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The X Collection

So, if you follow me on any social media you know I’ve been hinting at a huge, awesome secret… and I can FINALLY announce it today!!

I’ve created a plus size dress collection with Fame & Partners, the Australian-based dress site! There are 11 items in the collection, all running size 12-22 US (16-26 AUS), and they’ve specifically been crafted to show off and flatter your curves.

Clothing is transformative; in the right dress you feel confident, invincible even, like you can do anything, even take on the whole world! I wanted every piece in the X Collection to bring that out of whomever wears it, because every woman, regardless of size, deserves to feel beautiful! 

With dresses named after my personal female heroes, the X Collection has something to offer for every personal style and occasion; from on-trend crop-top sets and lovely lace-covered numbers to sultry low-cut frocks and my personal favorite, the pleated, bejeweled Dorothy Dress. 

And, if the fabulous frocks and gorgeous gowns weren’t enough of a reason to be excited, we’re also offering 10% off any of the X Collection dresses for ONE DAY ONLY! Just use code R2910 when you check out. 

You can shop it here: The X Collection

Photos by Andrew Werner Photography, styling by Margie Aschroft, makup and hair by Melissa Formica, assisting by Nisim Frank and Safiya Sawney. 

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NEW POST: This Dress Is The Shirt

 Sometimes I love to live in edgy, on-trend styles that would stand out like a sore thumb in a typical suburb. I envision my flame-red hair scaring the soccer moms, and my spiky ensembles snagging head-turns and eye-rolls. I don’t care if a style is traditionally “flattering” or not; I don’t care if something makes me look thinner or thicker. And I like it. I like my edge.

But sometimes the mood strikes me, and I find my eyes wandering… to 50s silhouettes, nipped-in waists, a level of modesty, something… “flattering.” 

So on those days there’s only a few brands I’d considering wearing, and one of my favorites is IGIGI. Filled with classic, timeless styles, IGIGI is perfect for those days you want to dress up and for days when you don’t know what to wear, because no matter what, you’re going to look polished and put together.

I was going for a bit of a classically vintage vibe, so I paired my IGIGI shirtdress with sleek patent-leather pumps, a vintage straw purse (nabbed at the Brooklyn Flea) and a modern-day twist on  cat-eye sunglasses. I cinched in my waist with one of my favorite belts, making my ensemble even more figure-flattering.

Now that I’ve shared my secret with you, tell me—what’s your favorite way to pull-together a quick, polished look?

Dress: c/o IGIGI

Shoes: Amalfi by Rangoni

Bag: Vintage

Sunglasses: c/o BCBG

Necklace: nOir

Bracelet: Kate Spade “Bridesmaid” 

Belt: Target

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NEW Post: Queen of Hearts

It’s rare to find a frock that fits you like a glove, makes you feel super-girly, and is totally twirl-worthy, but this eShakti dress checks all those boxes and more.

eShakti, for the unfamiliar, is an amazing, affordable and customizable website filled with darling dresses, stunning skirts, terrific tops and more. While the designs are gorgeous on their own, you can custom-fit it to your exact measurements (and often alter the sleeve and skirt length) for only an additional $7.50!

I think this flirty, feminine style pairs perfectly with my sweet heart-shaped glasses, vintage woven purse and girly mary jane pumps, and it will also work perfectly as my bridesmaid dress at my friend’s wedding this weekend!

One of the other amazing things about eShakti is that they offer sizes 0-36W! That’s right, these can-they-possibly-get-even-better dresses just got better, thanks to their inclusive size range!

So what are you waiting for? Go snag one of these stunning styles before I buy them all myself!

Dress: c/o eShakti

Sunglasses: Nasty Gal

Shoes: Stewart Weitzman

Bag: Vintage

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NEW POST: Trick or…

So, I’ve never hid the fact that I’m a huge fan of Halloween, but did you know one of my favorite movies is Beetlejuice? Well, if you ever saw my 2012 Halloween post you might have seen a clue… 

So when Eloquii so graciously sent me this stunning striped dress, I won’t deny that one of the ways I thought to style it was very obviously Beetlejuice inspired. 

