Little Black Dress

Dress | Shape-wear | Boots(Similar with heel) (Similar without heel)| Bag | Sunglasses

Im my last post on Curls and Contours, I shared this look with a fabulous jacket. I wanted to share this look again for a couple of reasons. 1) I have a few more thoughts on this look. 2) Its just to good not to share again. ūüôā

I am always up for trying new things in my wardrobe, this dress is a product of that. I NEVER wear tight stuff, I hate layering and I hate tight shit on my body(exception leggings obvi). So for me to get this dress was miles outside of my comfort zone, because there is literally no where for you to hide in something this tight. Admittedly I have worn this dress before, to a party(my friend had to convince me to leave the long cardigan home) and then for a blog feature where I was able to hide under a fabulous coat. And now for this little post. I am a big believer in getting out of your comfort zone, I think one of the best ways to experience growth is to get a little uncomfortable.

When I stepped out of my closet in this my husband was like “Who are you and what have you done with my wife?” HA. This to me meant a couple of things. First of all, Spanx work (really well) and second I need to push myself more often. This isn’t a blog post where I am going to tell you the merits of wearing tight figure hugging dresses, you are either into that. Or you aren’t. This is a blog post telling you to get out of your own way, and get out of your comfort zone. Whether that is in fashion, or trying something new.

 

Winter Blues


yoursclothing.com

Coat | Boots(Similar) | Dress | | Bag

Life has been moving so quickly lately. I can’t believe we are in the third week of January already, now is that time of year when the cold settles in, and we tend to fall into style ruts based around staying covered up as much as possible. The question always seems to be “How many layers is too many layers?” during this time of the year. I am guilty of this, my work week wardrobe consists of leggings and sweaters and boots. I mix in scarves and different jackets, but its pretty much the same uniform look. So on the weekends I am always trying to mix it up, date night out? I am pushing myself to get out of my Winter uniform. I want to be warm, and covered but I don’t want to be dressed in the same ole same ole.

Last week I shared the many positive attributes of a midi length dress, and this week I am staying with that trend. I paired this gorgeous blue waterfall coat with a fitted black midi dress(that can be pulled above the knee if you want) and over the knee boots. The dress is TIGHT, much more fitted than I usually wear, so to balance out the look I grabbed this Midnight blue draped parka from Yours Clothing. This look is soooooooooooo fabulous. As a blogger, I love all my clothes equally but this particular outfit combo stands out amongst the crowd.

What especially catches my eye with this look? The way the blue coat pops off the all black dress and boots. This color combo is right on trend for Winter, and can easily transition into Spring with some updated accessories. This coat was perfect from a 40+ degree day, and is so soft and fluid.

Not into the OTK look? There are lots of different ways to pair this color combo together. For a “Safer” version of this outfit pair this coat with a pair of black skinnies and a comfy black tee. I would even add some great sneakers, and maybe a beanie.

This post was sponsored by Yours Clothing, as always all opinions are my own.

Winter Midi

yoursclothing.com

 

Dress | Tights | Earrings | Boots | Bag | Hat

Its been sooooo cold here in Michigan this past week. Its frigid out, I have been binge watching Game of Thrones and drinking hot cocoa like its going out of style. We are in that post Christmas “still have to deal with the cold” time of year. You can’t wear a maxi because of the snow and wet ground, and you don’t want a mini because of the COLD FRIGID ASS WEATHER!

Enter the midi dress, a trendy way to keep your hemline dry, and keep your thighs warm. ūüôā I like to style mine with fun booties and a flashy clutch. This midi from Yours Clothing is a great knit basic that works with tights and booties, I have styled it for a more casual day look but with the right accessories you could take this dress into a comfortable¬†date night outfit.

Style Tip: Have you tried anything with a lattice neckline yet? Like so many curvy girls know the V-neck style is very flattering to bigger chested women. The added lattice is a unique and super trendy way incorporate the V-neck style into your wardrobe. 

This post is sponsored by Yours Clothing, all opinions are my own. 

