Spring Dress Babe.

Dress | Jacket(Similar) | Bag | Shoes 

Dress | Bag | Heels | Earrings | Spanx

I wanted to share a couple of looks today from some fabulous affordable UK brands. With the temps warming up its time to start thinking about shedding those layers and prepping your skin to be seen(think faux tanners lol).

I have been gravitating towards blue lately, you know I love black anything so blue is a great way to lighten up my wardrobe and bring in some different tones to play with. The other hot trend this year is embroidery, everythannnnggg has embroidery on it lately. I have been choosy about what I want to wear from that trend, and really trying to pick stuff that is true to my brand and easy to wear.

Thats why I loved this blue embroidered body con dress from Quiz Clothing, its got beautiful flowers and a modern cut to flatter your shape. I am in desperate need of some nude heels so I paired this look with my cheetah ones(out of necessity) its cute and a fun way to mix in a different print. I am hoping to get my hands on the heels I linked in this post soon, and that would be how I would wear this dress again.

The pleats on the Wolf and Whistle dress is what initially attracted me to it, I love the way the texture changes with this dress, I wanted to lend these colors a little edgier vibe so I paired it with faux leather jacket and some lace up sandals(from TARGET!!). No Spanx needed for this dress(can I get an AMEN!) and it was a really comfy look. I would love to style this dress again with more of a wear to work vibe, a black blazer, some tights and sensible heels would make this dress perfect for a chilly spring day at work.

Happy Monday Babes!

Both of the dresses in this post were gifted to me from the brands. All opinions are my own.

 

Loralette Giveaway!

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

Spring is here! I am so excited to be able to pull out my favorite sandals and pair them with new fresh spring styles. The trends of the spring and summer are off the shoulder tops and destroyed denim, and I can happily report that both of these options are available to plus size women!!!

This outfit is so versatile, it can take you from shopping with the girls(which I was doing when we shot this lol) to date night out with your guy. On trend, casual and easy to wear. The one item you do need is a good strapless bra, I am planning on a strapless bra post soon because those can be hard to find for curvy babes.

Today I am doing a giveaway with Loralette, and its so easy to do! All you need to do is follow me on Instagram and comment on the photo with how you would style a piece of my look and the first 20 commenters get a free gift card to Loralette!!!!

Hop on over to my Instagram(@curlsandcontours) around lunch to participate!

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

Anne Lace Skirt with Society Plus

Skirt | Top(Similar) | Boots(Similar)

Skirt | Jacket | Heels(Similar) 

Skirt | Top(Similar) | Boots

 In this post I really feel like talking about dreams. Chasing your dreams, not turning back when things get tough, doing your very best. I want to talk about these things because I feel like it needs to be said, you are your dreams. Two years ago, I graduated from college with a degree I didn’t really want. And instead of just getting a job in the field, I decided to ACT. I decided to start Curls and Contours. All of a sudden and honestly I don’t know how I didn’t see it before, I wanted to live a truly unique life, free from the everyday strains of a 40 hour work week.  I wanted more, and I wanted to create, and educate, and inspire.

A dream formed, and it was clear. My new job? Chase that dream down. I took my brains from college, and pushed them at Curls and Contours. I can’t say that I haven’t thought about quitting, or giving up these past two years. Its not easy putting yourself out there. But I have to keep pushing, because everyday I live my dream, I am one step closer to that unique life.

This past year my life completely changed, I changed jobs(still working that 40 lol), I found more value in myself than I even knew existed, I lost an old friend, and I gained a new one, I learned about myself, and I figured out how to push on.

I push forward, and each day I get one step closer to that unique life. 

Now you are probably thinking(unless you are my mom, hey Janice!) “Anne we aren’t here to read about your philosophical thoughts on dreams, we are here for the SKIRT.” And you are so right, this skirt from Society Plus is AMAZING! Once again I am so impressed with the quality, and what I love the most is the weight of the fabric, its heavy and luxe. I obsessed over this when I shared the Sequin Society Plus Skirt too!!! What is it with me and heavy fabrics lol.

Now being a curvy girl, there are styles out there that just don’t exist for plus size people(so shitty I know believe me) and a lace mini skirt used to fall in that category, have you been on Pinterest lately? Lace mini skirts are everywhere, all the small people have them. Being the curvy girl that wants it all, I have always lusted after one. So it is only fitting that Society Plus would give me the opportunity to name and style this skirt. For my readers that have been with my since day one, SOCIETY PLUS NAMED THIS SKIRT AFTER ME!! OMFG!! Right? hahaha

Shop the skirt, love the skirt, and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. 

