Florida is my home

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Florida is my home. I’m originally from a small town on the northern side of Long Island, NY. My family was relocated to Florida on Halloween when I was 9 years old. At the time, I was both excited (because hey, Disney World is in Florida, right?!) and completely destroyed (wait a minute…I have to live where people vacation now?). For a very long time, I spent many summers, winter breaks, and spring breaks going back to my home town and spending days with my late brother, Bill, and my other close friends and family. I didn’t truly begin to appreciate and accept Florida as the beautiful new home until I was well into my twenties. There’s just something about those picturesque sunsets, the smell of the tropical beaches, the pure white sand, the turquoise waters, the mangroves in the swamps, the awesome animals, the variety of stunning palm trees, and of course, the fresh oranges and grapefruits. The abundance of different cultures and ethnic foods that are just right around the corner is very exciting.

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One of the coolest things about Florida is that there are literally more than eight different types of environments that are easy to get to. From the Keys, to Miami, to the Everglades, to the countryside of Weston and Homestead, to the touristy areas of Orlando, to what feels like the gorgeous deep south in Jacksonville, to Tampa and Pensacola – there are so many places to discover, enjoy, and experience. Come visit Florida. Florida is my home, and I absolutely love it. I wouldn’t trade it in for the world.

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The Home T “Florida” c/o (Every purchase donates to Multiple Sclerosis!)

Torrid Skull Jean Shorts (old)

Berkshire Plus Size Tights c/o

Dainty Chuck Taylor c/o Shopbop

Bisou Bisou Seamless Camisole

Boohoo Lillie Choker

Double Deesigns (Local Indie brand!!)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Leo

Tignanello Green Bag (was my moms)

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Winter Pinstripe

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Hello Sparkles!!

I’m really excited that it’s starting to cool down down here in South Florida. I was finally able to break out some cute winter wear!! I adore wearing tights, even when there is only a slight chill in the air. Recently, I’ve been trying out Berkshire’s new plus size tights, and I have to say – they are fantastic! I paired them with this great pinstripe-esk peplum style dress from City Chic (via Gwynnie Bee), and they were just the perfect addition. Right now through December 16th, you can get 15% off of your Berkshire purchase at Eberkshire.com with code Blogger15!!

Winter Pinstripe

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Mixing prints is so much fun, and can be done really subtly. In this winter pinstripe outfit, I opted to mix the subtle triangular print that is on the front panel of this dress with a darker animal print Rebecca Minkoff bag. I really like how the triangular print gives off a pinstripe feel from afar.

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To top off my look, I chose to wear these practical scalloped heels from Wanted, and a cute 3/4 sleeve cardigan. This would be a great outfit for a job interview, or a day to day outfit for the office.

CityChic Kyoto Lady Dress (via Gwynnie Bee)

Berkshire Firm All The Way Tights in Black c/o

Ashley Stewart 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan (old)

Wanted Shoes Mia Heels c/o

Boohoo Choker

Rebecca Minkoff Bag (old)

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Shopbop Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is here!! It’s that time of year that most everyone looks forward to each year. Festive decorations, tasty treats, delicious warm beverages to soothe your soul, savory creations, and of course – shopping! This is the best time of year to get in on some of the best savings all year round. I’m really excited about Cyber Monday, as one of my all time favorite retailers has an incredible sale going on. Shopbop is an online retailer that sells designer products from all ranges – high end to very affordable. Their products and selection is always on point, and always offers up the newest, latest, and greatest. If you aren’t familiar with them, I highly suggest you check them out!

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Shopbop is offered a tiered discount sale – meaning the more you spend, the higher your discount off your purchase is! Right now through tomorrow night you can save 15% off a $200+ purchase, 20% off a $500+ purchase, and 25% off an $800+ purchase – that is all full-priced AND sale items!! Those may seem like steep numbers, but the savings are greater the higher the purchase. For example, lets say you’ve been stalking this gorgeous Maison Margiela Leather Handbag. Now at MSRP for $2695, that’s a steep price for a handbag. “But it’s Margella. I need it.” You say. Well, it’s now marked down to $1617.00. Toss that baby in your cart and use code GOBIG16 and get 25% off (that’s $404!!). That means you are only paying $1200 for an almost $2700 bag. That is incredible savings!!!   For the full sale details, click here.

Shopbop Holiday Gift Guide

I’ve put together three little Shopbop Holiday Gift Guides, each with my favorite picks:

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Happy Shopping!

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FabFitFun Fall Unboxing

Kir Sparkles FabFitFun Fall Unboxing

Hey lovies!!

I’m super excited to announce that I’ve recently relaunched my YouTube channel, Kir Sparkles!! I’d love it if you would check out my latest greatest YouTube video. I’m unboxing the new FabFitFun Fall 2016 box – and all of the extras I purchased with it. Leave me some love!

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FabFitFun Fall 2016 Unboxing Video


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ShopBop for Fall!

