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Speak Up

When I saw this jumpsuit, I literally shed a tall tear. Yes. I am emotional by nature. Sappy commercials can trigger watery eyes but this jumpsuit called out to me. It was like hey Alicia girl! Not only is it animal print (which you know I live for), it’s also LONG ENOUGH in every way. You wanna hear the most amazing part? It was only $29. That’s not a typo my friend.

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Now. Don’t hate me…but this beauty was so popular that it flew off the shelf before I could shoot it BUT it’s just one of the many pieces that are the new COLLUSION line from ASOS. The site describes the line as:

A new brand for the coming-of-age generation that refuses to compromise on principle or style, COLLUSION believes clothes that celebrate self-expression and inclusivity should be the norm. It's no surprise then that it's linked up with six inspirational creatives to shape its first collection, which includes denim, knitwear, dresses and loads more.

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Now apparently this was made for something called the Gen Z that apparently I am aged out of but I don’t give a dang. I really like a lot of the pieces and will rock them as my older self pleases. The design and the price are winners for this lady.

I also love that they had a collective of six young designers, models, artists, and influencers that created the line. That is dope. Creative collaboration is my jam. Let’s just pray that ASOS calls me to help create their next Tall line. *speaks it into existence*

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Now, let’s talk about these beautiful sock boots. They are from none other than Payless. Payless has been a staple in my closet since I was young. As a whipper snapper, not only were they the only shoes my Mom could afford, they were also the only ones that could fit. They have been holding it down for size 10-13 for years and continue to step their game up design wise. These joints are a testament to that.

While we are speaking things into existence, Holla at me Payless! We have a capsule collection to make, as well as a sick commercial that I have already scripted. Let’s do this!

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See…they really are long enough. I knew you were wondering.

See…they really are long enough. I knew you were wondering.

Photos and MUA by  Nikki Notarte   Tall COLLUSION Jumpsuit - ASOS ( sold out. Check out the new line here )/ Brash Women’s Xaya Pointed-Toe Sock Boots - Payless  (shown in size 12)/Belt - Thrifted/Hoops - Forever 21

Photos and MUA by Nikki Notarte

Tall COLLUSION Jumpsuit - ASOS (sold out. Check out the new line here)/Brash Women’s Xaya Pointed-Toe Sock Boots - Payless (shown in size 12)/Belt - Thrifted/Hoops - Forever 21

I will be rocking this jumpsuit a lot. That $29 will be put to good use! Don’t be surprised if you see me running down the street wearing the suit, some sneakers and a faux leather jacket. Yep. That’s gonna be me.

PS. If you even had a thought, even for a moment, that you shouldn’t wear this much print…THROW THAT THOUGHT OUT THE WINDOW AND RUN OVER IT. You can wear whatever you please. Give them somethin to look at hunni!

Holiday Heights

A La Mode Skirt - Model Atelier/Tall Black Lace Bodysuit - New Look/IBENA (shown in size 12) - Eleanor Anukam/Clutch - Thrifted/Earrings - Target

Photo Credit: Lakeela Smith

I don't know about you but I love a dramatic moment. In fact, I believe that all tall women deserve dramatic moments in style and Model Atelier is certainly here to make that happen.

Their A La Mode Skirt is divine. I have to admit, when I first received it I thought it was way too long but guess what? It's supposed to be! This skirt brings the heat and the drama with it's extra length that arrives far after you hit the room. It's the perfect exclamation point to a show stopping entrance.

The red color is perfect for the holidays and I paired it with a classic, yet uber sexy tall lace bodysuit that is right on trend. I added neutral earrings, laser cut pumps and a pearl clutch to seal all that glam together.

In addition to this amazing skirt, Model Atelier has a plethora or great tall, evening wear options that will shut down your upcoming event. They aint ready!

Model Atelier wants to make sure that you hit the holidays in dramatic style and have provided an exclusive 20% off coupon code just for you. Use TALLSWAG in at checkout:-)

I can't wait to see what you rock during the holiday season, so make sure to tag #TallSWAG in your photos. You better SLEIGH!!! Happy Holidays:-)

Something Old, Something New

Tall Joggers - LEL/Sequin Top - Nordstrom/Shoes (size 12) - Payless/Blazer and Bracelet - Forever21/Earrings - H&M  Photo Credit:  LaKeela Smith Photography

Tall Joggers - LEL/Sequin Top - Nordstrom/Shoes (size 12) - Payless/Blazer and Bracelet - Forever21/Earrings - H&M

Photo Credit: LaKeela Smith Photography

If your holiday season was anything like mine, you didn't have time to look for a New Years outfit, let alone buy one. Never fear...your closet is here!

