As a plus size teenager, it was very difficult to find a plus size fashion icon whose style you wanted to emulate. First of all, there weren't that many plus size women on television twenty years ago. I mean one of my few favorite plus size, female icons from childhood was Miss Piggy and she isn't even a real person (she was BADD tho…).  The other is Queen Latifah and even though I think her style was kinda fly back in the day, it wasn’t the look for me. Finding fashion inspiration that actually looked like you and had anything near your body shape/size was HARD.  If you did decide to just look up to someone thin, it was exceedingly difficult to copy their style because cute clothing for plus size teens was NONEXISTENT. 
Shout out to all the fat girls who made it through the 90s.  It was truly a decade that was a constant reminder that your body didn’t fit anywhere. 


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   I recently had a small conversation with plus size model/blogger Leah Vernon where we both revealed that we worshipped Gwen Stefani's style as teens but wanting to dress like her was next to impossible with the limited clothing options for plus size teens at the time. This forced us to shift and alter the clothing that we had into the clothing that we wanted.  I remember adding buttons, cutting up jeans, stacking accessories and tons of other clothing hacks.  It all sounds so tacky now- and I didn't know it at the time, but what I was doing was training myself to build and create my own unique & personal style.  Now when I see celebrities, bloggers or just your everyday fashionista, I can be inspired by them no matter what size they are and still keep my own unique touch without looking like a copycat. Right now, one of my many style inspirations is Lindy Booth’s character Cassandra Cillian from TNT’s The Librarians. 


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This woman is the complete opposite from me as far as looks are concerned.  She’s a thin, white, red-headed woman.  The only things that we have in common is that we’re both women, around the same height and around the same age.  Yet, I still find inspiration in her character’s quirky, flirty, nerdy, preppy wardrobe.  I’m inspired after every episode with her adventurous print mixing and funky leggings.  Her look inspired this look:


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Red Striped Dress from ModCloth
Polka Dot Button Up Shirt Thrifted
Black Gladiator Sandals by Nine West
Black Tights by Just My Size
Black/Clotted Cream Lyla Weekender by Kate Spade
Gold Watch by Michael Kors
Gold Hoops from Belk
Lippie Cherry Blossom by Coloured Raine
Photography by Joanna – Ng Photography


Who was your fashion inspiration growing up?  Who is it now?


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This post is my friendly reminder to never count yourself out of participating in certain fashion trends because you feel that they won’t look right on you.  I always told myself that I could NEVER wear a jumpsuit/playsuit because I wasn’t curvy enough in the right places.  I carry weight in my midsection (belly) and even though I wish I were, I’m not exactly comfortable with my VBL- Visible Belly Line.  As usual, I’m a work in progress but I’m not entirely there yet.
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I would always see people in their jumpsuits and feel a surge of jealousy because they look so cute!  Even my plus size babes rock them but I still couldn’t make myself try one on.  Especially after an incident when I wore overalls in high school and my cousin said I looked like “Wario”- not even Mario (Super Mario Bros.), but WARIO!  LOL  I decided shortly after that, that I would NEVER wear an outfit like that again. 



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Luckily for me, I’ve been feeling a big adventurous with my wardrobe here lately.  Tracee Ellis Ross introduced a jumpsuit in her collection last year that was made with a lot of material and had more space in the midsection for a tummy to hide.  I was skeptical but I tried it on and I was pleasantly surprised!  It fit and looked nice.  I’m glad that I talked myself into purchasing it, since the collection is no longer available.  Now I’m not saying that I’m going to run out and buy a ton of jumpsuits now, but I am happy that I found one that worked for me and that I didn’t entirely cut myself off from a particular style because of fear.

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Black Jumpsuit & Red Robe Jacket by Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney
Jewelry & Clutch from Belks
Photography by Ng Photography

What is one fashion trend that you like but you just don’t think it will work for you?





