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Posted on May 23, 2017

Asymmetric Twist Front Peplum Jumpsuit

Every once in a while, I like to step outside of my comfort zone and explore new avenues with a daring piece. This particular asymmetric twist front peplum jumpsuit  is not only unconventional, but quite figure forgiving. Funny to say since it’s evident that it’s quite revealing, particularly if you’re top heavy like myself. However, due to the peplum skirt and material, it de-emphasizes my key problem areas- my abdominal and keeps the eye upwards to the chest area.  The frills on the shoulder certainly helps in concealing affect as well. This is the second look from my series with GSLovesMe -a California based straight and plus size fashion brand.

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While away for the weekend, I wore this jumpsuit for dinner which was being served outside.  It was quite a long walk from where the cabins were located and common area so I made sure to wear flats, however in true Sandee form, I forgot my heels near a boulder while snapping these pics.  Needless to say, I would definitely opt for heels with this look just because of the more evening feel of this jumpsuit. However, I think the gold hardware on my sandals somewhat made up for the casual take of it, don’t you think?

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I’m really loving how versatile so many of the pieces from GSLovesMe are. This is my second look from them and I have 3 more coming up. Don’t forget to use my code “SJ20” for 20% off ANYTHING off their site. Make sure you tell me which ones are your fave!

If you missed the first look, check it out here. Stay tuned for the next GSlovesme look coming up!

Posted on May 17, 2017

SPRING STYLE| Flare Hems and Crop Tops

We’ve all heard the saying, April showers bring May flowers, but for the past month, New York City has literally become Seattle with day after day after day of rain, overcast and fog.  It’s certainly affected my mood for the worse I must say. Than, out the blue, true spring like weather sprung giving way to sunny skies. I made sure to make the best of it and styled one of my newest spring pieces from GSLOVE featuring the hottest trends, ruffles.

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One thing all that rain did, was quench the thirst of these lush bushes in our garden area.  With spring in bloom and all the natural beauty all around me, it made for the perfect back drop for a little photo-op in my two-piece on our way to dinner for date night.  Ruffles, flare and flute hems, are such a HUGE trend this season! When I saw this scoop neck crop top and bottom set right on trend I just had to pick it up. I opted for black, but if you’re itching for some color, it also comes in brighter shades like hot pink, kelly green and beige. The movement on these pants are so fluid and quite an eye catcher. Don’t just take my work for it, grab yourself this set or any other item(s) with my coupon code “SJ20” for 20% off.

NOTE: I’m wearing a size 1x for reference.

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Stay tuned for another look from GS love coming up this week.

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This post was sponsored by GSLOVE but my opinions and text are my own. 

Posted on March 31, 2017

PINK FOR SPRING

It’s officially Spring but sadly mother nature did not get the memo. However, if you’re anything like me, you start prepping for warm weather early. Nothing brightens up your mood like a bright hue, so on this cold Friday, think Pink for Spring! I wore this gorgeous flowy magenta dress on NBC’s Today Show and it was a hit!! Besides being pocket friendly at $50, style-wise, it’s a fit and flare style with pleats at the shoulders and the most whimsical cuts on the back.  Aside from that, the dress is quite versatile and can work for all occasions from formal dinners to Easter Sunday.

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Paired with blush simple heels, it allows the dress to stand on it’s own making for a fashion hit! Make sure you watch the video below of Lilliana Vazquez segment, Luxe for Less, to see the swing on this dress in real-life!

Special thanks to Lilliana Vazquez and her team for styling me and allowing me to feel amazing!

Posted on March 8, 2017

FINDING CONFIDENCE WHILE ON VACATION

What is it about being away on vacation that just throws all inhibitions out the window?  It seems that with every trip, I find more and more confidence to wear clothing that I wouldn’t readily wear back home.  I no longer have the constraints of everyday life and try to make the most of my time away and build the best memories. It’s almost as if I become someone else, a more confident and brave Sandee. This can be challenging for any woman, especially when it comes to plus size swimwear.

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Am I the only person who feels this way?

I asked a few of my friends if their attitude changes while away and nearly all of them commented, yes.  Overall, they are the most self conscious while away on vacation with insecurities surfacing everywhere from poolside to beach. It’s interesting because I feel the complete opposite.  In the back of my head, I’m thinking, ‘these people are complete strangers to me, slay on girl!’ I know for many women, my girlfriends included, it’s easier said than done. So, here are some tips, to embrace the sexy no-holds-bar YOU on your next trip.

