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Kudos to ASOS Curve!

Kellie at And I Get Dressed (if you’re not reading her blog, you should, she’s fabulous!) shared a fall preview of ASOS Curve and I love the collection on many levels. But my favorite part is that the collection isn’t obsessed with making the model look thin.

asos curve fall 2014

There’s nothing wrong with not being thin, and I’m getting really tired of every brand and fashion expert focusing on this. While more and more brands are offering plus sized fashion and more experts recognizing that women in double digit dress sizes enjoy fashion and desire style, the focus seems to be on how to make our curvy bodies look leaner instead of how to wear fun, fashionable and event-appropriate quality clothing.

asos curve fall winter 2014

No matter what direction the stripes or the length of our skirt, we’re moving, living women who deserve to have as much fun with the contents of our closet as our slimmer sisters. We shouldn’t be restricted to “figure flattering” styles when fashion, especially this year, is just so much fun. Cool silhouettes, references to past decades, use of drape and texture… we deserve to enjoy whatever trend we like!

asos curve fall preview 2014

There’s nothing wrong with choosing fashion that slims the figure, but it’s nice to have options to choose what you want to wear, not what society thinks you should.  So kudos to you ASOS Curve for showing on-trend fashion that focuses on style instead of just trying to whittle a waist or lengthen a line (or give up on us and put us in cheap polyester prints). I think I’ll be picking up a few pieces from your line to add fun to my wardrobe!

Fab Faux Furs from ASOS

Fur is on trend this year… and it disgusts me. I can’t believe that it’s 2014 and people are comfortable wearing new fur garments and that magazines (WTF latest issue of Lucky) are still promoting it. I think by now we are all too aware how fur coats are made, and thanks to technology and improvements in fabrics we don’t need to wear the pelt of an animal to protect ourselves from the elements. In fact, faux fur has come such a long way there’s no need for real fur to achieve fun and fabulous fashion.

When it comes to low-cost but high-fashion faux furs, ASOS is the site to visit. They always have the greatest ideas – fun pieces, on-trend details and colors, and looks that will stand out in a crowd. I love shopping ASOS – shipping is free on orders over $25, returns are super simple and free, and if you get on their email list you’re notified of their regular sales and promotions. And international readers – a company that ships to most of you! These are the fab faux at ASOS that stood out to me:

leopard faux coats under 200 asos

For the leopard fans, head thee to ASOS! Every year they come out with at least one covetable faux leopard and I love their choices this fall.

  1. This faux leopard fur coat from River Island is classic cool and a great length and cut that will flatter everything from jeans to trousers to skirts. $189.50.
  2. The stand collar of this faux leopard coat from Only gives a vintage vibe and ups the glam factor. I like that it’s a softer print, making it easier to dress up. $170.55
  3. This leopard faux fur coat from New Look is the type that looks so chic thrown over your casual weekend attire. Simple jeans and sweater? Not any more when it’s topped with this glam baby! $104.21
  4. The subtle leopard print on this fluffy faux fur coat from ASOS’ house brand is utterly adorable and the type that will still be fun to wear years from now. The oversized collar adds glamour and fits with its vintage vibe. $161.08

fur trends 2014 faux asis

My favorite look for faux fur this season is the use of color. While previous seasons had chubbies in candy colors, this year has brought stripes, colorblocking, and patchworks in rainbow hues. Ans as expected, ASOS delivers this trend.

  1. Oh this collarless faux fur is utterly badass, from the hook and eye closure to the boxy fit to that amazing color combination. While I love how they styled it over a casual look, imagine this over an LBD for the holiday season! $151.60
  2. Be Cruella without hurting a single puppy in this black and white striped faux fur from Story of Lola. Zoom in on the detail of this coat, the mixing of textures and you’ll fall in love. What a statement piece! $151.60
  3. I’ll admit, seeing this coat on the ASOS site is what inspired this post! What a fun mix of colors and textures, and the length adds drama. Pastels are so hot this year for winter, but the addition of gray makes it a piece that won’t be dated come 2015. $189.50
  4. Oh this vest is so cool and unique. I adore the unexpected color combination, the unusual print, and the clean lines. Pair over a leather jacket or sweater coat for winter warmth, or belt over a turtleneck dress for a chic day look. $123.18

faux fur coats plus petite vintage

Vintage-inspired faux are in style and are a look that will still be chic seasons from now. ASOS not only has vintage-inspired faux furs but actual vintages pieces for sale (and no they’re not insanely priced!).

  1. I adore this pale gray faux monkey fur jacket. It’s the perfect topper for all your holiday dresses, but don’t be afraid to pair with jeans and boots for a downtown cool look. $113.70
  2. This plush camel-toned faux fur from ASOS’ plus size line Curve has that vintage vibe that will always make it look chic. This would look amazing paired with a turtleneck, dark jeans and boots, or a camel and cream wool dress. $123.18
  3. Pink isn’t what you’d usually consider a neutral, but this blush oversized faux fur from River Island is the shade that will go with absolute everything and the vintage look and oversized shape means it will look as chic with jeans as it does with a cocktail dress. $189.50
  4. Some trends are harder to carry off when you’re petite, and faux furs are one of them. Luckily ASOS realizes this and offers this vintage coat just for us shorties. With shorter sleeves and a trim fit, it won’t overwhelm a petite frame and will look classic for many winters to come. $132.65

Recent Fashion Hits and Misses – ASOS Edition

With my last hits and misses post, my friend (and fabulous personal stylist) Rosana said she’d like to see me try out ASOS this season. She’s been having a lot of success with her clients, I trust her style and shopping skills, so I took a look. I’m looking for some weekend summer looks – dresses that can be worn with sandals and Birkenstocks, cotton tops that don’t cling in the humidity, and maybe one or two work looks that won’t cause hyperthermia in August. ASOS has been hit or miss with me. I have some pieces there I love (my faux leather moto jacket, a silver metal belt, the black knit swing dress that was my jam when I had a broken arm in the middle of the summer), but often a lot of fails and entire orders I have to send back. This bag… not everything went back. Not quite…

asos off the shoulder dressASOS Off Shoulder Mini Dress – Black / US 14

I was envisioning this dress to be an off the shoulder version of the swing dress I loved and wore to death. Two issues. One, it’s a mini dress, even on a 5’3” body. If I were 21, I wouldn’t think twice. At 41, it’s a bit too short for comfort or strong gusts of wind. Second issue is that it’s off the shoulder and just as full as my swing dress. Essentially, I was wearing a lampshade. A comfortable well-priced lampshade, but a lampshade. I almost considered keeping this as a beach coverup, but I already have one. If you are short and don’t have a huge bust, this is a real winner (in fact, I think it’s better than the LOFT off the shoulder dress – more comfortable of fabric, better price, and equally flattering). But for me, Fail.

asos linen wrap dressASOS Sleeveless Linen Mini Shirt Dress With Belt – Navy / US 14

This is another piece that would be a hit if I were a different age. It fit in the bust without having to pin, the waist was in a natural and flattering place, the fabric wasn’t itchy, the skirt had the right amount of volume. However, this looked like a Juniors piece – the self-belt was skimpy and looked cheap, the skirt was too short (can’t imagine the length of the petite version), it was not polished enough for the office. I don’t feel I can’t wear certain things because of my age, but I do feel the older I get, the more quality matters to have style. Quality can be bought at any pricepoint, the issues with this dress could easily be found on a dress twice as much, but likely that dress too would be targeted to women under 25. So while it’s not terrible, it’s not right for me. Fail.

asos sleeveless tux dressASOS Sleeveless Tux Dress – Black / US 14

Oh Em Gee, this is AMAZING! Seriously, you need to try this dress. It’s well made, looks far more expensive than its pricetag, and is super duper flattering. The only problem is at size 14, it’s made for a woman at least 5’6”. To make it work would be extremely expensive tailoring that would end up ruining the lines of the dress. If you are slimmer and/or taller though, please try this dress. It could easily be $275 at a department store and you can wear it to work, out on a date, to a wedding, and maybe even wear it open over skinny pants and a tank like a vest or sleeveless trench. So fail for me, but possibly a win for you (and a heads up it also comes in blush and tall)!

asos stripe off the shoulder dressASOS Off Shoulder Stripe Sundress in Natural Fibre – Blue / red / US 14

This dress fit really well. So well, I almost did what I think a lot of bloggers do – wear it for an outfit post and then decide whether it’s worth it to keep. It likely would have photographed well. The fabric is soft, but has some heft to it so the bodice is tailored, the off the shoulder part hangs nicely (not as low as on the model), the skirt balloons out and makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn. And it has pockets! But… the stripes don’t line up. These days it’s hard to find even a $200 dress with stripes lined up but the skirt was so off from the bodice (much more obvious and jarring than the photos above) it just made it look cheap and it bothered the heck out of me.  I tried a belt but it ruined the look and feel of the dress.  This dress is available in solid colors which likely would look better, but neither color is right for me.  So fail.

asos slouchy rib v neck teeASOS V Neck Oversized Slouchy Rib – Black / US 14

I love slouchy v-neck oversized tees in summer. Tuck loosely into cutoff shorts or ankle jeans, add some necklaces and aviators, and you’re ready for most anything. This shirt is almost what I’m looking for. In fact, I was going to keep it until the day I went to wear it. Something didn’t look quite right, for some reason it looked a bit like a man’s undershirt. Even Karl was checking it out and felt it was off but not sure why… then we realized it’s the sleeves. The sleeves are so long they hit right at the fullest part of my bust, AND they taper so they’re loose at the shoulder but fitted on the bicep. No curvy woman wants her boobs and arms to look even larger, no matter how breezy and cool the rest of the top. Fail.

asos cotton off the shoulder topASOS Off The Shoulder Top In Cotton – White / US 14

If you saw yesterday’s post you know this is a win!  As a heads up, if you search the site for ASOS Off The Shoulder Top In Cotton you’ll find the top comes in other colors and has petite options too!

asos rainbow sequin kimonoASOS Stripe Embellished Kimono – Multi / US 14

Do I need this in my life? YES. Really Allie, is this necessary? HECK YES. Okay no, nobody needs a rainbow sequined kimono but daaang this thing is so gorgeous! It also runs big, but when I went online to see if they had a smaller size it was sold out so I am holding onto my Studio 54 technicolor dreamcoat because it sparks joy just seeing it hang in my closet. However, if I did it again I would get a 12… or maybe a 10.  Stay tuned, I will wear it on the blog and dance around on my street and smile at trees because I am wearing the most fabulous ridiculous item in my closet and it’s awesome! Usefulness – fail but happiness – win!

