Friday, April 29, 2016

The Secret Garden

Warm weather has begun to ease in all over the States, and with that comes the inevitable: Summer Weddings! I’ve already received my very first invitation for Summer 2016 which brings us to the ever burning question: What am I going to wear? 
More and more brides are opting for less traditional weddings, not only in terms of bridal attire, but also in terms of location. My absolute favorite wedding venue is outdoors and garden side.
Sometimes attending an outdoor garden wedding can be a tad tricky, especially if you’re like me and you want to dress elegantly, but have some concerns about being comfortable and remaining cool. When I saw this dress over at Shabby Apple, I immediately thought how perfect it would be for a garden side wedding! 
The lace overlay along with the maxi length is effortlessly elegant. The fabric is lightweight with just enough give (although sizes run small, I'm wearing a size 16); you can sit and or stand without worrying about pulling at and or damaging your dress. Even when temperatures tip past 80 degrees Fahrenheit, I think you'll still feel comfortable because this dress breathes.
Next up comes the really fun part: Accessories! Maxi dresses offer guaranteed versatility; you can go mega dressy with jeweled accessories, or mega chill with a denim jacket, chunky heels, and so on. I think I settled for somewhere right in the middle; Can we call it, bohemian meets elegant?!
First off, I knew that I wanted to sport an up-do along with my DIY floral crown (details here). Next I added in a touch of gypsy by way of earrings that I scored at an event hosted by IAmSheGlobal. Golden bangles were an easy addition, and for cohesiveness I added in gold sandals with jeweled assets. My final touch was a vintage clutch from my collection. 
By the way, I teamed up with globe loving Beauty Sheena of @IAmSheGlobal to style this dress. How do we look?! 
Until next time Loves!

Floral crown: DIY, see here| Earrings: From India| Dress: c/o Shabby Apple| Sandals: Victoria’s Secret Catalog| Clutch: Vintage, thrifted

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My Sweetheart

Today’s style story features a dotted delight in the form of chambray and vintage charm. The weather has been simply beautiful here; I’ve decided to enjoy it to the fullest by seizing every possible opportunity to indulge in summer fashion.
You may recall that I previously confessed polka dots as my very first pattern love. A gal never forgets her first love! I still feel some kind of way every time I wear the dotted charmer.
It was a pleasant surprise when Bailey Blue Clothing (dress line based out of LA) reached out to me to sample a piece from their new plus size line. Although there were several tempting options, something about this beauty felt so… well... me! Let's say it was the sweetheart neckline that completely sealed the deal :)
As an active member of the mixed prints committee, a pattern toss up in the form of subtle pinstripes were required. This vest not only provides additional coverage, but also comes in handy to throw over my shoulders when temperatures cool down in the evening. Vintage inspired socks came next, topped off with silver oxfords which always serve up a 100% comfort factor.
Guess what? My buddies over at Bailey Blue Clothing are graciously offering a special discount of 30% off to all of my readers, remember to use code “InMyJoi30” at checkout!
This plus size chambray vintage dot dress, (I’m wearing a size 1X) is totally versatile, from a barnyard swing dance, to a casual evening stroll. It's cotton, lightweight, and airy- a fab addition for Summer 2016. Until next times Babes!
Sunnies: Steve Madden| Vest: Ralph Lauren| Dress: Bailey Blue Clothing| Clutch: Vintage| Oxfords: Nordstrom

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

That's the Bomb

Today’s post marks a second collaboration of #UnitedlyPlus and the theme for this game is ‘Rock the Bomber Jacket’. What exactly is a bomber jacket?  Well according to, it is “a short sturdy jacket traditionally made of leather and having a fitted or elastic waist, a zippered front, and often a fleece or pile collar.” Oh, and sometimes it’s called a flight jacket too!
Bomber jackets are by no means new, but they have most definitely experienced a fashion revival as of late. Currently you can find them in just about any fabric, color, size, and price range. I wasn’t too keen on bomber jackets back in the day (although I had a few with matching silk jogging pants), and to be honest, I wasn’t entirely convinced that I truly wanted to go down that road again. 
Herein lies yet another perfect example of how I personally benefit from blogger collaborations! Sahily suggested that we rock the bomber trend this go round for #UnitedlyPlus, which prompted me to go outside of my comfort zone, and to actually consider and try out/on bomber jackets. And boy am I glad that I did! I heart the little number that I snagged for today’s post, and was surprised at all of the possibilities that sprung up while trying it out with various pieces in my closet.
There are a number of ways to rock out the bomber trend; I went the feminine route, opting for a smaller cut jacket in a satin finish with dainty details.
If you’re not sure about flossing a bomber, try snagging one from the thrift shop like I did, you just might be surprised ;)

Note: This post is part of a blogger collaboration between Sahily of Pretty in Pigments (Instagram), Sheena of I am She Global (Instagram) and myself. Check out the #UnitedlyPlus hashtag to learn more about all of us and our collaboration!

Until next time Babes!

Sunnies: Forever 21| Bomber Jacket, thrifted (Size medium) $5| Faux leather skirt: Soprano, size L
Sandals: Sam Edelman, also worn here| Handbag: Vintage, thrifted