1- Choose the best swimwear

It’s a given that when we look good, we feel good. This mantra should resonate on not just clothing you pack for your get-away, but swimwear you buy. Thankfully, there are so many fashionable swimsuits and cover-ups to choose from available in plus size!  Below are some awesome pieces that I’m loving. They’re not only cute, but they’re super supportive especially for us busty gals.

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2- Dress Confidently

I believe in wearing whatever makes you comfortable while on any vacation. If you have a style that works for you, go for it. I do suggest you venture out a little bit, and go for clothing you wouldn’t ordinarily choose. Show a little midriff, how about shorts? If you are self-conscious about particular body parts, the décolleté is a very sexy yet classy part of the body to show off.  Since last year, there are so many style offerings in off-the-shoulder pieces. Below are some of my faves including a few ensembles I wore from Rue107 in Mexico. I certainly went outside my comfort zone with the Minnie Jumpsuitthat can also work as a cover-up too.

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3- Enjoy your environment

Chances are, you’ll be visiting somewhere hot and beautiful. Take that into account. Don’t waste time obsessing on whether your cellulite is showing. Go straight vacation mode and get to know the food and culture of your destination.  Use your God given 5 senses and make the best memories for yourself.

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4- Vacation With Friends

I’m all for a girls vacay. If you’re lucky enough to have one, feed off their energy. You’ll be surprised at the level of self-confidence that surfaces. Really great friends help you come out your shell and be the best version of you, plus size or not.

My 4 tips may not be for everyone, but I do hope a few of them resonate with you. I can assure you, they’ve certainly worked for me. Just look over my Instagram hastag #CurvEnvyTravels for proof of vacationing the way I want, wearing what I want with no inhibitions. I no longer feel a desire to cover myself up all the time, wear tshirts over my swimsuit, stick to a one piece, you name it. I’ve become much for confidant by following these tips and enjoyed all of my vacays from the Black Sand Beaches of Hawaii to the scorching heat of Cabo San Lucas to the temperamental weather of San Francisco.

Do you know anyone who needs to let loose and love their body while on vacation? If so, be a friend and share this post with them! Tweet it, Google+ it, Fb it.

Posted on February 21, 2017

Hola From Mexico

Hola guys!

If you follow me on social media, you would know that I’m currently in Mexico on vacation.  One of the perks of working in higher education is being able to go on vacation, when your students are out.  With that being said, the next few posts will be filled with white sandy beaches, palm trees, flip flops and of course, on-trend warm weather fashion.  A lot of you are probably planning your winter get-away so hopefully this along with the next few posts will help.

Im so in love with our condo and created a really short video of our home away from home below. Check it out!

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: HACIENDA MITA VID

 

 

As always I love hearing from you… connect with me on instagramtwitter or pinterest! Plus I’m on Snapchat! My username is CurvEnvy. Make sure to follow along as I take you guys site-seeing with me.

Posted on February 15, 2017

How To Wear Sequin Pants

I came across a pair of wide leg sequin pants during after Christmas sale, for a steal! Have you ever come fell head over heels over a piece so outside your comfort zone, but you can’t help but keep coming back to it? Well, this was my feeling on these sequin trousers.  Being the avid online shopper that I am, I had them in my cart for weeks before finally taking the plunge.  So today, I’m sharing how I wear sequins pants without looking overdressed.

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Now I’m a firm believer of  wearing the clothes and not having the clothes wear you, but these trousers wanted to be seen. Paired with my velvet blazer last worn here, and black bodysuit, I was ready for a much needed night out.

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Sequins most certainly are not pinned to just holidays. They can be worn year round. To tone down the dressy aspect of it, I recommend going basic as possible on top. Think, white t-shirt or graphic tee.  In the spring, a tank top and denim jacket paired with a pair of Converse or Adidas sneakers would look adorable.  These particular pants have some weight to them, so I wouldn’t recommend wearing them during warmer weather, otherwise you’d have an inferno in your pants. Aside from being wide leg, and not super fitted, it allows the aesthetic to be a little more dressed-up. The high-waist detailing definitely helps in bringing the eye upwards towards the smaller part of my torso. Oh, and I definitely must add that these pants are loooooong! I’m 5’4 and I wore 4.5″ heels with these and they’re still pooling on the ground. So, with that being said, you 5’5″ and below ladies out there, will certainly need to have these hemmed.

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