Fashion

12 St. Beach

Yesterday, Chicago gave me the best gift: perfect weather. The sky was more blue than usual, the people were happier than usual, and the breeze was just right.

I wasn’t expecting to go downtown, but my sister needed to take some pictures for work. So, I grabbed my sandals, put on my sunhat and was on my way. Once we got to the beach, it was a dream. North Avenue beach is usually the summer hang out spot in Chicago, but it’s usually over crowded. 12 St. Beach is more private and I feel like people are able to enjoy themselves more at this particular beach.

While my sister was taking pictures, I just got to sit around and really enjoy Chicago in its’ entirety. Living in a big city, you’re always in a rush, so being able to look around and enjoy my beloved city, was refreshing.

My outfit: Thank God for Macy’s! For the new readers and for people who are getting to know more about me, I love Macy’s. I am an advocate and a constant shopper of the franchise. With that said, my blouse and shorts were bought at Macy’s. The hat I’m wearing was recently bought at Nordstrom’s, and my shoes were purchased at Famous Footwear.

It was a perfect beach outfit because at one point, I was covered in sand. Once I left, the sand didn’t stick on me. I simply brushed it off and I was on my way! Additionally, my outfit was light, breezy, comfortable, and fun to wear. Definitely will be wearing this outfit again and I will continue to shop at Macy’s (not sponsorsed, just a fan).

-Michelle

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Plants and Black Denim Pants

Hi guys! On this blog post, I will be analyzing the outfit I wore when I went to Menards. A little bit about Menards, it’s a low-key hang out spot. For folks who aren’t familiar with the franchise, it’s a home improvement store where you can buy hard wood, light fixtures, plants, patio furniture, doors, you name it!  Knowing that piece of information, you’re probably thinking two things: “Girl, that’s really your hang out spot?” or “Girl, you right about that!” When it comes to Menards, there isn’t an in between. You either love it or hate it.

Reason for my trip: last summer my mom and I bought these special plants that you put in your backyard and the mosquitoes stay away due to its smell (best plant ever.) So, we went to the garden area of Menards to find out that they don’t sell them there anymore. Worst part of it all, I don’t remember the name of the plant! I just know how it looks like and I distinctly remember a mosquito cartoon character being stuck on the plant holder. Since they didn’t have the plants, we still looked around at the flowers and plants and was ready to buy all of them. Haha!

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Onto my outfit! I’m going to try to do something new when it comes to listing the items I wear. I don’t know if I’ll keep that format, but I thought it’d be cool to try something out in the early process of the fashion portion of the blog.

Outfit Items:
Black Jeans Lane Bryant
T-shirt: UNIQLO
Jacket: Columbia Sportswear
Shoes: Rock Candy
Glasses: Christian Siriano
Hair: Extremely messy and done by yours truly

The pieces I have listed I wear all the time and I highly recommend each brand and each item I am wearing in this photo.

Best,

Michelle

 

 

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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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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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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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