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CALIFORNIA WINTER

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Outfit Missguided+ Plaid Coat Wide Calf Over the Knee Boots

I know I probably shouldn't be complaining, but it's COLDDD. Not snow-on-the-ground, can't-feel-my-face cold, but still cold enough where getting out of bed seems like the worst idea ever, and jumping out of a hot shower into a cold bathroom takes serious mental preparation.

PERFECT COMBINATION

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog MYNT1792 Leather Jacket Navy Pleated Skirt
Some things never go out of style--moto jackets, flirty skirts, and a navy/black combo are among them!

[ :: moto jacket c/o MYNT1792 :: box pleat skirt c/o MYNT1792 :: ]
[ :: Enzo Angiolini heels (similar) :: New Look clutch :: ]

PARTY TIME! 3 HOLIDAY PARTY OUTFIT IDEAS

Curvy girl Chic Plus Size Outfit Ideas for a Holiday Party
One of my favorite parts about the holidays is dressing up for all the holiday festivities! I love wearing sparkly, shimmery, super luxe pieces, and a Christmas party or holiday dinner is the perfect reason to take them out for a night on the town.
In today's post, I'm teaming up with Simply Be to show you three of my favorite looks for this season! They've been absolutely killing it in the partywear department--you can check out more of their dresses and sparkly goodies here!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE FASHIONISTA (AND ALL UNDER $60)!

This post is sponsored by Refinery29 and Maurices. All statements and opinions are my own!

**The collage below is totally shoppable--just click the image and it'll take you to the product page! :)


**The collage above is totally shoppable--just click the image and it'll take you to the product page! :) 

Finding the perfect gift can be a stressful, crazy task. Above are some of the must-have items I came across during my Christmas shopping escapades! Have you guys finished your gift-buying for the season? Knowing me, I'll probably be shopping until the day before! >_<

For more budget-friendly gift ideas, check out Maurice's Gift Guides here! :) They have some great discounts happening right now--the scarf and necklace above are only $10 each!

XO ALLISON


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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: MAURICE'S SWEEPSTAKES

This post is sponsored by Refinery29 and Maurices. All statements and opinions are my own!

The holidays, for me, have always been a time for family and friends. We always have a huge family dinner with all of our closest friends--my dad does the bulk of the cooking, my mom makes salad and other veggies, my sister tries not to set herself on fire (love you, sis!), and I make the sides and dessert. There is always way too much food, lots of bad jokes, and amazing, hilarious memories.

I know not everyone is as lucky as I am to live close to their family, or be able to travel home for the holidays, which is why I'm all about this sweepstakes courtesy of Maurice's! From now through December 5th, 2014, you can enter to win $1,500 towards flying you or someone you love home for the holidays! 

Curvy Girl Chic Maurice's Home for the Holidays Sweepstakes

To enter, visit Maurice's here (just submit your name, email, and phone number and you're in!). Three lucky winners will win a roundtrip ticket anywhere in the US up to $1,500. No purchase necessary. Subject to official rules.

And just in case you're in the shopping spirit, below are a few items I have my eye on!



XO ALLISON


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ALL DAY EASE

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Chunky Sweater Studded Skirt Outfit
[ :: H&M sweater (similar straight size style - it's oversized!) :: H&M skirt (similar) :: ]
[ :: Axel Accessories clutch (similar) :: Lane Bryant boots (c/o) :: ]

With the hectic holidays coming up, sometimes you just need a hassle-free, chic outfit that you can wear all day!

CURRENTLY COVETING: MISSGUIDED+ PLUS SIZE LAUNCH

Okay. So. I admit to not being familiar with Missguided before, but HOLY. CRAP. They just launched a plus size line, and it's seriously so, SO good. Crop tops, midi skirts, lots of tartan and check prints, gorgeous faux leather detailing...I'm in love! They're bringing us fast fashion at a seriously doable price point. Check out this matching set! The top rings in at less than $30 and the skirt is less than $40. AND, for a limited time, use code PLUS10 for an additional 10% off. Too good! 

*Side note: I'm testing out a new tool where you can click each item on the images below to go straight to the product page! :D I'll still link the items below just in case it's glitchy. Let me know what you think of this feature!

[ :: Missguided+ grid print crop top :: Missguided+ grid print midi skirt :: ]
Such. Perfection. I can't wait to wear this!!! 

