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Last Thursday I attended the Lane Bryant Flagship launch party. Thank the fashion gods that they’ve opened a store right in the heart of NYC! (There use to be one on 34th st a few years ago, but that’s been closed for a while). With the launch of the new flagship store comes the re-vamp of the brand as well; more trend-driven, fashion-forward styles, a younger voice and look, and an increase in the higher price point, higher-quality options within the Lane Collection.

I had a blast at the party; I met other style bloggers, like Marcy Guevara, interviewed Lane Bryant’s CMO Liz Crystal, singer/actress Carnie Wilson and television personality Jay Manuel, and enjoyed the beautiful store and clothes.

If you’re in NYC you’ve got to stop by the new store! It’s so inviting and modern, and they will have certain styles that will only be available at that specific location.So check it out, your wardrobe will thank you! (even if your wallet might be mad.)

Lane Bryant Flagship Store, 225 West 34th Street; 646.216.5456.

 

(I will post a future article that details my outfit, so don’t worry!)

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I’ve Got Mono Fever… Monochromatic, that is.

Monochromatic looks aren’t new; fashionistas are used to dressing H2T (Head-to-Toe) in a monochromatic color- black.

Instead of breaking up the boldness of your red pants with a black top, swap out the black for yet another swath of red. Make yourself into a human cherry.

Or in my case, a blueberry. 

This post may have been written under the influence of too much caffeine or not enough.

I’ve had these blue suede shoes for a while now, and their electric color is always eye-catching. I typically pair them with a black dress during a job interview- I find having a pop of color on my feet helps me stick in the interviewer’s mind. 

But imagine my excitement when I found pants that matches their pigmentation perfectly! And then a shirt that is their color twin (or triplet). And while the blazer doesn’t match in perfect hue, I think that since the other three items of my outfit are an exact shade match, the colors all complement each other enough.

Jacket: Vintage

Shirt: Old Navy

Pants: New York & Company

Shoes: Macy’s INC.

Bag: BCBG

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It’s a Dog Eat Dog World… And I’m top dog.

The puppies just had to join us outside during this shoot… They couldn’t stand the idea of not being internet celebrities. One English Springer Spaniel, two Golden Retrievers, and one Labrador later, I was finally left alone to strut and pose. (Who am I kidding… they never left me alone, those camera hogs.)

I love how everything glowed outside in the sunshine… (especially my practically translucent skin). Little rainbows jumped off of my holographic heels, danced in the glitter of my glasses, and sparkled in every crystal in my necklace. Their fractured beauty was complemented by my abstract lace print silk blouse and shiny coated skinny jeans.

Blouse: DKNYC (Size 1X)

Jeans: NYDJ (Size 16)

Shoes: Nasty Gal (Size 9.5)

Bag: Coach

Sunglasses: H&M

Necklace: H&M

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I can’t deny it, I’ve really taken a shine to metallic hues lately. I was fortunate enough to be gifted such beautiful pieces by Lane Bryant, so there was no reason for me to feel gilt-y.  Alright, alright, too many puns… I’ll stop now. I know that silence is golden.

This outfit made me feel very “Ladies Who Lunch…With Danger!” The shimmery gold sweater and the elegantly embellished skirt have a classical feel to them (albeit an updated classic), and the crocodile-embossed leather satchel reminds me of a vintage bag I would stumble across in my Grandmother’s closet. It begs to be passed down to future generations, and if I ever do have a daughter I can assure you it would eventually be in her possession. The bit of edge comes into play with the spiked rose gold collar necklace and the rose gold tipped pointy-toe heels. While the soft tone of the metal might disarm you, the sharp points will keep you on edge.

Are you a magpie for shiny style? Or do you think the sheen a big fat glitter bomb?

Top: Lane Collection gilded sweater by Lane Bryant (size 1X)

Skirt: Lane Collection glitterati skirt by Lane Bryant (size 18)

Bag: Olivia Rose Satchel by Brahmin

Shoes: Nasty Gal (Size 9.5)

Necklace: ASOS

(Source: psitsfashion.com)

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Happy Holidays everyone! Regardless of what you celebrate (personally, I celebrate both Christmas & Chanukah), everyone loves an excuse to party!

I’ve been on a hunt for a perfect party frock, and I think I found it in this elegantly draped, sparkle-dusted IGIGI dress. The side draping/ruching is unbelievably flattering, the higher neckline offers a bit more modesty for those who are well-endowed like me, the length is neither too short or too long (I’m starting to feel like Goldilocks here…), and the slits in the sleeves allow for a sliver of skin to peek through, while still providing some coverage for those women who don’t love to show off their arms.

The bold shade is a bit unusual for a holiday dress, but I think I embody the Chanukah spirit due to the contrast of my white-as-white-can-be skin against the deep blue fabric.

Most people would reach for silver for their accessories, when wearing a bright blue shade, but I like to be slightly different, so my eye went towards gold. I matched the gold metal belt to my gold & black minaudiere (fancy word for a hard clutch), which I then matched to my black patent leather Christian Louboutins, whose red soles matched my hair perfectly. That’s how you tie an outfit together my friends.

