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Dressing Room Diaries, Forever21+

So, I decided to take the camera into the dressing room with me to show you the good, the bad, and the ugly of the latest fashions at Forever21. I was on my lunch break when I took these pics, so I didn’t have a ton of time…but here you go. I’ll try to explain why I decided for or against each item. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your own outfits. Or maybe you’ll just laugh at some of the terrible pictures I take…

As soon as I put this leopard print top on, I knew I was going to buy it! The cut was perfect for my apple  shape, skimming nicely across my midsection. It has an exposed zipper in the back too, which is a nice detail. I tried it on with these black flare leg jeans and a fun, versatile outfit was born!
UGH. That’s the best thing I can say about this leopard print sweater. It was too long for my shape, and even though I tried it on in a 3X (which is all they had), it still accentuated my belly roll in the worst possible way. I even tried tucking it into a pencil skirt to try to save it…but no. If you have a flat torso and don’t have a roll, then maybe this will be more flattering…but on me, it was awful. I couldn’t get out of it fast enough. lol
This was actually a super cute polka dot dress. Simple lines…and polka dots are totally in for fall. I can see this with black tights and a cardigan for the cooler months. This picture isn’t really that bad…but there was just something of the wow-factor missing for me, so I ended up passing on it. 
This one shoulder purple dress was a little out of my comfort zone. I generally don’t like exposing my arms, but this wasn’t too horrible. What I didn’t like though was that the position of the belt, coupled with the sheer, light fabric did not lay correctly over my midsection. It kind of puckered out in an unflattering manner. Another pass.
The picture of this sheer polka dot shirt makes it look way better than it did in real life. It actually made me look a little clownish, although for some strange reason it’s slimming in this pic. If you can find it in your local Forever 21, try it on and see what you think. It’s definitely worth a look.
This black utility jacket was cute, but I wasn’t sure I’d get a lot of use for it here in Chicago. It  is a little too light for our fall, and would be too bulky under a larger coat. The polka dot gray skirt was cute, but I wasn’t confident that I would find the right outfit for it.

What have you tried on lately?? Which one of these will you be looking for at Forever 21?

Can you handle these curves?? Vegas #3

Sexy LBD was the theme of the evening…so I decided to embrace my curves and go out on the town! The dress is from Forever 21+ but I don’t see it on their website. You can’t tell in these pictures, but the entire dress is ruched…which hugged all my curves and hit me about mid thigh. I felt sexy and fierce the whole night! My only wish is that I had brought some shape wear to reduce some of the tummy jiggling. lol. Anyway, I had a great time in Vegas!!! I will definitely be going back!

Here are some pictures I took the night I bought the dress…You can see the dress a little better, I think. I love the sleeves! They are gathered at the top, but the fabric sort of drapes under your arms and disguises some of your arm jelly (as I like to call mine, lol).

Do you have a sexy LBD? Where’d you get it??

Vegas Style – Curvy Edition, Night #2

For my second night out in Vegas, we went to the Cosmopolitan. It was gorg-eous! My favorite spot was the Chandelier Bar…I would give anything to have beautiful ropes of crystal hanging around my apartment! *sigh

I wanted to go a little glam…so I wore a beige-y/gold and black graphic print dress with keyhole sleeves and a belt…and styled it with a black cuff, huge black hoops, a side ponytail and red lips! I felt fun, stylish and sexy in this dress and I can’t wait to wear it again!

Love the Chandelier Bar!!!!

What’s your Vegas style?
Dress: Dots (if you can believe it!)
Accessories: Forever 21
Shoes: Me Too
Lipstick: Mac’s Ruby Woo (of course)

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Vegas, Baby! Night #1

I just got back from a week in Vegas…and I’m exhausted!!! Most of the time was spent working…but I did get to go out and play at night! I loved loved loved Vegas and was glad for the chance to get GLAMOROUS! My first night out, I went to see the Cirque du Soleil show, KA. It was beautiful…like a dream…but also action-packed with a lot of aerial stunts and martial arts-themed movements.

Sometimes it’s hard to find sexy, going-out clothes for curvy girls, so I was thrilled when I found this maxi dress to wear to the theater with a bolero for some added warmth. Even with the horizontal stripes, I think it was flattering to my shape. The gathering at the bust-line helped the fabric move easily across my mid-section (the dreaded “roll”!). And, the low cut showed off my girls. lol.

Also…I love the colors in this dress! It makes me think of the desert…I paired it with gold hoops, an animal and stone print necklace, and a knuckle ring (that you can’t really see in the pic). I also went with a bold red lip-which was my theme for the trip. (Ignore my horrible hair…I’d been working all day and had under 20 minutes to get ready!)



Got my picture with one of the performers! HOTT.
At the end of a long night…so tired, but had so much fun! 

Dress: Dots
“Instant Sleeves” from LucieLu
Necklace and ring: Dots
Earrings: Forever 21
Clutch: Chinese Laundry
Lipstick: Ruby Woo from Mac

Have you been to Vegas?? What did you wear when you went out on the town??

Mad Men Fashion Picks for Curvy Gals

Mad Men fashion is all about the dresses and pencil skirts. Here are a few styles I’ve run across that are evocative of the era and fit for curvy, full-figured women. Let’s rock those curves, ladies!

1. Anna Sholz-Tailoring Pleat Shift Dress
2. Igigi Pencil Skirt in Bordeaux
3. Torrid Hells Bells Black Satin Dress
4. 1928 Gold Pen Necklace (Just like Joan’s!)
5. Kiyonna Siren Satin Dress-Retro Floral
6. Kiyonna Tudor Tweed Skirt
7. Nordstrom-Adrianna Papell Floral Wrap Dress
8. Igigi Epiphany Top in Magenta
9. Simply Be Simply Voluptuous Dress
10. Simply Be Bespoke Black Pencil Skirt
11. Simply Be Bespoke Ultimate City Dress-Red

Number 3 is definitely my FAVORITE! I wish it came in a bright color like purple or royal blue, but black is sultry and hot…perhaps too hot for the office! What do you think?

Please share your Mad Men fashion finds!

Amber from Style Plus Curves

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