Thursday, December 20, 2018

Sparkle and Shine

It's that time of year again when I start scavenging through my closet, plus size clothing stores and BBBThink approved websites searching for the perfect amount of sparkle and shine for NYE. For many years I was in a relationship and generally spent the Eve w/ my significant other. And although I would still get dolled up, it's different when you're single and going out for a night on the town with your girls. So this year, like last year, I'll bring in 2019 with my friends Keina and Crystal both of which are curvy girls and love a cute fit! Have you ever heard that women dress more for other women than men...well I can attest to that. I love dressing up for the fellas but they don't always appreciate the work that goes into a fabulous look. But the ladies, they know! And when you're rocking a hot ensemble and you have good friends (ie, non-haters), they will hype you up and make you feel like a million bucks. Well, this year I decided to start looking early, last year I went shopping but didn't find anything, ordered a few dresses from ASOS then sent some back, made alterations to the final dress. Needless to say I was doing the most and unfortunately in a short amount of time. So this year, I went shopping right after Thanksgiving. Decided on two dresses at Fashion to Figure. Waited for a good sale/coupon code, which I got on Green Monday ... I'm still not sure what that holiday sale was all about but I'm thankful for the 30% off and FREE shipping that FTF offered, LOL. Glad I picked two dresses because choice number one was sold out in my size by the time I ordered. But I'm also glad that I waited because I knew I'd spend equal or more than the savings getting the dress hemmed. Well the dress has arrived, it's at the seamstress and will be ready tomorrow. By the way, I saved $24 and spent $25 on the alterations. Anyway, now I'm ready to accessorize. I need my jewelry - go big or go home, I need my purse - go bold or bust, and I need my shoes - go comfy or die (LOL). Of course I can't show you the finished look ... 1. It's not complete ... 2. I prefer to leave an element of surprise. But I will show you some of the contenders and my first choice dress. By the way, H&M always has super cute jewelry that's extremely inexpensive. And this time of year the sales are usually even better ... so if you have time stop by and rack up. Oh, please excuse the Uggs and lack of proper undergarments!

Black and Gold Sequin Bodycon Dress
Sold Out  

Red Hot Sheer and Studded Bodycon Dress
Still Available at Fashion to Figure
Holiday Green Oblong Should Evening Dress
Choice Number One ... Sold out 

Jewelry Sale Section at the H&M in Union Station

A few of the Big, Bold & Beautiful pieces I scooped!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

L.A. Vibes

With only a few weeks left in 2018, I can't help but to reflect on the blessed year that I've had. Many of my 2018 blessings came in the form of travel.  I'm fortunate enough to be able to jump up and go when I please and I did a lot of that over the last year. Now that I'm back on the dating scene, I realize that men ask the same boring questions over and over. Well the one that I hate the most after "tell me about yourself" is "what do you do for fun" ... it's such a boring, generic question. But responding "travel" is just as generic regardless of how true, LOL. So where have my jet-setting adventures taken me this year ... San Francisco, San Jose, Cuba, Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Minneapolis, Madison, Virginia Beach, New York, Chicago, Richmond and most recently Los Angeles.

Sunny, feel good L.A. gave me all the right kind of vibes. It was my first time there (surprising right) and I had a blast. I loved the weather, the scenic views, the food, the shopping but most importantly the people. L.A. folks were super friendly ... from the Uber drivers to the waiters, everyone was eager to give their suggestions on where to go and what to do.

I also loved the fashion sense. Although super trendy, most people were more casual and less avant-garde than New Yorkers. L.A. fashion was bohemian yet chic and sexy yet casual ... so, needless to say I fit right in. The men were also flirty and very outspoken with their compliments ... that's always refreshing ;). I honestly forgot how small "C" conservative D.C. is until strolling the L.A. streets.

Some of the highlights of the trip included the beautiful city views from Griffith Observatory, a mini-photo-shoot at the "Insecure" Dunes Apartment (one of my favorite TV shows), relaxing in the garden at the Getty (I love flowers), seeing Jean-Michel Basquiat's art in-person at the Broad Museum, hanging out with the "stars" on Hollywood Boulevard (LOL), taking in the fun sites and sounds of Venice Beach, walking Santa Monica Pier and of course shopping on Rodeo Drive which reminded me of "Pretty Woman" (one of my favorite movies).

So what did I wear? Well, I heard from locals that the weather can be tricky, varying 10 to 20 degrees from day to night and from town to town. So I made sure I took my moto jacket which transitions easily and pairs well with day and night attire. I also knew I'd be doing lots of walking so I took several neutral color flats that were comfortable and versatile (gold, black, blue). And, my most comfortable wedges for nightlife. Speaking of nightlife, I took several killer dresses/skirt and shirt combos for fancy dinners that I knew would be followed up by dancing. So here are the looks ... by the way, I still kept it frugally fly (most of these fits were less than $100).

Shirt - Rainbow
Sweat Pants - Ross
Shoes - Payless
Moto Jacket - Ashley Stewart
Necklace - Fashion to Figure
Dress - Forever 21+
Shoes - Rainbow
Purse - Clutch Instincts
Choker - Claire's
Crop Top & Pants - Mad Rag
Shoes - Payless
Skirt and Top - Burlington
Shoes - Rainbow
Purse - Steve Madden
Necklace - I made it!
Sweat Suit - Mad Rag
Shoes - Payless
Shirt - Rainbow
Skirt - Ashley Stewart
Shoes - Rainbow
Choker - Neighborhood Beauty Supply Store
Shirt - Rainbow
Jeans - Fashion to Figure
Shoes - Burlington
Necklace - I don't remember...LOL

Ladies, thanks for a great trip!!!