Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Shine Bright Like A Sunflower

Sunflowers have always been my favorite flower.  Although not the prettiest of flowers, there is something magical about them. I can't help but smile when I see them, their big bright yellow petals and dark seeded centers are so beautiful to me.  Maybe its the earth sign in me, I have always been attracted to nature, and feel a sense of peace when I am outdoors.   Sunflowers make me happy and just the sight of them will lift my mood. This top from Asos Curve had my name all over it!  I received the Sunflower Polka Dot top courtesy of Asos.  Initially I loved the print, but had second thoughts once I ordered it online. Once my package came in, I was in love with the sunflowers once again.  Sunflowers and polka dots...some of my favorite prints all in one.  Yay!

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So at first I did have "old lady" blouse in mind when trying on the top.  But that thought soon went out the window, the more I admired my sunflower top.  Wearing it made me happy and smile, so that's all it took for me to love this top.  I had blogged about wearing what you love before, and the older I get the more this rings true.  I really don't care any more what others may think of say about how I dress.  My happiness and well being is all that matters....so if wearing an "old lady" blouse with sunflowers and polka dots makes me happy....I am gonna rock the heck out of this blouse!  

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Actually I received many compliments on this blouse while out and about shopping doing my errands. Guess I'm not the only one who loves sunflowers and polka dots combined.  I kept it simple with my fave boyfriend jeans and platform sandals. Played around with a top bun and off I went. This outfit gave me a 90's vibe, I don't know if its more grungy or hippy-ish. Sometimes the simplest of outfits turn out the best and make me feel the most confident. 

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Outfit Details
Sunflower Polka Dot Top: c/o Asos Curve
Boyfriend Jeans: Lane Bryant (old)
Platform Sandals: Topshop via Nordstroms
Sunglasses: Coach
Horn Necklace: c/o Julie Vos
Gold Ezra Earrings: c/o Jami

What do you think of this Sunflower top?
Is it "old lady" chic or fabulously floral & fun?

Monday, August 4, 2014

City Chic Australian Retailer Comes to the US!

Seems just like yesterday I was a plus size teenager who loved fashion, but had no where to shop.  It was very sad trying to shop for any type of clothes, we had no shops for young trendy, modern and stylish girls. There we maybe 2 stores that catered to plus size, but it wasn't the type of fashion I wanted and yearned for.  I use to either shop in the men's department or have my mom make me some clothes.  Thinking back my options for clothing were quite pitiful and sad. And to think I was much smaller in size than I am now and it was still difficult to find clothing I loved. Well now about 20 yrs later, the shopping options for plus size fashion have tremendously improved.  Some may argue there is still much more improvement needed in plus size fashion, but compared to what I had in my teens it's pretty darn good.

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Last week I witnessed one of those fabulous plus size fashion moments. The Australian fashion retailer City Chic opened its first ever US store. I had known about City Chic for a few years and was thrilled when they launched a US online store. Now we call all shop in their fab stores. OK well not everyone just yet, but City Chic is opening 6 new stores in Southern California. Last year City Chic became available in select Nordstrom stores and online. Slowing they will expand to more retail stores and made available in more Nordstrom as well. Another options for fashion in sizes 14+!! YAY!! There is no better feeling than shopping in a boutique, being able to touch all the pretty clothes and trying them on. As much as I enjoy online shopping, nothing beats the feeling of shopping in store.

The new City Chic store are essentially boutiques, carrying contemporary fashion and intimates in sizes 12-24. From the second you walk into City Chic you know this is not an ordinary plus size store. The decor is very well chic and modern, with beautifully displayed clothing and even a section just dedicated to jeans. The dressing rooms feel like your in some awesome huge closet, just playing dress up trying on clothes. The whole feel and vibe of the store is unlike any I've experienced in any type of store. I am really excited for this new store and the experience it will offer for woman who love fashion who happen to be plus size. That is where City Chic sets its self apart, they are a fashion boutique who sells clothing sizes 14+ not a plus size store. It's all about fashion and style not about the size.

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If you live in Southern California you need to check out City Chic for you self.  The first store opened on August 1, 2014 at the Westfield Culver City Mall, all customer can get 25% the entire store to celebrate. Next store to open is at my local mall in Brea, CA.  Go to the City Chic website for details of all the store openings.  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Style Report: California Love

In case you haven't figured it out by now from reading my blog...I am a California Girl!   Very proudly born and raised in the golden state! Lived all my life in Southern California.  Recently I have noticed a trend of apparel proclaiming love for California.   Seems reasonable to love your state and where your from, there is so much to love about Californian.  We really do have it all in California from the beaches, mountains and deserts.  There isn't anything you can't do or see in my state.  OK I am being a wee bit biased, but who can blame me...when the average weather is about 75 degrees most of the year.  Plus our flag has the best and cutest mascot, a brown bear!   I do love bears, so again being a little biased. Can't help my self gush when I talk about my beautiful California.  So why not show my pride and love with some fun fashions. It all started with this shirt I wore a few months ago. Also this hat I've been obsessing over since I saw it.  So be it a tee, a hat or some jewelry, there are plenty of ways to show some love for the golden state. 

Here are some items I found to proudly display that California Love!  Yes they do come in plus sizes too, just in case you were wondering. :)
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I will forever and always be a California Girl!! 

What state are you from? 
Do you proudly show love to your state with fashion?