Easter is quickly approaching and I’m excited just for how far plus-size fashion has come. I remember growing up as a chubby girl how much of a hassle it was finding the perfect Easter dress. Remember in the 90’s about the only place a plus-size teenager could find a cute dress was Lane Bryant, and you would look like an old woman because fashion was not as trendy for bigger women in the 90’s. I’m thankful for the old Lane Bryant, who knows what I would have had on if it wasn’t for them. So one of my traditions I hold on to is getting my Easter dress from Lane Bryant. Yep, I’m 33 and every dress or outfit for Easter has come from Lane Bryant. So I wanted to offer some inspiration to my curvies who are still contemplating on what to wear for Easter. Read more…
Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays because of the following: I have a very big sweet tooth, red is one of my favorite colors, and love is a beautiful thing. One of my favorite Valentine’s Day traditions is to shower my boys with homemade chocolate covered strawberries. Read more…
Hello beautiful, I hope that you had an amazing holiday and that you were able to enjoy the people that you love the most. I was surrounded by family and friends and blessed tremendously. I couldn’t have asked for anything better, however, I can not believe that we are days away from 2017. Can you believe it?
Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had an amazing weekend. Can you believe it’s almost Christmas and it’s still warm in Mississippi? Unbelievable, right!
I know that everyone is gravitating toward big chunky knit sweaters, but here in Tupelo the temperatures have not dropped drastically so it’s barely coat season here.
Sooooo what do you do when you want a layered look but it’s not cold enough for one? I have the answer!! You grab a perfectly, casual-styled, mock-layered sweater and jeggings from Lane Bryant. You can make it look as if you’re wearing two different shirts without all the bulk and with ease. This sweater is perfect for the days you want to be casual and fab.
Pairing blush and pink colors with white or dark wash jeggings is a great way to rock your neutrals and soften up your winter wardrobe. Add a pastel pink coat, nude flats, or a blush bag and you will feel cozy, feminine, and pretty.
Oh! I almost forgot….. I can’t leave without telling you guys about my awesome time with Mud & Magnolias (a lifestyle magazine born in Mississippi that explores our way of life and highlights the best parts of the South). The photographer Lauren Wood is so creative and talented with the camera. I really enjoyed our session and I’m so excited about my feature in the Health Edition this January. Click the link to see more about this magazine and subscribe so you don’t miss anything.
So I don’t know if I have given you the whole spill about being a plus size kid but I’m going to fill you in.
I was born weighing 9 lbs, 10 oz (that’s pretty much what I would call a plus size baby, lol) and most of my years as a child I remember squeezing into my big cousins clothing (who at the time was maybe 15 or 16), and I was only about 9 or 10 years old. I’m estimating I could have clearly been younger than that.
My teenage years I remember shopping for my Easter dresses at Lane Bryant, which at the time was the old woman store) and wearing a size 16 in high school I was the biggest in my circle of peers.
In college, My weight skyrocketed to a 24 and this was my size pretty much until I made up my mind to live a healthy lifestyle.
Today, I am proud to say that I am a size 18 and I have never felt better about myself. I’m truly confident in my own skin, so when I received emails about self-esteem, I was very inspired to write this blog post.
Most of the time the way women love/view themselves is based on how the opposite sex responds to them. Women always feel better when the opposite sex thinks that they are attractive. Think about it our culture has become so superficial wanting to appear flawless to appeal to the opposite sex. However, what if the opposite sex does not think you are attractive? What if you do not get the ego boost and extra love from that male in your life? What if you are single with no male in your life? What do you do? Do you continue to wait for someone to think you are good enough? Let me answer that real quick, NO!
Self-confidence and self-love comes from within. “Self-esteem begins and end with you. The more you know about yourself, the less moved you’ll be by the opinions of others.” (B. Dilley)
So here are 3 tips to help you walk into 2017 with more confidence.
1.LEARN TO SAY GOOD THINGS TO YOUR BODY.
The words that we speak everyday shape our reality. So if we constantly talk about the things we hate about our bodies we will eventually hate our bodies. Think about this garbage belongs in a garbage can. You are not a garbage can so do not fill your mind up with trash about yourself.
2.YOU HAVE TALENTS AND YOU WERE CREATED WITH PURPOSE
God created you with beauty and purpose. God created only one you (that’s pretty awesome). No one has your DNA or fingerprint. You’re special. God created us to be purposeful. You have talents and someone needs you. Someone is waiting on you to inspire them. Follow your dreams.
3. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF
We have all been guilty of this. We compare our lives, homes, cars, business, kids, etc. Comparison traps are the recipe for failure. Comparison is the biggest liar that screams you will never be good enough. Comparison is a joy thief. Always remember that your story, your journey, and your process is unique to you.
