MY STYLE: SUMMER SKIRTS

I am a skirt lover – short, long, flowy, or twirly, I don’t discriminate! So when the end of summer rolls around, I go on the hunt. I know what you’re thinking: “Why would you buy skirts once summer was over?” One word: CLEARANCE! Stores are making room for their fall pieces, which means the clearance racks are piling up with summer clothing.

On my recent trip to Buffalo for a girl’s weekend, I knew where my first stop would be: Lane Bryant, one of my favourite American plus size stores that hasn’t yet made its way to Canada (they ship to Canada if you shop online, but I’m a try-things-on kinda gal). I headed straight for the clearance section in the back of the store, and as I had hoped, there were skirts galore! I picked up two fabulous skirts, one of them being this super fun Wonder Woman-esque piece. Inspired by Margot Meanie’s recent post about elevating a basic look with accessories, I paired this skirt with fun accessories for a day look, and something a bit more dramatic for an evening look. Which look is your favourite?

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Shop Look 1: Skirt – Lane Bryant | T-Shirt – Your Big Sister’s Closet | Necklace & Bracelet – Atomic Annie Designs | Shoes – Payless ShoeSource

Shop Look 2: Necklace – Ardene | Bracelets – Avon | Shoes – DSW

MY STYLE: DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Last month was a very exciting one for me. Along with taking part in the first ever Curvy Expo, I started an amazing new job!  Finding a new job meant heading out for interviews and, naturally, meant finding a new outfit; one that made me feel fierce, confident, and beautiful. So off to Addition Elle I went!

The first look I chose was a teal and black paneled dress. Although the print caught my eye, I avoided trying it on until the lovely sales associates convinced me otherwise. I’m so glad they did because it fit perfectly and was beyond flattering! The dark panels give you the illusion of an hourglass figure, and the fabric is lush with a bit of weight to it, causing it to drape all the right places. I can’t believe I almost passed this beauty by because I thought the fabric wouldn’t flatter my shape, but let this be a lesson to me and all you fabulous ladies out there – you never know how something will look on you until you try it on.

For my second look, I went with a fun, little black dress. Not only was the cut of this dress super flattering just like my first choice, but the entire thing is covered in eyelet-esque cut outs that add the perfect touch of playfulness. I paired it with a coral blazer for a bright and bold summer look, but you can add whatever you want over this dress for endless style possibilities. With both of these looks leaving me feeling confident and beautiful, I knew I could walk into any interview looking as good on the outside as I felt on the inside. Which look is your favourite?

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Shop Look 1: Black & Teal Dress – Addition Elle | Long Sleeve Top – Addition Elle | Sunglasses – Torrid | Nude Pumps – Madden Girl |Earrings and Necklace – Ardene | Purse – Coach

Shop Look 2: Blazer in Lollipop – Addition Elle | Little Black Dress – Addition Elle | Necklace – Ardene | White Pumps – Payless Shoes

MEET ME AT CURVY EXPO

I’m too excited to write a proper intro, so I’ll just dive right into it! On May 14th, I will be attending my first ever blogger meet and greet (begin happy dance, now)! The fantastic team behind the first ever Curvy Expo have extended an invite for me to join a group of fellow curvy fashion bloggers as part of their event’s meet and greet.

This one day event is all about celebrating our curves, and I’m absolutely honored to be among the inspiring women in attendance. In addition to the meet and greet, there will be exhibitors, fashion shows, guests speakers, and lots of fun to be had! How much fun, you ask? Check out my video below for my top 5 reasons why you should attend Curvy Expo.

For more info or to buy your tickets, visit www.curvyexpo.com. And don’t forget to say hi to me if you see me at the event!