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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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{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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{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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{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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{Fashion} FTF x Essie & Kelly Capsule Collection

I love when brands are smart and partner with plus size bloggers to create collections. The latest to do so is Fashion to Figure with their FTF x Essie & Kelly Capsule Collection featuring blogger Kelly Augustine and blogger/model Essie Golden that just dropped.
Fashion To Figure plus size holiday glam
The collection is all about holiday glam and features velvets, winter white, gold, shimmer and faux leather.
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{Fashion} Must Have $40 Plus Size Dresses From Kiyonna

Some of my favorite, most va va voom dresses are from Kiyonna (see here, here, here & here). Besides being super pretty, they are always incredibly well made and sexy but still classy. So, while I am not planning to share a bunch of links to a bunch of Black Friday sales, I had to share this one because I am a firm believer that every lady needs some Kiyonna dresses in her life.

$40 dresses from Kiyonna is such a major deal and the selection of dresses that are a part of the sale includes everything from lace to leopard to florals to faux wraps.  Get you some!! You will love them.

Black Friday Sale



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{What I Wore} Cloak This Season in Style

This Adrianna Papell Cape Dress is one of my all time favorites. I felt so friggin bad ass in it. We already know I am a cape freak and adding it to a dress just ups the fab factor 100 fold. This dress is currently $35 to rent from Rent The Runway, which is pretty crazy but so perfect for this time of the year when we are looking to go all out glam without spending too much money.

(more pics of this look here)
The style is getting all kinds of love this season, coming in a variety of fabrics & lengths and I am loving them all.








What say you? Are you loving cape dresses?


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Walgreens {Beauty} Enthusiast

I don't know about you but I love getting shopping rewards & I am a member of all the programs at my favorite stores. I spend quite a bit on beauty at Walgreens because they carry a lot of the brands that I love at prices that I love even more.

So, I am stoked that they have just launched Beauty Enthusiast, which is their new beauty club within their Balance® Rewards loyalty program. Sign up is free, and Beauty Enthusiast members will receive 5,000 Balance Rewards points for every $50 spent on cosmetics, skin care, hair care, oral care, grooming, sun care, fragrance and bath product purchases.

And no, this is not a sponsored post.  I am just sharing with my friends. because I am sure we all know spending $50 is easy to do on few a Walgreens beauty runs, right?  So why not get rewarded? And I am in there regularly picking up lippies, bath products, etc. so I am about to rack up on some rewards.

Here I am rocking one of my most recent purchases, the Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in the color "Attraction" and it is a gorgeous, rich red. I love the matte formula on this one. It's not super dry and the color pay off and staying power is the bomb dot com. I am going to pick up a couple of other colors online because I have not been able to find them again in store.
Check out links to similar shoes, etc here.

Oh and side note: let's talk for a minute about this Cold Shoulder Keyhole Dress. I purchased it months ago and took it New Orleans with me to see Beyonce because I knew the weather was going to be warm and it was perfect for it. This dress wears like pajamas...I mean really. It's so easy and comfortable & I got lots of compliments on it.

Beauty Enthusiasts also get access to free samples and exclusive promotions and coupons, as well as special beauty offers, etc. In addition, members will receive a one-time digital coupon for 20 times the everyday points on any beauty and personal care purchase to welcome them to the club.

Existing Balance Rewards members can join by simply confirming or adding their email address at checkout or add it online HERE!

And here are a couple of the current MUST SHOP beauty sales that will save you major moola and get you to your first reward status in no time.
What are your favorite store rewards programs?

Later beauty babes...



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{Five Fab} Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant Fall Collection Must Haves

It is officially Christian Siriano season! First he showed the fashion world how a fashion show should be done by strutting models of various sizes down the runway during New York Fashion Week.
And now, just days later, his latest collaboration with Lane Bryant has dropped.

The Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant Collection is a limited edition run featuring pretty blues, prints, classic fabrics and details with a twist.

Here are five pieces from the collection that I think are total must haves.

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{Link Love} Shouts & Raves | Vol 3

Hey Girl!

It's been a minute since my last Link Love: Shouts & Raves post, but I have a lot I want to share with you.

+ In case you missed it, I was asked to add my two cents to this Shape Magazine article, Would You Be Mad If Someone Called You Fat?. And if you have been riding with me for any amount of time, I think you know my answer but what about you? Would you be mad?

+ Speaking of mad, I know I am not the only person who feels like there isn't enough time to do ANYTHING! The days feels like they are flying by and there is so much I want to accomplish and way too many moments where I fall short.

Soooo...I have reached out to my Audible library for some much needed inspiration/help/guidance and I am currently listening to & loving 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam.

I started listening to it forever ago but ironically, that whole not enough time thing got in the way, but this time I am committed because, girl...ish is out of hand around these parts and I am just not about that life anymore. For realssss...


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{What I Wore} Melissa McCarthy Seven 7 Colorblock Chambray Dress

Denim is everywhere and I am LOVIN' it! This Melissa McCarthy Seven 7 Colorblock Chambray Dress from my Gwynnie Bee closet is the definition of how I like to dress...cute, simple and easy.


I paired it with an eloquii belt that I have had forever (I love this laser cut version) and my striped espadrilles (similar style). My bracelet is a gorgeous festival find and of course I am rockin my Fitbit Surge, which is almost $100 less than what I paid for it here.

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Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of The Day: Boho Chic & Summer Perfect Hemant & Nandita

Hey Fabs!

