What I buy at Nordstrom

What I buy at Nordstrom as a plus size woman, a post about how to shop Nordstrom like a pro, and how to shop smart in a big department store.

What I buy at Nordstrom as a plus size woman, a post about how to shop Nordstrom like a pro, and how to shop smart in a big department store.

What I buy at Nordstrom as a plus size woman, a post about how to shop Nordstrom like a pro, and how to shop smart in a big department store.

What I buy at Nordstrom as a plus size woman, a post about how to shop Nordstrom like a pro, and how to shop smart in a big department store.

What I buy at Nordstrom as a plus size woman, a post about how to shop Nordstrom like a pro, and how to shop smart in a big department store.

This week on Curls and Contours I wanted to share a post that I get questions about ALL THE TIME. This post is about “What I buy at Nordstrom” and how I shop smart at a major department store.

What do I shop for at Nordstrom?

I utilize Nordstrom for 2 areas of my wardrobe. Pants and Skincare. I do own tops/dresses/shoes from Nordstrom but their bottoms and skincare offerings have me coming back again and again.

Pants

I have to admit I am addicted to upscale denim, a few years ago I got into Paige jeans and the rest is history. I love a quality pair of jeans, and Nordstrom has a great online offering for Plus Size women. I purchase most if not all of my pants from Nordstrom because of their easy return policy, and their wide selection of super quality pieces. My favorite pant buys from Nordstrom are the Zella High Waist legging, and my Good American jeans. I wear my Zella leggings with EVERYTHING, from walking my dogs in the evening to dressing up for a night out. They are hands down the most versatile piece in my wardrobe. I think I own 4 pairs at this point(not included my printed ones LOL).

Here are my favorite Zella leggings right now, in plus and regular!!

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings(Plus Size)

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings(Regular)

Zella Moto Ankle Leggings(Plus Size)

Zella Autumn High Waist Moto Ankle Leggings(Regular) 

Skincare

I don’t talk a lot about my skin on the blog, and I would really like to change that. Let me tell you, my skin is THE WORST!!!! I have struggled for years with adult acne, and have quite a bit of scarring and pore issues. I am a faithful Nordstrom beauty counter girl, and here is why.

One day I was running some errands and happened to be in Nordstrom, at the time my skin was at an all time low, I had really dry patches, and a huge breakout of cystic acne along my jawline. Things were really really bad. I was stopped by an esthetician at the Clarins counter in Nordstrom, she wanted my to try her hand cream(which is amazing lol). We got to talking, and next thing I know she is giving me a mini facial and changing my life. I know that sounds crazy but its so beyond true. She talked me through why I was dry and patchy in areas and why my acne was out of control.

This Clarins esthetician explained to me that all the acne products that I was using on my skin was actually causing more acne because the oil in my skin could not balance out. She told me that instead of stripping my skin of oil and moisture, I needed to be adding moisture back to my skin(which at the time sounded like the craziest shit I had ever heard). She said that my skin cells were being stripped of all moisture every night and damaged by acne products, and that my body was sending lots of oil to my face because there wasn’t any. This is what was causing my breakouts, and the patchy dry areas were from the acne products.

I purchased a moisturizer from her that day, and she sent me home with samples of the rest of the Clarins line that she suggested for my skin. AND I was back in two weeks to buy it ALL. I started using the products that she sent me home with and within a week my skin was healing, and I honestly haven’t had a breakout since then. I have completely changed my skincare and makeup routine. I would still be living in adult acne hell if the Nordstrom Clarins esthetician hadn’t stopped me.

Here is the skincare that CHANGED MY LIFE!! From start to finish every night.

Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian for Combination/Oily Skin

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed for Normal/Combination Skin

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cream Gel

 

My pro tip for shopping Nordstrom-

Shop with a purpose, its a big store and everything is gorgeous(its easy to go crazy LOL). GO in (online or in store) with what you are looking for in mind. I know that I love their pants and skincare, so when I am in need of those items I turn to Nordstrom. 

