Right To Bare Arms….Or Not!

Happy Monday all!

Going sleeveless can invoke “Jaws” like fear in some women but for others it’s not a big deal. It’s perfectly fine if you choose not to go sleeveless. I’m a firm believer that you should wear clothing that makes YOU feel comfortable.  Deciding not  to go sleeveless doesn’t mean you don’t love yourself any less than someone who does. Your particular clothing preferences have very little to do with self acceptance.  Anyone can put on a fabulous outfit to diguise how they truly feel about themselves.   At the end of the day, it’s more important that you feel good about yourself no matter what you wear. So feel free to exercise your right to bare arms or not!

Have a wonderful day!

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Dress: eShakti (old)
Shirt: Old Navy (old)
Shoes: DV Dolce Vita (here)
Bag: Gap (here)

Casual Friday: Check Your Fear At The Gate

TGIF all!

On Wednesday I stumbled across this great post from Black Girl Fly “I’m Not Sorry For Traveling While Fat” and it struck a deep cord within me. For the past 10 years I have been fortunate enough to travel to multiple counties such as Great Britain, Brazil and Grand Cayman.  Never once was my weight an issue when it came to travel.  My only travel hindrance was who would go with me and if I had enough Xanax to get through the flight!  Even when I hated my body, I still traveled. Traveling makes me extremely happy and content. The night before a vacation, I’m too excited  to sleep. Once I land at my destination,  I cant wait to get off the plan to explore what that country has to offer.

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My deep love of travel comes from my mother Betty who passed away in 1999.  Prior to her death, my mom (who was also a plus sized woman) traveled to multiple countries.  Never once did I hear her complain about her size and travel.  My mom would ask for a seat belt extension and keep it moving! She didn’t let her size stop her from seeing the world.  My mom was adamant that her children not allow our color and size to stop us from taking advantage of life.  Whenever I go away I always say to myself “Mommy would have have loved this”.  I travel in her memory and to keep her spirit alive inside me.

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I completely understand there are plus size women who are afraid to travel because of their size. I get it because I used to fear travel too but something inside me one day said “STOP IT!”. Fear is a bitch and I still have my struggles but I won’t let it stop me from seeing the world.  Our size doesn’t determine our worth as a person. I’m not going to stop living my life because of fear of what someone might think about me. I have absolutely no control over their opinion.  What I do have control over is me and I refuse to let anything get in the way of my need to travel.

So Morocco, Spain and South Africa get ready….you’re next on my list!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Curvy Con Recap

Happy Tuesday all!

Over the past weekend, my bloggers boos and I met up in NYC to attend Curvy Con (see my post here).  I had such an amazing time attending the event, hanging with my girls in the city and meeting some of my favorite plus size bloggers such as My Curves And Curls (all the way from Toronto!), Pretty Plus Pep, Sometimes Glam and  Beauticurve. It was empowering to be in a room filled with gorgeous plus size women proud and unapologetic about  celebrating their bodies.  But the biggest highlight for me at Curvy Con was meeting women who follow my blog. My heart was so full of gratitude for the love these women showed me.  I wish I could have met you all at Curvy Con so I could thank you for your support!

Congratulations Chasity & CeCe for putting together a wonderful event. I’m definitely looking forward to attending Curvy Con next year.  I hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful day!

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Here are some of my outfits from the weekend:

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Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft (sold out in in XL & XXL)
Shoes: Marc Fisher (old)
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Shoes: Chinese Laundry (here)
Bag: Zara (bought in store)
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Jumpsuit: c/o Modamix
Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft (here)
Sandals: Ann Taylor Loft (here)

Casual Friday: Love Conquers All

TGIF all!

In this world where hatred and evil reside, the human spirit still flourishes and heals its self.  The events in Charleston, SC have shaken me to the core just like the Sandy Hook and the Virginia Tech shootings.  My heart is heavy with sorrow for the victims and their families.  When evil manifests itself in such horrific acts, I tend to cling closer to my family and friends. Initially this post was going to be about how my blogger boo Sandra from La Pecosa Preciosa inspired my outfit today but I want to shift away from that.  I want to talk about how in less than a years time, Sandra has become my sister from another mother. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t speak to one another (trust me if I don’t Snapchat her in the AM, she is on me! LOL).  Sandra always has my back and is completely accepting of me and my quirky ways.  She is truly beautiful inside and out. I love her so much and feel enormously blessed to have her in my life.

So today tell your husband/wife/GF/BF/partner or life mate you love them, banish negative thoughts,  hold your kids a second longer, call your mom or sister and say “I appreciate you”. Help me show that love does conquer all!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Skirt: custom from Suite

Blouse: Old Navy (here)
Shoes: Nine West (old)
Bag: Tory Burch (here)

The Three Palms

Happy Monday all!

Sorry about my missed post on Friday but I’ve been out of commission since last Thursday. I was diagnosed with Vertigo and between the dizzy spells and the severe drowsiness from the medication, I was out of commission this past weekend. The combination of the  antibiotic meds and resting this weekend have me on the road to recovery!

This week Im featured on Fabulous After 40 as their Style Blazer. I’m so geeked about having the opportunity to spread my message that style has no age or size.  Plus size women are always left out of the conversation when it comes to style simply because of our size.  I find that to be completely ridiculous because style has nothing to do with size.  Blogging has allowed me to meet so many stylish plus size women.  These women shatter the myth that plus size women cannot be stylish.  Style is for everyBODY!

For instance take the palm print trend that is all the rage this Summer.  We can rock it just like our “straight” size sisters and to prove that point,  I pulled together three different looks to show you how to wear it this season!

Have a wonderful day!

Mixed with Stripes:

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Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft (old)
Skirt: custom from The TUTU Experience (here)
Flats: J Crew Factory (here)

With a classic denim shirt:

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Shirt: Old Navy (old, similar here)
Sandals: DV Dolce Vita (old; here)
Bag: Nordstrom (here)

With a pretty pink blouse:

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Sandals: Nine West (old, similar here)