D.A.R.E.

Sorry I haven’t been posting, my personal life has just been super hectic the past month. I used to be on this posting schedule, and somehow I got away from that. I was contemplating about whether or not should I continue to blog, because I just always felt that time was getting away from with all that was going on. I felt bad- I was beating myself up because I was trying to do everything, but the reality is, I am not superwoman, and it is ok to take a break, but I can’t stop creating. My friends made that clear to me. This blog started out as a creative outlet. A way for me to share my thoughts on fashion and my style. Throughout that process, I have met some of the most amazing people, and have supporters that tell me how much I mean to them. I still get very humbled when women stop me on the street to tell me that they love my style, and to keep going. So I will keep going. Doing my best to give you my most authentic self. During Fashion Week, I was inspired to keep it going. When Black & Brown Women get in a space together our power is undeniable.

I was invited to attend the Essence Fashion House. It was a day filled with panels and fashion shows. I got a chance to sit on June Ambrose’s panel. She has always been a person I admired for her work in the industry. She truly is the epitome of being true to one’s self. Two takeaway’s from her panel, first- she is hilarious. She has a great sense of humor, and her smile radiates. Second- “Don’t stay stagnant”. I need to practice this more. When I am comfortable, I will continue that path until something bad happens. I need to make sure that I am taking more risks, while still be in a position where I’m enjoying something steady. How can I do this? I have to make an effort in taking opportunities to learn (whether its at work, or going to events to learn how to become a better blogger). When it comes to my style, I try new trends all the time. Some look great, some not too much. It’s funny how I am willing to try things more when it comes to style, but when it comes to my life, I rarely want to rock the boat. Gotta do better on that front.

Feminine Funk Dare Tee

For the Fashion House, I figured it would be fitting to wear these amazing Drama Pants from Eloquii. I call them my shimmy shimmy pants cause there is so much movement when I wear them. I always gravitate to items that I love with a twist. These are wide leg pants, but the fringe takes them to a whole new level. I am wearing a 18/20 in these, and they do have a stretchy waistband. I wonder if I could have fit into the 14/16, just so that I could have the pants fit tighter in the waistband. All in all, I am still happy with them. The quality is great because I wore these all day, and no fringe fall out.

Moto Jacket

I paired my pants with one of my favorite tee’s from Feminine Funk. If you have not heard of them, they are a plus size tee shirt company based out of Atlanta. They come up with fun graphic tee’s that are for showing off. This one is called DARE- an ode to the 90’s Dare campaigns. Instead of it tackling the war on drugs, this is daring those to love themselves unapologetically. In their tee’s I wear a 1X. I have so many tee’s from them, and the quality is on point.

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To top off my look, I grabbed my red moto from Eloquii, and I was ready for a day of shows and panels. When it comes to events that last all day, I don’t want to have to worry about my feet hurting from standing long periods of time, so I go with a cute pair of flats that can keep up with me. My go to brand for a good flats is Sam Edelman.

The fashion shows were soo good. I got to see the amazing collections from Fe Noel & Tongoro in person. Ahh, the colors and textures. Make sure you are following me on IG, so that you can always see what’s going on with me in real time. Until next time lovers!!!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Hey There Lovers!!

It’s that time of the year. It’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Time to get your hands on some great items at a discounted price.

I decided to do a roundup of items that are my favorites, and other good items to always have. If you end up getting something, definitely tag me and let me know cause sharing is caring!!

PLUS SIZE CLOTHING

For the upcoming season we are still going strong with bold hues, plaids, as well as 90’s inspired pieces like slip dresses. Oh and don’t forget the animal prints, leopard, zebra and snake -oh yes. After cleaning out my closets for my closet sale with The Blogger House Curvy Closet, I had a good idea of what I have in my closet these days so there were a couple of pieces that are a part of the sale that I needed for my wardrobe. I love the plaid blazer, and believe it or not I am seriously thinking about the parka. It’s waterproof and a good medium weight jacket that will definitely get a lot of play (NYC has been getting a lot of rain this year). The coats are gorgeous this year with great teddy options in fun prints, as well as bold color. What I was most excited for from the sale was the lingerie. I love a good Elomi lace bra, and they have two versions available as part of the sale. If you do nothing else, at least check out the bra offerings.

SHOES

Over the years I have curated my shoe collection. I got rid of a lot of shoes that were pretty to look at, but hurt like hell. When it comes to buying footwear, I am looking for items that I can get a lot of wear out of, are comfortable, and look great. I love a good flat, so I added these cute Sam Edelman flats that comes in wide width. Last year, I bought a black pair from them and they are still going strong. I also added these wide calf boots from Born. It’s hard to find wide calf boots in leather for a good price, so I added these cause everyone should have a great pair of leather boots to wear for years to come. There are some cute booties, and fun pumps (like the zebra/leopard hybrid pump), and some slides that can go with a myriad of looks. I also added the Uggs Scuffette slipper cause it is definitely an item that one should splurge on. I have a pair of slippers from Ugg and they last for years and they are just oh so comfy.