 

 

 

 

5 Outfits and 4 things I love!

It has been months since I have shared my weekend outfits!! During my workweek my clothes fall into the “Mom clothes” category, so on weekends and during my blog shoots I get to really play with my clothes! Today on the blog I am sharing 5 weekend outfits, and 4 things I am loving right now! 
Plus Size Fashion blogger brings you links to 5 trendy/edgy weekend ready outfits. Post includes exact links to outfits pictured. Jacket | Leggings | Boots | Bag

  1. The TV Show Ozark- Keith and I have been watching the Netflix original Ozark like crazy! We loved Breaking Bad, and this show has that same feel to it. A little dark, a little twisted but ultimately about a man that is willing to do anything for his family including break the law. We haven’t had “Cable” TV for years, its a money saver and we get plenty of entertainment from Netflix and Hulu! 

Plus Size Fashion blogger brings you links to 5 trendy/edgy weekend ready outfits. Post includes exact links to outfits pictured. Denim(Similar) | Top | Leggings | Mules | Bag

2. Midcentury Industrial Home Decor- We are renovating our kitchen and I have become OBSESSED with home decor, its not something I share on the blog(I could, but I don’t think you are here for that lol). I am loving pretty much everything from West Elm, and have been doing a ton of research on concrete countertops and how to create an eclectic space that meshes old with new. If you have any home decor blogs that fit this criteria SEND THEM MY WAY!! 

Plus Size Fashion blogger brings you links to 5 trendy/edgy weekend ready outfits. Post includes exact links to outfits pictured. Dress | Booties

3. Low Heeled Booties- Last Fall I was all heeled booties ALL the time. I just could not get into the low heeled options. But this year, I have been super into what is being offered. I have two pairs that will be what I am wearing nonstop until December(when the real cold weather hits). Links HERE, and HERE for the exact pairs that I have been loving. 

Plus Size Fashion blogger brings you links to 5 trendy/edgy weekend ready outfits. Post includes exact links to outfits pictured. Top | Jeans | Mules | Bag

4. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese- Keith and I prefer to eat High Fat/Low Carb dinners, gluten in general is not really my friend. We both just feel better the next day when we follow this way of eating. I made some Cauliflower Mac and Cheese a couple of months ago and it has been a weekly meal since. We usually add extra veggies to the recipe, like onions and mushrooms and when Keith makes it he adds spices to make it hot!! Recipe link HERE 

Plus Size Fashion blogger brings you links to 5 trendy/edgy weekend ready outfits. Post includes exact links to outfits pictured. Top | Skirt(Similar) | Necklace(Similar) | Bag | Twilly 

 

I hope you enjoyed this little peak into my life. I was able to link most of the piece exactly, if you have any questions please comment and I will answer!! 

-Anne 

 

 

 

Fall Florals with Avenue and Loralette


Fall Florals one of the hottest trends for Fall 2017, Avenue and Loralette have lots of options for the plus size woman for Fall

Fall Florals one of the hottest trends for Fall 2017, Avenue and Loralette have lots of options for the plus size woman for Fall

Fall Florals one of the hottest trends for Fall 2017, Avenue and Loralette have lots of options for the plus size woman for Fall

Guys….Fall Florals are my life now. Thats it. They are my life.

Liz and I collaborated on this blog post with Avenue

I am so excited to be collaborating with my blogger bestie/one of my real life besties Liz from the fabulous blog withwonderandwhimsy.com on a Fall Floral post with Avenue and Loralette. I have a few things I would like to cover in this post. I want to share one of Falls hottest trends, I want to introduce you to a new brand that I haven’t worn or shared with you guys yet, and I want to beg and plead with Liz to give me the Avenue top she is wearing for this post. I NEEEEEEDDDDD it in my life.

If you are an avid reader of my blog(thank you very much by the way) then you already know all about Loralette, because I was the first influencer to work with them! But if you are new here, then read all about my super fun Loralette collab HERE.

