NEW POST: NYFW Day 1
New York Fashion Week (henceforth referred to as NYFW) is a fun, thrilling, beyond exhausting experience. My days are typically 12+ hours, running all over the city, and typically not eating. It’s a quasi-joke in the fashion industry about people not eating, but during fashion week most people live off of Starbucks and adrenaline. (And maybe, if you’re lucky, one of the events will actually have teeny tiny passed hors d’oeuvres you can munch).
One of the biggest mistakes I made in the past was not wearing comfortable shoes. Since I don’t live directly in NYC, and I’m not super rich, I cannot survive in cab-to-curb shoes. Thankfully, I snatched up these Dolce Vita booties right before NYFW started, and practically lived in them during the week.
The coat was a gift from Simply Be (thanks!) and was in rotation with another Simply Be coat (will show up in a future post). The jeans are one of the best pair of jeans I’ve ever worn- and they’re from ASOS! They hug my curves perfectly and so far (even though they’re stretchy) they haven’t stretched out!
I will be posting some of my favorite pictures from my favorite shows I attended (once I narrow them down that is!), and there will be more outfit posts to come as well!
Coat: Simply Be
Jeans: ASOS Curve
Shirt: Old Navy
Boots: Dolce Vita
Hat: NJ Turnpike Rest Stop
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
NEW POST: What’s Black & White & Red Allover….
(Answer: it’s me! Like you didn’t see that one coming…)
Anyway, I was lucky enough to get invited to the Isabel Marant for H&M launch event. Having been to the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target party I knew to expect a bit of a shit-show, but it was beyond insane. We got there 30 minutes early and the line was already wrapped around the corner. By the time they opened the doors the line was down to the next avenue. When we got inside it was clear that every one was 20 seconds away from getting into a fist fight.
Now, I’m a seasoned shopper. I hit the mall every year on Black Friday, I can navigate a sample sale with ease, and I can even sift through the garbage at F21 to find a gem, but this brouhaha was more than I could take.
But, instead of leaving, I went up to the men’s section to scope out their stuff (men’s sizing is bigger, so would fit my plus frame better anyway). Not only was this a brilliant move (I was able to snatch up a coveted sweatshirt and top), I then headed up to the 3rd floor to try on a few items, which just happened to also be where they were bringing out the replenishment stock.
I could have been greedy, I could have snatched up items and re-sold them later. But I think that’s unfair (and I’m too lazy to deal with that mess).
The coatigan is actually a size M and it’s huge, and the men’s items were a size L and oversized. It’s yet another lesson why trying things on is so important!
This outfit would also make for a perfect Paris Fashion Week look; considering that Isabel Marant hails from France it seems only right to bring her designs “home.” And why am I randomly mentioning PFW? Well, the nice people at 39nineteen are offering a chance to attend! After years of NYFW, it would be fab to finally check off “attend a foreign fashion week” on my bucket list, and hopefully you all can help make it happen! Just vote for me on their facebook page so I can win! (And, if I don’t win, hopefully I can snag some gorgeous Diamondere jewels as a consolation prize!)
Coatigan: Isabel Marant for H&M
Skirt: Bar III
Shoes: Nasty Gal
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Top 10 Outfits of 2013
NEW POST: It’s The Final Countdown!
Oh 2013… you were fabulous and awful, all at once. (But what year isn’t, amiright?) But instead of focusing on the negs, I’m gonna zero in on all the wonderful things of 2013.
I began my Refinery29 contribution in 2012, and was asked to contribute twice a week (and got a pay bump), which to me is a great sign of an increase of interest in plus-size fashion.
I moved back to downtown Jersey City (finally!) and found a fab brownstone apartment mere blocks from the PATH station.
I started a new job in NYC at a major company where I actually get to put my writing skills to use. (And now I’m closer to friends and getting NYFW shows will be even easier in 2014).
So, besides all those things, there were outfits, and some of them you really seemed to like. But this post is about me, and the things I like, so… in no particular order, here are my top 10 favorite looks of 2013!
NEW POST: Happy Xmas Everybody!
