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{What I Wore} Short Shorts + Pom Poms + Thick Thighs

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Hello Delights!

This past weekend was as I mentioned in my Pretty Pastels post, AMAZING! We didn't have a bad winter but I am just so excited for Spring and sunshine. I think that's what I've been missing more than anything...sunshine.

But Saturday after spending all morning recording my Spring haul video (which I am still editing), we went out and grabbed a couple Divvy bikes and hit the pavement.  I love biking & it was so fun, so relaxing and just a really great day.

This outfit is basically an exact replica sans the pom pom slips ons, which are new and fab, of a look that I have worn many times (exhibit A).
Shorts:(old, similar here) | Top: Forever 21 (old, similar in a tee shirt style) | Pom Pom Faux Leather Slip Ons (comes in 3 colors) | Camera Bag: BP @ Nordstrom (sold out similar) | Visor Head Wrap: Scunci (similar) | Lip: Milani



I am definitely getting more of these visors, they are the most comfortable visors I have ever worn. They travel well because they are soft and fold up easily & I just throw it in my purse & go.


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{What I Wore} Pretty Pastels

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Hey Delights!

It was such an amazing weekend in Chicago and for Easter I decided to go pretty in pink & pastels. This open shoulder dress pretty much represents the type of fashion I want to live in all Spring and Summer. It's throw on and go, pretty, simple & comfortable. 
I love it!



This amazing City Chic jacket is from my Gwynnie Bee closet. It will be featured along with this dress & lots of other pieces in my Spring haul video. And if you haven't tried Gwynnie Bee yet, STOP PLAYING! It's a no brainer. They have all the latest, cutest fashion and a free 30 day trial.
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{Fashion} New In My Arsenal!

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Happy weekend Delights!

This morning I got up early and recorded a haul video of some of the new pieces that I have gotten for my Spring and Summer fashion arsenal. But while I'm still in the editing phase I wanted to share the pieces with you because some of them may very well sell out before the video posts (they are just that fab!)








Stay tuned for the final cut of the video & in the meantime, check out my other videos on my youtube channel.



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{What I Wore} Bell Sleeves & Ripped Jeans

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Spring has finally arrived in Chicago and I was able to finally pull out that super cute stripped bell sleeved tee I purchased in January and it was definitely a hit on the streets.

I have worn these ripped jeans so much that I have had to cut some of the rips off.  So I am about to add a couple more pairs to my arsenal because I love the style, although you will not see me in the ones where the entire knee or whole thigh is out. For me that's overkill. And if you like the style but really don't want to show any flesh this patched pair or lace knee pair might be more your speed.



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{What I Wore} Metallic Polka Dots

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We celebrated my Daddy's 70th birthday this weekend and I pulled out this pretty Off The Shoulder Metallic Dot Dress from Eloquii for the occasion.

It is such a great, easy wearing dress and I was so grateful for that because there is nothing worse than trying to enjoy yourself and having to fuss with your clothes. It has elastic all along the top so it stays in place and you really don't even have to use the neck ribbon if you don't want to but I like that they add a pretty element to the dress.



I have these Fergalicious wedges in three colors, black, taupe & poppy. Only the taupe color is currently available but here is a similar shoe and although the heel is 4 1/4 inches high, thank the heavens they don't feel like it at all. I seriously want to kiss whoever invented wedge heels .
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Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of The Day | #VBxTarget Black Calla Lily Satin Ruffle Hem Dress

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Hey Delights!

Did you shop the Victoria Beckham for Target collection? I did but only online because while in some cities plus sizes were readily available in store, in my city it was not (click here to check for plus size in store in your city),

But anyway, I love the mod, laid back, feminine style of the collection, so I purchased a few pieces, like the Blue Stripe Poplin Gathered Waist Dress & the Retro Floral Tie Waist Romper.

But I chose the Black Calla Lily Satin Ruffle Hem Dress as my #PlusSizePick because I have seen it on so many different body shapes and it looks gorgeous on EVERYONE!
I have seen/read a few things from those who shopped in store about sizes and thought I would share the biggest one with you ladies. The sizing may be a bit tricky, mainly in the pants, so make sure you check out the size chart.

Some pieces have of course already sold out, so if you are on the fence about buying, I would suggest that you just jump over it and get what you are eyeing. Target has the best shipping, free over $25 and returning things is easy.

Anyway, I am excited to get the pieces I ordered and I will of course share them on le blog!


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{What I Wore} Leopard + Trench & The One Accessory You NEED In Your Life

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Hello Delights!

April showers bring...leopard rain boots & fab trench coat moments. I purchased this Via Spiga trench coat back in December for such a crazy deal and although mama nature wasn't ready to let Spring be great, GREAT just yet, I pulled it out & rocked it last week.




And while my trench coat collection runs really deep with lots of colors, I did not have a white one so I snagged this T Tahari single breasted trench. It has a lace flap back which is so pretty and today it is only $24 in my size (2x). Win WIN!!!!!!

