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holiday armor


[ :: Studded cardi c/o Sienna Couture :: Forever 21+ cami (here) :: Forever 21+ skinny jeans (here) :: ]
[ :: Cynthis Rowley bag (similar) :: Jeffrey Campbell heels (here) :: Nordstrom bracelet (here) :: Noir ring :: ]





[ :: Studded cardi c/o Sienna Couture :: Forever 21+ cami (here) :: Forever 21+ skinny jeans (here) :: ]
[ :: Cynthis Rowley bag (similar) :: Jeffrey Campbell heels (here) :: Nordstrom bracelet (here) :: Noir ring :: ]

Perpetually obsessed with studs. Old news. Sometimes you just need as much pseudo-weaponry, armored-clothing as possible to battle the stresses of the holidays. Nothing says don't-mess-with-me-I'm-Christmas-shopping like a porcupine inspired look!

Happy Holidays! ^__^

a stark departure


[ :: Vivat Veritas wrap (here) :: Old Navy tank (similar) :: Gap skirt (similar) :: Topshop necklace (here) :: ]
[ :: Axel clutch (here/similar) :: Forever 21 & H&M bracelets (here/similar) :: Jeffrey Campbell heels via Solestruck (here) :: ]





[ :: Sheer wrap c/o Vivat Veritas (here) :: Old Navy tank (similar) :: Gap skirt (similar) :: Topshop necklace (here) :: ]
[ :: Axel clutch (here/similar) :: Forever 21 & H&M bracelets (here/similar) :: Jeffrey Campbell heels via Solestruck (here) :: ]

I'm all about multi-tasking pieces and absolutely love this kimono wrap from Vivat Veritas, a small etsy shop based in Japan. Chie is a dream to work with if you have specific size or design requests, and she's so, so nice.. It was lots of fun working with her on this wrap dress/cover up! I love that it can be worn over a slipdress as a slouchy wrap dress, tied in front as a v-neck cardi/dress, or worn open over a swim suit as a beach coverup. So many possibilities.

I paired this ethereal, wispy all-in-one with my go-to jewelry, an oversized minaudiere-style clutch (which I totally got ripped off on while in Greece), and the deadliest spiked heels EVER.

 On a completely different note, thanks for all the lovely comments about my photo in Lucky Magazine's January 2013 issue! ♥ you guys!

sparkle & shine


[ :: Forever 21+ top (here) :: Forever 21+ leatherette skirt (similar) :: Jason Wu x Target clutch (similar) :: ]
[ :: Topshop necklace (here) :: modcloth shield ring (similar) :: Senso studded ankle boots via Solestruck :: ]





[ :: Forever 21+ top (here) :: Forever 21+ leatherette skirt (similar) :: Jason Wu x Target clutch (similar) :: ]
[ :: Topshop necklace (here) :: modcloth shield ring (similar) :: Senso studded ankle boots via Solestruck :: ]

HIIIIII GUYS. I'm a little hyped up on dark chocolate truffles, apple tea, and Christmas music right now, so I'll probably read this over in the morning and question everything I wrote. Oh well.

For long-time readers of my blog, the fact that I love anything embellished with studs or rhinestones is nothing new. This blouse is one of my most frequently worn tops since it pretty much goes with everything. Skinny jeans, shorts, pencil skirts, tucked into flared skirts, everythaaaangggg. love love love.

Back to the important stuff...IT'S THE HOLIDAYSSSSSSSSSSS. So happy. ^____^

better late than never


[ :: Modcloth dress (similar/similar/similar) :: Forever 21 denim jacket (similar) :: Kenneth Cole clutch (similar) :: ]
[ :: Forever 21 tribal bracelet (similar) :: H&M cuff (similar) :: ]




[ :: Modcloth dress (similar/similar/similar) :: Forever 21 denim jacket (similar) :: Kenneth Cole clutch (similar) :: ]
[ :: Forever 21 tribal bracelet (similar) :: H&M cuff (similar) :: ]

Oh heyyy. Just crawling out from the hole I've been hiding in while online shopping (Cyber Monday was intense, guys.) Highlights: spiky shoes, sequin dresses, leather skirts, and chunky scarves. This week is going to be like Christmas! lol. Did any of you score big shopping the crazy sales the past few days? Either way, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend! ♥

Finally getting around to posting outfit details from the looks featured in Seventeen! Unfortunately none of the items are still available (If you can believe it, this dress was first featured on my blog in 2010 here!), but the look is easy to recreate with pieces you probably already have in your closet! Just find a girly dress, denim jacket (leather works, too!), some rocker-y accessories, and you're good to go. ♥

As always, thanks for reading! :D

Italy Photo Diary


Hey guys! Just got back from vacationing in Italy, Turkey, and Greece! Being as scatterbrained as I am, I forgot to schedule my posts before I left, so real outfit posts will be coming soon, promise! >_< In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few photos from my trip. Our first stop was Italy, which was INCREDIBLE. We didn't stay nearly long enough! Since we only had a few days, we crammed in as many must-see places as possible. Hope you enjoy! :)
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bewitched


[ :: Simply Be dress (similar) :: H&M belt (similar) :: H&M necklace (similar) :: ]
[ :: Cynthia Rowley clutch (similar) :: Torrid boots (similar) :: ]





[ :: Simply Be dress (similar) :: H&M belt (similar) :: H&M necklace (similar) :: ]
[ :: Cynthia Rowley clutch (similar) :: Torrid boots (similar) :: ]

Last minute Halloween costume, anyone? All you need is a black dress, black boots, and a 99 cent witch hat! Easy peasy. ;) Bonus points if you can find an old school wooden broom!

