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{What I Wore} Giving Them The Tropical Cold Shoulder

Hey Fabs!

I have just returned from a lovely vacation in Puerto Rico and I am feeling so refreshed & renewed and excited to max out the rest of these summer days. 

If you follow me on twitter or instagram then you have already seen a few snaps from our trip but of course, being the amateur photographer that I am, I have hundreds, so there are plenty more to come.

For this trip I packed a lot of warm weather, easy, beachy, vacation perfect pieces but this Kiyonna Coastal Cold Shoulder Dress in particular seriously made me feel like I was living a fabulous Caribbean life.

The gorgeous tropical print alone screams warm, beautiful, sunny days. Add to that the subtle sexiness of the cold shoulder and it is a must have!
Kiyonna Coastal Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress - Tropical Palm Print


{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


#Rock10For30 {Fashion} Challenge: Day 3 Look - And I Got Locked Out!!

Today was one of those days that started out pretty uneventful. We left for the gym around 7 am, worked out, had breakfast and then Joe went to work and I went to look at an apartment and then went back to the flat.

Since this challenge requires daily photos, sometimes getting them means I take my tripod out on the back porch and snap a few. So, I gathered all of my things, sat them near the door and stepped out to set up my tripod and as soon as the screen door closed, my heart sank.

I had locked myself out of the house. Gahhhhhhhhhh.....Mind you I didn't have a coat on, I didn't have my phone or purse because I set them inside near the door. So, after trying to get into the windows, a losing cause, because they have security locks on them that make it impossible to lift them more than an inch or so.

Distraught, I made my way downstairs and around the front. I rang bells hoping someone was home but not a soul could be found. So, I sat there on the front stoop for a bit thinking maybe, just maybe someone will come.

After almost an hour, I saw a car go down the street and a few minutes later it came back and parked in front of our building & the driver got out.

I felt like what prisoners must feel, standing inside the gate, looking out all pitiful like but I said, "excuse me, can I use your phone? I am locked out of the house".

I guess because she saw that I had a huge camera hanging from my shoulder & no coat on and thought perhaps this is legit.

So, she got her phone out of her car and asked for the number and asked if I tried all the bells at the building, etc.

Of course Joe's phone went straight to voice mail and to shorten this very longgg story, she, the stranger aka saint sent to save my day, ended up driving me all the way to Joe's job to get the keys and back home.  She was only in the area because she was supposed to meet a new client who didn't show up!

I am so grateful to her and instead of sitting outside for hours, I am safely back inside.  Needless to say, I was extra cautious about checking the door locks when I finally got to snap these pics of my look for day 3.

Dress: City Chic | Cobalt Cold Shoulder Top (available in black here) | Shoeties

For this look I went with the black thin strap dress under the ASOS Curve cobalt cold shoulder top (last seen here). To camouflage the bottom of the top, I wore my double peplum belt (last seen here) & I pulled out my Charles Jourdan Satchel (last seen here) and pops of gold jewelry to finish off the look.


{What I Wore} Embellished Cold Shoulder

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Hey Delights!

I am completely committed to keeping my style easy this summer, so when I saw this embroidered cold shoulder peasant dress I instantly feel in love with it's relaxed vibe.  And of course I am always #TeamColdShoulder and the embroidery on the sleeve, which is amazing, sealed the deal.
I am working to not complain about the weather although I think my face kinda gives me away in this pic. It was pretty warm and a girl was HOT! 😓

{What I Wore} City Chic Cold Shoulder + Gwynnie Bee Visits Chicago

Hey Fabs!

If you follow me on social media then you know Gwynnie Bee came to Chicago for their "Inspired By You Tour" & I co-hosted a happy hour with them.  I tried on a lot of new pieces coming to the site and this dress is just one of the many fabulous frocks that you MUST closet!

City Chic Cold Shoulder Dress Chicago Gwynnie Bee Inspired By You Tour
Thank you to everyone who came out! The happy hour was so much fun! As you can see from the pictures my rugrat aka my photographer snapped, there was a great group of ladies (and a few guys) in attendance and it was nonstop sipping, nibbling, socializing & laughing. 
Gwynnie Bee Chicago Inspired By You Tour

Make sure that you check out Gwynnie Bee, in addition to fabulous clothing always dropping, they are always featuring a variety of members rocking new pieces, so you can get a feel for how they might work on your body.

Disclosure: Gwynnie Bee provided me with complimentary access to their service but don't get it twisted, I have been a fan since they began and the opinions expressed here are my own. Learn more about featured posts and my disclosure policy here. 

{What I Wore} Working My Gwynnie Bee Closet: Prints, Prints & More Prints!

Hey fabs!

If you have been following me for any amount of time, then you know my Gwynnie Bee love is the real deal. So when my peeps at People StyleWatch invited me to partner with them to share some of the current fab pieces in stock at Gwynnie Bee, doing so was a no brainer.

