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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

Curvaceous Boutique

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

Curvaceous Boutique, Curls and Contours

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 | Necklace | Shoes | Bag | Sunnies

So excited to be kicking off boutique month with the most comfortable maxi dress from Curvaceous Boutique. I want to wear this dress all the time its that comfortable, and full disclosure I baked oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies before we shot this look and I probably ate 4 of them(can you say food baby haha) and this dress was completely figure flattering and easy to wear post cookies. Like next time the hubby and I go for Mexican food, this dress will be what I wear. lol.

I don’t typically reach for sexy pieces of clothing, and honestly when I picked it out I thought that it looked amazing on the model but wouldn’t look like that on me. I think that maybe that is because for so long I was trying to wear clothing made for smaller people. Wearing pieces that are made for people with curvy bodies really changes the way you look at yourself, this dress highlights my best features and I feel powerful, sexy, and safe when I wear it. I am not a curvy fashion blogger that believes in dressing to look “thin” or “smaller” BUT dressing in clothing that is cut for my body type has an overall positive effect on the inside and outside.

This post is sponsored by Curvaceous Boutique

Amelia by LuLaRoe

LuLaRoe

 

LuLaRoe

 

LuLaRoe

 

LuLaRoe

 

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Dress | Bag | Shoes | Sunnies

First of all, I KNOW I am PALE AF. I am one of those people that can’t hold a tan to save their life, and burns easily. I will eventually have a tiny bit of color by the last week of August, then summer will be over so basically its an uphill battle from here. So learn to enjoy pale Anne because she is not going ANYWHERE.

I am so excited to be introducing a three part series of posts reviewing LuLaRoe products! In each post I have styled something different from LuLaRoe, I will be reviewing the products honestly and linking out to where you can find LuLaRoe!

So lets dig in! LuLaRoe is a network based marketing company that empowers women to create their own businesses and help others to dress in comfortable current clothing. Named after the founders granddaughters this brand is taking busy women by storm! Known for their signature “buttery” soft leggings LuLaRoe has much to offer the busy 2016 woman. LuLaRoe carries clothing for women of ALL sizes.

I selected the Amelia dress specifically in a color that I don’t usually pick because I wanted to challenge myself a bit. The cut of the Amelia dress is UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING! Stretchy fabric, meets hand set pleats and hidden pockets, with a flattering knee length hemline. This style looks good on anyone, an exposed zipper in the back adds a little unexpected detail to love. Depending on how you play with accessories this dress can take you from date night out, to church on Sunday. I found this dress to run true to size, I am wearing an XL and it was a perfect fit. My favorite aspect of this dress is the pleats and hidden pockets, I found myself just tucking my hands into the pockets just for the fun of it, and the pleats give the whole dress this “Party” feel that is so fun.

HOW TO BUY LULAROE

Because LuLaRoe is a network marketing company, you can not simply jump on LuLaRoe.com and buy any item you want. You need to hook up with a LuLaRoe consultant that has lots of product. LulaRoe only makes 1000 pieces in each fabric/pattern. So many times you may not be able to find something in an exact pattern/style, thats why working with a knowledgeable consultant is so important she can help you with fit, patterns and styles. Are you on Facebook? Joining your consultants Facebook(LuLaRoe by Mal Shopping Page) group is a super easy way to shop product.

Photos by Josie- josiejonckheere1@icloud.com

This post was sponsored by LuLaRoe by Mal, find her on Facebook(LuLaRoe by Mal Shopping Page) and Instagram

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.

Cropped Thoughts.

Lou and Grey, Curls and Contours

Lou and Grey, Curls and Contours

Lou and Grey Curls and Contours

Lou and Grey, Curls and Contours

Lou and Grey, Curls and ContoursLou and Grey, Curls and Contours

Sweater | Skinnies | Boots

A couple of months ago, the internet was ON FIRE over a comment that Oprah Magazine had made about crop tops. I never jumped on that band wagon because I didn’t own any crop tops. I agree with the idea that it doesn’t matter what size you are all styles should be accessible to all people, but I didn’t have a crop top to proudly display on my curvaceous body so I just kept my nose out of it. My husband always teases me about dressing like a grandma. But you know men, he would prefer it if I wore mini skirts and tight white t-shirts(sans bra) everyday. So I take his opinion on my clothing with a grain of salt(p.s he reads all my blog posts haha). So naturally in true Anne style, I would find a crop top that I love and it would be in the form of a chunky knit turtleneck sweater.

This post is about doing the opposite of what most women do these days, throw on some leggings and a long tunic style top and go so many women embrace the cover it all up trend a little to much(myself included). This post is about choosing an outfit that is going to show off your assets and dare I say it, show off that waistline. Cropped style tops come in wide variety of styles, this is a trend that is back again for this coming spring and summer. As this trend settles in, more lines and brands will offer cropped styles. This season is a great time to try it out!

For my cold weather girls, cropped turtlenecks are ON SALE!! So its not to late to order one and see what you think.

Here are a few of my favorites!

