A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being asked to model at the New York Edition of the Golden Confidence Pool Party on behalf of Ashley Stewart. First, lets recap something. Your girl here? Is a whole 5 foot 3 inches – so not your typical model stature. Also, aside from my brief pageant years in my 20's, I've never really modeled AND the idea of walking in high heels on a wooden boardwalk honestly freaked me out. I kept imagining tripping in front of the hundreds of people and making a complete fool out of myself. Talk about being on display! However, when a dear industry friend asks for a favor, my motto is you do it. So with that I said yes, and you know what, it actually wasn't so bad.
From tall to short, bikinis to one pieces, sarongs to cover ups, the 150+ women (and men) who attended the Golden Confidence Pool Party strutted their stuff like that pool deck was their runway – so hey, I wasn't alone. The event was definitely a one of a kind plus size showcase the world needed to see. As I looked at all the women arriving to the event I found myself overwhelmed by the amazingly gorgeous women in attendance. I definitely had a few ‘dang girl’ moments. Even more overwhelming was the community and unity among these women. All you saw was fun, laughter, canon balls and dancing.
When it was my time to take the runway I was met with cheers, "yes girl", and lots of "woohoo's". This picture says it all. Yep, the sassy Darlene showed up and put my insecurities to rest.
Hey ladies! I'm back! France was amazing and I can't wait to share with you over the next week or so an inside look at the places I visited, the outfits I wore and how I packed a week's worth of clothing into a carry-on bag. But for now, while I get back into the rhythm of being back home and get over my jet-lag, below is a flash back to a look I wore right before going away.
If you haven't checked out the Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant collection make sure to check out my last YouTube video. Now for this dress I needed to size up to a size 20 from my usual 18 at LB. I also swapped the belt that came with the dress for another rhinestone belt that I picked up at Lane Bryant over the holidays. Ladies, this is the perfect dress for the summer. Dressing it up or down, it works perfectly for the many aspects of my life.
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Happy Friday!! If you follow me on snapchat (www.snapchat.com/add/suitscurves) than you already know that I'm on a plane on my way to the South of France for a much needed, well overdue vacation.
Now, while it pains me to leave you guys for a week I will be back soon with some amazing stories and pictures to share. While there won't be any blog posts next week make sure to follow me on my social media channels (below) to get a sneak peak at my outfit of the day, food of the day and and any other crazy antics that comes to mind.
So in the words of Pee-Wee Herman – Au revoir Simone!!
There are some days where you get up extra early, have time to calmly sift through your closet and without a care in the world pick out a fabulously curated ensemble. Hmm, I don't know about you but those days are a rarity in my home.
Most mornings I am up 15 minutes past when the alarm rang and I am scurrying around trying to find something that is clean and not wrinkle. Which is why during the warmer days of spring and summer I truly look forward to getting up in the morning and simply grabbing a pretty dress out of my closet and going about my business.
The summer dress is honestly the simplest solution to my morning craze. And ladies, the shirt dress just amps it up a notch. Now I will say that this shirt dress is a little too short for the office but with the trend running strong you can find plenty of styles that work for all aspects of your life.
I just love how easy, breezy they are and something about the button front gives it structure and shape. Wear it belted as I did or not for a no fuss look.
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.