16 Beauty Favs I Used During NYFW

Hey hey!

NYFW SS 20 is officially over and it was one for the books! This is my third year participating in fashion week and believe it or not, that means I’m a total newbie! Fashion Week is the biggest time of the year for fashion and I am so thrilled that plus size representation is being seen more and more! Curvy Con happens to be held during the same time and I know that having so many plus size designers, bloggers, and consumers present for Curvy Con forces the Fashion industry to take notice! Plus size fashion is here to stay!

I’ve been sharing all the fun on my Instagram, including the fashion shows I attended, my time on the ground at Curvy Con, and, of course, all my outfits! Be sure to head there to check it out! In today’s post, I want to share some of the beauty products I used throughout the week! From skincare, to makeup, to hair products, I use quite a bit of products to feel NYFW ready! Scroll down to see some of my favorites!

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xoxo,

Alex

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10 Tools for Plus Size Yoga

Hello! When I started practicing yoga four years ago, my life changed for the better! Not only is yoga physically rewarding, it is a mental and spiritual game changer! There is something so powerful about taking time each day to clear your mind, focus on your breath, and stretch your body! I had thought about […]

Affordable Fall Fashion | Sponsored by Walmart

 

Trade in your sandals for booties, dust off your moto jackets, and get hype… cause its official time for fall fashion! It’s always fun to change out your wardrobe for the new season, but I can honestly say that fall is my favorite time to get dressed! There are just so many options and that’s why I jumped at the chance to partner with Walmart Fashion to look at their new fall collection!

 

 

Today, I’m showing you how I take this cute dress and make it appropriate for those end of summer days or full on fall weather! One thing I truly love about this dress is that the neckline has elastic, so it can be worn with swoop neck or off the shoulder! This is not only practical for transitioning this piece between seasons, but it also makes it accessible to those who simply don’t feel like wearing a strapless bra – cause we’ve all been there! I also really love the embroidery cause prints and patterns are tried and true summer choice, but embroidery has always given me that same cozy feel that comes with typical fall festivities. I’m talking apple picking, eating grandma’s cobbler and sipping on something pumpkin spiced! For me, this print is warm and cozy even if we experiencing some end of summer heat waves!

 

 

The first thing I think of for fall fashion is layering! That’s why I love to stock up on jean jackets, moto jackets, and cozy cardigans! I opted for this denim jacket because it pairs so well with olive tones. Thrown over your shoulders or buttoned up tight, this pair is CUTE! The second thing I think of for fall fashion is texture! That’s why I was so thrilled to find this great statement bag that is as versatile as it is fashionable! Wear it as a handheld net bag or tuck the handles in and attach the strap if you’re looking for an easy over the shoulder vibe.

 

 

I’m so happy that Walmart has SO MANY cute fall finds for an affordable price! There are tons of items that can be mixed and matched to make your transition to fall so easy!

 

Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post. #WeDressAmerica #WalmartFashion

Grocery Shopping Made Easy | Sponsored by Walmart

 

Hi beauties, 

It’s a new week and a new month! But it’s still summer and that means I’m all about working smarter not harder! I’m focusing on staying organized and being as efficient as possible with my everyday tasks. That way I can spend more time doing the things I love! 

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Our schedule has been so full lately and we realized that we haven’t had a chance to team up in the kitchen since we moved into our new house! So this past weekend, my fiance and I decided to stay in for date night and cook a homemade meal together! I recently discovered that my local Walmart store has grocery pickup and it has made my weekly grocery shopping so simple! Walmart is the perfect, one stop shop for your regular groceries or even a special event!

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Walmart grocery pickup is such a time saver! You simply download the Walmart app, build your shopping order, and check out! It’s so easy! And the best part is that the app remembers your regular orders, making it easier to shop next time! You can set what day and time you’d like to pickup your order and the app will notify you once it’s ready! Let them know when you arrive by checking in through the app and then an associate will bring your items directly to your car! It’s so simple! In a matter of minutes, I was on my way back home for date night! I got all the ingredients I needed, a new set of wine glasses, and even a full basil plant! You know I love plants!
 

