As I’ve gotten older, making new year resolutions have stopped being a priority for me. This year though I’ve decided to make one resolution …to continue to love myself. As a dark skin, plus size woman, it can be at times incredibly hard to feel comfortable with myself. Hell being a woman these days can be challenging to your self-esteem. We are constantly being told we’re too old, too fat, too skinny or too wrinkly to exist in society. So for the coming year I resolve to continue to love myself and feel comfortable in my skin despite these toxic messages. I realize I can’t please everybody so I’ll just focus on being good to Georgette and celebrating that. That’s why Beyond Classically Beautiful message of self-love appeals to me. This movement was started by Abi Ishola after a New York Times article called Viola Davis (who I LOVE!) “less classically beautiful” than lighter skin counterparts. This insult caused Abi to create Beyond Classically Beautiful to celebrate the beauty of blackness that is often deemed ugly in our society (as evidenced by the disgraceful personal attacks on our First Lady Michelle Obama). The aim of this movement is to empower black women to love themselves and banish beauty stereotypes that hurt all of us. It’s a movement I firmly believe in and I hope you’ll join in 2017 by following Beyond Classically Beautiful on Instagram. Also if you sign up for the mailing list this week, you will be automatically entered to win one of four “Beyond Classically Beautiful” tee shirts for you to rock in the upcoming year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Jacket: ASOS Curve (old, similar here)
Shirt: c/o Beyond Classically Beautiful (here)
Skirt: c/o Lane Bryant x Glamour (sold out, similar here)
Stockings: Lane Bryant (here)
Shoes: BCBGirls (old, similar here)
Happy Hump Day all!
Getting dressed for NYE doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get decked out. You can achieve a casual NYE worthy look with items you already have in your closet. Have a pretty blouse? Add a pair of jeans and flats for a festive look. Have a sequin skirt? Add a t shirt and some hoop earrings for a fun NYE look. The outfit combos are endless so get in your closet and find your NYE outfit!
Have a wonderful day!
Top: Eloquii (here)
Jeans: c/o Lane Bryant (here)
Shoes: Nine West (here)
Earrings: Baublebar (here)
Still scrambling to figure out what you’re going to wear for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa celebrations? Don’t worry, you already have what you need in your closet. Don’t think so? Check out these outfit combos below and I bet you already own them (and if not, I’ve included links where you can get them!).
Denim Jacket + Striped Sweater + Pleated Skirt
Jacket + Striped Turtleneck + Pants
Denim Shirt + Midi Skirt + Pumps
Denim Shirt + Jeans + Ankle Boots
Blazer + Tee Shirt + Sequin Skirt
Happy Hump Day all!
I’m so excited to be going home to NYC this weekend to spend Christmas with my family. I plan on drinking copious amounts of eggnog spiked with spiced rum, listen to my sister play Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” 1000 times and watch my sister’s dogs try to tear off their reindeer antler headbands (poor Simba and Lola!). We might even go see “Hidden Figures” Christmas night if we aren’t in food induced comas! As usual I will be wearing something Christmas-y to my sister’s house. I know she thinks I’m a nut for dressing up just to sit in the house but I can’t help myself. This time of the year always makes we want to dress up in bright festive colors. So whenever I get the opportunity to dress up during the holiday season, I try to make it count!
Have a wonderful day!
Coat: Old Navy (old, similar here)
Skirt: Jibri (old, similar here)
Blouse: Who What Wear x Target (sold out, similar here)
Shoes: Zara (old, similar here)
Still trying to find a gift for your co-worker for your upcoming office holiday party? Don’t worry, I got you covered today. Below is a list of personalized gifts that won’t break your budget and will definitely put a smile on your co-worker’s face!
Have a wonderful weekend!
1.The Make Up Guru: Can do an expert cat eye while on a moving bus, owns stock in Sephora and aspires to beat face like Path McGrath. These Sephora Collection mini sponges will help them blend until their hearts are content!
Sephora Collection Confetti Make Up Sponges
2. The Foodie: Knows all the hottest food trends, can pronounce “poke” correctly and worships Anthony Bourdain. A subscription Bon Appetit is a must for any self respecting foodie!
3. The Coffee Lover: Cannot cope until they have their first cup, thinks K Cups are sacrilegious and lives for the smell of fresh brewed coffee. This Hamilton Beach coffee maker is the perfect gift for your coffee obsessed co-worker.
Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker
4. The World Traveler: Travels so much you need a GPS to locate them, scores $50 error fare flights to Europe and believes wanderlust is a way of life. This toiletry kit from SwissGear is a the perfect way to say “bon voyage”!
SwissGear Travel Kit
5. The Book Lover: Knew The Girl on the Train before you did, can read a book series in a matter of days and accidentally falls asleep while on their Kindle. This brightly colored universal ebook case will keep their precious reader safe and sound.
Visual Land Pro Folio Universal Case