I managed to sneak off to Houston Texas this weekend and the warm weather allowed me to get a chance to finally wear this great plus size spaghetti strap Asos Curve floral print dress and my new King Onye INVICTUS pearl and bullet bracelet.
The weather was so nice on Saturday in Houston and I spent most of my time outdoors exploring some of the new shops and restaurants, including the new Southside Espresso. Of course I couldn’t help myself from hitting up old favorites like Buffalo Exchange and Vinal Edge
This stretch knit dress from Asos Curve is so comfortable and true to size (with a little stretch). Of course you know by now that I’m addicted to my denim jacket from the Gap - this one is like my second skin. And I’m sure that this new pearl and chain bracelet is going to be my go-to accessory this year. It’s great because it really can be dressed up or down.
Of course it’s not a trip to houston without a visit to get some bubble tea and drive around to scope out the new mural art (like this wiener dog!)
Floral swing dress - ASOS CURVE, Sz 16
Denim Jacket - Gap, Sz XL
Tights - Target, Sz 1X
Necklace - gift
Pearl and Bullet Bracelet - King Onye INVICTUS collection
Glasses and Sunglasses - SEE Eyewear
Escape to Los Angeles
readers, this winter in chicago has just been BRUTAL. I haven’t been able to get an outfit post in weeks because it’s just been so cold and so snowy and terrible. Needless to say - I am VERY ready for spring and spring clothes. But I got a sneak peek of spring weather this weekend with a fast trip to Los Angeles to visit my sister.
Before leaving, I dropped into Nordstrom Rack to see if I could find something to wear in the 60-70 degree temps. I found this adorable sheer button-front sundress on sale for $8! Perfect - and perfectly paired with leggings, doc martens and my jean jacket. I wore this on my trip to my favorite perfume shop, lucky scent (scent bar). I had so much fun at the Scent Bar - I tried many different scents and took home quite a few samples. I had to buy a full bottle of Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin - it’s my new go-to.
I just love the fresh food in LA. I enjoyed some amazing oysters at Water Grill in Santa Monica with some dear friends and also got the most flavorful satsumas at the farmers market. DELICIOUS!
Sheer sundress - Mimi Chica size 2X (from Nordstrom Rack)
Jean Jacket - GAP size XL
Leggings - Forever 21+ size 1X
Doc Martens - Nordstrom Rack
Short necklace - gift
Long Necklace - Forever 21
Quill earrings - Etsy
Glasses - SEE eyewear
Librarian Witch Looks for a Winter Day
Some days call for a dark wintery look infused with vintage. I found this great plus size skirt at Knee Deep Vintage when I was in Pilsen a few weeks ago shopping with my friend HL. Knee Deep has an amazing collection of curated vintage clothing, but I love them so much for carrying lots of plus size pieces. The owner is super friendly and loves helping find the perfect outfit. I ended up with a great vintage slip and a cute sparkly vintage sweater as well. Absolutely make sure you stop by and check them out - as well as so many other great vintage shops in Pilsen. I probably need to make a neighborhood guide soon!
Of course a winter look could not be complete without some decent boots and a thick pair of tights - it’s just too cold in Chicago otherwise.
Vintage Wool Coat - Thrifted
Black floral skirt - thrifted from Knee Deep Vintage
Sheer White Shirt - Forever 21+, Sz 2X
Cranberry tights - Merona, Sz 2X
Boots - Topshop
Belt - H&M (men’s section)
Earrings - Tarnish
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Necklace - Forever 21
Parks and Parkas
After visiting Berlin this fall, I was obsessed with finding a plus size parka that looked just the right amount of oversized. Everyone there was wearing them and they looked so easy stylish.
I found this plus size parka on sale at Old Navy just before christmas and I was so excited. It has all the details I wanted - pull ties on the outside, a vent back, a zipper and massive pockets (I have a water bottle in it!) Plus it was on sale for around $40! It’s not currently on the website - but I found it in store up to size 2XL (which I’m wearing).
Flannel - thrifted
Cross Shirt - Forever 21, Sz L
Black Shorts - Style &Co, Sz 16
Tights - Target, Sz 2X
Shoes in top photos - Jeffery Campbell
Shoes in bottom photos - Top Shop
Parka - Old Navy, sz 2XL
Belt - H&M (mens)
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Winter Coats for Plus Size Bodies
I’m going to be featuring a few different coats this week that work for plus size bodies.
The detail on this coat is perfect - the gold snaps are a unique shape and the belt at both the collar and waist are not just for show - they actually work and work well. I love the funnel neck opening and the belt detail at the neck. It’s a short coat, so probably best for a chilly day and not when it’s negative temps. Chicago has been so cold this winter, so I was happy when I got to wear this jacket out on a beautiful winter day.
Black Quilted Plus size Firetrap Kingdom Coat - Size UK 20 - available here
Black Shorts - Style & Co Jeans - Size 16
Tights - Merona Target - Size 1X
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell
Earrings - from a local vendor at Market Daze