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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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{Fab Five} Plus Size Winter Pajama Sets Under $30

Ok a little TMI... I normally sleep in the buff and actually most of the time that I am lounging at home, I don't wear much but when the colder months set in, in the the interest of our heating bill, I like to have some cute pajamas to throw on.

Last year I found myself lounging around in a plaid dress because it was so comfy but it made me realize that I needed more pajamas. So, I purchased a few, including this cute red & white polka dot set, this thermal set (similar in redin blue) & the set I am wearing in this picture.


I want to add a couple of new ones to my arsenal and thankfully there are lots of cute options in plus size this year and here are five that I love. I haven't had a onesie since I was a little girl but I have seen so many cute ones lately and I love this pink & zebra print.

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{Five Fab} For the Weekend Vol. 6

Hey fabs. What a week it has been. As I sit here writing this, I am still somewhat in a state of shock at how the presidential election turned out but I have been trying to do everything that I can to keep myself positive & productive. How about you?
Here's this week's Fab Five..

Shop:  After having seen it numerous times when I opened my Starbucks app & in need of something frivolous to smile about, I snagged this super cute Starbucks Siren Gold Crown Double Wall Traveler.  It has apparently been selling out & getting restocked and I am stoked I was able to snag one because white and gold are my colors!!


Wear: The weather has still been pretty mild here, so I have been pretty laid back fashion wise. But I am getting major stoked for, is all the fun & sparkle of holiday dressing.  I don't do a lot of formal events normally during the season but that does not stop me from wanted to get my sparkle on.

Last year I rocked this gorgeous green sequin Badgley Mischka dress and I am very excited that there are a ton of  fabulous sequin plus size options this year.

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{What I Wore} Fall Into Stripes

Last month when I went to see Beyonce in New Orleans, I was walking down Canal Street and happened upon one of those no name shops that usually have really trendy, cute, cheap clothes and decided to go in. My main reason for doing so was that I wanted a top. I had packed in a new, edited way (details coming soon) and at the last minute wanted a colorful top to rock with the black leggings I had with me.

I didn't find a top that I really liked but just as I was about to walk out, I spotted this multi-striped caped jumpsuit on a rack by the register and had to have it. It had several things that I love going for it, it had a cape, it was striped and it was very well priced at just $45.  The fact that it is also made of a great stretchy material, so wearing it is not restrictive or binding at all sealed the deal.

{Feeling like wonder woman, especially with the way the sun hit my cuff..haha} 
Gold Metal Clutch: Thrifted (similar) | Fergalicious Wedges: 
(In multiple colors I own 3 of them) |  Similar Gold Bangle | Sunglasses
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{Fab Five} For the Weekend | Vol.4

TGIF Fabs! I can not believe how fast October has flown by & you know the rest of the year with the holidays will go by even faster, so I am really trying to enjoy things even more. So this weekend, I am going to go to Randolph Market, which I haven't gone to nearly enough this year and just leisurely browse. Then I am going to finish revamping my shoe cabinet (seen here).
The weather halted my process but it should be on the team this weekend, so I can get this done.

Anyway, on to the Fab Five things...

Shop: One of the best things about Fall is pulling out your boots and I love the look of over the knee boots but we know historically that finding ones that fit your calves and your knees comfortably can be a challenge. Thankfully in the past couple of years, more brands have started selling OTK books that fit wide calves & knees.

And I love these flat over the knee, wide calf boots from Ashley Stewart because for one, they actually go over the knee unlike a lot of the styles that are being billed as over the knee and they are a nice flat style, so you can rock them regularly and they come in three cute colors.

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{Fab Five} For the Weekend | Vol.3

Happy FriYAY!! How was your week? Mine was pretty productive so I got a lot done but I always look forward to the weekend, even if I will still be working on things, there is just something about Saturday and Sunday that just feels different, right?

Any who, let's get this Fab Five for the Weekend party started!

Shop:  It is of course sweater weather and I love turtleneck & mock neck sweaters because they are such a great layering piece. I especially love this poncho style with the colorblocking and this bright pop of yellow.



Wear: And speaking of layering, today it's like 50 degrees in Chicago, so I am pulling out my old Iman convertible tweed coat to rock. It's not too light and not too heavy so perfect for layering.