I selected a variety of styles in pretty patterns and fits to give you a good look at the diverse brands that are always available.  Like this Mynt 1792 Cold Shoulder Python Print Dress. I have worn it twice since it arrived. It is so gorgeous and comfortable. I first wore it with flats and then paired it with these colorblock heels that I have had forever.
And if you know anything about Mynt 1792, then you know they are all about quality and this dress is no exception. And the cold shoulder has definitely become the sexiest style to me.

And that python print? LOVE!

Next up is this Karen Kane Palm Print Tank Dress. It was perfect for a day at the park. I threw it, my strappy espadrilles & my fab white roll up visor on and BAM, easy breezy, summertime cute.

It's such a pretty blue and it had a girl feeling carefree, flirty and fun!

And next up, you will totally say yes to this Triste Patchwork Printed Ruched Dress! It is va vavoom and form fitted without being restrictive.
I love the fabulous colors of the patchwork pattern play. They are fun but subtle and the dress while totally fab on it's own, would also look awesome under a blazer for work or play.

I realized as I was writing this post that all three of these dresses are in the blue/green color family but are all still so fresh and unique, A total nod to one of the reasons why I love Gwynnie Bee so much, it truly does give you an endless wardrobe.

Stay tuned, I will be featuring another dress with a completely different vibe!

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{OOTD} ASOS Curve Cold Shoulder + Pops of Gold

Last night I went to see two of my all time favorite old school bands, 
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and The Isley Brothers and it was a BLAST! 

Dress: ASOS Curve | Jacket: Elle @ Kohl's | Belt: ASOS Curve (similar)  
Bag & Cuff: Closet Fete | Necklace: Forever21


{rock} love...need...want: @ASOS Curve Cold Shoulder Sequin Top

You know that I am a sequin freak (examples here, here and here!!), so when the fashion gawds at ASOS Curve added a little cold shoulder to this top, I was IN!!!!

Love or hate it?


{rock} ASOS Curve Cold Shoulder Dress

This ASOS Curve Bodycon Cold Shoulder Dress has arrived and I can't wait to rock it!

Stay tuned!

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{shopping} love...need...want: ASOS CURVE Cold Shoulder & Cowl Back

There is nothing as universally flattering as giving them a little cold shoulder!

And this draped cowl back dress is SEXY personified.

A lil fashion tape to hide your bra and WERK!

p.s the necklace! YES!


Day 16 #Rock10For30 {Fashion} Challenge | Maxi + Cold Shoulder

I am a bit behind in posting the looks but I have been true to the cause and still #Rockin10For30!

 Here is my look from day 16, which was cold and rainy (hence the rainboots)


{What I Wore} Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress

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Hey Delights!

We went to the Vegan Food & Drink Festival on Saturday and had an amazing time! I pulled out this easy, breezy, lightweight open shoulder ruffle maxi dress from Boohoo. It was 90 degrees and super sunny, so this fabulous wide brim visor, which comes in 21 colors was a godsend.
Wide Brim Visor I own this is Fushia & Black and will be picking up a couple other colors

{shopping} love...need...want: ASOS Curve Bodycon Cold Shoulder Dress

Hey Lovelies!

I hope that you had a fabulous Christmas...
I am just stopping in to share something awesome.

I saw this dress the other day and had to have it!

I am so in love with the cutout shoulder detail (I wore this top on Christmas)

What do you think? Would you rock it?

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{Fashion} High vs Low - Which Would You Buy? | Fisherman Knit Sweater

Hey Delights!

You guys know that I am obsessed with the cold shoulder style so when I saw this Rachel Rachel Roy Curvy fisherman knit sweater in Macy's the other day I instantly fell in love with it. Today I was browsing my usual online shopping spots and came across this similar version from FForever21.

The Rachel Rachel Roy version is a machine washable cotton/nylon/wool blend and also comes in deep, rich red.  It is currently on sale but it is still almost twice the price of the Forever21 version, which is not a Forever21 brand but from one of the many brands that they are featuring as of late. It is 100% acrylic & hand wash only.

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Fisherman Knit Sweater Plus Size


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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{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.

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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{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


{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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{Fashion} Star Wars Fan Girl Style

Hey Fabs! 

Even if you are not actually a die hard Star Wars fan, you have to admit that the long awaited return of the epic saga is kinda exciting, right?

And of course it's always fun to show off your fan girl status and there is no shortage of ways to do so. There is something for everyone in your tribe, from your pets to your wee ones and of course your curves.

Here are six tops that I would totally rock. They range from classic to cheeky to sexy.

Star Wars Fan Plus Size T shirts
1 | 2 | 3| 4 | 5| 6

I love the kitsch of the Darth Vader Ugly Christmas Sweater, which totally reminds me that I need to start planning how I am going to beat my "Merry Thickmas" sweater from last year.

And how fab is this cold shoulder embellished top? It definitely gives Star Wars a new meaning (hahaa). It comes in 3 colors but this one is my fave. And "The Dark Side Made Me Do It" is already one of my regular excuses ;) so this shirt is a no brainer.

May the (fashion) force be with you!

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