Monday, July 20, 2015

Plus Size Universe: Safari Print Maxi

Summer is full blast and there's nothing better for hot days than a breezy maxi dress.  When I saw this cute little maxi on Vanessa Hudgens, immediately thought there needs to be a Plus Size Universe version.  Yup there is, sometimes I find version that are really similar and other times just items that kinda resemble.   Either way I am happy that plus fashion is evolving and more options are available.  

Here is my version of the safari print maxi dress Vanessa Hudgens was seen wearing in NYC.  I love this look, totally cute and effortless just the way I like to dress for summer! 

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Vanessa’s total look is about $1000, which is like paying rent for some people.  I can’t imagine spending the same amount of money on an outfit as paying my rent.  Well good news, with my Plus Size Universe version you won’t have to spend even half the price.  I pride myself on being a bargain shopper, being able to find quality items for much less and never paying retail!   Here is my PSU version that only cost about $100 total!   Found a somewhat similar safari print maxi dress from Target’s new plus size line Ava and Viv, for only $35. I paired the maxi dress with some MIA block heel sandals from 6pm for only $26 and added Fringe Bucket Bag from Forever 21 for only $27. Finished off the look with a stylish pair of Round Sunglasses from Asos, which are on sale now for only $13.  Viola! There you have it a easy, chic and stylish summer outfit. 

Hope you enjoy this weeks Plus Size Universe feature. Want me to find a plus size version of an outfit for you? Email me and I can help you find your Plus Size Universe. Leave  a comment with your thoughts on this outfit. Also follow me on Instagram for more of my style finds.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blowout At The House Salon

Last month I blogged about loving and embracing my curls, but sometimes a girl just wants to have fun with straight hair. I was invited to a new salon in Orange County called The House Salon for a complimentary blowout by stylist Morgan. Morgan introduced me to the new salon and gave me a sample of what they have to offer at The House Salon.

Inside The House Salon, love the decor and open floor. 

The House Salon is located in Mission Viejo, CA and just opened a couple weeks ago.  It's a very modern and spacious salon, offering many services from cuts, color, blowouts and much more.  I loved the salons decor and its open space layout. They have a great waiting area with a TV, fireplace and chandeliers. You feel like you are in a fancy home and not a hair salon.

Morgan drying my hair right after shampooing, whoa my hair is so long!

Morgan gave me a shampoo with a little scalp and neck massage.  She's very gentle and made me feel very comfortable while she shampooed my hair. My hair is quite long, she had her work cut out. Morgan used Kérastase, L'Oréal Professionnel products, which I love and use at home too! 

Process of blow drying my hair, its so curly and long.  Also love the hooks for your bag below mirror. 

Morgan began with blow drying my hair, with a round brush and blow dryer. Yikes I don't do my own hair at home because of the length and amount of hair I have.  Its no easy task to tackle these curls of mine. After the blow dry, she used the flat iron to straighten my hair, being very precise with my hair line and gentle. The entire process took just a bit over an hour, all the while Morgan was very nice and professional.  We chatted while she worked and made me feel welcomed and comfortable the entire time.  

The end result, nice shiny and soft straight hair, Morgan worked her magic and my curls!

The result was a fabulous blowout, my hair looked great! What a difference a blowout makes with my hair. It amazes that just a blow dryer and flatiron will make my super curly hair straight for a day or two.   It's fun to change it up temporarily and get a new look.  

Morgan and I, shes a doll, go see her for all  your hair needs! 

Thanks to Morgan at The House Salon for great service and fab hair.  If you are in the OC area and in need of a hair stylist go see Morgan.  She's very nice and makes you feel welcomed and is very attentive with her clients.  

You can see more samples of her work on her Instagram and Facebook page.  Also find a full list of services and prices on her StyleSeat page, where you can book an appointment as well. Go see Morgan and tell her Veronica from Cid Style File sent you! 

Morgan at The House Salon 
23981 Alicia Pkwy, Suite 170, 
Mission Viejo, Orange County, CA
Open 9am - 6pm

*Disclaimer:  I was invited to The House Salon for a complimentary service.  No compensation was received for this post and all opinions expressed are my own.  

Monday, June 15, 2015

Plus Size Univese: Stripe T-Shirt Dress

Celebrity style blogs are really popular, showing you what they wear and where to get their look.  I wouldn't say I'm a celebrity obsessed person, just like fashion and can appreciate style regardless who wears it. There are also plenty of blogs where you can get the same celeb look for less.  These site are all great, but none of them tell you how or where to get the similar looks if you are plus size, like me. Sometimes I see a celebrity or even other bloggers who are not plus size wear a look I really like.  Sucks knowing the designer or retailer they are buying it from does not make it in plus size.  Well I don't worry too much about that any more, I know any look can be recreated in plus size for you and me! 

I saw this look on Gigi Hadid, the new it girl of the moment wearing a super cute stripe t-shirt dress.  She was spotted earlier this month at the Montreal Gran Prix looking very casual, comfy and cute.  This look is not only something I would totally wear, but was able to recreate easily in plus size and for much less.  Here is my Plus Size Universe version of Gigi's look. 

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Gigi Hadid is wearing a Michael Kors stripe t-shirt dress, IRO leather moto jacket with Adidas Original sneakers and some cool sunglasses.  Her total look is about $2400 and I can guarantee you none of these items (dress/jacket) come in plus size.  My Plus Size Universe look is just as cute, cost way less and won't break the bank.  I found this stripe ponte t-shirt dress from Charlotte Russe, did you know they now sell plus size. You can find this dress online for only $31.99.  I paired my PSU look with a white moto vest, instead of a jacket from Style&Co at Macy's for only $37.99.   I found some white espadrilles instead of sneakers, for summer they make more sense and look more stylish in my opinion.  These white mesh espadrilles are from Circus by Sam Edelman for $45 and will be great to wear all summer long.  Finish off the look with some aviator style sunnies from H&M for only $7.95 and my entire Plus Size Universe look is only $124!  This look is great for summer parties or any other fun summer activities.  It has a slight nautical look, with a bit of chic edge.  

What do you think about my Plus Size Universe look?

Hope you enjoy this weeks Plus Size Universe feature. Want me to find a plus size version of an outfit for you? Email me and I can help you find your Plus Size Universe. Leave  a comment with your thoughts on this outfit. Also follow me on Instagram for more of my style finds.

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