40 & Fabulous

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I must say I am over 40 and still fabulous. (I still look good, LOL) I have never been ashamed of who I am.  Lucky and blessed to look good for my age. Speaking of 40, this entire outfit was fashionable and under $40. Yep, its possible to get trendy looks for less. Great way to plan that Fall wardrobe.

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Fashion doesn’t have to break the bank. I have never been a fan of spending a lot trying to be fashionable. Trying to be trendy can be costly. With the economy still trying to bounce back, everything is costing more and more and more.

One of my favorite past times is bargain shopping and thrifting. Being pretty and practical is the new 40. I don’t know about you but finding a good sale is such an adrenaline rush. It’s like finding money in a pair of pants when you wash clothes. (cha ching!!!)

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This outfit was on trend and great on my wallet. As you can see this outfit hit the jackpot. I’m definitely in love!!!!! LOL!!!!

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BLOUSE: $6.00 (Vintage – Thrift Store)

SKIRT: $15.80 (Forever 21+)

SHOES: $9.99 (Justfab.com – sale)

 

80’s Inspiration: Animal Print

wpid-wp-1411602527091.jpeg Looks like Fall is officially here in North Carolina. Last Saturday it still felt like Summer. The sun was shinning and I was attending a cookout in the country. I decided to shop my closet. As I looked at my outfit in the mirror, I noticed I was looking like Peg Bundy from the 80’s pop culture television show Married With Children. Only thing missing was the red hair. LOL!!!wpid-photo-2-7.jpg.jpeg I paired these Torrid leopard leggings with a red peplum top and red flats. Bye Summer. I guess its time to welcome cooler days and nights.

Taking Risk: Wearing A Plus Size Crop Top

“A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” —Sophia Loren

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Hello Fashionistas,

This past weekend I decided I wanted to take more fashion risks. Like most people I’m relaxed in my self imposed comfort zone. Although I love fashion, I often adapt trendy looks to my personal style. Which is perfectly okay since fashion for me is about dressing my body as stylish as I can.

Previously, certain trendy fashion pieces were limited to what is considered “standard size” women (ie skinny chics). With the evolution of plus fashion, trendy looks have crossed the fashion barriers. About time!!!! One of these trends is the crop top.

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I am a huge fan of dressing for my body type. In my mind crop tops weren’t for women like me with a larger midsection. Well to my surprise I loved what I saw in the mirror after putting a crop top on the apple shaped body.

As you can see my first experience with crop tops wasn’t too shabby. I actually felt more chic than I expected. I know crop tops are one of those items that plus women see as risky. I totally understand. I would tell you try it, love it, then buy it. (In that order, LOL) You will never know. Why else would stores offer dressing rooms and have return policies?

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Crop tops can be transitioned into your fall wardrobe by adding a blazer or moto jacket. It was worth the risk for me. Such a great way to kick off your fall fashions and stay on trend.
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What other items are you transitioning into fall?

 

Crop Top: Forever 21+

Skirt: Wet Seal Plus

Blazer: Ashley Stewart

Jumping Into It: Wearing A Plus Size Jumpsuit

“Don’t be into trends.  Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what want to express by the way you dress and the way you live” – Gianni Versace

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Hi fashionistas. Happy Friday!!!! I don’t know about you but I am ready to jump into my weekend.

I have to admit I often shy away from anything that doesn’t cover up my mid-section. But when I tried on this jumpsuit by Lajave-Cordet Fashion, I was pleasantly surprised. I was actually more than surprised.   I was in love. I have been watching the jumpsuit trend from the side lines all summer. I threw caution to the wind once I actually saw myself in the mirror. I am very confident but if I don’t feel good in an outfit, I spend too much time being self-conscious. It’s hard trying to find that balance in wearing what’s trendy versus wearing what looks good on my body. As I always says all trends are not for everybody or every body. Besides, trying to always be trendy will have my closet full of pieces I won’t wear.  I always choose what looks good on me. But today I choose to jump into this style.  I am no longer on the sidelines I am a part of the jumpsuit team.  This outfit was a touchdown and I am owning this look.

