Spring Fashion with U by Kotex

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Vintage 1970′s Maxi Dress | Vintage Coach Willis (available at Coach) | Fibi & Clo Positano Sandals (c/o – similar) | INC Buckle Belt | Isabel Wolfe Marrakech Festival Ring (c/o) | Vogue Cat Eye Sunglasses (old)

With the temperatures finally warming up and the flowers blooming, it’s time to pull out your favorite Spring clothes and put away those Winter clothes. Spring fashion is always so lovely. It’s light, airy, delicate, pretty, and so much more. I’d have to say that it’s one of my favorite seasons in fashion, because of the cut and shape of all of the different pieces that fit this season.

It’s really important to feel completely confident when rocking your favorite Spring outfit, especially since the color palette is lighter, if not sheer, and filled to the brim with pastels. Take this vintage 1970s maxi dress I’m wearing. It’s one of my absolute favorite vintage finds, and is so perfect for Spring. The thing about it is, it’s very sheer, so I have to make sure that I’ve got the right undergarments on, as well as anything else to make sure that I’m covered and confident. That’s where U by Kotex comes in. Thank goodness U by Kotex products are super easy and affordable to find at Walmart because of their everyday low prices. Feeling comfortable and confident is so important when I’m wearing my favorite Spring outfit, especially during that time of the month. Generally, I wouldn’t feel “safe” wearing this dress during that time of the month, but U by Kotex has it covered with their Sleek tampons and Cleanwear pads. You can even receive 3 bonus goody hair elastics with these products while supplies last! The Goody elastics will be attached to the box – so make sure to find a box with them attached!

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FBFF Spring Trends

It’s been a very long time since I posted an FBFF (Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday) post. FBFF is an amazing community of bloggers that discusses different issues and topics each week that relate to the fashion and beauty industry, especially as a blogger. I’m pleased to be a part of the FBFF Editorial Board, upon the newly revamped and relaunched FBFF! Head over to meet the rest of the FBFF Editorial Board!

FBFF Spring Trends

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TUK Iridescent Round Creeper | ASOS Scuba Midi Skirt | Dorothy Perkins Black and White Dress | River Island Geometric Pencil Skirt

This week, I am covering the topic of what Spring Trends I am loving. With Spring here (finally!), there are so many trends that are available, wearable, and ready to enter my closet. I am absolutely loving the iridescence trend, the full skirt, the ever classic black and white, and of course, the geometric prints. You can’t go wrong with any of those trends, and they are so easily wearable by all shapes and sizes. What I love about these four trends is the ease of incorporation into any outfit. You could opt for an entire ensemble or just mix and match different accessories from each trend to create a spark of interest in your look. Which Spring Trend out of these four is your favorite?

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Inspired by Nadia Aboulhosn

ASOS Curve Swing Dress on plus size fashion blogger Kirstin Marie

Plus size swing dress by ASOS and deb shops heels on blogger Kirstin Marie

Nadia Aboulhosn Inspired outfit on blogger Kirstin Marie

Deb Shops Gladiator Heels on plus size fashion blogger Kirstin Marie

ASOS Curve Swing Dress and Deb Shops Gladiator Heels on plus size fashion blogger Kirstin Marie

ASOS Curve Exclusive Swing Dress (via Gwynnie Bee) | Deb Shops Lace Up Gladiator High Heel (c/o) | Rocks Box Pink Bangle and Geometric Earrings | Forever21 Pyramid Stud Bracelet (old) | Bottica Necklace (c/o – old) | Accessory Fanatic Bag (c/o) | ASOS Flat Top Cat Eye Sunglasses

Inspiration is a big thing for me when it comes to styling. I’m inspired by a ton of things in my day to day life – whether it be every day people I see and chat with, television, nature, music, and more. My favorite place to find inspiration, especially when I’m feeling sort of down and out of it, is fashion blogs. I read a slew of them, varying in category and style. One of my favorite blogs to read is Nadia Aboulhosn. I love how adventurous she is with her styling choices, and how she just oozes confidence all over the place. It’s contagious, and that’s one of the reasons why I keep going back to her posts.

I’ve had these gladiator heels for a while now, waiting for something to wear with them. You’d think I’d be all over it, wearing them instantly. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to wear with them as their debut here, on my blog. That is, until I received this perfectly comfy, super cute ASOS Curve Swing dress from Gwynnie Bee. It was like a light went off. I went back through my inspiration archives in my brain (that’s where I file away all of the photos I love – think Cam Jensen and her photographic memory). I remembered something similar that Nadia wore a while ago, and fell in love with it. Bingo – here was my outfit, inspired by Nadia Aboulhosn. If you aren’t familiar with Nadia, her blog, and all of her amazing accomplishments, you need to head over and check her out.

