Wednesday, November 26, 2014

#GarnerstyleBlkFri 2014: Plus Size Edition


Black Friday 2014, Plus Size Black Friday Deals

This is my favorite time of year.  I am able to help my readers take advantage of those awesome sales and get them the clothing they've been lusting after at a great price.  I always say that if you're on a budget and want fabulous clothing this is the time to shop.  Last year, I started by helping folks shop, pick sizes, and give them idea while shopping.  I plan to continue that this year.  Tag you questions #garnerstyleblkfri on Twitter and I'll help with any questions you may have.  I am @Garnerstyle on twitter.  To get you ready, here are some tips for shopping:

  • Shopping Apps:  Personally, I do my shopping online. I don't have time to fight anyone over anything, but for those of you who maybe in line and will still want to shop you favorite plus fashion stores you may want to download that store's app, if they have one.  Then you can pull double duty while you are waiting in those long lines. 
  • The Early Bird Get The Worm: Some of these sales may only go to 10AM or 12AM, so keep that in mind.  For me, I usually do my shopping in the early A.M., so I am able to get the item that I want. 
  • Remember There Is Cyber Monday:  I feel like Black Friday sales are the best, but Cyber Monday sales are right behind it in savings.  If you miss a brand on Black Friday, then more than likely there will be a good Cyber Monday sale right behind it.  I will have a list up on 12AM EST sharp on Monday for those looking for those. 
  • Lean Towards Items That Would Normally Be Out of Budget: I definitely tend to gravitate towards things where the full price stings a little.  HA! If I can get that $150 top for $75 or that $300 dress for $150 then I'm jumping on it.  
  • Familiarize Yourself With Return Policies Beforehand:  It can be easy to get caught up in, "I'm getting a deal" nostalgia, but don't forget to check out the return policies of the places you shop, so there are no surprises. 
Black Friday 2014, Plus Size Black Friday Deals
Black Friday 2014, Plus Size Black Friday Deals
Black Friday 2014, Plus Size Black Friday Deals

More Plus Size Black Friday Sales
(will be adding more sales as they come in)





Monday, November 24, 2014

#HolidayCurves


The girls and I are back again bringing you the #HolidayCurves lookbook with SimplyBe & indie designer, JIBRI. There's fur, sequins, and leather. Oh My! I chose a flapper-esk dress and totally went Gatsby with it.  Like everyone else, I got obsessed with the flapper look when the movie came out and just got around to re-creating it.  This is beautiful look for a themed Christmas party or for any holiday dressy occasion.  On to the exciting part, I know you see signs of a giveaway.  SimplyBe is giving away five $100 gift cards to 5 lucky winners.  Enter in the widget at the bottom of the page.  I hope you like the looks and good luck! 

Plus Size Holiday Dresses, SimplyBe Review

Plus Size Holiday Dresses, SimplyBe Review

Plus Size Holiday Dresses, SimplyBe Review

Plus Size Holiday Dresses, SimplyBe Review

Plus Size Holiday Dresses, SimplyBe Review

Plus Size Holiday Dresses, SimplyBe Review


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All JIBRI items can be found here. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Gifts Under $25

Holiday Gifts Under $25
1. Lippy Giftset 2. Home Decor Vases, 3. Iphone Case, 4. Novelty Clutch 5. Perfume, 6. Make-Up Bag, 7. Bendel Coffee Cup, 8. The Woman I Want To Be by Diane von Furstenberg

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?!!? Christmas will be here soon. I love Christmas and giving gifts.  Here's some fun & swanky gift picks under $25.    Also, look out for my annual Black Friday post with the announcements of sales. That will be up next week.  If you're looking for the best deals on clothes for your budget, Black Friday is the time you want to shop. I plan on making myself available to answer questions on Black Friday.  More details soon to come on that.  


Monday, November 17, 2014

The Luxe UnLuxe Coat

Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat
Some of you may saw me feature the white version of this coat on Facebook/Instagram.  Out of the two, the black was my favorite, so I decided to photograph this color.  The title of this post is "The Luxe UnLuxe Coat," because this is one of those items that looks expensive, but totally isn't.  The quality is lovely and you can get a few different looks out of this jacket from wearing it differently.  Some of you asked me about the jacket from the Bows & Spirals post.    That jacket was sold out well before I wore it (it was also org. over $700, I got it for $75), but his is an awesome replacement with different colors, but a similar feel.   I don't usually point out a single piece like this, but I know you guys are always looking for the fabulous and budget friendly and this is definitely it.  This coat is totally Olivia Pope, but at a great price. 

