Friday, July 24, 2015

Heatwave Los Angeles

Hey Y'all! So doesn't it seem like the East Coast gets all the blogger love? TiffanyMonique and I are changing that on August 9th. Come join us for a day of fun in the sun, at one of LA's most popular beaches. This will be a super laid back, relaxed event, so feel free to bring your beach gear and a body positive friend or 2. Hope to see you there! Check out my Facebook page for further details.


*Directions: Take the Santa Monica Freeway 10West until it turns into PCH. Head North on PCH and park in parking lot #7. You will find a cafe and beach rentals at this location. Walk straight onto the beach and you will us near the shore. If the lot is full, parking lot #6 is close*




Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gwynnie Bee

As a woman with a very extensive closet, the concept of Gwynnie Bee can be a slippery slope. If you're not aware, Gwynnie Bee is a monthly clothing subscription for sizes 10-32. My closet is already bursting at the seams, but Gywnnie Bee is fantastic for trying new brands, some that I've never heard of. This can be dangerous if you're a fashion lover like me, but what's life without a bit of danger?? So basically it works like this: You sign up, completely filling out sizing information and check a few boxes regarding your personal style. Gwynnie Bee makes suggestions or you just browse through the site, making your own selections. In a few days, your package arrives (it's like Christmas every month!), you wear your fabulous outfit and send it back when you finish. They provide shipping labels and bags to make returns super easy. If you happen to fall in love with a piece, there's also an option to purchase. As I mentioned above, this can get super dangerous, super quick! I love having fashion options and Gwynnie Bee provides just that: Options.



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Love Hangover

Hey girl, hey! June has been a rough month and I'm happy that it will be behind us very soon. Today's post features swimwear; as an outfit and as it's actual purpose. When Jibri released her line of luxurious coverups, I immediately knew I had to have one. While I await my fabulous choice to arrive, I wanted to give you all an idea on how to wear your coverups as an actual article of clothing (who doesn't love a multi-purpose piece?) AND as an option for a glam pool party.





Friday, June 5, 2015

Chambray FTW

I initially saw this jumpsuit on Rainbow's website and knew I wanted it. I'm so glad I found it in store and was able to try it on. It's a little big under the arms, but nothing a trip to the tailor can't fix. I wore this for a fun brunch at Cuba Libre in Philly (did you see my Snaps in Philly? I had an amazing time and can't wait to go back).





Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Uptown Funk








Wore this to meander the lovely streets of Philadelphia. Dashiki belonged to my dad, dress is from Asos. When in doubt, mix a print...it will change your fashion life :-)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

5.27.15


This weather has been dismal, at best. Unfortunately, May Gray is in full affect...which totally sucks. I guess that 90 degree weather streak we had in March is the trade off. In attempts to convince the sun to make an appearance, I threw on a total summer outfit (I was freezing!). When Fashion To Figure sent me this romper, I had my reservations because it felt too bare. Paired it with a kimono from BCBGeneration, but still felt a certain kind of way. Next time I wear this, I'll most likely do an actual duster. I'm loving the trend of kimono's/dusters...super chic way of adding a bit of coverage when you feel a tad too bare.





Romper: Here
Kimono: Here


Monday, May 25, 2015

5.25.15

I absolutely love Etsy...it's an endless playground, filled with independent designers and funky designs. I fell in love with this top from Nigerian Hippie AND it was on sale. SCORE! It's a wax print, which is 100% cotton and holds shape very well. I can't wait to style this for the summer.

*I'm having a tribal print moment for the summer. This should be fun :-)




Monday, May 18, 2015

Change>

Hola! Hope all is well with everyone! Los Angeles has been experiencing some very unusual weather these past couple of weeks; it's the middle of May and temps are in the low 60's. While this is awesome weather for you East Coast/Mid West folks, this is freezing for us (for me anyway). Dear Mother Nature: Over the knee boots shouldn't be worn in May, in L.A. Let's try and correct this situation, ok? Thanks.





Monday, April 27, 2015

My Truth





"You have so much self-confidence!" "I could never be as confident as you." "Where does all this self-confidence come from?" 
While most believe these comments are compliments, I find them to be almost insulting...let's discuss why: As a dark skinned, overweight black woman with nappy, natural hair (real/weave/wig), I am everything that society tells you is ugly or non desirable. I am not the standard of beauty, in America and many, many other countries. You will not open a popular, mainstream magazine and see me. You will not click on the television and see a character who looks like me unless it involves a nanny, being oversexualized or a stereotype....yes, even in "black" television shows. Up until a few years ago, you wouldn't even see me in blogs (with the exception of Tumblr; it's always been ahead of the game). Thank God things are slowly changing, but when I hear someone ask me how I became so confident, I hear this: "You're dark, fat and nappy, so how are you pretty? How can you have so much confidence when you're not supposed to??" While this may sound defensive, it is my truth. If I listened to society and others, I would be a miserable person. When people marvel at how well I dress, I have to laugh because in this day and age, with all of social media, you still think a fat women cannot dress well. I don't view being dark, fat and nappy as a disadvantage, but I have tough skin. I am not brave for my fashion choices; I just happen to be a plus sized woman who loves bright colors and unique designs. If dark skin, natural hair and some cellulite are considered flaws, then I want nothing to do with perfection. If you take nothing from this post but one thing, let it be this: Beauty comes in ALL shades, ALL sizes, ALL hair textures. Oh and to answer the question,  my self-confidence comes from looking in the mirror and telling myself that I am beautiful, I am worthy, I am deserving of all things good. I find beauty in flaws and you should as well. Be your best you...


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