Today’s post is brought to you in response to an overwhelming number of reader requests asking for a spotlight on one of my best gal pals – Sara! I had no clue how popular her yellow dress would become when I blogged about our recent beach vacation together, but immediately after posting I started receiving dozens and dozens of emails asking for more information on where Sara shops and how she finds the most fabulous outfits. I have to agree with you all because it goes without saying that Sara is always among the best dressed in the room at every gathering. Anyway, Sara excitedly agreed to be my blog guest today (first ever, by the way!!!) and we had the best time putting this post together!
Before I turn it over to my dear friend, allow me give you a little introduction. Sara and I met in Charlotte through a mutual friend and became fast friends more than five years ago. We live three streets apart, are in supper club and play groups together, her equally awesome husband grabs a beer with mine once a week over trivia, and her adorable fireball toddler can often be found being mischievous with Caroline. Sara is honestly one of my most fun and hilarious friends and is always last to leave the party. In addition to being my partner in crime, Sara is responsible for many of my interior design decisions, the best bottles of wine I own and has monogrammed everything in my house.
Without further ado, my fabulous friend Sara…Hey y’all! I am Sara and am so excited to be a guest feature on my dear, hilarious friend Christina’s blog. I think I am still in a little shock that people really want to know what I – being a plus size gal – wears! But I know there are a lot you ladies out there and it can be extremely challenging to find cute pieces in larger sizes. So here we go!
But first, a little bit about me: I am a wife to Wyn and mama to my wild gal, Ridley (2.5 yo). We are originally from Alabama…we moved to Charlotte 6 years ago for Wyn’s job and haven’t looked back since. While I miss my family, I adore Charlotte and all of our friends that have literally turned into family. I am a decorator who loves all things beautiful for the home AND I started monogramming/embroidering a year and a half ago. I figured I was spending way too much money on my child’s monogramming, so why not start a side business? It’s been busy ever since and I could not be happier creating sweet, embroidered things for people! You can find my embroidery designs at Pearce Reed Designs or on my Instagram!
How would you describe your style? Well, my style has definitely evolved. I use to be very hippy chic, if you will. However, being plus-sized now, you have to find what looks best on you regardless of the “style”. For obvious reasons, I naturally gravitate more toward black sometimes and definitely in the winter – it is always slimming. But no one needs a wardrobe full of black, you gotta mix it up and live a little no matter what size you are. Lately I have been wearing LOTS of bright BOLD colors this summer – especially with pops of neon pink and yellow. I LOVE fun, flirty dresses during the summer, they are always my go-to for any date night or summer soirée.
What are some of your favorite stores to shop at? My go-to stores these days are Nordstrom and Macy’s – they have some of the BEST plus size clothing out there. I think Old Navy has wonderful basics. I also find great dresses on 6pm & Zappos for a fraction of the price.
My favorite outfit in my closet right now is: My Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Print Shirred Empire Maxi Dress (and it’s on sale right now)!
What new pieces have you picked up recently for summer?
- So I just picked up this fabulous PINK Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Maxi Dress! (on sale!)
- This is a precious dress I just snagged on sale from Old Navy!
- I also couldn’t help myself with this adorable dress – the price was just too good!
- I am obsessed with this off the shoulder blouse, you can definitely wear this with white or black leggings this summer.
Any other pieces you’d like to see in your closet soon?
- I know I will getting this blouse STAT while it’s on sale!!!
- This dress is on sale and I cannot pass it up!
- My go to EVERY summer are these Rachel Pally dresses, you can’t go wrong with them…while they are expensive you can find sales on Zappos sometimes. Love this color!
When putting an outfit together my best style tip is: I definitely believe every girl needs to accessorize – I cannot preach that enough. You can have a simple monochromatic dress and make it pop with the right earrings or necklace as well as a cute clutch or over-the-shoulder bag. I do think less is more sometimes, but it never hurts to have one accessory that just makes the entire outfit POP.
- Here is my statement clutch this summer (and it’s a great price)!
- Here are three of my favorite pieces of jewelry right now:
- Super fun earrings – turquoise goes with so much!
- I cannot get enough pink and tribal in my life right now!
- This Vineyard Vines necklace is where it’s at this summer!
I never leave the house without: EARRINGS!!!!
Who is your favorite fashion blogger or fashion icon? If you can’t already tell, my fashion icon is actress and designer Melissa McCarthy. She has such fabulous taste, makes gorgeous clothes for bigger gals and is the funniest woman out there. I hope to meet her one day!
Hope y’all enjoyed this post and happy shopping! Thanks for popping in, Sara!!!
Owen Davis @ Davis Duo says
Such a great post!! Gorgeous lady and I will definitely be adding some of these pieces to my shopping cart asap!
Laura Wyatt says
OMG! best posssst! get it, Sara!!!!
Such a beautiful person inside & out! Loved this post! Clicked over and saw the amazing monogramming! Wow – I'm impressed. Now, can she go back to her blog? Loved her ideas, never thought of zappos. Another store I find some nice things for us larger girls in anthro! Maybe she shops there already, but I've been successful there!
Carolina Charm says
I knoooooow. She used to blog a lot more! Also, love that Anthro rec!!
UPDATE: went to my Macy's today (i live in NY) that has a small Melissa McCarthy area. Well, they stopped carrying Michael kors (no big deal to me, my daughter works for the brand) and The Whole area is all Melissa McCarthy now!!!! I did what I thought was right, I bought everything Sara suggested and a few other things :). I second the monthly guest post idea.
Great post!! She's got incredible taste
Loved this post! I just might have to pick up a few of these pieces!
Thanks! I was one of the many asking for this. I forget about old navy, 6pm and zappos. I love the MM stuff but it's a tad high priced for me on a regular basis. Loved the whole post.
Meredith Savage Brim says
Sara is my spirit animal! You're better than StitchFix!Now, to find some cash to update the wardrobe…
Love her style! I think I may need that Vineyard Vines necklace… 😉
Laur Bell says
She is gorgeous and great taste!!! Keep it up! I am also a plus size woman and love some new ideas.
Jordan - Queen of LA! says
i am a rare commenter but i have to say i am so excited about this post! love reading new plus size recommendations and your friend always looks so cute in the group pictures. thank you christina and thank you sara!
T Kister says
I rarely comment either, but I think this is a great post! I always admire her taste…she could do a monthly post on your blog!
Caley-Jade Rosenberg says
Totally gorgeous and love her fashion style!! Wish she could monogram all my things x
She's soooo beautiful and I love her style! (And monograms) Great idea for a monthly post?
LOOOOOOOOVE this, and her! Awesome post!!!!!!!!!!
Sara do you have a strapless bra you recommend? Thanks for all your great finds!
Huge fan of you, Sara! Thank you!
love your style so pretty