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Avenue Outerwear

This post is sponsored by Avenue and features Avenue Outerwear, for other posts on Avenue go HERE and HERE.

This week on the blog I am sharing an edgy outerwear look with Avenue and sharing my tips on how to complete your look with a coat or jacket! As the weather dips into cooler temps, its impossible to leave the house without something to keep warm. The days of one coat to last a whole season are gone, the plus size babe has so many options for keeping warm and fashionable. I teamed up with Avenue to bring you my take on a cold weather look, and my tips on creating a stylish outfit from boots to coat!

Lets get started!

Here are my steps to coordinating a complete look!

Step one – Have an arsenal of coats and jackets that can mix and match with what is in your closet. I usually keep coats for 3 or more seasons, so I like to have classic pieces that never go out of style. Like a classic Camel coat, and a black cape. Then I will add in trendier pieces that are great for casual outfits, and don’t break the bank.

Step two – Where are you going? Are you headed to the opera? Or out for an afternoon of shopping? This will determine your outfit obviously LOL, but also help you narrow down what outerwear to grab. If you are headed out for an afternoon at the mall, you don’t need the warmest coat in your closet.

Step three – Be mindful, when you are putting together your look for the day don’t just think about what shirt and pant you will be wearing, factor in what coats and jackets are currently in your closet too! I opted to pair this green blouse with my leggings and OTK boots BECAUSE I knew I wanted to wear my camo jacket!

In today's post I am sharing how to create a complete look in colder climates with Avenue outerwear, that coordinates with what you have on!

In today's post I am sharing how to create a complete look in colder climates with Avenue outerwear, that coordinates with what you have on!

I built this look around the camouflage coat and the velvet over the knee boots. I love this look for an afternoon of shopping on main street where you will be wearing your coat and boots the whole time. I kept my top and bottoms simple with the Avenue wide waist leggings and a green peasant blouse. I tend to lean towards all black, wanting to get out of the box a bit I opted for this green blouse instead. Which I actually love, the green compliments the camouflage well and adds more depth to the look.

This is  my second pair of over the knee boots from Avenue, and I am so pleased to report that they STAY UP!! No slipping down my calf and no constant pulling up required. To see the other pair of OTK boots from Avenue go HERE! 

In today's post I am sharing how to create a complete look in colder climates with Avenue outerwear, that coordinates with what you have on!

This particular coat comes in two colors(Camo and Black) and falls into the “Anorak” category on the avenue.com site. Anorak coats have become increasingly popular each year, and they are classified as a hip length coat with a hood. This coat is “faux” sherpa lined and is quite warm! I found it to be true to size( I am wearing a 14/16) and plan on styling it with casual looks like this one, and with my usual jeans and booties.

In today's post I am sharing how to create a complete look in colder climates with Avenue outerwear, that coordinates with what you have on!

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

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Thanksgiving with Loralette

This post was sponsored by Loralette and features gifted clothing.

This week on the blog I am sharing two Thanksgiving looks from Loralette, one casual and one dressier! Everyone has different family traditions, some families have a formal affair on Thanksgiving and some a casual hanging in the kitchen vibe. Loralette offers the curvy babe options for both. And SHOES, if you have been here before then you know Avenue has the bessst shoes(link HERE).

Continuing on with my thankful series this month, I wanted to share a book that my husband and I read a couple of years ago. The book is called “The 5 Love Languages” this is a book we read a few years into our marriage and it has been something that we talk about and use as a reminder on the best ways to show love and thankfulness/appreciation to each other. This is how it works, you read the book and learn about the different love languages, then you take the quiz and find out what yours are. Your partner does the same. Then you know how you feel loved and appreciated the best, and you learn how your partner feels love and appreciated best.

Thanksgiving with Loralette. Loralette has adorable options this holiday season for curvy babes. This post I feature a dressed up/down Thanksgiving outfit.

Dress | Boots 

The weather is turning here in Michigan, and my short dress/bare legs days are numbered. So I am soooaaaaakkkking it up as long as I can. I paired these rugged/glam OTK boots with a lace up floral mini, this burgundy dress feels distinctly fall and perfect for a harvest celebration like Thanksgiving. The heeled boots dress this look up and lend it a winter vibe.

In the fall one sure fire way to amp up the cozy factor is to add a a blanket scarf, I keep one in my car in the colder months that way I can be cozy at any moment! LOL I believe that in the fall and winter a plaid scarf is basically a neutral. 🙂

Thanksgiving with Loralette. Loralette has adorable options this holiday season for curvy babes. This post I feature a dressed up/down Thanksgiving outfit.

