The Dark Side


Saturday, October 25, 2014

You guys know I love to wear bright colors all year round and living in Florida helps to pull it off but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate a darker palette.  I think it's important to explore different looks that you don't typically go for.  This outfit may be on the darker side but it's still very much me.  It's still flirty, fun and feminine thanks to the floral print of my top and polka dots of my tights.  I kept it glam with my bold jewelry from Mint & Lolly and lippie from NYX. 

You can also shop my blouse, booties and purse from Deb.  Right now the EVERYTHING is 30% off!  

Top ::: Deb c/o
Leather Skirt ::: ASOS Curve (2 seasons ago but similar here)
Tights ::: Lane Bryant
Booties ::: Deb c/o (size up one)
Bow Crossover ::: Deb c/o
Large Chain Bracelet ::: Charming Charlie
Necklace & Earrings ::: Mint & Lolly (Get 10% off with the code SWEETMUSE)
Lippie ::: NYX Matte in Siren

Stay Lovely


Mr. Right


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This dress is hands down one of my favorites because it incorporates all the things I love in a simple sheath dress: detail, color and fit.  This dress hung in my closet for almost a year unworn because it was too big and I was nervous to have it taken in at risk of ruining the delicate crocheted lace material.  But after going through a few Mr. Wrongs I'm happy to say that I am now able to wear this dress thanks to the new man in my life. 

No it's not like that -- but he is pretty amazing.  His name is Jacques and he's my new tailor.  Finding the perfect tailor has made the difference from having a dress looking decent to looking red carpet ready.  Jacques (who is the sweetest man BTW) and I have been going steady for about 6 months now.  He always takes care of me making sure that my skirts, pants and dresses fit perfectly over my waist, humps and hips.  Plus the endearing way he calls me "darling" on the phone when my pieces are ready is nothing short of lovely.  What more can a girl ask for?!  I encourage every woman regardless of size to find their tailored Mr. Right -- experiencing the difference of having your clothes fit your body is forever changing and you'll never wear an off the rack piece again with out seeing your own Jacques first.


Dress ::: Navabi c/o (sold out)
Pumps ::: BooHoo (sold out)
Purse ::: Zara (old)
Vintage Chew Necklace & Vintage Chew Earrings ::: Mint & Lolly c/o

My lovely necklace and earrings are from Mint & Lolly where with every purchase you get a free curated piece of jewelry from the Candy Sisters.  Musings of a Curvy Lady readers also get an extra 10% off with the code SWEETMUSE.  You can use this in addition to the already reduced priced items!  Super Sweet Savings!

Stay Lovely


Citrón in the City


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hi Everyone!

I'm excited to share this post with you because it's my very first collaboration with other plus size bloggers around the nation!  I've teamed up with Sandra ( La Pecosa Preciosa - NYC), Joi (In My Joi - Los Angeles),  & Georgette (Grown & Curvy Woman - Philly) to bring you Citron in the City

 A few weeks ago Eloquii launched another fall collection of midi skirts and the ladies and we all went kind of goo goo gaga over the color and laser cut detailing.  So I figured since we were all going to have to have this skirt in our closets we might as well turn it into an opportunity for a style challenge.  I love the idea that with one piece of clothing we ended up with four entirely different looks.  Therein lies the difference between fashion & style.  The skirt is the fashion but what we do with it -- adding individuality and personal flare -- that's style.  

Myself along with Sandra, Joi & Georgette in Eloquii's Citrón Midi.

Top ::: Kohl's
Skirt ::: Eloquii
Pumps ::: BooHoo (sold out)
Bracelet ::: Shop Lately
"Oui" Ring ::: Charming Charlie
Necklace ::: Walmart
Handbag ::: Yours Clothing UK (ON SALE and use my discount code BLOGGER22 for new customers)
Lippie ::: MAC in Flat Out Fabulous

Stay Lovely


Introducing Elle Kitty Woods


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Getting dressed the other day became such a pinktastic spectacle.  When I did my look over in my full length mirror before leaving the house I literally looked myself in the eye and said "You look like Elle Woods & Hello Kitty are going out to party."  I didn't wake up with the intention to dress up as pink obsessed fictitious characters ... but I didn't mind it so much.  You can just call me Elle Kitty Woods.   

I've had this sweater set for the longest but it's just been so warm that I hardly get to wear any of my cold weather goodies.  So at the faintest perception of a cool breeze I whipped out my booties and fuzzy sweater set and headed out.  

Fuzzy Sweater Set ::: ASOS sold out but found a similar set here and here!
Booties ::: Shoe Dazzle
Kitty Headband ::: Deb c/o (old)
Necklace ::: WetSeal c/o
Bracelet ::: Shop Lately c/o
Lippie ::: NYX Matte Lip Stick in Shocking Pink

Stay Lovely


Gallivanting at the Gala


Friday, October 10, 2014

In celebration of opening their first store in Northeast Florida, Nordstrom Jacksonville hosted a Gala to benefit three local non-profit charities -- The Cathedral Arts Project, Junior League of Jacksonville and Wolfson's Children Hospital.  The Nordstrom Gala did not disappoint -- the sold out event was a highlight of the year and helped raise over $105,000!  It was a honor to attend this event and to experience how Nordstrom throws a fête!  Let the gallivanting begin ... 

The cutest drinks were never in short supply.  These mini Patrón Margaritas were perfect for beginning the night's festivities with my partner in crime Lina!

 Live fashion presentations were in constant rotation.  The models showcased the latest from Ted Baker, Kate Spade New York, Diane von Furstenberg to name just a few.  These ladies were giving serious face know I had to join them!

They started to play 80's Madonna & MJ so I just had to bust it for them one time. 

Mini lobster rolls for this Boston girl was a must!

These Kate Spade Pumps literally winked at me.  We're basically going steady now.
They went so perfectly with my outfit.  It was totally meant to be. 

Shopping in Style -- I'll drink to that.

My friend Khierstan will help you style the perfect look.  She works in the Nordstrom's Junior department SAAVY.
Loved Khierstan's outfit which you can now shop the entire look at Nordstrom's!
She killed it with the texture play in that vest!  The Gala was filled with fun fashion -- both on the racks and on the employees & guests!

Unknowingly Coordinated:  My photographer & friend Lina and Fashion Blogger Christina Brathune of The Quarter Life Closet

Her hair is so dope so obviously I wanted to be friends. 
After being thoroughly distracted by all the glitz and glam I finally met up with Erin, writer behind Erin Wiggle.

Love meeting new local bloggers! How cute is Meaghan of Just Meaghan -- I started brainstorming immediately about a project for us to collaborate on. #FashionBloggersUNITE

Shoe Party!
Perfection.  Need I say more.  Tiara also works in the Nordstrom's Junior dept. SAAVY.

Top & Skirt ::: ASOS (wearing regular size 14 - old but similar here and here)
Shoes ::: Deb c/o
Clutch ::: Forever 21 (old)
Earrings ::: Ideeli c/o

I can't stop saying how amazing this event was and I'm so excited that Jacksonville finally has a Nordstrom.  But I honestly would be ten times more excited if their were more options for plus sizes in store.  In order to get plus sizes at the new location Nordstrom has to see that their is a consumer need.  So please send your requests to bring the fabulous online plus size department to our new store by tweeting to @NordstromJax!  Let's show 'em that plus is a must!

Stay Gallivanting & Lovely


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