Take a Peak Inside My Bag (Plus a Style Guide From Rue La La)


While it’s my philosophy that you can never have too many makeup products (or jewelry….or shoes!), when it comes to handbags I do feel like having the right bag or two is really all you need. When I’m shopping for handbags, I gravitate toward classic silhouettes, versatile colors and a price my wallet likes. I need something that’s going to get me from season to season, year to year especially if I’m making an investment. Part of making a smart choice is knowing your options and Rue La La has a great resource for handbags to help you do just that! From the type of bag your life calls for to understanding what really makes a handbag luxurious they have you covered.

In celebration of the launch of their style guide, they want to know what girls like us carry in our bags.I tend to rotate between a handful of bags and this week, I’m rocking my Lulu by Lulu Guiness satchel (similar here) I scored on clearance two years ago.  The cobalt blue is a breath of fresh air from my brown and black purses. Plus the bow is so cute!  Now what’s  in my bag isn’t all that exciting but I am all about the essentials (with a little bit of my product junkie tendencies sprinkled in!)

Work Essentials

Wallet: I bought this at a flea market sale a few years ago and this baby is still holding together. (Though I do see a new one in my immediate future!)

Samsung Galaxy S5: Seriously where would I be without my phone? It’s my connection to everything – from work emails to taking selfies with my baby girl. I’ve always been an Android girl ever since the first Galaxy and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!

Sony Earbuds: I can’t work without my music. When I need to bang out blog posts, I plug these into my phone, crank up my Pandora and I’m good to go. Otherwise, I would be seriously lost.

Check Book: I still have bills that require checks and they usually get written on the go.

Beauty Essentials

Essence of Beauty Hand Cream: Part of the collection I reviewed over a week ago, I wanted to take a piece of that calm and relaxing beauty routine with me. You know, when the road rage kicks in. LOL

Stila Convertible Color Lip and Cheek in Poppy: Besides having a handy mirror inside this compact, if I ever need a little color on the go, this color is perfect for both my lips and cheeks!

Collection of Lip Color: Anyone who looks through my purse will get a clear picture of each lip color I’ve worn in the past week. Once I apply one in the morning, it gets thrown in my bag just in case I need a quick touch up. It’s only until my makeup drawer starts looking empty do I remember to put them all back!  This week’s roundup includes:

  • Burts Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard
  • Tarte Lip Gloss
  • Mary Kay Lip Color in Downtown Brown
  • Burt’s Bees LipGloss in Sweet Sunset

Your turn! What’s in your purse?

Light Up Your Look: A Jewelry Inspired Chandelier

Home Decor I’m a sucker for home décor! When I bought my house a few years ago, I was just as excited walking into a furniture store or browsing HGTV as I am in the jewelry section of my favorite store. Decorating a house and picking jewelry require the same type of fun skills – finding the finishing touches for your home that give it that extra style boost it needs. You start with a vision of what you want a room to look like and have fun shopping for all of the possibilities.

Now when they say that a house is never-ending project, they weren’t kidding! One room that needs some serious work is my dining room – the lighting in particular. I have no hanging chandelier over my dining room table, I’m sad to say and as I was compiling my list of lighting options, I was asked by the folks at One Kings Lane to participate in the Light Your Look campaign. Talk about great timing!

I had to find the perfect lighting accessory from their collection of awesome chandeliers inspired by one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. The first thing that came to mind was the earrings I wore for my wedding.


These chandelier earrings were the perfect choice (duh!). It had just enough bling without overwhelming my entire look. They were smaller than the earrings I normally wear but had the same amount of glamour that my gown needed.

Those are the qualities I look for in a chandelier. I want classic and luxurious lighting but on a smaller scale so it doesn’t taking over the entire house. That’s why I chose the Galveston 5-Light Chandelier in Silver. It has a sleek yet stylish design with just the right amount of dangling crystal accents that remind me of my earrings. The diameter is perfect too, according to One Kings Lane’s guide to buying the right chandelier for your home. Because my dining room table seats 8, the diameter of this cool light fixture is just the size for my dining room.

One Kings Lane

What do you ladies think? Did I make the right choice?

[Sponsored] Plus Size Military Inspired Fashion

Plus Size Fashion

As we pay our respects to our service men and women this Veteran’s Day, I’m over on The Runway Plus, talking about how the military uniform has inspired some of the best fashion pieces. From double breasted coats to laced up pumps, there are plenty of options for rocking this trend. And the best part? They were made just for us curvy girls!


*FTC Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by The Runway Plus. All opinions are my own.

[Sponsored] Channel Your Inner First Lady With Michelle Obama Inspired Fashion


While we are all hitting the polls today to vote in the midterm elections there’s no reason why we can’t look good doing it, right? Who better than the Michelle Obama to take inspiration from. I’m over on The Runway Plus putting together the perfect daytime outfit, taking a cue from the first lady’s green and black dress from her campaign stop in Durham 2 years ago. The fashion look is totally doable and super cute (promise!) All I can tell you is a flirty striped dress and a trendy green blazer are involved. So go on over and check it out!

*FTC Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by The Runway Plus. All opinions are my own.

The Hottest Plus Size Winter Coats

With Daylight Savings Time only two weeks away, it’s officially winter season and with the shorter days comes colder weather (at least up north anyway!). That’s why having the right winter coat is essential. Now granted, I’ve had the same coat for years because it never gets cold enough to wear one. But for those of you who are already feeling the chilled temps, there’s no reason why you can’t look cute and stay warm.

So show your curves some fierce fashion love with these 11 coats.

Winter Fashion

Via Spiga Plus Size Faux-Leather-Trim Walker Coat / Larry Levine Plus Size Double-Breasted Wool-Blend Trapeze Coat / Jessica Simpson Basket Weave Wool Coat Women’s Coat / Jones New York Collection Plus Size Faux-Leather-Sleeve Trench Coat

Plus Size Fashion

MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Double-Breasted Belted Trench Coat / Marina Rinaldi Plus Nalut Plaid Coat / Modcloth Inkwell Done Coat / ASOS Junarose Pretty Leopard Print Trench Coat

Plus Size Coats

Land’s End Women’s Plus Size Wool Coat / London Fog Plus Size Long Trench Coat / Calvin Klein Plus Size Asymmetrical Faux-Leather-Trim Wool-Blend Coat

Which one would you wear this winter?