A Kiyonna NYE! Review of Lumiere Lace Dress

Disclosure: I participate in Kiyonna’s Blogger Brigade and they sent me this dress in exchange for a review. While this post contains affiliate links, that when clicked on may result in a small commission to this site, all opinions are mine.

Redstreak Girl in Kiyonna Lumiere Lace Dress

 

I love party dresses especially dresses for holidays and New Years Eve parties, which are extra glamorous. This NYE, I am ringing in 2018 in Kiyonna’s Lumiere Lace Dress an elegant sexy cocktail dress. Kiyonna is my go-to online boutique for trendy quality women’s clothing for sizes 0x-5x. I’ve been shopping with Kiyonna since 2010 and have purchased everyday clothing from their bellinis and tops, to their lace cocktail dresses for galas and data nights!

Close up of Redstreak Girl in Kiyonna Lumiere Lace Dress

Redstreak Girl in Kiyonna Lumiere Lace Dress

Outfit details

Lumiere Lace Dress c/o Kiyonna

Boots from Lane Bryant, Sold Out (similar, similar)

Satchel Handbag from Torrid, Sold Out (not so similar but cute!)

Handmade Sterling Silver and Agate Rings from Krystal Parkhurst

Handmade Sterling Silver Necklace and Earrings from Mildred Parkhurst

 

Redstreak Girl in Kiyonna Lumiere Lace Dress

 

Kiyonna Plus Size Clothing

IMO, Kiyonna designs and manufactures quality clothing. I own many of their dresses that have lasted years and have reviewed a few here on my blog: Retro Glam Lace DressTiers of Joy Lace Dress, and Vintage Dream Cocktail Dress. Kiyonna plus-size women’s clothing is offered in sizes 0x-5x, which is the equivalent to the sizes 10-32. Kiyonna provides a Fit Guide that compares their sizing to other prominent plus size clothing companies. For fit and sizing purposes, I go between a size 2x and 3x in Kiyonna clothes depending on the stretch, whether a dress or top, and whether the dress is fitted or flares out. I am wearing a size 3x in the Lumiere Lace Dress.

Kiyonna’s Lumiere Lace Dress has a metallic lace overlay and the scalloped lace has just the right amount of stretch. This dress also has more of a bodycon silhouette than some of the fit-and-flare dresses that I already own. While it has a bodycon look, the dress is not suffocating and the fabric is flexible enough without being too thin. While this dress does have a deeper v-neck, than I’m used to, the scalloped lace provides some décolletage coverage. What I like about Kiyonna’s dresses is that their lace overlay is all over – in the front and the back – whereas some companies may only do a lace overlay in the front and provide a solid colored paneling for the back.

 

Close up of Redstreak Girl in Kiyonna Lumiere Lace Dress

 

Native Bling

The metallic sheen and scalloped lace neckline of the Lumiere Lace Dress proved a slight challenge in deciding how I should style the dress. If you’re a follower of my blog you may have noticed that I love to bust out the Native Bling and wear my Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace with any and every semi-formal event. I use every excuse to wear my squash blossom necklace because it’s a jewelry piece handmade by Navajo Silversmith Mildred Parkhurst that I cherish.

I opted to wear a sterling silver bib necklace as it has a water-like design similar to the swirl design in the metallic lace of the dress. I decided not to match my earrings and necklace and wore a dangling sterling silver naja design that is often found in the Navajo Squash Blossom. Both the necklace and earrings are handmade by Mildred Parkhurst, my mother-in-law. My sterling silver agate rings are also handmade by my sister-in-law Krystal Parkhurst.

I added the black knee-high boots and satchel with black pom-pom for a little color but also not to draw away from the beautiful dress.

Redstreak Girl in Kiyonna Lumiere Lace Dress Accessories

Close up of Redstreak Girl in Kiyonna Lumiere Lace Dress

 

Start off 2018 in style!

