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Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Outfit Talbot's Camel Coat and Printed Boyfriend Jeans
Hey guys!! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday and are looking forward to counting down to 2014! I already blogged what I'll be wearing tonight but I wanted to finish off the year with one of my favorite looks to date!

[ :: Talbot's coat :: LOFT striped top :: ASOS boyfriend jeans (cute polka dot version!) :: ]
[ :: Fossil leopard crossbody :: Go Go Phillip earrings :: Mossimo heels (similar from Calvin Klein) :: ]

IN THE DETAILS

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Are you guys sick of hearing/seeing this jacket yet? WELL TOO BAD! lol. :D I'll stop soon, I promise. Maybe. :P

Plus Size Holiday Outfit Idea - What to Wear to a New Years Eve Party

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Isabel Marant pour H&M Jacket and Simply Be Skirt
The look you choose to count down in is always fun one to put together! I think it represents how people feel about the new year--you get a clean slate, and it feels like the possibilities are endless! 
[ :: Isabel Marant pour H&M pilot jacket :: zip detail skirt c/o Simply Be :: LOFT tee :: ]
[ :: Alexander Wang Ryan clutch (similar) :: Mossimo boots :: ]

Plus Size Holiday Outfit Idea - What to Wear for Home Sweet Home

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Isabel Marant pour H&M Yosemite Sweater and Leather Pants
Since I already shared what I wore to our company holiday party, I figured it would be fun to share with you guys what I plan on wearing the most this season, so over the next few days I'll be sharing my looks by occasion. A little different than what I usually do, but I hope you enjoy it! :)

Whether it's opening presents on Christmas morning, playing board games with family (mah jong in my family's case!), or just hanging out after some serious shopping, time spent at home is my favorite part of the holidays. While I'm all for wearing pajamas all day, sometimes your loungewear calls for a little more polish!

[ :: Isabel Marant pour H&M men's sweater :: Forever21+ faux leather pants and tank :: Mossimo boots :: ]

MYNT1792 Blogger Collection Video Release!

Woohoo! Just in time for the holidays, the MYNT1792 Blogger Collection jackets have shipped out to those of you who pre-ordered! If you haven't yet, you can pick one up at MYNT1792 here. :)

For a little extra fun, MYNT1792 shot a behind-the-scenes video about the collection. Check it out below for clips from the launch party, as well as interviews about our design inspiration! (Don't mind me and my awkward rambling, lol.)



P.S. I may be seriously biased, but how amazing does MaggieB look in the Allison Zip Up Trench?! So insanely cool seeing someone else in my design. If you ordered the jacket, please snap a pic and tag me on twitter, facebook, or instagram so I can share with everyone! I would love to see it on you guys! :D

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XO ALLISON

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Holiday Multitasking!

There is nothing better than a dress that does double duty during the holidays. Head over to my guest post on Luke Reichle's Secrets of the Red Carpet to see how I transitioned this gorgeous Simply Be dress from a holiday work function to a night out! :)

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Left: Simply Be dress, Calvin Klein blazer (similar), Torrid tights, Mossimo boots, Express clutch (similar)
Right: Simply Be dress, Hearts clutch, H&M cuff, Prabal Gurung for Target heels
To make things even better, Simply Be currently has a 20% off promotion! Use code 5855 at checkout!
XO ALLISON

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COZY UP

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Talbots teal coat with black fur collar and ASOS art deco print dress
Wooooo, okay, worst blogger award goes to yours truly. Things have been pretty crazy here as we move into our new place, but we're finally getting settled in! Not easy since I now have less than HALF the closet space I used to (brb crying), but it was a good opportunity to assess the clothes hoarding situation I had gotten myself into. Finally purged some items I had held on to for far too long! I also discovered that I own an inordinate amount of scarves given the mild winter we have, but I love them too much to get rid of them. Maybe during the next move. lol!

Anyway, I'm so excited for the holidays this year! With it comes family, fun, and cute outfits to share! I wore this outfit for a friend's wedding a couple weeks ago--the contrasting fur collar on the bright teal coat is so fabulous and festive!

