and have a petite and tall section(can I get a hallelujah for the size inclusivity here!). What I really enjoy about these particular pieces is that they are distinctly autumn, each garment is simple and well made and gives the woman wearing them the chance to lend her personality to the pieces.

Outfits are linked below.

Autumn J.Jill style is in full swing, this post shares a look at the October featured garments from J.Jill with styling tips and tricks.

Autumn J.Jill style is in full swing, this post shares a look at the October featured garments from J.Jill with styling tips and tricks.

Sweater Top | Sweater Skirt

I have not styled a co-ordinate set before, and as I learned its really simple. Grab some fabulous shoes and a great bag and you are good to go! This is a sweater set, the skirt and top are the same knit fabric in a soft heather green. I love the length of this skirt, I am 5’6″ and midi skirts are either too short or too long on me. This particular skirt is the perfect midi length for me, and is one of the reasons this set is unique.

Autumn J.Jill style is in full swing, this post shares a look at the October featured garments from J.Jill with styling tips and tricks.

Autumn J.Jill style is in full swing, this post shares a look at the October featured garments from J.Jill with styling tips and tricks.

Ponte Pants | Peplum Top

If you have been reading for awhile then you know I lead a super casual life. I don’t talk about work wear mostly because I never get the chance to actually wear “office appropriate” garments. These ponte pants are a great mix of comfort and office ready style. I styled them with a rayon blend peplum top that was a little bit snug across the bust(size up ladies and thank me later). This look would be really cute with the shirt untucked and some ballet flats, for a day at the office or in the classroom.

Autumn J.Jill style is in full swing, this post shares a look at the October featured garments from J.Jill with styling tips and tricks.

Autumn J.Jill style is in full swing, this post shares a look at the October featured garments from J.Jill with styling tips and tricks.

Ponte Dress

There really isn’t anything more versatile than a ponte knit dress, especially as we head into fall and winter. When I ordered this dress I couldn’t decide if it was an A-line fit or a swing fit, and really I still can’t decide LOL. It falls firmly in the in between, the weight of the fabric doesn’t allow it to billow the way a swing dress does, but the cut of the dress is universally flattering like a swing dress. The scarf was a gift from my hubby for christmas last year, and just happened to go PERFECTLY! Remember what I was saying earlier about J.Jill pieces? Each garment is quality and simple so that the wearer can let their own personality shine through. This dress is the perfect example of this. It has a luxe feel, but in a great color that goes with so much for Fall.

 

I will have more J.Jill pieces on the blog in the future, but you can look back on some fall posts from years past. HERE, HERE and HERE 

 

 

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

 

 

Fall Pattern Mixing

Pattern mixing for Fall with a couple of pieces from Targets latest product lineup. How to style a floral dress for any occasion.

Pattern mixing for Fall with a couple of pieces from Targets latest product lineup. How to style a floral dress for any occasion.

Pattern mixing for Fall with a couple of pieces from Targets latest product lineup. How to style a floral dress for any occasion.

Pattern mixing for Fall with a couple of pieces from Targets latest product lineup. How to style a floral dress for any occasion.

Pattern mixing for Fall with a couple of pieces from Targets latest product lineup. How to style a floral dress for any occasion.

Dress | Boots 

Raise your hand if you are a Target shopper! These days Target has become an institution for all things trendy, and it makes me so happy in my heart that they also apply so much thought to their plus size offerings!

I was shopping in my local Target a few weeks ago and was stopped in my tracks by this dress! The colors are so fricking vibrant and fresh. Side note- the photos on the Target website DO NOT do this piece justice. If you have been reading my blog for very long then you know that I gravitate towards one wonderful color(black). Its not very often that I get super excited about a bright floral dress, but this one just screams “WEAR ME ON A FALL DAY!!”

So let me paint this picture for you, hear I am giddily snapchatting my besties from this fitting room about this dress, we collectively decide its a keeper and by chance the fitting room is right next to the shoe section. Thats when I spotted these leopard booties, I MEAN COME ON. They are adorable, and just a little bit to much which is exactly what I like. Pattern mixing is always a yes for me, so naturally its leopard booties and floral dress. I love this outfit combo for an elevated weekend look.

I have been chatting up dark florals for Fall a bunch lately BUT this dress gets me out of the fashion corners that I back myself into. Lets talk about how to style this piece different ways. I will link the options below. ūüôā

To work

I would pair this dress with a simple black or camel pump with an understated sleek tote for work. 

Date night

This dress is such a statement piece, with a small cold shoulder and higher neckline its very modest. So I would play up the sexy factor with some awesome strappy sandals and a masculine clutch.

