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Sunflowers for the Soul: Fall Inspired Casual Outfit

Plus Size Fashion 2021

"If I were a flower... I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, turn my back to darkness, stand proud and straight even with my head full of seeds." 

-Pam Stewart

We have been going through radical changes on a political, spiritual, and physical level for months.  Amid so much darkness and negativity, it is difficult to see the light. It is difficult to flourish when everything around you is constantly changing, but we must remember to be like sunflowers and seek sunlight every single day.

 

A few days ago, I was having a bad day and my partner surprised me with sunflowers. His gesture changed my day completely. It made me smile and change my focus for a bit. So,  I got dressed, did my makeup and we headed out to take photos with my beautiful sunflowers. After all, I was desperate to wear the bag, shoes, blouse, and accessories that I bought at Las Americas Premium Outlets and that I showed you in my last post. So, we headed out, and for a bit, everything seemed normal again. 

 

A kind gesture, no matter how small it may seem to you, can completely change a person's day. I encourage you to do something nice for someone today. Remember that "a gesture" does not require buying anything. It can be a compliment, an unexpected call to someone you have not spoken to in a long time, a surprise coffee date, or simply being kind to a stranger. We are living in a world where a lot of people are carrying some kind of frustration, so being patient and kind can mean the world to them, and it can be the antidote to all the rage we have been witnessing lately. 

 

Today I want to share my autumn-inspired casual outfit and show you the beautiful sunflowers that changed my day. By the way, I loved this blouse from the Old Navy Outlet. It was lightweight (perfect for the not-yet-fall weather) and the ruffles on the shoulders looked super cute. I recommend it 100%. It can also be dressed up by wearing a blazer or a cardigan. 


Kate Spade Shoes

Outfit Details

Shoes and Bag from Kate Spade Outlet


Necklace and Bracelet from Swarovski 

All of these pieces should be currently available at  


Fall-ing in Love with Las Americas Premium Outlets

This post is sponsored by Las Americas Premium Outlets. All opinions are my own.


A new season is starting and I know that I’m not the only one eager to get a couple of new wardrobe pieces and accessories to spice up our style. Fall is all about the darker earth-tone colors and Las Americas Premium Outlets is ready to come to our rescue and offer us fall designer (and non-designer) fashion at great prices. Click here to see all of the current deals that you won't want to miss.
 
Let me show you some of the amazing fall fashion items that I found and, of course, a couple of the pieces that my boyfriend and I bought.

Kate Spade Outlet


Kate Spade is a brand that is characterized by its colorful and unique styles. I loved their take on the bucket bag. The bucket-style bag is super trendy right now and it will continue to be during fall. When I tried it on, I fell in love, but I ended up getting the black shoes instead because they were SO comfortable and, hello! They were 50%. However, after walking a ton and visiting other stores, I could not take the Kate Spade bucket bag out of my mind. Since it was 60% off with an additional 20% off, I absolutely had to go back and get it in my favorite fall color, Burgundy. 
 
Besides bags and shoes, Kate Spade also had a good selection of fall clothing. They had dresses, tops, coats, jackets, and windbreakers. Don’t let the cold season and the rain catch you by surprise, make sure to buy ahead.




Yellow For Brunch

Plus Size Yellow Outfit Moda Para Gorditas 2021

2020 shut down the world, and in that time I finished decluttering my closet, which resulted in me ending up with less than half of my clothes. So, now that things are starting to open up again, I noticed that I needed new tops. I have enough of everything else, except that. So, the first place I went online to was one of my top favorite plus size sites, City Chic Online. If you don't yet know them, you must go and check out their site NOW. They are also sold at many department stores, like Macy's and Nordstrom. This top is from City Chic. I found it perfect for this spring and summer and I love the cut. 


The flats are from Skechers. Who knew they carried flats? I certainly did not! And now that I do... I need more of them in my life. They are SOOOOO comfortable. I feel like I'm walking on clouds. 


Today I present to you... my casual brunch outfit of the day!


My First Chanel Bag: Semi-Casual Outfit for Beetlejuice Fans

Chanel Jumbo Caviar Classic Flap

Many of us have that "one thing" that we dream about and think that it is impossible to obtain. For me it was the Chanel Classic Flap bag in the Jumbo size with Gold hardware. The Chanel Classic Flap bag comes in various colors, combinations, and sizes. The Jumbo (the one I bought) is one of the biggest sizes (there's one larger called the Maxi). 
 
I love the Jumbo size because it has a longer strap drop. It is the only one that can be worn crossbody; however, many people who are thinner or petite find it hard to use it crossbody because 1) it looks too big on their frame or 2) the strap is too long. There are tips online on how to shorten the strap, but thankfully it fits my body and frame perfectly! In today’s post I want to share this semi-casual outfit with one of my favorite T-shirts. I mean, who doesn’t love Beetlejuice, right? 
 
