My 2012 Ultimate Guide | TALL WIDE CALF BOOTS

Saturday, September 29, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

 * Click here to visit my 2013 boot guide! *

As a fellow wide calf girl on the hunt for the perfect tall boot this fall/winter, I understand the challenge! So, I just searched the WWW to find you every cute tall wide calf boot I could find. I've not personally tried these on, but I did look at the reviews/information and from what I can tell, these all look like great choices.

The only boots I can personally vouch for are the ones from Torrid (#3,4,5), they are consistently nice and wide on the calf and the fact they are WW for the foot is great for me as well.

Remember, wide calf doesn't always mean wide foot. I am a wide foot, wide calf girl, but I did include boots with a wide calf for M, W and WWW sized feet. And, I also included some great rain boots, since living in the NW we live in the rain for 9 months of the year.

Hope you find what your heart is yearning for and if you know of any I may have missed, please comment below and leave the link!



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all things nice

Friday, September 28, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

When I was thinking of a title for this post all I could think was... sugar and spice and all things nice. *laughing*

I've been so fortunate to work with the largest retailers in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe to showcase plus size fashion from around the world and I'm proud to show you this collab done with Jessica London. These are the pants I wore with my peplum top here and I wanted to show them in a more casual/office/daytime look, so I went for this sheer top (can you tell I'm wearing a black bra?) paired with my new fav zip back pumps (so sad they are sold out!) and the amazing real leather paneled pants (ponte fabric in back, no pockets, does have zipper and button) all from Jessica London.

I wanted to embrace fall/winter by going for a winged gel liner on the eyes and raspberry on the lips. And since I didn't have the right shade, I just put on a true red lipstick and topped with a bubblegum pink gloss to bring out the raspberry and add shine. And, this makeup only took like 4 minutes! LOVE anything that saves me tim.

So I'm officially obsessed, going to hit Walgreens and pick up some new winter lip colors!

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Outfit Details - all items courtesy of Jessica London

zip back pumps (so sad they are sold out!) 


Thursday, September 27, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

Proper Work Attire

As a marketing & branding consultant, I find that my wardrobe also reflects my professional aesthetic and can easily win or lose me any client. So how do you show your style while playing within the corporate dress code rules? 

My recipe usually always involves the following:

  • 1 part perfect blazer, ruched or rolled sleeves a must.
  • 1 part perfect under-blazer top that has color/ruffles/vneck and pop-up collars are a bonus like this top!
  • 1 part the perfect dark denim / dark trouser. Denim I hear is a big no no, however, I feel this ads a perfect chic to any outfit and my fav is a dark bootcut from Torrid, the Isabella.
  • 3 parts amazing accessories! Shoes, Belt, Necklace. One of my fav styling tricks is to wear the belt around the top with the blazer OVER that. However with a flowy blazer/cardigan, I love to put a skinny belt on top.
Sometimes what's proper isn't always so obvious, don't be afraid to mix color and bold accessories into your work wardrobe this winter!


Outfit Details
Blazer c/o Torrid
Denim c/o Torrid Size 26 Boot Cut Isabella *LOVE THESE* True to size.
Necklace - Fashion Bug
Clutch & Sunglasses - Target
Shoes c/o Lane Bryant
Belt - came on a Torrid dress 3 years ago

80s night

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

I will never turn down an invitation that includes any variation of the following; dancing, mandy, cheap drinks, girlfriends, footloose, sequins, saturday night.

This night was the epitome of awesome and my outfit surprising and accidentally fit in with the rest of the work-out wearing, head-band sporting Portland hipsters.

This top (and the pink identical one, and how are they only $14.99?!?!) is on regular rotation in the wardrobe and so thankful to have met my new friends at Posh Shoppe. They have the most fun fashion AND at crazy affordable prices. My experience with them has been A+ and hope you stop by and say hi to them. If you do, use JESS10 to get 10% off your entire order until 10/31/12.


Outfit Details:
Top c/o Posh Shoppe 3X ONLY $14.99?!!! Get it now!! LOL

Items I'm lusting over at Posh Shoppe - use JESS10 to get 10% off your entire order until 10/31/12


Wednesday, September 26, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

Before the husband, 4 year old and corporate gig, I embraced a fearless sense of style. And, thanks to you and my journey towards better health and fitness, I'm slowly finding my way back.

Never be afraid to wear what you want to wear. Your style is for YOU.