Avenue

I am so so so in love with Avenue’s dresses for Fall! When I visited their Headquarters in June, I was able to see so much more of what they have planned! This floral maxi is just the tip of the iceberg. I picked this maxi specifically for the details, I love the cold shoulder and the double slits in front. The blousey fabric(a polyester blend) doesn’t cling and doesn’t wrinkle easily, which is perfect for me because I DONT iron. Like I don’t even own an iron.

Avenue is a plus size clothing brand founded in 1983 with the mission to provide the best fit for plus size women in the industry. The word on the street is that Avenue offers the BOMB DOT COM wide width shoes, and I love their dresses. 

My booties are from Avenue as well! They are open on both sides and absolute perfection for these transitional months(no socks required). They are a faux suede and are less than 100 bucks! Currently as I write this post they are on sale for only 45.00! When I paired the booties with dress, I felt like a curvy Stevie Nicks(give me all the rocker gypsy clothes). The flowy dress, the heeled booties, obviously I rock her hair style already.

Liz paired her Avenue top(see photos below) with a pair of Loralette flare jeans and some Avenue booties. This fall floral top is a blousey polyester blend, with all the little details added in. Liz created balance by pairing the top with flare leg jeans, she adds interest by wearing an olive western inspired bootie from Avenue’s fall shoe collection.

Fall Florals one of the hottest trends for Fall 2017, Avenue and Loralette have lots of options for the plus size woman for Fall

Fall Florals one of the hottest trends for Fall 2017, Avenue and Loralette have lots of options for the plus size woman for Fall

Fall Florals one of the hottest trends for Fall 2017, Avenue and Loralette have lots of options for the plus size woman for Fall

Fall Florals one of the hottest trends for Fall 2017, Avenue and Loralette have lots of options for the plus size woman for Fall

Loralette 

Loralette has some super fun fall florals in their inventory, I wanted to feature a top that isn’t a color combo that I usually reach for, and while this top is super sheer, it gives me all the romantic, whimsical autumn vibes. This piece is definitely well suited for warmer climates or early September for us northern girls! I love love the sleeves, and the warm tone of the polyester blend fabric. I opted to style this top with skinnies and some mules, which honestly is a fall staple for me. I grabbed some statement earrings to pull the look together at the last minute, but just as easily could have gone accessory free. The statement sleeves on this top are a major attention getter,  so keeping minimal accessories is easy. This is a sheer top, I would recommend a simple nude bralette underneath, and could see wearing this top out at night, to a local hotspot or my favorite martini bar.

Liz Styled her skinnies with a blue and pink floral cold shoulder top from Avenue, this top is a gorgeous knit fabric that can easily be dressed up or down. I love that she styled the look with some sassy patent pumps, and grey washed skinnies. This is a color combo for Fall that I wouldn’t easily think of, and I love that! The blue in the top is so rich and saturated, then with pops of pink flowers and little splashes of black this is a great piece for Fall with an unique color combo.

Style Tip

When dressing your curvy figure, go for balance.

Fitted top + Flared pants/skirt = Balance 

Flowy top + Fitted pants/skirt = Balance 

Ok, I promise I didn’t forget. LOL

Dear Liz, please give me the Avenue top you blogged about for this collab. I promise I will give it a great home and wear it ALL the time. hahahaha

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap Dress Review with Kiyonna

Barcelona Wrap Dress Review with the plus size retailer Kiyonna. The Barcelona wrap dress comes in 4 different colors/patterns and is a true wrap style

Barcelona Wrap Dress Review with the plus size retailer Kiyonna. The Barcelona wrap dress comes in 4 different colors/patterns and is a true wrap style

Barcelona Wrap Dress Review with the plus size retailer Kiyonna. The Barcelona wrap dress comes in 4 different colors/patterns and is a true wrap style

Barcelona Wrap Dress Review with the plus size retailer Kiyonna. The Barcelona wrap dress comes in 4 different colors/patterns and is a true wrap style

Barcelona Wrap Dress Review with the plus size retailer Kiyonna. The Barcelona wrap dress comes in 4 different colors/patterns and is a true wrap style

Dress | Shoes | Bag | Earrings

I partnered with Kiyonna on this wrap dress review! I feel like I am sharing black dresses on Curls and Contours all. the. time. BUT! This dress is different than my usual black dress. This one has beautiful details and added ruffles to bring a unique twist to a timeless shape.

