For decades the traditional work bag had to be black. Something about a sharp black bag commanded strength and power. Fast forward to 2016 and while that trend hasn't necessarily changed the introduction of beautiful bold colors into the office has definitely given women more creative freedom to express their style and personality through the classic work bag staple.
First, you can't go wrong with the cobalt color. Seriously, it is the perfect color that transitions seamlessly from winter to spring and later to summer. Plus it's bold without being too in your face.
I also love the satchel shape of this bag. It's small but built well with dividers and a middle zippered compartment. Even though it looks small, it comfortably fit my iPad, shoes, makeup kit and even my oversized wallet.
I will say that above all I love that it is a great work bag that also works great for the weekend. Oh and who doesn't love a bag that comes with the option of converting into a cross body? I mean, genius?! I still don't know why all bags don't come that way!
Welcome to the Suits, Heels and Curves Beauty Giveaway!
As you guys know I've become a huge makeup fanatic. So in the spirit of sharing I've decided to share my obsession with you by featuring a monthly giveaway of exclusive and often hard to find beauty items. Giveaways will be announced on my social media channels so make sure you are following me stay completely up to date.
So first up is the much coveted Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Palette. I accidently ordered two of these during the Sephora preview so my loss is your win! Ladies, if you want to shine bright like a diamond then this is the palette for you!!
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As a petite plus size woman I often struggle with finding pieces that work well for my shape. Yes, it's simple to say – just get it hemmed.
But often times the problem runs deeper than that. Because of my higher waistline and shorter torso there are times that even with a fixed hemmed, the proportions are just so off that it's not worth the additional investment. Much like my taller counterparts, I love it when companies take our needs into consideration and offer alternate sizing options.
I was recently introduced to eShakti and I will say it has quickly become a favorite of mine. First, not only can you customize the length of most of their items but you can add different kinds of sleeves and necklines. You can even provide full bust, waist and hip measurements so that the garment is made exactly to your specifications. All for a price point that is competitive with many of our favorite plus size brands. I don't know about you but I love the idea of a completely customized dress for under $100!
So check out my eShakti pick which I altered by making it a midi length, adding pockets and cap sleeves. The dress fit perfect in all of the right places! I add a pop of pink which really made the beautiful blue heart print material shine.
Now, yes, I'm working on getting over that fear but in the meantime one trick that I've being doing is pairing a tucked in look with a blazer or long lined vest. The addition of such a piece does wonders for breaking up the solidness of a tucked in look while giving me a little more coverage.
Plus, I'm short and a long lined vest does wonders for elongating my look.
So ladies, instead of dismissing a trend that might be a little outside of your comfort zone, look for ways to make the look work for you and your ascetics.
My life as a blogger has taken me down many interesting paths where I've met the most amazing array of people. Writers, models, celebrities, designers, publicists, and readers, to name just a few. But never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that my blog life would be the catalyst for meeting so many incredible women that I now call friends.
The sisterhood I've gained through this world constantly surprises me. It was these ladies that held me up last year during my darkest of times, wiped my tears as they fell down my face and pushed me, week after week, to pick out new looks, even when the last thing I wanted to think about was blogging.
I am blessed to have an amazing circle of blog sisters – or "wives" as reference in this I Heart My Body video. Ladies, you know who you are. Thank you for being amazing!
Now onto today's look which my girlies Sandra and Jami had a huge involvement in. Actually, I am wearing Sandra's belt and Jami's necklace – talk about good friends! So this beautiful LBD comes via Skye's The Limit.
Skye's the limit is a fresh and vibrant casual American sportswear line delivering apparel that is of high quality and exquisite detail. The line is affordable and super breezy – perfect for the summer days to come!
Now in terms of sizing, I went with a 2x but I could have gone down to a 1x. The dress was light and airy – the perfect version of a summertime little black dress.
My younger self worried too much about blending in and following all of the fashion rules. Bright, bold colors? No girl – that was not for me! I even remember commenting once on how a neon top was "too Puerto Rican", of course a reference to the beautiful array of bold Caribbean colors that are a part of my heritage.
There was something about being fat, shy and just overall not very confident that left me hiding under dark, bland and boring clothing.
Well, as you can see from today's look that Darlene is no longer around! Somehow over the past few years I've learn to accept the authenticity of my true self, embrace the layers of my personality and express my boldness through color, creativity and fashion.
So today's look is all about that. It's about breaking the rules and being the true you.
Last month I celebrated my blog anniversary and for this special occasion I wanted to wear something that felt special but also transitioned nicely from work to evening.
Now, I will admit that when I first saw the DAPHNE FLORAL KIMONO JACKET from Modamix I wasn't totally in love with the shape. As you guys already know from the Darlene dress, I love, love, love this print. However, there was something about the kimono style that felt overwhelming on my petite shape.
Finally after much fighting, my blogger babes, Sandra and Jami convinced me to try it out and I will say, I was so surprised by how cute it fit. I paired it with a pair of faux leather leggings from Catherines (sold-out but similar) and I was ready for a cocktail.
What trends have you tried that at first you said "heck no" to?
Over the past few years the pussy bow top has seen a resurgence in mainstream fashion and its sophistication, ladylike features, and versatility reminds us why it is a must have staple in our closet.
For today's classic look I paired one of my favoriote pussy bow tops (similar) with this beautiful flared skirt from Target's Who What Wear™ collection (currently on sale). I just love the daintiness of a flared skirt and I am often grabbing them for work and on the weekends. I love how girlie I feel with them on and hey – who doesn't want to feel like a princess?
Lastly, I finished off the look with a pair of beautiful pumps from fullbeauty.com. Ladies, these kitten heels are a beauty! They are elegant and timeless, plus they are leather and come in wide and wide wide width. Just a heads up – these are currently also on sale. Yup don't say I didn't warn you.
So ladies, as tempting as the fast fashion trends are, we often have to return to the classic staple pieces that ground our style and that have lived through the decades of fashion changes.
What are the classic fashion items you keep in your closet?