Breaking fashion rules

Breaking fashion rules Society+ Crop Top and BlacK Skirt #FashionFreedom #iamsocietyplus on Kirstin Marie

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!

Breaking Fashion Rules with Society+ and Society+

#FashionFreedom Society+ on Kirstin Marie #iamsocietyplus Breaking Fashion Rules

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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How to style plus size flare jeans this Spring

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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!!

ShopBop Friends & Family Sale April 2016

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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Tom Ford + SmartBuyGlasses

Disclosure: I received these sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses as compensation in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.


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Tom Ford is an iconic designer. His lines are clean, crisp, and classic. Owning anything of his – be it an article of clothing, a pair of glasses, or a piece from his various makeup lines – is something to be proud of, in my book. Yes, his designs are gorgeous and flawless, and they come with that price tag. When I received the opportunity from to review a pair of sunglasses for them, I jumped at the chance when I saw the stunning Tom Ford Lily frames. These stunning classic cat eye sunglasses are everything. They work on so many face shapes, and are perfect in every way. Mine arrived in excellent packaging, inside the signature hard Tom Ford case with the Tom Ford lens cloth inside. Check out the full line of Tom Ford cat eye sunglasses SmartBuyGlasses carries.

Tom Ford Lily Sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses on Kirstin Marie

SmartBuyGlasses carries a wide variety of designer glasses and sunglasses. You can bet that I’ve got another pair of gorgeous sunnies on the way home! From Celine, to Balenciaga, to Alexander McQueen, to Ray-Ban and Oakley, SmartBuyGlasses is a great place to find your perfect pair of designer glasses. I cannot wait for my Balenciaga sunglasses to arrive so I can share them with you!! Are you ready to get your shopping on? Head over to SmartBuyGlasses and pick out your favorite pair of designer sunglasses!

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Amazing ShopBop Sale!!

March ShopBop sale 2016 on Kirstin Marie

It’s sale time, my lovelies!!! We all know that I get super excited when a good sale comes along. I’m a huge fan of ShopBop. They’ve got an amazing selection of designer items at really great prices. ShopBop has an awesome sale going on right now through March 5th. Be sure to hop on over to their site, shop the sale, and use coupon code BIGEVENT16 for big savings !!

Here are a few of my favorite picks from this amazing ShopBop sale. Click each photo to go directly to the item!

Gigantic Ice Cream Sandwich Pool Float on Kirstin Marie

How cute is this Gigantic Ice Cream Sandwich Pool Float?? Perfect for a lazy day at the pool!

Soludos Barca Striped Espadrilles on Kirstin Marie

I am loving these Soludos Barca Striped Espadrilles. Black and white is such a classic and versatile stripe choice!


Tory Burch Telephone iPhone 6/6S Case on Kirstin Marie

This Tory Burch Telephone iPhone 6/6S case is adorable!!



Elizabeth and James Black Lafayette Cat Eye Sunglasses on Kirstin Marie

These Elizabeth and James Cat Eye sunglasses are everything right now….need these in my rotation!!


Rebecca Minkoff Heart Fringe Bag on Kirstin Marie

I am dying over the cuteness overload!! This Rebecca Minkoff Heart Fringe Bag has stolen my heart!

Which one is your favorite??

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Target Swim

This post is promoted and sponsored by Target. I was compensated by Target via Mode Media for my review. All opinions are my own.

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Summer is coming!! With the arrival of Summer comes the time of year that many women hate the most – Swimsuit season. I generally am not a fan of swimsuit season. I always feel that when I wear a swimsuit, everyone’s eyes will automatically divert to my inner thighs, and not see me. My inner thighs are my current source of body insecurities. I’ve declined some invitations to beach days with friends out because of fear of how my thighs would look out in the open for everyone to see. It may sound silly, but it has effected my judgement and choices when it comes to Summer fun more than I’d like to admit. Do you feel that way about any aspect of your body?

My insecurities about my thighs always made swimsuit shopping difficult. I decided that this year would be different. I mean, I’m a grown woman, I can do whatever I want – thanks Queen B! I took my swimsuit shopping by the reins, set my insecurities to the sidelines, and picked out some really cute suits from Target’s plus size department for the coming Summer months.

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What I’m wearing: Ava & Viv Women’s Plus Mesh Flyaway Tankini in Black/White Animal | VM Women’s Plus Bikini Swim Top in Black | Bikini Swim Bottoms | Ava & Viv Women’s Plus One Piece Swimsuit w. Lasercut Flounce Top in Exciting Purple

I have to say, the fits are pure perfection. I’ve never put on a swim suit and felt the butterflies of excitement in my stomach that I felt when I saw myself in the mirror. Girl, Yasss! Finally, some beautiful swimsuits that make me feel gorgeous, that look amazing on me, and make me ready to play in the waves. In case you are an online shopper, like me, you can order a swimsuit from Target’s site and try it on at home. I really liked that the best, because I could really see how it fit in my own mirror, and be extra picky with what I love and don’t love. The best part is that Target has free shipping AND free returns, so it’s basically like shopping without having to hope that the store near you has your size!