ShopBop October 2016 Event of the Season Sale on Kirstin Marie

Hello hello!! Are y’all ready to get your Fall shopping shoes on?? ShopBop has an AMAZING sale going on RIGHT NOW!!! I don’t know about you, but I am on the ShopBop website AND the ShopBop app at least once a week these days. I am always keeping my eyes peeled for those delicious designer goodies that ShopBop has on lock. Before I start sharing my latest Fall favorites, let me give you the sale details so you can score some of my favorites!

Right now through October 14th, ShopBop is offering 25% off of a purchase of $500, and 30% off of a purchase over $500 with the code MAINEVENT16 at checkout.  Click here for full details and restrictions about the sale.

 

Kirstin’s Top Two Fall Favorites

Alexander Wang Mini Rockie with Rose Gold Hardware on Kirstin Marie

This may seem a little pricey, but let’s say you have been making googly eyes at the Alexander Wang Mini Rockie with Rose Gold hardware (one of my personal favorites – stunning bag – killer for Fall), which retails for $650 regularly. Now, with the code MAINEVENT16, you will save 30% (that’s $195!!) off of that bag, making it only $455!! That’s a steal at that price!! Not to mention – scoring a high end designer bag for under $500? Yes, please!!

 

Dolce Vita Saylor Booties on Kirstin Marie

These gorgeous Dolce Vita Saylor Booties are my absolute favorite for Fall. They hit at a great spot around the ankle, have a sweet little heel, and I love the zipper detailing. Grabbing these babies with 25% off is not a bad deal at all!!

 

What are your Fall favorites, and what are you planning on snapping up during the ShopBop sale? Leave me a comment and let me know! xx

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Breaking fashion rules

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J.Kane Black Skirt | c/o Society+

Society+ Plus Size Caged Crop Top | c/o Society+

As a plus size woman, I’m constantly reminded of the “fashion rules” that I must follow – or else. This leaves us curvy girls with an array of limiting, boring, ugly options. I want more options! Trying to stay confined to a tight unfriendly, unfashionable box is not my thing. I gathered all of my strength and busted out of that “rules of fashion” box. Today, I am breaking fashion rules! The age old rule that’s meant to be broken: plus size girls, or girls with larger than average sized arms cannot wear sleeveless tops. Heck yes, I can, and I will!

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I’ve teamed up with an amazing brand, Society+, and Society+ to show you that breaking the rules is fun, easy, and empowering. I’ve always, always been self conscious about my large upper arms. I’ve tried exercises, dieting, and so much more. I confined myself to always wearing short sleeves or longer to conceal my arms. Not anymore. I’ve even decided to further break this rule and blow past my comfort zone by getting a full sleeve tattoo on my left arm. My tattoo is very much in progress and in the beginning stages, but I am in love with it. My tattoo, though a drastic was to break this fashion rule, has boosted my confidence so much that I WANT to show it off. I don’t care if I have large upper arms. When I slipped into this strappy, sexy crop top with this perfect black skirt I felt SO good. I felt like I could go anywhere, do anything, be who I am with no shame. Of course I was nervous as I left my house, but the looks I got from strangers were good ones, and my husbands’ face said it all. I look good, I feel good, and darn it, baby, I will show my arms off, regardless. Society+ is such an incredible, empowering brand that celebrates body positivity and body love. I could not think of a better brand to work with when thinking about breaking the fashion rules.

Now it’s your turn, my lovelies! Join me in breaking any of these fashion rules:

~Exposed Tummy (Crop tops, etc)

~Exposed Legs (mini skirts, and more)

~Exposed Arms (sleeveless everything!)

~Wearing color and bright color

~Wearing white

~Wearing stripes, prints, and more!

Share your photos on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat (@itsmekirstinm) – be sure to tag me, and use #FashionFreedom when you post.These fashion rules were meant to be broken! Break free with me & Society+, and show the world how beautiful you are!

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Kia Soul!

**Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DriveShop. All opinions are my own.

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The 2015 Kia Soul! is an awesome little car that I feel is pretty underrated. I partnered with DriveShop to test drive the 2015 Kia Soul!. I was lucky enough to spend a great week with the Kia Soul!, thanks to my friends at DriveShop. The car itself is fully loaded – I’m talking backup camera, panoramic sunroof, color changing speakers, leather interior, the works!

I was seriously surprised at how roomy the car is. I could fit four larger sized people plus some stuff in the trunk and everyone was super comfy! For a four cylinder vehicle, the car definitely has some pep to it. It is a nice and light weight car that handles really well on the highway and in the city. The maneuverability of the car was one of my favorite things about driving it. Plus – can we talk about how good this color is?? The vibrant red is a gorgeous color, and just adds to the car.

I’d like to give a big thank you to my friends over at DriveShop for this awesome opportunity!

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How to style plus size flare jeans

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Flare jeans are making a HUGE come back and I am one happy girl!! I love me some flare jeans. As a plus size girl, trying to decide how to style plus size flare jeans can be difficult depending on the look you are trying to achieve. I feel so rooted in 1970s fashion, that I had to channel Woodstock for this outfit. I love pairing bright colors with a great pair of flare jeans. These flares, or actually super flares, are one of my favorite pairs of jeans in my closet. Since Spring and Summer are pretty warm if not scorching hot down here in South Florida, I picked this beautiful Karen Kane light weight hoodie to pair with my plus size flare jeans. The colors are bright, sunny, and make me feel so good. This is such a cute and comfy casual outfit.