L’Chaim fellow fashion lovers!

Dress: IGIGI (Size 14/16)

Belt: Lublu

Shoes: Christian Louboutin (size 9)

Clutch: Express

Earrings: Forever21

(Source: psitsfashion.com)

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Here’s a little throwback for you… the first outfit I posted!

With the first blizzard flurries of the year upon us, and temperatures dropping, it’s important to find ways to stay warm and fashionable.

Trench coats are the most flattering style of coat for the plus-size form; having a built-in belt helps show off curves instead of increasing bulk. While I do own a traditional tan trench coat, having outerwear in unusual colors helps you stand out from the pack. Being plus-sized is not about blending in, but about standing out.

The burgundy ’70s style hat is fabulous, and it really helps contain your hair on a windy day…. but it is a bit like being a horse with blinders on.

Instead of a scarf, I topped off the jacket with a vintage fur stole. It ups the glam factor of the outfit, and the fact that it’s vintage lessens my guilt a smidgen. However, faux fur has come a long way and looks more real than ever, so in my own hypocritical way I encourage you to recreate this outfit with faux fur, or at least vintage.

The beautiful black leather Coach bag was an amazing birthday present from fabulous friends, (I’m a lucky gal, whatcanIsay…), and with its dual straps (for cross-body & arm crook carrying), antiqued brass hardware and multiple inside and outside pockets, it’s a perfect design for any situation. I wholeheartedly recommend a dual-strap style just for the functionality alone, and you can find bags with this option in every price range.

Under all the layers of outerwear I have a button-down shirt & maxi skirt (to be revealed in a future post). Maxi skirts are perfect for cold weather days- the extra wind resistance helps keep legs warm while allowing you to look stylish at the same time.

Maxi Skirt: Forever21

Coat: New York & Company

Hat: Target

Fur: Vintage

Bag: Kristin Leather Satchel by Coach

(Source: psitsfashion.com)

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Sari, I’m not sari.

Growing up, my childhood best friend was Indian, and consequently exposed me to many aspects of her culture, including their clothing. I was always fascinated by the ornate saris, glimmering bangles and brilliant colors that were infused into every technicolor outfit.

Well, (if you didn’t see where this was leading), this is my version of a modern day, minimalist sari. While, that might seem like a contradiction, I was mostly inspired by the sari (reminiscent of the draping waist of my maxi skirt and the covering of my vest) and the choli (my crop top).

The collar necklace & the bag are also influenced by Indian culture; the deep saffron color of the bag (I know that might be a stretch) is a combination of the top band of the Indian national flag as well as evocative of the vibrant hues found in their dress, and the necklace is a minimalist nod to the opulent wedding choker that most Indian brides wear.

Namaste, fashion lovers. 

Vest: Forever21 (size 1X)

Crop top: ASOS (size 14)

Maxi Skirt: Forever21 (size L)

Bag: Sam Edelman

Sunglasses: Street vendor

Necklace: H&M

(Source: psitsfashion.com)

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It’s a fashion blackout.

Whether I’m subconsciously influenced by the love of my last name, or because it’s such a versatile shade, I can’t help reaching for it when I’m in a rush to get ready.

I am obsessed with my vegan leather leggings from Lane Bryant; never did I find a more multifaceted pant than this buttery soft, sleek, edgy number. I truly feel that I could pair it with anything—from a casual t-shirt to a crystal studded blouse—and look completely put together. For this occasion I played off of my natural curves with a sheer lace peplum top, which I belted to increase the exaggerated proportions.

I’m still not over the collar trend, and I’ve taken it to a new level by embracing the stand-alone collar. The studs are what really sold me on this piece, adding a pinch of edge to an otherwise prim & proper concept. Topping off the outfit (bottoming off?) are my newest go-to favorite heels, my black suede and rose gold cap-toe heels. The combo of the rose gold and the suede is more unique compared to most other cap-toe heels on the market, which, of course, makes me love them even more.

I’m sure I’ll be back to color tomorrow, but for now… fade to black.

Top: H&M (Size L)

Pants: Lane Bryant (Size 14)

Belt: Target

Shoes: Nasty Gal

Collar: Bakers

(Source: psitsfashion.com)

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Just call me Queen of the Clash.

From stripes to snakeprint, there’s no pattern I’ll turn down. And maybe that makes me a print slut, but I’m okay with that. Fashion isn’t something to fear, so take risks.

Top: Dorothy Perkins (Size 16)

Pants: Dorothy Perkins (Size 16)

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless

Sunglasses: H&M

Clutch: Pat Field

Necklace: Street Vendor

(Source: psitsfashion.com)

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Happy Halloween Everyone!

(I know I’m late, but unfortunately I was affected by hurricane Sandy and was without power for much too long.) Fortunately, I was able to attend a friend’s party the weekend before, so I was able to break out my Peg Bundy costume!

(Source: psitsfashion.com)

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