HOLIDAY STYLE: RED WHITE AND BLUE

Since Fourth of July is tomorrow, I'm sharing a red, white and blue look done my way. I'm a sucker for a theme ensemble but didn't want to go literal as I often do. Conveniently, Boohoo asked me to participate in their #WeareUSA campaign. This navy off the shoulder top and white jeans from their site totally helped me achieve that chic semi-boho look I was going for. The fringe heels seamlessly helped up the ante.   


Distressed jeans c/o //Off the shoulder Top c/o // Fringe heels similar options provided below
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US Size 14 top and Jeans

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TRUE TO PINK!

Last few years, I've slowly moved on from bright colors and bold prints to more muted tones. However, this neon hot pink dress pulled me right back to my roots. It's officially summer which is the perfect time to break out those in your face hues. The long back hem was a great touch I didn't even notice until I had it on. Perfect for those of us with a little more sumthin sumthin in the back.

AmitaBon Dress c/o || Heels (old) several color options here




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Win A Year of Free Clothes!

I am a die hard shopper, I can't help myself. Nor can I blame being a blogger, as this infatuation with clothes has been long endured. The problem I face is closet space. NYC is a great place to live however, many New Yorkers know the perils of apartment living-space. This is without a doubt, the number one issue I have with being a city dweller. As a potential solution I'm reviewing this ingenious clothing rental service called Gwynnie Bee

For those of you new to the brand-Gwynnie Bee is a monthly subscription clothing rental service for size 10-32. You pay a flat monthly fee and get an endless, rotating wardrobe with unlimited exchanges and free shipping-BOTH ways! The greatest feature for me when it comes to Gwynnie Bee is after I'm done wearing a piece, I can send it back-totally eliminating the need for storage space without sacrificing style nor my urge to shop (btw, if you love it, there's an option to buy it!). Whether you can relate to my qualms about decent closet space, or love the idea of always having new pieces to add to your current wardrobe, Gwynnie Bee is a great option.

I received my first package with 5 pieces of clothing in it and I'm sharing with you all the first two pieces I broke out--these Modamix shorts and BB Dakota dress.






Wearing a Size 14
Cute right? Whether you're a shorts gal or not, let's face it, on super hot days, besides walking around naked, shorts is your best bet. I styled mine with a coral chiffon bodysuit and heels to dress it up a bit. However, it'll look equally cute in flat sandals and a tank. 




I love this dress and thinking about buying it. The only con is that the arm holes are pretty low which means I have to wear a specific style of bra with it. Also, the sizing runs slightly big. I'm wearing a 1x but could've easily pulled off a Large for a more fitted look especially since there was slight bunching in the back. I wore this to work with a white blazer but was happy hour ready soon as I took it off. I could easily transition it to casual wear by adding some Converse kicks. 

In case I haven't won you over yet on Gwynnie bee-they are hosting a contest where the lucky winner will win A Year of Gwynnie Bee (<--click on link) Make sure to enter! 

Make sure to check back tomorrow where I'll style this dress and this Kimono.

CASUAL STYLE | DENIM JUMPSUIT

There is much to love about a jumpsuit-they're comfortable yet sophisticated and do I dare say it, timeless. I don't look to them as a trend, because to me, they're always in. You've seen me rock them in a myriad of styles from tapered leg to crop, and from flowy and dressy to casually chic denim below. There is a style for EVERYONE.

A few weeks ago, I walked into Rainbows for some much needed AC cool down during a really hot day. While there, I decided to look around. I came across this denim jumpsuit below and I had to have it. I am a fan of a wide leg bottom, especially one with movement. Not to mention, the straps were adjustable and it was a wrap style all at under $25!

Style Tip: I find for women with belly issues, a wrap style works best, similar to how it camouflages the tummy area in a wrap dress form. 

UPDATE: I reached out to Rainbows and begged them to add this J/S onto their site. In the meantime, check you local Rainbows store. If one is not nearby, I've supplied some dupes below in the "Shop My Style" area of this post. I'll continue to keep ya'll posted w updates.

RainBow J/S || Schutz heels|| Rocksbox Necklace (get first month free w code 'StylishSandeexoxo' || Vintage Sunnies || White blazer (thrifted) this one currently in my shopping cart




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TARGET LOVES EVERY BODY: THE COVER-UP CHALLENGE


Special thanks to Target for sponsoring this post.

I have been patiently waiting on Summer for what seems like years now, thanks to a miserably bitter winter. Summer, to me, is synonymous with outdoor dining, barbecues, grilling, and of course, countless trips to the beach and pool-which directly relates to being half naked among strangers. Yikes! Trust me, as much as I am adamant about self love and confidence, I know all too well the perils of swimsuit shopping. As women, we all go through it. The key is to find that swimsuit that helps build that confidence. Along with that, adding pieces (accessories, pareos, oversize tops, cover-ups) to your whole look that will help ooze my fashion mantra STYLE is not just for the skinny!

I know it's easier said than done, but I can assure you that if you take the time to shop right and try everything on, you are bound to find a swimsuit that helps you take that extra step towards being the confident plus size woman you so undoubtedly want to become. Target is a great place to begin that search with their awesome Ava and Viv swimswear that caters to the curvy to plus size community. If a one piece is your thing, they have great picks here and if you're a little more daring, there are quite a selection of graphic bikinis for ya', like the one I'm wearing below.

Now that we've got the swimsuits out the way, let's talk transitioning from pool/beach to lunch/dinner. When I'm on vacation, it's usually pool/beach then straight to dining or exploring the area. This is why having cover-ups that work with my bathing suits are key. I especially like to try those that aren't seen as conventional cover-ups. On my way to a pool party below, I decided to wear my newest Ava and Viv Chevron bikini along with a coordinating Ava and Viv bikini hipster bottom with ruched sides.  
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I went a different route with my cover-ups. I wore a cute Target Kimono along with the essential summer staple, a pair of linen wide leg pants also from Target that I bought as a result of these flowy bottoms from the Ava and Viv line being unavailable at my local store. If pants aren't for you, these denim shorts and maxi dresses are fuss-free pieces that can be pulled on and off in a pinch. 

Style Note: I attempted to wear my trusty Target Fedora (last seen here), but it wouldn't fit on my head with my hair in the natural state, so I ditched it. However, it would look so cute with this whole look- just an fyi.


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(Everything I'm wearing is below. Just click on the image you want.)




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OFFICE STYLE | ANKARA Midi Skirt

I have yet to meet a midi length full skirt I haven't loved. That says a lot since I tend to be extremely picky when it comes to my bottoms. This gorgeous customizable skirt from AmitaBon Boutique took my breath away. I fell in love with the box pleats and vibrant pattern and knew exactly how I wanted to style it. The length was appropriate for work yet the pattern allowed my personality to shine. Paired with a chiffon chartreuse colored bodysuit and neon yellow heels, it was a definite winner. I could not walk a block without someone commenting on how gorgeous the outfit was.


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