Back-to-School Shopping with JCPenney

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So as many of you may have noticed there is a new Mr. in my life. I must say he's a handsome one with a smile that melts your heart and the spirit of a 5 year old (wink, wink).  Meet Elliot or as we affectionately call him, Elliot the Great. 

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This past weekend Elliot and I went back-to-school shopping with daddy. Now I will admit, back-to-school shopping is a little intense.  Kids grow fast, finding options that are on-trend and affordable isn't always easy and then the mob of people makes visiting multiple stores impossible.

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Picking a one-stop shopping destination for the whole family was a must on our list as we discussed which stores to visit. We knew we needed a place where I could stock up on great everyday value items for Elliot but also restock up on items for everyone at home. 

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So off to our local JCPenney we went and boy was it so worth it! Both Elliot and I shuffled through the racks picking out cute pieces that were both fashionable and practical. From graphic tees to military greens, JCPenney definitely has something for everyone. I personally love the Arizona line for boys and when I saw these olive camo joggers I knew we had to grab them.  Elliot particularly loved them because they felt like sweat pants and had enough stretch for him to move, leap, play and roll around in. We paired them with a top that he actually picked out, also from Arizona and finished the look with a pair of Converse from the wonderful shoe section at JCPenney.

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I think someone has this modeling thing down packed! #soworthit

The best part about our shopping adventure is that we were able to get all of his clothes at one location and since JCPenney always has a great sale going on we didn't break the bank doing so. This entire look was well under $50 – not bad in my book. 

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So ladies, there you have it, the new Mr. in my life. As you can see he's a little fashion lover himself so I am sure you will see more of him soon.

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How are you surviving the back to school madness?

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.

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IG Wives Takeover Part 2 – LACMA

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Happy Monday ladies! Today we continue on our IG Wives LA takeover with a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art aka LACMA.  

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LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States and attracts nearly a million visitors annually so making this one of our stops on the LA tour was a must.  Plus as a blogger and art lover, you can't visit LA without making a stop to see Chris Burden's Urban Light display. While I have seen these photographed a million and one times, I couldn't help but still stare in awe at the gorgeousness of the two hundred and two restored cast iron antique lamps. This is definintely a must see if you are in LA.

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When we first started to pick looks for LA we knew a circle skirt was a must, especially since you ladies already know,  Jami and Sandra and I are all huge fans of them. 

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As soon as I saw the big bold yellow circles on this skirt I know it was a must in my life. For this shoot and for the daytime functions at #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us I decided to style the skirt in a more work inspired look. Pairing it with a sheer ivory top that also had a subtle dot pattern was the perfect piece to compliment the look. 

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If you are looking for a show stopper article of clothing, this skirt is definitely it. Perfect for both summer and fall I received complements all day long with it.

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For a more casual look for dinner that evening, I swapped out the top for a graphic t-shirt and the heels for flat sandals. Yes, versatility at its best!

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Now, I will admit sizing was an issue with this skirt. While I typically wear a size 18, I did need to go up to a size 20 in this and probably could have done a 22 for a little more room in the waist. As a reference, I am traditional hourglass shape, hold some weight in my lower abdomen and I am wearing shapewear.

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So ladies, there you have it, part two of our LA fashion take over. Make sure to visit Jami and Sandra to learn more about their looks and their experience at LACMA. Also, make sure to check out Part 1 of our LA takeover and check back on Wednesday for part 3 of this series. 

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A special thank you to Lizza of www.fabulizza.com for the amazing photos.

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IG Wives Takeover Part 1 – The Pink Wall

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Last week The IG Wives aka me, Jami and Sandra jet setted off to LA to attend #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us. Among the many activities we planned for was a fun filled pack shooting session with my dear friend, fellow blogger and incredible photograher Lizza of www.fabulizza.com.

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Lizza is simply amazing! Not only is she an incredible spirit but throughout the entire shoot she was our biggest cheerleader – and trust me we sure needed it. 8 hours of shooting, driving in LA traffic and posing under that Cali sun was not always easy. To say there were a few hangry moments is an understatement lol!

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The first stop of the day was at the infamous Paul Smith Pink Wall. Now you guys know my feelings about pink. I mean, hello?! Can we say I Love You?! 

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If I could live in pink forever I absolutely would, so yes, I was in heaven at the pink wall! And speaking of heaven, can we look away from the luscious pink to swoon over this gorgeous dress.

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As soon as I saw this dress I knew I needed it in my life. Talk about pretty, girlie, fun and playful – this dress is all that and more. 

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Paired with neutral sandals, funky shades and a fun bag, takes the sass level to the 10th power. And why not have some extra fun with fashion while in an amazing city like Los Angeles?! 

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So here it is ladies, part one of our LA fashion take over. Make sure to visit Jami and Sandra to learn more about their looks and their experience at the pink wall. Also, check back on Monday to see part 2 of this series. 

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A Little Floral for the Office

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Happy Monday ladies!! Today's look is a little number I wore to a recent work event.

