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{Five Fab} For the Weekend Vol. 8

I was planning to post a Five Fab For the Weekend last week but it just did not happen with Thanksgiving and travel and all of that. Speaking of travel, I was a little peeved that the cute escape weekender bag I ordered never came because apparently they oversold it and it was no longer in stock but now it's back in stock but boo on them because it would have been perfect for my trip.

Anyway, I can't believe it is already December and I hope that you have fun plans on tap to max it out because we know that it will go fast! Anyway let's get this Five Fab For the Weekend started!

Shop: The FTF x Essie & Kelly Holiday Capsule Collection just dropped TODAY and I am here for it's affordable holiday glam. Nothing in the collection is over $70 & you can use code AFFBOGO50 for 50%  off your second item until 12/4. This pleated faux leather skirt is just one of the pieces from the collection that are MUST HAVES! Check out my other picks here.


{Travel} Thanksgiving Escape #JetSetCurves

I seriously can not believe that it is already Thanksgiving week! Joe and I decided to head back to Mississippi to spend Thanksgiving weekend with the grand wee one. And once again we are taking the bus, which of course for a wham bam, get it done now kind of a girl like me, that is definitely not my first choice.

But the last time we did it, it was actually kinda nice because my family used to take road trips every year and I hadn't been on one in forever.  So it felt kinda nostalgic although I have to admit while at moments I felt cramped, I enjoyed the scenery along Route 66. And the 544 mile journey also definitely made me spend more time off the grid and more time sleeping than I normally get while traveling.

I keep saying that I am going to get my license back and do more road trips but driving hasn't been on my list of enjoyable things for a very long time.

But we will see how this goes LOL. You can follow along on "the adventure" via my snapchat and my travel hashtag, #JetSetCurves on Twitter & Instagram.

Anyway, I snagged this cute escape weekender bag for my travels.

And because we will be traveling on Thanksgiving, we ordered dinner for the night before from Whole Foods. This will be our first time trying their Vegan Holiday Dinner. Btw they have a special where if you order holiday meals, entrees, etc online (for pick up in store) through November 22nd you get $10 off your next in store purchase of $75. Nice perk.

What say you? Are you traveling this Thanksgiving?

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{Five Fab} For the Weekend Vol. 7

I can not believe that Thanksgiving is next week! These last few months have been flying by and I know these last weeks of 2016 will do the same, so I am hoping to live life to the fullest and just enjoy as much as I can.

The Chicago Christmas tree lighting is tonight, so I am going to go and check that out (you can follow along on my snapchat).  It's also supposed to feel kinda wintry this weekend, with a little snow to top it off, so I am picking up some new gloves because I think I may have taken mine to storage and I am not even about that going to search for them life right now. I am saving that for when I have to go and get all of my Christmas decor which will be after Thanksgiving.

Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend and here's the Fab Five For the Weekend!

Shop: I am pulling out my booties of course now that Fall is here and these Michael Antonio booties are FIRE! I love all the colors that they come in, especially the grey and burgundy.  And the price at just under $30 is crazy.

Wear:  As mentioned above, mama nature is planning to drop some cold temperatures on us, so I will definitely be pulling out some of my favorite cold weather coats like this beauty. I remember stalking this coat for months & I am still just as much in love with it as I was when I purchased it two years ago.

{Five Fab} For the Weekend Vol. 6

Hey fabs. What a week it has been. As I sit here writing this, I am still somewhat in a state of shock at how the presidential election turned out but I have been trying to do everything that I can to keep myself positive & productive. How about you?
Here's this week's Fab Five..

Shop:  After having seen it numerous times when I opened my Starbucks app & in need of something frivolous to smile about, I snagged this super cute Starbucks Siren Gold Crown Double Wall Traveler.  It has apparently been selling out & getting restocked and I am stoked I was able to snag one because white and gold are my colors!!