On a serious note, I hope everyone affected by the hurricane is safe and well. Stay warm, stay dry, and please don't do anything reckless! Lots of love from the west coast!  ^_^

new favorite


[ :: Forever 21+ jacket (similar) :: LOFT blouse (similar) :: LOFT snake print skirt (here) :: ]
[ :: Kenneth Cole clutch (similar) :: bracelets from my mom, Forever 21 (here), and H&M :: ]
[ :: Forever 21 heels (similar) :: ]




[ :: Forever 21+ jacket (similar) :: LOFT blouse (similar) :: LOFT snake print skirt (here) :: ]
[ :: Kenneth Cole clutch (similar) :: bracelets from my mom, Forever 21 (here), and H&M :: ]
[ :: Forever 21 heels (similar) :: ]

NEW FAVORITE SKIRT. I mean, really. It's purple! And snakeskin print! AND I got it on sale! :D It's surprisingly easy to mix and match with pieces in my closet--I've already worn it with a maroon-ish blouse, sheer black button down, and even a simple, slouchy grey sweater with a statement necklace. When it gets colder, I'm definitely pairing it with black tights/heeled boots so I can keep wearing it through the winter. :) Such an awesome buy!

Anyway, I'm off to Italy, Turkey, and Greece in a couple weeks! So so so excited as it's my first time visiting all three countries! I'll get a few posts ready for you guys while I'm gone--I have a couple looks from my Seventeen Mag November Issue feature that I can't wait to share with you all! ^__^

As always, thanks for reading! 

the new black

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Animal Print Skinny Jeans
[ :: H&M tshirt (similar) :: Forever 21+ skinny jeans (in gold here) :: Gap leather jacket (similar) :: ]
[ :: Monika Chiang bag (in white here) :: Nine West boots (similar) :: Forever 21 silver spike bangles (here) :: ]
[ :: skagen watch (similar) :: yochi designs gold stud bracelet (similar) :: leather&chain bracelet from Taiwan :: ]
Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Animal Print Skinny Jeans
Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Animal Print Skinny Jeans
Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Animal Print Skinny Jeans
Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Animal Print Skinny Jeans
[ :: H&M tshirt (similar) :: Forever 21+ skinny jeans (in gold here) :: Gap leather jacket (similar) :: ]
[ :: Monika Chiang bag (in white here) :: Nine West boots (similar) :: Forever 21 silver spike bangles (here) :: ]
[ :: skagen watch (similar) :: yochi designs gold stud bracelet (similar) :: leather&chain bracelet from Taiwan :: ]

Put this on over the weekend when it was still decently cool. I've been gravitating toward loads of blacks and studs and chains lately, and playing with textures to keep things interesting. These animal print skinny jeans from Forever 21+ are a new favorite of mine, even though they definitely fall outside my comfort zone. I love the rocker-vibe the dark print exudes so I kept to the theme with black leather and mixed metals. I can't remember the last time I wore these boots (2009? 2010?) but I still love the hefty weight and clinky sound they make when I walk. The sounds reminds me of spurs, and anything that appeals to my inner cowgirl has a permanent place in my heart.

Thanks for reading! 

currently coveting: plus size & wide calf boots

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog: Currently Coveting Wide Calf Boots
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In the past week, Southern California weather has done a complete 180 and it's now super cold and rainy. I can feel a cold coming on (ugh!), and in this chilly weather, all I want to do is layer on sweaters, scarves, and jeans! What better to pair with those than some new boots, right?! :D

I invest in a new pair each year, and I know how difficult it can be to find cute wide calf boots, so I've rounded up 5 of my favorites this season! They're all gorgeous and are true plus-size/wide calf boots with over 17" circumferences. I'm particularly in love with number two's gorgeous rich purple-ish hue. How amazing would those look with black skinny jeans or leggings and a slouchy, oversized sweater?? Adding to my cart now.

Are boots one of your Fall wardrobe staples? What are some of your faves? ♥

rocker girl


[ :: Gap academy blazer (here) :: H&M shirt (similar) :: Forever 21+ leather skirt (similar) :: ]
[ :: Guess boots (similar) :: Kenneth Cole clutch (similar) :: Forever 21 earrings (similar) :: ]





[ :: Gap academy blazer (here) :: H&M shirt (similar) :: Forever 21+ leather skirt (similar) :: ]
[ :: Guess boots (similar) :: Kenneth Cole clutch (similar) :: Forever 21 earrings (similar) :: ]

Everyone has a little rocker in them, and fall is the best time to let it out! Loads of black leather, rich colors, and animal prints, paired with studs and buckles and zippers--you really can't go wrong.

If you've followed my blog for a while, you know I'm particularly obsessed with leather pieces--whether they're bags, jackets, skirts, or shoes. I picked this (faux) leather skirt up a year or two ago, and Forever 21+ has really stepped up their leather skirt game since then! A couple of my favorites are here, here, here, and here. Gorgeous, right? I'm particular keen on the leather & denim style. So chic.

How are you guys wearing your leather this fall? I can't wait to add a new leather jacket to my wardrobe. I'm thinking a rich jewel tone style? On the hunt now! ;)

Thanks for reading!