Tuesday, May 29, 2012

pastel me about it

You guys know I love colorblocking, and this season is all about doing it with pastels. As much as I adore the colors, the trend can skew a bit frilly for my taste, so I decided to mix things up a bit by putting together a pastel outfit inspired by menswear. The skinnies are from Gap (available here, but if you want plus sizes they have similar ones at Evans), and the top and brogues are ASOS (available here). The sunnies are ASOS too (here), which I thought completed the look perfectly; I felt like a modern day Diane Keaton/Annie Hall, which can only be a good thing.
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PS-I'm going to be on the Today Show tomorrow morning (I believe somewhere around 9am--watch my tweets for updates) if you want to tune in!

PPS-I got a new facebook page (unfortunately FB doesn't allow you to change the name of a public page). Make sure you don't miss out on new updates--you can like it here! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

GabiFresh Makeover

A little over a month ago, I told you guys that I was going to give a makeover to one lucky reader. Firstly, I have to thank each and every one of you who entered to win; I was so overwhelmed and humbled by the amazingly touching emails I received. It was so hard to pick a winner--I hope one day I'm somehow able to do this again and again and again!

Though each and every email blew me away, there was one person in particular who stood out. Her name is Jasmine, and she wrote a sweet message about how she's a mother of three (a 3-year-old and a set of 16-month-old twins). She gained weight during her last pregnancy and wanted to rebuild her confidence. That's not all though! A few days later, I received another email from her husband Brian. He told me he didn't think his wife did herself justice, and went on to write a huge essay (unbeknownst to her) on why she deserved the makeover. He wanted her to feel as beautiful as he saw her every single day! What a sweet guy!!! Here's the photo that Jasmine sent me in her initial email (the "before" photo, if you will):
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So that was that, I chose Jasmine as the winner, and she and her hubby drove all the way up from Maryland just for the occasion. We met at the Fashion to Figure in Yonkers, and immediately started going through the racks to figure out what would be best. She said she tends to stick to black and casual outfits, so I wanted to get her out of her comfort zone by choosing a bright dress. We pulled a bunch of options, and went off to the dressing room.

After trying everything on, there was one standout lace coral dress that we all agreed was best. We paired it with some great wedges and statement necklaces, and Jasmine then got her makeup done by Lola Alade of Image Creation (I told her we wanted to go for a bronze/summery look with a pop of color). Here's Jasmine after the makeover: newjaz jasmine DSC_1020
Dress and necklaces c/o  Fashion to Figure, Shoes- Aldo, available here
She looks absolutely stunning, right?! She was so excited (and so was her husband)! Even though she felt good, she was still nervous that these photos would be on my blog so you guys have to let her know how fabulous she looks.

Thanks so much to Jasmine, Brian, makeup artist Lola and Fashion to Figure for all the help! We had a blast!

Monday, May 21, 2012

spring photo diary

It's not always easy to put together outfit posts--it takes planning and making sure there's someone around to actually snap my photos. Thanks to instagram, I've been able to share lots more with you guys--from food and shopping to my more casual looks. I thought it'd be cool to do roundups here every once in a while for those of you who haven't been able to keep up! Hope you enjoy!


floral dress, very.com, necklace via street vendor/bracelet, mr.kate

studded booties by jeffrey campbell/marc by marc sneaker wedges

absolutely addicted to edamame & sweet potato rolls/glossybox has finally launched in the USA and I love it!

SUPER casual with H&M tee, Babooshka harem sweats, MBMJ sneakers/Astoria Rooftop

latest mani /ASOS feather blouse + Silver denim boyfriend jeans

flowers in the west village/portobello torta

nude x neon! scalloped top c/o SimplyBe, jeans c/o very.com, fennimas jewelry, H&M clutch/picnic in the park


cherry red pedi/Sarah's amazing gel nails

clothing & goodie bags at the Evans US Preview

gifted eloquii drapey dress, stella & dot necklace/american apparel top, dorothy perkins carrot pants

latest shoe purchase: Michael Kors heels (on sale here!) /game night in harlem
You can follow me on instagram @gabifresh!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

runway my way

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Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2012, images via style.com
The great debate among fashionistas this spring seems to be surrounding the sneaker wedge. I have never been a sneaker girl--well, not since my collection of kangaROOS in high school--and to be honest, I didn't even love the original Isabel Marants. But then I saw the beauties that graced the Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2012 runway, and everything I'd previously believed completely disappeared. The red ones were my fave, but I decided the navy would be more wardrobe friendly. I took a cue from the Marc runway looks and paired the sneaker wedges with stripes, opting for a [size 12] dress from the Maternity line at ASOS (available here) and some killer shades (available here).

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Photos by Lydia Hudgens

I leave you with a tweet from the one and only BryanBoy:
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Faves

When I first started gabifresh, there were so few plus size style bloggers that we were all close friends. In the past two years, things have exploded and it's been hard for me to keep up with all the fabulous fatshion girls. Thanks to tumblr, I've recently discovered some new faves--hope you love them as much as I do!

Friday, May 11, 2012

silver spring

I've never been one to copy the latest celeb trends, but when I saw the unbout illusion pumps on a few different gossip blogs, I immediately fell in love. After a lot of thought, I decided to make my very first high-end designer shoe purchase. I'm 25, so I figured it's about time for a classic grown up pair of heels (plus I had a pretty shitty 2011 so I convinced myself I deserve them). For my first time wearing them out on the town, I paired them with a black ASOS peplum top (available here) and silver sequin leggings (available here--if you buy them, I recommend sizing down).

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Top-ASOS/Leggings-ASOS/Shoes-Louboutin via Barneys, sold out but similar here/Purse-c/o Rebecca Minkoff/Earrings-Fennimas 
Photos by Lydia Hudgens

PS-Thank you so much to all of you for the amazingly sweet comments, tweets, and emails about my latest bikini post!!