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5.19.2014 ~ And That’s All She Wrote…Goodbye, Kansas City, I Adore You…

When I decided to have a going away party, little did I know that I would end up putting together one of the most amazing groups of people all representing very different moments in my life here in Kansas City.  I also had no clue that I would end up taking a literal tour of some of my favorite KC bars and hot spots, including Sol Cantina, The Cashew, The Well, and Westport even for a final stop at Firefly.  I seemingly danced my way across the city, all the while kicking it up with some fabulous women in tow.

I have to say thank you so much to Chyanne, Gabby & the twins, Willie, Jim, Kendra, Kim and Dominique for the great conversation, laughs, and general merriment!  You guys made my last visit to Sol Cantina a memorable one!

I felt so fabulous thanks to the uber-talented Luis and Brayan of LB Styling & LB Glam who totally hooked up my hair and makeup for the night’s festivities.  Even though you guys couldn’t make it to the party, I’m so glad I got to spend those fun three hours with you while you turned me into a work of art.  The two of you are extremely talented, and I am blessed to have gotten to know you so well during my time here in Kansas City.  I KNOW that I’m going to be seeing you and your work in California very soon!  And P.S. I’m going to do my best to make sure that #thekhloeeffect becomes a thing!  I love it!

lbstylingI’ve talked so much the last few weeks about the things that I will miss, the people that I love and am saying goodbye to.  Truth is, while I put on my smiling face and I laugh and joke, and crush on all the spectacular people that have made my life in Kansas City so wonderful, I am heartbroken.  How could I not be?  Goodbyes are hard.  But what I keep trying to remember is this little poem, “Goodbyes are not forever.  Goodbyes are not the end.  They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again.”

So now it’s time to say goodbye to Curvy in Kansas City.  But this is not the end.  You and I ARE going to meet again.  While this may the final post for Curvy in KC, you have not seen the last of me at all.  What I am most grateful for when I think about Curvy in Kansas City, and when I think about all my fans, is that I’ve been so encouraged to grow and do more.  I want to go above and beyond anything I dreamed possible when I started this little blog that could.

So, my loves, be sure to keep tabs with me on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts (where you can also catch more photos from the Curvy in Kansas City going away party).  You will get first-hand info there about what’s coming in the next few months.  I’ll still be posting OOTDs, Want It Wednesdays, and all varieties of fun and mayhem to these accounts while changes to the blog are made!

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With Love, Charity

5.6.2014 ~ OUTFIT POST ~ Going Out With A Bang…Or Was That A Shot of Tequila?

I hadn’t planned on making another trip to St. Louis prior to the road trip to California in a couple of weeks, but then something funny happened.  My bestie found this AWESOME deal on Voice Daily Deals for the Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo Festival in St. Louis!

IMG_0513First, if you’ve never experienced Cherokee Street on Cinco de Mayo, DO IT!  Start planning NOW!  Cherokee Street on its own is an amazing cultural experience any time of the year, and my love for the area just might be bolstered by the fact that one of my favorite St. Louis jewelry designers, Scarlett Garnet, calls it home.  When Cinco de Mayo rolls around, though, there’s just something that happens that really brings the street to life, and you’ll never know what you’re going to see or find.

Second, all I can say is $35 for all you can drink and eat, plus VIP access to private, non-porta-potty bathrooms and air conditioning…yeah, that’s a keeper.  So with my best friends in tow, Miss Jenna, Melissa, Zach, and Kevin, I headed out for what may have been the best way to say ta-ta for now to the great City of St. Louis!

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IMG_0550It’s a weird feeling, but with the way things are going now I really do feel like this is the way things are meant to be.  All my plans seem to be falling into place, and all my goodbyes are joined by beautiful sunshine, laughter, and well-wishes.  While I will definitely miss so much of what I’m leaving behind, I take some cheer in that all my final memories of the places I’ve held dear will be so wonderful and so joyful!

4.22.2014 ~ OUTFIT POST ~ Weekend Update ~ Remembrances Of A Country Girl

If all the “ya’lls” and my tendency to call everyone “sweetie” and “hun” wasn’t any indication, I’m a country girl at heart.  Sure, I’ve spent my life traveling – born in Germany, lived in a variety of city and states across the country, mostly in the Midwest and California – but there’s a huge part of me that knows that I’ll always remember the country with a fondness that I’ll never quite be able to put into words.  I guess because that little part of my heart is just for me, and there will never be a need to share how I feel about it with anyone else.

