Neverfull GM Review

Curls and Contours, Louis Vuitton

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

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LuLaRoe Irma

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Monogram Canvas

Never full Review, Louis Vuitton

Its finally review time, I have faithfully been carrying my Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM in monogram canvas for almost 3 months. This is not my first designer bag, but it is my first luxury designer handbag. I wanted this bag so bad, I read reviews, I looked at used ones, I watched every single youtube haul/unboxing/review out there. I just knew this bag was the one for me. And guess what this is the perfect bag. There are pros and cons to having a bag like this, and don’t you worry I will be sharing.

This bag has changed my life, I know that sounds completely insane but its true. Carrying this bag has elevated my style, a simple white tee and skinny jeans looks like a regular run of the mill outfit, add the Neverfull and you are wearing a chic, easy outfit for running errands.

PROS

Louis Vuitton is one of the most sought after brands in existence. Because of that fact, a LV bag retains most of its value(especially if your bag is well cared for).

The Neverfull GM literally holds EVERYTHING, I think it can hold up to 200 lbs so you can pack it up and know that the straps will hold.

If you are new to luxury bags like I am, this is bag gives you a lot of bang for your buck, at just over 1200 dollars you get a very large bag AND a small pochette(valued at around 500).

The customer service at LV is unheard of, if you have a problem with your bag contact the company, if you need a repair or a custom strap contact the company. When you purchase a luxury item you are not only buying the bag, but also buying into the customer service that goes with it.

Final pro? Its freaking beautiful, the leather is supple and soft and the canvas is so durable.

CONS

The leather is raw, so it is open to the elements(including your hands, weather, and just the air) that does mean as the bag ages the leather turns a beautiful honey brown. BUT if you spill anything on the leather, or it rains and you get the leather wet, or you lotion your hands and touch the handles. IT STAINS THE LEATHER. Which is my worst nightmare.

Because of the natural materials used in the bag, it can hold smells, take it into a steak restaurant? Guess what smells like steak the next day.

Once you own one LV bag you want to own more than one. They are addicting, I currently have my eye on the Josephine wallet. ūüôā

Love the shape but not the price tag? Here are some options for you. ūüôā

Sole Society “Ravin” Tote

Faux Leather Reversible Tote

Coach Turnlock Tote

Large Tote bag Le Pliage 

Curls and Contours, Louis Vuitton Neverfull

P.S. My bag was made in the USA ūüôā

Festival Style for the Curvy Girl.

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Gary Allan

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Hat | Dress | Chambray | Shoes

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Jason Aldean

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

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Big and Rich

Faster Horses Festival, Curls and Contours

Leggings | Leggings (Regular sizes) | Top | Flannel | Shoes | Sunnies | Necklace

I was so blessed to be able to attend the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn Michigan this month. Faster Horses Festival is a 3 day event held at the Michigan International Speedway, live music is played on multiple stages and there is tons to to do, from eating and drinking to games and carnival rides. I am so lucky to be able to attend with one of my best friends(Hi Lindsay!! xoxo), she works for radio and takes me to help her each year with backstage stuff(I KNOW RIGHT!). Each year the struggle is REAL when it comes to what to wear. The first year I attended it was so freaking hot that we melted, there was absolutely no way to look cute. Then the past two years we had some station t-shirts to wear, so outfit choices were pretty limited to what goes with a unisex crew neck t-shirt. But this year we just happened to have the perfect weather, AND no dress code. HELLO curvy girl festival style. I went with leggings and swing dresses, I spiced it up accessories and comfy footwear(classic Anne move there) lol.

My go to rule for festival dressing is to start with footwear and work your way up. When my feet are uncomfortable I can’t enjoy myself, so any outfit I put together for long days on my feet have to be soo comfortable. And real talk here I wore my Chacos the first day and I got a real great blister so eff that. I decided to go for sneakers¬†for the rest of the weekend. I wanted to have layers for when the sun went down, or a breeze picked up but I didn’t want to carry anything around with me, so I went with a light layer that I could tie around my waist(which is great for giving you a defined waist btw). In my dream world I would have had some Rag and Bone booties to wear but I made do with my sneakers.

