Thrift Store Chronicles: Create a dope Fall look

We are in my favorite month of the year: November.It’s my birthday month so I’m going to share with you something that I am also passionate about which is thrifting. Thrifting has been a way of life for many years because of weight loss.When you’re losing 10,15 20, or 100 pounds no one has time for trying to stay up with the latest fashion trends while paying retail prices.Thrifting allows me to find quality brands and still be fabulous while I was in transition.Now that I am starting to gain traction and my weight loss journey again and because I just don’t believe in paying high ass prices,  I’m going to show you how to create dope looks while thrifting.

Create a plan for thrifting

So don’t go blindly drifting because you end up finding pieces that are double but won’t be able to be integrated into your wardrobe.I always like to go through my current wardrobe for the season coming up and then from there and look and see what do you not already have that will meet the goals that you want to be fourth is next season.After that, I think to create a list of the items that I need in order to create the looks I want to go for in the next season.

As I reshape my style, I stumbled upon a dope stylist, Lauren Messiah. She has a great printable with all the must haves for a classic wardrobe.  Check it out at LaurenMessiah.com.

Be adventurous

When things are 2 and 3  dollars I find myself being a lot more adventurous in trying different things. I’m also not huge label snob comes to brands I know a lot of ladies out there are very brand picky.   You can really find some great looks if you keep focused on the item at hand versus the tag that’s inside the garment.

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Have patience

Trying to find really great pieces that fit your body very well can take time.Sometimes I can go up to a week or two and find the right pieces that fit me well.It doesn’t matter if I don’t cost you two dollars or $200 dollars if the item does not make you look fabulous it is a worthless item. I always keep my eyes peeled for those unique fines which are definitely in amazing but what I’m really searching for core items you have to be very picky about what you’re picking up no matter where you buy it.

 

Go to areas that aren’t high traffic

I tend to go to places that are kind of off beaten track.When you go to highly known thrift stores in highly sought after areas the prices are a lot higher and the availability of items are more scarce. When I travel to little towns I find some of the greatest pieces because most people aren’t checking for Madison Ohio which is in the middle of nowhere Ohio. The price is a lot cheaper and you really are able to dig to find some really amazing pieces.

Fall Foundation:How to Slay no matter the Season!

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Fall beauty means more coverage, more moisture, and more contour! When I think of fall makeup looks the desire to truly be #teamoverthetop and #teamoverdressed is in full swing. In this post, I’m going to share with you my foundation routine and how you can make your beauty game even better.

1.More  Coverage

So in the summer I typically go very bare-faced to a light BB cream. I fell in love with the Bare Minerals BB cream this summer as it gave just enough coverage but stayed light. In the fall and winter months, I opt for full coverage foundations as I won’t get ice cream face. My go-to products at the moment are Black Opal Foundation sticks and Black Opal Total Coverage Concealers. If I’m really trying to put on I will use a mixture of both. For lighter days I will use the concealer to spot my areas that I want to hide and set with my RCMA Colorless Powder.

The results are below which is a perfect chocolate palette. I enjoy the look of full coverage as well since it just looks prettier to me. Everyone is different and that is key to knowing your self in the beauty world. I could rock a heavy full face to nothing but moisturizer and be happy.

2. More Moisture Please

So my skin over the years has developed into this very weird bougie creature that likes to be combo-dry. It can be excessively oily, which lets me know I need to hydrate more from within and also make sure I use products that will have added moisture that lasts. I really love the Clinique Moisture Surge cream and Supercharged Concentrate. These products make my skin so supple and moisture which is needed when you rock full coverage foundations. Nothing is worse than seeing dry, flaky skin under cream foundation.

The need for exfoliation is important in the fall and winter months as well. This allows those moisture-boosting products to actually be able to penetrate. My go-to scrubs are by none other than Minimo. Their Turmeric Scrub and Black Charcoal scrubs help my skin stay soft and ready to take in all the goodness.

3. More Contour

So with a full coverage foundation, you must add some structure to your life honey. I love using my Black Opal Foundation stick to contour and chisel my face. You can fake cheekbones and make the nose of your dreams for a few hours. The key to having a perfect contour is using colors that aren’t too warm and making sure to blend baby blend. This is the one time when using shade can be helpful. Look for contour colors that are more neutral and with a bit of a greyish tone.

Make sure you blend that baby out well as you don’t want to look like someone smacked you.

Now go forth and be the fairest of them all this Fall!

 

 

 

The Ultimate High-class Experience: Dîner en Blanc 2017

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A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to attend the Dîner en Blanc  Dallas which I was hosted by Lincoln Motor Company. It was a very much an experience outside of my element as one had to wear all white and be outside. White is a color I never wear—hello foundation transfer and being outdoors, well is definitely something I tend not to do especially while engaging in a nice dinner.

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I made a beauty mission impossible move by finding an outfit while in the backwoods of Arkansas. I was invited out within days of the event and made it happen. To my surprise, I  was able to locate a quick inexpensive dress from Rainbow that was on clearance just waiting for me and shoes for under 50 bucks.  I also made a mad dash to be ready after finding out my car was in need of the ER.

It was a beautiful sight seeing so many people dressed to the nines in all white and enjoying what I like to call an adult picnic. The concept of Dîner en Blanc started back 30 years ago in Paris. It was a very high-class event which entails one to bring their own picnic items that must be pristine and all white. Even the attire must be of the best levels possible with creativity yet must still err on the side of elegance.

