Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch Review

 

Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch Review. One of the most popular blogger bags, the Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch has become a staple for fashionistas.

 

Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch Review. One of the most popular blogger bags, the Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch has become a staple for fashionistas.

 

Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch Review. One of the most popular blogger bags, the Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch has become a staple for fashionistas.

 

Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch Review. One of the most popular blogger bags, the Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch has become a staple for fashionistas.

 

Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch Review. One of the most popular blogger bags, the Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch has become a staple for fashionistas.

Dress | Foldover Clutch | Flat Clutch | Sunnies | Booties | Necklace | Earrings

This is a Clare Vivier Leopard clutch review. Funny story…I have been pining after these two Clare V clutches for months and months(the foldover and flat Clare V leopard calf hair), I really really wanted one of these bags to add to my collection for the Fall. But they were back ordered almost everywhere, I even tried to have my SA at Nordstrom transfer one of the bags in for me to look at(which by the way was a bust). I was on the hunt, watching reviews, shopping around, checking out new and used places on the internet that had the bags. I finally, decide that I was going to just purchase the foldover clutch and make it happen. SO the day that I bought the foldover I happened to be driving by my favorite resale boutique. I had time so I popped in and YOU KNOW WHAT! They had the flat clutch in the case, can you believe that, I mean what are the freaking odds. So obviously I bought the flat clutch, with a vow that I would return the foldover (which I paid FULL price for).

Somehow in less than 24hrs, after months of kicking the bag(pun intended) I had become the owner of not one but TWO Clare V leopard clutches. So I made a plan, I was going to review the bags and compare them to each other, and blog about it. I really would like to make a youtube comparison video, but I have no clue how to do that(work in progress).

Lets get started. 

Clare V. Foldover Clutch in leopard print calf hair. 

This bag measures 11.5″ x 11.5″

Ok, first things first, this bag is GORGEOUS. I know you have seen it on a million bloggers and fashionistas and there is a reason why. Its gorgeous, and a super trendy neutral, the calf hair is ultra soft and each bag is unique because it is made from natural fibers(leather). What I love about the foldover clutch is the handbag feel it has. Yes, its a a big square but once you drop your stuff into it and fold it over you have a this awesome super soft and slouchy handbag that just screams take me out and carry me around. I have worn this bag with patterned dresses, flowy peasant blouses, and just your basic LBD and booties.

I know your like “But Anne what fits in this bag?” I will tell you quite a bit.

Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch Review. One of the most popular blogger bags, the Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch has become a staple for fashionistas.

I use my LV Neverfull Pouch as a wallet, its big and I am in the market for a new wallet(hint hint Keith I know you are reading this 🙂 )  but this bad boy is working perfectly until I get something different. I have to angle the pouch to get it into the clutch but once its in its a really good fit. My phone(6 plus) and keys(I have two different car keys and two house keys on my key ring) and a lipstick(currently wearing Mary Kay Crushed Berry). All of this fits in the clutch and honestly you could probably fit more, but I don’t like to stress my bags so I keep it pretty minimal. If I were to put more into the bag, it would lose that soft folded look that I love so much. I am really strict about my sunglasses, they would fit in this clutch with the other items without the case BUT I am one of those people that believes they should be on your face or in the case. Soo…no case means I am wearing them, either on my face or on top of my head(which I KNOWWW it stretches them out but whatever). But if you don’t mind, or you have a soft sunglasses case, you would easily be able to fit you sunglasses in the bag with the other items I listed.

Clare V. Flat Clutch in leopard print calf hair

This bag measures 11.5″ x 8.5″

Ok first things first. The Flat clutch is 30 bucks cheaper than the foldover clutch and is not quite as popular as its square sister. Those two reasons are what initially attracted me to the flat clutch, not as many people had it AND it was a smidge cheaper. After doing my due diligence by looking for youtube reviews on this bag(which btw don’t exist), Pinterest stalking bloggers that happened to carry the flat clutch and talking to my Nordstrom SA about the bags I decided to order the foldover because I wanted more of a handbag feel. Now that I own both bags (oops) I can tell you this one has its own set of qualities that its sister does not. This clutch is more comparable to a pouch, its simple, easy to carry, and easier to navigate. It is the same length as the other bag but because its shorter it doesn’t hold as much. I forced my LV Pouchette into it, but then it just felt stiff. Like I said before, because these bags are made out of leather and calf hair the leopard pattern varies on each bag. The flat clutch is significantly lighter than the foldover, you can easily see that in the photos above. Now it won’t be that way for every single clutch that is out there, but in my case thats how it worked out :).