Wear: The weather has still been pretty mild here, so I have been pretty laid back fashion wise. But I am getting major stoked for, is all the fun & sparkle of holiday dressing.  I don't do a lot of formal events normally during the season but that does not stop me from wanted to get my sparkle on.

Last year I rocked this gorgeous green sequin Badgley Mischka dress and I am very excited that there are a ton of  fabulous sequin plus size options this year.


{Five Fab} For the Weekend Vol. 5

Happy Friday delights! November has arrived and I am getting more and more excited for the holidays to come. This weekend we "fall back" and get an extra hour of daylight. Which is such a good thing for this very early to rise, morning person, because dark mornings are no bueno.

Yesterday the Big O, revealed her annual Oprah's Favorite Things and there are definitely a few items that on her list that I would LOVE to have.  What about you?
And side note, doesn't Oprah look FABULOUS? Love. Her. Anyway, now on to the Fab Five of this weekend...

Shop:  I am all about that snuggle life during this season, so I am pulling out some of my favorite pajamas and looking to add a few new ones to the mix. I completely love this plaid pajamas set. It's just the quintessential must have for this time of the year.


{Fab Five} For the Weekend | Vol.4

TGIF Fabs! I can not believe how fast October has flown by & you know the rest of the year with the holidays will go by even faster, so I am really trying to enjoy things even more. So this weekend, I am going to go to Randolph Market, which I haven't gone to nearly enough this year and just leisurely browse. Then I am going to finish revamping my shoe cabinet (seen here).
The weather halted my process but it should be on the team this weekend, so I can get this done.

Anyway, on to the Fab Five things...

Shop: One of the best things about Fall is pulling out your boots and I love the look of over the knee boots but we know historically that finding ones that fit your calves and your knees comfortably can be a challenge. Thankfully in the past couple of years, more brands have started selling OTK books that fit wide calves & knees.

And I love these flat over the knee, wide calf boots from Ashley Stewart because for one, they actually go over the knee unlike a lot of the styles that are being billed as over the knee and they are a nice flat style, so you can rock them regularly and they come in three cute colors.


{Fab Five} For the Weekend | Vol.3

Happy FriYAY!! How was your week? Mine was pretty productive so I got a lot done but I always look forward to the weekend, even if I will still be working on things, there is just something about Saturday and Sunday that just feels different, right?

Any who, let's get this Fab Five for the Weekend party started!

Shop:  It is of course sweater weather and I love turtleneck & mock neck sweaters because they are such a great layering piece. I especially love this poncho style with the colorblocking and this bright pop of yellow.

Wear: And speaking of layering, today it's like 50 degrees in Chicago, so I am pulling out my old Iman convertible tweed coat to rock. It's not too light and not too heavy so perfect for layering.


{Fab Five} For the Weekend | Vol.2

Hey Fabs! Happy Weekend! 

I hope you had a great week. The weather has been all over the place in Chicago but that has only made the weekend even sweeter to me.  This morning I grabbed one of my favorite throw blankets (I want this one!), my tablet, some tumeric and ginger tea, put this cucumber mask on and chilled on the balcony.
{Picture from my snapchat where I post a lot of my day to day happenings}
Canopy | Mug: Anthropologie | Similar Tea Kettle

Shop: It's no secret that I LIVE FOR CAPES. Like LIVVEE! I love them so much and have them in so many styles and I am working on a whole separate post about them but I wanted to share this Forever Audrey Cape NOW, before it's sold out.
Plus Size Cape Jacket  Forever Audrey
I love both of the colors but the yellow definitely is my top pick. I just love the punch of color and how great it would be with all the fall prints, etc.

{Lifestyle} A New, Convenient Way To Thrive At The Market

Hey Lovelies!

As mentioned in my The Purple Carrot meal delivery service post months back, when it comes to food & shopping, convenience rules in my world and I love being able to use services that make my life easier.

So when I came across Thrive Market, which is being billed as the online Whole Foods, without the whole paycheck prices, my interest was definitely stoked.