With the move to California coming soon, I had planned on taking a trip “home” to good ‘ole Mexico, Missouri, to say my goodbyes to my family and friends there.  I hadn’t been there in at least a year or so, and it was important to me that I took that trip and that time to see the family that, despite only being a couple of hours away, I never really got to see that much.  I thought I might just drive down there, and hop from home to home, but thankfully, my dear Aunt Linda and Uncle Tommy decided that Easter would be a great time to get the family together at their home in Santa Fe, Missouri.

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The home, out in the country on five acres of prime, lush Missouri land, is one I remember fondly.  They’ve lived on that property since I was just a little girl, and I can recall so many of the days and nights that I spent there as a kid when Mom and I would visit.  When I wasn’t running from my boy cousins who were shooting BB guns at me, or trying to chase me down with catfish heads, I would spend the greater part of my childhood learning how to fish, riding four-wheelers, splashing around at Spalding Beach and The Landing, or cruising on my Uncle Russell’s boat out on Mark Twain Lake.

Some amazing memories, and I couldn’t be happier that this became the setting for the place that I would say goodbye for now to my family.  It was a stunning Easter day.  Though the trees and fields had not quite bloomed as is usual for this time of year, it was still so beautiful.  And as is usual with my giant Fierge family, there was a fresh influx of young children running around the property, reminding me and my cousins of how we used to do the same thing when were little.

IMG_0377It was supposed to be 70-something and partly cloudy on Easter out in Santa Fe…it actually ended up being around 80 degrees and very sunny.  The sun felt spectacular (even if I did come out of the day a little red), and it made me happy that I had decided against a lot of my usual garb, and instead opted for minimal makeup, my new Torrid bermudas, a sheer chiffon top, and a simple statement necklace that I just picked up on my last trip to Honey’s Child Boutique in St. Louis.

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3.14.2014 ~ Weekend Update ~ Kansas City Fashion Week Spring 2014

What a great night to get out and about in Kansas City!  If you didn’t know, Kansas City Fashion Week is back again and bringing it for Spring!

Tonight was the kick-off event for KCFW, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the venue, the vibe, and the company!  Despite some early set-backs with the scheduling of this season’s events, the kick-off party went on without a hitch at the fabulous Standard Style Boutique at the Plaza (451 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112).  While enjoying the refreshments and the upscale boutique environment, attendees of the party were able to browse the designer haven that sells everything from 3.1 Phillip Lim and House of Harlow, to Marc by Marc Jacobs and Rebecca Minkoff.

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IMG_0196It was a night filled with wonderful conversation, catching up with old friends and meeting some new.  Shout out to Miss Jana Meister of Jana Style who I absolutely adore and always have an amazing time with!  If you all haven’t checked out Jana’s blog before, get on over there now!  Her style is clean, chic, and always on point!

IMG_0205I also had the chance to meet some new bloggers (maybe not new-new, but new to me, anyway).  Caitlin Fore of Gussied Up is a complete doll, and I can’t tell you how obsessed I am with Sarah Hick’s (Style b8sics) DIY tulle skirt!!!

IMG_0206And then, the designers!  The designers, oh my goodness, the designers!  One of the things that I really adore about events like this is that true to the character of a Midwest fashion event, the designers can and typically do make themselves available to people like me who just want to generally bask in their creative glow, and also learn as much about them as I can and the inspiration behind their work.

Shout out to Jordan Williams of Keefe Cravat, an up-and-coming men’s accessories line!  Much luck on all of your current and future endeavors!  You have a friend and fan in me, sir!

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And how can I possibly forget the star of the evening – Miss Laura Kathleen, designer extraordinaire hailing from St. Louis, and most widely known for her appearances on Project Runway and Project Runway All-Stars!

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Laura’s talent and passion is beyond reproach, and the preview of her Fall collection that will be appearing on the KCFW stage this weekend was a real treat for attendees of the kick-off event.  I am particularly obsessed with her use of fabrics, including the print that is featured in the slacks she was wearing last night, and the accessories!  Hello, lover!  I need one (or two) of these amazing cuff bracelets in my life!

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IMG_0226KCFW continues through the weekend, with the Designer Presentation & Trunk Show on Friday evening, and three total runway shows on Saturday and Sunday.  I, unfortunately, will not be attending most of the shows as I have some excited girlfriends in the city of St. Louis who are all too ready to help me out with a belated birthday celebration.  However, I’ll be retweeting like crazy I’m sure throughout the weekend as coverage comes through and I’ll definitely be pointing you all in the right direction if you want to see more of the runway once the weekend is over!