Now I hear you I hear you. “What exactly are you fitting into the Flat Clutch Anne?” lol

Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch Review. One of the most popular blogger bags, the Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch has become a staple for fashionistas.

Inside my LV Pouchette I have a little Hobo International French Wallet to hold all my cards. I scooped it up at Nordstrom Rack in the spring for like 30 bucks, its a great little piece to go inside my LV pouch and helps transform the pouch from a little bag to a big wallet. I love it because it is leather(I have a thing for natural fibers), and I have had many Hobo wallets in the past(before LV came into my life) that are seriously freaking amazing. I have one Hobo wallet that is legit 10 years old and still looks brand new, and I carried that bitch for most of those 10 years. ANYWAYS back on topic. I can fit my phone, keys and a lipstick into the flat clutch as well. If you over stuff this clutch then it looks stiff, which is the opposite of the look you are going for with this style of clutch.

So when I happened to end up with both bags, everyone in my life was like ” Anne you can’t keep them both blah blah blah.” And honestly I did try to convince myself to sell one or return one for a hot second. But because I am a hoarder of all things girlie and fun I am keeping both, so DEAL WITH IT. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Fall Maxi Style.

 

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Dress from Curvaceous Boutique 

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Dress | Bag | Shoes | Jewelry | Sunnies 

Ok, this dress is bright, its bright and crazy and has so much going on( pockets, a belt). I recently purchased a new leopard clutch, and you know that thing that happens when you get something new that you love and it just so happens to match everythhinnggg that you own. So you somehow figure out how to wear or carry that piece with everything and to you its perfect. LOL. Well currently that’s me, and luckily I was right about mixing these two patterns. The cool green of this dress pops with the warm tones of the leopard clutch. Taking fashion risks is required from time to time, I am the type of girl that sticks to the routine. I have preached on this blog before about having a “fashion uniform” and sticking with it, but once in awhile its good to shake it up.

One of the fun parts of being a fashion blogger is having the chance to try out different trends and styles that you might not usually go for. I never would have dreamed that I could pull off a dress like this, but I take it as a personal style challenge to make different pieces my own. The best part? When things come together exactly the way you dreamed up.

Are the shoes a little over the top? Maybe. Is that ok? Hell yes. Playing different color tones off each other is a great way to try out pattern mixing without going for the classic stripes and florals mix. Its ok to be bold with what you wear, its ok to be curvy and bold and confident.

Take the fashion risk, and love yourself for going for it.

This post is sponsored by Curvaceous Boutique 

Bare Legs and Booties

 

ASOS Curve, Curls and Contours

ASOS Curve, Curls and Contours

ASOS Curve, Curls and Contours

ASOS Curve, Curls and Contours

Sunnies | Dress | Jacket | Booties | Bag

Its that time of year, it doesn’t get quite hot enough to warrant shorts and a tank top everyday BUT its not cold enough to bundle up. Its officially the season of light layers (my favorite).

That pretty dress you want to wear out to dinner but there is a crispness in the air? Grab a jacket. 

Those toes getting a little chilled for the sandals you have been wearing all summer? Get out your booties! 

I know you aren’t ready to give up summer, because honestly I am not ready either. But I can’t lie, when I say that I am excited for muted tones and that cozy safe feeling that comes from a sweater on a cool day. My rule for transitional dressing is pretty easy to follow, if by the last two weeks of August its less than 80 degrees I am mixing my Fall favorites into my summer wardrobe. As the temps dip more and more of my fall pieces move into my regular rotation and less and less of my summer favorites are seen. 

This LBD is actually a summer dress, but mixed with a flowy fall jacket and some fringe booties I am ready to take on the 50 degree mornings, 70 degree afternoons, and 60 degree evenings. Do you have any fall transition rules that are tried and true?

