Fashion & Beauty

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I’m Wearing: George ponte jacket | Jordache high rise super skinny jeans (aff)

I can’t lie to you…I’m a bit weary of winter. But this is the way it always happens, right? We wait for summer to turn into fall, then to winter so we can pull out our fancy boots and layers. Then a few months in, we’re longing for warm weather again. Thankfully, I live in Georgia, so I won’t have to wait but a few short months for spring.

And as I anticipate spring, there are a couple of pieces I really like to have in my closet for the transition: A great blazer that can warm up a chilly day and dress up any outfit, and a great pair of jeans that can take from me from cold months to warm and back again.

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This awesome George blazer went in my cart about 2 seconds after I spotted it on the rack at Walmart. It’s a soft jacket — not a structured one like I usually prefer — so I wasn’t sure if I’d like the fit, but it is super comfortable, and I love the rolled sleeves (though you can unroll them if you want). At just $19.94, it is one of those great items that I can wear with a skirt, over a dress, or with a long-sleeved tee and jeans when it’s still cold outside.

And speaking of jeans: I have three pairs of these in different colors my closet because I love them so much. These Jordache high rise super skinny jeans have the perfect amount of stretch — so much that they still wear well after a wash and will fit over leggings or tights when it’s really cold. Plus, I cannot stand low-rise jeans, and these hit the perfect spot on my waist so I don’t have to spend the whole day pulling up my pants.

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In addition to these two spring staples, I love to get tanks, leggings and other layering basics at Walmart, because I know they’ll be affordable and the quality will be good. Check out Walmart’s Closet Must-Haves page to see what else they have to offer. You’ll find everything from on-trend kimonos and joggers to everyday jeans and purses.

So what about you? What’s on your list of closet must-haves?

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I have spent a lot of time lamenting the lack of clothing options for women like me. Women who care for the Earth and care about how and where our clothes were made, but who also want to look fabulous and happen to be plus sized. Thankfully, that is beginning to change, and I love discovering new brands that cater to my desire for all these things. LNBF is the latest to catch my eye and let me tell you — I am in love.

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I’m Wearing: Taylor dress c/o LNBF | Aerosoles Sarasota Boots

LNBF stands for “Leave Nothing but Footprints”, which comes from the saying:

“Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories.”

As their name might imply, LNBF is dedicated to making clothing that doesn’t leave a huge footprint on the Earth. As such, they use luxurious, eco-friendly fabrics like bamboo viscose, Tencel and organic cotton. Even better? Many of their pieces go up to XXL in sizing. Win for the big girls!

The Taylor dress, which is officially my new favorite little black dress, is made of bamboo with faux leather details. And those details? Just yes! The waist cinching silhouette and the faux leather shoulder details make this a perfect choice for so many occasions. Plus, the fabric is weighty enough to work if layered during the winter, but I can still envision wearing it in the summer.

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I’m Wearing: Lola belted dress c/o LNBF | Aerosoles Sarasota Boots

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This second dress is going to be added to heavy rotation in my closet. The Lola belted dress has a great tulip silhouette that is so figure-flattering, even without the belt. Still, the belt puts it over the top. The length is a little on the short side, so it could work as a tunic with leggings or tights, which is great for winter. However, I have no problem showing off my legs, so I know it’s going to become a summer staple because of that fabulous high neckline and the comfy fabric.

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I’m Wearing: Annabelle leggings and Erika peplum top c/o LNBF | Zara heels (old)

I admit I saved the best for last here. I cannot possibly overstate how much I love these leggings. I’ve worn waaaay too many that have elastic waistbands and stretch out around the ankles. These slide on like butter, and the zippered back and tailored fit give them a much more sophisticated look than your average leggings. Also, the faux leather front panels just make me swoon. So there’s that :)

The Erika peplum top is a great twist on a classic. I thought I was over the peplum silhouette after wearing it so much for the past few years, but the asymmetric hem of this top makes it different, and the fabric is so soft that I spend a good minute rubbing it against my skin even before I put it on. Really. It feels like magic and clouds had a baby. Plus, it’s on sale right now for $29.99, so I am tempted to get one in every color. This only goes up to XL, but that fit my busty body just perfect.

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Honestly, I am so thrilled to have found LNBF. I come across a lot of eco-friendly fashion brands that leave something to be desired in the style department, or who just stick to basics that are nice, but not exciting. To be sure, they do offer essentials, but there’s just enough in their collection that is fashion-forward that I know I’ll keep going back every time they have new released.