I was going thru my email this morning and saw these super cute, crazy fun Hemant & Nandita pieces created exclusively for Gwynnie Bee and INSTANTLY went to closet them ALL!


Hemant & Nandita is a design duo from India who has designs featured in traditionally not plus size stores like Anthropologie, Revolve and other higher end shops around the world, who believes that their designs:
"beautifully manifest the richness and opulence of Indian tradition balanced with contemporary styles"
And I could not agree more. The prints in this collection and their laid back style is so perfectly boho chic, vibrant and colorful.

They just feel like Summer..
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{Fashion} River Island Plus Size Collection Has Arrived!

Things are finally starting to get a little sexier outside with winter loosening its' hold and I feel like I am slowly but surely peeling back my hibernation cloak and getting excited about Spring.  And like kismet, UK fashion dynamo River Island is {finally} dropping their new 75 piece plus size collection, RI Plus, March 9th!

RI Plus River Island Plus Size White Stretch Deconstructed Jeans
Photo: River Island
The collection includes everything from lace up bodysuits, to a cold shoulder dresses, to white deconstructed jeans and one of my favorite things ever, a sexy black biker jacket. There is a vintage feel to some of the colors and patterns mixed in with modern touches, like the white jeans.

The collection is fronted by model Candice Huffine, who said in an interview that she feels that River Island "definitely thought about a curvy woman's body" with the RI Plus collection and she was gaga in love with several of the pieces and from the looks that I have seen, there are quite a few pieces from the collection that I would most definitely rock into Spring.

 RI Plus River Island Plus Size Dress
Photo: River Island
What say you? Are you excited for this collection? 




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Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of The Day: Laser Cut Faux Leather Jacket #PlusSizePick

Under the helm of Linda Heasley, Lane Bryant has definitely been mixing things up with a variety of limited edition curated collections and collaborations for their Fast Lane brand. Their latest is The Otis Collection, a collaboration with a team of design students at the LA Otis College of Art & Design.

The collection is a mix of drapey, flowy & textured pieces that are pretty neutral for the most part with pops of blue, grey and green.  My favorite piece from the collection is this laser cut faux leather jacket which should not come as a surprise because it is totally my style and I have similar jackets is other colors but none with the same laser cut vibe.

Pic: Lane Bryant Instagram 

There is also a matching laser cut pencil skirt in the collection and here are some of the other pieces in the Otis Collection that I would totally rock.




What say you? What do you think of this collection?

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Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of The Day: Striped Hem Dress #PlusSizePick

I know...I know, it's probably cold and snowy and dreary outside right now but in the midst of all this winter blah, there is a bright side: Spring fashion is hitting the stores and the stuff is crazy cute.

One such super cute piece is this Opposing Striped Hem Dress from Eloquii. Can I just say, kudos to Jodi and her team, they just keep bringing it with the fresh, fun style, don't they?!

Anyway, this dress. I love the colors and the alternating size of the stripes. I know some of us are hesitant to wear stripes but they are my jam and I love the way they used them for this piece, especially combined with the slant of the hem.


Plus Size Eloquii Opposing Striped Hem Dress
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{What I Wore} Sparkling Green Sequins

Hey Fabs! 

Red tends to get all the fanfare during the holidays & don't get me wrong, I love red, its my power color but I think green definitely deserves more love just in general but especially during the season of sparkle.

Plus Size Sequin Dress Shimmer Dress

This particular dress comes in several lengths and cuts, all of which are fab in their own way but I went with this short fit and flare version.


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Black Friday: The Edit {Five Fab} Must Have Plus Size Items

Hey Fabs!

Are you getting some Black Friday shopping in? I remember when my rugrat was really young how I would pack us into our little car in the wee hours of the morning and head over to Kmart to get in on the Black Friday deals. Looking back on it now, I think "how crazy was that?" but at the time, I loved it.

Now fast forward many years and I would not think of going out to shop on Black Friday. For one, I don't like crowds and for two, there are so many good online deals. And this girl LOVES a good deal!

I am sure you have come across countless posts with all the sales that the stores are offering online but as I have done previously, I prefer to post an edited list of items that I truly love that are on sale Black Friday and beyond, so here you go. 

This Eloquii Faux Bustier Wrap dress is fabulous. I love the design with the sexy bustier vibe and the fit. It would also be fab under a blazer for the office. It originally sold out but has been restocked and is currently 50% off during Eloquii's Black Friday Sale.
I sized up in this dress as I do with most fitted pieces.

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{Five Fab} Fall Dresses for the Curvy and Petite


Hi Ladies!

Fall is easily my favorite fashion season. The variety of colors, adorable styles and ability to go bare-legged makes dressing so much fun! I picked the dress below to represent fabulous fall dresses, because it incorporates all the things I love: a bright color, a-line shape and a leg-lengthening above the knee hem. All are perfect for most body types. As you peruse the options below, don't forget that any off-the-rack dress is just the starting point. A tailor can make your dress truly special.
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{What I Wore} Fall Flowers In Bloom

Hey Fabs!

One of the things that I love the most about fashion is that sometimes you come across pieces that you think really aren't your style and you get amazingly surprised.

That was totally the case with this Carmen Marc Valvo dress. I mean I ordered it because I wanted to try something new but honestly I didn't have high hopes for it. Even when it arrived, I loved the color but I was still not too sure about the shape. But once I put it on, ahh....smiles.

Dress | Jacket (s/o similar & a gorgeous one in white here) | Wedges (similar &  here & here in taupe)

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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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