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! 




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This post is sponsored by Bloomingdales. 
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