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{What I Wore} All Velvet Everything

Hey Delights!

I finally rocked this amazing black velvet dress by Ellen Tracy that has been sitting in my closet for at least a year and a half. The dress is a size 16, which I believe is the highest size that the brand stocks and although I am not a size 18/20, it fits me perfectly. I found the same dress in this exact size here.

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Dress | Velvet Boots | Bag |Coat: Eloquii (last seen here/ gorgeous similar style in boucle) | Tights (currently 2/$12) 

My AMAZING blue velvet boots are currently on sale for less than $18! So I ordered them in the wine color which I had been debating about for weeks but at this price, it was a no brainer.
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{Event} Celebrate Plus Size Fashion & Halfstack Magazine's Giving Issue

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I am excited to invite those of you in the Chicagoland area to join us for a fun event with Halfstack Magazine at the Chicago Eloquii store at The Shops at North Bridge this Saturday, December 16th. Halfstack Magazine is an awesome independent culture magazine that showcases, brands, musicians, designers, boutiques, artists, local entrepreneurs & social changers in Chicago.

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They interviewed moi and some of my blogger boos and invited us to participate in their "Giving Issue" & celebrate it with a shopping and style soiree at Eloquii.

This will of course be a fun time with giveaways, sweets &  delicious drinks and there will also be a few surprises.😉

I seriously still feel giddy every time I walk into Eloquii. It is just so great that we have an actual brick and mortar store here in Chicago & it is fabulous of them to support other local Chicago brands by hosting this event.

So kudos to them. 

And it is the perfect time to snag those holiday looks like the Metallic Knit Dress I am rocking above, so come and shop, dance and laugh with us.

When: Saturday, Dec 16th from 1pm - 4pm
Where: Eloquii @ The Shops at North Bridge

RSVP to: events@eloquii.com




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{Fab Five} For The Week

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Since it was Thanksgiving week and things were alternately fast paced and slow going, I changed up this latest version of the Fab Five and instead of writing it for the weekend, I am bringing it to you today.

Joe and I spent Thanksgiving in mega chil mode. We ate, slept, went for a long walk to work off some of what we ate and make room to eat more. Ate more, watched Christmas movies, went to see two movies, Coco and Roman J. Israel, Esq (both which I talk about below), ate some more, did a little shop small business Saturday shopping, drank and slept some more. And in between all of that, I worked a bit on my goals (some highlighted here).

Here I am on the walk. It was such a great, sunny day in Chicago, so I just wore this super soft turtleneck  that I recently picked up, my new studded booties that you will see in a lot of my pics because I am LIVING in them and one of my favorite capes. See similar pieces on my liketoknow page.
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Turtleneck (currently under $13 & comes in 9 colors) | Studded Booties (currently under $30) 
Similar Capes | Jeans: Old Navy (old) 
 I didn't go crazy with the black Friday shopping. I picked up a couple of things including this Google Home Mini which is on sale for $29. I have been looking at these home assistants for awhile now and it was a price that could not be beat. Stay tuned, I will definitely be sharing my 2 cents about it at some point.
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{LIFE} November To Do List

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Posting some of my "to do's" on the blog was something that I did for a couple of months way back in 2014 and I have decided to start doing so again. Obviously one of the main goals of public to do lists is to hold yourself accountable and I am determined to beat the procrastination beast that has haunted me forever, so I can use all the accountability checks I can get.

Soooo, I will post monthly important "to do's" along with a keep it real "Where I Stand review" for each month of how I am progressing (example).  I debated starting this month. I mean we are in the heart of festive season, so productivity outside of fun stuff is not usually a top priority. But as I noted in the latest CurvaCast, I am amped and ready to make things happen. So I will still be getting my festive on but lets just say that this will be a gift that I am giving to myself.😊

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{What I Wore} Living Life Like It's Golden

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Today I joined Amber of Style Plus Curves and blogger babes, Michelle of Michelle Swoons and Natalie of Natalie in the City to rock some of the new holiday collection pieces for a fun Facebook Live recording at the Chicago Eloquii store.

I am wearing the beautiful Metallic Knit Wrap Dress & it is just amazing.

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{What I Wore} Lush Lounging

Dress Barn gifted me these pieces but don't get it twisted, the opinions are all mine😍.

Hey Delights!

The fabs at Dress Barn sent me this amazing velour hoodie and velour pants from their dbSunday line and I put them on this morning because it is so cold in my apartment due to the crazy temps in Chicago and they are soooo 💃.

If you saw me un-box them last night on my Snapchat or Instagram stories (currently still up), then you know that I was instantly excited by how pretty and soft they are when I first saw & touched them.

I am wearing the "mood plum" color but it also comes in black and a gorgeous navy.  And they are seriously so lush and warm and so perfect for these colder days that I had to take a break from lounging to share it with you guys 😊.  They come in both plus & straight sizes and would definitely make a great holiday gift.

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Plus size Plum Velour Hoodie Velour pants

Cheers to warmer & cozier days!

