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What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com

What to Wear for Valentine’s Day – Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love

Finding the perfect outfit for Valentine’s Day has always been a struggle for me as a plus-size woman.  This year, I decided I wanted my Valentine’s outfit to beautiful, whimsical, and sweetly perfect.  My hope is that you will feel inspired when deciding what to wear for Valentine’s Day after seeing how I put together this magical look!

What to Wear for Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

The Inspiration

Being a plus size woman, my dream of how I want to look with is often difficult to obtain.  My size is not readily available at the mall and if it is, often it’s the wrong color.  Tulle skirts are all the rage right now and I wanted to wear one for Valentine’s Day.  In order to make that happen, I knew I’d have to a custom skirt made for me.

For this Valentine’s Day look, I knew I wanted a long, pink, ballgown-style skirt to be the show stopper of my look.  This look needed to be different from my last tulle skirt look I did for the holidays. Everything from my hair, makeup, and accessories were to coordinate with the look and feel of the pink tulle skirt and fit the Valentine’s Day theme.

What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

The Hair & Makeup

Kourtnee of  Muah & Lashes transformed my hair from bone straight locks to soft, sweet curls that beautifully framed my face.   She accomplished this look by sectioning off my hair then curling ringlets of away from my face.  She then softly ran her fingers through the curls to lightly separate them.  Kourtnee finished off the look with a shine spray and plenty of hairspray to hold it all in place.

What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

My vision for my makeup was inspired by the colors gold and black.   Not only do gold & black pair perfectly with pink, they look glamorous together and add a magical flair to this Valentine’s Day look.  Kourtnee gave me gold glitter lids and bold, black lashes… one of my most favorite eye looks ever!

What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

Kourtnee finished off the look with a long-lasting lip bright, bold pink lip color.

What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

The Clothes & Accessories

The details for the outfit came together a lot easier than I imagined.  Being a plus-size woman, I often times find it difficult to envision a look I want and then find it in the stores.  For this look, I paired a store-bought white, lace shirt with a custom-made tulle skirt.  Having the skirt custom made ensured the fit, quality, and look I was going for.

The white shirt chiffon, lace-top shirt came from the Winter 2015 plus-size collection at H&M.  I love how the lace added femininity while providing detail to the top.

What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

I paired the top with a long locket necklace in rose gold and blush along with pink and gold bracelets and earrings.  All of the jewelry is from Bijou Brigitte.  I chose not to wear large statement pieces because the star of this look was the tulle skirt.  The shoes are a blush patent leather pump that I got in the clearance section of the PX for about $14.  I don’t know if I’d ever get that lucky again to find shoes that match this look so perfectly.  I finished the look with a small, blush clutch from C&A.

What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

Carol of Maddy’s Girl, custom made my skirt in the exact shade of pink I wanted.  She created long layers of tulle that laid flat over a silk underskirt.  The skirt is finished with a pink silk ribbon for the waist and included a detachable belt that could be tied into a large bow.  Carol’s work is reasonably priced and excellent in quality.  This was the third skirt she has custom made for me and her work far exceeds my expectations every time I partner with her!

What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

The Balloons

DeAna of Balloon Beauty Design & Decor created a simple, yet elegant bouquet of balloons to compliment my look.  The red, white and pink hearts on white curly string paired with the backdrop of a small Bavarian town, my tulle skirt, and perfect hair and makeup make for a delicately, enchanted Valentine’s Day look!

What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

The Photos

Veronika of Bear Moose & Fox Photography captured this Valentine’s Day look exquisitely.  She made me feel beautiful during the shoot which gave me the confidence to bring out my inner beauty.  Her work is magnificent.

What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

During the photo shoot for this look, I asked Veronika if she would shoot a few new headshots for me.  I wanted her capture my happy, playful spirit while still looking elegant and beautiful.  I think she nailed it.

What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography

How to Recreate My Look

Most of the items I wore are no longer available or were custom made. Here are a few links of other places that you can purchase something similar to create your own Valentine’s Day look.

Pink Tulle SkirtMaddy’s Girl (if you are in Graf/Vilseck, Germany or will pay for shipping) or Dark Pony Designs on Etsy
White Lace Top – similar at Yours ClothingASOS
Blush Pumps – similar at Mod Cloth
Necklace – similar at Bijou Brigitte
EarringsBijou Brigitte
BraceletBijou Brigitte
BalloonsBalloon Beauty Design & Decor (Graf/Vilseck, Germany) or a store like Party City

What to Wear on Valentine's Day - Outfit ideas for the Plus Size Woman in Love! Photos by Bear Moose & Fox Photography for JavaCupcake.com
Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Photography
Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100

The holidays are about dressing up and making memories with the ones you love.  This season, I created a festive & fun holiday outfit for under $100 that is just too fabulous not to share! Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

You may be wondering what this baking blogger is doing sharing a fashion post.  Let me explain.  A few months ago I started dreaming up an idea to host a Holiday Tea Party!  All my best girlfriends would come over wearing their favorite festive outfit, drink tea and coffee from my gorgeous new Bavarian porcelain tea set, eat good food and have a fabulous time!