While I’m personally obsessed with Kiyonna’s lace dresses they have other luxurious cocktail and formal dresses! See below for Kiyonna’s guide to some of their NYE looks! Also, Kiyonna constantly offers sales and coupon codes, which is how I’ve amassed my Kiyonna collection. Take advantage of their current promotion!

30% off $125 with code: GIFT30

Cambria Velvet Maxi Dress, Garden State (Women’s Plus Size) – Velvet is the must wear fabric this holiday season! Make a dramatic entrance in Kiyonna’s Cambria Velvet Maxi. Made with beautiful crushed velvet, this dress brings all the luxury to your style with minimal effort.

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Gatsby Gown, Rose Gold (Women’s Plus Size) – New Year’s Eve is one of few instances in a year where it’s absolutely acceptable to dress up in head-to-toe sequins! Feel like a glamorous debutante from the roaring 20’s in Kiyonna’s Grand Gatsby Gown, exclusively available in plus sizes. In this gown, you’re bound to make a dazzling entrance at your next formal or evening event! Adorned with two different types of sequins throughout, you’ll love the structure and shine of this elegant design.

 

Valentina Lace Illusion Cocktail Dress – Black/Porcelain (Womens Plus Size) – We put the Holla! in holidays. No deception here, just fabulous style with Kiyonna’s Valentina Illusion Dress. Get a knockout hourglass silhouette in this bodycon dress no matter your shape thanks to contrasting black lace side panels. The lace also continues to the back of the dress for a completely different look from behind. You won’t be able to keep your eyes off yourself in this sexy dress and neither will anyone around you.

 

 

Tantalizing Twist Dress, Black Noir (Women’s Plus Size) – Treat yourself to this gorgeous, fully-lined sheath dress with adjustable flutter sleeves that can be worn on or off the shoulder for a luxurious, on trend look! With twist detail at the shoulder straps, alluring gathers that center at the bust and a ruched waistband, you and your curves will look like a dream. Wear it as a cocktail dress, special occasion or party dress-you’ll definitely be the one for them to impress.

 

 

Whether you’re a glamazon, like me, or going casual I’d love to see what you’re wearing this New Years Eve! Share your outfits with me on Instagram or Facebook!

Happy Holidays!

-Nicky

 

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Announcing Redstreak Girl’s Pindigenous Collection!

Redstreak Girl Indigenous Collection 3 pins

Announcing Redstreak Girl’s Pindigenous Collection!

I am excited to finally announce the release of the Pindigenous Collection, a line of hard enamel pins designed by me! My first set of three pins are fun chic flair that embody things and concepts that I think describe me – gohwééh, the loves of my life, and body positivity.

I designed a hard enamel pin collection because I personally wanted to add fun flair to accessorize my wardrobe… but I didn’t feel that there were many options that described me or that added a touch of Native style to my step.

Pins are available in my shop here on my website! Read below for a description of each pin.

Gohwééh-ccino

The Gohwééh-ccino enamel pin is a fun Diné (Navajo)-English spin on the yummy cappuccino. Gohwééh is the Diné word for coffee. Okay, seriously who doesn’t love a good cup of gohwééh?

Gohwééh-ccino, Enamel Pin

Shí Heart

The Shí Heart enamel pin is a nod to a fun phrase that is used when calling someone ‘my love’. Shí is the Diné word for my. I’ve also personally used the phrase shí heart when I experience something that takes my heart away and I get the feels; like when I see this pin!

Shí Heart, Enamel Pin

Nizhóni and I Know It

The Nizhóni and I Know It pin is an empowering and positive affirmation! Nizhóni is the Diné word for beautiful. As a believer and advocate of body positivity I wanted to give a strong statement about how I view myself – I’m beautiful and I know it.

Nizhóni and I Know It, Enamel Pin

I’m super excited to finally reveal these designs to you and what I’ve been working on for the last few months. I have additional products coming down the pipeline so make sure you subscribe to my newsletter to receive updates on future product announcements, sales, and new blog posts! I look forward to expanding on Redstreak Girl’s Pindigenous Collection and adding new products in 2018!