It’s Giveaway Time!

I love when I can share the love with my readers, and LNBF wants to bless one of you with a $100 gift card so you can buy whatever you want! Enter via the Rafflecopter below!

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Bonus! Coupon Code

If you want to go right ahead and start shopping now, you can do it with 20% off! That’s right! LNBF is offering Green & Gorgeous readers 20% off with coupon code “GREEN20 through Feb 28!

Disclosure: I received clothing for review from LNBF. All opinions stated here are my own and completed accurate.

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I’m Wearing: No Boundaries sweater | Faded Glory tank | Faded Glory jeggings | Just Fab Misha boots (aff)

Soooo…did you miss me? This is my first outfit post of 2015. At the end of January. I know, I know. BAD fashion blogger! I just hadn’t been feeling inspired of late. So when Walmart gave me the opportunity to share a winter story of my choosing, I figured it was time to get off my butt and find some inspiration. What I found was this fabulous sweater, and the fashion angels collectively sang a beautiful tune in celebration.

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OK…so I may be over-exaggerating a little, but as you can see, I found the inspiration I was looking for.

Isn’t it fabulous?! It’s a slubby knit that looks like it would be itchy, but is instead soft and comfy. Plus, I love the minty stripes and the fact that the neck is wide enough that I can wear it off the shoulder. This is going in immediate rotation in my closet, because I am in love. Also? It’s on sale at Walmart.com for just $8 in pink and gray, and I have every intention of ordering at least one more color.

My only complaint is the length, but that’s absolutely a personal preference. I hate tops that hit me mid-hip. Just never been a fan of that silhouette. This is why I added a layering tank underneath — for the extra warmth, but also for the extra length.

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I paired it with the world’s most comfortable jeggings, from Walmart‘s Faded Glory line. The fit around the ankle is nice and close, unlike some jeggings that get wide at the bottom. They do skew a little on the sheer side, so if you wear white like I did, you’ll need to wear black underwear, or shapewear or leggings underneath to avoid any wardrobe mishaps. Still, they come in a ton of colors, and for less than $15, they’re my favorite way to experiment with color and pattern without spending a lot of money, and they even work as thicker layering elements under other pants. Definitely a winter staple around these parts.

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The best part of this outfit though? It gave me an excuse to pull out my gray over-the-knee boots. These babies are my new faves. But if youlook really close in the photos, you’ll see that our choice of a photoshoot location means that I have to scrub the Georgia red clay off my shoes.

Anyway, now that I’ve gotten out of my slump, you can expect to see more outfit posts in the coming weeks. What have you been up to in 2015? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

To call my daughter active would be a severe understatement. If she’s not doing gymnastics, she’s thinking about doing gymnastics. All day. Every day. It’s been this way for almost 2 years. She spent the last year teaching herself lots of moves since she wasn’t taking classes for a while, but she’s getting ready to start formal training again, and the occasion called for some new gear. So when Walmart asked me to share some activewear finds, I headed straight to the girls’ section to find her a few pieces that could accommodate her favorite pastime.

Because while I could get her to stand still for a couple of pics…

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Most of them were like this…

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…or this…

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…or this.

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You get the point. I love Walmart‘s Danskin Now performance apparel. The fabrics are breathable and stretchy, and the colors and patterns are awesome. There’s tons of options that she can mix and match.

We picked up two Danskin Now girls’ performance long-sleeve tees at $6.86 apiece, two performance shorts at $4.88 apiece, and one pair of performance capris for $9.98. I love the capris because they offer extra coverage without getting in her way, and she loves them because they’re soft and comfy. Still, she seems to prefer the shorts because she can easily throw them on over her leotards and contort her body into various dangerous-looking positions.

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Honestly though, we’re thinking these will be a hit at her new gym, and we’ll likely be investing in some more because she’s going to need all the activewear she can get.

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And since I have to see her do this all day long, now so do you. She actually started a gymnastics YouTube channel, Fantastic Gymnastics, a few months back, so we made a little compilation of her doing a bunch of stunts in Walmart‘s activewear. Check it out:

I’d say she’s well on her way to being the next Gabby Douglas!

