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My DNA Results are in!

16 October 2017

Savannah, GA, USA
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My DNA test results are finally in!  Yay!!!  Four weeks felt like forever to get here!  I'm so excited to find out about my ethnic Origins.  I've always said- and it's one of the things that I teach in my cultural diversity training, that one of the many disadvantages of slavery is that black Americans were robbed of the authentic chance to be hyphenated Americans.  Ya know, Italian-American, Mexican-American… that hyphen in between those ethnicities is important.  It means that you KNOW exactly where you come from.  Our safest choice is African-American but African is a huge continent with several countries!!  Plus, without records, we can’t even be too sure of that. 

Sadly, most of us just do not know our ethnic origins but now thanks to readily available DNA testing, we are able to have a better understanding of where exactly we come from.  The company that I used was MyHeritageDNA. Getting the sample was super easy.  Everything is pretty much done for you.  I just swabbed the insides of both cheeks, dropped the sample in the little, pre-labeled tubes that they send and toss it in the mail.  Off it goes to Houston, Texas for analysis and the whole process cost me only about 80 bucks. 

Here are my results.

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Overall it looks like I am 69.9% from the continent of Africa. Broken down a little further (below), I am 35.2% Nigerian.  That was the strongest percentage.  So awesome! I'm looking forward to learning more about my own unique culture, now that I know more about where I'm from. It looks like the rest of my background, 30.1% is from north &west Europe (Germany and France) and a little bit from east Europe (Ukraine and Balkan) . I'm so glad that I decided to do this.  It was worth every penny!

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Were you surprised at my results? Have you done DNA testing to find out your Origins?
Leave me a comment below and tell me your thoughts!


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Totally Put Together (or at least faking it great!)

13 October 2017


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Being put together is my job. As a plus size blogger I am kind of expected to always have my act together- you know the perfect shoes with the perfect purse. It is a wonderful thing to look in the mirror before heading out the door and knowing that you look amazing. When I am headed to an event, there are always certain things I do to make sure that I am ready to make the best impression possible!  I think that it is so important to always put your best face forward! Now does this mean I am shallow? Do I spend hours on creating a flawless face? Do I lament over my outfit and whether white is finally alright after Labor Day?! Nope!   But…. it does mean that I have a check list of things that I always do so that when I walk out the door, I am ready to take on the world!   I am gonna share some of my list with you.  Us plus size beauties have to stick together after all, right?!

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Number one: Always plan in advance! I love my calendars- I have several!   Of course I have the calendar on my phone- who doesn’t make mad use of that little handheld miracle now-a-days?  Besides that one though, I have a desk calendar and calendar on my bedroom wall- right beside my mirror- so not only can I see the what, where, and when- I also can look over it when I get up in the morning and see all the awesome things I have to look forward to.   If it’s a little bare, then I can work on my resolve to get more of those little boxes filled.  I am madly unorganized at times (my dirty little secret- shhh don’t tell!) SOOOO I have another calendar which is stuck right on the front of my fridge. When I am grabbing my yummy keto breakfast, I am also reassessing what I have to do- that day, week and month- for me planning is SO important!

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Number two: Have several go to outfits planned. I personally like to take pictures of myself in different outfits, several shirts with several bottoms- this way I can see myself from a more observant point of view- pictures are always better to see how other people will see you. Think of Cher’s closet in that old movie Clueless! I can flip through my closet catalogue and plan all my outfits for the week in a few clicks. If you are really organized you can take photos of all your accessories and shoes as well.

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Number three: Always have a good old fashioned pad of paper and a pen! I don’t know how many times I have accidentally let my phone die (also always have a spare charger in that oh-so-fashionable purse.  As a plus size fashionista, I love a big bag that can carry all sorts of things- including said notepad and cute, colorful pens.  You want to always be able to make notes while you are at an event- what if you meet an awesome contact and you don’t have something to write down the details!?

