My First Time: Nordstrom | Stylish Succulent Print Dress

succulent-dress-fullSucculents. I never thought I was that kind of blogger. None of my pin-friendly images have anything to do with plants or gardening. Don’t get me wrong – I think succulents are cool. What’s not to love? They’re colorful, cute, and cactus-like without the needles, not to mention low maintenance, but usually I stick to fashion. However, I learned that if you’re in the blogging biz, the succulents will find you.

succulent-dress-medI was happy to give in to the succulent craze with this City Chic dress from Nordstrom. As you can tell from the title, I’ve never shopped at Nordstrom before. I always thought of them as a brick-and-mortar store, and they have no locations in the New Orleans area. After seeing lots of cool Instagram fashion pics featuring Nordstrom’s clothes, I figured I’d give their online store a try.

succulent-dress-horizontalThe bad news: Nordstrom doesn’t offer much above size 24, and you have to do some detective work to find the clothes the offer in bigger sizes. The good news: If you think outside the normal way things are sized, you may find something really special that will fit you. Take this dress, for instance – I normally wouldn’t entertain the idea of buying anything in an XXL because I’d think it would be too small, but after looking at the size chart for City Chic, I learned their XXL is a size 24/26. Jackpot! The fact that this dress is made out of a stretchy, lycra-like material didn’t hurt either. The best advice I can give you for shopping online at Nordstrom is to look at the garment’s measurements no matter what the size is. Since Nordstrom offers a variety of brands, the sizing won’t be very standardized, but you might luck out!

succulent-dress-med2Have you shopped anywhere new lately? Let me know in the comments!  As for me, I’m having a “Succulent Summer,” and I’m not even mad about it! See ya next time!

Outfit details – Dress: City Chic from Nordstrom / Shoes: Jessica London / Necklace: Fossil (old) / Earrings: Trashy Diva (similar)

Follow me on social media – Bloglovin’ / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Twitter

My First Time: Cool Gal Blue | Proud to be a Part of the 95%!

*This post contains affiliate links. If clicked and a sale is made, I receive a commission. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Super Style Me possible!

*Note: Since this post went live, Cool Gal Blue changed its name to Society+. All of the links should direct you to the proper place, but their official home page is http://www.society-plus.com.

cool-gal-blue-6-full-windMy name is Becca, and I’m a grown woman who enjoys wearing tutus. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I want to tell you all about one of my new favorite online stores – one that is on the verge of something revolutionary. Cool Gal Blue is bringing honesty to fashion from its consistent sizing to the authenticity of its models. At the helm is their creative director, Jessica Kane. You may know her from her blog, Life & Style of Jessica, or as the founder of Skorch Magazine.

95PERCENTbyCoolGalBlue[1]

The #WEARETHE95PERCENT Campaign Presented by @CoolGalBlue ​in response to the fact that only 5% of American women naturally possess the body that is presented as “ideal” in advertising. Models from left Beck​​ of @manfattan, Meag​​han of @littlelimedress, @jessica_kane of @skorchmagazine, Liz o​​f @psitsfashion and Marcy of @themarc​​yminute. Photography by @mic​​htakespics. Makeup by @gabriellafortunato (Marcy & Beck) and @beatbyalexismarie (Liz & Meaghan). Concept and direction by @jessi​​ca_kane. All wardrobe provided by Coolgalblue.com.

Kane and company flaunt their fabulousness for the “We are the 95%” campaign in Cool Gal Blue’s new Curves in the City lookbook. The campaign addresses the statistic that only 5% of American women have the “ideal” body which is prevalent in the media. Since 100% of women deserve to be represented and to feel confident, Cool Gal Blue does things differently than many other plus size retailers.

cool-gal-blue-1-medEver have the problem being one size in one brand and a different size in another, even at the same store? Cool Gal Blue practices “Honest Sizing.” While they get their clothes from a variety of places, they hand measure each item and size it accurately so you don’t have to worry about anything running too big or too small. At the moment, they don’t offer every style in every size, but there is a large selection above size 24, and I’ve even seen a few items in 30 and 32.

cool-gal-blue-3-medThe main reason I started blogging is I never saw any size 28s modeling the clothes I’d like to buy. Most plus size models fall into the 12/14/16 range, and of course these ladies are all beautiful, but the lack of diversity gave me no clue as to how clothes would look in my size and on my body. Lucky for me, Cool Gal Blue has models in a variety of sizes, and the coolest part is they don’t Photoshop any of them! Booties, bellies, and rolls are left as they are IRL because us regular girls have them, too.

cool-gal-blue-4-medReady to give Cool Gal Blue a try? Get 20% off your order at checkout with the code STYLE20!