-Nicky

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2017 #GivingTuesday

 Navajo basket filled with sash belt and jewelry

 

#GivingTuesday, Nov. 28

The Holiday season is already upon us and in the spirit of giving I wanted to share with you the groups whose efforts I am thankful for. Click the link to learn more about the organization’s efforts and how you can support them.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – An agency that is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. Annually, my cousin Wendy participates in the Bismarck/Mandan Out of the Darkness Walk and raises money in memory of her mother and brother (my aunt and cousin). Any donation to support these efforts is appreciated.

American Indian College Fund – An organization “supporting Native student access to higher education.”

American Indian Graduate Center – An organization that provides “financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education, and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.”

College Horizons – An organization that supports the higher education of Native American students by providing college and graduate admissions workshops to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students.

K’É Infoshop – A “self-funded Indigenous community organizing space in the capitol of the Navajo Nation.” The K’É Infoshop engage in every day actions such as feeding the unsheltered, donation drives, hosting workshops, and providing a safe space that benefit Navajo people.

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) – An organization that works to eliminate child abuse and neglect by strengthening American Indian families, tribes, and the laws that protect them.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) – An organization that supports “culturally grounded, grassroots advocacy and to provide national leadership to ending gender-based violence in Indigenous communities through the development of educational materials and programs, direct technical assistance, and the development of local and national policy that builds the capacity of Indigenous communities and strengthens the exercise of tribal sovereignty.”

Phoenix Indian Center – An organization that offers culturally based services and resources to Native American individuals and families living in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Táala Hooghan Infoshop – A youth media arts center that is “an Indigenous-established, community based and volunteer-run collective dedicated to creatively confronting and overcoming social and environmental injustices in the occupied territories of Flagstaff and the surrounding areas.” Or shop Indigenous Action Media as 100% of the proceeds support Indigenous organizing with Táala Hooghan Infoshop.

 

Please consider these groups when gifting on #GivingTuesday and this gifting season!

-Nicky

 

Shop Native American Businesses & Artists & Local Small Businesses

Redstreak Girl wearing Retro Chic Chiffon Swing Dress

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25

The Holiday shopping season is already upon us and this year I am aiming to be a bit more organized and conscious of my holiday spending. Here is my list of Native American businesses and artists and other local businesses to support for 2017 Small Business Saturday!

This list will be a running list so Bookmark this page so you can easily find it later.

Native American Businesses & Artists

I wanted to highlight & feature select (some of my favorite!) Native American businesses & artists who have an online shop and/or who may have a sale happening during the Black Friday weekend sales. This holiday shop small and directly from Native American businesses and artists. Shopping directly from Native American artists support their craft and have an immediate impact.

ACONAV – Couture fashion with Native American elegance.

Shop // Take 20% OFF any online purchase of $100 or more with code THANKYOU20 – Valid until Sunday 11/26.

Beyond Buckskin Boutique – Online boutique of merchandise (e.g. clothing, jewelry, accessories, decor) designed and/or made by Native American artists.
Store // On Sale // Under $50

Indigenous Action Media – 100% of the proceeds support Indigenous Action Media organizing and Táala Hooghan Infoshop.
Shop //

Krystal Parkhurst – Metalsmith selling Navajo jewelry. 
Etsy Shop //

Milford Calamity – Emerging Diné artist designing and making authentic Native American jewelry.
Shop //

NotAbove – Nanibaa Beck Jewelry. Unique. Fresh. Diné.
Shop //

OXDX Clothing – Native American owned & operated streetwear clothing company.
Store //

Turquoise Hogan – Alana of The Fancy Navajo & her husband Kyle’s online store for Native American silver jewelry.
Etsy Shop //

Local Phoenix Businesses

Support your local small businesses & shop local! Here are some of my favorite local shops that I support.

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, Arizona 85283
300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85013
Shop small for books and other fun and unique gifts!

Game Depot AZ
3136 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, Arizona 85282
Best place for tabletop games!

Sunny’s Diner
1825 E. University Dr., Tempe, Arizona 85281
My favorite home-cooked breakfast spot.

