TGIF all!

I can’t believe Memorial Day weekend (aka the unofficial start to Summer) is here! It seems just yesterday I was groaning about Winter!  The holiday weekend can be  so packed with things to do, it can become overwhelming. So to help you out, I’m highlighting some of the best Memorial Day weekend events in a city near you (I hope!).

  1. Washington DC: National Memorial Day Parade & free concert at the Capital. The concert is hosted by Joe Mantegna and Lawrence Fishburne.
  2. Philadelphia: Spend the day at the first annual Penns Landing Waterfront Day! Bring the family and stay later for the US Air Force Band Full Spectrum and amazing fireworks show on the Delaware River (I highly recommend this!)
  3. Atlanta: Experience rich Asian culture and history at the Asian Summer Festival .
  4. Chicago: Head over to the Greek and Mediterranean Wine Festival to indulge in tasty wine and Greek food!
  5. Los Angeles: Bring in Summer at Fiesta Hermosa at beautiful Downtown Hermosa Beach.
  6. Denver: Get your artistic juices flowing at the Denver Arts Festival this holiday weekend.
  7. Houston: Love crawfish? Then the South Houston Crawfish Festival is for you!
  8. New Orleans: Immerse yourself in New Orleans culture at the Treme 7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival this weekend.
  9. Las Vegas: You can dance to you drop at multiple Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend EDM events this weekend in Sin City.
  10. Seattle: You or someone you know a film buff? Then take part of  The Seattle International Film Festival to satisfy your love of film this holiday weekend!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

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Jacket: Old Navy (similar here)
Top: Old Navy (similar here)
Pants: Eloquii (here & on sale!)
Shoes: Betsey Johnson (here)
Bag: Kate Spade (old, similar here)

Happy Monday all!

Sorry for not posting last week. I had a lot of stuff going on and I fell behind. I promise to be more consistent to minimize any gaps in posting.

My trip to Havana was so amazing I keep wishing I could go back! I had such a fantastic time with my travel divas Ivory from Ivory Jinelle and Dionna from Made Me Pretty.   Before we headed to Havana, we did  A LOT of research about to expect in Cuba.  One of the of the tips we came across was not to check a bag.  From what we read there was a possibility we could wait 2-4 hours to get our checked luggage.  Not wanting to risk it, we all decided to be Team Carry On for this trip.  Being Team Carry On forced me to only take what I needed which honestly was enough for this trip.  I never felt like I didn’t have anything to wear and was able to make multiple outfit changes.  Also if felt good to just walk off the plane and leave without waiting around for a checked bag.  While I’m not fully  on Team Carry On,  I’m slowly coming around to being a full time member!

Have a great day!

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Jumpsuit: Old Navy (wearing an XXL, here)
Sandals: ASOS (sold out, similar here)
Bag: Esty (here)
Earrings: BaubleBar (here)

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Top: Old Navy (similar here)
Skirt: Melissa McCarthy (here)
Sandals: Old Navy (here)
Bag: Esty

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Dress: c/o Eloquii (here)
Earrings: Esty (here)

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Dress: eShakti (here)

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Top: Old Navy (here)
Bottom: Torrid (here)

 

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TGIF all!

My recent trip to Havana was everything and more than I expected. Havana is a deeply rich and layered city.  It’s gorgeous, gritty and lush.  The people were welcoming and proud to share their culture with us.  Havana captured our hearts so much we trying to get back later this year to explore Cuba’s beauty even further!

Have a wonderful day!

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Old Havana

 

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Playa Santa Maria

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Top: Old Navy (here)
Bottom: c/o Torrid (here)

Happy Thursday all!

Remember the song “You Gotta Be” from Des’ree from back in the day?  The lyric “you gotta be bad, you gotta be bold” has been resonating with me lately because I’m trying to live my life more boldly.  I’m trying to learn how to be more open and accepting of new things that come my way. Being bold doesn’t necessarily mean doing something big or audacious like coloring your hair bright pink.  It encompasses small feats we accomplish like wearing a bathing suit without delving into negativity or judgement.  Being bold can mean being proud of those wrinkles  that make your face beautiful and unique.   It also means living your life unapologetically and on your own terms. Now that’s bold!

Have a wonderful day and weekend!

P.S. I’m headed to Cuba and I can’t wait to share my experience with you next week!

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Shirt: Old Navy (wearing an XXL, here)
Skirt: ModCloth (here)
Sandals: Old Navy (here)
Bag: Etsy (here)

Happy Monday all!

I’m a sucker for a pretty ruffle so it makes me giddy to see that they’re a huge trend this Spring.  I got this skirt in early March and I couldn’t wait for the weather to warm up to wear it. ASOS main range size 14  elastic waist skirts tend to run large and are very plus friendly.  I wear a 20 in skirts and this one can easily accommodate a size 22 waist.  Concerned that the main range skirt won’t fit you?   Don’t fret because it’s also available in their plus line,  ASOS Curve.  Also check out these other plus skirts here and here to get your ruffle on this Spring!

Have a wonderful day!

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Top: ASOS (old, similar here)
Skirt: ASOS (wearing a size 14 here; plus version here)
Sandals: JCrew (old, similar here)
Bag: Cult Gaia (here)
Earrings: Etsy (here)