Whether you celebrate Christmas or Xmas or Hanukkah or Chanukah or Kwanzaa or Festivus or nothing at all, happy whatever you want it to be. I’m technically Jew-ish, so I light candles at Hanukkah (when I remember) and I decorative a Santa tree. I’m one of those lucky people who got 8 days of presents and then a day full of them. You can blame it on having parents of two different religions (even though no one was religious) or you can blame it on being raised as an only child, but either way I always got a lot of fun stuff as a kid.
But, now my parents are old and don’t really celebrate the holidays much any more (last year they gave me a few things from their house that they decided they didn’t want anymore) and my in-laws can’t put up a tree because their two golden retrievers
might would absolutely destroy it, it’s become a symbol of what once was that I still hold so dear.
While my hubby does an amazing, practically impossible job of getting me the things I want (no longer Playmobile and Weird Al tapes, I now want clothes and shoes- my new toys) it’s everything that leads up to Xmas that I enjoy the most. Decorating the tree with meaningful ornaments, going to themed parties filled with unhealthy treats that I most likely can’t eat, twinkling lights that warm the room, seeing NYC become sweet with pop-up holiday shops, and and all the fuss that comes along with the season; those are the things that remind me of my childhood, and those are the things that truly make the season feel magical to me.
But you didn’t come here to listen to me wax poetic, you came here for the clothes, so here’s what I wore to a xmas-filled day in NYC/Jersey City with my hubby:
Plaid reminds me of the holidays. I don’t know if it’s inspired by my dad’s old plaid shirts, the bow ties that the members of the “Secret, Not-So-Secret Haggis Society” would wear at the Curling Club, or if I were a lumberjack in a past life, but regardless, I love me some plaid. So I wore some, in the shape of this ASOS Curve cold-shoulder dress. I’ve been obsessed (OBSESSED) with the DUO boots that I was gifted; they are literally some of the best footwear I’ve ever owned, and if it wasn’t totally weird I’d wear them every day with every outfit. (Side note: DUO is such an amazing company- whether you’ve got skinny calves, thick calves, or something in-between, they (most likely) will have boots that will fit you. Their calf widths go from 30cm to 50cm, and I can tell you that my 19-inch calves fit comfortably in these stunning over-the-knee boots. They might be a tad pricy, but they’re TOTALLY worth it.) The necklace is by nOir and I’m a HUGE fan of their designs. While their jewelry is totally out of my price range, their sample sales are phenomenal and worth the trek to NYC. The necklace retails for over $200 but I got it for $30. Lastly,
I leave you with a shot of my living room that warms my heart (except for my coffee table, I hate that behemoth). This was actually not a posed shot; either my dog just knows how to be completely adorable or it was dumb luck, either way I love it. The glow of the fake fire place (not like I could have a real one in a 3rd floor apartment in a brownstone) matches the warmth of the tree, and Flynn (the dog, obviously) just helps center the shot.
So, if you’ve actually taken the time to read all of this, thank you, I’ll take that as your Xmas gift to me. And, if you haven’t:
Merry whatever-the-hell you celebrate.
Dress: ASOS Curve
Boots: DUO Boots (They have “custom-fit” boots up to a 50 cm calf!)
(Inspired by today’s snowstorm, I bring you a look back from the archives. Original post here.)
A huge snowstorm hit New Jersey today, and it was important to stay not only stylish, but warm and dry. So although I don’t abhor puffy jackets, having a heavy-duty coat that doesn’t turn you into the stay-puff man while still keeping you nice and toasty is crucial to have in your closet. A thicker anorak with a fur lined hood (faux fur this time!) that can be cinched at the waist is the perfect way to show off your figure, even with multiple layers underneath. I added a brown men’s belt to define my waist even further.
Waterproof boots are the next staple in your stay warm wear. Many women with big calves (including myself) have trouble finding stylish tall boots, but there is an answer to your prayer. Lace-up boots are the perfect way to keep your calves under wraps. And with the faux fur cuff, it keeps the fur theme going in the outfit.
I layered (layering is key!) a classic button down (also seen here) under a waffle-knit wide-neck sweater. Skinny black jeans will not only hide the water if you decide to make a snow angel, but will also keep your legs looking long if they’re tucked into tonal shade boots. And a knit hat is a smart choice when you have the hood off. It prevents the blinder effect that a hood creates, and keeps your hair from flying around.
