How to build a "grown woman" style | Style Advice

Now that I am entering the last years of my 20s marching into my 30s,  it has been a full-on time of reflection. And I know I'm not alone. Many of my friends older than me now in their thirties and my age have gone through the same quarter-life existential crisis in all areas of life.  Clothing & image is no exception.

I found myself too old to still primarily shop at somewhere like Forever 21 ,  but too young to shop at the stores that made me feel matronly. How can I find a wardrobe and clothing that reflected my transitioning into what I like to call “real grown”  style instead of play play grown? It seemed like I was stuck in the middle somewhere and I know I'm not alone in this. So how do you get a wardrobe that's grown woman without being too over-the-top while still embracing you're going into a different part of your youth? It seems like I’m talking in circles just trying to explain it. Lol.  I do have a few simple, but effective tips that will help you navigate this transitional part of your life.


Change your normal go to

The simplest way to change where you normally shop.  There are so many places online and offline since you were in your late teens / early twenties.  The possibilities are the truly endless. Break out of your comfort shell and try at least 1-2 new places a month. Even if it's window shopping or browsing just put yourself out there.  Search on Google. Ask people on your social media where they shop or the best new places that they have found. You'll be surprised at what answer is you get.


Bump up your quality game

I have found my “grown woman style”  by stopping shopping fast fashion frivolously and investing and more quality pieces. So much of my twenties was experimenting with clothes , jumping on Trends and kind of figuring out what works and what doesn't work.  Now that I have clear style, I want to represent it clearly with my clothing. I didn't quite have that as a younger woman, but now I know what I want. Investing in those pieces is imperative. Yes, I still like trends but now is the time to start investing ensuring that I stick to what I like instead of sticking to what the trend of the year is key.

Purge those young 20s from your closet

Pull out all of your clothes and look through each piece.  Ask yourself if each piece is representative of who you are now or the you  at 20? 22? Make sure that you start setting a standard for the clothes that you wear. Always checking in to make sure it's a true representation of where you are or where you are going, not where you have been. The younger you taught you all the lessons that you needed to build this Foundation . Embrace that fully with an image and a set of clothing built on confidence that you know is founded on knowing who you are.


Those are just three ways that I have found myself on the other side of the 20 to 30-year-old transition. There is a lot of life that happened in the eight years I've spent in my twenties. The last two years are definitely transitional times that I appreciate much more, having a strong sense of who I am on behalf of my earlier 20s. Whether it's the 30s- 40s , 40s, and 50s,  or 50s 60s and beyond, understanding that each transition is just an opportunity for you to get clear about who you are and the standards you have for yourself. Embrace that and get a better dressed you in the process.


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3 solo date ideas for improved confidence | Confidence & Self love

Part of getting to love yourself is getting to know yourself. If you go on dates to get to know others, why not do it for yourself? It makes you embrace the concept of “alone, but not lonely” while teaching you to enjoy your own company. Many don’t enjoy themselves so getting out there and slaying it by themselves. Take any of these ideas to


Groupon roulette

Let Groupon do the work for you. Pick a number 1-10. Then go to Groupons homepage and hover over the local tab, scrolling down to “Things to do” section. Remember that number you picked? Scroll down to the corresponding posting and buy it. So if you picked 7, scroll to the 7th posting and do that activity. You can always narrow the options to fit your budget. I have done a pottery class, racecar driving (NEVER AGAIN.LOL) and even a trash museum. I love the random adventure this brings. It keeps you on your toes and allow you to let go a little bit.

 

Budget Date

Set a strict budget (Never over $100) and pick an outfit, food and activity with the budget. Make sure you have you budget in cash. Make it creative—limit yourself to only places beginning in C, or you can only shop at a thrift store for your outfit. Or doing it all in one shopping plaza. Maybe try doing it two towns over.

 

Pamper Day

You can do this at home or out and about. If it’s a home pamper day, use face masks, a hot foot bath with epsom salt and some nail polish and chocolates, or gummies. Watch your favorite movies and eat a little sushi while doing nothing but relaxing for 3-4 hours. If you’re going out, save up for a full spa day of full masssage, facial, mud bath . THE WORKS.


