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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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Monif C “My Beach Is Better” Preview

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TGIF all!

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Monif C’s preview of her new swimsuit collection “My Beach Is Better”.   If you are not familiar with plus size designer Monif Clarke, please let me introduce you! Monif C is known for clothing that allows plus women to feel gorgeous and sexy.  Her creations are curve loving and blow all  fashion “rules” for plus size women out the window.  This is also true for her latest swimsuit collection.  You’ll find no garish floral print and unflattering silhouettes here! These suits are all about flaunting your wonderful body without worrying about what others think.

Here are a few swimsuits from the new collection:

 

A black & white swimsuit is high on my Summer “must have” list so when I saw this geometric print suit, I was in love!

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Another bonus was  hanging out with some of my favorite bloggers!

I gotta give a shout out to my Philly crew, Colleen of Short Curvy Fierce and Yve for making the trip to NYC so worth it. Whenever we get together we always have a great time and last night was no different. Thanks Colleen and Yve for hanging with me!

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Have a wonderful day!

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)

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

Spring Trends to Wear Now…Black & White

Happy Hump Day!

After I finished my last post I realized that the three trends I wrote about (florals, black & white and pastels) could be worn now with a few modifications (i.e. tights).  I picked black & white first because it’s easy to wear and accessible.  In the previous post, I mentioned wearing different prints together, so I decided to show this by wearing black & white polka dots and stripes together.  Wearing the same color scheme when mixing prints is an easy way to ease into it without feeling overwhelmed. As you can probably tell, polka dots and stripes are a favorite of mine.   It’s important that you find a combination of prints that YOU like. Once you find a combo that works for you, try wearing it in different colors!

Also I want to give a shout out to Rocquelle of Consider Me Lovely for the outfit inspiration today!

Have a wonderful day!

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Skirt: Simply Be (here)
Shirt: Lane Bryant (here)
Blazer: Calvin Klein (bought last year)
Wedges: Bandalino (old)

Happy Birthday To Me!

Happy Monday all!

Today is my 42nd birthday and I’m happy that while it’s still very cold outside, the sun is shining bright on my special day.  To celebrate my 42nd year of life, I treated myself to something I’ve been wanting for years…A TRIP TO PARIS! I can’t tell you how excited I am about my upcoming trip! I think I’ll probably faint when I get to the top of the Eiffel Tower (from either excitement or from my fear of heights! LOL)! Trust me I will be taking a gazillion pictures and will post them when I get back.

Have a wonderful day!

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Coat: Talbots Woman (here)
Jeans: Lane Bryant (old)
Shirt: Old Navy (old)
Necklace Shoplately (here)
Shoes: Nine West (old)
Bag: Longchamp (gifted)

Stylish Layers

Happy Hump Day all!

As Old Man Winter continues his strangle hold on the majority of the US (we’re getting hit with our NINTH snowstorm tonight!), keeping warm is my top priority. While it’s important to me, I can’t abandon being stylish!  I think the key to staying warm but stylish is finding coordinating layers to wear.  Try wearing a  turtleneck under your favorite sleeveless or 3/4 length sleeve dress and top it off with a leather jacket.  Take a  full skirt and wear it over one of your dresses (I did that here) .  One of my favorite things to wear is a button up cardigan under a blazer with a statement necklace. Not only am I super warm (got tow layers on!), I’m still stylish!

To my East Coast people, stay warm and be careful out there!

Have a wonderful day!

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Coat: London Fog (via Macys last year)
Jacket: Old Navy
Turtleneck: Gap
Skirt: Simply Be (here)
Booties: Bandalino
Bag: Philip Lim for Target

Skirting the Issue

Happy Monday all!

Someone asked me recently if I ever wear pants. I replied “of course I do”. She responded “oh, because all I’ve seen you wear is skirts!”. Now I could look at that exchange in two ways: 1) she  REALLY must be paying attention to what I’m wearing or 2) I do wear skirts all the time. I have to admit, the latter is the truth.  Why? Wearing skirts allows me to get in touch with my long dormant girly side.  For the majority of my adult life, I didn’t care how I looked and being in direct care social work gave me the perfect excuse to justify my bland uniform (jeans or cords and a sweater). I would convince myself that it wasn’t practical to wear skirts especially if I had to chase or restrain a client.  I really believed  if I wore one I would be inviting unwanted attention and comments. So to avoid any possible negativity, I rarely wore a skirt. Back in those days, the only thing I wanted to do was hide and not be noticed.

When I finally decided to accept my body,  I went out and bought my first  pencil skirt. I was no longer going to be in “hiding” and vowed to wear skirts whenever I felt like it. I learned quickly that I preferred skirts over pants, something the old me would’ve run from.  Now don’t get me wrong,  pants have their place (you wont see me shoveling snow in a skirt!)  but skirts have my heart!

Have a wonderful day!

5 Things I’m Loving Right Now: Spring Preview

TGIF all!

Old Man Winter is seriously kicking out butts this year! Days of below zero temperatures and bi-weekly snow storms are really taking its toll on me. I think about Spring almost everyday! So in anticipation of the best season of the year, I’m sharing my pre-Spring loves!

What are you looking forward to this Spring?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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