For more photos from the KCFW kick-off event, be sure to check out the Curvy in Kansas City Facebook page!

3.10.2014 ~ Instagram Round-Up ~ My Last Day in Cali!

Guys, it’s been a long and wonderful two weeks in the great state of California, and as I look over the time I’ve spent here, there’s so much to think about.

First, let me just say that I definitely overpacked!  🙂

I’ve spent a majority of my trip in my swimsuit, raybans, destructed boyfriend jeans, flowy tops, and my braided leather sandals.  I guess I’m a little more of a sun-worshipper than I really thought.  It’s so easy here to just lay in the sun, enjoy the breeze, and take in everything around you.  I was after some peace and quiet, and I definitely found it here.

IMG_20140310_133319Second, I have to say that my dad is one amazing guy.  It’s his birthday today – the BIG 6-0 – and I couldn’t be happier to have been able to spend this time with him, to enjoy his company, and to cheer him on through this crazy thing called cancer that he’s dealing with.  You are one strong and unbelievably optimistic person, Dad!  I love you so much, and I want you to have the most wonderful day today!  Happy, happy, happy birthday!

And finally, as I sit here and ponder the past, the present, and future, I keep going back to something I remember hearing some time ago…

quote-about-some-timesI’ll see you guys back in KC soon!  Have a wonderful day!

 

2.14.2013 ~ 1st Blog Anniversary ~ Celebrating That Other Love of My Life – Curvy in Kansas City

The first post for Curvy in Kansas City went live on February 27, 2013.  But few know that the IDEA for Curvy in Kansas actually popped into my head three days before Valentine’s Day of the same year.  Haywood and I were preparing to head out for a cruise to The Bahamas, and in the midst of my pre-cruise shopping spree, I had this little nagging thought.  Why didn’t I try blogging again?

I was already blogging for other people, boutiques, and marketing companies in my work as a freelance writer, why couldn’t I start my own?  A few hours later, BOOM…Curvy in Kansas City. I looked at my husband and asked, “What do you think?”

He told me to go for it…and so I did.

The last year has been one of discovery, a journey of unprecedented proportions.  I had no idea that Curvy in Kansas City would become what it is today.  I could never have imagined the things that I would do, the people I would meet, or the impact that I would have on other women’s lives.

But the truth is, Curvy in Kansas City has impacted my life in a way that I can only say I am extremely grateful for.  I have seen myself grow, I have seen myself change.  Maybe I have morphed into the woman I was always supposed to be, when the circumstances that had forced me to be someone different were a thing of the past.  Or maybe I’ve just experienced a true metamorphosis.  I will never really know.  The one thing that I do know is that I am more confident and happier in my own skin than I ever have been in my entire life.

Don’t get me wrong, though, I am human…I do have to tell you that I still have my insecurities.  I still have my doubts.  Some days I look at my mirror and I think, “Good God, let’s not leave the house today!”  And trust and believe, you’ve never met another person who obsesses about the double chin the way I do!

For this anniversary, I wanted to really celebrate.  I wanted to look at myself and see myself as the vibrant, sexy, and confident woman that I am.  This was hard for me, to say the very least.  I know what you’re thinking, “But you post photos of yourself every week!”

Yes, I am in front of the camera on a regular basis, but the one thing that I’ve always struggled with is feeling sexy.  I can do cute all day, but really feeling sexy has always been an issue for me.  Of course, this is the worst in head games.  It’s the nagging voice of insecurity ringing through my mind saying, “Sexy, no way!”

So, on Valentine’s Day, and the most fabulous first anniversary of Curvy in Kansas City, I want you all to join me in telling insecurity to “Suck it!”  Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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_DSC0325Mad props have to go out to Derrick Yule, the master photographer who took these AH-mazing photos.  A big thank you also has to go out to Jennifer Cassidy, who simply did a fabulous job on my hair and makeup.  To the 6 foot tall goddess featured in the last photo with me…Miss Kendra Beagle, you are not only one hot plus model, stylist, and coach, but you’re also an inspiration and a true friend.  And it wouldn’t be right for me to not also thank Mr. Corie Henry.  You all will learn more about Corie here soon, but needless to say he has been vital in my work towards better health and fitness!  Thank you, thank you, thank you all!!!!!

