I had a reader say, "Chastity, it's time for you to do another giveaway." I thought about it and said, "she's right." So I'm doing a giveaway for one winner to win a $250 ASOS gift card. I shop ASOS all the time, so decided to get a gift card from there. I will draw the winner, June 4th. Please enter on the Rafflecopter widget below. International entries welcome.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
My Memorial Day week was spent wandering the halls of Hillman College as "A Different World" has been added to Netflix. I even couldn't help but to be inspired fashion wise by Denise Huxtable, who wasn't on the show long, but who I probably identified with the most on the show. As I watched, I couldn't help but to think of how important it is to see images that you can see yourself in represented in the media. As a black, biracial, and plus size woman these are still images that are underserved in the media. "A Different World" sent me to college and indirectly is a large part of why I am who I am today. I loved all the characters on the show but loved Whitley, Denise, and Freddie the most. They shared my interracial background (even though they gave Whitley and Denise two African American parents, even at the age of 8, I was not easily fooled). This meant a lot to me just to see their images. In my small southern town, my siblings and I were most often the only "mixed kids" to go through our school system. It is a trip to be the only one of something, especially as a child.
Whitley, Denise, and Freddie had my beige color, curly hair, and I saw pieces of myself in each of those women and still do today. Like Whitley, I love a nice wardrobe, married an engineer, and have a strong southern accent (I do hope that mine is less annoying LOL). Like Denise, I was horrible in my first year of school (the ease of high school didn't prepare me for college), down to earth, and can be all over the place when it comes to my pursuits. Finally, like Freddy, I have my agenda of how I want to help the world and in my earlier years was very naive because of my small town background.
I think about this show as it relates to the plus size fashion industry and how sometimes that I even I can forget the importance of seeing someone who looks like you and why it's a topic that comes up often. As I see the fabulous plus images coming out more frequently, I am still plagued by the fact that it's still not enough. It lit a fire under me to keep pushing to do more for our imagery.
Style Notes: One quick and easy thing I do to "summer-ize" my wardrobe is to add in a slew of tanks of various colors to add in with my skirts. I picked up these tanks from AVA and VIV at $7 (on sale from $10) at Target. This has been a go-to solution for me for years as an easy way to inexpensively make my wardrobe warm weather friendly. The thicker straps on these make them bra strap friendly. Pick up just about any skirt in your closet and a tank can be worn with it, add some cute jewelry and your set.
This post was sponsored by Target, all opinions my own.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
You're going to see me in a lot of maxi dresses this summer. This gorgeous grecian inspired maxi from MYNT1792 is no exception. I may have been "feelin maself" when I wore this. LOL. Maxi dresses are my answer to hot summers as a way to stay cool, comfortable, but chic. You'll want to note that MYNT is having their annual (and my favorite) Memorial Day Sale where you an take 30% off with code: MEMORIAL15. Is it terrible that I know all the good sales by heart? Anywho, if you've been eyeing some MYNT pieces, then you should definitely take advantage of this sale. I do every year.
Style Notes: It's been a bit windy where I live the slit is this dress does allow the wind to blow open the front. I would advise using a little double sided tape right above the slit to keep it from being Marilyn in the wind. HA! I like using double sided tape instead of safety pins b/c it causes no damage to the garment and it give s a more seamless look. I'm 5'9 wearing this dress. My hips probably shortened it a little, so those of you with slimmer hips you can probably expect an additional length. Check out this post with me in another Mynt maxi for length reference. My belt was custom made by a Etsy designer from Israel, Ayelet Shachar. She does beautiful leatherwork and can customize belts to your measurements.
This post was sponsored by MYNT1792, all opinions are my own.
Monday, May 18, 2015
This post has been a long time coming, it has just taken me a moment to sit down and put it together. I wanted to share what I do for back smoothing. I used this wrap dress because although wrap dress looks great on just about anyone they do tend to hug the back area. Personally, when wearing a something of a jersey fabric like this, I would normally wear something to smooth my back. In this post I'm reviewing the back smoothers I regularly use: A long line bra, the Butterfly Bra, and HookedUp Shapewear.
Style Notes: Prints like this on they MYNT dress are excellent for camouflaging areas that we may want to camouflage. I shot this with my assistant and because of the print we had to shoot it a couple of times, so the back wouldn't look smooth. It wasn't because my back is smooth it was because of the print. My bra size is a 40D. I'm a small D and most of my life I was a 36B or 38C and only got a bust because of pushing side fat into my cup. LOL.
I love long line bras for strapless purposes. The wider band holds in place long, so I'm not tugging on it on the whole night. You could also wearing your long line bra on top of your shapewear, so that you have two pieces and easy bathroom access. This bra is from Lane Bryant and they cater to sizes up to a H. Find it here.
This is probably my favorite technique and the one I wear the most. I've heard some of you say that this bra is hard to get into. The first time I tried it I had a little trouble, but if you snap the top part first then the rest is easy. The Butterfly bra comes with both straps and strapless. I love the strapless, but it tends to cut you across the bust, so there is a dent in your chest area. I've personally noticed this from photos. So if I'm doing strapless, I'll go with the long line, but if I can wear straps I'm going with the Butterfly Bra. This bra is super inexpensive from Ashley Stewart. The only downfall is that it doesn't cater to anything over a DDD. You can find it here.
This probably yields the best results in shaping, in my opinion. This works with the bra you already have, so no bust limitations. The only thing is, that in my case, that it's not very bathroom friendly. If I'm wearing this, I'm not having a cocktail. LOL. There is a large hole in the shapewear for the bathroom, I've just never been good at using those holes (my thighs are too big), but some of you have talents and thighs that I do not possess. This shapewear is long in the torso so it comes up nice and high and I wear this daily. On my day to day, I don't hook it into my bra, but when I ready to bring out the big guns (i.e. body con dresses) that's when I hook in and don't drink. LOL. Find it here and be sure to check the size chart before ordering.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind, if back smoothing isn't for you that is perfectly fine, but this is what I do and I am sharing for those who want to know.
FILED UNDER Shapewear
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
I just had a friend of mine call me and tell me she was diagnosed with cancer. Thank God it's curable and she's doing well, but one of the side effects of chemo is losing your hair and you can imagine how upsetting this is to any woman. I've had some hormonal issues of my own and my hair has thinned in certain areas and to say the least, I understand. Even on a smaller scale, it's devastating. We are women put a lot can place a lot of value on our hair, even myself. I always told myself if something happened to my hair beyond repair, I'd have some fly wigs and I would wear my scarves. Chile, give me a scarf, sunglasses, and a bright lip and I think I can rule the world. To my friend, I love you dearly and I hope this box of scarves I'm sending will help you rule the world too. This head scarf is for you!
Style Notes: I feel like I'm just finding out about City Chic's Outlet section where everything is $10. They recently had a sale and I racked up. My pants came from there. They are XXL, equivalent to a size 24, and stretchy. If I were you, I'd keep a close eye on their clearance section if I was looking for a bargain. Also, here's an old video on how I tie my turbans.