Plus Size Tunics

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Autograph Fashion. My love of plus size tunics however, is sponsored by my height and innate bargain shopper instinct. I’m able to wear tunics as a dress or over leggings. Win, win! All opinions are my own.

In the land of Oz the winter sales have already started and gorgeous spring clothing drops are coming in.  Hooray! I’m  super excited and am already eyeing off my fav plus size fashion items for spring.

As a 5″3 plus size pear shape woman, I’m short enough to wear tunics as either a stand alone dress or team them with leggings. Sometimes I even wear a plain black stretchy short skirt underneath the tunic to give it the appearance of extra length and wear it as a dress. I like to get a bang for my buck and with tunics as I usually get two looks for the price of one and can accessorize to wear them across seasons. Here is new plus size tunic selection from Autograph Fashion. I can’t wait to hear what you think and how you choose style your looks to get the most out of them.

3/4 GEORGETTE HEM TUNIC

Available in sizes 14-26 and in Green Emerald or black. This is a great example of a fabulous looking outfit for work and also wearable to after dinner drinks. I am in love with the luscious color and the hi-low hemline (shorter at the front and longer at the back.) Since this is available in solid colors, I can easily see this being a staple wardrobe item that  will easily work with leggings, boots and be styled up or down with the right accessories.

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STYLING SUGGESTIONS WITH THIS TUNIC

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Silver Spray Ponte Legging, short zip heel boot, triple stone black pendant.

LACE INSERT ROSE PRINT TUNIC

This Floral print super cute tunic comes in sizes 14-26 and lends well to a beautiful feminine look with a though of ‘don’t mess with me’ strength. You can dress this tunic up or down and team with leggings or pants. Again, depending on your height and if you like adding a short skirt underneath if you need extra length this could be a dress as well. I quite like the stretch lining for a comfortable fit and elasticated inserts in the front and back which offers shape.

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STYLING SUGGESTIONS WITH THIS TUNIC

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3/4 supersoft ribbed cardigan, charm pendant necklace

EMERALD FLORAL TUNIC

This tunic has  stretch cami lining which I love! The chiffon overlay has black side inserts and black trim around the neckline. Its nice and light which makes it a great travel item that won’t crush and will always stay bright. If you want to take this look from day to night just switch out leggings and team with pants. The notch detail aka keyhole cut out in the back neckline gives a chic look especially if you wear your hair up in the evening. For me this tunic has everything I’m loving at the moment; great color, floral, travels well cute back cutout and I’ll be testing to see if I can wear it as a stand alone dress too! Seriously how awesome are tunics!

Emerald tunic

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STYLING SUGGESTIONS WITH THIS TUNIC

 

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Add a 3/4 longline blazer to take this look from day to night and wear across seasons. Bling it up with bracelets.

SMUDGE FEATHER OVERLAY TUNIC

I’ll admit sometimes I wear clothes and don’t always know the correct fashion terminology. I promise I do watch Project Runway and try to learn as much as I can. I’m a big fan of the overlay sleeveless tunic and but never actually knew this style with the inverted triangle down the front was called ‘overlay.’ It makes so much sense! I style my overlay tunics (see I used the correct words) with a big elastic belt between the two layers and forgo a necklace. You could do that with this tunic or dress it up with accessories to go from office to after work.  I can see this tunic teamed up with leggings for the day and sexy heeled boots for evening. It is totally versatile as you can add color to your accessories and makeup to keep this look fresh every time.

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STYLING SUGGESTIONS WITH THIS TUNIC

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There’s always a way to add the season’s colour to a black and white look! Check out this oval circle pendant and wire bracelets.

Click to view the full plus size tunic range at Autograph Fashion and if you get any of these be sure to send me a photo of you wearing it and I’ll post it!

 

 

WHO I MET – Curve Nation Plus Size Expo

I went to Curve Nations plus size expo in Orlando to host the Sex and Dating workshop. My focus was to deliver a funny and informative workshop answering questions and busting plus size myths. I didn’t expect to meet so many awesome people at the event who would become so influential in such a short time. Here’s who I met.

GWEN DEVOE

If you’ve heard of FFFWeek aka  Full Figured Fashion Week then you’ll know its founder Gwen Devoe. She is a plus size industry trailblazer and if it wasn’t for her kicking down doors and creating and industry out of thin air a lot of us bloggers wouldn’t exist. Thank you Gwen for making this possible for those of us who follow you.

