The LBD. It’s general knowledge every girl should have one (or 10). Every fashion magazine you’ve read, every fashion video you’ve watched, and every stylist, designer, and editor has implored you to own one. There’s nothing I can say about the LBD that hasn’t already been said. It’s classic; it’s timeless; it’s everyone. Its blank canvas serves to create the woman you want to be. One woman who knows this concept well is my dear friend Shauna Miller of Penny Chic.

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Meet Shauna Miller, proof that dreams come true when you make them. A few years ago I sat at a Starbucks somewhere near Union Square and listened to Shauna tell a good friend and me this idea she had for a blog: “Dressing chic using only Wal-Mart clothes.” She is smart and fearless and I knew she’d have anything she set her mind to. Soon after her incredible pitch that had me (Miss Givenchy) clamoring for Wal-Mart, Shauna did what most of us do… She convinced herself it wasn’t possible; it was a mountain too high to climb. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen into this very trap. Doubt or not I knew Shauna would get it done, and find her way she did.  I’m not sure what her turning point was (I’ll have to ask her over a cocktail), but she ran full force at her dream and has been impressing me and the rest of the world beyond belief ever since. went from a concept at a coffee shop to a full-fledged blogging success story. Just when I thought I couldn’t be any prouder, Shauna did what most people don’t even dream of (mostly because dreaming that big scares people), and she landed her first design collection with big box megastore Wal-Mart. For her first collection Shauna tackled the must-have LBD. The result was an amazing 5 piece collection of dresses for every body type available from size 0 to 3X. I like to think Shauna made sure plus girls weren’t forgotten just for me! I’m wearing “the Peplum.” The fit on all the dresses is great and at $20 what more can a girl ask for. I am unbelievably proud to call Shauna a friend and beyond excited for you all to check out (and potentially wear) one girls’ dream made true.

You can find all of Miss Miller’s dresses on and should certainly add her blog to your must-reads!


Dress: Penny Chic by Shauna Miller Women’s Plus Size Peplum LBD , Jacket: Michael Kors (old), Glasses: Dior (similar here), Bag: Kate Spade (old), Shoes: Proenza Schouler (old)



11 Responses to “THE LBD”

  1. Shauna says:

    You look GORG in that dress! Wow Love it!!

  2. Crystal says:

    What an amazing buy for $20!

  3. Terry says:

    GORGEOUS LBD, Ashley. LOVE this look.

    I hope you’ll keep an eye out on my blog later today. I’ll be featuring this as one of the looks I love today.


  4. Silly Medley says:

    So lovely! Peplums really suit you. I’ll have to check her line out, that dress is so chic.

  5. Ashley! I am soooo happy i found your blog through!!! I am also Cuban American and I live in Miami! :) In my newly launched fashion blog (The Not So Little Ladybug), I feature affordable fashion for full figured women. I could never relate to the thin model-like fashion bloggers that i follow, and really appreciate your blog.

    Thank you from all of us “not so little” ladies!

    p.s. you rocked that peplum! :)

    The Not So Little Ladybug

  6. Keokah says:

    That necklace…I need! So chic!

  7. Kaitlin says:

    Love the dress; it truly suits you!

    How do you feel the fit is with the dress? Size up/down? I’d really appreciate your input!

  8. Chloe says:

    It’s gorgeous

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