Utopia Salon & Spa
4328 N Wells Fargo Ave #1, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
(480) 849-6660
Sean, owner & my hair stylist, is offering deals, valid only 11/25/17, on hair color, hair cuts, and reiki sessions!

Don’t forget to BOOKMARK this page and check it often as I will update the page as I add additional businesses and their deals! Also, some business already have sales happening!

-Nicky

2017 Plus Size Black Friday *Updated 11/24/17

2017 Plus Size Black Friday *Updated 11/24/17

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that when clicked on may result in a small commission to this site but all opinions are my own.

Redstreak Girl wearing Torrid Floral Tulle Mini Skirt

2017 Upcoming Black Friday Weekend Sales

The Holiday shopping season is already upon us and this year I am aiming to be a bit more organized and conscious of my holiday spending. So, I figured since I am already keeping track of sales for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday – I might as well share it with you! AND I am also keeping track of Native American businesses and artists!

This list will be a running list. So, I will be updating it with new links to ads and sales for companies (as they become available) that I’m interested in and hopefully there are some brands that interest you as well. Bookmark this page so you can easily find it later. You can also subscribe to new comments to this post and I’ll leave a comment with the date this post was updated.

Now, on to the good stuff! If there is a company that you would like me to consider tracking here on this list let me know in the comments below!

Click here to Shop Native American Businesses & Artists & Local Small Businesses!
Click here to see a list of groups and organizations to gift to this Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28th.

 

Black Friday, Nov. 24

Amazon
Plus Size Fashion – A Season’s Worth of Style
Countdown to Black Friday: Deals of the Day

Ashley Stewart
Black Friday Sale: 40% Off Everything
Plus, Get A Free Iman Lipstick When You Buy $60+

ELOQUII
Extra 40% off Sale with code: OMG
Extra 40% off Entire Purchase with code: FRIENDS
Black Friday Countdown – Check back Friday Nov. 24th

Hips & Curves
Bodysuits starting at $14.95. Two Days Only *ends 11/25

Kiyonna Clothing
Mystery Sparkle Special-Final Sale, On Sale $19 (60% off)
Black Friday – $25 Mystery Item
Black Friday Dress Sale – Many Styles Only $39.99

Black Friday Sale – Separates as Low as $19.99 at Kiyonna.com

Lane Bryant
40% Off Entire Site Using the Code: BLACKFRIDAY Valid 11/23-11/27!
BOGO Free On All Clearance! Valid 11/22-11/26!
$20 Bell Sweaters And Chiffon Trim Neck Sweaters! Valid 11/24 ONLY!
DOORBUSTERS:
11/9 ONLY – Tops B1G1Free
11/12 ONLY – $10 Long-Sleeve Tee valid, online only, limit 1 per customer
11/24 ONLY – All Bras $29.50, Valid in stores & online while supplies last
icon11/24 ONLY – $20 Sweaters, Valid in stores & online while supplies last

Society+
Black Friday sale starts Friday 11/10 at 12:01am and ends Tuesday 11/28.
Entire Store 40%-50% Off With Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAYNOW
75% Off All Faux Suede Dresses & Tops
$14.99 Leggings & Pull On Pants

Target
Black Friday Ad
Spend $50 on Black Friday, get 20% off a future purchase. Valid 11/24
REDcard holders get early access to select Black Friday deals on Target.com on 11/22

Torrid
40% Off Regular Items, 50% off Clearance Fashion for Sizes 10-30 at Torrid
Shop the Holiday Collection – Happy Merry Bright

11/13 ONLY – $25 The Perfect Blouse, online only
11/14 ONLY – $10 Foxy Cami, online only

11/15 ONLY – $35 Bras, online only

 

Don’t forget to BOOKMARK this page and check it often as I will update the page as I add additional businesses and their deals! Also, some business already have sales happening!

-Nicky

 

This shop is closed and will re-open for orders on Tuesday December 26, 2017. Happy holidays! Dismiss