Fresh Denim Picks: Try On Confidential (Part 1)

Last year around this time, I showed a few of my favorite brands of denim. You can check out that post here.
A few of the size inclusive brands mentioned were:

Abercrombie (up to a size 16), Madewell, Good American, American Eagle, Jen 7 Jeans, Mott & Bow, Blank NYC , Articles of Society, Kut from the Kloth, DL1961, Universal Standard

Truth be told, I still LOVE all of the pairs that I showed last year and although I didn’t really NEED any new pairs of denim, I thought it would be fun to try a few new brands and styles that are outside of my usual denim repertoire. So welcome to an updated #TryOnConfidential, very excited about my size inclusive findings this year! Consider this part one, I’m sure I’ll have another at some point later in the fall. Be sure to leave any requests in a comment below. Brands tried:

J.Crew, LOFT, Everlane
+ Sofia Vergara

PAIRS AND SIZES WORN:

OTHER ITEMS WORN (IN ORDER)

all items run TTS so follow each individual store’s sizing charts. I’m wearing my usual sizes 14 / L, size 11 shoe.

ALL NEW DENIM:

Well, what did you think? I hope this inspires you to step outside of your denim comfort zone this season and try a new brand/style. Leave any thoughts / questions below!

Bralettes For All Sizes

This has been a post for a few months in the making. After researching over 40+ different styles, reaching out to a bunch of different brands and taking the time to try them all out, I am finally ready to share my initial findings. I firmly believe there will be more styles that I haven’t tried out yet so consider this part one.

After teasing this story a few times on my social media, I’ve found that there are two different understandings of bralettes. There are those that are meant to be seen and those meant for comfort. Typically, they’re lacy, unlined and don’t offer the best support- especially for full busts. I’m here to show you there are some incredible options for both scenarios but some better than others.
To watch a few of my favorites, check out the video below. Due to modesty purposes, I was unable to show all of them on but can report back on all styles shown below.

As a friendly reminder, I wear a US size 34H in everyday bras.
Individual sizing details will be listed below each product image below.

STYLES SHOWN IN VIDEO:

SHOP THEM ALL:

Well, what did you think? Would love to hear your thoughts below.
Looking for more undergarments? Be sure to check out more here and here.

Size Inclusive Aerie Finds Under $50 - #TryOnConfidential

Happy Try On Confidential Friday! This week, I'm back and exploring the highly requested store, Aerie! I've worn and sprinkled items from the brand here and there but I've never done a full on haul so I'm very excited to show you my diverse, versatile and size inclusive findings. Many styles run from XXS-XXL which is a 00-22 so everyone can find something that makes them feel comfortable and confident. Be sure to tune into my Instagram stories for the full rundown on these products.

Be sure to leave a comment on your favorite item below.
Thanks to Aerie for sponsoring this post, all thought and opinions are my own.

Arm Party: Victoria Emerson's Xmas in July Sale

Earlier this month I introduced you to one of my favorite new accessory brands, Victoria Emerson on this blog post. As I previously mentioned, I’ve always loved the look of a stacked bracelet look but styling multiple different styles is a little intimidating until I discovered the brand. Their Boho Cuff bracelets have a magnetic clasp so that you can easily throw it on for a full look without having to think about it. How brilliant is that? This weekend, I’m back to share more styles that I picked up for their Xmas in July Sale with wrap styles at $19.99 and $24.99 boho cuffs (regular price $32-$50). Seriously such a steal! They also make great gifts so now would be a great time to stock up for future events + holidays. Here’s how I styled my favorite sale picks:

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SHOP THIS LOOK:

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SHOP MORE SALE PICKS:

Which are your favorite looks? I love the Boho Cuffs but also really like the State Necklaces, I am repping my home state of New York in gold (comes in silver too), of course but there are many other states listed here on sale for $19.99! Would love to hear your favorite styles below.
Thanks to Victoria Emerson for collaborating with me again on this post. All photos by Ryan of Seek Axiom.

Rent The Runway Unlimited: Tips For The Curvy Girl

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HOW IT WORKS:

I've been using Rent The Runway's Unlimited program since August 2018 and it's safe to say, I feel like a RTR expert now when it comes to finding styles that will work for me. 

If you're unfamiliar with the Unlimited program, you can rent four or more items at a time, swapping them out for new styles whenever you want or purchasing them if you want to keep it. 

They handle the dry cleaning and insurance so all you have to do is throw the worn items in the reusable pre-paid shipping bag and prepare for your next shipment. You can heart the items and create short lists for different events or moments that you may have coming up such as weddings, events, trips or for work. I’ve created short lists for weddings, vacation and upcoming work related events. 

From casual wear to formal wear, and everything in between - it's a great option to constantly keep your wardrobe fresh without the hefty price tag, and still keep your wardrobe fresh and updated. As you’ll see in the look above, I had so much fun pairing this Veronica Beard Bexley Dickey Blazer with my favorite white denim, I almost didn’t want to send it back!

