Happy Monday all!

It seems like Mother Nature missed the memo about Fall’s arrival. Despite the un-Fall like weather, there are several new trends I plan to try this season.  Then there are the Fall staples such as leopard print that are closet mainstays.  Leopard print has come a long way, especially for plus size clothing.  Prior to blogging, I equated leopard print with kitschy decor and Peg Bundy.  Now it’s been classed up and is back on trend.   I treat leopard print as a neutral so I pretty much wear it with anything.  If you own leopard print pieces, wear it with a bright color for a great contrast.  Or top off a monochromatic look with a pair of leopard print heels.

Leopard is a fun print that works for everyone and can breathe new life into your existing Fall wardrobe.

Have a wonderful day!

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Coat: Ashley Stewart (old, similar here and here)
T-Shirt: H&M (here)
Pants: Eloquii (here)
Shoes: Steve Madden (old, similar here and here)
Earrings: Mango (here)
Purse: Longchamp (old, similar here and here)

 

TGIF all!

Happy Fall everyone! While the temps here in Philadelphia are more like mid-July, I cant help but be excited for the return of Fall’s crisp mornings and mild afternoons.  I also look forward to the gorgeous turning of the leaves that awash the city in brilliant color.  I’ve read that the peak time for fall foliage is between October 20-31.  Although we’re not in peak season yet, this hasn’t stopped me from dressing in my favorite foliage colors.  Green and orange are the epitome of Fall colors that look good on a variety of skin tones.  Combining these Fall favorites is a great way to usher in the new season.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Coat: Simply Be (here)
Blouse: Old Navy (old)
Skirt: Eloquii (old, similar here )
Sandals: Sam Edelman (here)
Bag: Etsy (here)
Earrings: Mango (here)

Happy Tuesday all!

Sorry for the hiatus! I had to take a mini break from blogging but now I’m back!

As y’all already know, I love me some eShakti. Their entire line of clothing is offered in size 0-36 which shatters the myth that straight size clothing can’t be made for us.  There is no cherry picking certain “flattering” items  only for plus sizes.   eShakti  recognizes that we are  the experts when it comes to  what styles, colors and prints that look good on us.  That’s why the option to customize the items is so important.   By using this feature, you get to restructure the item to fit your personal style. For example, I really like mandarin/stand collars. When I saw I could change the collar on this  gingham shirt dress for a mandarin collar, I was sold.   After I lengthened it to below the knee, I felt like this dress represented my style perfectly.  I’m glad eShakti allows you to  modify their clothing to fit to your satisfaction.  They understand that choosing clothing is a personal decision that should be made by the consumer, not the retailer.

Have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: eShakti gifted me this dress. Opinions expressed are all my own. 

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Dress: c/o eShakti (here, similar here and here)
Jeans: c/o Lane Bryant (here, love this pair too!)
Boots: Zara (here)

TGIF all!

If you are still trying to figure out what to do this Labor Day weekend (AKA Summers Last Hurrah) let me give you some suggestions!

  1. BYOB (or Dish) BBQ: call up your friends, everyone bring a dish and/or a bottle and hang out in your backyard, deck or porch!
  2. Go to a street fair: enjoy the few last days of Summer with family or friends without breaking the bank!
  3. First Saturday/Sunday Museum Day: most museums offer free admission the first Saturday or Sunday of the month.  Make visit two of your favorite and make it a day!
  4. Head to the Beach: I know that sounds like a crazy idea but if you get there early, you can end up having a great beach day!
  5. Take a Hike or a Stroll:  take advantage of the holiday weekend (and less people) and surround yourself in nature by strolling your local trail path.

Whatever you decide to do, be safe and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

 

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Dress: Gap (old, similar here and here)
Bag: Etsy (here, similar here)
Sandals: ASOS (no longer available, similar here and here)

Happy Monday all!

Initially this was going to be a post about how who inspired my outfit but honestly August has been a shitty time for me.  I dont’ feel like pretending to be alright when everything seems to be falling apart.  I want to talk about being good to yourself when life hands you lemons and you don’t know how to make the lemonade. I’m here to say its okay NOT to be strong when you’re supposed to “stay strong”.  It’s okay to bawl your eyes out.  It’s okay to be alone and recenter yourself.  It’s okay to hang out in your PJs and wallow just a little bit.  It’s okay to eat your favorite comfort food during this time (yesterday I was like “fuck it” and ate two doughnuts).  It’s okay to put yourself ahead of others so you can get back on track.  It’s okay to lean on your faith and pray for clarity.  It’s okay to seek professional help to assist you in navigating this rough patch. You are not a failure because you don’t have it all  together.  You are not a loser because your life isn’t “perfect” (trust me, NOTHING is perfect).  Know that no matter what happens, this too shall pass.

Have a wonderful day!

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Skirt: Joanna Hope (not available, similar here and here)
Top: Old Navy (old, similar here and here)
Sandals: Steve Madden (not available, similar here and here)
Earrings: BaubleBar (here, similar here)