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Conquering White Pants!

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My search for white denim has finally come to an end. I have been trying white denim for MONTHS and I have not been able to get happy with anything. So I hopped on Loft one random day and I stumbled across these white jeans for 17 BUCKS!! So on a whim I ordered them, and they are PERFECT! Ann Taylor Loft is great for jeans for the curvy girl size 12-16!  For this look I paired them with a military green button up and some tortoise jewelry, my favorite Minnetonkas, and a bucket bag.

Have you tried tortoise jewelry? So fun and classic. I found the necklace on sale, and I actually love matching it up with my other tortoise jewelry and accessories.

My trial and error rules for white pants-

1. SIZE THE EFF UP! Being able to see the dimples on your ass through your white pants is NEVER flattering. Like. Ever.

2. Wear appropriate undergarments, like a nude panty. Don’t wear white panties, and for the love of God, do not wear patterned, or bright colors, or black. That shit shows, I don’t care how well you checked your butt out before you left the house.

3. Don’t be shocked when you put the white pants on and you feel like half of your body is super bright, for that reason. Offset the white pants with a dark colored top, simple shoes and some classic jewelry. Now is not the time for your Beyonce moment. Calm down, and be a lady. Classic black and white is so timeless and chic. You just can’t go wrong(unless you didn’t follow rules one and two).

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Sunnies | Ray-Ban, Necklace | Charming Charlie’s, Top | Nordstrom, Jeans | Loft, Bag(Similar) | TJ Maxx, Watch | Michael Kors, Bracelet | Michael Kors, Bracelet | Alex and Ani, Ring (Similar) | Charming Charlie’s Shoes | Minnetonka

 

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This Pretty Little Dress Pt. 2

This weekend I took the pretty little dress that I have talked about before to a Shania Twain concert on the West side of the state of Michigan. Lets break down my 24 hours, and the pretty little dress that I took with me.

Lets lead with my travel gear! From our area on the east side of the state to Grand Rapids on the west side is roughly 2 hours. We were only planning on being in Grand Rapids for 24 hours, just enough for some AMAZING FOOD and a fantastic concert! So I threw on a simple black maxi(that is actually to big, but sometimes whatever), and packed my favorite small luggage and we hit the road.

Sunnies | Ray-Ban, Dress(I got it at Costco…so similar), Hat | Key West Hat Shop, Preppy Tote | Vera Bradley, Luggage (Similar) | Kathy Van Zeeland, Sandals | Birkenstock

But FIRST we stopped at the Outlet Mall, and did some shopping around. I purchased some shorts from the Loft for an upcoming adventure that I CANT WAIT TO SHARE WITH YOU!

We headed west to Grand Rapids to stay at the Fabulous Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. I mean seriously have you ever seen this place its DROP DEAD GORGEOUS! This hotel is grand, and fabulous and chic and vintage and luxurious all rolled into one beautiful place. My photos don’t do it justice, but I will share anyway.

Ok Lets talk about the pretty little dress… For the girls weekend away to a country concert I wanted to wear my favorite boots, and of course do big hair, and big sparkle. To quote the Queen of Country Music Miranda Lambert “Big hair for the real big time.” This was the look I was going for!

So here is what I put together for part 2 of This Pretty Little Dress

Dress (Similar) | Nordstrom Rack, Boots | Tony Lama, Watch | Michael Kors, Necklace 1 | Tiffany and Co, Necklace 2 (Similar) | Loft, Necklace 3 | Random Cruise Ship gift shop (seriously), Ring(Similar) | Charming Charlies

My lip color is the one I received in my Glossybox ! Its called Doucce Lush Lip Gloss, color 718. I am also wearing the mascara from my Glossybox, have you heard of it? Its called “Better Than Sex” and its from Too Faced.

We had dinner at the Fabulous Cygnus 27 at the top of the Hotel overlooking the city. Then we dashed off to the Shania Twain concert! Which was FABULOUS! Her Rock the Country tour was fantastic and truly a show! We all felt like we were in Vegas!

I tried to get a selfie with Shania, and I basically did. hahaha. IDGAS that her face is covered by some dudes hand. It happened, we took a selfie together(thats my story and I am sticking to it!).

I am already working on putting together something for the pretty little dress pt 3. If you haven’t checked out my first post about this pretty little dress, you can find it here!