Last, and certainly not least, I want you all to know how much I appreciate you, my dear fans. Thank you so much for taking this journey with me, and I promise you, the next year will be one to remember!

For more of my photos from this fabulous shoot, be sure to head over to the Curvy in KC Facebook page!!

(Outfit Deets:  All items with the exception of the cross necklace and the sunglasses were purchased from Torrid.  The cross necklace is an LB Glam original hand-made piece.  Be sure to check out more of Luis & Brayan’s work this season at Kansas City Fashion Week!  The sunglasses are by Ray-Ban.)

2.4.2014 ~ Just Cuz ~ OUTFIT POST ~ I Got A Snow Day!

Well, February seems to be par for the course!  Around the same time last year we got hit with the big snow, and here it is again!

I was able to close the store at noon today.  Thank you to the amazing upper management team at Torrid who let us all get home early before the storm got too bad!

So what do I do with a day at home with the hubby?  I bust out the camera and play in the all the wonderful snow!  If you are in the Midwest right now, I hope and pray that you are at home and simply enjoying the beauty of the day with your family!  Stay safe out there and keep calm, until tomorrow!!!!!

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IMG_9767Outfit details: Torrid Jeggings, Fur Trimmed Parka, “Leopard Is My Favorite Color” Tee, and Strappy Combat Boots, Dressbarn Denim Jacket (similar here).

1.4.2014 ~ Saturday Special ~ OUTFIT POST ~ Loving the Look of Leather!

I have a confession to make…I love, love, love leather!  Faux leather to be honest, but it’s all good over here!

You know people keep saying that Torrid is no longer edgy, or that they just don’t “feel” the new lines…but I have to say that I just don’t understand what they’re talking about.  Yeah sure, there may be a few things here and there that are a miss, but I’ve been finding far more hits in my personal shopping experience.

Take for example all the pieces from this outfit.  The outfit is completely Torrid, except for my Ray-Bans, and the earrings and necklace, which were surprising and amazing gifts from my hubby for Christmas that he got at Bohme in Independence Center.  The jacket is perhaps one of the most spectacular pieces I’ve ever seen from Torrid, with quality construction and fabulous design.  I love the zipper details, and the fact that you can zip off the lower half to make the jacket shorter is just icing on an already delicious cake.  Yes, the price is a little steep at $98.50, but I completely adore this jacket and I wear it all the time.  (P.S. the jacket is no longer available online, but be sure to contact your local store – they may still be in stock there!)

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IMG_9716 (1)The two other departments that Torrid is really up-ing their game in are denim and shoes.  If you shop Torrid regularly, you’ve likely seen the introduction of their new Premium Denim line, as well as their new jegging, and the super skinny stiletto.  The jeans I’m wearing here are the latter, and they feature faux leather buttons, and other faux leather details such as belt loops and edging on the pockets.  Their fit is very similar to the jegging.  

The cutout strappy heels are brand new to Torrid, and one pair of so many that are gracing us this spring.  If you’ve heard me go on my tirade about heels before, than you know that I rarely ever buy true heels these days.  I’m much more of a wedge fan, but there was something about the look of these that called me to them and said, “Buy me, wear me, love me!”

Say what you want about Torrid, but if I can put together looks like this, I’m sold!

12.31.2013 ~ Five Bad Habits to Drop in 2014

I’ve spent the last couple of months thinking about 2013, and all the truly great things that happened in my plus size world.  From my personal triumphs, such as the launch of Curvy in Kansas City and my feature in INK Magazine, to big wins for the plus size community in general, like Gabifresh’s definitive success with the launch of her own plus size bikinis over the summer and the introduction of the first plus size designer at New York Fashion Week.

But for all the good that has come out of the year, and all of the massive strides that we’ve made in our cause, I have to tell you that some people are making it really hard to move forward.

When I think about what I want to see happen for you and all the beautiful women that I see on a daily basis in the coming year, I’m saddened when I see so much hate, chiding, and general lack of support for plus size women from other plus size women!