Happy New Year!

Cardigan | Top | Boots(Similar) | Bag(Similar) | Necklace(Similar)

Its 2017! So many people during this time attempt to reinvent themselves in one way or another. I myself have been one to make New Years Resolutions in the past, ones that are attainable(stop biting my nails 2010) and unattainable(lose all the weight and become super thin 2004-2012). I figured out a few years ago, that New Years Resolutions are dumb. You shouldn’t wait until a new year to start towards a goal, if you have a goal in mind START ¬†WORKING ON IT. You want to change your style? Change it. You want to start working out? Join the gym. You want to kick a nasty habit? Kick it.

A goal that I started working towards in November was to update my style. These past few months I have been moving towards a simpler aesthetic. Classic well made neutrals, in unique fabrics mixed in with beautiful statement pieces. I opted to pair this comfy cardigan with a black top and leggings with my favorite OTK boots. Simple, sexy and comfortable. I love this particular cardigan because it has black and brown in it. My entire life my mother has preached the “Matchy, Matchy is best” slogan. Now that I am the one giving the style advice, I just can’t deny the items that will match both black and brown pieces in my closet.

The other style goal I am going for? Understated, over the next few months I am going to be working towards more of a understated look. Luxe basics, chic bags, and the occasional ultra trendy item.

What are your style goals this year?

You can reach me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. 

This post was sponsored by Yours Clothing UK. All opinions are my own. 

Saturated in Sequins

Society Plus, Curls and Contours

Society Plus, Curls and Contours

Society Plus, Curls and Contours

Society Plus, Curls and Contours

Skirt | Jacket | Top | Boots | Bag

What a whirlwind holiday week. We traveled for the holiday, and had a wonderful time catching up with family and eating too much delicious food. If you follow my on Instagram, then you know I wasn’t very active on social media last week. It was nice to take a break, but ALSO my husband found a puppy in the woods where my family lives. A little, tiny, adorable baby puppy that was abandoned, naturally we decided to clean her up, and take her home to be adopted. AND naturally I completely fell in love with her, I was so busy taking care of this tiny little being that keeping up with everyone hit the back burner.

Society Plus, Curls and Contours

I am affiliated with Society Plus. I picked up this skirt during the 40% off sale, and its GORGEOUS. I have done sequin skirts before, in fact its somewhat of a holiday tradition of mine. What I specifically love about this one? This skirt is saturated in sequins, they are sewn thick on the fabric, and the quality shows.

Last year, I paired a muted sequin mini skirt with plaid and some rugged black booties. This year I went for  a full skirt with lots of dazzle. I wanted to offset how bright the skirt was with a rugged leather jacket(this one is actually coated denim) and some leather booties. I kept my accessories simple, because the skirt has so much going on.

Style Trick- Anytime you go ultra feminine, grab a masculine accessory to add some edge to the look. Think leather jacket, or a choker. 

I am affiliated with Society Plus, but I paid for this skirt(and the whole outfit LOL) myself. ūüôā¬†

Holiday Kickoff With Tiel Dorein

 

Tiel Dorein, Curls and Contours

Valentina Dress by Tiel Dorein 

Tiel Dorein, Curls and Contours

Tiel Dorein, Curls and Contours

Tiel Dorein, Curls and Contours

Tiel Dorein, Curls and Contours

Dress | Boots | Bag 

Its here! The time when its socially acceptable to start talking about the holidays! If you are like me, you have holiday gatherings planned from the last week of November all the way through the end of the year. From work events, to casual gatherings you need some cute outfits.