This Pretty Little Dress Pt. 1


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This pretty little dress was snatched up by yours truly at Nordstrom Rack a couple weeks ago, and as soon as I saw it I had a plan. You see this pretty little dress is going to be a feature here on Curls and Contours. I am headed to a fabulous bachelorette party this weekend for a BEAUTIFUL bride inside and out, we will be going out and to a concert(Shania Twain!!). I will be wearing this pretty little dress.

In two weeks this beautiful bride will wed her man at a gorgeous venue…AND I will be wearing this pretty little dress.

Gasp! Shock! I know you are thinking, “You are NOT going to wear the same dress to two events for the SAME effing wedding are you?” The answer is obviously YES you bet your cute asses I am!

This pretty little dress styled two totally different ways.

Is it concert ready? Yes

Is it wedding ready? Yes.

Like I have preached (using that term loosely) on C&C before when you have curves you HAVE to have a “Fashion Uniform”

This pretty little dress is my way of putting my money where my mouth is. I don’t need tons of dresses(well maybe I do) for every single event I might ever dream of attending. *If you are reading this while walking around Nordstrom PUT THAT BALLGOWN DOWN! lol.*

I can make the dresses that I KNOW work for my body work for multiple events. If you have the extra cash to spend on a new dress (lucky), buy some new accessories and shoes to go with that adorable dress you already own. Or better yet SAVE that money for the Louis Vuitton you have had in your shopping cart for the last 3 months. Oh wait, is that just me? Oh yeah it is! Haha

Side Note- DO NOT TELL MY HUSBAND I JUST WROTE THAT. Men need to believe we need dresses for every little thing.

Ok check out my styling of this pretty little dress for round one.

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Dress (Similar) | Nordstrom Rack, Shoes (Similar) | Jessica Simpson, Watch (Insane deal) | Michael Kors, Bracelet (Similar) | Charming Charlies, Necklace | Charming Charlies, Bucket Bag (Similar) | TJ Maxx, Earrings (Similar) | Charming Charlies, Bracelet | David Yurman

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My First Glossybox

 

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My Glossybox came today, my Glossybox came today!! Yay! I have been so excited for it to finally come in the mail! This is my first experience with Glossybox, I have tried Ipsy and I have done quite a bit of reading on subscription monthly beauty boxes/packages/whatever. Here is my conclusion on why monthly beauty subscriptions are fun. Its like a little surprise gift to yourself EVERY month, and there are lots of different options and choices on what company you might want to work with. I tried Ipsy over the winter, and I really did like the “Surprise” gift to yourself idea. I was seriously so excited every month when that glittery purple package would come. AND then after a couple months, I started to be bummed about what was coming in my bag every month(I know #princessproblems right). So I decided to save my money and just STOP the madness for awhile.

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THEN a couple of weeks ago I was at a friends birthday dinner and she received a gift INSIDE a Glossybox. Being the self proclaimed coveter of pretty things that I am, I immediately perked up. What is that beautiful box I thought (and I think blurted out because I am loud like that). The giver of the gift, then went on to tell me about Glossybox, and how you receive FULL size products and luxury brands for only 21 bucks a month (If your like Whhaaaat, I know I had the same reaction).

Full Disclosure- I was already sold when I saw that adorable pink box with the black bow. Hook, line, and sinker I was donezo. I HAD to have that shit in my life ASAP! Today was like a fun little party just for me! I knew the box was coming because I have been psychotically tracking it for 3 effing days. You will learn that I have a PROBLEM with expensive cosmetics…Whatever you only get ONE face, so treat it nicely.

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Go to Glossybox.com and check it out! I created a beauty profile, and I am very pleased with the products I received this month!

Here is a break down of what I received!

Nexxus New York Salon Care- Color Assure Restoring Conditioner *FULL SIZE

Orly Nail Lacquer- Pure Porcelain

Too Faced Cosmetics- Better Than Sex Mascara

Etre Belle Cosmetics- Aloe Vera Ultra Moisturizing Gel

Doucce Lush Lip Gloss- Color 718 *FULL SIZE

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The Rule of Leggings.

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I am going to put this out there. Quality leggings are 100% WORTH IT! Especially if you are curvy, just go for it get a good pair that are made of the right material that aren’t see through and that are meant to be worn for active purposes (even if you are only going to wear them to run errands). Leggings that are made for active purposes are-

1. Not see through.

2. Don’t get holes.

3. Hide cellulite (thats right ladies).

This little outfit works for me on multiple levels, I work out in this outfit, I hike in this outfit, I can be seen out and about during the day in it (with a longer top to keep my cheeks covered), AND I will be packing all of these items for my travels this summer.