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How to create more outfits with less clothes | Style Tips

Having a small closet and even smaller collection of pieces to choose from, getting dressed can seem redundant. But there is a solution — maximize the small by treating it like a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of 5-30 pieces that are worn in different combinations. I have taken as little as 6 pieces and created over 15 looks using this technique. Today I’ll share my best kept secrets for making the most out of a little.


  1. Cover the basics

Don’t sleep on the simple piece in your wardrobe. A white tee/black blazer/ jeans still go a long way. Change the color of the tee or try a scarf over it to create a new look each time. Push yourself to wear at 2 looks this week made of at least three basics. Don’t wear that green pencil skirt with the same shirt every time. Try wearing it with a different shirt without repeating until you’ve gone through them all with the green skirt. A tee dresses it down and a blouse dresses it up. Throw on some sneakers or stilettos depending on your mood and voila! You’ll have at least 5 more outfit ideas you’ve never tried.

2. Layer everything no matter the season.

Don’t let that summer maxi dress collect dust , just because colder weather has come. Put a turtle neck underneath. Pair it with some tights and booties to get more milage out of that flowy dress. Tie it in a knot and layer it again over a skirt or some slacks. Don’t let the season dictate what part of your closet to use.

3. Accessorize

Remember that simple tee/blazer jeans combo I mentioned earlier? Try out different accessory combos each time. So try a scarf and bangles first. Then wear the scarf as a head wrap and try some statement earring s the second time. A waist belt and necklace can create a different third look. Make fun to wear and see if you don’t find a new way to wear your favorite pieces.


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3 Ways to build confidence | Confidence & Self Love

Confidence is a lifelong journey that seems harder to maintain the older you get. Don’t get bogged down in the details; simply appreciate them. That means building a confidence that is authentic, long lasting and realistic. Let’s talk a realistic game plan for a better you.


  1. Daily affirmation that don’t involve fluff or surface.

I love a good affirmation. Notice I said good. My love language is admittedly acts of service, so my journey to loving affirmations has been a long one. But I do know that if you . You’ve spent long enough telling yourself things that break you down and make you question your fab. Invest in a good affirmation. A good affirmation will validate you while pushing you to accept something just outside your comfort zone. You know I couldn’t leave you hanging right? Here are some of my favorites:

  • I believe in my talents and skills to make things better wherever I go.

  • I forgive myself and release my past.

  • I embrace fear and self-doubt, not letting anything stop me from what I want.

2. Setting up self values that are less beauty based and more merit based

You are more than the physical beauty you can exude. Basing your value on who you are and what you do is something that can be validated everyday. Being productive, supportive and creative are goals you can live up to everyday whether you’re in pjs and toothpaste stains or in a gown. Whether you’re sick or not. You can be you even if you only have 50% that day. You can still give 100% of that 50% and thrive while celebrating you.

3. Give yourself more credit and less contingencies

Full time adulting is hard. That’s why I’m only adulting part time.lol. No seriously, with all the responsibilities you have to keep up with, failing is inevitable. Something will fall short or through, but it’s not your fault. It’s just the nature of life. Celebrate getting it done or at least acknowledging that something didn’t turn out. Still celebrate the lesson of failure. Try celebrating less what you win and more of what you can learn and implement. There has never been a single big success earned with out paying the cost of failure first. Give yourself the grace of getting there.


If you haven’t noticed, my version of confidence is all about innerwork and outer results. Celebrate you in these new ways and start the healthy journey to self love on your terms. Which way best speaks to your confidence journey? Let me know in the comments below.

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Top Basics for any wardrobe | Style tips

It’s hard to know what’s stylish with the ever changing trends coming by the flood every season. But having a strong style is knowing how timeless looks that are constant, no matter what trends are hot now. Throughout my own journey, I have found a few pieces that have stood the test of time, fashion and my ever changing tastes.


