Fashion

Gotta Love A Bird Print

Before anything else, I understand that items of clothing with birds or animals isn’t for everyone. With that said, I used to work at a zoo and that made me love animals even more, so I don’t have a problem with wearing cute animals printed things. Matter of fact, my problem was that I had too many items of clothing with animals on them. Haha! Knowing that, it got out of hand and I had to cut down on the “animal printed clothing” tremendously. Although I don’t have as many animal printed items anymore, it doesn’t mean I won’t buy more. It just means I am more selective with my choice of animal prints.

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Today’s blog post is going to be about an outfit I wore when the sun was blazing in Chicago. The dress I wore is a black summer dress, printed with colorful birds and flowers (bought at Old Navy). The dress was the perfect choice for a hot, sunny day because the material was breathable. It was heavy and it was absolutely comfortable. The black knit, overlay sweater was made by my friend Ms. Murillo. She has these amazing knitting skills that I wish I had, and I’m so glad I have this piece to pair with other dresses. The beige wedges are Crocs. Now, I’m fully aware I’m mentioning Crocs wedges again, but they’re seriously the best things ever made and I wish I had 20 pairs of Croc wedges. I highly suggest you go into one of their stores and try on a pair. It’ll definitely change the shoe game. Last and not least, my sunglasses. Found those Calvin Klein beauties at TJ Maxx and bought them for only $12! What a deal!

So, if you’re like me and you love clothing with animals on them, please comment below and let me know the best places to find those types of clothes and/or brands. I could use a chic, animal printed anything.

Best,

Michelle

 

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The LBD- Little Blue Dress

Before I write anything else, I wanted to mention that this post is not a diss to the original LBD. I live for black, chic dresses and they are my favorite to wear. With that said, this post is just to switch things up with the Little Blue Dress.

I wore my cobalt blue dress for my Mom’s birthday outing. We went to Cítricos, which is a restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Side note: I could live at the Grand Floridian and I would live content for the rest of my days. The ambiance, the customer service, and the smell! If Disney can figure out how to bottle up the smell of Grand Floridian’s lobby and make it into a candle, I would buy 20.

The dress: I bought it from a store called roz&ALI. To my surprise, it’s the rebrand/ extention of a place called Dressbarn (which most are very familiar with). I would usually go to Dressbarn to get special occasion dresses, but once I stepped into roz&ALI at Orlando’s Premium Outlet in Vineland Avenue, it was a breath of fresh air. From dresses to shorts to blouses, everything in the store was current and I could have easily see myself buying good quality pieces to make multiple outfits.

One of my biggest problem with plus size clothing is that (a lot of times) there isn’t a shape or structure to clothing items. Most plus size clothing is about comfort, which I get. Comfortable clothes are necessary in a wardrobe, but it shouldn’t be an everyday thing. Personally, I like items that flatter my figure, instead of putting baggy clothing to “hide” the fact that I have a tummy or rolls on my back. Regardless of what I put on, they’re going to be there. So, why not wear something that’s going to make me feel beautiful and confident about myself, rolls and all?

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roz&ALI offers women the best of both worlds. Their items are comfortable and chic and can make any woman feel happy in their own skin. When I tried on the blue dress on the first time, it fit like a glove. The laser cut details is what drew me to the dress in the first place. Little design details are what make dresses unique, so I’m always looking for those type of things in an outfit. Also, I am loving the cold shoulder trend this year! Seeing that the dress had that element, along with the ruffled sleeve, I was sold. More than that, I felt amazing in the dress! My black wedges with the black and gold bow accent are actually Crocs. Family and friends know about my love for Crocs, but I’m loving the fact that they are creating shoes that I can wear with multiple outfits. I honestly need more Crocs shoes in my life because of how cute they are and how easy it is to walk in them.

The funny thing is, I wore the dress the same day I bought it. That’s how you know I loved it. Usually, I save pieces of clothing I buy and I keep them in my closet until I know which day I’m going to wear them. With the little blue dress, that rule went out the window! From the moment I wore it, I had multiple complements come my way, which is always delightful and a highlight to my day. The best part about that, it was a conformation for how I felt in the dress; I felt confident, flirty, and put together. I strongly believe that people complimented me for exuding that emotion. Even if the compliments didn’t come my way, the way I felt in that dress was all I needed to make me happy.

Best,

Michelle

P.S.- I bought a Size 18 in this dress and yes I wore Spanx. Ladies, we all know Spanx is the undergarment angel and that we all need to smooth things out from time to time. Especially in dresses. Haha!

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Introducing the Fashion Blog

Hi readers! Welcome to a new category I’m introducing to the blog: Fashion. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while now, but I never felt that confident to do so until now. I’ve surrounded myself with supportive and encouraging people who gave me the idea to write a fashion blog. Now, this part of my blog will discuss topics such as: brands I like, the fun of putting outfits together, products I use, how-to’s, highlighting plus size fashion, and styling myself and friends.

How it all began– This year, people have been asking me where I would get certain items of clothing; whether it was at the mall, grocery store, and even church.  Additionally, my friends would send me texts of items they wanted my input on (so honored). I’ve been extremely humbled that multiple people have noticed my outfits and would want to know more about my fashion choices. So I thought that writing about my outfits in a public setting would allow friends, family and new readers to explore fashion with me. I am not a professional stylist, but that’s the best part of it all. There isn’t any pressure and I get to write about topics I want to write about. A little heads up, being “on-point” all the time is not really who I am as a person, so you won’t find that here. I’m just a regular, chubby, artsy, city gal who is sharing her fashion insights on WordPress. Haha!

For me, fashion is a way to show people a glimpse of personality and creativity; that’s what intrigues me the most about it. The way people can put prints, colors, and accessories together, is its own art form and I love and respect that. With that said, I just hope that I’m able to encourage women (especially my plus size fam) to have fun with styling and clothes! Additionally, that it’s possible to feel good and confident about yourself with any body type. You’re allowed to dress yourself up and feel beautiful. Whomever says otherwise, cut them out of your life and add them to your social media accounts so they can see how happy you are just being yourself.  😉

I am beyond excited to start this journey and to have all of you come along the journey with me.

With more to come,

Michelle

P.S.- To my followers who are interested in my art history posts, I plan to continue to write them. Art history and my opinions on the topic is the reason why I started this blog in the first place, so to just discontinue that would just make my heart sad. Haha!

 

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