image OOTD: Cozy and Oversized

This sweater is an amalgamation of elements I used to admire from afar, but didn’t wear myself because I was worried about them being flattering: Oversized, chunky knit, cowl turtleneck. A few years ago, any one of these elements would have given me pause, but here I am happily wearing all three in one ridiculously cozy sweater (even sans sleeves!). Consciously letting go of old fashion rules is the best. More…

image Giveaway Alert! Enter to Win $150 from Igigi

Whether you are a devoted Igigi fan or have always wanted to try the line, you should enter their big Valentine’s Day Giveaway.  From February 2nd to the 6th, they will be giving away five $150 gift cards – one per day!  You can enter until 11:59 PST on February 5th, but I recommend entering earlier to be eligible for all five giveaways.  Enter here – it is super easy, which I appreciate. More…

image OOTD: A Sack Dress With Shape

Sack dresses are a perennial favorite in fashion circles – the ultra relaxed fit feels very effortless and downtown chic.  It is also a silhouette that is often described as “only working on willowy size 0 models.”  As you probably know, I think those types of fashion rules that put “flattering” above all are crap, and I’ve happily worn oversized pieces that don’t nip in at my waist because they best reflected my personal style.  I loved the look of this Carmakoma mixed media dress, and expected it to be just as figure obscuring (something I was totally fine with).  So imagine my surprise when I realized that it somehow stayed true to the style while still having some shape!  I didn’t even know that was possible. More…

image Curvily’s Winter Essentials

It is officially FREEZING in NYC (hello first blizzard of 2015!), and I officially over it.  I don’t have any tropical escapes on the horizon, though, so I have to bundle up and make the best of it.  Fortunately, I’ve found some products that help restore my skin and warmth.  Read on for my favorites in winter beauty, clothes, and accessories.

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image A Big Plus Size Announcement from Target!

As a shopper who loves a good deal, I’ve been a Target fan for quite some time, but events of last year (like moving the plus size clothing out of stores and steadfastly refusing to extend sizes on designer collabs) gave me pause.  As over 60% of America is over a size 14, having a mass retailer ignore the majority of the women’s market felt downright disrespectful.  The addition of plus sizes to the next collab with Lilly Pulitzer felt like a step in the right direction.  When I heard that Target was working with some top bloggers to turn things around, I was even more hopeful.  Today’s announcement of the upcoming plus line Ava & Viv vindicated that hope: More…

image Wardrobe Want: Isabel Toledo Spring Collection

High end designer collaborations with mass market retailers have long been catnip for fashionistas on a budget, but for all too long, the plus size customer has been left out.  That is starting to change with more calls for extended sizing and #plussizeplease: Chastity Garner’s boycott of Target for excluding plus in their last collaboration with Altuzarra led to the announcement that their next collab (with Lilly Pulitzer) will have sizes up to 3X.  Target is late to the game, though – Lane Bryant has been seriously upping their fashion game by doing collaborations with top designers for over a year.  Their first partnership was with FLOTUS favorite Isabel Toledo.  Wonderfully, it didn’t end with one collection, and the latest Spring line from Toledo is so good. More…

image OOTD: LBD + Chelsea Boots

It is always great when a trend is also a classic style.  Chelsea boots are a key item this season, but one I’ve always eschewed because it “cuts me off at the ankle” – a term you might be familiar with if you ever watched “What Not to Wear” or the like.  It is a timeworn flattery maxim: Always, always elongate your legs.  As someone on the shorter side, I followed this rule like gospel, but it kept me from a lot of styles I loved.  Still, when I was ready to actually buy my first pair of Chelsea boots, I had some doubts. More…

image Wardrobe Want: Graphic Florals

Florals are a spring staple, but have recently found their way to other seasons as well.  This winter, I am particularly loving the Clover Canyon-esque feeling of graphic floral prints. More…