  1. Little black dress/ jumpsuit

A classic is a classic for a reason, right? I thin it’s time to update this classic to fit every need. The dress doesn’t have to be sleeveless. I personally don’t like my arms out at all if I can. Try a LBD with mesh sleeves or another print on the sleeves all together. Try one that plays with the neck line. Try a twisted or bardot neckline to give an updated vintage feel. Or go without the dress at all.

2. Jumpsuit

Many women don’t like dresses, but it doesn’t mean you go without a classic look. The jumpsuit has been reinvented many times over the past 100 years. That means it has staying and playing power. Try a nice textured jumpsuit or one with a high collar for a little added drama. Play up the new standard with a Peterpan collar. This is perfect for the stylista that likes her knees covered without a dress.

3. Print shoe

Let me make a case for the print shoe as a new classic. There are many tastes that are minimal and simplistic in nature. There are many that are not. Where all styles can be celebrated is footwear. No matter the size or taste, a print shoe can provide the pop a print can give without it taking over the look. A print can be as simple as a small stripe or as complex as a mixed print pattern. The shoe can make that simple jumpsuit or dress festive with little to no extra work. I also consider a textured she the equivalent of a print because of the contrast.

4. White shirt dress

This is an all in one piece for all seasons. You can wear it as a dress, cardigan, layering top, or underneath a sweater. It’s the ultimate piece or your wardrobe for the versatility alone. You should also never underestimate the clean look of a crisp white piece in your closet It truly goes a long way.


My top 4 basics will have your wardrobe luxe in no time. Even putting those four pieces together will yield you at least 5 distinct looks that are timeless and effortless. Do you have a favorite piece? Are any of these pieces in your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Power of no & how you can get it | Confidence & Self Love

The word no is given such a bad wrap. It makes people uncomfortable and gives you the idea that you are standoffish. I used to feel the same way until I found that saying yes to everything left me tapped out. Now? I give out no’s like Oprah gave out cars .lol. And I’m still nice ole snuggly ole me. How is that possible? Because I accepted a few truths about no in order to be comfortable and at peace.


  1. No is a complete sentence by itself.

Our modern culture makes us feels obligated to say yes more than we want to always be viewed as accommodating. Or to have a dissertation to accompany your no. Sometimes it just needs to be a firm no depending on who’s asking. Some people in your life, work and social circles do love to push boundaries. If they hear hesitation or a comma after the no, they see a green or yellow light. Let no period be the stop sign to put an end to being used.

2. No doesn’t have to mean outright rejection.

No is simply a tool to set boundaries around yourself. If you have a full plate, it’s ok to say no to stop it from tipping over into the overwhelmed zone. Sometimes no can be a form of delaying until you can accommodate. If a no is necessary only momentarily, simply imply that it will be yes at a later date. This may seem contradictory to #1, but it is just a different way of saying no depending on a situation. Like a meetup, date, appointment or task can wait if it will cause more stress than necessary now but be ok 3 weeks from now.

3. Executing no is a form of self preservation. Use it wisely.

I’m not telling you to turn into a grinch. I AM saying that when you execute a strategic no, it should be taken seriously. Not because you want to be mean; but because you want balance. That is what a no allows you to have. You don’t have to add a fourth project if the third has you doing all nighters 3 days a week already. If your body says “stay in and sleep because that’s all you have”, your friends can still have a great time. Tell them to send pics or pot on their IG stories. The no allows you to stay 100% for every part of your life.

4. No doesn’t have to sound like just no.

No can take many forms.

“ At this point, I cannot participate and dedicate the attention this project/collab/job needs. I will have to pass on this opportunity, but look forward to contributing to future projects/collabs soon. Thank you for understanding. “

“I need to recharge or else I will become a zombie. I’ll catch you guys next time around. “

“Saying yes to this would make me uncomfortable , so I will pass.”

Any version of these statements make the no clear while still allowing you to be open to something down the road. If you want to have a no full stop, try no and leave it there.