WHAT I LIKE:

I've put together a list of my favorite brands that I have luck with as a size 14, 5”8.5 gal!

Adrianna Papell - Andrew Marc - ASTR - BB Dakota - B Collection by Bobeau - Badgley Mischka - Blank NYC - Cupcakes and Cashmere - Cynthia Rowley - Derek Lam - Diane Von Furstenburg - Donna Morgan - Draper James x Eloquii - Fame and Partners - Figue - Good American - Habitual - Hutch - J Crew - Jenny Yoo - Junarose - Just Female - Kate Spade - Lauren Ralph Lauren - Madewell - Mink Pink - Monique Lhullier - Moon River - Nicholas - Nicole Miller - Rebecca Taylor - Tart Collections - Prabel Gurung - Rachel Pally - Rachel Roy - Sanctuary - Slate & Willow - Soia & Kyo - Tanya Taylor - Tory Burch - Veronica Beard

My favorite things to rent are dresses, jumpsuits, jackets/blazers and tops. However, there are tons more options on the site such as accessories: handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, maternity clothes, kids clothing and so much more. When looking through different items, I recommend checking out the customer reviews at the bottom of each product, it definitely helps you get a better understanding of how each piece will fit your body type.

Here are a few of my favorite rentals and other items saved to my favorites, I will be sure to keep adding to this as I continue to wear more things! Some of my absolute favorites from these shots are the ASTR Faux Shearling Brooklyn Jacket and the Tory Burch Ellis Striped Skirt!

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Did you find this helpful? Have you ever tried RTR Unlimited? What are some of your favorite brands / items that you've tried? Would love to hear your thoughts below.

You can use RTRCARALYN for $100 off your first two months of Unlimited, to sign up click here

Thanks to Rent The Runway for collaborating with me on this post.


Size Inclusive Summer Sale Picks From ModCloth

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Thanks to ModCloth for collaborating with me on post.

Happy Summer! If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know that I love all things ModCloth. I discovered the brand last year and LOVE how size inclusive they are, offering many styles in XS-4X. It’s really important to me to celebrate brands that celebrate ALL shapes and sizes of women. You can check out some of my previous posts here, here, here and here! But today is all about their summer sale, items up to 60% off and highlighting some of my favorite looks that will set you up to live your best life all summer long! Whether you’re planning a summer getaway or just need a little wardrobe refresh, be sure to shop these styles before they’re gone.

For sizing reference, I am a size 14 and I always get an XL in everything. 

SHOP THIS LOOK

SHOP THIS LOOK

SHOP MORE SALE PICKS:

Are you loving these looks as much as I am? What’s your favorite look for the season?
Be sure to leave a comment or any questions below and check out ModCloth’s summer sale.
 Happy shopping! Pictures by Ryan of Seek Axiom

Summer White Essentials

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wearing size 14 in the dress

Summer is officially upon us, it’s time to pull our items out of storage and to embrace all of the wonderful summer clothing options! White is one of my favorite colors to wear in the warmer months. There’s nothing like a crisp, white shirt, dress, jeans, pair of sneakers- you name it! I’m a sucker for it. I’ve put together a list of some great white options for everyone that you can mix, match and rewear all summer long. Go bold for a ful white on white ensemble or just play with your accessories with pops of white. No matter your comfort level, there’s something for you! In case you missed it, I did an entire white denim guide that you can check out here!

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What’s your favorite color to wear in the summer? Still shopping for more? Let me know if I can help by leaving a comment below.

Size Inclusive Weekend Style with J.Crew

Thanks to J.Crew for collaborating with me on this post.

Writing this makes my heart sing because I have officially fallen in love with J.Crew all over again. Growing up, I always loved their styles but their sizing was inconsistent, I would sometimes leave the store feeling defeated. In recent years, they did a major overhaul of their sizing, including expanding their size range. I have to say, everything has been ON POINT lately and I couldn’t imagine stepping into summer without some of their styles! I’ve featured a few other J.Crew looks here, here and here to see if you like them and it seems like the feelings are mutual. Today, I decided to try something new and step out in these blue linen pants!

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If we’re being honest, I’m new to the wide leg pants trend. I love that this pattern has black and white in it so you can easily pair a white button down or a black tee with it, depending on your vibe! I paired them with this white blouse, these earrings, the comfiest sandals ever and this clutch!

SIZING DETAILS:

Wearing my usual size 14 / large in everything and I’d say everything fits very true to size.

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SHOP THE LOOK

Would you rock this look? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts below!

Thanks again to J.Crew for collaborating with me on this post.

Garden Party Vibes with QVC

Very excited to be able to collaborate with QVC, I’d like to thank them for compensating this post! As the temperatures continue to rise, it’s time to shed the layers and reveal our best dressed selves. I’ve recently discovered all of the offerings at QVC and I have to say, I’m quite impressed, especially with how size inclusive they are! Any other QVC lovers out there? You know I am a full blown jumpsuit queen so I thought it would be fun to try out a few styles that caught my eye, all perfect for a day to night event.
Which one do you like best?

