Ugly Sweater Affair

Now that the Thanksgiving feast is over and the Black Friday ciaos had died down, it’s officially time to  begin celebrating the Christmas season. What better way to start off this month’s festivities than with a UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER! Love it or hate it, Ugly Christmas Sweaters have become a trending phenomena during the holidays. This is my first year purchasing one, but I plan to make this a family tradition that I can enjoy every year.  Join me for a fun holiday tradition and post pics in your wacky, tacky sweaters! To participate use hashtag (#UglySweaterAffair) on Instagram or FaceBook.

Here are some Ugly Christmas Sweaters you can find on Etsy

(click on pic to visit Etsy Store)

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Feels Like Fall

Back again with another blog hop post for Ahead of the Curve Bloggers! We are a collective of plus-size bloggers of varying shapes, sizes and styles. Once a month we choose a new fashion theme and show you different interpretations of it on our blogs. This month we are sharing our favorite fall fashions! I actually bought this vintage dress during the summer and I’ve been waiting for fall to wear it. It came with a matching tie belt, but I switched it out for this beaded rope belt. I really like the abstract print, soft fabric, and the side pockets are a plus. The bronze earrings and necklace was a gift set from aunt. This is yet another comfy look!

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Don’t Stop here! Click the pic to check out more fabulous fall fashion from the other Ahead of the Curve Bloggers!

Houndstooth Blazer

Ahead of the Curve Bloggers is a collective of plus-size bloggers of varying shapes, sizes and styles. Once a month we choose a new fashion theme and show you different interpretations of it on our blogs. This month we are styling Tartan, Tweed, and Houndstooth .

This is a 80’s houndstooth blazer that I actually blogged about a few months ago. I love the double breast buttons and oversized shoulder pads! This is a piece I’ll never get tired of wearing because the print is so versatile and there are many ways to style it.

Below are some Houndstooth & Plaid inspiration

Vintage Houndstooth Looks

Vintage Houndstooth Looks

 

Vintage Plaid Looks

Vintage Plaid Looks

 

Modern Mix of Plaid & Houndstooth

Modern Mix of Plaid & Houndstooth

Don’t Stop here! Click the pic below to see more styles from Ahead of the Curve Bloggers!

Tartan, Tweed, Houndstooth Collage

Iconic Inspiration: M.I.A

 

This look is inspired by artist M.I.A.. I’ve been a fan of both her music and style for many years now. In her latest video “Double Bubble Trouble” she wears an alphabet-print Moschino (circa 1990s) jacket and pants, paired with bright orange socks. I found a top that resembles the same print and paired black skinny pants, a studded fringe bag, and silver oxfords.

360 Vintage Designs, Virginia Beach

ATTENTION ALL VINTAGE LOVERS If you’re in the Hampton Roads area I highly recommend you stop by 360 Vintage Designs in Virginia Beach. I discovered this gem last weekend after finding their info on Facebook. This boutique has the largest authentic vintage collection in the area, with selections for both men and women. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, shoes and accessories ranging through all decades 360 Vintage Designs has it all! It pretty much covers everything my heart desires from a vintage shop: sequin dresses, cozy sweaters, big hats, statement jewelry, fanny packs, EVERYTHING!  Along with the amazing selection and affordable prices, I also enjoyed the shopping experience. As I browsed through the racks old jazz music played from an antique radio, giving me the ultimate nostalgic feeling. The owner, Tracey Langford, was very friendly and helpful. She directed me towards the plus size section and pulled some of her favorite pieces. Tracey also gave me a quick preview of a few items that were going on the sales floor soon. 360 Vintage Designs is by far the best vintage shop in town, its worth a visit. Tell a friend, bring a friend.

360 Vintage Designs Owner, Tracey Langford

360 Vintage Designs Owner, Tracey Langford

 

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“Old Hollywood Glamour” Event Recap

Last weekend my dear friend Aubrena and I hosted a fashion and beauty master class at Nordstrom in MacArthur Mall. I truly enjoyed collaborating with her because not only is she my best friend, but also she’s a super talented make up artist for Smashbox cosmetics. In our master class we discussed how to create Old Hollywood Glamour looks for the modern woman. I opened the class with styling tips including some of my favorite retro looks from Nordstrom. The polka dot halter dress is my favorite! Then Aubrena demonstrated how to use SMASHBOX  cosmetics to create the perfect retro cateye look. She also taught us tips and tricks for everyday makeup application. This class was super fun and I enjoyed every minute of it!

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Special THANK YOU to the ladies that attended the event. I enjoyed meeting you all!

Special THANK YOU to the ladies that attended the event. I enjoyed meeting you all!

Me & Aubrena

Me & Aubrena

Retro makeover by Aubrena

Retro makeover by Aubrena

 

Also, check out 5 Retro Tips with Smashbox Cosmetics from my fellow VA Bloggers Club member, Jonna on Naturally-Glam. Thanks for the support!