I have ONE hard and fast rule about leggings as pants that I believe keep you classy and on trend. This rule applies to women of all sizes BUT if your are bootylicious(like myself) pay really close attention.

1. If you are not working out and just wearing leggings as pants for the day. COVER YOUR ASS UP! Wear a top that is tunic length or dips lower in the back to keep your cheeks covered. We have all seen that girl at the supermarket or the mall that has see through leggings on. Not cute.

Side Note- As women are we obligated to let another woman know her leggings are see through? I always want too and then I chicken out.

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Sunnies (Similar) | Juicy Couture, Scarf | Lululemon, V-Neck(Similar) | Nordstrom Rack, Jacket (Similar) | Columbia, Crops | Lululemon, Shoes | Salomon, Fitbit Flex | Fitbit

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Photo Cred- ME Promotions

Nails Wraps, the new manicure.

 

I love a doing my nails. I LOVE it, I change my nails once a week, and its something that I really enjoy doing on a Sunday evening. I sit down with a glass of wine and take a few minutes to indulge in myself and do something just for me. Its all fun and games until, I bump my wine glass or smudge my polish…And then I am PISSED, I have to start all over with paint and the whole drying process is halted until I can get that one little spot correct. I seriously have every fast drying nail product under the sun. The spray, the drops, the polish, the little fan…I have even used my hair dryer to get my nails dry, because once I am doing painting them I am ready to be done with the whole process. I want instant dry so I can move on to what I have next on my mind. This NEVER works. NEVER.

Enter Nail Wraps, have you tried them? Put them on, instant manicure. No wait, no dry time…Possible perfection right? I have done the Sally Hanson wraps, and the Essie wraps too. But I always am left feeling more than a little disappointed. They are expensive its a ONE time use for ONE package and once you open them you are donezo, use it or lose it. Then half the time they don’t stick or they don’t have the pattern or color I was looking for.

I had the opportunity to try Jamberry recently, and I cant tell you how fun it was (actually I CAN tell you and I am right now lol). What set this product apart from the other wraps on the market is the personal application experience you receive from the consultant, you actually get to have a conversation with someone about the product and talk to them about how to properly apply and get the most out of the product. I would compare this experience to going to the Beauty counter at the mall(or Sephora, or Ulta), you don’t just walk up to the counter and pick a random product that you have never used and know nothing about and take it home and TRY to see if it works. Seriously don’t do that, talk to the expert that WANTS TO HELP YOU REALLY BAD!  Leslie the Jamberry consultant that I am working with was so helpful and fun to talk to. SHE is what made me love this product.

Not to mention all the designs and options the company offers. I had a hard time picking what I wanted to try out!

Side Note- Hand Modeling? Really effing hard, sorry for the awkward pictures in advance, remember I am still new at this.

 

 

Americana Curvy Style!

What did you do over the 4th of July? I spent the day at the lake, sunning, playing in the sand and water. In recent years showing your American pride through dress has become very popular. I happen to be a BIG fan of this trend. Its so fun to dress in red, white and blue and celebrate Independence Day!

The most classic and the easiest way to incorporate American pride into your wardrobe is start with just red, white and blue. You don’t need to go crazy with American Flag skinnies and a star spangled top. Keep it simple, white pants, blue tank, red accessories or dark wash skinnies, red t-shirt and a white statement necklace or scarf.

This year I went with my favorite maxi and hat that I wear all the time. That I have blogged about before because I am obsessed. You know the one.

BAAM ‘Merica

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I don’t even need a new picture of this dress because this is pretty much exactly what I looked like lol. I know wow, big variety fashion blogger. When it works don’t fix it right?

Photo cred- ME Promotions

My lake look over the 4th and pretty much anytime I go out on the water. Really the lake = ‘Merica to me lol.

Beach Bag (Similar) | TJ Maxx, Hat (Similar) | TJ Maxx, Bikini (Similar) | Asos, Sunnies | Ray-Ban, Koozie (Similar) | Nordstrom Rack, Towel (Similar) | TJ Maxx

Phone Case | Etsy, Ring (Similar) | Charming Charlies

Palazzo Pants…Yes you need these in your life!


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Its time to get real about some pants that EVERY (curvy, stick, whatev) woman should own… Palazzo pants.