Look #1: Lisa Rinna Collection Regular Surplice Wide Leg Jumpsuit

This jumpsuit feels like you’re wearing pajamas- SERIOUSLY the most comfortable thing I’ve put on my body that is acceptable for wearing all hours of the day. It comes in 3 colors and sizes XXS-3X. I’m wearing an XL!

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Look #2: H by Halston Regular Printed Jet Set Jersey Crop Wide-Leg Jumpsuit

If you’re a gal who loves a wide and cropped pant or even if you’ve never tried, now is the time! I find them to be so flattering on all different body types. This fabric is stretchy so it’s very comfortable and breathable. It comes in three different colors and runs from XS-3X, I’m wearing an XL!

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Look #3: Du Jour Printed Faux Wrap Front Romper

How adorable is this romper? I love that it has a wrap front so if you’re nervous about the fabric riding up, the extra flap of fabric makes it look like a dress with the added comfort of shorts! This one also comes in three different prints and sizes XXXS-3X. I’m rocking the Black Multi in an XL. As shown with this KUT from the Kloth Amelia Lightweight Denim Jacket, also wearing size XL.

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Which one is your favorite? Leave your thoughts below!
I couldn’t resist, I scooped up a few more options that I will be working into my summer wardrobe. Be sure to tune into my stories to hear more about them.

Thanks again to QVC for compensating this post and working with me! All thoughts an opinions are completely my own. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts below.

Loungewear + Casual Basics

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Hello, my friends! Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of fun putting together special occasion shopping guides for you for jumpsuits for all occasions, wedding guest / special occasion dresses and casual/ everyday dresses. But today is all about celebrating the weekend, kicking back and RELAXING! I’m excited to show you my ALL TIME favorite loungewear items + essential basics. Can a girl ever have too many pieces of comfy clothing? I think not. Feel free to click the links below to shop!

My go-to brands for all things comfy:

For leggings: Lysse + Yummie
For joggers/ sweatpants: Vuori + Bobeau
Good basics + comfy finds:
Aerie, Commando, J Crew, LOFT, Madewell, Universal Standard

Wishing you a fabulous weekend full of lounging! Did you like this post? Please leave a comment below with any suggestions or questions you may have! Thanks for stopping by. xx

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Everyday Dresses: Try On Confidential

As warmer temps begin, it’s time to shift into dress season! Now before jumpsuits, dresses were my one true love. They’re just so easy! You throw them on, feel fabulous and get on with your day. I’ve found a bunch of my favorite casual styles that are easy and casual for the weekend but many of them can be dressed up for the work week. Pair them with sandals, flats or heels. If you’re looking for shoe inspiration, you can check out my spring shoe shopping guide! Be sure to tune into my IG stories to see some of these dresses on.

dresses featured in stories:

shop all everyday dresses:

I’ve done my best to include my typical sizing/ what I’d order in each brand as well.

still want more? These are my go-to stores for dresses

Abercrombie, American Eagle, ASOS, J Crew, J Crew Factory, LOFT, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy

looking for fancier dresses?

Check out my wedding guest dress post

Loving these looks? Looking for something? Feel free to leave a comment below.

accessories worn:

undergarments I’d recommend:

I typically wear a size large in these, could not recommend Spanx enough! Be sure to check out their different levels of support and all of their different rises.

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Level Up With Express

Well, my friends it is FINALLY spring. It’s time to level up your look with warmer temps and big events with looks from Express. I’m excited to partner up with them again this month to show you my leveled up look. In case you missed my previous posts, you can check them out here and here.

My friends at Express were kind enough to offer and exclusive code just for my readers, $25 Off $100 in-store and online using ring code (8129) It expires 05/15/2019 so act fast!. Terms and conditions apply, view here.

This season is all about bold colors, bright florals, utility details, and new proportions that can take you into every event on your calendar. From festivals, to weddings, to vacation, it’s time to finally get outside and play in the best Express looks. Many of you have been asking for workwear options and I’ve never rocked a pantsuit before in a bold / bright print so I jumped at the opportunity to do so.

SIZING DETAILS: I am wearing a size large in everything shown here and I have to say, everything runs TTS (true to size) if not, a little big. If in between sizes, size down! I’m a big fan of the brand, especially because they have become more size inclusive! I’ve found the best luck with sizing option online so if you’re a little unsure, order a bunch of sizes online and return to store.

I styled this white blazer and matching high waisted ankle pant with a pop of color in this pink cami (comes in 7 other colors). Don’t forget to accessorize! I thought it would be fun to layer these delicate necklaces and add a rainbow drop earring.

shop this look

Would you rock this look? Would love to hear your thoughts below! Don’t forget to use my ring code for $25 Off $100 in-store and online (8129), expires 05/15/2019. This post is sponsored by Express but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Photos by Ryan Kell.