Thursday, March 19, 2015

My Photographer: Meet Jeanee (Juh-knee)

Just a little while ago I was ready to give up blogging, my normal photographer was not available anymore and I couldn't afford the rates I was being quoted.  However my friend Jeanee saved me and my blog by volunteering to take my pics.  Since then we've worked together almost every Sunday.  However, this Sunday Jeanee was in front of the camera and I was taking the pictures.

 | Jacket - Oldnavy | Dress - Target | Wedges - Target | Belt - H&M | Clutch - Aldo |

Jeanee loves the color black, she wears it every day! No seriously, every day. I take that back, she does wear gray and other dark neutrals but mostly black.  When she picked up this dress at Target last Saturday I was shocked! I think the fit and flare style is what won her over, which is her favorite.  I was just happy to see her wear something colorful that came above her knees, lol.  She also purchased a pair of wedges that I had picked out for her earlier in the week and a really cute jumpsuit.  

It was Jeanee's idea to add her denim jacket, belt (isn't it fabulous) and clutch. This outfit came together nicely and I loved seeing my friend wear something colorful and cute.

Make sure you follow Jeanee on IG, she posts the best photos.  She is also a fantastic graphic designer (she designed my blog layout), not sure if she's doing freelance work but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hot Pink Midi Skirt? (Sure, Why Not!)

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| T-Shirt - The Limited (similar) (crop sweater version) | Skirt - Express (other colors) | 
| Sandals - Just Fab (similar) | Purse - Target | | Necklace - F21 | Sunnies - Oldnavy |

Stripes, check!  Black and white, check!  Full midi skirt, check!  Three of my favorites in one outfit.  This pink skirt is big, bright and over the top, I love it.  I originally purchased the striped version but ended up exchanging it with no regrets. This pink version is the better styling option for me.  Of course I've already created several outfits in my head.  This skirt would look great with a crop top for weekend wear or with a belted boat neck t-shirt for a vintage look.  Clearly I am already excited about styling this gem again!

I wish I would have chosen better accessories, this Lucite necklace seemed to take over my neck, I kinda look like Wilma Flinstone, lol.

P.S. these shoes are cute but the heel is so high! No more 5-inch heels for me, not matter how cute they are.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Weekend Wear: Infinite Pleats

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| Dress - Victoria Secrets | Purse - Just Fab | Necklace - HM | Bracelets - Various |

I had an amazing Sunday brunch with my Virgo sister Jeanee this past weekend.  I don't know about anyone else but brunch with my friends is the perfect opportunity to be extra stylish.  I always feel so fancy and grown up sipping on an almond milk lattes or having endless mimosas.  We usually sit for hours talking about any and everything for hours which includes: lots of laughing, posting pictures of our food on Instagram and taking selfies.  Typical girly stuff that occurs when you are with your friends. 

If you would have told me five years ago I would have anything resembling a social life I would have called you a liar.  I moved to Miami not knowing anyone except my husband and in-laws.  After my divorce I turned into a hermit, totally withdrawn, which is easy for me since as introvert I love my own company.  It took me starting a blog to finally meet other women with the same interests as me.  Just one more reason why I love blogging so much, I’ve befriend some great women: 
Ashley S.

Check them out when you get a chance I promise you won't be disappointed. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Timeless Pieces: Peplums & Pencil Skirts

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| Peplum - F21 | Skirt - The Limited (similar) | Shoes - Jessica Simpson |  
| Purse - Just Fab

Peplum's and pencil skirts will always be a "no fail" outfit for me.  If you've been reading my blog for awhile you seen several outfit posts featuring both.  The pairing is simple and looks great not matter how many times I wear it.  I don't consider these pieces to be trends, they've become timeless staples in my closet. 


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Girl Talk: My Confidence Story

Curves and Confidence was created five years ago because as a blog reader myself I didn’t see many style blogs that represented “in between” women.  Not plus-sized and not your standard straight size.  I have always been pear-shaped but I haven’t always embraced it.  At one point I hated having full hips and a round butt.  I wanted to be able to just grab a pair of jeans off the rack and have them fit perfectly without having to size up or deal with waist gapping. The obnoxious stares and propositions that I started receiving at the age of fourteen didn’t make me feel any better about myself. If anything it made me feel even more self-conscious about my body.  However, over time I finally accepted who I was but not without bumps along the way.  Once I let go of how I “should” look it became easier to just be myself.  

I enjoy sharing my personal style with you guys because I know how frustrating it is trying to discover your personal identity. For the longest time I was trying to be what I thought would make other people happy.  Curves and Confidence help me discover its cool to stop stressing over other peoples standards.  To some people clothes are meaningless and they could care less about how amazing you feel about that new pair of leopard pumps you found or why you are so hype over a skirt you’ve been eyeing that finally went on sale. For me a great outfit can make or break my day.  I am always team overdressed and I love it, its who I am.

I never started my blog as a declaration of anything except that I am a young business professional that loves clothes and shopping.  I don’t even consider myself any type of fashionista, I just love to look good when I get dressed. I am stylish but I am not a stylist.  I am a woman that wants to inspire other women to look great no matter what.  For new and old readers, Curves and Confidence is the style journey of a professional woman that was once at her lowest point five years ago but worked hard to become the woman I am today.  This is my confidence story.