Gwen’s next venture is as a talk show host of Mogul Moments produced under Devoe Signature Events so I’ll make sure to keep you updated so you don’t miss it.

Gwen’s  branding presentation was raw and from the heart. I highly respect how she manages her strong personality and business relationships.  As someone who has similar traits I know how difficult it can be to manage at times. I loved how Gwen admits her mistakes, reveals lessons learned, leads by example, accepts praise and owns her achievements but can also make fun of herself. This is the type of person I strive to be. I’d only known Gwen’s online persona so spending time with a true mogul diva and creative entrepreneur was something I’m grateful for and hope will happen again.

PS how fantastic is Gwen’s beautiful hand painted number. She is so regal and one thing she shared was to always be ‘front row ready.’ I’ll remember that! It was a pleasure meeting Gwen Devoe.

Gwen DeVoe

ROSIE MERCADO

Here’s the thing about Rosie Mercado, she has amazing teeth! I’m sure men would be staring at her boobs or bum, however, I had serious teeth envy. You probably want to know: Is she really nice? Yes, she is  as lovely in real life as she is on Curvy Girls (you can watch it on Hulu.) In fact, Rosie was also very candid during her presentation and gave advice to a lot of the aspiring models in the room. As event host she did a fab job at the runway show and at the after party had some great dating stories!

Watch out for Rosie’s new project with designer Tyrell Holmes of Duke and Dutchess.

Rosie Mercado

TIFFANY JONES

Quite a few pics of Tiffany have been featured as inspiration on Big Curvy Love over the years and as soon as I saw her I said “wow I’ve  posted a lot of your model photos!’ She was really friendly, beautiful, funny, fierce and has a great look. If you’ve seen pics of Tiffany posted in different places you might not know she’s the editor of Pose Magazine which was the media sponsor of the expo. Here’s where you can read Pose Mag! It’s a really wonderful plus size resource, inspiration and a platform for plus size women.

Tiffany from Pose

DEVINE

The CEO and Founder of Club Curve Nation and the man behind this event.  Devine even volunteered to be one of my 50 Fat Dates. Um, not sure what Kimberly would say about that lol! Thanks to Devine for the opportunity to speak at The Curve Nation plus size expo! I had such a fantastic time. If you’re in Orlando you should check out the Club Curve Nation club night.

Devine

KIMBERLY

Devine’s beautiful wife Kimberly AKA ‘Curvy Doll’ is super cute. She’s the Executive Director of Marketing, PR & Special Events at  Curve Nation and did such a great job in looking after me and keeping everything running smoothly. She even walked on the catwalk at the Saturday night fashion show strutting her stuff. Thanks Kimberly.

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KIM & KIRBY

Event sponsor M3K Beauty is Australian and I loved hanging out with mother and son duo Kim and Kirby. I’d previously met Kim on the set of Go Curvy when she was showcasing  her fabulous natural products that has been in the Oscar, Grammy and CMA  gift bags. That’s right M3K Beauty is the official skin care of the Oscars! WOW  I promised Kim that I won’t sleep in my makeup anymore and will instead use the M3K makeup remover/toner before bed when I brush my teeth.  I want Oscar and Grammy worthy skin so I’ll be doing it for sure.

It was great to get my Aussie fix. We are all nosy buggers so now I’m now caught up on their entire life story we’re pretty much family. If you’re heading to Vegas anytime soon make sure to look up Kirby I’m sure he’ll be offering  his shirtless talents to bachelorette parties and ladies’ nights. Who knows maybe we’ll open an Aussie themed bar in Vegas. In the meantime you can get your natural  M3K Beauty products here and support this fantastic family owned business that supports the plus size community.

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WHAT I WORE – Curve Nation Plus Size Expo

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I had the best time at the Curve Nation’s first annual plus size expo in Orlando and was honored to be one of the guest speakers along with Full Figured Fashion Week founder and Mogul Diva Gwen Devoe, Lifetime’s Double Divas and model/ star of Curvy Girls  Rosie Mercado who hosted the event.

Here’s a rundown of what I wore:

I’ve been trying to incorporate a lot more color into my wardrobe, however, I still ended up with mainly black and white outfits. My handbag is turquoise though!