Partly because of the convenience factor of being able to order groceries online and also because they are a socially conscious online marketplace that offers natural and organic products BELOW retail prices,

But the biggest reason why is how they have built giving back into their business model. For every membership that is purchased, a membership will be given to a low income family. And they have also recently petitioned the USDA to allow food stamp recipients to be able to use their benefits online.

And that thrills me because I have experienced neighborhoods first hand, right here in big ol' Chicago that are complete and total food deserts.  I will never forget rushing my kid to her grandmother's house before work once and having to wait until 9am for Walgreens to open, only to find that the location did not have the formula that I needed. It was so frustrating.

So I feel having access to quality products that can be delivered to your home no matter where you live, is HUGE.

Healthier Food and Living Products From Thrive Market

And with over 3,000 products from 400+ brands that sell are top of the line, non-GMO, organic, vegan, raw, Paleo, gluten-free, and non-toxic items I think there is something for everyone.


{Link Love} Shouts & Raves | Vol 2

So much is happening in the plus size world and of course I have to start with the history making Sports Illustrated cover featuring Ashley Graham. This has of course been a long time coming.

Ashley, who posted an ugly cry video on her instagram page from when she found out she would be in the issue, said that she is "Truly speechless!!! This cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn't beautiful enough because of her size. You can do and achieve anything you put your mind to"



{Five Fab} Ways to Break The Winter Slog

Hey Fabs!

Am I the only one who thinks that December & January are like the sun and the moon? In December even if it's cold, everything is glitzy and festive and glam but come January, especially in the cities that really experience real winter, like here in Chicago, everything gets soooo bleak.

And that's a bummer because these cold months are the ones where we really NEED all the sparkle and bling uplifting to make it thru all the harshness.

And with the below zero temps we are having, a girl tends to be buried in layers and cloaked in dark colors and super into hibernating, which is why there has only been one OOTD post so far this month..sigh.

But it hit me the other day...I aint going out like that!  I refuse to let winter drag me down into dullsville any longer, so let Operation Break The January Slog begin.

Here are five things I will be doing:

1. Of course shaking things up via beauty is one of the easiest tweaks you can make, so I will be rocking my brightest nail polish shades, like the ones below from my pampering party & lippies and even werking some new eye shadow looks to keep things fresh and bright.


{Lifestyle} Fresh n' Lean Meal Delivery Service Review + Giveaway #Foodie

Hey Fabs!

As I have mentioned before, I am all for ways to make my crazy life easier, so I was geeked to try Fresh n' Lean meal delivery service. I love that so many of these businesses are popping up. They are a godsend, especially this time of the year.

I mean most of us have so much going on on a regular basis, so when you add to that all that the holidays bring, who has time to cook every night?  So it's nice to be able to just pop a meal in the microwave and enjoy it.


{Five Fab} Vegan Foodie Instagram Accounts You Must Follow

He Fabs!

My love for instagram is well documented and every day I find more accounts that feed my various obsessions. And since I always have food on my mind, in particular vegan food I have a lot of accounts that I stalk. Here are five of the ones that I think are fab. Oh and there is also lots of good food under my #CurvesGoneVegan hastag.

{Check out my previous instagram Fab Five post HERE}
First up is the insanely delicious page from Tilda aka FlourishingHealth, Everything on her page looks so delicious and lively. She is only 18 but her passion for vegan food is obvious. She posts lots of sweet goodies which is totally my thang. 


{Lifestyle} The Purple Carrot #Vegan Meal Delivery Service #CurvesGoneVegan

Hey Lovelies!

I drafted this post MONTHS ago & I was so excited to see The Purple Carrot on the Today Show yesterday, so I am posting this so folks can get a review from a regular girls point of view ohh & 50% off your first box! On to my review...

As I shared in my My Vegan Foodie Life Preview post, I really want to make cooking at home more of a regular part of my life but with the days flying by the way that they do, it is not always the easiest thing to do.

So, when I came across The Purple Carrot, which is a plant based, whole food meal delivery service, it felt like my cooking more at home prayers were answered and I immediately signed up to check them out.