Yep, that's right. Step right on in to the comforts of the clothes that are conveniently placed in your closet. Take this look; the shoes are 3 years old, the pants and blazer are 2 years old and I bought the top on super sale last year and never wore it. Now, you are probably saying, Alicia, who just has this stuff hanging in their closet? You do boo and here are 5 tips to pull off a last minute NYE look:

1. USE BLACK AS THE FOUNDATION

Black is a color that goes with everything and is the best foundation for a last minute look because it's timeless, flattering and everyone has something black in their closet. Anything from a little black dress to a jumpsuit to a black skinny jean and crop top...start with black and the possibilities are endless. Want to ramp it up a bit? Go with a vibrant, solid color as your base.

2. ADD SOME SPARKLE

Take a scan of your clothes, shoes and makeup for anything that sparkles. Try them on with your fit and pick the option(s) that work best for you. Even something as small as an eyeshadow with some sparkle in it, can glam up your look for your NYE soirees. Don't be afraid to wear multiple sparkly pieces...go sparkle or go home!

3. SHOESTOPPERS

We all have those bold shoes that we can't rock that often because everyone would easily notice a repeat wear (it shouldn't matter but it does). Break those babies out for your NYE parties. A hot shoe will polish off your look and make your fit standout in the crowd as you bring in the New Year.

4. FROST LIKE A BOSS

Breakout those eye-catching accessories that don't get an every day wear...this is the time to rock those bad boys! I went with gold but any metallic will do. This is also something quick and inexpensive that you can buy if you absolutely have no options (but I know you do).

5. GLAM BAM

Rock out your hair, makeup and nails. It's amazing what you can create in just these 3 things alone. Even a white tee can be glammed up when all these elements are personalized and polished. Quick Tip: When it comes to parties you can't go wrong with a bold, bright lip.

THE ULTIMATE RULE: CONFIDENCE IS KEY

No matter what...rock what makes you feel great! Bring in the New Year in a fit that you love and you can never go wrong. When you look good, you feel amazing and your confidence sizzles even more than it already shines.

I wish you light, love and uber success in 2016. Pursuit those dreams, prepare for your blessings and appreciate them when they come. And please tag your Tall NYE looks with @TallSWAG so I can see how your Tall, fabulous self brought in the New Year!

Cheers to an amazing 2016!

Look NOW: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a tall woman (5'11" to be exact) of many talents.  She can sing like nobody's business, writes amazing, timeless songs and has effortless, ladylike style.  She is definitely a bona fied member of team TallSWAG.

Recently Taylor was out and about in this cute fit which I for one wish I was wearing right now.  Want Taylor's complete look for under $200 (a la tall of course)? Scroll down now.

Links:

TRUCK JEANS KENDALL SKINNY JEANS at Alloy. $35.92. Sizes 1-25. Inseams up to 37".  Also comes in yellow, black, turqoise and white.

TALL SLASH KNIT T-SHIRT at Next. $22. Sizes 4-14.

LULU PRINT CHIFFON HEADBAND at Nordstrom. $8.

XHILARATION RUBBERIZED SUNGLASSES at Target. $12.99.

KDNY FOSTER CROSS BODY BAG at DSW. $39.94.

BIKINI SO TEENY at Essie. $8.

COVERGIRL LIP PERFECTION LIPSTICK IN BURN at Ulta. $6.99.

STEVE MADDEN TRACEY FLAT at Barefoot Tess. $59. Sizes 11-14. Also comes in black, blue, floral, fushia and taupe.

Tall at the Met

Team TallSWAG took over the Met Gala last night. Seriously, we were all over that red carpet!

Check out how we wore it and who shouldn't have worn it (we don't make mistakes often but when we do, we can admit it).

