The Art of Gratefulness

It’s the beginning of the week, and as we all head back to work, school, etc let’s practice gratefulness. Yes I know the world is overwhelming at times, but for some reason reflecting on what you’re grateful for, makes life just a little bit better. Lately I’ve made it a point to say out loud or write down 3 things I am grateful for, this helps calms my anxiety and keeps me from comparing my life to others.

Here are three things that I’m grateful for:

1. The ability to cherish the present moment

How often do we really stop to “smell the roses”? The ability to be present in wherever you are in life, is an amazing gift. Just being present wherever you are, allows you to be just you and only you. When you give yourself a break from worrying about the future, to just stop and think about what you’re grateful for, you open yourself up for amazing, good energy. Everyone wants good energy right?

So do what’s on your heart, date that guy, wear that crushed velvet dress, or travel to that country you’ve always wanted to go to. Be present and go for it.

2. My Amazing Support System

 

Sometimes my thoughts get to me, and I forget how amazing my support system is. To everyone that has helped me level up in my life, thank you! I honestly would not be at this point, if it we’re not for my support system. I am truly grateful for those who take time out of their day to check on me, send me crazy memes or refer business opportunities to me. THANK YOU!

There is nothing more valuable than having a strong support system, consisting of friends and family. In their own special way, each person has helped me develop into who I am now. And I like to think that I’m pretty phenomenal! I challenge you to look at those around you, and thank them if they have helped you at any point in your life. If you can, just call them, take them to lunch or send a thank you note.

 

3. My Ability to Adapt Anywhere

 

In my 25 years of life, I’ve seen some things, experienced some great and not-so-great moments, but I’m still here; present as ever. I am grateful for everything that I have experienced so far, because these experiences have shaped and molded me into a resilient woman. I know wherever I go in life, I’m going to be great. Although I’ve gone through some tough years lately, I am still rockin and rollin honey. Fear rarely resides wherever I am, I know I can adapt to any situation and environment.

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What I hoped you gained from this post, is to stop for a moment and really think about where you are in life. Whether you’re in a good or bad spot, be grateful for that shit! I mean it! I know when we’re going through tough times, it’s hard to be grateful, but you have to trust me on this one.

This week, I want you all to make it a point to write down or say out loud, three things you’re grateful for. You can share this with someone you trust or keep it to yourself, just express to the universe that you are grateful.

 

 

 

 

Well that’s all for now lovelies! Remember to be grateful this week and thank you for reading!

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Casual Summer Slay with Rainbow Shops

Hey yall! Yes I know it’s been a minute since we’ve talked, life has been of course crazy; I’m working full time and running my side consulting business, so I’m pretty much busy all the time. That’s no excuse though to check in with you all! This past weekend I got the chance to explore more of my hometown Dallas,TX in one of my favorite areas, Deep Ellum. I love that every time I visit, I find something new, especially the murals.

 

 

And to make this weekend even better, I was also able to score these jeans for $10 at Rainbow Shops, and this super comfortable shirt (that I thought was a dress LOL, my ass said otherwise!) for $6 as well. I’ve been kind of obsessing over rose pink and metallic colors this summer, so it was only right I shared this cute fit with you. My style is pretty casual, I love any variation of blue jeans and a v-neck tshirt. Oh! And my shoes were only $7 from this awesome shoe store called Shu-Deal (LOL don’t ask myewhy they spell it like that, I just go for the cute and reasonably priced shoes)

 

 

If you’re ever in Dallas, take some time to visit Deep Ellum, there are so many cool places and murals to see!

Style Details:

Blush V Neck T-Shirt

Light Wash Jeans

Sunglasses

Rose Gold Sandals

Thanks for reading loves, hope you enjoyed this style post! Have a great week!

 

Spring Country Chic with eShakti | Sponsored Post

Lovlies! How are you doing? I knowwwww, it’s been too long, I haven’t posted in two months, but fear no more, I’m BACK!

So let’s jump right in! I’m finally employed, with 2 freelance gigs and a part-time job at Starbucks, making my favorite drinks of course and I’m also taking a fashion design class at a community college. As well I’m also in the works of starting my own consulting business, later this year. I guess you could say, that I’m back to being productive!

Honestly I am in a much better place mentally, and spiritually, not just because of the blessings, but because of how I’ve been handling life lately. I’m working on not being so uptight and wanting to be in control so much, and just learning to understand God’s purpose for my life.

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Anyway, I was so happy that eShakti reached out to me again, I seriously love everything that they stand for-“Real Clothes for Real Women”. With eShakti, you can custom design your clothes based on your measurements along with adding other features, such as pockets, shorter or longer hems, etc. My measurements looked like this:

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So if you have the ability to take your own measurements, or need someone to do it for you, it’s pretty easy to plug them in and save to your account with them. I chose this dress because it’s perfect for the spring season, it’s the perfect length for me, as I’m 5’5, which is pretty average height.

