The holiday season is upon us and this is arguably my favorite time of year! From time with family, great times, food and fun the only thing close to this is a great time with friends too! I've been seeing the growing theme of FriendsGiving and wanted to give it a fabulous rollout. My friends and I love a great concept so it only made since to combine a meal with some glitz and glamour!
Marshall's and Target are my go to places for fabulous, affordable, tablescape accessories. From high end brands to kitschy eclectics, you can always find exactly what you're looking for to pull together an unforgettable, chic setting. Upon arrival, I always try to find one piece that will be my inspiration for the entire look. In years past it had been burlap, pumpkins, or random branches from nature. This year it's mixed gold tones and textures.
My husband will vouch that I can spend an hour in the "$1" section of Target. On this visit I found the maple leaf napkin rings. A great buy at $5/4 piece set, I found the inspiration for my GlamsGiving tablescape. Going for a neutral, informal look, I also picked up the Burlap and Gold fleck napkins by Threshold on clearance for $4.36! Score!!
So, along with dinner comes drinks. Of course no one really feels like washing the dishes immediately after dinner. I was hard pressed to find a disposable option that screamed glamour! Marshall's to the rescue with the "Misty Collection" 10 pieces dinnerware set. Yes.... it's plastic! BPA free, large in diameter for piling on the goods, and incredibly sturdy! I love them so much I picked up several other packs and colors for other events!
Gilded gold always steals the show. From mesh place mats to a glimmering charger, and gold trimmed glassware, copper mugs for that after dinner coffee or espresso pick me up, the look was easily topped off with an orange mesh runner and bronze metallic tablecloth. Everything just sparkles!
Head ad out for your last minute Thanksgiving decor. Even if it's just a small gathering, this is the perfect time to take your dinner from bland to Glam!
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So if you are new to my blog, I'd like to disclose that I'm from Philadelphia and here our curvy community isn't cohesive. We've got small groups of women with curves who collaborate together, but there isn't one group that provides unique and engaging social experiences for the curvy woman. This can be underwhelming sometimes, especially because in neighboring cities like New York City, the DMV, ATL, Tampa, and LA, there are established groups of women who are so dedicated to ensuring that our curves are celebrated! So when I started collaborating with PlusSizeMePlz and The Catherine Ashly brand here in Philadelphia about creating the same opportunities here in Philadelphia, I got so excited!
Catherine Ashly is this amazing entrepreneur, Plus Model, Mom and multi-cause advocate who saw the disparity of social events here in Philadelphia, and sourced her own financial resources to create an avenue for them to take place. For years, she has attended events in multiple other cities and longed, much like myself, to see them take place here. As a result, she created PlusSizeMePlz; a body positive brand designed to celebrate, uplift and engage women with curves!
Her first event to launch her brand, is an amazing opportunity for women in and around the city of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, to get out in an amazing venue and celebrate themselves, build new partnerships, and be a part of a community of like minded women.
On August 20th, The For the Love of Curves Swim Soirée will make it's debut at the largest deck on the East Coast! With over 2500 square feet of party space, swimming pool, drink and food specials and great company, I am looking forward to really culminating my summer in an epic way!
So, I'm excited to wear my fab new swimsuit and cover up! While I may not make it into the swimming pool, who doesn't love a great photo opportunity?!
I hope I'll see you there! I've got my VIP tickets, and although those are sold out, there's still General Admission tickets available and I want to meet some of you guys there! Details below and link to tickets!
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So, it's Sunday. Yes, I know, you're like 80% of the working population... You're dreading Monday. Well, it's doesn't have to be as bad as you're anticipating. In fact, planning your work week wardrobe almost always makes Monday easier. You've got more time to lay in bed and dread the day. NOT! Here's a few tools you can employ to get up, get out and get started!
Who doesn't love a trip to Target or Marshall's?! Go to your favorite to purchase a clothing rack small enough to fit in a nook in your bedroom or dressing room. This isn't your main source of clothing storage! This rack should only cost you between $10-$50, and should solely be used for your Work Week Wardrobe! My suggestion is that, if it comes with wheels, don't use them as it can make less expensive racks unsturdy.
The best hangers to use with your garment rack are velvet fashion hangers. Reasonably priced and chic aesthetically, these hangers also take up a small amount of space. While you're picking these up, find small, inspiring pictures to create a vignette in the space where your rack will go. This will add to the experience getting dressed every morning.
Choosing you wardrobe weekly shouldn't be a task. Choose easy, no fuss options that will collaborate with your mood and body throughout the week. Work provides enough stress; we don't need our clothing doing the same. Select classic pieces that you can interchange like:
• Knit Wrap Dress in a great print or color.
• Pencil skirt in knit or Pointe fabric that will still forgive after lunch.
• Classic Button Down Blouse
• Well fitting slacks/pants in navy, black, khaki.