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Fashion is complicated to navigate and not everyone has a flair for it. Plus size fashion has always been a difficult arena over the years. Even with rising awareness, it’s still somewhat difficult to find clothes that fit properly or clothes that you like. Trying to find an outfit that combines both is almost impossible. Then, we still have to deal with trends. Plus. Size. Trends....

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Every size probably suffers from this same issue. The cycle is almost always the same. Your favorite blogger posts an outfit with the link in the bio. The outfit inspiration came from a popular fashion celebrity who wore the outfit. Over the next weeks, we’ll have what I call a fashion uniform explosion, as endless variations of the same outfit keep getting posted. New codes for 10% off and new dupes on every page. Soon, we all have the same outfit.

My issue is this... The pool is small. That pool contains all the designers that have finally begun to accommodate plus size women (not like we’re begging). Now, we all have to fit into that pool to scramble for clothes, due to the small number of design companies compared to the large population of plus size women. When we see a dress that actually fits your body type, you run straight to the website and order it. Plus size women are so beautifully diverse. We can style clothing to suit our very different tastes. However, what happens when you want to wear an outfit that hasn’t been seen within a 5-mile radius?

Here’s a painful scene that may be familiar. You find a cute dress ( like those off- shoulder, bell sleeves or ruffle dresses ) and then you purchase it because you have that one outing coming up. It lies in your closet while you get you hair done and even schedule a mani-pedi. You are feeling every inch of your curves. Only to appear on the D-day and well everybody else been feeling the same dress. [insert sobs]. I want to stand out, not blend in and it’s not every day we can purchase custom clothes.

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I know I sound narcissistic but what I want is for designers -especially in the plus size fashion industry, to reduce the amount of mass produced designs and and I want for clothing companies to stop copying each other. It makes fantastic designs fade and beautiful outfits go to waste. I’ll still wear the outfit that everyone has anyway and but a girl can dream, right?  I know we all have that unique individuality that is expressed in the way we dress and a little help from retailers would be great.  This is one of the main reasons why I could just kick myself for never taking the time to learn to sew.  It's such a shame because I actually own a very nice sewing machine that is just collecting dust.  There are some companies like Atlanta-based biz, Sewing Machine that offer sewing classes, so maybe one day I'll get my butt in gear!  They also provide essentials like threads, tape measures and all of the necessities for sewing.  I had wild dreams of altering clothing to match my unique style like changing out the sleeves, adjusting hem lines, adding different print styles.  But alas, dream deferred....LOL

So, here’s to beautiful, plus size women, slaying every outfit we put on. To the plus size design and clothing companies, we love you for creating clothes that fit. Please make more designs so we can empty our bank accounts without all looking the same.

How do you style a popular design to suit your personal taste and help you stand out? Tell me in the comments. Share to a friend who has the same struggle.


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Being a blogger/creator, I have the pleasure of meeting a lot of incredible people. I've also had the opportunity to watch their talents grow and bloom in their own creative spaces.  I've known Freddie L Young since high school. Back then, he was our High School's first male cheerleader and he caused quite an uproar that I took sheer delight in.  I knew even then that he was a trendsetter in the making but I had no idea of the magnitude of his creativity and talent.  Over the years, I have watched him grow into an amazing professional makeup artist that has done work for music videos, television productions, live performances, celebrity appearances  and has even created his own line of cosmetics.  My Adventures over the weekend included attending his first beauty brunch & makeup class.  I’m so excited to tell you guys all about it.  Here's a recap of the event:

When we first arrived we were welcomed with swag bags that were personalized with our names across the front. It was such a sweet and personal touch to add to the traditional swag bags from events.  If you keep up with my Instagram stories, you’ll find that swag bags are my FAVORITE part of events.  LOL   Next we had a fabulous brunch catered by Jelon Smart of Cocktail Hour Catering & Event Consulting.  I finally got to taste those collard green wontons- her signature dish that facebook went CRAZY over.  They were amazing!  All of the brunch favorites were included in the spread. An amazing grits bar, fresh fruit and several drink options where available. After eating, Freddie was introduced and the class began.  He used gorgeous model, DeAundra Lay’Dee White as his canvas and we all raved over the gorgeous cheekbones on this statuesque Beauty.