I also adore the off-the shoulder and lace up details, that’s what really attracted me to choose this dress! I can dress it up with heels or dress it down with some cute and comfy sandals.

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Style Details:

Dress- eShakti (it’s on sale now!)

Shoes- Shu Deal

Necklace- Burlington

Well that’s all for now, I promise to keep the content coming consistently, as I’m getting back on track with my life. Have a great day!

XOXO Spookieloo!

 

Spring Fling

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This whole embracing your sexy thing is new to me, especially since it’s an untapped concept  that I’ve never explored. I remember being younger, and cringing when spring/summer came, I’d hate wearing anything that was revealing and showed my body. I especially didn’t like showing my arms, they’re kind of flabby and have no definition, but I’m totally ok with that. Funny thing is, I used to never wear styles like this above; this body hugging dress, shows every curve of my body and arms. And those wedge strappy sandals, I would never think to wear them, until now.

At this very moment I’m opening myself up to embracing and wearing more styles like these, I feel and look damn good! My ass looks great, my thighs are juicier than ever and I’m cool with my arms being out and you should too, it’s your body and you should love every inch of it. Have a spring fling with yourself!

Enjoy your body!

xoxo

Style Details:

Stripe Cami Dress- Forever 21

Black Crisscross Bralett- Forever 21

Lace-Up Feaux Suede Wedges- Forver 21

Pale Pink Sunglasses- Fresh Kinks

Nude Clutch- Blue Elephant Boutique 

Photography- It’s Sofia Emm

Classic Tips for the Curvy Girl

Getting dressed for the day can be a total struggle. Sometimes we all just have “those days:” When nothing seems to lay right, when every color seems to wash out your skintone, when even trusty favorites fail you. But that’s no reason to give up. We all have days that it seems the fashion gods are working diligently against us. Although it’s difficult to overcome the discouragement set in place by many outfits gone wrong, there is a glimmer of hope to be had.

Do you ever wonder how fashion stylists are so quick to piece together a figure-flattering outfit for their clients with no signs of hardship? Sure, they’re experts in the field, but there is also one other important factor in their process. They know what they’re looking for. For each body type, there is a tried-and-true set of style rules sure to work in just about every situation. And after researching what some of these tips are for plus-size fashion, I’ve found my own set of “rules” to keep in mind while dressing for just about any occasion.

Here’s what I learned:

Find your shape. Chances are you’re aware that different women are categorized within different “shape” groups. To name some of the most common: There are the apples, who carry most of their weight around their midsection; there are the pears, who are widest at the hips; and there are the hourglass figures, featuring a defined waist and an equal breast-to-hip ratio. Once you determine your shape, it becomes much easier to dress in a way that accentuates your strongest assets and mask those you’re self-conscious about. I like this simple guide on WhoWhatWear for finding your shape in a couple simple steps.

Use tailored pieces to your advantage. Some women favor baggier clothing as opposed to skin-tight options. If this is your preferred style of dressing, consider bringing shape to your outfit with tailored add-ons. Smart pieces like blazers and structured coats bring new lines to otherwise shapeless garments. And instead of the fabric clinging to your body, your figure is given a silhouette with the toppers you choose. Street style photos are great for browsing unconventional clothes pairings that inspire. Lyst’s articles usually include street style pictures that can be used to imagine your own next outfit pairing.

Loud accessories are your friend. There’s no sense in hiding behind your clothing. Plus-size fashion has come an incredibly long way, and now more than ever, loud and proud styles are the ideal statement in the curvy girl world. Being proud of your shapely figure is the first step to rocking a gorgeous new outfit.

The next step is to dress strategically. On the topic of accessories,  Marie Claire gives a great point, “A showstopping necklace draws the eye up—ideal for balancing out your skinny jeans, white trousers, or patterned pants.” Using bright jewelry, scarves and shoes are all tactics for bringing bold, flattering style to your outfit, breaking up the colors and providing different focal points.

Tailored Vests are Classics!

Classic Tailored Vests are Great for any Season

 

One of my favorite maxi dresses!

Maxi Dresses are my Go-To’s

This is a guest post by Janine Collins, a freelance fashion writer currently residing in Nashville, TN. When she’s not spending time with her boyfriend or researching for her next piece, she enjoys creating new recipes and going on runs with her dog Charlie.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Diana Ross Style Inspiration

I’ve been playing around with my style for a bit now and I must say it’s been quite the journey, I’m still trying to grow into “my signature” style. For the most part I shop just about anywhere that has a great bargain and fits me well, so when I stumbled on this special piece I had to grab or ask my mom for it. See, we went thrifting a year ago and both fell in love with this sparkly, black and gold top, it was definitely from the 80s I’m sure. Although it was hard getting it back from my mom, it was worth the distance, I’ve never loved a piece as much as this one. I finally got the top back in my possession and styled it with some inspiration from Miss Diana Ross herself.

