Monday, December 22, 2014

Red Velvet

Plus Size Velvet Dress
Holiday parties are still going strong and I had two this weekend and I literally wore velvet the whole weekend. To the more casual party, I went with just a velvet top on and black pants. I wore this dress to the dressier one. Even if you don't want to commit to doing a whole velvet look you can still include velvet by adding in a top or blazer. Adding a velvet blazer to dark denim can dress up a casual look for less dressier holiday parties. I love velvet blazers and they can turn a casual look into holiday festive in a matter of moments. Whatever look you come up with, just have fun. The holidays are reserved for wearing fun fabrics, sequins, and whatever glitter you can drum up. Personally, I plan to enjoy the season, because it doesn't last long and before you know it...it's over. 

Style Notes:  This dress is in a 3X and has stretch throughout.  The front lace is sheer, but the back is not. The bottom of the dress is double layers, so it makes the fabric to be more forgiving.  Find this dress at MonifC, use the coupon code: NYE40 to receive 40% off. 
Plus Size Velvet Dress

Plus Size Velvet Dress
Dress - c/o MonifC, Shoes - Torrid, Clutch - SimplyBe, Lip - MAC Rebel

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Big Body, Little Purse

I used to be the girl that would only carry oversized bags, because of my size.  Kind of like not wanting to take a picture next to your petite, small friend for fear you will look like King Kong standing next to her.  (Love you Rae!) Then I came to the realization that my size is my size, you accept it and are open to the possibility of all things (big and small) fabulous. Don't get me wrong, I still love a huge bag, but I have my fair share of small ones.  Extensive traveling and the need to be hands free was a huge help in learning to love small bags.  There's nothing like walking through NYC  or the airport with not a single solitary thing in your hands. Breathe deep and release. Yep, that's about what it feels like.  HA!

Style Notes:  Okay, so I got sucked up in an Instagram shop. Yes, I did.  I found this top and my only wish is that I wasn't for a person who is half my size. Surprisingly, it worked.  I ordered a 3X in the top. It turned out super cute. This was catagorized as a dress, but to me it was a top perfect for my casual days. 



Top: Gititonline, Leggings: Nordstrom, Scarf: c/o FashiontoFigure (sold-out), Bag: KateSpade, Sunnies: Thrifted (similar), Shoes: Zappos

*Update:  The original print sold out within a few hours of me posting, but I'm linking the same garment in solid colors. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nominate a Deserving Person in Need for a $500 VISA Card

Do you know an amazing person who is having a tough time this holiday season? A person that does amazing things for others, has had a positive impact on their community, or who keeps a positive attitude even through the worst of times.  Nominate them for the $500 VISA card giveaway.  In 300 words or less, tell me about their awesomeness and email it to garnerstyle@gmail.com.  I will choose the recipient myself.  All entries need to be in by 12/19 at 11:59AM PST.  There is a quick turnaround, so I am able to mail out and get to the recipient by Christmas.  All entrants must allow with with their letters being displayed on this blog (I will change the names for their protection). Once the recipient has been chosen, I will update this post with their letter. 

This was on my heart to do.  I've been extremely blessed this year and it's all through the support of my readers.  I know Christmas can be a time of year that can hard for a lot of people. I've had my own tough Christmases (yes that's a word, I looked it up) and I wanted to help one person with a $500 VISA gift card just in time for the holidays.  I wish I could give everyone something, but this is from me.   

*Update: This was probably the hardest decision I ever had to make.  I will say that with everything going on in the news, it was life-changing to read about an abundance of people just going out of their way for other human beings.  The news seems to only cover the very bad. :( Again, I wish I was able to give everyone something, but I could only choose one.   All I could do was as God for help with this one.  Find her letter below.  The name has been changed. 

"Carla, a 67 year old woman in San Francisco, is an unsung neighborhood hero! She has a young spirit and an engaging personality, always smiling and speaking to people with an openness that makes them relax. She is a volunteer with a group called Seniors on the Move, in a working class neighborhood in San Francisco (Visitation Valley area -- a neighborhood near the soon-to-be-demolished Candlestick park).
Faithfully since 2001 Kathleen has spent every single Monday volunteering at the neighborhood food bank distributing food to her neighbors. In addition to her food bank duties and despite her own health issues, she works with her group to create gatherings that further create community -- school back pack drives, health and wellness fairs, community meetings. In fact, today she is sorting toys at the community center for the holiday toy drive! When families face tragedies like the death of a child or spouse she is the first one to initiate contact with the families -- cooking meals, helping organize the wake, collecting money to offset funeral costs. Having been widowed at a young age she knows personally the toll that death can have upon family.

Carla is known in her neighborhood as a sweet spirited woman who looks out for her community, creates change and always has a giving spirit. She embodies love and has a nurturing spirit that transforms whomever she comes in contact with. While she is a giver and a caretaker, she is also a woman on a fixed income, who struggles each month to make the ends meet. It would be great to see her receive this gift card and kick her year off to a great start. Knowing her, she'd probably catch up on bills and stock her pantry and yet that would free her mind enough so that she could spend more time helping others without worrying about her own household. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor."




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fab Finds Under $35

Coupon Codes: Torrid - 30%off - Code: GIFTLIST | Fashion to Figure - 20% OFF, Code:  DECBDAY14, Ashley Stewart - 15% off, Code: DEC14DN

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mynts & Wine

Saturdays are always days of relaxation and exploration with my hubby.  In San Jose, I often frequent Santana Row.  Usually, it is for my dry bar appointments and shopping.  This time I found a little wine nook (Vintage Wine Bar) that I had passed a million times, but had never stopped and looked in.  We stopped in, had wine, sandwiches and sat outside while enjoying Elton John cover songs done by a live musician nearby.  It's times like these when I'm happy that my outfit matches the occasion. It may sound weird, but when my outfit matches what I’m doing, it just makes it better.  It's like everything is exactly the way it is supposed to be in that moment.  I wore pieces from Mynt1792.  I paired this faux leather top with this zipper detail skirt.  This look was super simple, comfortable, and the top just brought that touch of chic that I am always looking to add. I draped a jacket over my shoulders and it was the perfect jacket for a 60 degree day.  You have to love California weather.



Style Notes:  I got the top in a size 2X. Please note that only the front is faux leather; the back is fabric and does have some stretch.  The skirt is a soft ponte that I got in a 3X.  The jacket is a 3X and doesn't have stretch.  The jacket is in a duster style and lightweight, great for a work look. Also, receive 30% off with coupon code: HOL14 from Dec 10th - 17th.

Top, Skirt, Jacket - Mynt1792, Shoes - Nordstrom (sold-out), Sunnies - Thrifted, Lip - MAC Flat Out Fabulous

The blog post is sponsored by Mynt1792, all opinions are my own.
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