Patiently Waiting on Summer in AVA and VIV swimwear

Post sponsored by Target. All opinions are my own.

Recently, the temperatures dropped to a soul crushing 10 degrees in NYC. Oppose to wallowing in my sorrow, under piles of layers and wool socks partaking in a binge Netflix weekend, I visited my local Target to shop away my sorrows. I was instantly transported to a warmer climate as I perused their new plus size line, Ava and Viv.  Lightweight florals, coral colored tops and deep blue jeans awaited me. Perhaps it was complete delusion, but I was most excited for the swimwear. Swimsuit shopping can be a daunting task especially as a plus size woman. However, nowadays more options are available to us thanks to brands like Target. Unfortunately, my local Target did not have any of the two piece swimsuits I had seen online yet, however I did leave with a cute purple one piece, a pair of denim jeans and some beach necessities.

So join me at my excitement over Spring as I patiently await on summer...

AVAandVIV swimsuit c/o /Target scarf (used as a sarong) c/o/ Denim shorts (essentials)/Hair Moisturizer (helps with tangles while in and out of water) c/o/Sunscreen (no brainer) c/o/UV protective shades (necessity)



How about this swimsuit?! It's a little more modest than any swimsuits that I currently own, however, that doesn't deter from it's cute factor. I love the little cut-outs on the ruffle which gives the extra fabric some character. In terms of support, it has a built in shelf bra and a good thickness to it that helps to smooth out the rolls.

Styling Tips: I plan on pairing my AVAandVIV swimsuit with denim cut-offs. I prefer boyfriend style over tight fitted pairs mainly because I rather just one part of my body restricted at any given point. I can't imagine being in wet spandex and tight wet shorts! Finish off with a fedora hat, comfy yet chic sandals and a beach bag and you're set!

Since my local Target didn't have any sarongs or cover-ups for sale yet, I went with one their many colorful over-sized lightweight scarves. These scarves are so multipurpose-head tie, decorative scarf, sarong, cover-up, knapsack, you name it!


Yes, I am wearing my swimsuit as part of an ensemble. Why not?! If you're away on vacation, you're always on the go from beach or pool to lunch to exploring the area. Who knew swimwear was so transitional?!

Have you been thinking about swimsuits lately? If so, what are your thoughts on the selections from AVAandVIV? Below are my two top picks.
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Sporty Luxe



My obsession over khaki green continues. I just had to share this really chic pairing I came across while perusing my favorite site. It's a great casual look with a sporty luxe vibe at a reasonable price too. Get it here!

While you're at it, don't forget...



OFFICE STYLE | Wool Midi Skirt + Turtleneck

Getting through these winter months and looking stylish while at the office can be a treacherous feat. Most mornings, especially during our constant snowy days, all I want to do is throw on a chunky sweater, leggings and snow boots. What I've found is midway through the day, I'm wishing I wore something else to the office with a little more flair.

Today's outfit is a perfect example of adding character to your outfit while getting rid of the winter office blues.

Wool Plaid Midi Skirt //Cream turtleneck//Over-the-knee boots here and in faux leather//Earrings here
asos full midi skirt plus size, plus size blogger


plus size blogger nyc

plus size blogger nyc, sandee joseph


CASUAL STYLE| Denim x Denim

Besides leggings, nothing says casual more than jeans. In my world, if you're going to go casual, might as well go casual chic. I've always been a lover of chambray and love it even more paired with denim skinnies, particularly those with added visual interest like these badboys from H&M+. 

This was my first go at H&M's plus size line and I have to say, the sizing is all over the place. I fit the straight size line regularly (anything from size 10-14) but because these jeans were sold out in the straight sizing, I went the plus size route. I don't regret it because I am head over heels over the patchwork detailing but it sucks that the plus size version cost $30 more.

Sizing tips: Personally, I believe that for H&M+ you must size up 1-2 sizes bigger than your regular sizes. I find this to be true with their bottoms-jeans, pants, etc. Haven't tried their tops yet. 

H&M + Skinnies regular size here//Chambray top/IRO Sydrae Suede stilettos (gifted) budget friendly here
plus size jeans blogger nyc, IRO Sydrae Pumps

h&m knee patch skinny jeans, IRO Sydrae Pumps



Loving my blue suede shoes? Here are some options including the pair I'm wearing:
Patchwork jeans come in an assortment of styles. Check below:

Office Style | Leather Top+ Ribbed Midi Skirt

If you recall this past Fall, I spoke on how obsessed I've become with the color green-military khaki green, in particular.  It quickly has become my version of black-universally appealing and flattering on all. In today's look, I've paired an old Zara mixed media top with a ribbed skirt and OTK boots for the office. Simple, yes, but oh so efforetless.


Zara leather panel top (old) similar here//JoeFresh ribbed midi skirt (almost sold out) nearly identical here and here//Guess OTK boots here//Zara Coat (sold out) similar options here and here//Warby Parker Eyeglasses//Hoop Earrings
plus size office style, zara oversized robe wrap coat





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