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Of course, I needed something fabulous to wear to the party but knew it would be a bit difficult to put the perfect outfit together here in Germany.  I’m a larger woman and it’s difficult to find unique things to wear here… so I decided to DIY the outfit myself!

This was my vision.

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A black tulle skirt with a beautiful red satin belt and bow, a basic fitted white tee with Merry & Bright in gold glitter and a bold statement necklace to set it all off.

And this is the manifestation of my vision!

Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

Unfortunately, I had to cancel the Holiday Tea Party due to extreme personal issues out of my control.  However, I did not want this beautiful outfit to go to waste.  So, I enlisted the help of local photographer Veronika Rayno of Bear Moose & Fox Photography to bring my vision to life in a holiday photo shoot!

Veronika and I ventured to the nearby city of Weiden, Germany and their Christmas Market to take these pictures.  The Weihnachtsmarkt made the perfect backdrop to showcase my ensemble!

Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

The tulle skirt was made by a local seamstress Carol of Maddy’s Girl.  Carol had made a rainbow tutu for me in the past for the Nurnberg Color Run so I knew she would be able to help me create my vision for this skirt.  There are many places on ETSY and even at retail stores like Lane Bryant that you could buy a plus-size tulle skirt, but I have found them to be very expensive.  I wanted to ensure I had a quality skirt that fit my body perfectly which is why a local retailer was the perfect option for me.  Carol sized & fitted the skirt to fit my waist perfectly and measured to the perfect tea-length. The tulle skirt twirls when I spin and is simply gorgeous.  The total cost for this skirt was $45.

Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

The merry & bright shirt came together so easily.  I designed the ‘merry & bright’ in Photoshop and found a vendor on ETSY to cut it on gold glitter iron-on vinyl for me.  Any plain white round neck shirt could have been used for this, so I chose an inexpensive one from my local department store.  The iron-on transfer took less than 5 minutes to apply making my shirt the perfect match for the tulle skirt.   The entire cost for the shirt was about $15.

Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

Because I didn’t want to spend more than $100 on the entire outfit, I accessorized the look with a combination of jewelry I already had and a few purchased pieces.  The statement necklace came from H&M and the bow earrings & the black ring from C&A.  The rose gold Fossil watch and Kate Spade bow bracelet I already owned as well as the gold-buckled black ballet flats.  The purchased accessories cost $20.

Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

The great thing about putting together a holiday outfit like this is that the accessory possibilities are endless.  Once you have the tulle skirt and shirt almost any accessories or shoes could be paired with it!

Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

When I saw these bow earrings at C&A, I knew they’d be perfect for this outfit because I was going to wear my favorite Kate Spade New York bow bracelet.  The subtle matching of the earrings and bracelet bring the mixed pieces of jewelry together so effortlessly.

Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

I really am just so completely thrilled with how the entire look came together!  It’s unique.  It’s one-of-a-kind.  It’s special.  It’s magical.

I couldn’t let the opportunity to be photographed in this beautiful tulle skirt pass me by, so Veronika also took a few shots of me to feature on my blog.  I didn’t want them to be holiday themed, so I took the red belt off the skirt and changed into a black shirt making my outfit completely new!

Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

This photo by the grape vines was taken completely on a whim, but I absolutely love it.

Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

Being photographed really isn’t my favorite thing in the world.  I am not the most comfortable person in my body right now since I’ve gained back a lot of the weight I lost after my weight loss surgery in 2010.  However, I do like to feel pretty and I knew that creating this festive & fun holiday outfit would make me feel pretty!

No matter what size you are… looking and feeling beautiful doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.  With a little planning, imagination and effort your dream holiday outfit can be possible too!

A big thank you to Carol & Veronika for helping to make me feel and look beautiful!  Festive & Fun Holiday Outfit for under $100 | JavaCupcake.com

Make sure to check out their websites and pages to help you make your next event perfect!

bmf-logoPhotos – Bear Moose & Fox Photography by Veronika Rayno

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Tulle Skirt – Maddy’s Girl

Iron-on Decal – Ann Marie Avenue
Statement Necklace – H&M
Earrings & Ring – C&A
Gold Bow Bracelet – Kate Spade New York
Rose Gold Watch – Fossil
Ballet Flats – Payless Shoe Source

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