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This is the perfect service if you have super busy schedule like me or you simply don’t enjoy grocery shopping! We are in the prime of summer fun; so if you don’t feel like spending an hour roaming the grocery store aisles, try this service out instead! Comment below with any questions and feel free to use this promo code to save some $$$! 

 

Offer Code: 

-$10 off your first order of $50 or more

-Visit walmart.com/grocery or download the grocery app to order and redeem code.

-Offer good for first-time customers

– $50 minimum order, exp 1/31/2020

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Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post!

 

Belonging | Sponsored by Old Navy

This post is sponsored by Old Navy.

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Hi babes!

 

Welcome to July! Can you believe we are officially in the latter half of the year! I keep seeing a meme that says “6 months til 2020. Don’t let anyone waste your time” and well I couldn’t agree more! You’ve got to have the right people around you! It is so important to find a group of friends (or family) where you truly feel like you belong!

 

Belonging is that feeling when you can be your most honest, silly, and vulnerable self and know that you’ll be accepted no matter what! #BelongingLooksLike someone going out of their way to show you that they care! Belonging is that assuring feeling that when you’re down, there will be someone there to pick you back up! Or you know…give you a piggy back ride!

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My fiancé, Paul, has been one of those people for me since day one – which I why he’s now my fiancé, haha! He has always made me feel like I belong and he is *almost* always down to support me in even my silliest moments! Like when we were taking this photo and I convinced him he should get on my back instead of the other way around!
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This year is Old Navy’s 25th birthday and their bday theme is belonging! I couldn’t be happier that such a big brand is making such an important statement about inclusion and support! From model choices to in store plus size shipping, Old Navy has always done an amazing job of making me feel included as a plus size women! That’s why I shouted “YES!” to the opportunity to share their new Americana collection with you! Both Paul and I are wearing head to toe Old Navy and I can definitely see us repeating these looks all summer long!

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Thanks for reading and I hope you have an amazing July!

 

Alex

 

Thank you to Old Navy for sponsoring this post! #OldNavyStyle #BelongingLooksLike

 

Love Unites | Sponsored by Express

This post is sponsored by Express. #ExpressPartner 

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Hi babes! 

 

First and foremost, I’m wishing the happiest Pride Month to all my lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual babes reading this post! Today, I want to talk about the everyday work of being confident! 

 

Everyday is an opportunity to embrace a new part of you! I know I’ve shared this before but I’ll say it again, confidence isn’t a quality you either have or don’t have. It’s a muscle or a frame of mind that you must continuously work on developing. So every single day truly is an opportunity to embrace a part of you and work on loving that part a bit more! 
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In honor of summer, I’m really working on showing love to my arms. They are the largest they’ve ever been and any new part of you deserves some extra care and attention! This top from the Express Love Unites Collection gives me a chance to show them off and feel really, really good about it! In the same spirit of pride, I find myself accepting myself and celebrating the things that make me unique! 

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Pride month may be coming to a close, but I’ll never stop celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and Express agrees! That’s why they have partnered with GLADD and Out Magazine to launch the Love Unites collection featuring 35 gender-neutral pieces that champion unity and individuality. For every Love Unites item purchased by July 15, Express will donate 25% of the net income to GLAAD to accelerate acceptance for the LBGTQ+ community!

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There are tons of cute pieces (like these jeans, earrings, and shoes!) that you can shop

below! I’ve also linked some of my favorite pieces from Love Unites collection! Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of Pride Month! 

 

Alex 

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My Top – https://rstyle.me/+TOqfqMo-X-_bEsJPNOWxBg

Similar Shoes – https://rstyle.me/+4OMZTfTnSslp8lFBwPbjbw

My Jeans – https://rstyle.me/n/dh6p2fcc4g7

My Earrings – https://rstyle.me/+ND959voMURvvLsjxe9rAVg 

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Tee Shirt – https://rstyle.me/n/dnr4f5cc4g7 

Tube Top – https://rstyle.me/n/dnr4e9cc4g7 

Dress – https://rstyle.me/n/dnr4eycc4g7 

Tank Top – https://rstyle.me/n/dnr4bfcc4g7 

 

Thank you Express for sponsoring this post! #Express #ExpressLife 

 

Cacique Intimates Wireless Collection

Sponsored by Cacique Intimates and ShopStyle

 

I don’t know about you, but my mornings have become something I truly cherish! I try to keep a routine: morning stretches, lemon water, walk the dog, shower, eat a delicious breakfast, and sneak in some morning smooches – all before I start my work day! It’s not always realistic, because my schedule doesn’t always allow it! Okay, okay it usual isn’t realistic! Plus I work via the internet and we all know that the internet doesn’t sleep and FOMO is real! But it is so refreshing when I am intentional with my mornings!