On the website this piece looks like it has a “Swing” shape, but really this piece is more of an A line silhouette. The top is meant to be fitted and then at the seam at the waist lets go into a fun A line skirt! This piece has an inner tank dress that is attached at the shoulders. This gives you some flexibility with how much chest you want to show.

Thanksgiving with Loralette. Loralette has adorable options this holiday season for curvy babes. This post I feature a dressed up/down Thanksgiving outfit.

These OTK boots are called the “Hunter Over the Knee” boot which I think is really fitting. When my I first tried them on my husband told me I looked like I was ready to go out in the woods. LOL. I have a 17.5″ calf and these were a perfect fit. The lacing adds a unique touch and I really like the distressed look. I would pair these with jeans and a long chunky knit cardigan for a casual look.

Thanksgiving with Loralette. Loralette has adorable options this holiday season for curvy babes. This post I feature a dressed up/down Thanksgiving outfit.

Thanksgiving with Loralette. Loralette has adorable options this holiday season for curvy babes. This post I feature a dressed up/down Thanksgiving outfit.

Blouse(Similar) | Denim | Booties 

I love getting dressed up, but for most American families Thanksgiving is a casual affair. Every year I usually end up in jeggings and a flowy blouse(that way its easier to get seconds on stuffing and pie LOL). This blouse sold out before I could get this post up, but I will link up some similar blouses from Loralette.

My current favorite Loralette blouses-

Floral Crochet Trim Top

Floral Tie Bell Sleeve Top

Lace Bell Sleeve Top

I am wearing a 16 in these and per the usual the waistband is a bit big, but the legs are perfect. LOL.  The day we photographed this look it was 40 degrees out, I had planned on wearing THESE with this look but the weather was not permitting. Loralette is the sister brand to Avenue, I have heard great things about Ave denim, and can say that Loralette does not disappoint in this area either. These jeans are trendy, and stretchy but still hold their shape. I shared another pair of Loralette denim HERE. These jeggings are meant to be cuffed and offer a 3 button detail at waistband, which makes the waistband wider and offers more coverage.

Thanksgiving with Loralette. Loralette has adorable options this holiday season for curvy babes. This post I feature a dressed up/down Thanksgiving outfit.

Do you dress up or down for Thanksgiving? Tell me in the comments below!

 

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

 

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Lace Details with Avenue

This post is a sponsored collaboration with myself and Avenue. 

A review of the Lace Detail dress from Avenue Plus Size with tips and tricks on how I would style this dramatic lace sleeve dress for now and later.

A review of the Lace Detail dress from Avenue Plus Size with tips and tricks on how I would style this dramatic lace sleeve dress for now and later.

A review of the Lace Detail dress from Avenue Plus Size with tips and tricks on how I would style this dramatic lace sleeve dress for now and later.

A review of the Lace Detail dress from Avenue Plus Size with tips and tricks on how I would style this dramatic lace sleeve dress for now and later.

Dress | Boots

Remember this picture?? 🙂

A review of the Lace Detail dress from Avenue Plus Size with tips and tricks on how I would style this dramatic lace sleeve dress for now and later.

When Liz and I were in NYC this past June we toured the Avenue headquarters, there we were able to get a sneak peak at what Ave was planning for fall. Thats when I found this beauty! I have been patiently waiting for this dress to get in at Avenue and it finally haaasssss!! You know me, I am a sucker for a little black dress and while that is easy and fun it can get a little mundane. For that reason I have been trying to work more patterned pieces into my wardrobe, this dress is great for that, it definitely gives off that dark vibe that I love, but is also fun for fall and on trend with the sleeve detail.

Why this dress has all the ingredients for success this fall 

Statement sleeves- this fall statement sleeves are SOOOO INNN, this dress is 3/4 sleeve with flared lace detail.

Dark Florals – the black base of this print lets this dress be great for September and for November, more about dark florals HERE

The Silhouette – this piece features a fitted bodice and a breezy rayon blend skirt, what I love about this silhouette is the ease of wear, no additional restricting undergarments needed.

With the above the knee hemline and the fun print, I am going to give this dress the weekend seal of approval. Perfect for an Autumn day bopping around town.

Style Tip

When wearing a busy print keep accessories simple and minimal. Always think about what part of your look you want to highlight, then accessorize with that in mind. Example- I wanted to highlight the fun print and lace sleeve of this dress, so I left my bracelets at home for the day. I don’t have bracelets fighting with the lace(getting caught in the delicate fabric) and I paired some simple black booties with the look so that the fun pattern can really shine through.

Other ways to style

As the weather continues to cool down, I would love to style this dress with a black duster vest, tights, and some boho chic booties. With the free spririt vibe this piece gives off, I would stray away from a structured riding boot.

How would you style this dress? Would you take it a little more structured or let your bohemian flag fly like I did?

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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.