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Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of the Day: Black Gingham Trench Coat

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Trench coats are such a classic style and I love that I can own the style in so many colors and fabrications. I literally just searched my site and here are all of the trench coats that I have posted. There are even a few that I never posted but as you will witness, the trench coat love around here is real.

My trench coats in: creambright pink, neutral pink yellow long, yellow short, white blue & white stripes, black and white print, bright blue, black, faux leather sleeves, zebra print and cape trench.

Obviously trench coats are one of those pieces that I can never have too many of.  So although it's snowing outside as I write this and Spring is a few weeks away, this is the time to get those select Spring pieces to add to your wardrobe.

And when I saw this black gingham trench from the latest Who What Wear drop at Target, I knew I needed it in my collection.

It also comes in a classic tan color but the gingham version is just so much more fun. And I love that they styled it with the floral print because it shows you that you can really play the print off of others.

There are also some really pretty pieces currently available from Who What Wear and of course all the other brands at Target, and they just dropped their Universal Thread denim line.  So even if you aren't looking for a trench, there is sure to be something that could definitely work as a Spring pop to your wardrobe ohhh and don't forget their clearance section, there are lots of sweaters, etc that you could wear now at pretty good sale prices.

Lastly, there has been conversation regarding the fact that not all of the new items have been dropping in plus sizes at the same time that they have in "regular sizes" and Who What Wear responded on their Instagram stories to this by saying it was a production issue but that everything would eventually be available in plus. And I will be watching this because for one, they should keep their word and two, I want this blazer and and these pants in my size.😊

Have you checked out the latest Who What Wear drop? What are your favorite pieces? 


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{Fab Five} For the Weekend Vol. 15

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Welcome to the first Fab Five For the Weekend of 2018! I am so excited for this year. Well I am excited for every single day that I have breath but there is just something different in the air. Something almost magical. And I am just taking it in and not questioning it and rolling with it because I need all the magic I can get. You may have noticed that I have been a little quiet around here. I have been dealing with some personal muck but I actually wrote this post over 2 weeks ago so here it is, a little earlier in the week than normal but here nonetheless.

Oh and the new blog space is dropping on Wordpress as mentioned in my January To Do List. I went with Bluehost as my because so many of my favorite sites use it, so I feel confident that it will be a good fit for my site.

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Wear: Although it is still very much winter, we like so many other cities have had almost 60 degree weather in Chicago from time to time this winter. And then a day later we could easily get a bunch of snow. There is no predicting anything with the weather. And because even in the midst of the coldest of coldest days I am liable to be a sweaty mess, the key for me is always to layer, layer...player...

So on one such warmer day, I wore the shut your mouth, I am not here for it N O P E Sweatshirt (featured here) under my always come though faux leather cape.
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{What I Wore} Let Them Know...N O P E!

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I had a very productive day yesterday, which started off visiting the offices of Care.org, an organization that does amazing work around the world with a focus on improving the lives of women and girls. I also met with one of my fab blogger boos to interview her for The Curvacast. So stay tuned for that...it's GOOODDD!

I wore my new favorite piece, this bad ass N O P E. Not today sweatshirt (which is on major sale today) and I am still living in my Universal Standard distressed jeans. I am standing in front of The National Veterans Art Museum's exhibition Above & Beyond at the Harold Washington Library.

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{What I Wore} Dramatic Golden Velvet

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Yesterday I ventured out downtown to run some errands and I happened upon this amazing mural on the side of the Chicago Cultural Center aka The People's Palace and knew I had to get a shot in front of it.
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{Community} News: Plus Size Brands Making Money Moves & We ALL Benefit!

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Do you remember when I Interviewed Emmicia and her first Eloquii extended size lookbook? Well Eloquii has upped the game once again and announced that starting this Fall they will offer all of their styles in sizes up to 26-28 and they adding more styles in sizes up to 32.
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{What I Wore} Road Trip Vibe: Puff Sleeves & Duck Boots

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I am so in love with this puff sleeve sweater! I had debated getting it for weeks and one day I walked into Eloquii and finally just snagged it in red and I totally side eyed myself the entire time I first wore it for not getting it sooner. It is beautiful and so soft and elegant. It is currently 50% off & available in 4 colors and I think I am going to get it in the charcoal heather and possibly the ivory leaf color also.
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Sweater | Boots (in short navy / black \ grey | Jeans  
Coat: Michael Michael Kors (old - I love this hooded faux fur coat) | Bag: Fossil (old)
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{Feature} Found My Dreamfit® & You Can #findyourDREAMFIT Too! #ad

 

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One of the reasons that I like partnering with brands is because I love sharing my experiences in hopes that you will find a new product or hack that makes your life easier. So when I was approached to share Dreamfit bras and found out that they made bras for full figures in sizes 38 to 44DDD, I did not hesitate.

I know that I am not the only one who struggles to find bras that support my 44DDD’s that don’t cut into my sides and kill my shoulders in the process. The Dreamfit bras have wider, microfiber covered straps to help distribute the weight of your breast evenly for more comfort and the fact that they are crazy affordable is a major BONUS.

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{What I Wore} Flocked Velvet

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I rocked this fabulous Gabby Skye Sleeveless Flocked Dress from my Gwynnie Bee closet back in October, hence the mask and I totally forgot to share it here. It is an amazing piece. This look was my idea of a chic-o-ween vibe and I rocked my pleated sleeve Lauren Ralph Lauren top (last seen here) under it for a bit of added drama.
Plus Size Dress Gwynnie Bee
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{Five Fab} Last Minute Gifts + An Instagram LIVE Giveaway!

The giveaway is live! Check it out here!

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OMG can you believe that Christmas is less than a week away? I can NOT!! December has gone by way too fast! But in the spirit of the season, I want to share some great last minute, buy online, pick up in store gift ideas with you and I am doing it LIVE on Instagram.

All of of the gift ideas are budget friendly and there is something for everyone, for families, for hosts, stocking stuffers or even Secret Santress gifts.

And because I love playing Santress so much, I am giving away my favorite pick of the gifts! It is so cute and so fun.  You will love it!
Faux Leather Ruffle Crop Top (last seen here) | Green Velvet Skirt (c/o - use code curvatude20 for 20% off $59+)
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I will be revealing the 5 fab gifts + sharing the giveaway live on Instagram tomorrow, 12/20 @ 9am cst. so tune in!


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{What I Wore} All Velvet Everything

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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 my blogger boos, Mindy, Charlotte 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 Vol. 1

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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😍.

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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 their 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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