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Another thing I am ALWAYS intentional with is my undergarments! My morning routine is meant to set me up for success for the day and my choice of underwear is honestly just as important. Comfort and function is key for me and that is why I’ve been loving my bras and panties from the new Cacique Intimates Wireless Collection! I’m wearing the Simply Wire Free Uplift Plunge Bra and Cotton High-Leg Brief Panty!

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This bra is the truth! I feel lifted, supported, and secure in this bra and I love that the deep plunge allows me to wear it with so many different styles of tops! I opted for the bright fuschia because we can all use some color in our life – SO CUTE! It also comes in black which is a closet essential! I appreciate that Cacique Intimates carries so many incredible wireless styles and colors because you don’t have to compromise comfort for style! Have you noticed the back detail yet? Cause it’s one of my favorite parts of the bra!  
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The panties are also a huge win! I original bought this pair to match the bra and have since ordered 5 more pairs because they are perfect for everyday wear! The band is firmly placed, but not too tight and the cut on the leg gives them that extra flirty feel! I’m usually a thong girl – TMI? But I may be swayed with these cute briefs!

 

Check out all the new Cacique Intimates pieces here: https://shopstyle.it/l/23vP

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This post is sponsored by Cacique Intimates and ShopStyle

Wedding Dress Shopping with Stella York

Hey beauties!

Today’s post is extra exciting and truly a long time coming! I’ve been engaged for 7 months already and I’m finally starting to plan the wedding! We’re looking at venues, brainstorming the decor, and writing out our guest list. But without a shadow of a doubt, the thing I was most excited about was shopping for a wedding dress! Over the years, I’ve been offered a few different modeling jobs where I’d get to model wedding dresses, but I’ve always passed. I wanted the first time I tried on a wedding dress to be for the real thing! And here we are!

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I officially went wedding dress shopping for the first time and it was seriously so incredible! I tried on over ten dresses by Stella York and was blown away by how beautiful I felt! Not only was the experience super emotional, it was educational. There’s a lot to know when you’re looking for a wedding dress and I’m so grateful for the team at Bridal Elegance who helped me for my fitting! Today, I want to share all that I learned from how to prepare for your fitting to how to pick your dress!

 

 

I prepared for my fitting with no actual knowledge of what would be happening that day! I did basically no research and I don’t suggest that at all lol! Luckily, I learned a bunch and I hope this post will be helpful for you if and when you go in for a plus size bridal fitting!

When preparing for your bridal fitting, it is important to know the Who, What, When, Where, and Why!

Who should be there with you? For my fitting, it was just me and my mom; and that was perfect for me! But it’s pretty normal for your maid of honor, sisters, and friends to come too! I suggest inviting 1-4 people to join you for your fitting! Some brides do come alone, but I know that I loved every moment I shared with my mom that day! It was a special moment and it is so nice to have your loved ones there to share in that joy! Some brides invite their whole bridal party and that can get really messy, really quickly! Too many opinions can be tough and this day is supposed to be about you! Don’t let anything or anyone else steal your shine or influence you to choose a dress you don’t love! And just know, that it is completely normal to have multiple brides trying on dresses at the bridal shop, so your group won’t be able to overflow into other sections!

What should you bring to the fitting? This was my biggest question when I set my appointment and I ended up bringing so much unnecessary stuff, haha! First and foremost, you should definitely bring a good range of nude colored undergarments! I brought regular and strapless bras, spanx, and underwear! It’s also a good idea to bring a few pairs of shoes! The bridal shop I went to had a few different pairs, but it’s better to try on your dress with shoes that fit well and have a heel height you would actually wear to your wedding. I also suggest bring your makeup or having it done beforehand. If you have your hair and makeup done, you’ll be able to see the full picture once the dress is on! And don’t worry about getting makeup on the dresses. There will be a dresser there to help you put on all your dresses carefully! And lastly, you can wear whatever jewelry you want to the fitting, but you will be asked to remove anything that might snag the dress!