No doesn’t mean the end unless you want it to. The power lies with you, not the person asking. Keep it that way. How will you try and embrace the no in your life a little more?

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How to look Luxe on any budget | Style Tips

Having the luxe look is made to seem unattainable without shelling out for $$$$ per piece. Luxe style is informed style, so anyone can have it. I’ve turned $2 dresses into red carpet worthy looks. It just takes some confidence and flexing your style muscle. Try my top 3 tips and turn into the queen of luxe in no time.


  1. Invest in tailoring


Any stylista worth her glam will constantly look for the finishing touches at the tailor. Buying the piece off the rack is just the starting point. How you buy it is NOT how you have to wear it. You have a custom made body. That means you require a custom made wardrobe that fits your unique body. If you’re petite, take those extra long pants into a local tailor or dry cleaners for a quick hem. Found a vintage dress with ugly sleeves? Turn it into a sleeveless tunic or top. The little snips here and there make all the difference.

2. Master wearing your white tops


White tops are so classic and universal. A crisp white blouse and a well fitted pair of jeans go a long way style wise with the right accessories. Having style is all about having versatility and creativity. If you can style that white top at least 10 different ways, you’ll never run out of interesting things to wear. Wear it under a summer maxi or over a tank top. Just don’t get caught up in “what’s right to wear” that you never get to what’s fun to wear.

3. Know your top 3 colors and stick to it.

Having your own go to color palette helps you set the tone for your own brand of fab like Coco Chanel in a little black dress. Find your undertones and see what shade of your favorite color works best with your preferences and your skin tone. I have cool undertones, so jewel toned blues and reds make my skin pop. If you want a simple color palette to start with white, your favorite color and black/gray. Add another splash of another color once you’ve mastered the first and color block until the cows come home.

4. Purge your closet until only the luxe remains.

Sometimes it’s hard to see the fabulous because yo have so many pieces you don’t or can’t wear. Purging your closet allows you to see past buying mistakes, understand what you really like. It will also be able to tell you what you really like because you kept it. The process can be overwhelming, but you know your style BFF wouldn’t leave you hanging. My wardrobe detox helps you clarify your closet while finding the luxe in your wardrobe you look forward to wearing everyday. Sign up here and get the luxe look in no time.



Never settle for anything less than the luxe look everyday. Utilizing any of these tips will ensure stylista status in no time. Which will you try first? Leave your choice below. Are you willing to purge your closet and start over to find your true style? Sign up for a wardrobe detox and find the luxe already in your closet.


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Emerald Chronicles: Sunshine by the ton

I felt an icky hot mess this day. Like I wanted to do nothing but stare at the ceiling and eat cookies. My husband had a free day and I had previously told him I wanted to take some pics a few days earlier. But today? I wanted to take a rain check. But then it hit me— this was one of THOSE times where the true consistency I swear I wanted came for its first payment.

The reality of consistency is simple— it requires dedication without question and often costs the comfort of winging it and procrastination. So I pushed through my comfort and the blankets and got dressed.

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DRESS: THRIFTED (Similar)



I stepped outside to a gorgeously crisp day with little clouds and lots of warm bright rays of sunshine. That warmth melted my chilly mood and of course once hubby lifted that camera, it was a wrap. I posed and twirled my way to a couple of smiles and a better mood. My choice of consistency rewarded me in a way sporadic spurts of dedication could not give. Had I stayed in bed, I would have bah humbugged my way through the day and later scrambled for rushed pics with forced smiles that I never would use.

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DRESS: Thrifted (Similar) | SKIRT: Aloha Glamour



I got so happy, I decided to just try something. anything. So I had the audacity to put a skirt over my dress because I thought they had similar color schemes and by golly, it worked. I would have NEVER in a million years combined those two things because for some reason it didn’t cross my mind. Consistency’s reward was a new perspective for more. And can we talk about these bomb pics? The cherry on top!


I’m a work in progress that actually saw progress today. How can you do the same today? Let me know your consistency goals in the comments.

