Saturday, June 30, 2012

My Style Lookbook - 6/30/12

In every fashion magazine known to man, some form of white pants are on on every summer must-have checklist. I've made it a steadfast rule for years not to wear white pants because I couldn't find a pair that flattered and I don't think that I've worn capri pants since college. In case you haven't noticed, I don't wear pants very often in general. I'm definitely what you would call a dress girl, but as a part of my reinvention I've been trying to branch out and try new things and one of those things happened to be giving white pants a second look.

I was super excited when I finally found a pair of capri pants that I actually liked. Both the pants and this airy sheer top were from the A.N.A. brand at JCPenney and each piece was under $30.00! The top is a gorgeous shade of jade green, the color just didn't translate very well in the picture (You can only expect so much from an iPhone after all) and it was covered in gold studs. The shoes are the nude version of my favorite Kelsi Dagger shoes that you may have noticed in other pictures, the bag is from Big Buddha and the owl necklace is from Macy's.

What do you think of white pants? Yay or Nay?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

One For The Birds

Let me preface this post by saying that I am absolutely TERRIFIED of birds. As in can't breathe, panic attack, run for your life, deathly afraid of anything with wings. The technical term for it is Ornithophobia (Thanks Google!) so the fact that all of a sudden there are bird prints EVERYWHERE is unfortunately for this ornithophobe very apparent. I have to admit that I've seen some that I thought were really cute, but it felt kinda wrong to wear them given my crippling fear and all. I flinch at the sight of a bird on TV!

I happened to be at the mall today and found this super cute American Rag Dress at Macy's for $55.00 and decided to try it on a whim and it was love at first sight. It's cute, it's girly, it has ruffles and despite my every instinct, it has birds! I can't say that I'll ever love or appreciate birds in real life, but when it comes to fashion I finally had to cave. Birds on the street, I run in the opposite direction; Birds on a dress, I'll take it. Yes, please!

Inspire Swallow Print Tunic

Paradise Bird Dress>


Bird Print Tie Neck Top


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Candy Coated Mani

So just a quick post to talk about the new L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Polish line. Expression through nail designs is the talk of fashiontown right now. Everywhere you look there's something about nail polish, polish decals, nail art and so forth. I've been seeing ads for the line everywhere I turn, so I decided to give it a try and ended up with a manicure that looks as sweet as candy. There are some brands where the polish is too thin and I really have to cake it on to get full color but this definitely wasn't one of them. I did have to put on three layers to get the full pop of color I was looking for but it's thin enough where three coats doesn't look cakey. I definitely plan to try some other colors. It comes in 42 shades and I can't wait to try them all. I'm never one to shy away from color anyway, but there's no better time than the summer to experiment with bright color. And nails are an easy way to do it!

L'Oreal Colour Riche Color #410 - L'Orange & #105 - Club Prive (Ring Finger)

Ring - Previously purchased at Aldo Accessories

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dare to bare...

Summer's officially here ladies! And if you're on the East Coast like I am, this first official day of the season is a scorcher! All this hot weather brings up the very hot topic of what to wear to beat the heat.

I was listening to the radio a couple days ago and there was a discussion about people "dressing for their size" during which several people said that "big girls" need to cover up and not wear things that aren't meant for them. Now, every self-respecting fashionista knows that just because they make it in your size doesn't mean you have to wear it. But I don't think that's something specific to us fluffy girls. In every size, for every body type, there are dos and don'ts.

We fluffy girls want to look and feel sexy just like everyone else. And I'm a believer in the fact that just because you may weigh a little more than the average girl doesn't mean that you have to be covered up. Especially when it's 90 degrees out and the sun's blazing! I'm notorious for baring arms, legs, cleavage or any kind of combination of the three depending on the day. And that was as true at a size 28 as it is today at an 18. Again, I am not an expert and I understand that although I am an avid lover of fashion, I break a lot of fashion rules. But I also believe that some rules are meant to be broken!

Some will say flash a little bit of skin at the collarbone while you cover up the rest and call it flattering. I say pick a feature and vamp it up! If you're like me and you love your legs, throw on a pretty dress. I love the spring and summer months because my favorite thing to do is slip on a dress and a pretty pair of sandals and go!

Would we all like to have more toned arms or a flatter tummy? Sure. But until we get there, have the confidence to know that you are beautiful my fellow fluffies and strut your stuff with pride!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

1 piece / 2 ways - Red blazer

So my goal in 1 piece / 2 ways is to take one item and remix it to get two completely different looks out of it. For all of us girls on a budget, the ability to make several outfits out of each piece is essential to making those dollars stretch. Here's my take on a fabulous blazer I found at Forever 21+

Take 1

This was the weekend casual version. Since the weather cooled down just a smidge, I took it as the perfect opportunity to throw on this pretty red blazer. I paired it with a basic white tank and jeans to add a nice pop of color to an otherwise plain outfit and for the finishing touches, added a pair of aqua chandelier earrings, nude heels, my favorite Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses and a multicolored straw daytime clutch. Leaving the blazer open gives it more of a relaxed vibe, but it's still pulled together.


Take 2

Here's the daytime professional version. I wanted to be polished but still have some fun with it so this time I added the blazer to a black and white dress and cinched it with a black patent leather belt. I also added matching peep-toe pumps and a daytime clutch. I kept it simple with the jewelry, just wearing a pair of chic gold hoops and gold bangles. The difference is in the details. Pulling it together with the patent leather accessories take a simple outfit from frumpy to foxy!

Blazer $29.80 - Forever 21+

Here another option if you're looking for something similar

ASOS CURVE Blazer With Curved Lapel


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