 

When should I make an appointment? My fitting was on a Monday at 10am and I had the whole place to myself until noon! I know that you might work a 9 to 5 job, but the bridal shop assured me that you should try to schedule your fitting on a weekday instead of a weekend. Most bridal shops are open after work hours, so you might find it helpful to schedule your fitting on a weeknight! It’s important to start shopping for your dress 8-9 months before the wedding! That seems like such a long time, because well… it is! But they are making the dress specifically for you and that takes about sixteen to twenty weeks to receive! Then you have a few months to make any final alterations!

Where should I make my appointment? This one was easy for me, because I went where I knew they would have a wide selection of Stella York dresses! The best way to find out what bridal stores carry plus sizes is to simply call! Most stores will be extra kind and accommodating! If they don’t carry plus sizes, they will often point you in the right direction of what other bridal shops will have the best selection! And if they do carry plus sizes, they can check their inventory to see how many options they have in your size and even request more samples from brands – if there’s enough advance notice!

Why should you go in for a bridal fitting? Because you want to look and feel your best on your big day! There are other ways to order wedding dresses, but fittings allow you to try out different kinds of dresses all at once and play with the accessories too! The staff will have SO much knowledge and experience; and that will be extremely helpful in eliminating some of the stress that can come with wedding planning! Also, the fitting is free; so… why not?

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Okay, so let’s talk about the dresses themselves! I walked into my fitting with absolutely no clue what kind of dress I wanted! I had never really thought about it, so I decided that I should try as many styles as possible. And I seriously recommend that plan of action! When you try on all the different styles you can find what silhouette, color, and detailing you love – in that order!

I tried on four different silhouettes: ballgown, fit & flare, soft A-line, and full A-line. Each cut can come with different necklines, fastenings, and fabrics! And then I moved on to color selection! Pro tip: Pure white is actually a bit blue; so choose Ivory for a more traditional look! Each and every dress you try on can be made it multiple colors, so all the dresses are worth trying on even if you don’t like color. It’s also noteworthy that the hem and size chart can vary from brand to brand! All of the Stella York dresses I”m wearing below come hemmed to 5’9. I’m just an inch shorter so it was too noticeable! Bridal shops come equipped with plenty of tools to help you see how it will fit once tailored for you! You can see that I needed several clips here in this first photo!

 

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This first dress is a ballgown with a horsehair trim and sweetheart neckline! The ivory trim sits over a moscato colored base.

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This is an ivory, soft A-line dress with a sweetheart neckline and an off the shoulder top.

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This is a two tone, aline dress with a sweetheart neckline and chantilly lace detailing. The ivory lace sits over a pewter base.

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The next dress is an ivory, fit and flare dress with a sweetheart neckline and a corset back. The belt is added separately.

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This gold fit and flare dress has a V-neckline and beautifully detailed bedding.

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This ivory, A-line dress had a sweetheart neckline, lace edging, and a tulle bottom.

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The last dress is an A-line with a sweetheart neckline, corset back, and lace detailing. The ivory lace sits over a glittery champagne colored base.

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Once you find a dress that you love, there are so many extra details that can be added to make the dress your own! The seamstress can alter, adjust, and add extra beading, lace, ribbons, rhinestone layerings, and even extended trains. Most bridal shops will also have veils, belts, and other accessories for you to try on! No matter how you choose to make your dress yours, make sure that you feel comfortable, beautiful, and overall bridal!

 

 

Thank you so much for reading! I hope this was helpful! Be sure to comment with an questions and I’ll do my best to help! And if you’re ready to find the Stella York wedding dress of your dreams, you can view a complete list of retailers using the store locator.

Alex

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This post was sponsored by Stella York.

 

Power Outfit | Sponsored by Express

Hey beauties!

