October 5, 2017

{STYLE} Black Tie, Optional

This is a fact: ever since I first started writing at Marie Claire, back in 2011, I would get emails from people asking where to shop for a plus size gown or evening dress, and no matter where they were in the country - I knew there was likely a David's Bridal near them. It may seem like an unlikely place to shop, but for as long as I can remember, they've carried plus-size gowns (and even prom dresses), and it was a reliable recommendation considering they have brick and mortar stores almost everywhere in the US. There are certainly more evening wear options now for bodies above a size-12, but few are available in person. The size ranges vary by style and designer (sadly, those gorgeous Truly by Zac Posen dresses cut off at a 14), they carry pieces in sizes 0-30, (the dress I'm wearing is available in sizes 0-26). 

Whether I'm going to a wedding or a gala (okay, the latter is rare - but it has happened!), dressing for formal occasions can definitely be a little anxiety-producing. There are so many rules, but for me, I always prefer to err on the side of overdressed versus under dressed, and for occasions or venues where my tattoos may be deemed 'inappropriate', the addition of a chic jacket or shawl does the trick. I knew I liked this dress immediately when I saw it, but I didn't expect to fall in love with it quite as much as I did once I put it on. It's comfortable, elegant, and the mesh at the cowl neckline and at the back of the dress add just enough intrigue for me to elevate this otherwise simple gown. I always get questions about what kind of bra works with a strapless or off-shoulder situation, too - so in anticipation of that, this is my favorite. 

With fall formal events and holiday parties on the horizon, what are you all looking to wear? I'm excited to put this one into immediate rotation. 

October 3, 2017

{STYLE} Travel Essentials

As the unlikely boss of a baby start-up, I've spent much of the last couple of years traveling back and forth between coasts to make magic happen. I know, all that ~bicoastal living~ I've been doing came without much explanation, but keeping our business plans under wraps while we were in development was so necessary. My almost-weekly flights have definitely come at the cost of feeling thoroughly rested, but I've learned some tricks to flying as comfortably as possible. While I'm not really a sweatpants or pajamas on the plane kind of girl, I'm also definitely no longer the dress-for-the-runway while traveling kind of girl, anymore, either. Also, with my 20's definitely in the past, so too are cross-country red-eye flights. These days - comfort is key.

I picked up these Lysse leggings from Bloomingdale's, (they have lots of styles in both plus and straight sizes). The faux-leather legging makes me feel like I'm in something a little more put-together than athletic gear, while being ultra comfortable. They feel like they're fleece lined, too, so they're extremely soft and cozy. 

My other probably-common-sense travel tips? Drink water. Don't wear makeup on the plane. Moisturize lots. Sanitize the arm rests & tray tables. Walk around the cabin. Be kind to your fellow passengers. Be comfy! 


This post is sponsored by Bloomingdales. 
All content and opinions are my own.

September 1, 2017

Gray Malin at Home

I remember the first time I saw any of Gray Malin's work, it was of his Marfa series, where he photographed the Elmgreen & Dragset Prada Marfa sculpture, (yes, it's a sculpture - not a store in the middle of a Texas desert as many people have confused). Soon after, I came across Gray's aerial shots of beaches - from Australia to Bora Bora, not knowing the same artist as the iconic Prada Marfa shots was behind the dreamy beach scenes, too. I swooned over his photos from a distance - making them the background of my desktop, buying wallpaper from his online shop that I framed as placeholder's 'til I could someday have the "real thing," and toted my Gray Malin x S'well bottle everywhere with me until one day when TSA decided to confiscate it from me. 

So, when Gray's team reached out and asked if I'd like a piece for my home - I was blown away! It's always incredible to have an opportunity to connect or even work with an artist or designer you really admire and whose work you love. One of his newer series', Aqua Glam, was shot at the epic Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica (it's massive and overlooks Santa Monica Beach), and features the synchronized swimming group, The Aqualillies, (who, by the way, are AMAZING - I got a chance to see them perform in Palm Springs last year). I picked out "Graceful Glam II," to live in my office, and two smaller pieces of the beach scenes I had originally fallen in love with of his - Coogee BeachClifton Beach. They fit in so well with my home and as a person who loves being in the water, the photographs totally soothe and inspire me. 

Through September 5th, Gray Malin is offering free framing & shipping on all prints. It's an amazing chance to get beautiful artwork in high quality frames, (because seriously: frames are expensive - especially for large scale artwork!)  I'm personally taking advantage of the sale to find a piece for my Brooklyn abode, too! 

Thank you so much to Gray Malin and team for hooking me up with the artwork, taking such gorgeous photos at my home, and featuring me on your site! I shared a bit about the challenges of entrepreneurship as well as my home decor inspiration. 

You can take advantage of the free framing & shipping sale until September 5, here.

July 25, 2017

Introducing.... PREMME!

You may have heard the news, but yesterday Gabi and I announced that we were launching our own, new plus-size brand, PREMME, and by 8AM this morning, our site had already crashed from overwhelming traffic! OMG. This has been a passion project that we've been working on for a long time, and we are so excited to finally unveil. I'll be revisiting this soon with a little more about our process and how we landed here, but for now, I'd love to share our video look book! Thank you all SO much for your support and love!!!

July 11, 2017

{STYLE} Just Me & My Levi's

We've all watched Grease, right? I used to watch it over-and-over as a child; I was obsessed with the Pink Ladies, with Rizzo's bad gal aesthetic, and Frenchie's pink haired beauty school drop out look. While my style often feels a little bit like Sandra's 1959 California debut (it's hard to resist a high-waisted circle skirt, sometimes), my nights out veer a bit more towards her cigarette pants-and-pumps Danny Zuko inspired makeover. While I don't condone ever changing your style to appease or catch the attention of a love interest, I do greatly appreciate any challenge or expansion of an individuals personal style vocabulary.

Yes, for everyday that I'm an all-pink-everything, sometimes princess, I'm equally a denim-and-leather clad hard femme - and no denim feels more quintessentially Americana, whether my styling is ultra-modern or retro, than a classic pair of Levi's. I'm obsessed with these Levis 711 skinny jeans, (they also come in pink, which... duh, is next on my list) that I purchased from Amazon, and love that the wash is a true black (because when I'm not a cotton candy vision, it's all black or nothing).

While I consider myself a bit of an expert in the world of online shopping, I'm definitely newer to shopping for fashion on Amazon - but it opened my eyes to how expansive Levi's plus-size selection is, (quick fit note - I ordered the 711's in a size 16, and usually wear a 14 in denim). Now I'm rather quickly wishlisting other styles I didn't know existed - like these white, distressed boyfriend jeans and these rad butt-hugging overalls. It's mid-July, somehow, and I'm feeling like more jeans are in order for these (whoa-oh) summer nights. 

This post is sponsored by Levi's & Amazon.
All content and opinions are my own.