So excited to share Tiel Dorein, this fantastic line was designed and created by 25 year veteran of the fashion industry. It is her mission to provide more options for curvy women from the boardroom to a night out. One of my favorite aspects of blogging is working with brands that are truly for the curvy woman, each piece in this line is thoughtfully designed and created to empower the plus size woman(I mean it really can’t get better than that girls). Tiel Dorein is just that, a high quality boutique with pieces specifically created for the professional curvy woman. ūüôā

Lets talk this dress. First of all, THE FABRIC IS AMAZING! Its a heavy jersey that has structure and stretch, instantly comfortable and professional. Defiantly something you can wear to the office with ease. But not being an office girl myself, I had a little style challenge on my hands. I wanted this dress for the holidays, for parties. I wanted to bring this dress out of the office and into a party setting, so I paired it with some OTK boots and a sassy clutch. I have a firm belief that every woman needs a red dress in her closet, this gorgeous piece is the perfect fit. This is one of those versatile dresses that you can put on in the morning to wear to work, and then do a quick accessory change and have this dress take you into the evening.

I am linking some boardroom accessories in this post, if you are loving this look for the office.

Office setting look

Dress | Heels | Bag 

My current holiday plans? I already have 3 parties on my calendar(how did that happen)! Ranging from glamorous nights, to casual gatherings with friends. I am on a mission to be well dressed for each and every one.

This post was sponsored by Tiel Dorein, thank you! 

InVESTed

 

Karen Kane, Curls and Contours

Karen Kane, Curls and Contours

Karen Kane, Curls and Contours

Vest | Dress | Boots | Bag

Well, here it is Michigan we are there. We are at that point in the year when Fall is more than just an idea on a 65 degree day, when we are happily wearing T-shirts and ankle baring skinny jeans. Us northerners have officially entered layering season, the “Do I need a sweater between my flannel and my jacket?” type of weather.

My favorite layering piece in the vest, so versatile and easy to wear with pretty much anything. There are so many different kinds of vests, at virtually any price point there is always something you can find. I was thinking for this post I would share my current favorites from totally light(virtually no added warmth) to heavy layering piece(could substitute as a jacket this winter).

Light, easy to throw on when its a warm fall day.

Medium, its kinda warm but has a bite to the breeze. 

Medium Heavy, its 55 and sunny out. 

Heavy, its less than 50 degrees and you need WARMTH! 

Something that in my opinion every person should have in there closet? A black down vest, you can wear this piece with virtually everything, and stay warm. Its easy to find a black vest in a range of prices and designers, from Burberry and Barbour(Fashion forward) to The North Face and Patagonia(Sporty Spice).

Girls Night Out

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Dress | Boots | Bag | Necklace | Earrings 

You know how sometimes you just throw an outfit on and it looks amazing? Yeah, this wasn’t one of those times. lol. I have been stalking this dress on Gwynnie Bee for months, I knew that it would be adorable for a warm fall day, I knew the length would be perfect for me. I JUST KNEW THIS DRESS WAS AMAZING. Then, these boots I have been hunting for a pair of over the knee boots for awhile, but they had to be perfect. Just the right amount of rugged refinement(I live in Michigan not LA ok), they had to be a flattering color, and then had to have a heel, not a wedge, not a tiny little point, but a good solid heel . I came across these on Torrid(a contemporary plus size line) and I thought they would fit the bill. AND GUESS WHAT! My planning was perfect because this look turned out exactly the way I wanted. The dress is short but not show your butt cheeks off short, and the boots are rugged but make a statement. I carried my fall/winter crossbody bag just so I could have my hands free.

Sorry about the photo quality(iPhone), I actually wore this look to a girls night out concert, and we snapped them before we went in to the venue. Ladies let me tell you, my confidence was through the roof with this look. Powerful, Beautiful, Comfortable. It was all there.

Also…I am not hiding behind my sunglasses for this look, I get really self conscious¬†about my face. So I often just wear my sunglasses in shoots so I can offset my face shape, or hide (in my opinion) my small eyes. I know its not real life, but its something I struggle with. We all have our things right? ūüôā

Thank you Lindsay for being willing to be my photographer LOVE YOU!! P.S. you are hired for any and all future west side blog shoots. xoxoxo.

