So, I went to my first DenverStyle Magazine event...

Happy Wednesday, Fashionistas!

Recently, I'd heard that Denver Style Magazine was going to be hosting a Summer Mix + Mingle event in Fort Collins at a clothing boutique called Rustic Thread. The event was on a Saturday, so Ryan Landell and I packed up the car and took the 90-minute drive from Denver to check it out and do some networking!

It was great meeting the owners of DSM; Editor-in-Chief Heather Okimoto & COO/Co-Founder Kelsey Bigelow. They are two women who founded the magazine here in Denver just a few years ago, in 2014, and have been working diligently to elevate their platform and grow the magazine through their community events, print magazines, and partnerships with various boutiques and designers in the Colorado area. I truly enjoyed meeting these women, and I was inspired by their drive to fill a fashion void that they saw that was missing here in the city.


And...while I truly enjoyed meeting the owners of Denver Style Magazine- and attending their fashion event- there WAS one thing I was disappointed about, that I noticed as soon as I started shopping....

One thing that I've seen over and over again at each fashion event I've attended since moving to Denver:

None of the boutiques I visited had ANY offerings of clothing for my Plus Sized/Curvy readers... Not one... 

In fact, the highest size I could find in each boutique I visited was a 'Large'. 



Now, Colorado....you know good and well 

there are tons of us Plus Sized Fashionistas living here...


And while I know that we are making significant strides in the fashion world to be more inclusive of sizes, it's disappointing to me-as a stylish Plus Woman and a new resident in Denver- to consistently attend these shopping events where no one thinks to offer plus options to their consumers who may be in attendance.

So, how do we fix this?

I'm new to this area. And, I'm new to the fashion world as a blogger too. But, if you know me, you know it's hard for me to stand idly by and just accept that my new city- this beautiful Denver that I've fallen in love with- is not going to provide fashionable offerings to me and my fellow plus consumers...

So, what can I do about it?

My plan is to reach out to Denver Style Magazine, and other fashion boutiques in the area, and to petition them to create more events that support more inclusive fashion & extended sizes. Does this mean that every one has to offer plus sizes in every boutique? Of course not. But, if you are going to offer fashion events for ALL, shouldn't our curvy sisters be included in the style conversation? (of course we should!)

My hope is that boutiques, designers, & fashion houses in the Denver area will realize that they are missing out on a HUGE market. By not offering options for curvy women, you are essentially losing out on millions of dollars in potential revenue.

(Yes, I said millions. We curvygirls like to shop too. ;)).

And, the biggest piece in all of this -that these straight-size fashion houses may not understand- is the FEELING that a plus woman gets every time she walks into your store, sees ALL of the pretty things you have to offer, and then feels the disappointment once she realizes that none of the clothing in your store has been curated with her in mind...

All of this being said, I am truly hoping that in the future we'll start to see more fashion offerings by and for EVERY woman -not just the fashionistas who fit in sizes from XS-Large- and that Denver's 'Style' community by and large will be hosting more size-inclusive events.

Fingers crossed, Fashionistas. I will keep you posted on any developments. ;)

(Scroll down for details about my look this week!)


Dear Gwynnie Bee, you sure do know how to dress a girl. ;)


...Look Details..

Dress: Jessica Howard (courtesy of Gwynnie Bee)

Bag: Gianni Bernini

Shoes: Dream Pairs

Sunglasses: Toms (similar here)

 

(all pics in this article courtesy of Ryan Landell)


What did you think of my event recap, Fashionista? Did you like this article?

Do you live in Denver, are you PLUS-sized, and have you had a similar shopping experience?

Sound off in the comments below!


In love with this dramatic Eloquii top!

When you embrace your own style

and what makes YOU unique? Trends become irrelevant..

 

(Photography & Styling by Ryan Landell)



Happy Wednesday Fashionistas!

Don't you just LOVE a beautiful dramatic off-the-shoulder top?

I'm addicted to this one from Eloquii, and I felt like a true diva wearing it!

(Scroll down for full outfit details.)



For this look, we paired the top with a curve-hugging pencil skirt and my new favorite gold pointy-toe pumps,

but you could also rock this with some skinny jeans and a pair of flats (making the top your statement piece),

or even with your favorite slacks for an extra-fab work look! 



How would YOU rock it, Fashionista?

Sound off in the comments below!


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...Look Details...

 

 

Top: Eloquii

Skirt: StitchFix

Shoes: Daya by Zendaya

Sunglasses: Wish.com

 

..photographed & styled by Ryan Landell

Fleur 'Le Lis'...

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Fleur 'Le Lis'

In love w/this beautiful dress from StitchFix!


Happy Wednesday, Fashionista!

How are you handling with this summer weather? We've been experiencing a true heatwave here in Denver- with daily temps in the mid-90s- and this is my first time experiencing Colorado's sizzling hot summer temperatures.

