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{What I Wore} Annalise Keating Inspired - The Fab 40's Challenge

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Hey Delights!

Today I am off to NYC for the Fohr U: The Conference, so you can follow along on my instagram, snapchat and twitter to see what I get in.

But although I am scrambling & doing my last minute packing thing, I wanted to get this post up sharing my look as the guest blogger in the Fab 40's style challenge hosted by Veronica of Cid Style File. Basically they choose a monthly theme and style it out and this month's theme is "Villain". I can not tell you how hard of a time I had coming up with someone but I ended up going with How to Get Away with Murder's Annalise Keating. Mind you, I don't watch the show but because of my twitter time line, I feel like I do and I know Annalise be on some major villain type mess.

Anyway, here is my interpretation of Annalise Keating's style, which while conservative, always has a little sexiness to it. So I went with this fitted jacket and knotted skirt.

Dress: Eloquii (similar) | Blazer: Lane Bryant | Strappy Pumps: Last seen here | Similar Sunnies

Everything that I am wearing I have had forever and I am side eyeing myself for not having rocked this dress sooner. It has literally been in my closet for like a year and it is pretty awesome.

Thanks for inviting me Veronica!

Check out the other looks on her site!



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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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{Fashion} New In My Arsenal!

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Happy weekend Delights!

This morning I got up early and recorded a haul video of some of the new pieces that I have gotten for my Spring and Summer fashion arsenal. But while I'm still in the editing phase I wanted to share the pieces with you because some of them may very well sell out before the video posts (they are just that fab!)








Stay tuned for the final cut of the video & in the meantime, check out my other videos on my youtube channel.



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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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{What I Wore} Metallic Polka Dots

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We celebrated my Daddy's 70th birthday this weekend and I pulled out this pretty Off The Shoulder Metallic Dot Dress from Eloquii for the occasion.

It is such a great, easy wearing dress and I was so grateful for that because there is nothing worse than trying to enjoy yourself and having to fuss with your clothes. It has elastic all along the top so it stays in place and you really don't even have to use the neck ribbon if you don't want to but I like that they add a pretty element to the dress.



I have these Fergalicious wedges in three colors, black, taupe & poppy. Only the taupe color is currently available but here is a similar shoe and although the heel is 4 1/4 inches high, thank the heavens they don't feel like it at all. I seriously want to kiss whoever invented wedge heels .
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{What I Wore} Leopard + Trench & The One Accessory You NEED In Your Life

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Hello Delights!

April showers bring...leopard rain boots & fab trench coat moments. I purchased this Via Spiga trench coat back in December for such a crazy deal and although mama nature wasn't ready to let Spring be great, GREAT just yet, I pulled it out & rocked it last week.




And while my trench coat collection runs really deep with lots of colors, I did not have a white one so I snagged this T Tahari single breasted trench. It has a lace flap back which is so pretty and today it is only $24 in my size (2x). Win WIN!!!!!!

I have had these boots forever and all LOVE to the inventor of the bubble umbrella 🌂.While folks were wet & struggling & the wind 💨was breaking their regular umbrellas like they were made of paper, I was dry, dancing in the streets & singing in the rain.💃





Cheers to April and let's hope all this crazy rain will bring the most beautiful flowers!


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{Fashion} Spring Things: Sequin Mules

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And while I totally love the butterfly pumps, I am honest enough with myself to acknowledge that I would not be able to walk in them, so I only ordered the sequin mules. But you can snag them both (or any other shoes) with Payless's current BOGO 1/2 deal TODAY!

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{What I Wore} Floral Bell Sleeve Jacket + Pencil Jeans

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As I mentioned when I featured this floral bell sleeve jacket as a Plus Size Pick, I love this style and was somewhat impatiently waiting for someone to drop it in plus size.  And when they did, I snatched it up on first sight and thankfully I can report that I was not disappointed.

This jacket is gorgeous. The fabric is a great weight and the seams on the flowers add a great texture to it. It is a swing jacket, and as you can see in my happy dance video, it has this great flow and elegance to it even when wearing it with jeans as I was.

A video posted by Jaye "Goody" Gipson-Trimble (@curvatude) on
Floral Bell Sleeve Jacket (this skirt is in the same print) | Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Pencil Jeans 
V-Neck Tee (comes in 9 colors and is a great basic to dress up or down)
Booties (comes in 5 colors last seen here) | Lippie
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{Fashion} Christian Siriano For Payless Runway to Real Way

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I have featured Christian Siriano here on le blog more than any other designer. He is actually one of the few brands that have a post label on my site, mainly due to his partnerships with Payless and in recent times, Lane Bryant. And I continue to appreciate what he brings to the fashion space through these collaborations and by using his voice and designs to make a statement that fashion should be inclusive.

His Fall 2017 New York Fashion Week show took place today & he did not disappoint. He had an incredibly diverse show with models of various sizes, shapes and colors, not to mention that the clothes were BEAUTIFUL!

Amazing right? 💖 And Christian's long standing partnership with Payless just gets better and better as the years go by. For this show he created two limited edition pairs of shoes, a gorgeous butterfly print pump and a fabulous pink sequin mule that are MUST HAVES and going on sale at Payless less than 24 hours after his runway show!  

heels | mules
I NEED them both!

What say you? What did you think of the show? Do you love the shoes?