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Is social media killing your pageviews?

Social Media on Kirstin Marie

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Social Media is the new mecca of today’s’ society. With the ease of use and access to absolutely everything and anything your heart could ever desire, it is difficult not to get sucked up in the whirlwind train ride that is social media. If you have a blog, website, or page that you manage you may notice a drop in page views – especially when an article you post does not contain many images. We are an image driven society. Reading is becoming a thing of the past, and photographs, images, and memes are the way of the future. As a writer, I find this extremely disheartening. I have always loved reading and writing. It’s a great way to let what is in your mind out. Writing is such a wonderful way to express yourself, let alone to have the ability to use words at your disposal to get what’s in your head out on “paper”. Word play and banter is such a beautiful thing. With social media giants like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and even Twitter, writing is crammed down to a limited number of characters while the images are what’s really the focus. It’s become so easy to just scroll through your feed and double click or like an image, add the image to a pinterest board, and that’s the end of it. There’s no further reading needed, because of the instant gratification that the images on your social media feed provide you. I’m not saying that I’m not right there with the masses, scrolling through my feed and liking and saving images left and right. I’m simply saying that we, as a society, have become lazy. It’s easier to like an image than it is to read and create or imagine the image through the use of the words the writer has written. We don’t want long, lengthy articles full of beautiful descriptive words, narratives, or fictional stories. We want instant gratification. We want a photo, a “selfie”, a “here it is, for the world to see”, a quick and easy, in and out and get on with our day. While social media has it’s perks and benefits with branding, brands, bloggers, connecting with people and exploring others’ talents – social media will be the death of page views, and eventually the death of reading in general. That is, of course, unless what your website contains is almost 100% visual.

We need to get back to our roots, and learn the importance of reading and writing, and how it impacts our lives and the way we live. We need to realize, as a society, that social media is not a way of life, but rather a tool for quick communication with one another. It is not a replacement for a website, an article, and absolutely not a book. I have a love for social media, but I will not let it replace writing and reading in my life. Imagination is so important, but with the instant gratification that social media provides (and the then obsessive disease we’ve all experienced – the “likes” received), our imaginations are almost extinct. After all, with out reading and writing, where would we be?

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Paisley Cardigan Two Ways

Paisley Cardigan Two Ways on Kirstin Marie

Paisley is one of my favorite prints. I know it’s not commonly a favorite print amongst the masses, or even in the fashion industry, but I personally love it. It has to be done well. I feel that this cardigan is the perfect embodiment of the way paisley should be worn. It’s flowy and adorned with crochet. It’s perfect for Spring and Summer, and works with the bright colors that come with those two favorited seasons. I wore this cardigan recently in a boho chic post, but I loved pairing it with a brightly colored tank and some straight leg jeans for a more casual, running errands, day to day look. Which of these two looks are your favorite?

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NYDJ Straight Leg Jeans (via Gwynnie Bee) | Neon Tank | Deb Shops Paisley Cardigan (c/o) | Julie Vos Pendant Necklace (c/o) | Lane Bryant Cut Out Ballet Flats

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Woven Bag

A woven bag is an essential for the perfect Spring and Summer wardrobe. It’s such a versatile piece. It works for almost every occasion, is easily dressed up or down, and works with a variety of outfits. I borrowed this woven bag from my mom for this outfit. It’s such a great bag! She scored the bag at a shop in Savannah on a trip she took last year. Despite the fact that I live literally 2 hours away from Savannah, I still haven’t ventured into Georgia, though I desperately want to go. I’ve heard that Savannah is so beautiful, and definitely a must see place. It’s definitely one of the places that’s on my “must visit” list, along with the Madonna Inn.

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NYDJ Bootcut Jeans and woven bag on plus size fashion blog Kirstin Marie

Foxcroft Lattice Print Blouse (c/o) | NYDJ Bootcut Jeans (via Gwynnie Bee) | Woven Bag (borrowed) | ShoeDazzle Wedges (on sale!) | Accessory Fanatic Necklace (c/o)

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Plus Size Fashion Jogger Challenge

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Pop Up Plus Black Faux Leather Joggers (c/o) | Lane Bryant Color Block Blouse | ShoeMint “Bess” Heels | Shoelery Bow Clips (c/o) | ShopLately Crystal Bib Statement Necklace (c/o) | ASOS Cat Eye Sunglasses | Deb Shops Cuff

Who’s up for a plus size fashion jogger challenge?! Thanks to Pop Up Plus, I am taking part of this awesome plus size fashion jogger challenge along with a few other plus size fashion bloggers. For this challenge, I had to style up a pair of faux leather joggers from Pop Up Plus, and share my creation with all of you. I personally am loving the jogger trend that’s coming on full force this Spring. I am all about comfort, but adding in style with comfort is a trendy train that I am happy to hop onto (and can we talk about the faux leather look? Yes, please!). I chose to style my joggers with a cute color block blouse, a pair of basic heels (jazzed up with some super cute Shoelery shoe clips!), and a great statement necklace. This look is a great example of a simple, chic, comfortable, and stylish look.

