Thursday, September 29, 2016

Style Spotlight: Perfectly Priscilla

Be still my beating heart! I am one smitten kitten! I partnered up with Perfectly Priscilla  to share their online boutique and give my fellow curvy fashionistas a taste of what they have to offer. Even though it is the end of September, I am still not ready for the cold winter months that lie ahead. Fall is a sign of what is to come. Cold mornings and evenings: seat warmers necessary on the way to and from work and school.

One good thing about fall is the fashion. It is a time for the autumnal hues to come out, the boots and head wear as well as the cozy sweaters. Ahh fall! Why must I be so conflicted?! 

With the help of Perfectly Priscilla, I am showing you a couple of my favorite fall looks. The first is a gorgeous teal patterned dress named London's Calling. I paired this with some taupe booties and tassel earrings. Subtle accessories and footwear are a must for a busy patterned dress. And definitely check out the price on this one! Super steal! 

The second look is a fun one too! I am wearing another printed dress called Sippin Cider but this time I paired boots, boot socks and a hat with it. What do you all think of this look? I wasn't sure if I would like it or not with the socks, but the ruffle detail on them has me swooning! And the hat this season is such a fun accessory!

What do you all think of fall? Would you wear outfits like these? When it gets a little cooler, I'll switch out the booties for tights and boots-maybe even layer a denim jacket over either look.  

Whatever your fall fashion needs, be sure to check out Perfectly Priscilla this season! So many cute things to choose from!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Purple Vines: One Dress, Two Ways

These karinadresses are my favorite! I wear them and write about them all the time. But I decided that I should show you a couple of different ways to wear them so you can get more for your investment. They are great lightweight dresses that I especially love to pack when I travel because they don't wrinkle and they pack so well! 

So here's the deal- remember on Sunday I said I wasn't ready for fall? Well I still am not ready but I thought I could wear this dress into the new season as well as wearing it now! This is the Trudy called Purple Vines and I am loving the sweetheart neck and swingy skirt! I love that this dress shows off my waist and makes me feel so good! 

For now, it's still in the eighties and it's still hot out during the day. The mornings and evenings are cooler but not cold. I wore this dress with some block heel sandals and carried a beautiful gold envelope clutch. 

For the second look, I decided to wear some booties and throw on a hat for more of a fall look. I am kind of liking this hat trend! 

Here are some pics- which one do you prefer? Or which one would you wear? 

Dress- karinadresses (online- recent- shop through link on right in blog)
Sandals- Ann Taylor (last year)
Booties- Kohl's (old)
Clutch- Dakota and Dash (online recent)

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Style: Yellow

I have decided that I'm not quite ready for fall just yet. The temps here are still warm but I do see a few leaves changing colors outside. I'm continuing my color series with a color that is bright and cheerful and I'm wearing a dress for summer still. Why not take advantage of the gorgeous temps that we're having? 

Yellow is the color between green and orange in the spectrum of visible light.  It's the color of ripe lemons, sunflowers and gold. I associate yellow with brightness and happiness, yet according to Wikipedia, if you're in the US and Canada, you associate it with amusement, gentleness and spontaneity but also with duplicity, envy, jealousy and in the US, cowardice. 

Eww I'm not a coward I thought as I read that. I'm bright and somewhat outgoing and cheerful. Yellow makes me shine and brightens my day when I see others wearing a bright yellow color! 

Hmm well in Asia, it's seen as the color of happiness, glory, wisdom, harmony and culture. Now that's more like it! 

In ancient Egypt, yellow or gold was considered to be indestructible, imperishable or eternal. Tomb paintings were made using yellow and it was also used in paintings of faces. 

Whether or not you are ready for fall, it's still coming. And there will be lots of yellow in the form of leaves, straw, corn, etc. - let's not forget my favorite, candy corn! Yellow and orange and reds will be all around us! 

