Nails Wraps, the new manicure.


I love a doing my nails. I LOVE it, I change my nails once a week, and its something that I really enjoy doing on a Sunday evening. I sit down with a glass of wine and take a few minutes to indulge in myself and do something just for me. Its all fun and games until, I bump my wine glass or smudge my polish…And then I am PISSED, I have to start all over with paint and the whole drying process is halted until I can get that one little spot correct. I seriously have every fast drying nail product under the sun. The spray, the drops, the polish, the little fan…I have even used my hair dryer to get my nails dry, because once I am doing painting them I am ready to be done with the whole process. I want instant dry so I can move on to what I have next on my mind. This NEVER works. NEVER.

Enter Nail Wraps, have you tried them? Put them on, instant manicure. No wait, no dry time…Possible perfection right? I have done the Sally Hanson wraps, and the Essie wraps too. But I always am left feeling more than a little disappointed. They are expensive its a ONE time use for ONE package and once you open them you are donezo, use it or lose it. Then half the time they don’t stick or they don’t have the pattern or color I was looking for.

I had the opportunity to try Jamberry recently, and I cant tell you how fun it was (actually I CAN tell you and I am right now lol). What set this product apart from the other wraps on the market is the personal application experience you receive from the consultant, you actually get to have a conversation with someone about the product and talk to them about how to properly apply and get the most out of the product. I would compare this experience to going to the Beauty counter at the mall(or Sephora, or Ulta), you don’t just walk up to the counter and pick a random product that you have never used and know nothing about and take it home and TRY to see if it works. Seriously don’t do that, talk to the expert that WANTS TO HELP YOU REALLY BAD!  Leslie the Jamberry consultant that I am working with was so helpful and fun to talk to. SHE is what made me love this product.

Not to mention all the designs and options the company offers. I had a hard time picking what I wanted to try out!

Side Note- Hand Modeling? Really effing hard, sorry for the awkward pictures in advance, remember I am still new at this.



Americana Curvy Style!

What did you do over the 4th of July? I spent the day at the lake, sunning, playing in the sand and water. In recent years showing your American pride through dress has become very popular. I happen to be a BIG fan of this trend. Its so fun to dress in red, white and blue and celebrate Independence Day!

The most classic and the easiest way to incorporate American pride into your wardrobe is start with just red, white and blue. You don’t need to go crazy with American Flag skinnies and a star spangled top. Keep it simple, white pants, blue tank, red accessories or dark wash skinnies, red t-shirt and a white statement necklace or scarf.

This year I went with my favorite maxi and hat that I wear all the time. That I have blogged about before because I am obsessed. You know the one.

BAAM ‘Merica


I don’t even need a new picture of this dress because this is pretty much exactly what I looked like lol. I know wow, big variety fashion blogger. When it works don’t fix it right?

Photo cred- ME Promotions

My lake look over the 4th and pretty much anytime I go out on the water. Really the lake = ‘Merica to me lol.

Beach Bag (Similar) | TJ Maxx, Hat (Similar) | TJ Maxx, Bikini (Similar) | Asos, Sunnies | Ray-Ban, Koozie (Similar) | Nordstrom Rack, Towel (Similar) | TJ Maxx

Phone Case | Etsy, Ring (Similar) | Charming Charlies

Palazzo Pants…Yes you need these in your life!


Its time to get real about some pants that EVERY (curvy, stick, whatev) woman should own… Palazzo pants.

What are Palazzo pants? I had that same question last year when I first started seeing these stretchy soft printed pants online. A Palazzo pant is like a yoga pant, stretchy, forgiving, and easy to wear. The only difference being that Palazzo pants are loose fitting, they aren’t tight on you AT ALL. Seriously they feel like butter as pants, I know that sounds nuts but they do. These pants are HOT HOT HOT right now, you can find them anywhere! Today on C&C I am featuring one pair in particular that works for the more bootylicious girls like myself. But I am going to hook you up with links for all different patterns and styles.

You can wear them dressed up with wedges and a nicer top (like me in these pictures!), or with flat sandals and a jean jacket (like me last week!) haha

Also…Are these pants black or blue? Serious debate has gone down over this. I am firmly on the blue team, but OTHER PEOPLE (my husband) say they are black. Whatever, they are my cute butter pants and they could be rainbow for all I care!


