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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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Forever21 Swimsuit// Target Coverup// Emilio Pucci Sunnies

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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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Posted on January 30, 2017

HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT COLORS IN THE WINTER

While it’s been brutal in terms of weather here in NYC, one day last week, we were blessed with a nearly 60 degree day. I made sure to take full advantage and pull out my crochet top, last seen here, and marigold yellow slacks. I find that wearing bright colors in the winter not only is a mood lifter, it certainly helps you get more out of pieces you already own, year round.

Crochet Top (Comes in black also), Ankle Slacks & I own this yellow Croco Skirt as well//Valentino Rockstuds (s/o) similar here

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I find that during winter, the weather really affects my mood. The colder it is, the sadder my demeanor becomes. So for me, it definitely helps to have some colorful pieces in my wardrobe to help. My Valentino rockstuds in more ways than one, hits the mark and yellow slacks, although a bit oversize (I shouldn’t have ordered up), helps a lot.  Although I’m wearing a crochet top, this look can easily work for a colder day by opting for a white cozy sweater or turtleneck paired with the slacks.  To keep your feet and toes toasty, go for tights or ankle booties.

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P.S.  I recommend sizing up in this top if you’re busty otherwise for for your regular size. I’m wearing a sz 14.

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Posted on January 23, 2017

STYLE| Bell Sleeve Dress + Fur Coat

Phew, what a weekend!! If the female solidarity and feministic storm that engulfed the U.S. is any indication for what’s to come, I’m here for it all! I felt it was only right to share this style post with a shade typically linked all things overly girly, pink. Not just any pink, but damn near fuschia.  I rarely wear this shade but thought it was befitting on the account of this weekend.  Not to mention, I often like to step outside my comfort zone. Bell Sleeve, Faux Fur? Yes, please!

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I’ve had my eye on this dress for months but it would always sell out in my size! Clearly, I’m not the only woman out there obsessed with it. Between the modest length and whimsical flare sleeves, it certainly isn’t for your typical wallflower. Coming in white, black, plum, kelly green and obviously, fuschia, there’s a shade for every woman out there.  I paired mine with gold multi-strand necklace and pink sparkly earrings.  Next time I wear it, think I’ll opt for a gold belt or fur stole. Although it’s gorgeous, it certainly serves as a blank canvas to build, on with accessories including statement heels like my Valentinos.

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It’s still winter and as much as I often welcome suffering for fashion (went bare leg this day), I needed not only a warm coat, but a fashionable one as well. There are so many amazing coats out there sold in our size. ASOS is one of my go-to retailers for all things faux fur, especially outerwear.  You last saw my green fur coat here during the holidays paired with a velvet suit. Green goes quite well with pink, so it was a total no-brainer to wear it with my dress.

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Here are a few of my favorite Asos Fur coats

 

Posted on January 22, 2017

7 REASONS WHY THE WOMEN’S MARCH SHOULD AFFECT YOU

Just about everyone person knows that women are organically strong, minus one orange president I will not mention, however the events of this weekend’s Women’s March showed our unbreakable strength in numbers.

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Millions of women all over the United States, from Washington, D.C. to California to Boston, banded together to march against inequality and in defiance of the new president. Often times, we do not know our true strength until we’re tested and lord knows, one of the biggest test in our lives awaits us for the next four years.  With that being said, why should this march affect you?  Well, for one this march may

  • motivate more women to run for political offices hence more representation in government
  • Set the ball running for equal pay in the workplace in this country
  • Affect Trump’s legislation against implementing laws that will set women’s right back decades
  • Women no longer have to hold themselves against ridiculous standards when the president elect hasn’t
  • Call for racial and economic equality and anti-discrimination against LGBT
  • Continue access to affordable reproductive health care including contraception
  • Affect immigration reform and protections

While I wasn’t able to participate, I did support from afar and glad that family members and friends of mine were able to attend and have their voices heard.  Not to mention, instagram served a great outlet to some of the best protest signs! I’ve included some below.

The best protest signs from the Women’s March on Washington

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  4. For the Harry Potter fanatics out there…   MARCH Collage
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If this weekend left you with anything, remember this….

SHE IS CLOTHED WITH STRENGTH & DIGNITY

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