Lets review-

When dressing for a festival here are some tips.

  1. Comfortable footwear required
  2. Sun Protection(sunscreen, hat etc…)
  3. Light layers
  4. Statement accessories(think sunglasses, and big earrings)
  5. Everything you wear has to be quality enough to take on the festival year after year¬†OR cheap enough for a one time wear. Invest or go cheap, spending money on in between stuff is going to leave you with more money gone and all your stuff ruined. Ask me how I know that little tip LOL. ūüôā

This Dress…

Eloquii, Curls and Contours

Eloquii, Curls and Contours

Eloquii, Curls and Contours

Eloquii, Curls and Contours

Eloquii, Curls and Contours

Dress | Shoes | Bag | Earrings | Sunnies 

This…Dress…I don’t have anything like it in my closet. I had admired it from afar for probably a month before I finally went ahead and ordered it. I have found as we move into the heat of July and August I am really enjoying having my legs out, as a self proclaimed “not a shorts” person, when summer starts to really warm up I need skirts and dresses that are shorter in length but still modest enough for work or the weekend. This little Eloquii dress fits the bill! I paired this piece¬†with my favorite flatforms, and some bright earrings to set off the details. A new favorite for me, that I will be wearing again and again.

I have really been thinking lately about what it means to really listen to your body. I find that these thoughts pop up especially when I am not feeling well or something doesn’t seem quite right. For example, I have always had terrible skin(thanks dad) and even into my twenties my skin has never gotten truly clear. For the past 6 months or so I have been using a pretty vigorous beauty routine to manage my breakouts and cystic acne. And to be honest things have been going very well, my skin has been clearer these past months than it has¬†been in years(YAY). But about a month ago, I started a new job and all of a sudden I have cysts all along my jawline. I knew that this skin problem was from stress, so I buckled down even further on my skincare routine and thought that things would improve. Well…they didn’t, so I started thinking and trying to listen to my body. My body is stressed, what can I do to alleviate that? I can eat better, for me thats more whole foods and no dairy. I can move more, taking the stairs, and yoga. I can get more sleep, which is a hard one for me I am a night owl.

I feel like as a bigger person, and as a curvy person I get pushed into the “She’s fat, so she obviously doesn’t care about herself” category and this is not the case. I am a bigger person because that is my genetics, just because I am bigger doesn’t mean that I have the excuse not to take care of myself. To all of my curvy girls, being big isn’t an excuse to not eat well, and get enough sleep, and move your body. Being naturally bigger doesn’t give you a free ticket to treat your body like shit. Its important to remember that we only get one body, and when we feel like hell its because we aren’t listening to ourselves. I challenge you to do one good thing for your body today. It might be going on a walk with your dog after dinner, or having a salad for lunch, maybe getting into bed at 10 tonight instead of 1 or 2.

Gwynnie Bee

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Dress | Shoes | Bag | Sunnies(similar) | Watch | Earrings 

Ok ladies, its go time this is NOT a drill. When I stepped out in this dress my husband immediately noticed(in a good way thankyouverymuch). He had nothing but nice things to say about this little frock. Ummm… I know right, a blousy, white, girly dress WITH FLAMINGOS on it and the man in my life sits up and takes note. Is it the length?¬†Possibly. Is it the length paired with the heel? Probably. Just sayin, a win is a win here and this dress got the stamp of approval in the Adams house.

I will be wearing this beauty ALL the time, its perfect for any upcoming day event that you might have (think showers, brunch, shopping, general girly day drinking occasions). I kept my accessories simple to really show off the dress, and opted for a fun heel in a neutral tone to set everything off. ¬†This dress came in my Gwynnie Bee order this month, if you haven’t heard of Gwynnie Bee yet its a plus size subscription service that offers upscale styles for the curvy girl. I can wear this beauty and send it back, and receive another piece from my Gwynnie Bee closet! Perfect for the girl that likes to try lots of different styles, if you love it then you can keep it, if you don’t send it back and get something else.

