Curvatude™ - Plus Size Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog: Handbags
Hey Fab! As per our disclosure policy, we use affiliate links that may result in compensation if you click links & make purchases. By doing so, you help to keep this blog going & I appreciate & thank you for it.

{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




SHARE:

{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.




SHARE:

{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
SHARE:

{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.
SHARE:

{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
SHARE:

{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

SHARE:

{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
SHARE:

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.


SHARE:

{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
SHARE:

{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)
SHARE:

{What I Wore} In The Grey Felt of Fall

Hey Fabs!

I have had the color grey seriously on the brain for a while now.  I spotted this fabulous Cynthia Rowley poncho at TJ Maxx a few weeks back and couldn't wait for it to be cool enough to wear it. And BONUS, it has faux leather darts at the neckline! Seriously, this piece was made for me & my style.

Chicago Plus Size Blogger Grey Cynthia Rowley Poncho Felt Hat Suede Booties Kate Spade Tote
Poncho: TJ Maxx | Booties | Similar High Waist Leggings | Bag: Kate Spade: Rent it here - Buy it here 
 Mixed Media Faux Leather Jacket: Gwynnie Bee | Belt: (s/o) | Leather Tech Gloves 


SHARE:

{Fab Five} 5 Ways to Dress Business Casual for Curvy Petites

Hi ladies!

I blog at Petite Career Girl (soon to be Curves Curls Careers), and I'm thrilled to be a contributor on Curvatude! Jaye has always been a lot of fun to chat with on Twitter and I've always loved her style. Therefore, when she invited me to "join her empire", (I made that up), I jumped at the chance! I couldn't wait to meet her fabulous readers, so here we go!


SHARE:

{What I Wore} Shift Dressing In Royal Blue

Hey Fabs!

I have been feeling crazy excited about shift dresses lately (previous one here) and royal blue, well we know it's my thang, so when this Taylor Dresses number from my Gwynnie Bee closet arrived, I loved it immediately.

Taylor Dresses Plus Size Shift Dress Glitter Flats Chicago Plus Size Blogger
Dress: Taylor Dresses via  Gwynnie Bee | New Look Glitter Flats via ASOS (s/o - similar in 3 colors here
Clutch: Open Ceremony Nokki Clutch via Rent The Runway| Crystal Teardrop Earrings (from my wedding similar here)




SHARE:

{What I Wore} That 70's Swing Shift

Hey fabs!

I am totally here for all the 70's vibe that is showing up in fashion. And shift dresses have swiftly become one of my favorite dress styles, especially in bright colors and fun textures, so snagging this ASOS Curve High Neck Scuba Swing Dress was a no brainer.
Chicago Plus Size Blogger
Dress: ASOS Curve High Neck Scuba Swing Dress (also in black) | Fergalicious Wedges (also here
Gold Clutch: Thrifted | Sunglasses: DVF via Century 21



SHARE:

{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.


SHARE:

{What I Wore} Neon Stripes + Holl & Lane Magazine Feature

Hey Fabs!

I love neon. I love how bright and happy it is. And I have rocked it in clothes and shoes. So when the editor at Holl & Lane magazine asked me to share my take on it, of course I was in.

In case you are aren't familiar with it, Holl & Lane magazine is a quintessential modern woman's magazine.  It touches on every aspect of our lives and how we can live them to the fullest and it is definitely a must read.


Dress: Rainbow | Bag: Shoedazzle | Shoes: Shoedazzle (last seen here)
SHARE:

Plus Size {Fashion} Pick Of The Day: Striped & Polka Dot Satchel #PlusSizePick

Hey Fabs!

What? Could it be true? Is Spring Actually Finally Here? It's been a long time coming but dare I say that yes, the air has definitely been feeling more like Spring! And your girl is happy for it.

Anyway, today's #PlusSizePick, this Aldo Satchel was inspired by Spring and two of my favorite prints, stripes and polka dots! It's such a fun way to mix the two and I always love a good satchel.


I am also totally in love with this matching stripe and polka dot wallet.

What say you? Would you rock this bag?

Shop this bag HERE!

And check out the previous #PlusSizePick's HERE!



SHARE:

{What I Wore} Flawless Body Framing

I snagged this awesome dress for $10 from ideel back in January. It fits like a glove but feels like pajamas (my favorite kind of dress) and I love the way it frames the body.

Dress: ideel | Corrina Strappy Two Piece Pumps |Misguided Flawless Clutch (s/o) | Lippie: Milani Matte Orchid


SHARE:

{Five Fab} Things To Rock The Weekend!

HAPPY WEEKEND Lovelies!

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.

 Watch

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.

SHARE:

{Five Fab} Pieces From Emme's Plus Size Style Ideel Collaboration

Hey Lovelies!

Note: The second collection consisting of prints has posted and the third collection consisting of Vivid Brights & Florals will launch March 9th!


I have written before about ideel being one of my favorite online shopping haunts so I am excited to see that they have tapped plus supermodel Emme to curate three collections.  

The first collection contains 65 pieces and is all about the classic colors black and white.

Here are a five fab pieces from the first collection that I love.

SHARE:
© Curvatude™ - Plus Size Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog. All rights reserved.
MINIMAL BLOGGER TEMPLATES BY pipdig