Note: It also comes in shades of blue and at the time more sizes were available AND it’s cheaper.  Wanna be a mermaid?

asos asymmetrical tankASOS Asymmetric Strap Detail Cami Top – Black / US 14

I love tanks like this. Slip on with jeans and metallic flat sandals and sip cocktails at a beachside bar listening to a reggae band and feel tres chic but it only cost $30. And this would be so… if the top was 3” longer. I know, shorty me is complaining that something is too short? It barely hits my waistband on one side. If I were firmer or younger I’d rock it with my Rum Runner, but nope no can do right now. Fail.

asos new look frayed denim teeNew Look Denim Frayed Hem Tee – Blue / US 14

Another piece I can’t rave enough about except… When I went to LA, the head stylist on the set had a dress that looked like this and it was so cute. I saw this top and loved it and imagined it with a printed cotton pencil skirt, white jeans, linen pants… and it’s all I wished for and more… except like two sizes too small. I could get it on, but it was cutting circulation off to my lower arms, painfully smooshed my breasts and hit right at the top of my jean’s waistband. But if you’re a smaller size, consider it… but consider sizing up one or two sizes. Fail.

In summary, I agree with Rosana’s assessment. I think if I was looking for more event and work dresses I would have had even more success (Rosana says the wiggle dress from Curve is a home run for many women). And while I only ended up with one item, I have a more positive view of ASOS and will consider them again in the future!

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Ask Allie: Plus Size Retailers with Style

Hi Allie, I hope you can help. Where I live, there’s [well-known chain retailer that have plus sized clothing] but that’s it for plus size fashion other than Walmart and none of these stores have clothes I really like. I know you do a lot of shopping online, where do you suggest for plus size fashion where I can return by mail but also know what I get won’t be junk or ugly. Help! I really want to create my personal style and not be stuck with what is available.

I don’t know why retailers feel that women over a size 12 only want to wear polyester cabbage roses and bedazzled tunic sweaters. I understand that plus size fashion needs to be cut differently to flatter the figure, but why does that mean over the top embellishments, cheap fabrication, and dated silhouettes? Luckily some retailers realize this and offer fantastic fashion in extended sizes, and many of them have stellar online shops! Here’s some of my favorites:

Available in US sizes 10 – 22, ASOS Curve focuses on current trends cut specifically for plus size women. Not only that, they have free shipping and returns! Here you can find hot styles like peplums, leather, brocade, and faux fur and from my experience, the quality is equal or better than similarly-priced retailers (H&M, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Express). I love that their looks are flattering – not a muumuu or polyester cabbage rose in sight. ASOS Curve is a great resource for party dresses as they are youthful and on-trend while being reasonably priced.

Simply Be doesn’t have free shipping, but they do have a flat rate and provide SmartLabels for quick returns. But Simply Be is another great resource for on-trend plus size fashion. From faux leather pleated skirts and silver cropped pants to blazers; work attire, club attire, and dresses by Simply Be, you can find a varied collection of wardrobe staples and trendy closet additions.

This is not your mother’s Lands’ End – the retailer has stepped up their game by offering on-trend fabrics and styles and even brought Curvy Girl Guide founder and blogger Brittany Gibbons on board as an advisor.  While they have the wardrobe staples of turtlenecks and knit pants, Lands’ End also has some pretty fantastic dresses and career wear. Their quality can’t be beat, their customer service is phenomenal, and while returns aren’t free, they can be taken back to Sears.

Eloquii is the new kid on the block, the plus size line from The Limited.  It had mixed reviews from plus size bloggers at first, but they seem to be gaining steam with more consistent sizing and quality and I know some friends who have purchased from them and are mega fans.  Eloquii also provides SmartLabels for easy returns, though returns do need to be completed within 30 days.  For those who have an Eloquii store near them, they do accept online returns at retail locations.

If you read this blog, you KNOW I love Nordstrom. Free shipping, free returns, fabulous selection of brands, amazing sales and customer service. On top of all that, Nordstrom has a pretty great selection of plus size designers and styles! Vince Camuto, DKNYC, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and more are available, and they also have extensive customer reviews to help ensure you find a piece that will fit your figure and lifestyle nicely.

I can’t rave enough about Gwynnie Bee – a program that is like Netflix for plus size fashion. For a reasonable monthly fee, you can borrow plus size clothing with free shipping and free returns. Keep a piece as long as you like, return one and get another back lickedy split. Gwynnie Bee’s selection is quite varied and continues to improve as the business grows; you can find everything from work dresses and blazers to leather jackets and sequined pencil skirts at Gwynnie Bee. I love that you can test-drive a trend – try a one-shoulder blouse or wrap dress and if you don’t like it, return it for something else! Right now Gwynnie Bee is offering one free month to Wardrobe Oxygen readers – click here to sign up (be sure to mention Wardrobe Oxygen), and click here to learn more about Gwynnie Bee.

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Ask Allie: Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses

All my friends are getting married, I have six weddings already that I know I am or will be invited to and I know more are coming. I’m single and haven’t had a boyfriend in two years and on top of that I’m a size 20 while all my friends are tiny. I don’t want to go to these weddings and get stuck at the single people table and be the sad lonely fat girl but I know I need to go. Any advice on what to wear to boost my confidence?

It doesn’t matter what you wear to these weddings, if you feel you are a lonely fat girl and sit at that singles table looking sad you will look like a sad lonely fat girl. The best way to get through these weddings and life in general is to have a blast. When you live life completely it shows; it alters your face, your posture, your energy. So put on your favorite lipstick, slip on some heels (and a pair of ballet slippers tucked into your purse for the end of the night), and rock your fabulous self in a dress that is as full of life and joy and you and the event you are attending.

My personal recommendation is to steer clear of black unless it is a defining factor in your personal style. While black is versatile and acceptable at most American weddings these days, it can have one think you’re uncomfortable in your skin or depressed. Many choose black because they feel it looks slimming but it’s not going to make you look drastically different and can give the wrong impression. On the other hand, don’t wear anything too crazy flamboyant; the day isn’t about you and you can still look fun and vivacious without too much bling or cleavage. A bit of shape is far more flattering to the figure than a loose tent and shows you know style and you know your body. And I can’t stress this enough – don’t be afraid to spend money on this dress. If you choose wisely and it’s not the same exact crowd at every event, you can wear it several times over the wedding season and also bring it out for holiday parties. The harsh truth is those of us who are larger or softer need to take more care with our purchases. Buy quality pieces, invest in tailoring for a custom fit. We’re not built like mannequins and cheap fabric, unlined garments, and poor fit can make us look bigger and sloppy. If between sizes, go up a size and then hit your local bridal boutique to find someone to tailor it to a custom fit. A few dresses that have caught my eye and I would think perfect for weddings:

plus size wedding guest dresses

  1. Calvin Klein Ruffle Front Sheath Dress: The chartreuse color is phenomenal; if you think you’re too fair to wear such a color look up pictures of pale fashionistas like Nicole Kidman who have rocked this hue. Pair with hot pink or tomato red lips and nude heels, with a statement shoe in another bold color and lots of lashes, or go glam with metallic heels and sparkly earrings. The fabric is the type that can dress up and down with ease and work all seasons of the year.
  2. ASOS CURVE Premium Placed Nautical Mesh Insert Dress: I love the bold pattern of this dress, the flippy skirt, and the fresh color combination that would be so nice at an outdoor wedding. Let the dress make the statement with nude shoes and simple accessories, or pump up the look with a bold pout and shoes. No need to stick to a nautical choice of red; orange, pink, Kelly green, and yellow would all look fantastic with this frock.
  3. Carmen Marc Valvo Floral Jacquard Cocktail Dress: This is an elegant dress that will make a statement without shouting. Keep it simple with nude or soft metallic heels, make it more formal with a rhinestone belt, or add a pop of color with D’orsay heels or a skinny belt in a signature shade (hot pink would be awesome). This dress is also available via Rent the Runway.
  4. Adrianna Papell Gardenia Dress: Tailored without being tight, a pleated skirt that is begging you to be twirled on the dancefloor, and a bunch of customer reviews stating this dress is perfect for a wedding makes this dress a winner. Wear as-is with nude or soft metallic shoes or add a bit of shine with a sparkly or metallic skinny belt.
  5. MYNT 1792 Sequin Stretch Asymmetrical Drape Dress: Don’t let the description fool you, these tiny sequins give more of a look of liquid metal than Studio 54. The silver is surprisingly versatile and can be dressed up and down with a change of makeup, hair, and accessories. In the winter wear with a black clutch and shoes; come spring choose a nude shoe to lengthen the leg and let the dress steal the spotlight.
  6. Little Mistress Floral Placement Skater Dress: This sweet dress is feminine, flirty, and figure flattering. Perfect for a spring wedding, you can also pair with a cardigan and wear to the office. Don’t be afraid to switch out the belt for one that better fits your personal style or to dress up and down the frock.
  7. Marina Rinaldi Plissé-Panel Dress: I know, more chartreuse! But it’s a seriously versatile color. Wear this dress with the included gray ribbon, switch out for a metallic or sparkly belt, or choose a belt or sash in a bold contrast color like cobalt, orange, or hot pink. The cut of this dress is also very flexible if you’re like me and may gain or lose weight throughout the year.
  8. ASOS CURVE Hitchcock Pencil Dress: Va-va-va-voom! This dress will surely make a statement, and the color makes sure you won’t blend in with all the other frocks on the dancefloor. Adjustable straps give a better fit, and the dark green works year round. Wear in the warmer months with nude or soft metallic, but bring the dress back out this winter and pair with black or sparkle for holiday fetes.