I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of curvies based in South Florida, just like me! Lovelies, please meet Sahily, Natalia, and Deidre!! I’m so excited to finally meet some other gorgeous curvy beauties down here. We’ve started an awesome monthly collaboration where we will be bringing to you our own individual stylings of different items each month. Head over to each one of their blogs to see how they styled up a pair of flare jeans in their own way.

 

Karen Kane Tribal Stripe Crepe Top via Gwynnie Bee

Retro Flare Jeans (similar pair) | Alloy Apparel

Crescent Moon Necklace c/o Fannies Finds

Rose Quarts Double Wrap Bracelet | Double Deesigns

Orange Carnelian Healing Single Wrap Bracelet (gift from a friend)

Chakra Balancing Single Wrap Bracelet | Double Deesigns

Duex Lux Black Fringe Bag (old – here’s a similar one) c/o ShopBop (last year)

Black Cat Eye Sunglasses (similar pair) | ASOS (a few years ago)

Black Elastic Cross Strap Wedges (simlar) | Charming Charlie (old)

Is there an item you would like to see styled in four different ways, or have a question on how to style? If so, please leave a comment! Let me know what you would like to see next month! 

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Friends & Family at ShopBop!

Another sale?? You ask? YES!! ShopBop is having another amazing sale, for three days only!! It’s the Friends and Family Sale!!

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With Spring fashion in full swing, it’s time to stock up on some gorgeous lace and eyelet pieces, denim separates, block heels, and cute poplin tops!! ShopBop has an amazing selection for Spring. I’ve shared my top ShopBop picks for Spring that I think would work for us plus size ladies:

ShopBop Spring Picks on Kirstin Marie

From left to right: Free People Bloom Dress | Free People Merida Print Dress | Free People Dot To Dot Top | Maison Margiela Leather Bag with Eyelet Detail | Vince Solange Sandals

Free People is a great brand to shop straight sizes as a plus size girl. Their items tend to be over sized, flowy, and tend to flatter a variety of shapes and sizes. I generally wear a size 18/20, and in Free People a size Large fits me beautifully. You can bet that that Merida Print Dress is going to make it’s way into my closet during the sale! It’s gorgeous, and perfect for warm Spring weather. Its also a great transition piece to wear in the Summer, especially down here in sunny South Florida! It’s always great to find a designer in straight sizes that we can wear as plus size women, right??

I love the gentle blush pink of the Margiela eyelet bag. It’s quite lovely, and works as a neutral during the Spring & Summer. If you are looking for an edgier version (if blush pink simply isn’t your thing), it also comes in a sassy black and red!

Spring and Summer are the perfect time to wear white sandals. It’s a crisp, clean, cool color that is a great neutral, just like the blush pink! This pair of Vince Solange sandals are great, especially with the chunky wooden block heels. They also come in a beautiful sand color. Pure perfection!

Ready to shop the sale? Head on over to ShopBop, and make sure to use coupon code INTHEFAM to save an additional 25% off full priced and sale items!!

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Amping up for Spring with JTV

Hello my lovelies!!

I know I have been away for a little bit, but I am back!! Back with vengeance. I’ve been so busy adjusting schedules and learning to live my life without my mom (still adjusting there), but I wanted to get back to the things I love the most, and that, of course, is YOU!! I’ve teamed up with JTV to bring you this post. Be sure to read through until the end – it’ll be worth your while!! xo

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by JTV. I was provided a necklace and compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

JTV Necklace Spring Fashion on Kirstin Marie

Spring is here!!! There are tons of cute new Spring time looks out there, so much variety to choose from this season. Accessorizing can always be some what challenging, depending on the look you are going for. I am always looking for a new accessory piece to revitalize my necklace collection, a piece that will really amp up my style and help to accent my outfits perfectly without even thinking about what I’ve got on. With the help of JTV, I chose this gorgeous Oval and Round Black Spinel Stirling Silver Necklace that will be perfect for amplifying any of my Spring outfits.

JTV Necklace on Kirstin Marie

I love that I can use it for a casual work day, a coffee date, running errands, and then keep it on for a date night. It’s the perfect amount of statement for the day and beautifully stunning for the evening. The stones lay so nicely at the base of my neck, it’s a very comfortable necklace to wear, and it catches light so nicely. Its a really great versatile piece to have in my necklace collection. It really adds the perfect finishing touch to so many outfits, I am super excited to style this baby up this Spring! Looking for some more beautiful pieces to amp up your Spring style? JTV Necklaces have got you covered!

In collaboration with JTV, I am offering up one of these gorgeous necklaces to one lucky reader!! Yes, my lovelies, it’s giveaway time!!

Win this JTV Necklace on Kirstin Marie

PRIZE: One (1) JTV Necklace, Oval and Round Black Spinel Stirling Silver Necklace. Also can be found here. ($229.99 value!)

OPEN TO: US Residents Only. Must have valid email address and valid mailing address.

DATES: March 28, 2016 – April 11, 2016. Giveaway will close at 11:59pm EST.

Win this JTV Necklace!

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