The unofficial end of summer, means my official return to work.  I am a teacher, and the end of August/beginning of September is always difficult for me.  I love my job, and love that I actually get paid for fulfilling my life's passion and purpose, but returning to work after having two carefree months of doing nothing but enjoying the sun can prove daunting.  But, such is life, right?  So here I am, on lunch break soaking up some of the beautiful rays that this summer still has to offer.  

This most perfect, seasonless dress/tunic is from H&M and is a part of their "new" (kind of) H&M+ line.  Of course, H&M carried a line for plus size lovelies years ago when they had the H&M BiB (Big is Beautiful) line, but about a year after they began carrying it, I swear, it quietly disappeared.  I guess other plus size women were so disgruntled about the way H&M got rid of the line before, that there was not a lot of to-do made about it's return.  As such, I wasn't so excited either. Until I actually went into a store and saw the actual merchandise.  Although I am about 7-8 months late, I was actually floored.  This time, H&M actually made an effort to just extend the sizes of the regular collection.  I went crazy (just ask The Spouse, who was all too happy (not) to spend a small fortune in the store that day).  The clothing was so trendy, but there were the H&M basics we all rely on like tanks, henleys, t-shirts, leggings.  And work basics like blazers, cardigans, skirts, slacks.  And going out essentials like dresses, pencil skirts, sheer shirts, beading, etc.  I am pleasantly surprised and kind of mad at myself for not going to check the line out earlier.  If you haven't already, please be sure you go to H&M's website to find the stores that carry the H&M+ line, and shop, already!  You will see me wearing many of my purchases on the blog in days to come.  

Dress/Tunic: H&M+; Red Pants: Talbots

Can we talk about these pants for a minute.  The brightest, most vibrant shade of red in a comfy, cotton/spandex blend.  Talbots is my go to for basics, like slacks and skirts. They offer all their clothing in sizes 0-24, and their Long pants go to a size 20.  At almost 5'9", finding pants that are long enough to wear with heels is a task.  This is not your mother's Talbots...

Earrings: Glamourholics

Shoes: BCBG (super old)


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