What are Palazzo pants? I had that same question last year when I first started seeing these stretchy soft printed pants online. A Palazzo pant is like a yoga pant, stretchy, forgiving, and easy to wear. The only difference being that Palazzo pants are loose fitting, they aren’t tight on you AT ALL. Seriously they feel like butter as pants, I know that sounds nuts but they do. These pants are HOT HOT HOT right now, you can find them anywhere! Today on C&C I am featuring one pair in particular that works for the more bootylicious girls like myself. But I am going to hook you up with links for all different patterns and styles.

You can wear them dressed up with wedges and a nicer top (like me in these pictures!), or with flat sandals and a jean jacket (like me last week!) haha

Also…Are these pants black or blue? Serious debate has gone down over this. I am firmly on the blue team, but OTHER PEOPLE (my husband) say they are black. Whatever, they are my cute butter pants and they could be rainbow for all I care!

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Palazzo Pants | Dress Barn, Top | Dress Barn, Wedges | Jessica Simpson, Clutch | Hobo International, Watch | Michael Kors, Bracelet | Pandora, Charm | Pandora, Bracelet | David Yurman, FitBit | Fitbit, Sunglasses | Brighton

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This outfit(pants and top) came from DRESS BARN! I really am loving that store right now. EVERYTHING is affordable, and they offer sizes for curvy girls! I feel like Dress Barn has gotten shoved to the back burner and I don’t know why. Their stuff is cute, on trend, and affordable! Whats not to love?

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And these photos, we did them on the road in front of my home…And I was so afraid I was going to get hit by a car that some pretty funny shots turned out lol.

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These earrings were 1.50 at Kohls 3 years ago…They are WAY over the top and I love them, but I don’t think they exist for sale anymore, I linked something similar 🙂

Palazzo Pants for the Curvy girl-

Dress Barn – The EXACT ones that I have! Also you can find these in store!

Dress Barn – Simple chic black!

ASOS Curve – Seriously ASOS kills it in the curvy category

Pink Coconut Boutique – I love love love this boutique!

Photo Cred- ME Promotions

Accessories Make the Outfit

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When I purchased this dress I wasn’t sold on it. I was shopping specifically for an occasion dress and I couldn’t get happy with anything. I shopped Dress Barn on a whim and I was pleasantly surprised by the selection, I got this dress and a pair of Palazzo pants( my first pair, coming to a blog post near you!).

Usually I have a hard and fast rule about shopping. If I don’t LOVE it and instantly want to put it on and wear it out of the store then its not coming home with me. This dress made the cut because I KNEW I had accessories that would make this dress an OUTFIT.

When you are a curvy girl, you need to invest in a fashion uniform. Shop for good quality basics and then mix in fun trendy pieces and accessories. That way your wardrobe fits you, and you are never without SOMETHING that is going to work for your body OR be able to make something work for your body(through accessories), like this dress.

The dress on its own is ALRIGHT, but with the right jewelry, purse and shoes its ADORABLE! Do you ever buy something with the intention of letting the accessories make the outfit?

 

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Sunnies | Ray- Ban, Jacket (Similar) | Loft, Dress (Similar)| Dress Barn, Clutch (Similar) | Hobo International, Bracelet | David Yurman, Watch (Similar) | Charming Charlies, Ring(Similar)| Charming Charlies, Wedges(Similar) | Jessica Simpson

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Joggers for the Curvy Girl

Joggers, have you tried them? Let me tell you RIGHT NOW that this new trend is AMAZEBALLS.

Now you may be thinking Anne what the hell is a “Jogger?” Joggers are pants that are gathered at the hem (Like your Grandpas sweatpants). Except NOW they aren’t just sweatpants, they come in a million different patterns and styles. They are effortlessly on trend and are insanely comfortable. Be prepared to get some comments from the men in your life (my older brother had something to say, and Keith had an opinion) on these pants. My answer to their comments was…I don’t dress for you, I dress for myself. AND today MYSELF wore these pants. 🙂

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Pictured here- Joggers/ ASOS(similar), Sandals/ Tory Burch (Similar), V-Neck /Lululemon, Earrings /Charming Charlie(Similar), Watch/ Michael Kors, Bracelet/ David Yurman, Bag/ Nine West(Similar)

This particular pair came from ASOS Curve, and I seriously wear them EVERY time they are clean. I have worn them with sandals, wedges, and moccasins. I have worn them with a black shirt, white shirt, chambray. I have worn them with tons of jewlery, just the basics or none at all. I wear them hair up, hair down, hair dirty, or hair brown (just kidding on that last part). I think I just had a Dr. Seuss moment haha.

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