Ladies, 2014 is knocking at the door, and next year, let’s try a little harder to do less of these five things that are definitely NOT helping uplift all the stunning plus size women of the world, including yourself…

1)      Stop with the fat shaming!  Fat shaming as a phenomenon really took off this year, with websites, Twitter pages, and Facebook pages popping up in droves.  Mostly created by your run-of-the-mill douche bags living in their mothers’ basements, these sites provided yet another layer of color to the filthy rainbow that is the Internet.  But the worst shaming I’ve seen this year has come from other plus size women.   Whether it was in news stories related to plus size women or fashion, on other blogs, or on retailer Facebook pages like Torrid’s, I’ve never seen so many women talking poorly about one another.   It’s one thing if something is not your idea of fashion, but stop saying that fat women should wear this or shouldn’t wear that.  If a curvy, beautiful woman wants to wear a bikini, or skinny jeans, or sleeveless shirts for crying out loud, let her do it and let her deal with how she feels about herself!

2)      And on the flip side, stop skinny shaming!  Skinny shaming is just as real a concept as fat shaming.  I’ll be honest, I’ve taken part in this.  Trust and believe, I’ve used the term “skinny bitch” at least a few times in my life.  But what I’m starting to realize is that I should see the beauty in women of ALL shapes and sizes, and that I can still be an advocate for plus size women while supporting the beauty of all the other women in the world as well.  In the end, it’s all about supporting and uplifting WOMEN as a whole.  I’m going to make a commitment in the new year to stop my skinny shaming habits…who will join me?

3)      Stop complaining and attacking!  Case in point – every now and again, I browse Torrid’s official Facebook page.  I like to see comments that women make nationally about the new lines to see if we need to make changes in our business at Torrid at Independence Center.  For the last few months I’ve been seeing more and more negative reactions to not only the lines that Torrid is putting out, but the models that they are using for campaigns.  I get it, it’s hard when a brand changes their strategy or their core audience, but here’s the deal…while you may be upset, that’s no reason to try and bring down other people.  If you don’t like the clothes being sold somewhere, shop elsewhere.  If you don’t like the models because you’re used to seeing different models, honestly, get over it.  While the models may not look like you, the fact is that there are millions of other women that do.  Are you really going to tell them that they’re not beautiful because they don’t look exactly like you?  I certainly hope not!

4)      Stop sitting on the sidelines!  Too many of us are sitting at home putting down others for trying something different, or even worse, beating OURSELVES up for not doing something out of our comfort zone!   If you do nothing else in the new year, try something new.  If it wasn’t for taking chances, I wouldn’t have met my husband, I wouldn’t have quit a job that I hated, I wouldn’t have started Curvy in Kansas City, and I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this message to you.  When we allow ourselves to take chances, we open up a world of possibilities that we never thought was possible before.  I don’t care if all you do is something as simple as switch from bootcut jeans to skinny jeans, or something as monumental as having a baby or taking an international journey, just do it!

5)      Stop doubting yourself!  So many women I’ve worked with have lost all confidence in themselves and have lost touch with the  gorgeous women that they are.  They have allowed themselves to believe the hype that their weight has anything to do with their beauty.  So, you gained a few pounds, that doesn’t change who you are or the heart and soul that your friends and loved ones see on a daily basis.  So you’re overweight….are you healthy?  Do you live your life with all the zest and joy that makes life worth living?  Do you have peace, and happiness, and love in your life?  If you said yes to all of the above than you are living with some of the best gifts in the world.  If you said no, take some time to soul search and realize that you have the power inside you to make the changes that you want to make.

I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  I’ll be ringing in the day with the love of my life, cheering on the Missouri Mavericks hockey team, then popping a bottle of bubbly at midnight as tradition demands.  I love you all very much and know that 2014 is going to be one of my best years yet.  Stay positive, stay happy, stay fabulous!

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12.21.2013 ~ Saturday Special ~ A Personal Moment….

I don’t do this too often on Curvy in Kansas City, but I’d like to take a small moment to share with you something a little personal.

You all have been an amazing support system for me over the last year.  While you may visit this site on occasion, or you just happened to stop by this once for a peek at something fun, I hope you know that as much confidence as you get from this blog, you also give to me.We are a wonderful community of women, and I can’t thank you enough for everything that you’ve done and said in support of Curvy in Kansas City!  You all ROCK!

With that being said, it’s been a tough couple of months for me.  With the holidays in full effect, work has definitely been on and poppin’!  I’m more tired than I’ve ever been working in the retail environment, but there was something that happened recently that really took the wind out of my sails.

My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Now, some of you might be thinking, “Well, that’s not so bad.”  And in truth, prostate cancer IS one of the most curable and treatable cancers around.  I thank the Lord every day for that.  What really got to me though was that this was the first time that I really had a gut-check moment – my parents aren’t indestructible.  They can hurt, they can experience pain, and at any time, they can get sick or have something terrible go wrong.

