Fashion

Plus Size Fashion Showcase

 

A few months ago, fellow blogger and friend Liz (With Wonder and Whimsy) and I attended a networking event together. While we were there we heard so many different statements about where plus size women shop, and where plus women COULD shop? This really stuck with us. As full figured bloggers we have a vast knowledge of different brands that cater to curvy women and sell plus size clothing, AND so many women DO NOT KNOW THEY EXIST! How could this be? How could there be so many curvy options yet the women in our area only shop at 3 places. This realization hatched a wonderful idea. We should bring all the fabulous plus size brands that we know and love to life, in the form of a fashion show. But not any fashion show, a girls night out, and and walking the runway? Real plus size women of all shapes and sizes! We want to be able to show that all curvy bodies are not the same, you can still rock what you are wearing no matter your size!

So we teamed up with 10 fabulous brands and set out to feature a look that would be the speak to the voice of each label and be on trend for Spring and Summer seasons. To be honest making the selections from each brand was TOUGH(how do you choose between so many awesome items), we wanted to stay true to the brand and feature pieces that we felt were signature to that company, but at the same time select items that spoke to our demographic and to our personal tastes as bloggers and stylists. Part of blogging is creating a finished look, so in addition to clothing we also wanted to style each look with jewelry, shoes and a bag!

Not to get gooey on you, but each item that is being featured in this event, was hand selected by Liz or I. We labored over this integral piece of the event, it was both the hardest and most rewarding part of the process. Then when we were able to get together to shoot promo we truly enjoyed interacting and playing with the clothing! I am so excited to share all of our hard work with you. 🙂

Tickets to Plus Size Fashion Showcase

Any fabulous night out HAS to come with GIFTS. I mean I love presents, so doesn’t everyone? We are so excited to offer our guests swag bags jam packed with stuff!! I don’t want to give it all away, but each bag will have brand specific coupons for our guests to use after the fashion show! In addition to other fabulous goodies!

Now lets talk decor, I had no idea when I met Liz that she was also a party planner, but when we found this out about each other it was PERFECT. I take great care in every party I plan, to the very last detail it is of great importance to me that each piece be perfect. I am so delighted to be able to incorporate items I already keep in my party decor inventory(yes I have that, its a thing) with vendors that Liz knows and loves. She turned me onto an Esty shop that is straight up darling!

Side note – Feel free to ask me about my grandmothers 80th Halloween Birthday party. It was INSANE, people thought I rented everything. Nope, its in the inventory :). I digress. lol

You may be thinking “Anne, I am from Southeast Michigan and I read your blog and I already know where to shop.” Yes! And I want to meet you! Liz and I are so excited to meet readers and supporters of our passions. Seriously meeting a reader or a follower of Curls and Contours is like Christmas morning, I always ask Keith if I am ever a little to excited when I meet someone that follows Curls and Contours. I am like “Hi how are you, tell me about your whole life and I love your outfit, and THANK YOU FOR READING MY BLLLOOOGGGGG!” lol Don’t let that scare you off, I promise I am super chill in person. Promise. 😉

If you are a blogger, or in the fashion industry we want you to attend so that you can network with others in the Fashion Industry, boutique owners will be there, retail industry babes will be there, the people that YOU NEED TO MEET will be chilling with us on May 7th! Its so empowering to be with other women that share the same passions as you do, and this Girls Night Out is the perfect place to make new friends and find new business contacts.

Come, have a drink or two 🙂 and some appetizers. Chat with your girlfriends and enjoy some fashion. We can’t wait to meet you!

Make sure to get your tickets EARLY! We have limited seating and tickets are selling FAST!

Get your tickets to the Plus Size Fashion Showcase here. 

PS. I know I am keeping the brands under wraps! You will just have to come to find out what labels we love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boutique Look on a Budget

Dress(Similar) | Shoes | Bag | Sunnies 

I would like to start a monthly series of budget posts. If you have been following me for awhile, you already know I am not a budget blogger. Thats just not the niche I fall into, I LOVE budget blogs and follow quite a few but my particular brand isn’t a budget brand. The reason? I have expensive taste, thats pretty much the reason lol. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good sale because believe me I DO, and it doesn’t mean I don’t wear target sandals and thrifted blouses because I do that too! But the workhorse pieces of my blog wardrobe are designer, I love the quality, craftsmanship, customer service and history that comes with purchasing a designer bag, sunglasses, and clothing.

Not everyone can afford those things, or maybe they don’t believe in spending that kind of money on a material item. On this blog, you do you. If you aren’t into it, thats great, if you are into it thats great too! After reading comments and getting questions about dressing on a budget I thought it would be fun to work on a series where I link up budget options to recreate some of the looks I put on the blog. These posts will not be sponsored by anyone, and the items in the photos will be bought and paid for by yours truly. 🙂 Sometimes I will be able to  link the exact item, and sometimes it will be something similar to what I have. My goal is to get each outfit at less than 125 dollars total!

This dress I purchased at a boutique in Royal Oak MI, and I love how basic it is, its the perfect canvas for fun accessories. I wore it this past weekend with colorful earrings and a denim jacket and I got 1 million compliments!! Part of being a blogger is wearing clothing that is easily found or recreated, so I try not to blog about items I might find at TJ MAXX or small boutiques because often those pieces can not be found everywhere. And then the blogger guilt kicks in, I have this one amazeballs dress and I post it to share with my fellow curvy babes and guess what. It doesn’t exist anywhere else, and too bad for you. I hate doing that.

Ok I am going off on a tangent, lol. I will be linking similar items above to recreate this look on a budget of 125 dollars!! Then below I will lay out the math so we can see where I spent my 125 bucks.

Shoes- 32.99

Dress- 28.00

Bag- 27.90

Sunnies- 12.99

Total spent- 101.88 without tax 

Happy Monday babes!

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.

 

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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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. 

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. 🙂

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! 

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? 🙂

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!