The Details…

This Kiyonna dress, comes in four different colors(two of which are patterns) and in my experience this means a couple of things. That this is a style that is here to stay with Kiyonna, and that this dress is popular enough that they offer it in a variety of options. Which I really like. To me this means that Kiyonna, has heard from their customers and has done the work to make sure this is a style that is perfect for plus size women.

Barcelona Wrap Dress

The Barcelona Wrap Dress is a polyester/spandex blend, which translates to a weighted, giving fabric with a bit of stretch. The Barcelona wrap is an A-line true wrap dress, which is great for fitting purposes the ruffles along the neckline trail down the front of the garment and wrap under the bust. The dress is fitted with princess seems, and a cold shoulder detail. It falls well below the knee and can be worn with a cami underneath for a modest look.

Size Details

I am wearing my usual size 1, and it is a great fit! I have found that with Kiyonna the dresses run true to size.  Be aware of the ruffles when you are getting dressed, some of them have the tendency to fold under and not show especially around the shoulders.

How to Style 

I chose to style the Barcelona wrap with lace up black sandals, red earrings, and red lips! I love the way these classic colors combine to make a bold statement. Lately I have been in a bold earring mood, and I love the way these red tassle earrings pop. I feel like I am always carrying my leopard clutch, its a great neutral and with the Barcelona wrap it adds some additional texture.

I can see myself wearing this dress to date night, a wedding or even a cocktail party depending on how you style it with accessories!

Other Kiyonna posts

You can check out my other Kiyonna posts, here, here, and here. 🙂

 

Liz Louize Store Tour

Liz Louize Store Tour. A new plus size boutique in Royal Oak Michigan. This post takes you into the newest addition to Royal Oak.

I collaborated on this post with Liz Louize. Today, is a great day to be a plus size babe in Michigan. Because today, a new boutique has opened in Royal Oak JUST FOR PLUS SIZE BABES!! Boom. I am going to be sharing a “Liz Louize store tour” on Curls and Contours with you! We will be taking a look inside Liz Louize and I will be featuring some of my favorite pieces from the store!

Liz Louize Store Tour. A new plus size boutique in Royal Oak Michigan. This post takes you into the newest addition to Royal Oak.When I first entered this boutique, my eyes were immediately drawn to the FANTASTIC wallpaper that decorates the back wall of the store. On the wall there was fun art, and uniques cases with shoes and accessories. From there I really started to take a look around, and notice other subtle pieces of the store. Fun music playing in the background, a light sweet scent that wasn’t overpowering but was just “there.” As a plus size woman, I felt good, honestly it was one of those “These are my people” moments, I found myself wandering around the store touching things on each rack and thinking “This is for me, this will fit me.” To me the true test of a boutique is how the customer interprets the store within the first minute of being there. Is she going to walk in and go “Yep, I can see myself finding something here.” Or is she going to walk in, feel intimidated and overwhelmed. The Liz Louize crew set out to make every woman that enters the store feel at home, a very fabulous, pink, girly home. But at home. 🙂

Liz Louize Store Tour. A new plus size boutique in Royal Oak Michigan. This post takes you into the newest addition to Royal Oak.

Ok plus size babes, you know how when you go into a regular size boutique and you make a beeline for the accessories because you know that while the stuff is cute it will never fit. As I walked around and put my hands on each piece that the Liz Louize crew had hand picked for their store I was overwhelmed with this sense of freedom. I didn’t have to just look at the accessories, I could try things on and pick stuff out. I could try everything on if I wanted. And then girls, thats exactly what I did. I tried on EVERYTHING. I picked something from each rack, which let me tell you is ALOT! I would love to tell you that this was purely for journalistic purposes but thats NOT true lol. It was pure girly giddy excitement.

