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Bathing Beauty

Happy Monday all!

Bathing suit season is quickly approaching which can cause anxiety for some of us ladies.   For many years I would avoid wearing a bathing suit and when I did, I would only wear a suit with a skirted bottom. I honestly thought the skirt was hiding my thick thighs and bodacious booty (it wasn’t lemme tell ya! LOL)   So while on my cruise last August, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go without a skirted bottom.  This was the first time I had ever conjured up the nerve to venture out without a skirted bottom. At first I was scared because my security skirt/blanket was gone but after  a while I completely forgot about it.  After that I decided to never go back to a skirted bottom.  Uncovering my lower half was another step in accepting my body, thick hips and all!

Now that I’ve “liberated” my hips (lol), I’m looking  for new swim suit for the Summer. Plus size swim wear has come such a long way.  Now there are chic, trendy choices for suits that still provide coverage and support.  There are now bathing suits with fun prints and bold colors to reflect your personality.  Below are a sample of some of the fantastic options out there.  Which one is your favorite?

Have a wonderful day!

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In The Trenches

Happy Monday all! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!

As you know, Spring weather can be so finicky! One day it’s 70+ degrees and the next temps are below average.   When the weather is that unpredictable (especially early Spring),  a trench coat becomes my go to for when I head out.  It’s  perfect for mild/chilly weather that isnt too warm or light for the elements. I dont have to tell you that a trench coat is timeless.  It goes with nearly everything in your closet. It can be dressed up or down depending where youre going.  For me a trench coat is a must have in every woman’s wardrobe.

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Trench: Talbots Woman (sold out)
Skirt: Talbots Woman (bought last year)
Shirt: Lane Bryant (very old)
Shoes: Marc Fisher (via Macys)
Clutch: C Wonder (here)
Necklace: Bauble Bar

If you’re in the market for a trench, here are some favorites!

Have a great day!

Trench Coats

Coat
macys.com

Black velvet coat
lordandtaylor.com

Coat
penningtons.com

Coat
ashleystewart.com

Coat
asos.com

 

 

 

 

Spring Has Sprung!

Happy Monday all!

Although Spring arrived nearly a month ago, the temperatures didn’t catch on until the past couple of days.   Since last Thursday, Philly has been basking in  70+ degree temperatures which has recharged my love for all things color.  Although there is a cold front is on its way, I’m taking full advantage of this wonderful day by wearing all my favorite Spring colors!

What are your favorite Spring colors?

P.S.  If you are interested in a Jibri skirt here are some of my takes: the skirts are TRUE TO SIZE, so definitely read the description of the skirt and check out the size chart before you buy.  Jibri does custom sizing, so send your measurements for a custom fit (I believe there is no additional charge for custom orders but double-check just to make sure).  Also if you’re not a fan of high waist skirts, ask if  she would be willing to make the skirt with a natural waist. I absolutely love my skirt!  I’ve  been waiting for a plus size designer to make a Chartreuse colored midi and Jibri didn’t disappoint at all!  The construction and fit of the skirt was just what I wanted.    

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Skirt: Jibri (here)
Blouse: Dorothy Perkins (sold out)
Shoes: Nine West (here)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (old)
Clutch: old cosmetic bag!

 

30+ Style Collaboration: The Tutu

Happy  Hump Day all!

When I found out that the tutu was going to be the next 30+  Style Collaboration, I was like “no way Jose!”.  I’ve seen multiple bloggers looking wonderful rocking a tutu but I couldn’t see myself doing it.  I’ve accepted there are some trends that are just not for me (me and harem pants will NEVER mix!) and I had put  tutus in that category….until now.  As we all know, sometimes rising to a challenge helps us to grow as a person. Participating in this collaboration  helps me shatter the myth that women over 40 don’t have fun with fashion…yes we do! We like to be on trend just like everyone else!  Dont let that  “dressing your age”  crap stifle you and stop you from looking your absolute best.  Remember….STYLE HAS NO AGE OR SIZE!

Check out how the other bloggers in the 30+ Collaboration styled their tutus!

In My Joi
Mode Plus
The Jenesaisquoi
Pumps and Studz
Pretty Plus Pep

Have a wonderful day!

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Skirt: eShakti
Jacket: Simply Be (bought 2yrs ago)
Necklace: Lane Bryant (old)
Shoes: Bandalino (old)
Clutch: Love, Cortnie (here)

White Hot

Happy Monday all!

I think it’s safe to say that white shoes can very polarizing…you either love or hate them.  I’ve been on the fence about white shoes for years. Lately white heels have made a fashionable comeback which has renewed my interest in them.  So when I  found these cute Marc Fisher kitten heels marked down from $69 to $40 at Macy’s I had to scoop them up!

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Blazer: Lane Bryant (here)
Cropped Pants: Talbots Woman (here)
Shirt: Lane Bryant (very old)
Shoes: Marc Fisher (bought the last pair in the store & couldn’t find them online…SORRY!!!)

So if you are looking  to add a white pair to your Spring/Summer wardrobe, below are a few of my favorites!

Have a wonderful day!

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Casual Friday: Spring Renewal

TGIF all!

Winter is FINALLY outta here! Woo hoo! Although the temps aren’t Spring-like yet, I’m just grateful it’s here!

This year the arrival of Spring has a lot of meaning for me.  In my post   Shining Through, I touched on some of the emotional issues I’ve been dealing with.  Besides my family and close friends, no one knew that behind my smile I was dealing with crippling anxiety and depression. Knowing I didn’t want to live like that anymore, I made the decision to  seek help to address my “stuff”.   Since the season is all about renewal and change, the growth I’m experiencing is sort of a Spring cleaning of the soul.  I’m learning how to let go  of fear, resentment and anger which is helping me change my perspective on life.  I’m renewing my self-confidence and resiliency that were temporarily interrupted.  Making change is HARD but I know I’m blessed and fortunate to see another Spring!

What does the arrival of Spring mean to you?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Sweatshirt: Gap (here; sold out in XL & XXL)
Skirt: Eloquii (old)
Heels: Nine West (old)

Spring Trends to Wear Now…Pastels

Happy Monday all!

How was everyone’s weekend? Great I hope! As you can see, I got a new haircut and color! I made the decision to retire my mohawk on Friday and luckily my hairdresser had an opening on Saturday afternoon.   I absolutely LOVE my new color and I can’t stop smiling about it!

In my post “3 Trends To Try This Spring”, I talked about how pastels are going to be HOT for the season.  With Spring a little over a week away, you can make them apart of your wardrobe now. Try picking a pastel  (pink, yellow and blue are my favorites) that looks good on you.  Once you find colors that work, pair them with neutrals to ease into the trend.  Also wearing colors that historically work well with each other (ex. blue and yellow) is another simple way to wear the trend. I’ve always loved the combo of pink and green together, so I incorporated them into my work outfit today.

Will you be giving pastels a try this Spring?

Have a wonderful day!

IMG_7656 IMG_7649 Jacket: Kohls
Pants: Lord & Taylor (no longer available)
Blouse: Dorothy Perkins (appears to be sold out…booo!)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft (old)
Shoes: Ivanka Trump (via Nordstrom)
Clutch: Love, Cortnie