Curvily’s Holiday Gift Guide

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It is officially the last minute (tomorrow is the last day for free Christmas shipping at most online retailers), but no fear – I’m here with gift picks guaranteed to get smiles.  When it comes to gifting, my philosophy is to give something that the recipient would love to have, but would not spend on themselves for.  Those little [or big] luxuries are often prized more than practical gifts. I’ve rounded up some gift ideas for all types of recipients – let me know your favorite below, and feel free to share this post with anyone who might need a hint ;)

Elvi Statement Cuff

Elvi Statement Cuff, $23

This oversized glitzy cuff will amp up any outfit, and the price makes it a steal that looks like a splurge.

Vosges Ensemble du Chocolate

Vosges Ensemble du Chocolate, $135

I know over $100 seems crazy for chocolate, but as someone who has received this gift box, I have to testify on its behalf: It is THE REAL DEAL.  This box lasted months, and every piece feels like a little decadent vacation.  If you are shopping for a true chocolate lover who likes creative flavors (like curry truffles or blood orange caramels), this is the best gift you can give.  If they prefer tamer chocolate fare, try Vosges’ decadent caramel toffee.

Kate Spade Lacey

Kate Spade Mikas Pond Lacey Wallet, $79

I have and love a leather Lacey Wallet from Kate Spade, and it is still going strong after 3 years (and it is ivory!)  This bold turquoise wallet is a fun update, and is part of the Surprise [Gift] Sale, where all gifts come pre-wrapped (aka perfect last minute pick!) [Read more...]

Curvily Holiday Party Dress Picks

Z by Zevarra Red Sequin Dress

Its officially the holiday season, and there are tons of parties that are calling for glitz.  There is no better time for sartorial sparkle, whether in the form of flashy sequins or metallic accents.   Check out my top picks for anything from work soirees to NYE bashes – just click on each picture for the product link!

Mynt 1792 Silver

Styling tip: Pair with opaque tights if it is too cold for bare legs.

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OOTD: More Than Flattering

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I’m pretty sure I am breaking every rule in the proverbial book with this outfit: Oversized, striped, short, no leg-lengthening heels.  These are all things we’ve seen listed as major don’ts, especially if you are not a willowy model.  They’re not flattering, we’re told.  But you know what?  I love it.  This outfit just feels like *me* – when I found this oversized sweater/dress at H&M, I spent 15 minutes in the fitting room dancing around happily in it (don’t worry, there wasn’t a line!).  It’s fun and feels like a sartorial expression of who I am, so I am not going to let arbitrary fashion rules tell me I can’t wear it.

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I’ve written about the importance of putting personal style first before, and so have many of my favorites, from Gabifresh to Leandra Medine of Man Repeller.  ”Flattering” is code for looking as skinny as possible, and there is SO much more to fashion than minimizing yourself.

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Wear what makes you happy; what makes you feel like *you* – and definitely wear what makes you dance in the dressing room :)

Striped sweater dress: H&M (unavailable online, but in stores now)

Suede ankle booties: ASOS (sold out, similar)

Tights: Hue (I’m wearing regular opaque but I’ve linked to the better Super Opaque version – totally matte)

Cobalt handbag: Botkier

Bowler hat: H&M (similar)

Chain earrings: ASOS (similar)

Lookbook Love: Fashion to Figure Holiday

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New York’s inconsistent weather has made it difficult to get in the holiday spirit – cold rain and random 60 degrees does not feel like Christmas to me!  But the latest look book from Fashion to Figure accomplished what nature could not: All of a sudden, I am ready for all the glitz and glitter of the season.  I want to put on a sparkly dress, drink champagne, and nom seasonal hors hors d’oeuvres.  I’m ready.

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Which of these looks is speaking to you?  I love that there are chic pants options, crop top coords, and separates included too – not every holiday look has to be a dress.

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OOTD: Heart on my Shift

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For the SmartGlamour Holiday presentation at a LES gallery, I went with a fun dress from one of my favorite plus size labels, Carmakoma.  The loose shift dress silhouette kept the heart print from feeling too twee, and tights and ankle boots made it winter ready.  My only gripe with the dress is that it wrinkles after a normal day of sitting at a desk, but it nonetheless pulled in tons of compliments.

Have you tried Carmakoma yet?  If you are unsure of your fit in the brand, now is a great time to give them a shot, either through Gwynnie Bee (like I did), or ASOS (which also offers free returns).  If you know your Carmakoma size, this is the time to order straight from their site, where the prices tend to be lower than ASOS, and they are currently offering free shipping with no minimum for the holiday season!

Heart print shift dress: Carmakoma (via Gwynnie Bee)

Opaque tights: Hue

Ankle boots: Matt Bernson (sold out, similar)

Moto satchel: Cole Haan (old, similar)

Disclosure: Links may be affiliate or referral. All opinions my own, as always!

Curvily Deal Alert: Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

One of the things I love about plus fashion is the abundance of indie designers bringing their own unique looks to the market.  Small Business Saturday is a great time to take the plunge and try out a label you’ve been curious about, as there are sales and discounts aplenty.

Liesl Binx

The Seattle-based designer of my favorite NYFW look ever, Liesl Binx, is offering 30% off everything for Small Business Saturday, with free shipping and returns (no coupon code necessary).  If you are unsure about your size, this is the time to order!

Nakimuli Dress

Known for their bold prints (even Erykah Badu is a fan), New York based label Nakimuli is offering 20% off everything with code THANKFUL14.

