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{Plus Size News} Introducing AVA & VIV From Target

Hey Fabs!

{update} I have taken a look at the lookbook and posted some additional thoughts below.

As I mentioned in my piece about the Lilly Pulitzer collaboration three bloggers Gabi, Nicollete and Chastity were working with target on something new for plus sizes and the news was finally released.

Introducing AVA & VIV, the new in-house plus size line from Target. The line is set to arrive in all Target stores in mid-February through March and be available on on Feb. 22.

This is a sneak peek of the lookbook that they created but you know I love me some stripes, so those pieces definitely caught my eye and I can't wait to see what else is included.

Update: So after I posted this, I got a link to the lookbook for the Spring AVA & VIV Collection so I wanted to add some additional thoughts.

{New In}: My Curvy Closet: Plus Size Contrast Panel Dress

Last week I was just doing my usual, scrolling thru some of my favorite websites (on my phone because we still did not have internet at the time), checking out what was new when I came upon this AWEsome Contrast Panel Dress at Boohoo and I instantly knew that I had to have it.

Plus Size Black and White Contrast Panel Dress

{Plus Size News} Target's Lilly Pulitzer Collab Will Include Plus Size But...

We fat girls will have to get our plus size Lilly fill online ONLY.


The plus size options will only be available online.


As my girl Jeniese put it..
I mean, come on. I love Target but I can not tell you the last time I even looked at the plus size selection that they have in store. It's to be frank, pathetic. So why not when you finally make the smart move of including plus size in a collaboration, do you taint it by not filling the stores with it.

Why not truly show that you get it? That this is not a pacifier or a PR move to add a little good faith.

And while I love that Chastity, who wrote the most recent lament regarding Target's lack of plus size inclusion in their collaborations & other bloggers are currently working with Target on some to be divulged at a later date campaigns, besides the Lilly steak on a garbage can lid, there is another thing that has left somewhat of a foul taste in my mouth.

And that is the fact that The Curvy Fashionista, Marie Denee does not appear to have been included.

You may or may not recall that Marie created a petition back in 2010 callling Target out for their lack of plus size inclusion. So...I definitely would've thought she would be included. 

And don't get it twisted, aint no "T" here.  I am geeked at any positive exposure for plus size bloggers and will be cheering them on but I just had to share my 2 cents about where I feel Target could've made this an EPIC move for me in more ways than one.

What say you? 

How do you feel about the online only option for the plus size options from Target's Lilly Pulitzer collaboration?

{What I Wore} Red Haute & Ugly Christmas

My style goal for Christmas day was to keep it simple and cute. First up was this awesomely fabulous red London Pintuck Sheath Dress (similar black here) from my Gwynnie Bee closet.

{My Style} Butter Leather & Pleated Perfection

I purchased both of these items over a month ago and really wanted to wait to rock them in a way that really showcased how fabulous they both are.

June Ambrose Faux Leather Maxi Skirt (also comes in black) 
 Lauren Ralph Lauren Pleated Sleeve Top (also comes in purple)
Platform Studded Heels: Old, seen here, here and here.

{Five Fab} Shimmery Plus Size Holiday Dress Picks

'Tis the season to be shiny and sparkly!

And as noted in my New Year's Eve Sparkle post, I love a sparkly dress!
They just make the season feel even more fabulous and fun.

I love this almost identical option from Lane Bryant & the similar shrug here.

So, I thought I would feature five fab plus size dresses that shimmer and shine ever so bright.

This first look is somewhat of a cheat.

{Fashion} Houndstooth Cape Giveaway | #NaBloPoMo

While I could always sell the extra fab items that I purchase, I love how I feel when I win something, so I like to host giveaways instead. And in the spirit of this holiday season of giving, this seemed like the perfect time to do so.

So rewind to a couple of weeks after I purchased two of my latest and greatest capes, this red plaid one featured here and here and the one below, I came across another one and instantly thought it would make a great giveaway.

I have been deep IN LOVE with my capes this season. They are both super stylish and so versatile. And every single time I post or rock them, the comments & compliments always flow.

Reversible Houndstooth Cape
Hat: Old Navy (similar & seen here) | Felt Purse: The Winding Road | Shoeties: Similar

{Fashion} The Daily Bag Challenge #NaBloPoMo

Happy December Lovelies!

I love bags. Of all kinds and so as a result of that love I have SO MANY of them!

As I was digging through things today, I realized that I don't rock most of them, so I decided to challenge myself to carry a new bag every day for the month of December.

This may not sound like much of a challenge but for a girl who loves her backpacks & how convenient they are and who for the most part carries the same black one 90% of the time, it will be.