If you are unable to spend for a dress, consider renting.

  • You all know I am a fan of Gwynnie Bee – they are like Netflix for fashion. For a monthly fee you can rent everything from jeans to blazers to sweaters to dresses for work or play. The customer reviews help you decide which piece will work best for your figure and personal style, and you can send back a piece quickly in the pre-labeled shipping bag and get a new one from Gwynnie Bee in a jiffy.
  • Another option is Rent the Runway who now offers plus sizes. This is an especially great option if you’re attending a more formal wedding and don’t want to drop hundreds on a gown you’ll likely never wear again. However, Rent the Runway has dresses appropriate for weddings of all formality and the rental price is that of a cheaper dress that may not make as great of a statement. With stylist notes and plenty of customer reviews with photos, you can get a good feel of what dress would be perfect for your occasion.

Ask Allie: Plus Size Wrap Dresses

You’re always saying how flattering and versatile stretchy wrap dresses are. But as a plus sized woman I can’t find any. Well I have found a couple but they’re cheap and the neck is so big my bra shows. Can you help me find one?

Oh pish posh, there’s plenty of retailers who offer plus size wrap dresses! The thing is, when you’re a less popular size, be it tall, short, plus, very slim… well very something, you’ll have to look beyond your neighborhood strip mall to find clothing that fits and flatters. But these days, online shopping is a breeze. So many retailers offer free shipping and reasonably-priced or returns, it’s easy to create your perfect wardrobe from the comfort of your bedroom. Wrap dresses don’t have to be a true wrap; often a faux wrap will give a better fit (and more modesty on a windy day) but offer the same figure-flattering shape and versatility.  You don’t have to take all advice literally; pick and choose to find what works best with you.  Here’s some great plus size wrap dresses to update your wardrobe for spring and summer and many that will work for the majority of the year:

plus size wrap dress

Printed Plus Size Wrap Dresses

I’m not a huge prints fan, but I do like them when it comes to the occasional blouse and the occasional dress. I have a couple printed wrap dresses and find them to be the perfect go-to for work, a day wedding, a date night, and everything in between. A print camouflages lumps and bumps, and makes a statement on its own without having to think too much about accessories. A maxi wrap dress is a great piece to have in your wardrobe – it dresses up easily and is such a fun yet comfortable choice for a party or evening out.

  1. Adrianna Papell Ruched Sleeve Faux Wrap Dress
  2. IGIGI Dominique Dress
  3. Fuzzi Tulle Faux Wrap Dress
  4. Kiyonna Essential Wrap Dress (available in four prints)
  5. MYNT 1792 Jersey Wrap Maxi Dress (available in solid and print)
  6. Tiana B. for HSN Printed Faux Wrap Dress
  7. BESPOKEfit Asymmetric Mock Wrap Dress
  8. IGIGI Lindsey Dress
  9. Kiyonna Flirty Flounce Dress (available in two prints)

plus size maxi dresses

Solid Plus Size Wrap Dresses

A wrap dress in a solid color is a wardrobe workhorse. Pair with pumps for the office, switch to a sparkly necklace and statement heels for a night out, change to slingbacks and pearls for a wedding. Matte jersey and silk jersey are great choices because the fabric can dress up and down with ease. Choose one with anything from an elbow-length to bracelet-length sleeve and get wear three seasons out of the year.

  1. ASOS CURVE Wrap Dress With Bow Front In Longer Length (available in two colors)
  2. ASOS Curve Obi Wrap Dress in Longer Length
  3. Kiyonna Maritime Maxi Dress (available in three colors)
  4. Kiyonna Wrapped in Romance Dress (available in three colors)
  5. Adrianna Papell 4/4 Sleeve Wrap Dress
  6. Avenue Classic Hi Lo Wrap Dress
  7. Kiyonna Winona Hi-Low Wrap Dress (available in two colors) – I’ve borrowed this one from Gwynnie Bee and think it’s a great fit
  8. Wendy Williams for HSN Fashion Wrap Dress (available in one print and four solid colors)
  9. Pink Clove Kimono Sleeve Dress (available in two colors)

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What I Wore: Red White and Blue

Wardrobe Oxygen Over 40 Fashion Blogger in ASOS and Gaptop | jeans | bandana | shoes | sunglasses

Wardrobe Oxygen Over 40 Fashion Blogger in ASOS Gap and Converse Wardrobe Oxygen in ASOS top and Gap JeansTop: ASOS (14) | Jeans: Gap (32 Short) | Shoes: Converse | Bandana: Had forever (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Ring: Amazon | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Lipstick: Revlon in Certainly Red

I hope you all have a very happy 4th of July! This year we specifically made no plans.  Life has been so hectic, we took advantage of this long weekend to do a bit of a staycation.  We took out the canoe for a day on the water and picnic, visited friends, grilled on the back deck, went to the farmers market and slept in every morning.  It’s been so good to have the chance to recharge.

As for our 4th of July plans, out town has a lake walking distance from our house; every year we go down and enjoy the festivities and the fireworks at dusk.  At time of writing this it looks as though our plans will be rained out but our neighbor is having a cookout (or in depending on the weather) so any way you look at it, we’ll be celebrating our country’s independence with those in our community!  I plan to wear this look or a variation of it; if it’s a cook-in I’ll probably wear this exact outfit but if the weather stays clear I’ll trade the jeans for denim shorts and the sneakers for my silver Birkenstocks so I can be cool and comfy at the lake and able to kick off my shoes, lie down and enjoy the fireworks spectacle with friends and family!

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What I Wore: Shorts Season

Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen with a Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag with Guitar Straptee | shorts | bag | bag strap | sunglasses | shoes

Greenbelt Community Garden Plot over 40 fashion blog wardrobe oxygen in a casual weekend look featuring Rebecca Minkoff and J Crew Greenbelt Community Garden over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygenTee: J. Crew Factory (L) | Shorts: Target, very old and self-distressed (similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (this year’s version) | Bag Strap: Rebecca Minkoff | Sterling Silver Earrings: ASOS | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Shoes: Adidas

Karl’s is quite the gardener; a good percentage of our backyard is raised beds of vegetables and herbs but he also has a plot at the community garden.  I came by his community garden plot after running around town to check out how things are growing and it’s so exciting!  Baby watermelon and cucumbers, lots of green tomatoes, and we’ve already enjoyed kale, collards, lettuce, and peppers.  It’s so beautiful and serene there, and I love how each plot is so different, showing the  style of each gardener.

I think this may be the last summer of my beloved denim shorts.  I bought these at Target at least four years ago (see them on the blog four years ago) and self-distressed them.  As you can tell from the 2012 post, they have gotten even more beat up and fabulous with the years.  However when putting them on this weekend my toe got caught in one of the holes and though I hardly pulled it still tore a bit.  The denim is paper thin and they’re starting to look sad, but I love them so.  My legs may not be as firm as they were four years ago but that’s not stopping me from wearing shorts. Not going to sweat my booty off for fear that someone may side-eye my cellulite and sags.  I’ll wear these until they fall apart.  Heck, I’m wearing them again as I’m writing this post!

I used to believe that if you wore a trend the first go round you shouldn’t when they return.  The older I get the more I wish to break such rules.  When I was in high school, we called Adidas Superstar sneakers shell tops; I’d pair them with a Champion sweatshirt and matching knit shorts and likely a herringbone chain necklace and half a can of Aqua Net.  I knew Karl was a keeper back in 1993 when I saw he too was a big fan and wearer of the shell tops (and could rock some Adidas slides with socks like nobody’s business!).  When Adidas came back in full force, both Karl and I broke that rule.  He’s been wearing the shower slides consistently since the ’90s, but this spring I bought these (a twist on the classic with a croco finish and white stripes) and Karl got these badass printed ones.  A tip if you wish to buy trendy sneakers: check to see if they’re available in Big Kids sizes because they’re often cheaper.  I wear a size 8 Women but got these in Big Kids size 6 for way less than the adult price.  We may have taken advantage of the Adidas trend the second time around, but don’t expect to see me in a yellow Champion set or a herringbone necklace any time soon!

