Is the peplum here to stay?

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The peplum has a long history starting in the 1800s. It went largely underground in the 70s, resurfacing in the 80s and dominating fashion scene these days. Will it dominate for much longer?

The gaudy years of the peplum journey in the 80s is enough to make anyone skeptical but, just this past season the it was all over the runways.

So, I grabbed my dramatic peplum top and green pants and took them for a whirl. My hair really gave this look the edge it needed.

The peplum isn’t going anywhere for a while, it has evolved and made itself relevant for centuries. It may have some underground years again but, it will remain a staple in many closets.

What do you think, is the peplum here to stay?

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

The Summer Glow

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My summer glow is EVERYTHING! I’m just sayin…lol. I’m going to miss it so very much. I stumbled on to these pictures and they immediately brought a ray of sunlight into a gloomy day.

I’ve heard quite a few times this year…I’m glowing. Cheers to that… It’s a glow that comes from a genuinely happy and secure place. When you go through something devastating, there is a new found fearlessness and courage that you had no idea existed within you. That’s the glow.

It’s great to have flawless skin, thorough makeup regimes, and a million new products but those can never take the place of a genuinely happy girl.

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

Stripes on Stripes

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There was a time when stripes were against the rules for a plus size girl. Thanks to many plus-size bloggers that’s a thing of the past. When I pulled out this skirt I got from H&M ($12.95), I wanted to go against the grain, but I couldn’t come up with anything. Then I saw the top, a long sleeved tee from Target’s Merona collection ($7 on sale), and thought “Stripes on Stripes!” Putting these two pieces together was pretty easy and a total no brainer.

If you’re not quite ready for stripes on stripe, try incorporating stripes into your wardrobe as a great accent. Stripes are still very on trend for fall so you can find them just about anywhere.

Checkout GabiFresh’s tips on finding the perfect stripe for you here.

With that said, I’ll continue taking my stand against the myths about plus size fashion. Join me and wear some stripes!

Affordable Coats

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As the weather changes the first thing I grab is a great coat. For the past few years I’ve had a problem finding great coats at affordable prices. I’m happy to say that’s not the case this year, many of my favorite stores have stocked up on some super stylish coats at really affordable price points. Here are 5 online retailers that will help you achieve glamorous looks at savvy prices this fall:

1. She Inside

As I’ve mentioned before She Inside has some really bad reviews, but other than waiting longer than usual for my package I really love all the pieces I’ve purchased from them. Give them a try and decide for yourself, don’t go on a shopping spree start small. I absolutely love the coats on this site, I can’t narrow it down for the life of me. Check them out and I guarantee you’ll find a coat that will be an instant fav.

2. Forever21

Forever21 is a go-to for all things stylish and affordable and this year I’m really impressed with their outerwear selections. They’re really paying attention to trends and responding to them in a very smart way. Hurry before they all sellout.

3. Boohoo

Boohoo has burst onto the scene as a go-to online retailer and they’re probably going to be around for a while. They serve as a great alternative for other European online retailers who’s prices have skyrocketed over the last few years. They have quite a few chic and unique outerwear options.

4. River Island

You may have heard of River Island because of their collaborations with Rihanna. If your style is eclectic and statement coats are what you’re looking for this is the place to find it. The only downside, they are by far the most expensive option on this list. If cost is your main concern, skip River Island.

5. H&M

Great option for minimalist coats for the fall. Their selections are very neutral with very few bright colors and patterns. If you’re headed the minimalist route this fall then H&M should be your first stop.

Cheers to finding great coats at even greater prices for the fall.

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

Grungy

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We've declared plaid a "savvy trend" for the fall. I'm not a slave to trends at all, but they can be a fun and easy way to freshen up your wardrobe.

Indulging in the plaid trend is a savvy choice, because you can find it at any price point and wear them in many different ways. Here, I'm wearing it over a sheer dress with combat boots for a great grungy fall look.

Yesterday, I was asked if I'm always this well dress and the answer is a resounding...NO! I love clothes but I put absolutely no pressure on myself to be stylish every day of the week. Sometimes I wear what's comfortable and easy and that's just fine.

If there is one thing I hope you guys get from GSL is how to love yourself unapologetically. As I was editing these pics I noticed that my stomach is not as flat as I would like it to be and for a brief second I almost didn't want to share this post but I stopped myself. I loved this look and so many people gave me such great compliments when I wore it. Why not? Perfection is NEVER the goal here.

We don't have to be perfect or dress to the nines seven days a week to feel great. This is a pressure free zone where women can be themselves in whatever style their choose.

Join us in the pressure free zone...

Dress: Forever21
Boots: Forever21
Plaid Shirt: Target
Bag: Forever21

Stylishly Yours,
Nia