To Church 

The cold shoulder detail on this dress is very understated, but if you are concerned a denim jacket would pair so well with the coloring on this garment. I would grab some nude flats and be out the door. 

 

Target has so many beautiful pieces right now in plus and regular sizes. I have even been finding home stuff lately that I just can’t leave the store without!!

 

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5 reasons I love Universal Standard

 

This post is sponsored by Universal Standard

Universal Standard is a plus size fashion brand that creates quality chic pieces that will last for years to come. They offer a size guarantee Liz Top | My dress 

I am so excited to share one of my favorite brands with you today!! Universal Standard is chic plus size start up that is based in New York. My blogger bestie Liz from the blog With Wonder and Whimsy visited the Universal Standard showroom while we were in NYC for Full Figured Fashion Week. I knew from following them on Instagram that this was a line that I LOVED. While we were there I purchased their most talked about garment the Geneva dress, and Universal Standard gifted me the Katy dress for this post.

When I sat down to put this post together for you, I couldn’t decide how to frame it out. This is a brand that I really love and wear a lot, so I decided to share my 5 favorite things about Universal Standard with you.

Let’s GOOOOOOO.

Universal Standard is a plus size fashion brand that creates quality chic pieces that will last for years to come. They offer a size guarantee

1. Universal Standard pieces are not “fast fashion”¬†each piece is designed to stand the test of time and always be in style. From the quality of the fabrics used, to the design of each piece. I styled the Katy dress with some OTK boots and a leopard clutch, this piece is versatile it could be styled up to take me to a wedding, or slipped into with some booties to head off to work for the day. As a plus size women I have been conditioned to shop “watered down” trends that eventually come in plus sizes. Universal Standard is creating pieces that will always be chic no matter what.

Universal Standard is a plus size fashion brand that creates quality chic pieces that will last for years to come. They offer a size guarantee

Universal Standard is a plus size fashion brand that creates quality chic pieces that will last for years to come. They offer a size guarantee

2. Ladies….Universal Standard offers a sizing¬†guarantee.¬†They call it Universal Fit Liberty, and its amazing. Here’s how it works. When a piece from their core collection no longer fits you can return it to U.S. within a year for a completely new garment in your current size. Honestly, when we visited the Universal Standard showroom and learned about this service I was blown away. This is how I like to think about it, and you can’t tell me you have never been there.

Let me take you back, to a 23 year old Anne, I am at home trying to fit into yet another pair of skinny jeans that are now just to small. I am standing in my room crying, how I could I do this, what a waste, I am so fat now, I have nothing to wear. I had no fit guarantee, I had my own self hatred and loathing to fuel yet another yoyo diet that got me nowhere. The Universal Fit Liberty is like a comforting hug to any plus size women. To me its a reminder that I am good enough, I am allowed to have clothing that fits, and I am allowed to love myself at any size.

Universal Standard is a plus size fashion brand that creates quality chic pieces that will last for years to come. They offer a size guarantee

My dress | Liz Top | Liz Denim

3. Their clothing is made for the minimalist chic women in all of us.¬†You know she is in there, hiding in that part of your soul that craves chanel bags, and all black everything. That ultra chic girl that throws on a paper sac and looks like a Hadid sister. THAT girl, she lives in me too, and dictates most of my handbag purchases LOL. Universal Standard creates pieces that let that girl come out. The one that can command the boardroom, walk the catwalk(or sidewalk lol), and order extra dessert at dinner. When I wear my U.S. pieces I feel that I can take on the world. There is something so empowering about wearing a garment that has so much thought behind it. There’s almost a pride to it, a confidence in knowing that you are a part of something that is changing the way the fashion industry thinks about plus size bodies.

Universal Standard is a plus size fashion brand that creates quality chic pieces that will last for years to come. They offer a size guarantee

 

Universal Standard is a plus size fashion brand that creates quality chic pieces that will last for years to come. They offer a size guarantee

4. Can we please have a moment of¬†silence for the…Crepe¬†Fabric.¬†Plus size or not you have not loved how a garment feels until you have worn a satin back crepe. The weight is perfect, the way it feels against your skin, and the luxury is next level nice. So nice in fact that Universal Standard offers many of their pieces in the Crepe fabric. Don’t worry girls, I will be linking them, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Universal Standard is a plus size fashion brand that creates quality chic pieces that will last for years to come. They offer a size guarantee

5. Universal Standard pieces¬†aren’t for other people,¬†they are for Y O U.¬†This isn’t a brand that is going to create pieces to make other people feel comfortable being around a plus size person, this is brand that creates clothing that isn’t meant to hide/cover/shame a plus size person for having a body. This is brand that celebrates the women that wear their clothing, if you want to rock a sheer dress, DO IT. If you have always wanted to wear a leather top, WEAR IT.

