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 […]

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. 

 

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 

 

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.

 

Welcome to Swim Season | Sponsored by SwimsuitsForAll

Hey beauties!!

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I’m so excited it is starting to warm up!! Like helloooo spring and hello swimsuit season!! LA had an unusually cold winter and I know (I know!) it doesn’t compare to winter in most places, but I finally understand why the start of spring is such a magical time of year!

 

I’m currently purging my closet of the things I haven’t worn all winter and stocking up on some new spring goodies – including swimsuits! I figured I’d share the love and let you in on one of my favorite place to shop for suits, Swimsuits For All! This brand was one of the very first brands to make high quality, trendy swimsuits for plus size women! And they honestly continue to blow me away every season, especially their collaborations with Gabi Fresh and Ashley Graham!
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Let’s talk about this stunning bikini! Growing up, I figured I would never wear a bikini in my adult life! I truly thought the bikini life just wasn’t for me! Thank goodness for the internet because it was in our lovely plus size community that I saw other women my size wearing bikinis and looking absolutely amazing!! I love this suit from the GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All collection because not only is the sparkling stripes super glam and beautiful, the fit is so good! This suit is sold by cup size, so you can guarantee a great fit!

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When I found this Ashley Graham X Swimsuits For All suit on the site, I could picture myself wearing it anywhere! It is one of those suits that are super comfy and you could literally wear all day! And the cut outs still give it a sexy look! This suit isn’t sold in different cup sizes, but the halter tops gives you great support and the the inner wiring along the waist and bust helps keeps the girls in place too! I love this suit because the styling options feel limitless! You could easily throw on some shorts or a dress and have a full day look!

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Okay, I had to show you all this look! How hot is this GabiFresh X Swimsuits For All suit? This may be my favorite suit right now! There’s so many things to love about this fire-inspired suit! From the fit to the mesh cutouts to the overall design, this suit will make you feel like a million bucks and definitely turn some heads! This suit also has wiring in the waist and bust, which help the suit sit smooth on your body and give your bust some extra support! You can buy this one by the cup size which I always prefer; and I love the brown mesh because its matches well with my skin tone!

These are some of the suits I’m swooning over this season! What kind of suits do you like?

 

Thank you so much for reading!

Alex

 

Thank you Swimsuit For All for sponsoring this post!

 

Fall Florals | City Chic at Macy’s!

Hello my loves!

Fall is here and it is by far my favorite time of the year! Autumn leaves, cinnamon spice, and the promise of months of festivities is more than enough to make this girl excited about the changing season. However for me, fall is all about the fashion! It’s time to pack up your shorts and pull out your scarves! It’s time to play with different layers and silhouettes! And most importantly, fall gives you the best excuse to go shopping! I’m always looking for new brands to wear and one of my recent finds is City Chic! They are an Australian brand that is all about offering premium fearless clothes for plus size women! I was instantly impressed and that’s why I am so happy to be partnering with Macy’s to share this beautiful City Chic look for fall!

I was scrolling through the Macy’s site and immediately fell in love with the lux feel of this dress! At first, I was drawn to the sheer floral design and the flowy fabric! But the cut is what takes this dress to the next level for me! This maxi dress is easy breezy enough for day and easily dressed up for night!

I opted for a leather jacket; because if I’m being honest with myself, even the slightest breeze is reason enough for me to bust out the layers. I also wanted to add some kind of pop that would take the look to the next level, so I choose to pair the dress with bright white booties! Styled this way, I’d wear the look out for a date or an event or girls night out! You could swap the booties for a pair of pumps for a more upscale look.

All items in this post are available at Macy’s! As always, thank you for reading!

Xoxo,

Alex

Thank you Macy’s for sponsoring this post!