Bright prints and florals will always be the spring fashion staples. I adore wearing bold colors as my skin looks amazing in them. Now some parts of the country are stilling getting this white stuff that falls from the sky, but being in Texas we are enjoying wonderful cardigan weather. I’m always on the web looking for fashion inspo for the office. I got a lot from this article from ThredUp. Working in corporate doesn’t have to be boring nor complicated. I don’t allow myself to be boxed in by what people think is plus fashion, I always will push the envelope and try new things.
Wardrobe Temperature Check
As I looked through my closet, I began to start taking into account what fits me well and what must go.
. I also took into account my weight loss. As my weight decreases, I want to make sure my favorite items still add to my image. It’s nothing worse than a nice garment that doesn’t positively contribute to your life. It’s like a boy who well isn’t great.
Now that I know what’s in my closet, I created a list of pieces I really wanted to try this season. I really adore bright, hyper-feminine items. It’s something that feels bad ass when I wear things that people don’t believe should be done by a plus chick or professional. As a woman in these corporate streets, many believe you have to wear boring drab fashion. As long as I am alive, I will fight that with dope fashion.
Updating your wardrobe doesn’t have to break the bank. I first hit my local thrift stores to see what they have that can hit my goals. I also hit one my favorite site, Thredup an online thrift store that has amazing brands and up to 70% off retail. We can always use extra coins in her purse lol.
Outfit 1- Walking on Sunshine
I picked this bright yellow Eloquii skirt from ThredUp that instantly felt like a sunny day. Wear pieces that make you happy, your mood and bounce will change. I am a big supporter of rocking whatever the hell you want. Bozma St. John defines what a woman should wear to the office. Own your power ladies and rock out. I paired it with my other love, stripes. The nautical vibe screams wealth and lavish in my book.
As a plus size influencer, I focus on areas of life that really can help you live your most festive life. For many women, their weight is a source of pain or celebrity. If you’re fit and trim you may receive better treatment than those who may not be. Those who may be more on the thicker side of life may notice their weight is a sore spot. I know looking at my life, I was ridiculed for being fat. After a while, I began to just accept that this was my life.
The Plus Journey
In 2011, I started the process of taking control of my life and losing weight. After about 1 year I had lost upwards of a 100lbs. This was an exciting yet scary time in my life. I was getting the attention that I had never received and I couldn’t enjoy the process as I was so wrapped up in getting to this token weight. As life would have it,
I am a black woman who by society terms isn’t acceptable.I have said before in an older post, that non-curvy plus woman are often marginalized. Plus size women that are non-black are more accepted and the body positivity movement in a way is more so for them not black plus size women. If you have the hourglass figure you may be more fetishized, but where does that leave the more apple shaped women? From dating prospects to job prospects to blogging opportunities those who aren’t built in more socially constructed “feminine” figure aren’t shown the love that others may get. A black woman who isn’t curvy is often the butt of jokes and there is a disregard for our existence. Read more
February is the month of love. Well, self-love is the best love ever which includes taking care of your whole self. Fitness is such an important factor in helping your life as it helps you do all things you love. Sometimes we take the simplest of things for granted like being able to take a shower on our own to going to Sephora and buying all the makeup. The line of work I’m in, I am exposed to many people who wish they could get up and drop it like 99 to 2000 let alone get up and walk to the fridge.
Your heart is a powerhouse in your life. For black women especially heart disease is extremely prevalent. From the pains of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes to lack of quality care. According to National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. About 49% of African American women over age 20 have some type of heart disease, like:
- Clogged arteries in the heart, arms, or legs
- High blood pressure
- Angina (chest pain)
That means nearly 1 in every 2 Black women in the U.S. has heart disease. As I researched more about heart health, it dawned on me the plight of the black woman especially being that I am one. We are twice as more affected by the plight of our health than white women. Now, this isn’t a racism issue but it’s an access to a higher quality of life issue. We must firmly and confidently take back our health. Being stressed over the life can cause a whole host of issues that run from physical to mental health.
I still mourn the loss of activist Erica Garner who passed away at the end of 2017. She had a heart attack and we lost a beautiful soul. I don’t want to lose any more women to things that can be prevented. You have to take responsibility for your life ladies. At times life becomes overwhelming with goals, family, trying to be cute, however, if you want to be able to operate on a level of excellence you must make time for what matters most.
Heart Health Tips
1. Getting a workout in is a great step in having a healthy heart. Cardio is one of the easiest things that will help you work your heart. From the treadmill to the running trail will help you get that heart rate up and help make it stronger. The more you work out and push yourself past comfort—not to be confused with pushing too hard. Before starting any workouts you must go to the doctor ladies. Once cleared start by working out 3 times a week for 20 minutes. This will help slowly build your endurance and heart. I have made Youtube videos of at home workouts that can be done anywhere here and here. Read more
February is sniffing at my dress and I am in a flow of life and love. I wanted to embrace this month of self-love with Black History and Valentine’s day! I look at self-love as one of the most precious and highest levels of love. We often don’t and mascaraed as though we do.
I have been aggressive on my healthy weight loss journey so far and I have made a point to enjoy my journey this time around. Instead of waiting until I get to the end to reward myself I am doing it along the way.
I have really been trying to take advantage of moving. I am an avid watcher of the show “My 600lb Life” On TLC. It really resonates with me because at one point in my life I was tipping the scale at 350+lbs. I was so ashamed of myself and wouldn’t look at the scale.
Now after losing 100lbs before and now working on going for the goal again and more, I know the stories that most share.
. Don’t hold yourself back my loves by holding on to things that are expired! If you wouldn’t drink expired milk then don’t keep holding on to that expired narrative.
I have been on the road a lot so I have been getting creative with my workouts and make sure I plan than like any other appointment. I have been using a lot of different apps to help me keep my body as healthy as possible. My favorite fitness apps are Nike Training and Simply Yoga. These help me to not have any excuses for not getting a workout in. If it’s important to you, you will make the time.
We are in the deep of Black History Month. For many years I tried to minimize my blackness in corporate America like many others. However, my heart was not happy. I wanted to fully express myself and it not be perceived as me being outrageous. As I got older and figured out that folks will be uncomfortable with my presence no matter what I do, I just said f it and morphed into my full self.
So I went digging in my closet and stumbled upon my African printed skirts. I often travel in parts of the US that aren’t welcoming to people of color. In 2018 we will not live in fear anymore so I wanted to incorporate my prints into my work day. I love things that are colorful and intricate. Hiding behind what others may think of you is a life that isn’t being lived fully. I wear my kinky hair and melanin with pride. Fun fact, the night before shooting these looks I wanted to give myself an edge up, yea that ended with me doing a complete baldie look. I think I look damn good if I say so my self.
Button down- Rock the green
Here I paired my lovely skirt with a button down. It allows me to have a nice elegant feel that is black opulence. I got many stares and some even felt ok enough to ask about it. I look at each opportunity I move boldly as a teaching opportunity. If you’re not around other types of people you often are unaware.