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What I Wore: Disco Ball

Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion and personal style blog featuring a silver sequin cocktail dress Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion and personal style blog featuring a silver sequin cocktail dress Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion and personal style blog featuring a silver sequin cocktail dress Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion and personal style blog Dress: Adrianna Papell (14 petite) (sleeved alternative, plus option) | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: HOBO (similar) | Jacket: ASOS (Large) (similar, plus option)

If you get my monthly newsletter, you know I bought this dress and was thinking of wearing it with a leather jacket for New Year’s Eve.  I found a sequined dress with sleeves (better for parties that spill out to the back deck) on Poshmark for a fantastic price, and have a sweater that is a possible contender so my actual look for December 31st is still up in the air.  But there is something pretty fantastic about being a living disco ball!

Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion and personal style blog Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion and personal style blogI must say, most photo shoots with Karl are pretty fun. He always knows how to make me laugh… and he also knows how to push my buttons!  I wasn’t going to share this last photo on the blog; while I shared it on Instagram yesterday as a sneak peek of today’s post I thought it may be inappropriate for posting in Wardrobe Oxygen.  But then I thought… screw it.  This is me, middle fingers and all!  My mother raised me well, and I know not to speak or make such hand gestures in front of Emerson, but sometimes life calls for a swear word… or two middle fingers served with a big smile!

What I Wore: Brunch

wardrobe oxygen wearing an asos off the shoulder top and rebecca minkoff bagtop | jeans | bag | bag strap | shoes | sunglasses

wardrobe oxygen in off the shoulder asos top and gap jeans wardrobe oxygen with a rebecca minkoff moto bag and guitar strap wardrobe oxygen over 40 curvy style blogTop: ASOS (14) | Jeans: Gap (32 Short – on sale!) | Booties: Spye Astro c/o Clarks | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Cuff: Had forever (similar) | Beaded bracelet: c/o Joseph Nogucci | Necklace: Argento Vivo (similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Bag strap: Rebecca Minkoff | Lipstick: Bite Beauty in Chai

Do you ever get something in the mail or from the mall and want to wear it that very day? I did that very thing with this top from ASOS; I got home too late to open the order that arrived, but the next morning I pulled this top out and wore it to brunch with friends.  I really like the look of breezy cotton off the shoulder tops like this but don’t want to pay a ton for this trend.  ASOS to the rescue, this top was under $50 and a more flattering shape than others I’ve tried that are too full in the sleeves, too long or cropped in the body.  The elastic is mostly for show; the top is designed where it will stay off the shoulder (and not slip down).  This will be great in the DC humidity with a pair of cut-off shorts or linen pants.

I got this Rebecca Minkoff moto bag on Poshmark (use code PMZYS for $5 off) a few months ago; the price was insanely low and though it’s not a current style the bag came in pristine condition with dust bag and tags inside. It had a slim crossbody strap that was fine, but looked a bit wimpy and dug into my shoulders when the bag was full.  I saw Rebecca Minkoff was carrying guitar straps and got one to update the bag, but it also looks great with a few other bags in my closet that have removable straps. What a brilliant way to give new life to old bags!

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Ask Allie: Boho Chic with a Bust

I would love to add a more boho vibe to my closet but I’m feeling so stumped where to shop- especially given that I’m carrying some additional weight & am big busted naturally. I admire Free People but I’m at serious risk of dislocating joints trying to get in and out of their sizes and I’ve got lingerie more modest than some of their stuff. 😉 Do you have some suggestions on where to shop and/or other bloggers to follow?

how to achieve boho chic with a bust and curves

Oh how I can relate! Especially once the weather warms, my inner Steve Nicks wants to come out and play in floaty layers and vintage-inspired prints. Thing is, many of the popular brands that carry on-trend boho-inspired fashion don’t carry larger sizes and often are not modest enough for everyday wear (let alone cover a supportive bra).

Continue your Admiration and Use it as Inspiration

I too love Free People, and occasionally I do find pieces that fit, but mainly I use the brand as inspiration. I see how they combine prints, note the length of the skirt, the length of the vest, how they’re showing a cold shoulder or a certain type of fabric and look elsewhere to get that same effect. The key to successful boho is to keep it current. Free People really gets this right, knowing to combine a full peasant skirt with a top that is lean, to have sexiness from a bit of back or shoulder instead of full-on cleavage, to have everything a bit slouchy versus baggy or droopy, to always have some modern touch that lets you know this isn’t from the Salvation Army and it is not 1969.

I’m not the biggest Pinterest fan because it can quickly become a timesuck of no-bake cookie recipes and how to make things you don’t need from pallets or popsicle sticks but it is really good for its original purpose – to create inspiration boards. By seeing everything in one place it’s easier to see the details that make boho successful and those details you can bring into your own wardrobe.

One note when pinning – before you pin, ask WHY the picture resonates with you. Is it the beautiful lighting through the model’s hair, or is it the drape of her dress? We can often get caught up in the beauty of a picture and when you’re pinning to build your own wardrobe, such photos may not help in the long run. Such pictures evoke a feeling and create a mood, but in the long run, especially if you don’t look like that model or live a life like the picture, those pictures may make you feel such style is even further from your grasp. I often make my inspiration boards private so they can be less “pretty” but more functional for my life and my wardrobe.

Go for Accent Pieces

boho accessories

Band of Gypsies Kimono, Kendra Scott Necklace, Steve Madden Bag, Capelli of New York Kimono

The boho vibe is all about the details. A simple black dress can go from preppy to punk, classic to crunchy with a quick change of accessories. A fringed kimono, chunky turquoise rings, leather gladiator sandals, wrist of silver bangles, a suede fringed bag… pieces like this can take simpler garments and make them boho chic in an instant.

Accent garments can often be purchased from retailers who may not normally fit your figure or your budget and give the right vibe to your existing wardrobe. Last summer I had a fringed kimono jacket from MINKPINK and wore it often with denim cutoff shorts, Birkenstocks, a white ribbed tank and a bunch of bracelets. The shorts were from Target, the tank J. Jill, but the kimono made the whole thing looks boho and pulled together.

Shop Spring and Summer

Right now is festival season, and every retailer jumps on the bandwagon offering their most hippified pieces, usually styled with a fringe bag and some beaded bracelets. Seriously, your favorite retailer for corporate suits or formalwear come May will be showing crocheted vests, turquoise rings, and peasant skirts. Take advantage of the trend and stock up on boho chic while it’s hot.

Go Outside your Retail Comfort Zone

soft surroundings

Soft Surroundings Country Weekend Sweater, La Paz Dress, Boho Beach Dress, Terrific Tencel Duster

I’m going to tell you a little secret about where I find my boho clothes – Soft Surroundings. Their target market may be older than you and seem to all have lanais to relax on but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some really beautiful (and well made) boho pieces. Use your inspiration as a guide and look past the caftans and shark bite tunics and see what may be just as lovely as Free People. I have a few skirts from Soft Surroundings that I’ll pair with a cut-up band tee or fitted ribbed tank to give them a modern boho vibe. See the pieces as separates instead of ensembles and use your inspiration for styling tips.

eileen fisher

Eileen Fisher Short Sleeve V-neck Maxi, Silk Jumpsuit, Chain Print Sleeveless Jumpsuit, Ikat Square Neck Crop Shell

Eileen Fisher is another brand you may not connect to boho, but pieces on their own can be quite chic and fun. Be sure to check out their collection The Fisher Project, which has some really unique silhouettes and modern ideas.  Again, take all preconceived notions out of your head and shop not seeing the model or the styling of the photo but the actual garment.

modcloth

Modcloth Rooftop Balcony Jumpsuit, Ink Positively Dress, My Antique Fair Lady Dress, Raise the Barbados Dress

Modcloth is known for adorkable cutesy frocks, but they also have a pretty big boho selection. Much is cheap and not everything comes in a decent range of sizes, but if you’re a careful shopper and willing to scroll, you can find some fab pieces at fab prices.

ASOS

ASOS Gypsy Midi Dress, Fringe Dress, Halterneck Crochet Maxi, First & I Paisley Dress

ASOS is one of my favorite summer fashion destinations. While they have their in-house line, they also carry other brands for a real variety of styles, prices, and sizes. They do trends well, and there’s plenty of boho styles to choose from, many in plus, petite, and tall sizes.

boho style with a bust

Sun & Shadow Handkerchief Hem Dress, City Chic ‘Festival Border’ Dress, NIC + ZOE Fringe Cardigan, Hinge Lace Trim Maxi Dress

Department stores are a surprisingly great place for boho chic. While a brand may not be known for boho, they may have a piece or two that give the vibe you desire. I’ve found Tart, Karen Kane, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Topshop, and Sanctuary all have great boho pieces within their collections that come in a broader range of sizes and can accommodate a larger bust and a bra.

Boho Bloggers with Curves

As for blogs, I’d love to hear from you readers. I know many of you love the boho trend, and I bet you know many bloggers who rock this trend.  Who is your favorite?

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Ask Allie: Colorful Cusp Sized Workwear

I have lost weight recently and now I am CRAVING color. I am interested in finding some beautiful, bright, jewel-toned pieces to wear mainly for work. I like a bit of structure but having had a personally-dark winter, I just need color. Tops, dresses, and suits. Now that I can shop more on the non-plus size spectrum, I’m at a loss where to look. I’d prefer NOT to break my bank account; I hope you can point me in the right direction.

I can tell by your email that you’re feeling great and want your wardrobe to properly represent this positive outlook. I completely support this, and after some gloomy winter months there’s nothing better than looking to spring and summer with some color!

