Fashion

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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Fashion

Can I Wear Minnie Mouse Ears with Every Outfit?!

My answer: Unfortunately, no. Unless you went to Disney Springs like I did and wore them all day! I absolute adore my sequenced, Minnie Mouse ears and I might or might not be wearing them as I’m writing this blog.

Disney Springs, a place where shopping becomes a sport! Or what I like to call it, “Magic Kingdom for Adults” It’s one of my favorite shopping areas because of the variety of shops it offers, all while being submerged in Disney magic. There’s such a wide range of shops and restaurants that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy, so thank you D.S. for considering all kinds of people who visit. With the new expansion, that was made not too long ago, there’s even more things to look at, buy, and eat (shout out to Paddlefish for having the best crispy shrimp I’ve ever had in my life). Haha!

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*photo taken on the second level of Paddlefish.

 

Now, onto my outfit and why I chose to wear it. Knowing that Disney Springs has a lot of ground to cover, I knew I had to wear comfortable items. For my shoes, I decided to wear my Reggae Multi Strap sandals from Sketchers. They’re weather resistant and it was the perfect sandal to walk in; my feet got tired after being in them for 5 hours (which is amazing). The sleeveless, black and white flower printed, swing dress was from the LOFT (XL). Two things– First, I’m about a 18/20, so the fact that I fit into an XL dress was great, but that means the dress runs a bit larger. I bought the dress in person, so if you’re interested in purchasing a similar dress, that’s something to consider if you were to buy it online. Second, I loved the dress so much, I bought the same dress in a different print! LOFT swing dresses are the most comfortable things you could possibly wear, all while looking fashion forward. I highly recommend that type of dress and the LOFT brand. My gray sweater is from The Gap Factory (got it for only $10 on sale). I wear this sweater so often, that I wish I would’ve bought all of the same sweaters in its available colors. It’s light, breezy, and doesn’t overwhelm an outfit, whether you pair it with a dress, blouse, or t-shirt.

If I had to point out anything about my outfit, it would be that my shoes didn’t go with my outfit at all. The reason I wore them was because I knew the kind of walking that I was up ahead. Being from Chicago, I could definitely repeat this outfit, but I would change my choice of shoes so my outfit looks more put together. Other than that, it was the best outfit to wear at Disney Springs. Looking forward to visiting again!

Best,

Michelle

P.S.- Totally wrote this blog post with my Minnie Ears on. Then again, you probably knew that.

 

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