I have had these boots forever and all LOVE to the inventor of the bubble umbrella 🌂.While folks were wet & struggling & the wind 💨was breaking their regular umbrellas like they were made of paper, I was dry, dancing in the streets & singing in the rain.💃





Cheers to April and let's hope all this crazy rain will bring the most beautiful flowers!


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{Review} Stitch Fix For Plus Size

Hey Delights!

As previously mentioned, now that Stitch Fix has launched plus size, I decided to give them another try in hopes that my experience this time around would be better than my initial Stitch Fix experience back in 2011.

So here ya go...my review of the Stitch Fix box that I received!



So what say you? Have you or would you try Stitch Fix


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{What I Wore} Roller Skating

Hey Delights!

My year of getting back to the things I love continues! 

Yesterday we took the wee one roller skating, something that I haven't done in like 20 years & praise the Lort, I didn't fall & break anything 💃

When I was in my twenties, while a lot of single girls my age were going to ladies night at the clubs, I was going skating Thursday nights and it was always so much fun.

And aside from surviving this latest skating experience, I was reminded of how much really love roller skating, even though I have never been that great at it.

And isn't that one of the best things about loving something?  It doesn't have to be perfect to beautiful. ❤️ 

p.s: This City Chic split sleeve jumpsuit from my Gwynnie Bee closet is 💣. Sign up for 30 Days free!



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Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of The Day | Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant Floral Skirt #PlusSizePick

Hey delights!

Lane Bryant is at it again with a collaboration with a high end designer, this time they have teamed up with Prabal Gurung.

The Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant collection consists of 20 pieces that pretty much live in the red, black, white and blue lane and I am here for it. I love the florals and the stripes & I almost chose this striped cold shoulder sweater as my pick but I went with this gorgeous iris print full circle skirt. There is also a matching blouse, scarf and tee shirt in the collection.


The print screams Spring to me and I am so ready for it!

What say you? Are you loving this collection?

Shop the Floral Full Circle Skirt HERE!

Check out the previous Plus Size Picks HERE!



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{Community} Stitch Fix Now Offers Plus Size

Update: 3/9/17 - Just got my Stitch Fix box. Review to come!


This Stitch Fix post I wrote way back in 2011 has over 64,000 hits and counting. The "and counting" part is because 6 years later, Stitch Fix has finally entered the plus size game and the post is a top hit on my site once again.

I know a lot of people are excited that Stitch Fix has finally started offering plus sizes but for me, while I am always glad when we plus size women have more options, I'm still a little salty about my initial experience with them. But I am taking cues from the La La Land producer at the Oscars and getting on board because it truly is a win for plus size women and the hits on my site are definitely an indicator that it was something that was really wanted.

Here's the deal in a nutshell. Stitch Fix now offers sizes 14W-24W & 1X-3X. They have partnered with some of our most loved brands like Eloquii, Kiyonna & City Chic and even added plus size options to their in house brands. Thy brought in 3 plus size bloggers to work with them on fit, etc.
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{Fashion} Christian Siriano For Payless Runway to Real Way

Hey Delights!

I have featured Christian Siriano here on le blog more than any other designer. He is actually one of the few brands that have a post label on my site, mainly due to his partnerships with Payless and in recent times, Lane Bryant. And I continue to appreciate what he brings to the fashion space through these collaborations and by using his voice and designs to make a statement that fashion should be inclusive.

His Fall 2017 New York Fashion Week show took place today & he did not disappoint. He had an incredibly diverse show with models of various sizes, shapes and colors, not to mention that the clothes were BEAUTIFUL!

Amazing right? 💖 And Christian's long standing partnership with Payless just gets better and better as the years go by. For this show he created two limited edition pairs of shoes, a gorgeous butterfly print pump and a fabulous pink sequin mule that are MUST HAVES and going on sale at Payless less than 24 hours after his runway show!  

heels | mules
I NEED them both!

What say you? What did you think of the show? Do you love the shoes?



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{What I Wore} Valentine's Blush

Hello Delights!

As I mentioned in my post featuring the faux leather peg leg pants, I really want to have fun with fashion and rock things that I don't normally rock. So when I saw this soft pink crepe blazer and ankle grazer cigarette pants, I had to have them & I am thinking about getting them in the lavender color that is currently available.

While I LOVE color and wear it as much as possible, I rarely wear pink. And I definitely did not have a pink pant suit in my life. And this is such a sweet blush of pink. While I went pretty dressy for this look with the deep v bodysuit & floral heels, I can't wait to dress these pieces down also.



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{What I Wore} Red Fit & Flare

Hey Delights!

I have written about this many times about heart disease and how it has affected me and my family but it bears repeating over & over again that heart disease & stroke are the #1 KILLERS OF WOMEN.  And while Go Red For Women Day was a big day of national awareness, the American Heart Association is a cause we can & should support year round.

I own lots of red dresses but of course you can never have too many, so as I mentioned here, I made a quick Macy's run (who is having a sweet Valentine's Day sale) and purchased this fit and flare dress.
Dress | Metal Shell Clutch: Vintage (similar) | Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless (old - similar) | Lippie: Milani




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{What I Wore} Working My Curves #CurvesDefined

Hey Delights!

