What to Wear to Work: Polka Dots and Denim

 

There is nothing better than an easy breezy dress for the summertime paired with a denim jacket for inside office cooler temps.

What I am wearing:

  • Old Navy black & white polka dotted dress – bought on Vinted.com ($21)
  • Mossimo denim jacket – thrifted ($5)
  • Style & Co red flats – gifted ($0)
  • No name brand blue aviator sunglasses – Patapso Flea Market ($5)

Total cost for this look = $26 – Now that is a bargain!

Hair – twist out

Photographer: Neko Wright

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I AM NOT SORRY…. for being me

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I AM NOT SORRY… for being me. What does that mean you ask?

I am not sorry for:

  • Being the best Mom that I know how to be; having open and honest communication with my son
  • Being a hopeless romantic; loving with my entire heart and putting my all into my relationsship
  • Working hard to have the things that we need and want but not always being in love with having to go to work
  • Standing up for the things that I believe are correct
  • Wanting a new “life experience” & hoping to move to the West Coast
  • Loving my family but knowing that it is time to “live” for me
  • For doing 90% of my shopping at thrift stores and online boutiques & closet sales –  I just cannot seem to want to pay full price for clothing and accessories. You just get so  much more for your money
  • For being ME – I have come to love myself which allows me to love unconditionally

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Tonight I had a movie date with my son to see Penguins of Madagascar. I wanted to be comfortable and relaxed so I opted for a graphic sweatshirt & jeans with the black jacket and silver scarf. The movie was great. Below are options on styling the outfit for a easy, breezy early evening outing.

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The look:
Graphic Tee – Forever 21
Teal Faux Leather Jacket – Forever 21
Black Faux Leather Jacket – Forever 21
Black Skinny Jeans – Forever 21
Lace up boots – Bee Fly
Accessories – from cloest sales and gifted
Purple and Silver Scarves – thrifted

Girls Night Out

Girl's Night Out

When it’s time for Girls Night you need to be stunning! Bright colors are that way to go incorporated with graphic tees. You look comfortable yet dressed up ready for drinks, mingling and of course girl talk!


Skater skirt
ustrendy.com

High heel boots
lollicouture.com

Yellow purse
$22 – colettehayman.com.au

Hermès bangle bracelet
$885 – farfetch.com

Bounkit gold jewelry
boutique1.com

Tokyo Jane gun metal jewelry
$78 – the-dressingroom.com

Weekend date night

Weekend date night

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE COLORS!!!  A weekend date night is a great time to wear colors to express your true self. Pairing the colors with black and white accent pieces are a great way to make a bold statement!

Weekend date night by Yani featuring a pencil skirt

Black pants
$23 – beyondtherack.com

Pencil skirt
maurices.com

H M knee length skirt
$39 – hm.com

Shoe Republic LA black shoes
$27 – beyondtherack.com

Fiorelli satchel purse
$115 – asos.com

Pluma leather cuff bracelet
$345 – uk.forzieri.com

Melinda Maria bracelet
bloomingdales.com

Shop the NEW Naturally Curvaceous Boutique!

Brand spanking NEW: I have decided to open the Naturally Curvaceous Boutique!

The boutique will cater mostly to the “Curvy Girls” since that is what I know best as I am definitely a curvy girl. I will sometimes offer youth boy items as I sometimes buy my son too many items.

Where do the items in the boutique come from? Most items are thrifted or purchased at closet sales. Most of the items are gently worn and sometimes brand new and never worn. Think of it as thrifting online.

How much do the items cost? I want to make this boutique extremely affordable so the item are priced as such.  You all know that I am big on keeping as many coins in your pockets as possible. I will include the price along with the shipping for each item within the description.

How do I  purchase? All you need to do is leave your email address below the item on Instagram or send me a direct message with the piece you want and I will send you a Paypal invoice – it as simple as that!

An example of item currently for sale:

Blazer  Sweater

Booties  Jordans

I invite you to take a look at the boutique and share it with your “Curvy Girl” friends, http://instagram.com/naturallycurvaceous

Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Shopping!

Office Style: Neutral & Stripes

My favorite day of the week is Friday! It is the ending of the work week and the beginning of the weekend. Another thing I love about Fridays is that in my office it is casual dress day.

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As the weather is getting colder in the DMV it is time to pull out the layers, jackets and boots. I absolutely HATE cold weather but the one thing that I do like about the colder temps is that I get to wear scarves! I love, love, love scarves. There are so many ways to wear them and accessories any outfit.

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For Friday that just passed, I chose to wear neutral colors and accent with black & white stripes.

Something that you will come to learn about me is that I RARELY pay full price for any article of clothing or shoes. I am big on thrift shopping, closet sales, and clearance racks.

The Look:

  • Drape jacket by Inspire (purchased at a closet sale for $20)
  • Black & white striped shirt by Forever 21 (purchased at a thrift store for $2)
  • Jeggings by Mossimo (purchased at a thrift store for $3)
  • Boots by Target (purchased on Ebay for $20)
  • Necklace (bought at a closet sale for $5)
  • Crossbody bag by Urban Expressions (purchased at a closet sale for $10)
  • Scarf (purchased at a thrift store for $3)

My entire outfit cost under $100!!! Now that is what I am talking about! Looking stylish all while keeping some coins in your pocket!

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What is your favorite outfit to wear on casual Friday?

Photos taken by Jacki Welch (my fabulous colleague!)

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.

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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!

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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!