Saturday, March 31, 2012

H&M Plus Haul - ONE ITEM

I know a haul is supposed to be more than one thing, but sorry kids, only found one H&M Plus thing I liked.
This sheer top and also snagged some GREAT accessories including this necklace! The sizing is true, it's a 24 and I wasn't able to button around my hips, being a 26/28 on bottom, so I only buttoned one middle and let the rest drape.

Definitely love this top and the feel, one good find is WORTH it in my book!

Jessica Interview

SO beyond excited and thrilled to be one of three fatshion bloggers interviewed for a interview! I was featured alongside women I adore, Lesley Kinzel, Author of Two Whole Cakes and Dee of Pearls, Lace & Ruffles.

Story from originally has Lesley, but I threw my image on there for fun! LOLS

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Grand THEFT Blazer

It was a robbery at Lane Bryant today! HAHAHA

Mandy and I had lunch at the mall today and since I'm a Lane Bryant card-carrier, thought I'd pop in to see what's new. Of course I go STRAIGHT to the clearance rack, and guess what??!! They had a $6.99 rack and guess what ELSE??! I found these two blazers, only $6.99 each!!!!!!!!

So, Yes, I made a face and experienced the kind of glee that can ONLY come with an amazing clearance find - can I get an AMEN?! LOL

Andddddd, check out my new backdrop! Total disclosure, was SOOOOOO inspired by the new Domino Dollhouse lookbook I blogged at Skorch here that I HAD to have yellow!! Thanks Tracy for the inspiration baby.


My reaction to finding a cute $6.99 blazer!! GAHH

The new studio! HAHA - Ikea rug and yellow photo paper.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Day in the city with Stacy J Photography

Fun day in the city with my girl Stacy J Photography! As you know, been totally obsessed with Coral and now kinda obsessed with more sheer! LOL Honestly, NEVER would have thought I'd been so attracted to so much color, since I used to only wear red, white and black.

So here are some gorgeous photos from my girl Stacy and be sure to like her fanpage please!
She's amazing :)

This blazer was definitely too short, but overall I thought a fun and professional outfit. Top was c/o Lane Bryant (no longer online), Blazer & Pants - old, purse c/o from Torrid (no longer online).


Friday, March 23, 2012

Video Haul // Jessica London

Why we need more plus size brick + mortar stores!
If only everything in the catalog ACTUALLY looked like that in real person :(

Items purchased: 5
Items returning: 3

Now watch the video!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Custom Canary & Cobalt Colorblock Maxi Dress

Colorblocking is all the trend and while I usually stay away from "trends", this is one I wanted to try out because I've been obsessed with color lately!

One of my favorite online stores is CCB Custom Dress, and the owner is Cassaundra and she sews everything by hand and still keeps prices affordable. What I love most about her store is the custom element, where you can choose the colors and input your measurements to get a dress that will fit PERFECTLY. As a 22/24 on top and 26/28 on the bottom, it's SOOO hard to get dresses that fit right...and at CCB, you can get it right and get the colors you want the first time.

I told her I was dreaming about a yellow/white/blue maxi dress and here's what she came up with! You can choose what colors you want, sleeves or no, shorter or longer, boat neck to v neck to scoop neck, everything custom and the fabric is super luxe and thick which makes it not cling weird to your body.

I really hope you check out CCB and try her build a dress customizer for this maxi here. I want to try the tulip hem next time!


Check out all the ways you can build this dress!
Choose from 28 different colors and prints for the top, belt and skirt of the dress.
And she offers free shipping.

sleeveless classic boat neck
surplice bodice with tulip hemsleeveless v-neck 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Country Grace by @swakdesigns

I am LOVING the new Spring campaign for Sealed With a Kiss Designs! The brand's Director of Marketing, Sarah Sapora, pulled together some of the brightest stars of the plus size industry to showcase the brand's spring styles and colors! Modeled by two of my favorite ladies, Kelsey Olsen and Jenn Purviance and photographed by plus industry icon Michael Anthony Hermogeno (same photog who did MY shoot for SWAK! *coming soon*).

The elegance of the SWAK designs contrasted with the rugged country scape makes us wish I was frolicking around a farm wearing an Anastasia dress too. LOL

I can't say how proud I am to be affiliated with a company like Sealed With A Kiss Designs and how excited I am to launch Project Plus soon. Their clothing is simple and chic and gorgeous in subtle way, something we can easily take for granted. While I do love a crazy bedazzled number here and there - the reality of it is, on a Monday morning - I grab for my SWAK Open Cardigan first. :)



{contest over} 200 Winner Giveaway - YES - 200 WINNERS!

It's no secret is LOVE budget friendly jewelry! And, when contacted me to offer a giveaway to 200 of my readers, ummmmm, I say YES please! Because they are giving 200 winners a $40 gift card, and as you can see - that will go a long way! You could get a necklace, ring and bracelet for $40!!!!

