Sophisticated Curves Box Review

Waiting in anticipation for my subscription box from Sophisticated Curves, I searched the website to get an insight as to what I could potentially get in my box. And, it made me more excited! Brands like Kiyonna, Eloquii, IGIGI, Nordstrom, Lane Bryant, and so many more are available to select.

To get the full experience of the subscription service, I selected the Fashion and Style Box. The box includes: 2 Dresses/Outfits; 3 Fashion Accessories; and Pamper Me Items. Additionally, there are two other boxes available: Fashion Subscription Box and Fashion Accessories Subscription Box. Each respective box comes with options for subscription duration. Check out their amazing options here.

When my box arrived, I was elated. I quickly opened it and found everything perfectly packaged and wrapped in tissue paper. There was even a little “Thank You” note. I went straight to unwrapping the garments and found I’d received two beautiful Kiyonna dresses.

This mauve Whimsy Wrap Dress is perfect for a daytime spring/summer look to grab brunch or enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk. I paired the outfit with some gold hoop earrings included in the box as accessories, and my jeweled strap heels and new white clutch. You can never go wrong with a wrap dress!

The second was a “wow factor” Kiyonna dress. The Valentina Illusion Dress is a bodycon that hugged me perfectly. I was a little scared looking at the dress that I would not be able to fit it over my chest since I am pretty wide in the bust and hip area. However, the material stretches and hugs my curves beautifully. I slipped on some black pumps and paired it with some diamond stud earrings included as an accessory in the box. There was also a beautiful floral print clutch wallet included. This is definitely a classic look perfect for any night out.

What was a pleasant added item was the Cherry Blossom Lotion & Mist Spray from Bath & Body Works included. It’s one of my favorite scents from their signature collection. Who doesn’t love Bath & Body Works?!

With all that’s included in the subscription box, it’s really worth it. And, there is flexibility in duration and price range. I cannot wait for what’s in store in my next box! It’s sure to be a pleasant surprise!

Miss.Shelo

IG: @miss.shelo

Photography: Tommy Kim Photography

http://www.tommykim.net

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Fashion Therapy 101: How To Dress Like A Boss Babe When You Don’t Feel Like One

Post break-up, I was finding it difficult to get back to my old self again. I wasn’t getting up to do my make-up, hair, and I was just throwing stuff on to get out of the door and to work.  And, to be honest, it’s completely normal. When you go through a loss, whether it’s a break-up, a fall-out in friendship, or the loss of a loved one, you can experience an array of emotions.  It can be difficult to get out of bed, your routine is out of whack, and all the while you’re trying to process the event.

The most important thing at this time is self-care.  Allow yourself to be in those sweats all day. Do what you can to be presentable at work. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re going through a lot and sometimes certain things take a back seat when you’re trying to heal.

With that being said, fashion can be therapeutic. I know this to be true through my own journey toward body-acceptance and self-love. When I was in an unhealthy relationship, I lost my sense of self, my identity. And, I’m working on myself every day to find out who I am now after that break-up.

When I started to feel like doing my make-up, hair, and put thought into my outfits, it was because of these tips. Here’s how to dress like a boss babe.

Get Inspired By Your Favorite Style Icons

I draw inspiration often from style icons like most people do. Everyone has their favorites and one of mine is Maria Felix, a woman who exuded a powerful presence and exceptional style. That’s something I wanted to radiate at a time when I felt weak.

Maria Felix, Mexican cinemas golden age goddess, and also known as La Doña for her role in the film Doña Bárbara, is undoubtedly one of the most iconic figures of México. High fashion brands like Christian Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Balenciaga regularly dressed Felix. Her bold, chic, and elegant choices made her style timeless. I love her choice of statement pieces like extravagant jewelry paired with simple yet chic outfits like a black turtleneck sweater and trousers. And, her take-no-nonsense attitude toward the machismo culture makes her even more of a role model for me.

“We should only cry for a man three days… On the fourth, you put on heels and new clothes.” – Maria Felix

A Proper Fit is a Must

Drawing inspiration from Felix, my wardrobe choices recently have focused on finding a style that is right for me. But, even with the opportunity to buy the most chic pieces, nothing will make you feel stylish if the garment doesn’t fit well. Tailoring has become essential for many plus-size fashionistas. Think about it, top brands and indie designers face the same challenge in trying to design for an array of women when there is so much variance in body type. Not every woman who is a size 18 has the same body shape. So, it can be challenging to create pieces that fit most body types.

But, brands are taking feedback from their customers and creating different options for petite plus-size women as well as different body types. This Black Dolman Romper from Artista Apparel required no alterations. It was a perfect fit for me, and it has some give  for women of different shapes and sizes. Any designer or seamstress will tell you it’s all about the construction of the piece.  Something that fits you properly will instantly make you feel confident about what you’re wearing.