Style Notes:  I wanted to feature a few ways to style it in a more luxurious way.  I opted to drape over one of the collars and add a brooch to hold the collar in place. Brooches, to me, make looks feel a little more luxurious and are fun to look for in thrift/vintage shops. There is actually, a button there that you can drape the collar with, as well.  The buttons were big and brown and I thought they were distracting, so I removed them.  This jacket, from Forever21, does run small (like most of F21's clothing), so I sized up to a 3X.  I almost always buy their clothing in a 3X.  Returns can be a hassle through them, so I just size up so I don't have to worry about anything being too small.  Some of you asked about the arm size of this coat. My arms are on the larger side and the 3X seemed to accommodate my arm width comfortably.  I didn't have a lot of extra room, but the sizing works.  You'll want to note that the coat is lined throughout and in the arms, as well.  If you are looking for a little more room in the arm, you could cut a slit in the lining in the arm portion.  Lining will generally give you less room.  I see the black is sold out online, the white was sold out as well and they restocked, so they may do that with that black.  Otherwise, I would check in-store. 
Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat

Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat

Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat

Coat - Forever21, Denim - c/o Torrid, Shirt - Nordstrom, Shoes - Torrid, Bag - Olivia + Joy, Brooch (soldout), Lip - MAC Flat Out Fabulous, Brooch - Carolee (similar)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tips for Dressing Well - Casual

People tell me all the time, "I like what you wear, but I just don't know how to put things together." I want to start a a series on tips for dressing well, where we can look at breaking down how to put together an everyday look.  For most of us, a lot of our looks can be casual because of function.  Dressing casual, for me, was like my last frontier to master. It's a hard one. It's so easy to look great dressed up, but dressing down can more of a challenge, because there is always a struggle on how casual to be.  I will say this, casual dressing, for me, takes just as much effort as dressing up.  It's a more comfortable look, but a lot of the elements are the same in terms of hair, make-up, and putting together a complete look.  Here's a few of things I do for putting together casual looks:
  1. Going casual doesn't mean I neglect hair and make-up.  Hair and make-up complete the look.  A bun is usually a go-to for me for a simple and quick hair-do that is always polished without question.  I wear a tinted moisturizer, mascara, and a lipstick most days.  It's a way for me not to commit fully to a full face, but still look put together.  I always feels like make-up is apart of completing the look.  
  2. A great fitting denim can make all the difference.  I've recently found a new love for denim. For years I wouldn't wear jeans, because I could never find any that fit me well.  Times have changed and I actually have several pair that fit well and look good.  A good fitting jean is great for creating clean lines on your body and a great base for any look.  I love pencil pants as a substitution for jeans.  Finding  great denim is a very personal process and labor intensive. You need to try different brands until you find your best fit.  My personal favorites come from Torrid, Ashley Stewart, and Just My Size
  3. Add in comfy, but stylish shoes. People often say to me, "You always have the cutest flats." This is one of my favorite things to hear.  I don't wear the highest heels, but I'm always on the hunt for the cutest flat shoes.  I don't want my outfits to suffer, because I won't allow my feet to, so I take a lot of care in curating my flat shoe arsenal.  I tend to gravitate towards oxfords, patterned shoes (leopard, plaid, etc), and ballet flats. 
  4. Pass the jacket, please.  I always feel like a blazer, moto jacket, and coat pulls everything together, brings polish, and completes the look. 
  5. Fit is everything.  I say this a lot, but I can't stress it enough.  It's so important that your clothes fit you well.  You can get this through correct sizing and/or a tailor (or it's even better if you sew).  For me, I judge fit not only by looking, but by moving around.  Being a woman that is plus size, I do expect my clothes to shift somewhat just from moving around, but I don't expect to be pulling on them every 5 minutes.  Adjustments here and there are fine.  A lot of time, before I leave the house, if I find myself excessively adjusting my clothing then I won't wear.  I know the fit is off and I will replace it and note it in my head as something I need to have tailored. 
  6. I don't believe in over-accessorizing.  This is a preference, but I subscribe the school of thought that less is more.  I like to choose a focal point of a look.  This look in particular is about this cozy sweater.  I generally wear the same studs (I got married in them and consider them lucky), my marriage rings, an additional accessory, and a bag. 
I hope this helps put some method to my own process. Feel free to ask any questions below and please let me know if this is something that you would like to see more often.  



Sweater: c/o Talbots, Jeans: Ashley Stewart, Bag: SimplyBe, Boots - Torrid (sold-out), Lip - LimeCrime Utopia


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