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)

 

TGIF all!

Its that time of year again where Summer fades and Fall begins to peek over the horizon.  While many will bemoan the eventual change of season, I’m looking forward to it. It’s no secret  I  adore Fall. I love the crisp early morning air and the kaleidoscope of Autumn leaves.  My body is ready for rich Fall colors and the textures of leather, tweed and velvet.   Give me long sleeve billowy blouses, pleated skirts and embellished mules.  I love it all. The only gripe I have with Fall is that Winter is right after it (whomp, whomp).  But until Winter arrives, I’ll relish my time in the warm Autumn sun.

Have a wonderful weekend!

PS: This picture was taken when I was still rocking crochet braids.  I’ll be getting them redone next week…SORRY!!!

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Blouse: H&M (here, wearing size 14; plus size here)
Skirt: Fashion to Figure (old, similar here and here)
Shoes: Zara (here)
Purse: Banana Republic (here)
Earrings: Baublebar (here; similar here)

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)