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
NEW POST: NYFW Day Two
Day #2 was cold. Well, all of NYFW was cold, and it was cold last Feb and it will be next Feb. Who decided that having fashion week in NYC in FEBRUARY was a good idea? Seriously… in Sept we’re usually sweating (which is never a good look) and in Feb it always snows and we’re freezing and we can’t even wear our super-cute shoes because of all the gross slush. Blerg.
Well, enough of my #fashionpeopleproblems rant… NYFW Day Two was another fun day of running around, seeing shows, and trying my hardest to be comfy and warm while still being stylish.
One of the easiest ways to accomplish that is by wearing Duo boots. I am obsessed with Duo, (I now own 5 pairs), and these over-the-knee studded flat boots were my lifesavers during NYFW. And, of course, they worked perfectly with my equally comfy outfit; stretch leggings, an oversized button-down shirt and my stunning new Simply Be coat. My Mr. T-esq neckpiece and must-have Peter Pilotto x Target sunnies completed the look.
Thankfully, an outfit like this carried me from my first show (9 am, ugh!) to my last party that night (Charlotte Ronson)!
Jacket: Simply Be
Necklace: Street Vendor
Leggings: Eileen Fisher
Sunglasses: Peter Pilotto for Target
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
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
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
(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
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Vegan Leather Pants: Lane Bryant at Sonsi
NEW POST: Urban Cat Woman
I’m a German mad scientist-umpire, and I’m calling you out.
I’m a welder that’s only concerned with my eyes, not with charring my hair.
I’m a fashion blogger at a funeral who decided leggings were pants.
I’m an urban cat woman, and this is my day off outfit.
Whatever Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story you want to back up this ensemble, pick it.
(But, if I ever get into a street rumble I think this would be a good look to resurrect. Slinky in H2T black, my hair looks even redder than normal against such a dark pallet.)