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“Self respect, self worth and self love all start with self. Stop looking outside of yourself for your value.” – Rob Liano

Lately, with 90s fashion making a comeback, whenever I go shopping, I’m often nudged down memory lane. When I saw these overalls hanging on the rack at Charlotte Russe+, I immediately recalled childhood memories. As girly as I was, I always loved a good pair of overalls. (I think it was the detailing. It’s always about the details.)

As a nod to a remixed denim staple, I paired these distressed skinny-leg overalls with a cute pair of spotted lace up gladiator heels (another update to an even earlier vintage style), met my photographer on Venice Beach, and shot a few photos. I love pattern mixing and I love how casual-trendy this outfit looks.

How would you style a pair of overalls? Or would you not even dare?

 

Outfit details: Overalls and Jacket: Charlotte Russe+ | Shoes: Charlotte Russe | Earrings: Amazon | Watch: Marc Jacobs

Photographer: Steven Means (IG: @stevenmeans67)

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That Time I Skipped Coachella and Went to Joshua Tree

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“I’m not a woman, I’m a force of nature.” – Courtney Love

I said this year would be the year that I finally go to Coachella. If you know me well, you’ve probably heard me declare this every year since the festival first began. And, once again, I did not go to Coachella this year because of scheduling…but also (mostly) because of the price tag.

Still, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to head to nearby Joshua Tree for a Coachella-esque photoshoot!

I did a few different looks with some of my favorite, fabulous festival-worthy rompers by Forever 21+.

I have always loved rompers. Always always always. There’s just something about how comfortable they are while looking so put together. But,.I never used to wear them because I hated my legs. They were always too big in my opinion and I felt uncomfortable showing them. It was at Philadelphia Dyke March when I finally wore a romper. I walked in the streets and I didn’t care what anyone thought about it…Actually, to tell you the truth, I felt sexy AF and assumed anyone seeing them agreed. (Look who’s grown!) So, yes, this shoot was more than just wearing cute summer outfits, but about owning my body, and being proud of it.

That said, I love how still the desert looks behind my vibrant outfit picks.

Here’s hoping I make it to Coachella next year and can take some photos at the festival! For now, these will have to do. <3

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Joshua Tree in the Coachella Valley

Plus size festival fashion

Plus size festival fashion

Plus size festival fashion

Joshua Tree in the Coachella Valley

Plus size festival fashion

Outfit details: Romper, shorts: Forever21+ | Shoes (brown): Merona | Shoes (black): Vince Camuto | Jewelry: The Limited

Photographer: Ivy Stretten (IG: @xenalovebug)

 

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Off the Grid

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Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt. – Unknown

I’ve always loved pattern blouses with basic, single color skirts. When I saw this cream and black satin grid-patterned blouse from The Limited on Poshmark, I knew I had to have it. (I find so many gems on the app.)

Sadly, The Limited closed its doors earlier this year. I’m a huge fan of the brand, so I was sad to see it go. (Although a message on their website hints they may be coming back!) Lucky for us plus sized fashionistas, their plus size brand, Eloquii, is still alive and well.

I paired the top with a basic black pencil skirt from H&M, bow detail heels from Jeffrey Campbell, and a shoulder bag from Forever 21 for a crisp and clean workwear look, but it could easily look amazing with a bright colored skirt.

How would you style a grid-patterned blouse?

Outfit details: Blouse: The Limited | Skirt: H&M | Bag: Forever21 | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklace: Guess | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Photographer: Trey Jones (IG: cjonesphotog)

 

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A Visit to the Museum of Ice Cream…Kinda

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“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream and that’s kind of the same thing.” – Unknown

I’m going to be real with you. Despite how my social media life is beginning to look and how snazzy this blog is *dusts off shoulder,* The Chief of Style as a brand is still very new. And for that reason, no one is sending me freebies. Well, except for the fine people at Slink (post to come). 

Tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream are hard to come by. At this point, the only way you’re getting in is if you pay $100 per person to someone selling their ticket on Craigslist or you’re a brand ambassador for a brand like Forever 21. Since that’s not my reality just yet and, thus, I wasn’t able to take a cute picture in the rainbow sprinkles pit or in the mint chocolate chip room. So, I did the next best thing: I took pictures outside. I mean, how often do you get to shoot in front of a bubble gum-pink wall?

Color-blocking and pattern-mixing has always been and will always be a thing I’m into. That said, I wanted to take advantage of a little of both…and top it off with some bling. (My fav!)

This look could work for a number of venues: work, brunch, drinks with friends…it’s got a nice mix of class and sass. Just switch up your shoes and maybe your accessories. (I pulled off the look in both leopard and nude heels. Did you notice?) I hope this look inspires you to pair a basic white with more daring colors and prints.

On the subject of body-positivity, I will say that I was hesitant to post these photos because when I look at them, all I see is Tummy (with a capital T). But, in an effort to celebrate all parts of me and release any body shame I have, I’m sharing them here. Cheers to visible soft tummies and self-love (at any size)! <3

Outfit details: Blouse: The Limited | Skirt: Forever 21+ | Shoes: Macy’s

Photographer: Trey Jones (IG: @cjonesphotog)

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Everything’s Coming Up Wildflowers

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A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose.

All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women, too.

– Miranda Kerr

If you’re from Southern California, you likely heard about the wildflower “super bloom” at Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obispo County. For more photos of the beautiful yellow, purple, green and orange colors on the “velvet rolling hills” of the Temblor Range, check this Los Angeles Times photo story.

The wildflower eruption only lasted a few weeks, so I was lucky to catch it. In effort to create a whimsical photoshoot, I paired the beautiful landscape with two fabulous pieces of the same pattern from Forever 21 plus: a short romper and a long wrap dress. I love how the styling of the shoot came out and I hope you enjoy it, too.

Valentino came along for the journey to Carrizo Plain in California to see the Desert Superbloom of wild flowers.

Outfit details: Romper and Dress: Forever21+ | Shoes: Target | Necklace: Forever21 | Shoes: Merona

Photographer:  Jacqueline Vergara (IG: @animejax)

 

 

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