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“When in doubt, wear red.” –Bill Blass

Is it just me or is the color red everywhere? At first I thought maybe it was just because of the holidays…then Valentine’s Day…but, nope. Red – especially candy apple red – is here. So, move out of the way! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have to have seen it too. Red is having a major moment right now.

I remember late last year when Eloquii released their faux leather moto jacket in this glorious shade of candy red, I knew I just had to have it. So, I immediately put myself on their waitlist and waited and waited and waited. (Admittedly, I wasn’t very patient either. I contacted customer service several times asking them when they’d be releasing more red moto jackets.) I had a furious determination to get my hands on that jacket when finally one day I received the e-mail all #XOQers look forward to: “Good things come to those who wait” read the subject line. I don’t know if I’ve ever been more happy to receive an e-mail from Eloquii!

I snatched up that jacket along with the accordion pleat midi skirt in the same shade. I had a vision…and this was it.

I rocked this look for V-day, but it works for any occasion when you want to stand out and make a statement. I recently wore this ensemble to an LA blogger event and I got so many compliments, it was (almost) embarrassing. 

If you want to take your look up a notch (or several) snag something in red – and make it quick!

If you’ve already taken notice of the trend and have incorporated something red into your wardrobe, tell me about it in the comments. I’d love some more ideas on how to rock this must have color.

xo,

Amy

Amy Stretten Chief of Style at a pizza parlor in Hollywood, California wearing a red eloquii moto jacket and a red eloquii tuelle skirt

Amy Stretten Chief of Style at a pizza parlor in Hollywood, California wearing a red eloquii moto jacket and a red eloquii tuelle skirt

Amy Stretten Chief of Style at a pizza parlor in Hollywood, California wearing a red eloquii moto jacket and a red eloquii tuelle skirt

Amy Stretten Chief of Style at a pizza parlor in Hollywood, California wearing a red eloquii moto jacket and a red eloquii tuelle skirt

Amy Stretten Chief of Style at a pizza parlor in Hollywood, California wearing a red eloquii moto jacket and a red eloquii tuelle skirt

Outfit details: Jacket: Eloquii | Shirt: Target | Skirt: Eloquii | Shoes: Macy’s | Bag: Alexander Wang

OOTD: B.Yellowtail by Native American Fashion Designer Bethany Yellowtail

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I first wrote about Native American fashion for a mainstream audience back in 2013 when I profiled Sho Sho Esquiro for Fusion (now Splinter), the ABC/Univision joint-venture. The Kaska Dene/Cree fashion designer was making waves on the catwalks of New York City with her Native-infused, never-before-seen Fashion Week designs.

Four years later and there are even more Indigenous fashion designers on the scene, such as one of my absolute faves, Bethany Yellowtail, creator of B.Yellowtail. Hardly a newcomer, though, Yellowtail launched her website in 2014 and this summer she held a pop-up shop and fashion show that I attended in Hollywood.

Yellowtail, 28, is Northern Cheyenne and Crow. She left her home state of Montana in 2007 to hone her craft at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduating in 2009, she worked for BCBG Max Azria, then became a pattern maker for private labels, eventually creating her own brand.

“I realized there is so much [cultural appropriation] going on that I decided I am not even going to get mad anymore, but I decided I was going to do something about it,” Yellowtail said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “Ultimately, I want to let my work become a learning opportunity and design pieces with cultural integrity.”

What I love most about Yellowtail is her commitment to Native and other political causes. She’s created work in support of activist efforts such as the 2017 Women’s March and the protests at Standing Rock. I love when creatives contribute their talents to important causes. It goes to show the difference we can all make regardless of our career field. 

After attending Yellowtail’s Summer fashion show, she graciously sent me a few pieces from her collection. Lucky for you, they’re all on sale on her website right now! And, this weekend she launched a brand new collection.

Any of her pieces would make an amazing Christmas gift this holiday season (for you or someone you love). She also sells beautiful Native jewelry, blankets, moccasins and other accessories on her site as well, perfect for anyone on your holiday list!

Here’s how I styled the pieces she sent me…

Enjoy, babes!

xo

Amy Stretten wearing Native American fashion designer, Bethany Yellowtail's, original designs

Outfit details: BLOSSOM PANT + Top: Charlotte Russe+ | Shoes: Forever 21 | Hat: Wyeth

Amy Stretten wearing Native American fashion designer, Bethany Yellowtail's, original designs

Amy Stretten wearing Native American fashion designer, Bethany Yellowtail's, original designs

Outfit details: RISE SHEATH DRESS + Shoes: Rock & Republic | Hat: Wyeth

Amy Stretten wearing Native American fashion designer, Bethany Yellowtail's, original designs

Amy Stretten wearing Native American fashion designer, Bethany Yellowtail's, original designs

Outfit details: RIVER CAMISOLE WITH WAIST TIE (Sold Out) + Shirt: Lovesick Fashion | Jeans: Melissa McCarthy Seven7 | Shoes: Forever 21 

A note: The views expressed in this post are my true and honest opinions. I was not paid to endorse Bethany Yellowtail or her designs, but the clothing I styled and wore were gifts from the designer.