I won't complain, though, I LOVE the heat, especially when I have a cool & breezy dress to wear, like this 'Le Lis' Dress that just came in my latest StitchFix box!

All pics cc: Ryan Landell



I've been determined to wear more color this season, and this dress is just perfect.

I really liked the floral pattern and the bold yellow & blue colors,

and pretty much fell in love with it the minute I pulled it out of the box!



I love how it frames my hips,

..hitting just below the knees, but not too long for my 5'3" height...

Hangs perfectly at my waistline,

(no belt needed, I also love the pleats and the relaxed shape..)


And, the back length accentuates my curves!

...covering my behind & thighs just right (thank you very much!)...


All in all, I am in LOVE with this dress,

and wish I could buy it in several more colors.

Thanks StitchFix!

(Scroll down for look details below.)


What do you think, Fashionistas,

would you wear this dress?

 Sound off in the comments below!


...Look Details...

 

 

dress | Le Lis 'Piper' via StitchFix

clutch | (vintage) Poshmark

shoes | BCBG (no longer avail.)

accessories | Bracelets & Earrings

 

All pics courtesy of Photographer: Ryan Landell


In love w/this Lovedrobe Jumpsuit!

Happy Wednesday Fashionistas

I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm in love with wearing easy breezy, comfy jumpsuits these days.

I've been wearing them a LOT lately, and this one is my favorite!

(Pics cc: Photographer Ryan Landell)

Some summer days, it's just way too hot to throw on some spanx and a dress, don't you agree?

In this breezy jumpsuit I feel comfortable, care free, and it's perfect for my curves!

What about you, Fashionista? What plus fashion fave are you rocking this summer?

Do you prefer sundresses? Or are you more of a shorts-and-tank-top girl? Sound off in the comments below!

What I love the most about this jumpsuit, is that it's super comfy, yet elegant looking.

You can dress it up with heels (and a fabulous headwrap ;)), or you can just wear it with sandals and let your hair down. Either way, you'll look chic and feel comfortable and trendy at the same time!

Scroll down for outfit details. ;)

Pictured here w/my beautiful sis-in-law, KERRIE JOY.


Jumpsuit: Lovedrobe via Asos Curve | Headwrap: FanmDjanm | Sandals: Steve Madden


All pics in this series courtesy of Photographer: Ryan Landell


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Black Excellence

What's the definition of Black Excellence to you?

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What's the definition of 'Black Excellence', in my opinion?

 

Standing strong in the beauty and confidence of who you are, and NEVER compromising your greatness for anyone....

 

Scroll down to check out this editorial, created by RajdulariStyle, Photographer Ryan Landell, MUA Angie Cortes and fellow Style Blogger Pythagore Antoine...

 

(all pics in this series courtesy of RLxPress)

 

Self Love...

It's embracing all of who you are, flaws and strengths, and being comfortable with being your amazing, unique self. Using your gifts to the best of your ability.- Model, Rajdulari

Being the best You you can be...

It's about being the best one can be for themselves...learning the lessons that life tries to teach one in each moment...inspiring ones community through the way one lives... it's how one treats their fellow human being. - Photographer, Ryan Landell

Knowing Your Worth

Being confident in who you are, what you stand for, and never compromising that stance...- Model Pythagore Antoine

Taking authority over who you are...

Being deliberate, focused, and purposeful about how you use your gifts/talents to reach your goals.- Deborah L. Warfield


Top: Lane Bryant (similar here) | Skirt: CityChic (here) | Shoes: Jessica Simpson (here)

Many thanks to Model: Pythagore Antoine , Photographer: Ryan Landell, and MUA: Angie Cortes for the making of this concept shoot!

Feelin flirty in this cold-shoulder romper!

Happy Wednesday, Fashionista!

Now, let's be real, chile. The 'cold-shoulder' trend isn't something new. Weren't we all rocking our cold-shoulder leotards in the 80s? LOL

I love how fashion cycles back around, however. That's how I can keep wearing all of the classic styles I love so much. In my fashion opinion? There really isn't anything new under the sun.

But I can't lie to you, girl.

I am SO in love with THIS romper here, that I considered apologizing to my hubby when we go out. Because at this point? I'm pretty sure he's seen me in it about a million times now, lol. 

It's so fun, comfortable and flirty that I can't stop wearing it! ;)

I love everything about it. I love the way the shorts sit in the mid-thigh area, I love the open shoulders, and I LOVE the lace detail in the front of the chest! (Scroll down for outfit details below.)

What's your favorite romper style to wear these days, Fashionista? Sound off in the comments below, I love to hear what other kinds of styles you like too!

Have an awesome day, and I'll see you next week!

Love,

Rajdulari

P.S. Many thanks to @RLxPress for these images!