[ :: ASOS Curve dress (similar) :: Talbots coat (available here) :: Calvin Klein heels (similar) :: ]
[ :: Kenneth Cole clutch (similar) :: Forever 21 and Macy's bracelets :: ]

PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE: WOMEN OF STYLE

So you may have seen some instagram snaps of me and a few fab ladies on set with Plus Model Mag...
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Last month I had the honor of shooting with Plus Model Magazine for their Women of Style editorial! Maddie, Alissa, Ty, Fluvia, Ivory, and I got to play dress up in styles from Ulla Popken, and work it (or in my case, attempt to work it) in front of the camera. Head over to Plus Model Mag for the full editorial!

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What I'm Wearing: I had been on the hunt for a good plus size coat, and this classic coat was the perfect fit. Also wearing the colorblocked tunic, leggings, and Bella Vita Walker boots! All jewelry is from my own closet. :)

FROM THE ARCHIVES



Took these photos a few months ago (hello pre-ombre hair!) but never got around to posting them! The man and I have been preoccupied with moving and getting the new house set up, which is SO exciting, but remembering to take photos of my outfits has taken a back seat. Hopefully these photos will hold you over till my next post! Promise it won't be too long! :)

In other exciting news, the 2-in-1 trench coat I designed for MYNT1792 is now available for purchase! Head over here to check it out. :D Limited quantities available!

[ :: Banana Republic trench (similar):: Diane von Furstenberg dress (similar):: Michael Shannon heels (similar) :: ]
[ :: Coach satchel (similar):: H&M belt (similar) :: ]

PATTERN PLAY

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Printed Boyfriend Jeans

Keeping things short today! Mixing prints with these boyfriend jeans and patterned jacket. Added some gold accents with this studded vegan leather clutch from Hearts which I absolutely adore, and this necklace from Designsix (currently on sale for $11!).

[ :: H&M jacket :: Phillip Lim for Target top (similar) :: ASOS boyfriend jeans :: ]
[ :: spiked clutch c/o Hearts :: ASOS DesignSix necklace :: INC International Concepts heels :: ]

TAKING SHAPE: BOOST YOUR CQ

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Sonsi Boost Your CQ
Whoop whoop! Finally out of the hospital and back home, and just in time for the Sonsi Boost Your CQ Twitter Event! :) If you haven't yet, I really hope you'll take 5 minutes to take the quiz and share your results with me! :)

[ :: City Chic jacket c/o Sonsi :: Forever 21 tank :: Phillip Lim for Target skirt :: ]
[ :: Phillip Lim for Target bag :: Prabal Gurung for Target heels :: ]

FASHION FUN: BOOST YOUR CQ WITH SONSI!

You may have seen some chatter over on Twitter about plus size e-tailer, Sonsi's#BoostYourCQ movement--if not, let me fill you in! It is all about learning to embrace your curves and boosting your "Curvy Quotient" as they like to call it. Curious what your CQ is? Check out the quiz here and find out your score and shop special picks for you now! :)

In other fun news, Sonsi will be hosting a Twitter party on Tuesday 10/15 at 9PM EST with yours truly (❤❤❤!), along with amazing stylist and fashion expert, Reah Norman and fabulous fashion and lifestyle blogger, my girl CeCe from The Big Girl Blog! :)

I hope you guys will log on and hang out with us for a bit to chat about the Boost Your CQ quiz results, fashion, curves, and everything in between! :) There will be some pretty sweet gift card prizes as well, so definitely tune in! ;) You can check out more and RSVP for the event on Sonsi's site by clicking the invite below! Hope to see you there! ;)

Sonsi Twitter Party Boost Your CQ

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SIMPLY LUXE

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Simply Be Dress Phillip Lim for Target Bag

Hey guys! First and foremost, thank you so much for the well wishes on Twitter and Instagram! ❤ You guys are too sweet. Getting some blogging done from the hospital because time waits for no one, sick or not! :P Granted, this is a teeny bit behind schedule this week, but hopefully it's coming better late than never! :)

[ :: Luxe dress c/o Simply Be :: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target bag (thanks for the hookup, Jeniese!) :: ]
[ :: ASOS necklace :: Evans boots (similar) :: H&M belt :: ]

PINCH ME: MYNT1792 HOLIDAY BLOGGER COLLECTION REVEAL!