This time of year isn’t the best for shopping unless you’re trying to score some major discount deals. Retailers are trying to thin their stock for inventory and make room for spring collections. Don’t be discouraged if you hit the mall and only find racks of gray, black, and random sale orphans. New collections should be in stock by March. However that doesn’t mean you can’t find some beautiful pieces that will add color to your wardrobe, a pep in your step, and be appropriate for the office. My favorite places to shop online for colorful workwear fashion, and the pieces that caught my eye:

nordstrom

Nordstrom

Oh gosh Alison, Nordstrom AGAIN??? Yep, I’m a Nordstrom megafan, and have been since my apparel days a decade ago. Their service is amazing, their buyers brilliant, and they are a surprisingly reasonably priced retailer. Nordstrom has some great in-house brands like Caslon and Halogen that are easy on the wallet, not too trendy, and always have a variety of Crayola hues available. A few of the pieces from these two brands that caught my eye:

  • Halogen Zip Back Knit Pencil Skirt. Pink Caliente is a gorgeous color for now as well as come spring and summer. Pair with gray, black, olive, burgundy, and navy now and come spring liven things up by wearing it with red, turquoise, and coral. I’ve had a couple of Halogen’s pencil skirts and they are well made, a nice fabric that doesn’t show every lump and bump, and wear nicely. Also available in black and in regular and petite sizes up to 16 (if between sizes I recommend size down), the back zipper is a fun touch that isn’t so trendy it will be passé by 2016. $58.00
  • Halogen Ottoman Rib Cap Sleeve Sheath Dress. The Teal Peacock shade available in this dress is one that will make a statement without being too loud for the office. The doubleknit fabric will hold things in without being constricting and also give a more professional look to a fitted frock. Winterize it with black tights and either a black blazer over it or a black turtleneck underneath. Pair with a colorful cardigan in red, orchid, berry, or even a darker teal and nude pumps when the temps warm, and come summer this dress is begging for a colorful statement necklace and wedge sandals. Also available in black, this dress comes in regular and petite sizes up to XL and plus sizes up to 24W. $98.00
  • Halogen V-neck Cashmere Sweater. Cashmere is often passed over because it seems too expensive, but with Halogen being a reasonably priced brand and their cashmere on sale, now’s the time to get a few classic sweaters in cheery hues to wear now until the warmer days of late spring. Available in regular, petite, and plus sizes, there’s still a ton a smashing shades available in every size. This is a piece you can dress up with a pencil skirt or wear on weekends with jeans.  If between sizes, size up for a more classic fit. $58.90
  • Halogen ‘Taylor’ Skinny Ankle Pants. The ‘Taylor’ collection from Halogen has been available for a couple years, meaning you can buy pants this season, a blazer next season, a skirt the following month and they should all coordinate nicely. The quality is nice for a more casual suit or for workplace separates; these ankle pants in Blue Mazarine are a fantastic way to jazz up a closet full of neutrals. Pair with a black or teal turtleneck for a colorful twist on an Audrey Hepburn-like outfit, go professional with a blazer, blouse, and pumps, or do some work-friendly monoblocking with a teal merino or cashmere sweater and a pair of turquoise or navy suede flats. Come spring, these pants will easily transition and look great with softer shades like aquamarine, mint, and chambray. In regular and petite sizes up to 16, also available in white and black. $69.00
  • Caslon Cashmere Tunic. ‘Tis the season to purchase cashmere! The classic shape of this tunic and its flattering neckline will make it a wardrobe favorite. This is a great Casual Friday pick; pair with slim pants and pointed toe flats, or dark wash stretch denim and your favorite tall boots. Regular and petite sizes up to XL available. $76.80 (also check out the similarly cut wool and cashmere tunic from the same brand, a bit cheaper and different colors available)

That’s not to say the only colorful budget-friendly brands at Nordstrom are these two, far from it! It’s just that when you’re cusp-sized it’s sometimes better with this retailer to search their site by type of garment (skirt, dress, tops), and then narrow down by your size to get a better feel for what is currently available. I can also recommend the brands MICHAEL Michael Kors, Karen Kane, and Vince Camuto as brands that consistently use great colors and offer cusp sizes and are often on sale. I didn’t feature specific pieces because their sizes were more limited for color, but you may be able to find a real gem at a great price this time of year.

eloquii

Eloquii

Eloquii is known as a plus-size retailer, but as a cusp-sized woman I have found many pieces there (especially dresses and tops) that fit me nicely. Their prices are great, their style is on trend without making you a fashion victim by next season, and if you sign up for their emails you’re notified when they have fantastic sales (at the time of writing this post, the entire site was 40% off and they promo code was offered on the home screen). All this plus they have not just customer reviews but customers load pictures of themselves wearing the pieces to get a true feeling for how the piece may look on you. They always have a lot of great color, some of the pieces I liked best:

  • Brandi Sheath Dress. Holy flattering seaming, Batman! This is a true desk to drinks dress; wear to the office with a blazer or cardigan, then ditch it and add some higher heels for an evening out. While it comes in navy and black, the green is a gorgeous color that will look great year round. $88.00
  • Leather Sleeve Cardigan. Bold color and an edgy yet office-appropriate detail? Swoon. This cobalt cardigan would look great with a black and white striped tee, over a more basic black dress, or with a print incorporating both colors in the sweater. $88.00
  • Empire Flare Top. Another piece with flattering seaming, this top is made to highlight your assets while still being conservative enough for the office. The three-quarter sleeves makes it a piece that can easily be worn through spring and come fall and the cut would look great with skirts and trousers. Available in three bold hues. $48.00
  • Studio Faux Leather Skirt. Not every color has to yell, some make quite a statement with just a whisper. This pencil skirts comes in basic black but the two pastel hues are the ones that impress. Pair this peachy shade with a bolder color for a look that is more elegant; I’d love it with neutrals like gray and taupe but it would also look amazing with darker shades of pink, Pantone’s Color of the Year and other shades of dark red, and dark greens from olive to hunter to peacock. $88.00
  • Kady Fit Ankle Pant. Eloquii is one of the few brands out there that offers short, regular, and long lengths to plus sized fashionistas. These pants come in those three lengths as well as seven different colors. A classic trouser that can dress up with pumps and a blazer or be casual with a sweater or tee and flats. $78.00
  • Kelly Blazer. The perfect piece to add a pop to your office wardrobe staples, this blazer has a flattering shape and a statement-making neckline. Hook it closed and wear over a dress to give the frock a new look, or wear open with a striped or printed top and trousers. $110.00

Eloquii adds new styles on a regular basis so it pays to return every so often to see what’s new. Also consider following them on social media, where they’re very active and are quick to answer style and fit questions!

ASOS

ASOS

ASOS can be pretty overwhelming at first glance, but it’s a great resource for cusp sized (and tall since you mentioned you were 5’8”) apparel at reasonable prices. Like Nordstrom, your best bet may be to choose a category like Dresses or Tall, and then narrow down by price or occasion. A few colorful pieces that I found in their new arrivals, dresses, and tall categories:

  • River Island Sleeveless Vest. This chiffon layer top is so cheery and so versatile. Wear now with a blazer or cardigan and trousers; come summer pair with distressed boyfriend jeans for the weekend, or a pair of wide-leg white pants and wedges for work. Yellow is surprisingly versatile and goes with everything from neutrals (gorgeous with olive), to other bold hues like plum, teal, fuchsia, and cerulean. $49.27
  • ASOS Woven Full Swing Dress. Oh this green color is divine! Right now pair with black tights and ankle boots for a mod look but come summer you can easily lighten this dress with nude pumps or even a statement shoe in yellow, pink, or blue! $47.38
  • ASOS Wide Leg Trouser with Piping. A red pant is so chic and such a great way to update closet basics. Pair with a black or gray cardigan, a crisp white shirt, a Breton stripe tee, a print blouse with a hint of red. Come spring and summer, wear with a silk or rayon sleeveless shell and statement necklace. $72.01
  • ASOS Tall Shift Dress in Textured Rib. A heavyweight fabric makes this great for the office, and the half sleeves makes the piece work into spring. Consider wearing with a pashmina or infinity scarf in a different bold hue for a fun winter look. $39.80
  • ASOS Sleeves Swing Dress. I own this dress in black and think it’s a great price and a versatile wardrobe piece. I’ve worn as-is with a statement necklace and booties, have used skinny and wide belts with it to change up the silhouette, paired with cardigans and blazers for the office, and find it can dress up or down with a quick change of accessories. $18.95
  • Oasis Ponte Jacket. Oh ponte, how I love you so! You’re stretchy and comfy yet tightly woven and heavyweight so it’s like sweats for the office! This bold blue color is a great way to jazz up the wardrobe and would look amazing with bold hues but can also look quite smart with a mix of white and black or white and navy. $75.80

ASOS also has a lot of sales, it’s smart to sign up for their emails to be aware when they take place. Their shipping and return policies are customer-friendly, making it a great online clothing retailer to try out.

And now I ask you readers for your suggestions – where do you look for work-friendly cusp-sized clothing in bright bold colors?

Gwynnie Bee: Helping Women Feel Like Princesses Every Day

I think you all know by now how much I adore Gwynnie Bee, which is like Netflix for fashion. Sizes 10 – 26, you choose a plan based upon how many pieces you want to have available at a time. Return an item, get another. You can keep any item for as long as you wish, and even now purchase pieces you don’t want to return. Free shipping, free returns, popular brands that flatter a woman’s curves and embrace current trends, and plenty of reviews from fellow clients to help you better pick the right pieces for your figure and lifestyle!

