Beach Chic


i’m off to a charity gala tonight for dress for success. not familiar with dress for success? they’re a non-profit organization that provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development assistance to low-income women. they’re active in over 75 cities, and i really believe in their mission wholeheartedly.

the theme of the gala is beach chic, which is a lot harder to pull off than it sounds! especially as a new yorker who dresses in black unless she’s actually ON the beach. how does one dress up … while still looking beach appropriate? i tried on just about everything in my closet that is even remotely appropriate, and here are some of the ideas that i came up with!

the casual beach chic look is pretty easy to pull off. you just need a floral maxi dress, a tiered maxi dress, a wedge of some sort – cork or something natural, and maybe a fancy floppy hat to top it off. you could even get away with wearing flat sandals with this if you were actually going to say a beach wedding or something of that nature. a lot of these items can be found in the xoxo nettaP shop!

some folks are a little more into pants, and that’s totally ok! if you’re going to a beach chic gala and it’s not quite beachy outside yet (like here in NYC), then pants might be a better option. take your jacket off once you get inside, and voila! beach chic! a statement necklace can really dress up this look, too. and i love the idea of doing it with a ruffled top.

if you’re gonna get REALLY fancy, then you need to fancy up your accessories, too, and go for a shoe that’s more of a solid look. these all-cork-look wedges would work great because they’re understated. the black heels from kate spade are not too fancy, but they bring the color combo all together with the bauble on top. i’d carry a raffia clutch or, if you need a strap, something like this one made of straw.

there are LOTS of options for a beach gala, and if you don’t have these items already in your wardrobe – you can easily purchase one piece that can be worn over and over again to these types of summer events. most of these items can be found in the xoxo netta P shop. if you’re looking for some fancy floppy hats – there’s a post coming on that soon, too!

xoxo nettaP


Plus Size Round Up – March 23 2011

annnnd we’re back.

here’s the round up for the week! don’t miss the tip at the end on how to keep your jewelry from turning your arms weird colors.

what’s in it?

1. preorder your fat necklace! – definatalie

2. loving these belts – curves & chaos

3. plus size swimsuits – refinery 29

4. plus size bridal trunk show – the curvy fashionista

5. spring style and pants i’m obsessed with but cannot have – fatshionable

6. fashion for the curvy pin up girl – curves & chaos

7. OOTD and amazing studded clutch – curvy girl chic

8. YFF closets – young fat and fabulous

9. love your wedges & color blocking – gods favorite shoes, part 2

10. melissa from fashion snoops – the fat apple

Crazy ASOS Sale: The Bag Edition

ASOS is still having the crazy 70% off sale, and i’m still talking about it. there were just too many things to fit all into one post! here’s the BAG edition. hope i don’t overload your reader!

this is the fiorelli waikiki small pouchy snake effect cross body bag. it’s $32.76. and i think it’s one of those bags that tons of people will compliment you on, but you can’t tell until you see it in person.

the paul & joe kola bag. on sale for $381. this is another designer piece that is questionably high-priced, but this bag will go with everything. it was originally $586.16.

the diesel jersey shoulder bag, which is $94.82, is definitely a more casual look, but who doesn’t love soft jersey? and the tassels are a great detail.

the cc skye nika lace drawstring bag. this bag is 100% leather, and if you look closely at the detail, it’s made beautifully. that’s why it’s $313.77. originally retailed for $482.72

this fiorelli metallic drawstring bag is more affordable at $39.65, and it’s from manmade materials.

i am lovin the grey color of this oasis lois lattice weave duffel bag, and i am loving the $51.72 price.

now, i am sure you can find a much cheaper knockoff of this lulu guinness large polyanna clutch, which is now $392.21, down from $603.40, but i love the lining in this one!

a larger version of the perforated bag from fiorelli, the fiorelli cut out weekend bag is $68.96.

this mango madell quilted small zip chain shoulder bag is only $34.48. adorable!

and that’s all she wrote folks! those are my faves from ASOS’ sale. let me know if you pick any of the items up, or if you see anything that you love!

xoxo nettaP