Through CurvEnvy I am able to show my curvy to plus size gals exactly how to dress their shapes and while shopping, what looks to gravitate towards. I showcase how I am able to create a chic outfit on my curvy/plus size body from clothes purchased at retail stores, some primarily targeted for junior to average size women.
Special thanks to Gillette Venus for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Okay ladies, I’m going to share a personal pet peeve. How many of you have gone through this: you’re showered, hair done, makeup perfected, skin moisturized and just when you’re about to apply deodorant before getting dressed, you’re accosted with the dreaded underarm hair that you completely forgot about (cue agonizing face emoji). Needless to say, while getting ready for date night, I pondered over swapping my sleeveless dress for long sleeve just so I didn’t have to shave. It’s not so much that I dread the act of shaving; but rather shaving for me often caused my underarm skin to become dry and flaky. So, glad I came across Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth razors.
After using it, I’m a believer! Shaving has really become a part of our beauty regimen, along with face masks and mani/pedis. While I’d typically have no complaints over anything beauty related, shaving had always been more of a chore for me. The results wouldn’t last and it was a constant struggle. However, I learned the product you utilize play a big part in your results. After using Venus Platinum, I noticed my skin was soft and smooth. I couldn’t believe it! I’ve NEVER gotten those kinds of results from shaving before. The blades are coated with a moisturizing ribbon that allows each stroke to effortlessly glide up and down the area.
The 5 diamond-like coated blades are perfectly balanced and help you get long-lasting smooth skin. No lie, I finished my armpits in 20 seconds! So, after testing out the new Venus Platinum razor, in a cool metal handle may I add, I’ve come up with some pointers to help you ladies get it right all the time. So here we go:
Always shave on wet skin! It may seem like a no brainer, but you definitely want to use your Gillette Venus Platinum razor on wet skin. Preferably in the shower since your pores are open.
With the Platinum razor, there’s no need to go over the same area repeatedly. So I recommend 1-2 strokes tops;
Always shave in the direction of the hair. This would lower the chance of in-grown hairs;
Shave with a soft hand. It’s not necessary to apply a lot of pressure with these razors;
After shaving, store your razor in a dry place to avoid rusting and bacteria (eek);
Lastly, one of my favorite things about this Venus Platinum razor, and all Venus razors, is that the heads are replaceable! So, when the strip begins to fade, just switch it out with a new blade. The razor heads are interchangeable so you can use whatever one best fits your skincare needs.
Personally, I always felt that men’s razors gave a closer and better shave. With the release of Venus Platinum, that myth is totally busted! Now us-ladies can get that close shave with a razor designed especially for our skin and shaving needs! I’ve tried many razors over the years, but I must say that the ones from Gillette Venus have truly become a fave.
This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included intimates as compensation.
Okay ladies, today we’re going to discuss the nerve-wrecking bra shopping experience. The same way that the right outfit can makes you look amazing, the right bra can determine whether or not your look is truly seamless. In order to perfect that slam dunk look, you have to pick the right bra style: tshirt, full-coverage, demi cut, padded, wire or wireless. Bras come in SO many different variations and options, not to further our puzzlement, but to allow us the ability to wear the proper one depending on our outfit. For instance, you wouldn’t wear a tshirt bra (usually made with cotton and lycra and thinner fabric in the cup which is cut higher) with a low cut dress or thin strap cami. Why? Well because the bra would be visible-and not in a good way. When it comes to shopping for bras, I recommend going to Kohl’s. Kohl’s carry such an extended line of bras from many of the top intimate companies like Vanity Fair, Olga, Maidenform, Bali and countless others. They even offer a bra quiz you can take here that will help.
At my most recent visit, I chose three bras with different fits in mind. Since I’m quite busty, I decided to buy my first wide strap bra. I read that they offer better support for larger cups and they were certainly right about that! The bra I’m wearing below is from Olga and is from their Cloud 9 line that offers a “super soft, light and flexible fit with underwire lift.” To sum it up, it’s uber comfortable and gives me shape and lift without making my bust appear bigger. I recommend this bra for button down shirts.
The second bra I purchased is from Vanity Fair from their Flattering lift line. This, too, had the wider support straps and while it came in various shades, I went for the skin illusion fabric. I wanted a black bra with some pizazz and this one certainly fit the bill with the dot mesh overlay and lace detailing. That is about as feminine as you can get without it being pink.