Ok, I’m thirty years old and I’m not a complete idiot.  I know that my parents are human, just like you and me.  But there was a small part of me that always believed that there was nothing that could take them down.  They’ve been my rock, my foundation, and they’ve always been two of the only people in this world who could bring me back from the brink.

My dad has a particular soft spot in my heart today.  As a child of divorced parents, I didn’t see my dad often growing up.  But as I’ve gotten older, our relationship has blossomed into something so completely special and dear to me.  With his diagnosis came the realization that I miss him more and more every day, and that I appreciate our time together now more than I ever have in my entire life.

This post is dedicated to my father.  I love you, Daddy.  You are a stronger and more loving man than you may ever give yourself credit for.  I was sooooo happy to spend some time with you this holiday season, and I will be praying for you and your imminent recovery!  I can’t wait to see you again soon!  Merry Christmas!!!!!!

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11.30.2013 ~ Saturday Special ~ Outfit Post ~ Wishing You All Well This Thanksgiving Weekend!

Hello to all my fabulous readers!  I just wanted to take a moment to say that I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!

RJ and I spent the greater part of the day enjoying the company of our loved ones in our home here in Independence, and it was such a wonderful time.  The sun was bright and shining, the air had that sweet smell of fall turning to winter, and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day.

As always, we take the time to remember all the things that we are thankful for.  For me, I am most thankful for my family, my friends, my faith, and all of you.  I have the most spectacular support system on the planet, and the love that I feel everyday means the world to me.

Thank you for being a part of my journey.  I’ll leave you to the rest of your holiday weekend with this:

“Some people are always grumblin’ because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr

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11.6.2013 ~ Want It Wednesday ~ OUTFIT POST ~ Easy, Breezy Denim Two Ways with Lee Jeans

I may have a problem.

I was doing laundry recently, and I realized something quite shocking…I have a jeans addiction.  If it wasn’t for the massive pile of jeans that had accumulated in the last two weeks, I may have never known.  The only thing that I could think to do as I bagged up those 15 pairs of jeans was to promise myself that I wasn’t going to buy any more jeans this year.

And then something kinda funny happened – I received a coupe of pairs of jeans from Lee Jeans in the mail.

Sooooo technically I didn’t buy them so that doesn’t break my promise to myself, right? 🙂

The really cool thing about this, though, is that I learned something completely new about an old brand.  Truth is, I haven’t thought about buying a pair of Lee Jeans since I was in high school.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve owned a pair of Lees since I was maybe 16 or 17 years old. Let’s just say that’s been a BIT ago.

The two pairs I received were Lee’s Classic Fit Straight Leg and Midrise Fit Barely Bootcut, both in a size 18W.

Now I will start by saying that neither of these jeans are the kinds of jeans that I would typically purchase, mainly because of the leg style.  I’ve almost exclusively been purchasing skinny and super skinny jeans, but I was pleasantly surprised by the look and feel of both of these pairs.

Lee Jeans Collage - Curvy in Kansas CityIn terms of the straight leg jean, the fit was very relaxed.  In hindsight, I may have perhaps tried one size smaller, simply because I am not very hippy, and I had a little more room in the hips and butt in these jeans than I might otherwise like.  If you do have a curvier frame, these would likely be an ideal pair of jeans for you, especially if you’re looking for a perfect pairing of style and fit. For me, personally, with this little bit of room the jeans were amazingly comfortable, and I could see myself wearing these on any given weekend day running errands or shopping at the mall paired with a casual tee, perfect fall flannel, and some Chucks.

The bootcut jeans; however, were my ABSOLUTE favorite.  I was immediately drawn to them once I saw the fabulous fleur de lis pocket detail, and when I slipped them on, they hugged every inch of my curves.  Plus, the bootcut wasn’t so large that I felt weird about them.  In fact, they were just wide enough to pair with some ankle boots.  They were a little long, with a 32.5 inch inseam, but this length of inseam usually is too long for me since I have a longer torso and shorter legs.  It’s nothing that a small heel can’t solve; however, and let’s be real, there’s nothing better than a great pair of jeans paired with an even better heel.

Both of these jeans are available now, up to size 24W, and both pairs are currently on sale!  If you’re looking to try out some new denim this fall, don’t be afraid to check out an old favorite at www.lee.com!

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