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Number four: Make sure you always have emergency numbers! I carry a small actual little black book- it has a paper contact list.  Old school, right?  LOL   Remember that whole phone dying stressor? Well once I realized that I didn’t even know my own mother’s phone number anymore, I took this to heart! Another good idea is having important numbers for people like towing companies and locksmiths, such as STL Local Locksmiths! I had a friend who ended up locking herself out of her car in the middle of the night after a movie premiere and she luckily had the STL Local Locksmiths number in her little black book. They were able come out quickly and get her on the go again!  Plus, they were amazingly affordable!

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Number five: Maybe the most important, my plus size princesses is this final tip- have an amazing time! There is simply no point in being a fabulous plus size blogging fashionista if I am not having a great time! I preplan as much as possible and then roll with the tide. Its raining on the day of an outside event? OK Cute raincoat and umbrella, CHECK!   Once you have the basics covered, the best part of an event is to simply enjoy the event! Whether you are going to a major blogging networking affair or your six year old nephew’s birthday party, remember to be present.   All the planning in the world, all the note taking and photo ops are nothing in comparison to having a great time and being able to recount that enthusiasm to your readers (and yourself!) later.

So those are my tips!  Do you have any go to tips and tricks to make sure you are 100% when you step out?

Share below!



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Tracee Ellis Ross Collabs w/ JCPenney for Collection to Include Plus Sizes!

09 October 2017

Savannah, GA, USA
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Exciting news this week in the plus size fashion community and the fashion community as a whole!  Everybody’s favorite girlfriend, style-crush and star of ABC’s Blackish, Tracee Ellis Ross will collaborate with JCPenney for a limited edition holiday collection!  I can’t even describe to you guys the way that I SQUEALED!  I have admired this woman’s style for YEARS!  She is the epitome of sexy-cool and casual-luxury. 

Things to know about the collection:

  • Will debut on November 12th.  (Yay!)
  • Sizes will go up to 3X.  (Hell yay!)
  • Price range is between $9 and $74.  (Say what?!)
  • Will include 45 pieces!  (Yes, Lawd!)


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Here are some sneak peaks…

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Anyone who knows me, KNOWS that I’ve already got my eye on that sequins stunner! 
Dear, sweet, precious baby Jesus, please let the 3X not be like a CitiTrends 3x!!!!!!


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Do you see anything you like so far?  Are you as excited as I am?
  Let me know in the comments!







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Fitness, Not Just for Skinny B*tches!

02 October 2017





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I am a big girl- plus sized, fat, whale-like?  Believe it or nowt, I am also interested in making my body the best it can be and living the best life that I can.  I was recently surfing YouTube for exercise videos that I might actually be able to do.  Cue my discovery of the book, Big Fit Girl by Louise Green. She is an amazing role model who tells it like it is!

I immediately contacted Ms. Green to find out about reviewing her awesome book and got it a few days later. I am pleased to say that this plus  size girl was pleasantly surprised. This book is a great example of what the world needs today. As a plus size woman I find it hard to get the motivation to get out there and get fit.  
Louise brings to the forefront a lot of the issues facing the plus size woman today- and smashes them! There is everything from her own personal story to other peoples experiences and a step by step guide to getting started. 



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This book highlights the fact that the plus size athlete is never shown in the media and that we need more and more women out there doing their thing- getting fit and being in the public’s eye! 
I feel so empowered after reading this book- and hopeful!  It isn’t all about weight loss and looking better for other people. It isn’t about being “socially acceptable”.  It is about taking control of your own body and making yourself the strongest you can be.  It doesn’t matter if you only walk half a mile- that’s half a mile more than yesterday and you don’t have to be a size 2 to smash those fitness goals! 

I will never be tiny- but I am going to use this awesome body to be the healthiest I can be at any size!  I highly recommend this awesome book for any plus size woman who needs a boost and a start on the path to wellness. 

I am going to be a big fit girl- who’s with me? 


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I’m a #SlayBAE

21 September 2017


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Guess what guys? I am an official SlayBAE! 
That means I have the opportunity to show you some awesome and beautiful African accessories direct from Beauty Impact Accessories

This company offers many handmade items that are one-of-a-kind pieces imported from West Africa (Nigeria & Ghana)

I had the chance to connect with the owner, Brittany Raji and she wants to offer all of my awesome readers 10% off of their purchase if they use my special code "lowcountry". If you're on the hunt for beautiful accessories with a rich, cultural history, then look no further than Beauty impact accessories.