I love the shape of this dress, how the stripes nip in the waist, giving a great hourglass silhouette, and have slimming vertical stripes at the sides. The whole dress is an optical illusion, and a fabulous one at that.

To play up the Beetlejuice-ish of it, I slipped on some bug-eye mirrored shades and grabbed my ASOS “Treat” clutch (it’s literally dripping in spookiness). The holographic strappy heels were the perfect finishing touch to my optical-grabbing ensemble. 

All I can say is… Day Oh

Dress: Eloquii

Shoes: Boohoo

Clutch: ASOS

Sunglasses: Boohoo

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Looking for something to do next Saturday the 14th? Head on down to our Shop & Swap! 
Myself and 6 other fabulous bloggers will be selling our awesome clothes- things you’ve seen on our blogs before, or special pieces we’ve saved just for you! 
Prices will be low, and there will be ridiculously amazing giveaways from brands like Modcloth, James Jeans, InStyle, ASOS, Ted Gibson & more!
Come on out to this FREE event, meet your favorite bloggers & have some fun!

Looking for something to do next Saturday the 14th? Head on down to our Shop & Swap! 

Myself and 6 other fabulous bloggers will be selling our awesome clothes- things you’ve seen on our blogs before, or special pieces we’ve saved just for you! 

Prices will be low, and there will be ridiculously amazing giveaways from brands like Modcloth, James Jeans, InStyle, ASOS, Ted Gibson & more!

Come on out to this FREE event, meet your favorite bloggers & have some fun!

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NEW POST: Eloquii’s Future Is As Bright As My Hair!

So, I’m sure it’s no mystery that I’m a fan of Eloquii. I was before they folded, and even more so once they returned- thanks to a hearty group of employees that saw the potential in the plus brand. Not only am I thrilled about the spirit behind the brand, their designs are obviously elevated from where they once were.

So when they offered to give me a piece or two, you best believe I snatched up this dress. From the flattering fit and the swingy skirt to the abstract print and comfortable fabric, it was clear this dress would be an easy go-to for dressier days and fabulous events. 

While they’re sold out of the dress, you can still snag the skirt version here. (But hurry, it’s almost gone too!)

Dress: Eloquii

Shoes: Boohoo

Sunglasses: BCBG

Clutch: Schutz

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NEW POST: Cat Print on the Cat Walk
I’m sure you saw pictures either on my blog or instagram (thelizblack) from the Isabel Toledo x Lane Bryant runway show, or the follow-up video that gave a glimpse into all of the looks, but you’re finally seeing what I wore to the event! (I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath). 
Too many times I have gone to a brand’s event not wearing anything by said brand; and while this isn’t really an issue, more often than not my photo winds up in some slice of their social media, leading to people assuming I must be wearing their designs. Again, it’s not really a problem, but it does lead to some awkwardness when the brand has to admit that they’re not the brainchild behind the ensemble. 
So this time I did things differently; save for my shoes and bag, I wore a Lane Bryant-only outfit. Not only did I feel super sleek and chic in the all black look, I love how vibrant my hair appears next to the noir pallet. 
A Jersey girl at heart, my love of animal print has never been hidden from you, so why start now? From my uber-comfy wedges to my super-score Furla bag, I blended in those fierce touches in the least tacky way possible. Rawr. 


Top: Lane Bryant
Vegan Leather Pants: Lane Bryant
Wedges: Steve Madden
Bag: Furla

NEW POST: Cat Print on the Cat Walk

I’m sure you saw pictures either on my blog or instagram (thelizblack) from the Isabel Toledo x Lane Bryant runway show, or the follow-up video that gave a glimpse into all of the looks, but you’re finally seeing what I wore to the event! (I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath). 

Too many times I have gone to a brand’s event not wearing anything by said brand; and while this isn’t really an issue, more often than not my photo winds up in some slice of their social media, leading to people assuming I must be wearing their designs. Again, it’s not really a problem, but it does lead to some awkwardness when the brand has to admit that they’re not the brainchild behind the ensemble. 