You guys. It's taken ALL of my willpower not to tell you about this sooner, but we've just gotten the green light to share! I'm so beyond honored to have been able to design my dream jacket for MYNT 1792 as part of their holiday collection with 4 other bloggers. MYNT 1792 has been known for their seriously cool outerwear since they showed up on the plus size shopping radar, so being able to bring some of my own design ideas to them was an incredible experience!

Like a kid in a candy store, I incorporated all of my favorite things--an asymmetrical zip, leather sleeves with quilted detailing, bright gold exposed zippers, and a convertible design. I really hope you guys love it! ❤❤❤

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog MYNT1792 Blogger Collaboration Allison Jacket
Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog MYNT1792 Blogger Collaboration Allison Jacket

Look look look! The bottom zips off! I love that it can be worn partially zipped or completely off. This was the design aspect I was most excited about and I'm so psyched about how it came out!
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Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog MYNT1792 Blogger Collaboration Allison Jacket
Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog MYNT1792 Blogger Collaboration Allison Jacket
Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog MYNT1792 Blogger Collaboration Allison Jacket
There will be a couple tweaks from the sample shot here, but all good changes, I promise! ;) So excited for you all to see it! :)

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog MYNT 1792 Bloggers Nicolette Mason, Kellie Brown, Franceta Johnson, Allison Teng & Nadia Aboulhosn
Being able to bring an idea to life and getting to meet these other fabulous women was something out of a dream. Check out their blogs for shots of their designs!
Nicolette | Kellie | Franceta | Nadia

So grateful for to MYNT 1792 for making this happen! For more photos from the shoot, check out this article on Refinery 29.

The blogger collection will be available November 1st over at mynt1792.com! :)

Photos by the amazing Lydia Hudgens!
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TRANSITION DRESSING

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Simply Be ASOS Outfit- Transition Dressing

Incorporating leather into my outfits in a way that won't leave me with a heat stroke has more or less become my mission in life. It may be 90 degrees but that won't keep me from wearing leather on a daily basis!

[ :: Luxe Bead Trim Blouse c/o Simply Be :: ASOS navy leather skirt (ASOS Curve version here) :: ]
[ :: Alexander Wang Rocco in Iodine (in black here) :: Forever 21 bracelets :: Michael Kors heels (similar) :: ]

FALL FORWARD

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Outfit Blog Fall Forward with Simply Be USA
You guys. This Sunday will be the first. day. of. fall. I can't wait to break out things with sleeves and knits and jeans and leather and jackets and cinnamon flavored/scented everything!

[ :: sequinned tunic (worn as dress :P) c/o Simply Be :: snakeskin heels (here) :: ]
[ :: Coach clutch (in solids here) :: Forever 21 bracelet (here) :: ]

UNEXPECTED HUES: 9 Awesome Leather Pieces I'm Coveting for Fall

Hey guys! I'm back from a whirlwind trip in NYC, and while the runways are being walked by models in S/S 2014 gear, I'm itching to share some of my favorite pieces for fall! This summer feels like it has lasted a lifetime. I'm so ready for it to cool down so I can bust out my coats, jeans, sweaters and boots!

Every fall, I find myself obsessing over all things leather, and this year is no different! While black and brown pieces are always classic, this year, I'm gravitating toward more unexpected colors--burgundy, various shades of blue, and dark, smoky greens. Click through the slideshow below for a few of my favorite leather pieces in unconventional shades!

I can't get enough! The leather t-shirt and navy skater skirt are my absolute must haves. What about you? Is colored leather striking your fancy for fall? :)
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DESERT PATH

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Umgee Boho Look
Getting (slightly) off the beaten path for the last sweltering hot days of Summer!
Also, I promise I'm wearing shorts.

[ :: Umgee tunic c/o :: DIY dip dye cutoff shorts (similar) :: Duro Olowu x JCP bag (similar) :: ]
[ :: Franco Sarto boots (similar) :: necklaces from Taiwan and various street vendors :: ]

[[summer classics]] wet seal event and $100 giveaway!

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Wet Seal Event and Giveaway

Happy Monday! I'm super excited to share that Wet Seal is now carrying their plus size selection in certain stores (check out the store list here!). I love trying clothes on before I buy, so this is great news!

