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March 2013

3.30.2013 ~ Saturday Special ~ KC Bloggers Support The Mission Project & First Downs for Down Syndrome

When I was in college, I was an independent student who needed a full-time job in order to remain at school.  While there were plenty of opportunities available for college students in the retail, restaurant, and entertainment industries, I wanted to do something more.  A visit to my local career center acquainted me with a variety of assisted living and direct support projects that were always in need of help.

My first college job was with S&S Development, a company with the primary goal of helping those with mild to severe developmental disabilities have the best quality of life that they could.  In the long run, this was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had in my whole life.  It wasn’t just a job, it was an opportunity for me to learn what it meant to really care for others and to see them succeed and be happy, no matter what their limitations.

This experience is one of the many reasons why I was so happy to support The Mission Project and First Downs for Down Syndrome at a recent KC Blogger event honoring the 6th Annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Gala and Auction.

2013DerbyFlyerpg1This was my first event with the KC Bloggers and I can’t even begin to say how welcoming all of the local bloggers were.  I was so very happy to meet some new friends, all while enjoying the venue – the Tulip Boutique located at the Country Club Plaza.  Robin, the owner of Tulip, was a real pleasure to speak with and you can tell how proud she is that she has been able to open up a second location at the Plaza.

Tulip Boutique, Country Club Plaza
Tulip Boutique, Country Club Plaza
Robin, Owner of Tulip Boutique
Robin, Owner of Tulip Boutique

Here are just a few of my favorite pictures from the event, and I have to say, I was ecstatic to finally have the perfect venue to wear my new Forever 21 colored skinnies!

It's me!  Top: Style & Co., Pants: Forever 21, Sandals: Shoe Carnival, Bracelets: Lane Bryant, Earrings: NYCO
It’s me! Top: Style & Co., Pants: Forever 21, Sandals: Shoe Carnival, Bracelets: Lane Bryant, Earrings: NYCO
Me with Erin of Pretty, Polished, Perfect styled up with Derby hats from Tulip
Me with Erin of Pretty, Polished, Perfect styled up with Derby hats from Tulip
Loved this adorable Derby-style headband from Tulip!
Loved this adorable Derby-style headband from Tulip!
KC Bloggers support The Mission Project & First Downs for Down Syndrome
KC Bloggers support The Mission Project & First Downs for Down Syndrome
Jennifer Crable discusses the Derby Gala and its importance with the KC Bloggers
Jennifer Crable discusses the Derby Gala and its importance with the KC Bloggers
All Photos Courtesy of Alicia Abla Studio
All Photos Courtesy of Alicia Abla Studio

For more information on the event, be sure to head over to The Mission Project’s website.

3.23.2013 ~ Saturday Special ~ OUTFIT POST ~ Neon Summer

This is the first Spring in some time where I am really overwhelmingly disappointed in Punxsutawney Phil.  For those of you who don’t know him, he’s the most famous groundhog of ALL TIME, and has predicted the coming of Spring for somewhere around 123 years.  This year, good ole Phil predicted an early Spring, but as many of us here in the Midwest already know, Spring is nowhere in sight.  In fact, as I’m writing, Kansas City is expecting another winter snowstorm with the possibility of producing 8 inches of snow!  This is just so, so wrong!

I now sit here, dreaming of the beautiful day that I took these shots just a couple of weeks ago, and all I can think about are the coming Spring and Summer months when an 80 degree day won’t be a freak occurrence, but rather an average day.  How ready am I to throw on a maxi dress and a cute pair of sandals and invite all of our friends over for a barbecue and some backyard washers?  I am very ready!  Here’s to a Neon Summer!

Photo c/o Big Flac Pro
Photo c/o Big Flac Pro
Photo c/o Big Flac Pro
Photo c/o Big Flac Pro
Photo c/o Big Flac Pro
Photo c/o Big Flac Pro
Photo c/o Big Flac Pro
Photo c/o Big Flac Pro
Dress: Target, Cardigan: New York & Company, Sunglasses: Coach, Earrings: Bahamas Street Vendor, Sandals: Target
Dress: Target, Cardigan: New York & Company, Sunglasses: Coach, Earrings: Bahamas Street Vendor, Sandals: Target

For more outfit posts and other plus size fashion tips and news, be sure to follow Curvy in Kansas City, your new and improved plus size fashion blog representing plus size women in the Midwest.  You can follow the blog by email, or connect to me via Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook.  Until next time, be curvy, be beautiful, be you!

Saturday Special ~ OUTFIT POST ~ Bold Bird Prints + Black Denim

Let’s just tell it like it is…yesterday was gorgeous in Kansas City!  While so many people were stuck inside on the first 80 degree day of the year, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend my afternoon shooting some new looks outside with my good friend and master photographer, Brent S., of Big FLAC Pro.

