Nordstrom

What I buy at Nordstrom

What I buy at Nordstrom as a plus size woman, a post about how to shop Nordstrom like a pro, and how to shop smart in a big department store.

What I buy at Nordstrom as a plus size woman, a post about how to shop Nordstrom like a pro, and how to shop smart in a big department store.

What I buy at Nordstrom as a plus size woman, a post about how to shop Nordstrom like a pro, and how to shop smart in a big department store.

What I buy at Nordstrom as a plus size woman, a post about how to shop Nordstrom like a pro, and how to shop smart in a big department store.

What I buy at Nordstrom as a plus size woman, a post about how to shop Nordstrom like a pro, and how to shop smart in a big department store.

This week on Curls and Contours I wanted to share a post that I get questions about ALL THE TIME. This post is about “What I buy at Nordstrom” and how I shop smart at a major department store.

What do I shop for at Nordstrom?

I utilize Nordstrom for 2 areas of my wardrobe. Pants and Skincare. I do own tops/dresses/shoes from Nordstrom but their bottoms and skincare offerings have me coming back again and again.

Pants

I have to admit I am addicted to upscale denim, a few years ago I got into Paige jeans and the rest is history. I love a quality pair of jeans, and Nordstrom has a great online offering for Plus Size women. I purchase most if not all of my pants from Nordstrom because of their easy return policy, and their wide selection of super quality pieces. My favorite pant buys from Nordstrom are the Zella High Waist legging, and my Good American jeans. I wear my Zella leggings with EVERYTHING, from walking my dogs in the evening to dressing up for a night out. They are hands down the most versatile piece in my wardrobe. I think I own 4 pairs at this point(not included my printed ones LOL).

Here are my favorite Zella leggings right now, in plus and regular!!

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings(Plus Size)

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings(Regular)

Zella Moto Ankle Leggings(Plus Size)

Zella Autumn High Waist Moto Ankle Leggings(Regular) 

Skincare

I don’t talk a lot about my skin on the blog, and I would really like to change that. Let me tell you, my skin is THE WORST!!!! I have struggled for years with adult acne, and have quite a bit of scarring and pore issues. I am a faithful Nordstrom beauty counter girl, and here is why.

One day I was running some errands and happened to be in Nordstrom, at the time my skin was at an all time low, I had really dry patches, and a huge breakout of cystic acne along my jawline. Things were really really bad. I was stopped by an esthetician at the Clarins counter in Nordstrom, she wanted my to try her hand cream(which is amazing lol). We got to talking, and next thing I know she is giving me a mini facial and changing my life. I know that sounds crazy but its so beyond true. She talked me through why I was dry and patchy in areas and why my acne was out of control.

This Clarins esthetician explained to me that all the acne products that I was using on my skin was actually causing more acne because the oil in my skin could not balance out. She told me that instead of stripping my skin of oil and moisture, I needed to be adding moisture back to my skin(which at the time sounded like the craziest shit I had ever heard). She said that my skin cells were being stripped of all moisture every night and damaged by acne products, and that my body was sending lots of oil to my face because there wasn’t any. This is what was causing my breakouts, and the patchy dry areas were from the acne products.

I purchased a moisturizer from her that day, and she sent me home with samples of the rest of the Clarins line that she suggested for my skin. AND I was back in two weeks to buy it ALL. I started using the products that she sent me home with and within a week my skin was healing, and I honestly haven’t had a breakout since then. I have completely changed my skincare and makeup routine. I would still be living in adult acne hell if the Nordstrom Clarins esthetician hadn’t stopped me.

Here is the skincare that CHANGED MY LIFE!! From start to finish every night.

Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian for Combination/Oily Skin

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed for Normal/Combination Skin

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cream Gel

 

My pro tip for shopping Nordstrom-

Shop with a purpose, its a big store and everything is gorgeous(its easy to go crazy LOL). GO in (online or in store) with what you are looking for in mind. I know that I love their pants and skincare, so when I am in need of those items I turn to Nordstrom. 

