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Instagram Live Recap + A Rose Gold Pop Solo Karaoke Microphone {Giveaway}

Hey Delights!

As mentioned here, I hosted an Instagram live featuring 5 fabulous last minute gift ideas that you can order online and pick up in store. Did you see it?! I really had so much fun going live for the first time and definitely plan to do it more often.
"I did my best" Flannel Pajamas | Let It Snow Mug | Chair | Pillow (has cute gold polka dots on the back)
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Here are the five gift ideas:

{Life} December To Do List

Hey Delights!

When I started writing this post, we were halfway into December and the month was moving so fast. This past weekend I joined my blogger boos for the the Eloquii/Halfstack Magazine event (I recapped it a little here) It was also Joe's birthday, so Saturday was a long day...a fun one but a long one nonetheless.

Also the other night we were invited to check out the Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier and I totally felt like a little kid again. I was so excited to be there. It really felt magical and put me in such a great mood. It's like being outside enjoying everything that you love about Winter and Christmas without freezing in the cold weather.
Oversized Eyelet Sweater (c/o - use code curvatude20 for 20% off $59+) | Jeans: old/ASOS Curve | Nikes (c/o last seen here)
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{A Blogger's Life} Fun With rewardStyle In Chicago

Hey Fabs!

A few weeks back my rewardStyle family came to town & hosted a cool food styling and photography workshop. The workshop was taught by culinary artists, Chef Elaina Vazquez, who owns the fabulous space that it took place in, Brique and photographer Anna Petrow.

Photo: Hayet Rida
TopAshley Stewart | Similar Shorts here & more here | New Look Glitter Flats via ASOS  Similar Mirrored Sunglasses: Steve Madden found at discount store | Watch: Fitbit Surge (at a major discount!)

{What I Wore} Put An Arch In Summer Casual

Hey Fabs! 

A few weeks back I took an archery class at the American Indian Center and while I wasn't an instant pro at it, I totally fell in love with it & is definitely something I would love to be able to add to my schedule regularly. I had my girl Jonquil snap a few pics with my iPhone.

Top: Lane Bryant (similar) | Shorts: Similar | Shoes: Keds | Tote: Similar w/monogram | Fitbit Surge


{Link Love} Shouts & Raves | Vol 1

It has been so long since I have ranted or raved about things that I am loving or hating or shared links from my favorite sites, etc so I wanted to get back in the habit of doing so.  And there is lots to share, as my blog/twitter and just general interest feeds run deep. I mean...seriously deep and of course it's not just fashion, it's filled with beauty, home decor, travel, business, money, photography and more.

Speaking of favorites, I recently purchased a light box. I have wanted one forever and I am glad I finally just got one. Have you had something on your list that you have wanted forever? Just get it girl. Life is for the living and enjoying NOW!

Cinema Light box
Loving my #lightbox, so expect to see it A LOT 😜 Deets on this one & others>  www.liketk.it/27Gfl #liketkit #tealover

Anyway, on to the shoutin' and ravin'...

{Fun} James Corden & Adele Carpool Karaoke

So much going on in the world now that just makes you want to crawl under the covers and stay forever, so I am always grateful for moments that just make you smile and that is the case with the latest Carpool Karaoke from The Late Late Show with James Corden featuring Adele.

Watch, laugh, sing along & smile because just as we all suspected, Adele is truly a "spice girl" & BFF you wish you had and BONUS: she can RAP too and does Nicki Minaj proud!

Oh and in case you missed it, another fav from the show...James doing his thang with Jennifer Hudson!

Have a great one!


{Fashion} Star Wars Fan Girl Style

Hey Fabs! 

Even if you are not actually a die hard Star Wars fan, you have to admit that the long awaited return of the epic saga is kinda exciting, right?

And of course it's always fun to show off your fan girl status and there is no shortage of ways to do so. There is something for everyone in your tribe, from your pets to your wee ones and of course your curves.

Here are six tops that I would totally rock. They range from classic to cheeky to sexy.

Star Wars Fan Plus Size T shirts
1 | 2 | 3| 4 | 5| 6

I love the kitsch of the Darth Vader Ugly Christmas Sweater, which totally reminds me that I need to start planning how I am going to beat my "Merry Thickmas" sweater from last year.

And how fab is this cold shoulder embellished top? It definitely gives Star Wars a new meaning (hahaa). It comes in 3 colors but this one is my fave. And "The Dark Side Made Me Do It" is already one of my regular excuses ;) so this shirt is a no brainer.

May the (fashion) force be with you!


{Luxaholic} Halloween At Your Door #DecorateMyFlat

Hey Fabs!

If you know me, you know that I LOVE Halloween! It is the kick-off event to the best time of the year for me and the perfect fun way to add to the celebration of Fall and all it's fabulous-ness.

I love to use door mats as seasonal decorating. I mean it really doesn't get much easier than to drop a mat in front of your door and it's a nice way to make folks smile and when it's personalized, it's even better!

I personalized this Half Round Pumpkin Doormat from Personal Creations (c/o) with our last name, which as I noted on instagram, just happens to be seriously perfect for Halloween.

Apartment Halloween Door Decorating


{What I Wore} City Chic Cold Shoulder + Gwynnie Bee Visits Chicago

Hey Fabs!

If you follow me on social media then you know Gwynnie Bee came to Chicago for their "Inspired By You Tour" & I co-hosted a happy hour with them.  I tried on a lot of new pieces coming to the site and this dress is just one of the many fabulous frocks that you MUST closet!

