The Perfect Jeans ft. LaLa Anthony Collection

I can honestly say, it is a struggle for me to find jeans that i love on my body type (Body Type: Column-Narrow Hips). I attempt to try almost everything. I have narrowed the cut down to a skinny jean or straight leg, as it seems to flatter me the most.
One of my most recent searches for the perfect jean led me to look at The “Lala Anthony Collection”. She was recently at an event for the store I work for and the line seemed interesting. 
As soon as i slipped on the first pair, i immediately fell in love. These jeans are ultra comfortable, comes in a variety of washes and styles,  and has different accents (zippers, metals, etc.) The sizes range from 0-24 (which is amazing). I like the fact that though they are very slimming, they don’t exaggerate the fact that my hips are narrow. I love the fun details (like at the cuff and the distressing). The jeans run true to size (which is an even bigger bonus).
The various styles retail for $88.
 You can shop her collection at Lord & Taylor stores worldwide or online.
I think LaLa totally hit her mark with this collection. I’m a fan! I’m definitely going back to get more styles.
(Mid-Rise Distressed)
Sweater| Calvin Klein Woman
Vest| Dia&Co
Shoes| 9West
Tote| Kate Spade
Brooch| Vintage

*All items mentioned in this post were purchased by me (except for the vest sent by Dia&Co).
All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Love, Light, & Lipstick!
April Antoinette

Girl With Curves x Dia LookBook

Hey Friends!
I was recently sent a few items from the new “Girl with Curves x Dia& Co Collection”. I thought a LookBook would be the perfect way to showcase the collection.
So if you don’t know about Dia&Co already then here’s a short excerpt on who they are and what they do.
Dia & Co is the premier plus size clothing and personal styling service for women. Try on clothes at home, keep what you like, return the rest to us!”

Girl With Curves is plus size collection of clothes designed by Tanesha Awasthi (Plus Advocate, Designer, Influencer). 

Now that you’ve gotten a little background on the brands, let’s get into the clothes.

LOOK ONE

Dress| GWC x Dia
Hat| Collection18
Belt|  NY&Co
Shoes| Amazon
Bag| Zara



LOOK TWO

Top & Clutch| Dia&Co
Hat| NY& Co
Shoes| Torrid
Jeans| GWC x Dia


LOOK THREE

Jacket| GWC x Dia
Dress| Ross
Shoes| 9West
Jewelry/Pin| Trina Turk
Bag| Brahmin
Hat| Parkhurst
Belt| Thrifted


Here’s the funpart!!!
Dia& Co has decided to give one of my lucky followers a curated box with one of the items from the collection.
I’ve recently launched my YouTube Channel. 
All the details of the giveaway can be found there.

To get pieces of the collection, head on over to
*The Collection has been sent to me for promotional purposes. The styling of the items were done all by myself. 
Love, Light, & Lipstick
April Antoinette
Xxo

Let’s Talk Thrifting… My Thrifting Tips

As I child, I hated going to the “Second Hand” stores with my mom. It was one of her hobbies and because she promised we would go to regular department stores as well, i would tag along. Little did i know, that as an adult, I would love it too. I thank her now for showing me the ins and outs of Thrifting and i want to share with you all my tips and tricks.
Cape Coat Thrifted From @KazVault. Can be found on Instagram
1. Shop with no expectations.
I find that when I’m looking for an exact item, i never find it. But when i just look, to look, i find everything. Go in with no expectations. Be open to look at everything.
2. Find thrift and second hand stores in more expensive neighborhoods or theater districts.
When I go thrifting, i tend to look in the theatre districts or near opera houses. I always find unique things with minimal wear and tear (please note: it is not ALWAYS the case, but i has worked for me more often than not). Thrifting in more affluent communities tend to bare more labels and amazing antique jewelry. 
3. Try Online.
There are so many second-hand sites and apps now. Sites and Apps like ThredUp, Poshmark, Etsy, etc. Even GoodWill has an online store for Thrifting. Check Instagram as well. So many Thrift Sellers on there. I tend to actually have more luck online.
4. Wash Everything.
This maybe a given but it has to be said. You don’t know who the first owner was, so either have it cleaned or wash it yourself. Just to be safe.

5. Look for Classic Labels That Stand The Test Of Time.
There are certain brands that never go out of style. Seek those brands out. They tend to still look on trend.
6. Mix Them Up.
I will always mix my thrift finds with recent purchases. Adds a more interesting feel to an outfit. One of my style icons has done this for years (Carrie Bradshaw: Sex & The City) and has always looked chic doing it. If Carrie does it, then so must I. Lol.
7. Don’t settle on the listed price.
In most cases, the listed price is the start to negotiations. Always attempt to get the items for cheaper.
8. Search for that Diamond In The Rough.
Make sure you pay attention to your labels. Alot of times, you can find amazing Vintage pieves from high end brands. And we all know that everything comes back around. (i.e. MCM.)
There’s no right or wrong way to thrift. The most important thing to keep in mind is to have fun. Hopefully my tips help you to find that Thrifters Gold or that Perfect Piece.
Happy Shopping

Get Your Rebel On

Rebel Wilson X Angels Collection
I came across this cute yet edgy collection while perusing around Lord & Taylor 5th Avenue. I saw a few pieces that jumped out at me immediately. While looking through the racks, it dawned on me that i had actually seen this collection in action, at this year’s The Curvy Con. I put 1 and 2 together and remembered that the comedic actress Rebel Wilson had started her own line. She mixed flirty with edge and I’m loving everything about this.