 

I am so blessed to be able to collaborate with Universal Standard, I am such a huge fan of this brand and their esthetic. Liz and I loved visiting the showroom, if you have a NYC trip planned or are a resident of the city, get yourself over to U.S. stat!

For more on Liz’s take on Universal Standard visit her blog HERE

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

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Maurices Fall Fashion


This post contains gifted product from a Maurices loves teachers campaign I did a few weeks ago. All opinions are my own!


Sharing a few of my favorite Maurices Fall looks, a skinnies and jacket combo for cooler days. A lightweight fall dress for days when its 80 degrees in Fall
Sharing a few of my favorite Maurices Fall looks, a skinnies and jacket combo for cooler days. A lightweight fall dress for days when its 80 degrees in Fall

Sharing a few of my favorite Maurices Fall looks, a skinnies and jacket combo for cooler days. A lightweight fall dress for days when its 80 degrees in Fall

Sharing a few of my favorite Maurices Fall looks, a skinnies and jacket combo for cooler days. A lightweight fall dress for days when its 80 degrees in Fall

Happy Monday! This week is a crazy one for me, I have so much to do and not enough time to do it!! But I wanted to pop on to share a couple of easy Fall looks from Maurices. I know I am always introducing you to new brands, and different ways to style pieces. In this post I wanted to share a couple of looks from one of my favorite plus size store, Maurices!!

I literally have a Maurices 5 minutes down the road from me. I pop in there pretty regularly to check out their inventory and see if there is anything I have to have. On my last trip in I scooped up a pretty little dress that is perfect for transitioning to fall. I participated in the Maurices loves teachers campaign on Instagram, and selected the jacket, skinnies, booties, and tee. Now that I have a little bit of free space on C&C I HAD to share the details with you.

Sharing a few of my favorite Maurices Fall looks, a skinnies and jacket combo for cooler days. A lightweight fall dress for days when its 80 degrees in Fall

Jacket C/O | Shirt C/O | PantsC/O | BootsC/O

I have such a love for black clothing, I love how easy it is to wear, how cool it makes me feel, and how it serves as an excellent backdrop for other pieces. I styled this fall look so that the jacket would pop off a basic black canvas, this chestnut jacket is really versatile, it can easily blend in with a pair of light wash skinnies, and a white tee(which I have worn) or it can serve as a statement piece with black garments to complement it.

I ordered my usual size in these skinnies and they fit but were really tight, so I would suggest sizing up, I don’t know if it was the pull on that made them fit different vs a traditional pant but they were really fitted. The color saturation on these is really intense, I could easily pair these with a dressier top and some loafers for an office look.

The tee is from their 24/7 collection, which has been my favorite tee collection for years. The material is so soft, the pieces are cut to hang really nicely, but not look baggy and most of the tees can be worn with leggings!! I have been wearing Maurices 24/7 tees since before Curls and Contours was even started. I could go on and on and on about them LOL. They are available in both straight and plus sizes too!!

Sharing a few of my favorite Maurices Fall looks, a skinnies and jacket combo for cooler days. A lightweight fall dress for days when its 80 degrees in Fall

Dress | Necklace | Booties

I scooped this dress up when I was in to exchange some shoes and its my favorite for this September heat wave. The material is SUPER light and easy to wear, and the colors are just right for Fall. I paired it with a jean jacket and open toe booties the other day and it was beyond cute!!

My TOMS booties are like 4 years old, but I could resist their classic fall look with this dress. I would love to style this piece with some cowboy boots and chambray tied around my waist.

I love that Maurices offers plus size and straight size clothing in the same store, that way you can shop with your girlfriends and really enjoy the fitting room experience. If you are shopping alone(like me most of the time) enlist on of their stylists to help you, I have become friends with all the girls at my local store, I know I can shop alone with confidence because I will still get the conversation and clothes talk that I need. ūüôā

 

This post contains gifted items from a different campaign with Maurices. All opinions are my own

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Kiyonna Kimono

 

This post contains affiliate links. Kyonna gifted me this kimono in exchange for my honest review. 