The store has so much inventory, there is something for everyone. As most of you know I am a shopper, I like shopping online, in department stores, in boutiques, at the mall, at the outlets. I love to shop. And it always surprises me when I walk into a store that has like 4 items to sell. Where is the variety? Where is the inventory? Especially plus size boutiques, or boutiques that carry both plus and regular sizes. Usually the plus section consists of 3 stretchy wrap dresses in 3 different shades of black. Its clear that the Liz Louize crew set out to defy those “standards.” Because this pretty little boutique had so many different options.

Liz Louize Store Tour. A new plus size boutique in Royal Oak Michigan. This post takes you into the newest addition to Royal Oak.

Do you need a dress for an upcoming vacation? What about jeans for fall? Do you need dress pants for work? OR a skirt for an upcoming wedding? Liz Louize has it. THEY HAVE IT. I even tried on a romper.

Ok, I know I am gushing.

Liz Louize Store Tour. A new plus size boutique in Royal Oak Michigan. This post takes you into the newest addition to Royal Oak.

Ok lets talk fitting room. It was basically a party. Liz(withwonderandwhimsy.com) and I were visiting the store together, and while we were there. There were other plus size babes shopping too! We all ended up in the fitting room together(not the same room LOL). It was so fun! Here is how it went; put something on, step out into the fitting room sitting area and have a chat about the fit, the color, where you would wear this or that piece. Talk about a confidence booster. Each woman was supportive, the staff was there to assist with size or different color options. It was a clothes party and everyone was a model. 🙂

Liz Louize Store Tour. A new plus size boutique in Royal Oak Michigan. This post takes you into the newest addition to Royal Oak.

Liz Louize is owned by the babes that own the plus size bridal boutique Bombshell Bridal, they have the experience and expertise on how to create a fantastic in store experience for each customer. Tucked into the fitting room area of the store, there are shape wear options and nighttime options. Literally NOTHING was left out, when they were stocking the store.

Liz Louize Store Tour. A new plus size boutique in Royal Oak Michigan. This post takes you into the newest addition to Royal Oak.

Now you are probably thinking. “Cool Anne, I am so glad you are a psycho about this store, but how can I go?”

Liz Louize Store Tour. A new plus size boutique in Royal Oak Michigan. This post takes you into the newest addition to Royal Oak.

I will be sharing Liz Louize updates every month, from sales and special events to my favorite pieces in store! If you follow me on instagram then you KNOW I am a huge believer in shopping local and supporting female entrepreneurs. I can not wait to share more from Liz Louize with all of you!

 

 

 

Tiger Mini Dress

Yours Clothing dress review and how to find the correct size when ordering. Plus Size Wrap Mini Dress with Tigers and Cherry Blossom print.

Yours Clothing dress review and how to find the correct size when ordering. Plus Size Wrap Mini Dress with Tigers and Cherry Blossom print.

Yours Clothing dress review and how to find the correct size when ordering. Plus Size Wrap Mini Dress with Tigers and Cherry Blossom print.

Yours Clothing dress review and how to find the correct size when ordering. Plus Size Wrap Mini Dress with Tigers and Cherry Blossom print.

Yours Clothing dress review and how to find the correct size when ordering. Plus Size Wrap Mini Dress with Tigers and Cherry Blossom print. Yours Clothing dress review and how to find the correct size when ordering. Plus Size Wrap Mini Dress with Tigers and Cherry Blossom print. Yours Clothing dress review and how to find the correct size when ordering. Plus Size Wrap Mini Dress with Tigers and Cherry Blossom print.

Dress(similar) | Shoes | Bag 

I am so excited to share a Yours Clothing Dress Review with you today!

I have blogged about LOTS of different types of wrap dresses on Curls and Contours. But I have never shared a wrap mini. I am pretty open about not being a shorts person, I don’t like shorts and its NOT because I don’t like my legs. I actually do like my legs, I show them off in skinny jeans, skirts and dresses all the time. While shorts are not my thing, I do wish that I could tap into the shorter length that shorts wearing girls get. So when I first saw thing dress on yoursclothing.com I knew it would be a great fit for me.