Palazzo Pants | Dress Barn, Top | Dress Barn, Wedges | Jessica Simpson, Clutch | Hobo International, Watch | Michael Kors, Bracelet | Pandora, Charm | Pandora, Bracelet | David Yurman, FitBit | Fitbit, Sunglasses | Brighton


This outfit(pants and top) came from DRESS BARN! I really am loving that store right now. EVERYTHING is affordable, and they offer sizes for curvy girls! I feel like Dress Barn has gotten shoved to the back burner and I don’t know why. Their stuff is cute, on trend, and affordable! Whats not to love?


And these photos, we did them on the road in front of my home…And I was so afraid I was going to get hit by a car that some pretty funny shots turned out lol.

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These earrings were 1.50 at Kohls 3 years ago…They are WAY over the top and I love them, but I don’t think they exist for sale anymore, I linked something similar 🙂

Palazzo Pants for the Curvy girl-

Dress Barn – The EXACT ones that I have! Also you can find these in store!

Dress Barn – Simple chic black!

ASOS Curve – Seriously ASOS kills it in the curvy category

Pink Coconut Boutique – I love love love this boutique!

Photo Cred- ME Promotions

Accessories Make the Outfit


When I purchased this dress I wasn’t sold on it. I was shopping specifically for an occasion dress and I couldn’t get happy with anything. I shopped Dress Barn on a whim and I was pleasantly surprised by the selection, I got this dress and a pair of Palazzo pants( my first pair, coming to a blog post near you!).

Usually I have a hard and fast rule about shopping. If I don’t LOVE it and instantly want to put it on and wear it out of the store then its not coming home with me. This dress made the cut because I KNEW I had accessories that would make this dress an OUTFIT.

When you are a curvy girl, you need to invest in a fashion uniform. Shop for good quality basics and then mix in fun trendy pieces and accessories. That way your wardrobe fits you, and you are never without SOMETHING that is going to work for your body OR be able to make something work for your body(through accessories), like this dress.

The dress on its own is ALRIGHT, but with the right jewelry, purse and shoes its ADORABLE! Do you ever buy something with the intention of letting the accessories make the outfit?



Sunnies | Ray- Ban, Jacket (Similar) | Loft, Dress (Similar)| Dress Barn, Clutch (Similar) | Hobo International, Bracelet | David Yurman, Watch (Similar) | Charming Charlies, Ring(Similar)| Charming Charlies, Wedges(Similar) | Jessica Simpson






Photos Cred- ME Promotions

Joggers for the Curvy Girl

Joggers, have you tried them? Let me tell you RIGHT NOW that this new trend is AMAZEBALLS.

Now you may be thinking Anne what the hell is a “Jogger?” Joggers are pants that are gathered at the hem (Like your Grandpas sweatpants). Except NOW they aren’t just sweatpants, they come in a million different patterns and styles. They are effortlessly on trend and are insanely comfortable. Be prepared to get some comments from the men in your life (my older brother had something to say, and Keith had an opinion) on these pants. My answer to their comments was…I don’t dress for you, I dress for myself. AND today MYSELF wore these pants. 🙂


Pictured here- Joggers/ ASOS(similar), Sandals/ Tory Burch (Similar), V-Neck /Lululemon, Earrings /Charming Charlie(Similar), Watch/ Michael Kors, Bracelet/ David Yurman, Bag/ Nine West(Similar)

This particular pair came from ASOS Curve, and I seriously wear them EVERY time they are clean. I have worn them with sandals, wedges, and moccasins. I have worn them with a black shirt, white shirt, chambray. I have worn them with tons of jewlery, just the basics or none at all. I wear them hair up, hair down, hair dirty, or hair brown (just kidding on that last part). I think I just had a Dr. Seuss moment haha.





Photo Cred- ME Promotions

Shopping for Adventure Gear

This weekend Keith and I went to a family wedding just north of Cincinnati OH in a little town called Hamilton. We left Saturday morning and knew that we were going to take our time getting down to the wedding because we love a road trip. We live just north west of Ann Arbor MI, so the drive was going to be a solid 4 hours for us. The only stop that I had planned was one at the Cincinnati Premium Outlets (P.S. You should ALWAYS stop at an outlet when on a road trip). We were leaving the rest of our little adventures up to a whim.