The last bra I picked up from Kohl’s is by Bali from their Gravity Defying line which states that the design provides a “natural lift with 360 degree smoothing, moderate coverage and back smoothing capabilities.” One of my pet peeves with bras is the damning roll that women of my size and larger often get from our bras. The band is wider on this Bali version so it helps for a much smoother surface mid-back. Don’t believe me? Look at the picture below. I wore this bra to my recent trip to Mexico. In case you were wondering and adjusting your light settings, nope, my skin is really about 3 different shades of brown from sunburn thanks to that Mexican sun lol.
As you can see, Kohl’s carry all the most notable brands in intimate apparel. I must say, their panty options are vast also. The best part is, there are often coupons and promo codes that you can utilize to save some money. Below are some current deals:
General Semi Annual Event 3/2-3/26
$10 off $40 Intimates purchase with promo code INTIMATES10 (3/2-3/18)
$19.99 Bonus Buy bras 3/2-3/11. These are 12 bras featured as top rated by customers
When you find a great fitting bra, you can’t get just one. By the way, if you’re a mother of a teen, like myself, you’d be please to know that Kohl’s carry bras from line like Candies and he like. So on that next shopping trip or online perusing, make sure to check out all they have to offer. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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Get a jump on Spring oufit by adding florals and pastels to your work wardrobe, early. Yes, I know, technically it’s not spring yet but I’m a firm believer in adding little touches of color and pattern to uplift the mood, especially during cold weather season. SO let’s bring some florals to the office. Quick disclaimer: when you think about it, you don’t want a closet of trendy or statement-grabbing pieces without having necessary core pieces to begin with. Who knew I needed a pair of blush colored wide leg trousers? So happy I did add them to my closet because they literally go with every shade-neutrals or brights and transitions from season to season with no exception.
We all have issues dressing for work, but the key I’ve shared with you guys many times over, is that you want to add more transitional pieces to your work wardrobe. Then, you fill in those gaps with on-trend items or pieces that you would wear in moderation, cue a floral blazer. This allows you to still be cost conscious without skimping on style. Eloquii is a great brand that allows you to do just that. Let me tell you, when you find a brand that knows your style to a tee, provides a variety of options and is a one stop shop for everything from casual pieces to boardroom chic, Eloquii certainly hits the spot.
At a recent shopping trip with my teen daughter, I came across this twist button down top. It comes in pinstripe and baby blue, but I went for the white since it would give me the flexibility of pairing it with more options. Oh, did I mention it’s only $18!!
What’s your spring work style? Are you more traditional, or do you like to add some pizzazz to it? Below are some of my favorite statement blazers, a few I currently own.
Special thanks to Riders by Lee for sponsoring this post
So we’re officially done with the first month of the New Year. How has it been so far? For me, I can’t complain too much. I’m still on break from school, which means no classes for me yet (woo-hoo)! With the free time that I rarely get, I’ve managed to knock out a few items off my January to-do list. I’m nearly done with my third book for the year and I’ve added kickboxing to my workouts.
As you all know, I work in higher-education which doesn’t give me the luxury of being able to keep it casual very often, but during this past student free month, I’ve managed to sneak in a few denim work looks. Since I had no committee meetings or student appointments, my Riders by Lee jeans have made quite a number of appearances in January. They fit so nicely and come in various shades, I last wore the lighter blue shade here. The years of buying expensive jeans with hopes of a better fit, are GONE ladies! The construction of my mid-rise denim bottoms, I find, particularly fit curves really well.
So what’s the key to wearing jeans at work without looking super casual? Let’s begin:
Always pair with a dressy top or blouse or add a textured piece. Here, I paired a basic turtleneck with a velvet jacket.
Opt for heels, whether pumps or boots. I went with suede pumps in a bright shade for a little pizzazz.
Accessorize. You can go about that with jewelry or hats and scarves. In this look, I added a wool beret.
Go for dark denim shades. They easily can mimic pants.
Ultimately, you don’t want to look like you’re on your way out to run errands. Of course, your workplace dress code will have a say in you getting away with wearing jeans.
I hope I was able to provide you all with some denim inspiration for the office. Riders By Lee has a great assortment of denim bottoms from skinny to boot-cut. Visit your local Walmart or shop online for yours. Find the nearest store near you here.
Where is it written that to look sultry and Valentine’s day ready, you’re suppose to be in all red? While I am a recent lover of red clothing, when my goal is to be sexy, I naturally opt for black. With it’s naturally forgiving nature, it can accentuate and conceal simultaneosuly. So with that being said, here’s a black Valentine’s Day look complete with gasp latex, studs and of course, fur.