• Camis and Crew necks shirts to pair with cardigans and Blazers.
These classic pieces are all interchangeable and create a core wardrobe that's easy to plan around. Keep reading on how to take that up a notch!
Jewelry. Jewelry. Oh and if you can add one more thing, it should be jewelry. Statement necklaces, eclectic earrings, and bracelets all create the wow factor when creating a work week wardrobe. They allow your personality to shine through, even with the most traditional pieces. Make investments in pieces that will grow with you in your career and your wardrobe. As trends change, often jewelry doesn't. Keep in mind your office culture when deciding which pieces to wear.
If you'd like more information on how to build your work week wardrobe! I can help. Also, visit me on Facebook to see our previous live session!
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Hey legs and lace! I see you.
Okay, so I'm a bit of a hopeless romantic. Growing up I was obsessed with secret gardens, love stories, soap operas, (The Young and the Restless named my two younger brothers and almost myself!) and long novels about unattainable, restless love. In my mind, the women in these tales wore lace, picked flowers and hummed tunes that lacked words but somehow let the world know they were in love. While I've always loved these things, I've never been fond of my legs or lace. But there's something happening with me and here I am showing you both.
Carefree, fun, romantic and sexy, this dress I found at Ross Dress for Less plays so many roles in my wardrobe. First, I love the fit. It hugs the shoulders and graces over my curves the rest of the way. Can we say no shape wear needed!
The bell sleeves are a feminine flair I don't mind wearing daily. Blame it on my old soul, but this nod to the seventies is the perfect addition to make this dress go from casual to date worthy.
My love for accessories far supersedes any other pieces in my wardrobe. For this look, I paired a vintage, faux croc cross body with an INC cuff from Macy's and a statement necklace from Burlington Coat Factory. Since I had to have my ligaments repaired in my knee after a terrible fall, I'm stuck with flats for a while, but these jeweled flats from Avenue are chic and comfortable!
Lately, I've been incredibly committed to stepping out of my comfort zone with my style. This week, I tackled Legs and Lace. Moving forward it is my goal to shed the inhibition and keep wearing what makes me feel good!
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Color me fabulous! So in Philadelphia, the market for unique plus apparel is small. Aside from "microwave fashion stores" finding a well made, well fitting, chic and youthful piece is difficult. Thankfully, an incredible designer and Philly Native ChaCha N'Kole so effortlessly creates Ace Blakely!
Lets talk about the custom fit of this dress. I love that this particular maxi style dress doesn't sweep the ground like others I own. Yes, I know, that's what makes a maxi dressy and fabulous. But for me, sometimes I want the maxi look without the drama and this is the perfect go to. I wore this number out with my husband and he loved the way it hugged my curves and I love the way it gave in the waist after we ate. 😊
Can we get into these bell sleeves?! This added feature took this dress to the next level! A signature in ChaCha N'Kole's maxi dresses, this gives a feminine and playful flair that I absolutely adore!
Can you tell I'm feeling myself!? Yes, I went on and on about the level of comfort this maxi provides, but I seriously felt so sexy in it. And I didn't have anything exposed. These curves were made for hugging and this dress hugs them just right.
Over the last two years, I've experienced so much. And while I am no where near where I'd like to be, I've gotten to a place of body freedom where I want to wear what I like and what makes me feel good. Comfort, color, sex appeal, and fabulosity all packed in one is my go to. This dress fits the bill. ChaCha has amazing pieces and while this isn't a sponsored post, I encourage you to get you a smile this big from her pieces! www.aceblakely.com
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Well. It's a been while. I could totally go over the past two years and all that's transpired to keep me away from this platform. But I won't. What I will do is talk about how this platform will exist moving forward and in turn ask that you tell me what you'd like to read about/view via videos.
So as you may or may not know, fashion's biggest week launched yesterday, Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week! Because I've been glued to home, I've been glued to social media taking in all of the shows on my StyleApp. Target had a very whimsical and eye catching presentation for its new designer collaboration with PeterPilotto! I couldn't stop mouthing the fashion girl "yassss"! So I thought I'd share the complete look book with you and a short television spot for the collection!
So, now you have it! Will you be camping out this Sunday at your local Target to purchase your favorite pieces? Some are well worth it! Need a little bit more convincing? Check out this Target ad for full movement and fun! Thanks for reading!
Let's face it, we all want to have the most coveted home year around, but the holiday season is another level. Of course decor can get expensive, especially if you're anything like me and want all if the things you love. So I thought I'd find decor items that could be used throughout the year and not just for the holidays. Today, I'll cover the centerpiece of your living room, the mantle!
The key to achieving this crossover look is to implement classic pieces with a modern flair or color. I chose gold because it screams holiday, but if you use it in Spring, it can also scream old world glamour! This sunburst is by Martha Stewart for Home Depot and a steal at only $34.99 (36 inches high and wide). Put it on the wall about the mantle and make a bold statement.