This is a $13 dress from Ross size 20W (Enfocus Women). I like to be comfy on flights so its nice and stretchy an I wore it over capri leggings with a pair of flip flaps so its easy to take shoes on and off at the airport.

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY

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I Love this dress. I’m wearing a size 3 from Torrid. The stripes give it a nautical look without overkill and its really comfortable. This is a quick hotel mirror selfie before I hit the expo hall and the opening address by Rosie Mercado.

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Green Striped Torrid Dress

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This is another fave and since I’m a plus size pear shape I had to get a size 4 so it wasn’t too tight over my stomach. This means it’s a little to big in the bust. In hindsight the fabric will stretch so I probably should have gone with a size 3. I actually think this dress looks way better in person than in this picture. The color is amazing.  I wore this one to the Rosie Mercado and Gwen DeVoe workshops and felt nice and bright.

SEX & DATING WORKSHOP

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I wanted to look chic for my presentation but also have the ability to move around easily while I spoke and interacted with  the audience. I chose this one from Torrid in size 24 and ditched the red belt that came with the outfit and opted for all black.  If you’re going to wear this you’ll need a strapless bra and I suggest going without a necklace so you can showcase the sheer panel.

FASHION SHOW AFTER PARTY

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This was a bargain from my local Ross store for $18, The brand is Enfocus Women and this one is a size 18. I’m not a fan of those mullet dresses (the back is longer than the front) but this one is pretty cool and barely noticeable plus I like the chiffon fabric on the skirt. I would have liked it a little longer in the front but for the price was happy. I pulled the top down to maintain the full length but the top looked better and felt more comfortable when it sat underneath my bust.

I’m not a plus size model but had a chance to walk the runway and do a pose once the show was over. It was pretty fun but tricky to do the turns (even in flats) you can see the dress it up under the bust in that pic and looks better. The shoes are also from Ross (Madeline Stuart) and were $13 its an easy way to add a bit of glam and still be comfy!

 

 

I WAS CATFISHED ON DATE #4

50 fat dates50 Fat Dates follows my quest to find Big Curvy Love (girlfriend’s in her thirties and looking for a man…don’t judge.)  I’ve challenged myself to go on 50 dates over the course of  one year and share my dating stories, plus size dating tips and lessons learned. If this is your first visit make sure to catch up!~Kelly

 

Looks like I was catfished by date #4 Drew in some type of big girl revenge date scheme (and to think we voted him in with 94% yes votes in the should I date him poll.)  On a positive note at least we know why he hasn’t texted or called since our date on Friday!

Check out this email I got from his girlfriend’s best friend. Yeah, you read that right! Drew has a girlfriend and her best friend emailed me filling me in on the real situation (which I’m grateful for) Brace yourselves this is a big one:

Hey Kelly,

I apologize right now for how long it is. I am writing on behalf of my friend who is actually “Drew’s” girlfriend. Normally I am not the type to reach out and do these things, but she is one of my closest friends and has asked me to do this because she is currently devastated. All weekend she has been with “Drew” (real name: xxxx) after she found out he went on a date on Friday night. He told her that he was going out with some guy friends, but when he met up with her later that night (presumably after your date) she knew something was up even though he kept denying, because he quickly came home and changed his blue dress shirt in front of her.

She later found your conversations on Facebook and confronted him and he said his ex-girlfriend reads the blog and he wanted to get back at her by being one of the dates (Ie: “The Perfect Date”) that she would eventually read about and realize what she’s lost. She was told by xxxx  that the date was just a “social experiment” to “validate his feelings for his exgirlfriend” and she forgave him even though there were signs throughout this entire weekend that he was lying about that and various other things. So today when she read your blog post, which she was tracking to make sure that xxxx was telling the truth, she realized he wasn’t and he had played you too and she felt awful about it from both ends.

She says she doesn’t want you to think that she is mad at you. She understands your experiment and thinks it is quite honorable, she simply wants to let you know that this guy isn’t what he says he is and you can decide for yourself if you still want to see him. She is tired of his games and honestly, I am glad this happened for her because now I think she finally see’s how much he has disrespected her and sometimes it takes something big like this to finally drive the point home. Since they’ve been dating, I have been trying to tell her something is not right and even through all of the signs (he still is hung up on his ex-girlfriend and talks to her daily, he hasn’t even told his ex girlfriend about his new girlfriend and they’ve been dating for a few months) so I think this finally hit the nail on the head. I know she and I would hate for you to fall into the trap as well.