They sent me a few pieces to try, and was so cool they showed up right before my birthday party! I have to say, for the price and quality, I have found my new obsession. And, can NOT wait to show you the pieces I received! Including this is heavy duty and freaking gorgeous in person!

Now it's time to announce the 200 winners - Congrats ! 
You will receive and email from to redeem your prize of $40! 
Those who don't win will still get a 30% coupon!! #score

Alana Dunkelberger Matheny
Alex Zambrano
Alison Gatt
Amanda Davidson Sykes
Amber Daniel
Amy Chastain
Amy Smith Lawrence
Amy Stephens
Andrea Rioja
Angi Hicks
Angie Paulcheck
Anika Allen Lyons
Anita Granados
Anjeannine Romero
anna franklin
Annette Lucero
April Kleck
April Sharpe
April-Nichole Sharpe
Ashlee Mcgraw
Ashley Bueker
Ashley Kumar
Barbara Lindberg
Beatrice Wiltrout Nobles
Becky Jarvis
Becky Suhajda
Brittani 'Bling' Sterling-Gholson
C.c. Almon
Carolyn Collins
Cathy Martinez
Chanae Tynes
Charlotte Doull
Cheryl Hall
Christina Mendoza
Claudia Jankowski
Claudia Maria Smigel
colleen womack
Cristie Young
Crystal Dimit
Crystal Jillson
Cyrena Robinson Parrouty
Danielle Manning
Darienne Price
Deanna Parent Theroux
Debra Simning-Chapman
Denise Rand
Diane Krawczak
Diane Redcay
Dirichukwu Nzewi Ukattah
Dominique Leger
Elaine Malmrose
Elise Aiken
Elizabeth Bender
Elizabeth Berlovan
Elizabeth Lade
Elizabeth Mcgowen Bovenmyer
Emma Solis
Erica Marie Vandermeer
Erica Nicole
Erica Vanderstelt
Erin Sisco
Evelyn Wilson
Faith Oh'cee
Gabrielle Ritzer
Hailey McConnell
Jeanessa Fenderson
Jen Toth
Jennifer Austin
Jennifer Cury Santiago
Jennifer Drake
Jennifer Duncan
jennifer keith
Jennifer Rendon Desa
Jennifer Russell Knaak
Jennifer Schultz
Jennifer Yandle
Jessica Andrews
Jessica King
Jessica Mortenson
Jolivia Hudson
Julie Flores
K. Lyn Baker
Katie Frost
Katie Gee
Katie Keske
Katie Lessard Bracero
Kelleashia Kelly Tyus
Kelli Barkema
Kelli Bolinger Estes
Kelly Lynch
Kelly Taylor Epperson
Kerri Willson Lynch
Kimberly Hollowell
Kristen Berge
Kristen Cassin DuBord
Kristin Blakesley
Kristin Burton
Krysti Spritzer-Levenhagen
Kylie Miller
Lacey Korns-Smiesko
Lacey Smiesko
Lakisha Ester
LaTanya Tatalicious Tatum
latoya huffman
Latoya Huffman
LaToya M. Williams
Laura Mager Null
Laura Patenaude
Laura Procknow
Laurel Porter
Liana M Fernandez
Liz Pelt
Lori Todd
Lori Walls
Mallory Katelyn Comer
Mara Silaua
Margaret Blair
Marinn Clampit
Megan Grace Kulpaka
Melissa Flores Moreno
Melissa Harp Hernandez
Michaela Eng
Michelle Chilton
Monika Peniam
Mwoww Cortez
Natalie Zeller
Nicole O.
Niki Whitaker
Nina Bee
Nohelia Barboza
Paige Edgington
Pamela Jessie
Preference TrulyCertifiable Robinson
Rachel Clyne
Rachel Iatarola
Rebecca Hill
Remy Martinique
Ricanda GoalDigger Suggs-Webber
Rickie Beth Friedberg
Rochelle Sha
Rolicia Martin
Rosa alvarado
Rosa Lemus
Sandra Garrido-Then
Sandy L. Young-Urbina
Sarah Linette
Sarah Ragan
Shanna Holmes
Shanna Holmes-Carnehl
Shante Hearst
Shari Smith
Sherry Hoffeld Fredrickson
Simone Taylor
Stephanie Lynn Marie
Stephanie Marie
Susan Barlow-smith
Susie Carranza
Susie Embellish Simpkins
Tabby Beniquez
Tiannae Simons
Tiara Jester-Young
Tiffany Hachfeld
Tina Keys
Tisha Haulenbeek Huffer
Valeria Martinez Campos
Ve Jenn La
Veronica Cid
Veronica Morgan

Thanks to everyone who entered! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

{video} Me x Torrid

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! Is that really ME in a Torrid video?? So crazy! I have to say, this is one of the best ones yet, as I get more used to video...that IS me. Not me trying to be cool, or be a style anchor (guilty of psuedo-acting to look cool as I figure out this whole new world of video). And yes...I teared up at the end. Just such an experience, and such an honor to be featured by one of my favorite brands. Shout out to the big girls baby!

