Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday!  I think I say that every year!  lol  Another thing that I do every year is round up all of the awesome costumes across the internet in hopes that you’ll help me pick the best!  Below you’ll find a mix of tiny tots, wacky celebs, fab bloggers, spooky pets, family/group/couples costumes and everything in between!  But….there can only be one winner!  So tell me, who won #Halloween2017?!






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The Plus Bloggers REALLY showed out this year and I am HERE for all of it!  Check out Ashleigh Shackelford as Winnie the Pooh?




The list of popular retailers who are finally shifting gears and joining the human race is steadily growing.    White House Black Market now offers plus sizes! The news dropped last week on their social media and already people are excited about being able to order their clothing in larger sizes.


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I went to the website to see some of the offerings and I really like what I see.   White House Black Market was always a store that my mother- who has been small all of her life, could shop in and she always felt good in their quality clothing.  It's so wonderful that trusted retailers- especially those that are known for good, sturdy, well-constructed pieces are joining the ranks and making their clothing available in plus sizes.  White House Black Market plus pieces go up to a size 24W and are only available online for now.  If you're worried about the price, sign up for their mailing list! That's the best way to find out about sales & drastic clearances, plus you get 10% off a future purchase just for signing up.  That's a great way to build your wardrobe with quality pieces that you otherwise might not be able to afford.

Here are some things that I like so far…




Do you see anything that you like?  What straight size retailer do you wish would go plus?


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Ladies! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! HALLOWEEN!!!

As a plus size beauty, I am always vaguely annoyed at the selection of plus size costumes in stores and online. I want to be fashionable and have a great time during my absolute favorite holiday but the fact is, a lot of the plus size costumes out there totally suck!  So, I decided a long time ago that DIY costumes were the way to go- and because I am a busy, broke mom of three kids, I need something fast, fun and on a budget! So here are a few of my favorite- easy to accomplish DIY costumes for the plus size beauty in all of us! With just one or two accessories, these costumes will have you ready to be the best dressed plus size ghoul at the graveyard!

OK so really, I only have one thing to say to you-Wings!

There is such an array of fabulous wings out there nowadays that this versatile and fun costume accessory can be played up/down and in between!  Plus, they always fit!  Everything from angelic white feather wings to gorgeous black bat wings.  You can make dozens of costumes from your closet. For a simple but fun idea, pick a set of wings as a base- We will go on Amazon and take a quick look- When I searched costume wings a plethora of options amazed my plus size little heart. From soft fabric butterfly wings, to transparent dragonfly ones as well as bat wings, black and white and red feathered wings and even tattered and torn wings ideas were flying through my mind!

   

For simplicities sake, we will choose a cute butterfly wing- these are only $20.98 by Shireake Baby and absolutely stunning. Now, we shop our closet! These wings are blue and teal, so first things first, I locate a pair of soft, black leggings (I am a mom- I have leggings in ALL the colors!) next is to decide- dress or shirt? Well for me this is a killer flowy party number that is black with teal and green swirls on it- you may have a sweater or dress that suits your needs already and if not a quick trip to a local second-hand store can usually fix that (an oversize men’s dress shirt over leggings with wings would look killer! Now just add boots or black shoes and some cute make up and Poof! This same theme can be used to make you into all manner of cute bugs, birds (ravens wings plus a fabulous black dress, lips stick and smoky eyeshadow anyone?) or of course Angels, Demons, and or Devils as your amusement prefers- Simple color shifts for each variation and you are cute costumed and ready to go!


I love the idea of the simple wings to build from because as you know these can be reused again and again. Maybe next year you would rather be a Zombie- take those beautiful white wings you used for your Dove of Peace (think angel but in soft whites and greys, more sweater and leggings with soft white make up- rather than the more iconic bright white dress and holy accruements for an angel costume) with a bit of spray paint to “dirty and zombify” them- think a bit of black, some red, pull a few feathers- make them look rough- add ripped up jeans and a top and your favorite zombie make up (with as much or as little fake blood as you wish!) and Poof- Zombie Winged Whatever!


Of course, for a more fantasy bend, there are literally dozens of amazing fairy, pixie and fancy wings just waiting to be added to your favorite long ladies gown or vine and leaf covered ensemble. Bright glittery make up, fun jewelry and a bright smile and you are the plus size fairy princess of the ball!
The great thing about costume wings is that you can literally shop your closet to pull together your outfit- and be comfortable and kick ass at the same time! I love being unique and with just a little money being able to pull something plus size prefect for me, in no time!


What accessory made your DIY costume this year?



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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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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?

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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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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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