The Threshold Target collection is genius for the home. High end looks for relatively affordable prices is always my goal and when I found this vase online I knew the texture would be perfect for a Merry Mantle. Red poinsettias inside of this would be breathtaking. Dramatic enough? :)
Bookends add character to any design scape and a mantle is no different. Put books wrapped in your favorite wrapping paper of the season between these too cranes in an antique gold finish. (Target.com)
Mirror the sunburst with this mini medallion. Adding more texture and a varying height to the mantle scape, this burst would look perfect in summer with a glam nautical design theme. (Target $19.99)
What would a Merry Mantle be without Merry decor? This bust is more about the antlers than anything! Rich and simple will be the perfect period to this mantle destined to be an exclamation in your home this holiday!
Have a mantle you plan on decorating this holiday season? Tag us on Instagram! (BeautyBoxStyle) We want to see! Stay tuned for my holiday home tour, I plan to have a glam mantle myself!
The Holidays are HERE!!!!! Can you tell how excited we are? We've taken a moment to pull together some quick, inexpensive host/hostess gifts that we recommend so that you can look like the well-mannered guest that we know that you are! Whether it's a holiday mixer, a girl's night in, or just a dinner party, never arrive empty handed to a gathering. Your host/hostess has taken lots of time and attention to detail to ensure that you enjoy the evening. Show your gratitude with these gifts:
Wine is a perfect host/hostess gift! Not sure what kind to bring? It's the holidays so you can't go wrong with this 2010 Domino Pinot Grigio ($7) As with most California Pinot Grigios, this bottle has sweeter, riper fruit than Italian versions making it the perfect pairing for a blended variety of holiday menus.
Girls Night In happens frequently this season! Why not? You need time with your girls! This time of year can be stressful with all it requires! Also if you and friends are single, it makes more sense to spend the holidays with your girls! Don't make gift giving such a task: EVERY GIRL LOVES BLING! My favorite brand for bling is Wrist Soiree. Their fabulous, affordable pieces will make even the most designer savvy friend swoon!
Do you smell what I smell? It's Illume Candles! Illume candles have quickly become a BeautyBox Favorite! The assortment of fragrances and decor options that they offer is to live for! Candles are a non-intrusive way to add to the decor of someone else's home! Great holiday inspired scents help hosts/hostesses create a greater ambience for their holiday gift! They'll thank you for your thoughtful gesture.
Have ideas of other Holiday Host gifts? Comment below with your ideas?
Fall is just around the corner and if you are anything like me, you're thing of ways to give your space a new look and feel for the new season. For me, I could do it once a month, I just love interior decor so much, however I must pay close attention to cost! So I thought I'd share a few design on a dime options that I've implemented in my home! Hope you are inspired!
This vignette is the first you see as you walk into my home, and while most employ the mirror and side table option for keys and last minute looks on the way out of the door, I decided add extra seating to my living room. Although the bowl and candle holders are pretty fancy, we still toss keys in and mail in the doors below. The chair was thrifted for $25, picture was my grandmother's and the cabinet is a HomeGoods find for $59.99!
I found this branch candle holder at my local GoodWill for $4.99. It is wrought iron and will take spray paint well for other seasons and rooms in my home! It has really put me in the mindset of bringing Fall into the home.
I must admit that I have a bit of an unhealthy attachment to serving trays. I purchased this one from GoodWill as well for $1.50. The faux peonies are a Walmart steal at $.49 each. I up cycled an old Patrón bottle for a vase. The tray houses my remote controls as well.
Believe it or not, this cabinet is GoodWill find also! With it's high end look and $10 price tag, I couldn't leave it there! The lamp was a surprising find at my local Family Dollar! At only $6, the wood workings would prove to be quite a conversation starter in my living area.
Nesting tables are my favorite alternative to the traditional side table. This set, $24.99 from HomeGoods, is the perfect size to fit in the space I needed them for. The large pillar candles are a GoodWill steal at $2 each. The $3 Ikea faux grass plant sits in a DollarTree holder.
Finally, seating is so important in my home! Football season, family, and social dinners always happen at my place and I'm always looking for ways to implement more seating. When I spotted this faux leather chair at a flea market for $30, I couldn't leave it! Check your local flea market for fab finds that will bring your design vision to fruition!
I love design on a dime! While I love shopping for my own home, I often find items that don't match my home, but may work with your decor, so if you are looking to revamp your space, let me know! I'd be happy to help! Until next time....
Corrinn is a creative soul, style curator, and avid thrifter who sees style and glamour in all aspects of life! She brings lifestyle topics, D.I.Y. projects and fashion tips full circle on BeautyBoxLIFEStyle!
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