Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What I Wore: Bright and Happy


DivineMrsDiva.com - SWAK Designs via Gwynnie Bee Lucy Maxi Dress in Coral Abstract

Sometimes an all-over print can be intimidating, especially when it comes in bright colors.  But you don't have to be afraid!  I love bright colors and prints because they make me happy.  I always hope that, by wearing something that makes me happy, I can pass some happiness along to someone else too.

DivineMrsDiva.com - SWAK Designs via Gwynnie Bee Lucy Maxi Dress in Coral Abstract

Enter this fantastic dress from SWAK that arrived in my Gwynnie Bee package.  I knew the style was great because it is the same style as the Sabrina maxi from SWAK, but I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about the pattern.  Putting it on though, I absolutely loved it!  It is fun and vibrant with shades that can work year round.

DivineMrsDiva.com - SWAK Designs via Gwynnie Bee Lucy Maxi Dress in Coral Abstract
DivineMrsDiva.com - SWAK Designs via Gwynnie Bee Lucy Maxi Dress in Coral Abstract

I adore the deep V-neck and flowing skirt that makes me feel so feminine and lovely.  I anchored the pattern with a black shrug and added a bold necklace with brushed silver shapes.  For reference, I am 5'9" and this 3X dress hit the floor when I put it on.  I am wearing black wedges with this look. 

DivineMrsDiva.com - SWAK Designs via Gwynnie Bee Lucy Maxi Dress in Coral Abstract
Lucy Maxi Dress in Coral Abstract - SWAK Designs via Gwynnie Bee (Similar styles here, here, here, and here)
Black Sweater Shrug - Lane Bryant
Strappy Wedges - Payless
Silver Shapes Necklace - Avenue


What's your favorite SWAK item?  Do you embrace all-over patterns?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

In the dressing room at Macy's

DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys

After the Macy's Fall fashion event, I made my way over to the women's department to look at all the clothing and try some things on in the fitting room.  I grabbed items from the clearance racks, as well as some of the pieces I found in my size in the department.  I hadn't really planned on purchasing anything, but wanted to get an idea about the sizing for the various brands since I do not have a lot of experience with the Macy's brands.  I also want to add that I have found the pieces at Macy's to have pretty steep price tags, but the sale prices are really fabulous.  I found so many items to be extremely well-made though.  If you see an item you like on their website, keep an eye on it if you can't afford it right away.

PS - For reference, all the items below are a size 3X or 24.


DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys

INC International Concepts Plus Size Open-Front Draped Printed Cardigan 
This cardigan is different from anything I own, so it seemed perfect to start with.  I love the bold Southwestern print and warm fall colors.  It went exceptionally well with the jeans and boots I wore that day. The cotton/poly blend material is not too thick, which is great for my personal thermometer that tends to make me run very warm.  This was one of the final pieces I was debating on buying and Emme herself told me I really needed to get it.  I figured I'd listen to the supermodel. lol


DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys
DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys

Style&co. Plus Size Studded French-Terry Jacket
I liked this jacket for the denim look with lighter-colored sleeves and the studded shoulders.  The stretchy cotton fabric lends to a more comfortable version of a blazer, which is way more practical to my life and use for it.  However, on closer inspection, I found the French terry material to look too cheap in person and I didn't like how it looked hugging my upper arms the way it did.  I like the idea, but not this particular item.


DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys

INC International Concepts Plus Size Allover Rhinestone Dolman Sweater
On first arriving to Macy's that night, I spied a sweater with an attached button-down that had rhinestones all over it.  I don't care how gaudy you think it is, if there are sequins/rhinestones/crystals involved I probably want to try it on.  lol  Later that night, I found this dolman-sleeve sweater covered in blue, clear, silver, and bronze colored rhinestones.  It was really fun and so me, but I wasn't excited about the fit.  If my stomach was completely flat though....I just might have purchased it.


DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys
DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys

Alfani Plus Size Button-Front Jacket
This blazer was featured in the runway show and I really loved the way it looked on the model.  I wasn't sure if it would fit by looking at it on the hanger, but I grabbed it anyway.  They only had one left in my size! Turns out, I loved it!  The burgundy color, thicker (but comfortable) material, and three-quarter sleeves make it a great addition to my fall wardrobe.  I have already tried it on with a few of my outfits at home and cannot wait to share those looks with you!  The blazer-style is great for pulling an outfit together, while the bottom section has a slight peplum feel.  This jacket also comes in grey, black, teal, and zebra.


DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys

Style&co. Plus Size Sleeveless Cable-Knit Vest
The cable-knit vest was so cute!  I really wanted it to work because it would be such a fun layering piece.  I love the fuller bottom portion and liked the way it looked, but buttoning it up made it a little tight on my tummy.


DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys

American Rag Striped Dress with Sleeves
This was a find from the clearance rack.  I was really drawn to the colors and prints of all the American Rag items.  I looked in that area of the department for a while.  The Southwestern colors of this dress were fantastic and it fit surprisingly well (it looked really small on the hanger.  Again, try things on!!!).  In the end, I wasn't a fan of the curved stripes on the bottom portion of the dress.  I have seen items like this online and have thought they look great on others, but the curved lines on me made my stomach appear more round and full.  From the front - totally cute; from the side - pregnant.  No good.


DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys

INC International Concepts Plus Size Short-Sleeve Sequined-Lips Top
Sequins. Lips. Pink!  Obviously, I was going to try it on.  lol  I am not a fan of white shirts for myself, but they do carry a similar top in black online.  The fit wasn't ideal unless maybe I was wearing a Spanx tank underneath and the sleeves were too short.  However, I freaking love the sequin lip print.  It was too cute!


DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys

Style&co. Plus Size Printed Tiered Sleeveless Dress
Another clearance find.  I'm a fan of the tiered dress and leopard print.  It was made of a comfortable, stretchy material, but I felt like the wide tier under the bust was awkward and one tier too many.  It was a little clingier in that section than I would have liked. I think if I was better at tweaking clothing, I would have bought it and moved the tiers up one.


DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys
DivineMrsDiva.com - In the dressing room - Macys

Style&co. Plus Size Roll-Tab-Sleeve Button-Front Shirt
This rayon shirt was soft and silky and cut really well.  I loved the gorgeous teal color and tab sleeves and felt that it fit me better than any button-down shirt I have tried on in quite some time.  However, the price tag was a bit high for me at the time and I wasn't thrilled with the way it would cling to my tummy roll when I moved a certain way.  Overall, it is a great shirt!

American Rag Plus Size Printed Soft Pants
While I thought the models looked great in their soft pants ensembles, I already knew the trend wasn't really "me".  For the sake of the blog, I wanted to try them on anyway.  I imagined that, based on the style of pant, they wouldn't even fit me through the hips and thighs.  The 3X looked smaller on the hanger.  Boy, was I surprised when they fit well!  I had a nice amount of room in the thighs and seat for them to look good and feel very comfortable.  They are made of a lovely rayon which feels like a soft, silky pajama pant.  The pattern and colors were great too.  It just isn't my aesthetic.  If these intrigue you, please try them on! I think you will be pleasantly surprised!


So there you have it!  I had a lot of fun at the Macy's event, with trying on new-to-me brands definitely being a highlight.  I'm looking forward to going back when I have more time to try on more items and push my boundaries further! 

Do you have a favorite piece from this post?  Do you have a favorite Macy's brand?  Do tell!!





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Recap

Last Thursday, I attended the Fall Fashion event at Macy's Clackamas Town Center in Portland.  It was a really entertaining show with lots of trends and style options, hosted by Emme.  The runway and chairs were set up right outside of Macy's in the mall itself.  There was music playing as people gathered to await the show.

When I took my seat, I was greeted with a gold cosmetic bag featuring the Macy's logo with a few Lancome samples inside.  There was also a piece of paper letting us know about a website where we could post questions for Emme and answer poll questions that would happen throughout the show.

Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center

It wasn't too long before Emme appeared on the stage, wearing an Anne Klein dress that fit her body so amazingly.  And those shoes!  Emme was a lively presence on stage as she talked about fashion.  She said that having a thirteen-year-old daughter really pushed her to get back out and reignite the discussion on diversity in fashion.  She charged everyone to "Be brave and be bold".

"Show your arms!" Emme said with encouragement.  Don't let sleeve options deter you from trying/wearing/rocking something you want to wear.  "Let other people deal with it" - a lesson I need to keep reminding myself.  Emme also reminded everyone to try things on no matter what!!  Even if you think it looks shapeless on a hanger, instead of immediately writing it off - TRY IT ON!  This is advice I give to my friends all the time.  I cannot tell you how many times I have disliked something on the hanger only to try it on and love it.  Try things on no matter what. 

Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center

After some encouraging words and advice from Emme, the show began.  The basic trends showcased included soft pants, moto styles, skirts, vests and cardigans, and dresses.  Within these outfits, so many other trends emerged: mixing prints, patterned tights, booties, peep-toe heels and booties, ankle strap heels, lots of skinny pants and ponte knit, studded details, and interesting accessories.

I have included photos of every outfit below, as well as links to everything I could find on Macy's website after painstakingly combing through all the departments involved.  I also tried on a few pieces and will feature those in a separate blog post this week.



Trend: Soft Pants

Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center
Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center




Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center
Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center



Trend: Moto

Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center
Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


  • This jacket is a knit material and really, really cute in person.  It is longer than most blazers and moto jackets and has the mixed prints going on with a gold zipper.


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center
Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center
(INC International Concepts Draped Open-Knit Vest; Fossil Sydney Shopper Shoulder Bag; 


  • These are ponte knit pants, a great option instead of a jean. They have stretch and a nice weight that will keep you really comfortable while still providing structure and a put together look.



Trend: Skirts

Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center
(Karen Scott Plus Size Turtleneck Sweater; Betsey Johnson Blue Crab Necklace; Studio M Pencil Skirt; 


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


  • Emme supplied that a denim jacket is an important staple of any woman's wardrobe.  Have them in multiple colors if at all possible!


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center



Trend: Vests and Cardigans

Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


  • This vest was so soft; you just wanted to keep petting it.  It has a pretty light marbling affect in person.


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


  • This cardigan is found in the straight size department, which brings up another tip Emme mentioned.  Don't be afraid to browse other departments for things that might work for you.  Not all brands and sizes are made alike.  Don't let the number on the tag keep you from finding the potential of a piece.  As far as I've seen, a lot of straight size departments can go up to an XL or XXL, which usually translates to a 16/18 and sometimes up to a 20.  More roomy styles will obviously have more room.  So keep that in mind.


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center



Trend: Dresses

Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center
Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


  • These shoes!!  They were so incredibly sparkly on the runway and had everyone ooohing and aaahing.  I kind of think they stole the show.  They come in three different colors and I seriously would love to be able to walk on thin heels if only for these shoes!


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center
Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center


Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center



After the show, everyone made their way to the Women's department for some shopping!  Refreshments, like the delightful chocolate cheesecakes below, were served as people mingled and gathered items to try on.  My friend Mary Jo joined me for the event, so we had an amazing time chatting and shopping together.  I also met some other fantastic ladies during the event, like Toni of The Love Hanger and M'chel Bauxal. There was quite a long line for the dressing room, but from all the laughter I could tell all the ladies were having a great time.  Emme was helping people shop for looks and giving them advice on silhouettes and pieces that were perfect for them.

Macy's Fall Fashion Show with Emme - Clackamas Town Center

I stayed later to try stuff on and caught Emme in action doing her own shopping.  She was incredibly nice and just gorgeous in person.  Most of the items she had heaped up in her arms were versatile black pieces.  She joked, "Can you tell I live in New York?"

If you have the opportunity to attend an event like this at your local mall or department store, I highly recommend it!  It was a fabulous evening!