DRESS UP

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I firmly believe that you are never too old to play dress up!
[ :: The Girl That Loves tutu skirt (custom sizes available!) :: H&M top (similar crop top) :: Forever 21 deco necklace :: ]
[ :: Michael Kors heels (similar heels) :: Jason Wu for Target satchel (similar straw satchel) :: ]

SUMMER BLISS

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I have a weird thing for quirky prints, so when I saw this dress (yes, that's a banana tree and pomegranates on there), I knew I had to have it!

[ :: Issa silk mini dress via The Outnet :: Vince Camuto heels :: Forever 21 clutch (similar mint envelope clutch) :: ]

STYLIST FOR A DAY


[ :: Knot Back Dress :: Cheetah Fit & Flare Dress :: ]

In today's edition of dreams coming true, while on set with ELOQUII, I got to play stylist for the day! With a real model! haha. Click through for more photos! :)

ESCAPE WITH ELOQUII

Yayyyy, I can finally share what I was working on in NY with ELOQUII! You might have seen a couple sneak peeks on my instagram during my brief stint in NYC, but looks like the cat's out of the bag! I got to play stylist for the day and hang out with the incredible ELOQUII team, putting together my favorite looks from their latest collections!
I can't get over this outfit. I want to wear it everywhere!
[ :: Rose & Stripes Crop Top :: Ponte Skater Skirt :: ]

I really just need someone to appreciate the beaded/embellished glory of this skirt. Also, GIVE ME ALL THE PRINTS.
[ :: Studio Embellished Artisan Skirt :: Wrap Back Tank :: Beaded Bib Necklace :: ]

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So, I mean, that's Larry. And I love him.
[ :: Longline Vest :: Studded Ponte Pencil Skirt :: ]
[ :: Wrap Back Tank :: Beaded Statement Necklace :: ]
Head over to ELOQUII.com to see the rest of the photos, my favorite picks from the site, and to shop all the new arrivals! The best part? You can score 40% off your $100+ purchase with code "CHIC"!

XO ALLISON


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*This post and amazing opportunity were sponsored by ELOQUII--all opinions are my own!

COLOR SPLASH

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Just in case you weren't sure what my favorite color is... :D

[ :: Forever 21+ dress (similar) :: Banana Republic trench (similar) :: Henri Bendel bag :: ]
[ :: necklace and bracelet c/o ShinyMix :: Cole Haan pumps (similar) :: ]

LEATHER & STRIPES

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Leather Moto and Skirt with Stripes and Pink

Because when you're putting together an outfit, why not wear all your favorites at once?

LACE FOR DAYS

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Lace on Lace Outfit - Simply Be Lace Trimmed Denim Shorts
Perfect weather calls for pretty fabrics and girly accents! Nothing screams California-girl like a great pair of denim shorts, but I'm not always a huge fan of super distressed, chock-full-of-holes styles. They look great on some people, but they aren't really for me. These lace-trimmed shorts strike the perfect balance between casual and girly!

SUN & SHADE

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Zappos Outfit
90 degree weather calls for breaking out shorts and a breezy top for a super laid back look! 

HEAT WAVE

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Hiiiiiiiiiiiii guys! :D I hope you've been having a good week! These photos are a little late because I've been swamped at work (oh hai working until 10pm on a Friday night!) but a couple weeks ago it got up to the high 80's in California!

I first spied this amazing Angel Ribbons fringed beauty during the Simply Be Spring Preview a couple months ago and I knew I had to have it! It's so airy and boho, and I couldn't imagine a better time to break it out than during our first post-winter heat wave!

SHADES OF BLUE

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Rachel Pally Maxi Dress Outfit of the Day

Happy Spring! :D I know we Californians haven't had to deal with the polarvortexsnowpocalypse that the rest of the country has had to endure, but I'm so excited for spring! Daylight savings means that it's still light out when I get out of work (YESSS) and the occasional weekend heat wave allows for poolside hangouts and outdoor grilling!

MELISSA MASSE SPRING PREVIEW EVENT

A couple weekends ago, I was lucky enough to head to LA for Melissa Masse's Spring Preview. As a big fan of her bold and playful prints, I was excited to see what she had in store for us. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed!
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So many cheery prints and patterns!

WITH A KISS

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog SWAK Designs Lulu Skirt and Pretty Cami

I've departed from my usual above-the-knee skirts recently in favor of midi lengths. There is something so classic and refined about a slightly longer length, and nothing is as classic as a pleated skirt! In black, it's a piece you know you'll wear for years. You can shop for this skirt and more of SWAK's plus size clothes here!