I felt that this challenge would be the perfect time to debut my gorgeous ShopLately Crystal Bib Statement Necklace. When I first saw this beauty on their website, there was something about it that lured me in. I couldn’t stop going back to it. I made it mine, thanks to my latest collaboration with ShopLately, and it now has a happy new home in my ever growing jewelry collection. I plan on making this beauty a regular in my accessory rotation, so be prepared to see this necklace a lot more in upcoming outfit and style posts. I’m literally trying to pair it with every outfit. I’m the girl that has to wear the new item with everything right away, and each time I wear it with excitement. Be sure to check out ShopLately on Facebook and Instagram for constant bauble inspiration!

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Bows + Plus Size Moto Jeans

I am a bow fiend. Give me a pair of pumps with bows on them any day and I will be singing all day long. I saw these gorgeous Steve by Steve Madden pumps on my friend Kristin’s blog and absolutely had to have them. Mind you, I couldn’t spend retail on them, because honestly I rarely ever pay full price for anything. I waited a long time for these to go on sale, and finally scored them on Amazon a few weeks ago for 60% off retail price (not to mention my two day shipping – thanks Amazon Prime!). These shoes are everything! I feel like they are so pretty and ladylike. I love how well they paired with these gorgeous moto jeans (heck yes for plus size moto jeans!!).

Let’s talk about these jeans for a second. I have been swooning for what feels like forever over moto jeans. They are all over my instagram, all over the internet…every where…except in my closet. I’ve searched long and hard for a good pair of plus size moto jeans. Finally, with my pleading and chatting with the designers over at James Jeans, they have come. Hello plus size moto jeans!!

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James Jeans Plus Size Moto Jeans (c/o) | Deb Shops Neon Tee and Rose Print Kimono (c/o) | Steve by Steve Madden Ravesh Bow Pumps | Charming Charlie Necklace | JCPenny Sunglasses

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Neon

I’m so happy that Spring is here!! I know it’s not Summer yet, but I couldn’t resist wearing this incredibly vibrant neon sweater from Deb Shops with these super comfy NYDJ Legging Jeans. I mean – there is always time for neon in my mind. Being a child of the 80s and 90s, neon was a major part of my wardrobe as a kid. I was all about the side ponytails, shirt buckles, bike shorts, and neon everything.  I felt like a highlighter exploded all over me when I put this sweater on, but I loved every second of it. Did you know that if you put the contents of a highlighter into water (like in a two liter bottle or a mason jar of water) it glows in black light? Oh yes!! I used to do that all the time when I was a kid. I wanted to be surrounded by glowing neon everything.

Side Note – Today is Scott’s birthday!! Happy birthday to the most amazing husband ever. I love you so much babe!!

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NYDJ Legging Jean and Deb Shops Sweater on plus size fashion blog Kirstin Marie

NYDJ Legging Jeans (via Gwynnie Bee) | Deb Shops Neon Sweater and Pendant Necklace (c/o) | ShoeDazzle Sandals (on sale!!) | Sole Society Bag | Shoelery Snake Skin Bow (c/o)

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NYDJ + Puma

When I was in highschool, I always loved the colorful, irridescent, or sparkley sneakers. I was heavily into the “raver” fashion at that time (think bright colors, lots of glitter, sparkles, and disco sequin chokers), so these kinds of sneakers were a must have for me. When Puma sent me these fantastic Puma Classic Extreme Animal in Spectrum Blue sneakers from their Spring and Summer 2014 line, my highschool self flipped. These are something I only dreamed of having, but never would own. Now, fifteen years later, here I am wearing sneakers that would’ve made my teenage self swoon with jealousy. I wanted them to speak for themselves, so I chose to wear a pair of boyfriend jeans and a loose fitting plaid top with them.

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Puma Classic Extreme Animal in Spectrum Blue on Kirstin Marie NYDJ Boyfriend Jeans, Puma Spring and Summer 2014 Sneakers on Kirstin Marie

NYDJ Boyfriend Jeans (via Gwynnie Bee) | Thread & Butter Plaid Shirt (c/o) | Kendra Phillips Bangles (c/o) | Puma Classic Extreme Animal in Spectrum Blue (c/o) | Vogue Cat Eye Sunglasses (old)  | Free Endearment “Jessica” Tote (c/o)

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