 

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Plus Size Women Want Fashionable Shoes Too

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Hi Divas. It’s HUMP Day. And speaking of HUMPS. These calves of mine are going to be the death of me.

 

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Like many of you I really love shoes. Seriously, I really, really love shoes. I can’t even tell you how many pair shoes I have. I lost count a long time ago. The right pair of shoes is the best accessory to complete any outfit. Although most of the time I am the high heels wearing kind of woman, there are times when it is nice to slide on a pair of comfortable shoes. When I say comfortable I truly mean fashionably comfortable. I have never been a tennis shoes kind of girl. But I do love a nice pair of sandals. They really complete a casual look. My issue is that I have been in love with the calf high gladiator sandals for some time now. But as usual, I am disappointed.

Kortney K GladiatorI just love this look by Kourtney Kardashian.  I have the shorts, the shirt but missing the all important sandals to complete this look.  I am inspired by this casual day look.  But with the wrong sandals it wasn’t working for me.

And of course as a plus size woman with big calves there doesn’t seem to be a designer that has made these trendy shoes. I can admit I have BIG calves like many of you. It is what it is.

I have been on the hunt for the wide width calf gladiators since the spring. Now it’s August and still no sandals for me. Yes, it’s great that boot makers have realized that plus size divas like to wear boots too. They have even created trendy wide width shoes. Side Note: I hate seeing plus women who scrunch down a nice pair of boots. Why not just invest in the right kinds of boots? Shoes are like clothes. The better the fit, the better they look.

So as the summer prepares to come to an end, so have my hopes of the distressed shorts with the gladiator sandals.    maybe the sandal designers will realize this by next summer. Why not think of the consumer? Plus size clothing designers have realized the importance of providing trendy options. The revolution has begun. It’s time more shoe designers and retailers to realize the plus size consumer’s buying power. There is plenty of money to be made in this community. Well I until then, I guess I will start looking for my fall shoe wardrobe. A great excuse to go shopping. I honestly don’t need an excuse. (LOL)

“A woman and her shoes… it’s a beautiful thing.”

PLUS SIZE NEWS: WET SEAL PLUS STORES

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After a successful online presence, Wet Seal Plus is coming to a store near you. Wet Seal’s plus size collection is geared towards the trendy plus size woman. Sizes will range from 14-24. To celebrate, Wet Seal is hosting grand opening parties at their plus store locations on August 16th (yep, this Saturday). This will not be your average party. Wet Seal is offering a special sale, giveaways and so much more. According to John D. Goodman, chief executive officer of The Wet Seal, Inc., “It is the natural progression for the line, and we hope that our customers will be pleased to find it accessible in-store for an engaged shopping experience.” Now this is how you go BIG. (LOL!!!!)

Click here to find a Wet Seal Plus store near you. And fashionistas don’t worry; you will still be able to shop online as always. This is truly a win, win for plus size women: fashionable looks at affordable prices. Not to mention, they are just in time to prepare for your fall fashion wardrobe.

Think Pink 365: Real Gladiators Fight Like A Girl

“We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.” – Lance Armstrong

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Welcome to this month’s installment of the Think Pink 365 initiative and I brought a couple blogger friends along. It takes a team to make the dream work.  I’m TEAM PINK.   In an effort to encourage women to think about breast cancer awareness throughout the year,  CrazyGorgeous and StylzByKattz are helping push the pink 365.  Repeat after me, “If it ain’t pink, it ain’t right!”  LOL!!!!

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Although I live for pink, this initiative was actually started when a friend discovered she has breast cancer.  It is my goal to support her and other women currently entangled in one of the biggest battles of their lives. These women were born for this…they’re fighters. I must admit I miss Olivia Pope and the Gladiators. My Thursday nights are not the same since the season finale. However this is real life and these gladiators fight like a girl and the only scandal is that there still isn’t a cure for breast cancer as of yet.

In the Charlotte area, Susan G. Komen Charlotte  is a great organization that provides support and resources . In addition to knowing your risk and knowing what is normal for you, GET SCREENED. Susan G. Komen suggest getting an annual mammogram. For women in the Charlotte area with little or no insurance, there are 3 locations that offer FREE mammograms:

  • Mecklenburg County Health Department
  • Novant Health – Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Novant Health – Matthews Medical Center

For those ladies outside this area please visit the nearest Susan G. Komen office.  To locate an office near you for more information on resources available click here: find my local office.

