Monday, October 20, 2014

Simply Be's Oxford Street Store: Love You London

I've been back from London for a few weeks now and I miss it daily. I love that city so much, mostly because I LOVE (!) the shopping.

When I was there, I had a chance to tour and experience the Simply Be store on Oxford Street. Shopping on Oxford is much like shopping on 34th Street in New York City or Michigan Avenue in Chicago. All the major stores are there and you see fabulous fashionistas as well as tourists. The shopping is wonderful but there certainly aren't a lot of plus size options. That's why it was so wonderful to see a plus size store that is as glamorous and fashionable as all of the other options near it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Garden Party

It's been a while since I've absolutely raved about a brand, but I am officially obsessed with City Chic. This floral fitted dress is somehow equally ladylike and sexy at the same time, with it's cutout detail and the amazing silhouette it creates. On top of that, it's fully lined and looks and feels so much more expensive than it is. I'm in love!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

From the Retailer's Mind: 5 Questions With Fashion Buyers

I’ve always been curious as to what goes on in the mind of a fashion buyer and what goes into buying for a brand. Sometimes some collections seem tailor made to a certain style, while others seem to have a bit for everyone. The fashion buyer seems like the ultimate glamorous job in fashion, so when I got the opportunity to pick the brains of the buyers at Simply Be at their headquarters in Manchester, I was thrilled.

Check out the interview below.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mint Monday

Lately I've been less interested in following too many trends and more interested in dressing in clothing that looks timeless, with a bit of trend thrown in. I generally like to play it on the safer/classic side with my clothes and experiment with accessories, especially as I get older and want to have more investment pieces

Today was one of those days that I built a look around a shoe. I bought these DVF mint pumps a few weeks ago before I left for London and have been obsessed with them ever since. I want to find a way to wear them all winter long, despite their distinctly spring color. I paired them with this classic blazer from Banana Republic and my current favorite stretch jeggings from New York and Company. It's great to be able to mix higher and lower price items but not really be able to tell which was which.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Leather and Plaid

There's something so appealing about wearing two different style aesthetics and combining them into a look that suits your style. I am such a fan of combining expensive and inexpensive pieces of fashion and this outfit combination is the ultimate representation of that.

I got the inspiration for this look from a stylist friend of mind and I have to say that this is a new favorite print/material combination.

This leather-trim pencil skirt from designer Manon Baptiste is so amazing in terms of the fit and feel. It's my first piece from Navabi and I have to say, I was incredibly impressed with the quality. I paired it with this tartan blouse from Ashley Stewart and my new, trusty (and painful) Altuzarra for Target booties. I keep waiting to break these in, hoping they will feel better soon. I'll let you know when the wait is over, haha.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Feeling Fab in Kelly Brook for Simply Be

Now that I'm back from London, I feel like I'm still playing major catch up. Work has been so busy and I'm officially in the home stretch of wedding planning. It's pretty overwhelming.

When I was there, I wore this amazing white dress from the new collection from Kelly Brook. She's a very famous TV personality and model in the UK and is well known for her sexy style and her fabulous curves. So her collection is definitely designed to flatter a curvy gal's body -- and that obviously works very well for plus.

So I wore the dress with this oversize coat, but I was so busy being a tourist and being overwhelmed by the amazing fashion that I didn't get a great, clear shot of the look. So what's a girl to do but re-shoot it at home! It's not quite the same, but hey, at least you can see how fab this dress really is.

Monday, September 15, 2014

London Fashion: Trench Coat Moment

Last night I met up with some dear friends in London for a late dinner after a day of shopping and shows. It was just what the doctor ordered for my last full night in this wonderful city. I have so many outfit posts to go through and will be sharing them in the coming days, but I particularly love this look, so I just couldn't wait.