Big shock that my husband wanted to stop at Cabelas (which is only a 45 minute drive from our home). I was down to go look around, so we went for it. It is widely known in our area that this store is a BIG draw for tourists. So it can be fun to go and see all the displays and aquariums that they have in the store, NOT to mention the clothes and shoes!


This is part of a GIANT display of animals at the center of the store. They call the display “Conservation Mountain.”

Coming up in just a few short months I will be traveling to the West Coast (LA, Monterray, San Francisco, Telluride) for sometime. This vacation is going to be a VERY physically active one, and I have been internet stalking quite a few items for sometime. LUCKILY for me Cabelas carried what I was looking for, and I was able to make some purchases towards my vacation wardrobe!

Lets talk hiking clothes for the girl in between. I have been searching high and low for the right hiking apparel for about a month, I have been really trying to get settled on my fashion uniform for this trip. What is a fashion uniform you ask? A fashion uniform is when you wear or pack similar clothing styles so that you have A. Lots of mix and match choices and B. One look that does vary but the same central style pieces stay consistent. For the girl in between, a fashion uniform is a GOOD thing. It means that you know what works for you and you have a sense of how to dress yourself comfortably and appropriately.

Ok back to my trip. I KNOW that I am going to be walking/hiking ALOT, so I have been looking for bottoms, a rain jacket, hiking boots, and a rugged bag. I have almost ordered all of these items multiple times, but I just couldn’t make myself pull the trigger. ENTER Cabelas a dropped in my lap opportunity to try these items, and buy some items to break the ice and get me going. I tried, a dress, cropped leggings, and two pairs of shorts to start. ALL of which I would have gladly taken home with me. BUT my need for bottoms was not that great so I only purchased one pair of shorts. Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 10.33.05 PM

I went with these The North Face shorts for a couple of reasons.

1. The quality and the warrantee on any of their products is fantastic.

2. They are a basic black short, which fits my fashion uniform for the trip.

3. People in Michigan are OBSESSED with anything North Face.

4. This company carries up to a size XL which is me so, they actually FIT!

As I was walking out of the hiking section I noticed some summer rain jackets. I grabbed the Columbia Switchback II jacket and walked out. Sometimes you just have to grab and go! I got the pink which is very fitting for me, and I grabbed the size XL, I threw it on in the parking lot and it was a perfect fit! Enough room for layers but not so baggy that I couldn’t wear it on its own.

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When we stopped at the Outlets, I had a specific plan to shop for Fathers day gifts, what I didn’t plan on was the Columbia store. I was able to price check my rain jacket (I got a great deal!) and shop around for more active bottoms.  I had been thinking for awhile that I would like to try out an active skirt, and at Columbia they had a wide array to choose from. I ended up purchasing a black basic skort, that will work for everyday wear and light hiking (YAY me!).


Sorry about the fitting room selfie, I am really trying to get better at the whole selfie mirror thing. In this photo I am wearing a Lululemon tank(size 12), Chacos, and a Columbia Outerspaced Full Zip(size XL) and the fabulous Columbia skort.

I still have more to shop for, I am hoping to find some hiking shoes or boots, a hat, and a bag.

These are my current internet stalker choices.

Hiking Shoes- Adidas Womens AX 2 Hiking Shoes

Hat- Columbia Global Adventure Packable Hat 

Bag- Kavu Rope Bag 

Chat Soon!


The Secret to the Perfect Maxi dress


Dress(Similar) | Loft, Watch (Similar) | Michael Kors, Necklace | Charming Charlies, Earrings | Charming Charlies,

Lets talk about why everyone should own a classic maxi that is the perfect fit. Being the curvy girl in between, I STRUGGLE to find maxi dresses that fit. They are to tight around the booty, they are to short, the neckline isn’t flattering…blah, blah, blah. I searched HIGH AND LOW to find a dress that fit the requirements of the curvy girl in between.

Requirements for the perfect maxi for summer-

1. Must be a light fabric.

2. Must have a fitted/defined waist.

3. Must be loose and flowy(everywhere else besides the waist). I want that Princess effect.

4. Must be a fun print or color…

Enter my chance encounter with the PERFECT maxi dress last summer. Weeks before a family wedding, I breezed into LOFT to shop around for a dress to wear. I instantly spotted the sister dress to the one shown here in the pictures. This dress fit my requirements to a T and honestly changed the way I looked at maxi dresses. I was so delighted to have found this dress that I grabbed it up and wore every week and to every function for the rest of the summer.

