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

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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.

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