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{What I Wore} Red + White Stripes

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Hey Delights!

Stripes are definitely one of my faves so the fact that I instantly loved this romper was pretty much a given. I have been rushing around like a mad woman the last couple of days because I am off to San Francisco for a fun event and had to get so much done but I wanted to share this beauty before it sold out.

I will of course be sharing on social media, so you can check it all out on my instagram, snapchat and twitter.






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{What I Wore} Embellished Cold Shoulder

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Hey Delights!

I am completely committed to keeping my style easy this summer, so when I saw this embroidered cold shoulder peasant dress I instantly feel in love with it's relaxed vibe.  And of course I am always #TeamColdShoulder and the embroidery on the sleeve, which is amazing, sealed the deal.

I am working to not complain about the weather although I think my face kinda gives me away in this pic. It was pretty warm and a girl was HOT! 😓
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{What I Wore} Crisp Blue + White Stripes

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Hey Delights!

As with the retro floral jumper, I purchased this blue and white striped gathered waist dress when the Victoria Beckham x Target collection dropped and I am glad that I did because it was pretty popular in both plus and straight sizes. I purchased it in a 2 x and it appears to currently be available in certain stores in certain sizes still.  And I finally took her for a little showcasing on the streets yesterday and love it.
Denim Ballet Flats (comes in 3 colors) |  Wide Brim Visor (comes in 21 colors) 

I added a ribbon that I had on hand as a belt because I liked they way it ties in with the straps on my shoes but I will be wearing this dress without a belt and I also visualize it as a jacket over say a simple white dress.
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{What I Wore} Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress

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Hey Delights!

We went to the Vegan Food & Drink Festival on Saturday and had an amazing time! I pulled out this easy, breezy, lightweight open shoulder ruffle maxi dress from Boohoo. It was 90 degrees and super sunny, so this fabulous wide brim visor, which comes in 21 colors was a godsend.
Wide Brim Visor I own this is Fushia & Black and will be picking up a couple other colors
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{What I Wore} Rompin' in Retro Florals + Video Review

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Hey Delights!

I have always in my heart of hearts considered myself a 60's hippie, so this retro floral romper appealed to me instantly. I purchased this back in April the day the Victoria Beckham for Target collection dropped, so of course I paid full price, and I am a little peeved that it along with other pieces of the collection are majorly marked down and it is currently on clearance for $9.

Yep. Nine. Dollars.
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{What I Wore} Rainbow Pastel Perfection

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Hey Delights!

When this dress first arrived from my Gwynnie Bee closet I was taken aback for 2.5 seconds at how bright it was because the photos of it didn't do it's bright hues justice. It is literally a pastel party in a dress.  Someone said to me that seeing me in it instantly made him feel happier and I had to agree. This Gabby Skye dress is such a bright, easy wearing, happy piece.

The brand although not new, is new to me and this is the first but definitely not the last piece of theirs that I will wear. You can find lots of gorgeous dresses here and Lane Bryant also sells certain styles.
Dress: Gabby Skye via Gwynnie Bee (also available here) | Similar Glitter Flats | Similar Sunglasses
 Similar Silver Backpack | Similar Purse | Fitbit Surge | Lippie: My fave BH Cosmetics shade Vixen (seen here)
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{Fashion} White Party Season Comes At You Fast: 20 White Party Perfect Dresses!

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The past few summers around mid to late June I have found myself on the hunt for a fabulous white outfit for some kind of a white white themed party/event.

And most times I found myself really disappointed because by then the stores have kinda started switching over their sales season & are not really selling a whole bunch of white anymore. And if they are, it's usually the stuff that you don't really want, like picked over damaged mess and just NO.

One year when I was going to New York City for Full Figured Fashion Week & needed a look for their white boat party I ended up running all over town searching after dealing with a disaster of a seamstress. Thankfully I lucked up on a white dress from Loft in a non-plus size that fit me.  Another reminder to always try things on ladies!

Last summer I ended up wearing off white to a white party. The crochet shorts were super cute but they were not that pure, crisp, summer white that I wanted.
So this year I made a promise to myself not to wait until the heart of the summer to start looking for my white pieces. So, I am on the hunt now & here are 20 white dresses (well 19 dresses + 1 romper) that I am loving.
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{What I Wore} Classic Cool Black + White

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Hey Delights!

I have literally been living in these fabulous slip on kicks. I love the pom poms and they are super comfortable. The weather here in Chicago has been so crazy and unpredictable and on some days really chilly, so I was able to pull out that fab white trench coat that I purchased on mega sale a couple of months ago.

