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{Fab Five} For The Week

Hey Delights!

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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{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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My Vegan {Foodie} Life: Vegan Ramen at Mensho Tokyo SF

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Hey Delights!

Located in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco, Mensho Tokyo SF is a small joint that opened in February of 2016 and is the first US location of the well known Tokyo brand. And it was major hyped on almost every site that I searched for vegan in San Francisco, so I did something I normally would NEVER do to check it out.
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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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{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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My Vegan {Foodie} Life: Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese Mushroom Burger Featuring The Beyond Burger #CurvesGoneVegan

One of the things that I love about food is that you can always be as creative as your palette desires. And while my list of foods I love runs long and deep, three in particular hold a really special place in my foodie's heart, cheese, mushrooms and burgers.  And being vegan has not stopped me from having all of the above in almost any kind of a way that I have wanted.
{Insert Praise Dance 💃}

One of my goals for the year is to cook more so I started off the new year with my take on Vegan Hoppin' John and then I was sick for 2 weeks, so the last place that I was even thinking of being was the kitchen.

But now I am back at it and I wanted to do something fun with the Beyond Meat's Beyond Burger, which is the first plant based burger sold in the meat section of select Whole Foods stores.  The company's purpose for creating The Beyond Burger was to show that you can eat plant based and still get that familiar meat texture and taste without the health, environmental, and animal welfare baggage basically. It is sold in the meat section to essentially meet meat eaters where they shop and let them know that there is a plant based protein option for their meat free days.

It was love at first bite for me when I tried the burger a few months back, so I have been adding them to my regular store runs and I am planning to mix up the fixings I put on them often.  And every since I had The Cinnamon Snail's Beastmode Burger Deluxe last year in New York City, I knew that I wanted to do my own version of a burger with mac and cheese on it.  So I decided to combine my love of mushrooms, mac and cheese and burgers and Ohhh Emmm Geeeee!!!!😋


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My Vegan {Foodie} Life: Welcoming In The New Year With Hoppin' John #CurvesGoneVegan

Hoppin' John is a southern dish that when eaten on the first day of a brand new year is said to bring a prosperous year filled with luck and goodness.  Traditionally it is made with meat, usually bacon, or salt pork, etc but of course I am vegan so no meat for moi but trust me, that does not mean that I won't get all the hoppin' flavors.
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{Five Fab} For the Weekend Vol. 11 - The Last Minute Christmas Shopping Edition!

HAPPY FRIDAY DELIGHTS! 
I can not believe how fast this month has gone by and Christmas is just 2 days away.  Yesterday I tried to hit the stores but even before I made it off the train I realized that I just didn't want to spend my day dealing with the crowds.  So I took myself to lunch, surprised Joe with some lunch at work and then went home and did my shopping online.

I love utilizing the buy online and pick up in store option.  Especially at this time of the year because nothing takes the fa la la out of the holidays like frantic shoppers & crowded stores.

Trust me.😩

So for this week's Five Fab for the Weekend shop section I have put together a list of a few of my favorite stores that offer buy online and pick up in store options. 🙌

Shop:   Macy's | Target | Gap | Nordstrom | Bed Bath & Beyond | Crate & Barrel | KmartThe Container Store (additional 15% off order online/pick up orders)

Oh and let's not forget Amazon Prime Now. I use this A LOT and placed an order last night that should be delivered to my door any minute now. I love that you get to set the delivery window and for the holiday you can order & they are delivering up until MIDNIGHT Christmas Eve.

If you follow me on snapchat, you know I have been in Macy's quite a bit using their buy online/pick up in store option and that is because the deals are RIDONCULOUS! Like crazy good.

Wear: I picked up these super cute Khombu duck boots from Macy's a couple of weeks ago for a great deal and they are even cheaper now & you will get a WOW Pass to use on your next order when you use buy online/pick.
Get links to similar items in this look here.
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{Five Fab} For the Weekend Vol. 10

Happy Friday! I told myself that I was not going to use this space to rant about the weather (you can check out my snapchat for that 😉 and lots of other happenings in my day) but girl....girl...GIRLLLL. I take back the nice things I said about Mother Nature & that beautiful snow when I went to get my tree.

Anyway, I will be cloaked in layers to keep warm and I hope that you will be too. On with this week's Five Fab...

Shop: Free shipping day is TODAY so lots of your fave online shops are offering free shipping, which to me is the best perk of them all. I don't know what it is but I hate paying for shipping and have abandoned many a cart because of it. So kudos to free shipping day!

Here are a few of the deals from some of our favorite online shops that are offering free shipping today (and most thru the weekend).

Ashley Stewart - They are offering up to 50% off certain pieces + free shipping. I am totally loving this silver Metallic Plisse Pleat Halter Dress. It is New Year's Eve perfect, sparkly and twirl worthy but not a dress that you would have to "fight with" all night.
JCPenny - Free shipping + various deals including 40% off some of the plus styles and I love this Lace Mesh Sheath Dress

Target - They have had free shipping for months now but I wanted to include them & this fab Plaid Print Hooded Poncho that I have had my eye on for a while now. It's 40% off!!

Lane Bryant - Those style fix deals from last week's Five Fab for the Weekend are still on + free shipping happening. And I am loving my  If It's Snowing I'm Not Going PJ's .

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{Five Fab} For the Weekend Vol. 9

Happy Friday from frigid Chicago! I should have known that Mother Nature was setting us up with that beautiful snow the other day. Winter came thru like a b*tch slap yesterday! Brrr....

Anyway, stay warm if it's cold where you are and if it's not, I hate you...LOL..just kidding. Well, kinda 😃

Shop: I started this morning off snuggling under the blankets and shopping this sale at Lane Bryant. I picked up three tops because I never seem to have enough when I am getting dressed and this super cute pajama set, which pretty much describes how I feel about life right now!!
 (check out these pajama sets under $30)
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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.


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{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.
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{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.

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{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.

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{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.

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{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.

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{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.
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{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.

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{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"

JAMES MACARI/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

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