You can also be a part of the real-size revolution by using the hashtags  #FASHIONFORTHEMAJORITY, #WEARETHE95PERCENT, and #HONESTSIZING.

cool-gal-blue-5-full-EDITHow do you feel about Cool Gal Blue’s philosophy and the “We are the 95%” Campaign? Let me know in the comments!

Realistic models and honest sizing shouldn’t be such cutting edge ideas, but I’m glad Cool Gal Blue working to make them the new normal. I hope other brands follow their lead. Viva la tutu!

Outfit Details – Tulle Skirt: Cool Gal Blue – in size 4x / Top: ModCloth / Shoes: Lane Bryant (similar) / Necklace and Earrings: Charming Charlie (similar)

Follow me on social media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

My First Time: Eloquii | Showing Some Midi-Love in Their New Extended Sizes

*This post contains affiliate links, and I receive a commission if clicked and a sale is made. All opinions are my own.

It’s a feeling you may know too well if you’re above a size 24. You’re browsing online, and you come across a shop that carries plus size clothes. Awesome…until you look at the sizes. It can be quite a bummer to feel too plus sized for most plus size clothing. I know that feeling all to well, walking the line between a size 28 and 30 myself. That’s why I was very excited to see Eloquii bring extended sizes to their collection.

I had been wanting shop at Eloquii forever with their classy clothes that are appropriate for the office or a night out; however, their size range only went up to 24. But their fans and prospective customers spoke up, and the powers that be added sizes 26 and 28 in a few of their styles. So far the selection is pretty small, but I still couldn’t wait to try something out.

I picked the above skirt in plum for my very first purchase. Being 5’9″, most midi skirts aren’t very “midi” on me and usually are shorter than I’d like for them to be. I was psyched that this skirt was truly midi and reached my mid calf. I also anticipated the size 28 being too tight in the waist, but it was a little loose, and I possibly could have sized down and still have had a great fit. The fabric of the skirt is also substantial, and its construction is quite nice. I predict this skirt will be a staple in my wardrobe for several seasons.

Eloquii is in full swing with their #MidiMoment campaign, styled by Margie Ashcroft of the fabulous blog, Margie Plus. You may even recognize some of her pals in the video above who are some of the most stylish fashion bloggers around. While not all of the midis pictured are offered in extended sizes, there are still cute colors and styles to check out such as the Circle Side Button Skirt below.

There was only one downside of my first Eloquii shopping experience. Along with my lovely skirt, I purchased a couple of pieces of jewelry, a stretch bracelet and a gold chain necklace which are not pictured and no longer available. Unfortunately, the bracelet was too tight (my wrist is right at 8″ around), and the necklace twisted upon itself while I wore it and eventually broke. None of this, though, is indicative of the quality of the skirt I bought, and I’m sure all of their apparel is equally well made. I can’t wait to buy another garment, possibly the Sophia dress, and skip the jewelry next time.

yvette_photo_skirt_clutch

yvette_photo_collaryvette_photo_ringyvette_photo_midIs there a new retailer that offers larger plus size clothing you’d like me to try for “My First Time?” Let me know in the comments!

Thank you all for joining me for my #MidiMoment, and I hope you give Eloquii’s new sizes a try!

Outfit Details – Midi Skirt: Eloquii / Top: eShakti / Shoes: Lane Bryant / Clutch: Charming Charlie / Ring: old (similar)

*All of the outfit photos in this post were taken by my talented friend and professional photographer, Yvette Brion. Check out all of her great work on her Facebook page.

Follow me on social media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest