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I’m a twenty-something blogger, with a passion for fashion, social media, networking and photography!

Currently Craving: Harper & Liv

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Hi! This week’s currently craving is a brand; Harper & Liv. Harper & Liv, a millennial plus-size clothing brand created for stylish plus-size women who has no problem embracing her curves in quality clothing, and who has a flirtatious and fun sense of style.

All items will range in price from $39.00 to $129.00. The summer collection will be available in department stores like Dillard’s – in store as well as online, in May. Included in this line will be detailed suede, faux leather and faux fur high fashion pieces. By the fall season Harper & Liv plan to have the brand in Lord & Taylor as well as Macy’s. Harper & Liv Take a look at a few of our favorite pieces below!
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying it: Valentine’s Day is coming up. With only a week to go before the annual love affair, you might be at a loss as to what you want to give as a token of love and gratitude to your significant other or a loved one.

You may not be able to buy love, but you can save on it. I know for me life as a college student can make romantic dates, or a “thinking of you” gift a little difficult. However, the best Valentine’s Day gifts are the ones that come from the heart, not the ones that break your wallet.

Gift Idea 1: Scrapbooks: All relationships have a story to tell, and the day that is dedicated to the affirmation of your love is an excellent time to remember the special moments of the friendship or the relationship. This can include keepsakes from your first date or a picture taken when you were kids. Decorating the pages with special quotes or song lyrics will add the perfect touch to this scrapbook.

Gift Idea 2: Fun Day: There are some things that don’t require the expense of two meals, two movie tickets or two tubs of popcorn – the most expensive of them all. If you’re in college use those discounts to your advantage! If the weather is nice, consider a day at the park with a nice picnic or even a night out at the park with some hot cocoa or tea and some blankets for stargazing. Be creative!

Gift Idea 3: Netflix Binge: Almost everyone has either a Netflix or a Hulu+ account. If you are one of those people without either, ask a friend if you could use his/her account for the night. For the individuals who don’t have a significant other, grab a couple of your friends who don’t have any plans either and plan a Netflix binge. There are a lot of romantic comedies, such as “Maid in Manhattan,” “Clueless” and “I Hate Valentine’s Day” – ironic, right? There are also classic movies, such as “Grease,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “The Great Gatsby.”

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day where you enjoy the presence of your loved ones or significant other, if you choose your ideas wisely, you can be as budget-friendly as possible.

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Save Money: Shop at the Dollar Store

ShopHow many of you spend more than $200 just on Christmas decorations, bake-ware, gift wraps as well as gift bags, plates and napkins? A lot of you, I know; now let’s not forget about the cost of the gifts! Many of you may spend well over $400 just for Christmas; well that’s about to end. I’m here to tell you how you can save money this holiday season by shopping at one of my favorite stores, the Dollar Store.

At the Dollar Store, you can find many of the items that are on your last minute ‘To Buy’ list. Items such as:
1. Gift bags- if you aren’t much of a gift wrapper
2. Wrapping paper, which is where I always get my wrapping paper and scotch tape from.
3. Stocking Stuffers, like candies, boxed puzzles
4. Christmas Cards – there is no need to purchase a Christmas card for $4.95 plus tax when you can get a box of 16 or 20 Christmas cards from the Dollar Store for a $1.00.

For more Christmas savings, take a look at the Dollar Store Online Catalog below.

 

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What are some of your favorite holiday items to purchase for less than nothing? Sound off below!

Happy holidays,

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God’s Creation Full Figure Fashion Week in the Midlands

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Article written by: Denesha McCormick

Shawn Jackson, a Columbia, South Carolina resident, is about to make history in the Midlands! This week, starting today, Shawn Jackson is hosting the God’s Creation Full Figure Fashion Week in the Midlands. God’s Creation is an image and fashion consulting company that caters to individuals all over the world. The provide expert stylists, image consultants, as well as life coaches and beauty consults who are very well educated in the fashion industry.
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Fall Fashion – Bootie Call

Waking up this morning and feeling the cool weather had me excited! Today is officially autumn ladies! it’s time to put up those shorts and sandals, and break out those chunky sweaters and fall boots; boots are a must-have item for the fall.

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1. Madden Girl Domain Wedge Bootie
2. Timberland Platforms
3. Polina Over-the-Knee Boots
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5. Faux Leather Knee-High Boots
6. Jessica Simpson Cayna Ankle Strap Pump

Currently Craving – Back-to-School Fashions

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Ahhh! It’s that time of year again; back-to-school! No more late nights, road trips and movie nights, it’s time to get back to the books, studying and forgetting that you ever had a social life. Summer came and went in the blink of an eye, and if you’re like me, you’d do anything to have another week or two of summer relaxation. Then again, a part of me, is ready to stand in front of my closet and pick out an outfit for the first day of school. Yes, even as a college senior, I still get excited about what to wear on the first day back. I know I’m not the only one out there.

The first day of class is always scary, especially if you have no idea where you are going. For those who may be starting their 2014-2015 school year starting for some next week, here are some outfits that will have you looking and feeling good on your way to class. You will definitely get an ‘A’ in style on the first day, even if you have no idea where you are going!

Outfit #1: Laid back and Comfy

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With this particular outfit, instead of wearing the sweater, you could wear the wear a white tee and have the sweater around your waist for when it gets cold. Unless you live in windy cites, like Chicago, then you should wear the sweater and a shirt underneath it so you won’t freeze to death.

Outfit #2: Preppy meets Boho

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Are you a Pretty Little Liars fan? If so, then you know this outfit has Spencer Hastings written all over it!

Outfit #3: Minimal Fashionista

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Outfit #4: The Girl Next Door:

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This is a girly, yet simplistic outfit for the girl who doesn’t go out of her way just to look cute. Keeping it simple with a watch and a pair of sparkly flats, she’s all set!

Outfit #5: California Glamour Girl

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It’s still summertime, so taking advantage of pastels and bright colors is the way to go whether it be with skirts or dresses. Accessorize with different kinds of jewelry, aqua would be my go to color with this coral look. If you aren’t looking to be a “California Glamour Girl”, try adding leather accessories to give this look some edge.

Outfit #6: Sporty Urban Chick

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This look is for a girl who loves her vans and isn’t that into shopping. If you love tribal prints, this look is for you! Keep the accessories to a minimum; all you need is a pair of skinny jeans, a tee, and your vans and you’re all set!

Outfit #7: Hanna Marin

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Another reference to Pretty Little Liars, this look has Hanna Marin written all over it; girly patterns and purses. Wanting to be comfortable during the day, a pair of white chucks will complete this outfit.

Which outfit is your favorite?

Thank you Ashley Goode, a Virginia based stylist, who helped me come up with the names for these outfits! All images in this post can be found on Pinterest.

Currently Craving – Lovesick Vintage

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Today’s currently craving brand is Lovesick Vintage, an online boutique that sells vintage items from the 1930s to the 1990s. According to the website, Lovesick Vintage started as a way for the seller, Britteny Riordan, to find vintage clothing that fit her size.

The Lovesick Vintage brand now carries clothing in sizes XS to XXXL for women, men and children they also have accessories. Prices range from $8 to $50, not bad right? All items ship worldwide from Chicago, Illinois and they accept Etsy Gift Cards as a payment method.

Here’s a few of my favorite items:

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Plus Size Vintage Knit Colorful Striped Sweater
Plus Size Vintage Unisex Orange and Black Tribal Romper
Vintage 1980s Pink, Black and Blue Sweater
Blue Tunic Button Up Shirt
Vintage 1980s Brown & Black Crop Suit Jacket
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Currently Craving – Anna Scholz

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Today’s currently craving designer/brand is Anna Scholz, a former plus size model and a UK based designer. Anna Scholz is a luxury plus size fashion designer who is known for her bright prints, and luxury fabrics. The Anna Scholz brand has created both the White Label premium collection and the Black Label Diffusion collection.

The White Label Premium is a collection of luxury products made especially for curvy women, whereas the Black Label Diffusion collection is a collection of designs sold at lower prices for women on a budget. I already know which collection I belong too; I’m as cheap as cheap can get.

Today, Anna Scholz released her first Autumn/Winter 14 piece collection online! There’s a mesh skater dress that I have absolutely falling in love with!

Here’s a look at a few new pieces:

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Are you a fan of Anna Scholz? Have you seen anything from the Autumn/Winter collection that has you reaching for your wallet? If so, what? Let’s chat!

Items pictured above:
Snake Jacquard Trousers
Double Silk Wrap Dress
Double Silk Black Panel Dress 

Eloquii Violet Femmes Summer 2014 Look Book

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Plus size retailer Eloquii released their 2014 summer look book yesterday featuring their latest collection, entitled “Violet Femmes“. This collection features crop tops, cutout dresses, flirty skirts, in a variety of purple hues and my favorite, lace!

There are a few pieces from this collection that are available for purchase now. Did I mention that prices are under $200? Well, what are you waiting for? With a collection full of standout pieces, check out Eloquii today.

If you see something you just have to have, use code SUMMER to take 30% off your entire purchase!

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Currently Craving – Zelie for She [Update]

 

473cb4_0ee1304a191f4d899a0b1be2e1dd1279Back in May, I introduced you all to designer Elann Zelie of Zelie for She; today I’m back with an update! Last Friday, Elann unveiled her latest collection, the “Print on Print” collection, which is the third collection from Zelie for She.

This collection features nine pieces with plus size blogger and model Kelly Augustine as the face. Augustine has also modeled for the “Forever Young” and “Definition” collection from Zelie for She. This collection features vibrant tribal and artistic prints.

Some of the items are available for pre-order only. The estimated delivery time for all pre-ordered items is August 15th.

Check out a few pieces and let us know what you think!

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Currently Craving – Ashley Nell Tipton Design

Slide_Bri_Web_001-960x400 (1)Today’s currently craving designer/brand is Ashley Nell Tipton of Ashley Nell Tipton Design, a 21-year-old from San Diego, California. Sewing since she was 7-years-old, Ashley created her first fashion collection when she was a senior in high school.

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The Ashley Nell Tipton collection is designed for women ages 20-30 with a bit of an edgy style, on her Facebook page she says:

“My collection is a full figured collection for the woman in her 20’s or 30’s who is a chic rocker! My collection is an artful combination of glamour and street fashion. I love color and I’m very inspired by curvy women and helping them feel good in their clothes. I want to offer plus size women the opportunity to wear fun colors and to avoid the pit-falls of only wearing black because many curvy girls think it is the only color that is slimming.”

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Her designs come in sizes 1x (10-12) – 6x (30-32), which means that there is something for everyone! I love it! For more size information, check out her size chart.

Here are a few pieces that have me losing my breath!

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1. I Love Mustard – $15.99
2. Luminous Baby Doll Dress – $55.00
3. Double Bubble Baby Doll Dress – $55.00
4. Hello Sunshine Dress – $29.99

If you’re interested in any of these pieces, act fast! Her items sell out quickly!

Currently Craving – Lucie Lu

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Happy day before the 4th of July! It’s Currently Caving Thursday and today’s featured designer/brand is Lucie Lu! Founded in 2009, the Lucie Lu line includes dresses, blouses, cardigans, leggings, denim and what would all of those things be without accessories? Their designs come in sizes 1x (14-16) to 5x (30), so you’re guaranteed to walk away with something! This collection also allows you to put your own “mix and match” twist on the items to show off your individual style.

