Yellow & Blue

Yellow & Blue

I am really loving the combination of yellow and blue. These colors together make me happy.


Darling oversized coat
$140 – vanmildert.com

Super skinny jeans
$29 – newlook.com

Party shoes
modcloth.com

Nila Anthony black and white handbag
$24 – nastygal.com

Lipsy embellished handbag
$60 – lipsy.co.uk

Kate Spade post earrings
piperlime.gap.com

Bracelet bangle
klustershop.com

Shyla bracelets bangle
$35 – oliverbonas.com

Claire s pendant
claires.com

Self Acceptance…FINALLY!

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Over the past weekend I attended the Shopaholic Suite event that featured several of the DC, MD & VA’s (DMV’s) local curvy bloggers selling items from their closets. The event was amazing – more about this later in the post.

But what happened as I entered the room, walked around, shopped and met some really cool people was that I finally came to a place where I accepted me, for me, EXACTLY the way that I am.

I Love Me Written inside a Heart Drawn in Sand

I was in a room with only other curvy woman that were also beautiful, smart, funny and extremely fashionable. They all looked like me – my size! I was not out of place – I fit in just like a piece missing from a puzzle. As I met all of the women and talked with them about the clothing that they were selling and about blogging it became more and more clear to me that God made everyone in different shapes and sizes for a reason. If we were all created to look the same the world as we know it would be completely boring.

Ever since I can remember, I have struggled with my weight. I have 4 sisters and I am the heaviest. In my circle of friends, I am the heaviest. At my place of employment, I am one of the heaviest. People that know me and that are the closest to me do not even know and probably could never tell that I have been self conscience about my weight and desperately wanted to know what it may feel like to be “normal size”.

I lost 60 lbs on Weight Watchers about 4 years ago. Since that time I have gained about 25 of those lbs back, hince my new plan, Operation Fat Be Gone – which includes daily visits to the gym, joining the Fitbit craze, tracking my food in MyFitnessPal. I have been on this plan since Sept 2  and I have not lost any weight, as noted in my post, Killing Myself in the Gym – But NOT LOSING ANY WEIGHT! I am motivated and committed to the plan, not only to lose weight but to he a healthier person so that I can live a long time. I have recently come to find out that I have a vitamin D deficiency – which may be enabling me to lose weight. Now I am taking vitamin D and will see what happens after about 6 months (the times for your body to respond to the vitamin D).

But what if I never lose another pound?……

I will love me just the way that I am. I will be the most stylish curvy fashionista that I can be and will encourage and support all of the other curvies of the world!

Just me

But again, all of this happened from attending the Shopaholic Suite event over the weekend that was held in the Silver Spring Civic Center. This event was utterly amazing. There were gift bags – with actual gifts, nicely set up tables and clothing racks, free massages and delicious baked goods. I met some of the most down to earth friendly bloggers as well as other shoppers. I had not had that much fun in a long time. I definitely shopped until I was ready to drop!

Below is just a small sampling of the items I purchased:

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I hope to attend more events like this in the future. I want to see more people that look like me!

Steppin out Style: Curvy & Twisted’

Today I stepped out to The Shopaholic Suite event that was hosted by Kim of  Curvy CEO in Silver Spring, MD. The event was amazing – you do not know what you missed out on, if you were not there! Not only did I get to find some statement pieces for my wardrobe, but I met some really amazing people – More about the event in the next post.

Since I was stepping out to a shopping event, I wanted to be super comfortable so I chose to be Curvy & Twisted:

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Outfit details: grey twisted high low shirt by Starstruck Fashion(through Ebay), black tank by Old Navy (sold out), black jeans by Forever 21, shoes by Bandolino (through Macy’s) and clutch by Nine West (sold out), my Yani nameplate necklace created by Monogramhub and bangles bought from Burlington.

Yani necklace Twisted The shoes The purse and bangles The back of shoes

This outfit was definitely comfortable for my day of shopping and hanging out with some of the best bloggers in the biz.

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Hair by me: Faux bun with Marley braiding hair

Photos taken by Neko Wright (that is my son and he is 10 years old- I love that lil dude!)

Natural Hair: To straighten or not to straighten?

Since going natural I have learned that there is a great debate going on – To straighten or not to straighten natural hair.

I had to try it for myself to find out what all the fuss was about.

Straightened

The first time I went to a Dominican salon. They used high heat blow drying and a flat iron and my hair was “laid for the gods” BUT it also had a burnt smell that took me a week to get rid of. About 6 months later I tried again, this time going to a salon that was recommended to me by a friend. At the salon, the stylist used a hot comb and a flat iron. Again, my hair was very straight but again had a slight burnt smell. Each time, my hair reverted right back to my “4Z” coily pattern – so no damage was done to my hair.

I vowed I was not going to straighten my hair again just due to the smell alone, but one thing made me try again – my fiance’ loves it when I straighten my hair – so…..this time I decided I would flat iron it myself, and get the best flat iron so that I would not have that nasty burnt smell in my hair. I went out and bought the Babyliss Nano Titanium flat iron that many people on social media sites raved about.

OH THE PROCESS….. yall have NO IDEA! It is the most tedious, time consuming process ever! The first time I tried it, my hair was straight, bouncing and behaving but again that doggone burnt smell again – EWWWW! I tried it again with the flat iron on a lower setting but that did not get my hair straight at all.