 

 

 

 

Instagram Round Up…

 

Instagram Roundup, Curls and Contours

Top | Skinnies | Shoes | Bag(Similar) | Luggage(Old) | Tech

Instagram Roundup, Curls and Contours

Top | Skinnies | Boots | Necklace | Tech

instagram Roundup, Curls and Contours

Top | Skinnies | Necklace

Instagram Roundup, Curls and Contours

Top | Jacket | Scarf | Leggings | Boots(Similar) | Watch

Just a quick roundup blog linking some of my recent Instagram outfit posts! I get questions all the time about what I am wearing, and where I find some of my pieces. I am so guilty of sharing selfies and my daily outfit details on my Instagram, more than my Facebook. With these types of posts, you can shop my looks all in one place. 🙂

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned in passing (I must have blacked out or something) to my husband that I would like to jogging with him sometime(he is one of those annoying people that loves running…I know, gross). Well now he has been reminding every freaking day that I said that, EVERY DAY. So my attempts at dodging him and my excuses for not doing couples workouts have finally run out. So…I need tips, are you a jogger? I am a total girl about sports and exercise, I am a power walking, hiking, horseback riding, dancing in my living room girl. Are there any tricks that I can try to help ease into this whole “Jogging” thing.

Just a heads up, I don’t want to lose my curvy shape or be smaller than my current size 14. I love myself, and I have come way to far in my self acceptance journey to even think about losing my curvy shape. In an effort to love my body, I need to move it more.

Glam and other thoughts…

Adrianna Papell, Curls and Contours

Adrianna Papell, Curls and Contours

Adrianna Papell, Curls and Contours

Dress | Shoes 

Adrianna Papell, Curls and Contours

This morning as I sit here and prepare to share some of the most glam and beautiful photos I have ever done, I am struggling personally. Struggling the way most curvier women struggle. The dreaded thoughts that leak into your brain, that you just can’t stop and you know come from a bad place. The “I am the biggest girl in the room” thoughts. Part of why I created Curls and Contours was to work through some of these feelings. As I settle in to the body that I am meant to have and I work to overcome these self conscious thoughts, I have days when its a struggle. What woman wants to be the biggest girl in the room, and what woman wants to have those thoughts. Its fucking ridiculous, its ridiculous that I can have it all but still have these shitty little feelings that come leaking in to my brain. I shouldn’t feel this way, I am fabulous and beautiful, I eat healthy and move my body. I have nothing to prove , I have spent most of my life on a diet of some kind. I have been told that if I just try this or I just only eat that. Then all my skinny girl dreams will come true. WHAT IS THAT. Why can’t I just be happy and love myself, did you know that if you love yourself you will actually make better choices BECAUSE of that love. Sometimes, I forget this sometimes I let that mean hateful girl that hides in the darkest corner of my brain tell me things that just hurt. Eventually I regain my confidence, and regular programming returns. I can go back to my usual fabulous self.

Ok, off the pity party soap box.

THIS DRESS! I found this while cruising through the fall Nordstrom clear the rack sale. I fell in love, and had the wonderful people at Nordstrom Rack order me up one size. Because I am constantly buying clothing that is too big for me, the dress came in and was TOO BIG. So I had it tailored(by my amazing Aunt), and we made some changes. The length of the slip had to go, it was just to much, we took in the waist but left the bosom loose and flowy. I think I need a 1920’s themed party to attend, this little number would be perfect at a wedding or a cocktail party. Once again, the powers of a perfectly tailored dress just doesn’t disappoint.

Adrianna Papell, Curls and Contours

Adrianna Papell, Curls and Contours

Windy Winter Days

I stumbled across this dress while shopping Nordstrom online a month ago and I fell in love with the coloring and the high low style. I grabbed it up on sale, and was surprised how thin the fabric was. Still flattering and  fall/winter(ish) the search began for some accessories to take this dress into winter.

Faux fur, Sorel boots, and some winter tights took this dress directly into winter. How do you transition your favorite dresses from fall to winter?

Happy Holidays!

Faux Fur Vest Options

Melissa McCarthy Faux Fur Shearling Vest

Trouvé Long Faux Fur Vest

NY Collection Open Front Faux Fur Cardigan

Allison Brittney Womens Faux Fur Vest

London Times, Curls and Contours

London Times, Curls and Contours

London Times, Curls and Contours

Vest | Nordstrom, Dress | London Times, Boots | Sorel, Sunnies(Similar) | Vivienne Westwood

London Times, Curls and Contours

London Times, Curls and Contours

London Times, Curls and Contours

London Times, Curls and Contours

Poncho Style

What is not to love about a poncho, easy to wear, super cute and so on trend right now. A poncho is a great way to add another layer to your look while amping up the cozy factor. I am sure I have shared in the past my love of cozy looks.