So those are some of my favorite pieces from the sale. I did check out the handbags and jewelry, but there was nothing that I didn’t have currently in my wardrobe. If you get some items please tag me, I would love to see what you guys picked out. You have until August 4th before the prices go back up to regular price. Until next time! Muah!!!


Candy Stripes

There has been some big announcements over the years with brands launching plus, but one that I was excited for was Anthropologie. Over the years, I have admired their clothes from afar, but now that they have plus, I was able to get my hands on a piece or two and I must say that I am hooked.

I was fortunate enough that one of the stores near my job had plus so I was able to try on some pieces just to get a feel of the fit. I will say that the sizing is consistent with what I normally wear. In most items I wear either a 16 or 18, and I was still able to wear my size. I tried on several pieces, but decided on getting a pair of jeans. My reason for such was the cost per wear. On average, I wear skirts and dresses 2-4 times in any given season, but a good pair of denim is worn 8-10 times. With that in mind, I did not mind spending a little extra money on a pair of jeans that I knew I can get a good amount of wear out of. When it comes to pricier items, I look to see if they are worth the investment. Quality is definitely important to me, especially when it comes to jeans. My jeans go through a lot due to these thick thighs so I will invest in a good pair of jeans, or a coat or a leather jacket because I know they will be a part of my closet for a while.

Pilcro Jeans

I have been in the market for a good pair of high waisted jeans, so when I saw the Pilcro High Waist Leggings, I grabbed them and headed to the fitting room. I tried on a 16 which was way too tight for these thighs, the 18 was still snug, but the 20 was way too big in the waist. So I went with the 18 with the hopes that I can break them in. Over the years, I have read that your jeans should be snug and then you break them in. Key word- snug, not tight to the point of cutting off blood circulation. So when I finally wore these they were snug for about an hour, then I was able to break them in and they were great. I definitely stretched these out cause at the end of the night I felt like I needed a belt. When you have thick thighs and a big butt high waisted jeans are not that high, but these come to my natural waist which is what I wanted. The denim is made of a medium weight, which is my preference cause they are not too thin which can rip easily due to chub rub, but not too heavy to the point that I can’t wear these in the summer.

Since it was such a gorgeous day, I felt it was the perfect day to wear my striped off the shoulder top from Eloquii. I love showing off my shoulders, so you have been warned. You will be seeing them- A LOT! I am wearing a size 18, and its quite stretchy and lightweight. I love the versatility of the top, I can wear this with a great pair of wide leg pants, or a cute pencil skirt to dress it up. I’m just waiting for the white version similar to this to come back and stock and it’s a wrap…lol.

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I have been all about that sneaker life and I have no desire to really go back to wearing heels. There are so many great options for women these days that there is no real reason to go back to the heel life. I remember when I was younger, womens sneakers were not the wave. Either the colorways was eh, or the style was solely for mens. I lucked out that with my feet being on the smaller side (size 7.5-8) that I was able to wear kids sneakers growing up which were soo much better. Now, I can get great sneakers either from the women’s dept or kids. When the temps warm up, I look for a good all white sneaker, but when I saw the Puma Cali trimmed out in pink & red, I had to get her. I love mixing pink and red, so I knew I will get a lot of wear out of these. Caution- Puma’s run a bit small, so I sized up to a 8.5. Biggest mistake you can ever do is get a pair of sneakers that cause your toes to bunch up and feel scrunched.

For my accessories, I have been finding some gems on Amazon. I have been obsessed with heart shaped sunnies, and I found a great pink pair for $10. They come in a myriad of colors, and for $10 you can get every color of the rainbow without spending all of your coins. I ended out my look with my cute little bag also from Amazon.

Pink Heart Sunnies

Who has tried Anthropologie Plus? What are some of the pieces you like? I also linked some other items from the line that I am feeling. Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Until next time, muah!!







LifeStyled 2019 Lewks

For the past three years, I have met with my blogger boo’s in ATL for LifeStyled Honors. It’s a two day event, that honors amazing people within the plus size community. There’s two events, an all white party, called Curves en Blanc on Friday night, and the Awards Ceremony & Fashion Show on Saturday. With two big events, the hardest task is finding the right outfits. Thank goodness CoEdition came in for the save.

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CoEdition was super amazing for dressing me for the weekend. If you have not heard of them, they are an online plus size retailer. They have some of the coolest brands, and their site is super easy to navigate. I’m all about one & done dressing, so I chose two great dresses to wear to the event. If you are on the hunt for some new lewks, definitely check out CoEdition, they have some amazing pieces from brands such as City Chic, Junarose, Rachel Rachel Roy, Volcom, and they have shoes, & accessories as well for a one stop shopping experience.

