Saturday, November 22, 2008

Shut. It. Down.

Ever since Bravo's The Rachel Zoe Project, I've been dying to break out my fur (especially since Michigan's weather has turned frigid). But I couldn't help but wonder if those fur vests and coats Rachel looked so fab in only worked on her because of her...well...skeleton-like figure. Fur adds so much bulk, I wondered if it would translate well onto fat bodies or if we'd end up looking a little too yeti. Luckily, I found an old vintage fur capelet of mine and it seems to work perfectly. Not only are capelets great because they fit a huge range of sizes, but they also provide the glam factor without the "Hi, I'm a grizzly bear" effect.

I know some people are anti-fur due to their morals, but buying vintage eases my mind a little. Faux fur is always an option too, not to mention it's bound to be cheaper. Luckily, you can usually find great fur pieces at your local thrift store for less than fifty bucks. Maybe one of these days I'll be ballsy enough to try a coat, but in the mean time I'll stick to covering just my shoulders and chest in the soft stuff. If you want to recreate Zoe's look, there are a few options online, but your best (and cheapest) bet is to check out Ebay or a nearby Salvation Army.  In the words of my favorite skinny stylist, shut it down, girls.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Life of the Party

With December fast approaching, I've been keeping an eye out for cute holiday cocktail dresses. I haven't found anything epic yet, but the best plus-size options I have seen have come from upscale department stores. Places like Macy's, Nordstrom, and Saks are notorious for having great picks when it comes to party frocks. I'm still looking for my perfect New Year's Eve dress; nothing I've found is quite gaudy enough for my crazy personal taste. For now though, these are the top contenders for those fun shindigs that may or may not be holiday-related: 

Not gonna lie, I'd probably get a tailor to hike up the length on most of these (especially the Anne Klein dress) because I could not be any more into minis right now. With some opaque tights and hot heels, you'll be ready to turn heads and dance the night away.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Boot Strappin'

It's old news that the one must-have item of the fall/winter is a pair of flat black leather boots. I'd been on a quest to find the perfect boots for a long time, when last year I finally discovered a pair from Chinese Laundry that were sent directly from heaven. Unfortunately, they were sold out online and the only ones I could find in-store were a size too small. Luckily though, CL brought 'em back this year! They added a small wedge to this season's version, but that's a small price to pay for their overall beauty. The reason I mention them here, specifically, is because we all know that it's hard to find boots that fit larger calves. I can't say these will fit everyone, but they do have an elastic panel behind the knee which means they definitely work for a larger range of sizes. I can't squeeze my legs into most knee-high boots, but these ones leave plenty of extra room, even with pants tucked in! An added bonus is that you can leave them high or fold 'em down if that's more your style. All I know is, I haven't had them for long and they have already become a wardrobe staple. (That's an understatement. I literally only take them off to shower and sleep). 

Plus Size Powerhouses

Essence Magazine's website is featuring Plus Size Powerhouses, African American women who are curvy and workin' it. I can't lie, I get a little miffed when a size 10 is considered plus size, but I know in Hollywood being comfortable with your body when it's over 130 lbs is a feat. That said, the girls look great and their outfits are definitely inspirational. I'm especially loving Jennifer Hudson's purple pleats!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

YFF Girl of the Moment: Brenda Jean

Meet Brenda Jean, the redhead with a retro vibin' attitude. Her style is a little bit Mad Men, a little bit pin-up vixen, and a whole lot of fab. She does the vintage thing while still managing to look current, and I love that she makes a lot of her own pieces. The best part? She has the confidence we all envy (as she should, look at those legs!)

Name: Brenda Jean
Age: 24
Size: 26
Favorite Places to Shop: Old Navy, Torrid, Great Curves, antique stores, thrift stores, flea markets, craft stores, and the bead warehouse.
Fashion Icons: I have several--Divine, Marie Antoinette, Sophia Loren, Maria Callas, and Betsey Johnson, to name a few.
Current Obsession: The sweater vest
Advice to other YFF Girls: Be daring with color. Make your own accessories. Give and accept compliments genuinely and graciously. Try new hairstyles. Embody the confidence you admire. Take pride in pulling things off. Share your technique and never settle for style out of the box!

Be sure to keep an eye out for Brenda Jean's up and coming website! And remember, if you wanna be featured as a YFF Girl of the Moment, email me:

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fresh & Profresh

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, this past week has been crazy! Not only because of the presidential election, but also because I've had a few interviews and conferences to attend. After this weekend, things should be back on track. In the mean time, I will leave you with what I wore to a recent interview with a women's fashion magazine:

It's definitely not my ideal outfit for this type of thing (I wanted something much more funky that showed my personal style), but the interview came up last minute. I wanted to be classic but trendy, professional but young. I didn't get the job, but that's okay because all I have to do is remember my new BCBG studded booties (and our new president) and all is right in the world again.