By the way, If you see me wearing this bag in almost every single post, well ... I LOVE IT and I have to get the most out of it. When I began applying the concept of "cost per wear" in my life, I began to change the way I shop. Now, when shopping, I always consider the item’s cost per wear. It does not matter if the item is inexpensive or not, if we are not getting the cost per wear out of it… we are only losing money. 

Chanel Jumbo Caviar 2021 Price


The Day I Finally Bought My Dream Bag

Louis Vuitton Neo Noe Bolso De Marca

On this day (March 07, 2021) I woke up early, worked on a campaign, and got ready to take outfit photos. Honestly, since quarantine began last year, I have been feeling like my life is in "autopilot" mode. I don't know... every day seems the same. So, going out to take outfit photos has been a really nice change. I love dressing up and feeling "normal and alive" once again. 

Anyhow, March was also my birthday month and there was something that I wanted to cross off from my wish-list. This item has been on my mind for over ten years and I finally decided it was time to start planning and saving up for it, or else it would always be a "dream." I'm talking about the holly-grail of bags– the Chanel Classic Flap.

If you are a fashion lover, you know that Coco Chanel is a fashion icon and that the Classic flap bag is more than just a bag— it has fashion historical value. So, when I finally saved up enough for it, I wanted to run and buy it, but I also wanted to make that day special, so I waited a couple of months to be able to get it on my Birthday. 

What I did not know was that, due to COVID, there weren't many being made and there were none available in my city. And to be honest, I was not going to settle for another color, another finish, another type of leather... I wanted the exact same one that I had been dreaming of. So, on this day, after I got home from taking the outfit photos, I received a call that the Rodeo Drive location in Los Angeles (which is 2.5 hours away) had just received the shipment. So, after thinking about it for about 2 seconds, I decided to make the drive and get the bag! After all, I was already made-up and ready! 

The 2.5 hour drive (5 hours back and forth) was definitely worth it! I tried on the Chanel 19 bag and the Coco Handle (two bags that I absolutely love), but I did not have eyes (or money lol) for any other one. 

Today I'm sharing with you my outfit photos and a couple of photos I took at the store. I'm excited to finally cross-off the Chanel Classic Flap bag in Caviar from my "wish list"! Woho! What is the one item that you've had on your list for a really long time?

Outfit of the Day


Spring Shopping at Las Americas Premium Outlets

In Collaboration with Las Americas Premium Outlets. All the opinions are my own.



Spring is here and so is my birthday, which means it is the perfect opportunity to visit one of my favorite places in San Diego, Las Americas Premium Outlets. I love these outlets because there are stores for everyone, and it’s also where my favorite brands are. You can find Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Coach, Guess Factory, Marc Jacobs among many others.

Because it was my birthday week, I wanted to pamper myself and get some things that I had been eyeing. I had not been out shopping for an entire year, so there were many things I needed. For my own comfort, I planned my visit on a day and time where there would be less foot traffic. You know, I’m still getting used to “going out.” Everything was going well, I checked my phone and rain was on the horizon, but not until later in the afternoon, so I thought I was clear, but NO! Just like everything in these last couple of months, rain decided to come early and ruin my perfect plan (in addition to ruining my hair lol).

However, even with the rain, I managed to find amazing deals and I still felt victorious because, not only did I save money with the store discounts, but also with the additional coupons that I received for being a VIP Club member, which, by the way, you can be too. It's completely free. Once you sign up you will be on your way to receiving offers and coupons to use on your next visit. Plus, you don't want to miss the offers that are coming for the Benito Juárez holiday. Learn about all the offers available now by clicking here.

These are some of the deals I found at the Las Americas Premium Outlets

KATE SPADE NEW YORK


Black and Purple for a Rainy Day

Plus Size Photography Rain- Rain Outfit

Yesterday was supposed to be a very exciting day, but ... there was a last-minute change of plans that happened right as I was opening the door to leave. However, I was determined to not let that affect my mood. I took the unexpected change as a sign that I was meant to do something else that day. So... what did I do? What I love most, take outfit photos. Not even the rain could stop me from doing something productive. As a matter of fact, I took the rain as my best accessory. I love rain and I enjoyed feeling it drip down my hands and face. It doesn't rain a lot here, so it made me feel alive and one with the universe.


Coat: Rosegal - an Asian site that sells plus clothing at a good price. 

The unseen blouse: City Chic Online  

The basic, most comfortable "office" pants: Torrid

 


Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis Empreinte Leather