I am pretty much back in the full swing of things and that includes getting back into my #CurvesDefined workout groove. Yesterday I pulled out one of my favorite workout sets (last seen here) and hit the gym.

Pants: Ideology I also have a matching jacket | Top: Festa Sports (c/o) | Asics Trainers (under $30!!!)

I have pretty much lived in the Ideology plus size active wear line at Macy's for a few years now.  I love that they have such a great variety of styles and lots of coordinating pieces because as we all know, what you are wearing when working out really can up your mojo.



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{What I Wore} Colorfully In Vested

Hello Delights!

I have had this fabulously colorful faux fur vest for years now. I remember when it first arrived that I couldn't stop wearing it around the house. It even ended up getting some love in my Warby Parker Home Try On Glasses review video. A faux fur vest is such a perfect layering piece for this time of the year, so I pulled it out for a Sunday of shopping and theater.
I just LOVE it!
Vest: A by Adrienne Landau HSN (I love/NEED this colorful faux fur coat) | Faux Leather Biker Jacket: Dorothy Perkins (seen here) Similar Jacket| Jeans: Denizen c/o | Boots: Earth Brands | Similar Mirrored Sunglasses | Bag: Old |  Lippie: Milani




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{Five Fab} Things I Am Looking Forward to In February

Sooo..I somehow manged to delete this and another post from this date, so this is a complete recreation from memory and mama is getting old, so my memory is not always so great...bwaa...Thankfully I hadn't read them on bloglovin, so I was able to get the entire text for the other one there but for this one, I only got the part before "the jump" but I do have the events in my calendar already & pictures to aid the rewrite process...anyway...use this a reminder to backup your site daily!

Happy February Delights!

I have a love/hate relationship with February. I hate that the Winter weather here in Chicago is usually at it's most brutal in February and how it can really wear me down. But there is also so much to love. Of course it's Black History Month and there is that little holiday, Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day sometimes gets such a bad rap. But I think it is a wonderful, love filled, colorful break from the darkness of Winter & a reminder that it won't last forever. And this year I am rethinking my Valentine's Day fashion and red, as much as I love it, is nowhere in the picture. Stay tuned.

How sweet is this Valentine's Day setup that Joe surprised me with for a previous Valentine's celebration? It still makes me smile...like HARD cheesin'. It was so thoughtful and so perfectly me.
This year's Black History Month feels more important than ever to me & I will be taking in as many events and activities related to it as possible. Here are a few of the events that I am planning to check out:

Pearl Cleage's Blues For An Alabama Sky at the Court Theatre

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{What I Wore} Duck'n Into Weekend

Hello delights! Today we are waking up in a frigid Chicago.  It is currently 15° as I am writing this but yesterday although it snowed lightly, I was able to rock one of my moto jackets & throw one of my reversible capes over it and hit the streets.

We finally got to see moonlight and I loved it. It made me sad but I loved the moments in it that showed the depth of our human capacity, compassion and connection. Mahershala Ali's Sag Awards acceptance speech pretty much summed it up.




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{Five Fab} For the Weekend Vol. 13

Happy Weekend Delights!

I originally was scheduled to be on a little staycation this weekend but I cancelled it because although I really wanted to check out this relatively new hotel, LondonHouse Chicago and chill a bit, it was missing something that I just really need to truly relax, a bathtub. So literally at the last minute, like hours before I would be charged a fee for cancelling, I bailed.

I mean because if I am paying my money, I just have to have the things that I need. It's just that simple. So instead of playing tourist by hiding out at a hotel, I will be immersing myself a little bit in the arts this weekend. I am starting off tonight with Bill T. Jones' presentation of “Return” at the DuSable Museum of African American History. And I will also be checking out Night Runner at The Theater School at DePaul University and possibly one other performance but I have not finalized those plans yet.

Oh and one of my new things this year is to treat myself to something every weekend. Last weekend it was flowers, which I think I might do every weekend but I started a little early and purchased one of my favorite hand creams last night. I hadn't used it in forever but the L'occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is so rich and moisturizing and perfect for these dry, winter months.
Anyway, I hope you are up to something(s) fun this weekend and now lets get this Five Fab For the Weekend started! 

Shop: Although we are still in the midst of Winter, I totally have Spring on the brain. That Via Spiga trench coat I talked about in last week's Five Fab For The Weekend arrived and I love, LOVE it!  I am also currently obsessed with vibrant colors like the yellow of this faux leather peplum jacket and this faux leather moto jacket oh and this high low shirt dress




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{What I Wore} Emoji Plaid

This plaid caplet is definitely one of my favorite finds ever and it is the perfect layering piece. I threw it over a faux leather moto jacket, rocked some jeans, calf length boots and the cutest emoji wristlet.
Plaid Caplet: Jack by BB Dakota (similar in 2 colors) | Jeans: Ava & Viv @ Target | Moto Jacket XTwo: Gwynnie Bee (similar) | Boots: Fergalicious (similar - last seen here) | Emoji Wristlet: Aldo (similar here, here and here) | Earrings: Vince Camuto
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