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Now makeup is usually something that intimidates me.  I have my usual routine and I stick with that.  My signature look is a bold lip and deep brows- nothing too difficult.  I’ve desired to do more but never had the guts.  I’m always afraid that I’ll mess it up and get frustrated.  Freddie carefully explained each step as he worked and had us all feeling like we could walk out of there and do a full beat ourselves the next day!  The proper products for different skin types, the correct brush to use for the intended coverage and the best shades to use for shading were all techniques that were discussed in great detail and in a way that was easy for us all to understand.  He was very attentive and took the time to answer the TONS of questions that we had.  I never thought that I would even attempt contouring and highlighting on my own, but Freddie gave amazing encouragement and made it look easy.  Well…..maybe not easy but at least somewhat possible?!  LOL    The finished look on DeAundra was simply stunning!  He even finished her look with a bold lip (which stole my heart) from his own Selfish Matte Liquid Lipstick line. 


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You can find out more about Freddie L. Young, book his services or find out about the next class by visiting his website here.



If you were attending a makeup class, what would you like to learn?



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If your thighs are thick and do not have a gap in between them, then it is safe to say that you have probably had your fair share of “chub rub”. Chub rub is when your thighs rub together while wearing dresses or shorts and the friction from your inner thighs make the skin in that area raw.  Wearing certain clothes can be torture if your thighs rub together for too long.  Even though I have the “thunder thighs”, luckily for me I don't really have this issue when I am bare-legged but it does happen when I wear pantyhose.  UGH!  It’s the worst!  Something about that nylon material rubbing together that is sheer torture for me.  Usually by the end of the day, I have rubbed through the pantyhose and probably the first layer of skin…   I usually just grin and bear it. 

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I recently was sent a pair of Bandelettes and decided to give them a go!  Couldn’t hurt, right?  I usually just try a deodorant swipe down there but that comes with its own set of problems.  Anything’s gotta be better than that.  When I got them in the mail, I was anxious to try them!  Plus they are so lacey & beautiful, that I even took pictures in them to show you guys what they look like.

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Bandelettes are bands specifically made for women whose thighs have this issue. They are two crafted pieces of fabric made with stretchy material and lace that wrap around each thigh and stay up all by themselves. It slows down the friction and creates a barrier that prevents chub rub.   I pulled these up right over my pantyhose- at the highest part of my thighs and just under the cheeks.  (tee hee hee)  They fit perfectly (I’m a size 26/28).  I’m so glad that I have these now.  They do their job plus they look really great with pantyhose! I wore these all day before, during and after my photo shoot for the day. They didn't slip at all and my inner thighs were spared!  Plus the lace made me feel super sexy like wearing lingerie under my clothes all day.

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Have you ever experienced chub rub? What are your remedies. Would you try or have you tried bandelettes?
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One of the first things that you always notice about a person, whether you realize it or not, is their confidence levels. You can see how confident they are from across the room, even before meeting them. This is why having confidence is so important. When you have it, life seems to just be easier for you. There are tons of studies that support the correlation of confidence and success in several areas of life (school, workplace, relationships, etc.)  As a plus size woman, it is even more important to have a healthy dose of self confidence.  We’re always reminded of the fact that we live in a world that other think we don’t “fit” in.  It can be hard to navigates those waters if your confidence tank is low.

