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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.

The sign up process is pretty much the same as it was when I tried it 6 years ago, you take a style quiz where you enter you body specifications, aka height, weight, clothing sizes.

Then you answer some questions regarding fit/cut which I think is really important, so kudos to them for that because my bottoms are always loose in the waist because of my hips, so that is definitely something anyone styling me would need to take into consideration.

And then you rate some style collages and answer some questions regarding the types of occasions you frequent so they can determine if you need work, formal or casual clothes and how frequently you would want to receive clothes that would fit those types of occasions.

Then you answer questions about how much you normally spend on different items and if you want, you link to some of your social profiles so that the stylist can potentially learn more about your vibe.

And then finally you choose how often you want to receive a Fix, every 2-3 weeks, once a month (which is their most popular), etc. and they give you a delivery date. You then complete your payment info (they charge $20 for each styling shipment) and wait for your delivery.

Will you check Stitch Fix out? 

I signed up and my first shipment is due to arrive March 11th, so stay tuned for my review.





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{Fashion} Christian Siriano For Payless Runway to Real Way

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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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{What I Wore} Plush Leopard

I have had this leopard print faux fur forever yet she never ceases to make me smile when I put her on and I am just going to say it, every woman should have one, so if you don't, what are you waiting for?
Faux Fur Leopard Coat: Alfani | Leggings: (old) Lane Bryant 
Boots: Aerosoles (in brown & black) last seen here | Fitbit Surge


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{Five Fab} For the Weekend Vol. 12

Happy Friday Delights!  

Welcome to the first volume of the Five Fab For the Weekend for 2017! I am working on editing my first interview for the CurvaCast and I am excited to share it with you.

So much going on in the world but this is a happy place today so let's get into the Five Fab!

Shop:  While it may not feel like it but Spring will be here before and Eloquii is having a buy 3 get 50% off sale so I did a little shopping this morning to pick up a few Spring things. I love this cold shoulder wrap dress. It also comes in green and I almost got that color but I own several green dresses but not one coral dress in this tone, so I went with this color.

UPDATE: I ordered this dress and it was just as beautiful in person as on the picture but the straps were so ridiculously long that there was no way to wear it (check out the reviews on the site). I thought about altering it but I decided against it and returned it. And that really sucks because it is a beautiful piece but there was obviously some manufacturing issue with the straps.
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{What I Wore} Teddy Bear Faux Fur Coat & Blooms

Hey Delights! 

One of the things that I promised myself during the 12 Days of January was that I would do something small but special for myself every weekend. So now that I am on my way back to wellness and up and at it again, Sunday I went and picked up some flowers. Nothing expensive. I got them at Trader Joe's for like $10. But they are beautiful and they make me smile, which is all that matters.

And because as I mentioned here, I wanted to lighten up my energy, I pulled out my teddy bear coat. I love this coat so much. It's totally like rocking a cozy blanket 😘
Coat: (old) Old Navy ( I LOVE this similar bomber jacket!) | Corset Waist Coated Jeans (so seriously sexy seen here) | Leopard Booties: (old) Target (similar) | Fitbit Surge | Scarf: (old) Michael Kors (similar) | Backpack: (old) New Look (seen here) Similar | Marc Jacobs Sun glasses: Beige - Black - Black/WhiteMore similar Items on liketoknow.it
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{What I Wore} Popped A Little Powder Blue Spring on this Winter

After being sick for what felt like FOREVER, I have really been in search of things that give me a little more pep in my step, so I have ditched my beloved long black puffer coat (seen here & here) for my more colorful ones and I already feel lighter.

Saturday I went to see a great play (review forthcoming) and I pulled out this powder blue beauty that I got from Old Navy forever ago to rock over a catsuit. It is fuzzy and such a great color that you can't help but feel good in it.

Here are a few other lighter, fab, fuzzy winter coats to put a little Spring in your Winter.




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{What I Wore} Peg Leggin' It

Hey Delights! I am not normally a peg leg pants kind of a girl but this year I will be all about branching out & trying new things in every area of my life but especially on the fashion front.

So during a recent fashion haul of some serious sale items, I scooped up these fab faux leather peg leg pants, this soft pink crepe blazer and matching ankle grazer cigarette pants, this velvet cami dress & this cute "life's a beach bag" for the beach, one of which I hope to be on in the next couple of months.

Besides being a deep, rich oxblood, these beauties had 3 major 🔑's going for them.
  1. They are on sale for $23 
  2. They are a really nice weight faux leather, like reallllyyy nice & well lined. So I will be rockin' them all year long. 
  3. They are only $23!! Oh yeah I mentioned that already didn't I? Well a girl is really all about stretch'n her coinage this year, so that price is in the words of DJ Khalid, #MajorKey 🔑

Faux Leather Peg Leg Pants | Faux Fur (last seen here) | Blue Suede Booties (I need them in green) | Zoya Polish in Blair


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{What I Wore} Casual Velvet Drama

The same day that we had that crazy beautiful first Chicago snow of the season, we went bowling to celebrate my nephew and bro in laws birthdays.

Although I wasn't planning to bowl, because I was out running errands beforehand, I kept my style casual with a little pleated sleeves drama & a gorgeous velvet blazer.
Blazer: Ashley Stewart (similar up to size 4xsimilar in limited sizes) | Similar Jeans | Blouse: Lauren Ralph Lauren (last seen here) | Boots: Earth Brands (I also have these fab booties from the brand seen here)
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{What I Wore} Holiday Vibe

Christmas came and went in a blur but not before I got to celebrate it a little. We started Christmas morning off by volunteering at the Center on Halsted and afterwards went home for a little nap and then off to hang with the fambam at my sister's house.

I wanted to keep my style majorly relaxed so I pulled out my fave velvet jumpsuit (I LOVE this one that is currently on ridiculous sale under $30) & my Noel flats from last year. I also finally wore the Eloquii cape blazer I purchased in 2015.
Plus Size Fashion Holiday Look Cape Blazer Velvet Jumpsuit





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