Kimono | Jeans(similar) | Shoes 

Its the first day of FALLLLLL, my favorite season. Almost all my favorite things happen in the fall, my wedding anniversary, halloween, pumpkin spice lattes. You get the picture :). This month for my Kiyonna review I wanted to try out one of their new Kimonos, Kiyonna is known for creating quality pieces for the plus size woman that are meant to last. This trendy piece is no different, the quality really shows.

This Kimono comes in two different patterns a black print and a brown print. This topper is a polyester blend with lace detail along the sleeves and hemline. Its fitted with a belt that you can remove or tie around you waist. I have worn this piece both ways, and have really enjoyed the belt option as a fitted look. I am 5’6″ and the kimono hit me mid thigh, this is enough coverage to keep me feeling confident but not drowning in fabric. Something I would like to highlight is the fabric choice for this garment, its super light and anti wrinkle, I have other kimonos that are a rayon blend, they are so prone to wrinkle and are heavy on warmer days.

The pajama streetwear trend is all the rage this season, and while this trend may seem a little out of reach for the plus size babe pieces like the kimono make this easy to try. I love the edgy looks and trends that come off the runway at NYFW but sometimes those don’t translate to the everyday girl, and often times they aren’t even offered for the plus size girl. Kiyonna has created a piece that speaks to the edgier girl that still wants accessible fashion.

I opted to style this piece with skinnies and a fitted black tank, I wanted to offset the loose fit of the kimono with fitted jeans and a tank. This creates balance and lets the kimono really shine.

I have reviewed some really beautiful pieces for Kiyonna, each piece shines in its own special way. What I really enjoy about this Kiyonna garment is the versatility. I have already worn this with leggings and a blouse, and plan on styling it with some over the knee boots(as soon as this heat gives up).

 

Read more of my Kiyonna reviews, here, here and here. 

 

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

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Boutique Shopping with Liz Louize

I partnered with Liz Louize on this post. 

Liz Louize a plus size boutique in Royal Oak Michigan, a blog post sharing a couple of statement pieces I purchased from the boutique and how I styled them.

As a plus size person, I used to be an outsider in fancy little boutiques that dot downtown areas across America. I would go in with the attitude that everything was going to be too small, and therefore irrelevant to me. I was so used to shopping in big chain stores that I didn’t know what I was missing out on.

It wasn’t until I was able to start shopping at boutiques that carried clothes in my size, did I realize how much a boutique shopping experience can benefit you. When shopping in a locally owned store you are able to really get to know the products because the sales staff will be much more knowledgeable about the clothing in the store. This can be for a couple of reasons, less inventory(which is not a bad thing) and likely the person helping you pick an item or style a look had a hand in that item coming to the store. A true boutique shopping experience is born out of customer service and the consumer(thats you and me) being able to connect with the product being sold.

Boutiques are what the owner makes it, and most shops are started because of a passion for whatever is being sold in the store. Thats what makes it so fun, each store is a reflection of the woman that loved fashion enough to start a business, maybe she loves vintage inspired pieces and wants to share them with you. Or maybe she loves denim and wants her customer to be able to experience quality jeans.

Whatever the reason, shopping a boutique that specializes in a niche that you love is a special experience. You will be able to find unique pieces, get help from a sales associate that truly knows the products, and support a local business that is likely owned by a female entrepreneur(girl power!).

If you have been following me for awhile then you know that I am a shopper. And being a plus size woman, most of my shopping consists of ordering from online retailers. And don’t get me wrong I love my online shops, but when it comes to buying statement pieces sometimes you need to try it on first, so you can adjust sizes, see if it will fit the way you think etc…

One of my go to boutiques in the Detroit area is Liz Louize, this is a plus size boutique with a special talent for keeping quality statement pieces in stock. Remember that blog post I wrote about how I always find the best pieces right before we leave? Yeeeahhh this was one of those skirts. I found this 20 dollar beauty on my way to the checkout lane, LOL. Pleats, and lace, ANNNDDDDD its black my favorite color! I wanted to style it in an elevated chic way, so I paired this lingerie-esque skirt with a velvet top and my favorite leopard clutch.

¬†On my last trip to the store I found a Joseph Ribkoff top that I couldn’t resist, I love the soft white top with lace statement sleeves. This piece is so feminine, I styled it with a pair of black strappy heels and some ripped Good American jeans. I wanted to balance the feminine top with some edgier jeans and my favorite Target heels.

I never would have ordered these pieces from an online store, I would have passed right by both. But being able to shop in a boutique and feel the fabrics and see the drama these pieces bring firsthand had me purchasing both.

 

 

This post is in collaboration with Liz Louize. 

 

 

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Girls Night Out with Motor City Casino Hotel

This post is in partnership with Motor City Casino Hotel. 