I also threw on my favorite City Chic jeans, these black coated corset jeans (seen here), which I live in also and which are currently on a sweet sale during the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale. They are just so comfortable and well...sexy chic.😄 I especially love the gold button and zipper details.

And I patiently watched this bucket bag for weeks, waiting for it to go on sale and snagged it now that it is 50% off. It's so lightweight but it holds a ton. PERFECT!
p.s. these slip ons come in 3 colors and come in medium and wide width and go up to a size 13!





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{What I Wore} Short Shorts + Pom Poms + Thick Thighs

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Hello Delights!

This past weekend was as I mentioned in my Pretty Pastels post, AMAZING! We didn't have a bad winter but I am just so excited for Spring and sunshine. I think that's what I've been missing more than anything...sunshine.

But Saturday after spending all morning recording my Spring haul video (which I am still editing), we went out and grabbed a couple Divvy bikes and hit the pavement.  I love biking & it was so fun, so relaxing and just a really great day.

This outfit is basically an exact replica sans the pom pom slips ons, which are new and fab, of a look that I have worn many times (exhibit A).
Shorts:(old, similar here) | Top: Forever 21 (old, similar in a tee shirt style) | Pom Pom Faux Leather Slip Ons (comes in 3 colors) | Camera Bag: BP @ Nordstrom (sold out similar) | Visor Head Wrap: Scunci (similar) | Lip: Milani



I am definitely getting more of these visors, they are the most comfortable visors I have ever worn. They travel well because they are soft and fold up easily & I just throw it in my purse & go.


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{What I Wore} Pretty Pastels

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Hey Delights!

It was such an amazing weekend in Chicago and for Easter I decided to go pretty in pink & pastels. This open shoulder dress pretty much represents the type of fashion I want to live in all Spring and Summer. It's throw on and go, pretty, simple & comfortable. 
I love it!



This amazing City Chic jacket is from my Gwynnie Bee closet. It will be featured along with this dress & lots of other pieces in my Spring haul video. And if you haven't tried Gwynnie Bee yet, STOP PLAYING! It's a no brainer. They have all the latest, cutest fashion and a free 30 day trial.
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{What I Wore} Red Fit & Flare

Hey Delights!

I have written about this many times about heart disease and how it has affected me and my family but it bears repeating over & over again that heart disease & stroke are the #1 KILLERS OF WOMEN.  And while Go Red For Women Day was a big day of national awareness, the American Heart Association is a cause we can & should support year round.

I own lots of red dresses but of course you can never have too many, so as I mentioned here, I made a quick Macy's run (who is having a sweet Valentine's Day sale) and purchased this fit and flare dress.
Dress | Metal Shell Clutch: Vintage (similar) | Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless (old - similar) | Lippie: Milani




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{What I Wore} Duck'n Into Weekend

Hello delights! Today we are waking up in a frigid Chicago.  It is currently 15° as I am writing this but yesterday although it snowed lightly, I was able to rock one of my moto jackets & throw one of my reversible capes over it and hit the streets.

We finally got to see moonlight and I loved it. It made me sad but I loved the moments in it that showed the depth of our human capacity, compassion and connection. Mahershala Ali's Sag Awards acceptance speech pretty much summed it up.




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{What I Wore} Emoji Plaid

This plaid caplet is definitely one of my favorite finds ever and it is the perfect layering piece. I threw it over a faux leather moto jacket, rocked some jeans, calf length boots and the cutest emoji wristlet.
Plaid Caplet: Jack by BB Dakota (similar in 2 colors) | Jeans: Ava & Viv @ Target | Moto Jacket XTwo: Gwynnie Bee (similar) | Boots: Fergalicious (similar - last seen here) | Emoji Wristlet: Aldo (similar here, here and here) | Earrings: Vince Camuto
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{What I Wore} The Magic of A Red Dress

I featured & purchased this gorgeous red off the shoulder flare sleeves dress back in August but because I felt that it would be so perfect for the holiday season, I tucked it away in my closet and patiently waited for the right moment.

Red has always been my I am woman, hear me roar power color but something about it during the holiday season turns that power into magic!
Plus Size Red Dress
Dress for purchase or rent (also in black & comes in a non off the shoulder style in lots of colors | Clutch: Thrifted/SimilarBoden Embellished Mary Jane| Folli Follie Donattela Watch c/o | Gold Cat Eye Sunglasses 
Also check out more similar items here.
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{What I Wore} Winter Wonderland Casual

Mother Nature and I have not been friends since Chiberia 2013/14 but on Sunday she cloaked Chicago in the fluffiest, most beautiful snow and I completely loved it.