Gwynnie Bee makes me feel princess with a limitless closet. In honor of Gwynnie Bee’s one-year anniversary, Gwynnie Bee asked me and fellow DC blogger and Gwynnie Bee fan Lexa from Lemmonex to do a photo shoot in our fabulous city featuring some of our favorite fashions from the company. Again Gwynnie Bee made me feel like a princess, having a photographer follow us around DC capturing me and Lexa shopping, walking past our favorite haunts, even sipping a cocktail at a local bar.

Shopping at Violet Boutique:  
Lexa in the AX Paris Stud Cuff Dress, me in the Simply Be Beaded Tunic Dress

Window Shopping in the Nation’s Capital: 
Lexa in the Spense Bird Print Shirtdress and me in the ASOS Curve Shift Dress in Animal Print
Happy Hour at Smoke and Barrel:  
Me in the Simply Be Geometric Print Tunic (my petite self rocked it as a mini dress), Lexa in the ASOS Curve Peplum Top in Dog Tooth

Ready for a night out in DC:  
Me in the Coldwater Creek Lace Scroll Dress, Lexa in the Kiyonna 3/4 Sleeve Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress

Girls Night in the City:  
Lexa in the Coldwater Creek Fluid Wrap Dress, me in the Simply Be Printed Sheath Dress

For more photos from the day, follow me on Facebook!

It’s fun to feel like a princess when you don’t have to spend royal prices. Gwynnie Bee lets you play with fashion without the financial risk – shake your tail feathers in snakeskin, party in a peplum, stand out in sequins, wear a new color or silhouette without having buyer’s remorse. Borrow a piece for a day… or two months. The choice is up to you!

If you’re not a member of Gwynnie Bee yet, what are you waiting for? Get your diva on, and right now get a nice offer in the process! To celebrate Gwynnie Bee’s anniversary, new members receive an extra one month one garment upgrade + 30 day free trial (valid until March 7th at midnight). If you are already a member, refer your friends with your personal referral link to earn free months of Gwynnie Bee! If you’re not a member, click on this link and say Wardrobe Oxygen referred you to get the great deal!
Note: I do receive a commission on all new subscriptions to Gwynnie Bee when my name or Wardrobe Oxygen is mentioned.  I was not compensated to do this post, though the photographer hired for this shoot was the talented and hot as heck Karl Gary.

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What I Wore: Tin Man

Jacket: ASOS (similar) | Tee: Old Navy | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Bass “ELY-3”

It’s nice to take a break from heels every so often, but finding flats that fit is hard for me.  From years of toewalking, I have thick padding on the balls of my feet and high arches so my feet are… not really wide but tall/puffy.  My pinky toes fall out of most flats because they are so short, my feet don’t curve like most shoes so Chucks and loafers cause pain after a couple hours, and lace-ups are usually too streamlined and hurt the top of my feet.  I’ve tried on dozens of oxfords and brogues and none of them fit feet like mine.  So when I saw these shiny silver ones from G.H. Bass & Co I had to try them.  I’ve had luck with Bass shoes in the past, and was pretty excited that they had them in a finish that was more my style.  Finally, oxfords that fit!  They took a day to break in, but now they’re quite comfortable.  So comfortable, I think I have a new pair of concert shoes.  I’ve worn them to work peeking out from under a pair of trousers, but this more how I wear them on the weekends. I’m looking forward to wearing these in, while they’re fun now all shiny (Karl calls them my Tin Man shoes), I think they’ll look pretty great come spring weathered and worn.

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Memorial Day Sales – My Picks

Wardrobe Oxygen - Best Memorial Day Sales of Fashion and BeautyThere’s some fabulous sales going on this weekend – a great time to get that swimsuit, stock up on shorts, or find a frock for that summer wedding. The sales that caught my eye:

Nordstrom – Half Yearly Sale has up to 40% off. Sale ends June 5.

Boden – 30% off plus free shipping and returns on orders of at least $49. Promo code 2Z7C. Sale ends May 30.

JC Penney – 15% off your order. Promo code JCPSAV15. Sale ends June 1.

Lord & Taylor – 20% off almost everything.  Promo code MEMORIAL. Sale ends May 30.

ShoeBuy – 25% off everything and free shipping.  Promo code REWARD25. Sale ends May 31.

Banana Republic – Extra 40% off your entire purchase. Promo code BRTAKE40. Sale ends May 30.

Baublebar – No specific promo code, but they have hundreds of gorgeous items up to 50% off.

MODCLOTH – Up to 40% a lot of their selection; an additional 20% off sale merchandise.  Promo code SOHOT. Sale ends May 31.

Macy’s – 20% off your order. Promo code MEMDAY. Sale ends May 30.

JAG Jeans – 30% off the entire site.  No promo needed, discount will show at checkout. Sale ends May 30.

AMAZON – 20% off select women’s swimsuits and coverups.  Promo code 20SWIMWEAR. Sale ends June 3.

J. Crew – 30% off your entire order. Promo code WEEKEND. Sale ends May 31.

J. Crew Factory – 50% off plus an additional 40% off clearance. Promo code EXTRA40. Sale ends May 31.

Lands’ End – 50% off regularly priced swim and 30% off everything else. Promo code STARS with pin 9900. Sale ends May 30.

Ann Taylor – 50% off full price styles. Promo code SUMMER50. Sale ends May 31.

LOFT – 40% off new items, 60% off select summer faves and all sale merchandise. No code needed, sale ends May 30.

J.Jill – Additional 30% off all sale merchandise (no code needed); free shipping on orders over $100. Promo code MAYFS16. Promotion ends May 30.

Kiyonna – 25% off your order of $150 and more. Promo code SALE25.  Sale ends June 1.

Talbots – 40% off one sale item, 50% off two or more. They’ve listed a ton of new sale items too. Sale ends May 30.

ASOS – 20% off your purchase. Promo code HISUMMER. Sale ends May 31. I just ordered a bunch from here, they have a great selection of fun summer dresses!

Soma – No actual promo code, but a TON of items on sale up to 50% off just for the holiday. While supplies last.

Swimsuits for All – Free upgrade to 3-day shipping and up to 60% off merchandise. Promo code 16MDW5. No notification on the site when this promotion ends.

Dress Barn – Buy one, get one 50% off shorts, tees and tanks; same deal for dresses in the colors red, white, and blue.  Promo code SHOPFORMDW. Sale ends June 1.

Bare Necessities – No actual promo code, but they’re having a semi-annual sale with swimsuits up to 30% off and clearance up to 70% off. Also if you haven’t already, if you sign up for their emails you’ll get a code for 15% off your purchase.

Happy shopping!

Silver Shoes for Work, Play and More: My Picks

2016 fashion trend silver mirror shoes - Wardrobe OxygenI am on a serious silver shoe kick. I have my silver oxfords which I’ve been rocking for a couple years and they only get more comfortable with each wear. For two summers I have been loving my silver Birkenstocks with most everything. There’s my silver pumps which seem to go with everything, and now I also have these silver slip-on sneakers and my new silver booties. Silver has always been my favorite color of metal; I’ve had my silver cuff since 1998 and even before that loved the look of it. Well it’s my luck, metallic shoes are HOT right now, and there’s a ton of silver options available.

Silver and other metallic shoes may seem too specific and well, ridiculous to be added to a small wardrobe but I can attest to the fact that they are a fantastic neutral. Just like a bold silver necklace, a big metallic cuff, or a pair of shiny statement earrings, a pair of silver shoes can add that little punch that can take a look to the next level. As I write this, I am wearing a black sweater, black faux leather-front pants, my silver cuff and my silver slip-on sneakers. With black shoes, I would look like a stagehand but with silver I look cool and purposeful. A metallic shoe is a way to look dressier while wearing a flatter or more comfortable style, and silver is stylish all four seasons of the year.

I know many of you have asked for shoes similar to the ones I owned so here’s a round-up of Allie-approved silver shoes. Flats, heels, and everything in between, there should be one to fit most any personal style and budget! For those who aren’t into silver, most of these shoes come in other colors!

Silver Sneakers

Get the comfort, cushioning, and capability of a sneaker but in a shiny silver finish! These shoes will do double-duty for function as well as fashion. Pair with cuffed and girlfriend jeans, style with a shift or T-shirt dress, or tone down the girliness of a full skirt or dress!

Wardrobe Oxygen - Silver Sneaker Trend for 2016 the best stylesNine West Rukkus, $62.99 | PUMA Roma, $65.00 | Nike Air Max Thea, $120.00 | ECCO Aimee, $130.00
Boden Dana, $86.40 | Puma Eskiva, $128.30 | Adidas Superstar, $119.75 | Superga 2750 Classic, $94.09
Josef Seibel Caspian, $129.95 | ECCO Touch, $150.00 | Corso Como Duffy, $44.99 | Vans Classic Slip On, $60.00

Silver Flats

For work or for play, it’s great to have a comfortable go-with-all shoe that has some flair. A metallic silver flat looks great peeking out of wide-leg trousers, is a smart pairing with crisp ankle pants, goes boho chic with maxi skirts and sundresses, and looks sweet with everything from jeans to girly frocks.

Wardrobe Oxygen - Silver Flats Trend for 2016 my picksLoeffler Randall Prue, $195.00 | Banana Republic Allie (great name, huh?), $138.00 | Anne Klein Petrica, $59.99 | Madden Girl Encounter, $19.99
Shoes of Prey Loafer Ballet Flat, $138.95| Blue by Betsy Johnson Ever, $99.00 | Target Ona, $14.44 | Dr. Scholl’s Friendly, $44.50
Sam Edelman Felicia, $78.97 | Report Roth, $34.95 | ASOS Lookout, $43.00 | Diba London Scout, $39.99

Silver Brogues or Oxfords

I love silver brogues, it makes a very serious shoe whimsical and better fits my “classic with a girly rock and roll vibe” style. They’re more substantial than a flat, and work really well with menswear, trousers of all leg widths and hem heights, add polish to jeans, and look so cute when paired with skirts and dresses. This is likely the shoe I get the most requests for; last year it was tough to find “similar” for outfit posts when I wore my silver brogues; now there’s a bunch to choose from in a good variety of styles and pricepoints!