And, check out the photoshoot I did too!

Shop my Torrid Style Picks Now! Click Here.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Do two pubs count as a pub crawl?

Almost forgot about these photos! LOL Drinks at Red Lion Tavern with Brandi Miller, Jamie Litt, Natalie Ferraro (Love Nati) and Joy Nash!! Then walked DIRECTLY across the street to another I totally did a downtown LA pub crawl, right?

Check out Nati's HIGHlarious post about the weekend here.

Wanted to look cute without trying to hard, so went with my Simply Be sheer top, SWAK Jeggings (no longer making them *sad face*), Merona scarf from Target and new purple peep toe flats from Torrid.

Nothing better than being the girl with her shoes STILL ON at the end of the night #victory!


Oversmiling makes everything better..... *ehh hum JOY!*
mmmmm In LOVE with this scarf.
Annnndddd group photo.
Getting my grind AWN.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Repeat after me...

I can rule the world, and my power is only as strong as I believe.
My weight does NOT define WHO I am, but it's how I project how I define myself that will open or close doors around me. 
The clothes & makeup on my body do not make me, but enhance me, because what's underneath is beautiful as is.

You ARE already the woman you want to be, you just have to believe it.

Something about these photos make me feel so powerful, so beautiful. And I think when WE feel powerful and strong, that rubs off on those around us in a very good way. It's too easy to pick ourselves apart...and then go picking others apart....but you will never feel true confidence in yourself if you don't start with believing.

Thank you so much to the amazing and strong, Stacy J Photography, for this photoshoot. I love you and YOUR strength rubs off on me every time we meet and I thank you for that gift.

Top c/o Lane Bryant, Source of Wisdom boot-cut thick stitch denim c/o Torrid, Shoes c/o Lane Bryant, Scarf - Old Navy, Earrings c/o Torrid.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

OOTD // Casual In The Park

One of my classic, go-to, homerun easy pieces to feel put together and still be comfortable is my SWAK Open Cardigan. Honestly, I can't even express how perfect these are, and yes SWAK sponsors my site, BUT I only work with companies I believe in with products I love and this cardi is my JAM. I've shown you the pink one and here's my teal one. Thank g.o.d. they keep selling like hot cakes and the people at SWAK are smart enough to keep making more colors and keep it in stock. NOTHING worse than a company having a homerun item and it's sold out and gone FORever?!! 

Anyway....back on track :). I love to pair my cardi with my Twist Tee Lace Tank (which I don't know why it took me so long to get into these, but after getting a few to review from Torrid and actually wearing them - I'm SO digging lace tanks!) and Source of Wisdom jeans from Torrid. And, check out that Betsy Johnson bag!!!!! DYING. Sooooo love a satchel and the fabric is sooooooooo soft, check out the close up pictures on the website. I think it's the perfect blogger bag since you can fit sunglasses, phone, and big camera and STILL look cute :). Camera ready. HAHA


Get this cardi in animal, vivid or classic colors! I'm wearing the one on the right (below).
Cardi c/o SWAK // Tank & Jeans & Bag c/o Torrid

Plus Size Animal Print Open Cardigan
Open Cardigan (Animal Print Limited Edition)
Price: $49.00 (USD)
Your Price: $39.99 (USD) 
Plus Size Open Cardigan
Open Cardigan (Classic Shades)
Price: $39.00 (USD) 
Plus Size Open Cardigan
Open Cardigan (Vivid Colors)
Price: $39.00 (USD) 

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tangerine Tango Trench Coat

Received one of the best gifts the other day! A new coat from Penningtons to try, and man, they timed that one perfectly! It's been raining and nasty here in the NW and I'm so in love with this coat and felt it needed to be seen in it's true habitat...LOL...not the studio, so a rare day of sun came and jumped on the chance for pictures "on location."

My favorite part of the coat is the collar, and the image on their website doesn't do that justice!! It's an ON PURPOSE popped collar! Um yes please. LOVE it...the buttons ensure your collah' stays popped always.

Next best thing? The color!! Tango Tangerine baby! ahhhhhhhhhhh

This coat is also on sale 25% off right now! Penningtons is a Canadian line with a sister label, Addition-Elle. I love the Canadian fashion flavor and the fact their models seem bigger to me. Maybe that explains why the 2X fit me? I'm nearly a 4X in US sizing.....yes, the 2x (that I'm wearing below) is great for size 24. 


As seen on their model on
COAT c/o Penningtons - Here's the link.

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