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.


Angel in a Blue Dress

This look cost less than $25!!!

Dress – $8   Thrift USA, Norfolk

Belt- $1    DAV Thrift, Virginia Beach

Earrings- $1   Thrift USA, Norfolk

Purse – $5   Salvation Army, Virginia Beach

Shoes – $7   Family Thrift Center, Virginia Beach

Iconic Inspiration: Whitley Gilbert


A Different World captured the hearts of millions of viewers in the late 80s & early 90s. The hit sitcom was centered around college students, capturing the popular fashions of its time. Each character had their own unique style, and my favorite was Whitley Gilbert. She was the prissy southern belle with a sophisticated sense of fashion. She definitely enjoyed the luxuries of life with looks including pieces from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin and Neiman Marcus. My Whitley-inspired look is simple and classy, and I’m sure she would be proud!

I was inspired to feature this look by Thirsty 4 Vintage , a band of vintage collectors. They are hosting ” A Different World” in Augusta, GA. So I decided to show them some from love Virginia Beach!

Tribal Trend

Tribal trends are in! African-inspired textiles have taken the fashion world by storm. This exotic style is usually paired with warm tones and rich accessories. Eye-catching, bold prints are fun to wear, and easy to style several ways!



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Blazer- Intriguing Threads $2, DAV Thrift Store, Virginia Beach

Shirt- Closet

Shorts- Venezia Jeans, $5, Thrift USA, Norfolk

Shoes- CATO Fashions, $10, Family Thrift Center, Virginia Beach

Necklace- $8, Thrift USA, Norfolk

Earrings- $1, Yard Sale Shop, Virginia Beach

Here are some cool Tribal Print Blazers

80s Oversize Southwestern Print Blazer

70s Tribal Print Blazer

Ethnic Blazer


Spotted in BLACK & WHITE

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 focusing BLACK & WHITE fashion!

Dress: Anyone who loves vintage fashion owns at least one classic polka dot dress. Polka Dots have been a key print in fashion history, remaining trendy throughout the decades. This Lady Carol of New York dress was designed in the 80’s, but I gave it a 40’s look by accessorizing it with a retro headband. Check out this Pictorial History of Polka Dots.

Headband: I bought this David & Young headband at a local beauty supply store for $8. You can find similar styles HERE.


Earrings: $1 Thrift Find!

Shoes: Recently while cleaning out my closet I re-discovered these retro heels. I bought them three years ago at Goodwill in Suffolk, Va brand new with tags attached. The original CATO Fashions price was $29.99 and I purchased them for $10. What a steal!

Here are a few designs by Lady Carol of New York

Vintage 1970s Hot Pink Dress by Lady Carol of New York

1980 vintage LADY CAROL blazer

Black and White print vintage dress

We are a collective of plus size bloggers coming together to post on the same subject. This month we are sharing our take on “The World of Black & White” so check them out by clicking on each link:

Ahead of the Curve Bloggers

The Fat Girl Takes on Art Deco

2014 Spring Trends Geometrics and Intelligent Design in Black and White

ModCloth Poe Inspired Nevermore Lovely Dress

Rouge Blouse

This is my first blog post in collaboration with Ahead of the Curve. I am honored to be a part of the group. 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 take on “Red Hot”!

I found this Red Hot top by designer Laurence Kazar at a local thrift store conveniently located 5 minutes from my place. I stalked it for about two weeks in an effort to buy it for the lowest price possible. My strategy literally paid off because the original price of $20 was marked down to $7. Now that’s a deal! It was still great condition, with very few beads and sequins missing.


Skirt: I found this black pencil skirt on a clearance rack at Rainbow about two years ago for $5. This was one of my smartest purchases ever. The color hasn’t faded at all since I bought it. It’s super comfy and stretchy, and matches with several garments in my closet.

I rarely shop at Kmart, but I was pleasantly surprised when I spotted these lace tights there. I bought a 1X and they fit perfectly. However, I wish they had a control top for added support. You can buy them online HERE for $7.99.

Accessories: The vintage velour earrings were a thrift find, costing only $1. I also bought the beret from Kmart, which was a seasonal item during the holidays.

Special THANK YOU to Chris of HVS Media for the lovely pictures!

Laurence Kazar:
This designer was known for creating glamorous garments with intricate beading details. His looks strived in the 70’s and 80’s disco era. Here are a few Laurence Kazar plus size designs:

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Plus Size Laurence Kazar Silk Black and Gold Sequins Vintage Blouse

100% Pearl White w/ Pink, Blue Sequins & Gold Beaded Top 2X

We are a collective of plus size bloggers coming together to post on the same subject. This month we are sharing our take on “Red Hot” so check them out by clicking on each link:

ahead of the curve

Ditto.Ditto.Ditto.Always Red Hot

Radiant Chaos

My “Red Hot” Moment

Nuclear Red Hot Hair

Feeling the Love in Igigi Polka Dots

Red Color Love

Red Hot Remake: Too-Tight Dress To Peplum Top

Fearless Fashion: Channeling My Inner Lady In Red

Rouge Blouse

Red Hot Luxe: My Top Sexy, Fabulous, Gorgeous Valentine’s Day Picks for the Plus Size Princess

You can find more information about Ahead of the Curve or our past topics here, http://www.aheadofthecurvebloggers.com.

Purple Funk

This cozy, comfy sweater is complements of my grandmother. After asking to borrow it a thousand times, I was thrilled when she finally decided to let me have it. Here it is styled with an oversized vintage velour shirt and Vera Wang velour leggings. The leopard print heels contrast with the purple sweater, adding a little FUNK to this look. This is by far one of the most comfortable outfits in my closet.

Entire outfit THRIFTED

Sweater: Penbrooke Lane

Shirt: Sue Brett

Leggings: VeraWang

Special Thank You to John of LJ Photos