Wardrobe Oxygen - Silver shoe trend for 2016 my picks for silver or mirror oxfords or broguesModcloth Talking Picture, $49.99 | Seychelles With Honor, $109.99 | ASOS Make Waves, $42.77 | ASOS Moss (comes in wide widths!), $59.87
Calvin Klein Camella, $118.95 | Shoescribe L’F, $110.00 | London Rebel Barnaby, $55.00 | Cole Haan Zerogrand, $228.00
Elie Tahari Oakly, $169.99 | Golden Ponies Mirrored Holographic Oxford, $42.00 | Jeffrey Campbell Novak, $129.95 | ALDO Uneawien, $40.00

Silver Loafers and Driving Mocs

Like brogues or oxfords, a loafer is a classic shoe with a bit of a menswear vibe that seems all the more awesome with a metallic finish. In a silver color, a loafer can leave the boardroom and rock the weekend or even happy hour. A silver loafer will look great at the office, but also be a wonderful update to jeans of all silhouettes and lengths.

Wardrobe Oxygen - 2016 shoe trend is silver mirror. My picks for best silver loafers driving mocs and boating shoesCalvin Klein Celia, $76.30 | Steve Madden Meela, $79.95 | Gentle Souls Portobello, $149.95 | ASOS Michigan, $47.90
ASOS ORIGINAL Loafer Tassel Heels, $68.43 | ASOS Libra, $30.79  | Sole Society Huxley, $69.95 | Sole Society Hipp, $41.97
Sperry Dock is Chic, $94.99 | Goldenponies Patsy, $53.00 | Louise et Cie Joey, $138.95 | Kate Spade Carima, $250.00

Silver Boots and Booties

A silver boot is a great way to add some shine to most any look. This is a great way to rock some shine in the colder months as your ankles are covered, but booties also look great with skirts, dresses, and girlfriend jeans!

Wardrobe Oxygen - Silver boot trend for 2016 my picksMissta Kierra, $136.99 | Joe’s Jeans Dahlia, $72.99 | Aquatalia Yulia, $450.00 | Seychelles Sanctuary, $74.99
Seychelles Garnet, $160.00 | Summit Breanne, $149.90 | BCBG Cara (I own these), $224.98 | French Connection Robrey, $72.00
Dr. Martens Spike, $136.95 | Topshop Mary, $140.00 | Goldenponies Edie, $50.00 | Walk Handmade, $269.00

Silver Summer Shoes

Whether you’re packing for a tropical vacation, live in a warm climate, or are preparing for the upcoming seasons, these are some great warm weather silver styles that will jazz up everything from shorts and knits to floaty sundresses.

Wardrobe Oxygen - The Best silver metallic sandals and summer shoes for 2016ASOS Juggler, $34.21 | Birkenstock Arizona (I own), $136.00 | ASOS Jilly, $27.37 | Dirty Laundry Beatbox, $28.91
Clarks Lydie Hala, $54.99 | Easy Spirit Sandcastle, $34.99 | Splendid Mason, $64.95 | MIA Greta, $98.95
Nine West Banter, $39.99 | The FLEXX Sun Tan, $114.95 | Kristin Cavallari Belle, $109.95 | ECCO Damara, $119.95

Silver Pumps and Mary Janes

A silver pump is a wonderful alternative to nude or black and from personal experience I can tell you they go with everything!

Wardrobe Oxygen - The best silver mirror finish pumps for 2016 my picks all heights and stylesCole Haan Juliana 75, $148.00 | Nine West Jackpot, $79.00 | French Connection Kandy, $71.96 | Fergie Helix, $109.95
Nina Originals Damsel, $137.95 | Topshop Jolene, $80.00 | Shoes of Prey Mary Jane Pump, $188.95 | Vince Camuto Kain, $97.95
Calvin Klein Carise, $118.95 | Charles by Charles David Pact, $99.95 | Journee Collection Round Toe Pump, $34.99 | Sam & Libby Daisy, $19.98

Silver Strappy Heels

A silver strappy heel is a wardrobe workhorse. Dressing up a pair of jeans or coordinating nicely with most any dress in your wardrobe, you’ll be shocked how such a shoe will be worn so often all throughout the year.

Wardrobe Oxygen - The best silver mirror strappy heels of all heights for 2016 fashionPelle Moda Berlin, $144.95 | ASOS Fun Fun $42.77 | Nine West Saynomore, $40.99 | Report Neely, $45.99
Badgley Mischka Ascot, $225.00 | Sole Society Talia, $29.98 | Kate Spade Irvine, $131.20 | Rose Petals Leash, $90.00
Betsey Johnson Glisten to Reason, $98.99 | Guilhermina Frazil Heels, $198.00 | J. Crew Kitten Heel, $188.00 | Lifestride Note, $59.99

Focus on Blogger Fashion: Heart, Print & Style

Not until a little over a year ago, did I admit I was based out of Washington, DC (I used to have a pseudonym and just say I was somewhere on the Mid-Atlantic). Once I admitted my location, I decided to make an effort to get to know my fellow DC fashion bloggers. Thanks to the Capital Area Fashion and Beauty Bloggers, I have met so many fashionable bloggers in this city.

I met Vivi of Heart, Print & Style at one of my first blogger meetups, and immediately loved her fabulous sense of style, as well her sweet personality. On top of that, we realized we only live a couple miles from one another! Every time I visit Vivi’s blog or see her at an event, I am wowed by how she translates current trends to fit her figure and personality.

This holiday season, many of you have asked how to carry off hot trends, sequins, and sparkle when you are plus sized or have curves. I asked my friend Vivi to share some of her recent party looks, and how she makes popular trends work for her figure.

Vivi on Shopping:

“I have a love-hate relationship with shopping. I get excited about the task but once I get there, I lose interest immediately. Usually when I plan to shop, I already have in mind of what I want. Window shopping live, in person is not one of my favorite past time; I enjoy ‘window shopping’ online.”

“I can spend hours in a thrift store scouring for unique items. It’s a bit more exhilarating to shop there than at retail stores. You never know what you will find!”

“[My second favorite place to shop] is Old Navy. One main reason why I love the store so much is because their XXL tends to run a bit big. That is a HUGE plus (no pun intended) for me since I have a sizable chest and all my weight is distributed to my middle area. My favorite online retail store is ASOS. If you want to be ahead of the fashion curve in ANY size (regular, petite and plus size), ASOS is the place. Their accessories and bags/purses section is just amazing. And finally, ASOS has THE BEST clearance sale around. Regarding shoes, I shop at Avenue, Lane Bryant and a couple of online stores like Simply Be and Evans. Each store offers classic and trendy shoes for my 10WW feet. I buy all of my lingerie from Lane Bryant.”

Vivi on Making Trends Work for Her Figure:

“The best advice I’ve heard is to always know what works best for your body. Also, you must know your body type. Like for me, my body type is an apple: smaller on top and the bottom, bigger in the middle. I barely have any hips and my butt is non-existent. Because of this, I tend to gravitate toward items that I know will hide the middle area a bit more; blazers, cardigans, vests, jackets – anything that I can layer over a dress or a blouse. Speaking of dresses, I go for those that have a slight empire waist, not too form-fitting, and highlights my chest area (v-style or low u-style). If the dress is form fitting, I’ll layer it with a blazer, etc. If the dress is shapeless, I add a belt. Having small hips, I need to create an illusion of a hour glass figure and a belt accomplishes that. For bottoms (skirts, pants, jeans), it’s all about a high waist to prevent the dreaded ‘muffin top’.” 

“I am a lover of color and print. Color and prints can work for anybody, in any shape; the key is finding the item that can work best for your body. The same applies to the popular trends you see today – sequins, velvet, plaid, polka dots, bright pants, maxi skirts, mixing prints, etc. As long as you know your body type, you can definitely make it work!”

Thank you so much Vivi for sharing your personal style with us!  To learn more about Vivi of Heart, Print & Style please visit her blog; you can also find her online at:

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Ask Allie: Plus Size Rocker Chic

Allie, why does every retailer want fat girls to dress up like children or shower curtains? I am a size 20, 5’6” tall and 32 and I am sick to DEATH of every store being full of skater skirts covered in puppies or polyester shapeless dresses covered in Hawaiian flowers. I know that us bigger girls look good in vintage silhouettes but I feel like an idiot in a costume. Where can I shop for my personal style? I like hard rock, my husband rides a Harley, I work in a professional setting, I like martini bars as much as I like a dive bar. I want to be cool, I want to show my rock side, but I want to look sophisticated too.

Based upon the rest of your email, I know you live clear across the country from me and I find it such a shame because I think you and I would get along quite well. We’ll drink martinis and bitch about fashion while we rock out to an awesome local band on stage. But I know there’s so many other women out there reading this wishing they too could be part of this hypothetical Girl’s Night Out because they too can’t find their personal style available in their size.

I could tell you to find a seamstress, to learn how to sew, to scour the racks at your nearby thrift or vintage shop, but if you are like me you’d rather spend that time on the back of your husband’s Harley. So I am going to share what I am doing, using some awesome plus size bloggers for visual inspiration.