The fit is great on all the pieces that i tried but i ended up sizing down to a 1x in everything. I’m usually a solid 18/2x in most brands, for reference. I would advise that you size down.
The quality of the pieces are extraordinary.
The price range is moderate (jacket was around $80, jeans around $60).

Jacket & Jeans| Rebel Wilson x Angels
Blouse| JunaRose
Boots| ShoeDazzle
Bag| Boohoo
Beret| Lord & Taylor

Photography|Y. Miranda for Piercing Lite Studios

You can find this collection at Fine Retailers worldwide or on the website.
www.rebelwilsonxangels.com
It definitely is worth checking out.

The Big Elephant in the Room: I know it’s been quite sometime since I’ve posted. Life has a way of getting away from you. But I’m back. Better than Ever. Stay tuned for all of the fabulous stuff to come!!

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Exaggeration is Necessary…

 
I know I can’t be the ONLY one that can never have too much Peplum. I think I have peplum tops in almost every color. I have it on dresses and in skirts. It just flatters my body so much.
In all my peplum pieces, I can’t say that I have one like this particular top.
The cascading exaggerated side detailing just gives it such a luxurious and couture type feel
And like all peplum, it has the versatility to be dressed up or down (in my case I went for casual).
Not that it isn’t uber fashionable on it’s own but I had to add my little elements to make it mine. The belt gives it a edgy layer and the cat ears just brings this all together for me.
When I love something, I tend to get it in a multitude of colors. Luckily for me, it comes in a few.
 
TOP| HERE 
JEANS & Cat Ear Headband| Forever21+
BELT| Fashion To Figure (no longer available)
 

 
So you know I’m going to ask!!! What do you think?
All comments and feedback are welcomed.
(THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST)
 
Thank you for stopping by and until next post
Xx
April Antoinette
 


Fall Type Maxi

 
During the Spring/Summer Season, there was this one dress that almost everyone seemed to either have or want. I, like the rest, was totally enamored with that specific dress. So, of course, I bought it. But I never took the chance to photograph it because, as we already stated above, everyone had it.
 
Dress Shown Below
No longer available on the site.
I LOVED IT SO MUCH, that I went back and got it in another color. The dress just looked and fit amazing on me. So why not?? However, I never got a chance to wear it during the Spring/Summer Season.
So, while delving into my closet, I came across it again. Still baring it’s gitionline.com tag. I started thinking quickly, how can I make this cold weather appropriate?? So I tried it on again and fell in love with it all over!
The sleeves already gave me the coverage I needed on my arms for the cold-weather, but I added a leather layer. For extra protection. I chose the peplum styled PU simulated leather jacket from Forever21 to give an exaggerated Oomph around the waist. And then I topped it off with my favorite street find, this AMAZING HAT.  I kept the boot really simple but they are calve height.
 
*Style Notes: I choose the dress with the darker background because it fits into fall a little better for me. And I kept my makeup very warm and neutral to bring an added layer of Fall Realness.
 
 
DRESS| (No Longer Available) Similar HERE  JACKET| HERE
Boots| Old by Aerosole  Hat| NYC Street Vendor
Jewelry| Lane Bryant
 

 
 
Maxi Dresses just work for all seasons. All it takes is a simple re-arranging of accessories and layers and you can definitely make your favorite SummerTime staple, your Fall “IT’ Piece.
 
(All elements of this look were purchased with my own money. THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST).
 
All comments and feedback are welcomed! Let me know what you think of this look.
As always, thank you for stopping by!
Xx
April Antoinette


Caped Crusader!

 
This is one trend I can’t get enough of! Anything “Caped” gives me life!
 I was extremely stoked when I found this BEAUTIFUL Caped Blazer at one of Miami’s hidden gem boutiques [Gitionline.com]. I jumped on it immediately. The print kind of puts me in the mind of the vintage Versace Print that Tupac used to Rock. And when something reminds me of Tupac, I instantly jump on it. Another great feature of this coat/jacket is that it is longer than most that I’ve seen. Most are waist length. This one is hip length.
 
I chose to keep the jacket as the focal point and muted everything else out with Black Accompaniments. The One-Piece body suit and High Black Boots were a perfect pairing.
 
 Cape Blazer| HERE  Body Suit| HERE
BAG: Old (JustFab0
BOOT: Old (Ashley Stewart) SIMILAR HERE
 
 

Are you gaga over the cape trend or are you over it?? Share your thoughts and opinions with me?
How would you rock this Caped Blazer??

Thank you for Stopping By
Xx
April Antoinette