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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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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City of Light Pt. 2

Happy Thursday all!

The second after I after booked our trip to Paris, I immediately purchased tickets to the Eiffel Tower.  No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to one of the most iconic monuments in the world.  If you ever visit the Eiffel Tower, I highly recommend buying your ticket in advance.  It will save you  hours waiting on a massive line  for a ticket.

As I’ve gotten older, being in high places make me nervous but I had to make an exception for the Eiffel Tower. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t go all the way to the top.  I was quite comfortable being on the second level (which is really high too!)  Kim being the daredevil she is, went all the way up to the summit (God bless her!) while I hung out on the second level.  It was a clear, beautiful Saturday morning and the views of Paris were stunning!

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After our visit to the Eiffel Tower, Kim & I  caught the Hop On/Hop Off bus and headed to the Champs-Elysees.  We spent the afternoon visiting the Arc de Triomphe, strolling the avenue, stopping by Laudree for macarons, dining al fresco and shopping (as much as I wanted to get another Louis Vuitton bag, I was a good girl and resisted temptation!)

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On our final day, Kim & I decided to explore the area around our hotel (the Latin Quarter). We started our walk at the Pantheon  and then had breakfast al fresco (seeing a pattern here huh?! LOL).  We took advantage of the warm morning and took a stroll through the AMAZING Jardin du Luxembourg which is home to the French Senate at Luxembourg Palace. I instantly felt transported back into time walking through the lush garden.  I would’ve stayed in the garden all day but we had to head over to Notre Dame for a  Discover Walks  tour of the Cathedral.  Kim & I first encountered Discover Walks back in 2010 when we went to Rome.  Our walking tour back then was so fantastic we  had to do another one in Paris.  Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Notre Dame and very friendly. I find walking tours are a great way for me to  learn about the history of the places I visit.   After wrapping up the tour, Kim and I headed back to the hotel for a much needed nap before we headed out to the  Sacre-Coeur Bascillica and the Moulin Rouge.

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During my vacation, I was informed that Troy who I grew up with had died suddenly earlier in the week.  My heart was heavy after hearing this news because I knew him since I was a little girl.  Visiting the Sacre-Coeur Basilica was a comfort for me because I could feel the Lord’s presence.  I knelt and prayed for Troy and his family during this difficult time.  I know his death was tragic but I know without a doubt he is in a better place.

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I want to end this post by saying that I’m SO happy my friend Andrea introduced Kim to me back in 2007.  She is my travel soul mate and we have such a great time when we’re together.  Without Kim this trip to Paris would’ve never been possible.  Love ya Kimmie Pie!

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Jibri Spring 2014 Collection

TGIF all!

As you probably have noticed, various designers have been releasing their new Spring collections. Jibri the fashion forward plus line by Jasmine Elder debuted an AMAZING collection this week that is so stunning and bold, I had to share. Every season I look forward to her collection and she never disappoints. Here are a few of my favorites from her awesome collection:

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jibri4jibri8You can check out the entire collection here. Trust me, you’ll become a fan just as I have!

Have a wonderful weekend!