If you want to support this initiative please submit pictures of you wearing pink to sizerevolution@gmail.com.  I would love to see your PINK POWER.

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“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to really look fear in the face”

Are Plus Women Being Conned???

 

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One of the latest fashion trends in the plus community is body contouring clothing. Many of the online boutiques and plus retailers have a variety of the trendy looks available in some of the hottest colors, prints and patterns Although the looks advertise that they are body “contouring”, they are in fact very body “conscious”.  I have to admit I am always nervous about wearing anything tight on my mid-section. Additionally, I am even more nervous to show off my tummy in a mid-drift exposing shirt such as the crop tops. I have never been an advocate for the theory that if they sell it in my size I should buy it. In order to feel confident and look fabulous it very important to dress for your body type. Remember fashion is about dressing for YOUR body. Don’t misunderstand me. I feel that the looks are fashionable but truly not for everybody or EVERY BODY. There isn’t enough lycra or spandex to turn this apple body of mine into an hourglass or at least a pear to fit in one those looks.  Many of the models are size 16 or smaller with pear shaped body types (small waist with larger hips).

Even with the best backup from a girdle or two. Yes honey, there are times when one just won’t do. All the real plus ladies out there know just what I mean. I would never put myself through that type of nightmare. It would be straight from Elm Street starring me instead of Freddie. KeKe knows when to say when. (WHEN!!!!!) I am not knocking any plus women who feels confident in a body contouring outfit. I’m an apple and I know it.  More like a green apple – a little sweet and a little tart at times (LOL). Apple body types like me lack a true waistline. Knowing my body type helps me choose clothing that compliments me and make me feel self-assured. It was one lesson that was well worth learning.

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I am often seen in peplum tops and pencil skirts. That’s because its my version of a body contouring dress. I am able to wear tighter fitting clothing without feeling less than confident when I walk into a room. Surprisingly, this outfit was not bought together. It is two pieces you’ve seen before that I “matched” up with a blazer I picked up while thrifting.  Another great lesson learned (how to mix and match pieces from my closet).   In this economy, I am the queen of “remixing”. Puffy may have invented the remix but I mastered it.

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I may step out of my box with colors, prints and patterns, however I refuse to be conned into wearing an outfit that I don’t feel beautiful in. I have said it before and I will say it again, when I look good, I feel good.  And today, I feel great!!!!! 

Talk with you soon,

xoxo,

KeKe

 

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Flower Power

“Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.” ~Jim Carrey

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As a plus woman I had to learn to love me. All of me, flaws and all. As I blossomed into the confident woman I am today. I learned to step out of box. There were many times I would shy away from colors and patterns. Well not anymore. Gone are the days of all black on a daily basis. Contrary to popular belief, black is not sliming. Plus women know first hand that was just a myth.

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I am now embracing a bolder me. I found this dress on sale at Macy’s (I just love a “salebration” just in time to get celebration outfit). This was my outfit of the day worn to a friend’s bridal shower. This was a great outfit that was both comfortable and fashionable. I just love flowers. Who knows I just may catch the bouquet at the wedding. (LOL!!!)

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Introducing “6th & Lane” by Lane Bryant

Kudos to Lane Bryant for releasing a new collection just for the modern and edgy woman.  Lucky for Charlotte women, the Carolina Place Mall location is one of a select few stores currently carrying the new line which launched on July 23rd.

Pro: Very Chic
Con: Higher Price Point (prices range between $39.00 to $499.00)

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Plus-size retailer Lane Bryant has just released a new collection called “6th & Lane”. Actually, it’s just their Lane Collection renamed and revamped. Sixth & Lane is dedicated to standard-breaking, runway-inspired clothing for the fearlessly modern woman. We take notice and we are noticed. The world is our runway and we own it. Get on at Sixth & Lane, the intersection of in-the-know and curated, feminine and chic. The items available right now are geared towards the Fall but it’s never to early to get your wardrobe ready for the next season. Especially when hot ticket items like the black moto jacket and cut-out chiffon blouse may sell out quickly!