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3 Ways to slay: Velvet Jumpsuit

Today’s highlight item is a random find on a clearance rack— a velvet jumpsuit from Rainbows. Let’s see how I turned it out.

Since there are the faintest hints of fall in the air, I decided to do light layering with all three looks.

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Dress: SHEIN | Jumpsuit: Rainbows (Similar)

For this first look, I took a print wrap dress and kept it open over the jumpsuit. It’s naturally knotted in the middle, so if you want to replicate, tie at the appropriate place for your body type. If you’re an apple shape, aim lower past your belly; a licorice shape, try knotting to the side.

What I also love about this look is that the texture and print play off of each other. The texture breaks up the print for the eye and vice versa. Neither print is too in your face but together, the visual is more striking. Try looking for a jumpsuit in a jersey/lycra mix for a snug but not tight fit.

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Kimono: Thrifted


The second look plays with proportions and by doing so, re-emphasized my distinct waist to hip ratio. If you are slimmer in the hips, try a billowy kimono style wrap over a fitted under layer. It will add volume without adding bulk. There IS a difference. The volume right above your slimmer hips will give a curvier look.

Duster: SHEIN (Similar)

I tried a splash of trendy for the third look with great results. As you know, I’m not the biggest fan of floral print or mesh. But in an effort to stretch myself, I picked a floral mesh duster and it’s my newest fave. It provides arm coverage without adding heat. It breathes and understated texture on texture on texture makes it look almost like a moving painting.

I added some banging orange earrings that offer a crisp pop of color to the overall dark-colored look. It lifts the whole thing and I maaaaay be warming up to the idea of more florals and mesh.

Which way was your favorite to slay? Replicate any of these looks and share them with me on social media

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Emerald Chronicles : It ain't perfect, but it's done

Today was a day for the books. Full of adjustments and obstacles, my stubborn perseverance shown through. After not taking pictures for almost half of this year (did you notice?) I wanted to dive back in head first. I planned to go a town or two over and take a few hours for pretty pics. But you what they say about making plans…..

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Dress: SHEIN | Jumpsuit: Rainbows (Similar)

My photographer (aka my husband ) and I got a late start and had an unexpected detour to help my dad. Afterwards we just didn’t feel up to traveling. So my perfect plan was a dud. But that stubborn perseverance said let’s make due. I told hubby, hop in the car and let’s drive.



We went to our small town’s “downtown” which consists of a few prime locations we didn’t realize was there. We were tired and it was hot, but guess what? Pretty pics would be had. And they were. Even through the heat. And the unexpected traffic caused by a 3 back to back trains rolling through. And my profuse sweating. The circumstances wasn’t perfect, but the pictures were done.

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Dress: SHEIN | Jumpsuit: Rainbows (Similar)

And that’s what mattered most—Knowing that waiting for perfect means you’re always waiting. Because Perfectionism is organized procrastination. Get it done and fix later. Or don’t.



What will you finally get done that you wanted perfect? Let me know in the comments?



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Golden Skirt, Ivy Top | OOTD

A little change and surprise never hurt any closet. This combo came from a mistake order gone great and a minor change to the original garment. The skirt was originally a dress. But I loved the skirt so much I forgot that I ordered a dress. The color is also one that compliments most skin tones. It makes my skin pop and best of all it has some solid pockets. I’m a short girl so a maxi skirt has to sit high on me—perfect for my pear shape. Then there’s the shirt.

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Top - SHEIN | Skirt- Grass fields

 
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Top - SHEIN | Skirt- Grassfields

The top was originally extra long. Good if I had a longer torso, but that ain’t my reality. I had to get it taken up by a few inches. I only did this because I planned on styling it as a shorter top. You can play around with the length by tucking or tying.

The combination of the two colors is making the most of color blocking basics. Find out more here.

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EGCTV #004: Website Review Grass Fields | Review & Try-on

This episode of EGCTV is a haul video highlighting Grass fields, An African print inspired clothing boutique. Watch the video below to see my full review and the look of the clothes.