Start changing the way you see yourself today and watch it work! Start saying positive things to yourself and watch it manifest.
I also hopped on the #blogmas train meaning that I will be posting a new post every week in December. Yay!!
So it’s been 29 days and tomorrow starts the 10 day countdown to the end of the “Healthy Curves 40 Days No Bread” challenge. I feel amazing. I’m in control and I can make better decisions without carbs haunting me in my dreams. This was not about weight loss with me. I am a body positive advocate and I believe that healthy comes in all shapes and sizes, but for the people who only understand in pounds I’m down 12.
Foods that have saved my life during these last 29 days are broccoli, humus, cauliflower (mashed and riced), and the food love of my life lily’s chocolate chips. Never in my life have I had so many options to eat bread. I’ve had more friends offer to buy my lunch in the last 29 days than in 33 years, but to be real I am craving strawberry pancakes (but I will make them the low carb way).
Most of all I have killed my bread addiction. It’s weird, but it works..
I’m so thankful for everyone that participated. This is only a start of what’s to come.
The next challenge starts December 1st. So enjoy Thanksgiving, and set new goals.
I would love to know how you guys are holding up? Comment Below!!
Got questions on how to join the next challenge? Comment Below!!
If you are one of those thinking, “What is Monochrome”??? It may be hard to say and spell, but it is one of the easiest trends to style. Monochromatic dressing involves wearing one color, or multiple shades of a certain color from head-to-toe. All black everything and denim on denim are some examples of monochromatic dressing.
Choosing the right color is key when you are rocking a monochrome look. Sometimes it’s impossible to find clothing that is the exact same shade and this is a good thing with this trend, wearing the exact same color from top to bottom can appear to be forced and uniformy (that is not a word, but you get what I’m saying).
I decided to play around with different hues. I love the way any shade of red compliments my body so I decided to start with these red/wine jeggings from Lane Bryant (the red wine color that I have on are sold out, but other colors are available). I used this red/wine color from the jeggings to build my look. I paired them with a burgundy/maroon light sweater/tunic (old) and wine/suede heels, giving more depth and dimension to my monochrome look. I accented my look with gold jewelry, and a Tommy Hilfiger wristlet (similar here).
I choose to wear monochromatic outfits because they are easy to style, and also it gives me a slick and polished shape— monochromatic outfits make you appear much longer and taller than you actually are. I love my shape and size, but i also love to look amazing in my clothes.
Have you tried monochromatic dressing? If so, what is your favorite color?
Also, Samples are on the way to everyone who joined my Avon Sample Club. If you would like to join my Avon Sample Club send your address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have already proclaimed my love for jumpsuits to you guys. So many of you wanted details on the Harem Jumpsuit that I wore on Labor Day and I’m here to deliver the scoop, Honey.
Back in the 90’s, MC Hammer hit the scene with a very light version of Harem pants and he called them Hammer Pants. I had a pair and I remember to this day that I loved them (cool kid, lol). I can’t remember how I styled them, but I do remember them being comfy and flashy, as some would agree to be a true statement today.
This Harem Jumpsuit is from Amazon. I am a true size 18 and a large fits just fine. So remember to go down a size when ordering. I paired this jumpsuit with a pair of ankle gladiators that I bought from an online thrift shop for curvy women, Cats Closet. Cats Closet offer really affordable pieces of clothing for plus size women.
I’m so in love with this look because it’s easy to transition into fall. Add a duster and some booties and you’re ready for a fall. So if you are loving this look click the links that I have provided for you.
How do you feel about Harem Pants? Do you love or hate them? Comment Below..
So it’s been a minute and it’s been crazy over my way, however I did not forget to fill you guys in on my road trip to attend The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo hosted by Marie Denee. Marie Denee is popular for her blog “The Curvy Fashionista” and Instagram hashtag #tcfstyle and the TCF Style Expo is where all of this curvy amazingness came to life.The event was an amazing fashion experience for curvy women. So much shopping, pictures, and inspiration. I’ve never attended an event that made me proud to be a plus size woman or an event strictly for plus size women. What truly blew me away was seeing the faces behind blogs that I have been reading, following, and supporting for years.
I wanted to be cute and comfortable for this event because it included lots of walking (outside and inside). I wore distressed denim jeans from Charlotte Russe and I placed a small cuff at the bottom of my jeans so that my shoes would be the star of this show, lol. I wore the red and white muse button down shirt from Lane Bryant. This shirt was extremely sheer and it kept me cool in the Atlanta heat. I completed this look with strappy heels that were also from Lane Bryant. I shopped a good bit so that means I was pretty comfortable.. lol
Did any of you go to the TCF Style Expo? I got a chance to meet sooooo many friends. Thank you so much for reading..