While at my local Target earlier this week, I happened to wander over the women’s section (like I always do!) to check out the latest clothing. I was pleasantly surprised to find a variety of plus options in Who What Wear x Target collection. If you are familiar with Target’s collaboration with Who What Wear, the plus sizes were initially only offered online. Fortunately there are a few Target stores that carry some of the collection in plus. I think my local Target is the only one in the Philadelphia the area that carries it in store. I know for a fact the suburban Target stores near don’t have carry the collection in plus and that is a damn shame. While I get to rejoice in my shopping, my suburban and rural plus sisters have to go through the frustration of ordering items from the collection online. It shouldn’t have to be this way. We should be able to walk into any Target we choose and find size inclusive clothing. The Who What Wear collection in my Target store wasn’t separated by size. Plus and straight sizes were mixed together on the racks like they ought to be. I was able to feel the clothes, try them on and decide if I wanted to buy or not. More importantly I was able to shop just like everyone else. And that’s all we want, a chance to be included.
I hope Target follows the lead of my local store and will allow the plus options for the upcoming Victoria Beckham x Target collection to be available in ALL stores. I promise if you do this, we will come and shop!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Bomber: Who What Wear x Target (here)
Skirt: Who What Wear x Target (here)
Shirt: For Harriet (here)
Earrings: Baublebar (here)
Happy Monday all!
As women we’re often being told what we can and cannot do. Plus size women are constantly reminded of our “limitations” because of our size. What if we as women decided to reject these “rules” and make our own? What if we just decided to live life on our terms and not care what people think? I think we would be pretty badass! We would go out into the world wearing white pants in the middle of Winter rocking vertical stripes on our plus bodies without a care in the world. We would date a younger man and laugh off any “cougar” references. We would embrace those fine lines and wrinkles on our face that society deems unsightly. We would forcefully reject being called a “bitch”when we assert ourselves.
It’s hard to give up rules because they offer a sense of security. Not all rules are bad, just the ones that limit your growth. Those are the rules are meant to be broken.
Have a wonderful day!
Turtleneck: here and here
Pants: old, similar here
Boots: sold out, similar here
Im not a beauty guru but I thought for the new year I’d start talking about some of my favorite beauty products. Like most of you, I’ve gone through several brands to find the best look for me. After a few years of misses, I’ve finally found some hits.
When it comes to make up I’m a pretty simple gal. I want my make up to look as natural as possible so I don’t go for the full coverage stuff. I think make up should enhance your natural beauty not transform you into someone else. When I wear make up, my goal is to provide some coverage of old acne scars and blemishes. I’m an occasional make up user. I wear make up primarily for blog posts, when I’m going out or for an event. I don’t wear make up everyday because I have really oily skin. I feel like if I wore make up daily it would exacerbate my acne prone skin and cause new breakouts. I know my make up routine is basic but Im not good with the advanced stuff. I think if I tried to use highlighter or concealer I would like I belong in a circus! Also I don’t wear anything on my eyes because they are really small. I’m afraid if I wear eye make up I fear I’ll end up looking like a homeless raccoon!
So here is what I use:
- Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector: If you’re oily like me, this primer gives you a smooth, matte finish to build your foundation on. It does a good job controlling shine throughout the day. When I wear it I might have to blot once or twice but I’d still recommend it.
- NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Polynesia: For years I was walking around wearing foundation that was either too dark or too light for me. Last Summer while on one of my Sephora runs (am I the only one who can’t go into Sephora and just buy one thing?!) I came across this NARS foundation. I know several women who swear by NARS so I gave it a try and WOW! I finally found a medium coverage foundation that not only looks natural but looks great on my face. It lasts ALL DAY without reapplying. It gives me the coverage I need without looking caked on.
- MAC Prep + Prime Lip Primer: I have dry lips so I need a primer to add moisture before I put on lipstick, especially matte ones. I haven’t found a lip primer as good as MAC so I highly recommend it. Plus it really keeps you lipstick in place throughout the day.
4. Benefit Gimme Brow and Precisely, My Brown Pencil: Years of waxing have my eyebrows thin and sparse. I stopped waxing a few months ago to let them grow out but so far not much as grown back. Benefit’s Gimme Brow gel adds volume to my limp eyebrows and the eyebrow pencil fills in my sparse brows so they look normal. I’m still getting the hang of shaping my eyebrows but you know what they say, practice makes perfect!
5. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder: I started using setting powder last year after my friend Sandra nearly passed out after I told her I don’t use it. I’ve noticed that my make up stays on longer and doesn’t need multiple touch ups when I wear it. Plus you only need a small amount to set with a powder brush so it lasts a pretty long time.
So there you have it, the contents of my make up bag. I’m always open to new products and suggestions so feel free to leave a comment!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Monday all!
As I start making my travel plans for the year, I know one of my destinations will be another solo trip. While the idea of solo travel is wonderful, I struggle with it. I struggle because honestly I don’t want to travel alone. In my perfect world I’d have a cool travel buddy to traverse the world with but unfortunately this isn’t the case. My desire to see the world is stronger than waiting for that buddy so the only way to go is solo. Whenever I think about traveling solo, my anxieties and fears bubble to the surface. I wish I could be super fearless and just go without any reservations like some of my favorite travel bloggers (I absolutely LOVE Oneika the Traveler). They make traveling solo look so effortless and intoxicating but it wasn’t that way for me. I found myself wondering who would I talk to? Are people going to look at me strange? Then the super self-conscious thoughts about my weight and race would start. Am I too big to travel? Will I fit in the plane seat? Are people staring at me because I’m black? (nine times out often, yeah they are! LOL) I would ruminate on these thoughts so much I’d start talking myself out of going. Last year I nearly talked myself out of getting on the flight to Dubai! I thought by going to Dubai solo it would stop these anxieties and fears but it didn’t. I felt like a failure because my issues didn’t magically disappear after my trip. So instead of beating myself up, I’ve decided to be real about my struggles with solo travel. It’s okay to have fears and concerns, the key is not allowing it to stop me from going. My goal is to become more at peace with solo travel because the reality is that a lot of my travels will be solo ones (that’s if I don’t meet Mr. Right and he doesn’t like to travel!). Not traveling isn’t an option for me so I have to work through my issues . I’m going to continue to travel solo (eek!) until I become that effortless traveler I know that lives inside me.
Right now I’m going back and forth between Barcelona, Toronto or Havana to visit this year. I can’t decide which place to go so can y’all help a sista out?
Have a great day!
I’d be lying if I said the incoming administration doesn’t scare the heck out of me. I’m worried about the policies and laws that will impact communities of color, Muslims, women and LGBTQ rights under his presidency. While I have my fears, I won’t allow it to immobilize me. I am encouraged by the growing number people of all races, sexual preferences and religions who have begun to come together to fight against racism, police brutality, voter suppression, Islamophobia, homophobia and misogyny. I’ve made a promise to myself not to stand by and watch injustice transpire. I will stand up for my fellow Americans any way I can. I believe this country will move forward and one day fulfill it’s creed that every man (and woman) is created equally.
While I am beyond sad to see President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama go, I feel so blessed to have witnessed his historic presidency. I wish my mother had been alive to see our county’s first African American president. My mother was born in the South and was apart of the Great Migration to the North to escape Jim Crow’s soul crushing oppression. For her to have seen Obama become president would’ve been validation that the struggle was worth the terrible price that was paid by so many who fought (and continue to fight) for our freedom. I’m certain my mother would have burst with pride back in 2008 casting her vote for Obama.
So while I have my fears, I know no matter what we gon’ be alright.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Coat: old (similar here and here)
Boots: sold out (similar here)