Overall I was pleased with a few exceptions. I would recommend them and will buy from them again.

Navigation: 10

| It was very straightforward with not too many pages to navigate. I loved the simple, straight forward approach.

Sizing Chart: 8

| There are accommodating to many different sizes, I just wanted more plus size representation of the models.

Price Range: 9 

| Affordable piece, on and off the sales rack. Their sales rack, however, is a goldmine!

Style: 8 

| Love the balance of simple slacks and two pieces sets contrasting the colorful designs of the pants and skirts.

Shipping: 10

| From the UK, but came faster than their predicted shipping.

Quality: 9

| The seams, cuts and designs are impeccable. Simple was definitely done right.

Fit: 6

| The fabrics stretch , but do not thin. There are not bulging areas on the skirt nor the pants. The print pants were a strong no. Fit was not ok and I was told that I was not alone in my sentiments. Many have complained and they are now changing it completely.

Sale: 9

| Their sales area is epic. Go there First

Which Piece was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! Also watch the rest of the videos on my IGTV channel here.

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3 Ways to Slay :

These trousers from Grassfields have helped fill an ever growing void in my closet. I don’t have many pair of pants at all, let alone khaki trousers. I’m a dress girl through and through, but I’m trying to expand my normal to mean stepping more outside my comfort zone. Once I ore them once, I knew I had to share all the potential these trousers could offer.

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Shirt- Uniqlo | Duster - SHEIN | Trousers - Grass Fields

On the model, the pants laid flat. I had no delusions that they would do the same with my tummy. I kept that in mind with the first look by making sure my top laid right at where my waist and the pants met. Bringing it down too far would create a line of demarkation or bulk that isn’t there. I worked with where my tummy dictated it was best to go. Finish it off with a mesh duster for ease and chic comfort. Voila. Simple on the go look.

 

You can’t go wrong with a simply accented white blouse. Well…you can, but not this time. The neckline opens and can slide , so a brooch may be in your best interest if you’re busty. I polished of some of my sparklier pieces and decided against bows at the cuff. Knots will do.

Top- SHEIN | Trousers - Grass Fields

 

Top- Eloquii (similar) , (similar) | Trousers - Grass Fields

I won’t lie. This look is my favorite. It has a pop of fun with the to-that lets the real star of the show play a supporting role. I pulled them up higher because I don’t do midriff. My tummy is “exposed” but it doesn’t feel or look unflattering. The pants are that great.

Which way do you think played the most? Grab you Grass Fields trousers and tell me how you like them.

 

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The DIY Striped Pants set | OOTD

This entire outfit is the result of an honest mistake. But it has become my favorite mistake. The two main striped pieces aren’t a set, but in fact a duster and Paper bag waist slack I bought at different points.

 

The duster was a great staple addition to my wardrobe with a belt I opted out of wearing this time and comfy slits in the back. It’s a great option for outwear in warmer climates. Thick blazer are a no for me and this Florida heat.

The paper bag waist pants were a risk hat paid off. I’m a pear shaped woman with a larger lower belly. the paperboy portion of the pant helps define my waist without clinging.

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I could have gone with a classic white tee. The look would still have been clean and polished. But I’m currently having fun again with graphic tees and decided on something more fun. I was just following the tees’s directions— “Be as bold as your lipstick”. At this point this t-shirt is bold for me

 
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Pant- SHEIN | Duster- SHEIN | Shirt- SHEIN

I combined the duster and pants once i realized Stripes of a feather must be worn together. lol. I’m definitely mixing and matching all there pieces , but this DIY pants set has shown me that a well curated wardrobe is full os stylish surprises.

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Target Launches Plus Size Workwear line | In the News

This must be the year of clothing lines for Target. They have recently announced that they are going to roll out yet another in house clothing line , Prologue. Unlike many of the other lines that it has recently rolled out, this particular line has a workwear and size inclusive focus. Keep scrolling for details and my top picks.