I am dying over these three swimsuits in particular. In general, I like to size down in swimsuits, because I don’t want them to be roomy. I like them to fit like a glove, so to speak, and these suits did not disappoint! The purple laser-cut flounce top once piece?? I’ve never felt so girly and sweet in a swimsuit before this beauty arrived in my closet. Let’s talk about the gorgeous crochet detail of the bikini swim top. It’s comfy, it’s cute, and it’s sexy. I have big outfit plans for this bikini top. I adore the black and white tankini with the cute ruched sided bottom. It’s so flattering and supportive, and it makes me excited to head to the beach for an all-day adventure!

Thanks to Target’s awesome selection of super cute plus size swimsuits, my thigh insecurities are dust in the wind (I’m loving all of these song references – aren’t  you?). Target is launching an amazing swimwear campaign – #NOFOMO TargetStyle. It’s all about embracing the season with no reservations, just confidence, and I am here for it!

I want all of you to take the #NOFOMO TargetStyle pledge with me. It’s about time we  boost our confidence, get excited to wear a cute swimsuit and enjoy some Summer fun! Let’s get together, get excited about Summer, and rock our gorgeous bodies with confidence in Target swimsuits!! This Summer I am going to strut my stuff like the gorgeous woman I am, and live it up for some fun in the sun! #NOFOMO.  What is your #NOFOMO pledge? I want to know!! Tell me in the comment section below, or shout it out to me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #NOFOMO #swimtarget2016 #targetstyle.

Find your style @targetstyle

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Keep on talking with Verizon + $500 Amazon Giveaway!

**DISCLOSURE: This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic**

Foley Family Christmas Photo 2015

Now more than ever is it important to me to be able to get in touch and connect with my family and my friends. With my mom passing away, I’ve never felt more of a need to constantly have the ability to talk to someone close to me at any given moment. Whether it be my husband, my father, my brother, or my best friend, these moments matter to me the most. When I don’t have signal, or the call drops, or we get disconnected for some unknown reason, it makes these moments very difficult, emotional and stressful for me. Having a reliable phone and service is really important to me.

Me and Dad in Savannah January 2016

I have been toying around with the idea of changing carriers for a long, long time now, so that this issue can stop happening. I’m always looking at Verizon. They have the largest coverage, which means no more dropped calls. Did you know that RootMetrics® rates Verizon #1 in speed, data, reliability and overall performance in the U.S.? That’s major! Verizon engineers are always testing their performance, and working to make it the best it can be. This, to me, is so incredibly important. It means that I can call or text my family anytime I need to, or want to.

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Right now, Verizon has some really good, affordable deals on new smartphones. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking to upgrade my phone. My father just recently got a new phone (and he is not one to purchase on a whim), and he loves it! Don’t let a bad phone keep you from talking to the ones you love! You can order a new smartphone or tablet from Verizon Wireless, add a line of service, and even become a new customer — all online! Plus, when you purchase a new device you can save $50 on select smartphones with coupon code COUPONVZW. Check out all of the latest deals on Verizon’s smartphones here. The COUPONVZW offer expires 2/29. Available for new customers or additional lines of service. Not valid for upgrades.

I think this Droid Turbo 2 is such a cute smartphone. I love the fact that is has a shatterproof display. I’m a victim of the random phone falling out of my bag moment, so a shatterproof display is a big win-win. Right now, Verizon has a “hidden offer” for the Droid Turbo 2. If you purchase a Droid Turbo 2, then you will get a free Qi Wireless Charger. To receive your free charger you must purchase the monthly device payment, not the full retail price. This offer is good through 2/25. Free is always good in my book, and wireless charging is such a cool concept!

I’ve teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and Verizon to offer up an amazing giveaway: $500 to Amazon!! Check out the details and how to enter below. Good luck!

  • Giveaway Prize: $500 to Amazon
  • Dates: February 2, 2016  – March 1, 2016 at 11:59pm EST
  • Disclaimers or Restrictions: U.S. residents ages 18 and up only

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Not today

Hello lovelies,

It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted anything. I’m so sorry. You may or may not know that my mom has been battling Metastatic Breast Cancer for many many years. These past few months have been especially difficult. As I type this, my heart is shaking…this past New Years Eve, December 31st, 2015, my beautiful mom, Kerry, lost her battle. While I write this, I do think of all the wonderful times we had together, but I can’t help but know how much I already miss her and feel her absence. She is no longer suffering, but it does not take away the pain and heartbreak of losing my absolute best friend. Please excuse my absence, both previously and now, as I spend this time with my family. I love you all, and thank you so much for your support, for reading, and for everything.

Not Today

by Nikki L.

Losing a mother, it’s never easy.
Losing that smile that was so cheesy.
Losing that hug that crushed your ribs.
Losing that perfume that now you just realized, how much you missed.
Losing those chances to have girl talks.
Losing the chance to regain the strength after a heartbreaking dance.
Losing the chance to learn about her past.
Losing the chance to explain your own twisted path.
Losing the chance to say goodbye.
Gaining the strength to realize it’s not the end, at least not today

Kerry & Donald Foley on Kirstin Marie


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