Photo c/o Big FLAC Pro
Photo c/o Big FLAC Pro
Photo c/o Big FLAC Pro
Photo c/o Big FLAC Pro
Photo c/o Big FLAC Pro
Photo c/o Big FLAC Pro

 

Photo c/o Big FLAC Pro
Photo c/o Big FLAC Pro

There are so many things that I adore about this outfit.  I’m really obsessed with prints right now and this bold bird print in the Forever 21 cardigan really hits the mark for me.  And black denim!  As a plus size woman looking for the most flattering denim you can find, black denim has to be one of the best options out there.  The pair I’m wearing here are from Torrid, and they are so smooth and luxe, I’d wear them with everything.  I’ve paired the pants and cardigan with a simple white tee I picked up at Savers thrift store, and accessorized with a pair of black wing-tip sunglasses I found at Dollar Tree, necklace from Forever 21, earrings from Charlotte Russe, a Gryson for Target bag, and these darling strappy wedges made by Brash from Payless.

I’ll be heading out to the Designers Choice Spring Fashion Show this evening at New Life Center.  Look for updates on Monday on some of Kansas City’s hottest local designers!

 

 

A Weekend of Fun, Friends, and Family

Wow!  I can’t even begin to describe how I feel about this past weekend.  You know, it’s not just about my milestone birthday.  It’s really about recognizing that I have some truly outstanding people in my life who are there for me every single day and only want to see me happy.  I have to start with my magnificent husband, who despite putting in a full day’s work, managed to make sure that my birthday was filled with his love and care.

Thursday was just so much more then I ever could have asked for.  I started the day off with a gorgeous arrangement of flowers from RJ delivered to our home, along with a cake and balloons from my beautiful mama.  After lounging around in the morning and talking to family and friends, I threw on my ultimate comfort outfit – a Dorothy Perkins grey mesh long sleeve top and black silk joggers – to go for a beauty day courtesy of the best husband ever.

Lounged around in a Dorothy Perkins top and black silk joggers...got a great new Coach cross-body bag from RJ!
Lounged around in a Dorothy Perkins top and black silk joggers…got a great new Coach cross-body bag from RJ!

After arriving home with my nails freshly manicured, and some banging new layers courtesy of one of the greatest hair stylists ever, Josh from Beauty Brands in Independence, it was time to get ready for dinner.  Dinner was a surprise event – I had no idea where RJ was taking me except that it was on the Country Club Plaza.  With this in mind, I knew it would be a great time to bust out my new white tuxedo jacket which I found on sale for $20 at JCPenney!

Jacket - Worthington at JCPenney, Pants - Source of Wisdom black luxe skinny pants from Torrid, Top - Black peplum top from Asos, Shoes - Black studded flats by Brash from Payless, Jewelry - Earrings and Necklace Set from NYCO.
Jacket – Worthington at JCPenney, Pants – Source of Wisdom black luxe skinny pants from Torrid, Top – Black peplum top from Asos, Shoes – Black studded flats by Brash from Payless, Jewelry – Earrings and Necklace Set from NYCO.

Dinner turned out to be a real treat as RJ took me to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  I had never been before but had heard quite a bit about it.  All of the food was delicious – they have the best calamari and steaks ever!  The staff were super friendly and even brought me a free dessert plate after dinner which included a small cheesecake, ice cream with raspberry sauce, and several pieces of a mouthwatering almond bark.  To end the day, RJ and I came home to tear into my birthday cake and cuddle on the couch, resting up for our big trip east to St. Louis for my weekend with the crew.

My crew..what can I say about these women who have impacted my life so much?  Without friends, life would just be not nearly as whole and fulfilling.  Dawn, Jenna, and P-town, you are the heart of my heart, and I love you dearly.  Thank you so much for an amazing weekend filled with food, fun, dancing, drinks, jokes, laughter, love, happiness, peace, and joy.  And also thank you to the men who put up with us…Zach, Kevin, and RJ, you are our partners in crime, and I know I can speak for all us when I say that we’re so happy to have you in our lives.

Dress - Fynn & Rose (Woman) at JCPenney, Jewelry - ICING, Shoes - Charlotte Russe
Dress – Fynn & Rose (Woman) at JCPenney, Jewelry – ICING, Shoes – Charlotte Russe

 

On Turning 30….

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I’m turning 30 tomorrow.  I can’t believe it’s already here, and the only thing I can think to do to counteract the anxiety I feel about turning this age is to look at everything that I’ve learned up until now…and actually, it’s quite a lot.  Let’s be honest…I’m no sage, I’m no wise woman.  All I am is a girl who has grown into a woman, and lived my life as something to experience, rather than something to get through.  Here are just a few of the life lessons I’ve learned in my crazy, wild, fabulous, love-filled 30 years here on Earth. Continue reading “On Turning 30….”

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