Where To Buy

What I was the most excited about was the length and style of this dress. The tigers are just a bonus, :). This dress is by Limited Collection and is from Yours Clothing, a UK based brand that I share on the blog regularly. It is 100% Polyester, which means that its not hot and doesn’t wrinkle easily. Its perfect for a summer night out, I paired it with some strappy sandals and my favorite clutch. The perfect mix of sassy and sexy.

The Print

My blogger bestie Liz (from the blog With Wonder and Whimsy) is all about finding whimsy and romance in the everyday. And you know me, I am all about luxe basics, the patterns I can usually be found in are camo, stripes, and leopard. A cherry blossom and tiger printed mini dress isn’t usually something I would grab. But I was inspired to reach for something fun and in my own way whimsical. Life isn’t so serious, and I really love how fun this dress is, and how fun and light hearted it made me feel!

The Fit

When I order from the UK I get a size up, this method works great, here is my logic. If the piece is coming all the way across the ocean, I want to guarantee it will go on my body. If it runs small, then I will have a perfect fit. If it runs true to size, then it will fit but be a bit loose and I can have it tailored for the perfect fit. This dress was a little big, but not so big that I couldn’t pull it off. I am wearing a size 16.

I am 5′ 6″ and this dress hits above my knee, because the silhouette is a true wrap you close and tie it under your bust. When we shot this look it was a little breezy, and I felt like the front was going to open and show a little too much skin. But it was all good, nothing was showing and honestly thats the nature of a wrap piece.

Something Else…

Right now the dress is out of stock. I couldn’t get the dress on the blog quick enough before it sold out. I know, boooooo. BUT there is another dress by Limited Collection with….get this. TIGER EMBROIDERY!!! The dress has the same cut, the same fabric and EMBROIDERY. Mic drop.

Yours Clothing dress review and how to find the correct size when ordering. Plus Size Wrap Mini Dress with Tigers and Cherry Blossom print.

 

 

This post was sponsored by Yours Clothing 

Draped in Class by Kiyonna

A Plus Size Tie Dye Dress by Kiyonna, that fits true to size and would be perfect for a bohemian wedding. Kimono creates quality dresses that last.

A Plus Size Tie Dye Dress by Kiyonna, that fits true to size and would be perfect for a bohemian wedding. Kimono creates quality dresses that last.

A Plus Size Tie Dye Dress by Kiyonna, that fits true to size and would be perfect for a bohemian wedding. Kimono creates quality dresses that last.

A Plus Size Tie Dye Dress by Kiyonna, that fits true to size and would be perfect for a bohemian wedding. Kimono creates quality dresses that last.

A Plus Size Tie Dye Dress by Kiyonna, that fits true to size and would be perfect for a bohemian wedding. Kimono creates quality dresses that last.

Dress | Shoes | Sunglasses | Lipsense

Kiyonna and I collaborated on this post. Lets talk about the most surprising dress ever. As a blogger, I am always trying to challenge myself I reach for the pieces that no one else is talking about, or the colors that might seem “too loud” or “not for the plus size girl”. I feel that it is my duty to push the limits and try pieces that will expand my ability to express myself through clothing. Lets dig into a review of this tie dye dress!

This dress is by Kiyonna, and is aptly named the “Draped in Class” dress, the silhouette is rocking and is specifically cut to flatter the curvy figure.

The Fit

I am wearing a 1 in this dress, its really a perfect fit. Under the draped top there is a built in tank that is supposed to help with coverage, but not be seen. I had read some reviews about this dress before ordering, and the little under tank was the topic of a couple reviews. I felt that the tank was supposed to help cover and keep your top under control but not be seen. I would order your usual size in this dress.

The Pattern

On kiyonna.com the dress appears to be a black/grey and white tie dye print. In reality the color is much more dark blue and white, don’t call me crazy but this dress made me feel stormy. I don’t own many tie dye pieces, after wearing this piece I find myself shopping for more!

Where to Wear

Where are my boho curvy babes at? This dress would be BEYOND perfect for any dressier event you are attending. It is well made and a classy silhouette. The pattern is bohemian and free spirited in an elevated way. Do you have a wedding to attend this summer or fall? This dress is a great way to dress up, and still show off your boho spirit.