This post was sponsored by Society Plus, all opinions and philosophical thoughts on dreams are my own. 🙂

Loralette

Dress | Boots |Shoe Option | Bag | Jacket

It has been SO HARD keeping my involvement with Loralette a secret! I am so honored to be one of the first bloggers to work with Loralette, Avenue’s new plus line. What I specifically love about this new brand launch is the #letmebeme social tag they have come up with. They asked me to come up with my own “Let Me Be Me” tag to go with this rocking red dress and I really felt that “Let Me Be Bold” was a fitting statement. Not just for this dress, but for my life.

What is the definition of Bold?

adjective
(of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.
“a bold attempt to solve the crisis”
synonyms: daring, intrepid, brave, courageous, valiant, valorous, fearless, dauntless, audacious, daredevil

That is my journey to body acceptance, as a plus size woman it is extremely hard to STOP seeing yourself as something that can be “Fixed” and just seeing yourself as unbroken and beautiful. Then admitting it to the world? That is bold.

To me, “Let me be me” is all about owning your own truth. What is your truth? I found mine to be that I am unapologetically bold. I am going to take that risk, I am going to be confident, I am going to have the courage to stand tall and proud in a society that has conditioned me to believe that I am something that can just be “fixed” with the right diet, or concealing piece of clothing.

So here is the exciting part! You can shop my curated picks on Loralette.com

You guys! Isn’t that the coolest ever? I am on Loralette and my picks from their collection are all in one place for you to shop from. All of my “Bold” pieces are right in one place. I am going to put the link directly to my curated closet below so you can get to it directly.

Check out my Loralette Closet!

Thank you for tagging along on my journey to own my own Truth. 

Be bold sisters. 

xx, Anne 

This post was sponsored by Loralette, all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Instagram Roundup

Dress | Cardigan(Similar) | Shoes | Bag

Top(Similar) | Jeans | Shoes(Similar) 

Dress | Boots | Earrings | Sunnies(Similar)

Coat | Top(Similar) | Jeans | Boots | Bag

Its been so long since I had a roundup of what I have been wearing on Instagram but not positing on the blog. I linked up some similar options if what I have is a past season. I have been CRAZY busy lately working on new projects and getting ready for a big move! But I wanted to get some links up for my ladies that need some new outfit inspo in their lives.

If you have any questions, reach out on any of my social channels, or you can always email me- curlsandcontours@gmail.com

Have a great week!!

-Anne

 

Styling a Statement Piece

Pants | Shoes(Similar) | Bag | Sunnies 

Ok, I am doing something I hate doing on Curls and Contours. Blogging about an item that is no longer available(but hopefully comes back in stock soon!). BUT, before you click away. I wanted to blog about the “Style” of jacket because it is so popular for spring. The Statement piece, its a bright color, or a unique pattern, it has ruffles, or bell sleeves, or a unique collar. This spring one of the hottest trends is to have embellished sleeve, on your coat or your top. I am going to be linking my favorite statement coats in this post. And I PROMISE that when this one comes back in stock i will let you know asap.

How I style a statement jacket? Keep everything else REALLY REALLY simple. Basic pants, a simple top, and neutral shoes. Now in my case I believe that leopard is a neutral, sooooo I carried my favorite Clare V. clutch with this crazy cool jacket. Think about it this way, when you get that gorgeous statement piece, do you want anything else competing with it? NO, you want to frame your whole look around that statement piece. Effortlessly Chic, and not afraid to stand out in the crowd. 🙂

Here are some of my favorite statement pieces for spring. 

Option 1- LOFT

Option 2- Eloquii 

Option 3 – Torrid

Option 4 – Lane Bryant

Option 5 – ASOS

Society Plus Midi Skirt

Skirt by Society Plus

Skirt | Under Skirt | Jacket | Shoes | Bag 

Have you ever worn a full skirt? Let me tell you that the girls in the 1950’s really had something going, its FANTASTIC. A total princess effect that is an instant confidence booster.

I got this beautiful skirt from Society Plus, during their recent sale. And I knew immediately when I pulled it out of the box that I wanted to style it first with a petticoat underneath, which luckily I already had(thanks Halloween costume!).

I plan on styling this skirt a few different ways, its super versatile. I would love to pair it with a sweater untucked and some opaque tights, or with a white button down and some black heels for more of a workwear vibe. OR OR, I would love to style this with a black body suit, and some pearls for a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” vibe.SO many options.

Never be afraid to buy classic pieces and then mix them up with trendy accessories, or in this case a trendy top. Remember  half the battle of being “Stylish” is being confident!

Have a happy Friday!

I affiliate with Society Plus, but purchased this skirt myself. 

American Thighs in Good American Jeans

C/O Jacket | Jeans | Boots | Bag | Earrings 

I have to be honest about something right now. It was FREEZING when we shot this look. Like I have sunglasses on because my eyes were tearing up from the cold. So unfortunately most of the photos have me scowling in them, because I couldn’t help it. LOL.