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{What I Wore} Put An Arch In Summer Casual

Hey Fabs! 

A few weeks back I took an archery class at the American Indian Center and while I wasn't an instant pro at it, I totally fell in love with it & is definitely something I would love to be able to add to my schedule regularly. I had my girl Jonquil snap a few pics with my iPhone.

Top: Lane Bryant (similar) | Shorts: Similar | Shoes: Keds | Tote: Similar w/monogram | Fitbit Surge

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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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{Life} Cheers To The New Year!

Hey Fabs!

2015 seriously went by in a flash. Tonight Joe and I will do as we have done most years, ring in the new year at home with dinner, dancing and toasting but I could not let the year sing its' swan song without taking a moment to say thank you.

Thank you so much for supporting my little web home. I wish you love, peace & happiness in the coming year!
Cheers to OWNing IT!

Look Details (this previously sold out sequin dress that I am wearing under my tutu is in stock and on sale)

Happy New Year!


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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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{What I Wore} Quilted Gold + Liquid Leather Jeans

Hey Fabs!

I wanted a glam casual vibe for Christmas, so I slipped into my N O E L flats & finally pulled this Eloquii quilted metallic jacket that I have had for weeks out to rock with these super slick jeans. They are calling these pants faux leather leggings, but while they fit like the best leggings ever, can you say feels like wearing nothing???,,,they definitely have the texture of jeans, so I have christened them liquid leather jeans.

Anyway, I didn't do a full out photo shoot of the look but I did get a couple of snaps when I arrived at my parents house. This jacket is so unexpected and so awesome, I purchased it on first sight. Kudos to Eloquii.



Thanks for reading! Hope you had an awesome holiday!



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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} 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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{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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{What I Wore} Fuzzy Pink Plaid

Hey Fabs!

As I mentioned in my last post featuring plaid, I am loving all the ways that it is showing up. And this pretty pink and black MM2 dress from my Gwynnie Bee closet is definitely a fun and stylish option.

Plus Size Pink Plaid Dress Chicago Plus Size Blogger
Dress: MM2 via Gwynnie Bee | Similar Sweater | Fergalicious Wedges (similar &  here & here in taupe)
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{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 


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{What I Wore} Rockin' Pleats and Plaid

Hey Fabs!

As I wrote about in my Adam Lippes for Target #PlusSizePick's post, this plaid duster was a must have.  It's obviously a great looking piece but what I was not expecting, was that it would be made of such a great material. This is definitely a cool weather piece, made of heavy weight sweater material and it has been perfect layered over my jackets on these cool Fall days. 
Adam Lippes for Target Plus Size Duster Faux Leather Culottes
Duster (s/o similar here & here) | Culottes | Pleated Top (s/o) Booties | Necklace | Bag

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{What I Wore} Rockin' Pink For The Cause #BCA

Hey Fabs!

I couldn't let October go by without posting something about Breast Cancer Awareness month. A few years back I wrote a month long BCA series because the cause is one that is so near and dear to my heart. And while that was a true labor of love, there are of course other ways to support the cause.

In recent years more and more fashion brands have started offering products that you can purchase with a percentage of the retail sales going to various charities and that is the case with this Pink Bohemian Crochet Bellini (c/o) from Kiyonna. 50% of the sales of this bellini go to a Breast Cancer Angels.

Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Crochet Bellini Plus Size Kiyonna
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{Fashion Challenge} 1 Dress. 2 Girls. 3 Ways to Rock It | High Neck Scuba Swing Dress

He Fabs!

Zadry and I are back with another 1 Dress. 2 Girls. 3 Ways to Rock It challenge and although I have already posted a look rocking this dress, I thought it would be a perfect option for both of our bodies.

This ASOS Curve High Neck Scuba Swing Dress is such a great piece. The color is such a fun pop of what I guess you would call tomato red, although most of the time it photographs pretty orange.

Whatever you call the color, I love what an easy wearing piece it is.

I didn't shoot a look featuring pants or leggings but expect to see me also rocking this over pieces like my camo & faux leather leggings.

Chicago Plus Size Blogger Faux Leather Skirt
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