It’s the end of Women’s History Month and like every year (every day, if we’re being honest), I am absolutely blown away by the powerhouse women in my life and online! Do you know how truly lucky we are to be living in the age of the internet where we can read stories of women doing incredible work all over the world? Do you know that also includes YOU? Women are strong, powerful, and more ambitious than ever! In just my immediate friend group, I’ve got doctors, CEOs, moms, scholars, and so much more! I am so inspired on the daily!

One thing that I’m learning is that success isn’t reserved for those who went to the best schools or those with the biggest bank accounts. You don’t have to fit the mold or have everything figured out! Whether it’s your career, your love life, or your own personal wellness; all you need to grow is ambition and the belief that what you want is possible!! I’m currently working on refining that inner voice that for so long said I couldn’t accomplish my goals for whatever reason and changing it to a voice that says, “you know what? Maybe I can!” I used to daydream and think about all the negative “what ifs.” And I know I’m not alone! So I’m challenging you to daydream and think “what if this all works out?” Powerful right?

Fine tuning that inner voice to work in your favor is the number one step toward accomplishing any goal! And you know what? IT’S TOTALLY DOABLE! It will feel different at first, but the more you decide to give yourself a chance, the easier it gets! And then you get to watch the beautiful process of changing into a women who not only believes in herself, but KNOWS that success is on her side! Your ambition grows and you find yourself thriving in things that were once just a daydream!

One thing that changed for me (that was a much welcomed surprise) was finding ways to feel powerful immediately! One way that I will instantly feel recharged and ready to go is a solid convo with a friend where you are encouraging them! Speaking life into your friend and their dreams definitely has a reciprocal effect! You’ll leave that conversation feeling encouraged yourself! Another way to feel better immediately, is having a powerhouse look! That’s what I call that one outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks! Mine is a great pair of jeans!! My current favorite pair is from Express! They recently launched their new denim proportions that are literally designed to fit all your curves like a glove! With a cinched waist and a fit that mimics your own body, these jeans seriously feel like they were made to fit your body! And I’m seriously digging the cute ankle cut off! I’ve had these for a couple weeks and they have been my go to outfit for model castings, date nights, and everything between! Do you have a powerhouse outfit? Cause you should! And guess what? I have an Express Ring Code that will give you $25 off a $100 purchase in-store or online! The Ring Code is 8132 and its expires 4/15/19, so get to shopping! Terms and conditions apply, see link here: https://www.express.com/g/modal/disclaimer/in-store-t-and-c.

Thank you so much for reading and remember, you are so dang powerful!! Women’s History Month may be coming to an end, but the party never stops when you’ve learned to harness that inner voice for your own benefit!

Have a great week!

Alex

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This post is sponsored by Express.

Bra Talk | Sponsored by Torrid

Sponsored by Torrid
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Hi there!

 

Spring has sprung and I know my house isn’t the only place that could use a little bit of spring cleaning! This year, I’ve decided to Marie Kondo my closet and leave behind all the things that aren’t actually bringing me joy!

 

Today, I want to talk to you about something that has rarely sparked joy! Bras. *collective sigh* I know, I know… bras can be a frenemy that are amazing sometimes and other times just down right rude. And can I be honest with you? I wasn’t convinced I could actually find a bra that didn’t make me feel trapped, hot, or uncomfortable.

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I’m so excited to share that I’ve found a go to everyday bra that gives me the support I want, but also gives me the comfort I absolutely need. I’m wearing the new 360 Push Up T-Shirt Bra from Torrid and I’ve worn it the last 5 days in a row. For me, my number one concern about shopping for a bra is comfort! Then there’s fit, function, and style.
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After a couple weeks of wear, I can definitively say that the Torrid 360 Push Up T-Shirt Bra is surprisingly comfortable. When you can roam around your day and not think of your bra once, that is a win! The name 360 comes from the patent pending back-smoothing technology used in the band! This technology keeps your bra basically invisible under your clothes and it really helps prevent any digging along the band.
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I’m wearing the Push Up version of the bra, but they also have a regular T-Shirt Bra and a Plunge version as well! It felt fitting to pair my bra with the matching 360 panties that are also super comfy! Be sure to check out the full collection, just click here! They offer band sizes 36-54 and cup sizes C-H!
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Have an incredible day! And, as always, thank you for reading!

 

Alex

 

Thank you Torrid for sponsoring this post!