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!
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!
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.
Skirt: Jibri (here)
Blouse: Dorothy Perkins (sold out)
Shoes: Nine West (here)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (old)
Clutch: old cosmetic bag!
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 butI know I’m blessed and fortunate to see another Spring!
What does the arrival of Spring mean to you?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Sweatshirt: Gap (here; sold out in XL & XXL)
Skirt: Eloquii (old)
Heels: Nine West (old)
Ever since I stumbled across Etsy months ago, I’ve become smitten with stores like Clutched and Covered, Love Cortnie (wonderfully handmade clutches),Jibri (fashion forward plus size clothing that will make you swoon!) and many more.
Now that I finally found a good seamstress, I’m always on Etsy looking for fabric for more projects. During one of my searches, I came across Chimzi Fashion and instantly fell in love with the fabric of the skirt I’m wearing today. The wonderful mix of primary colors was definitely what I was looking for. I’ve been wanting an African print skirt for a while now, so it felt good to finally make it a reality. Trust me, this beauty is gonna be in heavy rotation this upcoming Spring and Summer!
Are you a fan of Etsy? If so, what are some of your favorite stores?
Have a wonderful day!
Coat: Old Navy (old)
Turtleneck: Gap (bought last Fall)
Skirt: Custom by Curvy Urbane
Shoes: Nine West
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!
Coat: Talbots Woman (here)
Jeans: Lane Bryant (old)
Shirt: Old Navy (old)
Necklace Shoplately (here)
Shoes: Nine West (old)
Bag: Longchamp (gifted)