I am not a big subscription service girl, probably because I prefer quality over quantity/gimmick(literally I use GB, and Glossybox THATS IT!). I would rather pay more and be guaranteed something that is quality than pay just a few bucks and get stuff I don’t like. I get especially passionate about quality plus clothing, why shouldn’t I get to dress this curvaceous bod in thoughtful beautiful pieces? Gwynnie Bee has really impressed me here. This dress is gorgeous, and the other piece I received is top notch as well(and one of my favorite new designers).

Looking forward to sharing more with you from gb.

Check them out at GwynnieBee.com 

Bloggerversary

Maurices, Curls and Contours

 

Maurices, Curls and Contours

 

Maurices, Curls and Contours

 

Maurices, Curls and Contours

 

Maurices, Curls and Contours

 

Maurices, Curls and Contours

Top | Bag | Skinnies | Shoes | Necklace | Sunnies 

I had a little Maurice’s adventure this past weekend, I pulled one of my usual “I will wear this out” stunts and from there the day just got better and better. My husband and I were on a road trip to a wedding(I wore that amazing CB dress) and we decided to stop and do some shopping around. I picked up this fun top in the 24/7 fabric and I went back last night and got 3 more tops lol.

We shopped and then went to lunch, where I promptly had two margaritas before we shot this look…oops It was a blast, and I have just loved this fabric all week. I am sure you will be seeing more of this on the blog.

One year ago today I started Curls and Contours. I can not believe how much I have grown in one year, as a person and as a blogger. My confidence in myself has never been better, I have found that letting go of constantly trying to improve myself according to what other people think¬†has allowed me the freedom to just like me for me. This year has not been the easiest, I struggled and had to face some personal demons that I didn’t know ran so deep within me. I stood up for myself, and I worked to overcome some long standing personal pain from years of self hatred fueled by unachievable goals and a childhood dominated by dieting and viewing myself as not good enough. I can’t say that I am over it yet, I can’t say that I will ever be truly over it. But I wouldn’t have gotten through all of that without my blog, and the community of people that I have found through blogging.

I got right with the fact that I got a degree, and then changed my mind after all was said and done. I have reached for happiness this past year, and while I think I will always be reaching I can say that I am a hell of a lot closer than I was when I started this blog. I am not perfect, and I never will be. My husband and I are working as a couple to envision a future where we have everything we want. I am working to free myself of the pressures that I feel in life, from the outside and from within. My blog has helped me to do just that.

Thank you so much for following along, or if you are here for the first time welcome. This is a blog for the curvy girl that wants it all. Thats me and its you too!

Love,

Anne

The Perfect Maxi

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

 

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Dress by Curvaceous Boutique

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Dress | Bag | Sunnies | Shoes

There truly isn’t much more to say about this dress other than its completely fabulous and you should own it. From the cut to the fabric this dress just does work. I plan on wearing this to an upcoming wedding but I could truly wear this on any given day. Its one of those special pieces¬†that just screams “WEAR ME” every time you look at it. The perfect dress to wear to your next wedding, church on Sunday, or out to dinner.

I know I might sound crazy but…For me this piece is special, its almost a magical thing. All the stars aligned and this dress is the most comfortable and beautiful piece in my closet, when I wear it good things happen, when I wear it my confidence within shines on the outside. Everyone needs something like that in their closet, maybe its your favorite leather jacket, maybe its those heels, maybe its a great pair of skinny jeans. Every woman has something that just is magical. When you come upon that special something you walk around in amazement like “When did I become so confident, and beautiful.” And the best part? Its not the piece of clothing thats special, its you shining through. I have been really thinking about the how sometimes we let our clothes wear us. We let what we put on our body speak for us before we ever even open our mouths. The magic behind these special pieces of clothing we love is that, we are speaking first, and what we have on fades into the background. For example, this dress is a show stopper for me, not because its a sexy cut or a skin baring mini dress, its me I love this dress so I shine through, I make this dress beautiful for me because I love it so much.

What do you have in your closet that lets you shine through?