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Currently Craving – The Curvy Elle

 

The Curvy ElleDoes the name The Curvy Elle sound familiar? It should! Laurel, a blogger and aspiring fashion designer, is this week’s currently craving designer/brand!

The Etsy shop, The Curvy Elle, features plus size vintage and modern vintage clothing. The shop features items such as pleated skirts, shoes, tunic blouses, cross body purses, etc. This shop definitely has a vintage feel, especially with these 1950s suede shoes.

Since summer is finally here, I decided to feature a few skirts and a pair of shorts as my currently craving picks!

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With the sizes going from size 12 to 24 and beyond, I guarantee you’ll find something you’re craving too!

Sale alert: The Curvy Elle is currently having a sale

Currently Craving – Youtheary Khmer

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Youtheary Khmer is today’s featured brand; it is pronounced yut-terri-come-air. Youtheary Khmer is a collection of ready-to-wear clothing for women with curves created by Theary Sim, a former Cambodian model turned fashion designer.

Our mission is to design custom, effortless looks by providing well-made, high quality clothing that is flattering, trendy, and most importantly doesn’t break the bank.

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Currently Craving – Kristin Miles

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It’s ‘Currently Craving’ Thursday; today’s featured brand is Kristin Miles. Kristin Miles is a plus size clothing store that has provided women of size traditional clothing for the past 24 years. If you aren’t familiar with the name Kristin Miles, maybe you’re familiar with the name Missphit; the name that the brand by before they “grew up” as the site’s blog said back in 2011. If you love Aztec prints, stripes, and polka dots then this is the perfect site for you!

While browsing the site, I saw that no price is over $99 and the one price that was over $99 has been cut in half and is currently $49! Kristin Miles offers great prices, excellent fitting options, and affordable prices; what more could you ask for?

Below, I have highlighted a few of my favorite pieces from the collection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop the Kristin Miles collection now! ‘Like’ them on Facebook too!

What do you think of their collection? From what you’ve seen above, is this something you could see yourself wearing?

Currently Craving – Ali Buttons Designs

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This week, we’re starting a new type of currently craving series; instead of posting about a specific item or items that a brand has, we’re going to discuss the designer as well as their brand. It’ll still be the same format you’re used to, just a little more background information on the creative mind behind the brand.

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Currently Craving – Graphic Tees

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Graphic tees for plus size women are extremely hard to find; I know, I’ve been searching for a while. A lot of plus size women long for graphic tees, being able to dress down and look fashionable is a must for everyone, no matter what size you are. So with all that being said, this week’s currently craving item is graphic tees! Continue Reading

Currently Craving – Fashion to Figure Dresses

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So, last week I spoke with my fellow plus size ladies about shorts, and how to wear them, regardless of how they think they may look in them. This week, I’m going to get you all into dresses! I know that if you won’t wear shorts, you won’t wear a dress either, but hopefully that’s all going to change, right?

This week’s currently craving items are Fashion to Figure dresses. You’ve never heard of Fashion to Figure? No worries that is what I’m here for. Fashion to Figure is an affordable fashion retailer that is changing the way sizes 12-26 dress! There are several physical locations; hopefully one of them is near you!

There are so many dresses to choose from, however, I’m just going to choose my favorite four! Starting from the top left to the bottom right, we have:

1. Mackenzie Belted Stripe Dress – $34.50

2. Nanette Sheer Ponte Dress – $32.50

3. Sammy Floral Flare Dress – $38.50

4. Zig-Zag Print Dress – $26.50
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Happy shopping!

Images from: Fashion to Figure

Currently Craving – Plus Size Denim Shorts

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Graphic and article written and illustrated by Denesha (Intern)

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Most plus size women are afraid to wear shorts because of how their legs and/or thighs may look in them (don’t worry, I’ll add in a few shorts that aren’t so short). However, with the spring season in full effect and summer not too far behind, it’s time to get over your fear of shorts; if not be prepared to die from a heatstroke! (Just kidding!)

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