The sun is bright and beautiful, and the leaves are green and new. Tulips are starting to open up and everyone’s planting flowers in their gardens. It’s my first ever Spring, and I’m absolutely loving it so far!

Spring also brings unique fashion challenges that I’m just beginning to discover. Here in Chicago it’s sunny, but there’s often a cool wind a-blowing. In Washington DC, it can be rainy. Figuring out just what’s best to wear on a spring day often means just being prepared for the best and the worst. These recent fashion finds have been working for me!

XCVI silver queen

When it comes to fashion, I tend to be drawn to simple, classic styles that don’t scream “look at me, I’m trendy!” I have a bohemian, free spirited flair, and I like clothes that make me feel feminine and sexy. One of my favorite brands is XCVI. This California-based fashion line creates clothing that’s effortlessly chic for regular and plus sizes. XCVI’s regular-size clothes make me drool on a regular basis, and I love when I find a plus item that is just as easy and gorgeous as anything you’d see on a storefront mannequin. My latest acquisition is the Silver Queen Tunic, which I wore at the BGLHOnline tweet up recently. Love this top. The fit is loose but sexy. Scoopnecks are so me right now. And the embellishment on this top make it so perfect to go from day to night. Love it! Click here to become a fan of XCVI on Facebook.

I currently own three pairs of Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, and have my eyes on a fourth! I am now obsessed with the raw denim slim leg jeans, which look perfect with a long tunic top with a boyfriend blazer on top. These jeans make my butt look pert and my tummy look flat under my shirts, and they’re comfortable enough for all day wear. Can’t get enough of my NYDJ’s. If you can’t afford them full price, definitely check out Filene’s Basement or Marshalls – there’s always a rack of NYDJs there in the plus size section!

Every time I wear my Dr. Martens Women’s 1B60 Boot in black and cherry red. Next up I want to get Jemma — a tall tortoiseshell delight of a boot, and the worn 1460s in purple. If you’re digging Spring’s floral trend, check out the Cashlin boots! Feminine, but with an edge. Love them!

I love new clothes, but I always have to keep my budget in mind. So when I had the opportunity to visit a newly refurbished AJ Wright in Hillside, I was super psyched for the bargains! There is no AJ Wright in Florida, so this was my first opportunity to check out the cousin to TJ Maxx and Marshalls. And let me tell you, I was VERY pleasantly surprised! The new AJ Wright is all about an easy to navigate layout, and something for everyone. And the plus size selection was really good! MUCH better than a nearby Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx. Check me out with my amiga, Chicago based plus size blogger Curvatude, trying on the same blue jersey dress with zipper detail. We were specially invited for a preview of the store, and given gift cards to experience all the store had to offer. – I scooped up several basic jersey dresses for $12.95 a piece – perfect for wearing over leggings and with a jacket or cardi scarf layered over them. The selection of purses and shoes were also to die for — flats bedecked with studs or gems are SO cute for spring and summer, and there are some great pairs at AJ Wright for the right price! I am dying to go back for round 2!

Those are my latest fashion finds, and stay tuned for a giveaway of one of the aforementioned items!

What are your recent fashion finds?


goaldigger says:
April 16, 2010, 10:29 am
there are AJ Wright's allover Jacksonville, FL!!! though they tend to carry a bit too much "gheto fabulous", bling,pleather, chains, sequins and such for my taste!!! I prefer the more grown up styles Marshall's and TJ Maxx offer...but not knockin' anyone especially cuz my kids love it :)
sandra says:
April 16, 2010, 12:18 pm look so purty and fabulous in all of these styles....
Shell says:
April 16, 2010, 7:41 pm
You and you friend there look pretty in that blue dress.
Emma says:
August 27, 2012, 6:04 am
hiii! I love your docs! I want to buy them to but I have a short question: is it true that they have a zipper on the side? Is that very striking? I want to buy the shoes but I dont like a zipper.. follow my blog please! xx Emma


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