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!

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Blush V Neck T-Shirt

Light Wash Jeans

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Rose Gold Sandals

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

 

Summer Casual Style with 247 Posh Closet (Sponsored Post)

Well it’s finally May now and that means summer is approaching quickly! In the past, summer was not my best season. I live in Texas and the heat here is borderline unbearable. Being a bigger woman with thighs that touch and rub together, can be an uncomfortable experience. I used to wear jeans or really long unflattering skirts to hide my big, cellulite legs.

The options for cute, plus size clothing in the summer have been hard to find, but with the recent influence of #psbloggers and body positive movements, my options for comfortable clothing are growing.

My weight has distributed itself mostly to my hips and thighs, so it’s important that this area stays cool. I never want to experience wearing basically winter clothes again as the heat rises. With this style pictured below, 247 Posh Closet has sponsored a go to casual summer look paired with my favorite blue Jean shorts and nude sandals.

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 In case you’re wondering, I was at the Whole Foods here in Houston off of Post Oak. I felt super comfortable in my style, and loved the twist of this white shirt. This style is perfect for running errands or just wanting to be casual, because who wants to dress up everyday?!

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I have to thank 247 Posh Closet for sending me this amazingly simple shirt, it’s definitely a main staple for my summer style. I especially love how flowy the top part of the shirt is, you can wear it with anything. If you’re interested in buying this look, please visit the style details below. Thanks lovelies!
Style Details
White Blouse- 247 Posh Closet
Blue Jean Shorts- Forever 21
Nude Sandals- Walmart
Gold Cuffs- Fresh Kinks (available May 17th)

2014 Plus Size Brand Names You need to know!

I’m extremely pumped about the variety of plus size clothing lines out here for the big girls! This summer, I actually have options to choose from and don’t have to resort to covering up during this dreadful heat. As a curvy woman, I have a hard time trying to find clothes that are cute, fit good and are reasonably priced. What I am sharing with you, is my go-to list of places to shop, hoping you’ll have a fashionable summer as well!

Let’s first start locally, right here in Houston!

The Ultimate Dressing Room

This was my first internship as a sales associate and I loved every minute of it! This particular boutique caters to plus size women and always has unique and stylish clothing for women of bigger sizes. If you’re a fellow Houstonian, stop by and be instantly welcomed by its owner, Sumptuous Sulay; she gives great advice and is honest when it comes to finding the right fit! Tell her I sent you:)

Owner of The Ultimate Dressing Room, Sumptuous Sulay

Owner of The Ultimate Dressing Room, Sumptuous Sulay

The Ultimate Dressing Room

The Ultimate Dressing Room

Long Black Crochet shawl from The Ultimate Dressing Room

Long Black Crochet shawl from The Ultimate Dressing Room

Ntroverted Expressions

So if you’re ever in need of a bangin outfit for a night out or just looking to spruce up your wardrobe, stop by this plus size boutique, also located inside of The Ultimate Dressing Room. The reason I personally love this boutique, is that I know my sizes will be available and the prices are reasonable! Not to mention the owner below is great at finding great styles!

Owner of Ntroverted Expressions, Sharonda

Owner of Ntroverted Expressions, Sharonda

Such a cute summer look!

Such a cute summer look!

Looking for new summer looks? Come on by Ntroverted Expressions!

Looking for new summer looks? Come on by Ntroverted Expressions!

Satisfied Ntroverted Expressions Customer, looking good!

Satisfied Ntroverted Expressions Customer, looking good!

Alright now everyone, let’s see what else is out there!

Nakimuli

This company is based out of Brooklyn, NY and doesn’t skimp on the stylish and sexy! With the bold prints, bright colors and stretch fabric, this is a brand name you want in your wardrobe. I am especially in love with their new swim line, “No Room for Saints”. Can we say FLY?! I’m currently browsing their website for more swimsuits this summer and for upcoming beach trips (I just need another excuse to buy something)  As well, I am also excited that they use all sizes for their models, which makes me feel like I can definitely wear their pieces.

