grownandcurvywoman

I'm Georgette a 43 year old curvy woman living in the City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection (Philadelphia) seeking to show other plus size divas that WE too have style and do not need to compromise our integrity to look good. I realize there are so many other women like me who have struggled in this area, and decided to blog my journey. So welcome to my blog and remember...style has no AGE or SIZE!

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Happy Monday all!

I want to apologize for my inconsistent blog posts.  Winter weather is wrecking havoc on my shooting schedule.  I find myself stalking the Weather Channel and my local forecast to figure out when I can shoot.  When the weather is terrible for two weekends in a row it completely throws off my posting schedule and I can’t post as frequently as I would like to .  Fortunately  this past weekend  I was able to squeeze in a quick photo shoot before it rained.  One of the first items I shot is this polka dot skirt I got last month.  Polka dots are one of my favorite prints because they go with practically every color and are very easy to mix with other patterns. I believe every woman should have one in their arsenal.  I found my skirt at Rainbow Shops for a super wallet friendly price of $18.  Since polka dots are having a resurgence, I decided to go all out and wear it with a matching top.  I finished the outfit with my red moto that I’m completely obsessed with.  I love my jacket so much, I would sleep in it if I could. I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to wear it out without turning into a frozen Popsicle.

Have a wonderful day!

 

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Jacket: Eloquii (here)
Shirt: Lane Bryant (old, similar here and here)
Skirt: Rainbow Shops (here, similar here and here)

Shoes: ASOS (here)

 

 

 

Happy Monday all!

Winter can be tough to deal with especially if you suffer from the “winter blues”, otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, SAD is a type of depression that begins and ends with the seasons.  Symptoms can include loss of energy, poor concentration and changes in appetite.  Suicidal thoughts are also a symptom of SAD.  SAD is a serious condition that shouldn’t be shrugged off or minimized. Treatments such as  light therapy and psychotherapy are recommended to address  SAD.  SAD can occur during the Summer, so don’t think it’s only unique to Winter.   I struggle with periods of depression and sadness during the Winter.  In the past I sought out professional help to address it.  To this day I still  use the coping skills I was taught while in treatment to manage my feelings.

If you or anyone you know are exhibiting symptoms of SAD please seek help.  There is no shame in asking for help. Also asking and receiving help doesn’t mean you aren’t strong.  It takes a strong woman to admit that they cannot do it alone and need help.

Have a wonderful day!

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Sweater: Loft (wearing an XXL, here)
Pants: Eloquii (here)
Shoes: H&M (no longer available, similar here and here)
Earrings: Baublebar (old, similar here and here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TGIF all!

So according to Pantone purple is THE color for next Spring.  Honestly whenever I think of purple I instantly think of Prince and the Purple Rain soundtrack.   I was first introduced to Prince by my junior high school friend Samantha who was significantly cooler and worldlier than I was.  She urged me to buy the “Purple Rain” soundtrack as I was too shy to do so.  I remember popping the tape into my “boom box” (remember those?!) and getting my groove on.  I thought I was so cool listening to Prince! As I was blasting “Darling Nikki” my mom stormed into my room yelling “Masturbating with a who?! Masturbating with a WHAT?!!!” and snatching my Purple Rain tape out of my boom box.  It took me days to get that tape back as my mom (who was a devout Jehovah Witness) declared that Prince was a “sex freak” and forbade me him from ever listening to him.  Of course this only made me love him more and I became even more of a fan as I delved deeper into his earlier work.   So when Prince died in 2016, it was a huge blow to me because his music was such an integral part of my adolescent years.  While I am sad about his passing, his music will forever be apart of my life.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Jacket: ASOS Curve (old, similar here and here)
Dress: Tracey Ellis Ross x JCP (no longer available, similar here and here)
Tights: Lane Bryant
Boots: J Crew (old; similar here and here)

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Happy Monday all!

Sorry for my absence of late.  Winter has been wrecking havoc on my ability to take pictures for the blog. Luckily my photographer and I were able to take advantage of the mild temps this week to shoot outside.

During the Winter months, it is very easy to fall into a style rut. My style has taken a hit this season because my focus has been on keeping warm and I’ve been sick on and off since Christmas Eve. Despite these challenges I’m still digging deep to keep my style alive.   One way of the ways I use to achieve this is wearing bright colors despite  arctic temperatures outside. Color has a way of bringing life to any outfit.   I’ve been keeping colors like red, pink and orange in heavy rotation in my Winter wardrobe.  Wearing colorful clothing even if its a scarf instantly lifts my mood which helps me from spiraling into style rut.

How do you keep your style alive during Winter?

Have a wonderful day!

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Jacket: Eloquii (here)
Turtleneck: Old Navy (old,similar here and here)
Skirt: Charlotte Russe (old, similar here and here)
Shoes: ASOS (here)
Tights: Lane Bryant (here)

 

TGIF all!

Happy New Year! I wish I could say the new year is off to a great start but the Bomb Cyclone and these arctic temps are making me desperate for 40 degree temperature!

While I haven’t formally made any new year resolutions, I plan to continue to try new trends to enhance my style.  I’ve been wanting a pair of white boots since they showed up on various street style stars during the year.  White boots are very polarizing, either you love them or you hate them.  There is no middle ground when it comes to white boots and shoes.  I own a pair of white pumps but not a pair of ankle boots.  While scrolling through Poshmark (you can shop my Poshmark closet here…lol) I stumbled across these leather Zara booties that were perfect for me.  What was even more perfect was the price.  These boots were originally $120 and I got them for $40!  With a deal like that I couldn’t pass them up.

Now that I have the boots I’ve worn them to work and out with friends.  I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive when I first wore them. I wondered what folks at work would say about my boots.  After a few seconds, I came to my senses and wore them anyway!

Have a great weekend!

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Sweater: Who What Wear Collection (not available; similar here and here)
Skirt: Charlotte Russe (not available; similar here and here)
Belt: Eloquii (no longer available)
Boots: Zara via Poshmark (similar here and here)
Earrings: Baublebar (similar here and here)