Yessss, Sports Illustrated!!!

Finally, history is made with Ashley Graham gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine! She is not only plus size, but she is beautiful along with being a advocate of self love at any size. Many women in the world, including me, are plus size and we love seeing people that look like us in the spotlight! Congratulations, Ashley!

 

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Find out more about Ashley:

AshleyGraham.com

AshleyGrahamCollections.com

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What to wear to work: Black & White & Bright

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Nothing makes me feel better than bright colors. I am also a huge fan of black and white – so why not put the two together!

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What I am wearing:

Black & white polka dotted shirt (Dress Barn) – Thrifted for $2.00

Yellow knee length skirt (Golden Flava) – Thrifted for $3.00

Black strappy sandals (Cloudwalkers) – Thifted for $2.50

The entire outfit cost $7.50. I did have to get the zipper replaced on the skirt which was $10 at my local dry cleaners – so if you ad that on, the entire outfit was a whopping $12.50!!

Shopping on a dime (Thrifting) is one of my favorite things to do!

 

Photo Credits:  Jacki Manson (Photographer)

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

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!

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!

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.

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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!)

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!

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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!!!!