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

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I’m Wearing: Walmart statement earrings | Faded Glory plaid shirt | Eloquii satin midi skirt | Nine West Authority heels | Apt. 9 satchel purse (aff)

Most years, I spend New Year’s Eve in my pajamas, snuggling with my hubby and kids so we can watch the ball drop in Times Square and toast with some sparkling apple cider. Still, what would I wear if I were to get all dressed up for a fancy party? Well, a New Year’s Eve outfit requires a little sparkle, and I don’t own any sequins. The quickest way to take an outfit from casual to party-ready is with some great statement jewelry. So when Walmart challenged me to share a New Year’s Eve story, I knew I wanted to pick up a couple of their great, affordable statement pieces.

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Toward the end of this year, I’ve been obsessed with two things: Plaid shirts and midi skirts. I grabbed this Faded Glory top, thinking I could pair it with my new satin midi skirt, and when I found these earrings, I knew I had an outfit! I like to think of the whole look as “Fancy Lumberjack.”

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The earrings are the perfect complement to the two pieces, and the best part? They were only $5! Seriously? How many gorgeous pair of earrings could I get at just $5 a pop? And there were so many awesome options to choose from.

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And as if the $5 earrings aren’t enough, this bevy of statement necklaces?

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Just $10 apiece! I wore one last week. With another plaid shirt. Don’t judge me.

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Also, I will be going back for this minty fresh beauty and the knit kimono to match.

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Anyway, back to my New Year’s outfit. The plaid top could definitely skew casual depending on the pairing, but the satin and rhinestones really elevate it to something fit for a celebration.

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And celebrate we will. Baby Juliza came into our lives this year and she’ll be one in a little more than a week. We have a roof over our heads and food to eat, and we’re healthy. We moved to a new city and Ja’Naya has adapted and thrived at her new school. I’m blessed to make a living doing what I love, whether it’s style blogging or graphic design. I ended the year with a lucky streak that saw me win no fewer than six giveaways that allowed my kids a great Christmas. There’s just so much to be grateful for about 2014, so I’ll ring in 2015 in style, in hopes that it will be even better.

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Here’s wishing you and yours a blessed and Happy New Year!

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

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I’m Wearing: Madden Girl Cactus Wide Calf Boots c/o Rack Room Shoes | Lucky Brand plaid shirt (similar & plus size) | Old Navy high-rise Rockstar jeans | Walmart statement necklace | Just Fab Pantheon handbag (similar & similar) | ICU Eyewear sunglasses (aff)

This time of year, everyone is styling gorgeous holiday looks that usually involve lots of glitz, glam and sparkle. I have my fair share of fancy outfits, but my lifestyle revolves less around parties and dressing up and more about comfortable outings with my family. That’s not to say I don’t want to look good. If you know me at all, you know better than that. It’s just that dressing up sometimes needs to come with pants. And comfortable shoes. So when I was offered the chance to style a holiday look around a pair of gorgeous, wide-calf boots from Rack Room Shoes, it was the perfect fit for the way I really live — and dress — on a daily basis.

Not to mention the fact that these boots are…well…see for yourself.

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Gorgeous, no? Anyone with large calves knows the pain of finding the perfect pair of boots — only to find that you can’t zip them or pull them up. Because calves.

These wide-calf Madden Girl boots fit perfectly, and I am loving the fly details. The studs in the back around the red zipper make them noticeable even from a distance, and they are really comfortable to wear. An ensemble like this is my holiday shopping/family time uniform. It’s the kind of outfit I’d wear to my mom’s house on Christmas day and still feel completely put together. I’m loving plaid shirts, though I need to get a red one, and these high waist skinnies are the business! The statement necklace (just $10!) helps a bit too :) Plus, if you love the boots, get $15 off a $75 purchase with this Rack Room Shoes coupon.

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I was feeling like a million bucks in my new boots, and the whole family went to the park, so I took the opportunity to grab a few quick photos with my girls.

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You can probably tell from her ever so precisely layered outfit that Ja’Naya has inherited my love of fashion. Also…she is only a half-size behind me in shoes(!!!), so she’s already raiding my closet. I imagine my new boots are going to make their way onto her feet sooner or later. Juliza has some catching up to do, but she’s holding her own in the fashion department.

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I’m Wearing: Madden Girl Cactus Wide Calf Boots c/o Rack Room Shoes | Lucky Brand plaid shirt (similar & plus size) | Old Navy high-rise Rockstar jeans | Walmart statement necklace | Just Fab Pantheon handbag (similar & similar) | ICU Eyewear sunglasses (aff)

So what about you? How to you “dress up” for the holidays? Link to your outfits in the comments below!