Especially when only the universe knows what the weather will bring this month (like today's single digit wind chills) AND I am sure to be lugging bags around, like when I leave for New Orleans this week and DEFINITELY doing a little xmas shopping here and there.

But I am always down to challenge myself so...I will most likely post my daily bag posts on my instagram account and then do a recap here on le blog...

Here are a few of the bags you should expect to see!

Quilted Rabbit Ears Purse: ASOS (seen here)- I love this similar iPad Case
The silver bag is ASOS as well and the fabulous animal print clutch was a local find. Here are similar ones here and here.

The It's Complicated, It's Not That Complicated Nasty Gal x Nila Anthony Mixed Feelings Clutch is a relatively new addition to my collection and it definitely is a cute way to convey your mood.

{OOTD} Rockin' Michael Michael Kors Fabulous Faux Fur Coat

Shopping is sport for me, so like a good hunter, I stalked this coat for weeks.

Michael Michael Kors Faux Fur Coat
Coated Jeans: Old Navy | Shoeties: Similar | Floppy Fedora: Similar

Street Style Meets Street Art w/Perrier® #StreetArtByPerrier #sp

Hey Lovelies, I am teaming up with Mode Media to bring you something fun from one of my favorite brands, Perrier®. One thing is for sure, that no matter what time of the year it is, a girl needs to stay hydrated. And for me, water is my main hydration of choice. Add to that hydration a little sparkling fizz and ahhhh....

I love street art and think that it's pretty cool that Perrier® has re-branded its Sparkling Natural Mineral Water label in the most fun way. They commissioned three world-famous street art artists to create 9 new limited edition labels for their glass and plastic bottles and new slim cans.

The designs are colorful and fun and showcase three very distinct styles of street art. I love the exploding floral mandalas from the Japanese artist Sasu on the Perrier® PET plastic bottles. They are so vibrant and pretty and look like they are blossoming right on the bottles.

{Fashion} Plus Size Pleated Sleeve Crewneck Top #NaBloPoMo

Sometimes you come across a piece that is so different from anything that you have in your closet and you just have to have it.

That was the case with this awesome Lauren Ralph Lauren Plus Size Pleated Sleeve Crewneck Top

Lauren Ralph Lauren Plus Size Pleated Sleeve Crewneck Top

The pleated sleeves just spoke to me and they said, "Jaye do you know how lovely I will look on you during the holidays"? 

And being the agreeable woman that I am, I was sold.

It also comes in this gorgeous elderberry. 

Lauren Ralph Lauren Plus Size Bishop Sleeve Top

What say you? Would you rock this top?

{Featured} Shaping Your Curves w/NYDJ Slimming Fit Jeans #sp

Hey Lovelies!

It is of course no secret that I love a good pair of jeans. And one of the things that excites me more and more each day is the variety of styles of jeans for women like myself with a little extra in the hips and thighs.

And I have written many times about the fact that skinny jeans are my main jeans of choice. I just love having a nice, contoured look in my jeans. And I love them even more when they aren't super basic and come in fun colors, coatings or prints, like these NYDJ Sheri Skinny in Houndstooth.

How fun and Fall/Winter perfect are these? 

NYDJ Sheri Skinny Plus Size Jeans in Houndstooth

I can totally see myself rocking these dressed up and down. And I like pattern play, so I would even rock them with other houndstooth pieces or even stripes. 

{Events} Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Life Weekend in NYC #FunFearlessLife

Cosmopolitan Magazine is hosting it's first ever Fun Fearless Life Conference in New York City this weekend, Nov 8th & 9th and yours truly will be there covering it.

I love the name that they chose. It just speaks to everything that I feel life should be, an adventure. One where you don't sit on the sidelines but where you go out and meet life and all of her ups and downs fearlessly.

On tap for the Fun Fearless Life Conference will be some of the most AWEsome and influential women like Sophia Amoruso, the Nasty Gal founder & Kelly Osbourne (yes miss fab hair herself). And the guys will be there too, including twitter CEO Dick Costolo. They will all be sharing their take on life, careers, health, dating and everything in between, which I am sure will consist of a lot of lessons and laughter.

This is a Cosmo event, so of course there will be beauty makeovers and shopping but I am most excited about the scheduled events. They will cover a full range of topics from fashion to fitness (with my crush Jillian Michaels), career planning and social media upgrading to home ownership.

So, if you will be in NYC, snag a ticket and tweet me so that we can connect or follow along via the #FunFearlessLife tag and my twitter and instagram feeds as I will of course be sharing ALOT!.

