Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Office is My Other Runway: Feeling Fierce in this Season's Looks from Ashley Stewart

It's #NYFW...and even though you and I are stuck in our everyday work days...there's no excuse not to #WERK your wardrobe! Ashley Stewart is having a crazy hot season right now...fabulous styles for curvy, trend-conscious plussize gals, and they were so nice to help dress me for Fashion Week here at home.

Just look at this Ashley Stewart Animal Print Mock Neck Sheath! HOTTTTTT. So hott, that I felt I was walking the runway when I was just running to get coffee.
Amber from Style Plus Curves in Plussize Animal Print Mock Neck Sheath by Ashley Stewart

And look how fierce it looks with a blazer!

Ashley Stewart also ran this two-toned animal print in a fab pencil skirt!

Fashion is all about going over the top...And because I can't get enough pops of color and luscious floral prints, I HAD to try Ashley Stewart's Sleeveless Crossneck Floral Peplum top with the coordinating pencil skirt. The top's cross over neckline was a little too luscious for the office--especially for us chesty gals...but I flipped it around and discovered that it worked just as well backwards!

How did you #werk your wardrobe for Fashion Week this year??

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Plussize Pop Up at Ganesha Yoga Studio Brings Gorgeous Clothes Back to Chicago

Lydia Hamilton, the owner of Boutique Larrieux - a fantastic plussize boutique in Milwaukee - and Stephanie Sack - the former owner of vive la femme boutique - recently joined forces to bring a pop up shop full of gorgeous plussize clothes back to Chicago. This is the second pop up shop that these two powerhouses have collaborated on, and I hope it's not the last. Since vive la femme closed it's doors last year, I've been in a mourning period...and these pop ups are a refreshing burst of sartorial energy that I so desperately need!

And thank goodness, our plussize community has found a new home base at Ganesha Yoga and Adventures in Fitness. This is the size-friendly yoga studio on Lincoln and Ashland -- that not only holds plus size specific classes...but also makes a point to carry plussize yoga and workout gear. Because Jane and Mindy are so amazingly awesome, they've been partnering with Lydia and Stephanie to host these pop up shops...and man, are we grateful!

Last Saturday's Midwest Fashion Fete showcased 3 main designers: Cabiria, Chalet, and Poppy and Bloom.

I've been a fan of Cabiria since I met the designer, Eden, at an event a year ago...and absolutely adore her collection this season! Cabiria's line is full of luxurious fabrics, playful prints and immaculate tailoring. These are statement pieces that you will fall in love with again every time you put one on. Case in point--here's 1 dress on 3 different girls. It looked fantastic on all of us--even though we have dramatically different body types! How could we not fall in love?

Cabiria Plussize Floral Dress 3 girls, 1 dress

And here's the same dress in a different print...a fabulous blue and black sweetheart neck faux wrap dress...and some to-die-for bird pants!

Cabiria's 2014 collection
Isn't my friend Felicity (the fiery redhead) a KNOCKOUT??!? She is rockin' those bird pants! 

And my favorite separates from Cabiria's resort collection features...SEA TURTLES! I decided to put the pieces together and tuck in the tank top...and magic happened! An adorable outfit was born from the sea. Another lucky customer walked away with the outfit, but I was one heartbeat away from tackling her to get it back. (true story)

Amber from Style Plus Curves in Cabiria's Sea Turtle separates

Chalet is a line that's new to me...and at first glance, the tunics and more relaxed shapes didn't appear to be in line with my aesthetic...but THEN I tried some of the pieces on! I totally fell in love with the polished casual styles with unique shapes...some have interesting hemlines...or necklines or pleats or unexpected ruffles. And each one can be ordered in any of 8 colors! I love the versatility and easy-wear style of these tunics.

Amber from Style Plus Curves in Chalet Plusize Tunics

Poppy and Bloom is a fun line that has a nice balance of retro silhouettes and classic day dresses. Look how cute two shoppers are in their gorgeous dresses!

Plussize girls in dresses from Poppy & Bloom at Ganesha Yoga

So...seriously it was a great night! Until Stephanie and Lydia can bring another pop up shop back to Chicago...check out Boutique Larrieux in Milwaukee or order using their online store...and drop by Ganesha Yoga to shop some workout gear or to do a yoga class!
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