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LoveBrownSugar Chic: Westside Safari

I took a trip to my local H&M recently and stumbled on this tunic for $4.95. At first I thought it was too good to be true. Nothing worth having is $4.95 anymore. But upon trying it on, I fell in love.

I really love the high-low construction of it, as well as the waist tie. That was thoughtful, considering without the waste tie it can turn into a boxy piece of fabric that won’t give me any shape.

The tie helps accentuate my waist, and turns it into a mini-dress as opposed to a simple tunic. 
The pattern is really what caught my eye. Once I tried it on, I realized how versatile a piece like this can be. You can take it casual with a pair of flats, or a little dressier with heels.
And for chilly evenings, you can easily slap a sweater or a leather jacket on top.
I paired this look with my red Zara heels (wore them here). They look good with everything, seriously.
My crochet cross-body bag is from H&M as well. It was my go-to when I went to Cali for Coachella.
Tunic: H&M | Jacket: Vintage | Necklace: Forever 21 | Shoes: Zara (similar here) | Bag: H&M (similar here)
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LBS at Coachella: The Recap (Part 2)

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So I’ve already given you a run-through of my crazy first day in The Recap – Part 1. By day two, I had music festival fashion literally down to a science after seeing all the creative outfits and trends re-emerge in similar fashion. I also now officially knew my way around the festival grounds (and where to get a Wifi signal – c’mon 4G, don’t fail me now!) Days 2 and 3 had more of the music acts I wanted to see so it was a ton of fun stage-hopping and dancing with strangers. Good times.

coachellapoleHere’s what I got into on Days 2 & 3:

Day 2: Performance-Hopping

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For Day 2, I knew there’d be a ton of running around. Plus, it was a scorcher at 97 degrees so I sprung for a “Florence & The Machines” graphic tee from H&M, jean cutoff shorts from Forever 21 and a pair of Sam Edelman gladiator flats.

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There were so many great acts on Saturday. Everyone from 2 Chainz to Janelle Monae. I split my time between music performances, heading back to the H&M tent (I was addicted to shimmying down in that photo booth!) and taking street style pics.

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I even bumped into some old friends! Remember Nikita from our Drop The Dryer series? Yep, she was there in an amazing pair of printed shorts.

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In between shows and street style-snapping, I headed back to the H&M tent for another jam session in the video booth with Nikita and her friends…

After eating and going to a few more sets, I headed over to see my favorite – Janelle Monae.

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Janelle played an amazing set. And proceeded to crowd-surf to close out her performance. Amazingness.

Day 3: Poolside Coachillin’

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On the final day of Coachella, they rested. Well, not exactly but something close to that. Instead of slaving out in the hot desert festival grounds for the first half of the day, we partied it up at the Adidas Originals Do Over #Dochella Party.

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Finally time to whip out the swimwear!

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The pool party took place at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs. Such a chic venue.

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Guest DJ Questlove was on the 1′s and 2′s spinning everything from old school classics to original beats. That’s me photo-bombing him while he DJs.

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Loved all the swimwear on display at the party. Such great colors and patterns.

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This two-piece from H&M was such a huge hit, me and Kamaria both showed up wearing it. Such a great style for curvy girls. The high-waisted bottom hides imperfections and the top gives vintage pin-up glamour.

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That’s all folks! Thanks for tuning into my LBS at Coachella adventures and for those of you who helped me decide what to wear, you’re life-savers! ‘Til next music festival…

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What festivals are YOU guys looking forward to this summer?

For more of my Coachella Street Style pics, check out VIBE Vixen HERE.

My Insta-Week: 7.30.12

Last week was fill up pink and turquoise. If you haven’t notices, those are my favorite colors! To sum it up, here’s a list of what I got into the last week of the month:

- I had the pleasure of hosting a super chic digital launch party for LiSi Cosmetics. Huge hugs to all my blogger boos who came out to celebrate. If you guys haven’t heard of LiSi, don’t be shy – go to the website and check out some of their products.

- I’ve been scouting out locations for my big end-of-summer LoveBrownSugar 3 Year Anniversary Bash which I can’t wait to share more details about! Everything is hush hush for now, but just know makeup, sweets & cocktails will be involved.

- Since I had been doing so much traveling during the first half of the month, I spent last week (and the weekend) catching up with friends & family. I had one of my good friends over for cocktails in my garden. Learning to appreciate little moments like this in life. Sometimes you need a break!

How was your weekend? Do tell!
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LBS 3 Year Giveaway: Day 6

We’re winding down to the last 2 weeks left in my 3 Year Anniversary Celebration and I have a few more amazing prizes to give away! In celebration of LoveBrownSugar’s 3 years of existence, I’m partnering up with one of my favorite plus-size fashion sites Simply Be to do a 3-day giveaway blitz of some of their newest Autumn/Winter 2012 pieces.

The new fall collection, which I had the pleasure of viewing during a luncheon with the brand last week, is absolutely phenomenal.

Trying out the new collection at the Simply Be A/W 2012 Luncheon

From chic 70′s-style printed dresses to refined ladylike pieces and edgy leather -trimmed statement jackets, I am absolutely in LOVE with their latest collection. You can view the new A/W 2012 collection HERE.

So today through Wednesday, THREE of you lucky gals each day will have a chance to win a new piece from their collection.

Here’s today’s look:

This Animal Print Blouse it’s the perfect compliment to fall’s skinny jeans or leather minis. It’s lightweight, it’s trendy and it fits all body types. What more could you need?

Eligibility (Follow the directions in Rafflecopter below):

1. You must be following LoveBrownSugar on Facebook and Twitter
2. Leave a comment answering: “What would you wear with your Animal Print Blouse?”
3. *Bonus: Tweet about the giveaway for an extra entry!

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