I fought an internal struggle when I saw these latex biker pants. As much as they were outside my comfort zone, I was equally drawn to them. They sat in my basket for quite some time. When I noticed they went on sale, I went ahead and took the leap. I paired it with a keyhole bodysuit and shaggy fur coat and finished it off with my Valentino patent Rockstuds.
So I encourage you ladies to think outside the box while dressing up for Valentines Day. Oh, and don’t forget the red lippie!
I’m coming with another fast fashion DIY for you guys. By now, ya’ll know I love me some embellishments, whether pearl or otherwise. I last DIY’d a pair of denim jeans (seen here) with pearls and I decided to use some left over pearls to customize my my own wool coat.
I’ve noticed pearl coats all over, particularly in pastel shades which I love! I initially purchased this pearl embellished coat, but found it too light for the season so I returned it. Upon doing so, it sparked an idea. I can make my own pearl embellished coat! So, I went to my closet and tried to hunt down my crimson red wool coat I had thrifted for $5 years ago. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it but on the rack, I did come across my oversized cocoon wool coat from a few years ago.
It was an unseasonably warm day today so I took full advantage and wore my DIY pearl coat, grey skinny leggings, and my Manolo Blank pumps for a chill but chic brunch look. I went all monochromatic with the exception of pairing it with a white button down.
I recorded the DIY for you guys. It’s fairly simple. All you need is a lot of flat back pearls and gem glue. Make sure you follow my Youtube channel and like and comment so I know you guys like videos like these so I can continue to dish them out!
DIY Pearl Embellish Wool Coat - YouTube
If DIY isn’t in your vocabulary, you can buy your own pearl embellish coat for under $150 below
We’re half way through January, how are your resolutions going so far? If you follow me on instagram, I mention that although I’m not a resolution type of person, there are a few goals I have for 2018. Much of it has to do with mental and physical advancement while others hit the finances.
Faux Fur Coat here|| Satin Top here|| Blush slacks, similar here || Nude patent pumps here and in suede, here
It’s been so cold here that the weather not only put a damper in my mood, but had me in full hibernation mode. Throw in a major snowstorm that handicapped our city for a little while, and I was done. I’m anxiously waiting for our February vacation to come so that I can get some much needed vitamin D into me. Until then, I am enthralled into meeting my 2018 resolutions.
Read more. I’m back in graduate school so I don’t get to read leisurely as much as I’d like, so for the month of January, I vowed to get through 3 books. (Were going to need more wine (Gabrielle Union), The Hate You Give ( Angie Thomas), and The Last Black Unicorn (Tiffany Haddish).
Grow my edges. Now this is a big one. As you can see in these pictures, my natural hair has grown so much however my edges resemble a well done fade (not cute!). So I began taking hair, skin and nail vitamins from Itworks two weeks ago. So wish me luck!
Tone my body. You all know I started Weight Watchers in September, and up to date, have lost 21 pounds without working out. I’m so busy during the school year that it doesn’t allow for workout sessions but I’m committed to not being complacent with loose skin and a droopy butt so I enlisted the help of a trainer, and have hit to the gym consistently so far. I’ll keep y’all posted!
Purge my closet. This is a doozy. Being a blogger, you accumulate so much clothes and I’m literally bursting at the seams! I can’t take it. So, I’ve listed quite a number of pieces on my Poshmark. Make sure you follow me on there as I’m always uploading gently used or never worn clothing and shoes for sale.
Invest my money. One thing I love about being in my 30s is the financial stability. Obviously, this varies from person to person. I’m finally at a place in life where I can buy that bag or shoes without having to move money around or save for months. Needless to say, this new found lifestyle prompted me into looking to invest my money. Accumulating pennies in my savings account won’t help me build that nest egg I’m after at retirement so I started looking into mutual funds and money market accounts, stock market and the like. Would this be something you guys would like me to blog about? Let me know.
I guess one of the best things about a new year, is a fresh start. The hardest part is keeping up with the goals you create for yourself. My tip is don’t over-extend yourself and be real with you. Know your limitations and your responsibilities before you put a huge obstacle in your way. Last tip, don’t feel bad if you don’t get to cross all of them off. You’re human, and being as such, we’re not perfect and we will consistently be met with challenges. All you can do is learn and grow from there and don’t allow yourself to fall into the same situation again. For New Year resolutions to become reality, you have to welcome change and that, my friends, is a a process. Set goals, have a plan and execute accordingly.