Before I go, I want to share a hilarious observation. My husband shared a meme with me that wonders why fashion bloggers are always looking at the ground. What, exactly, are we looking at down there? Well, I can tell you.

I’m looking about my boots, because they’re fabulous, and my footing on the rock…

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And here, I’m watching my step, because loose, uneven red clay + clumsy me are not a good combination.

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There. Mystery solved. Enjoy the holidays, ya’ll!

Disclosure: I have received product to facilitate this outfit and compensation for my time and effort in creating this post. As usual, all opinions are my own and completely authentic.

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30PlusStyle: LBD Lookbook

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I’m Wearing: Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s dress (similar in plus size) | Forever 21 top (similar) | Thrifted Steve Madden pumps (similar & similar) | ASOS belt (similar) | Vintage purse (similar) | Gifted earrings (aff)

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What self-respecting fashionista has a closet full of clothes, but no little black dress? Well, apparently this girl.

I was invited to participate in this month’s 30PlusStyle challenge, joining a group of amazing women who regularly inspire me to step up my style game, and I was so excited! When they told me the theme was “Little Black Dress,” I thought, “awesome.” Until I hit up my closet and realized I didn’t own one. I’m still not sure how that’s possible, when I feel like there is SO MUCH BLACK in my closet, but alas, none of those black pieces were dresses.

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All this to say that this challenge required some shopping. I found myself scouring the racks at Kohl’s for the perfect LBD when I came across this beauty. It’s from the Daisy Fuentes collection and it is made of awesome, structured scuba fabric — a favorite of mine these days. The fit and flare silhouette is another favorite. And the best part? It was on clearance for $12.80. And I had a gift card, so I walked out of the store with a dress and no cash spent.

Of course, the challenge was that the dress is sleeveless, and it just felt a bit too…summery…for this time of year on it’s own. So I added a sheer Forever 21 top underneath to give the illusion of sleeves, and I loved the silhouette. I like to think of it as an easy holiday party look. I got lucky with the weather when we had an unseasonably warm day here in Georgia, so I used it as an excuse to forgo tights and bare my legs for what is probably the last time until March or so.

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Now that I’ve added this baby to my closet, I get why every fashion maven from here to Timbuktu tells every woman she needs a little black dress. I can think of at least a dozen other ways to wear this, and I’m sure I’ll try a few before the winter is over. I have a lightweight collared sweater that’s just begging to be worn under it with some knee-high boots and leggings. Also?

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Shop My Look:

Please check out the other fabulously stylish ladies who are rocking the LBD this month! I already know I’m going to be taking some styling notes throughout the day:

What about you? Do you own an LBD? How do you rock it?

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PamperedPiggies #CollectiveBias

My oldest daughter is a girly girl. She loves dresses and cute shoes and painting her nails. I have no idea where she gets it.

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OK. Maybe I do. She likes getting dressed up about as much as I do, and we have so much fun when we get to do it together. The challenge is that I just can’t, in good conscience, let her use traditional nail polish knowing that it probably contains a cocktail of toxic chemicals. So what’s a mama to do? I want to give her a little creative freedom (on the weekends, at least), but I want her to use a product that’s safe.

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This is why I absolutely love Piggy Paint, nontoxic nail polish for kids — though I guess it’s really for anyone. Or at least that’s what I told myself this weekend. My girls and I had a little pedicure party on my birthday using Piggy Paint’s cute colors, and some of their other great products. And yes. The baby got her nails done too. Which is the beauty of using a product like this. I know it’s safe for her, too.

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Plus, I mean, it just doesn’t get cuter than this. Right? Right.

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We started with a little lotion to soften and moisturize our skin — because all of us are prone to dryness during the winter. Then we slathered on a little flavored chapstick. But the best part, by far, was painting our nails.

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Thankfully, baby Juliza was so intrigued by the process that she actually sat still for most of it, and I carried her on my hip until her toes were dry. With Piggy Paint, that doesn’t take very long.

I’m thinking this is going to become a regular date for my girls and I. Because as cool as it would be to have mommy-daughter mani-pedis at a nail salon, I’m in no hurry to expose them to the fumes that run rampant there. Piggy Paint has given us the gift of quality time spent on a shared interest.

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Piggy Paint is available in a ton of colors, as evidenced by the fact that we all managed to choose different ones, and you can find it with the other kid-friendly beauty products at your local Walmart.

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If you’d prefer to shop online, head to piggypaint.com and get 15% off your purchase using coupon code “piggypaint“. Valid through 12/23/14.

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