SBS Chromat

If you are looking to snag something straight from the NYFW runway, head to Chromat, where the entire site is 25% off until Monday with the code ChromatHOLIDAZE.  This includes the Curve collection, as modeled to perfection by Denise Bidot.

Essie Golden Ready to Stare

Whether you are looking for the perfect body chain or statement outfit, indie label Ready to Stare has you covered.  I love their inclusive philosophy: Everything is offered in straight and plus sizes, and the price is the same for every size.  Also, how good does Essie Golden look in this belt?  Take 30% off your order with code SMALLBIZ14.

Zelie for She Graffiti Dress

LA-based label Zelie for She is a perennial favorite, with one of a kind designs and limited editions aplenty.  Take 25% off with code SBWEEKEND, including the striking new District of Art collection.

Rebdolls Envelope Dress

Another favorite is indie fast fashion brand Rebdolls, where you can get 30% off their already low prices with code REB30 until December 1st.  This chic monochrome envelope dress is only $20 with the sale!

Cherry Velvet Daphne Dress

If you have more of a retro aesthetic, take advantage of the rare sale at modern pinup label Cherry Velvet.  Tons of their most popular styles (like the Daphne dress) are marked 50% off, and you can take an additional 15% off with code CVBF14.

Shop happily, with the added bonus of knowing you are supporting the dreams of small business owners :)

Did I miss any SBS deals?  Please share them in the comments!

What to Wear: Thanksgiving

ASOS Curve Red Skater

When it comes to a holiday that is centered on eating and lounging around with family, comfort is key.  That does not mean you are resigned to sweats, however!  If you want to look cute and festive, I recommend the most food-baby friendly style: The skater dress.

Forever 21 Metallic Flecked

 

 

Forever 21+ Metallic Flecked Skater, $27

Skater dresses generally hit at the natural waist and have volume in the skirt.  If you pick one in a jersey material with an elastic waist, you’ll feel as comfy as you would in PJs, but much more stylish.   [Read more...]

OOTD: Colorblock and Checks

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I’ve been a Gwynnie Bee member since September of 2012, and I’ve never been more excited about their offerings than I am now (and I’ve been excited!). This season, they launched a game changer: COATS.  NYC is a sea of black wool in the winter, so the idea of being able to wear a variety of statement coats instead of the same old thing every day appeals to me to no end.

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This coat in particular illustrates why my GB membership is the most valued component of my wardrobe.  Working at Gwynnie Bee has allowed me an inside look at how hard the buying team works to get the best selection of clothes for an underserved population of women, not only by scouring the market for the best of what’s available, but also by pushing for collaborations with straight size designers with vision.  Corey, the namesake contemporary label of designer Corey Lynn Calter, is offering fashion forward plus size pieces true to the brand’s aesthetic, exclusively for Gwynnie Bee.

IMG_4666.JPGThe gorgeous oversized plaid is totally on trend, and the cocoon shape and envelope sleeves are both structural and soft at the same time.  I’ve been swooning over this coat forever, and in person it does not disappoint.  Because there are no deadlines with Gwynnie Bee (you can keep an item as long as you like while you are a member, just like with Netflix), I will be holding onto it for a long time.  I mean, look at how perfectly it pairs with my favorite Miista booties!

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Gwynnie Bee is also great for trying statement pieces from some of my favorite established plus sized labels, like the always-cool Mynt 1792.  I wasn’t sure if this bold colorblock dress would work for me, but I ended up loving it.  It was the perfect piece for a blogger event at Marina Rinaldi – I always have to bring my A game when surrounded with such stylish women. It’s also not something I’ll wear all the time, so shipping it back for something new was awesome (I got an Anna Scholz dress in my next shipment – post to come!).

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Now that it is freezing, I can’t imagine wearing this coat without sleeves, but it was just the right temperature for it last week (*sigh*).  Next time I take it for a spin, I’ll be layering a sweater or a Uniqlo heattech top underneath.  The thick wool of the bodice is incredibly snuggly, so as long as my arms are covered this will take me all through winter.  Sidenote: My desire for a pair of long leather gloves increases exponentially every time I put this coat on.  Wouldn’t they look so good with it?

Outfit details:

Plaid wool cocoon coat: Corey (capsule plus size collection exclusive to Gwynnie Bee)

Colorblock sheath dress: Mynt 1792 (sold out, available at Gwynnie Bee)

Opaque leggings: Flexees by Maidenform (These are a key winterwear staple for me – super warm, and the shapewear panel smooths without squeezing you to death like Spanx.  Some sizes on sale here)

Colorblock booties: Miista Aile

All photos by Courtney Stack

Disclosure: Links may be affiliate or referral. All opinions my own, as always!

NYC Deal Alert: United Nude Sample Sale

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If you are in New York, this is a sample sale not to miss.  United Nude is famous for their fashion forward, architectural shoes, and if their last sample sale is any indication, this one will be chock full of goodness.  They are actually billing this as their largest ever, so I’m confident it’ll be worth your time (unlike so many disappointing sample sales). Go before work or on your lunch break for room to browse.  It is on from November 18th-23rd.

Wardrobe Wants: This or That, Fall 2014 Edition

IMG_4662.JPGEvery season, there are a few standout pieces that call my name, begging to be added to my closet.  This year, I am happily finding that there are options for every style, so I thought I’d share my two favorites of each with you.  Let me know which one you love the most: This or That.

Glacial Blue Winter Coats

Eloquii Glacial Blue Coat

This: Eloquii Ice Blue Wool Blend Coat, $168

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Simply Be Blue Speckled Coat

That: Simply Be Blue Speckled Coat, $125

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