Where to Buy

This dress is available on kiyonna.com, Kiyonna often offers sales, or free shipping so keep your eye on the website.

 

This post was sponsored by Kiyonna

Astra Signature

Astra Signature Review: found on Amazon.com. Plus Size clothing created to be chic and edgy by blogger Crystal Coons of the blog Sometimes Glam #astra #astrasignature #plussizefashion #fashion #curvyfashionista

Astra Signature Review: found on Amazon.com. Plus Size clothing created to be chic and edgy by blogger Crystal Coons of the blog Sometimes Glam #astra #astrasignature #plussizefashion #fashion #curvyfashionista

Astra Signature Review: found on Amazon.com. Plus Size clothing created to be chic and edgy by blogger Crystal Coons of the blog Sometimes Glam #astra #astrasignature #plussizefashion #fashion #curvyfashionista

Astra Signature Review: found on Amazon.com. Plus Size clothing created to be chic and edgy by blogger Crystal Coons of the blog Sometimes Glam #astra #astrasignature #plussizefashion #fashion #curvyfashionista

Astra Signature Review: found on Amazon.com. Plus Size clothing created to be chic and edgy by blogger Crystal Coons of the blog Sometimes Glam #astra #astrasignature #plussizefashion #fashion #curvyfashionista

Astra Signature Review: found on Amazon.com. Plus Size clothing created to be chic and edgy by blogger Crystal Coons of the blog Sometimes Glam #astra #astrasignature #plussizefashion #fashion #curvyfashionista

Top | Pants | Shoes

What is it that they say about taking fashion risks? If you don’t try it you will never know if you like it. I think thats it, and it couldn’t be more true with these statement pants. I don’t usually post workwear pieces, because I live a very casual life. I don’t get dressed up for work and there is no dress code at my job. But when I was first introduced to the Astra Signature line (designed and created by Crystal Coons from the vlog Sometimes Glam) I knew that I had to have these pants in my life. One of my goals as a blogger is to bring pieces to my readers in plus sizes that usually aren’t available. Like my white lace skirt with Society Plus, I am always looking for pieces that exist in the straight size world but don’t in the plus size world. These pants fit that description. 🙂

Pant Details

These are the “Annie” pants(fitting right LOL), they are a dark navy and feature a tapered leg and a paper bag waistline with a belt. The fabric is a stretch Cotton/Nylon blend that is very soft and easy to wear and has a slight sheen to it. I am wearing a size 14, they are meant to fit loose around the hips and thighs. I originally ordered a size 16, and had to exchange for a smaller size.If I were you, I would size down.

How to Style

I opted to style these pants with a pair of summer sandals(that are not really work appropriate LOL) and a white blouse. I wanted to keep it simple so that the waistline detail could really shine, I struggled to pair a jacket with these pants because the waistline brings so much drama. If you are a person that prefers to have your shoulders covered(or your office requires it) I would style these pants with a top like this, or this. And with shoes like this. 🙂

For more of a dressy casual, fashion forward look, that isn’t about work. I would love to style these pants with a white ribbed tank, and sky high heels. Wearing a fitted top is really going to highlight the unique waistline, and in my case my waist is the smallest part of my figure, so a fitted top will really show that off. I can see myself wearing these on a dinner out with my girlfriends.

Where to buy?

Astra Signature is available on Amazon, if you have a Prime membership you can have these pieces in two days! I order everything on Amazon, from Cat food to Chic pants I use my Prime membership often. Make sure you follow Astra on your social channels, they often release coupon codes through Instagram that can save you a bundle when you order.

 

 

 

Lipsense Review

Lipsense Color | Dress | Shoes | Bag 

It has been to long since I have posted a beauty review. Today I am so excited to share a product that is revolutionizing the beauty industry, have you heard of Lipsense? Its a long lasting lip stain/lipstick that has some serious staying power.  A friend of mine recently started selling Lipsense and sent me some products to review.