At this point, I am throwing in the towel… I will do it again, maybe once a year but I cannot go through this process of small, tiny sections and using heat protectants, and trying to figure out which heat setting to use all for the style to last 2 days – nope, no thank you!

So the answer for me is – NO STRAIGHTENING! I have come to love my “4Z” coily texture and learned many hair styles to rock so that is what I am going to continue to do – but I will straighten it for him once a year.

Straightened 2

What is your process for getting your natural hair straight? What products do you use? Do tell!

Killing Myself in the Gym – But NOT LOSING ANY WEIGHT!

Ummmmm, can ANYONE help me to understand why I am literally killing myself, going to the gym 6-7 days a week at 5:30 am, working out on cardio machines (treadmill, elliptical, glider, bike) for an hour, burning approximately 600 -1000 calories and I am not losing ANY weight!

I am so determined….. BUT would like to see some results!

Treadmill

You might ask: Well, Yani, what are you eating – I am eating 1200 calories per day that I track in MyFitnessPal. So I cannot say that I eat perfect or “clean” but I do the best I can with mostly salads and proteins.

Ok, let me back up, I began my fitness journey 4 years ago by joining Weight Watchers and I lost 60 lbs on that plan (I did not buy their food but I was counting “points”). Along with WW I was exercising 3 times a week doing a WW aerobics DVD.

After WW, I had maintained that loss for 3 and a half years and then slowly I began gaining weight so I put my current plan into action. I joined Planet Fitness Gym on September 2, 2014. Since that time I have been working out regularly  (as stated in the opening paragraph). I work out at PF, track my food,  and I even invested in a FitBit!

I even use my FitBit to track my steps!
I even use my FitBit to track my steps!

Can someone, anyone, tell me what in the world I am doing wrong? I do not mind being a curvy girl but if I am putting in the time at the gym, can a sista see SOME results?

My goal is to lose another 60 lbs!

Does anyone have any tips, advice, or help for me – PLEASE!!!!

Curvy Girl Event: Shopaholic Suite – Shop Blogger’s Closets

Ok, yall, I am SO EXCITED to be attending the Shopaholic Suite event this Saturday, November 8 at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Silver Spring, MD from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm! This is an event where I will have the chance to meet some wonderful bloggers AND update my wardrobe all at the same time…This is so exciting that I am glad I am sitting down, otherwise, I might faint!

EVENT FLYER

The bloggers that will be selling items from their closets are:

Kim of Curvy CEO

Kym of Curvy Girl’s Kitchen

Elle of Eat, Style, Play

Jann’l of Girls of Plenty

Vivi of Heart, Print & Style

Sherra of Ivie Rose Boutique

Deb of Real Girl Runway

Ola of Road to Fashionable

ChiChi of Supple Chic

Aside from the bloggers selling their closet items, there will be gift bags, vendors, free massages, raffle prizes and more!

I hope to see yall there!

Natural Hair: My GO TO Style – TWIST OUT

Ever since going natural, 3 years ago, my favorite hair style has always been the TWIST OUT!For me, it is simple and easy to twist my hair and I like that the twisting out actually gives my “4Z” hair some great texture!

I only use Cantu shea butter leave in conditioning repair cream to do my twists.

Cantu

Sometimes I twist my hair while it is damp but the shrinkage is REAL. To me, it is better when I do my twists on dry hair.

Some days I will wear my twists in and take them out after a few days. This allows me to work out at the gym without wrecking my hair!

What is your favorite go to natural hair style?

Cannot forget my twist out selfie:

Twist out selfie

Free Alert! FreeCycle.org: FREE Items from Baby Clothes to Furniture and EVERYTHING in Between

I am all about trying to keep coins in my pocket and I said I would share with you my many frugal ways to do just that.

FreeCycle.org is one of my favorite websites for all things FREE, yes, totally FREE.

FreeCycle is where anyone can join and post items that you are giving away or items that you are in need of. The site is national with lists broken down by state and cities. Once you join FreeCycle, you can join the different city groups to get a weekly listing of what people have listed.

Safety first: Just as with any site where you have to pick something up from a stranger, please take someone with you when picking items up. Many items are left outside of homes or on the curb until someone picks up the items but just play it safe either way and take and use the buddy system whenever picking up items.

Below are screen shots of FreeCycle.org – You should try it and tell me how you like it.

State Listing
State Listing
City Listing
City Listing
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Posts listing FREE Items – Some offers and some wanted

Office Style: Smokin Hot AFRO

My friend and collegue Cyrstal really knows how to incorporate her afro into her office style.

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She is gorgeous and I definitley have afro envy!  Crystal always dresses impeccably and knows how to accessorize her looks. With the weather getting cooler putting a long colorful jacket over a simple black dress is a great way to update your look for the fall.

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The thing that I love most about her is that she is not afraid to try different styles with her natural hair. She will definitely be featured on Naturally Curvaceous again!

imageWhat Crystal is wearing: Dress – BCBG, Jacket – Angie, Boots – Sketchers

Photos taken by Yani of Naturally Curvaceous

Random Rant: Wash N Go – OH NO!

My texture is to be considered 4C, I like to call is “4Z” because it is sooooo coily that every time I attempt a wash n go it looks great when wet but then just dries into an afro with no curly pattern to be seen. Does anyone else have this problem? Are there better products to use on my 4Z hair for the ultimate wash n go? HELP ME, PLEASE!!!!!