Here are some pictures in this sleeveless dress that I purchased a while back- I'm wearing a turquoise bubble necklace with it for fun and more color. Does anyone still even wear bubble necklaces? (Asking for a friend...) I love the Aline silhouette of this dress and the darts! Fantastic! 

Dress- New York and Company (earlier this year)
Necklace- online old 
Heels- Loft (old last year)
Bracelet- Lane Bryant (old)
Clutch- Nordstrom (old)

Hope you all have enjoyed your Sunday! 

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

It's My Birthday!

It's my birthday today! I normally don't make a big deal about it. I would not normally write about it or tell people about it but this year I feel like I should. 

I've been going through a lot of tough times over the past year. I don't share publicly my struggles yet I do publicly offer encouragement to other people if they are struggling like me. I feel like I need to share what I'm learning as I go through this. It's hard to remember that He is in control and that I'm going to be fine. He will take care of us and provide our needs. He reminds us of this in the Bible yet I continue to be "oh ye of little faith"...ouch! 

Anyways, I was talking to a friend today and I was reminded that last year I remember crying multiple times on my birthday. Call me Negative Nancy. I will share that I also lost my job one year ago just a few days before my birthday.  How much I have grown in one year! How much faith I have had to have and how much trust and humility and prayer have been in my life. I'm growing but I can't stop now. I have to keep my eyes on the prize and know that He will fulfill the desires of my heart. 

I've been blessed with another year. I'm another year older and I hope, somewhat wiser. I am still making mistakes. I still get frustrated and anxious and upset when things aren't going my way. I am not perfect by any means. I strive to do better and live better for Him. 

Last year I didn't know why this happened to me. This year I don't either. But today, I'm laughing and smiling and enjoying life. It's not what I thought it would be. I never thought I would be here in this situation at my age. Yet here I am. He has a purpose for me and that is to somehow use me while I go through my battles. 

I may not have much, but I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. I think I look better and act better. I'm still learning and growing but I'm feeling more confident and in charge while learning to still depend on Him. 

Last year I bought this dress- I thought I'll never be able to wear this! Yet here I am today in it and feeling great! I really do think that we get better with age! Looking back, I'm proud of all I have accomplished this past year. 

Dress- eloquii (last year online)
Shoes- Just Fab (online earlier this year)

I hope you've all had a fantastic day too! Take some time to celebrate on my behalf and do something fun! We went and ate ice cream and I read my book and took a bath and just took care of myself today. I even found a fun new hat at DSW using my birthday coupon! I'll share it with you all soon! 

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday Style: Strapless and Stripes

Has anyone ever told you that you shouldn't wear something? Like maybe not a certain article of clothing even but maybe a style? Big girls shouldn't wear stripes. Big girls shouldn't wear strapless. Big girls shouldn't wear... The list goes on and on. 

Why shouldn't you wear what you love? Why can't you wear what you want? I'm of the school of thought that it it fits properly, it will look great. Two people could have completely different body types and still wear the same item as long as it fits properly. If it's hanging off your body so loosely, it looks just as bad as if it's too tight. It's the fit that counts. I wish more people realized this! 

I have big arms. I'm still going to wear strapless. You know why? Because I love the way it looks and feels. Get a good strapless bra and you're good to go. 

I'm wide and I have big hips. I also love stripes. Get over it. I'm not tiny but that doesn't stop me from wearing a pattern that I love. 

Don't let people dictate what you should and shouldn't wear. Confidence is the best accessory and it will shine through. If you feel great, you will look great! 

So put those items back in your shopping cart and buy what you love. Wear what you love not what other people love. Love yourself and it will shine through. 

Here's my look for today- I'm enjoying summer as long as I can! 

Dress- Old Navy (old last year)
Shoes- Payless (old last year)
Clutch- Francesca's (old two years)
Bracelets- Lilly and Ivory (online)
Necklace- ? (Off of Groopdealz a couple of years ago)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and take some time to find and then wear what you love! 

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