Curvita Banana


Monday, September 15, 2014

Hey Everyone & Happy Monday!

So I'm just getting back from my recent holiday to the Dominican Republic.  My friends recently got hitched and they wanted a group honeymoon with family and friends which I think was a totally awesome idea and I'm so glad I was able to go.  I spent the first 5 days at the resort in Puerto Plata with the crew and then I broke off for a couple of days to spend some time with my friend in Altamira and then reunited with the group for our last hurrah on the island.  Hair and fashion fell victim to the humidity so I hardly wore anything other than bathings suit and shorts but I was able to snap a few  pictures of my holiday curvy style -- this was obviously before my beach waves became more reminiscent of Sideshow Bob. 

Convertible Dress ::: Etsy 
Friends & Family
Two Piece ::: GabiFresh Midkini for Swimsuits For All
Scarf (worn as turban) ::: H&M
Sunnies ::: WetSeal c/o

View from my cabana...
Curvita Banana
Two Piece ::: Forever21+ (sold out similar here)
Sunnies ::: Bought at a street vendor in Santorini
Earrings ::: Deb c/o

A view from the Telefèrico in Puerto Plata.
Stay Lovely



Saturday, September 6, 2014

All of a sudden the word "basic" has become another way for females to refer to one another in a  derogatory, demeaning and condescending way.  I honestly cringe when I hear it being used amongst my female contemporaries because I thought we were finally in the era where female on female bashing was no longer cool and that it made you look empty and that supporting and empowering one another was the new cool that made you feel full.

I know not every female makes it their concern to have the latest and greatest or feels the need to keep up with trends in beauty and fashion but that doesn't make her any less female.  What's in her head and what comes out of her mouth and the way she carries her self is what makes her basically female.  Being happy and content with who you are at the end of the day is more important than the virgin hair bundles or the red bottoms in your closet.  You can be the prettiest girl in the room but have the ugliest heart -- to me that's basic.    Now I know many may disagree and that's totally okay but this is my blog and I can basically say what I want. lol

I styled this look with basics from Deb.  There's nothing amazing per say about this outfit but I feel amazing in it -- comfortable and myself.

T Shirt // Pants // Shoes (old but similar) // Sunnies // Purse // Rings // Earrings ::: Deb c/o
Lip Color ::: Pretty Zombie Cosmetics in Purple Poison

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Real Love


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dear Fashion Industry,

As far back as I can remember I have always had a love affair with you.  This love affair is often times one sided since I clearly love you more than you love me,  (“me” --  being a plus sized woman of color.)   It’s crazy because you have been such a big part of my life in one way or another.  From the moment I started to plan my outfit for the first day of school to styling a friend on her wedding day --  I know the power and confidence that can come from looking and dressing your very best.  As a young girl I would make vision boards from the Penny catalogs that were ever present in my house and oh, how I longed to purchase the lifestyle of the happy, smiley, thin girls that were so chicly dressed in their plaid pleated skorts, knee high socks and micro backpacks.  And since then, the thousands of digitally altered,  perfected  images I’ve been bombarded with BY YOU, have only proven to me that not only do you not love me --- you don’t really like me that much either.    You constantly sell the dream and the idea of beauty, style and fashion as being truly attainable – but by your advertising it’s only for the few.  The few and the photoshopped.

I can’t remember flipping through a magazine to see ads of women that looked like me, my friends or even the featured model or actress in real life to be quite honest.  Do we not exist to you?  Are we not real?  I know my money is real and I also know that you have no problem taking it so why don’t I see myself in your advertising?  It has been said that the girl in the magazines doesn’t even look like the girl in the magazines, so who is your consumer?  By altering every image in your ads to unattainable perfection (and sometimes your photoshopping leaves the person with alien like features, missing limbs or both) is it safe to say that your ideal consumer doesn’t really exist.  What I do know exists are the facts and the facts are this: Only 13% of women feel “‘Real women’ are accurately portrayed in the fashion industry” and 65% of women never see themselves reflected in fashion advertising.  The truth is that my brown skin or my large, dimpled hips and thighs are not the problem – you are and the lack of diversity that you continue to promote is only reflective of your narrow-minded views of beauty, style and fashion in an industry that prides itself on having no rules or restrictions – being limitless.

So even though you have treated me so unfairly in this love affair of ours I’m still willing to give you the opportunity to do right by me and every other woman that has been jilted by your partial advertisements.  I dare you to show me some love… real love.  Stop reducing my female essence to a photoshopped carbon copy and showcase the beauty in the differences of your consumers.

Jilted but not Jaded,


Dress ::: ModCloth (sold out but similar here)
Leather Jacket ::: Simply Be
Pumps ::: Vicotoria's Secret
Purse ::: Yours Clothing UK c/o
Bracelets ::: Charming Charlie (old)
Are you tired of the lack of diversity in fashion advertising, the promotion of unhealthy and unattainable standards and most of all the overdose of photoshopping?  I'm excited to be part of this movement for change and encourage other retailers to listen up!  Times are definitely changin' and the  Founder & CCO of ModCloth Susan G. Koger has been the first to sign on to take the "Truth in Advertising Heroes Pledge.Read Susan's own open letter to the fashion industry petitioning for change here and join in the fashion revolution by tagging your real world fashion photos with the hashtag #FashionTruth.