This isn’t the first time I have collaborated with the fabulous Curvaceous Boutique to see my other work with them click here. ūüôā

This post was sponsored by Curvaceous Boutique 

Curvaceous Boutique

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Dress from Curvaceous Boutique

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Dress | Necklace | Shoes | Bag | Sunnies

So excited to be kicking off boutique month with the most comfortable maxi dress from Curvaceous Boutique. I want to wear this dress all the time its that comfortable, and full disclosure I baked oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies before we shot this look and I probably ate 4 of them(can you say food baby haha) and this dress was completely figure flattering and easy to wear post cookies. Like next time the hubby and I go for Mexican food, this dress will be what I wear. lol.

I don’t typically reach for sexy pieces of clothing, and honestly when I picked it out I thought that it looked amazing on the model but wouldn’t look like that on me.¬†I think that maybe that is because for so long I was trying to wear clothing made for smaller people. Wearing pieces that are made for people with curvy bodies really changes the way you look at yourself, this dress highlights my best features and I feel powerful, sexy, and safe when I wear it. I am not a curvy fashion blogger that believes in dressing to look “thin” or “smaller” BUT dressing in clothing that is cut for my body type has an overall positive effect on the inside and outside.

This post is sponsored by Curvaceous Boutique

Oh Cassie…

LuLaRoe Cassie, Curls and Contours

 

Cassie LuLaRoe, Curls and Contours

 

Cassie LulaRoe, Curls and Contours

 

Cassie LuLaRoe, Curls and Contours

 

LuLaRoe Cassie, Curls and Contours

Sunnies | Sarah Cardigan | Top | Cassie Skirt | Shoes

The Cassie and Sarah are the 3rd and last installment in my LuLaRoe by Mal series.

¬†In my ever evolving fashion sense I have this need to push my own boundaries and try new styles that I wouldn’t normally reach for. When I was working with Mal, and shopping her Facebook group(LuLaRoe by Mal Shopping Page) I saw this skirt and just knew that I would really be challenging myself if I went with it. In my own effort to keep with my flowy comfortable style I grabbed a Sarah cardigan to go with it, what a match made in heaven, I was covered but still on the sexy side, feeling just a little like Kim K(hahaha).

I had originally intended to only feature one look for the Cassie and Sarah, but I really wanted to see how well this skirt dressed down and of course it was perfect. I slipped the Cassie on with a jean jacket and open toe booties and I felt cool and confident, ready for a date night out. When I slipped on the Cassie with a slinky tank and my Sarah Maxi cardigan with some sky high wedges I was ready to go for martinis with the girls. Honestly as I think about all of my experiences with LuLaRoe the versatility of the clothing keeps coming back to me. I have worn my Sarah cardigan with everything from skinny jeans and chucks to my favorite dressy sandals and a blouse. I want to feel confident, comfortable and happy in my clothing LuLaRoe has truly done a fantastic job of helping women love themselves.

HOW TO BUY LULAROE

Because LuLaRoe is a network marketing company, you can not simply jump on LuLaRoe.com and buy any item you want. You need to hook up with a LuLaRoe consultant that has lots of product. LulaRoe only makes 1000 pieces in each fabric/pattern. So many times you may not be able to find something in an exact pattern/style, thats why working with a knowledgeable consultant is so important she can help you with fit, patterns and styles. Are you on Facebook? Joining my consultants Facebook(LuLaRoe by Mal Shopping Page) group is a super easy way to shop product.

LuLaRoe Irma

LuLaRoe Irma

LuLaRoe Irma

LuLaRoe Irma

LuLaRoe Irma

LuLaRoe Irma

LuLaRoe Irma

IRMA Top | Leggings | Shoes | Bag 

So excited for post number 2 in my LuLaRoe series!!!

Life has been moving so quickly lately. I have been busy as hell and running around constantly, from career decisions to new babies being born in the family life has been moving quick. I choose not to write about my career life on Curls and Contours because I want Curls and Contours to be my career. That is my dream, and that is my goal I choose to visualize my reality and work towards what I want it to be. So here I am busting my ass every week, for my blog, for my job/s, for my husband, for myself. Being the self proclaimed fashionista that I am (heyyy) I need clothes that can go with me. I need outfits that can go from cleaning the floors to meeting clients to running errands. That is what this Irma top works perfectly for, I can throw this piece on grab my bag and head out for a 12-14 hour work day. Add some sassy shoes and a fabulous bag, and you are the perfect mix of casual chic and comfy goddess.