What were your favorite looks from the show?  What trend are you most looking forward to incorporating into your wardrobe?



 I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post about Macy's and Emme. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Kiyonna Gives: Pink Power!

Working with Kiyonna is always a joy, but I am excited to share this current promotion and fundraising effort in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  As a cancer survivor myself, I know how important it is to raise awareness and promote education in fighting these terrible diseases.  For some facts and information, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation website.

I recently posted an outfit featuring the Sunset Stroll Bellini, which I love, and now Kiyonna offers one in a lovely shade of pink.  During the month of October, 100% of the proceeds from the pink bellini will go to an accredited breast cancer foundation of their choice.

Another way you can help is to post a picture of something pink that represents fashion and/or breast cancer via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtags #ShowYourPink and #KiyonnaGives.  $1.00 for each of these photos will also be donated.

www.DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Gives: Pink Power!

Because of my recent blue bellini post, I thought it would be fun to style the pink version in several different ways.  It is really fun for me to shop my closet and show you different looks for one item.  Maybe I should do it more often!

First up is the pink bellini paired with a plum-colored maxi dress.  I am pretty sure Liz's (from With Wonder and Whimsy) gorgeous signature color palette of ladylike, feminine hues inspired this one.  The pairing of colors is so lovely.  I kept the accessories simple with a multi-strand necklace that has dark blue and plum in it.

www.DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Gives: Pink Power!
www.DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Gives: Pink Power!
Pretty In Pink Sunset Stroll Bellini - c/o Kiyonna
Sabrina Maxi Dress - SWAK Designs
Multi-strand Necklace - Vera Wang via Kohl's (Similar)

Next up is my typical uniform of fall - jeans and boots.  As with the blue bellini, I layered a tank underneath.  However, this tank has loads of sequins that I wanted to show through.  The gathering and collar of the bellini is such that you can customize it to your look by moving the fabric around a bit.

www.DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Gives: Pink Power!
www.DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Gives: Pink Power!
www.DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Gives: Pink Power!
Sequin Tank - Lane Bryant
Skinny Sophia Jegging - Torrid
Perry Stretch Boots - Avenue (Similar here, here)

And finally, I tied the bellini and pulled the ends up to tie around my waist.  It is the coverage of a shrug with the option of a longer cardigan in one.  Over this full-skirted dress, it accentuates the smallest part of me and adds another touch of color.  I finished the look with a sparkly silver and purple necklace and glittery flats.
PS - I didn't notice until uploading the photos that I paired this bellini with varying shades of purple.  It does go with other colors too, but I guess I was in a pink and purple mood. lol

www.DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Gives: Pink Power!
www.DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Gives: Pink Power!
Monaco Dress - Eliza Parker
Twisted Chain Stone Necklace - Lane Bryant
Silver Glitter Chelsea Flats - Payless


You can check out other ladies in the Pretty in Pink Sunset Stroll Bellini on Kiyonna's Facebook page, as well as the following posts:

- Fashion, Love, and Martinis - Allison paired the bellini with a black tank.
- The Plus Side of Me - Rebecca is wearing her bellini with jeans and a white tank.



Disclosure: I am a member of the Kiyonna Blogger Brigade and they provided me with the cardigan in this post.  All opinions on the item are my own.

  •  Sunset Stroll Bellini promotion is valid from 10/1/14 to 10/31/14.  Kiyonna® Clothing will donate 100% of proceeds from the Pretty in Pink Sunset Stroll Bellini retail sales (and 75% of wholesale sales) to an accredited breast cancer foundation of their choice.

  • #ShowYourPink promotion is valid from 10/1/14 to 10/31/14.  Kiyonna® Clothing will donate $1.00 for every Facebook, Instagram or Twitter post that includes a picture of something pink that represents fashion and/or breast cancer with the following hashtags (#ShowYourPink and #KiyonnaGives) with a cap of $5,000.00.  Picture must be tasteful and relevant to the cause in order to be eligible for donation.

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