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Of course, this is easier said than done. A lot of people struggle with having confidence and do not know where to start when trying to improve their self-esteem levels or where their low confidence even comes from. According to Psychology Today, “Low self-esteem can be deeply rooted, with origins in traumatic childhood experiences such as prolonged separation from parent figures, neglect, or emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. In later life, self-esteem can be undermined by ill health, negative life events such as losing a job or getting divorced, deficient or frustrating relationships, and a general sense of lack of control…” These are hard situations and feelings to overcome and sometimes you need help to do it.  Sometimes low confidence doesn’t even have a root that you can pinpoint, it can just develop & fester over time.  Luckily, there are ways that you can begin to improve your self confidence and all you have to do is try to take it one step at a time! This is why today, I want to talk about how you can work on improving your confidence in this New Year!  Below are just a few of my favorite steps towards feeling better about the “you” that you present to the world. 


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Take Care of Yourself

Eating better foods and drinking enough water is one part of taking care of yourself, but there is more involved than just the basics. In addition to eating the proper foods and drinking enough water, you also need to make sure that you are getting enough sleep. Make sure you are laughing and make sure you are able to say no when you don’t want to (or can’t) do something.  Your life, for the most part, should be happy and enjoyable.  Defining your expectations for yourself and your limits of others, can help you with that.  Also, make sure you are listening to your body and its’ needs and putting them first! So yes, Nutrition is a huge part of taking care of yourself, but there is much more to nutrition than what you are eating.  Nurture your soul and peace of mind, as well as your diet.

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Stand Tall and Proud


Have you heard the pineapple quote, “Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside”? It should be everyone’s life motto. Well, I’m going to add one more piece to that.  Be sweet on the inside but know when to be prickly, if necessary.  Be enormously kind, but don’t let people run all over.  It happens to plus size women a lot.  Well, women period.  Stand tall but while you’re doing that, stand UP- for yourself and for those who can’t.  Confidence comes down to how you feel about yourself.  Not every day will be perfect, but if you wake up each morning, and face the world with a great and strong attitude, throwing on an amazing outfit will all but seal the deal!  Wear something that you love and that will make you feel great about yourself.   You’ll be able to stand tall and proud, making yourself even more confident.

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Having a Healthy Smile

Your smile is one of the first things that people will notice about you.  Having a great set of pearly whites will almost force you to do more smiling.  Smiling has a magical effect on confidence.  Plus, people respond better to you when your smile is dazzling.  It’s common knowledge that you are supposed to get a regular teeth cleaning every six months but a lot of people do not actually go in for their appointment and can end up damaging their teeth.  Not to mention all of the other things that can go wrong with your teeth, like stains from coffee/food/cigarettes, injuries and decay.  Either way, you need to make sure that your dental care is a top priority on your list. Make sure you are taking care of your teeth and doing all of your necessary preventative care and if you have any teeth problems that do arise, make sure you get it checked out and fixed.

If you are in the Atlanta area, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC is there to help you out with all of your family dentistry needs, as well as the most up to date orthodontic care. Their world class facility is able to provide treatment for tooth loss, dental cosmetics, and even advanced restorative dentistry, as well. I know that teeth problems can be very scary and overwhelming, but Dr. Gary Simms is most known for his calm, caring demeanor and ability to help produce fantastic results for his clients, so you can rest easy knowing that you are in good hands. On top of that, if you check out his reviews, most of them say that the staff is extremely friendly, which is always a plus- especially if you’re a little nervous about going in for dental work, like me!

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Get Professional Help

Going to therapy can be a big deal if you or anyone in your family has never done it.  There are huge stigmas around the concept and unfortunately that can cause many people to miss out on the help that they need.  2018 will be the year that I’ll be entering therapy myself.  My issues with confidence has gotten a lot better over the years but there are still some things that I could use a professional’s help unpacking and processing my emotions.  Having someone to talk to can help manage anxiety and equip you the coping skills that can make life a little easier.  Anxiety can be a huge factor in feeling confident and I know a lot of people struggle with it. Although not everyone can “just relax,” but learning self-care tactics from a professional, like breathing exercises, light yoga, meditation, taking baths, and focusing on yourself can help to improve anxiety.

What are your favorite ways to stay confident everyday?  Please, leave me a comment!



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