Fashion’s Night Out Chicago, Part 1: What I Wore

Wow, last night was amazing! I decided to amp things up a bit in honor of Fashion’s Night Out in Chicago…so I pinned my hair up into a huge bun, put my pearls and red lipstick on…and hit the town. I’ll tell you all about it in a couple of posts…because one just won’t cover it!!! So…first….here’s what I wore.

Look at my BUN! Everyone made fun of it, but I didn’t care!!!

Since this outfit is very Mad Men, 60s inspired, I pretended like I was Joan Halloway. LOL

A HUGE thank you to my friend Wendy for taking all my photos!!! She’s awesome!!!

Are these pearls AWESOME? They are truly from the 50s…I found them at an antique store and fell in love!

Dress: Lane Bryant
Shrug: Dots
Pearls: Ravenswood Antique Mart
Ring: Forever 21
Shoes: Vince Camuto

So…I definitely got a lot of looks on the street and tons of comments from my coworkers, but I think the outfit was totally cute and classic. I mean…you can’t go wrong with a black dress and pearls, right?? What did you all wear to Fashion’s Night Out???

More posts to come all weekend! xoxo

Simple Summer BBQ Style

Last night, I went to a fantastic backyard BBQ. I had a blast, but it was a little bittersweet, since it was hosted by my good friends who are moving to Utah at the end of the month. So…it was a goodbye summer and goodbye friends party. πŸ™ 

For this outfit, I wasn’t trying to be super fashionable. I just wanted to be cool, comfortable and cute while outside around a campfire. Since I’m always partial to dresses, I dragged this groovy-patterned sundress out of the back of my closet and paired it with a brown shrug and some simple gold sandals. It was quite a breezy night though, and I had a few near-flashing incidents. lol.
What’s your simple summer BBQ style? 

Dress: Ross (it was crazy cheap!!!)
Shrug: Lane Bryant
Sandals: Can’t remember…
TigersEye Earrings: Forever 21
Necklace: Vintage (it was my Grandma’s from the 60s!)

A Fashion Experiment in the Botanic Gardens

On Sunday, I spent the most beautiful, incredible days at the Chicago Botanic Gardens! It was one of those rare, perfectly temperate, sunny, golden days that only show up as summer comes to a close. *sigh (Can you believe this summer is over already???)

For a stroll through the gardens, I wanted to wear this Forever 21 + coral strapless dress. Sadly, I haven’t worn it nearly enough this summer, because all of the tops I tried with it looked frumpy. I wanted something fresh and bold to match the coral of the dress. Finally, I decided to do a fashion experiment. I got a bright blue scarf out of my closet, and used safety pins to attach it to the dress in a way that covered up my bra straps and arms. I love the colors together, but I’m still not sure the scarf looked right….What do you think? Does it work or not?

I love the Gardens…and can’t wait to go back! Doesn’t it look like a fairyland in this last picture???

“Cupcakes, Curves, and Cleavage” – I’m SO there!

As you can see, I love cupcakes
so much, that I painted a picture
of one! Love love love!

I have been hoping and waiting for an announcement of a plus-size friendly event in Chicago for Fashion’s Night Out….and my wish was granted! Thanks to Nikeya Young over at the Examiner, I just found out that Chicago’s plus-size boutique, vive la femme will be hosting an event called “Cupcakes, Curves, and Cleavage.” (BTW, this event name should be the title of my first book!!! lol)

Here are the deets:

vive la femme, Isabella Fine Lingerie, and Vaudezilla present an evening of “Cupcakes, Curves, and Cleavage” exclusively for plus-size women. All shoppers will receive 20% off their purchases at vive la femme that evening.

WHEN: Thursday, September 8th, 5pm to 8pm.
WHERE: vive la femme, 2048 North Damen β€’ Chicago, IL 60647
RSVPs to vivelafemme@hotmail.com or 773.772.7429 are encouraged

Did I mention that cupcakes will be served??? I’m SO there!

And…I’ll be covering the event here on my blog, so if you can’t make it, check back next week!

Hope you’re all having a great day!
xoxo

40s on a Friday Night

The Forties are one of my all-time favorite eras…the clothes are feminine and flattering (especially to plus-size, curvy women!), the hairstyles are gorgeous, and who doesn’t love red lipstick?

I rocked the 40s theme last night when I went to see a Babes with Blades theater production called The Double. It was a great production, with fast, witty dialogue; fun innuendos; great forties costumes; and gender-bending twists that definitely added to the plot tension…and there were sword fights! It was awesome…if you’re in Chicago, you should try to go see it!

In the spirit of the evening, I wore a tiered ruffle blue and white polka dot dress with a sweetheart-esque neckline, white bolero/shrug, red heels and earrings, and (of course) red lipstick!

Here you can actually tell the at the dress is blue!

Smitten by Lola…

Dress: Forever 21+
Shrug: Anne Taylor Loft
Heels: Me Too
Lipstick: Smitten by Lola

Plus Size Fashion Tip: Tiered ruffles and layers are your friend! They camouflage any problem areas (like my dreaded stomach roll!) and help the clothes move with you instead of clinging in unflattering ways. Some ladies stay away from ruffles and such because they think it adds bulk or draws attention, but it does just the opposite! Next time you go shopping, look for the tiered ruffles or fabric and try it on…I think you’ll be surprised at the effect!

Amber from Style Plus Curves

30-Something Plus Size Fashion Blogger Living In Chicago

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