Hello, Autumn and Leopard Print!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"Autumn... the year's last, loveliest smile." ~ William Cullen Bryant

Fall is my favorite season. The brisk wind, the leaves changing colors, the cool weather and its prelude to winter. it's that season that you know you must enjoy before it goes all in the crapper and winter arrives. Ugh.

I live in New York where we get 4 seasons and I live near the beach so winters are brutal. You get off the train and literally feel like the wind has slapped the crap out of you. You walk up a block and it takes you 20 minutes because you're fighting with the wind and trying to breathe. Sure, snow is pretty but trust me, that cuteness wears off very quickly.

So I try to enjoy Fall to the fullest. I'm not hot and sweaty. I can rock jackets, sweaters and boots. My hair looks great because there's no humidity. Fan-freaking-tastic!!!!

I also love leopard print and you see it the most in the Fall, or that's how it seems to me. So when I spied this top from Avenue, I had to have it. And it was right on time for Fall.

Photobombed by a duck, lol
It's part of their new Hatchi knit collection, which has tops, dresses, skirts and cardis that come in this fabulous knit fabric. It has stretch and feels lightweight BUT still keeps you warm when it's brisk out. This top has a sharkbite hem and I love the length and how it falls.

I paired the top with a black ponte knit moto jacket from Lane Bryant, jeans from Catherines, booties from Lane Bryant and this fabulous patent leather bag from Fashion to Figure.

This is a casual chic look that I usually wear when I am out and about running errands or hanging out with friends at lunch. The top is comfy and being comfortable but cute is always key for me.

My jeans are slightly baggy - I need to size down and get another pair. But I loved this image so much that I decided to use it anyway, even though it's not perfect. Because at the end of the day, none of us are perfect.

I had an audience while taking pics, lol
This top is a definite must-have if you're looking for a knit top in leopard print that you can wear with jeans or even some faux leather leggings and a blazer. It can be dressed up or down and styled in many ways. I can't wait to pair this with my leather jacket and faux leather skirt with some tall boots. Or some medium washed jeans, booties and a brown jacket.

Avenue has some great pieces this Fall and that excites me so much. As someone who has been a customer of theirs for decades, they have been a lifesaver when I was a size 32/34 and still continue to feed my fashion wants at a size 26. With so many retailers stopping at a size 24 or 3X, it's those retailers like Avenue that have shown that they have not forgotten those women above a size 24. So thank you Avenue!

As the weather gets colder, I am starting to wear more hoodies. Check back on the blog for my write-up on a hoodie from Avenue's new Yummy Fleece collection. And I also just noticed this hoodie from their Hatchi knit collection that will be mine ASAP. This has my name written all over it - I mean, it says DREAM on the front! Yessss! 

You can shop my look with the below links:

Cheetah Sharkbite Hatchi Top from Avenue - click here

Ponte Moto Jacket in Black from Lane Bryant - click here

Right Fit Jeans in Medium Stone from Catherines  - click here

Side Detail Moto Boot from Lane Bryant - click here

My bag from Fashion to Figure is unfortunately sold out online but can be found in-store. Here's their handbag section (click here) - I love FTF handbags! Affordable and stylish!

What do you think of my look? Will you be checking out Avenue? Please leave me a comment below and let me know.

Please note: The top was gifted to me by Avenue. But all opinions in this post are my own.


  1. You look darling. I love bling so I would have definitely paired this whole outfit with some hot earrings and chunky gold bracelets. Love the print and red lips. You Keep Rocking it! FYI I too love Avenue!

  2. Love leopard print. But the way you rock this style with a winning smile is what is the most beautiful. #plussizeandhappy