Nakimuli "No Room for Saints" swim collection

Nakimuli “No Room for Saints” swim collection

Nakimuli

Nakimuli

So Sassy! Nakimuli

So Sassy! Nakimuli

 

50Limes

I love their philosophy on fashion, “Nothing over $50” and “being fresh with a little edge”. Their plus size category is great for casual encounters with friends or wanting to embrace those curves. With my current dress obsession, 50Limes is definitely the place I turn to find great fits and quality clothing, I encourage you to shop with them! And I can’t forget that “Nothing over $50” concept, that in itself makes me want to shop even more!

I'm so in love with this dress! 50 Limes

I’m so in love with this dress! 50 Limes

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Monif C.

It’s Big Girl Paradise here and I am so for it! With her new collection “The Summer of Love”, you are bound to fall in love with your items and possibly someone else too 😉 Monif C.  is also a great brand to have in your closet, because their clothes are great quality and are appealing to look at! Check out some of her newest summer collections!

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Monif C. at "My Beach is Better" Swim Preview

Monif C. at “My Beach is Better” Swim Preview

Forever 21

Forever 21 is my go-to for about good portion of my wardrobe. I love that they actually have a section for us to shop in store, no more drab over here! I also get my jeans from them and have noticed a change in their quality of denim. They are definitely in my shopping budget and have a variety of clothing up to a size 3x! What’s even cooler about this company,  is that their style of clothing changes when you’re in different regions of the U.S! For instance, when I traveled to Chicago last year, I found great items I wouldn’t be able to find back in my Texas home.

Forever 21 Body Con Dress

Forever 21 Body Con Dress

 

I need this cover up!

I need this cover up!

Eloquii

Fresh. Chic. Fabulous. Those 3 words basically sum up of how I feel about this clothing line. One of my favorite pieces to have are colored pants, especially the ones that hit at the ankle, they carry these in all sorts of fun colors! With having a bigger bottom, it’s so hard to find something that fits my lower half. Eloquii has also launched their new summer collection too, “East of Eden”. This particular collection gives that feeling of long summer days, taking weekend trips and just relaxing on the beach with some tropical drink in hand. Whenever I think of this brand, I envision a hard-working woman, dressed stylishly, in the freshest of threads. Shop at Eloquii!

 

"East of Eden"Collection

“East of Eden”Collection

"East of Eden" Collection

“East of Eden” Collection

Eloquii

Eloquii

 

MYNT 1792

A “lifestyle brand” based out of NY, creates clothing for curvy women all around the globe. Their specialty to me, is in the “street wear” department, I mean why wouldn’t they be? New York is a huge runway to sport your street chic style anyway. I also love this brand because they partner with top fashion bloggers and other fashionistas, to create clothing that women can actually wear. Their clothing line is geared more towards the city slicker, with a busy schedule and fabulous life!

MYNT 1792 Graphic Print Pencil Skirt

MYNT 1792 Graphic Print Pencil Skirt

ZOE TUX PANT

ZOE TUX PANT

H&M

H&M should definitely be in your closet, I mean they have amazing prices and are perfect for your everyday casual attire. One particular item that I am excited about, is their denim pencil skirt! I am in the process of ordering this now and probably other items too. Just know that this company has a great assortment for your needs and carries a variety of clothing.

Yellow A-line skirt, H&M

Yellow A-line skirt, H&M

This skirt is too cute!

This skirt is too cute!

H&M Denim pencil skirt

H&M Denim pencil skirt

 

Boohoo Plus

Why aren’t you shopping here? This UK based, online retailer is perfect for your fashion needs! They also launch over 100 styles daily to keep you trendy and stylish.

Who doesn't need this skirt? I LOVE!

Who doesn’t need this skirt? I LOVE!

Midi- Skirt

Midi- Skirt

eShakti

This particular brand all about plus size, their size ranges from 0-36W! Hello, we have winner folks! I am in love with their vintage style dresses, they also customize your measurements and style so that you get what you pay for.

Custom Design and measuring

Custom Design and measuring

Plus Size Blogger "Garner Style"

Plus Size Blogger “Garner Style”

eShakti Customer

eShakti Customer