When styling a Poncho, you need to balance the loose fit of the poncho with fitted clothing underneath. That can come in the form of some leggings and boots, or a shear top and skinny jeans. A poncho can be the perfect piece of light outerwear to throw on when Christmas shopping, when I head into the Mall I hate wearing my big bulky coat, but its to cold to go without something. A poncho is the perfect piece of outerwear that will keep you looking chic, and warm enough to get in and out of the Mall during the Holidays.

Poncho options-

Dotted Line Poncho

Bonfire Poncho

Cardigan Poncho

Cable Knit Poncho

Hooded Blanket Cape

 Right now, my favorite Ponchos are coming from Loft. AND TODAY they are all 50% off! 

Photo’s by: ME Promotions
Curls and Contours, Plus Size Poncho

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Poncho

Poncho(Similar) | Loft, Chambray | Loft, Leggings | Michael Kors, Boots | Ariat, Sunnies(Similar) | Vivienne Westwood, Necklace(Similar) | Vintage

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Poncho

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Poncho

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Poncho

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Poncho

The New Neutral

Ahh, this pink is so so gorgeous, its the perfect Marie Antoinette meets Mean Girls pink. A fantastic shade on virtually anyone, AND its so in for Fall and Winter! I really happened to stumble upon this entire outfit, you know how sometimes things just really come together? That is this outfit for me, the bag was an LA Neiman’s find, the Jeans are classic leggings, booties are last year from Dr. Scholls of all places, the scarf is a last minute I need a scarf and I happen to be at TJ Maxx find, and the top was a Nordstrom Rack 80% grab. IN FACT I have the same tunic top in green and gray(which I did pay full price for…boo).

In case you happen to be wondering. MY pumpkins and fall stuff is still out, because I don’t start Christmas until AFTER Thanksgiving. So. There.

Back to this pink, super easy and glam to pair with creams and whites. Pastel pink is the new neutral for me. From sunnies to tunics, its easy to wear but just lends that little extra “I am sassier than I look” vibe. Perfect for every woman I know.

Pink Options-

  1. NYDJ Cowl Neck Sweater
  2. Melissa McCarthy Crystal Shoulder Tunic Top
  3. Short Sleeve Lace Top
  4. Chiffon Blouse with Openwork 
  5. Lacy Blouse with Bell Sleeves

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Jeans and Tunics

Top | Nordstrom, Scarf | TJ Maxx, Sunnies | Vivienne Westwood, Bag | Marc Jacobs, Jeans | Torrid,   Booties | Dr Scholls

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Jeans and Tunics

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Jeans and Tunics

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Jeans and Tunics

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Jeans and Tunics

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Jeans and Tunics

Curls and Contours, Plus Size Jeans and Tunics

Photo Cred- ME Promotions

Sweaters and Skinnies Pt. 2

My new favorite outfit of all time. The softest sweater ever, plaid and some skinny jeans. Now I know what you might be thinking, um hello that outfit does NOT show off your curvaceous bod Anne. I agree, but its so soft and comfortable. This sweater is relaxed and falls easily over my flannel and curves. I wanted to balance this sweater with some skinny jeans that are very fitted. I wore this particular look with wedge booties, but it would also work great with some riding boots. When shopping for a sweater that you want to layer with, really consider how its going to lay over the top of the button up you have in mind. I like a looser look, so I sized up in the sweater.

I love BIG jewelry, so I picked a bold statement necklace to pair with the sweater and skinnies. But smaller subtle accessories would be just as chic.

How do you layer your sweaters in the Fall?

Sweater Options-

  1. Loft Relaxed V-Neck
  2. Loft Fauxmere Sweater
  3. BB Dakota “Karen” Long Sleeve
  4. Merona Womens Pullover Sweater
  5. Merona Pullover Sweater

Curls and Contours, Fall Sweaters

Curls and Contours, Fall Layering

Flannel | Ralph Lauren, Sweater | Loft, Skinnies | Loft, Boots | Sorel, Bag | Emma Fox, Necklace | OLD

Curls and Contours, Statement Necklace, Flannel

Curls and Contours, Statement Necklace, FlannelCurls and Contours, Plus Size Skinny Jeans

Curls and Contours, Fall Layers, Michael Kors

 

 

Sweaters and Skinnies

Its that time of year again. Where you find yourself getting ready to walk out the door in morning and you question if you need to grab that coat or not. I put off the inevitable “Coat” weather for the longest that I can bear it. I love to layer my look with sweaters, scarves and heavier fabrics through the fall. My down coat doesn’t see the light of day until December. I will dutifully wear my big down coat from December to March 1. Then all bets are off, I go back to layering and boycott “Coat” weather once again.

