Happy Tuesday all!

Notice something different in my pictures? Yup I’m rocking my natural hair! I’m giving my hair a two week rest before returning to crochet braids. I’ve been using protective styles (mainly crochet braids) for nearly two years to help restore my severely heat damaged hair.    My hair has thrived while using protective styles and it has steadily become more healthier.  Using these styles has helped me to become more patient and appreciative of my hair.  I no longer look at it as a burden (except on wash day! LOL) and I’m learning different ways continue its growth.  My goal is to eventually achieve  a massive mane like some of  my hair crushes on my Love Natural Hair Pinterest board.   It’s gonna take some time  but I know if I keep giving my hair the TLC it needs, I will achieve my hair goals!

Have a wonderful day!

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Bodysuit: NY & Co (here, wearing XXL-size 20; plus sizes here)
Pants: Lane Bryant (not available, similar here and here)
Shoes: Zara (here, similar here)
Earrings: NY & Co (not available, similar here and here)

Happy Monday all!

We all know that shopping for our bodies can be a struggle, especially when it comes to brick & mortar stores.  I’ve felt the massive disappointment and envy while “shopping”.  Fortunately there are some “straight size” brands that actually are plus friendly.  Today I’m sharing my favorite PS friendly brands. To keep it real, some of these brands only fit up to a size 22.  I wish they would include  22+  but unfortunately they don’t BUT don’t be discouraged!  Still try the item on, you might be surprised!

  1. Old Navy:  I absolutely love ON.   They tend to cut their clothes very generously so an XXL can fit a size 22 or 24 depending on the garment.   I have TON of Old Navy clothes.  Im too bottom heavy for their size 20 pants, but a PS woman with a smaller hips and butt would be fine.
  2. Gap: ON middle sister offers clothing up to a size 20.  If you’re a 12-18 on the top then you’ll be fine with their tops. Because my arms are chunky and Im busty I stick to their sweaters and cotton shirts.
  3. Loft: Yes, Loft. Loft XXL is allegedly a size 18 but it fits a 20 body fine.  The trick with Loft is to check out how much elastane is in a garment. The higher percentage of elastane, the more stretch in the garment (that goes for all “straight size” items).  I primarily buy Loft during the Spring and Summer when the shape of the items are cut looser.
  4. Ann Taylor: In the past couple of years Ann Taylor has been sizing down so I haven’t shopped them often but there are still a few PS friendly options. You just have to look and try the items on. They offer clothing up to a size 18.
  5. eShakti: Ya’ll know I ride for eShakti.  The majority of my cute dresses come from them.  No need to worry about PS friendly clothing from them, ALL (and I mean ALL) of their clothing is offered from size 0 to 30.  They even customize clothing for $9-10. The only set back is waiting damn near 3 weeks to get your clothing. eShakti you gotta do better with that, seriously.
  6. Who What Wear x Target Collection: I’ve been a massive fan of Who What Wear’s collection for Target because they don’t skimp on the PS offerings in their line.  The clothes are super affordable (everything is under $60) and on trend.

What PS friendly brands do you shop?

Have a wonderful day!

 

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Skirt: Ann Taylor (old, similar here and here)
Top: Loft (old, similar here and here)
Bag: Nordstrom (here)
Shoes: Zara (no longer available, similar here and here)

 

TGIF all!

Yes I’m proclaiming these Eloquii floral pants to the greatest of all time (i.e. G.O.A.T).  Not only are they comfortable as hell, they look good on every body and shape (trust me they do). You can wear them to work, date night or any night.  My only issue with them is that Eloquii didn’t make them in a variety of colors and prints.  If they had, my wallet would be in deeper trouble than it already is! LOL

Have a great weekend!

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Blouse: Dorothy Perkins (old, similar here)
Pants: c/o Eloquii (here)
Earrings: Baublebar (here and similar here for less than $20)
Shoes: Steve Madden (no longer available, similar here)

 

Happy Monday all!

I’ve never been a fan of skinny jeans. I felt like for a while they were crammed down our throats which turned me off even further.  So when Lane Bryant sent me a pair of their new super stretch skinny jeans I immediately put them to the side.  Eventually I decided to give them a try and I was instantly taken aback.  I was shocked at how AMAZING these  jeans looked on me!  What completely sold me was the stretch in the jeans.   They contour to your body allowing you to move around without feeling like an encased sausage.  The stretch in the waistband eliminates the appearance of the dreaded muffin top.  Not only do they hug my curves they don’t gap in the back like the majority of my jeans do. Lane Bryant really outdid themselves with these jeans and have turned this skinny jean hater into a believer!

Have a wonderful day!

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Shirt: Who What Wear x Target (here)
Jeans: c/o Lane Bryant (here)
Shoes: Steve Madden (no longer available, similar here)

 

TGIF all!

I believe firmly that every woman should have a “go to” dress in their closet.  A “go to” dress is quick, easy to iron, looks great and is versatile.  My “go to” dress is this Lane Bryant fit flare gingham dress. I first wore it here back in March.  For the Spring I ditched the layers but kept the jacket.  This Winter I plan to wear it with a turtleneck, opaque tights and ankle boots. This dress has saved my life on several mornings when I just don’t feel like hassling with “what am I going to wear today?”.  I make sure I keep my “go to” dress close so when I need it I can put it on and just go!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Dress: Lane Bryant (here; similar here , here and here)
Shoes: Sam Edelman (here, similar here)