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Welcome To The Jungle: Animal Prints

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It seems to be true that a leopard can’t change its spots. Animal prints seem to never go out of style. This is one look that is classic and oh so stylish. Lucky for me it works for everyone. Since I’m not afraid to step on the wild side, I decided to wear this animal print top paired with a black pencil skirt to work today. I added a touch of animal print on my shoes and accessories to bring the entire look together.

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3 pointers every fashionista should know when wearing animal prints:

1.  keep remainder of outfit neutral

2.  find a way to subtly include animal print into your wardrobe (a little goes a long way)

3.  don’t be afraid to wear animal prints to work

 

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Beez In The Trap: Wearing Yellow, Black and White

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This summer is in full swing and I have been finding myself often wearing yellow, black and white. As much as I hate bees, I am constantly wearing their signature color.

 If you see me out, be careful I may sting. (LOL!!!!!!!!)

PUTTING A “PEP” IN MY STEP

Hello Fashion Revolutionaries,

It is always so important to dress for your body shape. If you look good, you feel good. As an apple body type, I am always aware of the clothing I choose. An apple body shape simple put means that we carry weight around our mid-section and chest (i.e. big bust, protruding tummy).

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For a long time I hated my body. Once I learned to learn to love who I saw in the mirror each day, it was easier to learn how to dress my best. I also learned that there was nothing wrong with dressing to flatter. Besides who doesn’t love a nice ripe apple or a slice of hot apple pie???

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For those of you that are also apple body shapes, I would suggest showing off your other assets while wearing tops and dresses with a little flare. One such item is the popular peplum shirts. I am so in love with these tops. I often pair my peplum tops with body contouring skirts. Like I said showing off my other assets (LOL!!!!). Dressing for success really starts when you learn the dress up that body.

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THE REMIX

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This was my outfit of the day from this past Sunday as I was heading to a birthday brunch with my family. I love being trendy and fashionable. Most of all I love being financially fit. As I tried to decide what to wear, it got me thinking about how I can remix an outfit.  It allows me to get more wear out of my wardrobe without over spending.

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I paired this stripped maxi skirt I found online for only for $7.99 (always check clearance links on your favorite clothing sights) with a yellow t-shirt. My issue came when I had to chose a belt.

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Either look was great. I opted for the red belt. I can wear the black belt the next time.

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Think Pink 365…

 

PRETTY IN PINK

“PINK ISN’T JUST A COLOR, ITS AN ATTITUDE!!” – Miley Cyrus

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I love the color pink and it got me thinking.  We are pushed to wear pink in October for breat cancer awareness.  As a  woman I have to start thinking pink 365.  We just can not wait to October each year.  In 2013 there were 232,340 new cases of breast cancer.  We have to know our risk and self awareness to help prevent and get early detection of breast cancer.  Early detection saves lives.  Ladies wear pink 365  and follow this steps:

TURN UP IN PINK!!!!!!

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(wearing Pink Forever 21+ Skater Dress paired with black and white sandals and newspaper print clutch)

 

 

 

 

STEPPING OUT OF MY BOX WITH SHORTS – HEY MA I GOT LEGS!!!!!

“If nature had intended for our skeletons to be visible it would have put them on the outside of our bodies.” Elmer Rice

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Last Saturday was the first official day of summer. With temperatures already in the 90’s in Charlotte, I guess it was time to step out of my box. Like many other plus women, I have avoided wearing shorts for many years. I had a fear that shorts were unflattering and they lacked style. In an effort to beat the heat and look stylish I would often settle with wearing dresses and capris. I always thought my legs and thighs were TOO big. Well guess what???? Yep, you guessed it. They are big. I had to realize that no matter what I have on, my legs and thighs are going to be the way they are: BIG. And at that point, I refused to let another summer go by without trying them out. What is the worse that could happen…Well to my surprise; I actually loved how I looked.

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I paired these Forever 21 faux leather shorts with a white peplum top and added fab peach belt from CATO to cinch that waist (or at look like it did). By adding a high heel, I elongated my legs. Yes, legs for days. Showing off what I was blessed to have: BIG, BEAUTIFUL LEGS.