Sweaters and Skinnies, I know you have both in your closet. These two staple items for the Fall Fashionista can be whatever you want them to be, cozy, sexy, or relaxed. I like to pair my skinnies with everything from riding boots, to moccasins. But when I want to lend my look a sexier vibe I grab my wedge booties, effortlessly chic and comfortable the wedge bootie can really lend that cozier look a sexy vibe. AND WHO DOESNT WANT TO FEEL SEXY!

Some Skinny Jean Options-

  1. Not Your Daughters Jeans “Alina” Skinny
  2. Poetic Justice “Maya” Stretch Skinny
  3. Loft Curvy Sateen Five Pocket Jegging
  4. Loft Curvy High Waist Skinny 

Curls and Contours, Sweaters and Skinnie

Curls and Contours, Sweaters and Skinnies

Flannel(Similar) | Ralph Lauren, Sweater(Similar) | White House Black Market, Skinnies | Loft, Bag(Similar) | TJ Maxx, Wedges | Toms, Sunnies | Rayban, Earrings | OLD

Curls and Contours, Sweaters and Skinnies

Curls and Contours, Sweaters and Skinnies

Curls and Contours, Sweaters and Skinnies

Curls and Contours, Sweaters and Skinnies

Photo Cred- ME Promotions

The Perfect Black Boot

For the past couple of weeks I have been on the hunt for a new black boot. Each year I update my boot collection in the Fall. I have this thing about boots, some fashionistas have a thing about purses, or nail polish, or expensive jeans. While I do love all of those things, for me its boots I just freaking LOVE boots. Over the years I have curated my tastes in a good boot specifically to leather all weather boots. I am really hard on my shoes, I always have been. That now translates into needing really good shoes, and a variety of them to share the workload. Thats at least what I tell my husband every time a new boot box comes through the door. Haha.

I have fabulous brown boots, I have fabulous snow boots, I have fabulous rain boots, I have fabulous wedge boots, I have fabulous riding boots, I have fabulous cowboy boots. My current black boot situation is not good, the pair from last year was not quality. So I am on the hunt. I want something rugged but subtle, not refined. I like a boot with buckles and a thick sole. I also need a wide calf. I want a leather boot, that is waterproof but not insulated(I have insulated boots already). With all of those specifications my pool of choices has become pretty small. I am sharing my options and the boots that I am picking from.

Being a curvy boot loving girl, I have to be careful to balance my whole appearance when wearing boot and skinnies. A rugged boot, with buckles and some slouch helps create a balance to your look.

Frye offers some fabulous options and Nordstrom is having a sale!! I am a big fan of Sorel, and Naturalizer. Being an equestrian I also have some Ariat boots that I have talked about on the blog.
Curls and Contours, Frye, Sorel, Plus size boots

  1. Frye “Veronica Slouch” Boot (Wide Calf)
  2. Frye “Veronica Shortie” Slouchy Boot
  3. Naturalizer “Jewels Buckle Boot” (Wide Calf)
  4. Vince Camuto “Jamina” Riding Boot 
  5. Sorel “Joan of Arctic” Wedge Mid
  6. Frye ” Jenna Cut Stud” Short Moto Boot

 

Dentz Denim

My Halloween Bash went down last night, and currently I am on the couch with a tea, and Sleepy Hollow on Hulu. I just want to be cozy today, so naturally I am in my favorite new sweatshirt from Dentz Denim. Its slouchy fit works perfectly with leggings, and later when I drag myself to the grocery store my favorite sneakers and vest will be on point with this adorable top.

Dentz Denim sent me this sweatshirt to try out, and I am IN LOVE, if being a “Wifey” isn’t  for you, your are in luck because they have hundreds of designs!!

Curly Hair – Check

Monogram Necklace – Check

Leggings – Check

Sneakers – Check

Dentz Denim Wifey Sweatshirt – Check

 

Curls and Contours, Dentz Denim Wifey

Curls and Contours, Dentz Denim Wifey

Wifey Sweatshirt by Dentz Denim

Curls and Contours, Dentz Denim Wifey

Curls and Contours, Dentz Denim Wifey

This is a c/o post courtesy of Dentz Denim, all opinions are my own.