Curves En Blanc

Curves En Blanc is the kick off party for the weekend. It’s an all white affair, so that is the time to find your baddest white lewk and strut your stuff. I love seeing all the shades of melanin in white, it just looks amazing against our skin. I wanted something fun and flirty so I went with the City Chic Fancy Free lace dress with nude underlay. I love fit and flare dresses (no Spanx needed) and it was perfect for the warm Atlanta weather. When I say I was asked by so many people where did I find this dress, and I told them City Chic- their eyes widened. That look of “Well Ok City Chic” and they headed to bookmark to check it out later is proof that is definitely a dress you need in your closet. I ordered this in a size M cause I wanted to ensure enough room in the bust area. I did have some room, so am curious if I could have sized down, but I had my trusty white belt so I was good to go.

City Chic Dress

For my accessories, I went to my go to as of late- Amazon. I found these clear block heel sandals for less than $40. Lucite shoes though super cute, do not provide much padding, so I suggest adding an insole for additional comfort & support. I was also on the hunt for a cute clear bag that I can wear with everything, and Amazon had tons of options. I went with this off white I will say that I get my money’s worth with my Prime Membership. If you don’t have Prime, I suggest it. Not only do I find great clothing and shoes, I get my photography equipment, and watch movies and tv shoes!

White Dresses Coedition

Lifestyled Honors Event

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For the main event, I wanted something sexy, so when I saw this striped sequin mini from Volcom, I knew this would be the perfect dress for the evening. I love pieces that instantly elevate, and an outfit with sequins does just that. The inside of the dress is made of a tee shirt type material so wearing the dress is not only sexy but comfortable as well. The final sell- the price, this dress is less than $55! That’s right, this little show stopper is affordable in addition to being super cute. I paired the dress with these great mules from Zara, and added my trusty black tassel earrings and my look was complete.

Volcom Sequin Dress

For the past three years I have attended the event, and I must say each year it keeps getting bigger and better. I am not only proud of what Maui (Phat Girl Fresh), has accomplished, but to see so many women and men come together to celebrate and uplift one another takes it to another level. It feels good getting a chance to see my friends and just catch up and laugh, while serving lewks. It’s those little things that can never be taken away.

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If you have an event this summer, and are looking for something, definitely check out CoEdition, I am sure you will find that special item that gives you all the feels or just something to wear to work, there’s so much goodness on the site! Until next time lovers! Muah!!



Pastel Love

Usually in the winter I am wearing nothing but black, but this winter I have been gravitating to a lot of color. My outerwear this season definitely reflects my switch from mostly black to color. This season there has been an explosion of great coats in plus- especially in colored fur!

This lilac number is a cutie. I was eyeing it for a while, but was telling myself that I have a lot of coats and maybe I don’t need it. Then something happened….the coat went on sale for $43 dollars. Like who is going to turn down a coat that went down from close to $200 to less than $50? I ordered it immediately. I ordered the 18/20 and it fits well. Note, the coat just has a hook closure in the middle so make sure you have a good scarf for those chilly days to wrap around your neck.

Plus Size Faux Fur

I was having brunch with my bestie so I kept it cute and casual with my 80’s inspired sweatshirt from Target and a pair of denim. When it comes to my weekend wear, I keep it low key. Sweatshirts have been a go to for me as of late. Since it is still Winter (Just a couple more days!!!), I wear sweatshirts since they are warmer than wearing tops and you can easily layer them. Also, you can wear them all year long. I definitely suggest investing in a couple of sweatshirts. One of my favorite combo’s is wearing them with a cute skirt, or some ripped up jeans with pumps. Just add some white accessories like these cute sunnies (less than $10), and you are good to go!

Eloquii Coats

There is no secret that I am sneaker girl. Growing up, I lived for sneakers. I wore them with everything. It drove my mom crazy. Now that I am thinking about it, I was ahead of my time. There were plenty of times I was rocking a cool pair of sneakers with a dress or skirt. There were not too many shoes I liked growing up. In the 90’s everything was a platform of some sort, so when it came to shoes, I only wore them when it was necessary. Now that I am in casual work environment, I can play around with color more, so I have been doing so with my sneaker choices. When i saw these Puma’s in my feed, I fell in love. Colorful like an Easter Egg, these work with so many things in my closet. Now The Puma Toy RS-X run a little small, so I went with a size 8.5 instead of my normal size 8 in sneakers. Not ready to go full on color? These do come in other colorways that can definitely work with your comfort level.

What are some of the ways you are incorporating more pastel colors in your life? Are you all about it, or you just keep it simple with a top?