Happy New Year loves! As much as I loved being off work for a week, it makes it that much harder to return today. It certainly doesn’t help that it’s like two degrees out. Speaking of weather, can we get real for a minute? Getting dressed in the dead of winter doesn’t come easy. It’s even more complex as a blogger. Often getting that perfect shot requires endless hours of posing in frigid temperatures. After years of doing this, I’ve come to nearly perfect my craft by introducing chic outerwear paired with my looks. Nothing is more chic than fur, no?
Looking cute and staying warm are often polar opposites but it is possible to be seasonally appropriate on a daily basis. I’m not only speaking as a blogger, but as a woman who truly takes pride in her appearance, regardless of what temperature awaits when I walk out that door. You can easily get stumped dressing even if you have the right items. They key is learning how to pair them together.
As you can see, I’m a believer of fur everything! It’s one of the BEST winter accessory besides cashmere. Nowadays, faux fur come in a myriad of colors and texture from teddy to shaggy to looking identical to the real thing. In this look, I paired my sorbet colored Mongolian fur coat with suede OTK boots, vegan leather skirt and a scuba turtleneck. Its a no brainer that I’d have cold weather accessories like a pair of insulated gloves and fun winter hat. Talk about layering!
Creating winter friendly outfits that are both impactful and stylish, you will see, doesn’t require too much. Take heed to my layering tips below:
Add a pair of stylish yet practical boots…go for OTK as I did here or chunky heeled ankle boot
Layer, layer, layer-but in this pieces. I love these turtlenecks. I stock up every winter.
Make Fur your new bestie-a waist length piece not only looks great with jeans but equally appropriate paired with your work pieces.
Scarf it down-there are so many options out there from blanket scarves to fur stoles. I, personally, recommend to have one of each, but if starting out, go with the blanket scarf that’s large enough to wrap multiple times around your neck but can also work as a shawl.
Become a Mad Hatter- I love hats! They’re a great way to add some drama to any look. This winter add a wool fedora, embellished knit cap or chic beret to the mix.
Here are a few of my favorite outerwear pieces
Tell me, how do you stay cute and toasty during the winter?
Hope you all had a great Christmas. As much as I love the holidays, I’m beyond ready to leave it behind. I’m so ready for the new year and the opportunity to reinvigorate in so many areas in my life. How about you?
Who’s with me about not letting frigid temps ruin your look? Yes I’m fully aware of just how first world problems this sounds (lol), but seriously. If you’re like me and suffer from winter woes (the weather added to early sun down), you look for glee in any and everything. As the blogger that I am, I refuse to allow winter to dampen my style. I refuse to momentarily resign from looking cute cause it’s snowing. Here’s a quick casual look that not only kept me warm, but had me looking a lil bad-a$$, if I do say so myself.
I love the idea of mixing fur (faux of course). It’s a great way of adding some visual contrast to a look. I love this short fur coat and it comes in many colors. Since winter chic should be practical, these rugged boots were a god-send.
Thank you to Riders by Lee for sponsoring this post
Can’t believe the holidays are here! If you’re like anything like me, your holiday shopping consists of 90% online shopping and 10% actually going into the store. While I typically do my store shopping during the weekend, comfort is key. What’s more comfy than a pair of leggings? The best part of these bottoms are they’re transitional. Not only can I wear them with a pair of flats and an anorak on the weekend while running errands; they also werk at work in the office during the week. In collaboration with Riders by Lee, I’m sharing my comfortable but chic style during 9 to 5 and on the weekends.
Once upon a time, wearing leggings as pants was a faux pas. Fast forward many years later, no one even gives a second look. I take that as society’s nod to understanding our need for chic yet comfortable apparel. Riders by Lee has the BEST pair of leggings I’ve ever worn. They’re opaque so no bare skin or undies peeking through. They’re durable-this particular pair has been washed over 5 times and have yet to lose it’s color. For us plus size ladies, they actually come in our sizes to accommodate our hips, belly and most importantly, our booty.
I love that Riders by Lee not only provide denim options but other necessary apparel. My olive anorak is by them and works both as a layering piece and alone as a jacket. After one of Mariah’s soccer game this fall, the weather was perfect to wear it as a jacket.
I’ve already touched on just how versatile these leggings are but nothing beats the visual. Between you and me, I’ve worn them to the office because quite frankly, they easily mimic ponte pants. Paired with a button down, pumps and a blazer, these leggings were a major hit at work.
So while I love a pair of denim jeans, nothing beats the comfort factor of a pair of leggings. I encourage you all to add a pair to your wardrobe. They work great while out shopping for the holidays and obviously at the office. Tried them, let me know what you think!