City Chic Cold Shoulder Dress Chicago Gwynnie Bee Inspired By You Tour
Thank you to everyone who came out! The happy hour was so much fun! As you can see from the pictures my rugrat aka my photographer snapped, there was a great group of ladies (and a few guys) in attendance and it was nonstop sipping, nibbling, socializing & laughing. 
Gwynnie Bee Chicago Inspired By You Tour

Make sure that you check out Gwynnie Bee, in addition to fabulous clothing always dropping, they are always featuring a variety of members rocking new pieces, so you can get a feel for how they might work on your body.

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{Fashion Challenge} 1 Dress. 2 Girls. 3 Ways to Rock It | Beaded Hanky Hem Dress

Hey Fabs!

It has been SOOOOO long since I have hooked up with one of my faves to join me in this challenge (see the last one here), so I am excited to bring it back!

Basically the challenge is to show how 1 fabulous dress can be rocked by 2 girls with completely different body types in 3 different ways.

So I have recruited our new contributor Zadry to join me and we are hoping to make this a regular feature.


Zadry and I have very different bodies and I am taller than she is, so I had to choose a dress that would work for both of us as far as length goes more than anything and instead of going with a neutral dress like the first challenge, I chose this vibrantly colored beaded handkerchief hem dress.


{Fun} I LOVE This: Jennifer Hudson Carpool Karaoke

Hey Lovelies!

Just stopping in to share something that made me laugh, smile and SANG!

I have obviously been sleeping on James Corden and The Late Late Show but I am now awake. This carpool karaoke video featuring Jennifer Hudson and James sanging is AWESOME!



{Entertainment} #Scandal Season 5 Episode 1: Run Recap

I started this post Friday so I am posting it later than I had planned but rereading through all of this has only served to get me hyped for this weeks episode!

I have been crazily awaiting the return of Scandal and Thursday's episode did not disappoint me, so I wanted to recap it via tweets.

First off, if you recall how last season ended, Liv was dancing around with her big wine goblet and waiting for Jake to return to the room so that they could do it on the piano, when she was snatched from her apartment and it turns out taken...

Where her snatchers were holding her poor neighbor (who I never even knew existed) hostage.

Meanwhile of course Jake immediately jumps to action (in his drawls, ya'll) when he sees that Liv is gone and a big wine splatter is on the couch


{Holiday Home} #DIY Advent Calendar

Hey Delights!

Soooo...remember that DIY Advent Calendar that I made last Christmas

Well it has been resurrected from my craft dump box and tweaked (no branches this time) and has made its way onto my wall again! And this time it actually happened on the first day of Advent!

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DIY Advent Calender Made With Brown Craft Envelopes

Flywheel Stadium Cycling Mini Review & Giveaway #NaBloPoMo

If you follow me on facebook or twitter, then you may have seen this lovely pic of my crazily bruised calf.

How my calf came to this state is beyond me. I just know that my legs had been incredibly tight and I hadn't been doing my morning stretches as much as I should have. But I knew on Tuesday that I had my intro to Flywheel coming up and it was something that I did not want to miss.

So, I pulled out my two stiff, achy body weapons of choice, my foam roller (similar) and my wooden ball massager (similar) and worked it out throughout the day.

And although it hurt like h e l l, it did the trick and by the time that I had to leave for my class, my leg, while crazy bruised and still achy was no longer stiff and almost immovable.


And then the fun began...


{Travel} JetCurves in New York City #NYFW

I went back to my heart home NYC for a few days during NYFW mainly because I LOVE NYC in September but also to partake in a little fun.

This is a pic of the skyline over central park that I have to snap every time 
I stay at this particular place. I set my alarm so that I wont miss it.

{Fun} Oscar Best Actress Dresses Thru The Years

The Academy Awards aka The Oscars is the final hurrah of the awards season and I thought it would be fun to take a trip down fashion lane with this cool graphic.

These are digital interpretations of the dresses rocked by the leading actress winners from 1929 - 2014. (note I started this post a couple of days ago, so the cut images have some designers listed as unknown but Mediarun has since updated some of those on the main photo, which they will be selling as a poster.)

Courtesy of: Mediarun

First off, I was surprised to learn that some actresses did not attend the ceremony to accept their awards. For example, Katherine Hepburn (who I LOVE) won 4 Oscars and never attended.  From what I read of her, that is not surprising at all. She was truly her own woman.


{Fab Five} Laughing Thru Tears...

These past few winter months have been so emotionally & physically brutal on me. Besides the weather, there was being sick for weeks at a time, my granddaddy passing and the anniversary of losing my brownie.  Things have definitely been challenging to say the least.

So I have been very much in need of laughter and smiling and thankfully the internet gawds have shined a little light on my darkness and brought these nuggets into my world.

I seriously teared up but in a good way with this one...its so sweet. I love this song. Some days I listen to it on repeat just to keep my spirits up. I love what he says at the end...

This Stylelite post lead me to the Miserable Men instagram account that has pictures of men out shopping with women.


{Life} New Year, New Things #7 - Tick Off The List

Who doesn't have a list of things that they want to do before they leave the planet? I know I do, and it is LONG!

In the past few years, I have already ticked off some of the items on my list, like going white water rafting, something that always intrigued and terrified me because I have a water fear and although I took lessons, I can not swim because of it but I made myself do it anyway.

And of course the first run out our boat flipped.

{Life} 2014!!!


Print available in blue or gold HERE!

Happy New Year!


My 3rd Annual Favorite Things {Giveaway}

Welcome to my 3rd annual Favorite Things Giveaway!

As in previous years I am giving away things that I love and wanted to share with one of YOU!

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