June 18, 2016

JCPenney's #HereIAm

Body Positivity: It's about embracing and accepting yourself for who you are in the present. It's all sizes, shapes, and colors. It's unapologetic. It's self love and care. It's a beautiful thing.

I was really happy to find out JCPenney is diving into the world of bopo. They recently launched their new Boutique+ line specifically designed for women with curves. The new styles are affordable and available in a great range of sizes (0x - 4x and 16W - 30W).

To celebrate the line and encourage self love, they created an amazing video, featuring some of your faves, centered around body positivity and confidence. I am so happy to share this video with you. I've already watched #HereIAm about ten times. I was completely moved when I first saw it. There were tears. There were smiles. It left me feeling empowered, beautiful, and inspired to live life, not just exist in it.

I hope you like the video as much as I did. Did you get all the feels after watching it? Let me know in a comment below!

This post is in collaboration with JCPenney.

June 15, 2016

NYC Meetup! 6/19/16

Hey loves! I am so excited to be back in NYC for the week. I'll be at theCURVYcon this weekend---say hi if you see me! If you can't make it to theCURVYcon, come grab a cup of coffee with me! Amanda Williams from Bella Moxie and I are hosting a meetup on Sunday, June 19 at 9 AM at Joe Coffee. Let's hangout, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea (on us!), and take a stroll through Central Park.

We know 9 AM is early, but we thought it would be the perfect way to start your Sunday and wind down the weekend. Come casual, too! We'll be there in our activewear and sneakers. I won't hold it against you if you decide to wear something fancy. I appreciate a fancy outfit!

I can't wait to meet you. See you Sunday! xx

* Joe Coffee is located at 187 Columbus Ave., New York, New York 10023
* Thank you to our friends at JunoActive for sponsoring this meetup!

June 02, 2016

Back in Blue

Hey loves! Long time, no post. My bad. I unintentionally took a break from blogging last month. I was in a slump that was hard to break. I'm still dealing with the loss of my boyfriend's mom. I never mentioned it here, though I talked about it on my youtube channel. She passed away in November from pancreatic cancer. To say we were all devastated is an understatement. We were very close and I loved her so much. Since her passing, I sometimes find filming to be challenging and almost overwhelming. It's much easier to say nothing and pose for a picture. However this past month I could not muster an ounce of energy to take a proper outfit photo. It wasn't until the end of the month, after a talk with my boyfriend, that I felt like shooting again. Grieving is a bitch and a roller coaster of emotions. Forgive me for being inconsistent. I promise to do better for me, for you, and for Elaine.

She loved the whole blogging-youtube thing. She enjoyed watching my vlogs and seeing the outfits I posted on my facebook page. She would have liked this outfit, too. A classic fit and flare dress with a pop of pink. It's even available in her favorite color green. I take that as a little sign that she's still here watching over us and smiling from up above.

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."