Button down: YSL for Men
NEW POST: Snap To Attention
One of the most pervasive patterns on the runways and sidewalks seems to be camo (much to my hubby’s dismay), so when I saw this print on such a flattering pant, I knew they’d be a hit. The rough-and-tumble history of the pattern begged to be paired with an edgy top (I’m not so much a “leather and lace” person as a “leather and leather” person), and Mynt1792’s vegan-leather top seemed like a natural fit.
I’m kinda obsessed with this top; the vegan-leather front is buttery soft and feels like the real thing, and the knit back & sleeves allow for more movement and breathability (and the exposed back zipper is a nice touch).
Whether you’re looking to join a street rumble or just kick it with your girls, this outfit is sure to make everyone stand at attention.
Necklace: Ann Taylor
NEW POST: Boost Your Curvy Quotient With Sonsi!
As plus-size women we all have different levels of confidence regarding our curves. There are those who are uncomfortable with them and try to disappear into the background, those who feel okay with their curves, but want to focus a bit more on streamlining their shape in every outfit, and then there are those women who embrace their curves and are willing to try every trend.
But if you’re uncertain about your style, or your feelings about your size, you should take Sonsi’s Curvy Quotient quiz! Not only is it fun and easy, you can quickly find out what clothing will best speak to your personal style and trend comfort level. I recently took it, and found out that I am “Confidently Curvy.” While I’m not surprised with my results, it was cool seeing what types of clothes best described my curve personality.
I picked out this fabulous high-low leopard print top from City Chic and vegan leather leggings from Lane Bryant. I actually loved this look so much I wore it on my birthday! With the flattering faded leopard print stripes on the front of the shirt, and the surprising leopard on the back, the top makes a style statement, coming and going!
Find out your Curvy Quotient here: Boost Your CQ
Want to enjoy a party without even leaving your home? Then you should check out Sonsi’s #BoostYourCQ curvy conversation Twitter party! If you haven’t attended a party like this before, don’t worry – it’s easy! Just use the hashtag #BoostYourCQ to stay on top of what other tweeters around the world are saying, and hopefully connect with some new friends & learn a thing or two! Sonsi will be throwing a twitter party with tips, tricks & stories all to help you #BoostYourCQ! Plus, they’re giving away over $300 in prizes to some very lucky winners!
So, just join Sonsi’s #BoostYourCQ curvy conversation on Tues. Oct. 15 at 9 pm ET & you could win one of five Sonsi gift cards — more than $300 in prizes total! RSVP for the Sonsi Twitter party here: RSVP
Vegan Leather Pants: Lane Bryant at Sonsi
(Sorry for the immense post delay! I have been beyond swamped since NYFW… I started a new day job this week, we are moving to Jersey City at the end of Oct and sadly, I’ve been dealing with some intense family health issues. But anyway, on to the fashion!)
NEW POST: Cabiria at NYFW (plus me, lookin’ all fancy-schmancy)
This was QUITE the busy fashion week for me! I accumulated around 70 invites (obviously I didn’t make them all), but I made as many as humanly possible! Some of my favorites this season were Charlotte Ronson, Zimmermann, Koonhor, Candela, KYE, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Ostwald Helgason (who will have a collection with ALDO coming soon!), Tadashi Shoji, Tia Cibani, Ann Yee, and of course, Cabiria, the FIRST EVER plus collection to show at the tents at NYFW!
Cabiria had an AMAZING response, and I barely was able to squeeze in my interview for Refinery29 because SO many people were clamoring to speak to the designer, Eden Miller. You can read my article and interview here.
For this outfit (and don’t worry, there are more NYFW outfit posts on the way!) I knew I wanted to pair this high-waist wet look skirt and crop top together, but the bag was a purchase from the night before at the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target launch party, so that was a last-minute outfit addition. I actually had my photo taken by a few different blogs and websites that day, so I guess the look was a hit!
After the Cabiria show I had a little time to kill, so I went up to the Tresemme booth, and the amazingly talented hairstylist Katie Neutz created this amazing Veronica Lake-esq style. People gushed about my hair the entire day… I SO wish I had the skillz to replicate it!