In celebration of their in-store launch, Wet Seal is hosting an event in Brea, CA this Friday afternoon. I'll be there, so come hang out, get pampered, and shop with me! :) All the event details are at the bottom of this post. Hope to see you there! :D

LEATHER AND LACE AND ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog - Leather and Lace Outfit
Wearing one of my favorite combinations--leather and lace! :)
[ :: Kiyonna dress c/o Kate & Cecilia (get 50% off with code CURVYGIRL50) :: Gap moto jacket (similar) :: ]
[ :: INC pumps (on sale here) :: H&M clutch (here) :: ]

GILDED

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog - Gilded
Happy Friday guys! :D Embracing the remnants of long days and warm weather with bright colors and summery cuts!

[ :: LOFT dress (similar) :: ASOS belt (here) :: Michael Kors grayson bag (similar) :: ]
[ :: Luichiny heels c/o Dr Jays (here) :: Torrid and ONecklace necklaces :: Forever 21 bangles :: ]

NEW TEXTURES

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog - Skater Skirt and Crop Top
Still not over the crop top/high waisted skirt combo!

[ :: Forever21+ jacket (similar) :: skirt c/o Dr Jays (similar) :: F21 crop top (similar; would be an easy DIY too!) :: ]
[ :: Calvin Klein heels (similar) :: cuff c/o Hearts.com :: Jason Wu x Target clutch (similar) :: ]

$250 Thread & Butter Giveaway!

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Lulu Top (available mid-august)

My love for Thread & Butter is pretty well-documented (rocked their tie dye pieces in Hawaii here and here!), and while most of us are familiar with their bright, summery tanks and super wearable basics, they just released some new pieces for fall and they are cuuuuute.

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Left: Cameron Dress (available mid-august) || Right: Rhett Top
I love that they managed to translate tie dye into something that works for Fall. The Cameron dress is absolutely on my to-buy list! The Rhett Top is gorgeous and also comes in a plum colorway. If you're impatient for the Fall items to land on their site, the Spring 2013 Collection is currently on major sale. I have my eye on the Ricky Top! :D

Thread & Butter was sweet enough to offer Curvy Girl Chic readers a chance to win a $250 gift card to shop their site! Trust me--this is a giveaway prize I wish I could keep for myself! :P

3 Ways to Enter!
  • Leave a comment with your favorite item from Thread & Butter and your email or twitter so I can contact you if you win! Simple!
  • Follow @CurvyGirlChic and @TandBplus on Twitter, and comment again with your twitter handle/name!
  • Like Curvy Girl Chic and Thread & Butter on Facebook, then comment again with your FB name!
❤ Pretty simple, right? Good luck! ❤

*1 entry per method per person. Leave a separate comment per entry method. Giveaway closes August 16! :) Open to readers with a US address. Prize courtesy of Thread & Butter.

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CURRENTLY COVETING: Tadashi Shoji Holiday Collection

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You guys, I can't help it. I have dreams of lounging around on a blush, tufted settee in a villa having champagne and macaron parties in these gowns. Tadashi Shoji's collections are always complete works of art, and Fall/Holiday is no exception!
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I'm pretty much obsessed with the second gown. It's made of neoprene, which I can't get enough of right now! Classic and fabulous, these dresses will never go out of style!

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So often, plus size women are relegated to drab dresses. The rich, saturated colors, and metallic lace on these pieces make sure you won't blend into the background at an event! The teal, off-the-shoulder tulle gown is pretty much the dress of my dreams. My birthday IS in two weeks, so what better excuse! :P Clearly I need to plan something fancy. Adult prom is a thing, right?

You can check out the whole collection online here, and just in case you're in the market for one of these gorgeous dresses, using code FALL20CGC will score you 20% off your purchase. Happy shopping! :)
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IN PRINT

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog - Wet Seal Tribal Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses forever.

[ :: tribal maxi c/o Wet Seal :: LOFT necklace (similar) :: Torrid spike bracelet (similar) :: ]
[ :: Prabal Gurung for Target heels (similar) :: Claudia Firenze bag (similar) :: ]

Summer Love: $75 ASOS Giveaway!

Heyyy guys! Happy Friday! :)

ASOS is easily a leader in online retail for shoppers everywhere, and their Curve range consistently carries some of the most on-trend items available to plus size shoppers. When their team reached out about having a giveaway, I figured I haven't done one in ages, so why not! I have a wishlist about 30 items long, and I figured you guys probably do too!

