April 16, 2016

Saturday Vibes



I love Saturdays. I love them even more when I wear something that's cute, relaxed, and a little bit chic. I purchased this swing dress at Charlotte Russe last month when I filmed an Inside the Dressing Room. I love the thin stripes (#fatgirlscanwearstripes) and black and white color combination. Since the sleeves are long, I ruched them up to my elbow so I wouldn't look too boxy. Unfortunately this dress is sold out online, but it still might be available in store. Similar styles are linked below.

Normally I would wear this dress with flats, but I changed it up by pairing it with white sneakers. I like the sporty/preppy vibes it adds to the dress. Throw on some red lipstick (Sephora's lip stains are the bomb), grab a large handbag, and you're ready to celebrate the weekend in effortless style.



April 01, 2016

Simply Be Denim Review #ShowUsYourSass


I was amazed when I tried on these jeans. Jeans never fit over my belly button. As an apple shaped girl with a protruding stomach, I grew accustomed to the defeat. Though I love and accept myself, I often struggle with this part of my body. It’s picked on the most by the Internet and sometimes myself. It’s not flat and smooth like other plus size women. This comparison and self acceptance is something I work on everyday. 

Having never experienced this type of outfit before, I was overwhelmed with joy as I cautiously zipped the denim over my belly button and the largest part of my stomach. To tuck my button down shirt inside of the jeans was even more overwhelming. I gained fashion freedom. I felt that freedom when I wore a crop top for the first time. I felt it when I wore a bodycon dress without shapewear. I felt it when I stopped worrying so much about my VBO (visible belly outline). And I felt it again when I wore these jeans. 


The Hollie Girlfriend Jeans are from Simply Be’s new denim collection. The mid-rise jeans are a relaxed fit with all day comfort and perfectly placed rips and patches. Though they slightly loosen in the thigh throughout the day, I recommend ordering them in your usual size. Available in sizes 8 - 28, the jeans come in a light and dark wash and regular and long length. I’m wearing the dark wash, regular length, in a size 26. 

Thank you to Simply Be for sending the denim for review. I am so glad I gave this style a try. It brought me so much happiness and confidence. The power of fashion is so real! 




The item was gifted for review. All opinions are my own.

March 28, 2016

Why I Wear All Black


In my teens and early twenties, I wore all black to hide my body. One of my favorite outfits was a black Adidas jacket, black tank, and black velour sweatpants. It was 2005; velour was everywhere. Now I wear the dark hue because of its empowering, minimal, classic, and casual-chic vibes. 

I was inspired to try this look after visiting my friend Denise in LA. She looked so chic in her black tee, jeans, white shoes, and red scarf. My tee is from Lane Bryant. It's soft, but I wish it was a little bit longer. The jeans are by ASOS Curve. I love them! I'm wearing a US size 24 that fits well around my hips and butt. They're regular length, so I rolled up the hems to make them shorter. I topped off the look with white Chucks, black sunglasses, and velvety matte lavender lipstick.

This outfit is quickly becoming a go-to look for me. I wear it because I enjoy the theme, not because I'm trying to make my body invisible. Don't get me wrong, I still have my moments where I struggle with embracing my body, especially my stomach, but they are easier to overcome with a lot of self acceptance, patience, and positivity.  



 

"Women who wear black live colorful lives." 

March 16, 2016

Date Night Dress


My BF and I celebrated our anniversary at a fancy bistro last month. I had no idea what to wear until I saw this cute striped dress from Society+. The marsala color is striking and the material is stretchy. I'm not a fan of scuba, but this fabric was ultra soft and flexible. It contoured to my shape without being clingy and bothersome.

I love how the skirt gently flows over my butt. It gives my hips a little oomph! and shows off my legs. I passed on wearing any bold accessories since the dress is clearly the star of the outfit. I paired it with my everyday heart necklace, Catherines deep tan wedges, Louis monogram clutch, and OFRA's liquid lipstick in "Havana Nights."


February 23, 2016

GenBeauty LA 2016


It feels like just yesterday I was in LA with the squad oohing and ahhing over makeup. In reality, it's been almost a month, but I still remember every detail of my GenBeauty weekend. I arrived in LA on a Thursday and immediately went out for tacos with Crystal and Marisa. The next day we shopped from morning to evening at Morphe Brushes and Glendale Galleria. A few shopping bags and a new pair of Chucks later, we made it back home with enough time to get ready for ipsy’s cocktail party. Imagine a studio filled with beauty creators, music, and drinks, lots and lots of drinks. It was a blast. Unfortunately we didn’t arrive in time to get the famous ipsy Generation Beauty swag bag. But, I’m not complaining because we still received great gift bags over the weekend. 

Generation Beauty is a two day event produced by ipsy. Beauty/fashion creators and lovers unite in Downtown LA to have fun, network, and experience makeup, hair, and skincare brands. Major brands and cult favorites set up shop to talk about their company, give demos of featured products, provide samples and sales, and host meetups with today’s top beauty YouTubers/Instagrammers. Get a better feel for the event by watching my vlog at the end of this post.

I had such a great time with my friends the entire weekend. It was wonderful experiencing these brands on another level and meeting some of my subscribers. Thanks for coming up to me to say hi and chat amid all the craziness! GenBeauty was an unforgettable experience. I can’t wait to do it again!