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The shop offers handbags, necklaces, scarves, shoes, earrings and so much more at a reasonable price. Please check out the website and don't forget to use my code so that you can save your 10% at checkout.  Look forward to seeing my SLAY in these accessories in my upcoming OOTD posts!





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My Something Happened Story…

05 September 2017

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Something happened… I put on this dress and i felt like a princess- or better yet, a true and proper “southern belle”.  One usually feels that way when a dress blows perfectly in the wind.  But most importantly, it was the first time I’d ever been out in public in something sleeveless.  EVER!   Showing my arms is something that I just don't do but I knew that it would never do this eShakti dress any justice if I put a on jacket over it.    So with a lot of encouragement from my fellow bloggers friends, something happened…
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This dress is currently on sale at www.eShakti.com - Find it here.

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Weekending With the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

22 August 2017







When Mitsubishi contacted me to test drive and review their subcompact 2017 Mirage GT, I was admittedly a little less than enthused and a little nervous. I mean don't get me wrong, it's a cute little car but when you are plus size, a subcompact car can be a little scary. Whenever I was in the market for a new car I would always opt for a full size sedan or an SUV because I knew they will be roomy, I would fit comfortably and be able to comfortably ride my friends who are more often than not, plus size too. But, I wanted my plus size readers to know about more affordable car options so I took the challenge and test drove the Mitsubishi Mirage GT for a week in Atlanta while attending The Curvy Fashionista StyleExpo




When I first saw the car, I completely fell in love with the Wine Red color.  It was deeper than red but more interesting than burgundy. The MSRP for this car is around 16,000 and it gets 37 miles to the gallon in the city and 43 on the highway. I'm beginning to love this little car already!  

So... 


Looks, check! 
Affordability, check! 
Now let's check out the comfort... This would definitely be the true test. 
I was pleasantly surprised! I rode around in this car all over Atlanta, alllll weekend long and I wasn't uncomfortable one bit. The seatbelt fit just fine, the seat was tooshie-friendly and I was able to fit other passengers even with the seat pushed all the way back.  They even had plenty of leg room.



One thing that totally set this car apart from others is the auto connect with the Smartphone Link Display Audio System. I works with AndroidAudio and AppleCarplay.  It gives tons of access to apps for music and navigation right on the display that was touchscreen!  No need no need to buy an extra charger or hook up an auxiliary port!  The wireless system automatically connects, so within seconds I was jamming my favorite tunes!  Plus, this little baby has a big sound that bumps. It even has a rearview camera, heated front seats and cruise control! 


We had so much fun in this car and it took us all around Atlanta and back home again safely. The only cons that I could think of would be that the horn isn't very loud which necessary for high traffic areas and there isn't an armrest in the front seat. The trunk is compact but I think that this car would be perfect for a college student or an older single person. 



The biggest Pro is definitely the gas mileage. When it came time to return the car, I wanted to return it the same way that it came to me which was on a full tank of gas. I kept telling myself that I'm just going to put $25 in this tank.  That would be enough to get home and to leave the car on at least 3/4 of a tank. I guess I was thinking that I was in my own car which is much bigger. Imagine my shock and amazement when the gas started spraying back out of the tank at $16! $16!?!?!  I was literally SHOOKETH!  That was for a full tank! That alone definitely has me rethinking my options when it comes to my next car. For me to fill up my own car, it's about $40 and that's with gas prices being a lot lower than they used to be. lol 


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Thank you to Mitsubishi for allowing me to test drive this adorable little car and give my feedback. I enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to change my mind about compact cats.  If you are in the market for a new car that is affordable, great looking, good on gas, and equipped with fresh technology, I definitely recommend taking a look at the Mitsubishi Mirage GT! 




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Disclaimer: I was provided this vehicle courtesy of Mitsubishi.  No monetary compensation was provided for this review.  All opinions are my own.
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