Month: February 2016

Fridays Are for Nails and Blogging

After a stressful week interviewing for an analyst position through trial by fire – that is, by actually trying my hand at some analysis, I was a little fried this morning. But, with nothing scheduled, I took the time to re-charge by working on The Style Room and applying a fresh coat of paint. Call me a basic biddie, but red nails make me feel like myself again, not to mention a little vampy and badass. Links to the nail goodies I use are below…

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  1. Eve Snow London Elderflower cuticle oil; this was a Valentine’s Day gift from my amazing sister-in-law. Two applications and my cuticles have gone from jagged rocks to silky smooth. She has impeccable taste you guys, it’s infuriating. You can get it here.
  2. I love Sinful Colors polishes; I know there are lots of prettier bottles out there, I can’t bring myself to spend $20 for a nail polish. I find that with good base and top coats, the cheapies work just fine. Amazon has a great selection of these.
  3. Since I save on the polish, I go for slightly better tops and bottoms. Seche Vite base coat and Sally Hansen Insta – Dri are my go tos You can get either at any drugstore or online at Amazon.

Knock, knock: housekeeping!

First things first, Happy Friday! I wanted to update you guys on what I have in store for TSR (that’s a new acronym for my blog I just made up. you’re welcome) in the coming weeks.

  1. Outfit posts: I’ve been dying to do some outfit posts with pieces I’ve already got but, for reasons that I won’t bore you with, my closet is here and there and I don’t have anyone to play photographer for me. So it may be a couple weeks before I’m able to set those up.
  2. Outfit / Big Review post: I’ve got a piece I’m really excited about coming my way early next week, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys on here. I’ll be reviewing the whole experience from ordering to wearing, and hopefully posting some good pics as well, so stay tuned!
  3. Don’t worry, I won’t be leaving you high and dry until outfit posts come through. I’ll be linking to  twitter and instagram over the next few days to keep you busy with digital outfit boards, beauty picks, and styling details. If you’re a new reader, you can follow me through the links to my social media. If you’ve stopped by before, thanks! Lovely to see you again!

Let’s Talk Shirts…

Button down shirts are one of those things that I will always be searching for. They’re incredibly hard to fit off the rack for non model bodied people, yet are an essential part of your ass – kicking wardrobe. I know lots of women, plus size and fuller busted especially that have given up on the button down. Two things to that point:

  1. Goes without saying that fit is important. Custom is obviously ideal, but even just buying a larger size and tailoring down works great. For custom, check out Sumissura. If you want a large size range so you can buy up and tailor down, make Lane Bryant or ASOS your first stop.
  2. A quick note: for some reason retailers have forgotten that women tend to have smaller upper bodies and wider hips and make these long button downs that taper at the hips. If you’ve got any type of hip or belly, this is not going to work for you, so pay attention to cuts.
  3. As paramount as fit is, if you have to work with off the rack or just have button down issues regardless, also think about fabrics. In my opinion, most button down shirts available off the racks for women are some cotton blend that is stiff and bunchy because of the way the fabric falls, or rather doesn’t. You know how those be-suited ladies on tv always look so calm and collected? They’re button downs aren’t trying to cut off the circulation in their armpits. You can achieve that by wearing a fabric like silk, rayon, satin, or a viscose blend that has a drape. Keep reading…

Some options in a range of prices. As you’ll come to find, I tend to go for sleek neutrals but I’ll try to be more diverse in subsequent posts.

Anne Taylor Silk Shirt in Navy

I just got this on mega sale for $40 (usually $98) in a size XXL. This post would have been up sooner but the first shirt got destroyed in delivery. (UPS’ fault, not Ann Taylor’s)imageService

ASOS Curve Casual Blouse

Love the versatile grey here; IMHO grey is the new black. Chiffon, $48 full price. image1xxl

Marina Rinaldi Balsa Collard Silk Shirt

MR is the standard in high – end plus so if the button down is a really important piece for you, go for the splurge if you can. Sadly, Marina Rinaldi does not ship directly to the US at the moment, so you’ll need to purchase through Saks, Shopstyle, or Bloomingdales.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

You know this whole nonsense about never recycling outfits or wearing the same thing twice? Like I said, nonsense.

I read somewhere that French women pioneered the idea of outfit repetition. When they find something that works for them, they stick to it, like a formula. Google Emanuelle Alt; in nearly every picture she’s got killer stilettos, skinny jeans, a button down shirt, and fabulous coat or blazer. She’s the editor of Vogue Paris. If she can do it, so can you. I’m all for trying new trends and having fun with your look, but on your terms, non? vsco-photo-1

In a similar vein, I think one of my favorite parts of being in my twenties has been starting to discover those things I love enough to wear/ use over and over again, like signature items. Garance Doré (I’m sparing you pictures of the shrine), red nail polish, gold jewelry, Penhaligon’s perfume and the bajillion books on my Kindle.

I could leave any combination of those things on a chair in the DMV and my friends would know I’d been there; do you guys have signature items like that?

Hi There!

Howdy readers! I’m sure there aren’t many of you, if any at all, at this point but I figured I should say hello regardless. In short, I’m Olivia, lovely to meet you, welcome to The Style Room, yada yada yada. This is where I’ll be sharing my tips, tricks, trials and tribulations on plus size professional style. I’m just entering the phase of my life where business wear will be the norm, and although something I’ve long admired from afar, it’s not my forté. (More of a skinny jeans and chelsea boots girl, really)

So, as I learn how to translate the looks I love into something that works for me, so will you. And, though fashion is the focus I won’t limit myself; I love to talk beauty, lifestyle, food, and culture. Stay tuned for this Wednesday’s post on a wardrobe staple.

Thanks for stopping by!

OKB

 

First Blog Set!

First Blog Set!

 

This is a little taste of what I’m into over here at Style Room. I threw this set together to test out the theme and dive right in!
P.S. It’s hard to tell, but those trousers are navy blue and pinstripe