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I AM…

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On this Sunday, June 22 I will be one of the fashion stylists for the Sophisticated LYFE Entertainment’s i AM…fashion show.  This is an event that promotes diversity and inclusion.  And honey this is an event you honestly do not want to miss.  I can’t wait to reveal the plus and kids looks I have put together.  Yet another opportunity to do what I love…

I AM a style lover!!!

I AM an individual!!!

I AM a truth teller!!!

I AM a lies slayer!!!

I AM dedicated!!!

I AM loved!!!

I AM curvy!!!

I AM plus sized!!!

I AM big boned!!!

I AM beautiful!!!!

I AM a big girl in a small world!!!

I AM happy!!!

I AM included!!!

I AM affirmed!!!

I AM me!!!

RENT ME….

I don’t know about you but I am always in search of great bargains on clothes. Let’s be honest, trendy clothing is not cheap. And I am not a fan of going broke to look fashionable. If you’re like me you will love this new (well new to me) site I came across that offers a solution to having an unlimited wardrobe without breaking the bank. Yes I said unlimited. And the best part, you don’t have the wear the same thing twice.

Gwynnie Bee is budget friendly, clothing rental company that offers a vast selection of garments from top designers in size 10-32. The concept is similar to bagborroworsteal.com or renttherunway.com except it is just for PLUS SIZE WOMEN.  Here is how it works: You have to first sign up for a specific service plan. By the way the first month free (free is always for me). You then browse to find clothing you like. Once you’ve added the looks to your virtual closet on the site. The garments are then sent to you to add to your personal wardrobe for as long as you like. You’re able to rent as many as up to 10 items at a time. Once you’re ready to exchange for new items you return them to the company. Seems so easy? After browsing the site, it appears the hard part appears to be choosing which pieces to try first. And ladies some of you favorite designers are included: ASOS, Michael Kors, IGIGI, and Kiyonna.

For Rent

I honestly like the idea of renting. I am that person who may wear something once and never wear it again. Especially when it comes to attending special occasion events. Gwynnie Bee will give my an opportunity to try it before I buy it. This just might be a great way to keep my closet space down and my wardrobe up to date. All while staying within MY budget.  I already picked out some looks so I will let you know about my experience in a later post.

Visit site here and begin a new shopping experience:  Gwynnie Bee  

Until next time keep it fashionable and curvy,

KeKe

 

Little Black Dress

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Thank goodness for my LBD (little black dress).  I was invited to Young Rome’s final taping for BET’s Music Matters Showcase.  After working all day, it was hard to focus on what I should wear.  LBD to the rescue.  So glad I ended up being fashionable and chic last night by adding gold jewelry, a little black clutch and a pair of fun red heel less wedges. 

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Different Strokes

What you talking about Tyra??? (In my best Gary Coleman voice)

 Several days ago I saw a news story on ABC News that Supermodel Trya Banks and others wanted to eliminate the word “plus-size” from modeling.  Honestly I don’t see an issue with the term.  It is not offensive to me or many other plus size women.  I have always felt that plus size is what I wore and not who I am.  When I used to do plus size modeling it was the curvier women who gave a show. Ripping the runway with all those hips in heels. 

Melissa McCarthy recently revealed that she was snubbed by standard designers for the Oscars.  In the ABC News story, Robyn Silverman goes on to suggest using the term “Real-Size Model” instead. Melissa is a BIG star and a “real-size woman”. Did I mention funny??? And no one wanted to dress her for one of Hollywood’s biggest nights.

All of this got me thinking.  Does changing the name really matter?  Does it change the impact of plus models on the fashion industry? Does it change the minds of designers to use curvier women?  In all honesty, changing the name is no different than switching from a Buick to a Cadillac. Both are great, quality cars but in the end they are still cars regardless of the make or model.  Either car will get you from point A to point Z and all points in between.  It just so happens that sometimes you encounter curves along the way.  It’s not a BIG deal, so sit back and enjoy the ride.  And by all means put on your seatbelt. Some of those curves are dangerous.

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 Check out the full article here: Banning Term Plus Size In Modeling