¬†My photographer and I went to this local “known” spot for great photos, and OF COURSE it was prom and all these girls were using the spot, not wanting to ruin their time we just shot where they weren’t and moved accordingly. I thought having a prop would be fun so we stopped for an ice cream, and then my prop was melting and their were girls in gowns everywhere. OH AND I get super shy when we are shooting (people tend to stare), and I get all shy about telling them I am fashion blogger and not some weird girl trying to have her senior pictures taken 10 years too late. hahaha

When I was working with Mal on what size to order she suggested that I go down a size, and I didn’t listen(sorry Mal! lol) and I really should have. I ordered the XL Irma, and I really need an L seriously guys size down on this top, it runs big. I do love an oversized look so I went for it anyway, I am never one to back down from a challenge! Mal¬†was great with all of my questions and concerns over this look. Supportive, prompt responses and fun to work with.

HOW TO BUY LULAROE

Because LuLaRoe is a network marketing company, you can not simply jump on LuLaRoe.com and buy any item you want. You need to hook up with a LuLaRoe consultant that has lots of product. LulaRoe only makes 1000 pieces in each fabric/pattern. So many times you may not be able to find something in an exact pattern/style, thats why working with a knowledgeable consultant is so important she can help you with fit, patterns and styles. Are you on Facebook? Joining my consultants Facebook(LuLaRoe by Mal Shopping Page) group is a super easy way to shop product.

 

This post was sponsored by LuLaRoe by Mal, find her on Facebook(LuLaRoe by Mal Shopping Page) and Instagram

Photos by Josie- josiejonckheere1@icloud.com

Amelia by LuLaRoe

LuLaRoe

 

LuLaRoe

 

LuLaRoe

 

LuLaRoe

 

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Dress | Bag | Shoes | Sunnies

First of all, I KNOW I am PALE AF. I am one of those people that can’t hold a tan to save their life, and burns easily. I will eventually have a tiny bit of color by the last week of August, then summer will be over so basically its an uphill battle from here. So learn to enjoy pale Anne because she is not going ANYWHERE.

I am so excited to be introducing a three part series of posts reviewing LuLaRoe products! In each post I have styled something different from LuLaRoe, I will be reviewing the products honestly and linking out to where you can find LuLaRoe!

So lets dig in! LuLaRoe is a network based marketing company that¬†empowers women to create their own businesses and help others to dress in comfortable current clothing. Named after the founders granddaughters this brand is taking busy women by storm! Known for their signature “buttery” soft leggings LuLaRoe has much to offer the busy 2016 woman. LuLaRoe carries clothing for women of ALL sizes.

I selected the Amelia dress specifically in a color that I don’t usually pick because I wanted to challenge myself a bit. The cut of the Amelia dress is UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING! Stretchy fabric, meets hand set pleats and hidden pockets, with a flattering knee length hemline. This style looks good on anyone, an exposed zipper in the back adds a little unexpected detail to love. Depending on how you play with accessories this dress can take you from date night out, to church on Sunday. I found this dress to run true to size, I am wearing an XL and it was a perfect fit. My favorite aspect of this dress is the pleats and hidden pockets, I found myself just tucking my hands into the pockets just for the fun of it, and the pleats give the whole dress this “Party” feel that is so fun.

HOW TO BUY LULAROE

Because LuLaRoe is a network marketing company, you can not simply jump on LuLaRoe.com and buy any item you want. You need to hook up with a LuLaRoe consultant that has lots of product. LulaRoe only makes 1000 pieces in each fabric/pattern. So many times you may not be able to find something in an exact pattern/style, thats why working with a knowledgeable consultant is so important she can help you with fit, patterns and styles. Are you on Facebook? Joining your consultants Facebook(LuLaRoe by Mal Shopping Page) group is a super easy way to shop product.

Photos by Josie- josiejonckheere1@icloud.com

This post was sponsored by LuLaRoe by Mal, find her on Facebook(LuLaRoe by Mal Shopping Page) and Instagram