Join the Revolution & Stay Lovely


Blue Jegging Baby


Saturday, August 30, 2014

I wouldn't call myself a tee shirt and jeans kinda girl.  I mean, I like denim but I feel way more comfortable in a skirt or a dress.  But when I do find a pair that I love I'm kind of obsessed and wear them all the time.  Case in point, these amazing jeggings from Deb - they surprisingly fit over my hump and waist with no problem!  Plus you can get them for 50% off this Labor Day Weekend!  

The fit of these jeggings are just about perfect but I suggest sizing up since Deb has junior plus sizes.  (I'm wearing a 24.)  I'm 5'4 and usually have to take my jeans to the tailor to shorten them so they hit my ankle but I don't think I will with these.  Pair your jeggings with a fun printed top and pumps for a casual chic look that can take you from day party cocktails to date night with ease. 

Peplum Top ::: ASOS Curve (old)
Rings // Bangle // Sunnies // Jeggings ::: Deb c/o
Bracelets // Purse ::: Charming Charlie (old)
Pumps ::: Victoria's Secret
Stay Lovely


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Labor of Love


Friday, August 29, 2014

With Labor Day Weekend upon us it means two things: 1. Summer is (un)officially over and fall fashion is on sale!  Don't be overwhelmed with the plethora of Labor Day deals that will be bombarding your inbox.  I've compiled a list of awesome plus size shopping as well as my favorite fall pieces that will be on sale this weekend!  So take a load off -- I've done all the hard work for you!  It's no biggie -- it's a labor of love for fashion!  Happy shopping!

  • Lane Bryant: Buy one item and get one free with the code HURRAHLB.  Expires 9/1/14.
  • Eshakti: Get 30% off!  No code needed, the price will be adjusted in checkout!  Shop new fall arrivals here.
  • Elloquii: A whopping 40% off your purchase plus get free shipping with orders over $100 with the code FRIEND! 
  • ASOS: Get 75% off sale items plus an additional 10% off with the code HAVE10.
  • Old Navy: They have some of the cutest plus size basics and there sale is not one to miss.  Get 50% off select items.  No code necessary.  The price will be adjusted in checkout!
  • Forever21: Buy one clearance item and get the second fore free!  Use the coupon BOGOFREE.
  • Dress Barn: Get 25% off regular priced items with the code LD914 and get 25% off clearance items - no code needed.  Free shipping with orders over $75.  Expires 9/1/14.
  • Macy's: SUPER SATURDAY SALE.  Take an extra 20% off with the code SUPER plus free shipping when you spend $75.  Take an additional 25% off clearance items too (prices are reflects discount).
  • Nordstrom: Take 40% off clearance items now till September 7th!  Prices reflect the discount. No code necessary. 

A few of my favorite things for Fall...
Dress 1 // Dress 2 // Dress 3

Pink Duster // Lime Green Blazer // Red Cropped Moto // JS Wool Coat // Hot Pink Blazer // Longlined Vest 

Steve Madden Cognac Boots // Suede Zipper Detail Boot // Wide Calf Riding Boot // New Look Quilted Ballet Flats
Red Faux Suede Booties  // Calf Hair Flats in Leopard Print // LB Ankle Boot
Distressed Denim // Jumpsuit // Kady Pant in Leopard // Slim Ankle Pant //  Slim Ankle Jean in Black

Enjoy your 3 day weekend!  

Stay Lovely


Big & Bold


Sunday, August 24, 2014

A bold color pairing may appear to be too much to wear all at once -- too overwhelming some say ... but I can't help to love this bright pink and orange combo. With a dash of leopard print via my pumps it created a neutral base that supports the bright look.  Color and confidence go hand in hand when wearing two strong bright hues.  You can take this runway trend and do it your way to make it practical and real world wearable.   

Top ::: Ashley Stewart c/o
Skirt ::: ASOS Size 14 (sold out but similar here)
Pumps ::: Victoria's Secret
Purse ::: Street Vendor

You can't go through summer without trying this trend so why don't you give a few of these color pairings a go while we still have a few more weeks till fall.   (Honestly, I would probably wear these colors well into winter but that's just me.)   I still want to recreate a few of these looks myself -- they look so fun yet refined -- like an adult sophisticated Punky Brewster.  Go big and go bold, ladies!

Image Credit ::: via Google
Image Credit ::: via Google

Stay Lovely


Wet Seal Summer


Happy Sunday!

If you've been following WetSeal on Instagram you know that this summer they've been celebrating the grand openings of WetSeal+ throughout the US with over 25 locations!  It's always exciting as a plus sized woman to have another brick and mortar store created with our hips and curves in mind.  Have you tried them out yet?  The jeans fit amazingly although I probably won't be able to shoot a look in them since it's been so terribly hot here with daily heat advisories and what not -- so I tend to be going pants free.  This WetSeal+ maxi is perfect - bright and bold and very practical.  I'm wearing a 3x.  Remember that WetSeal+ are junior plus sizes so they run a little small so definitely size up.  

This is my "Why are we shooting outside when it's 110º?" face.

Floral Headband // Maxi Dress // Earrings ::: Wet Seal c/o
Rings // Purse // Sandals ::: Deb c/o
Bracelet ::: Forever 21 (old)
Stay Lovely
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