[ :: Gap jacket :: pretty cami and lulu plus size skirt c/o SWAK Designs :: ]
[ :: Prabal Gurung for Target heels (similar) :: crossbody c/o RoviMoss :: ]
[ :: F21 bracelets :: Torrid necklace (similar) :: H&M spike ring :: ]

ON WEEKENDS

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Tulle Skirt and Leather Moto Outfit with Pietro Alessandro Bag
Happy Monday! (Actually, WHAT IS SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS MONDAY, IT'S A MONDAY FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.)

This weekend wasn't nearly long enough, but it was pretty perfect. Homemade breakfasts, days at the Korean spa, and evenings shopping in deserted outdoor malls because rain is the SoCal equivalent of a blizzard--all punctuated with good food, great company, and some long overdue reading. Suffice it to say, I'm not ready for Monday. At all.

Closet Cleanout and an Intro to Swapdom!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have caught on that I recently moved into a new place (YAY!). What's not so awesome, is that during the move, I tragically lost about half of my closet space (life is hard, lol), so a thorough closet cleanout was necessary in a major way. While I was flipping through my clothes, I realized just HOW MUCH of my wardrobe never actually gets worn! I'll fall in love with something, buy it, and one or two wears later, it's banished to the corners of my closet to die in favor of something new.
I'm terrible, I know.

ELOQUII is BACK (and better than ever!)

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The plus size blogosphere is abuzz with the news that Eloquii has relaunched! If you're new to Eloquii, here's the short and sweet about the brand: Previously owned by The Limited, Eloquii, The Limited's plus size brand, was shut down due to corporate restructuring. Plus size shoppers everywhere were sad/angry/disappointed, and the original team behind Eloquii decided to take over and relaunch with cooler pieces than ever before! (I'm personally a fan of all the faux leather details!)

The company is now employee-owned, which I think is awesome. The coolest part? They'll be releasing new products in limited quantities every few weeks, so there will always be something new and fresh to add to your wardrobe. Can't wait to see where the brand goes! :D

Click through for a few of my favorite lookbook images below!

STARS & STRIPES

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Banana Republic Striped Trench and Star Print Dress

Happy President's Day! I promise it's just a coincidence that I'm wearing stars and stripes, lol.

WEEKEND WEAR

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Living Doll LA Baseball Jacket

Opted for metal eyelet embellished sneakers and this super cute baseball jacket from Living Doll LA this past weekend! I don't consider myself sporty (at all), but I love adding athletics-inspired pieces to my weekend looks.  They make outfits feels easy, and there really is nothing as comfortable as sneakers! I'm usually a heels or flats kind of girl, but recently I've been craving cool sneaks for running errands without looking like I'm about to hit the gym..

[ :: oversized baseball jacket c/o Living Doll LA :: Forever 21+ skirt :: not photoshopped tank :: ]
[ :: Phillip Lim for Target bag :: braid and spike bracelets c/o Ettika :: ASOS sneakers :: ]

LIVING DOLL LA

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Living Doll LA Tye Dye Skirt
I love finding out about Cali-based, plus size designers and retailers, so when Living Doll LA reached out to me about the addition of plus sizes to their shop, I was so psyched! This video of their totally adorable plus size senior designer Christi Raye talking about the line sealed the deal for me. How perfect is that floral bomber at 1:10??? Need it in my life!

OFF WE GO

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As a California girl with a never-ending itch to travel, I just about DIED when I saw this Kate Spade clutch a year ago at Nordstrom. I couldn't justify shelling out almost $400 for a clutch (albeit an amazing one), so I held onto it for a few moments before placing it back on the display with a tear in my eye. I must have circled back at least 3 times to longingly gaze upon its perfection but in the end, I had to let it go.

I HEART NY

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Wet Seal Sweatshirt Forever 21 Sequin Skirt
Hi guys! Happy Thursday! :D
Wearing my love for New York today...

TARTAN LOVE

Curvy Girl Chic Plus Size Fashion Blog Wet Seal Tartan Moto Outfit

Happy New Year! I hope you've all had a great holiday season and are amped to make this year even better than the last! I was iffy about sharing my resolutions with the internets because, let's face it, accountability. lol! But one week in, and finally getting the nerve up to share, here goes a basic rundown...