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{Five Fab} For the Weekend Vol. 14

Happy Weekend Delights!

I am alternately super excited and kinda bummed that we are basically already into November already. Of course I am excited because it's one of my favorite months but man is it going fast. As I write this, we are already one week down and these days are getting darker sooner, thanks day light savings time fall back. And I just want it to go a little slower. Because there is so much that I want to do these next 2 months of 2017.

I was working on my vision board and woahh...I mentioned in episode 16 of the CurvaCast how amped up I currently am and well...let's just say that I am going big or going bigger from here on out.
Faux Fur Vest Blue Velvet Booties
Details to similar pieces to rock this vibe on my Liketoknow.it page

Shop: So you guys have probably noticed that the brands are dropping mega sales already this year and some of the deals are 💃. So I am sharing 4 of the many pieces currently on sale, that are must haves for the upcoming holiday season. I have also linked to lots more on my Shop page.

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{What I Wore} Empowered To The Tee

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I love inspirational quotes and sayings and I knew the second that I saw this empowerment t-shirt that I had to add it to my collection. I don't know about you, but I love being underestimated.

I love people telling me that I can't do something. It is the ultimate fuel for me. Not so much that I want to be able to tell them "ha fool, you don't know me" when I actually do what they say that I can't or shouldn't, it's more about proving to myself that I am capable beyond any limitations, self imposed or otherwise.
Plus Size Empowerment Tee
T-shirt | Nike Running TightsNike Free Kicks (comes in 9 colors/styles)
 Similar Quilted Coats herehere & here |  Similar Animal Print Sunglasses | Lippie
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{Fashion} High vs Low - Which Would You Buy? | Fisherman Knit Sweater

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You guys know that I am obsessed with the cold shoulder style so when I saw this Rachel Rachel Roy Curvy fisherman knit sweater in Macy's the other day I instantly fell in love with it. Today I was browsing my usual online shopping spots and came across this similar version from FForever21.

The Rachel Rachel Roy version is a machine washable cotton/nylon/wool blend and also comes in deep, rich red.  It is currently on sale but it is still almost twice the price of the Forever21 version, which is not a Forever21 brand but from one of the many brands that they are featuring as of late. It is 100% acrylic & hand wash only.

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The CurvaCast Episode 16: An Interview, Inspiration, Rants, Travel & A Plea To Women

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Welcome back to another episode of The CurvaCast. It's been a minute so I am sharing quite a bit in this episode of the CurvaCast. As mentioned in my Universal Standard giveaway post, there are clips from my interview with Alexandra Walden, the co-founder of Universal Standard. {HintI also mention the answer to the giveaway during the podcast around minute 39}, so if you missed my Instagram stories, you can find it there to enter.😊
this episode. As mentioned in my

I went to see Janet Jackson in concert and she was AMAZING! I haven't danced as much as I did that night in a very long time. And because it was Janet, I had to go with a rocker chic but movable vibe, so I rocked my one shoulder faux leather top again (last seen here). Get links to recreate this vibe on my liketoknow.it page.

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There are also a couple of travel tips, recaps of the amazing events that I have been to and how they have inspired me. And a rant about brands who blow it with bogus promotions, and how all who appear woke, ain't and the need for women to stop it with the self deprecation and a few other things.
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{Giveaway} Enter to Win a $200 Universal Standard Gift Card Code

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update: The answer to this giveaway was mentioned here.

As mentioned here & during my Instagram stories visit to the Universal Standard pop-up shop at Nordstrom, I have partnered with Universal Standard to host this awesome giveaway.  I also spent some time chatting with the brands co-founder Alex Waldman. We talked about everything from why they created the brand to what new things we will see from the brand and lots more in between. Stay tuned for more of that conversation on the next CurvaCast.

At the pop-up I tried on some of the pieces that I mentioned here, like the twist cut out faux leather top and this gorgeous tie front dress, a piece that is amazing on every single body that I have seen it on.
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A couple of things that I really love about Universal Standard:
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{Community} Modeling Nike Plus Size

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Weeks back Hayet asked me to join her Nike Plus Squad, a crew of bad ass babes modeling some of the latest Nike Plus Size pieces at the Nike Store on The Mag Mile here in Chicago. The event was the first time EVER that Nike had a plus size event in store and we had a blast.
My look: Running Tights, top & Nike Air Max Running Shoes (c/o Nike) | Denim Jacket: Rainbow
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Here's a little snippet of video from the night.
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{What I Wore} Head to Toe Au Faux + The Perfect LBD For EVERY Body

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I attended a pre-opening event & tour of the new Eloquii Chicago store and a couple of weeks later I attended the official grand opening. I pulled out my fab Violeta by Mango faux leather cape & rocked a gorgeous asymmetrical one shoulder faux leather top with a vintage Eloquii skirt from a year or so ago & some oldie but goodie slinkback shoeties (similar style available in 2 colors).
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All the blogger babes were there and I had such a great time styling my cousin & smiling at the transformation that took place for her in the dressing room. A little backstory. My cousin Sonya's style is relatively conservative but I knew the moment that I invited her to the event that I was going to get her to try some new things.
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{What I Wore} Fit & Flare Florals

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Hey Delights!