Before we get started with all of that, lets get to know this product a little better. Lipsense is…

Gluten Free

Vegan

Wax Free

Smudge Proof

Kiss Proof

Waterproof

Not Tested on Animals

Lasts 4-18 hours

I received the starter kit from Amy, this retails for 55 dollars. In this kit you receive one color(of your choice) a gloss(to seal the color) and a remover(you need this believe me).

The first day I wore Lipsense I applied it at 11am, I followed the directions explicitly and found that the product stayed on my lips perfectly for 4 hours, in that time I had lunch, drank water and a diet coke. I read that the more you wear Lipsense the longer it will last on your lips, I know weird, its something about buildup from other lip products. I have found this to be true! I have worn my Lipsense 5 more times since and now it will stay for a solid 8-10 hours.

When I first applied the product it stung a little bit, this has also faded as I have worn the product more and more. I have found that YOU MUST HAVE A STEADY HAND WHEN APPLYING THIS STUFF. Don’t try and put it on while driving(ask me how I know lol), don’t put it on in a hurry. One miss swipe and you have a lipstick that WONT COME OFF on your skin and not your lips.

Luckily that is where the Oopsy remover comes in, you can “edit” your progress with the remover, cleaning up your lines around the lip( or your skin lol).

For my first experience with the product I went with a bold red called Fly Girl. I love having this color for nights out, and blog shoots. Its a little too bright red for everyday around the house or office. I would apply the product in the morning go shoot a look, and then forget I was wearing it lol. I found myself passing a mirror in the middle of the day, and being surprised that I had lipstick on, LOL.

I am looking forward to investing in some softer colors that will work for everyday.

This post was sponsored by Amy of Color Me Opulent

 

Full Figured Fashion Week Outfit Roundup

 

What I wore to Full Figured Fashion Week Events

Hi lovelies! I am formatting this post a little different than my usual posts. I wanted to share the FFFWeek events that Liz(withwonderandwhimsy.com) and I chose to attend and what I wore to each event. If you are thinking of attending next year, I want to give a little bit of advice. When picking your outfits for each event just do you. Now that I am home I can say that I probably over thought it. Next time I attend, I will just do me and dress in pieces that make me feel my most confident and comfortable.

FFFWeek Kick Off Event

Dress | Shoes | Bag | Sunglasses

For the first event of the week, I chose to go with a flowy maxi from ASOS. I love the unique color combo for summer, and the pleated skirt. The kickoff event was held at a loft in SoHo in this sweet neighborhood lined with Italian restaurants and pretty store fronts. We had small bites and wine at the event, and got to meet up with other bloggers and influencers.

After the event Liz and I headed across the street to this TINY Italian place for some authentic Italian food. Don’t ask me the name of the place because I honestly have no idea. LOL

Fit For Me Influencer Event

Skirt | Top(Similar) | Bag | Shoes | Earrings

I received an invitation to the Fit For Me influencer event, and I STRUGGLED to pick an outfit. At the last minute I made a switch to my Society Plus Midington skirt, with a a lace crop top. This event was really fun, they had makeup touch ups, a runway event, and cocktails. Everyone was dressed in their signature style, and I was having my “Carrie Bradshaw” moment(full skirt, fancy bag, sky high heels).

Afterwards a bunch of us bloggers went for dinner, it was so fun to sit with 7 other women and just talk about the industry, our blogs, and our businesses. I felt like a “Real blogger” during dinner, this just fuels my fire to continue my work towards full time self employment.

Curves At Sea All White CruiseDress | Shoes | Bag

I have a full recap of my experiences at the White Cruise, you can find that here.

 

Would I attend Full Figured Fashion Week again?

This year, Liz and I chose to attend the first half of the event. We had never attended before and didn’t know that the last half of the event is really where its at for bloggers and influencers. I would attend again, but for the last half of the event. Probably from Wednesday – Saturday. I am hoping to attend the Curvy Conference in NYC, and the upcoming Chicago Curvy Girl Conference!

 

I also have an outfit roundup up that is strictly my “off the clock” pieces that I wore touring around town, and to non FFFWeek events. That can be found here.

 

 

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