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{What I Wore} Valentine's Blush

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As I mentioned in my post featuring the faux leather peg leg pants, I really want to have fun with fashion and rock things that I don't normally rock. So when I saw this soft pink crepe blazer and ankle grazer cigarette pants, I had to have them & I am thinking about getting them in the lavender color that is currently available.

While I LOVE color and wear it as much as possible, I rarely wear pink. And I definitely did not have a pink pant suit in my life. And this is such a sweet blush of pink. While I went pretty dressy for this look with the deep v bodysuit & floral heels, I can't wait to dress these pieces down also.



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{What I Wore} Red Fit & Flare

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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} Colorfully In Vested

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I have had this fabulously colorful faux fur vest for years now. I remember when it first arrived that I couldn't stop wearing it around the house. It even ended up getting some love in my Warby Parker Home Try On Glasses review video. A faux fur vest is such a perfect layering piece for this time of the year, so I pulled it out for a Sunday of shopping and theater.
I just LOVE it!
Vest: A by Adrienne Landau HSN (I love/NEED this colorful faux fur coat) | Faux Leather Biker Jacket: Dorothy Perkins (seen here) Similar Jacket| Jeans: Denizen c/o | Boots: Earth Brands | Similar Mirrored Sunglasses | Bag: Old |  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} Plush Leopard

I have had this leopard print faux fur forever yet she never ceases to make me smile when I put her on and I am just going to say it, every woman should have one, so if you don't, what are you waiting for?
Faux Fur Leopard Coat: Alfani | Leggings: (old) Lane Bryant 
Boots: Aerosoles (in brown & black) last seen here | Fitbit Surge


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{What I Wore} Teddy Bear Faux Fur Coat & Blooms

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One of the things that I promised myself during the 12 Days of January was that I would do something small but special for myself every weekend. So now that I am on my way back to wellness and up and at it again, Sunday I went and picked up some flowers. Nothing expensive. I got them at Trader Joe's for like $10. But they are beautiful and they make me smile, which is all that matters.

And because as I mentioned here, I wanted to lighten up my energy, I pulled out my teddy bear coat. I love this coat so much. It's totally like rocking a cozy blanket 😘
Coat: (old) Old Navy ( I LOVE this similar bomber jacket!) | Corset Waist Coated Jeans (so seriously sexy seen here) | Leopard Booties: (old) Target (similar) | Fitbit Surge | Scarf: (old) Michael Kors (similar) | Backpack: (old) New Look (seen here) Similar | Marc Jacobs Sun glasses: Beige - Black - Black/WhiteMore similar Items on liketoknow.it
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{What I Wore} Popped A Little Powder Blue Spring on this Winter

After being sick for what felt like FOREVER, I have really been in search of things that give me a little more pep in my step, so I have ditched my beloved long black puffer coat (seen here & here) for my more colorful ones and I already feel lighter.

Saturday I went to see a great play (review forthcoming) and I pulled out this powder blue beauty that I got from Old Navy forever ago to rock over a catsuit. It is fuzzy and such a great color that you can't help but feel good in it.

Here are a few other lighter, fab, fuzzy winter coats to put a little Spring in your Winter.




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{What I Wore} Peg Leggin' It

Hey Delights! I am not normally a peg leg pants kind of a girl but this year I will be all about branching out & trying new things in every area of my life but especially on the fashion front.

So during a recent fashion haul of some serious sale items, I scooped up these fab faux leather peg leg pants, this soft pink crepe blazer and matching ankle grazer cigarette pants, this velvet cami dress & this cute "life's a beach bag" for the beach, one of which I hope to be on in the next couple of months.

Besides being a deep, rich oxblood, these beauties had 3 major 🔑's going for them.
  1. They are on sale for $23 
  2. They are a really nice weight faux leather, like reallllyyy nice & well lined. So I will be rockin' them all year long. 
  3. They are only $23!! Oh yeah I mentioned that already didn't I? Well a girl is really all about stretch'n her coinage this year, so that price is in the words of DJ Khalid, #MajorKey 🔑

Faux Leather Peg Leg Pants | Faux Fur (last seen here) | Blue Suede Booties (I need them in green) | Zoya Polish in Blair


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The CurvaCast: The 12 Days of January | Day 7 #12DaysofJanuary

Happy Saturday and welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Days of January.
{insert praise dance 💃}

 Boot Tray Boots: Here, here & here | Odor Eaters (necessity for winter boots!)
Hey Delights! I am so excited that we have made it through the first half of the The 12 Days of January!

Hopefully you have had a chance to start thinking about how simple actions can have a huge, positive impact on your life if you do them consistently.

I know that I have and even though I have been sick most of this year so far, I have actually been grateful for the structure the actions provide.

For example, I love how the action from Day 1 has been taking shape in my life.  When I wake up an hour earlier, although I definitely haven't jumped right out of bed every day, I have used that time to stretch and have my tea or some days drugs for this beast of a cold. But I love that I have that time to contemplate my day and just spend quiet time with myself before I have to spend it with others.

I am hoping to use that time going forward to meditate, read, pin on Pinterest, something I enjoy but don't do nearly enough, etc.

Anyway, on to today's podcast for Day 7 of The 12 Days of January. It is short and sweet but hopefully it plants a seed for you to do what I did and get something very simple that makes your life instantly better.
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