Insta {My Style} Recap - Lots of Prints, Pops of Color and More! #NaBloPoMo

Yesterday was a crazy full, super productive day and I totally got in bed with my laptop and proceeded to fall asleep before posting this but the #NaBloPoMo continues...

As mentioned here, my instagram has become my new home for lots of my looks that I have snapped while out and about and snaps of bits of my days, etc. so here are some of the latest from the last few weeks.

A photo posted by Goody (@curvatude) on

I have been living in this faux fur vest. 
It's from the old Eloquii last year but I also love this one.

{Fashion} Wardrobe Remix Featuring Gwynnie Bee #NaBloPoMo

It may be obvious from my recent posts that I am not buying many new items lately. This wasn't really something I planned but let's be real.  I own a lot of friggin clothes, and this comes home to me especially when I think about how more than 1/2 of what I own is actually kept in my storage and I rarely make it there to pull any of it out.

And besides all of that, working what I already own has definitely made my bank account feel more loved. But with the holiday months fast approaching and my weight somewhat fluctuating due to my new #CurvesGoneVegan die-Live-it, I have decided to get back into Gwynnie Bee.

You can check out all of my previous Gwynnie Bee posts here. Kudos to them that when I worked with them two years ago, there were a lot of fun pieces and they have only grown 10 fold since then.

It's just the most practical thing for me to do, since I am committed to shopping less but still like having new things to rock. And with the variety of plans that they currently offer, from 1 to 10 items out at a time, I can switch it up depending on what's going on in my world any given month.

But to start off, or rather to re-start, I purchased the 3 items at a time subscription.

And as I was perusing the current inventory, I was immediately excited and thought, "yeah, this is going to be fun" especially when I saw this AWEsome plaid coat.

I have already loaded over 50 items in my "closet" and I can't wait for my first box to arrive!  

Have you tried  Gwynnie Bee

FYI- For those who care, this is NOT a sponsored post and even if it was, I only write what I think.

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ps. I am participating in #NaBloPoMo all month

{What I Wore} IMAN Platinum Rock the Runway "City Glam" Convertible Coat

This IMAN Platinum Rock the Runway "City Glam" Convertible Coat made me do something I never do...take something out of its shipping package upon arrival &
  rock it immediately!

These snaps I had my rugrat take w/my cell phone are not doing it justice,
but it is just fabulous!

Boyfriend Jeans: Old ASOS Curve (similar here & here and here without the rips)
Shoeties: (similar)

And the fact that you can wear it 4 different ways only ups its fab quotient! I am only wearing it in two of the ways here because I didn't put the faux fur collar on but even without, it is just a great coat.

{Fab Five} Plus Size Pieces To Love @ Century 21

The last time I wrote about Century21 I highlighted some of the Marina Miraldi pieces that they had, which was pretty much some of the first plus size pieces that they listed online.

This time around, there are quite a few more brands and styles available and here are five that I love...

This Premise Studio Striped Cardigan (comes in 2 colors) would be perfect dressed up or down. I would definitely belt it to mix things up a bit.

This MODAMIX Plus Size Laser Cut Skirt looks incredibly rich and I really have become a fan of laser cut pieces

And it doesn't get more classic than a nice pair of Levi's. These are currently over 50% off.

And I love this Voyage by Marina Miraldi Cape Sweater and the big cable knit vibe.

Another fav in faux leather is the perforated style and this MODAMIX Plus Size Faux Leather Trim Sheath Dress does it in a unique, fun way.

Do you shop Century 21? 

I always say I am going to go in to one of the locations when I am in NYC but it rarely happens, so I am glad that they are expanding their plus size options more and more online.

I also snagged three pairs of DVF sunnies from them at a crazy discount, a few months back and I love them. I am rocking a pair here.

{My Style} Fab Werkwear Series:| Casual Friday

This is the fourth and final installment of the Fab Werkwear Series and like any good work week, Week 4 ends with a laid back, casual Friday.

Just to recap: Week 1 was rocking the classic white shirt. Week 2 was all about bringing the prints. Week 3 was werking leather.

There are so many casual work wear options but I would definitely reach for a good pair of dark wash jeans. So I rocked a pair, along with the peplum faux leather jacket from week one and the white shirt from week three (similar here & here) and added my fab leopard booties.

Plus Size Dark Wash Jeans Leopard booties Faux Leather Peplum Jacket

{Fab Five} Faux Fur Leopard Coats To Love

Every time I post a picture of me rocking this coat, someone either wants to jack me for it (LOL)
or moans their desire to have one, so I went on the hunt to find a few that are currently available that are just as fab.

A photo posted by Goody (@curvatude) on

First up, these three really fun mid length options.

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