The ambiance that Lincoln provided was elegant that included an upper echelon menu and beautiful décor. I enjoyed being swept off in a Lincoln MKX to the secret site, which happened to be one of Dallas’s most enchanting outdoor wonders, the Dallas Arboretum. Instead of being in hyper blogger mode, I allowed myself to enjoy the beauty of the event.diner en blanc dallas 2017 diner en blanc dallas tx 2017

It’s always a gift and a pleasure to attend such events as it allows me to engage in what my city has to offer. After a hard week of travel and having to put my car on life support, this allowed me to come out of comfort zone and relish in feeling pretty and being around pretty energy. Thank you, Lincoln Motor Company and Dîner en Blanc!

Corporate Beat: Fall makeup look with Smashbox

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Hello, beauties! Fall is here and this kid is so excited. Fall makeup is drama and power. I love it so much as I can do all the layers and extra’s that I give up in the summer as I live in Texas. In this look, I’m giving you corporate beat for fall. Being in a corporate role, you can’t give the kids too much but I will help you spoon feed them just enough.

Makeup in the office doesn’t have to be all or nothing. I have worked in a variety of environments and have seen the struggle. Some women go way too heavy and some go bare face altogether. Neither is a great thing as studies have shown, women who don’t wear makeup appear to be unpolished at the office. On the opposite side of the coin, women who wear too much makeup aren’t taken as seriously. When it comes to your beauty life, you should wear what feels comfortable to you but know there is always an image to be upheld.

Makeup and beauty in this day and age are still in the dark ages in the corporate world. I feel you should be able to wear what you want without judgment. Working in more rigid environments, I have learned how to alter my image to find the flow.  Your look should fit your role that you want to be in.  However, make your look reflect who you are, just the more refined version of you.

If you would wear something to a club, it’s a safe bet you shouldn’t wear it to the office.The look I created can give you balance as it gives you just the right amount of drama.

 

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Fitness in the Fall: Plus Size Fitness Tips

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year: Fall! As the weather starts to change and your wardrobe, don’t neglect your fitness goals. It’s really easy to hide behind bulky sweaters and layers. Being healthy is something you should be doing year around. If you had to run for your life in the cold of winter can you do so? Keeping yourself fit and healthy will help you no matter the time. In the colder months, depression and other mental disorders are more prone because of the lack of sun. So working out will help you stay balanced and you won’t have to do a mad dash when spring comes.

If you had to run for your life in the cold of winter can you do so? Keeping yourself fit and healthy will help you no matter the time. In the colder months, depression and other mental disorders are more prone because of the lack of sun. So working out will help you stay balanced and you won’t have to do a mad dash when spring comes.

I want to give you 3 thoughts about health and fitness, especially for my plus beauties. You don’t have to constantly be on a yo-yo diet or cycle of losing weight for special events if you always make sure you stay healthy.

1.Healthy looks different on Everyone!

There isn’t a one size fits all to the way fitness looks. Many think you have to have a 6 pack and ripped arms and legs to say your fit. That is only just one of many ways it may look. Health to me means you activities for daily living aren’t impacted by your inability to do them. For example, if you can get in and out of the shower by yourself or you’re able to squat and pick it back up without assistance. In the field I work in, I have encountered many that aren’t able. If you want to go hang gliding or jump out of a helicopter if you aren’t able to do those things then that can be a goal to push your fitness forward.

 

It’s really easy to look at images on the gram and think man I want that body, but everyone is different. People of all sizes can be healthy and do a wide variety of sports and other actives. I am a lover of indoor cycle and can outpace a lot of people who are smaller. Just because someone looks a certain way doesn’t mean you can tell if they are healthy or not. Create your own vision of what healthy is for you and move. Need ideas on how to make your brand of healthy I share info in this post.

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2. Make time for what’s important

It’s easy to get caught up in this thing called life and not workout. If you have other life goals, ensure you are working out at least 3 times a week in order to reach them.  As someone who travels as much as I do, it’s really hard sometimes to go to the gym. So if I’m particularly done with seeing people for the day I often bring workout videos with me and workout right in my room. Fitness has to be seen as more than just getting cute for special occasions such as summer and weddings. If you are always ready you never have to get ready.

Find something that you really enjoy doing 3 times a week that will help you build up a sweat. I adore cycle but enjoy weightlifting even more. The feeling of lifting 420 lbs on the leg press machine makes me feel bad ass. Fitness also helps you develop a certain grit that spills out into your daily life. Got a fuck boy problem, a boss that gets on your nerves, goals of starting your own business? Fitness will help with that. When you invest in yourself it just works out that it will help you for your life.Old-navy-plus-size-active-wear

3. Your competition is the woman in the mirror

I have been on the journey of losing 150lbs for a while now. I have been close but not met it. For a few years, I allowed self-pity to keep the weight on and even going to new higher amounts. It’s not until recently did I change my view about the scale. I remember in December I was going through clothes that didn’t fit. It was super embarrassing to have to give away items because I don’t believe in hanging on to things just to say I have it. Make room for better things at your current place in life. Having loads of too tight or ill-fitted clothing can mess with your confidence. Enjoy where you are right this second and as you do you will work to make yourself better.

Drop me some comments below on your tips on staying healthy this fall.