The size range is larger than usual Target’s initial , running from xs-4XL. The max Bust/Waist/Hip measurements are 57/53.5/59 respectively. These measurements lend themselves to be accomodating for many body types and sizes.

The Prices are very affordable. Everything is $50 and under , making for a affordable work capsule.

Many of the pieces are cut in a way that are #corneroffice ready. I love the sleek designs and the simple but effective cuts. I wish there was just a bit more color. Basics don’t always have to be blacks, whites and 50 shades of gray. An orange pant or even a cream blouse would have made this entire collection pop a bit more. But I understand the practicality of keeping the color palette simple. I also wish that all pieces in the 95 piece collection were offered in all sizes.

Overall, the collection is a very strong debut. It gives very “grown woman” full of staple pieces that are far from boring. The line releases Sept. 14 and you may a piece or two soon on the blog. Which piece is your favorite? View the full collection here and tell me what you think.

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EGCTV #001: Shein.com Haul

Emerald Girl Chronicles is officially on IGTV! I took it upon myself to celebrate by sharing a haul of cute pieces I picked up from shein.com. Keep scrolling to see thew video haul, links to the items and some tips on how to care for the items. Dig in! 

 
 

 

DRESSES

 

Both of these dresses are great "grab and go" pieces for when you're running errands from day to day. The geometric sheath dress works well for virtually every body type and is easily customizable to to your shape with a short trip to a tailor.

 

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TOPS

 

Both of these tops contain hardware on them hooch means one thing: extra laundry care. To lengthen the shelf life of the tops, take it to the dry cleaners. Not only will the color stay crisper for longer, but the hardware will not tarnish. If something falls off, they may even be able to reconnect hardware. 

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DUSTERS

Both of these dusters are great starter pieces if you are new to shopping Asian based websites as a plus size woman. Since they are made to lay open and be free flowing, it can easily accommodate 

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Which piece was your favorite? Don't forget to follow EGC on Instagram to stay up to date with the latest and greatest in Plus Size style! 

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Spring is Here! : Online One Stop Shop expands to include Top Brands | IN THE NEWS

Spring, an online retailer, has served as the place to get your hands on hundreds of clothing brands without opening 1000 web tabs. As of June 2018, that list will now include some pretty familiar names in Plus size retail. 

 

In the few years since Spring's inception, Plus size fashion has exploded onto the mainstream. Spring has decided to reflect that according to the following quote:

Spring is committed to an inclusive shopping experience, offering the largest catalog of products, unparalleled value, and world class customer service for all customers

The ability for plus-size women to shop the most stylish brands in one great experience is severely limited; we hope to change that. Our goal is that all women feel represented on Spring, through our brand assortment, campaign images, and end-to-end experience.
— Katherine Prime, Spring's Chief Customer Officer

 Now their general sizing runs to a size 28 and  3X. I checked the largest sizes (26/28) to see if there was truly inclusivity or just a handful of frumpy pieces to check that inclusive box. The Verdict? Mixed. There are over 200 offerings, but 90% comes from 2 stores-- Eloquii & Hips and Curves. However, I won't write them off just yet, They are still compiling and one of the main reasons Eloquii is dominating the Pus Size market is because they offer stylish pieces that no one else does. I'll be on the lookout to see if any other retailers are added soon. 

 

What do you think of the new expansion to plus size awareness? Would you shop at Spring? Let me know in the comments?

 

CIAO FOR NOW!!

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Karl Lagerfeld Stitch Fix Rant | In the News

I'm not going to waste your time and make you think I'm over the moon about Karl Lagerfeld. I'M NOT. He is no stranger to tactless comments about plus size women you can find here. He's never been a fan of plus size women and since, this plus size woman hasn't been a fan of his. He has however, decided to venture into the Plus size industry in a recent collab with Stitch Fix.  The collab , per fashionista.com, is detailed as follows:

"Karl Lagerfeld Paris (KLP), the eponymous, accessible brand the German creative icon launched in 2016 as part of his branded empire, began offering 15 classic feminine styles — think tweed blazers, pearl embellished knits, floral printed midi skirts — for Stitch Fix starting in April, with a refresh in May, followed by a new collection of fall options in August. Prices range from $39 to $148 (mid- to low-range prices compared to Stitch Fix’s existing offerings) and include sizes 1X to 3X and 14W to 24W."
The sudden appeal to a lower end price and larger bodies is keeping on trend with the exploding profits in plus size wear. I searched and found some pieces for review below

Lagerfeld should have stayed where he was. Many of these pieces look matronly and underwhelming. There are some redeeming pieces , but overall I'm not impressed. I love that some plus size bloggers have made it work with cute ensembles, but it's a strong no for me. Plus you would have to subscribe to stitch fix to even have access to the pieces and see the rest of the collection

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I know the tone of this blog is decidedly negative, but I believe it is warranted. What gives? This is yet another example of someone who obviously hates larger bodies , but wants their money. NO thanks. You can keep your ugly clothes and I can keep my money. What are your opinions? Let me know in the comments below. 

 

CIAO FOR NOW, 

Royal Wedding Fashion| In the News

The world watched as Prince Harry married Meghan Markle yesterday in celebration of love. While many people focused on the music, guest list and the wedding dress, I was focused on the great weddings fashion taking place as the guests walked in. It was a great day for modest fashion and I was excited to see the parade of fascinators that topped off the great parade of pomp and circumstance. Let's dig into the top picks. 

 

 

What I loved most was that the conservative dress code never stopped the great style or creativity of what people chose to wear. This isn't your typical red carpet fare. showing skin is out and so are knees. They still delivered. Amahl Clooney was radiant in a canary yellow ensemble. She does simple very well with an A-Line cut and adds a flair with a simple train and veil. Expert tailoring made the difference. David Beckham maintained his sleek style with a very well tailored 3 piece suit, tails included. "Suits" co-star Gone Torres opted for an detailed floral number that complimented her slimmer figure. Her detail at the waist treated enough differentiation to stop the dress from looking boxy. 

 

The Mother of the Bride was radiant in a pale green number that packed an understated punch. I liked that she opted for 2 piece fit with a round hat that accented her loss. If you opt for a tee piece, take a note: Make sure that your dress is markedly shorter than the jacket. It will help elongate your silhouette and stop coordinates from looking too cheesy by being matchy matchy.

 

Serena WIlliams gave yall so many tips to copy, at this point, save her look into your phone right now.lol. Her look masters ruching completely. I hate most ruching because it isn't well placed. Serenas is expertly placed. Combined with the neck line, her ruching softened her strong shoulders and complimented her curvy figure at the waist. It allowed balanced to her fuller hips and bust.  Her color choice is also amazing. Brown skinned gems know that pale tones pop next to ebony hues. Even her hem length was spot on. Right under the knees works for virtually all tastes, heights and styles. Oprah represented for the full hourglass gals very well. She maintained her naturally defined waist with a simple stitched waist accent and kept it simple with tiered fabric. This allowed balance to her fuller bust so the look was not overwhelmed. Yet another pale pink against beautiful brown skin. 

Also notice Oprah's neckline was a little deeper. A higher neckline on a full bust would knock off the natural proportion of an hourglass figure. Princess Beatrice shined in a beaded blue ensemble that was not only well made, but well styled. When wearing an embellished dress, keep the accessories simple. Beatrice also got the sleeves right. If you like covered arms but don't like heavy fabric, go sheer; it's the best of both worlds. Karen Spencer wowed in a purple ensemble by adding layers and flair up top without overwhelming her body. She balanced an ornate headpiece with a simple short cape. A long cape would have been a little too much. 

Let's talk Priyanka. Sis said we will get a cute and covered slay and that we did. There is so much I could say, but I will say it like this-- always be aware of proportion and cut. They will create and save a look every time. What Priyanka does so well is allow good tailoring and construction elevate simple silhouettes. 

Which look was your favorite? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

CIAO FOR NOW, 

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