As I mentioned in my Fab Five For The Weekend post, I went to get my Christmas tree and well, the snow definitely made it a little more challenging to do but I didn't even care.

It was just that fabulous. Ok Mother Nature girl, you did good this time.  Keep it up! LOL. 😄

Plus Size Faux Fur Playing In The Snow
Similar Jackets, Jeans, Boots & Purses here & here or via the links below
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{What I Wore} Faux Leather + Cold Shoulder Stripes

Today was such a beautiful day. Fall is in full effect and I am all about layering, so I paired this gorgeous striped cold shoulder sweater with my fuzzy sweater and threw my faux leather cape over them.

I am still madly in love with my faux leather culottes so I wear them as much as possible all year long. They just make getting dressed so easy because they truly go with EVERYTHING & they add that little touch of luxury.
Faux Leather Cape: Violeta by Mango (old) | Faux Leather Culottes: Eloquii 
 Cold Shoulder Sweater: INC via Gwynnie Bee |  Crossbody: Coach (old) I LOVE this one 
Fuzzy Sweater: Ashley Stewart (old) similar in white and black) | Booties: Shoedazzle (similar

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{What I Wore} Winter Weekend Casual Style

Hey Fabs!

Still getting used to hearing & writing 2016 but completely excited for what it brings. Aren't you? As I have written before, I am a total new years resolutions kind of a girl, so while I have just been keeping things pretty laid back these first couple of days, I have major goals and I will definitely be working on them.

Anyway, Chicago like lots of other cities has definitely started to feel very wintry after weeks of unseasonably warm weather. And now it's sweater weather, so I have been pulling out my sweaters, layers and heavier pieces in defense.

Today I ventured out to meet Joe for a latte late in the afternoon. I have finally settled in on a Starbucks drink after I had to stop drinking my beloved chai because it is not vegan. But now, it's a decaf, soy, no foam, extra hot 9 pumps hazelnut latte. And when the barista gets it right...mmmm...it's so good.

I purchased this h&m sweater early on in December after spotting it on an ad featuring Katy Perry. It was a crazy steal considering the quality & warmth of it and it sold out pretty fast but here is a similar jacquard knit style in 2 colors.

Plus Size Winter Style Sweater Faux Fur Coat Boyfriend Jeans
Coat: Michael Kors (s/o - I like this cute similar coat) | Sweater: H&M (s/o - similar) | Jeans: ASOS Curve (s/o - similar) | Boots: Aerosoles (crazy comfortable) | Foldover Faux Fur Clutch & I love this black & white one | Leather Gloves: Isotoner SmarTouch | Similar Earmuffs
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A {Body Positive} Gift Guide

The Holiday Season is in full swing and sometimes it's hard to find that perfect gift for that perfect someone in your life. But no need to fret, today's holiday gift guide is filled with some great finds to help you spread body positive love all season long. And that my beautiful people, is a great way to start any new year.


For the Bookworm

Gift ideas for the book lovers in your life.


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{What I Wore} Anything But Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Hey Fabs!

Oh...Deer! Am I the only one who feels like December is flying by way too fast? I mean we are less than two weeks from Christmas and I have not celebrated nearly as much as I have wanted to. Friday night we went caroling at Cloud Gate aka The Bean here in Chicago, which has become a holiday tradition over the last few years. But I am definitely hoping to get some other fun holiday activities in also but wooo...I seriously need these days to slowwwww down.

Anyway, while I am still working on my Christmas day ugly sweater, I am happy to report that there are lots of cute seasonal sweaters that are anything but ugly, like this cute Oh...Deer! sweater that I paired with sequin skinny jeans & my faux leather cape for a little casual holiday season vibe.

Plus size Sweater Sequin Jeans Leather Cape
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{What I Wore} Layered Capes

Hey Fabs! 

It's no secret that I am obsessed with capes. And after purchasing my faux leather cape & reviewing my cape inventory, yes you read that right, I realized that there were two styles I hadn't rocked yet; a suede cape (like this one) and a long caped dress (although I do have this short cape maxi dress).

So when I saw this red Adrianna Papell caped sheath dress, which I had seen previously in black and white, I knew that it was finally calling for me to take it for a spin. I mean tis the season for delicious red dresses, no?

And I figured if you are wearing a caped dress, what could be better to wear over it than another cape?

Dress (more color/length options here) | Faux Leather Cape | Pyramid Purse | Studded Pumps (last see here)
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