Summer Little Black Dress | Nordstrom

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom and Shopstyle. All opinions are my own. 
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One of my long time favorite fashion moments is a little black dress! It’s a look that is classic, versatile, and appropriate almost anytime and anywhere! I found this adorable LBD while scouring the Nordstrom site, which I’ve been doing a whole lot of lately! I saw those statement sleeves and immediately added it to the cart! 

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When it comes to a little black dress, I always look for unique details that make the dress more interesting! These oversized poufy sleeves bring all the drama and instantly elevate the look! I love that the rest of the dress is sleek and simple; and hugs the curves nicely! The square neck gives the dress a more feminine feel and is super on trend!
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I don’t wear shapewear most days, but every once in a while there is an outfit where I know I’ll want some kind of smoothing! I opted for Spanx high power shorts for support, to hide any visible panty lines, and to help hold the skirt in place! I love how these felt on and I didn’t notice any kind of rolling/digging throughout the day – so that’s a win to me! 

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I wanted this look to embrace summer as much as possible, so I went with a bohemian vibe for shoes and accessories! I love these Jeffrey Campbell heeled sandals! With the multi-strap tassel details and block heel, I know I’ll be wearing these babies over and over again! I stuck with the textured theme and added this fringe filled straw tote too! The size is perfect for a beach day! Last but not least, I added these gold drop hoop earrings for a bit of glamour and they did not disappoint! 

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Overall, I really love this look and I’ve been especially loving shopping at Nordstrom lately because of their amazing services like free shipping and returns, same day delivery, and curbside pickup! I just joined the Nordy Club – it’s free and super easy to use! If interested, you can sign up to be a member and can get access to exclusive services and amazing experiences! 

Be sure to check out all the outfit details below! 

Dress | Shoes | Shapewear | Bag | Earrings

 

Nordstrom Rack Summer Must Haves!

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom Rack and ShopStyle:  As we all know by now, this summer is looking a little different! Just because we’re staying at home does NOT mean that summer fashion is cancelled. I’ve been finding SO many incredible summer styles at Nordstrom Rack! It’s so exciting to be able to stock […]

Curl Talk with Herbal Essences

 

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This post is sponsored by Herbal Essences and ShopStyle. 

I’m the kind of person who is EXTRA careful about what kind of hair products I use on my curls, so I’m always excited when I find a new product that is as safe as it is nourishing for my hair! A few weeks ago, Herbal Essences reached out to me to try out their NEW bio:renew Potent Aloe + Mango collection designed specifically for curly hair. Although I have frequently walked up and down the hair care aisle smelling all of their products, I hadn’t actually used Herbal Essences before! I decided that I was definitely down to explore this new product once I learned that the Herbal Essences’ bio:renew collections contain real botanicals endorsed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  

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Well, I’m officially a convert! After a few weeks of using the nourishing sulfate free shampoo and conditioner, I’ve watched my curls become noticeably more hydrated, defined, and shiny! I’ve been using the curl cream on the daily as a styler on my wash day and a refresher for bouncy curls even on days two, three, and four! The best part is that the Aloe collections were created to improve the health of your hair over time utilizing the power of plants and the Aloe Vera used in the products is sustainably sourced from Mexico. The Potent Aloe paired with Mango makes for the perfect combo of hydrating ingredients that soften my curls and soothes the effects of heat damage that I sometimes experience on modeling gigs! 

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As part of this collection, Herbal Essences has also created products that focus on frizz control, scalp balance, and detangling. The curl defining line (my personal favorite) will absolutely be added to my hair care rotation, especially because I know it was mindfully created to be sulfate free, paraben free, colorant free and PETA cruelty free! The shampoo also meets the Environmental Working Group’s standards on ingredient selection, transparency, and manufacturing! I’m so impressed by just how thoughtful the new Herbal Essences Potent Aloe collection is from start to finish! Shop the links below (or visit your local Walmart store) and let me know what you think! 

 

Plus Size Holiday Style | Sponsored by Ryllace

I am absolutely thrilled anytime I get to share a new plus size fashion brand with you! There seem to be more and more every month and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited! Let me introduce you to Ryllace, a new fashion brand that’s dedicated to providing high quality and premium fabrics for women size 14 and up! I recently tried some items from their new holiday collection and Ryllace has absolutely mastered their casual yet luxurious style and the fit is spot on! 

 

The holidays are fast approaching and it is that magical time of the year where so many of us are heading back home to places and people who don’t necessarily know who we are now! What better to share who we are on the inside than by dressing the part! Each year, I learn and I grow into a stronger, more confident, and more beautiful version of myself; and it is always fun to use clothing as a way to outwardly express that internal transformation! Here are some looks that speak to me and who I am now! Make sure to check out Ryllace’s full holiday collection and let me know some of your favorite pieces! 

 

  1. Every year, I find myself looking for a holiday power look and this Cocoon Gathered Knit Dress absolutely delivers! The moment I saw this mauve number on the site, I couldn’t hit that “add to cart” button fast enough! The shoulder ruching and clean silhouette make a huge statement and are sure to be a conversation starter at any event! 

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2. This next look is something that I would honestly wear all year long! The Mia Crossover Knit Top tucked into the Gathered Wrap Knit Skirt is a look that just screams, “Let’s have fun!” This look is the perfect balance of flowy and fitted and I could see myself wearing this outfit out with friends, to a family event, or glammed all the way up for a work holiday party!

 

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3.  This last outfit has got to be my favorite of all three! You can never go wrong with a little black dress and this Elan Embroidered Velvet Dress really puts that holiday spin on a classic look! I opted to go full luxe with this look by adding a black suede block heel and a matte red lip! Hello holiday season, I have arrived! 

 

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Outfit 1: Cocoon Gathered Knit Dress | Vera Pumps | Handbag | Earrings

 

Outfit 2: Mia Crossover Top | Gathered Wrap Knit Skirt | Vera Pumps | Earrings

 

Outfit 3: Elan Embroidered Velvet Dress | Hope Block-Heel Pumps | Earrings 

 

This post is sponsored by Ryllace. All opinions are my own. 

 

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