Casual Friday: Speak Out!

TGIF all

On Wednesday I made the decision to watch the  body cam video of  the University of Cincinnati police officer shooting Sam DuBose. I  couldn’t brush off the feeling that I needed to know what happened to him.  I didn’t watch the Sandra Bland video because emotionally I wasn’t ready.  Watching  what transpired between the officer and Sam DuBose has left me hurt and angered.  Their deaths have deeply affected me because they are no different from me.   I’ve switched lanes without using a signal.  I have driven my car around without a license plate.  I’ve been pulled over  by police and have questioned them as to why I was being stopped.  Never would I think any of these interactions could end in my death.  For whatever reason, something inside those officers felt like aggressive, deadly force was the only way to resolve the issue.  I can’t stop thinking that if they saw Sandra Bland and Sam DuBose as human beings, they would be here with us today.

I sincerely hope this post doesn’t offend anyone but the persistent issue of police brutality is weighing heavily on me and I had to speak out.

Have a wonderful weekend

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Pinterest Fave: Ranti In Review

Happy Monday all!

Recently one of my lovely readers commented on my lack of “shopping my closet” posts.  The comment was a good wake up call because over the season, I’ve acquired new pieces that have allowed me to neglect existing items in my closet. I decided  use this opportunity to start a six week feature recreating  some of my favorite Pinterest pins with the clothes already in my closet.  During this  period I will TRY my BEST not to give into shopping urges.  It’s gonna be hard but  I know I can do it!

So to kick things off, I’m starting with the fabulous Ranti In Review! I’ve been a fan of her effortlessly chic style for awhile now so it was a no brainer to have her as my first Pinterest Fave!

Have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: The picture featured is property of Ranti In View; I have permission to use her photo. 

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Top: Loft (here)
Skirt: Eloquii (sold out, similar here)
Sandals: Old Navy (old)
Bag: Tory Burch (old)

Casual Friday: Lane Bryant Memories

TGIF all!

I know this Lane Bryant jumpsuit has already made the rounds but I couldn’t help posting it! When I was putting the jumpsuit on,  I begin to reminisce about my long term relationship with Lane Bryant. I began wearing Lane Bryant way back in the 10th grade,  My mother and older sisters were plus size too so I was exposed to Lane Bryant since I was a child. So when it was finally my turn to start wearing their clothes, it almost felt like a rite of passage into womanhood.  From that point on, Lane Bryant became a significant source of clothing throughout my life.  In college Lane Bryant’s heavy wool coats saved me brutal Binghamton winters, provided me with my first bra fitting and was where I got my first business suit for job interviews. I knew no matter the occasion, I could always depend on Lane Bryant to provide me with quality clothing. For these reasons and many more,  Lane Bryant will always occupy a special place in my heart.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Jumpsuit: c/o Lane Bryant (sold out)
Wedges: J Crew (old)
Purse: Love Cortnie (old)

Take Only What You Need!

Happy Monday all!

Over the weekend I had to the pleasure of attending BlogHer’s annual conference with my blogger babes in NYC. When I was packing for the conference I challenged myself to only bring enough clothes that could fit into a weekend duffel bag.  I decided to scale down after lugging a nearly 60lb suitcase Bermuda and not wearing half of what I brought. After that experience,  I vowed to stop over packing.  So here is what I took away from my scaled down packing experience:

1. Gotta Limit My Shoes: When I went on my cruise, I brought six pairs of shoes with me and only ended up wearing two pairs! Can you see what was wrong with this picture! LOL  When I was packing for BlogHer I knew I was going to be doing a lot of walking so there was no need for fancy shoes. So I limited myself to two pairs of flat sandals. I wore one pair traveling to NYC and packed the other pair. Yay me!!!

2. Learned To (FINALLY!!!) Pack Light: I would see article after article about packing light and would think “I can’t do that!”  Packing light became easy  once I stopped stressing myself out about “what am I going to wear!”  Instead I focused on bringing clothing that could be worn multiple ways without compromising style. I also challenged myself not to buy anything new for the conference and only shopped my closet for what I needed.  In the end I only  took two midi skirts, a dress and two shirts for my four day stay in NYC. No more 60lb bags for me!  Go me! Go me!

3. I’m A Proud Repeat Offender:  Basically the outfit I arrived in was the one I left in! This way no extra clothes were packed! YES!!!

I would love to get your packing tips or tricks that I can use.  I have another vacation coming up in the Fall, so I need all the help I can get!

Have a wonderful day!

P.S. I want to thank Sandra from La Pecosa Preciosa for taking my pics this weekend!

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Skirt: Custom made last year
Shirt: Loft (old)
Sandals: Old Navy (available in store; sold out online)
Purse: borrowed from a friend

Perfectly Printed

Happy Monday all!

I never shy away from a great floral print so when I saw this gorgeous printed Eloquii dress I quickly snatched it up.   This is not your typical plus size floral print.  The print reminds me of an abstract watercolor painting not garish or harsh.The dress is very feminine and has a subtle sexiness to it. Unfortunately (as with all nice PS clothes!) the dress is sold out but I say sign up for the wait list, it is definitely worth it!

Have a wonderful day!

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Dress: Eloquii (sold out)
Shoes: Ivanka Trump (old)