First Annual TCF Style Expo!

Happy Monday all!

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the first annual TCF Style Expo in Atlanta, GA. The expo was created by Marie Denee of the hugely popular blog The Curvy Fashionista.  Her TCFStyle hashtag celebrates plus size fashion so she wanted to bring it to life with this event

  “I have long wanted to do an event that made my blog come to life- giving you an all-inclusive plus size fashion experience! I am talking shopping, sipping, learning, and having an all-day event that celebrated YOU!” -Marie Denee

When I heard about the event, I knew I wanted to be apart of it.  Luckily for me, Marie was gracious enough to allow me to participate in the event by moderating the “Empowerment Through Fashion” panel.  This was  my FIRST time moderating a panel and I was super nervous.  Luckily for me I had four wonderful women who made my job so easy!  My panel included Keke Simpson motivational speaker & wife of hip hop legend Chubb Rock), Debra Antney mother of rapper Waka Flocka Flame & VH1’s  Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, Sabrina Severance from Lifetime’s  Big Women: Big Love and Yuneisia Harris from TLC’s Curvy Brides and Curvaceous Couture.  These women shared their wisdom and advice how to empower yourself through fashion with the audience.  Their message for the audience was clear and simple “Love yourself no matter what!”

Marie definitely accomplished her goal of creating an all-inclusive fashion experience for plus size women.  Plus size designers such as Lane Bryant, Cool Gal Blue and Ashley Stewart were present to help women shop til they dropped.  Magnolia Makeup was there to help attendees  bring out their inner beauty with their gorgeous pallet of colors.  Ultraviolet Nail Lounge  pampered attendees nails to give them a knock out color.   Marie also included  Curvaceous Couture (the first designer bridal boutique that caters to plus size women)  for curvy brides in attendance to look and try on wedding dresses in a positive and accepting environment.

If you couldn’t go to the event this year, don’t fret! The TCF Style Expo will be back next year so start planning now!

Have a wonderful day!

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Thank you Talking With Tami for these awesome OOTD photos!

Shirt: Loft (here)
Skirt: custom from Taja Says
Shoes: Nine West (old)

Pinterest Faves: Sarah’s Real Life & A Lacey Perspective

Happy Tuesday all!

Today I’m featuring TWO of my favorite Pinterest pins from   Sarah’s Real Life and A Lacey Perspective.  Lets get into it!

Sarah’s Real Life: I hate when straight size retailers use the excuse that they can’t extend their sizing because the clothes won’t translate well on plus bodies.   Sarah and I are completely proving them wrong with this matching Loft set!

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Top & Skirt: Loft (sold out)
Shoes: Ivanka Trump (not available)
Purse: Tory Burch (here)

A Lacey’s Persepctive:

I absolutely love this look from Lacey! It’s an easy and edgy way to update an old skirt  in your closet.  I remixed my Loft skirt with an old Old Navy t shirt  to recreate this look!

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Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft (sold out, similar here and here)
Shirt: Old Navy (old; similar here)
Sandals: H&M (sold out)
Purse: Kate Spade (no longer available)

Casual Friday: Speak Out!

TGIF all

On Wednesday I made the decision to watch the  body cam video of  the University of Cincinnati police officer shooting Sam DuBose. I  couldn’t brush off the feeling that I needed to know what happened to him.  I didn’t watch the Sandra Bland video because emotionally I wasn’t ready.  Watching  what transpired between the officer and Sam DuBose has left me hurt and angered.  Their deaths have deeply affected me because they are no different from me.   I’ve switched lanes without using a signal.  I have driven my car around without a license plate.  I’ve been pulled over  by police and have questioned them as to why I was being stopped.  Never would I think any of these interactions could end in my death.  For whatever reason, something inside those officers felt like aggressive, deadly force was the only way to resolve the issue.  I can’t stop thinking that if they saw Sandra Bland and Sam DuBose as human beings, they would be here with us today.

I sincerely hope this post doesn’t offend anyone but the persistent issue of police brutality is weighing heavily on me and I had to speak out.

Have a wonderful weekend

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Pinterest Fave: Ranti In Review

Happy Monday all!

Recently one of my lovely readers commented on my lack of “shopping my closet” posts.  The comment was a good wake up call because over the season, I’ve acquired new pieces that have allowed me to neglect existing items in my closet. I decided  use this opportunity to start a six week feature recreating  some of my favorite Pinterest pins with the clothes already in my closet.  During this  period I will TRY my BEST not to give into shopping urges.  It’s gonna be hard but  I know I can do it!

So to kick things off, I’m starting with the fabulous Ranti In Review! I’ve been a fan of her effortlessly chic style for awhile now so it was a no brainer to have her as my first Pinterest Fave!

Have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: The picture featured is property of Ranti In View; I have permission to use her photo. 

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Top: Loft (here)
Skirt: Eloquii (sold out, similar here)
Sandals: Old Navy (old)
Bag: Tory Burch (old)

Casual Friday: Lane Bryant Memories

TGIF all!

I know this Lane Bryant jumpsuit has already made the rounds but I couldn’t help posting it! When I was putting the jumpsuit on,  I begin to reminisce about my long term relationship with Lane Bryant. I began wearing Lane Bryant way back in the 10th grade,  My mother and older sisters were plus size too so I was exposed to Lane Bryant since I was a child. So when it was finally my turn to start wearing their clothes, it almost felt like a rite of passage into womanhood.  From that point on, Lane Bryant became a significant source of clothing throughout my life.  In college Lane Bryant’s heavy wool coats saved me brutal Binghamton winters, provided me with my first bra fitting and was where I got my first business suit for job interviews. I knew no matter the occasion, I could always depend on Lane Bryant to provide me with quality clothing. For these reasons and many more,  Lane Bryant will always occupy a special place in my heart.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Jumpsuit: c/o Lane Bryant (sold out)
Wedges: J Crew (old)
Purse: Love Cortnie (old)