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{What I Wore} Pretty Tropical Palm Print

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Hey Delights!

I am definitely maxing out my Gwynnie Bee closet lately. There are just so many fabulous pieces available. I get excited every time I get a shipping confirmation email. And since delivery is always quick, I always have something new to rock which makes getting dressed sooo easy. And that is exactly how I like it to be.💃

The palm print on this London Times beauty is just so colorful and fun. I love the fact that it has that pretty gold zipper up the front. I hate struggling with back zippers and it is a great detail.


Check out all of my Gwynnie Bee looks HERE!

Haven't tried Gwynnie Bee yet? Seriously, what are you waiting for?😲  Get 30 days free, choose from over 3,000 styles in sizes 10-32, try styles you never have but always wanted to, keep the pieces as long as you want or buy them at a discount. It's truly one of the best things to happen to fashion.


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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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The CurvaCast Episode 14: Monif C Swim @ Forever 21, Gabourey Sidibe,Ashley Graham & Instagram Faves

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Hey Delights!

I know that it has been a minute since I've done a podcast but now that I have my voice back I am
excited to come to you with a new episode, The 14th episode actually of The CurvaCast.

This is a short but sweet episode but there are several things that I wanted to share with you guys, in particular what I woke up to this morning.

I woke this morning to an email from Forever 21 announcing that they are selling swimsuits from Monif C so of course I had to gab a little bit about that. I literally recorded the podcast minutes after I saw the news, so basically we have F21 & Monif to thank for this episode 😆. And in case you did not know, some of Monif C's swimsuits are also available on ASOS

Also both Gabourey Sidibe & Ashley Graham currently have new books out. Gabi's book is titled "This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare" and I have already finished it so I share my thoughts on it. And Ashley's book is titled "A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like".

Like seriously, are we not living in an awesome time of exposure for plus size women?💃

Anyway, to wrap things up, I share & talk a bit about two Instagram accounts, Jonquelart and NÜNUDE that I am currently loving and I think you will too.
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{What I Wore} Bell Sleeves & Ripped Jeans

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Spring has finally arrived in Chicago and I was able to finally pull out that super cute stripped bell sleeved tee I purchased in January and it was definitely a hit on the streets.

I have worn these ripped jeans so much that I have had to cut some of the rips off.  So I am about to add a couple more pairs to my arsenal because I love the style, although you will not see me in the ones where the entire knee or whole thigh is out. For me that's overkill. And if you like the style but really don't want to show any flesh this patched pair or lace knee pair might be more your speed.



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Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of The Day | #VBxTarget Black Calla Lily Satin Ruffle Hem Dress

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Hey Delights!

Did you shop the Victoria Beckham for Target collection? I did but only online because while in some cities plus sizes were readily available in store, in my city it was not (click here to check for plus size in store in your city),

But anyway, I love the mod, laid back, feminine style of the collection, so I purchased a few pieces, like the Blue Stripe Poplin Gathered Waist Dress & the Retro Floral Tie Waist Romper.

But I chose the Black Calla Lily Satin Ruffle Hem Dress as my #PlusSizePick because I have seen it on so many different body shapes and it looks gorgeous on EVERYONE!
I have seen/read a few things from those who shopped in store about sizes and thought I would share the biggest one with you ladies. The sizing may be a bit tricky, mainly in the pants, so make sure you check out the size chart.

Some pieces have of course already sold out, so if you are on the fence about buying, I would suggest that you just jump over it and get what you are eyeing. Target has the best shipping, free over $25 and returning things is easy.

Anyway, I am excited to get the pieces I ordered and I will of course share them on le blog!


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{Review} Stitch Fix For Plus Size

Hey Delights!

As previously mentioned, now that Stitch Fix has launched plus size, I decided to give them another try in hopes that my experience this time around would be better than my initial Stitch Fix experience back in 2011.

So here ya go...my review of the Stitch Fix box that I received!



So what say you? Have you or would you try Stitch Fix


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Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of The Day | Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant Floral Skirt #PlusSizePick

Hey delights!

Lane Bryant is at it again with a collaboration with a high end designer, this time they have teamed up with Prabal Gurung.

The Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant collection consists of 20 pieces that pretty much live in the red, black, white and blue lane and I am here for it. I love the florals and the stripes & I almost chose this striped cold shoulder sweater as my pick but I went with this gorgeous iris print full circle skirt. There is also a matching blouse, scarf and tee shirt in the collection.


The print screams Spring to me and I am so ready for it!

What say you? Are you loving this collection?

Shop the Floral Full Circle Skirt HERE!

Check out the previous Plus Size Picks HERE!



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{Community} Stitch Fix Now Offers Plus Size

Update: 3/9/17 - Just got my Stitch Fix box. Review to come!


This Stitch Fix post I wrote way back in 2011 has over 64,000 hits and counting. The "and counting" part is because 6 years later, Stitch Fix has finally entered the plus size game and the post is a top hit on my site once again.

I know a lot of people are excited that Stitch Fix has finally started offering plus sizes but for me, while I am always glad when we plus size women have more options, I'm still a little salty about my initial experience with them. But I am taking cues from the La La Land producer at the Oscars and getting on board because it truly is a win for plus size women and the hits on my site are definitely an indicator that it was something that was really wanted.

Here's the deal in a nutshell. Stitch Fix now offers sizes 14W-24W & 1X-3X. They have partnered with some of our most loved brands like Eloquii, Kiyonna & City Chic and even added plus size options to their in house brands. Thy brought in 3 plus size bloggers to work with them on fit, etc.
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Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of The Day | Floral Bell Sleeve Jacket #PlusSizePick

Hey Delights!