The Gwynnie Bee love continues! In case you are new around these parts and don't know, I have been a Gwynnie Bee girl since 2012 when I rocked this amazing batwing dress and peplum hounds tooth top from my first box.  Fast forward to 2017 and I have been werking the most beautiful dresses from them all summer long. And this gorgeous Taylor floral fit & flare dress is the most recent one.
I paired it with pops of pink with my fabulous pink ruffle mid heels & pink fold over purse (c/o Stitchfix similar) (last seen here).  These shoes make me smile so hard and I get so many compliments every time I wear them. They are just so fun. They also come in a sparkly silver color that I just ordered (on sale for $22).
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{What He Wore} Big & Tall Weekend Chill

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Hey Delights!

It has been forever since Sean and I have done a What He Wore post, so I was itching to get back to styling him.  The team at boohooMan reached out to partner with me, so it was the perfect time to do so.  I knew that I wanted to get Sean into some nice color play for Fall and the Big and Tall collection came through.

In case you missed it, boohoo recently added Big and Tall to their boohooMan brand and I instantly loved the cool, laid back street style of the pieces. Sean is having a "Billy Idol" moment with his new blond hair so I played around with shadows when photographing it to bring out an edgier vibe.
Slim Fit Jersey Bomber Jacket (c/o size XXL) | Over the Head Hoodie ( c/o size XL)| Skinny Fit Washed Jeans (c/o size 40)| Radlee High Tops (comes in 4 colors & goes up to size 15!!) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Sean's Style Profile: Height: 6'3" | Shirts: XL or 18 1/2 Neck 36/37 | Pants: 40x32 | Shoes: 14
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{What I Wore} Head To Toe Metals

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I purchased this metallic faux leather ruffle top a few weeks back during my first visit to the brand new Chicago Eloquii store. The skirt I am wearing was a part of the Essie x Kelly FTF collaboration with Fashion to Figure that I have had for months. And the shoes are from our wedding three years ago. And the bag is an old Coach favorite, the Chelsea Crossbody in Pebbled Leather (last seen here & currently available in 5 colors). It's on the smaller side but holds a ton of stuff.

I will legit be wearing this top as much as possible over the coming 'ber months, well as soon as the weather starts acting right. I mean it's supposed to be 90 degrees in Chicago tomorrow. No bueno. I am ready for Fall and dare I say it? {whispers....Winter}😶

Anyways, here are a few metallic skirts and silver shoes that are currently available that I love.
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Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of the Day: Violeta by Mango F/W 2017 Collection

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One of the pieces in my wardrobe that I love the most, my faux leather cape {seen here & here} is from Violeta by Mango.  I also own a faux shearling jacket, faux leather skirt & top from the brand.

And while the brand doesn't seem to get much hype from bloggers, every season they surprise and inspire me. I mean look at this pearl faux leather biker jacket!! GAHHH! Violeta by Mango does trends & elevate traditional pieces {like these wardrobe staples I featured} in a very classy way that I really appreciate.

And their new F/W 2017 collection is so full of texture and color and a sense of whimsy and I LOVE IT!
Here are a few picks from the pieces/looks that are so MAJOR.
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Plus Size {Pick of the Day} boohooMan Big & Tall

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I have rocked quite a bit of boohoo these past few months (here, herehere, here and here) because they have a lot of really fun, trendy pieces at really affordable prices. So I am excited to share that my big and tall guys can get in on the affordable trendy boohoo train too as boohoo brings it for the fellas.

boohoo has added Big & Tall to their boohooMan offerings for guys and there are some really cool options. There are currently 60 styles available including trendy t's, jackets (I really love this camo one), jeans and more and here are a few that I am really digging on.

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{Fashion} Eloquii Opens a Store in Chicago!

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Hey Delights!

I am so excited to share with you that the first Eloquii store in the Midwest is opening here in Chicago on Thursday and it is going to be amazing! We celebrated with a blogger breakfast in a gorgeous suite at The Gwen and a tour of the store located at The Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Avenue. {more on that to come}.

I rocked this gorgeous orange ruffle overlay wrap dress (c/o) and played up it's beautiful color with these vibrant pink ruffle mid heels and I seriously felt amazing! It is such a great color combo.
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{What I Wore} The Glory Days of Summer

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Hey Delights!

Can you feel it? Summer is slowly but surely slipping away and I just wanted to remind you to make the most of these glory days because they are gone because I know that I will!

This swimsuit is so cute and I normally only wear it during my aquafit classes because I need a suit that will keep everything where it's supposed to be while I am working on getting my #CurvesDefined in the pool. I packed it for my weekend trip to Memphis and wore it for a morning of pool fun with my wee grand baby.
Swimsuit (I also own it in the blue (seen here)) | Aqua socks 
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