Bianca Brandolini in Diappa (cool it with the cape)/Milla Jovovich in Prada (interesting)/Rhianna in Tom Ford (could do without the nails)/Brooklyn Decker in Tory Burch (ages her a little)/Camron Diaz in Stella McCartney (just ok)/Chanel Iman in Tom Ford (beautiful)/Chelsea Clinton (works for her)/Jessica Pare in L'Wren Scott (pretty)/Heidi Klum in Escada (LOVE the neck piece)/Jamie King in Topshop (steal of a dress)/Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada (side boob…really?)/Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen (Foster Farms chicken commercials).

Anja Rubik in Anthony Vaccarello (you knew that was wrong when you put it on. Please eat now)/Jessica Stam in Dior (unique)/Kanye West in Givenchy (please smile. I know your ‘boo’ isn’t with you but can we see the pearly whites?)/Kate Upton in Michael Kors (No)/Liya Kebede in Tory Burch (the shoes make it too casual)/Linda Evangelista in Prada and Harry Winston (I can’t get over the amount you ‘need’ in child support)/Liv Tyler in Givenchy Couture (ill fitting)/Nancy O'Dell in Zac Posen (*shrugs shoulders*)

Brooke Shields in J Mendel and Tiffany & Co. (I hope you are ok and maybe next time get a cane with some swag to it. The Walgreens pick-up isn’t cutting it)/Ivanka Trump in Peter Pilotto (is that velvet?)/ Caroline Trentini in Oliver Theyskens (I’m scared)/Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe (would be amazing without the head piece)/Stella Tennant in Chanel (wrong on too many levels)

Matthew Morrison (straighten out that bowtie and we are good)

Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford (helllo, helllo)/Jessica Biel (5'8") in Prada (I feel like you hemmed that in the limo)

Gerard Butler in Alexander McQueen (a little less goat)

Tim Tebow in Ralph Lauren (does the jacket not fit or is it the way you are standing?)/John Krasinski (so over anorexic ties)/Emily Blunt (5'7") in Calvin Klein (nice)/Donald Trump (eh)/Melania Trump (5'11") in Marc Bouwer Couture (eh)

Tom Brady in David Yurman (something is off)/Gisele Bundchen (5'11") in Alexander McQueen (stunning)

L'Wren Scott (HOLD IN IT DOWN!)/Mick Jagger (5'10") (Who cares what he is wearing. He has a beautiful 6’5” goddess on his arm)

Carmelo Anthony (dust those slippers)/LaLa Anthony (5'6") in Zac Posen (love the color)

*All photos courtesy of Getty Images via The Huffington Post.

Independence Day

I will never forget the day another tall woman came up to me and told me that I shouldn't be wearing red because it would bring MORE attention to me (it was a super cute shirt btw). I was baffled, astonished, mad and then sad. Before I could even react, she was off. Clearly she tried to paint her insecurities on me. Thank God they didn't stick.  I hope they aren't sill stuck with her.

I am all about red (really any color) this season.  It highlights your amazing presence.  I LOVE these pants from Ann Taylor LOFT (10T). They are super flattering and the fabric is comfy (it's almost like wearing sweatpants).  The pants were long enough with flats (36") but I wanted to wear them with the platforms (Payless pick-ups) so I had a tailor bring them down (a good tailor should become your best friend.  I wish I could legally adopt mine).

The shirt is also Ann Taylor LOFT.  I really bought it because I had a promo code and needed $10 more dollars to make the $20 off quota (I live for a sale).  So really, I feel like I almost got the shirt for free (which we know isn't really true but I'm going to roll with it).  However, I wear the shirt all the time.  With jeans, skirts, suits, you get the drift.  Most of the time I keep it tied but I also leave it long for a "tie" look.

Last but not least, my baby, the vintage blue handbag.  Can you believe I picked it up for $12!?! I was as shocked as you are.  I stumbled upon this watch repair shop by my office that doubles as a vintage handbag shop (SCORE) and have been going weekly ever since.  

I say all of that to say this. No matter what ANYONE says, rock whatever you want to rock when you want to rock it. That is all.

PS. Don't sleep on the bracelet.  It was the perfect period to the fit and is a Candid Art origiNAL. 

Shirt and pants - Ann Taylor LOFT/Handbag - Vintage Corelli/Bracelet - courtesy of Candid Art/Shoes - Payless

Photo credit: Kate Bower (Ybowyer Photography)