I have seen lots of versions of colorful, fun short bell sleeves on some of my fave non plus size bloggers like Jenn from Style Charade & I was seriously feeling some fashion envy because I love the style. I rocked the style in this gorgeous red dress & recently purchased this fun color-block bell sleeved teeEloquii has a longer sleeve black bell sleeve blazer but I really wanted the style in a fun, colorful jacket.

So of course I am major excited that Lane Bryant has dropped this gorgeous Floral Bell Sleeve Jacket.  It is a beauty, perfect for work & play.
These Destructed Skinny Jeans are KILLER also and currently BOGO 1/2. 

As is the case like 98% of the time, I ordered today's fashion pick for myself & I can't wait for it to arrive! 😃

Shop the Floral Bell Sleeve Jacket HERE!

Check out the previous Plus Size Picks HERE!



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{What I Wore} Holiday Vibe

Christmas came and went in a blur but not before I got to celebrate it a little. We started Christmas morning off by volunteering at the Center on Halsted and afterwards went home for a little nap and then off to hang with the fambam at my sister's house.

I wanted to keep my style majorly relaxed so I pulled out my fave velvet jumpsuit (I LOVE this one that is currently on ridiculous sale under $30) & my Noel flats from last year. I also finally wore the Eloquii cape blazer I purchased in 2015.
Plus Size Fashion Holiday Look Cape Blazer Velvet Jumpsuit





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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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{Five Fab} Who What Wear x Target Fall Must Haves

Hey Fabs!

As I did when the Who What Wear collection at Target first dropped earlier this year, I am back to share with you 5 picks from their Fall collection that are must haves. And while I of course focus mainly on the plus size offerings, they create the majority of their styles in both straight & plus sizes.

I am loving the rich tones and fabric choices. Fall is that great season where we all tend to do a lot of layering, so I love having a variety of fabrics to choose from & this collection definitely gives you that.

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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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{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'...
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{Five Fab} Who What Wear x Target Plus Size Must Haves + Fit Notes

UPDATE: I purchased 3 pieces from the current collection,the Mod Moto Jacket, the Botanical Print Pencil Skirt & the Trench Vest and here are some fit notes. The jacket is true to size for me and a gorgeous, deep blue. The skirt was a bust for me. I ordered it in my regular size, 18 but would need at least a 22 or 24 for it to fit me well and I wasn't really a fan of the fabric. And the vest has a really nice weight to it but you definitely need to size down a size or two even.

Initially finding the plus size options online was hit or miss but I was finally able to order the pieces that I wanted from the first collection drop. Also apparently there were some plus size items spotted in store, so if you don't find what you want online maybe you would luck up in store.

It's finally here! After being announced last Fall, the Who What Wear x Target Collection drops this weekend. And instead of a one off, the Who What Wear x Target collaboration, is actually the first of it's kind, with an ongoing partnership that will have new collections of apparel and accessories dropping every month.

And for all my plus size ladies, yes there will be plus sizes buttttttt......once again, plus size will only be sold online. Sigh...I want to say that I am surprised but call me jaded or just a realist because I am not surprised.

Anyway, as I am not a get up at 5 am to stand in line, especially in the heart of winter kind of a girl, and actually prefer online shopping in a lot of ways, I am content to shop online for the The Who What Wear collection but come on Target. Let the plus size girls who want to make a run on the stores get in on the madness. #sideeye

Plus Size Who What Wear x Target Collection Must Haves
Knit Bardot Dress, $32.99 | Trench Vest*, $44.99 | Painted Dot Button-up Blouse*, $27.99 
 Mod Moto Jacket*, $39.99 | Pencil Skirt*, $27.99

My annoyance at this aside, these are five cute pieces from the collection that I am really digging on.

1. Knit Bardot dress I love the sassy vibe of this dress & the floral print is so pretty.

2. Trench VestAnd I have totally fallen in love with trench vests the past couple of years and love the military chic of this one. It would be a great piece to dress up or down.

3. Painted Dot Button-up Blouse Do I really need to say much about the polka dots? I mean who doesn't love polka dots? Oh and there is a sleeveless ruffle version that will be available also.

4. Mod Moto Jacket - LOVE this blue and I have never met a moto jacket that did not call out to me.

5. Vintage Print Pencil Skirt - I definitely need more yellow in my life and love it the blue combined in this print. 

Keep in mind that not all of the items will drop at the same time. The first The Who What Wear collection will be available in select Target stores and on Target.com beginning Sunday, Jan. 31st* with prices ranging from $14.99 - $49.99.

What say you? 
What are your Who What Wear x Target Must Haves?



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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} Faux Leather Cape + Teal Faux Leather Dress

Hey Fabs!

I fell in love with this faux leather cape and faux leather skater dress the moment I laid eyes on them & immediately purchased them. So wearing them together felt like kismet. Like a meeting of two long lost BFF's.

Can we take a moment to discuss this cape (which comes in size 8-20 but it's a cape, so you might have a bit of leeway with the sizing). But it's no secret, I love capes. Like really love, love them. If I could get away with wearing them all year round, I totally would.

And this cape, well it is truly the cape to end all capes. It is such a great piece that can go from dressy to casual like how I wore it here. While I did find this faux leather fringe cape and a couple of possible options on ebay, I am so surprised that other popular brands have not produced a similar piece. So, major kudos to Violetta by Mango for being so fashion forward. Now, I just need it in red.



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