How to Work Your Curves

Newsflash!  The average American woman is a size 12-14, and sadly the average woman has minor body image issues.  Even women who are considered petite have days when a pair of super skinny jeans are not in the plans.  I’m here to tell you, that you don’t need to hide behind ill-fitting, boring clothing.  Sure, black is a sliming color to wear, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re going to funeral every day.  Here are 5 ways to use your wardrobe to celebrate your curves.

First, patterns are still very much in style.  The key to making this look work is to find a dress with an allover dark pattern.  The darker the pattern the better.  Patterns keep the eye moving and take attention away from shape concerns.

Next, the easiest way to define your waist is to fake it.  Add a cropped jacket over a dress and voila, you’ve got a waist.  The jacket will hit at your natural waistline creating the illusion of a curve right where you want it instead of where you don’t.

In this warm climate, there’s nothing wrong with showing a little skin as long as  you do it tastefully.  As I tell my daughters, make sure you’re always appropriate.  I’m a huge fan of wearing layers, but did you know that when you wear too many layers you can end up looking larger than you actually are?  It’s true.  A great way to show more skin without showing more skin is to wear sheer fabrics.  Blouses with sheer sleeves as well as dresses and skirts with sheer hemlines will always allow you to suggest more skin without revealing too much.  And they’re much cooler during the hot summer months.

You’d be surprised to know that working your curves doesn’t only apply to what you wear, but also how you accessorize.  A bold sparkling necklace or dazzling drop earrings will draw attention where you want it.  The more spectacular the better.

Color is your friend.  I’m not sure who started the rumor that curvy women should not wear color, but that’s a complete and total fib.  Color looks amazing on curvy women especially in monochromatic tones deep blues and emerald greens, even a sapphire red.  This fall, think about pairing your solid monochrome dress with a dark colored pair of tights.  This combination will make your legs look amazingly slim and trim.

Here are a list of some of my favorite curvy bloggers to see how it’s done:

curvy bloggers

http://www.curvesandconfidence.com/

http://girlwithcurves.com/

http://www.diaryofachicmommy.com/

http://thecurvyfashionista.com/

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MOMMY 101: Stuff for Baby

If you ask me, it’s a conspiracy.  There are tons upon tons of cute thingamabobs and whatnots for baby girls but when it comes to baby boys, you can hardly find a stitch of cuteness anywhere.  Granted, Jonny won’t be leaving the house for the first two months of his life, but it’s the principle, right?

While Jonny was napping a stole a few minutes and found some really cute boys stuff for the little mister.  Take a look.

 

FOR THE BOYS
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9 FOURTH OF JULY FINDS!

9 Fourth of July Finds

It goes without saying that the real meaning of fourth of July is to celebrate our wonderful country’s independence.  Independence that is hard fought for and protected.  On this day we celebrate liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.  Traditionally, Americans like to spend fourth of July with friends and family enjoying good food and the great outdoors.  And it doesn’t hurt to look super cute while doing so.

- find your favorite item below -

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FASHION DU JOUR LOVES: Bump Styling

FASHION DU JOUR BUMP STYLING

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Dressing around a baby bump can be exhausting.  I mean, when else in life does your body inflate to two to three times it’s normal size?  Some of us gain weight everywhere and so the challenge is not only dressing around a bump but also finding things to wear that are comfortable around all your growing parts.  Even for women who seem to be all baby, there’s still the struggle with finding a top or bottom that are the size you normally wear but are stretchy enough to fit around the circumference of your belly.  Of course there are bigger and much more amazing things going on with our bodies and how we look should be the least of our concerns, but it’s hard to ignore it when nothing in your closet seems to fit.

Here’s a look that any pregnant (or not) lady can pull off this summer.  Enjoy!

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#FDJStyle: February Wishlist

MONTHLY w i s h l i s t - FEBRUARY
Attention all you spend-thrift ladies like me, I found a new online boutique and yes, you’ll love it.  Persunmall.com You already know how obsessed I am with boyfriend jeans.  Take a look at these!  Plus a pair of loose fit drawstring jeans.  Think sweats, only AMAZING!  But it doesn’t stop there.  They also have thee cutest dresses, jackets, tops and coats.  And none of these items above are over $48!!!!!!
Stop by, it’s well worth the browse!
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What to Wear on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fourteen days away and I’m beginning to think that the world is made up of 2 kinds of people; people who LOVE Valentine’s Day and people who LOATHE Valentine’s Day.  There’s never really an in-between.  I have a friend who jokingly calls Valentine’s Day, “Single Awareness Day” and while some may think of this holiday as a cruel trick to fool men into buying chocolate and flowers my single friend loves this day.  For her, it’s a chance to have a spa day and a night out with friends enjoying each other’s company.  For me, it’s a chance to pause and enjoy my husband’s company one-on-one.

Whether your idea of Valentine’s Day is a fancy dinner with that someone special in your life or a casual outing with your favorite girls, here are some fantastic looks to make your night a fashion success.

Depending where you go, Los Angeles night life is usually full of swanky lounges and romantically lit trendy restaurants.   If your Valentine’s Day includes a trip to one of these locations, it’s likely that you will want to go for a more “casual-glam” look.  Boyfriend jeans are still very much on trend and hide a multitude of sins.  So go ahead and order that slice of double chocolate cake because no one will see your insta-belly.  Not only are boyfriend jeans the most comfortable pair of jeans you’ll own, but they’re incredibly easy to transition from day to night.  You might wear your boyfriend jeans to work with a white buttoned-down shirt, black blazer and chocolate leather loafers.  Then at quitting time you can quickly transition them for your girls meet-up by ditching the jacket, swapping the shirt out for a pussy bow blouse and the loafers for a pair of dashing pumps.  Just add a red lip and some splashes of jewelry to accent and your outfit is perfection.

Casual ValentineThis second look is for the woman who has formal plans in store.  This night out calls for a look that is classy, classy, classy.  What’s the easiest way to accomplish a classy and chic look?  Stick to a solid colored dress with a simple shape, either fitted or curve- skimming.  This will draw attention to where you want it, your face.  However, that’s not to say that prints and colors are out of the question.  If you prefer a dress with some morsels of fun find a dress with all over print action.  My tip to you is to go for a dress that has very small dark prints.  The smaller and darker the print, the more flattering the dress will look.  Another option is to find a dress with some interesting combination of print and solid.  However, the rule still applies…the darker the better.  With the weather as unpredictable as it’s been of late, adding a pair of black opaque tights and black pumps will be the perfect topper to keep you warm but looking hot! 

Fancy Valentine

Regardless of what you wear and what you do, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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