Now that’s one classy lady…

When I am feeling slumped in creativity I start watching movies. Anything I can get my hands on, just something to give me new ideas and fresh point of view. Well, I have been preparing lectures for modern history course I have been teaching at the local art college and I started watching old movies from the 1940’s -1960’s. I have to publicly eat crow. If for no better reason than, I really thought throughout my life and love affair with history of fashion that I despised the 1960’s. And in a lot of ways I can still point to things I don’t like about it. For example, being a plus sized woman in the 60’s looked to be nonexistent in media. It’s hard to find representation of the beautiful curves from the 1950’s, unless you watch the later seasons of Mad Men and see Christina Hendricks and her beautifully custom tailored garments, but I digress.

Why do I have to eat crow?

I ended up watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For those of you who need a little kick to your creative fashion sense, go to your local library and pick up a copy of this movie.  It’s super cute, but more importantly it is a hot bed of the current trends. I couldn’t believe how many things I’ve seen in the last 3 years that come straight out of this movie. Not just in clothing, but also in housewares.  It reminded me that we have Ms. Audrey Hepburn to thank for the staple of the Little Black Dress, and that anything can be solved with a giant hat! 🙂 If you ever think getting ready should take a long time to do, watch this movie, it reminds you it’s about your confidence!

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy…

This week I am soaking up some sun on a sunny Beach on the East coast. It’s the first vacation I’ve been on in over 4 years.  So in the mean time what fashion advice do I have to impart to you this week?

No advice really, just an introduction to some killer bathing suits that have come out this season. These awesome two piece swimming styles are pretty flattering for a two piece on a larger figure. I know that two piece swim suits aren’t for everyone, and while choosing a swimsuit style it is important that whatever you choose that you find something you feel both comfortable and confident in. The great news is tummy smoothing technology has come a long way and curvier ladies are no longer reduced to wearing just a swim dress or blousy tankini. I personally am an aficionado of  one piece 1950’s marylin monroe style bathing suits like this one. In fact I own this swimsuit below in a mint color.

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But while I enjoy soaking in the vitamin D and lounging on the sand, please enjoy these awesome new high waisted two piece bikinis. The great thing about the bottoms is that by being high waisted and including a tummy smoother, it softens any lumps and bumps showing off just enough of that smooth stomach in the middle. I didn’t think I would like them, when I recently when bathing suit shopping, but Forever 21 had some styles that looked pretty spectacular. If you find yourself envious and in want of one of these lovely suits, go to google and search plus size two piece swimsuits. Google has a new tab for shopping avenues. If you need to try one on, I have seen them in Forever 21 and Torrid.

Enjoy my fabulous readership!

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Summer Purse Switch Up

With this summer has come some amazing bags! As you know if you’ve been following this blog since March, I love myself a wonderful purse. Although, for me purse shopping is as much about finding the perfect bag as it is keeping it in a price range that doesn’t break the bank. I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for the last couple of weeks looking for the most awesome summer purse, and to be honest I just can’t pick one. Maybe one day I will save up the money or be in an income bracket that can afford a brand spanking new Steve Madden, Coach, Gucci, Chanel, D&G, or Stella McCarntney bag, but in the mean time my pocket book has me at more of a T.J. Maxx, Target, or Thrift store range. I will be highlighting some awesome purses that are out there this season for under $50. (Click on any of the pictures to go directly to the source).

 

My first pick is this awesome Merona Leaf Tote, it retails for  $34.99, but is currently on sale. What is it I like about this tote?

It has sturdy faux leather straps, that are long enough you can throw them over your shoulder. The bag itself is a quilted cotton bag that has a very sturdy shape that is certain to withstand quite a beating through use. The bottom is stabilized and the size is perfect for those of us who stuff our purses to the max, or for going to the beach, an overnight bag, kids activities etc. The colors are rich and the texture seems like it would hide dirt with wear and tear. They also have this tote in a printed pink and chocolate fabric that is very reminiscent of Vera Bradley, if that’s your cup of tea.

I am not generally drawn to cotton printed bags, but this organic print is just geometric enough that it lends itself to a variety of styles. In addition the background is a nice neutral Navy that looks great when paired with most colors.

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My Second pick is kind of cheating, because the only thing that brings it under $50 is a sale. But it comes in at just $44.99. The Adorable Alumna Bag from Mod Cloth.  I am personally not a huge fan of nude, but as I’ve seen some of the amazing people do with it, it is definitely growing on me. The thing that makes this purse however is the amazing laser cut texture. In addition it has a long enough attachable strap that you can wear it to your side or as a cross body bag, which is a deal maker for me.

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My third pick is another Merona bag. The weight on this bag is awesome, it’s a faux leather so it isn’t heavy. The color is gorgeous with silver and black findings and details, this purse stands out. The color itself is much richer in person. the nice spacious interior has a couple of pickets and the two other great features of this bag are it’s detachable cross body strap and it’s zipper closure. This bag comes in at $44.99.

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I am a little biased to this next brand. If you are like me, every once in a while you need a purse that speaks to your inner art teacher. Not only do these bags come in amazing bright and fun prints, but the fabrics are made from recycled plastic bottles. So you can feel great about helping the environment, while increasing your personal style. I have owned a Lilly bloom bag before. The straps are comfortable, the construction is very well done and mine withstood 2 years of abuse in college through bar life, if that tells you anything about the amazing durability of these great bags. In addition, they give you the most space and organization for the smallest purse and the brand makes their bags in an array of sizes and prints. I personally love the bicycles for summer time. This one sells for $45.50. However, I purchased a past season print at T.J.Maxx for $26.00.

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These bags are amazing!!! They come in several different colors including, turquoise, brown, tan, yellow, and bright red. I enjoy this periwinkle purse because you don’t see bags in this color very often. In addition to being super colorful it has a multitude of pockets, a zipper closure, has super soft and playable faux leather, and comes in at just $24.99.

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And my final and very uncharacteristic pick for this purse collection is this $25 number from journeys. I’ve been enjoying the Floral print bags, but to be honest there aren’t many really great floral print purses for under $50 running around in the world and I made the mistake of not purchasing the one from Target that I fell in love with, but I digress. It has some great faux leather detailing with brushed brass findings and details. The brown is accented perfectly by a mauve and yellow floral print. I think the only thing that could make this purse more 90’s is if it were made out of corduroy.  The things that I love about this fold over top is that it is styled to look like a messenger bag, while having all of the amenities of a hobo cross body purse.

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What bags do you like to wear? As you can see from my dream assortment for this season I love cross body bags. If you’re looking for great purses but are on a budge, try the awesome shopping feature through google. It will connect you to an array of different stores and at the same time it has features to search by price. Happy summer purse season!