The Purple Carrot Vegan Meal Delivery Review


Insta {My Style} Recap - Workout Gear, Shoes & More!

Mother nature has really been a buzz kill for me so while I have so much new in, I haven't had it in me to get out there and shoot so Instagram is always the place where I can share my latest easily, so that's where you will find a lot of my random things, including fashion, food and so much more.

And since it's been a while since my last Insta {My Style} post, I am sharing some new and old things from my insta with more details like where to buy, fit and more.


{Five Fab} Things To Rock The Weekend!


Last weekend I was still taking it easy and resting up my poor back after my trip to the ER and mama nature was still hating on us with crazy temps, so if I was going to leave the flat it would have been out of desperation for a peppermint mocha but other than that, I was on total hibernation status.

And while laying on the couch semi-conscious, flicking through the never ending Comcast on demand menus, I thought wouldn't it be nice to have some lists with some good recommendations for these kind of moments and that is where this post was born.

I am not sure if it will be a weekly thang but I wanted to share with you some things that I have enjoyed or still am enjoying  or want to try that I think would totally rock your weekend.


I finally watched "The Theory of Everything" and it had such a profound effect on me. Have you seen it? I don't want to drop to many spoilers but I was just struck the entire time by the story. And the MUSIC, Soundtrack by Johann Johannsson just fills me, especially the song Rowing, it's so beautiful.


{Lifestyle} My Vegan Foodie Life Preview #CurvesGoneVegan

Hey Lovelies!

I have been really working to keep my vegan foodie life as varied and delicious as possible, so I have of course ordered books, LOTS of books including Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen, The Oh She Glows Cookbook and I pre-ordered the forthcoming Health Happy Vegan Kitchen Cookbook from one of my favorite sites, Healthy Happy Life,

But another thing that I have done because I really am serious about cooking more at home but time is usually an issue, is check out this really fab service that sends you all the raw, pre-measured ingredients you need to make plant based meals and snacks at home and I can not wait to share with you the first two meals that I made.

Stay tuned!


{Lifestyle} Vegan Shamrock Shake Smoothie #CurvesGoneVegan

As noted in my the Robert Irvine Personal Blender has changed my smoothie life post, I am seriously geeked to try as many new kinds of smoothie combos that I can think of or find that others have made.

So with St. Patrick's Day fast approaching and all things green showing up everywhere, I thought this would be the perfect time to whip up a symbolic treat.

Enter the vegan shamrock shake smoothie!


{Lifestyle} For The Love Of Smoothies #CurvesGoneVegan

I love smoothies and was seriously feeling pretty bummed that they were not a regular part of my everyday life. And being vegan now, I am really working to eat more real whole, plant based foods, so smoothies are a perfect option for doing so.

And the reason why I hadn't been making smoothies wasn't because we didn't have ingredients to make them at home because we always have fruits and greens and various nut milks in the fridge. The reason was that I just hate having to pull out the blender and even more so I HATE having to take it apart and clean it after I have used it.

Yeah, I know...first world problems.

So I to rectify this situation I purchased the Robert Irvine Personal Blender from HSN and it has changed my smoothie life!

For one, it is so small that I don't mind leaving it sitting on the counter, which is a huge thing of mine, as I hate a cluttered counter top. It is also so crazy easy to use and clean up. And it comes with 3 bottles, so if I want, I can prep my smoothies in the fridge beforehand or make additional ones for Joe or myself. And you basically make your smoothie in it and can pop a lid on it and go. So EASY!

{Five Fab} Instagram Accounts You Must Follow

Hey Lovelies!

I know I am not the only instagram-a-holic around these parts and it has been a minute since I have shared some of my favorite accounts, so I am doing so today and I think you will agree that all of these accounts are must follows.

My love of food is highly documented all over the web, so it should come as no surprise that I drool over the Food52 instagram page. They also have a great website full of recipes, cooking tools and more.

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