Over the past year, my personal style has transitioned and it is going in a more edgy, rocker direction. And like you, it’s still important for me to dress appropriately for work, and to have a sophisticated feel to everything I wear, be it for the office or after hours. When I realized I wasn’t really the person to wear a lemon-printed skirt or an adult tutu with pearls, I decided to make a list and slowly build up my wardrobe with what fits the current me. That list is still long because it has been a hard road to find pieces that fit my personal style as well as my figure and budget but I have found some alternatives and workarounds:

Tough but Sweet style from Curvy Girl Chic

Focus on Accessories
You can take a simple twinset and skirt and make it twee, or you can make it edgy and it’s all due to accessories. A bootie in place of a pump, a cuff instead of a delicate link bracelet, a chunky chain in place of a bubble necklace, a studded hobo over a candy-colored handbag. You’ll see in more recent outfit posts that I’m not usually wearing my colorful jewelry, have narrowed down my shoe collection, and use fewer clutches and usually a large slouchy black or gray leather bag. I even switched from elegant and on-trend tortoiseshell glasses to oversized black Wayfarer-style ones which are more bold, modern, and not at all cutesy.

I have a black matte jersey shift with puffed sleeves, I’ve owned it for several years. I have worn it before with peeptoe heels and a skinny patent belt with bow detail. I’ve also worn it with all black accessories and a biker jacket. This week I wore it sans belt with leopard haircalf pointed flats, a paisley scarf tied at the throat, and a bunch of chunky silver and leather cuffs on the wrist. It’s just an example of how accessories can transform very basic pieces.

Create a Color Story
Earlier this year, I was thinking about my wardrobe and what I like, what I REALLY like in it. I realized my favorite pieces are in black, white, gray, and shades of blue (especially navy and indigo). I looked at what I pinned on Pinterest and it was a lot in these colors, with the occasional pop of red, orange, or hot pink. So I stopped buying things in every other color. I decided to “brand” myself with this color story. It’s professional, it’s modern and classic, it can easily look rocker chic but also look boardroom-ready.

A lot of color in the closet is pretty to look at, but it’s hard to create an edgier look. Not only that, a simpler palette will better define your personal style, making that black skater skirt suddenly look tough, a touch of lace look badass. Think about what colors you gravitate towards, and what pieces you already own and love to death and start playing with a simpler color story.

Glam Rock via GabiFresh 

Boost the Beauty
With my change in personal style, I realized I needed a change in my hair and makeup. Before, I did a lot of “pretty” – big soft waves with caramel and auburn highlights, soft brown shades on the eyes and glossy pink lips. It just didn’t fit my personal style. Since then, I have cut down the highlights and added darker lowlights, I played with bangs, and my standard face is liquid liner, lots of lashes, and a soft red pout. Now that I am trying to maintain a manicure, I stick to a nude or else a dark bold color like gray.

Your clothing says a lot, but your hair and makeup is your signature, what separates you from other women in the same jeans and tee shirt. Be it nail art, a signature hot pink lip, a purple streak in your bangs, or flushed cheeks, there’s nothing wrong with wearing the same look each day and having it define your personal style. A switch in your beauty routine is often what you need to make a look more appropriate to your personality.

Shop Outside your Retail Comfort Zone
I can’t stress this enough to all women, regardless of age or size. The world doesn’t stop at Lane Bryant. Yes, it’s a popular retailer where you can find great pieces, but there is plus size clothing available at other places… places you may not have considered just a year ago. Lands’ End has amazing dresses as well as separates, Coldwater Creek is constantly improving and is having a new denim line this fall, Torrid may seem to be for younger women but they have some pretty adorable pieces that can incorporate into a professional woman’s closet. Companies like Simply Be, ASOS Curve, and H&M are offering on-trend fashion in extended sizes, and many of them are perfect for a gal with a rock-n-roll vibe. I also highly recommend checking out plus size bloggers; they often know about the best retailers before anyone else and can show how they truly look on a larger frame instead of on a size 10 “plus size” model.

You never know, you may find a new favorite retailer, or be surprised that an unexpected shop has staples and novelty pieces you have been craving for seasons! It doesn’t hurt to look, and these days more and more retailers have free or simple shipping/return policies!

Rockin’ Style via Margie Plus

Quality, not Quantity
You don’t need a whole new outfit for every day of the month. It’s better to rewear the same pieces over and over that perfectly fit your personal style, than spend money with items that “make do.” I think back about my black shift with the puffed sleeves – each time I consider buying another LBD I think about it, how versatile it is, and put that other frock back on the rack.

When you own and purchase fewer items, you not only hone your personal style, but you have more fundage to buy quality pieces that are perfect for you. I learned to step away from Old Navy, where I could easily drop $50 on knits and random accessories that are lucky to get two wears, and save that money towards a badass leather jacket that will give me years of wear and dozens of compliments from strangers. Another pair of jeans that don’t fit quite right, or highlights from a nice salon in town? A bag of baubles from Forever 21, or a signature sterling silver ring that is the cherry on top of your new wardrobe?

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What I Wore: Nice Splash of Paprika

Top: ASOS Curve c/o Gwynnie Bee | Skirt: Halogen (similar) | Leather Bracelet: “Pilar” c/o Lulu Avenue | Shoes: Miss Sixty (similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

I’m quoting Diana Vreeland because I feel a bit like a trend salad today, but I honestly don’t care. This top came in my latest Gwynnie Bee box and before I tried it on, I was imagining it with skinny black ponte pants. But once I tried it on, I wanted to emphasize the volume and liked the leather with the houndstooth. And then well… you can’t get a new purse and not show it off! Leopard and houndstooth and modified peplum and pleats and booties and… oh my! Let’s just say it’s a nice splash of paprika!

As for the new purse… I have liked the Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C.s for a very long while, but hesitated because… well because every other person under the sun is carrying them, it seems to be as much a blogger necessity as Karen Walker sunnies. But then I thought it’s pretty stupid to not buy something I like just because everyone else has played it out. And then when I saw it in leopard pony hair, silver hardware, and ON SALE (no longer available at Nordstrom.com but check in their stores) I decided to get it. And when everyone else has moved on from this bag to another must-have, I’ll still be rocking the heck out of it because it pretty much is everything I love all rolled into one. And for those who have considered this bag, in it I have my wallet (which is stuffed like most moms), a cosmetic bag (which is also stuffed), my Momagenda, phone, keys, two pens, headphones, and sunglass case all in the main portion; two lipsticks, pack of gum, and SmarTrip card in the front pocket. The only thing not in here that I usually carry is a small umbrella, and I had to carry my book in my hand for the subway ride. the strap is comfortable as a shoulder bag, but also a good length for a crossbody, and the strap can be removed to make it into a clutch.

As for this top, it fits really nicely, is lined in the front, but not the back so I had to wear a camisole to work.  However for a night out, the sheerness is subtle, a black bra under will give coverage without looking hoochie-mama, and it would look great with skinny black pants or jeans.  The neckline doesn’t gape, keeping everything under wraps.  I’ve also considered trying the top with a wider black leather belt for a different effect.  Gotta love Gwynnie Bee, I would have never tried this top if I didn’t have the luxury to borrow and return without buyer’s remorse!

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Monday: Elephant

Shirt: ASOS Curve c/o Gwynnie Bee | Pants: Ann Taylor | Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors | Lipstick: Revlon Matte in Wine Not | Silver cuff, silver chain with personal charms, silver chain with crystal pendant

I can’t rave enough about the new arrivals at Gwynnie Bee. Sequins, leather, peplum, and some of the most fun prints. As soon as I saw this elephant print shirt I had to add it to my Gwynnie Bee virtual closet! Ensembles like this are perfect for weekends or days when I am running late – lots of details, but simple pieces that are quite comfortable. This top would also look cute with skinny jeans tucked into black engineer boots, and I toyed with wearing a leopard haircalf cuff with it for some fun pattern mixing. Think the shirt would also look great under a black boyfriend blazer with black heavyweight leggings or narrow pants and a pair of flats (maybe leopard print!).

here’s still a few days to take advantage of Gwynnie Bee’s free trial promotion. Through November 30, 2012 if you sign up for Gwynnie Bee and mention Wardrobe Oxygen you get a free, 30-day trial subscription (up to three items at a time). Cancel on or before your 30 days are up and you won’t be charged a thing (Gwynnie Bee will need their clothes back though). Just request an invite (the site is invite-only at this time), tell them that Wardrobe Oxygen referred you, activate your account, browse around and give it a try. You will receive an email with the invite and the trial instruction.

If you celebrated, how was your Thanksgiving weekend?  Thursday, we went to my mom’s house for our traditional Thanksgiving feast.  This year we got a local, hormone-free, happy life turkey from Ferguson Family Farm via our local farmers market and boy, does it taste better than the standard grocery store Butterball!  Each year we have the same side dishes – boiled pearl onions, peas, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce.  I usually make green bean casserole but decided to be a bit healthier this year (and be dairy-free) and made broccoli rabe in garlic olive oil with red pepper flakes.  Sunday was my husband’s paternal side of the family reunion in Maryland and we had a great time catching up with loved ones and Emerson had a blast making crafts and playing with her cousins.  The rest of the weekend wasn’t relaxing but it was productive – got a lot of cleaning done (you can see my closet cleanout on Instagram), bought a new TV since ours decided to die the day before Thanksgiving, and had a lot of QT with Karl and Emerson.

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