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Keeping in mind what we talked about last week in terms of garment versatility one of the reasons why I knew I needed this dress was because I could easily style it with simple black pumps for work and then add a little sass to it with color and funky accessories.  

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The second reason was simply because it was so cute! A great dress like this makes looking good and pulled together fun and that's the great thing about summer fashion.  

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Whether it's floral, bold prints or show stopping colors, summer is a great time to take risks and try new things out. Remember ladies, soon enough we will be back to the muted colors of fall. 😫

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How are you having fun with fashion this summer? 

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Closet Versatility: From evening to beach wear with Love, Lianca

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One of my goals as a shopper is finding pieces that have versatility. Let's face it, there is only so much room in my closet and getting an article of clothing for just one special event or function is not realistic. Especially as I've gotten older, and yes more practical with my shopping, my goal has been to visualize how often I can and will realistically wear a garment.  

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Now this shopping strategy becomes a little bit more challenging when shopping for a special occasion. You know, we all have that section in our closet that is dedicated to the dress(s) we wore to a wedding. The ones we never pull out again! Yup, I have one too! So as I was looking for a special evening dress to wear for my boyfriend's upcoming birthday festivities I knew I wanted something elegant but also reusable. Something that would turn heads but wouldn't be banished to the land of forgotten evening dresses. So off I went to find the perfect dress and I absolutely hit the jackpot with this beauty from Love, Lianca.

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This dress has the makings of a seriously stunning and incredibly hot, evening dress. I fell in love with the off the shoulder detail and the high leg split that definitely raised the sexy meter.  

I know that I said this dress was for bae's birthday BUT it seriously was too cute to just leave hanging there until the end of the month. So as I was packing for LA last week I immediately imagined all the different ways that I could incorporate it into my trip. From going out dancing to the girls to hitting the Santa Monica pier, yes, this dress needed to come with me! 

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The dress is light weight which is perfect for the hot blistering weather we've been having across the country. I also loved that the fabric is a soft and at a 2x it fit perfectly to my 18/20 frame. Short ladies, this dress is long (as you can see from my pictures) but since my original intention was to wear it with heels I opted not to have it taken up. When I wore it with flats, yes I've already worn it a few times 😝, I just knotted the longer end. 

The dress is from Love, Lianca who I met at theCurvycon and instantly connected with. As an expert in her craft she instantly identified some of my concerns as an online shopper, especially given my petite size. She was amazing at offering recommendations regarding the options on her site and the sizing that would best work for me. I will say that in rare online shopping form, every item I received from Lianca fit like a glove! 

I am proud to say that I am not a fashion girl; I am an everyday girl with a fabulous signature style. My intention is to share my style tips to inspire you to find your signature style. To all my everyday girls that have fabulous style, and to those still in search of theirs, cheers to you! – Love, Lianca

I highly recommend you check her out and make sure to keep your eyes peeled as I will be sharing a few more looks from her site shortly. 

 

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How do you restyle special garments for multiple occasions? 

Back to School with JCPenney

It's August so that means aside from working full time, running a full time blog and enjoying the last leg of summer, I am also off stocking up on school supplies and clothing for my mini me aka my goddaughter Delilah. In terms of back to school clothing JCPenney is one of my favorite places to visit. With something for everyone, it's really a one stop shop; plus the price is right and the items are always on trend. 

As part of their back to school celebration JCPenney has launched the cutest video featuring a throw back from my high school days, Mr. Alfonso Ribeiro himself from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The video is fun and energetic and what I love the most are the kids of all sizes dancing and having fun. 

What is your favorite back to school shopping destination? 

The following post is sponsored. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Having Fun with Work Wear

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Happy Friday ladies! Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite looks of the summer. When this dress was first released by Eloquii I was kind of on the fence. While I loved the bright bold print, I will say it was a little outside of my comfort zone for work wear. Plus the bell sleeves transported me back to a time where fashion had a whole different esthetic.

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Well, in true fashionista form I decided to give the dress a shot and oh man was I so happy I did. 

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Honestly, this dress is perfection. First, it is one of the few Eloquii dresses that is not super long so short ladies, this is made for us.  Plus the cut of the dress is great for the office. Polished and sleek, I felt completely on top of the world with this look. I loved it so much I even purchased its sister version in stripes

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So ladies, when was the last time you had a little fun with your work wear looks?

Dressing for Less

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As we all know, at times it seems as if plus size women pay more for clothing.  Finding a deal or cute budget items is not always easy. Now, I'm a strong believer that you get what you pay for and a $15 dress won't last you very long. However, every once in a while a girl wants to find something cheap aka affordable and the options for us are at times are limited.

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For my recent vacation to France I wanted to pick up a few dresses that were easy to throw on and go. But because I wanted to save all of my money for my trip I wasn't looking to break the bank. So in my journey I stopped off at a few of my favorite budget friendly stores including Forever 21, Rainbows, Marshals and Ross Dress for Less and I found several great options.