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Photography by Mandy Allen of

Outfit Details

Top c/o Posh Shoppe - Wearing Size 3X $18.99 (get 10% off entire order with JESS10!!)
Pants c/o Torrid - Size 22 (size down for nice and tight) on sale for only $39.99! 
Shoes - Lane Bryant
Necklace - H&M


Monday, September 24, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

I had a meeting today with one of my favorite clients, Tracey Hicks, to finish up the branding/website for her new baby The Homebuyer Journal and after we were all done...Tracey and I had fun with an improptu photoshoot! **Thanks Tracey** Her office is so gorgeous and in this beautiful newly renovated courtyard shopping area and the yellow wall was screaming for us to take pictures with it...went perfectly with my purple/gold/black outfit for the day! Plus, I've been wearing this top from SWAK Designs pretty much non-stop and felt I needed a good picture in it to show you! I think this is really the only chiffon thing I own, and I'm loving it.


Find a way to make my new peeptoe boots work.
These boots are so gorgeous, so fun and different for me...but man it was hard finding a way to wear them! When I saw them online, I didn't think about how tall they were...over the ankle, but tall enough to where it looks a bit awkward with a dress/skirt, so it had to be pants, but I didn't want the pants to bunch up in the now I TRULY understand the new Torrid Stiletto Skinny and how perfect the length can be. These jeggings (btw go a size down if you want nice and tight) hit the boot top perfectly! YES! Feels like a victory, I made it work!

Outfit Details
Top c/o SWAK Designs - Link HerePants c/o Torrid - Ankle Zip Stiletto Jean (Jegging) Link Here Shoes c/o Torrid - Peeptoe Wedge Bootie Link Here Necklace-  H&M Sunglasses - Street Vendor

casual chic

Monday, September 24, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

You know that feeling when you put an outfit together and even before looking in the mirror, you know you got this? Yes, this outfit did that for me. There is nothing I love more than a casual chic outfit which always includes a variation of denim, blazer, belt and sky high shoes (preferably comfortable ones). Mandy (bestie, business partner, full time photographer) and I had so much fun shooting this outfit at our new favorite spot - the new Vancouver WA library. And even more fun when I needed a black cami and without hesitation she strips and gives me hers (did I mention shes like a size 12 on top and she purchased this space age cami with a built in spanx??!!!! Lord help me I was a sausage!!) and the result was her wearing my size 24 tank that swallowed her whole...hey, it's all about the shot/outfit! That's a true friend.


Figure out a way to utilize those glam-fabulous pinup sunglasses with my non-pinup wardrobe.
You know when you see some amazing style that is completely different than your own and wonder, how the hell can I pull that off? Yah, these glasses were that for me. I'm kinda obsessed with the designer Domino Dollhouse and live vicariously through the models, but I thought I'd put my toe in the water and try some sunglasses I would normally think are too pinup/rockabilly for me - and the result was perfection! Show me how you conquered this challenge! Instagram and tag @jessica_kane. XOXO Jessica

Photography by Mandy Allen of
Outfit Details Coral Blazer c/o Curvaceous Boutique - Denim c/o Torrid - Necklace c/o InPink - Similar Shoes c/o Torrid - Sold out but this is a fab alternative Sunglasses Domino Dollhouse -

rule breaker

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

You know that rule about no white after Labor Day? Yah, I don't listen to that one.
Along with the rules about how big girls shouldn't wear tube tops, skinny pants, body con dresses, color, swimsuits in public, print, anything with shape.....etc. Nope.

When I found this white denim jacket on clearance at Lane Bryant, I nearly lost it. Part of me is sad I didn't see it earlier, but the other is jumping up and down for the amazing buy we (my alter and I) just scored.

Plus a recent shopping adventure with the best friend yielded the snazzy 80s mirrored sunglasses and metallic purse on clearance at Target! #score Pair those with my fav Torrid denim and new (crazy comfortable where have these sexy bitches been my whole life) blue heels from Jessica London.

So ladies, who else is going to be a rule breaker with me and wear white after LD?


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Photography by Mandy Allen of Pep Talk Polly

Jacket - Lane Bryant clearance - Similar but sleeveless here
Denim c/o Torrid - Link Here
Shoes c/o Jessica London - Not online anymore, but these are from same maker and so cute!
Sunglasses - Similar mirrored pair here

The List | Plus Size Leather Jackets

Monday, September 03, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

Trying to find the perfect leather jacket for fall? We all are! And here are my favs from around the web.

K-Dash (White)
ASOS Curve
Call Me Ponie
City Chic
K-Dash (Black)