If you need more to verify, please feel free to email me, my friend doesn’t want to reveal her identity and has asked that everything needs to be dealt thought me first. She has sent me some pictures to include as evidence. Two are of her and xxxx and the other is the ring he recently bought her to show their commitment. I hope this is all made clear as my friend woke me up from a deep sleep to write this (lol), so please let me know if you need more.

Thank you!

xxx

Good luck to Drew, his girlfriend, her best friend (who wrote the email and clearly cares for her friend) and a shout out to  Drew’s ex who is a fan of Big Curvy Love. I’ll leave it with you all to sort this out. Wow, 50 Fat Dates is turning out NOTHING like I thought it would! On to date #5! ~Kelly

 

 

 

 

Date #4 Drew – 50 FAT DATES

50 fat dates50 Fat Dates follows my quest to find Big Curvy Love (girlfriend’s in her thirties and looking for a man…don’t judge.)  I’ve challenged myself to go on 50 dates over the course of  one year and share my dating stories, plus size dating tips and lessons learned. If this is your first visit make sure to catch up!~Kelly

I’ve had my first really great date!  Drew asked me out on Facebook (here’s the official date invitation.) Of course I shared the news with you and took a poll as to whether you thought I should date him.  A big fat 94% of Big Curvy Lovers voted yes which meant Drew was officially date number four on my 50 Fat Dates quest.

We did a bit of back-and-forth on Facebook chat while he was away visiting his family in Boston. I kept it short as I prefer in person chat and was always a bit skeptical that it might be a prank targeting a fat girl. As much as I don’t like to admit it this still plagues me as part of dating as a plus size woman. The element of being the target of a joke.

Drew chose an awesome restaurant in Culver City and a late night musical improv show in Hollywood. All week I’d been worried about having a dinner date at 9pm (is that actually eating dinner, or do you eat first and have something a snack and drinks?) I chose to have a late lunch and didn’t even get off work until 8pm, so 9pm turned out to be the perfect time. Maybe this guy knew a few things about working women?

Drew waited for me out front and looked great wearing jeans and a blue shirt.  Wow he was real! I’d seen his profile picture but I had no idea he was  6″4! I met him with a hug and had to reach up really high on my tippy toes while he bent down to meet me.  He is good looking, with short brown hair, wears glasses and I wondered if he was in his mid twenties. I used to have a big crush on Jason Segel from How I Met Your Mother and Drew reminded me a little of him.

Lately I’ve been thinking about  how relationships are like running a three-legged-race and how both parties need work as a team in the same direction. At least I think that’s how it needs to be for me since I’m in my mid-thirties and on a real-life love quest, I knew at some stage I’d have to ask the age question to see if we were heading toward the same finish line. I found out Drew  is twenty eight and wondered if my being eight years older meant our goals were different. Did this mean I could end up being an accidental cougar?

I push the idea out of my mind and focus on the delicious beer can chicken and century eggs. Conversation was easy, he wanted to know a lot about me and I was interested in his career in politics. He’s smart, kind, and found my blog when he was doing research on finding his ex-girlfriend an awesome plus size gift.

Drew was completely chivalrous the entire evening, opened doors, grabbed the bill at lightening speed, walked me to my car. After dinner we drove in separate cars to Hollywood  (my neighborhood) and got into a packed improv show. It was so popular there weren’t even two seats together so we had to sit apart. I felt bad for Drew and sent him a message to see if he wanted to stay or go but the lights were already down and the show started.

By the time the show ended it was really late so Drew walked me to my car and we had another chat before I left. I pointed out that the street sign we were standing under is my nephew’s name and he asked if I wanted to have kids (I said yes.) I could see by the look in his eye that our life timing was out so we hugged, exchanged numbers and that was the end of date #4.

In your teens and twenties age and the ‘life plan’ doesn’t really matter but in your mid to late thirties its everything. Drew was awesome and officially my first good date. Its so great to know there are real life good guys out there who actively pursue big girls.

Any questions? Post them below.

~Kelly