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While shopping for my budget friendly options I kept the following thoughts in mind:

  • Stay open-minded – Try to stay open about what you are looking for. If you enter with too narrow of a view, you might not find anything.
  • Try everything one – Sizing can vary drastically store to store and the day before you leave is not when you want to find out something doesn't fit.
  • Take note of the fabric and how the item will wear – Buttons and zippers on budget garments are typically not the best so take note of items such as these that will "cheapen" your look.
  • Experiment – When something costs $15 – why not experiment with a new style or a funky print.
  • Block off enough time – Yes, budget shopping means you need to look for deals and often visit several stores. Give yourself time to find the items you are looking for.

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So ladies, what are some of your favorite budget friendly plus size stores?

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This dress was purchased at Ross Dress for Less. Unfortunately, it is not available online.

The Plus Side Guide to Stay Cool This Summer

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It is hot here in NYC and staying cool has been my number one priority.  I always joke that my biggest curse in life is my excess sweating. Yup, I am that girl – and yes, it's pretty gross. Because of that I am always looking for ways to stay cool and today I've decided to share with you a few of my summer must haves to stay comfortable during the upcoming high temps.

  • Opt for a fresh face: Instead of using your traditional heavy foundation, opt for something lighter like a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. I love using one that has a decent SPF and has other qualities that will protect my skin. Because my face tends to be extra finicky in the summer I've been using the Beauty Counter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer – which I love.  It has black currant, peony flower root extract, and vitamin C which reduce the appearance of age spots and enhance skin brightness, while hyaluronic acid promotes firmer, smoother-looking skin.  This partnered with my Black Charcoal Clotting Linens from Boscia and I am ready to go!  If you've watched my Acne video then you know I am a big fan of charcoal based products. 

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  • Stay away from the heat – heating tools that is! Now this one is a hard for me since I love my flat iron but with all of the sun exposure, beaches and swimming pools this summer, my poor hair needs a break. Plus, starting off my morning sweating from blow drying and flat ironing my hair is definitely not helping in my efforts to stay cool.  I've recently been trying the JOICO HAIR SHAKE LIQUID-TO-POWDER FINISHING TEXTURIZER to style my hair in its natural wavy state and I absolutely love it. It gives volume to my hair and fights against humidity which is a must right now.

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  • Summer dresses to the rescue – look for flowy cotton dresses that will keep cool. Focus on light colored options that will keep you cool but still looking polished. Also, a must must have this summer for my ladies with thick thighs is the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel. Ladies – this right here has been my lifesaver. It helps keeps me cool and dry and yes, it actually stay on all day!

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  • Stay hydrate – ladies this is so important.  Remember that when its hot out your body needs more fluids then it typically would require. Treat yourself to a fun water bottle and add fruits to it to make it interesting. 

  • Take it off! Ladies, lets face it, its hot and you can't be bothered with being all covered up during this crazy heat wave.  Go out and enjoy the amazing weather. Thrown on your swimsuit and enjoy life. And forget about what others might think of you. Stay cool and laugh because before we know it the cold days of winter will be back around.

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How are you staying cool this summer?

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A Plus Size France: Nice, Monte Carlo, Cannes

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Hey ladies, welcome back! Today we traveled to the French Riviera and made Nice our home base for part two of our trip.  I immediately felt at home in Nice. A great bustling city, Nice was easy to travel within with diverse transportation options such as buses, trains and taxis. We easily jumped on the bus to our AirBnB where we settled in for the night with wine and a home cooked meal – courtesy of my loving babe. I will follow-up in a few weeks with a full post regarding my AirBnB experience but one of the definite perks is having a kitchen and being able to stock it with all of our favorite goodies. It sure was great to lay back and just enjoy the view and the quiet evening. 

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The next morning we woke up early, finally no more jetlag, and set out for a full day tour of the French Riviera. I will say if your budget can afford it definitely go the route of a guided tour. Our group was small, just us and one other couple so it was almost like a private tour. Score! We found the tour guide at the local tourism office where we picked up several pamphlets and also a coupon for our tour.  We verified reviews online and called to confirm our reservation. The last thing I wanted was to wait all day for a bus to come that had never been secured. 

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Anyway, the tour covered the most popular towns in the French Riviera. Going with a local guide was the best, saved us a lot of time and let us to doze off on the ride between cities.  The French Riviera was so different to Provence. It was luxurious, busy, and tourist filled. Yes, we weren't in Kansas anymore Toto. Traffic was in abundance and bumping into crowds of people was the norm.  Even with all of the bustle of the city I still loved Nice. I mean look at this view! We sat most of the evening by the waterfront just looking at the gorgeousness in front of us. 

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Ok guys now you know with such an amazing backdrop I could not pass up the opportunity for a few blog pics so in true blogger form we took a few minutes to have some fun behind the camera. Hope you enjoy these pictures and this super casual look perfect for sightseeing and city exploring. 

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So ladies, thank you for following me around France. I am still working on a few follow-up posts that I will be sharing with you next week.  

In summary, France was amazing. The people were super welcoming and we truly had a blast. Will we be back? Absolutely! 

 

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