Cold-Shoulder Romper: Maurices | Shoes: YellowBox |


In love w/this Eve Floral Skirt!

Hey Fashionista,

Happy Wednesday, girl! Hope you're having an awesome week so far. :)

One of the things that I NEVER get tired of wearing is a well-fitted pencil skirt, and this Eve Floral Skirt I got from StitchFix is no exception!

It hugs the curves in all the right places, slims the tummy, and has a comfy waistband (without hooks or a zipper, even) that doesn't roll or bunch after hours of wearing. I mean, what could be more perfect than that? 

And, last but not least, can we talk about this bold floral print? It's at once old-fashioned and contemporary at the same time. *Sigh* I'm so in love with statement pieces of clothing like this that you can wear so many different ways.

What about you, Fashionista? Do you have a fave pencil skirt in your closet that you wear with everything? If not, I highly recommend trying this one.

Scroll down for full outfit details, and LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW to let me know what you think of this look: would you rock it, or no? Let a sista know!

Until then, see you next week, Fashionista. I sincerely hope you enjoying reading these posts as much as I enjoy writing them!

Take care,

Rajdulari

P.S. All pics courtesy of: @RLxPress


Top: CityChic | Skirt: Eva Pixley Skirt (courtesy of StitchFix) | Shoes: DreamPairs (similar here) | Bag: Michael Kors (similar here and here)

All Black Everythang!

Happy Wednesday Fashionista!

Last week, I told you all about my love affair with Gwynnie Bee. This week, the love fest continues because they sent me this incredible black pleated skirt from CityChic!

I absolutely LOVED this skirt. You can pair it with SO many things!

  • You could do an off-shoulder top tucked in with a belt and heels,
  • You could dress it down with a funky tee and your favorite sneakers for a dressy casual look.
  • Or, you could add a crop top for added drama like I did here! (scroll down for outfit details below.)

As a CurvyGirl, there's something truly liberating about wearing a crop top. For me, I've actually had surgery on my tummy twice before, and showing my belly was something I'd NEVER do years ago. 

But these days, I've learned to embrace all of who I am, scars and all. And isn't that what life is all about? Knowing who you are, and celebrating ALL of it?

I encourage you today, Fashionista, find something fashionable that scares you to wear. Push outside of your comfort zone and DARE yourself to try it on. There are soooo many awesome fashion designers that are creating amazing, comfortable crop top pieces that you can wear to bear your tummy in a classy, sexy way that will have you feeling fierce!

Plus, who doesn't want to wear less clothing in the summertime, chile?! It's too hot to be covering up these curves! Right? Lol ;)

Have a great week, lovelies, and I'll see you next Wednesday! (scroll down for outfit details below.)

Love, 

R

(P.S. All images courtesy of the incredible: @RLxPress)

Want to try out GwynnieBee's awesome service for yourself? Click here!


Top: Forever21+ (similar here) | Skirt: CityChic, courtesy of GwynnieBee | Shoes: Team Wardrobe


Ok Gwynnie Bee, I See You Girl!


Hey Fashionista!

I am having the time of my fashion life checking out these monthly subscription boxes for my new wardrobe. This week is ALL about Gwynnie Bee!

Read below about how I fell in love with this dress and their amazing service. ;)



In my quest to build my RajdulariStyle brand, I was lamenting to my sistagirls about how I really wanted to keep enhancing my wardrobe and experimenting with different styles.

Thankfully, one of my dear friends (and incredible stylist) Steffany Allen told me about Gwynnie Bee (thank you Steffy!).

I quickly hopped on their site, added a few pieces to my 'closet' to start with, and was so happy that this beautiful Leota 'Charlotte' Prism dress arrived just in time for my Jamaica trip!

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This dress hugs the curves in ALL the right places, and I loved the bright blue, white and pink colors! You can NEVER go wrong with a great jersey dress. Especially this one with it's slimming twist-knot detail in the front, and the way it flatters the hips.

I can see me rocking this dress for a long time. Miss Gwynnie, I see you girl. LOH-VING this as my first piece! Can't wait to see what arrives next month! Best part about this service, as opposed to others? You can actually view their offerings in advance and choose some of your favorite pieces to hang in your closet until it's time to ship. You keep the look as long as you want (instead of only having 5 days to decide like other services), and once you send it back? They send you whatever item is next in your 'closet' queue. I loved being able to choose what I want, instead of waiting to be surprised every month.

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So far, this subscription service idea is working out great, and I'm having fun playing in clothes and fashion.  I can't wait to see what comes up next!

Get details for this look, (and my accessories) below.

See you next week, Fashionistas!

Pics: @RLxPress


Dress: Leota | Shoes: DreamPairs | Hat: Macy's | Earrings & Ring: Macy's |