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Wear Something Out of Your Comfort Zone

I’ve avoided wearing certain clothes all my life because as a big woman, you’re given these fashion rules you must adhere to. We all know some of the most notorious, which are:

  • Wear black because it’s slimming.
  • Don’t wear bold prints.
  • Avoid horizontal stripes because they make you look wider.
  • Avoid sleeveless pieces because your arms should be covered.
  • Don’t go crazy with color.
  • Don’t wear things that draw attention to your “problem areas” such as your tummy or arms.

I could keep going with this list, but I think my point has come across. And, I was no exception to having this ingrained in my head. Before I started modeling and blogging, my wardrobe was pretty bland. I hardly wore dresses or prints. And, as I started taking fashion risks, I found that I loved the way I looked in dresses and bold prints. But, there was something I’ve avoided until now and that’s rompers and jumpers.

I’ve had a negative experience with rompers and jumpers. Since I am short, they tend to be long and always require taking up the hem. But, that doesn’t bother me so much as the way they ride up. Can we say camel toe? And, if they didn’t ride up, they would bunch up with an excess of material in the crotch area. It’s the worst feeling to love how something looks but on someone else. So, I thought I was done with them. But, I decided to give it one more shot. And, I’m glad that I did! I absolutely love how I look in this romper. It fits well, I love the design!

Just because something doesn’t look good on you once doesn’t mean that it will always be this way. Perhaps that crop top just didn’t fit you well from one brand. But, that doesn’t mean that every crop top is off limits for you. Experiment with fashion, have fun, and you’ll find that it’s empowering for you to try new things. And, if you don’t like it, don’t buy it. You’re the one in charge of what goes on your body. You make the fashion rules!

Fashion therapy can never replace therapy when you need help. But, self-care is vital when you’re dealing with a life event. I found that in my own journey toward healing post break-up, I decided to surround myself with supportive friends, find inspirational messages about love and relationships, take time to write about it, and continue to do things that I love like modeling. I needed to shift the focus back to me instead of that other person, and fashion has been a way for me to express myself. I want more than anything to look like a boss babe. The truth is that I am a boss babe even though I don’t feel like one all the time.

 

Miss Shelo

IG: @miss.shelo

Photographer: Tommy Kim

How to Dress Up Your Statement Pieces For Less

The challenge many women can face with high fashion statement pieces is cost. Once you have it, what do you do with it? Wear it only once? No! When you purchase high fashion or couture pieces, you are essentially investing in a quality piece. So, how do you dress up these pieces more than once without draining your bank account or sacrificing on style?

My solution has always been to go simple, classic, and elegant with basic pieces you can find in your everyday wardrobe and pair them with a statement piece. Let that expensive signature piece stand out.

I was elated when I got the chance to style up this high fashion floral embroidered duster from Eleven60. The “Pinky Promise” A-Line Bomber is a sheer floral embroidered A-Line bomber jacket with pink trim. It is a unique, beautiful piece and perfect addition to any plus-size queen’s wardrobe.

For my first look, I went to my closet to find all shades of pink. I pulled a ribbed knit pink dress from Forever 21. The rose colored dress compliments the floral bomber perfectly. Combined with Nude Chunky Lucite Heels, rose gold mirrored sunglasses, and a rose gold bangle set from Forever 21 accessories, it makes for an elegant and chic look.

For my second look, I paired the bomber with a white Sleeveless Bodysuit and Drawstring Pants in blush to create a chic yet casual look.  I accessorized the look with a pink Satin Bow Choker and floral stud earrings.

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Both looks, excluding the bomber, were obtained at a little over $100. That’s an amazing deal considering all the clothing, shoes, and accessories I was able to purchase. And, these basic pieces can be used to achieve many more looks.

Being able to dress in the latest styles shouldn’t mean breaking the bank. Investment in high fashion pieces can be easily styled with everyday affordable, trendy, and basic pieces from brands like Forever 21.

PHOTOGRAPHY: TOMMY KIM HTTP://WWW.TOMMYKIM.NET

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Items Featured

“PINKY PROMISE” A-LINE BOMBER – Eleven60

Plus Size Sleeveless Bodysuit – Forever 21

Plus Size Drawstring Pants – Forever 21

Chunky Lucite Heels – Forever 21

Satin Bow Choker – Forever 21

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Plus Size Cami Swing Dress – Forever 21

Plus Size Bodycon Henley Dress – Forever 21

Mirrored Bangle Set – Forever 21

Mirrored Cateye Sunglasses – Forever 21

Glow-in-the-Dark Flower Studs – Forever 21