Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant Spring/Summer '14 Runway Show
You can see the entire Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant runway show here (skip ahead to 44.51)
Swap With Me On Swapdom!
With the proliferation of selling websites (ebay, Threadfilp, Shop Hers and oh-so-many more), it’s hard to stand out from the pack. So, when I came across Swapdom, I have to say I was impressed.
Instead of the typical, post an item, tell us your price, and then we take a cut (does that ever make anyone else feel like they’re working with a pimp?), Swapdom facilitates a clothing swap and you only pay for shipping.
They literally do all the work for you, swapping items between multiple people so you can get exactly what you want! But of course, before you can get anything, you need to sign up and post what you’re willing to swap!
This is killer for me because I have SO. MUCH. STUFF. Great stuff, things I love, beautiful pieces that pain me to part with, but really should be owned by someone else, and I’m certainly always looking for other great items to make my own. (What can I say, I like stuff!)
So sign up, make a profile (here’s mine if you want to swap with me- cough, cough, Fendi sunglasses and Isabel Marant for H&M exclusives), and start listing things. When you find something you want, just make a request, and Swapdom does the rest to arrange the perfect swap.
*This post was sponsored by Swapdom but all opinions are my own.
NEW POST: The Return of ELOQUII
So I’m sure you saw my post yesterday about the return of ELOQUII! No longer owned by The Limited, ELOQUII has tossed the matronly, boxy, business-ish designs of yore, and have seriously stepped up their style game.
Their re-launch collection is filled with on-trend designs crafted with a contemporary fit, and the quality of the materials seem leaps and bounds better than it once was.
For more info, you can check out my coverage for Refinery29 here.
Jeans: ASOS Curve
You know what this means, right? No, you’re not dreaming, ELOQUII is back and better than ever! I will be at the exclusive blogger breakfast tomorrow, so tune in and check out photos of the clothes and event!
If you can’t wait, check out all the shoppable styles at www.eloquii.com
It’s New York Fashion Week!
Well, technically NYFW doesn’t start until Thursday, but over the last few seasons I’ve had more and more shows beginning on Wednesday! So I will be sorta off the grid for about a week, but you can follow my fashion week updates on Twitter or Instagram (thelizblack). I will be conducting a lot of interviews, posting runway shots, party photos and more!
Here are a few examples of highlights from previous seasons.
Interviewing Carolina Herrera. (She told me she loved my hair & then invited me to her show!)
Watching Cyndi Lauper sing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” at the Betsey Johnson retrospective/birthday party.
Watching Betsey & Cyndi take a bow after the retrospective. (And what we thought at the time was Betsey’s last show.)
Having fun at the Charlotte Ronson party last season.
Chilling with my blogger girls, Margie & Gabi!
Interviewing Johnny Weir after he skated during a show.
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!
(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