Forever 21

LuLus

LOFT

AE

 

Distressed Denim with PinkBlush

PinkBlush, Curls and Contours

Trendy Boutiques Online

PinkBlush, Curls and Contours

Womens Online Boutique

PinkBlush, Curls and Contours

ShopPinkBlush

PinkBlush, Curls and Contours

PinkBlush

PinkBlush, Curls and Contours

PinkBlush, Curls and Contours

PinkBlush Boutique

PinkBlush, Curls and Contours

Skinnies | Top | Scarf | Sneakers(Similar) 

Currently the snow is falling but all I can think about is Spring. I am sooooo ready for a real permanent thaw(not these bs fake spring days we have been having), spring trends are emerging, and it seems time to shed some layers. Who else is ready for tulips, bright colors, and sunshine? I want to ride my horse outside again, and show some ankle without fear of frost bite. One of the trends that I am still loving and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere is distressed denim. For the curvy girl this trend seems to just be coming around, finding pieces at an affordable price can be somewhat hard to come by. When PinkBlush contacted me about a collaboration I was so pleased to see that they had some options for distressed denim in their inventory. When I am ordering from a boutique I always order one size up from my usual, 9 times out of 10 I am happy with this decision. For these particular skinnies, I think I would have been good with my usual size, but in my book having your clothes a little big is never a bad thing. Having these skinnies a little big, gave them great relaxed feel that I actually don’t have in my closet right now. They are definitely more of a straight fit on me(being that they are a little big), versus a skinnier fit through the ankle. I will wear these now with booties, and in the spring with flats, sandals, and sneakers.

PinkBlush offers so much more than just plus size stuff, they offer a variety of sizes and are known for their fashion forward maternity wear. They offer cute dresses for women of all shapes and sizes!

OH…I just remembered when I used to wear peep toe wedges all the time. When it was summer and beautiful. My sad little wedges, they will see the world again soon.

This post is sponsored by Shoppinkblush.com, thank you for working with Curls and Contours!

Sweater Dress Phenomenon

Loft, Curls and Contours

Loft, Curls and Contours

Loft, Curls and Contours

Loft, Curls and Contours

Dress | Necklace(Similar) | Tights Boots

Loft, Curls and Contours

I am not the type of person to identify as sexy, I don’t think of myself in that way and I don’t dress with that intention. I NEVER imagined that a sweater dress would be considered sexy or this curve hugging. Yet somehow each winter I come across a sweater dress that hugs everything just right, I cozy up in a sweater dress, the stars align and I feel like I have that little extra “Va-voom.” I usually am a big fan of long cardigans, and flowy tops but I feel perfectly confident in a sweater dress, I am not showing tons of skin. I am just letting the curves out from under that cardigan.

I can’t be the only one with this “Sweater dress phenomenon”, have you tried a sweater dress lately?

Sweater dress options-

Loft

Target

Ralph Lauren

ASOS

Forever 21

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

Handmade Heaven

In a world where everything is made by the thousands and in a factory it is so refreshing to have something homemade just for you. As we set in for the coldest part of winter, you constantly need to have a third layer just to keep some semblance of warmth, a great way to incorporate this is with an infinity scarf. Etsy is a great place to find handmade items and gain access to creators that are just waiting to make something just for you. My friend Sasha has a fantastic little Etsy shop she can crochet basically anything(make sure to check out her shark and mermaid blankets) she made this scarf to order just for me, and I had to share her work with you. We go way back, like Equestrian Team way back, I love that I can share her work and spread the word about a good creative person making beautiful things. 🙂 Its basically one of the best parts about this blogging gig.

Also…THIS OUTFIT! To say I am obsessed would be an understatement. From now on if it has ruffles on the hem, I want it. AND the color, its pretty damn close to cream and you know my thing about cream sweaters.

I plan on wearing this scarf with everything casual, from this sweater and skinnies to some leggings and a tunic. This particular scarf has a slight tinsel in it(which is basically glitter), it adds that little extra something.

Crochetbysasha, Curls and Contours

Crochetbysasha, Curls and Contours

Scarf | Crochetbysasha, Top(Similar) | Loft, Jeans | Lucky, Boots | Sorel, Watch | Michael Kors

Crochetbysasha, Curls and Contours

Crochetbysasha, Curls and Contours

Crochetbysasha, Curls and Contours

Crochetbysasha, Curls and Contours

This post was sponsored by Crochetbysasha, thank you!

Real Talk: This Sweater

Real talk: I have a love hate relationship with this sweater. When I look at it on the hanger, I love it. When I look at it in the mirror I hate it, I have even worn it with other things, seen it on myself in photos and hated it. But for some reason this past Friday, I decided to give it another chance, and you know what? I love it! This sweater just needed the right outfit to really find its true potential. It needed a sturdy flannel, some classic skinny jeans and a bootie. Everything I was wearing it with before wasn’t right, was it the sweaters fault? No, it was mine. I just had to strike the right balance with this cozy cardigan.

So many times I see women with all the right fashion intentions, but no balance. My tried and true formula for obtaining that perfect outfit balance is pretty simple.

Fitted bottoms + Flowy Top = Outfit balance 

Fitted top + Unstructured bottom(think palazzo pant, or trouser) = Outfit balance 

Unstructured bottom + Flowy Top = Looking heavier than you are

Fitted bottom + Fitted Top = Looking heavier than you are *Except when you add a third layer in the form of a jacket or poncho*

I have been growing my blonde out recently because I am obsessed with Pinterest and I always see these amazing blondes that have perfectly rooted blonde, they always ALWAYS look so cool to me. Then I watched the final season of Sex and The City a couple weeks ago, and that ENTIRE season SJP had THE MOST AMAZING GROWN OUT BLONDE.  So I went to my hair dresser BFF and asked her if she could help me get this grown out dark roots look. And seriously, this is where I feel like an idiot. She goes, yes I can help you by not highlighting your hair for awhile and you will get this look(ummm…DUH to me, I am so dumb).

Just another totally random thought. I need a new bag, and I really think I am going to hold out for the Louis Vuitton I have been DYING FOR. But its going to be awhile until I can save up all my pennies to get my hands on that Neverfull GM. So until then, I might be on a bag hiatus. Not sure yet, thoughts?

Loft, Curls and Contours

Loft, Curls and Contours

Sunnies(Similar) | Vivienne Westwood, Flannel | Old Navy, Sweater | Loft, Skinnes | Banana Republic, Boots | Sorel

Loft, Curls and Contours

Loft, Curls and Contours

Loft, Curls and Contours