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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

Top: ASOS

Necklace: Street Vendor

Leggings: Eileen Fisher 

Boots: DUO

Sunglasses: Peter Pilotto for Target

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

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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

Necklace: nOir

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

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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.

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Interviewing Carolina Herrera. (She told me she loved my hair & then invited me to her show!)

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Watching Cyndi Lauper sing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” at the Betsey Johnson retrospective/birthday party.

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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.

(And oh, so much more! So tune in here, instagram or twitter to see what’s happening during Fashion Week!)

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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 covered NYFW for the (now defunct) I Like What You’re Wearing and got paid for it. Examples herehere and here

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 York Fashion Week SS 2014

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Prowling the Urban Jungle

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I’m a Space Case

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Plaid Madness

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The Goddess of Rachel Pally

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Brunching with SWAK

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I Just Can’t Stop Staring!

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I Joined A Cult

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Paging Dr. Strangelove

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Happy Xmas Everybody

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(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!

Top: ASOS

Skirt: ASOS

Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

Shoes: Shoedazzle

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Show #1: Ann Yee. Inspired by the grittiness of Detroit.

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(We interrupt your normal plus-size style coverage to bring you a short insight into New York Fashion Week, fall 2013).

In the fashion world we’re always looking for the next big thing. I rounded up a list of the designers that you might not know yet, but you will soon.

You can see the original, as well as other articles, here.

This article originally ran in I Like What You’re Wearing Magazine, Issue 4.

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(We interrupt your normal plus-size style coverage to bring you a short insight into New York Fashion Week, fall 2013).
Fashion people say the darndest things, don’t they? I was fortunate enough to cover New York Fashion Week this season for the amazing, fashion-forward website, I Like What You’re Wearing. While running around Lincoln Center, Milk Studios, the Piers, and countless other venues, I couldn’t help but put together a list of some of the most fashion-y things I overheard.
You can see the original, as well as other articles, here.
This article originally ran in I Like What You’re Wearing Magazine, Issue 4.

(We interrupt your normal plus-size style coverage to bring you a short insight into New York Fashion Week, fall 2013).

Fashion people say the darndest things, don’t they? I was fortunate enough to cover New York Fashion Week this season for the amazing, fashion-forward website, I Like What You’re Wearing. While running around Lincoln Center, Milk Studios, the Piers, and countless other venues, I couldn’t help but put together a list of some of the most fashion-y things I overheard.

You can see the original, as well as other articles, here.

This article originally ran in I Like What You’re Wearing Magazine, Issue 4.

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(We interrupt your normal plus-size style coverage to bring you a short insight into New York Fashion Week, fall 2013).

I was fortunate enough to cover New York Fashion Week this season for the amazing, fashion-forward website, I Like What You’re Wearing. After attending countless shows and parties, I put together a detailed list of the runway trends that are bound to make their way into your wardrobe come fall!

You can see the original, as well as other articles, here.

This article originally ran in I Like What You’re Wearing Magazine, Issue 4.

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Spotted During NYFW

It was disgustingly hot & humid during the first half of NYFW, so finding a light & airy outfit was key to fashion survival. I wore a similar outfit before (different, shirt, bag & shoes) but I felt it was perfect to break out in the heat of Fashion Week. And apparently others liked it as well; I was snapped by several different photogs that day. Here is just one of many to come.

Shirt: Old Navy (Size XXL)

Skirt: ASOS (Size 14)

Sandals: DV (Size 9)

Bag: Urban Outfitters

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