Onto the good stuff. You guys have a chance to win a $75 voucher, which you can use for anything on the site. Whether you need a new bag, a back to school outfit, or some new fall booties, chances are, ASOS has something that will fit the bill perfectly. 

3 Ways to Enter (don't worry, they're really simple):

  1. Comment below with your name and either email or twitter so I can contact you if you win!
  2. Follow Curvy Girl Chic on Bloglovin' and comment below w/ your contact to let me know you did!
  3. Follow ASOS on Google+ here and comment again! :) (See, told you it was simple!)
*1 entry per method per person. Leave a separate comment per entry method. Giveaway closes August 2! :) Prize courtesy of ASOS.
**If leaving your email address, type it as "namename(at)gmail(dot)com" so the bots don't get you!

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog DrJays Plus Size Dress
Took a weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle and reacquaint myself with parts of California I haven't gotten to visit since I was little! So much fun to get away from the crowds for a day.

[ :: striped dress c/o Dr Jays (available here for $29.99!) :: Charles David heels (similar) :: ]
[ :: Gap denim moto jacket (20% off here) :: ]
[ :: statement necklace c/o Max & Chloe (available here) :: ASOS bow bag (similar) :: ]

SUMMER ESSENTIAL

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog - Melissa Masse Dress Summer Essentials
Been pretty much lingering in air-conditioned locales since being outside in the heat turns me into a belligerent train wreck, but for those moments that I know I'll be outside, I've been arming myself with super breezy clothes and a giant hat for sun protection.

[ :: shirtdress c/o Melissa Masse (55% off here!) :: Kate Spade hello sunshine tote (similar) :: Cynthia Rowley hat (similar) :: ]
[ :: jewelry via ideeli :: target wedges (30% off here!) :: ]

IN THE KISSER

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog - ASOS Oversized Face Tee and Shorts
It's been rough reacclimating to the daily grind, but I'm back in California, trying to catch up with life. Things have been absolutely crazy--lots of unexpected changes at work, we're moving to a new place soon (!!!), and there are several fun fashion surprises in the works! Can't wait to share with you all in a couple weeks. ^__^

[ :: ASOS oversized tee (available here) :: H&M shorts (similar here) :: Grafea backpack (available here) :: ]
[ :: Calvin Klein heels (similar) :: Target sunnies (here) :: ]

SHORT STORY

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Palm Print Shorts
Hello from Amsterdam!!! :) Just checking in to share a summery look with you guys! :) Absolutely in love with these shorts and I wanted to make sure I shared them while they're still in stock. At only $12.50(!!!), I don't think they'll be around for long!

[ :: Forever21+ blazer (similar) :: Old Navy palm print shorts (available here) :: Old Navy tee (here) :: ]
[ :: Report heels (available here!) :: Coach bag :: Carrie Allison necklace c/o ONecklace (here) :: ]
[ :: Torrid spike necklace (similar) :: rings via The Love Knot Shop (on etsy here) :: ]

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Scarlett and Jo Embellished Dress
Happy Independence Day! :) As much as I'm loving this trip through Europe, I'm missing home quite a bit, especially as I would normally be barbecuing, eating watermelon, and hanging out by the pool today. Ah well, I'll settle for exploring castles and pretty towns in Germany! ;)

[ :: embellished dress c/o Scarlett & Jo (available here!) :: Majid straw tote via ideeli (similar here) :: ]
[ :: Merona sandals (available here) :: filigree cuff via street vendor :: ]

ANCHORED

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog MYNT1792 Harlem Moto
Hey guys! :D Checking in from Germany to share another look from MYNT! Of the three MYNT pieces I've worn, this one is my favorite! I love the contrasting body/sleeve combo, and there are so many chic details; I adore the contrast exposed zippers, buckles at the waist, and I love the leather epaulettes!

[ :: MYNT1792 Harlem moto c/o :: H&M dress (similar) :: Alexander Wang Rocco (several color options here!) :: ]
[ :: Prabal Gurung x Target heels (similar) :: F21 bangles :: ]

NEW OBSESSIONS

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog MYNT1792 Chelsea Jacket Look
Happy Monday! :) So excited to share these photos with you!

[ :: MYNT1792 Chelsea jacket c/o :: H&M+ pants (similar) :: Forever 21 crop top (similar) :: ]
[ :: Report heels :: Monika Chiang Raja clutch :: ]