A Cold Shoulder for a Warm December day

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Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” –Rachel Zoe.

Although we’re entering Winter, here in Los Angeles temperatures have only slightly lowered from the record highs of Fall. Lucky for us we can still show a little skin without freezing.

Enter my favorite Eloquii blouse ever!

This asymmetrical off-the-shoulder button up shirt is the perfect blend: a crisp, classic piece with unique, designer-like detailing. The shoulder peeks out for a hint of sexy while the asymmetrical hemline adds interest and a stylish flair. And all of that’s wrapped up in a waist cinch made to look like the missing sleeves!

This look is perfect for Sunday brunch with your friends or a weeknight dinner date. It can be tucked in sans tie or worn out over jeans, pants, a skirt…you name it! And best of all, it’s perfect for a California December day.

How would you pair this top? Please share in the comments.

*Please excuse the wrinkles. I wore the top while hosting Eloquii’s daily Instagram Live show from their headquarters one morning in Long Island City, New York. And then I spent an hour on the train to meet up with my photographer while carrying a duffle bag full of clothes and shoes. #bts #thestruggleisreal

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Outfit details: Top: Eloquii | Jeans: The Limited | Shoes: DSW | Bag: Roaman’s

Photographer: @M76Photo

Because it’s Fall but it’s Also hot as Hell

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“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” – Yves Saint Laurent

While most of the country is experiencing chilly Fall temperatures, Southern California has been in the middle of a heatwave. As such, I haven’t needed to pluck a warm coat or jacket – let alone boots or a scarf – from my closet yet. So, what does a fashion-loving LA babe to do when she wants to conjure up some seasonal cozy, fall vibes?

The answer lies in this dress. Fall color? Check. PJ trend? Check. Warm weather-friendly? Check.

The outfit screams Fall while being doable for current SoCal temperatures.

Whats more, you could easily transition this piece into colder Fall/Winter weather by wearing it unbuttoned over a t-shirt and distressed skinny jeans and under a jacket or pairing it with stockings, a coat and over-the-knee boots. The options are truly endless!

So, I’m curious…where do you live? What’s a part of your Fall wardrobe this year? Share in the comments.

xx

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

Outfit details: Dress: ASOS | Shoes: DSW | Bag: H&M

Photographer: @M76Photo

Style Haul: Charlotte Russe Plus Size Wide Calf Over-the-knee Boots

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“In order to kick ass you must first lift up your foot.” — Jen Sincero

I have always been a fan of boots, but as I got older they stopped loving me (and my large calves). That’s why I nearly died from shock/excitement a couple of weeks ago when I found about a dozen different styles and colors of over-the-knee wide calf boots at CharlotteRusse.com!

For yearsss I’ve been searching for the perfect OTK boot: wide enough for my muscular legs and with a sensible heel. (If you’re new here, “Hi, my name is Amy and I can’t stand heels above four inches.”) And then a few weeks ago I got an e-mail from Charlotte Russe advertising their plus size/wide-calf OTK boots. I couldn’t decide which pair to get, so I bought four pairs!

Below are the ones I chose. If these aren’t your cup of tea, they have many more. When I made my purchase each pair was less than $25. So, you may luck out and get them on sale like I did. (Sign up for their e-mails!)

Note about fit: These boots are not only for wide calves, but they’re for wide feet as well. (Woot!) I wear a 9.5, but I sized down to a 9 and I still have a bit of extra room. But, with an insole or a sock, they fit perfectly.

*For the record, this post is in no way sponsored by Charlotte Russe. I just genuinely love my new boots and wanted to share how I styled them.

Have you been able to snag a pair of wide-calf boots? If so, where’d you get them? Please share in the comments.

xo

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Outfit details: Jacket: Premme | Jeans: RWN by RAWAN | Scarf: H&M | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Outfit details: Jacket: Fashion to Figure | Top & Skirt: Rebdolls | Watch: Vince Camuto | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Outfit details: Jacket: H&M | Top: Target | Skirt: Forever 21+ | Bag: Roaman’s

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Charlotte Russe plus size wide calf faux suede boots

Outfit details: Jacket: H&M | Top & Skirt: Rebdolls | Watch: Vince Camuto | Bag: Alexander Wang

Photography: Lauren Calsada