We Gon’ Be Alright

TGIF all!

I’d be lying if I said the incoming administration doesn’t scare the heck out of me.  I’m worried about the policies and laws that will impact communities of color, Muslims, women and LGBTQ rights under his presidency. While I have my fears, I won’t allow it to immobilize me. I am encouraged by the growing number people  of all races, sexual preferences and religions who have begun to come together to fight against racism, police brutality,  voter suppression, Islamophobia, homophobia and misogyny.  I’ve made a promise to myself not to stand by and watch injustice transpire.  I will stand up for my fellow Americans any way I can.  I believe this country will move forward and one day fulfill it’s creed that every man (and woman) is created equally.

While I am beyond sad to see President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama go, I feel so blessed to have witnessed his historic presidency.  I wish  my mother had been alive to see our county’s first African American president.  My mother was born in the South and was apart of the Great Migration to the North to escape Jim Crow’s soul crushing oppression.  For her to have seen Obama become president would’ve been validation that the struggle was worth the terrible price that was paid by so many who fought (and continue to fight) for our freedom.   I’m certain my mother would have burst with pride back in 2008 casting her vote for Obama.

So while I have my fears, I know no matter what we gon’ be alright.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Coat: old (similar here and here)
Turtleneck: here
Jeans: here
Boots: sold out (similar here)

 

 

Modern Modesty

Happy Monday all!

Apart of my full time job is to be stationed in a courtroom.  In that courtroom, I speak at the bar of the court,  sometimes provide testimony and collaborate with  officers of the court for my clients.   Working in that setting, you are expected to wear modest business attire. If I came into work wearing a blazer over a body con dress, my supervisor would probably send me home! Women have a variety of  reasons for for wanting to dress modestly.  So often it’s cast in a negative life because is not “hot” or “sexy”. Some people tend to dismiss modest dress as boring or frumpy.  Just like PS women,  women who chose to dress modestly want on trend clothing that reflects their belief system too.  Boutiques such as Dainty Jewell’s are doing just that.  Dainty Jewells provides trendy modest clothing from size small to 3XL (which is a about a 22). I appreciate that they offer a range of size inclusive clothing so PS women have more clothing options.  And FYI you don’t have dress modestly to to buy their clothes.  I bought the  fabulous Central Park dress  back in September and wore to my company’s Christmas party last month.    I  received a ton of compliments about my dress that night. The Central Park dress and many of Dainty Jewell’s  offerings  are proof that modest dress is certainly not boring!

Have a wonderful day!

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Dress: c/o Dainty Jewell’s (here)
Necklace: similar here and here
Shoes: similar here

Make A Statement With Happiness Boutique

TGIF all!

Y’all know I love me a  statement earring.  I’m literally OBSESSED with these Bauble Bar earrings  but not the price.  So when Happiness Boutique contacted me about about their affordable array of jewelry, I had to share!

Happiness Boutique offers everything from bracelets to necklaces at prices that wont ravage your wallet.  On top of the budget friendly prices, every Happiness Boutique order ships for FREE! As an avid online shopper, nothing makes me happier than seeing a retailer offer free shipping! As a Happiness Boutique customer, you can earn points for free jewelry and other surprises.  When you register for their free customer reward program    you receive 50 welcome points to start you on your way!  To encourage a Friday shopping spree (you deserve it!), use code grownandcurvywoman to get 10%  off your purchase over $20 until 2/10/17!

So head over to Happiness Boutique and treat yourself to something sparkly!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Right: Lacy Gold Tone Statement Earring/Left: Summer Days Statement Earring

P.S. My outfit is inspired by the lovely Girl With Curves. When I saw her rocking this Banana Republic utility jacket I had to grab it! I’m wearing an XL and while it runs big, I can’t zip it up because of my boobs.  Nevertheless I’m going to keep it because its so darn cute!

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Jacket: Banana Republic (here)
Top: Old Navy (old, similar here)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (old, similar here)
Boots: Zara (sold out)
Earrings: Happiness Boutique (here)
Belt: Old

 

3 Must Haves for Winter

TGIF all!

Arctic air has descended on Philadelphia and it’s brick cold outside! During this time of year,  being cute completely goes out the window and staying warm becomes my number one priority.   When weather like this sets in I always go to my cold weather staples to keep me warm in the elements.  Here are a few staples below I can personally  vouch for.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Down Coat:  After a few years of freezing my ass off in the Winter, I finally broke down and bought a down coat. I know down coats aren’t a PS girl’s best friend but I was tired of being cold.  While I may look like the Abominable Snowman’s sister I could care less because I’m warm!  This year I was in need of a new down coat so I snagged this Lands End one for over 50% off.  I went with Lands End because they’re known for good quality outerwear.  This coat was originally $219 but  once I combined their after Christmas sale  and an additional 20% off coupon I got it for $95 (plus I got 6% cash back by using Ebates when I purchased it!).

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UGG Boots: For years I avoided UGG boots like the plague.  They didn’t appeal to me because they made my size 10 feet look ridiculously huge.  But after nearly getting frostbite one Winter, I immediately went out and bought a pair.  I haven’t regretted that decision since.  For Christmas this year, my godchildren put their money together and got me a gift card to buy a new pair of UGG boots (my godkids ROCK!).  I got the new streamlined,  water-resistant Kristen boot which looks terrific on my feet.

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Chunky Scarf: my BFF teases that I look like I’m going to Iceland when I wear my chunky scarf but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hate feeling cold air around my neck so it’s the first thing I cover up. So I’ll keep rocking my chunky scarf while I brave the Antarctic-like Winter temps!

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Getting Through The Post Holiday Slump

Happy Monday all!

Are you like me and find yourself feeling “blah” now that the holidays are over?   During the holidays there is so much excitement and energy but once it’s over, its back to business as usual.  I know it can be a little  hard to move past the holidays so here are few tips to get through the post holiday slump.

  1. Get Outside: Even though it’s cold, still get outside the house.  Staying indoors is one way to keep yourself in mired in a slump.  Make a brunch date with your girlfriends.  Go to a matinee.  Volunteer your services to a local charity.  So get out of bed, throw on some clothes and get out there!
  2. Treat Your Self: You know I am a huge advocate for treating one self.  Schedule a full body massage.   Buy that new shade of lipstick that pops against your skin (I bought this Lancome lipstick for NYE and it looks FABULOUS on me!).  Treat yourself to that restaurant that has been on your “to do” list since the Summer. Now that the holidays are over you can put yourself first!
  3. Reduce Negativity In Your Life:  When you find yourself in a slump, it’s real easy to dwell on negativity.  Reducing the negative vibes in our lives can help you successfully get through a slump.  Sometimes that means limiting contact with that family member  or friend that complains about everything.  That also means curtailing  those negative comments we make about ourselves.  If there is negativity in your life, reduce it so you can move forward.

If you have any tips about getting through the post holiday slump please feel to share!

Have a wonderful day!

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Sweater: Gap (here)
Jeans: c/o Lane Bryant (here)
Shoes: Steve Madden (here)