This past week I had the pleasure of attending an influencer event at the D-Tour Spa at Motor City Casino and Hotel in Detroit. It was so fabulous to have an afternoon of pampering at the spa, then my blogger bestie Liz (withwonderandwhimsy.com) and I stayed over night at the hotel for a girls night out! We took some photos with our phones and some with the camera, so excuse the photo quality. ūüôā

D Tour Spa

A D Tour Spa Review in Motor City Casino located in Detroit Michigan with photos, and my experiences in the hotel and spa.

I got two different services while at the spa, a swedish massage and a manicure/pedicure.

My mani pedi was in a private room, with motown music playing softly in the background. My nail tech was super knowledgeable about nails and trends, we spent pretty much the entire time chatting about plus size trends and store we liked to shop at. I went with a classic OPI Red color, and enjoyed the massage chair while I got my toes  painted. My favorite part of a manicure is the hand massage, and the D Tour Spa manicure did not disappoint. My hands and feet were in perfect condition when I left for  my next service.

A D Tour Spa Review in Motor City Casino located in Detroit Michigan with photos, and my experiences in the hotel and spa.

I usually only get a massage when my back is in distress. In college I was getting tension headaches at least once a month, and would go get my neck worked on. Now that I am not stressed from school, I don’t get headaches anymore so I don’t get massages. I used to only associate massage with pain, because of all the problems I was having. Now I can say that I have a completely different view.

The D Tour Spa had me in for a special treat. My massage therapist was like a magician, she found knots in my back that I didn’t even know existed, it was so relaxing to just be able to get a massage, listen to some calming music and know that I was doing something really good for my body.

A D Tour Spa Review in Motor City Casino located in Detroit Michigan with photos, and my experiences in the hotel and spa.

After my services D Tour had some dinner options for us, I was able to meet some new blogger friends and have a healthy post spa meal. My mom and I were chatting the next day about all that spa’s in general offer and how most people do not utilize everything. I loved chatting with the other bloggers in the lounge area, I didn’t have time to utilize the steam room and whirlpool but next time I will be!

A D Tour Spa Review in Motor City Casino located in Detroit Michigan with photos, and my experiences in the hotel and spa.

I would come back to the D Tour spa again, it was such a relaxing and pampering experience. Everything felt so upscale and luxurious, as a busy working women I don’t give myself enough opportunities to enjoy a relaxing day. The D Tour event was a reminder that I need to take more time to treat myself.

For a full list of the D Tour Spa services click HERE

 

Girls Night

After we left the spa, we got ready for a girls night out. Liz and I both rocked a sexy black outfit. I wore a Vince Camuto dress from THIS blog post. Liz rocked her ASOS jumpsuit that I love!!

A D Tour Spa Review in Motor City Casino located in Detroit Michigan with photos, and my experiences in the hotel and spa.

After going to New York for a week with Liz, I knew she would want to go up to the Iridescence for some oysters and the cheese plate (not pictured Squash Blossoms that were amazing). Honestly ladies, I felt so Sex and The City with my pomegranate cosmo in my black body con dress. lol.

A D Tour Spa Review in Motor City Casino located in Detroit Michigan with photos, and my experiences in the hotel and spa.

Pictured here, are Oysters Rockefeller, and the Cheese Plate.

I have eaten at Iridescence before, but I have never been able to sit by the window and look over the city. This is a great restaurant for a special date night out, or in our case a girls night.

A D Tour Spa Review in Motor City Casino located in Detroit Michigan with photos, and my experiences in the hotel and spa.

Motor City Hotel

We stayed in a lovely double room on the executive level, with a great view of the city. Something that I really loved was the bathroom!!! It was gorgeous, the shower and tub were a dream.

We had a state of the art TV, and when we were getting ready the night before I was able to hook my phone up to a in room speaker so we could listen to some Motown. What I really appreciated about this space was the quality linens, the decor, and the view.

A D Tour Spa Review in Motor City Casino located in Detroit Michigan with photos, and my experiences in the hotel and spa.

A D Tour Spa Review in Motor City Casino located in Detroit Michigan with photos, and my experiences in the hotel and spa.

We popped up the the 14th floor the next day and grabbed some complimentary breakfast and coffee to take back to the room.

A D Tour Spa Review in Motor City Casino located in Detroit Michigan with photos, and my experiences in the hotel and spa.

A D Tour Spa Review in Motor City Casino located in Detroit Michigan with photos, and my experiences in the hotel and spa.

 

This post was in collaboration with Motor City Casino, Hotel and Spa