That Perfect Little Something…

A Trinket Trunk, Curls and Contours

A Trinket Trunk, Curls and Contours

A Trinket Trunk, Curls and Contours

A Trinket Trunk, Curls and Contours

A Trinket Trunk, Curls and Contours

Necklace | Skinnies | Booties | Bag

One of the best parts of blogging is being able to share beautiful things created by amazing real people.

I am always looking for a little extra something to add to an outfit, as a self proclaimed sunglasses and watch girl I am always without a necklace or earrings or both. I just can’t see myself with a different necklace everyday of the week and honestly that is the last thing I want to be thinking about when I am running out the door for work, I reach for my classic favorite pieces that go with everything and look perfectly in place with whatever I have on. I know that I will reach for the same pieces everyday because they have purpose or sentimental value, a small reminder of the person that gave me the piece, or a little way to keep my style personal and real for me.

Style tip: When you are trying to put some accessories together for an outfit, go big and small. An example would be big chandelier earrings, with a delicate gold bar necklace. Or druzy studs and a big statement necklace. Its all about balance, big earrings AND a big necklace can look overdone. I personally only wear bracelets on my watch wrist to create a stacking effect, (and to leave my writing hand free) 🙂  

Being much more of a favorite few pieces girl I keep a some in constant rotation, because of that my accessories have to be quality. I am always on the lookout for jewelry that will work with any outfit and  fit seamlessly into my wardrobe. If I am spending more sparingly on really quality pieces that will last and last, then I don’t need to shop constantly for costume jewels that may only last a couple of wears.  A little 14k gold bar on a sparkly chain is the perfect trendy piece to add into my small cache of quality accessories. P.S. This bar is engraved with my monogram!(Soooo perfect)

Use the coupon code curlsandcontours to receive free shipping on your order from A Trinket Trunk

I love being able to help small businesses grow, and gain exposure. I feel so lucky to have been able to work with A Trinket Trunk, and feature their beautiful work.

This post was sponsored by A Trinket Trunk.

 

Hemant & Nandita meets Henri Bendel

 

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Gwynnie Bee, Curls and Contours

Dress | Shoes | Bag | Earrings | Sunnies

Talk about a dramatic high low hem, WOW. My husbands thoughts on this dress were ON POINT “Cute, its kinda weird but cute” hahahaha. I received this dress in my latest Gwynnie Bee box and thought I would give it a go.

Style tip- pattern mixing is a blast, but if you are not so sure start with one piece(like my dress) and then base the next pattern you bring in off of the that. There are stripes in the dress, so I grabbed my Henri Bendel clutch that is striped to bring in a slightly different pattern. You can do this with similar patterns, or match up colors in two different patterns. This little trick will always keep you fashion forward. 

I went with really basic jewelry because this dress has so much going on, and my favorite summer wedges are back AGAIN because honestly I am obsessed with them lol. Its early August and all of my favorite bloggers are starting to talk about Fall already. Are you ready for some transitional pieces? I will be mixing them in as we move through August. Don’t worry though this girl is not done with summer yet!

Neverfull GM Review

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Review, One of the most popular bags of all time the Louis Vuitton Neverfull has stood the test of time. This bag can hold it all

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Review, One of the most popular bags of all time the Louis Vuitton Neverfull has stood the test of time. This bag can hold it all

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Review, One of the most popular bags of all time the Louis Vuitton Neverfull has stood the test of time. This bag can hold it all

 

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Review, One of the most popular bags of all time the Louis Vuitton Neverfull has stood the test of time. This bag can hold it all

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Monogram Canvas

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Review, One of the most popular bags of all time the Louis Vuitton Neverfull has stood the test of time. This bag can hold it all

Lets do a Neverfull GM review!! 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. 🙂

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

Sole Society “Ravin” Tote

Faux Leather Reversible Tote

Coach Turnlock Tote

Large Tote bag Le Pliage 

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Review, One of the most popular bags of all time the Louis Vuitton Neverfull has stood the test of time. This bag can hold it all

P.S. My bag was made in the USA 🙂

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. 🙂

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