So this time I did things differently; save for my shoes and bag, I wore a Lane Bryant-only outfit. Not only did I feel super sleek and chic in the all black look, I love how vibrant my hair appears next to the noir pallet. 

A Jersey girl at heart, my love of animal print has never been hidden from you, so why start now? From my uber-comfy wedges to my super-score Furla bag, I blended in those fierce touches in the least tacky way possible. Rawr. 

Top: Lane Bryant

Vegan Leather Pants: Lane Bryant

Wedges: Steve Madden

Bag: Furla

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Nadia Aboulhosn’s Body-Positive Calendar Is Truly Stunning

(This article was originally written for, and appeared on, Refinery29. You can read the original here.)

When we receive calendars as gifts, it’s rare that we’re filled with feelings of…excitement. Sure, we appreciate the sentiment, and the pictures of kittens that decorate the pages are adorable. But, usually, those calendars remain in their shrink-wrapped plastic or on the shelf long after the first of the year has rolled around. After all, if we’re going to be spending 12 months with one, we prefer to hang something on the wall that inspires us and we can be proud to display.Every day. 

So, we were thrilled to hear that super-stylish curvy blogger Nadia Aboulhosn has released a 12-month spread that showcases her beauty and confidence. From a stunning bathtub picture that puts Ophelia to shame to a glamorous staircase shot (in black and white, of course) that looks like it’s plucked from a noir film, Aboulhosn’s pictures make it clear that her modeling skills extend beyond the blogosphere. 

So, considering this launch is unlike any we’ve seen from other bloggers, we had to sit down with Aboulhosn to find out exactly what inspired this beautiful, body-positive woman to release it. 

And, of course, you can buy Nadia Aboulhosn’s calendar on her site. 

What made you decide to release a calendar? 
"Honestly, I’m the type of person who has to constantly stay busy doing something creative. And, although I work a lot, I wanted to throw myself in to an entire project that I can call my own." 

What was your inspiration behind your favorite individual shot? 
"My inspiration behind the September month was me paying homage to my Lebanese roots. I feel like there is a stereotype in the West toward a lot of Arabs, and so many people over the years have told me to drop my last name and not brand it for business purposes because companies might not want to work with me. I wanted to really focus on the beauty of being different. There’s so little individuality nowadays. I used to get made fun of for my thick eyebrows, and now I’m known for them, so I wanted to really focus on some of my favorite features."

Do you view yourself as “plus size”? 
"I’ve never labeled myself plus size because, in my opinion, with time, the plus-size label won’t be needed. I don’t think straight-size models are any different from plus-size models. This last Fashion Week season, a few plus-size models walked the runway. If we saw this all the time in fashion without labeling women, then eventually we can hopefully train people’s minds and undo years of media brainwashing [and turn it] into believing all bodies are beautiful. The same goes for magazine covers." 

Do you view yourself more as a model or a style blogger? 
"I view myself more as a personal-style blogger. I began blogging, then people on Tumblr would see my pictures and think I was a model, not knowing I was just a blogger taking pictures of how I dress. People started labeling me as a plus-size model. I had never considered myself plus size because I always fit into the larger sizes of straight clothing, I had never shopped at a plus-size store, and I definitely had never modeled professionally in my life. Eventually, that led toSeventeen magazine noticing me and then asking me to model for them. Then I won American Apparel’s model search. That’s where my modeling career began.” 

Why do you think you have gained such a loyal following? 
"The main reason I believe I have gained such a loyal following is because I’m relatable. I’m confident in myself and my body even when society and the media brainwash people into believing women like me shouldn’t be. I wear what I want even if it makes people uncomfortable. I don’t try to glamorize my life and trick people into thinking I’m living a life I never had or currently have. I’m human just like everyone else, and I show it. I also take whatever free time I have and FaceTime some of my followers to thank them for all they do for me. I believe that’s what people appreciate." 

What style advice can you offer curvy women? 
"Block out negativity. Life is too short to be worried about someone else not approving or liking you. Be proud of who you are and what you look like even though our society tells you to change it."

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