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Her style is iconic and her essence was truly felt while styling this outfit. I love that she was bold and unforgiving in her style, whatever she wore she made sure you knew she was present. That’s my approach in life at this point, I’m here honey, with big hair and sparkles! Studying her style has allowed me to dig deep and embrace who I am and to love the growth of it. I enjoy being able to add certain elements to my style now, especially with my afro, it’s a part of me and shows that I’m proud of who I am.

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I want to thank Tomayia Colvin Photography for catching this image and “pulling the fierceness” out, sometimes it’s hiding so when I get the chance to let it out, I roll with it.

I hope you all found this post enjoyable and to remember to embrace your style wherever you are in life. You’ll be amazed at what you can come up with.

With Love,

-Jazz

Jazz to Miami! Recap

This past week, I was blessed to be able to spend it in Miami, FL; from the road trip there, to swimming in the clear blue ocean, I was literally in paradise! Although I might add, driving there was quite interesting, it took about 18 hours (including rest stops) to drive there especially since our destination was literally at the bottom of the map, I HIGHLY recommend flying if you can. Nonetheless this trip was needed, I was able to truly relax, spend some time soaking up the sun and immerse myself into the mix of cultures there.

In preparation for my vacation, I packed one big duffle bag and my favorite black tote that works for any occasion. I packed 2 swim tops, 1 “sexy” swim suit and 2 bottoms that were easily interchangeable. As well I had 4 cover ups, 1 pair of nude sandals, 2 pairs of canvas shoes, 4 dresses and one pair of blue jean shorts. Since the group I was with rented a condo, we brought towels and other household items needed for the week. I must say the place we were staying at wasn’t that amazing, but suited our needs because we were barely there and it was a 10 minute walk from the beach! The first night there, we all were a little tired and went to Wal-Mart to get a few last minute items, I ended up getting some cute nude sandals from there too! Once we got settled in and freshened up, I forgot about all my worries; I made it to Miami yall!

Walking up and down the renowned “Collins Ave” and “Ocean Drive”, it felt so good to just be in the midst of everything; fresh seafood cooking, Latin Caribbean music blasting, and palm trees sending heavenly breezes throughout the city. And of course the amazing night life and delicious drinks!

Even though we bought some food for our condo, we also ate out too. My favorite restaurant was called “The Place” (yes the Place) , they had great 2 for 1 special drinks and tasty food. Most of the restaurants on the beach all had different deals, so  you are bound to find some places to eat. Also if you’re into daiquiris and slushy “adult” drinks go to Wet Willies and Fat Tuesday’s, they won’t disappoint, and you can drink on the beach too!

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Strolling along Ocean Drive

 

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I used the opportunity to play with loud and bold colors from my make-up to my actual outfits, why not? I was also precautious in lathering my body in bronzer lotion and sunscreen, I wanted to be sparkly and safe too. The sunglasses pretty much stole the show, especially since I wore my natural hair, I had a whole 70s vintage, glam style going on.

First Swim Suit

 

Ok so the first swim suit wasn’t geared towards plus-size women, but I made it work. The stringy 1-pc definitely was more risque than what I normally wear, but I was in MIA, I had to show out just a tad. I first saw it on another curvy lady and was inspired to get it (only cost me $15)! Of course I didn’t want everything showing so I wore a sheer cover up top that pulled the whole look together.

The Second Swim Suit

So this style was also my favorite, it was bold, colorful and comfortable. I felt super confident in the high-waist bottoms and the floral top, both were a size 2x so I could have some wiggle room and comfort while strolling the beach.

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I would like to deem this look “African Queen Slayage” because that’s exactly how I felt. This leopard print wrap scarf was so clutch, I wear it on my head mostly but decided to give it a try around my waist. Just looking at the water makes me miss the beach even more!

I didn’t just spend time beaching around, but did some exploring too, Miami has a real charm about it and I tried to capture as much as I could. Collins Ave was the main shopping area while Ocean Drive had more of the restaurants and clubs. My favorite was the Clevander, it was a lounge, restaurant and bar at night with an amazing D.J. Also, did I mention that I might have met Zach Galifianakis (or his look-a-like) ? That place was packed with all types of people and I fit in just fine.

 

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Here are more of my exploration pictures:

The Colony Hotel

Jewish Museum of Florida

 

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Love the Vintage style cars!

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Las Olas Cafe, has the best Cuban Coffee!

Las Olas Cafe, has the best Cuban Coffee!

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Well lovlies, I know this was quite a lengthy post, but I wanted to make sure you all got the full effect of what I experienced. I hope you’re able to visit Miami one day, it really is an amazing place to just get away and relax. Have a fabulous week!

-Jazz