The Skinny Jeans Post

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Snaps for great jeans

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Top (not plus) | Jeans | Shoes | Bag | Sunnies

I have been on a ¬†search for the perfect skinny jean for years, and I have tried them all. Different brands, new styles, new jean “technology”, you name it I have given it a go. As a self proclaimed “Jeans girl’ I feel like my research has led me to a couple of insights that I try to stick with when I am shopping for skinny jeans.

  1. Curvy girls, buy the jeans that are made for curvy figures, that pocket placement and higher rise is sent from heaven down to us girls that can fill out a pair of jeans. TRUST.
  2. Don’t buy jeans without pockets, just don’t.
  3. Don’t be afraid to try the “Plus Size” jeans. I KNOW its hard sometimes to accept that your booty has grown, and its time to size up. Believe me I know, but again ladies. Fit really matters, and no one is going to be thinking “Is she wearing a 16W or just a 16” its hard to get that punk ass devil off our shoulders but good fitting jeans(clothing in general) is what can make your confidence and inner beauty shine through.

This particular pair of skinny jeans is from Democracy Denim, I scooped them up through Gwynnie Bee, and I will say just in case you are thinking it. I am a Gwynnie Bee affiliate(they advertise on Curls and Contours and I sometimes do sponsored work for them), BUT I actually pay every month for the service. These jeans did not come to me c/o, I put them in my virtual closet and patiently waited for them to arrive at my house.

They have a stretchy waistband, and this brand has their own jean technology called “Ab-solution”, basically the jean has been darted and cut to help keep things in place. Which lets be real what women doesn’t love that. Amiright? hahaha

They are stretchy and definitely stretched to fit my frame even more as I wore them. I will link some similar pairs to try in all sizes.

Democracy Denim Raw Hem Jegging

Democracy Denim Absolution Jegging

Democracy Denim 5 Pocket Jegging(Plus)

Democracy Denim Ab Tech Jegging(Plus)

Happy Monday!

 

Fall Godess

 

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contorus

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(C/O) | Bag | Sandals | Sunnies

The above is EXACTLY what I am wearing. I have linked so affordable options in the post below, to get the same look at a better price point. 

A year of blogging has gone by for me, when I look back on my first fall as the creator of Curls and Contours, I can’t help but laugh at some of the work I put out there for the world to see. My sense of style(and confidence) has continued to develop over the past year, and as I move into my second fall as the creator of Curls and Contours I really can’t wait to see what happens. Its these moments as a style blogger that are really something special. THIS DRESS is so gorgeous, its perfect for date night, brunch, a casual wedding reception etc… It is amazing to me how one beautiful piece of clothing can help your confidence sky rocket. For me these types of pieces help me focus in on the best parts of me, and not just physically but mentally too. Its like I can see the girl that I am on the inside when I wear this dress. Is that crazy?

¬†With such a loud “Look at me” pattern, I knew that I needed to keep my accessories on the simple side. I went with a nude wedge, my new clutch :), and some tortoise sunglasses. I have talked about this style of dress before,¬†a true wrap dress will cross over in front of you, and requires a belt to keep everything in place.This dress is a ¬†wrap but I don’t need to do the wrapping, they stitched the front together so you can just pull the dress on (so easy) and then tie the belt where you would like.

A little fashion history

The original wrap dress was created by the iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg. In the 1970’s Diane von Furstenberg arrived in New York with a suitcase full of what would be known as one of the most iconic dress shapes of all time, the wrap dress. With a v-neckline and a soft jersey fabric this dress is universally flattering to women of all shapes and sizes. DVF was the creator, but luckily for the rest of the world, this dress has be created and re-created by designers for all types of bodies, and tastes.¬†

This particular dress came from Curvaceous Boutique, a fabulous store located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Curvaceous Boutique carries so many different wrap style dresses that I couldn’t count them all. The best part? They are made specifically for the plus size woman. No need to hide in black shift dresses ladies, a fun color pattern in a ultra flattering cut will always keep you comfortable and confident.

This post was sponsored by Curvaceous Boutique, thank you for working with Curls and Contours ūüôā¬†

All opinions are my own.