Then this spring I popped over to the LOFT website just to see what they had hanging around on their spring/summer line. AND this dress popped up. I seriously freaked the efffff out. The same exact dress but with a bolder print. Heaven on earth, I had to have it in my life. I have since then been wearing this dress to everything I can. In fact I will be wearing it to a wedding this weekend. I think the dress has been sold out because its AMAZING but I will keep you posted if it pops up again. BECAUSE you know I will be buying another.

I love a bold print and this dress does not disappoint, I have chosen to utilize red, white and blue once again because A. Merica, and B. These colors work on me. They are a solid fall back for me when I am struggling to make something work.


I know I need a spray tan like its my job right now, but it hasn’t happened yet.


I picked up this hat at Marshall’s one day before a Kentucky Derby party to wear with this dress, and I find myself grabbing it all the time, a hat is a great way to top off an outfit or add a little something extra. I believe I paid 12 bucks for this beauty AND its SPF 50!


Lets talk labels… Watch (Michael Kors), bracelet (David Yurman), bracelet (Charming Charlies), necklace (Charming Charlies), earrings (Charming Charlies), hat (Not sure…sorry!), dress (LOFT), ring (Charming Charlies).


Photo Cred- ME Promotions

Tall Boots, Short Dress

Today was a big day for Curls and Contours! I had my first photoshoot with a dear friend showcasing some outfits that work for the curvy girl in-between. Let me tell you how freaking weird it was to have my photo taken. I went through my closet and pulled my current faves to create a bank of photos to feature here on my fabulous blog. IMG_6533 I mean seriously, I am like “Hey, I don’t know about hands or standing.” Not cute… Luckily my totally adorable friend Michele of “ME Promotions” was able to give me some pointers on how to look like a human.

IMG_6536Ok moving on, lets talk about why this outfit is A. Ok for curvy girls to wear. And B. How to pull off boots in June. And C. ‘Merica!

The dress is from a little boutique that  I started following on Social Media. You have probably heard of it, Pink Coconut Boutique? This was my first time ordering from them and I am very pleased with the result. I did have this dress tailored to fit my specific needs (which I highly recommend to all women) but that is a different post for a different day. What I happen to really like about PCB is that they have different REAL girls modeling their clothing for the site. AND they list their sizes so you can actually get a feel for how its going to look on you.

I know this little number is SHORT, for that reason I chose to pair this dress with some classic cowboy boots. The boots height has a balancing effect on the whole look, I am featuring and showing my legs but letting the boots do the walking (I crack myself up). These particular babes are from Tony Lama, let me tell you they are comfortable. I have MANY pairs of cowboy boots from all the popular brands. But these beauties are kept from the mud and the muck at the barn and used only for concerts and fashion purposes. Follow me on insta (Curlsandcontours) for more pictures of these beauties out and about on me.


HEYYYY….My Fitbit made it into the photo because I am obsessed with my steps. My bag | Miche (last year), watch | Michael Kors, bracelet | David Yurman, ring | Charming Charlies.

Oh and C.”Merica, bag and boots…My go to for festivals and concerts!

Chat Soon!


Photo Cred- ME Promotions

The Stiletto nail that Lady GaGa doesn’t have…

Ok ladies, last week I decided that I needed to mix it up with my nails. I have for years been the classic rounded natural nail.

Anyways…Last week, I decided that I was in fact going to try that pointed nail look. I seriously was soooo nervous about it, “Oh my god, once I do it I can never go back” blah, blah, blah. But I got myself a new nail file and went ahead and filed those suckers to DEATH…seriously my leggings were covered in my own nail dust (gross). Then I thought actually stiletto is a little harsh, my nails are more like almonds. I rocked that almond look for a whole three days…Then I thought, you know what. Lady GaGa isn’t the only one that can rock some pointy ass dagger nails. So last night I went to filing, and you know what is totally adorable and chic? Stiletto nails.

So here is what I did, and how I did it. I got a NEW (thats right, big spender) nail file. I then just started working the nail file on the sides of each nail, creating a straight edge. I switched back and forth on either side of the nail bed, until I had worked the nail to a point. From there I painted my nails(Essie Muchi, Muchi), and scratched my husbands head for him…haha


They are not perfect, but neither am I. Adorable for now, its easy to do and very chic!

Chat soon,