Ok, now that my cold disclaimer is out of the way. I want to cover a couple of thoughts in this post. First- A review of Khloe Kardashians Good American Jeans, and Second- a little blurb about the it color for Spring(ps its green).

Khloe Kardashians Good American Jeans, they were released this past Fall and feature a wide size range(size 00-24). You can find them at Nordstrom, GoodAmerican.com(and probably other department stores lol). I got mine at Nordstrom, and they are PRICEY! I luckily had a gift card, and a Nordstrom Note that covered my pair. That being said, now that I have them in my possession, I would totally pay full price for another pair. But as most of you know, I am a little bit of a jean crazy girl.

Here is why, they are stretchy, but still feel like denim. They haven’t lost that denim feel, which many brands get away from when they start making the really stretchy jeans. They are SOOOOO high waisted, and they don’t fall down like other brands do. I am wearing the Good Legs Ripped Skinny Jeans, and these suckers STAY right where you put them. I ordered them in a size 16, and I probably could have gone with my usual 14, but I wanted to be sure they would fit(and I am also not a size snob, I look at the size chart and order accordingly).

I have read a bunch of reviews on this line, and some of my fellow curvy fashionistas felt that some of the rips were not flattering on different plus size bodies, that is partially the reason why I went with a “safer” ripped pair. For my next pair I can’t decide between a true black ripped up pair, and a blue washed ripped pair OR the “Good Waist” corset style that is supposed to cinch you in. I would love all three but can’t see spending 500 dollars on Jeans at the moment.

Ok, the second part of this post is a quick blurb on the color of Spring, Army Green. So girls, get your green jackets out from fall and find some spring colors to layer under them. Think pink, cream, baby blue. I received this jacket care of In The Style. Its a light fabric that works perfectly as a topper for your favorite casual look. It is belted, if you are into that type of thing. I like to wear it both ways.

Have a good Wednesday! Feel free to email me or comment with any questions!

P.S. If you don’t get my ACDC reference in the title of this post, then you need some good classic rock in your life immediately. 

Valentines with In The Style

Dress and Boots by In The Style

Jacket | Dress | Boots(option 1) (option 2) | Bag

What is it about pretty red dresses? I feel like Valentines day is the perfect excuse to break out that sexy dress you have had sitting in your online shopping cart. I always feel a little extra boost of confidence when I am rocking something in red. A power color that catches your eye and exudes confidence.

I paired this dress and coat together, to create a layered look that was comfy and sexy. This dress was a little short on me(when I say a little short, I mean really short. Make sure you order one or two sizes up in this style), and the jacket helped me feel covered.

I KNOWWWW I have been posting a lot with these OTK boots lately(and unfortunately they are sold out), I literally can not help it. I just love them so much. I will link a couple of options that are left in wide calf and regular, most sites have them on sale right now because SPRING is around the corner.

Do you have plans for Valentines day? My husband and I will probably end up going to one of our favorite new spots, OR we will stay in to watch Shameless and eat ice cream.

This post was sponsored by In the Style UK. All opinions are my own. 

Boohoo Baby

 

Top | Leggings | Boots(Similar) | Bag | Watch(similar) | Earrings(similar)

I recently had coffee with a new blogger friend, its crazy how small the world is. Its so great to meet new people, and to share some caffeine with someone that does the same work you do. Afterwords we set out to photograph each other, my hubby does most of my photography and it was refreshing to get a female perspective. Sometimes a little girl talk is just what the doctor ordered, it is so helpful to chat with a fellow creative. For inspiration, room to vent, and to toss around current issues facing the plus size community.

Something that I went out and did as soon as our little outing was over, was to buy a writing prompt book. Liz(her blog With Wonder and Whimsy) inspired me to work harder at my love of writing. I love reading, and writing, its something that I have always loved. As a way to work on my skills, I ordered a new journal(thanks for the idea Liz!) with daily writing prompts. I will link a few below if you are interested. 🙂

Soul Journal

Start Where You Are

The 52 Lists Project

I personally ordered the “Soul Journal” but will probably end up owning all three of the journals I listed.

I ordered this Boohoo “Jumper” a few weeks ago, I just love the lace detail. I styled it here with leggings and OTK boots because I freaking love OTK boots(HA). And I wore it this past weekend with jeans and a leather jacket for an evening out. I typically size up when ordering from a UK brand, I would rather have to have something be to big and or altered by a seamstress then have it be to tight. In this case the sweater was a perfect fit.

I am so looking forward to starting my soul journal tomorrow, and I plan on sharing some prompts in future posts.

Follow my fellow curvy blogger and new friend Liz at withwonderandwhimsy.com, photo credit is all hers for this post. 🙂